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Mower blades froze up

Everything was going fne when all of a sudden the blade froze up and the engine died. The engine starts fine and will run until I try to engage the blade and then it dies.

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Have you greased the bearings on the mower deck recently? Is there something jamming the blades?

Remove the deck and see if you can move the blades by hand. If you insist on not removing the deck to do this ... make sure the belt that drives the deck is not on the drive shaft of the motor to prevent accidental starting of the motor and instant mangling of your hand. If you can move all the blades, look for a faulty or worn out pulley on the deck. If the blades are frozen in their bearings, get replacement towers at your John Deere dealer or from a advertiser. If one is faulty or rusted ... replace them all ... as they are probably at or near the same condition. Do this job one time and do it correctly.

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First remove your mowing deck and turn it upside down...check to see that you have not run over any wire, bailing twine or that you don't have grass wrapped around the shafts of your blade spindles (the axles that turn your blades) or a bent blade. next try to turn the blades by hand and see if you may have a bad bearing in one of the spindles. if a bearing has gone out the blade will be very hard to turn and you may feel a rough grinding within the bearing or it may be seized completely. if it is you'll have to get a new spindle for your deck. I think the correct John Deere terminology for these are "sheaves"....hope this helps... ;-D

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