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How to Go Into Reverse on a John Deere LA115

Tip

If the RIO button is not depressed and you attempt to reverse with the blade engaged, the blade will stop and the engine will shut off automatically. You must disengage the mower blade and press in on the brake pedal to restart the mower if this happens.

Warning

Always come to a complete stop and check for bystanders before operating the mower in reverse.

The John Deere LA115 lawn mower has an automatic transmission and can travel in reverse at a maximum speed of 3.2 miles per hour. The LA115 includes a safety control called a Reverse Implement Option (RIO), which shuts down the engine and mower blade if you attempt reversing with the blade engaged while mowing. Avoiding the shutdown involves disengaging the mower blade before reversing. In addition, though the manufacturer recommends not engaging the mower blade while reversing, it's possible to override the RIO safety control and operate the mower in reverse with the blade engaged.

Reverse With Blade in Operation

Come to a complete stop.

Locate the RIO button on the controls area beneath the steering wheel.

Press in on the RIO button and hold it down. Then press down on the reverse foot pedal, located on the right foot rest, with your right foot.

Release the RIO button and drive the mower in reverse.

Repeat the above steps each time you want to reverse with the mower blade engaged.

Reverse Without Blade in Operation

Come to a complete stop.

Disengage the attachment engagement lever, located directly under the steering wheel, by pulling it down. This disengages the mower blades.

Press down on the reverse foot pedal, located on the right foot rest, with your right foot.

Drive the mower in reverse.

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