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#1 tlcmbc OFFLINE  

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Posted July 05, 2011 - 11:11 PM

I just inherited a 308-8 and was using it to mow today when it quit moving. I found the drive belt had broken. How hard is it to replace? Do I have to remove the mower deck etc? Thanks for any help, Tim

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Posted July 05, 2011 - 11:35 PM

Tim, that is a brand I am just beginning to learn about myself. I do know that most WH guys will tell you to buy OEM belts, or it will continue to shred them. The OEM belts are different somehow.
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Posted July 06, 2011 - 05:03 AM

You have to take off the right footrest and belt cover, then open the PTO bail. Other than that, it's a quick half hour replacement. I would get the belt from your local Toro dealer. Though a TSC belt would work, the WH belts are different and will last much longer than a generic belt.

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Posted July 06, 2011 - 05:25 AM

Yup, Mike's right (as usual). Just did mine this spring and it's about a half hour job, maybe a little more without experience. Not hard to do though. I always use the Toro replacement belts. They cost about double what the cheaper ones, but the one that I changed this spring hasn't been replaced in 12 years, 9 of those it was my weekly mower and ONLY garden tractor, so it did all of the chores around the yard. Another tip I can offer...If you push the clutch pedal far enough down that the tractor stops without pushing the brake pedal...you'll shred belt after belt regardless of the brand you buy. There's a tab on the pulley that keeps the belt in the groove when there is slack and if you push it too far, it digs in to the belt. I learned that the hard way when I first got mine. So only push it far enough to disengage the belt and use the brake to stop the tractor. Hope all this helps.

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Posted July 06, 2011 - 08:47 AM

Thanks everyone. I just bought the belt and will work on it tonight. What is the PTO bail?

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Posted July 06, 2011 - 12:57 PM

Thanks everyone. I just bought the belt and will work on it tonight. What is the PTO bail?


I think that's the WH name for "That curved arm that goes around & engages the PTO clutch"
There's makes less sense, but is shorter to say.

Unless you happen to have an electric clutch, you have one on the RHS of your engine.

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Posted July 06, 2011 - 05:08 PM

It's the part with the yellow arrow pointing at it. It looks intimidating, but it comes off really easily with a small hairpin in the pivot pin at the top (the small white arrow) and the quick pin on the outside at the center (the light blue arrow).

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Posted July 06, 2011 - 10:46 PM

OK one last question. Got the belt but cant get it on the engine pulley, what is the trick? It seems a little too short but can tell that once it is in the groove it will be fine. I tried it on the front pulley first but then the same problem on the drive end. Thanks

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Posted July 07, 2011 - 10:55 AM

Start at the engine and work toward the back.

1) Engage the parking brake
2) Place on Drive pulley first
3) Then engage the transmission
4) Then route around the clutch and idler(s) ...

viola!

Look at the picture on page 5-2 in the manual. Figure 5-5 shows a similar routing:
http://www.mywheelho...al_810063Rl.pdf

Edited by MikesRJ, July 07, 2011 - 11:22 AM.


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Posted July 07, 2011 - 03:46 PM

I usually start at the engine as well, but I just push the clutch pedal down to make it around the drive pulley for the tranny and then work it into the clutch pulley last.

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Posted July 07, 2011 - 10:10 PM

Thanks to everyone. I got the belt on. Thanks again, Tim




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