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Operator’s Manual

YM26C0,

YM26CS,

YM26SS,

YM26BC

4-Cycle Gas Trimmers

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

PART NO. 769-01299A

(2/05)

INTRODUCTION

THANK YOU

Thank you for buying this quality product. This modern outdoor power tool will provide many hours of useful service. You will find it to be a great labor-saving device. This operator’s manual provides you with easy-to- understand operating instructions. Read the whole manual and follow all the instructions to keep your new outdoor power tool in top operating condition.

PRODUCT REFERENCES, ILLUSTRATIONS AND SPECIFICATIONS

All information, illustrations, and specifications in this manual are based on the latest product information available at the time of printing. We reserve the right to make changes at any time without notice.

Copyright© 2005 MTD SOUTHWEST INC, All Rights Reserved.

SERVICE INFORMATION

Service on this unit both within and after the warranty period should be performed only by an authorized and approved service dealer.

For service call 1-800-345-8746 in the United States, or 1-800-668-1238 in Canada to obtain a list of authorized service dealers near you. For more details about your unit, visit our website at www.Yardman.com.

DO NOT RETURN THE UNIT TO THE RETAILER. PROOF OF PURCHASE WILL BE REQUIRED FOR WARRANTY SERVICE.

Before beginning, locate the unit’s model plate. It lists the model and serial numbers of your unit. Refer to the sample plate below and copy the information for future reference.

 

MODEL :

S/N :

ITEM :

Copy the model and parent part number here:

Copy the serial number here:

Make sure you carefully read and understand this manual before starting or operating this equipment.

THIS PRODUCT IS COVERED BY ONE OR MORE U.S. PATENTS. OTHER PATENTS PENDING.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Service Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Rules for Safe Operation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Know Your Unit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7 Assembly Instructions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8 Oil and Fuel Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11 Starting/Stopping Instructions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13 Operating Instructions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14 Maintenance and Repair Instructions . . . . . . . . . . .17 Cleaning and Storage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .28 Troubleshooting Chart . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .29 Specifications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .30 Warranty Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .32 Parts List . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . E32-E39

SPARK ARRESTOR NOTE

NOTE: For users on U.S. Forest Land and in the states of California, Maine, Oregon and Washington.

All U.S. Forest Land and the state of California (Public Resources Codes 4442 and 4443), Oregon and Washington require, by law that certain internal combustion engines operated on forest brush and/or grass-covered areas be equipped with a spark arrestor, maintained in effective working order, or the engine be constructed, equipped and maintained for the prevention of fire. Check with your state or local authorities for regulations pertaining to these requirements. Failure to follow these requirements could subject you to liability or a fine. This unit is factory equipped with a spark arrestor. If it requires replacement, ask your LOCAL SERVICE DEALER to install the Accessory Part

#180890 Spark Arrestor Kit.

CALIFORNIA PROPOSITION 65 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.

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RULES FOR SAFE OPERATION

The purpose of safety symbols is to attract your attention to possible dangers. The safety symbols, and their explanations, deserve your careful attention and understanding. The safety warnings do not by themselves eliminate any danger. The instructions or warnings they give are not substitutes for proper accident prevention measures.

SYMBOL MEANING

SAFETY ALERT: Indicatesdanger, warning or caution. Attention is required in order to avoid serious personal injury. May be used in conjunction with other symbols or pictographs.

NOTE: Advises you of information or instructions vital to the operation or maintenance of the equipment.

Read the Operator’s Manual(s) and follow all warnings and safety instructions.

Failure to do so can result in serious injury to the operator and/or bystanders.

FOR QUESTIONS, CALL 1-800-345-8746 in the United States, or 1-800-668-1238 in Canada

SYMBOL MEANING

DANGER: Failure to obey a safety warning will

result in serious injury to yourself or to others. Always follow the safety precautions to reduce the risk of fire, electric shock and personal injury.

WARNING: Failure to obey a safety warning can

result in injury to yourself and others. Always follow the safety precautions to reduce the risk of fire, electric shock and personal injury.

CAUTION: Failure to obey a safety warning may

result in property damage or personal injury to yourself or to others. Always follow the safety precautions to reduce the risk of fire, electric shock and personal injury.

• IMPORTANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS •

READ ALL INSTRUCTIONS

BEFORE OPERATING

WARNING: When using the unit, you must follow the

safety rules. Please read these instructions before operating the unit in order to ensure the safety of the operator and any bystanders. Please keep these instructions for later use.

Read the instructions carefully. Be familiar with the controls and proper use of the unit.

Do not operate this unit when tired, ill, or under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or medication.

Children and teens under the age of 15 must not use the unit, except for teens guided by an adult.

All guards and safety attachments must be installed properly before operating the unit.

Inspect the unit before use. Replace damaged parts. Check for fuel leaks. Make sure all fasteners are in place and secure. Replace parts that are cracked, chipped, or damaged in any way. Do not operate the unit with loose or damaged parts.

Carefully inspect the area before starting the unit. Remove all debris and hard or sharp objects such as glass, wire, etc.

Be aware of the risk of injury to the head, hands and feet.

Clear the area of children, bystanders, and pets. At a minimum, keep all children, bystanders, and pets outside a 50 feet (15 m.) radius; there still may be a risk to bystanders from thrown objects. Bystanders should be encouraged to wear eye protection. If you are approached, stop the unit immediately.

Use only 0.080 inch, 2.03 mm (for the trimmers), or 0.095 inch, 2.41 mm (for the YM26BC bruschcutter), diameter original equipment manufacturer replacement line. Never use metal-reinforced line, wire or rope. These can break off and become dangerous projectiles.

Squeeze the throttle control and check that it returns automatically to the idle position. Make all adjustments or repairs before using unit.

SAFETY WARNINGS FOR GAS UNITS

WARNING: Gasoline is highly flammable, and its

vapors can explode if ignited. Take the following precautions:

Store fuel only in containers specifically designed and approved for the storage of such materials.

Avoid creating a source of ignition for spilled fuel. Do not start the engine until fuel vapors dissipate.

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RULES FOR SAFE OPERATION

Always stop the engine and allow it to cool before filling the fuel tank. Never remove the fuel tank cap or add fuel when the engine is hot. Never operate the unit without the fuel cap securely in place. Loosen the fuel tank cap slowly to relieve any pressure in the tank.

Add fuel in a clean, well-ventilated outdoor area where there are no sparks or flames. Remove the fuel cap slowly, and only after the engine stops. Do not smoke while fueling. Wipe up any spilled fuel from the unit immediately.

Avoid creating a source of ignition for spilled fuel. Do not start the engine until fuel vapors dissipate.

Move the unit at least 30 feet (9.1 m) from the fueling source and site before starting the engine. Do not smoke. Keep sparks and open flames away from the area while adding fuel or operating the unit.

WHILE OPERATING

Never start or run the unit inside a closed room or building. Breathing exhaust fumes can be fatal. Operate this unit only in a well-ventilated outdoor area.

Wear safety glasses or goggles that meet ANSI Z87.1 standards and are marked as such. Wear ear/hearing protection when operating this unit. Wear a face or dust mask if the operation is dusty.

Wear heavy long pants, boots, gloves and a long sleeve shirt. Do not wear loose clothing, jewelry, short pants, sandals or go barefoot. Secure hair above shoulder level.

The cutting attachment shield must always be in place while operating the unit as a trimmer. Do not operate unit without both trimming lines extended, and the proper line installed. Do not extend the trimming line beyond the length of the shield.

This unit has a clutch. The cutting attachment remains stationary when the engine is idling. If it does not, have the unit adjusted by an authorized service technician.

Adjust the J-handle to your size in order to provide the best grip.

Be sure the cutting attachment is not in contact with anything before starting the unit.

Use the unit only in daylight or good artificial light.

Avoid accidental starting. Be in the starting position whenever pulling the starter rope. The operator and unit must be in a stable position while starting. Refer to Starting/Stopping Instructions.

Use the right tool. Only use this tool for its intended purpose.

Do not overreach. Always keep proper footing and balance.

Always hold the unit with both hands when operating. Keep a firm grip on both handles or grips.

Keep hands, face, and feet at a distance from all moving parts. Do not touch or try to stop the cutting attachment when it rotates.

Do not touch the engine, gear housing or muffler. These parts get extremely hot from operation, even after the unit is turned off.

Do not operate the engine faster than the speed needed to cut, trim or edge. Do not run the engine at high speed when not cutting.

Always stop the engine when cutting is delayed or when walking from one cutting location to another.

If you strike or become entangled with a foreign object, stop the engine immediately and check for damage. Do not operate before repairing damage. Do not operate the unit with loose or damaged parts.

Stop the unit, switch the engine to off, and disconnect the spark plug for maintenance or repair.

Use only original equipment manufacturer replacement parts and accessories for this unit. These are available from your authorized service dealer. Use of any unauthorized parts or accessories could lead to serious injury to the user, or damage to the unit, and void your warranty.

Keep unit clean of vegetation and other materials. They may become lodged between the cutting attachment and shield.

To reduce fire hazard, replace a faulty muffler and spark arrestor. Keep the engine and muffler free from grass, leaves, excessive grease or carbon build up.

YM26BC ONLY: WHILE OPERATING WITH CUTTING BLADE

Read and understand all safety warnings before operating this unit.

Always use the shoulder harness when using the brush blade accessory.

Keep the J-handle between the operator and cutting attachment or blade at all times.

NEVER cut when the cutting blade is 30 inches (76 cm) or more above the ground level.

Blade thrust may occur when the spinning blade contacts an object that it does not immediately cut. Blade thrust can be violent enough to propel the unit and/or operator in any direction, possibly causing a loss of control. Blade thrust can occur without warning if the blade snags, stalls or binds. This is more likely to occur in areas where it is difficult to see the material being cut.

For operation with the brush blade, do not cut anything thicker than 1/2 inch or a violent kickback could occur.

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RULES FOR SAFE OPERATION

Do not attempt to touch or stop the blade when it is rotating.

A coasting blade can cause injury while it continues to spin after the engine is stopped or the throttle trigger is released. Maintain proper control until the blade has completely stopped rotating.

Do not run the unit at high speed when not cutting.

If you strike or become entangled with a foreign object, stop the engine immediately and check for damage. Have any damage repaired before attempting further operations. Do not operate unit with a bent, cracked or dull blade. Discard blades that are bent, warped, cracked or broken.

Do not sharpen the cutting blade. Sharpening the blade can cause the blade tip to break off while in use. This can result in severe personal injury. Replace the blade.

Do not use the cutting blade for edging or as an edger; severe personal injury to yourself or others may incur. Use the cutting blade only for the purpose described in this manual.

Stop the engine IMMEDIATELY if you feel excessive vibration. Vibration is a sign of trouble. Inspect thoroughly for loose nuts, bolts or damage before continuing. Repair or replace affected parts as necessary.

After Use

Clean cutting blades with a household cleaner to remove any gum buildup. Oil the blade with machine oil to prevent rust.

Lock up and store the cutting blade in an appropriate area to protect the blade from unauthorized use or damage.

OTHER SAFETY WARNINGS

Never store a fueled unit inside a building where fumes may reach an open flame or spark.

Allow the engine to cool before storing or transporting. Be sure to secure the unit while transporting.

Store the unit in a dry area, locked up or up high to prevent unauthorized use or damage, out of the reach of children.

Never douse or squirt the unit with water or any other liquid. Keep handles dry, clean and free from debris. Clean after each use, see Cleaning and Storage instructions.

Keep these instructions. Refer to them often and use them to instruct other users. If you loan someone this unit, also loan them these instructions.

SAVE THESE INSTRUCTIONS

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RULES FOR SAFE OPERATION

SAFETY AND INTERNATIONAL SYMBOLS

This operator's manual describes safety and international symbols and pictographs that may appear on this product. Read the operator's manual for complete safety, assembly, operating and maintenance and repair information.

SYMBOL

MEANING

SYMBOL

MEANING

 

• SAFETY ALERT SYMBOL

 

• ON/OFF STOP CONTROL

Indicates danger, warning, or caution. May be used in conjunction with other symbols or pictographs.

WARNING - READ OPERATOR'S MANUAL

Read the Operator’s Manual(s) and follow all warnings and safety instructions. Failure to do so can result in serious injury to the operator and/or bystanders.

WEAR EYE AND HEARING PROTECTION

WARNING: Thrown objects and loud noise can cause severe eye injury and hearing loss. Wear eye protection meeting ANSI Z87.1-1989 standards and ear protection when operating this unit. Use a full face shield when needed.

KEEP BYSTANDERS AWAY

WARNING: Keep all bystanders, especially children and pets, at least 50 feet (15 m.) from the operating area.

UNLEADED FUEL

Always use clean, fresh unleaded fuel.

OIL

Refer to operator's manual for the proper type of oil.

THROWN OBJECTS AND ROTATING CUTTER CAN CAUSE SEVERE INJURY

WARNING: Do not

operate without the cutting attachment shield in place.

Keep away from the rotating cutting attachment.

ON / START / RUN

ON/OFF STOP CONTROL

OFF OR STOP

HOT SURFACE WARNING

Do not touch a hot muffler or cylinder. You may get burned. These parts get extremely hot from operation. When turned off they remain hot for a short time.

CHOKE CONTROL

1 • FULL choke position.

2 • PARTIAL choke position.

3 • RUN position.

• SHARP BLADE

WARNING: Sharp blade on cutting attachment shield. To prevent serious injury, do not touch line cutting blade.

YM26BC ONLY: BRUSHCUTTERS

• REPLACE DULL BLADE

Do not sharpen the cutting blade. Sharpening the blade can cause the blade tip to break off while in use. This can result in severe personal injury.

YM26BC ONLY: TRIMMER/

BRUSHCUTTER SAFETY

WARNING: Thrown

objects and rotating cutter can cause severe injury. Keep bystanders, especially children and pets, at least 50 feet (15 m) away from the cutting area. The cutting attachment shield must be used when using the trimmer cutting attachment.

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KNOW YOUR UNIT

APPLICATIONS

As a trimmer:

Cutting grass and light weeds

Edging

Decorative trimming around trees, fences, etc.

As a brushcutter (YM26BC only):

Cutting weeds and light bush of up to 1/2 inch in diameter

Other optional accessories may be used with your unit (with the exception of the YM26C0). Refer to Operating the EZ-Link System for a list of add-ons.

NOTE: The below illustration may differ slightly from your unit. For example, the

picture shows a straight shaft. Your unit may

have a curved shaft. On/Off Stop

(YM26BC

Spark Arrestor

Spark Plug

Muffler

Muffler Guard

 

Starter Rope Grip

Fuel

Cap

 

Shaft Grip

 

Shoulder Strap Clip (YM26BC Only)

 

 

 

 

 

On/Off Stop Control

 

 

 

(NOT in YM26BC)

 

EZ-Link™

 

 

Blade Shield /

(not available on

J-Handle

 

YM26C0)

Spark Plug

Shield Mount

(YM26BC only)

 

 

Choke

 

 

 

Lever

 

 

Air Filter

 

 

 

Cover

Primer

 

 

 

 

Shaft

 

Bulb

 

Housing

 

 

Brush Blade

(YM26BC only) Cutting Attachment Shield

Gear

Housing

 

Engine

Oil Fill Plug /

 

Dipstick

 

Feet

 

 

Cutting Attachment

Line Cutting Blade

 

 

 

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ASSEMBLY INSTRUCTIONS

INSTALL AND ADJUST THE J-HANDLE

1.Place the J-handle between the top and middle clamp pieces (Fig. 1).

(4) Screws

Top Clamp

J-Handle

Middle Clamp

 

Bottom Clamp

Nuts

 

Fig. 1

2.While holding the three pieces together, install the four

(4) screws through the top clamp and into middle clamp.

NOTE: The holes in the top and middle clamp will line up only when assembled correctly.

3.Place the clamps and the J-handle over the shaft housing and onto the bottom clamp.

4.Hold each hex nut in the bottom clamp recess with a finger. Start screws with a large Phillips screwdriver. Do not tighten until you make the handle adjustment.

5.Slide the J-handle in or out until the arrow/white line on the decal touches the clamp assembly (Fig. 2). You must first loosen the screws if the handle is pre-installed.

Decal

Fig. 2

6.While holding the unit in the operating position (Fig. 26), position the J-handle to the location that provides you the best grip.

7.Tighten the clamp screws evenly, until the J-handle is secure.

YM26Cx ONLY: INSTALL THE CUTTING SHIELD

Use the following instructions if the cutting attachment shield on your unit is not installed.

WARNING: Never operate the trimmer without the

cutting attachment shield in place to prevent serious personal injury.

1.Place the cutting attachment shield onto the shaft housing above the clamp assembly (Fig. 3).

2.Push the cutting attachment shield down to the top of the cutting attachment assembly and then rotate the cutting attachment shield until the screw holes align and the guard fits into the recessed pocket (Fig. 3).

3.Install the screws with a Phillips screwdriver.

Clamp

Assembly

Recessed

Cutting Attachment

Pocket

Shield

 

Fig. 3

YM26BC ONLY: INSTALL THE HARNESS

WARNING: Always use the shoulder harness

when using the cutting blade to avoid serious personal injury.

1.Push the strap through the center of the buckle.

2.Pull the strap over the cross bar and down through the slot in the buckle (Fig. 4).

3.Put the harness on over head and onto shoulder. Snap it on to the support fitting (Fig. 5).

4.Adjust length to fit the operator’s size. Pull tab to lengthen, pull strap to shorten (Fig 6).

Support Fitting

Fig. 4

Fig. 5

Fig. 6

YM26BC ONLY: REMOVE AND INSTALL THE CUTTING ATTACHMENT SHIELD

WARNING: The cutting attachment shield

should NOT be installed when operating the unit with a blade. Remove the cutting attachment shield before removing or installing the blade.

Remove the cutting attachment shield when using the unit as a brushcutter

Remove the cutting attachment shield from the shield mount by removing the three (3) screws with a flat blade screwdriver (Fig. 7). Store parts for future use.

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ASSEMBLY INSTRUCTIONS

Cutting

(3) Screws

Attachment

Shield

 

Gear Housing

Shield Mount

 

Fig. 7

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Install the cutting attachment shield

using

the unit as a grass trimmer

 

WARNING: To avoid serious personal injury, the

cutting attachment shield MUST be in place at all times while operating the unit as a grass trimmer.

Install the cutting attachment shield on the shield mount by inserting the three (3) screws into the shield mount. Tighten securely with a flat blade screwdriver (Fig. 7).

YM26BC ONLY: REMOVE THE CUTTING ATTACHMENT & INSTALL CUTTING BLADE

NOTE: To make cutting blade removal and installation easier, place the unit on the ground or on a work bench.

Remove the Cutting Attachment Shield

WARNING: The gear housing gets hot with use. It

can result in injury to the operator. The housing remains hot for a short time even after the unit is turned off. Do not touch the gear housing until it has cooled.

See Remove and Install the Cutting Attachment Shield.

Remove the Cutting Attachment

1.Align the shaft bushing hole with the locking rod slot and insert the locking rod into the shaft bushing hole (Fig. 8).

Output Shaft

Shaft Bushing Hole

Locking Rod Slot

Output Shaft

Bushing

Locking Rod

Fig. 8

2.Hold the locking rod in place by grasping it next to the boom of the unit (Fig. 9).

3.While holding the locking rod, remove the cutting attachment by turning it clockwise off of the output shaft (Fig. 10). Store the cutting attachment for future use.

NOTE: The blade retainer under the cutting attachment will be used when installing the cutting blade.

Fig. 9

Cutting Attachment

Locking Rod

Slot

Locking Rod

Fig. 10

Install the Cutting Blade

WARNING: To avoid serious personal injury,

always wear gloves while handling or installing the blade.

4.Place the cutting blade on the output shaft bushing (Fig. 11).

Blade Retainer

Nut

Cutting

Blade

Shield

Mount

Pilot Hole

Output Shaft

Bushing

Locking Rod

Fig. 11

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ASSEMBLY INSTRUCTIONS

5.Make sure that the cutting blade is centered on the pilot step and sitting flat against the output shaft bushing (Fig. 12).

WARNING: If the cutting blade is off-center, the

unit will vibrate and the blade may fly off, causing possible serious personal injury.

Pilot Step

Fig. 12

6.Align the shaft bushing hole with the locking rod slot and insert the locking rod into the bushing hole (Fig. 8).

7.Put the blade retainer and nut on the output shaft. Make sure that the blade is installed correctly.

8.Tighten nut counterclockwise against the blade while holding the locking rod:

If using a torque wrench and an 5/8 inch socket tighten to: 325 - 335 in•lb, 27 - 28 ft.•lb, 37 - 38 N•m.

Without a torque wrench, use a 5/8 inch closed-end or socket wrench, turning the nut until the blade retainer is snug against the shaft bushing. Make sure that the blade is installed correctly, then rotate the nut an additional 1/4 to 1/2 turn counterclockwise (Fig. 13).

1/4-1/2 turn Counterclockwise

Fig. 13

9. Remove the locking rod from the locking rod slot.

WARNING: To avoid serious personal injury or

damage to the unit, do not start or operate this unit with the locking rod in the locking rod slot.

WARNING: Do not sharpen the cutting blade.

Sharpening the blade can cause the blade tip to break off while in use. This can result in severe personal injury. Replace the blade.

YM26BC ONLY: REMOVE CUTTING BLADE & INSTALL THE CUTTING ATTACHMENT

WARNING: To avoid serious personal injury,

always wear gloves while handling or installing the blade.

Remove the Cutting Blade

1.Align the shaft bushing hole with the locking rod slot and insert the locking rod into the bushing hole (Fig. 8).

2.Hold the locking rod in place by grasping it next to the boom of the unit (Fig. 14).

3.While holding the locking rod, loosen the nut on the blade by turning it clockwise with a 5/8 inch closedend or socket wrench (Fig. 14).

Clockwise

Fig. 14

4.Remove the nut, blade retainer and blade. Store the nut and blade together for future use in a secure place. Store out of children’s reach.

Install the Cutting Attachment

5.Align the shaft bushing hole with the locking rod slot and insert the locking rod into the shaft bushing hole (Fig. 8). Place the blade retainer on the output shaft with the flat surface against the output shaft bushing (Fig. 15). Screw the cutting attachment counterclockwise onto the output shaft. Tighten securely.

NOTE: The blade retainer must be installed on the output shaft in the position shown for the cutting attachment to work correctly.

Cutting Attachment

Blade Retainer

Output Shaft

Bushing

Locking Rod

Fig. 15

6.Remove the locking rod.

7.Install the cutting attachment shield. Refer to Remove and Install the Cutting Attachment Shield.

WARNING: To avoid serious personal injury, the

cutting attachment shield MUST be in place at all times while operating the unit as a trimmer.

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OIL AND FUEL INFORMATION

WARNING: OVERFILLING OIL CRANKCASE MAY

CAUSE SERIOUS PERSONAL INJURY. Check and maintain the proper oil level in the crank case; it is important and cannot be overemphasized. Check the oil before each use and change it as needed. See

Changing the Oil.

RECOMMENDED OIL TYPE

Using the proper type and weight of oil in

the crankcase is extremely important. Check the oil before each use and change

the oil regularly. Failure to use the correct oil, or using dirty oil, can cause premature engine wear and failure.

Use a high-quality SAE 30 weight oil of API (American Petroleum Institute) service class SF, SG, SH.

ADDING OIL TO CRANKCASE: INITIAL USE

NOTE: This unit is shipped without oil. In order to avoid damage to the unit, put oil in the crankcase before you attempt to start the unit.

Your unit is supplied with one 3.4 fluid oz. (100 ml.) bottle of SAE 30 SF, SG, SH oil (Fig. 16).

NOTE: Save the bottle of oil. It can be used to measure the correct amount during future oil changes. See Changing the Oil.

1.Unscrew the top of the bottle of oil and remove the paper seal covering the opening. Replace the top. Next, cut the tip off the funnel spout (Fig. 16).

Funnel Spout

2.Place the unit on a flat level surface.

3.Remove the oil plug / dipstick from the crankcase (Fig. 17).

O-Ring

Oil Fill Plug/Dipstick

Oil Fill Hole

Fig. 17

4.Pour the entire bottle of oil into the oil fill hole (Fig. 18).

Oil Fill

Fig. 18

NOTE: Never add oil to the fuel or fuel tank.

5.Wipe up any oil that may have spilled and reinstall the oil fill plug / dipstick.

Check oil before each use and change as needed. Refer to Changing the Oil.

Fig. 16

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OIL AND FUEL INFORMATION

RECOMMENDED FUEL TYPE

Old fuel is the primary reason for improper unit performance. Be sure to use fresh, clean, unleaded gasoline.

NOTE: This is a four cycle engine. In order to avoid damage to the unit, do not mix oil with gasoline.

Definition of Blended Fuels

Today's fuels are often a blend of gasoline and oxygenates such as ethanol, methanol or MTBE (ether). Alcohol-blended fuel absorbs water. As little as 1% water in the fuel can make fuel and oil separate or form acids when stored. Use fresh fuel (less than 60 days old), when using alcohol-blended fuel.

Using Blended Fuels

If you choose to use a blended fuel, or its use is unavoidable, follow recommended precautions:

Always use fresh unleaded gasoline

Use the fuel additive STA-BIL® or an equivalent

Drain tank and run the

Using Fuel Additives

The use of fuel additives, such Stabilizer or an equivalent, will minimize the formation of gum

additive can keep fuel from forming harmful deposits in the carburetor for up to six (6) months. Add 0.8 oz.

(23 ml.) of fuel additive per gallon of fuel according to the instructions on the container. NEVER add fuel additives directly to the unit's gas tank.

FUELING THE UNIT

WARNING: Gasoline is extremely

flammable. Ignited Vapors may explode. Always stop the engine and allow it to cool before filling the fuel tank. Do not smoke while filling the tank. Keep sparks and open flames at a distance from the area.

1. Remove the fuel cap (Fig. 19).

WARNING: Remove fuel cap slowly to avoid injury

from fuel spray. Never operate the unit without the fuel cap securely in place.

Unleaded

Gasoline

Gas

Fuel Tank

Fig. 19

2.Place the gas container’s spout into the fill hole on the fuel tank (Fig. 19) and fill the tank.

WARNING: Add fuel in a clean, well ventilated

outdoor area. Wipe up any spilled fuel immediately. Avoid creating a source of ignition for spilt fuel. Do not start the engine until fuel vapors dissipate.

NOTE: Do not overfill the tank.

3.Wipe up any gasoline that may have spilled.

4.Reinstall the fuel cap.

5.Move the unit at least 30 ft. (9.1 m) from the fueling source and site before starting the engine.

NOTE: Dispose of the old gasoline in accordance to Federal, State and Local regulations.

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STARTING/STOPPING INSTRUCTIONS

WARNING: Operate this unit only in a wellventilated

outdoor area. Carbon monoxide exhaust fumes can be lethal in a confined area.

WARNING: Avoid accidental starting. Make sure

you are in the starting position when pulling the starter rope (Fig. 22). To avoid serious injury, the operator and unit must be in a stable position while starting.

To avoid serious personal injury, ensure any Add-On being used is installed correctly and secure before starting the unit.

STARTING INSTRUCTIONS

1.Check the oil level in the crankcase. Refer to

Checking the Oil Level.

2.Fill the fuel tank with fresh, clean unleaded gasoline. Refer to Fueling the Unit.

3.Make sure the On/Off Stop Control in the ON ( I ) position (Fig. 20).

4.Fully press and release the primer bulb 10 times, slowly. Some amount of fuel should be visible in the primer bulb and fuel lines (Fig. 21). If you can’t see fuel in the bulb, press and release the bulb as many times as it takes before you can see fuel in it.

5.Place the choke lever in Position 1 (Fig. 21).

6.Crouch in the starting position (Fig. 22) and squeeze the throttle control. Pull the starter rope briskly 5 times.

7.Place the choke lever in Position 2.

8.While squeezing the throttle control (YM26BC only: and while holding the throttle lock-out), pull the starter rope briskly 1 to 3 times to start the engine.

9.Keep the throttle squeezed and allow the engine to warm up for 15 to 30 seconds.

10.Place the choke lever in Position 3. The unit is ready for use.

IF... The engine does not start, go back to step 4.

IF... The engine fails to start after a few attempts, place the choke lever in Position 3 and squeeze the throttle control. Pull the starter rope briskly 3 to 8 times. The engine should start. If not, repeat.

IF WARM... If the engine is already warm, make sure the On/Off Stop control is in the ON position and start the unit with the choke lever in Position 2.

After the unit starts, move the choke lever to Position 3.

Start/On (I)

Stop/Off (O)

Throttle

Lock-Out

Start / Stop

Throttle

Control

 

Control

 

Fig. 20

Choke Lever

Primer Bulb

Fig. 21

Starter Rope

Control (Squeezed)

Fig. 22

STOPPING INSTRUCTIONS

1.Release your hand from the throttle control. Allow the engine to cool down by idling.

2.Put the On/Off Stop Control in the OFF (O) position.

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OPERATING INSTRUCTIONS

OPERATING THE EZ-LINK SYSTEM (Not Available on the YM26C0)

The EZ-Link™ system enables the use of these optional Add-Ons:

Blower/Vacuum . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . BV720r Cultivator . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . GC720r Edger . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . LE720r Hedge Trimmer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . HS720r Snow Thrower . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ST720r Straight Shaft Trimmer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . SS725r Tree Pruner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . TP720r Turbo Blower . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . TB720r

WARNING: Prior to operation, read and understand

the operator’s manual for the add-on to be used with this unit.

WARNING: To avoid serious personal injury and

damage to the unit, shut the unit off before removing or installing add-ons.

Removing the Cutting Attachment or Add-On

1.Turn the knob counterclockwise to loosen (Fig. 23).

2.Press and hold the release button (Fig. 23).

3.While firmly holding the upper shaft housing, pull the cutting attachment or add-on straight out of the EZ-Link™ coupler (Fig. 24).

Installing the Cutting Attachment or Add-On

NOTE: Place the unit on the ground or on a work bench to make add-on installation or removal easier.

1. Turn knob counterclockwise to loosen (Fig. 23).

EZ-Link™ Coupler

Release Button

 

Knob

Guide Recess

Fig. 23

2.While firmly holding the add-on, push it straight into the EZ-Link™ coupler (Fig. 24).

NOTE: Aligning the release button with the guide recess will help installation (Fig. 23).

Release Button

EZ-Link™ Coupler

Primary Hole

Upper Shaft Housing

Lower Shaft Housing

Fig. 24

3. Turn the knob clockwise to tighten (Fig. 25).

CAUTION: Lock the release button in the primary

hole (Fig. 24) and securely tighten the knob before operating this unit.

90˚ Edging Hole

(Trimmer Only)

180˚ Edging Hole

(Trimmer Only)

Knob

Fig. 25

CAUTION: The add-ons with the coupler system is to

be used in the primary hole only. Using the wrong hole could lead to personal injury or damage to the unit.

For edging (when using the line head cutting attachment with EZ-Link™ models), lock the release button of the cutting attachment into the 90° edging hole or the 180° edging hole (Fig. 25).

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HOLDING THE TRIMMER

WARNING: Always wear eye, hearing, foot and

body protection to reduce the risk of injury when operating this unit.

Before operating the unit, stand in the operating position (Fig. 26). Check for the following:

The operator is wearing eye protection and proper clothing

With a slightly-bent right arm, the operator’s right hand is holding the shaft grip

The operator’s left arm is straight, the left hand holding the J-handle

The unit is at waist level

The cutting attachment is parallel to the ground and easily contacts the grass without the need to bend over

Once you are in the operating position, hook the shoulder strap to the unit (YM26BC only).

Fig. 26

ADJUSTING TRIMMING LINE LENGTH

The Bump Head™ cutting attachment allows you to release trimming line without stopping the engine. To release more line, lightly tap the cutting attachment on the ground (Fig. 27) while operating the trimmer at high speed.

NOTE: Always keep the trimming line fully extended. Line release becomes more difficult as the cutting line becomes shorter.

Each time the head is bumped, about 1 inch (25.4 mm) of trimming line is released. A blade in the cutting attachment shield will cut the line to the proper length if excess line is released.

For best results, tap the Bump Head™ on bare ground or hard soil. If line release is attempted in tall grass, the engine may stall. Always keep the trimming line fully extended. Line release becomes more difficult as the cutting line becomes shorter.

NOTE: Do not rest the Bump Head™ on the ground while the unit is running.

CAUTION: Do not remove or alter the line cutting blade

assembly. Excessive line length will make the clutch overheat. This may lead to serious personal injury or damage to the unit.

Fig. 27

Some line breakage will occur from:

Entanglement with foreign matter

Normal line fatigue

Attempting to cut thick, stalky weeds

Forcing the line into objects such as walls or fence posts

TIPS FOR BEST TRIMMING RESULTS

For best trimming results, operate unit at full throttle.

Keep the cutting attachment parallel to the ground.

Do not force the cutting attachment. Allow the tip of the line to do the cutting, especially along walls. Cutting with more than the tip will reduce cutting efficiency and may overload the engine.

Cut grass over 8 inches (200 mm) by working from top to bottom in small increments to avoid premature line wear or engine drag.

For the YM26BC brushcutter, cut from left to right whenever possible. Cutting to the right improves the unit's cutting efficiency. Clippings are thrown away from the operator. For the other units, cut from right to left.

Slowly move the trimmer into and out of the cutting area at the desired height. Move either in a forwardbackward or side-to-side motion. Cutting shorter lengths produces the best results.

Trim only when grass and weeds are dry.

The life of your cutting line is dependent upon:

Proper adherence of explained trimming techniques

What vegetation is cut

Where vegetation is cut

For example, the line will wear faster when trimming against a foundation wall as opposed to trimming around a tree.

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DECORATIVE TRIMMING

Decorative trimming is accomplished by removing all vegetation around trees, posts, fences and more.

Rotate the whole unit so that the cutting attachment is at a 30° angle to the ground (Fig. 28).

Fig. 28

YM26BC ONLY: USING THE CUTTING BLADE

WARNING: Always wear eye, hearing, foot, body

protection and the shoulder strap to reduce the risk of injury when operating this unit.

WARNING: Do not use the cutting blade for

edging or as an edger. Severe personal injury to yourself or others can result.

Before operating the unit with the cutting blade, stand in the operating position (Fig. 29). Refer to Holding the Trimmer.

Cutting Blade Operating Tips

To establish a rhythmic cutting procedure:

Plant feet firmly, comfortably apart.

Bring the engine to full throttle before entering the material to be cut. At full throttle the blade has maximum cutting power and is less likely to bind, stall or cause blade thrust (which can result in serious personal injury to the operator or others).

WARNING: Blade thrust may occur when the

spinning blade contacts an object that it does not immediately cut. Blade thrust can be violent enough to cause the unit and/or operator to be propelled in any direction, and possibly lose control of the unit. Blade thrust can occur without warning if the blade snags, stalls or binds. This is more likely to occur in areas where it is difficult to see the material being cut.

Cut while swinging the upper part of your body from left to right.

Always release the throttle trigger and allow the engine to return to idle speed when not cutting.

When you are finished, always unsnap the unit from the harness before taking off the harness.

WARNING: The blade continues to spin after the

engine is turned off. The coasting blade can seriously cut you if accidentally touched.

Swing the unit in the opposite direction as the blade spins, which increases the cutting action.

After the return swing, move forward to the next area to be cut plant your feet again.

The cutting blade is designed with a second cutting edge. You can use it by removing the blade, turning it upside down, and reinstalling it.

WARNING: Do not sharpen the cutting blade.

Sharpening the blade can cause the blade tip to break off while in use. This can result in severe personal injury to yourself or others. Replace the blade.

To reduce the chance of material wrapping around the blade, follow these steps:

Cut at full throttle

Swing the unit into material to be cut from your left to your right (Fig. 30)

Avoid the material just cut as you make the return swing

WARNING: Do not clear away any cut material with

the engine running or blade turning. To avoid serious personal injury, turn off the engine. Allow the blade to stop before removing materials wrapped around the blade shaft.

Fig. 29

Fig. 30

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MAINTENANCE SCHEDULE

Perform these required maintenance procedures at the frequency stated in the table. These procedures should also be a part of any seasonal tune-up.

NOTE: Some maintenance procedures may require special tools or skills. If you are unsure about these procedures take your unit to any non-road engine repair establishment, individual or authorized service dealer.

NOTE: Maintenance, replacement, or repair of the emission control devices and system may be performed by any non-road engine repair establishment, individual or authorized service dealer.

WARNING: To prevent serious injury, never perform

maintenance or repairs with unit running. Always service and repair a cool unit. Disconnect the spark plug wire to ensure that the unit cannot start.

FREQUENCY

MAINTENANCE REQUIRED

REFER TO

Before starting engine

Fill fuel tank with fresh fuel

Page 12

Check oil

Page 22

 

Every 10 hours

Clean and re-oil air filter

Page 23

First change at 10 hours

Change oil

Page 23

Every 25 hours thereafter

Change oil

Page 23

Every 25 hours

Clean spark arrestor

Page 27

10 hours on new engine

Check rocker arm to valve clearance and adjust

Page 25

Every 25 hours

Check rocker arm to valve clearance and adjust

Page 25

Every 25 hours

Check spark plug condition and gap

Page 27

LINE INSTALLATION

Your trimmer is equipped with one of two cutting attachments. The YM26C0 & YM26BC use a bump head, while the YM26CS & YM26SS are equipped with a SpeedSpool cutting head. Refer only to the section that applies to the type of cutting attachment your unit is equipped with.

BUMP HEAD (YM26C0 & YM26BC)

This section covers both SplitLine™ and standard single line installation.

Always use original equipment manufacturer replacement line. Use 0.095 in. (2.41 mm) line for the YM26BC, and 0.080 in. (2.03 mm) line for the YM26C0. Line other than the specified may make the engine overheat or fail.

WARNING: Never use metalreinforced line, wire,

chain or rope. These can break off and become dangerous projectiles.

There are two methods to replace the trimming line:

Wind the inner reel with new line

Install a prewound inner reel

Winding the Existing Inner Reel

1.Hold the outer spool with one hand and unscrew the Bump Knob. For the YM26BC, unscrew it clockwise (Fig. 31). For the YM26C0, unscrew the Bump Knob counterclockwise (Fig. 32).

Inspect the bolt inside the bump knob to make sure it moves freely. Replace the bump knob if damaged.

YM26BC

Outer Spool

 

Spring

 

Inner Reel

 

Bolt

 

Bump Knob

 

Fig. 31

YM26C0

Outer Spool

 

Bolt

Spring

Bump

Knob™ Inner

Reel

Fig. 32

2. Remove the inner reel from outer spool (Fig. 31 or 32).

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3.Remove spring from the inner reel (Fig. 31 or 32).

4.Use a clean cloth to clean the the inner reel, spring, shaft and inner surface of the outer spool (Fig. 33).

5.Check the indexing teeth on the inner reel and outer spool for wear (Fig. 34 or 35). If necessary, remove burrs or replace the reel and spool.

Fig. 33

Indexing Teeth

YM26BC

Fig. 34

Indexing Teeth

YM26C0

Fig. 35

NOTE: SplitLine™ can only be used with the inner reel with the slotted holes. Single line can be used on either type of inner reel. Use Figure 36 to identify the inner reel you have.

For Use with Single

For Use with SplitLine™

Line ONLY

or Single Line

 

Slotted

 

Holes

NOTE: Always use the correct line length when installing trimming line on the unit. The line may not release properly if the line is too long.

YM26BC

Loop

Fig. 37

YM26C0

Loop

Fig. 38

Single Line Installation

Go To Step 8 for SplitLine™ Installation

6.Take approximately 16 feet (5 m) of new trimming line, loop it into two equal lengths. Insert each end of the line through one of the two holes in the inner reel (Fig. 37 or 38). Pull the line through the inner reel so that the loop is as small as possible.

7.Wind the lines in tight even layers, onto the reel

(Fig. 39 or 40). Wind the line in the direction indicated on the inner reel. Place your index finger between the two lines to stop the lines from overlapping. Do not overlap the ends of the line. Proceed to step 11.

YM26BC

Fig. 39

Fig. 36

Fig. 40

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SplitLine™ Installation

8.Take approximately 8 feet (2.5 m) of new trimming line. Insert one end of the line through one of the two holes in the inner reel (Fig. 41 or 42). Pull the line through the inner reel until only about 4 inches is left out.

9.Insert the end of the line into the open hole in the inner reel and pull the line tight to make the loop as small as possible (Fig. 41 or 42).

10.Before winding, split the line back about 6 inches.

11.Wind the line in tight even layers in the direction indicated on the inner reel.

NOTE: Failure to wind the line in the direction indicated will cause the cutting attachment to operate incorrectly.

12.Insert the ends of the line into the two holding slots (Fig. 43).

YM26BC

Loop

Fig. 41

YM26C0

Loop

Fig. 42

Holding Slots

Fig. 43

13.Insert the ends of the line through the eyelets in the outer spool and place inner reel with spring inside the outer spool (Fig. 44 or 45). Push the inner reel and outer spool together. While holding the inner reel and outer spool, grasp the ends and pull firmly to release the line from the holding slots in the reel.

NOTE: The spring must be assembled on the inner reel before reassembling the cutting attachment.

14.Hold the inner reel in place and install the bump knob by turning counterclockwise (YM26BC) or clockwise (YM26C0). Tighten securely.

YM26BC

Spring

Fig. 44

YM26C0

Eyelet

Eyelet

Spring

Fig. 45

Installing a Prewound Wheel

1.Hold the outer spool with one hand and unscrew the bump knob clockwise (YM26BC) or counterclockwise (YM26C0). Inspect the bolt inside the bump knob to make sure it moves freely. Replace the bump knob if damaged (Fig. 31 or 32).

2.Remove the old inner reel from the outer spool (Fig. 31 or 32).

3.Remove the spring from the old inner reel (Fig. 31 or 32).

4.Place the spring in the new inner reel.

NOTE: The spring must be assembled on the inner reel before reassembling the cutting attachment.

5.Insert the ends of the line through the eyelets in the outer spool (Fig. 44 or 45).

6.Place the new inner reel inside the outer spool. Push the inner reel and outer spool together. While holding the inner reel and outer spool, grasp the ends and pull firmly to release the line from the holding slots in the spool.

7.Hold the inner reel in place and install the bump knob by turning counterclockwise (YM26BC) or clockwise (YM26C0). Tighten securely.

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SPEEDSPOOL® (YM26SS & YM26CS)

WARNING: Never use metalreinforced line, wire,

chain or rope. These can break off and become dangerous projectiles.

Always use original equipment manufacturer ™ 0.080 inch (2.03 mm) replacement line. Lines other than those specified may make the engine overheat or fail.

There are two methods to replace the SpeedSpool® trimming line:

Wind the inner reel with new line

Install a pre-wound inner reel

Winding the Inner Reel With New Line

NOTE: It Is unnecessary to remove the bump knob to install a new trimming line.

1.Cut two pieces of 0.080 inch (2.03 mm) trimming line, 10 feet (3 m) long.

2.Hold the outer spool and turn the inner reel counterclockwise to line up the arrows on the outer spool and inner reel (Fig. 46).

WARNING: Always use the correct line length

when installing trimming line on the unit. The line may not release properly if the line is too long.

Top View Of The SpeedSpool®

Arrows

Outer Spool

Inner Reel

Bump Knob

Fig. 46

3.Pull old line out of the line loading and line locking holes (Fig. 47 and 48).

4.Insert a piece of trimming line straight into one of the two eyelets in the outer spool. Push it up through the line loading hole in the inner reel (Fig. 47). Do not bend the line when inserting it into the eyelet.

Trimming Line

Eyelet

Line Loading Hole

Fig. 47

5.Insert the line into the locking hole (Fig. 48). Do not push the line more than a 1/2 inch (12.7 mm) into the line locking hole. The line will form a small loop

(Fig. 48) when it is inserted correctly.

Line Locking Hole

Fig. 48

6.Pull the line from the outer spool until the line is tight against the inner reel (Fig. 49).

Fig.49

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7.Repeat procedures 4-6 with the second piece of line.

8.Hold the outer spool. Wind the inner reel counterclockwise until approximately four (4) inches (102 mm) of line remain (Fig. 50).

NOTE: Do not wind the inner reel before installing the second piece of line.

2.Pull the old inner reel with existing line from the outer spool.

3.Insert the ends of the prewound inner reel line into the outer spool eyelets (Fig. 53). Push the new inner reel, arrow side up, into the outer spool.

Fig. 50

9.If winding the line becomes difficult or if the line jams, pull the ends of the line from the spool (Fig. 51). Continue winding the inner reel counterclockwise.

Fig. 51

INSTALLING A PRE-WOUND REEL

1.Turn the bump knob counterclockwise and remove the bump knob, spring and foam seal (Fig. 52).

Bump Knob

Foam Seal

Spring

Inner Reel

Fig. 52

Fig. 53

4.Hold the inner reel in place and install the bump knob, spring and foam seal. Press down and turn the bump knob clockwise. Grasp the ends and pull firmly to release the line from the holding slots in the inner reel (Fig. 52).

Releasing the Inner Reel

If the SpeedSpool® does not release line correctly, pull the ends of the line firmly from the spool (Fig. 51). If this does not the release line, follow the Cleaning the SpeedSpool® instructions.

CLEANING THE SPEEDSPOOL®

Cleaning the SpeedSpool® may be necessary if:

A jammed or excessive line must be removed

The SpeedSpool® becomes difficult to wind or does not operate correctly when bumping the head on the ground

1.Hold the outer spool, and unscrew the bump knob counterclockwise (Fig. 54).

2.Pull out the bump knob, spring and foam seal (Fig. 52).

Fig. 54

3.Pull the inner reel with existing line from the outer spool (Fig. 53).

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4.Remove any existing line from the inner reel before cleaning. Remove any debris or grass from the knob, spring, inner reel and foam seal. Wash the inner reel with warm soapy water (Fig. 55).

Inner Reel

Fig. 55

5.Clean the shaft and the inner surface of the outer spool. To clean the shaft underneath the plunger, press down on the plunger (Fig. 56). Remove any dirt or debris from the shaft.

Shaft

Plunger

Fig. 56

NOTE: The inner reel must be totally dry before reinstalling it into the outer spool. Do not lubricate the inner reel or outer spool assembly.

6.Place the inner reel into the outer spool.

7.Place the bump knob, spring and foam seal into the inner reel (Fig. 52).

8.Press the bump knob down and tighten clockwise.

9.Install new line as described in Line Installation for the SpeedSpool®.

CHECKING THE OIL LEVEL

CAUTION: To prevent extensive engine wear and

damage to the unit, always maintain the proper oil level in the crankcase. Never operate the unit with the oil level below the bottom of the dipstick.

The importance of checking and maintaining the proper oil level in the crankcase cannot be overemphasized. Check oil before each use:

1.Stop the engine and allow oil to drain into the crankcase.

2.Place the unit on a flat, level surface to get a proper oil level reading.

3.Keep dirt, grass clippings and other debris out of the engine. Clean the area around the oil fill plug/dipstick before removing it.

4.Remove the oil fill plug/dipstick and wipe off oil. Reinsert it all the way back in.

5.Remove the oil fill plug/dipstick and check the oil level. Oil should be up to the top of the dipstick (Fig. 57).

Oil Fill Plug/Dipstick

O-Ring

Full

Add 1.4-1.5 Oz.

(41-44 ml)

Top of Dipstick

Fig. 57

6.If the level is low, add a small amount of oil to the oil fill hole and recheck (Fig. 58). Repeat this procedure until the oil level reaches the top of the dipstick.

NOTE: Do not overfill the unit.

O-Ring

Oil Fill Plug/Dipstick

Oil Fill Hole

Fig. 58

NOTE: Make sure the O-ring is in place on the oil fill plug/dipstick when checking and changing the oil (Fig. 58).

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CHANGING THE OIL

For a new engine, change the oil after the first 10 hours of operation. Change the oil while the engine is still warm. The oil will flow freely and carry away more impurities.

1. Unplug spark plug boot to prevent accidental starting.

CAUTION: Wear gloves to prevent injury when

handling the unit.

2.Remove the oil fill plug/dipstick.

3.Pour the oil out of the oil fill hole and into a container by tipping the unit to a vertical position (Fig. 59). Allow ample time for complete drainage.

Fig. 59

4.Wipe up any oil residue on the unit and clean up any oil that may have spilled. Dispose of the oil according to Federal, State and local regulations.

5.Refill the crankcase with 3.4 fluid ounce (100 ml) of SAE 30 SF, SG, SH oil.

NOTE: Use the bottle and spout saved from initial use to measure the correct amount of oil. The top of the label on the bottle measures approximately 3.4 ounces (100 ml) (Fig. 60). Check the level with the dipstick. If the level is low, add a small amount of oil and recheck. Do not overfill (Fig. 60).

Fill Level

Fig. 60

6.Replace the oil fill plug/dipstick.

7.Reconnect the spark plug boot.

AIR FILTER MAINTENANCE

Cleaning the Air Filter

Clean and re-oil the air filter every 10 hours of operation. It is an important item to maintain. Failure to maintain your air filter properly can result in poor performance or can cause permanent damage to your engine.

WARNING: To avoid serious personal injury,

always turn the unit off and allow it to cool before you clean or service it.

1.Open the air filter cover. Push the tab on the right side of the cover inward. Then pull the air filter cover out and to the left (Fig. 61).

NOTE: It may be necessary to remove the fuel cap to completely remove the air filter cover.

2. Remove the air filter (Fig. 61).

Air Filter

Air Filter Cover

Tab

Fig. 61

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3.Wash the filter in detergent and water (Fig. 62). Rinse the filter thoroughly and allow it to dry.

Fig. 62

4.Apply enough clean SAE 30 motor oil to lightly coat the filter (Fig. 63).

Fig. 63

5.Squeeze the filter to spread and remove excess oil (Fig. 64).

6. Replace the filter (Fig. 65).

NOTE: If the unit is operated without the air filter, you will VOID the warranty.

Back Plate

Back Plate Slot

Slots

Fig. 65

7.Reinstall the air filter cover. Position the hooks on the left side of the air filter cover into the slots at the left side of the back plate (Fig. 65).

NOTE: It may be necessary to remove the fuel cap to reinstall the air filter cover.

8.Swing the cover to the right until the tab on the air filter cover snaps into place in the slot on the back plate (Fig. 65).

9.Replace the fuel cap if it was removed.

CARBURETOR ADJUSTMENT

The idle speed of the engine is adjustable. An idle adjustment screw is reached though a hole in the top of the engine cover (Fig. 66).

NOTE: Careless adjustments can seriously damage your unit. An authorized service dealer should make carburetor adjustments.

Check Fuel

Old fuel is usually the reason for improper unit performance. Drain and refill the tank with fresh fuel prior to making any adjustments. Refer to Oil and Fuel Information.

Fig. 64

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Clean Air Filter

The condition of the air filter is important to the operation of the unit. A dirty air filter will restrict air flow. This is often mistaken for an out of adjustment carburetor. Check the condition of the air filter before adjusting the idle speed screw. Refer to Air Filter Maintenance.

WARNING: The cutting attachment may spin

during idle speed adjustments. Wear protective clothing and observe all safety instructions to prevent serious personal injury.

Adjust Idle Speed Screw

If, after checking the fuel and cleaning the air filter, the engine still will not idle, adjust the idle speed screw as follows:

1.Start the engine and let it run at a high idle for a minute to warm up. Refer to Starting/Stopping Instructions.

2.Release the throttle trigger and let the engine idle. If the engine stops, insert a small phillips or flat blade screwdriver into the hole in the air filter/muffler cover (Fig. 66). Turn the idle speed screw in, clockwise, 1/8 of a turn at a time (as needed) until the engine idles smoothly.

NOTE: The cutting attachment should not rotate when the engine idles.

3.If the cutting attachment rotates when the engine idles, turn the idle speed screw counterclockwise 1/8 of a turn at a time (as needed), to reduce idle speed.

Checking the fuel, cleaning the air filter, and adjusting the idle speed should solve most engine problems. If not and all of the following are true:

the engine will not idle

the engine hesitates or stalls on acceleration

there is a loss of engine power

Have the carburetor adjusted by an authorized service dealer.

WARNING: To prevent serious personal injury,

make sure the cutting attachment has stopped rotating before you turn it off and set it down.

Idle Adjustment Screw

ROCKER ARM CLEARANCE

This requires disassembly of the engine. If you feel unsure or unqualified to perform this, take the unit to an authorized service center.

NOTE: Inspect the valve to rocker arm clearance with a feeler gauge after the first 10 hours of operation and then every 25 hours of operation thereafter.

The engine must be cold when checking or adjusting the valve clearance.

This task should be performed inside, in a clean, dust free area.

1.Remove the muffler cover by pressing down on it, separating it from the engine cover. Using a flat blade screwdriver, disengage the middle and front tabs and slots first. The cover will hinge off from the rear tab (Fig. 67).

Engine Cover

Rear Slot

and Tab

Middle Tab

 

Front Tab

Middle Slot

Front Slot

 

Fig. 67

2.Remove the two (2) screws on top of the engine cover with a Flat-head or T-25 Torx screwdriver (Fig. 68).

Top View Of The Engine

Remove

Engine Cover

Screws

Fig. 66

Muffler

Fig. 68

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3. Remove the screw behind the engine cover (Fig. 69).

Screw

Fig. 69

4.Disconnect the spark plug wire.

5.Clean dirt from around the spark plug. Remove the spark plug from the cylinder head by turning a 5/8 in. socket counterclockwise.

6.Remove the engine cover (Fig. 68).

7.Clean dirt from around the rocker arm cover. Remove the screw holding the rocker arm cover with a large flat blade screwdriver or Torx T-25 bit

(Fig. 70). Remove the rocker arm cover and gasket.

Rocker Arm Cover

Spark Plug Hole

Fig. 70

8.Pull the starter rope slowly to bring the piston to the top of its travel, (known as top dead center). Check that:

The piston is at the top of its travel while looking in the spark plug hole (Fig. 70)

Both rocker arms move freely, and both valves are closed

If these statements are not true, repeat this step.

9.Slide the feeler gauge between the rocker arm and the valve return spring. Measure the clearance between the valve stem and rocker arm (Fig. 71). Measure both the intake and exhaust valves.

The recommended clearance for both intake and exhaust is .003 – .006 in. (.076 – 0.152 mm). Use a standard automotive .005 in. (0.127 mm) feeler gauge. The feeler gauge should slide between the rocker arm and valve stem with a slight amount of resistance, without binding. See Figure 71 and 72.

Adjusting Nuts

Rocker Arms

INTAKE

EXHAUST

Feeler Gauge

Fig. 71

Adjusting Nut

Rocker Arm

.003–.006 in. (.076–.152 mm)

Feeler Gauge

Valve Stem

Fig. 72

10.If the clearance is not within specification:

a.Turn the adjusting nut using a 5/16 inch (8 mm) wrench or nut driver (Fig. 72).

To increase clearance, turn the adjusting nut counterclockwise.

To decrease clearance, turn the adjusting nut clockwise.

b.Recheck both clearances, and adjust as necessary.

11.Reinstall the rocker arm cover using a new gasket. Torque the screw to 20–30 inlb (2.2–3.4 Nm).

12.Reinstall the engine cover. Check alignment of the cover before tightening the screws. Tighten screws.

13.Reinstall the muffler cover. Slip the rear tab on the muffler cover into the engine cover rear slot. Then slide the remaining slots into the tabs until they snap into place (Fig. 67).

14.Check the spark plug and reinstall. See Replacing the Spark Plug.

15.Replace the spark plug wire.

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MAINTENANCE AND REPAIR INSTRUCTIONS

REPLACING THE SPARK PLUG

Use a replacement part number 180890 spark plug. The correct air gap is 0.025 in. (0.655 mm.). Remove the plug after every 25 hours of operation and check its condition.

1.Stop the engine and allow it to cool. Grasp the plug wire firmly and pull the cap from the spark plug.

2.Clean dirt from around the spark plug. Remove the spark plug from the cylinder head by turning a 5/8 in. socket counterclockwise.

3.Replace cracked, fouled or dirty spark plug. Set the air gap at 0.025 in. (0.655 mm.) using a feeler gauge (Fig. 73).

0.025 in.

(0.655 mm.)

Fig. 73

WARNING: Do not sand blast, scrape or clean

electrodes. Grit in the engine could damage the cylinder.

4.Install a correctly-gapped spark plug in the cylinder head. Turn the 5/8 in. socket clockwise until snug.

If using a torque wrench torque to:

110-120 in.•lb. (12.3-13.5 N•m)

Do not over tighten.

SPARK ARRESTOR MAINTENANCE

1.Remove the muffler cover. See Rocker Arm Clearance.

2.With a flat blade screwdriver or Torx T-20 bit, remove the screw attaching the spark arrestor cover to the muffler (Fig. 74).

Muffler

Spark Arrestor Screen

Tab Screw

Spark Arrestor Cover

Slot

Fig. 74

3.Pull the tab on the spark arrestor cover out of the muffler. Remove the spark arrestor cover.

4.Remove the spark arrestor screen from the spark arrestor cover.

5.Clean the spark arrestor screen with a wire brush or replace it.

6.Reinstall the spark arrestor screen, spark arrestor cover and screw.

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MAINTENANCE AND REPAIR INSTRUCTIONS

CLEANING

WARNING: To avoid serious personal injury,

always turn your unit off and allow it to cool before you clean or service it.

Use a small brush to clean off the outside of the unit. Do not use strong detergents. Household cleaners that contain aromatic oils such as pine and lemon, and solvents such as kerosene, can damage plastic housing or handle. Wipe off any moisture with a soft cloth.

STORAGE

Never store the unit with fuel in the tank where fumes may reach an open flame or spark.

Allow the engine to cool before storing.

Lock up the unit to prevent unauthorized use or damage.

Store the unit in a dry, well-ventilated area.

Store the unit out of the reach of children.

LONG TERM STORAGE

1.Drain all gasoline from the gas tank into a container. Do not use gas that has been stored for more than 60 days. Dispose of the old gasoline in accordance to Federal, State, and Local regulations.

2.Start the engine and allow it to run until it stalls. This ensures that all gasoline has been drained from the carburetor.

3.Allow the engine to cool. Remove the spark plug and put 1 oz. (30 ml) of high quality motor oil into the cylinder. Pull the starter rope slowly to distribute the oil. Reinstall the spark plug.

NOTE: Remove the spark plug and drain all of the oil from the cylinder before attempting to start the trimmer after storage.

4.Change the oil, referring to Changing the Oil. Dispose of the old oil in accordance to Federal, State and Local regulations.

5.Thoroughly clean the unit and inspect for any loose or damaged parts. Repair or replace damaged parts and tighten loose screws, nuts or bolts. The unit is ready for storage.

TRANSPORTING

Allow the engine to cool before transporting.

Secure the unit while transporting.

Drain the gas tank before transporting.

Tighten gas cap before transporting.

ACCESSORIES/REPLACEMENT PARTS

4-Cycle Oil . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .181786

Spark Plug . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .180852

Spark Arrestor Screen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .180890

Shoulder Strap . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 682075

For a full list of replacement parts, refer to the parts list located at the inside back cover of this manual.

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TROUBLESHOOTING

 

 

 

 

 

 

ENGINE WILL NOT START

 

 

C A U S E

 

A C T I O N

On/Off control in the STOP position

 

Turn On/Off control to ON

Empty fuel tank

 

Fill fuel tank with new fuel

Primer bulb wasn't pressed enough

 

Press primer bulb fully and slowly 10 times

Old fuel

 

Drain gas tank and add fresh fuel

Fouled spark plug

 

Replace or clean the spark plug

Plugged spark arrestor

 

Clean or replace spark arrestor

 

 

 

ENGINE WILL NOT IDLE

 

 

C A U S E

 

A C T I O N

Air filter is plugged

 

Replace or clean the air filter

Old fuel

 

Drain gas tank and add fresh fuel

Improper carburetor adjustment

 

Adjust carburetor

 

 

ENGINE WILL NOT ACCELERATE

C A U S E

 

A C T I O N

Old fuel

 

Drain gas tank and add fresh fuel

Improper carburetor adjustment

 

Take to an authorized service dealer for adjustment

Cutting attachment bound with grass

 

Stop the engine and clean the cutting attachment

Dirty air filter

 

Clean or replace the air filter

Plugged spark arrestor

 

Clean or replace spark arrestor

 

 

ENGINE LACKS POWER OR STALLS WHEN CUTTING

C A U S E

 

A C T I O N

Old fuel

 

Drain gas tank and add fresh fuel

Improper carburetor adjustment

 

Take to an authorized service dealer for adjustment

Fouled spark plug

 

Replace or clean the spark plug

Plugged spark arrestor

 

Clean or replace spark arrestor

 

 

CUTTING ATTACHMENT WILL NOT ADVANCE LINE

C A U S E

 

A C T I O N

Cutting attachment bound with grass

 

Stop the engine and clean cutting attachment

Cutting attachment out of line

 

Refill with new line

Inner reel bound up

 

Replace the inner reel

Cutting head dirty

 

Clean inner reel and outer spool

Line welded

 

Disassemble, remove the welded section and rewind

Line twisted when refilled

 

Disassemble and rewind the line

Not enough line is exposed

 

Push the bump knob and pull out line until 4 inches

 

 

(102 mm) of line is outside of the cutting attachment

 

 

CUTTING LINE ADVANCES UNCONTROLLABLY

C A U SE

 

A C T I O N

Oil, cleaner or lubricant in cutting head

 

Clean and thoroughly dry the cutting head

 

 

 

If further assistance is required, contact your authorized service dealer.

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SPECIFICATIONS

 

 

 

 

ENGINE*

 

Engine Type..........................................................................................................................................

Air-Cooled, 4-Cycle

Displacement.........................................................................................................................................

1.6 cu. in. (26.2 cc)

Operating RPM...................................................................................................................................................

7,200+ rpm

Idle Speed RPM ......................................................................................................................................

3,000 - 4,500 rpm

Ignition Type..........................................................................................................................................................

Electronic

Ignition Switch ...............................................................................................................................................

Rocker Switch

Valve clearance..............................................................................................................

0.003–0.006 in. (0.076–0.152 mm)

Spark Plug Gap ................................................................................................................................

0.025 inch (0.655 mm)

Lubrication ...........................................................................................................................................................

SAE 30 Oil

Crankcase Oil Capacity ................................................................................................................................

3.4 oz (100 ml)

Fuel .......................................................................................................................................................................

Unleaded

Carburetor.......................................................................................................................................

Diaphragm, All-Position

Starter...............................................................................................................................................................

Auto Rewind

Muffler .....................................................................................................................................................

Baffled with Guard

Throttle...............................................................................................................................................

Manual Spring Return

Fuel Tank Capacity.........................................................................................................................................

12 oz (355 ml)

DRIVE SHAFT AND CUTTING ATTACHMENT*

Throttle Control ........................................................................................................................................

 

Finger-Tip Trigger

Approximate Unit Weight (No fuel, with handle, cutting attachment and shield)

.............................. 12-13.5 lbs (5.4-6 kg)

Cutting Mechanism................................................................

Dual String Cutting Head (YM26BC: 4-Tooth Cutting Blade)

Line Spool.............................................................................................................................................

 

Bump Line Releaser

Line Spool Diameter ..............................................................................................................................

 

3 inches (76.2 mm)

YM26BC Line Spool Diameter.............................................................................................................

 

4 inches (101.6 mm)

Trimming Line Diameter .................................................................................................................

 

0.080 inches (2.03 mm)

YM26BC Trimming Line Diameter ..................................................................................................

 

0.095 inches (2.41 mm)

YM26C0 & YM26CS Cutting Path Diameter.........................................................................................

 

15 inches (38.1 cm)

YM26SS Cutting Path Diameter ...........................................................................................................

 

16 inches (40.6 cm)

YM26BC Cutting Path Diameter...........................................................................................................

 

18 inches (45.7 cm)

*All specifications are based on the latest product information available at the time of printing. We reserve the right to make changes at any time without notice.

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California / EPA Emission Control Warranty Statement

Your Warranty Rights and Obligations

The California Air Resources Board, the Environmental Protection Agency and MTD LLC (MTD) are pleased to explain the emission control system warranty on your 2000 and later small off-road engine. New small off-road engines must be designed, built and equipped to meet stringent anti-smog standards. MTD must warrant the emission control system on your small off-road engine for the periods of time listed below provided there has been no abuse, neglect or improper maintenance of your small off-road engine.

Your emission control system may include parts such as the carburetor or fuel-injected system, the ignition system, and catalytic converter. Also included may be hoses, belts, connectors and other emission-related assemblies.

Where a warrantable condition exists, MTD will repair your small off-road engine at no cost to you including diagnosis, parts and labor.

The 2000 and later small off-road engines are warranted for two years. If any emission-related part on your engine is defective, the part will be repaired or replaced my MTD.

Owners Warranty Responsibilities

As the small off-road engine owner, you are responsible for the performance of the required maintenance listed in your operator’s manual. MTD recommends that you retain all receipts covering maintenance on your small off-road engine, but MTD cannot deny warranty solely for the lack of receipts or for your failure to ensure the performance of all scheduled maintenance.

As the small off-road engine owner, you however should be aware that MTD may deny you warranty coverage if your small off-road engine or a part has failed due to abuse, neglect, improper maintenance or unapproved modifications.

You are responsible for presenting your small off-road engine to a MTD Authorized Service Center as soon as a problem exists. The warranty repairs should be completed in a reasonable amount of time, not to exceed 30 days.

If you have any questions regarding your warranty rights and responsibilities, you should call 1-800-345-8746.

Manufacturer’s Warranty Coverage

The warranty period begins on the date the engine or equipment is delivered to the retail purchaser.

The manufacturer warrants to the initial owner and each subsequent purchaser, that the engine is free from defects in material and workmanship which cause the failure of a warranted part for a period of two years.

Repair or replacement of warranted part will be performed at no charge to the owner at an Authorized MTD Service Center. For the nearest location please contact MTD at: 1-800-345-8746.

Any warranted part which is not scheduled for replacement, as required maintenance or which is scheduled for only for regular inspection to the effect of “Repair or Replace as Necessary” is warranted for the warranty period. Any warranted part which is scheduled for replacement as required maintenance will be warranted for the period of time up to the first scheduled replacement point for that part.

The owner will not be charged for diagnostic labor which leads to the determination that a warranted part is defective, if the diagnostic work is performed at an Authorized MTD Service Center.

The manufacturer is liable for damages to other engine components caused by the failure of a warranted part still under warranty.

Failures caused by abuse, neglect or improper maintenance are not covered under warranty.

The use of add-on or modified parts can be grounds for disallowing a warranty claim. The manufacturer is not liable to cover failures of warranted parts caused by the use of add-on or modified parts.

In order to file a claim, go to your nearest Authorized MTD Service Center. Warranty services or repairs will be provided at all Authorized MTD Service Centers.

Any manufacturer approved replacement part may be used in the performance of any warranty maintenance or repair of emission related parts and will be provided without charge to the owner. Any replacement part that is equivalent in performance or durability may be used in non-warranty maintenance or repair and will not reduce the warranty obligations of the manufacturer

The following components are included in the emission related warranty of the engine, air filter, carburetor, primer, fuel lines, fuel pick up/ fuel filter, ignition module, spark plug and muffler.

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MANUFACTURER’S LIMITED WARRANTY FOR:

The limited warranty set forth below is given by MTD LLC (“MTD”) with respect to new merchandise purchased and used in the United States, its possessions and territories.

MTD warrants this product against defects in material and workmanship for a period of two (2) years commencing on the date of original purchase and will, at its option, repair or replace, free of charge, any part found to be defective in material or workmanship. This limited warranty shall only apply if this product has been operated and maintained in accordance with the Operator’s Manual furnished with the product, and has not been subject to misuse, abuse, commercial use, neglect, accident, improper maintenance, alteration, vandalism, theft, fire, water or damage because of other peril or natural disaster. Damage resulting from the installation or use of any accessory or attachment not approved by MTD for use with the product(s) covered by this manual will void your warranty as to any resulting damage. This warranty is limited to ninety (90) days from the date of original retail purchase for any MTD product that is used for rental or commercial purposes, or any other income-producing purpose.

HOW TO OBTAIN SERVICE: Warranty service is available, WITH PROOF OF PURCHASE THROUGH YOUR LOCAL AUTHORIZED SERVICE DEALER. To locate the dealer in your area, please check for a listing in the Yellow Pages or contact the Customer Service Department of MTD LLC by calling 1-800-345-8746 or writing to P.O. Box 361131, Cleveland OH 44136-0019 or if in Canada call 1-800-668-1238. No product returned directly to the factory will be accepted unless prior written permission has been extended by the Customer Service Department of MTD LLC.

This limited warranty does not provide coverage in the following cases:

A.Tune-ups - Spark Plugs, Carburetor Adjustments, Filters.

B.Wear items - Bump Knobs, Outer Spools, Cutting Line, Inner Reels, Starter Pulley, Starter Ropes, Drive Belts.

C.MTD does not extend any warranty for products sold or exported outside of the United States of America, its possessions and territories, except those sold through MTD’s authorized channels of export distribution.

No implied warranty, including any implied warranty of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose, applies after the applicable period of express written warranty above as to the parts as identified. No other express warranty or guaranty, whether written or oral, except as mentioned above, given by any person or entity, including a dealer or retailer, with respect to any product shall bind MTD. During the period of the Warranty, the exclusive remedy is repair or replacement of the product as set forth above. (Some states do not allow limitations on how long an implied warranty lasts, so the above limitation may not apply to you.)

The provisions as set forth in this Warranty provide the sole and exclusive remedy arising from the sales. MTD shall not be liable for incidental or consequential loss or damages including, without limitation, expenses incurred for substitute or replacement lawn care services, for transportation or for related expenses, or for rental expenses to temporarily replace a warranted product.

(Some states do not allow limitations on how long an implied warranty lasts, so the above limitation may not apply to you.)

In no event shall recovery of any kind be greater than the amount of the purchase price of the product sold. Alteration of the safety features of the product shall void this Warranty. You assume the risk and liability for loss, damage, or injury to you and your property and/or to others and their property arising out of the use or misuse or inability to use the product.

This limited warranty shall not extend to anyone other than the original purchaser, original lessee or the person for whom it was purchased as a gift.

How State Law Relates to this Warranty: This warranty gives you specific legal rights, and you may also have other rights which vary from state to state.

To locate your nearest service dealer dial 1-800-345-8746 in the United States or 1-800-668-1238 in Canada.

MTD LLC

MTD reserves the right to change or improve the design of any MTD Product without assuming any obligation to modify any product previously manufactured.

P.O. Box 361131

Cleveland, OH 44136-0019

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