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how tight on packing nuts?

Discussion in 'Western Plows Discussion' started by Jay brown, Nov 14, 2007.

  1. Jay brown

    Jay brown PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,783

    i had a packing nut come off last year. just checking them tonight and noticed that i had four loose ones (one was leaking out). how tight should these be? i put moderate pressure on them using a 20" pipe wrench. i don't want to overtighten.
  2. wild bill

    wild bill PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,239


    you can crank them down pretty snug , sorry it's a kind of a feel what kind of plow do you have , if it is a spring return blade it's to tight if it stop's the blade from returning completely to rest .
  3. Jay brown

    Jay brown PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,783

    the four that were loose were on two unimounts
  4. itsgottobegreen

    itsgottobegreen PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,351

    UNIMOUNT ARE SUPPOST TO LEAK!!!!!!!!. Its how it lubricates its gaskets in the the packing. They should leave just the tiny-est amount of fluid. I see more guys destroy cylinders and pumps by cranking them packing nut down as tight as you can. The ultramounts cylinders can be extremely tight. But the unimounts cylinders just have to be snug.