removing the safety switch (under the seat)

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by americanlawn, Jun 22, 2007.

  1. americanlawn

    americanlawn LawnSite Fanatic
    from midwest
    Messages: 5,942

    I know guys (LCO's) that remove the safety/shut-off switch so they can hop off the mower & pick up trash in front of them so they don't have to re-engage the mower deck. Wondering what you guys think of this? Can of worms for a LCO? Okay for an individual? Thanks!

    MOW PRO LAWN SERVICE LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,568

    Why......,seems stupid.
  3. bohiaa

    bohiaa LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,220

    yup it's a PITA..... I know of NO ONE who does this....

    it may be a pain, but so is loosing a foot
  4. FiveOJoe

    FiveOJoe LawnSite Member
    from NJ
    Messages: 249

    I'll live with the inconvienence..... I'm not perfect so I want the machine to save me when I have a stupid moment. :)
  5. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,497

    Ok. I'll be the stpid one, here. I disconnected mine a long time ago. the reason being, is that at times, It would start missing and such after going over rouher ground (fuel injected). All it is, is a matter of unplugging the wire from the switch on the seat, and making a jumper wire from side of the plug prong to the other. I made my own with two prong connectors and a piece of wire. The original reason I made this jumper wire was so I could do diagnostics and run it (and start it) without being on the machine.
  6. lawnMaster5000

    lawnMaster5000 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 591

    mine is disconnected b/c the engine was missing out when driving on really rough ground. However, I do not allow anyone off the mower with the deck running.

    It is not worth the risk
  7. carcrz

    carcrz LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,085

    For the dummies that take it off for convenience, just go out & buy one of those grabber arms so you don't have to get off the mower. You can't mow w/o legs or arms.
  8. sooner74

    sooner74 LawnSite Member
    from UT
    Messages: 76

    keep it connected!! Worse case scenerio, you roll the mower... I know its an inconvience but its there for a reason.
  9. americanlawn

    americanlawn LawnSite Fanatic
    from midwest
    Messages: 5,942

    You guys RULE! Thanks! (more responses are wanted, cuz it's a common deal). Used to mow my home lawn (2 acres) with a belly mower (JD 445), and I unhooked the safety switch. But now I use a zero-turn (JD 727-A) -- safety switch intact. We currently use our 445's for spreading & aeration only, so safety switches are not needed so much.
  10. AintNoFun

    AintNoFun LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,807

    talk about negligence to the tenth power.. i wouldn't even want to know what happens if someone got hurt....

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