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How much grease?

Discussion in 'Mechanic and Repair' started by bubbadog1, Oct 30, 2013.

  1. bubbadog1

    bubbadog1 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 10

    I recently purchased a 2010 Toro Z master with a Turboforce deck. The owner's manual states that the spindles should be greased until you see grease coming out of the lower seals. I have pumped probably 1/2 of a tube into one spindle and do not see grease anywhere. How much grease do these spindles hold? I am certain that the grease is going into the spindle. Any help?

    Messages: 1,343

    On our scags you will see grease pushing out the opposite side of the spindle from the fitting. I don't know if that helps you at all. Sounds like with a half tube in there it's gotta be coming out somewhere!
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  3. ricky86

    ricky86 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,122

    Keep pumping. I had to purchase a air powered gun. Few landscapers do anything besides adding fuel (and whining about bills). It's actulaly a neat setup. Flushes them out. No wonder 2000 hrs are the norm.
  4. LawnGuy110

    LawnGuy110 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,105

    When its new its gonna take atleast 3/4 a tube. I bought a new 48 tf wb a while back and it took FOREVER for the grease to start coming out
  5. bubbadog1

    bubbadog1 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 10

    Thanks for the help guys. I kept pumping until I finally noticed grease coming out the bottom of the spindle on the underside of the deck just above the blades. I cannot believe how much grease each spindle holds! I probably used 11/2 - 2 tubes for the three spindles. I am a little worried that the previous owner did not fully grease the spindles . The mower has 240 hrs of use and the rest of the mower looks very well maintained. I can see how someone could pump 5-6 squirts of grease on each spindle and think they are well greased. The owners manual does not give any indication how much is needed. I bet I pumped the grease gun 50-60 times each spindle! I have never had to use that much grease on any bearing before.
  6. themadcutter

    themadcutter LawnSite Senior Member
    from florida
    Messages: 914

    Those spindles may have never had been full of grease. I think thats how much I had to put into my 2011 toro 6000 series brand new to load up the spindles

    What happens is people buy mowers and believe the spindles were pre greased. not always the case. My shop doesn't fill them up with grease and doesn't really say anything about it other than to make sure you read the manual. the manual doesn't say to fill the spindles with grease so a lot of people just don't think about it. So people just squirt some in each week with out looking underneith and assume they have grease the spindles.

    number of pumps probably depends on the gun but I put about 15 in each spindle 2 times a week with a cheep HF gun. !5 is about what it always seems to take to see the grease come out the bottom
  7. BigFish

    BigFish LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,153

    Now that ya got the cavity full, you'll only need to add a couple of pumps each time ya grease em. Don't forget to grease the belt idler arm/s.

    The sad thing is, the original selling dealer is supposed to grease/service the whole machine, including the spindles, before the customer takes delivery!
    And ya wonder why "dealers" get such a poor rap!
  8. Bumpmaster

    Bumpmaster LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 20,582

    If they are not hot I would only give em a dot. :cool2:
  9. themadcutter

    themadcutter LawnSite Senior Member
    from florida
    Messages: 914

    I know my dealer personally. and he didn't do it for me. I know figured he was supposed to but just doesn't.
  10. herler

    herler LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,139

    I would pump slow and watch that lower seal because I have also had it happen where the seal popped out and with all the grease that came out after it was a hell of a mess, but you do have to pump sometimes the whole tube, the good news is that after you are done it shouldn't take but a few pumps here and then.

    At least you're taking care of it, apparently more than a few landscapers never do anything to their machines other than put gas in it but it's not entirely their fault... Most of us, when picking up a brand new machine from a dealer are told "She's READY to GO!"

    It has been my experience most dealers don't ever do much besides putting it together either.
    Well, the new landscaper picks it up and figures "all the maintenance" has been done.
    Is it their fault, when they assume that the way the machine comes from the dealer is the way it's supposed to be?

    You should plan, if you ever buy a new machine, to go over the entire thing and make sure you have grease and a gun handy as one might be surprised how much grease a brand new machine straight from the dealer will take.
    Last edited: Nov 2, 2013

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