Safe Operation Practices • Set-Up • Operation • Maintenance • Service • Troubleshooting • Warranty
OPERATOR’S MANUAL
Mini-Rider with 24-inch Cutting Deck
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.
MASPORT, 1/40 ABBOTS RD, DANDENONG SOUTH, MELBOURNE, VICTORIA 3175
Form No. 769-10665
554789.A.0
(July 11, 2016)
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To The Owner
Thank you for purchasing a Masport Mini-Rider. It was carefully
engineered to provide excellent performance when properly
operated and maintained.
If applicable, the power testing information used to establish
the power rating of the engine equipped on this machine can be
found at www.opei.org or the engine manufacturer’s web site.
Please read this entire manual prior to operating the equipment.
It instructs you how to safely and easily set up, operate and
maintain your machine. Please be sure that you, and any other
persons who will operate the machine, carefully follow the
recommended safety practices at all times. Failure to do so could
result in personal injury or property damage.
If you have any problems or questions concerning the machine,
phone a authorized Masport service dealer or contact us directly.
Masport's Customer Support telephone numbers, website
address and mailing address can be found on this page. We want
to ensure your complete satisfaction at all times.
All information in this manual is relative to the most recent
product information available at the time of printing. Review
this manual frequently to familiarize yourself with the machine,
its features and operation. Please be aware that this Operator’s
Manual may cover a range of product specifications for various
models. Characteristics and features discussed and/or illustrated
in this manual may not be applicable to all models. We reserve
the right to change product specifications, designs and
equipment without notice and without incurring obligation.
Throughout this manual, all references to right and left side of the
machine are observed from the operating position
The engine manufacturer is responsible for all engine-related
issues with regards to performance, power-rating, specifications,
warranty and service. Please refer to the engine manufacturer’s
Owner’s/Operator’s Manual, packed separately with your
machine, for more information.
Table of Contents
Safe Operation Practices......................................... 3 Service..................................................................... 23
Assembly & Set-Up..................................................10 Troubleshooting..................................................... 27
Controls & Features.................................................13 Replacement Parts................................................. 28
Operation.................................................................16 Attachments & Accessories................................... 29
Maintenance & Adjustment..................................19 Warranty...................................................Back Cover
Record Product Information
Before setting up and operating your new equipment, please
locate the model plate on the equipment and record the
information in the provided area to the right. You can locate the
model plate by looking beneath the seat. This information will
be necessary, should you seek technical support via our web site,
Customer Support Department, or with a local authorized service
dealer.
Model Number
Serial Number
Customer Support
Please do NOT return the machine to the retailer or dealer without first contacting the Customer Support Department.
If you have difficulty assembling this product or have any questions regarding the controls, operation, or maintenance of
this machine, you can seek help from the experts. Choose from the options below:
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Call a Customer Support Representative on 0800 627 767 (New Zealand) or 1300 366 225
(Australia)
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Safe Operation Practices • Set-Up • Operation • Maintenance • Service • Troubleshooting • Warranty
OPERATOR’S MANUAL
Mini-Rider with 24-inch Cutting Deck
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.
MASPORT, 1/40 ABBOTS RD, DANDENONG SOUTH, MELBOURNE, VICTORIA 3175
554789.A.0
(July 11, 2016)
Form No. 769-10665
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!
CALIFORNIA PROPOSITION 65
WARNING! Engine Exhaust, some of its constituents, and certain vehicle components
contain or emit chemicals known to State of California to cause cancer and birth defects
or other reproductive harm.
WARNING! Battery posts, terminals, and related accessories contain lead and lead
compounds, chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer and reproductive
harm. Wash hands after handling
DANGER! This machine was built to be operated according to the safe operation practices in
this manual. As with any type of power equipment, carelessness or error on the part of the
operator can result in serious injury. This machine is capable of amputating hands and feet
and throwing objects. Failure to observe the following safety instructions could result in
serious injury or death.
General Operation
1.
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.
2.
Be familiar with all controls and their proper operation.
Know how to stop the machine and disengage them
quickly.
3.
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.
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.
7.
Plan your mowing pattern to avoid discharge of material
toward roads, sidewalks, bystanders and the like. Also,
avoid discharging material against a wall or obstruction
which may cause discharged material to ricochet back
toward the operator.
8.
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.
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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. Disengage blade(s) before shifting into reverse. Back up
slowly. Always look down and behind before and while
backing to avoid a back-over accident.
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.
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.
Slope Operation
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 12 degrees as
shown on the slope gauge, do not operate this machine on that
area or serious injury could result.
Do:
1.
Mow up and down slopes, not across. Exercise extreme
caution when changing direction on slopes.
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 setting so
that you will not have to stop or shift while on the slope.
Tires may lose traction on slopes even though the brakes
are functioning properly. Always keep machine in gear
when going down slopes to take advantage of engine
braking action.
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.
7.
Avoid starting or stopping on a slope. If tires lose traction,
disengage the blade(s) and proceed slowly straight down
the slope.
23. Muffler and engine become hot and can cause a burn. Do
not touch.
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.
25. Disengage all attachment clutches, depress the brake
pedal completely and shift into neutral before attempting
to start engine.
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.
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.
29.
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If situations occur which are not covered in this manual, use
care and good judgment. Contact your customer service
representative for assistance.
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Do Not:
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 shift to neutral and coast downhill. Over-speeding
may cause the operator to lose control of the machine
resulting in serious injury or death.
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).
Children
Service
1.
Safe Handling of Gasoline:
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.
Before and while backing, 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.
2.
1.
To avoid back-over accidents, always disengage
the cutting blade(s) before shifting into Reverse.
If equipped, the “Reverse Caution Mode” should
not be used when children or others are around.
g.
Keep children away from hot or running engines.
They can suffer burns from a hot muffler.
h.
Remove key when machine is unattended to prevent unauthorized operation.
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.
Towing
1.
Tow only with a machine that has a hitch designed for
towing. Do not attach towed equipment except at the
hitch point.
k.
2.
Follow the manufacturers recommendation for weight
limits for towed equipment and towing on slopes.
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.
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.
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.
5.
Always use extra caution when towing with a machine
capable of making tight turns (e.g. “zero-turn” ride-on
mower). Make wide turns to avoid jack-knifing.
General Service
6.
Travel slowly and allow extra distance to stop.
1.
7.
Do not shift to neutral and coast downhill.
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.
m. Allow a machine to cool at least five minutes before
storing.
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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 MTD
Service Dealer.
Do not modify engine
4.
Check brake operation frequently as it is subjected to wear
during normal operation. Adjust and service as required.
Notice Regarding Emissions
5.
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!”
3.
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!”
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.
Engines which are certified to comply with California and federal
EPA emission regulations for SORE (Small Off Road Equipment)
are certified to operate on regular unleaded gasoline, and
may include the following emission control systems: Engine
Modification (EM), Oxidizing Catalyst (OC), Secondary Air
Injection (SAI) and Three Way Catalyst (TWC) if so equipped.
When required, models are equipped with low permeation fuel
lines and fuel tanks for evaporative emission control. California
models may also include a carbon canister. Please contact
Customer Support for information regarding the evaporative
emission control configuration for your model.
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
arrestor 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. In the State of California the
above is required by law (Section 4442 of the California Public
Resources Code). Other states may have similar laws. Federal laws
apply on federal lands.
A spark arrestor for the muffler is available through your
nearest engine authorized service dealer or contact the service
department, P.O. Box 361131 Cleveland, Ohio 44136-0019.
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.
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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Safety Symbols
This page depicts and describes safety symbols that may appear on this product. Read, understand, and follow all instructions on the
machine before attempting to assemble and operate.
Symbol
Description
READ THE OPERATOR’S MANUAL(S)
Read, understand, and follow all instructions in the manual(s) before attempting to
assemble and operate
DANGER— ROTATING BLADES
Never carry passengers. Never carry children, even with the blades off.
DANGER— ROTATING BLADES
To avoid a back-over accident, keep children away from the machine while it is in
operation. Mowing in reverse is not recommended.
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. Be sure blades and engine are stopped
before placing hands or feet near blades.
DANGER— ROTATING BLADES
Always look down and behind before and while backing to avoid a back-over
accident.
DANGER— BYSTANDERS
Keep bystanders, helpers, children and pets at least 75 feet from the machine while it
is in operation.
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.
WARNING— SLOPE OPERATION
Go up and down slopes, not across.
WARNING— SLOPE OPERATION
Use extra caution on slopes. Do not mow slopes greater than 12°. If machine stops
going uphill, stop blades back down slowly.
DANGER— SLOPE OPERATION
Do not operate this machine where it could tip or slip. Avoid sudden turns. Use low
speed.
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Symbol
Description
DANGER— GUARDS, SHEILDS, SWITCHES, ETC.
Keep safety devices (Guards, Sheilds, Switches, Etc.) in place and working.
WARNING— MACHINE IS HOT
Allow the engine to cool at least two minutes before refueling or storing.
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WARNING— THIS EQUIPMENT MAY CREATE SPARKS
Operation of this equipment may create sparks that can start fires around dry
vegetation. Do not drive through piles of dry leaves or tall dry grass (Max. 10”). Keep
the machine free of debris.
WARNING— HOT SURFACE
Engine parts, especially the muffler, become extremely hot during operation. Allow
engine and muffler to cool before touching.
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.
WARNING— THIS EQUIPMENT MAY CREATE SPARKS
Operation Of This Equipment May Create Sparks That Can Start Fires Around Dry
Vegetation. A Spark Arrestor May Be Required. The Operator Should Contact Local
Fire Agencies For Laws Or Regulations Relating To Fire Prevention Requirements.
WARNING— CARBON MONOXIDE
Never run an engine indoors or in a poorly ventilated area. Engine exhaust contains
carbon monoxide, an odorless and deadly gas.
DANGER— ROTATING BLADES
Do not step on the cutting deck.
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Figure 1
Slope Gauge
12° Slope
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USE THIS SLOPE GAUGE TO DETERMINE
IF A SLOPE IS TOO STEEP FOR SAFE OPERATION!
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).
(TOO STEEP)
Figure 2
12° 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 12 degrees. All slopes require extra caution. If you cannot back up the slope
or if you feel uneasy on it, do not mow it. Always mow up and down slopes, never across the face of slopes.
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Assembly & Set-Up
Contents of Crate
•
One Riding Mower
•
One Engine Operator’s Manual
•
One Product Registration Card
•
One Steering Wheel/Shaft Assembly
•
One Seat Assembly
•
One Mulch Plug Assembly
•
One Operator’s Manual
•
One Steering Pedestal Cap
•
Hitch Plate
•
One 12v Battery Charger
•
One Hardware Pack
•
Oil Siphon Kit
Installing The Steering Wheel Assembly
4.
If the steering wheel assembly for your tractor did not come
already installed, follow the steps below:
1.
Lower the steering wheel assembly onto the lower steering
shaft and secure with the shoulder bolt and lock nut
previously removed. See Figure 3-2.
Slide the pedestal cap onto the steering shaft so that when
the steering shaft is installed on the tractor, the pedestal
cap will be upright as shown in Figure 3-1.
1
2
2
Figure 3-2
Figure 3-1
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2.
Remove the shoulder bolt and lock nut from the steering
shaft and retain for later steps.
3.
With the steering wheel assembly upright and positioned
over the lower steering shaft on the tractor, align the
steering wheel so that with the tractor wheels straight, the
large opening on the steering wheel is facing forward.
5.
Tighten the shoulder bolt and lock nut using a 9/16”
wrench and 7/16”wrench or socket.
6.
Remove the pedestal cap mount pan head screw factory
installed and located on the tractor’s steering console.
Retain the screw for later instructions.
7.
Slide the Pedestal cap down onto the tractor (1) and slighty
rotate to the right to clip into place. Secure the pedestal
with the pan head screw (2) previously removed. See Figure
3-3.
2.
Position the seat assembly in place over the holes, as
shown in Figure 3-5.
Adjustment Bolt
2
1
Figure 3-5
Figure 3-3
3.
Attaching The Seat
CAUTION: Do not use any type of power tool (e.g.
impact gun or electric drill with nut driver attached)
when tightening the self-tapping bolts to attach the
seat bracket.
If the seat for your tractor was not attached at the factory, follow
the applicable instructions below to attach it.
1.
Using a 1/4-inch drive ratchet with a 3/8” socket, remove the
two self-tapping bolts factory installed on the tractor. See
Figure 3-4.
Secure the seat assembly with the self-tapping bolts
previously removed.
4.
To adjust the position of the seat, remove the adjustment
bolt on the bottom of the seat. Slide the seat forward or
backward as desired. Reinstall the adjustment bolt. Refer to
Figure 3-5.
Installing the Hitch Plate
1.
Remove the factory installed hitch plate mounting
hardware located on the rear of the tractor.
2.
Position the hitch plate, packed with the loose parts, with
the flat side up as shown in Figure 3-6. Secure using the
two bolts and hex nuts previously removed.
Figure 3-4
Figure 3-6
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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.
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. (–).
1.
Attach the battery leads to the battery by simply plugging
the red lead into the positive terminal on the battery first.
2.
Plug the black lead onto the Negative terminal on the
battery. See Figure 3-7.
Tire Pressure
WARNING! Equal tire pressure should be
maintained at all times. Never exceed the maximum
inflation pressure shown on the sidewall of the tire.
The recommended operating tire pressure is:
•
Approximately 10 psi for the rear tires
•
Approximately 14 psi for the front tires
IMPORTANT: 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.
Gas and Oil Fill-up
The gasoline tank is located on the engine. Do not overfill.
IMPORTANT: It is important to NOT top off your fuel tank when
filling with fuel. Leave an expansion area available inside the fuel
tank to allow for the fuel to expand and for proper ventilation.
Otherwise the unit may not run properly.
WARNING! Use extreme care when handling
gasoline. Gasoline is extremely flammable and the
vapors are explosive. Never fuel machine indoors or
while the engine is hot or running. Extinguish
cigarettes, cigars, pipes, and other sources of ignition.
IMPORTANT: Your tractor is shipped with motor oil in
the engine. However, you MUST check the oil level before
operating. Be careful not to overfill.
Service and check the engine oil as instructed in the separate
Engine Owner’s Manual packed with your tractor. Read the
instructions carefully.
Figure 3-7
NOTE: If the battery is put into service over one (1) year
after the date shown on top/side of battery, charge
the battery as instructed in the Service section of this
operator’s manual prior to operating the tractor.
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Section 3— Assembly & Set-Up
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Controls & Features
Clutch/Brake Pedal
Speed Control &
Parking Brake Lever
Ignition Switch
Shift Lever
Deck Lift Lever
Cup Holder
Oil Fill Cap
Fuel Fill Cap
PTO (Blade Engage) Lever
Figure 4-1
Lawn Tractor controls and features are illustrated in Figure 4-1 and described on the following pages.
WARNING! Read and follow all safety rules and instructions in this manual, including the entire Operation section, before
attempting to operate this machine. Failure to comply with all safety rules and instructions may result in personal injury.
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Ignition Switch
The ignition switch is located below the operator’s seat on the
lefthand side of the tractor as seen from the operator’s position.
Activate the Ignition Switch to start the engine by inserting the
key into the ignition switch and turn clockwise to the START
position. Release the key into the ON position once engine has
fired. See Figure 4-2.
WARNING! Never leave a running machine
unattended. Always disengage PTO, move shift lever
into neutral position, set parking brake, stop engine
and remove key to prevent unintended starting.
On
Start
Off
Figure 4-3
Speed Control Lever
The speed control lever, located on the right side of the tractor’s
steering console, allows you to regulate the ground speed of the
lawn tractor.
To use, depress the clutch-brake pedal and move the lever out
of the parking brake notch and forward to increase the tractor’s
ground speed. When a desired speed has been reached, release
the lever into an appropriate notch to maintain that speed.
To slow the tractor’s ground speed, depress the clutch-brake
pedal and move the speed control lever rearward and release it
into a notch.
Figure 4-2
Clutch-Brake Pedal
The clutch-brake pedal is located on the left side of the lawn
tractor. Depress the clutch-brake pedal part way down when
slowing the tractor by changing speeds (Refer to Speed Control
Lever). Depress the pedal all the way down to engage the disc
brake and bring the tractor to a complete stop.
NOTE: The clutch-brake pedal must be completely depressed
to start the engine. Refer to Safety Interlock Switches in the
Operation section of this manual.
Shift Lever
The shift lever is located on the control panel just below the seat,
in the center of the tractor. It has three positions, FORWARD,
NEUTRAL and REVERSE. The brake pedal must be completely
depressed and the tractor must not be in motion when moving
the shift lever. See Figure 4-3.
IMPORTANT: Never force the shift lever. Doing so may result in
serious damage to the tractor’s transmission.
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Section 4— Controls & Features
Parking Brake
To set the parking brake, fully depress the clutch-brake pedal.
Move the speed control lever all the way down and into the
parking brake position. Release the clutch-brake pedal to allow
the parking brake to engage.
To release the parking brake, depress the clutch-brake pedal and
move the speed control lever out of the parking brake position
into the desired position. Release the clutch-brake pedal.
NOTE: The parking brake must be set if the operator leaves the
seat with the engine running or the engine will automatically
shut off.
Deck Lift Lever
Found on your tractor’s right fender, the deck lift lever is used to
change the height of the cutting deck. To use, move the lever to
the left, then place in the notch best suited for your application.
PTO (Blade Engage) Lever
Found on the tractor’s right fender, the PTO (blade engage)
lever is used to engage power to the cutting deck. To operate,
move the lever all the way forward. Moving the lever all the way
rearward into the PTO OFF position disengages power to the
cutting deck.
NOTE: The PTO (blade engage) lever must be in the disengaged
(PTO OFF) position when starting the engine.
Fuel Fill Cap
The Fuel Fill Cap is located on the top, rear portion of the engine.
Refer to the Set-up section in this manual for instructions on
fueling this tractor. Refer to Figure 4-1
Oil Fill Cap
The Oil Fill Cap is located below the seat. Refer to the Set-up
section in this manual for instructions on checking and adding oil
to this tractor. Refer to Figure 4-1
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5
Operation
Engaging the Parking Brake
To engage the parking brake:
TO AVOID SERIOUS INJURY OR DEATH
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KNOW LOCATION AND FUNCTION OF ALL CONTROLS.
REMOVE OBJECTS WHICH COULD BE THROWN BY THE
BLADES.
GO UP AND DOWN SLOPES, NOT ACROSS.
USE EXTRA CAUTION ON SLOPES. DO NOT MOW SLOPES
GREATER THAN 12°.
AVOID SUDDEN TURNS. USE LOW SPEED.
DO NOT OPERATE MACHINE WHERE IT COULD TIP OR SLIP.
IF MACHINE STOPS GOING UPHILL, STOP BLADES AND BACK
DOWN SLOWLY.
BEFORE LEAVING OPERATOR’S POSITION, DISENGAGE
BLADES, ENGAGE PARKING BRAKE, SHUT OFF AND REMOVE
KEY.
BE SURE BLADES AND ENGINE ARE STOPPED BEFORE
PLACING HANDS OR FEET NEAR BLADES.
KEEP SAFETY DEVICES (GUARDS, SHIELDS, SWITCHES, ETC.)
IN PLACE AND WORKING.
KEEP BYSTANDERS AWAY.
ALLOW MACHINE TO COOL BEFORE FUELING OR STORING.
KEEP MACHINE FREE OF DEBRIS.
1.
Fully depress the brake pedal and hold it down with your
foot.
2.
Move the parking brake lever down into the parking brake
position.
3.
Release the brake pedal to allow the parking brake to
engage.
To release the parking brake:
1.
Setting the Cutting Height
1.
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 an authorized
Masport service dealer.
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The safety interlock system prevents the engine from
cranking or starting unless the parking brake is engaged,
and the PTO (Blade Engage) lever is in the disengaged (OFF)
position.
•
The engine will automatically shut off if the operator leaves
the seat before engaging the parking brake.
•
The engine will automatically shut off if the operator leaves
the tractor’s seat with the PTO (Blade Engage) lever in the
engaged (ON) position, regardless of whether the parking
brake is engaged.
•
The engine will automatically shut off if the PTO (Blade
Engage) lever is moved into the engaged (ON) position with
the shift lever in Reverse.
WARNING! Do not operate the tractor if the
interlock system is malfunctioning. This system was
designed for your safety and protection.
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Select the height position of the cutting deck by placing
the deck lift lever in any of the different cutting height
notches on the right side of the fender.
WARNING! Keep hands and feet away from the
discharge opening of the cutting deck.
Refer to Leveling the Deck in the Maintenance & Adjustments
section of this manual for more detailed instructions regarding
deck pitch adjustment.
Starting the Engine
WARNING! Do not operate the tractor if the
interlock system is malfunctioning. This system was
designed for your safety and protection.
READ THE OPERATOR’S MANUAL
Safety Interlock Switches
Depress the brake pedal and move the speed control lever
out of the parking brake position.
NOTE: Refer to the Assembly & Set-Up section of this manual for
gasoline and oil fill-up instructions.
1.
Insert the tractor key into the ignition switch.
2.
Place the PTO (Blade Engage) lever in the disengaged (OFF)
position.
3.
Engage the tractor’s parking brake.
4.
Turn the ignition key clockwise to the START position. After
the engine starts, release the key. It will return to the ON
position.
IMPORTANT: 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.
Stopping the Engine
WARNING! If you strike 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
restarting and operating.
If the blade is engaged, place the PTO (Blade Engage) lever
in the disengaged (OFF) position.
4.
Release clutch-brake pedal fully.
2.
Turn the ignition key counterclockwise to the STOP position.
5.
Depress clutch-brake pedal.
3.
Remove the key from the ignition switch to prevent
unintended starting.
6.
Place speed control lever in desired position.
7.
Place shift lever in either FORWARD or REVERSE, and follow
normal operating procedures.
1.
Driving The Tractor
WARNING! Avoid sudden starts, excessive speed
and sudden stops.
WARNING! Do not leave the seat of the tractor
without first placing the PTO (Blade Engage) lever in
the disengaged (OFF) position, depressing the brake
pedal and engaging the parking brake. If leaving
the tractor unattended, also turn the ignition key off
and remove the key.
Driving On Slopes
Refer to the SLOPE GAUGE in the Important Safe Operation
Practices section in the front of this manual to help determine
slopes where you may operate the tractor safely.
WARNING! Do not mow on inclines with a slope in
excess of 12 degrees (a rise of approximately 2 feet for
every 10 feet). The tractor could overturn and cause
serious injury.
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Mow up and down slopes, NEVER across.
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Exercise extreme caution when changing direction on
slopes.
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IMPORTANT: Do NOT use the shift lever to change the
direction of travel when the tractor is in motion. Always use
the brake pedal to bring the tractor to a complete stop before
shifting.
Watch for holes, ruts, bumps, rocks, or other hidden
objects. Uneven terrain could overturn the machine. Tall
grass can hide obstacles.
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2.
Avoid turns when driving on a slope. If a turn must be
made, turn down the slope. Turning up a slope greatly
increases the chance of a roll over.
•
Avoid stopping when driving up a slope. If it is necessary
to stop while driving up a slope, start up smoothly and
carefully to reduce the possibility of flipping the tractor
over backward.
WARNING! Always look down and behind before
and while backing up to avoid a back-over accident.
1.
Place the shift lever in either the FORWARD or REVERSE
position.
Release the parking brake by depressing the clutch-brake
pedal and positioning the speed control lever into the
desired position.
IMPORTANT: First-time operators should use speed positions 1
or 2. Become completely familiar with the tractor’s operation and
controls before operating the tractor in higher speed positions.
3.
Release clutch-brake pedal slowly to put unit into motion.
4.
The lawn tractor is brought to a stop by depressing the
clutch-brake pedal.
NOTE: When operating the unit initially, there will be little
difference between the highest two speeds until after the belts
have seated themselves into the pulleys during the break-in
period.
WARNING! Before leaving the operator’s position
for any reason, disengage the blade, place the shift
lever in neutral, engage the parking brake, shut
engine off and remove the key.
Engaging the Blade
Engaging the PTO (Blade Engage) transfers power to the cutting
deck. To engage the blade, proceed as follows:
1.
Grasp the PTO (Blade Engage) lever and pivot it all the way
forward into the engaged (ON) position.
IMPORTANT: The PTO (Blade Engage) lever must be in the
disengaged (OFF) position when starting the engine, when
traveling in reverse, and if the operator leaves the seat. Refer to
Safety Interlock Switches in the Operation section of this manual.
Using the Deck Lift Lever
IMPORTANT: When stopping the tractor for any reason while
on a grass surface, always:
To raise the cutting deck, move the deck lift lever to the left, then
place it in the notch best suited for your application. Refer to
Setting The Cutting Height earlier in this section.
1.
Place the shift lever into neutral.
Mowing
2.
Engage the parking brake,
3.
Shut the 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.
If unit stalls with speed control in high speed, or if unit will
not operate with speed control lever in a low speed position,
proceed as follows:
1.
Place shift lever in NEUTRAL.
2.
Restart engine.
3.
Place speed control lever in highest speed position.
WARNING! 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.
The following information will be helpful when using the cutting
deck with your tractor:
WARNING! Plan your mowing pattern to avoid
discharge of materials toward roads, sidewalks,
bystanders and the like. Also, avoid discharging
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material against a wall or obstruction which may cause
discharged material to ricochet back toward the operator.
•
Do not mow at high ground speed, especially if a mulch kit
or grass collector is installed.
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For best results it is recommended that the first two laps be
cut with the discharge thrown towards the center. After the
first two laps, reverse the direction to throw the discharge
to the outside for the balance of cutting. This will give a
better appearance to the lawn.
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Do not cut the grass too short. Short grass invites weed
growth and yellows quickly in dry weather.
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Mowing should always be done with the engine at full
throttle.
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Under heavier conditions it may be necessary to go back
over the cut area a second time to get a clean cut.
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Do NOT attempt to mow heavy brush and weeds and
extremely tall grass. Your tractor is designed to mow lawns,
NOT clear brush.
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Keep the blade sharp and replace the blade when worn.
Refer to Cutting Blade in the Service section of this manual
for proper blade sharpening instructions.
Figure 5-1
2.
WARNING: NEVER ATTEMPT TO OPERATE THE
MOWER WITHOUT THE DISCHARGE CHUTE OR THE
MULCH PLUG PROPERLY IN PLACE.
Mulching
Mulching is a process of recirculating grass clippings repeatedly
beneath the cutting deck. The ultra-fine clippings are then
forced back into the lawn where they act as a natural fertilizer.
Observe the following points for the best results when mulching:
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Never attempt to mulch if the lawn is damp. Wet grass
tends to stick to the underside of the cutting deck
preventing proper mulching of the clippings.
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Do NOT attempt to mulch more than 1/3 the total height of
the grass or approximately 1-1/2 inches. Doing so will cause
the clippings to clump up beneath the deck and not be
mulched effectively.
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Maintain a slow ground speed to allow the grass clippings
more time to effectively be mulched.
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Always position the throttle control lever in the FAST
(rabbit) position and allow it to remain there while mowing.
Failing to keep the engine at full throttle places strain
on the tractor’s engine and does not allow the blades to
properly mulch grass.
Remove the discharge chute from the deck discharge
opening by lifting it off the deck.
Installing the Mulch Plug (If so equipped)
1.
Position the mulch plug into the deck discharge opening
on the deck and secure it in place by tightening the hex
screws. See Figure 5-2.
2
2
1
1
NOTE: It is necessary to remove the discharge chute and install
the mulch plug to operate the mower in the mulching mode.
WARNING! Never operate the mower without the
discharge chute or mulch plug properly in place.
Removing the Discharge Chute
1.
Unthread the hex screws that secure the discharge chute in
place. See Figure 5-1.
Figure 5-2
To operate the cutting deck without mulching, simply remove
the mulch plug and reinstall the deck chute. This will allow the
clippings to discharge out the side.
NOTE: For information regarding purchasing a mulch plug, or
other accessories for your model of tractor, see the Attachments
& Accessories section of this manual.
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Section 5— Operation
6
Maintenance & Adjustments
Maintenance
WARNING: Before performing any maintenance or
repairs, disengage PTO, move shift lever into neutral
position, set parking brake, stop engine and remove
key to prevent unintended starting.
Engine
Steering Rack & Pinion
Once per season, or every 25 hours of operation, it will be
necessary to lubricate the steering rack and pinion gear located
under the front of the unit. Using standard automotive grease,
apply grease to the front side and rear side of the steering rack,
as indicated in Figure 6-1.
Refer to the Engine Owner’s Manual for engine maintenance
instructions.
Check engine oil level before each use as instructed in the Engine
Owner’s Manual packed with your unit. Follow the instructions
carefully.
Note: An oil siphon is needed to drain the oil from the crankcase
See the Attachments & Accessories section for information on
purchasing an oil siphon kit (part no. 490-850-0008). Refer to
the Engine Owner’s Manual included with this unit for complete
engine maintenance instructions.
Air Cleaner
Service the air cleaner element as instructed in the Engine
Owner’s Manual packed with your unit.
Spark Plug
The spark plug should be cleaned and the gap reset once
a season. Spark plug replacement is recommended at the
start of each mowing season. Refer to the Engine Owner’s
Manual packed with your unit for correct plug type and gap
specifications.
Lubrication
WARNING: Before lubricating, repairing, or
inspecting, always disengage PTO, move shift lever
into neutral position, set parking brake, stop engine
and remove key to prevent unintended starting.
Engine
Lubricate the engine with motor oil as instructed in the Engine
Owner Manual packed with your unit.
Pivot Points & Linkage
Lubricate all the pivot points on the drive system, parking brake
and lift linkage at least once a season with light oil.
Rear Wheels
The rear wheels should be removed from the axles once a
season. Lubricate the axles and the rims well with an all-purpose
grease before re-installing them.
Figure 6-1
Cleaning the Engine And Deck
If the engine has been running, allow it to cool for at least half
an hour before cleaning. Periodically remove dirt build-up from
engine. Clean cooling fins every 25 hours. Clean with a brush or
compressed air.
IMPORTANT: Do not spray engine with water to clean because
water could contaminate fuel. Using a garden hose or pressure
washing equipment can also force water into the air cleaner or
muffler opening. Water in the air cleaner will soak the paper
element, and water that passes through the element or muffler
can enter the cylinder, causing damage.
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 or on any other part of the machine.
IMPORTANT: The use of a pressure washer to clean your
tractor is NOT recommended. It may cause damage to electrical
components, spindles, pulleys, bearings or the engine.
WARNING! Accumulation of debris around muffler
could cause a fire. Inspect and clean before every
use.
Front Axles
The front wheels should be removed from the axles once a
season. Lubricate the axles and the rims well with an all-purpose
grease before re-installing them.
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Muffler
Front To Rear
WARNING! Temperature of muffler and nearby
engine areas may exceed 150˚ F (65˚C). Avoid
contact with these areas.
Inspect muffler periodically, and replace if necessary.
Replacement parts for the muffler must be the same and
installed in the same position as the original parts.
Battery
It is possible to adjust the pitch of the cutting deck. The front of
the deck should be between 0” (level) and 1⁄4” lower than the
rear of the deck. Adjust if necessary as follows:
1.
With the tractor parked on a firm, level surface, place the
lever for lifting the platform in the middle position and
rotate the blade so that it is aligned with the front and rear
of the tractor.
2.
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 0” (level) and
1⁄4” less than the second measurement. Determine the
approximate distance necessary for proper adjustment and
proceed, if necessary, to the next step.
3.
Locate the flange lock nut on the front end of the PTO Lift
Rod. See Figure 6-2.
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Tighten the flange lock nut to raise the front of the deck;
•
Loosen the flange lock nut to lower the front of the deck.
The battery is sealed and is maintenance-free. Acid levels cannot
be checked.
•
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.
IMPORTANT: If removing the battery for any reason,
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 change the polarity and result in damage to your engine’s
alternating system.
Cleaning Battery
Clean the battery by removing it from the tractor and washing
with a baking soda and water solution. If necessary, scrape the
battery terminals with a wire brush to remove deposits. Coat
terminals and exposed wiring with grease or petroleum jelly to
prevent corrosion.
Adjustments
WARNING: Never attempt to make any
adjustments while the engine is running, except
where specified in the operator’s manual.
Seat Adjustment
Refer to the Set-Up and Assembly section of this manual for seat
adjustment instructions.
Figure 6-2
Tires
Parking Brake Adjustment
WARNING: Never attempt to adjust the brakes
while the engine is running. Always disengage PTO,
move shift lever into neutral position, stop engine
and remove key to prevent unintended starting.
If the tractor does not come to a complete stop when the brake
pedal is completely depressed, or if the tractor’s rear wheels
can roll with the parking brake applied, the brake is in need
of adjustment. See an authorized Service Dealer to have your
brakes properly adjusted.
Leveling the Deck
NOTE: Check the tractor’s tire pressure before performing any
deck leveling adjustments. Refer to Tires, later in this section of
this manual for more information regarding tire pressure.
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Section 6— Maintenance & Adjustments
WARNING! Never exceed the maximum inflation
pressure shown on the sidewall of the tire.
The recommended operating tire pressure is:
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Approximately 10 psi for the rear tires
Approximately 14 psi for the front tires
IMPORTANT: 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.
Off Season Storage
WARNING! Gasoline is a toxic substance. Dispose
of gasoline properly. Contact your local authorities
for approved disposal methods.
Before storing the machine for an extended period:
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Refer to the Maintenance Schedule later in this section
and perform all items in the Prior to Storing column.
Clean the exterior surfaces of the tractor.
Service the engine as instructed in the separate engine
manual.
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 an approved
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Remove the spark plug and pour one (1) ounce of engine
oil through the spark plug hole into the cylinder. Crank the
engine several times to distribute the oil. Replace the spark
plug.
Preparing the Lawn Tractor
1.
Clean and lubricate tractor thoroughly as described in the
lubrication instructions.
2.
Do not use a pressure washer or garden hose to clean your
unit.
3.
Store mower in a dry, clean area. Do not store next to
corrosive materials, such as fertilizer.
container outdoors, away from an open flame. Allow
engine to cool. Extinguish cigarettes, cigars, pipes,
and other sources of ignition prior to draining fuel.
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Store the tractor in a clean, dry place.
WARNING: Never store the machine or fuel
container indoors where there is an open flame,
spark or pilot light such as on water heater, furnace,
clothes dryer or other gas appliance.
WARNING! Never store lawn tractor with fuel in
tank indoors or in poorly ventilated areas where fuel
fumes may reach an open flame, spark, or pilot light
as on a furnace, water heater, clothes dryer, or gas
appliance.
Preparing the Engine
IMPORTANT: Fuel left in the fuel tank during warm weather
deteriorates and will cause serious starting problems.
To prevent gum deposits from forming inside the engine’s
carburetor and causing possible malfunction of the engine, the
fuel system must be either completely emptied, or the gasoline
must be treated with a stabilizer to prevent deterioration.
1.
To empty the fuel system:
•
Simply run the engine until it stops from lack of fuel.
2.
If using a fuel stabilizer:
•
Read the product manufacturer’s instructions and
recommendations.
•
Add to clean, fresh gasoline the correct amount of
stabilizer for the capacity of the fuel system.
•
Fill the fuel tank with treated fuel and run the
engine for 2-3 minutes to get stabilized fuel into the
carburetor.
WARNING! Gasoline is extremely flammable and
can be explosive under certain conditions. Drain
gasoline before storing the equipment for extended
periods. Drain fuel only into an approved container
outdoors, away from an open flame. Allow engine to
cool. Extinguish cigarettes, cigars, pipes, and other
sources of ignition prior to draining fuel. Store
gasoline in an approved container in safe location.
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Maintenance Schedule
Check Engine Oil Level
Check Air Filter for Dirty, Loose or Damaged Parts
Before
Each use
Every
10 Hours
P
P
P
Clean and Re-oil Air Filter’s Foam Pre-cleaner
Every
25 Hours
Every
50 Hours
P
Replace Air Filter Element
P
Change Engine Oil
Lube Axles and Rims
Clean Engine Cooling Fins
Check Spark Plug Condition & Gap
Prior
to Storing
P
(if Equipped)
Clean Battery Terminals
Every
100 Hours
P
P
P
P
P
P
P
P
IMPORTANT: It is important to consult the specific engine operator’s manual included with this machine for detailed engine
maintenance procedures and intervals.
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Service
Cutting Deck Removal
5.
To remove the cutting deck, proceed as follows:
1.
Place the PTO (Blade Engage) lever in the disengaged (OFF)
position and engage the parking brake.
2.
Lower the deck by moving the deck lift lever into the
bottom notch on the right fender.
3.
Remove the bow-tie cotter pin and flat washer from the
deck lift assembly, and retain for reinstallation later. See
Figure 7-1.
6.
7.
4.
Remove the remaining bow-tie cotter pins securing the
deck to the unit, as shown in Figure 7-3.
Figure 7-3
NOTE: When reassembling, install the bow-tie clips from
the top down.
Move the deck lift lever into the top notch on the right
fender to raise the deck lift arms up and out of the way.
Carefully remove the PTO cable from the rear of the cutting
deck by compressing the PTO return spring and moving the
cable up and out of the mounting bracket on the cutting
deck. See Figure 7-4.
Figure 7-1
Remove the belt from around the tractor’s PTO pulley. See
Figure 7-2.
Figure 7-4
8.
Gently slide the cutting deck (from the left side) out from
underneath the tractor.
Figure 7-2
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Changing the Deck Belt
Idler Pulley
Flange Lock Nut
NOTE: It is possible to change the deck belt with the cutting
deck still installed on the tractor, however it is much easier to
remove the deck first, change the deck belt, then reinstall the
cutting deck.
To change the cutting deck belt, proceed as follows:
1.
It is easiest to change the deck belt by first removing the
cutting deck as instructed earlier in this section first. Skip
this step if deciding to change the deck belt with the
mowing deck still installed on the unit. Otherwise, remove
the cutting deck now.
2.
If changing the deck belt with the cutting deck still
installed on the unit, lower the deck to the lowest mowing
position.
3.
Remove the deck belt from around the unit’s PTO drive
pulley as shown in Figure 7-2. Simply roll one side of the
belt off of the pulley and then work it off the pulley by
continuing around the pulley until the belt is off of the
pulley.
4.
Remove the deck belt cover by removing the three hex
bolts that secure it. See Figure 7-5.
Figure 7-6
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.
CAUTION: If removing the battery, disconnect the
NEGATIVE (Black) wire from it’s terminal first,
followed by the POSITIVE (Red) wire. When reinstalling the battery, always connect the POSITIVE
(Red) wire its terminal first, followed by the
NEGATIVE (Black) wire.
Battery Failures
Some common causes for battery failure are:
Figure 7-5
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5.
Loosen the idler pulley by loosening the flange lock nut
that secures it, enough to alloy clearance for the belt to
move past it and off. Remove the belt by working it off of
the deck drive pulley and idler pulley. See Figure 7-6.
6.
Change the belt then reinstall the all the components
removed in the reverse order beginning with the idler
pulley, and then belt cover.
7.
Feed the deck belt around and onto the PTO drive pulley.
Refer to Figure 7-2.
Section 7— Service
•
Incorrect initial activation
•
Overcharging
•
Freezing
•
Undercharging
•
Corroded connections
These failures are NOT covered by your tractor’s warranty.
Circuit Breaker
Jump Starting
WARNING: DO NOT attempt to jump start this
tractor. Use the separately available battery charger
to recharge the battery, then start the tractor
according to the starting instructions earlier in this
manual.
To order the battery charger, see the Accessories & Attachments
section later in this manual.
Charging
WARNING! Batteries give off an explosive gas
while charging. Charge the battery in a well
ventilated area and keep away from an open flame
or pilot light as on a water heater, space heater,
furnace, clothes dryer or other gas appliances.
There is a circuit breaker installed on the tractor’s wiring harness
to protect the tractor’s electrical system from damage caused by
excessive amperage.
If the electrical system does not function, or your tractor’s engine
will not crank, the circuit breaker may have tripped. Simply wait
one minute (60 seconds) for the circuit breaker to automatically
reset itself.
Note: A click sound may be heard when the circuit breaker trips,
as well as approximately one minute later when the breaker
resets.
Cutting Blade
WARNING! Shut the engine off and remove
ignition key before removing the cutting blade for
sharpening or replacement. Protect your hands by
using heavy gloves when grasping the blade.
CAUTION: When charging your tractor’s battery,
use only a charger designed for 12V lead-acid
batteries. Read your battery charger’s Owner’s
Manual prior to charging your tractor’s battery.
Always follow its instructions and heed its warnings.
A separately available charging unit is available for this tractor.
Instructions for using this feature will accompany the battery
charging accessory. The charging unit will plug in right next to
the battery as shown in Figure 7-7. To order the battery charger,
see the Accessories & Attachments section later in this manual.
WARNING! Periodically inspect the blade spindle
for cracks or damage, especially if you strike a
foreign object. Replace immediately if damaged.
The blade may be removed as follows.
NOTE: It may be easier to change the blade by first
removing the deck from beneath the tractor, (refer to
Cutting Deck Removal earlier in this section) then gently
flip the deck over to expose its underside. It is possible to
change the blade, however, with the deck still attached to
the tractor. If attempting to change the blade with the deck
still installed on the tractor, first move the deck lift lever to
its highest cutting position.
1.
Remove the deck chute or mulch plug installed on the
tractor mowing deck to expose the deck chute opening.
2.
Using a block of wood or 2 x 4, insert it into the deck
opening and rotate the blade around until it wedges the
wood between the deck opening and the cutting blade, as
shown in Figure 7-8.
3.
Remove the hex flange nut that secures the blade to the
spindle assembly. See the Inset of Figure 7-8.
Figure 7-7
Figure 7-8
Section 7 — Service
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NOTE: The deck spindle has a normal thread. To loosen,
rotate the flange lock nut counter clockwise.
4.
To properly sharpen the cutting blades, remove equal
amounts of metal from both ends of the blades along the
cutting edges, parallel to the trailing edge, at a 25°- to 30°
angle. Always grind each cutting blade edge equally to
maintain proper blade balance. See Figure 7-9.
WARNING! If the cutting edge of the blade has
previously been sharpened, or if any metal
separation is present, replace the blades with new
ones.
WARNING! A poorly balanced blade will cause
excessive vibration, may cause damage to the
tractor and/or result in personal injury.
Figure 7-9
5.
Test the blade’s balance using a blade balancer. Grind
metal from the heavy side until it balances evenly.
NOTE: When replacing the blade, be sure to install the
blade with the side of the blade marked ‘‘Bottom’’ (or with
a part number stamped in it) facing the ground when the
mower is in the operating position.
CAUTION! Use a torque wrench to tighten the
blade spindle hex flange nut to between 70 lbs-ft
and 90 lbs-ft.
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Section 7— Service
Changing the Transmission Drive Belt
NOTE: Several components must be removed and special tools
(i.e. air/impact wrench) in order to change the tractor’s drive
belt. See an authorized Service Dealer to have your drive belt
replaced or phone Customer Support as instructed on page 2 for
information on ordering a Service Manual.
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Troubleshooting
Problem
Engine fails to start
Cause
1. Place blade engage lever in disengaged
(OFF) position.
2. Spark plug wire disconnected
2. Connect wire to spark plug.
3. Fuel tank empty, or stale fuel
3. Fill tank with clean, fresh (less than 30 days
old) gas.
4. Choke not activated
4. Place the throttle control in CHOKE position.
5. Faulty spark plug
5. Clean, adjust gap or replace plug.
6. Circut breaker tripped
6. Wait one minute for the circut breaker to
automatically reset.
7. Engine flooded
8. Parking brake not engaged
9. Deck chute, mulch plug or chute tube not
poperly installed.
Engine runs erratic
Remedy
1. PTO/Blade engaged
7. Crank engine with throttle in FAST position.
8. Engage parking brake.
9. Check the installation of the deck chute,
mulch plug or chute tube.
1. Unit running with CHOKE activated.
1. Move the throttle contol out of the CHOKE
position.
2. Spark plug wires loose.
2. Connect and tighten spark plug wire.
3. Blocked fuel line or stale fuel.
3. Clean fuel line; fill tank with clean, fresh
gasoline and replace fuel filter
4. Vent in gas cap plugged.
4. Clear vent or replace cap if damaged.
5. Water or dirt in fuel system.
5. Drain fuel tank. Refill with clean, fresh
gasoline.
6. Dirty air cleaner.
6. Replace air cleaner paper element or clean
foam precleaner.
1. Engine oil level low.
1. Fill crankcase with proper amount and
weight of oil.
2. Air flow restricted.
2. Clean grass clippings and debris from around
the engine’s cooling fins and blower housing.
Engine hesitates at high
RPM
1. Spark plug gap too close.
1. Remove spark plug and reset the gap.
Engine Idles rough
1. Spark plug fouled, faulty or gap too wide.
1. Replace spark plug. Set plug gap.
2. Dirty air cleaner.
2. Replace air cleaner element and/or clean
pre-cleaner.
1. Cutting blade loose or unbalanced.
1. Tighten blade and spindle. Balance blade.
2. Damaged or bent cutting blade.
2. Replace blade.
1. Engine speed too low.
1. Place throttle 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.
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.
Engine overheats
Excessive vibration
Mower will not mulch grass
Uneven cut
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9
Replacement Parts
Component
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Part Number and Description
954-05001
Drive Belt (Mowing Deck)
918-06032
Deck Spindle
942-0760
Cutting Blade (24”)
725-04903 Battery
625-05002 Key
734-0298 Tire (Front), 13.0 x 5.0-6.00
734-04641 Tire (Rear), 16.0 x 6.50-8.00
731-2477
Discharge Chute Assembly
19A30015000
Mulch Plug Assembly
10
Attachments & Accessories
The following attachments and accessories are compatible for Mini-Rider Lawn Tractors. See the retailer from which you purchased your
tractor for information regarding price and availability.
CAUTION: The Mini-Rider Lawn Tractors are NOT designed for use with any type of ground-engaging attachments (e.g. tiller
or plow). Use of this type of equipment WILL void the tractor’s warranty.
Model Number
Description
490-290-0013
Tractor Cover
490-850-0005
Blade Removal Tool
SPW-136
Spark Plug Wrench
490-325-0022
16 Oz Tire &Tube Sealant By Tire Science
490-325-0020
32 Oz Tire & Tube Sealant By Tire Science
490-850-0014
Deluxe Tire Plug Kit By Tire Science
725-04329
22216
Battery Charger
32 Oz Sta-Bil
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THE Masport EXPRESS WARRANTY
RIDE-ONS
1.
1.1.
2.
2.1.
2.2.
2.3.
3.
3.1.
Warranty provider
The Express Warranty set out below is provided by Masport, a division of Masport Limited, a New Zealand company located at 1-37
Mt Wellington Highway, Panmure, Auckland, New Zealand. For any questions regarding this Express Warranty or to make a warranty
claim call 0800 627 767 (New Zealand) or 1300 366 225 (Australia), or contact your local Masport Specialist retailer.
General warranty coverage
The New Zealand Consumer Guarantees Act 1993 (“New Zealand Consumer Act”) and the Australian Competition and Consumer Act
2010 (including the Australian Consumer Law 2011) (“Australian Consumer Law”), as well as other laws in each of those jurisdictions,
guarantee or imply certain conditions, warranties and undertakings, and give you other legal rights, in relation to the quality and fitness for purpose of our products sold in New Zealand and Australia respectively.
For products sold in New Zealand, these conditions, warranties and undertakings cannot be modified or excluded by any contract,
except in those circumstances contemplated by section 43(2) of the New Zealand Consumer Act.
For products sold in Australia, our goods come with guarantees that cannot be excluded under the Australian Consumer Law. You are
entitled to a replacement or refund for a major failure and for compensation for any other reasonably foreseeable loss or damage. You
are also entitled to have the goods repaired or replaced if the goods fail to be of acceptable quality and the failure does not amount to
a major failure. What constitutes a major failure is set out in the Australian Consumer Law.
Express Warranty Personal Use
Where the Product is for Personal Use, Masport will repair or replace (at Morrison’s sole option) each Product Component in the table
below, that suffers from a material defect in workmanship or materials from the date the Product is originally purchased until the end
of the warranty period set out in the table below for each Covered Product Component.
Covered Product Components
Warranty Period
Battery
90 days
All other parts (except engine transmission*)
2 years
(see exclusion in clause 4.1 below)
3.2.
Masport warrants that repair facilities and spare parts will be made available for each Covered Product Component only from the date
the Product is originally purchased until the end of the applicable warranty period as set out in the table above, but for no longer
period.
Commercial Use
3.3.
Where the Product is for Commercial Use, if the Product suffers from a material defect in workmanship or materials from the date the
Product is originally purchased until:
(a)
the date falling 36 months later; or
(b)
the Product has been used for 650 hours,
(whichever occurs first), Masport will provide the applicable Level of Warranty Cover set out in the table below. The number of hours
of use will be determined by reading the on-board counter installed on the Product.
3.4.
You can determine the applicable Level of Warranty Cover from the table below as follows:
(a)
from Column A of the Usage Period column:
(i)
identify the number of months between the date the Product was originally purchased and the date the defect
occurred; and
(ii)
identify the Level of Warranty Cover associated with that number from the left hand column; and
(b)
from Column B of the Usage Period column:
(i)
identify the number of hours the Product has been used; and
(ii)
identify the Level of Warranty Cover associated with that number from the left hand column; and
(c)
compare the two Levels of Warranty Cover.
Masport will provide the lowest Level of Warranty Cover for that defect based on the comparison made above.
3.5.
Covering
Warranty Period (Lesser of Column A or Column B)
Column A
(number of months from date of purchase)
3.6.
Column B (number of hours of use)
Full Parts and Labour
0 - 12 months
0 - 400 hours
Full Parts Only
12 - 24 months
400 - 550 hours
50% Full Parts
24 - 36 months
550 - 650 hours
For the “Full Parts and Labour” Level of Warranty Cover, Masport will repair or replace (at Morrison’s sole option) any Product that suffers from a material defect in workmanship or materials. You will not be charged for any parts, materials or labour costs involved in the
repair or replacement.
3.7.
3.8.
3.9.
4.
4.1
5.
5.1.
5.2.
6
6.1.
6.2.
6.3.
6.4.
6.5.
For the “Full Parts Only” Level of Warranty Cover, Masport will repair or replace (at Morrison’s sole option) any Product that suffers
from a material defect in workmanship or materials. You will be charged for all labour costs involved in the repair or replacement, but
will be advised of these costs before any repair or replacement is begun. You will not be charged for any parts or materials.
For the “50% Parts Only” Level of Warranty Cover, Masport will repair or replace (at Morrison’s sole option) any Product that suffers
from a material defect in workmanship or materials. However, you will be charged for 50% of the costs of any parts or materials, and
100% of all labour costs, involved in the repair or replacement. You will be advised of these costs before any repair or replacement is
begun.
Personal Use and Commercial Use
For both the Express Warranty for Personal Use and Commercial Use:
(a)
the Express Warranty is subject to Masport firstly verifying the existence of the material defect and determining that the
warranty claim is valid. Any repaired or replaced product will be covered by the Express Warranty for the remainder of the
original warranty or usage period only; and
(b)
the repair or replacement by Masport may be performed by a Masport agent or Specialist Retailer, and you must bear the
cost of transporting or delivering the Product to and from the location of the Masport agent or Specialist Retailer where the
warranty claim is made.
Exclusions from Express Warranty
The Express Warranty does not apply where any defect, malfunction or failure is caused or contributed to by any of the following:
(a)
engines or transmissions as these are protected by their manufacturers’ warranties - refer to the Engine Manufacturer’s War
ranty in the Engine/Owner’s Manual supplied with your Ride-on lawnmower;
(b)
failure to follow the fuel selection instructions, engine and product operating and maintenance instructions;
(c)
modification, repairs or alteration of the Product carried out by persons other than authorised Masport service agents;
(d)
acts or omissions by anyone other than Masport after the Product has left Morrison’s control;
(e)
normal wear and tear;
(f)
accidental damage, neglect, misuse;
(g)
any event outside of Morrison’s reasonable control, including without limitation, adverse weather conditions;
(h)
sharpening or setting of blades; or
(i)
pre-delivery assembly of the Product by anyone except for Masport authorised service agents or any other person
authorised by Masport.
Express Warranty in addition to consumer protection laws
Despite anything else in this warranty card, nothing in this warranty card will exclude, limit or modify any Consumer Protection Warranty or any liability of Masport imposed by applicable law if to do so would be unlawful or make any part of this warranty card void or
voidable.
The Express Warranty is in addition to any Consumer Protection Warranty that may apply, for example, under the New Zealand Consumer Act or the Australian Consumer Law, or under the laws of the place where the Product was purchased. To the extent permitted
by applicable law, Morrison’s liability for breach of any warranty, term, condition, guarantee or similar that cannot be excluded under
the New Zealand Consumer Act or Australian Consumer Law (other than those under sections 51 – 53 of the Australian Consumer Law,
to the extent applicable) is limited (at Morrison’s sole option) to Masport repairing or replacing the relevant Product or Product
Component or paying for such repair or replacement.
No other warranties or liability
Except as otherwise provided in the Express Warranty, all express or implied warranties, guarantees, conditions or terms in relation to
the Product and Product Components (other than those which cannot be excluded or limited under the New Zealand Consumer Act,
the Australian Consumer Law or the laws of the place where the Product is purchased) are expressly excluded to the extent legally
permitted.
All statements, technical information and recommendations about the Product and Product Components are believed to be reliable,
but do not constitute a guarantee or warranty. No statements, representations or recommendations other than those contained in the
official technical information published by Masport, will bind Masport, unless made in writing signed by an authorised representa-tive
of Masport.
Subject to Clause 5, in no event will Masport be liable (whether in contract, tort, negligence or in any other way) for;
(a)
loss of profits or savings, loss of goodwill or opportunity, loss of production or wasted time; or
(b)
loss, damage, cost or expense of any kind whatsoever which is indirect, consequential, or of a special nature, arising directly
or indirectly from the Product, even if Masport had been advised of the possibility of such damages.
Subject to Clause 5, in no event will Morrison’s total liability under any claim of whatever nature arising directly or indirectly from the
Product exceed the price you paid for the Product.
This warranty card embodies the entire agreement between you and Masport in relation to the subject matter of this warranty card
and supersedes all prior understandings, communications and representations between you and Masport, whether oral or written.
No amendment to this warranty card will be effective unless in writing and signed by an authorised representative of Masport. You
may not assign or transfer the Express Warranty without the prior written consent of Masport. This warranty card will be governed by
the law of New Zealand for Products purchased in New Zealand and the laws of Australia for Products purchased in Australia. You and
Masport will be subject to the non-exclusive jurisdiction of the New Zealand and Australian courts.
7.
7.1.
7.2.
7.3. 8.
8.1.
8.2.
8.3.
8.4.
8.5.
8.6.
8.7.
8.8. How to obtain service for a faulty Product
You must return the Product to the place of purchase or any Masport specialist retailer, along with reasonable evidence of the date the
Product was purchased, for example, an original receipt.
Masport or its agent will assess the claim and if accepted, will repair or replace the Product or Product Component in accordance with
the normal practices of the relevant Masport service agent.
All claims under any Express Warranty must be made within the relevant warranty period or usage period.
Definitions
In this warranty card:
“Commercial Use” means any use of the Product for business, commercial, industrial, institutional, rental or other income-producing
purposes;
“Consumer Protection Warranty” means any warranty, guarantee, term, condition, right or remedy implied or imposed by applicable law;
“Express Warranty” means the Express Warranty for Personal Use set out in Clauss 3.1 to 3.2 and the Express Warranty for Commercial Use set out in Clauses 3.3 to 3.8;
“Masport” means Masport, a division of Masport Limited, a New Zealand company located at 1-37 Mt Wellington Highway, Panmure, Auckland, New Zealand with an Australian office located at 1/40 Abbotts Road, Dandenong South, Victoria 3175, Australia;
“Personal Use” means any use that is not Commercial Use;
“Product” means the Masport product accompanying this warranty card;
“Product Component” means each component of the Product set out in the table under clause 3.1, excluding engines and transmissions; and
“You” means the original purchaser of the Product.
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