Riding mower blades do not disengage when handle is raised


Old 11-25-05, 01:25 PM
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Riding mower blades do not disengage when handle is raised

I bought a used riding mower (brand name not visible) and the blades keep spinning after handle is raised. What is causing this problem?
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Old 11-26-05, 06:28 AM
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Most riding mowers have two handles or operating levers. One raises and lowers the deck and another engages/disengages the blades.
Old 11-26-05, 06:37 AM
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I have a Lowes rider and while trying to get the deck adjusted to cut a little higher at the first cutting level, I discoverewd that the handle for the height also controls the blade engagement. When the handle for moving the deck down moves, the belt for the blades also engages.

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Old 11-27-05, 12:15 AM
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That would probably be a mower manufactured by MTD. There should be 2 brake pads that contact the top of the blade pulleys when the deck is raised to stop the blades. If these are worn out, the blades will continue to turn.

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