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OPERATOR’S MANUAL

Two-StageSnow Thrower – Models 3AA & 3BA

IMPORTANT

READ SAFETY RULES AND INSTRUCTIONS CAREFULLY BEFORE OPERATION

Warning: This unit is equipped with an internal combustion engine and should not be used on or near any unimprovedforest-covered,brushcovered orgrass-coveredland unless the engine’s exhaust system is equipped with a spark arrester meeting applicable local or state laws (if any). If a spark arrester is used, it should 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. A spark arrester for the muffler is available through your nearest engine authorized service dealer or contact the service department, P.O. Box 361131 Cleveland, Ohio44136-0019.

 

 

FORM NO. 769-00747D

PRINTED IN U.S.A.

MTD LLC, P.O. BOX 361131 CLEVELAND, OHIO 44136-0019

05/2005

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

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Safety Labels ...............................................

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Adjustments & Maintenance

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

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

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3.

Setting UpYour Snow Thrower...................

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Troubleshooting.........................................

15

4.

KnowYour Snow Thrower ...........................

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9.

Parts List ....................................................

16

5.

OperatingYour Snow Thrower....................

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

Back Cover

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

 

Serial Number

information 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 rear of the snow thrower.

 

 

 

This information will be necessary to use the manufacturer’s

 

 

 

web site and/or obtain assistance from the Customer Support

 

 

 

Department or an authorized service dealer.

 

 

 

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 mtdproducts.com. Click on the Service & Support menu option.

2.Phone a Customer Support Representativeat 1 (800) 800-7310.

3.The engine manufacturer is responsible for allengine-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.

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Safety Labels

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 rules for safe operation 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 operation instructions and safety rules in this manual and should be trained and supervised by a parent.

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

1.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.

2.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.

3.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.

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

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

6.Disengage all control levers before starting the engine.

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

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

9.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.

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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.If situations occur which are not covered in this manual, use care and good judgment. Contact your dealer or call (800) 800-7310for assistance and 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.

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) and Three Way Catalyst (TWC) if so equipped.

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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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

Setup And Adjustment

WARNING

Disconnect the spark plug wire and ground it against the engine to prevent unintended starting.

Do not use the chute handle to lift the snow thrower.

Refer to the tire’s sidewall for proper PSI inflation. Equal tire pressure should be maintained at all times. Excessive pressure when seating beads may cause tire/rim assembly to burst with force sufficient to cause

serious injury.

NOTE:

All references to left or right side of the snow thrower is from the operating position only.

IMPORTANT: This unit is shipped with the engine full of oil. After assembly, see page 9 for fuel and oil details.

Before Assembly

WARNING: Disconnect the spark plug wire and Ground it against the engine to prevent unintended starting.

NOTE: Reference to right, left, front or rear of the unit is from the operating position unless otherwise stated.

1.Cut the cable tie that secures the upper handle to the chute assembly for shipping purposes.

Setting Up The Handle

1.Loosen the chute knob on the upper chute(1) and pivot the upper chute upwards(2) as far as it will go. See Figure 1.

WARNING: Do not lift the snow thrower by the chute handle.

2.Loosen the handle knob, saddle washer and handle tab on each side of the handle. See Figure 2.

3.Hold both controls against upper handle and pull up as shown in Step 1 of Figure 3. Make sure that the upper handle locks over the lower handle and handle tabs align with the handle. You may have to carefully maneuver the upper handle to clear chute assembly.

CAUTION: Be careful not to bend or kink the cable.

4.Tighten the handle knobs on each side of the handle. Refer to Step 2 in Figure 3.

5.Adjust upper chute and rotate chute handle to desired operating position.

6.Tighten the chute knob on the upper chute making sure the flat washer and the carriage bolt are correctly positioned. Refer to Figure 1.

Clean-OutTool

This tool and the electric extension cord, if so equipped, may be fastened with a cable tie to the rear of the auger housing for shipping purposes. In that case, cut the cable tie and remove the extension cord now.

Final Adjustments

IMPORTANT: Check the adjustments as instructed and make any final adjustments necessary before operating the unit. Check all nuts and bolts for tightness. Failure to follow these instructions may cause damage to unit.

Tire Pressure (PneumaticTires)

The tires are over-inflatedfor shipping purposes. Check tire pressure and reduce pressure, if needed. Refer to the tire’s sidewall for the proper inflation PSI information. Maintain equal pressure on both wheels of snow thrower.

WARNING: Refer to the tire’s sidewall for proper PSI inflation. Equal tire pressure should be maintained at all times. Excessive pressure when seating beads may cause tire/rim

assembly to burst with force sufficient to cause serious injury.

Chute Handle

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Figure 1

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Figure 2

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2

Figure 3

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High Position

Middle Position

Low Position

Figure 4

Drive Cable

Cable Ties

Auger Cable

 

Figure 5

Figure 6

Skid Shoe

The space between the shave plate and the ground can be adjusted. Refer to Figure 7 for location of shave plate and skid shoes.

For close snow removal, place skid shoes in the low position. When the area to be cleared is uneven, place skid shoes in the middle or high position. See Figure 4.

NOTE: It is not recommended that you operate this snow thrower on gravel as loose gravel can be easily picked up and thrown by the auger causing personal injury or damage to the snow thrower. However, if you have to operate it on gravel, keep the skid shoe in the highest position for maximum clearance.

1.Adjust skid shoes by loosening two hex nuts and carriage bolts on each skid shoe, and move the skid shoe to the desired position. See Figure 4.

2.Make certain the entire bottom surface of skid shoe is against the ground to avoid uneven wear on the skid shoes.

3.Tighten nuts and bolts securely.

Routing The Drive Cable

1.Make sure that the drive cable is routed parallel to the left upper handle, then across the top of the lower handle and finally parallel to the right lower handle. See Figure 5.

2.Three cable ties have been used to loosely tie the two control cables to the lower handle. Two of these cable ties are on each arm, and third on the top cross bar of the lower handle. Tighten these cable ties to secure the cable to the lower handle. See Figure 5.

Adjusting Auger Cable

Periodic adjustment to the auger control cable may be required due to normal stretch and wear on the belt. Adjustment is needed if the augers seem to hesitate while turning, but the engine maintains speed, or continue turning with the auger control disengaged.

1.Loosen the rear hex bolt on the cable adjustment bracket. See Figure 6.

2.Slide the cable adjustment bracket backwards taking out the slack in the auger cable.

3.Retighten the rear hex bolt

4.Start engine and verify auger control engages and disengages properly.

NOTE: If auger continues to rotate with the control disengaged, shut off engine and readjust.

WARNING: Do not over-tightenthe cable.Over-tighteningmay prevent the auger from disengaging and compromise the safety of the snow thrower.

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Setup And Adjustment

WARNING

Do not over-tightenthe cable.Over-tighteningmay prevent the auger from disengaging and compromise the safety of the snow thrower.

IMPORTANT:

Check the adjustments as instructed and make any final adjustments necessary before operating the unit. Check all nuts and bolts for tightness. Failure to follow these instructions may cause damage to unit.

NOTE:

It is not recommended that you operate this snow thrower on gravel as loose gravel can be easily picked up and thrown by the auger causing personal injury or damage to the snow thrower. However, if you have to operate it on gravel, keep the skid shoe in the highest position for maximum

clearance.

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4

Know

Your Snow Thrower

WARNING

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

Never make adjustments to the chute assembly unless both auger and drive controls are disengaged and the operator is standing beside the unit.

WARNING: Be familiar with all the controls on the snow thrower and their proper operation. Know how to stop the machine and disengage them quickly.

Compare Figure 7 with your equipment and follow description of controls, given below, to get familiar with their operation.

 

Upper Handle

 

 

 

Auger Control

Drive Control

 

 

 

Starter Rope

 

 

 

Gasoline Cap

Chute Handle

 

 

 

Upper Chute

Chute Knob

 

 

 

 

 

Chute Assembly

Muffler

Oil Fill

Fuel Cap

 

 

 

 

Clean-OutTool

Spark

Plug

 

 

Carburetor

 

Cover

 

Skid Shoe

Choke

 

Starter

Auger

 

 

Handle

 

Throttle

 

 

 

 

 

Shave Plate

 

Control

Oil Drain

Primer

 

 

 

 

Figure 7

 

 

 

Throttle Control

The throttle control is located on the engine. It regulates the speed of the engine and also stops the engine.

Drive Control

Located on the underside of the upper handle, the drive control is used to engage/disengage wheels. Squeeze the drive control against the upper handle to engage the wheels; release to disengage.

Auger Control

The auger control is adjacent to the upper handle. Squeeze the auger control against the upper handle to engage the augers; release to disengage the augers.

WARNING: Never make adjustments to the chute assembly unless both auger and drive controls are disengaged and the operator is standing beside the unit.

IMPORTANT: Refer to Auger Control Test on page 10 prior to operating your snow thrower. Read and follow all instructions carefully and perform all adjustments to verify your snow thrower is operating safely and properly.

Gasoline Cap

Remove gas cap to add fuel. Unit runs on regular gas.

Chute Handle

The direction of snow throwing corresponds to the direction of the chute opening. Use the chute handle to turn the chute assembly in the direction you wish to throw the snow.

Chute Knob

The distance snow is thrown can be adjusted by either raising or lowering the upper chute. Loosen the chute knob on the side of the upper chute to adjust. Pivot the upper chute to desired position, and retighten the chute knob.

Ignition Key

The ignition key is necessary for the engine to start. Insert key and snap in place; do not turn it to start/stop the unit. Remove key when the unit is not in use.

Shave Plate

The shave plate maintains contact with pavement as the snow thrower is propelled, allowing snow close to pavement’s surface to be discharged.

Skid Shoe

The space between the shave plate and the ground can be adjusted. For close snow removal, place skid shoes in the low position. Use middle or high position when area to be cleared is uneven or on gravel surfaces.

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Before Starting Engine

Engine Oil

The engine is shipped with oil in it. Check the oil level before first use.

1.Stop engine and wait several minutes before checking oil level. Remove oil fill cap and dipstick.

2.Wipe dipstick clean, insert it into oil fill hole and tighten securely.

3.With engine on level ground, oil must be to FULL mark on dipstick. See Figure 8. If oil level is low, add oil.

FULL

Maintain Oil Level

 

 

Between FULL and ADD

ADD

Figure 8

Adding Engine Oil

Be sure to use the grade of engine oil specified in engine manual. To add oil:

1.Remove the dipstick from the oil fill. Pour fresh oil slowly through the plug. Replace dipstick.

2.Check and make sure that the level of oil is up to the FULL mark on the dipstick.

IMPORTANT: For complete detailed engine information, see the separate engine owner’s manual included with this unit.

Gasoline

WARNING: Gasoline is flammable and caution must be used when handling or storing it. Do not fill fuel tank while the snow thrower is running, when it is hot or when it is in an enclosed area.

WARNING: Keep your snow thrower away from any open flame or an electrical spark and do not smoke during fueling.

3.Never fill the fuel tank completely. Fill the tank to no more than 1/2 inch below bottom of filler neck to provide space for expansion of fuel.

NOTE: This unit may include a fuel plug, which is only used during assembly to keep dirt and debris out of fuel tank. Discard the fuel plug before filling the fuel tank.

5.Always use clean, fresh, unleaded grade automotive gasoline. Fill the fuel tank outdoors and use a funnel or spout to prevent spilling. Make sure that the container from which you pour the gasoline is clean

and free from rust or other foreign particles. Make sure to wipe off any spilled fuel before starting the engine.

6.At the end of the job, empty the fuel tank if the snow thrower is not going to be used for 30 days or longer. Store gasoline in a clean container and keep the cap in place on the container.

CAUTION: Never use engine or carburetor cleaner products in the fuel tank.

To Start Engine

WARNING: Be sure no one other than the operator is standing near the snow thrower while starting or operating. Do not operate this snow thrower unless the chute assembly has been properly installed and is secured.

For location of all the engine controls referred to in this section, see the engine owner’s manual.

Recoil Starter - Cold Start

1.Make sure that auger and drive controls are released. Attach spark plug wire to spark plug.

2.Turn fuel valve on, if so equipped.

3.Move throttle control to FAST position.

4.Push key into the ignition slot so that it snaps into place. Do not turn key.

5.Rotate choke control to FULL choke position.

6.Push primer button while covering the vent hole. Remove your finger from the primer between primes. Do not prime if temperature is above 50º F; prime two times between 50º F and 15º F; and prime four times below 15º F.

7.Grasp starter handle and pull rope out slowly until engine reaches start of compression cycle (rope will pull slightly harder at this point). Let the rope rewind slowly.

8.Pull rope with a rapid, continuous, full arm stroke. Keeping a firm grip on the starter handle, let the rope return to the starter slowly. Repeat until engine starts.

9.As the engine warms up, rotate the choke knob slowly to OFF position. If the engine falters, return to FULL choke, then slowly move to OFF choke position.

10.Allow the engine to warm up for a few minutes because the engine will not develop full power until it reaches operating temperature.

11.Operate the engine at full throttle (FAST) when throwing snow.

Warm Start:

1.If restarting an engine after a temporary shutdown, rotate choke to OFF instead of FULL and do not prime. Pull starter handle as instructed before.

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Operation

WARNING

Gasoline is flammable and caution must be used when handling or storing it. Do not fill fuel tank while the snow thrower is running, when it is hot or when it is in an enclosed area.

Keep your snow thrower away from any open flame or an electrical spark and do not smoke during

fueling.

Be sure no one other than the operator is standing near the snow thrower while starting or operating. Do not operate this snow thrower unless the chute assembly has been properly

installed and is secured.

The electric starter must be properly grounded at all times to avoid the possibility of electric shock to the operator. If your house wiring

system is not a three-wiregrounded system, do not use this electric starter under any conditions.

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5

Operation

WARNING

Severe damage to electric starter is possible if you continue to crank for more than 5 seconds without a cool-down.

The temperature of muffler and the surrounding areas may exceed 150o F. Avoid these areas

Electric Starter(if equipped)

Some models of the snow thrower may be equipped with an optional 120 volt A.C. electric starter. This electric starter, with a three-wirepower cord and plug, is designed to operate on 120 volt AC household current. Follow the steps below to use the electric starter.

Cold Start:

1.Determine whether your house wiring is a three-wiregrounded system. Ask a licensed electrician if you are not certain.

WARNING: The electric starter must be properly grounded at all times to avoid the possibility of electric shock to the operator. If your house wiring system is not a three-wiregrounded system, do not use this electric starter under any conditions.

2.If your house wiring system is grounded and a threehole receptacle is not available at the point the snow thrower starter will normally be used, one should be installed by a licensed electrician.

NOTE: When connecting the power cord, always connect cord to starter on engine first, then plug the other end into a three-holegrounded 120 Volt receptacle. When disconnecting the power cord, always unplug the end from thethree-hole,grounded receptacle first.

3.Attach spark plug wire to spark plug.

4.Make sure that the auger control and the drive control are disengaged.

5.Remove the keys from the plastic bag. Push key into the ignition slot. Do not turn the key. Keep second key in a safe place.

6.Move the choke knob to FULL choke position.

7.Move throttle control to the FAST position.

8.Turn fuel valve on, if so equipped.

9.Connect power cord to the switch box on engine.

10.Plug the other end of the power cord into a threehole, grounded 120 volt AC receptacle.

11.Push primer button three times.

12.Push down on the starter button until the engine starts. Do not crank for more than 5 seconds at a time.

WARNING: Severe damage to electric starter is possible if you continue to crank for more than 5 seconds without

acool-down.

13.When the engine starts, release the starter button and slowly rotate the choke to OFF position. If the engine falters, rotate the choke to FULL and then gradually to OFF.

NOTE: When engaging the electric starter, a slight hesitation of a few seconds may occur before the engine starts to turn. This is normal and is not harmful to the engine.

14.Disconnect the power cord from the receptacle first and then from the switch box on the engine.

15.Allow the engine to warm up for a few minutes because the engine will not develop full power until it reaches operating temperature.

NOTE: If the starter motor runs but the engine does not turn over, the starter gear may have frozen. Place the snow thrower in a warmer part of the garage or storage shed till the gear is free of the accumulated ice.

Warm Start:

1.If restarting a warm engine, rotate choke to OFF instead of FULL and press the starter button. Do not push the primer button.

Before Stopping

1.Run engine for a few minutes to help dry off any moisture on engine.

2.To avoid possible freeze-upof the starter, follow these steps:

Recoil Starter

a. With the engine running, pull the starter rope with a rapid, continuous full arm stroke three or four times.

Electric Starter (if equipped)

a.Connect power cord to switch box, then to 120 Volt AC receptacle.

b.While the engine is running, push the starter button and spin the starter for several seconds.

c.Disconnect power cord from the receptacle first, then from the snow thrower.

NOTE: The unusual sound from pulling the starter rope or from spinning the starter will not harm the engine.

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

To Stop The Snow Thrower

1.To stop the wheels, release the drive control.

2.To stop throwing snow, release the auger control.

3.To stop engine, push throttle control lever to OFF or pull out the key(either method works). Do not turn key.

WARNING: The temperature of muffler and the surrounding areas may exceed 150º F. Avoid these areas

Auger Control Test

IMPORTANT: Perform the following test before operating the snow thrower for the first time and at the start of each winter season.

Check the adjustment of the auger control as follows:

1.When the auger control is released and in the disengaged “up” position, the cable should have very little slack, but should NOT be tight.

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