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    Aug 5, 2010, 05:22 PM
    I have a craftsman 18.0 hp 42
    I have a craftsman 18.0 hp 42"cut mower model #$917.274391. The engine will run if the clutch/brake is engaged but when I let out on clutch the engine dies. Also if I try to engage the blade the engine dies. I replaced the drive belt but that does not seem to help. Any suggestions?
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    Aug 5, 2010, 06:43 PM

    It sounds like the "reverse" switch may be stuck. Check that first. Many modern machines have a switch so when you engauge reverse the blade has to be up to prevent accidents.

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