YaRD-MaN}// Operator's Manual 21" Self Starter Rear-Discharge Lawn Mower Model Series 440 Series IMPORTANT: Read safety rules and instructions carefully before operating equipment. Warning: This unit is equipped with an internal combustion engine and should not be used on or near any unimproved forestcovered, brush-covered or grass-covered land unless the engine's exhaust system is equipped with a spark arrester meeting applicable local or state laws (if any). If a spark arrester is used, it should be maintained in effective working order by the operator. In the State of California the above is required by law (Section 4442 of the California Public Resources Code). Other states may have similar laws. Federal laws apply on federal lands. A spark arrester for the muffler is available through your nearest engine authorized service dealer or contact the service department, P.O. Box 368022 Cleveland, Ohio 44136-9722. MTD PRODUCTS INC. P.O. BOX 368022 CLEVELAND, OHIO 44136-9722 ECO # PRINTED IN U.S.A. FORM NO. 770-10478 (12/2000) TABLEOFCONTENTS Content Page Important Safe Operation Practices ................................................................... 3 Slope Gauge ...................................................................................................... 6 Unpacking .......................................................................................................... 7 Assembling Your Lawn Mower ........................................................................... 7 Know Your Lawn Mower .................................................................................... 10 Operating Your Lawn Mower ............................................................................. 10 Maintaining Your Lawn Mower ........................................................................... 13 Servicing Your Lawn Mower .............................................................................. 14 Making Adjustments .......................................................................................... 16 Off- Season Storage .......................................................................................... 17 Troubleshooting ................................................................................................. 18 Parts List ............................................................................................................. 20 FINDINGMODELNUMBER 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. Before you start assembling your new equipment, please locate the model plate on the equipment and copy the information from it in the space provided below. The information on the model plate is very important if you need help from our Customer Support Department or an authorized dealer. You can locate the model number by standing behind the unit in the operating position and looking down at the rear of the deck. A sample model plate is explained below. For future reference, please copy the model number and the serial number of the equipment in the space below. (Model Number) (Serial Number) Copy the model number here: Copy the serial number here: ._'_[[C MTD PRODUCTS ,NC LEVELAND, OHIO 44136 CALLINGCUSTOMER SUPPORT If you have difficulty assembling this product or have any questions regarding the controls, operation or maintenance of this unit, please call the Customer Support Department. Call 1- (330) 220-4MTD (4683) or 1- (800)-800-7310 to reach a Customer Support representative. Please have your unit's model number and serial number ready when you call. See previous section to locate this information. You will be asked to enter the serial number in order to process your call. 2 SECTION1: IMPORTANTSAFEOPERATION PRACTICES WARNING: This symbol points out important safety instructions which, if not followed, could endanger the personal safety and/or property of yourself and others. Read and follow all instructions in this manual before attempting to operate this machine. Failure to comply with these instructions may result in personal injury. When you see this symbol--HEED ITS WARNING. WARNING: Engine exhaust, some of its constituents, and certain vehicle components contain or emit chemicals known to State of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm. WARNING: This machine was built to be operated according to the rules for safe operation in this manual. As with any type of power equipment, carelessness or error on the part of the operator can result in serious injury. This machine is capable of amputating hands and feet and throwing objects. Failure to observe the following safety instructions could result in serious injury or death. GeneralOperation 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. A missing or damaged discharge cover can cause blade contact or thrown object injuries. 10. Many injuries occur as a result of the mower being pulled over the foot during a fall caused by slipping or tripping. Do not hold on to the mower if you are falling; release the handle immediately. 11. Never pull the mower back toward you while you are walking. If you must back the mower away from a wall or obstruction first look down and behind to avoid tripping and then follow these steps: a. Step back from the mower to fully extend your arms. Read this operator's manual carefully in its entirety before attempting to assemble this machine. Read, understand, and follow all instructions on the machine and in the manual(s) before operation. Be completely familiar with the controls and the proper use of this machine before operating it. Keep this manual in a safe place for future and regular reference and for ordering replacement pads. This machine is a precision piece of power equipment, not a plaything. Therefore, exercise extreme caution at all times. Your unit has been designed to perform one job: to mow grass. Do not use it for any other purpose. Never allow children under 14 years old to operate this machine. Children 14 years old and over should read and understand the operation instructions and safety rules in this manual and should be trained and supervised by a parent. Only responsible individuals who are familiar with these safe operation rules should use this machine. Thoroughly inspect the area where the equipment is to be used. Remove all stones, sticks, wire, bones, toys and other foreign objects which could be tripped over or picked up and thrown by the blade. Thrown objects can cause serious personal injury. Plan your mowing pattern to avoid discharge of material toward roads, sidewalks, bystanders and the like. Also, avoid discharging material against a wall or obstruction which may cause discharged material to ricochet back toward the operator. To help avoid blade contact or a thrown object injury, stay in the operator zone behind the handles and keep bystanders, helpers, children and pets at least 75 feet from the machine while it is in operation. Stop machine if anyone enters the area. Always wear safety glasses or safety goggles during operation and while performing an adjustment or repair to protect your eyes. Thrown objects which ricochet can cause serious injury to the eyes. Wear sturdy, rough-soled work shoes and close-fitting slacks and shirts. Shirts and pants that cover the arms and legs and steel-toed shoes are recommended. Never operate this machine in bare feet, sandals, slippery or light weight (e.g. canvas) shoes. Do not put hands or feet near rotating parts or under the cutting deck. Contact with the blade can amputate hands and feet. b. c. Be sure you are well balanced with sure footing. Pull the mower back slowly, no more than half way toward you. d. Repeat these steps as needed. 12. Do not operate the mower while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. 13. Do not engage the self-propelled mechanism on units so equipped while starting engine. 14. The blade control handle is a safety device. Never attempt to bypass its operation. Doing so makes the safety device inoperative and may result in personal injury through contact with the rotating blade. The blade control handle must operate easily in both directions and automatically return to the disengaged position when released. 15. Never operate the mower in wet grass. Always be sure of your footing. A slip and fall can cause serious personal injury. If you feel you are losing your footing, release the blade control handle immediately and the blade will stop rotating within three seconds. 16. Mow in daylight or good artificial light. Walk, never run. 17. Stop the blade when crossing gravel drives, walkways or roads. 18. If the equipment should start to vibrate abnormally, stop the engine and check immediately for the cause. Vibration is generally a warning of trouble. 19. Shut the engine off and wait until the blade comes to a complete stop before removing the grass catcher or unclogging the chute. The cutting blade continues to rotate for a few seconds after the engine is shut off. Never place any part of the body in the blade area until you are sure the blade has stopped rotating. 3 20. Never operate mower without proper trail shield, discharge cover, grass catcher, blade control handle or other safety protective devices in place and working. Never operate mower with damaged safety devices. Failure to do so, can result in personal injury. 21. Muffler and engine become hot and can cause a burn. Do not touch. 5. 6. Keep children away from hot or running engines. They can suffer burns from a hot muffler. Never allow children under 14 years old to operate a power mower. Children 14 years old and over should read and understand the operation instructions and safety rules in this manual and should be trained and supervised by a parent. 22. Only use parts and accessories made for this machine by Service the original equipment manufacturer (O.E.M). Failure to do so can result in personal injury. 23. If situations occur which are not covered in this manual, use care and good judgment. Contact your dealer for assistance. Telephone 1-800-800-7310 for the name of your nearest dealer. Safe Handlingof Gasoline: 1. SlopeOperation 2. 3. 4. Slopes are a major factor related to slip and fall accidents which can result in severe injury. Operation on slopes requires extra caution. If you feel uneasy on a slope, do not mow it. Before operating this unit on a slope or hilly area, use the slope gauge on page 6 to measure slopes. If the slope is greater than 15 degrees, do not mow it. 5. go: 1. 2. 3. Mow across the face of slopes; never up and down. Exercise extreme caution when changing direction on slopes. Watch for holes, ruts, rocks, hidden objects, or bumps which can cause you to slip or trip. Tall grass can hide obstacles. 6. 7. Always be sure of your footing. A slip and fall can cause serious personal injury. If you feel you are losing your balance, release the blade control handle immediately, and the blade will stop rotating within 3 seconds. 8. 9. OoNot: 1. 2. 3. Do not mow near drop-offs, ditches or embankments, you could lose your footing or balance. Do not mow slopes greater than 15 degrees as shown on the slope gauge. Do not mow on wet grass. Unstable footing could cause slipping. 10. 11. 12. 13. Children Tragic accidents can occur if the operator is not alert to the presence of children. Children are often attracted to the mower and the mowing activity. They do not understand the dangers. Never assume that children will remain where you last saw them. 1. 2. 14. 15. Keep children out of the mowing area and under the watchful care of a responsible adult other than the operator. Be alert and turn mower off if a child enters the area. 3. Before and while moving backwards, look behind and down for small children. 4. Use extreme care when approaching blind corners, doorways, shrubs, trees, or other objects that may obscure your vision of a child who may run into the mower. To avoid personal injury or property damage use extreme care in handling gasoline. Gasoline is extremely flammable and the vapors are explosive. Serious personal injury can occur when gasoline is spilled on yourself or your clothes which can ignite. Wash your skin and change clothes immediately. Use only an approved gasoline container. Never fill containers inside a vehicle or on a truck or trailer bed with a plastic liner. Always place containers on the ground away from your vehicle before filling. If possible, remove gas-powered equipment from the truck or trailer and refuel it on the ground. If this is not possible, then refuel such equipment on a trailer with a portable container, rather than from a gasoline dispenser nozzle. Keep the nozzle in contact with the rim of the fuel tank or container opening at all times until fueling is complete. Do not use a nozzle lock-open device. Extinguish all cigarettes, cigars, pipes and other sources of ignition. Never fuel machine indoors because flammable vapors will accumulate in the area. Never remove gas cap or add fuel while the engine is hot or running. Allow engine to cool at least two minutes before refueling. Never over fill fuel tank. Fill tank to no more than Y2inch below bottom of filler neck to provide space for fuel expansion. Replace gasoline cap and tighten securely. If gasoline is spilled, wipe it off the engine and equipment. Move unit to another area. Wait 5 minutes before starting the engine. Never store the machine or fuel container inside where there is an open flame, spark or pilot light as on a water heater, space heater, furnace, clothes dryer or other gas appliances. To reduce fire hazard, keep mower free of grass, leaves, or other debris build-up. Clean up oil or fuel spillage and remove any fuel soaked debris. Allow a mower to cool at least 5 minutes before storing. GeneralService: 1. 2. 4 Never run an engine indoors or in a poorly ventilated area. Engine exhaust contains carbon monoxide, an odorless and deadly gas, Before cleaning, repairing, or inspecting, make certain the blade and all moving parts have stopped. Disconnect the spark plug wire and ground against the engine to prevent unintended starting. 3. Check thebladeandengine mounting boltsatfrequent intervals forproper tightness. Also,visually inspect blade fordamage (e.g.,bent,cracked, worn)Replace blade withtheoriginal equipment manufacture's (O.E.M.) blade only,listedinthismanual. "Useofpartswhichdonot meettheoriginal equipment specifications mayleadto improper performance andcompromise safety!" 4. Mower blades aresharp andcancut.Wrapthebladeor weargloves, anduseextracaution whenservicing them. 5. Keepallnuts,bolts,andscrews tighttobesurethe equipment isinsafeworking condition. 6. Never tamper withsafety devices. Check theirproper operation regularly. 7. Afterstriking aforeign object, stoptheengine, disconnect thesparkplugwireandground against theengine. Thoroughly inspect themower foranydamage. Repair thedamage before starting andoperating themower. 8. Never attempt tomakeawheelorcutting height adjustment whiletheengine isrunning. 9. Grass catcher components, discharge cover,andtrail shieldaresubject towearanddamage whichcould expose moving partsorallowobjects tobethrown. Forsafety protection, frequently checkcomponents and replace immediately withoriginal equipment manufacturer's (O.EM.)partsonly,listedinthismanual. "Useofpartswhichdonotmeettheoriginal equipment specifications mayleadtoimproper performance and compromise safety!" 10. Donotchange theengine governor setting oroverspeed theengine. Thegovernor controls themaximum safe operating speed oftheengine. 11. Maintain orreplace safety andinstruction labels,as necessary. 12.Observe proper disposal lawsandregulations. Improper disposal offluidsandmaterials canharmthe environment. 13.DONOTattempt anymaintenance orservice tothe engine andormower equipment withthesafety keyinthe unlocked andorenergize mode. 14.ALWAYS de-energize selfstarter priortoperforming any maintenance orservice totheengine andormower. Follow instructions ontheengine andormachine todeenergize starter. YourResponsibility Restrict the use of this power machine to persons who read, understand this manual and on the machine. and follow the warnings and instructions in SIGHT AND HOLD THIS LEVEL WITH A VERTICAL TREE | "_ Do not mow on inclines with a slope in excess of 15 degrees (a rise could overturn and cause serious injury. If operating a walk-behind your footing and you could slip, resulting in serious injury. Operate RIDING mowers up and down slopes, never across the face Operate WALK-BEHIND mowers across the face of slopes, never up A POWER POLE of approximately 2-1/2 feet every 10 feet). A riding mower mower on such a slope, it is extremely difficult to maintain of slopes. and down slopes. SECTION3: UNPACKING RemovingUnitFromCarton • Remove staples, break glue on top flaps or cut tape at carton end and peel along top flap to open carton. • Remove loose parts if included with unit (i.e., operator's manual, hardware pack etc.). Cut corners and lay carton down flat. Remove packing material. Roll or slide unit out of carton. Check carton thoroughly for loose parts. SECTION4: ASSEMBLING YOURLAWNMOWER NOTE: Make sure not to crimp the cables while removing the loose parts or the entire unit from the carton. AssemblingHandle • NOTE: Reference to right or left hand side of the mower is observed from the operating position. For shipping purposes, the grass bag was placed on top of the unit. Remove it from the unit and set it out of the way. See Figure 2. Lower Handle Tools Required • Pair of Pliers • Funnel • Set of adjustable wrenches Upper Handle Lift lower handle Grass Bag / Lift u WARNING." Disconnect the spark plug wire and ground it against the engine to prevent unintended starting. Leave safety key in locked position. Figure 2 Disconnecting SparkPlug • • Before setting up your lawn mower, disconnect the spark plug wire from the spark plug, and ground it to a bolt, retaining post or V-slot on the engine. See Figure 1. • • Spark Plug Raise the lower handle, as shown in Figure 2, until it snaps into place. Raise the upper handle as shown in Figure 2. Tighten the two wing nuts which are already on the handle. See Figure 3. _/pper Haordle_ Handle Tighten Figure 1 Wing Nut Fi ure 3 NOTE: Make sure to route the cables outside the lower handle. Also do not crimp the cables while lifting the handle up. For shipping purposes, the hairpin clip is placed in the outer hole of the weld pin on the lower handle. Remove the hairpin clip from the outer hole of the weld pin. 7 GrassCatcherAssembly Using a pair of pliers, insert the hairpin clip into the inner hole in the weld pin. Repeat on the other side. See Figure 4. NOTE: Make certain the grass bag is turned right side out before assembling (warning label will be on the outside). Move hairpin clip to this hole --'_ SoflGrass Bag Parts for soft grass bag: Weld Pin 1. Front Frame 2. Rear Frame 3. Bag Assembling soft grass bag: Handl_ Figure 4 • Insert post of cable ties that are on lower handle into the holes provided on the lower handle. The holes may be on the inside or outside. Pull cable ties tight and cut off the extra. See Figure 5 below. Cable Tie • • Post on Join the rear frame and front frame assembly as shown in Figure 7A. Place the bag over the frame (black plastic side is the bottom of bag). Slip the openings in the side of the plastic channels on the bag over the hooks on the grass catcher frame. Secure bag to frame by working the plastic channels on bag over frame as shown in Figure 7B. All of the plastic channels except the center top of the bag attach from the outside of bag. The center top of the bag attaches from inside the bag. Hook Figure 5 Frame Assembly Attaching StarterRope The rope guide is already attached to the right side of the upper handle of your mower. See Figure 6. • • Rear Frame With the spark plug wire disconnected and grounded, and with the safety key in the locked position, pull the starter rope up to the rope guide. See Figure 6. Slip the rope through the rope guide as shown below. Tighten the wing nut holding the rope guide to the upper handle. Plastic Channels Figure 7 AttachingGrassCatcher If your mower is equipped with a mulching plug, and it is in place on the mower, lift the rear discharge door and remove the rear mulching plug from the mower. See Figure 8. Blade Control Handle Upper Handle Rear Mulching Plug Rope Guide Figure 8 NOTE: Make sure that the cables are routed to the outside of the handle when attaching the grass catcher. Figure 6 8 Lift the rear discharge door. Place the hooks of the grass catcher into the slots in the handle bracket assemblies on both sides. See Figure 9. Release the rear discharge door. • Slide the rod into the upper edge of the chute deflector so the tab on the rod is toward the left side of the chute deflector. When assembled correctly, the rod will extend further to the left side than the right side. See Figure 10. Slide the push nut onto the right side of the rod to secure. AttachingChuteDeflector • • Lift the rear discharge door on the mower. Place the ends of the rod into the slots in the handle • bracket assemblies. See Figure 11. Release the rear discharge door. Rear Rear Door ! Door Figure 9 RemovingGrassCatcher • Lift the rear discharge door on the mower. Lift the grass catcher up, out of the slots in the handle bracket assemblies. • Reinstall the plastic rear mulching baffle. • Release the rear discharge door. WARNING: Never operate the mower unless the hooks on the grass catcher are seated in the slots on the handle bracket assemblies, rests firmly catcher. and the rear discharge door against the top of the grass ChuteDeflector(ifequipped) If your mower is equipped with the chute deflector, assemble as follows: Rod Chute Push Nut Figure 10 Slots in Handle Bracket Assemblies Figure 11 Convertingto Mulcher • Lift the rear discharge door. • Remove the grass bag or chute deflector. • Insert the mulch plug. See Figure 8. • Release the rear discharge door. See Figure 9. SECTION5: KNOWYOURLAWNMOWER WARNING: safety device. Never attempt to bypass its operations. Doing so, may result in personal injury through contact with the rotating blade. The blade rotates whenever the engine is running and when the self starter is deenergized. and their proper Be operation. to stop WARNING: familiar Know with how all controls the machine and disengage them quickly. Drive Control Blade Control Handle Lever_ Start Control Button ,_ Recoil Starter The blade control handle is a Upper Handle DriveClutch Control Lower Handle The drive control lever is located on the upper handle and is used to engage the drive. Squeeze the lever against the upper handle to engage the drive; release the drive control lever to slow down or stop the mower from propelling. Grass Bag Rear Discharge Door Safety Key The safety key is located on the engine. See Figure 12. The safety key is a safety device used to activate and deactivate the self starter system. The self starter system will not work without the key in its proper position. See engine manual for further information pertaining to the safety key. SaLt Cuttir Adjustment NOTE: The safety key must be in the run position to start the mower for both systems, either the self starter or recoil starter. Figure 12 Recoil Starter Start Control Button The recoil starter handle is attached to the upper handle. See Figure 12. The recoil starter is used to start the engine when the self starter is in the de-energized mode. The start control button is located on the upper left side of the handle. See Figure 12. The start control button must be depressed fully while pulling the blade control handle toward the upper handle for the engine to start. The starter control button will automatically return to the off/up position once the blade control handle is released. Primer The primer is used to pump gas into the carburetor. Use it to assist in starting a cold engine, but do not use it when restarting a warm engine after a short shutdown. Refer to engine manual for location of the primer, NOTE: The starter button must be depressed to start the engine with either the self starter or recoil starting system. BladeControlHandle The blade control handle is located on the upper handle of the mower. The blade control handle and starter control button must be depressed in order to operate the unit. Release the blade control handle to stop the engine and the blade and to energize the self starter. SECTION6: OPERATING YOURLAWNMOWER The operation of any lawn mower can result in foreign objects being thrown into the eyes, which can result in severe eye damage. Always wear safety glasses or eye shields. all instructions and warnings on theand machine WARNING: Read, understand, follow and in this manual before operating. Keep hands and feet away from the discharge area on and from under the cutting deck. See safety labels on page 5. NOTE: For best results raise the cutting position until it is determined which height is best for your lawn. See Cutting Height Adjustment Section. 10 14. if engine does not start by the second pull, repeat steps 8, 9,10, 11 and 12. GasandOilFill-Up WARNING: Use extreme care when SecondTimeStartingEngine handling gasoline. Gasoline is extremely flammable and the vapors are explosive. Never fuel machine indoors or while the NOTE: Follow these instructions already in the energized mode. engine is hot or running. Extinguish cigarettes, cigars, pipes, and other sources of ignition. WARNING: NEVER assume starter is in the de-energized mode, even if the key is in the locked position and/or removed from the engine. ALWAYS de-energize starter prior to performing any maintenance or service to the engine and/or mower. Follow instructions on the engine and/or machine to de-energize. Service the engine with gasoline and oil as instructed in the separate engine manual packed with your mower. Read the instructions carefully. BeforeStartingMower _, if the self starter is Blade Control Handle all instructions and warnings on theand machine WARNING: Read, understand, follow Starter Control Button and in this manual before operating. Attach spark plug wire to spark plug. Make certain the metal cap on the end of the spark plug wire (inside the rubber boot) is fastened securely over the metal tip on the spark plug. Check the drive clutch control for proper adjustment. If the mower does not propel itself or the drive wheels hesitate with the drive clutch engaged, perform the drive clutch control adjustment as instructed on page 16. Figure 13 FirstTimeStartingEngine 1. 2. 3. 4. NOTE: Use recoil starter rope to start engine for the very first time. The mower is shipped with the safety key in the locked and de-energized mode, follow instructions as follows. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Place lawn mower on a level surface outdoors. Remove clear plastic packaging under fuel cap. Check oil level. Add fuel. 6. 5. 6. 7. 8. Open shut off valve (if equipped) 1/4 turn. Push spark plug wire firmly on spark plug. Turn safety key 1/4 turn clockwise to RUN position. Make sure that the drive clutch control is adjusted so the drive belt is as loose as possible. 9. Push the primer three times. 10. While standing in the operating position, depress the starter control button fully with the thumb of your right hand. 11. Using your left hand, pull the blade control handle all the way toward the upper handle. See Figure 13. 12. Release the button. Check oil level and add fuel, if necessary. Open shut off valve (if equipped) 1/4 turn. Turn safety key 1/4 turn clockwise to RUN position. Firmly push primer bulb 3 times (for a cold engine only!). While standing at the upper handle, depress the starter control button with the thumb of your right hand. Using your left hand, pull the blade control handle all the way toward the upper handle. See Figure 13. Starter will de-energize and engine will start. (NOTE: if engine does not start, release the blade control handle and follow steps 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12 in the "First Time Starting Engine instructions. NOTE: If any problems are encountered, refer to the Trouble Shooting Guide for helpful information. To StopEngineandBlade _, 13. Grasp the recoil rope starter handle with your right hand and slowly pull towards you until feel a slight resistance, then pull firmly until your arm is fully extended. 1. 11 rotate for threeThe seconds the blade WARNING: blade after will continue to control lever is released. Release safety blade control handle (the start control button will automatically return to the off/up position), engine and blade will stop within a few seconds. • NOTE: Engine may stop with a racketing sound. This sound is the self starter being reactivated/energized for the next start. 2. Be sure that the lawn is clear of stones, sticks, wire, or other objects which could damage lawn mower or engine. Such objects could be accidently thrown by the mower in any direction and cause serious personal injury to the operator and others. For best results, do not cut wet grass because it tends to stick to the underside of the mower, Turn safety key 1/4 turn counterclockwise to LOCK position. Remove key and store in a safe place. To De-EnergizeSelfStarter • • Remove spark plug wire from spark plug. Turn safety key to RUN position (1/4 turn clockwise). While standing in the operating position, depress the starter control button fully with the thumb of your right hand. Using your left hand, pull the control handle all the way toward the upper handle. Release button. • preventing proper discharge of grass clippings, poor mulching conditions, and could cause you to slip and fall. New grass, thick grass, or wet grass may require a narrower cut. For a healthy lawn, always cut off one-third or less of the total length of the grass. Lawn should be trimmed in fall as long as there is growth. • WARNING: If you strike a foreign object, stop the engine. Remove spark plug wire from spark plug, thoroughly inspect the mower for any damage. Repair the damage before restarting and operating the mower. Extensive vibration of the mower during operation is an indication of damage. The unit should be promptly inspected and repaired. NOTE: Engine will crank over upon actuating equipment starting controls, but will not spark if spark plug wire was removed from spark plug as described above. Once engine has stopped cranking, self starter is de-energized. ,_ • • • BaggingGrassClippings instructions areSelf not Starting followed,System: amputation or WARNING: If these severe laceration can result. You can use the grass catcher bag to collect clippings while you are operating the mower. Attach the grass catcher following instructions on page 8 of this manual. The grass clippings will automatically collect in the bag as you run the mower. Operate the mower until the grass bag is full. Do NOT allow the bag to overfill with grass clippings. ALWAYS disconnect spark plug, de-energize starter, lock and remove safety key BEFORE performing ANY service to the engine or mower. DO NOT attempt any maintenance or repairs to the self starter. NEVER assume starter is de-energize, even if key is in LOCK AND REMOVE position and/or removed from engine. BEFORE removing grass or other debris from under mower deck; BEFORE changing oil, air filter or spark plug; BEFORE removing blade for servicing; BEFORE performing any other service to engine or mower; BEFORE transporting mowerALWAYS DE-ENERGIZE SELF STARTER. ALWAYS lock and remove safety key and store in a safe place until next use. The safety key is designed and intended to be removed from engine when not in use. Removing key will prevent unsupervised or unexpected starting of mower by children or unsuspecting adults. The safety key must be in the locked position before it can be removed. Stop the engine completely by releasing the control handle. • Make sure that the unit has come to a complete stop. Lift discharge door and pull grass bag up and away from the mower to dispose of the grass clippings See Figure 14. Figure 14 UsingYourlawnMower • • Do not operate the mower without the mulching cover, the grass catcher bag, or the discharge chute properly installed. AdjustingCuttingHeight Refer to height adjustments section of this manual on page 17 for instruction on how to adjust the cutting height and the handle height. 12 • For best results in mowing, keep the cutting height position high until you have determined which cutting height is preferred. SECTION7: MAINTAININGYOURLAWNMOWER ,4_, • Change engine oil after the first two operating hours and every 25 operating hours thereafter. Check the oil level before starting the engine every time. • Service foam filter in the air cleaner every 25 hours of use and replace the paper filter component every 100 hours. You may have to service the air filter more frequently if you are operating the mower under extremely dusty conditions. Clean engine periodically. Remove dirt and debris with a cloth or brush. spark plug wire Be andsure DE-ENERGIZE WARNING: to disconnectstarter the before performing any repairs or maintenance. DO NOT attempt any maintenance or service to the engine and/or mower equipped with the safety key in the unlocked and/or energized mode. WARNING: NEVER assume starter is de- energized, even if the key is in the locked position and/or removed from the engine. ALWAYS de-energize self starter prior to performing any maintenance or service to the engine and/or mower. Follow instructions on the engine and/or machine to de-energize starter. • • • CleaningMower • Clean the underside of the mower deck after each use to prevent any build-up of grass clippings. If this debris is allowed to accumulate, it will result in rust and corrosion. Lubrication NOTE: We do not recommend the use of pressure washers or garden hose to clean your unit. These may cause damage to electric components, spindles, pulleys, bearings or the engine. The use of water will result in shortened life and reduced serviceability. • • • • Clean the spark plug and reset the gap to.030" at least once a season or every 50 hours of operation. Spark plug replacement is recommended at the start of each season. Inspect muffler periodically, and replace if necessary. Damaged mufflers or spark arresters can create a fire hazard. Make sure to avoid muffler and surrounding areas while the mower engine is hot because temperature of these areas of the engine may exceed 150 ° F. Wheels Lubricate the wheels and bearings, if so equipped, at least once a season with light oil or engine oil. Also, if the wheels are removed for any reason, lubricate the surface of the axle bolt and the inner surface of the wheel with light oil. Disconnect spark plug wire. Drain the gasoline from the lawn mower, or place a piece of plastic under the gas cap. Tilt the mower so that the side with the air cleaner is ChuteDeflector & Rear DischargeDoor Lubricate the torsion spring and the pivot point on each end of the chute deflector and the rear discharge door using a light oil. This will prevent rusting and ensure that the deflector, which is a safety device, can always work properly. facing up. Hold the mower firmly. Scrape and clean the underside of the deck with a suitable tool. Do not spray with water. Put the mower back on its wheels. If you had put plastic under the gas cap, remove it now. Engine Follow the engine manual instructions and recommended schedule for lubricating engine components. WARNING: Never tip the mower more than 90 degrees in any direction and do not leave the mower tipped for any length of time. Oil can drain into the upper part of the engine causing a starting problem. Transmission • EngineMaintenance A list of key maintenance jobs required for good performance by the mower is given below. Follow the accompanying engine manual for detailed list and instructions. 13 The transmission is pre-lubricated and sealed at the factory and does not require lubrication on a regular basis as part of maintenance. However, if you disassemble the transmission for any reason, refill with two ounces of Alvania grease (part # 7370168A) as part of reassembly. Pivot Points Lubricate the pivot points on the blade control handle, brake cable and the cutting height adjustment lever at least once a season with light oil. The blade control handle must operate freely in both directions. The cutting height adjustment levers should be able to move easily. Lubricate / Figure 15 SECTION8: SERVICING YOURLAWNMOWER WARNING: ,_ When removing the cutting blade for sharpening or replacement, protect hands by using heavy gloves or a thick rag to grasp the cutting blade. WARNING: to disconnectstarter the spark plug wire Be andsure DE-ENERGIZE before lubricating, repairing, or servicing. DO NOT attempt any maintenance or service to the engine and/or mower equipped with the safety key in the unlocked and/or energized mode. WARNING: • • Disconnect spark plug wire from spark plug. Turn mower on its side making sure that the air filter and the carburetor are up. To RemoveBlade: NEVER assume starter is de- • energized, even if the key is in the locked position and/or removed from the engine. ALWAYS de-energize self starter prior to performing any maintenance or service to the engine and/or mower. Follow instructions on the engine and/or machine to de-energize starter. • • Remove the bolt and the bell washer that hold the blade-pulley assembly to the engine crankshaft. See Figure 16. Remove the assembly from the crankshaft. Remove the two bolts and lock nuts from the blade assembly. Remove the blade from blade adapter and pulley. To ReplaceBlade: BladeCare Before reinstalling the blade-pulley assembly to the unit, lubricate the engine crankshaft and the inner surface of the blade adapter with light oil. Also lubricate the bolt holes, bolt and the inner surface of the nuts. WARNING: Periodically inspect the blade adapter and pulley for cracks, especially if you strike a foreign object. Replace when necessary. 14 Install the blade adapter on the pulley with the "star" away from the pulley. See Figure 16. Lock Nut Pulley _ Blade m_ Adapter _ • ReplacingDriveBelt Assembly ___ Lock Nut ,_ _;_ _ If the blade is not balanced, remove metal from the heavy side until it balances evenly. !Blade • /_ Bell F \Hex Washer Hex Bolt Bolt Figure 16 • Place the new blade on the blade adapter with the side marked bottom (has a part number) facing away from the adapter. Secure the blade to the assembly with two hex bolts and lock nuts. Tighten the hex bolts to the recommended torque. Refer to 'Blade Mounting Torque' information below. Install the blade assembly on the engine crankshaft. Secure with the hex bolt and bell • and ground it Disconnect WARNING: against the the engine sparktoplug prevent wire unintended starting. Drain fuel into an approved container or place a piece of plastic film underneath the gas cap to prevent gasoline from leaking. Remove the two shoulder screws securing the front drive cover to the mower deck. See Figure 17. Press inward on the sides of the front drive cover and release the tabs that secure the front drive cover to the height adjuster brackets. Remove drive cover from the mower. Remove the idler and hardware from idler bracket using 7/16" wrench and socket. See Figure 17. Remove the belt from the transmission pulley as shown in Figure 17. Bracket Drive BelL\ washer (cupped side of washer to blade) and tighten to the recommended torque. Refer to 'Blade Mounting Torque' information below. Lock Nut IMPORTANT: The bolt used to secure the blade to the /Y engine is specially heat-treated. Do not substitute. To order replacement bolt, refer to the parts list in the back of this manual. _ your ARNING: unit, all nuts To and ensure bolts safe must operation be checked of periodically for correct tightness. / Front Drive Cover BladeMountingTorque: Blade adapter bolts: 120 in.lbs, minimum, 150 in.lbs. maximum. Figure 17 • • Center bolt: 450 inJbs, minimum, 600 in.lbs, maximum. To SharpenBlade: • Shoulder Screw The blade can be sharpened with a file or on a grinding wheel. Do not attempt to sharpen the blade while it is still on the mower. • Follow the original angle of grind as a guide. Make sure that each cutting edge receives an equal amount of grinding to prevent an unbalanced blade. An unbalanced blade will cause excessive vibration when rotating at high speeds, may cause damage to the mower and could break, and may causing personal injury. Test the blade by balancing it on a round shaft screwdriver or a blade balancer. Lift and stabilize the front of the deck. Loosen the center hex bolt and lower the blade and engine pulley until there is adequate clearance to move the belt past the belt keeper. Remove the belt from the engine pulley and around the blade. See Figure 18. Reassemble new belt (part # 754-0465). Begin idler reassembly by inserting bolt up through the idler bracket hole. Adjust the drive clutch following the instructions below. NOTE: Torque center hex bolt to between 450 and 600 in. Ibs. 15 Right Front Wheel \ Left Front /J Wheel Pulley _ / // Engine _ Bolt Figure 18 SECTION9: MAKINGADJUSTMENTS WARNING: Be sure to disconnect the spark plug wire and DE-ENERGIZE starter before performing any adjustments or repairs. DO NOT attempt any maintenance or service to the engine and/or mower equipped with the safety key in the unlocked and/or energized mode. WARNING: cable Ad To tighten NEVER assume starter is de- To cable energized, even if the key is in the locked position and/or removed from the engine. ALWAYS de-energize self starter prior to performing any maintenance or service to the engine and/or mower. Follow instructions on the engine and/or machine to de-energize starter. Figure 19 AdjustingHandleHeight Your mower is shipped with the handle in the higher height position. To lower height, proceed as follows. AdjustingDriveClutchControl • • The drive clutch adjustment wheel is located on the drive control lever housing and is used to tighten or loosen tension on the drive cable. Perform this adjustment if the following exists. a. The mower does not propel itself with the drive control lever engaged. b. The mower's drive wheels hesitate with the • Remove the starter rope from the rope guide. Remove the upper handle by removing the hand knobs and carriage bolts. Lay the upper handle out of the way, being careful not to bend or kink the cables. • Remove the hairpin clips from the weld pins on the handle brackets. Refer to Figure 4. Press out on the legs of the lower handle. Remove lower handle from the mower. Turn the lower handle around so the notch on the bottom of the lower handle is facing forward as shown in Figure 20. Reassemble, placing the bottom holes in the handle over the weld pins in the handle mounting bracket. Reassemble the upper handle to the lower handle. Insert hairpin clips in the inner holes of the weld pins and attach the starter rope as instructed in the "Assembling Your Lawn Mower" section. • drive control lever engaged. To resolve the above problems, rotate the adjustment wheel with your fingers: clockwise to tighten the cable, and counter-clockwise to loosen the cable. See Figure 19. • 16 \ Notch Lower Handle Adjustment Lever _/ Figure 20 Figure 21 AdjustingCuttingHeight AdjustingCarburetor IMPORTANT: All wheels must be placed in the same relative position. For rough or uneven lawns, move the height adjustment lever to a higher position. This will help stop scalping of the grass. WARNING: if any adjustments are made to the engine (e.g. carburetor) while the engine is running, keep clear of all moving parts. Be careful of heated surface_ like the muffler. An adjusting plate and thumb lever at each wheel position provides cutting height adjustment. Each adjusting plate has nine height positions. Height of cut will change when you move the thumb lever from one position to another. NOTE: A dirty air cleaner may cause an engine to run rough too. Make sure that the air cleaner is clean and attached to the carburetor before deciding to adjust the carburetor. • To adjust carburetor, please follow the engine manual. Simply depress the lever towards the wheel and move the lever assembly to desired position. See Figure 21. SECTION10: OFF-SEASON STORAGE Prepare your lawn mower for storage at the end of the season or if the unit will not be used for 30 days or more. Store the mower in a clean, dry area. NOTE: We do not recommend the use of pressure washers or garden hose to clean your uniL They may cause damage to electric components, spindles, pulleys, bearings or the engine. The use of water will result in shortened life and reduce serviceability. spark plug wire Be andsure DE-ENERGIZE WARNING: to disconnectstarter the before performing any repairs or maintenance. DO NOT attempt any maintenance or service to the engine and/or mower equipped with the safety key in the unlocked and/or energized mode. WARNING: • • Lubricate the mower as instructed on page 13. You can fold your mower's handle for convenience of storage: Remove the starter rope from the rope guide; loosen the two hand knobs on the sides of the handle, and let the upper handle fold down to the rear. Move the hairpin clips to the outer hole in the weld pins on the handle mounting brackets. Spread the sides of the lower handle, and push it forward and down. NEVER assume starter is de- energized, even if the key is in the locked position and/or removed from the engine. ALWAYS de-energize self starter prior to performing any maintenance or service to the engine and/or mower. Follow instructions on the engine and/or machine to de-energize starter. WARNING: fuel continuator Inspect and replace/sharpen blade, if required. Refer to page 14. Replace your gasoline can if it starts to rust. Rust and/or dirt in the gasoline will cause problems. Store unit in a clean, dry area. Do not store next to corrosive materials, such as fertilizer or rocksalt. Never store the machine or indoors where there is an NOTE: If storing the mower in an unventilated or metal storage shed, make sure to rustproof the equipment with a light oil or silicone. open flame, spark or pilot light such as on water heater, furnace, clothes dryer or other gas appliance. 17 • Engine • Clean engine and remove any grass clippings, dirt, and debris from the cooling fins, air intake screen, levers, linkage and the exterior of the engine. • Follow recommendations in the accompanying engine manual for off-season storage of the engine. Change oil as stated in the engine manual. SECTION11: TROUBLESHOOTING GUIDE Possible ils to start Corrective Cause(s) Blade control handle disengaged. Start control button not depressed. Spark plug wire disconnected, Safety key not in run position. Fuel tank empty, or stale fuel. Blocked fuel line. Faulty spark plug. Engine flooded. Engine not primed. Self starter already de-energized. Spark plug wire loose. Blocked fuel line or stale fuel. Engine runs erratic Vent in gas cap plugged. Water or dirt in fuel system. Dirty air cleaner. Carburetor out of adjustment. Engine oil level low. Engine overheats Air flow restricted. Carburetor not adjusted properly. Occasional skip (hesitates) at Spark plug gap too close. high speed Idles poorly Spark plug fouled, faulty or gap too wide. Carburetor improperly adjusted. Dirty air cleaner. Excessive vibration [Cutting blade loose or unbalanced. Bent cutting blade. Mower will not mulch grass Wet grass, , [Excessively Engage blade control handle. Depress starter control button. Connect wire to spark plug. Place safety key in run position. Fill tank with clean, fresh gasoline. Clean fuel line. Clean, adjust gap or replace. Wait a few minutes. Push primer bulb three times to prime engine. Use recoil starter to start engine Connect and tighten spark plug wire. Clean fuel line; fill tank with clean, fresh gasoline. Clear vent. Drain fuel tank. Refill with fresh fuel. Clean air cleaner. Adjust carburetor. Fill crankcase with proper oil. Remove blower housing and clean. Adjust carburetor. Adjust gap to .030". Reset gap to .030" or replace spark plug. Adjust carburetor. Clean air cleaner. Tighten blade and adapter. Balance blade. Replace blade, o not mow when grass is wet; wait until later to cut. high grass. Mow once at a high cutting height, then mow again at desired height or make a nar- / Uneven cut Action Dull blade. Wheels not positioned correctly. Sharpen or replace rower cutting swath blade. (1/2 width). Place all four wheels in same height position. / L Dull blade. _Sharpen or replace blade. Refer to separate engine manual packed with your mower for more engine related information. NOTE: For repairs beyond the minor adjustments listed above, contact your nearest authorized service dealer. 18 NOTES 19 SECTION12: PARTSLISTFORMODELSERIES440 11 7 17 12 \ 71 \ 8 23 74 2O 14 26 21 28 22 73 53 52 "30 31 35 58 40 41 49 2O ModelSeries440 Ref. No I Part No. Description Ref.No ! I 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 731-1057 731-0620 731-1058 731-1059 710-1667A 746-0960 647-0058 749-1405 731-2532 1731-2533 1720-0428 1732-1171 1782-0156 1746-1141 1710-1256 1715-0168 1716-0209 1720-0279 1710-1205 1710-1174 1720-0314 1749-0928 1710-0501 1736-0451 25 26 27 1710-0324 1726-0240 1732-1172 28 29 3O 31 32 33 34 1711-1293 !631-0075B 1712-0271 1710-1008 1782-5004 1782-5003 1710-1017 35 36 37 38 39 J782-0080A 1782-5002 1712-0798 1736-0331 1710-0216 40 17510042824 Upper Drive Cover Drive Lever Lower Drive Cover "_41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 Mounting Cap Screw #10-12:75 Drive Cable Control Bail Lever Upper Handle Control Cover RH Control Cover LH Button Compression Lever Spring Control Cable 58.25" Lg. Hi-Low Screw Pin Retention Ring Knob 66 67 68 69 7O 71 72 73 74 75 J731-1937A 1754-0465 1712-0324 1756-1146A /748-0411 1742-0741 1736-0452 1710-0606 1710-1257 1712-3005 1732-0677 1710-0192 1720-0275 1714-0104 1782-7000 682-0515A /682-0516A 682-0511A 1682-0512A 1710-0896 14766 114765 1720-0190 1732-0417A 1738-0507B 1736-0105 734-1979 1734-1983 1738-0102 1731-1426 1732-0700 !731-1236 /732-0678 1720-0294 1782-5007A /764-0457A /764-0310 764-0311 - 737-0208 58 Eye Bolt 1/4-20 Carriage Bolt 5/16-18 x 2.0 Knob Lower Handle Hex Hd. Cap Screw Saddle Washer Hex Lock Nut 1/4-20 Cable Tie 59 60 61 62 63 64 65 Torsion Spring Pin-Belt Keeper Engine Spacer Hex Nut 1/4-20 Thread Tapp Screw w/Hex Lock Wash Rear Baffle Right Rear Baffle Left Scr. AB: 1/4-14.625 Trust Deck 21" RD Front Baffle Bell Washer .39 x 1.13 x .062 Hex Nut 3/.8-16 Hex Screw 3/8-16 x .75 Screw #12 x .457 21 Pad No. Description Front Drive Cover - Yellow V-Belt Hex Lock Nut 1/4-20 Drive Pulley Blade Adapter 21" Mulching Blade w/star Bell Washer ,396 I.D. x 1.140 O.D. x Hex Screw 1/4-2 0x 1.50 Hex Screw 3/8-24 x 2.50 Hex Nut 3/8-16 Torsion Spring L,H. Scr. Tr, Mach #10-24 x .380 Knob Cotter Pin Rear Discharge Door Complete Handle Brkt Ass'y - LH Complete Handle Brkt Ass'y - RH Handle Brkt Ass'y - LH Handle Brkt Ass'y - RH Hex Screw w/wsh. 1/4-14 x .62 Pivot Bar - LH Pivot Bar - RH Knob Spring Lever Shldr Screw .500 Dia x .434 Long Bell Washer ,380 x ,880 x .062 WhL Comp. 8 x 2 PI. (Rear) Wh. Comp. 8 x 2 Fwd. (Front) Shldr Screw .498 x 1.445 Hubcap: Radial Spoke Yellow Wire Rear Flap Torsion Spring R.H. Foam Grip (2 required) Mulching Plug Baffle Soft Top Grass Bag Grass Catcher Frame (Rear) Grass Catcher Frame (Front) Bottle of Oil (not shown) ModelSeries440 57 4O 37_ \ @ \ \13 46 I I J J J 2O J 7 IMPORTANT: For a proper working machine, use] Factory Approved Parts. V-BELTS are specialty designed to engage and] disengage safety. A substitute (non OEM) V-Belt can be dangerous by not disengag ng compete y. / 53 52 ._ / 4O 43 ! I L I 22 51 ModelSeries440 Bef. No PaN No. Bef. No Description PaN No. Description 1. 712-3025 Hex Jam Nut 5/16-24 31. 741-0604 2. 736-0425 Bell Washer .325 x .930 x .045 32. 748-0355 Bearing Support 3. 756-1042 33. 736-0447 Wave Washer 1.5 x 1.0 x .029 4. 736-0425 Pulley, 3.82 x .313 x .68 Bell Washer .325 x .930 x .045 34. 782-0512B RH Height Adj. Plate 5. 712-0896 Lock Nut 1/4-28 35. 782-0511A LH Height Adj. Plate 6. 736-O4O6 Flat Washer .442 x 1.38 x .060 36. 682-0509 Pivot Plate Assembly 7. 782-7598 Belt Keeper 37. 732-0706 RH Front Lever 8. 741-0124 Ball Bearing 38. 732-0707 LH Front Lever 9. 721-0457 Oil Seal 39. 720-0190 Knob 10. 750-1050 Flange Spacer 40. 710-0216 Hex Cap Screw 3/8-16 x .75 11. 682-0028 Idler Bracket Assembly 41. 736-O474 Washer 12. 741-0682A Bearing Sleeve 42. 716-0102 Snap Ring 1.0 dia. 13. 732-0849A Flat Washer .504 x .700 x.030 43. 782-7551 Wheel Dust Cap 14. 710-0299 Hex Cap Screw 1/4-28 x 1.00 44. 717-1762 Gear 14T R.H. 15. 736-0570 Flat Washer .865 x 1.145 x .030 45. 717-1761 Gear 14T L.H. 16. 741-0699 Needle Bearing .438 x .625 x .500 46. 634-0021A Wheel, 8x2 x 1.75 17. 721-0325 Plug 1/4 x .437 47. 731-1426 Hubcap: Yellow 18. 618-0300A Upper Housing 48. 682-0512A RH Height Adj. Complete 19. 721-0329 Oil Seal .500 x .687 x .094 49. 682-0511A LH Height Adj. Complete 20. 741-0673 Flange Bearing 50. 682-0030 Cable Idler Bracket 21. 611-0105A Output Shaft 51. 715-0221 Dowel Pin 22. 736-0520 Flat Washer .504 x .700 x .030 52. 736-3013 Flat Washer 1/2 x 1.00 x .063 23. 717-1492 Pinion Shaft 10T 53. 714-0101 Cotter Pin .08 x 1.42 24. 736-0314 Thrust Washer .375 x .70 x .030 54. 738-1002 Screw 25. 736-0569 Thrust Washer .388 x .625 x .062 55. 754-0465 Belt 26. 618-0299A Lower Housing 56. 716-0865 Snap Ring 27. 741-0672 Flange Bearing .378 x .531 x .370 57. 750-1165 Slev. Spacer 28. 710-1276 Hex Screw w/Washer 1/4-20 x .750 58. 750-1166 Slev. Spacer 29. 618-0606 Transmission Assembly Comp. (Includes Ref. # 1to Ref. #30) 59. 736-0331 Bell Washer 60. 712-0798 Hex Nut 3/8-16 30. 732-O7O8 Bearing Retainer 23 Bearing Sleeve .50 I.D. DD 1.5" O.D. MANUFACTURER'S LIMITED WARRANTY FOR: YaRD-MaN_)/f The limited warranty set forth below is given by MTD PRODUCTS INC ("MTD") with respect to new merchandise purchased and used in the United States, its possessions and territories. MTD warrants this product against defects in material and workmanship for a period of two (2) years commencing on the date of original purchase and will, at its option, repair or replace, free of charge, any part found to be defective in material or workmanship. This limited warranty shall only apply if this product has been operated and maintained in accordance with the Operator's Manual furnished with the product, and has not been subject to misuse, abuse, commercial use, neglect, accident, improper maintenance, alteration, vandalism, theft, fire, water or damage because of other peril or natural disaster. Damage resulting from the installation or use of any accessory or attachment not approved by MTD Products Inc. for use with the product(s) covered by this manual will void your warranty as to any resulting damages. Normal wear parts or components thereof are subject to separate terms as follows: All normal wear part or component failures will be covered on the product for a period of c. Routine maintenance items such as lubricants, filters, blade sharpening and tune-ups, or adjustments such as brake adjustments, clutch adjustments or deck adjustments; and normal deterioration of the exterior finish due to use or exposure. d, MTD does not extend any warranty for products sold or exported outside of the United States of America, its possessions and territories, except those sold through MTD's authorized channels of export distribution. 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Normal wear parts and components include, but are not limited to, belts, blades, blade expenses adapters, grass bags, rider deck wheels, seats, snow thrower skid shoes, shave plates and tires. Batteries are expenses, or for rental expenses to temporarily replace a warranted product. (Some states do not allow covered by a 90-day limited replacement warranty. the exclusion or limitation of incidental or consequential damages, so the above exclusion or limitation may not apply to you.) HOW TO OBTAIN SERVICE: Warranty service is available, WITH PROOF OF PURCHASE THROUGH YOUR LOCAL AUTHORIZED SERVICE DEALER. To locate the dealer in your area, please check for a listing in the Yellow Pages or contact the Customer Service Department of MTD shall not be liable for incidental or consequential loss or damages including, without limitation, care incurred for substitute or replacement services, for transportation or for lawn related In no event shall recovery of any kind be greater than the amount of the purchase price of the product sold. Alteration MTD PRODUCTS INC by calling 1-800-800-7310 or writing to P.O, Box 368022, Cleveland, Ohio 44136-9722. of the safety features of the product shall void this Warranty. You assume the risk and liability for loss, damage, or injury to you and your property and/or to others and their This limited warranty does not provide coverage in the property arising out of the use or misuse or inability to use the product. following cases: a. The engine or component parts thereof. These items carry a separate manufacturer's warranty. Please refer to the applicable manufacturer's warranty on these items. b. Log splitter pumps, valves and cylinders have a separate one year warranty. This limited warranty shall not extend to anyone other than the original purchaser, original lessee or the person for whom it was purchased as a gift. How State Law Relates to this Warranty: This limited warranty gives you specific legal rights, and you may also have other rights which vary from state to state.