Craftsman rider


Old 06-03-16, 04:04 AM
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Craftsman rider

I have a lt1000 with a 17.5 I/C. Starts fine,runs up to full speed and when I engage the blades the RPM's go way down. I do notice the throttle mechanism opens all the way but the RPM's stay down.when I shut the blades off the govener kicks back in and I can rev the motor.
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Old 06-03-16, 04:40 AM
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I suppose you've already checked the underside of the Deck for solidified grass clippings that could be clogging the blades ?
Old 06-03-16, 05:08 AM
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If you can't find anything bogging the mower down next I would check the governor and it's linkage.
Old 06-03-16, 06:21 AM
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Bad spindle?
Disconnect the blade belt, lift the front of the mower and spin the mower blades, they should spin freely and not make any noise.
Old 06-04-16, 05:18 AM
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Thanks I'll give all these a shot.
Old 06-05-16, 08:04 AM
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Also may not have enough fuel, takes more fuel under load than idling.

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