View Full Version : How hot do your spindles get?

09-30-2005, 10:31 PM
I've got the new Ferris 3000z with about six hours on it. It has the new "Hurcules" spindles. After a short time of running (10 min. or so) the spindles are too hot to touch. I would say they're in the neighborhood of 150 degrees around the blade bolt area.

Does this sound normal for a new machine? Will they always run hot or are they just breaking in? Since the Hurcules spindles are relatively new, I just hope there isn't a problem.

09-30-2005, 11:01 PM
I'm not a mechanic, but I would say that is normal. There are berrings in there and I would expect some heat, especially at the speed that those spindles are turning.

all ferris
09-30-2005, 11:17 PM
Lets see you spin around at 3600rpm and not break a sweat. :p

09-30-2005, 11:37 PM
Lets see you spin around at 3600rpm and not break a sweat. :p

LOL! Good One!

General Landscaping
10-01-2005, 12:06 AM
I have never measured spindle temp.... but here is a trick I use on my tandem axle trailers to make sure everything is going well. Maybe you can put it to good use on spindles too.

Use an infrared, point and shoot thermometer to get a temp on all the hubs. As long as they are all in the same area; no problems. As a side note, the passenger side always seems to run 7-9 degrees hotter.... dunno why.

10-01-2005, 12:25 AM
Lets see you spin around at 3600rpm and not break a sweat. :p

Taking your advice, I stood on the pulley and took a little ride. Didn't sweat much, but m'I hvang rtouble tyipng :dizzy:

They do all feel like they are approx. the same temp.

10-01-2005, 10:51 AM
My middle spindle heats up most, mainly i think because it has 2 belts creating more heat/stress/load on that spindle, the other two are warm after a hard days work. Gravely 44z