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Hi ,
I have a 1997 [Huskee], MTD, Model 14AS833H131, 18.5 hp, 46" cut.
The drive belt is worn out after many years of use, I ordered the belt that shows to be correct 954-0461, 7/16"x78.25"
It is over 3" too long. I took the old belt off and measured it and it is 74".
I am not sure why there is such a difference.

Also you can see in the picture the belt as it comes off the transmission pulley it goes under a small metal roller, I have never seen a setup like this. is this factory?, or should the belt go straight to the engine pulley on that side?

Any help would be appreciated.

Dean
 

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Welcome to MLF Dean, I'm not familiar with that particular set up but someone here may have some help for you shortly. If not I'll see if I can find something for you in a little bit. Meanwhile, take a look around and enjoy the forum.
 

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I just got a good look at that roller and I think that might be the remnants of an idler pulley, basically the bearing portion of the idler pulley.
 

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Something definitely looks wrong in that photo. Looks more like a spacer to keep the spring up toward the top and the belt should be in another position away from it. Looks like there should be 3 pulleys at the rear and I only see two. I don't know for sure but my guess would be the belt should go between #7 (v-side of belt) and #6 (against back of belt) in the diagram as it is pulled tight by the clutch (those two pulleys) which should pull it away from the area of the spring.
 

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thanks

Thanks everyone for you comments and the file. I tend to agree with Mark, I think it was intended to be a spacer for the spring. I measured around the pulleys without using the spacer and ordered a belt 72" long. It ran like this for all these years with no problem, the spacer is on a threaded bolt so I doubt it was ever intended to be used as a roller. Again I appreciate all the help. Will let you know if it works when I get the belt.

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Thanks Dean for the update, we'll keep an eye out for the your progress!
Hope that will solve the problem. :)
 
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