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I have a craftsman 19.5 and the blades will not engage what is the problem?

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Hi there,

From the description provided any answer is pure conjecture.

If it produces smoke and a burned rubber smell, one or more of the blades is jammed (Could also be bearings on blade shaft)

The drive belt could be broken or loose or off

The clutch to engage blades
If manual may need adjusting
If electric, may be disconnected

Best regards

Mike

Posted on Aug 27, 2010

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Hi Jeff, If you look at the deck, one or more of those pulleys is a tensioner, It pushes against the belt to tighten it, The rest of the pulleys can be identified by the fact that they only have a bolt through the middle, whereas the tensioner is mounted on an adjustable arm with a slot to allow adjustment. It should also be the only one that the belt doesn't go around the pully it just pushes on one side.If the tensioner arm is all the way to the end of the slot, the belt is streched and will need replaced but sounds like it may have come loose. Some of these decks also have a spring on the tensioner arm and those come off from a stick or other debris. Check it out and if you have a problem let me know and I will try to come up with a diagram. If your mower is that new there should be a belt diagram on the deck. i will need a model number of the deck or mower for that. Good luck!

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maybe the safty switch under seat might be starting to go out if that switch doesn't work the blades wont come on at all for safety

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You deffinately have a loose wire or connection coming off that switch,youll have to investigate to find out where it is.

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With blades on and engine off reach under and wiggle each blade up and down. If you have excess play you will need bearings.

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as far as i know, there is no diagram available for the cable replacement. it is covered briefly in the owner's manual, but the best way to do it is to study carefully how the old one is routed, and replace a step at a time

Posted on Aug 25, 2009

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