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Pix brand of Kevlar belts; poor quality/longevity?

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powerking_one

All,

I was using my 3314H with the ground up rebuilt 48" deck the other day and the deck belt broke. I replaced it along with the idler (still like new and pivots fine) and spindle bearings (also fine); no real execess grass chaff buildup under the covers. Looking at the shreaded belt, I can't figure out why this thing was so destroyed. The rebuilt deck only has about 25 hours on it; heck it was just about time for the first blade re-sharpening. This belt (1/2" HA x 85") was from Tractor Supply --PIX brand made in India.

Have any of you seen/experienced what I'm guessing is just a Q.A. problem and low life expectancy of these belts on mower deck applications?

I've ordered a Stens True-Blue one (also Kevlar) to replace it with and see how it "goes".

Tom (PK)

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Tacey

I always try to get a Genuine Simplicity belt. eBay has been good lately and some dealers may have one in their inventory. I have a few dealers close to me that have surprised me with what they have. Good hunting!

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Brettw

It seems like, unless there is an underlying issue, these belts go for many seasons. If you ate up a belt that fast, it is either a poor quality belt, or there may be an alignment issue or an issue with a pulley (burr, bent, alignment) or too tight, loose, etc.

That's what I would think, anyway.

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powerking_one

When I did the final checkout of the rebuilt deck (covers off and running/observing the belt & idler tracking), it looked perfectly fine. The spindle pulley gooves were smooth, new idler had no edge burrs/etc. Tracking was dead on and belt centered in the idler. Hence, this I why I posted the opening problem question/inquiries about others experiences in general about these Pix brand belts.

Tom (PK)

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maxtorman1234

I've also found these Pix belts don't stand up. I'm using a Gates Bladerunner now, and it seems to be standing up very well. It's 17/32 deep instead of the regular 1/2", I cant remember the belt # off hand.

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GWGAllisfan

I have used the PIX made belts with decent success on things that don't twist. (Deck belts, drive belts, etc) I tried the tractor supply one on the cross drive on one of my RBT's and it didn't last. But strangely I bought a belt from a mower shop that was a different brand but from the same manucfaturer and it worked on my 712 for mower PTO for quite a while.

For my opinion I general try to stock the genuine simplicty for any belt that twists.

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