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mendon-chalmers
Looking thru the PFD at simplicity the 42" FTD decks. My deck does not have the spring tensioner to keep the belt tight it has a slotted idler, none of the PFD show the slotted idler. Does any one else have a deck like this? or is this done by the previous owner?

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PhanDad
Your deck is probably a MFG #990285 or #990407 per this page from Simpletractors: http://www.simpletractors.com/operation/rotary_mowers.htm

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dentwizz
I have one of the 285 design and converted it to a spring idler. It doesn't need adjustment anymore but it doesn't achieve as much torque in my opinion as it did(even with an insane custom spring).

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mendon-chalmers
Yep 285 is it I must not looked at that one earlier. Agree can tighten that belt so no slippage at all & takes a little more horse & PTO to deck belts to.

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