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Old 05-09-03, 07:26 PM
J A Boggan
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Question Craftsman rider drive belt

Dose anyone happen to have a owners manual for a model #502.251220 30" rear engine rider? What I'm interested in, is the section covering installing a new drive (motion) belt. I have studied this problem for a long time and it's just about got me stumped. It is the belt that goes around the upper pully on the pto and the transaxle. Also, what is a way to strech a large spring thats got got a resonable amount of pressure on it?
 
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Old 05-10-03, 12:08 AM
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Did you try the sears website? You can click on parts and punch in your model# to see an exploded view of the unit. To stretch the spring, get a pull cord for a push mower, tie the ends together to make a circle, hook the cord on the end of the spring, and pull on the other end. It works well.
 
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Old 05-10-03, 01:42 AM
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Cheese, I've called their main parts department...the manual is no longer available. I will try the idea you had about the starter rope.
 
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Old 05-10-03, 10:58 AM
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Call up Murray and speak to David Wilson in Tech Services. 502 is a Murray made product for Sears.

Should be www.murrayinc.com or 1-800-251-8007 if memory has me correct on that one.

Might take some digging, but I'll bet they find you and mail you a copy. They did for me on my 1965 Sears snowblower .
 
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Old 05-10-03, 06:00 PM
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Cheese and Joe_F, Thanks for the information. I used that idea that you had, using the starter rope and it worked very slick. Also Joe_F, I've already sent an e-mail to Murray. Thanks again!
 
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Old 05-10-03, 06:09 PM
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I have a murray equivalent to that mower at my shop right now. What is it that you need to know, exactly? (how the belt is routed, or how to get it on)?
 
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Old 05-11-03, 05:53 AM
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Cheese, I finally got the belt in place, with great difficulty. I wound up having to drop the transaxle and disconnect the belt guards. I just wanted to see what the owners manual had to say about changing it out. There's got to be a simplier way. Does that puller (for the dual pulleys) work pretty good?
 
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Old 05-11-03, 08:32 PM
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I never have used one, lol. You're talking about the stack pulley on the engine shaft, right? I have had a hard time getting them off before, but always managed. A good idea is to smear a bit of anti-seize on the shaft before re-installing the pulley.

I never had to drop the tranny to change one of those belts, but I do remove the deck and the belt keeper. It's a tight squeeze, getting the belt between the top of the tranny pulley and the mower frame, but it will go.
 
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