Yes, engine starts with PTO engaged even though the PTO is in the off position.Dave,
I am not sure what you mean necessarily, when you say that the PTO is always on. Will the tractor start with the PTO engaged? If you switch the PTO selector from the reat to mid position, is it still engaged?
Based on the Owner's Manual, there seems to be several steps that need to be taken to operate the Stationary PTO. You have to lock the brakes, place the transmission in neutral, flip the seat forward and then pull up the seat switch.
Can you provide more information on the different conditions that are in place when the PTO is engaged?