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OPERATOR’S MANUAL
20” Rotary Mower — Model Series 100
IMPORTANT:
READ SAFETY RULES AND INSTRUCTIONS
CAREFULLY BEFORE OPERATING EQUIPMENT.
LES DISTRIBUTIONS RVI LIMITÉE, 2955, JEAN-BAPTISTE DESCHAMPS, LACHINE, QUEBEC H8T 1C5
PRINTED IN U.S.A.
769-02862
3/16/07
This Operator’s Manual is an important part of your new equipment. It will help you assemble,
prepare and maintain the unit for best performance. Please read and understand what it says.
Table of Contents
Slope Gauge........................................................ 3
Safe Operation Practices.................................... 4
Set-Up & Adjustments......................................... 6
Operation.............................................................. 8
Maintenance & Off-Season Storage................. 10
Trouble Shooting............................................... 12
Warranty............................................................. 13
Illustrated Parts Lists........................................ 14
Finding and Recording Model Number
BEFORE YOU START ASSEMBLING
YOUR NEW EQUIPMENT,
please locate the model plate on the equipment and copy the
the model number and the serial number to the sample model
plate provided to the right. You can locate the model plate by
standing at the operating position and looking down at the rear
of the machine.
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Customer Support
1. If you have difficulty assembling this product or have any questions regarding the controls, operation or maintenance of this
unit, please call an authorized dealer.
Please have your unit’s model number and serial number ready when you call. See previous section to locate this
information.
2.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 separately with
your unit, for more information.
Use this page as a guide to determine slopes where you may not operate safely. Do not operate
your lawn mower on such slopes.
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WARNING
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 walkbehind 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.
2
Safe
Operation
Practices
WARNING: Engine Exhaust, some of its constituents, and certain vehicle components contain or
emit chemicals known to State of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm.
DANGER: This machine was built to be operated according to the rules for safe operation in this manual. As with
any type of power equipment, carelessness or error on the part of the operator can result in serious injury. This
machine is capable of amputating hands and feet and throwing objects. Failure to observe the following safety
instructions could result in serious injury or death.
a. Step back from the mower to fully extend your arms.
General Operation
b. Be sure you are well balanced with sure footing.
1. Read this operator’s manual carefully in its entirety before
attempting to assemble this machine. Read, understand,
and follow all instructions on the machine and in the
manual(s) before operation. Be completely familiar with
the controls and the proper use of this machine before
operating it. Keep this manual in a safe place for future
and regular reference and for ordering replacement parts.
c. Pull the mower back slowly, no more than half way
toward you.
d. Repeat these steps as needed.
12.Do not operate the mower while under the influence of
alcohol or drugs.
13.Do not engage the self-propelled mechanism on units so
equipped while starting engine.
2. This machine is a precision piece of power equipment,
not a plaything. Therefore, exercise extreme caution at all
times. Your unit has been designed to perform one job: to
mow grass. Do not use it for any other purpose.
WARNING
This symbol points
out important safety
instructions which, if
not followed, could
endanger the personal
safety and/or property
of yourself and others.
Read and follow all
instructions in this
manual before attempting to operate
this machine. Failure
to comply with these
instructions may result
in personal injury. When
you see this symbol.
HEED ITS WARNING!
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.
14.The blade control handle is a safety device. Never attempt
to bypass its operation. Doing so makes the safety device
inoperative and may result in personal injury through
contact with the rotating blade. The blade control handle
must operate easily in both directions and automatically
return to the disengaged position when released.
3. Never allow children under 14 years old to operate this
machine. Children 14 years old and over should read and
understand the instructions in this manual and should
be trained and supervised by a parent. Only responsible
individuals who are familiar with these rules of safe
operation should be allowed to use this machine.
15.Never operate the mower in wet grass. Always be sure of
your footing. A slip and fall can cause serious personal
injury. If you feel you are losing your footing, release the
blade control handle immediately and the blade will stop
rotating within three seconds.
4. Thoroughly inspect the area where the equipment is to
be used. Remove all stones, sticks, wire, bones, toys and
other foreign objects which could be tripped over or picked
up and thrown by the blade. Thrown objects can cause
serious personal injury. Plan your mowing pattern to avoid
discharge of material toward roads, sidewalks, bystanders
and the like. Also, avoid discharging material against a
wall or obstruction which may cause discharged material
to ricochet back toward the operator.
16.Mow only in daylight or in good artificial light. Walk, never
run. Stop the blade when crossing gravel drives, walks or
roads.
17.If the equipment should start to vibrate abnormally, stop the
engine and check immediately for the cause. Vibration is
generally a warning of trouble.
5. To help avoid blade contact or a thrown object injury,
stay in the operator zone behind the handles and keep
children, bystanders, helpers and pets at least 75 feet
from the mower while it is in operation. Stop machine if
anyone enters the area.
18.Shut the engine off and wait until the blade comes to
a complete stop before removing the grass catcher or
unclogging the chute. The cutting blade continues to rotate
for a few seconds after the engine is shut off. Never place
any part of the body in the blade area until you are sure the
blade has stopped rotating.
6. Always wear safety glasses or safety goggles during
operation and while performing an adjustment or repair
to protect your eyes. Thrown objects which ricochet can
cause serious injury to the eyes.
19.Never operate mower without proper trail shield, discharge
cover, grass catcher, blade control handle or other safety
protective devices in place and working. Never operate
mower with damaged safety devices. Failure to do so, can
result in personal injury.
7. Wear sturdy, rough-soled work shoes and close-fitting
slacks and shirts. Shirts and pants that cover the arms
and legs and steel-toed shoes are recommended. Never
operate this machine in bare feet, sandals, slippery or light
weight (e.g. canvas) shoes.
20.Muffler and engine become hot and can cause a burn. Do
not touch.
21.Only use parts and accessories made for this machine by
the manufacturer. Failure to do so can result in personal
injury.
8. Do not put hands or feet near rotating parts or under the
cutting deck. Contact with the blade can amputate hands
and feet.
22.If situations occur which are not covered in this manual, use
care and good judgment. Call customer assistance for the
name of your nearest servicing dealer.
9. A missing or damaged discharge cover can cause blade
contact or thrown object injuries.
10.Many injuries occur as a result of the mower being pulled
over the foot during a fall caused by slipping or tripping.
Do not hold on to the mower if you are falling; release the
handle immediately.
Slope Operation
Slopes are a major factor related to slip and fall accidents which
can result in severe injury. Operation on slopes requires extra
caution. If you feel uneasy on a slope, do not mow it. 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 degrees, do not mow it.
11.Never pull the mower back toward you while you are
walking. If you must back the mower away from a wall or
obstruction first look down and behind to avoid tripping
and then follow these steps:
Do:
1. Mow across the face of slopes; never up and down.
Exercise extreme caution when changing direction on
slopes.
2. Watch for holes, ruts, rocks, hidden objects, or bumps which
can cause you to slip or trip. Tall grass can hide obstacles.
3. Always be sure of your footing. A slip and fall can cause
serious personal injury. If you feel you are losing your
balance, release the blade control handle immediately, and
the blade will stop rotating within 3 seconds.
Do Not:
1. Do not mow near drop-offs, ditches or embankments, you
could lose your footing or balance.
2. Do not mow slopes greater than 15 degrees as shown on
the slope gauge.
8. Never fuel machine indoors because flammable vapors
will accumulate in the area.
9. Never remove gas cap or add fuel while the engine is
hot or running. Allow engine to cool at least two minutes
before refueling.
10.Never over fill fuel tank. Fill tank to no more than ½ inch
below bottom of filler neck to provide for fuel expansion.
11.Replace gasoline cap and tighten securely.
12.If gasoline is spilled, wipe it off the engine and equipment.
Move unit to another area. Wait 5 minutes before starting
the engine.
13.Never store the machine or fuel container near an open
flame, spark or pilot light as on a water heater, space
heater, furnace, clothes dryer or other gas appliances.
3. Do not mow on wet grass. Unstable footing could cause
slipping.
14.To reduce fire hazard, keep mower free of grass, leaves,
or other debris build-up. Clean up oil or fuel spillage and
remove any fuel soaked debris.
Children
15.Allow a mower to cool at least 5 minutes before storing.
Tragic accidents can occur if the operator is not alert to the
presence of children. Children are often attracted to the mower
and the mowing activity. They do not understand the dangers.
Never assume that children will remain where you last saw
them.
1. Keep children out of the mowing area and under the watchful care of a responsible adult other than the operator.
2. Be alert and turn mower off if a child enters the area.
3. Before and while moving backwards, look behind and down
for small children.
4. Use extreme care when approaching blind corners,
doorways, shrubs, trees, or other objects that may obscure
your vision of a child who may run into the mower.
5. Keep children away from hot or running engines. They can
suffer burns from a hot muffler.
6. Never allow children under 14 years old to operate a power
mower. Children 14 years old and over should read and
understand the operation instructions and safety rules in
this manual and should be trained and supervised by a
parent.
Service
Safe Handling Of Gasoline:
1. To avoid personal injury or property damage use extreme
care in handling gasoline. Gasoline is extremely flammable
and the vapors are explosive. Serious personal injury can
occur when gasoline is spilled on yourself or your clothes
which can ignite.
2. Wash your skin and change clothes immediately.
3. Use only an approved gasoline container.
4. Never fill containers inside a vehicle or on a truck or trailer
bed with a plastic liner. Always place containers on the
ground away from your vehicle before filling.
5. Remove gas-powered equipment from the truck or trailer
and refuel it on the ground. If this is not possible, then refuel
such equipment on a trailer with a portable container, rather
than from a gasoline dispenser nozzle.
6. 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.
7. Extinguish all cigarettes, cigars, pipes and other sources of
ignition.
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Safe
Operation
Practices
General Service:
1. Never run an engine indoors or in a poorly ventilated area.
Engine exhaust contains carbon monoxide, an odorless
and deadly gas.
2. Before cleaning, repairing, or inspecting, make certain the
blade and all moving parts have stopped. Disconnect the
spark plug wire and ground against the engine to prevent
unintended starting.
3. Check the blade and engine mounting bolts at frequent
intervals for proper tightness. Also, visually inspect blade
for damage (e.g., bent, cracked, worn) Replace blade with
the original equipment manufacture’s (O.E.M.) blade only,
listed in this manual. “Use of parts which do not meet the
original equipment specifications may lead to improper
performance and compromise safety!”
4. Mower blades are sharp and can cut. Wrap the blade or
wear gloves, and use extra caution when servicing them.
5. Keep all nuts, bolts, and screws tight to be sure the
equipment is in safe working condition.
6. Never tamper with safety devices. Check their proper
operation regularly.
7. After striking a foreign object, stop the engine, disconnect the spark plug wire and ground against the engine.
Thoroughly inspect the mower for any damage. Repair the
damage before starting and operating the mower.
8. Never attempt to make a wheel or cutting height adjustment while the engine is running.
9. Grass catcher components, discharge cover, and trail
shield are subject to wear and damage which could
expose moving parts or allow objects to be thrown. For
safety protection, frequently check components and replace immediately with original equipment manufacturer’s
(O.E.M.) parts only, listed in this manual. “Use of parts
which do not meet the original equipment specifications
may lead to improper performance and compromise
safety!”
10.Do not change the engine governor setting or overspeed
the engine. The governor controls the maximum safe
operating speed of the engine.
11.Maintain or replace safety labels, as necessary.
12.Observe proper disposal laws and regulations. Improper
disposal of fluids and materials can harm the environment.
WARNING
This symbol points
out important safety
instructions which, if
not followed, could
endanger the personal
safety and/or property
of yourself and others.
Read and follow all
instructions in this
manual before attempting to operate
this machine. Failure
to comply with these
instructions may result
in personal injury. When
you see this symbol.
HEED ITS WARNING!
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.
3
NOTE: Reference to right, left, front and rear
of the lawn mower is in relation to the operating
position.
WARNING: Disconnect and
ground the spark plug wire as
instructed in the separate engine
manual.
1. Remove any packing material which may be
between upper and lower handles.
a. Pull up and back on the upper handle to
raise the handle into the operating position.
Position A.
b. Tighten knobs securing upper handle to
lower handle. Make sure that each carriage bolt is seated properly in the handle.
Position B.
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Setup and
Adjustments
"
"
This owner’s manual
covers various models
of lawnmowers. The
units illustrated may
vary slightly from your
unit. Follow only those
instructions which
pertain to your model
lawnmower.
Figure 1
2.Locate hairpin clip in one hole on the weld pin
on each side of lower handle. Figure 2.
a. Remove hairpin clip from this hole. Using
a pair of pliers, insert hairpin clip into the
other hole on the weld pin. Repeat on
other side. Position A.
!
IMPORTANT
This unit is shipped
WITHOUT GASOLINE
or OIL. After assembly, service engine
with gasoline and
oil as instructed in
the separate engine
manual packed with
your unit.
Figure 2
3.Rope guide Setup as follows, see Figure 3.
a. Hold the blade control against the upper
handle. Position A.
b. Slowly pull starter rope out of engine.
Position B.
c. Slip starter rope into the rope guide. Position C.
d. Tighten rope guide wing nut (star knobs).
Position D.
A
B
D
C
Figure 3
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4. Insert post on cable ties into holes provided
on the lower handle. Pull cable tie tight and
trim excess. See Figure 4.
Setup and
Adjustments
NOTE: All wheels must
be in the same height
of cut.
Figure 4
When cutting in heavy
or moist grass, the rear
of the lawnmower may
be raised higher to
allow better discharge
of the grass.
5.Each wheel has a height adjustment lever to
change the cutting height of the mower. To
change the height of cut, squeeze adjuster
lever toward the wheel, moving up or down to
selected height. See Figure 5.
Figure 5
!
6.Your mower has been shipped as a mulcher.
To discharge grass to the side, lift mulching
plug. Slide the two hooks on the side
discharge deflector under the hinge pin on
the mulching plug assembly, see Figure 6.
Lower the mulching plug.
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Figure 6
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WARNING
Read, understand,
and follow all instructions and warnings
on the machine and
in this manual before
operating.
This blade control
mechanism is a
safety device. Never
attempt to bypass its
operations.
Use extreme care
when handling
gasoline. Gasoline is
extremely flammable
and the vapors are
explosive. Never fuel
the machine indoors
or while the engine
is hot or running.
Extinguish cigarettes,
cigars, pipes and
other sources of
ignition.
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Figure 8
Blade Control Handle
The blade control handle is located on the
upper handle of the mower. See Figure 8. The
blade control handle must be depressed in
order to operate the unit. Release the blade
control handle to stop the engine and blade.
Recoil Starter
The recoil starter is attached to the right upper
handle. Stand behind the unit and pull the recoil
starter rope to start the unit.
Mulching Plug
The mulching plug is used to recirculate
grass clippings back to the lawn. Attach it as
instructed on page 7 of this manual.
Cutting Height Adjustment Levers
One adjustment lever is located on each wheel
and is used to adjust the cutting height. All four
levers have to be at the same relative position
to ensure uniform cut.
Before Starting
1. Service the engine with gasoline and oil as
instructed in the separate engine manual.
2.Attach spark plug wire to spark plug. If unit is
equipped with a rubber boot over the end of
the spark plug wire, make certain the metal
loop on the end of the spark plug wire (inside
the rubber boot) is fastened securely over the
metal tip on the spark plug.
To Start Engine
Refer to the separate engine manual packed
with your unit.
1. Place the fuel valve lever found on the left side
of the engine into the ON (OPEN) position,
Figure 4-3.
2.Move the choke lever all the way backward
into the choke position.
Using Your Lawn Mower
Be sure the lawn is clear of stones, sticks, wire,
or other objects which could damage the lawn
mower or the engine. Such objects could be
accidently thrown by the mower in any direction
and cause serious personal injury to the operator and others.
3
2
WARNING: If you strike a foreign
object, stop the engine. Remove
wire from the spark plug, thoroughly inspect the mower for any
damage, and repair the damage
before restarting and operating
the mower. Extensive vibration
of the mower during operation is
an indication of damage. The unit
should be promptly inspected
and repaired.
Operating Tips
1. For best results and effective mulching, do
not cut wet grass.
2.New grass, thick grass, or wet grass may
require a narrower cut.
3.For a healthier lawn, never cut off more than
one-third of the total length of the grass.
4. Your lawn should be cut in the fall as long as
there
is growth.
5.Adjust ground speed according to condition
of lawn.
6.If the grass has been allowed to grow in
excess of 4 inches, mulching is not recommended. Mow using the side discharge to
reduce the grass height to 3-1/4 inches or
less before mulching.
1
4
OFF
ON
Figure 9
3.Standing behind the mower, squeeze the
blade control against upper handle, Figure
9. The choke will now begin to slowly return
to the off choke position after activating the
blade control. Therefore, quickly move onto
step four below.
4. Grasp the starter handle as shown and pull
slowly until resistance is felt, then pull rapidly
to start engine and avoid kickback. Return it
slowly to the rope guide.
WARNING: Wait for the blade to
stop completely before performing any work on the mower or to
remove the grass catcher.
To Stop Engine :
1. Release the blade control handle to stop the
engine and blade.
WARNING: The blade continues
to rotate for a few seconds after
the engine is shut off.
2.Disconnect and ground the spark plug wire
as instructed in the separate engine manual
to prevent accidental starting while equipment is unattended.
4
Operating
Your Lawn
Mower
WARNING
The operation of any
lawn mower can result
in foreign objects
being thrown into
the eyes, which can
damage your eyes
severely. Always wear
safety glasses while
operating the mower,
or while performing
any adjustments or
repairs on it.
Be sure no one other
than the operator is
standing near the lawn
mower while starting
engine or operating
mower. Never run
engine indoors or
in enclosed, poorly
ventilated areas. Engine exhaust contains
carbon monoxide, an
odorless and deadly
gas. Keep hands, feet,
hair and loose clothing
away from any moving
parts on engine and
lawn mower.
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Maintenance
,UBRICATETHESE
POINTSBEFORE
REASSEMBLY
Figure 10
WARNING
Always stop engine,
disconnect spark
plug, and ground
against engine before
cleaning, lubricating
or doing any kind of
maintenance on your
machine.
We do not recommend
the use of pressure
washers or garden
hose to clean your
unit. These may cause
damage to electrical
components, spindles,
pulleys, bearings, or
the engine. The use
of water will result in
shortened life and
reduce serviceability.
General Recommendations
1. Always observe safety rules when
performing any maintenance.
2.The warranty on this lawn mower does not
cover items that have been subjected to
operator abuse or negligence. To receive full
value from warranty, operator must maintain
the lawn mower as instructed here.
3.Changing of engine-governed speed will void
engine warranty.
4. All adjustments should be checked at least
once each season.
5.Periodically check all fasteners and make
sure these are tight.
Lubrication
1. Lubricate the pivot points on the blade
control handle at least once a season with
light oil. The blade control must operate
freely in both directions. See Figure 10.
2.If your mower is equipped with ball bearing
wheels, lubricate at least once a season
with a light oil, all other types require no
lubrication. However, if the wheels are
removed for any reason, lubricate the
surface of the axle bolt and the inner surface
of the wheel with light automotive oil.
3.Lubricate the torsion spring and pivot point
periodically with light oil to prevent rust. See
Figure 10.
4. Follow the accompanying engine manual for
lubrication schedule and instruction.
Engine
1. Refer to the separate engine manual for
engine maintenance instructions.
2.Maintain engine oil as instructed in the
separate engine manual packed with your unit.
Read and follow instructions carefully.
3.Under normal conditions service air cleaner
as instructed in the separate engine manual
packed with your unit. Clean every few hours
under extremely dusty conditions. Poor
engine performance and flooding usually indicates that the air cleaner should be serviced.
4. The spark plug should be cleaned and the gap
reset once a season. Spark plug replacement
is recommended at the start of each mowing
season; check engine manual for correct plug
type and gap specifications.
NOTE: This spark ignition system meets all
requirements of the Canadian InterferenceCausing Equipment Regulations.
5.Clean the engine regularly with a cloth or
brush. Keep the cooling system (blower housing area) clean to permit proper air circulation
which is essential to engine performance and
life. Be certain to remove all grass, dirt and
combustible debris from muffler area.
Deck
The underside of the mower deck should be
cleaned after each use to prevent a buildup of
grass clippings, leaves, dirt or other matter. If this
debris is allowed to accumulate, it will invite rust
and corrosion, and may prevent proper mulching.
The deck may be cleaned by tilting the mower
and scraping clean with a suitable tool (make
certain the spark plug wire is disconnected).
NOTE: If unit is tipped for easier access to
blade or belt, tip mower as specified in separate
engine manual. If it does not specify turn mower
on its side making sure that the air filter and the
carburetor are up.
10
5
Blade Care
WARNING: When removing the
cutting blade for sharpening or
replacement, protect your hands
with a pair of heavy gloves or use
a heavy rag to hold the blade.
Periodically inspect the blade adapter for
cracks, especially if you strike a foreign object.
Replace when necessary. Follow the steps
below for blade service:
1. Disconnect spark plug wire from spark plug.
2.Tip mower as specified in separate engine
manual. If it does not specify turn mower on
its side making sure that the air filter and the
carburetor are up.
3.Remove the bolt and the blade bell support
which hold the blade and the blade adapter
to the engine crankshaft. See Figure 11.
4. Remove blade and adapter from the crankshaft.
5.The blade may be resharpened by removing
it and either grinding or filing the cutting edge
keeping as close to the original bevel as
possible. Do not attempt to sharpen the blade
while it is still on the mower.
6.It is extremely important that each cutting
edge receives an equal amount of grinding to
prevent an unbalanced blade.
NOTE: Improper blade balance will result in
excessive vibration causing eventual damage to
the engine and mower. Be sure to carefully balance blade after sharpening. Possible damage
resulting from blade unbalance condition is not
the responsibility of the manufacturer.
NOTE: Always remove blade from the adapter
for testing balance.
7. The blade can be tested for balance by
balancing it on a round shaft screwdriver.
Remove metal from the heavy side until it
balances evenly.
8.Before reassembling the blade and the blade
adapter to the unit, lubricate the engine
crankshaft and the inner surface of the blade
adapter with light oil.
Maintenance
Figure 11
9. Install the blade adapter on the crankshaft
with the “star” away from the engine. See
Figure 11. Place the blade with the side
marked “bottom” (or with part number) facing
away from the adapter. Align the blade bell
support over the blade with the tabs in the
holes of the blade and insert the hex bolt.
10. Tighten the hex bolt to the torque listed
below:
Blade Mounting Torque
Center Bolt 450 in. lb. min., 600 in.lb. max.
To insure safe operation of your unit, ALL nuts
and bolts must be checked periodically for
correct tightness.
Off-Season Storage
The following steps should be taken to prepare
your lawn mower for storage.
1. Clean and lubricate mower thoroughly as
described in the lubrication instructions.
2.We do not recommend the use of a pressure
washer or garden hose to clean your unit.
3.Refer to engine manual for correct engine
storage instructions.
4. Coat mower’s cutting blade with chassis
grease to prevent rusting.
5.Store mower in a dry, clean area. Do not
store next to corrosive materials, such as
fertilizer.
NOTE: When storing any type of power equipment in a poorly ventilated or metal storage
shed, care should be taken to rust-proof the
equipment. Using a light oil or silicone, coat the
equipment, especially cables and all moving
parts of your lawn mower before storage.
11
WARNING
When removing
the cutting blade
for sharpening or
replacement, protect
your hands with a
pair of heavy gloves
or use a heavy rag to
hold the blade.
An unbalanced blade
will cause excessive
vibration when rotating at high speeds. It
may cause damage
to mower, and could
break causing personal injury.
Cutting grass in sandy
soil condition causes
abrasive wear to the
blade.
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Problem
Engine fails to start
Trouble
Shooting
Engine runs erratic
For repairs beyond
the minor adjustments listed here,
contact an authorized service dealer.
Engine overheats
Occasional skip
(hesitates) at high speed
Idles poorly
Excessive vibration
Mower will not mulch
grass
Uneven cut
Cause
Remedy
1. Blade control handle disengaged.
1. Engage blade control handle.
2. Spark plug wire disconnected.
2. Connect wire to spark plug.
3. Fuel tank empty or stale fuel.
3. Fill tank with clean, fresh gasoline.
4. Engine not primed.
4. Refer to engine manual.
5. Faulty spark plug.
5. Clean, adjust gap, or replace.
6. Blocked fuel line.
6. Clean fuel line.
7. Engine flooding.
7. Wait a few minutes to restart, but do not
prime.
1. Spark plug wire loose.
1. Connect and tighten spark
plug wire.
2. Blocked fuel line or stale fuel.
2. Clean fuel line; fill tank with clean, fresh
gasoline.
3. Gas cap vent plugged.
3. Clear vent.
4. Water or dirt in fuel system.
4. Drain fuel tank and carburetor. Refill with
fresh fuel.
5. Dirty air cleaner.
5. Refer to engine manual.
6. Carburetor out of adjustment.
6. Refer to engine manual.
1. Engine oil level low.
1. Fill crankcase with proper oil.
2. Dirty air filter.
2. Refer to the engine manual packed with
your unit.
3. Air flow restricted.
3. Remove blower housing and clean.
4. Carburetor not adjusted properly.
4. Refer to engine manual.
1. Spark plug gap too close.
1. Adjust gap to .030”. Refer to engine
manual.
2. Carburetor idle mixture adjustment
improperly set.
2. Refer to engine manual.
1. Spark plug fouled, faulty or gap too
wide.
1. Reset gap to .030” or replace spark plug.
Refer to engine manual.
2. Carburetor improperly adjusted.
2. Refer to engine manual.
3. Dirty air cleaner.
3. Refer to engine manual.
1. Cutting Blade loose or unbalanced.
1. Tighten blade and adapter. Balance blade
2. Bent cutting blade.
2. Replace blade.
1. Wet grass.
1. Do not mow when grass is wet;
wait until later to cut.
2. Excessive high grass.
2. Mow once at a high cutting height, then
mow again at desired height or make a
narrower cutting path.
3. Dull blade.
3. Sharpen or replace blade.
1. Wheels not positioned correctly.
1. Place all four wheels in same height
position.
2. Dull blade.
2. Sharpen or replace blade.
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TWO YEAR SUPREME WARRANTY:
For two years from date of retail purchase within Canada, MTD PRODUCTS LIMITED will,
at its option, repair or replace, for the original purchaser, free of charge, any part or parts
found to be defective in material or workmanship. This warranty covers units which have
been operated and maintained in accordance with the owner’s instructions furnished with the
unit, and which have not been subject to misuse, abuse, commercial use, neglect, accident
improper maintenance or alteration. Normal wear parts or components thereof are subject to
special terms as noted below in the Ninety Day Consumer Warranty clause.
The engine, starter motor or component parts thereof carry separate warranties from their
manufacturers. Please refer to the applicable manufacturer’s warranty policy for these items.
Ninety Day Consumer Warranty on Normal Wear Parts: All normal wear part failures
will be covered on this product for a period of 90 days. After 90 days but within the two year
warranty period, normal wear part failures will be covered if caused by defects in material or
workmanship of other component parts. Normal wear parts are defined as batteries, belts,
blades, blade adaptors, grass bags, rider deck wheels, seats, tires and clutch parts (friction
wheels).
Full Ninety Day Warranty on Battery (if equipped): For ninety (90) days from the date
of retail purchase, if any battery included with this unit proves defective in material or workmanship and our testing determines the battery will not hold a charge, MTD PRODUCTS
LIMITED will replace the battery at no charge to the original purchaser.
Additional Limited Thirty Day Warranty on Battery (if equipped): After ninety (90) days
but within one hundred twenty (120) days from the date of purchase, MTD PRODUCTS
LIMITED will replace the defective battery, for the original purchaser, for a cost of one-half
(½) of the current retail price of the battery in effect at the date of return.
Personal use: THE FOREGOING PARAGRAPHS CONSTITUTE THE MANUFACTURER’S
ENTIRE WARRANTY WITH RESPECT TO ANY PRODUCT PURCHASED AND USED
FOR PERSONAL FAMILY, HOUSEHOLD/RESIDENTIAL PURPOSES, AS DISTINGUISHED
FROM COMMERCIAL USAGE.
Commercial use: ALL APPLICATIONS OTHER THAN PERSONAL USE AS OUTLINED
ABOVE, ARE CONSIDERED COMMERCIAL USAGE.
New products purchased for commercial usage are warranted in the same manner and to the
same extend EXCEPT the term of warranty will be 90 DAYS from date of purchase.
How to Obtain Service: Warranty service is available, with proof of purchase, through your
local MTD Authorized Service Dealer. If you do not know the dealer in your area, please
write to the Service Department of MTD PRODUCTS LIMITED, P.O. BOX 1386, KITCHENER, ONTARIO N2G 4J1. The return of a complete unit will not be accepted by the factory
unless prior written permission has been extended by MTD PRODUCTS LIMITED.
Other Warranties: All other warranties, express or implied, including any implied warranty
of merchantability is limited in its duration to that set forth in this express limited warranty.
The provisions as set forth in this warranty provide the sole and exclusive remedy of MTD
PRODUCTS LIMITED obligations arising from the sale of its products. MTD PRODUCTS
LIMITED will not be liable for incidental or consequential loss or damage.
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Failure to comply
with suggested
maintenance
and lubrication
specifications
will void
warranty.
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