Deere 54D/60D Mid Mount Mower Belt Replacement

While mowing down our corn stalks last year, I had the brilliant idea of “backing up” over the stalks that I had just mowed over to help get them cut.    This quickly resulted in one of the stiff corn-stalks pushing the belt off the pulley.  By the time the smoke and smell had alerted me to my error, I had essentially destroyed the belt.  At that time, I decided I would put the belt back on, finish the job, and see how long it lasted.

It finally failed the other day while Christy was mowing.      I suppose I could have tried to blame her some way.  In fact, watching this video, I think you can see that she was prepared to take the blame.  …but I don’t work that way.  So, I ‘fessed up!

You can choose whether you want to watch the video before or after you read the rest of this post.  I’m placing it here (near the top) for easy access, but it might be most effective to read the post first.

First, I ordered the belt from Green Farm Parts.  Here are the links to the 54D and 60D belts:

Add 54D Belt to your Cart

Add 60D Belt to your Cart

Without really thinking about it, I assumed replacing the belt would be trivial. On smaller mowers, the belt usually needs to be removed to attach and remove the deck, so it is relatively easy to access. However, I deeper look at the 54D/60D deck made it clear that some wrenches were needed. Don’t be concerned, it is not a difficult job, but it is not trivial either.

The instruction manual for the 54D/60D deck can be found here.  For the section specifically related to servicing the mower belt, click here.   These instructions are accurate, and should provide sufficient guidance to replace the belt.  However, nothing is better than a video (at least in our opinion)!

Before we even got started, we realized that the mower didn’t smell very good.  Grass from the spring mowing season was all caked up under the deck, and it was, well, not so pleasant.  So, we decided to use the power washer to remove that unpleasantness!    During this process, we learned that the Gator blades we installed last fall really aren’t working so well with the mulch kit.

Check out this post and video to see details on the mulch specific blades.

 

GearWrench



In this video, we use a “GearWrench”, and discuss the two common types of gear wrenches available. As we mention in the video, both types are useful in certain situations. I’ll include links to both types here. I highly recommend getting a set of GearWrenches (maybe both the angled AND the straight ones). They are VERY handy.

The Amazon link to the left (if you don’t see it, disable any ad-blockers you have enabled) shows one of the angled sets. The link to the right shows the straight style.

Lock-n-Lube



Also, near the end of the video, we grease the mower deck. As we’ve done before, we use the Lock-n’Lube product.  This thing is amazing, and makes greasing MUCH easier.   It is rare for us to find a product which totally transforms a task like greasing.  However, the Lock-n-Lube does just that.   Once you get one of these, you’ll wonder how you ever did without it.  The link to the left is the standard Lock-n-Lube.

We also discuss the new Lock-N-Lube XL which is longer than the standard Lock-N-Lube.  The team at Lock-N-Lube sent us one of these recently, so we’ll show it to you in an upcoming video.  This version would be useful in certain situations where the handle of the original Lock-n-Lube would be in the way. We’ll demonstrate this on a future video. Meanwhile, it functions exactly like the original Lock-n-Lube other than being longer. Use the link to the right to order.

 

 

8 Comments

  1. Eric here again… I also have the lock and lube and the gear wrenches…they have made “life” easier and I like easy. Check out flail mowers and 12 volt Milwaukee grease guns. Video comment…Don’t fight that spring…it wants to hurt you…walk the belt off one of the side pulleys first then lastly walk it back on with the tensioner stuff already done…maybe. Thanks for the videos.

  2. Loctite on those nuts you said had glue on them? Or were they nylock nuts too? Prevent them from vibrating loose. Blue stuff. Not red. Red will be damn near permanent. Don’t use anything if they are nylocks.

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  4. Trying to figure out how to get a hold of you to ask you a question about the 60D. It takes me a good hour to get it onto my 1025 – constant problem lining up PTO auto-mount. Whenever I take off mower deck, it ends up breaking mount bracket rod on back of mower deck and I have to buy a new one for $25. Any suggestions, or do I have a lemon mower deck

  5. Thanks Tim. I’ll try that

  6. I’m going to remind myself not to abuse my mower so I don’t have to go through this belt change. Not saying you abused your mower deck Tim. Those belts can last for 20 years and more. My JD 425 has the original belt and I got that mower 21 years ago.

    • I did abuse it. no question. …but with limited downside risk…the belt is about the worst damage that could have happened. There was essentially no other risk to the mower.

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