Yard-Man 454 User Manual

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Operator’s Manual

Rear Tine Tiller

Model

454

IMPORTANT: Read safety rules and instructions carefully before operating equipment.

Warning: This unit is equipped with an internal combustion engine and should not be used on or near any unimproved forestcovered, 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.

MTD PRODUCTS INC P.O. BOX 368022 CLEVELAND, OHIO 44136-9722

PRINTED IN U.S.A.

FORM NO. 770-10085D.fm

 

(3/2001)

TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

Content

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Important Safe Operation Practices...................................................................

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Loose Parts & Hardware Pack...........................................................................

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Assembling Your Tiller .......................................................................................

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Know Your Tiller.................................................................................................

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Operating Your Tiller..........................................................................................

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Making Adjustments ..........................................................................................

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Maintaining Your Tiller .......................................................................................

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Service...............................................................................................................

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

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Parts List............................................................................................................

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FINDING MODEL NUMBER

This Operator’s Manual is an important part of your new tiller. 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 standing in the operating position and looking down at the center of the rear tine shield. 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.

(Model Number)

(Serial Number)

Copy the model number here:

 

 

 

 

 

Copy the serial number here:

 

MTD PRODUCTS INC

 

CLEVELAND, OHIO 44136

 

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.

For more details about your unit, visit our website at www.mtdproducts.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 reproductive 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 14 years old to operate this machine. Children 14 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.

PREPARATION

1.Thoroughly inspect the area where the equipment is to be used. Remove all stones, sticks, wire , and other foreign objects which could be tripped over and cause personal injury.

2.Wear sturdy, rough-soled work shoes and closefitting slacks and shirts. Loose fitting clothes or jewelry can be caught in movable parts. Never operate this machine in bare feet or sandals.

3.Disengage clutch levers and shift (if provided) into neutral (N) before starting the engine.

4.Never leave this machine unattended with the engine running.

5.Never attempt to make any adjustments while engine is running, except where specifically recommended in the operator’s manual.

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 sources of ignition.

c.Never fuel machine indoors.

d.Never remove gas cap or add 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.

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 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. Contact with the rotating parts can amputate fingers, hands, and feet.

2.Do not operate machine while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

3.Never operate this machine without good visibility or light. Always be sure of your footing and keep a firm hold on the handles.

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4.Keep bystanders, helpers, pets, and children at least 75 feet from the machine while it is in operation. Stop the machine if anyone enters the area.

5.Be careful when tilling in hard ground. The tines may catch in the ground and propel the tiller forward. If this occurs, let go of the handlebars and do not restrain the machine.

6.Exercise extreme caution when operating on or crossing gravel surfaces. Stay alert for hidden hazards or traffic. Do not carry passengers.

7.Never operate the machine at high transport speeds on hard or slippery surfaces.

8.Exercise caution to avoid slipping or falling.

9.Look down, behind, and use care when in reverse or pulling machine towards you.

10.Start the engine according to the instructions found in this manual and keep feet well away from the tines at all times.

11.After striking a foreign object, stop the engine, disconnect the spark plug wire and ground against the engine. Thoroughly inspect the machine for any damage. Repair the damage before starting and operating.

12.Disengage all clutch levers and stop engine before you leave the operating position (behind the handles). Wait until the tines come to a complete stop before unclogging the tines, making any adjustments, or inspections.

13.Never run an engine indoors or in a poorly ventilated area. Engine exhaust contains carbon monoxide, an odorless and deadly gas.

14.Muffler and engine become hot and can cause a burn. Do not touch.

15.Use caution when tilling near fences, buildings and underground utilities. Rotating tines can cause property damage or personal injury.

16.Do not overload machine capacity by attempting to till soil to deep at to fast of a rate.

17.If the machine should start making an unusual noise or vibration, stop the engine, disconnect the spark plug wire and ground it against the engine.

Inspect thoroughly for damage. Repair any damage before starting and operating.

18.Keep all shields, guards and safety devices in place and operating properly.

19.Never pick up or carry machine while the engine is running.

20.Use only attachments and accessories approved by the manufacturer. Failure to do so, can result in personal injury.

21.If situations occur which are not covered in this manual, use care and good judgment. Contact your dealer or telephone 1-800-800-7310 for assistance and the name of your nearest servicing dealer.

Maintenance And Storage

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 machine in safe working condition. Also, visually inspect machine for any damage.

3.Before cleaning, repairing, or inspecting, stop the engine and make certain the tines 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 over-speed 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 outdoors.

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 shown may apply to your tillers.

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SECTION 2: LOOSE PARTS

Handle

Assembly

Depth

Control Stake

Rod Assembly

NOTE: Cable tie not shown.

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SECTION 3: ASSEMBLING YOUR TILLER

IMPORTANT:The Engine is shipped WITHOUT GASOLINE or OIL. After assembly, see separate engine manual for proper fuel and engine oil recommendations.

NOTE: Left and right is determined from the operator’s position, standing behind the tiller.

Tools Required For Assembly

Adjustable Wrenches

Pair of Pliers

Screw Driver

Unpacking

Remove staples, break glue on top flaps, or cut tape at carton end and peel along top flap to open carton.

Remove loose parts included with unit (i.e., operator’s manual, bottle of oil,etc.).

Cut corners and lay carton down flat.

Remove packing material.

Roll or slide unit out of carton. Check carton thoroughly for loose parts.

Extend control cable and lay on the floor. Be careful not to bend or kink control cable.

T-Knob

 

Hex Bolt

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

T-Knob

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hex Bolt

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Depth

Washer

 

 

 

Washer

 

Stake

Clevis Pin

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hairpin Clip

 

 

 

 

 

 

Depth Stake

Figure 1

Attaching Depth Stake Assembly

Tip the tiller forward so it rests on front counterweight.

Raise the tine shield hinge flap assembly. Remove "T" knob, flat washer and hex bolt from depth stake. Insert the depth stake assembly in front of spacer (under the tine shield) and up through the tine shield assembly as shown in Figure 1.

Insert clevis pin through the tine shield and the second hole from top of the depth stake. Secure with hairpin clip.

Insert hex bolt into the top hole of the depth stake assembly. Place flat washer on hex bolt and thread “T” knob onto the hex bolt. See Figure 1. Tighten securely.

Tip the tiller back down so it rests on the depth stake (transport position).

Attaching The Handle Assembly

Remove

Handle

Ass’y

Handle

Bracket

Figure 2

Remove top two bolts and flange lock nuts from handle mounting brackets as shown in Figure 2. Do not remove the bottom bolt and nut.

Place handle assembly in position between the handle mounting brackets. See Figure 2.

Line up holes in handle with holes in handle mounting brackets. Secure with hardware removed in step 1.

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