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Mower dies if you put in reverse while blades are engaged

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These mowers are designed to do that, so that you don't accidentally back over a pet or kid while the blades are turning. My Bolens 38" has a key setting for reverse mowing, you have to trun the key to that position in order to bypass the safety swith for reverse.

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It sounds like one of the safety switches like the one under the seat has gone bad probably the reverse switch

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SOURCE: Drive and blade engagement shutsdown the engine.

Sounds like the seat safety switch.

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SOURCE: mower will not drive

Usually, that's an indication the the seat switch is not working. It's like getting off the seat without locking down the parking brake or getting off the seat with the baldes engaged, same result...engine dies.

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SOURCE: Poulan Riding Mower will run in neutral, not in forward or revers

you have safty switch on the mower one or more are bad there are three of them
win you put in reverse some mower will cut off this is a safty device on some mower

Posted on Jul 18, 2009

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