Gravely Zero Maintenance Spindles ?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by MetroLawn, Apr 5, 2006.

  1. MetroLawn

    MetroLawn LawnSite Member
    from Georgia
    Posts: 4

    I'm considering buying a 36' Gravely I heard they have ZERO maintenance spindles. Does anyone use Gravely brand with 0 maintenance spindles? If so how long before replacing spindles?
     
  2. Mowingman

    Mowingman LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Texas
    Posts: 4,666

    As a dealer, we have sold the Gravely mowers for 3 years now. We have not seen any spindles come back for replacement. I know some of our purchasers put as much as 500hrs./yr on their machines, but do not know what the most hours is on any sold by us right now.
     
  3. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 13,494

    Spindles like this can last for thousands of hours or less than a thousand if there is a fluke. the main thing is, is that for the money, they are well worth it. Now we replace the bearings when they go bad, even though our manufacturer's (Exmark) dealer says tat it can't (or shouldn't) be done. Hogwash. As long as the bearings are pressed in straight, they are just fine.
     
  4. spcfoor

    spcfoor LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 261

    This is the 3rd year for my gravely. No problems with my spindles.
     
  5. jtkplc

    jtkplc LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,646

    2004 Gravely 260Z - 498 hours, no spindle problems
    2005 Gravely 36" hydro walk-behind - 127 hours, no spindle problems
     
  6. SWD

    SWD LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 989

    2000 260 ZTR 1570 hours on original spindles.
    2002 262 ZTR with 1350 hrs on original spindles.
    2002 1336 Pro-G with 900 hours on the original spindles.
    None of them are loose, out of balance, or "chatter".
     
  7. lawnmaniac883

    lawnmaniac883 LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,613

    Had approx. 30 hours on my 44z when the right side spindle went out. Dealer diagnosed and replaced under warranty as well as sent it back to gravely per request for inspection. Manufacturer defect apparantly...now I have 250 hours and no problems.
     
  8. Albemarle Lawn

    Albemarle Lawn LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,544

    Read the manual.

    We washed our Gravely mowers (3 mowers).

    In 6 years and about 5,000 total mowing hours, have replaced 9 spindles.
     

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