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My craftsman 19.5 b&s engine has developed a Rabit jumping problem. becoming more difficult to control the speed with the clutch/brake. I also notice that the internal control when going downhill is not system braking so it allow you to go down hill full speed. is there an adjustment screw? I need to run the trottle fully open when bagging, to run it slower to shoot will get clogged.

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I don't know if you have a hydrostatic or gear drive trans, but you should be able to go slower either by shifting to a lower gear or by moving the hydro drive lever to a slower speed. Always run the engine at full speed. Slowing the mower down by slowing the engine is extremely hard on the motor. It need the higher rpm's to keep it cool and not have to work as hard. There is a brake adjustment on the left rear axle. There is a brake disc with lever and a nut holding it on. Turn the nut clockwise about a half turn at a time to adjust the brake and check it. You don't want to get it too tight or it won't roll.

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