The John Deere 265 lawn tractor was produced from 1987 to 1994. It featured a 17 horsepower Kawasaki single-cylinder engine, hydrostatic transmission and twin touch pedals, which was an exclusive patent to John Deere. To engage the lawn mower blades on the 265, you must pull up on the power takeoff, or PTO, switch, which then engages the electric PTO assembly and sends power to the mower blades. The electric PTO has a coil inside of it which transmits the electricity required to spin the blade. If the coil breaks or overheats, the blades will not spin until the electric PTO is replaced.
Park the lawn mower on level ground, remove the key from the ignition and engage the parking brake.
Move the mower deck level lever, located on the left side rear fender, to the lowest setting.
Unhook the tension rod on the bottom of the right side of the deck. Push the tension rod toward the front wheels and out of the way.
Remove the primary deck belt connecting the electric PTO to the mower deck. Slide it off of the pulleys on the electric PTO and mower deck.
Lift the front end of the tractor with the jack. Be sure to place the jack under the frame of the tractor so the weight of the tractor is supported. Slide the jack stands under each side of the tractor frame, in front of the front wheels, then lower the tractor onto the jack stands.
Remove the wire harness from the side of the electric PTO. Lift the tab on the connector, then pull the connector off of the electric PTO.
Place one hand below the electric PTO to support its weight, then remove the 5/8 inch bolt located below the electric PTO using the air wrench. The electric PTO will drop from the mower once the bolt is removed.