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    Mark
    Weed Eater One reverse problem !!!!! Recently purchased a...Answered
    Service & Maintenance Question posted May 22, 2010 by Mark, last edited February 10, 2012, tagged Weed Eater One 
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    Weed Eater One reverse problem !!!!!
    Recently purchased a Weed Eater One from Walmart. I absolutely love the machine. My only problem is that reverse doesn't work properly, if at all. Is there some sort of adjustment for this. Have to play with brake pedal and move gear selector between reverse and neutral to get it to move at all and even when you get it moving it just stops after a foot or two. All foward gears work great.

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    dan

    Hi Mark ... I bought my WE261 about 3 weeks ago and the reverse gear worked on the first mowing but then on the second and third mowing, the reverse gear seemed to slip to the point of not even engaging.  It didn't matter if the mower blade was engaged or not.

    There is a post on this web site that had a similar problem with the forward gears not engaging properly.

    The solution mentioned in the previous post said to loosen the two large bolts (one black and one silver, use  a 1/2 inch socket)   that attach to the bottom of the gear lever and the metal flange by the motor and rear tire.   I put the lever into the reverse position and loosed the two bolts.  Once loosened,  you can slightly reposition the flange plate and the gear shift lever to get a bit more movement of the friction drive plate to the left of center on the pulley wheel.   You can see the friction wheel and the drive pulley if you look towards the motor (between the gear fender and the mower blade housing).   Retighten the two bolts once you reposition the gear shift lever.

    I now have a positive reverse engagement of the friction wheel and the drive pulley.  Neutral and all 3 forward gears also work perfectly too.

    Hope this resolves your WE261 reverse issue also.

     

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    • Peter B.

      Hi Mark,

      I apologize for the inconvenience on your Weed Eater One.

      If returning it to Wal-mart is no longer an option, you will have to take it to a Authorized Weed Eater Servicing Dealer. Your product likely has a drive disc problem which can only be serviced by a professional technician.

      Please refer to the web site below for a service center near you:

      http://www.weedeater.com/node7833.aspx

      Sincerely: Peter B.

    • dan

      Hi Mark ... I bought my WE261 about 3 weeks ago and the reverse gear worked on the first mowing but then on the second and third mowing, the reverse gear seemed to slip to the point of not even engaging.  It didn't matter if the mower blade was engaged or not.

      There is a post on this web site that had a similar problem with the forward gears not engaging properly.

      The solution mentioned in the previous post said to loosen the two large bolts (one black and one silver, use  a 1/2 inch socket)   that attach to the bottom of the gear lever and the metal flange by the motor and rear tire.   I put the lever into the reverse position and loosed the two bolts.  Once loosened,  you can slightly reposition the flange plate and the gear shift lever to get a bit more movement of the friction drive plate to the left of center on the pulley wheel.   You can see the friction wheel and the drive pulley if you look towards the motor (between the gear fender and the mower blade housing).   Retighten the two bolts once you reposition the gear shift lever.

      I now have a positive reverse engagement of the friction wheel and the drive pulley.  Neutral and all 3 forward gears also work perfectly too.

      Hope this resolves your WE261 reverse issue also.

       

      • Mark

        Thanks Dan.

        I'm going to try this as my local authorized service center did'nt even know what this unit was, but said bring it in and they"ll fix it. Great level of confidence there. I'll let you know how I make out.

    • Olivia Fair

      I bought my WE261 about 3 weeks ago after this  useful review and the reverse gear worked on the first mowing but then on the second and third mowing, the reverse gear seemed to slip to the point of not even engaging.  It didn't matter if the mower blade was engaged or not.But service center near me and decided problem well.