Yard-Man 24A-061I401 User Manual

Operator’s Manual
Yard Vacuum
Model Number
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 361131 Cleveland, Ohio 44136-0019.
MTD LLC P.O. BOX 361131 CLEVELAND, OHIO 44136-0019
770-10534D.fm (7/03)
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
Parts List............................................................................................................14
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 underst and what it says.
Before you start assembling your new equipment, please locate the model pla te 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 Departme nt or an authorized dealer.
You can locate the model number b y looking down at t he rear of the Yard Vacuum. A sam ple model plate is explained below. For future referenc e, please copy the model number and the ser ial number of the equipment in the space below.
(Model Number)
Copy the model number here:
Copy the serial number here:
(Serial Number)
MTD LLC P. O. BOX CLEVELAND,OH 330-220-4683 800-800-7310
The engine manufacturer is responsible for all engine- related issues with regards to per formance, power­rating, specifications, warranty and service. Please refer to the engine manufacturer’s Owner’s/Operator’s Manual packed separately with your unit for more information.
Please do NOT return the unit to the retailer from which it was purchased, without first contacting Customer Support.
Should you have difficulty assembling this product or have any questions regarding the controls, ope ration or maintenance of this unit, please call the Customer Support Depar tment.
Call 1- (330) 2 20-4MTD (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.
For more details about your unit, visit our website at www.yardman.com
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: 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 reproductive harm.
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.
: This machine was built to be operated according to the rules for safe oper ation in this
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 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 a nd close­fitting 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 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
i. Never store the machine or fuel container
inside where there is an open flame, spar k, 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.
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 re sult.
7. 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.
8. 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.
9. Never operate without either the inlet nozzle or optional hose attachment properly att ached 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 avoid accidental kickback injuries.
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.
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 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 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 manual and on the machine.
NOTE: Not all safety labels may apply to your Yard Vacuum.
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 Yard Vacuum is observed from the operating posit ion.
This unit is shipped without gasoline or oil
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., 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)
Handle Assembly
Blower Chute (If Equipped)
•Hose Assembly
Upper Handle
Rope Guide
Blower Chute
Lower Handle
Hose Assembly
Disconnecting Spark Plug 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
Attaching The Handle
Unfold the upper handle until it a ligns 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 b olts and wing nuts from the lower hand le. See Figure 2.
Place the bottom holes in lower handle 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.
Wing Nuts
Carriage Bolt
Hairpin Clip
Hose Adapter
Spring Loaded Pin
Figure 3
Attaching The Bag
Grasp bag handle with o ne 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 o f the lower ha ndle.
Figure 2
Loosen the wing nut that secure s 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. Tig hten the wing nut.
Attaching The Hose Assembly
Slide hose adapter of hose assembly into the base adapter located on the left front of the Ya rd 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 ho se 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.
NOTE: The safety switch button attached to the mounting bracket must be fully depressed by the front tab on the bag handle when securing the bag or the engine will not start. See Figure 4.
Bag Handle
Front Tab
Locking Rod
Safety Switch
Bag Clip
Figure 4
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