Exmark Spindle Bearings any problems?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by CuttinUP, Mar 13, 2006.

  1. CuttinUP

    CuttinUP LawnSite Senior Member
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    Was talking to a friend today that picked up a lazer z for cheap from a customer of his to resell. He was talking about the Exmark spindles needing to be replaced every 100-150 hrs (keep in mind that this guy is a die-hard Skag man and has never owned an Exmark before) He said that this lazer has 550 hrs on it and 2 of the spindles are bad and that another friend of his that has a viking with about 300 hrs on it has to replace all 3 spindles on it. I have the TTHP and the spindles on it seem to in great shape no slop or looseness of any kind and I have 220hrs on it. Is anyone else having these problems or is he being misinformed and a little bias? I know that Exmark uses an automotive bearing manufacturer to make these. And from being an automotive technician for 10+ years I have seen these sealed bearings go out anywhere from 130,000 miles to 220,000 miles on cars. So with this , I just don't see this happening unless these people are just abusing the crap out of them.
     
  2. CAG

    CAG LawnSite Senior Member
    from ct
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    he probably just hits a lot of stuff!!!
     
  3. JKOOPERS

    JKOOPERS LawnSite Bronze Member
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    i have 3 exmarks with each one having over 550 hrs and have not replaced one spindle and dont plan too. maybe that guy just wasnt balancing his blades . :hammerhead: :hammerhead: :hammerhead:
     
  4. mslawn

    mslawn LawnSite Senior Member
    from LA
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    Your friend has not got a clue what he is talking about.
     
  5. green acres lawns

    green acres lawns LawnSite Senior Member
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    I had to replace all the bearings in my 60" deck at around 800 hrs. And then replaced the bearings in the right spindle at 1100 hours. The problem with mine was moisture getting in the bearings and no way to clean it out. Then the bearings would get noisy(louder than the blade noise), and start to get side play in the spindle shaft. But the bearings are cheap and easy to replace.
     
  6. OutdoorExtras

    OutdoorExtras LawnSite Member
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    Exmark's sealed bearings are not all that great, but they'll definitely last longer than a "few hundred hours". As posted above he was probably just running crap blades or hitting a lot of debris. I've also heard of heavy power washing blowing the seals, but have never seen that myself.
     
  7. mowingmachine

    mowingmachine LawnSite Senior Member
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    It could easily be true. Most ball bearings are made in China now and the consistancy and reliability of these bearings is horrible. Even big name bearing brands that use to be good are questionable. There are other factors though too. If he is hitting objects that is very hard on Chinese bearings. What do the blades look like? If they are all beat up that is probably the problem. Also a pressure washer will kill a bearing seal. If it is a pressure washer causing the problem you will probably find rust down in the hub.
     
  8. Richard Martin

    Richard Martin LawnSite Fanatic
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    My experiences and observations of Exmark's sealed bearing hasn't been good. I had a 36" Metro that seemed to eat through them and my buddy has 2 Lazers and has replaced all of them before either mower hit 1200 hours. Additionally, Exmark doesn't sell the bearings. If you can't source the bearings elsewhere you have to buy new spindles.
     
  9. joefromstockton

    joefromstockton LawnSite Member
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    any body know of a good online store that I can buy new spindle bearings for my 36" exmark metro?
     
  10. Roger

    Roger LawnSite Fanatic
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