McCulloch 96041018000 Operator`s manual

OPERATOR’S MANUAL
MODEL NO. 96041018000
22 HP* 42 INCH
LAWN TRACTOR
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Assembly
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Operation
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Maintenance
• Service and Adjustments
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Storage
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Troubleshooting
For Parts and Service, contact our authorized distributor:
call 1-800-849-1297 For Technical Assistance: call 1-800-829-5886
*As rated by the engine manufacturer
532 43 45-43
SAFETY RULES
Safe Operation Practices for Ride-On Mowers
DANGER: THIS CUTTING MACHINE IS CAPABLE OF AMPUTATING HANDS AND FEET AND THROWING OBJECTS. FAILURE
TO OBSERVE THE FOLLOWING SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS COULD RESULT IN SERIOUS INJURY OR DEATH.
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WARNING: In order to prevent accidental
starting when setting up, transporting,
adjusting or making repairs, always
disconnect spark plug wire and place
wire where it cannot contact spark plug.
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WARNING: Do not coast down a hill in neutral, you may lose control of the tractor.
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WARNING: Tow only the attachments
that are recommended by and comply
with specifications of the manufacturer
of your tractor. Use common sense
when towing. Operate only at the lowest
possible speed when on a slope. Too
heavy of a load, while on a slope, is
dangerous. Tires can lose traction with
the ground and cause you to lose control
of your tractor.
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II. SLOPE OPERATION
I. GENERAL OPERATION
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Do not operate the machine while under the influence
of alcohol or drugs.
Watch for traffic when operating near or crossing
roadways.
Use extra care when loading or unloading the machine
into a trailer or truck.
Always wear eye protection when operating
machine.
Data indicates that operators, age 60 years and above,
are involved in a large percentage of riding mowerrelated injuries. These operators should evaluate their
ability to operate the riding mower safely enough to
protect themselves and others from serious injury.
Follow the manufacturer's recommendation for wheel
weights or counterweights.
Keep machine free of grass , leaves or other debris
build-up which can touch hot exhaust / engine parts
and burn. Do not allow the mower deck to plow leaves
or other debris which can cause build-up to occur.
Clean any oil or fuel spillage before operating or storing
the machine. Allow machine to cool before storage.
Slopes are a major factor related to loss of control and
tip-over accidents, which can result in severe injury or
death. Operation on all slopes requires extra caution. If
you cannot back up the slope or if you feel uneasy on it,
do not mow it.
• Mow up and down slopes, not across.
• Watch for holes, ruts, bumps, rocks, or other hidden
objects. Uneven terrain could overturn the machine.
Tall grass can hide obstacles.
• Choose a low ground speed so that you will not have
to stop or shift while on the slope.
• Do not mow on wet grass. Tires may lose traction.
Always keep the machine in gear when going down
slopes. Do not shift to neutral and coast downhill.
• Avoid starting, stopping, or turning on a slope. If the
tires lose traction, disengage the blades and proceed
slowly straight down the slope.
• Keep all movement on the slopes slow and gradual.
Do not make sudden changes in speed or direction,
which could cause the machine to roll over.
• Use extra care while operating machine with grass
catchers or other attachments; they can affect the
stability of the machine. Do no use on steep slopes.
• Do not try to stabilize the machine by putting your foot
on the ground.
• Do not mow near drop-offs, ditches, or embankments.
The machine could suddenly roll over if a wheel is over
the edge or if the edge caves in.
Read, understand, and follow all instructions on the
machine and in the manual before starting.
Do not put hands or feet near rotating parts or under
the machine. Keep clear of the discharge opening at
all times.
Only allow responsible adults, who are familiar with
the instructions, to operate the machine.
Clear the area of objects such as rocks, toys, wire, etc.,
which could be picked up and thrown by the blades.
Be sure the area is clear of bystanders before
operating. Stop machine if anyone enters the area.
Never carry passengers.
Do not mow in reverse unless absolutely necessary.
Always look down and behind before and while
backing.
Never direct discharged material toward anyone. Avoid
discharging material against a wall or obstruction.
Material may ricochet back toward the operator. Stop
the blades when crossing gravel surfaces.
Do not operate machine without the entire grass catcher,
discharge chute, or other safety devices in place and
working.
Slow down before turning.
Never leave a running machine unattended. Always
turn off blades, set parking brake, stop engine, and
remove keys before dismounting.
Disengage blades when not mowing. Shut off engine
and wait for all parts to come to a complete stop before
cleaning the machine, removing the grass catcher, or
unclogging the discharge chute.
Operate machine only in daylight or good artificial
light.
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SAFETY RULES
Safe Operation Practices for Ride-On Mowers
III. CHILDREN
GENERAL SERVICE
• Never operate machine in a closed area.
• Keep all nuts and bolts tight to be sure the equipment
is in safe working condition.
• Never tamper with safety devices. Check their proper
operation regularly.
• Keep machine free of grass, leaves, or other debris
build-up. Clean oil or fuel spillage and remove any fuelsoaked debris. Allow machine to cool before storing.
• If you strike a foreign object, stop and inspect the
machine. Repair, if necessary, before restarting.
• Never make any adjustments or repairs with the engine
running.
• Check grass catcher components and the discharge
chute frequently and replace with manufacturer's recommended parts, when necessary.
• Mower blades are sharp. Wrap the blade or wear
gloves, and use extra caution when servicing them.
• Check brake operation frequently. Adjust and service
as required.
• Maintain or replace safety and instruction labels, as
necessary.
Tragic accidents can occur if the operator is not alert to
the presence of children. Children are often attracted to
the machine and the mowing activity. Never assume that
children will remain where you last saw them.
• Keep children out of the mowing area and in the watchful
care of a responsible adult other than the operator.
• Be alert and turn machine off if a child enters the
area.
• Before and while backing, look behind and down for
small children.
• Never carry children, even with the blades shut off. They
may fall off and be seriously injured or interfere with
safe machine operation. Children who have been given
rides in the past may suddenly appear in the mowing
area for another ride and be run over or backed over
by the machine.
• Never allow children to operate the machine.
• Use extra care when approaching blind corners, shrubs,
trees, or other objects that may block your view of a child.
IV. TOWING
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Tow only with a machine that has a hitch designed for
towing. Do not attach towed equipment except at the
hitch point.
Follow the manufacturer's recommendation for weight
limits for towed equipment and towing on slopes.
Never allow children or others in or on towed
equipment.
On slopes, the weight of the towed equipment may
cause loss of traction and loss of control.
Travel slowly and allow extra distance to stop.
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V. SERVICE
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SAFE HANDLING OF GASOLINE
To avoid personal injury or property damage, use extreme
care in handling gasoline. Gasoline is extremely flammable
and the vapors are explosive.
• Extinguish all cigarettes, cigars, pipes, and other
sources of ignition.
• Use only approved gasoline container.
• Never remove gas cap or add fuel with the engine
running. Allow engine to cool before refueling.
• Never fuel the machine indoors.
• Never store the machine or fuel container where there
is an open flame, spark, or pilot light such as on a water
heater or other appliances.
• Never fill containers inside a vehicle or on a truck or
trailer bed with plastic liner. Always place containers
on the ground away from your vehicle when filling.
• Remove gas-powered equipment from the truck or
trailer and refuel it on the ground. If this is not possible,
then refuel such equipment with a portable container,
rather than from a gasoline dispenser nozzle.
• Keep the nozzle in contact with the rim of the fuel tank or
container opening at all times until fueling is complete.
Do not use a nozzle lock-open device.
• If fuel is spilled on clothing, change clothing immediately.
• Never overfill fuel tank. Replace gas cap and tighten
securely.
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Be sure the area is clear of bystanders before operating. Stop machine if anyone enters the area.
Never carry passengers.
Do not mow in reverse unless absolutely necessary.
Always look down and behind before and while backing.
Never carry children, even with the blades shut off. They
may fall off and be seriously injured or interfere with
safe machine operation. Children who have been given
rides in the past may suddenly appear in the mowing
area for another ride and be run over or backed over
by the machine.
Keep children out of the mowing area and in the watchful
care of a responsible adult other than the operator.
Be alert and turn machine off if a child enters the
area.
Before and while backing, look behind and down for
small children.
Mow up and down slopes (15° Max), not across.
Choose a low ground speed so that you will not have
to stop or shift while on the slope.
Avoid starting, stopping, or turning on a slope. If the
tires lose traction, disengage the blades and proceed
slowly straight down the slope.
If machine stops while going uphill, disengage blades,
shift into reverse and back down slowly.
Do not turn on slopes unless necessary, and then, turn
slowly and gradually downhill, if possible.
PRODUCT SPECIFICATIONS
Gasoline Capacity
and Type:
CONGRATULATIONS on your purchase of a new tractor.
It has been designed, engineered and manufactured to give
you the best possible dependability and performance.
Should you experience any problem you cannot easily
remedy, please contact your nearest authorized service
center/department. We have competent, well-trained technicians and the proper tools to service or repair this tractor.
Please read and retain this manual. The instructions will
enable you to assemble and maintain your tractor properly.
Always observe the “SAFETY RULES”.
1.50 Gallons
Unleaded Regular
Oil Type (API-SG-SL): SAE 30 (above 32°F)
SAE 5W-30 (below 32°F)
Oil Capacity:
W/Filter:
56 oz.
W/O Filter: 48 oz.
Spark Plug:
Champion RC12YC
(Gap: .030")
Ground Speed (MPH): Forward:
Reverse:
CUSTOMER RESPONSIBILITIES
0 - 5.2
0 - 2.9
Charging System:
3 Amps Battery
5 Amps Headlights
Battery:
AMP/HR:
28
Min. CCA: 230
Case Size: U1R
Blade Torque:
45-55 FT. LBS.
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Read and observe the safety rules.
Follow a regular schedule in maintaining, caring for
and using your tractor.
Follow the instructions under “Maintenance” and “Storage” sections of this manual.
WARNING: This tractor is equipped with an internal combustion engine and should not be used on or near any unimproved forest-covered, brush-covered or grass-covered
land unless the engine’s exhaust system is equipped with
a spark arrester meeting applicable local or state laws (if
any). If a spark arrester is used, it should be maintained
in effective working order by the operator.
A spark arrester for the muffler is available through your
nearest authorized service center/department.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
SAFETY RULES ......................................................... 2-3
PRODUCT SPECIFICATIONS ....................................... 4
CUSTOMER RESPONSIBILITIES................................. 4
ASSEMBLY ................................................................. 6-7
OPERATION ............................................................. 8-13
MAINTENANCE SCHEDULE ...................................... 14
MAINTENANCE ..................................................... 14-17
SERVICE AND ADJUSTMENTS ............................ 18-23
STORAGE .................................................................... 24
TROUBLESHOOTING ............................................ 25-26
WARRANTY................................................................. 28
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UNASSEMBLED PARTS
Steering Wheel
Steering
Wheel Insert
(1) Large
Flat Washer
Steering
Wheel
(1) Lock
Washer
(1) Hex Bolt
Steering Wheel
Adapter
Steering
Extension
Shaft
Steering Boot
Seat
(1) Washer
(1) Seat
(1) Bolt
Slope Sheet
(1) Oil Drain Tube
For Future Use
Key(s)
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ASSEMBLY
Your new tractor has been assembled at the factory with exception of those parts left unassembled for shipping purposes.
To ensure safe and proper operation of your tractor all parts and hardware you assemble must be tightened securely. Use
the correct tools as necessary to ensure proper tightness.
INSTALL STEERING WHEEL
TOOLS REQUIRED FOR ASSEMBLY
• Position front wheels of the tractor so they are pointing
A socket wrench set will make assembly easier. Standard
straight forward.
wrench sizes are listed.
• Remove steering wheel adapter from steering wheel
(1) 5/16" wrench
Utility knife
and slide adapter onto steering shaft extension.
• Position steering wheel so cross bars are horizontal
(2) 7/16" wrenches
Tire pressure gauge
(left to right) and slide inside boot and onto adapter.
(2) 1/2" wrenches
Pliers
• Assemble large flat washer, lock washer, bolt and
(1) 9/16" wrench
tighten securely.
• Snap steering wheel insert into center of steering wheel.
• Remove protective materials from tractor hood and grill.
When right or left hand is mentioned in this manual, it means
when you are in the operating position (seated behind the
IMPORTANT: CHECK FOR AND REMOVE ANY STAPLES IN
SKID THAT MAY PUNCTURE TIRES WHERE TRACTOR IS TO
steering wheel).
ROLL OFF SKID.
TO REMOVE TRACTOR FROM CARTON
INSERT
UNPACK CARTON
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Remove all accessible loose parts and parts cartons
from carton .
Cut along dotted lines on all four panels of carton.
Remove end panels and lay side panels flat.
Check for any additional loose parts or cartons and
remove.
LOCK
WASHER
STEERING
BOOT
TAB
TO CHECK BATTERY (See Fig. 1)
Lift seat to raised position.
ADAPTER
EXTENSION SHAFT
LOWER
STEERING
SHAFT
NOTE: If this battery is put into service after month and
year indicated on label (label is located between terminals)
charge battery for minimum of one hour at 6-10 amps.
(See "BATTERY" in Maintenance section of this manual
for charging instructions).
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LARGE
FLAT
WASHER
STEERING
WHEEL
BEFORE REMOVING TRACTOR FROM
SKID
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BOLT
TAB
SLOT
For battery and battery cable installation see "REPLACING BATTERY" in the "Service and Adjustments"
section in this manual.
Fig. 2
INSTALL SEAT (See Figs. 3 and 4)
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LABEL
Remove bolt and flat washer securing seat to cardboard
packing and set aside for assembly of seat to tractor.
Remove the cardboard packing and discard.
SEAT
SWITCH
PAD
SLOT
Fig. 1
SEAT
PAN
ATTACH STEERING WHEEL (See Fig. 2)
ASSEMBLE EXTENSION SHAFT AND BOOT
• Slide extension shaft onto lower steering shaft.
• Place tabs of steering boot over tab slots in dash and
push down to secure.
TAPE
WIRING HARNESS
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Fig. 3
ASSEMBLY
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CHECK FOR PROPER POSITION OF BELTS
Connect switch to seat.
Place seat on seat pan so all three (3) bottom pads
are positioned over large slotted holes in pan.
Push down on seat to engage pads in slots and pull
seat towards rear of tractor.
Raise seat and tighten bolt securely.
See the figures that are shown for replacing motion and
mower blade drive belts in the Service and Adjustments section of this manual. Verify that the belts are routed correctly.
CHECK BRAKE SYSTEM
After you learn how to operate your tractor, check to see that
the brake is operating properly. See “TO CHECK BRAKE”
in the Service and Adjustments section of this manual.
TAPE
SLOT
PAD
✓CHECKLIST
FLAT
WASHER
BEFORE YOU OPERATE YOUR NEW TRACTOR, WE
WISH TO ASSURE THAT YOU RECEIVE THE BEST
PERFORMANCE AND SATISFACTION FROM THIS
QUALITY PRODUCT.
PLEASE REVIEW THE FOLLOWING CHECKLIST:
SEAT PAN
BOLT
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ADJUSTMENT
HANDLE
TAB
Fig. 4
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Remove tape and discard.
Lower seat into operating position and sit on seat.
Press clutch/brake pedal all the way down. If operating
position is not comfortable, adjust seat.
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TO ADJUST SEAT (See Fig. 4)
Grasp adjustment handle and pull up, slide seat to desired
position and release adjustment handle.
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NOTE: You may now roll your tractor off the skid. Follow the
instructions below to remove the tractor from the skid.
WARNING: Before starting, read, understand and follow
all instructions in the Operation section of this manual. Be
sure tractor is in a well-ventilated area. Be sure the area in
front of tractor is clear of other people and objects.
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All assembly instructions have been completed.
No remaining loose parts in carton.
Battery is properly prepared and charged.
Seat is adjusted comfortably and tightened securely.
All tires are properly inflated. (For shipping purposes,
the tires were overinflated at the factory).
Be sure mower deck is properly leveled side-to-side/
front-to-rear for best cutting results. (Tires must be
properly inflated for leveling).
Check mower and drive belts. Be sure they are routed
properly around pulleys and inside all belt keepers.
Check wiring. See that all connections are still secure
and wires are properly clamped.
Before driving tractor, be sure freewheel control is in
“transmission engaged” position (see “TO TRANSPORT” in the Operation section of this manual).
WHILE LEARNING HOW TO USE YOUR TRACTOR, PAY
EXTRA ATTENTION TO THE FOLLOWING IMPORTANT
ITEMS:
TO ROLL TRACTOR OFF SKID (See Operation
section for location and function of controls)
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Raise attachment lift lever to its highest position.
Release parking brake by depressing clutch/brake pedal.
Place freewheel control in "transmission disengaged
position" (See “TO TRANSPORT” in the Operation
section of this manual).
• Roll tractor forward off skid.
• Remove banding holding the deflector shield up against
tractor.
Continue with the instructions that follow.
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CHECK TIRE PRESSURE
The tires on your tractor were overinflated at the factory
for shipping purposes. Correct tire pressure is important
for best cutting performance.
• Reduce tire pressure to PSI shown on sides of tires.
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CHECK DECK LEVELNESS
For best cutting results, mower housing should be properly leveled. See “TO LEVEL MOWER HOUSING” in the
Service and Adjustments section of this manual.
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Engine oil is at proper level.
Fuel tank is filled with fresh, clean, regular unleaded
gasoline.
Become familiar with all controls, their location and
function. Operate them before you start the engine.
Be sure brake system is in safe operating condition.
Be sure Operator Presence System and Reverse Operation System (ROS) are working properly (See the
Operation and Maintenance sections in this manual).
It is important to purge the transmission before operating your tractor for the first time. Follow proper starting and transmission purging instructions (See “TO
START ENGINE” and “PURGE TRANSMISSION” in
the Operation section of this manual).
OPERATION
These symbols may appear on your tractor or in literature supplied with the product. Learn and understand their meaning.
REVERSE
NEUTRAL
HIGH
LOW
CHOKE
FAST
SLOW
IGNITION SWITCH
P
ENGINE OFF
OVER TEMP
LIGHT
REVERSE
OPERATION
SYSTEM (ROS)
FUEL
ENGINE ON
OIL PRESSURE
ENGINE START
BATTERY
PARKING BRAKE
REVERSE
FORWARD
PARKING BRAKE
LOCKED
MOWER HEIGHT
PARKING BRAKE
UNLOCKED
MOWER LIFT
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ATTACHMENT
CLUTCH DISENGAGED
ATTACHMENT
CLUTCH ENGAGED
LIGHTS ON
FREE WHEEL
(Automatic Models only)
Failure to follow instructions
could result in serious injury or
death. The safety alert symbol
is used to identify safety information about hazards which can
result in death, serious injury
and/or property damage.
DANGER, KEEP HANDS
AND FEET AWAY
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SLOPE HAZARDS
KEEP AREA CLEAR
(SEE SAFETY RULES SECTION)
DANGER indicates a hazard which, if not avoided,
will result in death or serious injury.
WARNING indicates a hazard which, if not avoided,
could result in death or serious injury.
CAUTION indicates a hazard which, if not avoided,
might result in minor or moderate injury.
CAUTION when used without the alert symbol,
indicates a situation that could result in damage
to the tractor and/or engine.
HOT SURFACES indicates a hazard which,
if not avoided, could result in death, serious injury
and/or property damage.
FIRE indicates a hazard which, if not avoided,
could result in death, serious injury and/or
property damage.
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OPERATION
KNOW YOUR TRACTOR
READ THIS OWNER'S MANUAL AND SAFETY RULES BEFORE OPERATING YOUR TRACTOR
Compare the illustrations with your tractor to familiarize yourself with the locations of various controls and adjustments.
Save this manual for future reference.
ROS "ON"
POSITION
LIGHT SWITCH
THROTTLE/CHOKE
CONTROL
ATTACHMENT
CLUTCH LEVER
CLUTCH/BRAKE
PEDAL
IGNITION
SWITCH
PARKING BRAKE
ATTACHMENT
LIFT LEVER
MOTION
CONTROL
LEVER
FREEWHEEL
CONTROL
Fig. 5
Our tractors conform to the applicable safety standards of the American National Standards Institute.
LIGHT SWITCH - Turns the headlights on and off.
PARKING BRAKE - Locks clutch/brake pedal into the
brake position.
REVERSE OPERATION SYSTEM (ROS) “ON” POSITION - Allows operation of mower deck or other powered
attachment while in reverse.
THROTTLE/CHOKE CONTROL - Used for starting and
controlling engine speed.
FREEWHEEL CONTROL - Disengages transmission for
pushing or slowly towing the tractor with the engine off.
ATTACHMENT CLUTCH LEVER - Used to engage the
mower blades, or other attachments mounted to your tractor.
ATTACHMENT LIFT LEVER - Used to raise, lower, and adjust
the mower deck or other attachments mounted to your tractor.
CLUTCH/BRAKE PEDAL - Used for declutching and braking the tractor and starting the engine.
MOTION CONTROL LEVER - Selects the speed and
direction of the tractor.
IGNITION SWITCH - Used for starting and stopping the
engine.
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OPERATION
The operation of any tractor can result in foreign objects thrown into the eyes, which can result
in severe eye damage. Always wear safety glasses or eye shields while operating your tractor
or performing any adjustments or repairs. We recommend a wide vision safety mask over spectacles or standard safety glasses.
HOW TO USE YOUR TRACTOR
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Never use choke to stop engine.
IMPORTANT: LEAVING THE IGNITION SWITCH IN ANY
POSITION OTHER THAN "STOP" WILL CAUSE THE BATTERY
TO BE DISCHARGED, (DEAD).
TO SET PARKING BRAKE (See Fig. 6)
Your tractor is equipped with an operator presence sensing switch. When engine is running, any attempt by the
operator to leave the seat without first setting the parking
brake will shut off the engine.
• Depress clutch/brake pedal into full “BRAKE” position
and hold.
• Place parking brake lever in “ENGAGED” position
and release pressure from clutch/brake pedal. Pedal
should remain in “BRAKE” position. Make sure parking
brake will hold tractor secure.
NOTE: Under certain conditions when tractor is standing
idle with the engine running, hot engine exhaust gases may
cause “browning” of grass. To eliminate this possibility, always stop engine when stopping tractor on grass areas.
CAUTION: Always stop tractor completely, as described above, before leaving the operator's position; to empty
grass catcher, etc.
TO USE THROTTLE CONTROL (See Fig. 8)
B
C
Always operate engine at full speed (fast).
• Operating engine at less than full speed (fast) reduces
the engine's operating efficiency.
• Full speed (fast) offers the best mower performance.
D
Fig. 6
F
STOPPING (See Fig. 7)
MOWER BLADES • To stop mower blades,move attachment clutch lever
to “DISENGAGED” position.
Fig. 8
TO MOVE FORWARD AND BACKWARD
(See Fig. 9)
The direction and speed of movement is controlled by the
motion control lever. (J)
(
) ATTACHMENT
CLUTCH LEVER
“DISENGAGED”
(
) ATTACHMENT
CLUTCH LEVER
“ENGAGED”
Fig. 7
GROUND DRIVE • To stop ground drive, depress clutch/brake pedal into
full “BRAKE” position.
• Move motion control lever to neutral position.
ENGINE • Move throttle control between half and full speed (fast)
position.
NOTE: Failure to move throttle control between half and
full speed (fast) position, before stopping may cause engine
to “backfire”.
• Turn ignition key to “STOP” position and remove key.
Always remove key when leaving tractor to prevent
unauthorized use.
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Fig. 9
Start tractor with motion control lever in neutral position.
Release parking brake.
Slowly move motion control lever to desired position.
OPERATION
TO ADJUST MOWER CUTTING HEIGHT
(See Fig. 10)
REVERSE OPERATION SYSTEM (ROS)
Your tractor is equipped with a Reverse Operation System
(ROS). Any attempt by the operator to travel in the reverse
direction with the attachment clutch engaged will shut off the
engine unless ignition key is placed in the ROS "ON" position.
The position of the attachment lift lever (A) determines the
cutting height.
WARNING: Backing up with the attachment clutch engaged while mowing is strongly discouraged. Turning the
ROS "ON", to allow reverse operation with the attachment
clutch engaged, should only be done when the operator
decides it is necessary to reposition the machine with the
attachment engaged. Do not mow in reverse unless
absolutely necessary.
USING THE REVERSE OPERATION SYSTEM (See Fig. 12)
Only use if you are certain no children or other bystanders
will enter the mowing area.
• Move motion control lever to neutral position.
• With engine running, turn ignition key counterclockwise
to ROS "ON" position.
• Look down and behind before and while backing.
• Slowly move motion control lever to reverse (R) position
to start movement.
• When use of the ROS is no longer needed, turn the
ignition key clockwise to engine "ON" position.
A
Fig. 10
• Put attachment lift lever in desired cutting height slot.
The cutting height range is approximately 1" to 4". The
heights are measured from the ground to the blade tip with
the engine not running. These heights are approximate
and may vary depending upon soil conditions, height of
grass and types of grass being mowed.
• The average lawn should be cut to approximately
2-1/2" during the cool season and to over 3" during
hot months. For healthier and better looking lawns,
mow often and after moderate growth.
• For best cutting performance, grass over 6" in height
should be mowed twice. Make the first cut relatively
high; the second to desired height.
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TO ADJUST GAUGE WHEELS (See Fig. 11)
ROS "ON"
POSITION
Gauge wheels are properly adjusted when they are slightly
off the ground when mower is at the desired cutting height in
operating position. Gauge wheels then keep the deck in proper position to help prevent scalping in most terrain conditions.
NOTE:Adjust gauge wheels with tractor on a flat level surface.
• Adjust mower to desired cutting height (See “TO ADJUST MOWER CUTTING HEIGHT” in the Operation
section of this manual).
• With mower in desired height of cut position, gauge wheels
should be assembled so they are slightly off the ground.
Install gauge wheel in appropriate hole with shoulder
bolt, washer, washer, and locknut and tighten securely.
• Repeat for opposite side installing gauge wheel in same
adjustment hole.
ENGINE "ON" POSITION
(NORMAL OPERATING)
Fig. 12
TO OPERATE MOWER
Your tractor is equipped with an operator presence sensing
switch. Any attempt by the operator to leave the seat with
the engine running and the attachment clutch engaged will
shut off the engine. You must remain fully and centrally
positioned in the seat to prevent the engine from hesitating or cutting off when operating your equipment on rough,
rolling terrain or hills.
• Select desired height of cut with attachment lift lever.
• Start mower blades by engaging attachment clutch.
TO STOP MOWER BLADES •
Disengage attachment clutch control.
CAUTION: Do not operate the mower without
either the entire grass catcher, on mowers
so equipped, or the deflector shield (S) in
place (See Fig. 13).
S
Fig. 11
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Fig. 13
OPERATION
TO OPERATE ON HILLS
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CAUTION: Do not drive up or down
hills with slopes greater than 15° and
do not drive across any slope.
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Choose the lowest speed before starting up or down hills.
Avoid stopping or changing speed on hills.
If slowing is necessary, move throttle control lever to
slower position.
If stopping is absolutely necessary, push clutch/brake
pedal quickly to brake position and engage parking brake.
Move motion control lever to neutral position.
•
ADD GASOLINE
•
IMPORTANT: THE MOTION CONTROL LEVER DOES NOT
RETURN TO NEUTRAL POSITION WHEN THE CLUTCH/BRAKE
PEDAL IS DEPRESSED.
•
•
•
Check engine oil with tractor on level ground.
Remove oil fill cap/dipstick and wipe clean, reinsert the
dipstick and screw cap tight, wait for a few seconds,
remove and read oil level. If necessary, add oil until
“FULL” mark on dipstick is reached. Do not overfill.
For cold weather operation you should change oil for
easier starting (See “OIL VISCOSITY CHART” in the
Maintenance section of this manual).
To change engine oil, see the Maintenance section in
this manual.
To restart movement, slowly release parking brake and
clutch/brake pedal.
Slowly move motion control lever to slowest setting.
Make all turns slowly.
Fill fuel tank to bottom of filler neck. Do not overfill.
Use fresh, clean, regular unleaded gasoline with a
minimum of 87 octane. (Use of leaded gasoline will
increase carbon and lead oxide deposits and reduce
valve life). Do not mix oil with gasoline. Purchase fuel
in quantities that can be used within 30 days to assure
fuel freshness.
CAUTION: Wipe off any spilled oil or fuel.
Do not store, spill or use gasoline near an
open flame.
TO TRANSPORT (See Fig. 14)
When pushing or towing your tractor, be sure to disengage
transmission by placing freewheel control in freewheeling
position. Free wheel control is located at the rear drawbar
of tractor.
• Raise attachment lift to highest position with attachment
lift control.
• Pull freewheel control out and into the slot and release
so it is held in the disengaged position.
• Do not push or tow tractor at more than two (2) MPH.
• To reengage transmission, reverse above procedure.
NOTE: To protect hood from damage when transporting
your tractor on a truck or a trailer, be sure hood is closed
and secured to tractor. Use an appropriate means of tying
hood to tractor (rope, cord, etc.).
IMPORTANT: WHEN OPERATING IN TEMPERATURES BELOW
32°F(0°C), USE FRESH, CLEAN WINTER GRADE GASOLINE
TO HELP ENSURE GOOD COLD WEATHER STARTING.
CAUTION: Alcohol blended fuels (called gasohol
or using ethanol or methanol) can attract moisture
which leads to separation and formation of acids
during storage. Acidic gas can damage the fuel system of an engine while in storage. To avoid engine
problems, the fuel system should be emptied before
storage of 30 days or longer. Drain the gas tank,
start the engine and let it run until the fuel lines and
carburetor are empty. Use fresh fuel next season.
See Storage Instructions for additional information.
Never use engine or carburetor cleaner products in
the fuel tank or permanent damage may occur.
TRANSMISSION ENGAGED
TO START ENGINE (See Fig. 5)
When starting the engine for the first time or if the engine
has run out of fuel, it will take extra cranking time to move
fuel from the tank to the engine.
• Be sure freewheel control is in the transmission engaged
position.
• Sit on seat in operating position, depress clutch/brake
pedal and set parking brake.
• Place motion control lever in neutral position.
• Move attachment clutch to “DISENGAGED” position.
• Move throttle control to choke position.
NOTE: Before starting, read the warm and cold starting
procedures below.
• Insert key into ignition and turn key clockwise to “START”
position and release key as soon as engine starts.
Do not run starter continuously for more than fifteen
seconds per minute. If the engine does not start after
several attempts, move throttle control to fast position,
wait a few minutes and try again. If engine still does
not start, move the throttle control back to the choke
position and retry.
TRANSMISSION DISENGAGED
Fig. 14
TOWING CARTS AND OTHER ATTACHMENTS
Tow only the attachments that are recommended by and
comply with specifications of the manufacturer of your tractor. Use common sense when towing. Too heavy of a load,
while on a slope, is dangerous. Tires can lose traction with
the ground and cause you to lose control of your tractor.
BEFORE STARTING THE ENGINE
CHECK ENGINE OIL LEVEL
The engine in your tractor has been shipped, from the
factory, already filled with summer weight oil.
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OPERATION
5. Move motion control lever to neutral position. Shut- off
engine and set parking brake.
6. Engage transmission by placing freewheel control in
engaged position (See “TO TRANSPORT” in this section of manual).
7. Sitting in the tractor seat, start engine. After the engine
is running, move throttle control to half (1/2) speed.
With motion control lever in neutral position, slowly
disengage clutch/brake pedal.
8. Slowly move motion control lever forward, after the
tractor moves approximately five (5) feet, slowly move
motion control lever to reverse position. After the tractor moves approximately five (5) feet return the motion
control lever to the neutral position. Repeat this procedure with the motion control lever three (3) times.
Your transmission is now purged and now ready for normal
operation.
WARM WEATHER STARTING (50°F (10°C) and above)
• When engine starts, move the throttle control to the
fast position.
• The attachments and ground drive can now be used. If
the engine does not accept the load, restart the engine
and allow it to warm up for one minute using the choke
as described above.
COLD WEATHER STARTING (50°F (10°C) and below)
• When engine starts, allow engine to run with the
throttle control in the choke position until the engine
runs roughly, then move throttle control to fast position. This may require an engine warm-up period from
several seconds to several minutes, depending on the
temperature.
AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION WARM UP
• Before driving the unit in cold weather, the transmission
should be warmed up as follows:
• Be sure the tractor is on level ground.
• Place the motion control lever in neutral.
Release the parking brake and let the clutch/brake
slowly return to operating position.
• Allow one minute for transmission to warm up. This
can be done during the engine warm up period.
• The attachments can also be used during the engine warmup period after the transmission has been warmed up.
NOTE: If at a high altitude (above 3000 feet) or in cold
temperatures (below 32° F(0° C) the carburetor fuel mixture
may need to be adjusted for best engine performance. See
“TO ADJUST CARBURETOR” in the Service and Adjustments section of this manual.
MOWING TIPS
•
•
•
•
PURGE TRANSMISSION
Mower should be properly leveled for best mowing
performance. See "TO LEVEL MOWER HOUSING" in
the Service and Adjustments section of this manual.
The left hand side of mower should be used for trimming.
Drive so that clippings are discharged onto the area
that has been cut. Have the cut area to the right of the
machine. This will result in a more even distribution of
clippings and more uniform cutting.
When mowing large areas, start by turning to the right
so that clippings will discharge away from shrubs,
fences, driveways, etc. After one or two rounds, mow
in the opposite direction making left hand turns until
finished (See Fig. 15).
CAUTION: Never engage or disengage the
freewheel lever while the engine is running.
To ensure proper operation and performance, it is recommended that the transmission be purged before operating
tractor for the first time. This procedure will remove any
trapped air inside the transmission which may have developed during shipping of your tractor.
IMPORTANT: SHOULD YOUR TRANSMISSION REQUIRE
REMOVAL FOR SERVICE OR REPLACEMENT, IT SHOULD
BE PURGED AFTER REINSTALLATION BEFORE OPERATING
THE TRACTOR.
Fig. 15
1. Place tractor safely on a level surface - that is clear
and open - with engine off and parking brake set.
2. Disengage transmission by placing freewheel control
in freewheeling position (See “TO TRANSPORT” in
this section of manual).
3. Sitting in the tractor seat, start engine. After the engine
is running, move throttle control to slow position. With
motion control lever in neutral position, slowly disengage
clutch/brake pedal.
•
•
•
CAUTION: At any time, during step 4, there
may be movement of the drive wheels.
4. Move motion control lever to full forward position and
hold for five (5) seconds. Move lever to full reverse
position and hold for five (5) seconds. Repeat this
procedure three (3) times.
•
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If grass is extremely tall, it should be mowed twice to
reduce load and possible fire hazard from dried clippings. Make first cut relatively high; the second to the
desired height.
Do not mow grass when it is wet. Wet grass will plug
mower and leave undesirable clumps. Allow grass to
dry before mowing.
Always operate engine at full throttle when mowing to assure better mowing performance and proper discharge
of material. Regulate ground speed by selecting a low
enough gear to give the mower cutting performance
as well as the quality of cut desired.
When operating attachments, select a ground speed
that will suit the terrain and give best performance of
the attachment being used.
MAINTENANCE
MAINTENANCE
SCHEDULE
BEFORE
EACH
USE
EVERY
8
HOURS
EVERY
25
HOURS
EVERY
50
HOURS
EVERY
100
HOURS
EVERY
SEASON
BEFORE
STORAGE
Check Brake Operation
T
R
A
C
T
0
R
Check Tire Pressure
Check Operator Presence & ROS Systems
Check for Loose Fasteners
Check/Replace Mower Blades
3
Lubrication Chart
Check Battery Level
4
Clean Battery and Terminals
Clean Debris Off Steering Plate
Check Transaxle Cooling
5
Check Mower Levelness
Check V-Belts
Check Engine Oil Level
Change Engine Oil (with oil filter)
E
N
G
I
N
E
1,2
Change Engine Oil (without oil filter)
1,2
Clean Air Filter
2
Clean Air Screen
2
Inspect Muffler/Spark Arrester
Replace Oil Filter (If equipped)
1, 2
Clean Engine Cooling Fins
2
Replace Spark Plug
Replace Air Filter Paper Cartridge
2
Replace Fuel Filter
1 - Change more often when operating under a heavy load or in high ambient temperatures.
3 - Replace blades more often when mowing in sandy soil.
2 - Service more often when operating in dirty or dusty conditions.
4 - Not required if equipped with maintenance-free battery.
GENERAL RECOMMENDATIONS
5 - See Cleaning in Maintenance Section.
LUBRICATION CHART
The warranty on this tractor does not cover items that have
been subjected to operator abuse or negligence. To receive
full value from the warranty, operator must maintain tractor
as instructed in this manual.
Some adjustments will need to be made periodically to
properly maintain your tractor.
At least once a season, check to see if you should make
any of the adjustments described in the Service and
Adjustments section of this manual.
• At least once a year you should replace the spark plug,
clean or replace air filter, and check blades and belts
for wear. A new spark plug and clean air filter assure
proper air-fuel mixture and help your engine run better
and last longer.
➀ SPINDLE ZERK
➀ SPINDLE ZERK
➀ FRONT
➀ FRONT
WHEEL
BEARING
ZERK
WHEEL
BEARING
ZERK
➀ STEERING
➁ ENGINE
SECTOR
GEAR
TEETH
BEFORE EACH USE
•
•
•
•
•
Check engine oil level.
Check brake operation.
Check tire pressure.
Check operator presence and ROS systems for proper
operation.
Check for loose fasteners.
01965
➀
➁
General Purpose Grease
Refer to Maintenance “ENGINE” Section
IMPORTANT: DO NOT OIL OR GREASE THE PIVOT POINTS
WHICH HAVE SPECIAL NYLON BEARINGS. VISCOUS
LUBRICANTS WILL ATTRACT DUST AND DIRT THAT WILL
SHORTEN THE LIFE OF THE SELF-LUBRICATING BEARINGS.
IF YOU FEEL THEY MUST BE LUBRICATED, USE ONLY A DRY,
POWDERED GRAPHITE TYPE LUBRICANT SPARINGLY.
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MAINTENANCE
TRACTOR
BLADE CARE
For best results mower blades must be kept sharp. Replace
bent or damaged blades.
Always observe safety rules when performing any maintenance.
BRAKE OPERATION
If tractor requires more than five (5) feet to stop at highest
speed in highest gear on a level, dry concrete or paved
surface, then brake must be checked and adjusted. (See
“TO CHECK BRAKE” in the Service and Adjustments section of this manual).
CAUTION: Use only a replacement blade approved by the manufacturer of your tractor.
Using a blade not approved by the manufacturer of your tractor is hazardous, could
damage your tractor and void your warranty.
BLADE REMOVAL (See Fig. 17)
TIRES
• Maintain proper air pressure in all tires (See the side
of tires for proper PSI).
• Keep tires free of gasoline, oil, or insect control chemicals which can harm rubber.
• Avoid stumps, stones, deep ruts, sharp objects and
other hazards that may cause tire damage.
NOTE: To seal tire punctures and prevent flat tires due to
slow leaks, tire sealant may be purchased from your local
parts dealer. Tire sealant also prevents tire dry rot and
corrosion.
•
Raise mower to highest position to allow access to
blades.
NOTE: Protect your hands with gloves and/or wrap blade
with heavy cloth.
• Remove blade bolt by turning counterclockwise.
• Install new blade with stamped "THIS SIDE UP" facing
deck and mandrel assembly.
IMPORTANT: To ensure proper assembly, center hole in
blade must align with star on mandrel assembly.
• Install and tighten blade bolt securely (45-55 Ft. Lbs.
torque).
IMPORTANT: Special blade bolt is heat treated.
OPERATOR PRESENCE SYSTEM AND REVERSE OPERATION SYSTEM (ROS) (See Fig. 16)
Be sure operator presence and reverse operation systems
are working properly. If your tractor does not function as
described, repair the problem immediately.
• The engine should not start unless the brake pedal is
fully depressed, and the attachment clutch control is
in the disengaged position.
CENTER
HOLE
02
54
5
CHECK OPERATOR PRESENCE SYSTEM
• When the engine is running, any attempt by the operator
to leave the seat without first setting the parking brake
should shut off the engine.
• When the engine is running and the attachment clutch
is engaged, any attempt by the operator to leave the
seat should shut off the engine.
• The attachment clutch should never operate unless
the operator is in the seat.
BLADE
BLADE BOLT
(SPECIAL)
BATTERY
Fig. 17
Your tractor has a battery charging system which is sufficient
for normal use. However, periodic charging of the battery
with an automotive charger will extend its life.
• Keep battery and terminals clean.
• Keep battery bolts tight.
• Keep small vent holes open.
• Recharge at 6-10 amperes for 1 hour.
NOTE: The original equipment battery on your tractor is
maintenance free. Do not attempt to open or remove caps
or covers. Adding or checking level of electrolyte is not
necessary.
CHECK REVERSE OPERATION (ROS) SYSTEM
• When the engine is running with the ignition switch in
the engine "ON" position and the attachment clutch
engaged, any attempt by the operator to shift into
reverse should shut off the engine.
• When the engine is running with the ignition switch in
the ROS "ON" position and the attachment clutch engaged, any attempt by the operator to shift into reverse
should NOT shut off the engine.
TO CLEAN BATTERY AND TERMINALS
Corrosion and dirt on the battery and terminals can cause
the battery to “leak” power.
• Disconnect BLACK battery cable first then RED battery cable and remove battery from tractor.
• Rinse the battery with plain water and dry.
• Clean terminals and battery cable ends with wire brush
until bright.
• Coat terminals with grease or petroleum jelly.
• Reinstall battery (See “REPLACING BATTERY” in the
Service and Adjustment section of this manual).
02828
ROS "ON"
POSITION
MANDREL
ASSEMBLY
STAR
ENGINE "ON" POSITION
(NORMAL OPERATING)
Fig. 16
15
MAINTENANCE
OIL DRAIN VALVE
V-BELTS
Check V-belts for deterioration and wear after 100 hours
of operation and replace if necessary. The belts are not
adjustable. Replace belts if they begin to slip from wear.
CLOSED
AND
LOCKED
POSITION
TRANSAXLE MAINTENANCE
The transmission fan and cooling fins should be kept clean
to assure proper cooling.
Do not attempt to clean fan or transmission while engine
is running or while the transmission is hot. To prevent possible damage to seals, do not use high pressure water or
steam to clean transmission.
• Inspect cooling fan to be sure fan blades are intact and
clean.
• Inspect cooling fins for dirt, grass clippings and other
materials. To prevent damage to seals, do not use compressed air or high pressure sprayer to clean cooling fins.
Fig. 19
•
•
•
•
The transaxle was sealed at the factory and fluid maintenance is not required for the life of the transaxle. Should
the transaxle ever leak or require servicing, contact your
nearest authorized service center/department.
ENGINE
Replace the engine oil filter every season or every other oil
change if the tractor is used more than 100 hours in one
year. See engine manual.
Only use high quality detergent oil rated with API service
classification SG-SL. Select the oil’s SAE viscosity grade
according to your expected operating temperature.
AIR FILTER
Your engine will not run properly using a dirty air filter.
Service air cleaner more often under dusty conditions.
See engine manual.
SAE VISCOSITY GRADES
SAE 30
5W-30
C
-30
0
-20
30
-10
32
40
0
10
20
CLEAN AIR SCREEN
100
80
60
30
After oil has drained completely, close and lock the
drain valve by pushing inward and turning clockwise
until the pin is in the locked position as shown.
Remove the drain tube and replace the cap onto to the
bottom fitting of the drain valve.
Refill engine with oil through oil fill dipstick tube. Pour
slowly. Do not overfill. For approximate capacity see
“PRODUCT SPECIFICATIONS” section of this manual.
Use gauge on oil fill cap/dipstick for checking level.
Be sure dipstick cap is tightened securely for accurate
reading. Keep oil at “FULL” line on dipstick. Tighten
cap onto the tube securely when finished.
ENGINE OIL FILTER
LUBRICATION
-20
DRAIN
TUBE
YELLOW CAP
TRANSAXLE PUMP FLUID
F
3
46
02
Air screen must be kept free of dirt and chaff to prevent
engine damage from overheating. Clean with a wire brush or
compressed air to remove dirt and stubborn dried gum fibers.
40
TEMPERATURE RANGE ANTICIPATED BEFORE NEXT OIL CHANGE
Fig. 18
NOTE: Although multi-viscosity oils (5W30, 10W30 etc.)
improve starting in cold weather, they will result in increased
oil consumption when used above 32°F. Check your engine
oil level more frequently to avoid possible engine damage
from running low on oil.
Change the oil after every 50 hours of operation or at least
once a year if the tractor is not used for 50 hours in one year.
Check the crankcase oil level before starting the engine
and after each eight (8) hours of operation. Tighten oil fill
cap/dipstick securely each time you check the oil level.
ENGINE COOLING SYSTEM
To ensure proper cooling, make sure the grass screen,
cooling fins, and other external surfaces of the engine are
kept clean at all times.
Every 100 hours of operation (more often under extremely
dusty, dirty conditions), remove the blower housing and other
cooling shrouds. Clean the cooling fins and external surfaces
as necessary. Ensure the cooling shrouds are reinstalled.
NOTE: Operating the engine with a blocked grass screen,
dirty or plugged cooling fins, and/or cooling shrouds removed
will cause engine damage due to overheating.
TO CHANGE ENGINE OIL
(See Figs. 18 and 19)
Determine temperature range expected before oil change.
All oil must meet API service classification SG-SL.
• Be sure tractor is on level surface.
• Oil will drain more freely when warm.
• Catch oil in a suitable container.
• Remove oil fill cap/dipstick. Be careful not to allow dirt
to enter the engine when changing oil.
• Remove yellow cap from end of drain valve and install
the drain tube onto the fitting.
• Unlock drain valve by pushing inward and turning
counterclockwise.
• To open, pull out on the drain valve.
MUFFLER
Inspect and replace corroded muffler and spark arrester (if
equipped) as it could create a fire hazard and/or damage.
SPARK PLUGS
Replace spark plugs at the beginning of each mowing season or after every 100 hours of use, whichever comes first.
Spark plug type and gap setting is shown in "PRODUCT
SPECIFICATIONS" section of this manual.
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MAINTENANCE
IN-LINE FUEL FILTER (See Fig. 20)
DECK WASHOUT PORT (See Fig. 22)
The fuel filter should be replaced once each season. If fuel
filter becomes clogged, obstructing fuel flow to carburetor,
replacement is required.
• With engine cool, remove filter and plug fuel line sections.
• Place new fuel filter in position in fuel line with arrow
pointing towards carburetor.
• Be sure there are no fuel line leaks and clamps are
properly positioned.
• Immediately wipe up any spilled gasoline.
Your tractor’s deck is equipped with a washout port on
its surface as part of its deck wash system. It should be
utilized after each use.
1. Drive the tractor to a level, clear spot on your lawn, near
enough to a water spigot for your garden hose to reach.
IMPORTANT: Make certain the tractor’s discharge chute is
directed AWAY from your house, garage, parked cars, etc.
Remove bagger chute or mulch cover if attached.
2. Make sure the attachment clutch control is in the
“DISENGAGED” position, set the parking brake, and
stop the engine.
3. Thread the nozzle adapter (packaged with your tractor’s
Operator’s Manual) onto the end of your garden hose.
4. Pull back the lock collar of the nozzle adapter and push
the adapter onto the deck washout port at the left end
of the mower deck. Release the lock collar to lock the
adapter on the nozzle.
CLAMP
CLAMP
00667
FUEL FILTER
Fig. 20
HOSE
CLEANING
•
•
NOZZLE ADAPTER
WASHOUT
PORT
Clean engine, battery, seat, finish, etc. of all foreign
matter.
Clean debris from steering plate. Debris can restrict
clutch/brake pedal shaft movement, causing belt slip
and loss of drive.
CAUTION: Avoid all pinch points and
movable parts (See Fig. 21)
Fig. 22
IMPORTANT: Tug hose ensuring connection is secure.
5. Turn the water on.
6. While sitting in the operator’s position on the tractor,
re-start the engine and place the throttle lever in the
Fast " " position.
IMPORTANT: Recheck the area making certain the area
is clear.
7. Move the tractor’s attachment clutch control to the “ENGAGED” position. Remain in the operator’s position with
the cutting deck engaged until the deck is cleaned.
8. Move the tractor’s attachment clutch control to the
“DISENGAGED” position. Turn the ignition key to the
STOP position to turn the tractor’s engine off. Turn the
water off.
9. Pull back the lock collar of the nozzle adapter to disconnect the adapter from the nozzle washout port.
10. Move the tractor to a dry area, preferably a concrete or
paved area. Place the attachment clutch control in the
“ENGAGED” position to remove excess water and to
help dry before putting the tractor away.
CLUTCH/BRAKE PEDAL
CLEAN TOP SIDE
STEERING
PLATE
CAUTION:
PINCH
POINTS
STEERING SYSTEM,
DASH, FENDER AND
MOWER NOT SHOWN
Fig. 21
•
Keep finished surfaces and wheels free of all gasoline,
oil, etc.
• Protect painted surfaces with automotive type wax.
We do not recommend using a garden hose or pressure
washer to clean your tractor unless the engine and transmission are covered to keep water out. Water in engine or
transmission will shorten the useful life of your tractor. Use
compressed air or a leaf blower to remove grass, leaves
and trash from tractor and mower.
•
•
17
WARNING: A broken or missing washout
fitting could expose you or others to
thrown objects from contact with the blade.
Replace broken or missing washout fitting
immediately, prior to using mower again.
Plug any holes in mower with bolts and locknuts.
SERVICE AND ADJUSTMENTS
WARNING: TO AVOID SERIOUS INJURY, BEFORE PERFORMING ANY SERVICE OR ADJUSTMENTS:
• Depress brake pedal fully and set parking brake.
• Place motion control lever in neutral position.
• Place attachment clutch in “DISENGAGED” position.
• Turn ignition key to “STOP” and remove key.
• Make sure the blades and all moving parts have completely stopped.
• Disconnect spark plug wire from spark plug and place wire where it cannot come in contact with plug.
TO REMOVE MOWER (See Fig. 23)
IMPORTANT: IF AN ATTACHMENT OTHER THAN THE
MOWER IS TO BE MOUNTED ON THE TRACTOR,
REMOVE THE FRONT LINK (E) AND REAR LIFT LINKS
(C) FROM TRACTOR AND HOOK THE CLUTCH SPRING
(Q) INTO THE CABLE GUIDE ON FRONT EDGE OF
LOWER DASH.
•
•
TO INSTALL MOWER (See Fig. 23-28)
•
•
•
•
•
Place attachment clutch in “DISENGAGED” position.
Lower attachment lift lever to its lowest position.
Roll belt off engine pulley (M) and belt keepers (G).
Remove retainer spring (K), slide collar (L) off and
push housing guide (P) out of bracket.
Remove clutch cable spring (Q) from idler arm (R).
Disconnect front link (E) from mower - remove retainer
spring and washer.
Go to either side of mower and disconnect mower
suspension arm (A) from chassis pin (B) and rear lift
link (C) from rear mower bracket (D) - remove retainer
springs and washers.
Be sure tractor is on level surface and engage parking
brake.
• Lower attachment lift lever to its lowest position.
CAUTION: LIFT LEVER IS SPRING
LOADED. HAVE A TIGHT GRIP ON
LIFT LEVER, LOWER IT SLOWLY AND
ENGAGE IN LOWEST POSITION.
CAUTION: AFTER REAR LIFT LINKS
ARE DISCONNECTED, THE ATTACHMENT LIFT LEVER WILL BE SPRING
LOADED. HAVE A TIGHT GRIP ON LIFT
LEVER WHEN CHANGING POSITION
OF THE LEVER.
•
NOTE: Be sure mower side suspension arms (A) are pointing forward before sliding mower under tractor.
• Slide mower under tractor until it is centered under
tractor.
Slide mower out from under right side of tractor.
F
M
G
G
R
Q
A
E
B
P
K
C
L
18
D
Fig. 23
SERVICE AND ADJUSTMENTS
•
•
ATTACH MOWER SIDE SUSPENSION ARMS (A) TO
CHASSIS - Position hole in arm over pin (B) on outside
of tractor chassis and secure with retainer spring.
Repeat on opposite side of tractor.
•
Insert end of link (E) into hole in front mower bracket
and secure with washer and retainer spring (J).
E
A
J
F
H
B
•
Fig. 24
•
•
ATTACH REAR LIFT LINKS (C) - Lift rear corner of
mower and position slot in link assembly over pin (D)
on rear mower bracket and secure with washer and
retainer spring.
•
Fig. 26
Hook end of clutch cable spring (Q) into hole in idler
arm (R).
Push clutch cable housing guide (P) into bracket, slide
collar (L) onto guide and secure with retainer spring (K).
Install belt on engine pulley (M), in belt keepers (G).
M
C
Fig. 27
IMPORTANT: CHECK BELT FOR PROPER ROUTING
IN ALL MOWER PULLEY GROOVES.
• Raise attachment lift lever to highest position.
• If necessary, adjust gauge wheels before operating
mower as shown in the Operation section of this manual.
D
Fig. 25
•
ATTACH FRONT LINK (E) - Work from left side of tractor. Insert rod end of link assembly through front hole
in tractor front suspension bracket (F).
F
M
G
G
R
Q
A
E
B
P
K
C
L
D
19
Fig. 28
SERVICE AND ADJUSTMENTS
TO LEVEL MOWER
•
If adjustment is necessary, see step in Visual Adjustment instructions above.
• Recheck measurements, adjust if necessary until both
sides are equal.
FRONT-TO-BACK ADJUSTMENT (See Figs. 31 & 32)
IMPORTANT: Deck must be level side-to-side.
To obtain the best cutting results, the mower blades should
be adjusted so the front tip is 1/8" to 1/2" lower than the
rear tip when the mower is in its highest position.
Make sure tires are properly inflated to the PSI shown on
tires. If tires are over or under inflated, it may affect the
appearance of your lawn and lead you to think the mower
is not adjusted properly.
VISUAL SIDE-TO-SIDE ADJUSTMENT (See Fig. 29)
• With all tires properly inflated and if your lawn appears
unevenly cut, determine which side of mower is cutting
lower.
• With a 3/4" or adjustable wrench, turn lift link adjustment nut (A) to the left to lower LH side of mower, or,
to the right to raise LH side of mower.
CAUTION: Blades are sharp. Protect
your hands with gloves and/or wrap
blade with heavy cloth.
•
•
A
Raise mower to highest position.
Position blade so the tip is pointing straight forward.
Measure distance (B) to the ground at front and rear
tip of the blade.
B
B
Fig. 31
•
Turn nut left
to lower mower
Turn nut right
to raise mower
•
02948
Fig. 29
NOTE: Each full turn of adjustment nut will change mower
height about 3/16".
• Test your adjustment by mowing some uncut grass
and visually checking the appearance. Readjust, if
necessary, until you are satisfied with the results.
•
If front tip of blade is not 1/8" to 1/2" lower than the
rear tip, go to the front of tractor.
With an 11/16" or adjustable wrench, loosen jam nut
A several turns to clear adjustment nut B.
With a 3/4" or adjustable wrench, turn front link adjustment nut (B) clockwise (tighten) to raise the front of
mower, or, counterclockwise (loosen) to lower the front
mower.
PRECISION SIDE-TO-SIDE ADJUSTMENT (See Fig. 30)
• With all tires properly inflated, park tractor on level
ground or driveway.
B
A
CAUTION: Blades are sharp. Protect
your hands with gloves and/or wrap
blade with heavy cloth.
•
•
Raise mower to its highest position.
At both sides of mower, position blade at side and
measure the distance (A) from bottom edge of blade
to the ground. The distance should be the same on
both sides.
LOOSEN JAM NUT A FIRST
Fig. 32
02966
NOTE: Each full turn of the adjustment nut will change
mower height about 1/8".
• Recheck measurements, adjust if necessary until front
tip of blade is 1/8" to 1/2" lower than the rear tip.
• Hold adjustment nut in position with wrench and tighten
jam nut securely against adjustment nut.
A
A
LOOSEN
ADJUST NUT
B TO LOWER
MOWER
TIGHTEN ADJUST
NUT B TO RAISE
MOWER
02950
Fig. 30
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SERVICE AND ADJUSTMENTS
TO REPLACE MOTION DRIVE BELT
(See Fig. 34)
TO REPLACE MOWER BLADE DRIVE BELT
(See Fig. 33)
Park the tractor on level surface. Engage parking brake.
For assistance, there is a belt installation guide decal on
bottom side of left footrest.
The mower blade drive belt may be replaced without tools.
Park the tractor on level surface. Engage parking brake.
BELT REMOVAL • Remove mower from tractor (See “TO REMOVE
MOWER” in this section of manual).
• Work belt off both mandrel pulleys and idler pulleys.
• Pull belt away from mower.
BELT REMOVAL • Remove mower (See “TO REMOVE MOWER” section
in this manual).
NOTE: Observe entire motion drive belt and position of all
belt guides and keepers.
• Remove belt from stationary idler (A) and clutching
idler (B).
• Remove belt from centerspan idler (C).
• Pull belt slack toward rear of tractor. Carefully remove
belt upwards from transmission input pulley and over
cooling fan blades (D).
• Remove belt downward from engine pulley (E).
• Slide belt toward rear of tractor, off the steering plate
(F) and remove from tractor.
BELT INSTALLATION • Work belt around both mandrel pulleys and idler pulleys.
• Make sure belt is in all pulley grooves and inside all
belt guides.
• Install mower (See "To Install Mower" in this section of
manual).
MANDREL
PULLEY
IDLER
PULLEYS
BELT INSTALLATION • Install new belt from tractor rear to front, over the steering plate (F) and above clutch brake pedal shaft (G).
• Pull belt toward front of tractor and roll belt onto engine
pulley (E).
• Pull belt toward rear of tractor. Carefully work belt down
around transmission cooling fan and onto the input
pulley (D). Be sure belt is inside the belt keeper.
• Install belt on centerspan idler (C).
• Install belt through stationary idler (A) and clutching
idler (B).
• Make sure belt is in all pulley grooves and inside all
belt guides and keepers.
• Install mower (See “TO INSTALL MOWER” section in
this manual).
MANDREL
PULLEY
Fig. 33
TO CHECK BRAKE
If tractor requires more than five (5) feet to stop at highest
speed in highest gear on a level, dry concrete or paved
surface, then brake must be serviced.
You may also check brake by:
1. Park tractor on a level, dry concrete or paved surface,
depress brake pedal all the way down and engage
parking brake.
2. Disengage transmission by placing freewheel control
in “transmission disengaged” position. Pull freewheel
control out and into the slot and release so it is held in
the disengaged position.
The rear wheels must lock and skid when you try to manually push the tractor forward. If the rear wheels rotate,
then the brake needs to be serviced. Contact a qualified
service center.
E
F
A
G
B
C
D
02952
Fig. 34
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SERVICE AND ADJUSTMENTS
TRANSAXLE MOTION CONTROL LEVER
NEUTRAL ADJUSTMENT (See Fig. 35)
RETAINING
RING
The motion control lever has been preset at the factory
and adjustment should not be necessary.
• Loosen adjustment bolt in front of the right rear wheel,
and lightly tighten.
• Start engine and move motion control lever until tractor
does not move forward or backward.
• Hold motion control lever in that position and turn engine
off.
• While holding motion control lever in place, loosen the
adjustment bolt.
• Move motion control lever to the neutral (lock gate)
position.
• Tighten adjustment bolt securely.
NOTE: If additional clearance is needed to get to adjustment
bolt, move mower deck height to the lowest position.
After above adjustment is made, if the tractor still creeps
forward or backward while motion control lever is in neutral
position, follow these steps:
• Loosen the adjustment bolt.
• Move the motion control lever 1/4 to 1/2" in the direction it is trying to creep.
• Tighten adjustment bolt securely.
• Start engine and test.
• If tractor still creeps, repeat above steps until satisfied.
AXLE
COVER
SQUARE KEY
(REAR WHEEL ONLY)
Fig. 36
•
On rear wheels only: align grooves in rear wheel hub
and axle. Insert square key.
• Replace washers and snap retaining ring securely in
axle groove.
• Replace axle cover.
NOTE: To seal tire punctures and prevent flat tires due to slow
leaks, tire sealant may be purchased from your local parts
dealer. Tire sealant also prevents tire dry rot and corrosion.
TO START ENGINE WITH A WEAK BATTERY
(See Fig. 37)
WARNING: Lead-acid batteries generate explosive gases. Keep sparks,
flame and smoking materials away from
batteries. Always wear eye protection
when around batteries.
If your battery is too weak to start the engine, it should be
recharged. (See "BATTERY" in the Maintenance section
of this manual).
If “jumper cables” are used for emergency starting, follow
this procedure:
NEUTRAL
LOCK GATE
MOTION CONTROL LEVER
WASHERS
IMPORTANT: YOUR TRACTOR IS EQUIPPED WITH A 12 VOLT
SYSTEM. THE OTHER VEHICLE MUST ALSO BE A 12 VOLT
SYSTEM. DO NOT USE YOUR TRACTOR BATTERY TO START
OTHER VEHICLES.
TO ATTACH JUMPER CABLES • Connect one end of the RED cable to the POSITIVE
(+) terminal of each battery(A-B), taking care not to
short against tractor chassis.
• Connect one end of the BLACK cable to the NEGATIVE
(-) terminal (C) of fully charged battery.
• Connect the other end of the BLACK cable (D) to good
chassis ground, away from fuel tank and battery.
ADJUSTMENT
BOLT
02239
Fig. 35
TO ADJUST STEERING WHEEL ALIGNMENT
If steering wheel crossbars are not horizontal (left to right)
when wheels are positioned straight forward, remove steering wheel and reassemble per instructions in the Assembly
section of this manual.
TO REMOVE CABLES, REVERSE ORDER • BLACK cable first from chassis and then from the fully
charged battery.
• RED cable last from both batteries.
FRONT WHEEL TOE-IN/CAMBER
The front wheel toe-in and camber are not adjustable on
your tractor. If damage has occurred to affect the front wheel
toe-in or camber, contact your nearest authorized service
center/department.
TO REMOVE WHEEL FOR REPAIRS
(See Fig. 36)
•
•
•
Block up axle securely.
Remove axle cover, retaining ring and washers to allow
wheel removal (rear wheel contains a square key - Do
not lose).
Repair tire and reassemble.
WEAK OR
DEAD BATTERY
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FULLY CHARGED
BATTERY
Fig. 37
SERVICE AND ADJUSTMENTS
REPLACING BATTERY (See Fig. 38)
TO REMOVE HOOD AND GRILL ASSEMBLY
(See Fig. 39)
WARNING: Do not short battery terminals by allowing a wrench or any other
object to contact both terminals at the
same time. Before connecting battery,
remove metal bracelets, wristwatch
bands, rings, etc. Positive terminal
must be connected first to prevent
sparking from accidental grounding.
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
Raise hood.
Unsnap headlight wire connector.
Stand in front of tractor. Grasp hood at sides, tilt toward
engine and lift off of tractor.
To replace, reverse above procedure.
Lift seat pan to raised position.
Disconnect BLACK battery cable first then RED battery
cable and carefully remove battery from tractor.
Install new battery with terminals in same position as
old battery.
First connect RED battery cable to positive (+) terminal
with hex bolt and keps nut as shown. Tighten securely.
Slide terminal cover over terminal.
Connect BLACK grounding cable to negative (-) terminal
with remaining hex bolt and keps nut. Tighten securely.
HOOD
HEADLIGHT
WIRE
CONNECTOR
SEAT PAN
03075
02602
TERMINAL
COVER
NUT
Fig. 39
BOLT
POSITIVE
(RED)
CABLE
TRANSMISSION
REMOVAL/REPLACEMENT
NEGATIVE
(BLACK)
CABLE
02603
Should your transmission require removal for service or
replacement, it should be purged after reinstallation and
before operating the tractor. See “PURGE TRANSMISSION”
in the Operation section of this manual.
Fig. 38
TO REPLACE HEADLIGHT BULB
•
•
•
•
ENGINE
Raise hood.
Pull bulb holder out of the hole in the backside of the grill.
Replace bulb in holder and push bulb holder securely
back into the hole in the backside of the grill.
Close hood.
TO ADJUST THROTTLE CONTROL CABLE
The throttle control has been preset at the factory and
adjustment should not be necessary. If adjustment is necessary, see engine manual.
INTERLOCKS AND RELAYS
TO ADJUST CHOKE CONTROL
Loose or damaged wiring may cause your tractor to run
poorly, stop running, or prevent it from starting.
• Check wiring.
The choke control has been preset at the factory and adjustment should not be necessary. If adjustment is necessary, see engine manual.
TO REPLACE FUSE
TO ADJUST CARBURETOR
Replace with 20 amp automotive-type plug-in fuse. The
fuse holder is located behind the dash.
Your carburetor is not adjustable. If your engine does not
operate properly due to suspected carburetor problems,
take your tractor to an authorized service center for repair
and/or adjustment.
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STORAGE
ENGINE
Immediately prepare your tractor for storage at the end
of the season or if the tractor will not be used for 30 days
or more.
FUEL SYSTEM
IMPORTANT: IT IS IMPORTANT TO PREVENT GUM DEPOSITS
FROM FORMING IN ESSENTIAL FUEL SYSTEM PARTS SUCH
AS CARBURETOR, FUEL FILTER, FUEL HOSE, OR TANK
DURING STORAGE. ALSO, EXPERIENCE INDICATES THAT
ALCOHOL BLENDED FUELS (CALLED GASOHOL OR USING
ETHANOL OR METHANOL) CAN ATTRACT MOISTURE WHICH
LEADS TO SEPARATION AND FORMATION OF ACIDS DURING
STORAGE. ACIDIC GAS CAN DAMAGE THE FUEL SYSTEM
OF AN ENGINE WHILE IN STORAGE.
WARNING: Never store the tractor with
gasoline in the tank inside a building
where fumes may reach an open flame
or spark. Allow the engine to cool before
storing in any enclosure.
TRACTOR
•
Empty the fuel tank by starting the engine and let it run
until the fuel lines and carburetor are empty.
• Never use engine or carburetor cleaner products in the
fuel tank or permanent damage may occur.
• Use fresh fuel next season.
NOTE: Fuel stabilizer is an acceptable alternative in minimizing the formation of fuel gum deposits during storage.
Add stabilizer to gasoline in fuel tank or storage container.
Always follow the mix ratio found on stabilizer container.
Run engine at least 10 minutes after adding stabilizer to
allow the stabilizer to reach the carburetor. Do not empty
the gas tank and carburetor if using fuel stabilizer.
Remove mower from tractor for winter storage. When mower
is to be stored for a period of time, clean it thoroughly, remove
all dirt, grease, leaves, etc. Store in a clean, dry area.
• Clean entire tractor (See “CLEANING” in the Maintenance section of this manual).
• Inspect and replace belts, if necessary (See belt replacement instructions in the Service and Adjustments
section of this manual).
• Lubricate as shown in the Maintenance section of this
manual.
• Be sure that all nuts, bolts and screws are securely
fastened. Inspect moving parts for damage, breakage
and wear. Replace if necessary.
• Touch up all rusted or chipped paint surfaces; sand
lightly before painting.
ENGINE OIL
Drain oil (with engine warm) and replace with clean engine oil. (See “ENGINE” in the Maintenance section of
this manual).
BATTERY
•
•
•
•
•
CYLINDER(S)
Fully charge the battery for storage.
After a period of time in storage, battery may require
recharging.
To help prevent corrosion and power leakage during
long periods of storage, battery cables should be disconnected and battery cleaned thoroughly (see “TO
CLEAN BATTERY AND TERMINALS” in the Maintenance section of this manual).
After cleaning, leave cables disconnected and place
cables where they cannot come in contact with battery
terminals.
If battery is removed from tractor for storage, do not
store battery directly on concrete or damp surfaces.
•
•
•
•
Remove spark plug(s).
Pour one ounce of oil through spark plug hole(s) into
cylinder(s).
Turn ignition key to “START” position for a few seconds
to distribute oil.
Replace with new spark plug(s).
OTHER
•
•
•
•
Do not store gasoline from one season to another.
Replace your gasoline can if your can starts to rust.
Rust and/or dirt in your gasoline will cause problems.
If possible, store your tractor indoors and cover it to
give protection from dust and dirt.
Cover your tractor with a suitable protective cover that
does not retain moisture. Do not use plastic. Plastic
cannot breathe which allows condensation to form and
will cause your tractor to rust.
IMPORTANT: NEVER COVER TRACTOR WHILE ENGINE AND
EXHAUST AREAS ARE STILL WARM.
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TROUBLESHOOTING
PROBLEM
Will not start
CAUSE
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
CORRECTION
Out of fuel.
Engine not “CHOKED” properly.
Engine flooded.
Bad spark plug.
Dirty air filter.
Dirty fuel filter.
Water in fuel.
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
Fill fuel tank.
See “TO START ENGINE” in Operation section.
Wait several minutes before attempting to start.
Replace spark plug.
Clean/replace air filter.
Replace fuel filter.
Empty fuel tank and carburetor, refill tank with fresh
gasoline and replace fuel filter.
8. Check all wiring.
9. See “To Adjust Carburetor” in Service Adjustments
section.
10. Contact an authorized service center/department.
8. Loose or damaged wiring.
9. Carburetor out of adjustment.
10. Engine valves out of adjustment.
8. Engine valves out of adjustment.
Clean/replace air filter.
Replace spark plug.
Recharge or replace battery.
Replace fuel filter.
Empty fuel tank and refill tank with fresh, clean gas.
Check all wiring.
See “To Adjust Carburetor” in Service Adjustments
section.
8. Contact an authorized service center/department.
Engine will not
turn over
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
8.
9.
Brake pedal not depressed.
Attachment clutch is engaged.
Weak or dead battery.
Blown fuse.
Corroded battery terminals.
Loose or damaged wiring.
Faulty ignition switch.
Faulty solenoid or starter.
Faulty operator presence switch(es).
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
8.
9.
Depress brake pedal.
Disengage attachment clutch.
Recharge or replace battery.
Replace fuse.
Clean battery terminals.
Check all wiring.
Check/replace ignition switch.
Check/replace solenoid or starter.
Contact an authorized service center/department.
Engine clicks but
will not start
1.
2.
3.
4.
Weak or dead battery.
Corroded battery terminals.
Loose or damaged wiring.
Faulty solenoid or starter.
1.
2.
3.
4.
Recharge or replace battery.
Clean battery terminals.
Check all wiring.
Check/replace solenoid or starter.
Loss of power
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
8.
9.
Cutting too much grass/too fast.
Throttle in “CHOKE” position.
Build-up of grass, leaves, trash under mower.
Dirty air filter.
Low oil level/dirty oil.
Faulty spark plug.
Dirty fuel filter.
Stale or dirty fuel.
Water in fuel.
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
8.
9.
Raise cutting height/reduce speed.
Adjust throttle control.
Clean underside of mower housing.
Clean/replace air filter.
Check oil level/change oil.
Clean and regap or change spark plug.
Replace fuel filter.
Empty fuel tank and refill tank with fresh, clean gas.
Empty fuel tank and carburetor, refill tank with fresh
gasoline and replace fuel filter.
Connect and tighten spark plug wire.
Clean engine air screen/fins.
Clean/replace muffler.
Check all wiring.
See “To Adjust Carburetor” in Service Adjustments
Contact an authorized service center/department.
Hard to start
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
10.
11.
12.
13.
14.
15.
Excessive
vibration
Dirty air filter.
Bad spark plug.
Weak or dead battery.
Dirty fuel filter.
Stale or dirty fuel.
Loose or damaged wiring.
Carburetor out of adjustment.
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
Spark plug wire loose.
Dirty engine air screen/fins.
Dirty/clogged muffler.
Loose or damaged wiring.
Carburetor out of adjustment.
Engine valves out of adjustment.
10.
11.
12.
13.
14.
15.
1. Worn, bent or loose blade.
2. Bent blade mandrel.
3. Loose/damaged part(s).
1. Replace blade. Tighten blade bolt.
2. Replace blade mandrel.
3. Tighten loose part(s). Replace damaged parts.
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TROUBLESHOOTING POINTS
PROBLEM
CAUSE
CORRECTION
Engine continues
to run when operator leaves seat
with attachment
clutch engaged
1. Faulty operator-safety presence control
system.
1. Check wiring, switches and connections. If not
corrected, contact an authorized service center/
department.
Poor cut - uneven
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
Worn, bent or loose blade.
Mower deck not level.
Buildup of grass, leaves, trash under mower.
Bent blade mandrel.
Clogged mower deck vent holes from
buildup of grass, leaves, and trash around
mandrels.
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
Replace blade. Tighten blade bolt.
Level mower deck.
Clean underside of mower housing.
Replace blade mandrel.
Clean around mandrels to open vent holes.
Mower blades will
not rotate
1.
2.
3.
4.
Obstruction in clutch mechanism.
Worn/damaged mower drive belt.
Frozen idler pulley.
Frozen blade mandrel.
1.
2.
3.
4.
Remove obstruction.
Replace mower drive belt.
Replace idler pulley.
Replace blade mandrel.
Poor grass
discharge
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
8.
9.
10.
11.
Engine speed too slow.
1. Place throttle control in “FAST” position.
Travel speed too fast.
2. Shift to slower speed.
Wet grass.
3. Allow grass to dry before mowing.
Mower deck not level.
4. Level mower deck.
Low/uneven tire air pressure.
5. Check tires for proper air pressure.
Worn, bent or loose blade.
6. Replace blade. Tighten blade bolt.
Buildup of grass, leaves, trash under mower. 7. Clean underside of mower housing.
Mower drive belt worn.
8. Replace mower drive belt.
Blades improperly installed.
9. Reinstall blades sharp edge down.
Improper blades used.
10. Replace with blades listed in parts manual.
Clogged mower deck vent holes from buildup 11. Clean around mandrels to open vent holes.
of grass, leaves, trash around mandrels.
Headlight(s) not
working
(if so equipped)
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
Switch is “OFF”.
Bulb(s) or lamp(s) burned out.
Faulty light switch.
Loose or damaged wiring.
Blown fuse.
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
Turn switch “ON”.
Replace bulb(s) or lamp(s).
Check/replace light switch.
Check wiring and connections.
Replace fuse.
Battery will not
charge
1.
2.
3.
4.
Bad battery cell(s).
Poor cable connections.
Faulty regulator (if so equipped).
Faulty alternator.
1.
2.
3.
4.
Replace battery.
Check/clean all connections.
Replace regulator.
Replace alternator.
Loss of drive
1.
2.
3.
4.
Freewheel control in “disengaged” position.
Debris on steering plate (if equipped).
Motion drive belt worn, damaged, or broken.
Air trapped in transmission during
shipment or servicing.
5. Axle key missing.
1.
2.
3.
4.
Place freewheel control in “engaged” position.
See "CLEANING" in the maintenance section.
Replace motion drive belt.
Purge transmission.
Engine "backfires” when turning engine “OFF”
1. Engine throttle control not set between
half and full speed (fast) position before
stopping engine.
1. Move throttle control between half and full speed
(fast) position before stopping engine.
Engine dies when
tractor is shifted
into reverse
1. Reverse operation system (ROS) is not "ON"
while mower or other attachment is engaged.
1. Turn ignition key to ROS "ON" position. See
Operation section.
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5. Install axle key at rear wheel. See "TO REMOVE
WHEEL" in the Service and Adjustments section.
SUGGESTED GUIDE FOR SIGHTING SLOPES FOR SAFE OPERATION
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ONLY RIDE UP AND DOWN HILL,
NOT ACROSS HILL
15 DEGREES MAX.
WARNING: To avoid serious injury, operate your tractor up and
down the face of slopes, never across the face. Do not mow
slopes greater than 15 degrees. Make turns gradually to prevent
tipping or loss of control. Exercise extreme caution when
changing direction on slopes.
1. Fold this page along dotted line indicated above.
2. Hold page before you so that its left edge is vertically parallel to a tree
trunk or other upright structure.
3. Sight across the fold in the direction of hill slope you want to measure.
4. Compare the angle of the fold with the slope of the hill.
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