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    Looking to buy 2nd hand riding mower.One near me looks to be a great deal.owner said the only negative is that "it is really slow" claims a new drive belt should fix that.Does that sound correct?? I know nothing bout riding mowers..Charlie

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    if the belt is slipping, it will be slow. there will be evidence of burning belt
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    • #3
      Look underneath see if drive belt is loose and shiney
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      • #4
        i asked owner if he was sure it was a belt and he said he was not sure.Said the engine sounds fine and starts right up so prob not a carb issue I would assume

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        • #5
          It could be the belt but I doubt it. Figure if it was the belt the guy would have replaced it and then sell it for more, cheap item in most cases.
          Look at the oil in the rear differential, see if its low on oil
          Maybe the break is hanging, place in neutral and try to roll, should move easy
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          • #6
            Is it shift, automatic or full hydrostatic drive?

            “Slow” would be something different for each drive type
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            • #7
              Does it drive slow or does it mow slow and bog? I had a 6 speed 18HP that moved pretty quickly for a mower. The belt didn't propel the rear wheels.
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              • #8
                If it is hydrostatic; pass on it! Top speed forward is 8 mph. Reverse is 3 mph. Will not climb hills..Had one; used it twice; returned. No cure to improve speed.

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                • #9
                  thanks ,a lot of good ideas.Will ck it out this week.

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                  • #10
                    If it's belt driven, a stretched belt can definitely slow it down. And the brakes won't be as effective either.

                    My GT3000 slows down on inclines when the drive belt is worn and that's my signal to replace the belt.
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                    • #11
                      Find out what he means by "slow". Maybe he is a speed freak and can't stand going only 5mph while mowing (which is pretty fast by the way). Try it yourself.
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                      • #12
                        I would be very suspicious of the hydrostatic drive going out.
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                        • #13
                          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=doQRTW2d3Fw take a look.I know nothing about tractor mowers but it does not look that slow to me.Sorry you may have to cut and paste to youtube

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                          • #14
                            Bought mine new! No levers;just a pedal. OP said "Brand" name; did not mention age;etc. I retired ;from that Company; knew their products; worked with the Techs who serviced their products. ;Asked them their opinion; got bad vibes. Returned it;bought a 3 spd; ran it 12yrs. Other brands might be better.

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                              its a craftsman T-1000 17.5 hp prob a 20 yr old machine,maybe less

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