Cracked spindle housing for Exmark

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by hartmas, Sep 7, 2007.

  1. hartmas

    hartmas LawnSite Member
    Messages: 71

    I cracked a spindle housing the other day on my 52 inch Laser HP. The cast iron housing split on me where it bolts into the deck. This occured because I hit a metal pipe. Has anyone else ever hit something that it had enough force to do this kind of damage?
  2. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 21,653

    I had a root bend a blade once...
    And I cracked a pulley on that same spindle while trying to get it to come off, using a gear puller (bad idea lol).

    Best solution I've found is to turn down the rpm's around potentially damaging obstacles like that, most pipes, concrete culverts, rocks, stumps, whatever you have, pull back on the throttle and slow down the engine some until you're past it and it's just for that one pass close by, haven't had any major problems since.
  3. Bond's Lawn Keepers

    Bond's Lawn Keepers LawnSite Member
    Messages: 66

    Yes it can happen. One of my employee hit a 4" pipe that was above the ground. He said he did'nt see it. I order him new glassess. Then i told him, you break you buy the next time. It was not hard to put another one on. I replace every thing on it. This one was the new type on the xs
  4. bam

    bam LawnSite Senior Member
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    Messages: 261

    Exmark builds there spindle in a way that it is a weak point on the mower, so that when an operator does similiar to what you did, it limits the damage to the mower.
  5. Breezmeister

    Breezmeister LawnSite Bronze Member
    Male, from South Jersey
    Messages: 1,734

    Broken Spindle and Bent Blade :hammerhead: The spindle is from an Exmark as is the blade, just different days

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  6. mag360

    mag360 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,446

    Do you really do that?
  7. lawnMaster5000

    lawnMaster5000 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 591

    Same thing I was thinking.

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