Gear drive belt(replacment cost and how often)

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by advanced-prolawn, Mar 13, 2007.

  1. advanced-prolawn

    advanced-prolawn LawnSite Member
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    I am debating between the toro 36 and 40 wb Tbar with 15hp. My only concern about these was the belts. How often do they need to be replaced, at what cost? Is this something you can do yourself?

    Also when i was testing out the demo i was unable to steer when i was going forward, only when i came nearly to a complete stop. Is this normal?
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  2. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
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    Not very often. you can get a couple of years out of the belts with proper care and adjustment. Also, a can of belt dressing (which will also last you a few years) is great to have. It takes about 1 second of spray on each belt about once every few weeks.
     
  3. txgrassguy

    txgrassguy LawnSite Gold Member
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    Runner, maybe up north you get a couple of years out of belts - but not here in Texas.
    I average maybe five months if I'm lucky.
    Heat, abrasive soil and harsh operating conditions all contribute to belt life, which in my case of three belt drive walk behinds uniformly averages about five months.
     
  4. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
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    Wow. That's a good point to take into consideration. It's not like you can put Armorall on them, or anything. I learn something new everyday! :)
     
  5. advanced-prolawn

    advanced-prolawn LawnSite Member
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    and how difficult are the belts to replace? This will be my main mower and will not have the time to wait for a mechanic to fix it.
     
  6. martinfan06

    martinfan06 LawnSite Senior Member
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    Pretty easy I can change both my drive belts in about 30 min. on mt toro t-bar. The belts for mine were 60$ for a pair or about 30 a pc.
     

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