Re: Replacement Drive Belt
I haven't bought a belt from Sears in years,and its been at least one,since I even looked at their selection..the price scared me away!..though I noticed the other night that Lowes prices are climbing too now,some belts top 40 bucks now..(but many belts are 80-100" long too,and are costly anywhere when you get to that length)--another thing I dont like is the fact they (and many other retailers) are only stocking belts and other items only for their tractors they sell,within say,5 years old or less,and are sending back the "old" belts that fit older machines..leaving guys like me out of luck when I need a belt ,etc..mower shops are far apart and scarce here,and dont stock much on hand..
I suspect Sears buys the belts from whoever makes them for Huskvarna,if its not them..they mark things up too much,IMO--thats why they are suffering ,they dont keep prices competitive with other sources,and now I read they are dropping the parts department at many stores too..that is only going to help nail their coffin..
I dont have a TSC nearby,I wish we did..but if they sell "Green" belts,I bet thy are Gates green stripe belts in their packaging..Gates used to be THE best belt,and still have a good reputaion,same can be said for Dayco,who make the blue "GPL" lawn and garden belts--but like many manufacturers,they now have factories in China and Mexico,all over the world producing their stuff now,and quality isn't always top notch ..you pay more for the name and supposedly good reputation,but dont always GET that!..
I recently bought a "lawn and garden" belt at Auto-Zone--a 79" x 1/2" ,for 7.99!...other stores wanted double that easily..they are "Kelly-Springfield"brand,made by Goodyear supposedly or a subsidary of Goodyear,according to the labeling..
"Hencho En Mexico" is printed on the belt..they appear to be typical black
v-belts like automotive ones,but do have a different fabric cover..I haven't had to use it yet,but when I do I'll b keeping a close eye on it to see how it holds up..since my tractors arent new and have issues with old pulleys ,idlers,and a deck with sloppy mounts,they tend to eat belts fairly rapidly,no matter what I use..I'd rather blow 8 bucks than 20 every time one fails,if I can get about the same amount of use from it!..