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.
A field proven design over many years, the TD65B incorporates seven blade spindles each supported by two maintenance free bearing per spindle. A long support bar holds the blade straight, providing a clean, level cut. A steel shield below the bottom bearing gives protection from any debris that could otherwise damage the bearing seal. Like all Progressive finish mowers, all blade spindle assemblies are interchangeable within the mower and quickly serviceable, lowering the total cost of ownership.
The TD65B is designed with deep skirt decks that are formed and welded, with bracing at high stress areas, to provide maximum structural strength. The open back discharge allows clippings to be dispersed evenly and without bunching up, leaving an after cut appearance that is second to none.
The TD65B is easy on the turf. Low ground pressure is achieved with 12 large low pressure floatation tires. Tire position is staggered to minimize soil compaction and rutting. Six non-swiveling caster tires as well as the two main transport tires keep mower tracking straight while mowing along hillsides.
Automatic mechanical safety locks are incorporated into the Progressive TD65B to hold all three decks in place when raised for blade servicing or transport. The decks are easily raised and lowered using the tractors hydraulic system, directly from the tractor seat.
Cutting height adjustment can be simply done on the TD65B by removing a lynch pin from top of each castor wheel stem and moving the spacers either above or below support tube as required. Like all Progressive mowers, the wheel hub and castor pivot are greaseable and castor pivot bushings are replaceable for low owning and operating costs.
Often mowers of this size are moved between tractors that are equipped with different size tires. This created additional work when the mower was connected as either the mower or the tractor's drawbar had to be adjusted to achieve the proper drive line positioning. To overcome this, Progressive has equipped the TD65B with a constant velocity (CV) input PTO as standard equipment. This makes connecting a mower to a tractor easier as the drawbar hitch length does not need to be re-adjusted each time (within reason). With the standard CV joint, minor misalignment isn't as critical when connecting the TD65B to different tractors. The result is overall hook-up time is greatly reduced and a feature not offered on all competitive mowers. Let's go mowing!