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cbkc
10-09-2010, 03:25 AM
PJ - How do you know when a blade spindle goes bad? On my 60" Super Z the 2 outside spindles are tight and when I grease them the grease comes out of the "overflow" hole just above the grease zert when full. The middle spindle seems a little looser but not bad. When I grease this spindle the grease comes out around the spindle when it's full, not out of the "overflow" hole. Is there an indication on performance when the spindle goes out? Mowing quality go down?

mowerconsultant
10-11-2010, 04:21 PM
I would first remove the grease fitting and make sure the overflow slot is not plugged up.
If it is ok then I would remove the spindle and disassemble and inspect the bearings for their seals and also check bearing play in the housing.
As to it affecting cut quality... not so much... unless the bearings are freezing up and the blade isnít turning correctly.

Pj

User Name Taken
10-11-2010, 11:05 PM
There's zerks on the spindles ?

mowerconsultant
10-14-2010, 03:58 PM
There's zerks on the spindles ?

Yes, on all Hustler Z's and Super Z's.

StihlBR600
10-14-2010, 09:52 PM
Youll know when a spindle goes bad. Youll hear it.

User Name Taken
10-15-2010, 12:01 AM
ah, none for me and my mini I guess.

mowerconsultant
10-18-2010, 09:37 PM
ah, none for me and my mini I guess.

Right, none on the aluminum spindles we use on your model.

Pj

rwreuter
10-19-2010, 08:14 AM
just curious, when the spindles do go bad on a version that doesn't have a zerk, can you replace it with a new one that has a zerk?

mowerconsultant
10-19-2010, 09:43 PM
just curious, when the spindles do go bad on a version that doesn't have a zerk, can you replace it with a new one that has a zerk?

Not with a Hustler ductile cast iron spindle that has the grease fitting, no.

gps_jetskier
10-20-2010, 12:43 PM
The spindle will roar while you mow sometimes too from the play. You'll hear it.

brownsallseasonlandscape
10-22-2010, 09:01 PM
Take your belt off and spin the spindle by hand when its quiet if the bearings sound rough or loud replace it. If its getting loud its time its wearing on your belt and your motor. Check each of your idler pullies too.