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when to change deck belt

Discussion in 'Mechanic and Repair' started by eastportstar, Jun 14, 2012.

  1. eastportstar

    eastportstar LawnSite Member
    Posts: 68

    just wondering when is the time to change the deck belt on my 2010 zmaster 48. it's got 350 hours on it, was gonna pick up a belt just to have as a spare but they're almost $100. no indication of problem yet, but never had a ztr before this one (i bought it new). so far i've only changed the filters and oils. it's been a great machine. also, how many hours are you guys getting out of blades. i'm on my 5th set of blades so i guess they're lasting 90 hours per set (sharpened maybe 4 times, now they're all shot).
     
  2. weeze

    weeze LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 7,795

    i would change it when it breaks. otherwise you've changed it too early.
     
  3. Hawkshot99

    Hawkshot99 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 928

    Bad cuts or fraying in the belt are when it should be replaced. Or when the belt stretches out to much.

    I dont know how you could go 90 hours with only 4 sharpenings, and have the blades shot already. That seems like they are going out quick. I sharpen, often to keep them very sharp, but dont take off much, so they still last very long for me.
     
  4. charmill26

    charmill26 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 369

    I've been sharpening daily for a few years now and have noticed my blades last much much longer than sharpening them once a week, less than that, etc. Takes much less blade off each sharpening
     
  5. THEGOLDPRO

    THEGOLDPRO LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,223

    When it blows up and stops working.
     
  6. eastportstar

    eastportstar LawnSite Member
    Posts: 68

    I dont know how you could go 90 hours with only 4 sharpenings, and have the blades shot already. That seems like they are going out quick. I sharpen, often to keep them very sharp, but dont take off much, so they still last very long for me.[/QUOTE]

    i meant all 4 prior sets were sharpened about 4 times , so in the 350 hours, i've put on 16 sets of sharp blades (just estimating), 20 something hours before sharpening.
     
  7. MR-G

    MR-G LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 479

    our deck belts get changed when they break...always have a spare with us...as far as blades go, we sharpen everyday and a set lasts about 3 months...and mowers run about 6-7 hrs each day 5 days a week....
     
  8. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 11,253

    Before it breaks. When you have time.
     

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