Blade spindles - Non-greasable???

Discussion in 'Wright Manufacturing, Inc. (Archived)' started by TPLawnPro, Sep 26, 2008.

  1. TPLawnPro

    TPLawnPro LawnSite Senior Member
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    I have had my Wright Stander 36" - RH for about two years. As of today, it has 85 hours on the hour meter. I have been noticing lately that the blade spindles are really starting to grind loudly; this is apparently due to the breakdown of grease and lubrication inside the 'sealed' blade spindle housing. Why Wright Mfg. does not have zerk fittings installed for the blade spindles instead, which is essential to keeping the blade spindles maintained with grease, perplexes me. What is the deal? - I am about to purchase another commercial stand-up mower, but I want one that isn't going to prevent me from performing routine maintenance, which could otherwise prove beneficial; furthermore, preventing pre-mature mechanical failure. :nono:

    So, in the meantime, the grinding is getting louder and louder, and now vibration is increasing - obviously as a result. What's next? Will the belt pulleys, that are attached to the blade spindles, just eventually overheat, and then burn up and shred the blade belts? What should I expect since I am not able to lube the spindle housing? What was Wright Mfg. thinking when they implemented a maintenance free design with regard to the blade spindles? :dizzy:

    Other than this bothersome and developing problem, the machine has been excellent. :weightlifter:
     
  2. punt66

    punt66 LawnSite Fanatic
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    have you removed the belt and spun the blades individually to see if they are all that way?
     
  3. razor1

    razor1 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Exmark does this too.

    Did you call Wright directly?
     
  4. TPLawnPro

    TPLawnPro LawnSite Senior Member
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    Nope, I sure haven't. I suppose that I'll give that a shot. Regardless, it is sounding rough.
     
  5. TPLawnPro

    TPLawnPro LawnSite Senior Member
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    No, not yet. I am going to take the mower in next week to my local Wright dealer to see what needs to be done - perhaps under warranty. I believe Wright Mfg.'s warranty on these machines is three years.

    Also, since this is Wright Mfg.'s sponsored forum, I was hoping to get some feedback here too.
     
  6. razor1

    razor1 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Also, since this is Wright Mfg.'s sponsored forum, I was hoping to get some feedback here too.

    That would be nice.

    From what I've heard they're a pretty reputable company. Good luck.
     
  7. TPLawnPro

    TPLawnPro LawnSite Senior Member
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    I have heard that SCAG's blade spindles and housing share the same exact footprint as Wright's blade spindles and housing, with the exception that SCAG's blade spindles are routine-serviceable via grease zerks, and they are also every bit as durable as Wright's.

    I will need to investigate this further to find out just how much truth there is to this claim. It certainly might be worth looking into though, because as I understand it, SCAG builds quite the bullet-proof machine too.
     
  8. TPLawnPro

    TPLawnPro LawnSite Senior Member
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  9. razor1

    razor1 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I've used greaseable spindles before and never had to replace them, even after thousands of hours. Non-greaseable spindles are nice until you have to replace them which is inevitable, it's a good way to sell parts though.

    Exmark recently told me they "beefed" up their spindle design for '09, and they may last 5 to 10 yrs.....will see.

    I'm with you, make the dang things greaseable and will stop complaining.

    Hope that Scag idea works for you.
     
  10. TPLawnPro

    TPLawnPro LawnSite Senior Member
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    Thanks for your input Razor. I'm not sure whether we will get any feedback from Wright Mfg. pertaining to this issue, which seems to be the theme of things with Wright? I have not heard of too many LCO's having problems with their Wright mowers, but the ones that do have trouble and need assistance from Wright always seem to report hitting a wall based on Wright's apparent lack of complacency regarding their customer support.

    Maybe Wright builds such a great product - minus the maintenance free blade spindles - that they choose to omit the necessity for polite and genuinely decent customer support? Wright Mfg. better step it up because it looks like Toro is aggressively pursuing some of their market-share; you know what I'm saying?
     

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