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#1 sportsman70004 OFFLINE  

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Posted July 13, 2011 - 09:34 AM

Hello all. I have a 1996 Craftsman GT with a 25HP Kohler and 50" cutting deck. We bought this tractor from the people we bought our house from as the did not want it...so i paid 200 bucks for this with a hp tiller, blade, weights the whole nine yards...
It has been a good tractor so far but i am having an issue with it chewing up / breaking the hydro drive belt. I had replaced it with one from the AP store...but it chewed that up and spit it out...so i went back to sears brand. So it will mow about 2-3 times and then i started to notice the slipping, belt burning smell and then the clutch / brake pedal starts pulsating when in gear...i have checked routing, guides all that stuff but it was time for me to reach out to the knowledgable folks of this forum for ideas or solutions.

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Posted July 13, 2011 - 01:07 PM

You might want to check out this thread. This may be what your are up against.

http://gardentractor...eas-worth-1744/

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Posted July 13, 2011 - 04:12 PM

Can't fix the mower but I can Welcome you to GTtalk hopefully someone can help soon.

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Posted July 13, 2011 - 04:39 PM

:wave: sportsman70004 Welcome to GTTalk!It may also be an alignment issue. If one of your pulleys is out of alignment, that will chew up belts pretty quickly. Check your keepers or set screws etc... Some pics of the damage to the belts might be helpful as well. Best of luck with it and keep us posted!

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Posted July 13, 2011 - 04:56 PM

If this pulley is working on the shaft, it would cause an alignment issue. The other thing to really watch is that one belt keeper RHS of the engine. Very easy to get it over instead of under.

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Posted July 31, 2011 - 05:39 PM

You may want to make sure that you have the belt routing right. I have seen a lot of these go on the clutch/brake pullys wrong. If you check the sears site you will find a good diagram. sounds like there is not enough tension causing it to burn up

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Posted July 31, 2011 - 06:09 PM

I don't know if it has a hydro filter on it but it might be worth it to replace that as well. If the hydro is having a hard time with oil flow it makes everything work that much harder and could cause belt slippage. At least depending how it is setup.

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Posted July 31, 2011 - 09:57 PM

Not goog on Questions, But welcome to GTtalk the homr of THE GOOD OL BOYS.




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