Mower Blades Won't Engage?

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June 19, 2019

The blades on my Troy Bilt riding mower won't engage.


June 19, 20190 found this helpful
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Most times if is the PTO clutch or the clutch solenoid.

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June 25, 2011

My mower blades will not engage, on my MTD pedal drive riding tractor model series 808K. The blades are new and the belt is on correctly, but it will still not engage.

By Candy from PA


April 8, 20181 found this helpful

The blades want turn when you push the button on or to engage engage the blade

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April 14, 2019

My riding mower blows the 20 amp fuse when I try to engage the blades. I've replaced the seat switch, blade engagement switch, and electric clutch.


April 14, 20190 found this helpful

It may be the wiring going to the electric clutch.

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April 17, 20190 found this helpful

Sure sounds like a wiring problem.
Did you happen to check the wiring - from mower to clutch - when you installed a new clutch to blades (beginning to end)?


You might try starting after dark to see if you see a flash somewhere (might need a second person to help).
Was this the reason you replaced all those parts?

I think you should go back to the store where parts were purchased and ask someone in their maintenance department to help you.
Otherwise I would suggest you visit a farm supply store and see if someone there can help you.

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April 17, 20190 found this helpful

Thanis, I ran new wire to the clutch and Im up and running.

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April 17, 2019

I have a riding lawn mower. The blades won't engage.


April 17, 20190 found this helpful

According to this article, the PTO clutch may be faulty. It cannot be repaired. It must be replaced.

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April 21, 20190 found this helpful

This can happen if your mower belt is stretched or broken. Is your belt spinning?

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September 4, 2017

I have a John Deere D110 lawn tractor. Today I went out, made one short pass, shut off the blades at the driveway, turned around to go back and when I engaged the blades the machine shut off. I can start it right back up, but once I try to engage the blades, it shuts off. I will call the dealer tomorrow, but wondered if anyone had any ideas? Thank you.


September 6, 20170 found this helpful

Turn your mower off and check how the blades turn underneath the deck. Any obstruction, damaged pulley shaft, or seized pulley can be the cause of that.


Check your belt and make sure it is properly routed and that it does not hang up at the belt guides. Remove the pulley covers from the top of the deck, and check to make sure that he belt and pulleys are properly functioning.

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September 8, 20170 found this helpful

Thank you! I checked one of the blades but not the other before calling dealer to pick it up. It was the other blade. A stone had lodged between the blade and the mower deck. Technician said it was a thousand to one chance! He used a hammer to free the stone out and checked the blades. I will use the machine this weekend to make sure.

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July 16, 2013

How do I get the blades to go so I can cut the grass?

By tyty from Mockville, NC

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