New to the group and I am wondering about something. The back story:
Last weekend I was giving my wife's uncle a hand with his Husqvarna riding mower (box store purchase with 125 hours on it). His machine had slipped its drive belt off the back end. When we finally pushed it into his garage, removed the mowing deck and got it jacked up, we noticed that the three of the pulleys along the drive belt were made of plastic. (These guys are in between the drive pulley/PTO under the engine and the transmission/fan pulley above the differential in the rear, which, interestingly, are both made of metal.) Two of the plastic pulleys were v-channel and the other was flat, but all of them were severly melted in multiple places and no longer ran smooth. I canI only assume this was the reason the drive belt jumped off the rear pulley. Long story short, we pulled off the cooked pulleys and ordered three new pulleys and a new belt from the dealer.
As I walked back across the street to my house I said to myself, there's no way my John Deere would have cheaped out and put plastic pulley's on my X300 given that my machine cost 2.5 times as much. With a sense of dread, I lowered the 48" deck and with a flashlight, looked under the chassi and behold, plastic pulleys! Now my machine has half the hours as the Husqvarna above, but I would much rather replace these with their metal counterparts. I understand the whole idea of planned obscelencence, but by no means do I agree with it or think think it's fair JD to use plastic pulleys on a machine that I paid over $4k for new. That is a discussion for another thread.
So my question is, does anyone know where I can purchase metal replacement pulleys to replace the plastic ones that the drive belt contacts with? Has anyone tried this?
Many thanks for reading and for the advice.