double blades may have fried my clutch.

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by crew, Nov 2, 2000.

  1. crew

    crew LawnSite Member
    Messages: 163

    Anyone else had an early clutch fry running double blades. I have a lazer z with a 23 horse Kholer and a little over 400 hours.One of my guys says to me "that mower is making funny noises". I look over and there are sparks shooting out of the clutch.
    My fear is that the 2 blade set up may be at least partially responsible. Interestingly, the replacement clutch is a Warner unlike the original equipment on this mower in the year it was built. The new z's come with warners. Perhaps exmark had some trouble with these.
    I have another z ( with new style clutch) but dont want to shell out the 300.00 for a new clutch every season.Any similar experiences?
  2. Bluegrass Lawn Service

    Bluegrass Lawn Service LawnSite Member
    Messages: 98

    My brother in Florida runs 3 toro's and has had electric clutch problems with all of them. I bet it's not the dual blade. I believe they just go out. He has had to pour water on them to cool them off and then they will work just fine for a while. It seem to be when running in thick tall grass. Or when mulching heavy wet grass.
  3. John DiMartino

    John DiMartino LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,555

    electric clutches sre something i can do without-glad i dont have one-I dont know of anyone who has them and likes them.I think 1/2 the trouble with them is the operator-bring it up to 3700-and start up the blades from a dead stop-I cant believe they last as long as they do.
  4. accuratelawn

    accuratelawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 922

    I had the clutch on my Lazer go out at 4oo hours. Exmark replaced it. The next one went out about only 350. Exmark replace the part/no labor. I think they had trouble with this part.
    I had the concerns of double blades and clutch wear, that could have contributed to the problems.

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