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Old 04-12-2012, 10:31 AM   post #16 of 23
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Hey he is not cheap he is just smart enough to not spend money when not needed.

That is what you call a backyard preventive maintenance program.
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Old 04-12-2012, 10:37 AM   post #17 of 23
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That is what you call a backyard preventive maintenance program.
Backyard smart maintenance.

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Old 04-12-2012, 04:50 PM   post #18 of 23
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Yes, that's being cheap. It's like spending a dollar to save a quarter. That idler is toast if it already locked up. Even if you get it to turn, it will eventually lock again (if it doesn't come off the bearing completely), burning the belt in the process. Your vibration is most likely a burnt spot in the belt that is on there now.

Orange JD is correct. Don't even think about reusing that idler.
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Old 04-12-2012, 05:01 PM   post #19 of 23
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Yes, that's being cheap. It's like spending a dollar to save a quarter. That idler is toast if it already locked up. Even if you get it to turn, it will eventually lock again (if it doesn't come off the bearing completely), burning the belt in the process. Your vibration is most likely a burnt spot in the belt that is on there now.

Orange JD is correct. Don't even think about reusing that idler.
idler $3 to $5 New belt $30 to $40 I have never seen a belt take out a idler, but I have seen bad idlers take out belts.

Boy I hope none of these guys work for a major airline.
I think we need a post of what your jobs are.
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Work on aircraft no way.
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Old 04-13-2012, 11:26 AM   post #21 of 23
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You guys are sooooo smart.
You know it all, have been around the world, and looked behind every bush twice, as the saying goes.
I never said the idler should be kept in service if the bearing was shot, nor if it had locked up. The situation I yapped about was where the idler got stuffed full of detritus, and jammed. But you guys who know it all have never had that happen, right?
If the bearing in the idler is rough, and you can feel that very easily, then of course replace it.
If you buy your belts at a place that charges $30 to $40, stop by, and I'll meet their price and give you a $5 rebate. Last belt I bought was $12 and it has lasted quite a few years. Ditto the idler, which is factory from 1991... And I don't think idlers are $3.
Oh, and about teeth .... Hmmm ... never mind, the store is having a sale, so don't bother taking care of the ones you bought last week... ha. {all in jest...}
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Old 04-13-2012, 07:28 PM   post #22 of 23
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hammer it free see if it turnes with only a tight spot or to and wash it out with clener. put it back on.-- Yep I work as maintenance on aircraft--NOT--

Now for real I wouldn't wast my time on the old one I would put a new one on and there would be less work in the long run. But thats just me.
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Old 04-14-2012, 12:48 PM   post #23 of 23
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Yes, that's being cheap. It's like spending a dollar to save a quarter. That idler is toast if it already locked up. Even if you get it to turn, it will eventually lock again (if it doesn't come off the bearing completely), burning the belt in the process. Your vibration is most likely a burnt spot in the belt that is on there now.

Orange JD is correct. Don't even think about reusing that idler.
Yup, I ruined a belt (literally smoked it)...I was an overconfident newbie.
Charged full 12.5 Hp into a pile of wet leaves, figuring the Snapper was invincible! Didn't take long for the Snapper to try its best but the belt couldn't hack it

Belt wore down to about 1/2 diameter for about a foot

If I recall, the Snapper didn't stall (lesson learned $= unhappy wife)
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