Simplifying service and reducing maintenance requirements was a key objective for the new generation model and the TDR-22n delivers on both counts!
Access to the top of each mower deck is needed for periodic cleaning, belt inspection and adjustment. Progressive has designed the TDR-22n for easy access - only a few bolts must be removed to access the belts.
Efficient power transmission is essential to a quality cut. The TDR-22n is designed with additional belt wrap around the pulleys which also enhances belt life as the belt is less likely to slip. A simple jack screw on the idler pulley is used for belt adjustment - deck drive gear boxes do not need to be repositioned, saving time and trouble. Belt adjustment should be the only reason to remove a deck cover, other than for inspection and cleaning.
Developed and tested over several years, Progressive is pleased to introduce maintenance free blade spindle assemblies. Completely interchangeable with a greased spindle, the same housing is used providing wide spacing between the bearings ensuring low bearing loading and long service life. Maintenance free blade spindles not only protect the owner's investment from a missed service, it also reduces overall maintenance time and costs. Watch for maintenance free blade spindles to be added to other Progressive mowers in the future.
All of the shafts including the input slip joint on the TDR-22n have 100 hour greasing intervals. The wing and deck pivots points are also on a 100 hour schedule. 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.
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.