HTC Z4619 User Manual
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Safety Instructions

These instructions are for your safety. Read them carefully.


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General Operation

Read, understand, and follow all instructions on the machine and in the manual before starting.

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

Only allow responsible adults, who are familiar with the instructions, to operate the machine.

Clear the area of objects such as rocks, toys, wire, etc., which could be picked up and thrown by the blades.

Be sure the area is clear of bystanders before operating. Stop machine if anyone enters the area.

Never carry passengers. The machine is only intended for use by one person.

Do not mow in reverse unless absolutely necessary. Always look down and behind before and while backing.

Never direct discharged material toward anyone. Avoid discharging material against a wall or obstruction. Material may ricochet back toward the operator. Stop the blades when crossing gravel surfaces.

Do not operate machine without the entire grass catcher, discharge guard, or other safety devices in place and working

Slow down before turning.

Never leave a running machine unattended. Always turn off blades, set parking brake, stop engine, and remove keys before dismounting.


Read the operator’s manual before starting the machine


Clear the area of objects before mowing



Disengage blades when not mowing. Shut off engine and wait for all parts to come to a complete stop before cleaning the machine, removing the grass catcher, or unclogging the discharge guard.

Operate machine only in daylight or good artificial light.

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

Watch for traffic when operating near or crossing roadways.

Use extra care when loading or unloading the machine into a trailer or truck.

Always wear eye protection when operating machine.

Data indicates that operators, age 60 years and above, are involved in a large percentage of riding mower-relatedinjuries.

These operators should evaluate their ability to operate the riding mower safely enough to protect themselves and others from serious injury.

Follow the manufacturer’s recommendation for wheel weights or counterweights.

Anyone who operates this machine must first read and understand this Operation Manual. Local laws may regulate the age of the user.

Keep machine free of grass, leaves or other debris buildup which can touch hot exhaust / engine part and burn. Do not allow the mower deck to plow leaves or other debris which can cause buildup to occur. Clean any oil or fuel spillage before operating or storing the machine. Allow machine to cool before storage.


Never take passengers


Engine exhaust and certain vehicle components contain or emit chemicals considered to cause cancer, birth defects, or other reproductive system damage. The engine exhaust contains carbon monoxide, which is a odorless, colorless, poisonous gas. Do not use the machine in enclosed spaces.



Personal Safety Equipment


When using the machine, approved personal protective equipment (shown in illustrations) shall be used. Personal protective equipment cannot eliminate the risk of injury but it will reduce the degree of injury if an accident does happen. Ask your retailer for help in choosing the right equipment.

Make sure that you have first aid equipment close at hand when using the machine.

Never use the machine when barefoot.

Always wear protective shoes or boots, preferably with steel toe caps.

Always wear approved protective glasses or a full visor when assembling or driving.

Always wear gloves when handling the blades.

Never wear loose clothing that can get caught in moving parts.

Use ear protectors to avoid damage to





Personal protective equipment

Slope Operation

Slopes are a major factor related to loss of control and tip-overaccidents, which can result in severe injury or death. Operation on all slopes requires extra caution. If you cannot back up the slope or if you feel uneasy on it, do not mow it.

Mow up and down slopes (10 degrees maximum), not across.

Watch for holes, ruts, bumps, rocks, or other hidden objects. Uneven terrain could overturn the machine. Tall grass can hide obstacles.

Choose a low ground speed so that you will not have to stop while on the slope.

Do not mow on wet grass. Tires may lose traction.

Avoid starting, stopping, or turning on a slope. If tires lose traction, disengage blades and proceed slowly straight down the slope.

Keep all movement on the slopes slow and gradual. Do not make sudden changes in speed or direction, which could cause the machine to roll over.


Mow up and down, not side to side


Do not drive up or down hills with slopes greater than 10 degrees. And do not drive across any slopes.



Use extra care while operating machine with grass catchers or other attachments; they can affect the stability of the machine.

Do not use on steep slopes.

Do not try to stabilize the machine by putting your foot on the ground.

Do not mow near drop-offs,ditches, or embankments. The machine could suddenly roll over if a wheel is over the edge or if the edge caves in.


Tragic accidents can occur if the operator is not alert to the presence of children. Children are often attracted to the machine and the mowing activity.

Never assume that children will remain where you last saw them.

Keep children out of the mowing area and in the watchful care of a responsible adult other than the operator.

Be alert and turn machine off if a child enters the area.

Before and while backing, look behind and down for small children.

Never carry children, even with the blades shut off. They may fall off and be seriously injured or interfere with safe machine operation. Children who have been given rides in the past may suddenly appear in the mowing area for another ride and be run over or backed over by the machine.

Never allow children to operate the machine.

Use extra care when approaching blind corners, shrubs, trees, or other objects that may block your view of a child.



Be extra cautious when driving on slopes


Never allow children to operate the machine


Keep children away from work area



The engine must not be started when the driver’s floor plate or any protective plate for the mower deck’s drive belt is removed.

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.

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

Use only approved gasoline container.

Never remove gas cap or add fuel with the engine running. Allow engine to cool at least two (2) minutes before refueling.

Never fuel the machine indoors.

Never store the machine or fuel container where there is an open flame, spark, or pilot light such as on a water heater or other appliances.

Before you begin refueling, minimize the risk of static electricity by touching a metal surface.

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

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

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.

If fuel is spilled on clothing, change clothing immediately.

Never overfill fuel tank. Replace gas cap and tighten securely.

Do not start the engine near spilled fuel.

Never use gasoline as a cleaning agent.

If leaks arise in fuel system, engine must not be started until problem has been resolved.

Check the fuel level before each use and leave space for the fuel to expand, because the heat from the engine and the sun may otherwise cause the fuel to expand and overflow.


Never fill the fuel tank indoors


The engine and the exhaust system, become very hot during operation.

Risk for burns if touched.

Allow engine and exhaust system to cool at least two (2) minutes before refueling.