Billy Goat FM3300E User Manual

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33"

TRIPLE BLADE

MOWER

 

COMMERCIAL

 

T h a n k Y o u f o r S e l e c t i n g

The Powerful Self-PropelledBilly Goat Mower

Operator Owner's Manual

FM3300 & FM3300E

2 Accessories

Mulching Kit

P/N 520144

Reduces lawn clippings to fine nutrient-richparticles that filter down to the soil.

Grass Catcher Kit P/N 520142

Easily convert your mower to bag grass and leaves.

Transaxle Guard Kit P/N 520155

To protect the transaxle from accidental contact from concrete curbs or other hazards.

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Specifications

 

 

 

 

 

 

FM3300

FM3300E

 

 

 

 

Engine: HP

13.0 HP (9.7 kW)

13.0 HP (9.7 kW)

Engine:Type

B&S INTEK OHV

B&S INTEK OHV ELECTRIC START

Engine: Fuel cap.

3.0 qt. (2.8 L)

3.0 qt. (2.8 L)

Engine: Oil Cap.

1.5 qt. (1.4 L)

1.5 qt. (1.4 L)

Weight: Unit

267 # (121 Kg)

277 # (126 Kg)

Weight: Shipping

410 # (186 Kq)

420 # (191 Kq)

UNIT SIZE: OVERALL LENGTH - 57"(1.44 m)

OVERALL WIDTH - 43" (1.09 m)

OVERALL HEIGHT - 47" (1.19 m)

Part No. 520141

Page 1 of 20

Form No. F061604A

5

IN THE INTEREST OF SAFETY

 

 

BEFORE STARTING ENGINE, READ AND UNDERSTAND THE “ENTIRE OPERATOR'S MANUAL &

 

ENGINE MANUAL.”

 

THIS SYMBOL MEANS WARNING OR CAUTION. DEATH, PERSONAL INJURY AND/OR PROPERTY

 

DAMAGE MAY OCCUR UNLESS INSTRUCTIONS ARE FOLLOWED CAREFULLY.

 

WARNING: The Engine Exhaust from this product contains chemicals known

 

to the State of California to cause cancer, birth defects or other reproductive harm.

WARNING: DO NOT

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

2.DO NOT place hands or feet near moving or rotating parts.

3.DO NOT store, spill or use gasoline near an open flame, or devices such as a stove, furnace, or water heater which use a pilot light or devices which can create a spark.

4.DO NOT refuel indoors where area is not well ventilated. Outdoor refueling is recommended.

5.DO NOT fill fuel tank while engine is running. Allow engine to cool for 2 minutes before refueling. Store fuel in approved safety containers.

6.DO NOT remove fuel tank cap while engine is running.

7.DO NOT operate engine when smell of gasoline is present or other explosive conditions exist.

8.DO NOT operate engine if gasoline is spilled. Move machine away from the spill and avoid creating any ignition until the gasoline has evaporated.

9.DO NOT transport unit with fuel in tank.

10.DO NOT smoke when filling fuel tank.

11.DO NOT choke carburetor to stop engine. Whenever possible, gradually reduce engine speed before stopping.

12.DO NOT run engine at excessive speeds. This may result in injury & /or damage to unit.

13.DO NOT tamper with governor springs, governor links or other parts which may change the governed engine speed.

14.DO NOT tamper with the engine speed selected by the engine manufacturer.

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

16.DO NOT crank engine with spark plug removed. If engine is flooded, place throttle in “FAST” position and crank until engine starts.

17.DO NOT strike flywheel with a hard object or metal tool as this may cause flywheel to shatter in operation. Use proper tools to service engine.

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

19.DO NOT operate engine with an accumulation of grass, leaves, dirt or other combustible material in the muffler area.

20.DO NOT use this engine on any forest covered, brush covered, or grass covered unimproved land unless a spark arrester is installed on the muffler. The arrester must be maintained in effective working order by the operator. In the State of California the above is required by law (Section 4442 of the California Public Resources Code). Other states may have similar laws. Federal laws apply on federal lands.

21.DO NOT touch hot muffler, cylinder, or fins

because contact may cause burns.

22.DO NOT run engine without air cleaner or air cleaner cover.

23.DO NOT operate during excessive vibration!

24.DO NOT leave machine unattended while in operation.

25.DO NOT park machine on a steep grade or slope.

WARNING: DO

1.ALWAYS DO remove the wire from the spark plug when servicing the engine or equipment TO PREVENT ACCIDENTAL STARTING.

2.DO keep cylinder fins and governor parts

free of grass and other debris

which can

affect engine speed.

 

3.DO pull starter cord slowly until resistance is felt. Then pull cord rapidly to avoid kickback and prevent hand or arm injury.

4.DO examine muffler periodically to be sure it is functioning effectively. A worn or leaking muffler should be repaired or replaced as necessary.

5.DO use fresh gasoline. Stale fuel can gum carburetor and cause leakage.

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

7.Follow engine manufacturer operating and maintenance instructions.

8.Inspect machine and work area before starting unit.

6 TABLE OF CONTENTS

SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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GENERAL SAFETY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ASSEMBLY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LIT. BAG & CONTROLS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LABELS

 

 

 

 

 

 

5 - 6

 

 

 

 

 

OPERATION

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6

- 9

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MAINTENANCE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10

- 14

 

 

 

 

 

 

PARTS DRAWING & LIST

 

 

 

 

15

- 18

 

 

ACCESSORIES

 

 

19

 

 

TROUBLESHOOTING

 

 

 

 

20

 

 

 

 

WARRANTY PROCEDURE

 

 

20

 

 

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SOUND

SOUND LEVEL 94.8 dBA at operator position

Sound tests were performed on 8/15/2003 under the conditions listed:

NOTE: Sound power level listed is the highest value for any model in this manual.

Please refer to serial plate on the unit for the sound level for your model.

GENERAL CONDITION:

Sunny

TEMPERATURE:

86 °F (30.0 °C)

WIND SPEED:

2.4 MPH (3.9 KPH)

WIND DIRECTION:

 

South

HUMIDITY:

57%

BAROMETRIC PRESSURE:

30.2" Hg (767mm Hg)

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VIBRATION

VIBRATION LEVEL 2.65 g

Vibration levels at the operators handles were measured in the vertical, lateral, and longitudinal directions using calibrated vibration test equipment. Tests were performed on 08/19/03 under the conditions listed:

GENERAL CONDITION:

Sunny

TEMPERATURE:

99 °F (37.2 °C)

WIND SPEED:

5.5 MPH (8.9 kmh)

WIND DIRECTION:

 

South East

HUMIDITY:

37%

BAROMETRIC PRESSURE:

29.9" Hg (759mm Hg)

Part No. 520141

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Form No. F061604A

9 GENERAL SAFETY

For your safety and the safety of others, these directions should be followed:

Do not operate this machine without first reading owner's manual and engine manufacturer's manual.

Use of Ear Protection is recommended while operating this machine.

Use of Eye and Breathing protection is recommended when using this machine.

This cutting machine is capable of amputating hands and feet and throwing objects. Failure to observe the following safety instructions could result in serious injury or death.

I. General Operation

1.Read, understand, and follow all instructions on the machine and in the manual(s). Be thoroughly familiar with the controls and the proper use of the mower before starting.

2.Do not put hands or feet near or under rotating parts. Keep clear of the discharge opening at all times.

3.Only allow responsible individuals, who are familiar with the instructions, to operate the mower.

4.Clear the area of objects such as rocks, toys, wire, bones, sticks etc., which could be picked up and thrown by the blade(s).

5.Be sure the area is clear of other people before mowing. Stop mower if anyone enters the area.

6.Do not operate the mower when barefoot or wearing open sandals. Always wear substantial foot wear.

7.Do not pull mower backwards unless absolutely necessary. Look down and behind before and while moving backwards.

8.Do not operate the mower without proper guards, plates, grass catcher or other safety protective devices in place.

9.See manufacturer’s instructions for proper operation and installation of accessories. Only use accessories approved by the manufacturer.

10.Stop the blade(s) when crossing gravel drives, walks, or roads.

11.Stop the engine (motor) whenever you leave the equipment, before cleaning the mower or unclogging the chute.

12.Shut the engine (motor) off and wait until the blade comes to complete stop before removing grass catcher.

13.Mow only in daylight or good artificial light.

14.Do not operate the mower while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

15.Never operate mower in wet grass. Always be sure of your footing; keep a firm hold on the handle and walk; never run.

16.Disengage the self-propelledmechanism or drive clutch on mowers so equipped before starting the engine (motor).

17.If the equipment should start to vibrate abnormally, stop the engine (motor) and check immediately for the cause. Vibration is generally a warning of trouble.

18.Always wear safety goggles or safety glasses with side shields when operating mower.

II. Slope Operation

Slopes are a major factor related to slip and fall accidents which can result in severe injury. All slopes require extra caution. If you feel uneasy on a slope, do not mow it.

DO:

Mow across the face of slopes; never up and down. Exercise extreme caution when changing direction on slopes.

Remove objects such as rocks, tree limbs, etc. Watch for holes, ruts, or bumps. Tall grass can hide obstacles.

DO NOT:

Do not mow near drop-offs,ditches, or embankments. The operator could lose footing or balance.

Do not mow excessively steep slopes.

Do not mow on wet grass. Reduced footing could cause slipping.

III. Children

Tragic accidents can occur if the operator is not alert to the presence of children. Children are often attracted to the mower and the mowing activity. Never assume that children will remain where you last saw them.

1.Keep children out of the mowing area and under the watchful care of a responsible adult.

2.Be alert and turn mower off if children enter the area.

3.Before and while moving backwards, look behind and down for small children.

4.Never allow children to operate the mower.

5.Use extra care when approaching blind comers, shrubs, trees, or other objects that may obscure vision.

IV. Service

1.Use extra care in handling gasoline and other fuels. They are flammable and vapors are explosive.

a)Use only an approved container.

b)Never remove gas cap or add fuel with the engine running. Allow engine to cool before refueling. Do not smoke.

c)Never refuel the machine indoors.

d)Never store the machine or fuel container inside where there is an open flame, such as a water heater.

2.Never run an engine inside a closed area.

3.Never make adjustments or repairs with the engine (motor) running. Disconnect the spark plug wire, and keep the wire away from the plug to prevent accidental starting.

4.Keep all nuts and bolts, especially blade attachment bolts, tight and keep equipment in good condition.

5.Never tamper with safety devices. Check their proper operation regularly.

6.Keep mower free of grass, leaves, or other debris build-up.Clean up oil or fuel spillage. Allow mower to cool before storing.

7.Stop and inspect the equipment if you strike an Object. Repair, if necessary, before restarting.

8.Never attempt to make wheel height adjustments while the engine (motor) is running.

9.Always disconnect electric mowers (live operated) before cleaning, repairing, or adjusting.

10.Grass catcher components are subject to wear, damage, and deterioration, which could expose moving parts or allow objects to be thrown. Frequently check components and replace with manufacturer’s recommended parts, when necessary.”

11.Mower blades are sharp and can cut. Wrap the blade(s) or wear gloves, and use extra caution when servicing them.

12.Do not change the engine governor setting or overspeed the engine.

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Form No. F061604A

Figure 11-8
Form No. F061604A
Figure 11-7
Figure 11-6
Figure 11-5
Figure 11-4
8. Insert one of the handle mounting bolts (Item 102) with Hex. lock washer (Item 6) through the rear handle mounting hole of the right side handle, and screw it into the rear handle mounting hole on the right side of engine base chassis (Item 61). Repeat this
procedure for the left side using the left handle.
9.On each side of the mower, insert one of the handle mounting bolts (Item 102) with Hex. lock washer (Item 6) through the hole in one end of the handle brace (Item 32), the front handle mounting hole of the handle and screw into the front handle mounting hole in the engine base chassis (Figure 11-5). 10.Using one of the bolts and flat washers removed previously (step 8), insert the bolt with washer, from the outside, through the bottom hole on the console, through the handle, through the top hole of the handle brace, through one of the flat washers removed in step 8 and secure
with lock nut (Item 151). Repeat this procedure for the bottom hole on the other side of the console. Make sure control cables are free and not damaged while tightening console mounting bolts (Figure 6).
11.On the left hand side, using one of the bolts and flat washers removed previously (step 6), insert the bolt with washer, from the outside, through the top hole on the console, through the handle, through the control cable retainer, through one of the flat washers removed in step 8 and secure with
lock nut (Item 151). Repeat for righthand side except there is no control cable retainer for this side. Make sure the control cables are not damaged while tightening console mounting bolts (see figure 11-6). 12.Finish mounting handle to engine base bolts then finish tightening the remaining bolts. 13.Position control cables and use 2 cable ties on each handle to secure the cables in position. The top cable tie should be 1” below the console and the lower tie should be 12” below the console (see figure 11-7)
14.Check the position of the shift rod guide (Item 69), and if necessary, snap it in place in the shift bracket (Item 78) as shown in Figure 11-8. 15.Put shift lever in NEUTRAL, depress the brake lever (release
the brake) and carefully pull the machine back off the pallet.
16.Fill with oil and gas to the proper level and the unit is ready to mow. (a battery will also have to be installed on electric models.) 17.Read the operator’s manual.

11 ASSEMBLY

Read all safety and operating instructions before assembling or starting this unit.

PUT OIL IN ENGINE BEFORE STARTING.

DISCONNECT SPARK PLUG WIRE

BEFORE ASSEMBLING UNIT.

Your Billy Goat Mower is shipped from the factory in one crate, completely assembled except for the handles and console assembly.

NOTE: All item numbers called out in the assembly, operation, and maintenance sections of this manual can be found on Parts List (pages15-18).

Figure 11-1

1.Cut and remove the nylon retaining straps (see figure 11-1).2.Pry up and remove the shipping crate’s top panel. 3.Remove the shipping crate’s end panel at rear of mower

4.With the console positioned as shown in Figure 11-3,insert the shift linkage rod (Item 31) into the shift linkage connector (Item 54).

5. To assemble the shift rod (item 31) to the shift linkage (item 54), use the roll pin in the parts/literature bag. If you’ll notice on the shift linkage, the hole is larger on one side than the other.

It will be easier to start the roll pin from the larger side, forcing it through the shift rod and the hole on the other side of the shift linkage, using a hammer or large adjustable pliers.

6.Remove and retain for reuse console mounting bolts, washers and nuts (Items 135, 150 & 151) from left and right handles.

7.Remove and retain for reuse handle mounting bolts and hex lock washers (Items 102 & 6) located just above the rear wheels on each side of mower (see figure 11-4).

NOTE: Fasteners should only be tightened snug tight until handle and console assembly is complete.

Figure 11-3

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12 LITERATURE ASSY P/N 520137

Literature Checklist

 

Check

Warranty

Check

Owner's

Owner's

Warranty

Manual

Card

Manual

Card

520141

400972

 

 

 

900407

 

 

 

Ty Wrap

 

 

 

Qty 4

 

 

 

520156

Roll Pin 1/4" x 1" long Qty 1

13 CONTROLS

Throttle Control

33" TRIPLE BLADE MOWER

TRANSPORT ONLY 5

LIFT THEN PULL

TO REVERSE

4

CHOKE

3

 

START

2

 

1 N

5200048 No: Part

STOP

LIFT THEN PULL R

TO REVERSE

WARNING

AVOID SERIOUS INJURY OR DEATH.

OBJECT THROWN BY BLADE

Follow all instructions in Owner's Manual.

CAN CAUSE SERIOUS INJURY.

Go across slopes, not up and down.

Inspect area and remove debris before

Do not mow when children or others are around.

mowing.

Look down and behind before and while moving

Keep children and others away.

backwards.

Wear eye protection.

Keep safety guards, shields, switches, and etc.

Do not operate unless guard is in place.

in place and working.

 

 

 

START (PULL UP)

RUN

OFF

14 ENGINE LABELS

Speed Control

5th gear (Transporting Speed): LIft up on the lever then push to engage in the 5th gear.

Rev: LIft up on the lever then pull back for reverse.

Electric Start Only

Pull up on the switch then push forward to start the engine.

Briggs & Stratton

Read and follow Operating

Instructions before running engine.

Gasoline is flammable. Allow engine

to cool at least 2 minutes before fueling.

Engines emit carbon monoxide,

DO NOT run in enclosed area.

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Form No. F061604A

15 INSTRUCTION LABELS

These labels should be included on your Billy Goat Finish Mower. If any of these labels are damaged, replace them before putting this equipment into operation. Item and part numbers are given to help in ordering replacement labels..

WARNING

EXPLOSIVE FUEL

400268

STOP ENGINE AND ALLOW T O

COOL BEFORE REFUELING.

Label Do Not Fill While Engine Is Hot Item 4 Part No.400268

 

WARNING

890254

900327

Label Ear Eye Breathing

Label Warning Guards

Item No. 114 Part No. 890254

Item 119 Part No.900327

PATENT PENDING

PART NO. 500183

Label Patent Pending

Item 178 Part No.500183

 

DANGER

 

810736

Label Danger Keep Hands

Label Danger Flying Material

and Feet Away

Item No. 2 Part No. 810736

Item 5 Part No.400424

 

 

500176

Label Read Owner's Manual

Label Clutch Drive

Item 52 Part No.890301

Item No. 10 Part No.

 

500176

 

PART: 520048

33" TRIPLE BLADE MOWER

LabelDESCRIPTION:FM ElectricLABEL CONSOLEConsoleELECTRIC START FM

ELECTRIC START MODEL

ItemPAGE472 PartOF 2 No. 520048

520048 No: Part

 

 

5

 

TRANSPORT ONLY

4

 

LIFT THEN PUSH

 

TO FOWARD 5TH

CHOKE

 

3

 

 

START

 

2

 

 

 

 

1

 

LIFT THEN PULL

N

 

TO REVERSE

STOP

R

 

WARNING

 

AVOID SERIOUS INJURY OR DEATH.

OBJECT THROWN BY BLADE

START (PULL UP)

 

Follow all instructions in Owner's Manual.

CAN CAUSE SERIOUS INJURY.

RUN

Go across slopes, not up and down.

Inspect area and remove debris before

 

Do not mow when children or others are around.

mowing.

OFF

Look down and behind before and while moving

Keep children and others away.

 

backwards.

Wear eye protection.

 

Keep safety guards, shields, switches, and etc.

Do not operate unless guard is in place.

 

in place and working.

 

 

No: Part

Label FM Console

520079

Item 47 Part No. 520079

 

 

 

WARNING

TO PREVENT INJURY

Do not operate unless deflector is in place

Label Warning Mower

Item No. 17 Part No. 510206

500177

PUSH TO

RELEASE

BRAKE

Label Blade Drive

Label Push to Release Brake

Item No. 11 Part No.

Item 95 Part No. 520117

500177

 

CUTTING HEIGHT MAY BE ADJUSTED BY PLACING

SPACERS ABOVE OR BELOW CASTER SPINDLES.

HIGHEST

LOWEST

CUTTING

CUTTING

 

HEIGHT

HEIGHT

 

OF 4.0"

OF 1.5"

 

 

PART NO. 520043

Label Hgt. Guideline

 

Item No. 7 Part No. 520043

33" TRIPLE BLADE MOWER

 

 

 

5

 

TRANSPORT ONLY

4

 

LIFT THEN PUSH

 

TO FOWARD 5TH

CHOKE

 

3

 

 

START

 

2

 

 

 

 

1

 

LIFT THEN PULL

N

 

TO REVERSE

STOP

R

 

WARNING

 

AVOID SERIOUS INJURY OR DEATH.

OBJECT THROWN BY BLADE

 

Follow all instructions in Owner's Manual.

CAN CAUSE SERIOUS INJURY.

 

Go across slopes, not up and down.

Inspect area and remove debris before

 

Do not mow when children or others are around.

mowing.

 

Look down and behind before and while moving

 

Keep children and others away.

 

backwards.

Wear eye protection.

 

Keep safety guards, shields, switches, and etc.

Do not operate unless guard is in place.

 

in place and working.

 

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Form No. F061604A

16 OPERATION

INTENDED USE: This unit is mainly designed for cutting grass. Some overgrown weeds, and taller grass may also be cut. Be sure to inspect work area and machine before operating. Make sure that all operators of this equipment are trained in general machine use and safety.

Like all mechanical tools, reasonable care must be used when operating machine. Do not operate unit

in areas where bystanders may be present.

Do not operate if excessive vibration occurs. If excessive vibration occurs, shut engine off immediately and check for damaged or worn blade, loose blade jam nut, loose engine or lodged foreign objects. Note: See maintenance section for proper blade jam nut

torque specifications.

16.1STARTING

PUT OIL IN ENGINE THEN CHECK

THE LEVEL BEFORE 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.

ENGINE SPEED: Controlled by throttle lever on the control console plate.

FUEL VALVE: Move fuel valve to "ON" position (when provided on engine).

CHOKE: Operated with the throttle control by moving the throttle control to the full start position.

THROTTLE: Move remote throttle control to fast position. Pull starting rope to start engine.

ELECTRIC START: Choke the engine if necessary. Pull up then push forward on the toggle switch until engine starts, then release switch to run.

1.Select desired cutting height before starting engine.

2.Place mower on a sidewalk or driveway where the mower blade is in an unloaded condition. If it must be started on the lawn, move mower over previously cut grass.

3.Be sure drive lever or blade lever are not engaged.

4.Choke if necessary.

5.Pull back on starter rope slowly until resistance is felt. Then pull cord rapidly to start. Repeat if necessary.

16.2CUTTING OPERATION

CAUTION: Stop Blade when crossing gravel drives, walks or roads and under all conditions where thrown objects might be a hazard.

CLEARING A CLOGGED CUTTING DECK: Turn engine off and wait for blade to stop completely. Disconnect spark plug wire.

Wearing durable gloves, remove clog. Danger, the clog may contain sharp materials. Reconnect spark plug wire.

CAUTION: Use extreme care when operating the blade. Inspect the work area for foreign objects that could cause damage to the unit or injure the operator if struck by the blade. Never operate the blade with bystanders in the work area.

GENERAL OPERATION: To engage the blade, depress the operator’s left hand control lever against operator’s handle. The blade is disengaged by releasing this lever.(See Fig. 1.1) To engage the wheel drive, lift the operator’s right hand control lever against operator’s handle. The drive is disengaged by releasing this lever.(See Fig. 1.2) Ground speed can be varied by shifting gears as described on page 8. To begin cutting, engage the blade lever, allow the blade to spin up to speed, and engage the wheel drive to begin moving forward into the material to be cut.

NOTE: Do not engage blade during transport between work sites. The blade should remain disengaged at all times when work is not being performed.

The best performance is achieved when cutting in dry conditions. If the deck becomes choked with grass

or debris during operation, back unit off of debris allowing machine to clear itself and continue cutting, or shut the unit off and clear the clog by hand (See above). A drop in engine RPM or a noticeable change in engine sound is usually a good indicator of a clogged discharge or other interference.

Under most conditions cutting should be done in second or third gear. Fourth gear should be reserved for conditions where grass is thinned out or not as tall. The quality of the cut produced is directly related to the unit's ground speed during cutting. If the quality of the cut

is not satisfactory (i.e. material left standing) you should shift into a lower gear during cutting. For improved control in confined areas, this machine can be pushed forward or backward by releasing the drive lever located at the bottom of the operator's right-handhandle while depressing the brake release lever.

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Form No. F061604A

16OPERATION continued

16.3CUTTING HEIGHT ADJUSTMENT

CAUTION: DO NOT make cutting height adjustment when engine is running.

Cutting height can be adjusted from 1.5" to 4" by placing spacers above or below caster spindles. For easiest adjustment change the height on one side at a time. To change cutting height, tilt the unit back, remove lynch pin, remove all spacers then set if off to the side, remove caster rig, add or subtract spacers, reinstall caster rig, place remainder of spacers if any, then reinsert lynch pin (see figure 16-1through16-4).Repeat this step on other side.

NOTE: Be sure that the spacers are even on both casters. Running the deck out of level will result in poor cut quality and increased belt wear.

lynch pin

spacers

HIGHEST

LOWEST

CUTTING

CUTTING

HEIGHT

HEIGHT

OF 4.0"

OF 1.5"

caster rig

Figure 16-1

Figure 16-2

Figure 16-3

Figure 16-4

16.4BLADE CLUTCH

The FM mower blade clutch is controlled by an operator presence control. To engage the blade, depress the operator’s left hand control lever against operator’s handle. The blade is disengaged by releasing this lever.(see figure 16-5)

NOTE: The blade clutch must be either fully engaged for cutting or fully disengaged to bring the blade to

a stop. Do not operate the unit with the blade clutch partially engaged. Premature belt wear and clutch failure will result from improper operation of the clutch.

CAUTION: Use extreme care when operating the blade. Inspect the work area for foreign objects that could cause damage to the unit or injure the operator if struck by the blade. Never operate the blade with bystanders in the work area. Lever operate the blade

without either the discharge deflector chute or the grass catcher in place.

Blade ClutchLever

Fig. 2

Figure 16-5

Operator's handle

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Form No. F061604A

16 OPERATIONcontinued

16.5 PROPULSION16.6 HILLSIDE MOWING

This unit is self-propelled,and is controlled by an operator presence control. To engage the wheel drive,

first push down on the BRAKE RELEASE lever on

HILL

the right side, then lift the operator's DRIVE lever on the right side against operator's handle. The drive is

disengaged by releasing the lower lever. (see figure 16-6).Push and hold the Brake lever to free wheel.

brake release lever - down to release

Fig. 2

operator's

handle

Figure 16-8

WARNING! Never mow on any slope greater than 15 degrees. Always mow across the face of slopes; never up and down or diagonally (see figure16-8).DO NOT attempt sudden starts or stop when mowing on a slope. Avoid sudden turns and use extreme caution when changing direction on a slope.

16.7HANDLING & TRANSPORTING:

CAUTION: ENGINE MUST BE OFF while handling, lifting, or transporting the unit on or off the vehicle.

Figure 16-6

drive lever -

 

 

up to drive

GROUND SPEED can be varied by selecting a higher or lower gear using the gear shift lever on top of the console (see figure 16-7).Under most conditions cutting should be done in second or third gear. Fourth gear should be reserved for conditions where grass is thinned out or not as tall. The quality of the cut produced is directly related to the unit's ground speed during cutting. If the quality of the cut is not satisfactory (i.e. material left standing), you should shift into a lower gear during cutting. For improved control in confined areas, this machine can be pushed forward or backward by releasing the drive lever located at the bottom of the operator'sright-handhandle while depressing the brake release lever.

Using two people to lift machine is recommended. Lift holding the handle and front of deck. Secure in place during transport.

16.8STORAGE

Never store engine indoors or in enclosed poorly ventilated areas with fuel in tank, where fuel fumes may reach an open flame, spark or pilot light, as on a furnace, water heater, clothes dryer or other gas appliance.

If engine is to be unused for 30 days or more, prepare as follows:

Be sure engine is cool. Do not smoke. Remove all gasoline from carburetor and fuel tank to prevent gum deposits from forming on these parts and causing possible malfunction of engine. Drain fuel outdoors, into an approved container, away from open flame. Run engine until fuel tank

is empty and engine runs out of gasoline.

NOTE: Fuel stabilizer (such asSta-Bil)is an acceptable alternative in minimizing the formation of fuel gum deposits during storage. Add stabilizer to gasoline in fuel tank or storage container. Always follow mix ratio found on stabilizer container. Run engine at least 10 min. after adding stabilizer to allow it to reach the carburetor.

CAUTION: Wheels must be chocked or blocked when unit is parked on a slope.

Figure 16-7

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17 MAINTENANCE

Use only a qualified mechanic for any adjustments, disassembly or any kind of repair .

WARNING: TO AVOID PERSONAL INJURY, ALWAYS TURN MACHINE OFF, MAKE SURE ALL MOVING PARTS COME TO A COMPLETE STOP.

DISCONNECT SPARK PLUG WIRE BEFORE SERVICING UNIT.

RECONNECT SPARK PLUG WIRE, AND ALL GUARDS BEFORE STARTING ENGINE.

Note: Blade, blade brake puck, transaxle brake, and drive belts are normal wear items. These should be inspected on a regular basis and replaced if worn.

MAINTENANCE HISTORY

Date of Service

Service Performed

ADJUST ALL BELT TENSIONS AFTER FIRST 5 HRS. OF USE TO PROLONG THE LIFE OF BELTS.

Maintenance Schedule

Follow these hourly maintenance intervals.

Maintenance Operation

Every

Every 5 hrs

Every 25

Every 50 Every

Use

or (Daily)

hrs

hrs

200-250hrs

 

 

Engine (See Engine Manual)

Check for excessive vibration

Inspect for loose parts

Inspect for worn/damaged parts

Sharpen Blade

Inspect belts for wear

Replace blade and traction belts

Lubricate caster pivots and height adjustment spacers

Lubricate pivot points of all three control levers

Check tire pressure

NOTE: inflate to mfr.’s specification as shown on tire side-wall

Check brake puck

Check parking brake

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