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Whenever I kill the PTO on my mower (RZT54), as the blades slow down, there is a "tinging" noise that comes from my far right (as if I'm sitting on the tractor) blade/spindle. A mechanic told me that it's a sign that the blade brake clutch is going out, but I don't think this model of deck HAS blade braking in the spindle. Regardless....he's saying that the spindle may need to be replaced very soon.

As far as I can tell, it doesn't make the noise while the PTO is engaged and the blades are at speed....its only when they are slowing to a stop. Any ideas what's going on here?
 

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Welcome to the forum, BarryCripps

Your mechanic friend may be right.

If you can move the blade laterally by hand, even a few thousandths, it's a sure sign that there is significant spindle bearing wear. If there is no movement, then the bearings may be dry (and noisy). Surely it has zerk fittings ??
 

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That tinging noise as the blades slow down is the blade actually touching the deck. This is caused by one of 2two things. First is the spindle wear and second if it is the right side blade the deck has been hit and bent in, allowing the blade to touch. This is typical of the crappy stamped steel decks of the cub cadet.
 

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I would think there'd be quite a racket all the time the blades are engaged if it was a bent or damaged deck. Like Mark suggested, you might want to check to see if there is any play in the blades.
 
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