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When blade is engaged the motor bogs down isthere an adjustment on the carbarator . if so where is it ad how to adjust

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If this is something which occurred suddenly, perhaps something has happened which has cut the power output in half such as a dead cylinder. Typical on B&S V2 engines, and there are a lot of those on lawn tractors, is bent valve push rods. You can check for a dead cylinder by removing one spark plug wire at a time. If it works with one plug on alone, but not the other alone, then you have a dead cylinder which causes the problem you speak of.

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