Locating Polan/Weedeater lawn mower belt

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Old 07-24-17, 08:59 AM
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Locating Polan/Weedeater lawn mower belt

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I have an old Poulan/Weedeater Lawn Mower model No. WE1442A, product No. 244 241, serial No. 061093s 002448, a tag under the seat reads 11/17/2000. The belt drive broke and I'm trying to find the right one, I ordered one online using these specs, but it's too long. I have the old belt, but the model is not readable. What is strange is that the diagram (online shop and others) for this model is not what my deck looks like. According to these diagrams my model should have 4 pulleys where the belt goes, but mine only has 3... besides the transmission. I found it more accurate under the model No. WP1442A...??? I'm baffled and don't know what to do. I tried to match the old belt at a local shop, but it's impossible. Any help would be greatly appreciated!
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Old 07-24-17, 10:12 AM
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Is this the configuration of the routing your belt takes:

https://www.partstree.com/parts/elec...93/mower-deck/

You're counting the engine sheave as one of the three pulleys ?

PS: If that's the correct Part Number for the 42" Belt, I see them on eBay for $10.00 to $15.00 and up.
 

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Old 07-24-17, 01:36 PM
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Hi Vermont,

Thank you for replying. To answer your question, no, it's not... Mine has 3 pulleys plus the engine sheave, just like the picture of the diagram I attached, that diagram is from my mower deck. It's weird, I don't get it... I ordered that belt, which corresponds to the model number, but it's too big...

Lawn keeps growing... help!
 
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Is that decal of the belt on the deck or the mower?
Have you owned the mower since new?
Is it a 42" deck?
 
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Hi BFHFixit,

Yes, the decal is on the deck. No, I bought it a few months ago from someone. And yes, it is a 42" deck. Do you think the deck was replaced for a different one? thank you.
 
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Old 07-25-17, 05:52 AM
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Well that is starting to sound like the only thing I can figure as all the info I find shows the same belt (130969 or 532130969) which is a Husqvarna number.
I will try one more resource when I go to work today if I can remember.
 
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Old 07-25-17, 03:14 PM
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I had no luck on the dealer portal either, in fact, they don't even list that model for weedeater, poulan, poulan pro nor Husqvarna. Closest they show is a 14.5hp but they still use the same deck and belt as listed above.
All I can suggest is take the old belt to....NAPA used to match belts, or some other place that sells belts/bearings and such. AYP is not as finicky as MTD about belts and it should be 1/2" x ???

Good Luck!
 
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Old 07-25-17, 03:51 PM
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The common older 42" AYP product belts are 95 inches and 88 inches, but those are on the decks with one more pulley than yours. There were some that took a 92.5" belt and I think a 83.5" belt, both 4L belts (1/2 inch wide wrapped belts). Take a string and wrap it around all the pulleys as the belt should be routed with the blades turned ON. Mark where the string meets and measure how long the string is. This will get you in the neighborhood and then you can at least have an educated idea of what size belt to try. You want one that is floppy loose, enough so that the engine can't grab it and turn the blades when the blades are off, but tight enough to put tension on the tensioner spring when the belt is engaged.
 
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Old 07-25-17, 03:54 PM
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The common 42" AYP product belts are 95 inches
I checked Oregon replacement and theirs were 1/2" x 94 1/2", but almost all were the 1/2" x ???
 
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Old 07-25-17, 06:28 PM
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Yeah, that's correct. I think the only 5L (5/8") belts are on some of the electric PTO models. You can measure a genuine AYP belt with the number 144959 which is probably the most common belt they used on 42" mowers, and find them right at 95" but if you want to have the oem specified measurement here then 94 1/2" it is. A 95" kevlar belt works perfectly in this situation every time. I don't see where it matters because it's not the belt called for in this instance anyway so I didn't bother explaining all of this in my first post...
 

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Old 07-26-17, 04:56 AM
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I'll measure it with a string, great trick! and search for one similar. Thank you guys, much appreciated!!!
 
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