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    LX277 PTO wobble

    Hi guys, recently replaced the PTO clutch on my 2001 LX277 and it wobbles. It looks like a wheel that isn't properly balanced, it does not spin true. It runs and mows great though. Is this a problem? Do people "balance" these with little weights like a wheel?

    It is a genuine John Deere pto clutch that I used


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    Quote Originally Posted by rappy700 View Post
    Hi guys, recently replaced the PTO clutch on my 2001 LX277 and it wobbles. It looks like a wheel that isn't properly balanced, it does not spin true. It runs and mows great though. Is this a problem? Do people "balance" these with little weights like a wheel?

    It is a genuine John Deere pto clutch that I used


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    Does the whole thing wobble or just the part that engages the drive pulley to make it turn?
    If the belt gets tight, loose, tight, loose when running I'd say you have a problem.
    If just the end that gets sucked to the pulley by the magnet it could be all right.

    Why did you have to replace the clutch in the first place?
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    LX277 PTO wobble

    I'm not really sure, but it's most noticeable if you look at the actual pulley. At idle with the blades turned off you can see it a little bit. I don't think the belt gets tight loose tight loose at any time though.

    I replaced it because it would sometimes shut off when mowing, it was getting worse as time went by. Replaced the switch first, no change. But the new clutch solved the problem


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    Quote Originally Posted by rappy700 View Post
    I'm not really sure, but it's most noticeable if you look at the actual pulley. At idle with the blades turned off you can see it a little bit. I don't think the belt gets tight loose tight loose at any time though.

    I replaced it because it would sometimes shut off when mowing, it was getting worse as time went by. Replaced the switch first, no change. But the new clutch solved the problem


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    The other possibilitie is a slightly bent crank shaft. Usually you need to whack it against something to make it happen. This is why I asked why you replaced it. I take it you didn't notice the old one wobbling.

    Just to be safe. Take a look at the engine mounting bolts. Make sure that they are not loose. If they are inspect the frame for cracks.

    If it's only a little bit of movement and everything is working fine otherwise. I would not worry about it.
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    I'm not sure if the old one wobbled or not, I never took notice. But yeah, it runs and cuts great, no issues


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    Is there any way to post a video on here? It only lets me post pictures


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    Quote Originally Posted by rappy700 View Post
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    https://youtu.be/jMrzIldU1_o

    This is the wobble, it's more obvious in person than on the video, but it gives you an idea


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    Quote Originally Posted by rappy700 View Post
    https://youtu.be/jMrzIldU1_o

    This is the wobble, it's more obvious in person than on the video, but it gives you an idea


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    Could have made the video a little longer. From what I seen it should be alright.
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    Thanks for the replies, sorry for the short video. Based on your responses, I think it's alright. I'll keep on mowing


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