2000 craftman lawn tractor 917.270822 blades will not engage
If your blades won't engage when you raise the lever to engage them AND
that lever moves freely without the normally expected resistance, then
you've lost the cotter pin that connects the lever rod to the mower deck
assembly. Very easy fix! Using the mower deck raise/lower lever, lower
the mower deck to "down" position. Now, lay on your side along the right
side of the mower and look up (use a flashlight) under the mower at the
top of the mower deck while moving the blade engagement lever "up"
(which pushes the connected rod down). At the end of the rod, you will
see a hole where the mower deck and rod connect. Align the hole at the
end of the rod with the matching "pin" on the mower deck (you'll see it)
and insert a new cotter pin to secure them together. Use a nail if you
don't have a cotter pin. Voila! you are done. The blade engagement lever
will now engage/disengage your mower blades successfully. Just remember
that mower deck must be down, or lowered, before you engage the blades!
Jun 22, 2012 |