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gwiseman

I’ve usually get a decent deal buying lawn & garden stuff on FB but not so fortunate this time. I bought a pkg deal: an old New Belgium bicycle to clean up a rehab this winter and a 40” JD spike aerator. The spike tines are metal and a plastic molded insert rides on a metal shaft. This thing is frozen nearly solid!  I got the end tine off, wire brushed the shaft and cleaned out the plastic insert but that was tough. I acc it get the second spike assembly to move outward. Been soaking it w/PB Blaster, have turned the spike with much effort, but the dang thing will not move up the shaft. Anyone got any suggestions? 98B99A3A-C32F-41C7-9E44-1E342A692C77.thumb.jpeg.8e450ba5ef41574a8b532ec87c65f484.jpeg
the only one I’ve removed. 464577A9-ACFA-47D6-B732-0FB401AED8BE.thumb.jpeg.31711d1d56258ca52f967adca60f86c3.jpeg
Id like to hear the plastic but I’m a bit concerned and these spike assemblies are $50/ea

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maxwood

Hello, Have you thought about putting it back together and lubing  the heck out of it,

and put some weight on it , hooking it to the tractor and dragging it around until it loosens up

I have a smaller version agri-fab 36 inch model, that each spring it is bound up . 

It reminds me of an 69 MG midget that I  owned ,it had wire wheels.  my 1st wife before we were together

took it to Daytona beach and parked it on the beach and left it for a few hours only to have had the TIDE come in?

A few thousand miles later ,it needed new tires ,but the wire wheels were rusted to the splined hub

I took the knock off nut off  and tried  doing donuts to get the wheels off!!

No luck I ended up making a puller to get them off . Years later the car rusted away

Thanks Ken in Mi

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Chris727

I used to sell those once in a while at the dealership. Never had a customer complaint of them freezing up. 

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gwiseman
12 hours ago, s_stephen said:

id use a heat gun and warm it up. not hot but warm to touch. then see if it will move.

Good idea, I’ll use a heat gun this weekend when I’m back in the shop.

11 hours ago, wwbragg said:

Well, that's JD for ya'.   (just kidding) Kroil is 100 times better that BP Blaster

I did use some Kroil too, and silicone spray but this thing is nuts. Yesterday I drilled 4  holes, 2 on opposite sides of each side of the ens spike. Shot Kroil and blaster to it, rust comes out but still no movement.

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Have you thought about putting it back together and lubing  the heck out of it, and put some weight on it , hooking it to the tractor and dragging it around until it loosens up

 I did think of that but this thing is crazy tight, one plastic piece in the middle is cracked already so I was afraid I might break more than rust. But this ain’t over yet…
Thanks all

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