Safe Operation Practices • Set-Up • Operation • Maintenance • Service • Troubleshooting • Warranty
OPERATOR’S MANUAL
Push Mower — Model Series A00, A10, A20, B00, B10, & B20
WARNING
READ AND FOLLOW ALL SAFETY RULES AND INSTRUCTIONS IN THIS MANUAL
BEFORE ATTEMPTING TO OPERATE THIS MACHINE.
FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH THESE INSTRUCTIONS MAY RESULT IN PERSONAL INJURY.
LES DISTRIBUTIONS RVI LIMITÉE, 2955, JEAN-BAPTISTE DESCHAMPS, LACHINE, QUEBEC H8T 1C5
MTD LLC, P.O. BOX 361131 CLEVELAND, OHIO 44136-0019
Printed In USA
769-06613A
10.27.11
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To The Owner
Thank You
Thank you for purchasing your new equipment. It was carefully
engineered to provide excellent performance when properly
operated and maintained.
The manufacturer reserves the right to change product
specifications, designs and equipment without notice and
without incurring obligation.
Please read this entire manual prior to operating the equipment.
It instructs you how to safely and easily set up, operate and
maintain your machine. Please be sure that you, and any other
persons who will operate the machine, carefully follow the
recommended safety practices at all times. Failure to do so could
result in personal injury or property damage.
If you have any problems or questions concerning the machine,
phone your local service dealer or contact us directly. Customer
Support telephone numbers, website address and mailing
address can be found on this page. We want to ensure your
complete satisfaction at all times.
All information in this manual is relative to the most recent
product information available at the time of printing. Review
this manual frequently to familiarize yourself with the machine,
its features and operation. Please be aware that this Operator’s
Manual may cover a range of product specifications for
various models. Characteristics and features discussed and/or
illustrated in this manual may not be applicable to all models.
Throughout this manual, all references to right and left side of the
machine are observed from the operating position.
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
machine, for more information.
Table of Contents
Safe Operation Practices......................................... 3 Service......................................................................17
Assembly & Set-Up................................................... 9 Troubleshooting......................................................18
Controls & Features.................................................13 Replacement Parts..................................................19
Operation.................................................................14 Warranty (Canada)................................................ 20
Maintenance & Adjustment..................................15 Warranty (USA)........................................................21
Record Product Information
Before setting up and operating your new equipment, please
locate the model plate on the equipment and record the
information in the provided area to the right. You can locate the
model plate by standing at the operating position and looking
down at the rear of the machine. This information will be
necessary, should you seek technical support via our web site or
with your local dealer.
Model Number
Serial Number
Customer Support
If you have difficulty assembling this product or have any questions regarding the controls, operation, or maintenance of
this machine, call an authorized dealer, see below.
Please have your unit’s model number and serial number ready when you call. See previous section to locate this
information.
In the U.S.A.:
MTD LLC at P.O. Box 361131, Cleveland, Ohio 44136-0019. Phone: 1-877-282- 8684.
In Canada:
MTD Canada, 97 Kent Avenue, Kitchener, ON N2G 4J1 Phone: 1-800-668-1238 or
LES DISTRIBUTIONS RVI LIMITÉE, 2955, Jean-Baptiste Deschamps, Lachine, Quebec H8T 1C5 Phone: 1-800-361-5770.
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Important Safe Operation Practices
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WARNING: This symbol points out important safety instructions which, if not followed,
could endanger the personal safety and/or property of yourself and others. Read and follow
all instructions in this manual before attempting to operate this machine. Failure to comply
with these instructions may result in personal injury.
When you see this symbol. HEED ITS WARNING!
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.
WARNING: Battery posts, terminals, and related accessories contain lead and lead
compounds, chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer and reproductive
harm. Wash hands after handling.
DANGER: This machine was built to be operated according to the safe operation practices 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 fingers, hands,
toes and feet and throwing objects. Failure to observe the following safety instructions could
result in serious injury or death.
General Operation
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
manuals) before operation. Keep this manual in a safe
place for future and regular reference and for ordering
replacement parts.
6.
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.
7.
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.
2.
Be completely familiar with the controls and the proper use
of this machine before operating it.
3.
This machine is a precision piece of power equipment,
not a plaything. Therefore, exercise extreme caution at all
times. This machine has been designed to perform one job:
to mow grass. Do not use it for any other purpose.
8.
To help avoid blade contact or a thrown object injury,
stay in operator zone behind handles and keep children,
bystanders, helpers and pets at least 75 feet from mower
while it is in operation. Stop machine if anyone enters area.
4.
Never allow children under 14 years of age to operate this
machine. Children 14 and over should read and understand
the instructions and safe operation practices in this manual
and on the machine and should be trained and supervised
by an adult.
9.
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.
5.
Only responsible individuals who are familiar with these
rules of safe operation should be allowed to use this
machine.
10.
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 lightweight (e.g. canvas) shoes.
11.
Do not put hands or feet near rotating parts or under the
cutting deck. Contact with blade can amputate fingers,
hands, toes and feet.
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12.
A missing or damaged discharge cover can cause blade
contact or thrown object injuries.
13.
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.
14.
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:
a.
Step back from mower to fully extend your arms.
b.
Be sure you are well balanced with sure footing.
c.
Pull the mower back slowly, no more than half way
toward you.
d.
Repeat these steps as needed.
15.
Do not operate the mower while under the influence of
alcohol or drugs.
16.
Do not engage the self-propelled mechanism on machines
so equipped while starting engine.
17.
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.
18.
19.
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.
Mow only in daylight or good artificial light. Walk, never
run.
20.
Stop the blade when crossing gravel drives, walks or roads.
21.
If the equipment should start to vibrate abnormally, stop
the engine and check immediately for the cause. Vibration
is generally a warning of trouble.
22. Shut the engine off and wait until the blade comes to
a complete stop before removing the grass catcher or
unclogging the chute. The cutting blade continues to
rotate for a few seconds after the blade control is released.
Never place any part of the body in the blade area until you
are sure the blade has stopped rotating.
When starting engine, pull cord slowly until resistance
is felt, then pull rapidly. Rapid retraction of starter cord
(kickback) will pull hand and arm toward engine faster than
you can let go. Broken bones, fractures, bruises or sprains
could result.
28. If situations occur which are not covered in this manual,
use care and good judgement. Contact Customer Support
for assistance or the name of the nearest service dealer.
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 machine on a sloped or
hilly area. If the slope is greater than 15 degrees, do not mow it.
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 three (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.
3.
Do not mow on wet grass. Unstable footing could cause
slipping.
Children
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 watchful
care of a responsible adult other than the operator.
2.
Be alert and turn mower off if a child enters the area.
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.
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.
24.
Muffler and engine become hot and can cause a burn. Do
not touch.
5.
Keep children away from hot or running engines. They can
suffer burns from a hot muffler.
25.
Never attempt to make a wheel or cutting height
adjustment while the engine is running.
6.
26.
Only use parts and accessories made for this machine by
the manufacturer. Failure to do so can result in personal
injury.
Never allow children under 14 years of age to operate this
machine. Children 14 and over should read and understand
the instructions and safe operation practices in this manual
and on the machine and be trained and supervised by an
adult.
23.
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Service
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.
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. Wash your skin and change clothes
immediately.
2.
Use only an approved gasoline container.
5.
3.
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.
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.
4.
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.
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.
5.
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.
8.
Never attempt to make a wheel or cutting height
adjustment while the engine is running.
9.
6.
Extinguish all cigarettes, cigars, pipes and other sources
of ignition.
7.
Never fuel machine indoors because flammable vapors will
accumulate in the area.
8.
Never remove gas cap or add fuel while engine is hot or
running. Allow engine to cool at least two minutes before
refueling.
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!”
9.
Never over fill fuel tank. Fill tank to no more than 1 inch
below bottom of filler neck to provide for fuel expansion.
10.
10.
Replace gasoline cap and tighten securely.
Do not change the engine’s governor setting or over-speed
the engine. The governor controls the maximum safe
operating speed of the engine.
11.
If gasoline is spilled, wipe it off the engine and equipment.
Move machine to another area. Wait 5 minutes before
starting engine.
11.
Check fuel line, tank, cap, and fittings frequently for cracks
or leaks. Replace if necessary.
12.
Do not crank engine with spark plug removed.
12.
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.
13.
Maintain or replace safety and instruction labels, as
necessary.
13.
To reduce fire hazard, keep machine free of grass, leaves,
or other debris build-up. Clean up oil or fuel spillage and
remove any fuel soaked debris.
14.
Observe proper disposal laws and regulations. Improper
disposal of fluids and materials can harm the environment.
15.
According to the Consumer Products Safety Commission
(CPSC) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA),
this product has an Average Useful Life of seven (7) years,
or 140 hours of operation. At the end of the Average Useful
Life have the machine inspected annually by an authorized
service dealer to ensure that all mechanical and safety
systems are working properly and not worn excessively.
Failure to do so can result in accidents, injuries or death.
14.
Allow machine to cool at least 5 minutes before storing.
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.
Do not modify engine
To avoid serious injury or death, do not modify engine in any
way. Tampering with the governor setting can lead to a runaway
engine and cause it to operate at unsafe speeds. Never tamper
with factory setting of engine governor.
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Notice Regarding Emissions
Engines which are certified to comply with California and federal
EPA emission regulations for SORE (Small Off Road Equipment)
are certified to operate on regular unleaded gasoline, and
may include the following emission control systems: Engine
Modification (EM), Oxidizing Catalyst (OC), Secondary Air
Injection (SAI) and Three Way Catalyst (TWC) if so equipped.
Spark Arrestor
Warning: This machine is equipped with an
internal combustion engine and should not be used
on or near any unimproved forest-covered, brush
covered or grass-covered land unless the engine’s
exhaust system is equipped with a spark arrester
meeting applicable local or state laws (if any).
If a spark arrester is used, it should be maintained in effective
working order by the operator.
A spark arrester for the muffler is available through your nearest
engine authorized service dealer.
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Safety Symbols
This page depicts and describes safety symbols that may appear on this product. Read, understand, and follow all instructions on the
machine before attempting to assemble and operate.
Symbol
Description
READ THE OPERATOR’S MANUAL(S)
Read, understand, and follow all instructions in the manual(s) before attempting to
assemble and operate
DANGER — ROTATING BLADES
To reduce the risk of injury, keep hands and feet away. Do not operate unless discharge cover
or grass catcher is in its proper place. If damaged, replace immediately.
DANGER — BYSTANDERS
Do not mow when children or others are around.
DANGER — HAND/ FOOT CUT
Keep hands and feet away from rotating parts.
DANGER — THROWN DEBRIS
Remove objects that can be thrown by the blade in any direction. Wear safety glasses.
DANGER — SLOPES
Use extra caution on slopes. Do not mow slopes greater than 15°.
WARNING—GASOLINE IS FLAMMABLE
Allow the engine to cool at least two minutes before refueling.
WARNING— CARBON MONOXIDE
Never run an engine indoors or in a poorly ventilated area. Engine exhaust contains carbon
monoxide, an odorless and deadly gas.
WARNING— HOT SURFACE
Engine parts, especially the muffler, become extremely hot during operation. Allow engine
and muffler to cool before touching.
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.
SAVE THESE INSTRUCTIONS!
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Section 2 — Important Safe Operation Practices
Figure 1
line
Figure 2
(TOO STEEP)
15° Slope
WARNING! Slopes are a major factor related to tip-over and roll-over accidents which can result in severe injury or death.
Do not operate machine on slopes in excess of 15 degrees. All slopes require extra caution.
Always mow across the face of slopes, never up and down slopes.
To check the slope, proceed as follows:
1. Remove this page and fold along the dashed line.
2. Locate a vertical object on or behind the slope (e.g. a pole, building, fence, tree, etc.)
3. Align either side of the slope gauge with the object (See Figure 1 and Figure 2 ).
4. Adjust gauge up or down until the left corner touches the slope (See Figure 1 and Figure 2).
5. If there is a gap below the gauge, the slope is too steep for safe operation (See Figure 2 above).
ashed
15° d
USE THIS SLOPE GAUGE TO DETERMINE
IF A SLOPE IS TOO STEEP FOR SAFE OPERATION!
(OK)
15° Slope
Slope Gauge
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Assembly & Set-Up
Contents of Carton
•
One Lawn Mower
•
•
One Lawn Mower Operator’s Manual •
One Grass Catcher†
•
One Bottle of Oil
One Engine Operator’s Manual
•
One Side Discharge Chute†
† If Equipped
NOTE: Please be aware that this Operator’s Manual covers both
the low and high wheel models of this mower. While this manual
illustrates the low wheel model, the instructions and features
are equally applicable to the high wheel model as well, unless
otherwise noted.
b.
While stabilizing mower so it doesn’t move, pivot
upper handle up as shown in Fig. 3-2. Do not crimp
cable while lifting the handle up.
Assembly
NOTE: This unit is shipped without gasoline or oil in the engine.
Fill up with gasoline and oil as instructed in the accompanying
engine manual BEFORE operating your mower.
B
Handle
1.
Remove any packing material which may be between
upper and lower handles.
a.
Remove wing nuts and carriage bolts from handle as
shown in Fig. 3-1. Do not loosen or remove adjacent
hex head screws.
A
Figure 3-2
A
Figure 3-1
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2.
Remove the T-bolts from the handle brackets as shown in
Fig. 3-3.
C
C
Figure 3-5
4.
Figure 3-3
3.
Follow the steps below to complete handle assembly:
a.
Pull upward on the handle until holes in lower
handle (shown in Fig. 3-3 deck cutaway) line up with
holes in handle bracket. See Fig. 3-4.
The rope guide is attached to the right side of the upper
handle. Loosen the wing knob which secures the rope
guide. See Fig. 3-6.
a.
Hold blade control against upper handle.
b.
Slowly pull starter rope handle from engine and slip
starter rope into the rope guide. See Fig. 3-6.
A
D
B
A
B
B
C
Figure 3-6
Figure 3-4
NOTE: When pulling upward on handle, make sure to not
pull handle all the way out.
b.
c.
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Insert the T-bolts removed earlier through the
handle brackets and lower handle and tighten
securely to secure the handle in place. See Fig. 3-4.
Reattach wing nuts and carriage bolts removed
earlier into lower holes of handle as shown in Fig.
3-5.
Section 3 — Assembly & Set-Up
c.
Tighten rope guide wing knob.
d.
Use cable tie(s) to secure cable(s) to lower handle.
Grass Catcher (If Equipped)
1.
Follow steps below to assemble the grass catcher (if
needed). Make certain bag is turned right side out before
assembling (warning label will be on the outside).
a.
Place bag over frame so that its black plastic side is
at the bottom.
b.
Slip plastic channel of grass bag over hooks on the
frame. See Fig. 3-7.
Side Discharge Chute (If Equipped)
Your mower may be shipped as a mulcher. To convert to side
discharge, make sure grass catcher (if equipped) is off of the unit
and rear discharge door (if equipped) is closed.
1.
On the side of the mower, lift the side mulching plug. See
Figure 3-9.
Side Mulching
Plug
1
2
Figure 3-7
2.
Follow steps below to attach grass catcher:
a.
Lift rear discharge door.
b.
Place grass catcher into the slots in the handle
brackets as shown in Fig. 3-8. Let go of discharge
door so that it rests on the grass catcher.
Figure 3-9
2.
Slide two hooks of side discharge chute under hinge pin on
mulching plug assembly. Lower the mulching plug. Do not
remove side mulching plug at any time, even when you are
not mulching.
B
A
B
Figure 3-8
To remove grass catcher, lift rear discharge door on the mower.
Lift grass catcher up and of the slots in the handle brackets.
Release rear discharge door to allow it to close rear opening of
mower.
Section 3 — Assembly & Set-Up
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Adjustments
Handle Pitch (If Equipped)
Cutting Height
For convenience of operation, you may be able to adjust the
pitch of the handle as follows:
There is a cutting height adjustment lever located above the
front and rear right wheel.
1.
1.
Pull the height adjustment lever towards wheel.
2.
Move lever to desired position for a change in cutting
height. See Fig. 3-10 and Fig. 3-10A.
Remove wing nuts and carriage bolts from handle. See Fig.
3-11.
2
Lower
1
Higher
3
2
Higher
1
Lower
Figure 3-11
3
Low Wheel
Figure 3-10
Position the handle in one of the three positions that is
most comfortable. See Fig. 3-11 inset.
3.
Secure into position with wing nuts and carriage bolts
removed earlier.
Set-Up
2
Higher
2.
Gas and Oil Fill-Up
1
3
Refer to the separate engine owner’s manual for additional
engine information.
Lower
2
Higher
1
Lower
3
High Wheel
Figure 3-10A
NOTE: For mowers with low wheels, the height adjustment
levers move in the opposite direction to adjust; for those
with high wheels, the levers move in the same direction.
3.
Release lever towards deck.
IMPORTANT: Both the front and rear wheels must be
placed in the same relative position. For rough or uneven
lawns, move the height adjustment levers to a higher
position. This will stop scalping of grass.
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Section 3 — Assembly & Set-Up
1.
Add oil provided before starting unit for the first time out
of the box.
2.
Service the engine with gasoline as instructed in the
separate engine owner’s manual.
WARNING: 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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Controls and Features
Blade Control
Recoil Starter
Grass Catcher
Side Discharge
Chute
Cutting Height
Adjustment
Lever
Cutting Height
Adjustment
Lever
Mulch Plug
Figure 4-1
Blade Control
Mulch Plug (If Equipped)
The blade control is attached to the upper handle of the mower.
Depress and squeeze it against the upper handle to operate the
unit. Release it to stop engine and blade.
The mulch plug is used for mulching purposes. Instead of
collecting the grass clippings in a grass catcher or using the
side discharge chute, some mower models have the option
of recirculating the clippings back to the lawn. This is called
mulching.
WARNING: This blade control is a safety device.
Never attempt to bypass its operations.
Cutting Height Adjustment Lever
One adjustment lever is located on the right rear wheel and one
is located on the right front wheel. Both levers have to be at the
same relative position to ensure a uniform cut. To adjust the
cutting height, refer to the “Assembly & Set-Up” Section.
Grass Catcher (If Equipped)
The grass catcher, located at the rear of the mower, is used to bag
the grass clippings for disposal at another site. Once the bag is
full, remove it up through the handles using the strap provided
and empty it before any further mowing.
Side Discharge Chute (If Equipped)
Your mower may be shipped as a mulcher. To discharge the
grass clippings to the side instead, follow the instructions in the
“Assembly & Set-Up” section to attach the side discharge chute.
Warning: Keep hands and feet away from the
chute area on cutting deck. Refer to warning label
on the unit.
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.
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Operation
Starting & Stopping Engine
Using Grass Catcher (If Equipped)
Refer to the Engine Operator’s manual packed with your lawn
mower for instructions on starting and stopping the engine.
You can use the grass catcher to collect clippings while you are
operating the mower.
Using Your Lawn Mower
1.
Attach grass catcher following instructions in the
“Assembly & Set-Up” section. Grass clippings will
automatically collect in bag as you run mower. Operate
mower till grass bag is full.
2.
Stop engine completely by releasing the blade control.
Make sure that the unit has come to a complete stop.
3.
Lift discharge door and pull grass bag up and away from
the mower to remove the bag. Dispose of the grass
clippings and reinstall the bag when complete.
Be sure lawn is clear of stones, sticks, wire, or other objects
which could damage lawn mower or engine. Such objects could
be accidently thrown by the mower in any direction and cause
serious personal injury to the operator and others.
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.
Using as Mulcher (If Equipped)
For mulching grass, remove the side discharge chute (if
equipped) or the grass catcher (if equipped) and allow the rear
discharge door (if equipped) to close the rear opening of mower.
For effective mulching, do not cut wet grass. If the grass has
been allowed to grow in excess of four inches, mulching is not
recommended. Use the grass catcher to bag clippings instead.
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WARNING: If you strike a foreign object, stop the
engine. Remove wire from the spark plug,
thoroughly inspect mower for any damage, and
repair damage before restarting and operating.
Extensive vibration of mower during operation is an
indication of damage. The unit should be promptly
inspected and repaired.
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Maintenance & Adjustments
Maintenance
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.
Follow the accompanying engine manual for lubrication
schedule and instruction for engine lubrication.
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.
Deck Care
Clean underside of the mower deck after each use to prevent
build-up of grass clippings or other debris. Follow steps below
for this job.
1.
Disconnect spark plug wire. Drain gasoline from lawn
mower or place a piece of plastic under the gas cap.
2.
Tip mower so that it rests on the housing. Keep the side
with the air cleaner facing up. Hold mower firmly.
WARNING: Always stop engine, disconnect spark
plug, and ground against engine before performing
any type of maintenance on your machine.
WARNING: Never tip the mower more than 90º in
any direction and do not leave the mower tipped for
any length of time. Oil can drain into the upper part
of the engine causing a starting problem.
Lubrication
1.
Lubricate pivot points on the blade control at least once a
season with light oil. The blade control must operate freely
in both directions. See Fig. 6-1.
3.
Scrape and clean the underside of the deck with a suitable
tool. Do not spray with water.
IMPORTANT: Do not use a pressure washer to clean your
unit. This may cause damage to bearings, or the engine.
4.
Put the mower back on its wheels on the ground. If you had
put plastic under the gas cap earlier, make sure to remove it
now.
Figure 6-1
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Engine
Deck Wash (If Equipped)
1.
Refer to the separate engine manual for engine
maintenance instructions.
Your mower’s deck may be equipped with a water port on its
surface as part of its deck wash system.
2.
Maintain engine oil as instructed in the separate engine
manual packed with your unit. Read and follow instructions
carefully.
Use the deck wash to rinse grass clippings from the deck’s
underside and prevent the buildup of corrosive chemicals.
Complete the following steps AFTER EACH MOWING:
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.
1.
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 Interference-Causing 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.
Push the mower to a level, clear spot on your lawn, near
enough for your garden hose to reach.
caution: Make certain the mower’s discharge
chute is directed AWAY from your house, garage,
parked cars, etc.
2.
Thread the hose coupler (packaged with your mower’s
Operator’s Manual) onto the end of your garden hose.
3.
Attach the hose coupler to the water port on your decks
surface. See Fig. 6-2.
4.
Turn the water on.
5.
Start the engine as as instructed in the separate engine
manual packed with your unit.
6.
Run the engine for a minimum of two minutes, allowing
the underside of the cutting deck to thoroughly rinse.
7.
Release blade control to stop the engine and blade.
8.
Turn the water off and detach the hose coupler from the
water port on your deck’s surface.
IMPORTANT : After cleaning your deck, restart the mower. Keep
the engine and blade running for a minimum of two minutes,
allowing the underside of the cutting deck to thoroughly dry.
Figure 6-2
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Section 6— Maintenance & Adjustments
7
Service
Blade Care
5.
Periodically inspect the blade adapter for cracks, especially if you
strike a foreign object. Replace when necessary. Follow the steps
below for blade service.
Lubricate the engine crankshaft and the inner surface of
the blade adapter with light oil. Slide the blade adapter
onto the engine crankshaft. Place the blade on the adapter
such that the side of the blade marked “Bottom” (or with
part number) faces the ground when the mower is in the
operating position. Make sure that the blade is aligned and
seated on the blade adapter flanges.
6.
Place blade bell support on the blade. Align notches on the
blade bell support with small holes in blade.
1.
Disconnect spark plug boot from spark plug. Turn mower
on its side making sure that the air filter and the carburetor
are facing up.
7.
Replace hex bolt and tighten hex bolt to torque: 450 in. lbs.
min., 600 in. lbs. max.
2.
Remove the bolt which holds the blade and the blade
adapter to the engine crankshaft. See Fig. 7-1.
3.
Remove blade and adapter from the crankshaft. See Fig. 7-1.
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.
To ensure safe operation of your mower, periodically check the
blade bolt for correct torque.
Off-Season Storage
The following steps should be taken to prepare your lawn mower
for storage.
Blade
Blade
Adapter
Blade Bell
Support
Bolt
•
Clean and lubricate mower thoroughly as described in the
lubrication instructions.
•
Coat mower’s cutting blade with chassis grease to prevent
rusting.
•
Refer to engine manual for correct engine storage
instructions.
•
Do not use a pressure washer or garden hose to clean your
unit.
•
Store mower in a dry, clean area. Do not store next to
corrosive materials, such as fertilizer.
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.
Figure 7-1
4.
Remove blade from the adapter for testing balance.
Balance the blade on a round shaft screwdriver to check.
Remove metal from the heavy side until it balances evenly.
When sharpening the blade, follow the original angle of
grind. Grind each cutting edge equally to keep the blade
balanced.
WARNING: An unbalanced blade will cause
excessive vibration when rotating at high speeds. It
may cause damage to mower and could break
causing personal injury.
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Troubleshooting
Problem
Engine Fails to start
Cause
1. Blade control disengaged.
1. Engage blade control.
2. Spark plug boot disconnected.
2. Connect wire to spark boot.
3. Fuel tank empty or stale fuel.
3. Fill tank with clean, fresh gasoline.
4. Engine not primed (if equipped with primer).
4. Prime engine as instructed in the Operation
section.
5. Faulty spark plug.
5. Clean, adjust gap, or replace.
6. Blocked fuel line.
6. Clean fuel line.
7. Engine flooded.
7. Wait a few minutes to restart, but do not
prime.
8. Fuel valve (if equipped) closed.
8. Open fuel valve. See engine manual.
9. Engine not choked (if equipped with choke).
9. Choke engine. See engine manual.
10. Burnt fuse. (Electric Start Only).
Engine runs erratic
10. Replace fuse. (See Maintenance Section).
1. Spark plug boot loose.
1. Connect and tighten spark plug boot.
2. Blocked fuel line or stale fuel.
2. Clean fuel line; fill tank with clean, fresh
gasoline.
3. Vent in gas cap plugged.
3. Clear vent.
4. Water or dirt in fuel system.
4. Drain fuel tank. Refill with fresh fuel.
5. Dirty air cleaner.
5. Refer to engine manual.
6. Unit running with CHOKE applied or in the
“ON” position (if equipped).
6. Put CHOKE in the “OFF” position..
1. Engine oil level low.
1. Fill crankcase with proper oil.
2. Air flow restricted.
2. Clean area around and on top of engine.
Occasional skips (hesitates)
at high speed
1. Spark plug gap too close.
1. Adjust gap to .030”. Refer to engine manual.
Idles poorly
1. Spark plug fouled, faulty, or gap too wide.
1. Reset gap to .030” or replace spark plug.
2. Dirty air cleaner.
2. Refer to engine manual.
1. Cutting blade loose or unbalanced.
1. Tighten blade and adapter. Balance blade.
2. Bent cutting blade.
2. See an authorized service dealer.
1. Wet grass.
1. Do not mow when grass is wet; wait until
later to cut.
2. Excessively 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 front and rear wheels in same height
position.
2. Dull blade.
2. Sharpen or replace blade.
Engine overheats
Excessive Vibration
Mower will not
mulch grass
Uneven cut
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Remedy
9
Replacement Parts
Component
Part Number and Description
734-04063A
634-04607
734-04562
634-04642
634-04346 ‡
Wheel (Front - 7”, Star Diamond)
Wheel (Front - 7” X 2”, S-Wave)
Wheel (Front - 7” x 1.8”, Bar)
Wheel (Front - 7” x 2”, SL:Z)
Wheel (Front - 7”, Idle: Mag: Cog)
734-04568
734-04563
634-04630
734-04564
634-04347 ‡
634-04626 ‡
Wheel (Rear - 8” x 2.125” SL:Z)
Wheel (Rear - 8” x 1.8”, Bar)
Wheel (Rear - 11” x 2”, SL:Z)
Wheel (Rear - 8” x 2.125” S:Idle)
Wheel (Rear - 8”, Idle: Mag: Cog)
Wheel (Rear - 11” x 2”, SL:S)
942-0741A
Mulching Blade
764-04077A † 964-04116A †
964-04117A †
764-04082A †
964-04155 † Grass Bag (Black)
Grass Bag (Yardman)
Grass Bag (Troy)
Grass Bag (Black, dust blocking)
Grass Bag (Grey, dust blocking)
731-07486†
Discharge Chute
† If Equipped
‡ Not Shown
NOTE: Download a complete Parts Manual, refer to customer support on page 2. Be sure to have your model number and serial
number ready. Refer to page 2 for more information regarding locating your model and serial numbers.
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For equipment purchased in Canada only.
THREE YEAR LIMITED WARRANTY
The limited warranty set forth below is given by MTD Products Limited with respect to new merchandise purchased and used in Canada and/or
its territories and possessions (either entity respectively, “MTD”).
MTD warrants this product (excluding its normal wear parts as described below) against defects in material and workmanship for a period
of three (3) years commencing on the date of original purchase and will, at its option, repair or replace, free of charge, any part found to be
defective in materials or workmanship. This limited warranty shall only apply if this product has been operated and maintained in accordance
with the Operator’s Manual furnished with the product, and has not been subject to misuse, abuse, commercial use, neglect, accident, improper
maintenance, alteration, vandalism, theft, fire, water, or damage because of other peril or natural disaster. Damage resulting from the installation
or use of any part, accessory or attachment not approved by MTD for use with the product(s) covered by this manual will void your warranty as
to any resulting damage.
Normal wear parts are warranted to be free from defects in material and workmanship for a period of thirty (30) days from the date of purchase.
Normal wear parts include, but are not limited to items such as: batteries, belts, blades, blade adapters, grass bags, rider deck wheels, seats,
snow thrower skid shoes, friction wheels, shave plates, auger spiral rubber, tires, engine oil, air filters and spark plugs.
HOW TO OBTAIN SERVICE: Warranty service is available, WITH PROOF OF PURCHASE, through your local authorized service dealer. To
locate the dealer in your area;
In the U.S.A.: Check your Yellow Pages, or contact MTD LLC at P.O. Box 361131, Cleveland, Ohio 44136-0019, or call 1-800-800-7310 or
1-330-220-4683 or log on to our Web site at www.mtdproducts.com.
In Canada: Contact MTD Products Limited, Kitchener, ON N2G 4J1, or call 1-800-668-1238 or log on to our Web site at www.mtdcanada.com.
This limited warranty does not provide coverage in the following cases:
a. The engine or component parts thereof. These items may carry a separate manufacturer’s warranty. Refer to applicable manufacturer’s
warranty for terms and conditions. The Powermore engine is not excluded under this agreement.
b. Log splitter pumps, valves, and cylinders have a separate one-year warranty.
c. Routine maintenance items such as lubricants, filters, blade sharpening, tune-ups, brake adjustments, clutch adjustments, deck adjustments,
and normal deterioration of the exterior finish due to use or exposure.
d. Service completed by someone other than an authorized service dealer.
e. MTD does not extend any warranty for products sold or exported outside of Canada, including possessions and territories.
f. Replacement parts that are not genuine MTD parts.
g. Transportation charges and service calls.
h. If Products are used commercially. (MTD may separately offer Limited Commercial Warranties on certain select products. Ask your dealer or
retailer for details or contact MTD Service for more information.)
No implied warranty, including any implied warranty of merchantability of fitness for a particular purpose, applies after the applicable
period of express written warranty above as to the parts as identified. No other express warranty, whether written or oral, except as
mentioned above, given by any person or entity, including a dealer or retailer, with respect to any product, shall bind MTD. During the
period of the warranty, the exclusive remedy is repair or replacement of the product as set forth above.
The provisions as set forth in this warranty provide the sole and exclusive remedy arising from the sale. MTD shall not be liable for
incidental or consequential loss or damage including, without limitation, expenses incurred for substitute or replacement lawn care
services or for rental expenses to temporarily replace a warranted product.
Some jurisdictions do not allow the exclusion or limitation of incidental or consequential damages, or limitations on how long an implied warranty
lasts, so the above exclusions or limitations may not apply to you.
In no event shall recovery of any kind be greater than the amount of the purchase price of the product sold. Alteration of safety features of the
product shall void this warranty. You assume the risk and liability for loss, damage, or injury to you and your property and/or to others and
their property arising out of the misuse or inability to use the product.
This limited warranty shall not extend to anyone other than the original purchaser or to the person for whom it was purchased as a gift.
HOW LOCAL LAWS RELATE TO THIS WARRANTY: This limited warranty gives you specific legal rights, and you may also have other
rights that vary in different jurisdictions.
IMPORTANT: Owner must present Original Proof of Purchase to obtain warranty coverage.
MTD LLC, P.O. BOX 361131 CLEVELAND, OHIO 44136-0019; Phone: 1-800-800-7310, 1-330-220-4683
MTD Products Ltd., P. O. BOX 1386, KITCHENER, ON N2G 4J1; Phone: 1-800-668-1238
08.08.08
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CONSUMER’S WARRANTY
COLUMBIA OUTDOOR
THREE YEARS- 120 Hrs. LIMITED WARRANTY
For three (3) years-120 hrs. whichever come first, from the date of original purchase of COLUMBIA products, COLUMBIA will
either repair or replace, at its option, free of charge, F.O.B. factory or authorized service firm, any part found to be defective in
material and workmanship. All transportation charges on parts submitted for replacement under this warranty must be paid by
the purchaser unless return is requested by COLUMBIA.
This warranty DOES NOT apply to any part which has become inoperative through misuse, excessive use, accident, neglect,
improper maintenance or alterations by unauthorized persons.
This limited warranty does not extend to the replacement of parts which are not defective, but where regular usage has exhausted the life of the part.
TRACTOR ATTACHMENT WARRANTY
Mower decks included with, or sold separately, as an attachment for COLUMBIA garden tractors will be warranted according to
the above terms of the COLUMBIA THREE (3) YEARS - 120 hrs. limited consumer warranty.
ALL OTHER ATTACHMENTS will be sold under the same conditions as above except the warranty will be ONE YEAR FROM
DATE OF ORIGINAL PURCHASE.
ENGINES, ELECTRIC START KITS, HYDRO-GEAR, PEERLESS TRANSMISSIONS AND PEERLESS TRANSAXLES ARE
WARRANTED BY THEIR RESPECTIVE MANUFACTURER. ALL CLAIMS AGAINST THESE COMPONENTS MUST BE
HANDLED THROUGH THE RESPECTIVE MANUFACTURERS SERVICE DEALERS.
Belts, light bulbs, clutch parts (friction wheels), grass bags, tires, seats, rider deck wheels and cutting blades are covered by a 60
day limited warranty.
Batteries are warranted against defect for 90 days at 100% of their value and 50% of their value for the period between the 91st
day and the 120th day.
Fuses, shear bolts and blade adapters are considered consumable items and as such are not warranted.
Note: Regular maintenance replacement parts and related inspections and adjustments are excluded from coverage when made
as part of normal maintenance service.
EXTERIOR FINISH
NORMAL DETERIORATION OF THE EXTERIOR FINISH DUE TO USE OR EXPOSURE TO THE ELEMENTS, CORROSIVE
PRODUCTS ETC… IS NOT WARRANTED. LABELS ARE COVERED FOR 1 YEAR FROM THE ORIGINAL DATE OF PURCHASE.
PERSONAL USE
THE FOREGOING PARAGRAPHS CONSTITUTE COLUMBIA’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.
COLUMBIA products purchased by a company or used for commercial purposes are not covered by any warranty.
WARRANTY SERVICE CAN ONLY BE PERFORMED BY AN AUTHORIZED COLUMBIA SERVICE DEALER. ANY NONORIGINAL EQUIPMENT REPLACEMENT PART USED ON OR IN A PRODUCT UNDER WARRANTY WILL BE EXCLUDED
FROM THAT WARRANTY COVERAGE, AS WILL BE ANY RELATED DAMAGED COMPONENTS RESULTING FROM THE
INSTALLATION OF A NON-COLUMBIA REPLACEMENT PART.
MTD LLC, P.O. BOX 361131 CLEVELAND, OHIO 44136-0019; Phone: 1-800-800-7310, 1-330-220-4683
1.07.10
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