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« on: December 10, 2013, 10:19:22 PM »

I was on a few weeks back looking for a model # for an MTD with a vari-drive. I didn't have but a picture of the one I have and I needed a model Number so I could get drive belts.

Someone here was nice enough to take a look and identified it for me and I was able to get belts. I mowed all summer and it worked great.

But now I have attached a 2 stage snow blower to it and well it's not working so great...

My problem is when I run in to a load, say like when I am about 1/2 way down the drive way with about 4 inches of snow on it, the mower just slows to a stop. If I remove the load and play around with the F-N-R knob and move it between speeds eventually it starts moving again.

Sometimes it does it even without a load. I was just trying to get up the slight incline of my driveway and it stopped on me.

I am assuming that even though I got a model number and assumed it was correct it might have been off a bit and I have the wrong belt or belts?

I am assuming that one or both are too long from the way it's acting?

Any help would be greatly appreciated...
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« Reply #1 on: December 10, 2013, 10:25:04 PM »

Lee, the variator itself could be sticking. Id check to see that it moves freely yet doesn't have any play in the center sheave.
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« Reply #2 on: December 11, 2013, 12:20:44 AM »

Also make sure there is enough tension on the sprung belt tensioner (back belt).


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« Reply #3 on: December 11, 2013, 09:09:13 PM »

We had a newer craftsman that did this, for some reason the varied rive didn't like the cold, it would hardly move forward, and it would not go backwards at all, we were able to move it when it started warming up outside
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« Reply #4 on: December 12, 2013, 01:28:45 PM »

Thanks everyone !
I will try and see what I can do thanks again for the direction.

As fo rit being cold well..I live in minnesota it should be used to the cold weather???
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