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 10-06-2003, 09:33 Post: 65667
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Using my brush cutter yesterday in deep brush. Disengaged PTO, Idled down, Parking Brake on, and in Neutral gear I got off to move a tree branch out of the way. The tractor died and now will not restart. The PTO light comes on when I turn on the key but PTO was disengaged prior to getting up off the seat. How can I start the durn thing so I can move it to work on it???

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Flip the seat forward and see if there is a pressure switch under the seat (operator presence switch). Pull the switch up, set the brake, put the tranny in neutral and try it from there.






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 10-06-2003, 09:58 Post: 65672
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Try moving the PTO lever and tranny shifters around, sometimes they need a little jiggling to find the neutral position.

Best of luck.






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Yep. Tried that to no avail but thanks.






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Yep, tried that too. No luck but thanks.






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Ok..... if the tractor died when you got out of the seat, we can surmise that the op/presence system shut it down. So maybe the switch that sends the "I am in neutral" signal is the problem.

That would shut it down combined with the seat switch and by itself would keep it from re-starting.






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I'm going to go for the PTO switch being the culprit, if the light is on put the PTO is out of gear the switch is sensing that it is or the light would not come on.

Try to find the wire to the switch behind the panel, if it is easily accessible you may be able to unplug it, or ground it out, depending on wether it is a 'normally open' or 'normally closed' type of circuit.

Best of luck.






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Murf has got you on the right track! Have you tried engaging and disengaging the PTO, since this has happen? If not, do it. If yes, do it again, several times.

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I'm tracking with Billy and Murf. If the pto light is on when you turn on the ignition switch, the safety interlock sensing a signal that the pto is engaged will not allow the tractor to start. If you are lucky, might just be some dirt or grit in the pto switch and actuating the pto engagement several times may clear the stuck switch. You should be able to watch the pto engaged light to see if it goes out. If it does, I bet it starts. Good luck. Hope you can fix it fast and on the cheap!






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If it's a safety switch, jumpers are sometimes put across safety switches for testing purposes. It does disable a safety feature and warranties and insurance along with it, but it would get the tractor started. Guess I've got to say that jumpers would work with the simple systems I'm familiar with. I couldn't say if there'd be a possibility of damage to newer systems that may involve computer chips and who know what else.






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