Possible Craftsman PTO Problem
I have a 6 year old Craftsmen Garden Tractor, model 917.275287 and yesterday while mowing, the mower deck disengaged. No weird sounds, no odd smells, etc. I removed the mower deck and all the belts and mandrels are fine (and now, nice and clean!) so it was off to the Internet to search for possible answers when I found Garden Web and this looks like the place to be!
After reading through some of the posts on PTOs and similar problems, I see that the most likely culprit is probably the PTO switch, then maybe the ignition switch (the fuse is fine). I'm thinking about ordering both parts as, at about $50, it's still a lot cheaper (and probably faster) than trying to get it serviced. I don't mind having a few spare parts lying around anyway. Does this make sense? Are there any tests or inspections I should be doing first? I have 5 acres to mow so I can't dilly-dally around too much - just grateful that it did this in August and not May!