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Clutch has to have 12 volts to stay engaged. With this model, all they use is the switch and the clutch, no relay between. You can test the clutch, by taking two wires from the battery direct to the clutch, and jump the wires at the clutch to see if the magnet closes. This is done with everything off, as it is a direct jump. If the clutch magnet closes, the clutch is ok, so check the switch and harness. I assume you have no voltage problems and the charging system is keeping up the battery.
The reverse switch can kill power to the clutch. It is just a two wire switch, that kills power to the pto clutch , one switch on each arm. One switch will kill the other. Needs to be looked at, if the clutch checks good.
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