Having reliable and durable equipment is necessary in lawn and garden maintenance. Any number of factors can damage equipment, so it’s important for manufacturers to create components that can stand up to pressure and environmental hazards. For this reason, PEER Bearing took an in-depth look at mower deck spindle assemblies to see how they could be improved upon. In the end, we came up with a robust solution that will increase the life of a mower deck spindle.
Our first task was to identify factors that would impact the functionality of the spindles. We determined that harshly contaminated agricultural environments and debris were a major concern. To combat the issue of contamination, we applied our TURFXTREME seal technology, coupled with specially designed shaft and housing components to block contamination. We also used high-strength ductile iron instead of aluminum for better protection against the impact of debris. The iron provides 60% greater strength than the previous aluminum housings.
In addition, we optimized the load distribution with an increased bearing spread, which should increase the lifespan of the bearings. By making these changes, we’ve designed a mower deck spindle assembly that can withstand tough environmental factors with minimal maintenance. This is a sound investment for equipment buyers, and will greatly improve functionality for workers using this landscaping gear.