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AC B problem with Woods L59 mower

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08-16-2003 13:59:40

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I hope someone here can offer some insights. I have a '48 B with a L59 belly mower. I've used it now for two years and it works great but every now and then the belt for the mower will flip over at the drive pulley... running 'upside down' in the drive pulley. I reset it and it runs OK for a while again. Well now I can't get the belt to run true in the drive pulley at all. I reset it and it flips back over immediately. I'm fairly certain I'm routing the belt correctly. I have a diagram and it looks OK.

Any ideas?



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08-19-2003 05:44:02

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 Re: AC B problem with Woods L59 mower in reply to wickman, 08-16-2003 13:59:40  
I know this might sound dumb but are you sure it is an L59 and not a 59? I had the same problem as you, not to mention tossing and breaking belts. Between a nice guy on another Allis list and a Woods tech rep, we figured out that my mower is a 59 put on in the early '60s. (Found the id tag on the read mounting tube under layers of old paint and grease) According to the rep, if you have a flat idler, it's a 59. The belt routing is the same as with the L59 except that it crosses over in the rear so everything will turn clockwise (you'll have to change the blades). Also, ignore what the manual says about twisting the belt. With a flat idler, it will find a natural twist. The previous owner had put on the regular lawnmower blades and changed the belt routing. As long as you didn't try to cut anything taller than 6 inches it was fine, but hit a patch of tall grass or weeds and it was all over for the belt. I have copies of the L59 and original 59 manuals, contact me off list if you would like me to send copies.


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04-09-2004 19:02:41

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 Re: Re: AC B problem with Woods L59 mower in reply to Dave, 08-19-2003 05:44:02  
You mentioned that you have a manual for a regular Woods 59. I bought my deck used and am having a hard time getting it set up (leveled / ect). If the manual hints to any of this, could I possibly talk you in to a copy?

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08-17-2003 06:08:36

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 Re: AC B problem with Woods L59 mower in reply to wickman, 08-16-2003 13:59:40  
The belt, yes. Adjust the idler tension, yes.

I found on mine that at certail loads the belt would oscillate and want to flip. I was contemplating putting another set of idlers on the belts between the drive pully and the existing idlers to help dampen this out, as it's rough on the belt pulley beraings. Since my tractor is torn down I haven't gotten to it yet.

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08-16-2003 20:08:43

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 Re: AC B problem with Woods L59 mower in reply to wickman, 08-16-2003 13:59:40  
replace the belt--you have some broken cords am a dealer--also check alignment on idlers

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08-16-2003 20:43:11

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 Re: Re: AC B problem with Woods L59 mower in reply to norm, 08-16-2003 20:08:43  
I need to check idler adjustment. The only adjustment is up and down. Is this correct? I need to adjust the idlers compared to the center pulley on the mower, right?



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