Spindle Grease: How often?

Discussion in 'Homeowner Assistance Forum' started by Glenn J, Jul 26, 2005.

  1. Glenn J

    Glenn J LawnSite Member
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    As a homeowner who mows maybe one or twice a week, how often should I be greasing the blade spindles?
  2. toddnks

    toddnks LawnSite Member
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    I have a 30+ year old tractor and deck that I greese every other mowing session. My spindles take 4 pumps.
  3. Tvov

    Tvov LawnSite Bronze Member
    from CT
    Posts: 1,157

    Not a lot. Most equipment dealers will tell you that people routinely over-grease their blade spindles, and they mean commercial mowing companies. If you are using a commercial walkbehind once or twice a week, you may only want to grease the blade spindles once a year. Check your owner's manual, and ask your dealer for advice.
  4. Glenn J

    Glenn J LawnSite Member
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    Very interesting, thanks guys. I just put new spindles on the mower and I've greased them twice. ;)

    I don't have an owners manual; my machine is older and I bought it used.
  5. rbeitz

    rbeitz LawnSite Member
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    My Scag manual says every 40 hours/weekly. As a homeowner, that's more hours than I put on in an entire season. So, I just hit them every 3 months or so when I sharpen my blades. By my calculations that comes out close to every 10 hours.

    What brand walk behind do you have? If it is a Scag you can download the manual for free from the Scag website.
  6. bigz1001

    bigz1001 LawnSite Member
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    My Dixie Chopper advises greasing the spindles every 100 hours or annually, whichever comes first.
  7. Glenn J

    Glenn J LawnSite Member
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    It's an older Bunton...I'd say from the mid 1980's.
  8. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 13,494

    I would say about every 20 hours, use just a LITTLE bit.
  9. BarnOwl

    BarnOwl LawnSite Member
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    I emailed Toro about this exact question. Looking at the comments here it depends on the model.

    The advice they gave me: Every 25 hours 4-5 greasepumps a spindle. And definitely DO NOT fill the entire spindlehousing with grease!

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