Yard-Man 24A-060F401 User Manual

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Yard Vacuum
Chipper/Shredder/
Vacuum/Hose
Model Number
24A-060F401
PRINTED IN U.S.A.
OPERATOR’S MANUAL
FORM NO.
(8/01)
IMPORTANT: READ SAFETY RULES AND INSTR UCTIONS CAREFULLY
MTD PRODUCTS INC. P.O. BOX 368022 CLEVELAND, OHIO 44136-9722
Warning: This unit is equipped with an internal combustion engine and should 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 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 368022 Cleveland, Ohio 44136-9722.
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
Content Page
Important Safe Operation Practices...................................................................3
Assembling Your Yard Vacuum .........................................................................5
Know Your Yard Vacuum...................................................................................7
Operating Your Yard Vacuum............................................................................8
Maintaining Your Yard Vacuum .........................................................................10
Troubleshooting.................................................................................................13
Parts List............................................................................................................14
FINDING MODEL NUMBER
This Operator’s Manual is an important part of your new Yard Vacuum. It will help you assemble, prepare
and maintain the unit for best performance. Please read and understand what it says.
Before you start assembling your new equipment, please locate the model plate on the
equipment and copy the information from it in the space provided below. The information on
the model plate is very important if you need help from our Customer Support Department or
an authorized dealer.
You can locate the model number by looking down at the rear of the Yard Vacuum. A sample model
plate is explained below. For future reference, please copy the model number and the serial number
of the equipment in the space below.
ENGINE INFORMATION
The engine manufacturer is responsible for all engine-related issues with regards to performance, power-
rating, specifications, warranty and service. Please refer to the engine manufacturer’s Owner’s/Operator’s
Manual packed separately with your unit for more information.
CALLING CUSTOMER SUPPORT
If you have difficulty assembling this product or have any questions regarding the controls, operation or
maintenance of this unit, please call the Customer Support Department.
Call 1- (330) 220-4MTD (4683) or 1- (800)-800-7310 to reach a Customer Support
representative. Please have your unit’s model number and serial number ready when you
call. See previous section to locate this information. You will be asked to enter the serial
number in order to process your call.
Copy the model number here:
Copy the serial number here:
(Model Number)
(Serial Number)
MTD PRODUCTS INC
CLEVELAND, OHIO 44136
For more details about your unit, visit our website at www.yardman.com
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SECTION 1: IMPORTANT SAFE OPERATION PRACTICES
WARNING: This symbol points out important safety instructions which, if not followed, could
endanger the personal safety and/or property of yourself and others. Read and follow all instructions in
this manual before attempting to operate this machine. Failure to comply with these instructions may
result in personal injury. When you see this symbol - heed its warning.
WARNING: Engine Exhaust, some of its constituents, and certain vehicle
components contain or emit chemicals known to State of California to cause cancer
and birth defects or other reproductiv e harm.
DANGER
: This machine was built to be operated according to the rules for safe operation in this
manual. As with any type of power equipment, carelessness or error on the part of the operator can
result in serious injury. This machine is capable of amputating hands and feet and throwing objects.
Failure to observe the following safety instructions could result in serious injury or death.
TRAINING
1. Read, understand, and follow all instructions on the
machine and in the manual(s) before attempting to
assemble and operate. Keep this manual in a safe
place for future and regular reference and for
ordering replacement parts.
2. Be familiar with all controls and their proper
operation. Know how to stop the machine and
disengage them quickly.
3. Never allow children under 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 machine without
proper instruction.
5. Keep bystanders, helpers, pets, and children 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 discharge opening.
Contact with the rotating impeller can amputate
fingers, hands, and feet.
8. Never attempt to unclog either the 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.
PREPARA TION
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
machine.
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 and 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 container.
b. Extinguish all cigarettes, cigars, pipes, and
other source s of i gnitio n.
c. Never fuel machine indoors.
d. Never remove gas cap or add fuel while the
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
engine.
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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.
OPERATION
1. Do not put hands and feet near rotating parts or in
the feeding chambers and discharge opening.
Contact with the rotating impeller can amputate
fingers, hands, and feet.
2. Before starting the machine, make sure the chipper
chute, feed intake, and cutting chamber are empty
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 s trik es a fo reig n obj ect or if yo ur
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.
5. 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.
6. Do not attempt to shred or chip material larger than
specified on the machine or in this manual.
Personal injury or machine damage could result.
7. Never attempt to unclog either the 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.
8. Never operate without vacuum bag and discharge
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.
9. Never operate without either the inlet nozzle or
optional hose attachment properly attached to the
machine. Never attempt to attach or change either
attachment while the engine is running.
10. Keep all guards, deflectors and safety devices in
place and operating properly.
11. Keep your face and body back and to the side of
the chipper chute while feeding material into the
machine to avoi d acci dent al kick back i njur ies.
12. Never operate this machine without good visibility
or light. Always be sure of your footing and keep a
firm hold on the handles.
13. Do not operate this machine on a gravel surface.
14. Do not operate this machine while under the
influence of alcohol or drugs.
15. Muffler and engine become hot and can cause a
burn. Do not touch.
16. Never pick up or carry machine while the engine is
running.
MAINTENANCE AND STORAGE
1. Never tamper with safety devices. Check t heir
proper operation regularly.
2. Check bolts and screws for proper tightness at
frequent intervals to keep the machine in safe
working condition. Also, visually inspect machine
for any damage and repair, if needed.
3. Before cleaning, repairing, or inspecting, stop 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
necessary.
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 operators manual for proper
instructions on off-season storage.
9. If the fuel tank has to be drained, do this outdoors.
10. Observe proper disposal laws and regulations for
gas, oil, etc. to protect the environment.
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WARNING - YOUR RESPONSIBILITY: Restrict the use of th is power mac hine to p ersons wh o read,
understand and fo llow th e warnings and ins tructions in this manual a nd on the mach ine.
NOTE: Not all safety labels may apply to your Yard Vacuum.
SECTION 2: ASSEMBLING YOUR YARD VACUUM
IMPORT ANT :
This unit is shipped without gasoline or oil
in the engine. Be certain to service engine with gasoline
and oil as instructed in the separate engine manual
before operating your machine.
NOTE: Reference to ri ght or left h and side of the Ya rd
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
carton.
Remove loose parts if included with unit (i.e.,
operators manual, etc.)
Cut along corners, lay carton down flat, 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)
Handle Assembly
Bag
Blower Chute (If Equipped)
Hose Assembly
Disconnecting Spark Pl ug Wire
Before setting up your Yard Vacuum, disconnect the
spark plug wire from the spark plug and ground to a
stud on the engine.
Figure 1
Blower Chute
Hose
Assembly
Bag
Upper
Handle
Lower
Handle
Wing
Nuts
Rope
Guide
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Attaching The Handle
Unfold the upper handle until it aligns with the lower
handle.
Secure the two handles by tightening the wing nuts
(carriage bolts must be seated properly into the
handle). See Figure 1
Remove the hairpin clips from the handle brackets
on the Yard Vacuum and remove the carriage bolts
and wing nuts from the lower handle. See Figure 2.
Place the bot tom holes i n lower handl e over pins on
handle brackets and secure with hairpin clips.
Insert carriage bolts through upper hole in lower
handle from the outside and secure with wing nuts.
Figure 2
Loosen the wing nut that secures the rope guide to
the right side of upper handle.
Pull the starter rope out of the engine slowly and
slip the starter rope into the rope guide. Tighten the
wing nut.
Attaching The Hose Assembly
Slide hose adapter of hose assembly into the base
adapter located on the left front of the Yard
Vacuum. See Figure 3.
Pull spring loaded pin out on the base and align pin
with the first hole in the hose adapter.
Release the pin to lock the hose in place.
Connect the hose handle near nozzle end of hose
to the side bracket on the upper handle. Refer to
Figure 6.
Snap hose handle to the lower handle bracket to
secure in place and lay hose tubing on side bracket
hanger next to chipper chute. Refer to Figure 6.
Figure 3
Attaching The Bag
Grasp bag handle with one hand and slide locking
rod on mounting bracket with other hand toward
engine. Use the end of mounting bracket as
leverage when sliding the locking rod. See Figure 4.
Slip bag over the rim of the discharge opening and
release locking rod to secure bag in place.
Place the straps on the bag over the lower handle,
hooking them on the studs.
Snap bag clip to the top of the lower handle.
NOTE: The safety switch button attached to the
mounting bracket mu st be fully dep ressed by the fr ont
tab on the bag handle when securing the bag or the
engine will not start.
Figure 4
Wing Nuts
Carriage Bolt
Hairpin Clip
Spring
Loaded Pin
Hose
Adapter
Straps
Bag Handle
Stud
Locking
Front Tab
Stud
Rod
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Attaching The Blower Chute (If Equipped)
Grasp blower chute with one hand and slide locking
rod on mounting bracket with other hand toward
engine. Use end of mounting bracket as leverage
when sliding the locking rod. See Figure 5.
Slip blower chute over rim of the discharge opening
and release locking rod to secure chute in place.
Make sure the safety switch button is fully
depressed by the front tab on the blower chute.
Raise the nozzle height to the highest setting when
using the blower chute. Refer to nozzle height
adjustment in the OPERATION section.
Figure 5
SECTION 3: KNOW YOUR YARD VACUUM
Figure 6
Read this operators manual and safety rules before
operating your Yard Vacuum. Compare the illustrations
in Figure 6 with your unit to familiarize yourself with the
location of various controls and adjustments.
WARNING: The operation of any Yard
Vacuum can result in foreign objects
being thrown into the eyes, which can
result in severe e ye d amage. Al ways wear
safety glasses, provided with the Yard
Vacuum, for operating this equipment or
while performing any adjustments or
repairs on it.
Starter Handle
The starter handle is attached to the right upper handle.
Stand behind unit and pull the starter handle to start
engine.
Bag
Collects shredded material fed through the chipper
chute or vacuumed through the nozzle or hose.
Bag Handle
Used to grasp bag in order to assist in attaching,
removing, and emptying bag.
Front
Tab
Locking
Rod
Locking
Rod
Blower
Chute
Front
Tab
Blower Chute
Nozzle/Hose
Vac Handle
Starter Handle
Bag Handle
Bag
Chipper Chute
Nozzle Height
Adjustment Lever
Nozzle
Hose Handle
Hose Assembly
Side Bracket
Handle Bracket
Side Hang er
Bracket
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Chipper Chute
Allow twigs and small branches up to 1 1/2 in diameter
to be fed into the impeller for chipping.
Blower Chute (If Equipped)
When attached to unit the blower chute is used to blow
or scatter yard waste such as leaves, pine needles, or
small twigs across yard.
Nozzle Height Adjustment Lever
Used to adjust the nozzle ground clearance ranging
approximately 5/8 to 4 1/8.
Nozzle
Yard waste such as leaves or pine needles can be
vacuumed up through the nozzle for shredding.
Hose Assembly
Used as an alternative to the nozzle to vacuum yard
waste such as leaves or pine needles in hard to reach
places.
Hose Handle
Used to guide hose assembly when vacuuming.
Nozzle/Hose Vac Handle
The nozzle/hose vac handle is located on top of the
nozzle and it is used to regulate the vacuum between
the nozzle and the hose assembly.
Throttle Control Lever (Not Shown)
The throttle control lever is located on the engine. It
controls the engines speed and stops the engine. See
separate engine manual packed with unit for details.
Engine Controls
See the separate engine manual for the location and
function of the controls on the engine.
Stopping Engine
Move throttle control lever to STOP or OFF
position.
Disconnect spark plug wire from spark plug and
ground against the engine.
SECTION 4: OPERATING YOUR YARD VACUUM
WARNING: The operation of the Yard
Vacuum can result in foreign objects
being thrown into the eyes, which can
damage your eyes se verely. Always wear
the safety glasses provided with this unit
or eye s hield s bef ore ch ippi ng or b lowi ng
and while performing any adjustments or
repairs.
Gas And Oil Fill-Up
Service the engine with gasoline and oil as instructed in
the separate engine manual packed with your Yard
Vacuum. Read instructions carefully.
WARNING: Never fill fuel tank indoors with
engine running or until the engine has
been allowed to cool for at least two
minutes after running.
Starting Engine
Attach spark plug wire to spark plug. Make certain
the metal cap on the end of the spark plug is
fastened securely over the metal tip on the spark
plug.
Make sure safety swi tch wire is conne cted to
engine and properly grounded.
Engines with choke lever:
Move choke lever on engine to CHOKE position. (A
warm engine may not require choking).
Engines with primer:
Prime engine as instructed in separate engine
manual.
The throttle control is located on the engine. Move
engine throttle control lever to FAST or ON position.
Stand behind unit, grasp starter handle and pull
rope out slowly until engine reaches start of
compression cycle (rope will pull slightly harder at
this point).
Pull rope with a rapid, continuous, full arm stroke.
Keep a firm grip on starter handle. Let rope rewind
slowly.
Repeat previous steps until engine fires. When
engine starts, move choke control (if equipped)
gradually to RUN position.
WARNING: Never run the engine indoors
or in a poorly ventilated area. Engine
exhaust contains carbon monoxide, an
odorless and deadly gas.
To Empty Bag
Unhook bag straps from the lower handle and
unsnap bag clip from the top of lower handle.
See Figure 7.
Grasp bag handle with one hand and pull lock rod
on mounting bracket with other hand toward engine
to release.
Remove bag from rim of the discharge opening.
Refer to Figure 4.
Twist the two buttons on the back of the bag to
unlock and empty contents. See Figure 7.
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Hold bag handle and bag clip while emptying the
contents.
Compress bag opening and fold inner flap over
opening.
Fold outer flap over inner flap and insert buttons on
the bag through metal outlets.
Twist the buttons to lock bag.
Figure 7
To Remove Blower Chute
Grasp blower chute with one hand and pull lock rod
on mounting bracket with other hand toward engine
to release. Refer to Figure 5.
Remove blower chute from rim of the discharge
opening.
Using the Nozzle Vacu um
Place nozzle/hose vac handle in the top position on
the nozzle to vacuum through nozzle. See Figure 8.
The spring loa ded pin must be in the first h ole of the
hose adapter to operate the nozzle vac.
Place both hands on top of upper handle to push
unit over yard waste.
Yard waste such as leaves and pine needles can be
vacuumed up through the nozzle for shredding. After
material has been shredded by the flail blades on the
impeller assembly, it will be discharged into catcher bag
or through blower chute. Do not attempt to shred or chip
any material other than vegetation found in a normal
yard (i.e. branches, leaves, twigs, etc.) Avoid fibrous
plants such as tomato vines until they are thoroughly
dried out. Materials such as stalks or heavy branches
up to 1 1/2 in diameter may be fed into the chipper
chute.
Figure 8
IMPORT ANT :
The flail screen is located inside the
housing in the discharge area. If the flail screen
becomes clogged, remove and clean as instructed in
SECTION 5: MAINTAINING YOUR YARD VACUUM.
For best performance, it is also important to keep the
chipper blade sharp.
WARNING: Do not at any time make any
adjustments without first stopping engine
and disconnecting spark plug wire.
Using the Hose Assembly
Place nozzle /hos e vac h andl e in th e bot tom
position on the nozzle to redirect vacuum to the
hose assembly. See Figure 9.
The spring loaded pin must be in the second hole of
the hose adapter to operate the hose assembly.
Unhook the hose from upper handle bracket and
grasp the hose handle to guide while vacuuming
yard waste such as leaves or pine needles in hard
to reach places.
Figure 9
Buttons
Inner Flap
Outer Flap
Bag Handle
Strap
Bag Clip
Nozzle/Hose
Vac Handle
Spring Loaded Pin
(First Hole)
(Top Position)
Nozzle/Hose
Vac Handle
Spring Loaded Pin
(Second Hole)
(Bottom Position)
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Nozzle Height Adjustment
The nozzle can be adjusted to any six positions,
ranging from 5/8 to 4 1/8 ground clearance. The
nozzle height has to be adjusted according to the
conditions. Move the height adjustment levers forward
or backward to adjust the nozzle upwards or
downwards. See Figure 10.
NOTE: In general, r ai se th e nozzle height to v ac uum a
thick layer of leaves or to operate with the blower chute
and lower the nozzle height for smoother surfaces.
Figure 10
SECTION 5: MAINTAINING YOUR YARD VACUUM
WARNING: Always stop engine and
disconnect spark plug wire before
cleaning, lubricating or doing any kind of
maintenance on your machine.
Lubrication
Wheels: Lubricate each wheel shoulder screw once a
season with light oil. Refer to Figure 6.
Nozzle height adjustment levers: Lubricate the pivot
points of the nozzle height adjustment levers once a
season with light oil. Refer to Figure 6.
Locking Rod: Lubricate the locking rod with light oil to
ease the application of attaching on or removing bag or
blower chute. Refer to Figure 6.
Nozzle/Hose Vac Handle: Lubricate the nozzle/hose
vac handle on top of nozzle once a season with light oil.
Refer to Figure 6.
Engine: Follow the separate engine manual packed
with you unit for lubrication instructions.
Nozzle
Nozzle Height
Adjustment
Lever
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