I've had an old (80's) wheel horse lawn tractor for about 10 years now. I
bought it used and it's served me pretty well, though it always seems to ha
ve some trouble or other. It's been running pretty good for most of the su
mmer, but recently it's been struggling.
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.