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I took off the mower of my LA145, lubricated the spindles and changed the blades to a set of gators. The two outside spindles have zero play, very tight. The inside spindle had just a bit, not visible to the eye, but with rocking the blade it could be felt. How much play do you start to worry? The mower only has 8 hours.
 

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No play at all. The only movement of that spindle should be rotation. There is none on my new JD after 30 hours - and on my ancient Wheelhorse deck after near 30 years,,there is none. I'd get it replaced and not let it go.
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No play at all. The only movement of that spindle should be rotation. There is none on my new JD after 30 hours - and on my ancient Wheelhorse deck after near 30 years,,there is none. I'd get it replaced and not let it go.
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Thanks Rich R.

The JD is only 2 months old, so I think it should be covered under warranty.
 

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i hope you have your old blades. if you have a crappy dealer he may claim you hit something and not cover it. hopefully not, but some of them are very picky about things like that.

they likely will try to tell you to just put some more grease in it, that is NOT a fix. it will stop the play for less than 1 cutting!
 

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My L120 has 408 hrs and while the spindles that came on it new all three went out between 100 to 200 hrs the replacements are greeseable and are still ok.
 

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i hope you have your old blades. if you have a crappy dealer he may claim you hit something and not cover it. hopefully not, but some of them are very picky about things like that.

they likely will try to tell you to just put some more grease in it, that is NOT a fix. it will stop the play for less than 1 cutting!
Never hit anything or damaged the mower. I do have the old blades and I can always put them back on. Do you think the dealer will replace a spindle for slight play that is just by feel and not visual, although it definitely feels different than the others? I still have years of warranty left, any harm in waiting and watching? Any dealers out there with any thoughts?
 
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