When you shop for a new riding mower, you’re likely to encounter ample advice about which features must be on your “must-have” list. While it’s ultimately your responsibility to decide which kind of riding mower you purchase, a mower with a front axle is usually considered a better investment than one with a front axle made of welded steel.
When assessing a riding mower as a possible buy, one indication of quality is really a leading axle that is made from forged or cast iron. When the manufacturer has taken the opportunity to provide the machine using the cast-iron axle, it’s more probable that the remaining portion of the machine has exceptional parts too. As you’ll most likely pay more for the machine using the cast-iron axle, odds are it’ll last more than its cheaper competitors.
The exceptional strength of the cast-iron front axle, when compared to a steel axle, is of special value when your yard contains rugged terrain or even numerous obstacles. Replacing the mower into a raised cement curb or hitting a ditch at an increased rate of speed is enough to bend an axle of lesser strength. While it’s still a good idea to mow attentively, the cast-iron front axle is far more likely to originate from injury unscathed. Axles made of cast-iron withstand higher loads, have better vibration damping than steel and a better wear, heat and corrosion resistance.
When you have bent on a front-axle of lesser quality, then you’ll probably learn of it quickly in an annoying manner. The mower may have a tendency to rise upward and down slightly as the bent axle ends, which makes you feel as if you’re on a merry-go-round horse instead of a lawn mower. You may also experience excessive vibration when the device is operating. If you notice an uneven cut and you know that your mower deck is flat along with the blades and spindles are in proper working order, it’s possible that you get a bent front axle. Picking a machine using a cast-iron front axle can help you avoid those difficulties.
Since among the most dangerous conditions that can arise if you’re using a riding mower is a turnover situation, it’s always comforting to know that your mower has added weight to allow it to avoid tipping. The added weight of the cast iron increases the mower’s traction too. When the manufacturer has gone to the trouble of adding a cast-iron front axle, odds are that the transmission case is probably made from forged iron too, adding even more weight to the machine.