Mine only does this when its cold. If I warm it up it engages smooth as butterYes, this is almost 100% certainly a clutch issue, probably need to be taken apart, cleaned and lubed. Depending on what happened when it had water in there, you might need a new belt too.
Rduhon, that is normal. Clutch spins for a bit, then engages. Wish they'd made that smoother but it is what it is.
I only notice it when moving around in the driveway, which means I'm either unloading, loading, or washing it and working on it. In all of those cases it would be cold.Mine only does this when its cold. If I warm it up it engages smooth as butter