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Yard man cuts off with PTO enganged and tractor in reverse

I just bought this lawn mower a couple of weeks ago. On day one I found out the thing cannot cut in reverse as a safety feature. I have tried to get used to it, but it is way too annoying. Could anyone please tell me how to get around this.

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  • rutyuh Sep 09, 2009

    Thanks, this is exactly the the type of help I'm looking for. I figured it was a switch of some type. I have followed all of the cables and levers, but nothing appears obvious to be the safety switch. There are two plugs by the seat and I have tried unplugging them one at a time, but neither seems to have an affect. Any ideas on exactly where the switch is located?

  • rutyuh Sep 09, 2009

    Ackforge, after writing my previous post I got to thinking I should take another look. I found exactly what you are talking about down at the bottom of the shifter. I have overlooked it several times until now. I can't tell you how much I appreciate your response to my post. I like this mower, but was seriously considering bringing it back. This is awesome!


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When you put the machine in reverse it engages a safety switch, the switch can be jumped out with a piece of elec. wire, or it can be removed and repositened where it will not come into contact with shifter

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If it is an MTD mower then turn the ignition key one click back to the left (anti clockwise) and depress the little yellow button next to the key switch. This will allow reverse cutting. It will need to be reset like that every time you switch off the engine.

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