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Case 442 Mower deck belt

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Dan Dickson

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PostPosted: Sun Dec 16, 2007 8:15 pm    Post subject: Case 442 Mower deck belt Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I recently purchased a Case 442 with no attachments, the tractor did come with a sleeve hitch and hydraulic PTO. I got lucky about a month ago and found a hydro tiller and a really nice mower deck for it and now am in the process of buying a mule drive and deck lift frame for it as well. Do any of you Case experts out there know what length belt I will need for the mower deck?
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Boyd in Mn
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 16, 2007 10:51 pm    Post subject: Re: Case 442 Mower deck belt Reply to specific post Reply with quote

If you don't get an answer here, go onto yahoo groups and join the casegardentractors group. BIG group there. Someone there will definitely know.
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 16, 2007 11:45 pm    Post subject: Re: Case 442 Mower deck belt Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Dan: {C23809} Engine to Deck Belt fits all 442, and early 444 using H, J-40 to 46 decks - $16.51.

{C23811} Deck belt for 120, 150, 155 195 and early 220, 222, 442 and 444 - $27.57

These belts are kinda costly... I have a Case/Ingersoll 446 with a J46 deck and I just go to AutoZone and get a Gates 1/2 X 70 and a 1/2 x 80 for $8.00 to $9.00 each.

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Good Luck!

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Tom Arnold
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 17, 2007 1:42 pm    Post subject: Re: Case 442 Mower deck belt Reply to specific post Reply with quote

OEM Case belts only SEEM expensive but in the long run, they are proven to be cheaper. Belts for mower decks and snow blowers are constructed with Kevlar. Regular belts are not and that's why they wear out prematurely, stretch, distort, roll over and jump off.

Regular belts are fine when the drive pulley and the driven pulley are dead in line with each other. On a Colt, Case or Ingersoll tractor, the pulley on the PTO is vertical. The belt must then twist 90 degrees before reaching the first mule pulley which causes the belt to change direction from vertical to horizontal travel.

Then it twists 90 degrees again as it reaches the deck pulley, twists 90 again on the way to the second mule pulley, changes direction again from horizontal back to vertical and twist 90 degrees before reaching the PTO pulley. What other application do you know of that asks this much from a drive belt?

The only belt that will stand up to this kind of punishment is a belt with Kevlar plies. You can buy Kevlar construction drive belts from places other than a Ingersoll dealer but you must insist on having them prove to you by way of their catalogue description that the belt IS a Kevlar belt.

Buying cheap belts for these tractors is like buying 2 ply rated tires for a boat trailer that needs 6 ply rated rubber on it due to the weight of the boat. Sure, the cheap tires fit the rims and you can run the trailer to the cottage to pick up the boat. But the real test comes when you get the boat on the trailer and start buzzing down the road at highway speeds.

If you get out onto the lawn to cut the grass and the belt rolls over on you and pops off, then add up all the associated costs in buying a new belt, let alone the frustration. At that point, which is the cheaper belt?
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