Sabre 1848HV Operator`s manual

J8
Sabre Yard Tractors
1842GV and 1842HV
1848GV and 1848HV
Serial No. (020,001-)
OPERATOR’S MANUAL
John Deere
Worldwide Commercial And
Consumer Equipment Division
OMM138147 J8
North American Version
Litho in U.S.A.
English
INTRODUCTION
THANK YOU for purchasing a John Deere
product.
Read this manual and your attachment manual
thoroughly. Failure to do so could result in personal
injury or equipment damage.
c
WARNING: The Engine Exhaust from this
product contains chemicals known to the
State of California to cause cancer, birth
defects or other reproductive harm.
CALIFORNIA Proposition 65 Warning
This manual should be considered a permanent part of
your machine and should remain with the machine when
you sell it.
Product warranty is provided as part of John Deere’s
support program for customers who operate and
maintain their equipment as described in this manual.
The product warranty is explained on the warranty
certificate you received from your dealer.
Measurements in this manual are metric units and their
U.S. customary equivalents. RIGHT-HAND and LEFTHAND sides are determined by facing in the direction
the machine will travel when going forward. When you
see a broken line arrow (------>), it indicates the part it is
pointing to is hidden.
Record identification numbers below. Be sure to record
all the numbers to help in tracing the machine if it is
stolen. You also need to give these numbers to your
dealer when you order parts.
DATE OF PURCHASE: _______________________________
DEALER NAME: ____________________________________
DEALER PHONE: ___________________________________
Sabre® is a registered trademark of Deere & Company
Introduction
INTRODUCTION
Vehicle Serial Number:
Located on Rear of Tractor
M88555
Briggs & Stratton Engine Information
Model
Type
Code
Located on Engine
M88589
Introduction
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Assembly ............................................................................................................................................... 1
Safety Signs........................................................................................................................................... 8
Controls ............................................................................................................................................... 11
Operating the Machine ........................................................................................................................ 13
Operating the Mower ........................................................................................................................... 30
Replacement Parts .............................................................................................................................. 37
Service Machine Safely ....................................................................................................................... 39
Service Interval Chart .......................................................................................................................... 41
Service Engine .................................................................................................................................... 43
Service Transmission........................................................................................................................... 48
Service Mower ..................................................................................................................................... 49
Service Electrical ................................................................................................................................. 56
Service Miscellaneous......................................................................................................................... 61
Removing Mower ................................................................................................................................. 69
Installing Mower................................................................................................................................... 71
Troubleshooting .................................................................................................................................. 72
Storing Machine................................................................................................................................... 77
Specifications....................................................................................................................................... 80
Warranty .............................................................................................................................................. 83
Index .................................................................................................................................................... 89
Service Literature ................................................................................................................................ 93
All information, illustrations and
specifications in this manual are based
on the latest information at the time of
publication. The right is reserved to
make changes at any time without
notice.
COPYRIGHT© 1998
Deere & Co.
John Deere Worldwide Commercial and
Consumer Equipment Division
Horicon, WI
All rights reserved
Previous Editions
COPYRIGHT© 1997
Table of Contents
OMM138147 J8
ASSEMBLY
1842GV and 1842HV Only - Box of Parts
NOTE: If you are missing any parts see the
Replacement Parts section for additional service
part numbers.
A Sabre Operator’s Manual
Safety Video
M135884
M134321
B Steering Wheel
AM121918
C Bag of Hardware
• 1 - Shoulder bolt-Steering Wheel
• 1 - Nut- Steering Wheel
• 1 - Washer- Steering Wheel
• 2 - M8x16 Bolts- Battery
• 2 - M8x16 Nut- Battery
• 2 - Keys
H63686
M87404
M63662
24H1721
19M7775
14M7303
M127340
Assembly - Page 1
A
C
B
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ASSEMBLY
1848GV and 1848HV Only - Box of Parts
NOTE: If you are missing any parts see the
Replacement Parts section for additional service
part numbers.
A Sabre Operator’s Manual
Safety Video
M135884
M134321
B Mower Gage Wheels (2)
M111489
C Mower Drive Belt
M110312
D Mower Discharge Chute with:
Chute Pin
Chute Spring
Chute Hinge
M123859
M112899
M83410
M83411
E Front Lift Rod Assembly:
Rod
Welded Pivot
Clevis (2)
Spacers (2)
Lock Nuts (2)
Jam Nuts (2)
M132735
AM119811
M113014
M110875
M85540
14M7275
F Steering Wheel
AM121918
G Bag of Hardware
• 2 - Bolts
• 2 - Nuts
• 2 - Bushings
• 2 - Washers
• 1 - Shoulder Bolt-Steering Wheel
• 1 - Nut-Steering Wheel
• 1 - Washer-Steering Wheel
• 2 - M8x16 Bolts-Battery
• 2 - M8x16 Nut-Battery
• 2 - M8x20 Bolts-Chute
• 2 - M8x20 Nuts-Chute
• 2 - Keys
H63686
19M7274
14M7396
M111491
M110698
M87404
M63662
24H1721
19M7775
14M7303
03M7184
14M7464
M127340
G
A
F
B
D
E
C
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ASSEMBLY
Remove Packaging
c CAUTION: Avoid eye injury. Wear eye
protection when removing wire bands. Wire
bands are under tension and could snap
when removed.
A
Remove plastic and paper.
Remove wire bands (A) from front and rear tires.
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1848GV and 1848HV Only - Remove Mower
Deck from Side of Crate
c CAUTION: •Mower Deck is heavy. To avoid
injury, use a hoist or safe lifting device when
removing mower deck from crate.
•Mower Blades are sharp. Always wear gloves
when handling mower deck.
A
1. Remove two bolts (A) from crate.
2. Using a hoist or a safe lifting device, remove mower
deck from crate.
A
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Install Steering Wheel
1. Put front wheels in the straight forward position.
2. Lubricate the steering shaft.
3. Install steering wheel with Sabre logo in the upright
position.
4. Install shoulder bolt (A). Drive bolt in until head of bolt
contacts steering wheel.
B
A
5. Install washer and nut (B).
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6. Tighten lock nut until it is snug. Do not tighten lock nut
to pull washer or head of bolt into steering wheel.
Remove Tractor from Crate
1. GEAR MODEL: Put transmission shift lever in
N (Neutral).
AUTOMATIC MODEL: Pull out free-wheeling lever (A).
A
2. Carefully push tractor off crate.
3. Lock park brake.
4. AUTOMATIC MODEL: Push free-wheeling lever (A)
IN before operating tractor.
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ASSEMBLY
Connect and Check Battery
c CAUTION: Prevent Battery Explosions:
- Keep sparks, lighted matches, and open
flame away from the top of battery. Battery
gas can explode.
- Never check battery charge by placing a
metal object across the posts. Use a voltmeter or hydrometer.
- Do not charge a frozen battery; it may
explode. Warm battery to 16° C (60° F)
IMPORTANT: This battery comes fully charged. If
the mower is not used by the Service Expiration
Date indicated on the battery, charge the battery.
(See Charging the Battery in the Service Electrical section.)
c CAUTION: DO NOT attempt to open, add fluid
or service battery. Any attempt to do so will
void warranty and lead to possible injury.
NOTE: Do not remove the BLACK negative (–)
protective cap at this time.
1. Remove and discard the RED positive (+) protective
cap from the positive (+) battery terminal.
2. Connect blue harness wire (B) and RED positive (+)
cable (A) to battery. Apply petroleum jelly or silicone
spray to terminal to prevent corrosion. Make sure
connection is tight. Install the red terminal cover.
B
A
3. Remove and discard the BLACK (–) protective cap
from the negative battery terminal.
4. Connect black negative (–) cable (C) to battery. Apply
petroleum jelly or silicone spray to terminal to prevent
corrosion. Make sure connection is tight.
C
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Assembly - Page 4
ASSEMBLY
1848GV and 1848HV Only - Assemble and
Install Mower Deck
D
Install Rear Gage Wheels
1. Install rear gage wheels, one on each side, using bolt
(A), bushing (B), washer (C), and tighten with nut (D).
C
A
2. Adjust gage wheels after mower deck is installed.
(See Adjust Mower Gage Wheels in Operating the
Mower section.)
B
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Install Mower Deck
c CAUTION: Avoid injury, before installing
mower on machine: STOP engine. Remove
key. Wait for all moving parts to STOP.
A
Avoid injury from loaded spring: LOCK lift
lever before installing mower.
Avoid injury from spring loaded rod: Make
sure you have a tight grip on drive belt
tension rod when installing.
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1. STOP engine, LOCK park brake, push PTO switch
down to DISENGAGE, turn key to the OFF position, and
remove key.
D
2. Raise mower lift lever to TRANSPORT (upper)
position.
C
3. Slide mower under the tractor.
4. Put wood blocks under each side of mower.
5. Put mower lift lever in the MOWING (lower) position.
6. Install rear draft arms, one on each side of tractor, to
mower lift brackets with spring loaded J-pins (A).
7. Put front lift rod assembly (B) in slotted brackets (C)
on mower deck and install the front lift rod assembly to
the front of the tractor frame.
8. Push up on lever (D) and lock into tractor frame.
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B
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ASSEMBLY
9. Put mower drive belt (E) on engine drive sheave.
10.Push drive belt tension rod (F) into bracket (G).
11.Raise mower lift lever to TRANSPORT (upper)
position.
E
12.Remove wood blocks from both sides of mower.
F
13.Level mower. (See Leveling Mower in Operating the
Mower section.)
G
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Install Mower Discharge Chute
c CAUTION: To avoid injury:-NEVER operate
B
mower without chute in place.
-Hold chute firmly on mower deck when
installing, mower discharge chute is spring
loaded.
-After installing chute on deck check to make
sure hinge on chute is working properly by
opening chute and releasing it. Chute MUST
spring back to the LOWERED position.
A
1. Install mower discharge chute to mower deck with two
M8 x 20 bolts (A) and lock nuts (B).
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2. Tighten nuts to 20 N•m (15 ft-lb).
Break-In Electric PTO Clutch
1. Start engine and push throttle lever (A) up to full
throttle (r) position.
2. With no load on mower, ENGAGE PTO (B) and allow
mower to run for 10 seconds.
3. DISENGAGE PTO and wait 10 seconds.
A
4. Repeat Step 2 for 12-15 cycles.
B
5. PTO clutch is now properly burnished.
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Assembly - Page 6
ASSEMBLY
Check Machine Safety System
Perform safety system check to make sure the
electronic safety interlock circuit is functioning properly.
Perform all six Tests. (See Testing Safety System in the
Operating section)
Checking Tire Pressure
c CAUTION: Explosive separation of a tire and
rim parts can cause serious injury or death:
- Do not attempt to mount a tire without the
proper equipment and experience to perform
the job.
- Always maintain the correct tire pressure.
Do not inflate the tires above the
recommended pressure. Never weld or heat a
wheel and tire assembly. The heat can cause
an increase in air pressure resulting in a tire
explosion. Welding can structurally weaken or
deform the wheel.
- When inflating tires, use a clip-on chuck and
extension hose long enough to allow you to
stand to one side and NOT in front of or over
the tire assembly.
- Check tires for low pressure, cuts, bubbles,
damaged rims or missing lug bolts and nuts.
1. Check tires for damage.
2. Check tire pressure with an accurate gauge.
3. Add or remove air, if necessary:
Tire Size
Pressure-kPa (psi)
Front: 16 x 6.5
97 kPa (14 psi)
Rear: 23 x 9.5
83 kPa (12 psi)
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SAFETY SIGNS
Safety-Alert Symbol
Read and recognize safety information. Be alert to the
potential for personal injury when you see this safetyalert symbol.
On your machine safety labels, the words DANGER,
WARNING, and CAUTION are used with this safetyalert symbol. DANGER identifies the most serious
hazards.
In this manual, the word CAUTION and this symbol call
attention to safety messages.
Machine Safety Labels
DANGER
ROTATING BLADES CUT OFF ARMS AND LEGS
• Do not mow when children or others are around
• Do not mow in reverse
• Look down and behind before and while backing
• Never carry children
WARNING
AVOID SERIOUS INJURY OR DEATH
• Drive up and down slopes, not across
• Avoid sudden turns
• If machine stops going uphill, stop blade and back
down slowly
• Keep safety devices (guards, shields, and switches)
in place and working
• Read operator’s manual
• When leaving machine:
–Stop engine
–Set park brake
–Remove key
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SAFETY SIGNS
WARNING
LOADED SPRING
LOCK LIFT LEVER FORWARD BEFORE CHANGING
ATTACHMENTS
Picture Note: One decal on each side of tractor frame
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DANGER/POISON
SHIELD EYES.
EXPLOSIVE GASES CAN CAUSE BLINDNESS OR
INJURY.
NO
• SPARKS
• FLAMES
• SMOKING
SULFURIC ACID CAN CAUSE BLINDNESS OR
SEVERE BURNS
FLUSH EYES IMMEDIATELY WITH WATER.
GET MEDICAL HELP FAST.
MAINTENANCE-FREE
KEEP OUT OF THE REACH OF CHILDREN. DO NOT
TIP. DO NOT OPEN BATTERY!
Picture Note: Located on Battery
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SAFETY SIGNS
DANGER
ROTATING BLADE
DO NOT PUT HANDS OR FEET UNDER OR INTO
MOWER WHEN ENGINE IS RUNNING
THROWN OBJECTS
BEFORE MOWING, CLEAR AREA OF OBJECTS THAT
MAY BE THROWN BY BLADE
DO NOT OPERATE MOWER WITHOUT DISCHARGE
CHUTE OR ENTIRE GRASS CATCHER IN PLACE
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DANGER
ROTATING BLADE
DO NOT PUT HANDS OR FEET UNDER OR INTO
MOWER WHEN ENGINE IS RUNNING
Picture Note: Located on Left-Hand side of deck
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Certification Label
This OPEI label on your mower indicates that this model
has been certified by an independent laboratory for
compliance with American National Standard B-71.11996, “Safety Specifications” for Power Lawn Mowers,
Lawn and Garden Tractors, and Lawn Tractors.
1-1996
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CONTROLS
Console Controls
A
B
C
D
E
F
G
-
Light Switch
PTO Switch/RIO Switch
Key Switch
Choke Knob
Throttle Lever
Battery Discharge Light
Cut Height Adjustment Lever
F
A
B
E
C
D
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G
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Foot and Panel Controls (Gear Models,
1842GV and 1848GV)
A
B
C
D
E
-
A
Park Brake Lever
Brake Pedal
Gear Shift Lever
Mower Deck Lift Lever
Clutch Pedal
B
C
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D
E
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Controls - Page 11
CONTROLS
Foot and Panel Controls (Automatic Models,
1842HV and 1848HV)
A
B
C
D
E
-
Park Brake Lever
Brake Pedal
Forward Travel Pedal
Reverse Travel Pedal
Mower Deck Lift Lever
A
C
B
D
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E
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Controls - Page 12
OPERATING MACHINE
Operate Safely
• In addition to reading your Operator’s Manual, view
your John Deere Mowing Safety Video.
• Check brake action before you operate. Adjust or
service brakes as necessary.
• Inspect machine before you operate. Be sure
hardware is tight. Repair or replace damaged, badly
worn, or missing parts. Be sure guards and shields are
in good condition and fastened in place. Make any
necessary adjustments before you operate.
• Clear work area of objects that might be thrown. Keep
people and pets out of the work area. Stop machine if
anyone enters the area.
• If you hit an object, stop the machine and inspect it.
Make repairs before you operate. Keep machine and
attachments properly maintained and in good working
order.
• DO NOT leave machine unattended when it is
running.
• Only operate during daylight or with good artificial
light.
• Be careful of traffic when operating near or crossing
roadways.
• Do not wear radio or music headphones while
operating the machine. Safe operation requires your full
attention.
Park Safely
• Stop machine on a level surface, not on a slope.
• Disengage mower blades.
• Lower attachments to the ground.
• Engage park brake.
• STOP engine.
• Remove key.
• Before you leave the operator’s seat, wait for engine
and all moving parts to STOP.
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OPERATING MACHINE
Rotating Blades are Dangerous - Protect
Children and Prevent Accidents
PROTECT CHILDREN:
• Never assume that children will remain where you last
saw them. Children are attracted to mowing activity, stay
alert to the presence of children.
• Keep children in the house when you are operating
the machine.
• Turn machine off if a child enters the mowing area.
• Use extra care when you come to blind corners,
shrubs, trees, or other objects that may block your
vision.
• DO NOT let children or an untrained person operate
the machine.
• DO NOT carry or let children ride on machine or any
attachment. DO NOT tow children in a cart or trailer.
HELP PREVENT SERIOUS OR FATAL ACCIDENTS:
• Be alert at all times, drive forward carefully. People
especially children can move quickly into the mowing
area before you know it.
• Back carefully. Disengage mower blades and look
behind the machine carefully, especially for children,
before you back up.
• DO NOT mow in reverse unless it is absolutely
necessary.
• Disengage mower blades when you are not mowing.
• DO NOT operate machine if you are under the
influence of drugs or alcohol.
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OPERATING MACHINE
Avoid Tipping
• DO NOT drive where machine could slip or tip.
• Stay alert for holes and other hidden hazards in the
terrain.
• Keep away from drop-offs.
• Slow down before you make a sharp turn or operate
on a slope.
• When pulling loads or using heavy equipment, use
only approved hitches, limit loads to those you can
safely control, and use counterweights or wheel
weights when required per this manual or your
attachment manual.
• Drive up and down a hill—not across. Be careful
when you change direction on a slope.
• DO NOT stop when going up hill or down hill. If
machine stops going up hill, DISENGAGE mower
blades and back down slowly.
• DO NOT mow wet grass. Reduced traction could
cause sliding.
• DO NOT try to stabilize the machine by putting your
foot on the ground.
Keep Riders Off
• Only allow the operator on the machine. Keep
riders off.
• Riders on the machine or attachment may be struck
by foreign objects or thrown off the machine causing
serious injury.
• Riders obstruct the operator’s view resulting in the
machine being operated in an unsafe manner.
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OPERATING MACHINE
Wear Appropriate Clothing
• Wear close fitting clothing and safety equipment
appropriate for the job.
• Loud noise can cause impairment or loss of hearing,
wear a suitable protective device such as earplugs.
Stay Clear of Rotating Drivelines
Entanglement in rotating driveline can cause serious
injury or death:
• Wear close fitting clothing.
• STOP the engine and be sure PTO driveline is
stopped before getting near it.
Transport Safely
• Use safety lights and devices. Slow moving machines
when driven on public roads are hard to see, especially
at night. Avoid personal injury or death resulting from a
collision with a vehicle.
• Whenever driving on public roads, use flashing
warning lights and turn signals according to local
regulations. Extra flashing warning lights may need to
be installed.
Adjusting Seat
1. Tip seat forward and loosen two knobs (A) to slide
seat assembly forward or rearward to most comfortable
OPERATOR position.
2. Tighten knobs after adjustment to keep seat in place.
A
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OPERATING MACHINE
Using the Park Brake
c CAUTION: To avoid injury, always LOCK park
brake before getting off tractor or leaving
tractor unattended.
LOCKING PARK BRAKE:
A
Picture Note: Gear Model Shown
1. Gear Only: Push clutch pedal (A) all the way down.
2. Push brake pedal (B) all the way down.
3. Lift park brake lever (C) up.
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4. Release pedal(s) and park brake lever. Pedal(s)
should stay down and park brake lever should stay
LOCKED in UP position.
UNLOCKING PARK BRAKE:
C
B
1. Push and hold pedal(s) down.
2. Push park brake lever (C) down to UNLOCK park
brake.
3. Release pedal(s).
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Using Headlights
Push top of light switch (A) to turn headlights ON.
Push bottom of light switch to turn headlights OFF.
A
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Check Battery Discharge Light
The Battery Discharge light (A) should go out when
throttle lever is moved to the HIGH IDLE/Mowing (a)
position.
A
The battery discharge light may remain on for several
minutes while the battery is being charged.
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OPERATING MACHINE
Starting Engine
c CAUTION: Start engine ONLY outdoors or in a
well ventilated place. Exhaust fumes are
dangerous.
IMPORTANT: Do not operate starter more than 20
seconds at a time, or you may damage
it. If engine does not start: Wait two
minutes before you try again. See
Troubleshooting section.
NOTE: Engine will not start unless: PTO switch is
DISENGAGED, park brake is LOCKED or brake
pedal pushed down. On GEAR model: The
transmission shift lever should be in N (NEUTRAL)
position.
C
B
A
1. On GEAR model: Move transmission shift lever (A) to
N (NEUTRAL) position.
Picture Note: Gear Model Shown
2. Lock the park brake (B).
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3. Push PTO switch (C) down to DISENGAGE.
4. Pull choke knob (D) out to the ON (k) position.
5. Move throttle lever (E) to the HALF-SPEED (R)
position.
Picture Note: Automatic Model Shown
E
6. Turn key (F) to START position.
F
7. When engine starts, release key to RUN position.
D
8. Check starting conditions:
• If engine is COLD: Gradually return the choke to
the OFF position after the engine starts and warms
up. (See Cold Weather Starting in this section.)
• If engine is WARM: Return choke to the OFF
position as soon as the engine starts.
9. Let engine run for a couple of minutes to warm-up
before operating tractor.
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OPERATING MACHINE
Warming and Idling Engine
A
WARMING ENGINE:
• Run Engine at half speed for 2–3 minutes.
IDLING ENGINE:
• Engine is air-cooled and needs a large volume of air
to keep cool. Keep air intake screen (A) on top of engine
clean.
• Avoid unnecessary engine idling.
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Stopping Engine
1. Move throttle lever (A) to SLOW (t) position. Let
engine run at low throttle a few seconds.
A
2. Turn key (B) to OFF position.
B
3. Remove key.
4. LOCK the park brake.
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Using and Stopping Gear Transmission
c CAUTION: TO AVOID INJURY: • Before
moving forward or rearward, make sure area
is clear of bystanders, especially children.
• Disengage mower or attachment before
backing up.
A
IMPORTANT: You do not have to STOP tractor to
shift on the go, but do not shift on
the go when tractor is under extreme
load. To shift on the go, follow steps
below under TRAVEL FORWARD.
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TO TRAVEL FORWARD:
1. Push down on clutch pedal (A).
2. Move shift lever (B) to desired forward gear.
3. Release clutch pedal slowly.
B
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OPERATING MACHINE
TO TRAVEL IN REVERSE:
NOTE: The engine and any operating attachment
will stop as the gear shift lever is moved to R
(REVERSE) position with attachment engaged.
B
C
1. Push clutch pedal and brake (C) all the way down to
STOP tractor.
2. Push PTO knob down to the OFF position to
disengage attachment.
3. Look behind the vehicle to be sure there are no
bystanders nearby.
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4. Move shift lever (B) to R (REVERSE) position.
5. Release clutch pedal slowly.
FOR EMERGENCY STOPPING
1. Push down on clutch pedal and brake at the same
time.
NOTE: This tractor is equipped with a Brake/Clutch
Interlock. Pressing the brake pedal will also depress
the clutch pedal for emergency stops.
Using and Stopping Automatic Transmission
c CAUTION: TO AVOID INJURY: • Before
moving forward or rearward, make sure area
is clear of bystanders, especially children.
• Disengage mower or attachment before
backing up.
1. UNLOCK park brake. (See Using the Park Brake in
this section.)
TO TRAVEL FORWARD:
1. Push down pedal (A).
TO TRAVEL IN REVERSE:
NOTE: The engine and any operating attachment
will stop as the REVERSE pedal is depressed with
attachment engaged.
A
1. Bring the vehicle to a stop.
2. Push PTO knob down to the OFF position to
disengage attachment.
3. Look behind the vehicle to be sure there are no
bystanders nearby.
4. Push down pedal (B).
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B
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OPERATING MACHINE
FOR EMERGENCY STOPPING:
C
1. Push down on brake pedal (C). Travel pedals (A and
B) will return to NEUTRAL position.
A
Using Reverse Implement Option
B
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c CAUTION: TO AVOID INJURY: Before moving
forward or rearward, make sure area is clear
of bystanders, especially children.
NOTE: Operating the mower while backing up is
strongly discouraged. The Reverse Implement
Option should be used ONLY when operating
another attachment or when the operator deems it
necessary to reposition the machine with the mower
engaged.
1. Stop the machine FORWARD travel with the
attachment still engaged.
2. Look behind the vehicle to be sure there are no
bystanders.
A
3. Lift and hold the PTO knob (A) up past the PTO
engagement position to activate the reverse implement
position while:
• depressing REVERSE foot pedal slightly
(Automatic Transmission)
OR
• moving the gear shift lever to the R (REVERSE)
position (Gear Transmission).
NOTE: If the engine and attachment stop while
repositioning the machine, return PTO knob to the
OFF position and restart the machine. (See Starting
The Engine in this section.) Begin again with Step 2.
4. As the machine begins to move backward, release
the PTO knob and reposition the machine.
5. Resume FORWARD travel. The attachment should
continue operating.
6. Repeat Steps 1 through 5 to reposition the machine
again.
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OPERATING MACHINE
Pushing Machine
IMPORTANT: Avoid transmission damage, DO
NOT tow machine.
To move machine when engine is STOPPED:
A
B
• Unlock the park brake (A).
Picture Note: Gear Model Shown
• GEAR MODEL: Put transmission shift lever (B) in N
(Neutral).
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• AUTOMATIC MODEL: Pull out on free-wheeling lever
(C).
• Push machine to desired location.
NOTE: AUTOMATIC MODEL: Push free-wheeling
lever (C) IN before operating tractor.
C
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Daily Operating Checklist
• Test safety systems.
• Check tire pressure.
• Check fuel level.
• Check engine oil level.
• Remove grass and debris from machine.
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Testing Safety Systems
c CAUTION: Engine exhaust fumes can cause
sickness or death.
If it is necessary to run an engine in an
enclosed area, remove the exhaust fumes
from the area with an exhaust pipe extension.
If you do not have an exhaust pipe extension,
open the doors and get outside air into the
area.
NOTE: Your Yard Tractor is equipped with a
ELECTRONIC SAFETY INTERLOCK. Engine will not
start unless: • Operator is on seat; • PTO switch is
DISENGAGED; • Brake pedal is depressed OR
parking brake is set.
Use the following checkout procedure to check for
normal operation of tractor.
If there is a malfunction during one of these procedures,
DO NOT operate tractor. (See your Sabre Service
Center for service.)
Perform these tests in a clear open area. Keep
bystanders away.
Test 1
A
Check operation of indicator lights:
• Turn key to RUN position.
• Pull PTO switch (B) up to ENGAGE.
B
• LOOK: Indicator light (A) must light.
• If indicator does not light, see Replacing Indicator
Light Bulb in Service – Electrical section.
• If new indicator bulb does not light or no indicators
work, see your Sabre Service Center for service.
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Test 2
1. Operator on seat.
2. UNLOCK the park brake.
A
3. Push PTO switch (A) down to DISENGAGE.
4. Try to start engine.
5. Engine MUST NOT start. If engine starts, there is a
problem with your safety interlock circuit.
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Test 3
1. Operator on seat.
2. LOCK the park brake.
3. Pull PTO switch (A) up to ENGAGE.
A
4. Try to start engine.
5. Engine MUST NOT start. If engine starts, there is a
problem with your safety interlock circuit.
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Test 4
1. Operator on seat.
2. Lock the park brake.
3. Push PTO switch (A) down to DISENGAGE.
A
4. Start engine and move throttle lever (B) to HALFSPEED (R) position.
B
5. Pull PTO switch (A) up to ENGAGE.
6. Move throttle lever to FAST (r) speed position.
7. Raise up off of seat. DO NOT get off tractor.
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8. Engine MUST stop. If engine does not stop, there is a
problem with your safety interlock circuit.
Test 5
1. Operator on seat.
C
2. Push brake pedal down.
A
3. Push PTO switch (A) down to DISENGAGE.
4. Put transmission shift lever (B) in N (NEUTRAL)
position.
5. Start engine and move throttle lever (C) to FAST (r)
speed position.
B
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6. Release brake slowly.
7. Raise up off of seat. DO NOT get off tractor.
8. Engine MUST stop. If engine does not stop, there is a
problem with your safety interlock circuit.
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Test 6
1. Operator on seat.
2. Lock the park brake.
3. Push PTO switch (A) down to DISENGAGE.
4. Start engine and move throttle lever (B) to FAST (r)
speed position.
5. Raise up off of seat. DO NOT get off tractor.
A
B
6. Engine MUST remain running. If engine does stop,
there is a problem with your safety interlock circuit.
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Test 7
1. Lock the park brake (A).
2. GEAR MODEL: Put transmission shift lever (B) in N
(Neutral).
A
AUTOMATIC MODEL: Pull out free-wheeling lever (C).
3. Try to push machine manually.
B
4. Park brake MUST prevent machine from moving. If
machine moves, parking brake needs to be adjusted.
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C
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Test 8
c CAUTION: TO AVOID INJURY: Before moving
rearward, make sure area is clear of
bystanders, especially children.
Test Reverse Implement Option:
1. Start engine.
2. Engage PTO to start attachment.
3. Look behind the vehicle to be sure there are no
bystanders.
4. Begin REVERSE travel by depressing REVERSE foot
pedal (Automatic transmission) or moving gear shift
lever to R (REVERSE) position (Gear transmission).
5. Attachment and engine should stop operation. If
attachment or engine continues to operate while tractor
travels in REVERSE, do not continue to operate
attachment. See your John Deere dealer for service.
Avoid Damage to Plastic and Painted
Surfaces
• DO NOT wipe plastic parts unless rinsed first. (See
Correct Cleaning Care in Service-Miscellaneous
section.)
• Insect repellent spray may damage plastic and
painted surfaces. Do not spray insect repellent near
machine.
• Be careful not to spill fuel on machine. Fuel may
damage surface. Wipe up spilled fuel immediately.
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OPERATING MACHINE
Avoid Using Ground Engaging Equipment
IMPORTANT: This tractor is NOT intended for use
with ground engaging equipment. Use of such
equipment could result in damage to
transmission components.
This tractor is not intended for use with ground engaging
equipment such as a rear tiller, disk, blade or plow.
Using Front Weights
c CAUTION: Tractor front wheel weights
improve stability in most slope operation. To
avoid injury, add front wheel weights for
better front-end stability and steering when
using a rear mounted attachment or pulling a
cart.
NOTE: Before installing wheel weights on your
machine, MAKE SURE that the tire valve stems are
facing the inside.
Install front wheel weights for better stability and
steering control when you use equipment such as the
rear-mounted grass bagger or dumpcart.
Remove front wheel weights when not required.
Using Rear Wheel Weights
IMPORTANT: When adding weight to rear of
tractor, use wheel weights only.
75 lbs. (34 kg) MAX. each wheel.
Use of rear wheel weights is recommended when an
attachment, such as snowthrower or blade is used.
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OPERATING MACHINE
Using Tire Chains
Tire chains are recommended for use with snowthrower
and, under certain conditions; the front blade.
Preparing Tractor for Installing Chains on
Tires
• Park the tractor on a level surface.
• Lock the park brake.
• STOP the engine.
• Remove the key.
Installing the Chains
1. Remove chains from bag and lay out flat with the
cross chain hook ends facing upward. Remove any
twists and tangles from cross chain and rim chain.
2. Drive machine onto chains.
3. Drape chain over tire with the lever fastener on
outside of tire and cross link hooks (A) facing upward
and away from tire.
4. Adjust chain for straightness and an even amount of
cross chain links on each side of tire.
A
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5. Place the first cross chain (opposite the end with
fastener and inside hook) under tire.
6. Pull the inside rim chain tight and hook the inside
hook. Pull the outside rim chain tight and hook the
outside lever fastener (B) by running the end through a
free link (C). Close the fastener by rotating it back 180
degrees and engaging the hook (D) on the end of the
fastener into a rim chain link (E). Make sure the chain is
centered on the tire with approximately the same
number of free rim links (F) on the inside and outside.
C
B
D
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E
F
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7. Tie excess rim chain links (G) back to the rim chain.
8. The chain should be as tight as possible by hand.
Unhook the fastener and repeat Step 5 if the chain is
loose.
G
9. Drive forward on chains 30’-40’ and recheck for
tightness. Adjust as necessary.
IMPORTANT: Periodically check chains for
looseness and adjust when necessary.
Maintain proper air pressure in tires.
Transporting
Do not tow machine.
Use a heavy-duty trailer to transport your machine.
Drive forward onto trailer.
Lower mower or any attachment to trailer deck.
LOCK park brake.
Be sure trailer has all the necessary lights and signs
required by law.
Fasten machine to trailer with heavy-duty straps, chains,
or cables. Both front and rear straps must be directed
down and outward from tractor.
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OPERATING MOWER
Operate Mower Safely
• In addition to reading your Operator’s Manual, view
your John Deere Mowing Safety Video.
Check Ground Conditions
• Clear mowing area of objects that might be thrown.
Keep people and pets out of mowing area.
• Study mowing area. Set up safe mowing pattern. Do
not mow under conditions where traction or stability is
doubtful.
• First, test drive area with PTO switch DISENGAGED
and mower lowered. Slow down when you travel over
rough ground.
Avoid Injury From Contacting Blades
Before you dismount to unplug or adjust mower:
• DISENGAGE PTO switch to stop mower blades.
• STOP the engine.
• LOCK the park brake.
• Remove key.
• Wait for mower blades to STOP.
• Keep hands, feet and clothing away from mower deck
when engine is running.
• DISENGAGE PTO switch to stop mower blades when
you are not using mower.
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Using Lift Lever to Raise and Lower Mower
Check out the two different lift lever positions before
operation:
• TRANSPORT (UPPER) POSITION: Raises mower
for transport.
B
• MOWING (LOWER) POSITION: Maintains cutting
height set by mower height control yet allows deck to
float over uneven terrain.
A
To put mower in MOWING (lower) position:
• Pull lift lever (A) back slightly.
• Push in button (B).
• Push lever forward until it latches down.
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To put mower in TRANSPORT (upper) position:
• Push down on lift lever (A) slightly.
• Push in button (B).
• Pull lever back towards you until it latches.
Adjusting Cutting Height
IMPORTANT: Lift lever must be in TRANSPORT
(upper) position before turning cutting height
knob.
NOTE: Adjust cutting height after you change
cutting height. (See Adjusting Mower Gage Wheels
in this section.)
Cutting height can be adjusted from approximately
25–100 mm (1–4 in).
When lift lever is in TRANSPORT (upper) position (lift
lever all the way back), cutting height is approximately
100 mm (4 in).
Knob (A) has cutting height identification numbers
embossed in it. To change or attain cutting height
desired:
A
• Pull lift lever all the way back to TRANSPORT (upper)
position.
• Turn cutting height knob (A) to desired cutting height
position. Mower will be at this cutting height each time
you lower it.
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Adjusting Mower Gage Wheels
c CAUTION: To avoid injury, before you adjust
gage wheels: STOP engine, remove key, and
wait for blades to STOP.
IMPORTANT: Mower gage wheels must not ride
on ground to support mower weight. Adjust gage
wheels each time you change cutting height.
1. Check tractor tire pressure. Inflate tires to the correct
pressure. (See Checking Tire Pressure in Service Miscellaneous section.)
2. Raise mower lift lever to TRANSPORT (upper)
position and adjust cutting height. (See Adjusting
Cutting Height in this section.)
D
A
C
3. Remove bolt (A), bushing (B), washer (C), and nut
(D).
4. Move mower gage wheels, one on each side, to one
of four holes for desired position.
5. Install bolt and tighten with nut.
6. Move lift lever forward to MOWING (lower) position.
7. Bottom of gage wheels should be approximately 6-13
mm (1/4-1/2 in) from the ground when properly
adjusted.
Adjusting Mower Level (Side-to-Side)
c CAUTION: To avoid injury, before you adjust
mower: STOP engine, remove key, and wait
for blades to STOP.
Be careful, sharp edges on mower blades.
Always wear gloves when handling mower
blades.
NOTE: A deck leveling gauge (Part Number
TY15272) to aid in deck leveling may be obtained
through your local SABRE Service Center at a
nominal cost.
1. Park tractor on a hard, level surface.
2. Stop engine and remove key.
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B
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3. CHECK: Tire pressures must be correct. (See
Checking Tire Pressure in Service – Miscellaneous
section.)
4. Adjust cutting height to 50 mm (2 in). (See Adjusting
Cutting Height in this section.)
5. Put mower lift lever in MOWING (lower) position.
NOTE: Mower gage wheels should not contact the
ground.
6. Turn left blade parallel to tractor axle. Hold drive belt
and turn right blade parallel to axle.
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7. Measure from each outside blade tip (A) to the level
surface. The difference between measurements must
not be more than 3 mm (1/8 in).
A
NOTE: Adjustable lift links are on both sides of
mower. Cutting height can closely match knob
setting by using adjustment on both sides. DO NOT
adjust deck too high or it will not lock in transport
(upper) position.
8. Turn nut (B), (right side shown): Clockwise to RAISE
right side of mower and counterclockwise to LOWER
right side of mower.
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9. Check side-to-side measurements and readjust if
necessary.
B
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Adjusting Mower Level (Front-to-Rear)
c CAUTION: To avoid injury, before you adjust
mower: STOP engine, remove key, and wait
for blades to STOP.
Be careful, sharp edges on mower blades.
Always wear gloves when handling mower
blades.
NOTE: Mower gage wheels should not contact the
ground during leveling.
1. Park tractor on a hard, level surface.
2. Stop engine and remove key.
3. CHECK: Tire pressure must be correct. (See
Checking Tire Pressure in Service – Miscellaneous
section.)
A
4. Pull lift lever all the way back to TRANSPORT (upper)
position.
5. Turn mower depth control knob (A) to adjust cutting
height to 50 mm (2 in).
6. Move lift lever forward to MOWING (lower) position.
7. Turn left blade so blade tip points straight forward.
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8. Hold drive belt and turn right blade straight forward.
9. Measure from the front of each blade tip to the level
surface. The front blade tips must be 6–9 mm
(1/4–3/8 in.) lower than rear blade tips or blades will cut
grass twice and tips will turn brown.
10.Loosen two rear nuts (B) on front lift rod assembly
and turn two front nuts (C) clockwise to RAISE front of
mower deck or counterclockwise to LOWER front of
mower deck.
11.Tighten rear nuts (B) after adjustment is completed.
12.Check front-to-rear deck measurements and readjust
if necessary.
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B
C
B
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Engaging Mower
IMPORTANT: Operate mower at HIGH IDLE/
Mowing (a) position when mowing or after mower
blades are engaged.
Machine may require 2-3 minutes warm-up period
before engaging the mower deck.
B
1. START engine.
A
2. Move throttle lever (A) to the FAST (r) position.
3. Lower mower to cutting height.
4. Pull PTO switch (B) up to ENGAGE mower.
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NOTE: Any operating attachment and the engine
will stop as the gear shift lever is moved to the R
(REVERSE) position (Gear transmission) or the
REVERSE foot pedal is depressed (Automatic
transmission) with attachment engaged.
5. Disengage PTO before shifting to REVERSE.
Disengaging Mower
1. Push PTO switch (A) down to DISENGAGE mower.
2. If you hit an object with mower while mowing, STOP
mower and engine immediately. Inspect mower for
damage.
A
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Dismounting to Inspect or Unplug Mower or
Optional Bagger
c CAUTION: To help prevent personal injury, do
the following steps before you dismount to
inspect or unplug mower or bagger.
1. STOP machine.
2. Push PTO switch down to DISENGAGE mower.
3. Move throttle lever to SLOW (t) position.
4. Lower mower to the ground.
5. LOCK park brake.
6. STOP engine.
7. Remove key.
8. Wait for all moving parts to STOP.
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REPLACEMENT PARTS
WE RECOMMEND JOHN DEERE quality parts and lubricants, available at your Authorized SABRE
Service Center.
PART NUMBERS MAY CHANGE, use part numbers listed below when you order. If a number
changes, your dealer will have the latest number.
WHEN YOU ORDER PARTS, your Authorized SABRE Service Center needs your machine serial
number and engine serial number. These are the numbers that you have recorded on the inside front
cover of this manual.
Parts for Tractor and Mower Deck
ITEM
PART NUMBER
Air Cleaner Elements:
Foam
Paper
LG272490
LG394018
Battery
AM121593
Fuel Filter
LG493629
Oil Filter
AM125424
Spark Plug
TY6129
Fuse-15 amp
99M7065
Leveling Gauge
TY15272
Mower Deck Belt (42-Inch Mower):
Primary (PTO clutch to upper deck sheave)
Secondary (lower deck sheave to blade spindles)
M131152
M131151
Mower Deck Belt (48-Inch Mower):
Primary (PTO clutch to upper deck sheave)
Secondary (lower deck sheave to blade spindles)
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M110313
Blade:
• 42-Inch Mower
• 48-Inch Mower
M127179
M115495
Steering Wheel Assembly
AM121918
Seat
AM124425
Headlight Bulb (2 required)
AD2062R (#1156)
Fuel Cap
AM115497
Shift Knob
M132841
Ignition Key
M127340
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REPLACEMENT PARTS
ITEM
PART NUMBER
Gage Wheel Assembly:
Gage Wheels (2 required)
Bolts
Nuts
Bushings
Washers
M111489
19M7274
14M7396
M111491
M110698
Throttle Cable
AM124424
Choke Cable
AM125849
Seat Spring
M110439
Front Wheel & Tire Assembly:
Wheel
Tire
Stem
AM124324
M131036
AM130795
Rear Wheel & Tire Assembly:
Wheel
Tire
Stem
AM124326
M131038
AM130795
Muffler
AM125998
(Part numbers are subject to change without notice. Part Numbers
may be different outside the U.S.A.)
If you would like a copy of the Parts Catalog for this
machine, please use the Order Form in the John Deere
SERVICE LITERATURE section.
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SERVICE MACHINE SAFELY
Practice Safe Maintenance
• Understand service procedure before doing work.
Keep area clean and dry.
• Never lubricate, service, or adjust machine while it is
moving. Keep safety devices in place and in working
condition. Keep hardware tight.
• To prevent them from getting caught, keep hands,
feet, clothing, jewelry, and long hair away from any
moving parts.
• Before servicing machine, disengage all power and
stop the engine. Lock park brake and remove the key.
Let engine cool.
• Securely support any machine elements that must be
raised for service work.
• Keep all parts in good condition and properly
installed. Fix damage immediately. Replace worn or
broken parts. Remove any buildup of grease, oil, or
debris.
• Disconnect battery ground cable (-) before making
adjustments on electrical systems or welding on
machine.
• Unauthorized modifications to the machine may
impair its function and safety.
Wear Appropriate Clothing
• Wear close fitting clothing and safety equipment
appropriate for the job.
• Loud noise can cause impairment or loss of hearing,
wear a suitable protective device such as earplugs.
• Do not wear radio or music headphones while
servicing the machine. Safe service requires your full
attention.
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SERVICE MACHINE SAFELY
Avoid Injury From Contacting Blades
Before you unplug or adjust machine:
• STOP the engine.
• Remove key.
• Wait for blades to STOP.
• Keep hands, feet and clothing away from blades when
engine is running.
Handling Waste Product and Chemicals
• Waste products such as used oil, fuel, coolant, brake
fluid, and batteries, can harm the environment and
people.
• DO NOT use beverage containers for waste fluids someone may drink from them.
• See your local Recycling Center or John Deere
dealer to learn how to recycle or get rid of waste
products.
• A Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) provides
specific details on chemical products: physical and
health hazards, safety procedures, and emergency
response techniques. See your John Deere dealer for
the MSDS on chemical products used with your
machine.
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SERVICE INTERVAL CHART
Servicing Your Machine
Please use the following timetables to perform routine maintenance on your machine. Service
procedures included in this manual but not on this chart are to be performed on an as needed basis.
IMPORTANT: If you operate mower in extreme heat, dust or other severe conditions, service
more often than shown below.
After the first 5 hours of operation (break-in period):
• Check/tighten all hardware
• Check wheel bolt torque (also check again at 50 hours for break-in, then every 200 hours)
• Change engine oil (also change oil again at 50 hours for break-in, then every 50 hours)
• Lubricate front steering spindles, wheel bearings and axle pivot
Intervals in Hours
Service to be Performed
Test safety systems
Check fuel level
Check engine oil level
In severe conditions lubricate all mower spindles
In severe conditions check and clean
engine air cleaner
Check tire pressure
Check cutting height
Check/tighten hardware
Change engine oil
Change engine oil filter
Change/clean engine air cleaner pre-cleaner
Change/clean engine air cleaner cartridge
Replace fuel filter
Lubricate mower spindles
Clean battery
Lubricate front steering spindles, wheel bearings
and axle pivot
Check automatic transmission oil level
Replace spark plugs
Clean cooling shrouds and cooling areas
Before
Each Use
Every
25
Every
50
Every
100
Every
200
Yearly
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
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X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
SERVICE INTERVAL CHART
After Each Use
• Clean debris from engine, especially air intake screen.
• Remove belt shields, clean belt area, check belts. Be sure shields are secure.
• Clean under deck. Inspect blades.
• Check for loose, missing, or damaged parts.
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SERVICE ENGINE
Engine Warranty Maintenance Statement
Maintenance, repair, or replacement of the emission
control devices and systems on this engine, which are
being done at the customers expense, may be
performed by any nonroad engine repair establishment
or individual. Warranty repairs must be performed by an
authorized John Deere dealer.
Adjusting Carburetor
NOTE: Carburetor is calibrated by the engine
manufacturer and should not require any
adjustments.
If engine is operated at altitudes above 1829 m
(6,000 ft), some carburetors may require a special
high altitude main jet. See your John Deere dealer.
Possible engine surging will occur at high rpm with
no load (with transmission in “N” neutral and
mower blade engagement lever disengaged). This is
a normal condition due to the emission control
system.
If engine is hard to start or runs rough, check the
Troubleshooting section of this manual.
After performing the checks in the troubleshooting
section and your engine is still not performing correctly,
contact your John Deere dealer.
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SERVICE ENGINE
Avoid Fumes
c CAUTION: Engine exhaust fumes can cause
sickness or death:
- If it is necessary to run an engine in an
enclosed area, use an exhaust pipe extension
to remove the fumes.
- Always try to work in a well ventilated area.
Engine Oil
c CAUTION: To prevent injury from accidental
starting, always remove wire from spark plugs
and disconnect battery at negative terminal
before servicing engine.
Use oil viscosity based on the expected air temperature
range during the period between oil changes.
The following John Deere oils are preferred:
• John Deere PLUS-4®
Other oils may be used if they meet one of the following
specifications:
• API Service Classification SG
• API Service Classification SF
• CCMC Specification G4
Oils meeting Military Specification MIL-L-46167B may
be used as arctic oils.
Checking Engine Oil
1. Park tractor on a level surface.
2. STOP engine.
3. Lift hood.
A
4. Remove dipstick (A). Wipe with clean cloth.
5. Install dipstick in tube, tighten dipstick, remove
dipstick, and check oil level.
6. Oil must be between ADD and FULL marks.
7. Add oil to FULL mark if necessary. DO NOT overfill.
8. Install and tighten dipstick. Lower hood.
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Changing Engine Oil
1. Run engine to warm oil.
B
2. Park tractor on level surface.
3. STOP engine and remove key.
4. Remove drain plug (A) and drain oil into oil drain pan.
5. Replace drain plug.
6. Remove dipstick (B) and refill with new oil of
recommended grade.
A
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7. Install dipstick and then remove to check oil level. Oil
level must be between ADD and FULL marks. Do not
overfill.
8. Install and tighten dipstick.
9. Start engine and check for oil leaks. Correct any leaks
before operating.
Changing Engine Oil Filter
1. STOP engine and remove key.
2. Drain engine oil and replace with fresh oil. (See
Changing Engine Oil in this section.)
3. Wipe debris and dirt from around oil filter.
4. Remove old filter (A) and wipe off filter tray with a
clean cloth.
A
5. Lightly oil filter gasket with fresh, clean oil.
6. Install replacement oil filter. Turn oil filter to the right
(clockwise) until rubber gasket contacts filter adapter.
Tighten filter an additional on-half turn.
7. Start and run engine at idle to check for leaks. Stop
engine.
8. Check oil level. (See Checking Engine Oil Level in this
section.)
9. Add oil if required. (See Engine Oil in this section.)
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SERVICE ENGINE
Checking and Cleaning Air Cleaner
Elements
NOTE: It may be necessary to check the air filter
more frequently if operating vehicle in dusty
conditions.
1. Lift hood.
2. Clean any dirt and debris from the air cleaner before
removing cover.
3. Remove cover (A).
4. Inspect foam precleaner (B) and element (C) without
removing.
5. If precleaner (B) is dirty, carefully remove from filter,
leaving element (C) in the air cleaner housing.
A
NOTE: DO NOT wash paper element.
6. Wash precleaner (B) in a solution of warm water and
liquid detergent.
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7. Rinse precleaner thoroughly. Squeeze out excess
water in a dry cloth until precleaner is completely dry.
8. Put approximately 30 ml. (1 oz.) of clean engine oil
onto precleaner. Squeeze precleaner to distribute oil
evenly. Squeeze out excess oil with a clean cloth.
B
IMPORTANT: A damaged paper element (C) can
allow dirt into the carburetor and can cause poor
engine performance, engine damage or failure:
• DO NOT attempt to clean paper element by
tapping against another object.
• Replace element ONLY if very dirty.
• DO NOT use pressurized air to clean element.
• If element is damaged or the seal is cracked,
replace.
9. Remove and replace filter element (C) ONLY if
damaged or very dirty.
10.Carefully remove element (C) from air cleaner
housing. Replace with a NEW element.
11.Carefully clean air cleaner housing. Prevent any dirt
from falling into carburetor.
12.Install precleaner onto new filter element and install
into air cleaner housing.
13.Install cover. Lower hood.
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C
SERVICE ENGINE
Checking Spark Plugs
c CAUTION: To avoid injury: Before you remove
spark plugs, STOP engine and wait until
engine is cool.
1. Stop engine. Remove key. Lift hood.
2. Disconnect spark plug wires (A), one on each side,
and remove spark plugs.
A
3. Clean spark plugs carefully with a wire brush.
4. Check plug gap with a wire feeler gauge.
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• Gap should be 0.76 mm (0.030 in.)
5. To change gap, move the outer electrode.
6. Install and tighten spark plug(s).
• If you have a torque wrench, tighten plug(s) to:
20 N•m (15 lb-ft).
7. Connect the spark plug wires.
8. Lower hood.
Replacing Fuel Filter
c CAUTION: Avoid injury: Keep cigarettes,
sparks, and flames away from the fuel system.
Make sure engine is cool to the touch.
IMPORTANT: When disconnecting fuel tank hose
from filter, be sure to hold hose above fuel tank
level so fuel does not run out.
NOTE: Change filter when fuel is low in fuel tank.
1. Park tractor on a level surface.
2. STOP engine. Remove key. Let engine COOL.
3. Lift hood.
B
4. Using pliers, slide hose clamps (A) away from fuel
filter (B).
A
5. Disconnect hoses from filter.
6. Connect hoses to new filter.
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7. Install clamps and check for leaks.
8. Lower hood.
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SERVICE TRANSMISSION
Transmission Oil (Models 1842HV and
1848HV Only)
NOTE: Your SABRE Yard Tractor is filled with 5W30
at the factory
Use 5W30 or 10W30 when adding transmission fluid.
Check Automatic Transmission Fluid Level
(Models 1842HV and 1848HV Only)
1. Park machine on level surface.
2. Allow oil in transmission to cool before checking.
A
3. On the rear of the tractor, there is a sight hole (A)
through the left rear side of the fuel tank. The automatic
transmission reservoir can be seen through the sight
hole.
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4. Check FULL (B) and ADD (C) marks on the reservoir
bottle which will indicate if fluid needs to be added.
B
5. Add transmission fluid if necessary. (See Adding
Automatic Transmission Fluid below.)
C
B
C
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Adding Automatic Transmission Fluid
(Models 1842HV and 1848HV Only
1. Tip seat forward and slide seat suspension all the way
forward.
2. Remove cap (A) from automatic transmission
reservoir. Cap is located under seat and left of fuel cap.
3. Fill to correct level using 5W30 or 10W30 motor oil.
DO NOT OVERFILL.
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A
SERVICE MOWER
Avoid Injury From Contacting Blades
c CAUTION: To avoid injury, before you unplug,
adjust or service mower:
- DISENGAGE PTO switch to stop mower
blades.
- Wait for mower blades to STOP.
- LOCK the park brake.
- STOP the engine.
- Remove the key.
Clean unit by removing all grass clippings
and dirt from mower deck.
Other greases may be used are:
40°C
104°F
30°C
86°F
20°C
68°F
10°C
50°F
0°C
32°F
- 10°C
14°F
• SAE Multipurpose EP Grease with 3 to 5 percent
molybdenum disulfide.
- 20°C
- 4°F
• SAE Multipurpose EP Grease.
- 30°C
- 22°F
• Greases meeting Military Specification
MIL-G-10924C may be used as arctic grease.
- 40°C
- 55°C
- 40°F
NGLI Number 2
122°F
NGLI Number 1
• John Deere GREASE-GARD.
50°C
NGLI Number 0
• John Deere High Temperature EP Grease.
GREASE-GARD
• John Deere Moly High Temperature EP Grease.
JD High Temp EP
The following greases are preferred:
JD Moly High Temp
Use grease based on the expected air temperature
range during the service interval.
BIO-GREASE-GARD
Grease
Arctic Grease
Disconnect spark plug wire from spark plug.
- 67°F
TS1417
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SERVICE MOWER
Lubricating Mower Spindles
42-Inch Mower Deck
Lubricate both mower spindles grease fittings (A) with
Multipurpose EP Grease or an equivalent.
A
A
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48-Inch Mower Deck
Lubricate three mower spindles grease fittings (A) with
Multipurpose EP Grease or an equivalent.
A
A
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SERVICE MOWER
Replacing Mower (Secondary) Belt
c CAUTION: To avoid injury: Before replacing
mower drive belt: STOP engine, remove key,
wait for all moving parts to STOP, and wear
gloves when replacing belt.
1. STOP engine, LOCK park brake, push PTO switch
down to DISENGAGE, turn key to the OFF position, and
remove key.
2. Remove mower deck. (See Removing Mower in
Removing Mower section.)
A
42-Inch Mower Deck
1. Remove three carriage bolts, washers, and nuts (A)
and belt shield if necessary.
2. Disconnect idler spring (B).
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3. Remove mower belt (C).
4. Clean upper mower deck and sheaves.
5. Inspect belt for wear or damage; replace as
necessary.
C
B
6. Install belt (C) on mower deck as shown.
7. Connect idler spring (B).
8. Install belt shield and fasten with three carriage bolts,
washers, and nuts.
9. Install mower deck. (See Installing Mower in Installing
Mower section.)
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SERVICE MOWER
48-Inch Mower Deck
1. Remove three cap screws and belt shields (A).
2. Put drive belt tension rod (B) in the released position
as shown and disconnect idler spring (C).
3. Remove mower belt (D).
A
A
4. Clean upper mower deck and sheaves.
5. Inspect belt for wear or damage; replace as
necessary.
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6. Install belt (D) on mower deck as shown.
7. Connect idler spring (C).
8. Install two belt shields and fasten with three cap
screws.
D
B
9. Install mower deck. (See Installing Mower in Installing
Mower section.)
C
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SERVICE MOWER
Servicing Mower Blades
42-Inch Mower Deck
c CAUTION: Be careful, sharp edges on mower
blades. Always wear gloves when handling
mower blades.
REMOVING MOWER BLADES
1. Raise mower deck to gain access to mower blades. If
necessary, remove mower deck.
2. Using a wooden block, prevent mower blades from
spinning.
D
C
B
NOTE: Before removing hardware, note the
orientation of the cupped blade washer (B) to
ensure proper installation.
A
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3. Loosen and remove cap screw (A), cupped blade
washer (B), blade (C) and deflector cup (D).
4. Inspect blades; sharpen/balance or replace as
necessary.
INSTALLING MOWER BLADES
1. Lightly lubricate cap screw threads with a general
purpose grease or oil. This lubrication is to prevent
rusting and seizing.
2. Install deflector cup (D) on spindle.
D
B
C
3. Position mower blade (C) with the cutting edge
towards the ground onto the mower spindle.
4. Install cupped blade washer (B) with CUPPED SIDE
toward the blade.
5. Install and tighten cap screw (A) by hand until mower
blade is in full contact (fully seated) with spindle.
6. With mower blade blocked, to prevent spinning,
tighten bolt to 67.8 N•m (50 lb-ft).
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A
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SERVICE MOWER
48-Inch Mower Deck
c CAUTION: Be careful, sharp edges on mower
blades. Always wear gloves when handling
mower blades.
REMOVING MOWER BLADES
1. Raise mower deck to gain access to mower blades. If
necessary, remove mower deck.
2. Using a wooden block, prevent mower blades from
spinning.
D
C
3. Loosen cap screw (A).
B
4. Remove cap screw (A), round blade washer (B),
blade (C) and deflector cup (D).
A
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5. Inspect blades; sharpen/balance or replace as
necessary.
INSTALLING MOWER BLADES
1. Lightly lubricate cap screw threads with a general
purpose grease or oil. This lubrication is to prevent
rusting and seizing.
D
2. Install deflector cup (D) on spindle.
3. Position mower blade (C) with the cutting edge
towards the ground onto the mower spindle.
IMPORTANT: Some blade washers (B) have 2
index marks (E). When these blade washers are
installed, the index marks must be visible. This
will indicate that the cup side of the washer is
toward the blade (C).
C
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C
B
4. Install blade washers (B) and make sure 2 index
marks (E) are visible when installed.
5. Install and tighten cap screw (A) by hand until mower
blade is in full contact (fully seated) with spindle.
6. With mower blade blocked, to prevent spinning,
tighten cap screw (A) to 84 N•m (62 lb-ft).
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E
A
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SERVICE MOWER
Sharpening Blades
c CAUTION: To avoid injury, wear goggles and
A
gloves when you handle blades.
1. Sharpen blades with grinder, hand file or electric
blade sharpener.
2. Keep original bevel (A) when you grind.
3. Blade should have 0.40 mm (1/64 in.) cutting edge
(B).
Balancing Blades
c CAUTION: To avoid injury, wear goggles and
gloves when you handle blades.
1. Clean blade.
2. Put blade on nail in vise or on vertical wall stud. Turn
blade to horizontal position.
3. If blade is not balanced, heavy end of blade will drop.
4. Grind bevel of heavy end. Do not change bevel.
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B
SERVICE ELECTRICAL
Checking the Battery
c CAUTION: Sulfuric acid in battery electrolyte
is poisonous. It is strong enough to burn skin,
eat holes in clothing, and cause blindness if
splashed into eyes. Wear eye protection and
avoid spilling or dripping electrolyte.
Flush eyes with water for 15-30 minutes if acid
is splashed into eyes.
If acid is swallowed, get medical attention
immediately.
DO NOT attempt to open, add fluid or service
battery. Any attempt to do so will void
warranty and lead to possible injury.
•Keep battery and terminals clean.
•Keep battery bolts tight.
•Keep small vent holes open.
•Recharge, if necessary, at 6–10 amperes for 1 hour.
(See Charging the Battery in this section.)
Removing and Installing the Battery
c CAUTION: Always remove negative (–)
battery cable first, and install it last, to
prevent electrical short circuit to chasis.
1. Turn ignition key off and raise seat.
2. Remove rubber hold-down strap (A).
C
D
3. Disconnect negative (–) battery cable (B).
4. Remove red cover (C) from positive (+) battery
terminal. Remove positive (+) cable and blue harness
wire (D) from battery.
B
A
5. Remove battery.
6. Install the battery following these steps in reverse
order. (See Connect the Battery in the Assembly
section.)
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SERVICE ELECTRICAL
Clean Battery and Terminals
c CAUTION: Battery gas can explode, to avoid
injury:
- Keep sparks and flames away from batteries.
Use a flashlight to check battery electrolyte
level.
- Never check battery charge by placing a
metal object across the posts. Use a voltmeter
or hydrometer.
- Always remove grounded (-) battery clamp
first and replace it last.
1. Turn ignition key off and lift hood.
C
2. Remove rubber hold-down strap (A).
D
3. Disconnect BLACK (–) battery cable (B) first.
4. Disconnect RED (+) battery cable (C) and blue
harness wire (D) and remove battery from mower.
B
A
5. Wash battery with solution of four tablespoons of
baking soda to one gallon of water. Be careful not to get
the soda solution into the cells.
6. Rinse the battery with clean water. Let dry.
7. Clean terminals and battery cable ends with wire
brush until bright.
8. Apply petroleum jelly or silicone spray to terminal to
prevent corrosion.
9. Reinstall battery. (See Removing and Installing the
Battery in this section and Connect the Battery in the
Assembly section.)
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SERVICE ELECTRICAL
Charging the Battery
c CAUTION: BE VERY CAREFUL: Battery fluid
(electrolyte), is a solution of water and
sulfuric acid. It is very harmful to eyes, skin,
or clothing.
- Wear goggles or an eye shield when you
work with a battery.
- If the acid contacts your eyes, skin, or
clothing, flush the area immediately with
water. Get medical help, if necessary.
A battery gives off gas which can explode. An
exploding battery will spray sulfuric acid in all
directions.
- Keep cigarettes, sparks, and flames away
from the battery.
- Charge the battery in an area with good
ventilation.
- DO NOT charge a frozen battery.
IMPORTANT: This battery comes fully charged. If
the mower is not used by the Service Expiration
Date indicated on the battery, charge the battery
using the following instructions.
Before you charge a battery:
• Wait until the battery has warmed to room
temperature. Do not charge a frozen battery.
Turn OFF and unplug the charger before you connect cables to the battery or disconnect cables from the battery.
If the battery becomes warm to touch during charging:
• Reduce the charging rate OR
• Stop charging the battery until it cools.
NOTE: Your charger may have an AUTOMATIC
STOP to prevent charging the battery:
• When the battery is fully charged OR
• When the battery is not in condition to take a charge.
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SERVICE ELECTRICAL
c CAUTION: DO NOT attempt to open, add fluid
or service battery. Any attempt to do so will
void warranty and lead to possible injury.
Battery gas is explosive:
- DO NOT smoke while you charge battery.
- Keep all flames and sparks away.
- DO NOT charge frozen battery.
- DO NOT connect booster battery negative (-)
cable to starting vehicle negative (-) terminal.
1. Remove battery from mower. (See Removing and
Installing Battery in this section.)
2. Connect positive (+) charger cable to positive (+)
battery terminal.
3. Connect negative (–) charger cable to negative (–)
battery terminal.
4. Plug in charger cord.
5. Charge battery using a 12 Volt battery charger at a
rate of 6–10 amperes for a minimum of 1 hour and no
more than 2 hours.
6. Unplug charger cord. Remove charger cables.
7. Install battery. (See Removing and Installing Battery
in this section.)
Using Booster Battery
c CAUTION: Battery gas is explosive:
- DO NOT smoke while you charge battery.
- Keep all flames and sparks away.
- DO NOT charge frozen battery.
- DO NOT connect booster battery negative (-)
cable to starting vehicle negative (-) terminal.
1. Connect positive (+) booster cable to booster battery
positive (+) post (D).
2. Connect the other end of positive (+) booster cable to
vehicle battery positive (+) post (A).
TO ENGINE
GROUND
A
B
C
D
3. Connect negative (–) booster cable to booster battery
negative (–) post (C).
4. Connect the other end of negative (–) booster cable
(B) to engine ground away from battery.
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VEHICLE
BATTERY
BOOSTER
BATTERY
SERVICE ELECTRICAL
Replacing Fuse
1. Lift hood.
2. Pull defective fuse (A) out of socket.
3. Check metal clip in fuse window and discard fuse if
clip is broken.
A
4. Push new fuse into socket.
5. Lower hood.
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Replacing Headlight Bulb
1. Lift hood.
2. Push in and turn bulb socket (A) 1/4 turn
counterclockwise to remove.
A
3. Replace defective bulb(s) with a new bulb.
4. Insert bulb socket into housing, push in and turn 1/4
turn clockwise to install.
5. Lower hood.
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Replacing Battery Discharge Indicator Light
Bulb
1. Lift hood.
2. Turn indicator bulb socket (A) to the left to remove it.
A
3. Pull bulb from socket.
4. Push new bulb into socket and install socket into
holder.
5. Lower hood.
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SERVICE MISCELLANEOUS
Checking Tire Pressure
c CAUTION: Explosive separation of a tire and
rim parts can cause serious injury or death:
- Do not attempt to mount a tire without the
proper equipment and experience to perform
the job.
- Always maintain the correct tire pressure.
Do not inflate the tires above the
recommended pressure. Never weld or heat a
wheel and tire assembly. The heat can cause
an increase in air pressure resulting in a tire
explosion. Welding can structurally weaken or
deform the wheel.
- When inflating tires, use a clip-on chuck and
extension hose long enough to allow you to
stand to one side and NOT in front of or over
the tire assembly.
- Check tires for low pressure, cuts, bubbles,
damaged rims or missing lug bolts and nuts.
1. Check tires for damage.
2. Check tire pressure with an accurate gauge.
3. Add or remove air, if necessary:
Tire Size
Pressure-kPa (psi)
Front: 16 x 6.5
97 kPa (14 psi)
Rear: 23 x 9.5
83 kPa (12 psi)
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SERVICE MISCELLANEOUS
Fuel
c CAUTION: Handle fuel with care, it is highly
flammable and can cause serious injury or
death:
- DO NOT refuel machine while you smoke,
when machine is near an open flame or
sparks, or when engine is running. STOP
engine.
- Fill fuel tank outdoors.
- Prevent fires: clean oil, grease and dirt from
machine. Clean up spilled fuel immediately.
- Do not store machine with fuel in tank in a
building where fumes may reach an open
flame or spark.
- To prevent fire and explosion caused by
static electric discharge, while you fill tank,
use a non-metal fuel container. If you use a
funnel, MAKE SURE IT IS PLASTIC. Avoid
using a funnel which has a metal screen or
filter.
- Use only clean approved containers and
funnels.
- Store oil and fuel in an area protected from
dust, moisture and other contamination.
- DO NOT use METHANOL gasoline.
METHANOL is harmful to the environment and
to your health.
IMPORTANT: Avoid spilling fuel. Fuel can damage
plastic and painted surfaces.
DO NOT mix oil with gasoline. Unleaded gasoline
with an octane rating of 87 or higher is
recommended.
Using Clean Fuels
Dirt in the fuel system is a major cause of performance
problems. Be sure to clean any grass or trash from the
top of the tank before removing lid. Use of a PLASTIC
funnel with a plastic mesh strainer when filling the tank
will prevent most foreign material from entering the tank.
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SERVICE MISCELLANEOUS
Octane Rating
Regular grade 87 octane unleaded fuel is recommended
for use in your tractor. Higher octane fuels will seldom
make your tractor perform better. If your tractor develops
a starting or performance problem immediately after use
of new fuel, change supplier or fuel brand. If the problem
still exists after switching fuel, see your John Deere
dealer for service.
Fuel Blends
Fuels are blended to give peak performance during cold
weather and warm weather. For cold weather, gasoline
is specially blended to provide better starting
capabilities. However, avoid prolonged storage of coldweather blended fuel because it will evaporate more
quickly. You may experience longer cranking times in
cold weather with “old” fuel. Buy smaller amounts of
cold-weather blended fuel in winter.
Fuels used during the summer are not required to
provide improved starting properties so they are
blended differently. As a result, you may experience
hard starting or other performance problems during cold
weather if you use fuel remaining from summer uses.
Oxygenated or Reformulated Fuels
Many areas are now required to add “oxygenates”
(either alcohol or ether) which blend oxygen into the fuel
to help reduce exhaust emissions. If you use
oxygenated fuel be sure it is unleaded and meets the
minimum octane rating requirement. DO NOT use fuel
that contains methanol to avoid producing excess
emissions.
Although fuels blended with alcohol or ether allow your
engine to run cleaner, they may contribute to fuel
system damage and performance problems by causing
gum and varnish deposits, especially if fuel is stored for
several weeks or more.
Using clean, fresh fuel will help to prevent damage to
the fuel system and will help maintain peak engine
performance. If engine performance problems occur,
use fuel from another supplier before suspecting
machine problems. Suppliers blend fuels differently and
changing suppliers will generally solve any performance
problems.
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SERVICE MISCELLANEOUS
Using Fresh Fuel and Stabilizers
The best thing you can do to ensure peak performance
of your engine is to use “fresh” fuel. Your tractor’s engine
will perform well with most good-quality fresh fuels
regardless of additives. Any fuel will begin to deteriorate
and evaporate over time and begin to form gum and
varnish deposits in the fuel system. Help to avoid this by
buying only enough fuel to last approximately 30 days or
add fuel stabilizer immediately.
Adding a fuel stabilizer to the fuel system is
recommended any time the tractor will not be operated
for more than 60 days. Varnish deposits may build up in
the carburetor in as little as a few weeks by using stale,
oxygenated fuel.
No stabilizer will work with “stale” fuel, any fuel that is
more than 30 days old. (See Preparing Your Engine
For Storage in this section for information on adding
stabilizer to the fuel.)
Filling Fuel Tank
IMPORTANT: Dirt and water in fuel are major
causes of engine performance problems. Prevent
dirt and debris from entering the fuel tank when
filling.
Fill the tank at the end of each day’s operation to
help keep condensation out of the fuel tank.
Fuel tank capacity:
GEAR MODELS, 1842GV and 1848GV: 13 L (3.5 gal)
AUTOMATIC MODELS, 1842HV and 1848HV: 11 L
(3.0 gal)
1. STOP engine. If engine is hot let it cool several
minutes before you add fuel.
2. Remove grass clippings and other trash from tank
area.
A
3. Lift seat and remove fuel tank cap (A).
4. Fill tank with fresh fuel only to bottom of filler neck.
5. Install fuel tank cap and lower seat.
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SERVICE MISCELLANEOUS
• SAE Multipurpose EP Grease with 3 to 5 percent
molybdenum disulfide.
• SAE Multipurpose EP Grease.
• Greases meeting Military Specification
MIL-G-10924C may be used as arctic grease.
40°C
104°F
30°C
86°F
20°C
68°F
10°C
50°F
0°C
32°F
- 10°C
14°F
- 20°C
- 4°F
- 30°C
- 22°F
- 40°C
- 55°C
- 40°F
NGLI Number
122°F
NGLI Number
Other greases may be used are:
BIO-GREASE-
• John Deere GREASE-GARD.
GREASE-
• John Deere High Temperature EP Grease.
JD High Temp
• John Deere Moly High Temperature EP Grease.
JD Moly High Temp
The following greases are preferred:
50°C
Arctic
Use grease based on the expected air temperature
range during the service interval.
NGLI Number
Grease
- 67°F
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Lubricating Front Wheel Spindles, Wheel
Bearings and Front Axle Pivot
A
Lubricate front wheel spindles (A), wheel bearings (B),
one on each side of tractor, and front axle pivot (C) with
one or two shots of multipurpose grease or an
equivalent.
Turn wheels to distribute grease to spindles.
B
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C
Left-Hand Side of Tractor
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SERVICE MISCELLANEOUS
Care for Plastic and Painted Surfaces
PLASTIC SURFACES
The plastic parts on your tractor are made of a blend of
polycarbonate and polyester materials. These parts are
extremely strong and durable. Unlike painted metal, the
plastic parts will never dent or rust. If the plastic parts
get scratched, the color will remain the same since the
color goes through the entire part.
IMPORTANT: “Dry wiping” or wiping the plastic
surface when it is dry will result in minor surface
scratches. Always wet the surface before
cleaning. Follow correct cleaning and waxing
procedures.
Correct Cleaning Care:
NOTE: Follow cleaning procedure every time plastic
surfaces are cleaned. DO NOT wipe dry plastic
surface with hand or towel.
1. Before washing, rinse hood and entire machine with
clean water to remove dirt and dust that may scratch the
surface.
2. Wash plastic surface with clean water and a mild
liquid automotive washing soap. Use a SOFT, CLEAN
cloth (bath towel or automotive mitt) when washing.
3. Dry thoroughly with a SOFT, CLEAN cloth (diaper or
bath towel).
4. Wax the surface with a liquid automotive wax. Use
products that specifically say “contains no abrasives”.
5. Remove applied wax by hand using a clean, soft
cloth.
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SERVICE MISCELLANEOUS
Avoid Damage:
• “Dry wiping” or wiping the plastic surface when it is
dry is a major source of minor surface scratches.
• DO NOT wipe hood or other plastic parts unless
wetted first.
• DO NOT apply wax unless plastic surface has been
thoroughly cleaned first.
• DO NOT use abrasive materials, such as polishing
compounds, to clean or to wax plastic surface.
• DO NOT wax plastic surfaces without drying first.
Hard-to-remove water spots will be left.
• DO NOT use solvents or commercial cleaners.
• DO NOT use power buffers to remove wax.
• DO NOT spray insect repellent near machine. Insect
repellent spray may damage plastic or painted surfaces.
• Be careful not to spill fuel on any plastic or painted
surfaces. Wipe up fuel immediately.
Repair:
• Your John Deere dealer has the professional
materials needed to properly remove surface scratches
from any plastic surfaces.
• DO NOT attempt to paint over marks or scratches in
plastic parts.
• DO NOT use polishing compounds to attempt to
remove scratches.
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SERVICE MISCELLANEOUS
PAINTED METAL SURFACES
Correct Cleaning Care:
Follow automotive practices to care for your tractor
painted metal surfaces. Use a high-quality automotive
wax regularly to maintain the factory look of your
tractor’s painted surfaces.
Repair:
Minor Scratches (surface scratch):
1. Clean area thoroughly to be repaired.
2. Use automotive polishing compound to remove
surface scratches.
• DO NOT use rubbing compound to avoid removing
paint.
3. Apply wax to entire surface.
Deep Scratches (bare metal or primer showing):
1. Clean area to be repaired with rubbing alcohol or
mineral spirits.
2. Use paint stick with factory-matched colors available
from your John Deere dealer to fill scratches. Follow
directions for use and for drying.
• Apply sparingly to scratch without getting on
surrounding painted surface. Fill in scratch to level of
surrounding painted area.
• Allow to dry 48 hours in warm weather and up to 30
days in colder temperatures.
3. Use automotive polishing compound to smooth out
surface. Do not use power buffer.
4. Apply wax to surface.
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REMOVING MOWER
Removing Mower
c CAUTION: Avoid injury, before removing
mower from machine: STOP engine. Remove
key. Wait for all moving parts to STOP.
Avoid injury from loaded spring: LOCK lift
lever before removing mower.
Avoid injury from spring loaded rod: Make
sure you have a tight grip on drive belt
tension rod and release slowly.
NOTE: The removal process for the 42-Inch deck
and the 48-Inch deck is the same. The 42-Inch deck
is illustrated.
1. STOP engine, LOCK park brake, push PTO switch
down to DISENGAGE, turn key to the OFF position, and
remove key.
A
2. Raise mower lift lever to TRANSPORT (upper)
position.
3. Set cutting height knob (A) to 25 mm (1 in.).
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4. Put wood blocks under each side of mower.
5. Lower mower to MOWING (lower) position, bring
deck down onto blocks.
6. Release drive belt tension rod (B) from bracket (C).
D
7. Remove belt from engine drive sheave (D).
B
C
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8. Pull out and push down on lever (E) to release front
lift rod assembly (F) and remove from front of deck.
E
F
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REMOVING MOWER
9. Disconnect draft arms, one on each side, by pulling
spring loaded J-pins (G) out.
10.Put mower lift lever in the TRANSPORT (upper)
position.
11.Slide mower out from under the tractor.
G
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INSTALLING MOWER
Installing Mower
c CAUTION: Avoid injury, before installing
mower on machine: STOP engine. Remove
key. Wait for all moving parts to STOP.
Avoid injury from loaded spring: LOCK lift
lever before installing mower.
Avoid injury from spring loaded rod: Make
sure you have a tight grip on drive belt
tension rod when installing.
NOTE: The installation process for the 42-Inch deck
and the 48-Inch deck is the same. The 42-Inch deck
is illustrated.
1. STOP engine, LOCK park brake, push PTO switch
down to DISENGAGE, turn key to the OFF position, and
remove key.
A
2. Raise mower lift lever to TRANSPORT (upper)
position.
3. Slide mower under the tractor.
M88580
4. Put wood blocks under each side of mower.
5. Put mower lift lever in the MOWING (lower) position.
6. Install rear draft arms, one on each side of tractor, to
mower lift brackets with spring loaded J-pins (A).
7. Put front lift rod assembly (B) in slotted brackets (C)
on mower deck and install the front lift rod assembly to
the front of the tractor frame.
D
B
8. Push up on lever (D) and lock into tractor frame.
C
M88581
9. Put mower drive belt (E) on engine drive sheave.
10.Push drive belt tension rod (F) into bracket (G).
11.Raise mower lift lever to TRANSPORT (upper)
position.
E
12.Remove wood blocks from both sides of mower.
13.Level mower. (See Leveling Mower in Operating the
Mower section.)
F
G
M88582
Installing Mower - Page 71
TROUBLESHOOTING
Using Troubleshooting Chart
If you are experiencing a problem that is not listed in this
chart, see your Authorized SABRE Service Center for
service.
When you have checked all the possible causes listed
and you are still experiencing the problem, see your
Authorized SABRE Service Center.
Engine
IF
CHECK
Engine Will Not Crank
Brake is not pushed down.
Loose or corroded electrical connections.
PTO knob is in ON position.
Fuse is blown.
Spark plug wire is loose or disconnected.
Engine Runs Unevenly
Cooling fins plugged.
Loose electrical connections.
Choke or throttle cable sticking.
Air cleaner dirty.
Water in fuel or carburetor float bowl.
Dirt in carburetor float bowl.
Engine Will Not Idle
Spark plug not gapped correctly.
Faulty spark plug.
Choke on or partially on (warm engine).
Engine Is Hard To Start
Fuel filter is gummed or plugged.
Spark plug is fouled.
Faulty spark plug or wire.
Spark plug is not gapped correctly.
Loose or corroded electrical connections.
Stale fuel.
Choke is adjusted or used incorrectly.
Troubleshooting - Page 72
TROUBLESHOOTING
IF
CHECK
Engine Misses Under Load
Faulty spark plug.
Stale fuel.
Dirt or water in carburetor float bowl.
Engine Vapor Locks
Fuel tank vent plugged.
Dirt in fuel filter.
Debris plugging fuel pick-up tube inside fuel tank.
Engine Overheats
Engine air intake screen plugged.
Cooling fins plugged.
Engine oil low.
Engine operated too long at slow idle speed.
Engine Loses Power
Engine overheating.
Too much oil in engine.
Dirty air cleaner.
Faulty spark plug.
Engine Knocks
Low engine speed.
Stale or low octane fuel.
Engine overloaded.
Oil level low.
Engine Backfires
Faulty spark plug.
Operator raising off seat.
Shut down procedure for engine not correct.
Engine Stops When REVERSE foot pedal
is depressed and Attachment Is Engaged
(Models 1842HV and 1848HV)
Normal condition. (See Using Reverse Implement
Option in the OPERATING section.)
Engine Stops When gear shift lever is
moved to the R (REVERSE) position and
Attachment Is Engaged (Models 1842GV
and 1848GV)
Normal condition. (See Using Reverse Implement
Option in the OPERATING section.)
Troubleshooting - Page 73
TROUBLESHOOTING
Tractor
IF
CHECK
Tractor Vibrates Too Much
Attachment drive belts worn or damaged.
Dirt on drive sheaves.
Tractor Will Not Move With Engine
Running
Transmission hydraulic oil level low.
Tractor Moves With Engine Running And
Hydrostatic Control In Neutral
Linkage out of adjustment.
Parking brake locked.
Electrical
IF
CHECK
Starter Does Not Work Or Will Not Turn
Engine
Brake pedal not down.
PTO knob in ON position.
Battery terminals corroded.
Battery dead or low charge.
Battery Will Not Charge
Battery cables and terminals dirty.
Low engine speed or excessive idling.
Dead cell in battery.
Mower
IF
CHECK
Discharge Chute Plugging
Belt installed incorrectly.
Grass too wet.
Grass too long.
Restricted air flow.
Check mower front-to-rear level.
Engine rpm too low.
Travel speed too fast.
Troubleshooting - Page 74
TROUBLESHOOTING
IF
CHECK
Patches Of Grass Uncut
Travel speed too fast.
Engine rpm too low.
Belt Slipping
Debris in sheaves.
Worn belt.
Too Much Vibration
Debris on mower deck or in sheaves.
Damaged drive belt.
Damaged sheaves or sheaves out of alignment.
Blades out of balance.
Blades Scalping Grass
Cutting too low.
Turning speed too fast.
Ridges in terrain.
Rough or uneven terrain.
Low tire pressure.
Mower gauge wheels not adjusted correctly.
Bent blade(s).
Uneven Cut
Mower not level.
Travel speed too fast.
Blades dull.
Mower gauge wheels not adjusted correctly.
Tire pressure.
Requires High Effort To Lift And Latch Lift
Handle
Front draft arm on mower is adjusted too short, causing
lift system to bind up.
Mower Loads Down Tractor
Engine rpm too low.
Travel speed too fast.
Debris wrapped around mower spindles.
Bagging blades on mower.
Grass Tips Are Jagged And Turn
Grayish Brown After Mowing
Dull mower blades.
Bent blades.
Front-to-rear blade adjustment not set properly.
Troubleshooting - Page 75
TROUBLESHOOTING
IF
CHECK
Mower (or other attachment) Stops When
REVERSE foot pedal is depressed and
Attachment Is Engaged (Models 1842HV
and 1848HV)
Normal condition. (See Using Reverse Implement
Option in the OPERATING section.)
Mower (or other attachment) Stops When
gear shift lever is moved to the R
(REVERSE) position and Attachment Is
Engaged (Models 1842GV and 1848GV)
Normal condition. (See Using Reverse Implement
Option in the OPERATING section.)
Troubleshooting - Page 76
STORING MACHINE
Storing Safely
c CAUTION: Engine exhaust fumes can cause
sickness or death.
- If it is necessary to run an engine in an
enclosed area, use an exhaust pipe extension
to remove the fumes.
- Always try to work in a well ventilated area.
- DO NOT store vehicle with fuel in the tank
inside a building where fumes may reach an
open flame or spark.
- Allow engine to cool before storing in an
enclosure.
- Remove the battery and store it in a cool dry
place where it will not freeze, and where
children cannot reach it.
Preparing Machine for Storage
1. Repair any worn or damaged parts. Replace parts if
necessary. Tighten loose hardware.
2. Clean under the deck.
3. Paint scratched or chipped metal surfaces to prevent
rust.
4. Wash the machine and apply wax to metal and plastic
surfaces. (See SERVICE-MISCELLANEOUS section for
care of plastic and metal surfaces.)
5. Run machine for five minutes to dry belts and pulleys.
6. Apply light coat of engine oil to pivot and wear points
to prevent rust.
7. Lubricate grease points.
8. Make sure tires are properly inflated.
Storing Machine - Page 77
STORING MACHINE
Preparing Engine For Storage
NOTE: Properly preparing your tractor engine for
storage will make it easier to start the following
season. Engine storage procedure should be used if
vehicle is not used for longer than 60 days.
There are two satisfactory methods of preparing the
engine for storage: running the engine completely dry of
fuel, or filling the fuel tank with a mixture of fresh fuel
and fuel stabilizer.
Running engine dry of fuel:
NOTE: Try to anticipate the last time the tractor will
be used for the season so very little fuel is left in the
fuel tank.
1. Park tractor in a well-ventilated area.
2. Engage park brake and disengage PTO.
3. Turn on engine and allow to run until it runs out of
fuel.
4. Turn key to OFF position.
5. Continue with Preparing Engine.
Add fuel and stabilizer mixture to tank:
1. Park tractor in a well-ventilated area.
IMPORTANT: Be sure fuel is fresh when adding
fuel stabilizer. Fuel stabilizers are ineffective
when added to fuels that are more than 30 days
old.
2. Mix fresh fuel and fuel stabilizer in separate container.
Follow stabilizer instructions for mixing.
NOTE: Filling the fuel tank reduces the amount of
air in the fuel tank and helps reduce deterioration of
fuel.
3. Fill fuel tank with stabilized fuel.
4. Run engine for a few minutes to allow fuel mixture to
circulate through carburetor.
5. Continue with Preparing Engine.
Storing Machine - Page 78
STORING MACHINE
Preparing Engine:
1. Change engine oil and filter while engine is warm.
2. Service air filter if necessary.
3. Clean debris from engine air intake screen.
4. Remove spark plugs. Put 30 mL (1 oz.) of clean
engine oil in cylinders.
5. Install spark plugs, but DO NOT connect spark plug
wires.
6. Crank the engine for approximately five seconds to
allow oil to be distributed.
7. Clean the engine and engine compartment.
8. Remove battery.
9. Clean the battery and battery posts.
NOTE: The stored battery should be recharged
every 90 days.
10.Charge the battery. (See Charging Battery in the
SERVICE - ELECTRICAL section.)
11.Store the battery in a cool, dry place where it will not
freeze.
12.Store the vehicle in a dry, protected place. If vehicle
is stored outside, put a waterproof cover over it.
Removing Machine From Storage
1. Check tire pressure. (See Checking Tire Pressure in
Service - Miscellaneous section.)
2. Fill fuel tank. Check engine oil level.
3. Take machine off of blocks or support stands.
4. Charge battery if necessary. Install battery. (See
Removing and Installing the Battery in the SERVICEELECTRICAL section.)
5. Check spark plug gap. Install and tighten spark plug
to 20 N•m (15 lb-ft).
6. Lubricate all grease points.
7. Check automatic transmission oil level.
8. Run the engine 5 minutes without the mower or any
attachments running to allow oil to be distributed
throughout engine.
9. Be sure all shields and guards are in place.
Storing Machine - Page 79
SPECIFICATIONS
Engine (Gear Models, 1842GV and 1848GV)
Engine Model Number . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Briggs & Stratton-Model No. 350777
Horsepower . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13.4 kW (18 hp)
Displacement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 570 cc (34.7 cu.in.)
Crankcase Capacity w/o oil filter. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1.42 L (1.5 qt.)
Crankcase Capacity with oil filter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1.54 L (1.63 qt.)
Spark Plug-Gap. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .76 mm (.030 in.)
Cylinders . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Two
Stroke/Cycle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Four
Lubrication . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Full-Pressure
Oil Filter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Standard Single Element
Air Cleaner. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dual Stage
Engine (Automatic Models, 1842HV and 1848HV)
Engine Model Number . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Briggs & Stratton-Model No. 350777
Horsepower . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13.4 kW (18 hp)
Displacement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 570 cc (34.7 cu.in.)
Crankcase Capacity w/o oil filter. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1.42 L (1.5 qt.)
Crankcase Capacity with oil filter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1.54 L (1.63 qt.)
Spark Plug-Gap. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .76 mm (.030 in.)
Cylinders . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Two
Stroke/Cycle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Four
Lubrication . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Full-Pressure
Oil Filter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Standard Single Element
Air Cleaner. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dual Stage
Fuel System
Fuel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . See Fuel in the Service Miscellaneous section
Fuel Filter. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Replaceable
Fuel Tank Capacity . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (Gear Models, 1842GV and 1848GV) 13 L (3.5 gal.)
Fuel Tank Capacity . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (Automatic Models, 1842HV and 1848HV)) 11 L (3.0 gal.)
Specifications - Page 80
SPECIFICATIONS
Transaxle (Gear Models, 1842GV and 1848GV)
Model . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Peerless Model 820
Drive Train . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Gear Transaxle
Speeds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
Gear Speed Range-Forward . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1st: 2.1 km/h (1.3 mph)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2nd: 3.0 km/h (1.9 mph)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3rd: 4.3 km/h (2.7 mph)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4th: 5.3 km/h (3.3 mph)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5th: 7.0 km/h (4.4 mph)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6th: 9.8 km/h (6.1 mph)
Gear Speed - Reverse. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4.6 km/h (2.9 mph)
Transaxle (Automatic Models, 1842HV and 1848HV)
Model . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Torq Model K-61
Drive Train . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Transaxle with foot-controlled variable speed drive
Travel Speed-Forward . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0-8.5 km/h (0-5.3 mph)
Travel Speed-Reverse. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0-3.5 km/h (0-2.5 mph)
Dimensions
Overall Height . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 112 cm (44.1 in.)
Overall Length. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .181.6 cm (71.5 in.)
Vehicle Weight (Gear Model 1842GV) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .240 kg (528 lb)
Vehicle Weight (Gear Model 1848GV) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .256 kg (565 lb)
Vehicle Weight (Automatic Model 1842HV) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .241 kg (530 lb)
Vehicle Weight (Automatic Model 1848HV) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .257 kg (567 lb)
Tires
Size-Front . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 X 6.5
Size-Rear . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 X 9.5
Specifications - Page 81
SPECIFICATIONS
Mower Deck (42-Inch)
Blades-Rotary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
Blade Bolt Torque . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67 N•m (50 lb-ft)
Cutting Height-Approx. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25–102 mm (1–4 in.)
Blade Length . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 545.2 mm (21.46 in.)
Cutting Width . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1067 mm (42 in.)
Mower Deck (48-Inch)
Blades-Rotary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
Blade Bolt Torque . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 84 N•m (62 lb-ft)
Cutting Height-Approx. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25–102 mm (1–4 in.)
Blade Length . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .423 mm (16.6 in.)
Cutting Width . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1219 mm (48 in.)
Recommended Lubricants
Engine Oil . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .John Deere PLUS-4 ®
Automatic Transmission Oil . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5W30 or 10W30
Grease . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . John Deere MOLY HIGH Temperature ® EP
(Specifications and design subject to change without notice.)
Specifications - Page 82
WARRANTY
x
Product Warranty
The warranties described below are provided by John Deere Company (“John Deere”) to the original
purchasers of new Sabre Products. Product warranty is provided as part of John Deere’s support
program for customers who operate and maintain their equipment as described in this manual. The
following warranty information is in addition to the product warranty information you received from your
dealer at the time of sale.
All parts of any new Sabre product, except tires and batteries, are warranted for the number of months
/ days specified below:
SABRE PRODUCTS
WARRANTY TERM
IN RESIDENTIAL (Private Homeowner) APPLICATION
24 Months
IN ANY OTHER APPLICATION
90 Days
Tire Warranty
John Deere warranty applies for tires available through the John Deere parts system. For tires not
available through the John Deere parts system, the tire manufacturer’s warranty applicable to your
machine may not apply outside the U.S. (See your John Deere dealer for specific information.
Limited Engine Warranty
FEDERAL AND CALIFORNIA EMISSION CONTROL DEFECTS WARRANTY STATEMENT
YOUR WARRANTY RIGHTS AND OBLIGATIONS
The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the California Air Resources Board
(CARB) and Deere & Company (John Deere) are pleased to explain the emission control system
warranty on your 1995 and later utility or lawn and garden equipment engine. In California new utility
and lawn and garden equipment engines must be designed, built and equipped to meet the State’s
stringent anti-smog standards. In other states, new 1997 and later model year equipment engines
must be designed, built and equipped, at the time of sale, to meet the U.S. EPA regulations for small
non-road engines. The engine must be free from defects in materials and workmanship which cause it
to fail to conform with U.S. EPA standards for the first two years of engine use from the date of sale to
the ultimate purchaser. John Deere must warrant the emission control system on your utility or lawn
and garden equipment engine for the periods of time listed below provided there has been no abuse,
neglect or improper maintenance of your utility or lawn and garden equipment engine.
Your emission control system may include parts such as the carburetor or fuel-injection system, the
ignition system, and catalytic converter. Also included may be hoses, belts, connectors and other
emission related assemblies.
Where a warrantable condition exists, John Deere will repair your utility or lawn and garden equipment
engine at no cost to you including diagnosis, parts and labor.
MANUFACTURER’S WARRANTY COVERAGE:
In California, the 1995 and later utility and lawn and garden equipment engines are warranted for two
years. In other states, 1997 and later model year equipment engines are warranted for two years. If
any emission related part on your engine is defective, the part will be repaired or replaced by John
Deere.
Warranty - Page 83
WARRANTY
OWNER’S WARRANTY RESPONSIBILITIES
As the utility or lawn and garden equipment engine owner, you are responsible for the performance of
the required maintenance listed in your owner’s manual. John Deere recommends that you retain all
receipts covering maintenance on your utility or lawn and garden equipment engine, but John Deere
cannot deny warranty solely for lack of receipts or for your failure to ensure the performance of all
scheduled maintenance.
As the utility or lawn and garden equipment engine owner, you should however be aware that John
Deere may deny you warranty coverage if your utility or lawn and garden equipment engine or a part
has failed due to abuse, neglect, improper maintenance or unapproved modifications.
You are responsible for presenting your utility or lawn and garden equipment engine to an authorized
John Deere Commercial and Consumer Equipment Retailer as soon as a problem exists. The warranty
repairs should be completed in a reasonable amount of time, not to exceed 30 days.
If you have any questions regarding your warranty rights and responsibilities, you should contact your
John Deere Commercial and Consumer Equipment Retailer, or the John Deere Customer
Communications Center,
1-800-537-8233.
JOHN DEERE EMISSION CONTROL SYSTEM WARRANTY COVERAGE
LENGTH OF WARRANTY COVERAGE
John Deere warrants to the initial owner and each subsequent purchaser that the lawn and garden
equipment engine is:
• Designed, built and equipped so as to conform with all applicable regulations adopted by the
California Air Resources Board (CARB) pursuant to its authority in Chapters 1 and 2, Part 5, Division
26 of the Health and Safety Code for 1995 and later equipment engines, and all applicable regulations
of the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for 1997 and later equipment engines;
and
• Free from defects in materials and workmanship which can cause the failure of an emission
warranted part for a period of two years after the engine is delivered to the initial retail purchaser. John
Deere is liable for damages to other engine components caused by the failure of a warranted part
during the warranty period. If any emission related part on your engine is defective, the part will be
repaired or replaced by John Deere.
WARRANTED PARTS
Coverage under this warranty extends only to the parts listed below (the emission control system
parts) to the extent these parts were present on the engine purchased.
Fuel Metering System:
Fuel Metering System:
Carburetor and internal parts (or fuel injection system).
Cold start enrichment system.
Air/fuel ratio feedback and control system.
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Air Induction System:
Air Cleaner
Controlled hot air intake system.
Intake manifold.
Particulate Controls:
Traps, filters, precipitators, and any other device used to capture
particulate emissions.
Exhaust Gas Recirculation
(EGR) System:
EGR valve body and carburetor spacer if applicable.
Ignition System:
Spark plugs.
EGR rate feedback and control system.
Magneto or electronic ignition system.
Spark advance/retard system.
Air Injection System:
Air pump or pulse valve.
Valves affecting distribution of flow.
Distribution manifold.
Catalyst or Thermal Reactor
System:
Catalytic converter.
Thermal reactor.
Exhaust manifold.
Miscellaneous Items Used
in Above Systems
Vacuum, temperature, and time sensitive valves and switches.
Electronic controls.
Hoses, belts, connectors, and assemblies.
Since emission related parts may vary slightly from model to model, certain models may not contain all
of these parts and certain models may contain functionally equivalent parts.
WARRANTY SERVICE AND CHARGES
Warranty service shall be provided during customary business hours at any authorized John Deere
Commercial and Consumer Equipment Retailer located within the United States of America. Repair or
replacement of any warranted part will be performed at no charge to the owner, including diagnostic
labor which leads to the determination that a warranted part is defective, if the diagnostic work is
performed at an authorized John Deere Commercial and Consumer Equipment Retailer. Any parts
replaced under this warranty shall become the property of John Deere.
MAINTENANCE WARRANTY COVERAGE
a) Any warranted part which is not scheduled for replacement as required maintenance shall be
warranted as to defects for the warranty period. Any such part repaired or replaced under the warranty
shall be warranted for the remaining warranty period.
b) Any warranted part which is scheduled only for regular inspection to the effect of “repair or replace
as necessary” shall be warranted as to defects for the warranty period. Any such part repaired or
replaced under the warranty shall be warranted for the remaining warranty period.
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c) Any warranted part which is scheduled for replacement as required maintenance shall be warranted
as to defects only for the period of time up to the first scheduled replacement for that part. Any such
part repaired or replaced under the warranty shall be warranted for the remainder of the period prior to
the first scheduled replacement point for that part.
d) Normal maintenance, replacement or repair of emission control devices and systems, which are
being done at the customers expense, may be performed by any repair establishment or individual;
however, warranty repairs must be performed by an authorized John Deere Commercial and
Consumer Equipment Retailer.
e) Any replacement part that is equivalent in performance and durability may be used in the
performance of any non-warranty maintenance or repairs, and shall not reduce the warranty
obligations of John Deere.
CONSEQUENTIAL WARRANTY COVERAGE
Warranty coverage shall extend to the failure of any engine components caused by the failure of any
warranted part still under warranty.
LIMITATIONS
This Emission Control System Warranty shall NOT cover any of the following:
a) Repair or replacement required as a result of (i) misuse or neglect, (ii) improper maintenance or
unapproved modifications, (iii) repairs improperly performed or replacements improperly installed, (iv)
use of replacement parts or accessories not conforming to John Deere specifications which adversely
affect performance and/or durability, (v) alterations or modifications not recommended or approved in
writing by John Deere.
b) Replacement parts, other services and adjustments necessary for normal maintenance.
c) Transportation to and from the John Deere Commercial and Consumer Equipment Retailer, or
service calls made by the Retailer.
LIMITED LIABILITY
a) The liability of John Deere under this Emission Control System Warranty is limited solely to the
remedying of defects in materials or workmanship. This warranty does not cover inconvenience or loss
of use of the utility or lawn and garden equipment engine or transportation of the engine to or from the
John Deere Commercial and Consumer Equipment Retailer. JOHN DEERE SHALL NOT BE LIABLE
FOR ANY OTHER EXPENSE, LOSS, OR DAMAGE, WHETHER DIRECT, INCIDENTAL,
CONSEQUENTIAL (EXCEPT AS LISTED ABOVE UNDER “COVERAGE”) OR EXEMPLARY
ARISING IN CONNECTION WITH THE SALE OR USE OF OR INABILITY TO USE THE UTILITY OR
LAWN AND GARDEN ENGINE FOR ANY OTHER PURPOSE.
b) NO EXPRESS EMISSION CONTROL SYSTEM WARRANTY IS GIVEN BY JOHN DEERE WITH
RESPECT TO THE ENGINE EXCEPT AS SPECIFICALLY SET FORTH IN THIS DOCUMENT. ANY
EMISSION CONTROL SYSTEM WARRANTY IMPLIED BY LAW, INCLUDING ANY WARRANTY OF
MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, IS EXPRESSLY LIMITED TO
THE EMISSION CONTROL SYSTEM WARRANTY TERMS SET FORTH IN THIS DOCUMENT.
c) No dealer is authorized to modify this Federal, California and John Deere Emission Control System
Warranty.
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LEGAL RIGHTS
This Warranty gives you specific legal rights. You may also have other rights in the State of California
for 1995 and later equipment engines and in other states for 1997 and later equipment engines.
THIS FEDERAL AND CALIFORNIA EMISSION CONTROL SYSTEM WARRANTY IS IN ADDITION
TO THE JOHN DEERE LIMITED ENGINE WARRANTY.
Limited Battery Warranty
NOTE: Applicable in North America only.
TO SECURE WARRANTY SERVICE
The purchaser must request warranty service from a John Deere dealer authorized to sell John Deere
batteries, and present the battery to the dealer with the top cover plate codes intact.
FREE REPLACEMENT
Any new battery which becomes unserviceable (not merely discharged) due to defects in material or
workmanship within 90 days of purchase will be replaced free of charge. Installation costs will be
covered by warranty if (1) the unserviceable battery was installed by a John Deere factory or dealer,
(2) failure occurs within 90 days of purchase, and (3) the replacement battery is installed by a John
Deere dealer.
PRO RATA ADJUSTMENT
Any new battery which becomes unserviceable (not merely discharged) due to defects in material or
workmanship more than 90 days after purchase, but before the expiration of the applicable adjustment
period, will be replaced upon payment of the battery’s current list price less a pro rata credit for unused
months of service. The applicable adjustment period is determined from the Warranty Code printed at
the top of the battery and chart below. Installation costs are not covered by warranty after 90 days from
the date of purchase.
THIS WARRANTY DOES NOT COVER
A. Breakage of the container, cover, or terminals.
B. Depreciation or damage caused by lack of reasonable and necessary maintenance or by improper
maintenance.
C. Transportation, mailing, or service call charges for warranty service.
LIMITATION OF IMPLIED WARRANTIES AND PURCHASER’S REMEDIES
To the extent permitted by law, neither John Deere nor any company affiliated with it makes any
warranties, representations, or promises as to the quality, performance or freedom from defect of the
products covered by this warranty. IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS
FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, TO THE EXTENT APPLICABLE, SHALL BE LIMITED IN
DURATION TO THE APPLICABLE ADJUSTMENT PERIOD SET FORTH HERE. THE
PURCHASER’S ONLY REMEDIES IN CONNECTION WITH THE BREACH OR PERFORMANCE OF
ANY WARRANTY ON JOHN DEERE BATTERIES ARE THOSE SET FORTH HERE. IN NO EVENT
WILL THE DEALER, JOHN DEERE OR ANY COMPANY AFFILIATED WITH JOHN DEERE BE
LIABLE FOR INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES. (Note: Some states do not allow
limitations on how long an implied warranty lasts or the exclusion or limitation of incidental or
consequential damages. So these limitations and exclusions may not apply to you.) This warranty
gives you specific legal rights, and you may also have some rights which vary from state to state.
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NO DEALER WARRANTY
The selling dealer makes no warranty of it’s own and the dealer has no authority to make any
representation or promise on behalf of John Deere, or to modify the terms or limitations of this
warranty in any way.
PRO RATA MONTHS OF ADJUSTMENT
NOTE: If your battery is not labeled with a warranty code, it is a warranty code “B”.
Warranty Code
Warranty Period
A
40 Months
B
36 Months
C
24 Months
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A
Air Cleaner Elements, Checking and Cleaning ..........................................................................................46
Automatic Transmission, Using and Stopping ............................................................................................20
Axle Pivot, Lubricating ....................................................................................................................................65
B
Battery and Terminals, Cleaning ..................................................................................................................57
Battery Discharge Indicator Light Bulb, Replacing ....................................................................................60
Battery Discharge Light, Check ....................................................................................................................17
Battery, Charging the ......................................................................................................................................58
Battery, Checking the .....................................................................................................................................56
Battery, Connect and Check ...........................................................................................................................4
Battery, Removing and Installing ..................................................................................................................56
Battery, Using Booster ...................................................................................................................................59
Belt, Replacing Mower Drive Belt .................................................................................................................51
Blades, Balancing ...........................................................................................................................................55
Blades, Servicing Mower (Removing and Installing) .................................................................................53
Blades, Sharpening .........................................................................................................................................55
Brake, Using the Park .....................................................................................................................................17
Bulbs, Replacing .............................................................................................................................................60
C
Carburetor, Adjusting ......................................................................................................................................43
Certification Label ...........................................................................................................................................10
Chains, Using and Installing Tire ..................................................................................................................28
Cleaning Care, Correct ...................................................................................................................................66
Cleaning Care, Correct for Painted Metal Surfaces ..................................................................................68
Console Controls .............................................................................................................................................11
Controls (GV and HV), Console ....................................................................................................................11
Controls, Automatic Model 1842HV .............................................................................................................12
Controls, Gear Model 1842GV ......................................................................................................................11
Cutting Height, Adjusting ...............................................................................................................................31
D
Dealer Set-Up ....................................................................................................................................................1
E
Engine for Storage, Preparing .......................................................................................................................78
Engine Oil .........................................................................................................................................................44
Engine Oil, Changing ......................................................................................................................................45
Engine Warranty Maintenance Statement ..................................................................................................43
Engine, Starting ...............................................................................................................................................18
Engine, Stopping .............................................................................................................................................19
Engine, Warming and Idling ..........................................................................................................................19
Equipment, Avoid Using Ground Engaging ................................................................................................27
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F
Filter, Changing Engine Oil ............................................................................................................................45
Filter, Replacing Fuel ......................................................................................................................................47
Fuel ....................................................................................................................................................................62
Fuel Filter, Replacing ......................................................................................................................................47
Fuel Tank, Filling .............................................................................................................................................64
Fuse, Replacing ...............................................................................................................................................60
G
Gear Transmission, Using and Stopping..................................................................................................... 19
Grease ........................................................................................................................................................49, 65
Grease-Gard ..............................................................................................................................................49, 65
H
Headlight Bulb, Replacing .............................................................................................................................60
Headlights, Using ............................................................................................................................................17
I
Implement Option, Using Reverse ............................................................................................................... 21
L
Labels, Safety ....................................................................................................................................................8
Lift Lever to Raise and Lower Mower, Using ..............................................................................................31
Light, Check Battery Discharge ....................................................................................................................17
Lubricating Mower Spindles ..........................................................................................................................50
Lubricating Wheel Spindles and Axle Pivot ................................................................................................ 65
M
Metal Surfaces, Painted .................................................................................................................................68
Mower Level (Front-to-Rear), Adjusting ......................................................................................................34
Mower Level (Side-to Side), Adjusting .........................................................................................................32
Mower Level (Side-to-Side), Adjusting ........................................................................................................32
Mower Spindles, Lubricating .........................................................................................................................50
Mower, Disengaging .......................................................................................................................................35
Mower, Engaging ............................................................................................................................................35
Mower, Installing .............................................................................................................................................71
Mower, Removing ...........................................................................................................................................69
O
Oil Filter, Changing Engine............................................................................................................................ 45
Oil, Engine ........................................................................................................................................................44
Oil, Engine Changing ......................................................................................................................................45
Oil, Engine Checking ......................................................................................................................................44
Oil, Transmission, Type, Checking and Adding .........................................................................................48
Operating Checklist, Daily .............................................................................................................................22
Operating Mower Safely .................................................................................................................................30
Operating Safely ..............................................................................................................................................13
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P
Painted Metal Surfaces, Cleaning Care ...................................................................................................... 68
Painted Surfaces Care ...................................................................................................................................66
Part Numbers ...................................................................................................................................................37
Plastic and Painted Surfaces, Care for ........................................................................................................66
Pushing Machine .............................................................................................................................................22
R
Reverse Implement Option, Using ............................................................................................................... 21
S
Safety Labels .....................................................................................................................................................8
Safety Systems, Testing ................................................................................................................................23
Safety, Operating ............................................................................................................................................13
Safety, Operating Mower ...............................................................................................................................30
Safety, Service .................................................................................................................................................39
Safety, Service Mower ...................................................................................................................................49
Seat, Adjusting .................................................................................................................................................16
Service Literature Order Form ......................................................................................................................93
Service Safety ..................................................................................................................................................39
Spark Plugs, Checking ...................................................................................................................................47
Specifications ...................................................................................................................................................80
Storage, Preparing Engine for .......................................................................................................................78
Storage, Preparing Machine for ....................................................................................................................77
Storage, Removing Machine from ................................................................................................................79
Storing Safety ..................................................................................................................................................77
T
Test 1-7, Safety ...............................................................................................................................................23
Tire Chains, Using and Installing ..................................................................................................................28
Tire Pressure, Checking .................................................................................................................................61
Transmission Oil, Type, Checking and Adding ..........................................................................................48
Transport Safely ..............................................................................................................................................16
Transporting .....................................................................................................................................................29
Troubleshooting Chart, Using .......................................................................................................................72
W
Warranty Maintenance Statement, Engine ................................................................................................. 43
Warranty, Product ...........................................................................................................................................83
Weights, Using Front ......................................................................................................................................27
Weights, Using Rear .......................................................................................................................................27
Wheel Spindles, Wheel Bearings and Front Axle Pivot, Lubricating ......................................................65
Wheels, Adjusting Mower Gage ...................................................................................................................32
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NOTES
Notes
SABRE SERVICE LITERATURE
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QUALITY DOESN’T END WHEN YOU INVEST IN A SABRE BY JOHN DEERE
SABRE by John Deere equipment is more than just a
purchase, it’s an investment in quality. That quality goes
beyond our equipment to your SABRE dealer’s parts
and service support. This support is needed to keep you
a satisfied customer.
That’s why John Deere has initiated a process to handle
your questions or problems, should they arise. The
following three steps will help guide you through the
process.
Step 1
Refer to your operator’s manual
A. It has many illustrations and detailed
information on the safe and proper operation
of your equipment.
B. It gives troubleshooting procedures, and
specification information.
C. It gives ordering information for parts
catalogs, service and technical manuals.
D. If your questions are not answered in the
operator’s manual, then go to Step 2.
Step 2
Contact your Authorized SABRE Service Center
A. Your SABRE Service Center can answer your
questions, resolve problems, and fulfill your
parts and service needs.
B. First, discuss your questions or problems with
your service center’s parts and service staff.
C. If the parts and service people are unable to
resolve your problem, see the service center
manager or owner.
D. If your questions or problems are not resolved
by the service center, then go to Step 3.
Step 3
Call the John Deere Customer Communications
Center
A. Your SABRE Service Center is the most efficient source in addressing any concern, but if you are
not able to resolve your problem after checking your operator’s manual and contacting your
service center, call the Customer Communications Center.
B. For prompt, effective service, please have the following ready before you call:
• The name of the dealer or service center with • Your 13-digit serial number which you
whom you’ve been working.
recorded on the inside front cover of this
manual.
• Your equipment model number.
• If the problem is with an attachment, your
attachment identification number.
C. Then call 1-800-537-8233 and our representative will work with your dealer or service center
to investigate your concern.
• Number of hours on machine (if applicable).
Quality Doesn’t End When You Invest in a SABRE by John Deere