Briggs & Stratton riding lawnmower problems


Old 09-18-08, 06:24 PM
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Briggs & Stratton riding lawnmower problems


I have an MTD B&S 12 H.P riding lawn mower engine model 281707 and I am having problems with the blades. When I drive the tractor it works great but, as soon as I turn on the blades, the engine almost shuts off. Also, the problem only occurs when the lawn mower is in motion, if I am at a complete stop with the blades on it works fine but then if I start to move it tries to turn off again. Another thing is that it vibrates a lot, as if it is not balanced. Since the blades do need replacement I am going to change them but some how I doubt that is the problem. Any suggestions or tips on how to fix it would be great.

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Old 09-19-08, 12:00 AM
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Sounds like you may have a problem with the clutch or blade safety switch. Can you let off the clutch with the blades on without it stalling?
Old 09-19-08, 03:21 PM
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Yes I can, as long as it is in neutral. The problem only happens when the tractor is actually in motion.
Old 09-19-08, 08:14 PM
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Can you post the model number from your riding mower. It should be located on a decal under the seat on most units.

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