Craftsman 46" deck mandrel

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Old 01-23-06, 12:36 PM
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Craftsman 46" deck mandrel

I have a craftsman mower with a 46 " deck. Bearings keep going bad in the mandrels(spindle). Does anyone know the size of these bearings, they should be cheaper than buying the whole assy.

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if you can pull one without destroying it you may be able to cross reference it at an auto parts store or small engine shop. it's not likely the craftsman web site will list an actual bearing mfg's part number.
 
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Originally Posted by electech
I have a craftsman mower with a 46 " deck. Bearings keep going bad in the mandrels(spindle). Does anyone know the size of these bearings, they should be cheaper than buying the whole assy.

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Post the part number of the mandrel so we can look it up.

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I tried that route. The two new bearings cost almost as much as a complete mandrel assy. I took the brgs out of the new mandrel,removed seals facing inside and drilled &tapped an 1/8" NPT hole for a grease zerk.
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dollars to doughnuts the oem bearings were not of the same quality as aftermaket. besides. you have drank from the holy grail now that you have greased a sealed bearing you will be forever cast into the bottomless pit of servicing your quills.

"The two new bearings cost almost as much as a complete mandrel assy. "
welcome to the world of mass marketing
 
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Old 01-24-06, 12:02 AM
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The bearings should be #6203 and 6204. Go to an industrial supplier (bearings and drives, or applied technology, Grainger, etc...) and ask for fafnir, koyo, timken, or another good quality bearing. You'll probably pay around 10 to 15 bucks apiece for them, and they'll last a whole lot longer than the cheap bearings. AYP products (ayp makes craftsman lawn tractors) usually have quality bearings from the factory in the quills.
 
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Mandrel part# 143651

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Bearings

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Mandrel part# 143651

Thank everyone for your replies
The top bearing is:
129895 1.851OD .787ID .55H
after market numbers:
45-204 Oregon OEP
7-04295 Primeline
442 Rotary
230-029 Stens

The bottom bearing is:
110485X 1.574OD .669ID .47H
after market numbers:
45-624 Oregon OEP
7-04194 Primeline
8507 Rotary
230-060 Stens

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Old 01-24-06, 11:30 AM
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I recommend finding a local bearing supplier and using any of the brands that Cheese noted. Be sure to bring a sample of each so as to get the correct ones.
 
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thanks everyone for your help. This has been a problem with this mower for years.

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Old 01-26-06, 02:24 AM
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The numbers I posted are generic bearing numbers that should apply to all brands that will fit. They aren't part numbers, but the actual bearing numbers.
 
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There is a website that has these bearings, http://www.outdoorpowerparts.net. I bought a few bearings from mthem a few years ago for my 46" craftsman.
 
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Old 01-30-06, 04:17 PM
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On some brands of bearings, if you order those bearing numbers [ 6203 and 6204 ] will get you bearings with no seals installed. Ask the bearing supplier what you will be getting.


For example: SKF/ChicagoRawhide a 6203 crosses to a 6203-J which has no seals. A 6203-RSJ would have a rubber seal on one side and a 6203-2RSJ would have rubber seals on both sides. A bearing with metal sheilds/seals is also available.
 

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