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Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Barrett Landscaping, Jan 26, 2011.
how do you guys grease your spindles. It is time for me to do it and looking for advise.
12V grease gun 5 shots on low twice a week, with Lucas syn grease. Never had to replace a spindle on any mower in 12yrs. 2000hrs on one mower!!!
Depends on the mower! Some mowers aren't designed for it. For those that are, make sure the fitting is clean, the end of the grease gun is clean, you are using the correct grease iaw manufacturers' specifications, and you apply an appropriate # of pumps of the gun (I generally do about 5 or 6 and I've never seen anyone say exactly what is the correct amount!).
i run all scag mowers. is there a nipple that i shoot it into? sorry, i am new to scags.
While its not always convenent greasing them after use (warm bearings) gets the grease in there good.
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See your service manual for grease points or ask the dealer. Depending on the model there can be 10 plus points to hit.
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YES--see you dealer and down;oad the manual right from scag website. This is all basic stuff and if you're asking here you need to develope a dealer relationship asap.
I use Lucas synthetic as well. You can get a grease gun for around $20. Be sure to grease according to the manual. Overgreasing can be just as bad as not greasing at all. If a part needs grease it will have an alemite installed on it, which is what your calling a nipple. I would let the dealer go over the routine maintenance with you before you attempt anything yourself.
Service manuals and the dealer are great resources for this information.
I know for my JD, greasing is to be done every 50 hours (per the manual), so everytime the oil gets changed, everything gets greased as well. I usually do 2-3 pumps with a high quality grease (lucas in my case). Some components are sealed and don't require greasing and others require the greasing at the recommended intervals.
If you use your machine in very harsh/demanding conditions, you may consider greasing more frequently.
Good advice but not the whole story. Just because there may not be a fitting does not mean it does not need to be greased. I have seen many plugs where there should be grease fittings. I believe the plugs are there to prevent breakage. I would replace the plugs with proper fittings.