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Craftsman 25 Hp with 46inch deck. The blades will not engage when the pot switch is pulled

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One of 2 things keyway sheared off on the engine pulley or saftey switch on the lever to engage has shorted out

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I have a 2011 Craftsman LT2000 Model # 247.288851. The blades will only engage when I raise the deck to level 5. Ive replaced the Seat Safety Switch so Ive eliminated that. Help please! Lol


what actually engages the blades an electric clutch or a manual lever both of my craftsman mowers have elec clutch and when you pull the button the blades run deck height has nothing to do with it .

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Blades don't ingage


look and see if the belt came off the pulleys, it could be at the front pulley or at the rear pulleys. lower the deck all the way down and look.

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Craftsman dlt2000 20 hp kohler runs great until i try to engage blades pull up on the switch to engage and motor bogs and stalls


Now is a great time to remove the deck and sharpen the blades! In the process, you will find your problem. Look for clogs, seized bearings, freely rotating belts, etc... The problem is in the deck or drive belt. Hope this helps!

Sep 26, 2011 | Craftsman 17.5 hp 42 in. Deck Lawn Tractor...

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Blades will not engage, belt not broke but is very old, do I need new one?


Check if the belt is loose. With the engine off, try to pull the mower deck belt around by hand. If you can pull it easily, and the blades don't turn, then replace the belt. If it's hard to pull, and you can see the blades try to turn as you pull it, then your problem probably isn't the belt, but the PTO clutch or mower engage switch.

Jun 09, 2010 | Craftsman 17.5 hp 42 in. Deck Lawn Tractor...

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I have a craftsman riding lawnmower and the blade engagement is not starting the blades when i lift it. It feels loose when i lift it.


Sounds like you PTO cable is broken. Part # 175067. It goes from the lever on the dash down to a deck mount and hooks to the idler pulley. When you lift the lever, it should pull the pulley and idler arm towards the rear of the deck to tighten the belt to engage the blades.

Jul 29, 2009 | Craftsman 20 hp 42 in. Deck Lawn Tractor -...

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Blades don't engage


Check the drive belt for the blades

Jul 22, 2009 | Craftsman 42 in. Deck 19.5hp Lawn Tractor

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Craftsman zero turn - blades won't engage


The PTO switch contacts to operate the clutch that starts the blades is defective. I have replaced mine and the new one just failed again. Sears must know this is a defect problem but so far they are quiet about the problem

Jul 20, 2009 | Craftsman 21 HP 42 in. Zero Turn Tractor...

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How do u get the blade going to cut grass


there should be a lever or switch that will make
blades turn..

Jul 02, 2009 | Craftsman 21 Hp 42" Deck, Ys 4500 Lawn...

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Craftsman riding mower blades will not engage


maybe the safty switch under seat might be starting to go out if that switch doesn't work the blades wont come on at all for safety

Jun 27, 2009 | Craftsman 20 hp 42 in. Deck Yard Tractor

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Blades won't engage. OK-I need a pto clutch


A switch should only be about $25. Before you spring for a new PTO assembly, take your switch out and take it to a shop and have it tested. I may just be a bad switch. Don't bother taking it to Sears though. Take it to a shop that works on Husqvarna and/or Poulan Pro. (Both basically same as Craftsman). DO take the model number from under the seat with you.

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