wow, upkeep on mowers is expensive

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by mike lane lawn care, May 4, 2006.

  1. mike lane lawn care

    mike lane lawn care LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,707

    i got home today from mowing a tall wet lawn, so i took the deck off the rider and scraped all of the grass off. then i think to myself "i'll just top off the grease fittings(my mower has 12 of them), i use up two tubes of grease. my mower has only 13 hours on it, is it going to use grease this quickly all the time, or was it not completly filled with grase before it left the dealer?
  2. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 21,653

    I keep telling you guys, you need to go over the entire machine before you take it out for the first time because it has been my experience the dealer's re-assuring words of 'shes ready to go!' are not meant for the true professional.

    Your mower's grease pits were not completely filled with grease, while you're at it now go over the entire machine and check belts and everything, I mean connections and nuts and bolts and everything should be properly adjusted and have tools handy, too. Yes, the whole machine, nut by nut, check it all, you will likely find a few discrepancies you can fix before it causes a problem.

    If you don't do it, your machine will be in for a warranty issue before end of month, that is unless you don't mind fixing it yourself or, maybe you'll get lucky.

    This is another reason why I say it is best to start out with a used machine if you're new: So you can learn exactly how everything should be, so when you buy the new machine one year, you will know what to check and when you check it, how it should be.
  3. ProLawns

    ProLawns LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 476

    You used two full size tubes of grease on twelve fittings? Don't you know when to stop pumping?
  4. mike lane lawn care

    mike lane lawn care LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,707

    they were the mini tubes, but that is still a lot of grease, and yes i know when to stop.
  5. grassmanvt

    grassmanvt LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 906

    Yikes, if done on a weekly basis, greasing should take only a pump or two on most fittngs and on a couple four or five, at most. Otherwise, the joints were empty or the unit isn't being greased enough. I don't use two tubes on a big loader. Not even one.
  6. 6'7 330

    6'7 330 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,821

    I think I here seals popping.
  7. Richard Martin

    Richard Martin LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,699

    I'll second this. The next time around it shouldn't take nearly as much grease.
  8. i_plant_art

    i_plant_art LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 558

    too much grease is will have the same effect of no grease at all..... go easy on it 2 pumps and thats it max....
  9. brucec32

    brucec32 LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,403

    two tubes of grease! LOL
  10. lawnboy dan

    lawnboy dan LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,711

    get a full size grease gun-those mini tubes dont go far and cost $ tractor supply has grease tubes for $1 a tube

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