Anybody work on garden tractors?

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Anybody work on garden tractors?

Post by S 854 » Wed Jun 26, 2019 8:12 pm

Having issues with Julie’s 1992 Craftsman GT6000... it’s been a good little workhorse for a couple years now... however...

Julie had just spent a couple hours mowing around the property... as she went to depress the clutch/brake there was a loud bang under the hood.

I got to looking at it yesterday and found the ground drive belt had broken and wrapped it’s entire length around the engine drive pulley—taking out the throttle cable in the process...

As I was removing the debris, I found the cast pulley had split apart from the wedging of the belt/cable inside it.

Off the the bone yard... I got a new (used) throttle cable and pulley. Once I got things back together I put on another drive belt and ran the engine for about 10 minutes to check things out... it’s all good! So I hop on, depress the clutch/brake and WHAM!!! The new belt wrapped it’s entire length around the drive pulley... taking out the choke cable this time... bummer...

I cleaned up the mess one more time (with a choke cable from the bone yard) and put on ANOTHER belt... this time I decided to see what was happening under the hood when I depressed the clutch... seems to me there’s excess belt length when the clutch/brake is all the way down... possibly, when the belt/pulleys get hot, and I depress the clutch, the drive pulley grabs the warm belt and wraps the excess free length around the pulley? I tried adjusting the brake so it engages sooner (which limits the amount the clutch is relieved) but now the clutch and brake apply at the same time...

I’m out of throttle and choke cables now... and almost out of patience...

I posted this same thing on a tractor forum I belong to and received one reply suggesting I make sure the belt is the correct one (it is) and that it’s “threaded” correctly through its various pulleys (it is... been running for two years...)

I need to go work on something less complicated... like my Arctic... :oops:
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Re: Anybody work on garden tractors?

Post by Pterodactyl » Wed Jun 26, 2019 9:39 pm

Craig, I have no answers for you, but if it will help to get it up on a lift, then you are welcome to use one of my lifts.
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Re: Anybody work on garden tractors?

Post by S 854 » Thu Jun 27, 2019 12:20 am

Thanks for the offer, Kevin... I may take you up on your offer if my next plan of attack fails... besides, I’m a firm believer in “two heads are better...”

Been mulling things over and am gonna try a few things... one of which is the pedal travel... I think the amount of slack I currently have in the belt is what’s allowing the pulley to grab the belt...

Got a brand spankin’ new Craftsman belt coming in on Friday so that will rule out “wrong belt length”...
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Re: Anybody work on garden tractors?

Post by harryball » Thu Jun 27, 2019 11:08 am

I whipped mine with a sledgehammer for a 1/2 hour this morning... didn't make it run but I feel better. You're welcome to try the same.
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Re: Anybody work on garden tractors?

Post by RC20 » Thu Jun 27, 2019 5:28 pm

Kind of stuff you need to see in person but there is another sheave in there that should be looked at very closely.
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Re: Anybody work on garden tractors?

Post by Pterodactyl » Thu Jun 27, 2019 7:39 pm

If you have not done so already, then check to see if one of the blade spindles is not turning or is slow to turn. A bad spindle could cause the belt to bunch up.., I think.
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Post by S 854 » Thu Jun 27, 2019 10:45 pm

My list of things to check is getting longer... which is a good thing...

I’ll check that everything that’s sposed to turn is turning freely (without too much play)...

I’ll save the BFH for the last resort... I already have my throwing hammer out though...
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Re: Anybody work on garden tractors?

Post by pigdog » Mon Jul 01, 2019 9:22 pm

Check your spindles (already mentioned), bearings, etc. for excessive wear while you are at it.

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Re: Anybody work on garden tractors?

Post by Pterodactyl » Mon Jul 01, 2019 10:45 pm

I suspect you have some how infected our John Deere. Had a spindle fail today.
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Re: Anybody work on garden tractors?

Post by BRatigan » Mon Sep 23, 2019 7:03 pm

My JD tossed belts also. It turned out to be one of the idler pulley shafts had turned many degrees of the spec and would then fail to hold the belt. might be worth a look.
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Re: Anybody work on garden tractors?

Post by S 854 » Mon Sep 23, 2019 10:42 pm

I replaced the tension pulley and spring, adjusted the brake/clutch and went with a different style of belt (tan... the old one was black)... both belts are “Kevlar” but the tan belt is much smoother riding on the pulleys...

Julie’s been mowing, gardening and spraying since the beginning of July without a hiccup... hope I didn’t just jinx meself.. :oops:
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