The manual that came with the 125 doesn't even mention how to change the belt. Motor bogs down with grass that is higher. Tightening the transmission drive belt idler arm center bolt locks in the new position. The traction belt is the one that delivers engine power to the transmission. The mower has enough power to cut right through it without bogging. Remove belt and clear mower deck, pulleys and belt guides of all debris before installing a new belt.
Adjust the deck height lever to its lowest position so the deck rests on the wood blocks. Initial removal of the belt from the engine drive pulley should be undertaken from the left side of the vehicle. Remove the spring to release tension on the belt. Remove the blocks and pull the mower deck from under the lawn tractor. Other than that I have had nothing but good service out of this product. Although this belt removal explanation only covers the 42-inch mower deck, the 48-inch and 54-inch deck belt removal procedure is very similar.
Very Cheaply made and dints at the least little bump against the deck. Then I discovered this is a seldom needed operation so I may not even have to change the belt. I Am very pleased except for 1 tiny problem. . Always leaves clumps of cut grass when moving backwards.
The Kevlar V-Belts are manufactured to withstand the heat oil and back idler pulleys often associated with outdoor power equipment. Did break an axle in 2016 pretty simple fix probably fat boy issue again. At first glance it looks like you're going to need to remove all these things, but you don't have to. Press down on the John Deere lawn and garden tractor's accelerator pedal with your hand just until the pedal starts to stiffen, becoming harder to press. You'll want the brake in the released position for this step. The front of the deck bends with every rough patch of ground you hit.
The only thing you'll need to do to get the belt clear of these components is disconnect the steering tie rods. Because of the multi-functional capability of this vehicle, its drive belt may fray, slip or break through heavy use. Our driveway is 950 feet long and the blower does a good job in all types of snow to clear the drive — to clear 8 inches of fresh snow it will take me about 1 hour. Loosen the center bolt on the transmission drive belt idler arm, but do not remove it. The only damage was to the paint on the deck.
Remove the ignition key and use a socket wrench to detach the negative lead from the battery located in the rear of the engine compartment. It was serviced this spring at Campbell Tractor after having problems with it the last year not mowing well and when I got it back it was worse. The engine is air cooled and the air intake is prefiltered with a paper and foam air filter. Lower deck onto the blocks by moving mower deck lift lever all the way forward to position 1. I mow anywhere from 1 to 7 acres once a week 7 months a year I have over 1300 hrs. Previously all Deere mowers had to be sold thru Deere Dealers. Place 2-by-4 blocks under the rim on each side of the mower deck.
Year of Manufacture: 2004 Pros: Mulch kit blades and grass shoot plug is just adequate. Cons: rough ride wish it had bigger tires. Attachments: Snow Blower, Weights and Chains. You can see a good view of the pawl in the picture of the idler in step 2. They recommend every 200hrs and make sure you use Castrol Synthetic 5W-50 oil, The 2 stage snowblower works great, a lot better then the single stage I had with my Craftsman. The tension spring is hooked around a bushing on the idler and a notch on the tension arm. It also had the factory battery until this spring 2018.
Although the idea of changing the belt may seem overwhelming at first, it's a project most homeowners can accomplish with relative ease. You can only live off of reputation as long as you live up to it. Push the idler arm forward to align the adjustment bolt holes. Keep children and pets away from the work area and never smoke while working on or around any gasoline powered vehicle. Remove drive belt from lower pulley on engine side, then deck should be able to be removed by sliding out from left or right of mower frame. Attachments: Rear Grass Bagger Modifications: Using premium gas helps allot with performance. Start by removing the deck and raising the tractor up so you can work underneath safely.