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post #1 of 8 Old 10-17-2018, 08:25 PM Thread Starter
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Pulley Spindle seized

Hi Guys,

I bought this riding lawn mower for 2 cases of beer. Engine runs great however one of the blades won't turn by hand. Can I assume the pulley spindle is seized and needs to be replaced?

Found some replacements on amazon.

https://www.amazon.ca/Assembly-618-0.../dp/B00MOKBME2

Thanks,
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post #2 of 8 Old 10-17-2018, 08:43 PM
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Re: Pulley Spindle seized

Yep, they should spin freely, anything less they are already on their way to becoming a problem.

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Yep, they should spin freely, anything less they are already on their way to becoming a problem.
That's what I thought. Thanks
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post #4 of 8 Old 10-17-2018, 10:57 PM
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Re: Pulley Spindle seized

sometimes U can just replace the bearings in the spindles.. takin the nut off the top will allow u to punch out the spindle shaft.. watch out for a spacer in between the bearings.. when the shaft is out the top bearing will come out the top.. bottom one comes out the bottom.. there should b a number on the seal that covers the balls inside.. take that bearing & ## to ur auto parts store.. it is w wise move to replace both spindles bearings.. that way u know the age of them.. U don't have to remove the spindles from the deck to get the bearings out.. there is 2 bearings per spindle..

replacin the bearings (10$$ each) is a lot cheaper than buyin 2 spindles..


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Re: Pulley Spindle seized

Have you found the name and model number of your rig?

It's usually under the seat.

Get another case of beer while working on them rig helps also.
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sometimes U can just replace the bearings in the spindles.. takin the nut off the top will allow u to punch out the spindle shaft.. watch out for a spacer in between the bearings.. when the shaft is out the top bearing will come out the top.. bottom one comes out the bottom.. there should b a number on the seal that covers the balls inside.. take that bearing & ## to ur auto parts store.. it is w wise move to replace both spindles bearings.. that way u know the age of them.. U don't have to remove the spindles from the deck to get the bearings out.. there is 2 bearings per spindle..

replacin the bearings (10$$ each) is a lot cheaper than buyin 2 spindles..
Awesome suggestion. Going to the store tomorrow to get my bearings.
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Re: Pulley Spindle seized

AND on some of them decks you can leave the blade on the spindle shaft, take the top pulley off drop the shaft out the bottom, remove the bearings (upper and lower and the center spacer collar) from the spindle housing. Sometimes them blade nuts are really on tight and rusted is why I just leave the blade on the shaft when taking them apart. (saves some sweat)

You can sharpen the blade while it's off and still on the shaft with a grinder if desired and re-install all and torque. If you want the blade off the shaft AFTER it's off the deck just place the BLADE in a vise and remove the blades spindle nut. The blade nut will then usually come off easier next time when you need to remove just the the blade for sharpening.
(don't put the shaft in the vise and damage it)

Putting the deck up on a stand off the ground really helps and a Impact wrench is a good thing.

If one spindle is worn out the other spindles if same age is also on their last leg.

If the spindle housing are aluminum and use self tapping bolts, most generally if you try to remove the self tapping bolts they twist off and a complete new spindle is required.

I've had good luck with replacement bearings by taking the numbers off the old bearings and looking on flea bay for a package deal on the bearings.

Do as Whirly suggests saves some big bucks.
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AND on some of them decks you can leave the blade on the spindle shaft, take the top pulley off drop the shaft out the bottom, remove the bearings (upper and lower and the center spacer collar) from the spindle housing. Sometimes them blade nuts are really on tight and rusted is why I just leave the blade on the shaft when taking them apart. (saves some sweat)

You can sharpen the blade while it's off and still on the shaft with a grinder if desired and re-install all and torque. If you want the blade off the shaft AFTER it's off the deck just place the BLADE in a vise and remove the blades spindle nut. The blade nut will then usually come off easier next time when you need to remove just the the blade for sharpening.
(don't put the shaft in the vise and damage it)

Putting the deck up on a stand off the ground really helps and a Impact wrench is a good thing.

If one spindle is worn out the other spindles if same age is also on their last leg.

If the spindle housing are aluminum and use self tapping bolts, most generally if you try to remove the self tapping bolts they twist off and a complete new spindle is required.

I've had good luck with replacement bearings by taking the numbers off the old bearings and looking on flea bay for a package deal on the bearings.

Do as Whirly suggests saves some big bucks.

I dismantled the entire deck to have a look. Knocked out all four bearings and will go monday to grab some replacements. I found them for $4.95 each which is a lot better that $100 for spindle replacements.

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