Question about Ariens Garden
With the lawnmower not running engage the blades, now you can use your hand to check the amount of tension as no parts should be moving so you won't have to take a trip to the er after doing so
Posted on Apr 24, 2019
Hi Paul It sounds like the belt is worn, stretched, or possibly just two long for your machine. Save yourself a lot of aggrivation by checking your operator manual and getting exactly the right belt for your mower.
You don't say how old your machine is but if it has been mowing for many, many hours, the tensioning spring may need to be replaced. If that is the case you can order a new one at Sears.com
Posted on May 20, 2009
SOURCE: BELT ADJUSTMENT
There is an idler pulley near the drive pulley under the engine. It is made of plastic and is a common failure. It freezes up and doesn't want to let the belt move. Have you noticed the smell of hot/burning plastic? You can replace it with an original, but it is still plastic. Metal replacements can be had. I think I got some from mcmaster.com so try there. They are a great resource. Shipping is fast and inexpensive and they have everything a guy could want.
Posted on May 28, 2009
SOURCE: BLADE DRIVE BELT ADJUSTMENT
Well, most riding mowers have a "pully idler", meaning once you have the belt on there (and it is the RIGHT size), the idler automatically gives the belt tension when you engage it (in fact, the idler pully is what IS engaged when you engage the belly mower).
Couple things to check (super simple):
The Belt. Look to see if she is wore smooth out.
Sometimes....they WILL stretch on you, instead of busting/coming apart, and give you noise (when she is engaged, but wore out enough to flop around a little)
The Deck Blade Bearings. Straight away, that is what it sounds like, or bent blades.
Check your Blade Bearings (super simple):
1. Pick up your deck to the highest high setting (mower off, just sitting).
2. Reach under, and grab your mower blade (do this for both sides), and TILT your blade UP (meaning, don't LIFT the blade straight up).
Seriously, jiggle it at a TILT. If you feel some slack in the bearing, the bearing IS shot. Straight up and down is most of the time OK, IF it is VERY little play on your blade bearings. As you do it, look at your belt pulley directly on top, if you see that pully bobbing....
However, if you grab one side of the blade only, then tilt the blade up, and she moves.....
Bearings need replaced, both the upper AND lower bearings PER blade.
They are not hard to replace, and not expensive either! (Though unfortunately, most are "sealed" junk nowadays!)
Bad Bearings show up (make themselves known) in only a few ways: Tons of Noise (grinding, squealing) & Vibration.
Go check them thar Bearings!
Posted on May 28, 2009
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
There is a spring attached to a tensioner that probably came unhooked while changing the belt. Higher deck settings push the deck backwards enough to spin the blades, the lower setting need the spring tensioner to take up the slack in the belt.
Posted on Jun 27, 2012
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