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Craftsman lt/1000 spring or something broke on inside or set switch will not engage blade, nothing works with this lever

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Check the cable by removing the gas tank. then follow the cable to the deck.

Posted on Jul 19, 2010

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I have a 2011 Craftsman LT2000 Model # 247.288851. The blades will only engage when I raise the deck to level 5. Ive replaced the Seat Safety Switch so Ive eliminated that. Help please! Lol


what actually engages the blades an electric clutch or a manual lever both of my craftsman mowers have elec clutch and when you pull the button the blades run deck height has nothing to do with it .

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check your return spring on the deck. it goes from hole in bracket welded to deck to hole in moving lever that one of the deck pulleys is attached to. if spring is missing or broke, it will not dissengage or may dissengage slowly. If spring is there, the moving lever may have debris under it or may be bent. If spring is there, remove deck and try pushing the pully with the spring to see if it breaks free.

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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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I bought a new belt for my2005 lt 1000 42" deck


for a deck no.. Most everything on the deck is done by springs.. what i would do is look at the deck make sure nothing is rubbing the belt making it rip apart.. or make it to not engage.. i would with the engine off engage the blade and disengage the blade make sure all the brakes are pulling away from the pulleys and making sure all the arms are moving to tighten the belt.. if nothing is moving then i double check the cable or however engages the deck (all mowers are different) and if need the part. If the cable is not broken and is still on deck make sure all springs are lubed. If you have any questions please dont hesitate to ask

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My LT 1000 was working fine, and then the blades stopped going. When I backed up and waited a minute - the blades began turning again. Everytime that I hit some higher grass, the blades stopped again. ...


Hi. It sounds to me like the belt that drives the blades are worn. Take note of the routing of the belt, or take a snapshot with a camera, and remove the belt for a sample at your spares shop. Hope this helps

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I have a lt 1000 and when I try to engage the blades it won't. Have check every thing didn't find anything, but the lever in front of pulley don't know how it goes


Usually when someone has a problem with a lawn tractor engaging the blades it occurs because the blades are hitting the deck or the pulley shaft that connect to the blades. Or, the are bent or the deck is bent. You can make sure the blades are not bent by measuring them. 1st measure one side of the blade and then move the blade 180 degrees and measure again. 2nd do this to all blades. If the measurement is off something is bent and a service dealer should look it and advise you of your options, (at no cost). Your options will cost but not the advisement. If you need help further please contact me. Thank you.

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The mower deck clutch cable broke so blades will not engage and lever is loose on my Sears Craftsman 42-inch lawn tractor (917-271-742). I fished out the top piece of the cable, about 12 inches down to a...


I just got the kit 175067. Have the old one off except for where it's attached to the lever, schedule and weather has kept me from going further. Very simple to reconnect things at the pulley and above but not too sure how to connect the rest onto the lever and haven't had a chance to get a good look at how the old one might be connected yet. Should be a simple fix.

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Craftsman lt 1000, blades won't engage


Lever will go all the way up and lock. There is tension on cable but nothing happens

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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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