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How hot do your spindles get?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by KUL FIR CHICK N, Sep 30, 2005.


    KUL FIR CHICK N LawnSite Member
    Messages: 10

    I've got the new Ferris 3000z with about six hours on it. It has the new "Hurcules" spindles. After a short time of running (10 min. or so) the spindles are too hot to touch. I would say they're in the neighborhood of 150 degrees around the blade bolt area.

    Does this sound normal for a new machine? Will they always run hot or are they just breaking in? Since the Hurcules spindles are relatively new, I just hope there isn't a problem.
  2. JMB

    JMB LawnSite Member
    from Texas
    Messages: 51

    I'm not a mechanic, but I would say that is normal. There are berrings in there and I would expect some heat, especially at the speed that those spindles are turning.
  3. all ferris

    all ferris LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,309

    Lets see you spin around at 3600rpm and not break a sweat. :p
  4. rob1325

    rob1325 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 697

    LOL! Good One!
  5. General Landscaping

    General Landscaping LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 801

    I have never measured spindle temp.... but here is a trick I use on my tandem axle trailers to make sure everything is going well. Maybe you can put it to good use on spindles too.

    Use an infrared, point and shoot thermometer to get a temp on all the hubs. As long as they are all in the same area; no problems. As a side note, the passenger side always seems to run 7-9 degrees hotter.... dunno why.

    KUL FIR CHICK N LawnSite Member
    Messages: 10

    Taking your advice, I stood on the pulley and took a little ride. Didn't sweat much, but m'I hvang rtouble tyipng :dizzy:

    They do all feel like they are approx. the same temp.
  7. lawnmaniac883

    lawnmaniac883 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,613

    My middle spindle heats up most, mainly i think because it has 2 belts creating more heat/stress/load on that spindle, the other two are warm after a hard days work. Gravely 44z

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