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I have a Bolens 1800 hydro eliminator, the electric clutch does not want to engage when the switch is turned on

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If you can...check to see if there is 12 volts DC on the leads that go to the clutch when you flip the switch...if so..then the clutch is bad...if not then you need to check the switch and the wires feeding the switch...also, make sure that there is or is not a fuse that protects the clutch circuit

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Hello, I have a Craftsman 46in. 18.5hp. lawn tractor that dies after releasing clutch or engaging the blades. I disconnected the harness from the coil. The tractor starts when on choke and runs on choke...


It sounds like from your first issue, regarding clutch and blade engagement probably is a safety switch issue. Safety switches are common on all lawn equipment and on other lawn equipment products due to OSHA. Make note of the harness that plugs into your seat, clutch pedal and PTO switch.
Un plug each one by process of elimination and test them with a test light or ohm meter for failure.

The most common issue is a little center block that is built into the plug of each switch, harness side.
Pull the plug and look at back side of plug. In the center is this small plastic insert with a small spring.
Use a small screwdriver and pluck out that insert and remove. Plug in and re test all your circuits.

Safety switches and safety systems do become problematic and it seems that your issue points to this.
That little insert is better known as a fail safe back up for the manufactures so that the consumer is unable to over ride or bypass safety features of the the unit in question..

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Have a cub zero turn 52 inch cut the blades wont engage it starts but when you pull the switch to turn on the blades it wont engage any help?


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