I live in Canada so the model numbers of my equipment may differ from yours.
I have a
MTD 190-621, 42 inch 2 stage blower
It was originall ordered for a White (MTD) LT-185.
I mounted it to a Craftsman LT4000 model 944.604250 looks identical to 917.257660.
I "farmicated" the two together but belt tension and alignment were not perfect.
long story short, cost me $100.00 to replace the belt and that belt lasted 2 hours before shredding.
MOVE SOMEWHERE WITHOUT SNOW. ( no such place in Canada)
SNAP KEY OFF IN GARAGE DOOR AND LIE TO NEIGHBORS THAT IT WON'T OPEN UNTIL THE SNOW IS GONE.( all 4 neighbors are widows)
HIRE SOMEONE TO GET RID OF MY SNOW AND MY NEIGHBORS SNOW ( that would be embarrasing wouldn't it)
So instead i decided to STOP BUYING BELTS and devised the following plan.
Eliminate the long belt and go shaft drive.
Use a right angle gear box and a drive shaft with a U joints at either end .
Use the existing engagement carriage to engage the right angle drive via a short belt.
The U joint at each end allows the blower to be lifted while the shaft is spinning.
$30 per U joint X 2 = $60
$30 for a 3/4" keyed shaft (driveshaft)
Right angle gear box $100.00 ?????????
Time - no charge.
Should total under $200.00 or two belts and last for years.
Has any one done this?
Any thoughts or advice