Register free!

The Green Industry's Resource Center



Reply
 
Thread Tools   Display Modes
  #1  
Old 03-07-2013, 11:49 PM
tony b tony b is offline
LawnSite Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Proctorville, Ohio
Posts: 126
Anyone using oregon blade spindles?

I can buy 3 of these for the price of 1 exmark spindle. Unless they are complete junk it's a no brainer.
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 03-08-2013, 06:55 PM
Monroe74 Monroe74 is offline
LawnSite Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: south central PA
Posts: 321
Anyone using oregon blade spindles?

Where did you find them?
__________________
Do it better than the last Guy!
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 03-08-2013, 09:18 PM
tony b tony b is offline
LawnSite Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Proctorville, Ohio
Posts: 126
Found several on ebay. Set of 3 for $130 I think. My locaol dealer wants $81 ea for the oregon and the exmark is $130 ea. Just tired of getting gouged by everyone when I buy something.
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 03-08-2013, 10:28 PM
knox gsl's Avatar
knox gsl knox gsl is online now
LawnSite Gold Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: knoxville, tn
Posts: 3,773
I have used them with no problems on my Turf Tracer.
__________________
I've never been skydiving, but I have zoomed-in on Google Earth really fast.
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 03-09-2013, 02:01 PM
tony b tony b is offline
LawnSite Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Proctorville, Ohio
Posts: 126
Can the bearings in the oregon be replaced or are thet a sealed unit? Grease fitting?
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 03-09-2013, 02:15 PM
Greg78's Avatar
Greg78 Greg78 is offline
LawnSite Silver Member
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Southwest, FL
Posts: 2,012
Quote:
Originally Posted by tony b View Post
Can the bearings in the oregon be replaced or are thet a sealed unit? Grease fitting?
Then ones I got from Oregon for my Exmark had sealed bearings and no zerk. Yes the bearings can be replaced.
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 03-09-2013, 02:21 PM
Patriot Services's Avatar
Patriot Services Patriot Services is online now
LawnSite Fanatic
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Tampa FL
Posts: 8,872
That's good because they wont last long with the tiny bit of grease behind the seals. What's funnier is when they have a zerk and sealed bearing. You can pump it all you want and no grease is going to get by those seals. There is a reason why the factories use grease filled spindles. Grease lubricates, cools and allows contaminents to be forced out. They may last a while but no where near the factory original.
Posted via Mobile Device
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 03-09-2013, 08:30 PM
Greg78's Avatar
Greg78 Greg78 is offline
LawnSite Silver Member
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Southwest, FL
Posts: 2,012
Quote:
Originally Posted by Patriot Services View Post
That's good because they wont last long with the tiny bit of grease behind the seals. What's funnier is when they have a zerk and sealed bearing. You can pump it all you want and no grease is going to get by those seals. There is a reason why the factories use grease filled spindles. Grease lubricates, cools and allows contaminents to be forced out. They may last a while but no where near the factory original.
Posted via Mobile Device
When I got cutter housings for my Exmark from my dealer they were the same, sealed bearings and a little packet of "lube" for the shaft.

I had 3 cutter housing laying around from some years back so this last time I ordered just bearings. While replacing the bearings I completely packed the housing with grease. Even though the bearings are sealed I figured the with the housing packed it would at least keep moisture out and possibly keep them somewhat cooler.

One of the techs at the Exmark dealer said I could drill and tap the housings for zerks and then remove the top seal on the bottom bearing and the bottom seal of the top bearing and would be able to grease them. I didn't because I figured with I'd just blow out the remaining seals when the cavity was full because the grease has got to go somewhere.

Being able to grease the spindles was one of the things I liked about our new Dixie Chopper Classic. Since I haven't had to take the spindles apart yet I'm assuming they aren't sealed bearings?
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 03-09-2013, 08:37 PM
Greg78's Avatar
Greg78 Greg78 is offline
LawnSite Silver Member
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Southwest, FL
Posts: 2,012
I can't even buy OEM Exmark spindles anymore locally. The local dealer doesn't carry any oem parts anymore. Belts are Rotary as are oil and hydro filters. The spindles they sell are Oregon. Funny thing is they still charge OEM prices.
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 03-09-2013, 09:05 PM
Patriot Services's Avatar
Patriot Services Patriot Services is online now
LawnSite Fanatic
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Tampa FL
Posts: 8,872
DC and Scag have the best spindle design in the industry IMO. Your right about the seals on sealed bearings. They aren't really designed to have any pressure from the back side. That is strange about Exmark. Any spindle can usually be rebuilt with just bearings,seals, a press and some skill. Its rare when a spindle is too shot to reuse unless its bent. I've rebuilt some of my DC's half a dozen times over the years. I've got a shelf of rebuilts for DC, Wright, Scag, Encore and Toro. One of my winter chores.
Posted via Mobile Device
Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump





Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.6
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Copyright ©1998 - 2012, LawnSite.comô - Moose River Media
All times are GMT -4. The time now is 01:09 AM.

Page generated in 0.08316 seconds with 9 queries