Yes, I changed mine last year. It couldn't be simpler. Just pull the
plastic cover on the left side (5 screws, I think) and you're right there.
I don't recall if it's necessary to remove the auger pulley just to
change the belt, since I changed my auger bearings at the same time.
Use a Gates, and make sure it's 'power rated'.
Mine is a Toro. One supplier, the original equip Toro belt came in a shrink
wrap about four by six inches large. belt came all twisted up. It threw off
the pulley, and jammed right up.
Another supplier, the belts were shipped flat, and worked fine. Might want
to look for a belt shipped flat, not all tangled up.
Biggest problem is having to work outdoors with bare fingers in cold weather
(unless your garage is heated or your blower is small enough to bring in the
It's not too hard. My old machine was a Craftsman and getting the belt in
place is tricky. You have to engage the lever for the augur drive to get the
pulley out of the way. I clamped it in place. Also, adjusting the tension on
the belt is tricky until you get the feel of it. Too loose and it won't work
right and probably jump the flywheel. Too tight and the belt will wear out
Be sure you get a proper Kevlar belt. They are much more expensive but are
worth it because they will last much longer.
I changed my belt in January. Then the %$#@&^% thing threw an augur bearing
so I went out and bought a new machine. It doesn't seem all that different
to the old one although I have not had to open it up yet. There doesn't seem
to have been much of a tech revolution in the last 20 years.
The old machine has a fairly new engine. When spring comes (if ever) I plan
to salvage the engine and scrap the rest. Anybody have any great DIY
projects using a 10hp four cycle engine?
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