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green_thumb
04-12-2008, 01:15 PM
I got a 36" encore walk behind hydro. Sweet machine, love it. The only thing is the transmission belt seems to be cracking more than normal. Belt was replaced a couple times last summer.. What could it be from; overheating? belt slip? tensioner to tight? faulty machine?? Has anyone seen this problem with Encore mowers???

Restrorob
04-12-2008, 08:09 PM
As with any brand unit when a new belt is installed it will break-in and stretch, Thus the adjustment should be checked periodically to prevent belt slippage which creates heat in turn causes cracks.

green_thumb
04-13-2008, 12:58 PM
Should there be any play in the at all or should it be really tight? I'm in fear of over tightening the belt causing it to break.. Down-time sucks..

Restrorob
04-13-2008, 01:19 PM
You don't want it banjo string tight, This being such a short belt adjust to where you can push in the center (side away from the idler) about 1/8 to 3/16".

Also make sure the bearings and belt ride surface is in good shape on the idler.

green_thumb
04-13-2008, 04:54 PM
Thanks for the info..