Posted a few weeks ago about my search for a Finish mower to go on my new 2025R. Got very little response about the used Frontier GM1060R that I had found at a local Deere dealer. Clean unit, used very little, still had green paint on underside and wheels showing very little wear. Included was I-Match conversion, chain deflection guard and anti-scalp roller. There was a blister on the side skirt where I am guessing something was hit hard enough to make a dent outwards about the size of a 50 cent coin. We arrived at a price that we were both good with. I did stipulate that I wanted the spindles checked especially the one closest to that blister, everything greased, blades sharp and delivered and hooked to my tractor to make sure everything was compatible.
Delivered last Friday and everything looked good. Salesman told me it had been through shop and everything was good to go. Started mowing today and maybe 30 minutes into mowing started hearing a tapping noise and a few seconds later blades on deck stopped turning. Pulled covers and belt was toast and in pieces with lots of belt rubber dust everywhere. Checked spindles and middle and right outer blades and spindles spin freely by hand. Sure enough the spindle closest to the blister I can barely turn by hand and when turning has tight spots in it. Pully on that spindles was very hot to the touch as well. Guessing the belt overheated at that spindle and came apart as heat built and it got harder to turn.
Called salesman and they are coming to get it and take it back to there shop for repairs. I am thinking the spindle shaft is bent and that caused the bearings to start to seize. Thinking about all that was done while it was in the shop to be checked out was some zerks greased to make it look like it had been checked over. Seems to me if it had been looked over properly they might have had to replace a spindle shaft and a couple bearings. Going to need that and a belt and possible more not to mention 4 hours travel time to come and get it and return after repairs. Be interesting to see what they come up with.