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I got a 42 in deck crafsman mower i broke the blade engament cable a while back and the new one came in during the process of trying to put it on parts of the deck got all mixed up i was wondering if there was any type of diargram to help me get it back togethor

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Look around for a book on it at a small engine shop or book store i got some diargram but i dont no if its the right one.contect me at fr23487@hotmail.com to see if i can help you

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My YTS 3000 will run but the blades won't engage. Engagement lever is really hard to push up but when I try to engage blades, nothing. Could it be the cable?


Find where the cable is connected to the deck. Have someone move the lever and watch the end. Does it look rusted or bent?
Unclip the cable at the deck. Then try the cable. If it moves freely there is something rusted, bent or broke on the engage pulley mechanism on the top of the deck.

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First check to make sure you can turn each blade by hand, with the mower off. If neither blade spindle is frozen remove the deck and make sure all the pulleys move freely and function like they should. The cable should have been operating a spring loaded pulley arm that applied tension to the deck belt to make the blades function. Some times build up with block that from moving or rust will make it stick.

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Cable to engage blades broke.


If you go to http://www.searspartsdirect.com/partsdirect/index.action
and put in your tractor number you should get a parts diagram.

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2003 DLT3000 Craftsman riding mower. Air in tires correct, deck level front/back & side/side, new blades.. Still cuts uneven. Does this deck flex when cutting tall grass & how do I fix this...


when you put the new blades on did you notice if they were even with each other? the 42" decks have a tendency to "warp" inward on the left side. this causes the left blade to ride at an angle to the right blade - there is a tool to correct this, but not all shops have it - sometimes you can remove the deck, flip it over and wallop the inside edge of the left mandrel until the blades are even - a 2 lb. sledge works well for this

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Set the mower on a known flat piece of concrete. Now look at the deck and the support connections where the deck hangs from from the mower. Should be adjustments such as pins with clips or threaded bolt hangers which will allow you to raise or lower the corner of the deck which is low or high. Conversely you could have put a blade in upside down or left out a washer making one blade higher than the other. Usually an owner's manual will detail this process. As you just changed your blades, as opposed to wear and tear, likely you did not put it back together exactly as you took it apart.

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I have a 18.5 hp 42" electric start craftsman mower. when i went to engage the blades the lever was harder to move than usual and once it was engaged nothing happened. blades not turning! please help.


When you move the lever and engage the blades you are also engaging the belt that drives the blades and sits on top of the mowing deck. Chances are that belt either came off one or more rollers, or broke. The only way to check it out is to get down and look on the top of the mowing deck. Get back and let me know what you find.

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Is the belt on the pulleys ? If so your cable is broke its what engages deck belt

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