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Belts or Drive Shafts???

bigbob

LawnSite Member
Location
Houston, TX
Got another question for the forum reader. While shopping for a ZTR, I've noticed that most manufactures use a belt to the mower deck. However, a few manufactures deliver power to the deck via a drive shaft. What are the pros and cons? I would like to hear your personal experience.<p>----------<br>Bigbob<br>Houston, TX
 

Richard Martin

LawnSite Fanatic
Location
Greenville, NC
Anytime you turn power 90 degrees you're going to loose a little. I also like having a little bit of give when it comes to blades incase you stike something that won't give.
 

Eric ELM

Husband, Father, Friend, Angel
Location
Chicago, IL USA
I own both. There is a lot more maintenance to a drive shaft mower. 2 U joints to maintain, plus a gear box to keep full of oil. A belt drive seems to last much longer and is cheaper to buy.<p>----------<br>&lt;a href=&quot;http://www.townserver.com/elm/&quot;&gt;Eric@ELM&lt;/a&gt;<br>
 

DMC300

LawnSite Senior Member
Location
central florida
A BELT IS MUCH MORE FORGIVING WHEN YOU FIND THAT OCCASIONAL STUMP IN THE GRASS!<p>----------<br>DON<br>LIANNES' MOWING
 

Keith

LawnSite Platinum Member
Location
Central Florida
Agreed. When I bought my Grasshopper I thought the driveshaft system was the bomb. Well I decided to do a little work on it recently and discovered, I need over $300 in parts to fix it. How much is a belt? :) Shafts and gearboxes eat power too, no question.<p>
 

paddy

LawnSite Member
its more a question of packaging the engine. the reason shaft drives are used is for horizontal shaft engines, they are available with more power (350 chevy if you want), and more practically available in diesels. but, they have to make a 90 degree turn to power the deck, the gearbox is the most effective way of doing that. belts are more simple, but they have less potential engines available.
 

AB Lawn Care

LawnSite Senior Member
Location
Ontario
Belt drives are good for commercial becouse when they hit somthing there will be less damage.But gear drives provide a better cut than belt.You just have to choose between the 2.I own a walker and use a 54'' gear.I bought it becouse it has a better cut than the belt version.Take your pick!I'm sure that some belt drive decks on some mowers have a cut close to or better than gear.You will just have to do some research!<p>from:Adam<p>AB Lawn Care
 


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