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Old 06-25-2012, 04:06 PM
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How to rebuild spindles.

I have 3 toro z masters. The oldest one has 2500 hrs on it. It cuts well and throws the grass pretty far, but not as well as the newer ones. My questions are: How do I determine if the spindles need replacement. How hard is it to rebuilt vs buying a new one. Please share experiences. Thanks.
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Old 06-25-2012, 04:46 PM
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I have 3 toro z masters. The oldest one has 2500 hrs on it. It cuts well and throws the grass pretty far, but not as well as the newer ones. My questions are: How do I determine if the spindles need replacement. How hard is it to rebuilt vs buying a new one. Please share experiences. Thanks.
Take the belt(s) off of the deck pulleys and test each spindle. They should spin freely with no "play" and should be pretty quiet.

If they are making a "grinding" sound or feel loose or sloppy, you need to replace the bearings.
You can find videos on YouTube showing how to do that.
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Old 06-25-2012, 05:53 PM
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I will have to check it out. I looked at toros website and saw my model # for bearings. Looks like its $7 per bearings. So 6 bearings rebuilds all my spindles. Seems too good to be true.
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I will have to check it out. I looked at toros website and saw my model # for bearings. Looks like its $7 per bearings. So 6 bearings rebuilds all my spindles. Seems too good to be true.
If you take your bearings to an auto parts store they'll probably be even cheaper. There's just some work involved in swapping them out on the deck.
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Old 06-25-2012, 06:09 PM
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I recently replaced the bearings in my Scag 36in wb and let me say its not an easy task if you haven't done it before. My scag is older and the bearings aren't sealed like the newer bearings but I'm sure its the same concept to replace them.

Its not hard to do really it just takes time. Make sure you check everything to make sure that the housing isn't worn because then the bearings won't really help.
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Old 06-25-2012, 08:47 PM
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Yea, if the spindles are worn I might just buy new ones and rebuild the old ones at my leisure. Then when my other machines spindles get worn I can swap em out.
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I've gone the rebuild route before. They never last as long as getting even aftermarket spindles. I'd guess you can find Oregon aftermarket spindles for your rig at a reasonable cost. Unbolt the old, bolt up the new. Done.
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Old 06-26-2012, 05:10 PM
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I have only rebuilt one set, an a Cub Cadet nearly 20 years ago. It was one of their "better" decks, had greasable spindles and large tapered bearings. I had noticed a little sound and grittiness in one so went ahead and got new bearings, form a bearing supply house. Never having done it before the trickiest part for me was knocking out the old bearings. Other than that it was an fairly easy job.
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Old 06-26-2012, 05:13 PM
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I will have to check it out. I looked at toros website and saw my model # for bearings. Looks like its $7 per bearings. So 6 bearings rebuilds all my spindles. Seems too good to be true.
Go to Fastenal...they are about $4 each. Toro spindles are easy to rebuild...take out blade bolt, remove top nut and the bearing will fall out...may take some persuasion with a hammer. Put them back together with a good coating of antisieze. No need to remove spindles. And if you decide to replace spindles because you are too lazy to replace bearings...they come at a cost of over $150 each. It will take 30 mins to replace all 6 bearings. If your bearings are non tapered I can give you the bearing number.
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Old 06-26-2012, 05:21 PM
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I've gone the rebuild route before. They never last as long as getting even aftermarket spindles. I'd guess you can find Oregon aftermarket spindles for your rig at a reasonable cost. Unbolt the old, bolt up the new. Done.
Why wouldn't they last...a ball bearing is a ball bearing. I bet I can change out all 6 bearings to your one spindle assembly on a Toro.
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