Snowblower question. I bought a used Brute Snow King 5HP, 6 Speed, 24" dual stage snow blower that isn't throwing the snow very far and is clogging easily. Everything I've read says this is a belt issue and that tightening the belt is a quick fix, but replacing is a long-term fix. My question is, are belts universal? In other words, how do I know what belt I'll need given that this is an off brand blower? Can I buy at Lowe's/Home Depot, or do I need to order online or go to a specialty store?
From what I've read, this snowblower isn't a bad machine, despite not being a brand name. I've also read that most snow blowers with similar specs should perform relatively the same so long as everything is working properly. This machine is in great shape with little rust, easy start on no more than 3 pulls, etc. I'm hoping my only issue is the belt and not a poor performing machine?