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Owner s Manual model 425621x108A

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

WARRANTY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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OPERATING TIPS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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RESPONSIBILITY OF THE OWNER . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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MOWING AND BAGGING TIPS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

21

SAFETY RULES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

3

MAINTENANCE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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INTERNATIONAL PICTORIALS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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MAINTENANCE CHART . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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ASSEMBLY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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HOW TO CHECK THE MUFFLER . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

22

PARTS BAG CONTENTS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

10

HOW TO REMOVE AND INSTALL THE BLADE . . . . . . . . . . . .

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HOW TO INSTALL THE FRONT WHEELS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

11

HOW TO SHARPEN THE BLADE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

23

HOW TO INSTALL THE SEAT . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

12

HOW TO ADJUST THE BLADE ROTATION CONTROL . . . . .

24

HOW TO ASSEMBLE THE STEERING WHEEL . . . . . . . . . . . .

12

HOW TO CHECK AND ADJUST THE MOTION DRIVE BELT .

25

HOW TO ASSEMBLE THE GAUGE WHEELS . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

13

HOW TO CHECK AND ADJUST THE DRIVE BRAKE . . . . . . .

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MAINTENANCE FREE BATTERY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

13

MAINTENANCE FREE BATTERY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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HOW TO INSTALL THE BATTERY CABLES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

13

HOW TO CHARGE THE BATTERY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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IMPORTANT! BEFORE YOU START MOWING . . . . . . . . . . . .

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WHERE TO LUBRICATE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

27

HOW TO PREPARE THE ENGINE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

14

HOW TO CHECK THE FUEL FILTER . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

27

CHECK THE TIRES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

14

CHECK THE TIRES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

27

CHECK THE LEVEL OF THE MOWER HOUSING . . . . . . . . . .

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HOW TO REMOVE THE MOWER HOUSING . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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OPERATION . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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HOW TO INSTALL THE MOWER HOUSING . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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LOCATION OF CONTROLS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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HOW TO ADJUST THE GAUGE WHEELS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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ATTACHMENTS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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HOW TO LEVEL THE MOWER HOUSING

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HOW TO USE THE THROTTLE CONTROL

16

HOW TO REPLACE THE MOTION DRIVE BELT

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HOW TO USE THE BLADE ROTATION CONTROL

16

HOW TO REPLACE THE MOWER DRIVE BELT

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HOW TO USE THE SPEED CONTROL PEDAL

17

HOW TO INSTALL THE WHEELS

33

HOW TO DISCONNECT THE TRANSMISSION

17

HOW TO REPLACE THE FUSE

34

HOW TO SET THE PARKING BRAKE

18

HOW TO REPLACE THE LIGHT BULB

34

HOW TO CHANGE THE CUTTING HEIGHT

18

HOW TO CLEAN THE MOWER HOUSING

34

HOW TO STOP THE UNIT

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STORAGE (OVER 30 DAYS)

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HOW TO TRANSPORT THE UNIT

18

TROUBLE SHOOTING CHART

35

HOW TO OPERATE WITH THE MOWER HOUSING

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PARTS LIST

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HOW TO OPERATE THE UNIT ON HILLS

19

SLOPE GUIDE

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BEFORE STARTING THE ENGINE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

20

HOW TO START THE ENGINE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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INDEX . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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WARRANTY

General

Rover Mowers Limited warrant this machine or accessory is free of defects in material and workmanship. Claims are limited to making good or replacing any part found defective by the manufacturer or his agent. The warranty period shall apply from the date of purchase for a period of 12 months for domestic use or 90 days for commercial use. Warranty applies to Australia and New Zealand only. Contact any Rover Mowers Limited authorised service dealer or Rover Agent.

Extended warranty: For domestic use only, a 24 months extended warranty applies. It requires the customer to complete the2 Year warranty registration card , and forward along with a copy of the cash register receipt to Warranty, Rover Mowers Limited . Normal warranty exclusions as listed still apply.

Exclusions: Following is a list of conditions excluded from warranty; all engines, parts that are considered suffering from wear and tear, parts that are damaged due to abuse or misuse, parts that can be subjected to use beyond their normal intended working capacity Eg; blades, blade bolts,v-beltsand spark plugs. If repairs or alterations have been made without the manufacturer s written authority. Any transport costs involved in the repair or replacement of and defective parts. If it is found that parts other than genuine have been used on the machine.

NOTE: This warranty does not exclude any conditions or warranty implied by the Trade Practices Act 1974 or any other relevant legislation. Engine warranty is covered by the engine manufacturer and could differ from the warranty of the rest of the machine. Refer to the engine manual (if included) or consult the nearest engine service dealer.

Proof of date of purchase should be retained as it needs to be presented if warranty is to be claimed. Fill out the details on previous page as a record for warranty purposes.

Rover Mowers Limited reserves the right to make changes and add improvements to its products at any time without notice or obligation. Rover Mowers Limited reserves the right to discontinue manufacture of any product any any time at its discretion.

Rover Mowers Limited

Rover Mowers Limited

PO Box 1235

East Tamaki

Eagle Fram

Auckland

Queensland 4009

NEW ZEALAND

AUSTRALIA

ABN 11 000 257 303

 

 

 

 

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This instruction book is for several different models. The instructions are written for a person with some mechanical ability. Like most service books, not all the steps are described. Steps on how to loosen or tighten fasteners are steps anyone can follow with some mechanical ability. Read and follow these instructions before you use the unit.

Know your product: If you understand the unit and how the unit operates, you will get the best performance. As you read this manual, compare the illustrations to the unit. Learn the location and the function of the controls. To help prevent an accident, follow the operating instructions and the safety rules. Keep this manual for future reference.

IMPORTANT: Many units are not assembled and are sold in cartons. It is the responsibility of the owner to make sure the assembly instructions in this manual are exactly followed. Other units are purchased in an assembled condition. On assembled units, it is the responsibility of the owner to make sure the unit is correctly assembled. The owner must carefully check the unit according to the instructions in this manual before it is first used.

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

Battery posts, terminals and related accessories contain lead and lead compounds, chemicals known to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm. WASH HANDS AFTER HANDLING.

RESPONSIBILITY OF THE OWNER

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1.Carefully read and follow the rules for safe operation.

2.Follow all the assembly instructions.

3.Inspect the unit.

4.Make sure that the operator of the unit knows how to correctly use all standard and accessory equipment.

5.Operate the unit only with guards, shields, and other safety items in place and working correctly.

6.Correctly adjust the unit.

7.Service the unit only with authorized or approved replacement parts.

8.Complete all maintenance on the unit.

Environmental Awareness

Do not fill the engine s fuel tank completely full. Drain fuel for off season storage.

Use only unleaded gasoline. Service the air cleaner regularly.

Change oil regularly. Use 10W 30 oil in summer. Tune up the engine regularly.

Keep equipment in efficient operating condition. Dispose of used engine oil properly.

SAFETY RULES

Safe Operation Practices for Ride on Mowers

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

I. General operation

1.Read, understand and follow all instructions in the Instruction Book, on the machine, the engine and with any attachments before starting.

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

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

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

5.Never carry passengers.

6.Turn off power to the blades or any attachments before backing up. Do not mow in reverse unless absolutely necessary. Always look down and behind before and while backing.

7.Be aware of the mower discharge direction and do not point it at anyone. Do not operate the mower without either the entire grass bagger or the mower guard in place.

8.Slow down before turning.

9.Never leave a machine unattended with the engine running. Always turn off the blade(s), set the parking brake, stop the engine and remove the key before dismounting.

10.Turn off power to attachment(s) when transporting or not in use. Turn off the blade(s) when not mowing.

11.Stop the engine before removing the grass bagger or unclogging the chute.

12.Mow only in daylight or good artificial light.

13.Do not operate the machine while under the influence of alcohol or drugs or when very tired.

14.Watch for traffic when operating near or crossing roadways.

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

16.Turn off all attachment clutches before attempting to start the engine.

17.Always wear goggles, safety glasses, or an eye shield when you operate the unit to protect your eyes from foreign objects that can be thrown from the unit. Always wear eye protection when you make an adjustment or repair to the machine.

18.Use care when pulling loads or using heavy equipment. a. Use only approved drawbar hitch points.

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b.Limit loads to those you can safely control.

c.Do not turn sharply. Use care when backing.

d.Use counterweights or wheel weights when suggested in the Instruction Book.

19.Do not operate this machine if you are taking drugs or other medication which can cause drowsiness or affect your ability to operate this machine.

20.Do not use this machine if you are mentally or physically unable to operate this machine safely.

21.Data indicates that operators, age 60 years and above, are involved in a large percentage of riding mower related injuries. These operators should evaluate their ability to operate a riding mower safely enough to protect themselves and others from serious injury.

II. Slope operation

Slopes and rough terrain are major factors related to loss of control and tip over accidents, 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 the slope, do not mow it. See the Slope Guide in the back of this book to check for safe operation.

DO

1.Mow up and down slopes, not across.

2.Remove obstacles such as rocks, limbs, etc...

3.Watch for holes, ruts or bumps. Uneven terrain could overturn the machine. Tall grass can hide obstacles.

4.Use slow speed on slopes. Do not make sudden speed changes.

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

6.Use extra care with grass baggers or other attachments, they can change the stability of the machine.

7.Keep all movement on the slopes slow and gradual. Do not make sudden changes in speed or direction.

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

DO NOT

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

2.Do not mow drop offs, ditches or embankments. A wheel over the edge or an edge caving in could cause a sudden overturn and an injury or death.

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

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

5.Do not use a grass bagger or other rear mounted accessories on steep slopes (greater than 10 degrees).

III. Children

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.

1.Keep children out of the mowing area and in the watchful care of another responsible adult.

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

3.Before and when backing, look behind and down for small children.

4.Never carry children or any passengers, even with the blades off. They may fall off and be seriously injured or interfere with the safe operation of the machine.

5.Never allow children to operate the machine. Instruct children in the potential dangers of the machine.

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

IV. Service

1.Use extra care when handling gasoline and other fuels. Fuels are flammable and the vapors are explosive.

a.Use only an approved container.

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

c.Never refuel the machine indoors.

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

2.Never start or run the engine inside a closed area.

3.Keep all nuts and bolts, especially the blade attachment nuts tight. Frequently check the blade(s) for wear or damage such as cracks and nicks. A blade that is bent or damaged must be immediately replaced with an original equipment blade from an authorized service dealer. For safety, replace the blade every two years. Keep the equipment in good condition.

4.Never tamper with the safety devices. Check their proper operation regularly.

5.To reduce fire hazards, keep the machine free of grass, leaves or other debris build up. Clean up oil or fuel spills. Allow the machine to cool before storing.

6.Stop and inspect the equipment if you strike an object. Repair, if necessary, before restarting.

7.Never make adjustments or repairs with the engine running. The carburetor can be adjusted with the engine running. Do not change the engine governor settings or over speed the engine.

8.Grass bagger components are subject to wear, damage and deterioration, which could expose moving parts or allow objects to be thrown. For storage, always make sure the grass bag is empty. Frequently check components and replace with manufacturer s recommended parts when necessary.

9.Mower blade(s) are sharp and can cut. Wrap the blade(s) or wear gloves and use extra caution when servicing them or the blade housing area.

10.Check the brake operation frequently. Adjust and service as required.

11.Wait for all movement to stop before servicing any part of the unit.

Look for this symbol to indicate important safety precautions. This symbol indicates: Attention! Become Alert! Your Safety Is At Risk.

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Each person that operates power equipment must learn to use correct and safe mowing procedures. To help you learn, carefully read the following pages. Most of the time the operator was not correctly shown or did not read the instructions on the unit or in the Instruction Book before using the unit. Also, some operators do not have enough experience. The result is unsafe use, endangering the operator, bystanders and the equipment. Another result can be a poor appearance of the area mowed.

Read this book. Read the instructions on the unit. Operate the mower according to the Safe Mowing Guide. Follow all safety rules, cautions or warnings in this book and on the unit. Make sure anyone that uses the unit reads the instructions and is told how to safely operate the mower.

The mower will give you good service and durability, if operated in normal conditions. If the mower is not correctly serviced or is used where the terrain is rough or unsuitable, product performance and safety will be decreased.

Correct clothing is an important part of safe mowing. Safety glasses will protect the eyes from objects discharged by the mower. Safety shoes with steel plates can protect a foot from injury by the blade. For protection from objects discharged from the mower, wear clothing that will cover the arms and legs.

Before you start cutting the grass, practice using the mower in a large open and level area. Learn the location of the controls on the mower. Know the purpose of the

controls and how they work. In an emergency, how fast you can stop the blade is important. Learn how to control the mower at all times.

Many engines are started by hand. When you use a pull start or rope start, place your feet apart and away from the blade(s). Hold the rope handle tight. Never wrap the rope around your arm or fingers for abetter grip . To start the engine, follow the instructions on the mower, in this book and in the engine operating instructions.

For electric start engines, sit in the seat to start the engine. The battery can be dangerous. Follow the instructions on the battery, the acid container, and in this book when working with the battery. Even small batteries have enough voltage to cause an injury. Always be careful.

The mower is designed to be operated by one person. Never let another person ride with you on the unit or on any accessories. A passenger will make the unit harder to control, block the visibility or distract the operator and is dangerous to the operator, the passenger and the equipment. Without a passenger seat, the passenger can fall from the mower or contact dangerous parts. A mower is not a toy for showing off or for giving rides.

Never cut a wet lawn. Wet grass can cause an accident, affect mower performance and can cause problems with future lawn growth and appearance. Wet grass is slippery and can cause the mower to slip. Someone can get injured by touching the blade(s). Wet grass tends to clog the mower, causing poor discharge. Cut wet grass will collect on the lawn, retarding the growth of the grass. Also, getting the mower wet will cause parts to rust and decrease the life of the unit.

When you look over the lawn, remember obstacles that cannot be removed, like pipes, stumps or rocks. Keep away from these obstacles that can cause damage to the mower or injury to the operator or a person near the mower. Clear the area of rocks, toys, wire or other loose objects. These items can damage the mower or can be discharged by the mower blade.

The blade of a power mower rotates very fast. It can discharge rocks and other objects over a long distance which can be dangerous. The force of the objects can break windows, cause injuries or even put an eye out. Most of the time the injury is to a person, like a child. Keep every person completely away from the area to be mowed. Make sure the grass is not discharged toward anyone. Planning your mowing pattern has a double advantage. It can decrease the possibility of an injury and make the clean up after mowing easier.

Check the terrain of the area to be mowed. Mow in a pattern that will keep you away from dangerous areas. Check the distance you need to stop and the distance available to turn. Slopes and rough terrain must be mowed carefully and some areas must not be mowed at all. With riding mowers, mow up and down the hill. When you must mow rough terrain or on slopes, drive slowly and stop in these areas only in an emergency. Before you ride up or down a slope, try to back straight up the slope. Do not ride up or down a slope that is too steep to back straight up. See the Guide in the back of this Instruction Book to check any slopes.

Before you start cutting, make sure the mower was completely assembled according to the Instruction Book. If the mower was completely assembled at the

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store, you must still check the mower according to the assembly instructions. Make sure the mower is correctly assembled and that all fasteners are tight. Make sure the engine has the correct amount of oil. Check these items often during the life of the mower.

Your mower has a gasoline engine. Gasoline is a dangerous fuel. Keep gasoline only in an approved safety gasoline container. Do not keep large amounts of gasoline. When you add gasoline to the fuel tank, do not smoke. Store the gasoline container and the mower in an area that has good ventilation. Also, keep the gasoline away from any flames like the pilot light of a furnace or any other source of ignition. If the mower is to be stored for more than a few weeks, remove the gasoline from the fuel tank. When inside an enclosure, do not add gasoline to the fuel tank. Before you add gasoline, move the mower outside and add gasoline carefully. Before you start the engine, remove any gasoline from the outside of the fuel tank or from the mower. Warm gasoline will expand. Leave some space in the fuel tank for the gasoline to expand. Also, the fuel cap has a vent hole for fuel vapors. Always use the correct fuel cap. Failure to follow safety rules about gasoline will cause fires and explosions, injury to you and damage to the equipment and other property.

If you add gasoline to an engine that is running or hot, the result can be an explosion. Before you add gasoline, stop the engine and let the engine cool for several minutes. Remove dry grass and other debris from the mower. Keep the mower clean to improve the performance, help the engine and transmission run cooler, extend the life of moving parts, and decrease the danger of a fire.

Fires and explosions are not the only dangers when working around a mower. The engine, transmission, and the muffler will get hot in several minutes when the engine is running. Do not touch these parts of the mower. Stop the engine. Let the

engine and transmission cool before servicing the mower. Remember, exhaust fumes are dangerous. Never operate the engine inside a building.

When you get a new mower, it can be a new experience for the family. Tell each person how a mower can be dangerous.

Remember, a mower is not a toy. A mower is not to be used by children or anyone not old enough, strong enough or that does not have experience.

If the mower is not correctly assembled, not operated correctly, or not regularly serviced, the mower can be dangerous. The most important rule to follow is always use good judgement and common sense. Mow safely and carefully.

Your mower will easily cut thick grass. Fingers, feet and other parts can also be cut by the blade. Injuries occur when the operator does not think and reaches into the chute opening. Always operate the mower as if the blade is rotating. Do not service or make an adjustment, except to the carburetor, while the engine is running.

Use only accessories that are factory approved for your mower. The wrong accessory can decrease the safety of the mower and can even damage the unit. Read and follow the instructions included with the accessory and the mower.

Use only original equipment or replacement parts that are factory approved for service. If you need service, select an Authorized Service Center for your mower. If you do the work on the unit, follow the instructions in the Instruction Book.

When you mow, remember that children are attracted to the mower. Always use caution when mowing around obstacles like trees or shrubs or when moving backward. Only mow in a forward direction if possible. Your visibility is decreased when you mow backward. Also, the blades are made to cut while the unit is moving forward. If you mow backward, the cutting performance decreases.

Before you leave the mower, stop the engine. Remove the key. Disengage and lower any attachment. Set the parking brake. Never mount or dismount from the seat while the engine is running. An accident can occur if you touch the brake, speed control pedal, throttle, or blade control while the engine is running. Mount and dismount from the seat on the side of the unit that is marked ENTER EXIT.

Make sure you are in good condition when you mow. When you mow for several hours your reflexes will decrease and your mind will not be as alert. Take a short break or an accident can occur. If the temperature is hot, use caution to prevent dehydration. If you are tired, angry or not completely alert, do not operate the mower. If you use alcohol, medication or drugs, do not use the mower or any type of power equipment.

Engine speed is a key to safe mowing and to a good looking lawn. The maximum speed of the engine was set at the factory. Do not change the setting of the engine governor.

Select the maximum engine and ground speed that is right for the terrain and the height of the grass. The blade cuts best when the engine is operating at maximum speed. The engine and transmission will also run cooler at maximum engine speed.

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Also, the grass bagger will function better when the engine is operating at maximum speed. On slopes, decrease the ground speed and use care making sure the mower feels safe to operate.

If the weather conditions are bad, do not mow. If weather conditions become bad, stop cutting and finish later. It is dangerous to cut grass in the rain. Always find protection in an electrical storm. If the weather conditions are extra dry, protect your eyes with safety glasses from the dust and from the objects discharged by the mower. Also, a dust or a pollen mask can help.

Your mower is equipped with a number of safety devices which are important to the safety of the operator and bystanders and must never be changed or removed from the mower. If a safety device is lost, damaged or no longer functions, repair or replace the device before you operate the mower.

It is best to mow during the day. If you must mow at night, make sure there is enough light for safe operation.

Your mower will require regular maintenance and service. The maintenance schedule depends on the hours of use. Also, mowing conditions can change the schedule. Check the Instruction Book for more information. Correct maintenance will help the mower function safely.

Do not service the mower (except for the carburetor adjustment) while the engine is

running. Before you service the unit, even with the engine stopped,

always disconnect the wire from the spark plug to prevent the engine from starting.

If you hit a large object during operation, stop the engine. Remove the wire from the spark plug. Carefully inspect the mower for damage. Before you start the engine again, make the necessary repairs. If you

feel new or excessive vibration, immediately stop the engine and check for the problem. Vibration can be a warning of a problem. Keep all nuts, bolts and screws tight.

The blade is the most dangerous part of the mower. Frequently check the blade and the blade mounting fasteners. Keep the fasteners tight. If the blade hits a solid object, stop the engine. Remove the wire from the spark plug. Check for a blade that is bent, cracked or for other damages. Before you start the engine, replace a damaged blade(s). For safety, replace the blade every two years.

A sharp blade decreases the workload on the engine and more evenly cuts grass. Frequently sharpen the blade for a better looking cut. Use the left side of the mower housing to trim near an object.

A grass bagger is a good accessory for your mower. For best performance and safety, make sure the grass bagger is approved for use with your mower. Follow the assembly and operation instructions included with the grass bagger.

Some grass baggers require a special blade for best performance. Before you attach, check, or empty the grass bagger, always stop the engine. Before each use of the grass bagger, check for cracks, wear or deterioration. Before you use the grass bagger, replace a damaged part with a replacement part approved by the factory.

For you to have a good green lawn, follow the mowing procedures below. Do not cut the grass too short. If you cut the grass too short you can cause the grass to become yellow or make the lawn look brown. Use a lower height of cut in cool months when the grass is thicker. Raise the height of cut in hot dry periods. If you cut the grass with

a blade that is not sharp or at a slow engine speed you can damage the grass. Move the throttle control to the FAST position when mowing and using the grass bagger. Also, use a slower ground speed when using the grass bagger.

If you change the direction or pattern of cut slightly every time you mow will make the grass grow stronger and thicker. Do not add oil or gasoline to the mower while on the lawn. Spilled oil or gasoline can kill the grass. In high or thick grass, do not try to cut all the grass the first time. Raise the height of cut on the first cutting and lower the height for the next cutting. Another way is to cut only part of the width of the mower and decrease your ground speed (not the engine) to move more slowly so that the mower can discharge the grass as it moves forward.

Understand the controls and how they work. Learn the ground speed(s) of your mower. Check the stopping distance required at different travel speeds. Check the turning radius of the mower. The controls on your riding mower are different from an automobile. The throttle is operated by hand and holds the engine speed constant until it is changed. The location of the travel speed control is different from that of an automobile. Also, the brake and clutch systems are different. Remember the procedures to follow in an emergency. Remember, turning off the engine ignition switch will stop the blade and the drive mechanism. If the traction of the wheels is lost or does not feel safe, disengage all systems and stop the engine. Dismount from the mower. Push the unit to a safe place before you begin mowing again.

Your unit has an electrical system that includes an operator presence switch in the seat. The operator presence switch detects if the operator is sitting on the seat. The engine will stop if the operator leaves the seat when the blade engagement control is engaged. This operator presence switch is a safety device only. It must not regularly be used to stop the engine or the blade. There are other control systems on the mower for this purpose. Always keep the operator presence switch and other safety devices and controls in place and operating for your protection.

Remember, your mower is a tool that can be dangerous if it is not correctly used. Follow the instructions in this Instruction Book. Safe and careful use of the mower will give you many safe hours of problem free use.

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STEPS TO FOLLOW

BEFORE MOWING

Be sure to dress correctly. Wear hard shoes, not sandals or tennis shoes.

Examine the blade. A blade that is bent, cracked, or damaged must be replaced with a factory replacement blade.

Fill the fuel tank outside. Clean off spilled fuel.

Read and follow the Owner s Manual, the instructions with the engine, and the instructions with any attachments. Owner s Manual instructions are for your safety and the safety of others.

Exhaust fumes are dangerous. Start the engine outside.

Make sure all safety devices are in place and working correctly.

Operation of the mower is only for a person that has experience.

Wet grass can be dangerous. Let the grass dry.

Instruct children and others to keep away from the work area.

Never cut the grass without good light.

Pick up loose objects. Remove them from the mowing area.

WHILE MOWING

Watch for fixed objects and avoid them. They can damage the mower or cause injury.

A hot engine, muffler, and transmission will cause a burn. Do not touch.

Inclines and slopes must be carefully mowed. See the Guide in the back of this book to check a slope.

Lack of daylight or good artificial light is cause to stop mowing.

Examine the mower, the blade, and other parts for damage after hitting a foreign object or if the unit vibrates excessively.

Do not make adjustments or repairs without stopping the engine. Disconnect the spark plug wire.

On or near roads, watch out for traffic. Direct discharge away from roads.

When mowing, avoid areas where traction is unsure. Look back before changing direction of travel.

In heavy grass, raise the cutting height. Cut slower. Stop the engine to remove clogged grass from the mower.

Never remove any safety related parts.

Do not pour gasoline into a engine that is hot or running.

AFTER MOWING

Always let the mower cool before storing in an enclosed area.

Foreign material on the mower is dangerous. Clean off grass, leaves, grease and oil before storing.

Tighten all loose nuts, bolts and screws before you use the unit.

Empty and clean any grass catcher or other accessory.

Remove the key or disconnect the spark plug wire to prevent unauthorized use.

Make sure the mower is not kept near a source of ignition. Gas fumes can cause an explosion.

Only original parts or factory approved substitutes can be used to service the mower.

When storing the mower for an extended period, remove the fuel from the fuel tank.

Instruct children to leave the mower alone. It is not a toy.

Never keep gasoline near a source of ignition. Always use an approved container. Keep gasoline away from children.

Lubricate according to the Instruction Book. See Lubrication .

IMPORTANT Read the Instruction Book. Keep this book for future use and reference.

WARNING: Look for this symbol to point out important safety precautions. It means: Attention! Become Alert! Your Safety Is Involved.

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INTERNATIONAL PICTORIALS

INTERNATIONAL PICTORIALS

IMPORTANT: Some of the following pictorials are located on your unit or on literature supplied with the product. Before you operate the unit, learn and understand the purpose for each pictorial.

Safety Warning Pictorials

1Warning

2Shield Eyes. Explosive Gases Can Cause Blindness Or Injury.

3No Sparks, Flames or Smoking.

4Sulphuric Acid Can Cause Blindness Or Severe Burns

5

Flush Eyes Immediately With Water.

10

DANGER: No Step.

 

Get Medical Help Fast.

11

DANGER: Keep Feet And Hands

6

IMPORTANT: Read Owner s Manual

 

Away From Rotating Blade.

 

Before Operating This Machine.

12

DANGER: Keep Hands Away From

7

WARNING: Thrown Objects. Keep

 

Rotating Blade.

 

Bystanders Away. Read User

13

DANGER: Disconnect Spark Plug

 

Instructions Before Operating This

 

Wire Before Servicing Unit.

 

Machine.

14

WARNING: Hot Surface.

8

WARNING: Do Not Use This Machine

15

WARNING: Use Caution When

 

On Slopes Greater Than 15 Degrees.

 

Connecting Or Disconnecting

9

DANGER: Keep People, Especially

 

Accessories.

 

Children, Away From Unit.

16

WARNING: Crushed Fingers.

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

2

í

 

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

11

 

12

 

 

14

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ÓßÈ õ ïëðÒ

16

 

 

13

 

15

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Control And Operating Pictorials

6

Brake

11

Choke

 

 

1

Engine Start

 

7

Parking Brake

12

Oil

 

 

2

Lights

 

8

Clutch

13

Blade Rotation Control

 

 

3

Engine Off

 

9

Slow

14

Raise

 

 

4

Engine On

 

10

Fast

15

Fuel

 

 

2

1

2

3

4

6

7

8

9

10

11

12

13

14

15

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ASSEMBLY

ASSEMBLY

Read and follow the assembly and adjustment instructions for your mower. All fasteners are in the parts bag. Do not discard any parts or material until the unit is assembled.

NOTE: In this instruction book, left and right describe the location of a part with the operator on the seat.

WARNING: Before doing any assembly or maintenance to the mower, remove the wire from the spark plug.

PARTS BAG CONTENTS

The fasteners and other loose parts are shown below. The fasteners are shown full size. The quantity is shown in brackets ( ).

2x82

14x79

25x3

(2) Carriage Bolt

(2) Wing Nut

(1) Bolt

17x146

(1) Washer

1001054

17x47

30x49

(2) Knob

(2) Washer

(2) Cotter Pin

17x91

31x11

20729

(1) Keys & Ring

(2) Washer

(2) Hair Pin

 

17x195

17x192

94618

690604

(2) Washer

(2) Washer

(2) Hub Cap

(1) Terminal Cover

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ASSEMBLY

HOW TO INSTALL THE FRONT WHEELS

Use a knife and cut the four sides of the container. Install the front wheels in the container.

NOTE: Use a piece of wood about 4 feet (1.25 meters) long to raise the front of the tractor. If a piece of wood cannot be found, get another person to help lift the tractor. Be careful, do not let the tractor fall.

1.Raise the front of the tractor. Set a support (block of wood) under the tractor.

2.Make sure the valve stem is to the outside of the tractor. Slide thefront wheel on thespindle.

3.Fasten each front wheelwith washer, washerand cotter pin.

Bend the ends of the cotter pin appart to keep thefront wheel on thespindle.

4.After the front wheels are installed, lift the tractor from the support. Roll the tractor off of the container.

5.If your tractor has hub caps, install thehub caps. Make sure thewashers hold thehub caps in place.

Cotter Pin

Washer (17x195)

Washer (17x192)

Hub Cap

A

Spindle

Black Cable

Valve Stem

Front Wheel

 

Figure 1

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ASSEMBLY

HOW TO INSTALL THE SEAT

1.Carefully remove the plastic bag from the seat.

Use the fasteners shown below to install the seat. The fasteners are shown at full size.

3.Check the operating position of the seat. If theseat needs to be adjusted, loosen the twowing bolts. Slide theseat forward or backward along theseat adjusting holes as shown. Tighten thewing bolts (A).

 

 

Seat

 

 

 

Seat Hinge

 

 

 

Seat

 

 

Adjusting Hole

(A)

(B)

B

A

1001054

17x47

 

 

 

NOTE: Fasteners may be attached to seat for shipping

 

 

purposes, if so remove fasteners before proceeding.

 

 

2. Align the holes in the seat hinge to the holes in theseat

 

Figure 2

(Figure 2). Fasten the seat to theseat hinge with the fasteners

 

as shown.

 

 

 

HOW TO ASSEMBLE THE STEERING WHEEL

 

 

Tools Required: 3/8 Socket Wrench

 

Decal

 

Attach the steering wheel as follows:

 

(Optional)

 

 

Cover

 

 

 

A

 

 

 

C

 

(A)

 

25x3

Steering Wheel

(C)

17x146

1. Make sure the front wheels point forward.

2.Slide the bellows over thesteering post (Figure 3).

NOTE: Before attachment of the steering wheel, make sure

that the front wheels point forward and are straight. For Bellows proper alignment of the steering wheel, see Figure 3.

3.

Slide the steering wheelonto the steering post.

Steering Post

4.

Use the fasteners shown above to secure the steering wheel.

 

 

The fasteners are shown at full size. Tighten the screw until

 

 

snug and then add 1/4 turn. DO NOT over tighten.

Straight

5.

Attach the coverto the steering wheel.

 

6.

Some models have an optional decal in the parts bag. Attach

Figure 3

 

the decal to the center of thesteering wheel as shown.

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ASSEMBLY

HOW TO ASSEMBLE THE GAUGE WHEELS

Use the fasteners shown below to install the gauge wheels. The fasteners are shown at full size.

(A)

(B)

 

31x11

 

17x91

 

 

Gauge Wheel

 

 

 

 

Axle Bolt

 

 

B

1. Attach the gauge wheels to theaxle bolts with the fasteners.

A

NOTE: The axle bolt is mounted in the LOW position. To change

Figure 4

 

the position to a higher cutting position, see How To Adjust

 

The Gauge Wheels in the Maintenance section.

MAINTENANCE FREE BATTERY

IMPORTANT: Before you attach the battery cables to the battery, check the battery date. The battery date tells if the battery must be charged.

1.Check the top and the side of the battery for the location of the battery date (Figure 5).

2.If the battery is put into servicebefore thebattery date, thebattery cables can be attached without charging thebattery. See How To Install The Battery Cables .

3.If the battery is put into serviceafter thebattery date, thebattery must be charged. See How To Charge The Maintenance Free Battery .

HOW TO CHARGE

THE MAINTENANCE FREE BATTERY

WARNING: When you charge the battery, do not smoke. Keep the battery away from any sparks. The fumes from the battery acid can cause an explosion.

1.Remove the batteryand battery tray.

2.Remove the protective cap from the battery terminal.

3.Use a 12 volt battery charger to charge the battery. Charge at a rate of 6 amperes for one hour. If you do not have a battery charger, have an authorized service center charge the battery.

4.Install the battery andbattery tray. Make sure thepositive (+) terminal is on the left side.

HOW TO INSTALL THE BATTERY CABLES

WARNING: To prevent sparks, fasten the red cable to the positive (+) terminal before you connect the black cable.

Use the fasteners shown below to install the battery cables. The fasteners are shown at full size.

(A)

(B)

2x82

14x79

1.Remove the protective cap from the battery terminal.

2.Fasten the red cable andterminal cover (if equipped) to thepositive (+) terminal with the fasteners as shown (Figure 5).

3.Fasten the black cable to the negative ( ) terminal with the fasteners as shown.

 

Positive

 

B

(+)

Red

Terminal

Cable

 

 

A

Battery

Terminal Cover

Black Cable

A

Battery Tray

Figure 5

 

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ASSEMBLY

IMPORTANT! BEFORE YOU START MOWING

Check the engine oil.

Fill the fuel tank with gasoline.

Check the air pressure of the tires.

Check the level of the mower housing.

Make sure the battery cables are attached. Make sure the wire is attached to the spark plug.

WARNING: Before doing any assembly or maintenance to the mower, remove the wire from the spark plug.

NOTE: In this instruction book, left and right describe the location of a part with the operator on the seat.

HOW TO PREPARE THE ENGINE

NOTE: The engine was shipped from the factory filled with oil. Check the level of the oil. Add oil as needed.

NOTE: The operation of a new engine will sometimes result in a slight amount of smoke. This smoke is caused by paint or oil on or around the muffler. This is normal and only expected during initial operation.

A separate engine manual is also included with the unit. See this engine manual for the manufacturer s instructions for the type of gasoline and oil to use. Before you use the unit, read the information on safety, operation, maintenance, and storage.

WARNING: Follow the engine manufacturer s instructions for the type of gasoline and oil to use. Always use a safety gasoline container. Do not smoke when adding gasoline to the engine. When inside an enclosure, do not fill with gasoline. Before you add gasoline, stop the engine. Let the engine cool for several minutes.

IMPORTANT: This unit is equipped with an internal combustion engine and must not be used on or near any unimproved forest covered, brush covered or grass covered land 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 must be maintained in effective working order by the operator.

In the State of California the above is required by law (Section 4442 of the California Public Resources Code). Other states may have similar laws. Federal laws apply on federal lands. See an Authorized Service Center for a spark arrester for the muffler.

In some areas, local law requires the use of a resistor spark plug to control the ignition signals. See an Authorized Service Center for a resistor spark plug for the engine.

NOTE: Actual sustained horsepower will likely be lower due to operating limitations and environmental factors.

CHECK THE TIRES

NOTE: The tires were over inflated for shipment. The correct air pressure is shown on the side of the tire.

Check the air pressure in the tires. Tires with too much air pressure will cause the unit to ride rough. Also, the wrong air pressure will keep the mower housing from cutting level. The correct air pressure is shown on the side of the tire.

CHECK THE LEVEL OF THE MOWER HOUSING

Make sure the level of cut is still correct. After you mow a short distance, look at the area that was cut. If the mower housing does not cut level, see the instructions on How To Level The Mower Housing in the Maintenance section of this instruction book.

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OPERATION

Throttle Control

Lever

Blade Rotation

Control

Brake Pedal

Speed Control

Pedal

Lift

Lever

Figure 6

LOCATION OF CONTROLS

BLADE ROTATION CONTROL: Use the blade rotation

control to start and stop the rotation of the blade.

BRAKE PEDAL: Use the brake pedal to quickly stop.

HEADLIGHT SWITCH: The headlight switch is the first part of the ignition switch. To use the lights with the engine running, turn the key to the position for the lights.

IGNITION SWITCH: Use the ignition switch to start and stop the engine.

AUTOMATIC DRIVE DISCONNECT: Use the auto-

matic drive disconnect, located under the seat, to disengage the transmission.

LIFT LEVER: Use the lift lever to change the height of cut.

PARKING BRAKE LEVER: Use the parking brake lever to engage the brake when you leave the unit.

SPEED CONTROL PEDAL: Use the speed control lever to change the speed and the direction of the unit.

THROTTLE CONTROL LEVER: Use the throttle control

lever to increase or decrease the speed of the engine.

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OPERATION

ATTACHMENTS

This unit can use many different attachments. See the attachment page in this book. This unit can pull attachments like a lawn sweeper, a lawn aerator, a hopper spreader or a small trailer. This unit can not use attachments that engage the ground like a plow, a disk harrow, or a cultivator.

For all pull behind attachments or trailers, the maximum gross weight is 250 pounds. Gross weight is the weight of the attachment or trailer and any load that might be on or in it.

Do not operate on a slope that is greater than 10 degrees when using a pull behind attachment or trailer. We have included a slope guide in this book to help you determine the slope on which you will be operating your unit. Never allow someone to stand or ride on or in an attachment or trailer.

2.For transport and to tow pull behind attachments, control the ground speed with the speed control pedal.

3.The engine governor is set at the factory for maximum performance. Do not adjust the governor to increase the speed of the engine.

ШСЙ МС ЛНЫ МШЫ ЮФЯЬЫ ОСМЯМЧСТ ЭСТМОСФ

The blade rotation control is next to the steering wheel (Figure 7). Use theblade rotation control to engage the blade(s) or to operate a snow thrower attachment.

1.Before you start the engine, make sure the blade rotation control is in theDISENGAGE position.

2.Move the blade rotation controlto the ENGAGE positionto rotate the blade(s).

HOW TO USE THE THROTTLE CONTROL

Use the throttle control to increase or decrease the speed of the engine.

CAUTION: Always operate the engine with the throttle control in the FAST position. If the engine runs for several minutes at slower than the FAST position, the engine and transmission will overheat and can be damaged.

1.The FAST position is marked with a detent. For normal operation and when using a grass bagger, move the throttle control to the FAST position. For maximum charging of the battery and for a cooler running engine and transmission, operate the engine in the FAST position.

Note: If the engine stops when you engage the blade(s), the seat switch is not activated. Make sure you sit in the middle of the seat. Also, make sure the wire is connected to the seat switch.

3.Move the blade rotation controlto the DISENGAGE positionto stop the blade(s). Before you leave the operator s position, make sure the blade(s) has stopped rotating.

4.Before you ride the unit across a sidewalk or a road, move the blade rotation control to theDISENGAGE position.

WARNING: Always keep your hands and feet away from the blade, deflector opening, and the mower housing when the engine runs.

Disengage

Position

Blade Rotation Control

Engage Position

Figure 7

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OPERATION

HOW TO USE THE SPEED CONTROL PEDAL

The drive system uses a Hydrostatic Automatic Drive transmission. The Hydrostatic transmission is very easy to operate. This type of drive system does not require a shift lever or a clutch pedal.

The speed and direction of travel is controlled by a single speed control pedal operated with your right foot. Do not use the left brake pedal in normal operation. Only use the left brake pedal to quickly stop in an emergency.

HOW TO DRIVE FORWARD

1.The automatic drive disconnectmust be in the DRIVE position (Figure 9).

2.Slowly release your left foot from the brake pedal.

3.Move the throttle control to the FAST position.

4.Slowly push the speed control pedal forward to the desired speed (Figure 8).

5.To increase forward speed, slowly move the speed control pedal forward. To reduce forward speed, slowly release thespeed control pedal until the unit slows to the desired speed.

Speed Control

Pedal

Figure 8

HOW TO DRIVE IN REVERSE

1.Look to the rear.

2.Slowly push the speed control pedal to the REVERSE position.

HOW TO CHANGE DIRECTIONS

CAUTION: To change directions, do not use the left brake pedal. Use only the speed control pedal.

1.Slowly remove your foot from the speed control pedal. Thespeed control pedal will automatically return to the NEUTRAL position.

2.When the unit stops, slowly move the speed control pedal to the desired direction.

SPEED CONTROL PEDAL POSITIONS

The forward speed is controlled by the position of the speed control pedal. The following chart providesfunctions along with thepedal positions. Always operate the engine with thethrottle control in theFAST position.

FUNCTION

РЫЬЯФ

THROTTLE

 

РСНЧМЧСТ

 

 

 

 

Trimming

1/3

 

Snow Thrower

 

 

 

 

 

Bagging Grass

1/3 to 1/2

 

 

 

FAST

 

 

CHOKE

Normal Mowing

1/2 to 2/3

FAST

 

 

 

 

SLOW

Easy Mowing

1/2 to 3/4

THROTTLE

Snow Blade

 

 

 

 

 

 

Transport

FULL

 

 

 

 

Pull Behind

1/3 to 1/2

 

Attachments

 

 

 

 

 

HOW TO DISCONNECT THE TRANSMISSION

To push the unit, use the automatic drive disconnect to release the transmission. Theautomatic drive disconnect is under the seat.

1.The engine must be off.

2.Raise the seat. The automatic drive disconnect is under the seat.

3.Move and latch the automatic drive disconnectin the PUSH position (Figure 9). The transmission is now released and the unit can be pushed.

NOTE: In cold weather, the heavy viscosity oil in the transmission will make the unit difficult to push.

4.To engage the transmission, unlatch the automatic drive disconnect. The transmission is nowconnected and ready to operate.

Automatic Drive Disconnect

PUSH POSITION

Seat

Automatic Drive Disconnect

DRIVE POSITION

Figure 9

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OPERATION

HOW TO SET THE PARKING BRAKE

1.Completely push the brake pedal forward.

2.Lift the parking brake lever (Figure 10).

3.Remove your foot from the brake pedal and then release the parking brake lever. Make sure the parking brake will hold the unit.

4.To release the parking brake, completely push the brake pedal forward. The parking brake will automatically release.

WARNING: Before you leave the operator s position, move the shift lever to the neutral (N) position. Set the parking brake. Move the blade rotation control to the DISENGAGE position. Stop the engine and remove the ignition key.

Parking

Brake

Figure 10

HOW TO CHANGE THE CUTTING HEIGHT

To change the cutting height, raise or lower the lift lever as follows.

1.Move the lift lever forward to lower the mower housing and back to raise the mower housing (Figure 11).

2.When you ride on a sidewalk or road, move the lift lever to the highest position and move the blade rotation control to the DISENGAGE position.

Lift Lever

Figure 11

HOW TO STOP THE UNIT

1.Slowly remove your foot from the speed control pedal. The speed control pedal will automatically return to the NEUTRAL position and the unit will stop.

2.Move the blade rotation control to the DISENGAGE position.

3.Set the parking brake.

WARNING: Make sure the parking brake will hold the unit.

4.Move the throttle control to the SLOW position.

5.To stop the engine, turn the ignition key to the OFF position. Remove the key.

HOW TO TRANSPORT THE UNIT

To transport the unit, follow the steps below.

1.Move the blade rotation control to the DISENGAGE position

2.Raise the lift lever to the highest position.

3.Move the throttle control to the FAST position.

4.Slowly push the speed control pedal forward to the desired speed.

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OPERATION

ШСЙ МС СРЫОЯМЫ ЙЧМШ МШЫ УСЙЫО ШСЛНЧТЩ

WARNING: The deflector is a safety device. Do not remove the deflector. The deflector forces the discharged material toward the ground. Always keep the deflector in the down position. If the deflector is damaged, replace the deflector with an original equipment part from an authorized service center.

1.Start the engine.

2.Release the parking brake.

3.Move the lift lever to a height of cut position. In high or thick grass, cut the grass in the highest position first and then lower the mower housing to a lower position.

CAUTION: Do not operate with the mower housing in the LEVEL ADJUSTMENT position. If you operate in the LEVEL ADJUSTMENT position, the mower housing and blades can be damaged.

4.Move the throttle control to the SLOW position.

5.Move the blade rotation control to the ENGAGE position.

6.Move the throttle control to the FAST position.

7.Slowly push the speed control pedal to the desired speed.

NOTE: When you mow in heavy grass or mow with a grass bagger, use a slow forward speed.

8.Make sure the level of cut set at the factory is still correct. After you mow a short distance, look at the area that was cut. If the mower housing does not cut level, see the instructions on How To Level The Mower Housing in the Maintenance section.

WARNING: For better control of the unit, always select a safe speed.

HOW TO OPERATE THE UNIT ON HILLS

WARNING: Do not ride up or down slopes that are too steep to back straight up. Never ride the unit across a slope. See the Slope Guide in the back of this book for information on how to check slopes.

HOW TO OPERATE ON A HILL

1.Control the speed only with the speed control pedal. Do not use the brake pedal on a hill.

2.To help prevent an accident, slowly move the speed control pedal. Avoid sudden turns or changes in speed.

3.To reduce forward speed when going down a hill, slowly release the speed control pedal until the unit slows to the desired speed.

HOW TO STOP ON A HILL

1.Avoid stopping on a hill. If you must quickly stop in an emergency, remove your right foot from the speed control pedal and quickly depress the left brake pedal.

2.Set the parking brake.

3.Before you dismount from the seat, move the throttle control to SLOW position, move the blade rotation control to the DISENGAGED position, turn off the engine and set the parking brake.

HOW TO START OPERATION ON A HILL

1.Start the engine

2.Move the blade rotation control to the ENGAGED position.

3.Move the throttle control to the FAST position.

4.Depress the brake pedal and release the parking brake. As you release the parking brake, push the speed control pedal to the desired speed.

WARNING: Slowly push the speed control pedal as you release the parking brake. The parking brake must be disengaged before the speed control pedal is able to engage the transmission.

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OPERATION

BEFORE STARTING THE ENGINE

CHECK THE OIL

NOTE: The engine was shipped from the factory filled with oil. Check the level of the oil. Add oil as needed. See the engine manufacturer s instructions for the type of gasoline and oil to use.

1.Make sure the unit is level.

NOTE: Do not check the level of the oil while the engine runs.

2.Check the oil. Follow the procedure in the engine manufacturer s instructions.

3.If necessary, add oil until the oil reaches the FULL mark on the dipstick. The quantity of oil needed from ADD to FULL is shown on the dipstick. Do not add too much oil.

ADD GASOLINE

WARNING: Always use a safety gasoline container. Do not smoke when adding gasoline to the fuel tank. Do not add gasoline when you are inside an enclosure. Before you add gasoline, stop the engine and let the engine cool for several minutes.

Fill the

fuel tank with regular

Fuel Tank

unleaded gasoline. Do not use

Full

premium

unleaded

gasoline.

Make sure the gasoline is fresh

 

and clean. Leaded gasoline will

 

increase

deposits and

shorten

 

the life of the valves.

CAUTION: A mixture of alcohol (ethanol or methanol) and gasoline (called gasohol), will attract moisture and cause acid deposits during storage. While the unit is in storage, the acids in the fuel can damage the fuel system.

To prevent engine problems with the fuel system, empty the fuel system before storage of 30 days or longer as follows.

1.Drain the fuel tank.

2.Start the engine. Let the engine run until the fuel lines and the carburetor are empty.

3.After storage, make sure you use fresh fuel. See the storage instructions for additional information.

4.Never use engine cleaner or carburetor cleaner in the fuel tank or permanent damage can occur.

CARBURETOR

The factory settings for the carburetor are for most conditions. If the engine is operated under the following conditions, you can adjust the carburetor mixture. To adjust the carburetor, see the engine manufacturer s instructions.

1.The engine has a loss of power or does not run smooth.

2.A change from summer to winter operation.

3.A 40 degree change in the operation temperature. The carburetor was adjusted at 80 degrees at the factory.

4.The engine is operated above 4,000 feet.

HOW TO START THE ENGINE

WARNING: The electrical system has an operator presence system that includes a sensor switch for the seat. These components tell the electrical system if the operator is sitting on the seat. This system will stop the engine when the operator leaves the seat. For your protection, always make sure this system operates correctly.

NOTE: The engine will not start unless you depress the brake pedal or engage the parking brake and move the blade rotation control to the DISENGAGE position.

1.Push the brake pedal completely forward. Keep your foot on the pedal.

2.Make sure the blade rotation control is in the DISENGAGE position.

3.Move the throttle control completely forward to the CHOKE or FAST position. Some models have a separate choke knob. Pull the choke knob to the full CHOKE position.

4.Turn the ignition key to the START position. Release the key when the engine starts.

NOTE: If the engine does not start after four or five tries, see the TROUBLE SHOOTING CHART.

5.Slowly move the throttle control to the SLOW position.

6.Let a cold engine run for several minutes. Begin work when the engine is warm. To start a hot engine, move the throttle control to a position between FAST and SLOW.

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