Discussion in 'Mechanic and Repair' started by Toy2, Mar 22, 2008.

  1. Toy2

    Toy2 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,924

    Hey folks,

    Having an issue with my 36 Toro, this year I fired it up and mowed some yards, then attached the sulky.....and boom, it would not pull me for $%#@!!!! When I stepped off of it it would take off, then step on it to finish the job....I checked everything the book says, and did some adjustments and still its the same....any quick fixes?????

    Or am I too fat this year?????The Toro is an 05 and I weigh 180?????Thanks
  2. Restrorob

    Restrorob LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,029

    Well, I will assume this is a gear drive unit ? You didn't mention what you made adjustments to but did you check the trans drive belt underneath the unit for wear/cracks/glazing or looseness ?

    When it stops moving does the axle shafts on each side of the trans make any noise/continue to spin ?

    This may be a sign you need Jenny Craig.....:laugh:
  3. Tharrell

    Tharrell LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,967

    I just HAD to chime in on this one. 180 is NOT too much for it. I'm at 235 NOW and my little 12 hp Briggs on my 32 Bob-Cat has pulled me fine before I lost a lot of weight. Granted, it won't pull me up a hill like my hydro Scag will but that's because the belts slip under that much pressure. If it were a hydro, it would pull me AND cut grass.
    Heck, my buddy Richard has one of those Lesco rideon spreaders and it only has a 6.5 kaw I think.
    If I were to take a wild guess, I'd guess your drive belt to the trans is slipping. Tony
  4. Jay Ray

    Jay Ray LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,510

    If the transmission belt under the deck is bad enough, adjustment won't help. A new belt worked for mine and I'm almost 200 and using the self-steer Toro sulky that weights quite a bit.
  5. F Y P M

    F Y P M LawnSite Member
    Messages: 135

    Tran belt no need for a wrench just hit it with a hammer and chissell on top to tighten and it will pulll your a-- right along!!
  6. Breezmeister

    Breezmeister LawnSite Bronze Member
    Male, from South Jersey
    Messages: 1,791

    If your machine is like most belt drive machines, with a Preeless 4 or 5 speed trans....If tightening or replacing the trans belt under the engine deck has solved your problem, great ! If not...Check the two belts going to the drive tires, if they are old or starting to come apart, replace them.
    Now, before you do replace them, look at the drive pulleys coming off the trans. These pulleys take alot of wear from the belts ( The belt stops when you pull on the handle, but the trans keeps on turning ) and a groove will develop so that the belt will sit on top of the center rib on the double pulley, so the the meat of the belt will not contact the V part of the pulley. If you have not replace them or the belts before, then more then likely this is your problem. It's an easy fix you can do yourself.
    Let us know what you find :drinkup:
  7. Restrorob

    Restrorob LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,029

    Just wondering, If you go to your tool box for a hammer and chisel why not grab two wrenches ?
  8. Toy2

    Toy2 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,924

    Trim-spa baby////LOL.......Its belt driven, no noise, everything else works fine, the adjustment was made per Toro handbook to the beltdrive,/spring-
    1st slot to 2nd slot. No change, will run like heck on flat ground, but a minor ant hill and it can't pull!!!!
    I have not changed belts since new, so I guess its time for all new ones.....thanks
  9. F Y P M

    F Y P M LawnSite Member
    Messages: 135

    Tranny belt probably needs replacing if not done yearly sorry I just assumed, but yeah replace belts yearly if not more. Make sure pulleys are good(no grooves from slipping). Your'e right restro
  10. Tharrell

    Tharrell LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,967

    You know, those wheel pulleys take quite a bit of abuse from jumping curbs and such. I can't tell you how many times I've had to get the vice grips out and try to make them straight. I replaced a couple in the beginning but, with the small tires on most geardrives, the curbs kept getting them so I decided to fix them as best I could. Somewhere you have a belt slipping I'm sure.

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