Don't know about you brother Bob, but I've had about enough perseverein' to last 4 lifetimes!
I WANT OUT!!
Speakin of tractors .... was bored today, so I decided to eliminate ALL safety devices on my John Deere G110 ( lil' tractor
). J/D seems to be PETRIFIED of lawsuits, judging by the amount of effort that went into designing & building this safety system. Took me quite a while to figure out how to eliminate them & still have the blades work, the engine turn over, and stay running once started.
One of the first things I eliminated was the reverse lockout - did that when it had .2 hours on in back in '05. Most annoying safety device on the planet: EVERY time you try to go backward with the blades running, the son of a bitch would stall ... unless you were quick enough to hold that damn button in on the dash. I immediately unplugged that & installed a jump wire. Today, I decided to eliminate that stupid seat switch, which kills the damn engine every time you hit a big bump, or shift your ass in a different position to grab the bottle of white lightnin' when it slides out of the cupholder ( did I say that out loud? ). Takes a long time to make a batch - can't be wastin' now!
Can't believe I've put up with this damn thing for 7 years. In addition to that stupid thing, there's the brake switch which also kills the engine if you lift your ass off the seat when the brake is not set. Obviously, the 2 are tied together. But as I found out later, it's ALSO tied to the mower switch! They certainly wanted to confuse backyard mechanics .... but I ain't no backyard mechanic. I work on my *censored* out front.
First, I simply unplugged the seat switch. Easy. Fixed the stalling when I lift my ass ... but if I release the brake to move, or engage the mower, it dies. SO I stick a jumper between 2 of the 4 female connectors. It IMMEDIATELY dies. So I switch it to the other 2. Still dies when I release brake. So I spot a relay with similar colored wires going to it, so I unplug it ... and in the process of removing it, I remove the skin from my thumb & index finger on opposite hands, and managed to tear the mount right off the front of the relay. Epoxy to the rescue! So now I decide to figure out whether I'm dealing with power or ground in this system. Turns out, both - depending on whether or not the brake is set. When the brake's set, it sends 9 volts to the seat switch. When released, the switch grounds the other wire. Strange. I try plugging the relay back in - no change. Seems to not do anything. Maybe it was there to control the reverse lockout that I previously eliminated. Who knows. Getting a wiring diagram online for a John Deere is like getting one for a Harley-Davidson or GM product -- everything is a big damn secret. SO now I create a 3 pronged jumper & stick that in the 3 separate wires going to the seat switch (4th is a jumper from factory). NOW I can start & go without any seat switch function ... but engage the blades & it croaks. SO now, I disconnect the mower switch ( electric on this model - works exactly like your A/C compressor clutch on your car). Looking at the 6 connections at the switch, I determine which ones control the blade clutch & remove the rest from the plug. Now the damn starter don't work! So I throw the purple wires back in, and leave the white/black & white wires out. Success!!
I sure bled an awful lot just for this. But it's so much nicer being able to mow at 10 mph, hang my ass off one side & stick my leg in the air, then reach down toward the blades for me hooch! Haven't spilled a drop yet!