I have a 36" John Deere gear-driven WB. Was the second commercial mower I ever bought, and I still use it quite a bit for overgrown yards and a couple with narrow gates. Today I used it all day. No reverse. I guess it does go backwards on flat paved surfaces. Gear driven machines would be more worthwhile if they had a working reverse. Cheap riding mowers have reverse. What gives? Assisted reverse sucks.