Atco 14" De Luxe: cutting cylinder and bottom blade removal

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Darren - FAC
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Atco 14" De Luxe: cutting cylinder and bottom blade removal

With the lock down, I'm making some progress on the restoration of my Atco De Luxe 14". I received new front rollers on Saturday which look very good and today I've sprayed a few more panels. 

Next thing I'd like to get onto is removing the cylinder and bottom blade, in order to have them reground. I've got the exploded diagram, but I'm not clear on how to tackle it. Any help would be greatfully received. 

Best wishes, 

Darren   

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Remove the chain and sprocket

Remove the chain and sprocket - from memory a left hand thread. Remove the grass deflector plate. Then there are three hex head screws through each chassis side plate . Remove those and the the cylinder and bottom blade drop out as a unit.

The bottom blade carrier ( sole plate) undoes from the cylinder bearing carriers by removing two hex head screws at either end. Those screws go into captive nuts and can be well rusted in, and the heads of the lower ones worn down. Give them a good soak in releasing fluid such as Plus Gas and proceed  with caution as they have been known to shear. If you have a Mapp or propane torch, a bit of heat won’t go amiss .

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Thanks Wristpin. I'll have a

Thanks Wristpin. I'll have a look at it following your guidance. I'm prepared for another rusted on nut, so I'm getting the hang of it. 

Best wishes, 

Darren