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Posted June 08, 2014 - 12:19 PM

Hello,

 

I just purchased a 1967 Wards Squire 10. It came with a 42in mower deck that has not been used in years. The belt is good and all three blades turn freely. Is there maintenance I must do to this deck? There are no grease fittings for the blade bearings/spindels. I can't imagine running this mower without doing some kind of lubrication. Please see the photo of the tractor and deck.

 

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Harpo

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Posted June 08, 2014 - 12:44 PM

:wave: Welcome to the asylum... uh forum! I would find a way to get some kind of lube in there. The old grease on those bearings may be hard by now!



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Posted June 08, 2014 - 12:53 PM

Yes, That's what I was thinking too. Seems odd there are no grease fittings. When I take this apart, maybe I will install some zurks.



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Posted June 08, 2014 - 01:29 PM

I have done that. Just remove the seals from the inside of the bearings!



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Posted June 08, 2014 - 05:56 PM

These used sealed bearings, just like the front wheels on that tractor. No need for zerks. Bearings are cheap or you can hand-pack them.

Beautiful tractor by the way! I would love to see more of it.

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Posted June 08, 2014 - 05:58 PM

Id like to see that ball hitch too....I have one just like it if it is setup as I imagine. I have never seen another like it and always figured my Grandfather made it.

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Posted June 08, 2014 - 06:58 PM

:wave:  Welcome to the Forum. Just hook up the deck and run it. If the spindles are quiet and vibration free you have a winner. If not the bearings are cheap on EPAY. Like Josh says they run sealed bearings.....Dave


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Posted June 08, 2014 - 10:24 PM

Great looking MW Squire you have there. As others have said, those bearings are sealed and they don't require grease. If you add zerks to grease the bearings, to get grease up to the top bearing you will have to fill up the housing and that will cause the bottom bearing to act as a pump and blow the bottom seal out. I would run it and see how it sounds, if noisy change out the bearings.


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Posted June 09, 2014 - 04:09 PM

Thanks to everyone for the tip on the sealed bearings. I will sharpen and balance the blades and see how it cuts. I will also need to track down a belt for the lower PTO.

 

Talntedmrgreen, I bought this from a 70 year old gentlman and his dad had bought it new. That ball hitch was extended by the original owner with a short piece of 1/4 inch steel.

 

I will post more pictures when I get it cleaned up a bit.

 

Thanks again,

 

Harpo



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Posted June 09, 2014 - 08:15 PM

I have one more question. Does anyone know the size belts I need for the lower PTO and mower deck on this 1967 MW Squire 10?

 

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Harpo






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