Re: F725 eating pto belts
Okay, so I went with a set of OEM belts -- lo and behold, they are holding up just fine. I have about 6 hours of mowing with them -- which is 5 hours longer than the kevlar reinforced ones lasted!?!
I have had no issues with the OEM belts and they are showing no signs of wear.
The OEM belts are shaped slightly different than the Kevlar reinforced ones that were labeled as an "exact fit / replacement" for the OEM. The kevlar replacements might have been the same length, but the proof is in the performance!?! I never would have guessed it, but I hope this saves someone some misery (and money) in the future.
Once again, I am talking about the 2 pto belts, than spin around the same pulleys, directly under the machine.
I am not talking about the drive belt or the deck belt. Whether OEM belts are needed there, or whether a replacement belt will work, remains to be seen...BUT OEM seems like the safer bet.