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#1 29 Chev OFFLINE  

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Posted February 28, 2015 - 12:26 PM

Was going through some older pictures and found these of the lawn mower deck for my Bolens 1050 that I redid about ten years ago so I thought I would share them.  While the deck looked rough it was actually pretty solid with only a few holes that I repaired - the cover was bad at the front on one side where it bolted to the deck so I cut out the bad section and welded in a new piece of metal and drilled new holes.  At the time I installed new belt, bearings, blades, seals, u joints, and replaced the two gears in the gear box (the gears I was able to purchase new through an MTD dealer at the time).

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Posted February 28, 2015 - 12:35 PM

Here of pictures of what it looks like now and of the stand I made last fall for when I store it. It has cut a lot of grass since I redid it - I have replaced the belt a few times, replaced the blade bearings and the idler pulleys two years ago. 

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  • 9 Deckholder Pinned To Deck.jpg
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  • 13 Deck Turned Up 1.jpg
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  • 15 Rear Lift Arms PTO Yoke and Lift Link.jpg

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Posted February 28, 2015 - 01:41 PM

Nice idea on the stand. I will have look into making a few myself.



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Posted February 28, 2015 - 02:49 PM

Why do these decks eat belts. Many years ago when I had one it would shred a belt every 10 hours of use. Never did find out the reason.

 

Anyone heard of a wolsely 10 deck? Seems to fit my G14.



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Posted February 28, 2015 - 04:38 PM

Why do these decks eat belts. Many years ago when I had one it would shred a belt every 10 hours of use. Never did find out the reason.

 

 

There was definitely something wrong, as that is not typical.

 

Some possible causes:

 

wrong size belt

brittle (old) belt

frozen idler pivot

seized idler pulley

rust in pulley grooves

improper alignment of pulleys

incorrect belt routing

bad spindle bearing(s)

missing tension spring

debris under the belt cover

striking large objects with blades


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Posted February 28, 2015 - 05:14 PM

There was definitely something wrong, as that is not typical.

 

Some possible causes:

 

wrong size belt

brittle (old) belt

frozen idler pivot

seized idler pulley

rust in pulley grooves

improper alignment of pulleys

incorrect belt routing

bad spindle bearing(s)

missing tension spring

debris under the belt cover

striking large objects with blades

 

I agree with Bruce, Definitely something wrong with your deck. The deck belts on these last a long time!

Could have been a cheap Fractional HP belt as well and those tear apart in no time.



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Posted March 01, 2015 - 11:17 AM

Timing on this post is great.  Iv'e had a 1050 for 18 years, never had a mower deck.  I acquired a mower deck last year partially disassembled.  I'll be working on it before spring.  I really like the stand idea.


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Posted March 01, 2015 - 12:30 PM

The most common premature belt failures I've seen were caused by a worn idler assembly. There are some special bushings in that idler assembly that most people overlook and never service or replace. This causes the upper and lower idler brackets to wear out of round and then the whole assembly flops around and doesn't run true. As for the belt, there are some decent off the shelf replacements out there, but hands down none were as good as the original OEM 1185651 Bolens belt.
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Posted March 01, 2015 - 02:38 PM

ClassicBolens what's your take on NOS belts,that are still around,I believe as long as there not frayed,cracked,or dry rotted and still flexable they should be fine,I have sold many and never had a complaint or return


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Posted March 01, 2015 - 03:06 PM

As long they've never gotten wet, been stored in direct sunlight or extreme heat, they're usually fine. I always check them for cracks or dry rot, even if they're factory fresh. I've never had any issues. Hell, MTD still ships old stock belts that have been sitting around for years. They just repackage them. They do have a bad habit of mislabeling the packages. I've got some that are packaged as 1722639 set of 2, when there are 3 to the set. Some labeled as 1722639, but have 1719203 belts in the package and so on.
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Posted March 01, 2015 - 03:08 PM

......Factory generally recomends 8-10 years in good conditions, less for lots of heat/moisture

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Posted March 01, 2015 - 08:14 PM

Or you can buy a brand new belt for same or little more... 


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Posted March 01, 2015 - 09:44 PM

Which most are not made to factory specs,and are not made like Bolens had them produced



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Posted March 01, 2015 - 10:00 PM

Which most are not made to factory specs,and are not made like Bolens had them produced

 

 

Bolens used standard belts and sizes that are still sold that is better then any belt from 40 years ago. How does your statement apply?   


Edited by wilberj, March 01, 2015 - 10:44 PM.


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Posted March 01, 2015 - 10:42 PM

Lets just say I got it on good authority and sorry Jerome, NO I'm not naming names

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