Cast Iron Front Axle (Residential Customer)

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by southeastdesign, Aug 28, 2003.

  1. southeastdesign

    southeastdesign LawnSite Member
    Messages: 2

    I guy came to me wondering was the cast iron front axle any better than the steel, for a 1-2 times a week user!

    What do you guys think?
  2. mrbenfer

    mrbenfer LawnSite Member
    from Iowa
    Messages: 136

    Well I dont think you should be giving advice on a subject that you dont know about. I would send him to a auto body store.
  3. southeastdesign

    southeastdesign LawnSite Member
    Messages: 2

    LOL...I'm talking about a residential lawn mower. Either a steel front axle or cast iron!

    I should have made myself more clear!
  4. GLAN

    GLAN Banned
    Messages: 1,647


    Well think of the two different metals.

    Cast Iron has no give to it. So it would crack and break

    Steel will have the ability to bend
  5. FrankenScagMachines

    FrankenScagMachines LawnSite Platinum Member
    from IN
    Messages: 4,739

    I'm plenty experienced in lawn and garden tractors, and anyone who knows anything about them will say "cast iron" in a heartbeat. The steel ones are flimsy, the cast iron ones are made so thick that they cannot crack even under a heavy load. Often on todays lawn tractors they put a cast iron axle on a thin tin frame just to claim the cast axle, don't go for a lawn tractor unless you are just mowing level smooth ground and occasionally pulling a cart. If you want heavy duty, get a garden tractor rated one, these are built tough all over, not just the front axle. Or you can get a "Lawn and Garden tractor" or "Yard tractor" these are a in-between model.

    Cast iron axle on any type tractor though.
  6. redbull

    redbull LawnSite Member
    Messages: 182

    BEND is correct, BREAK is wrong. The problem with pressed steel front axles they bend & they allow the tie rods to get very, very sloppy. That is why only lower end units use them (yardman, ayp, etc)
  7. mrbenfer

    mrbenfer LawnSite Member
    from Iowa
    Messages: 136

    Sorry Southeast.... haha :rolleyes:

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