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    X700 Series RIO Bypass

    Because of all of the rain making the ground very wet, resulting in the 2025R turning areas of my yard into hog lot, I have ordered a new 2017 X739 to mow with. It will be delivered Wednesday, just in time for the next mowing. They have to bring it from another one of their stores. I did not think to ask about the RIO when I was at the dealer ship.

    I did a search & also pulled up the online manual on the RIO. Those just confused me. The manual & youtube videos, show 2 RIO button locations. One location is the PTO switch on the right side of the steering wheel. The other location is a push button on the left side of the steering wheel. One guy on youtube used a clothed pin on the PTO switch. Another guy jumped the wires on the push button. I would like to bypass the RIO like I have done on all of my prior mowers.
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    First thing I did when I bought mine put jumper's on both the seat and rio switch . The one on the dash was a little more work to get to had to pull the plastic covers off to get to the switch but was able to just be careful it works great...

    https://youtu.be/8Rw9Gj7zq0c
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    The two switches are two separate ways to activate the RIO. You could use either, whichever is to your liking.

    To bypass the RIO 'long term' you can pull the small round switch left of the steering wheel up out of its hole (use a small screwdriver or similar to pry it up - just friction fit) and then slide the plug off the switch's blades about 1/8" and wrap a piece of wire around the two blades. This closes the circuit. Put a piece of electrical tape around the blade area and push switch back down.

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    Thank you for the replies. That clears things up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BigBlue View Post
    The two switches are two separate ways to activate the RIO. You could use either, whichever is to your liking.

    To bypass the RIO 'long term' you can pull the small round switch left of the steering wheel up out of its hole (use a small screwdriver or similar to pry it up - just friction fit) and then slide the plug off the switch's blades about 1/8" and wrap a piece of wire around the two blades. This closes the circuit. Put a piece of electrical tape around the blade area and push switch back down.

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    I seen the double switch set up on line. Thought it was kind of weird that the system had 2 switches. Guess it allows you to use either hand that you might have free. However on my old L108 without power steering I liked having both hands to turn the wheel. Usually because it doesn't turn as easy without the wheels rolling forward or backward.

    This is how I did it on that tractor. I replaced that little push button switch with a plastic toggle switch from the auto parts store. Think the size of the dash hole was 1/2". Your tractor would have the best of both worlds. Switch off you can use the PTO switch on the right like intended. Lift to back up with the system engaged. The left switch on back up all you want.

    I still had the factory push button switch around when I sold the tractor. Asked the new owner if he wanted me to find it. He said no. lol
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    I have an X738, and what I did, is pull outward on the RIO switch with some pliers, disconnect the connector behind the switch, jump the wires with flat blade connectors and some cable push the wire in, and put the RIO switch back in place. It's reversible.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fehhkk View Post
    I have an X738, and what I did, is pull outward on the RIO switch with some pliers, disconnect the connector behind the switch, jump the wires with flat blade connectors and some cable push the wire in, and put the RIO switch back in place. It's reversible.
    Same effect as what I described. You'll have a plug hanging around under the dash that might fall down into something else and may be hard to get back up through the hole if/when you want to reverse it though. My solution keeps the plug attached, which I felt was a good thing.

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    I know I'm skating out on thin ice here. I am like most people here do not like the nanny state that intertwines it to every darn thing we do. With that said, I have found I like the RIO switch. I usually like the snow blower shutting off when I hit the reverse pedal. This is especially true with my neighbors drives and all his decorative rocks. It is comforting me to know I can smash the reverse before I launch a stone through one of our windows.

    It really has been no big deal. Now again, I only use my X728 to blow snow. If I mowed with it I would probably lead the march with burning torch in my hand.

    isaac

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    Quote Originally Posted by UnionSchnauzer View Post
    I know I'm skating out on thin ice here. I am like most people here do not like the nanny state that intertwines it to every darn thing we do. With that said, I have found I like the RIO switch. I usually like the snow blower shutting off when I hit the reverse pedal. This is especially true with my neighbors drives and all his decorative rocks. It is comforting me to know I can smash the reverse before I launch a stone through one of our windows.

    It really has been no big deal. Now again, I only use my X728 to blow snow. If I mowed with it I would probably lead the march with burning torch in my hand.

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    I can see where the RIO would be a good safety feature for the snow blower. It would have come in handy for me a few times back when I had a snow blower.
    The problem I have with the RIO is the number of times I have to use the reverse pedal when mowing, because of all of the objects I have to mow around. Hopefully that will be reduced by the 4 wheel steering.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisR View Post
    I can see where the RIO would be a good safety feature for the snow blower. It would have come in handy for me a few times back when I had a snow blower.
    The problem I have with the RIO is the number of times I have to use the reverse pedal when mowing, because of all of the objects I have to mow around. Hopefully that will be reduced by the 4 wheel steering.
    I'm not seeing any value in RIO with a snowblower. Deere apparently doesn't either, because their newer x7-series have a special override for when the front PTO is running. If their lawyers don't worry about it I'm not sure what possible safety there is to be had? Plus, what a pain because I back up a TON when snowblowing.

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