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Is it possible for the belt to stretch out so much that it won't engage the blades. It worked last year and now it doesn't. I have looked at all the obvious possible problems and it appears that none of the springs are broke or missing. The belt has at least two to three inches of slack even when engaged.

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Your belts will stretch out and only have a life span of 1 or 2 seasons. There should be nearly no slack once the blades are engaged. Make sure it didn't slip off any of the pullys and the belt tensionor is on correctly. Check belt for cracking or fray makrs on edges as these are clear signs of a worn belt.

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