Simplifying service and reducing routine maintenance requirements has been a key objective of Progressive's for the past several years. Ensuring that many service parts remain backwards compatible to older models is also a key consideration. This not only reduces the owner's long term operating cost but it becomes a competitive advantage! Through the continued use of field proven parts and designs, the resale value of Progressive mowers remain above industry norms.
Progressive introduced maintenance free blade spindle assemblies several years ago. Developed and tested over many years, they are packed with permanent grease. The sealed bearings incorporate a unique steel seal that is designed to keep lubricant in and contaminants out, providing superior bearing life in demanding conditions. Completely interchangeable with our conventional greased bearings, so older spindles can be upgraded. Maintenance free blade spindles not only protect the owner's investment from a missed service, they also reduce routine maintenance time and cost.
Maintenance Free Blade Spindles are standard equipment on the PM-36.
All four wing deck shafts* on the Next Generation PM-36 have 100 hour greasing intervals. The extended interval means more productive mowing time is available each day. For larger scale operations this also allows for easier maintenance scheduling. A daily pre-use walk-around of the mower and tractor should always be performed, but now this task can be accomplished in less time.
* Note: Only the four wing deck shafts have 100 hour greasing intervals. These shafts are identified by PTO safety covers that are completely black. The three center shafts, including the input, have yellow and black PTO safety covers and have an 8 hour greasing interval requirement.
Combining the maintenance free blade spindles with the 100 hour greasing interval, provides a measure of comfort for the owner - gone is the fear that a missed service point by un-familiar maintenance personnel will render the mower out of service and put production behind schedule.