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Can you provide the model and serial number from the tag on the frame of the machine so that I can better assist you? What is the part number of the belt that you are trying to install?
Where the belt goes over the plate and up to the engine, if you will look right about the center of the plate closest to the engine you should see a hole with the head of a bolt just inside the hole. The belt has to straddle this bolt otherwise it will be extremely tight and it will also wear the belt extremely fast if it isn't routed properly.
The 754 and 954 are both the same belt, the 754 is an indicator that is used by MTD to tell them that this was a belt used during production, they then changed the number to 954 to indicate a belt that is being sold at retail. It is only useful to them(MTD) to help determine inventory and production numbers so that they can somewhat know how many are being sold as replacement parts and how many are being used in production. Based on you equipment model and serial numbers this is the correct belt for your machine.
The belt isn't by chance twisted is it? A lot of times when you get these belts they are coiled up and you have to untwist them to stretch them out, if this is not done carefully it can leave a twist in the belt which would cause this problem.
This being a hydro drive the belt will be tight all the time when installed on the machine. The tension never releases on it like it does on a gear drive machine. I don't see anything else that would cause the belt to be so tight unless it is not fitting into the pulleys properly.