spindle shot or not? grease coming out of bottom

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Orkin Yards, Aug 10, 2003.

  1. Orkin Yards

    Orkin Yards LawnSite Senior Member
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    I think that my spindle bearings are shot....it occasionally will shake like crazy...grease comes out of the bottom of the spindle when greasing not the top...and if i take my hand and grab the top nut where you would tighten the blades i can move the spindle back and forth (not like its loose but move the internals) i'm guessing its time for a new spindle but just wanted to make sure...thanks

    jeff
     
  2. DUSTYCEDAR

    DUSTYCEDAR LawnSite Fanatic
    from PA
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    its shot, the others are pry very close too
     
  3. Orkin Yards

    Orkin Yards LawnSite Senior Member
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    how do i tell if i have the 1" or 1 1/8" just measure or what?
     
  4. DUSTYCEDAR

    DUSTYCEDAR LawnSite Fanatic
    from PA
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    use a set of calibers to find out
     
  5. Orkin Yards

    Orkin Yards LawnSite Senior Member
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    don't know what that is? and probably dont' have any =(
     
  6. DUSTYCEDAR

    DUSTYCEDAR LawnSite Fanatic
    from PA
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    used to get exact measurements. try using a circle template drawing or a drill index
     
  7. Your bearings will have a number on them.
    And the number is universal from one bearing manufacturer to another.
    You can just buy them wherever you want.
     
  8. Orkin Yards

    Orkin Yards LawnSite Senior Member
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    how hard is it to redo the spindles? i was actually thinking about buying a new one...but i do have an OLD spindle that i could take apart and redo if it isn't difficult? let me know what is involved, also are you saying i could just go to home depot or something and buy bearings?
     
  9. DUSTYCEDAR

    DUSTYCEDAR LawnSite Fanatic
    from PA
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    buy a new spindle, bolt it on and go mow
    if the bearings are worn other parts may be worn to
     
  10. You'd spend as much on shipping for the new spindle as what bearings would cost you.
    Bearings are THE wear parts in a spindle.

    New bearings=new spindle

    Don't know what machine you have. Try taking the old spindle apart. There may be a manual on line or I'm sure someone here on Lawnsite could tell you how.

    You won't find bearings at Home Depot, they're lumber.
    I buy bearings at TSC (tractor supply) or Bearings Incorporated.
    Sometimes I find a clerk at an auto parts store that will look for a bearing by the bearing number instead of a part number.

    Or just order them from J. Thomas or someone else.

    Dave
     

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