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I have a 50" hydrostatic troybilt. It will not engage consistently. Have to fiddle with the knob several times before it will engage. When engaged, belt appears wobbly, perhaps loose? Tension issue?

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You hit it. If belt is wobbly it loose.

Posted on Apr 25, 2015

  • Anonymous Apr 25, 2015

    So, is there a simple way to adjust the tension? I didn't see anything in the manual about tightening the belt. Or do I need a new belt? This one didn't have many hous on it, but perhaps it was stretched when removed for the season?

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You can go to the Sears website an download a free owners manual that shows what you need.

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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.

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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

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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.

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SOURCE: craftsman 15.5hp 42'' changed hydrostatic fluid

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.

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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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