Ferris Blades Won't Engage

Discussion in 'Mechanic and Repair' started by superbee, May 9, 2009.

  1. superbee

    superbee LawnSite Member
    Messages: 79

    Yesterday, I could not get the blades to engage in my IS1500z. I could hear the clicking noise as I pulled the PTO button up (so I guess the wiring is o.k.) but nothing happened. Any ideas on what is wrong? Thanks.
  2. dwlah

    dwlah LawnSite Senior Member
    from Argo Al
    Messages: 558

    Not trying to be smart but did you check and make sure the belt is on?
  3. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,497

    Is there like a hissing noise coming from it when you pull the PTO? If there is, the air gap is probably too uch, and if it is a common model, needs to be replaced (older ones were adjustable). There will be 3 bolts on the front plate in a triangular pattern if it is adjustable.
  4. punt66

    punt66 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 8,536

    That is a good question. I had the belt jump on my 1500 and when i went to engage only heard clicking.
  5. Mondragon Lawn Serv

    Mondragon Lawn Serv LawnSite Senior Member
    from Texas
    Messages: 647

    this happened to me too but i took it in to my dealer and it was fixed that same day i forgot what he said it was. i think he said something that helps recharge the battery,(cuz battery would die we would jump start and it will work for a while and then it would die), that had to be cleaned since dust would get to it easily. i'll call him up and see what he says so that i can help you
  6. yardatwork

    yardatwork LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 651

    It is probably your PTO CLUTCH. The gap is probably too great for the clutch to engage. Or...your battery might be getting old and low on amps. A PTO pulls a decent amount of amps from the battery when engaged. On my IS1000Z, the PTO was shutting the mower off. I replaced the battery and all was good.
  7. superbee

    superbee LawnSite Member
    Messages: 79

    Thanks. This makes sense since I have had some trouble with the battery going dead. I'll get a new battery and give it a try.

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