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How to Remove a PTO Shaft

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Tractors with power take-off (PTO) driveshafts pull all types of PTO shaft-driven implements. When the implement's PTO shaft engages the PTO driveshaft of the tractor, the shaft turns 1,000 times per minute. The PTO shaft provides the implement with mechanical operating power. The male driveshaft on the tractor has splines that mate with the female driveshaft on the implement. A locking pin or button locks the two together. You need to remove a PTO shaft to disconnect an implement from the tractor.

Place the vehicle's transmission gear in park. Engage the parking brake and turn the ignition key off. Ensure the motor isn't running before climbing out of the vehicle by listening and looking at your oil pressure gauge.

Face the backside of the tractor, between the back wheels. Look where the PTO shaft of the implement connects to the PTO spindle on the tractor. You'll see a safety shroud covering this area.

Reach underneath the safety shroud and feel around the implement shaft coupling with your fingers. Locate the pin or button that keeps the shaft locked to the tractor. Depress this button or pin with your thumb. Wiggle the shaft up and down and back and forth until the PTO shaft uncouples from the tractor's PTO spindle.

Unhook any safety chains holding the shrouds on the shaft to the tractor. The PTO shaft is now removed.


Grease the splines on the tractor's driveshaft spindle to make installation and removal of the PTO shaft easier.


Never remove a PTO shaft from a running tractor. If attempted, severe injury or death may occur.