ABI Force Manual - ABI Attachments

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Absolute Innovations, Inc - 1320 Third Street Osceola, IN 46514 855-211-0598
www.abiabsolute.com
Table of Contents
Contact Information ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………….…...1
Welcome .………………………………………………………………………………………………………..……………………………2
To the Operator ..……………………………………………………………………………………………………………….………...2
Specifications …….……………………………………………………………………………………………………………….………….4
Features ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….……….5
Safety ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….………..8
Operating the ABI Force …………………………………………………………………………………………………….………….9
Infield Setup ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..11
Vibraflex ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………11-12
Profile Blades …………………………………………………………………………………………………….13
Multi-function rake ……………………………………………………………………………………………13-16
Rear Mounted Attachments .. ………………………………………………………………………………..…………………….17
Rear Hydraulic Lift Arm ………………………………………………………………………………………17-18
Rigid Drag Mat/Coco Mat ……………………………………………………………………………………18
Extreme Duty Drag Mat ……………………………………………………………………………………………………19
Additional ABI Force Attachments and Setups ……………………………………………………………………………….20
Setting Attachment Depths ………………………………………………………………..………………20
Scarifiers ……………………………………………………………..…………………………………………….21
Aerator Attachment ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………22
Attaching the Aerator …………………………………………………………………………………….……22
Adjusting the Aerator .…………………………………………………………..…………………….…….23
Removing the Aerator …………………………………………………..…………………………….………24
Seeder/Fertilizer Spreader ………………………………………………………………………………….………………………….24
Activating the Spreader .……………………………………………………..………………………………25
Adjusting the Spreader for use .…………………………………………………..………………………26
Cultipacker ..…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..27
Attaching the Cultipacker for Transport/Use.…………………………..………………………….27
Disconnecting the Cultipacker ..…………………………………………………………………………..27
Maintenance .…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………28
Maintenance Safety .…………………………………………………………………………………………..28
Daily Maintenance ………………………………………………………….…………………..……………..28
General Maintenance .…………………………………………………………………………………………29
Engine …………………………………………………………………..………………….29
Hydraulics …..…………………………………………………..……………………….29
Traction ………..………………………………………….……………………………..29-31
Aerator …………..………..……………………………….…………………………….31
Seeder/Fertilizer .………………………………………….…………………………31
Cultipacker ……………….…………………………….……………………………….31
Charging Issues ………………………………………………………………………..32-33
Contact Information –
To contact ABI’s Customer Service Department for issue with the ABI Force, or to purchase parts for the ABI Force
call: 855-211-0598 M-TH 8am-8pm and Friday 8am-5pm.
Additional information on the ABI Force can be found on the ABI Support site at: www.abisupport.com
To contact ABI’s Customer Service Department after hours go to the Help Desk on the ABI Support page at:
www.abisupport.com and send our Customer Service Department an email regarding any issue you may be
experiencing with the ABI Force.
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Thank You,
On behalf of the ABI family we would like to thank you for your recent purchase of your ABI
Force. Our Company’s goal is to provide you, our customer; with innovative, quality tools as well as first
rate customer service.
These instructions are designed to help you, the customer; get your new ABI Force off the
delivery pallet and into use. Once you have put your ABI Force to work, if you have any questions,
please feel free to call and talk with one of our friendly and knowledgeable Customer Service
Department. To contact our Customer Service Department call 855-211-0598, M-TH 8am-8pm EST and
Friday 8am-5pm EST.
To order parts for your ABI Force please contact our Customer Support Department by phone at:
855-211-0598 M-T 8am-8pm EST – Friday 8am – 5pm EST
To the Operator –
The information presented in this manual will prepare you to operate the ABI Force in a safe and knowledgeable
manner. Operating the ABI Force in a proper manner will provide a safer working environment and create a more
efficient result. Read this manual fully and understand the entire manual prior to setup, operation, adjusting,
performing maintenance, or storing the ABI Force. This manual contains information that will allow you the
operator to get years of dependable performance from the ABI Force.
This manual will provide you with information on safely operating and maintaining the ABI Force. Operating the
ABI Force outside of the stated safety and operations guidelines may result in injury to operator and equipment, or
void the warranty.
The information provided in this manual was current at the time of printing. Variations may be present as Absolute
Innovations, Inc. continues to improve and upgrade the ABI Force for future use. Absolute Innovations, Inc.
reserves the right to implement engineering and design changes to the ABI Force as may be necessary without
prior notification.
ABI Force - Self-Propelled, Zero-Turn, Multi-Task Vehicle
The ABI Force is a self-propelled, zero-turn, multi-task
vehicle that turns manual labor into mechanized efficiency.
Leveraging ABI's proprietary technologies such as
VibraFlex, Profile Blades, and fine-finishing attachments,
the ABI Force ensures major-league performance on every
infield no matter the soil's moisture, sand, silt, and clay
ratio or top conditioner applied. The ABI Force may be
additionally equipped with a hydraulic fertilizer & seed
spreader, a hydraulic scarifier rake, and additional other
options to extend its capabilities into commercial-grade
aerating, fertilizing and seeding as well. With the ABI
Force's selection of available attachments, giving one
machine so much versatility, this investment will quickly pay for itself by getting more work done with fewer
machines to maintain and purchase. The ABI Force Depth-Lock and Speed-Lock controls enable predetermined
settings for consistent results regardless of operator skill or experience.
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SpecificationsABI Force Base Unit:
Power
23 HP, V-Twin cylinder, air cooled, gasoline, electric start
Drive
Hydrostatic Zero-Turn, Hydro Gear variable displacement pumps; Parker Wheel Motors
Speed
Forward 0-8 mph; Reverse 0-4 mph
Braking
Dynamic breaking via hydrostatic transmission, Plus parking brake
Dimensions
90”L x 66” W x 55”T (w/ Rake & Scarifiers)
Base Unit Weight
1,100 lbs. (w/ Rake & Scarifiers)
Optional Attachment Specifications:
Mid-Mounted Attachments
VibraFlex**
60” (5’) / 83 lbs.
Profile Blades
60” (5’) / 42 lbs.
Scarifier Teeth
48” (4’) / Included in base unit weight
Multi-function Rake
66” (5.5’) / Included in the base unit weight
Plug Aerator**
40” (3’) / 400 lbs. w/ weights
Rear-Mounted Attachments**
Finish Broom**
84” (7’) / 76 lbs.
Rigid Drag Mat**
72” (6’) / 68 lbs.
Coco Drag Mat**
72” (6’) / 70 lbs.
EX Flexible Mat**
72” (6”) / 75 lbs.
Cultipacker**
48” (4’) / 272 lbs.
**Optional Attachments sold individually
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Features –
Zero-Turn & Stand-up Design - The ABI Force is a self-powered stand-on zero-turn machine enabling a new level of
efficiency to the groundskeeper/contractor. From the stand-up position the operator has exceptional control and
vision of ground engaging components, and 360°-degree control to maneuver the unit across most surfaces.
Commercial-Grade Engine - A 23-horsepower engine generates tremendous power to accomplish many tough
jobs. An advanced debris management system ensures a clean-running engine, even in dusty environments. The VTwin engine on the ABI Force offers a smoother and more powerful design. The ABI Force is built with enough
power for daily infield maintenance, ripping & pushing dirt, pulling finishing attachments, carrying seed, fertilizer,
and much more.
The Hydrostatic Drive System is powered by two commercial-grade Hydro-Gear brand pumps and 2 Parker brand
wheel motors. Maneuvering tight spaces around home plate, bullpens, parking areas, and more is intuitive and
efficient.
The Operator Platform offers an easy-on-and-off step-through design for operator freedom. For comfort, a
compression spring floor, knee pad, adjustable back, and comfort grip controls are provided.
Quick-Swap Attachments enable the ABI Force to be configured for both dirt and turf management work. No
matter the infield surface material or seasonal maintenance challenges, the ABI Force can be configured with both
mid-mount and rear-mount attachments to suit the conditions. Most attachments can be fully swapped in just a
couple of minutes with no tools required.
Mid-mount System (Hydraulic only):
The Force's primary ground-engaging attachments are placed in
front of and below the operator. The Force's patent-pending
hydraulically-operated mid-mount system has 2,000 pounds of
lifting power and is spring-loaded to provide constant downward
force. Hydraulic levers enable precision fingertip adjustment to raise
and lower attachments, and adjust their pitch forward and
backward. This feature ensures smooth tracking with the ground,
and the spring-loaded design helps prevent damage if an immovable
object is struck. Midpoint positioning provides the optimal ground
plane for consistent, level operation, and a depth-lock with
additional set collars enables predetermined grooming depth
control. This allows multiple operators to use the Force consistently the same.
Mid-mount Quick-swap Attachments:
The Vibraflex Groomer used for daily grooming, is a patent-pending
attachment that re-imagines infield grooming. Evenly staggered U-pins
transfer vibration and flex from front to back, moving along the infield to
shatter surface tension and groom any engineered soil and surface
conditioner. Two different models provide the best solution for different
infield styles, uses, and levels of play. The 5800 model is for professional
fields with four staggered rows creating 1/2" spacing with 1/8" or 1/4" Ushaped pins. The 3800 model is for recreational fields with four staggered
rows creating 3/4" spacing with 1/4" or 3/8" U-shaped pins.
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Profile Blades are a seasonal renovation attachment that decompacts without up-ending the
surface profile. For light renovation work, the patent-pending Profile Blade attachment yields
unparalleled de-compaction results by slicing the complete profile of the infield material from
1/2" up to 3 inches under the infield surface. Occasionally uncompacting the infield surface
encourages a quick-draining and consistent-playing infield. Profile Blades can also cut weeds
and grass at the root level to remove creeping grasses from infields, and warning tracks; to
help eliminate build-up along the outfield edge.
The Scarifier Teeth make easy work of extreme hardpan and vegetation outside of the field.
The rippers enable the ABI Force to be used to maintain gravel roads, parking lots, and even
complete seedbed preparation jobs. These teeth temporarily replace the VibraFlex™ groomer
or Profile Blades™ and are adjustable from 0 - 4" for optimum working depth. The bolt on tips
are easily replaced as needed.
The Multi-function Rake is not typically used for daily grooming, but is invaluable during
infield renovation and off-the-field work. Because the rake is mounted directly to the midmount hydraulic system, it may be pitched into a wide variety of positions to tackle a number
of jobs. It pulverizes clumps of material during infield renovation work, can be pitched
vertically to back blade material from high areas and fill into low areas, it can pull off loose
vegetation and debris into piles, and it creates an ideal finish on gravel parking lots and for
other heavy dirt work. The rake is constructed of 1/2" hardened steel for long life and is
replaceable in individual sections.
Rear-mount System (Manual or Hydraulic):
The rear-mount system allows for a variety of quick-swap finishing
attachments to be pulled for grooming and then manually latched out-ofplay for transport. However, if ultimate efficiency is of critical concern, our
optional rear hydraulic lift allows fingertip control of these attachments.
This optional rear-lift hydraulic system makes engaging and disengaging
any finishing attachment for either grooming or transport quick and easy.
Rear-mount Quick-swap Attachments:
The Rigid Drag Mat with leveling bar is an all-purpose attachment to level, smooth, and
finish. This drag mat is 6' wide and 1.5' long and is designed to float material from high areas
into low areas without following small contours of the ground. The integrated leveling bar
also serves as a nearly indestructible tow bar and allows the steel mesh to be replaced once
worn.
The Fine Finish Broom creates the perfect finish in both high and low moisture conditions on
well-maintained surfaces. This broom is 7' wide and offers 3 rows of bristles. The mounting
arms are adjustable to set the exact working angle desired and the broom has an ideal weight
for the perfect amount of down pressure needed for beautiful performance. The 3 ideally
spaced rows of easily replaceable bristles will help to float a small amount of material into low
areas and finish the infield in a pristine "game ready" manner.
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The Extreme-Duty Flexible Mat is designed to quickly break down small clay clods and reset a
surface that is infrequently maintained or after light renovation work. This mat is 6' wide by 3'
long and is the most extreme duty drag mat on the market. The steel mesh is made of
extremely thick rust resistant galvanized steel. The rods are 6 Gauge wrie and the ends are
welded to protect the edges from fraying as it hits bases, fencing and other obstacles. The
drag bar is 1/8" thick angle iron to eliminate bending.
The Coco Mat is an ideal solution to get wet fields ready for games. This 6' wide and 2' long
mat incorporates a leveling bar and allows the coco matting to be replaced once worn.
Aerating, Fertilizing, & Seeding:
By adding additional optional attachments, the ABI Force quickly transforms into a zero-turn commercial-grade
seeding and fertilizing system, gravel and dirt-work scarifier rake, a plug aerator, and an overseeder. The ABI Force
is also equipped with a rear hitch for towing equipment, such as a cultipacker, dump trailer, or ABI Water Trailer.
The Hydraulic Seed & Fertilizer Spreader can hold 120lbs of material and has an
adjustable spread pattern from 4 to 25 feet, adjustable flow, and side deflector. This
commercial-grade and independently-controlled hydraulic spreader is ideal for
precisely broadcasting grass seed and fertilizer. Spread seed after plug aerating and
pull a seed-drill cultipacker behind to overseed. Spreader must be ordered at time
of original purchase for factory installation.
The 40" Plug Aerator is capable of working 80,000 square feet per hour and at 400
lbs. can produce core depths up to 3 1/2". With this option, the ABI Force is an
efficient and maneuverable zero-turn plug aerator, with manual weight to ensure
consistent penetration! Pull an XD drag mat or cultipacker behind to breakup
aeration cores in the same pass! Plug Aerator may be added after original purchase.
The 48" Seed-drill Cultipacker weighs 272 lbs. and presses fresh-spread seed into
the soil for superior germination. The packer wheels are 9.5" around with a solid 1
3/4" steel packer wheel shaft and agricultural-grade greaseable pillow block
bearings. These units are also equipped with two pneumatic tires for easy flip-over
transport.
The Hydraulic Scarifier Rake is designed for aggressive gravel and dirt work from
removing potholes in parking lots to preparing the perfect seedbed. These
hydraulically adjustable scarifiers and multi-function rake have the teeth for tough
work. For a start to finish seeding solution, add the ripper teeth, the hydraulic seed
spreader, and the rear seed-drill cultipacker. Easily seed tight areas near buildings,
around irrigation heads, trees, landscape beds, between sidewalks, along curbs,
and fences.
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Safety Instructions –
Operational Safety Rules:
Please exercise caution at all times when setting up, operating, or performing maintenance on the ABI Force.
Remember, any piece of equipment like the ABI Force can cause injury if operated improperly or if the user does
not understand how to operate the equipment. Exercise caution at all times with using the ABI Force.
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Only operate the ABI Force with all covers, shields, and safety devices installed and secured prior to operation.
Never operate the ABI Force on an incline greater than 15%. Operating the ABI Force on an incline greater
than 15% may result in severe bodily damage or sever damage to the ABI Force.
Never permit any person other than the operator to ride or board the ABI Force at any time. NEVER ALLOW
RIDERS OTHER THAN OPERATOR ON THE ABI FORCE!
Use care and maintain minimum ground speed when operating the ABI Force on a hillside, or when operating
close to ditches, fences, or water sources.
Never place any body part under the ABI Force while engine is running, or while the ABI Force is in operation.
Never allow anyone near the ABI Force while in operation.
Operate the ABI Force in the daylight or under good artificial light. Operator should always be able to clearly
see where they are going.
Be alert for holes in the terrain, along with other hidden hazards. Always operate the ABI Force with caution
over rough terrain.
Stay well and clear of all moving parts. Keep all limbs clear of attachments when making adjustments with all
hydraulically operated attachments.
Use caution when operating the ABI Force in icy, wet, or snowy condition.
Do not use the ABI Force on highways or public thoroughfares. The ABI Force is designed for off road use only.
Use caution when using the ABI Force as a tow vehicle. Check to make sure that the Gross Vehicle Weight
Rating (GVWR) does not exceed that of the ABI Force.
Use caution when backing up with the ABI Force. Ensure that all pull behind attachments, hazardous objects,
and people are clear of the ABI Force before backing up.
Safety Guards and Covers:
Safety is a primary concern in the design and manufacturing of all Absolute Innovations, Inc. products. Our
extensive efforts to provide safe equipment can be negated by a single careless act by the operator. In addition to
the design and configuration of the ABI Force, hazard control and accidents are also dependent upon the
awareness and knowledge of the operator, along with proper maintenance of the ABI Force. The best safety device
is an informed and careful operator.
Safety guards are mounted on the front of the engine, behind the operator, and on the backside of the Hydro-Gear
pumps (at the shin level of the operator). These guards are designed to protect the operator, along with the ABI
Force. Removing these guards could cause injury to an operator and could void the ABI Force warranty. Remove
these guards ONLY when the unit is turned off, and the parking brake is applied; to perform preventative
maintenance.
Maintenance Safety Rules:
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Never perform maintenance on the ABI Force when children are present
Never allow anyone near the operation controls while performing service or maintenance to the ABI Force.
Keep the engine area of the ABI Force free of accumulate debris, fuel, or excess grease and oil build up to
prevent fire hazard.
Periodically check all hardware on the ABI Force. Ensure that all hardware is properly installed to ensure the
ABI Force is in safe operating condition. Replace any damaged hardware prior to operating the ABI Force.
Never perform maintenance on the ABI Force while parking brake is disengaged.
Never perform maintenance on the ABI Force while the unit is started.
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Storage Safety Rules:
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Never store the ABI Force in an area accessible by children and remove the keys before storage.
Never store the ABI Force with fuel inside the tank inside a building where fumes could reach an open flame or
spark.
Allow the ABI Force engine to cool before storing in an enclosed area.
Lubricate all moving parts of the ABI Force to prevent rust during long periods of storage.
Remove all accumulated debris from the ABI Force and all attachments before storing.
information. To check the hydraulic fluid for the
ABI Force used the check gauge located below
Operating the ABI Force:
This section is intended to help you the operator get
the ABI Force off the shipping crate and ready for
setup. Before removing the ABI Force from the
shipping crate read and fully understand this
manual. If there are any questions on the operation
or setup of the ABI Force please contact ABI’s
Customer Support staff at: 855-211-0598 M-F 8am8pm.
Hydraulic level viewer / Fill plug – Figure 1.2
the control panel on the right side of the
chassis. Refer to Figure 1.2 for reference. Both
oils in the ABI Force should be full. If they are
not fill them to the proper level before
operation. **Note to the operator: Always
check fluid levels on a flat surface to ensure the
level of the oil is properly read. ABI ships the
ABI Force with oil prefilled in units.
**Note to Operator – Never operate the ABI Force
on an incline that is greater than 15%.
Removing from Shipping Crate:
1.
Remove any banding from around the Force and
additional attachments.
2.
If any of the optional attachments were
purchased with the ABI Force, remove them
from the shipping crate and place off to the
side.
3.
Remove all of the outside supports from around
the shipping crate.
4.
Before starting the ABI Force make sure to
check the oil levels on the unit. The motor oil
and the hydraulic oil will need to be checked to
make sure that both are full prior to starting the
ABI Force. The engine oil dip stick is located
inside the chassis of the ABI Force. Refer to
Figures 1.1 for reference or go to Maintenance
5.
Next, locate the gas tank on the right side of the
ABI Force. The unit does not ship with gas in the
tank, so gas will need to be added prior to
starting the ABI Force. Refer to the Briggs and
Stratton owner’s manual for information on
octane level recommended. Use Figure 1.3 for
reference to gas tank
ABI Force Gas Tank – Figure 1.3
Oil Dipstick/Oil Fill –Figure 1.1
section Briggs and Stratton manual for
6.
Once all the oil levels have been checked, and
gas has been added to tank, the ABI Force is
ready to be started.
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7.
Mount the ABI Force and locate the throttle
lever and move it too choke. The throttle lever
will need to be moved forward fully for the
choke position. Refer to Figure 1.4 for reference.
Throttle Control / Choke – Figure 1.4
11. With the wheels of the ABI Force locked in
place, disengage the parking brake for the ABI
Force. The parking brake lever can be located on
the left side of the ABI Force. Pull the lever back
and down to disengage the parking brake. Refer
to Figure 1.7 for reference.
Joy Sticks- Figure 1.8
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Using one of the two keys sent with the ABI
Force start the unit. Once the unit has run for
about 30-60 seconds throttle back the unit some
before further operation. **Note to the
operator: Before moving the ABI Force, once
started; there are further steps that will need
to be followed to ensure the ABI Force or
attachments are not damaged while
dismounting the shipping crate.
Parking Brake Lever/Brake Arm - Figure 1.7
12. Now using the grip controls, pull both joysticks
back slowly and together; to back the ABI Force
off of the shipping crate. Ensure that there are
no obstacles or people behind the ABI Force,
and that the multi-function rake is fully clear
prior to backing off the shipping crate. Use
Figure 1.8 for reference.
With the ABI Force started, use the bent
hydraulic control lever to raise the multifunction rake attachment clear of the shipping
crate. The bent hydraulic control lever will be
the lever furthest to the right of the hydraulic
lever set. Refer to Figure 1.5 for reference.
Hydraulic control levers – Figure 1.5
10. Next, using your right foot lock in the front
wheels of the ABI Force using the foot pedal on
the floor of the operator platform. Refer to
figure 1.6 for reference. This will prevent the ABI
Force from moving in any direction but straight
forward or straight back.
With the ABI Force clear of the shipping crate, you
will now want to set up the ABI Force for use in your
area. For use with the VibraFlex attachment for
Infield grooming go to “Infield Setup” below on page
10 of this manual. For other areas of use go to
“Additional ABI Force Attachments and Setups” on
page 20.
For information on contacting ABI’s Customer
Service department on the ABI Force setup go to the
“Contact Us” section of this manual on page 2.
Foot Pedal – Figure 1.6
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Infield Setup –
This section is designed to get the ABI Force setup
and in use with the VibraFlex, Profile Blades, and
other Infield attachments for use on Baseball
Infields. The information provided is general setup
and use information, and some setups may vary by
condition of each individual Infield. For additional
information on operating and setting up the ABI
Force please contact ABI’s Customer Service
Department or go to the ABI Customer Service
Support page. Information on contacting ABI
Customer Service or for ABI’s website go to the
“Contact Us” section of this manual on page 2.
ABI recommends using caution when transporting/
attaching/disconnecting all attachments to the ABI
Force. Always make sure to keep all limbs free of
crush or pinch points while attaching any
attachments to the ABI Force.
Black Plastic Knob – Figure 2.2
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Setting the Joy Sticks Speed Control Bar:
The ABI Force can be setup to limit speed of use by
the operator(s). Using the speed control bar the
operator can ensure that the ABI Force operates at
the maximum efficient speed the operator desires
for using the ABI Force. This adjustment can be
changed as desired for different areas of use.
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Mount and start the ABI Force.
Using the joysticks drive the ABI Force around to
get a feel for how fast/slow the ABI Force moves
while using the joysticks. Use different throttle
speeds to understand how the ABI Force will
move at different throttle speeds as well. Use
figure 2.1 for reference.
Next, loosen the black plastic knobs located on
the side of the control panel. Use Figure 2.2 for
reference. With both black plastic knobs
loosened, pull the speed control bar back to the
point where the comfortable speed for the
operator was determined and tighten both black
plastic knobs back down.
Test to make sure the speed of the ABI Force is
the desired speed the operator wants. If the
speed is set too slow/fast repeat steps 4 until
the proper speed is obtained.
Attaching the Vibraflex:
For information on assembly of the VibraFlex
please refer to the VibraFlex assembly guide. This
guide can be found on the ABI Customer Support
web page.
1.
To install the Vibraflex on the ABI Force, take
the ABI Force to a location with a hard flat
surface.
2.
The multi-function rake will need to raised fully
prior to installing the Vibraflex. If the multifunction rake is not raised, use the bent
hydraulic control lever to raise the multifunction rake.
3.
Once the multi-function rake is raised, shut off
the ABI Force, engage the parking brake and
dismount the unit.
4.
Slide the VibraFlex under the multi-function
rake. The two uprights on the frame of the
Vibraflex should be centered on the second
receiver tube from the outside of the multifunction rake. Use Figure 2.3 for reference.
Joysticks – Figure 2.1
3.
Once a comfortable speed is determined by the
operator, a comfortable speed is determined as
a speed by which the operator can use the ABI
Force around an area without having to
constantly slow down the unit to maneuver
around obstacles or other hazards; then stop
the ABI Force.
Figure 2.3
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5.
With the uprights centered on the second
receiver tube, remove the bent pin from the
receiver tube and set it off to the side. With the
bent pin removed from the receiver slot,
remount the ABI Force and start the unit. Do not
disengage the parking brake at this time. See
Figure 2.4 for reference.
VibraFlex is not sitting level during operation the
grooming results will not be consistent. Follow the
proceeding steps to ensure the best grooming
results with the VibraFlex.
1.
Mount the ABI Force and start the unit.
2.
Using the bent hydraulic control lever lower the
VibraFlex down until the u-pins touch the
surface.
3.
Next, using the center hydraulic control lever tilt
the VibraFlex forward or backward until all the
u-pins are sitting flat to the surface. The
VibraFlex may need to be raised some during
this process to ensure proper movement of the
multi-function rake.
4.
Once all the u-pins are setting flat to the
surface the VibraFlex is now level and ready for
use.
Scarifier Tube – Figure 2.4
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Using the bent hydraulic control lever slowly
lower the multi-function rake assembly down
onto the VibraFlex uprights. You may need to
use the center hydraulic control lever to adjust
the pitch of the multi-function rake in the
process.
Once the uprights of the VibraFlex are inside the
receiver tubes, shut off the ABI Force and
dismount the unit.
Starting on either the left or the right side of the
ABI Force, lift the Vibraflex up until the hole on
the VibraFlex upright and the receiver tube line
up. Once the holes on the VibraFlex upright and
the receiver tube line up, reinsert the bent pin
and secure with the provided lynch pin. See
Figure 2.5 for reference.
**Note to Operator – If the Vibraflex begins to
bounce in operation, lift the front of the VibraFlex
around a 1/8” higher than the back, on a flat hard
surface; to prevent the bounce effect.
For information on setting the depth of the VibraFlex
go to “Setting Depth of Attachments” section on
page 20.
Disconnecting the VibraFlex:
1.
With the ABI Force on a firm level surface, lower
the VibraFlex to the surface using the bent
hydraulic control lever. Make sure the VibraFlex
is sitting level to the surface before attempting
to remove the VibraFlex.
2.
With the VibraFlex sitting level on the surface,
shut off the ABI Force and set the parking brake,
and dismount the unit.
3.
Pull the bent pin from each of the upright arms
on the VibraFlex, and set the bent pins off to the
side, they will be replaced once the VibraFlex is
removed.
4.
Mount the ABI Force and start the unit.
5.
Using the bent hydraulic control lever raise the
multi-function rake free of VibraFlex.
6.
With the VibraFlex free, shut off the ABI Force
and engage the parking brake. Dismount the
unit and remove the VibraFlex out from under
the chassis of the ABI Force.
Vibraflex attached to multi-function rake – Figure 2.5
9.
The VibraFlex is now ready to be leveled for use
on the Infield.
Leveling the VibraFlex for Infield use:
Once the VibraFlex is secured to the ABI Force it will
need to be leveled prior to operation. It is important
to make sure the VibraFlex is sitting level front to
back on a hard flat surface prior to operations. If the
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7.
The ABI Force is now ready for use with one of
the many other grooming attachments.
Attaching the Profile Blades:
The profile blades are designed to penetrate the
surface of the infield and groom the infield from the
bottom up. The profile blades should only be used
for light/moderate renovation work on the infield, or
to assist in removing encroaching grass from the
infield. The profile blades can be set to penetrate the
surface the infield from 0”-3”, allowing the operator
to break up compacted material and redistribute the
infield material more consistently. When used to
remove encroaching grass from the infield, the
profiles blades cut the root systems of the grass off,
and clean up the lip between the infield and outfield.
1.
To install the profile blades on the ABI Force,
take the ABI Force to a location with a hard flat
surface.
2.
The multi-function rake will need to raised be
fully and leveled prior to installing the profile
blades. If it is not raised, use the bent hydraulic
control lever to raise the multi-function rake,
and use the center hydraulic lever control to
level the multi-function rake. Once the multifunction rake is raised and level, shut off the ABI
Force and engage the parking brake.
3.
Next, slide the profile blades under the multifunction rake, one on each side of the multifunction rake. The two uprights on the profile
blades should be centered on the first and third
receiver tubes from the outside of the multifunction rake with the beveled edge of the
profile blades pointed towards the front tires.
4.
With the uprights centered on the first and third
receiver tube, remove the bent pin from the
receiver tube and set it off to the side.
5.
Lift the profile blade up into the receiver tube
until the hole in the profile blade upright and
the hole in the receiver tube line up. With the
holes lined up insert the bent pin into the hole
and secure. Do this for each of the remaining
uprights on both profile blades.
6.
Leveling the Profile Blades for use:
1.
Mount the ABI Force and start the unit.
2.
Using the bent hydraulic control lever, lower the
profile blades down until they touch the surface.
3.
Next, using the center hydraulic control lever
adjust the pitch of the profile blades forward or
backward until they sit level to the surface. The
profile blades may need raised or lowered some
during this process to ensure proper movement
of the multi-function rake.
4.
Once the profile blades sit as level to the surface
as possible, the profile blades are then ready to
be used on the Infield.
For information on setting the depth of the VibraFlex
go to “Setting Depth of Attachments” section on
page 20.
Disconnecting the Profile Blades:
1.
With the ABI Force on a firm level surface, lower
the profile blades to the surface using the bent
hydraulic control lever. Make sure the profile
blades are sitting level to the surface before
attempting to remove the profile blades.
2.
With the profile blades sitting level on the
surface, shut off the ABI Force and set the
parking brake, and dismount the unit.
3.
Pull the bent pin from each of the upright arms
on the profile blades, and set the bent pins off
to the side, they will be replaced once the
profile blades are removed.
4.
Mount the ABI Force and start the unit.
5.
Using the bent hydraulic control lever raise the
multi-function rake slowly until the profile
blades are free of the multi-function rake.
6.
With the profile blades free, shut off the ABI
Force and engage the parking brake. Dismount
the unit and remove the profile blades out from
under the chassis of the ABI Force.
7.
The ABI Force is now ready for use with one of
the many other grooming attachments.
The profile blades are now ready to be leveled
for use on the infield.
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Using the Multi-function Rake:
The multi-function rake can be used to assist in
many area of renovation, or grooming; an Infield.
The multi-function rake can be used to help move
and distribute material throughout the infield to
assist in leveling the surface, it can also be used to
help remove debris from the infield, and can also
work to help compact the infield surface in unison
with other pull behind attachments. The multifunction rake is not designed to groom or break up
the surface of an infield. For additional information
beyond what is covered in this manual, please
contact the ABI Customer Service department.
Information on contacting the ABI Customer Service
department can be found under the “Contact Us”
section of this manual on page 2.
Moving Material on an Infield:
1.
If the surface of the Infield is compacted, the
multi-function rake may not be able to move
and distribute material properly. Before using
the multi-function rake on the Infield ensure
that the surface of the Infield has be loosened
using the VibraFlex/profile blades/Scarifiers to
allow for easy distribution of material.
2.
Next, remove any attachments, such as the
VibraFlex, profile blades, or scarifiers; that may
be secured to the multi-function rake.
3.
With all attachments removed, or properly
stored, mount the ABI Force and start the unit.
4.
Using the center hydraulic control lever, adjust
the pitch of the multi-function rake until the
multi-function rake rests firmly on the surface.
The multi-function rake may need to be lifted or
lowered during the process to achieve the
desired angle on the multi-function rake.
5.
With the angle of the multi-function rake set,
use the bent hydraulic control lever to raise the
multi-function rake clear of the surface.
6.
Drive to the area where material will need to be
distributed from.
7.
Starting in the area of the infield that material
will be pulled from, lower the multi-function
rake using the bent hydraulic control lever until
the multi-function rake sits firmly to the surface.
The angle of the multi-function rake to the
surface will determine how much material will
be moved.
8.
Using both of the joysticks, push the material
forward to the area that the material is needed.
9.
As the ABI Force approaches the area that
material will be distributed, use the bent
hydraulic control lever to slowly raise the multifunction rake and allow the material to feather
out over the area.
10. Continue this process until the desired amount
of material has been re-distributed.
11. Once finished, the operator may want to go
over the area with the VibraFlex again to help
incorporate the new material into the area fully,
or use one of the pull behind attachments to
help lightly compact the material into the area.
**Note to Operator – use the same listed process
as above to pull material backward using the ABI
Force. If moving material backward using the ABI
Force always be mindful to watch where the ABI
Force is going, and how much material is being
carried by the unit. Never back up the ABI Force
with pull behind attachments.
Debris Removal from Infield:
The multi-function rake can be used to help pull
loose debris such as grass, weeds, and leaves from
the infield; in the same manner as distributing
material on the Infield. The information below will
go over the easiest way to help gather the debris for
easy removal from the Infield.
1.
Using the same steps for setup as listed in the
previous section, set the multi-function rake the
same as would be needed for distributing
material in the arena. Use steps 1-7 for setup of
the multi-function rake. The multi-function rake
will need to be set more at a 90 angle for
moving loose debris, and should only skim the
surface of the Infield. Adjustments can be made
to move more or less debris as needed.
2.
With the multi-function rake setup for use, push
the loose debris into either small workable piles,
or larger central piles.
3.
With the debris pushed into the desired area,
use the bent hydraulic control lever to raise the
multi-function rake clear of the pile before
backing away from the pile. This will help
prevent back tracking of the debris back into the
field.
4.
Continue to move the debris into piles until all
the debris is moved into workable piles. Once
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the debris is into piles the debris can be
removed by the operator, or an assistant.
5.
The operator may choose to groom the Infield
after using the multi-function rake to remove
the debris to help redistribute any excess
material that may have been moved during the
cleanup process.
Compression Springs - Figure 3.1
5.
Next, locate the movable brackets securing the
support rod for the multi-function rake. This rod
is held in place on both sides of the ABI Force by
a movable bracket. Use Figure 3.2 for reference.
6.
Pull the lynch pin from the center pin of the
movable bracket.
7.
Slide the bracket off of the pin and flip it back
out of the way. Repeat this process on the
opposite side of the ABI Force. Use figure 3.2 for
reference.
8.
With both securing brackets flipped out of the
way, gentle lift up and flip the support rod off of
its support brackets. Once the support rod is
removed, flip the movable bracket over and
secure it back in place using the lynch pin that
was previously removed.
9.
With the support rod out of the way, disconnect
the center lift chain for the multi-function rake
from the lift arm. When removing the securing
pin ensure the spacers are not lost. These will
need to be put back on the bolt once the lift
chain is removed from the lift ram. This chain is
only used with the multi-function rake, and
should stay attached to the unit for storage. Use
figure 3.3 for reference.
Removing the Multi-function Rake from the
ABI Force –
The multi-function rake can be removed from the
ABI Force to allow the aerator to be attached to the
unit. To allow for better support, remove the multifunction rake from the ABI Force with one of the
mid-mount attachments inserted into the multifunction rake.
**Note to Operator – Ensure there is adequate
space for the ABI Force to maneuver around the
multi-function rake while removing the multifunction rake from the ABI Force. Ensure the area is
free of dips, obstacles, and other hazards prior to
attempting to remove the multi-function rake from
the ABI Force.
1.
With the ABI Force started, level the multifunction rake with attachment using the center
hydraulic control lever and lower the multifunction rake to the ground.
2.
If the VibraFlex attachment is attached to the
multi-function rake move on to step 3. Now,
angle to multi-function rake so the finish rake
and the scarifiers/profile blades rest firmly on
the surface. The multi-function rake will need to
be lowered to remove tension from the
compression springs for easy removal of the
compression springs.
3.
Shut off the ABI Force, engage the parking brake
and dismount the unit.
4.
Start by removing the lynch pin securing the top
of the compression springs from the securing
pin. Apply some downward pressure and slide
the compression spring free from the pin. Next,
remove the pin from the bottom of the
compression spring. Some models may have
bolts at the bottom of the compression spring. If
this is the case on your model use two crescent
wrenches to remove the bolt. With the bottom
pin removed, or bolt removed, set the
compression spring off to the side. Repeat on
the opposite side. Use Figure 3.1 for reference.
Movable Bracket – Figure 3.2
Securing Pin – Figure 3.3
10. Now remove the multi-function hydraulic ram
from the chassis of the ABI Force. To remove the
hydraulic ram reach under the chassis of the ABI
Force behind the front tires, and remove the pin
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holding the multi-function rake hydraulic ram
from the end of the hydraulic ram shaft. Use
Figure 3.4 for reference.
Multi-function Rake Hydraulic Ram– Figure 3.4
11. With the hydraulic ram removed, the hydraulic
hoses will need to be removed from the
hydraulic block. The hose set that will be pulled
will be the right side hydraulic hoses, looking at
the hydraulic block directly. See Figure 3.5 for
reference.
Hydraulic Block – Figure 3.5
12. With all connection points disconnected, mount
the ABI Force and start the unit.
13. Slowly begin to turn the ABI Force off the unit,
being careful to ensure that no part of the multifunction rake catches on the chassis of the ABI
Force.
14. Once the ABI Force is clear of the multi-function
rake reattach the compression springs back on
the frame of the multi-function rake. This will
ensure they are not damaged or misplaced.
The ABI Force is now ready for use with other midmount attachments.
Attaching the Multi-function rake to the ABI
Force1.
Make sure the area around the Multi-function
rake is free of any obstacles or hazards.
2.
Remove the compression springs from the
frame of the multi-function rake and place clear
of the multi-function rake.
3.
Mount and start the ABI Force.
4.
Back the ABI Force up so the center of the inside
tire lines up the middle of the multi-function
rake.
5.
Slowly turn the ABI Force over the multifunction rake. Make sure to watch and ensure
that no parts of the multi-function rake are
caught on the chassis of the ABI Force while
maneuvering over the attachment. Additionally
watch to make sure the multi-function rake
does not hit and damage the muffler of the ABI
Force.
6.
With the ABI Force centered over the multifunction rake, lower the lift arm of the ABI Force
using the bent hydraulic control lever.
7.
Once the lift arm is fully lowered, shut off the
ABI Force, engage the parking brake and
dismount the unit.
8.
Connect the compression springs back to the
frame of the multi-function rake. Start by
connecting the bottom of the compression
springs to one side of the multi-function rake,
and then connect the top of the compression
springs back to the chassis of the ABI Force.
Repeat on the opposite side.
9.
Connect the hydraulic ram back into the ears
under the chassis of the ABI Force and secure
with the pins. The multi-use frame may need to
be shifted some to ensure the hydraulic ram will
line back up properly.
10. Next, flip the movable brackets back on both
sides of the ABI Force. Once both movable
brackets have been moved, flip the support bar
back over into the support brackets and secure
the movable brackets over the support rod.
11. Now attach the center chain back to the lift arm,
making sure that a spacer is on both sides of the
connecting hardware.
12. With all attachment points connected, secure
the hydraulic hoses for the multi-function rake
back to the second set of hydraulic connectors.
The multi-function rake is now ready for use with the
ABI Force.
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Rear-Mounted Attachments –
Rear-mounted attachments for the ABI Force
include:





Rigid Drag Mat and Leveling Bar
Coco Mat and Leveling Bar
Fine Finish Broom
Extreme Duty Drag Mat
Rear Hydraulic Lift (Optional)
These attachments give the operator an additional
means to help groom and maintain the playable
surface of the Infield. Each rear-mounted
attachment is designed to work with a mid-mounted
grooming attachment or independently for cleanup
and finishing needs. This section of the ABI Force
manual will cover setup for usage and of each of the
rear-mounted attachments. Information on
assembling the rear-mounted attachments can be
found in each attachments assembly guide. For
information on getting the assembly guides contact
the ABI Customer Service department. Contact
information for the ABI Customer Service
department can be found in the “Contact Us”
section of this manual on page 2.
Rear Hydraulic Lift Arm (Optional):
The rear hydraulic lift arm is an optional attachment
that allows that operator to easily remove any of the
rear mounted attachments from the surface without
having to dismount the ABI Force. This attachment
can be installed at the factory or as an aftermarket
attachment.
C Channel Bracket/ Top Mount Bracket – Figure 4.1
3.
Replace the ball hitch adapter with the bottom
mount bracket and secure with the previously
removed hardware. Use figure 4.2 for reference.
With both brackets attached, secure the lift arm
to the bottom mount bracket using the provide
Ball Mount Bracket/Bottom mount Bracket – Figure 4.2
pin. Ensure the end of the lift arm with the eye
bolt is facing away from the ABI Force.
4.
Attach the hydraulic ram to the top mount
bracket using the provided pin. Ensure the
hydraulic hoses are facing up when the
hydraulic ram is installed.
5.
Now attach the hydraulic ram to the lift arm
using the provided pin. Ram will connect to the
connector ears in the center of the lift arm. Use
Figure 4.3 for reference.
6.
Next run the hydraulic hoses to the front of the
ABI Force. Remember to keep the hoses clear of
any smash points, moving parts, or high heat
areas to prevent damage to the hydraulic hoses.
7.
Connect the ends of the hydraulic hoses to the
hydraulic block using the two free hydraulic
connectors. If the optional seeder/fertilizer
spreader is attached to the ABI Force the
hydraulic hoses for the spreader will need to be
Figure 4.3
Aftermarket attachment:
1.
2.
Remove the C bracket from the back support of
the ABI Force using two 9/16” combination
wrenches. Replace the C bracket with the new
top mount bracket with the connector ears. Use
Figure 4.1 for reference.
Next, remove the ball hitch adapter from the
tow bar using two ¾” combination wrenches.
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swapped out for the hydraulic lift arm hoses.
See figure 4.4 for reference.
2.
Using the provided chains, connect the rigid
drag mat/coco mat to the unit using the
provided quick connectors. The quick
connectors will attach to the ABI Force via the
eye bolts on the tow bar on the back of the ABI
Force. Use Figure 4.6 for reference.
3.
To transport the rigid drag mat/coco mat to or
from the infield: lift the rigid drag mat/coco mat
from the ground using the provided chain in the
center of the rigid drag mat/coco mat leveling
bar. The rigid drag mat/coco mat will then be
suspended from the back of the ABI Force using
this chain, and will rest on the C-channel bolted
to the top of the adjustable back rest.
Hydraulic Block – Figure 4.4
8.
Use the left side hydraulic lever to control the
lift/lowering of the rear hydraulic lift arm.
Using the Rear Hydraulic Lift Arm:
1.
2.
Attach the rear attachment to the ABI Force. For
information on attaching rear mounted
attachments see sections below for the
corresponding attachment.
Adjust the arm of the hydraulic lift arm, using
one of the three pre-drilled holes; so the eye
bolt sits in-line with the lift chain on the rear
mounted attachment. For the fine finish broom
the chain will need to be adjusted to allow the
hydraulic lift arm to lift the broom. Use figure
4.5 for reference.
Lift Arm – Figure 4.5
3.
Connect the lift chain for the rear attachment to
the eye bolt using the provided quick connector.
4.
Mount the ABI Force and start the unit.
5.
Using the left side hydraulic control lever raise
the rear mounted attachment clear of the
ground.
6.
The rear mounted attachment is now ready for
use with the rear hydraulic lift arm.
Quick Connector/Eye Bolt – Figure 4.6
Use on the Infield:
The rigid drag mat/coco mat can be adjusted to
distribute more or less material with the leveling bar
by shortening the chain between the rigid drag
mat/coco mat and the ABI Force. For optimum
results the leveling bar should be set so that it
carries a small amount of material at all times. If the
leveling bar is carrying too much, material or if
material is spilling over the top of the leveling bar;
shorten the connector chain as needed one link at a
time.
Disconnecting the Rigid Drag Mat/Coco Mat:
1.
Remove the rigid drag mat/coco mat from its
tow position, and lay it on the ground.
2.
Remove the securing chains from the ABI Force
using the quick connectors.
3.
The rigid drag mat/coco mat is now ready to be
stored.
Attaching/Transporting Rigid Drag Mat/Coco
Mat:
Attaching/Transporting the Extreme Duty Drag
Mat:
1.
**Note to Operator- The extreme duty drag mat
does not come with a lift chain. For normal use a
bungee strap or chain can be secured to the middle
of the mat for transport. For use with the optional
rear hydraulic lift arm, attach a short section of chain
to the center of the extreme duty drag mat.
Set the rigid drag mat/coco mat on the ground
behind the ABI Force, or in an area where the
ABI Force can be backed up to the rigid drag
mat.
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1.
Set the extreme duty drag mat on the ground
behind the ABI Force, or in an area where the
ABI Force can be backed up to the extreme duty
drag mat.
2.
Using the provided chains, attach the extreme
duty drag mat to the eye bolts on the tow bar of
the ABI Force.
3.
To Transport the extreme duty drag mat to or
from the infield: the extreme duty drag mat will
need a bungee strap or chain attached to the
center of the extreme duty drag mat. This will
allow the extreme duty drag mat to be
suspended from the C-channel bracket bolted to
the top of the adjustable back rest. Ensure the
bungee strap or chain used on the extreme duty
drag mat is able to support the weight of the
extreme duty drag mat before attaching it to the
mat.
Disconnecting the Extreme Duty Drag Mat:
1.
Remove the extreme duty drag mat from the
tow position, and lay it on the ground.
2.
Disconnect the extreme duty drag mat from the
ABI Force by removing the quick connectors
from the eye bolts on the tow bar of the ABI
Force.
3.
The extreme duty drag mat is now ready to be
stored.
to the eye bolts, line up the holes of the arms to
the eye bolts and insert the self-locking lynch
pin that is provided.
4.
To transport the fine finish broom to or from the
infield: Using the provided chain for the fine
finish broom, suspended the fine finish broom
from the back of the ABI Force using this chain.
The fine finish broom will rest on the C-channel
bracket bolted to the top of the adjustable back
rest.
Use on the Infield:
The fine finish broom will need to sit level to the
surface of the Infield. If the fine finish broom is
“hopping” on the surface or is carrying too much
material it may need to be adjusted so the front of
the broom is raised about 1/8” off the surface of the
Infield. See below for information on adjusting the
fine finish broom.
1.
2.
3.
Using a ½” socket wrench and combination
wrench, loosen the front bolt on the arm of the
fine finish broom. This will need to be done to
both sides. Do not remove the bolt, only loosen
it.
With the bolt loose, adjust the frame of the
broom to all 3 bristle brushes sit flat to the
surface of the Infield.
Secure both bolts back using the ½” socket
wrench and ½” combination wrench.
Use on the Infield:
The extreme duty drag mat should be setup for use
with the drag bar lifted just off the surface of the
infield. This will help prevent overflow of material
over the top of the drag mat while grooming. For
finishing a field, or to help compact the material on
the infield; set the extreme duty drag mat so the
drag bar touches the surface of the Infield. Adjust
the height of the drag bar by shortening the length
of the chain to the desired height.
For additional information on usage or setup of the
ABI Force or any of its attachment, please contact
ABI Customer Service department. For information
on contacting ABI’s Customer Service Department go
to the “Contact Us” section of this manual on page 2.
For information on maintenance for the ABI Force go
to the “Maintenance” section of this manual on page
28.
Attaching/Transporting the Fine Finish Broom:
1.
Set the fine finish broom behind the ABI Force,
or in an area where the ABI Force can be backed
up the to the fine finish broom; with the arms of
the broom facing forward.
2.
Connect each arm of the fine finish broom to
the ABI force via the eye bolts on the tow bar on
the back of the ABI Force. The secure the arms
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individually or as sets to allow for greater
control over the operating depth. Use Figure 5.2
for reference.
Additional ABI Force Attachments
and Setups –
The ABI Force comes with a variety of attachments
to help the operator perform multiple tasks around a
Ball Field, as well as on a job site. Below you will find
information on setting the depth of attachments for
use, along with information on using the ABI Force
for aerating, cultipacking, fertilizing, and much more.
Setting the Depth of the
Attachments –
Each of the mid-mount attachments can have the
working depth set either manually, or automatically
using the depth lock and set collars. The ABI Force
offers both means to be used on all the mid-mount
attachments. Below is basic information on setting
the depth for the mid-mount attachments. For
additional information on using each attachment
check the table of contents for the desired
attachment on page 2 or contact ABI’s Customer
Service department. For information on contacting
ABI’s Customer Service department go to the
“Contact Us” section of this manual on page 2.
To ensure that the depth lock and set collar
setup is at the desired depth, take the ABI Force
to the area it will be used on.**Note to
Operator: It is better to add more set collars
originally to allow for shallower depths and
work toward deeper depths as need.
6.
Lower the attachment to the surface, using the
bent hydraulic control lever, then using the
joysticks begin driving forward. Using the bent
hydraulic control lever, continue lowering the
hydraulic lift ram until it is sitting against the
depth lock/set collars then release the control
lever.
7.
Continue to pull forward once the depth is set
for an additional 3-5’.
8.
Next, stop the ABI Force, shut off the unit,
engage the parking brake and dismount.
9.
Pull back some of the material that has been
loosened with the desired attachments. Check
to see how deep the attachment is penetrating
into the material.
Depth using Depth lock and set collars:
1.
2.
3.
With the desired attachment connected to the
multi-function rake, raise the multi-function
rake fully.
With the multi-function rake raised fully, shut
off the ABI Force, engage the parking brake, and
dismount the unit.
Next, flip the depth lock over the shaft of the
hydraulic lift ram. **Note to Operator: The
depth lock should not be used by itself. Always
use at least one of the set collars when using the
depth lock for setting depth. Use Figure 5.1 for
reference.
Set Collars – Figure 5.2
5.
10. With the depth confirmed, the ABI Force will be
ready for use. If additional adjustments will be
needed, repeat steps 4-9 as needed,
remembering to check the depth after each
adjustment.
Depth using manual adjustments:
Depth Lock – Figure 5.1
4.
Attach at least one of the set collars to the shaft
of the hydraulic ram, all of the provided set
collars can be added, set collars can be used
1.
Drive the ABI Force with the desired attachment
attached to the multi-function rake to the area
the attachment will be used
2.
Using the bent hydraulic control lever, lower the
attachment to the surface. With the attachment
lowered to the surface, begin driving forward
using the joysticks.
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3.
While driving forward, use the bent hydraulic
control lever to allow the attachment to begin
penetrating deeper.
2.
Next, raise the multi-function rake fully. This will
allow for enough clearance for the scarifiers to
be inserted to the multi-function rake.
4.
Once the depth desired is achieved, continue
driving forward another 3-5’. Once the distance
is covered at depth, stop the ABI Force, shut off
the unit and dismount.
3.
With the multi-function rake raised, shut off the
ABI Force, engage the parking brake, and
dismount the unit.
4.
5.
Pull back some of the material that has been
loosened, and confirm the depth the
attachment is working at.
Remove the bent pin from the scarifier rake
tube and set it off to the side. With the bent pin
removed insert the shank of the scarifier into
the receiver tube. Use Figure 6.1 for reference.
6.
With the depth confirmed the ABI Force is ready
to be used. If additional adjustments are needed
repeat steps 2-5 until the desired depth is
reached. Once the actual work depth is
achieved, do not make any additional changes
to the tilt or depth of the attachment. If any
adjustment is made to either depth or tilt make
sure to confirm the depth by following steps 45.
5.
Line up the hole on the scarifier shank with the
hole in the receiver tube and secure the scarifier
using the bent pin and lynch pin. Use Figure 6.2
for reference.
6.
Repeat steps 4 and 5 for the remaining
scarifiers.
Scarifier Attachments The scarifiers for the ABI Force are designed to work
in sand, clay, soil, rock, and much more. The
scarifiers are able to work in most materials up to
depths of 3-4”for optimum results. Hydraulic depth
control for the scarifiers can be preset to specific
depths using the depth control lock and set collars
that come standard with every ABI Force. The depth
control lock and set collars allow all operators to use
the ABI Force at consistent settings when more
precision work is needed. Information on attaching
the scarifiers to the ABI Force, and using the
scarifiers is below.
Receiver Tube – Figure 6.1
Figure 6.2
Using the Scarifiers:
The scarifiers are designed to break up heavily
compacted material like gravel, clay, high traffic area
material. The scarifiers can be adjusted for use from
0-6” of penetration into the surface of the material
to be worked. Below is some general information on
using the scarifiers.
Attaching the Scarifiers:
1.
If any other attachments are secured to the
multi-function rake; remove them before
attaching the scarifiers to the ABI Force.
For heavily compacted material multiple passes may
be needed to allow the scarifiers to penetrate to the
desired depth, adjusting the depth of the scarifiers
down with each pass. Adjusting the scarifiers down
slowly will help break down material faster and
finish the job quicker. The scarifiers can be used with
the multi-function rake, or other pull behind
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attachments to help cut the time it takes to finish a
job.
For additional information on usage or setup of the
scarifier’s please contact ABI Customer Service
department. For information on contacting ABI’s
Customer Service department go to the “Contact Us”
section of this manual on page 2.
1.
With the scarifiers attached and secured to the
scarifier assembly rake, take the ABI Force to
the area it will be used on.
2.
Using the center hydraulic control lever adjust
the scarifier’s to run vertical to the surface to be
worked. This angle may change for heavily
compacted material. For heavily compacted
material the operator may want to adjust the
scarifier’s so that the tips point more directly
forward, allowing the tip of the scarifier’s to
penetrate the surface much easier.
3.
With the angle set, use the bent hydraulic
control lever to lower the scarifiers down until
they rest firmly on the surface.
4.
Using the joysticks drive the force forward
allowing the scarifier’s to break into the surface.
While moving forward, use the bent hydraulic
control lever to allow the scarifiers to penetrate
into the material deeper. Continue this until the
desired depth is achieved.
If a predetermined depth has not been set using the
depth control and set collars, then the operator will
need to periodically check the material to ensure
that the scarifiers are working at the desired depth.
For information on setting the depth of the scarifiers
go to “Setting Depth of Attachments” section on
page 20.
The multi-function rake may touch the surface while
the scarifiers are in operation. If the operator does
not want the multi-function rake working with the
scarifier’s then the multi-function rake will need to
be adjusted using the center hydraulic control lever.
3.
Remove the bent pin from the scarifier rake
tube and set it off to the side. Make sure to hold
the scarifier firmly during the process. The
scarifiers will fall out free from the receiver tube
once the bent pin is removed.
4.
With all the scarifiers removed from the multifunction rake, the ABI Force is ready for use with
any of the other attachments.
Aerator Attachment –
The ABI Force aerator is able to cover up to 80,000
sq. ft. per hr. with up to 3-1/2” cores. The pivoting
ball swivel tongue and ball swivel chains allow for up
to 30 degrees of pivot for better maneuvering while
the aerator is in operation. The pivoting ball swivel
tongue also allows for easy installation and removal
of the aerator.
The ABI Force Aerator comes with 3 adjustment
weights to assist the aerator in penetrating the
surface. Each weight weighs around 112 lbs. each.
ABI suggest using all three weights while using the
Aerator to assist in depth penetration. Each weight
does come with tow easily accessed handles for
removal or addition as the operator desires.
**Note to Operator: Due to the weight of each
Aerator weight, use extreme caution when
carrying, removing, or adding weights to the ABI
Force Aerator.
For further instructions on using the ABI Force
Aerator contact ABI Customer Support department.
For information on contacting ABI’s Customer
Service department go to the “Contact Us” section of
this manual on page 2.
For maintenance on the aerator go to the page * of
this manual.
Removing the Scarifiers:
1.
Raise the multi-function rake fully. This will
allow for enough clearance for the scarifiers to
be removed from the multi-function rake.
2.
With the multi-function rake raised, shut off the
ABI Force, engage the parking brake, and
dismount the unit.
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Attaching the Aerator:
1.
Position the aerator on a firm level surface that
has room for the ABI Force to maneuver around
the aerator without hitting any obstacles.
2.
Mount and start the ABI Force.
3.
Position the ABI Force behind the tines of the
aerator so that the inside tire lines up with the
center of the aerator. Use Figure 7.1 for
reference.
4.
Slowly start turning the front of the ABI Force
over the aerator. Use caution to make sure the
unit does not hit the pivoting ball swivel tongue,
and that the tines do not hit the muffler of the
unit. Use Figure 7.2 for reference.
With the ball swivel chains connected, connect
the pivoting ball swivel tongue to the connecting
pin under the chassis of the ABI Force. Securing
the aerator in place using the provided pin. Use
Figure 7.5 for reference.
8.
Next, connect the center turn buckle in the
center of the aerator to the lift arm at the end
of the hydraulic cylinder using the provided
clevis pin and lynch pin. Make sure the bushing
for the bolt is inserted before securing the bolt
in place. Use Figure 7.6 for reference.
9.
With all the connecting points on the aerator
secured, mount the ABI Force and start the unit.
Figure 7.1
Swivel Tongue/Connector Pin – Figure 7.5
Figure 7.2
5.
With the aerator centered under the chassis of
the ABI Force, shut off the unit, engage the
parking brake, and dismount the unit. Use
Figure 7.3 for reference.
Ball Swivel Chains – Figure 7.4
7.
Center Turn Buckle – Figure 7.6
10. Using the bent hydraulic control lever raise the
aerator clear of the ground.
11. The aerator is now ready to be transported for
use.
Adjusting/Using the Aerator:
Figure 7.3
6.
Connecting each of the ball swivel chains to the
securing pins located on the sides of the ABI
Force and secure using the provided lynch pins.
See Figure 7.4 for reference.
The depth of the aerator is controlled by the
hydraulic lift cylinder and center connecting chain.
The depth of the aerator can be adjusted from
0’-3-1/2” as desired by the operator. Below are
instructions on how to set the approximate depth of
the ABI Force aerator, and how to ensure the
desired depth.
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1.
Transport the aerator to the area that it will be
used on.
6.
With all connecting points disconnected,
remount the ABI Force and start the unit.
2.
Using the bent hydraulic control lever lower the
aerator down until the tines touch the surface.
7.
3.
Using the joysticks, slowly drive forward at a
comfortable speed a couple of feet, allowing the
tines to start breaking into the surface.
4.
Once the tines have fully engaged the surface,
stop the ABI Force, shut off the unit, engage the
parking brake, and dismount.
Using the control arms, slowly turn left or right
to remove the aerator from under the ABI
Force. Use caution when moving the ABI Force
around the aerator. Ensure that the ABI Force
tires stay clear of the aerator, and that the
aerator does not hit the muffler of the ABI Force
as you turn.
8.
The aerator can now be carefully moved to its
storage location.
5.
Check some of the plug holes to ensure the right
depth for aerating the area has been reached.
6.
If the depth is not accurate: remount the ABI
Force and start the unit, remove the parking
brake; and use the bent hydraulic control lever
raise the aerator as need to reach the proper
depth. Repeat steps 3-5 after every adjustment
to ensure proper penetration depths.
**Note – The depth of the aerator can be set to one
consistent depth using the depth block and set
collars. For information on using the depth lock and
set collars go to the “Setting Depth of Attachments”
section on page 20.
Removing the Aerator:
1.
With the ABI Force on a firm level surface, lower
the aerator down, using the bent hydraulic
control lever; until the aerator sits firmly on the
ground. Continue lowering the aerator until all
the tension is removed from the connecting
chain.
2.
With the aerator resting on the surface, shut off
the ABI Force, engage the parking brake, and
dismount the unit.
3.
Remove each of the ball swivel chains from both
sides of the aerator.
4.
Next, disconnect the pivoting ball swivel tongue
from the mounting pin. **Note: The aerator
may shift forward once the pivoting ball swivel
tongue is disconnected from is mounting pin.
Keep all limbs free from in front of the aerator
while disconnecting to prevent any bodily
harm.
5.
With the pivoting ball swivel disconnected
remove the center connecting turn buckle from
the lift arm.
Seeder/Fertilizer Spreader –
The ABI Force can come with an optional
Seeder/Fertilizer Spreader. The spreader has
controls from 0-9 for spread flow, and an adjustable
spread pattern from 4’-25’, along with side specific
control, and a deflector shield for edging. The
spreader works independent of the ABI Force and
the range is hydraulically controlled, allowing the
operator to control the spread range as needed.
Using the flow rate knob on the front of the
spreader hopper the operator can adjust the flow
rate from 0 to 9 with clearly defined markings for
easy adjustment. The spreader additionally has two
control handles positioned on the control panel for
ease of access while using the spreader. The left
handle, hopper control cable; controls the hopper
door located at the base of the hopper, and the right
handle, the diffuser control cable; controls the side
adjustment of the spread. A control knob located on
the control panel allows for quick adjustment of the
range while spreading.
For further instructions on using the ABI Force
Seeder/Fertilizer Spreader contact ABI Customer
Support department. For information on contacting
ABI’s Customer Service department go to the
“Contact Us” section of this manual on page 2.
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Activating the Seeder/Fertilizer Spreader:
Adjusting the Seeder/Fertilizer Spreader –
1.
Flow Rate Knob:
Raise the deflector guard located on the left side
of the hopper. Lift if fully to ensure it will not
interfere with the spreading process. Use Figure
8.1 for reference.
Spreader Hopper – Figure 8.1
2.
Mount the ABI Force and start the unit.
3.
Drive to the area that seed/fertilizer is needed.
4.
Turn the control knob one full turn on the
control console to activate the impeller below
the hopper. The impeller should always be
active prior to opening the hopper door, to
prevent excess spillage of seed/fertilizer. Use
Figure 8.2 for reference.
Under the front of the spreader hopper locate the
white dial. This dial is numbered from 0-9. Turn this
dial to the approximate amount desired for
spreading the seed/fertilizer at. The numbering is
used for reference only. Adjustments may need to
be made to the flow rate depending on the particle
size, rate of speed, weather conditions,
volume/density of the seed or fertilizer pellets used.
For concerns about over seeding or over fertilizing
adjust the flow rate a half or a full number lower to
minimize over flow.
Once the desired flow rate is set pull the hopper
control cable, left hand knob on the control panel; to
open the hopper door. The door will only open as far
as the setting on the flow rate knob. See Figure 8.4
for reference.
Flow Rate Knob – Figure 8.4
Adjusting Discharge Side:
5.
Control Knob – Figure 8.2
Once the impeller is turning, open the hopper
door using the hopper control cable. Use Figure
8.3 for reference. The hopper door will only
open as far as the flow rate knob is set for.
The ABI Force seeder/fertilizer is able to be adjusted
to spread more heavily, as needed; to the left or
right side of the hopper. This adjustment is made
using the diffuser control cable, the right side knob
on the control panel. The diffuser handle can be
locked in place by turning it clockwise after each
adjustment. Turn counter clockwise to loosen. Use
Figure 8.5 for reference. This adjustment can be
made prior to filling the hopper, or during use as the
operator needs. For adjustments see below:
Hopper Control Knob – Figure 8.3
See the following sections for information on
adjusting the seeder/fertilizer spreader for use.
Diffuser Knob – Figure 8.5
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Setup with Hopper empty:
1.
With the ABI Force shut off, and the parking
brake engaged, remove the right side steel
grating from the hopper and set it off to the
side.
2.
Standing on the right side of the ABI Force
between the hopper and the control panel, pull
the hopper control cable knob to open the
hopper door.
3.
With the hopper door open, pull the diffuser
cable knob until the diffuser sits in the middle of
the hopper door. This will set the diffuser up to
spread more evenly side to side.
4.
With the diffuser set, turn the diffuser cable
knob clock-wise until it is locked. This will keep
the knob from moving due to vibration during
use.
5.
The spreader is now ready to be used.
To adjust for left side spreading:
1.
Follow steps 1 and 2 for initial setup.
2.
Push the diffuser control knob down until the
diffuser is at the top most part of the hopper
door.
3.
With the diffuser set, turn the diffuser cable
know clock-wise until it is locked. The diffuser is
now set up to spread more to the left side of the
hopper.
To adjust for right side spreading:
1.
Follow steps 1 and 2 for initial setup.
2.
Pull the diffuser control knob up until the
diffuser is at the bottom most part of the
hopper door.
3.
With the diffuser set, turn the diffuser cable
know clock-wise until it is locked. The diffuser is
now set up to spread more to the right side of
the hopper.
**Note to Operator: The diffuser will need to be
adjusted after every adjustment to the range knob.
Deflector Shield use:
The deflector shield is used to prevent seed/fertilizer
from spreading into flower beds, on sidewalks, or to
allow for a clean edge spreading when needed. See
Figure 8.6 for reference.
Deflector Shield – Figure 8.6
To use the deflector shield the operator will only
need to flip the deflector shield down, found on the
left side of the hopper frame; fully to prevent seed
from spreading to the left of the ABI Force. To help
seed from building up on the inside of the deflector
shield, and on the body of the ABI Force; set the
diffuser to spread more to the right side of the
hopper. For information on setting the diffuser see
section “Adjusting Discharge Side”.
Adjusting the Spreader Range:
The range of the spread can only be adjusted while
the spreader is in use. This allows you to see how far
the seed/fertilizer is being cast, and to allow for
more accurate adjustments to be made to the
spreading range. Turn the control knob located on
the control panel clock-wise to increase the distance
the spreader will spread the seed/fertilizer. Turn the
control knob counter-clockwise to decrease the
distance of the spread. Use Figure 8.7 for reference.
Adjusting while hopper is full:
1.
With the spreader in use, pull the diffuser
control knob up or down to allow the seed to
spread more heavily to the desired side.
2.
Once the desired spread pattern is found, turn
the diffuser control know clock-wise until tight
to keep it from moving during operation.
Control Knob – Figure 8.7
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Cultipacker –
The ABI Force can use the optional cultipacker to
add an additional tool for completing seeding and
fertilizing a project. This 272 lbs. attachment is able
to help push seed into freshly prepped soil to allow
for better germination of seed. To use the
cultipacker any rear-mounted attachments will need
to the removed and the ball hitch adapter bracket
will need to be fitted to the back of the ABI Force.
**Note to Operator: ABI does not recommend
transporting the cultipacker on the packer
wheels. Use the attached transport wheels
when transporting the cultipacker to and from
a job site.
ABI also does not recommend backing up with
the cultipacker attached to the back of the ABI
Force. Backing up with the cultipacker attached
to the ABI Force may result in damage to the
cultipacker, property, the ABI Force, or may
result in severe bodily damage.
For information on use of the ABI cultipacker, or
any other ABI Force attachments, contact the
ABI Customer Service Department. For
information on contacting ABI Customer Service
Department go to the “Contact” section of this
manual on page 2.
Attaching the Cultipacker Transport/Use:
1.
2.
3.
4.
Move the cultipacker to an area where the ABI
Force can back up to it.
Back the ABI Force up to the tongue of the
cultipacker. Shut off the ABI Force, engage the
parking brake and dismount the unit.
Attach the cultipacker to the ABI Force by
placing the ball hitch adapter bracket between
the ears of the tongue of the cultipacker. Secure
using a 5/8” hitch pin and lynch pin. For
transporting the cultipacker attach the
cultipacker so the transport wheels are on the
ground. To attach and use the cultipacker flip
the tongue so the transport wheels are
positioned over the top of the steel packer
wheel shaft.
The cultipacker is now ready for transport/use.
Disconnecting the Cultipacker:
1.
2.
3.
4.
To disconnect the ABI Cultipacker, transport the
cultipacker to the desired storage area.
Disconnect the cultipacker from the ABI Force
by removing the securing hitch pin.
If the cultipacker was transports off the
transport wheels, flip the tongue of the
cultipacker over allowing the transport wheels
to touch the ground.
Move the cultipacker to the desired storage
location.
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Maintenance –
Maintaining the ABI Force is critical in ensuring the longevity of the ABI Force, and to always get the maximum
performance out of the unit. The following section will cover all the basic maintenance that will need to be
performed on the ABI Force. For additional information on maintaining the ABI Force contact ABI’s Customer
Support department. For information on contacting ABI’s Customer Service department go to the “Contact Us”
section of this manual on page 2.
Maintenance Safety Rules:

Never perform maintenance on the ABI Forcer when children are present.

Never perform service or maintenance on the engine of the ABI Force while it is hot.

Never allow anyone near the operations controls while performing service or maintenance on the ABI
Force.

Always remove any accumulated debris, fuel, excess grease, or excess oil from within the chassis of the
ABI Force to prevent a fire hazard.

Never use the engine area of the ABI Force for storage of flammable substances or harmful chemicals.

Never allow an open flame source inside the ABI Force chassis while performing service or maintenance
on the ABI Force.

Never perform service or maintenance on the ABI Force while the unit is started.

Never perform service or maintenance on the ABI Force while the parking brake is disengaged.

Always dispose of hazardous substances according to local and federal guidelines.
Daily maintenance:
Before Operation:

Check hardware and fasteners and ensure they are properly fastened. If any hardware or fasteners are
found to be damaged, replace them prior to operating the ABI Force.

Check all engine and hydraulic fluid levels.

Check all tires and ensure they are aired up to the proper Manufacturers suggest PSI.

Check wear parts on attachments and ensure that they do not need replaced. If any of the wear parts are
found to be damaged or badly worn replace them before operating the ABI Force. Wear Parts are
considered: U-shaped Pins, Scarifier Tips, Multi-function rake sections, Aerator tines, Finish Broom
bristles, and more. Contact ABI Customer Service for information on wear parts.

Spray all springs and exposed cables with a Silicone spray grease.
After Operation:



Remove any build up or debris from under/around the chassis of the ABI Force.
(With use of Optional Attachment)After using seeder/fertilizer spreader: spray any excess seed or
fertilizer that may be on the chassis off with a water hose.
(With use of Optional Attachment) Clean out seeder/fertilizer spreader hopper making sure to remove
any build up around the hopper door.
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General Maintenance:
Accessing the Engine Compartment:
To access the engine compartment of the ABI Force the knee pad will need to be removed from the unit. To
remove the knee pad lift the knee pad from the bottom to remove the knee pad from the securing Velcro on the
back of the knee pad plate. Lift the panel up and out to remove the securing tabs at the top of the knee pad panel
from there slots. See figure 9.1 for reference.
Knee Pad / Knee Pad Removed – Figure 9.1
Engine Maintenance:
**ALWAYS REFER TO BRIGGS AND STRATON OPERATOR MANUAL FOR INFORMATION ON SCHEDULED
MAINTENANCE AND SERVICE ON THE BRIGGS AND STRATTON ENGINE.
*Always use OEM replacement parts for the Briggs and Stratton engine. Non-OEM parts may not perform as well,
may cause damage to the engine, and may result in injury!
Oil Recommendations: Briggs and Stratton recommends the use of certified oils for the best performance. Other
high-quality detergent oils are acceptable if classified for service SF,SG,SH,SJ or higher. Do not use special
additives.
If the oil level is below the ADD mark, add oil until it reaches the FULL mark. Start the engine and check for proper
pressure before continuing to operate the ABI Force.
The ABI Force is filled with 10W-30 oil at the factory, using other grades of oil will require draining of all fluids
before replacing or topping off with new oil.
Briggs and Stratton fuel recommendations: Fuel must meet these requirements:

Clean, fresh, unleaded gasoline

A minimum of 87 octane/87 AKI (91 RON)

Gasoline with up to 10% ethanol (gasohol) or up to 15% MTBE (methyl tertiary butyl ether) is acceptable
Check the Briggs and Stratton operators manual for additional information on recommended service times, parts,
specifications, and operation instructions. For information on obtaining a Briggs and Stratton operators manual for
the ABI Force contact ABI’s Customer Service department. You can also go the Briggs and Stratton web site to
obtain an operators manual also.
Draining the Oil from the ABI Force:
To following steps will provide the operator with information on changing the oil on the ABI Force.
1.
Remove the knee pad from the operator area of the ABI Force to allow the operator access to the engine
compartment of the ABI Force.
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2.
With the knee pad removed, locate the oil drain line inside the engine compartment. The oil drain line will be
black or red and will have a brass fitting with a metal plug on the end of the hose. See Figure 9.2 for reference.
3.
Next, slide the end of the oil drain line through the hole of the deflector plate. See Figure 9.3 for reference.
Oil Drain Line - Figure 9.2
Figure 9.3
4.
With the drain hose placed through the hole in the deflector plate, remove the cap and drain the oil into an
approved container only. Once all the oil is drained from the engine, secure the cap back to the end of the
hose and push the hose back through the deflector plate hose.
Refer to the Briggs and Stratton Operator Manual for information on the type of oil to use for changing the oil in
the engine, procedure for changing oil and filter, and for information on proper oil pressure before starting the ABI
Force.
*DISPOSE OF USED OIL BASED ON FEDERAL OR LOCAL GUIDELINES
Hydraulic System Maintenance:
THE ABI FORCE MUST HAVE 5W-40 SYNTHETIC MOTOR OIT OR EQUIVALENT MOTOR OIL USED TO
REPLACE/REPLENSH THE HYDRAULIC OIL ON THE ABI FORCE ONLY!! USING ANY OTHER OIL/FLUID MAY CAUSE
DAMAGE TO THE HYDRAULIC SYSTEM.
Hydro-Gear recommends that the fluid and filter(s) be changed every 500 hours. Use any type of motor oil in a
5W-40 Synthetic or equivalent only.
The Hydro-Gear hydraulic system requires a 25 micron oil filter or equivalent to be used for the hydraulic system
only.
Check for hydraulic leaks daily to ensure proper oil levels.
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Traction Unit Maintenance:
The ABI Force has 9 grease fittings that will require periodic greasing. The locations of the grease fittings are:
 Front Wheel Assembly (each side)
 Hydraulic lift rams ( 2 on each lift
 Front Wheel Caster Assembly (each
ram)
side)
 Drive Belt Idler Arm
These fittings will need to be greased with at least 2-3 pumps of grease during any scheduled maintenance using a
grease gun. ABI recommends using high temp grease to help prevent excess wear or damage to moving parts.
Additionally, inspect wheel and caster assembly every 25 hours for bearing wear, damage, debris building, and
proper installation.
Inspect the idler arm bushing every 50 hours for wear. These bushings are wear items and will have to be replaced
periodically.
Aerator Maintenance (optional attachment):
Periodically check the Aerator to make sure that none of the tines are damaged. Make sure to check for any bends
or cracks. If any tines are found to be damaged remove and replace them prior to using the Aerator.
Check to make sure that all nuts on the tines head assembly are tight and secure.
Check to ensure that the pillow block bearing assembly is secured and bearings are moving freely. If bearings are
not moving freely grease them and test again. If bearings are found to be damaged, replace them prior to using the
Aerator.
There are 4 pillow block bearings on the Aerator. These will need to be grease once a month with 2-3 pumps of
grease.
Seed/Fertilizer Spreader Maintenance (optional attachment):
Lubricate the hopper and diffuser cables on a daily basis using Silicone spray grease.
Clean debris and product from hopper and around the base of the hopper daily to prevent buildup of material.
Check Hydraulic hose fittings and hoses to for leaks or loose fittings. Tighten fittings if loose, and replace if damage
to the hoses is found.
Cultipacker Maintenance (Optional attachment):
Clean the cultipacker steel packer off after every use to help prevent excess build up.
There are 2 pillow block bearings located at the ends of the steel packer shaft. These should be greased after every
4-5 hours of use, or more frequently when using the cultipacker in high dust environments.
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Charging Issues:
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After reading the ABI Force Manual if there are additional questions regarding the use, maintenance, setup,
operation, or to purchase additional attachments or parts for the ABI Force, or any of the many attachments;
please contact ABI’s Customer Service Department. For information on contacting the ABI Customer Service
Department turn to page 2.
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