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Russ from MN
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 04, 2018 6:45 pm    Post subject: Lawn tractor belt Reply to specific post Reply with quote

There has been a lot of discussion lately about lawn mower belt life, and I wonder how many folks do what we do. We always engage the pto (blades) with the engine at idle, and then run it up to full throttle. Same thing shutting off the pto, idle the engine down and then disengage the belts. Starting and stopping the blades at full speed has to be hard on everything, it's like revving up a truck to 3600 rpm and then popping the clutch, only an idiot would do that! Some mowers stop the blades when you go in reverse, to prevent someone from backing over a child, that has to be hard on equipment too, I would not have one that does that.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 04, 2018 7:53 pm    Post subject: Re: Lawn tractor belt Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I agree and practice this. Every neighbor around me just hits the switch at full tilt. Screeeech!
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 05, 2018 8:04 am    Post subject: Re: Lawn tractor belt Reply to specific post Reply with quote

There are some mowers out there that if you engage the blades at idle it more than doubles the chance it will throw the belt. If you watch the belt, at idle it snaps like a whip for 3 to 5 seconds before it gets the blades up to speed. The quicker the belt gets to speed the less time there is to throw it off.
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