I usually leave my trailer and equipment at one of my customers' houses during school so that it doesn't take up a lot of space in the parking lot and for security. Today, I was in a hurry to get to school (I had to take a graduation cap and gown to my brother for a special ceremony) and I didn't have time to drop off the trailer at a lady's house a couple miles from school, so I just parked my truck and trailer in a parking lot behind one of the buildings. Everything was locked down with bicycle locks or cables and padlocks, so nothing was stolen, but I'm pretty sure somebody sliced the deck belt on my Ferris. When I got to my customer's house, I pulled the mower off the trailer, let it warm up for a minute, and drove over to the lawn. As soon as I pulled the PTO switch up, I knew something didn't sound right, so I pushed it back down. The engine was just above idle. I looked at the spindle pulleys and the belt was really loose, so I got down to see if it had slipped off of a pulley. Nope. I found 2 loose ends dangling on the deck. My mower has only 80 hours, so I really doubt the break was caused by wear, although it was showing slight wear. The break looked pretty clean, too. Well, that wasn't the biggest lesson I learned (not to bring my equipment to school). I went to a local farm equipment and mower dealer to get a belt. Didn't have one that cross referenced. So, I called the biggest lawn care equipment dealer around and gave the parts lady the Ferris number to cross reference. Still nothing. Finally, I went down to the local NAPA and the lady measured the belt, looked it up, and said she could have me one at 8 a.m. tomorrow. I went ahead and ordered 2, because I wasn't about to be caught without an extra belt. Just a word of wisdom that I learned today: Always carry spare parts, because one problem can knock you out for the rest of the day. I'm planning on skipping my classes tomorrow (next to last day of classes before exams and all we're doing is review) and mowing what I was supposed to do today and tomorrow.