Self propel activated by green lever?

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I’ve used the EGO LM2102SP mower once to mow both front and backyard. @ 4k sq ft. The past 8 years I’ve used a B&D battery mower with the exact same type lever for starting the blade as the green lever one on the EGO is for self propel. I thought that would start the blade then the bar would engage the self propel drive. Nope. Almost everytime I went to turn around or stop ahead of a fence I released the bar and it kept driving. Shouldn’t the controls be the other way round? I also noticed once I disengaged the self propel, if I’m to close to an obstruction head on, the wheels are still engaged and I have to drag it back or lift the back wheels and walk back then roll it forward a little to actually disengage the drive. Is this normal?

I may end up modifying it myself. Either reverse the lever and bar functions or custom left side bar for blade start, right side bar for self propel. Then I can keep the blade running with one hand and turn the SP on and off with the other.
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Not sure why the controls should be the other way around.  I just think it is 8 years of using a different mower and that is what you are used to.  Give yourself some time to relearn the new set up. It works fine.

And yes you need to release the green SP lever before you reach then end of your path.  Roll forward a bit.  Then the mower will turn or go backward with no issues.  Again, you will just need a few mows to relearn the levers and timing.
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Along with what szwoopp says, modifying the mower will void the warranty. 
There seems to be an anti backroll safety feature in the drive mechanism that keeps the mower from rolling backward when releasing the drive lever on a hill. As szwoopp mentioned, just push the mower forward slightly after releasing the drive lever and that feature should disengage and you can then easily roll the mower backwards.
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Most people find it easiest if they just release the drive control about one step before they get to where they actually need to disengage it. That way you coast for a couple of feet which is sufficient distance for the propel motor to stop and disengage properly, after which the wheels will freewheel easily in any direction.

Give it another mow or two and I’m sure you’ll get the hang of it. :-)