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What DOES "PTO" Stand for?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Doogiegh, Nov 16, 2001.

  1. Doogiegh

    Doogiegh LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 871

    I know that PTO is the "engaging mechanism" to get the blade to start to turn, or to make the blade stop turning.

    But what does PTO stand for?

    I've seen it written P.T.O. and even my JD manual refers to it as "engage the pto......" But doesn't say what PTO means.

    Any info?
  2. Kent Lawns

    Kent Lawns LawnSite Senior Member
    from Midwest
    Messages: 870

    Power Take Off
  3. Doogiegh

    Doogiegh LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 871

    Wow, That was a quick reply. Thanks for the information!
  4. cos

    cos LawnSite Addict
    Messages: 1,253

    Power take off?

    I thought it meant- Pull This Out.
  5. morturf

    morturf LawnSite Senior Member
    from midwest
    Messages: 476


    Just kidding!!
  6. Originally it it for the power take off for a 540 rpm attachment on a tractor, but they incorparated it to the term for turning on the blade on your prime mover.
  7. 75

    75 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 992

    In addition to tractors, PTO's are also used on trucks of all sizes to drive hydraulic pumps, winches etc.
  8. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,497

    PTO = Parent Teacher Organization. EVERYbody knows that!:rolleyes: I don't know WHERE you guys are coming from...
    The tractor at the school even has this acronym on it. It says that right under "Donated by". Boy, some people have the strangest notions!
  9. 75

    75 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 992

    Hey man, I is from Canada (eh) - I thought it was Parent Teacher Association! :D ;)

    Hmm...... That means the boom truck at work musta been donated by the same people 'cause it's got "PTO" marked on the dash! :laugh:
  10. stslawncare

    stslawncare LawnSite Bronze Member
    from DE
    Messages: 1,484

    pee towards professional-looking-bushes?? u guys crack me up

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