Safe Operation Practices • Set-Up • Operation • Maintenance • Service • Troubleshooting • Warranty
OPERATOR’S MANUAL
RZT L Series Tractor
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.
MTD LLC, P.O. BOX 361131 CLEVELAND, OHIO 44136-0019
Printed In USA
769-10486A
2.20.15
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To The Owner
Thank You
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.
This product has met the rigid safety standards of the Outdoor
Power Equipment Institute and an independent testing
laboratory. If you have any problems or questions concerning the
machine, phone your local authorized service dealer.
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.
The manufacturer reserves the right to change product
specifications, designs and equipment without notice and
without incurring obligation.
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.
Throughout this manual, all references to right and left side of the
machine are observed from the operating position.
Table of Contents
Safe Operation Practices......................................... 3
Assembly & Set Up.................................................... 9
Controls & Features.................................................13
Operation.................................................................16
Maintenance & Adjustment................................. 23
Service..................................................................... 28
Troubleshooting..................................................... 33
Replacement Parts................................................. 34
Attachments & Accessories ................................... 36
Emissions Control Warranty Statement............... 37
Warranty (Canada)................................................ 39
Warranty (U.S.)....................................................... 40
Record Product Information
Model Number
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 looking beneath the seat. This information will be
necessary, should you seek technical support from an authorized
service dealer.
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!
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 hands and feet
and throwing objects. Failure to observe the following safety instructions could result in
serious injury or death.
General Operation
1.
2.
3.
Read, understand, and follow all instructions on the
machine and in the manual(s) before attempting to
assemble and operate. Keep this manual in a safe place for
future and regular reference and for ordering replacement
parts.
Be familiar with all controls and their proper operation.
Know how to stop the machine and disengage them
quickly.
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.
4.
Never allow adults to operate this machine without proper
instruction.
5.
To help avoid blade contact or a thrown object injury,
keep bystanders, helpers, children and pets at least 75 feet
from the machine while it is in operation. Stop machine if
anyone enters the area.
6.
7.
8.
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 picked up and thrown by
the blade(s). 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.
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.
9.
Wear sturdy, rough-soled work shoes and close-fitting
slacks and shirts. Loose fitting clothes and jewelry can be
caught in movable parts. Never operate this machine in
bare feet or sandals.
10.
Be aware of the mower and attachment discharge direction
and do not point it at anyone. Do not operate the mower
without the discharge cover or entire grass catcher in its
proper place.
11.
Do not put hands or feet near rotating parts or under the
cutting deck. Contact with the blade(s) can amputate
hands and feet.
12. A missing or damaged discharge cover can cause blade
contact or thrown object injuries.
13.
Stop the blade(s) when crossing gravel drives, walks, or
roads and while not cutting grass.
14. Watch for traffic when operating near or crossing
roadways. This machine is not intended for use on any
public roadway.
15.
Do not operate the machine while under the influence of
alcohol or drugs.
16. Mow only in daylight or good artificial light.
17.
Never carry passengers.
18. Back up slowly. Always look down and behind before and
while backing to avoid a back-over accident. Be aware
and pay attention to the safety system function that
stops power to the blades when driving in reverse. If not
fuctioning properly, contact an authorized dealer for safety
system inspection and repair.
19.
Slow down before turning. Operate the machine smoothly.
Avoid erratic operation and excessive speed.
20.
Disengage blade(s), set parking brake, stop engine and
wait until the blade(s) come to a complete stop before
removing grass catcher, emptying grass, unclogging chute,
removing any grass or debris, or making any adjustments.
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21.
Never leave a running machine unattended. Always turn
off blade(s), place transmission in neutral, set parking
brake, stop engine and remove key before dismounting.
22. Use extra care when loading or unloading the machine into
a trailer or truck. This machine should not be driven up or
down ramp(s), because the machine could tip over, causing
serious personal injury. The machine must be pushed
manually on ramp(s) to load or unload properly.
23. Muffler and engine become hot and can cause a burn. Do
not touch.
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.
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 as
shown on the slope gauge, do not operate this machine on that
area or serious injury could result.
24. Check overhead clearances carefully before driving under
low hanging tree branches, wires, door openings etc.,
where the operator may be struck or pulled from the
machine, which could result in serious injury.
Do:
1.
Mow across slopes, not up and down. Exercise extreme
caution when changing direction on slopes.
25. Disengage all attachment clutches, set the parking brake
to the ‘on’ position and move the RH and LH drive control
levers to the neutral position before attempting to start the
engine.
2.
Watch for holes, ruts, bumps, rocks, or other hidden
objects. Uneven terrain could overturn the machine. Tall
grass can hide obstacles.
3.
Use slow speed. Choose a low enough speed so that you
will not have to stop while on the slope. Avoid starting
or stopping on a slope. If the tires are unable to maintain
traction, disengage the blades and proceed slowly and
carefully straight down the slope.
4.
Follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for wheel
weights or counterweights to improve stability.
5.
Use extra care with grass catchers or other attachments.
These can change the stability of the machine.
6.
Keep all movement on the slopes slow and gradual. Do
not make sudden changes in speed or direction. Rapid
engagement or braking could cause the front of the
machine to lift and rapidly flip over backwards which could
cause serious injury.
26. Your machine 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.
Dry grass or leaves may contact the engine exhaust and/
or build up on the mower deck presenting a potential fire
hazard.
27.
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Slope Operation
Use only accessories and attachments approved for this
machine by the machine manufacturer. Read, understand
and follow all instructions provided with the approved
accessory or attachment.
28. Data indicates that operators, age 60 years and above, are
involved in a large percentage of riding mower-related
injuries. These operators should evaluate their ability
to operate the riding mower safely enough to protect
themselves and others from serious injury.
Do Not:
29.
1.
Do not turn on slopes unless necessary; then, turn slowly
and gradually downhill, if possible.
2.
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, ditch, or if an edge caves in.
3.
Do not try to stabilize the machine by putting your foot on
the ground.
4.
Do not use a grass catcher on steep slopes.
5.
Do not mow on wet grass. Reduced traction could cause
sliding.
6.
Do not tow heavy pull behind attachments (e.g. loaded
dump cart, lawn roller, etc.) on slopes greater than 5
degrees. When going down hill, the extra weight tends
to push the tractor and may cause you to loose control
(e.g. tractor may speed up, braking and steering ability are
reduced, attachment may jack-knife and cause tractor to
overturn).
If situations occur which are not covered in this manual, use
care and good judgment. Contact your customer service
representative for assistance.
Section 2 — Important Safe Operation Practices
Children
Service
1.
Safe Handling of Gasoline:
2.
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. They do not understand
the dangers. Never assume that children will remain where
you last saw them.
a.
Keep children out of the mowing area and in
watchful care of a responsible adult other than the
operator.
b.
Be alert and turn machine off if a child enters the
area.
c.
To avoid back-over accidents, look behind and down
for small children.
d.
Never carry children, even with the blade(s) shut off.
They may fall off and be seriously injured or interfere
with safe machine operation.
e.
Use extreme care when approaching blind corners,
doorways, shrubs, trees or other objects that may
block your vision of a child who may run into the
path of the machine.
f.
Keep children away from hot or running engines.
They can suffer burns from a hot muffler.
g.
Remove key when machine is unattended to prevent unauthorized operation.
1.
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.
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.
a.
Use only an approved gasoline container.
b.
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.
c.
When practical, 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.
d.
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.
e.
Extinguish all cigarettes, cigars, pipes and other
sources of ignition.
f.
Never fuel machine indoors.
g.
Never remove gas cap or add fuel while the engine
is hot or running. Allow engine to cool at least two
minutes before refueling.
h.
Never over fill fuel tank. Fill tank to no more than ½
inch below bottom of filler neck to allow space for
fuel expansion.
i.
Replace gasoline cap and tighten securely.
j.
If gasoline is spilled, wipe it off the engine and
equipment. Move machine to another area. Wait 5
minutes before starting the engine.
k.
To reduce fire hazards, keep machine free of grass,
leaves, or other debris build-up. Clean up oil or fuel
spillage and remove any fuel soaked debris.
l.
Never store the machine or fuel container inside
where there is an open flame, spark or pilot light
as on a water heater, space heater, furnace, clothes
dryer or other gas appliances.
Towing
1.
Tow only with a machine that has a hitch designed for
towing. Do not attach towed equipment except at the
hitch point.
2.
Follow the manufacturers recommendation for weight
limits for towed equipment and towing on slopes.
3.
Never allow children or others in or on towed equipment.
4.
On slopes, the weight of the towed equipment may cause
loss of traction and loss of control.
5.
Travel slowly and allow extra distance to stop.
6.
Do not shift to neutral and coast downhill.
7.
Do not tow heavy pull behind attachments (e.g. loaded
dump cart, lawn roller, etc.) on slopes greater than 5
degrees. When going down hill, the extra weight tends
to push the tractor and may cause you to loose control
(e.g. tractor may speed up, braking and steering ability are
reduced, attachment may jack-knife and cause tractor to
overturn).
m. Allow a machine to cool at least five 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(s) and all moving parts have stopped. Disconnect the
spark plug wire and ground against the engine to prevent
unintended starting.
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3.
4.
5.
Periodically check to make sure the blades come to
complete stop within approximately (5) five seconds after
operating the blade disengagement control. If the blades
do not stop within the this time frame, your machine
should be serviced professionally by an authorized Service
Dealer.
Regularly check the safety interlock system for proper
function, as described later in this manual. If the safety
interlock system does not function properly, have your
machine serviced professionally by an authorized dealer.
Check the blade(s) and engine mounting bolts at frequent
intervals for proper tightness. Also, visually inspect blade(s)
for damage (e.g., excessive wear, bent, cracked). Replace
the blade(s) with the original equipment manufacturer’s
(O.E.M.) blade(s) only, listed in this manual. “Use of parts
which do not meet the original equipment specifications
may lead to improper performance and compromise
safety!”
6.
Mower blades are sharp. Wrap the blade or wear gloves,
and use extra caution when servicing them.
7.
Keep all nuts, bolts, and screws tight to be sure the
equipment is in safe working condition.
8.
Never tamper with the safety interlock system or other
safety devices. Check their proper operation regularly.
9.
After striking a foreign object, stop the engine, disconnect
the spark plug wire(s) and ground against the engine.
Thoroughly inspect the machine for any damage. Repair
the damage before starting and operating.
10.
Never attempt to make adjustments or repairs to the
machine while the engine is running.
11.
Grass catcher components and the discharge cover 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!”
12. Do not change the engine governor settings or over-speed
the engine. The governor controls the maximum safe
operating speed of the engine.
13.
Maintain or replace safety and instruction labels, as
necessary.
14. Observe proper disposal laws and regulations for gas, oil,
etc. to protect 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 270 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.
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.
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) 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,
brushcovered 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 arrestor is used, it should be maintained in effective
working order by the operator.
A spark arrestor for the muffler is available through your nearest
engine authorized service dealer.
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
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.
WARNING— ROTATING BLADES
Do not put hands or feet near rotating parts or under the cutting deck. Contact with the
blade(s) can amputate hands and feet.
WARNING—THROWN OBJECTS
This machine may pick up and throw and objects which can cause serious personal injury.
WARNING—THROWN OBJECTS
This machine may pick up and throw and objects which can cause serious personal injury.
BYSTANDERS
Keep bystanders, helpers, children and pets at least 75 feet from the machine while it is in
operation.
WARNING— SLOPE OPERATION
Do not operate this machine on a slope greater than 15 degrees.
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.
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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 Crate
•
One RZT L Tractor
•
One Oil Drain Tube
•
One Deck Wash Hose Coupler
•
One Tractor Operator’s Manual
•
One Engine Operator’s Manual
•
One Hardware Pack
NOTE: This Operator’s Manual covers several models. Tractor
features may vary by model. Not all features in this manual are
applicable to all tractor models and the tractor depicted may
differ from yours.
2.
Remove the two shoulder screws and lock nuts in the seat
pan as shown in Figure 3-2.
Tractor Preparation
Seat Pan
Manually Moving the Tractor
1.
Shoulder
Screw
Engage the transmission bypass rods, one on each side of
the tractor, to move the tractor manually without starting it.
The transmission bypass rods are located on the rear of the
tractor, just inside each rear wheel. Engage the bypass rods
by pulling each one out (a) and to the right (b) to lock it into
place. See Figure 3-1.
Lock
Nuts
Wire Harness
Shoulder
Screw
Figure 3-2
3.
aa
Rotate the seat into position and secure the seat into place
with the previously removed shoulder screws and lock
nuts. Be careful not to crimp or damage the wire harness
while installing the seat. See Figure 3-3.
b
Figure 3-1
2.
Disengage the bypass rods by reversing steps a & b after
moving the tractor. See Figure 3-1.
3.
Remove the deck wash system nozzle adapter from the
manual bag and store for future use.
Lock
Nuts
Install Operator’s Seat
Wire Harness
To install the seat proceed as follows:
NOTE: The seat is shipped with the seat switch and seat
pan attached.
1.
Cut any straps securing the seat assembly and the drive
control levers to the tractor. Remove any packing material.
NOTE: Be careful not to cut the wiring harness connecting
the seat and the seat switch.
Seat Bracket
Shoulder
Screws
Figure 3-3
NOTE: Be sure to push the excess wire from the wire
harness into the seat box hole before continuing.
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Position Drive Control levers
The drive control levers of the tractor are lowered for shipping
purposes. The hex screws and flat washers that normally secure
the control levers in their operating position are in a hardware
pack inside your manual bag. The control levers must be
repositioned to operate the tractor. To reposition the control
levers for operation, proceed as follows:
1.
Remove the hex screws and flat washers from the hardware
pack in your manual bag.
2.
Lift and swing that control lever upward until the slotted
hole in the lever bracket aligns with one of the holes in the
pivot bracket. See Figure 3-4.
Lower Deck Discharge Chute Deflector
WARNING! Never operate the mower deck
without the chute deflector installed and in the
down position.
The discharge chute deflector must be installed before operating
the mower.
NOTE: For models with a 46” Deck skip ahead to step 6.
1.
Remove the keys that are attached with a zip tie to the
chute bracket.
2.
Remove the flange lock nut and hex screw from the deck.
3.
Place the chute deflector on the deck, be sure to insert the
tabs on the chute deflector into the holes on the deck. See
Figure 3-5 for 50/54” decks and Figure 3-6 for 42” decks.
Control Lever
5
4
Flat Washer
Hex Screw
3
Pivot
Bracket
5
Figure 3-4
3.
4.
4
Figure 3-5 (50”/54”)
Slide the flat washer onto the hex screw. From the outside,
insert the hex screw with washer through the control lever
slot and the hole of the pivot bracket. See Figure 3-4. Using
a 1⁄2” wrench snug the screw, but do not fully tighten.
5
Note the relative position of the control lever to the pivot
bracket, then repeat the previous steps to reposition the
other control lever in approximately the same position.
4
CAUTION: Torque the screws down tightly to
prevent the control levers from slipping out of
position.
5.
Refer to “Adjusting the Drive Control Levers” in the
Maintenance & Adjustments for instructions for the final
adjustment of the levers.
3
5
4
Figure 3-6 (42”)
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Section 3— Assembly & Set-Up
4.
When the tabs are installed in the deck, slide the chute
deflector toward the rear of the tractor until the bolt hole
in the chute deflector aligns with the hole in the deck. See
Figure 3-5/Figure 3-6.
5.
Secure the chute deflector in place with the flange lock
nut and hex screw removed in step 2. Tighten to 102-124
in-lbs. See Figure 3-5/Figure 3-6.
6.
On models with a 46” deck the chute is shipped attached
and with two stop brackets holding the chute upright.
The stop brackets must be removed prior to operating the
tractor.
7.
Holding the chute deflector fully upward, remove the stop
bracket by grasping it and rotating it clockwise. Lower the
chute deflector Figure 3-7.
a.
Remove the lock nut securing one of the front gauge
wheel shoulder screws to the deck. Remove the
gauge wheel and shoulder screw. See Figure 3-8.
Front Gauge
Wheel
Shoulder
Screw
Gauge Wheel
Bracket
Index Holes
Lock
Nut
Figure 3-8
Figure 3-7
b.
Insert the shoulder screw into the one of four index
holes in the front gauge wheel bracket that will give
the gauge wheel a 1⁄4-1⁄2” clearance with the ground.
c.
Note the index hole of the just adjusted wheel,
and adjust the other front gauge wheel into the
respective index hole of the other front gauge wheel
bracket.
NOTE: Refer to Adjusting the Deck in the Maintenance
& Adjustments section of this manual for more detailed
instructions regarding various deck adjustments.
Setting the Front Gauge Wheels
WARNING!: Keep hands and feet away from the
discharge opening of the cutting deck.
NOTE: The deck wheels are an anti-scalp feature of the deck and
are not designed to support the weight of the cutting deck.
Move the tractor on a firm and level surface, preferably pavement,
and proceed as follows:
1.
Check the tire pressure, make sure the pressure is correct
and equal on all tires.
2.
Make sure the deck is level, both front-to-back and side-toside. See the Maintenance & Adjustments section for deck
leveling information and instructions.
3.
Select the height position of the cutting deck by placing the
deck lift lever in the normally desired mowing height setting.
4.
Check the wheels for contact or excessive clearance with
the surface below. The deck wheels should have between
¼” and ½” clearance above the ground. Proceed as follows
to adjust the wheels:
Section 3 — Assembly & Set-Up
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Connecting the Battery Cables
CALIFORNIA PROPOSITION 65 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.
Adjusting the Seat
To adjust the position of the seat, pull up and hold the seat
adjustment lever. Slide the seat forward or rearward to the desired
position; then release the adjustment lever. Make sure seat is
locked into position before operating the tractor. See Figure 3-10.
CAUTION: When attaching battery cables, always
connect the POSITIVE (Red) wire to its terminal first,
followed by the NEGATIVE (Black) wire.
For shipping reasons, both battery cables on your equipment
may have been left disconnected from the terminals at the
factory. To connect the battery cables, proceed as follows:
NOTE: The positive battery terminal is marked Pos. (+). The
negative battery terminal is marked Neg. (–).
NOTE: If the positive battery cable is already attached, skip
ahead to step 2.
1.
Remove the plastic cover, if present, from the positive
battery terminal and attach the red cable to the positive
battery terminal (+) with the bolt and hex nut. See Figure
3-9.
Figure 3-10
Fuel Fill-Up
Using a good grade of unleaded regular gasoline, fill the tank
(beside the engine on the left side of the mower). When the fuel
tank reaches one inch from the top of the tank, stop, DO NOT
OVERFILL. Space must be left for expansion.
Figure 3-9
2.
Remove the plastic cover, if present, from the negative battery
terminal and attach the black cable to the negative battery
terminal (–) with the bolt and hex nut. See Figure 3-9.
3.
Position the red rubber boot over the positive battery
terminal to help protect it from corrosion.
NOTE: If the battery is put into service after the date shown
on top/side of battery, charge the battery as instructed in
the Maintenance section your Operator’s Manual prior to
operating the tractor.
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Section 3— Assembly & Set-Up
4
Controls & Features
Deck Lift
Handle
LH Drive
RH Drive
Control Lever Control Lever
Seat Adjustment Lever
Deck Height
Index
Throttle Control
or Throttle/Choke
Control
Hour Meter/
Indicator Panel
Choke Control
PTO Switch
Ignition Switch
Fuel Level Window
Fuel Tank Cap
Cup Holder
Storage Tray
LH Transmission Bypass Rod
NOTE: This Operator’s Manual covers several models. Tractor
features may vary by model. Not all features in this manual are
applicable to all tractor models and the tractor depicted may
differ from yours.
NOTE: References to LEFT, RIGHT, FRONT, and REAR indicate that
position on the tractor when facing forward while seated in the
operator’s seat.
RH and LH Drive Control Levers
The RH and LH control levers are located on each side of the
operator’s seat. These hinged levers pivot outward to open
space to permit the operator to either sit in the tractor seat, or to
dismount the tractor. The levers must be fully opened out and in
the neutral position to start the tractor engine. When the levers
are fully outward, the parking brake is also engaged.
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 Operation for instructions on using the
control levers.
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RH Transmission Bypass Rod
Deck Height Index
The deck height index consists of eight index notches
located on the front/right of the console. Each notch
corresponds to a 1⁄2” change in the deck height position
ranging from 1-1⁄2” at the lowest notch to 4” at the
highest notch.
Deck Lift Handle
The deck lift handle is located on the front/right of the
console, 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.
Ignition Switch Module
Seat Adjustment Lever
WARNING! Never
leave a running
machine unattended.
Always disengage PTO,
set parking brake, stop
engine and remove key
to prevent unintended
starting.
The seat adjustment lever is located below the front/left of the
seat. The lever allows for adjustment forward or backward of
the operator’s seat. Refer to the Assembly & Set-Up section for
instructions on adjusting the seat position.
Fuel Tank Cap
To start the engine, insert the key
into the ignition switch and turn
clockwise to the START
position.
Release the key into the NORMAL MOWING MODE
once the engine has fired.
position
To stop the engine, turn the ignition key counterclockwise to the
STOP
position.
The fuel tank cap is located near the middle of the LH console.
Turn the fill cap approximately 1⁄4 turn and pull upward to
remove. The fuel cap is tethered to the tractor to prevent its loss.
Do not attempt to remove the cap from the tractor. Fill tank to
the bottom of the filler neck, allowing some space in the tank for
fuel expansion. Do not overfill the tank.
Push the cap downward on the fuel tank fill neck and turn
approximately 1⁄4 turn clockwise to tighten. Always re-install the
fuel cap tightly onto the fuel tank after removing.
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.
CAUTION: Prior to operating the tractor, refer to
both Safety Interlock Switches and Starting The
Engine in the Operation section of this manual for
detailed instructions regarding the Ignition Switch
Module and operating the tractor in REVERSE
CAUTION MODE
.
Power Take-Off (PTO) Switch
The PTO switch is located on the RH console to
the left of the hour meter/indicator panel.
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.
The PTO switch must be in the “disengaged”
position when starting the engine.
Fuel Level Window
The Fuel Level Window is located on the outer left side of
the LH console and shows the level of fuel in the gas tank.
Throttle/Choke Control
The throttle/choke control is located on the RH console
to the left of the hour meter/indicator panel. When
set in a given position, a uniform engine speed will be
maintained.
•
Push the throttle/choke control handle forward to
increase the engine speed. The tractor is designed
to operate with the throttle/choke control in the
fast position (full throttle) when the tractor is being
driven and the mower deck is engaged.
•
Pull the throttle/choke control handle rearward to
decrease the engine speed.
Transmission Bypass Rods
The transmission bypass rods (one for each the RH and LH
transmission) are located on the rear of the tractor, 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 the Assembly & Set-Up section
for instructions on using the bypass feature.
CAUTION: Never tow your tractor. Towing the
tractor with the rear wheels on the ground may
cause severe damage to the transmissions.
Cup Holder
The cup holder is located toward the middle of the RH console.
Storage Tray
The storage tray is located at the rear of the RH console.
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Section 4— Controls & Features
FAST
SLOW
•
When starting the engine, push the control handle fully
forward into the “CHOKE” position.
•
After starting and warming the engine, move the control
handle rearward until you feel it move past the choke
detent.
LCD Service Minder & Hour Meter
When the ignition key is rotated
out of the STOP position but
not into the START position, the
LCD Service Minder and Hour
Meter will briefly disply the
battery voltage, followed by the
tractor’s accumulated hours.
NOTE: Hours of tractor
operation are recorded any time
the ignition key is rotated out of
the STOP position, regardless of
whether the engine is started.
The LCD Service Minder will remind the operator of maintenance
intervals for changing the engine oil, air filter service, low engine
and low battery warnings.
Change Oil
The LCD will display the letters “CHG”, followed by the letters
“OIL”, followed by the letters “SOON”, then finally followed by the
meter’s accumulated time. “CHG/OIL/SOON/TIME” will alternate
on the display for 7 minutes after the meter reaches 50 hours.
This oil service minder intervall will occur every 50 hours. Before
the interval expires, change the engine oil as instructed in the
Maintenance section of this Operator’s Manual.
Low Oil
The letters “LO” followed by the letters “OIL”, then followed by
the meter’s accumulated time will indicate the tractor is low on
oil. Stop the tractor immediately and check the engine oil level as
instructed in this Owner’s Manual.
Low Battery
At startup, the battery voltage is briefly displayed then changes
to accumulated hours. The letters “LO” will display followed
by the letters “BATT” and then followedyby the meter’s
accumlulated time. “LO/BATT/TIME” is displayed on the LCD
when the voltage drops below 11.5 volts. When this occurs, the
battery is in need of a charge or the engine’s charging system
is not generating sufficient amperage. Charge the battery as
instructed in the Service section of this manual or have the
charging system checked by your local service dealer.
Air Filter Service
The letters “CLN” will display, followed by the letters “AIR”,
followed by “FILT”, then followed by the meter’s accumulated
time. “CLN/AIR/FILT/TIME” will alternate on the display for 7
minutes after the meter reachges 25 hours. This air filter service
minder time interval will be every 25 hours. On intervalls that are
common with oil service, the oil message will be diplayed first
followed by the air filter message.
Section 4 — Controls & Features
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5
Operation
General Safety
•
•
RECEIVE INSTRUCTION — Entirely read this operator’s
manual. Learn to operate this machine SAFELY. Do not risk
INJURY or DEATH. Allow only those who have become
competent in its usage to operate this tractor.
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 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, 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.
•
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.
Before Operating Your Tractor
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•
•
Before you operate the tractor, study this manual carefully
to familiarize yourself with the operation of all the
instruments and controls. It has been prepared to help you
operate and maintain your tractor efficiently.
•
This engine is certified to operate only on clean, fresh,
unleaded regular gasoline. For best results, fill the fuel
tank with only clean, fresh, unleaded gasoline with a pump
sticker octane rating of 87 or higher.
Unleaded gasoline is recommended because it leaves less
combustion chamber deposits and reduces harmful exhaust
emissions. Leaded gasoline is not recommended and must
not be used where exhaust emissions are regulated.
NOTE: Purchase gasoline in small quantities. Do not use
gasoline left over from the previous season, to minimize
gum deposits in the fuel system.
•
Gasohol (up to 10% ethyl alcohol, 90% unleaded gasoline
by volume) is an approved fuel. Other gasoline/alcohol
blends are not approved.
•
Methyl Tertiary Butyl Ether (MTBE) and unleaded gasoline
blends (up to a maximum of 15% MTBE by volume) are
approved fuels. Other gasoline/ether blends are not approved.
•
Check the engine oil level.
•
Clean the air cleaner element if necessary.
•
Check the tire inflation pressures.
•
Adjust the seat for operator’s maximum comfort, visibility
and for maintaining complete control of the tractor.
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
Cub Cadet Dealer.
•
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 and
the PTO is disengaged.
•
The safety interlock system will shut off the engine if the
operator leaves the seat with the PTO engaged.
NOTE: The PTO switch must be moved to the “OFF”
position to restart the engine.
•
With the ignition key in the NORMAL MOWING
position, the PTO clutch will automatically shut off if the
PTO is moved into the ENGAGED (ON) position with both
drive control levers moved into the reverse position.
WARNING! Do not operate the tractor if the
interlock system is malfunctioning. This system was
designed for your safety and protection.
Starting the Engine
WARNING! This tractor 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.
WARNING! For personal safety, the operator must
be sitting in the tractor seat when starting the
engine.
1.
Operator must be sitting in the tractor seat with the control
levers fully outward in neutral (parking brake on).
2.
Make certain the PTO switch is in the disengaged (down)
position. Refer to Figure 5-1.
RH Control Lever
Out in Neutral
LH Control Lever
Out in Neutral
Throttle Control to
the “Mid” Position
7.
Allow the engine to run for a few minutes at mid-throttle
before putting the engine under load.
8.
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 Cub
Cadet dealer.
Cold Weather Starting
When starting the engine at temperatures near or below freezing,
ensure the correct viscosity motor oil is used in the engine and the
battery is fully charged. Start the engine as follows:
1.
Be sure the battery is in good condition. A warm battery
has much more starting capacity than a cold battery.
2.
Use fresh winter grade fuel. Winter grade gasoline has
higher volatility to improve starting. Do not use gasoline
left over from summer.
3.
Follow the previous instruction for Starting the Engine.
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.
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:
1.
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.
2.
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.
3.
Start the disabled tractor following the normal starting
instructions previously provided; then disconnect the
jumper cables in the exact reverse order of their connection.
Move the choke control or throttle/choke control into the
full choke position. Refer to Figure 5-1.
4.
Have the tractor’s electrical system checked and repaired
as soon as possible to eliminate the need for jump starting.
NOTE: If the engine is warmed up, it may not be necessary
to choke the engine.
Stopping the Engine
4.
Move the throttle control to midway between its slow
and
fast
positions on models with a separate choke control.
1.
Disengage the PTO.
2.
5.
Turn the ignition key clockwise to the START
position.
After the engine starts, release the key. It will return to the
NORMAL MOWING
position.
Move the RH and LH drive control levers fully outward in
the neutral position.
3.
Move the throttle control to midway between the slow
and fast
positions.
4.
Turn the ignition key to the stop
the key from the ignition switch.
PTO Switch in Down
(Disengaged) Position
Ignition Switch
Pull Choke up to
Full Choke
Figure 5-1
3.
CAUTION: Do NOT hold the key in the START
position for longer than ten seconds at a time. Doing
so may cause damage to your engine’s electric
starter.
6.
As the engine warms up, gradually pull the throttle/choke
control lever rearward past the choke detent position or
slowly disengage the choke on models with a separate
choke. Do not use the choke position to enrich the fuel
mixture, except as necessary to start the engine.
position and remove
NOTE: Always remove the key from the ignition switch
to prevent accidental starting or battery discharge if the
equipment is left unattended.
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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.
NOTE: If the control levers are not even in the neutral
position, refer to Maintenance & Adjustments for
instructions to adjust the levers so that they are even.
3.
Move the throttle control lever forward to the full throttle
position.
NOTE: Although the tractor’s engine is designed to run at
full throttle, when performing a practice session the tractor
must be operated at less than full throttle. This only applies
to practice.
It is strongly recommended 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.
WARNING! Always maintain a firm grip on the
control levers. DO NOT release the control levers to
slow or stop the tractor; move levers to neutral
position using your hands.
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 1⁄23⁄4 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.
4.
Driving the Tractor
Driving the Tractor Forward
WARNING! Keep all movement of the drive control
levers slow and smooth. Abrupt 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.
WARNING! Avoid sudden starts, excessive speed
and sudden stops.
1.
2.
Adjust the operator’s seat to the most comfortable
position that allows you to operate the controls. See seat
adjustment in the Assembly & Set-Up section.
To drive the tractor, firmly grasp the respective drive
control levers with your right and left hands and continue
with Driving the Tractor Forward on the following page.
1.
Move the RH and LH drive control levers inward in the
neutral position which also disengages the parking brake.
Refer to Figure 5-2.
Slowly and evenly move both drive control levers forward.
The tractor will start to move forward. See Figure 5-3.
Driving Forward
Control Lever Moved
Inward and in Neutral
Faster
Slower
Neutral
Position
Figure 5-3
Figure 5-2
NOTE: Lap bars must be moved fully inward before pushing
forward or backward to ensure brakes are fully disengaged.
Parking the tractor on uneven terrain or a hill may cause the
brakes to bind and not release fully. In this case the tractor
will not drive when the lap bars are moved. If this happens,
move the lap bar in the opposite direction slightly to take
the load off the brakes and allow them to release fully.
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Section 5— Operation
2.
As the control levers are pushed farther forward the speed
of the tractor will increase.
3.
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.
WARNING! 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
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 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.
1.
To turn to the left, move the left drive control lever
rearward of the right lever. See Figure 5-4.
4.
To execute a “pivot turn,” move the turn side drive control
lever to the neutral position, while moving the other
control lever forward.
NOTE: Making a “pivot turn” on grass will greatly increase
the potential for defacement of the turf.
Driving the Tractor In Reverse
WARNING! Always look behind and down on both
sides of the tractor before backing up. Always look
behind while traveling in the reverse direction.
1.
Forward Left Turn
Slowly and evenly move both drive control levers rearward. The
tractor will start to move in the reverse direction. See Figure 5-6.
Neutral
Position
Slower
Faster
Figure 5-4
2.
To turn to the right, move the right drive control lever
rearward of the left lever. See Figure 5-5.
Forward Right Turn
Figure 5-6
2.
As the control levers are pushed farther rearward the speed
of the tractor will increase.
3.
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.
Figure 5-5
3.
The greater the distance between the two levers, the
sharper the tractor will turn.
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Turning While Driving Rearward
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.
1.
To turn to the left while traveling in reverse, move the left
drive control lever forward of the right lever. See Figure 5-7.
Reverse Caution Mode
The REVERSE CAUTION MODE
position of the key switch
module allows the tractor to be operated in reverse with the
blades (PTO) engaged.
NOTE: Mowing in reverse is not recommended.
WARNING! Use extreme caution while operating
the tractor in the REVERSE CAUTION MODE
.
Always look down and behind before and while
backing. Do not operate the tractor when children
or others are around. Stop the tractor immediately if
someone enters the area.
To use the REVERSE CAUTION MODE
:
NOTE: The operator MUST be seated in the tractor seat.
1.
Start the engine as instructed on the previous page.
2.
Turn the key from the NORMAL MOWING
position to the REVERSE CAUTION MODE
(Yellow) position of the key switch module. See Figure
5-9.
Rearward Left Turn
Figure 5-7
2.
To turn to the right while traveling in reverse, move the right
drive control lever forward of the left lever. See Figure 5-8.
(Green)
Reverse
Push Button
Indicator
Light
Reverse
Caution Mode
Position
Stop
Position
Start
Position
Figure 5-9
Rearward Right Turn
Figure 5-8
3.
The greater the distance between the two levers, the
sharper the tractor will turn.
4.
To execute a “pivot turn,” move the turn side drive control
lever to the neutral position, while moving the other
control lever rearward.
NOTE: Making a “pivot turn” on grass will greatly increase
the potential for defacement of the turf.
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Section 5— Operation
3.
Press the REVERSE PUSH BUTTON
(Orange, Triangular
Button) at the top, right corner of the key switch module.
The red indicator light at the top, left corner of the key
switch module will be ON while activated. See Figure 5-9.
4.
Once activated (indicator light ON), the tractor can be
driven in reverse with the cutting blades (PTO) engaged.
5.
Always look down and behind before and while backing to
make sure no children are around. After resuming forward
motion, return the key to the NORMAL MOWING
position.
The REVERSE CAUTION MODE
will remain activated until:
a.
The key is placed in either the NORMAL MOWING
position or STOP position or
b.
The operator leaves the seat.
Executing a Zero Turn
Stopping the Tractor
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.
1.
Stop the forward or reverse motion of the tractor by
moving the two drive control levers to neutral.
2.
To turn clockwise, move the left control lever forward while
simultaneously moving the right control lever rearward. See
Figure 5-10.
1.
Move both drive control levers to the neutral position to
stop the motion of the tractor.
2.
Push the PTO switch downward to the disengaged position.
3.
Use the deck lift handle to raise the deck to its highest position.
4.
If dismounting the tractor, move the drive control handles
fully outward in the neutral position which also engages
the parking brake, move the throttle control lever to the
FAST
position, turn the ignition switch to STOP
and
remove the key from the switch.
WARNING! Do not leave the seat of the tractor
without disengaging the PTO and moving drive
control levers fully outward in the neutral/parking
brake engaged position. If leaving the tractor
unattended, turn the ignition key off and remove key.
Clockwise Zero Turn
Driving On Slopes
Refer to the slope gauge in the Safe Operation Section 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.
Figure 5-10
3.
To turn counterclockwise, move the right control lever
forward while simultaneously moving the left control lever
rearward. See Figure 5-11.
Counterclockwise Zero Turn
1.
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.
2.
Avoid turning downhill if possible. Start at the bottom of a
slope and work upward. Always slow down before turning.
3.
Use extra care and go slowly when turning downhill.
Operating The PTO
Operate the PTO clutch as follows:
1.
Move the throttle control lever to approximately the mid
throttle position.
2.
Pull the PTO switch upward to the “ENGAGED” position.
3.
Advance the throttle lever to the operating speed (full
engine speed).
4.
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.
5.
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. To re-engage the PTO, the levers must be in
the neutral or froward drive position and the PTO switch
must be placed in the OFF (disengaged) position and then
returned to the ON (engaged) position.
Figure 5-11
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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.
NOTE: 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.
Periodically check the safety interlock circuits to ensure they are
working properly. If a safety circuit is not working as designed,
contact you Cub Cadet 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:
1.
Pull the PTO switch upward to the engaged position.
Momentarily turn the ignition switch to the START
position; the engine should not crank.
2.
Move both control levers fully inward in the neutral
position; then lift upward from the operator’s seat. The
engine should stop.
1.
Mow across slopes, not up and down. If mowing a slope, start
at bottom and work upward to ensure turns are made uphill.
2.
On the first pass pick a point on the opposite side of the
area to be mowed.
3.
3.
Engage the PTO clutch using the PTO switch and move the
throttle control or throttle/choke control to the fast
position.
With both control levers fully outward in the neutral/
parking brake engaged position, engage the PTO. Lift
upward from the operator’s seat; the engine should stop.
4.
Start the tractor 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 with
the key in the NORMAL MOWING
; the PTO should
disengage and the mower deck should stop.
4.
Lower the mower deck to the desired height setting using
the lift handle.
5.
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.
6.
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.
7.
Align the mower with an edge of the mowed strip and
overlap approximately 3”.
8.
Direct the tractor on each subsequent strip to align with a
previously cut strip.
9.
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.
NOTE: When stopping the tractor for any reason while on a grass
surface, always:
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Checking the Safety Interlock Circuits
•
Place the control levers in the neutral/parking brake
engaged position,
•
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.
Section 5— Operation
6
Maintenance & Adjustments
Maintenance Schedule
Before
Each use
Check & Clean Engine Cooling Fans for Debris
Check Engine Oil Level
Check Air Filter for Dirty, Loose or Damaged Parts
After First
5 Hours
Every 10
Hours
Every 25
Hours
Every 50
Hours
P
P
P
Prior to
Storing
See
Engine
Manual
P
P
P
P
P
P
P
Clean Battery Terminals
Grease All Lubrication Points
Check Intake Screen/Clean as Needed
Check Blades/Sharpen or Replace as Needed
Check Tire Pressure
Check/Clean Underside of Deck
P
P
P
P
P
P
P
Inspect & Lube Deck Wheels
Check Deck Level/Pitch
P
P
P
Check Belts & Pulleys for Damage/Wear
P
P
Check That All Hardware is in Place & Secure
Check Spark Plug Condition & Gap
Engine Break-In Oil Change
Every 100
Hours
P
P
Change Engine Oil
Replace Oil Filter
Clean or Change Air Filter
Replace Fuel Filter
Have Valve Lash Checked & Adjusted *
P
P
P
P
P
P
P
P
P
P
P
P
P
* -- Have this item performed by an authorized service dealer
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NOTE: This Operator’s Manual covers several models. Tractor
features may vary by model. Not all features in this manual are
applicable to all tractor models and the tractor depicted may
differ from yours.
5.
After draining the oil, wipe any residual oil from the oil
drain hose. Thread the square head plug into the drain
hose fitting and fully tighten the plug.
6.
Replace the oil filter, and refill the engine with new oil as
instructed in the engine operator’s manual.
7.
Re-insert hose through the retaining loop-clamp.
WARNING! Before performing any maintenance or
repairs, disengage PTO, set parking brake, stop engine
and remove key to prevent unintended starting.
Engine
Refer to the engine operator’s manual for all engine maintenance
procedures and instructions.
NOTE: Maintenance, repair, or replacement of the emission
control devices and systems which are being done at
owner’s expense may be performed by any engine repair
establishment or individual. Warranty repairs must be
performed by a Cub Cadet Dealer.
Hydrostatic Transmission
The hydrostatic transmission is sealed at the factory and is
maintenance-free. The fluid level cannot be checked and the
fluid cannot be changed.
Battery
CALIFORNIA PROPOSITION 65 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.
Changing the Engine Oil
WARNING! If the engine has been recently run, the
engine, muffler and surrounding metal surfaces will
be hot and can cause burns to the skin. Exercise
caution to avoid burns.
To complete an oil change, proceed as follows:
1.
Run the engine for a short time to warm the engine oil. The
oil will flow more freely and carry away more impurities.
Use care to avoid burns from hot oil.
2.
Locate the oil drain valve on the right side of the engine. See
Figure 6-1.
The battery is sealed and is maintenance-free. Acid levels cannot
be checked and fluid can not be added.
•
Always keep the battery cables and terminals clean and free
of corrosive build-up.
•
After cleaning the battery and terminals, apply a light coat
of petroleum jelly or grease to both terminals.
CAUTION: If removing the battery for cleaning,
disconnect the NEGATIVE (Black) wire from it’s
terminal first, followed by the POSITIVE (Red) wire.
When re-installing the battery, always connect the
POSITIVE (Red) wire its terminal first, followed by the
NEGATIVE (Black) wire. Be certain that the wires are
connected to the correct terminals; reversing them
could result in serious damage to your engine’s
alternating system.
Oil Fill Cap/Dipstick
Cleaning the Tractor
Oil Filler
Oil Fill Tube
Oil Drain Hose
Any fuel or oil spilled on the machine should be wiped off
promptly. Do NOT allow debris to accumulate around the cooling
fins of the engine, the transmission’s cooling fan or on any other
part of the machine, especially the belts and pulleys.
Smart Jet™
Your tractor’s deck is equipped with a water port on its surface as
part of its deck wash system.
Square-Head
Hose Plug
Use the Smart Jet™ to rinse grass clippings from the deck’s
underside and prevent the buildup of corrosive chemicals.
Complete the following steps AFTER EACH MOWING:
1.
Figure 1-1
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3.
Remove the hose from the retaining loop-clamp. Route
the free end of the oil drain hose toward an appropriate
oil collection container with at least a 2.5 quart capacity,
to collect the used oil. Remove the oil fill cap/dipstick from
the oil fill tube.
4.
While holding the free end of the oil drain hose over the oil
collection container, unscrew the square head hose plug
from the end of the hose. SeeFigure 6-1. Drain the engine
oil into the collection container.
Section 6— Maintenance & Adjustments
Drive the tractor to a level, clear spot on your lawn, near
enough for your garden hose to reach.
CAUTION: Make certain the tractor’s discharge
chute is directed AWAY from your house, garage,
parked cars, etc.
Disengage the PTO (Blade Engage), set the parking
brake and stop the engine.
2.
Thread the hose coupler (packaged with your tractor’s
Operator’s Manual) onto the end of your garden hose.
3.
Attach the hose coupler to the water port on the left of
your deck surface. See Figure 6-2.
Adjustments
WARNING! Shut the engine off, remove the
ignition key and engage the parking brake before
making adjustments. Protect your hands by using
heavy gloves when handling the blades.
Adjusting RH & LH Drive Control Levers
The RH and LH drive control levers can be adjusted up or down
and forward or backward for the comfort of the operator.
The drive control levers can be placed in either of two height
positions, and/or can be moved forward or rearward within the
range of the slot in each lower arm..
To adjust the drive control lever height, proceed as follows:
1.
Remove the upper hex screw and flat washer securing the
lever to the pivot bracket.
2.
While supporting the control lever to keep it from falling,
remove the hex screw and flat washer from the bottom of the
control lever and lower arm. Refer to Figure 6-3.
Control Lever
Figure 1-2
Lower Arm
4.
Turn the water on.
5.
While sitting in the operator’s position on the tractor, start the
engine and place the throttle in the FAST
position.
6.
Engage the PTO.
7.
Remain in the operator’s position with the cutting deck
engaged for a minimum of two minutes, allowing the
underside of the cutting deck to thoroughly rinse.
8.
Disengage the PTO.
9.
Turn the ignition key to the STOP
tractor’s engine off.
10.
Turn the water off and detach the hose coupler from the
water port on your deck’s surface
11.
After cleaning your deck with the Smart Jet™ system, return
to the operator’s position and engage the PTO. Keep the
cutting deck running for a minimum of two minutes, allowing
the underside of the cutting deck to thoroughly dry.
Height
Adjustment
Holes
position to turn the
Flat Washer
Hex Screw
Figure 1-3
3.
Reposition the control lever to align with the other set of
holes in the lower arm and insert the hex screw through
the flat washer and into the lower arm. Tighten the hex
screw until snug.
4.
Insert the hex screw through the flat washer and through
the control lever slot and the lower arm. Do not tighten now.
5.
If you are going to adjust the control levers forward or rearward,
proceed to the next step. If not, fully tighten the hex screw.
Tires
WARNING! Never exceed the maximum inflation
pressure shown on the sidewall of the tire.
Refer to the tire sidewall for exact tire manufacturer’s recommended
or maximum psi. Do not overinflate. Uneven tire pressure could
cause the cutting deck to mow unevenly.
To adjust the drive control levers forward/rearward, proceed as
follows:
1.
If not already loose, loosen the hex screw and rotate the
control lever either forward or rearward to the desired
position. See Figure 6-3.
NOTE: If the control lever is too tight to move, slightly
loosen the hex crew at the bottom of the control lever.
2.
Tighten the hex screw to fix the control lever in the
adjusted position
3.
Repeat the above procedure to adjust the other control
lever into the same position. Adjust so that both levers are
even with each other when in the neutral position.
Section 6 — Maintenance & Adjustments
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Deck
1.
NOTE: Check the tractor’s tire pressure before performing
any deck leveling adjustments. Refer to Tires for information
regarding tire pressure.
Park the tractor on a firm, level surface and place the deck
lift handle in a middle position.
2.
Rotate the blade nearest the discharge chute so that it is
parallel with the tractor.
3.
Measure the distance from the front of the blade tip to the
ground and the rear of the blade tip to the ground. The
first measurement taken should be between 1⁄4” and 3⁄8” less
than the second measurement.
4.
Determine the approximate distance necessary for proper
adjustment and proceed, if necessary.
5.
To raise the front of the deck, remove the end cap, loosen
the outer nut then tighten (thread inward) the nut against
the front hanger bracket. See Figure 6-5. When proper
adjustment is achieved, re-tighten the outer nut and
replace the end cap.
6.
To lower the front of the deck, remove the end cap, loosen
the outer nut then loosen (thread outward) the nut, away
from the front hanger bracket. See Figure 6-5. When proper
adjustment is achieved, re-tighten the outer nut and
replace the end cap.
WARNING! Shut the engine off, remove the
ignition key and engage the parking brake before
making adjustments. Protect your hands by using
heavy gloves when handling the blades.
Leveling the Deck (Side-to-Side)
NOTE: Check the tractor’s tire pressure before performing any
deck leveling adjustments. Refer to Tires for information regarding
tire pressure. Always level the deck side to side before front to rear.
If the cutting deck appears to be mowing unevenly, a side-toside adjustment can be performed. Adjust if necessary as follows:
1.
With the tractor parked on a firm, level surface, place the
deck lift handle in a middle mowing position and rotate both
outside blades so that they are perpendicular with the tractor.
2.
Measure the distance from the outside of the left blade
tip to the ground and the distance from the outside of the
right blade tip to the ground. Both measurements taken
should be equal. If they’re not, proceed to the next step.
3.
Loosen, but do NOT remove, the hex bolt on the rear left
deck hanger link. See Figure 6-4.
Adjustment
Gear
Figure 1-5
Hex Bolt
Figure 1-4
NOTE: The rear right deck hanger link is not adjustable and
is used to help adjust the other hanger links.
4.
WARNING!: Keep hands and feet away from the
discharge opening of the cutting deck.
Using a wrench, raise or lower the left side of the deck by
turning the adjustment gear. See Figure 6-4.
The deck is properly leveled when both blade tip measurements
are equal. Retighten the hex bolt on the front left deck hanger
bracket when proper adjustment is achieved.
Leveling the Deck (Front-To-Rear)
NOTE: Check the tractor’s tire pressure before performing
any deck leveling adjustments. Refer to Tires for information
regarding tire pressure. Always level the deck side-to-side before
front-to-rear.
The front of the deck should be between 1⁄4-3⁄8” lower than the
rear of the deck. Adjust if necessary as follows:
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Deck Wheels
Section 6— Maintenance & Adjustments
NOTE: The deck wheels are an anti-scalp feature of the deck and
are not designed to support the weight of the cutting deck.
The deck wheels should be approximately 1⁄4-1⁄2” above the
ground when the deck is set in the desired height setting. To
adjust the deck wheels see the Assembly & Set-Up section for
instructions.
Drive Control Lever Stop Adjustment
3.
When the drive control levers are both fully extended forward
to the full-speed position and the tractor drifts left or right, the
drive control lever stop adjustment can be adjusted to sync the
wheel speeds. To perform the adjustment, proceed as follows:
1.
Identify the side that the tractor is drifting to and adjust the
opposite drive control lever. If the tractor drifts right, adjust
the left control lever down (decrease speed) and vice versa.
2.
Locate the drive control lever stop adjustment bolts on the
front of the seat frame. See Figure 6-6.
Engines stored between 30 and 90 days need to be treated
with a gasoline stabilizer such as STA-BIL® and engines
stored over 90 days need to be drained of fuel to prevent
deterioration and gum from forming in fuel system or on
essential carburetor parts. If the gasoline in your engine
deteriorates during storage, you may need to have the
carburetor, and other fuel system components, serviced or
replaced.
WARNING: Drain fuel only into unapproved
container outdoors, away from an open flame. Allow
engine to cool. Extinguish cigarettes, cigars, pipes,
and other sources of ignition prior to draining fuel.
3.
Remove the spark plugs and pour approximately one
ounce of oil into each cylinder. Crank the engine one or
two turns to spread the oil evenly on the cylinder walls.
Replace the spark plugs.
4.
Clean the engine and the entire riding mower thoroughly.
NOTE: Use of a pressure washer or garden hose is not
recommended to clean your riding mower. 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.
5.
Sharpen the blades so that the mower will be ready to use
when needed.
6.
Protect the metal surfaces. Repair scratches with the
appropriate touch-up spray paint. Brush a rust preventive
oil on any unpainted surfaces including the pulleys and
blades. (Be careful not to get any oil on the drive belts.)
7.
Clean and fully charge the battery, then disconnect the
negative cable at the battery to prevent possible discharge.
Recharge the battery periodically when in storage.
Figure 1-6
3.
To decrease the forward speed, turn the bolt clockwise.
To increase the forward speed, turn the bolt counterclockwise. Turn the bolt in the necessary direction 1⁄4-turn
at a time. After turning the bolt, check the adjustment by
driving the tractor.
4.
Continue the adjustment until the wheel speeds are in sync
and the tractor drives straight with the drive control levers
fully extended forward in the full-speed position.
Off-Season Storage
Riding Mower Storage
If your riding mower is not going to be operated for an extended
period of time (thirty days to approximately six months), the riding
mower should be prepared for storage. Store the riding mower
in a dry and protected location. If stored outside, cover the riding
mower (including the tires) to protect it from the elements. The
procedures outlined below should be performed whenever the
riding mower is placed in storage.
1.
Change the engine oil and filter following the instructions
provided in the Engine Manual.
WARNING! Never store the riding mower 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.
2.
NOTE: Remove the battery if exposed to prolonged periods
of sub-freezing temperatures. Store in a cool, dry location
where temperatures are above freezing.
8.
Lubricate all lubrication points.
9.
Jack the mower up and store it on blocks to take the weight
off of the tires.
Removing the Riding Mower from Storage
1.
Check the engine oil.
2.
Fully charge the battery, lower riding mower off blocks,
and inflate the tires to the recommended pressure.
3.
Remove the spark plugs and wipe them off. Using the
starter, crank the engine to pump the excess oil out of the
spark plug holes. Replace the spark plugs and the ignition
leads.
4.
If drained before storing, fill the fuel tank with clean, fresh
gasoline.
5.
Check the level of the engine oil in the crankcase and the
hydraulic reservoir tank.
6.
Start the engine and allow to idle for a few minutes to
ensure engine is operating properly.
7.
Drive the riding mower without a load to make certain all
the riding mower systems are functioning properly.
Service the engine as instructed in the separate engine
manual.
Section 6 — Maintenance & Adjustments
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7
Service
NOTE: This Operator’s Manual covers several models. Tractor
features may vary by model. Not all features in this manual are
applicable to all tractor models and the tractor depicted may
differ from yours.
WARNING! Before performing any service, 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.
Charging the Battery
Test and, if necessary, recharge the battery after the tractor has
been stored for a period of time.
•
Battery Removal
WARNING! Battery posts, terminals and related
accessories contain lead and lead compounds. Wash
hands after handling.
The battery is located beneath the seat frame. To remove the battery:
1.
Remove the hex washer screw securing the battery holddown bracket to the frame. Then flip the battery holddown bracket up to free the battery. See Figure 7-1.
Hex Washer Screw
•
A voltmeter or load tester should read 12.6 volts (DC) or
higher across the battery terminals. See Figure 7-2.
Voltmeter
Reading
State of
Charge
Charging
Time
12.7
100%
Full Charge
12.4
75%
90 Min.
12.2
50%
180 Min.
12.0
25%
280 Min.
Figure 7-2
Charge the battery with a 12-volt battery charger at a
MAXIMUM rate of 10 amps.
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.
If you have a recurring problem with blown fuses, have the tractor’s
electrical system checked by your Cub Cadet Service Dealer.
Relays and Switches
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
Cub Cadet Service Dealer.
Deck Removal
Remove the mower deck from the tractor as follows:
Battery Hold-Down Bracket
Figure 7-1
2.
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.
3.
Remove the hex cap screw and sems nut securing the red
positive battery lead to the positive battery post (marked POS).
4.
Carefully lift the battery out of the tractor.
5.
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.
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1.
Move the tractor to a level surface, disengage the PTO, stop
the engine, and set the parking brake.
2.
Move the deck gauge wheels or rollers to their highest
setting (lowest deck setting).
3.
Remove the ‘V’ belt from the PTO pulley, located on the bottom
of the engine, using one of the following two methods.
WARNING! The muffler at the rear of the tractor
may be extremely hot, and could cause serious
burns. Use extreme caution when near the muffler.
Allow the muffler to fully cool before removing the
belt from the PTO pulley.
Releasing Belt Tension with the Idler Pulley
Rolling the Belt off the PTO Pulley
1.
1.
Using the deck lift handle, raise the deck to the position that
provides the most horizontal run of the belt between the deck
idler pulleys and the PTO pulley on the bottom of the engine.
2.
Sitting behind the tractor facing forward, reach beneath
the tractor to grasp the belt at the front of the PTO pulley.
Using the deck lift handle, raise the deck to the position
that provides the most horizontal run of the belt between
the deck idler pulleys and the PTO pulley on the bottom of
the engine. See Figure 7-3.
WARNING! Use caution to avoid pinching your
fingers when rolling the belt off the PTO pulley.
3.
Deck Lift Handle
NOTE: If pulling the right side of the belt, turn the pulley left.
4.
Highest Mowing
Position
Pull the left side of the belt rearward and downward while
manually turning the PTO pulley to the right until the belt
rides out onto the edge of the lower sheave of the pulley.
While still holding the belt downward, continue turning the
PTO pulley until the belt is rolled off the pulley. Refer to Figure
7-5.
PTO Pulley
Lowest Mowing
Position
PTO Belt
Figure 7-3
2.
Working from the middle of the tractor, pivot the idler
bracket and movable idler pulley rearward away from the
backside of the ‘V” belt just far enough to lift the belt up
and over the idler pulley. See Figure 7-4.
46/50/54” Decks
42” Decks
Moveable Idler
Pulley
Moveable Idler
Pulley
Transmission
Tube
Figure 7-5
5.
Idler Bracket
Idler Bracket
Fixed
Idler
Pulley
Lower the deck into the lowest position using the deck lift
handle. See Figure 7-3.
Fixed
Idler
Pulley
Figure 7-4
3.
From beneath the rear of the tractor, slide the belt off of
the PTO pulley on the bottom of the engine.
Section 7 — Service
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6.
Pull the cotter pin out of the front deck lift rod securing it
to the deck. See Figure 7-6. Slide the deck lift rod out of the
front hanger bracket.
Deck Installation
Install the deck on the tractor as follows:
1.
Place the deck lift handle in the highest mowing position See
Figure 7-3.
2.
Slide the deck under the tractor on the right side of the
tractor lining up the deck hanger brackets and the deck lift
arms..
3.
Once the deck is under the tractor, move the deck lift
handle to the lowest mowing position.
NOTE: To line the brackets up properly, it may be necessary to
place a small block of wood under each side of the deck.
4.
Pull the deck release pins outward and maneuver the deck
as necessary to align the holes in the deck lift arms with the
pins. Refer to Figure 7-7.
5.
When aligned, push each pin fully inward through the lift
arms to secure the arms in the rear hanger bracket slots.
6.
Reinstall the front deck lift rod and secure in place with the
cotter pin. Refer to Figure 7-6.
7.
Make certain the ‘V’ belt is in the spindle pulleys on the
deck; then route the belt rearward beneath the tractor
frame, above the transmission tube(s), to the PTO pulley on
the bottom of the engine.
8.
Using the deck lift handle, raise the deck to the position
that provides the most horizontal run of the belt between
the deck idler pulleys and the PTO pulley on the bottom of
the engine.
9.
Make certain the belt is in the spindle pulleys of the deck,
and that the backside of the belt is against both the fixed
and movable idler pulleys.
10.
Sitting behind the tractor, facing forward, make certain the
belt is not twisted; then reach beneath the tractor to grasp
the belt and pull it toward the PTO pulley.
Front Deck Lift Rod
Cotter Pin
Figure 7-6
7.
Locate the LH and RH deck release pins on each side of the
deck. Pull the release pins outward and release the deck
from the LH and RH deck lift arms. See Figure 7-7.
Deck
Lift
Arm
WARNING! Use caution to avoid pinching your
fingers when rolling the belt onto the PTO pulley.
Deck
Release
Pin
11.
Pull the right side of the belt rearward and place the narrow
V side of the belt into the PTO pulley. See Figure 7-5.
12.
While holding the belt and pulley together, rotate the pulley
to the left (See Figure 7-5). Continue holding and rotating the
pulley and belt until the belt is fully rolled into the PTO pulley.
NOTE: Before using the tractor double-check the belt
routing to make sure that the belt has been routed properly.
Figure 7-7
8.
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Place the deck lift handle into the highest mowing position
and slide the deck out from beneath the tractor.
Section 7— Service
Replacing the Belt
1.
Remove the deck from beneath the tractor, (refer to Deck
Removal).
2.
Loosen, but do not remove the hardware on the right and
left idler pulley. Refer to Figure 7-8 for 42” decks, Figure 7-9
for 46” decks and Figure 7-10 for 50” & 54” decks.
50” & 54” Decks
Spindle Pulley
Spindle Pulley
Belt Guards
42” Decks
Idler Pulley
Idler Pulley
Idler Arm
Spindle Pulley
Spindle Pulley
Belt Guards
Spindle Pulley
PTO Pulley
Idler Pulley
Figure 7-10
Idler Arm
NOTE: Take note of the position of the belt guards to ensure
they are properly re-installed.
Idler Pulley
NOTE: On Some decks it may be necessary to remove the
spindle covers to remove and/or install the new belt. To
remove the spindle covers, remove the screws securing
them to the deck.
PTO Pulley
Figure 7-8
46” Decks
3.
Carefully remove the belt from around the idler pulleys and
the spindle pulleys.
4.
Install the new belt around the pulleys as shown and
reinstall the belt covers.
5.
Place the belt around the idler pulleys removed in step 3
with the “V” side facing in. Once in place, reinstall all the
hardware and tighten the flange lock nut to secure the
assembly.
6.
Route the belt as shown and then reinstall the deck (refer
to Deck Installation).
Spindle Pulley
Belt Guard
Spindle Pulley
Idler Pulley
Idler Arm
Idler Pulley
PTO Pulley
Figure 7-9
Section 7 — Service
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Mower Blade Care
Changing the Transmission Drive Belt
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. Protect
your hands by using heavy gloves when handling the
blades. When servicing the mower deck, be careful not
to cut yourself on the sharpened blades.
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 already been sharpened many
times, or if any metal separation is present, it is recommended
that new blades be installed. New blades are available at your
authorized dealer.
The blades may be removed as follows.
1.
Remove the deck from beneath the tractor, (refer to Deck
Removal) then gently flip the deck over to expose its
underside.
2.
Use a 15⁄16” 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 help in breaking loose
the hex nut securing the blade. See Figure 7-11.
Wood Block
Hex Flange Nut
Spindle Assembly
Figure 7-11
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3.
When reinstalling the blades, be sure they are installed so that
the wings are pointing upward toward the top of the deck.
4.
Tighten the blade nuts to 70-90 ft. lbs.
5.
Reinstall the deck (refer to Deck Installation).
Section 7— Service
Several components must be removed and special tools used in
order to change the tractor’s transmission drive belt. See your
Cub Cadet dealer to have the transmission drive belt replaced.
Tractor Creeping
Creeping is the slight forward or backward movement of the
mower when the throttle is on and the speed control levers are
in the neutral position. If your mower creeps, see an authorized
service dealer.
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Troubleshooting
Problem
Excessive vibration
Uneven cut
Mower will not mulch grass
(If Equipped w/Mulching Kit)
Cause
Remedy
1. Cutting blade loose or unbalanced.
1. Tighten blade and spindle.
2. Damaged or bent cutting blade.
2. Replace blade.
1. Deck not leveled properly.
1. Perform side-to-side deck adjustment.
2. Dull blade.
2. Sharpen or replace blade.
3. Uneven tire pressure.
3. Check tire pressure in all four tires.
1. Engine speed too low.
1. Place throttle/choke control lever in FAST
(rabbit) position.
2. Wet grass.
2. Do not mulch when grass is wet.
3. Excessively high grass.
3. Mow once at a high cutting height, then
mow again at desired height or make a
narrower cutting swath.
4. Dull blade.
4. Sharpen or replace blade.
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Replacement Parts
Component
Part Number and Description
954-04033A
954-04325
954-05078
954-04329A
Deck Belt, RZT L42
Deck Belt, RZT L46
Deck Belt, RZT- L50
Deck Belt, RZT L54
954-04317A
Drive Belt
942-04312
942-04244A
942-05052A
742-05056A
2-in-1 Blade, RZT L42
2-in-1 Blade, RZT L46
2-in-1 Blade, RZT L50
2-in-1 Blade, RZT L54
918-07087
918-05078A
918-06980
618-06978
Spindle Assembly, RZT L42
Spindle Assembly, RZT L46
Spindle Assembly, RZT L50
Spindle Assembly, RZT L54
734-04155
Deck Wheel
925-1707DBattery
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951-12179B
Gas Cap
946-05145
Throttle/Choke Control Cable
725-1744A
Ignition Key (Std)
Component
Part Number and Description
631-04354A
631-05116B
Chute Deflector, RZT-L42/46
Chute Deflector, RZT-L50/54
946-05008
Brake Cable
634-04293-0931 Wheel Assembly, RZT-L42/46
634-04128-0931 Wheel Assembly, RZT-L50/54
634-04237B
634-04711
Caster Wheel Ass’y, RZT-L42
Caster Wheel Ass’y, RZT-L46/50/54
KH-12-050-01-S Oil Filter
KH-12-132-02-S Spark Plug
KH-25-050-22-S1Fuel Filter (RZT 42/46/54)
KH-24-050-13-S Fuel Filter (RZT 54)
KH-32-883-09-S1Air Filter & Pre-Cleaner
Section 9 — Replacement Parts
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Attachments & Accessories
The following attachments and accessories are compatible with your RZT L tractor. See your dealer or the retailer from which you
purchased your tractor for information regarding price and availability.
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Part No.
Part
19B70020OEM
42” & 46” Bagger Kit
19B70004OEM
50” Bagger Kit
19A70043OEM
54” Bagger Kit
19A30006OEM
42” Mulch Kit
19A30005OEM
46” Mulch Kit
190-193-000
50” Mulch Kit
19A70042OEM
54” Mulch Kit
490-850-0005
Blade Removal Tool
22216
32 oz. STA-BIL®
490-290-0013
Sun Shade
FEDERAL and/or CALIFORNIA EMISSION CONTROL WARRANTY STATEMENT
YOUR WARRANTY RIGHTS AND OBLIGATIONS
MTD Consumer Group Inc, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and for those products certified for sale in the state of
California, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) are pleased to explain the evaporative emission control system (ECS) warranty on your
2014-2015 small off-road equipment (outdoor equipment). In California, new outdoor equipment must be designed, built and equipped to
meet the State’s stringent anti-smog standards (in other states, outdoor equipment must be designed, built, and equipped to meet the U.S.
EPA small off-road spark ignition engine regulations). MTD Consumer Group Inc must warrant the ECS on your outdoor equipment for the
period of time listed below, provided there has been no abuse, neglect, or improper maintenance of the outdoor equipment.
Your ECS may include parts such as fuel tanks, fuel lines, fuel caps, valves, canisters, filters, vapor hoses, clamps, connectors, and other
associated emission-related components.
Where a warrantable condition exists, MTD Consumer Group Inc will repair your outdoor equipment at no cost to you including diagnosis,
parts, and labor.
MANUFACTURER’S WARRANTY COVERAGE:
This emission control system is warranted for two years. If any emission-related part on your outdoor equipment is defective, the part will be
repaired or replaced by MTD Consumer Group Inc.
OWNER’S WARRANTY RESPONSIBILITIES:
As the outdoor equipment owner, you are responsible for performance of the required maintenance listed in your owner’s manual. MTD
Consumer Group Inc recommends that you retain all receipts covering maintenance on your outdoor equipment, but MTD Consumer Group
Inc cannot deny warranty solely for the lack of receipts.
As the outdoor equipment owner, you should however be aware that MTD Consumer Group Inc may deny you warranty coverage if your
outdoor equipment or a part has failed due to abuse, neglect, improper maintenance, or unapproved modifications.
You are responsible for presenting your outdoor equipment engine to MTD Consumer Group Inc’s distribution center or service center as
soon as the problem exists. The warranty repairs should be completed in a reasonable amount of time, not to exceed 30 days. If you have a
question regarding your warranty coverage, you should contact the MTD Consumer Group Inc Service Department.
In the U.S.A.: at 1-800-800-7310 or at http://support.mtdproducts.com.
In Canada: at 1-800-668-1238 or at http://www.mtdcanada.com
GENERAL EMISSIONS WARRANTY COVERAGE:
MTD Consumer Group Inc warrants to the ultimate purchaser and each subsequent purchaser that the outdoor equipment is: (1) designed,
built, and equipped so as to conform with all applicable regulations; and (2) free from defects in materials and workmanship that cause the
failure of a warranted part for a period of two years.
The warranty period begins on the date the outdoor equipment is delivered to an ultimate purchaser or first placed into service.
Subject to certain conditions and exclusions as stated below, the warranty on emission-related parts is as follows:
1.
Any warranted part that is not scheduled for replacement as required maintenance in the written instructions supplied is warranted for
the warranty period stated above. If the part fails during the period of warranty coverage, the part will be repaired or replaced by MTD
Consumer Group Inc according to subsection (4) below. Any such part repaired or replaced under warranty will be warranted for the
remainder of the period.
2.
Any warranted part that is scheduled only for regular inspection in the written instructions supplied is warranted for the warranty
period stated above. Any such part repaired or replaced under warranty will be warranted for the remaining warranty period.
3.
Any warranted part that is scheduled for replacement as required maintenance in the written instructions supplied is warranted for
the period of time before the first scheduled replacement date for that part. If the part fails before the first scheduled replacement, the
part will be repaired or replaced by MTD Consumer Group Inc according to subsection (4) below. Any such part repaired or replaced
under warranty will be warranted for the remainder of the period prior to the first scheduled replacement point for the part.
4.
Repair or replacement of any warranted part under the warranty provisions herein must be performed at a warranty station at no
charge to the owner.
5.
Not withstanding the provisions herein, warranty services or repairs will be provided at all of our distribution centers that are
franchised to service the subject engines or equipment.
6.
The outdoor equipment owner will not be charged for diagnostic labor that is directly associated with diagnosis of a defective,
emission-related warranted part, provided that such diagnostic work is performed at a warranty station.
7.
MTD Consumer Group Inc is liable for damages to other engine or equipment components proximately caused by a failure under
warranty of any warranted part.
8.
Throughout the off-road engine and equipment warranty period stated above, MTD Consumer Group Inc will maintain a supply of
warranted parts sufficient to meet the expected demand for such parts.
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9.
Any replacement part may be used in the performance of any warranty maintenance or repairs and must be provided without charge
to the owner. Such use will not reduce the warranty obligations of MTD Consumer Group Inc.
10.
Add-on or modified parts that are not exempted by the Air Resources Board may not be used. The use of any non-exempted add-on or
modified parts by the ultimate purchaser will be grounds for disallowing a warranty claim. MTD Consumer Group Inc will not be liable
to warrant failures of warranted parts caused by the use of a non-exempted add-on or modified part.
WARRANTED PARTS:
The repair or replacement of any warranted part otherwise eligible for warranty coverage may be excluded from such warranty coverage
if MTD Consumer Group Inc demonstrates that the outdoor equipment has been abused, neglected, or improperly maintained, and that
such abuse, neglect, or improper maintenance was the direct cause of the need for repair or replacement of the part. That notwithstanding,
any adjustment of a component that has a factory installed, and properly operating, adjustment limiting device is still eligible for warranty
coverage. Further, the coverage under this warranty extends only to parts that were present on the off-road equipment purchased.
The following emission warranty parts are covered (if applicable):
1.
2.
Fuel Metering System
•
Fuel pump
•
Fuel tank
Evaporative Control
•
Fuel hose
•
Fuel hose clamps
•
Tethered fuel cap
•
Carbon canister
•
Vapor lines
NOTE: If you require warranty service in Canada and your product was sold by MTD Products Limited within Canada to the retailer you
purchased it from in Canada then the MTD Consumer Group Inc portion of this warranty will be honored by MTD Products Limited in Canada.
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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.
Lifetime Warranty on Polymer Snow Discharge Chute: If your product is a snow thrower equipped with a polymer snow discharge chute (the “Snow Chute”),
and the Snow Chute fails, breaks, or malfunctions, the manufacturer will repair or replace the Snow Chute at no cost as long as it is still owned by the original
purchaser (or the original person for whom this product was purchased as a gift). Control mechanisms attached to the Snow Chute, such as cables and control linkages, are covered under the other terms of this limited warranty, but are not covered by this paragraph (or beyond the normal applicable warranty period). Except
as specifically modified by this paragraph, all of the other terms, limitations, and conditions set forth in this document shall continue to apply to the Snow Chute.
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.
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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.
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