SO I am working on a bolens 1050 and have run into a snag, to start with everything is stock to the best of my knowledge. I got all the parts in a put it back together today but I cant get the pto to stay engaged and when it does the belts are so tight the driveshaft is hitting the chassis and the motor stalls. so I tore it apart and did a little research, the belts I took of measure 42.25 around the outside. After a bit of research I found out that there are supposed to be 42.5" belts on there so I figured I would be smart and just stick a couple of 42" belts on there to get it in use just to make sure it would work.
SO I put the 42" belt on there and it is way to loose !!!!! the belt I put on is marked 42" and measures 44" around the outside. so if it should take a 42.5" belt and a 42" belt is to long then what is going on ? does anyone know what size the idler is supposed to be ? maybe this one has been changed ? any thoughts