Well if you knew I was going to say it why did you ask?
I didn't say I enjoyed that handy dandy little feature I merely implied I learned to live with it. If I didn't like it I would do something about it.....
Back in the 60's "safety" was a big marketing point... how safe various machines were was all over the advertising literature... Deere sold their Lawn and Garden line as being "triple safe" which was a key, neutral start, and PTO switch.... yet now if you mention "safety" anything folks get puffed up like you offended them. I suppose it got too safe when they added brake and seat switches... cuts down on the thrill of mowing right..... sure you can do something a million times but that 1,000,001 time might be the time you screw up.... are you willing to accept the consequences of your actions if your wife, child, or grandchild is sitting in that seat?
Just think about that one. The choice is yours but a swipe at my post doesn't change my mind.... I live with what ever safety features come on the machines I have and they don't bother me after a couple uses.
Well, I had a feeling just re-engaging the PTO upon forward movement would make too much sense to implement. "Pausing" it while in reverse and resuming upon forward movement just makes sense to me.
Frankly, I think many of these features are turning us in mindless creatures completely oblivious to what's going on around us. Trucks even have adaptive cruise control and lane keeping systems so you can darn near set it and take a nap, so it's only a matter of time before people try it, then wonder why they crashed. I feel like we're turning into the people in the movie "Wall-e", riding around in chairs, food delivered in liquid form so no chewing, color changing clothes so we don't even need to get up to change ourselves... Instead of teaching someone to pay attention to what's going on around them (IE, look over your shoulder before backing up along with teaching kids to stay away from a tractor in operation) lets just have the machine take over responsibility. I mean, you can still backup at the touch of the pedal without looking right? So now you'll just back into your car, house, or over a kid/animal without the implement running. I get they'll be hurt less than if the mowing deck or tiller was still running, but they'd still get hurt. So if one is already looking back to ensure a clear path before changing direction as they should be, then there's no need to turn the implement(s) off. The loader causes a blind spot, but I don't see anything automatically raising or lowering it so you can see better when going forward unless you push a button first. In fact, most headlights get blocked when the bucket is raised to travel height, and that seems like a problem without a factory solution. I have more of an issue backing up with a rear blade due to its length and width than the belly mower, but nothing helps that so it's up to operator responsibility. Might as well be in the same habit for all implements, IMO. Situational awareness.
As for the kids, they don't use the tractor without adult supervision and being taught how to use it. We don't just turn them loose and expect the safety features to stop accidents. Those safety features aren't 100% guaranteed either. So if a switch can fail, a wire break or short out, or a pin come unplugged why rely on them when you can learn to operate without them? The parking brake is a prime example. I can't count how many times I've read on this forum to not rely on it. Too many come loose leading to a tractor rolling down hill. And yet, there's a switch that prevents getting off the running tractor while the HST is engaged... Seems like you'd be better off disabling that switch vs using the parking brake just based on experiences here. (In addition to dropping the loader and implement, of course.)