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I have a Bolens model # 13AM761F065 riding mower with 38 inch deck. The blades will not disengage when PTO lever is pulled back to the resting position. It seems that the PTO cable is not loosening properly or the springs on the braking mechanism do not have enough tension to pull the cable back out when the lever is disengaged, so the slack is only at the lever end of the cable and the blades keep spinning. When I shut off the mower I can pull the braking mechanism back into place to disengage the pulleys manually and it will stay that way until I re-engage the blades, but then it won't disengage again. Any help you can offer is greatly appreciated. Thanks! -Dale

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It sounds like the lever is out of adjustment

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Replacement of the PTO should solve the problem as these do corrode internally and stick.

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SOURCE: craftsman riding mower blades won't disengage

This is too late, but for the next person: There is an extension spring around the cable attached to the blade engage/disengage lever.

On my tractor one end of the spring had the hook broken off or it. Because it is around the cable it is still in place but doesn't stretch when you engage the blade (so can't pull the pulley out and slacken the belt when you disengage).

The replacement is a few dollars and can be bought on ebay or Amazon.

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Try pulling on the cable coming down to deck. This cable might be your problem. Also check that the spring on the end of this cable is present and functional.

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SOURCE: Knocking in mower deck or belt clutch when engaging blades, motor bogs / slows down

YOU MAY HAVE A BENT BLADE OR EXESSEIVE BUILD UP UNDER THE DECK

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SOURCE: PTO CONTROLS. How do you engage and disengage PTO.

The tractor is not a 6300 is it.If it' not you need to adjust the cable for the p.t.o. until it will stay down.Don't turn the turnbuckle too much at a time because there is a fine line between the won't engage and the won,t disengage adjustment.

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SOURCE: after replacing the belt, new pulleys, and bolts,

sounds like the linkage to your blades, check your lever, to make sure its working right may need some grease, it may be sticking and not fully engaging, or doing its job when its supposed to

Posted on Oct 27, 2009

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