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#1 rachel11 OFFLINE  

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Posted May 27, 2012 - 12:17 PM

I have bolens h16 and when I try to start it the deck blades and front pto turn. The deck release seems to be working properly. Any ideas?

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Posted May 27, 2012 - 12:20 PM

Welcome to the site! Thanks for joining! There is a good bolens crowd here who can help you out. I dont know much about them and unfortunately can't be of any assistance. Again, thanks for signing up and if possible, everybody loves pics!

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Posted May 27, 2012 - 02:02 PM

welcome to the sight Rachel11 you are the right these are smart when it comes to bolens and they will be more than to help figure out your problem, reallyneed pics and a few more details if possible .
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Posted May 27, 2012 - 03:08 PM

If the H16 is like the rest of the tubeframes, there should be 3 bolts that hold the pto assembly to the back of the front axle. Loosen the 3 bolts and move the pto assembly up, then re-tighten the bolts. This should allow the belts to slip when you turn the pto off.

This happened to me the other day and a quick adjustment solved the problem after I moved the pto down a little to help the ujoint to my mower deck clear the linkage. This tightened the pto belt and it would not disengage. Moving it back up resolved it.

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Posted May 27, 2012 - 03:28 PM


Adjusting the 3 PTO bolts will usually solve the issue unless you have the wrong size belts on the PTO
Bolens used a special size 42.5'' Belt on their PTO's

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Posted May 28, 2012 - 02:12 PM

I had this issue with my transmission belt on my massey. The belt was so wore on the sides, that it was riding deep within the v of the pully. Even though the belt was old and strectched you would have thought it would disengage when turned off but since it was wore it was droping into the pully and grabbing thus not allowing the transmission to stop so I could switch gears. I bought a new belt and all was fine after. Check your belts to make sure they are not worn down. You might have the same type issue with your pto drive belts. Just my thoughts.
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