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More on rideing mowers/Toro
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Clod    Posted 07-15-2003 at 10:48:44       [Reply]  [No Email]
Why does that spindle bearing go out? On the cutting rotors>> My boss has the dealer tell him they go out often because> You mow with them ,Get them hot then wash the deck off with a water hose and that crystalises the bearings.I doubt that myself.My estimation is that you may notice the grass and string that winds up above the cutter blade jams up there at the bearing causing the trouble.Seal leaks then there is no lubricant to save bearing.Also viberation and stress from hitting hard objects are causes that add to short life.Then also the lubricant is forced away or seal looses contact. BELTS. The new mower belts that are grey or green looking are besy for mowers.Not the fan belts for autos made of rubber.The new have ballistic nylon in them..HIGH GRASS with mulcher blades and deck. This one will hold a lot of high grass inside the deck trying to shread it up.Eventually there is enough under there swirling around until it breaks a belt,slips the belt and dammages it or throws the belt.Or chokes the engine down.So if you have 4 or five acres of overgrown grass then you cant cut it .I just cut a big slot on the left side of the deck which has the most trouble because it has to throw the grass to the far right side to dispose of it IF it cant shred it enough to go under the bottom.Also I cut the metal behind the middle rotor to let cut grass expell.This might leave unmulched grass on a recently cut lawn but if I cant cut grass that has grown while the mower was down then I have not much use for a rideing mower.You can always rake grass after you cut it.But if you cant cut it then it is going to look bad anyway.


Ludwig    Posted 07-16-2003 at 05:55:47       [Reply]  [No Email]
Your right about mulchers and high grass. I like a mulcher in normal grass but once it gets up over the hood on my mower I want a regular deck. My old tired White does a better job faster than the new MTD Statesman if the grass is high. In normal length grass the MTD is way faster than the White.
We did manage to break the belt on the MTD this year in that high wet grass. I'd been mowing and Mrs. Ludwig was ready to help. I stopped the MTD and switched to the White. She mowed maybe 100 yards and broke the belt on the MTD. I hadn't cleaned the wet lumps of grass out of the deck and by the time she got started they'd hardened to concrete and the deck wouldn't go down right so the belt ran off kilter and the pulleys ate it.


clod    Posted 07-16-2003 at 07:23:35       [Reply]  [No Email]
Ludwig.We have about 4 acres of grass here.If something happens and I miss mowing a couple of weeks then the high grass hangs under the left side that has no opening untill it breaks a belt.Ofcouse it took me awhile to figure out mulcher set ups are not for high grass.But anyway.I changed the pulley belt system, that was an improvemnt.N hav nngs for the grass to escape,but it's wet again now.


Okie-Dokie    Posted 07-15-2003 at 16:46:00       [Reply]  [No Email]
The reason those towers fail so regularly is because the manufacturers no longer put grease zerts in them so you can keep them lubed. I have seen the guy at the mower shop in Stroud,Okla. drill a little hole at the top of the tower so you can at least squirt a little oil in there occationaly. Their thinking must be it's a cheaper way to manufacture them, and think of all the replacement towers we can sell too.


Clod    Posted 07-15-2003 at 18:17:45       [Reply]  [No Email]
I can jerk them out easy.I ws going to drill and tap for grease zerks.But my boss said..Nope! those are sealed bearings!What good will that do.???.I said if the seals stayed sealed they would last a few months.If i put grease in there under pressure every mowing it will get in past the seals. But he always wins because If I do it my way, I buy the parts and materials.


bill b va    Posted 07-15-2003 at 12:42:39       [Reply]  [No Email]

get your self a grass sythe and you wont have that problem . make sure the snath is in good shape .


Clod    Posted 07-15-2003 at 18:33:11       [Reply]  [No Email]
Bil..You must be talking about one of those weedwhackers with a wood handle.Ha,, Im not young and frisky as I used to be.


Annie in KY    Posted 07-15-2003 at 11:42:44       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I guess I haven't had that problem because I've run over enough tree roots and bent the deck out so bad that it just shoots all the grass right out from under there. Since a lot of my property is wooded I run over sticks and other debris on a regular basis. It's like a mini bushhog.


Clod    Posted 07-15-2003 at 14:04:45       [Reply]  [No Email]
Kentucky bluegrass must be diffrent from this grass here.I was mowing yesterday and ran over two hunters lost from last year.They were in a jeep.


Annie in KY.    Posted 07-15-2003 at 14:37:23       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Ha! I hope you saved the Jeep! It's not the bluegrass that's a problem (the horses keep that eaten down) hubby says I use the mower like a stump grinder, he just shakes his head when he hears me out mowing and hears the god-awful sound that comes rippin through the air when I hit another tree root and those blades starts slapping on that bent deck.


Clod    Posted 07-15-2003 at 14:55:46       [Reply]  [No Email]
He may have went and bought one of those 54 dollar belts.Im surprised the long belt does not fall off a lot.Your mower must be fairly new.Or not a Toro.


Clod    Posted 07-15-2003 at 18:23:52       [Reply]  [No Email]

This guy has a Toro.Look where he is mowing.You could mow that with a push mower.


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