Need help locating a Snapper tractor blade belt


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Old 03-29-23, 02:10 PM
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Need help locating a Snapper tractor blade belt

I know should be a piece of cake. Tried Jacks, Parts Tree etc etc. The model # is 301016BE 82552. The problem, it seems Snapper changed the length belt they use around 82300. But no one mentions what belt they went to after that. According to Jack's 301016BE 82300 is a series 16 and considered old style. Guess mines a series 17 maybe.? Any help would be very much appreciated..Thanks in advance.
 
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Old 03-29-23, 03:08 PM
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Got the old belt? Just take it to auto parts store and let them measure it!
 
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Old 03-29-23, 03:17 PM
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I once had an old J C Penny lawn tractor that ate belts routinely. I had no clue about part numbers. I simply took the belt to a local, old school hardware store and they would rummage around their belts to come up with the right size.
 
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Have you tried an authorized Snapper dealer for possible replacement? I have put too many "will fit" after market belts on my mowers and tractors that have been destroyed way before they should have been. I have been VERY happy with OEM belts, blades, and bearings when I needed them. Sometimes the cost difference is substantial, but you get what you pay for (most of the time)
 
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Old 03-29-23, 05:42 PM
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Thanks to all, First, it's a rear engine rider not a tractor. Forgive me. I bought the mower from and estate and the belt was missing. Blad turns easy by hand. All the pulleys look good. It's just a beater mower. But runs pretty good. Might get a year or two out of it. We used to have several Snapper dealers through out the county. Sadly, all are gone.
 
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I get a lot of OEM parts from EBaY now. I get surprised all the time what some of the guys on there still have. (still in original bags)
 
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Old 03-29-23, 08:27 PM
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Thanks, would order the part from anyone. What I need is help getting the right part #.
 
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Old 03-30-23, 12:27 AM
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So take a measurement with tape measure, purchase several belts at, above, below and give them a try and then return unused. I've done that on occasion when recommended belt sizes didn't fit quite rights.
 
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Old 03-30-23, 09:59 AM
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Looking up that model number I get belt #7044637YP and that is discontinued. It's 5/8" x 75.18" (if yours is the 28 or 33" cut). Looks like if it's a 30" cut, #7043844YP and I see them for sale online.

I have used a 75 or 76" 5/8" belt on those with the discontinued belt but it required adjustment of the frame tube and possibly more adjustment than the factory configuration allows for (mild modification).

Normal hardware store belts won't work on rear engine rider snappers with the hexagonal belts (most of the snappers you see).
 
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Old 03-30-23, 10:08 AM
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I did a quick search and that discontinued belt is available right now on ebay. Sometimes you get lucky and find one, other times they aren't out there.
 
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Old 03-30-23, 05:15 PM
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Thanks for going to all that trouble Cheese. I knew you'd come up with a solution. You probably already know this. But this mower is a flat frame Snapper. Can these frames be slide like the round frame Snappers for belt adjustment. Don't think mine will.
 
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Old 03-30-23, 06:33 PM
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Yes, I know it's the flat frame. It has a spot under the seat with a shoulder bolt and spacers you put between the slotted part attached to the front half of the frame to move it as needed away from the back end of the frame. I don't remember exactly what I did on the last one I did this to, but it was sometime last summer. I think I took the shoulder bolt out and made a different one that allowed for more space to be put between the two, or maybe less space, not sure which. It wasn't too hard to figure out a fix though to make the generic belt I used work.
 
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Cheese, again thanks so much. Your advice is very much appreciated..
 
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Old 04-02-23, 06:20 PM
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Today after re-reading this, I do recall what I did. I remember trying the 75" generic belt and it was a touch too short. Even with the frame fully collapsed it still slowly tried to turn the blade and I could smell the belt trying to burn. The 76" belt would work but slip even with the frame fully extended (there is only a very small amount of adjustment there and the frame wobbles and walks due to age/wear on many of these that still exist). So I took the shoulder bolt out and put a bolt in with a sleeve to fit through the slotted hole and washers between the slotted flange and the back part of the frame to extend it out the extra 1/4" or so that was required. I put a jam nut on the back side of the bolt under the seat where it comes out near the battery to ensure it didn't back out. To my knowledge it's still working fine. Hope that helps.
 
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Thanks again. Sounds over my pay grade. I'm just and old man with a shade tree, and 5 gallon bucket half full of tools. Pretty sure I'm in trouble. No more flat frame Snapper for me.
 
 

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