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Safe Operation Practices • Set-Up• Operation • Maintenance • Service • Troubleshooting • Warranty

OperatorsManual

Rover Rancher 2042 Lawn Tractor

WARNING

READ AND FOLLOW ALL SAFETY RULES AND INSTRUCTIONS IN THIS MANUAL

BEFORE ATTEMPTING TO OPERATE THIS MACHINE.

FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH THESE INSTRUCTIONS MAY RESULT IN PERSONAL INJURY.

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

Printed In USA

Form No. 769-06312A

 

(November 9, 2010)

To The Owner

Thank You

Thank you for purchasing a Rover Lawn Tractor. It was carefully engineered to provide excellent performance when properly operated and maintained.

Please read this entire manual prior to operating the equipment.

It instructs you how to safely and easily set up, operate and maintain your machine. Please be sure that you, and any other persons who will operate the machine, carefully follow the recommended safety practices at all times. Failure to do so could result in personal injury or property damage.

All information in this manual is relative to the most recent product information available at the time of printing. Review this manual frequently to familiarize yourself with the machine, its features and operation. Please be aware that this Operator’s

Manual may cover a range of product specifications for various models. Characteristics and features discussed and/or illustrated in this manual may not be applicable to all models. We reserve the right to change product specifications, designs and equipment without notice and without incurring obligation.

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If you have any problems or questions concerning the machine, phone your local Rover dealer or contact us directly. Rover's

Customer Support telephone numbers, website address and mailing address can be found on this page. We want to ensure your complete satisfaction at all times.

Throughout this manual, all references to right andleft side of the machine are observed from the operating position

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 machine, for more information.

Table of Contents

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

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Service.....................................................................

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Assembly & Set-Up...................................................

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

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Controls & Features................................................

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Replacement Parts.................................................

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Operation................................................................

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Attachments & Accessories...................................

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Maintenance & Adjustment..................................

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

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Record Product Information

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locate the model plate on the equipment and record the

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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model plate by looking beneath the seat. This information will

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Customer Support

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

Visit◊us on the web at www.rovermowers.com.au

Call a Customer Support Representative at 1800-806-659

Locate your nearest Rover Dealer at 1800-806-659

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Important Safe Operation Practices

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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. HEEDITSWARNING!

California Proposition 65

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.

WARNING!Battery posts, terminals, and related accessories contain lead and lead compounds, chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer and reproductive harm.Wash hands after handling

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.

General Operation

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 of age to operate this machine. Children 14 and over should read and understand the instructions and safe operation practices in this manual and on the machine and should be trained and supervised by an adult.

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

5.To help avoid blade contact or a thrown object injury, keep bystanders, helpers, children and pets at least 75 feet from the machine while it is in operation. Stop machine if anyone enters the area.

6.Thoroughly inspect the area where the equipment is to be used. Remove all stones, sticks, wire, bones, toys, and other foreign objects which could be picked up and thrown by the blade(s). Thrown objects can cause serious personal injury.

7.Plan your mowing pattern to avoid discharge of material toward roads, sidewalks, bystanders and the like. Also, avoid discharging material against a wall or obstruction which may cause discharged material to ricochet back toward the operator.

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

9.Wear sturdy, rough-soledwork shoes andclose-fittingslacks and shirts. Loose fitting clothes and jewelry can be caught in movable parts. Never operate this machine in bare feet or sandals.

10.Be aware of the mower and attachment discharge direction and do not point it at anyone. Do not operate the mower without the discharge cover or entire grass catcher in its proper place.

11.Do not put hands or feet near rotating parts or under the cutting deck. Contact with the blade(s) can amputate hands and feet.

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12.A missing or damaged discharge cover can cause blade contact or thrown object injuries.

13.Stop the blade(s) when crossing gravel drives, walks, or roads and while not cutting grass.

14.Watch for traffic when operating near or crossing roadways. This machine is not intended for use on any public roadway.

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

16.Mow only in daylight or good artificial light.

17.Never carry passengers.

18.Disengage blade(s) before shifting into reverse. Back up slowly. Always look down and behind before and while backing to avoid a back-overaccident.

19.Slow down before turning. Operate the machine smoothly.

Avoid erratic operation and excessive speed.

20.Disengage blade(s), set parking brake, stop engine and wait until the blade(s) come to a complete stop before removing grass catcher, emptying grass, unclogging chute, removing any grass or debris, or making any adjustments.

21.Never leave a running machine unattended. Always turn off blade(s), place transmission in neutral, set parking brake, stop engine and remove key before dismounting.

22.Use extra care when loading or unloading the machine into a trailer or truck. This machine should not be driven up or down ramp(s), because the machine could tip over, causing serious personal injury. The machine must be pushed manually on ramp(s) to load or unload properly.

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

24.Check overhead clearances carefully before driving under low hanging tree branches, wires, door openings etc., where the operator may be struck or pulled from the machine, which could result in serious injury.

25.Disengage all attachment clutches, depress the brake pedal completely and shift into neutral before attempting to start engine.

26.Your machine is designed to cut normal residential grass of a height no more than 10”. Do not attempt to mow through unusually tall, dry grass (e.g., pasture) or piles of dry leaves. Dry grass or leaves may contact the engine exhaust and/ or build up on the mower deck presenting a potential fire hazard.

27.Use only accessories and attachments approved for this machine by the machine manufacturer. Read, understand and follow all instructions provided with the approved accessory or attachment.

28.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.

29.If situations occur which are not covered in this manual, use care and good judgment. Contact your customer service representative for assistance.

Slope Operation

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

For your safety, use the slope gauge included as part of this manual to measure slopes before operating this machine on a sloped or hilly area. If the slope is greater than 15 degrees as

shown on the slope gauge, do not operate this machine on that area or serious injury could result.

Do:

1.Mow up and down slopes, not across. Exercise extreme caution when changing direction on slopes.

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

3.Use slow speed. Choose a low enough speed setting so that you will not have to stop or shift while on the slope. Tires may lose traction on slopes even though the brakes are functioning properly. Always keep machine in gear when going down slopes to take advantage of engine braking action.

4.Follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for wheel weights or counterweights to improve stability.

5.Use extra care with grass catchers or other attachments. These can change the stability of the machine.

6.Keep all movement on the slopes slow and gradual. Do not make sudden changes in speed or direction. Rapid engagement or braking could cause the front of the machine to lift and rapidly flip over backwards which could cause serious injury.

7.Avoid starting or stopping on a slope. If tires lose traction, disengage the blade(s) and proceed slowly straight down the slope.

Do Not:

1.Do not turn on slopes unless necessary; then, turn slowly and gradually downhill, if possible.

2.Do not mow near drop-offs,ditches or embankments. The mower could suddenly turn over if a wheel is over the edge of a cliff, ditch, or if an edge caves in.

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

4.Do not use a grass catcher on steep slopes.

5.Do not mow on wet grass. Reduced traction could cause sliding.

6.Do not shift to neutral and coast downhill. Over-speedingmay cause the operator to lose control of the machine resulting in serious injury or death.

7.Do not tow heavy pull behind attachments (e.g. loaded dump cart, lawn roller, etc.) on slopes greater than 5 degrees. When going down hill, the extra weight tends to push the tractor and may cause you to loose control

(e.g. tractor may speed up, braking and steering ability are reduced, attachment may jack-knifeand cause tractor to overturn).

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Children

1.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. They do not understand the dangers. Never assume that children will remain where you last saw them.

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

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

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

d.Never carry children, even with the blade(s) shut off. They may fall off and be seriously injured or interfere with safe machine operation.

e.Use extreme care when approaching blind corners, doorways, shrubs, trees or other objects that may block your vision of a child who may run into the path of the machine.

f.To avoid back-overaccidents, always disengage the cutting blade(s) before shifting into Reverse. If equipped, the “Reverse Caution Mode” should not be used when children or others are around.

g.Keep children away from hot or running engines. They can suffer burns from a hot muffler.

h.Remove key when machine is unattended to prevent unauthorized operation.

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

Towing

1.Tow only with a machine that has a hitch designed for towing. Do not attach towed equipment except at the hitch point.

2.Follow the manufacturers recommendation for weight limits for towed equipment and towing on slopes.

3.Never allow children or others in or on towed equipment.

4.On slopes, the weight of the towed equipment may cause loss of traction and loss of control.

5.Always use extra caution when towing with a machine capable of making tight turns (e.g. “zero-turn”ride-onmower). Make wide turns to avoidjack-knifing.

6.Travel slowly and allow extra distance to stop.

7.Do not shift to neutral and coast downhill.

Service

Safe Handling of Gasoline:

1.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.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.

c.When practical, 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.

d.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.

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

f.Never fuel machine indoors.

g.Never remove gas cap or add fuel while the engine is hot or running. Allow engine to cool at least two minutes before refueling.

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

i.Replace gasoline cap and tighten securely.

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

k.To reduce fire hazards, keep machine free of grass, leaves, or other debris build-up.Clean up oil or fuel spillage and remove any fuel soaked debris.

l.Never store the machine or fuel container inside where there is an open flame, spark or pilot light as on a water heater, space heater, furnace, clothes dryer or other gas appliances.

m.Allow a machine to cool at least five minutes before storing.

General Service

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

2.Before cleaning, repairing, or inspecting, make certain the blade(s) and all moving parts have stopped. Disconnect the spark plug wire and ground against the engine to prevent unintended starting.

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3.Periodically check to make sure the blades come to complete stop within approximately (5) five seconds after operating the blade disengagement control. If the blades do not stop within the this time frame, your machine should be serviced professionally by an authorized MTD Service Dealer.

4.Check brake operation frequently as it is subjected to wear during normal operation. Adjust and service as required.

5.Check the blade(s) and engine mounting bolts at frequent intervals for proper tightness. Also, visually inspect blade(s) for damage (e.g., excessive wear, bent, cracked). Replace the blade(s) with the original equipment manufacturer’s (O.E.M.) blade(s) only, listed in this manual. “Use of parts which do not meet the original equipment specifications may lead to improper performance and compromise safety!”

6.Mower blades are sharp. Wrap the blade or wear gloves, and use extra caution when servicing them.

7.Keep all nuts, bolts, and screws tight to be sure the equipment is in safe working condition.

8.Never tamper with the safety interlock system or other safety devices. Check their proper operation regularly.

9.After striking a foreign object, stop the engine, disconnect the spark plug wire(s) and ground against the engine. Thoroughly inspect the machine for any damage. Repair the damage before starting and operating.

10.Never attempt to make adjustments or repairs to the machine while the engine is running.

11.Grass catcher components and the discharge cover are subject to wear and damage which could expose moving parts or allow objects to be thrown. For safety protection, frequently check components and replace immediately with original equipment manufacturer’s (O.E.M.) parts only, listed in this manual. “Use of parts which do not meet the original equipment specifications may lead to improper performance and compromise safety!”

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

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

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

15.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 270 hours of operation. At the end of the Average 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.

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.

Spark Arrestor

Warning! This machine 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 arrestor meeting applicable local or state laws (if any).

If a spark arrestor 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 arrestor for the muffler is available through your nearest engine authorized service dealer or contact the service department, P.O. Box 361131 Cleveland, Ohio 44136-0019.

Warning! YourResponsibility—Restrictthe use of this power machine to persons who read, understand and follow the warnings and instructions in this manual and on the machine.

SAVE THESE INSTRUCTIONS!

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Safety Symbols

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

READTHEOPERATOR’S MANUAL(S)

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

DANGER—ROTATINGBLADES

Never carry passengers. Never carry children, even with the blades off.

DANGER—ROTATINGBLADES

Always look down and behind before and while backing to avoid a back-overaccident.

WARNING— ROTATING BLADES

Do not put hands or feet near rotating parts or under the cutting deck. Contact with the blade(s) can amputate hands and feet.

WARNING—THROWNOBJECTS

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

WARNING—THROWNOBJECTS

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

BYSTANDERS

Keep bystanders, helpers, children and pets at least 75 feet from the machine while it is in operation.

WARNING— SLOPEOPERATION

Do not operate this machine on a slope greater than 15 degrees.

WARNING— HOT SURFACE

Engine parts, especially the muffler, become extremely hot during operation. Allow engine and muffler to cool before touching.

DANGER —ROTATINGBLADES

To reduce the risk of injury, keep hands and feet away. Do not operate unless discharge cover or grass catcher is in its proper place. If damaged, replace immediately.

WARNING— TOWING

Avoid jack-knifingwhen towing, go slow and make wide turns.

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Use this page as a guide to determine slopes where you may not operate safely.

WARNING!Do not operate your lawn mower on such slopes. Do not mow on inclines with a slope in excess of 15 degrees

(a rise of approximately 2-1/2feet every 10 feet). A riding mower could overturn and cause serious injury. Operate riding mowers up and down slopes, never across the face of slopes.

Assembly & Set-Up

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Contents of Crate

 

One Lawn Tractor

One Oil Drain Tube

One Deck Wash Hose Coupler

One Lawn Tractor Operator’s Manual

One Kohler Engine Operator’s

 

 

 

 

 

Manual

 

 

Tractor Set-Up

Moving The Tractor Manually

Your tractor’s transmission is equipped with a hydrostatic relief valve for occasions when it is necessary to move the tractor manually. Opening this valve permits the fluid in the transmission to bypass its normal route, allowing the rear tires to “freewheel.” To open the hydrostatic relief valve, proceed as follows:

1.Locate the hydrostatic bypass rod in the rear of the tractor.

See Fig. 3-1.

Shipping Brace Removal

Warning! Make sure the lawn tractor’s engine is off, set the parking brake and remove the ignition key before removing the shipping brace.

1.Locate the shipping brace, if present, and warning tag found on the right side of the cutting deck. See Fig. 3-2.

Figure 3-1

2.Pull the hydrostatic bypass rod outward, then down, to lock it in place.

NOTE: The transmission will NOT engage when the hydrostatic bypass rod is pulled out. Return the rod to its normal position prior to operating the tractor.

Caution: Never attempt to move the tractor manually without first opening the hydrostatic relief valve. Doing so will result in serious damage to the tractor’s transmission.

Figure 3-2

2.While holding the discharge chute with your left hand, remove the shipping brace with your right hand by grasping it between your thumb and index finger and rotating it clockwise.

Warning! The shipping brace is used for packaging purposes only. Remove and discard the shipping brace before operating your lawn tractor.

Warning! The mowing deck is capable of throwing objects. Failure to operate the riding mower without the discharge cover in the proper operating position could result in serious personal injury and/or property damage.

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Connecting the Battery Cables

California Proposition 65 Warning!

Battery posts, terminals, and related accessories contain lead and lead compounds, chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer and reproductive harm. Wash hands after handling.

Caution: When attaching battery cables, always connect the POSITIVE (Red) wire to its terminal first,

followed by the NEGATIVE (Black) wire. To connect the battery cables, proceed as follows:

NOTE: The positive battery terminal is marked Pos. (+). The negative battery terminal is marked Neg.(–).

1.Remove the plastic cover, if present, from the positive (+) battery terminal and attach the red cable to the positive battery terminal (+) with the bolt and hex nut. See Fig. 3-3.

Figure 3-3

2.Remove the plastic cover, if present, from the negative (–)battery terminal and attach the black cable to the negative battery terminal(–)with the bolt and hex nut. See Fig.3-3.

3.Position the red rubber boot over the positive battery terminal to help protect it from corrosion.

NOTE: If the battery is put into service after the date shown on top/side of battery, charge the battery as instructed in the

Maintenance section your Operator’s Manual prior to operating the tractor.

Checking Tire Pressure

Warning! Do not overinflate tires. Check sidewall of tires for maximum psi. Equal tire pressure should

be maintained at all times.

The tires on your tractor may be over inflated for shipping purposes. Reduce the tire pressure before operating the tractor. Check sidewall of tires for maximum psi.

Setting the Deck Gauge Wheels

Move the tractor on a firm and level surface, preferably pavement, and proceed as follows:

1.Select the height position of the cutting deck by placing the deck lift lever in the normally desired mowing height setting (any of the six different cutting height notches on the right fender).

2.Check the gauge wheels for contact or excessive clearance with the surface below. The deck gauge wheels should have between ¼” and ½” clearance above the ground as follows:

If the gauge wheels have excessive clearance or contact with the surface, adjust as follows:

a.Raise the deck lift handle to its highest setting.

b.Remove the front and rear gauge wheels by removing the lock nuts and shoulder screws which secure them to the deck. See Fig. 3-4.

Figure 3-4

c.Place the deck lift lever in the desired mowing height setting.

d.Reinsert the shoulder screw (with each gauge wheel) into the index hole that leaves approximately ½-inchbetween the bottom of the wheel and the pavement.

Refer to Leveling the Deck in the Maintenance section of this manual for more detailed instructions regarding various deck adjustments.

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Adjusting the Seat

To adjust the position of the seat, pull up and hold the seat adjustment lever. Slide the seat forward or rearward to the desired position; then release the adjustment lever. Make sure seat is locked into position before operating the tractor. See

Fig. 3-5.

Figure 3-5

Warning! Before operating the tractor, make sure the seat is engaged in theseat-stop.Engage the parking brake. Stand behind the machine and pull back on seat until it clicks into place.

Gas and Oil

The fuel tank is located under the hood and has a capacity of three and-a-halfgallons. Remove the fuel cap by turning it counterclockwise. Use only clean, fresh (no more than 30 days old), unleaded gasoline. Do not overfill the tank.

The tractor is equipped with a tethered, ratcheting cap, STOP filling tank once fuel is seen inside the filler neck. This ensures that a proper expansion volume is created. Do NOT top off tank. See Figure 3-6.

Figure 3-6

Warning! 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.

NOTE: Your tractor is shipped with oil in the engine. However, you MUST check the oil level before operating.

Caution: Always check the engine oil level before each use as instructed in the separate Engine

Owner’s Manual. Add oil as necessary. Failure to do so may result in serious damage to your engine.

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Controls & Features

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Systems Indicator

Monitor

Fuel Tank Cap

 

 

Ignition Switch

 

 

Module

Throttle/Choke Control

 

 

Fuel Level Indicator

 

 

Brake Pedal

 

Drive Pedal

 

Reverse Pedal

Cargo Net

Parking Brake/

 

 

Cruise Control Lever

Deck Lift Lever

Seat Adjustment Lever

 

PTO (Blade Engage)

 

 

 

 

Handle

Storage Bin

 

 

 

 

Cup Holder

Figure 4-1

Lawn Tractor controls and features are illustrated in Fig. 4-1and described on the following pages.

WARNING! Read and follow all safety rules and instructions in this manual, including the entire

Operation section, before attempting to operate this machine. Failure to comply with all safety rules

and instructions may result in personal injury.

Throttle/Choke Control

The throttle/choke control is located on the left side of the tractor’s dash panel. This lever controls the speed of the engine. When set in a

given position, the throttle/choke will maintain a uniform engine speed.

NOTE: When operating the tractor with the cutting deck engaged, be certain that the throttle/choke control is always in the FAST (rabbit) position.

Brake Pedal

The brake pedal is located on the left front side of the tractor above the drive pedal along the running board. The brake pedal can be used for sudden stops or setting the parking brake.

NOTE: The brake pedal must be fully

depressed to activate the safety interlock switch when starting the tractor.

Seat Adjustment Lever

The seat adjustment lever is located below the front/left of the seat. The lever allows for adjustment of the fore to aft position of the operator’s seat. Refer to the Assembly and Set-Upsection of this manual for more detailed instructions.

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Deck Lift Lever

Found on your tractor’s right fender, the deck lift lever is used to change the height of the cutting deck. To use, move the lever to the left, then place in the notch best suited for your application.

Ignition Switch Module

Warning! Never leave a running machine unattended. Always disengage

PTO, set parking brake, stop engine and remove key to prevent unintended starting.

To start the engine, insert the key into the ignition switch and turn

clockwise to the START position. Release the key into the NORMAL MOWING MODE position once the engine has fired.

To stop the engine, turn the ignition key counterclockwise to the STOP position.

Caution: Prior to operating the tractor, refer to both Safety Interlock Switches and Starting The

Engine in the Operation section of this manual for detailed instructions regarding the Ignition Switch Module and operating the tractor in REVERSE

CAUTION MODE.

Drive Pedal

The drive pedal is located on the right side of the tractor, along the running board. Press the drive pedal forward to cause the tractor to travel forward. Ground speed is also controlled with the drive pedal. The further forward the pedal is pivoted, the faster the tractor will travel. The pedal will return to its original position when it’s not pressed.

Reverse Pedal

The reverse pedal is located on the right side of the tractor along the running board. Ground speed is also controlled with the reverse pedal. The further downward the pedal is pivoted, the faster the tractor will travel. The pedal will return to its original position when it’s not pressed.

Cargo Net

The cargo net is located on the lower half of the dash and can be used for storage.

Systems Indicator Monitor/Hour Meter LCD

When the ignition key is rotated out of the STOP position but not into the START position, the system’s indicator monitor displays the battery’s output, in volts, on its LCD for approximately five seconds, after which it displays an hour glass and the hours

of tractor operation. Once the tractor is started, the monitor continually displays an hour glass and the hours of tractor operation on its LCD.

NOTE: Hours of tractor operation are recorded any time the ignition key is rotated out of the STOP position, regardless of whether the engine is started.

The Indicator Monitor will also remind the operator of maintenance intervals for changing the engine oil. The LCD will alternately flash the recorded hours, “CHG” and “OIL” for five minutes, after every 50 hours of recorded operation elapse. The maintenance interval lasts for two hours (from 50-52,100-102,150-152,etc.). The LCD will also flash as described above for five minutes every time the tractor’s engine has been started during this maintenance interval. Before the interval expires, change the engine oil as instructed in the Maintenance section of this

Operator’s Manual.

Brake

If the Brake light illuminates when attempting to start the tractor’s engine, depress the brake pedal.

PTO (Blade Engage)

If the PTO light illuminates when attempting to start the tractor’s engine, move PTO lever into the disengaged (OFF) position.

Oil (If Engine So Equipped)

It is normal for the Oil light to illuminate while the engine is cranking during start-up,but if it illuminates during operation, while the engine is running, stop the tractor immediately and check the engine oil level as instructed in this Owner’s Manual.

Battery

It is normal for the Battery light to illuminate while the engine is cranking during start-up,but if it illuminates during operation, while the engine is running, the battery is in need of a charge or the engine’s charging system is not generating sufficient amperage. Charge the battery as instructed in the Service section of this manual or have the charging system checked by your Cub Cadet dealer.

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Fuel Level Indicator

The Fuel Level Indicator is located on the left side of the tractor’s dash and indicates the amount of fuel in the gas tank.

PTO/Blade Engage Handle

Activating the PTO engages power to the cutting deck or other (separately available) attachments. Push forward on the PTO/Blade Engage handle to activate it. Pull the PTO/Blade

Engage handle back to disengage the power to the cutting deck or other (separately available) attachments.

NOTE: The PTO/Blade Engage handle must be in the disengaged (OFF) position when starting the engine.

Parking Brake/Cruise Control Lever

Located in the center of the tractor’s dash panel below the steering wheel, the Parking Brake/Cruise Control lever is used to engage the parking brake and the cruise control Refer to the Operation section of this manual for detailed instructions regarding the parking brake.

NOTE: The parking brake must be set if the operator leaves the seat with the engine running or the engine will automatically shut off.

NOTE: Cruise control can NOT be engaged at the tractor’s fastest ground speed. If the operator should attempt to do so, the tractor will automatically decelerate to the fastest optimal mowing ground speed.

Warning! Never leave a running machine unattended. Always disengage PTO, set parking brake, stop engine and remove key to prevent unintended starting.

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Operation

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TO AVOID SERIOUS INJURY OR DEATH

GO UP AND DOWN SLOPES, NOT ACROSS.

AVOID SUDDEN TURNS.

DO NOT OPERATE THE UNIT WHERE IT COULD SLIP OR TIP.

IF MACHINE STOPS GOING UPHILL, STOP BLADE(S) AND BACK DOWNHILL SLOWLY.

KEEP SAFETY DEVICES (GUARDS, SHIELDS, AND SWITCHES, ETC.) IN PLACE AND WORKING.

REMOVE OBJECTS THAT COULD BE THROWN BY THE BLADE(S).

KNOW LOCATION AND FUNCTION OF ALL CONTROLS.

BE SURE BLADE(S) AND ENGINE ARE STOPPED BEFORE PLACING HANDS OR FEET NEAR BLADE(S).

BEFORE LEAVING OPERATOR'S POSITION, DISENGAGE BLADE(S), ENGAGE PARKING BRAKE, SHUT OFF AND REMOVE KEY.

READ OPERATOR'S MANUAL

Safety Interlock Switches

This tractor is equipped with a safety interlock system for the protection of the operator. If the interlock system should ever malfunction, do not operate the tractor. Contact your Cub Cadet dealer.

The safety interlock system prevents the engine from cranking or starting unless the parking brake is engaged, and the PTO (Blade Engage) knob is in the disengaged (OFF) position.

The engine will automatically shut off if the operator leaves the seat before engaging the parking brake.

The electric PTO (Blade Engage) clutch will automatically shut off if the operator leaves the tractor’s seat with the PTO (Blade Engage) knob in the engaged (ON) position, regardless of whether the parking brake is engaged.

With the ignition key in the NORMAL MOWING position, the electric PTO (Blade Engage) clutch will automatically shut off if the PTO (Blade Engage) knob is moved into the engaged (ON) position with the drive pedal in position for reverse travel.

Warning! Do not operate the tractor if the interlock system is malfunctioning. This system was designed for your safety and protection.

Starting the Engine

NOTE: Refer to the Assembly &Set-Upsection of this manual for

Gasoline and Oil fill-upinstructions.

1.Insert the tractor key into the ignition switch module.

2.Place the PTO (Blade Engage) knob in the disengaged (OFF) position.

3.Engage the tractor’s parking brake.

4.Activate the choke control by moving the throttle/choke control all the way forward into the choke position.

5.Turn the ignition key clockwise to the START position. After the engine starts, release the key. It will return to the

NORMAL MOWING position.

Caution: Do NOT hold the key in the START position for longer than ten seconds at a time. Doing so may cause damage to your engine’s electric starter.

6.After the engine starts, deactivate the choke.

NOTE: Do NOT leave the choke on while operating the tractor. Doing so will result in a “rich” fuel mixture and cause the engine to run poorly.

Stopping the Engine

Warning! If you strike a foreign object, stop the engine and disconnect the spark plug wire(s). Thoroughly inspect the machine for any damage. Repair the damage before restarting and operating.

1.If the blades are engaged, place the PTO/Blade Engage knob in the disengaged (OFF) position.

2.Place the throttle control near the SLOW position.

3.Turn the ignition key counterclockwise to the STOP position.

4.Remove the key from the ignition switch to prevent unintended starting.

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Driving The Tractor

WARNING! Avoid sudden starts, excessive speed and sudden stops.

1.Lightly press the brake pedal to release the parking brake. Move the throttle lever into the FAST (rabbit) position.

2.To travel FORWARD, slowly press the drive pedal forward until the desired speed is achieved. See Fig. 5-1.

Drive Pedal

Reverse Pedal

Figure 5-1

3.To travel in REVERSE, check that the area behind is clear then slowly depress the reverse pedal with the ball of your foot (NOT your heel) until the desired speed is achieved. See Fig. 5-1.

Caution: Do NOT attempt to change the direction of travel when the tractor is in motion. Always bring the tractor to a complete stop before moving the tractor from forward to reverse or vice versa.

WARNING! Do not leave the seat of the tractor without first placing the PTO/Blade Engage knob in the disengaged (OFF) position and engaging the parking brake. If leaving the tractor unattended, also turn the engine off and remove the ignition key.

Reverse Caution Mode

The REVERSE CAUTION MODE position of the key switch module allows the tractor to be operated in reverse with the blades (PTO) engaged.

NOTE: Mowing in reverse is not recommended.

Warning! Use extreme caution while operating the tractor in the REVERSE CAUTION MODE. Always look down and behind before and while backing. Do not operate the tractor when children or others are around. Stop the tractor immediately if someone enters the area.

To use the REVERSE CAUTION MODE:

NOTE: The operator MUST be seated in the tractor seat.

1.Start the engine as instructed on the previous page.

2.Turn the key from the NORMAL MOWING (Green) position to the REVERSE CAUTION MODE (Yellow) position of the key switch module. See Fig. 5-2.

Indicator

Reverse

Push Button

Light

 

 

Reverse

Stop

Caution Mode

Position

Position

 

 

Start

 

Position

Figure 5-2

3.Press the REVERSE PUSH BUTTON (Orange, Triangular

Button) at the top, right corner of the key switch module. The red indicator light at the top, left corner of the key switch module will be ON while activated. See Fig. 5-2.

4.Once activated (indicator light ON), the tractor can be driven in reverse with the cutting blades (PTO) engaged.

5.Always look down and behind before and while backing to make sure no children are around. After resuming forward motion, return the key to the NORMAL MOWING position.

The REVERSE CAUTION MODE will remain activated until:

a.The key is placed in either the NORMAL MOWING position or STOP position or

b.The operator leaves the seat.

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Driving On Slopes

Refer to the SLOPE GAUGE on page 8 to help determine slopes where you may operate the tractor safely.

WARNING! Do not mow on inclines with a slope in excess of 15 degrees (a rise of approximately2-1⁄2feet every 10 feet). The tractor could overturn and cause serious injury.

Mow up and down slopes, NEVER across.

Exercise extreme caution when changing direction on slopes.

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

Avoid turns when driving on a slope. If a turn must be made, turn down the slope. Turning up a slope greatly increases the chance of a roll over.

Avoid stopping when driving up a slope. If it is necessary to stop while driving up a slope, start up smoothly and carefully to reduce the possibility of flipping the tractor over backward.

Engaging the Parking Brake/ Setting the Cruise Control

NOTE: The parking break and cruise control are controlled by the same lever. If using the brake when engaging the parking brake/cruise control lever, the parking brake will engage. If using the drive pedal when engaging the parking brake/cruise control lever, the cruise control will engage.

Parking Brake

NOTE: The parking brake must be set if the operator leaves the seat with the engine running or the engine will automatically shut off.

To set the parking brake:

1.Press the brake pedal completely down with your left foot and hold it in that position.

2.Push the parking brake/cruise control lever downward and hold it in that position.

3.Remove your foot from the brake pedal.

4.Release pressure from the parking brake/cruise control lever.

After completing step 3, the brake pedal should remain in the down position. If it doesn’t, the parking brake is not engaged. Repeat steps1-4to engage the parking brake.

To disengage the parking brake, lightly press the brake pedal .

Warning! Never leave a running machine unattended. Always disengage PTO, set parking brake, stop engine and remove key to prevent unintended starting.

Cruise Control

Warning! Never engage the cruise control lever while traveling in reverse.

To set the cruise control:

1.Slowly press the drive pedal with your right foot until the desired speed is achieved.

2.Lightly press the parking brake/cruise control lever downward and hold it in that position.

3.Remove your foot from the drive pedal.

4.Release pressure from the parking brake/cruise control lever.

After completing step 3, the drive pedal should remain in the down position and the tractor will maintain the same forward speed. If it doesn’t, the cruise control is not engaged. Repeat steps1-4to engage the cruise control.

To disengage the cruise control, lightly press the drive pedal or the brake pedal.

NOTE: Cruise control can not be set at the tractor’s fastest ground speed. If the operator should attempt to do so, the tractor will automatically decelerate to the fastest optimal mowing ground speed.

To change the direction of travel from forward to reverse when cruise control is engaged, press the brake pedal to disengage the cruise control and bring the tractor to a complete stop. Then slowly press the reverse pedal with the ball of your foot to travel in reverse.

Using the Deck Lift Lever

To raise the cutting deck, move the deck lift lever to the left, then place it in the notch best suited for your application.

Operating the Headlights

The lamps are ON whenever the ignition key is rotated out of the STOP position. The lamps turn OFF when the ignition key is moved to the STOP position.

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Engaging the PTO

Engaging the PTO transfers power to the cutting deck or other (separately available) attachments. To engage the PTO:

1.Move the Throttle/Choke control lever to the FAST (rabbit) position.

2.Push the PTO/Blade Engage lever forward into the engaged (ON) position.

NOTE: Always operate the tractor with the Throttle/Choke control lever in the FAST (rabbit) position for the most efficient use of the cutting deck or other (separately available) attachments.

Mowing

Warning! To help avoid blade contact or a thrown object injury, keep bystanders, helpers, children and pets at least 75 feet from the machine while it is in operation. Stop machine if anyone enters the area.

The following information will be helpful when using the cutting deck with your tractor.

Warning! Plan your mowing pattern to avoid discharge of materials toward roads, sidewalks, bystanders and the like. Also, avoid discharging material against a wall or obstruction which may cause discharged material to ricochet back toward the operator.

Do not mow at high ground speed, especially if a mulch kit or grass collector is installed.

Do not cut the grass too short. Short grass is prone to weed growth and yellows quickly in dry weather.

Always operate the tractor with the throttle lever in the FAST (rabbit) position while mowing.

For best results it is recommended that the first two laps be cut with the discharge thrown towards the center. After the first two laps, reverse the direction to throw the discharge to the outside for the balance of cutting. This will give a better appearance to the lawn.

Do NOT attempt to mow heavy brush and weeds or extremely tall grass. Your tractor is designed to mow lawns,

NOT clear brush.

Keep the blades sharp and replace the blades when worn.

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Maintenance & Adjustments

 

 

 

 

 

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Maintenance Schedule

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Before

 

Every

Every

Every

Every

Prior

 

 

Each use

 

10 Hours

25 Hours

50 Hours

100 Hours

to Storing

 

Clean Hood/Dash Louvers

 

 

P

 

 

 

P

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Check Engine Oil Level

P

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Check Air Filter for Dirty, Loose or Damaged Parts

P

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Clean and Re-oilAir Filter’s Foam Precleaner

 

 

 

P

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Replace Air Filter Element

 

 

 

 

 

P

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Change Engine Oil and Replace Oil Filter

 

 

 

 

P

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Clean Battery Terminals

 

 

P

 

 

 

P

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lube Front Axles and Rims

 

 

 

P

 

 

P

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Clean Engine Cooling Fins

 

 

 

P

 

 

P

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lube Front Deck Wheels

 

 

 

P

 

 

P

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lube Deck Spindles

 

 

 

P

 

 

P

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lube Pedal Pivot Points

 

 

P

 

 

 

P

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Check Spark Plug Condition & Gap

 

 

 

 

 

P

P

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Replace Fuel Filter

 

 

 

 

 

P

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Maintenance

 

 

Changing the Engine Oil

 

 

 

 

Warning! Before performing any maintenance or repairs, disengage PTO, set parking brake, stop engine and remove key to prevent unintended starting.

Engine

Refer to the Kohler Owner’s Manual for all engine maintenance procedures and instructions.

NOTE: Maintenance, repair, or replacement of the emission control devices and systems which are being done at owner’s expense may be performed by any engine repair establishment or individual. Warranty repairs must be performed by a Cub Cadet Dealer.

Warning! If the engine has been recently run, the engine, muffler and surrounding metal surfaces will be hot and can cause burns to the skin. Exercise caution to avoid burns.

NOTE: The oil filter should be changed at every oil change interval. To complete an oil change, proceed as follows:

1.Run the engine for a few minutes to allow the oil in the crankcase to warm up. Warm oil will flow more freely and carry away more of the engine sediment which may have settled at the bottom of the crankcase. Use care to avoid burns from hot oil.

2.Open the tractor’s hood and locate the oil drain port on the right side of the engine.

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3.Pop open the protective cap on the end of the oil drain valve to expose the drain port. See Fig. 6-1.

Figure 6-1

4.Remove the oil fill cap/dipstick from the oil fill tube.

5.Push the oil drain hose (packed with this manual) onto the oil drain port. Route the opposite end of the hose into an appropriate oil collection container with at least a 2.5 quart capacity, to collect the used oil.

6.The engine is equipped with either a twist-and-pulldrain port or a tabbed drain port. If your engine has the twist-and-pulldrain go to step a. If your engine is equipped with the tabbed drain go to step b.

a.Turn the oil drain valve 1⁄4-turn,then pull outward to begin draining oil. After the oil has finished draining, push the end of the oil drain valve back in and turn1⁄4-turnto secure it back in place.Re-capthe end of the oil drain valve to keep debris from entering the drain port.

b.Pinch the tabs on the oil drain valve, then pull outward to begin draining oil. After the oil has finished draining, push the end of the oil drain valve back in, until the tabs click into place. Re-capthe end of the oil drain valve to keep debris from entering the drain port.

7.Replace the oil filter as instructed in the Kohler Owner’s

Manual.

8.Refill the engine with new oil. Refer to the Kohler Owner’s

Manual for information regarding the volume and weight of engine oil.

Air Cleaner

Service the pre-cleanerand cartridge/air cleaner element as instructed in the Kohler Owner’s Manual.

Spark Plug

The spark plug should be cleaned and the gap reset once a season. Refer to the Kohler Owner’s Manual for correct plug type and gap specifications.

Hydrostatic Transmission

The hydrostatic transmission is sealed at the factory and is maintenance-free.The fluid level cannot be checked and the fluid cannot be changed.

Battery

California Proposition 65 Warning! Battery posts, terminals, and related accessories contain lead and lead compounds, chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer and reproductive harm. Wash hands after handling.

The battery is sealed and is maintenance-free.Acid levels cannot be checked and fluid can not be added.

Always keep the battery cables and terminals clean and free of corrosive build-up.

After cleaning the battery and terminals, apply a light coat of petroleum jelly or grease to both terminals.

Caution: If removing the battery for cleaning, disconnect the NEGATIVE (Black) wire from it’s terminal first, followed by the POSITIVE (Red) wire.

When re-installingthe battery, always connect the

POSITIVE (Red) wire its terminal first, followed by the

NEGATIVE (Black) wire. Be certain that the wires are connected to the correct terminals; reversing them could result in serious damage to your engine’s alternating system.

Cleaning the Tractor

Any fuel or oil spilled on the machine should be wiped off promptly. Do NOT allow debris to accumulate around the cooling fins of the engine, the transmission’s cooling fan or on any other part of the machine, especially the belts and pulleys.

Smart Jet

Your tractor’s deck is equipped with a water port on its surface as part of its deck wash system.

Use the Smart Jet to rinse grass clippings from the deck’s underside and prevent the buildup of corrosive chemicals.

Complete the following steps AFTER EACH MOWING:

1.Drive the tractor to a level, clear spot on your lawn, near enough for your garden hose to reach.

Caution: Make certain the tractor’s discharge chute is directed AWAY from your house, garage, parked cars, etc.

1.Disengage the PTO (Blade Engage), set the parking brake and stop the engine.

2.Thread the hose coupler (packaged with your tractor’s Operator’s Manual) onto the end of your garden hose.

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