Who needs spindle covers?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing Equipment' started by Eric502, Apr 9, 2019.


Do you keep the spindle covers on your mowers?

  1. Yes- they add 10 HP!!

  2. No-throw them things away!

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  1. Eric502

    Eric502 LawnSite Senior Member
    Male, from Kentucky
    Messages: 787

    Spindle covers.... some are plastic, so metal. I guess they serve as safety precaution. Mine collect leafs and junk. Do you run them or take them off?
  2. alville

    alville LawnSite Member
    Messages: 17

    I keep em on
  3. Mow-Daddy.com

    Mow-Daddy.com LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,824

    I leave them on. They are steel and take only a moment to blow them out.
    Not worth taking off if someone gets hurt.
    I gain 15 hp. ;)
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  4. Mowing monkey.

    Mowing monkey. LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 578

    Do you mean ones on the top or bottom of the deck? The ones on the bottom I leave. The guards on the top I take off. Those only hold trash around the belts.
    weeze likes this.
  5. OP

    Eric502 LawnSite Senior Member
    Male, from Kentucky
    Messages: 787

    Yes the covers on top of the deck, usually on the left and right side.
  6. Hawkshot99

    Hawkshot99 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,949

    The amount of stuff they collect can be blown out real quick when swapping blades so why open up the danger of them exposed?
  7. Ridin' Green

    Ridin' Green LawnSite Fanatic
    Male, from Michigan
    Messages: 21,358

    I left mine on for years, but even though they weren't all that hard to clean out on the JD's, stuff can get caught in and under them and damage belts by dragging the belt etc. They are now sitting on a shelf until the day I get rid of this mower. They have been off for about 3 years now, and I've never had a single issue without them. On my machine, the two outer spindles are partially covered by the black plastic tanks on either side anyway, so safety is a non issue for me.
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  8. OP

    Eric502 LawnSite Senior Member
    Male, from Kentucky
    Messages: 787

    I cannot blow crap out of mine without removing it, on the Turf Tiger 2 that is. The cover to my right collects and gets packed up with crap. And regardless of me blowing the mower off, it continues to get lodged in there.
  9. ArTurf

    ArTurf LawnSite Fanatic
    Male, from Ark
    Messages: 6,063

    1st thing I do when I get a new mower is take them off. I realize the mfgs. must put them on for liability reasons but to me they are simply a debris collector. In my mind things are going to last longer when they're not sitting in dirt/grit grinding away
  10. T Total Lawncare

    T Total Lawncare LawnSite Bronze Member
    Male, from The deep south
    Messages: 1,666

    Mine have stayed on my current machine. They are no problem to blow out. I tend to stay on top of it by blowing off my machine after every account so there really is not that much accumulation. I also blow off the engine and anything under the seat around hydros. I’m OCD like that I guess as I can’t stand anything accumulating on my mower..
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