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Turf Tracer Deck loses power

Discussion in 'Mechanic and Repair' started by SteveG66, Aug 31, 2012.

  1. SteveG66

    SteveG66 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 39

    Have gone back 20 pages and havent found an answer or similar situation, hope someone can help me.

    52" TT, can run deck for 30 minutes and seems to be operating fine, deck then slows down and no longer cuts well. I dont see any pulleys or spindles locked up, I don't know what else. I'd replace belt if that was it, but belt seems fine and has good tension on it.

    This baffles me, ive tried to figure it out and i'm stumped.

    If it's something simple, I will fix otherwise I'll take to a dealer.

    I recently puchased this used for personal use, I believe it was rode hard put away wet, but I'm determined to get it to work.

    Any troubleshooting suggestions or ideas would be greatly appreciated. It has to be simple, I hope!!!!

    Thanks,
    Steve G
     
  2. jhouchins

    jhouchins LawnSite Member
    from East TN
    Posts: 182

    Are you burning oil? I just had a loss in power and was burning a lot of oil on my turf tracer. Found out it was a blown head gasket. $12 part.
     
  3. SteveG66

    SteveG66 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 39

    Not burning oil, I think it something with the belt or pulleys. I may just replace the pulleys, they do seem a little noisey but I dont believe they're seizing.

    Thanks for your reply, appreciate it.

    Steve
     
  4. sjessen

    sjessen LawnSite Silver Member
    Male, from Knoxville, Tn
    Posts: 2,720

    Is the engine slowing down or just the deck? If it is deck only check idler bushings and springs as well as belts. The pulleys do wear out. You might take the deck cover off so you can see what is going on when it slows down.
     
  5. SteveG66

    SteveG66 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 39

    The motor does not seem to bogg down, it's like something cuts off. I have had electric PTOs before, but this is just a friction pto.

    Its so odd, the deck just begins to slow down and has no power going to it.

    How do you determine if it's worn pulleys or belts? There appears to be tension on the belts, stretched? Worn? how do you determine those?

    Thanks,
    Steve
     
  6. piston slapper

    piston slapper LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,240

    Replace the engine to deck belt...if it was a bad bearing or idler pulley the slowdown would be accompanied by a noise..
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  7. SteveG66

    SteveG66 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 39

    Piston, Thanks for the help, I appreciate it. Will replace the belt, how hard is it to replace? I don't expect you to walk me through it, but if you have any tips I would appreciate it.

    Thanks so much and have a safe labor day weekend,
    Steve
     
  8. piston slapper

    piston slapper LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,240

    Steve...look under the mower...some turftracers use 2 belts to engage the blade
    If so ...make sure the short belt from the engine is snug when blades engaged.
    You guessed it...belt is a PITA to get to...
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  9. SteveG66

    SteveG66 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 39

    Quick update: Tinkered with it for a few minutes, replaced two idler pulleys that were trashed, and still couldnt get it to work.

    I took a flashlight and looked real close at the pulley setup from Crankshaft to PTO, that belt was loose, when the PTO was engaged it was still loose.

    I used the turnbuckle on the shaft that engages the PTO and success, deck spins like it wants to. Now to put some time on it and see if its fixed. I am concerned that the belt would have stretched so much in a short period of time, but will run it for now and worry about all the little problems in the winter when I tear the mower completely down and "recondition" it.

    Thanks to everyone for your help and suggestions, you helped me get through this one!!!

    Steve G
     

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