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Old 12-18-2013, 06:15 PM
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Greasing castor wheels with no zerks

I won't mention the manufacturer, but it's a ZTR machine.

Manufacturer says to grease the front casters. Sounds quick & easy, but the problem is ........ there are bolts where the zerks should be.

Anybody else experience this?
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Old 12-18-2013, 06:24 PM
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Small bolts as in remove the bolts, install zerks, grease, remove zerks, re-install bolts?

My Grandstands are set up that way.
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Old 12-18-2013, 06:43 PM
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Thanks Rod. Okay --- it's Exmark. Seems weird to me. How many times can one do this before stripping out the threads? Why would they do this in the first place? bump
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Old 12-18-2013, 06:47 PM
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Just leave the zerks in place. Duh!!
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Old 12-18-2013, 06:57 PM
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The sad part is the factory takes the time to make the hole and stops short by sticking a bolt in it.
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Old 12-18-2013, 07:12 PM
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That's quite amusing - if it is on someone else's machine.
Not so much, if it's yours.
I do have to agree with Fish.
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Old 12-18-2013, 07:13 PM
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On second thought, Exmark might have switched over to sealed bearings, and forgot to update the owner manual. Dunno.
The Exmark rep might wanna chime in...

I remember Bad Boy ZTRs had a similar situation. They used SEALED ball bearings in the casters, but also had zerk fittings installed! Go figure!
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The theory of bolts instead of zerks all the time is that the zerks can be broken off obviously.
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Old 12-18-2013, 08:18 PM
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The theory of bolts instead of zerks all the time is that the zerks can be broken off obviously.
And 90% of "Professional" don't grease them anyway.
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Old 12-18-2013, 09:04 PM
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It's because you only grease them once a year and a zerk will let dirt into the bearing housing and the bolt won't. Anyways, I just leave the zerks in, and I've never had a problem
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