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  • Deck plate bolts broken

    We have several machines that have the front bolt broken off on the deck plate. They used the hard deck rollers and the constant banging of the pins as they drop in the deck chutes has broken the bolts off. My question is, how do you get the old bolt out or take out the piece that the bolt threads into since it is pressed into the stationary deck?

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    Re: Deck plate bolts broken

    If just the head of the bolt broke off you can try a left twist drill bit to spin it out. If it broke up inside the post you need to remove the post. The best way I found is to put a pair of vise grips on it and whack it with a hammer, The post is just pressed into the casting about 1/2"
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      Re: Deck plate bolts broken

      If it is the very front bolt then it goes all the way through to the stationary deck and is 3 1/2" I believe. I think there is 18 total that hold the plate on and if you can loosen the first 4 or 5 enough to drop the front of the plate down then you can remove the spacer that slides over the bolt and just twist it out. The spacer has a spline on it so don't try turning it just move it back and forth until it comes out, to do this you will need the distance of the spacer plus the bolt to get it off. If you can't get the room then just cut the bolt off as far up the spacer as you can, it will turn out by hand once you get the spacer off. We are going through and rebuilding all the decks now and if I knew how to post pics on this site I would show you what they should look like.

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