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Lawn tractor deck won't engage - Craftsman 42 in. Deck 19.5hp Lawn Tractor

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Does the lever have any resistance?

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SOURCE: how to adjust belt tension 42" raftsman lawn tractor cutting deck

Note: This is about a different mower, but it might be similar enough to yours.  If not, please disregard.  Thanks!

I had a similar issue with our mower, a 2006 Troy-Bilt Pony model 13AN77TG766 (17.5 HP, 42 inch deck): when I pushed the handle down to engage the blades, it took a good ten seconds or so to start the blades turning; even then, they didn't have enough power to cut the grass.  And on any height setting lower than 5, they wouldn't turn at all.

The cause was on page 19 of the manual <URL:http://manuals.mtdproducts.com/mtd/DocGetter?doc=769-02243a.pdf>: Figure 17 shows the "PTO" cable attaching to a hole on the edge of the deck idler bracket, but it was shipped from the factory attached to a hole in the middle of the deck idler bracket, about 3 cm (1 in.) closer to the front end of the machine.  I reattached the cable to the original hole, and the belt is now good and tight; the blades engage as soon as I push the handle down.

Now, today, I'm having problems with the belt popping off the right-hand idler (hopefully just needs the deck stabiliser rod adjusting).

Always remember to remove the spark plug wire before you go near the blades; and watch for hot, sharp, and/or pinching surfaces.

Good luck!

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the branch probably got cought in the belt that runs the rearend it may have caused it to come off check the drive belt

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SOURCE: large belt routing for crafstman lawn tractor

Go to... http://www.searspartsdirect.com/partsdirect/index.action Enter the model number that is under the seat. If it's a lawn tractor, it will start with 917. That will get you to all the diagrams of the mower.

Posted on Jul 02, 2009

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SOURCE: Craftsman 42 '' 19.5hp lawn tractor gear shift

Sounds like your drive belt may have came off or it needs to be replaced. Take the battery out from under the seat to see if belt is still around transaxle. Sometimes it will jump off when doing a lot of starting stopping

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Husqvarna uses an electronic clutch to engage the mower deck. When the clutch works itself out of adjustment it will quit working. Sometimes it will blow the 20 fuse and the tractor will continue to run, but the blade won't engage. When you then shut off the tractor it won't crank again until you replace the fuse. When you attempt to engage the blades again, the fuse will blow again.

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