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Geared transmission or hydrostat? Where is the problem? Do you have the brake/clutch locked down to loosen the belt?
Here is hydrostat instruction above.
I'm real! Did you see the link, there is also instruction for the geared transmission.
You want the mower drive belts, not the transmission belts!
You do have the standard 38 inch deck? only decks that I ever saw with the tension lever is larger 54 inch decks.
I just read the link you sent. You have the deck spindle belt in and are just trying to remount the deck. If you mount deck and leave the belt off the engine pulley, how close can you get the belt? The typical mower drive belt you install deck, then slip belt over the drive and driven pulley, the with it on the two main pulleys , then slip the belt on to the idlers! ??? Deck has two adjustment holes to change the front location. that will let you move deck forward toward engine pulley .
And belt measures same as old belt?
Belt exactly same as old belt?
Put belt on the pulley, and use a come a long to pull deck back to pin it! Might have to tie front of mower from rolling!
All decks I ever saw with a tension lever, has a lever with a clip on the deck, that you slip lever up to release, get belt in place then pull on the lever and let it hang in the deck clip. I don't see a release lever on the parts list.
Is there a square hole in the idler lever, where you can attach a breaker bar, and use it as a lever?
Good job! That's what we do. Sometimes we get it right.