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Old 03-16-2014, 11:13 AM
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17hp b&s losing rpm's upon blade engagement ?

just bought it , riding deere sabre 17hp one cylinder with real low hours / mint . but its a 1999 . runs well without blades running but once blades engage it about boggs right out ? ive not touched it yet and am just wondering a game plan because im not real mechanical minded
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Old 03-16-2014, 11:20 AM
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Did you run the engine long enough to get it warmed up? Assuming you also tried engaging the blades with the engine rpms a little higher. Not being a mechanical whiz either the only other thing that comes to mind is the crab might need some attention.

Or, maybe the engine is just tired like one of my mowers.
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Old 03-16-2014, 11:35 AM
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I would check the governor linkage. It may have come loose and when load is applied it isn't able to open the throttle more.
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Old 03-16-2014, 11:49 AM
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now that its brought up only time i ran it was upon purchase back in early february and it was real cold here , single digits , and it had only been running a couple minutes when i engaged blades . and linkage might be because original owner just cut lawn and parked it in garage its entire life , said he just changed oil / plugs / filters / greased it . has never done anything else and its never been worked on by him or mechanic
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