Craftsman Mower 917.259573 dies when blades are engaged
I Have a craftsman riding mower 917.259573 with a manual PTO engage lever. The mower starts and runs fine but dies when I engage the blades. The blades will start spinning before it dies and even if I quickly disengage the blades it does not recover.
I replaced the seat safety switch - no help. Check the deck pulleys and spun the blades ok. I removed the mower belt and engaged the PTO - engine continued to run. So I am thinking anything to do with the safety switch is ok.
there is a 30 Amp fuze in the wiring harness - but I am thinking if it was blown the engine would not even start.