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Electric Clutch--Double Blades--Full Throttle Engagement?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by The Lawn Boy Pro, Oct 6, 2003.

  1. The Lawn Boy Pro

    The Lawn Boy Pro LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,217

    If you have an electric clutch and are running doubles, wheres the best spot to set the throttle? Also, how tight should your belts be? seems like if i losten the idler springs a little, it is a LOT eaiser on the clutch and engine. Anybody else got some ideas?
  2. fivestarlawnken

    fivestarlawnken LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 438

    I've always been told about half throttle then slow or stop and then engage blades.Easier on clutch engine etc.I would check with dealer or manual for your spec. mower.
  3. Flex-Deck

    Flex-Deck LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,845

    Set the throttle as low as it will handle starting the blades - That is only common sense. I see people all the time rev the engine to full bore then start the blades - Why?
  4. Albemarle Lawn

    Albemarle Lawn LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,544

    Engage at the lowest possible RPM you can without stalling.

    On some engines, esp. Kawasaki air cooled, you can put the choke on at slowest idle, then PTO on, then choke off.

    On my Kawasaki 25 this lets me engage at absolute low idle without a stall.

  5. The Lawn Boy Pro

    The Lawn Boy Pro LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,217

    ya, but doesnt the govenor kick in?
  6. The Lawn Boy Pro

    The Lawn Boy Pro LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,217

    Heres a rough pic of what the deck belt system is-

    moert deck.jpg
  7. walker-talker

    walker-talker LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Midwest
    Messages: 4,771

    My 26 EFI Kohler let's me do the same thing.

    A frind of mine bought a new Exmark Lazer with 20 KAW. The dealer told him to always engage at full throttle. I have warned him against this, but he is going with the dealers advice. Smart of the dealers part......"Hey bring the mower in when you need a new clutch!"
  8. rlmelton

    rlmelton LawnSite Member
    Messages: 30

    just a hair above idle on my Dixie but I dont have an electric clutch to sweat. also I will engage on the concrete instead of the grass if I can.
  9. TLS

    TLS LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,943

    As Albemarle Lawn stated, if you have a seperate choke knob, apply 1/2 choke and 1/2 throttle and engage. The enrichened mixture that the choke gives you prevents possible stalling when cold.
  10. mike9497

    mike9497 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 954

    with my 27 hp crap kohler i need to put it all the way up.it stalls out once or twice on full to.my 23 hp kawi i keep it at half

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