Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by mkwl, Jul 27, 2004.

  1. mkwl

    mkwl LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,700

    I am just curious,how can you tell if a spindle is going bad? Do they ever go bad, after how many hours?
  2. Goodguy001

    Goodguy001 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 44

    Noise is one. I remove the belts and manually twist the blade with some side force to feel anything grinding or binding. Grab the blade and check for side to side play or up and down. They do go bad. Water will kill a spindle quick. A hot spindle sucks water into the bearing like a sponge, so if you pressure wash, air dry excess water with compressed air and then run blade for 10 - 15 minute to allow spindles to heat up and evaperate any water.
  3. MJLsLawnCareNmoreLLC

    MJLsLawnCareNmoreLLC LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 840

    mkwl, yes they do. Mine went bad after 15 yrs. Only about 5 of which were being used. Make sure you grease them. Check out my tread called "The blade dropped II??!!". I posted some pictures of my bad spindles. The whole blade itself dropped 1/2 an inch.

    Also if you take the plate off the bottom of the spindles, you can see the condition of the bottom bearing. At least on the older spindles you can do this.
  4. rob1325

    rob1325 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 697

    What machine is the spindle on?

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