Anyone know anything about ride-on mower maintenance?
I have a Castelgarden XF 130 HD, 2007 model, inherited from the previous owner and, I confess, not that well maintained by yours truly (not really maintained much at all if truth be told).
The grass could do with a cut so I hopped onto the mower on Saturday with the intent to do a quick whip round only to be rewarded with a loud, unpleasant bang and a snapped deck drive belt - ironically I was going to check whether it needed replacement at Easter but it beat me to it.
A replacement was duly ordered and turned up this morning. Checked that it was the right length and profile against the remains of the old one and fitted it this afternoon/evening - bugger of a job I have to say.
Despite not having the old one in situ to check I’m pretty certain that it is routed correctly around all the pulleys and belt guides (there is a diagram showing the overall path in the owners manual). It is the sort of arrangement where, with the blade disengaged there is insufficient tension to allow drive from the engine to the blade, the lever which engages the blade actually moves an idler pulley so that the belt tightens enough to allow drive to the blade.
As soon as I try to do that, however, the engine stalls.
There doesn’t seem undue resistance to the blades turning, the belt is not jammed anywhere and, with the ignition off and the belt engaged I can turn the blade by hand and see it drive the pulley at the bottom of the engine.
At the same time as the belt change I cleaned the air filter - I didn’t have a replacement (another item on the job list for next time) so removing the accumulated cruft was the next best option. I’m pretty certain I didn’t wind up choking the engine though - plenty of power for traction.
If I engage the idler pulley slowly the engine cuts out as soon as there is enough tension to drive the blade, if I engage it sharply there is enough inertia in the flywheel to drive the blade for a couple of seconds but the engine still cuts out (both those observations are a bit odd).
I’m slightly stumped. There’s no service manual online (that I have yet found) for this model and the owner’s manual is a bit “contact a Licensed Service Centre for the replacement” when it comes to drive belts - unfortunately I have no way of getting it to a service centre and, given the expense of getting someone to come out and fix it on site or transport it for me I’d like to explore all other avenues before that one.
Anyone got any ideas. @Mark_Rimmer any good with mowers?