toro push mowers stripping rear gears for self drive!!!

Discussion in 'Mechanic and Repair' started by jturkey69, Aug 20, 2012.

  1. jturkey69

    jturkey69 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 15

    Hey all...this year we switched to toro recycler self propelled rear drive mowers..8 to be exact...split between 3 grass cutters with quite a feqw accounts...purchased in Feb and May...all of them have had the rear wheels with nylon gears replaced at least 4-5 times...along with safety or drive cables. I have had no luck in finding the vendor for the nylon gears to order them separate, and also unable to get any help from a toro email inquiry...(go figure) The shop had used Lawnboys in previous years, and I noticed the rear wheels ring gear as well as pinion is steel...we had a plethora of replacement front wheels for those(due to being heavy is my guess)

    personal cutting and mech background..up until recently..I have had a weekly grass cutting route, and never had wheel failure...only one mower had issues of not wanting to start minutes after running, and lost a safety handle somewhere enroute to an account...solved by bungee cord in the field..which I now prefer as I can walk away with mower running to move or pick up trash. Now I am foreman/mech, and need to know if this can be fixed, or to cut the loss.

    does anyone have any info or tips so I can solve this problem? I realize these are not commercial mowers, and I was not involved in the purchase of these, but I am now trying to either fix the flaw, modify the flaw, or cut the loss. One thing of after ordering 4 rear wheels for two mowers...I personally started to replace the wheels vs our other mech(who uses airtools) as I was threading in the wheel bolt by hand(mower tipped on side) I noticed the wheel to a wobbly dance every turn of the thread (like putting washers on a 3 of the 5 studs of a car, then mounting wheel, and then lugs) I left it alone, but tomorrow I will attempt to make sure the bolt is true and straight, but any other insight would be grateful! I tend to overthink things, but then again, I tend to take care of my equipment I am using.

    thanks for any insight!!
  2. kymowboy

    kymowboy LawnSite Member
    Messages: 69

    Sounds like you may need to change the drive pinions as well as the wheels/gear assemblies, new wheel bolts might be in order too.
    I recently replaced the pinions and wheels on my super recycler after 5 years and the gears were steel. You might want to see it SR wheels will fit your recycler and upgrade to the steel gear.
  3. charmill26

    charmill26 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 369

    I would say regardless of whatever problem is coming from the mowers and cutting that much with them it would be best to switch to commericals. (I know you said that). I bought a new recycler last fall and it is already seeing better days. I'm not complaining I knew what I bought and got much more than my $'s worth out of it already. It's not my main mower but I use it more than most lco's use 21s. I can only imagine how much you guys are using yours

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