Belt Drive Walk-Behinds and Wet Weather Follow-up Question

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Lee Homan, Mar 19, 2001.

  1. Lee Homan

    Lee Homan LawnSite Member
    Messages: 163

    I don't know much about the belt drive walk-behinds but couldn't they build a cog driven walk-behind that would perform better in wet conditions. I may be overlooking something but thats why I asked the question.
  2. turfquip

    turfquip LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 860

    Take a look at the Honda Tru-Gear. It doesn't have drive belts :)

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    [Edited by turfquip on 03-19-2001 at 09:24 AM]
  3. Lee Homan

    Lee Homan LawnSite Member
    Messages: 163

    Just to clarify myself a little better, why couldn't they use cogged wheels and belts in place of the traditional wheels and belts?
  4. turfquip

    turfquip LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 860

    Ahh O.K. My guess is that to keep the cogs free of grass and dirt would be difficult. If that junk built up it would render the machine useless.

    But like I said, that's just a guess.
  5. LScom Addict

    LScom Addict LawnSite Member
    Messages: 90

    Eagle Star has a machine that is chain driven with sprokets just like a bicycle.
  6. Richard Martin

    Richard Martin LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,699

    This is pretty easy to answer. The reason is because the belts <i>must</i> slip on the pulleys because they are also the clutch. A gear drive mower is just like having a standard tranny in a car. You gotta have a clutch to get it going. Cogged belts with cogged pulleys equals no slip. No slip=no clutch.
  7. joshua

    joshua LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,226

    never had a problem with my hydro's when its wet out. so does that mean they should just build hydro's ?? no because people who start out can't affoard to spend that much on a starter mower.
  8. edward hedrick

    edward hedrick LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 871

    I solved the wet problem Iinstalled a Toro T bar on my 48 scag, later on a 52 lesco belt dr. with the T bar the operator tensions the drive belts instead of springs .
    most hydros drive the pump with a belt. also the T bar is
    safer than pistol grip let go the machine stops. The T bar
    cost is about $200 and is easier to fix than a hydro.

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