White Outdoor ZT Zero 17 Operator`s manual

OPERATOR’S MANUAL
ZERO TURN TRACTOR
Model Numbers
ZT 42 w/42" Mower Deck
ZT 50 w/50" Mower Deck
IMPORTANT: READ SAFETY RULES AND INSTRUCTIONS CAREFULLY
Warning: This unit is equipped with an internal combustion engine and should not be used on or near any unimproved forestcovered, brush-covered or grass-covered land unless the engine’s exhaust system is equipped with a spark arrester meeting
applicable local or state laws (if any). If a spark arrester is used, it should be maintained in effective working order by the operator.
In the State of California the above is required by law (Section 4442 of the California Public Resources Code). Other states may have
similar laws. Federal laws apply on federal lands. A spark arrester for the muffler is available through your nearest engine authorized
service dealer or contact the service department, P.O. Box 361131 Cleveland, Ohio 44136-0019.
MTD LLC, P.O. BOX 361131 CLEVELAND, OHIO 44136-0019
PRINTED IN U.S.A.
FORM NO. 769-01148A
(12/04)
TABLE OF CONTENTS
TRACTOR PREPARATION .................................................................................................... 2
IMPORTANT SAFE OPERATION PRACTICES ..................................................................... 3
SAFETY DECALS AND LABELS ............................................................................................ 6
RECORDING MODEL AND SERIAL NUMBER INFORMATION ........................................... 8
CUSTOMER SUPPORT ......................................................................................................... 8
TO THE OWNER ..................................................................................................................... 8
SECTION 1: CONTROLS AND FEATURES ........................................................................... 9
SECTION 2: OPERATION .................................................................................................... 13
SECTION 3: ADJUSTMENTS ............................................................................................... 20
SECTION 4: MAINTENANCE ............................................................................................... 21
SECTION 5: MOWER DECK ................................................................................................ 26
SLOPE GAUGE .................................................................................................................... 31
SECTION 6: PARTS LIST ..................................................................................................... 33
WARRANTY ......................................................................................................... BACK PAGE
TRACTOR PREPARATION
Remove the upper crating material from the shipping
pallet, and cut any bands or tie straps securing the tractor to the pallet. Use the lift handle to raise the deck to
its highest position; engage the transmission bypass
rods (Refer to SECTION 1, CONTROLS AND FEATURES); and carefully roll the tractor off the shipping
palltet. Disengage the bypass rods.
MODEL ZT42 ONLY
Remove The Chute Stop
• Locate the chute stop on the right side of the
mower, between discharge chute and cutting deck.
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While holding the discharge chute up, rotate the
chute stop clockwise and remove.
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Discard the chute stop.
CONNECT THE BATTERY
WARNING
Battery posts, terminals and related accessories
contain lead and lead compounds. Wash hands
after handling.
The tractor is shipped with an activated sealed battery,
with the positive battery cable factory connected. The
negative cable must be connected.
Note: Make sure the ignition switch is in the "OFF" position before attaching the battery cable.
1. Pull the protective cap off the negative terminal of
the battery, and remove the hex cap screw and nut
from the free end of the negative battery cable.
2. Connect the negative battery cable (heavy black)
to negative terminal (NEG) of the battery using the
hex cap screw and nut. Slide the black terminal
cover over the negative terminal of the battery.
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Chute Stop
WARNING
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The engine exhaust, some of its constituents, and certain vehicle components contain or emit chemicals known
to the State of California to cause cancer, birth defects or other reproductive harm.
This unit 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.
In the State of California, the above is required by law (Section 4442 of the California Public Resources Code).
Other States may have similar laws. Federal laws apply to federal lands. A spark arrester muffler is available
at your nearest engine authorized service center.
IMPORTANT
SAFE OPERATION PRACTICES
THIS SYMBOL POINTS OUT IMPORTANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS WHICH, IF NOT FOLLOWED,
COULD ENDANGER THE PERSONAL SAFETY AND/OR PROPERTY OF YOURSELF AND
OTHERS. READ AND FOLLOW ALL INSTRUCTIONS IN THIS MANUAL BEFORE ATTEMPTING
TO OPERATE YOUR UNIT. FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH THESE INSTRUCTIONS MAY RESULT
IN PERSONAL INJURY. WHEN YOU SEE THIS SYMBOL—
HEED ITS WARNING.
DANGER
I.
Your lawn mower was built to be operated according to the rules for safe operation
in this manual. As with any type of power equipment, carelessness or error on the
part of the operator can result in injury. This lawn mower is capable of amputating
hands and feet or throwing objects. Failure to observe the following safety
instructions could result in serious injury or death.
5. Be sure the area is clear of other people before
mowing. Stop machine if anyone enters the area.
GENERAL OPERATION
1. Read, understand and follow all instructions in the
manual and on the machine before starting. Keep
this manual in a safe place for future and regular
reference.
6. Never carry passengers.
7. Disengage the blades before shifting into reverse
and backing up. Always look down and behind
before and while backing.
2. Only allow responsible individuals familiar with
the instructions to operate the machine. Know the
controls and how to stop the machine quickly.
8. Be aware of the mower and attachment discharge
direction and do not point it at anyone. Do not
operate the mower without either the entire grass
catcher or the chute guard in place.
3. Do not put hands or feet under the cutting deck or
near rotating parts.
9. Slow down before turning. Operate the machine
smoothly. Avoid erratic operation and excessive
speed.
4. Clear the area of objects such as rocks, toys,
wire, etc. which could be picked up and thrown by
the blades. A small object may have been
overlooked and could be accidentally thrown by
the mower in any direction and cause injury to
you or a bystander. To help avoid a thrown
objects injury, keep children, animals, bystanders
and helpers at least 75 feet from the mower while
it is in operation. Always wear safety glasses with
side shields or safety goggles during operation or
while performing an adjustment or repair, to
protect eyes from foreign objects. Stop the blades
when crossing gravel drives, walks or roads.
10. Never leave a running machine unattended.
Always turn off the blades, place the transmission
in neutral, set the parking brake, stop the engine
and remove key before dismounting.
11. Turn off blades when not mowing.
12. Stop the engine and wait until the blades come to
a complete stop before (a) removing the grass
catcher or unclogging chute, or (b) making any
repairs, adjusting or removing any grass or debris.
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13. Mow only in daylight or good artificial light.
14. Do not operate the machine while under the
influence of alcohol or drugs.
Mow across slopes, not up and down.
Remove obstacles such as rocks, limbs, etc.
15. Watch for traffic when operating near or crossing
roadways.
Watch for holes, ruts or bumps. Uneven terrain could
overturn the machine. Tall grass can hide obstacles.
16. Use extra care when loading or unloading the
machine into a trailer or truck. This unit should not
be driven up or down a ramp onto a trailer or truck
under power, because the unit could tip over
causing serious personal injury. The unit must be
pushed manually on a ramp to load or unload
properly.
Use slow speed. Choose a low enough speed so that
you will not have to stop while on the slope.
Follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for counterweights with attachments to improve stability.
Use extra care with grass catchers or other attachments. These can change the stability of the machine.
17. Never make a cutting height adjustment while the
engine is running if the operator must dismount to
do so.
Keep all movement on the slopes slow and gradual.
Do not make sudden changes in speed or direction.
Rapid acceleration or deceleration could cause the
front of the machine to lift and rapidly flip over backwards, which could cause serious injury.
18. Wear sturdy, rough-soled work shoes and closefitting slacks and shirts. Do not wear loose fitting
clothes or jewelry. They can be caught in moving
parts. Never operate a unit in bare feet, sandals
or sneakers.
Avoid starting or stopping on a slope. If the tires lose
traction, disengage the blades and proceed slowly
straight down the slope.
19. Check overhead clearance carefully before driving
under power lines, wires, bridges or low hanging
tree branches, before entering or leaving
buildings, or in any other situation where the
operator may be struck or pulled from the unit,
which could result in serious injury.
DO NOT:
Do not turn on slopes unless necessary; if mowing
slopes, turn slowly and gradually uphill, if possible.
Do not mow near drop-offs, ditches or embankments.
The mower could suddenly turn over if a wheel is over
the edge of a cliff or ditch, or if an edge caves in.
20. Disengage all attachment clutches, set the
parking brake in the on position, and put the lap
bars to the neutral or out position before
attempting to start the engine.
Do not mow on wet grass. Reduced traction could
cause sliding.
21. Your mower is designed to cut normal residential
grass of a height no more than 10”. Do not
attempt to mow through unusually tall, dry grass
(e.g. pasture) or piles of dry leaves. Debris may
build up on the mower deck or contact the engine
exhaust presenting a potential fire hazard.
Do not try to stabilize the machine by putting your foot
on the ground.
Do not use the grass catcher on steep slopes.
III. CHILDREN
22. Use only accessories approved for this machine
by White Outdoor. Read, understand and follow
all instructions provided with the approved
accessory.
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.
II. SLOPE OPERATION
1. Keep children out of the mowing area and in
watchful care of an adult other than the operator.
Slopes are a major factor related to loss of control and
tip-over accidents, which can result in severe injury or
death. All slopes require extra caution. If you cannot
back up the slope or if you feel uneasy on it, do not
mow it.
2. Be alert and turn the machine off if children enter
the area.
3. Before and when backing up, look behind and
down for small children.
For your safety, use the slope gauge included as part
of this manual to measure slopes before operating this
unit on a sloped or hilly area. If the slope is greater
than 15° as shown on the slope gauge, do not operate
this unit on that area or serious injury could result.
4. Never carry children, even with the blades off.
They may fall off and be seriously injured or may
interfere with safe machine operation.
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8. After striking a foreign object, stop the engine,
remove the wire from the spark plug and
thoroughly inspect the mower for any damage.
Repair the damage before restarting and
operating the mower.
5. Never allow children under 14 years old to
operate the machine. Children 14 years and over
should only operate the machine under close
parental supervision and proper instruction.
6. Use extra care when approaching blind corners,
shrubs, trees or other objects that may obscure
your vision of a child or other hazard.
9. Grass catcher components are subject to wear,
damage and deterioration, which could expose
moving parts or allow objects to be thrown. For
your safety protection, frequently check the
components and replace with manufacturer’s
recommended parts when necessary.
7. Remove the key when the machine is left
unattended to prevent unauthorized operation.
IV. SERVICE
1. Use extreme care in handling gasoline and other
fuels. They are extremely flammable and the
vapors are explosive.
10. Mower blades are sharp and can cut. Wrap the
blades or wear gloves, and use extra caution
when servicing blades.
a. Use only an approved container.
b. Never remove fuel cap or add fuel with the engine running. Allow the engine to cool at least
two minutes before refueling.
c. Replace the fuel cap securely and wipe off any
spilled fuel before starting the engine as it may
cause a fire or explosion.
d. Extinguish all cigarettes, cigars, pipes and other sources of ignition.
e. Never refuel the machine indoors because fuel
vapors will accumulate in the area.
f. Never store the fuel container or machine
inside where there is an open flame or spark,
such as a gas hot water heater, space heater
or furnace.
11. Check the park brake operation frequently. Adjust
and service as required.
12. Muffler, engine and belt guards become hot
during operation and can cause a burn. Allow to
cool down before touching.
13. Do not change the engine governor settings or
overspeed the engine. Excessive engine speeds
are dangerous.
14. Observe proper disposal laws and regulations.
Improper disposal of fluids and materials can
harm the environment and the ecology.
a. Prior to disposal, contact your local
Environmental
Protection
Agency
to
determine the proper method for disposing of
the waste. Recycling centers are established
to properly dispose of materials in an
environmentally safe fashion.
2. Never run a machine inside a closed area.
3. To reduce fire hazard, keep the machine free of
grass, leaves or other debris build-up. Clean up
oil or fuel spillage. Allow the machine to cool at
least 5 minutes before storing.
b. Use proper containers when draining fluids.
Do not use food or beverage containers that
may mislead someone into drinking from
them. Properly dispose of the containers immediately following the draining of fluids.
4. Before cleaning, repairing or inspecting, make
certain the blade and all moving parts have
stopped. Disconnect the spark plug wire, and
keep the wire away from the spark plug to prevent
accidental starting.
c.
5. Check the blade and engine mounting bolts at frequent intervals for proper tightness. Also visually
inspect blades for damage (e.g., excessive wear,
bent, cracked). Replace with blades which meet
original equipment specifications.
DO NOT pour oil or other fluids into the
ground, down a drain or into a stream, pond,
lake, or other body of water. Observe Environmental Protection Agency regulations when
disposing of oil, fuel, coolant, brake fluid, filters, batteries, tires and other harmful waste.
15. We do not recommend the use of a pressure
washer or garden hose to clean your unit. They
may cause damage to electrical components;
spindles; pulleys; bearings; or the engine. The
use of water will result in shortened life and
reduce serviceability.
6. Keep all nuts, bolts and screws tight to be sure
the equipment is in safe working condition.
7. Never tamper with safety devices. Check their
proper operation regularly. Use all guards as
instructed in this manual.
WARNING - YOUR RESPONSIBILITY: Restrict the use of this power machine to persons who
read, understand and follow the warnings and instructions in this manual and on the machine.
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SAFETY DECALS AND LABELS
Keep product safety graphics (decals) clean. Replace any safety graphic that is damaged, destroyed, missing, painted over or can no longer be read. Replacement safety graphics are available through your dealer.
START
FORWARD
REVERSE
NEUTRAL
STARTING INSTRUCTIONS
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To START, PARK BRAKE must be set.
P.T.O. switch in OFF (down) position.
Lap bars in NEUTRAL and outward positions.
Throttle set properly, CHOKE position if "cold".
Turn key to ON, then START, release when engine runs.
FOR FIRST-TIME OPERATORS
• Start Off In A Flat, Open Area.
• Keep Bystanders Away.
• Set Throttle At A Low Speed.
• Practice Maneuvering, (Forward, Reverse,
Left, Right) Without Deck Engaged.
GENERAL SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS
– LOCATED ON LEFT CONSOLE
ASIDE OPERATOR’S SEAT
NOTICE
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PTO Automatically Disengages When Both Lap
Bars Are Moved Too Far Into Reverse.
• PTO Automatically Reengages When Levers Are
Returned To The Neutral Or Forward Positions.
START
FORWARD
REVERSE
NEUTRAL
GENERAL OPERATING INSTRUCTIONS
– LOCATED ON RIGHT CONSOLE
ASIDE OPERATOR’S SEAT
ZT42
ZT50
ON
CHOKE
FAST
FAST
P
PARK
BRAKE
CUTTING
HEIGHT
OFF
DECK HEIGHT INDICATOR
– LOCATED ON RIGHT SIDE
OF SEAT BOX FRAME
SLOW
PARK BRAKE INDICATOR
– LOCATED ON LEFT SIDE
OF SEAT BOX FRAME
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SLOW
THROTTLE CONTROL
INDICATOR – LOCATED ON
LEFT CONSOLE
SAFETY DECALS AND LABELS
TO R ED U CE TH E R IS K O F IN JU R Y, D O N O T
O PER ATE U N L ES S D IS CH AR G E CO VER O R
GRASS CATCH ER IS IN ITS PR O PER PL ACE.
IF D A M A G E D , R E P L A C E IM M E D IA T E L Y .
WARNING
AVOID SERIOUS INJURY OR DEATH
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Read The Operator's Manual.
Go Across Slopes, Not Up And Down.
If Machine Stops Going Uphill, Stop Blade And Back Down Slowly.
Avoid Sudden Turns.
Do Not Mow When Children Or Others Are Around.
Never Carry Children Even With Blades Off.
Look Down And Behind Before And While Backing.
Keep Safety Devices (Guards, Shields, Switches, Etc.) In Place And Working.
Remove Objects That Could Be Thrown By The Blade.
Do Not Operate Unit Where It Could Slip Or Tip.
Know Location And Function Of All Controls.
Be Sure Blades And Engine Are Stopped Before Placing Hands Or Feet Near Blades.
Before Leaving Operator Position, Disengage Blades, Place In Neutral,
Engage Parking Brake, Shut Off And Remove Key.
• When Using The Optional Grass Bagging Attachment, The Front Counter
Weight Included With Bagger Must Be Installed.
HANDS AND FEET SAFETY GRAPHIC–
LOCATED ON DEFLECTOR CHUTE
WARNING
• Do not add fuel while the engine is hot or running.
• Stop engine, disconnect spark plug before adjusting or servicing.
• Before leaving operator's position:
• DISENGAGE IMPLEMENT DRIVE.
• Place speed controls in neutral and set parking brake.
• Wait for all movement to stop.
• Do not allow operation by untrained personnel.
GENERAL SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS
WARNING – LOCATED IN CENTER
OF SEAT BOX FRAME
DEFLECTOR and SAFETY GRAPHIC –
LOCATED ON RIGHT SIDE OF DECK
ZT50
ZT42
KEEP HANDS AND FEET AWAY FROM
ROTATING PARTS.
REMOVE OBJECTS THAT CAN BE
THROWN BY THE BLADE IN ANY
DIRECTION. WEAR SAFETY GLASSES.
DO NOT MOW WHEN CHILDREN OR
OTHERS ARE AOUND. NEVER CARRY
CHILDREN.
USE EXTRA CAUTION ON SLOPES. DO
NOT MOW SLOPES GREATER THAN 15°.
MOW UP AND DOWN, NOT ACROSS.
AVOID SUDDEN TURNS, USE LOW GEAR.
READ OPERATOR'S MANUAL. KEEP SAFETY DEVICES WORKING.
SAFETY GRAPHIC – LOCATED ON
LEFT SIDE OF MOWER DECK
INFORMATION GRAPHIC – BELT
ROUTING LOCATED ON
LEFT SIDE OF MOWER DECK
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RECORDING MODEL AND SERIAL NUMBER
This Operator’s Manual is an important part of your new lawn tractor. It will help you assemble, prepare and
maintain the unit for best performance. Please read and understand what it says.
Before you start assembling your new equipment, please locate the model plate under the seat of the
tractor and copy the information in the space provided below. A sample model plate is also given below.
This information will be necessary to use the manufacturer’s web site and/or help from the Customer Support Department or an authorized service dealer
XXXXXXXXXXX
XXXXXXXXXX
Model Number
Mfg. Date
MTD LLC
P. O. BOX 361131
CLEVELAND,OH 44136
DEALER LOCATOR PHONE NUMBER: 800-949-4483
Copy the model number here:
Copy the serial number here:
www.whiteoutdoor.com
CUSTOMER SUPPORT
If you have difficulty assembling this product or have any questions regarding the controls, operation or
maintenance of this unit, you can seek help from the experts. Choose from the options below:
Visit whiteoutdoor.com for many useful suggestions. Click on Customer Support button and
you will get the four options reproduced here. Click on the appropriate button and help is
immediately available.
The answer you are
looking for could be just
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The answer you are
looking for could be just
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If you prefer to reach the Customer Dealer Referral Line, please call 1(800) 949-4483.
Engine
Manual
The engine manufacturer is responsible for all engine-related issues with regards to
performance, power-rating, specifications, warranty and service. Please refer to the engine
manufacturer’s Owner’s/Operator’s Manual, packed seperately in crate, for more information.
TO THE OWNER
Your local authorized White Outdoor dealer is interested in the performance you receive from your tractor, and with
the maintenance needed to ensure the satisfactory operation of your tractor. The dealer has trained service personnel familiar with the latest servicing information, is equipped with the latest tools, and has a complete line of genuine
White Outdoor service parts which assure proper fit and high quality.
All references to LEFT, RIGHT, FRONT, and REAR, unless specifically stated otherwise, indicate that relative position on the tractor when facing forward while seated in the operator’s seat.
CAUTION: DO NOT tow your Model ZT42 or ZT50 tractor. Towing may cause severe damage the transmissions.
Place the tractor on a Level Surface before pulling the transmission bypass rods to the engaged position (transmission disengaged).
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ZT42SECTION 1: CONTROLS AND FEATURES
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Figure 1
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C.
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H.
Deck Height Index
Deck Lift Handle
RH and LH Drive Control Levers
Ignition Switch
PTO Switch
Transmission Bypass Rod (Not Shown)
Cup Holder
Storage Tray
J.
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Seat Adjustment Knobs (Not Shown)
Fuel Tank Cap
Hour Meter /Indicator Panel
Throttle Control
Choke Control—Model ZT50 ONLY
Parking Brake Engagement Lever
Trans. Oil Expansion Reservoir (Under Seat)
NOTE: References to LEFT, RIGHT, FRONT, and
START- The starter motor will turn over the engine.
Release the key immediately when the
engine starts
REAR indicate that position on the tractor when
facing forward while seated in the operator’s seat.
NOTE: To prevent accidental starting and/or battery
discharge, remove the key from the ignition switch
when the tractor is not in use.
A. Deck Height Index
The deck height index consists of six index notches
located on the front/right of the seat box frame. Each
notch corresponds to a 1/2 inch change in the deck
height position ranging from 1-1/2 inches at the lowest notch to 4 inches at the highest notch.
E. Power Take-Off (PTO) Switch
The PTO switch is located on the RH console to the
right of the operator’s seat.
B. Deck Lift Handle
The deck lift handle is located on the front/right of the
seat box frame, and is used to raise and lower the
mower deck.
Pull the handle to the left out of the index notch and
push downward to lower the deck, or pull upward to
raise the deck. When the desired height is attained,
move the lift handle to the right until fully in the index
notch.
Figure 3
The PTO switch operates the electric PTO clutch
mounted on the bottom of the engine crankshaft. Pull
the switch knob upward to engage the PTO clutch, or
push the knob downward to disengage the clutch.
C. RH and LH Drive Control Levers
The RH and LH control levers are located to each
side of the operator’s seat. These hinged levers open
out to the side in the neutral position to permit the
operator to be seated or to leave the tractor seat. The
levers must be fully opened out in the neutral position
to start the tractor engine.
Each lever controls the respective RH or LH transmission. Consequently, these levers control all of the
movements of the tractor. Driving and steering utilizing these control levers is quite different from
conventional tractors, and will take some practice to
master. Refer to SECTION 2: OPERATION for
instructions on using the control levers.
The PTO switch must be in the "disengaged" position
when starting the engine.
F.
Transmission Bypass Rods (Not Shown)
The transmission bypass rods (one for each the RH
and LH transmission) are located beneath the frame
platform, just inside each rear wheel.
When engaged, the two rods open a bypass within the
hydrostatic transmissions, which allows the tractor to
be pushed short distances by hand. Refer to
SECTION 2: OPERATION for instructions on using
the bypass feature.
D. Ignition Switch
The ignition switch is located on the RH console to
the right of the operator’s seat.
WARNING: Never tow your tractor.
Towing the tractor with the rear wheels
on the ground may cause severe damage
to the transmissions.
The ignition switch has three positions as follow:
OFF
STOP
ON
G. Cup Holder
The cup holder is located toward the rear of the RH
console to the right of the operator’s seat.
START
H. Storage Tray
Figure 2
The storage tray is located at the rear of the RH
console.
OFF - The engine and electrical system is turned off.
ON - The tractor electrical system is energized.
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J. Seat Adjustment Knobs (Not Shown)
The seat adjustment knobs are located underneath
the seat hinge bracket. The knobs allow for tool free
adjustment of the fore to aft position of the operator’s
seat. Refer to SECTION 3: ADJUSTMENTS for
instructions on adjusting the seat position.
Indicator Panel Feature
Battery Indicator (Refer to Figure 4)
• Illuminates and the battery voltage is displayed
briefly when the ignition switch it turned to the
"ON" position.
K. Fuel Tank Cap
The fuel tank cap is located at the rear of the LH
console. Turn the cap counterclockwise to unscrew
and remove from the fuel tank. Always re-install the
fuel cap tightly onto the fuel tank after removing.
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WARNING: Never fill the fuel tank when
the engine is running. If the engine is hot
from recently running, allow to cool for
several minutes before refueling. Highly
flammable gasoline could splash onto
the engine and cause a fire.
The hour meter/indicator panel is located on the LH
console to the left of the operator’s seat.
Oil Pressure
Indicator
NOTE: The oil pressure indicator may illuminate
when the ignition switch is in the ON position, but
should turn off when the engine is started.
PTO Engaged Indicator (Refer to Figure 4)
• This indicator illuminates when the PTO switch is
pulled upward in the "ENGAGED" position and
the ignition switch is turned to the "START"
position. Check this indicator if the engine will not
crank with the ignition switch in the "START"
position. If necessary, move the PTO switch to
the "DISENGAGED" position.
Hour
Meter
PTO Engaged
Indicator
Parking Brake
Engaged Indicator
Parking Brake Engaged Indicator (Refer to Figure 4)
Figure 4
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Hour Meter Feature
The purpose of the hour meter is to record the hours
(tenths of an hour-right most digit) that the tractor has
been operated.
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Illuminates to indicate the battery voltage has
dropped below 11.5 (+0.5/-1.0) volts. The battery
voltage is also displayed on the hour meter. If this
indicator and display come on during operation,
check the battery and charging system for possible causes and/or contact your Cub Cadet dealer.
Oil Pressure Indicator (Refer to Figure 4)
• This warning lamp indicates low engine oil
pressure. If the indicator comes on while the
engine is running, stop the engine immediately
and check for possible causes. Do not run the
engine while this indicator is illuminated. Contact
your Cub Cadet dealer to have the tractor and
engine inspected.
L. Hour Meter/Indicator Panel
Battery
Indicator
When key is turned to the "ON" position, the
battery indicator light briefly illuminates and the
battery voltage is briefly displayed. The display
then changes to the accumulated hours.
The hour meter is activated whenever the ignition
switch is turned to the "ON" position. Because of
this, a record of the actual hours of operation
should be kept to assure all maintenance
procedures are completed according to the
schedule in this manual.
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This indicator illuminates when the parking brake
is in the DISENGAGED position and the ignition
switch is turned to the "START" position. Check
this indicator if the engine will not crank with the
ignition switch in the "START" position. If necessary, move the parking brake to the ENGAGED
position.
This indicator also illuminates when the ignition
switch is turned to the "START" position and the
RH and/or LH drive control levers are in a position other than the fully out in neutral position.
Move the control levers fully outward.
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M. Throttle Control
The throttle control is located on the LH console to
the left of the operator’s seat. When set in a given
position, a uniform engine speed will be maintained.
ZT42
This symbol indicates the
fast position.
N. Choke Control - Model ZT50 ONLY
The choke knob controls the position of the engine
choke. Pull the knob out to choke the engine; push the
knob in to open the choke.
This symbol indicates the
slow position.
This symbol indicates the
choke position.
O. Parking Brake Engagement Lever
CHOKE
ZT50
The parking brake engagement lever is located on
the front/left of the seat box frame, and is used to
engage the parking brake.
This symbol indicates the
fast position.
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Pull the lever fully upward and to the left and
lower into the "J" slot to engage the parking
brake.
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Pull the lever up out of the "J" slot and to the
right; then lower completely to disengage the
parking brake.
This symbol indicates the
slow position.
Figure 5
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Model ZT42 ONLY — When starting the engine,
push the control handle fully forward into the
"CHOKE" position. See Figure 5. After starting
and warming the engine, move the control handle
rearward until you feel it move past the choke
detent.
Push the control handle forward to increase the
engine speed. The tractor is designed to operate
with the control handle in the fast position (full
throttle) when the tractor is driven and the mower
deck is engaged.
IMPORTANT: If the LH and RH drive control levers
are not fully opened out in the neutral position when
engaging the parking brake, the engine will stop. The
parking brake must be placed in the engaged position
when starting the tractor engine.
Pull the control handle rearward to decrease the
engine speed.
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SECTION 2: OPERATION
GENERAL SAFETY
BEFORE OPERATING YOUR TRACTOR
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Before you operate the tractor, study this manual
carefully. It has been prepared to help you
operate and maintain your tractor efficiently.
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Familiarize yourself with the operations of all the
instruments and controls.
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This engine is certified to operate on unleaded
gasoline. For best results, fill the fuel tank with
only clean, fresh, unleaded gasoline with a pump
sticker octane rating of 85 or higher. Unleaded
gasoline is recommended because it leaves less
combustion chamber deposits.
Some fuels are gasoline blended with alcohols or
ethers. Excessive amounts of the these blends
can damage the fuel system or cause engine
performance problems. If undesirable operating
symptoms occur, use gasoline with a lower
percentage of alcohol or ether. Do not use
gasoline that contains Methanol.
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Check the engine oil level. See Engine Manual.
IMPORTANT: Your tractor is shipped with motor
oil in the engine. However, you MUST check the
oil level before operating. The capacity of the
engine and oil filter is approximately 48 oz. (1.4
liters) for the model ZT42 and 64 oz. (1.9 liters).
for the model ZT50. Be careful not to overfill.
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Clean the air cleaner element if necessary. See
Engine Manual.
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Check the tire inflation pressures.
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Adjust the seat for operator’s maximum comfort,
visibility, and for maintaining complete control of
the tractor.
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RECEIVE INSTRUCTION - Read the operator’s
manual. Learn to operate this machine SAFELY.
Don’t risk INJURY or DEATH. Allow only those
who have become competent in its usage to
operate this tractor .
Familiarize yourself with the operations of all the
instruments and controls.
Before starting the engine or beginning operation,
be familiar with the controls. The operator should
be in the operator’s seat. The PTO switch must
be in the disengaged position, the parking brake
engaged, and the RH and LH drive control levers
moved fully outward in the neutral position.
Keep all shields in place. Keep away from moving
parts.
NO RIDERS! Keep all people and pets a safe
distance away. Look behind and down to both
sides of the tractor before and while backing up.
DO NOT direct the mower discharge at people.
Avoid slopes where possible. Never operate on
slopes greater than 15°. Slopes with a greater
incline present dangerous operating conditions.
Tractors can be rolled over.
Before leaving the operator’s seat: Shut off the
PTO, move the RH and LH drive control levers
fully outward in the neutral position, engage the
parking brake, shut off the engine and remove
the ignition key. Wait for all movement to stop
before servicing or cleaning.
Operate the drive control levers smoothly and
avoid any sudden movements of the levers
when starting and stopping. Keep a firm grip on
the control levers; do not allow the levers to
return to neutral on their own.
Be careful when operating near roadways. Stop
the tractor motion and wait for vehicles to pass
before operating along the road.
Do not operate the tractor with the mower deck
removed. Removal of the deck will change the
balance of the tractor, and could contribute to a
tractor rollover.
Avoid operation on traction surfaces that are
unstable; use extreme caution if the surface is
slippery.
Slow down before turning and come to a
complete stop before any zero turn maneuver.
Do not stop the tractor or park the tractor over
combustible materials such as dry grass, leaves,
debris, etc.
Do not fill the fuel tank when the engine is
running or while the engine is hot. Allow the
engine several minutes to cool before refueling.
Tighten the fuel cap securely.
SAFETY INTERLOCK SYSTEM
This tractor is equipped with a safety interlock system
for the protection of the operator. If the interlock system
should ever malfunction, do not operate the tractor.
Contact your authorized White Outdoor Dealer.
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The safety interlock system prevents the engine
from cranking or starting unless the RH and LH
drive control levers are moved fully outward in the
neutral position, the parking brake is engaged,
and the PTO is disengaged.
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To avoid sudden movement when disengaging
the parking brake, the safety interlock system will
shut off the engine if the RH and/or LH drive
control levers are moved to a position other than
the fully out in neutral position when the parking
brake is engaged
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The safety interlock system will shut off the
engine if the operator leaves the seat before
engaging the parking brake.
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The safety interlock system will shut off the
engine if the operator leaves the seat with the
PTO engaged, regardless of whether the parking
brake is engaged.
NOTE: The PTO switch must be moved to the
“OFF” position to restart the engine.
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The safety interlock system will shut off the PTO
and the mower blades will stop if both drive control levers are moved into the reverse position.
The PTO will re-engage when one or both of the
levers are moved back to the neutral or forward
position.
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Model ZT50 ONLY
1. Pull the choke control knob upward to the full
choke position. NOTE: If the engine is warmed
up, it may not be necessary to choke the
engine.
2. Move the throttle control lever fully forward to
the "fast" position.
LH Control Lever
Out in Neutral
Parking Brake
Engaged
RH Control Lever
Out in Neutral
STARTING THE ENGINE
WARNING: For personal safety, the
operator must be sitting in the tractor
seat when starting the engine.
ZT50 - Pull Choke
WARNING: This unit is equipped with a
safety interlock system designed for the
protection of the operator. Do not operate the tractor if any part of the interlock
system is malfunctioning. Periodically
check the functions of the interlock system for proper operation.
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Move the RH and LH drive control levers fully
outward in the neutral position. Refer to Figure 6.
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Operator must be sitting in the tractor seat.
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Engage the parking brake. Refer to Figure 6.
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Make certain the PTO switch is in the disengaged (down) position. Refer to Figure 6.
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ZT42 - Move Throttle
Control to Choke
ZT50 - Move Throttle
Control to "FAST"
PTO Switch in Down
(Disengaged) Position
Figure 6
3. Turn the ignition key clockwise to the “START”
position and release it as soon as the engine
starts; however, do not crank the engine
continuously for more than 5 seconds at a
time. If the engine does not start within this
time, turn the key to “OFF” and wait a minute
to allow the engine’s starter motor to cool. Try
again after waiting. If after a few attempts the
engine fails to start, do not keep trying to start
it with the choke closed as this will cause
flooding and make starting more difficult.
Model ZT42 ONLY
1. Move the throttle control lever fully forward
into the "CHOKE" position. NOTE: If the
engine is warmed up, it may not be necessary
to place the throttle control in the choke
position.
2. Turn the ignition key clockwise to the “START”
position and release it as soon as the engine
starts; however, do not crank the engine
continuously for more than 5 seconds at a
time. If the engine does not start within this
time, turn the key to “OFF” and wait a minute
to allow the engine’s starter motor to cool. Try
again after waiting. If after a few attempts the
engine fails to start, do not keep trying to start
it with the choke closed as this will cause
flooding and make starting more difficult.
4. As the engine warms up, gradually push the
choke knob downward to open the choke. Do
not use the choke to enrich the fuel mixture,
except as necessary to start the engine.
3. As the engine warms up, gradually pull the
throttle control lever rearward past the choke
detent position. Do not use the choke to enrich
the fuel mixture, except as necessary to start
the engine.
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Allow the engine to run for a few minutes at mid
throttle before putting the engine under load.
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Observe the hour meter/indicator panel. If the
battery indicator light or oil pressure light come
on, immediately stop the engine. Have the tractor
inspected by your White Outdoor dealer.
COLD WEATHER STARTING
Be sure to use the proper oil for the expected
temperatures (check the table in the engine manual).
Follow the normal engine starting instructions above.
However, allow the engine ample time to warm up
before putting the tractor under load.
NOTE: Always remove the key from the ignition
switch to prevent accidental starting or battery
discharge if the equipment is left unattended.
PRACTICE OPERATION (INITIAL USE)
Operating a zero-turn tractor is not like operating a
conventional type riding tractor. Although and because a zero-turn tractor is more maneuverable, getting used to operating the control levers takes some
practice.
USING JUMPER CABLES TO START ENGINE
WARNING: Batteries contain sulfuric acid
and produce explosive gasses. Make
certain the area is well ventilated, wear
gloves and eye protection, and avoid
sparks or flames near the battery.
We strongly recommend that you locate a reasonably large, level and open "practice area" where there
are no obstructions, pedestrians, or animals. You
should practice operating the tractor for a minimum of
30 minutes.
If the battery charge is not sufficient to crank the
engine, recharge the battery. If a battery charger is
unavailable and the tractor must be started, the aid of
a booster battery will be necessary. Connect the
booster battery as follows:
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Connect the end of one cable to the disabled
tractor battery’s positive terminal; then connect
the other end of that cable to the booster
battery’s positive terminal.
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Connect one end of the other cable to the booster
battery’s negative terminal; then connect the
other end of that cable to the frame of the disabled tractor, as far from the battery as possible.
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Start the disabled tractor following the normal
starting instructions previously provided; then
disconnect the jumper cables in the exact reverse
order of their connection.
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Carefully move (or have moved) the tractor to the
practice area. When performing the practice session,
the PTO should not be engaged. While practicing,
operate the tractor at approximately 1/2-3/4 throttle
and at less than full speed in both forward and
reverse.
Carefully practice maneuvering the tractor using the
instructions in the following section "Driving the Tractor." Practice until you are confident that you can
safely operate the tractor.
DRIVING THE TRACTOR
WARNING: Avoid sudden starts, excessive speed and sudden stops.
Have the tractor’s electrical system checked and
repaired as soon as possible to eliminate the
need for jump starting.
WARNING: Do not leave the seat of the
tractor without disengaging the PTO,
moving drive control levers fully outward
in the neutral position, and engaging the
parking brake. If leaving the tractor
unattended, turn the ignition key off and
remove key.
STOPPING THE ENGINE
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Place the PTO switch in the “OFF” position.
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Engage the parking brake.
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Move the RH and LH drive control levers fully
outward in the neutral position.
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Model ZT42 ONLY — Place the throttle control
lever to the fast (high idle) position.
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Model ZT50 ONLY — Place the throttle control
lever to the slow (idle) position.
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Turn the ignition key to the “OFF” position and
remove the key from the ignition switch.
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Adjust the operator’s seat to the most
comfortable position that allows you to operate
the controls. See seat adjustment in the
ADJUSTMENTS section.
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Release the parking brake.
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Move the RH and LH drive control levers inward
in the neutral position. See Figure 7.
DRIVING FORWARD
Control Lever Moved
Inward and in Neutral
Faster
Slower
Neutral
Position
Figure 7
Figure 8
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Move the throttle control lever forward to the full
throttle position (3500-3600 RPM).
NOTE: The tractor and engine are designed to run at
full throttle. If performing a practice session, it is
preferable that the tractor is operated at less than full
throttle (approximately 2500-3000 RPM), but this only
applies to practice operation.
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IMPORTANT: Always maintain your grasp on the
drive control levers. Do not release the levers to
slow the tractor or to return to neutral.
Turning the Tractor While Driving Forward
NOTE: For Model ZT42, make certain the throttle
control has not been moved too far forward into the
"Choke" position.
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WARNING: When reversing the direction
of travel, we recommend performing
gradual ‘U’ turns where possible.
Sharper turns increase the possibility of
turf defacement, and could affect control
of the tractor. ALWAYS slow the tractor
before making sharp turns.
To drive the tractor, firmly grasp the respective
drive control levers with your right and left hands
and proceed as follows :
WARNING: Always maintain a firm grip
on the control levers. DO NOT release the
control levers to slow or stop the tractor;
move the levers to the neutral position
using your hands.
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WARNING: Keep all movement of the
drive control levers slow and smooth.
Abrubt movement of the control levers
can affect the stability of the tractor and
could cause the tractor to flip over,
which may result in serious injury or
death to the operator.
Slowly and evenly move both drive control levers
forward. The tractor will start to move forward.
See Figure 8.
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As the control levers are pushed farther forward
the speed of the tractor will increase.
To turn the tractor while driving forward, move the
control levers as necessary so that one lever is
rearward of the other. The tractor will turn in the
direction of the rearward control lever.
- To turn to the left, move the left drive control
lever rearward of the right lever. See Figure 9.
Driving the Tractor Forward
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To slow the tractor move the controls lever
rearward to attain the desired speed, or move the
levers to the neutral position to stop the tractor.
FORWARD LEFT TURN
Figure 9
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IMPORTANT: Always maintain your grasp on the
drive control levers. Do not release the levers to
slow the tractor or to return to neutral.
- To turn to the right, move the right drive control
lever rearward of the left lever. See Figure 10.
FORWARD RIGHT TURN
Turning While Driving Rearward
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To turn the tractor while driving rearward, move
the control levers as necessary so that one lever
is forward of the other. The tractor will turn in the
direction of the forward control lever.
- To turn to the left while traveling in reverse,
move the left drive control lever forward of the
right lever. See Figure 12.
REARWARD LEFT TURN
Figure 10
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The greater the fore-to-aft distance between the
two levers, the sharper the tractor will turn.
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To execute a "pivot turn," move the turn side
drive control lever to the neutral position, while
moving the other control lever forward.
IMPORTANT: Making a "pivot turn" on grass
will greatly increase the potential for
defacement of the turf.
Driving the Tractor In Reverse
Figure 12
WARNING: Always look behind and
down on both sides of the tractor before
backing up. Always look behind while
traveling in the reverse direction.
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- To turn to the right while traveling in reverse,
move the right drive control lever forward of the
left lever. See Figure 13.
Slowly and evenly move both drive control levers
rearward. The tractor will start to move in the
reverse direction. See Figure 11.
REARWARD RIGHT TURN
DRIVING REARWARD
Neutral
Position
Slower
Faster
Figure 13
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The greater the fore-to-aft distance between the
two levers, the sharper the tractor will turn.
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To execute a "pivot turn," move the turn side
drive control lever to the neutral position, while
moving the other control lever rearward.
IMPORTANT: Making a "pivot turn" on grass
will greatly increase the potential for
defacement of the turf.
Figure 11
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As the control levers are pushed farther rearward
the speed of the tractor will increase.
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To slow the tractor move the controls lever
forward to attain the desired speed, or move the
levers to the neutral position to stop the tractor.
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STOPPING THE TRACTOR
• Move both drive control levers to the neutral
position to stop the motion of the tractor.
• Push the PTO switch downward to the
disengaged position.
• Use the deck lift handle to raise the deck to its
highest position.
• If dismounting the tractor:
- Move the drive control handles fully outward in
the neutral position.
- Engage the parking brake.
- Move the throttle control lever to the fast
position if operating a ZT42 tractor, or to the
slow position if operating a ZT50 tractor.
- Turn the ignition switch to “OFF’” and remove
the key from the switch.
Executing a Zero Turn
WARNING: When executing a zero turn,
the tractor MUST BE STOPPED.
Executing a zero turn while the tractor is
moving can significantly reduce your
control of the tractor and will cause
severe turf defacement to occur.
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Stop the forward or reverse motion of the tractor
by moving the two drive control levers to neutral.
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To turn clockwise, slowly move the left control
lever forward while simultaneously moving the
right control lever rearward. See Figure 14.
CLOCKWISE ZERO TURN
DRIVING ON SLOPES
Refer to the SLOPE GAUGE on page 31 to help
determine slopes where you may not operate safely.
WARNING: Do not operate on inclines
with a slope in excess of 15 degrees (a
rise of approximately 2-1/2 feet every 10
feet). The tractor could overturn and
cause serious injury.
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Figure 14
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To turn counterclockwise, slowly move the right
control lever forward while simultaneously moving
the left control lever rearward. See Figure 15.
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COUNTERCLOCKWISE ZERO TURN
Always drive across slopes, never up and down.
Control the speed and direction of the tractor
using primarily the control lever on the downhill
side of the tractor, with the uphill control lever
remaining essentially in a fixed position.
Avoid turning downhill if possible. Start at the
bottom of a slope and work upward. Always slow
down before turning.
Use extra care and go slowly when turning
downhill.
OPERATING THE PTO
Operate the PTO clutch as follows:
• Move the throttle control lever to approximately
the mid throttle position.
• Pull the PTO switch upward to the “ENGAGED”
position.
• Advance the throttle lever to the operating speed
(full engine speed).
• The operator must remain in the tractor seat at all
times. If the operator should leave the seat
without turning off the power take-off switch, the
tractor’s engine will shut off.
• The PTO clutch cannot be operated when the
tractor is driving in the reverse direction. The
PTO will disengage when both drive control
levers are moved to the reverse position, and will
re-engage when one (or both) control levers are
moved to the neutral or forward position.
Figure 15
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• Place the shift lever in neutral,
• Engage the parking brake,
• Shut engine off and remove the key.
Doing so will minimize the possibility of having your
lawn ‘‘browned’’ by hot exhaust from your tractor’s
running engine.
USING THE MOWER DECK
WARNING: Make certain the area to be
mowed is free of debris, sticks, stones,
wire or other objects that can be thrown
by the rotating blades.
IMPORTANT: Do not engage the mower deck
when lowered in grass. Premature wear and
possible failure of the ‘V” belt and PTO clutch will
result. Fully raise the deck or move to a non
grassy area before engaging the mower deck.
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Mow across slopes, not up and down. If mowing
a slope, start at bottom and work upward to
ensure turns are made uphill.
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On the first pass pick a point on the opposite side
of the area to be mowed.
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Engage the PTO clutch using the PTO switch and
move the throttle control to the fast position.
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Lower the mower deck to the desired height
setting using the lift handle.
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Slowly and evenly push the RH and LH drive
control levers forward to move the tractor
forward, and keep the tractor headed directly
toward the alignment point.
NOTE: The speed of the tractor will affect the
quality of the mower cut. Mowing at full speed will
adversely affect the cut quality. Control the
ground speed with the control levers.
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CHECKING THE SAFETY INTERLOCK CIRCUITS
Periodically check the safety interlock circuits to
ensure they are working properly. If a safety circuit is
not working as designed, contact you White Outdoor
dealer to have the tractor inspected. DO NOT operate
the tractor if any safety circuit is not functioning
properly. To check the safety circuits, proceed as
follows:
When approaching the other end of the strip,
slow down or stop before turning. A U-turn is
recommended unless a pivot or zero turn is
required.
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Align the mower with an edge of the mowed strip
and overlap approximately 3 inches.
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Direct the tractor on each subsequent strip to
align with a previously cut strip.
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To prevent rutting or grooving of the turf, if
possible, change the direction that the strips are
mowed by approximately 45° for the next and
each subsequent mowing.
WARNING: Be careful when crossing
gravel paths or driveways. Disengage
the PTO and raise the deck to the
highest position before crossing.
IMPORTANT: When stopping the tractor for any
reason while on a grass surface, always:
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Sitting in the tractor seat with both drive control
levers opened fully outward, disengage the
parking brake and momentarily turn the ignition
switch to the start position. The engine should not
crank.
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Engage the parking brake and pull the PTO
switch upward to the engaged position.
Momentarily turn the ignition switch to the start
position; the engine should not crank.
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Push the PTO switch downward to the disengaged position and engage the parking brake.
Start the engine and move one of the drive control levers from the fully outward neutral position.
The engine should stop running. Repeat the procedure with the opposite control lever.
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Move both control levers fully outward in the neutral position and disengage the parking brake;
then lift upward from the operator’s seat. The
engine should stop.
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With both control levers fully outward in the neutral position and the parking brake engaged,
engage the PTO. Lift upward from the operator’s
seat; the engine should stop.
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Start the tractor, disengage the parking brake,
and move the control levers inward to the neutral
operating position. Engage the PTO and move
both control lever slowly into the slow reverse
position; the PTO should disengage and the
mower deck should stop until one or both of the
control levers are moved to the neutral or forward position.
SECTION 3: ADJUSTMENTS
ADJUSTING THE OPERATORS SEAT
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Remove the two hex insert lock nuts from the hex
cap screws securing the control lever to the
control pivot bracket. Refer to Figure 17.
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While holding the hex cap screws in the control
lever mounting bracket, remove the control lever
w/screws from the pivot bracket and reposition by
inserting the screws into the other pair of holes.
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Secure the control lever with the two hex insert
lock nuts. NOTE: If also adjusting the forward/
rearward position of the control levers, do not
fully tighten the hex insert lock nuts now, but
proceed to the next step.
The seat may be adjusted fore and aft for the comfort
of the operator. To adjust the seat proceed as follows:
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Pivot the seat partially forward and hold in a
position that allows you to access the adjustment
knobs on the bottom of the seat.
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Loosen the two adjustment knobs and slide the
seat forward or backward in the adjustment slots
to the desired position, then retighten the knobs.
See Figure 16.
Adjustment
Knobs
Hex Insert
Lock Nut
Pivot Bracket
Control Lever
Flat Washer
Seat
Hex Cap Screw
Slot
Hgt. Adjust Holes
Adjustment
Slots
Figure 17
Figure 16
To adjust the drive control levers forward or rearward,
proceed as follows:
ADJUSTING RH & LH DRIVE CONTROL LEVERS
The RH and LH drive control levers can be adjusted
up or down and fore-and-aft for the comfort of the
operator. The levers can be placed in either of two
height positions, or can be moved forward or
rearward within the range of the upper slots on each
control lever mounting bracket.
To adjust the drive control lever height, proceed as
follows:
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Loosen, but do not remove, the two hex insert
lock nuts and hex cap screws securing the
control lever to the control pivot bracket. Refer to
Figure 17.
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Rotate the control lever either forward or
rearward to the desired position.
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Tight the two hex insert lock nuts and hex cap
screws to secure in the control lever.
SECTION 4: MAINTENANCE
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ENGINE MAINTENANCE
Engine maintenance procedures and schedules can
be found in the engine manual. Follow those instructions for performing engine maintenance.
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If needed, use a quality 20W50 motor oil and add
only enough oil to bring the level within 1/4" of the
bottom of the reservoir.
Reinstall the cap and fully tighten.
Using the Engine Oil Drain Valve
• Locate the oil drain valve on the left side of the
engine. Pop open the protective cap on the end
of the oil drain valve to expose the oil drain port.
See Figure 18.
• Push the oil drain hose (packed with this manual) onto the oil drain port. Route the opposite
end of the hose into an appropriate oil collection
container with a capacity great enough to collect
the used oil (48 oz.- ZT42; 64 oz.- ZT50).
Pivot seat
forward
Protective
Cap
Reservoir
Caps
Figure 19
Oil Drain
Hose
Turn and
Pull Out
All service work on the hydrostatic transmissions
should be performed by your White Outdoor dealer.
Oil Drain
Valve
GENERAL BATTERY INFORMATION
Figure 18
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WARNING:
Push the oil drain valve in slightly, then rotate
counterclockwise and pull outward to begin
draining oil. See Figure 18.
After draining oil, push the drain valve fully inward
and turn clockwise to close. Remove drain hose
and snap the cap onto the drain valve.
HYDROSTATIC TRANSMISSION MAINTENANCE
The zero turn tractor is equipped with dual integrated
hydrostatic pumps, motors, and transaxles that are
sealed and do not require regular maintenance.
Under normal operating conditions, the oil level in the
expansion reservoirs does not need to be checked
and no additional oil is needed.
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Battery posts, terminals and related accessories
contain lead and lead compounds. Wash hands
after handling.
•
Should battery acid accidentally splatter into the
eyes or onto the skin, rinse the affected area
immediately with clean cold water. If there is any
further discomfort, seek prompt medical attention.
•
If acid spills on clothing, first dilute it with clean
water, then neutralize with a solution of ammonia/
water or baking soda/water.
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NEVER connect (or disconnect) battery charger
clips to the battery while the charger is turned on,
as it can cause sparks.
Keep all sources of ignition (cigarettes, matches,
lighters) away from the battery. The hydrogen
gas generated during charging can be
combustible.
As a further precaution, only charge the battery in
a well ventilated area.
Always shield eyes and protect skin and clothing
when working near batteries.
If checking the reservoir oil level, proceed as follows:
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IMPORTANT: Check the oil level ONLY before
starting the tractor when the transmission oil is
fully cooled.
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Pivot the operator’s seat forward
Clean the reservoir caps and the area around the
caps to prevent debris from contaminating the
transmission oil. Refer to Figure 19.
Turn reservoir cap counterclockwise to remove
and check the oil level in the reservoir. Oil should
be visible at the bottom of the cup, but the oil
level must NOT be above 1/4" from the bottom of
the cup. DO NOT FILL THE RESERVOIR.
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WARNING: Batteries contain sulfuric
acid and may emit explosive gases. Use
extreme caution when handling batteries. Keep batteries out of the reach of
children.
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BATTERY REMOVAL
WARNING: Battery posts, terminals and
related accessories contain lead and
lead compounds. Wash hands after
handling.
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Always keep the battery cables and terminals
clean and free of corrosion.
Avoid tipping. Even a sealed battery will leak
electrolyte when tipped.
BATTERY STORAGE
• When storing the tractor for extended periods,
disconnect the negative battery cable. It is not
necessary to remove the battery.
• All batteries discharge during storage. Keep the
exterior of the battery clean, especially the top. A
dirty battery will discharge more rapidly.
• The battery must be stored with a full charge. A
discharged battery can freeze sooner than a
charged battery. A fully charged battery will store
longer in cold temperatures than hot.
• Recharge the battery before returning to service.
Although the tractor may start, the engine charging
system may not fully recharge the battery.
The battery is located on the right/rear of the tractor
beneath the seat box frame.
To remove the battery:
• Grasp the bottom of the battery holddown strap
and pull downward and rearward to release it
from the tab in the frame.
• Remove the hex cap screw and sems nut securing the black negative battery lead to the negative
battery post (marked NEG). Move the cable away
from the negative battery post.
• Remove the hex cap screw and sems nut securing the red positive battery lead to the positive
battery post (marked POS).
• Carefully lift the battery out of the tractor.
SERVICING ELECTRICAL SYSTEM
A fuse is installed to protect the tractor’s electrical
system from damage caused by excessive amperage. Always use the same capacity fuse for
replacement. If the electrical system does not function, check for a blown fuse. See Figure 20
If you have a recurring problem with blown fuses,
have the tractor’s electrical system checked by your
White Outdoor dealer.
Install the battery by repeating the above steps in the
reverse order.
WARNING: Always connect the positive
lead to the battery before connecting the
negative lead. This will prevent sparking
or possible injury from an electrical short
caused by contacting the tractor body
with tools being used to connect the
cables.
CHARGING THE BATTERY
Test and, if necessary, recharge the battery after the
tractor has been stored for a period of time.
• A voltmeter or load tester should read 12.6 volts
(DC) or higher across the battery terminals.
•
GOOD
Figure 20
There are several safety switches in the electrical
system. If a function of the safety interlock system
described earlier is not functioning properly, have the
electrical system checked by your White Outdoor
dealer.
Charge the battery with a 12-volt battery charger
at a MAXIMUM rate of 10 amps.
Voltmeter
Reading
12.7
12.4
12.2
12.0
State of
Charge
100%
75%
50%
25%
Charging
Time
Full Charge
90 Min.
180 Min.
280 Min.
LUBRICATION
• Using a pressure lubricating gun, lubricate the
front castor axles with a No. 2 multi-purpose
lithium grease after every 10 hours of service.
•
From underneath the left rear of the tractor,
locate the tractor drive belt idler pulley and idler
bracket. Using a pressure lubricating gun,
lubricate the idler bracket with No. 2 multipurpose lithium grease after every 10 hours of
service.
•
Refer to the "MOWER DECK" section later in this
manual for deck lubrication procedures.
•
Periodically lubricate all other pivot points with a
quality lubricating oil.
BATTERY MAINTENANCE
The battery is filled with battery acid and then sealed
at the factory. However, even a “maintenance free”
battery requires some maintenance to ensure its
proper life cycle.
•
BAD
Spray the terminals and exposed wire with a
battery terminal sealer, or coat the terminals with
a thin coat of grease or petroleum jelly, to protect
against corrosion.
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TRACTOR CREEPING
Creeping is the slight forward or backward movement
of the tractor when the engine is running at high idle
and the drive control levers are opened out in the
neutral position.
If after operating the tractor for some time, it begins to
creep while in the neutral position, adjust the
transmission control rods as follows.
• Place the front of the tractor against an
immovable object (e.g. wall, post, etc.).
• Jack up the rear of the tractor so that both rear
wheels are approximately one inch of the ground.
• With the engine running at high idle and the drive
control levers opened out in the neutral position,
and the parking brake disengaged, check the rear
wheels for rotation.
• If only one wheel is rotating, locate the transmission control rod beneath the frame at the front of
the rear tire. If both wheels rotate, locate both
control rods. See Figure 22.
TIRE MAINTENANCE
Check the tire air pressure after every 50 hours of
operation or weekly. Keep the tires inflated to the
recommended pressures. Improper inflation will
shorten the service life of a tire. See the tire side wall
for proper inflation pressures. Observe the following
guidelines:
• Do not inflate a tire above the maximum pressure
shown on the sidewall of the tire.
• Do not reinflate a tire that has been run flat or
seriously under inflated. Have a qualified tire
mechanic inspect and service the tire.
USING THE TRANSMISSION BYPASS RODS
If for any reason the tractor will not drive or you wish
to move the tractor, the two hydrostatic transmissions are equipped with bypass rods that will allow
you to manually move the tractor short distances.
WARNING: Do not tow the tractor, even
with the bypass rod engaged. Serious
transmission damage will result from
doing so.
•
•
•
•
From just in front of the two rear tires, locate the
transmission bypass rods. See Figure 21.
Pull one rod toward the front of the tractor until
the flange on the rod is forward of the keyhole
slot in the frame assembly.
Lower the bypass rod into the keyhole slot and
release so the rod flange is against the front of
the frame bracket.
Repeat the above procedure to engage the other
bypass rod.
RH Transmission
Bypass Rod
Ferrule
Transmission
Control Arm
Pull out
Bypass Rod
Then Lower
In Slot
Figure 22
•
•
Keyhole
Slot
After moving the tractor, disengage both bypass
rods. Lift the rod and guide the flange of the rod
back through the larger circular opening of the
keyhole, then release the rod.
IMPORTANT: The tractor will not drive with the
bypass rods in the engage position.
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Remove the internal cotter pin securing the
ferrule to the transmission control arm and
withdraw the ferrule. Wheel rotation should stop.
If it does not, contact your White Outdoor dealer.
If the rotation stops, adjust the ferrule up or down
the control rod as necessary to align with the hole
in the transmission control arm. Re-insert the
ferrule into the hole in the control arm and secure
with the internal cotter pin.
•
If necessary, repeat the previous two steps to
adjust the other transmission control rod.
•
Lower the tractor and remove the jack.
Figure 21
•
Internal
Cotter Pin
RH Transmission
Control Rod
TRANSMISSION DRIVE BELT
If the transmission drive belt becomes worn and
causes the drive transmissions to slip, the drive belt
must be replaced. To replace the drive belt, proceed
as follows:
• Remove the deck drive belt from the PTO clutch
on the bottom of the engine following the instructions in Deck Removal, SECTION 5: MOWER
DECK.
• From beneath the rear of the tractor, insert a 3/8
inch drive ratchet into the square hole of the drive
idler bracket. See Figure 24.
TRACTOR HIGH SPEED TRACKING
If the tractor tracks to one side with both drive control
levers fully forward, adjust the control levers as
follows:
•
Check for proper and balanced air pressure in
both front and rear tires. Refill tires if necessary.
•
Perform the first three steps in the previous subsection, Tractor Creeping, to verify that the tractor
is not creeping. If creeping, adjust following the
instructions in that sub-section.
•
Recheck the tracking after making any adjustments to the transmission control rods.
•
If uneven tracking persists, note which direction
the tractor is tracking.
- If the tractor tracks to the right, adjust the
control lever stop bolt on the left side.
- If the tractor tracks to the left, adjust the control
lever stop bolt on the right side.
•
Transmission
Drive Pulley
Idler
Pulley
Locate the applicable stop bolt on the left or right
console. See Figure 23.
Square
Hole
Drive
Belt
Idler
Bracket
Console
Engine
Idler Brkt. Pulley
Spring
Jam Nut
PTO
Pulley
Figure 24
Stop Bolt
•
•
•
Figure 23
•
•
•
Loosen the jam nut on the stop bolt, then turn the
stop bolt counterclockwise to make it longer.
Recheck the tracking and fine tune the adjustment as necessary.
NOTE: If the stop bolt is adjusted too far, the
tracking problem will change sides. Make fine
tuning adjustments by shortening the same bolt.
•
•
Tighten the jam nut against the console and reposition the control lever if necessary.
•
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Using the ratchet for leverage, pivot the idler
bracket and idler pulley away from the backside
of the ‘V" belt; then lift the belt off and above the
engine pulley and off the idler pulley.
With the belt loose, lift the belt off, up and over
the two transmission drive pulleys. Remove the
belt from the engine and idler pulleys.
Loop the new belt and slide over and onto the
two transmission pulleys.
Route the belt above the idler bracket back to the
engine drive pulley. Lift the belt over the PTO pulley and above the engine drive pulley.
Using the ratchet for leverage, pivot the idler
bracket and idler pulley against the spring tension; then slip the belt down into the engine drive
pulley and onto the idler pulley.
Release the idler bracket so that the idler pulley
tightens against the back side of the belt and tensions the drive belt.
Reinstall the deck drive belt.
• Fill the fuel tank with treated fuel and run the
engine for 2-3 minutes to get stabilized fuel into
the carburetor.
TRACTOR STORAGE
If your tractor is not going to be operated for an
extended period of time (thirty days to approximately
six months), the tractor should be prepared for storage. Store the tractor in a dry and protected location.
If stored outside, cover the tractor (including the tires)
to protect it from the elements. The procedures outlined below should be performed whenever the tractor
is placed in storage.
Emptying the fuel system:
• Prior to putting the tractor in storage, monitor
fuel consumption with the goal of running the
fuel tank empty.
• Run the engine until it begins to stall. Use the
choke to keep the engine running until all fuel in
the carburetor has been exhausted.
1. Change the engine oil and filter following the
instructions provided in the engine manual.
3. Clean the
thoroughly.
WARNING: Never store the tractor with
fuel in the tank indoors or in poorly ventilated enclosures, where fuel fumes may
reach an open flame, spark or pilot light
as on a furnace, water heater, clothes
dryer, etc.
engine
and
the
entire
tractor
4. Fully charge the battery, then disconnect the negative cable at the battery to prevent possible
discharge. Recharge the battery periodically
when in storage.
NOTE: Remove the battery if exposed to prolonged
periods of sub-freezing temperatures. Store in a cool,
dry location where temperatures are above freezing.
WARNING: Fuel left in the fuel tank deteriorates and will cause serious starting
problems.
5. Lubricate all lubrication points.
NOTE: We do not recommend the use of a pressure
washer or garden hose to clean your unit. They may
cause damage to electrical components; spindles;
pulleys; bearings; or the engine. The use of water will
result in shortened life and reduce serviceability.
2. If storing the tractor for 30 days or more:
To prevent gum deposits from forming inside the
engine’s carburetor and causing possible malfunction of the engine, the fuel system must be either
completely emptied, or the gasoline must be
treated with a stabilizer to prevent deterioration.
REMOVING THE TRACTOR FROM STORAGE
Using a fuel stabilizer:
• Read the product manufacturer’s instructions
and recommendations.
•
Check the engine oil.
•
Fully charge the battery and inflate the tires to the
recommended pressure.
• Add to clean, fresh gasoline the correct amount
of stabilizer for the capacity (approximately 3
gallons) of the fuel system.
•
Start the engine and allow to idle for a few
minutes to ensure engine is operating properly.
•
Drive the tractor without a load to make certain all
the tractor systems are functioning properly.
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SECTION 5: MOWER DECK
This section contains removal, installation, adjustment, and maintenance information for the 42-inch
(ZT42) and 50-inch (ZT50) mower decks.
42 INCH DECK SHOWN
Rear Deck
Hanger Bracket
DECK REMOVAL
Deck Lift Arm
Remove the mower deck from the tractor as follows:
•
Move the tractor to a level surface, disengage the
PTO, stop the engine, and set the parking brake.
•
Move the deck gauge wheels to their highest
setting (lowest deck setting).
•
Lower the deck to the ground using the deck lift
handle.
•
From beneath the middle of the tractor, insert a
1/2 inch ratchet into the square hole of the deck
idler bracket. See Figure 25.
•
Using the ratchet for leverage, pivot the idler
bracket and movable idler pulley away from the
backside of the ‘V" belt; then lift the belt off of
both the movable and fixed idler pulleys. See
Figure 25.
Deck
Support
Pin
Figure 26
•
From the left side of the tractor release the left
side of the deck by pulling the left deck support
pin outward.
•
Raise the deck lift arms out of the rear hanger
bracket slots by raising the deck lift handle on the
tractor to its highest position.
•
Slide the deck forward so that the deck front
hanger rod can be lifted out of the two slots of the
front deck bracket. After lifting the front hanger
rod out of the slots, slide the deck rearward so
that the rod can no longer engage the slots.
•
Using care to prevent the front hanger rod from
falling back into the deck slots, gently slide the
cutting deck (from the right side) out from
underneath the tractor.
42 INCH DECK SHOWN
Movable Idler
Pulley
Square
Hole
Fixed Idler
Pulley
DECK INSTALLATION
Idler Bracket
To install the mower deck, proceed as follows:
•
While holding up the deck front hanger rod,
carefully slide the deck underneath the right side
of the tractor.
•
While still holding the front hanger rod, slide the
deck forward until the front hanger rod can be
lowered into the slots at the front of the deck.
•
Lower the front hanger rod into the slots of the
front deck bracket, then slide the deck rearward.
•
Maneuver the deck so that the slots in the two
rear deck hanger brackets approximately align
with the deck lift arms of the tractor. Refer to
Figure 26.
‘V’ Belt
Figure 25
•
From beneath the rear of the tractor, slide the belt
off of the PTO pulley on the bottom of the engine.
•
Looking at the cutting deck from the right side of
the tractor, locate the deck support pin on the
rear right side of the deck. See Figure 26.
•
Rear Hanger
Bracket Slot
Pull the deck support pin outward to release the
right side of the deck from the deck lift arm. See
Figure 26.
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•
•
•
•
•
•
•
- The deck is properly leveled when both blade
tip measurements taken earlier are equal.
Use the deck lift handle of the tractor to lower the
deck lift arms into the slots of the rear deck
hanger brackets.
Pull the deck support pins outward and maneuver
the deck as necessary to align the holes in the
deck lift arm with the pins. Refer to Figure 26.
When aligned, push each pin fully inward through
the lift arms to secure the arms in the rear hanger
bracket slots.
Route the ‘V’ belt rearward beneath the tractor
frame and install the belt in the pulley of the PTO
clutch.
Route the backside of the belt around the fixed
idler pulley of the deck. Refer to Figure 25.
Insert a 1/2 inch ratchet into the square hole of
the deck idler bracket. Refer to Figure 25.
Using the ratchet for leverage, pivot the idler
bracket rearward against the spring tension and
slide the backside of the belt onto the movable
idler pulley. Refer to Figure 25.
Raise RT.
Side of Deck
Hex Cap
Screw
Adjustment
Gear
Figure 27
- Retighten the hex cap screw on the right deck
hanger bracket when proper adjustment is
achieved.
LEVELING THE MOWER DECK
When leveled correctly the mower deck should be
level side to side, and should be approximately a 1/8
to 1/4 inch lower in the front of the deck.
•
ZT50 - 50 Inch Deck ONLY
- Loosen, but do not remove, the hex cap screw
on the left deck hanger bracket. Refer to Figure
28.
- Level the deck by using a wrench to turn the
adjustment gear (found immediately behind the
hex cap screw just loosened) clockwise to raise
the left side of the deck, or counterclockwise to
lower the left side of the deck.
Side to Side Leveling
If the cutting deck appears to be mowing unevenly, a
side to side adjustment can be performed. Adjust if
necessary as follows:
• With the tractor parked on a firm, level surface,
place the deck lift handle in the top notch (highest
position) and rotate both blades so that they are
perpendicular to the tractor frame.
• Measure the distance from the outside left blade
tip to the ground and the distance from the
outside right blade tip to the ground. The
measurements should be equal. If they’re not,
proceed to the next step.
• Compare the two measurements as follows:
- Model ZT42—determine whether the right side
of the deck must be raised or lowered.
- Model ZT50—determine whether the left side
of the deck must be raised or lowered.
•
Lower RT.
Side of Deck
Lower LT.
Side of Deck
ZT42 - 42 Inch Deck ONLY
- Loosen, but do not remove, the hex cap screw
on the right deck hanger bracket. Refer to
Figure 28.
- Level the deck by using a wrench to turn the
adjustment gear (found immediately behind the
hex cap screw just loosened) clockwise to
lower the right side of the deck, or
counterclockwise to raise the right side of the
deck. Refer to Figure 28.
Raise LT.
Side of Deck
Hex Cap
Screw
Adjustment
Gear
Figure 28
- The deck is properly leveled when both blade
tip measurements taken earlier are equal.
- Retighten the hex cap screw on the left deck
hanger bracket when proper adjustment is
achieved.
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•
Front to Back Leveling.
The front of the deck should be approximately 1/8 to
1/4 inch lower than the rear of the deck. Adjust if necessary as follows:
•
If the side to side leveling was done correctly,
measuring just the right blade should be
acceptable to attain the correct back to front pitch
of the deck.
•
Measure the distance from the front tip of the
blade to the ground and the distance from the
rear tip to the ground. The front distance should
be 1/8 to 1/4 inch less than the rear. If it is not,
proceed to the next step.
•
ADJUSTING THE GAUGE WHEELS
With the deck raised off of the ground, rotate the
blades so that they are parallel to the frame of the
tractor.
•
When the correct pitch of the deck is acquired,
tighten the hex jam nuts against the front hanger
rod bracket.
The cutting height of the mower deck can be set in
any of six height settings using the deck lift handle of
the tractor. The deck heights range from 1-1/2 inches
to 4 inches. The deck gauge wheel position should be
approximately 1/4 to 1/2 inch above the ground when
the deck is set in the desired height setting.
WARNING: Keep hands and feet away
from the discharge opening of the
cutting deck.
NOTE: The deck gauge wheels are an anti-scalp
feature of the deck and are not designed to support the
weight of the cutting deck.
From the front of the tractor, on the rearward side
of the front hanger rod bracket, locate the two
hex jam nuts on the deck front hanger rod. See
Figure 29.
Using the lift handle, set the deck in the desired
height setting, then check the gauge wheel and if
necessary adjust as follows.
Hex Flange Nut
•
With the deck set at the desired height, visually
check the distance between the gauge wheels
and the ground. If the gauge wheels are near or
touching the ground, they should be raised. If the
gauge wheels are too high, they should be
lowered.
•
Remove the lock nut securing one of the gauge
wheel shoulder screws to the deck. Remove the
gauge wheel and shoulder screw. See Figure 30.
Front Hanger
Rod Bracket
Front
Hanger
Rod
42 INCH DECK
Rear Gauge
Wheel
Hex Jam Nut
Shoulder
Screw
Figure 29
•
•
•
Gauge
Wheel
Bracket
Deck Adjustment
Index Holes
Loosen the two hex jam nuts and turn them away
from the backside of the front hanger rod bracket.
Lock
Nut
If the front of the deck was too low, turn the hex
flange nuts on the ends of the front hanger rod
clockwise to raise the front of the deck. See
Figure 29.
50 INCH DECK
Shoulder
Screw
If the front of the deck was too high, turn the hex
flange nuts counterclockwise to lower the front of
the deck.
Rear Gauge
Wheel
IMPORTANT: The deck front hanger rod should
be at the front of the slots of the front deck
bracket. If one side of the rod is not at the front of
its slot, turn the hex flange nut on the that side
until rod just touches the front of the slot. Then
re-measure and re-adjust the front hanger rod as
necessary.
Shoulder
Screw
Front Gauge
Wheel
Gauge
Wheel
Bracket
Adjustment
Index
Holes
Lock
Gauge Lock
Nut
Wheel Nut
Bracket
Figure 30
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•
Insert the shoulder screw in the one of four index
holes that will give the gauge wheel a 1/4 to 1/2
inch clearance with the ground.
•
Note the index hole of the just adjusted wheel,
and adjust the other gauge wheels into the
respective index holes on the other gauge wheel
brackets on the deck.
•
Use a 15/16 inch wrench to hold the hex nut on
top of the spindle assembly when loosening the
hex nut securing the blade. A block of wood may
be placed between the deck housing and the
cutting edge of the blade to assist in removal of
the hex nut securing the blade. Refer to Figure
32.
•
When reinstalling the blades, be sure they are
installed so that the wind wings are pointing
upward toward the top of the deck.
•
Reinstall the deck (refer to Deck Installation on
page 26).
DECK MAINTENANCE
Cleaning And Blade Care
WARNING: Before performing any maintenance, place the PTO switch in the
“OFF” position, engage the parking
brake lever, turn the ignition key to the
“OFF” position and remove the key from
the switch. When servicing the mower
deck, be careful not to cut yourself on
the sharpened blades.
Hex Nut
Clean the underside of the mower deck at the end of
the mowing season or when buildup of cut material
on the underside is noticed.
Once a month remove the belt covers to remove any
accumulation of grass clippings from around the
spindle pulleys and V-belt. Clean more often when
mowing tall, dry grass.
15/16" Wrench
The cutting blades must be kept sharp at all times.
Sharpen the cutting edges of the blades evenly so
that the blades remain balanced and the same angle
of sharpness is maintained. If the cutting edge of a
blade has been sharpened to within 5/8 inch of the
wind wing radius, it is recommended that new blades
be installed. See Figure 31.
Wind
Wing
Figure 32
DECK LUBRICATION
5/8" From
Radius
Figure 31
The blades may be removed as follows.
•
Wood Block
In Position
Remove the deck from beneath the tractor, (refer
to Deck Removal on page 26) then gently flip the
deck over to expose its underside.
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•
After every 10 hours of operation and/or before
putting the deck into winter storage, lubricate
the spindle assemblies with a No. 2
multipurpose lithium grease. The lube fittings
are located in the spindle housing and can be
accessed from underneath the deck.
•
After every 10 hours of operation and/or before
putting the deck into winter storage, lubricate
the spindle belt idler bracket with a No. 2
multipurpose lithium grease. The lube fitting is
located in the top of the shoulder bolt securing
the idler bracket.
•
After every 25 hours of operation and/or before
putting the deck into winter storage, lubricate
the deck gauge wheels with a No. 2
multipurpose lithium grease.
REPLACING THE DECK DRIVE BELT
•
Remove the deck from beneath the tractor, (refer
to Deck Removal on page 26).
•
Remove the hex tapping screws securing the belt
covers to the deck and remove the belt from the
spindle pulleys. Refer to Figure 33.
•
Depending on which deck (42" or 50") you are
working on, install the new belt around the
spindle pulleys as shown in the applicable
graphic of Figure 33. Reinstall the belt covers.
•
Route the belt rearward between the two idler
pulleys and reinstall the deck following the
instructions in Deck Installation on page 26.
42 INCH MOWER DECK
Belt Cover
Belt Cover
‘V’ Belt
Idler Pulley
Idler Pulley
50 INCH MOWER DECK
‘V’ Belt
Belt Cover
Belt Cover
Idler Pulley
Idler Pulley
Figure 33
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NE,
R
WARNING
15°
N DO
TTE
D LI
EPR
ES
ENT
ING
A 15
° SL
OPE
Do not mow on inclines with a slope in excess of 15 degrees (a rise of approximately 2-1/2 feet every 10 feet).
A riding mower could overturn and cause serious injury. If operating a walk-behind mower on such a slope, it is
extremely difficult to maintain your footing and you could slip, resulting in serious injury.
Operate RIDING mowers up and down slopes, never across the face of slopes.
Operate WALK-BEHIND mowers across the face of slopes, never up and down slopes.
FOL
DO
OR A FENCE POST
A CORNER OF A BUILDING
A POWER POLE
SIGHT AND HOLD THIS LEVEL WITH A VERTICAL TREE
USE THIS PAGE AS A GUIDE TO DETERMINE SLOPES WHERE YOU MAY NOT OPERATE SAFELY.
SLOPE GAUGE
(Keep this sheet in a safe place for future reference.)
NOTES
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