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Small Engines (Lawn Mowers, etc.)/Craftsman 42" Lawn Tractor Blades will not engage


casey wrote at 2013-08-16 15:49:55
ERic, thanks for the help. It still doesn't work. The only thing I can think of that may be the problem is that on the springs that attach to the pulley on top of the mandrel, that hold the bracket that keeps the belt from coming off....I could not find springs that were exactly the same as the ones that came off. I put two new springs on because one broke when I was taking it off. The new springs were a little larger gauge metal. Maybe the thicker springs are stopping the pulley from going all the way back in position to engage the belts. I ordered the original springs from Sears. Hopefully that is the problem

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Eric A. Jones


Lawnmower Repair . Certified Master Service Technician from B&S. Have 23 years experience on B&S, Lawn Chief, Weed Eater, Echo, Peerless, Wheel Horse, Snapper, Atlas, MTD, McCulloch, Homelite and many other numerous brands. Specialize in electrical repair.


Born and raised in the midwest. Started tinkering with engines when I was about 14 on my Suzuki RM-80. I began lawn mower repair at a small hardware store. I knew absolutely nothing. I read lots of repair manuals and met an older fellow who taught me many lessons. I continued working on small engines through high school and paid my way through college working on mowers at the same hardware store. Decided to get away from the midwest and mower repair so I joined the Air Force. I repaired air traffic control electronic equipment and ended up in Hawaii where I got a part time job at Small Engine Clinic. I gained a lot of experience from the Small Engine Clinic and had a blast repairing small engines. I then took the Briggs and Stratton Master Service Technician test and earned my MST. I then traveled to Wisconsin where I attended the factory update training seminar and received formal training. Continued working on mowers part time as I completed 20 years of military. Retired from the military on a Friday and continued in the lawn and garden industry the next Monday.

MAS Aerospace Operations BA Mathematics AAS Electronic Communications AAS Electronic Technology

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