I'm new here. Be gentle lol K, so right before Hurricane Katrina here in Louisiana I decided to sell off a lil business I had for 21 years and get into some lawn care for peeps. Certainly I shopped around for pricing on equipment. Decided to not go all out on expensive equipment until I knew that I would acquire enough business to substantiate the costs involved. So, I went low end and purchased a Cub Cadet RZT50. Initially, the drive belt would come off pretty often, problem corrected. So that seems fine. All is well. A new pulley or two and new tension spring corrected that issue. Problem I am having now. I engage the blades, all is well. I go into reverse, blades shut down as they are supposed to. At times, when I go into neutral or forward, the blades are not coming back on. Now, as of today the blades are not coming on at all. I replaced the battery, since supposedly the blade drive motor needs good power, cheapest attempt and fastest attempt at fixing. No go. Came home, found the switches that control power at the drive handles I'll call them. Both switches are testing open, and from what I've read on Cub Cadets site the switches are NC. Now, what I did was to clean both switches with some good old contact cleaner. Whats a kick is, I press in one switch and the blades engage ( pressing in on the contact/switch would normally shut the blades off lol) Anyway, I'm sort of at a loss here, what I should or should not do. Seems to me that the contact/switches should be NC and when I pull back on drive handles/for reverse, the contact gets pushed down and should open the switch knocking off power source and turning off the blades, correct? So, why would I now be able to push down on one contact and get the blades to work lol. Maybe I'm being long winded here, but I am doing my best to explain what I've done so far to isolate the trouble without having to make a 120 mile round trip to get a couple of parts that may not fix the problem. Any help would be appreciated.