My better half was running the mower a week or so ago and she said it started squealing and smoking so she shut it down. I've had to replace 2 out of 3 mandrels on the mower deck when the bearings seized up so I figured that was the problem. Sure enough the blades were stuck in place so I ordered the parts online. When they came in I went out to swap the mandrel assembly and was surprised to find that wasn't the problem. Fortunately I found out before I took the old assembly off.
It turns out that she ran over a soccer ball and it stuck between the blades and the deck. I forced the blades backwards and the remains of the ball fell out. I guess it was an old one that was flat and it must have been hidden in the high grass.
At least I have the parts on hand for when that last set of mandrel bearings goes out.
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