Removing Safety Switch on Riding Mower

I've got a problem about my Scott's John Deere riding lawnmower and I need to find the answer for how to bypass the safety switch in the engine of this lawnmower. Please let me know!

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July 2, 20120 found this helpful
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On reading your post a second time, never bypass any safety switch. Just find out how to repair whatever problem you're having, but leave the safety switch alone. Yesterday at the hardware store, I just spoke to a guy who knew someone who bypassed the safety, and ended up injuring himself badly.

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September 9, 20162 found this helpful
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Guess what? Many of these companies so called "safety switches" are so poorly engineered they significantly interfere with the operation of the mower. For example I have sent my Husqvarna riding mower into the shop six times to try to get it keep from stopping running when on any kind of grade. Virtyually every thing in the mower was checked or changed with zero improvement.

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The mower only had 44 hours on it when the problem first got my attention due to moving to a place which has more hilly lawn. The culprit is the $10.00 seat safety switch which is about 2 1/2 inches in diameter so with the slightest shifting of weight it stops the engine. What kind of an idiot would design something like that? It is almost impossible to bypass as well. What I have is a $2,000 POS.

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October 26, 20162 found this helpful
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Having grown up on a farm I agree that the safety switches on riding mowers are a bit ridiculous. The best safety switch is a brain and an understanding of the machine you're using. That said, most switches are simple open/close circuit switches... just like the flip switch in your house. The machine either wants an open circuit or a closed one, if it wants open, cut and tape the ends of the wires. If it wants closed, twist the ends together and tape them off.

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November 27, 20161 found this helpful
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Not doubting your statement but it just seems almost no one knows anyone personally that got a foot or toes cut off, just that they knew someone who said they knew etc etc. Yes, some safety switches are a good idea. Others are not well thought out at all and result in more machines getting tossed that actual failures or overpriced repairs at the dealer.

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I will say that anyone who messes with the safety devices has a duty and responsibility to report that ( I would do it in writing ) should it be sold the buyer is made aware of same. The threat of lawsuits and lack of personal responsibility is absolutely appalling in the past several decades.

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March 7, 20170 found this helpful

its designed so you don't fall off the seat and run over yourself

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April 27, 20170 found this helpful

If its a Husqvarna 2454 zero or tracror & you by pass the safety switches you will need a new wiring harness to get it started again without major modification.

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May 28, 20170 found this helpful

if you take your foot off the drive pedal, either forward or reverse, the mower stops immediately....almost impossible to "run over yourself"

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Anonymous
October 21, 20170 found this helpful

Continuity meter or even continuity light will show you which two wires of the 4 must make contact for machine to operate.

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November 6, 20170 found this helpful

I just disabled all safety switches on my JD. I just used trailer wiring clips that bridge 2 wires together.

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It worked great and was non-invasive, no wire cutting and easily removable.

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Anonymous
May 31, 20180 found this helpful

In other words..... we need a different lawnmower, safety switches are a huge pain in the ass on this mower..... after repair shop costs for the last three years on this particular mower Im bypassing the piece of sh*t or setting fire to it

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June 30, 20180 found this helpful

All you people and your damn safety safety safety I should have the right whether I want to be safe or not if I'm mowing stay the hell out of the yard then you're safe to

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January 23, 20190 found this helpful

Remove your seat, take the safety switch off the seat and compress the switch and zip a wide tip tie or 2 regular ones stacked to keep the switch pressed then just put it back together like it was. It will stop kicking off and doesn't void the warranty because u didnt technically modify the electrical system.

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You just tricked it to believe someone is in the seat. You will be able to leave the mower running with PTO dengaged and be able to climb off the mower. If it needs to go back to the shop just use wire dykes n snip the zip ties before you take it in.

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July 2, 20120 found this helpful

Have you tried calling John Deere, or visiting their website? Manufacturers often have repair manuals that will help with issues like this.

Alternatively, do a Google search for "lawn mower repair forum". There are several forums where you can register and ask questions like this.

Good luck!

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October 26, 20140 found this helpful

Sorry I would love to bypass my seat sensor I don't weigh much and have to mow with an extra 10 lbs on the seat with me.

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April 2, 20170 found this helpful

If the seat switch is bad will it cause the engine not turn over

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