looked at a used one for 700 this evening. a 26 ton yard machine (same as a mtd i believe) and it looks like a used one should. while operating it all seemed well-the 2-stage worked and it dropped down into "low stage" just fine. however... on the return stroke, the handle does not release by itself after it has traveled the entire return distance. you have to manually move the lever back into "n". i could live with this; the bigger problem is that when you pull the lever forward from "r" to "n", a audible snap/crack sound is emitted and the handle that pops forward...not by itself, mind you, only if you pull on it. the first time it happened, i met with enough resistance and then "snap" i thought i broke something! any ideas? or is this one to let pass? thanks!