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#1 tek6029 OFFLINE  

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Posted May 13, 2017 - 01:38 PM

Bought a Bolens 2028 rider, all it needs is a chain. Part of the old chain was with it, #40 roller chain.

Bought 10 feet of new stuff to make new one. Wrestled with all of it to spool it into the mower and measure. Did so, but now I've run into an issue trying to link it back together.

At the proper length, I come up with an outside Link on one end, and inside on the other, so I can't get the master to install right. Take 1 link out so I have an inside link on each end so I can install master properly, and it's too short. Add 2 links so it's a bit longer and I have my 2 inside links on each end, and it's too long and binds up.

Am I missing something? Is there a special chain I should be using? Am I not doing This right?

Grass is getting long and I'm getting discouraged...

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Posted May 13, 2017 - 01:57 PM

Try using a half link and when the chain stretches take it out.

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Posted May 13, 2017 - 04:41 PM

:ditto:  I'd suggest using a half link if your having trouble

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Posted May 13, 2017 - 04:43 PM

I didn't know such a thing existed! Sounds like just what I need! Thanks!

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Posted May 13, 2017 - 08:24 PM

The half-links are also known as an offset link by some companies.


Check to see if there is some adjustment to see if chain slack can be taken up or added.  If both sprockets are fixed and there is not an idler sprocket, then you will have to adjust length by adding or removing links.


If there is a sprocket idler, there may be an adjustment where it is mounted.

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