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    Default Help - Woods Dixie Cutter rotary cutter

    I bought a used Woods rotary (I think it says Dixie Cutter on the side). The trail wheel doesn't swivel. Is it "frozen" by lack of use/grease, or is it not designed to swivel? I have never seen a rotary cutter with a trail wheel that doesn't swivel, so I would assume this one is designed to as well. Also, there is a zert (sp?) on the column of the wheel, which is another indication it is designed to swivel, but I haven't been able to get it to swivel at all. Anyone have one of these or offer any suggestions?

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    Default Re: Help - Woods Dixie Cutter rotary cutter

    Yes, it should pivot. It is a Dixie Cutter (Woods) That should read zerK. There way be a roll pin or a cotter pin at the top of the tailwheel shaft. Remove it, place therear of the mower on something solid, soak the shaft with penetrating oil for an adaquate time, them drive down on that shaft with a heavy hammer (not so much as to mushroom the shaft. cushion the top of the shaft w/ a piece of wood?) That may break it loose. Remove the tailwheel, clean up everything, replace zerk, re-assemble and mow!
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    Default Re: Help - Woods Dixie Cutter rotary cutter

    Thanks for the info. You are correct in that there is a cotter pin on top. I removed that last night and tried to hammer down the shaft as you suggested after spraying some lubricant, but without success. Perhaps my hammer wasn't big enough. I'll keep hammering (being careful not to mushroom it). I can't imagine why it is so solid/frozen, but it makes for difficult turning when the wheel doesn't swivel.

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    Default Re: Help - Woods Dixie Cutter rotary cutter

    Along with what you have already tried and what FWJ stated, you may want to try and get a big cheater bar, or pry bar and try removing the tail wheel and wedging a pry bar in the yoke and see if you can get it to start rotating, then try agin with a hammer and wood block on top of the yoke shaft.

    May want to also think about using a torch and heating the area up as well.

    Good Luck!

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    Default Re: Help - Woods Dixie Cutter rotary cutter

    What impact would heating have? Are you thinking it would loosen up any "gunk"?

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    Default Re: Help - Woods Dixie Cutter rotary cutter

    Heating would cause the metal to expand possibly breaking the grease gunk or more probably the rust
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