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Old 09-15-2013, 05:13 PM
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It's going to be a long week.

I was mowing my own yard when a idler pulley decided to come apart on my main mower so i attached the sulky and greased the wb, i just wish the wb was a 60" instead of a 48". The main thing is it's not a major problem and my customers will still be taken care of.
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Old 09-15-2013, 05:46 PM
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#1 reason why I have at least 1 extra idler pulley, deck belt and drive belt in my trailer.
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Old 09-15-2013, 06:49 PM
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Just fix it Mon. mourning, it's a quick fix once you pick up the replacement from the shop.
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Old 09-15-2013, 06:57 PM
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It's going to be a long week.

I keep extra belts and an idler for mine too. There's nothing like being almost done when something breaks.
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Old 09-15-2013, 09:05 PM
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Should be a 5 minute job to fix it, unless its a navigator then give your self time. But it sounds like a 60" ztr. Or are you taking it to the dealer?
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Old 09-15-2013, 09:19 PM
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Should be a 5 minute job to fix it, unless its a navigator then give your self time. But it sounds like a 60" ztr. Or are you taking it to the dealer?
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Hope he's not taking it to the dealer for that. Even if it was under warranty, it wouldn't be worth it to me if it were my main mower like it is his.
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Old 09-15-2013, 10:45 PM
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Believe it or not some idler pulleys can be rebuilt, especially the ones that are two halves riveted together... Drill out the rivets, separate the two halves, now inspect the bearings for numbers so you can order new one(s), when you get the new ones put it all back together and use short stubby bolts with lock washers and nuts instead of rivets.

Pros:
$5 for the bearings (vs. $20 - $50 for some of those pulleys) and the first time a few $ for the nuts / bolts / lock washers.
Can be done time and again.
Cons:
Time consuming while waiting for parts, not worth it on cheaper idler pulleys.
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Old 09-16-2013, 04:45 AM
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Should be a 5 minute job to fix it, unless its a navigator then give your self time. But it sounds like a 60" ztr. Or are you taking it to the dealer?
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It'll take a little longer than 5 minutes but if i can't change a idler pulley i better get out of the lawn business. it's my ztr. I do all my own repairs.
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Old 09-16-2013, 04:49 AM
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Believe it or not some idler pulleys can be rebuilt, especially the ones that are two halves riveted together... Drill out the rivets, separate the two halves, now inspect the bearings for numbers so you can order new one(s), when you get the new ones put it all back together and use short stubby bolts with lock washers and nuts instead of rivets.

Pros:
$5 for the bearings (vs. $20 - $50 for some of those pulleys) and the first time a few $ for the nuts / bolts / lock washers.
Can be done time and again.
Cons:
Time consuming while waiting for parts, not worth it on cheaper idler pulleys.
There is no rebuilding this one and at $15.00 its not worth it to me.
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Old 09-16-2013, 07:17 AM
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Yes, always keep spare parts, pulleys, belts, etc. Never know when you need something and maybe your dealer just got bought out or something which puts you behind even more. I had an idler go on me 8 days ago on a "new" mower last year - only had like 650 hrs or so...I swapped it out but should still be under warranty.
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