Grasshopper 61" Deck Spindle Replacement

Discussion in 'Mechanic and Repair' started by RedRed, Sep 3, 2007.

  1. RedRed

    RedRed LawnSite Member
    from PA
    Posts: 20

    I'm noticing that one of my blade spindles is getting a little loose on my mower deck. Was wondering if anyone here has repaired and/or replaced these on a 61" Grasshopper? Is there any tricks to getting this done? Its the spindle that drives the blower attachment so I'm wondering if that has something to do with the reason it's getting loose.

    Any tips or tricks are appreciated.

    Thanks
    RED
     
  2. joshco84

    joshco84 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 411

    the one with the blower pulley on it get extra load so yes they aremore prone to going out. they are not hard to change. just undo the belt that drive the spindles and there should be four bolts that you just take out, put the new spindle on and bolt it back in place.
     
  3. David Gretzmier

    David Gretzmier LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,645

    they sell the spindles on ebay, just make sure you know your deck model number. you'll definetly save over your dealer.
     
  4. PLM-1

    PLM-1 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,640

    Maybe you can just rebuild it. Just as easy and cheaper.
     
  5. fastcutter

    fastcutter LawnSite Member
    from west tn
    Posts: 241

    you can put bearings in it less that 5 mins...
    rebuild it with shaft and 2 bearings for like than 25$
     
  6. Mowingman

    Mowingman LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Texas
    Posts: 4,664

    Yes, do a rebuild on the spindle and save money. The only reason it would not be rebuildable, is if the bearings have spun in the locations and new bearings will not fit in place snugly.
    You may only need 2 bearings, as your shaft might still be good.
    Grasshopper spindles are very easy to remove, rebuild, and reinstall.
     
  7. RedRed

    RedRed LawnSite Member
    from PA
    Posts: 20

    Thanks for your replies. I very much appreciate it and am grateful for this site. Looking at the parts breakdown I don't see a separate seal, just a bearing at the top of the spindle and at the bottom of the spindle. It appears the seal is integrated into the bearing...does this sound right?
    Thanks
    Red
     
  8. Mowingman

    Mowingman LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Texas
    Posts: 4,664

    Yes, the bottom bearing has one seal which you position so it is on the bottom of the bearing. The top bearing has a double seal, so it can go in either way.
     
  9. fastcutter

    fastcutter LawnSite Member
    from west tn
    Posts: 241

    top bearing with 2 seal you have to remover one so the grease can get to it. If you don't the bearing will not last....
     
  10. Mowingman

    Mowingman LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Texas
    Posts: 4,664

    That is not what Grasshopper says.
     

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