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Lawm mower back fires and kills when blade is engaged

My craftsman riding mower has sudden started to back fire upon starting and when I engage the blade it sputters and kills, making it hard to start at times

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Had the same problem had to have someone look at it they said it was the fuel line and said it had no vaccum

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Check your spark plug. Or maybe your choke is stuck

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The engaging of the mowdeck is cause an excessive demand of your engine. From that, we can assume your problem is in the deck. Since the power drive is all about belts and it threw the belts, from your information I can only deduce that either an object (stick-wood-rock) has wedge into a position that has stopped rotation of the blades. Also, each blade has a pulley/spindle. These have bearings which must be free to rotate.
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Follow safety rules in your manual to insure the engine cannot start. Attempt to rotate each blade to check for free rotation. If the do not you most likely will need to remove the mower deck and check further. An obstruction or seized spindle should be easy to determine and sit repair is easily possible.

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