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Replacement belt for Craftsman mower

I have a Craftsman riding mower that call for a belt by Craftsman part#138255 for a 42" EZ3 mulching deck. I found a Huskee 1/2" Vbelt that said it was the replacement but it seems way too long. I physically measured the broken stretched belt and it is 87.5", and this replacement is 95". How do I know how long a belt to get?

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According to MTD Parts Lookup:
The correct UPPER belt (referred to as the PTO belt and runs from engine to deck) is part # 754-04122 (Also available as which only the packaging of the part makes the first digit of the part number change. The two belts are identical.)

The correct Description is:
[ Belt, V-Type, A x 90.24 ]

What that means in plain English is that this is a 1/2 inch wide V-Belt with an Industry Standard "A" cross sectional profile. The more important info would be that it's 90.24 inches long.

As for the "Deck Belt" (the lower belt that runs only from blade to blade to blade) it is listed as part #754-0349 or #954-0349 (again, identical belts, different packaging).

A very common problem we see in my shop is that the front pulley (the one directly attached to the engine) shows signs of separation at the weld and the grovve of the pulley becomes wider, therefore making the belt "act" like it's longer because it runs deeper in that groove.

Reply by using the "Add Comments" section if you need any futher info. I'd be glad to offer other possibilities for these symptoms you've described.

Hope this helps,

Posted on Oct 17, 2009

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Take your belt to the garden store or to an auto parts store and they will get you exactly what you require.

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