Suggestions for future mower design. Revise height adjustment. Link safety bar to propulsion shut off.

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Love the new self propelled mower with steel deck. It's everything I hoped it would be, but would suggest some changes on future designs. I adjusted the height on the mower one time when I first got it and would expect to not change the height again. Your height adjustment system is easy to use, but I suspect the springs, arms etc are expensive and will lead to maintenance issues/ deterioration in the future. Perhaps a newer model option with less expensive, more labor intensive, less intricate height adjustment for a user who would rarely need to change cutting heights. For safety reasons, I would suggest that all functions of the mower shut down when the safety bar that shuts off the cutting blade is released. I didn't realize the propulsion handle would start the mower moving even though I thought the mower was off until I happened to depress the green handle while relocating the mower and the next thing it started to move. Was quite surprised and could have run the mower into something or somebody. Now I know better, but when the battery is in it's primed to go. I expect there was some debate in how to handle the shut down functions with the various bars and levers on the self propelled model, but in my opinion, safety bar should be depressed for all functions to be activated.
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Craig E.

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I would not request either of these changes.  I really like the easy height adjustment, as I tend to lower the deck in one area of my yard where the grass is thin (shaded) where I need to pick up more debris.  With the deck lower, it cleans up better.

In terms of being able to use the SP function when the blade is not spinning - I love this.  My old Honda SP had the same capability.  Yes, it may take a while to get used to it, but I like it.  I remove the battery when I "park" the mower.
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I believe Steve's suggestion would still allow the SP function to work independently from the blade motor, it would be to require pulling the bail handle as well as the SP lever.

Pulling the bail handle without pressing the button currently does nothing. The SP is available any time the battery is in the mower, regardless of the bail handle position.

IMO, this is a good suggestion. It doesn't take away any of the mower's functionality, it just adds a safety to the drive wheels where none currently exists.
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Ah, now I understand.
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I really like both functions as they are.
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I like to stop self propel if I lift the front wheels. May be not hard to implement with a microswitch of some sort. This way we can lift the front wheels to turn. (That is why some people like front wheel drive, easy to turn by lifting while wheels turning, RWD is superior but need to disengage drive to turn).

I too like the current functions as they exist. 
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No input as to the SP function as my mower is the push model but I really like the easy height adjustment. I just follow the maintenance/lube instructions in the manual to help the adjustment system last as long as possible.