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post #31 of 35 Old 12-31-2019, 05:59 AM
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i hear that,
yet today's world we know where most items are made , not in the usa or canada ,the land of clones ???
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We've had a couple of threads lately about speed selection on Troy-Bilt snowblowers so I went to Home Depot. I looked at a TB Storm 2410 and I did indeed find it almost impossible to select all the speeds. They now have a cable to control the speed and when you do that, you need some form of tension maintained on the cable. Well I found that the tension is waaaaaaaaaaaaaaay to tight. R2 position requires near Hercules strength and most of the rest require a stupid amount of force. Totally cheap and unacceptable design just to allow them to put a inexpensive cable instead of a rod. Shame, shame, shame on you MTD.

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I ran into an MTD in the early 90s. 10 hp 30 I think. Its issue was it had no spin of the wheels, if you hit packed snow it was done (non packed it did ok in)



I had it opened up and the disk drive was fine, no shredding, no flat or burned spots, smooth as a baby bottom.



I called a repair place, he just laughed and said MTD was his big money maker.



It belong to the tri-plex owner and I was not going to spend any time on it, we moved shortly after than and got the Yamaha when the Toro (after 25 years) fell apart.

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Don't want to be a buzz kill here but. Any machine will last forever if you don't use it. Obvious if you have the original belts. Because belts go bad sitting on the shelf.
Well it was a few years ago, but I got the belts for the Yamaha and then took a look.

They were like new. And I have blown a **** of a lot of snow with it.

I have had compressors with the original belts that were still like new.

So no, they don't go bad sitting there or running. I will concur I would expect the Yamaha belts would need replacing after 22 years of hard ass use, good alignment and good belts and they still grip fine both for drive and auger. I may pop the cover just to look this summer.

Hard used JD at work and the Toro did require belt replacements every 3-5 years. One was commercial office clearing and the Toro was worked really hard.


Air compressors had good sheaves and alignment and lasted forever.


Cheap sheaves and poor alignment, yea that will take a belt out fast.

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I've owned many MTDs over the years. Easy to work on and good parts availability. My biggest gripe with them is the ridiculously thin gauge sheet metal on the buckets. I have never seen one that was not mangled from hitting hard frozen stuff. No comparison to the thickness of the Ariens, Toro, etc.
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