Yard-Man 560 Series Operator`s manual

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A'rO
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21" Rotary Mower-
Model Series 560
iMPORTANT
READ SAFETY
RULES AND iNSTRUCTiONS
CAREFULLY
BEFORE
OPERATION
Warning: This unit is equippedwith an internalcombustionengineand shouldnot be usedon or nearany unimprovedforest-covered,brushcoveredor grass-coveredland unlesstheengine'sexhaustsystemis equippedwith a sparkarrestermeetingapplicablelocalor statelaws(if any).
If a sparkarresteris used,it shouldbe maintainedin effectiveworkingorder by the operator.In theState of Californiathe aboveis requiredbylaw
(Section4442 of the CaliforniaPublicResourcesCode). Otherstatesmay havesimilarlaws.Federallaws applyon federallands.A sparkarrester
for the muffleris availablethroughyour nearestengineauthorizedservicedealeror contactthe servicedepartment,RO. Box361131Cleveland,
Ohio 44136-0019.
PRINTEDIN U.S.A.
MTD LLC, P.O. BOX 361131 CLEVELAND, OHIO 44136-0019
FORMNO.770-10347F
10/18/2005
This Operator's Manual is an important part of your new lawn mower, it will help you assemble,
prepare and maintain the unit for best performance.
Please read and understand what it says.
Table of Contents
Slope Gauge .......................................................
Safe Operation Practices ...................................
Setup and Adjustment .......................................
Operating Your Lawn Mower ..............................
3
4
6
8
Maintaining Your Lawn Mower .........................
Trouble Shooting ..............................................
Off-Season Storage and Safety Labels ..........
Parts List ...........................................................
10
12
13
14
Finding and Recording Model Number
BEFOREYOU START ASSEMBLING
YOUR NEW EQUIPMENT,
please locate the model plate on the equipment and copy the
information to the sample model plate provided to the right.
You can locate the model plate by standing at the operating
position and looking down at the rear of the deck. This
information will be necessary to use the manufacturer's web
site and/or obtain assistancefrom the Customer Support
Department or an authorized service dealer.
Model
Number
Serial Number
O. BOX 361131
YaRD-MaN)/fP.CLEVELAND,OH44136
www.yardman.com
330-220-4683
800-800-7310
Customer Support
Please do NOTreturn
purchased,
without
the unit to the retailer from
first
contacting
Customer
which
it was
Support.
If you have difficulty assembling this product or have any questions regarding the controls, operation or maintenanceof this unit,
you can seek help from the experts. Choose from the options below:
1. Visit yardman.com.
menu option.
Click on the Customer Support
3. The engine manufacturer is responsible for all enginerelated issues with regards to performance, power-rating,
specifications, warranty and service. Please refer to the
engine manufacturer'sOwner's/Operator's Manual, packed
separatelywith your unit, for more information.
2. Phone a Customer Support Representativeat 1 (800)
800-7310.
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WARNING: Engine Exhaust, some of its constituents, and certain vehicle components contain or emit chemicals known to State of Californiato cause cancer and
birth defects or other reproductiveharm.
DANGER: This machine was built to be operated according to the rules for safe operation in this
manual. As with any type of power equipment, carelessness or error on the part of the operator can
result in serious injury. This machine is capable of amputating hands and feet and throwing objects.
Failureto observe the following safety instructions could result in serious injury or death.
Children
6. Alwayswearsafetyglasses or safetygogglesduringoperation andwhile performingan adjustmentor repairto protect
youreyes. Thrownobjectswhich ricochetcan causeserious
injury to the eyes.
Tragicaccidentscan occur if operatoris not alert to presence
of children.Childrenare oftenattractedto mowerand mowing
activity.Theydo not understandthe dangers.Neverassume
thatchildrenwill remainwhereyou lastsawthem.
1. Keepchildrenout of the mowingareaand underwatchful
careof a responsibleadultotherthanthe operator.
2. Be alert andturn moweroff if a childentersthe area.
7. Wearsturdy, rough-soledworkshoesand close-fitting
slacksandshirts. Shirtsand pantsthatcoverthe arms and
legs andsteel-toedshoesare recommended.Neveroperate
this machinein bare feet,sandals, slipperyor lightweight
(e.g. canvas)shoes.
8. Do not put hands or feet near rotatingparts or undercutting
deck. Contactwithblade can amputatehands andfeet.
3. Beforeand whilemovingbackwards,look behindanddown
forsmallchildren.
RNING
This symbol points
i out important safety
instructionswhich, if
not followed, could
endangerthe personal
i safety and/or property
I of yourself and others.
Read and follow all
instructions in this manual before attempting to
operate this machine.
Failureto comply with
these instructions may
i result in personal injury.
i When you see this
_ symbol.
HEED ITS WARNING
Your
Responsibility
Restrict the use
i of this power machine
i to personswho read,
understand
and follow the warnings
and instructions
in this manual
and on the machine.
4. Useextremecare when approachingblind corners,
doorways,shrubs,trees,or otherobjectsthat may obscure
yourvisionof a child whomay run intothe mower.
5. Keepchildrenawayfrom hot or runningengines.Theycan
sufferburnsfrom a hot muffler.
9. A missingor damageddischargecovercan cause blade
contactor thrownobject injuries.
10. Manyinjuriesoccuras a resultof the mowerbeing pulled
overthe foot duringa fall causedby slippingor tripping.
Do not hold on to the mower if you are falling; releasethe
handle immediately.
6. Neverallowchildrenunder14 yearsoldto operatea power
mower.Children14 yearsoldand overshouldreadand
understandoperationinstructionsandsafetyrulesinthis
manualandshouldbe trainedandsupervisedbya parent.
General
11. Neverpullthe mowerback towardyou whileyou are
walking.If you must backthe mowerawayfrom a wall or
obstructionfirst look down and behindto avoid trippingand
thenfollowthese steps:
a. Stepback from mowerto fully extend yourarms.
Operation
1. Readthis operator'smanualcarefullyin its entiretybefore
attemptingto assemblethis machine.Read,understand,
andfollowall instructionson the machineandin the
b. Be sure youare well balancedwithsurefooting.
c. Pullthe mowerback slowly,no morethan half way
toward you.
manual(s)beforeoperation.Be completelyfamiliar with
the controls andthe proper useof this machinebefore
operatingit. Keepthis manualin a safe place forfuture
and regularreferenceand for orderingreplacementparts.
2. This machineis a precision pieceof powerequipment,
not a plaything.Therefore,exerciseextremecautionat all
times.Yourunit has beendesignedto performonejob: to
mowgrass. Do not use it for any otherpurpose.
d. Repeatthesesteps as needed.
12. Do not operatethe mowerwhileunderthe influenceof
alcoholor drugs.
3. Neverallow childrenunder 14yearsold to operatethis
machine.Children 14yearsold and overshould readand
understandthe instructionsinthis manualandshould
be trainedand supervisedby a parent.Onlyresponsible
individualswho arefamiliar withthese rulesof safe
operationshould be allowedto usethis machine.
4. Thoroughlyinspectthe area wherethe equipmentis to
be used. Removeall stones,sticks,wire, bones,toys and
otherforeignobjectswhichcould be tripped overor picked
up andthrown by the blade.Thrownobjectscan cause
seriouspersonalinjury.Plan yourmowingpatternto avoid
dischargeof materialtoward roads,sidewalks,bystanders
andthe like.Also, avoiddischargingmaterialagainsta
wall or obstructionwhich may causedischargedmaterial
to ricochet backtoward the operator.
5. Tohelp avoid bladecontact or a thrown objectinjury,
stay inoperatorzone behindhandlesand keepchildren,
bystanders,helpers,and pets at least75 feet from mower
whileit is inoperation.Stop machineif anyoneenters
area.
13. Do not engage the self-propelledmechanismon units so
equippedwhilestartingengine.
14. The bladecontrol handle is a safetydevice.Neverattempt
to bypassits operation.Doingso makesthe safetydevice
inoperativeandmay result in personalinjurythrough
contactwiththe rotatingblade. The bladecontrol handle
mustoperateeasily in bothdirectionsandautomatically
returnto the disengagedpositionwhen released.
15. Neveroperate the mowerinwet grass. Alwaysbe sure of
yourfooting. A slip and fall can causeseriouspersonal
injury.If you feel you are losing yourfooting,releasethe
bladecontrol handle immediatelyand the bladewill stop
rotatingwithinthreeseconds.
16. Mowonly in daylightor good artificial light. Walk,never run.
17. Stopthe bladewhen crossinggraveldrives, walksor roads.
18. If the equipmentshouldstartto vibrateabnormally,stop the
engineand check immediatelyfor the cause.Vibrationis
generallya warningof trouble.
19. Shutthe engineoff andwait untilthe bladecomesto a
completestop beforeremovingthe grasscatcheror unclogging the chute.
4
The cuttingbladecontinuesto rotatefor a fewseconds after
the engine is shut off. Neverplaceany part of the bodyin
the bladearea untilyou are surethe blade hasstopped
rotating.
7. Extinguishall cigarettes,cigars, pipesand othersources
of ignition.
8. Neverfuel machineindoorsbecauseflammablevapors will
accumulatein the area.
20. Neveroperate mowerwithoutpropertrailshield, discharge
cover,grass catcher,bladecontrol handle,or othersafety
protectivedevices in placeand working.Neveroperate
mowerwithdamagedsafetydevices.Failureto do so can
resultin personalinjury.
21. Mufflerandengine becomehot andcan causea burn.Do
not touch.
9. Neverremovegas cap or add fuel whileengine is hot or
running. Allow engineto cool at least two minutesbefore
refueling.
10. Neveroverfill fuel tank. Filltank to no morethan Y2inch
below bottomof filler neckto providefor fuel expansion.
11. Replacegasoline cap andtighten securely.
12. If gasolineis spilled,wipe it off the engine and equipment.
Moveunit to another area.Wait 5 minutesbeforestarting
engine.
13. Neverstorethe machineor fuel containernear an open
flame,sparkor pilot light as on a water heater,space
heater,furnace, clothesdryer,or othergas appliances.
22. Only use parts and accessoriesmadefor this machineby
manufacturer.Failureto do so can result inpersonalinjury.
23. If situationsoccurwhich are not coveredin this manual,
use careand goodjudgment. Contactyourdealerfor
assistance.Telephone1-800-800-7310for the name of your
nearestdealer.
Practices
14. Toreducefire hazard,keepmowerfree of grass, leaves,
or other debrisbuild-up.Clean up oil or fuel spillage and
removeany fuel soakeddebris.
15. Allow a mowerto cool at least5 minutesbeforestoring.
Slope Operation
Slopesare a majorfactor relatedto slip andfallaccidentswhich
can resultinsevereinjury.Operationon slopes requiresextra
caution.If you feel uneasyon a slope,do not mow it.For your
safety,usethe slope gaugeincludedas part of this manualto
measureslopes beforeoperatingthis unit on a slopedor hilly
area.If the slope is greaterthan 15degrees,do not mowit.
General Service:
1. Neverrun an engine indoorsor in a poorlyventilatedarea.
Engineexhaustcontainscarbonmonoxide,an odorlessand
deadlygas.
2. Beforecleaning,repairing,or inspecting,makecertainthe
bladeandall movingparts havestopped.Disconnectthe
sparkplug wire andgroundagainstthe engineto prevent
unintendedstarting.
3. Checkthe bladeandengine mountingbolts atfrequent
intervalsfor propertightness.Also,visuallyinspectbladefor
damage(e.g.,bent,cracked,worn) Replacebladewiththe
originalequipmentmanufacture's(O.E.M.)bladeonly,listed
inthis manual."Use of partswhichdo not meetthe original
equipmentspecificationsmay leadto improperperformance
andcompromisesafety!"
4. Mowerbladesare sharp andcan cut.Wrap the bladeor wear
gloves,anduse extracautionwhen servicingthem.
5. Keepall nuts,bolts, andscrewstight to be surethe equipmentis insafe workingcondition.
6. Nevertamperwithsafetydevices.Checktheir proper operation regularly.
7. Afterstrikinga foreignobject,stop the engine,disconnect the sparkplug wire andgroundagainstthe engine.
Thoroughlyinspectthe mowerfor any damage.Repairthe
damagebeforestartingandoperatingthe mower.
Do:
1. Mowacrossthe face of slopes; neverup anddown.
Exerciseextremecaution when changingdirectionon
slopes.
2. Watchfor holes,ruts,rocks, hiddenobjects,or bumpswhich
can causeyouto slip or trip. Tallgrass can hide obstacles.
3. Alwaysbe sure of yourfooting.A slip andfall can cause
serious personalinjury.If you feel you are losingyour
balance,releasethe bladecontrol handle immediately,and
the bladewill stop rotatingwithin 3 seconds.
Do Not:
1. Donot mownear drop-offs, ditchesor embankments,where
you could loseyour footingor balance.
2. Donot mowslopes greaterthan 15degrees asshown on
the slope gauge.
3. Donot mowon wetgrass. Unstablefooting could cause
slipping.
Service
8. Neverattemptto makea wheel or cuttingheightadjustment
whilethe engine is running.
9. Grasscatchercomponents,dischargecover,andtrail
shield aresubjectto wear anddamagewhichcould expose
movingparts or allowobjectsto be thrown.For safety
protection,frequentlycheck componentsandreplaceimmediatelywithoriginal equipmentmanufacturer's(O.E.M.)
parts only,listed inthis manual."Use of parts which do
not meetthe original equipmentspecificationsmaylead to
improperperformanceandcompromisesafety!"
10. Do not changethe enginegovernorsettingor overspeedthe
engine.The governorcontrolsthe maximumsafe operating
speedof the engine.
11. Maintainor replacesafetylabels,as necessary.
Safe Handling Of Gasoline:
1. To avoid personalinjury or propertydamage useextreme
care inhandlinggasoline. Gasolineis extremelyflammable
and the vapors are explosive.Serious personalinjury can
occur when gasolineis spilled on yourself or your clothes
which can ignite.
2. Wash yourskin andchangeclothesimmediately.
3. Useonly an approvedgasolinecontainer.
4. Neverfill containers insidea vehicle or on a truckor trailer
bedwitha plasticliner.Alwaysplace containerson the
ground awayfrom yourvehicle beforefilling.
5. Removegas-poweredequipmentfromthe truck or trailer
and refuel it on the ground.If this is not possible,then refuel
such equipmenton a trailer witha portablecontainer,rather
than from a gasoline dispensernozzle.
12. Observeproperdisposallawsand regulations.Improper
disposalof fluidsand materialscan harmthe environment.
6. Keepthe nozzlein contactwiththe rim of the fuel tank or
container openingat all times until fuelingis complete.Do
not use a nozzle lock-opendevice.
WARNING
This symbol points
out important safety
instructions which, if
not followed, could
endangerthe personal
safety and/or property
of yourselfand others.
Read and follow all
instructions in this manual before attempting to
operate this machine.
Failureto comply with
these instructions may
result in personal injury.
Whenyou see this
symbol.
HEED iTS WARNING
Your
Responsibility
Restrict the use
of this power machine
to persons who read,
understand
and follow the warnings
and instructions
in this manual
and on the machine.
5
1. Removeanypackingmaterialwhich may be between
upperand lowerhandles.
a. Pull up and backon upperhandleas shownin
Step 1.Makecertainthe lowerhandleis seated
securelyintothe handle mountingbrackets.
b. Tightenhandknobs securingupperhandleto
lowerhandle.Make surethat eachcarriagebolt is
seatedproperlyin the handle.
2. Locatehairpinclip in one holeon the weldpin on each
sideof lowerhandle.
a. Removehairpinclipfrom this hole.Usinga pair of
pliers,insert hairpinclip intothe other holeon the
weldpin. Repeaton otherside.
NOTE:Standbehind
themowerasifyou
weregoingtooperate
it.Yourrighthandcorresponds
totheright
sideofthemower;your
lefthandcorresponds
totheleftsideofthe
mower.
b. Inserta carriagebolt fromthe hardwarepack into
the upperhole on the handle mountingbracket.
Securewith one plasticwing nut,also included
in the hardwarepack.Repeaton other sidewith
remainingitemsfrom hardwarepack.
Step 1
.
HardwarePack
a. Holdthe blade controlagainstupperhandle.
Wing Nuts (2)
b. Pull starterropeout of the engine.Releasethe
bladecontrol.
c. Slip starterrope into ropeguide.
d. Tightenwingnut.
NOTE:Yourmower
i isshippedwiththe
handleinthehigher
I heightposition.
NOTE:Eachendof
thelowerhandlemust
beplacedinthesame
relativeposition.
The ropeguide is attachedto the right sideof the
upperhandle.Loosenthe wingnut which securesthe
rope guide.
.
Insertpost on cable ties intoholes providedon the
lowerhandle.Pull cabletie tight and trim excess.
5. An adjustingplateand thumbleverat eachwheel
positionprovidescuttingheightadjustment.
a. Depresslevertowardswheel.
b. Moveit to anyof the nine positionsfor desired
cuttingheight.See Step5.
c. Releaselevertowardsmowerdeck.
Step 2
f
iMPORTANT
DO NOTcrimp the
cables when lifting the
handle up. Make sure
to route the cables
i insidethe lower handle.
iMPORTANT
This unit is shipped
} without gasoline or
oil in the engine. Fih
up gasoline and oil
as instructed in the
accompanying engine
manual BEFORE
operating your mower.
Step 4
Step 3
6
6. Followstepsbelowto assemblethe grasscatcher:
a. Placebag overframe sothat its black plasticside
is at the bottom.
b. Slip plasticchannelof grass bagoverhooks on the
frame.See Step6. All the plasticchannelsexcept
centertop of bagattachfrom outsideof bag.
c. Attachcentertop of bag from insideof bag.
7. Followstepsbelowto attachgrass catcher:
uStment
a. Lift rear dischargedoor.
b. Placegrass catcheron thepivot rod. Letgo
of dischargedoor sothat it restson thegrass
catcher.See Step7.
To removegrass catcheror convertto a mulcher(if
equipped),lift rear dischargedoor on the moweras
shown in Step8. Lift grass catcherup and out of the pivot
rod.Releasereardischargedoorto allow it to close rear
openingof mower.
_
CUTTING HEIGHT
Step 5
Step5
All wheels must be
placedin the same
relative positionl
GRASS CATCHER
unlessthe hookson the grass catcher
WARNING:Never
operate
mower
are firmly seatedin
the slots
on the
handle bracket assemblies, and the rear
discharge door rests firmly against top
of the grass catcher.
Stepe
Makecertain bag is
turned right side out
before assembling
(warning label Willbe
on the outside):
8. If covertingto side discharge,make suregrass
catcheris off unitand reardischargedoor is closed.
a. Lift mulchingplugon the rightsideof mower.
b. Slide two hooks of sidedischargechute under
the hinge pin on the mulchingplug assemblyand
lowerthe side mulchingplug.See Step8.
NOTE:Do not removethe sidemulchingplugat anytime,
evenwhenyou are not mulching.
Step 6
WARNING
Never operate mower
unless the hooks on
f
the grass catcher are
firmly seated in the
_lots on the handle
bracket assemblies,
and the rear dis-
....... i ..........
:barge door rests
firmly against top of
the grass catcher.
Step 7
Step 8
7
Know Your Lawn Mower
BladeControl
Control
Recoil
Starter
GasolineFill
Grass--_
Bag
WARNING
Mulchinc
safety device. Never
attempt to bypass its
operations.
I Use extreme care
when handling
gasoline. Gasoline is
extremely flammable
and the vapors are
explosive. Never fuel
the machine indoors
or while the engine
is hot or running.
Extinguish cigarettes,
cigars, pipes and
other sources of
ignition.
Keep hands and feet
away from the chute
area on cutting deck.
Refer to warning
label on the unit.
Heigh! Adjustment
Levers
Plug
The blade control
mechanism is a
Figure
1
Cutting
Now that you have set up your lawn mower for operation, get aquainted with its controls and features.
These are described below and illustrated on this
page. This knowledge will allow you to use your
new equipment to its fullest potential,
Height
Adjustment
Levers
One adjustment lever is located on each wheel and
is used to adjust the cutting height. All four levers
have to be at the same relative position to ensure a
uniform cut.
Blade Control
Recoil
The blade control is attached to the upper handle
of the mower. Depress and squeeze it against the
upper handle to operate the unit. Release it to stop
engine and blade.
The recoil starter is attached to the right upper
handle. Stand behind the unit and pull the recoil
starter rope to start the unit.
Starter
Gas and Oil Fill-Up
__k
1. Check oil level and add oil if necessary. Follow engine
manual for this. See Figure 1 above for location of the
oil fill.
nism is a safetydevice. Never attempt
WARNING:This
blade control mechato bypass its operations.
2. Servicethe enginewith gasolineas instructedin the
enginemanual. See Figure1 abovefor locationof
gasfill.
Drive Control
The drive control is located on the underside of
the upper handle and is used to engage the drive.
Squeeze it against the upper handle to engage the
drive; release it to slow down or stop mower from
propelling. See Figure 1.
Mulching
WARNING: Useextremecare when handling gasoline.Gasoline is extremely
flammable and the vapors are explosive.
Never fuel the machine indoorsor while
the engine is hot or running. Extinguish
cigarettes, cigars, pipesand other
sources of ignition.
Plug
The mulching plug is used only for mulching
purposes. Instead of collecting the grass clippings
in the grass catcher, your mower has the option of
recirculating the clippings back to the lawn. Make
sure that the rear discharge door is closed and the
grass catcher is removed from unit while mulching.
WARNING:The operation of any lawn
mower can result in foreign objects
being thrown into the eyes, which can
damage your eyes severely. Always
wear safety glasses while operating
the mower, or while performing any
adjustments or repairs on it.
8
Starting
Engine
WARNING:Besure no one otherthan
the operatoris standingnear the lawn
mower whilestartingengineor operatingmower.Neverrun engineindoors
or in enclosed,poorlyventilatedareas.
Engineexhaustcontainscarbonmonoxide,an odorlessand deadly gas. Keep
hands, feet, hair and loose clothing
away from any moving parts on engine
and lawnmower.
Mower
1. Placethe fuel valveleverfoundon the left sideof the
engine intothe ON position.See Figure2 inset.
2. Movethechoke leverall the way backwardinto the
choke position.Oncethe engineis warm,the leverwill
automaticallyrevertto the RUNposition.Referto the
engine manualfor furtherdetails.
Figure 2
3. Standingbehindthe mower,squeezethe bladecontrol
_
againstupper handle.See Figure2.
4. Holdingthesetwo handlestogetherfirmly,grasp recoil
starterhandleand pull ropeout with a rapid,continuous, full arm stroke.See Figure2. Keepinga firm
grip on the starterhandle,let the rope rewindslowly.
Repeatuntil enginecranks.Letthe roperewindeach
time slowly.
Stopping
1. Oncethe engineis running,squeezethedrive
controlagainstthe upperhandleto propelmower.
Engine
1. Releasebladecontrol to stop theengineand blade.
2. Forbest results,do notcut wet grass.
2. Disconnectsparkplug wirefrom spark plug and
groundagainstthe engine.
__
UsingYour
object, stop the engine. Remove
ARNING:if
strike
wire
from the you
spark
plug,a foreign
thoroughly
inspect mower for any damage, and
repair damage before restarting and
operating. Extensive vibration of
mower during operation is an indication of damage.The unit should be
promptly inspected and repaired.
3. Fora healthierlawn, nevercut off morethan onethirdof the total lengthof the grass.
Using
completelybefore doing any work
the blade tograss
stop
onARNING:Wait
the mower or for
to removethe
catcher.
as Mulcher
Formulchinggrass,removethe grasscatcherfrom the
mower.The rear dischargedoor shouldbe closed.
1. Foreffectivemulching,do notcut wet grass.
2. Newor thick grassmay requirea narrowercut.
Adjustgroundspeedaccordingto conditionof lawn.
Lawn Mower
3. If thegrass has beenallowedto growin excessof
4 inches,mulchingis not recommended.Usethe
grasscatcherto bag clippingsinstead.
without eitherthe rear door or the entire
ARNING:Never operate your mower
grass catcher assembly firmly secured. Using Grass Catcher
Youcan usethe grass catcherto collectclippingswhile
youare operatingthe mower.
Be surelawnis clearof stones,sticks,wire,or other
1. Attachgrasscatcherfollowinginstructionson page
objectswhich coulddamagelawnmoweror engine.
7.Grassclippingswill automaticallycollectin bag as
Such objectscouldbe accidentlythrownby the mower
you run mower.Operatemowertill grass bag is full.
in anydirectionand cause seriouspersonalinjuryto the
2. Stopenginecompletelyby releasingthe blade
operatorand others.
controlhandle.Makesurethat the unit hascometo
a completestop.
_
3. Lift dischargedoor and pull grassbag up and away
fromthe mowerto disposeof the grass clippings.
9
WARNING
The operation of any
lawn mower can result
in foreign objects
being thrown into
the eyes, which can
damage your eyes
severely. Always wear
safety glasses while
operating the mower,
or while performing
any adjustments or
repairs on it.
Be sure no one other
than the operator is
standing near the lawn
mower while starting
engine or operating
mower. Never run
engine indoors or
n enclosed, poorly
ventilated areas. Engine exhaust contains
carbon monoxide, an
odorless and deadly
gas. Keep hands, feet,
hair and loose clothing
away from any moving
parts on engine and
lawn mower.
Lubrication
1. Lubricatepivot pointson theblade controlat least
oncea seasonwith lightoil. The bladecontrol must
operatefreely in both directions.See Figure3.
2. Lubricatethe wheelsat least oncea seasonwith
lightoil (or motoroil). If wheelsare removedfor any
reason,lubricatesurfaceof the pivotarm and inner
surfaceof thewheelwith light oil. See Figure3.
Maintaining
reassembly.
3. Lubricatethe torsionspringand pivot pointon each
end of the rear dischargedoor and the sidemulching
plug periodicallywith lightoil to preventrust.See
Figure3.
4. Thetransmissionis pre-lubricatedand sealedat the
factoryand does not requirelubrication.
5. Followtheaccompanyingengine manualfor lubrication scheduleand instructionfor engine lubrication.
Deck Care
Figure 3
1. Disconnectsparkplug wire. Draingasolinefrom lawn
mower,or placea pieceof plasticunderthe gas cap.
WARNING
2. Tip mowersothat it restson the housing.Keepthe
sidewith the air cleanerfacingup. Hold mowerfirmly.
i
A vays
stop
engine;
disconnect spark
pluglandground
againstenginebefore
cleaning,lubricating
than 90 degrees in any directions and
tip thetipped
mower
more
doARNING:Never
not leavethe mower
for
any
length of time. Oil can drain intothe
upper part of the engine causing a
starting problem.
__IL
ordoing
anyk ndof
maintenance on your
machine!
3. Scrapeand clean the undersideof the deck with a
suitabletool. Do notspraywith water.
4. Putthe mowerback on its wheelson the ground.If
youhad put plasticunderthe gas capearlier,make
sureto removeit now.
Figure 4
General
We do not recommend
the useof pressure
Washersor garden
hose to clean your
unit. These may cause
damageto electric
Componentsspindles
pulleysl bearingsl or
the engine:The Use
Of WaterWillresult in
shortened life and
reduce serViceabilityl
Recommendations
1. Alwaysobservesafetyruleswhen performing
anymaintenance.
Engine
2. Thewarrantyon this lawnmowerdoesnot cover
itemsthat havebeen subjectedto operatorabuse
or negligence.To receivefull valuefromwarranty,
operatormustmaintainthelawn moweras
instructedhere.
2. Serviceair cleanerevery25 hoursundernormal
conditions.Cleaneveryfew hoursunderextremely
dustyconditions.Referto engine manual.
.
3. Cleansparkplug and resetthegap once a season.
Checkenginemanualfor correctplugtype and gap
specifications.
Changingof engine-governedspeedwill void
enginewarranty.
4. All adjustmentsshouldbe checkedat leastonce
eachseason.
5. Periodicallycheckall fastenersand makesurethese
are tight.
WARNING:Alwaysstop engine,
disconnect spark plug, and ground
against engine before cleaning,
lubricating or doing any kind of
maintenance on your machine.
Care
1. Maintainoil levelas instructedin enginemanual.
4. Cleanengineregularlywith a cloth or brush. Keepthe
coolingsystem(blowerhousingarea) cleanto permit
properair circulation.Removeall grass,dirt and
combustibledebrisfrom mufflerarea.
Replacing
Rear Flap
1. Toremoverearflap, cut off the flat end of the wire rod
whichsecuresit to the deck.See Figure4.
2. Attachthe newflapand newrod to deck, bendingthe
endsof the new rod overto secureto deck.
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Blade Care
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bladefor sharpeningor replacement,
ARNING:Whenremovingcutting
protectyourhandswith a pairof heavy
gloves or use a heavy rag to hold blade.
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Maintaining
1. Disconnectsparkplug wirefrom spark plug.Turn
moweron its side makingsurethat the air filter and
the carburetorare up.
You r LaWn
MOwer
2. Removebolt, blade bell support,blade,and blade
adapterfrom the enginecrankshaft.See Figure5.
NOTE:Whenremovingthe blade,blade adapter,etc., be
careful notto removeor lose parts aboveit associated
with the engine pulley.
Figure 5
3. The bladecan be sharpenedwith a fileor on a grinding wheel.Do notattemptto sharpenthe blade while
it is still on the mower.Whensharpeningblade,follow
originalangle of grind.Grind cuttingedgesequallyto
keep bladebalanced.
WARNING
4. Removebladefrom the adapterfor testingbalance.
Balancethe bladeon a roundshaftscrewdriverto
check. Removemetalfrom the heavysideuntil it
balancesevenly.
causeexcessivevibration whenrotating
WARNING:An unbalanced bladewill
at high speeds. It may cause damage
to mower,and could break causing
personalinjury.
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5. Lubricatetheenginecrankshaftand the inner surface
of the blade adapterwith lightoil. Slide the blade
adapteronto the enginecrankshaft.Placethe blade
on theadaptersuch that the sideof the blade marked
"Bottom"(or with part number)facesthe groundwhen
the moweris in the operatingposition.Makesurethat
blade is alignedand seatedon bladeadapterflanges.
When removing
the cutting blade
for sharpening or
replacement or
when sliding the belt
around it, protect
your hands with a
pair of heavy gloves
or use a heavy rag to
hold the blade.
An unbalanced blade
will cause excessive
vibration when rotating at high speeds. It
may cause damage
to mower, and could
break causing personal injury.
6. Placeblade bell supporton the blade.Align notches
on the bladebell supportwith smallholesin blade.
Replacehex boltand tightenhex boltto torque:450
in. Ibs. min.,600 in. Ibs.max.
Toensuresafe operationof yourmower,periodically
checkthe blade boltfor correcttorque.
Figure 7
Belt Care
1. Removetwo shoulderscrewssecuringfrontdrive
cover to mowerdeck.See Figure6. Pressinwardon
sides of front drivecoverand releasetabs that secure
3. Pushtransmissionup a little and slide beltoff the
transmissionpulley.Lift mowerto accessbelt from
undersideof mower.Slidebelt off of engine pulley
and aroundthe blade.See Figure7.
it to the heightadjusterbrackets.Removedrivecover
from mower.
.
4. Replacewith newbelt, workingaround blade.Make
surebelt is firmlyseatedon engine pulleywhile
Loosenscrewholdingbelttensionspringto transpullingfrom the othersideand slidingit aroundthe
mission.See Figure6 inset.Donot removescrew
transmissionpulley.Tightenscrewloosenedearlier
completely.As youloosenit, tensionon the belt will be
to securebelt tensionspringto the transmission.
released.
Reassemblefront drivecover.
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NOTE: Makecertainthat
belt is seated€0rieCtlyand
that it isriding Smoothlyon
the enginepulleyand is not
pinchedbetweenthe lower
and uppei pulleyhalve&
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Problem
Cause
Engine fails to start I
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3.
4.
5.
6.
Engine overheats
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(hesitates) at
high speed
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1. Engineoil levellow.
1. Fillcrankcasewith proper oil
2. Air flow restricted.
2. Removeblowerhousing
and clean.
3. Referto engne manua.
3. Carburetornot adjustedpropery.
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1. Sparkplug gap too close.
1. Adjust gapto .030".
2. Carburetoridlemixtureadjustment
2. Referto engine manual.
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1 Sparkplug fouled, faulty or gap
too wide.
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2. Carburetorimproperlyadjusted.
3. Drtyarceaner,
Excessive
Vibration
Mower will not
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Unevencut
2
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Referto engine manual.
3. Refertoengnemanua.
1. Tighten bladeandadapter.Balance
2. Bentcutting blade.
2. See an authorizedservicedealer.
1. Wetgrass.
,
2. Excessivelyhigh grass.
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3. Sharpenor replaceblade.
1. Wheelsnot positionedcorrectly.
1. Placeall four wheelsin same
heightposition.
2. Sharpenor replaceblade.
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1. Belt not installedproperly.
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2. Debrs clogg ng driveoperation.
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1. Check belt for proper puley installation
and movement.
2, Stop engine,disconnectsparkplug
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1. Donot mowwhen grass is wet; wait
until laterto cut,
2. Mowonce atahigh cutting height
then mowagainat desiredheight or
makea narrowercutting path,
3. Du bado.
2. Dull blade.
Mower will not
seIf propeI
1. Resetgapto .030"or replace
spark plug.
blade.
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1. Cuttingbladeloose or unbalanced.
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5. Referto engine manual.
6. Referto engine manual.
improperly
set.
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21 c0nnect wireto sPa[k piugl
1. Connect andtighten sparkplug wire.
2. Clean fuel line; fill tank withclean,
fresh gasoline.
3. Clear vent.
4. Drainfuel tank. Refillwithfresh fuel.
Ventingas cap plugged.
Wateror dirt infuel system.
Dirtyair cleaner.
Carburetorout of adjustment.
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1. Sparkplug wire loose.
2. Blockedfuel lineor stale fuel.
Engineruns erratic
For repairs beyond
the minor adjustments
listed here, contact
an authorized service
Biadecontroldisengaged.
spark plug Wiredisconnected:
Remedy
wire and clean out debris.
3. Damagedorworn belt.
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3. Inspectand replacebelt.
Off-Season Storage
The followingstepsshouldbe taken to prepareyour lawn
mowerfor storage.
1. Cleanand lubricatemowerthoroughlyas describedin
the lubricationinstructions.
2. We do not recommendthe useof a pressurewasher
or gardenhoseto cleanyour unit.
3. Referto enginemanualfor correctengine
storageinstructions.
4. Coat mower'scuttingblade with chassisgreaseto
preventrusting.
5. Storemowerin a dry, cleanarea. Donot storenext
to corrosivematerials,suchas fertilizer.
Whenstoringanytype of powerequipmentin a poorly
ventilatedor metal storageshed, careshouldbe taken
to rust-prooftheequipment.Usinga lightoil or silicone,
coat theequipment,especiallycablesand all moving
parts of yourlawnmowerbeforestorage.
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Safety Labels Found On Your Lawn Mower
DO NOT remove safety
(or any) labels from
mower for any reason.
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iVlodel Series 560
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1 747-1214
Drive Control
2
749-0928A
LowerHandle
3
710-0703
CarriageBolt 1/4-20
4
750-04162
Spacer.375x.50 x 1.02"Lg.
5
731-04134A RearDischargeDoor
6
731-2626
DeluxeBail Cover
7 747-1161A
BladeControl
8
749-1092A
UpperHandle
9
731-04177
ChuteDeflector
10 687-02055
Mulch PlugComplete
11 732-04090A TorsionSpring- RH
12 712-04064
FlangeLock Nut,1/4-20
13 720-0279
HandleKnob
14 720-04072
HandleKnob
15 710-1205
EyeBolt
16 746-1113
ControlCable-37.75"
17 710-1174
CarriageBolt5/16-18x 2.0
18 732-04089A TorsionSpring- LH
19 726-0240
CableTie
20 714-0104
CotterPin
21 710-0654A
Self-TappingSeresScrew
22 746-04203
Drive Cable- 51"
23 664-04027
GrassbagAssembly
24 710-1650
ShoulderScrew# 12-24
25 747-0996
Pivot Rod
26 710-04371
Screw,1/4-15x 1.25
27 710-0286
Screw,1/4-20x.500
28 731-04998
RearTrailingShield
MPORTANT
Fora properWorkin
g
machine; use Factory
Approved Partsl
V,.BELTSare Specially
designed to engage
and disengage safelyl
A substitute (nOnOEM)
ViBelt can be dangeri
ous by not disengaging
29 731-04150C RearBaffle
30 732-0700
Wire
31 712-0397
WingNut
32 750-04438A SleeveSpacer
33 756-04161
UpperHalf Pulley
34 756-04160
KeyHalf Pulley
35 731-05021A TransmissionCover
36 736-04173
Sprg Washer,1.005x 1.825x .048
37 736-0250
Fiat Washer,1.00x 1.75x .107
38 748-04082
BladeAdapterw/Star
39 742-0741
21"MulchingBlade
40 736-0524B
Blade Bell Support
41 710-1257
Hex Screw3/8-24x 2.50
42 747-04080
Grass Bag Frame
43 754-04101
V-Belt
44 732-1043
BeltTensionSpring
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To order replacement
parts, contact
1-800-800-7310
or visit
www.yardman.com.
Model Series 560
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1
710-0599
TT Screw 1/4-20x 0.5
31 734-04089
RearWheel, 12x 1.8
2
736-0270
BellWasher.265x0.75
32 787-01298
HeightAdjusterPlate- RH
3
17032A
DeflectorChuteAdapter
787-01299
HeightAdjusterPlate- LH
4
732-1014
TorsionSpring
5
747-0710
HingePin
6
687-02192
HandleBracket-RH
34 716-0102
Snap Ring
687-02191
HandleBracket- LH
35 782-7551A
WheelDustCap
7
748-0355
BearingSupport
36 687-02194
HeightAdjustmentAssembly- RH
8
741-0604A
BearingSleeve
687-02193
HeightAdjustmentAssembly- LH
9
732-0708
BearingRetainer
37 721-04107
Oil Seal
10 787-01278
21"Deck
38 721-04110
O-ring
11 618-04376
TransmissionAssembly
39 741-04106
PlasticBushing
12 750-04595
Slev.Spacer1.4"Lg.
40 736-04224
Fiat Washer
13 710-0216
Hex Screw,3/8-16x.75
41 736-0572
Fiat Washer
14 712-04065
FlangeLock Nut,3/8-16
42 711-04429
OutputShaft
15 782-5002B
Front Baffle
43 710-04329
TorxScrew
16 736-0447
WaveWasher
44 731-04883
LowerHousing
17 750-04594
SleeveSpacer8.985"Lg.
45 731-04931A UpperHousing
18 687-02044
Pivot PlateAssembly
46 717-04156
28 ToothGear
19 720-0426
AdjustmentKnob
47 732-04290
CompressionSpring
20 634-04100
FrontWheel8 x 1.8
48 715-0129
Spirol Pin
21 710-04531
Screw,1/4-20x.390
49 715-04030
DowelPin
22 717-1762
Gear 14TRH FWD
50 711-04317
PinionShaft
or visit
717-1761
Gear 14TLH FWD
51 741-04116
Ball Bearing
www.yardman.com.
23 710-1652
TT Scr. w/Washer1/4-20x.625
52 707-04409A Shifter Fork
24 687-02057
HandleBracketAssembly- LH
53 710-04374
Hex Screw
687-02056
HandleBracketAssembly- RH
54 710-0969
Screw,#12-16x 1.00
25 715-0221
DowelPin
55 731-04932
ClutchLever
26 736-0474
Washer
56 736-04178A SlottedWasher
33 732-0706
FrontLever- RH
732-0707
FrontLever- LH
27 687-02039A PivotArm Assembly- RH
57 726-04043
PushNut
687-02040A PivotArm Assembly- LH
58 756-04132
Pulley,3.82 x.313x.68
Bell Washer.325x.930 x.45
Hex Lock Nut,3/8-24
28 732-0866
RearSpring Lever
59 736-0105
29 720-0312
FoamGrip
60 712-0214
30 738-0507B
ShoulderScr.500Dia. x.434
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To order replacement
parts, contact
1-800-800o7310
Use this page to make
notes and write down
important information:
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notesandwritedown
important information:
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MANUFACTURER'S
LiMiTED WARRANTY
The limitedwarrantyset forth belowisgivenby MTDLLCwith respectto
newmerchandisepurchasedand usedin the UnitedStates,its possessionsand territories.
"MTD"warrantsthis productagainstdefectsin materialand workmanship
for a periodof two (2) yearscommencingon the dateof originalpurchase
and will, at its option,repairor replace,free of charge,anypart foundto
be defectivein materialsor workmanship.This limitedwarrantyshallonly
applyif this producthas beenoperatedand maintainedin accordance
with the Operator'sManualfurnishedwith the product,and has not been
subjectto misuse,abuse,commercialuse, neglect,accident,improper
maintenance,alteration,vandalism,theft, fire,water,or damagebecause
of otherperil or naturaldisaster.Damageresultingfrom the installationor
useof any part, accessoryor attachmentnotapprovedby MTDfor use
with the product(s)coveredbythis manualwill voidyourwarrantyas to
any resultingdamage.
Normalwearparts are warrantedto be free fromdefects in materialand
workmanshipfor a periodof thirty (30) days fromthe dateof purchase.
Normalwearparts include,butare notlimitedto itemssuch as: batteries,
belts,blades,bladeadapters,grass bags, riderdeck wheels,seats, snow
throwerskid shoes,shaveplates,augerspiralrubberand tires.
HOWTO OBTAINSERVICE:Warrantyserviceis available,WITH
PROOFOF PURCHASE,throughyour localauthorizedservicedealer.To
locatethe dealerin yourarea,checkyourYellowPages,or contact MTD
LLCat RO. Box 361131,Cleveland,Ohio44136-0019,or call 1-800-8007310or logon to our Website at www.mtdproducts.com.
This limitedwarrantydoesnot providecoveragein the followingcases:
a.
b.
c.
d.
Theengineor componentparts thereof.These itemsmay
carry a separatemanufacturer'swarranty.Referto applicable
manufacturer'swarrantyfor termsand conditions.
Log splitterpumps,valves,and cylindershavea separateone
yearwarranty.
Routinemaintenanceitemssuch as lubricants,filters, blade
sharpening,tune-ups,brakeadjustments,clutch adjustments,
deck adjustments,and normaldeteriorationof the exteriorfinish
due to use or exposure.
Servicecompletedby someoneotherthanan authorizedservice
dealer.
e.
f.
g.
FOR
MTDdoes notextendany warrantyfor productssoldor
exportedoutsideof the UnitedStates,its possessionsand
territories,exceptthose soldthroughMTD'sauthorized
channelsof exportdistribution.
Replacementpartsthat are not genuineMTDparts.
Transportationchargesand servicecalls.
No impliedwarranty, includingany impliedwarranty of merchantability of fitness for a particularpurpose,applies after the applicable
periodof express written warranty above as to the partsas identified. No other express warranty, whether written or oral, except as
mentionedabove, given by any personor entity,includinga dealer
or retailer,with respect to any product,shallbind MTD. Duringthe
periodof the warranty, the exclusiveremedyis repairor replacement
of the productas set forth above.
The provisionsas set forth in this warrantyprovidethe sole and
exclusiveremedy arising from the sale. MTDshallnot be liable
for incidentalor consequentialloss or damage including,without
limitation, expensesincurredfor substituteor replacement lawn care
servicesor for rentalexpenses to temporarily replacea warranted
product.
Somestatesdo not allowtheexclusionor limitationof incidentalor
consequentialdamages,or limitationson howlong an impliedwarranty
lasts, so the aboveexclusionsor limitationsmay notapplyto you.
In no eventshall recoveryof any kind be greaterthan theamountof the
purchasepriceof the productsold. Alterationof safety features of the
productshall void this warranty. Youassumethe risk and liability for
loss, damage,or injuryto youand your propertyand/orto others and their
propertyarisingout of the misuseor inabilityto use theproduct.
This limitedwarrantyshall notextendto anyoneotherthanthe original
purchaseror to the personfor whom itwas purchasedas a gift.
HOW STATELAWRELATESTO THISWARRANTY: This limitedwarrantygives youspecificlegal rights,and you mayalso haveother rights
which vary from stateto state.
IMPORTANT: OwnermustpresentOriginalProofof Purchaseto obtain
warrantycoverage.
MTD LLC, P.O. BOX 361131 CLEVELAND, OHIO 44136=0019; Phone: 1=800=800=7310