Pulling the clutch button - what throttle speed

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing Equipment' started by WilsonBoud, Jul 19, 2013.


What throttle speed to engage the clutch button

Poll closed Aug 3, 2013.
  1. About 1/4 speed

  2. about 3/8 speed

  3. About 1/2 speed

  4. About 3/4 Speed

  5. "Full Speed"

  1. WilsonBoud

    WilsonBoud LawnSite Member
    Messages: 232

    Homeowner to a new Scag Cheetah (Kawasaki 31hp, 61" deck)

    I tried searching this site, but failed. At what throttle speed are you engaging the clutch button. I tried various speed positions, but nothing sounded or felt right.
    Last edited: Jul 19, 2013
  2. Snyder's Lawn Inc

    Snyder's Lawn Inc LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,530

    I run Dixie Chopper and First time owning a Electric button engager at full throttle I can break belts

    I start mine at 1/2 throttle

    Maybe some scag owners will help
  3. ddixon7

    ddixon7 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 386

    I always engage my walkbehinds at 1/2 to 5/8 throttle and disengage at idle. I engage my Lazer at 1/2 to 5/8 throttle and disengage at 1/2 throttle. But its quick. I slame the trottle to half and engage and quickly slam it to idle or half and disengage. I don't wait around for the motor to completely level out. I think its VERY important to disengage at a lower speed also. I can make my clutches last a long time.
  4. stoneseller

    stoneseller LawnSite Member
    from MD Z7
    Messages: 84

    Skag wildcat for 8 years, always engaged at about 1/3 throttle. Disengage at idle.
    New Turf Tiger 29 kohler EFI engage at 1/2 throttle. Disengage at idle.
  5. jkilov

    jkilov LawnSite Bronze Member
    from MS
    Messages: 1,415

    Engage: as low as possible without stalling the engine ~ 3/8, (reduces clutch wear)
    Disengage: idle (reduces clutch wear)
  6. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,592

    Good advise......correct answer.
  7. razor1

    razor1 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,985


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