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I got a new 425 and hooked up my mc519 and powerflow to it. It seems like the belt is kinda loose. It doesn't come off as I do have the handle that tightens the belt on the pulley locked. I've never used a bagger of any kind so I might just be worrying but my concern is the belt seems to get awfully hot and it smells a little of hot rubber. Hate to burn up a belt those things are pricey.

Is this mostly normal behavior or is there some adjustment I'm missing?

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Check your belt routing from the powerflo head to the deck pulley. It should have a "half twist" to it.
 

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Check your belt routing from the powerflo head to the deck pulley. It should have a "half twist" to it.
It does. Pretty are is hooked up right. And it definitely works. Deck belt broke but I knew it was about done it had a big chunk out of it. So I'm down until I can get a new belt.
 

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If it's the one I'm thinking of you have to go past where the handle locks in order to get the belt tight.
 

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It was my deck belt that was the problem. Got my new one on today and no more hot rubber smell. Loving this mc519. Can't wait to use it this fall to get the leaves. Tired of hauling tarps of leaves to the street.
 

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It was my deck belt that was the problem. Got my new one on today and no more hot rubber smell. Loving this mc519. Can't wait to use it this fall to get the leaves. Tired of hauling tarps of leaves to the street.
Your tarp days are long over now. The MC519 cart is an excellent collection cart the way it follows the tractor bolted to the rear frame rails. One trick I have found for when using it to know when its full is you can knock on the chute tube and you can feel its hollow when running, which is good. Also, you can reach back to the front of the cart and push on the front of the cart to feel the material lever. Do NOT allow it to over fill as it will plug the chute, plug the blower and require you to remove everything and clean them out.

If when you are using the MC519 cart you notice a little strip of grass or leaves behind the deck blower, its full and needs to be stopped using right away to avoid it plugging.

Excellent system and very durable.
 

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It was my deck belt that was the problem. Got my new one on today and no more hot rubber smell. Loving this mc519. Can't wait to use it this fall to get the leaves. Tired of hauling tarps of leaves to the street.
Your tarp days are long over now. The MC519 cart is an excellent collection cart the way it follows the tractor bolted to the rear frame rails. One trick I have found for when using it to know when its full is you can knock on the chute tube and you can feel its hollow when running, which is good. Also, you can reach back to the front of the cart and push on the front of the cart to feel the material lever. Do NOT allow it to over fill as it will plug the chute, plug the blower and require you to remove everything and clean them out.

If when you are using the MC519 cart you notice a little strip of grass or leaves behind the deck blower, its full and needs to be stopped using right away to avoid it plugging.

Excellent system and very durable.
Great advise. And much appreciated. I'm enjoying the whole setup so much now I'm mowing almost everyday. Not giving the cart much of a workout. Gonna try to restrain myself to let the grass grow a bit. 😂
 

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Great advise. And much appreciated. I'm enjoying the whole setup so much now I'm mowing almost everyday. Not giving the cart much of a workout. Gonna try to restrain myself to let the grass grow a bit. 😂
I run the Gator blades (High Lift Blades) on my 60" deck and actually, to get the thickest and healthiest lawn, allow the clippings to be put back into the lawn to properly compost and it also creates the correct amount of thatch. With a properly cutting deck with sharp blades and not allowing the clippings to get too long, you can really improve the health of the lawn over time by allowing the chopped down clippings to add a natural nutrient source to the lawn.

A small amount of natural thatch if helpful in watering the lawn and maintaining moisture. While picking up very long clippings with the MC cart is a good idea, I will tell you the best system I have found for a happy medium between the MC cart and no clipping collection.

I cut the lawn, usually this time of year at 3.5". I start the season at 3.25" and move up to the 3.5" around Memorial Day. As the summer goes on and the heat builds, I will get up to 3.75" and maybe 4", but no more. If the grass is cutting off more than 1.5" when cutting, I will mow the lawn with the deck and allow the clippings to land on the yard. Then I cross cut the lawn, after the clippings have dried at a 90 degree angle.

Usually, by time I am done with the first cutting, the clippings have dried enough to be re-cut again. If the re-cut clippings are disappearing into the lawn, fine. If they are appearing as clippings on top of the lawn, I will use the MC519 cart and pick them up. I will usually collect the clippings just 3 or 4 times the entire season, otherwise, I allow them back into the lawn to help provide natural nutrients.

Picking up the clippings every time actually deprives the lawn of natural nutrients. Find a happy medium and your lawn will be the happiest and like so will you. Plus it helps reduce the reliance on manufactured fertilizer which also can mean saving a bunch of money.......
 

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Great advise. And much appreciated. I'm enjoying the whole setup so much now I'm mowing almost everyday. Not giving the cart much of a workout. Gonna try to restrain myself to let the grass grow a bit. 😂
I run the Gator blades (High Lift Blades) on my 60" deck and actually, to get the thickest and healthiest lawn, allow the clippings to be put back into the lawn to properly compost and it also creates the correct amount of thatch. With a properly cutting deck with sharp blades and not allowing the clippings to get too long, you can really improve the health of the lawn over time by allowing the chopped down clippings to add a natural nutrient source to the lawn.

A small amount of natural thatch if helpful in watering the lawn and maintaining moisture. While picking up very long clippings with the MC cart is a good idea, I will tell you the best system I have found for a happy medium between the MC cart and no clipping collection.

I cut the lawn, usually this time of year at 3.5". I start the season at 3.25" and move up to the 3.5" around Memorial Day. As the summer goes on and the heat builds, I will get up to 3.75" and maybe 4", but no more. If the grass is cutting off more than 1.5" when cutting, I will mow the lawn with the deck and allow the clippings to land on the yard. Then I cross cut the lawn, after the clippings have dried at a 90 degree angle.

Usually, by time I am done with the first cutting, the clippings have dried enough to be re-cut again. If the re-cut clippings are disappearing into the lawn, fine. If they are appearing as clippings on top of the lawn, I will use the MC519 cart and pick them up. I will usually collect the clippings just 3 or 4 times the entire season, otherwise, I allow them back into the lawn to help provide natural nutrients.

Picking up the clippings every time actually deprives the lawn of natural nutrients. Find a happy medium and your lawn will be the happiest and like so will you. Plus it helps reduce the reliance on manufactured fertilizer which also can mean saving a bunch of money.......
Great advise. My problem as it seems with lots of people is the 60 on the 425 just doesn't seem to be able to get very high. I don't think I could get a 4 inch cut even with the deck all the way up. I am already mowing at the highest setting and it's still pretty darn short. Not sure if there is anything else I can do?

Jim
 
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