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'66 Landlord PTO spring help

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Over the winter, while blowing snow, I managed to lose the spring that
tensions the deck belt - it pulls back the bottom of the center
PTO - PN: 157262. I thought I'd be brave and go for a hardware store
spring -- could anyone give me its dimensions: eye to eye, OD, & wire
size? Thanks for any help, John

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Stop in at the NAPA or Carquest store, and get a "Universal clutch pedal return spring". One end has a preformed hook, other end is long and straight for you to bend your own hook at the proper place. They're cheap, get 2 or 3, good to have around. If you start a little too long, you can always bend your hook in closer to the spring's body if it's not giving you enough tension. Good luck.

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Yes I would have to agree with fred on this one. If the spring is not of the write tension not only can you end up replaceing the belt but if the spring has to much tension you may also be replaceing the bearings alittle sooner than you want. Those darn little needle bearings aren't cheap either.Lets see 2 plus 2= ok who's next. thanks Jackl

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Sorry to disagree with both of you, but I'd only go with an OEM spring there. Simplicity is very good with belt drives, and the spring is likely cheaper than a PTO belt.
My two cents,

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OK, I have to put in my two-cents worth. If you can get the OEM spring that should be your first choice. To substitute you not only need the right length but also the correct tension. This could certainly effect belt life. All springs are not created equal. Tim

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