Removing rusted wheel on rototiller

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Old 11-30-17, 08:28 AM
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Removing rusted wheel on rototiller

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Have a 25 year plus rototiller where I cant remove the wheel due to rust. Have tried wd40, PB blaster and heat with a BFH. Tried drilling between axel and wheel and soaking with PB blaster for days and no joy. Tried puller and stopped using it before it bent the rim. Any suggestions?
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Old 11-30-17, 08:32 AM
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If it's metal hub to metal rod, get the smoke wrench out and heat up the shaft, it will expand enough that when it cools it will fall off!
 
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Old 11-30-17, 08:35 AM
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Yes it is metal on metal.Tried all manner of heat on this thing will not budge.
 
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Old 11-30-17, 09:43 AM
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Why not try that 50/50 mix of ATF and acetone as mention in an earlier post with a frozen shear pin.
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Not to seem like a wise a** but did you check to see if there are pins that are holding the wheel on, my sisters old Troybilt had pins in the axles to is could be set to freewheel. Have a good one. Geo
 
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Tried all manner of heat
Acetylene? if you used anything less then you did not get the proper smoke wrench!
 
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Old 11-30-17, 04:42 PM
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I agree with acetylene torch or crank it up and put it to work with the hardware off. Eventually it will come loose while working. Keep spraying with PBlaster.
 
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Old 12-01-17, 07:07 AM
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Yes removed the bolt holding wheel on axle and ran all summer hoping it would bust loose. Have no access to acetylene but will try the acetone/atf in the spring. Thanks for the suggestions.
 
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2 suggestions:
1-Drill a hole (diameter of a metal cutting saws-all blade) in the rim on the center line as close as possible to the hub. Locate it 90 degrees from the securing bolt hole. Using a saws-all with a metal cutting blade and lost of oil, saw a longitudinal slot in the hub down to the axle. Drive an old screwdriver into the slot. The rim should come off.
2-Get a 2-jaw puller capable of pulling off wheel. Drill 2 holes (diameter allows passage of puller jaw) through rim, on center line, 180 degrees apart and as close to the hub as possible. Use axle to jack off the rim
 
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