Brand new exmark in the shop more than the field

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by cuttin-to-the-Max, Sep 30, 2010.

  1. cuttin-to-the-Max

    cuttin-to-the-Max LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,337

    Ok well i got this new 60" Exmark Lazor w/ the ultra VAC
    Last year mid fall....
    finished through the fall
    Used it little this year because i used my 72'' Dixie chopper alot more (because of its speed and big size)

    But i sold the dixie in july and started using this more
    all a sudden im breaking belts like every 10 hours
    Weingartz has this mower almost every other week
    Only have 300 hours on it
    They dont know whats wrong with it either!
    But tech. its too late to return it
    I think their policy is 30 days or 100hrs
    Has anyone had this problem??
    Or is going though this same problem??
  2. BrunoT

    BrunoT LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 741

    I think I see the problem. You may have been stuck with one of those cheap Chinese made knockoff "lazors". Exmark sells the "lazer". :laugh:

    Ok, seriously, you need to try to think through the belt issue and figure out what's going on yourself, because you spend more time with it than the dealer. First of all, is the ultra vac still on it? I assume that could be a big suspect if deck belts are the ones breaking. Something might be out of adjustment there.

    But I hope you're not taking it to a dealer just to replace belts. Even with warranties, it's cheaper to just buy belts and do it yourself.

    But unless you find the issue, you can't afford the belts it'd take, so try to work back and see where there might be any undue stresses on the machine.

    FYI, you can get belts cheaper aftermarket and it's always good to have at least one spare for each belt in inventory to avoid downtime.

    I have personally had pump belt issues when I tried to accelerate a lazer too fast. Where I might not have one go bad all season I found on days I tried to really gun it from a stop repeatedly I'd have it go bad in a day. I learned to just gradually accelerate, which is all I can do normally anyway, as it would tear the turf I mow on in many cases if I gunned it out of a turn. The reason I mention this is as someone with a DC mower you're probably into high speed mowing. Maybe the Exmark design just won't tolerate shoving the handles forward like that and it's burning up that belt.
  3. h2oskier

    h2oskier LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 601

    We will now change your id to "cutting out to the dealer" JK hope you are able to get this issue resolved. I just couldn't resist
  4. Bassmar

    Bassmar LawnSite Member
    Messages: 25

    This might be a stupid question but at what rpm or throttle speed do you engage the blades?
    My Laser manual say to engage at half throttle. Just a thought that may or may not help. Hope it does help!
    Some times I forget but most of time I do engage the PTO at half throttle.:hammerhead:
  5. cuttin-to-the-Max

    cuttin-to-the-Max LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,337

    Ahahahahha! My Bad on the spelling!
    But NO im not sending it to the dealer just to get new belts put on. Im returning it so they can fix it!
    (New pulleys,belts, etc.)
    Yeah i know my DC was faster but i dont treat my exmark like that

    ** DC was more about making money than the cut looking nice!
    The Exmark has a way better cut**

    Im not usually on this mower either but i always supervise my guys when they use it. They are definitely more about the quality not too much about speed like myself......But thats why i used to like my DC better

    lol and NO i dont keep the vac system on all year long that'd suck! what would be the point! (I also took off the weights and everything except for the dumping lever)

    Half throttle alwayssssssss!
    I only cut at half also
  6. Bassmar

    Bassmar LawnSite Member
    Messages: 25

    I fgured you did but had to ask about the half throttle.:)

    I am pretty sure it is not recomended to cut at half throttle due to over heating of engine and hydraulics though. I do it once in awhile but not very long, depending on trimming areas and objects on discharge side. you might want to ask your dealer or check owners manual. I know that is not causing your belt issues, sorry I couldnt help with that.

    I really like my Exmark, it is a smooth and nice cut. Makes my smaller Dixon seem like a toy. LOL But the Dixon has its advantages in smaller yards.

    Good Luck with your problem.
  7. lazer 46

    lazer 46 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 521

    I've been using Exmarks for 13 years. Have owned 6 Lazers and 8 walk behinds. Have never broken a belt. Have never cut at half throttle. It's not recommended.
  8. GravelyGuy

    GravelyGuy LawnSite Silver Member
    from Indiana
    Messages: 2,544

    My 2009 Lazer has been bullet proof. Over 600 hrs, no new parts or adjustments.

    I engage blades at 1/2 throttle and disengage at 1/4.
  9. Jimslawncareservice

    Jimslawncareservice LawnSite Platinum Member
    from mn
    Messages: 4,143

    which belts are breaking? deck, hydro, drive?
  10. soloscaperman

    soloscaperman LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,045

    For my 2008 27HP Kohler Exmark recommends starting 1/2 throttle to engage and 1/2 throttle to disengage.

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