MTD Series 610 Operator`s manual

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AL
Hydrostatic Lawn Tractor-
Model Series 610
iMPORTANT
READ SAFETY
RULES AND iNSTRUCTiONS
CAREFULLY
BEFORE
OPERATION
Warning: This unit is equippedwithan internalcombustionengineand shouldnot be usedon or nearany uniiprovedforest-covered,brushcoveredor grassicoveredland 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.769101628A
12/1/2005
This Operator's Manual is an important part of your new lawn tractor, 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 ...................................
Setting UpYour Lawn Tractor ............................
Operating Your Lawn Tractor ...........................
Adjusting Your Lawn Tractor ............................
3
4
8
12
20
Maintaining Your Lawn Tractor ........................
Off-Season Storage / Attachments .................
Safety Labels ....................................................
Troubleshooting ................................................
Replacement
Parts ...........................................
22
28
29
30
32
Finding and Recording Model Number
BEFOREASSEMBLINGYOUR 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 looking under the seat. This
information will be necessary to use the manufacturer's web
site, to obtain assistancefrom the Customer Support Department, or when contacting an authorizedservice dealer.
Model Number
Serial Number
MTD LLC
P.O= BOX
CLEVELAND,
330-220-4683
800-800-7310
www.mtdproducts,com
361131
OH 44136
Customer Support
Please do NOTreturn
purchased,
without
the unit to the retailer
first contacting
from which
Customer
it was
Support.
If you have difficulty assembling this product or have any questions regardingthe controls, operation,or maintenanceof this
unit, you can seek help from the experts. Choose from the options below:
1. Visit www.mtdproducts.com.
2. Phone a Customer Support Representative at 1 (800) 800-7310.
3. The engine manufacturer is responsiblefor all engine-related issueswith 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.
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Operation
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
WARNING
This symbol points
out important safety
instructionswhich, if
not followed, could
i endangerthe personal
safety and/or property
ofyourself and others.
I Read and follow all
i instructions in this mani ual before attempting to
i operate this machine.
Failureto comply with
these instructions may
result in personal injury.
i Whenyou see this
symbol.
i HEED ITS WARNING
Your
i Responsibility
Restrict the use
of this power machine
I to persons who read,
understand
and follow the warnings
and instructions
in this manual
Operation
1. Tragicaccidentscanoccur if the operatoris not
alertto the presenceof children.Childrenare often
attractedto themachineand the mowingactivity.
Theydo not understandthe dangers.Neverassume
that childrenwill remainwhereyou last sawthem.
a. Keepchildrenout of the mowingarea and in
watchfulcare of a responsibleadultother than
the operator.
b. Be alert and turnmachineoff ifa childenters
the area.
Safe Handling of Gasoline:
1. Toavoid personalinjuryor propertydamageuse
extremecare in handlinggasoline.Gasolineis
extremely flammableand the vapors are explosive. Seriouspersonalinjurycan occurwhengasoline
isspilledon yourselfor yourclotheswhichcan ignite.
Washyourskin and changeclothesimmediately.
a. Use onlyan approvedgasolinecontainer.
b. Neverfill containersinsidea vehicleor on a
truckor trailerbed with a plasticliner.Always
c. Beforeand while backing,lookbehindand
placecontainerson the groundawayfrom
downfor smallchildren.
yourvehiclebeforefilling.
d. Nevercarry children,evenwith the blade(s)
c. Whenpractical,removegas-powered
shutoff.They mayfalloff and be seriously
equipmentfromthe truckor trailerand refuelit
injuredor interferewith safemachineoperation.
on the ground.If this isnotpossible,then
e. Use extremecarewhenapproachingblind
refuelsuch equipmenton a trailerwith a
corners,doorways,shrubs,trees or other
portablecontainer,ratherthan froma gasoline
objectsthat may blockyourvision of a child
dispensernozzle.
whomay run intothe machine.
d. Keepthe nozzlein contactwith the rimof
f. To avoid back-over accidents, always
the fueltank or containeropeningat all
disengagethe cuttingblade(s) before
timesuntilfuelingiscomplete.Donot usea
shiftinginto Reverse.If equipped,the
nozzlelock-opendevice.
"Reverse CautionMode"shouldnot be
e. Extinguishall cigarettes,cigars,pipesand
used when childrenor others are around.
othersourcesof ignition.
g. Keepchildrenaway from hotor running
f. Neverfuel machineindoors.
engines.They can sufferburnsfroma hot
g. Neverremovegas cap or add fuel whilethe
muffler.
engineishot or running.Allowengineto cool
h. Removekeywhenmachineis unattendedto
at least two minutesbeforerefueling.
preventunauthorizedoperation.
h. Neveroverfill fuel tank.Fill tank to no more
2. Neverallowchildrenunder 14 yearsold to operate
than1/2inchbelowbottomof filler neck to
the machine.Children14years old and overshould
allowspacefor fuel expansion.
readand understandthe operationinstructions
and
i. Replacegasolinecapand tighten securely.
safety rulesinthis manualand shouldbe trainedand
j. If gasolineis spilled,wipe it off theengine
supervisedbya parent.
and equipment.Moveunit to anotherarea.
Wait5 minutesbeforestartingtheengine.
k. Toreducefirehazards,keepmachinefreeof
grass,leaves,or otherdebris build-up.Clean
up oil or fuel spillageand removeanyfuel
soakeddebris.
I. Neverstorethe machineor fuel container
insidewherethere is an open flame,spark
or pilot lightas on a waterheater,space
heater,furnace,clothesdryeror other gas
appliances.
m. Allowa machineto cool at least five minutes
beforestoring.
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GeneralOperation:
14.Watchfor traffic whenoperatingnearor crossing
roadways.This machineis not intendedfor useon
anypublic roadway.
15.Do notoperatethe machinewhileunderthe influenceof alcoholor drugs.
16.Mowonly in daylightor good artificiallight.
17.Nevercarry passengers.
18.Disengageblade(s)beforeshiftinginto reverse.
Back up slowly.Alwayslookdownand behindbefore
and whilebackingto avoida back-overaccident.
19.Slowdownbeforeturning.Operatethe machine
smoothly.Avoiderraticoperationand excessive
speed.
20.Disengageblade(s),set parkingbrake,stopengine
and wait untilthe blade(s)cometo a completestop
beforeremovinggrass catcher,emptyinggrass,
uncloggingchute,removingany grassor debris,or
makinganyadjustments.
21.Neverleavea runningmachineunattended.Always
turnoff blade(s), placetransmissionin neutral,set
parkingbrake,stop engineand removekey before
dismounting.
22.Useextracare whenloadingor unloadingthe
machineintoa traileror truck. This unit shouldnot
be drivenup or downramp(s),becausethe unit
couldtip over,causingseriouspersonalinjury.The
unit mustbe pushedmanuallyon ramp(s)to load or
unloadproperly.
23.Mufflerand enginebecomehotand can causea
burn.Do nottouch.
1. Read,understand,and followall instructionson the
machineand in the manual(s)beforeattemptingto
assembleand operate.Keepthis manualin a safe
placefor future and regularreferenceand for ordering
replacementparts.
2. Be familiarwith all controlsandtheir properoperation.
Knowhow to stopthe machineand disengagethem
quickly.
3, Neverallowchildrenunder 14yearsold to operate
this machine.Children14years old and overshould
readand understandthe operationinstructionsand
safety rulesin this manualand shouldbe trainedand
supervisedby a parent.
4. Neverallowadults to operatethis machinewithout
proper instruction.
5. To helpavoidblade contactor a thrownobject injury,
keep bystanders,helpers,childrenand petsat least
75 feet fromthe machinewhileit is in operation.Stop
machineif anyoneenters thearea.
6. Thoroughlyinspectthearea wheretheequipmentis to
be used. Removeall stones,sticks,wire,bones,toys,
and otherforeignobjectswhichcouldbe pickedup
and thrown bythe blade(s).Thrownobjectscancause
seriouspersonalinjury.
7. Planyourmowingpatternto avoiddischargeof
materialtowardroads,sidewalks,bystandersand the
like. Also,avoiddischargingmaterialagainsta wall or
obstructionwhich maycause dischargedmaterialto
ricochetback towardthe operator.
8. Alwayswear safetyglassesor safetygogglesduring
operationand while performingan adjustmentor
repairto protectyoureyes.Thrownobjectswhich
ricochetcancause seriousinjuryto the eyes.
9. Wearsturdy,rough-soledwork shoesand close-fitting
slacks and shirts. Loosefittingclothesandjewelry
can be caught in movableparts.Neveroperatethis
machinein barefeet or sandals.
24.Checkoverheadclearancescarefullybeforedriving
under lowhangingtreebranches,wires,dooropeningsetc., wheretheoperatormaybe struckor pulled
fromthe unit,which couldresult in seriousinjury.
25.Disengageall attachmentclutches,depressthe
brakepedalcompletelyand shift into neutralbefore
attemptingto startengine.
26.Yourmachineisdesignedto cut normalresidential
grassof a heightno morethan 10".Do notattemptto
mowthroughunusuallytall, dry grass (e.g.,pasture)
or pilesof dry leaves.Dry grass or leavesmay
contactthe engineexhaustand/orbuild up on the
mowerdeck presentinga potentialfire hazard.
27.Use onlyaccessoriesand attachmentsapprovedfor
this machinebythe machinemanufacturer.Read,
understandand followall instructionsprovidedwith
the approvedaccessoryor attachment.
28.Data indicatesthat operators,age 60 yearsand
above,are involvedin a largepercentageof riding
mower-relatedinjuries.Theseoperatorsshould
evaluatetheirability to operatethe ridingmower
safelyenoughto protectthemselvesand othersfrom
seriousinjury.
29.If situationsoccurwhich are not coveredin this
manual,usecareand good judgment.Contactyour
customerservicerepresentativefor assistance.
10.Be awareof the mowerand attachmentdischarge
directionand do not pointit at anyone.Donot operate
the mowerwithoutthe dischargecoveror entiregrass
catcherin its properplace.
11.Donot put handsor feet near rotatingpartsor under
the cuttingdeck. Contactwith the blade(s)can
amputatehandsand feet.
12.A missingor damageddischargecovercan cause
blade contactor thrown objectinjuries.
13.Stop the blade(s)whencrossinggraveldrives,walks,
or roadsand whilenot cuttinggrass.
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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.
Failureto comply with
these instructions may
result in personal injury.
When you see this
symbol.
HEED ITS WARNING
Your
Responsibility
Restrictthe use
of this power machine
to persons who read,
understand
and follow the warnings
and instructions
in this manual
5
Do Not:
Operation
This symbol points
out important safety
instructions which, if
not followed, could
endangerthe personal
i safety and/or property
of yourself and others.
Read and follow all
=nstructionsin this man-
Slopesare a majorfactor relatedto loss of controland
tip-overaccidentswhich can resultin severeinjuryor
death.All slopesrequireextracaution.If youcannot
back up the slopeor if youfeel uneasyon it, do notmow
it.
Foryour safety,usethe slopegaugeincludedas partof
this manualto measureslopesbeforeoperatingthis unit
on a slopedor hillyarea. If the slopeis greaterthan 15
degreesas shownon theslopegauge,do notoperate
this unit on that area or seriousinjurycouldresult.
DO:
1. Do notturn on slopesunlessnecessary;then,turn
slowlyand graduallydownhill,if possible.
2. Do not mownear drop-offs,ditchesor embankments.
Themowercouldsuddenlyturnoverif a wheel is over
the edgeof a cliff, ditch,or if an edge cavesin.
3. Do nottry to stabilizethe machineby puttingyourfoot
on the ground.
4. Do not usea grasscatcheron steep slopes.
5. Do not mowon wet grass. Reducedtractioncould
causesliding.
6. Do not shiftto neutraland coastdownhill.Over-speeding may causethe operatorto losecontrol of the
machineresultingin seriousinjuryor death.
7. Do nottow heavypull behindattachments(e.g.loaded
dumpcart, lawnroller,etc.)on slopesgreaterthan
5 degrees.Whengoingdown hill,the extra weight
tendsto pushthe tractorand may causeyou to loose
control.(e.g. tractormayspeedup, brakingand steering ability are reduced,attachmentmayjack-knifeand
causetractorto overturn).
1. Mow up and downslopes,notacross. Exercise
extremecautionwhenchangingdirectionon slopes.
2. Watchfor holes, ruts,bumps,rocks,or other hidden
objects.Uneventerraincouldoverturnthe machine.
Tallgrasscan hide obstacles.
3. Use slow speed.Choosea low enoughspeed
settingso that youwill not haveto stopor shift while
on the slope.Tires may losetractionon slopeseven
thoughthe brakesare functioningproperly.Always
keepmachinein gear whengoingdown slopesto
take advantageof engine brakingaction.
4. Followthe manufacturer'srecommendations
for
wheelweightsor counterweightsto improvestability.
5. Use extracare with grasscatchersor otherattachments.Thesecanchangethe stabilityof the
machine.
Towing:
1. Towonlywith a machinethat hasa hitch designedfor
towing.Donot attachtowedequipmentexceptat the
hitch point.
2. Followthe manufacturersrecommendationfor weight
limitsfor towedequipmentand towingon slopes.
3. Neverallowchildrenor othersin or on towedequipment.
6. Keepall movementon the slopesslowand gradual.
Do not makesuddenchangesin speedor direction.
Rapidengagementor brakingcouldcausethe front
of the machineto lift and rapidlyflip overbackwards
whichcouldcause seriousinjury.
7. Avoidstartingor stoppingon a slope.If tires lose
traction,disengagethe blade(s)and proceedslowly
straightdownthe slope.
4. On slopes,the weightof the towedequipmentmay
causeloss of tractionand loss of control.
5. Travelslowlyand allowextra distanceto stop.
6. Do not shiftto neutraland coastdownhill.
ual before attempting to
I operate this machine.
I Failureto comply with
i these instructions may
i result in personal injury.
When you see this
symbol.
HEED ITS WARNING
Your
Responsibility
Restrict the use
of this power machine
to persons who read,
understand
and follow the warn=ngs
and instructions
in this manual
6
Service
10.Neverattemptto makeadjustmentsor repairsto the
machinewhilethe engine isrunning.
1. Neverrun an engineindoorsor in a poorlyventilated
11.Grasscatchercomponents
and the discharge
area. Engineexhaustcontainscarbonmonoxide,an
coverare
subjectto
wearand
damagewhich could
odorless,and deadlygas.
exposemovingpartsor allowobjectsto be thrown.
2. Beforecleaning,repairing,or inspecting,makecertain
Forsafety protection,frequentlycheckcomponents
the blade(s)and all movingparts havestopped.
and replaceimmediatelywith originalequipment
Disconnectthe sparkplug wireand groundagainstthe
manufacturer's(O.E.M.)parts only,listed in this
engineto preventunintendedstarting.
manual."Useof parts which do not meetthe original
3. Periodicallycheckto make surethe bladescome to
equipmentspecificationsmay leadto improper
completestop withinapproximately(5) five seconds
performanceand compromisesafety!"
after operatingthe bladedisengagementcontrol.If the
12.Do notchangethe enginegovernorsettingsor
bladesdo notstop within thethis timeframe,yourunit
over-speedthe engine.Thegovernorcontrolsthe
shouldbe servicedprofessionallyby an authorized
maximumsafe operatingspeedof the engine.
MTDServiceDealer.
13.Maintainor replacesafety and instructionlabels,as
4. Checkbrakeoperationfrequentlyas it is subjectedto
necessary.
wearduring normaloperation.Adjustand serviceas
14.Observeproperdisposallawsand regulationsfor
required.
gas, oil,etc. to protecttheenvironment.
5. Checkthe blade(s)and enginemountingbolts at
frequentintervalsfor propertightness.Also,visually
inspectblade(s)for damage(e.g.,excessivewear,
bent, cracked). Replacethe blade(s)with theoriginal
equipmentmanufacturer's(O.E.M.)blade(s)only,
listed inthis manual."Useof partswhich do not meet
the originalequipmentspecificationsmaylead to
improperperformanceand compromisesafety!"
6. Mowerbladesare sharp.Wrapthe bladeor wear
gloves,and useextra cautionwhenservicingthem.
7. Keepall nuts, bolts,and screwstight to be surethe
equipmentis insafe workingcondition.
8. Nevertamperwith the safety interlocksystemor other
safety devices.Checktheir properoperationregularly.
9. After strikinga foreignobject,stop the engine,
disconnectthe spark plug wire(s)and groundagainst
the engine.Thoroughlyinspectthe machinefor any
damage.Repairthe damagebeforestartingand
operating.
This symbol points
out important safety
instructions which, if
not followed, could
endangerthe personal
safety and/or property
of yourself and 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.
When you see this
symbol.
HEED iTS WARNING
Your
Responsibility
Restrictthe use
of this power machine
to personswho read,
understand
and follow the warn=ngs
and instructions
in this manual
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NOTE:This OperatorsManualcoversa rangeof product specificationsfor variousmodels.Characteristics
and featuresdiscussedand/or illustratedin this manual
may not be applicableto all models.MTDLLCreserves
the rightto changeproductspecifications,designs
and equipmentwithoutnoticeand withoutincurring
obligation.
Attaching
the Battery
Rubber Boot
Cables
NOTE: If thesecablesare alreadyattached,ignore
thesestepsand proceedto "Gas& Oil Fill-Up."
NOTE: Thepositivebatteryterminalis markedPos. (+).
Thenegativebatteryterminalis markedNeg. (-).
Thepositivecable(heavy redwire) is securedto the
positivebatteryterminal(+)with a hexbolt and hex
nut at thefactory.Makecertainthat the rubberboot
coversthe terminalto help protectit fromcorrosion.
.
Use extreme care
.
henhandling
gaso nel
Gasoline
extremely flammable
and the vapors are
explosive: Never fuel
machine indoors
or while the engine
is hot or running:
Extinguish cigarettes,
Removethehex boltand wing nut (or hex nut)from
the negativecable. See Fig.3-1.
Removetheblack plasticcover,ifpresent,from the
negativebatteryterminaland attachthe negative
cable(heavy blackwire)to the negativebattery
terminal(-) withthe bolt and wing nut(or hexnut).
4. Makecertain thehold-downstrap is in positionover
the battery,securingit in place.
NOTE: If the batteryis putinto serviceafterthe
dateshownon topof battery,chargethe batteryas
instructedin the maintenancesectionof this manual
prior to operatingthe tractor.
cigars;
pipes,
and
Gas and Oil Fill-up
other sOurceS of
Thegasolinetank is locatedunderthe hood and hasa
capacityof 2 gallons.Do notoverfill.
ignition:
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NOTE: This Operators
Manual Coversa range
of prOduCtSpecifications
for various models.
Characteristicsand
features disCussed
and/or illustrated
Figure 3=1
handling gasoline.
Gasolineis
extremely
WARNING:
Use extreme
care when
flammable and the vapors are explosive.
Never fuel machine indoors or while
the engine is hot or running. Extinguish
cigarettes, cigars, pipes, and other
sources of ignition.
IMPORTANT:Yourtractoris shippedwith motoroil
in theengine.However,you MUSTcheckthe oil level
beforeoperating.Be carefulnotto overfill.
Servicethe enginewith gasolineand oil as instructed
in theseparateEngineOperator/OwnerManualpacked
with yourtractor.Readinstructionscarefully.
this manual may not be
applicable to all modelsl
MTD LLC reservesthe
right tOchange product
I
specifiCationsldesigns
and equipment without
notice and without incurting oblieation
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Shipping
Brace Removal
WARNING: Makesure the riding mower's
engine is off, removethe ignition key,and
set the parking brake before removing the
shipping brace.
Locatethe shippingbrace,if present,and accompanyingwarningtag foundon the right sideof the
mower,betweenthe dischargechute and thecutting
deck.See Fig. 3-2.
Setting
Up
Whileholdingthe dischargechutewith your left
hand,removethe shippingbracewith your right
hand bygraspingit betweenyour thumband index
fingerand rotatingit clockwise.
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WARNING: Theshipping brace, used
for packaging purposes only, must be
removed and discarded before operating
your riding mower.
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Figure 3=2
WARNING: Themowing deck is capable
of throwing objects. Failure to operate the
riding mower without the discharge cover
in the proper operating position could
result in serious personal injury and/or
property damage.
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Attaching
The Steering
Wheel
If the steeringwheelfor yourtractordid not come
attached,the hardwareforattachingithas beenpacked
withinthe steeringwheel,beneaththe steeringwheel
cap. Carefullypryoff the steeringwheelcap and
removethe hardware.
NOTE:Thereare differentstylesof steeringwheelcaps
available.Styles vary by model.
.
Figure 3-3
With the wheels of the tractor pointingstraight
forward, placethe steeringwheeloverthe steering
shaft.
2. Placethewasheroverthe steeringshaftand secure
with the hexbolt. See Fig.3-3.
3. Placethe steeringwheelcap overthecenter of the
steeringwheeland pushdownwarduntilit "clicks"
into place.
WARNING
Make sure the riding
mower's engine is
off, remove the ignition key, and set the
parking brake before
removing the shipping
brace.
The shipping brace,
used for packaging
purposes only, must
be removed and
discarded before
operating your riding
mower.
The mowing deck is
capable of throwing
objects. Failure to
operate the riding
mower without the
discharge cover in
the proper operating
position could result
in serious personal
injury and/or property
damage.
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Attaching
f
The Seat
Seatstyles vary bytractormodeland thereare three
differentstyles available:
• StandardAdjustment
QuickAdjustment&
• KnobAdjustment
If the seatfor yourtractordid notcome attached,
referto Fig. 3-4, Fig. 3-5, and Fig. 3-6 to identifyyour
tractor'sseatstyle and followthe applicableinstructions
belowto attachit.
WARNING
Before operating this
machine, make sure
the seat is engaged in
the seat stop, stand
behind the machine
and pull back on seat
until fully engaged
into stop.
NOTE:Forshippingreasons,seatsare eitherfastened
to the tractorseat'spivot bracketwith a plastictie, or
mountedbackwardto the pivot bracket.Ineithercase,
freethe seat from its shippingpositionand removethe
two hex screws(or knobs,on modelsso equipped)from
the bottomof seatbeforeproceedingwith applicable
instructionsbelow.
Standard
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Figure 3-4
Adjustment Seat
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1. Positionthe shoulderscrews(foundon the baseof
the seat)insidethe slot openingsin the seat pivot
bracket.See Fig.3-4.
2. Slide the seatslightlyrearwardinthe seat pivot
bracket,liningup the rearslots inthe pivot bracket
with the remainingtwo holesinthe seat'sbase.
3. Selectdesiredpositionforthe seat,and securewith
the two hex screwsremovedearlier.See Fig.3-4.
Quick Adjustment Seat
NOTE:If your seatwas shippedmountedbackwardson
the seat pivotbracket,pull outthe tab foundon the seat
stop and hold itopen whileslidingthe seatoff the seat
pivot bracket.See Fig. 3-5.
1. Line up the plasticseat spacerswith the slotsin seat
pivot bracket.
2. Slide seat inuntilfront seat spacerengagesthe seat
stop.See Fig. 3-5.
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Figure 3=5
chine,
ARNING:
makeBefore
sure the
operating
seat is engaged
this ma- in
the seat stop, stand behind the machine
and pull back on seat until fully engaged
into stop.
Knob Adjustment Seat
1. Positionthe shoulderscrews(foundon the baseof
the seat)insidethe slot openingsin the seat pivot
bracket.Fig.3-6.
2. Slide the seatslightlyrearwardinthe seat pivot
bracket,liningup the rearslots inthe pivot bracket
with the remainingtwo holesinthe seat'sbase.
3. Selectdesiredpositionforthe seat,and securewith
the two knobs removedearlier.See Fig.3-6.
Figure 3=6
10
identifying
the Mulch
Plug
(if so equipped)
On tractormodelsso equipped,a mulchplug can be
foundwithinthe cuttingdeck'sdischargeopening.
NOTE:Referto Mulching in the "OperatingYour
LawnTractor"sectionof this manualfor moredetailed
information.
If you'dpreferto operatethe cuttingdeck withoutmulching, simplyremovethe mulchplug by unthreadingthe
plasticwingnut whichfastensit to the cuttingdeck. This
willallow theclippingsto dischargeoutof the discharge
openingduring operation.See Fig. 3-7.
Your LaWn
Tractor
Tire Pressure
Figure 3-7
,_
any circumstances
is 30
Equal tire
WARNING:
Maximum
tirepsi.
pressure
under
pressure should be maintained at all
times.
Thetires on yourunit maybe over-inflatedfor shipping
purposes.Reducethe tire pressurebeforeoperating
the tractor.Recommendedoperatingtire pressureis
approximately10 p.s.iforthe reartires & 14 p.s.i,for the
fronttires. Checksidewallof tire for maximump.s.i.
WARNING
Ma,, mum
t repres'
sure under any
circumstances is 30
psi: Equal tire pressure
should be maintained
atalltimesl
11
Know the Controls
Readthis owner'smanualand safety rulesbeforeoperatingyourlawnmower.Comparefigurebelowwith yourlawn
tractorto learnaboutthe Ioctionand purposeof variouscontrolsand adjustments.Savethis manualfor futurereference. It is very importantto followthe instructionsand operatethe controlsproperly.
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F
A
G
H
NOTE:Any reference
in this manual to the
RIGHTor LEFT side of
the tractor is observed
B
J
from operator's position.
K
@
C
D
@
S
L
NOTE:Steeringwheelnot shownfor clarityj
Figure 4=1
A
PTO(Blade Engage)Levert
F
Throttle/ChokeControlLever
PTO(Blade Engage)Knobt
G
CruiseControlButtont
SystemsIndicatorMonitor
H
IgnitionSwitchModule
Ammeter1-(NotShown)
I
BrakePedal
C
ChokeKnobt
J
DrivePedal
D
ParkingBrakeButton
K
SeatAdjustmentLevert
E
Cup Holder
L
DeckLift Lever
B
1-If so equipped
NOTE: Any referencein this manualto the RIGHTor LEFTsideof the tractoris observedfromoperator'sposition.
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m
Throttle
Control
F
Lever
Thethrottlecontrol leveris locatedon the rightside of
thetractor'sdash panel.This levercontrolsthe speed
of the engineand,on somemodels,when pushedall
theway forward,the chokecontrol also.Whenset ina
givenposition,the throttlewill maintaina uniformengine
speed.See Fig. 4-2.
Fast
Position
Choke
Position
Fast
Position
IMPORTANT:Whenoperatingthetractorwith the cutting
deck engaged,be certainthat the throttleleverisalways
inthe FAST(rabbit)position.
Choke
Control
On some models,moving
thethrottle leverall the
Slow
Position
wayforwardactivatesthe
engine'schoke control.On
all other models,the choke
controlcan be foundon the
Slow
Position
Figure 4=2
leftside of the dashpanel
and is activatedby pullingthe knob outward.Activating
thechoke controlclosesthe chokeplateon the carburetor and aidsin startingtheengine.Referto Starting
The Engine in this section of the manualfor detailed
startinginstructions.
F
Brake
Position
Normal
Mode
WAn.I.G
Never leave a running
Pedal
The brakepedal islocated
on the rightfront side of the
tractorabovethe drivepedal
alongthe runningboard.The
brakepedalcan be usedfor
suddenstopsor settingthe
parkingbrake.
Start
Position
NOTE:Thebrakepedal mustbe fully depressedto
activatethe safety interlock
switchwhenstartingthe
tractor.
ignition
_
Switch
Module
unattended.
Always
disengage
PTO,set
ARNING:Never
leave
a running
machine
parking brake, stop engine and remove
key to prevent unintended starting.
Tostart theengine,insertthe key intothe ignitionswitch
and turnclockwiseto the STARTposition.Releasethe
key intothe NORMALMOWINGMODEpositiononce
theengine hasfired.
machine unattended.
Always disengage
PTO,set parking
brake, stop engine and
remove keyto prevent
unintended starting;
Figure 4=3
Drive Pedal
The drivepedal is locatedon the right
sideof the tractor,along the running
board.Depressthe upper portionof
the drivepedal forwardto causethe
tractorto travelforward.Depressthe
lowerportionof the drivepedalwith the
ballof yourrightfoot (NOT yourheel)
to cause thetractorto travel in reverse.
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M
W
Groundspeedis alsocontrolledwith
the drivepedal.Thefurther forwardor
Tostop the engine,turn theignitionkey counterclockwise rearwardthat the pedal is pivoted,the
fasterthe tractorwill travel.Thepedal
to the OFF position.See Fig. 4-3.
will returnto its original positionwhen it's notdepressed.
IMPORTANT:Priorto operatingthetractor,referto both
IMPORTANT:Alwayssetthe parkingbrakewhen
Safety Interlock Switches and Starting The Engine
leavingthetractorunattended.
inthis sectionof the manualfordetailedinstructions
,ib
regardingthe IgnitionSwitchModuleand operatingthe
tractorin REVERSECAUTIONMODE.
iMPORTANT
Priorio
operating
the
tractorl referto both
Safety Interlock
Switches and Starting
The Engine inthis
section ofthe manual
for detailed instructions
regarding the Ignition
Switch Module and
operating the tractor ir
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BATT,
OIL
I
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Battery
It is normalfor the Batterylightto illuminatewhile the
engineis crankingduring start-up,but if it illuminate's
duringoperation,while the engine is running, the
batteryis in needof a chargeor the engine'scharging
systemis not generatingsufficientamperage.Referto
the MAINTENANCEsectionof this manualfor the proper
batterychargingprocedureor havethechargingsystem
checkedby yourservicedealer.
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42.0
HOURS
Ammeter
1/1 0 \\\
PTO/ BLADE
PARKING
Electric
Figure 4-4
NOTE:ThePTO(Blade
Engage)
levermustbe
inthedisengaged
(OFF)
positionwhenstarting
theengine,when
traveling
in reverse
and
iftheoperatorleaves
theseat.
LCD
Locatedin the centerof the tractor'sconsole,the
systemsindicatormonitorrecords,and displays on its
LCD,hoursof tractoroperationwheneverthe ignition
key is rotatedout of the STOPposition.
The IndicatorMonitorwill also remindthe operatorof
maintenanceintervalsfor changingthe engineoil. The
LCDwill alternatelyflashthe recordedhours,"CHG"and
"OIL"for five minutes,after every50 hoursof recorded
operationelapse.The maintenanceintervallastsfor
two hours(from 50-52,100-102,150-152,etc.). The
LCDwill alsoflash as describedabovefor five minutes
everytime the tractor'sengine hasbeen startedduring
this maintenanceinterval.Beforethe intervalexpires,
changethe crankcaseoil levelas instructedin this
Operator'sManual.
Brake
If the Brakelight illuminateswhenattemptingto start the
tractor'sengine,depressthe brakepedal.
PTO (Blade Engage)
If the PTOlightilluminateswhenattemptingto start the
tractor'sengine,movePTOleverintothe disengaged
(OFF) position.
Oil
It is normalforthe Oil lightto illuminatewhilethe engine
is crankingduringstart-up,but if it illuminate'sduring
operation,while the engine is running,stop the
tractorimmediatelyand checkthe crankcaseoil levelas
instructedin this Owner'sManual.
PTO (Blade
Engage)
(If So Equipped)
Toengagethe powerto
the cuttingdeck or other
(separatelyavailable)
attachmentson models
Systems Indicator Monitor (If so Equipped)
NOTE:ThePTO(Blade
Engage)
knobmustbe
inthedisengaged
(OFF)
positionwhenstarting
theengine,when
travelingin reverse
and
iftheoperatorleaves
theseat.
(If so Equipped)
On modelswithouta SystemsIndicatorMonitor,an
ammeterwill exist. Theammetermeasuresthe electrical
outputof the engine'schargingsystem.Undernormal
operatingconditions,with engineat full throttle,the
ammetershouldindicatepositivecharge.
equippedwith an electric
PTO,pull outwardon the
PTO(Blade Engage)knob.
Pushthe PTO(Blade
Engage)knobinwardto
disengagethe powerto the
cuttingdeck.
Knob
II
I_
II
t/
NOTE:The PTO(Blade Engage)knobmust be in the
disengaged(OFF) positionwhen startingthe engine,
whentravelingin reverseand if the operatorleavesthe
seat.
PTO (Blade
Engage)
Lever
On modelsequippedwith a manualPTO(Blade Engage),
the PTO(Blade Engage)leveris locatedon the left sideof
the dashboardnext to the steeringwheel.Movethe PTO
(Blade Engage)leverforwardto engagethe powerto the
cuttingdeckor other(separatelyavailable)attachments;
movethe PTO(Blade Engage)leverrearwardto disen-
ON1 z
OFF,
PTO /BLADE
PTO
ENGAGE
gage thepowerto the attachments.
NOTE:The PTO(Blade Engage)levermust be in the
disengaged(OFF) positionwhen startingthe engine,
whentravelingin reverseand if the operatorleavesthe
seat.
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Seat Adjustment
Lever (If so Equipped)
Safety Interlock
Switches
Toadjustthe seat forwardor backwardon unitsequipped This tractoris equippedwith a safetyinterlocksystem
with a quick-adjustseat,slidethe seatadjustmentlever
for the protectionof the operator.Ifthe interlocksystem
to the left and repositionthe seatto the desiredposition. shouldevermalfunction,do notoperatethe tractor.
Contactan authorizedMTDservicedealer.
Oncea comfortablepositionis found,releasethe seat
adjustmentleverto lock the seatin place. Referto the
• The safetyinterlock
systempreventsthe engine
AdjustingYourLawnTractorsectionof this manualfor
from crankingor startingunlessthe parkingbrake
moredetailedinstructionson all seatadjustments.
isengaged,and the PTO(Blade Engage)knob (or
lever)isin the disengaged(OFF)position.
Deck Lift Lever
• The enginewill automaticallyshutoff if the operator
leavesthe seat beforeengagingtheparkingbrake.
Foundon yourtractor'srightfender,the deck lift leveris
usedto changetheheightof the cuttingdeck.To use,
movethe leverto the left,then placein the notchbest
suitedfor yourapplication.
Parking
Brake Button
Toset the parkingbrake,fully
depressthe brakepedal and
pushthe parkingbrakebutton
in.Holdthe button inwhile
takingyourfoot off the brake
pedal.Boththe parkingbutton
and the brakepedalwill then
staydepressed.To release
the parkingbrake,depressthe
brakepedalslightly.Theparking
brakebuttonwill then returnto
itsoriginal position.
• With the ignitionkey in the NORMALMOWING
position,the enginewill automaticallyshut off if the
PTO(Blade Engage)leveris movedinto theengaged
(ON)positionwith the drivepedal in Reverse.
Models with Electric PTO (Blade Engage)
• The electricPTO(BladeEngage)clutchwillautomatically shut off if the operatorleavesthetractor'sseat
with the PTO(Blade Engage)knob in the engaged
(ON)position,regardlessof whetherthe parking
brakeis engaged.
NOTE:Theparkingbrakemustbe set if theoperator
leavesthe seatwith the engine runningor theengine will
automaticallyshutoff.
iMPORTANT:Alwaysset the parkingbrakewhen leaving
thetractor unattended.
Cruise Control
• With the ignitionkey in the NORMALMOWING
position,the electricPTO(Blade Engage)clutchwill
automaticallyshut off if the PTO(Blade Engage)knob
is movedintothe engaged(ON) positionwith the
drivepedal leverin Reverse.
Button
Thecruise controlbutton is
Tractol
Models with Manual PTO (Blade Engage)
• The enginewill automaticallyshutoff if the operator
leavesthe tractor'sseatwith the PTO(Blade Engage)
leverin the engaged(ON) position,regardlessof
whetherthe parkingbrakeisengaged.
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locatedon the tractordashpanel
to the left of the ignitionswitch.
Pushthe cruisecontrolbutton
whiletravelingforwardat a
desiredspeed.Whileholdingthe
buttonin, releasepressurefrom
thedrive pedal.Thiswill engage
thecruise controland allowthe
tractorto remainat that speed
withoutapplyingpressureto the
drivepedal.Depressthe brake
pedalor the drivepedalto deactivatecruisecontrol.
Referto Setting the Cruise Control laterin this section
the manualfor detailedinstructions
regardingthecruise
controlfeature.
NOTE:Cruisecontrolcan NOTbe engagedat the
tractor'sfastestgroundspeed. If the operatorshould
attemptto do so, the tractorwill automaticallydecelerate
to the fastestoptimalmowinggroundspeed.
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interlock
system
isoperate
malfunctioning.
This
WARNING:Do
not
the tractor
if the
system was designed for your safety and
protection.
WARNING
Do not operate the
tractor if the interlock
system is malfunctioning. This system was
designed for your
safety and protection.
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, WA
Reverse
.Push Button
indicator
Light
AVOID SERIOUS INJURY OR DEATH
Reverse
Caution Mode
Position
Stop
Position
©
Start
Position
•
GO UP AND DOWNSLOPES,NOT ACROSS.
•
AVOID SUDDENTURNS.
•
DO NOT OPERATETHE UNITWHERE IT COULDSLIP OR TIR
•
IF MACHINE STOPSGOINGUPHILL,STOP BLADE(S) AND
BACK DOWNHILLSLOWLY.
•
DO NOT MOWWHEN CHILDRENOR OTHERSARE AROUND.
•
NEVER CARRYCHILDREN,EVENWITH BLADESOFR
•
LOOK DOWNAND BEHINDBEFOREAND WHILE BACKING.
•
KEEP SAFETY DEVICES(GUARDS,SHIELDS,AND
SWITCHES) IN PLACE ANDWORKING.
Figure 4=5
Reverse
Caution
•
Mode
REMOVEOBJECTSTHAT COULD BETHROWNBYTHE
BLADE(S).
WARNING
Use extreme caution
while operating
the tractor in the
REVERSE CAUTION
MODE. Always look
down and behind
before and while
backing. Do not operate the tractor when
children or others
are around. Stop the
tractor immediately if
someone enters the
area.
Keep hands and feet
away from the discharge opening of the
cutting
deck.
Do not operate the
tractor if the interlock
system is malfunctioning. This system was
designed for your
safety and protection.
_
operating
the tractor
in the
REVERSE
ARNING:Use
extreme
caution
while
CAUTIONMODE.Always look down and
behind before and while backing. Do
not operate the tractor when children
or others are around. Stop the tractor
immediately if someone enters the area.
KNOW LOCATIONAND FUNCTIONOF ALL CONTROLS.
•
BE SUREBLADE(S) AND ENGINEARE STOPPEDBEFORE
PLACING HANDSOR FEET NEAR BLADE(S).
•
BEFORE LEAVINGOPERATOR'SPOSITION,DISENGAGE
BLADE(S), ENGAGEBRAKE LOCK, SHUTENGINE OFF AND
REMOVEKEY.
READ OPERATOR'S
The REVERSECAUTIONMODE positionof the key
switchmoduleallowsthe tractorto be operatedin
reversewith the blades(PTO)engaged.
IMPORTANT:Mowingin reverseis not recommended.
•
MANUAL
IMPORTANT:The REVERSECAUTIONMODEwill
remainactivateduntil:
Tousethe REVERSECAUTIONMODE:
a. The keyis placedin eitherthe NORMALMOWING
positionor STOPposition.
b. Theoperatorleavesthe seat (Modelswith Electric
PTOONLY).
c. Theoperatorengagesthe parkingbrakebyfully
depressingthe brakepedal and holdingit down
whilegently pushingthe parkingbrakebutton
inward(Modelswith ManualPTOONLY).
IMPORTANT:TheoperatorMUSTbe seatedin the
tractorseat.
1. Start the engineas previouslyinstructedin this
Operator'sManual.
2. Turnthe key from the NORMALMOWING(Green)
positionto the REVERSECAUTIONMODE(Yellow)
positionof the key switchmodule. See Fig. 4-5.
3. Depressthe REVERSEPUSHBUTTON(Orange,
TriangularButton)at the top, rightcornerof the key
switchmodule.The red indicatorlight at thetop, left
cornerof the keyswitch modulewill be ON while
activated.See Fig.4-5.
4. Onceactivated(indicatorlightON), thetractorcan
be drivenin reversewith the cuttingblades(PTO)
engaged.
5. Alwayslookdownand behindbeforeand while
backingto makesureno childrenare around.
6. After resumingforwardmotion,returnthe keyto the
NORMALMOWINGposition.
Engaging
the Parking
Brake
Toengagethe parkingbrake:
1. Fullydepressthe brakepedaland hold it downwith
yourfoot whilegently pushingthe parkingbrakebutton
inward.
2. Holdthe parkingbrakebutton in while removingyour
foot fromthe brakepedal.
3. Onceengaged,the parkingbrakebuttonand the brake
pedalwill lock in the "down"position.
Todisengagetheparkingbrake:
1. Slightlydepressthe brakepedal.
NOTE:Theparkingbrakemustbe engagedif the operator
leavesthe seatwith the engine runningor theengine will
automaticallyshutoff.
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Setting
the Cutting
Height
2. Turnthe ignitionkey counterclockwiseto the STOP
1 Seecttheheghtpostonofthecuttngdeckby
'
.
....
placingthe deck hft leverin any of the six different
....
cuttingheightnotcheson the nght sideof the fender.
2. Adjustthe deck wheelsso that they are between
_A-inchand _/2-inch
abovetheground whenthetractor
is on a smooth,flat surfacesuch as a driveway.
_ position. ............
_ Hemovetne KeyTromtnegn t on sw tch to prevent
'
.
.
un ntendedstart ng
Driving
WARNING:Keephands and feetaway from
the discharge opening of the cutting deck.
NOTE:Thedeck wheelsare an anti-scalpfeatureof the
deck and are not designedto supportthe weightof the
cuttingdeck.
RefertoLevelingtheDeckonpage20ofthismanualformore
detailedinstructions
regarding
variousdeckadjustments.
IMPORTANT:Do NOTusethe drivepedal to changethe
directionof travelwhenthe tractoris in motion.Always
bringthe tractortoa completestop beforepivotingthe
drivepedal from forwardto reverseor vice versa.
IMPORTANT:Yourtractoris shippedwith motoroil in the
engine.However,you MUSTcheckthe oil levelbefore
operating.Be carefulnot to overfill.Referto the separate
EngineOperator/OwnerManualpackedwith yourtractor.
Readinstructionscarefully.
Insertthe tractorkey intothe ignitionswitch.
2. Placethe PTO(Blade Engage)knob(or lever)in the
disengaged(OFF) position.
.
4. Totravel in REVERSE,checkthat the area behind
isclear thenslowlydepressthe lowerportionof the
drivepedal with the ball of yourfoot (NOT yourheel)
untilthedesiredspeedis achieved.
On Slopes
Referto the SLOPEGAUGEon page 3 to help determine
slopeswhereyou mayoperatethetractorsafely.
4. Activatethe chokecontrol.
5. Turnthe ignitionkey clockwiseto the STARTposition.
Afterthe engine starts,releasethe key.It will returnto
the ON position.
_
a
slope in excess
15 degrees
(a rise
WARNING:Do
notofmow
on inclines
withof
approximately 2-1/2 feet every 10feet). The
tractor could overturn and cause serious
injury.
IMPORTANT:DoNOThold the key in the STARTpositionfor longerthanten secondsat a time.Doingso may
causedamageto your engine'selectricstarter.
6. Afterthe engine starts,deactivatethechokecontrol
and placethe throttlecontrol in the FASTposition.
•
Mowup and down slopes,NEVERacross.
•
Exerciseextremecautionwhenchangingdirectionon
slopes.
• Watchfor holes,ruts,bumps,rocks,or otherhidden
objects. Uneventerraincouldoverturnthe machine.
Tallgrass can hideobstacles.
NOTE:Do NOTleavethe chokecontrolon while operating the tractor.Doingso will resultin a "rich"fuel mixture
and causethe engineto run poorly.
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3. Totravel FORWARD,slowlydepressthe upperportion of the drivepedalforward untilthe desiredspeed
isachieved.
Driving
Engagethe tractor'sparkingbrake.
Stopping
The Tractor
2. Movethe throttleleverintothe FAST(rabbit)position.
NOTE:Referto SettingUpYour LawnTractoron page8 of
thismanualforGasolineandOilfill-upinstructions.
.
I
h
1. Depressthe brakepedalto releasethe parkingbrake
and let the pedal up.
the Engine
the
interlock system
is malfunctioning.
ARNING:Do
not operate
the tractor if
This system was designed for your safety
and protection.
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sive
speed and sudden
stops.
WARNING:Avoid
sudden
starts, ex-cesWARNING:Do not leave the seat of the
tractor without first placing the PTO(Blade
Engage) knob (or lever) in the disengaged
(OFF) position, depressing the brake pedal
and engaging the parking brake./f leaving
the tractor unattended, also turn the
ignition key off and remove the key.
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Starting
//I
• Avoidturnswhen drivingon a slope.If a turnmustbe
made,turn downthe slope.Turningup a slopegreatly
increases
the chanceof a roll over.
the Engine
Avoidstoppingwhen drivingup a slope.If itis
necessaryto stopwhile drivingup a slope,start up
smoothlyand carefullyto reducethe possibilityof
flippingthe tractorover backward.
stop the engine,
the spark
plug
WARNING:If
youdisconnect
strike a foreign
object,
wire(s) and ground against the engine.
Thoroughly inspect the machine for
any damage. Repair the damage before
restarting and operating.
1. If thebladesare engaged,placethePTO(Blade
Engage)knob(or lever)in thedisengaged(OFF)
position.
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WARNING
If you strike a foreign
object, stop the engine,
disconnect the spark
plugwire(s) and
groundagainst the
engine. Thoroughly
inspectthe machine for
any damage. Repair the
damage before restarting and operating.
Avoid sudden starts,
ex-cessive speed and
sudden stops.
Do not leave the seat
of the tractor without
first placingthe PTO
(Blade Engage) knob
(or lever) in the disengaged (OFF) position,
depressing the brake
pedal and engaging
the parking brake. If
leaving the tractor
unattended, also turn
the ignition key off and
remove the key.
Do not mow on inclines
with a slope in excess
of 15 degrees (a rise of
approximately 2-1/2 feet
every 10 feet). The tractor could overturn and
:ause serious injury.
Moving
the Tractor
Tochangethe directionof travelto reversewhen
operatingwith cruisecontrol,depressthe brakepedal
to disengagethe cruise controland bring thetractorto a
completestop.Thenslowlydepressthe rearportionof the
drivepedalwith the ballof yourfoot to travelin reverse.
Manually
Yourtractor'stransmissionisequippedwitha reliefvalve
foroccasionswhenitisnecessaryto movethetractor
manually.Activatingthis valveforcesthetransmission
fluidto bypassitsnormalroute,allowingthe reartires
to "freewheel."Toengagethe reliefvalve,proceedas
follows:
•
You r LaWn
Engaging
Locatethe hydrostaticbypassrod in the rear of
the tractor.See Fig.4-5
the Blades
Engagingthe PTO(Blade Engage)transferspowerto the
cuttingdeckor other(separatelyavailable)attachments.
Toengagethe blades,proceedas follows:
1. Movethe throttlecontrolleverto the FAST(rabbit)
position.
Models with Manual PTO
2. a. Graspthe PTO(BladeEngage)leverand pivotit all
the wayforwardinto theengaged(ON) position.
Models with Electric PTO
b. Pull the PTO(Blade Engage)knoboutwardintothe
engaged(ON)position.
3. Keepthe throttleleverin the FAST(rabbit)position
for the mostefficientuseof the cuttingdeck or other
(separatelyavailable)attachments
WARNING
IMPORTANT:The engine(on modelswith a manualPTO)
or electric PTOclutch(on modelswith an electricPTO)
will automaticallyshut off if the PTOis engagedwith the
drivepedal in positionfor reversetravelwith the ignition
key in the NORMALMOWINGposition.Referto Safety
InterlockSwitchesearlierin this section.
Hydrostatic Bypass
Figure 4=5
To help avoid blade
contact or a thrown
object injury, keep
-bystanders, helpers,
children and pets at
least 75 feet from the
machine while it is in
operation. Stop machine if anyone enters
the area.
Pull the hydrostaticbypassrodoutward,then
down,to lock it in place.
NOTE: Thetransmissionwill NOTengagewhenthe
hydrostaticbypassrod is pulledout. Returnthe rodto its
normalpositionpriorto operatingthetractor.
Setting
The Cruise
Control
/
Plan your mowing pattern to avoid discharge
of materials toward
roads, sidewalks, by=
• Lightlypress thecruise controllever.
standers and the like.
Also, avoid discharging
material against a wall
or obstruction which
may cause discharged
material to ricochet
back toward the
• Whilecontinuingto hold the cruiseleverdown,lift
yourfoot from the drivepedal(you shouldfeel the
cruise latchengage).
the Deck Lift Lever
Toraisethe cuttingdeck,movethe deck lift leverto the
left, thenplaceit in the notch best suitedforyour application. Referto SettingThe CuttingHeightearlierin this
section.
IMPORTANT:Neverattemptto movethetractormanuallywithoutfirstengagingthe reliefvalve.Doingso may
damagethe tractor'stransmission.
NOTE:The cruisecontrol featureshouldonly be utilized
whiletravelingin the forwarddirection.
• Slowlypressthe upper portionof thedrive pedaluntil
thedesiredspeedis achieved.
operator.
Using
• Onceengaged,the cruisecontrolleverand the drive
pedalwill lock in the "down"position,and the tractor
will maintainthe sameforwardspeed.
NOTE:Cruisecontrolcan notbe engagedat the
tractor'sfastestgroundspeed. If the operatorshould
attemptto do so, the tractorwill automaticallydecelerate
to the fastestoptimal mowinggroundspeed.
Disengagethecruise controlusingone of the following
methods:
1. Depressthe brakepedalto disengagethecruise
controland stop the tractor.
2. Lightlydepressthe drivepedal.
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Mowing
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a thrown object
injury,keep
bystanders,
WARNING:
Tohelp
avoid blade
contact or
helpers, children and pets at least 75feet
from the machine while it is in operation.
Stop machine if anyone enters the area.
\
Thefollowinginformationwill be helpfulwhenusingthe
cuttingdeck with yourtractor:
Operati
WARNING: Plan your mowing pattern to
avoid discharge of materials toward roads,
sidewalks, bystanders and the like. Also,
avoid discharging material against a wall
or obstruction which may cause discharged material to ricochet back toward
the operator.
Figure 4-6
• Do not mowat high groundspeed,especiallyif a
mulchkit or grass collectoris installed.
Mulching
• Forbest resultsit is recommendedthat the firsttwo
laps be cut with the dischargethrowntowardsthe
center.After thefirst two laps, reversethedirectionto
throwthe dischargeto the outsidefor the balanceof
cutting.This will givea betterappearanceto the lawn.
• Do notcut the grasstoo short.Shortgrass invites
weedgrowthand yellowsquicklyin dryweather.
• Mowingshouldalwaysbe donewith the engineat full
throttle.
Underheavierconditionsit may be necessaryto go
backoverthe cut areaa secondtime to get a clean
cut.
Do NOTattemptto mow heavybrushand weedsand
extremelytall grass.Yourtractoris designedto mow
lawns,NOTclearbrush.
• Keepthe bladessharpand replacethe bladeswhen
worn. Referto Cutting Blades inthe Maintaining
Your LawnTractor sectionof this manualfor proper
blade sharpeninginstructions.
(If so Equipped)
Selectmodelscome equippedwith a mulch kit which
incorporates
specialblades,alreadystandardon the
tractor,in a processof recirculatinggrass clippings
repeatedlybeneaththe cuttingdeck.The ultra-fine
clippingsare then forcedback intothe lawnwherethey
act as a naturalfertilizer.
Observethe followingpointsfor the best resultswhen
mulching:
• Neverattemptto mulchifthe lawnisdamp. Wetgrass
tendsto stick to the undersideof the cuttingdeck
preventingpropermulchingof the clippings.
•
Do NOTattemptto mulch morethan 1/3 thetotal
heightof the grass or approximately1-1/2inches.
Doingsowill causethe clippingsto clump up beneath
thedeck and not be mulchedeffectively.
•
Maintaina slow groundspeedto allow the grass
clippingsmoretime to effectivelybe mulched.
•
Alwayspositionthethrottlecontrolleverin the FAST
(rabbit)positionand allow it to remainthere while
mowing.Failingto keepthe engineat full throttle
placesstrainon thetractor'sengineand does not
allowthe bladesto properlymulch grass.
Headlights
• The lampsare ONwheneverthe ignitionkey ismoved
outof the STOPposition.
• The lampsturnOFF whenthe ignitionkey ismovedto
the STOPposition.
NOTE:It is notnecessaryto removethe dischargechute
to operatethe mowerwith the mulch kit installed.
Tooperatethe cuttingdeck withoutmulching,simply
removethe mulchplug by unthreadingthe plasticwing
nutwhich fastensit to the cuttingdeck.This will allowthe
clippingsto dischargeoutthe side. See Fig. 4-6.
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NOTE: It is not
necessary to remove
the discharge chute
to operate the
mowerwith the
mulch kit installed.
With the tractorparkedon a firm,levelsurface,place
the deck lift leverin the top notch(highestposition)
and rotatethe blade nearestthe dischargechute so
that itis parallelwith the tractor.
Measurethe distancefromthe frontof thebladetip to
thegroundand the rearof thebladetip tothe ground.
Thefirstmeasurementtakenshouldbe between1/4"
and3/8" lessthanthe secondmeasurement.Determinethe approximatedistancenecessaryfor proper
adjustmentand proceed,if necessary,to thenext step.
Fromthe front of thetractor,loosenthe hexlock nut
on the deck hangerrod,and turn awayfrom the inner
hexnuts. See Fig.5-1.
Tightenthe innerhex nutsfront againstthe front
hangerbracketto raisethe front of the deck;loosen
the hexnuts to lowerthe frontof the deck.
46-inch deckshown
WARNING
Deck
Retightenthe two lock nutsagainstthe inner hexnuts
whenproperadjustmentis achieved.
Figure 5=1
Side to Side
Never attemptto make
any adjustments
whilethe engine
is running, except
where specified in the
operator'smanuaJ.
If the cuttingdeck appearsto be mowingunevenly,a side
to side adjustmentcan be performed.Adjustif necessary
as follows:
.
With the tractorparkedon a firm,levelsurface,place
the deck lift leverin the top notch(highestposition)
and rotateboth bladesso that they are perpendicular
with the tractor.
2. Measurethedistancefromtheoutsideof theIdt blade
Never attempt to
adjust the brakes
while the engine
is running. Always
disengage PTO, move
shift lever into neutral
tipto thegroundandthe distancefromtheoutsideof the
rightbladetip totheground.Bothmeasurements
taken
shouldbe equal.If they'renot,proceedto thenextstep.
3. Loosen,butdo NOT remove,the hexcap screwon
the left deck hangerbracket.See Fig. 5-2.
.
i position, stop engine
and remove key to
prevent unintended
starting.
Figure 5=2
,_
Balancethe deck by usinga wrenchto turn the
adjustmentgear (foundimmediatelybehindthe hex
cap screwjust loosened)clockwise/upor counterclockwise/down.Thedeck is properlybalancedwhen
bothblade tip measurementstakenearlierare equal.
5. Retightenthe hex capscrewon the left deck hanger
bracketwhenproperadjustmentis achieved.
adjustments
whileattempt
the engine
is running,
WARNING: Never
to make
any
except where specified in the operator's
manual.
Parking Brake Adjustment
Leveling the Deck
_
NOTE:Checkthe tractor'stire pressurebeforeperforminganydeck levelingadjustments.Referto Tires in the
MaintainingYour LawnTractorsectionof this manualfor
moreinformation
regardingtire pressure.
Front To Rear
Thefront of the cuttingdeck issupportedbya stabilizer
bar that canadjustedto levelthe deck from frontto
rear.The front of the deck shouldbe between1/4-inch
and 3/8-inch lowerthanthe rear of the deck.Adjust if
necessaryas follows:
brakes
while the engine
is to
running.
ARNING:Never
attempt
adjust Always
the
disengage PTO,move shift lever into
neutral position, stop engine and remove
key to prevent unintended starting.
If the tractordoes notcome to a completestopwhenthe
brakepedalis completelydepressed,or if the tractor's
rear wheelscan roll with the parkingbrakeapplied,the
brakeis in needof adjustment.Seean authorizedMTD
ServiceDealerto haveyourbrakesproperlyadjusted.
2O
f
Seat Adjustment
Quick Adjust Seat (If so equipped)
WARNING:Before operating this machine,
make sure the seat is engaged in the seat
stop, stand behind the machine and pull
back on seat until fully engaged into stop.
Adjusting
Toadjust the positionof the seaton modelsequipped
with a seat adjustmentlever,movethe leverto the left
and slidethe seatforwardor rearward.Referto the
Setting UpYour LawnTractorsection.Makesure seat
is lockedintopositionbeforeoperatingthe tractor.
Knob Adjustment Seat (if so equipped)
Toadjust the positionof the seaton modelsso equipped,
loosenthe two knobson the bottomof theseat. See
Fig.5-3. Slide the seatforwardor backwardas desired.
Retightenthe two knobs.
Standard
Figure 5-3
Seat (if so equipped)
Toadjust the positionof the seat,loosenthe two hex
screwson the bottomof the seat.Slide the seatforward
or backwardas desired.Retightenthe two screws.See
Fig.5-4.
Steering
Before operating this
machine, make sure
the seat is engaged in
the seat stop; stand
behind the machine
Adjustment
If the tractorturnstighter in one directionthanthe other,
or if the ball joints are being replaceddue to damageor
wear,the steeringdrag linksmay needto be adjusted.
and pull back on seat
stop:
Adjustthe drag links so that equal lengthsare threaded
into the balljoint on the left and rightside:
1. Loosenthejam nut foundon the drag linkat the rear
of the ball joint. See Fig.5-5.
2. Removehex nuton thetop of balljoint. See Fig.5-5.
3. Threadthe balljoint towardthejam nut to shortenthe
drag link. Threadtheball joint awayfrom thejam nut
to lengthenthe drag link.
Figure 5-4
4. Replacehex nutand retightenthejam nut after proper
adjustmentis achieved.
NOTE:Threadingthe balljoints too far ontothe drag links
will causethe front tires to "toe-in"too far. Propertoe-in is
between 1/16"and 5/16".
NOTE: Threadingthe
ball joints too far onto
the drag linkSWill Cause
the front tires to 'ttoeqn'!
Fronttiretoe-in canbe measuredas follows:
1. Placethe steeringwheelin positionfor straightahead
travel.
tOOfarl Proper t!eqn
is bt!ween i/i6 and
5ii61
2. Infront of the axle, measurethe distancehorizontally
from the insideof the left rimto the insideof the right
rim. Notethe distance.
3. Behindthe axle, measurethe distancehorizontally
from the insideof the left rimto the insideof the right
rim. Notethe distance.
4. The measurementtaken in frontof the axle shouldbe
between 1/16"and 5/16"less thanthe measurement
Figure 5-5
taken behindthe axle.Adjust if necessary.
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Air Cleaner
Servicethe pre-cieaner,if soequipped,and cartridge/air
cleanerelementas instructedin the EngineOperator/
OwnerManualpackedwith your unit.
Spark Plug(s)
Thespark plug(s)shouldbe cleanedand thegap reset
oncea season.Sparkplug replacementis recommended
at the startof each mowingseason.Referto the Engine
Operator/OwnerManualfor correctplug type and gap
specifications.
Lubrication
_
Shown
Figure 6-1
WARNING
Before performing
anymaintenanceor
repairs,disengage
PTO, move shift lever
intoneutral position,
set parking brake,
stop engine and
remove key to prevent
unintended starting.
Before lubricating,
repairing, or inspecting, always disengage
PTO, move shift lever
into neutral position,
set parking brake,
stop engine and
remove key to prevent
unintended starting.
Engine
maintenance
or repairs,disengagePTO,
ARNING:Before
performing any
move shift lever into neutral position, set
parking brake, stop engine and remove
key to prevent unintended starting.
_
inspecting,
always lubricating,
disengage PTO,move
ARNING:Before
repairing, or
shift lever into neutral position, set parking
brake, stop engine and remove key to
prevent unintended starting.
Lubricatethe enginewith motoroil as instructedin the
EngineOwnerManualpackedwith yourunit.
Pivot Points & Linkage
Engine
Lubricateall the pivotpoints on the drivesystem,parking
brakeand lift linkageat least oncea seasonwith lightoil.
Refer to the Engine Operator/Owner Manualfor
engine maintenance instructions.
Rear Wheels
Checkengine oil level beforeeachuseas instructed
inthe EngineOperator/OwnerManualpackedwith your
unit. Follow the instructionscarefully.
Changing
The rearwheelsshouldbe removedfrom the axles once
a season.Lubricatethe axles and the rimswell with an
all-purposegreasebeforere-installingthem.
Engine Oil
Front Axles
Pop openthe protectivecap on the end of the oil
drainvalve to exposethedrain port.See Fig.6-1.
.
Eachend of the tractor'sfront pivot bar may be equipped
with a greasefitting. Lubricatewith a greasegun after
every25 hoursof tractoroperation.
Removethe oil fill cap/dipstick from the oil fill tube.
3. Pushthe oil drain hose(packedwith this manual)
ontothe oil drainport. Routethe oppositeend of the
hoseinto an appropriateoil collectioncontainerwith
a capacitygreatenoughtocollect theusedoil.
.
.
.
Cleaning
the Engine
And Deck
Anyfuel or oil spilledon the machineshouldbe wiped
off promptly.Do NOTallowdebristo accumulatearound
the coolingfins of the engineor on any otherpart of the
machine.
Pushthe drainvalve in and turn counter-clockwiseto
releasevalveto drainoil.
IMPORTANT:The useof a pressurewasherto cleanyour
tractoris NOT recommended,it maycause damageto
electricalcomponents,spindles,pulleys,bearingsor the
engine.
Afterthe oil has finisheddraining,pushtheoil drain
valveback in, rotateit clockwiseto lock the valve
closedand re-capthe end of the oil drainvalve to
keepdebrisfromenteringthedrain port.
Servicethe oil filter (if so equipped)as instructedin
the separateEngineOperator/OwnerManualpacked
with yourunit.
Performthe abovestepsin the oppositeorderafter oil
hasfinisheddraining.
7. Refillthe enginewith newmotoroil as instructedin
the EngineOperator/OwnerManualpackedwith your
unit.
IMPORTANT:Referto the EngineOperator/Owner
Manualpackedwith yourunit for informationregarding
thequantityand properweightof motoroil.
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Deck Wash System
TM
Twowaterports are availableon your mowerdeck to be
usedas part of the deck washsystem.Usethe Deck
WashSystemTM to rinsegrassclippingsfrom the deck's
undersideand preventthe buildupof corrosivechemicals.
Toutilizethe DeckWash SystemTM, completethefollowing
stepsAFTEREACHMOWING:
1. Drivethe tractorto a level,clearspot on yourlawn,
nearenoughto a water sillcock(spigot)for yourgarden
hoseto reach.
iMPORTANT:Makecertain thetractor'sdischargechute
is directedAWAYfrom yourhouse,garage,parkedcars,
etc.
,
,
,
Disengagethe PTO(Blade Engage),movethe shift
leverintothe neutralposition,set the parkingbrake,
and stop the engine.
Threadthe hosecoupler(packagedwith yourtractor's
Operator'sManual)ontothe end of yourgardenhose.
Attachthe hosecouplerto the waterport on your
deckssurface,See Fig, 6-2,
5. Turnthe wateron.
,
Whilesittingin theoperator'spositionon the tractor,
re-starttheengine and placethethrottle leverin the
FAST(rabbit)position.
,
Disengagethe parkingbrake.
Figure 6=2
8. Movethe tractor'sPTO(BladeEngage)intothe ON
position.
,
Remain in the operator's positionwith thecutting
deck engagedfor a minimumof two minutes,allowing
the undersideof the cuttingdeck to thoroughlyrinse.
IMPORTANT
Make certain the
tractor's discharge chute
is directed AWAYfrom
10.Movethe tractor'sPTO(BladeEngage)intothe OFF
position.
your house, garage,
parked cars. etc.
11.Turnthe ignitionkey to the STOPpositionto turn the
tractor'sengineoff and engagethe parkingbrake.
12.Turnthe wateroff and detachthe hosecouplerfrom
thewater port on yourdeckssurface.
13.Repeatsteps4-11on theoppositesideof the cutting
deck (on 46-inchdecksonly).
If yourtractoris notalreadyequippedwith a Deck
WashSystemTM then a hexplug can be foundon your
tractor'sdeck surface.This plug can be replacedwith a
separately-availableDeckWash SystemTM.
Figure
6-3
NOTE:RefertotheAttachments& Accessoriessection
ofthis manualfor informationregardingthisandother
separately-available
attachments& accessories
foryour
tractor.
Cutting
Deck Removal
To removethecuttingdeck, proceedas follows:
1. PlacethePTO(BladeEngage)knob(orlever)inthe
disengaged
(OFF)positionandengagetheparkingbrake.
2. Lowerthe deck by movingthedeck lift leverintothe
bottomnotchon the rightfender.
3. Removethehairpinclipthatsecuresthe PTOcabletothe
rearofthecuttingdeck.SeeFig.6-3.RemovethePTO
cableandaccompanying
springfromthecuttingdeck.
4. Removethe deck belt from aroundthe tractor's
enginepulley(or electricPTOclutch, if so equipped).
5. Lookingat the cuttingdeck from theleft sideof the
tractor,locatethe deck supportpin on the rearleft
sideof the deck. See Fig. 6-4.
Figure 6-4
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6. Pull the decksupport pin outwardto releasethe deck
from thedeck lift arm.
.
.
Charging
IMPORTANT:Whenchargingyourtractor'sbattery,use
onlya chargerdesignedfor 12Vlead-acidbatteries.Read
yourbatterycharger'sOwner'sManualpriorto charging
yourtractor'sbattery.Alwaysfollow itsinstructions
and
heed its warnings.
Rotatethe pin slightlytowardthe rear of the tractor
and releasethe pin intothe hole provided.
Repeatthe abovestepson the tractor'srightside.
9. Movethe deck lift leverintothe top notchon the right
fenderto raisedeck lift arms up and out of the way.
10.Gentlyslidethe cuttingdeck towardthe frontof the
tractorallowingthe hookson the deck to release
themselvesfromthe deck stabilizerrod.
If yourtractorhasnot been putinto usefor an extended
periodof time,chargethe batteryas follows:
•
11.Gentlyslidethe cuttingdeck (from the rightside)out
from underneaththetractor.
NOTE:Ifthe chargerisnotautomatic,chargefor no fewer
thaneight hours.
Tires
inflation pressure
sidewall
WARNING:
Never shown
exceedon
thethe
maximum
of tire.
,_
Setyour batterychargerto delivera maximumof 10
amperes.If your batterychargerisautomatic,charge
the batteryuntilthe chargerindicatesthat chargingis
complete.
gas
while charging. Charge
in a
ARNING:Batteries
give offbattery
an explosive
well ventilated area and keep away from
an open flame or pilot light as on a water
heater, space heater, furnace, clothes dryer
or other gas appliances.
_hl
The recommendedoperatingtire pressureis:
WARNING
Never exceed the
maximum inflation
pressure shown on
the sidewall of the
tire.
Batteries give off an
explosive gas while
charging. Charge
battery in a well
ventilated area and
keep away from an
open flame or pilot
light as on a water
heater, space heater,
furnace, clothes
dryer or other gas
appliances.
When removing or
installing the battery,
follow these instructions to preventthe
screwdriver from
shorting against the
frame.
• Approximately10 psifor the rear tires
• Approximately14psi for the fronttires
Jump Starting
IMPORTANT:Referto the tire sidewallforexacttire
manufacturer'srecommendedor maximumpsi. Do not
overinflate.Uneventirepressurecouldcausethe cutting
deck to mow unevenly.
_i/|ll
Battery
IMPORTANT:Neverjumpyourtractor'sdead batterywith
the batteryof a runningvehicle.
The batteryis sealedand is maintenance-free.Acid
levelscannotbe checked.
battery,
follow these instructions
to prevent
ARNING:Whenremoving
or installing
the
the screwdriver from shorting against the
frame.
1. Connectend of one jumpercableto the positive
terminalof the good battery,thenthe otherend to the
positiveterminalof the dead battery.
Alwayskeepthe batterycablesand terminalsclean
and freeof corrosivebuild-up.
2. Connectthe otherjumpercable to the negative
terminalof the good battery,thento the frame of the
unit with the dead battery.
• Aftercleaningthe batteryand terminals,apply a light
coat of petroleumjelly or greaseto bothterminals.
• Alwayskeepthe rubberboot positionedoverthe
positiveterminalto preventshorting.
could causeFailure
sparking,
andthis
thegas
in either
WARNING:
to use
procedure
battery could explode.
_
IMPORTANT:Ifremovingthe batteryfor anyreason,
disconnectthe NEGATIVE(Black)wire fromit'sterminal
first, followedby the POSITIVE(Red)wire. When
re-installingthe battery,alwaysconnectthe POSITIVE
(Red)wire itsterminalfirst, followedby the NEGATIVE
(Black)wire. Be certain that thewires are connectedto
thecorrectterminals;reversingthemcouldchangethe
polarityand result indamageto your engine'salternatingsystem.
Cleaning
Cleanthe batteryby removingit fromthe tractorand
washingwith a bakingsodaand water solution.If necessary,scrapethe batteryterminalswith a wire brushto
removedeposits.Coatterminalsand exposedwiringwith
greaseor petroleumjelly to preventcorrosion.
Battery
Failures
Somecommoncausesfor batteryfailureare:
incorrectinitialactivation • undercharging
• overcharging
• corrodedconnections
• freezing
NOTE:Thesefailuresare NOTcoveredbyyour tractor's
warranty.
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Cutting Blades
He× Flange Nut
off,
remove ignition
the
ARNING:
Be sure key,disconnect
to shut the engine
spark plug wire(s) and ground against
the engine to prevent unintended starting
before removing the cutting blade(s) for
sharpening or replacement. Protect your
hands by using heavy gloves or a rag to
grasp the cutting blade.
_
Maintaining
WARNING: Periodically inspect the blade
spindles for cracks or damage, especially
if you strike a foreign object. Replace
immediately if damaged.
The bladesmay be removedas follows.
1. Removethe deck from beneaththe tractor,(referto
CuttingDeckRemovalon page23) thengently flip
thedeck overto expose its underside.
Figure 6=5
2. Placea blockof wood betweenthe centerdeck housing baffle and the cuttingbladeto act as a stabilizer.
See Fig. 6-5.
WARNING
3. Use a 15/16"wrenchto removethe hexflangenut
that securesthe bladeto the spindleassembly.See
Fig. 6-5.
4. Toproperlysharpenthe cuttingblades,removeequal
amountsof metalfrom bothends of the bladesalong
thecutting edges,parallelto the trailingedge,at a
250to 300angle.
\
IMPORTANT:If the cuttingedgeof the blade hasalready
been sharpenedto within 1 5/8" from theedge,or if any
metal separationis present,replacethe bladeswith new
ones. See Fig.6-6.
• It is importantthat eachcuttingblade edge be ground
equallyto maintainproperblade balance.
• Whenreplacingtheblade,be sureto installthe blade
with the sideof the blade marked"Bottom" (or with
a part numberstampedin it) facingthe groundwhen
the moweris in the operatingposition.
IMPORTANT:Usea torquewrenchto tighten the blade
spindlehexflangenutto between70 foot-poundsand 90
foot-pounds.
Fuses
A fuse is installedin yourtractor'swiringharnessto
protectthe tractor'selectricalsystemfrom damage
causedby excessiveamperage.
If theelectricalsystemdoesnot function,or your
tractor'senginewill not crank,firstcheckto be certain
that the fuse hasnot blown.
• It caneither be foundunderthe hood mountedbehind
thetop of the dash panelon the supportbar,or under
the seat mountedto the insideof the tractorframe
next to the batterytray.
IMPORTANT:Alwaysusea fuse with the sameamperage capacityfor replacement.
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Figure 6=6
Be sure to shut
the engine off,
remove ignition key,
disconnect the spark
plug wire(s) and
ground against the
engine to prevent
unintended starting
before removing
the cutting blade(s)
for sharpening or
replacement. Protect
your hands by using
heavy gloves or a rag
to grasp the cutting
blade.
Periodically inspect
the blade spindles for
cracks or damage,
especially if you strike
a foreign object.
Replace immediately if
damaged.
Changing
,_
the Deck Belt
,
off, removeignition
WARNING:Be
sure key,disconnectthe
to shut the engine
sparkplug wire(s) and groundagainst
the engine to prevent unintendedstarting
beforeremoving the belt(s).
,
,
Maintaining
All beltson yourtractorare subjectto wearand should
be replacedifanysigns of wearare present.
Reinstallthe beltguardsremovedearlierand remount
the deck to thetractor.
Changing the Lower Deck Belt
(46" Decks with Manual PTO)
NOTE:Severalcomponentsmustbe removedin orderto
changethe tractor'slowerdeck belt. Seean authorized
MTDService Dealerto haveyourlowerdrivebelt replaced
or phoneCustomerSupportas instructedon page2 for
informationon orderinga ServiceManual.
Tochangeor replacethe deck belt on yourtractor,
proceedas follows:
1. Removethe beltkeeperrod(s)from aroundthe
enginepulley.
Be sure to shut
the engine off,
remove ignition key,
disconnect the spark
plugwire(s) and
ground againstthe
engine to prevent
unintended starting
before removingthe
belt(s).
Routethe newbelt as shownin Fig. 6-7,6-8, and 6-9
and retightenthe deck idler pulleys.
8. Routethe beltaround theengine pulleyand reinstall
the beltkeeperrod(s).
iMPORTANT:TheV-beltsfoundon yourtractorare
speciallydesignedto engageand disengagesafely.A
substitute(non-OEM)V-beltcan be dangerousby not
disengagingcompletely.Fora properworkingmachine,
usefactory approvedbelts.
WARNING
Removethedeck belt fromaroundall pulleys,including
the deck idler pulleysand the electricPTOclutch(units
with electricPTO).
Changing
2. Removethe cuttingdeck as instructedearlier in this
section.
3. Removethe beltguardsby removingthe self-tapping
screwsthat fastenthem to the deck.
4. Carefullyloosen,butdo not remove,the deck idler
pulleys.
Left Hand
the Transmission
Drive Belt
NOTE:Severalcomponentsmustbe removedand special
tools (i.e.air/impactwrench)in orderto changethe
tractor'sdrive belt. Seean authorizedMTDServiceDealer
to haveyourdrivebelt replacedor phoneCustomerSupportas instructedon page 2 for information
on orderinga
ServiceManual.
ine Pulley
42-inch Deck
Spindle Pulley
Right Hand
Spindle Pulley
0
Idler Pulleys
Figure 6=7
26
46-inch Deck
0
Maintaining
Your Lawn
Tractor
Belt Cover
Idler Pulleys
Figure 6=8
46-inch Deck
(Electric PTO)
Electric PTO
Clutch
o
o
Figure 6=9
27
Cleanand lubricatethe tractoras instructedin the
MAiNTAiNiNGYOUR LAWNTRACTORsectionof this
manualbeforestoringfor an extendedperiod.
_i=
Followthe instructionsin the Service, Storage &
Specifications sectionof the EngineOperator/Owner
Manualfor properenginecare priorto storingyourtractor.
container
outdoors,awayfrom
an open
ARNING:Drainfuel
only intoan
approved ,A_
flame.Allowengine to cool. Extinguish
cigarettes,cigars, pipes,and othersources
of ignitionpriorto draining fuel.
Attachments
container
indoorswhere
there
is an open
WARNING:Never
store the
machine
or fuel
flame, spark or pilot lightsuch as on water
heater, furnace, clothes dryer or othergas
appliance.
& Accessories
Thefollowingattachmentsand accessoriesare compatiblefor ModelSeries610 LawnTractors.See the retailer
from whichyou purchasedyourtractor,an authorizedMTDServiceDealeror phone(800) 800-7310for information
regardingpriceand availability.
NOTE:ModelSeries610 LawnTractorsare NOTdesignedfor use with anytype of ground-engagingattachments
(e.g.tiller or plow). Useof this type of equipmentWILL voidthe tractor'swarranty.
MODEL
OEM-190-032
DESCRiPTiON
42-inchTwo-stageSnowThrower
OEM-190-116 42-inchDeckMulch Kit
0EM-190-118
46-inch DeckMulchKit
0EM-190-180
Twin BaggerGrassCollector(for 42-inchDecks)
0EM-190-182
Twin BaggerGrassCollector(for 46-inchDecks)
i Drain fuel only into an
0EM-190-218
RearWheelWeightKit
approvedcontainer
0EM-190-607"
DeluxeTractorSunshade
outdoors,away
0EM-190-658
Tire Chains,20 x 8 Tires
0EM-190-672
GrilleGuard(mountson front of tractor)
0EM-190-833
46-inch FrontDozerBlade
790-900-0025
DeckWash Kit
WARNING
ifrom an openflame.
i Allowengineto cool.
i Extinguishcigarettes,
'cigars, pipes, and
other sources
* Notcompatiblewith tractorsequippedwith a Grass Collector
of ignition prior to
, draining fuel.
i Never store the
i machine or fuel
container indoors
_where there is an
open flame, spark or
i pilot light such as on
water heater, furnace,
clothes dryer or other
gas appliance.
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Labels
ROTATING BLADES CAUSE
SERIOUS INJURY OR DEATH
* DONOTMOWWHENCHILDREN
OR
OTHERS
AREAROUND
* NEVERCARRYCHILDREN
EVENWiTH
BLADE(S)
OFF,
* LOOKDOWNANDBEHIND
BEFORE
ANDWHILEBACKING,
0
WARNING
The abovesymbol
points out important
safety instructionsin
this manual which, if
not followed,could
endangerthe personal
safety and/or property
of yourselfand others.
Read and follow all
instructionsin this
manual beforeattemptingto operate
this machine. Failure
to comply with these
instructionsmay result
in personalinjury.When
you see this symbol.
HEED ITS WARNING!
Your Responsibility
Restrict the use
of this power machine
to persons who read,
understand
and follow the warnings
and instructions
in this manual
and onthe machine.
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Pro bl e m
Ca use
Enginefails to start
Remedy
1. PTOengaged•
1. PlacePTOknobin disengaged
2. Sparkplugwire(s) disconnected.
3• Fueltank empy
t or stalefuel•
4 Chokenot act vated
2. Connectwire(s) to spark plug(s)•
3• F tankwth c ean fresh gaso ne
4. Pullout the CHOKEcontrol (if so
(OFF)position•
•
equipped)or placethe throttle
control in CHOKEposition•
5. Faultysparkplug•
5. Clean,adjustgap,or replace•
6. Blockedfuel line•
6. Cleanfuel line or replacefuelfilter,
7. Engineflooded,
if so equipped.
7. Crank enginewith throttle in FAST
position.
8. Parkingbrakenotengaged.
9. Throttlecontrol levernotin correct
'
-
startingposition.
Engineruns erratic
For repairs beyond
the minor adjustments listed here,
contact an authorized
service dealer.
_
J
8. Engageparkingbrake.
9. Placethrottleleverto FAST
.
position.
1. Unit runningwith CHOKEapplied.
1. PushCHOKEcontrolin.
2. Sparkplug wire(s) loose.
2. Connectandtighten spark
plugwire(s).
3. Blockedfuelline or stale fuel.
3. Cleanfuel line;fill tank with clean,
fresh (less than30 daysold)
gasoline.Replacefuel filter,if so
equipped.
4. Ventin gas cap plugged.
4. Clearvent or replaceif damaged.
5. Wateror dirt in fuel system.
5. Drainfuel tank. Refillwith
fresh fuel.
6. Dirty air cleaner.
6. Replaceair cleanercartridge/elementor cleanpre-cleaner,if so
equipped.
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=__
3O
i
Problem
Engine overheats
Cause
1! Engine0il level!0wl
2. Air flow restricted.
Clean grassClippingsand debis
fromaroundthe eng ne Scoo!ing
fins and blowerhousing.
.......
Enginehesitates at
high RPM
desp0or
Y
1. Sparkplug(s)gap tooclose.
1 Sparkpug(s)foued
too wide.
fautyorgap
will not
mulch grasS(f
Equ Jpped)
1 ' Repacesparkpug(s) Setpug(s)
gap.
2 Dirtyair Cleaner.
2 Replaceaircleaner cartridgeielei
1. Cuttingblade looseor unbalanced.
equipped.
1. Tightenbladeand spindle. Balanc_
blade.
2. Damagedor bentcuttingblade.
2. Replaceblade.
li EngineSpeedtoo low,
1: Placethrottle controlin FAST
Vibration
Mower
1. Removesparkplug(s)and reset
the gap.
.......
Excessive
Remedy
i: FillCrankcasewith pi0per oi!,
Wet gra_
....
3. Excessivey h gh grass:
(rabbit)position:
2 • Do not mowwhengrass swet;
wat unt aterto cut
3. Mowonce at a high cuttingheight,
then mow againat desiredheight
or makea narrowerCuttingpathl
Uneven cut
Duilblade
1. Decknotbalancedproperly.
2. Dullblade,
4. sharpenOrreplaceblade:
1. Performside4o-sidedeck adjustmont.
3. Uneventire pressure.
2. Sharpenor replaceblade.
3. Checktire pressurein all fourtires.
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The followingattachmentsand accessoriesare compatiblefor ModelSeries610 LawnTractors.See the retailerfrom
which you purchasedyour tractor,an authorizedMTDServiceDealeror phone(800) 800-7310for informationregardingpriceand availability.
NOTE:Downloada completeParts Manualfreeof chargeat www.mtdproducts.com
or phone(800) 800-7310to
purchasea PartsManual.Be sureto haveyourmodelnumberand serialnumberready.These canbe foundon the
modelplatelocatedunderthe seat.Referto page 2 for moreinformationregardinglocatingyourmodeland serial
numbers.
NOTE:ModelSeries610 LawnTractorsare NOTdesignedfor use with anytype of ground-engagingattachments(e.g.
tiller or plow). Useof this type of equipmentWILLvoidthe tractor'swarranty.
)¸¸¸lfasafetyfeature
is notfunctioning
properlyi do not use
the tractor.Contact
i
your authorizedMTD
service dealeror call
(800>
8oo,73 o:
This Operators
ManUalcovers a range
of product specifications
for VariousmodelS:
CharacteriSticsand
features discUssed
and/or illustrated in
_
DriveBelt (Transmission)
754-0461
DriveBelt (MowingDeck)42" Deck
754-04045
DriveBelt (MowingDeck)46" Deck
754-04122
DeckBlade(42" Deck)two each
742-0616A
DeckBlade(46" Deck)Center Blade(one ca.)
742-0612A
DeckBlade(46" Deck)OuterBlades(two ca.)
742-0611A
DeckSpindle(42"Deck)two each
618-04456
DeckSpindle(46"Deck)(threeca.)
618-0625
DeckWheel5.0 x 1.38(two each)
734-0973
Battery
925-1707D
Tire (Front) 15"x 6" x 6" SquareShoulder
734-1731
Tire (Rear)20"x 8"x 8" SquareShoulder
734-1730
HubCap
731-2290A
FuelTankCap
951-3111
Throttle/ChokeControlCable(SingleCylinderEngine)
746-1084
ChokeControlCable(KohlerTwinCylinder)
746-1085A
ThrottleControlCable(KohlerTwinCylinder)
746-1086
DischargeChuteAssembly
931-1032B
ARNING:If a safety feature is not functioning properly, do not use the tractor. Contact
your authorized MTDservice dealer or call (800) 800-7310.
this manual may not be
appliCable tOal! roodels:
MTD LEOreserves the
right to change prOduCt
specifications designs
and equipmentWitllout
notice and without
ncurring obligationl
32
NOTES
Use this page to make notes and write down important information.
33
NOTES
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34
CALIFORNIA EMISSION CONTROL WARRANTY STATEMENT
YOUR WARRANTY RIGHTS AND OBLIGATIONS
The CaliforniaAir ResourcesBoardand MTDConsumerGroupIncare pleasedto explainthe evaporativeemissioncontrol systemwarrantyon your2007 lawn
mower.In California,newlawn mowermustbe designed,built and equippedto meetthe State'sstringentanti-smogstandards.MTDConsumerGroupInc must
warrantthe EECSon your lawnmowerfor the periodof time listed belowprovidedtherehas been no abuse, neglector impropermaintenanceof yourlawn mower.
Your EECSmay includeparts suchas the carburetor,fuel-injectionsystem,the ignitionsystem,catalytic converter,fuel tanks,fuel lines,fuel caps, valves,
canisters,filters,vapor hoses,clamps,connectors,and otherassociatedemission-relatedcomponents.
Where a warrantable condition exists, MTDConsumer Group Inc will repair your lawn mower at no cost to you includingdiagnosis, partsand labor.
MANUFACTURER'S
WARRANTY
COVERAGE:
This evaporativeemissioncontrol systemis warrantedfor two years. If any evaporativeemission-relatedpart on your equipmentis defective,the part will be
repairedor replacedbyMTDConsumerGroupInc.
OWNER'S WARRANTY
RESPONSIBILITIES:
As the lawnmowerowner,you are responsiblefor performanceof the requiredmaintenancelisted inyour owner'smanual. MTDConsumerGroupInc recommendsthat you retainall receiptscoveringmaintenanceon yourlawn mower,but MTDConsumerGroupInc cannotdenywarrantysolelyfor the lackof receipts.
As the lawnmowerowner,you shouldhoweverbe awarethatMTDConsumerGroupInc may denyyou warrantycoverageif your lawnmoweror a part hasfailed
due to abuse, neglect,or impropermaintenanceor unapprovedmodifications.
Youare responsiblefor presentingyour lawnmowerto MTDConsumerGroupInc'sdistributioncenteror servicecenteras soon asthe problemexists. The
warrantyrepairsshould be completedina reasonableamountof time,not to exceed30 days. Ifyou havea questionregardingyourwarrantycoverage,you should
contactthe MTDConsumerGroupInc ServiceDepartmentat 1-800-800-7310.
GENERAL EMISSIONS WARRANTY
COVERAGE:
MTDConsumerGroupInc warrantsto the ultimatepurchaserand eachsubsequentpurchaserthat the lawnmoweris: Designed,builtand equippedso asto
conformwith all applicable regulations;andfree from defects in materialsandworkmanshipthat causethe failure of a warrantedpart to be identicalinall material
respectsto that part as describedin MTDConsumerGroupInc's applicationfor certification.
The warrantyperiodbeginson the datethe lawn moweris deliveredto an ultimate purchaseror first placedinto service.The warrantyperiodis two years.
Subjectto certain conditionsandexclusionsas stated below,the warrantyon emission-relatedparts is as follows:
1. Any warrantedpartthat is not scheduledfor replacementas requiredmaintenanceinthe written instructionssupplied,is warrantedfor the warrantyperiod
stated above. Ifthe part failsduringthe periodof warrantycoverage,the part will be repairedor replacedby MTDConsumerGroupIncaccordingto subsection
(4) below.Any such part repairedor replacedunderwarrantywill be warrantedfor the remainderof the period.
2. Any warrantedpartthat is scheduledonlyfor regularinspectionin the written instructionssuppliedis warrantedforthe warrantyperiodstatedabove.Any such
part repairedor replacedunderwarrantywill be warrantedfor the remainingwarrantyperiod.
3. Any warrantedpartthat is scheduledfor replacementas requiredmaintenanceinthe writteninstructionssuppliedis warrantedfor the periodoftime beforethe
first scheduledreplacementdate forthat part. Ifthe part fails beforethe first scheduledreplacement,the part will be repairedor replacedby MTDConsumer
Group Incaccordingto subsection(4) below.Any such part repairedor replacedunderwarrantywill be warrantedfor the remainderof the periodprior to the
first scheduledreplacementpointfor the part.
4. Repairor replacementof any warrantedpart underthe warrantyprovisionshereinmust be performedat a warrantystation at no chargeto the owner.
5. Notwithstandingthe provisionsherein,warrantyservicesor repairswill be providedat all of ourdistributioncentersthat are franchisedto servicethe subject
engines or equipment.
6. The lawn mowerownerwill not be chargedfor diagnostic laborthat is directlyassociatedwith diagnosisof a defective,emission-relatedwarrantedpart,
providedthat such diagnosticwork is performedat a warrantystation.
7. MTDConsumerGroupInc is liablefor damagesto otherengine or equipmentcomponentsproximatelycausedby a failureunderwarrantyof anywarranted
part.
8. Throughoutthe lawnmowerwarrantyperiodstatedabove, MTDConsumerGroupInc will maintaina supply of warrantedpartssufficientto meetthe expected
demandfor such parts.
9. Any replacementpart may be usedin the performanceof any warrantymaintenanceor repairsand mustbe providedwithoutchargeto the owner.Such use will
not reducethe warrantyobligationsof MTDConsumerGroupInc.
10.Add-on or modifiedparts thatare not exemptedbythe Air ResourcesBoardmay not be used.The use of any non-exemptedadd-onor modifiedparts bythe
ultimate purchaserwill be groundsfor disallowinga warrantyclaims.MTDConsumerGroupInc will not be liableto warrantfailuresof warrantedpartscaused
by the use of a non-exemptedadd-on or modifiedpart.
WARRANTED
PARTS:
The repairor replacementof any warrantedpart otherwiseeligible for warrantycoveragemay be excludedfrom such warrantycoverageif MTDConsumerGroup
Incdemonstratesthatthe lawnmower has beenabused,neglected,or improperlymaintained,and that suchabuse, neglect, or impropermaintenancewasthe
direct causeof the needfor repairor replacementof the part. That notwithstanding,any adjustmentof a componentthat has a factory installed,andproperly
operating,adjustmentlimitingdevice is still eligible for warrantycoverage.The followingemissionwarrantyparts list are covered:FuelLine, FuelLine Clamps
MANUFACTURER'S
LiMiTED WARRANTY
The limitedwarrantyset forth belowisgivenby MTDLLCwith respect
to newmerchandisepurchasedand usedin the UnitedStates,its
possessionsand territories.
"MTD"warrantsthis productagainstdefectsin materialand workmanshipfor a periodof two (2) years commencingon the date of original
purchaseand will, at its option,repairor replace,freeof charge,any
part foundto be defectiveinmaterialsor workmanship.This limitedwarranty shallonlyapply if this product hasbeen operatedand maintained
inaccordancewith the Operator'sManualfurnishedwith the product,
and has notbeen subjectto misuse,abuse,commercialuse, neglect,
accident,impropermaintenance,alteration,vandalism,theft, fire, water,
or damagebecauseof otherperil or naturaldisaster.Damageresulting
fromthe installationor useof any part, accessoryor attachmentnot
approvedby MTDfor use with the product(s)coveredbythis manual
willvoid yourwarrantyas 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,blade adapters,grass bags, riderdeck wheels,seats,
snowthrowerskid shoes,shaveplates,auger spiralrubberand tires.
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, check your Yellow Pages,
or contact MTD LLC at RO. Box 361131,Cleveland, Ohio 441360019, or call 1-800-800-7310 or 1-330-220-4683 or log on to our
Web site at www.mtdproducts.com.
This limitedwarrantydoesnot providecoverageinthe followingcases:
a. Theengineor componentparts thereof.These itemsmaycarry a
separatemanufacturer'swarranty.Referto applicablemanufacturer's
warrantyfor termsand conditions.
b. Log splitterpumps,valves,and cylindershavea separateone year
warranty.
c. Routinemaintenanceitemssuch as lubricants,filters, blade
sharpening,tune-ups,brakeadjustments,clutchadjustments,deck
adjustments,and normaldeteriorationof the exteriorfinish due to
useor exposure.
FOR
e. MTDdoesnot extendanywarrantyfor productssoldor exported
outsideof the UnitedStates,its possessionsand territories,except
those soldthroughMTD'sauthorizedchannelsof export distribution.
f. Replacementparts that are notgenuine MTDparts.
g. Transportationchargesand servicecalls.
No impliedwarranty,includingany impliedwarranty of merchantabilityof fitness for a particular purpose,applies after the
applicable periodof express written warranty above as to the
parts as identified.No otherexpresswarranty, whetherwrittenor
oral, except as mentioned above, givenby any personor entity,
includinga dealeror retailer, with respect to any product,shall
bind MTD.Duringthe periodof the warranty,the exclusiveremedy
is repairor replacementof 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 replacementlawn
careservicesor for rentalexpensesto temporarily replacea
warranted product.
Somestatesdo notallowthe exclusionor limitationof incidentalor
consequentialdamages,or limitationson howlong an impliedwarranty
lasts, sothe aboveexclusionsor limitationsmaynot applyto you.
In no event shallrecoveryof any kindbe greaterthanthe amountof the
purchasepriceof the productsold.Alterationof safety features of
the productshallvoid this warranty. Youassumethe risk and liability
for loss,damage,or injuryto you and yourpropertyand/orto others and
theirpropertyarisingout of the misuseor inabilityto usethe product.
This limitedwarrantyshallnot extendto anyoneotherthan theoriginal
purchaseror to the personfor whomitwas purchasedas a gift.
HOWSTATELAWRELATESTOTHIS WARRANTY: This limited
warrantygivesyou specificlegal rights,and youmay alsohaveother
rightswhich vary from stateto state.
IMPORTANT:OwnermustpresentOriginal Proofof Purchaseto obtain
warrantycoverage.
d. Servicecompletedby someoneotherthanan authorizedservice
dealer.
IVITD LLC, P.O. BOX 361131 CLEVELAND, OHiO 44136-0019;
GDOO-lO0015 REV.A
Phone: 1=800=800-7310, 1-330=220-4683