This Hustler Raptor SD 54″ kept throwing drive belts. In this vid we dive into what happened, why it is happening, and the solution I came up with to both fix the problem and permanently keep it from happening again. Plus I cover some cool tools and tips in the process.
Here are some links to save you time:
I didn’t use these, but would be a good option if you can’t weld to repair the bracket like I did. It looks like there are some aftermarket brackets available that are thicker than the factory ones (make sure you find the right one for YOUR mower): https://amzn.to/3JTXI2e
If you do decide to go the route I did, here are links to tools and parts to do it:
Norton 4.5″ grinder flap disk: https://amzn.to/3pIs0y9
Carbide burr bit set: https://amzn.to/3pTqxVA
Grizzly radial arm drill press: https://amzn.to/3NNq1AI 5″
Cross slide drill press vice: https://amzn.to/3pLYhEp
Quick clamps (for squeezing/spreading): https://amzn.to/3riMxto
Inkzall (the BEST shop markers I have ever used): https://amzn.to/44Ejdft
5/16-18 x 3″ Grade 8 bolts (10 pack): https://amzn.to/46JZxIU
5/16-18 coarse thread nut/washer assortment: https://amzn.to/3Oc8HXk
Raptor SD Hydraulic Transaxle filters (qty 2): https://amzn.to/44nkbwW
20w-50 Full Synthetic Hydro-Static Transmission Oil: https://amzn.to/3pLaMA9
Hydro-Gear Transaxle Air-Purge Process:
This is the way I did it, I would love to hear your feedback on what has worked for you in your shop. Hope you get some ideas!