Pulleys uneven=work bearings?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by proenterprises, Oct 21, 2005.

  1. proenterprises

    proenterprises LawnSite Silver Member
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    My 48" belt drive walkbehind's 2 center pulleys have become uneven, meaning they are not level with eachother. The lower pulley has dropped down and "wobbles" when the blades are engaged.

    Is this worn bearings? I dont think I will be able to repair it myself.

    How much am I looking to spend to this at my dealer?
  2. lawnman_scott

    lawnman_scott LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 7,547

    The bearings are cheap. Maybe $15 a piece, pulleys could be bad. Depends mostly on labor. $100-$200 maybe? Shouldnt be a fortune, a simple fix really.
  3. Restrorob

    Restrorob LawnSite Fanatic
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    Sounds like the bottom pulley as spun on the shaft and wore the center hole, but still could be bearings also. Remove both belts and grab the blade and see if it rocks up and down if so the bearing are gone. I get between $50 and $75 Labor depending on how much trouble the pulleys are to get off, Plus parts.
  4. Envy Lawn Service

    Envy Lawn Service LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 11,062

    Do you have any play in the spindle if you try to wiggle the blades?

    Spacers, washers, shims, ect can cause this also if they are worn, missing or just plain out machined wrong.

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