Sorry in advance for being a complete noob, but reading through the manual doesn't make this clear...
Just got a JD D100 a few weeks ago. The motor/tranny kicks like a mule when first putting it into gear from stop unless I throttle waaayyyy down. The tractor literally pops a wheelie when putting it into gear from stop at high throttle. My only controls are a throttle lever and a so-called "clutch/brake" pedal. It appears I cannot operate the clutch without also applying brake.
In short, my question is: is it harmful to change forward fears without clutching/braking? The tractor seems to handle "live" gear changes just fine (obviously I'm not throwing it into reverse without stopping), and that approach seems to work much better, I just want to confirm that I'm not damaging anything by shifting from 1st to 2nd on the fly, or vice-versa. My only experience with manual trannies is cars, where you have to step on the clutch to change gears. I'm not quite sure what to do with a "clutch-slash-brake"-- I certainly don't come to a stop on the freeway before engaging fifth gear(?)
Thanks in advance for answering a dumb question!