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    Jun 2011
    New York
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    Question Toro 6.5 hp Recycler will not self propel

    I have a Toro recycler with a Tecumseh 6.5 hp engine that a friend of mine gave to me the other day. He told me that it ran good but suddenly would not start. I looked around and then found that the flywheel key was sheared so i got a new one and the mower runs good. It doesn't vibrate indicating a bent or loose crankshaft or connecting rod but if you push the lever down for the self propelled it doesn't move. The gears inside the wheels are fine and if you move the pulley the wheels do spin. I took the cover off where the belt is and had it running and when you push down the bar the belt doesn't move. I thought the belt was old so got a new one and it still doesn't work. I also tried adjusting the cable but it still does nothing... Any suggestions?


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    May 2010
    Western Washington
    JD LX277, JD 790 loader, Cub Cadet Z Force L48 & Cyclone Rake

    Re: Toro 6.5 hp Recycler will not self propel

    Although the drive gears look like they are okay, it doesn't take much wear for them to cease to function.
    I recently ran into that very problem on a friend's machine. There were also some transmission issues.
    Another thing to consider is that the cable that connects the transmission to the handle is not working properly (frozen in-place or disconnected).
    I have a Toro manual with a pretty decent section on transmission repairs. It's in a PDF format.
    I'd be glad to email it to you. Just let me know if you want it and where to send it.

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