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#1 3v0 OFFLINE  

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Posted April 02, 2015 - 11:00 AM

A friend's adult son has MS and needs a lawn tractor he can operate without the use of his legs.  

 

Can the foot operated hydrostatics with cruise control be operated without using the hydrostatic pedals.  Or do you have to set the speed with the pedal and then lock it with the cruise control.

 

 


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Posted April 02, 2015 - 11:06 AM

I would think you could make some kind of  lever or rod coming up from the hydro pedal, that you could attatch to the hydro rod..  Turning might come into play as he would have to steer with one hand and control speed with the right hand...


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Posted April 02, 2015 - 11:21 AM

I have seen some of the Craftsman have hydro levers on the right fender.  My neighbor has one.  Ya would have to figure out a lever for the brake and it would be totally hand use.  I would put some kind of a seat belt on it, IMHO.


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Posted April 02, 2015 - 11:28 AM

Yep one of the Craftsman with a hand operated hydro would be my choice too.  Putting it back to the neutral position would stop it, A hand brake would not be all that hard to rig up to the brake pedal.


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Posted April 02, 2015 - 11:44 AM

Even with a hand-lever hydro, you would need something off the brake pedal as most have a safety switch so the pedal is depressed to start.


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Posted April 02, 2015 - 12:00 PM

I remember using my Grandmother's JD 318 years ago and had a hand operated control lever.

I dont ever remember having to push in the brake to start the machine unless the safety switch was unhooked. Been so long I cant remember.


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Posted April 02, 2015 - 12:00 PM

Also, the clutch pedal on them is return to center for the hydro.
If you put a seatbelt on it, you must put on a rops too. If not, the driver could be crushed because he's still strapped in and the tractor won't shut down because the seat switch is still engaged.
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Posted April 02, 2015 - 02:37 PM

I grew up mowing with a Cub cadet 1250 and distinctly remember not being able to reach the brake pedal. I never used it because the hydro lever brought it to a stop just fine. Didn't have any hills to mow though.


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Posted April 02, 2015 - 02:58 PM

My old wheelhorse had the hydro lever on the right side of the dash by the steering wheel. I am sure that other gts may have this feature or could be modified.
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Posted April 02, 2015 - 04:12 PM

Old Wheel horse my choice. Lever on right of dash and short throw too. Very easy to steer them also. Many newer tractors have levers on fender, I like Husqvarna myself.
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Posted April 02, 2015 - 05:37 PM

A Case or Ingersoll would be a great choice. Every operation is done by hand with the exception of the brake. Braking is primarily done with the travel control lever. The foot brake is used for parking. The only time I have used the foot brake was when transporting a GT in the back of my pickup. I would be happy to discuss this recommendation with your friend.


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Posted April 02, 2015 - 05:43 PM

I like the Case idea. You only need the brake pedal to start it and that would not be to hard to convert to hand operated.


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Posted April 02, 2015 - 06:01 PM

I remember using my Grandmother's JD 318 years ago and had a hand operated control lever.

I dont ever remember having to push in the brake to start the machine unless the safety switch was unhooked. Been so long I cant remember.

I'm just going off the LT4000 Sears I have. You have to pushb the pedal down for the starting circuit to engage!


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Posted April 02, 2015 - 06:05 PM

The gt5000 from the early 2000's would be a good candidate. I think the hydro handle would be back there beside him, not way up beside the dash. That reach could be an issue for someone with MS. Also, the handle is easy to maneuver.
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Posted April 02, 2015 - 06:08 PM

You don't say why a lawn tractor is needed. Does he need to mow? Does he just need something to ride on outdoors?
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