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Author Topic: Ariens Razor  (Read 383 times)

Offline Mick

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Ariens Razor
« on: June 25, 2019, 09:42:15 PM »
Always thought the Ariens Razor mowers were pretty good value at first glance.  Now with some of them constantly losing drive because the belt jumping off the front pulley, and one I repaired today which had one rear wheel with the gear slipping.  The more I look the more I ask myself, why.

Why do they make the front part of the belt cover like that, it's the main cause of the belt being pushed up above the crank pulley.  It should be shaped so it's parallel to the pulley, and not angled further away as it goes up.  Whenever the belt comes off you'll always find it sitting on the crank above the pulley.

Pinion in the rear wheels, they hardly mesh with the gear on the wheel, this one was slipping and only a small amount of wear on the pinion itself.  Then I got hold of the shaft and the gearbox shaft complete with pinion moved up and down quite a lot, hence why it was slipping.  Why the hell don't they use a proper bearing here, instead of a casting, or at the very least provide a way to lubricate it.   I'm not so impressed if I'm honest.

Here's a pic of the bearing

This is the pinion

And to top it off, the bushing which is also steel had seized onto the spindle, and came out with it.

« Last Edit: July 07, 2019, 05:34:21 PM by Mick »