Hustler Deck Belt Idler

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by JimQ, Aug 17, 2007.

  1. JimQ

    JimQ LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,139

    Hey Hustler guys.

    I just noticed the deck idler on the XR-7 deck and thought it was an interesting idea. Any thoughts or opinions? Is it new? Does Hustler use it on any other products?

    Thanks,
    Q

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  2. Turf Professionals Inc.

    Turf Professionals Inc. LawnSite Member
    Posts: 131

    I know Hustler has been using this system since at least 04'. I like it!
     
  3. Branchland

    Branchland LawnSite Senior Member
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    Same here. The belt for the vac on the bagger is the same
     
  4. Downunder Bob

    Downunder Bob LawnSite Member
    Posts: 112

    I wasn't sure about it at first (on an 04 52mini) but its fine. It must be good quality plastic. I just wish they would cover the underside of the deck with it.
    (to stop grass,dirt sticking). I have used a similar plastic under a rotary hoe for years now and still going strong.
     
  5. dc33

    dc33 LawnSite Member
    from Indiana
    Posts: 240

    the owners manual says to grease that, lol
    Im guessing its wrong
     
  6. captken

    captken LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,707

    Congratulations, you have just exploited the most relevant flaw of the Hustler mower. It's Achilles heel.

    The plastic is a slide....what's so special?

    That idler pulley has been the most replaced item on my machine. Period.
    I keep spares for when they blow.

    It is an off the shelf part, generic.

    They dress it up in a plastic slide, this time not on a pivot, just a slide..how do you or why would you want to grease this?

    I'll gladly post a picture of how it probably look after 300 hrs.

    After you have given up cursing that idler pulley.

    I have lost count of how many times I have replace that idler pulley. They have used the same setup [plastic/idler] since I bought mine, circa 2001.

    Do not be fooled...you don't have to buy this from Hustler, this is a generic item that can be purchased locally. I'd be broke if I had to buy this part from Hustler.


    I still run that Hustler as a back up mower.

    I have always carried spare idler pulleys, The bearings wear out

    This one item you will replace again and again.

    I am sure you are in love with your new machine....report back in a few years with a valid assessment of that part....

    kenny.
     
  7. lawnmaniac883

    lawnmaniac883 LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,613

    I like the pivot arm setup on my Gravely personally, plastic is just one more thing to break/wear out. Looks to me like the forgot about the deck idler when designing that deck and had to get creative with chain and a spring and some plastic to make it work. I dont like that design at all.
     
  8. HenryB

    HenryB LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,828

    I've owned a few Super Z's and have never had to replace that idler pulley. The chain is a nice xtra to adjust the belt tension.:waving:
     
  9. captken

    captken LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,707

    I meant to say after 3000 hrs. And after 15-20 deck idler pulleys.
    You will soon experience idler pulley failure.
     
  10. Branchland

    Branchland LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 354

    Mine's a '04. Coming up on 850 hours. Haven't replaced a pully yet. Knock on wood.
     

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