Small Engines (Lawn Mowers, etc.)/Mower bladess wont engage


QUESTION: Have Craftsman 26" self propel walk behind mower, just replace belts, and bladed still do no engage?

ANSWER: What is the mower model number?  The mower model number is located on a sticker, about the size of a business card, stuck somewhere on the mower, usually down on the mower frame/deck.

Let me know the mower model number so I can look up your mower.

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QUESTION: Very sorry for just checking. The model number is 536.885600

Thank you so much!

Did you download the manual?

Page 17 describes how to adjust the blade drive system and page 18 covers replacing the belt(s).

Read the manual and make sure the belt(s) are properly installed and the blade drive system is adjusted per the manual.


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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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