brake bands on wb mowers


LawnSite Senior Member
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


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


LawnSite Fanatic
zone 6
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.


LawnSite Silver Member
Morgantown, WV
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


LawnSite Platinum Member
Atlanta, GA
I bought a couple for spares for my Toro wb's years ago. I still haven't had an occasion to use them.