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Mower blades won't engage

When I was mowing, there was a loud bang... smoke started coming out from under the deck and the blades stopped. Now the blades won't engage. I took the deck off, checked the belt, the blades and the pulleys... everything appears to be fine. The lever to engage seems to still be attached to the cable an pulls tight.

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    DOCHOLLIDAYDDS May 02, 2016

    remember.... there is a solenoid/pulley assembly that engages the drive to run the deck blades... if it burned up, there's your problem. Also, there is a 20 amp fuse that protects the circuit for the solenoid



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Did the smoking stop when you disengaged the blades? If so it is most likely your belt that is smoking. Make sure all the blades turn freely by hand to ensure you have not hit anything that may have bent a shaft on one of the blades. If one of the shafts is bent and wont turn FREELY, the belt driving the blades would slip and start smoking as it tried to turn them.

Posted on Apr 19, 2015

Testimonial: "Yes, it stopped smoking when I disengaged the blades. The belt was fairly new and now looks like it's been chewed. There was a grocery bag wrapped around on of the blade spindles when I removed the deck... could that have been the only problem? Perhaps now that the debris is removed, all I need to do is replace the belt? Thank you!"

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    Rachel Holden Apr 19, 2015

    Yes, it stopped smoking when I disengaged the blades. The belt was fairly new and now looks like it's been chewed. There was a grocery bag wrapped around on of the blade spindles when I removed the deck... could that have been the only problem? Perhaps now that the debris is removed, all I need to do is replace the belt? Thank you!

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    Kprime Apr 19, 2015

    That could very well have been the only problem. Just make sure all the blades and pulleys turn freely without the belt on. If the spin freely and "normaly", then just put on a new belt.



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SOURCE: Craftsman 42" mower deck won't disengage

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: scratchy almost grinding noise coming from the main belt pulley

sound like the bearing in the quills are bad get some new quills they just bolt on its easy

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SOURCE: Mower runs fine, cranks right up. But it will not

either belt is off/broken or the switch is bad. Hope this helps Tim

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SOURCE: Found large spring at end

There are 4 pulleys on your deck. Two for the blades, these are the big ones on the outsides. To the insides there are two, one on left side is an idler and the one on the right is a tenioning pulley that hooks to the blade engage lever throught the cable you found. Look on top of this pulley and see if it has a piece sticking up. If so the spring at the end of the cable attaches here. Slide it over. You also need to find the clip that goes through the little hole in the end that keeps it from sliding off. Make sure that the cable is properly routed and attached near the back of the deck. If it is still attached, good, if not you will have to find that pin also.

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Testimonial: "I tracked down the problem,hooked up the cable, put the pin back in, got the blades to engage before I got your response.Thank you just the same."

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SOURCE: huskee model 287707 blades wont spin belt not broke or spinning?

check for power and ground at the connector that feeds the clutch this will tell you if its a switch or the clutch itself

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