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Posted August 02, 2014 - 04:41 PM

I had to remove the cover on my 42" deck for inspection and the idler bracket is real sloppy on the pivot bolt. It allows pulley to drop down and somewhat out of alignment; belt looks fine though. I tried to remove, but the bolt just spins in the deck. It appears to be a toggle type bolt with the square under the head that fits in square hole in deck. 

It looks like I will have to cut it off. Is this a standard bolt I can use or gonna have to order? 

Just trying to gt some opinions before I go and cut it off. Hope the idler bracket is not worn on the inside and it's just worn bolt that can be replaced.

 

 

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Posted August 02, 2014 - 04:44 PM

Do you have a pic of the Bolt?



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Posted August 02, 2014 - 10:50 PM

If I remember from the one I was into, we cut a flat blade slot in the head with the grinder to remove. Can't recall if we replaced or not. Sorry Marty.

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Posted August 02, 2014 - 11:49 PM

Won't it be a Shoulder bolt?  My Ace Hardware has those in lots of sizes in those special bolt boxes.



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Posted August 03, 2014 - 07:24 AM

Won't it be a Shoulder bolt?  My Ace Hardware has those in lots of sizes in those special bolt boxes.

 

That might be what it's called. 

 

Alan, I thought about trying that too. Slot and hold with a screwdriver. Just not sure what it looked like under bracket so little hesitant about cutting it off just yet. 

 

Bolens, only picI could get would be the thread with nut on the end, rest is down in bracket and round head under deck. 

 

May try to work on it later today, but Bronco has some grinding brakes so gotta attend to that first. 



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Posted August 03, 2014 - 08:01 AM

I don't mean to cut it off, just cut a slot in the head so you can hold it with a flat head screwdriver.
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Posted August 03, 2014 - 12:27 PM

Yea, I will try the slot first, if it doesn't work, then it will have to cut it off. 



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Posted August 04, 2014 - 08:27 AM

Cutting a slot in the head did the trick, I was able to get the nut to finally come off.

It looks like the bolt is worn at the base so it's sloppy in the bracket allowing bracket to pivot downward.

I plan to get a new bolt and put a thin washer on then bottom of the bracket for a pivot point. It appears there is a brass bushing inside the bracket, but it's froze in there so for now it will be washer top and bottom a then I will get a self locking nut on top so I can tighten it down but yet bracket/pulley can still move on bolt. 

 

 

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