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is the center spindle supose to have play?

Discussion in 'Mechanic and Repair' started by grass disaster, May 17, 2008.

  1. grass disaster

    grass disaster LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,583

    i have a everride warrior and the center pulley moves around at half throttle when the belt is flopping around. i can feel play in it. the 2 side ones are solid. is there something wrong or is it made like this to take out some of the belt vibrations? it seems to run smooth when at full throttle.

    the play/slop transfers through to the blade. i can seem to move it slightly.
  2. billslawn89

    billslawn89 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,364

    bearings going bad..will need replaced in time.
  3. bart may

    bart may LawnSite Senior Member
    from montana
    Posts: 273

    Bearings are going out. You should replace them now rather than later. If you wait they will eventually wear into your spindle and you'll have to replace the whole thing. Bearings are cheap but the whole spindle shaft isn't. I've done quite a few on my toros over the years.
  4. mowingmachine

    mowingmachine LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 253

    Yep the bearings are bad. Replace them right away before you do any major damage to your spindle.
  5. Ed Ryder

    Ed Ryder LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 541

    Yah, listen to these guys. Get it fixed before things get worse (and more expensive).

    I have an Everride Warrior. Over 1000 hours - no trouble with spindles at all.
  6. grass disaster

    grass disaster LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,583

    how do i take it apart?

    do i have to take that nut off the top? are they left hand threads?
  7. White Gardens

    White Gardens LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,776

    The nut should be standard threading. The easiest way is just take the nut off, and remove the pully. The shaft should just fall to the floor. Then there shoould be 3-4 bolts holding the spindle housing onto the deck. Remove these and the spindle should come apart in two sections, Upper and lower.

    Check the spindle housing for any wear. It should be smooth and have no grooves from the wobbling bearings.

    Also check the spindle shaft for excessive wear, should again be smooth.

    Remove the bearings, use High temp red grease, and replace.

    Good luck
  8. grass disaster

    grass disaster LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,583

    yup it's shot.

    i need top bearings a seal a new shaft and a new pully. i'll probably get the bottom bearing and seal too.

    anyone want to guess the cost?
  9. grass disaster

    grass disaster LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,583

    i'm going to guess $120 to fix
  10. gene gls

    gene gls LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,213

    Buy a new compleat spindle assembley. It might be cheaper than all the bad parts.

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