spindle bent?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by newblade, Sep 3, 2006.

  1. newblade

    newblade LawnSite Member
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    Can a spindle be bent and cause uneven mowing? It isn't the blades because I put new ones on and it isn't the tires of levelness that way because it looks like three different blades mowing when you are trying to make some stripes. Any ideas? I replaced a couple of bad bearings also.
     
  2. WPLE

    WPLE LawnSite Member
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    What kind of mower is it? Yes it could be a bent spindle but it takes a big hit usually to do that.
     
  3. nobagger

    nobagger LawnSite Gold Member
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    ABSOLUTLY! also check the deck. We had a fixed deck that cut very uneven to thr right side (always looked like we were scalping the lawn only on the right) come to find out it was the deck that was bent. And to the tune of 1700.00 we bought a new one (mower).
     
  4. tacoma200

    tacoma200 LawnSite Fanatic
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    Spindle's wear out or are damaged more often than bent. Have you got any play in them? Grab each blade and see if the spindle has any play in it. If it were a bent spindle the problem should have started immediately after striking an object. I assume the deck is clean and there is no build up. If you hit an object hard enough to bend a spindle your blade should have been destroyed (bent badly).
     
  5. DBL

    DBL LawnSite Silver Member
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    i hit a peice of rebar in high grass and bent the spindle had to replace it from the belts above the deck down to the blades and it needed a new blade becausewhen the spindle broke it bent it into the side of the deck that was fun on the exmark
     
  6. newblade

    newblade LawnSite Member
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    I don't remember hitting anything that hard since I have owned the mowers. When I climb under the mower and turn the blades, one side will line up with the blade and when the blade makes the next revolution they aren't even? New blades and I looked at them and they are all straight???
     
  7. tacoma200

    tacoma200 LawnSite Fanatic
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    You would have known if you struck an object hard enough to bend a spindle but the spindle could still be bad. Have it checked. Is the deck adjusted correctly? Level? Is it just mowing lower on one side of the mower? You can get a tape measure out and put the mower on a hard surface and check to see that the deck is the same height on both sides. It probably tilts forward 1/4" which is normal rake. Lots of things can cause this. I doubt it's a bent spindle, bad spindles still possible. Measure the height of the blades from a level surface with all of them side ways, they should all measure the same. Measure with all the blades pointing forward and the front should be a little lower than the back but the front of all three blades should be the same (even).
     
  8. newblade

    newblade LawnSite Member
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    All three blades seem to mow at different heights, who checks a spindle to see if it is bad?
     
  9. tacoma200

    tacoma200 LawnSite Fanatic
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    You can wiggle the blades to see if it has play. Sounds like you should see a dealer at this point. Sounds like a bad spindle unless you've have a bent deck which I doubt. It could be something very simple that your over looking. Even grass build up can cause cutting problems. What brand, model, etc. is it?
     
  10. DBL

    DBL LawnSite Silver Member
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    yeah with me it shut the mower right off and the spindle was actually cracked
     

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