Do you keep spindle bearings as part of your spare parts? I have a 36" Exmark hydro Viking. The greasable bearings lasted for five seasons (700-900 service hours per season). They were a bit loose two years ago, so I replaced them. All new bearings are nongreasabale. The replacements lasted for 1 1/2 seasons - had to replace them mid-season this year. Both sides were loose. Now, one set of bearings was loose again. I replaced them this morning. I've heard others on this Forum talk about annual replacements. Perhaps I should expect less than two seasons from the nongreasable ones, therefore adopt the annual replacement policy. Perhaps I have to take blame for the latest failure. When I made the changes during mid-season this year, I may have damaged the new bearing. Installation of the bearings was not difficult, nothing unusual. The set I replaced this morning were only running about 500 service hours, maybe a bit less. I knew it was loose, but hoping I could get another 30-40 hours to finish the season. But, the spindle was making too much noise, the blade too loose. I'm keeping a set of bearings on the shelf as spare. Are my experiences unusual? Or, should I lobby the manufacturers to return to greasable bearings? BTW, where can one buy a good set of punches for the tool box (e.g. large pin punch, drift punch, etc)?