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Paul7


Joined: Mar 12, 2007
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How long should a proberly aligned auger belt last.
Original Message   Feb 13, 2014 12:31 am
I recently picked up a like new four year old Ariens 926LE with around 15 - 20 hours on it. I then used it about three hours this season. As I was finishing up the EOD snow last week the auger stopped working. I checked the belt ans it was so loose that adjustments didn't help. Just got done putting a new belt on it and compared the old one with the new one. The old belt, that was originial to the machine, was stretched out over 1/2 inch more than the new replacement. The new belt was the correctly sized replacement part. Twenty some hours of belt life seems short to me. Just curious what other folks are getting. 10 to 14 inches coming tomorrow in SE Pennsylvnia. It's been a good year for blowing snow.
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Snowmann


Joined: Dec 3, 2003
Points: 494

Re: How long should a proberly aligned auger belt last.
Reply #9   Feb 22, 2014 12:45 am
Paul7, it's a fact that the Ariens OEM auger belts last many times the life of aftermarket. Belts made after early 2011 are especially good (that would include OEM service belts for your machine). Trust me on this. I would never use aftermarket auger belts on this machine (Aramid/Kevlar belts are not all equal). Also, for a bit more than the cost of a replacement OEM single belt, you can get the dual belt upgrade complete with 2 belts, pulleys, etc. That would be on my Xmas list if I owned your machine. If you do have a new belt on the machine, regardless of origin, make sure you go through the run-in process and readjust the idler.
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Paul7


Joined: Mar 12, 2007
Points: 452

Re: How long should a proberly aligned auger belt last.
Reply #10   Feb 22, 2014 2:06 am
Thanks Snowmann. I will take your advice. Will the dual belt set up work on my my 926LE...model 926101 Serial 003318.
Snowmann


Joined: Dec 3, 2003
Points: 494

Re: How long should a proberly aligned auger belt last.
Reply #11   Feb 22, 2014 4:34 pm
Yup. Part number 72600700
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