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belt maintanence

what is the average life expectancy of auger and drive belts. i have a 2009 ariens that has around 50 hours on it. last spring for the first time i checked the belts and they looked fine. i sure don't want to be stuck in the middle of a storm but i also don't feel like replacing them if they will last another five years.
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My belts are original, going on 13 years, maybe just check them at the beginning of the winter each year.
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kind of what i thought. when i googled it most info was saying every 5 years.
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I've found that the drive belt will last much longer than the auger belt, because there's less stress on it for the most part. I recently changed the auger belt on a 1990 machine from what I suspect were the originals, but left the drive belt on and it still moves well.
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It's very dependent on the belt material, amount of use, abuse, etc. Some Craftsman/Husqvarna machines use an extremely stiff belt for either the augers or drive, I can't remember which anymore, they seem to get at least one deep crack every year or so. Others last longer. Although if you actually pull the belts off the machine to thoroughly check them once a year you'll probably find at least one deep crack nearly every year in at least one of them.
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My Craftsman is from around 2000.
I never changed a belt yet, knock on wood.

This summer I bought 2 replacement belts so if I nee them I have them.
Got another friction wheel too, just in case. Better then buying the disk plate.
The way I see it eventually it will need them, and now I have them.
And nothing goes down in price so I am saving money too.

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My Craftsman is from around 2000.
I never changed a belt yet, knock on wood.
Mine is a 536.886122, a couple of years older than yours. Just replaced the auger belt this year, drive belt is original.

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thanks for the replys. looks like belts can last many years and don't need to be replaced on any set time period. guess i 'll buy a couple to have on hand and just check them out when i change the oil.
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Make sure you pick up OEM belts. The generics make looks the same but often the friction characteristics just aren't the same.

They won't last or transfer power as effectively.
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Mine is a 536.886122, a couple of years older than yours. Just replaced the auger belt this year, drive belt is original.

I don't really know when I got mine. I forgot and am just making a guess.
Could you date it from my info in my signature somehow?

I have asked this before but have not gotten any reply's.
Is there a way to date it do you know?

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