ideally it should have ZERO play. i bet you that spindle wears out first unless you hit something hard with one of teh others.
Thanks Rich R.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.
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?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!