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MTD 10hp snowblower belt slipping

Discussion in 'Mechanic and Repair' started by kilabeez0, Dec 29, 2011.

  1. kilabeez0

    kilabeez0 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 29

    Guy wants to sell me an older 10hp MTD snowblower for $100. He bought it this past summer and supposedly had it serviced at a dealer. He says he used it once and now the belt is slipping and doesn't have the room to fix it :rolleyes: Supposedly runs great, older model, 10hp, 26" cut electric start. Should this only need a new belt if it's not engaging? I wouldn't mind buying this, fixing it and either selling it or replacing my 8hp MTD that it's housing is rotting out. Thanks for your input
  2. dutch1

    dutch1 LawnSite Silver Member
    from Jayhawk
    Messages: 2,249

    The belt engagement is accomplished by a cable to an idler arm. If the cable is non adjustable you will likely find one or more holes in the idler arm that will permit moving the idler closer to the belt, thereby increasing tension on the belt upon engagement. Thats the best I can offer without some model numbers/date of manufacture.
  3. kilabeez0

    kilabeez0 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 29

    ok, worst case scenario what do you think it would need for parts? or more importantly is it worth the $100? he gave a model number but i dont think it is correct because i cant find anything on it 36845 500
  4. kilabeez0

    kilabeez0 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 29

    he says the model number is the 36845500 and serial number 092162 i will upload the pics he sent me in a minute
  5. kilabeez0

    kilabeez0 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 29

    looking to pull the trigger on this tomorrow if anyone has any input on if its worth it or not.




  6. fixer67

    fixer67 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,098

    Is the belt an OEM belt of or a "will fit" belt from the auto parts store? The MTD belts are odd ball sizes and the will fit belts only come in whole inch sizes. If you use a will fit belt of lets say 30 inches and the OEM belt is listed as 29 3/4 inches that 1/4 inch can mean all the difference in the world. I have seen that happen so many times I have lost count.
  7. ecurbthims

    ecurbthims LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 493

    that unit is very old ,its worth $100.00 in good working order at best where I live .

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