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Snapper burning the belt

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Adrian asked 6 years ago

I have a Snapper rear engine mower model 301011BE that keeps burning the belt in one spot. When the blade is disengaged, the pulley? belt guide? above the drive disc burns a hole in that one spot on the belt since the belt is no longer spinning. Is there supposed to be a free spinning bearing or something that I’m missing. Thanks in advance. 

1 Answers
Joe answered 6 years ago

Adrian, The belt drive on your Snapper mower is a very simple system. The first thing you need to do is to make sure your using the correct factory belt. Not an after market or “will fit”. Snappers use a special belt. Your dealer should get you a belt based on your model and serial number. IF YOUR SURE you have the correct belt then check for a couple of things, make sure all belt guides, if any, are on the outside of the belt. Belt guides never go on the inside of the belt, also check the belt tension. If the belt is too tight it can burn on the engine pully when disengeged because most Snappers have a brake that stops the blade pulley from turning when it is disengaged. I don’t know the year of your rider with out a serial number, but most Snapper rider deck belt adjustments for loosening it is done by shortening the overall length of the rider by loosening the clamps on the main frame tube just below the seat and sliding it rearward. Thanks, Joe