My Branson is made in Korea and apparently they do a lot of rice work requiring the tractor to be up to it's ears in water. Lot of water protection. The tractor has a selector switch for Live or Independent PTO.
One thing it has is a little hook up on the firewall whose purpose is to hook onto the clutch pedal, keeping it depressed, and keep tension off the clutch disc. when in storage. One would think that you don't want the clutch springs compressed for a long period, rather let them loose in their somewhat relaxed position. But I guess a sticking clutch disc apparently can be a bigger problem.