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Ariens rm830 blade belt will not tension even when engaged

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SOURCE: I have a craftsman riding lawn mover 42" model #917270812

Hi Paul It sounds like the belt is worn, stretched, or possibly just two long for your machine. Save yourself a lot of aggrivation by checking your operator manual and getting exactly the right belt for your mower.

You don't say how old your machine is but if it has been mowing for many, many hours, the tensioning spring may need to be replaced. If that is the case you can order a new one at Sears.com

Posted on May 20, 2009

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SOURCE: BLADE DRIVE BELT ADJUSTMENT

Well, most riding mowers have a "pully idler", meaning once you have the belt on there (and it is the RIGHT size), the idler automatically gives the belt tension when you engage it (in fact, the idler pully is what IS engaged when you engage the belly mower).

Couple things to check (super simple):

The Belt. Look to see if she is wore smooth out.
Sometimes....they WILL stretch on you, instead of busting/coming apart, and give you noise (when she is engaged, but wore out enough to flop around a little)

The Deck Blade Bearings. Straight away, that is what it sounds like, or bent blades.

Check your Blade Bearings (super simple):
1. Pick up your deck to the highest high setting (mower off, just sitting).
2. Reach under, and grab your mower blade (do this for both sides), and TILT your blade UP (meaning, don't LIFT the blade straight up).
Seriously, jiggle it at a TILT. If you feel some slack in the bearing, the bearing IS shot. Straight up and down is most of the time OK, IF it is VERY little play on your blade bearings. As you do it, look at your belt pulley directly on top, if you see that pully bobbing....

However, if you grab one side of the blade only, then tilt the blade up, and she moves.....
Bearings need replaced, both the upper AND lower bearings PER blade.

They are not hard to replace, and not expensive either! (Though unfortunately, most are "sealed" junk nowadays!)

Bad Bearings show up (make themselves known) in only a few ways: Tons of Noise (grinding, squealing) & Vibration.

Go check them thar Bearings!

Posted on May 28, 2009

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i'm wanting to install a mulch kit too but it seems diffecult. hoew do you access under the mowing deck to install everything?

Posted on Sep 14, 2009

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SOURCE: ariens ezr1742 mower blades slow to engage and

Replace the belt

Posted on Sep 22, 2009

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SOURCE: arien 34- Blades won't engage

This mower has an electric PTO on it. I had a Scag and the electric PTO clutch went out on it. Not the cheapest things to change but easy to do yourself with some basic tools. Also, before running out and getting a new one, check the wires to it and to the engage/disengage switch. You may have a bad connection.

Posted on Oct 12, 2009

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