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My engine runs fine, but when engaging mower deck, mower shutters and emits black smoke from engine, and loses power....still turns blades, but not fast enough to cut grass

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    i have a ransome 728 all has been fine yet now mower deck won't engage???

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Check your fuel pump. Fuel pump problem.

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