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Exmark Sealed spindles....ummm

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by hp8125, Apr 8, 2005.

  1. hp8125

    hp8125 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 12

    Does anyone know of a conversoin kit for this. I recently upgraded my mowers and low and behold, no grease fittings. Heard they will last no more than two years. I have not had a chance to call my supplier but was wondering what you guys thought. I've already started to allocate funds to new spindles for when the need arrises. Any thoughts or suggestions would help.
  2. Richard Martin

    Richard Martin LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,699

    To my knowledge there is no conversion kit but you can drill and tap them from underneath the deck. I have done it and it does work.
  3. lawnman_scott

    lawnman_scott LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,547

    sealed bearings arent a fad, they have been around for years. I dont see why anyone would want anything else. If they go bad just replace the bearings, but chances are it will be 4 or more years.
  4. MarcSmith

    MarcSmith LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,157

    When I worked at TGLC we got 2-3k hours out of the sealed spindles before we had problems.....
  5. dfor

    dfor LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 829

    My Bunton has sealed bearings. Mower is 5 years old, I'm solo. 1500-2000 hours on the spindles. No problems yet.
  6. kickin sum grass

    kickin sum grass LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 628

    5 years on my exmark lazer. same sealed bearings. Keep your blades balanced.
  7. 65hoss

    65hoss LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,360

    I've owned eXmarks since 2000, never one single bearing replaced in any machines. Just don't shoot pressurized water into the spindle areas.
  8. Charles

    Charles Moderator Staff Member
    Messages: 8,822

    1999 model)I have never sprayed water on the spindle and all mine went bad after 5 years. I dont even know how long they had been bad. I didnt hear any out of the ordinary noise. But anyway I got every cent of use out of them lol and now it runs like new
  9. LwnmwrMan22

    LwnmwrMan22 LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,373

    Keep 'em in your Exmark.

    I had 2 Ferris IS 4000. A 2002 and a 2003. Both had sealed bearings.

    Both sets went out at 1200 hours, and of course 2 months after the warranty expired.

    Personally, I won't buy a mower anymore with sealed bearings.

    Sounds like maybe Ferris just had a "bad" setup though?
  10. Dave

    Dave LawnSite Senior Member
    from RI
    Messages: 315

    Like Richard Martin said ,drill them out ,tap them and put grease fittings in them and also pop the bearings out and pull the seal off the inside so the greas can penitrate the bearing,seen bearings last from 500 hours to over 2000.,this was done for cost efficent reasons for the manufacuters and so that they could sell new spindles and bearings,a greaseable bearing will neaver wear out if taken care of ,look at the aftermarkrt spindles they have fittings in them

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