Yard-Man 604 User Manual

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OPERATOR’S MANUAL

AutoDriveLawn Tractor

Model 604

IMPORTANT: READ SAFETY RULES AND INSTRUCTIONS CAREFULLY

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. 770-10079

 

(12/98)

SECTION 1: TABLE OF CONTENTS

PAGE FINDING YOUR MODEL NUMBER . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 CALLING CUSTOMER SUPPORT. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 IMPORTANT SAFE OPERATION PRACTICES. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 SAFETY LABLES FOUND ON YOUR UNIT. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 SLOPE GAUGE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 ATTACHMENTS & ACCESSORIES. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 TRACTOR SET-UP. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 CONTROLS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 OPERATION . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 ADJUSTMENTS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 MAINTENANCE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 LUBRICATION . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 TROUBLESHOOTING GUIDE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 PARTS LIST . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 WARRANY INFORMATION . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Back Cover

SECTION 2: FINDING YOUR MODEL NUMBER

This Operator’s Manual is an important part of your new rider. It will help you assemble, prepare and maintain your rider. Please read and understand what it says.

Before you start to prepare your tractor for its first use, please locate the model plate and copy the information from it in this Operator’s Manual. The information on the model plate is very important if you need help from your dealer or the MTD customer support department.

Every tractor has a model plate. You can locate it by lifting the seat and looking at the seat bracket.

An example of what the model plate will look like is shown below.

This is where your model number will be.

XXX-X-XXX-X-XXX XXXXXXXXXXX

This is where your serial number will be.

Copy the model number here:

MTD PRODUCTS INC

Copy the serial number here:

P.O. BOX 368022

CLEVELAND, OHIO 44136

 

SECTION 3: CALLING CUSTOMER SUPPORT

LOCATE YOUR MODEL NUMBER AND SERIAL NUMBER — Record this information in the space provided. To find your unit’s specific model number and serial number, see SECTION 2: FINDING YOUR MODEL NUMBER.

If you are having difficulty assembling this product or if you have any questions regarding the controls, operation or maintenance of this unit, please call the Customer Support Department.

Customer Support can be reached by dialing: 1- (330) 220-4MTD

(4683)

or

1- (800)-800-7310

Please have your model number and serial number ready when you call.

Although both numbers are important, you will be asked to enter only your serial number before your call can be processed.

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SECTION 4: 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 YOUR LAWN MOWER. FAILURE 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: Your lawn mower 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 lawn mower is capable of amputating hands and feet and throwing objects. Failure to observe the following safety instructions could result in serious injury or death.

1.GENERAL OPERATION

Read, understand, and follow all instructions in the operator’s manual and on the machine before starting. Keep this manual in a safe place for future and regular reference and for ordering replacement parts.

Only allow responsible individuals familiar with the instructions to operate the machine. Know controls and how to stop the machine quickly.

Do not put hands or feet under cutting deck or near rotating parts.

Clear the area of objects such as rocks, toys, wire, etc., which could be picked up and thrown by the blade. A small object may have been overlooked and could be accidentally thrown by the mower in any direction and cause injury to you or a bystander. To help avoid a thrown objects injury, keep children, bystanders and helpers at least 75 feet from the mower while it is in operation. Always wear safety glasses or safety goggles during operation or while performing an adjustment or repair, to protect eyes from foreign objects. Stop the blade(s) when crossing gravel drives, walks or roads.

Be sure the area is clear of other people before mowing. Stop machine if anyone enters the area.

Never carry passengers.

Disengage blade(s) before shifting into reverse and backing up. Always look down and behind before and while backing.

Be aware of the mower and attachment discharge direction and do not point it at anyone. Do not operate the mower without either the entire grass catcher or the chute guard in place.

Slow down before turning. Operate the machine smoothly. Avoid erratic operation and excessive speed.

Never leave a running machine unattended. Always turn off blade(s), place transmission in neutral, set park brake, stop engine and remove key before dismounting.

Turn off blade(s) when not mowing.

Stop engine and wait until blade(s) comes to a complete stop before (a) removing grass catcher or unclogging chute, or (b) making any repairs, adjusting or removing any grass or debris.

Mow only in daylight or good artificial light.

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

Watch for traffic when operating near or crossing roadways.

Use extra care when loading or unloading the machine into a trailer or truck. This unit should not be driven up or down a ramp onto a trailer or truck under power, because the unit could tip over, causing serious personal injury. The unit must be pushed manually on a ramp to load or unload properly.

Never make a cutting height adjustment while engine is running if operator must dismount to do so.

Wear sturdy, rough-soled work shoes and closefitting slacks and shirts. Do not wear loose fitting clothes or jewelry. They can be caught in moving parts. Never operate a unit in bare feet, sandals, or sneakers.

Check overhead clearance carefully before driving under power lines, wires, bridges or low hanging tree branches, before entering or leaving buildings, or in any other situation where the operator may be struck or pulled from the unit, which could result in serious injury.

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Disengage all attachment clutches, thoroughly depress the brake pedal, and shift into neutral before attempting to start engine.

Your mower is designed to cut normal residential grass of a height no more than 10". Do not attempt to mow through unusually tall, dry grass (e.g., pasture) or piles of dry leaves. Debris may build up on the mower deck or contact the engine exhaust presenting a potential fire hazard.

2.SLOPE OPERATION

Slopes are a major factor related to loss of control and tipover accidents 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 it, do not mow it.

For your safety, use the slope gauge included as part of this manual to measure slopes before operating this unit on a sloped or hilly area. If the slope is greater than 15° as shown on the slope gauge, do not operate this unit on that area or serious injury could result.

DO:

Mow up and down slopes, not across.

Remove obstacles such as rocks, limbs, etc.

Watch for holes, ruts or bumps. Uneven terrain could overturn the machine. Tall grass can hide obstacles.

Use slow speed. Always keep machine in gear when going down slopes to take advantage of engine braking action.

Follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for wheel weights or counterweights to improve stability.

Use extra care with grass catchers or other attachments. These can change the stability of the machine.

Keep all movement on the slopes slow and gradual. Do not make sudden changes in speed or direction. Rapid engagement or braking could cause the front of the machine to lift and rapidly flip over backwards which could cause serious injury.

Avoid starting or stopping on a slope. If tires lose traction, disengage the blade(s) and proceed slowly straight down the slope.

DO NOT:

Do not turn on slopes unless necessary; then, turn slowly and gradually downhill, if possible.

Do not mow near drop-offs, ditches or embankments. The mower could suddenly turn over if a wheel is over the edge of a cliff or ditch, or if an edge caves in.

Do not mow on wet grass. Reduced traction could cause sliding.

Do not try to stabilize the machine by putting your foot on the ground.

Do not use grass catcher on steep slopes.

3. 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.

Keep children out of the mowing area and in watchful care of an adult other than the operator.

Be alert and turn machine off if children enter the area.

Before and when backing, look behind and down for small children.

Never carry children, even with the blades off. They may fall off and be seriously injured or interfere with the safe machine operation.

Never allow children under 14 years old to operate the machine. Children 14 years and over should only operate machine under close parental supervision and proper instruction.

Remove key when machine is unattended to prevent unauthorized operation.

Use extra care when approaching blind corners, shrubs, trees or other objects that may obscure your vision of a child or other hazard.

4.SERVICE

Use extreme care in handling gasoline and other fuels. They are extremely flammable and the vapors are explosive.

Use only an approved container.

Never remove fuel cap or add fuel with the engine running. Allow engine to cool at least two minutes before refueling.

Replace fuel cap securely and wipe off any spilled fuel before starting the engine as it may cause a fire or explosion.

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

Never refuel the machine indoors because fuel vapors will accumulate in the area.

Never store the fuel container or machine inside where there is an open flame or spark, such as a gas hot water heater, space heater or furnace.

Never run a machine inside a closed area.

To reduce fire hazard, keep the machine free of grass, leaves or other debris build-up. Clean up oil or fuel spillage. Allow machine to cool at least 5 minutes before storing.

Before cleaning, repairing or inspecting, make certain the blade and all moving parts have stopped. Disconnect the spark plug wire, and keep the wire away from the spark plug to prevent accidental starting.

Check the blade and engine mounting bolts at frequent intervals for proper tightness. Also, visually inspect blade for damage (e.g., excessive wear, bent, cracked). Replace with blade which meets original equipment specifications.

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Keep all nuts, bolts and screws tight to be sure the equipment is in safe working condition.

Never tamper with safety devices. Check their proper operation regularly. Use all guards as instructed in this manual.

After striking a foreign object, stop the engine, remove the wire from the spark plug and thoroughly inspect the mower for any damage. Repair the damage before restarting and operating the mower.

Grass catcher components are subject to wear, damage and deterioration, which could expose moving parts or allow objects to be thrown. For your safety protection, frequently check components and replace with manufacturer’s recommended parts when necessary.

Mower blades are sharp and can cut. Wrap the blade(s) or wear gloves and use extra caution when servicing blade(s).

Check brake operation frequently. Adjust and service as required.

Muffler, engine and belt guards become hot during operation and can cause a burn. Allow to cool down before touching.

Do not change the engine governor settings or overspeed the engine. Excessive engine speeds are dangerous.

Observe proper disposal laws and regulations. Improper disposal of fluids and materials can harm the environment and the ecology.

Prior to disposal, determine the proper method to dispose of waste from your local Environmental Protection Agency. Recycling centers are established to properly dispose of materials in an environmentally safe fashion.

Use proper containers when draining fluids. Do not use food or beverage containers that may mislead someone into drinking from them. Properly dispose of the containers immediately following the draining of fluids.

DO NOT pour oil or other fluids into the ground, down a drain or into a stream, pond, lake or other body of water. Observe Environmental Protection Agency regulations when disposing of oil, fuel, coolant, brake fluid, filters, batteries, tires and other harmful waste.

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.

WARNING

TO AVOID SERIOUS INJURY OR DEATH

• GO UP AND DOWN SLOPES, NOT ACROSS. AVOID SUDDEN TURNS.

• DO NOT OPERATE THE UNIT WHERE IT COULD SLIP OR TIP.

• IF MACHINE STOPS GOING UPHILL, STOP BLADE(S) AND BACK DOWNHILL SLOWLY.

• DO NOT MOW WHEN CHILDREN OR OTHERS ARE AROUND.

• NEVER CARRY CHILDREN.

• LOOK DOWN & BEHIND BEFORE AND WHILE BACKING.

• KEEP SAFETY DEVICES (GUARDS, SHIELDS, AND SWITCHES, ETC.) IN PLACE AND WORKING.

• REMOVE OBJECTS THAT COULD BE THROWN BY THE BLADE(S).

• KNOW LOCATION AND FUNCTION OF ALL CONTROLS.

• BE SURE BLADE(S) AND ENGINE ARE STOPPED BEFORE PLACING HANDS OR FEET NEAR BLADE(S).

• BEFORE LEAVING OPERATOR'S POSITION, DISENGAGE BLADE(S), PLACE THE SHIFT LEVER IN NEUTRAL, ENGAGE PARKING BRAKE, SHUT OFF AND REMOVE KEY.

READ OPERATOR'S MANUAL

Figure 1 Safety Labels found on your unit

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Slope Gauge

USE THIS PAGE AS A GUIDE TO DETERMINE SLOPES WHERE YOU MAY NOT OPERATE SAFELY.

SIGHT AND HOLD THIS LEVEL WITH A VERTICAL TREE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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15 °

WARNING

Do not mow on inclines with a slope in excess of 15 degrees (a rise of approximately 2-1/2 feet every 10 feet). A riding mower could overturn and cause serious injury. If operating a walk-behind mower on such a slope, it is extremely difficult to maintain your footing and you could slip, resulting in serious injury.

Operate RIDING mowers up and down slopes, never across the face of slopes.

SECTION 5: ATTACHMENTS & ACCESSORIES

MODEL NUMBER

DESCRIPTION

OEM-190-601

FastAttachTwin Bagger Grass Collector (For 42-inch Decks Only)

OEM-190-602

FastAttachTwin Bagger Grass Collector (For 46-inch Decks Only, includes a set of blades)

OEM-190-112

Mulch Kit (For 42-inch Decks Only)

OEM-190-118

Mulch Kit (For 46-inch Decks Only, includes a set of blades)

OEM-190-603

FastAttachFront Bumper Kit

OEM-190-604

TracPacStorage Container (mounts on rear of tractor)

OEM-190-822

FastAttach46-inch Front Dozer Blade

OEM-190-823

42-inch Two-stage Snowthrower

SECTION 6: TRACTOR SET-UP

ATTACHING THE BATTERY CABLES

NOTE: The positive battery terminal is marked Pos. (+). The negative battery terminal is marked Neg. (–).

The positive cable (heavy red wire) is secured to the positive battery terminal (+) with a hex bolt and hex nut at the factory. Make certain that the rubber boot covers the terminal to help protect it from corrosion.

Remove the hex bolt and wing nut from the negative cable. Attach the negative cable (heavy black wire) to the negative battery terminal (–) with the bolt and wing nut.

Place the hold-down strap in position over the battery to secure it in place. See Figure 2.

Positive

Rubber

Terminal

Boot

Battery

Wing

 

Nut

Tray

 

Negative

 

Hold-down Strap

 

 

 

Terminal Bolt

Figure 2

NOTE: If battery is put into service after date shown on top of battery, charge for minimum of one hour at 6-10 amps. Refer to the MAINTENANCE section of this manual for more detailed instructions regarding proper battery charging procedure.

GAS AND OIL FILL-UP

Service the engine with gasoline and oil as instructed in the separate engine manual packed with your tractor. Read instructions carefully.

IMPORTANT: Your tractor is shipped with oil; however, you MUST check the oil level before operating. Be careful not to overfill. Overfilling with oil may cause the engine to smoke. This will result in poor engine performance and could cause permanent engine damage.

The gasoline tank is located under the hood and has a capacity of approximately two gallons. Do not overfill.

WARNING: Gasoline produces noxious fumes. Never fill fuel tank indoors. Always fill the fuel tank in a well ventilated area to avoid inhalation of gasoline fumes.

WARNING: Never smoke while fueling your tractor or fill the fuel tank while engine is running or while engine is hot.

WARNING: Do not fill closer than 1/2 inch from the top of the fuel tank to prevent spills and to allow for fuel expansion. If gasoline is accidently spilled, move tractor away from area of spill. Avoid creating any source of ignition until gasoline vapors have disappeared.

INSTALLING THE MULCH KIT

On units equipped with a 46-inch deck, follow the instructions included with the mulch kit which is packaged separately within the crate.

On units equipped with a 42-inch deck, the mulch kit is installed at the factory. To remove it, unfasten the wing knob found on the top of the cutting deck and carefully pull the mulch plug out from the discharge area of the deck.

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SECTION 7: CONTROLS

D

B

 

 

I

C

M

F

A

+

1/10

P

P

H

G

J

E

K

L

 

 

 

NOTE: Steering Wheel not shown for clarity.

 

 

Figure 3

 

A

Ignition Switch

H

Brake Pedal

B

Throttle Control Lever

I

Parking Brake Button

C

Choke Control (if so equipped)

J

Shift Lever

D

Indicator Monitor/Hour Meter

K

Seat Adjustment Lever

E

Lift Lever

L

Cup Holder

F

PTO (Power Take-Off) Lever

M

Cruise Control Button

G

AutoDrivePedal

 

 

NOTE: Any reference in this manual to the RIGHT or LEFT side of the tractor is observed from operator’s position.

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IGNITION SWITCH

To start the engine, insert key into the ignition switch and turn clockwise to the START position. Release key to the ON position once engine has fired. See Figure 4. Refer to STARTING THE ENGINE in the OPERATION section of this manual for detailed starting instructions. The ignition switch is also used to operate the headlights. Refer to OPERATING THE HEADLIGHTS in the OPERATION section of this manual for detailed instructions

WARNING: Remove the key from the tractor when the tractor is not in use to prevent accidental starting.

Off

On/Lights

On

Start

Figure 4

THROTTLE CONTROL LEVER

The throttle lever is located on the right side of the tractor’s dash panel. This lever controls the speed of the engine, and on some units the choke control also. When set in a given position, the throttle will maintain a uniform engine speed. See Figure 5.

Throttle

 

Throttle

 

Symbol

 

 

 

 

Symbol

 

 

 

Choke

 

Fast

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Position

 

 

 

Position

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fast

 

 

 

 

 

 

Position

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Slow

 

Slow

Position

 

Position

 

Figure 5

IMPORTANT: When using PTO operated equipment such as the cutting deck or other attachments, always operate the tractor with the throttle lever in the FAST (rabbit) position.

CHOKE CONTROL

On some units, moving the throttle lever all the way forward activates the engine’s choke control. On all other units, the choke control can be found on the left side of the dash panel and is activated by

pulling the knob outward. Activating the choke control closes the choke plate on the carburetor and aids in starting the engine. Refer to STARTING THE ENGINE in the OPERATION section of this manual for detailed starting instructions.

INDICATOR MONITOR / HOUR METER

Your tractor is equipped with four indicator lights and an hour meter located on the left side of the dash panel. See Figure 6.

Battery

Oil

 

+

Hour

 

Meter

 

 

1/10

 

P

PTO

Brake

Figure 6

If a light illuminates when attempting to start the unit, proceed as follows:

BRAKE — Depress the brake pedal.

PTO —

Move PTO lever into the disengaged

 

(OFF) position.

OIL—

Check the crankcase oil level, and add

 

oil as required.

The BATTERY indicator light will illuminate any time the ignition key is the On position and the engine is not running. If it illuminate’s while the engine is running, it indicates that the battery is in need of a charge. Refer to the MAINTENANCE section of this manual for the proper battery charging procedure.

The hour meter operates whenever the ignition key is in the On or On/Lights position and records the actual hours of tractor operation.

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LIFT LEVER

BRAKE PEDAL

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BRAKE

The lift lever is used to change the operating position (height) of the cutting deck. To operate, move the lever to the left, then place in the notch best suited for your application.

PTO (POWER TAKE-OFF) LEVER

The PTO lever is located on the left side of the dashboard next to the steering wheel. Move the PTO lever forward to engage the power to the cutting deck or other attachments; move the PTO lever backward (toward the rear of the tractor) to disengage the power to the attachments.

NOTE: The PTO lever must be in the disengaged (OFF) position when starting the engine, when shifting into reverse and if the operator leaves the seat.

AUTODRIVEPEDAL

The AutoDrivepedal is located below the brake pedal on the right front side of the tractor along the running board. Depress the AutoDrivepedal with your right foot when the tractor shift lever is in either forward or reverse to cause the tractor to move. Ground speed is also controlled with the AutoDrivepedal. The further down the pedal is depressed, the faster the tractor will travel. The pedal will return to its original position when it’s not depressed.

IMPORTANT: Always set the parking brake when leaving the tractor unattended.

The brake pedal is located on the right front side of the tractor above the AutoDrivepedal along the running board. The brake pedal can be used for sudden stops or setting the parking brake.

NOTE: The brake pedal must be fully depressed to activate the safety interlock switch when starting the tractor.

PARKING BRAKE BUTTON

To set the parking brake, fully depress

P

the brake pedal and push the parking

brake button in. Hold the button in

 

while taking your foot off the brake

 

pedal. Both the parking button and

 

the brake pedal will then stay

 

depressed. To release the parking

 

brake, depress the brake pedal

 

slightly. The parking brake button will

 

then return to its original position.

 

NOTE: The parking brake must be set if the operator leaves the seat with the engine running or the engine will automatically shut off.

IMPORTANT: Always set the parking brake when leaving the tractor unattended.

SHIFT LEVER

 

F

The shift lever is located

on the left side of the

 

fender

and

has

three

 

positions,

FORWARD,

 

NEUTRAL and REVERSE.

 

The brake pedal must be

 

depressed and the tractor

N

must not be in motion

when

the

moving

shift

 

lever.

 

 

 

 

IMPORTANT: Never

Shift

force the shift lever. Doing

Knob

so may result in serious

R

damage to

the tractor’s

transmission.

 

 

 

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CRUISE CONTROL BUTTON

The cruise control button is located on

the tractor dash panel to the left of the ignition switch. Push the cruise control

button while traveling forward at a desired speed. While holding the

button in, release pressure from the AutoDrivepedal. This will engage the cruise control and allow the tractor to remain at that speed without applying pressure to the AutoDrivepedal. Depress the brake pedal or the AutoDrivepedal to deactivate cruise

control. Refer to the OPERATION section of this manual for detailed instructions regarding the cruise control feature.

SEAT ADJUSTMENT LEVER

To adjust the seat forward or backward, slide the seat adjustment lever to the left and reposition the seat to the desired position. Once a comfortable position is found, release the seat adjustment lever to lock the seat in place. Refer to the ADJUSTMENTS section of this manual for more detailed instructions.

CUP HOLDER

The tractor’s cup holder is located on the fender to the left of the seat, just to the rear of the shift lever.

WARNING: Never operate the tractor under the influence of alcoholic beverages or drugs of any kind. Doing so can result in serious personal injury or death.

SECTION 8: OPERATION

SAFETY INTERLOCK SWITCHES

This tractor is equipped with a safety interlock system for the protection of the operator. If the interlock system should ever malfunction, do not operate the tractor. Contact an authorized MTD Service Dealer in your area. The safety interlock system prevents the engine from cranking or starting unless the brake pedal is fully depressed, and the PTO lever is in the disengaged (OFF) position.

The safety interlock system will automatically shut off the engine if the operator leaves the seat before engaging the brake lock.

The safety interlock system will automatically shut off the engine if the operator leaves the seat with the PTO lever in the engaged (ON) position, regardless of whether the brake lock is engaged. The PTO lever must be in the disengaged (OFF) position to restart the engine.

The safety interlock system will automatically shut off the engine if the PTO lever is moved into the engaged (ON) position with the shift lever in the REVERSE position.

WARNING: Do NOT attempt to bypass or disconnect the tractor’s safety interlock. Doing so could result in serious personal injury or death.

IMPORTANT: Tampering with or attempting to bypass the tractors Safety Interlock Switches in any way WILL void your warranty.

WARNING

AVOID SERIOUS INJURY OR DEATH

GO UP AND DOWN SLOPES, NOT ACROSS.

AVOID SUDDEN TURNS.

DO NOT OPERATE THE UNIT WHERE IT COULD SLIP OR TIP.

IF MACHINE STOPS GOING UPHILL, STOP BLADE(S) AND BACK DOWNHILL SLOWLY.

DO NOT MOW WHEN CHILDREN OR OTHERS ARE AROUND.

NEVER CARRY CHILDREN.

LOOK DOWN AND BEHIND BEFORE AND WHILE BACKING.

KEEP SAFETY DEVICES (GUARDS, SHIELDS, AND SWITCHES) IN PLACE AND WORKING.

REMOVE OBJECTS THAT COULD BE THROWN BY THE BLADE(S).

KNOW LOCATION AND FUNCTION OF ALL CONTROLS.

BE SURE BLADE(S) AND ENGINE ARE STOPPED BEFORE PLACING HANDS OR FEET NEAR BLADE(S).

BEFORE LEAVING OPERATOR’S POSITION, DISENGAGE

BLADE(S), PLACE THE SHIFT LEVER IN NEUTRAL, ENGAGE BRAKE LOCK, SHUT ENGINE OFF AND REMOVE KEY.

READ OPERATOR’S MANUAL

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SETTING THE CUTTING HEIGHT

Select the height position of the cutting deck by placing the deck lift lever in any of the six different cutting height notches on the right side of the fender. Then adjust the deck wheels so that they are at least 1/4 inch to 1/2 inch above the ground when the tractor is on a smooth, flat surface such as a driveway.

WARNING: Keep hands and feet away from the discharge chute opening of the cutting deck.

NOTE: The deck wheels are an anti-scalp feature of the deck and are not designed to support the weight of the cutting deck.

Refer to the ADJUSTMENTS section of this manual for more detailed instructions regarding various deck adjustments.

STARTING THE ENGINE

NOTE: Refer to the TRACTOR SET-UP section of this manual for Gasoline and Oil fill-up instructions.

Insert the tractor key into the ignition switch.

Place the PTO lever in the disengaged (OFF) position.

Depress the brake pedal and set the parking brake.

Place the shift lever in the NEUTRAL position.

Move the throttle control lever into the FAST (or CHOKE, if so equipped) position.

Pull out the choke control knob, if so equipped (a warm engine may not require choking).

Turn the ignition key clockwise to the START position. After the engine starts, release the key. It will return to the ON position.

IMPORTANT: Do NOT hold the key in the START position for longer than ten seconds at a time. Doing so may cause damage to your engine’s starter.

NOTE: If starting problems are encountered, refer to the TROUBLESHOOTING section of this manual.

After the engine starts, slowly release the brake pedal. As the engine warms up, gradually push the choke control knob inward (or move the throttle control lever out of the CHOKE position into the FAST position) to open up the choke plate on the engine’s carburetor.

NOTE: Do NOT leave the choke control out while operating the tractor. Doing so will result in a "rich" fuel mixture and cause the engine to run poorly.

STOPPING THE ENGINE

Place the PTO lever in the disengaged (OFF) position

Move the throttle control into the SLOW (turtle) position and allow the engine to "idle down" for ten seconds. Failure to do so may result in an engine afterfire.

Turn the ignition key counterclockwise to the OFF position.

Remove the key from the ignition switch to prevent accidental starting.

IMPORTANT: If you think you’ve struck a foreign object, stop the engine immediately. Remove the wire(s) from the spark plug(s), thoroughly inspect the unit for any damage, and repair the damage before restarting and operating the tractor.

DRIVING THE TRACTOR

WARNING: Avoid sudden starts, excessive speed and sudden stops.

WARNING: Do not leave the seat of the tractor without first placing the PTO lever in the disengaged (OFF) position, depressing the brake pedal and engaging the parking brake. If leaving the tractor unattended, also turn the ignition key off and remove the key.

Depress the brake pedal to release the parking brake and let the pedal up. Move the throttle lever into the FAST (rabbit) position.

IMPORTANT: Do NOT use the shift lever to change the direction of travel when the tractor is in motion. Always use the brake pedal to bring the tractor to a complete stop before shifting.

To move forward, place the shift lever in the FORWARD position, then slowly depress the AutoDrivepedal until the desired speed is achieved.

To move in reverse, place the shift lever in the REVERSE position, check that the area behind is clear then slowly depress the AutoDrivepedal.

SETTING THE CRUISE CONTROL

NOTE: The cruise control feature should only be utilized in the forward direction.

Place the shift lever in the FORWARD position, then slowly depress the AutoDrivepedal until the desired speed is achieved.

Lightly depress the cruise control button.

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