I have recently purchased a JD LX 277- old but well looked after with a deck that is in good nick.
I have only bought it as a trial to cut a few acres of my 12 acres before I can save up to buy a larger tractor and then use this for smaller lawn etc.
The problem I have is within a few hours of mowing with it the primary deck drive V belt smoked and snapped. Now I think it was partly my fault for mowing log wet grass.
The belt was marked JD M119696 CPT- so I bought a replacement- being on a budget I bought an aftermarket one.
A few hours of mowing later that too has burnt and snapped.
Part of this may just point to me overworking it, however I would appreciate advise on the deck and bely.
I was told by the seller it is a 42" mulching deck, but it looks like just a side discharge. Ir measures approx 38-42 inches depending on what angle I measure.
When researching belts I discovered thh M119696 is for a 44 inch deck. I wonder then if I need a different belt size and it was too small so over stretched.
The deck has a sticker on it which is partly damaged and I can read serial number M0038DD2...rest is missing
Does this mean it is a 38" deck? Would therefore the right belt be a M117608 ( which I gather is longer than M119696)
Attached is a picture