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Do you have any suggested sources for drive and PTO belts? They have to be in matched pairs, and I have not found online sources for matched sets, only singles.

I have already sent off a request to sonnysbolens, but I'd really like to find at least one other source as well.
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Dayco sells matched pairs,I had to special order them most of the time for lawn and garden belts--we stocked many for 18 wheeler applications though..also,if your lucky, sometimes two belts MAY have been made from the same "lot" and can be matched up by another lot number on the underside of the belt..
 

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Thanks! now have sent request to Sam's Bolens.

And, does "matched" simply mean they come from the same batch? If so, I might be fortunate to find a set at any location - they sometimes sell the same batch to the same locatiion.

Is there anything special about the PTO or drive belts? Can they be toothed or Kevlar or fabric backed?
 

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depends on which model bolens you are talking about on some the pto belts can be very critical , if the belt is too tight and not enough play the pto will always be turning
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depends on which model bolens you are talking about on some the pto belts can be very critical , if the belt is too tight and not enough play the pto will always be turning
-Brian
I also heard that it helps the belts are fabric backed rather than plain rubber V belts. Is that true?

Supposedly the fabric has more friction and they are stopped better by the gentle contact with the PTO guards and brakes.
 

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I dont know if having fabric backed belts would make a diference I have always used just regular rubber v belts. , It sounds like a good idea though.
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you need a 3vx belt in the size you need , there are different grades A, B . C. and so forth these are low power transmission type belts. The 3vx and 5 VX are for higher HP drives such as the variator belts for JD applications. I would look for a Gates or browning belt . I've had bad expieriences with dayco belts. And for your info the discount dealers seem to think that the customer is not savy to what the belt codes are and will sell you a under rated belt at the higher rated price , this has happened many times to me. Look up WW Granger and learn the belt codes.
 

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And, does "matched" simply mean they come from the same batch? If so, I might be fortunate to find a set at any location - they sometimes sell the same batch to the same locatiion.
Yes, just look at the batch numbers on the belt and find two the same and you have a matched set. This is how it was explained to me by my local hardware store who sells a lot of belts. I've run more than a few "matched sets" like this and have had no problems.
 

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Wow I just found this old thread. I just ordered new belts and did not realize they need to be matched. How crucial is this? I saw it says it is important for the PTO.
 

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If they are not all the same lenght when cold then they certainly will not be the same when hot and could have some slippage. But one belt will do a lot of driving and the looser ones will drive some also.
 

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My Experience There Is A Huge Difference In Belt Quality- I Get Them From Sam`s Excellent Quality And Not That Bad Price- Don`t Order From Sonny`s If You Plan On Using Your Machine This Year!
 
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