Small Engines (Lawn Mowers, etc.)/Snapper riding mower


Got this snapper riding mower. Everything works fine except that when I use it for an hour or so the blades just quit. If I push in on the electric pto and pull back out on it again they will start for about 20 seconds or so and then quit. If I let it set for 4-6 hours they will work fine again for another 1 hour or so and then quit again what do you think is wrong?

The clutch could be overheating or the charging system may not be fully charging.

Do you have a voltmeter or DMM so you can check voltage, voltage drop and resistance?

Regardless, I would go ahead and dis-connect and clean the battery terminals and cable ends with a wirebrush...I have fixed a lot of weird problems like yours just by cleaning the battery connections.


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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.

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