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  1. #1

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    toro LX426 not as fast as it was.....

    I really like our Toro LX426, always reliable over the past 3+ years, but it is not as fast as it has been. I've only changed oil and blades because it continues to work great.

    For this problem of drive speed is there a common problem. Possibly just a cable that has stretched out with use and an easy fix?

    thanks

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  3. #2

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    Re: toro LX426 not as fast as it was.....

    That uses a CVT - Continuously Variable Transmission...
    Check that all the linkage connected to it is tight and not binding. A good cleaning of the mechanisms and possibly the belt is waring down so as not to have enough width... KennyV

  4. #3

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    Cub Cadet 3204

    Re: toro LX426 not as fast as it was.....

    Quote Originally Posted by J_M View Post
    I really like our Toro LX426, always reliable over the past 3+ years, but it is not as fast as it has been. I've only changed oil and blades because it continues to work great.

    For this problem of drive speed is there a common problem. Possibly just a cable that has stretched out with use and an easy fix?

    thanks
    Your LX426 has a CVT system that uses a single speed transmission and a variable speed belt drive to regulate the speed of the machine.
    Here's a drawing of the system: https://lookup3.toro.com/partdex/ind...oro&lang=us_en

    Item #46 is the variable speed belt.

    As you can see, it uses a lot of parts, and is a bit complicated to work with. Make sure the pulleys are all free, and that the springs aren't broken. Item #61 should move freely.

    Don't be surprised if the variable speed belt is loose when the mower isn't running. Does the belt look worn?

  5. #4

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    Re: toro LX426 not as fast as it was.....

    >As you can see, it uses a lot of parts, and is a bit complicated to work with.

    thanks for the replies, I'll give it a try, and when I get it to the point where I can't put it back together, I'll call someone in to help : )

    best regards.

  6. #5

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    Re: toro LX426 not as fast as it was.....

    Quote Originally Posted by J_M View Post
    >As you can see, it uses a lot of parts, and is a bit complicated to work with.

    thanks for the replies, I'll give it a try, and when I get it to the point where I can't put it back together, I'll call someone in to help : )

    best regards.
    If you're not familiar with a CVT system it might be best to not take too much apart. Most of the time the problem is straight forward- a broken spring, or the arm that the variable speed pulley sits on doesn't move because of rust or dirt. Look for stuff that moves when it looks like it shouldn't, and vice-versa.

    These are hard to troubleshoot because nothing much happens until the engine is running and the machine is moving. Hard to see the problem with the mower moving. I've seen people jack up the rear of the mower so the wheels aren't touching the ground to watch what was happening with the drive system when it was engaged. The names of these people will be kept confidential to avoid embarrassment. If the jacks aren't sturdy enough there might be the devil to pay.

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    Re: toro LX426 not as fast as it was.....

    Quote Originally Posted by jhwentworth View Post

    These are hard to troubleshoot because nothing much happens until the engine is running and the machine is moving. Hard to see the problem with the mower moving. I've seen people jack up the rear of the mower so the wheels aren't touching the ground to watch what was happening with the drive system when it was engaged.
    jhwentworth is right...

    If you do choose to see what is happening with these systems, jack it up and REMOVE the drive wheels before you do it... and be careful as you lean in to see the spinning things...
    It is definitely worth a look and you will see how things should work... KennyV

  8. #7

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    Professional Lawn Mower Blade Service

    Re: toro LX426 not as fast as it was.....

    Mowers slow by several reasons - ground speed (engine/tranny) and cutting speed. If you are sure it is related to ground speed, follow the previous advice. However, cutting speed can have a similar affect.
    Clogged shoots and caked decks slow cutting speed which has the net affect of requiring the mower to move slower to achieve the same cut. Same for caked blades, dull blades, and even wet grass.

  9. #8

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    Re: toro LX426 not as fast as it was.....

    it's definitely the ground speed that is a little slower ( not bad but slower ). I may take a look at what's going on, and then possibly have someone take it after the season to get it ready for next year if it's beyond my tinkering skills.

    thanks for all the advice, great forum!

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