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Why does my blade drive belt on my riding mower not stay tight

I have an older craftsman mower that I got used. Every year when I take it out of storage the drive belt for the blades is loose

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You likely have a bearing going bad causing the belt to slip and wear out, or you are not getting the adjustment tight enough. (most use springs these days)

Posted on May 15, 2014

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Not a hard job, but you will need a couple of tools. First, you will need a wrench that fits the nut that is holding the blade on. I prefer a closed end wrench, but an open end will do. Second, you will need a blade changing tool. The brand name is called a Blade Hog. It attaches to the deck and holds the blade in place so you can turn the nut. Raise the deck as high as it will go, attach the Blade Hog, and then loosen and remove the nut. Be sure and pay attention to which side is up on the old blade and put the new one on in the same manner.

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craftsman decks have a positive stop adjustment for the decks. A spring atached to the blade ingadgement arm pulls the tension pully into position if the cable is rusted inside the sleeve it wont put enough pull on the ingadgment pully and thus the blades dont spin full force the belts on the mowers have no adjustments only the pully . second thing is you may want to drop the deck and clean around that pully by scraping any rust off the surface under the pullys slide good luck

Posted on Jun 20, 2009

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maybe the safty switch under seat might be starting to go out if that switch doesn't work the blades wont come on at all for safety

Posted on Jun 28, 2009

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