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We have purchased brand new john Deere, troy bilt and some other brand (I can't remember) lawn tractors over the last 5 years and they all go through about 3-5 belts from May to September. Each belt is getting 5-10 hours of use. What are we doing wrong?!?!?

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What comes to mind is that the belts are being overly stressed on the new equipment. I can't imagine going through so many belts per season. Are the belts breaking or stretching? What are you mowing, High grass, weeds, and at what engine speed ? How low is the mower deck set? What tractor speed is used. Does the top of the deck become clogged with excessive amounts of clippings? Does the mower bog down and strain? These are all factors that can shorten the life of a belt.

Posted on May 17, 2014

  • Missy Jun 19, 2014

    We are mowing about 4 acres of uneven terrain. The issue is probably that we should have a farm tractor not a lawn tractor. But my husband has been much more conscious of the deck height and really avoiding the rougher spots and it seems like it is better. Thank you for your response because it lead us/him to really look at what we might be able to do that could help.



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