Model #917272081 CRAFTSMAN Lawn, Tractor

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Q:

How do you remove the "mandrel" from the aluminum "housing" on the "mower deck" on the Sears Craftsman riding lawn mowers? Will "Whack it with a hammer work"?

A:

I don't understand what you are trying to do. The mandrel is the aluminum body the jackshaft goes through to turn the blade. If the mandrel is cracked on all three portions the bolts screw in to mount it, you need a new mandrel.

If part of the mandrel is still attached to the mounting bolts, you will have to hold the piece of aluminum with vice grip pliers and unscrew the bolts.

You need a new complete mandrel with the bearings, shaft, seal assembled to it.

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Jimmy K -
Sears Technician
March 30, 2010

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