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My Craftsman riding mower runs fine but when I try to cut thick or tall grass the blades slow down and stop cuting, I replaced the belt thinking the belt was worn only to find I still have the same problem, I also have problems getting the blades to start when the handle is engaged I have to engage and disengage the handle two or three times to get the blades to start, Is this a tensioner pully problem ?

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Well yep it is,,,look at the deck first to check its not tight to turn look for sezed up bearings,,,then check that the drive belt/s are tight and not flopy and slipping also it would be a good time to check the cutting blades they need to be sharp and not blunt or they strain the belts and start them slipping too also the engine wont like the extra load put on it

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