Replacing Snowblower Drive belt

I have a Honda HS621 single stage snowblower that needs a new auger drive belt. Has anyone done such a replacement who can offer any tips/things-to- watch on the installation?
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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'.
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On Tue, 08 Mar 2005 21:33:31 GMT, Robert Barr wrote in alt.home.repair:

Thanks for the "encouraging word."
As a matter of curiosity, what led to the bearing replacement? I assume that your 621 can't be much older than mine.
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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.
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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 basement.) 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 quickly. 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? ds

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