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Mowing vibrations=another wheel failure

walk behind mulching mower rear wheel problem part 2

The other rear wheel fell off the walk behind mower today.

Luckily I still had the washers that are needed to fix this problem.

I had a feeling this would happen when I replaced the first rear wheel earlier this year with a new and improved version that came with its own metal bearing. I guess all those extra vibrations went directly to the weak wheel?

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Instead I lose the tightening knob on the push handles that you use to break it down if you need to put it in the trunk of a car. I'm thinking about using some of that red loctite as it's getting annoying to walk around the yard looking for a black bolt. Or at the least, I need to paint the daggone bolt yellow so I can find it easier.
Comment by diggitydog Thu Jul 14 16:48:33 2011
I know exactly what you mean. I can think of several tools I should paint orange, especially my pruners.
Comment by anna Thu Jul 14 18:28:55 2011

A good example is Loctite Red 271.

Clean the axle thread and the inside of the nut with e.g. acetone. Then apply some loctite on the thread and screw the nut on. Let it cure for ten minutes before use.

Comment by Roland_Smith Fri Jul 15 14:32:51 2011
You have to go telling Mark about more supplies he'll now always want to have on hand... :-)
Comment by anna Fri Jul 15 21:31:13 2011

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