greasing question!

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by GreenMachine102, May 14, 2004.

  1. GreenMachine102

    GreenMachine102 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 219

    My exmark is coming up on 40 hours, time for first greasing, question is in the manual it says on a chart how many pumps of grease, what do they mean pumps the highest amount of pumps on the chart is 2, I have always been used to greasing a mower until grease comes out around a fitting, 2 pumps doesn't seen like enough. I use a hand grease gun, does this mean just 2 pumps, and thats it???????


    Where do you guys get youre grease at?
  2. tiedeman

    tiedeman LawnSite Fanatic
    from earth
    Messages: 8,745

    2 pumps, that is too low in my opinion. All of my zert points I at least do a minimum of 5 pumps.
  3. lawnmedic1

    lawnmedic1 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 122

    First off I grease every week. I would not wait for 40 hours to grease.

    Second, Pushing too much grease into the bearings may blow out the seals, allowing moisture back in. If it states 2 pumps then that is all I would give..Chuck
  4. DennisF

    DennisF LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Florida
    Messages: 1,381

    Yes they are talking about a hand grease gun. Two pumps should be plenty. Don't over do it with a grease gun. A little goes a long way. Just make sure your are greasing ALL the zerks regularly and you'll be fine. The key is to not let the grease points get dry.
  5. lawnman_scott

    lawnman_scott LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,547

    What your greasing probably wont take more than 2 pumps on that mower. Its just hinges for the most part. Sealed wheels and spindels.
  6. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,497

    You can't go by what they say. The instructions they give are just a general guideline, but most of the time, many of the zerks will take more grease. Besides that, 2 pumps with what? A handheld squeeze gun that delivers just a little, or a two handed larger cylinder gun that delivers more. I do it until I see grease, and watch closely. Some will take more than others.
  7. dobehap

    dobehap LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 292

    On my exmark there are 10 grease points.
    Out of the 10,
    6 are totaly worthless
    2 are iffy
    2 are neccessary.

    Front wheel bearings need the grease.
    Front wheel castors dont really need grease- please tell me why you think otherwise. For that 1 inch steele castor yoke to fail will take 100 years of use in sandy conditions.

    The rest of the stuff barely moves an inch a day, making it it worthless to waiste grease on it. Besides anytime I put grease in it after few months of usage- 1 pump and grease comes out.

    My exmark has sealed spindles, otherwise the spindles are the most important thing to grease.

    This is my opinion.
  8. TheKingNJ

    TheKingNJ LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 781

    I grease my spindles every time I go to mow but they won't take in any grease, is this a problem? when i grease them, the clean grease just poors out the side of the fitting.
  9. specialtylc

    specialtylc LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,656

    Some mowers are equiped with sealed bearings, such as Hustlers. The grease zerk at the spindle is just to keep moisture out. And some have a special zerk that has a little hole in it to prevent you from putting too much grease in and blowing the seals out.
    I would grease it like the manual tells you. Nothing more and nothing less.
  10. geogunn

    geogunn LawnSite Gold Member
    from TN
    Messages: 3,010

    good grief.

    I service my mower every day that I use it with a pump or two of grease and anything else it needs.

    it aint rocket science.


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