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Safety • Assembly • Operation • Adjustments • Maintenance •Troubleshooting • Parts Lists • Warranty

OPERATOR’S MANUAL

Two-StageSnowThrower

IMPORTANT:

READ SAFETY RULES AND

INSTRUCTIONS CAREFULLY

BEFORE OPERATION

PRINTED IN U.S.A.

MTD Products Ltd., P. O. Box 1386, KITCHENER, ONTARIO N2G 4J1

769-04208

 

 

07/09/08

This Operator’s Manual is an important part of your new snow thrower. It will help you assemble, prepare and maintain the unit for best performance. Please read and understand what it says.

Table of Contents

Safety Symbols...................................................

3

MaintainingYour SnowThrower.......................

14

Safe Operation Practices....................................

4

Off-SeasonStorage...........................................

16

Setting UpYour SnowThrower...........................

6

Trouble Shooting...............................................

17

OperatingYour SnowThrower............................

8

Warranty.............................................................

18

MakingAdjustments..........................................

12

Illustrated Parts Lists........................................

19

Finding and Recording Model Number

BEFORE YOU START ASSEMBLING

YOUR NEW EQUIPMENT,

please locate the model plate on the equipment and copy the model number and the serial number to the sample model plate provided to the right. You can locate the model plate by standing at the operating position and looking down at the frame.

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Customer Support

Please do NOT return the unit to the retailer from which it was purchased, without first contacting Customer Support.

If you have difficulty assembling this product or have any questions regarding the controls, operation or maintenance of this unit, you can seek help from the experts. Choose from the options below:

1.Visit www.bolens.ca/bolens for many useful suggestions, click on Customer Support button.

2.Call a Customer Support Representative at 1-800-668-1238

3.The engine manufacturer is responsible for all engine-relatedissues with regards to performance,power-rating,specifications, warranty and service. Please refer to the engine manufacturer’s Owner’s/Operator’s Manual, packed separately with your unit, for more information.

Please have your unit’s model number and serial number ready when you call. See previous section to locate this information. You will be asked to enter the serial number in order to process your call.

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This page depicts and describes safety symbols that may appear on this product. Read, understand, and follow all instructions on the machine before attempting to assemble and operate.

Symbol

Description

READ THE OPERATOR’S MANUAL(S)

Read, understand, and follow all instructions in the manual(s) before attempting to assemble and operate.

WARNING— ROTATING BLADES

Keep hands out of inlet and discharge openings while machine is running.

There are rotating blades inside.

WARNING— ROTATING BLADES

Keep hands out of inlet and discharge openings while machine is running.

There are rotating blades inside.

WARNING— ROTATING AUGER

Do not put hands or feet near rotating parts, in the auger/impeller housing or chute assembly. Contact with the rotating parts can amputate hands and feet.

WARNING—THROWNOBJECTS

This machine may pick up and throw objects which can cause serious personal injury.

WARNING—GASOLINEIS FLAMMABLE

Allow the engine to cool at least two minutes before refueling.

WARNING— CARBON MONOXIDE

Never run an engine indoors or in a poorly ventilated area. Engine exhaust contains carbon monoxide, an odorless and deadly gas.

WARNING— ELECTRICAL SHOCK

Do not use the engine’s electric starter in the rain.

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Safety

Symbols

WARNING

This symbol points out important safety instructions which, if not followed, could endanger the personal safety and/or property of yourself and others. Read and follow all instructions in this manual before attempting to operate this machine. Failure to comply with these instructions may result in personal injury. When you see this symbol, HEED

ITS WARNING!

Your Responsibility

Restrict the use

of this power machine to persons who read, understand

and follow the warnings and instructions

in this manual

and on the machine.

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2

Safe

Operation

Practices

WARNING

This symbol points out important safety instructions which, if not followed, could endanger the personal safety and/or property of yourself and others. Read and follow all instructions in this manual before attempting to operate this machine. Failure to comply with these instructions may result in personal injury. When you see this symbol, HEED

ITS WARNING!

Your Responsibility

Restrict the use

of this power machine to persons who read, understand

and follow the warnings and instructions

in this manual

and on the machine.

WARNING: Engine Exhaust, some of its constituents, and certain vehicle components contain or emit chemicals known to State of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm.

DANGER: This machine was built to be operated according to the safe operation practices in this manual. As with any type of power equipment, carelessness or error on the part of the operator can result in serious injury. This 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.

Training

1.Read, understand, and follow all instructions on the machine and in the manual(s) before attempting to assemble and operate. Keep this manual in a safe place for future and regular reference and for ordering replacement parts.

2.Be familiar with all controls and their proper operation. Know how to stop the machine and disengage them quickly.

3.Never allow children under 14 years old to operate this machine. Children 14 years old and over should read and understand the instructions and safe operation practices in this manual and on the machine and be trained and supervised by an adult.

4.Never allow adults to operate this machine without proper instruction.

5.Thrown objects can cause serious personal injury. Plan your snow-throwingpattern to avoid discharge of material toward roads, bystanders and the like.

6.Keep bystanders, helpers, pets and children at least 75 feet from the machine while it is in operation. Stop machine if anyone enters the area.

7.Exercise caution to avoid slipping or falling, especially when operating in reverse.

Preparation

Thoroughly inspect the area where the equipment is to be used. Remove all doormats, newspapers, sleds, boards, wires and other foreign objects, which could be tripped over or thrown by the auger/impeller.

1.Always wear safety glasses or eye shields during operation and while performing an adjustment or repair to protect your eyes. Thrown objects which ricochet can cause serious injury to the eyes.

2.Do not operate without wearing adequate winter outer garments. Do not wear jewelry, long scarves or other loose clothing, which could become entangled in moving parts. Wear footwear which will improve footing on slippery surfaces.

3.Use a grounded three-wireextension cord and receptacle for all units with electric start engines.

4.Adjust collector housing height to clear gravel or crushed rock surfaces.

5.Disengage all control levers before starting the engine.

6.Never attempt to make any adjustments while engine is running, except where specifically recommended in the operator’s manual.

7.Let engine and machine adjust to outdoor temperature before starting to clear snow.

Safe Handling of Gasoline

To avoid personal injury or property damage use extreme care in handling gasoline. Gasoline is extremely flammable and the vapors are explosive. Serious personal injury can occur when gasoline is spilled on yourself or your clothes, which can ignite. Wash your skin and change clothes immediately.

a.Use only an approved gasoline container.

b.Extinguish all cigarettes, cigars, pipes and other sources of ignition.

c.Never fuel machine indoors.

d.Never remove gas cap or add fuel while the engine is hot or running.

e.Allow engine to cool at least two minutes before refueling.

f.Never over fill fuel tank. Fill tank to no more than ½ inch below bottom of filler neck to provide space for fuel expansion.

g.Replace gasoline cap and tighten securely.

h.If gasoline is spilled, wipe it off the engine and equipment. Move machine to another area. Wait 5 minutes before starting the engine.

i.Never store the machine or fuel container inside where there is an open flame, spark or pilot light (e.g. furnace, water heater, space heater, clothes dryer etc.).

j.Allow machine to cool at least 5 minutes before storing

k.Never fill containers inside a vehicle or on a truck or trailer bed with a plastic liner. Always place containers on the ground away from your vehicle before filling.

l.If possible, remove gas-poweredequipment from the truck or trailer and refuel it on the ground. If this is not possible, then refuel such equipment on a trailer with a portable container, rather than from a gasoline dispenser nozzle.

m.Keep the nozzle in contact with the rim of the fuel tank or container opening at all times until fueling is complete. Do not use a nozzle lock-opendevice.

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Operation

1.Do not put hands or feet near rotating parts, in the auger/ impeller housing or chute assembly. Contact with the rotating parts can amputate hands and feet.

2.The auger/impeller control lever is a safety device. Never bypass its operation. Doing so makes the machine unsafe and may cause personal injury.

3.The control levers must operate easily in both directions and automatically return to the disengaged position when released.

4.Never operate with a missing or damaged chute assembly. Keep all safety devices in place and working.

5.Never run an engine indoors or in a poorly ventilated area. Engine exhaust contains carbon monoxide, an odorless and deadly gas.

6.Do not operate machine while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

7.Muffler and engine become hot and can cause a burn. Do not touch.

8.Exercise extreme caution when operating on or crossing gravel surfaces. Stay alert for hidden hazards or traffic.

9.Exercise caution when changing direction and while operating on slopes.

10.Plan your snow-throwingpattern to avoid discharge towards windows, walls, cars etc. Thus, avoiding possible property damage or personal injury caused by a ricochet.

11.Never direct discharge at children, bystanders and pets or allow anyone in front of the machine.

12.Do not overload machine capacity by attempting to clear snow at too fast of a rate.

13.Never operate this machine without good visibility or light. Always be sure of your footing and keep a firm hold on the handles. Walk, never run.

14.Disengage power to the auger/impeller when transporting or not in use.

15.Never operate machine at high transport speeds on slippery surfaces. Look down and behind and use care when backing up.

16.If the machine should start to vibrate abnormally, stop the engine, disconnect the spark plug wire and ground it against the engine. Inspect thoroughly for damage. Repair any damage before starting and operating.

17.Disengage all control levers and stop engine before you leave the operating position (behind the handles). Wait until the auger/impeller comes to a complete stop before unclogging the chute assembly, making any adjustments, or inspections.

18.Never put your hand in the discharge or collector openings. Always use the clean-outtool provided to unclog the discharge opening. Do not unclog chute assembly while engine is running. Shut off engine and remain behind handles until all moving parts have stopped before unclogging.

19.Use only attachments and accessories approved by the manufacturer (e.g. wheel weights, tire chains, cabs etc.).

20.When starting engine, pull cord slowly until resistance is felt, then pull rapidly. Rapid retraction of starter cord (kickback) will pull hand and arm toward engine faster than you can let go. Broken bones, fractures, bruises or sprains could result.

21.If situations occur which are not covered in this manual, use care and good judgment. Call customer assistance for the name of your nearest servicing dealer.

Maintenance & Storage

1.Never tamper with safety devices. Check their proper operation regularly. Refer to the maintenance and adjustment sections of this manual.

2.Before cleaning, repairing, or inspecting machine disengage all control levers and stop the engine. Wait until the auger/ impeller come to a complete stop. Disconnect the spark plug wire and ground against the engine to prevent unintended starting.

3.Check bolts and screws for proper tightness at frequent intervals to keep the machine in safe working condition. Also, visually inspect machine for any damage.

4.Do not change the engine governor setting or over-speedthe engine. The governor controls the maximum safe operating speed of the engine.

5.Snow thrower shave plates and skid shoes are subject to wear and damage. For your safety protection, frequently check all components and replace with original equipment manufacturer’s (OEM) parts only. “Use of parts which do not meet the original equipment specifications may lead to improper performance and compromise safety!”

6.Check controls periodically to verify they engage and disengage properly and adjust, if necessary. Refer to the adjustment section in this operator’s manual for instructions.

7.Maintain or replace safety and instruction labels, as necessary.

8.Observe proper disposal laws and regulations for gas, oil, etc. to protect the environment.

9.Prior to storing, run machine a few minutes to clear snow from machine and prevent freeze up of auger/impeller.

10.Never store the machine or fuel container inside where there is an open flame, spark or pilot light such as a water heater, furnace, clothes dryer etc.

11.Always refer to the operator’s manual for proper instructions on off-seasonstorage.

12.Check fuel line, tank, cap, and fittings frequently for cracks or leaks. Replace if necessary.

13.Do not crank engine with spark plug removed.

Do not modify engine

To avoid serious injury or death, do not modify engine in any way. Tampering with the governor setting can lead to a runaway engine and cause it to operate at unsafe speeds. Never tamper with factory setting of engine governor.

Notice regarding Emissions

Engines which are certified to comply with California and federal EPA emission regulations for SORE (Small Off Road Equipment) are certified to operate on regular unleaded gasoline, and may include the following emission control systems: Engine Modification (EM) Oxidizing Catalyst (OC), Secondary Air Injection (SAI) and Three Way Catalyst (TWC) if so equipped.

Average Useful Life

According to the Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), this product has an Average Useful Life of seven (7) years, or 60 hours of operation. At the end of theAverage Useful Life, have the machine inspected annually by an authorized service dealer to ensure that all mechanical and safety systems are working properly and not worn excessively. Failure to do so can result in accidents, injuries or death.

05.08.08

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Safe

Operation

Practices

WARNING

This symbol points out important safety instructions, which if not followed, could endanger the personal safety and/or property of yourself and others. Read and follow all instructions in this manual before attempting to operate this machine. Failure to comply with these instructions may result in personal injury. When you see this symbol, HEED IT’S WARNING!

Your Responsibility

Restrict the use

of this power machine to persons who read, understand

and follow the warnings and instructions

in this manual

and on the machine.

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3

Setting Up Your Snow Thrower

NOTE: References to right or left side of the snow thrower are determined from behind the unit in the operating position.

NOTE: This Operator’s

Manual covers several models, handle panels, lights and chute cranks are some features that may vary by model.

Not all features referenced in this manual are applicable to all snow thrower models.

NOTE: Two replacement auger shear pins are included with this manual (or stowed

in the plastic handle panel). Refer to Augers in the Maintainance Section for more information regarding shear pin replacement.

Figure 3-1

Figure 3-2

Figure 3-3

IMPORTANT: The snow thrower is shipped with oil and WITHOUT GASOLINE. After assembly, refer to separate engine manual for proper fuel and engine oil recommendations.

. Observe the lower area of the snow thrower to be sure both cables are aligned with roller guides.

a.Pull up and back on upper handle as shown in Figure 3-1.Align upper handle with the lower handle.

b.Tighten hand knobs securing upper handle to lower handle.

2.Remove wing nut and hex screw from chute control assembly and clevis pin and cotter pin from chute support bracket. See Figure 3-2.Position the chute assembly(forward-facing)over the chute base.

3.Place chute assembly onto chute base and secure chute control assembly to chute support bracket with clevis pin and cotter pin removed earlier. See Figure 3-3.

4.Finish securing chute control assembly to chute support bracket with wing nut and hex screw removed earlier. See Figure 3-4.

5.Check that all cables are properly routed through the cable guide. See Figure 3-5.

Figure 3-4

Figure 3-5

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The extension cord is fastened with a cable tie to the rear of the auger housing for shipping purposes. Cut the cable tie and remove it before operating the snow thrower.

CAUTION: Prior to operating your snow thrower, refer to Auger Control Test on page 11. Read and follow all instructions carefully, and perform all adjustments to verify your snow thrower is operating safely and properly.

Shear Pin Storage (optional)

An area for convenient shear pin storage is located at the rear of the dash panel.

Drift Cutters (If Equipped)

Drift cutters should be used when operating the snow thrower in heavy drift conditions.

On models so equipped, drift cutters and hardware are assembled to the auger housing inverted.

Remove the carriage bolts and wingnuts securing the drift cutters to the housing.

Reposition drift cutters so they face forward as shown in Figure 3-6.Secure with hardware previously removed, wingnuts should be fastened on theoutside of the housing as shown.

If your unit is not equipped with drift cutters, you may contact Customer Support as instructed on page 2 for information regarding price and availability.

Clean-OutTool

The clean-outtool is mounted to the rear of the auger housing and is designed to clear a clogged chute. Refer to page 9 for instructions on how to properly use it.

NOTE: This item is fastened with a cable tie to the rear of the auger housing at the factory. Cut the cable tie before operating the snow thrower.

WARNING: Never use your hands to clean snow and ice from the chute assembly or auger housing.

Lamp Wiring Harness (If equipped)

The post on the cable tie attaching the lamp wiring harness to the lower handle should be plugged into the hole in the lower handle. Pull the slack portion of the wiring harness through the cable tie to prevent interference with the recoil starter handle. See Figure 3-7.

Skid Shoes

Position the skid shoes based on surface conditions. Adjust upward for hard-packedsnow. Adjust downward when operating on gravel or crushed rock surfaces. See “Making Adjustment” Section.

Figure 3-6

Figure 3-7

Tire Pressure

The tires are over-inflatedfor shipping purposes. Check the tire pressure before operating the snow thrower. Refer to the tire side wall for tire manufacturer’s recommended psi and deflate (or inflate) the tires as necessary.

NOTE: If the tire pressure is not equal in both tires, the unit may not travel in a straight path and the shave plate may wear unevenly.

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Setting Up Your Snow Thrower

CAUTION

Prior to operating your snow thrower, refer to Auger Control Test on page 11. Read and follow all instructions carefully and perform all adjustments to verify your unit is operating safely and properly.

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4

Operating

Your Snow

Thrower

WARNING

Read, understand, and follow all instructions and warnings on the machine and in this manual before operating.

Use extreme care when handling gasoline. Gasoline is extremely flammable and the vapors are explosive. Never fuel the machine indoors or while the engine is hot or running. Extinguish cigarettes, cigars, pipes and other sources of ignition.

KnowYour SnowThrower

Drive Control

 

 

Shift Lever

 

 

 

Heated Grips (optional)

 

 

Four-WayChute Control™

 

 

 

Auger Control

 

Headlight

 

Wheel Steering

 

 

 

 

 

 

Control

Chute

 

 

Engine Controls

Assembly

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oil Filler Cap/Dipstick

Clean-Out

 

 

 

Tool

 

 

 

 

 

Primer

Fuel Fill Cap

 

 

Ignition Key

 

 

 

 

 

Throttle

 

 

 

Choke

 

 

 

Starter Handle

 

 

 

Oil Drain

Electric start button*

 

 

 

 

 

 

Electric Switch Box*

Augers

 

* Optional

 

 

 

Skid Shoe

 

Figure 4-1

Now that you have set up your snow thrower for operation, get acquainted with its controls and features. These are described below and illustrated in Figure 4-1.This knowledge will allow you to use your new equipment to its fullest potential.

NOTE: For detailed starting instructions and more information on all engine controls, refer to the engine manual packed with your unit.

Shift Lever

The shift lever is located on the right side of the handle panel. Place the shift lever into any of eight positions to control the direction of travel and ground speed.

Forward

Your snow thrower has six forward (F) speeds, with position number one (1) being the slowest speed.

Reverse

Your snow thrower has two reverse (R) speeds, with position number one (1) being the slower speed.

Choke Control

Activating the choke control closes the choke plate on the carburetor and aids in starting the engine.

Primer

Depressing the primer forces fuel directly into the engine’s carburetor to aid in cold-weatherstarting.

Oil Fill

Engine oil level can be checked and oil added through the oil fill.

Ignition Key

The ignition key is a safety device. Insert key and snap in place; do not turn ignition key. Pull the key out halfway to stop the engine. Remove key when the unit is not in use.

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Auger Control

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The auger control is located on the left handle. Squeeze the control grip against the handle to engage the augers and start snow throwing action. Release to stop.

Drive Control/ Auger Control Lock

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The drive control is located on the right handle. Squeeze the control grip against the handle to engage the wheel drive. Release to stop.

The drive control also locks the auger control so you can operate the chute directional control without interrupting the snow throwing process. If the auger control is engaged simultaneously with the drive control, the operator can release the auger control (on the left handle) and the augers will remain engaged. Release both controls to stop the augers and wheel drive.

IMPORTANT: Always release the drive control before changing speeds.

Heated Handles Switch (If Equipped)

This switch is located on the rear of the snow thrower dash panel. To activate the heated handles, toggle the switch to the “ON” position to generate heat within the handle grips. Toggle the switch to the “OFF” position after using the snow thrower.

NOTE: The heated handles grips are a compliment to, not a substitute for, proper cold weather outerwear for the operator’s hands. It is recommended that the snow thrower operator wear gloves/mittens to avoid extremities of winter while operating this equipment.

Four-WayChute Control™

The chute directional control is located on the left side of the dash panel.

To change the direction in which snow is thrown, squeeze the button on the joy-stickand pivot thejoy-stickto the right or to the left.

To change the angle/distance which snow is thrown, pivot the joy-stickforward or backward.

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Skid Shoes

Position the skid shoes based on surface conditions. Adjust upward for hard-packedsnow. Adjust downward when operating on gravel or crushed rock surfaces. See “Making Adjustment” Section.

Wheel Steering Controls

The left and right wheel steering controls are located on the underside of the handles. Squeeze the right control to turn right; squeeze the left control to turn left.

NOTE: Operate the snow thrower in open areas until you are familiar with these controls.

Chute Clean-OutTool

The clean-outtool is conveniently fastened to the rear of the auger housing with a mounting clip.

1.Release both the auger control and the drive/auger control lock.

2.Stop the engine by pushing the rocker switch to the “OFF” position, pull out the safety key.

3.Remove the clean-outtool from the mounting clip.

4.Use the shovel-shapedend of theclean-outtool to remove any snow and ice in the chute assembly.

5.Re-fastentheclean-outtool to the mounting clip on the rear of the auger housing and restart engine.

6.While standing in the operator’s position (behind the snow thrower), engage the auger control for a few seconds to clear any remaining snow or ice from the chute assembly before continuing to clear snow.

WARNING: Never use your hands to clean snow and ice from the chute assembly or auger housing.

Augers

Headlight

When engaged, the augers rotate and draw snow into

The headlight is on whenever the engine is running.

the auger housing.

 

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Operating

Your Snow

Thrower

WARNING

The operation of any snow thrower can result in foreign objects being thrown into the eyes, which can damage your

eyes severely. Always wear safety glasses while operating the snow thrower, or while performing any adjustments or repairs on it.

Be sure no one other than the operator is standing near the snow thrower while starting engine or operating snow thrower. Never run engine indoors or in enclosed, poorly ventilated areas. Engine exhaust contains carbon monoxide, an odorless and deadly gas. Keep hands, feet, hair and loose clothing away from any moving parts on engine and snow thrower.

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WARNING

Read, understand, and follow all instructions and warnings on the machine and in this manual before operating.

Use extreme care when handling gasoline. Gasoline is extremely flammable and the vapors are explosive. Never fuel the machine indoors or while the engine is hot or running. Extinguish cigarettes, cigars, pipes and other sources of ignition.

If your home’s wiring system is not a three-wiregrounded system, do not use this electric starter under any conditions.

If your home electrical system is grounded, but a

three-holereceptacle is not available, do not use your snow thrower’s electric starter.

Gas & Oil Fill-Up

Service the engine with gasoline and oil as instructed in the separate engine manual packed with your unit. Read instructions carefully.

Starting the Engine

WARNING: Always keep hands and feet clear of moving parts. Do not use a pressurized starting fluid. Vapors are flammable.

NOTE: Allow the engine to warm up for a few minutes after starting. The engine will not develop full power until it reaches operating temperatures.

Engines with Starter Handle (non-electricstart)

IMPORTANT: Do not pull the starter handle with engine running.

1.Insert ignition key fully into slot. Make sure it snaps into place. DO NOT turn ignition key. The engine cannot start unless the key is inserted into ignition switch.

2.Move throttle control to FAST (rabbit) position.

3.Move choke to the ON position (cold engine start). If engine is warm, place choke in OFF position.

4.Push primer three to five (3-5)times, making sure to cover vent hole when pushing. If engine is warm, push primer only once. Always cover vent hole when pushing. Cool weather may require priming to be repeated.

5.Pull gently on the starter handle until it begins to resist, then pull quickly and forcefully to overcome the compression. Do not release the handle and allow it to snap back. Return rope SLOWLY to original position. If required, repeat this step.

6.As the engine warms, slowly rotate the choke control to OFF position. If the engine falters, restart engine and run with choke at half-chokeposition for a short period of time, and then slowly rotate the choke into OFF position.

Engines with Electric Starters

WARNING: The electric starter is equipped with a grounded three-wirepower cord and plug, and is designed to operate on 120 volt AC household current. It must be used with a properly groundedthree-prongreceptacle at all times to avoid the possibility of electric shock. Follow all instructions carefully prior to operating the electric starter.

WARNING: DO NOT use electric starter in rain.

1.Determine that your home’s wiring is a three-wiregrounded system. Ask a licensed electrician if you are unsure. If you have a groundedthree-prongreceptacle, proceed as follows. If you do not have the proper house wiring, DO NOT use the electric starter under any conditions.

2.Insert ignition key fully into slot. Make sure it snaps into place. DO NOT turn ignition key. The engine cannot start unless the key is inserted into ignition switch.

3.Plug the extension cord into the electric switch box located on the engine. Plug the other end of

extension cord into a three-prong120-volt,grounded, AC outlet in awell-ventilatedarea.

4.Move throttle control to FAST (rabbit) position.

5.Move choke to the ON position (cold engine start). If engine is warm, place choke in OFF position.

6.Push primer three to five (3-5)times, making sure to cover vent hole when pushing. If engine is warm, push primer only once. Always cover vent hole when pushing. Cool weather may require priming to be repeated.

7.Push starter button to start engine. Once the engine starts, immediately release starter button. Electric starter is equipped with thermal overload protection; system will temporarily shut-downto allow starter to cool if electric starter becomes overloaded.

8.As the engine warms, slowly rotate the choke control to OFF position. If the engine falters, restart engine and run with choke at half-chokeposition for a short period of time, and then slowly rotate the choke into OFF position.

9.After engine is running, disconnect power cord from electric starter. When disconnecting, always unplug the end at the wall outlet before unplugging the opposite end from the engine.

Stopping the Engine

WARNING: To avoid unsupervised engine operation, never leave the engine unattended while running. Turn the engine off after use and remove ignition key

Run engine for a few minutes before stopping to help dry off any moisture on the engine.

1.Move throttle control to STOP position.

2.Remove the ignition key. Removing the key will reduce the possibility of unauthorized starting of the engine while equipment is not in use. Keep the key in a safe place. The engine cannot start without the ignition key.

3.Wipe all snow and moisture from the area around the engine as well as the area in and around the drive control and auger control. Also, engage and release both controls several times.

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