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brake bands on wb mowers

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by snapper, Apr 15, 2004.

  1. snapper

    snapper LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 399

    I have an old gravely belt drive. The bands look good and stop good. I am guessing they are the originals and have some hours on them. What is your alls expierence with brake bands?? Do they generaly have a long life?? Should i get a spare?? Please educate me about brake bands??

    Thanks guys!! snapper
  2. metro-hp_48

    metro-hp_48 LawnSite Senior Member
    from TN
    Messages: 874

    I've seen them last for along time. Run about 25.00 each, if I remember right. Too much for me to keep spares.
  3. lawnman_scott

    lawnman_scott LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,547

    its not something you need a spare of. Do you keep spare brake pads for your truck?
  4. dishboy

    dishboy LawnSite Fanatic
    from zone 6
    Messages: 6,118

    I broke one last week on my 96 Exmark. 18.00 and it is a royal pina to stop it with no brakes, a spare is a good idea since you will save the 18.00 just by not making a extra trip to the shop for a part they might or might not have.
  5. impactlandscaping

    impactlandscaping LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,332

    When you stop 2 feet past where you intended to stop, time to change 'em.LOL..I got 4 1/2 years from my first set on a Snapper 36...they were almost to the metal band, but still grabbin here and there. It all depends on how much you use 'em and crab your brakes on hillsides. I wouldn't change them 'til you really need to ..if it aint broke, don't fix it..,:D
  6. brucec32

    brucec32 LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,403

    I bought a couple for spares for my Toro wb's years ago. I still haven't had an occasion to use them.

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