The first day I have felt like getting out and doing a few things in quite a while and the first thing I do is break the drive belt on my 18 horse Sears garden tractor. I put two drive belts on it last year so that is not a big deal. I push a lot of snow with that rider so I suppose that is hard on the belts. So I went to town and spent another 27 dollars for a new belt. I got back from town, put the belt on, started it up and man did the sparks fly out of one pully. I shut it off and took a close look at it to see if I could find the problem and there is a real nice crack in the part of the frame that the pully bolts to and it is allowing the whole assembly to flex enough that the pully is rubbing on the clutch-pivet rod.
It looks to me like I will have to weld the crack and brace it up somehow. The part of the frame that the pulley assembly bolts to is just sheet metal and I know my arc-welder would just blow a big hole in that thin stuff, so I am going to get some wire welding experience in, I have never used a wire welder but I bought a new gassless welder and the way I understand it once you get the wire speed adjusted wire welding is not that much different than arc. Any tips?