LM2100SP steering

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With the rear wheel drive and moving forward, if you need to alter from a straight line, it is quite difficult to get the LM21000SP to move in the direction you need. 

I have a suggestion:  Since it is powered to the rear wheels, why not make the front wheels like a dolly cart, where they swivel, so you can easily steer L/R to where you need without feeling like you're dragging the whole mower throughout my yard when I need to alter the direction of the mower.
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Kevin Durbin

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Bryan

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Have you had rear-propelled before? After years of using front self-propelled I inherited last year a nice (but older) Honda rear-propelled mower. It took me several runs to get comfortable with the rear drive and mow well. I personally like rear propelled now over front propelled now. Not sure I'd like the "dolly wheels"...I suspect there would be good chance of grass wrapping around the "swivel" and could prevent the wheels from being straight when you need them to be straight. JMHO.
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Regarding the swivel wheels concept; I'm thinking of it more in the way of how a typical shopping cart steers, but like you said, grass/dirt would probably get in there and prevent them from turning eventually.
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I like this idea of the front wheels  swiveling, I think this would make it easier to mow the lawn areas that are curved.
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Me too!!
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I finally had my first run with this mower and I have to admit there is something different in the design that makes turning a little more difficult than the other mowers I've owned. I think it's the 1-2 second delay when releasing the self-propelled lever before the self-propelled actually quits that causing the issue. I'm finding myself trying to make a turn exactly at the same time I release the SP lever...but the mower is still propelling forward for another second or two. 

Basically,  all I needed to do was release the SP lever a few seconds before I'm about to make the turn and all is well.
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That makes sense as I've been getting more accustomed to this mower.  I've noticed that I've been doing almost precisely what you've described, and releasing the SP lever early.  I wasn't even really thinking about it, but replaying what I've experienced, I think this has helped with turning the mower, regardless of handle position.