MTD 430 Series Operator`s manual

Safe Operation
Practices • Set-Up • Operation
• Maintenance
• Service • Troubleshooting
• Warranty
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Push Mower m Model Series 430
MTD LLC, P.O. BOX 361131 CLEVELAND, OHiO 44136-0019
PrintedIn USA
FormNo.769-04387
(November10,2008)
1
ToTheOwner
ThankYou
Thank you for purchasing
a Lawn Mower
manufactured
by
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performance
when properly operated and maintained.
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prior to operating
your machine.
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carefully
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from the operating
position
recommended
safety practices at all times. Failure to do so could
result in personal injury or property damage.
The engine
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warranty
at the time of printing.
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Manual, packed separately
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issues with regards to performance,
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to all models.
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Table of Contents
Safe Operation
Practices ........................................
3
Service .....................................................................
17
Assembly & Set-Up ..................................................
Controls & Features ................................................
9
12
Troubleshooting
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Illustrated Parts List ..............................................
18
20
Operation
13
Warranty
24
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Maintenance
&Adjustment.
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15
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up and operating
information
model
in the provided
plate by standing
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your new equipment,
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importantSafeOperationPractices
WARNING:
This symbol
could endanger
all instructions
points out important
the personal
safety and/or
in this manual
with these instructions
before
property
attempting
may result in personal
When you see this symbol.
safety instructions
of yourself
to operate
which,
if not followed,
and others.
this machine.
Read and follow
Failure to comply
injury.
HEED ITS WARNING!
CALIFORNIA
PROPOSITION
65
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
,A
WARNING:
Battery
compounds,
harm.
posts, terminals,
chemicals
known
and related
to the State of California
this manual.
operator
was built to be operated
As with any type of power
result in serious injury
equipment,
objects.
6.
operation.
Keep this manual
reference
3.
This machine
Therefore,
personal
and the proper
use
exercise extreme
has been designed
caution
to perform
8.
at all
fingers,
hands,
could
inspect the area where the equipment
is to be
which
one job:
Plan your mowing
by an adult.
should
who are familiar
be allowed
material
to use this
or a thrown
zone behind
to ricochet
object
back
injury,
handles and keep children,
and pets at least 75 feet from
Stop machine
if anyone
mower
enters area.
Always wear safety glasses or safety goggles during
operation and while performing
an adjustment
or repair
your eyes. Thrown
objects
which
ricochet
can
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
operate
weight
11.
against a wall or obstruction,
To help avoid blade contact
helpers
of material
and the like. Also,
material
cause serious injury
with these
can cause serious
to avoid discharge
bystanders
which may cause discharged
toward the operator.
to protect
10.
individuals
pattern
roads, sidewalks,
while it is in operation.
9.
over or picked up
objects
injury.
bystanders,
purpose.
could be tripped
by the blade. Thrown
stay in operator
the instructions
and safe operation practices in this manual
and on the machine and should be trained and supervised
rules of safe operation
machine.
of amputating
safety instructions
objects,
and thrown
toward
Never allow children under 14 years of age to operate this
machine. Children 14 and over should read and understand
Only responsible
Thoroughly
foreign
7.
piece of power equipment,
to mow grass. Do not use it for any other
5.
or error on the part of the
the following
avoid discharging
Be completely
familiar with the controls
of this machine before operating
it.
is a precision
in a safe
and for ordering
2.
times. This machine
in
used. Remove all stones, sticks, wire, bones, toys and other
place for future and regular
replacement
parts
not a plaything.
is capable
practices
or death.
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
before
to the safe operation
carelessness
Failure to observe
GeneralOperation
4.
lead and lead
to cause cancer and reproductive
according
can result in serious injury. This machine
toes and feet and throwing
manuals)
contain
harm. Wash hands after handling.
DANGER: This machine
1.
accessories
this machine
shoes are recommended.
or light-
(e.g. canvas) shoes.
Do not put hands or feet near rotating
cutting
Never
in bare feet, sandals, slippery
deck. Contact
hands, toes and feet.
parts or under the
with blade can amputate
fingers,
12. Amissing
ordamaged
discharge
cover
cancause
blade
contact
orthrown
object
injuries.
13. Many
injuries
occur
asaresult
ofthemower
beingpulled
overthefootduring
afallcaused
byslipping
ortripping.
Donotholdontothemower
ifyouarefalling;
release
the
handle
immediately.
14. Never
pullthemower
back
toward
youwhileyouare
walking.
Ifyoumustback
themower
away
fromawallor
obstruction
firstlookdownandbehind
toavoid
tripping
andthenfollowthese
steps:
a. Stepback
frommower
tofullyextend
yourarms.
b. Besureyouarewellbalanced
withsure
footing.
c. Pullthemower
backslowly,
nomore
thanhalfway
toward
you.
d. Repeat
these
steps
asneeded.
15.
Do not operate
alcohol
16.
while
under the influence
while
The blade control
starting
handle
to bypass its operation.
inoperative
mechanism
(kickback)
28.
injury
through
If you feel you are losing your footing,
blade control handle immediately
rotating within three seconds.
Mow only in daylight
run.
20.
Stop the blade when crossing gravel drives, walks or roads.
21.
If the equipment should start to vibrate abnormally, stop
the engine and check immediately for the cause. Vibration
is generally a warning of trouble.
23.
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.
24.
Muffler and engine become hot and can cause a burn. Do
not touch.
25.
Never attempt
adjustment
26.
to make a wheel or cutting
while
height
the engine is running.
the manufacturer.
made for this machine
Failure to do so can result in personal
injury.
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Mow across
extreme
Watch
the face of slopes;
caution
SECTION 2 --
IMPORTANT SAFE OPERATION
PRACTICES
when
for holes,
which can cause
obstacles.
never
changing
ruts, rocks,
by
on a sloped or
serious personal
up and down.
direction
hidden
Exercise
on slopes.
objects,
or bumps
you to slip or trip. Tall grass can hide
Always be sure of your footing.
A slip and fall can cause
injury. If you feel you are losing your
handle immediately
three (3) seconds.
and
Do Not:
1.
Do not mow near drop-offs, ditches or embankments, you
could lose your footing or balance.
2.
Do not mow slopes greater than 15 degrees as shown on
the slope gauge.
3.
Do not mow on wet grass. Unstable footing could cause
slipping.
Children
Tragic accidents
presence
can occur if the operator
of children.
and the mowing
They do not understand
Never assume that children
1.
Keep children
is not alert to the
Children are often attracted
activity.
to the mower
the dangers.
will remain where you last saw them.
out of the mowing
care of a responsible
area and under watchful
adult other than the operator.
2.
Be alert and turn mower
3.
Before and while moving
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.
5.
Keep children away from hot or running
suffer burns from a hot muffler.
6.
Never allow children under 14 years of age to operate this
machine. Children 14 and over should read and understand
the instructions
Only use parts and accessories
this machine
Do:
light. Walk, never
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 blade control is released.
Never place any part of the body in the blade area until you
are sure the blade has stopped rotating.
which
on slopes requires extra
balance, release the blade control
the blade will stop rotating within
release the
in this manual,
hilly area. If the slope is greater than 15 degrees, do not mow it.
3.
19.
22.
are not covered
measure slopes before operating
and the blade will stop
or good artificial
occur which
faster than
bruises or sprains
caution. If you feel uneasy on a slope, do not mow it. For your
safety, use the slope gauge included as part of this manual to
handle
Never operate the mower in wet grass. Always be sure of
your footing. A slip and fall can cause serious personal
injury.
If situations
can result in severe injury. Operation
must operate easily in both directions and automatically
return to the disengaged
position when released.
18.
of starter cord
Slopes are a major factor related to slip and fall accidents,
is a safety device. Never attempt
blade. The blade control
Rapid retraction
will pull hand and arm toward engine
Slope Operation
2.
and may result in personal
pull cord slowly until resistance
use care and good judgement.
Contact Customer Support
for assistance or the name of the nearest service dealer.
Doing so makes the safety device
with the rotating
engine,
you can let go. Broken bones, fractures,
could result.
on machines
engine.
When starting
is felt, then pull rapidly.
1.
Do not engage the self-propelled
contact
of
or drugs.
so equipped
17.
the mower
27.
off if a child enters the area.
backwards,
and safe operation
and on the machine
adult.
and be trained
look behind and
engines.
practices
They can
in this manual
and supervised
by an
Service
3.
Check the blade and engine
intervals
To avoid personal
care in handling
injury
or property
damage
gasoline. Gasoline
is extremely
can ignite. Wash your skin and change
flammable
clothes
original
3.
Use only an approved
Never fill containers
gasoline
container.
inside a vehicle
4.
Remove gas-powered
equipment
Keep all nuts, bolts, and screws tight
equipment
7.
trailer and refuel it on the ground. If this is not possible,
then refuel such equipment
on a trailer with a portable
container,
5.
rather than from a gasoline
Keep the nozzle in contact
container
opening
at all times
not use a nozzle lock-open
6.
Extinguish
of ignition.
all cigarettes,
dispenser
until fueling
below
of filler neck to provide
bottom
no more than I inch
heater, furnace,
or fuel container
clothes dryer or other
To reduce fire hazard, keep machine
or other debris build-up.
near an open
discharge
cover, and trail shield
could expose
to be thrown.
check components
For safety
and replace
do not meet the original
equipment
performance
specifications
and compromise
gas appliances.
11.
Clean up oil or fuel spillage
to cool at least 5 minutes
before
and
storing.
Engine exhaust
contains
carbon
monoxide,
area.
an odorless
Check fuel line, tank, cap, and fittings
repairing,
blade and all moving
spark plug wire and ground
starting.
or inspecting,
parts have stopped.
make certain the
Disconnect
or over-speed
safe
frequently
12.
Do not crank engine with spark plug removed.
13.
Maintain
or replace
safety and instruction
for cracks
labels, as
14.
Observe proper disposal laws and regulations. Improper
disposal of fluids and materials can harm the environment.
15.
According to the Consumer Products Safety Commission
(CPSC) and the U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency (EPA),
this product
has an Average Useful Life of seven (7) years,
At the end of the Average Useful
inspected
annually
the
against the engine to prevent
by an authorized
service dealer to ensure that all mechanical and safety
systems are working properly and not worn excessively.
Failure to do so can result in accidents,
gas.
Before cleaning,
unintended
or in a poorly ventilated
setting
the maximum
speed of the engine.
Life have the machine
indoors
governor
controls
or 140 hours of operation.
Never run an engine
and deadly
the engine's
The governor
or leaks. Replace if necessary.
free of grass, leaves,
any fuel soaked debris.
machine
Do not change
necessary.
GeneralService:
2.
frequently
the engine.
securely.
engine.
Never store the machine
10.
flame, spark or pilot light as on a water heater, space
I.
components,
parts or allow objects
operating
If gasoline is spilled, wipe it off the engine and equipment.
Move machine to another area. Wait 5 minutes before
Allow
height
the engine is running.
may lead to improper
for fuel expansion.
1I.
14.
Repair the
the mower.
safety!"
fuel tank. Filltankto
remove
for any damage.
and operating
to make a wheel or cutting
while
Grass catcher
which
before
Replace gasoline cap and tighten
13.
Never attempt
starting
immediately
with original equipment
manufacturer's
(O.E.M.) parts only, listed in this manual. "Use of parts
is hot or
I0.
12.
inspect the mower
before
protection,
vapors will
Allow engine to cool at least two minutes
Never overfill
starting
After striking a foreign object, stop the engine, disconnect
the spark plug wire and ground against the engine.
moving
Never remove gas cap or add fuel while engine
with safety devices. Check their proper
are subject to wear and damage which
cigars, pipes and other sources
because flammable
to be sure the
condition.
regularly.
adjustment
9.
8.
9.
8.
Do
device.
Never fuel machine indoors
accumulate in the area.
running.
refueling.
Never tamper
damage
nozzle.
is complete.
7.
is in safe working
Thoroughly
with the rim of the fuel tank or
may lead to improper
safety!"
5.
operation
from the truck or
specifications
and compromise
Mower blades are sharp and can cut. Wrap the blade or
wear gloves, and use extra caution when servicing them.
6.
on the
blade
4.
or on a truck or trailer
bed with a plastic liner. Always place containers
ground away from your vehicle before filling.
equipment
performance
immediately.
2.
inspect
Replace blade with
the original equipment
manufacture's
(O.E.M.) blade only,
listed in this manual. "Use of parts which do not meet the
use extreme
and the vapors are explosive. Serious personal injury can
occur when gasoline is spilled on yourself or your clothes,
which
bolts at frequent
Also, visually
for damage (e.g., bent, cracked, worn)
SafeHandling Of Gas01ine:
I.
mounting
for proper tightness.
injuries
or death.
Donot modify engine
To avoid serious injury
or death, do not modify
engine
in any
way. Tampering with the governor setting can lead to a runaway
engine and cause it to operate at unsafe speeds. Never tamper
with factory
setting
SECTION
of engine
2 --
governor.
IMPORTANT
SAFE
OPERATION
PRACTICES
S
SparkArrestor
Notice Regarding Emissions
Engines which are certified to comply with California and federal
EPA emission regulations for SORE (Small Off Road Equipment)
are certified
to operate
may include
the following
Modification
(EM), Oxidizing
Injection
on regular
emission
unleaded
control
gasoline,
and
internal combustion
engine and should not be used
WARNING:
This machine is equipped with an
on or near any unimproved
forest-covered,
brush
i_ll
systems: Engine
Catalyst (OC), Secondary
Air
(SAI) and Three Way Catalyst (TWC) if so equipped.
covered
or grass-covered
exhaust
system is equipped
meeting
applicable
order by the operator.
above is required
with a spark arrester
local or state laws (if any).
Ira spark arrester is used, it should
working
land unless the engine's
be maintained
in effective
In the State of California
by law (Section
4442 of the California
the
Public
Resources Code). Other states may have similar laws. Federal laws
apply on federal
lands.
A spark attester for the muffler is available through your
nearest engine authorized service dealer or contact the service
department,
6
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SECTION 2 --
IMPORTANT SAFE OPERATION
PRACTICES
RO. Box 361131 Cleveland,
Ohio 44136-0019.
Safety Symbols
This page depicts and describes safety symbols that may appear
machine before attempting
to assemble and operate.
on this product.
Read, understand,
and follow
all instructions
on the
READ THE OPERATOR'S MANUAL(S)
Read, understand,
assemble
and follow
all instructions
in the manual(s) before
attempting
to
and operate
DANGER -- ROTATING BLADES
To reduce the risk of injury, keep hands and feet away. Do not operate
or grass catcher is in its proper place. If damaged,
unless discharge
cover
replace immediately.
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Do not mow
when
children
or others
are around.
IRFS
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DANGER--
HAND/FOOT
CUT
Keep hands and feet away from rotating
parts.
DANGER -- THROWN DEBRIS
Remove objects
that can be thrown
by the blade in any direction.
Wear safety glasses.
DANGER -- SLOPES
Use extra caution
,_
on slopes. Do not mow slopes greater than 15°.
Allow
the engine to cool atFLAMMABLE
least two minutes
WARNING--GASOLINEIS
_
WARNING--
CARBON MONOXIDE
Never run an engine indoors
monoxide,
or in a poorly ventilated
follow
Ii_
and muffler
the warnings
WARNING:
and instructions
area. Engine exhaust contains carbon
an odorless and deadly gas.
WARNING-HOT SURFACE
Engine parts, especially the muffler,
__\_%._
before refueling.
become extremely
hot during
operation.
Allow engine
to cool before touching.
in this manual and on the machine.
Your Responsibility--Restrict
the use
of this INSTRUCTIONS!
power machine to persons
SAVE
THESE
SECTION 2 --
who read, understand
IMPORTANT SAFE OPERATION
and
PRACTICES
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WARNING:
Do not operate
(a rise of approximately
mowers
up and down
up and down
slopes.
your lawn mower
on such slopes. Do not mow on inclines with a slope in excess of 15 degrees
2-1/2 feet every 10 feet). A riding
mower
could overturn
slopes, never across the face of slopes. Operate
walk-behind
and cause serious injury. Operate
mowers
riding
across the face of slopes, never
3
AssembJy
& Set-Up
Contents of Carton
One Lawn Mower
One Lawn Mower
One Grass Catcher
One Engine Operator's
Assembly
Operator's
2.
Manual
without
gasoline
or oil in the engine.
Fill up gasoline and oil as instructed in the accompanying
manual BEFORE operating your mower.
engine
Handle
1.
One Bottle of Oil
One Side Discharge Chute
Insert a carriage bolt found
upper
NOTE:This unit is shipped
Manual
in the manual
hole on the handle mounting
upper
a.
and lower
material
which
may be between
handles.
Pull up and back on upper
handle as shown in Fig.
3-1. Make certain the lower handle is seated securely
into the handle mounting brackets.
cable while lifting the handle up.
Do not crimp
Figure 3-2
Figure 3-1
b.
Tighten
handle.
properly
star knobs to secure upper handle to lower
Make sure that each carriage bolt is seated
in the handle.
Secure with
one plastic wing nut, also included in the manual bag. See
Fig. 3-2. Repeat on other side with remaining hardware.
Handle
Remove any packing
bag into the
bracket.
Hardware
3_
The rope guide is attached
handle.
to the right side of the upper
See Fig. 3-3. Loosen the wing nut which
GrassCatcher
secures the
Follow steps below to assemble
rope guide.
certain bag is turned
(warning
the grass catcher. Make
right side out before
assembling
label will be on the outside).
a.
Place bag over fra me so that its black plastic side is
at the bottom.
b_
Slip plastic channel
of grass bag over hooks on the
frame. See Fig. 3-5. All the plastic channels except
center top of bag attach from outside
Figure
4_
3-3
a.
Hold blade control
b.
Pull starter
control.
rope out of the engine.
c.
Slip starter
rope into rope guide.
d.
Tighten
against
upper
handle.
Release blade
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Figure 3-5
wing nut.
Insert post on cable tie into hole provided on the lower
handle. Pull cable tie tight and trim excess. See Fig. 3-4.
c.
2_
Attach
center top of bag from inside of bag.
Follow the steps below to attach the grass catcher:
a.
Lift rear discharge
door. See Fig. 3-6.
Figure 3-4
Figure 3-6
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SECTION
3 --
ASSEMBLY&
of bag.
SET-UP
b.
Place grass catcher
discharge
WARNING:
on the pivot
rod. Let go of
door so that it rests on the grass catcher.
Never operate
mower
on the grass catcher are firmly
rod and the rear discharge
top of the grass catcher.
unless the hooks
seated on the pivot
door rests firmly
against
Side DischargeChute
Your mower
is shipped
make sure grass catcher
is closed.
1.
as a mulcher.
To convert
lift the mulching
CuttingHeight
Each wheel has a height adjustment
height
door
lever to change
the cutting
of the mower.
1.
Depress height adjustment
2.
Slide lever to desired
height.
to side discharge,
is off of the unit and rear discharge
On the side of the mower,
3-7.
Adjustments
lever towards
position
wheel.
for a change
in cutting
See Fig. 3-8.
f
plug. See Figure
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Figure 3-8
3.
Figure 3-7
Release lever towards
IMPORTANT:All
wheels
relative
For rough
position.
height adjustment
2_
Slide two hooks of side discharge
mulching
plug assembly.
remove side mulching
not mulching.
chute under
Lower the mulching
scalping
hinge pin on
plug. Do not
plug at any time, even when
you are
deck.
must be placed
or uneven
in the same
lawns, move the
lever to a higher position.
This will stop
of grass.
Set-Lip
(;as and Oil Fill-Up
Refer to the separate engine owner's
manual
for additional
engine information.
1.
Add oil provided
of the box.
2_
Service the engine with gasoline as instructed
separate engine
before
owner's
gasoline. Gasoline
_
starting
unit for the first time out
in the
manual.
is extremely
flammable
and the
WARNING:
vapors
are explosive.
Use extreme
Nevercare
fuel when
the machine
handling
indoors
or while
the engine
Extinguish cigarettes,
sources of ignition.
is hot or running.
cigars, pipes and other
SECTION3 -- ASSEMBLY
& SET-UP
11
4
Controls
and Features
Control
Side Discharge
Chute
Mulch ......
Plug
Cutting
Adjustment
Height
Levers
J
Figure 4-1
BladeControl
GrassCatcher
The blade control is attached to the upper handle of the mower.
Depress and squeeze it against the upper handle to operate the
The grass catcher, located at the rear of the mower, is used to bag
the grass clippings for disposal at another site. Once the bag is
unit. Release it to stop engine and blade.
full, it has to be removed
any further
Never attempt to bypass its operations.
ARNING:
This blade control is a safety device.
_
from the mower
and emptied
before
mowing.
SideDischargeChute
Your mower is shipped as a mulcher. To discharge the grass
clippings to the side instead, follow the instructions
in the
Cutting HeightAdjustmentLevers
Assembly
& Set-Up section
to attach the side discharge
chute.
One adjustment
lever is located on each wheel and is used to
adjust the cutting height. All four levers have to be at the same
relative
position
to ensure a uniform
_lb
cut.
MulchPlug
RecoilStarter
The mulch plug is used for mulching purposes.
collecting the grass clippings in a grass catcher
side discharge
of recirculating
mulching.
chute
area on Keep
cuttinghands
deck.
warning
ARNING:
andRefer
feet to
away
from label
the
on the unit.
chute, some mower
the clippings
models
Instead of
or using the
have the option
back to the lawn. This is called
The recoil starter
behind
is attached
to the right upper
the unit and pull the recoil starter
handle.
Stand
rope to start the unit.
Operation
Starting Engine
WARNING:
Be sure no one other than the operator
engine
or operating
mower.
Never
run engine
is standing
near the lawn
mower
while
starting
indoors or in enclosed, poorly ventilated areas.
Engine exhaust contains carbon monoxide, an
odorless and deadly gas. Keep hands, feet, hair and
loose clothing away from any moving parts on
engine and lawn mower.
Follow the set of instructions pertaining to your unit. Refer to
engine manual for help with the engine.
Briggs & Stratt0n Engine:
I.
If equipped,
push primer
seconds between
around
three times. Wait about two
each push. See Fig. 5-I. In temperature
55 ° F or below, prime five times. Do not prime to
restart a warm engine.
2.
Standing
against
3.
Holding
starter
behind
upper
the mower,
squeeze the blade control
handle.
these two handles together
firmly,
grasp recoil
handle and pull rope out with a rapid, continuous,
full arm stroke. See Fig. 5-I. Keeping
a firm grip on the
starter handle, let the rope rewind slowly. Repeat until
engine cranks. Let the rope rewind each time slowly.
f
Honda Engine:
I.
Place the fuel valve lever found
on the left side of the
engine into the ON (OPEN) position.
2.
See Fig. 5-2.
Move the choke lever (if equipped)
all the way backward
into the choke position.
3.
Standing
behind
the mower,
squeeze the blade control
against upper handle. The choke will now begin to slowly
return to the off choke position after activating the blade
control.
4.
Therefore,
quickly
move onto step four below.
Holding these two handles together firmly, grasp recoil
starter handle and pull rope out with a rapid, continuous,
full arm stroke. See Fig. 5-2. Keeping
starter
handle let the rope rewind
engine cranks. Let the rope rewind
a firm grip on the
slowly. Repeat until
each time slowly.
Stopping Engine
1.
Release blade control
to stop the engine and blade.
Figure 5-2
before performing
anythework
on to
thestop
mower
or to
WARNING:
Wait for
blade
completely
remove the grass catcher.
13
UsingYour I.awn Mower
UsingGrassCatcher
Be sure lawn is clear of stones, sticks, wire, or other objects
You can use the grass catcher to collect
operating the mower.
which could damage
be accidently thrown
serious personal
lawn mower or engine. Such objects could
by the mower in any direction and cause
injury to the operator
safety glasses while operating
performing
any adjustments
the mower,
Attach
grass catcher
"Assembly
result in foreign objects being thrown into the eyes,
WARNING:
The operation
any lawnAlways
mower wear
can
which can damage
your eyesofseverely.
_
1.
and others.
instead.
Lift discharge
the mower
door and pull grass bag up and away from
to remove the bag. Dispose of the grass
and reinstall the bag when
OPERATION
complete.
and side discharge
Use the grass catcher
engine.
to
_ik
Remove wire from the spark plug,
thoroughly
ARNING: inspect
If you strike
mowera foreign
for any damage,
object, stop
andthe
repair damage
indication
inspected
5--
Operate
3.
before
Extensive vibration
SECTION
will
Stop engine completely
by releasing the blade control.
Make sure that the unit has come to a complete stop.
chute from the mower. For effective mulching, do not cut wet
grass. If the grass has been allowed to grow in excess of four
bag clippings
in the
& Set-Up" section. Grass clippings
2.
or while
clippings
is not recommended.
you are
or repairs on it.
grass, remove the grass catcher
inches, mulching
instructions
while
automatically
collect in bag as you run mower.
mower till grass bag is full.
Usingas Mukher
For mulching
following
clippings
restarting
of mower
and operating.
during
of damage. The unit should
and repaired.
operation
is an
be promptly
Maintenance
& Adjustments
Maintenance
2.
Lubricate
motor
General Recommendations
Always observe
maintenance.
The warranty
safety rules when
performing
does not cover items that
the torsion
discharge
door and side mulch plug periodically
oil to prevent
4.
Changing
DeckCare
of engine-governed
speed will void engine
wa rra nty.
on the rear
with light
rust. See Fig. 6-1.
Follow the accompanying
schedule and instruction
engine manual for lubrication
for engine lubrication.
for this job.
and make sure these are
1.
tight.
Disconnect
mower
Always stop engine,
plug, and ground
against engine
any type of maintenance
disconnect
before
spark
2.
spark plug wire. Drain gasoline from
lawn
or place a piece of plastic under the gas cap.
Tip mower
so that it rests on the housing.
with the air cleaner
performing
facing
Keep the side
up. Hold mower
firmly.
on your machine.
any direction
and do not leave the mower tipped for
WARNING:
tip can
the drain
mowerintomore
° in
any
length of Never
time. Oil
the than
upper90 part
Lubrication
Lubricate
spring and pivot points
Clean underside of the mower deck after each use to prevent
build-up of grass clippings or other debris. Follow steps below
be checked at least once each
check all fasteners
WARNING:
of the wheel
Lubricate
have been subjected to operator abuse or negligence. To
receive full value from warranty, operator must maintain
the lawn mower as instructed
here.
Periodically
for any reason, lubricate
any
3.
should
at least once a season with light oil (or
are removed
surface of the pivot arm and inner surface
with light oil. See Fig. 6-1.
on this lawn mower
All adjustments
season.
the wheels
oil). If wheels
pivot points
on the blade control
season with light oil. The blade control
in both directions. See Fig. 6-1.
at least once a
must operate
freely
of the engine
3.
causing a starting
Scrape and clean the underside
problem.
of the deck with a suitable
tool. Do not spray with water.
IMPORTANT:
Do not use a pressure washer or garden
to clean your unit. These may cause damage
or the engine.
hose
to bearings,
The use of water will result in shortened
life
and reduce serviceability.
4.
Put the mower back on its wheels on the ground. Ifyou
had put plastic under the gas cap earlier, make sure to
remove it now.
Figure 6-1
15
Engine Care
ReplacingRearFlap
A list of key engine
performance
maintenance
by the mower
accompanying
for good
1.
is given below. Follow the
engine manual
Maintain
jobs required
for a detailed
oil level as instructed
list and instructions.
in engine
manual.
Service air cleaner every 25 hours under normal
Clean every few hours under extremely
To remove rear flap, lift rear door, and press flap in on
either side to remove from hole. See Fig. 6-2.
r
conditions.
dusty conditions.
Poor engine performance
and flooding usually indicates
that the air cleaner should be serviced. To service the air
cleaner, refer to the engine
manual.
Clean spark plug and reset the gap once a season. Spark
plug replacement
mowing
is recommended
season. Check engine
at the start of each
manual for correct
plug
type and gap specifications.
Clean engine regularly with a cloth or brush. Keep the
top of the engine clean to permit proper air circulation.
Remove all grass, dirt, and combustible
a rea.
\\
debris from muffler
Figure 6=2
2.
Remove flap from opposite
in the opposite
SECTION 6--
MAINTENANCE
& ADJUSTMENTS
hole and replace with new flap
order and manner
of removal.
7
Service
BladeCare
WARNING:
sharpening
When removing
or replacement,
the cutting
protect
blade for
your hands with
a pair of heavy gloves or use a heavy rag to hold the
blade.
Periodically
inspect the blade adapter
strike a foreign object. Replace when
below for blade service.
1.
for cracks, especially
necessary.
5.
if you
the engine
part number)
Remove the bolt and the blade bell support
which
operating
See
faces the ground
position.
and the inner surface
of
when the mower
is in the
Make sure that the blade is aligned
seated on the blade adapter
Place blade bell support on the blade. Align notches
blade bell support with small holes in blade.
7.
Replace hex bolt and tighten
rain., 600 in. Ibs. max.
Fig. 7-1.
To ensure safe operation
blade bolt for correct
and
flanges.
6.
hold the
to the engine crankshaft.
crankshaft
with light oil. Slide the blade adapter
onto the engine crankshaft. Place the blade on the adapter
such that the side of the blade marked "Bottom" (or with
Disconnect spark plug boot from spark plug. Turn mower
on its side making sure that the air filter and the carburetor
blade and the blade adapter
Lubricate
the blade adapter
Follow the steps
are facing up.
2.
excessive vibration
when rotating at high speeds. It
ARNING:
An unbalanced
will cause
may
cause damage
to mower blade
and could
break
causing personal injury.
A
hex bolt to torque:
of your mower,
periodically
on the
450 in. Ibs.
check the
torque.
Off-SeasonStorage
The following
steps should be taken to prepare your lawn mower
for storage.
Clean and lubricate mower
lubrication
instructions.
\\
thoroughly
as described
in the
Blade
Do not use a pressure washer or garden
unit.
Ada
Coat mower's
cutting
hose to clean your
blade with chassis grease to prevent
rusting.
Refer to engine
instructions.
Blade
manual
for correct engine storage
Store mower in a dry, clean area. Do not store next to
corrosive materials, such as fertilizer.
Bell/
Support
_
........
Bolt
When storing
ventilated
rust-proof
Figure 7-1
equipment,
3.
Remove blade and adapter
7-1.
from the crankshaft.
See Fig.
4.
Remove blade from the adapter for testing balance.
Balance the blade on a round shaft screwdriver to check.
mower
any type of power equipment
in a poorly
or metal storage shed, care should be taken to
the equipment.
Using a light oil or silicone, coat the
especially
cables and all moving
parts of your lawn
before storage.
Remove metal from the heavy side until it balances evenly.
When sharpening
the blade, follow
grind. Grind each cutting
balanced.
the original
edge equally
angle of
to keep the blade
17
Troubleshooting
Problem
Engine Fails to start
Cause
1.
Remedy
1. Engage blade control.
Blade control disengaged.
2. Spark plug boot disconnected.
2. Connect wire to spark boot.
3. Fuel tank empty or stale fuel.
3. Fill tank with clean, fresh gasoline.
4. Engine not primed (if equipped
with primer).
4. Prime engine as instructed
in the Operation
section.
5. Faulty spark plug.
5. Clean, adjust gap, or replace.
6. Blocked
6. Clean fuel line.
7. Engine
fuel line.
7. Wait a few minutes to restart, but do not
flooded.
prime.
8. Fuel valve (if equipped)
9.
Engine runs erratic
Engine not choked
closed.
(if equipped
8. Open fuel valve. See engine manual.
with choke).
9. Choke engine. See engine
manual.
1. Spark plug boot loose.
1. Connect and tighten
2. Blocked fuel line or stale fuel.
2. Clean fuel line; fill tank with clean, fresh
spark plug boot.
gasoline.
3. Ventin
3. Clear vent.
gas cap plugged.
4. Water or dirt in fuel system.
5,
Dirty air cleaner.
6. Unit running
applied.
Engine overheats
Occasional skips
(hesitates) at
4. Drain fuel tank. Refill with fresh fuel.
5. Refer to engine manual.
with CHOKE (if equipped)
6. Push CHOKE knob in.
1. Engine oil level low.
1. Fill crankcase with proper od.
2. Air flow restricted.
2. Clean area around
1. Spark plug gap too close.
1. Adjust gap to .030".
1. Spark plug fouled, faulty, or gap too wide.
1. Reset gap to .030" or replace
2. Dirty air cleaner.
2. Refer to engine
1. Cutting
1. Tighten
and on top of engine.
high speed
Idles poorly
Excessive Vibration
blade loose or unbalanced.
2. Bent cutting
Mower
will not
blade
manual.
and adapter.
2. See an authorized
blade.
spark plug.
service
Balance
blade.
dealer.
1. Wet grass.
1. Do not mow when grass is wet; wait until
later to cut.
2. Excessively high grass.
2.
mulch grass
Mow once at a high cutting
height, then
mow again at desired height or make a
narrower cutting path.
3. Dull blade.
Uneven cut
1. Wheels not positioned
3. Sharpen or replace blade.
correctly.
1. Place all four wheels in same height
(if equipped
2. Dull blade.
with individual
2. Sharpen or replace blade.
posttion
height adjusters).
9
19
ModelSeries
430 49
J
\
11
9
36
\
7
39
38
\
16
18
33
46
29
42
47
29
\
J
43
26
_
|
43
23
21
24
44
10
K2Bar
ModelSeries430
Ref
No.
1
Ref
No,
Part Number
Blade Control Handle
27
736-0524B
Blade Bell Support
787-01290
Front Adjustment
I Part Number
747-1161A-0637
Description
Description
2
749-1092A-0637
Upper Handle
28
3
747-04080A
GrassCatcher Frame
29
720-0426
Adjustment
4
749-0928A-0637
Lower Handle
30
94832
Spring Lever Assembly
736-0270
Bell Washer
734-04213
Front Wheel, 7 x 1.8, K2 Bar
Plate
Lever Knob
5
720-0279
Wing Nut
31
6
710-1205
Rope Guide
32
7
710-1174
Carriage Bolt ,5/16-18 x 2
734-2005A
Front Wheel, 8 x 2.125, Zag
8
964-04007A
GrassBag - Black
734-1988
Front Wheel, 7 x 1.8, Bar
964-04027
GrassBag - Yardman
734-2004A
Front Wheel, 8 x 2.125, Zag, BB
964-04034A
GrassBag - Gray
33
710-1241
Screw, 1/4-15 x 1.000
9
720-04072
Hand Knob
34
746-1130
Control
Cable 40"
10
731-04177
Side Chute
746-1137
Control
Cable 53"
11
926-0240
Cable Tie
35
738-04266
Shoulder
12
710-0703
Carriage Bolt ,1/4-20
36
731-05642
Trailshield
13
731-06847
Rear Discharge Door
37
987-02270A
Rear Handle Bracket Assy. - LH
14
747-0710
Hinge Pin
987-02271A
Rear Handle Bracket Assy. - RH
15
17032A
Deflector Chute Adaptor
38
912-0397
Wing Nut, 1/4-20
16
732-04090A
Torsion Spring - RH
39
747-04587
Rear Door Pivot Rod
17
734-04215
RearWheel, 8x 1.8,K2 Bar
4O
732-04175
Spring Lever
734-2005A
RearWheel, 8 x 2.125,Zag
41
987-02333
Pivot Arm Assembly
- RH
987-02332
Pivot Arm Assembly
- LH
710-1652
AB Screw
734-1987
RearWheel, 8x 1.8,Bar
Screw
734-2004A
RearWheel, 8 x 2.125,Zag, BB
42
18
731-04150C
Rear Baffle
43
712-04065
Flange Lock Nut, 3/8-16
19
710-0599
Screw, 1/4-20 x .500
44
732-1014
Torsion Spring
2O
787-01279-0638
Deck - 21"
45
710-0654A
TT Seres Screw, 3/8-16 x 1.0
21
987-02055
Hinged Mulch Plug Assembly
46
987-02099B
Hr. Adj. Assy. Front LH (7" wheel)
22
782-5002B
Front Baffle
987-02100B
Hr. Adj. Assy. Front RH (7" wheel)
23
748-0377C
Blade Adapter, #6 x 2.15
987-02075B
Hr. Adj. Assy. Front LH (8" wheel)
748-04082
Blade Adapter, 25mm x 2.15
987-02074B
Hr. Adj. Assy. Front RH (8" wheel)
24
942-0741
Mulching
47
731-1506A±
Front Cover
25
710-1257
Hex Screw,
48
736-0504±
Wave Washer
26
987-02338
Pivot Arm Assy RH (7" wheel)
49
731_6261
Bail Cover-
Black
987-02337
Pivot Arm Assy LH (7" wheel)
731-04859±
Bail Cover-
Gray
731-0981A±
Hub Cap
Blade
3/8-24 x 2.5
987-02337
Pivot Arm Assy RH (8" wheel)
987-02338
Pivot Arm Assy LH (8" wheel)
5O
± If Equipped
NOTE: Mower
features/components
vary by model. NOT all parts listed above and pictured
on the previous
page are standard
equipment.
21
23
MANUFACTURER'S
LiMiTED WARRANTY
The limited warranty set forth below is given by MTD LLC with
respect to new merchandise purchased and used in the United States
and/or its territories and possessions, and by MTD Products Limited
with respect to new merchandise purchased and used in Canadaand/
or its territories and possessions (either entity respectively, "MTD").
"MTD" warrants this product (excluding its Normal Wear Parts and
Attachments as described below) 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 materials or workmanship.
This limited warranty shall only apply if this product has been
operated and maintained in accordance with the Operator's Manual
furnished with the product, and has not been subject to misuse,
abuse, commercial use, neglect, accident, improper maintenance,
alteration, vandalism, theft, fire, water, or damage because of other
peril or natural disaster. Damage resulting from the installation or use
of any part, accessory or attachment not approved by MTD for use
with the product(s) covered by this manual will void your warranty as
to any resulting damage.
Normal Wear Parts are warranted to be free from defects in material
and workmanship for a period of thirty (30) days from the date of
purchase. Normal wear parts include, but are not limited to items
such as: batteries, belts, blades, blade adapters, tines, grass bags,
wheels, rider deck wheels, seats, snow thrower skid shoes, friction
wheels, shave plates, auger spiral rubber and tires.
Attachments-- MTD warrants attachments for this product against
defects in material and workmanship for a period of one (1) year,
commencing on the date of the attachment's original purchase or
lease. Attachments include, but are not limited to items such as:
grass collectors and mulch kits.
HOWTO OBTAINSERVICE:Warranty service is available, WITH
PROOFOF PURCHASE,through your local authorized service dealer.
To locate the dealer in your area:
In the U.S.A.
Check your Yellow Pages, or contact MTD LLC at RO. Box
361131, Cleveland, Ohio 44136-0019, or call 1-800-800-7310,
1-330-220-4683 or log on to our Web site at www.mtdproducts.
com.
In Canada
Contact MTD Products Limited, Kitchener, ON N2G4J1, or call
1-800-668-1238 or log on to our Web site at www.mtdcanada.com.
This limited warranty does not provide coverage in the following
cases:
a. The engine or component parts thereof. These items may carry a
separate manufacturer's warranty. Referto applicable manufacturer's warranty for terms and conditions.
FOR
c. Routine maintenance items such as lubricants, filters, blade
sharpening, tune-ups, brake adjustments, clutch adjustments,
deck adjustments, and normal deterioration of the exterior finish
due to use or exposure.
d. Service completed by someone other than an authorized service
dealer.
e. MTD does not extend any warranty for products sold or exported
outside of the United States and/or Canada, and their respective
possessions and territories, except those sold through MTD's
authorized channels of export distribution.
f. Replacement parts that are not genuine MTD parts.
g. Transportation charges and service calls.
h. MTD does not warrant this product for commercial use.
No implied warranty, including any implied warranty of
merchantability of fitness for a particular purpose, applies after
the applicable period of express written warranty above as to the
parts as identified. No other express warranty, whether written or
oral, except as mentioned above, given by any person or entity,
including a dealer or retailer, with respect to any product, shall
bind MTD. Duringthe period of the warranty, the exclusive remedy
is repair or replacement of the product as set forth above.
The provisions as set forth in this warranty provide the sole and
exclusive remedy arising from the sale. MTD shall not be liable
for incidental or consequential loss or damage including, without
limitation, expenses incurred for substitute or replacement lawn
care services or for rental expenses to temporarily replace a
warranted product.
Some states do not allow the exclusion or limitation of incidental
or consequential damages, or limitations on how long an implied
warranty lasts, so the above exclusions or limitations may not apply
to you.
In no event shall recovery of any kind be greater than the amount of
the purchase price of the product sold. Alteration of safety features of
the product shall void this warranty. You assume the risk and liability
for loss, damage, or injury to you and your property and/or to others
and their property arising out of the misuse or inability to use the
product.
This limited warranty shall not extend to anyone other than the
original purchaser or to the person for whom it was purchased as a
gift.
HOWSTATELAW RELATESTO THIS WARRANTY: This limited
warranty gives you specific legal rights, and you may also have other
rights which vary from state to state.
IMPORTANT: Owner must present Original Proof of Purchase to
obtain warranty coverage.
b. Log splitter pumps, valves, and cylinders havea separate oneyear warranty.
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