I admit it, I'm a GT Noob. Even though I've had my deerely beloved little 214 for several years now. I picked her up while we were at a farm sale and didn't even know what a little gem I was getting - it ran great and came with a harem of implements (3 blade mower deck, tiller and snow blower, all working). The price was right, and we loaded it up and took it home.
A few weeks ago, I took the deck in to get repaired. One of my boys hit a (large) rock while mowing, bent the far left blade and threw out the blade timing to where it was unusable. We started taking it apart and stopped when I realized I didnt have a pulley puller. I took it in to our local JD shop and, presto, $500 dollars later its like new - bearings, spindles, some pulleys that were thrashed when trying to take them off and blades, and of course replaced the internal deck belt.
Fast forward to yesterday, when the main drive belt shredded on us. Now, as my wife would attest to, I don't consider myself the most mechanically inclined sort of chap, however, with the money I had shelled out on the deck repair still leaving its imprint on my wallet, I was of the mind to try and do it myself this time. Thus I came back to this fantastic forum and started pouring over the threads for advice.
After a trip into town to buy a main drive belt (while there I also bought the variator to differential belt, and the PTO belt that goes to the deck), and a few hours in the hot sun, I got the main drive belt and the PTO belt replaced and she runs like a top. The variator to differential belt is still in fairly good condition so I`ll hang that on the wall until I need it.
I must give credit where credit is due. There are many knowledgeable sources on this forum, but thanks especially to Herd of Deeres
for your excellent directions and information.
It was this thread
that was invaluable to me to get the job done today. Very cool.
What a great place this is. I'm glad to be here, and I love it when a plan comes together!