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I have a '05 Cub Cadet Tank 60 Commercial ( I only use it on my three acres). I have 2300 hours on it. It runs, I don't have any trouble starting it, I have a new battery, It's like new!!! Last year after running it awhile I notice when I disengaged the pto switch to get off of it to move or pick-up some thing, when I got back on, engage the pto switch, the blades would not turn on, I headed towards the garage and it would suddenly turn on, if I bounce on the seat, it will turn on. Any Ideas, Thanks

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  • johnrod11 Apr 07, 2011

    Thanks for a starting place. I have removed the cover and jiggled and wiggled the wires and they seem to be stiff and tight and connected, I have disconnected and put back together the connections on the sensors, (7) and still no luck. Is there a way to test the pto switch, do you know the color code of the wiring, any other suggestions? Thanks John

  • johnrod11 Apr 07, 2011

    I'll try this approach some time within the next few days,,, my job keeps me busy, I'll let you know when I complete this test. Thanks John

  • johnrod11 Apr 14, 2011

    Hi Azraelsrl, I'm back to give my work/ not working switch another try,
    I took the PTO switch out, it looks like new so does my wiring connector, no rust, no corrosion.
    I'm not sure how to check continuity on this seven blade switch. My son is an electrical engineer and he will be coming over to try and help. I have all the books that came with the mower.
    I'm reading this; Page 18 of my Operator's and service Manual.
    The air gap should be checked every 300 hours The air gap should be checked with feeler gages in the three slots of the BBC.
    The air gap should be adjusted to 0.013" to0.015". There are three inspection slots i the brake cover. To adjust, successively tighten each of the three gap adjustment nuts an equal amount. Insert a feeler gage into each slot as the air gap adjustment nut are tightened.
    The correct adjustment occurs when slight contact with the feeler gage occurs.
    Engage the BBC a couple of times, and recheck the air gap.
    Can you translate this for me?
    Where are the air gaps located?
    What is BBC? Thanks, John

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Most likely the switch itself is at fault: the metal blades inside it that make the contact have prematurely lost their elasticity and the contact becomes ify. You will have to replace the switch.
http://www.lawnmowerstuff.com/087-Cub_Cadet_Electrical.html
It just pops out of the dash and the cable just plug in - move the cables one at a time with the battery disconnected.

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  • Azrael SRL Apr 07, 2011

    The switch is easy to test: just take it out (make a schematic with the wires first) then just test the continuity between plots, with and without the switch pressed.
    Here is a very similar wiring
    http://i341.photobucket.com/albums/o368/...

  • Azrael SRL Apr 07, 2011

    OK.

  • Azrael SRL Apr 14, 2011

    The BBC is the clutch of the blades power wheel - it's the part that transmits the power from the motor to the blades when needed. In it there is a electromagnet that is commanded by the PTO switch. When the switch is pressed it sends power to the electromagnet which in turn press some shoes on the drum/cover of the wheel. In time these shoes wear out and they need readjusting - if the space (here called air gap) is too large they will not make sufficient contact and the blades won't spin. It's the same stuff like on a drum brake in an old car. To adjust the gap you follow the instructions

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