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I have a Craftsman PGT9000 mower. The PTO quit working, but

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I have a Craftsman PGT9000 mower. The PTO quit working, but would come on in the reverse mode with the safety disengaged (the little yellow triangle). The research I did said it was likely the ignition switch. I had a spare, and a PTO switch, so I replaced both. The symptoms are exactly the same! What else could be the problem?
Submitted: 5 months ago.
Category: Small Engine
Expert:  Curtis B. replied 5 months ago.

The reverse switch is closed? It has to be closed, or the pto will not going forward.

Customer: replied 5 months ago.
I don't think you understood my issue. The PTO works ONLY in reverse mode (i.e. when the ignition key is in the reverse position and the safety Triangle button is pressed). But if I engage the PTO in forward mode, it fails to engage. I replaced BOTH the PTO switch AND the Ignition switch, and still get the same result.
Expert:  Curtis B. replied 5 months ago.

I understand the issue. But it still has a reverse switch! Do you have owners manual that has a wiring diagram in it? What is the long model number?

Customer: replied 5 months ago.
PGT9000
Model No. 247.28984
I have an operators manual but it has not wiring diagram in it. In fact it has very little on trouble-shooting PTO issues.
Expert:  Curtis B. replied 5 months ago.

Th link above is a service manual,you will have to download it. Page 1 thru 15 shows the electrical for pto. The schematic is further back in the manual.

Customer: replied 5 months ago.
OK...what am I looking for?
Expert:  Curtis B. replied 5 months ago.

i would start by checking the reverse switch, shown about page 10.

Customer: replied 5 months ago.
Do we think reverse switch is ON while PTO is in Forward? I can check that. What would cause it?
Expert:  Curtis B. replied 5 months ago.

Stuck switch! or damaged wires.

Customer: replied 5 months ago.
But isn't the reverse switch in the ignition switch? I replaced that.
Expert:  Curtis B. replied 5 months ago.

no, that is a bypass, the switch is shown under the frame.

Customer: replied 5 months ago.
OK I will try that tomorrow. Thanks for now.
Expert:  Curtis B. replied 5 months ago.

OK>

Expert:  Curtis B. replied 5 months ago.

i see question is still open. Did you find problem?

Customer: replied 5 months ago.
I could not find the reverse switch on the frame where you told me to look.
Expert:  Curtis B. replied 5 months ago.

Did you see picture in the manual of the switch?