spindle question?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by luv2mow, May 19, 2007.

  1. luv2mow

    luv2mow LawnSite Member
    Messages: 41

    I noticed when mowing yesterday a funny sound coming from what sounded like spindle on discharge side. Almost sounded like gravel in a tin can. Finished mowing and it was cutting just fine. Today I was going to clean up the mower and noticed grease all around the spindle and even throw up across the deck. Any clues? Shot spindle or what?
  2. bobcat175

    bobcat175 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 377

    You might have a sealed spindle bearing that isn't sealed anymore....take the belt off and rotate the spindle by the blade....also try and rock the blade...you should be able to tell if the spindle is junk....should rotate smooth with no play.

    I had a junk spindle and even with the belt on I could rock the pulley...after removing I could hear the bearings...compare to a new one and you'll know.

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