08:43AM | 05/10/05
Member Since: 05/09/05
1 lifetime posts
I have a craftsman 42" 15.5 briggs & stratton riding mower. The motor starts, runs fine, the blades will not engage. Any thoughts?

Jim D

12:22AM | 05/11/05
Member Since: 01/06/01
345 lifetime posts
JMcCreery - hi, I had this problem last year on an old MTD riding mower. It turned out to be the drive belt for the blades had begun to split or peel apart. It'd split down far enough along the inside of the belt that it wouldn't engage properly with the pulley. I originally looked at the belt from the side and didn't see the split - the belt looked fine. I had to look down from the top to see the problem.

You should check all the belts to be safe, since different mowers use different drive systems. The parts manual for mine - even though I bought it direct from MTD - was wrong. It showed one huge belt from the pulley underneath the engine all the way back to the cutting deck pulleys that drive the blades. In actuality, it used one belt from the engine back to a large double pulley in front of the cutting deck; the blades were driven by the second belt that went to the lower part of the double pulley.

The best indication I had that something was amiss was the mower gave me a loud, annoying, unusual sound when I tried to engage the blades. If yours doesn't make an unusual sound, maybe a belt's slipped off or maybe it hasn't split down like mine did. Good luck! Jim D/West Point, VA


Post a reply as Anonymous

Photo must be in JPG, GIF or PNG format and less than 5MB.


type the code from the image


Post_new_button or Login_button

Colorful, useful, and fun, these tire planters form the foundation for a delightful container garden. Just spray-paint old... Reused steel windows create an eye-catching splashguard in this walk-in shower. The vintage factory windows bring an inter... A galvanized steel tub is a surprising but charming fixture in this bright and breezy screened patio. It's perfect for was... If you're not crazy about the idea of commingling plants and pool, this modern variation may be more to your liking. The s... Yes, a freestanding garage can become its own tiny house. Artist Michelle de la Vega has all the comforts of a modern resi... If you lack plumbing skills but have a good sturdy tree, here's the easiest outdoor shower solution of all: Simply attach... Pursue what's known as the stack effect. To achieve it, open the windows on both the upper and lower floors, and as warm a... How do you like this smart use for an old bottle? Clamp an empty wine bottle to a fence or wall near your outdoor deck or ... Simple and striking, a couple of pieces of "lovingly used" furniture creates a special kind of charm. A weathered chair fo... Twine lanterns add pops of crafty—but sophisticated—flair to any outdoor setting. Wrap glue-soaked twine around a balloon ... When securely fastened to a tree or the ceiling of a porch, a pallet and some cushioning make the ideal place to lounge. V... Incorporate nature into your lighting scheme by securing a dead tree in a concrete mold and draping your pendant lamp from... For the cost of a can of exterior paint , you can totally transform your porch. Paint the floor a hue that complements yo... In this urban apartment, a standard-issue patio became a serene and green perch by replacing the typical concrete with gro... This garden shed has been decked out to the nines. Designer Orla Kiely created the intimate home for a flower trade show, ...
Newsletter_icon Google_plus Facebook Twitter Pinterest Youtube Rss_icon