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Just put new belt on mower. When blade is engaged it does not cut the grass.

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It sounds to me that you need a new mower deck drive belt, or your blades need sharpening. If the blade edges are rounded, they won't cut butter... Also, when mower is off, check mower deck drive pulleys to make sure you don't have any that are locked up or are dragging. You can check this by pulling the belt away from pulley and spinning the pulley by hand. MOWER MUST BE OFF before attempting any of these checks. You would be surprised how many people would try this with the mower running.
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Posted on Mar 11, 2009

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It sounds to me like a very loose belt or very worn out belt and also an adjustment problem.

Posted on Mar 24, 2009

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craftsman decks have a positive stop adjustment for the decks. A spring atached to the blade ingadgement arm pulls the tension pully into position if the cable is rusted inside the sleeve it wont put enough pull on the ingadgment pully and thus the blades dont spin full force the belts on the mowers have no adjustments only the pully . second thing is you may want to drop the deck and clean around that pully by scraping any rust off the surface under the pullys slide good luck

Posted on Jun 20, 2009

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lift the seat and make sure the connector is firmly plugged into the seat switch

Posted on Aug 24, 2009

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