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I can not find the model number. I need the small pulley that changes direction from the front to one of the blades.

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Look underneath the seat for the model number sticker. It will be a number that starts wit 917. and then 6 numbers after that.

Posted on Sep 27, 2009

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    Chuck Sep 27, 2009

    BTW if your model number sticker is totally missing, you can remove the pulley you need, get me some measurements and information and I might be able to locate it in my cross-reference guide. I will need: Outside diameter - center hole diameter - width of the pulley at the outside edges - whether is is a v - idler or a flat idler - whether or not it has a spacer bushing on one side

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Your belt may be the wrong size (diameter too small)... turn the tractor off, and release the cutting lever (as if you wanted to make the blades stop). pull in the belt to see if there is any slack in the belt. If there is no slack, your belt is too small and you will need to buy a larger one. Another thing to check...one of the pulleys may need attention. check to see if the pulleys are clean (no rust or dirt where the belt contacts the pulley). turn the tractor off and see if any of the pulleys wobble when you try to wiggle them with your hand. If one of the spindle pulleys wobbles, (The spindle pulleys are the ones directly above the center of the blades), you will need to replace the wobbly spindle(s). The drive pulley is on the motor driveshaft. check to see that it is clean where the belt contacts it, and the pulley is not warped or damaged. The other pulley is an idler pulley. check to see if it is damaged, warped or dirty.

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It's fun to ride around the yard on the mower, watching scrubby grass (and weeds) turn into trimmed lawn. However, when the grass looks as bad after you mow as it did before, or the mower doesn't want to start, riding mowers aren't as much fun. That's when it's time to put on your Fix-It Club hat and have some more fun.

A riding lawn mower is a gas-powered machine for cutting grass. The engine turns a rotating blade that cuts the top off the grass blades to a specified height. The operator sits atop the mower on a tractor-type seat with speed and height controls nearby. Riding mowers also can be used to pull small utility carts for other yard jobs.

To remove the mower deck:
  1. Make sure that the parking brake is locked.
  2. Place scrap lumber under the front and rear of the deck.
  3. Use the deck lever to lower the deck.
  4. Remove attachments from the deck.
  5. Remove the blade drive belt from the front pulley.
  6. Remove the front and rear deck fasteners, following instructions in your owner's manual.
  7. Use the deck lever to raise the deck.
  8. Remove the scrap lumber.
  9. Remove the deck from under the mower.
To adjust the drive belt:
  1. Remove the belt from the large idler pulley.
  2. Remove the belt from the adjustable idler pulley.
  3. Carefully remove the spring-loaded large idler pulley.
  4. Loosen the adjustable idler pulley and move it slightly toward the rear of the mower to tighten it[md]or move it toward the front to loosen it—and retighten the pulley.
  5. Replace the belt.
  6. Check belt tension and readjust as needed.

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