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    Default Mowing in reverse

    So I have an LS R3039 and a 7ft Howse HD finishing mower. Originally it was going to be easy mowing with wide open spaces. My wife has however decided to plant a mine field of baby trees around everywhere. With these changes, I have found that in many areas around the house, it is easier to just mow forward, then mow in reverse for the next pass. Is there anything that I need to worry about as far as running this mower in reverse? It seems to cut just as well as in forward, but then I am just cutting a lawn so it's not exactly heavy work.

    Thanks in advance.
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    Default Re: Mowing in reverse

    At my place i mow a lot in reverse sometimes, the only problem i have run into is things i have backed over, IE: bushes, shrubs ya know stuff your suspose to mow around. They work nice for shrubs and bushes and small trees that are in the way or are not wanted anyore if you get my drift . . .John
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    Default Re: Mowing in reverse

    The clippings come out the back on my mower, if the stuff is tall enough the clippings don't come out when I back into the grass/brush/stuff. Just means the cut is a little rougher than mowing forward.
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    Default Re: Mowing in reverse

    hey... looks like you are just across the border from me..

    Are you asking if it is OK to go backwards with a PTO driven implement? Most of us do that all the time, just be careful not to mow over those "mines".

    Just out of curiosity, you weren't thinking that by going in reverse that you reverse the direction that the PTO shaft spins were you?
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    Default Re: Mowing in reverse

    I've been mowing up and down a slope (forward going up, reverse going down) for about 11-12 years with 3 different tractors and finish mowers and one rotary cutter...so far, no problems...except that twisting around on the seat isn't so good for your back.
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    Default Re: Mowing in reverse

    I feel for ya. My wife did the same thing with trees and garden islands all over the place. We have since moved. I gently informed her that the same thing isn't going to happen here unless she wanted to mow the "minefield". She hates mowing and trimming.

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    Default Re: Mowing in reverse

    Do what I did, mow them down once. She will be mad for afew days but your troubles are over.

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    Default Re: Mowing in reverse

    I believe the lawn tractors have been required to have a lock out to prevent mowing in reverse for quite a while now. I think the main reason was the greater potential for running over something you can't see while in reverse.

    Obviously, this doesn't apply to our PTO driven equipment, but I think the same caution applies. As long as you are aware that you can't see as well, and take the necessary care, no problem.

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    Default Re: Mowing in reverse

    I use the mirrors and often mow quite a bit in reverse if I want to save a little time or mow without mashing the grass and weeds down with my tires.
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    Default Re: Mowing in reverse

    Quote Originally Posted by KennyG View Post
    I believe the lawn tractors have been required to have a lock out to prevent mowing in reverse for quite a while now. I think the main reason was the greater potential for running over something you can't see while in reverse.

    Obviously, this doesn't apply to our PTO driven equipment, but I think the same caution applies. As long as you are aware that you can't see as well, and take the necessary care, no problem.
    My Simplicity will mow in reverse with a switch.

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