These days, if I mow into grass that's a little too high (doesn't have to b e very high at all), or turn too tightly (doesn't have to be very tightly a t all), or drive it on just the wrong grade, or look at it funny - the blad es will slow down and it will stop cutting very well. It's easy to tell wh en this is happening by the sound.
At first I thought it was a slipping belt (it was getting pretty frayed and beat up) - but I put a new one on and the problem persisted. I now get th e feeling that it might be that the PTO clutch is going and when the load g ets to be too much for it, it starts slipping. Once or twice, the belt see med to stop entirely and there was a burning smell.
Does this sound like a PTO clutch that's going? and if so, how much is that likely to cost and can I do it myself? I'm pretty savvy about these thing s and not easily daunted, but if it requires special tools or major disasse mbly I probably couldn't do it myself. If I've got to take it to a shop (w hich probably will incur the extra cost of having them come and get it, sin ce I don't have a trailer) and have them fix this, it's likely not going to be worth it and it may be time for a new used lawn tractor.
Thanks for any advice.