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Chariot / Chariot LX

GDRZ48-17KAE, GDRZ48-19KAE, GDRZ52-23KAE, GDRZ52-25KAE, GDRZ52-25KHE,

GDRZ61-25KAE, GDRZ61-25KHE, GDRZ61-25KAE, GDRZ61-25KHE, GDRZ61-26KHE,

GDRZ61-27KHE, GDRZ61-28KHE, GDRZ72-27KHE, GDRZ72-28KHE

OPERATOR’S MANUAL

c WARNING: The Engine Exhaust from this product contains chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer, birth defects or other reproductive harm.

California Proposition 65 Warning

OMTCU17095 J2

North American Version

Litho in U.S.A.

INTRODUCTION

Using Your Operator’s Manual

This manual is an important part of your machine and should remain with the machine when you sell it.

An engine manufacturer’s owner’s manual has been provided with your machine. This will provide maintenance and troubleshooting information for the engine installed in your machine.

Reading your operator’s manual will help you and others avoid personal injury or damage to the machine. Information given in this manual will provide the operator with the safest and most effective use of the machine.

Sections in your operator’s manual are placed in a specific order to help you understand all the safety messages and learn the controls so you can operate this machine safely. You can also use this manual to answer any specific operating or servicing questions.

The machine shown in this manual may differ slightly from your machine, but will be similar enough to help you understand our instructions.

RIGHT-HAND and LEFT-HAND sides are determined by facing in the direction the machine will travel when going forward. When you see a broken line (------), the item referred to is hidden from view.

Special Messages

Your manual contains special messages to bring attention to potential safety concerns, machine damage as well as helpful operating and servicing information. Please read all the information carefully to avoid injury and machine damage.

c CAUTION: Avoid injury! This symbol and text highlight potential hazards or death to the operator or bystanders that may occur if the hazards or procedures are ignored.

IMPORTANT: Avoid damage! This text is used to tell the operator of actions or conditions that might result in damage to the machine.

NOTE: General information is given throughout the manual that may help the operator in the operation or service of the machine.

Introduction

PRODUCT IDENTIFICATION

Record Identification Numbers

Chariot

GDRZ48-17KAE, GDRZ48-19KAE, GDRZ52-23KAE, GDRZ52-25KAE, GDRZ52-25KHE,

GDRZ61-25-KAE, GDRZ61-25KHE Serial No. (010001 - )

Chariot LX

GDRZ61-25KAE, GDRZ61-25KHE, GDRZ61-26KHE, GDRZ61-27KHE, GDRZ61-28KHE, GDRZ72-27KHE, GDRZ72-28KHE Serial No. (010001 - )

If you need to contact an Authorized Service Center for information on servicing, always provide the product model and serial numbers.

You will need to locate the model and serial numbers for the machine and for the engine of your machine and record the information in the spaces provided.

DATE OF PURCHASE:

_________________________________________

DEALER NAME:

_________________________________________

DEALER PHONE:

_________________________________________

__ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __

MOWER DECK MODEL NUMBER (C):

__ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __

MOWER DECK SERIAL NUMBER (C):

__ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __

B

C

A

MX15355

MODEL NUMBER (POWER UNIT) (A):

__ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __

SERIAL NUMBER (POWER UNIT) (A):

__ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __

ENGINE MODEL NUMBER(B):

__ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __

ENGINE SERIAL NUMBER (B):

__ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __

ENGINE SPECIFICATION NUMBER (B):

Product Identification

 

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Safety .....................................................................................................................................................................................

1

Operating .............................................................................................................................................................................

10

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

22

Service Intervals...................................................................................................................................................................

23

Service Lubrication...............................................................................................................................................................

24

Service Engine .....................................................................................................................................................................

26

Service Transmission............................................................................................................................................................

31

Service Steering & Brakes....................................................................................................................................................

37

Service Mower......................................................................................................................................................................

41

Service Electrical..................................................................................................................................................................

51

Service Miscellaneous..........................................................................................................................................................

57

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

59

Storage .................................................................................................................................................................................

64

Assembly ..............................................................................................................................................................................

65

Specifications .......................................................................................................................................................................

68

Index.....................................................................................................................................................................................

70

Service Record GD ..............................................................................................................................................................

71

All information, illustrations and specifications in this manual are based on the latest information at the time of publication. The right is reserved to make changes at any time without notice.

COPYRIGHT© 2002

Deere & Co.

John Deere Worldwide Commercial and

Consumer Equipment Division

All rights reserved

Previous Editions

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OMTCU17095 J2 - English

Table of Contents

SAFETY

Understanding The Machine Safety Labels

DANGER

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Safety-Alert Symbol

The machine safety labels shown in this section are placed in important areas on your machine to draw attention to potential safety hazards.

On your machine safety labels, the words DANGER, WARNING, and CAUTION are used with this safety-alert symbol. DANGER identifies the most serious hazards.

The operator’s manual also explains any potential safety hazards whenever necessary in special safety messages that are identified with the word, CAUTION, and the safetyalert symbol.

DANGER

TCU51336, MX15340

To avoid injury to children, stop mower when children are near. Do not mow in reverse. Look behind when backing. Never carry riders, especially children.

M131739, MX15340

To avoid injury from rotating blades, stay clear of deck edge.

DANGER

M137637, MX15340

Do not mow without discharge chute or entire grass catcher in place.

Safety - 1

SAFETY

DANGER

M131748, MX15340

To avoid injury from rotating blades and thrown objects, stay clear of deck edge and keep others away. Do not mow without discharge chute or entire grass catcher in place.

DANGER: EXPLOSIVE GASES / POISON: CAUSES SEVERE BURNS

TCU14885, MX15274

Cigarettes, flames or sparks could cause battery to explode. Always shield eyes and face from battery. Do not charge or use booster cables or adjust post connections without proper instruction and training.

Contains sulfuric acid. Avoid contact with the skin, eyes or clothing. In event of accident, flush with water and call a physician immediately. Keep out of reach of children.

WARNING

MX15340, TCU15907

To avoid injury from tipover, drive across slopes, not up and down. If machine stops going uphill, stop blades and back down slowly.

WARNING

TCU51051, MX15340

To avoid injury from rotating belts, keep all shields and guards in place.

Safety - 2

SAFETY

WARNING

Emission Control System Certification Label

 

 

 

 

NOTE: Tampering with emission controls and

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

components by unauthorized personnel may result in

 

 

 

 

severe fines or penalties. Emission controls and

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

components can only be adjusted by EPA and/or CARB

 

 

 

 

authorized service centers. Contact your Great Dane

 

 

 

 

Equipment Retailer concerning emission controls and

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

component questions.

 

 

 

 

The presence of an emissions label signifies that the

 

 

 

 

engine has been certified with the United States

 

 

 

 

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and/or California

 

 

 

 

Air Resources Board (CARB).

 

 

 

 

The emissions warranty applies only to those engines

 

 

 

 

marketed by Great Dane that have been certified by the

 

 

 

M117554, MX15274

EPA and/or CARB; and used in the United States and

Hot surface

Canada in off-road mobile equipment.

 

CAUTION: HELP AVOID INJURY

TCU14840, MX15340

Operator training required

Read operator’s manual

Keep shields in place

Never carry riders

Keep people a safe distance away

Maintain all safety devices

Before leaving machine:

Stop engine

Set park brake

Remove key

Emission Compliance Period

If your engine has the emission compliance category listed on the emission control system certification or air index label, this indicates the number of operating hours for which the engine has been certified to meet EPA and/or CARB emission requirements. The following table provides the engine compliance period in hours associated with the category found on the certification label.

Agency

Category

Hours

 

 

 

 

 

 

EPA

C

250

 

 

 

EPA

B

500

 

 

 

EPA

A

1000

 

 

 

CARB

Moderate

125

 

 

 

CARB

Intermediate

250

 

 

 

CARB

Extended

500

 

 

 

Certification

Your product has been tested and evaluated by the manufacturer and conforms with American National Standard B-71.4, “Safety Specifications” for commercial turf care equipment.

Canadian Electromagnetic Compatibility

(EMC) Compliance

This spark ignition system complies with Canadian ICES002.

Safety - 3

SAFETY

Operator Training Required

The owner of the machine is responsible for training the users and mechanics of the machine.

The owner/user can prevent and is responsible for accidents or injuries occurring to themselves, other people, or property.

Do not allow operation or service of the machine by untrained adults.

Do not let children operate the machine. Local regulations may restrict the age of the operator.

Read the operator’s manual and study the safety and operation sections before operating the machine.

If the operator of the machine cannot read or understand this manual, it is the machine’s owner responsibility to explain this material to the operator.

Operate the machine in an open, unobstructed area under the direction of an experienced operator.

Learn the use of all controls.

Operator experience is required to learn the moving, stopping, turning and other operating characteristics of the machine.

Operating Safely

MIF

Only allow responsible adults, who are familiar with the instructions to operate the machine. Local restrictions may restrict the age of the operator.

Inspect machine before you operate. Be sure hardware is tight. Repair or replace damaged, badly worn, or missing parts. Replace faulty silencers. Be sure guards and shields are in good condition and fastened in place. Make any necessary adjustments before you operate.

Before using, always visually inspect to see that the blades, blade bolts and the mower assembly are not worn and damaged. Replace worn and damaged blades and bolts in sets to preserve balance.

Be sure all drives are in neutral and parking brake is locked before starting engine. Only start engine from the operator’s position.

Do not change the engine governor settings or overspeed the engine. Operating the engine at excessive speed can increase the hazard of personal injury.

Do not operate mower without discharge chute or entire grass catcher in place. Never operate with the discharge deflector raised, removed, or altered, unless using a grass catcher.

Check brake action before you operate. Adjust or service brakes as necessary.

Stop machine if anyone enters the area.

If you hit an object or if abnormal vibration occurs, stop and inspect the machine. Make repairs before you operate. Keep machine and attachments properly maintained and in good working order.

Be aware of the mower discharge direction and make sure that no one is in the path of the discharge direction.

Do not leave machine unattended when it is running.

Only operate during daylight or with good artificial light.

Stop the blades rotating before crossing surfaces other than grass.

Use only accessories and attachments approved by the manufacturer of the machine. Keep safety labels visible when installing accessories and attachments.

Do not operate machine if you are under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Check before each use that operator presence controls are functioning correctly. Test safety systems. Do not operate unless they are functioning correctly.

Always wear seat belt if machine has a standard ROPS or a folding ROPS in the upright position.

Never raise mower decks when blades are running.

Slow down and be careful of traffic when operating near or crossing roadways. Stop blades before crossing roads or sidewalks. Use care when approaching blind corners, shrubs, trees, or other objects that may obscure vision.

Do not wear radio or music headphones. Safe service and operation require your full attention.

Disengage drive to attachments when transporting or not in use.

Reduce the throttle setting during engine run-out and, if the engine is provided with a fuel shut-off valve, turn the fuel off at the conclusion of mowing.

When machine is left unattended, stored, or parked, lower the mower deck unless a positive mechanical lock is used.

Safety - 4

SAFETY

Using a Spark Arrestor

The engine in this machine is not equipped with a spark arrestor muffler. It is a violation of California Public Resource Code Section 4442 to use or operate this engine on or near any forest-covered, brush-covered or grasscovered land unless the exhaust system is equipped with a spark arrestor meeting any applicable local or state laws. Other states or federal areas may have similar laws.

A spark arrestor for your machine may be available from your authorized dealer. An installed spark arrestor must be maintained in good working order by the operator.

Checking Mowing Area

MIF

Evaluate the terrain to determine what accessories and attachments are needed to properly and safely perform the job.

Clear mowing area of objects that might be thrown. Keep people and pets out of mowing area.

Low-hanging branches and similar obstacles can injure the operator or interfere with mowing operation. Before mowing, identify potential obstacles such as low-hanging branches, and trim or remove those obstacles.

Study mowing area. Set up a safe mowing pattern. Do not mow where traction or stability is doubtful.

Test drive area with mower lowered but not running. Slow down when you travel over rough ground.

Parking Safely

1.Stop machine on a level surface, not on a slope.

2.Disengage PTO.

3.Lower attachments to the ground.

4.Lock the park brake.

5.Stop the engine.

6.Remove the key.

7.Wait for engine and all moving parts to stop before you leave the operator’s seat.

8.Disconnect the negative battery cable or remove the spark plug wire before servicing the machine.

Rotating Blades are Dangerous

HELP PREVENT SERIOUS OR FATAL ACCIDENTS:

MIF

Rotating blades can cut off arms and legs.

Keep hands, feet and clothing away from mower deck when engine is running.

Be alert at all times, drive forward carefully. People, especially children can move quickly into the mowing area before you know it.

Before backing up, shut off PTO and look down and behind the machine carefully, especially for children.

Do not mow in reverse.

Shut off blades when you are not mowing.

Park machine safely before inspecting or unplugging mower or bagger for any reason including emptying the catchers or unplugging the chute.

Safety - 5

 

 

SAFETY

 

 

 

 

PROTECT CHILDREN:

 

• Transport machine with decks lowered to improve

 

 

 

stability.

 

 

 

• Drive machine very slowly and avoid quick stops when

 

 

 

attachment is removed.

 

 

 

• Drive across a hill, not up and down. Be careful when

 

 

 

you change direction on a slope. If necessary, turn slowly

 

 

 

and in the downhill direction.

 

 

 

• Mowing when grass is wet can cause reduced traction

 

 

 

and sliding.

 

 

 

Keep Riders Off

 

 

 

 

Never assume that children will remain where you last saw them. Children are attracted to mowing activity, stay alert to the presence of children.

Keep children indoors when you are mowing. Turn the machine off if a child enters the mowing area.

Use extra care when you come to blind corners, shrubs, trees, or other objects that may block your vision.

Do not let children or an untrained person operate the machine.

Do not carry or let children ride on any attachment or machine even with the blades off. Do not tow children in a cart or trailer.

Avoid Tipping

MIF

Slopes are a major factor related to loss-of-control and tip-over accidents, which can result in severe injury or death.

Do not drive where machine could slip or tip.

Stay alert for holes and other hidden hazards in the terrain.

Keep away from drop-offs, ditches, and embankments.

Slow down before you make a sharp turn or operate on a slope.

MIF

Only allow the operator on the machine. Keep riders off.

Riders on the machine or attachment may be struck by foreign objects or thrown off the machine causing serious injury.

Riders obstruct the operator’s view resulting in the machine being operated in an unsafe manner.

Checking Wheel Bolts

A serious accident could occur causing serious injury if wheel bolts are not tight.

Check wheel bolt tightness often during the first 100 hours of operation.

Wheel hardware must be tightened to specified torque using the proper procedure anytime it is loosened.

Safety - 6

SAFETY

Wear Appropriate Clothing

MIF

Always wear safety goggles, or safety glasses with side shields, and a hard hat when operating the machine.

Wear close fitting clothing and safety equipment appropriate for the job.

While mowing, always wear substantial footwear and long trousers. Do not operate the equipment when barefoot or wearing open sandals.

Wear a suitable protective device such as earplugs. Loud noise can cause impairment or loss of hearing.

Driving Safely on Public Roads

MIF

Use safety lights and devices. Slow moving machines when driven on public roads are hard to see, especially at night.

Whenever driving on public roads, use flashing warning lights and turn signals according to local regulations. Extra flashing warning lights may need to be installed.

Practice Safe Maintenance

MIF

Only qualified, trained adults should service this machine.

Understand service procedure before doing work. Keep area clean and dry.

Never lubricate, service, or adjust machine while it is moving. Keep safety devices in place and in working condition. Keep hardware tight.

Keep hands, feet, clothing, jewelry, and long hair away from any moving parts, to prevent them from getting caught.

Lower attachments to the ground before servicing machine. Disengage all power and stop the engine. Lock park brake and remove the key. Let machine cool.

Disconnect battery or remove spark plug wire (for gasoline engines) before making any repairs.

Before servicing machine, carefully release pressure from any components with stored energy, such as hydraulic components.

Keep all nuts and bolts tightened, especially blade attachment bolts.

Securely support any machine elements that must be raised for service work. Use jack stands or lock service latches to support components when needed.

Never run engine unless park brake is locked.

Keep all parts in good condition and properly installed. Fix damage immediately. Replace worn or broken parts. Replace all worn or damaged safety and instruction decals.

Grass catcher components are subject to wear, damage, and deterioration which could expose moving parts or allow objects to be thrown. Check components frequently and replace with manufacturer’s recommended parts when necessary.

To prevent fires, remove any buildup of grease, oil, or debris from the machine, especially the engine compartment.

Safety - 7

SAFETY

Charge batteries in an open, well-ventilated area, away from sparks. Unplug battery charger before connecting or disconnecting from the battery. Wear protective clothing and use insulated tools.

Do not modify machine or safety devices. Unauthorized modifications may impair its function and safety.

Avoid High-Pressure Fluids

MIF

Hydraulic hoses and lines can fail due to physical damage, kinks, age, and exposure. Check hoses and lines regularly. Replace damaged hoses and lines.

Hydraulic fluid connections can loosen due to physical damage and vibration. Check connections regularly. Tighten loose connections.

Escaping fluid under pressure can penetrate the skin causing serious injury. Avoid the hazard by relieving pressure before disconnecting hydraulic or other lines. Tighten all connections before applying pressure.

Search for leaks with a piece of cardboard. Protect hands and body from high-pressure fluids.

If an accident occurs, see a doctor immediately. Any fluid injected into the skin must be surgically removed within a few hours or gangrene may result. Doctors unfamiliar with this type of injury should reference a knowledgeable medical source.

Prevent Fires

Remove grass and debris from engine compartment and muffler area, before and after operating machine, especially after mowing or mulching in dry conditions.

To reduce fire hazard, keep engine and engine compartment free of grass, leaves, or excessive grease.

Allow engine to cool before storing in any enclosure.

Never remove fuel cap, or add fuel with engine running or hot. Allow engine to cool for several minutes.

Never store equipment with fuel in the tank inside a building where fumes may reach an open flame or spark.

Tire Safety

MIF

Explosive separation of a tire and rim parts can cause serious injury or death:

Do not attempt to mount a tire without the proper equipment and experience to perform the job.

Always maintain the correct tire pressure. Do not inflate the tires above the recommended pressure. Never weld or heat a wheel and tire assembly. The heat can cause an increase in air pressure resulting in a tire explosion. Welding can structurally weaken or deform the wheel.

Safety - 8

SAFETY

When inflating tires, use a clip-on chuck and extension hose long enough to allow you to stand to one side and NOT in front of or over the tire assembly.

Check tires for low pressure, cuts, bubbles, damaged rims or missing lug bolts and nuts.

Handling Fuel Safely

Fuel and fuel vapors are highly flammable:

Do not refuel machine while you smoke, when machine is near an open flame or sparks, or when engine is running. Stop engine and allow to cool before filling.

Never remove the fuel cap or add fuel with the engine running.

Never fill fuel tank or drain fuel from a machine in an enclosed area. Fill fuel tank outdoors.

Prevent fires. Clean up spilled fuel immediately. If fuel is spilled on clothing, change clothing immediately.

Do not store fuel in container or machine with fuel in tank in a building where fumes may reach an open flame or spark.

Prevent fire and explosion caused by static electric discharge. Use only non-metal, portable fuel containers approved by the Underwriters Laboratories (UL) or the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM). If using a funnel, make sure it is plastic and has no screen or filter.

Static electric discharge can ignite gasoline vapors in an ungrounded fuel container. Remove the fuel container from the bed of a vehicle or the trunk of a car and place on the ground away from the vehicle before filling. Keep nozzle in contact with container opening while filling. Do not use a nozzle lock-open device.

When practical, remove equipment from trailers or truck beds and refuel them on the ground. If this is not possible, use a portable, plastic fuel container to refuel equipment on a truck bed or trailer.

For gasoline engines, do not use gas with methanol. Methanol is harmful to your health and to the environment.

Handling Waste Products and Chemicals

Waste products, such as, used oil, fuel, coolant, brake fluid, and batteries, can harm the environment and people:

Do not use beverage containers for waste fluids - someone may drink from them.

See your local Recycling Center or authorized dealer to learn how to recycle or get rid of waste products.

A Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) provides specific details on chemical products: physical and health hazards, safety procedures, and emergency response techniques.

The seller of the chemical products used with your machine is responsible for providing the MSDS for that product.

Safety - 9

OPERATING

Daily Operating Checklist

Make sure all necessary guards and shields are safely and securely attached. Check for loose, missing, or damaged parts.

Remove mower deck belt shields. Clean grass and debris from belt area.

Remove grass and debris from machine and mower deck.

Test park brake.

Test safety systems.

Inspect battery terminals and hold-downs.

Inspect for oil leaks.

Check engine and hydraulic oil levels.

Inspect all belts for damage or cracking.

Inspect engine air filter.

Inspect mower level.

Adjust cutting height if necessary.

Inspect wheel bolt torque. Tighten if necessary.

Check tire air pressure. Check tires for damage or cracking.

Inspect front caster spindles/wheels.

Operator Station Controls

A

B

C

K

D

I

J H F

G E

MX15290

A- Motion Control Levers

B- Park Brake Lever

C- Seat Adjustment Lever

D- Hourmeter

E- Ignition Key Switch

F- PTO Knob

G- Choke (Carbureted Engines Only)

H- Throttle Lever

I- Mower Deck Lift/Lower Lever

J- Height-of-Cut (HOC) Adjustment Pin

K- Mower Deck Transport Position Lock Lever

Miscellaneous Controls

A

MX13124

A - Hydraulic Pump Free-Wheel Valves

Testing Safety Systems

c CAUTION: Avoid injury! Engine exhaust fumes contain carbon monoxide and can cause serious illness or death.

Move the machine to an outside area before running the engine.

Do not run an engine in an enclosed area without adequate ventilation.

Connect a pipe extension to the engine exhaust pipe to direct the exhaust fumes out of the area.

Allow fresh outside air into the work area to clear the exhaust fumes out.

Operating - 10

OPERATING

The safety systems installed on your machine should be checked before each machine use. Be sure you have read the machine operator manual and are completely familiar with the operation of the machine before performing these safety system checks.

Use the following checkout procedures to check for normal operation of machine.

If there is a malfunction during one of these procedures, do not operate machine. See your authorized dealer for service.

Perform these tests in a clear open area. Keep bystanders away.

Testing PTO Switch

1.Sit on the operator seat with the motion control levers in the neutral detent position (standard levers) or neutral lock position (optional “over the lap” levers).

2.Lock the park brake.

3.Pull PTO knob up to engage.

4.Turn key switch to the start position.

Result: The engine must not crank.

Testing Park Brake Switch

1.Sit on the operator seat with the motion control levers in the neutral detent position (standard levers) or neutral lock position (optional “over the lap” levers).

2.Push PTO knob down to disengage.

3.Unlock the park brake.

4.Turn key switch to the start position.

Result: The engine must not crank.

Testing Neutral Start Switch

NOTE: Repeat this test three times, with the motion control levers in the following positions:

Right side motion control lever inward.

Left side motion control lever inward.

Both motion control levers inward.

1.Move motion control lever(s) out of the neutral detent position (standard levers) or neutral lock position (optional “over the lap” levers).

2.Lock the park brake.

3.Push PTO knob down to disengage.

4.Turn key switch to the start position.

Result: The engine must not crank.

Testing Seat Switch

Procedure 1:

1.Sit on the operator seat with the motion control levers in the neutral detent position (standard levers) or neutral lock position (optional “over the lap” levers).

2.Unlock the park brake.

3.Push PTO knob down to disengage.

4.Turn key switch to the start position.

5.Raise slightly off the seat.

Result: The engine must stop.

Procedure 2:

1.Start engine.

2.Lock the park brake.

c CAUTION: Avoid injury! Before engaging mower, make sure that area is clear of bystanders, especially children.

3.Pull PTO knob up to engage.

4.Raise slightly off the seat. Result: The engine must stop.

Testing the Park Brake

MIF

1. Stop machine on a 17° slope (30% grade). Stop the engine and lock the park brake.

Result: Park brake must hold the machine stationary. (Machine should move no more that 61 cm (24 in.) in one hour.) If machine moves more than that, brakes need to be adjusted. See Adjusting Park Brake in the Service Steering & Brakes section.

Operating - 11

OPERATING

Mounting and Dismounting Machine Safely

A

MX15340

Do not step on the mower deck when mounting and dismounting the machine. Mount the machine from the front using the foot plate (A). Park machine safely (see Parking Safely in the Safety section) before dismounting.

Keep the foot plate clean.

Raising and Lowering Operator Seat

c CAUTION: Avoid injury! The seat is heavy and can cause injury if it falls. When performing any service function under the operator seat, make sure the seat is tilted forward and rests against the hinge stops.

Raising the Seat:

1.Park machine safely. (See Parking Safely in the Safety section.)

2.Slide seat to full rear position.

A

MX15282

3. Lift seat frame (A) and tilt forward until it rests against the hinge stops.

Lowering the Seat:

1.Stand on the side of the machine.

2.Push operator seat back and slowly lower seat frame.

Adjusting Seat

Front-to-Back Adjustment

1. Sit on the operator seat.

BA

MX15280

Picture Note: Chariot LX suspension seat shown.

2.To adjust the seat front to back, push and hold the seat adjustment lever (A) away from the seat.

3.Slide forward or backward to desired position.

4.Release lever.

Seat Height Adjustment (Chariot LX only)

1.Sit on the operator seat.

2.To lower the seat, turn knob (B) counterclockwise.

3.To raise the seat, turn knob (B) clockwise.

Adjusting Mower Deck Cutting Height

c CAUTION: Avoid injury! Before adjusting cutting height, stop engine and lock the park brake.

Cutting height can be adjusted from approximately 25-125 mm (1-5 in.). Each hole adjusts the height-of-cut (HOC) in approximately 12 mm (1/2 in.) increments.

The deck can also be raised and locked in a transport position, to provide maximum ground clearance when moving the machine from one area to another.

1. Park machine safely. (See Parking Safely in the Safety section.)

Operating - 12

OPERATING

A

B

D

C

MX13149

2.Move the mower deck lift lever (A) to the transport position (D).

3.Position the HOC adjustment pin (C) in the proper hole for the desired height-of-cut.

4.Pull back and hold the mower deck lift lever (A) and release the transport position lock lever (B).

A

C

MX13155

5. Allow the mower deck lift lever (A) to rest against the HOC adjustment pin (C).

Adjusting Mower Deck Anti-Scalp Wheels

c CAUTION: Avoid injury! Fingers or loose clothing can get caught in rotating parts. Stop engine and wait for all moving parts to stop before servicing.

NOTE: The flattest cut can be achieved by having all anti-scalp wheels adjusted off the ground. Check antiscalp wheel adjustments each time the mower deck cutting height is changed.

It is recommended that all anti-scalp wheels be kept off the ground to minimize scuffing.

1. Inflate tires to correct pressure.

2. Adjust mower deck to desired cutting height.

NOTE: The rear anti-scalp wheels are located under the rear of the mower deck.

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3.Adjust anti-scalp wheel (A) to one of two positions (B).

Remove screw (C), nut and washer.

Adjust wheel up or down so it is approximately 6-13 mm (1/4-1/2 in.) above mowing surface.

4.Install wheel with attaching hardware.

5.Adjust all wheels to same height.

Using the Park Brake

c CAUTION: Avoid injury! Children or bystanders may attempt to move or operate an unattended machine.

Always lock the park brake and remove the key before leaving the machine unattended.

Locking Park Brake:

c CAUTION: Avoid injury! If the engine should stop while operating on an incline, the mower will free-wheel. If this should occur, lock the park brake, start the engine, unlock the park brake and resume operation.

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• Raise and pull rearward park brake lever (A) to the lock park brake.

Unlocking Park Brake:

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• Lower park brake lever (A) forward to unlock the park brake.

Using the Key Switch

NOTE: Machine will only start if the following conditions exist:

Park brake is locked.

PTO is disengaged.

Motion control levers are in the neutral detent position (standard levers) or neutral lock position (optional “over the lap” levers).

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B

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To turn ignition off, turn key to the STOP position (A).

To turn ignition on, turn key to the run position (B).

To start engine, turn key to the start position (C). Once engine begins to run, release key back to the run position.

Using the PTO

Engage PTO:

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1.Move throttle lever (A) to the 1/2- to 3/4-throttle position.

2.Pull PTO knob (B) up to engage mower deck.

3.Move throttle lever (A) forward to the fast detent position

(C) for mowing.

Disengage PTO:

Push PTO knob (B) down.

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Using the Throttle Lever

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Push throttle lever (A) all the way forward to the fullthrottle detent position (B) when mowing.

Move throttle lever (A) to the 1/2-throttle position (C) when starting and warming the engine.

Pull throttle lever (A) rearward to the slow position (D) to idle engine. Do not run engine at slow idle any longer than necessary.

Using the Hourmeter

NOTE: The machine is equipped with an electric start. The hourmeter will continue to run with the key switch left in the run position.

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The hourmeter (A) shows the number of hours the machine has run.

The service interval chart gives necessary service intervals. Use the hourmeter and service interval chart in the Service Intervals section to determine when machine will need service.

See the service interval chart in the engine manufacturer’s owners manual supplied with your machine to determine when the engine will need service.

Using the Choke (Carbureted Engines Only)

Engage Choke:

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Pull choke knob (A) out.

Disengage Choke:

Push choke knob (A) in.

Using the Motion Control Levers

c CAUTION: Avoid injury! Learn use of the motion control levers and practice at half throttle until becoming proficient and comfortable with the operation of the machine.

Do not move motion control levers from forward to reverse or reverse to forward position rapidly. Sudden direction changes could cause loss of control or damage the machine.

NOTE: Two types of control levers are available - standard “center steer” levers and optional “over the lap” levers. The operation of both styles of levers is the same except as noted.

The functions of the motion control levers are:

Dual function neutral position.

Steering.

Acceleration.

Braking.

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Neutral Detent Position - Standard “Center Steer”

Levers

NOTE: When the control levers are in the neutral detent position, the control lever rollers (A) located on each side of the control console will be seated in the notches in the console.

Neutral Position - Optional “Over the Lap” Levers

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• Motion control levers must be in the neutral detent position, the PTO switch disengaged and the park brake locked to start the engine.

Neutral Lock Position - Optional “Over the Lap” Levers

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Picture Note: Motion control levers (A) shown in the neutral lock position.

Motion control levers must be in the neutral lock position, the PTO switch disengaged and the park brake locked to start the engine.

Forward and reverse movement of the motion control levers is prevented when levers are moved to the neutral lock position.

Operator can exit mower with the engine running when the PTO switch is disengaged, the motion control levers are in the neutral lock position and the park brake is locked.

Motion control levers must be in the neutral lock position to safely enter and exit the operator seat.

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Picture Note: Motion control levers (A) shown in the neutral position.

• Machine speed, motion, and direction can be controlled when the engine is running, operator is on the seat and the park brake is unlocked.

Forward and Reverse Motion:

c CAUTION: Avoid injury! Children or bystanders may be injured by run over and rotating blades. Before traveling forward or rearward:

Carefully check the area around the machine.

Disengage the mower before backing up.

1.Move throttle lever to the full-throttle position.

2.Unlock the park brake.

3.Optional “over the lap” levers: Move both motion control levers from the neutral lock position inward to the neutral position.

4.Push the control levers forward to begin forward motion.

The farther forward the control levers are moved, the faster the machine will travel.

Forward speed range: 0-14 km/h (0-9 mph).

5.Pull both control levers rearward at the same time to begin reverse motion.

Reverse speed range: 0-6 km/h (0-4 mph).

6.To stop motion, move both motion control levers forward or rearward until the machine comes to a stop.

NOTE: The motion control linkages are adjustable. If adjustment is required, see Checking and Adjusting Motion Control Linkages in the Service Transmission section.

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Forward:

Gentle Right Turn:

 

 

 

 

 

 

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• Push both motion control levers forward at the same time.

Reverse:

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• Pull both control levers past center rearward at the same time.

Gentle Left Turn:

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• Push right control lever farther forward than the left control lever.

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• Push left control lever farther forward than the right control lever.

Sharp Left Turn:

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• Push right control lever forward and pull left control lever rearward at the same time.

Sharp Right Turn:

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• Push left control lever forward and pull right control lever rearward at the same time.

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Starting the Engine

c CAUTION: Avoid injury! Engine exhaust fumes contain carbon monoxide and can cause serious illness or death.

Move the vehicle to an outside area before running the engine.

Do not run an engine in an enclosed area without adequate ventilation.

Connect a pipe extension to the engine exhaust pipe to direct the exhaust fumes out of the area.

Allow fresh outside air into the work area to clear the exhaust fumes out.

1.Sit on the operator seat.

2.Lock the park brake.

3.Move both motion control levers to the neutral detent position (standard levers) or neutral lock position (optional “over the lap” levers).

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4.Push PTO knob (A) down to disengage PTO.

5.Move throttle lever to set engine speed:

Cold engine: Set throttle lever at the 1/2- to 3/4- throttle position.

Warm/Hot engine: Set throttle lever to the 1/2-throttle position.

6.Carbureted Engines Only: Position choke knob (D):

Cold engine: Pull knob up and hold in choke position.

Warm/Hot engine: If necessary, pull knob up and hold in choke position.

IMPORTANT: Avoid damage! Starter may be damaged if starter is operated for more than 20 seconds at a time:

• Wait 2 minutes before trying again if the engine does not start.

STOP

C

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7. Turn key switch to start position (B).

If the engine does not start, wait 10 seconds.

Turn key to start position again for no more than 5 seconds.

Repeat the procedure if necessary.

IMPORTANT: Avoid damage! Unnecessary engine idling may cause engine damage. Excessive idling can cause engine overheating, carbon buildup and poor performance.

8.Release key to run position (C) when engine starts.

9.With engine started:

Push choke knob to off position.

Move throttle lever to full-throttle position.

Unlock the park brake.

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Engaging Mower

Stopping the Engine

c CAUTION: Avoid injury! Clear mowing area of all bystanders when operating this machine. Thrown objects could cause serious injury or death.

Keep hands and feet away from blades and discharge opening.

Do not mow in reverse unless absolutely necessary.

IMPORTANT: Avoid damage! To help prevent damage to the PTO clutch:

• Do not engage PTO with throttle in the fast position.

1.Adjust mower deck to desired cutting height.

2.Start engine.

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3.Move throttle lever to the 1/2- to 3/4-throttle position.

4.Unlock the park brake.

5.Move both motion control levers to the neutral position.

NOTE: In cold weather or with a new machine, it may be necessary to engage the choke at the same time as the PTO knob to prevent the engine from stalling.

6.Pull PTO knob (A) up to engage mower deck.

7.Move throttle lever to full-throttle position.

NOTE: The travel speed and turn rate will vary with the amount that the control levers are moved.

8. Push motion control levers forward slowly. Mow at a safe travel speed.

IMPORTANT: Avoid damage! To help prevent engine backfiring, throttle lever should be set at the 1/4- throttle position and run for 30 seconds prior to stopping the engine.

Do not stop engine when mower is on a slope of more than 30° for an extended period of time. Oil may run through valve train into carburetor and muffler.

1.Move the motion control levers to the neutral detent position (standard levers) or neutral lock position (optional “over the lap” levers).

2.Lock the park brake.

3.Push PTO switch down to disengage.

4.Move throttle lever to 1/4-throttle position and run for 30 seconds, then move throttle to slow position.

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5. Turn key switch to STOP position (A).

c CAUTION: Avoid injury! Children or bystanders may attempt to move or operate an unattended machine.

Always lock the park brake and remove the key before leaving the machine unattended.

6. Remove key.

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