Where do you get your belts?
Posted September 19, 2011 - 11:07 PM
Posted September 19, 2011 - 11:59 PM
Posted September 20, 2011 - 09:05 PM
This year I bought an honest to goodness Cub Cadet belt for my 129 with the 48" deck from the dealer. After I got home, found they gave me the wrong belt, went back to the dealer and exchanged it for the correct belt(I had to tell them the part number), got home, put the belt on and mowed for all of 30 minutes, PING. I'll stick with the green TSC belts from now on. Perhaps they don't have the correct "V" configuration, but I've never had an issue with one of them. After the first mowing(4 1/2 to 5 hours worth), I had to tighten it and it's been good since.
I used to be a firm believer in OEM belts but after mowing my 1/4 acre subdivision lot 3 times and having it break I'm beginning to wonder if the quality isn't being compromised now. I had to put on an old oem belt that was probably 10 yrs old to finish mowing. I'm not in a real big rush to pony up another $36 for a new OEM belt.
Posted September 25, 2011 - 11:03 AM
I have read a number of responses on this thread and understand everyone's take on things. I am blessed to have 2 CNH dealerships within 20 miles of me, a TSC, Farm & Fleet, and 4 Napas within 30 miles of me. I have owned a number of MTD products in the past and even more once I got educated having worked at a dealer. In my own personal experience, I have learned I would prefer to pay the extra money upfront for an original MTD belt that is made to work on the machine versus attempting to Match one up by width and length. This has simply become a preference of mine and I will certainly not preach to anyone about the topic. I fully understand not everyone has the facilities and outlets I am blessed to have locally.
Posted September 28, 2011 - 06:14 PM
It's a HDS 2165 134-268-100 with 46" LT Deck 300-190 it calls for Cub/Mtd 5/8 x 110.6 or Gates B108 11/16 x 111.The belts around here for these sizes are $37 each for Cub/MTD branded and Gates.
There's got to be a cheaper source for belts.I've looked on Ebay and the cheap no-name brand belts in this size are still $32-$38.
$40 for a darn belt is Nuts.
Posted September 28, 2011 - 06:21 PM
Posted September 29, 2011 - 06:14 AM
Posted September 30, 2011 - 09:40 AM
The issue with aftermarket belts is taper on the inside and the width of the back. That being said I did some experimenting and changed both of my mule drive pulleys to 1/2" width x 3" diameter bought at NAPA. Then I purchased one of their green belts and have run it for 2 yrs without an issue. The pto clutch and the pulley on the deck are allready wide enough to deal with the larger width belt anyways.
That's a great idea!