Narrow Frame Cub Cadet PTO to DECK belt won't stay on

Last Revised: October 21, 2023

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The Situation:

Why is the front of my 107 (or any "narrow frame" Cub Cadet) mower deck lower than the back.
The second question is how do you keep the PTO belt from popping off the center pulley when engaging the PTO clutch?
Is that because my deck is NOT level? How do I make my deck level?

Pete's Answer:

The very first thing to do is to make sure that the belt isn't worn at all.
Here are some signs of belt wear:
Cub Cadet worn Mower Deck Belt
If you see ANY signs of wear such as the above, then the belt needs to be replaced before proceeding.

If the problem started all of a sudden after you have just removed and replaced the deck, it may be that you didn't get the "fork" (on the end of item 17) in the article below properly located around the Implement Handle Assembly's pivot shaft. Read on and you will see what to do.
---Assuming that you have already checked for loose brackets or links that have come loose---
The problem is that the deck lifting mechanism has a serious wear point that allows the deck to droop in the front.
If you examine the deck and the "mule" (see the picture below-- its the attachment device that the deck hangs from),
you will see how the lifting lever assembly pulls the deck upward as the lifting lever is pulled toward the rear of the machine.
Note that there is a "fork" shaped piece down there (item 17 in the picture below) that slides over the shaft of the Implement Handle Assembly. (That shaft also supports the foot boards).
The lower side of that fork wears badly, sometimes so much that half of it is worn away.
Support Assembly Fork
This is part of the cause of the deck drooping.
In addition, the underside of the shaft that the fork rubs on also gets worn away by the fork.
Implement Handle Assy
Sometimes it is almost "sawn" all the way through on the bottom side.
The reason for the wear is that, as the deck bounces up and down as the machine moves over the ground, the fork is constantly rubbing back and forth on the shaft. Maybe a poor design, but it appears to take 20 or 30 years to become a problem.

The Fix:

To fix this problem, I dismantle the whole works, including the Implement Handle Assembly (which is also the foot board shaft), then I weld up the shaft back to its original size.
I then rebuild the fork back to original size too, but I sometimes add a piece of 1/4" X 1/2' stock to the side of the fork that wore away to give it more surface area than it had originally.

The picture of the "mule", above is for the bolted-on version, but the QA (Quick Attach) mule has exactly the same lifting mechanism and the problem is fixed the very same way.
Now, when you replace the mule, make sure that the "fork" fits OVER the shaft of the Implement Handle Assembly or you will still be in trouble. The weight of the Support Assembly is all to the front of the machine, so unless you are careful and have 3 hands, it is easy to do it wrong. Don't ask me how I know.

Then, unless the main mower deck pulley is loose in its bearings, the belt should stay on.