Recently I've started using my Frontier Finish mower RM1060E and really enjoy it. It does a fantastic job. Well those years fumbling with the neutral stick/switch was not avaliable with the mower deck and power connection/craddle. I recently removed the deck and this weekend removed the craddle/deck lift. Believe it or not this system worked great but I was never a fan of the belly mower. Now I had access to the that pesty switch so I disconnected and put a jumper in the socket. "Disclaimer" not suggesting anyone else do this but shifting to neutral on hill and like was never my favorite move. Now the tractor starts right up and then apply the motion petals or then put in neutral with brake on if needed. There is no drag on the starter as there is no engagement of the powertrain unless the petals pushed. My unit is a 2016 with backhoe. I doubt since I found the rear finish mower setup that I'll ever go back to the belly. May even sell. I know I'll hear from the safety police but this was a personal decision and I don't recommend for anyone else. Here's a pic of the front yard. I run at about 2400 rpm. cruise and mow. Personally for my needs I feel tractor safer as I don't disconnect the drive train to neutral when on a hill starting. I would say JD should if any put this switch on the brake petal. Again not recommending for anyone else.
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