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Craftsman Lawnmower idles fine but dies when engaged

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10-12-07, 06:59 AM   #1  
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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10-12-07, 05:24 PM   #2  
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.

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10-12-07, 11:29 PM   #3  
I'll second that...

seat switch.

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10-14-07, 06:23 PM   #4  
Sounds good.
I'll make it unanimous.

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10-15-07, 02:10 AM   #5  
Any update Apexman? Was it the seat switch, like all others, and myself, believe it to be?

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