turf tiger spindles

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by ryno23, Dec 6, 2012.

  1. ryno23

    ryno23 LawnSite Member
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    are the aftermarket spindles any good? they have them on ebay for $65 shipped. oem is about $180. i'll rebuild it before i buy the oem, just thought 65 was a good price but didn't know if they would last.
     
  2. smitty's lawncare

    smitty's lawncare LawnSite Member
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    the company i worked for previously was wondering that same thing. they got the aftermarket spindles for their turf tigers and they did not last long at all. i know its a pretty hefty price, but i would definitely buy oem. plus scag spindles are probably one of the best in the entire industry.
     
  3. herler

    herler LawnSite Fanatic
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    Chances are your problem lies in the bearings, the dealer will probably want $50 for the parts set.
     
  4. ryno23

    ryno23 LawnSite Member
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    thats why i thought about getting the aftermarket ones
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  5. Nate'sLawnCare

    Nate'sLawnCare LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Look at it this way - I just replaced spindle bearings on a walk behind and the good bearings (SKF) were over $20 each, so that's $40 per spindle just for the bearings. If someone is selling the whole spindle for $65, they have to be using cheap bearings, almost no way around it.
     
  6. scagman52

    scagman52 LawnSite Senior Member
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    So far I have replaced 2 spindles because of greese seal failing. never had any problems with the bearings. Both spindles were original scag. 1 had 1500 hrs and 1 had 300 hrs. I had bought 2 spindles on ebay for $45.00 each a while back and swapped them out. So far no problems with them and I replaced the seals on the other 2 and have them for backup.
     
  7. Landscape Poet

    Landscape Poet LawnSite Gold Member
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    They would be worth the chance I would say. Even if they only lasted 1/3 as long ...you are essentially still even correct? Considering they will more than likely last longer than that you should come ahead.
     
  8. orangemower

    orangemower LawnSite Silver Member
    from pa
    Posts: 2,773

    You've wasted enough time contemplating what to buy and searching for a cheaper alternative so you've already spent money by wasting time. Time is money right? Just buy the oem spindles and rebuild the old ones for back ups. It's a tax right off so there is some benefit to the added cost outside the fix for the mower.
     
  9. LandscaperPro

    LandscaperPro Sponsor
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    We offer Aftermarket spindles and replacement bearing and shafts for these spindles.

    http://www.landscaperpro.com/scag_14.aspx

    These spindles are made by Raisman and Oregon.

    Thanks,
    Blake
    Landscaper Pro
     
  10. JCLawn and more

    JCLawn and more LawnSite Fanatic
    from MI
    Posts: 5,206

    yes you saved a whole $2 on your taxes if your lucky.
     

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