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Stupid walk behind question

Discussion in 'Mechanic and Repair' started by rdsmith3, Sep 30, 2003.

  1. rdsmith3

    rdsmith3 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 26

    I have a Toro pro-line 44" walk behind, gear-driven, not hydro. The mower has the T-bar control. It has four forward speeds.

    Do I cause excessive damage or wear to the drive belts, or any other parts, if I have it in the highest gear (fastest speed) but the T-bar is not pressed all the way forward. In other words, I am going slower than the max speed. I go slower when I am going around trees and obstacles. Rather than stopping and shifting to a lower gear, I ease off the T bar.

    Does this cause any problems?



    NCSERVICE LawnSite Member
    Messages: 206

    The double pulley on the out put shafts will wear, and wear the belts faster.

    SCAPEASAURUSREX LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 835

    Yeah , the pullys are spinning full speed but your releasing tension on the belts casueing them to slip and wear a bit.. But there is no other way to do it with a belt drive machine.... Just the nature of the beast....

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