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I have a 42' troy bilt pony..the manual says that the deck must be removed to change the blades ...really ? what happens if i lift the mower and unbolt the blades ? will the new blades bolt right up or will there be other issues ?
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I'm betting it would be easier to get at the bolts, and to properly tighten them when reinstalling with the deck off. Plus you can fully inspect and clean the underside of the deck while you have it off.

I would imagine that all of those huge exclamation points in the manual are there for good reason, and that there was quite a bit of effort by Troy Bilt to establish the best methods for the consumer to follow.
 

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I have to agree with bwdbrn1, Chip.

Allot of work for sure but it does give you an opportunity to inspect, service and properly lube the belt spindles....which I'd bet Troy-built was counting on. That tells me you machine is certainly not one of the low-line, inexpensive types that are disposable after a few seasons.
 

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One of the first things I always did when I got a new mower was to drop the deck, just to learn what held it in place and how to make adjustments.

Working on the dismounted deck is easier and a lot safer than lifting the entire tractor.

You will have easy access to the grease fittings, belts and pulleys, and give everything a full inspection.

The extra time you spend learning this procedure will save you headaches in the long run.
 
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