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I have a gt 1554 cub cadet. I noticed last year that the tractor would bog down real bad when I engaged the pto clutch, but it would recover and then I could mow.

But this spring it stalls the motor out completely when I engage the pto and if it does run it shakes real bad. I removed the deck and checked the spindles, they all move freely,dont seem bent, it has new bldes so they are balanced.I tested the pto, it had 12 volts and 2.9 ohm so that is correct. I figured the bearing in the pto was fried, so I purchased a new one, and thats not it. It stills stalls or bogs way down and shakes real bad. The pto engages with no attachment and doesnt shake. There is no debris on the deck top or bottom, nothing looks bent, it has newer blades that appear good. Could a spindle be bad and still move freely with no wobble or bearing movement. ??

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SOURCE: My Cub Cadet 2135 PTO won't engage.

i had the same thing happen
found that the on/off switch had come unplugged from the wire harness just below the switch
had to attach the wires to something underneath so the weight did not pull the wires down and taped the two switches together to prevent it from pulling apart
it needs some kind of clip to hold them together
hope that this works for you


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check your spacers to be sure you havent locked the clutch assembly directly to the motor shaft
you should be able to turn it fairly free less some clutch drag

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check the safety switch for engager could be bad,, hope this help,, good luck

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The blades on this cub cadet are activated with air pressure. Chances are that when you hit that stump, you either blew a fuse or the control module that allows the blades to spin. Begin by checking the fuses. J.

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Sounds more like a PTO clutch failure, rather than the switch. The clutch is mounted on the engine shaft, between the hydrostatic drive pulley (nearest the chassis) and the mower deck belt pulley (farther from the chassis).
Since it's an expensive part, make sure the problem isn't in the switch or wiring first. You could do that by probing the wires to the PTO clutch with an automotive test light - they are inexpensive and handy. Clip the ground wire of the test light to the chassis, and probe the hot wire to the clutch (it's the one that doesn't connect to ground) when the engine is running and the PTO switch is engaged. Obviously a helper has to be in the seat, and you should be careful doing this. If the light glows brightly, and the clutch doesn't engage, you definitely have a bad clutch. Good luck! Please rate my answer if helpful, thanks.

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