Since I have begun mowing with this tractor this year, I have wanted to do something about the PTO lever for the mower deck. I hate reaching down and flipping it forward or back to engage or disengage the mower deck. It takes too much time and effort - and I'm FAR too lazy for that
I decided that a foot pedal would be the easiest mod and would still work well for me. After looking briefly at the foot pedals that sears later offered for these tractors, I came up with the idea to make a pedal from a bolt. I took a 3/4" bolt and ground the head off of it. I then bored a 7/16" hole on one end to allow the pto lever to pass through it. After the hole was bored, a smaller hole was bored parallel to the bolt for a set screw. I tapped the hole for the set screw, and placed a length of 3/4" heater hose over the bolt. I then put the bolt on the PTO lever. The bolt worked well for a foot pedal, but the original PTO lever needed to be bent to be operated properly as a foot pedal. It was first bent inward towards the dash, so the pedal would line up properly with the footrest. I then bent the lever forward so I could get my foot under the pedal when the lever was all the way forward.
This setup works infinitely better as a foot pedal, and I can quickly disengage or engage the deck with minimal effort. I definitely recommend it to others who want a foot pedal on their Sears tractor, and don't mind bending the PTO lever to make it work.