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#1 troy64 OFFLINE  


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Posted October 03, 2011 - 08:42 AM

I just installed a belt on my 48" deck, and noticed black belt dust behind the double center pulley on the deck. Is this a sign that the belt is too tight, or that the pulley is bad?

The tractor is a 147, and the center of the spring loaded mule pulley is about 3.5" away from the front frame.

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Posted October 03, 2011 - 05:23 PM

Dry rotted belts will do that.Rust or dirt in the pulley groove will cause it to do that with older belts.
It could also be a sigh of a worn bearing.Pulley could also be loose on the spindle shaft.The pulley will lean forward and cause immature belt wearing.

I would take the deck off and pop the blade belt off and check the spindle and pulley.My 127 with 42 inch deck had a similar problem.The center pulley was loose on the spindle.I took the pulley off and cleaned up the channel with a wire wheel,put it back on and tightened it up and pumped fresh grease in it.Fixed with a few minutes of tinkering and $0.00.