deck, the whole pulley assembly came off springs and all and I cannot for the life of me figure out how it goes back on! I’ve looked at the exploded parts diagram and can make out where 2 of the springs go but cannot figure out the 3rd one. Also, it seems weird that the whole assembly is only held on by 3 spings. Am I missing parts or just not getting it? Please help, thanks
42 in. Deck 19.5hp Lawn Tractor

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Yes, you can fit a bigger deck to your mower, but engine power and deck size are often proportional.
Most of the time, you can find the Craftsman model and serial number on the top of the mower. If you were standing behind it and using it, the identification tag would be on the top rear portion of the deck, between the wheels.
For most effective results, a lawn mower deck should have a pitch, or height difference of 1/8-inch to 1/2-inch between the front of the deck to the back of the deck. Naturally, this makes the sweet spot about 1/4-inch of pitch, depending on the mower model.
For most effective results, a lawn mower deck should have a pitch of 1/8-inch to 1/2-inch between the height of the deck rear to the height of the deck front. Naturally, this makes the sweet spot about 1/4-inch of pitch, depending on the type of mower.
With a larger mower, you`ll spend a lot of time maneuvering into position and around tight corners. For homeowners with one and a half to three acres to mow, a mower with a cutting deck between 42” to 48” is a good size. Over three acres, you`ll want something larger.
Stamped decks are lighter, affordable, and easier to maneuver but can be more durable, but the fabricated one is considered to be a heavier one and a more expensive one. The choice between the two decks depends on the user`s priorities and budget.
Craftsman LT2000 Riding Lawn Mower 247.289050.
Craftsman LT2000 – 2004-2006.
The model and serial number of a Craftsman riding mower is located on the frame under the seat, or on the underside of the seat.
For most effective results, a lawn mower deck should have a pitch of 1/8-inch to 1/2-inch between the height of the deck rear to the height of the deck front. Naturally, this makes the sweet spot about 1/4-inch of pitch, depending on the type of mower.

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I have a craftsman LT2000 riding mower with the 42in deck. I removed the deck to clean it and to replace the blades. When I flipped over the deck, the whole pulley assembly came off springs and all and I cannot for the life of me figure out how it goes back on! I’ve looked at the exploded parts diagram and can make out where 2 of the springs go but cannot figure out the 3rd one. Also, it seems weird that the whole assembly is only held on by 3 spings. Am I missing parts or just not getting it? Please help, thanks
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I have a Craftsman LT2000 tractor and I’ve had a problem engaging and disengaging the cutting blades. For awhile the blades wouldn’t engage and now they will not disengage. I’ve replaced the mower deck belt recently. Does anyone have any ideas on how to adjust or repair this problem.
ANSWER : The pulley that the disingage spring is hooked to sounds like its freezing up it may need some oil put on it to make it slide easier

Hi i having a problem starting my mower it a Craftsman LT2000 18.5 Intek OHV Briggs & St i removed the battery and starter and had them both check both are…
ANSWER : Turnes over slow for 2 or 3 turnes then quick and maybe a start or goes bact to compression on engine

I would like to replace the mulching blades on my Sears Craftsman riding mower with regular cutting blades. I can find plenty of sources for new mulching blades, but not cutting blades. My mower is a model 917.259541 tractor and the blades currently on it are part #134149. I want to make sure I get the right size to replace them. Also, is there a source for a bagging system for this mower, that won’t cost as much as one from Sears?
ANSWER : The straight blade for the 42 inch mower is 138971.They cut better and are easier to sharpen and you will need them if you use a gass catcher. If you do not want to use sears for parts you may be able to find good deals on ebay.

LT2000 has no fire. Starter engages, fuel on plug but not firing
ANSWER : Check all the wires for ground even a small nick in the wires will keep the engine from firing up, then check the ignition switch for wear..good luck

Cannot remove mower blade pulley nut – John Deere 22HP VTwin 48" Riding Mower
ANSWER : I think its a left hand thread, you undo it clockwise (the “wrong” way)

Refer to brake pad arm assembly :I don’t understand what keeps the
brake pads from always riding on the idler pulleys. the springs keep them against the pulleys.
ANSWER : Hi, the spring on the brake rod pulls the lever forward when the brake is applied and a short lighter gauge spring pulls the lever back. This spring may be missing. Regards Phil.

Would like a drawing or parts listing for a model 197 258492 craftsman riding lawn mower
ANSWER : Go to www.searspartsdirect.com Put in your model number in and it will come up with diagrams and parts list.