I wanted to gather some opinions before pulling the trigger on new PTO and Deck Belts for my tractor.
The HT20 has the 18110 model deck (belt model 1725502) - I believe this is a 146" belt
I located the following models online A144/4L140 for $8.90 or the A144K for $20.60 (I believe this is a Kevlar belt)
My HT23 has an older 18070-01 (belt model 1715683) - I believe this is a 130" belt (A128)
Are the PTO belts the same for all model large frames? I located a model number 1722639. My google searches indicated that I use an A33K - 35" belt - for this (also a Kevlar belt) @ $4.75 each.
Do I have the correct lengths/models? The places I have looked at are vbeltsupply.com and vbelts4less.com. Does anyone have any experience with these online retailers? Shipping is around $13.00 for everything. I am also going to look at a few local places, although the pricing I have found so far is rather high (one local retailer wanted 35.00 for a "regular" belt - and the local (in the past bolens dealer) quoted me @ 75.00 each for the deck belts.
Anyways, open to all suggestions as I believe the HT20 needs them replaced. It cuts grass nice and smoothly - but the blades act as if they are slipping. I adjusted the PTO tension but it continues to bog down when mowing. I have to stop and allow the blades to regain traction before I can continue. No smoke or smell - so i'm not sure which is the problem.. but figured they were due for replacement.
Thanks again for any help or opinions!