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craftsman riding mower 42 inch cut blades will not engage

craftsman riding mower 42 inch cut model # 917287031 blades will not engage. what do I check or look for ? ( blades are free, blade handle is hard to push in the on position.blades will not come on or engage.)

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Craftsman , Lawn Mowers
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Park the mower on a level surface and engage the parking brake.

Lower the deck to the lowest setting and get someone to engage and disengage the mower while you watch the clutch cable and the idler bracket.

The spring on the end of the clutch cable attaches to the bolt that mounts the pulley to the idler bracket. When you move the engagement lever to the top the cable should pull the pulley tight against the belt to cause the blades to turn.

I feel sure you will find something broken or loose in this area.

You should be able to move the idler bracket by hand easily and make the deck belt tight.
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June 25th, 2010
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June 23rd, 2010
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