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Old 10-27-2013, 12:47 PM
B&SFTW B&SFTW is offline
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I had this same problem on an old john deere. went to put the belt on, and half the pulleys and a tensioner needed to come off.
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Old 10-27-2013, 01:09 PM
HenryB HenryB is online now
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Take just the pulley off or loosen it. Should have enough play to snake the belt on.
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Old 10-28-2013, 09:34 PM
Ormond32176 Ormond32176 is offline
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I ended up getting a new one on, but it took two people.

I found out why it broke though. You can apparently raise the deck "too high" even though there is nothing limiting it, and holes for the pins there from the factory, but it makes the belt rub on the deck and break... There are so many of these little kinks in this mower, it's kind of ridiculous.
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Old 10-28-2013, 09:44 PM
smallstripesnc smallstripesnc is offline
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I have a 36in gravely pro walk hydro and my idler pully keeps going bad every 15-20 hours...I agree with the design flaws. I love the pro-steer controls and it makes a world of difference but the mower always throws some clippings out the front of the deck towards the chute and when I put my accelerator catcher on it really blows out the front. It bags but some gets blown out the front. Even the guy from accelerator industries can't figure it out. I've tried different blades, different heights, etc...
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