How fussy JD vs clone belts?
I bought used spring 2016 a JD 1032. I used it a little in 2017 as I switch blowers. I like to use all the blowers I sell to see if there is any problems before their sold.
When I used the JD 1032 this year, 2018, in a wet heavy snow, the auger belt was slipping so much, not only was it not throwing well, the belt was on the edge of burning. I ordered a new clone, generic belt, Kevlar, 1/2" x 36". If I recall, probably D&D Power. It was the same size as the original which was on the machine. I measured the outside of the belt before I put it on using a flexible tailor's tape as 36" exactly and using paper spring clips to hold the tape against the belt. I also measured the JD belt as 36" which surprised me as it showed no stretch. Then why was it slipping? Burning? The sides worn? The angle was wrong by wear? It doesn't sit down right?
I called the JD dealer, talked to the service manager who was a JD mechanic at one time. He said he uses clone belts for all other makes of equipment other than John Deere. Years ago he tried clones but he did not have success with them so he uses only John Deere belts for every JD piece of equipment. He says he didn't know why the JD belts work where the others did not. He said maybe it's the cut of the belt, the angle or something. He suggested I try a John Deere belt. The JD auger belt is close to $25. Since the original belt was not stretched, did not look burnt, I didn't see the advantage of trying a new one. So I thought I might try a clone again but 1/4" smaller, 1/2" x 35 3/4" for $8 instead of 36". Of course I won't know for sure if the clone works until we get snow next year and if it didn't, I would have to change it in the cold though I do have backup blowers to use for that snow.
Had anyone experienced this problem?
I'd like to say screw it and put the JD belt on expecting it to work! Because who wants to screw around in the cold and snow, it's not worth saving a few dollars, but then if that slipped, I'm out $25! I'm hoping a 1/4" shorter is not enough to spin the auger when not engaged as the tension using a 36" belt that it calls for seems perfect.
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Last edited by JLawrence08648; 12-17-2018 at 12:02 PM.