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How do I adjust the speed control handle

The control handle has about 8 inches of travel area. The first 6.5 inches do nothing. When it starts to move, it jerks forward because I can not move it slowly in such short space. What to do, What to do???

Also, How can I get a manual? This was a store floor demo unit and they lost the manual.

Thanks for any ideas and suggestions.

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  • Ian Summerfield
    Ian Summerfield Jul 04, 2010

    was this new,or s/hand?

  • roelke Jul 04, 2010

    Its a new unit.

  • roelke Jul 04, 2010

    It was a floor display unit but except for that it is new -- i.e. never been used for mowing.

  • Ian Summerfield
    Ian Summerfield Jul 04, 2010

    Well,I would go back to the store and ask them,tell them your problem.Is it a continuously variable speed g/box?are you sure your brake pedal/handbrake isnt on?while your going forward,try adjusting that control lever.see what it does.

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Well on my AYP manufactured tractor, which is much like yours but has the name Husqvarna on it, the hydrostatic transmission is shot and it exhibits much the same characteristic. That is no forward nor reverse movement until it gets nearly to the end of its range. The F/R lever on the right side is connected to a much smaller lever on the end of a shaft which goes into the transmission. What I would do is check the linkage to make sure that the range of travel on the speed control moves the smaller lever input into the transmission. If the range of travel is the same, you may need a new transmission, they are expensive. If there is some slop in the linkage, you may have another day in the sun. You can google "manual, craftsman, lawn tractor" and find some links to get a manual. What I did was find another lawn tractor as the cost of repair far exceeded the value of the old mower.

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