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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
Note: This is about a different mower, but it might be similar enough to yours. If not, please disregard. Thanks!
I had a similar issue with our mower, a 2006 Troy-Bilt Pony model 13AN77TG766 (17.5 HP, 42 inch deck): when I pushed the handle down to engage the blades, it took a good ten seconds or so to start the blades turning; even then, they didn't have enough power to cut the grass. And on any height setting lower than 5, they wouldn't turn at all.
The cause was on page 19 of the manual <URL:http://manuals.mtdproducts.com/mtd/DocGetter?doc=769-02243a.pdf>: Figure 17 shows the "PTO" cable attaching to a hole on the edge of the deck idler bracket, but it was shipped from the factory attached to a hole in the middle of the deck idler bracket, about 3 cm (1 in.) closer to the front end of the machine. I reattached the cable to the original hole, and the belt is now good and tight; the blades engage as soon as I push the handle down.
Now, today, I'm having problems with the belt popping off the right-hand idler (hopefully just needs the deck stabiliser rod adjusting).
Always remember to remove the spark plug wire before you go near the blades; and watch for hot, sharp, and/or pinching surfaces.
Posted on May 19, 2009
Hi Paul It sounds like the belt is worn, stretched, or possibly just two long for your machine. Save yourself a lot of aggrivation by checking your operator manual and getting exactly the right belt for your mower.
You don't say how old your machine is but if it has been mowing for many, many hours, the tensioning spring may need to be replaced. If that is the case you can order a new one at Sears.com
Posted on May 20, 2009
SOURCE: blades not engaging
Tim, first turn key on engage and disengage blade button. See if you can hear the clutch making a clicking noise. If not check switch., if not your problem is in the clutch.
Posted on May 29, 2009
Purge the transaxle by pulling the freewheel lever at the back of the transaxle.With the lever in the freewheel position run the engine full speed with clutch out,work the forward/reverse control back and forth 10 times and then try it.Also make sure that if you had the wheels of that you didn't lose a wheel key.
Posted on Aug 16, 2009
Testimonial: "Tried what you said now at least the wheels do turn a little. Gonna let it sit and see if i can purge it some more."
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