Craftsman Lawnmower idles fine but dies when engaged


Old 10-12-07, 06:59 AM
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Craftsman Lawnmower idles fine but dies when engaged

I have a craftsman lawnmower 917.270662 which cranks and idles fine. However, when you engage the blade or the drivetrain it dies. Is it the individual switches? Or a central cut off? Can it be bypassed to check?
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Old 10-12-07, 05:24 PM
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The fact that it's cutting off with the PTO as well as the clutch would point towards the seat safety switch, I'd start there.
Old 10-12-07, 11:29 PM
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I'll second that...

seat switch.
Old 10-14-07, 06:23 PM
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Sounds good.
I'll make it unanimous.
Old 10-15-07, 02:10 AM
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Any update Apexman? Was it the seat switch, like all others, and myself, believe it to be?

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