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CR Owner’s Manual

BILLY GOAT CR550HC POWER RAKE

Owner's Manual

Accessories

SLICING REEL

A complete vertislicing reel for your CR. 20" wide reel for use in grasses that require vertical cutting, and for assisting in lawn overseeding projects.

SLICING BLADES

A full set of twenty blades for replacement. Includes 40 new capscrews, and lock nuts for replacement installation.

P/N 350252

P/N 350187

Replacement Parts

SPACER

 

DRIVE

 

FLAIL

 

FLAIL SHAFTS

BUMPERS

 

BELT

 

BLADES

 

A full set of four

A complete

 

Original

 

 

 

shafts for

A complete

replacement set.

 

Equipment drive

 

 

replacement.

 

 

replacement set.

 

44 of 1/2" spacer

 

belt for your CR.

 

 

Includes 8 new lock

 

 

52 of our high

 

bumpers and 4

 

 

 

 

clips for

 

 

 

quality flail

 

of 1/4" spacer

 

 

 

 

replacement

 

 

 

blades for your

 

bumpers

 

 

 

 

installation.

 

 

 

CR. Includes 8

 

 

 

 

 

 

Note: We

 

 

 

 

new lock clips for

 

 

 

 

 

 

recommend

 

 

 

 

replacement

 

 

 

 

 

 

replacing the shafts

 

 

 

 

installation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

when you replace

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

flails.

P/N 350258

 

P/N 350207

 

P/N 350251

 

 

 

P/N 350185

 

 

 

 

 

 

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ABOUT THIS MANUAL

THANK YOU for purchasing a BILLY GOAT® CR Power Rake. Your new machine has been carefully designed and manufactured to provide years of reliable and productive service. This manual provides complete operating and maintenance instructions that will help to maintain your machine in top running order. Read this manual carefully before assembling, operating, or servicing your equipment.

CONTENTS

SERIAL PLATE DATA AND SPECIFICATIONS

 

3

 

 

 

 

GENERAL SAFETY

 

4-5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SOUND AND VIBRATION

 

6

 

 

 

 

 

INSTRUCTION LABELS

 

7

 

 

 

 

 

PACKING CHECKLIST & ASSEMBLY

8

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OPERATION

 

 

9-10

 

MAINTENANCE

 

11

 

 

TROUBLESHOOTING AND WARRANTY PROCEDURE

12

 

 

 

ILLUSTRATED PARTS & PARTS LISTS

 

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SERIAL PLATE DATA

Record the model number, serial number, date of purchase, and where purchased.

Purchase Date:

Purchased From:

Specifications

 

CR550HC

 

 

Engine: HP

5.0 (3.73 kW)

 

 

Engine: Model

GC160AQHA

 

 

Engine: Type

HONDA OHC

 

 

Engine: Fuel Capacity

2.1 qt (2.0 L)

 

 

Engine: Oil Capacity

0.63 qt. (0.6 L)

 

 

Total Unit Weight:

125# (56.8 kg)

 

 

Max. operating slope

20o

 

 

Lwa at operator position

99 dB(a)

 

 

Lpa at operator position

81 dB(a)

 

 

Vibration at operator position

1.01g (9.94 m/s2)

 

 

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GENERAL SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS and SYMBOLS

The safety symbols shown below are used throughout this manual. You should become familiar with them before assembling, operating, or servicing this equipment.

This symbol indicates important information that will prevent injury to yourself or others.

This symbol indicates ear protection is recommended when operating this equipment.

This symbol indicates eye protection is recommended when operating this equipment.

This symbol indicates gloves should be worn when servicing this equipment.

This symbol indicates that this manual and the engine manufacturer’s manual should be read carefully before assembling, operation, or servicing this equipment.

This symbol indicates important information that will prevent damage to your BILLY GOAT ® CR Power Rake.

This symbol indicates the engine oil level should be checked before operating this equipment.

Read and make sure you thoroughly understand the following safety precautions before assembling, operating or servicing this equipment:

READ this manual and the engine manufacturer’s manual carefully before assembling, operating, or servicing this equipment.

EAR PROTECTION is recommended when operating this equipment.

EYE PROTECTION is recommended when operating this equipment.

BREATHING PROTECTION is recommended when operating this equipment.

EXHAUST from this product contains chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer, birth defects or other reproductive harm.

DO NOT operate this equipment on any unimproved forested, brushy, or grass covered land unless a spark arrester is installed on the muffler as required by Section 4442 of the California Public Resources Code. The arrester must be maintained in good working order. Other states may have similar laws. Federal laws apply on federal lands.

DO NOT run engine in an enclosed area. Exhaust gases contain carbon monoxide, an odorless and possibly fatal poison.

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DO NOT run this equipment indoors or in any poorly ventilated area. Refueling outdoors is recommended.

DO NOT refuel this equipment while the engine is running. Allow engine to cool for at least two minutes before refueling.

DO NOT store gasoline near an open flame.

DO NOT remove gas cap while engine is running.

DO NOT start or operate engine if strong odor of gasoline is present.

DO NOT start or operate engine if gasoline is spilled. Move equipment away from spill until gasoline has completely evaporated.

DO NOT smoke while filling the fuel tank.

DO NOT check for spark with spark plug or spark plug wire removed. Use an approved spark tester.

DO NOT operate engine without a muffler. Inspect muffler periodically and replace if necessary. If equipped with muffler deflector, inspect deflector periodically and replace if necessary.

DO NOT operate engine with grass, leaves or other combustible material near the muffler.

DO NOT touch muffler, cylinder, or cooling fins when hot. Contact with hot surfaces may cause severe burns.

DO NOT leave equipment unattended while in operation.

DO NOT park equipment on a steep grade or slope.

DO NOT operate equipment with bystanders in or near the work area.

DO NOT allow children to operate this equipment.

DO NOT operate equipment with guards removed.

DO NOT operate equipment near hot or burning debris or any toxic or explosive materials.

DO NOT operate equipment on slopes greater than specified in Specifications section of this manual.

DO NOT start engine without height adjust lever in up position and clutch bail disengaged.

DO NOT place hands or feet underneath unit, or near any moving parts.

ALWAYS remove spark plug wire when servicing equipment to prevent accidental starting.

ALWAYS check fuel lines and fittings frequently for cracks or leaks. Replace if necessary.

ALWAYS keep hands and feet away from moving or rotating parts.

ALWAYS store fuel in approved safety containers.

WARNING: Important

Remove all rocks, wire, string, etc. that can present a hazard during work prior to starting.

DO identify and mark all fixed objects to be avoided during work such as sprinkler heads, water valves, buried cables, or clothes line anchors, etc.

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SOUND

SOUND LEVEL 81 dB(a) at Operator Position

Sound tests were conducted in accordance with 2000/14/EEC, and were performed on 2-9-2002under the conditions listed below.

Sound power level listed is the highest value for any model covered in this manual. Please refer to serial plate on the unit for the sound power level for your model.

General Conditions:

Sunny

Temperature:

43oF (6.1oC)

Wind Speed:

10 mph (16.1 kmh)

Wind Direction:

North West

Humidity:

82.2%

Barometric Pressure:

29.72Hg (754 mm Hg)

VIBRATION DATA

VIBRATION LEVEL 1.01g (9.94m/s2)

Vibration levels at the operator’s handles were measured in the vertical, lateral and longitudinal directions using calibrated vibration test equipment. Tests were performed on 5-25-2006under the conditions listed below.

General Conditions:

Sunny

Temperature:

72.32oF (22.4oC)

Wind Speed:

3.8 mph (6.12kph)

Wind Direction:

East

Humidity:

62.2%

Barometric Pressure:

29.9Hg (101.3kpa)

INTENDED USE

INTENDED USE: This machine is designed for removing thatch from your lawn, renovation of existing lawns, and to assist in overseeding operations. The machine should not be used for any other purpose than that stated above.

Do not operate if excessive vibration occurs. If excessive vibration occurs, shut engine off immediately and check for damaged or worn reel, loose pulley bolts or set screws, loose engine or lodged foreign objects. (See trouble shooting section on page 12).

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INSTRUCTION LABELS

The labels shown below were installed on your BILLY GOAT ® CR Power Rake. If any labels are damaged or missing, replace them before operating this equipment. Item numbers from the Illustrated Parts List and part numbers are provided for convenience in ordering replacement labels. The correct position for each label may be determined by referring to the Figure and Item numbers shown.

LABEL DANGER KEEP HANDS

LABEL CLUTCH ITEM #49

DANGER FLYING DEBRIS

AND FEET AWAY

P/N 830503

ITEM # 48 P/N 810736

ITEM #51 P/N 400424

 

 

LABEL CAUTION GUARD

LABEL EXPLOSIVE FUEL

LABEL INSTRUCTION HEIGHT ADJ.

ITEM #52 P/N 900327

ITEM # 50 P/N 400268

ITEM #35 P/N 350224

ENGINE LABELS/CONTROLS

HONDA

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PACKING CHECKLIST

Your Billy Goat Power Rake is shipped from the factory in one carton, completely assembled. READ all safety instructions before assembling unit.

TAKE CAUTION when removing the unit from the box the Handle Assembly is attached and folded over

PUT OIL IN ENGINE BEFORE STARTING

PARTS BAG &

LITERATURE ASSY

Warranty card P/N- 400972, Owner’s Manual P/N-350245,Declaration of ConformityP/N-350139,and Literature CR Accessories 350246.

26

28

Boxing Parts

Checklist

Honda GC 5.0

OHC

Literature Assy

P/N-350243

28

ASSEMBLY

1.ASSEMBLE the left rear wheel to the axle using ¾” wrench.

2.UNFOLD the upper handle (item 26) and slide handle lock loops (item 28) into place to secure the upper handle to the lower.

3.CHECK engine oil level and fill to proper level with engine manufacturers recommended grade of oil. Move height adjust lever to down position, to level engine during checking. See engine manufacturers instruction manual.

4.CONNECT spark plug wire.

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OPERATION

Like all mechanical tools, reasonable care must be used when operating machine.

Inspect machine work area and machine before operating. Make sure that all operators of this equipment are trained in general machine use and safety.

PUT OIL IN ENGINE BEFORE STARTING

STARTING

ENGINE: See engine manufacturer’s instructions for type and amount of oil and gasoline used. Engine must be level when checking and filling oil and gasoline.

FUEL VALVE: Move fuel valve to "ON" position (when provided on engine).STOP SWITCH: Located on the engine. "slow/stop" position.

CHOKE: Operated with choke lever on side of engine.THROTTLE: Controlled by throttle lever on the motor.

IF YOUR UNIT FAILS TO START:

See Troubleshooting on page 12.

FOLDING HANDLE

This unit is equipped with a folding upper handle for easier storage and transportation. The handle can be folded by sliding the handle lock loops (item 28) up. This releases the upper handle, allowing it to be folded over the unit.

HANDLING & TRANSPORTING:

This unit requires two people to lift it. With the handle in the folded position, lift holding the lower handle and belt/shaft guard one on each side of the machine. Secure the machine in place during transport. See page 3 for weight specifications

Never lift the machine while the engine is running.

BLADE POSITION & DEPTH CONTROL LEVER

The blades can be raised or lowered into the ground by height adjustment lever on the engine base. The resulting blade depth can be adjusted higher or lower. See ADJUSTING BLADE DEPTH.

ADJUSTING BLADE DEPTH

The depth of the blades can be raised or lowered by rotating the knob on the top of the adjustment lever. The blades are lowered by rotating the knob counter-clockwise,and raised by rotating the knob clockwise. The relative depth of the blades can be gauged by using the depth scale located on the right front corner of the engine base.

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RAKING OPERATION

MOW: Mow the lawn to it's normal cut height

DRY: Be sure grass is dry. Wet conditions can cause increased damage to healthy grass.

SET DEPTH: With engine off, set the raking depth so that the blades just touch on a flat surface (i.e. driveway, or sidewalk).

START ENGINE: See page 9.

ENGAGE BLADES: Pull back on the bail on the operators handle.NOTE: When engaging the blades in heavy load conditions (i.e. heavy thatch, or very uneven turf), push down on the operators handle lifting the front wheels slightly. Engage the blades. Slowly lower the unit into the turf.

RAKE: Rake a small test area and examine the results. Thatch should be removed and deposited on top of the healthy grass. If excessive damage occurs to healthy grass, adjust the blade depth to decrease damage. Continue raking the yard, working in one direction (i.e.north-south,oreast-west).NOTE: If a large drop in engine RPM occurs, or the unit pulls you forward and bounces during operation the blade depth is set too low.

REMOVE THATCH: After raking, a layer of thatch will be deposited over the top of the lawn. This thatch must be removed prior to any fertilizing, seeding, or watering of the lawn. We suggest the use of a lawn vacuum or wheeled blower for collection and removal of the thatch.

VERTI-CUTTINGOPERATION

MOW: Mow the lawn to it's normal cut height

DRY: Be sure grass is dry. Wet conditions can cause increased damage to healthy grass.

SET DEPTH: With engine off, set the raking depth so that the blades just touch on a flat surface (i.e. driveway, or sidewalk).

START ENGINE: See Page 9.

ENGAGE BLADES: Pull back on the bail on the operators handle.NOTE: When engaging the blades in heavy load conditions (i.e. heavy thatch, or very uneven turf), push down on the operators handle lifting the front wheels slightly. Engage the blades. Slowly lower the unit into the turf.

SLICE: Verti-cuta small test area and examine the results. Some thatch and cut stems should be removed and deposited on top of the healthy grass. Grass runners should be cut and ready for removal. If excessive damage occurs to healthy grass, adjust the blade depth to decrease damage. Continue raking the yard, working in one direction (i.e.north-south,oreast-west).NOTE: If a large drop in engine RPM occurs, or the unit pulls you forward and bounces during operation the blade depth is set too low.

REMOVE THATCH/STEMS: Afterverti-cutting,a layer of thatch and cut stems will be deposited over the top of the lawn. We suggest the use of a lawn vacuum or wheeled blower for collection and removal of the thatch/stems.

RAKING/SLICING TIPS

THATCH: Thatch is a dense layer of dead grass, clippings, and roots that builds up over time at the base of the lawn preventing air, water, and fertilizer from reaching the soil. This can cause shallow root development and make a lawn more susceptible to drought and disease. Thatch also provides an ideal environment for insects to hide and multiply. Periodic removal of thatch will keep your lawn in good health.

HEAVY THATCH: Lawns with an excessive amount of thatch will require multiple treatments for effective removal. Trying to remove excessive thatch (greater than 3/4"[19 mm] deep) in one treatment will damage or destroy the living part of the lawn. It is best to remove heavy thatch in seasonal treatments (i.e. spring, and fall).

CHECK: Before beginning, it is best to evaluate the condition of the lawn by cutting one or more core samples from area to be treated. A core can be cut using a piece of pvc, or metal pipe. Hammer the pipe into the ground, remove it, push the core out of the pipe and inspect it to determine the depth of thatch in your yard.

SLOPES: Rake slopes across not up and down. This is much easier and safer for the operator and is better for the lawn. Raking across will help to reduce runoff during watering and allow the sloped ground to hold more seed, fertilizer, and water. The units maximum operating slope is 35% or 19°.

DEPTH: The wide range of depth adjustment on your unit is provided to allow for blade wear. Setting the reel deeper will not produce better, or quicker results. The flail reel is intended to be set so it just touches the surface on flat ground. The slicing reel should be set even with the ground forverti-slicingwork, and set to a maximum 1/2" depth for overseeding jobs. Setting the reel deeper than this will only result in premature wear on the unit (i.e. failed belt). If you desire to work the ground deeper than the above guidelines allow, it should be done gradually in multiple passes.

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