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Traction Drive Belt Question

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Is the Traction Drive Belt supposed to spin whenever the engine is running or only when the Drive Clutch is engaged? My Traction Drive Belt starts spinning as soon and I start the engine, but the blower stays stationary until I engage the Drive Clutch.

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Hi Scott - yeah most machines the belt just gets tensioned by the cable when you pull the lever and it's a tighter fit around the pulley. The belt my still spin some when you let the tension off but not enough to move the machine...... you can adjust the tension amount on them as needed. When the wheels seem to have less power you tighten it up a bit.......



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Many engines have a tightly fitting drive (inside) pulley that rotates at driveshaft speed. When you engage the fiction drive, the rubber "tire" engages the drive disc to give you movement. MH

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Many engines have a tightly fitting drive (inside) pulley that rotates at driveshaft speed. When you engage the fiction drive, the rubber "tire" engages the drive disc to give you movement. MH
Yes, Normally the traction belt is always engaged.

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Hi Guys-

Is the Traction Drive Belt supposed to spin whenever the engine is running or only when the Drive Clutch is engaged? My Traction Drive Belt starts spinning as soon and I start the engine, but the blower stays stationary until I engage the Drive Clutch.

Thanks,
Scott
Depends on the machine you have.

I had an 1983 Craftsman 8/25, and the traction belt worked the same as the auger belt, it was slack until the clutch pulled in an idler wheel, ant things started to move.

My 2008 machine has the traction belt spinning all the time, and the clutch moves the drive plate into the friction wheel when actuated.

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