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? about John Deere GX325

Discussion in 'Tractors' started by allstar, Sep 14, 2003.

  1. allstar

    allstar LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 282

    I have a couple of questions about my new JD GX325,which I really like.You probably won't be able to answer the first question unless you actually have this particular mower but I believe at least one of you(wxmn6) does have it.There is a square button just to the right of the steering wheel that you lift to engage the blade.When you want to back up(if blade is engaged) you lift the button a little more,then let it go after you're finished,and continue cutting.Sometimes after I release the button the blade quits turning even though the button is still in the up position.I then have to depress the button to the starting position(no blade) and lift it again to get the blade to engage.It's not that big of a deal ...just slows me down a little.What can I do to keep the blade engaged while I'm backing up and after I'm finished?I really doubt if there's anything wrong with the mower.I'm probably just doing something wrong.Thanks.
  2. allstar

    allstar LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 282

    Never mind,the problem is that JD is sooo... safety oriented.A little too much if you ask me.With this mower,the blade shuts off when backing up unless you lift up on the lever.If you release it,stop,then go back even the slightest amount then the blade will shut off.I just to be more aware of it.

    CUSTOM CUTTS LawnSite Member
    Messages: 13

    thats right all star SAFETY 1st
    but u r right they are very sensitive, mine sometimes does the same thing JD 345 and many times its because im am still slightly rolling. good to see a fellow john deere man
  4. Mountain Gardener

    Mountain Gardener LawnSite Member
    Messages: 79

    Before long all lawn tractors will be so equiped. Kubota is also using this on at least some of their lawn tractors. It really called a lack of tort reform.
  5. Laner

    Laner LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 349

    allstar, I know what you mean about JD being too safety conscious. I have a JD 425 AWS, love it other than the safety switches. I had the brake switch freeze during the winter....early morning was no fun trying to get it going again. I also have a Toro 520Lxi tractor that has a similar safety switch on the balde, but they use a switch similar to an iginition, tucked under the front edge of the seat. Start the blades, turn switch and you can back-up while mowing until you shut off the blades. I wish other manufacturers would think of this...ease of use.
  6. allstar

    allstar LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 282

    I also own a smaller JD LT 150.On this mower you engage the blade with a lever and press a button when backing up.If you don't press the button the mower chokes down.I like this method much,much better because the blade never shuts off.I guess they HAVE to increase the safety features as the tractors get larger for liability purposes.It sure is a hassle,though,for people that do this for a living.

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