Toro 44 Proline intermittent blade engagement

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by David Hartwell, Apr 26, 2011.

  1. David Hartwell

    David Hartwell LawnSite Member
    Posts: 1

    This is my 6th season with this mower. The blades will engage fine to begin with, but cut out after cutting maybe 15 minutes. If you let it sit for at least that long, it will work again for awhile.
    I have tried to field test overriding the handle "plunger" switch as well as the pull-up engagement knob by attempting to make a connection across the wires using a piece of aluminum that was handy. I know...pretty lame, but I figured enough current might flow to engage the blades.
    I would appreciate your wisdom in this. Thanks.
  2. wrestlingcoach

    wrestlingcoach LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 251

    My 44" toro is a 2004, doing the same. I can mow a lawn or 2 then go to the third and won't engage. Seems to cool down and then the PTO will engage.
    Changed the pto switch with another I had and even the handle switch.

    Any help, please let me know. Gut feeling pto clutch is going bad.
  3. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 21,653

    You need to take it to your dealer and ask them what they would suggest.

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