In Reply to: Wife likes the new 8n posted by dave#1 on July 22, 2017 at 19:31:21:
Go to the chart in the post below that Tim Daley published. Look at the columns for engine rpm of 1000 and 1500. Follow down the pto column to the number 540 rpm (or closest to 540) Go back to the left and find the gear selection.
For my 6' Woods finish mower I typically run engine 1500 rpm in third gear unless grass is taller, then I shift to second gear. (I basically use the same on my Jubilee)
Step up second at 1000 rpm would give you proper PTO speed and might work for very light mowing. You have to decide how that works for you.
I like 1500 RPM engine speed for all of my mowing.