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Removing stubborn Belt Pulley

I am having a hard time taking the belt pulley off of my 5 hp 536.918xxx Craftsman. Whats the best way of removing this pulley. I have removed the bolts that hold it on to the shaft, coated it with pb blaster, and still cant budge it. Do or should I go with a puller? or is there another way?
I assume this is the only way to remove my auger rakes/gear/shaft. The rakes are stuck to the axle by the way and I need to get the auger gear box open.

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drill and tap 3 holes for a puller in the center, and use a puller like this harbor freight one- Bolt-Type Wheel Puller Set , if you drill the holes right you wont affect the integrity of the pulley and if the holes really bother you you can have a welder fill them once you have it off
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drill and tap 3 holes for a puller in the center, and use a puller like this harbor freight one- Bolt-Type Wheel Puller Set , if you drill the holes right you wont affect the integrity of the pulley and if the holes really bother you you can have a welder fill them once you have it off
Agree 100% you sure do not want a grip type puller yanking on sheet metal.

Drill and tap 3 holes.
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I just had the same issue last week with a Craftsman. Heated it Cherry Red with oxy-ascetylene Torch, and then used a ball joint fork to pop the pulley off. A Torch is worth every penny when you need it.
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We are talking about how much for a torch for a snowblower that I purchased for 160.00 last year. Not sure torch, gears or whatever is worth putting into this machine? Wish there was a cheaper way other than finding a small engine repair guy to do the job.

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We are talking about how much for a torch for a snowblower that I purchased for 160.00 last year. Not sure torch, gears or whatever is worth putting into this machine? Wish there was a cheaper way other than finding a small engine repair guy to do the job.

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I'd use a basic propane torch then, it'll get it plenty hot enough to pop the pulley off. It's also a good tool to have around for any project.

$15 at Home Depot: Bernzomatic UL100 Basic Propane Torch Kit-334458 - The Home Depot

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We are talking about how much for a torch for a snowblower that I purchased for 160.00 last year. Not sure torch, gears or whatever is worth putting into this machine? Wish there was a cheaper way other than finding a small engine repair guy to do the job.

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You could Bring the auger to any local garage, and have them remove the Pulley. Shouldn't cost that much. However, if You want to Repair Your Own Things, You Will Need to Buy Tools.

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Pullers are fairly cheap and you could also barrow them for free from most auto parts stores.

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You could Bring the auger to any local garage, and have them remove the Pulley. Shouldn't cost that much. However, if You want to Repair Your Own Things, You Will Need to Buy Tools.
thats a good suggestion ! but it could cost as much to have it done as to buy the tools to DIY ! and we all know....ya can never have to many tools!
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