About Spindles

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Swampbeast, Oct 26, 2002.

  1. Swampbeast

    Swampbeast LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 463

    Hey, question time.

    I am wondering about spindles. Specifically, non-greasable vs. greasable. I have heard about guys with Exmarks having thier spindles freeze up after a year, and am wondering if there is any truth behind that. Is there? Which would ya'll recommend?

  2. Truth.......Where did you read that?

    Either way, greasable or sealed they both cost about $20 for each set of bearings for a spindle.

    Sealed, mfg's claim when you do grease them you also inject dirt in them and/or over grease them, both are bad for spindles. That's why sealed over greasable.

    BTW most sealed mowers have a 2-3 year warrenty on their spindle bearings, that is the life expectancy threy think they have. If you go way past that you did good.

    Greasable....I love not having 3 extra things to grease everyday/week.
  3. Flex-Deck

    Flex-Deck LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,846

    Go sealed bearing - they are convenient, and probably last as long - People tend to grease stuff religiously when new, then start to slack off - then "bingo" the greasables are shot too.
  4. Arnold

    Arnold LawnSite Member
    from Wyoming
    Posts: 194

    Go sealed they are the best. People always think that if a little is good than alot is better. And when it comes to greasing alot is not the way to go.
  5. firefighter

    firefighter LawnSite Member
    Posts: 79

    I was told by a bearing salesman years ago that greaseable bearings are better if you know the proper way to grease them. First you must clean the grease zurk. Then you grease the bearings after you are done mowing, not before you start mowing. If you grease the bearings before you mow, the grease will disburse over the hours of run time. Then when your done there is little grease in bearing, and this will allow corrison and rust to set in. On the other hand if you grease after you mow the bearings will be warm and the grease will go into the bearings better and protect them until the next mowing. :blob1:
  6. Arnold

    Arnold LawnSite Member
    from Wyoming
    Posts: 194

    Thats how most salesman are. Sealed ones never loose any grease or lube till they fail. Which is usually just as long as greasable.
  7. Pat Daniels

    Pat Daniels LawnSite Member
    Posts: 49

    Just paid 22 dollars a piece for 6 bearings for spindles on my 60 inch ex mark. 650 hours on it. . Also had to replace 2 idler pulleys at the same time at 19.25 a piece. Total labor 1 hour and 45 minutes
  8. Gravely_Man

    Gravely_Man LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,076

    I personally like spending the few minutes each night to do equipment maintenance. This includes the greasing of the spindles. I consider this to be my unwind time. I can see how a lot of people don't want to waste time doing this and then sealed would be the way to go.

  9. Swampbeast

    Swampbeast LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 463

    Yeah, I agree with Gravely_man, I actually enjoy doing maintenance on my equipment. I have all greasable spindles right now, I dont want to get non-greasable. :cool:
  10. 65hoss

    65hoss LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,360

    One reason that most have problems with nongreasable spindles is water. People insist on spraying around the spindle area. Exmark recommends not putting water around these areas. High pressure water will find ways into the sealed areas.

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