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W/b Users, Help me out, need info!!

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by precisioncut, Jun 19, 2004.

  1. precisioncut

    precisioncut LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 653

    Purchased a Bobcat 36" with 15hp Kohler Command. I love this thing, has cut times in half, cuts great, and had enough power but...............I was mowing this morning at a local park, put my 2 wheeled sulky on and it struggled pulling me. Sometimes I found myself doing like a skateboard, one foot on and one pushing us along. I have used it before at the park with no problems, just some slowing down with wet grass. 1 thing, the grass was kinda tall, but no taller than usual.

    So what's happening, I only weigh 165 lbs. Is there something wrong with this thing or does it just not have the power to pull me. HELP ME. Has anyone else had this problem with thier w/b's or Bobcats?
  2. dishboy

    dishboy LawnSite Fanatic
    from zone 6
    Messages: 5,904

    Try adjusting the rods that tension the idler pulley's for the drive belts.

    PMLAWN LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,534

    I think Dishboy is right, it sounds like you belts are slipping as I have a 36" Toro hydro and it pulls me just fine at 190#. Same 15 hp Kohler
  4. precisioncut

    precisioncut LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 653

    Didn't think of that, I will look into that right away. Thanks
  5. John Gamba

    John Gamba LawnSite Fanatic
    from ct
    Messages: 10,812

    All of the above and try new belts.
  6. Tharrell

    Tharrell LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,967

    I have a 32 Bob-Cat and if the belts get wet it will slip.
  7. Ax Man

    Ax Man LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 446

    you can put on heavier springs, too but the real solution is a hydro.
    Let this mower buy it for you!
  8. PaulJ

    PaulJ LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,774

    Also check the belt that goes from the engine to the transmission underneath. This is often overlooked. If all the belts are tight try some belt dressing on them.
  9. sildoc

    sildoc LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,925

    I have to admit that before I got my hydro I had a crappy scag 19somthing or other belt drive. Durring the rainy season I would douse it with belt dressing so that I could make it to the next lawn. It worked better than when it did not have any but the hydro is the only way to go.
  10. tiedeman

    tiedeman LawnSite Fanatic
    from earth
    Messages: 8,745

    yup this is what you will have to do. Many times I had to adjust the tension when I ran a sulky on the belt driven. Not fun to do. Thank God for hydro now

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