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Old June 20th, 2020, 10:48 AM #11
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Ordered belt from V-belt guys. Did the job myself in 20 minutes this morning. Piece of cake. Fired up mower, engaged blades...."SNAP!" Belt broke. F-me.
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Old June 22nd, 2020, 07:05 AM #12
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Something aint right,, all the blades spin free??
I run a few mowers, have put on a few belts from "V-Belt Guys", no problems.
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Old June 22nd, 2020, 02:50 PM #13
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Alright, went to Gardiner's and picked up a JD branded belt. Comparing to the other one, it's much more substanial/stiff and it's a deeper "V". While I was at it, scraped the deck, greased all fittings etc. One of the blade spindles was kinda dry/stiff, but once I greased it, it was much better. Got the belt on no problem (it really is an easy job). Got it fired up and it works!

Now, one thing though. When I engage the blades, the deck has a little wobble to it. It didn't have it before. Everything's lined up as it should be. The only "new" things were I scraped the bottom of the deck and the grease on the one blade. Could that somehow have thrown something off? The blades looked pretty beat up too. Maybe put on new blades?
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Old June 23rd, 2020, 08:57 PM #14
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Yeah, I'm going to give it a go myself. Just ordered a belt. Holy crap though, JD must be smoking crack! Their part prices are worse than Toyota. $78 for a JD branded belt?! I think not.
Don’t ever peer into the parts costs, software costs, or technician labor charges for computer updates to their industrial engines. My fleet repair costs got so high with the 4045 T4i engines in 2014-2015 that I solved the problem by getting rid of every single one of them.

Their junk needs a ECU update to improve reliability of their poor design? Fork over $650 for a Deere tech at RDO to spend an hour babysitting his laptop as it reflashes the engine ECU.
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Backwoods (Amish) off Ryceville Rd Charlotte Hall Md Could be a few things bad bearing for blade spindles bent blade etc
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Old June 29th, 2020, 10:26 PM #16
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https://www.jackssmallengines.com/

I have had good service from this company. Pretty fast shipping too. They have all the parts for pretty much any make and model. They also have after-market options as well as OEM parts, at appropriate prices for each. I have bought their off-brand blades and I got the same quality and service life as the OEM blades for my Gravelys.
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I'm really local to Jack's. it varies between a hit and miss, they have Gravely branded rattle can paint and I gave them a Briggs and ScrapIron part number for a complete engine to order which were my two positives.

All stuff I could have easily just ordered online, like everything else I do.

The rest of the few in-store experiences I've had had been Meh. It's retail, so super high turnover rate.

Some of the reviews reflect both good and bad I've had there.
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I have only ordered from Jack's online. Good prices and service so far.
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