Posts Tagged ‘service’

Maintaining the Belts on Your Exmark Mower

Thursday, October 8th, 2015

Belt replacement is a topic we consistently get questions about here at Exmark. Today, we’ll talk about how to maximize belt life, how to know when belt replacement is necessary and where to go to learn how to replace belts on your Exmark machine when the time comes.

Rule #1 – Keep Belts Tight

Exmark Owner's Manual

Your Exmark Owner’s Manual is a great resource for information about belt inspection, adjustment and replacement.

Proper tension is a critical factor in the durability of deck drive belts. Loose belts can slip or spin on the pulleys, reducing their lifespan considerably.

Most belts on current Exmark machines are self-tensioning, but older machines have belts with spring-loaded tensioners that keep consistent tension during operation, but require periodic user adjustment. Your owner’s manual or local Exmark dealer can help you know which belts are self-adjusting and which you’ll need to periodically check and re-tension.

It’s especially important to stay on-top of tension following belt replacement. In the initial hours of use after a belt is replaced, it “fits-in” to the pulleys. During this time, regular adjustments likely will be necessary to keep it properly tensioned. We recommend checking new belts three times within the first 24 hours of use, adjusting whenever the tension drops below the specification for your machine. Doing so will help to ensure the long life of the belts and pulleys.

Checking belt tension

You can check belt tension by using a fish scale and a ruler. Use the fish scale to apply pressure to the belt while you measure belt deflection with the ruler. On some belts, we recommend 1/2-inch of deflection at 10 pounds of pressure. That means it would take a force of 10 pounds to move the belt 1/2 inch. Your machine’s owners manual or your local Exmark dealer are great resources for the specific tension specifications for your machine.

When to replace belts

Original Exmark Parts cutting deck belt

Preserve the performance, reliability and long-term value of your Exmark machine with Original Exmark Parts belts.

The specific timeframe for belt replacement can vary considerably based on a number of factors including the type of mowing being performed/operating environment, belt tension and the location of storage. We recommend checking the condition of all drive belts every 40-50 hours of use, or any time a performance issue is noted, such as slipping, noise or compromised cut quality. Replace any belt that shows obvious signs of wear.

Your owner’s manual has the most detailed, accurate information about replacing the belts on your Exmark machine. If you don’t have your owner’s manual handy, you may be able to find a digital copy at

Insist on Original Exmark Parts

Exmark Original Parts logoBelts are a critical element to the performance of the cutting and drive systems, so insist on Original Exmark Parts. They are the only ones designed specifically for your machine, so you can be confident they’ll deliver the durability, performance and long-term value you expect. Learn more about the value of Original Exmark Parts belts at

Don’t let worn or under-tensioned belts compromise the performance and reliability of your Exmark machine. A little time spent on preventative maintenance now can eliminate a lot of headaches for you and your crews later on.

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Why Exmark Original Parts Make a Difference

Thursday, April 30th, 2015

Whether you mow your lawn once a week or you own a multi-location landscaping company, when it comes to replace parts on your Exmark equipment, only Original Exmark parts will do. If you want to get the most out of your machine, original parts make all the difference in the world.

Tried and Tested

Exmark Original Parts

Only Original Exmark blades deliver the Exmark’s signature cut quality.

You can learn a lot by testing data in a lab or research center. That said, the bottom line is how a product or part performs in the real world, so we test Original Exmark parts as our customers would, which means getting our hands dirty. When part breaks or wears out, we take it back, learn what caused the problem, and find a solution through engineering and testing. We also know our customers are by far our greatest asset when it comes to improving our products, so we make it a priority to listen to, and proactively solicit customer feedback. We use your feedback along with our own data and testing to create parts that meet our stringent standards for performance and durability.

Variety and Availability

Do you need a 36″ Blade Drive for your Viking? Or, how about a throttle cable for your Commercial 21 X-Series mower? Are you looking for a new tire for your Navigator? If you need a part for your Exmark machine, we have exactly what you need, and it’s engineered precisely for your machine. We understand how important it is to provide you with quality parts in a timely manner. When you order original Exmark products from your local Exmark dealer, you won’t be disappointed.

Exmark Original parts

Original Exmark belts fit precisely to maximize the durability and performance of your Exmark cutting system.

Consistency Is Crucial

Consistency is crucial in everything you do. At Exmark, we understand that consistency between our parts and accessories can mean the difference between a job well done and a lost client. Our rigorous testing procedures and your ongoing feedback help us deliver the highest quality parts and accessories available.

What makes our parts better than the rest?

  • We field test every part and accessory for hundreds of hours before certifying it meets our standards.
  • We use the latest engineering and manufacturing technologies to ensure every product is optimized for the job it is built to perform.
  • We use customer feedback to ensure Original Exmark parts and accessories meet the stringent standards of our users.

Ordering Made Easy

The last thing you want to do is spend hours online or in your owner’s manual trying to figure out what broke or how to fix it. We make it easy to find exactly what you need. If you need a part for any of our products, we provide an easy reference guide to help you pick exactly the right part for your Exmark machine.

Keep Your Mower Running

All of the best parts in the world can’t keep your Exmark equipment running properly if it isn’t well maintained. Each one of our products has a specific maintenance schedule that must be followed to preserve its performance and durability. By following the maintenance guidelines, your Exmark equipment will give you years of reliable service.

Make the Most of Your Mowing

If you want to get the most out of your Exmark equipment, proper maintenance is a must. And when something does wear out, replacing it with Original Exmark parts will help extend the life of your machine and save you money for years to come.

Dealer-scheduled Maintenance is Key

Sunday, April 4th, 2010

This is the final post in Exmark’s ten part Service and Maintenance Series.

Even if you are a do-it-yourselfer, it is important to realize that the dealer is your best friend when it comes to extending the life of your mower.

Your local dealer knows the conditions you mow in, your local area, your machine and how you use your equipment to get the job done. Your local dealer can also recommend a customized maintenance routine for your unit that ties directly to how you use it, which is going to be better than any generic manufacturer maintenance program available.

It may save you money to do things yourself in the short run, but since dealers are factory-trained to fix and spot issues before they become serious problems, they could save you time and money in the end. Dealers are also aware of any out-of-the-ordinary maintenance routines or new and improved repair methods sent directly from the factory. Exmark recommends that even the do-it-yourselfers make the effort to find a dealer they trust. And then making that dealer their best friend.

Regular maintenance cycles are important for the longevity of your equipment. Whether you are a homeowner or a commercial landscaper, knowing the most important parts to check and what types of maintenance needs to happen regularly is key to having beautifully cut grass this spring and a successful landscaping season.

That concludes our maintenance series. Hope you found it helpful in getting ready for a positive and profitable mowing season. The series will be archived on this site so you can refer back to the posts at any time.