Anybody come up with a mod to put a FWD indicator on the 1025R (ok I know its digital- your fingers feeling for the lever under the seat). The lazy amongst us (me) would like something more convenient- given I'm shuttling in/out even while mowing (to back up the 60" without rear tearout-4, then turn while mowing without front tearout-2).
I just scoured the TM for hints (the 'puter is next to the AC and its 95 here in Lakeville and us Boston yankees still aint used to it). Anyhoo, i only see sliding couplings with on status or sentry switches hidden inside the box that could have an output 'borrowed'. Am I right on that?
So... that leaves getting an input from lever position alone. Other Ideas appreciated but I see:
1. hall effect sensor - but would it detect a stationary ferrous object rather than turning splines (like your ABS tone rings)??
2. infrared photoelectric detector (we use em alot on the scale trains- crossing and track occupancy detectors) BUT, light beam?? in a tractor environment (mud, spray, etc)??
3. lever microswitch (and eventually the filth works into the switch...)
4. Strap a magnet to the lever (could we magnetize the dang lever??) and pirate a sealed magnetic reed switch???
lots to think about... if you've time to waste!!
All thoughts appreciated pos/neg (I can take it)...