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#1 normanb OFFLINE  

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Posted June 08, 2013 - 10:02 PM



I bought a Montgomery Ward Hoe Trac (1950s), I took the carb to pieces, fixed that and it runs great, I have the original manual and I can get the wheels to drive. My question is how do I position the belts on the mower and how does the lever work to turn the power on/off for the mower? 


I have attached a couple of photos. It may be really obvious, or I may have a part in the wrong place I guess. 


I am really looking forward to using this, so any help appreciated. Ideally download my image and draw a belt on it!





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Posted June 09, 2013 - 12:14 AM

I,have never tried to put mine on, yours is the only other reel mower I've seen.

I know I'm missing linkages. Looking forward to seeing the answer too.

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Posted June 09, 2013 - 04:49 AM


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Posted June 09, 2013 - 06:38 AM

Welcome to GTT. It looks similar to my Chor Trac. I've had it for 30 years and have had to just adapt as needed for my generator, tiller, and sickle. Good Luck, Rick


The belt that is loose looks like it should just go onto the engine.

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Posted June 09, 2013 - 07:26 AM

You can join this group on yahoo.


They have the manual that will help you

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Posted June 09, 2013 - 08:38 AM

By looking at the first picture, it seems the belt would hook onto the smaller outward pulley on the engine. Other pics online of Simplicity and MW walk behinds with sickle mowers show it hooked the same. When the rod with the spring compressed on it, above the tensioner pulley, is pulled back does it rotate the pulley down, thus engaging the belt?


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Posted June 09, 2013 - 08:06 PM

That seems to be it, but it doesn't hold the tension, pulling the handle does pull the top pulley onto the belt and it seems to engage it, but it doesn't look right because following the way I engage the drive it should be the other way, I should be pushing the handle down and locking it. 


I changed the belt and tried again and tore up the new belt in the same way as the old one! 


I will keep trying and please keeping coming up with suggestions. The drive on it is something else, I can only just hold it! When the attachment is in functioning it will be about right. 


These are impressive for their age.