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How do I bypass the blades disengaging when I go in reverse. I know I shouldn't but I want to.

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Bypassing the reverse switch. No No No

I am a professional mower, I hate that safety switch. Of course, I mow without it, but don't try this at home. Only professional mowers on a professional course, mowing government sponsored safety grass, can assume this liability. WARNING, WARNING, WARNING. There now I got all the warnings out the way, I cannot tell you the very obvious secret, so you are on your own.

I can tell you, on a Hydro Tranny (you know the automatic transmission) there is a switch on the transmission case (called the RIO Switch). This is the last device controlling the ground path that kills the engine. This switch is normally open. If the reverse linkage does not push the button on this switch, thereby closing the switch and completing an internal ground path, the engine will not die when you are mowing in reverse. Say for instance a stick you ran over knocked this switch crooked, or completely out of its holder and it was just hanging over by the frame (you know, accidentally caught on a wire tie), why then every time you tried to reverse with the blades running, you wouldn't be safe cause the blades would just keep spinning. My professional advice: You should get that looked at right away.

Posted on Apr 19, 2015

  • rodney bartholomew Apr 20, 2015

    Nice..gotta watch the sticks.got it..that's good.mark one in your column. Love It..

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Hint: It is the reverse switch that needs bypassing.......

Posted on Apr 19, 2015

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this is because your belt that drives the blades is to tight i suggest getting a looser belt

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If this is a manual engagment system all the lever does is to pull a jockey wheel into the back of the belt to tention it thus starting the blades to turn, so either the cable is jammed that pulls the jockey wheel in, or the jockey wheel arm is seized and needs freeing off to allow the jockey to to move to the relaxed position.

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on the linkage to tighten the belt one of them is adjustable look for a rod with a lock nut on it

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SOURCE: blades disengage when in reverse even if ign. switch is in safety bypass

Faulty micro switch on the gear shift lever, or the switch is not contacting the activating bracket, or the wires have come adrift.

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