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Mower starts and runs fine but when button pulled out to engage blades the engine stops hope you can help Paul

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    Kprime Mar 31, 2015

    Hi Paul Shadbolt, I want to help you with your question, but I need more information from you. Can you please add details in the comment box? Need Make/Model/Year/Engine Model/Transmission Model/Deck Size, and hours on meter if you have one. A short description of the events preceding the beginning of the problem is also helpful.

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Most likely cause will be a defective or disconnected operator's seat switch.

Posted on Apr 03, 2015

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Your mower deck maybe seized or the safety switch malfunction check if you can turn your deck by hand if yes then find safety switch for deck hope this helps

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