Blade engagement

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by mowerbrad, Jul 11, 2008.

  1. mowerbrad

    mowerbrad LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,268

    Today while mowing my blades would often times take quite a while to engage. For the first part of the day everything engaged fine but after just a few lawns it would sometimes take 10 seconds or more just for the blades to engage after I pulled up the switch. Any ideas what could be causing this?
  2. lawnwizards

    lawnwizards LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,439

    take your cover off and check your blade belt. it could be worn.
  3. mowerbrad

    mowerbrad LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,268

    I looked at the belt, it looked fine to me, there were no cuts in it or anything that would show signs of wear. I just can't figure it out, as soon as I engage the PTO nothing happens for a while.
  4. Two Seasons

    Two Seasons LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 791

    Probably got some grease on the belt during maintenance.
  5. vanderbilt

    vanderbilt LawnSite Member
    from N.C.
    Messages: 35

    You might try checking your clutch clearance. Mine did that and I had to adjust the clearance tighter.
  6. grassleg

    grassleg LawnSite Member
    Messages: 32

    on our exmarks thats usually a sign of the pto clutch is on the way out.:S
  7. mowerbrad

    mowerbrad LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,268

    How much does a new pto clutch cost???
  8. timkim1515

    timkim1515 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 3

    This sounds just like what happened to me and my JD 48" WB... It was the PTO clutch going bad/failure. Cost about 200-300 to fix.
  9. mowerbrad

    mowerbrad LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,268

    Since i can't have that mower in the shop for too long how long does it take to repalce the pto clutch?
  10. Shaded Green

    Shaded Green LawnSite Member
    Messages: 62

    Do it yourself. Easy Fix. I've done it before, so I am able to replace a clutch in less than 1/2 hour........ My first time, maybe an hour.

    If you refuse to do so, then your relationship with your dealer decides the amount of down time.

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