electric PTO

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by mkwl, Jul 18, 2004.

  1. mkwl

    mkwl LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,700

    I am just curious, do the eletric PTO's on mowers ever go bad???
  2. Mico Landscaping design

    Mico Landscaping design LawnSite Member
    Messages: 238

    Ya man they do i have had to replace mine... had one melt on me to .. so the answer to your question with out a doubt is "yes"
  3. Green Care

    Green Care LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 530

    Had one smoke on me almost like it was on fire.

    Now I carry a fire Ex.
  4. mkwl

    mkwl LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,700

    After how many hours, do they begin to have problems???
  5. bob

    bob LawnSite Platinum Member
    from DE
    Messages: 4,260

    I "engauge" and "dis-engauge" the PTO at low engine speeds. This will increase the clutch life. The clutch isn't tring as hard to start or stop the blades. The clutches for my Grasshoppers cost around $200. You'll know when there is a problem when the blades don't turn on. Or when you have to let the clutch cool down to be engauged.
  6. Lbilawncare

    Lbilawncare LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,119

    Yes, they go bad and very often. We have had to replace ours on our Toro Walkbehinds about every 500 hours. We run Dixie Choppers that use the clutchless engagement, belts are much cheaper and you can keep both hands on the controls to turn the blades off.
  7. Fareway Lawncare

    Fareway Lawncare LawnSite Silver Member
    from Canada
    Messages: 2,222

    Like Lbilawncare the Ogura clutches on my Toro Walks Burned Out often...The Manual clutch's on the eXmark Tracer Hp's Just Keep on Ticking...
  8. Sooners

    Sooners LawnSite Member
    Messages: 190

    My PTO switch went out on my Exmark Lazer a couple a weeks ago. Thought it might be my clutch until I put a meter on it. The new switch was only $20. BTW, the switch has 3 spade terminals on top and 2 on the bottom. Only the 3 on top are hooked up. Since the mower wouldn't even start, I took the switch and turned it 180 deg. so the 2 spade term. on the bottom would go in the 2 outer term. on top. It would start and run. And you could even engage the blade while the brake was on. But as soon as the brake was disengaged, the mower died.

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