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I've been working with a Sabre over the last few weeks. It's a 1948hv and seems to work pretty decent. Tonight when I was showing my son how to run it I found it has an interesting problem. When the seat is cold the vinyl doesn't flex enough under his skinny butt to activate the seat safety switch which does function correctly. So now I have to bypass it. The switch works fine when it is above 60 degrees out.
 

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My 400 has a touchy seat safety as well, if i have to duck under a low branch then i often end up killing the motor. Although this is an inconvenience i would caution against bypassing the safety. Working in the oil industry i've learned to heed the cautionary tales of removing safety equipment. Perhaps the contacts in the switch are a bit corroded and could use a cleaning? I've always found back up safety's silly but a seat safety can be the difference between your son mowing the lawn for the first time successfully or losing a finger. Just my 2 cents, best of luck.
 
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