how do I measure these darn belts?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Chop Stuff Up, Oct 1, 2006.

  1. Chop Stuff Up

    Chop Stuff Up LawnSite Senior Member
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    I ordered 2 new belts for my bobcat 48"WB and they are too big, I measured the original ones and got 5/8x70 and 5/8x85.5 and ordered those sizes, I'm trying to figure out what the heck I did wrong. I'm not aware of any local bobcat mower dealers and I can't find a parts list. Its a 1996 model. I had no luck at bobcatturf.com
     
  2. ChadsLawn

    ChadsLawn LawnSite Bronze Member
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    check the local auto parts store. NAPA. They have green stripe belts and 5/8 width.
     
  3. LarryF

    LarryF LawnSite Bronze Member
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  4. metro36

    metro36 LawnSite Silver Member
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    There is a special gauge for measuring belts. You just need to take the belt to your auto parts store and they will measure it out for you. If you have tractor supply store near by go there. They have a gauge and stock a wide variety of belts.
     
  5. metro36

    metro36 LawnSite Silver Member
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    Dont do this. You will probally have the same problem. I never order parts over the internet unless I have the model number.Go to one of the stores I listed above. It will be better and cheaper.
     
  6. Chop Stuff Up

    Chop Stuff Up LawnSite Senior Member
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    I don't see any of them there... the measurements I made are close, but not close enough. The supplier I used has just about any size belt, just has no way of telling me which one is right for my mower. I'd have to go a little smaller than 5/8x70 and 5/8x85.5. The belts rotate but are too loose and flop all around. I'd prefer an exact measure before I order the wrong ones again.
     
  7. Chop Stuff Up

    Chop Stuff Up LawnSite Senior Member
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    ah crap, I just had them on there wrong. :laugh:
     
  8. metro36

    metro36 LawnSite Silver Member
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    Dont sweat it.:weightlifter: :weightlifter: It happens to the best of us.:drinkup: :drinkup: :drinkup: I have done things like that to.:cool2: :cool2: :cool2:
     
  9. plc_mowing

    plc_mowing LawnSite Member
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    what i do is take a piece of twine, but it around the pulleys and then measure it. this will get your length very close.
     
  10. pugs

    pugs LawnSite Gold Member
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    Well you are gonna need more than the year to find what you need. How about a model number. Being that old there is probably a seperate model tag on the deck and power unit so most of the belts would be listed under the deck model...
     

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