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For some reason while sitting still and running the machine has a bad vibration
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If has a down shaft engine check the lower pulley – either shaft is bent or the bolt holding the pulley on is loose allowing it to be off balance

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If the PTO clutch is not getting power, if the clutch solenoid is defective, or if the clutch is worn out, the lawn mower blades will not engage. The PTO clutch is not repairable—if the clutch is defective, you must replace it.
The most common cause of excessive vibration is an unbalanced blade. If you`ve recently had your blade sharpened, it`s possible the blade hasn`t been properly balanced during the sharpening process. To fix this, the blade should be removed, rebalanced and refitted.
When your mower vibrates severely, start by checking whether the blade is damaged, imbalanced or loose. Tighten the blade bolt if it`s loose. Replace the blade if it`s damaged. A rough-running engine can also cause severe vibrations so tune up the mower to cure engine vibrations.
If the mower vibrates when you engage the cutting blades, there might be a problem with the blade drive system. Deck vibration can be caused by an unbalanced blade, worn pulley or mandrel, bad blade belt or debris caught inside a pulley. Loose nuts or bolts on the pulleys, mandrels or blades can also cause vibration.
Belt-the number one cause for your blades not to engage is that your belt is either stretched or loose causing it to slip or fall off completely. Belt could have snapped also. When you are trying to process too much grass/leaves they could pack up under your deck and push off your belt.
Sometimes, idling problems that cause engine vibration may be as simple as adjusting the idle on a carburetor or cleaning components in the fuel intake system so that fuel passes through the engine more easily creating cleaner and more efficient combustion your car`s engine.
Vibration-induced white finger (VWF) is the most common condition among the operators of hand-held vibrating tools. The symptoms of VWF are aggravated when the hands are exposed to cold. Vibration can cause changes in tendons, muscles, bones and joints, and can affect the nervous system.
Abnormal vibration usually is related to one or more of the following causes: engine rotor imbalance, malfunction of mechanical equipment, and airflow disturbances acting over doors or control surfaces that are misrigged or misfaired or that have excessive wear or free play.
If the engine dies when the blades engage, it could be the result of a damaged safety switch. The first step in assessing the safety switch is to make sure it is plugged in securely. The switch is located underneath the seat, and you may have to remove the seat to reach it.

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Cub Cadet zero turn. Cannot get the blades to turn when PTO switch is pulled. Belts are fine and attached. Please help.
John
ANSWER : I had the same problem. there was a short in the relay just before the wire gets to to back pulley assembly.

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When engaging the blades, the mower dies! why? how can we fix it? mower is only one year old.
ANSWER : Get the carburator cleaned there is dirt in it

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On a cub cadet LT 1042, what does it mean when the blades engage on their own and won’t disengage and the motor makes a high squeeling sound
ANSWER : Sounds like the PTO clutch is bad either binding up or coming apart or binding up.

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PTO will not engage on my 0 turn Cub Cadet RZT 50. What should I check and how do I check it?
ANSWER : See if the switch is getting power to it and if it is see if the clutch is getting power. it needs 12 volts in order to engage.

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Cub cadet 1050 changed oil now its wants me to change oil again and it smokes really bad now to much oil or too little
ANSWER : The 1050 holds 57.5 oz slightly less than 2 qts 64 oz. the filler stick is marked. shiould be over the add mark not over the full mark

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Pto wont engage when mower is hot
ANSWER : Hiyour PTO is built just like a wound up coil and becomes magnatized it gets real hot and it shorts out when it heats up make sure you have no frayed wires which will creat a large risistance and really heat upJoe

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My 1042 cub cadet lawn tractor mowing blades will not engage
ANSWER : Make sure that the belt is still there to engage the blades

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Have a cub cadet GT 1554. When I engage the pto, it shuts the engine down. Could pto need replacing?
ANSWER : Probably spindles bad, or something wrapped around blades or belt

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