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Deck Engagement Cable

Part Number: 946-04173E
MTDYard MachinesBolensYard ManTroy-Bilt
Availability: 25+ in stock
Price: $52.65
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*This part replaces obsolete part #: 946-04173D, 746-04173, 946-04173C, 946-04173B, 746-04173B and 746-04173A.

Description:
This is an OEM replacement part sourced directly from the manufacturer. It is sold individually.

The purpose of this part is to engage the mowers blade.

It is compatible with the mowers listed below.
Product Information
Manufacturer: MTD, Yard Machines, Bolens, Yard Man, Troy-Bilt
Product Number: 946-04173E
Classification: Part
Weight: 0.54 lbs.
Shipping: Ships Worldwide
Compatibility

This part is compatible with the following machines:

Yard Machines
MTD
13AM772F000 (2008) Lawn Tractor
13AN772G000 (2008) Lawn Tractor
13AN772G200 (2008) Lawn Tractor
13AM772F700 (2007) Lawn Tractor
13AN772G700 (2007) Lawn Tractor
13A1762F700 (2006) Lawn Tractor
13A3762F700 (2006) Lawn Tractor
13A1760F700 (2005) Lawn Tractor
13A3760F700 (2005) Lawn Tractor
13A3761G700 (2005) Lawn Tractor
13A3771G700 (2005) Lawn Tractor
13A3791G700 (2005) Lawn Tractor
31AO791G718 (2005) Pro Tractor
13AJ771G004 (2009) Lawn Tractor
13AJ795G004 (2009) Lawn Tractor
13AL771H004 (2009) Lawn Tractor
13AL795H004 (2009) Lawn Tractor
13AJ771G004 (2008) Lawn Tractor
13AJ771G204 (2008) Lawn Tractor
13AJ795G004 (2008) Lawn Tractor
13AJ795G204 (2008) Lawn Tractor
13AL771H004 (2008) Lawn Tractor
13AL795H004 (2008) Lawn Tractor
13AO791G718 (2005) 42" Lawn Tractor
13AC762F304 (2008) Lawn Tractor
13AC762F372 (2008) Lawn Tractor
13AC762F401 (2008) Lawn Tractor
13AC762F720 (2008) Lawn Tractor
13AC762F730 (2008) Lawn Tractor
13AC762F301 (2008) Lawn Tractor
13AC762F709 (2008) Lawn Tractor
13AC762F371 (2008) Lawn Tractor
13AC762F307 (2008) Lawn Tractor
13AC762F513 (2008) Lawn Tractor
13AC762F713 (2008) Lawn Tractor
13AC762F382 (2008) Lawn Tractor
13AC762F121 (2008) Lawn Tractor
13AC762F205 (2008) Lawn Tractor
13AC762F705 (2008) Lawn Tractor
13AC762F706 (2008) Lawn Tractor
13AC762F026 (2008) Lawn Tractor
13AC762F726 (2008) Lawn Tractor
13AC762F054 (2008) Lawn Tractor
13AC762F745 (2008) Lawn Tractor
13AC762F754 (2008) Lawn Tractor
13AC762F704 (2008) Lawn Tractor
13AC762F029 (2008) Lawn Tractor
13AC762F229 (2008) Lawn Tractor
13AC762F134 (2008) Lawn Tractor
13AC762F138 (2008) Lawn Tractor
13AC762F729 (2008) Lawn Tractor
13AC762F929 (2008) Lawn Tractor
13AC762F129 (2008) Lawn Tractor
13AC762F151 (2008) Lawn Tractor
13AC762F206 (2008) Lawn Tractor
13AC762F308 (2008) Lawn Tractor
13AC762F033 (2008) Lawn Tractor
13AC762F019 (2008) Lawn Tractor
13AC762F057 (2008) Lawn Tractor
13AC762F118 (2008) Lawn Tractor
13AC762F131 (2008) Lawn Tractor
13AC762F022 (2008) Lawn Tractor
13AC762F722 (2008) Lawn Tractor
13AC762F002 (2008) Lawn Tractor
13AC762F715 (2008) Lawn Tractor
13AC762F077 (2008) Lawn Tractor
13AC762F977 (2008) Lawn Tractor
13AC762F777 (2008) Lawn Tractor
13AC762F724 (2008) Lawn Tractor
13AC762F105 (2008) Lawn Tractor
13AC762F009 (2008) Lawn Tractor
13AC762F016 (2008) Lawn Tractor
13AC762F145 (2008) Lawn Tractor
13AC762F196 (2008) Lawn Tractor
13AC762F719 (2008) Lawn Tractor
13AC762F098 (2008) Lawn Tractor
13AM772F304 (2008) Lawn Tractor
13AM772F372 (2008) Lawn Tractor
13AM772F401 (2008) Lawn Tractor
13AM772F720 (2008) Lawn Tractor
13AM772F730 (2008) Lawn Tractor
13AM772F301 (2008) Lawn Tractor
13AM772F709 (2008) Lawn Tractor
13AM772F371 (2008) Lawn Tractor
13AM772F307 (2008) Lawn Tractor
13AM772F513 (2008) Lawn Tractor
13AM772F713 (2008) Lawn Tractor
13AM772F382 (2008) Lawn Tractor
13AM772F121 (2008) Lawn Tractor
13AM772F205 (2008) Lawn Tractor
13AM772F705 (2008) Lawn Tractor
13AM772F706 (2008) Lawn Tractor
13AM772F026 (2008) Lawn Tractor
13AM772F726 (2008) Lawn Tractor
13AM772F054 (2008) Lawn Tractor
13AM772F745 (2008) Lawn Tractor
13AM772F754 (2008) Lawn Tractor
13AM772F704 (2008) Lawn Tractor
13AM772F029 (2008) Lawn Tractor
13AM772F229 (2008) Lawn Tractor
13AM772F134 (2008) Lawn Tractor
13AM772F138 (2008) Lawn Tractor
13AM772F729 (2008) Lawn Tractor
13AM772F929 (2008) Lawn Tractor
13AM772F129 (2008) Lawn Tractor
13AM772F151 (2008) Lawn Tractor
13AM772F206 (2008) Lawn Tractor
13AM772F308 (2008) Lawn Tractor
13AM772F033 (2008) Lawn Tractor
13AM772F019 (2008) Lawn Tractor
13AM772F057 (2008) Lawn Tractor
13AM772F118 (2008) Lawn Tractor
13AM772F131 (2008) Lawn Tractor
13AM772F022 (2008) Lawn Tractor
13AM772F722 (2008) Lawn Tractor
13AM772F002 (2008) Lawn Tractor
13AM772F715 (2008) Lawn Tractor
13AM772F077 (2008) Lawn Tractor
13AM772F977 (2008) Lawn Tractor
Bolens
Yard Man

Products Compatibility

This item works with the following types of products:

  • • Lawn Tractor
Questions & Answers

show diagram of instillation on deck
gordon
Hello Gordon, thank you for your question. We had another customer that provided some great installation instructions. Here they are: Remove the battery, this allows you to reach the cable at the engagement lever end. Remove hair pin that holds the cable assembly to the rear of the deck. There is a rod that goes over the top of the cable assembly that needs to be removed, it has a hair pin on one side to move it out of the way. Unhook the spring from the deck. The cable is clipped to the body about half way back under the seat on the "passenger side". Visible through the battery area. Unhook the cable from the lever. Compress the keepers just below the engagement lever and push the assembly out of the keeper. Installation is the reverse of removal. I hope this helps!
which part number will fit on my model for my pto cable
jackie for model number 13wn77ks011
Hello Jackie, Thank you for your inquiry. Part# 946-04173E would be the PTO cable for your model. Hope this helps!
Trying to find deck engagement cable for this Troy-bilt model.
Robert for model number 13wx79kt011
Hello Robert, Thank you for contacting us. I have researched the model you have provided and have found the part you?re looking for is Part Number: 946-04173E. Thank you for your inquiry, good luck with this repair!
I need a Deck Engagement Cable for the model number provided. The link took me to a part, but my model was not listed.
Paul for model number 13WC762F065
Hello Paul, thank you for your question. The Deck Engagement Cable Part Number: 946-04173E is the compatible part for your specific model. Good luck with your repair!
Will this fit my model? Troy-bilt pony 42" cut. Manufacturer date 1/20/12
Joseph Booth for model number 13wn77ks011
Hello Joseph, thank you for your question. Yes, this is the replacement for your model.
The spring that raises and lowers the deck assembly broke in half. Does the model no. to the Troy bilt tractor match what you have in stock. For the cable spring assembly. Thank you
tom for model number 13AN77KS011
Hi Tom, thank you for your question. Yes, this is the correct cable for your model information. I hope that helps. Good luck with your repair.
What are the dimensions of this part..? How long is it
Christopher for model number Is how long is it
Hi Christopher, Thank you for your question. The length of the cable is 55 inches. I hope this helps. Thank you and have a great day!
I am looking for the deck engagement cable for a Troy Bilt Pony. Model number- 13WN77KS011. Is this the correct cable for this mower? I have mine off and have measured it, but I can't find any measurements on the new ones for replacement. Just wanting to get the correct part the fist time! Thank you.
Billy for model number 13WN77KS011
Hello Billy, thank you for inquiring. Yes, this Deck Engagement Cable is the correct replacement for your model.
Good morning, I need the deck engagement cable for my 46" deck, thought i found the right one, but it didn't list my model. You folks are great Always there with the answers... Have a great day.
Gordon for model number purchased 2008 yard machine model 13RL771H029
Hello Gordon, The correct part for your model 13RL771H029 is 946-04173E. Thank you for writing.
Will this fit my yard machine tractor it has a 42 inch deck and I'm having trouble finding the deck engagement cable
Hunter for model number 13AN772G729
Hello Hunter, thank you for inquiring. Yes, this is the replacement for your model.
I need the hardware that secures the cable to the handle
Tony Blood for model number 13wn77ks011
Hi Tony, Thank you for your question. You will need the hex washer head screw, part number 710-0599, the hairpin clip, part number 914-0145, the extension spring, part number 732-04276A, and the PTO bearing, part number 741-04119A. I hope this helps. Thank you and have a great day!
Where does rear end of deck engagement cable attach please
Don Calaceto for model number 13AN772G729
Hi Don, thank you for your question. We had another customer that provided some great installation instructions. Here they are: Remove the battery, this allows you to reach the cable at the engagement lever end. Remove hair pin that holds the cable assembly to the rear of the deck. There is a rod that goes over the top of the cable assembly that needs to be removed, it has a hair pin on one side to move it out of the way. Unhook the spring from the deck. The cable is clipped to the body about half way back under the seat on the "passenger side". Visible through the battery area. Unhook the cable from the lever. Compress the keepers just below the engagement lever and push the assembly out of the keeper. Installation is the reverse of removal. I hope this helps!
Looking for the blade engagement cable. Mower was mfg 08/2013 Troybilt Pony 42in SER#1H303B10339
David for model number 13WN77KS011
Hello David, thank you for inquiring. This is the correct replacement for your model.
THE CABLE IS NOT BROKEN BUT THE DECK STAYS ENGAGE
JOE for model number 13WX78KS011
Hello Joe, thank you for writing. You will want to consider this Deck Engagement Cable part 946-04173E or the V-Belt part 954-04060C. We hope this helps.
will this cable engagement work on my tractor its different then the old one
DANNY for model number 13a2775s000
Hello Danny, thank you for writing. We will also need the year for the unit, as there are multiple variations of the model listed using some different parts. We look forward to hearing back from you.
My Bronco tractor needs a new PTO cable assembly with spring is this the correct one and does it include the spring which the piece that hold it to the cable has broken off
Steven Bulcroft
Hello Steven, thank you for writing. We would be happy to look into this, but we will need the model number for your tractor to do so. We look forward to hearing back from you.
Looking for PTO cable for riding lawnmower. Every time I enter the model number it always comes back to KT011 on the end. Gives me part number 946-04173E but not sure if that is the right one
charles for model number 13AX79BT011
Hello Charles , part number 946-04173E is the PTO cable for your model. Hope this helps
2014 troy bilt pony looking for blade enagement cable - have ordered 3x they have come to short and the wrong end . it needs to be 55'' long from end of spring to eye let. what do i need z? need help
jim for model number 2014 13wn77ks011
Hello Jim thanks for writing. Part number 946-04173E Length 55 in. Hope this helps
engagement cable for blade - after receiving cables to short was asked to call MTD . They send me a 55'' cable the same you recommended 964-04173e the only problem now is it has a z bar end instead of a eyelet end . do you have a part # for 55' with eyelet end on it. thanks jim
jim for model number 13wm77ks011
Hello Jim thanks for writing. Part # 964-04173e is 55 inches with spring at one end and eyelet on the other. Hope this helps
Repair Instructions: Submitted by Customers Like You
74 of 94 people found this instruction helpful
Tool Type:
Lawn Tractor
Parts Used:
Deck Engagement Cable - 946-04173E
Repair Difficulty:
Easy
Time Spent Repairing:
Less than 15 minutes
Tools Used:
, Didn\'t need any tools
Deck engagement cable broke.
Pretty obvious.
Remove the battery, this allows you to reach the cable at the engagement lever end.
Remove hair pin that holds the cable assembly to the rear of the deck.
There is a rod that goes over the top of the cable assembly that needs to be removed, it has a hair pin on one side to move it out of the way.
Unhook the spring from the deck.
The cable is clipped to the body about half way back under the seat on the "passenger side". Visible through the battery area.
Unhook the cable from the lever.
Compress the keepers just below the engagement lever and push the assembly out of the keeper.
Installation is revers of removal, pics might help but don't know if that's possible.
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27 of 35 people found this instruction helpful
Tool Type:
Lawn Tractor
Parts Used:
Deck Engagement Cable - 946-04173E
Repair Difficulty:
Medium
Time Spent Repairing:
15-30 minutes
Tools Used:
Screwdriver, Pliers
Blade Engagement Cable Broke
Its not very hard to do. I started by removing the cable from the engagement arm. The new one will go on the same way. The cable snakes around the rear end and down to the deck. Remove the clip that holds the cable to the deck and then your able to remove the spring end away from the pull. Snake the new cable just as the old one was.
The hardest part is I have large hands and it can be hard to see what your doing.
Take your time and just repeat each disconnect with the reconnect.
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16 of 21 people found this instruction helpful
Tool Type:
Lawn Tractor
Parts Used:
Deck Engagement Cable - 946-04173E
Repair Difficulty:
Easy
Time Spent Repairing:
1-2 hours
Tools Used:
Screwdriver, Pliers, Socket set, Wrench Set
Deck cable engagement spring snapped in half
1. Lower deck to lowest setting
2. Pull pins to drop deck on ground
3. Slide deck out from under lawnmower
4. Remove lawnmower body by removing attachment hardware ie screws bolts lever nobs (After disconnecting battery cable and seat safety switch
5. Remove old spring and cable pay attention to cable routing so that you can run the new cable the same route
6. Route old cable and repeat disassembly steps in reverse
7. Start lawnmower and engage blade
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13 of 20 people found this instruction helpful
Tool Type:
Lawn Tractor
Parts Used:
Deck Engagement Cable - 946-04173E
Repair Difficulty:
Easy
Time Spent Repairing:
30-60 minutes
Tools Used:
Screwdriver, Socket set, Wrench Set, Adjustable Wrench
Deck engagement cable broke
Removed battery and battery holders. Lowered deck to ground. Removed old cable with pliers from deck engagement handle. Pulled old cable down to deck. Removed clip to disengage from deck . Reinstalled new cable
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12 of 19 people found this instruction helpful
Tool Type:
Lawn Tractor
Parts Used:
Deck Engagement Cable - 946-04173E
Repair Difficulty:
Medium
Time Spent Repairing:
30-60 minutes
Tools Used:
Screwdriver, Pliers, Socket set, Wrench Set, Adjustable Wrench
Stretched cable
I made notes and took some pictures on how the old cable was installed. Then I removed the old one and installed the new cable.
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7 of 11 people found this instruction helpful
Tool Type:
Lawn Tractor
Parts Used:
Deck Engagement Cable - 946-04173E
Repair Difficulty:
Medium
Time Spent Repairing:
15-30 minutes
Tools Used:
Screwdriver
Blades did not engage
I have a Troy Built Horse Lawn Tractor

Started in the back of the mower where the cable is attached to the lever that engages the blades.
Unhooked the the cable
Fed cable through the attached cable tie
Then tried to unhook the spring
For those smarter than me they probably lowered the deck all the way down...that helps the process go faster
Then after a few mistakes getting it back on I would suggest starting at the spring first with the deck still down.
Raise the deck and go backward on how we took it off.
It will cut down your time tremendously
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6 of 10 people found this instruction helpful
Tool Type:
Lawn Tractor
Parts Used:
Deck Engagement Cable - 946-04173E
Repair Difficulty:
Medium
Time Spent Repairing:
1-2 hours
Tools Used:
Screwdriver, Pliers, Wrench Set
Cable, Deck Engagement broke.
Removed deck, then removed cable that had parted. Installed new cable to deck and then reinstalled deck to machine. Re adjusted the tension rod from deck to mower frame.
The cable section that fastened to the deck of the mower was missing a flat part that the old cable had, but lined up ok and seems to be working alright. Just guessing, but I suppose the new cable was designed to fit newer models.
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5 of 8 people found this instruction helpful
Tool Type:
Lawn Tractor
Parts Used:
Deck Engagement Cable - 946-04173E
Repair Difficulty:
Easy
Time Spent Repairing:
15-30 minutes
Tools Used:
Pliers
Mower engagement cable broke on an Elderly neighbors Lawn Mower and we couldn't find one locally.
Removed broken cable and connected new cable from ereplacementparts.com which was exactly the right part.
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1 of 1 people found this instruction helpful
Tool Type:
Lawn Tractor
Parts Used:
Deck Engagement Cable - 946-04173E
Repair Difficulty:
Easy
Time Spent Repairing:
30-60 minutes
Tools Used:
Screwdriver, Pliers, Socket set, Wrench Set
PTO cable broke at handle
Removed battery,battery tray,took cable out of bracket.removed cable end with spring on deck.replaced cable at handle first,then put in bracket.put cable with spring on it in place then in bracket on deck. checked to make sure handle engaged blades.put battery tray and battery back in and checked to make sure all was clear,and started lawn mower,moved handle into position to engage blades.works fine.cleaned up tools,area and cut grass
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1 of 1 people found this instruction helpful
Tool Type:
Lawn Tractor
Parts Used:
Deck Engagement Cable - 946-04173E
Repair Difficulty:
Medium
Time Spent Repairing:
30-60 minutes
Tools Used:
Screwdriver, Wrench Set, Adjustable Wrench
PTO to mowing deck cable broke
Removed the battery and battery brackets.
Took out old cable.
Looked on internet for correct replacement part and ordered.
When part arrived, put it back in as it was before by hooking it in the old bracket under the battery box and hooking the other end to the mowing deck.
Replaced the battery brackets and battery.
Tested the PTO engagement lever.
Success!
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  • Easy repair. Great part
    Arrived quickly. Was exactly what I needed to fix my mower. Was cutting my grass again in no time.
    Guest - 11 days ago Verified Purchase
    Worked as expected.
    Fit correctly, arrived on time. Fit perfectly.
    Guest - 18 days ago Verified Purchase
    Tough Part to Find
    The Deck Engagement Cable is a tough part to find, since it only fits a 38" Bolen Riding Lawnmower that I have. My existing part is sticking and won't completely release the PTO. I haven't changed it yet, since this part is very hard to replace and will likely wait until after the mowing season, before I do, just in case I have any problems.
    Guest - 29 days ago Verified Purchase
    Deck engagement cable for 2011 Tory Built Bronco
    Right part, quick deliver, easy replacement!
    Guest - May 31, 2019 Verified Purchase
    Engage cable
    The part worked great!!!
    Guest - May 9, 2019 Verified Purchase
    The fix
    It worked perfect. Mower works better than it ever has.
    Guest - May 8, 2019 Verified Purchase
    Cancellation process stinks
    Funny that you will accept an order without following a link to verify but require on to follow a link to cancel. Will NEVER purchase from you again.
    Guest - 24 days ago Verified Purchase
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