Join Date: Feb 2018
Location: Cedar Rapids IA
Ariens 22000 series axle-1/8" roll pin removal
Howdy all. Couple questions.
I'm trying to remove my axle shaft on a 922008 tractor (1974). I got a frozen hub on the left side and the axle needs the flange bushing replaced. I can free the right side easily and have already replaced the bushing there.
It appears I can simply remove the right side again, then drive out the two roll pins, then remove the spur gear, then remove the axle through the left side - then replace the bushing and re-assemble (not to mention try freeing the hub again).
The questions are...
1) I've searched far and wide for info in doing this, and it appears I'll need to acquire a punch. There isn't a whole lot of room between the sides of the spur gear and the roll pins each side of it to get a nice "straight on shot" at these. I've soaked the pins (hollow) in place with penetrating oil just now and will let that do it's work for a couple days for these pins are in there tight. The shaft is 3/4" and the pins are 1", appears by math I got 1/8" coming out both sides of the axle, which is exactly what mine looks like.
I've looked at replacements of the pins, (Ariens 05800900) and these do not look tapered. First question is, are these indeed not tapered? And if they are tapered, how do I know if they look darn near exactly the same on each end which way to go. I get you want to drive out from thin side...they simply look exactly the same eyeballing them.
2) Next, is there a specific punch I should buy? I can get Wilde Tools 1/8" Pin Punch locally with a 5" length. It appears Harbor Freight has a set of Pittsburgh "long drive" pin punch set at 8" which would most likely give me more angle of attack so to speak...but I also am afraid of those long tips breaking off for it appears a few buyers have had the 1/8" punches break pretty easily.
I'd appreciate any tips or tricks here. These pins have probably been in there a long, long time but they do look like they've been removed before at least once.