Super Z Deck Pulley Problems

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by puppypaws, Oct 30, 2007.

  1. puppypaws

    puppypaws LawnSite Fanatic
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    I was talking with a salesman which happens to be a friend of mine today at my Hustler dealers business. He told me they had seen a great deal of deck pulley failures on the Super Z's.

    Give a response to this thread if you have seen these problems, it may be more than the Super Z's but that is all he mentioned.

    I got one of the parts people to bring me one of the 6" deck pulleys so I could take a look at it.

    I said I can see why this could be a problem, that is a cheap bearing put in by the pulley manufacture. I told them that was easily remedied but someone would have to spend more money on a stronger bearing.

    Hustler has to know there is a problem from their warranty claim records, but there probably is a great number going out just after the warranty is finished.

    This is a good time for you to let Hustler know if you see a problem with these deck pulleys.
  2. 3Bladz

    3Bladz LawnSite Member
    from IL
    Posts: 168

    I have had 4 go bad on two of my new machines (super z's), both had less than 400 hours when they went out.
  3. puppypaws

    puppypaws LawnSite Fanatic
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    OK, the man just started it, let's here what is happening with these pulleys.
  4. gene gls

    gene gls LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,213

    This is not a "new" problem. Its been discuessed before. My S/Z is a 2002 60". I quit buying Hustler pullys a long time ago.
  5. puppypaws

    puppypaws LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 8,925

    Yes, they had a problem and changed pulleys to a supposedly heavier one a couple of years back.

    It is interesting you don't use the Hustler pulleys, tell us which one you use that is better.
  6. tshank

    tshank LawnSite Member
    Posts: 201

    2 at 400 hrs. Noisy, but had not failed. By the way, how 'bout that rain? 4-7 in. here. Must have been ordained by heaven. Soaked in to the point the streams hardly got muddy.
  7. Shady Brook

    Shady Brook LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Indiana
    Posts: 1,517

    I have talked about this before. I probably loose 3-4 a year per machine. The pulleys look like cheep aluminum with a poor bearing design. They look inferrior to other manufacturers who use a cast iron pulley and likely a tapered bearing. Seems like a simple change could be made to rectify the problem.
  8. puppypaws

    puppypaws LawnSite Fanatic
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    I had 4.3" at my farm and it was "God sent", we have started drilling wheat, before it was to dry to germinate the seed.

    I am very concerned about the ground water table, there has never been a drought this severe in my area since they started keeping records.

    The pulley would be alright if they had a good quality bearing heavy enough to handle the stress. The bearing I saw in a new pulley was very cheap looking and feeling when I rolled it on my finger. It was a bearing that should be in a light use application not one suitable for the deck pulleys.
  9. RonB

    RonB LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 429

    Mine lost the right side deck and drive idler at the same time about a month ago. 200 something hrs.
  10. TLS

    TLS LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 7,937

    Are any of you guys with failures keeping your mowers stored outside? Or do you periodically wash your equipment?

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