It never fails. I’m mowing the yard and the lawn tractor starts making a loud noise. Not clanking, more like it’s normal sound but a lot louder. I shut down the blades and get stopped. Just about then it shudders hard a few times and spits up a rather large pulley. I mean it just freaking rolls out from under the tractor.
As best I can tell, that pulley is where power for the PTO is pulled off the engine. The “permanently lubricated” bearing is toast. You spin it and it feels rough and dry. And whatever holds it on its shaft is nowhere to be found.
This is not a part that gets lubed or serviced, although perhaps it should have been engineered so. I despise anything that is “permanently lubricated”. Hey, if we don’t put a zerk on this we can save $0.02 cents/unit! And cause endless headaches to the owners. We will engineer and beancount ourselves into the scrap head. Of course, that may well be the point.
Normally this happens just after I have bought something rather expensive. This time it’s happened when the only other thing I have that can pull trailers and help with yard work, the Honda ATV, is also deadlined. I guess since all that yardwork I was going to do needs something to pull a trailer, I now have time to fix the ATV while the tractor is in the shop. While I might be able to fix it myself, the number of trips to the Up and Coming City plus chiropractor bills will more than pay the shop labor. I hope.
I’m going to get a shower and go see Wicked with Mrs. Freeholder, Old Friend and his wife. You guys go lubricate something expensive.