Simple Lawn Mower Trick

 

It is not uncommon to find a mower similar to the one pictured above in the sheds and garages of homeowners across the country.  With the high price tags of zero turn mowers and the labor involved in walk behind mower operation, this popular style of riding lawn mower offers a nice compromise of out of pocket and physical labor expense.  These types of homeowner grade mowers are functional and dependable, but many brands and models often come with one feature that can be a huge nuisance when used to maintain a lawn, a safety feature that kills the engine when the blade is engaged and the mower is shifted into reverse.

Fortunately there is a way to eliminate this annoying feature with a simple solution costing most homeowners little to nothing except a few minutes of time, and requires one material that many people are likely to have laying around the house or shed.  All you need is a piece of sheathing from some electrical wire or some type of semi-robust piece of rubber to solve this issue.  The pictures and captions below will describe the process.

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First you will need to get a piece of rubber coating or sheathing and cut it to a length of about 2 inches.

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Next use a knife to cut a slit in one side of the sheathing so that it can be slid onto the part that needs to be covered coming up in a few steps.

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The sheathing should look like this after being sliced. Obviously it does not have to be perfect.

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Next, locate the shift knob on your mower. (The knob/lever used to shift the mower into forward, neutral, and reverse pointed to by the white arrow)

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Look below the fender and locate the shift rod that is connected to the knob above the fender. (Indicated by the white arrow)

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The rod connected to the shift knob above will be connected to a metal piece below the fender (indicated by white arrow) that is pushed back and made to contact with another metal piece (indicated by red arrow) which causes an electrical contact, signaling the motor to kill. There is wiring connected to the piece indicated by the red arrow that can be disconnected to avoid killing the mower, but I find using the sheathing to cover the metal piece to be a better method since it eliminates the chance of messing up the wiring harness or allowing the disconnected wire to corrode or contact anything else and short.

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Lastly, slide your piece of sheathing, coating, or rubber scrap over the metal piece that was indicated by the red arrow in the previous picture and you are done! This picture gives a good visual of how the sheathing prevents contact between the two metal parts when the mower is shifted into reverse, preventing the electrical signal for the mower to kill. I have used this same piece of sheathing since I bought the mower and the only time it has come off was when I pulled it off to take these pictures.

Below is a video of the same process featured in the pictures.  I apologize for the amateur cinematography.

I prefer to use the sheathing to cover the metal piece opposed to disconnecting the wires from the wiring harness for several reasons as previously mentioned because I do not want to take any chances of voiding the factory warranty.  If the electrical connectors used to connect the wires from mower to wiring harness would break or have some type of adhesive on them it would be broken when the wire was removed making it obvious that the harness had been tampered with.

Thank you for stopping by my site, I hope this information is helpful.  Should you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me using the email address on my contact page.  For additional lawn mower care and maintenance tips from tool-school.com click here.

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