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Take apart method to replace rubber drive belt.

I removed all the screws but I couldn't get the housing apart at the tip where the shaft comes out. I think the drive belt came off the motor and drive shaft. How do you separate the halves of the housing?

Larry larson1930@hawaiiantel.net

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  • Anonymous Apr 26, 2009

    I had the same problem. There is one screw that is hidden beneath a sticker towards the bottom. You can feel it through the thin material. Either cut a hole in the sticker or peel it back to reveal the screw hole. Chances are the plastic gear is melted and the belt is ruined from the melting plastic. This is what happened to me and many others with the same story on the internet. I haven't had it fixed yet, happened on the weekend. They need to replace the plastic gear with a aluminum one.

  • larson1930 May 15, 2009

    Alas the hidden screw under the label and the hog came apart. Guess they do not like customer repairs. The problem now is what do I do to repace the "melted" drive wheel. And where can I get a replacemnt and for how much?



    Thanks

    Larson1930

  • Anonymous May 20, 2009

    I too had the problem with the melted drive wheel and ruined belt. The fatal flaw is with the plastic wheel and worse, the plastic mounting for the wheel. When tension is applied by the tight belt, the flimsy plastic mount flexes and the gears are no longer parallel resulting in terminal friction. If you repair with identical parts, they will break again quickly. This grass hog(express) lasted for 3 uses. That is the most uses I have ever gotten from a grass hog. I have had two before this one. Will I ever learn ?.... Yes !

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I had the same dillema, till I discovered a soft spot on the label. They put one last screw there. I got the housing open and discovered the belt was broken. Ordered a new belt ($12.39) through ACE Hardware repair center, now I can't get the belt on. That is why I came to this site.
The Ace guy told me he has had lot of calls for this particular belt. If you order one, I suggest you order two.
Good luck.

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