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Today I had one of my clients drop off a early 2000 14hp Regency tractor for a drive belt replacement.

I was prepared to mess around dropping the front PTO as required on some of the older model tractors but upon further investigation I found that I could change out the belt without dropping the PTO but I would need to drop the steering shaft of all things to get the new belt on!

What a crappy design this was on this tractor.Dropping and reinstalling the steering shaft by yourself is no easy task. First off you need to get the front of the tractor pretty darn high off of the ground in order to gain enough clearance for the steering shaft to slide all the way out.Secondly ,it was no easy task getting the shaft back into the shaft opening all the while holding the shaft in place with the one hand on the bottom end of the tractor and guiding the shaft through the dash opening on the top of the tractor with the other.....If you have short arms your screwed! What a PITA. When I finally did get the shaft lined up with the dash opening I used a plastic spring clamp to hold the shaft in place while I reinstalled the C clip that holds the shaft in place.

Is it me are the simplest jobs in theory the hardest job to complete? sm00

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Be Honest Mark,

How many expletives have you uttered or yelled while changing drive belts on 4200s or their predecessors and adjusting the belt stops?

Now you know why I favor the 1 ton chain hoist. "Hang 'em High!"sm06

A good example among Utube vids are those by MBYR31. The classic is when he received his 16GTH, and had to change the drive belt! NOT rated for youth viewing!

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