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Blade engagement speed?

Discussion in 'Hustler Turf Equip (Archived)' started by grass lover, Jul 26, 2003.

  1. grass lover

    grass lover LawnSite Member
    Messages: 38

    What is the proper speed to engage you blades? I have seen various posts claiming slower speed is best and just as many stating full throttle. What do you recommend?
  2. mowerconsultant

    mowerconsultant LawnSite Fanatic
    Male, from Syracuse, NY
    Messages: 9,769

    You need to engage the clutch at the lowest possible speed that the engine will let it engage at.
    This will ensure a long life out of your clutch.
    Here is a quote right from your owners manual......

    "With the engine running, engage the deck clutch switch
    (Fig. 3-2) and advance engine throttle to full rpm.
    NOTE: Engaging the deck clutch at high engine rpm or
    when under heavy load (in tall grass for example) can cause
    belts to slip, resulting in premature wear or possible damage."

  3. gps_jetskier

    gps_jetskier LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 303

    Since this came up...Is it typical for the drive to "yelp" when it's engaged? Mine initially didn't do this, but now it does. I had a Allis Chalmers rider years ago that did the same thing for years.


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