Hi all -
I picked up an LX188 from an elderly gentleman who bought it new and had it maintained at the local John Deere dealer all its life. Some of you helped me diagnose an issue with it stalling when I engage the PTO. Well it's much better now after running fresh gas through it. I put new blades on it so it doesn't have to work as hard when mowing. Someone made a comment in my previous thread about the 48" deck being "a lot" for the 17HP Kawasaki engine. Indeed, this thing will barely pull itself up my front yard (which is admittedly steep) with the blades running. To get the blades running, I have to have no load on it (can't be in the grass) and the engine bogs almost to the point of stalling. I have to wait for it to catch up before I begin to cut. When I let out the brake, the hydrostatic transmission draws it down a bit too - before I even try to move it. Deep grass and it crawls along barely running (though does continued to cut). Downhill is no problem. Overall it cuts really nice after performing the manual-recommended height and leveling procedure. It just seems to lack power. Is that just the way it is? If so I can live with it, but if there's something wrong I'd like to address it.