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CRAFTSMAN MOWER BLADES WONT ENGAGE

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i have a sears craftsman lawn tractor #917.252580. as i was mowing through some heavier grass the blades disengaged and then re-engaged within seconds. on the next pass through the same heavy grass the blades disengaged and now the blades will not engage at all. the belt is good and corectly installed and the tractor has been well maintained. i suspect that it is the electric pto clutch but i dont want to spend $200+ for a part that i might not need and cant return to sears. what other parts failures could cause this? can you help me?
Submitted: 11 years ago.
Category: General
Expert:  Tammy replied 11 years ago.

 I noticed that your question has been open for a while and, although I am not a repair person, didn't want you to have to wait a terribly long time for an answer.


So- I checked with my husband for you who is a part time landscaper (full time electrician).


He said that it sounds like the belt started to slip when you hit the heavy grass because it put such a burden on the blades.  IT reengaged and started back up but then slipped again when faced with the same burden.  This will cause the belt to stretch slightly and it's just enough to cause the belt to be ineffective even though it is still on and looks like it should function.


He said getting a new belt should solve your problem.  You also said that you might want to attach the thick/high spots with a weedeater or push mower before you use the craftsman.


I hope this helps.

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