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beltdrive wb's and rain

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by snapper, Apr 2, 2004.

  1. snapper

    snapper LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 399

    I see why rain and belt drive wb's dont mix. I had to mow some yards today and it was wet. It is a gravely and man did they slip when they got wet. I was riding a sulky or else it proably would of done all right. I was all most done anyway so i just went on. But i am glad i dont mow in the rain much.. Any of you expierence this when wet out??

    Thanks guys!! snapper
  2. lonnie

    lonnie LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 317

    My 36" toro belt with sulky has never slipped on me.
  3. 65hoss

    65hoss LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,360

    The soil conditions there may allow for mowing in the rain, but not here without really bad ruts. Next time take the sulky off and see how it does.
  4. Camelot Gardens Uk

    Camelot Gardens Uk LawnSite Member
    Posts: 108

    I only use 21"" Honda 536, they are all shaft driven, expensive at $2400 but they never stop. Had a bad experience with belts 3 yrs ago never again.
  5. Five Diamond Lawns

    Five Diamond Lawns LawnSite Member
    Posts: 197

    Apparently there is a belt conditioner you can buy to apply on your belts that make them tacky. It's suppose to work better in the rain but it cuts the life of your belts significantly. You get it at a farm equipment store I'm still looking for it.

    If you haven't experienced slipping with a belt drive WB in the rain you haven't had to mow in the real rain!!!!
    It's not the rain that's the problem it's the green juice from the wet grass on your belt.
  6. Doc Pete

    Doc Pete LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,469

    To put your mind at ease, I've got so far as to use spray contact cement to keep the belts from slipping...... Doesn't hurt the belts, but when they get real wet nothing helps.
  7. bobbygedd

    bobbygedd LawnSite Fanatic
    from NJ
    Posts: 10,178

    push the damn thing don't be so lazy
  8. proenterprises

    proenterprises LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,297

    show me a 21" mower that costs 2400.00

    I only use 21"" Honda 536, they are all shaft driven, expensive at $2400
  9. Kady Landscape

    Kady Landscape LawnSite Member
    Posts: 18

    I have a belt drive Toro 48" w/b, it's a great mower. But it won't get out of its own way when its raining. It's the price you pay when you don't anty up for the hydro. In my mind, the belt drive is worth the savings though.
  10. ib2old

    ib2old LawnSite Member
    Posts: 7

    i have drilled 1/8 inch holes in drive pulleys, and have had good luck with that! also have used hair spray, just my 02!!!!

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