Small Engines (Lawn Mowers, etc.)/Removing recoil start

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QUESTION: Hi Eric-

Wrote to you a few weeks ago about my Swisher Ride King mower. I am trying to replace the belts. The bottom one that drives the blades is pretty straight forward. The top one that drives the front gearbox is driven by a pulley on top of the engine under the recoil start.  If I remove the bolts holding the recoil assembley will things "go flying" as they are under the tension from the pull cord or come off without moving and go back on easily?

Also I found the right size belt for the blades but nothing for the belt driving the gearbox. Do you have access to a listing that would tell you what size I need. It is a model A-32B.

Thanks,
Jim

ANSWER: What engine do you have?  I do not believe any of the recoil starter parts will come flying out when you remove the cover.

I am not too sure what the drive belt is as the parts lists does not give a belt size.

Did you see this manual URL?

http://www.wedophones.com/Manuals/LawnTractor/Swisher%20A-32%20and%20A-32B%20Rid

https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=1&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0CCEQFjAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wedophones.com%2FManuals%2FLawnTractor%2FSwisher%2520A-32%2520and%2520A-32B%2520Ride%2520King%2520%26%2520Big%2520Mow%2520-%2520ALL.pdf&ei=g8hOVdmSJYGLsAWDl4Fg&usg=AFQjCNFaROmo61BrW21kcOCCEdqJZPd_Rg&sig2=vxxgyqATn-hME776QiCpqw

Eric

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QUESTION: Thanks, this is the manual for my mower. On page 14 is a picture of the top of the engine where the belt runs under the cover for the pull start. It is a 8hp B&S. I found several numbers for belts (mine is a single speed)so I might need to take it off and have it measured at the store.

Thanks,
Jim

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Yeah, you have the right idea, take it off and have it measured since the parts diagram did not provide the link.  Trying to find the length via the part number will be difficult, if not impossible.

I've seen those mowers, just never worked on any of them.

Eric

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Lawnmower Repair . Certified Master Service Technician from B&S. Have 23 years experience on B&S, Lawn Chief, Weed Eater, Echo, Peerless, Wheel Horse, Snapper, Atlas, MTD, McCulloch, Homelite and many other numerous brands. Specialize in electrical repair.

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Born and raised in the midwest. Started tinkering with engines when I was about 14 on my Suzuki RM-80. I began lawn mower repair at a small hardware store. I knew absolutely nothing. I read lots of repair manuals and met an older fellow who taught me many lessons. I continued working on small engines through high school and paid my way through college working on mowers at the same hardware store. Decided to get away from the midwest and mower repair so I joined the Air Force. I repaired air traffic control electronic equipment and ended up in Hawaii where I got a part time job at Small Engine Clinic. I gained a lot of experience from the Small Engine Clinic and had a blast repairing small engines. I then took the Briggs and Stratton Master Service Technician test and earned my MST. I then traveled to Wisconsin where I attended the factory update training seminar and received formal training. Continued working on mowers part time as I completed 20 years of military. Retired from the military on a Friday and continued in the lawn and garden industry the next Monday.

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MAS Aerospace Operations BA Mathematics AAS Electronic Communications AAS Electronic Technology

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