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Safety Instructions & Operator's Manual for

LARGE FRAME

MID-MOUNTZ-RIDER

ZERO TURNING

HYDRO DRIVE

SERIES 4

MODELS

NZMX30614KH

NZMX32734BV

MODEL NUMBER EXPLANATION

 

 

N

 

Z

 

M

 

X

32

73

 

4

 

BV

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MODEL

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ENGINE TYPE

 

 

DRIVE SYSTEM TYPE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SERIES DESIGNATION

 

 

MOWER ORIENTATION

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MOWER DECK SIZE

 

 

LARGE FRAME MODEL

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ENGINE POWER *

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

N - Model Designation

X - Large Frame

 

61 - 61" Mower Width

 

B - Briggs Engine

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Z - Zero Turning - Hydro Drive

30.0

- Engine Power

 

73 - 73" Mower Width

 

KH - Kohler Engine

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

M - Mid Mount Mower

32.0

- Engine Power

 

4 - Series Designation

 

V - Over Head Valve

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thank you for buying a SNAPPER Product! Before operating your machine, read this manual carefully and pay particular attention to the "IMPORTANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS" on Pages 2 - 4. Remember that all power equipment can be dangerous if used improperly. Also keep in mind that SAFETY requires careful use in accordance with the operating instructions and common sense!

NOTE: Specifications are correct at time of printing and are subject to change without notice.

* Actual sustained engine power will likely be lower due to operating limitations and environmental factors.

COPYRIGHT © 2006

SNAPPER - A DIVISION OF SIMPLICITY MFG., INC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

MANUAL No. 7100718 (Rev. 1, 7/20/2006)

TP 100-5176-R1-HZ-N

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IMPORTANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS

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WARNING: This powerful cutting machine is capable of amputating hands and feet and can throw objects that can cause injury and damage! Failure to comply with the following SAFETY instructions could result in serious injury or death to the operator or other persons. The owner of the machine must understand these instructions and must allow only persons who understand these instructions to operate machine. Each person operating the machine must be of sound mind and body and must not be under the influence of any substance, which might impair vision, dexterity or judgment. If you have any questions pertaining to your machine which your dealer cannot answer to your satisfaction, call or write the Customer Service Department at SNAPPER, McDonough, Georgia 30253. Phone: (1-800-935-2967).

PROTECTION FOR 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 under the watchful care of a responsible adult.

2.DO NOT allow children in yard when machine is operated (even with the blades OFF).

3.DO NOT allow children or others to ride on machine, attachments or towed equipment (even with the blades OFF). They may fall and be seriously injured.

4.DO NOT allow pre-teenagechildren to operate machine. Local regulations may restrict the age of the operator.

5.ALLOW only adults or responsible teenagers with mature judgment under close adult supervision to operate machine.

6.DO NOT operate blades in reverse. STOP BLADES. LOOK and SEE behind and down for children, pets and hazards before and while backing.

7.USE EXTRA CARE when approaching blind corners, shrubs, trees, or other objects that may obscure vision.

PROTECTION AGAINST TIPOVERS

This machine is equipped with a roll bar protective structure, which, when used properly, can offer additional security to the operator in the event of a tip-overaccident. For proper protection, the roll bar must be raised and locked and thelap-styleseat belt must be worn at all times.

Slopes are a major factor related to loss-of-controlandtip-overaccidents, which can result in severe injury or death. All slopes require extra CAUTION. If you cannot back up the slope or if you feel uneasy on the slope, DO NOT mow it. Use extra care with grass catchers or other attachments; these and turf conditions affect the handling and the stability of the machine.

1.DO NOT operate machine on slopes exceeding 15 degrees (27% grade).

2.Exercise EXTREME CAUTION on slopes above 10 degrees (18% grade). Turn blades OFF when traveling uphill. Use a slow speed and avoid sudden or sharp turns.

PROTECTION AGAINST TIPOVERS

(Continued From Previous Column)

3.DO NOT operate machine back and forth across face of slopes. Operate up and down. Practice on slopes with blades off.

4.AVOID starting, stopping or turning on slopes. If machine stops going uphill or tires lose traction, turn blades OFF and back slowly straight down the slope.

5.STAY ALERT for holes and other hidden hazards. Tall grass can hide obstacles. Keep away from ditches, washouts, culverts, fences and protruding objects.

6.DO NOT operate machine near drop offs, ditches, embankments, washouts, culverts, fences and protruding objects. KEEP A SAFE DISTANCE (at least 3 feet) away from edge of ditches and other drop offs. The machine could turn over if an edge caves in.

7.Always begin forward motion slowly and with caution.

8.Use weights or a weighted load carrier in accordance with instructions supplied with a grass catcher. DO NOT operate machine on slopes exceeding 10 degrees (18% grade) when equipped with grass catcher.

9.DO NOT put your foot on the ground to try to stabilize the machine.

10.DO NOT operate machine on wet grass. Reduced traction could cause sliding.

11.Choose a low enough ground speed setting so that you will not have to stop or shift on a slope. Tires may lose traction on slopes even though the brakes are functioning properly.

12.DO NOT operate machine under any condition where traction, steering or stability is doubtful.

13.Always keep machine in gear when going down slopes. DO NOT shift to neutral (or actuate hydro roll release) and coast downhill.

14.DO NOT remove or modify any part of the roll bar protective structure. Do not fold the roll bar unless absolutely necessary. There is no roll-overprotection when the roll bar is folded.

15.Operator must be properly seated at all times, and must wear seat belt, snuggly fastened, at all times except when roll bar is folded.

16.DO NOT exceed the machine weight rating specified on the roll bar protective structure’s identification plate.

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IMPORTANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS

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PREPARATION

1.Read, understand and follow instructions and warnings in this manual and on the machine, engine and attachments. Know the controls, the safety signs and the proper use of the machine before starting. If the operators or mechanics cannot read English, it is the owner’s responsibility to explain this material to them.

2.Only mature, responsible persons shall operate or service the machine and only after proper instruction and training. The owner is responsible for training the operators. Further, the owner/operator can prevent and/or is responsible for accidents or injuries occurring to themselves, other people or property.

3.Data indicates that operators age 60 and above, are involved in a large percentage of mower-relatedinjuries. These operators should evaluate their ability to operate the mower safely enough to protect themselves and others from serious injury.

4.Handle fuel with extra care. Fuels are flammable and vapors are explosive. Use only an approved fuel container. DO NOT remove fuel cap or add fuel with engine running. Add or drain fuel outdoors only with engine stopped and cool. Clean spilled fuel from machine. DO NOT smoke.

5.Practice operation of machine with BLADES OFF to learn controls and develop skills.

6.Check the area to be mowed and remove all objects such as toys, wire, rocks, limbs and other objects that could cause injury if thrown by blades or interfere with mowing. Check for overhead clearances before driving under any objects.

7.Evaluate the terrain to determine what accessories and attachments are needed to properly and safely perform the job. Only use accessories and attachments approved by SNAPPER.

8.Keep people and pets out of mowing area.

Immediately, STOP blades, STOP engine, and STOP machine if anyone enters the area.

9.DO NOT operate machine unless all shields, deflectors, switches, blade controls and other safety devices are in place and functioning properly.

10.Make sure all safety decals are clearly legible. Replace if damaged.

11.Protect yourself when mowing and wear appropriate clothing including safety glasses, long pants, ear protection, hardhat and substantial footwear with good traction. Long hair, loose clothing or jewelry may get tangled in moving parts.

12.Know how to STOP blades and engine quickly in preparation for emergencies.

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

PREPARATION

(Continued From Previous Column)

14.Check grass catcher components frequently for signs of wear or deterioration and replace as needed to prevent injury from thrown objects going through weak or worn spots.

SAFE HANDLING OF GASOLINE

To avoid personal injury or property damage, use extreme care in handling gasoline. Gasoline is extremely flammable and the vapors are explosive

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

2.Use only an approved fuel container.

3.DO NOT remove fuel cap or add fuel with the engine running. Allow the engine to cool before refueling.

4.DO NOT refuel the machine indoors.

5.DO NOT store the machine or fuel container inside where there is an open flame, spark or pilot light such as on a water heater or other appliances.

6.DO NOT fill fuel containers inside a vehicle or on a truck or trailer bed with a plastic liner. Always place the containers on the ground away from the vehicle before filling.

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

8.DO NOT start gas powered equipment in enclosed vehicles or trailers.

9.Keep the nozzle in contact with the rim of the fuel tank or container opening at all times until fueling is complete. DO NOT use a nozzle lock-opendevice

10.If fuel is spilled on clothing, change clothing immediately.

11.DO NOT overfill a fuel tank. Replace fuel cap and tighten securely.

OPERATION

1.Mount and dismount machine from left side.

2.Start engine from operator's seat. Make sure blades are OFF and parking brake is set. Use seat belts if provided.

3.DO NOT leave machine with engine running. Stop engine. Stop blades. Set brake. Remove key.

4.DO NOT operate machine unless properly seated, with seat belt securely fastened and adjusted to a snug fit, and with feet on foot rests or pedal(s).

5.DO NOT operate machine while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

6.STOP MACHINE on level ground, lower deck, engage parking brake and make sure engine and blades have stopped before removing grass catcher or unclogging mower to prevent injury to hands or feet.

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IMPORTANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS

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OPERATION

(Continued From Previous Page)

7.Blades must be OFF except when cutting grass. Set blades in highest position when mowing over rough ground.

8.Keep hands and feet away from rotating blades underneath deck. DO NOT place foot on ground while BLADES are ON or machine is in motion.

9.DO NOT operate machine without entire grass catcher or guards in place. DO NOT point discharge at people, passing cars, windows or doors.

10.Keep roll bar raised and locked at all times unless absolutely necessary. When roll bar is folded, do not use seat belt. Raise roll bar as soon as clearance permits.

11.Slow down before turning.

12.Watch out for traffic when near or crossing roadways.

13.STOP engine immediately after striking an object or if an abnormal vibration occurs. Remove key. Remove and disconnect the sparkplug wire. Make necessary repairs before resuming operation.

14.Mow only in daylight or with good artificial light.

15.Move motion control levers SLOWLY to maintain control during speed and directional changes.

16.Exercise CAUTION when pulling loads. DO NOT pull loads greater than 300 pounds. Avoid jack knifing. DO NOT turn sharply. Attach loads to approved hitch point only following manufacturer’s instructions.

17.On slopes, the weight of towed equipment may cause loss of traction and loss of control. When towing travel slowly and allow extra distance to stop.

18.DO NOT operate engine in enclosed areas. Engine exhaust gases contain carbon monoxide, an odorless and deadly poison.

MAINTENANCE

1.DO NOT store machine or fuel container inside where fumes may reach an open flame, spark or pilot light such as in a water heater, furnace, clothes dryer or other gas appliance. Allow engine to cool before storing machine in an enclosure. Store fuel container out of the reach of children in a well ventilated, unoccupied building. Shut off fuel (when equipped with valve) while storing or transporting machine.

2.Clean grass and debris from engine, mufflers, drives and cutting units to help prevent overheating and fires. Clean up fuel, oil and excess grease.

3.When draining fuel tank, drain fuel into an approved container outdoors and away from open flame.

4.Check brakes frequently; adjust, repair or replace as needed.

MAINTENANCE

(Continued From Previous Column)

5.Keep all bolts, nuts and screws properly tight. Check that all cotter pins are in proper position.

6.Always provide adequate ventilation when running engine. Engine exhaust gases contain carbon monoxide, an odorless and deadly poison.

7.Disconnect battery before performing maintenance or service. Cranking engine could cause injury. Disconnect negative (black) cable from battery first and positive (red) cable last. Reconnect positive first and negative last. Charge battery in an open, well ventilated area away from spark and flames. Unplug charger before connecting or disconnecting from battery. Wear protective clothing and insulated gloves.

8.Park machine on level ground. DO NOT work under machine without safety blocks.

9.Service engine and clean, adjust or repair only when engine and blades are stopped. Remove spark plug wire(s) from spark plug(s) and secure wire(s) away from spark plug(s).

10.DO NOT change engine governor speed settings or overspeed engine. DO NOT make adjustments with the engine running.

11.Lubricate machine at intervals specified in manual to prevent controls from binding.

12.Mower blades are sharp and can cut. Wrap the blades or wear heavy leather gloves and use CAUTION when handling them. Never straighten or weld blades, only replace them.

13.DO NOT test for spark by grounding spark plug next to spark plug hole; spark plug could ignite gas exiting engine.

14.Carefully release pressure from components with stored energy.

15.Have machine serviced by an authorized SNAPPER dealer at least once a year and have the dealer install any new safety devices. Never allow untrained personnel to service machine.

16.Use only genuine SNAPPER replacement parts to assure that original standards are maintained.

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WARNING

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Grass Catcher bags used on SNAPPER products are made of woven fabric, and are subject to deterioration and wear during normal usage. Check condition of bags before each use. Immediately replace worn or damaged catcher bags with only bags recommended by SNAPPER. The Grass Catcher is optional equipment on some models.

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

IMPORTANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2-4TABLE OF CONTENTS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5 STATEMENT OF USAGE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5 ENGINE POWER RATING INFORMATION . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5 SECTION 1 - FAMILIARIZATION . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 SECTION 2–SAFETYMESSAGES ANDSYMBOLS . . . .7-9SECTION 3 - OPERATINGINSTRUCTIONS . . . . . . . . .10-14

Pre-startChecklist . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10-11Starting & Stopping Engine,

Blades & Parking Brake . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11-12Starting & Stopping Mower Blades . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12 Parking Brake . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12 Cutting Height Adjustment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13 Driving & StoppingMachine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13-14Folding the Roll Bar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14 Safety Interlock System Check . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14

SECTION 4 - MAINTENANCE INSTRUCTIONS . . . . . .15-19Change Engine Oil . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .15 Check Mower Blade . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .15 Check Mower Drive Belt . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .16 Check Belt Tension . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .16 Service – After every 25 Hours

(Engine Components) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .16 Service – After every 25 Hours

(Mower Components) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .16 Lubrication . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .16 Mower Blade Spindle Lubrication . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .16 Mower Deck Linkage Lubrication . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .16 Front Wheel Bearings Lubrication . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .17 Hydro Pump Lubrication . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .17 Mower Deck Idler Arms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .17

Before Operating Machine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .17

Annually - End of Season . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .17-18

Engine Service . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .17

Fuel Filter Replacement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .18

Deck Removal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .18-19

Hydraulic Fluid Filters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .19

SECTION 5 - ADJUSTMENTS AND REPAIR . . . . . . . . .20-28

Neutral Position Adjustments . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .20-21

Mower Deck Adjustment (Levelness) . . . . . . . . . .21-22

Parking Brake Adjustment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .22

Traction Belt Tension & Replacement . . . . . . . . . . . .23

Blade Brake/Electric Clutch Adjustment . . . . . . . . . .23

Tracking Adjustment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .24

Mower Drive Belt Removal & Replacement . . . . . . . .24

Engine Adjustments & Repair . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .25

Mower Blade Replacement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .25

Mower Blade Sharpening . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .25

Battery Removal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .26

Battery Installation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .26

Battery Charging . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .26

Battery Testing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .27

New Battery Preparation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .27

Hydraulic System, Purging . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .28

TROUBLESHOOTING . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .29-30

SERVICE SCHEDULE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .31

Maintenance/Replacement Parts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .31

WARRANTY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .32

PRIMARY MAINTENANCE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .33-36

PRODUCT REGISTRATION FORM . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .37

STATEMENT OF USAGE

This manual contains safety information to make you aware of the hazards and risks associated with the machine and how to avoid them. This machine is designed and intended to be used and maintained according to the manual and operated by trained professionals for finish cutting of established lawns and is not intended for any other purpose. It is important that you read and understand these instructions thoroughly before attempting to start or operate this equipment.

ENGINE POWER RATING INFORMATION

The gross power rating labels for individual gas engine models meet or exceed SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers) code J1940 (Small Engine Power & Torque Rating Procedure) and rating performance has been obtained and corrected in accordance with SAE J1995 (Revision 2002-05).Actual gross engine power may be lower and is affected by, but not limited to, ambient operating conditions and engine to engine variability. Given both the wide array of products on which engines are placed, and the variety of environmental issues applicable to operating the equipment, the gas engine will not develop the rated gross power when used in a given piece of power equipment (actual“on-site”or net horsepower). This difference is due to a variety of factors including, but not limited to, accessories (air cleaner, exhaust, charging, cooling, carburetor, fuel pump, etc.), application limitations, ambient operating conditions (temperature, humidity, altitude), and engine to engine variability.

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Section 1 - FAMILIARIZATION

HOUR METER

KEY SWITCH

HEADLIGHT

SWITCH

CHOKE CONTROL

BLADE SWITCH

ENGINE SPEED

 

CONTROL

 

 

ROLL BAR

PROTECTIVE

STRUCTURE

MOTION CONTROL

LEVER

RIGHT HAND FUEL

TANK

DECK HEIGHT

ADJUSTMENT PIN

DISCHARGE

DEFLECTOR

DECK LIFT PEDAL

OPERATOR’S

SEAT

SEAT BELT

MOTION CONTROL

LEVER

LEFT HAND FUEL

TANK

PARKING BRAKE

LEVER

CONTROL PANEL (see inset)

HEADLIGHTS

IMPORTANT

The figures and illustrations in this manual are provided for reference only and may differ from your specific model. Contact

FIGURE 1.1 your Snapper dealer if you have questions.

1.1 INTRODUCTION

This manual has been prepared for the operator’s of the SNAPPER MID MOUNT Z-RIDER.Its purpose, aside from recommending standard operating procedures and routine service requirements, is to promote SAFETY through the use of accepted operating practices. Read, Understand and Follow the IMPORTANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS on Pages 2 thru 4 of this manual and All SAFETY messages on the MID MOUNTZ-RIDERand its attachments before operating. SNAPPER recommends returning the MID MOUNTZ-RIDERto an authorized SNAPPER dealer annually for inspection and addition of any new devices which might upgrade the safety of the mower.

1.2 NOMENCLATURE

The nomenclature information above, Figure 1.1, shows the essential parts of the SNAPPER MID MOUNT Z-RIDER.It is recommended that all operators of this equipment become thoroughly familiar with the controls, components, and operation of this machine before operating. Specific details involving the engine are found in the separate engine owner’s manual. Study these manuals before operating and keep both handy for future reference. For the nearest SNAPPER dealer in your area, check the yellow pages under the heading LAWN MOWERS. For engine parts and service, look for the engine manufacturer’s dealers under the heading, ENGINES - gasoline.

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Section 2 - SAFETY MESSAGES AND SYMBOLS

DANGER ! ROTATING PARTS

KEEP AWAY FROM MOVING PARTS

MOTION CONTROL LEVER OPERATION

PARKING BRAKE LEVER OPERATION

WEAR HEARING PROTECTION

 

WARNING ! AVOID SERIOUS INJURY OR DEATH

STARTING, OPERATION & STOPPING OF MACHINE

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Section 2 - SAFETY MESSAGES AND SYMBOLS

CONTROL PANEL IDENTIFICATION

DANGER! ROTATING BLADES

KEEP CHILDREN AND OTHERS OUT OF MOWING AREA

FUEL TANK SELECT

RUN

STOP

START

FUEL GAUGE (2)

IGNITION SWITCH

 

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Section 2 - SAFETY MESSAGES AND SYMBOLS

ROLL BAR PROTECTIVE STRUCTURE DECALS

WARNING

Cutting Hazard

Fans rotate while engine is running.

Keep away while engine is running.

ATTENCION

Peligro de corte

Los ventiladores giran mientras el

CAUTION! SPRING LOADED MECHANISM motor esta funcionando. Mantengase lejos mientras el motor

esta funcionando.

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WARNING! ROTATING FAN BLADES

KEEP AWAY

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Section 3 - OPERATING INSTRUCTIONS

3.1PRE-STARTCHECK LIST

Make the following checks and perform the service required before each start-up.

3.1.1.Check tires and add or release air as needed to bring pressure to 12 psi in drive tires. Pressure in front caster wheels should be 25 psi.

3.1.2.Check guards, deflectors and covers to make sure all are in place and securely tightened.

3.1.3.Check engine oil and add oil as needed to bring level up to the FULL mark. Refer to engine owner's manual for oil specifications. See Figure 3.1.

3.1.8. Place mower in desired cutting height setting. Depress deck lift pedal fully to lock deck in transport position. Insert stop pin to desired cutting height. Depress deck lift pedal while flipping back transport lever, and let up on pedal to lower deck. See Figure 3.3.

TRANSPORT

LEVER

SAFE LEVEL

AREA DECK LIFT PEDAL

INSERT STOP PIN

INTO HOLES FOR

DESIRED CUTTING

HEIGHT

FIGURE 3.1

3.1.4. Check blade switch to insure it works freely. See Figure 3.2.

1.Pull the blade switch up to the "ON" position to engage or turn "ON" the mower blades.

2.Push blade switch down to the "OFF" position to disengage (or turn "OFF") the blades.

BLADE SWITCH

FIGURE 3.2

3.1.5.Clean exterior surfaces of cutting deck, engine and pumps of any accumulation of dirt, grass, oil, etc. Keep engine and pump air intake screens and cooling fins clear at all times.

3.1.6.Add fuel to both tanks of the machine outside where fumes can safely dissipate. Make sure both fuel filler caps are tight. Note the fuel tank selector valve, located behind the operator’s seat on the left side of the machine. Refer to engine owner's manual for fuel specifications.

3.1.7.Adjust position of operator's seat. The seat is mounted on slides. Locate latch lever beneath the seat to the right. Move lever towards the left and slide seat to the desired position. Release latch. If equipped, adjust seat suspension for operator weight.

FIGURE 3.3

3.1.9.Check seat belts. Mounting hardware must be tight. Buckle must latch securely and release easily. Webbing must not display signs of deterioration, wear or damage.

3.1.10.Check roll bar protective structure for structural soundness (i.e. no cracks, damage, corrosion, etc.) All hardware must be tight. Roll bar must be raised and locked unless absolutely necessary (i.e. low overhead clearance). Both locking pins must be installed and securely fastened to prevent inadvertent removal. DO NOT operate a machine that has had any part of the roll bar protective structure removed, damaged, or modified in any way.

IMPORTANT: This machine is equipped with hydrostatic drive. The direction of motion and the speed of motion are controlled by the left and right motion control levers. A small movement of these controls can cause the machine to move instantly. DO NOT attempt to operate the machine until you read this manual and become familiar with its operation. Practice with the blades "OFF" disengaged, engine speed at a slow setting and in an open area away from obstacles.

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WARNING

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DO NOT allow operation of the machine by untrained personnel.

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