non grease able bearings--going bad

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing Equipment' started by williams lcm, Aug 2, 2013.

  1. williams lcm

    williams lcm LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,200

    Have a new 2013 ferris 3100z with 290hrs and front caster wheel bearing fell out while mowing. I hate when you cannot grease them.anyone have problems with no grease fittings
  2. gene gls

    gene gls LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,213

    I had lots of problems with my Hustler spindle bearings burning up until I made them greaseable. My castor yoke bearings rusted up so bad that the wheel started getting stiff and not wanting to turn. I couldn't remove the yoke to change the bearings so I drilled and taped for a grease fitting and greased the snot out of them. Worked fine after that. Its always best to have grease fittings so parts last longer
  3. sven1277

    sven1277 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 681

    I have over 1500 hrs on the spindle bearings on a Wright ZK. No problems yet
  4. GMLC

    GMLC LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,345

    Sealed is the way to go now. Just like car and truck wheel bearings.
  5. Ridin' Green

    Ridin' Green LawnSite Fanatic
    Male, from Michigan
    Messages: 17,829

    My Deere has sealed bearings for the deck and castor wheels, but has grease zerks on all of them. I much prefer it that way. It allows me to keep grease in the space in bewteen bearings, and the water out.
  6. MJB

    MJB LawnSite Silver Member
    from Wa
    Messages: 2,869

    Sealed spindles are hard to beat if not abused or pressure washed they last forever. Maybe its the sand and water that make them fail more frequently for some. In 22 yrs of ztr use I have only had 2 failures both greasable either I over greased or under greased them not sure. I have had no failures with 15 sealed spindles so far. So it might be caused by conditions I mow nice green grass, not dry sandy weedy junk like some have too.
  7. GMLC

    GMLC LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,345

    Actually your right. I asked one manu why greasless? They told me 99% of the time greasable's are over or under greased. Way less failures with sealed.
  8. GrassGuerilla

    GrassGuerilla LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,440

    I know your right. Doesn't stop me from wanting to grease em though.
  9. puppypaws

    puppypaws LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,177

    So does Hustler, have no idea what Gene is talking about, you keep grease in the cavity and you should stay pretty much trouble free. I've never owned a Hustler Super Z that did not have grease zerks on the spindles and wheel yokes, meaning I really don't understand where Gene put his fittings.
  10. MJB

    MJB LawnSite Silver Member
    from Wa
    Messages: 2,869

    Start calling you the Grease Guerilla ! :laugh:

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