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On my 42in cut hydro. Husqvarna, The mower will not disengage until the speed is reduced to a low idle

After disengaging the mower control lever the blades continue to rotate, until the speed control lever is moved to it's slowest position. At that point a "clunk" is heard and the blades disengage.

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Before you do anything else check to make sure the blades are engaged on thier seat ( the star) and the blade bolts are tight.
If you have an electric PTO this does not apply to you.
After confirming that your blades are tight check the operation of the PTO cable and the pivot bracket by lowering the deck all the way. Laying on the ground on the discharge side of the mower you will be able to look at the components and see and touch whats not moving freely as you engage and disengage the PTO lever. Look for a stiff PTO cable, stiff pivot bracket, missing return spring, broken spindle brackets and broken deck bracket welds.
Of course you should never work on any mechanical device while it is running.

Posted on Nov 01, 2012

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    bernadett910 Nov 03, 2012

    I did this prior to posting the problem. All spring appear to be in good working order with no obvious binds. It may be the PTO cable, will check this next.....Thanks

  • Jeff Hagemann Nov 05, 2012

    If the PTO cable is stiff it will not let the PTO pivot bracket return properly, also there is a return spring from the PTO pivot bracket to a slot cut in the deck that will pull the PTO off when the cable tension is released.

  • Jeff Hagemann Nov 05, 2012

    ONE other thing to check if you have not found the problem yet.. the blade brake arms are activated by the PTO pivot bracket also. They have little plastic rollers on pins that engage in notches cut in the bracket. If the plastic rollers are worn or the brake arm is bent it will inhibit the movement of the pivot bracket.

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sounds like the linkage to your blades, check your lever, to make sure its working right may need some grease, it may be sticking and not fully engaging, or doing its job when its supposed to

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this is because your belt that drives the blades is to tight i suggest getting a looser belt

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