Replacing Clutch Made Easy-Snapper WB

Discussion in 'Mechanic and Repair' started by ed2hess, Apr 10, 2013.

  1. GrassGuerilla

    GrassGuerilla LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Well, I'd be asking questions of the crew, maybe take the opportunity to have a little "how to" lesson on engaging and disengaging the blade. Couple of clutches in less than a year seems like reason enough to cover the basics with the operators. Just sayin...
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  2. Jeff in AL

    Jeff in AL LawnSite Senior Member
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    That is a weird failure... However, I have not had any dealings with any dual belt set up's either.
    If you find anything out on the cause, let me know... Just curious...

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  3. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
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    That we will do.

    Thanks...every clutch failure I experienced in 35 years involved smoke. I will contact them.
  4. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
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    Well here I am again with clutch out. End ot line for us with this dual pulley used in snapper and ferris.
  5. pugs

    pugs LawnSite Gold Member
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    We are a Ferris dealer and I cant find one that ever used that setup. The newer FW25 and FW35 don't appear to and all the old Dual Drives we see just have a single pulley so not sure what the deal is on that Snapper. After some digging I see Ferris used it on some 36" dual hydros and one 48" machine that was a cheaper offering they had for a couple years.

    What tensions the belt? I am assuming the 2 position pulley is for different cutting heights? Is the belt on the right pulley for the cutting height they are using? Are they possibly changing height in the field and not changing the belt position?
  6. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
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    I appreciate any help to possibly get a single pulley clutch for this unit. It is simply not reasonable to keep moving that belt. But when it came in it was in the ccorrect pulley the lower one.This unit is 4 years old but has set most of last 2 years Due 2 clutch fails. This past week we was mulching leaves so that Iis a heavy load. I am disappointed with this unit, wasted jymtime rebuilding the engine and put cannister filter on it. Not a priority I got better backup units.
  7. pugs

    pugs LawnSite Gold Member
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    Well you arent going to get a single pulley clutch for it. Thats how the machine was designed. Sure you could put one on but not sure how it would work.

    You must cut pretty low to be using the lower pulley. Its only good for 1.5"-2.75"

    Have you talked to a Snapper dealer about your problems? They would have more experience with it than I do. As I said very few Ferris machines ever used that part and I have never seen one.

    Only suggestion I can give is maybe try setting it at your most common height in the correct pulley and removing the adjusters from the equation so they cant screw up.
  8. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
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    I guess I am very surprised snapper don't use that double pulley are you sure. I don't see any machines in our area at dealer.
  9. pugs

    pugs LawnSite Gold Member
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    Snapper does use it. Ferris does not(at least not very much). They were generally not the same machines at all. Now they are more similar or probably even the same. But the machine you have was not offered as a Ferris. The newer 25 and 35 machines could be the same, but they do not use that double pulley.

    Its meant to have that double pulley for the different cutting heights.
  10. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
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    Lets see I got two very old snappers with an adjustable deck almost same as this new sw20 and single pulley.:dizzy: And both of them still on trailers working away. I figure out a way to put the exact clutch on this newer unit if I have to but one of my old kohlers on it.

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