Yard-Man 203 User Manual

Chipper Shredder
Model Number
MTD LLC P.O. BOX 361131 CLEVELAND, OHIO 44136-0019
Warning: This unit is equipped with an internal combustion engine and should not be used on or near any unimproved forest-
applicable local or state laws (if any). If a spark arrester is used, it should be maintained in effective working order by the operator.
In the State of California the above is required by law (Section 4442 of the California Public Resources Code). Other states may have
similar laws. Federal laws apply on federal lands. A spark arrester for the muffler is available through your nearest engine authorized
service dealer or contact the service department, P.O. Box 361131 Cleveland, Ohio 44136-0019.
Operator’s Manual
This Operator’s Manual is an important part of your new chipper shredder vacuum. It will help you
assemble, prepare and maintain the u nit for best perform ance. Please read and u nderstand what it says.
Before you start assembling your new equipment, please locate the model plate on t he
equipment and copy the information from it in the space pr ovided below. A sample model plate is
also given below. You can locate the model plate by standing behin d the unit and looking down at
the frame below the engine. This information will be necessary to use the manufacturer’s
web site and/or help from the Customer Support Departme nt or an authorized service dealer.
Please do NOT return the unit to the retailer from where it was purchased, without first contacting Customer Support.
If you have difficulty assembling this product or have any questions regarding the controls, opera tion or
maintenance of this unit, you can seek help from the experts. Choose from the options below:
Visit yardman.com for many useful suggest ions. Click on Customer Support but ton and you
will get the four options reproduced here. Click on the appropriate button and help is
immediately available.
If you prefer to reach a Customer Support Representat ive, please call 1-800-800-7310.
The engine manufactur er is responsible for all engine-related issu es with regards to
performance, power-rating, specifica tions, warranty and service. Please re fer to the engine
manufacturer’s Owner’s/Operator’s Manual, packed separately with your unit, for more
Content Page
Important Safe Operation Practices 3
Assembling Your Chipper Shredder Vacuum 5
Know Your Chipper Shredder Vacuum 6
Operating Your Chipper Shredder Vacuum 7
Adjusting Your Chipper Shredder Vacuum 8
Maintaining Your Chipper Shredder Vacuum 9
Trouble Shooting 13
Illustrated Parts List 14
Warranty 20
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WARNING: This symbol points out important safety instructions which, if not followed, could
endanger the personal safety and/or property of your self and others. Read and follow all instructions in
this manual before attempting to operate this machine. Failur e to comply with these instructions may
result in personal injury. When you see this symbol - heed its warning.
WARNING: The Engine Exhaust from this product contains chemicals known to the
State of California to cause cancer, birth defects or other reproductive harm.
DANGER: This machine was built to be operated according to the rules for safe oper ation in this
manual. As with any type of power equipment, carelessne ss or error on the part of the operator can
result in serious injury. This machine is capable of amputating hands and feet and thro wing objects.
Failure to observe the following safety instructions could result in serious injury or death.
1. Read, understand, and follow all instructions on the
machine and in the manual(s) before attempting to
assemble and operate. Keep this manual in a safe
place for future and regu lar reference a nd for
ordering replacement parts.
2. Be familiar with all controls and their proper
operation. Know how to stop the machine and
disengage them quickly.
3. Never allow children under 16 years old to operate
this machine. Children 16 years old and over
should read and understand the operation
instructions and safety rules in this manual and
should be trained and supervised by a parent.
4. Never allow adults to operate this m achine without
proper instruction.
5. Keep bystanders, helpers, pets, and childre n at
least 75 feet from the machine while it is in
operation. Stop machine if anyone enters the area.
6. Never run an engine indoors or in a poorly
ventilated area. Engine exhaust contains carbon
monoxide, an odorless and deadly gas.
7. Do not put hands and feet near rotating parts or in
the feeding chambers and discharg e opening.
Contact with the rotating impeller can amputate
fingers, hands, and feet.
8. Never attempt to unclog either th e feed intake or
discharge opening, remove or empty vacuum bag,
or inspect and repair the machine while the engine
is running. Shut the engine off and wait until all
moving parts have come to a complete stop.
Disconnect the spark plug wire and ground it
against the engine.
1. Thoroughly inspect the area where the equipment
is to be used. Remove all rocks, bottles, cans, or
other foreign objects which could be picked up or
thrown and cause personal injury or damage to the
2. Always wear safety glasses or safety goggles
during operation or while performing an adjustment
or repair, to protect eyes. Thrown objects which
ricochet can cause serious injury to the eyes.
3. Wear sturdy, rough-soled work shoes a nd close-
fitting slacks and shirts. Loose fitting clothes or
jewelry can be caught in movable parts. Never
operate this machine in bare feet or sandals. Wear
leather work gloves when feeding material in the
chipper chute.
4. Before starting, check all bolts and screws for
proper tightness to be sure the machine is in safe
working condition. Also, visually inspect machine
for any damage at frequent intervals.
5. Maintain or replace safety and instructions labels,
as necessary.
6. To avoid personal injury or property damage use
extreme care in handling gasoline. Gasoline is
extremely flammable and the vapors are explosive.
Serious personal injury can occur when gasoline is
spilled on yourself or your clothes which can ignite.
Wash your skin and change clothes immediately.
a. Use only an approved gasoline containe r.
b. Extinguish all cigarettes, cigars, pipes, and
other sources of ignition.
c. Never fuel machine indoors.
d. Never remove gas cap or add while t he
engine is hot or running.
e. Allow engine to cool at least two minutes
before refueling.
f. Never over fill fuel tank. Fill tank to no more
than 1/2 inch below bottom of filler neck to
provide space for fuel expansion.
g. Replace gasoline cap and tighten securely.
h. If gasoline is spilled, wipe it off the engine
and equipment. Move machine to another
area. Wait 5 minutes before starting the
i. Never store the machine or fuel container
inside where there is an open flame, spark,
or pilot light (e.g. furnace, water heater,
space heater, clothes dryer, etc.).
j. To reduce a fire hazard, keep machine free
of grass, leaves, or other debris build-up.
Clean up oil or fuel spillage and remove any
fuel soaked debris.
k. Allow machine to cool at least 5 minutes
before storing.
1. Do not put hands and feet near rotating parts or in
the feeding chambers and discharg e opening.
Contact with the rotating impeller can amputate
fingers, hands, and feet.
2. Before starting the machine, make sure t he chipper
chute, feed intake, and cutting chamber are empt y
and free of all debris.
3. Thoroughly inspect all material to be shredded and
remove any metal, rocks, bottles, cans, or other
foreign objects which could cause personal injury
or damage to the machine.
4. If the impeller strikes a foreign object or if your
machine should start making an unusual noise or
vibration, immediately shut the engine off. Allow the
impeller to come to a complete stop. Disconnect
the spark plug wire, ground it against the engine
and perform the following steps:
a. Inspect for damage.
b. Repair or replace any damaged parts.
c. Check for any loose parts and tighten to
assure continued safe operation.
6. Do not allow an accumulation of processed
material to build up in the discharge area. This can
prevent proper discharge and result in kickback of
material through the feed opening.
7. Do not attempt to shred or chip material larger than
specified on the machine or in this manual.
Personal injury or machine damage could re sult.
8. Never attempt to unclog either th e feed intake or
discharge opening while the engine is running.
Shut the engine off, wait until all moving parts have
stopped, disconnect the spark plug wire and
ground it against the engine before clearing debris.
9. Never operate without vacuum bag and disch arge
chute properly attached to the machine. Never
empty or change vacuum bag while the engine is
running. Zippered end of vacuum bag must be kept
closed at all times during operation.
10. Never operate without either the inlet nozzle or
optional hose attachment properly attache d to the
machine. Never attempt to attach or change eit her
attachment while the engine is running.
11. Keep all guards, deflectors and safety device s in
place and operating properly.
12. Keep your face and body back and to the side of
the chipper chute while feeding material into the
machine to avoid accidental kickback injuries.
13. Never operate this machine without good visibility
or light. Always be sure of your footing and keep a
firm hold on the handles.
14. Do not operate this machine on a gravel surface.
15. Do not operate this machine while under the
influence of alcohol or drugs.
16. Muffler and engine become hot and can cause a
burn. Do not touch.
17. Never pick up or carry machine while the engine is
1. Never tamper with safety devices. Check their
proper operation regularly.
2. Check bolts and screws for proper tightness at
frequent intervals to keep the mach ine in safe
working condition. Also, visually inspect machine
for any damage and repair, if needed.
3. Before cleaning, repairing, or inspecting, sto p the
engine and make certain the impeller and all
moving parts have stopped. Disconnect the spark
plug wire and ground it against the engine to
prevent unintended starting.
4. Do not change the engine governor settings or
overspeed the engine. The governor controls the
maximum safe operating speed of the engine.
5. Maintain or replace safety and instruction labels, as
6. Follow this manual for safe loading, unloading,
transporting, and storage of this machine.
7. Never store the machine or fuel container inside
where there is an open flame, spark or pilot light
such as a water heater, furnace, clothes dryer, etc.
8. Always refer to the operator’s manual for proper
instructions on off-season storage.
9. If the fuel tank has to be drained, do this outdoor s.
10. Observe proper disposal laws and regulations for
gas, oil, etc. to protect the environment.
WARNING: - YOUR RESPONSIBILITY: Restrict the use of this power machine to persons who read,
understand and follow the warnings and instructions in this ma nual and on the mac hine.
NOTE: Not all safety labels shown may apply to your chipper shredder vacuum.
This unit is shipped without gasoline or oil
in the engine. Be certain to service engine wi th gasoline
and oil as instructed in the separate engine manual
before operating your machine.
NOTE: Reference to right or left hand side of the
chipper shredder vacuum is observed from the
operating position.
Removing Unit From Carton
Remove staples, break glue on top flaps, or cut
tape at carton end and peel along top flap to open
Remove loose parts if included with unit (i.e.,
operator’s manual, etc.)
Cut along corners, lay carton down fl at, and remove
packing material.
Roll or slide unit out of carton and check carton
thoroughly for loose parts.
Loose Parts In Carton (See Figure 1)
Figure 1
Attaching The Nozzle
Remove three wing nuts from the front of the
chipper shredder vacuum.
Place nozzle in position over the three st uds on unit
and secure with wing nuts just removed.
See Figure 2.
Figure 2
NOTE: The metal tab on the nozzle must depress the
safety switch button attached to the front of chipper
shredder vacuum or the engine will not start.
Attaching The Bag
Place bag under of upper handle asse mbly and slip
the front opening on the bag over the discharge
chute, making certain it is over the rim on the
discharge chute. See Figure 3.
Figure 3
Place the four straps on the top of the bag over
upper handle, hooking them on the studs to se cure
in place. Squeeze the clamp on the drawstr ing and
pull the drawstring tight. Release the clamp.
See Figure 4.
Figure 4
WARNING: Be familiar with all controls
and their proper operation. Know how to
stop the machine and disengage them
Collects shredded or chipped material fed through the
chipper chute or vacuumed up through the nozzle.
See Figure 5.
Chipper Chute
Allow twigs and small branches up to 2” in diameter to
be fed into the impeller for chipping. See Figure 5.
Caster Locks
The caster locks are located on top of each front caster
wheel. Refer to the Adjustment Section to position
wheel locks. See Figure 5.
Nozzle Door Adjustment Levers
The nozzle adjustment levers are located on each side
of the nozzle door. They are used to adjust the nozzle
door for ground clearance that will provide the best
performance for the operating conditions. See Figure 5.
Yard waste such as leaves and pine ne edles can be
vacuumed up through the nozzle for shredding.
See Figure 5.
Drive Clutch Control
The drive clutch control is located on the upper handle
assembly. Squeezing the drive clutch control against
the upper handle engages the rear wheels. Release the
drive clutch control to slow down or stop the whe el
drive. See Figure 5.
Throttle Control Lever (Not Shown)
The throttle control lever is located on the engine. It
controls the engine’s speed and stops the engine. See
separate engine manual packed with unit for details.
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