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Unhappy Briggs & Stratton 1022 belt problems

I have purchased a new B&S 1022e snowblower. In the first snow it worked wonderful. In the second (200 mm), we got half the driveway cleared. On the second half of the driveway, when doing the heavy snow at the plow furrow, the engage handle popped off and the belt jumped the track. I expected an easy fix - pull the cover, replace belt, and be on the way. However, I discovered that the space between the paddle pulley and the housing was too narrow to get the belt through. The only way I could find to fit the belt back on its track was to get a wheel puller from Harbour Freight and remove the pulley, put the belt back on and replace everything.


I can't find hardly any other information about this problem (including its former version as Murray 1022), anywhere on the net. B&S says to "take it to the authorized dealer"! The authorized dealer doesn't even have the belt on hand!


Does anyone else know about this issue? Is it a design failure or am I missing something really simple?
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Now I'm wondering how good Briggs snowblowers are?

There's been a couple possible purchase inquiries the past few weeks.

Belts should be an easy replacement. Many times the auger has to separated from the tractor, nuisance but still relatively easy. I have a bunch of Murrays belt replacement is minutes if not seconds.

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Welcome to the forum! I certainly haven't heard about this, but that doesn't mean much. There are lots of machines out there, and this might be just a "one-time", fluke event.

What do you mean by the "engage handle popped off"? It came off of the handlebar? Or like your hand slipped, and the engage lever was released quickly?

I would go over the machine to check the adjustment of the auger-engagement cable or lever tension. I'd look at any features that may keep the belt in-position on the pulley.

I just realized that this is a single-stage machine, not a 2-stage. So there is probably just 1 belt. And what I was picturing on my 2-stage machine, for belt control, likely will not apply.

Pictures of the belt area, preferably with the cover removed, might be helpful for those of us not familiar with this particular blower.

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The unit is a near copy of many of the current 208cc single stage models. The 'engage handle' (a rod bent to hold the cable, held with spring tension between sides of the handle) did pop off of the primary handle causing the control cable to release suddenly. Yes, it should have been a ten minute repair, but for the tight squeeze between the pulley and housing.



BTW, I have made numerous calls trying to locate the belt somewhere in eastern Iowa, but even the 'diamond' dealers don't have it yet. I suspect that by this time next year, many more will be out there since they seem to be popular at the box stores.


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Take that bail handle and with your hands, spread it a little wider at the open end of it, before installing it. Then make sure the cable is connected, I attached a picture of the part
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This might help with belt....listen to the boys as well.


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Do you have the specific model number of your Briggs???
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I have purchased a new B&S 1022e snowblower. In the first snow it worked wonderful. In the second (200 mm), we got half the driveway cleared. On the second half of the driveway, when doing the heavy snow at the plow furrow, the engage handle popped off and the belt jumped the track. I expected an easy fix - pull the cover, replace belt, and be on the way. However, I discovered that the space between the paddle pulley and the housing was too narrow to get the belt through. The only way I could find to fit the belt back on its track was to get a wheel puller from Harbour Freight and remove the pulley, put the belt back on and replace everything.
I can't find hardly any other information about this problem (including its former version as Murray 1022), anywhere on the net. B&S says to "take it to the authorized dealer"! The authorized dealer doesn't even have the belt on hand!
Does anyone else know about this issue? Is it a design failure or am I missing something really simple?

OK. It is a single stage then I gather from other posts. Removing the lower plastic pulley at paddles for installation of a belt is required on all the late model Toros' also. No big deal, undo the bolt holding pulley and slide pulley off a bit.
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Looks like the belt is on Ebay for $25 Briggs & Stratton 709868 Belt-drive

Usually if you get the tensioner pulley out of the way you can roll the belt back on but I guess not in the Briggs case.

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Looks like the belt is on Ebay for $25 Briggs & Stratton 709868 Belt-drive

Usually if you get the tensioner pulley out of the way you can roll the belt back on but I guess not in the Briggs case.

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Is the belt broken? From the OP's post I can't tell. I thought the belt just came off. Does he need a new belt?
The new Toro's, like mine also require the pulley to be removed to change the belt. Here is the procedure in this exciting video from Toro:

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