White Outdoor 769 Operator`s manual

Safety • Set-Up • Operation • Adjustments • Maintenance • Troubleshooting • Warranty
OPERATOR’S MANUAL
OUTDOO R
Lawn Tractor — Model 76G
IMPORTANT:
READ SAFETY RULES AND INSTRUCTIONS
CAREFULLY BEFORE OPERATING EQUIPMENT.
PRINTED IN U.S.A.
P. O. Box 1386, KITCHENER, ONT. N2G 4J1
769-04839
2/4/09
This Operator’s Manual is an important part of your new equipment. It will help you assemble,
prepare and maintain the unit for best performance. Please read and understand what it says.
Table of Contents
Slope Gauge........................................................ 3
Safe Operation Practices.................................... 4
Setting Up Your Lawn Tractor............................. 8
Operating Your Lawn Tractor............................ 12
Adjusting Your Lawn Tractor............................. 19
Maintaining Your Lawn Tractor......................... 20
Off-Season Storage / Attachments.................. 26
Safety Labels..................................................... 27
Trouble Shooting............................................... 28
Warranty............................................................. 29
Emission control warranty statement............. 30
Replacement Parts............................................ 32
Finding and Recording Model Number
BEFORE YOU START ASSEMBLING
YOUR NEW EQUIPMENT,
please locate the model plate on the equipment and copy
the information from it in the space provided below. You can
locate the model number by looking beneath the seat. This
information will be necessary to use the manufacturer’s web
site and/or help from the Customer Support Department or an
authorized service dealer.
Model Number
Numéro de modèle
XXXXXXXXXXX
XXX-XXXXXX
OUTDOOR
Serial Number
Numéro de série
WHITE OUTDOOR CANADA
KITCHENER, ON N2G 4J1
Customer Support
Please do NOT return the unit to the retailer from which it was purchased,
without first contacting Customer Support.
If you have difficulty assembling this product or have any questions regarding the controls, operation or maintenance of this unit,
you can seek help from the experts. Choose from the options below:
1. Visit www.whiteoutdoor.ca for many useful suggestions, click on Customer Support button.
2. Call a Customer Support Representative at 1-800-668-1238.
3. The engine manufacturer is responsible for all engine-related issues in terms of performance, power-rating, specifications,
warranty, and service. Depending on the engine manufacturer, more information is included in this publication or packed
separately with this product.
Please have your unit’s model number and serial number ready when you call. See previous section to locate this information.
You will be asked to enter the serial number in order to process your call.
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Use this page as a guide to determine slopes where you may not operate safely. Do not operate
your lawn mower on such slopes.
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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 walkbehind 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.
Operate
WALK-BEHIND
mowers across the
face of slopes, never
up and down slopes.
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Safe
Operation
Practices
This symbol points
out important safety
instructions which, if
not followed, could
endanger the personal
safety and/or property
of yourself and others.
Read and follow all
instructions in this manual before attempting to
operate this machine.
Failure to comply with
these instructions
may result in personal
injury. When you see
this symbol, HEED ITS
WARNING.
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: Engine Exhaust, some of its constituents, and certain vehicle components
contain or emit chemicals known to State of California to cause cancer and birth defects
or other reproductive harm.
DANGER: This machine was built to be operated according to the rules for safe operation in this manual.
As with any type of power equipment, carelessness or error on the part of the operator can result in serious
injury. This machine is capable of amputating hands and feet and throwing objects. Failure to observe the
following safety instructions could result in serious injury or death.
General Operation
15.Do not operate the machine while under the influence of
alcohol or drugs.
16.Mow only in daylight or good artificial light.
17.Never carry passengers.
18.Disengage blade(s) before shifting into reverse. Back up
slowly. Always look down and behind before and while
backing to avoid a back-over accident.
19.Slow down before turning. Operate the machine smoothly.
Avoid erratic operation and excessive speed.
20.Disengage blade(s), set parking brake, stop engine and
wait until the blade(s) come to a complete stop before
removing grass catcher, emptying grass, unclogging chute,
removing any grass or debris, or making any adjustments.
21.Never leave a running machine unattended. Always turn off
blade(s), place transmission in neutral, set parking brake,
stop engine and remove key before dismounting.
22.Use extra care when loading or unloading the machine into
a trailer or truck. This unit should not be driven up or down
ramp(s), because the unit could tip over, causing serious
personal injury. The unit must be pushed manually on
ramp(s) to load or unload properly.
23.Muffler and engine become hot and can cause a burn. Do
not touch.
24.Check overhead clearances carefully before driving under
low hanging tree branches, wires, door openings etc., where
the operator may be struck or pulled from the unit, which
could result in serious injury.
25.Disengage all attachment clutches, depress the brake pedal
completely and shift into neutral before attempting to start engine.
26.Your machine 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.
Dry grass or leaves may contact the engine exhaust and/
or build up on the mower deck presenting a potential fire
hazard.
27.Use only accessories and attachments approved for this
machine by the machine manufacturer. Read, understand
and follow all instructions provided with the approved accessory or attachment.
28.Data indicates that operators, age 60 years and above, are
involved in a large percentage of riding mower-related injuries. These operators should evaluate their ability to operate
the riding mower safely enough to protect themselves and
others from serious injury.
29.If situations occur which are not covered in this manual, use
care and good judgment. Contact your customer service
representative for assistance.
1. Read, understand, and follow all instructions on the machine and in the manual(s) before attempting to assemble
and operate. Keep this manual in a safe place for future
and regular reference and for ordering replacement parts.
2. Be familiar with all controls and their proper operation.
Know how to stop the machine and disengage them
quickly.
3. Never allow children under 14 years old to operate this
machine. Children 14 years old and over should read and
understand the instructions and safe operation practices
in this manual and on the machine and should be trained
and supervised by a adult.
4. Never allow adults to operate this machine without proper
instruction.
5. To help avoid blade contact or a thrown object injury, keep
bystanders, helpers, children and pets at least 75 feet
from the machine while it is in operation. Stop machine if
anyone enters the area.
6. Thoroughly inspect the area where the equipment is to
be used. Remove all stones, sticks, wire, bones, toys,
and other foreign objects which could be picked up and
thrown by the blade(s). Thrown objects can cause serious
personal injury.
7. Plan your mowing pattern to avoid discharge of material
toward roads, sidewalks, bystanders and the like. Also,
avoid discharging material against a wall or obstruction
which may cause discharged material to ricochet back
toward the operator.
8. Always wear safety glasses or safety goggles during
operation and while performing an adjustment or repair
to protect your eyes. Thrown objects which ricochet can
cause serious injury to the eyes.
9. Wear sturdy, rough-soled work shoes and close-fitting
slacks and shirts. Loose fitting clothes and jewelry can be
caught in movable parts. Never operate this machine in
bare feet or sandals.
10.Be aware of the mower and attachment discharge
direction and do not point it at anyone. Do not operate the
mower without the discharge cover or entire grass catcher
in its proper place.
11.Do not put hands or feet near rotating parts or under the
cutting deck. Contact with the blade(s) can amputate
hands and feet.
12.A missing or damaged discharge cover can cause blade
contact or thrown object injuries.
13.Stop the blade(s) when crossing gravel drives, walks, or
roads and while not cutting grass.
14.Watch for traffic when operating near or crossing
roadways. This machine is not intended for use on any
public roadway.
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Slope Operation
a. Keep children out of the mowing area and in watchful
care of a responsible adult other than the operator.
Slopes are a major factor related to loss of control and tip-over
b. Be alert and turn machine off if a child enters the area.
accidents which can result in severe injury or death. All slopes
require extra caution. If you cannot back up the slope or if you
c. Before and while backing, look behind and down for
feel uneasy on it, do not mow it.
small children.
For your safety, use the slope gauge included as part of this
d. Never carry children, even with the blade(s) shut off.
manual to measure slopes before operating this unit on a
They may fall off and be seriously injured or interfere
sloped or hilly area. If the slope is greater than 15 degrees as
with safe machine operation.
shown on the slope gauge, do not operate this unit on that area
e. Use extreme care when approaching blind corners,
or serious injury could result.
doorways, shrubs, trees or other objects that may
block your vision of a child who may run into the
Do:
machine.
1. Mow up and down slopes, not across. Exercise extreme
f. To avoid back-over accidents, always disengage
caution when changing direction on slopes.
the cutting blade(s) before shifting into Reverse. If
2. Watch for holes, ruts, bumps, rocks, or other hidden objects.
equipped, the “Reverse Caution Mode” should not
Uneven terrain could overturn the machine. Tall grass can
be used when children or others are around.
hide obstacles.
g. Keep children away from hot or running engines. They
3. Use slow speed. Choose a low enough speed setting so that
can suffer burns from a hot muffler.
you will not have to stop or shift while on the slope. Tires may
h. Remove key when machine is unattended to prevent
lose traction on slopes even though the brakes are functionunauthorized operation.
ing properly. Always keep machine in gear when going down
2.
Never
allow children under 14 years old to operate this
slopes to take advantage of engine braking action.
machine. Children 14 years old and over should read
4. Follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for wheel
and understand the instructions and safe operation
weights or counterweights to improve stability.
practices in this manual and on the machine and
5. Use extra care with grass catchers or other attachments.
should be trained and supervised by a adult.
These can change the stability of the machine.
Towing
6. Keep all movement on the slopes slow and gradual. Do not
make sudden changes in speed or direction. Rapid engage- 1. Tow only with a machine that has a hitch designed for
towing. Do not attach towed equipment except at the hitch
ment or braking could cause the front of the machine to lift
point.
and rapidly flip over backwards which could cause serious
2. Follow the manufacturers recommendation for weight
injury.
limits for towed equipment and towing on slopes.
7. Avoid starting or stopping on a slope. If tires lose
3. Never allow children or others in or on towed equipment.
traction, disengage the blade(s) and proceed slowly
straight down the slope.
4. On slopes, the weight of the towed equipment may cause
loss of traction and loss of control.
Do Not:
5. Always use extra caution when towing with a machine
1. Do not turn on slopes unless necessary; then, turn slowly
capable of making tight turns (e.g. “zero-turn” ride-on
and gradually downhill, if possible.
mower). Make wide turns to avoid jack-knifing.
2. Do not mow near drop-offs, ditches or embankments. The
6.
Travel slowly and allow extra distance to stop.
mower could suddenly turn over if a wheel is over the edge
6.
Do not shift to neutral and coast downhill.
of a cliff, ditch, or if an edge caves in.
3. Do not try to stabilize the machine by putting your foot on
the ground.
4. Do not use a grass catcher on steep slopes.
5. Do not mow on wet grass. Reduced traction could cause
sliding.
6. Do not shift to neutral and coast downhill. Over-speeding
may cause the operator to lose control of the machine
resulting in serious injury or death.
7. Do not tow heavy pull behind attachments (e.g. loaded
dump cart, lawn roller, etc.) on slopes greater than 5
degrees. When going down hill, the extra weight tends to
Service
Safe Handling of Gasoline:
1. To avoid personal injury or property damage use
extreme care in handling gasoline. Gasoline is
extremely flammable and the vapors are explosive.
Serious personal injury can occur when gasoline is spilled
on yourself or your clothes which can ignite. Wash your
skin and change clothes immediately.
a. Use only an approved gasoline container.
b. Never fill containers inside a vehicle or on a truck
or trailer bed with a plastic liner. Always place containers on the ground away from your vehicle before filling.
c. When practical, remove gas-powered equipment from
the truck or trailer and refuel it on the ground. If this is
not possible, then refuel such equipment on a trailer
with a portable container, rather than from a gasoline
dispenser nozzle.
d. Keep the nozzle in contact with the rim of the fuel
tank or container opening at all times until fueling is
complete. Do not use a nozzle lock-open device.
push the tractor and may cause you to loose control.
(e.g. tractor may speed up, braking and steering ability
are reduced, attachment may jack-knife and cause
tractor to overturn).
Children
1. 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. They do not understand
the dangers. Never assume that children will remain where
you last saw them.
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2
Safe
Operation
Practices
This symbol points
out important safety
instructions which, if
not followed, could
endanger the personal
safety and/or property
of yourself and others.
Read and follow all
instructions in this manual before attempting to
operate this machine.
Failure to comply with
these instructions
may result in personal
injury. When you see
this symbol, HEED ITS
WARNING.
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.
2
Safe
Operation
Practices
This symbol points
out important safety
instructions which, if
not followed, could
endanger the personal
safety and/or property
of yourself and others.
Read and follow all
instructions in this manual before attempting to
operate this machine.
Failure to comply with
these instructions
may result in personal
injury. When you see
this symbol, HEED ITS
WARNING.
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.
frequently check components and replace immediately with
original equipment manufacturer’s (O.E.M.) parts only, listed
in this manual. “Use of parts which do not meet the original
equipment specifications may lead to improper performance
and compromise safety!”
12.Do not change the engine governor settings or over-speed
the engine. The governor controls the maximum safe
operating speed of the engine.
13.Maintain or replace safety and instruction labels, as necessary.
14.Observe proper disposal laws and regulations for gas, oil,
etc. to protect the environment.
15.According to the Consumer Products Safety Commission
(CPSC) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
(EPA), this product has an Average Useful Life of seven (7)
years, or 270 hours of operation. At the end of the Average
Useful Life, have the machine inspected annually by an
authorized service dealer to ensure that all mechanical
and safety systems are working properly and not worn
excessively. Failure to do so can result in accidents, injuries
or death.
e. Extinguish all cigarettes, cigars, pipes and other
sources of ignition.
f. Never fuel machine indoors.
g. Never remove gas cap or add fuel while the engine
is hot or running. Allow engine to cool at least two
minutes before refueling.
h. Never over fill fuel tank. Fill tank to no more than ½
inch below bottom of filler neck to allow space for fuel
expansion.
i. Replace gasoline cap and tighten securely.
j. If gasoline is spilled, wipe it off the engine and equipment. Move unit to another area. Wait 5 minutes before
starting the engine.
k. To reduce fire hazards, keep machine free of grass,
leaves, or other debris build-up. Clean up oil or fuel
spillage and remove any fuel soaked debris.
l. Never store the machine or fuel container inside where
there is an open flame, spark or pilot light as on a
water heater, space heater, furnace, clothes dryer or
other gas appliances.
m.Allow a machine to cool at least five minutes before
Spark Arrestor
storing.
General Service
1. Never run an engine indoors or in a poorly ventilated
Warning: This machine is equipped with
an internal combustion engine and should
not be used on or near any unimproved
forest-covered, brushcovered or grasscovered land unless the engine’s exhaust
system is equipped with a spark arrester
meeting applicable local or provincial laws
(if any).
If a spark arrester is used, it should be maintained in effective
working order by the operator.
A spark arrester for the muffler is available through your nearest
engine authorized service dealer.
area. Engine exhaust contains carbon monoxide, an
odorless, and deadly gas.
2. Before cleaning, repairing, or inspecting, make certain the
blade(s) and all moving parts have stopped. Disconnect
the spark plug wire and ground against the engine to
prevent unintended starting.
3. Periodically check to make sure the blades come to
complete stop within approximately (5) five seconds after
operating the blade disengagement control. If the blades
do not stop within the this time frame, your unit should be
serviced professionally by an authorized Service Dealer.
4. Check brake operation frequently as it is subjected to wear
during normal operation. Adjust and service as required.
5. Check the blade(s) and engine mounting bolts at frequent
intervals for proper tightness. Also, visually inspect
blade(s) for damage (e.g., excessive wear, bent, cracked).
Replace the blade(s) with the original equipment manufacturer’s (O.E.M.) blade(s) only, listed in this manual.
“Use of parts which do not meet the original equipment
specifications may lead to improper performance and
compromise safety!”
6. Mower blades are sharp. Wrap the blade or wear gloves,
and use extra caution when servicing them.
7. Keep all nuts, bolts, and screws tight to be sure the
equipment is in safe working condition.
8. Never tamper with the safety interlock system or other
safety devices. Check their proper operation regularly.
9. After striking a foreign object, stop the engine, disconnect
the spark plug wire(s) and ground against the engine.
Thoroughly inspect the machine for any damage. Repair
the damage before starting and operating.
10.Never attempt to make adjustments or repairs to the
machine while the engine is running.
11.Grass catcher components and the discharge cover are
subject to wear and damage which could expose moving
parts or allow objects to be thrown. For safety protection,
Do not modify engine
To avoid serious injury or death, do not modify engine in any
way. Tampering with the governor setting can lead to a runaway
engine and cause it to operate at unsafe speeds. Never tamper
with factory setting of engine governor.
Notice regarding Emissions
Engines which are certified to comply with California and
federal EPA emission regulations for SORE (Small Off Road
Equipment) are certified to operate on regular unleaded
gasoline, and may include the following emission control
systems: Engine Modification (EM) and Three Way Catalyst
(TWC) if so equipped.
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This page depicts and describes safety symbols that may appear on this product. Read, understand, and follow all instructions
on the machine before attempting to assemble and operate.
Symbol
Description
READ THE OPERATOR’S MANUAL(S)
Read, understand, and follow all instructions in the manual(s) before attempting
to assemble and operate
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Safe
Symbols
DANGER— ROTATING BLADES
Never carry passengers. Never carry children, even with the blades off.
DANGER— ROTATING BLADES
Always look down and behind before and while backing to avoid a back-over
accident.
WARNING— ROTATING BLADES
Do not put hands or feet near rotating parts or under the cutting deck. Contact
with the blade(s) can amputate hands and feet.
WARNING—THROWN OBJECTS
This machine may pick up and throw and objects which can cause serious
personal injury.
WARNING—THROWN OBJECTS
This machine may pick up and throw and objects which can cause serious
personal injury.
BYSTANDERS
Keep bystanders, helpers, children and pets at least 75 feet from the machine
while it is in operation.
WARNING— SLOPE OPERATION
Do not operate this machine on a slope greater than 15 degrees.
WARNING— HOT SURFACE
Engine parts, especially the muffler, become extremely hot during operation. Allow
engine and muffler to cool before touching.
DANGER — ROTATING BLADES
To reduce the risk of injury, keep hands and feet away. Do not operate unless
discharge cover or grass catcher is in its proper place. If damaged, replace
immediately.
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This symbol points
out important safety
instructions which, if
not followed, could
endanger the personal
safety and/or property
of yourself and others.
Read and follow all
instructions in this manual before attempting to
operate this machine.
Failure to comply with
these instructions
may result in personal
injury. When you see
this symbol, HEED ITS
WARNING.
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.
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Setting Up
Your Lawn
Tractor
The gasoline tank is located under the hood and has a
capacity of 1-1/2 gallons. Do not overfill.
WARNING: Use extreme care when
handling gasoline. Gasoline is extremely flammable and the vapors are
explosive. Never fuel machine indoors
or while the engine is hot or running.
Extinguish cigarettes, cigars, pipes, and
other sources of ignition.
Connecting the Battery Cables
CAUTION: When attaching battery
cables, always connect the POSITIVE
(Red) wire to its terminal first, followed
by the NEGATIVE (Black) wire.
For shipping reasons, both battery cables on your
equipment may have been left disconnected from the
terminals at the factory. To connect the battery cables,
proceed as follows:
WARNING
NOTE: The positive battery terminal is marked Pos. (+).
The negative battery terminal is marked Neg. (–).
Use extreme care
when handling
gasoline. Gasoline is
extremely flammable
and the vapors are
explosive. Never fuel
machine indoors
or while the engine
is hot or running.
Extinguish cigarettes,
cigars, pipes, and
other sources of
ignition.
• Remove the plastic cover, if present, from the
positive battery terminal and attach the red cable to
the positive battery terminal (+) with the bolt and hex
nut. See Fig. 3-1.
NOTE: This Operators
Manual covers a range
of product specifications
for various models.
Characteristics and
features discussed
and/or illustrated in
this manual may not be
applicable to all models.
MTD LLC reserves the
right to change product
specifications, designs
and equipment without
notice and without incurring obligation.
Gas and Oil Fill-up
NOTE: This Operators Manual covers a range
of product specifications for various models.
Characteristics and features discussed and/or illustrated
in this manual may not be applicable to all models. MTD
LLC reserves the right to change product specifications,
designs and equipment without notice and without
incurring obligation.
Service the engine with gasoline and oil as instructed in
the separate Engine Operator/Owner Manual packed with
your tractor. Read instructions carefully.
IMPORTANT: Your tractor is shipped with motor oil in the
engine. However, you MUST check the oil level before
operating. Be careful not to overfill.
Shipping Brace Removal
WARNING: Make sure the riding
mower’s engine is off, remove the
ignition key, and set the parking brake
before removing the shipping brace.
• Remove the plastic cover, if present, from the
negative battery terminal and attach the black cable
to the negative battery terminal (–) with the bolt and
hex nut. See Fig. 3-1.
• Locate the shipping brace, if present, and accompanying warning tag found on the right side of the mower,
between the discharge chute and the cutting deck.
See Figure 3-2.
• Position the red rubber boot over the positive battery
terminal to help protect it from corrosion.
• While holding the discharge chute with your left hand,
remove the shipping brace with your right hand by
grasping it between your thumb and index finger and
rotating it clockwise.
NOTE: If the battery is put into service after the date
shown on top of battery, charge the battery as instructed
in the Maintenance section of this manual prior to
operating the tractor.
WARNING: The shipping brace, used
for packaging purposes only, must be
removed and discarded before operating your riding mower.
WARNING: The mowing deck is capable
of throwing objects. Failure to operate
the riding mower without the discharge
cover in the proper operating position
could result in serious personal injury
and/or property damage.
Attaching The Steering Wheel
If the steering wheel for your tractor did not come
attached, the hardware for attaching it has been packed
within the steering wheel, beneath the steering wheel
cap. Carefully pry off the steering wheel cap and remove
the hardware.
NOTE: There are two different syles of steeering wheel
caps. Styles vary by model.
1. With the wheels of the tractor pointing straight
forward, place the steering wheel over the steering
shaft.
Figure 3-1
2. Place the washer (with the cupped side down) over
the steering shaft and secure with the hex bolt. See
Figure 3-3.
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3
Setting Up
Your Lawn
Tractor
Figure 3-2
Figure 3-4
Attaching the Hood Scoop
If so equipped)
If the hood scoop was not secured to the hood of your
tractor at the factory, you will find it in a plastic bag,
hanging from the throttle lever.
To install:
1. Carefully pivot the tractor hood forward.
2. Remove the four screws from the underside of the
hood scoop.
3. Line up the four holes in the hood scoop with the
four holes visible through the tractor’s hood louvres.
See Figure 3-4.
4. While holding the scoop in place, use a 3/8” socket
wrench (or box wrench) to carefully tighten the scoop
onto the hood. Do NOT overtighten.
Figure 3-3
WARNING
Make sure the riding
mower’s engine is
off, remove the ignition key, and set the
parking brake before
removing the shipping
brace.
The shipping brace,
used for packaging
purposes only, must
be removed and
discarded before
operating your riding
mower.
The mowing deck is
capable of throwing
objects. Failure to
operate the riding
mower without the
discharge cover in
the proper operating
position could result
in serious personal
injury and/or property
damage.
3. Place the steering wheel cap over the center of the
steering wheel and push downward until it “clicks” into
place.
IMPORTANT: Do NOT overtighten.
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3
Setting Up
Your Lawn
Tractor
Figure 3-6
Figure 3-5
WARNING
Before operating this
machine, make sure
the seat is engaged in
the seat stop, stand
behind the machine
and pull back on seat
until fully engaged
into stop.
Attaching The Seat
Tire Pressure
If the seat for your tractor did not come attached, refer
to Figure 3-5, Figure 3-6, and Figure 3-7 to identify your
tractor’s seat style and follow the applicable instructions
below to attach it.
WARNING: Maximum tire pressure under any circumstances is 30 psi. Equal
tire pressure should be maintained at
all times.
The tires on your unit may be over-inflated for shipping
purposes. Reduce the tire pressure before operating
the tractor. Recommended operating tire pressure is
approximately 10 p.s.i for the rear tires & 14 p.s.i. for the
front tires. Check sidewall of tire for maximum p.s.i
NOTE: For shipping reasons, seats are either fastened
to the tractor seat’s pivot bracket with a plastic tie, or
mounted backward to the pivot bracket. In either case,
free the seat form its shipping position and remove the
hex screw (or knob) from the bottom of seat before
proceeding with applicable instructions below.
1. Position the shoulder screws (found on the base of
the seat) inside the slot openings in the seat pivot
bracket. Figure 3-5 or Figure 3-6.
For shipping reasons,
seats are either
fastened to the tractor
seat’s pivot bracket
with a plastic tie, or
mounted backward to
the pivot bracket. In
either case, free the
seat form its shipping
position and remove
the two hex screws
(or knobs, on models
so equipped) from the
bottom of seat before
proceeding with applicable instructions.
2. Slide the seat slightly rearward in the seat pivot
bracket, lining up the rear slots in the pivot bracket
with the remaining two holes in the seat’s base.
3. Select desired position for the seat, and secure with
the hex screw (See Figure 3-5) or knob (See Figure
3-6) removed earlier.
4. To adjust the position of the seat, loosen the hex
screw (or knob if equipped) on the bottom of the
seat. Slide the seat forward or backward as desired.
Retighten the screw (or knob).
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3
Identifying the Mulch Plug (if so
equipped)
On tractor models so equipped, a mulch plug can either
be found within the cutting deck’s discharge opening or
packed separately with your unit.
Setting Up
Your Lawn
Tractor
NOTE: Refer to Mulching in the Operation section of this
manual for more detailed information.
If you’d prefer to operate the cutting deck without mulching, simply remove the mulch plug by unthreading the
plastic wing nut which fastens it to the cutting deck. This
will allow the clippings to discharge out of the discharge
opening during operation. See Figure 3-7.
Setting the Deck Gauge Wheels
(if so equipped)
Figure 3-7
Move the tractor on a firm and level surface, preferably
pavement, and proceed as follows
1. Select the height position of the cutting deck by placing the deck lift lever in the normally desired mowing
height setting (any of the six different cutting height
notches on the right fender).
WARNING
Maximum tire pressure under any
circumstances is 30
psi. Equal tire pressure
should be maintained
at all times.
2. Check the gauge wheels for contact or excessive
clearance with the surface below. The deck gauge
wheels should have between ¼-inch and ½-inch
clearance above the ground as follows:
If the gauge wheels have excessive clearance or contact
with the surface, adjust as follows:
a. Raise the deck lift handle to its highest setting.
b. Remove the gauge wheels by removing the lock
nuts and shoulder screws which secure them to
the deck. See Fig. 3-8.
c. Place the deck lift lever in the desired mowing
height setting.
d. Reinsert the shoulder screw (with each gauge
wheel) into the index hole that leaves approximately ½-inch between the bottom of the wheel
and the pavement.
Figure 3-8
Refer to Leveling the Deck in the Maintenance section
of this manual for more detailed instructions regarding
various deck adjustments.
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Know Your Lawn Tractor
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Operating
Your Lawn
Tractor
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NOTE: Any reference
in this manual to the
RIGHT or LEFT side of
the tractor is observed
from operator’s position.
For shipping reasons,
seats are either
fastened to the tractor
seat’s pivot bracket
with a plastic tie, or
mounted backward to
the pivot bracket. In
either case, free the
seat form its shipping
position and remove
the two hex screws
(or knobs, on models
so equipped) from the
bottom of seat before
proceeding with applicable instructions.
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NOTE: Steering wheel not shown for clarity
Figure 4-1
† If so equipped
A
Speed Control Lever/ Parking Brake
E
Throttle Control Lever
B
Clutch-Brake Pedal
F
Ignition Switch Module †
C
Shift Lever
G
Deck Lift Lever
D
Choke Control†
H
PTO (Blade Engage) Lever
WARNING: Read and follow all safety rules and instructions in this manual, including the entire
Operation section, before attempting to operate this machine. Failure to comply with all safety rules and
instructions may rerult in personal injury.
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Throttle Control Lever
The throttle control lever is located on the right side of
the tractor’s dash panel. This lever controls the speed
of the engine and, on some models, when pushed all
the way forward, the choke control also. When set in a
given position, the throttle will maintain a uniform engine
speed. See Figure 4-2.
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IMPORTANT: When operating the tractor with the cutting
deck engaged, be certain that the throttle lever is always
in the FAST (rabbit) position.
Operating
Your Lawn
Tractor
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3,/7
Choke Control
Figure 4-2
On some models, moving the
throttle lever all the way forward
activates the engine’s choke
control. On all other models, 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 OPERATING
section manual for detailed starting instructions.
On
A
Start
Off
WARNING
Never leave a running
machine unattended.
Always disengage
PTO, move shift lever
into neutral position,
set parking brake, stop
engine and remove key
to prevent unintended
starting.
Ignition Switch
The ignition switch is activated to start the engine. Insert
key into the ignition switch and turn clockwise to the
START position. Release the key into the ON position
once engine has fired.
To stop the engine, turn the ignition key counterclockwise
to the OFF position.
Figure 4-3A - The headlights are on when the engine is
running.
Figure 4-3B - To activate the headlights, turn the key one
more position to the left. The engine will continue to run
with the headlights on.
B
On/Lights
Off
On
STOP
Start
Ignition Switch Module (If Equipped)
To start the engine, insert the key into the ignition switch
and turn clockwise to the START position. Release the
key into the NORMAL MOWING MODE position once
the engine has fired.
To stop the engine, turn the ignition key counterclockwise
to the OFF position. See Figure 4-3C.
WARNING: Never leave a running
machine unattended. Always disengage
PTO, move shift lever into neutral
position, set parking brake, stop engine
and remove key to prevent unintended
starting.
C
Normal
Mowing
Mode
Stop
Position
Start
Position
IMPORTANT: Prior to operating the tractor, refer to both
Safety Interlock Switches and Starting The Engine
in the OPERATING section of this manual for detailed
instructions regarding the Ignition Switch Module and
operating the tractor in REVERSE CAUTION MODE.
Figure 4-3
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IMPORTANT
Prior to operating the
tractor, refer to both
Safety Interlock
Switches on page
14 and Starting The
Engine on page 16
of this manual for
detailed instructions
regarding the Ignition
Switch Module and
operating the tractor in
REVERSE CAUTION
MODE.
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Operating
Your Lawn
Tractor
Clutch-Brake Pedal
F
The clutch-brake pedal is located on the left side of the
lawn tractor, along the running board. Depress the clutchbrake pedal part way down when slowing the tractor by
changing speeds (Refer to Speed Control Lever). Depress
the pedal all the way down to engage the disc brake and
bring the tractor to a complete stop.
FORWARD
N
NOTE: The pedal must be depressed to start the engine.
Refer to Safety Interlock Switches on page 14.
NEUTRAL
Deck Lift Lever
R
PTO (Blade Engage) Lever
Figure 4-4
WARNING
NOTE: The parking
brake must be set if the
operator leaves the seat
with the engine running or the engine will
automatically shut off.
NOTE: The PTO (Blade
Engage) lever must be
in the disengaged (PTO
OFF) position when
starting the engine.
IMPORTANT
Never force the shift
lever. Doing so may
result in serious
damage to the tractor’s
transmission.
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 must not be in motion when the moving shift
lever. See Figure 4-4.
IMPORTANT: Never force the shift lever. Doing so may
result in serious damage to the tractor’s transmission.
Speed Control Lever
The speed control lever, located on the left side of
the tractor’s dash console, allows you to regulate the
ground speed of the lawn tractor. To use, depress the
clutch-brake pedal and move the lever out of the parking
brake notch and forward to increase the tractor’s ground
speed. When a desired speed has been
reached, release the lever into an appropriate
notch to maintain that speed.
To slow the tractor’s ground speed, depress
the clutch-brake pedal and move the speed
control lever rearward and release it into a
notch.
NOTE: Lawn tractors vary by model and are
available with either a 6 or 7 speed control
lever.
Parking Brake
To set the parking brake, fully depress the
clutch-brake pedal. Move the speed control
lever all the way down and into the parking
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pedal to allow the parking brake to engage.
To release the parking brake, depress the
clutch-brake pedal and move the speed control lever
out of the notches to the desired position. Release the
speed control lever and the clutch-brake pedal.
NOTE: The parking brake must be set if the operator
leaves the seat with the engine running or the engine will
automatically shut off.
Found on the tractor’s right fender, the PTO
(blade engage) lever is used to engage power to
the cutting deck or other (separately available)
attachments. To operate, move the lever all
the way forward. Moving the lever all the way
rearward into the PTO OFF position disengages
power to the cutting deck/ attachment.
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Found on your tractor’s right fender, the deck lift
lever is used to change the height of the cutting
deck. To use, move the lever to the left, then
place in the notch best suited for your application.
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NOTE: The PTO (blade engage) lever must be
in the disengaged (PTO OFF) position when starting the
engine.
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.
• The safety interlock system prevents the engine
from cranking or starting unless the parking brake
is engaged, and the PTO (Blade Engage) lever (or
button) is in the disengaged (OFF) position.
• The engine will automatically shut off if the operator
leaves the seat before engaging the parking brake.
• The engine will automatically shut off if the operator
leaves the tractor’s seat with the PTO (Blade Engage)
lever in the engaged (ON) position, regardless of
whether the parking brake is engaged.
• The engine will automatically shut off if the operator
engages the PTO with the parking brake ON.
Models without Reverse Caution Mode
• The engine will automatically shut off if the PTO (Blade
Engage) lever is moved into the engaged (ON) position
with the shift lever in Reverse.
Models with Reverse Caution Mode
• With the ignition key in the NORMAL MOWING position, the engine will automatically shut off if the PTO
(Blade Engage) lever is moved into the engaged (ON)
position with the shift lever in Reverse.
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WARNING: Do not operate the tractor if
the interlock system is malfunctioning.
This system was designed for your
safety and protection.
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Reverse Caution Mode (If Equipped)
WARNING: Use extreme caution while
operating the tractor in the REVERSE
CAUTION MODE. Always look down and
behind before and while backing. Do
not operate the tractor when children
or others are around. Stop the tractor
immediately if someone enters the
area.
The REVERSE CAUTION MODE position of the key
switch module allows the tractor to be operated in
reverse with the blades (PTO) engaged.
3. Release the clutch-brake pedal to allow the parking
brake to engage.
IMPORTANT: Mowing in reverse is not recommended.
To release the parking brake:
To use the REVERSE CAUTION MODE:
1. Depress the clutch-brake pedal and move the speed
control lever out of the parking brake position and into
a desired speed.
IMPORTANT: The operator MUST be seated in the
tractor seat.
1. Start the engine as instructed on page 16 under
Starting The Engine.
2. Turn the key from the NORMAL MOWING (Green)
position to the REVERSE CAUTION MODE (Yellow)
position of the key switch module. See Figure 4-5.
3. Depress the REVERSE PUSH BUTTON (Orange,
Triangular Button) at the top, right corner of the key
switch module. The red indicator light at the top, left
corner of the key switch module will be ON while
activated. See Figure 4-5.
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Setting the Cutting Height
1. Select the height position of the cutting deck by
placing the deck lift lever in any of the different cutting
height notches on the right side of the fender.
2. Adjust the deck wheels, if equipped, so that they are
between ¼-inch and ½-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 opening of the
cutting deck.
NOTE: On models so equipped, the deck wheels are an
anti-scalp feature of the deck and are not designed to
support the weight of the cutting deck.
5. Always look down and behind before and while
backing to make sure no children are around.
Refer to Leveling the Deck in the Adjustment section
of this manual for more detailed instructions regarding
various deck adjustments.
Starting the Engine
WARNING: Do not operate the tractor if
the interlock system is malfunctioning.
This system was designed for your
safety and protection.
IMPORTANT: The REVERSE CAUTION MODE will
remain activated until:
a.The key is placed in either the NORMAL MOWING
position or STOP position.
b. The operator engages the parking brake by fully
depressing the clutch-brake pedal and holding it
down while moving the speed control lever into the
PARK BRAKE position.
NOTE: Refer to the TRACTOR SET-UP on page 8 of this
manual for Gasoline and Oil fill-up instructions.
Engaging the Parking Brake
2. Place the PTO (Blade Engage) lever in the disengaged (OFF) position.
To engage the parking brake:
1. Fully depress the clutch-brake pedal and hold it down
with your foot.
2. Move the speed control lever all the way down and
into the parking brake position.
Operating
Your Lawn
Tractor
Figure 4-5
4. Once activated (indicator light ON), the tractor can
be driven in reverse with the cutting blades (PTO)
engaged.
6. After resuming forward motion, return the key to the
NORMAL MOWING position.
4
1. Insert the tractor key into the ignition switch.
3. Engage the tractor’s parking brake.
4. Activate the choke control.
5. Turn the ignition key clockwise to the START position.
After the engine starts, release the key. It will return to
the ON position.
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WARNING
Do not operate
the tractor if the
interlock system is
malfunctioning. This
system was designed
for your safety and
protection.
Use extreme caution
while operating
the tractor in the
REVERSE CAUTION
MODE. Always look
down and behind
before and while
backing. Do not
operate the tractor
when children or
others are around.
Stop the tractor
immediately if
someone enters the
area.
Keep hands and
feet away from the
discharge opening of
the cutting deck.
4
Operating
Your Lawn
Tractor
WARNING
If you strike a foreign
object, stop the
engine, disconnect the
spark plug wire(s) and
ground against the
engine. Thoroughly
inspect the machine
for any damage.
Repair the damage
before restarting and
operating.
Avoid sudden starts,
ex-cessive speed and
sudden stops.
Do not leave the seat
of the tractor without
first placing the PTO
(Blade Engage) 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.
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 electric starter.
WARNING
AVOID SERIOUS INJURY OR
DEATH
6. After the engine starts, deactivate the choke control
and place the throttle control in the FAST position.
• GO UP AND DOWN SLOPES, NOT ACROSS.
• AVOID SUDDEN TURNS.
NOTE: Do NOT leave the choke control on while operating the tractor. Doing so will result in a “rich” fuel mixture
and cause the engine to run poorly.
• DO NOT OPERATE THE UNIT WHERE IT COULD SLIP OR TIP.
• IF MACHINE STOPS GOING UPHILL, STOP BLADE(S) AND
BACK DOWNHILL SLOWLY.
Stopping the Engine
• DO NOT MOW WHEN CHILDREN OR OTHERS ARE AROUND.
WARNING: If you strike a foreign
object, stop the engine, disconnect the
spark plug wire(s) and ground against
the engine. Thoroughly inspect the
machine for any damage. Repair the
damage before restarting and operating the tractor.
1. If the blades are engaged, place the PTO (Blade
Engage) lever in the disengaged (OFF) position.
• NEVER CARRY CHILDREN, EVEN WITH BLADES OFF.
• 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).
2. Turn the ignition key counterclockwise to the STOP
position.
• BEFORE LEAVING OPERATOR’S POSITION, DISENGAGE
BLADE(S), PLACE THE SHIFT LEVER IN NEUTRAL, ENGAGE
BRAKE LOCK, SHUT ENGINE OFF AND REMOVE KEY.
3. Remove the key from the ignition switch to prevent
unintended starting.
READ OPERATOR’S MANUAL
Driving The Tractor
WARNING: Avoid sudden starts,
ex-cessive speed and sudden stops.
WARNING: Do not leave the seat
of the tractor without first placing
the PTO (Blade Engage) 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.
WARNING: Always look down and
behind before and while backing up to
avoid a back-over accident.
1. Depress the brake pedal to release the parking brake
and let the pedal up.
IMPORTANT: First-time operators should use speed positions 1 or 2. Become completely familiar with the tractor’s
operation and controls before operating the tractor in
higher speed positions.
5. Release clutch-brake pedal slowly to put unit into
motion.
6. The lawn tractor is brought to a stop by depressing the
clutch-brake pedal.
NOTE: When operating the unit initially, there will be little
difference between the highest two speeds until after the
belts have seated themselves into the pulleys during the
break-in period.
WARNING: Before leaving the operator’s
position for any reason, disengage the
blades, place the shift lever in neutral,
engage the parking brake, shut engine
off and remove the key.
2. Move the throttle lever into the FAST (rabbit) position.
3. Place the shift lever in either the FORWARD or
REVERSE 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.
4. Release the parking brake by depressing the clutchbrake pedal and positioning the speed control lever
in desired position.
IMPORTANT: When stopping the tractor for any reason
while on a grass surface, always:
1. Place the shift lever in neutral,
2. Engage the parking brake,
3. Shut engine off and remove the key. Doing so will
minimize the possibility of having your lawn ‘‘browned’’
by hot exhaust from your tractor’s running engine.
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If unit stalls with speed control in high speed, or if unit
will not operate with speed control lever in a low speed
position, proceed as follows:
1. Place shift lever in NEUTRAL.
2. Restart engine.
3. Place speed control lever in highest speed position.
4. Release clutch-brake pedal fully.
5. Depress clutch-brake pedal.
6. Place speed control lever in desired position.
7. Place shift lever in either FORWARD or REVERSE,
and follow normal operating procedures.
Driving On Slopes
Refer to the SLOPE GAUGE on page 3 to help determine
slopes where you may operate the tractor safely.
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). The tractor could overturn and
cause serious injury.
• Mow up and down slopes, NEVER across.
• Exercise extreme caution when changing direction on
slopes.
• Watch for holes, ruts, bumps, rocks, or other hidden
objects. Uneven terrain could overturn the machine.
Tall grass can hide obstacles.
• Avoid turns when driving on a slope. If a turn must be
made, turn down the slope. Turning up a slope greatly
increases the chance of a roll over.
Refer to Safety Interlock Switches on page 14.
Using the Deck Lift Lever
To raise the cutting deck, move the deck lift lever to
the left, then place it in the notch best suited for your
application. Refer to Setting The Cutting Height earlier in
this section.
Mowing
WARNING: To help avoid blade contact
or a thrown object injury, keep bystanders, helpers, children and pets at least
75 feet from the machine while it is
in operation. Stop machine if anyone
enters the area.
The following information will be helpful when using the
cutting deck with your tractor:
WARNING: Plan your mowing pattern
to avoid discharge of materials toward
roads, sidewalks, bystanders and the
like. Also, avoid discharging material
against a wall or obstruction which may
cause discharged material to ricochet
back toward the operator.
• Do not mow at high ground speed, especially if a
mulch kit or grass collector is installed.
• For best results it is recommended that the first two
laps be cut with the discharge thrown towards the
center. After the first two laps, reverse the direction to
throw the discharge to the outside for the balance of
cutting. This will give a better appearance to the lawn.
• Avoid stopping when driving up a slope. If it is
necessary to stop while driving up a slope, start up
smoothly and carefully to reduce the possibility of
flipping the tractor over backward.
• Do not cut the grass too short. Short grass invites
weed growth and yellows quickly in dry weather.
Engaging the Blades
• Under heavier conditions it may be necessary to go
back over the cut area a second time to get a clean
cut.
Engaging the PTO (Blade Engage) transfers power to
the cutting deck or other (separately available) attachments. To engage the blades, proceed as follows:
1. Move the throttle control lever to the FAST (rabbit)
position.
2. Grasp the PTO (Blade Engage) lever and pivot it all
the way forward into the engaged (ON) position.
3. Keep the throttle lever in the FAST (rabbit) position
for the most efficient use of the cutting deck or other
(separately available) attachments
IMPORTANT: Models with Reverse Caution Mode:
The engine will automatically shut off if the PTO is
engaged with the shift lever in position for reverse travel
with the ignition key in the NORMAL MOWING position.
Models without Reverse Caution Mode:
The PTO (Blade Engage) lever must be in the disengaged (OFF) position when starting the engine, when
traveling in reverse, and if the operator leaves the seat.
• Mowing should always be done with the engine at full
throttle.
• Do NOT attempt to mow heavy brush and weeds and
extremely tall grass. Your tractor is designed to mow
lawns, NOT clear brush.
• Keep the blades sharp and replace the blades when
worn. Refer to Cutting Blades on page 25 of this
manual for proper blade sharpening instructions.
Mulching (If Equipped)
Select models come equipped with a mulch kit which
incorporates special blades, already standard on the
tractor, in a process of recirculating grass clippings
repeatedly beneath the cutting deck. The ultra-fine
clippings are then forced back into the lawn where they
act as a natural fertilizer.
Observe the following points for the best results when
mulching:
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Operating
Your Lawn
Tractor
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). The tractor
could overturn and
cause serious injury.
Always look down
and behind before
and while backing up
to avoid a back-over
accident.
4
Operating
Your Lawn
Tractor
• Never attempt to mulch if the lawn is damp. Wet
grass tends to stick to the underside of the cutting
deck preventing proper mulching of the clippings.
• Do NOT attempt to mulch more than 1/3 the total
height of the grass or approximately 1-1/2 inches.
Doing so will cause the clippings to clump up
beneath the deck and not be mulched effectively.
• Maintain a slow ground speed to allow the grass
clippings more time to effectively be mulched.
• Always position the throttle control lever in the FAST
(rabbit) position and allow it to remain there while
mowing. Failing to keep the engine at full throttle
places strain on the tractor’s engine and does not
allow the blades to properly mulch grass.
NOTE: It is not necessary to remove the discharge
chute to operate the mower with the mulch kit installed.
WARNING
Plan your mowing
pattern to avoid
discharge of materials toward roads,
sidewalks, bystanders
and the like. Also,
avoid discharging
material against a
wall or obstruction
which may cause
discharged material to
ricochet back toward
the operator.
Figure 4-6
To operate the cutting deck without mulching, simply
remove the mulch plug by unthreading the plastic wing
nut which fastens it to the cutting deck. This will allow
the clippings to discharge out the side. See Figure 4-6.
Headlights
• On some models, the lamps are ON whenever the
tractor’s engine is running. On other models, the
lamps are ON whenever the ignition key is moved out
of the STOP position.
• On all models, the lamps turn OFF when the ignition
key is moved to the STOP position.
NOTE: This Operators
Manual covers a range
of product specifications for various
models. Characteristics
and features discussed
and/or illustrated in
this manual may not be
applicable to all models.
MTD LLC reserves the
right to change product
specifications, designs
and equipment without
notice and without
incurring obligation.
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WARNING: Never attempt to make
any adjustments while the engine is
running, except where specified in the
operator’s manual.
Leveling the Deck
Adjusting
Your Lawn
Tractor
NOTE: Check the tractor’s tire pressure before performing any deck leveling adjustments. Refer to Tires on page
24 for information regarding tire pressure.
Front To Rear
The front of the cutting deck is supported by a stabilizer
bar that can adjusted to level the deck from front to rear.
The front of the deck should be between 1/4-inch and
3/8-inch lower than the rear of the deck. Adjust if necessary as follows:
Figure 5-1 (38” & 46” Deck)
1. With the tractor parked on a firm, level surface, place
the deck lift lever in the top notch (highest position)
and rotate the blade nearest the discharge chute so
that it is parallel with the tractor.
WARNING
2. Measure the distance from the front of the blade tip to
the ground and the rear of the blade tip to the ground.
The first measurement taken should be between
1/4” and 3/8” less than the second measurement.
Determine the approximate distance necessary for
proper adjustment and proceed, if necessary, to the
next step.
3. Locate the jam nut and lock nut on the front side of the
stabilizer bracket. See Figure 5-1 or Figure 5-2. After
loosening the jam nut:
Figure 5-2 (42” Deck)
Tighten the lock nut to raise the front of the deck;
Never attempt to
adjust the brakes
while the engine
is running. Always
disengage PTO, move
shift lever into neutral
position, stop engine
and remove key to
prevent unintended
starting.
Loosen the lock nut to lower the front of the deck.
4. Retighten the jam nut loosened earlier when proper
adjustment is achieved.
Side to Side
If the cutting deck appears to be mowing unevenly, a side
to side adjustment can be performed. Adjust if necessary
as follows:
1. With the tractor parked on a firm, level surface, place
the deck lift lever in the top notch (highest position)
and rotate both blades so that they are perpendicular
with the tractor.
2. Measure the distance from the outside of the left blade
tip to the ground and the distance from the outside of
the right blade tip to the ground. Both measurements
taken should be equal. If they’re not, proceed to the
next step.
Figure 5-3
Parking Brake Adjustment
WARNING: Never attempt to adjust the
brakes while the engine is running.
Always disengage PTO, move shift
lever into neutral position, stop engine
and remove key to prevent unintended
starting.
3. Loosen, but do NOT remove, the hex cap screw on
the left deck hanger bracket. See Figure 5-3.
4. Balance the deck by using a wrench to turn the
adjustment gear (found immediately behind the hex
cap screw just loosened) clockwise/up or counterclockwise/down. The deck is properly balanced when
both blade tip measurements taken earlier are equal.
5. Retighten the hex cap screw on the left deck hanger
bracket when proper adjustment is achieved.
Never attempt to
make any adjustments while the
engine is running,
except where specified in the operator’s
manual.
If the tractor does not come to a complete stop when the
brake pedal is completely depressed, or if the tractor’s
rear wheels can roll with the parking brake applied,
the brake is in need of adjustment. See an authorized
service dealer to have your brakes properly adjusted.
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Refer to the Set-Up
section of this manual
for seat adjustment
instructions.
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Lubrication
WARNING: Before lubricating, repairing,
or inspecting, always disengage PTO,
move shift lever into neutral position, set
parking brake, stop engine and remove
key to prevent unintended starting.
Maintaining
Your Lawn
Tractor
Engine
Lubricate the engine with motor oil as instructed in the
Engine Owner Manual packed with your unit.
Pivot Points & Linkage
Lubricate all the pivot points on the drive system, parking
brake and lift linkage at least once a season with light oil.
Figure 6-1
WARNING: Before performing any
maintenance or repairs, disengage
PTO, move shift lever into neutral position, set parking brake, stop engine
and remove key to prevent unintended
starting.
WARNING
Before performing
any maintenance or
repairs, disengage
PTO, move shift lever
into neutral position,
set parking brake,
stop engine and
remove key to prevent
unintended starting.
Engine
Refer to the Engine Operator/Owner Manual for
engine maintenance instructions.
Check engine oil level before each use as instructed
in the Engine Operator/Owner Manual packed with your
unit. Follow the instructions carefully.
Changing Engine Oil and Filter
NOTE: Depending on the engine model found on your
tractor, it may be necessary to remove the tractor’s side
panel in order to replace the oil filter (if so equipped).
For draining oil from the engine’s crankcase of select
model tractors, a plastic oil drain sleeve or hose is
packed with this Operator’s Manual. See Figure 6-1.
Rear Wheels
The rear wheels should be removed from the axles once
a season. Lubricate the axles and the rims well with an
all-purpose grease before re-installing them.
Front Axles
Each end of the tractor’s front pivot bar may be equipped
with a grease fitting. Lubricate with a grease gun after
every 25 hours of tractor operation.
Cleaning the Engine And Deck
Any fuel or oil spilled on the machine should be wiped
off promptly. Do NOT allow debris to accumulate around
the cooling fins of the engine or on any other part of the
machine.
IMPORTANT: The use of a pressure washer to clean your
tractor is NOT recommended. It may cause damage to
electrical components, spindles, pulleys, bearings or the
engine.
A hex plug can be found on your tractor’s 42” & 46” deck
surface. See Figure 6-2.
This plug can be replaced with a water port to be used as
part of a separately-available deck wash system.
1. Change the oil as instructed in the separate Engine
Operator/Owner Manual packed with your unit.
NOTE: Depending on
the engine model found
on your tractor, it may
be necessary to remove
the tractor’s side panel
in order to replace the
oil filter (if so equipped)
2. Service the oil filter (if so equipped) as instructed in
the separate Engine Operator/Owner Manual packed
with your unit.
3. Refill the engine with the proper quantity and weight
of new motor oil as instructed in the Engine Operator/Owner Manual packed with your unit.
Air Cleaner
Service the pre-cleaner, if so equipped, and cartridge/air
cleaner element as instructed in the Engine Operator/
Owner Manual packed with your unit.
Spark Plug(s)
The spark plug(s) should be cleaned and the gap reset
once a season. Spark plug replacement is recommended at the start of each mowing season. Refer to
the Engine Operator/Owner Manual for correct plug type
and gap specifications.
Figure 6-2
NOTE: Refer to page 28 for information regarding this and
other separately-available attachments & accessories for
your tractor.
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Deck Wash System™ (If equipped)
Your tractor’s deck may be equipped with a water port on
its surface as part of its deck wash system. Use the Deck
Wash System™ (sold separately) to rinse grass clippings
from the deck’s underside and prevent the buildup of corrosive chemicals. Complete the following steps AFTER
EACH MOWING:
1. Drive the tractor to a level, clear spot on your lawn,
near enough to a water sillcock (spigot) for your
garden hose to reach.
Maintaining
Your Lawn
Tractor
IMPORTANT: Make certain the tractor’s discharge chute is
directed AWAY from your house, garage, parked cars, etc.
2. Disengage the PTO (Blade Engage), move the shift lever
into the neutral position, set the parking brake, and stop the
engine.
Figure 6-3
3. Thread the hose coupler (packaged with your tractor’s
Operator’s Manual) onto the end of your garden hose.
4. Attach the hose coupler to the water port on your decks
surface. See Figure 6-3.
5. Turn the water on.
C
6. While sitting in the operator’s position on the tractor, re-start
the engine and place the throttle lever in the FAST (rabbit)
position.
A
B
7. Disengage the parking brake.
8. Move the tractor’s PTO (Blade Engage) into the ON
position.
9. Remain in the operator’s position with the cutting deck
engaged for a minimum of two minutes, allowing the
underside of the cutting deck to thoroughly rinse.
10.Move the tractor’s PTO (Blade Engage) into the OFF
position.
Figure 6-4
11.Turn the ignition key to the STOP position to turn the tractor’s
engine off and engage the parking brake.
12.Turn the water off and detach the hose coupler from the
water port on your decks surface.
13.Repeat steps 4-11 on the opposite side of the cutting deck.
Cutting Deck Removal
NOTE: Models equipped with a 38-inch deck have one
deck idler pulley. Models equipped with a 42-inch or
46-inch deck have two deck idler pulleys.
To remove the cutting deck, proceed as follows:
1. Place the PTO (Blade Engage) lever in the disengaged (OFF) position and engage the parking brake.
2. Lower the deck by moving the deck lift lever into the
bottom notch on the right fender.
3. Remove the belt-keeper rod (B), from around the
tractor’s engine pulley, by removing the self-tapping
screw (A) that secures it. See Figure 6-4.
NOTE: Make a mental note what hole the other end
of the belt-keeper rod is inserted in for reinstallation
purposes.
Figure 6-5
4. Remove the belt (C) from around the tractor’s engine
pulley.
5. Looking at the cutting deck from the left side of the
tractor, locate the hair pin clip that secures the deck
support rod on the rear left side of the deck. See
Figure 6-5. Remove the hair pin clip that secures
the deck support rod, and carefully remove the deck
support from the deck lift arm.
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NOTE: Models
equipped with a 38-inch
deck have one deck
idler pulley. Models
equipped with a 42-inch
or 46-inch deck have
two deck idler pulleys.
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Maintaining
Your Lawn
Tractor
6. Repeat the above steps on the tractor’s right side.
NOTE: The deck support rod on the right side of the
tractor is secured using hair pin clip as opposed to a
cotter pin, which you might had noticed was used on the
left side. This is normal and should be reinstalled in the
same manner as removed.
7. Move the deck lift lever into the top notch on the right
fender to raise the deck lift arms up and out of the way.
8. On 38” & 46” Decks: Gently slide the cutting deck
toward the front of the tractor allowing the hooks
on the deck to release themselves from the deck
stabilizer rod.
On 42” Decks: Remove the bow-tie cotter pin
securing the deck stabilizer rod to the deck. Slide the
deck lift rod from the mounting weldment on the deck
as seen in Figure 6-6.
Figure 6-7
• After cleaning the battery and terminals, apply a light
coat of petroleum jelly or grease to both terminals.
• Always keep the rubber boot positioned over the
positive terminal to prevent shorting.
WARNING
Be sure to shut the
engine off, remove ignition key, disconnect
the spark plug wire(s)
and ground against
the engine to prevent
unintended starting
before removing
the cutting blade(s)
for sharpening or
replacement. Protect
your hands by using
heavy gloves or a rag
to grasp the cutting
blade.
Periodically inspect
the blade spindles for
cracks or damage,
especially if you strike
a foreign object.
Replace immediately
if damaged.
IMPORTANT: If removing the battery for any reason,
disconnect the NEGATIVE (Black) wire from it’s terminal
first, followed by the POSITIVE (Red) wire. When reinstalling the battery, always connect the POSITIVE (Red)
wire its terminal first, followed by the NEGATIVE (Black)
wire. Be certain that the wires are connected to the correct
terminals; reversing them could change the polarity and
result in damage to your engine’s alternating system.
Charging
Figure 6-6
9. Carefully remove the PTO cable from the rear of
the cutting deck by removing the hair pin clip which
secures it. Remove the spring from the deck idler
bracket. See Figure 6-7.
10.Gently slide the cutting deck (from the left side) out
from underneath the tractor.
Tires
WARNING: Never exceed the maximum inflation pressure shown on the
sidewall of tire.
The recommended operating tire pressure is:
• Approximately 10 psi for the rear tires
IMPORTANT: When charging your tractor’s battery, use
only a charger designed for 12V lead-acid batteries. Read
your battery charger’s Owner’s Manual prior to charging
your tractor’s battery. Always follow its instructions and
heed its warnings.
If your tractor has not been put into use for an extended
period of time, charge the battery as follows:
• Set your battery charger to deliver a maximum of 10
amperes. If your battery charger is automatic, charge
the battery until the charger indicates that charging is
complete.
NOTE: If the charger is not automatic, charge for no fewer
than eight hours.
WARNING: Batteries give off an explosive gas while charging. Charge battery
in a well ventilated area and keep away
from an open flame or pilot light as on
a water heater, space heater, furnace,
clothes dryer or other gas appliances.
• Approximately 14 psi for the front tires
IMPORTANT: Refer to the tire sidewall for exact tire
manufacturer’s recommended or maximum psi. Do not
overinflate. Uneven tire pressure could cause the cutting
deck to mow unevenly.
Battery
The battery is sealed and is maintenance-free. Acid
levels cannot be checked.
• Always keep the battery cables and terminals clean
and free of corrosive build-up.
Jump Starting
WARNING: When removing or installing
the battery, follow these instructions to
prevent the screwdriver from shorting
against the frame.
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IMPORTANT: Never jump your tractor’s dead battery
with the battery of a running vehicle.
1. Connect end of one jumper cable to the positive
terminal of the good battery, then the other end to the
positive terminal of the dead battery.
2. Connect the other jumper cable to the negative
terminal of the good battery, then to the frame of the
unit with the dead battery.
Maintaining
Your Lawn
Tractor
3. Start the tractor as instructed in the operation section
of this manual.
WARNING: Failure to use this procedure could cause sparking, and the gas
in either battery could explode.
Figure 6-8
Cleaning
Clean the battery by removing it from the tractor and
washing with a baking soda and water solution. If necessary, scrape the battery terminals with a wire brush to
remove deposits. Coat terminals and exposed wiring with
grease or petroleum jelly to prevent corrosion.
Battery Failures
Some common causes for battery failure are:
• incorrect initial activation • undercharging
• overcharging
WARNING
• corroded connections
• freezing
These failures are NOT covered by your tractor’s
warranty.
INCH
Fuse
One 20 AMP fuse is installed in your tractor’s wiring
harness to protect the tractor’s electrical system from
damage caused by excessive amperage.
If the electrical system does not function, or your tractor’s
engine will not crank, first check to be certain that the
fuse has not blown. It can be found under the hood
mounted behind the dash panel on the right side.
WARNING: Always use a fuse with the
same amperage capacity for replacement.
Cutting Blades
WARNING: Be sure to shut the engine
off, remove ignition key, disconnect the
spark plug wire(s) and ground against
the engine to prevent unintended
starting before removing the cutting
blade(s) for sharpening or replacement. Protect your hands by using
heavy gloves or a rag to grasp the
cutting blade.
WARNING: Periodically inspect the
blade spindles for cracks or damage,
especially if you strike a foreign object.
Replace immediately if damaged.
The blades may be removed as follows.
1. Remove the deck from beneath the tractor, (refer to
Figure 6-9
Cutting Deck Removal on page 21) then gently flip the
deck over to expose its underside.
2. Place a block of wood between the center deck housing baffle and the cutting blade to act as a stabilizer.
See Figure 6-8.
3. Use a 15/16” wrench to remove the hex flange nut that
secures the blade to the spindle assembly. See Figure 6-8.
4. To properly sharpen the cutting blades, remove equal
amounts of metal from both ends of the blades along
the cutting edges, parallel to the trailing edge, at a 25°
to 30° angle.
IMPORTANT: If the cutting edge of the blade has already
been sharpened, or if any metal separation is present,
replace the blades with new ones. See Figure 6-9.
• It is important that each cutting blade edge be ground
equally to maintain proper blade balance.
• A poorly balanced blade will cause excessive
vibration and may cause damage to the tractor and
result in personal injury. The blade can be tested by
balancing it on a round shaft screwdriver. Grind metal
from the heavy side until it balances evenly.
• When replacing the blade, be sure to install the blade
with the side of the blade marked ‘‘Bottom’’ (or with
a part number stamped in it) facing the ground when
the mower is in the operating position.
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Be sure to shut
the engine off,
remove ignition key,
disconnect the spark
plug wire(s) and
ground against the
engine to prevent
unintended starting
before removing the
belt.
Avoid the possibility
of a pinching injury.
Do not place your
fingers on the idler
spring or between the
belt and a pulley while
removing the belt.
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Maintaining
Your Lawn
Tractor
IMPORTANT: Use a torque wrench to tighten the blade
spindle hex flange nut to between 70 foot-pounds and
90 foot-pounds.
Changing the Deck Belt
WARNING: Be sure to shut the engine
off, remove ignition key, disconnect
the spark plug wire(s) and ground
against the engine to prevent unintended starting before removing the
belt.
All belt on your tractor are subject to wear and should be
replaced if any signs of wear are present.
IMPORTANT: The V-belt found on your tractor are
specially designed to engage and disengage safely. A
substitute (non-OEM) V-belt can be dangerous by not
disengaging completely. For a proper working machine,
use factory approved belts.
WARNING
Be sure to shut the
engine off, remove ignition key, disconnect
the spark plug wire(s)
and ground against
the engine to prevent
unintended starting
before removing
the cutting blade(s)
for sharpening or
replacement. Protect
your hands by using
heavy gloves or a rag
to grasp the cutting
blade.
Idler pulleys
To change or replace the deck belt on your tractor,
proceed as follows:
1. Lower the deck by moving the deck lift lever into the
bottom notch on the right fender.
2. Remove the belt guards by removing the self-tapping
screws that fasten them to the deck.
3. Remove the belt keeper rod from around the engine
pulley.
4. On the 42-inch deck only, loosen but do not remove,
the idler pulley nuts. This will enable the belt to be
easily removed from the idler pulleys. See Fig. 6-10.
Idler pulley nuts
Figure 6-10
IMPORTANT: Carefully allow the ratchet to pivot rearward
before removing it from the square hole.
WARNING: Avoid the possibility of
a pinching injury. Do not place your
fingers on the idler spring or between
the belt and a pulley while removing the
belt.
5. Remove the deck belt from around all pulleys, including
the deck idler pulley.
6. Route the new belt as shown in and Fig. 6-11, 6-12 or 6-13.
7. Remount the belt guards removed earlier.
38-Inch Deck
Engine Pulley
Idler Bracket
Periodically inspect
the blade spindles for
cracks or damage,
especially if you strike
a foreign object.
Replace immediately
if damaged.
Deck Idler Pulleys
Figure 6-11
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Changing the Lower Deck Belt (46” Decks)
NOTE: Several components must be removed in order to change the tractor’s lower deck belt. See an authorized
Service Dealer to have your lower drive belt replaced or phone Customer Support as instructed on page 2 for information on ordering a Service Manual.
Changing the Transmission Drive Belt
NOTE: Several components must be removed and special tools (i.e. air/impact wrench) in order to change the
tractor’s drive belt. See an authorized ervice Dealer to have your drive belt replaced or phone Customer Support as
instructed on page 2 for information on ordering a Service Manual.
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%NGINE0ULLEY
6
Maintaining
Your Lawn
Tractor
)DLER"RACKET
WARNING
Be sure to shut
the engine off,
remove ignition key,
disconnect the spark
plug wire(s) and
ground against the
engine to prevent
unintended starting
before removing the
belt.
$ECK)DLER0ULLEYS
Figure 6-12
46-Inch Deck
Engine Pulley
Avoid the possibility
of a pinching injury.
Do not place your
fingers on the idler
spring or between the
belt and a pulley while
removing the belt.
Belt Cover
Deck Idler Pulleys
Figure 6-13
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6
Maintaining
Your Tractor
Maintenance Schedule
Before
Each Use
Every 10
Hours
Every 25
Hours
Every 50
Hours
Every 100
Hours
Prior to
Storing
Clean Hood Louvers
Check Engine Oil Level
Check Air Filter for Dirty, Loose or
Damaged Parts
Clean and Re-oil Air Filter’s Foam
Precleaner
Replace Air Filter Element
Change Engine Oil & Replace Oil Filter
Clean Battery Terminals
IMPORTANT
IMPORTANT: Failure
to perform the scheduled maintenance may
void your warranty.
Lube Front Axles and Rims
Clean Engine Cooling Fins
Lube Front Deck Wheels (if equipped)
Lube Deck Spindles
Lube Pedal Pivot Points
Check Spark Plug Condition & Gap
Replace Fuel Filter
IMPORTANT: Check air cleaner components more often if operating in extremely dirty, dusty conditions, and service
as necessary.
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Clean and lubricate the tractor as instructed in Section 6:
MAINTAINING YOUR LAWN TRACTOR on page 19 of
this manual before storing for an extended period.
Follow the instructions in the Service, Storage &
Specifications section of the Engine Operator/Owner
Manual for proper engine care prior to storing your
tractor.
WARNING: Drain fuel only into an
approved container outdoors, away from
an open flame. Allow engine to cool.
Extinguish cigarettes, cigars, pipes,
and other sources of ignition prior to
draining fuel.
WARNING: Never store the machine or
fuel container indoors where there is
an open flame, spark or pilot light such
as on water heater, furnace, clothes
dryer or other gas appliance.
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Off-Season
Storage/
Attachments
Attachments & Accessories
The following attachments and accessories are compatible for Model Series 700 Lawn Tractors. See the retailer from
which you purchased your tractor or an authorized Service Dealer for information regarding price and availability.
NOTE: Model Series 700 Lawn Tractors are NOT designed for use with any type of ground-engaging attachments
(e.g. tiller or plow). Use of this type of equipment WILL void the tractor’s warranty.
MODEL
DESCRIPTION
OEM-190-032
42-inch Two-stage Snow Thrower
OEM-190-116
38/42-inch Deck Mulch Kit
OEM-190-180
Twin Bagger Grass Collector (for 38/42-inch Decks)
OEM-190-182
Twin Bagger Grass Collector (for 46-inch Decks)
OEM-190-183
Deck Wheel Kit
OEM-190-215
Wheel Weight
OEM-190-607*
Deluxe Tractor Sunshade
OEM-190-658
Tire Chains, 20 x 8 Tires
OEM-190-916
Tire Chains, 20 x 10 Tires
OEM-190-672
Grille Guard (mounts on front of tractor)
OEM-190-833
46-inch Front Dozer Blade
OEM-190-679
Bumper
OEM-19A-102
Steel Cart, 16 cu. ft.
OEM-19A-103
Lawn Sweeper
OEM-19A-104
Sprayer, 25 Gallon
OEM-19A-105
Broadcast Spreader
OEM-19A-106
Poly Cart, 10 cu. ft.
OEM-19A-107
Tow-Behind Dethatcher, 42”
490-900-0025
Deck Wash Kit (42” Deck Only)
WARNING
Drain fuel only into an
approved container
outdoors, away
from an open flame.
Allow engine to cool.
Extinguish cigarettes,
cigars, pipes, and
other sources of
ignition prior to
draining fuel.
Never store the
machine or fuel
container indoors
where there is an open
flame, spark or pilot
light such as on water
heater, furnace, clothes
dryer or other gas
appliance.
* Not compatible with tractors equipped with a Grass Collector
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8
Cause
Problem
Engine fails to start
Remedy
1. PTO engaged.
1. Place PTO knob (or lever) in disengaged (OFF)
position.
2. Spark plug wire(s) disconnected.
2. Connect wire(s) to spark plug(s).
3. Fuel tank empty or stale fuel.
3. Fill tank with clean, fresh gasoline.
4. Choke not activated.
4. Pull out the CHOKE control (if so equipped) or
place the throttle control in CHOKE position.
5. Faulty spark plug.
5. Clean, adjust gap, or replace.
6. Blocked fuel line.
6. Clean fuel line or replace fuel filter, if so
equipped.
7. Engine flooded.
7. Crank engine with throttle in FAST position.
8. Parking brake not engaged.
8. Engage parking brake.
9. Throttle control lever not in correct
starting position.
9. Place throttle lever to FAST position.
1. Unit running with CHOKE applied.
1. Push CHOKE control (if so equipped) in, or
move the throttle control out of the CHOKE
position.
2. Spark plug wire(s) loose.
2. Connect and tighten spark plug wire(s).
3. Blocked fuel line or stale fuel.
3. Clean fuel line; fill tank with clean, fresh (less
than 30 days old) gasoline. Replace fuel filter, if
so equipped.
4. Vent in gas cap plugged.
4. Clear vent or replace if damaged.
5. Water or dirt in fuel system.
5. Drain fuel tank. Refill with fresh fuel.
6. Dirty air cleaner.
6. Replace air cleaner cartridge/element or clean
pre-cleaner, if so equipped.
1. Engine oil level low.
1. Fill crankcase with proper oil.
2. Air flow restricted.
2. Clean grass clippings and debris from around
the engine’s cooling fins and blower housing.
Engine hesitates
at high RPM
1. Spark plug(s) gap too close.
1. Remove spark plug(s) and reset the gap.
Idles poorly
1. Spark plug(s) fouled, faulty or gap
too wide.
1. Replace spark plug(s). Set
plug(s) gap.
2. Dirty air cleaner.
2. Replace air cleaner cartridge/element or clean
pre-cleaner, if so equipped.
1. Cutting blade loose or unbalanced.
1. Tighten blade and spindle.
Balance blade.
2. Damaged or bent cutting blade.
2. Replace blade.
1. Engine speed too low.
1. Place throttle control in FAST (rabbit) position.
2. Wet grass.
2. Do not mow when grass is wet; wait until later
to cut.
3. Excessively high grass.
3. Mow once at a high cutting height, then mow
again at desired height or make a narrower
cutting path.
4. Dull blade.
4. Sharpen or replace blade.
1. Deck not balanced properly.
1. Perform side-to-side deck adjustment.
2. Dull blade.
2. Sharpen or replace blade.
3. Uneven tire pressure.
3. Check tire pressure in all four tires.
Trouble
Shooting
Engine runs erratic
For repairs beyond
the minor adjustments
listed here, contact
an authorized service
dealer.
Engine overheats
Excessive
Vibration
Mower will not
mulch grass (If
Equipped)
Uneven cut
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THREE YEAR LIMITED WARRANTY
The limited warranty set forth below is given by MTD Products Limited with respect to new merchandise purchased and used
in Canada and/or its territories and possessions (either entity respectively, “MTD”).
MTD warrants this product (excluding its normal wear parts as described below) against defects in material and workmanship
for a period of three (3) 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 materials 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 part, 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.
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Warranty
Normal wear parts are warranted to be free from defects in material and workmanship for a period of thirty (30) days from the
date of purchase. Normal wear parts include, but are not limited to items such as: batteries, belts, blades, blade adapters,
grass bags, rider deck wheels, seats, snow thrower skid shoes, friction wheels, shave plates, auger spiral rubber, tires,
engine oil, air filters and spark plugs.
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;
In the U.S.A.: Check your Yellow Pages, or contact MTD LLC at P.O. Box 361131, Cleveland, Ohio 44136-0019, or call
1-800-800-7310 or 1-330-220-4683 or log on to our Web site at www.mtdproducts.com.
In Canada: Contact MTD Products Limited, Kitchener, ON N2G 4J1, or call 1-800-668-1238 or log on to our Web site at
www.mtdcanada.com.
This limited warranty does not provide coverage in the following cases:
a. The engine or component parts thereof. These items may carry a separate manufacturer’s warranty. Refer to applicable
manufacturer’s warranty for terms and conditions. The Powermore engine is not excluded under this agreement.
b. Log splitter pumps, valves, and cylinders have a separate one-year warranty.
c. Routine maintenance items such as lubricants, filters, blade sharpening, tune-ups, brake adjustments, clutch adjustments,
deck adjustments, and normal deterioration of the exterior finish due to use or exposure.
d. Service completed by someone other than an authorized service dealer.
e. MTD does not extend any warranty for products sold or exported outside of Canada, including possessions and territories.
f. Replacement parts that are not genuine MTD parts.
g. Transportation charges and service calls.
h. If Products are used commercially. (MTD may separately offer Limited Commercial Warranties on certain select products.
Ask your dealer or retailer for details or contact MTD Service for more information.)
No implied warranty, including any implied warranty of merchantability of 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, 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.
The provisions as set forth in this warranty provide the sole and exclusive remedy arising from the sale. MTD shall
not be liable for incidental or consequential loss or damage including, without limitation, expenses incurred for
substitute or replacement lawn care services or for rental expenses to temporarily replace a warranted product.
Some jurisdictions do not allow the exclusion or limitation of incidental or consequential damages, or limitations on how long
an implied warranty lasts, so the above exclusions or limitations 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
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 misuse or inability to use the product.
This limited warranty shall not extend to anyone other than the original purchaser or to the person for whom it was purchased
as a gift.
HOW LOCAL LAWS RELATE TO THIS WARRANTY: This limited warranty gives you specific legal rights, and you
may also have other rights that vary in different jurisdictions.
IMPORTANT: Owner must present Original Proof of Purchase to obtain warranty coverage.
MTD LLC, P.O. BOX 361131 CLEVELAND, OHIO 44136-0019; Phone: 1-800-800-7310, 1-330-220-4683
MTD Products Ltd., P. O. BOX 1386, KITCHENER, ON N2G 4J1; Phone: 1-800-668-1238
08.08.08
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Failure to comply
with suggested
maintenance
and lubrication
specifications
will void
warranty.
CALIFORNIA EMISSION CONTROL WARRANTY STATEMENT
YOUR WARRANTY RIGHTS AND OBLIGATIONS
The California Air Resources Board and MTD Consumer Group Inc are pleased to explain the evaporative emission control system warranty on your 2008 lawn
mower. In California, new lawn mowers must be designed, built and equipped to meet the State’s stringent anti-smog standards. MTD Consumer Group Inc must
warrant the EECS on your lawn mower for the period of time listed below provided there has been no abuse, neglect or improper maintenance of your lawn mower.
Your EECS may include parts such as the carburetor, fuel-injection system, the ignition system, catalytic converter, fuel tanks, fuel lines, fuel caps, valves,
canisters, filters, vapor hoses, clamps, connectors, and other associated emission-related components.
Where a warrantable condition exists, MTD Consumer Group Inc will repair your lawn mower at no cost to you including diagnosis, parts and labor.
MANUFACTURER’S WARRANTY COVERAGE:
This evaporative emission control system is warranted for two years. If any evaporative emission-related part on your equipment is defective, the part will be
repaired or replaced by MTD Consumer Group Inc.
OWNER’S WARRANTY RESPONSIBILITIES:
As the lawn mower owner, you are responsible for performance of the required maintenance listed in your owner’s manual. MTD Consumer Group Inc recommends
that you retain all receipts covering maintenance on your lawn mower, but MTD Consumer Group Inc cannot deny warranty solely for the lack of receipts.
As the lawn mower owner, you should however be aware that MTD Consumer Group Inc may deny you warranty coverage if your lawn mower or a part has failed
due to abuse, neglect, or improper maintenance or unapproved modifications.
You are responsible for presenting your lawn mower to MTD Consumer Group Inc’s distribution center or service center as soon as the problem exists. The
warranty repairs should be completed in a reasonable amount of time, not to exceed 30 days. If you have a question regarding your warranty coverage, you should
contact the MTD Consumer Group Inc Service Department.
In the U.S.A.: MTD LLC at P.O. Box 361131, Cleveland, Ohio 44136-0019, or call 1-800-800-7310 or 1-330-220-4683 or
log on to our Web site at www.mtdproducts.com.
In Canada: MTD Products Limited, Kitchener, ON N2G 4J1, or call 1-800-668-1238 or log on to our Web site at www.mtdcanada.com.
GENERAL EMISSIONS WARRANTY COVERAGE:
MTD Consumer Group Inc warrants to the ultimate purchaser and each subsequent purchaser that the lawn mower is: Designed, built and equipped so as to
conform with all applicable regulations; and free from defects in materials and workmanship that cause the failure of a warranted part to be identical in all material
respects to that part as described in MTD Consumer Group Inc’s application for certification.
The warranty period begins on the date the lawn mower is delivered to an ultimate purchaser or first placed into service. The warranty period is two years.
Subject to certain conditions and exclusions as stated below, the warranty on emission-related parts is as follows:
1. Any warranted part that is not scheduled for replacement as required maintenance in the written instructions supplied, is warranted for the warranty period
stated above. If the part fails during the period of warranty coverage, the part will be repaired or replaced by MTD Consumer Group Inc according to subsection
(4) below. Any such part repaired or replaced under warranty will be warranted for the remainder of the period.
2. Any warranted part that is scheduled only for regular inspection in the written instructions supplied is warranted for the warranty period stated above. Any such
part repaired or replaced under warranty will be warranted for the remaining warranty period.
3. Any warranted part that is scheduled for replacement as required maintenance in the written instructions supplied is warranted for the period of time before the
first scheduled replacement date for that part. If the part fails before the first scheduled replacement, the part will be repaired or replaced by MTD Consumer
Group Inc according to subsection (4) below. Any such part repaired or replaced under warranty will be warranted for the remainder of the period prior to the
first scheduled replacement point for the part.
4. Repair or replacement of any warranted part under the warranty provisions herein must be performed at a warranty station at no charge to the owner.
5. Notwithstanding the provisions herein, warranty services or repairs will be provided at all of our distribution centers that are franchised to service the subject
engines or equipment.
6. The lawn mower owner will not be charged for diagnostic labor that is directly associated with diagnosis of a defective, emission-related warranted part,
provided that such diagnostic work is performed at a warranty station.
7. MTD Consumer Group Inc is liable for damages to other engine or equipment components proximately caused by a failure under warranty of any warranted
part.
8. Throughout the lawn mower warranty period stated above, MTD Consumer Group Inc will maintain a supply of warranted parts sufficient to meet the expected
demand for such parts.
9. Any replacement part may be used in the performance of any warranty maintenance or repairs and must be provided without charge to the owner. Such use will
not reduce the warranty obligations of MTD Consumer Group Inc.
10.Add-on or modified parts that are not exempted by the Air Resources Board may not be used. The use of any non-exempted add-on or modified parts by the
ultimate purchaser will be grounds for disallowing a warranty claims. MTD Consumer Group Inc will not be liable to warrant failures of warranted parts caused
by the use of a non-exempted add-on or modified part.
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WARRANTED PARTS:
The repair or replacement of any warranted part otherwise eligible for warranty coverage may be excluded from such warranty coverage if MTD Consumer Group
Inc demonstrates that the lawn mower has been abused, neglected, or improperly maintained, and that such abuse, neglect, or improper maintenance was the
direct cause of the need for repair or replacement of the part. That notwithstanding, any adjustment of a component that has a factory installed, and properly
operating, adjustment limiting device is still eligible for warranty coverage. The following emission warranty parts are covered:
(1) Fuel Metering System
• Cold start enrichment system (soft choke)
• Carburetor and internal parts
• Fuel pump
• Fuel tank (2) Air Induction System
• Air cleaner
• Intake manifold (3) Ignition System
• Spark plug(s)
• Magneto ignition system (4) Exhaust System
• Catalytic converter
• SAI (Reed valve) (5) Miscellaneous Items Used in Above System
• Vacuum, temperature, position, time sensitive valves and switches
• Connectors and assemblies (6) Evaporative Control
• Fuel hose certified for ARB evaporative emissions 2008
• Fuel hose clamps
• Tethered fuel cap
• Carbon canister
• Vapor lines
NOTE: If you require warranty service in Canada and your product was sold by MTD Products Limited within Canada to the retailer you purchased it
from in Canada then the MTD Consumer Group Inc portion of this warranty will be honored by MTD Products Limited in Canada.
GDOC-100175CN Rev. C
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10
Replacement
Parts
Shift-On-The-Go® Lawn Tractor
For parts and/or
accessories refer to
customer support on
page 2.
Drive Belt (Mowing Deck) 38” Deck
754-04062
Drive Belt (Mowing Deck) 42” Deck
754-04060B
Upper Drive Belt (Mowing Deck) 46” Deck
754-04142
Lower Drive Belt (Mowing Deck) 46” Deck
754-0349
Adressez-vous au
«Service après-vente»
à la page 2 pour ce qui
concerne les pièces
et/ou accessoires.
Deck Blades (38” Deck - two each)
742-0610A
Deck Blade (42” Deck)
742-0616A
Deck Blade (46” Deck) Center Blade (one ea.)
742-0612A
Deck Blade (46” Deck) Outer Blade (two ea.)
742-0611A
Deck Spindle (38” Deck)
618-04474
Deck Spindle (42” Deck)
618-04456
Deck Spindle (46” Deck) Double Pulley (one ea.)
618-04134B
Deck Spindle (46” Deck) (two each)
618-0240A
Deck Wheels
734-0973
Battery
725-1707D
Tire (Front) 15 x 6 x 6 Square Shoulder
734-1731
Tire (Rear) 20 x 8 x 8 Square Shoulder
734-1730
Hub Cap
731-0484A
Fuel Tank Cap
951-3111
Throttle/Choke Control Cable (Single Cylinder Engines)
746-04364
Choke Control Cable (Twin Cylinder Engines)
746-1085A
Throttle Control Cable (Twin Cylinder Engines)
746-04365
Discharge Chute Assembly
931-1032B
WARNING: If a safety feature is not functioning properly, do not use the tractor.
Contact your authorized service dealer.
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NOTES:
For parts and/or accessories please call
an authorized dealer.
Appelez le service
après-vente au pour
ce qui concerne les
pièces et/ou accessoires.
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