MTD 050 thru 062 Operator`s manual

OPERATOR’S MANUAL
20” and 22”
ROTARY
MOWERS
Model Series
050 thru 062
IMPORTANT: READ SAFETY RULES AND INSTRUCTIONS CAREFULLY
Warning: This unit is equipped with an internal combustion engine and should not be used on or near any unimproved forestcovered, brush-covered or grass-covered land unless the engine’s exhaust system is equipped with a spark arrester meeting
applicable local or state laws (if any). If a spark arrester is used, it should be maintained in effective working order by the operator.
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 arrester for the muffler is available through your nearest engine authorized
service dealer or contact the service department, P.O. Box 368022 Cleveland, Ohio 44136-9722.
MTD PRODUCTS INC. P.O. BOX 368022 CLEVELAND, OHIO 44136-9722
PRINTED IN U.S.A.
FORM NO.770-8550A
(10/97)
SECTION 1: IMPORTANT SAFE OPERATION PRACTICES
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 YOUR LAWN MOWER. FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH
THESE INSTRUCTIONS MAY RESULT IN PERSONAL INJURY. WHEN YOU SEE THIS
SYMBOL, HEED ITS WARNING.
WARNING: The Engine Exhaust from this product contains chemicals known to
the State of California to cause cancer, birth defects or other reproductive harm.
DANGER: Your lawn mower was built to be operated according to the rules for safe operation in
this manual. As with any type of power equipment, carelessness or error on the part of the operator
can result in serious injury. This lawn mower is capable of amputating hands and feet and throwing
objects. Failure to observe the following safety instructions could result in serious injury or death.
1. GENERAL OPERATION
• Always wear safety glasses or safety goggles
during operation or while performing an adjustment
or repair, to protect eyes from foreign objects that
may be thrown from the machine in any direction.
• Read this operator’s manual carefully in its entirety
before attempting to assemble this machine. Read,
understand, and follow all instructions on the
machine and in the manual(s) before operation. Be
completely familiar with the controls and the proper
use of this machine before operating it. Keep this
manual in a safe place for future and regular
reference and for ordering replacement parts.
• 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 mower in any
direction and cause serious personal injury to the
operator or any others allowed in the area. Plan
your mowing pattern to avoid discharge of material
toward roads, sidewalks, bystanders and the like.
To help avoid a thrown objects injury, keep
children, bystanders and helpers at least 75 feet
from the mower while it is in operation.
• Your rotary mower is a precision piece of power
equipment, not a plaything. Therefore, exercise
extreme caution at all times. Your unit has been
designed to perform one job: to mow grass. Do not
use it for any other purpose.
• Never allow children under 14 years old to operate
a power mower. Children 14 years old and over
should only operate mower under close parental
supervision. Only responsible individuals who are
familiar with these rules of safe operation should
be allowed to use your mower.
• Do not put hands or feet near or under rotating
parts. Keep clear of discharge opening at all times
as the rotating blade can cause injury.
• Many injuries occur as a result of the mower being
pulled over the foot during a fall. Do not hang on to
the mower if you are falling; release the handle
immediately.
• Keep the area of operation clear of all persons,
particularly small children and pets. Stop engine
when they are in the vicinity of your mower to help
prevent blade contact or thrown object injury.
Although the area of operation should be
completely cleared of foreign objects, an object
may have been overlooked and could be
accidentally thrown by the mower in any direction
and cause serious personal injury to the operator
or any others allowed in the area.
• Never pull the mower toward you while you are
walking. If you must back the mower away from a
wall or obstruction first look down and behind, and
then follow these steps:
• Step back from the mower to fully extend your
arms.
• Be sure you are well balanced with sure
footing.
• Wear sturdy, rough-soled work shoes and closefitting slacks and shirts. Shirts and pants that cover
the arms and legs and steel-toed shoes are
recommended. Do not wear loose fitting clothes or
jewelry. They can be caught in moving parts.
Never operate a unit in bare feet, sandals, slippery
or light weight (e.g. canvas) shoes.
• Pull the mower back slowly, no more than half
way toward you.
• Repeat these steps as needed.
• Do not operate the mower while under the
influence of alcohol or drugs.
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• Always be sure of your footing. A slip and fall can
cause serious personal injury. If you feel you are
losing your balance release the blade control
handle immediately and the blade will stop in less
than 3 seconds.
• Do not engage the self-propelled mechanism on
units so equipped while starting engine.
• The blade control handle is a safety device. Never
attempt to bypass its operation. Doing so makes
the safety device inoperative and may result in
personal injury through contact with the rotating
blade. The blade control handle must operate
easily in both directions and automatically return to
the disengaged position when released.
DO NOT:
• Do not mow near drop-offs, ditches or
embankments. The operator could lose footing or
balance.
• Never operate the mower in wet grass. Always be
sure of your footing. A slip and fall can cause
serious personal injury. Keep a firm hold on the
handle and walk, never run. If you feel you are
losing your footing, RELEASE THE BLADE
CONTROL HANDLE IMMEDIATELY and the
blade will stop rotating within three seconds.
• Do not mow slopes greater than 15 degrees as
shown on the slope gauge.
• Do not mow on wet grass. Reduced footing could
cause slipping.
3. CHILDREN
• Mow only in daylight or good artificial light.
Tragic accidents can occur if the operator is not alert to
the presence of children. Children are often attracted to
the mower and the mowing activity. Never assume that
children will remain where you last saw them.
• Stop the blade when crossing gravel drives, walks
or roads.
• If the equipment should start to vibrate abnormally,
stop the engine and check immediately for the
cause. Vibration is generally a warning of trouble.
• Keep children out of the mowing area and under
the watchful care of a responsible adult other than
the operator.
• Shut the engine off and wait until the blade comes
to a complete stop before removing the grass
catcher or unclogging the chute. The cutting blade
continues to rotate for a few seconds after the
engine is shut off. Never place any part of the body
in the blade area until you are sure the blade has
stopped rotating.
• Be alert and turn mower off if a child enters the
area.
• Before and while moving backwards, look behind
and down for small children or other objects.
• Never allow children under age 14 to operate the
mower. Children 14 years of age and above
should read and understand the operation
instructions and safety rules in this manual.
• Never operate mower without proper guards, grass
catcher, plates or other safety protective devices in
place.
• Use extreme care when approaching blind
corners, shrubs, trees, or other objects that may
obscure your vision of a child or hazard.
• Muffler and engine become hot and can cause a
burn. Do not touch.
• Only use accessories approved for this machine
by the manufacturer. Read, understand, and follow
all instructions provided with the approved
accessory.
4. SERVICE
• Use extreme care in handling gasoline and other
fuels. They are extremely flammable and the
vapors are explosive.
• If situations occur which are not covered in this
manual, use care and good judgment. Contact
your dealer for assistance. Telephone 1-800-8007310 for the name of your nearest dealer.
• Use only an approved gasoline container.
• Never remove gas cap or add fuel while the engine
is running. Allow engine to cool at least two
minutes before refueling.
2. SLOPE OPERATION
• Replace gasoline cap securely and wipe off any
spilled gasoline before starting the engine as it
may cause a fire or explosion.
For your safety, use the slope gauge included as part of
this manual to measure slopes before operating this unit
on a sloped or hilly area. If the slope is greater than 15
degrees as shown on the slope gauge, do not operate
this unit on that area or serious injury could result.
• Extinguish all cigarettes, cigars, pipes and other
sources of ignition.
• Never refuel machine indoors because flammable
vapors will accumulate in the area.
DO:
• Mow across the face of slopes; never up and
down. Exercise extreme caution when changing
direction on slopes.
• Never store the machine or fuel container inside
where there is an open flame or spark such as a
gas water heater, space heater, or furnace.
• Watch for holes, ruts, hidden objects, or bumps.
Tall grass can hide obstacles.
• Never run an engine inside a closed area.
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• After striking a foreign object, stop the engine,
remove the wire from the spark plug, and
thoroughly inspect the mower for any damage.
Repair the damage before starting and operating
the mower.
• To reduce fire hazard, keep mower free of grass,
leaves, or other debris build-up. Clean up oil or
fuel spillage. Allow mower to cool at least 5
minutes before storing.
• Before cleaning, repairing, or inspecting, make
certain the blade and all moving parts have
stopped. Disconnect the spark plug wire, and keep
the wire away from the spark plug to prevent
accidental starting.
• Never attempt to make a wheel or cutting height
adjustment while the engine is running.
• Grass catcher components are subject to wear,
damage and deterioration, which could expose
moving parts or allow objects to be thrown. For
safety protection, frequently check components
and replace with manufacturer’s recommended
parts, when necessary.
• Check the blade and engine mounting bolts at
frequent intervals for proper tightness. Also,
visually inspect blade for damage (e.g., bent,
cracked or worn). Replace with blade which meets
original equipment specifications listed in this
manual.
• Mower blades are sharp and can cut. Wrap the
blade(s) or wear gloves, and use extra caution
when servicing them.
• Keep all nuts, bolts, and screws tight to be sure
the equipment is in safe working condition.
• Do not change the engine governor setting or
overspeed the engine. Excessive engine speeds
are dangerous.
• Never tamper with safety devices. Check their
proper operation regularly.
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.
Figure 1 Safety Labels Found On Lawn Mower
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SLOPE GAUGE
SIGHT AND HOLD THIS LEVEL WITH A VERTICAL TREE
A POWER POLE
A CORNER OF A BUILDING
OR A FENCE POST
OPE
A 15
° SL
5
USE THIS PAGE AS A GUIDE TO DETERMINE SLOPES WHERE YOU MAY NOT OPERATE SAFELY.
FO
OTT
LD O
ND
G
NTIN
PRE
SE
, RE
ED L
INE
15°
WARNING
Do not mow on inclines with a slope in excess of 15 degrees (a rise of approximately 2-1/2 feet every 10 feet). A riding
mower could overturn and cause serious injury. If operating a walk-behind mower on such a slope, it is extremely difficult to
maintain your footing and you could slip, resulting in serious injury.
Operate RIDING mowers up and down slopes, never across the face of slopes.
Operate WALK-BEHIND mowers across the face of slopes, never up and down slopes.
CUT ALONG DOTTED LINE TO REMOVE SLOPE GAUGE
SECTION 2: CONTENTS OF HARDWARE PACK
Remove this sheet from your operator’s manual and lay the hardware on the illustration for identification
purposes. After Assembly, keep the Slope Gauge which is on the reverse side of this sheet for future use.
(Hardware pack may contain extra items which are not used on your unit. Part numbers are shown in
parentheses.)
A
B
ATTACHING THE
LOWER HANDLE
ATTACHING THE
UPPER HANDLE
Split Washers
5/16” I.D.
(736-0119)
Hex
Bolts
3/8-24 x
1 1/2”
Long
(710-0459)
Curved
Hex Nuts
Head
Bolts 5/16-18 Thread
(710-1250) (712-0267)
Spacers 3/8” I.D. x
7/8” O.D.
(750-0910)
C
ATTACHING THE
STARTER ROPE
Cupped Washers
3/8” I.D. x 7/8” O.D.
(736-0105)
Hex Lock Nuts
3/8-24 Thread
(712-0355)
D
SECURING THE CABLE
E
INSTALLATION OF WHEELS
Axle Bolts
Qty. 4
(738-0533)
Cable Ties -- Qty. 3
(726-0240)
Cupped Washers
3/8” I.D. x
1-1/8” O.D.
(736-0331)
Cupped
Washers
3/8” I.D. x
7/8” O.D.
(736-0105)
Hex Nuts
3/8-16 Thread
(712-0798)
6
Rope
Guide
(710-1205)
Hex Lock Nut
1/4-20 Thread
(712-0324)
SECTION 3: FINDING YOUR MODEL NUMBER
This Operator’s Manual is an important part of your new walk behind. It will help you assemble, prepare and
maintain your walk behind. Please read and understand what it says.
Before you start to prepare your walk behind for its first use, please locate the model plate and copy the
information from it in this Operator’s Manual. The information on the model plate is very important if you need
help from your dealer or the MTD customer support department.
• Every walk behind has a model plate. You can locate it by standing behind the unit in the operating
position and looking down at the rear of the deck.
• The model plate will look like Figure 2.
This is where your model number will be.
XXX-X-XXX-X-XXX XXXXXXXXXXX
This is where your serial number will be.
Copy the model number here:
MTD PRODUCTS INC
CLEVELAND, OHIO 44136
Copy the serial number here:
Figure 2
SECTION 4: CALLING CUSTOMER SUPPORT
If you are having difficulty assembling this product or if you have any question regarding the controls,
operation or maintenance of this unit, please call the Customer Support Department. You can reach them by
calling:
1-800-800-7310
Before you call, make sure that you have your model and serial numbers ready. By having the model and
serial numbers ready, you help the Customer Support Representative give you faster service. To find your
unit’s model and serial number, see SECTION 2: FINDING YOUR MODEL NUMBER.
SECTION 5: UNPACKING
TO REMOVE UNIT FROM CARTON
DISCONNECT SPARK PLUG WIRE
1. Remove staples, break glue on top flaps, or cut tape at
carton end and peel along top flap to open carton.
2. Remove loose parts if included with unit (i.e., owner’s
manual, etc.).
3. Cut along dotted lines and lay carton down flat.
4. Remove packing material.
5. Slide unit out of carton. Check carton thoroughly for
loose parts.
Before setting up your lawn mower, disconnect the spark
plug wire from the spark plug, and ground it against the
engine. See Figure 3.
Spark
Plug
Retaining
Post
Spark
Plug
“V” Slot
on Engine
TOOLS REQUIRED FOR ASSEMBLY
Spark
Plug
Wire
(1) 1/2" Wrench
(2) 9/16" Wrenches
(1) Phillips Screwdriver
(1) 3/4" or Adjustable Wrench
(Two 6" Adjustable Wrenches may be used instead of the
above.)
Tecumseh
Engines
Briggs & Stratton
Engines
Figure 3
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SECTION 6: ASSEMBLY INSTRUCTIONS
IMPORTANT: This unit is shipped WITHOUT
7. Repeat steps 4 through 6 to attach the other
side of the handle.
GASOLINE or OIL. After assembly, service engine
with gasoline and oil as instructed in the separate
engine manual packed with your unit.
8. Tighten both hex bolts and nuts securely.
ATTACHING THE UPPER HANDLE
(Hardware B)
NOTE: Reference to right or left hand side of the
mower is observed from the operating position.
This owner’s guide covers various models of
mowers. Follow only the instructions which pertain
to your unit.
Lower
Handle
Hex Nut
Split Washer
Crowned
Side
Curved
Head
Bolt
Cupped
Side
Cupped Washer
Notch
Figure 5
1. Place the upper handle in position over the
lower handle. The hole in the side of the blade
control handle (attached to the upper handle)
must be on the left side.
Hex Lock Nut
Two
Spacers
Hex
Bolt
Cupped
Washer
Cupped
Washer
2. Secure the upper handle to lower handle using
the curved head bolts, split washers and hex
nuts as shown in Figure 5. The head of the
carriage bolts go on the outside of the handle.
Use
This
Hole
Figure 4
ATTACHING THE CONTROL BOX
One end of the brake cable is attached to the
engine. The other end is attached to the control box.
Attach the control box to the upper handle as
follows.
ATTACHING THE LOWER HANDLE
(Hardware A)
1. Raise the rear of the deck and block securely.
2. Place one cupped washer on each hex bolt 1-1/
2" long (crowned side of washer goes against
the head of the hex bolt).
“Z” End
of Brake
Cable
Hole in
Blade
Control
Handle
3. Insert the ends of the lower handle through the
slots in the rear of the deck.
NOTE: It is helpful to have another person hold
the handle in position as you continue.
4. Place two spacers between the bottom hole in
lower handle and bottom inside hole of the
deck. See Figure 4. Use a screwdriver to pry
the handle away from the deck if necessary.
Plastic
Fitting
5. Using a screwdriver, line up the bottom inside
hole in the deck, the spacers and the bottom
hole in the handle, then insert hex bolt as
shown from the outside of the deck.
Control Box
6. Secure with cupped washer (cupped side
against the handle) and hex lock nut. Do not
tighten at this time.
Figure 6
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NOTE: If the control handle is disassembled from
the upper handle for any reason, assemble the
control handle by inserting the ends into the holes
on each side of the upper handle. The hole in the
control handle must be on the left side of the upper
handle, and control handle must touch the upper
handle when engaged (squeezed against the upper
handle).
1. Remove the truss machine screw and hex lock
nut from the middle of the control box using a
phillips screwdriver. Place your finger over the
hex lock nut to hold it inside the control box so
you can unscrew the truss machine screw.
A
B
Post on
Cable Tie
2. Make certain the blade control handle is on top
of the upper handle.
Figure 8
1. Insert posts on cable ties into holes provided on
the inside of the handle, one on the upper
handle and two on the lower handle. The holes
may be either on the inside or outside of the
handles. See Figure 8A.
3. Route the control box (with cable attached)
under the lower handle.
4. Holding the control box near the left side of the
upper handle (control box must be inside the
handle), hook the “Z” end of the brake cable
into the control handle from the outside to the
inside. See Figure 6 and Figure 7.
2. Secure the cable with the cable ties. Trim
excess ends of cable ties. See Figure 8B.
INSTALLATION OF WHEELS (Hardware E)
End of
Control
Handle
Front Wheel
Hex Lock
Nut
Truss
Machine
Screw
Axle
Bolt
Smaller
Cupped
Washer
Use These Holes
for Front Wheels
Larger
Cupped
Washer
Hex
Nut
Figure 9
The three holes provide three cutting heights for
your mower. Use the same hole location for all four
wheels when assembling. If wheels are to be
assembled in the lowest cutting position (highest
hole in the deck), refer to the note below.
Figure 7
5. Place the control box on the upper handle just
below (touching) the end of the control handle
as shown in Figure 7. Secure with hardware
removed in step one by placing hex lock nut
into the indent on the inside of the control box.
Screw the truss machine screw into the hex
lock nut.
If your mower has two sets of holes (see Figure 9),
the front wheels must be assembled in one of the
three holes nearest the front of the deck. The rear
wheels must be assembled in one of the three holes
nearest the rear of the deck. To assemble the
wheels: (See Figure 9).
1. Block up the mower securely.
SECURING THE CABLE (Hardware D)
Secure the cable to the left side of the handle as
follows.
WARNING: When attaching the control
cable, the cable must be routed to avoid
contact with all sharp edges and hot
surfaces to prevent damage to the cable,
which will render the controls inoperative.
2. Place axle bolt through wheel. (Hub side of
wheel must face deck.)
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2. Place the rope guide around the starter rope, so
the opening in the rope guide is toward the front
of the mower as shown. Insert the rope guide
into the right side of the handle, and secure with
hex lock nut. See Figure 10.
3. Place one smaller cupped washer on axle bolt,
with the cupped side of washer toward the deck
(away from wheel).
NOTE: If the lowest cutting position (highest hole
in the deck) is used, it is necessary to place the
larger washer on the outside of the deck and the
smaller washer on the inside.
FINAL ASSEMBLY OF MOWER
4. Secure wheel to deck with one larger cupped
washer on the inside of the deck (cupped side
against the deck) and hex nut. Tighten securely.
5. Assemble the other wheels in the same
manner. Remove the blocks.
Chute
Deflectable
ATTACHING THE STARTER ROPE
(Hardware C)
Shipping
Chute
Retainer
Hex Nut
Figure 11
1. The chute deflector on your mower is held in an
upright position by a retainer for shipping
purposes only. This shipping retainer must be
removed and discarded before the mower is put
into operation. See Figure 11. To remove the
shipping chute retainer, move the spring-loaded
chute toward the engine by pushing above the
retainer. Remove the retainer and carefully
lower the chute into operating position, keeping
fingers out of the way.
Rope Guide
Starter
Rope
Figure 10
1. The starter rope is inside the top of the engine.
With the spark plug wire disconnected and
grounded, depress the blade control handle and
pull the rope out of the engine.
2. Make certain all nuts and bolts are tightened
securely.
SECTION 7: CONTROLS
BLADE CONTROL HANDLE
WARNING: This control mechanism is
a safety device. Never attempt to bypass
its operations.
Blade Control
Handle
The blade control handle is located on the upper
handle of the mower. See Figure 12. The blade
control handle must be depressed in order to
operate the unit. Release the blade control handle
to stop the engine and blade.
Recoil
Starter
WARNING: The blade will be rotating
whenever the engine is running.
RECOIL STARTER
The recoil starter handle is attached to the handle
and is used to start the engine. See Figure 12.
Figure 12
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SECTION 8: OPERATION
Keep hands and feet away from the chute area on
cutting deck. See Figure 1, Warning Label.
5. Pull rope with a rapid, continuous, full arm
stroke. Keep a firm grip on starter handle.
Return it slowly to the rope guide.
The operation of any lawn mower
can result in foreign objects being
thrown into the eyes, which can
result in severe eye damage.
Always wear safety glasses or eye
shields. We recommend wide vision safety mask
for over spectacles or standard safety glasses.
NOTE: If any problems are encountered, refer to
the Trouble Shooting Guide on page 14.
TO STOP ENGINE AND BLADE
1. Release the blade control handle to stop the
engine and blade.
GAS AND OIL FILL-UP
WARNING: The blade continues to
Service the engine with gasoline and oil as
instructed in the separate engine manual packed
with your mower. Read instructions carefully.
rotate for a few seconds after the engine is
shut off.
WARNING: Never fill fuel tank indoors,
2. Disconnect the spark plug wire and ground it
against the engine to prevent accidental starting
while equipment is unattended.
with engine running or until the engine has
been allowed to cool for at least two
minutes after running.
USING YOUR ROTARY MOWER
TO START ENGINE AND ENGAGE
BLADE
Be sure that lawn is clear of stones, sticks, wire, or
other objects which could damage lawn mower or
engine. Such objects could be accidently thrown by
the mower in any direction and cause serious
personal injury to the operator and others.
NOTE: Your engine is a constant speed engine,
which is set at full throttle for best performance.
1. Attach spark plug wire securely to spark plug.
2. Prime engine as instructed in the separate
engine manual.
Blade
Control
Handle
For best results, do not cut wet grass because it
tends to stick to the underside of the mower,
preventing proper discharge of grass clippings, and
could cause you to slip and fall. New grass or thick
grass may require a narrower cut.
The best mowing pattern is one that allows the
clippings to discharge towards the uncut part of the
lawn. This permits recutting of the clippings to
further pulverize them. When cutting high weeds,
discharge towards cut portion, then recut at right
angles to first direction.
For a healthy lawn, never cut off more than onethird of the total length of the grass. Lawn should
be cut in the fall as long as there is growth.
Recoil Starter
Handle
WARNING: If you strike a foreign
Figure 13
object, stop the engine. Remove wire from
spark plug, thoroughly inspect the mower
for any damage, and repair the damage
before restarting and operating the mower.
Extensive vibration of the mower during
operation is an indication of damage. The
unit should be promptly inspected and
repaired.
3. Standing behind the unit, depress the blade
control handle and hold it against the upper
handle as shown in Figure 13.
4. Grasp starter handle and pull rope out slowly
until engine reaches start of compression cycle
(rope will pull slightly harder at this point). Let
the rope rewind slowly.
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SECTION 9: ADJUSTMENTS
WARNING: Do not at any time make
CARBURETOR ADJUSTMENTS
any adjustment to lawn mower without
first stopping engine and disconnecting
spark plug wire.
WARNING:
If any adjustments are
made to the engine while the engine is
running (e.g. carburetor), keep clear of all
moving parts. Be careful of heated
surfaces and muffler.
CUTTING HEIGHT ADJUSTMENT
Minor carburetor adjustment may be required to
compensate for differences in fuel, temperature,
altitude and load. Refer to the separate engine
manual packed with your mower for carburetor
adjustment information.
Adjustment may be made by removing and moving
axle bolts to desired position. Cutting heights will be
raised as axle bolts are moved to a lower hole and
lowered as axle bolts are moved to a higher hole in
the deck. All axle bolts must be mounted in the
same relative position. Cupped washers must be
assembled so that the cupped side of the washers
are against the deck. Refer to Figure 9.
NOTE: A dirty air cleaner will cause an engine to
run rough. Be certain air cleaner is clean and
attached to the carburetor before adjusting
carburetor.
SECTION 10: LUBRICATION
WARNING: Always stop engine and
Blade Control - Lubricate the pivot points on the
blade control handle and the brake cable at least
once a season with light oil. See Figure 14. The
blade control must operate freely in both directions.
disconnect spark plug wire before cleaning,
lubricating or doing any kind of work on
lawn mower.
Blade Control
Handle
Chute Deflector—The torsion spring and pivot
point should be lubricated periodically with light oil
to prevent any rust or binding. Deflector must work
freely.
Brake
Cable
Wheels—The wheels require no lubrication.
However, if the wheels are removed for any reason,
lubricate the surface of the axle bolt and the inner
surface of the wheel with light oil. Engine oil may
also be used.
Pivot
Point
Figure 14
Engine—Follow
instructions.
engine
manual
for
lubrication
SECTION 11: MAINTENANCE
WARNING: Be sure to disconnect and
CUTTING BLADE
ground the spark plug wire before
performing any repairs or maintenance.
When removing the cutting blade for sharpening or
replacement, protect hands by using heavy gloves
or a rag to grasp the cutting blade. Remove the bolt
and blade support or bell washer which hold the
blade and adapter to the engine crankshaft.
Remove the blade and adapter from the crankshaft.
NOTE: When tipping the unit, empty the fuel tank
and keep engine spark plug side up.
TROUBLE SHOOTING
Refer to page 14 of this manual for trouble shooting
information.
If the blade is secured to the blade adapter with two
bolts, remove the two small bolts, lock washers and
nuts which hold the blade to the adapter.
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When sharpening the blade, follow the original
angle of grind as a guide. It is extremely important
that each cutting edge receives an equal amount of
grinding to prevent an unbalanced blade. An
unbalanced blade will cause excessive vibration
when rotating at high speeds, may cause damage
to the mower and could break, causing personal
injury.
Blade Mounting Torque
The blade can be tested by balancing it on a round
shaft screwdriver. Remove metal from the heavy
side until it balances evenly. It is recommended that
the blade always be removed from the adapter for
the best test of balance.
The underside of the mower deck should be
cleaned after each use to prevent a buildup of grass
clippings, leaves, dirt or other matter. If this debris is
allowed to accumulate, it will invite rust and
corrosion, and may cause an uneven discharge of
grass clippings at the next cutting.
The deck may be cleaned by tilting the mower and
scraping clean with a suitable tool (make certain the
spark plug wire is disconnected).
Center Bolt: 450 in. lbs. min., 600 in. lbs. max.
To ensure safe operation of your unit, all nuts and
bolts must be checked periodically for correct
tightness.
DECK
Before reassembling the blade and the blade
adapter to the unit, lubricate the engine crankshaft
and the inner surface of the blade adapter with light
oil (or engine oil). Lubricating the bolt holes, bolts
and inner surface of the nuts is also recommended.
ENGINE
Refer to the separate engine manual for engine
maintenance instructions.
Blade
Adaptor
Maintain engine oil as instructed in the separate
engine manual packed with your unit. Read and
follow instructions carefully.
Blade
Service air cleaner every 25 hours under normal
conditions. Clean every few hours under extremely
dusty conditions. Poor engine performance and
flooding usually indicates that the air cleaner should
be serviced. To service the air cleaner, refer to the
separate engine manual packed with your unit.
Blade Bell
Support
Hex Bolt
The spark plug should be cleaned and the gap
reset once a season. Spark plug replacement is
recommended at the start of each mowing season;
check engine manual for correct plug type and gap
specifications.
Figure 15
Install the blade adapter on the crankshaft with the
“star” away from the engine. Refer to Figure 15.
Place the blade with the side marked bottom (or
with part number) facing away from the adapter.
Align the blade bell support over the blade with the
tabs in the holes of the blade and insert the hex
bolt. Tighten the hex bolt to the torque listed in the
“Blade Mounting Torque” section below.
Clean the engine regularly with a cloth or brush.
Keep the cooling system (blower housing area)
clean to permit proper air circulation which is
essential to engine performance and life. Be certain
to remove all grass, dirt and combustible debris
from muffler area.
SECTION 12: OFF-SEASON STORAGE
The following steps should be taken to prepare lawn
mower for storage.
1. Clean and lubricate mower thoroughly as
described in the lubrication instructions.
4. Store mower in a dry, clean area. Do not store
next to corrosive materials, such as fertilizer.
NOTE: When storing any type of power equipment
in a poorly ventilated or metal storage shed, care
should be taken to rust-proof the equipment. Using
a light oil or silicone, coat the equipment, especially
cables and all moving parts.
2. Refer to engine manual for correct engine
storage instructions.
3. Coat mower’s cutting blade with chassis grease
to prevent rusting.
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SECTION 13: TROUBLE SHOOTING GUIDE
Trouble
Possible Cause(s)
Corrective Actions
Engine fails to
start
Blade control handle disengaged.
Spark plug wire disconnected.
Dirty aircleaner.
Primer button not depressed.
Throttle control lever not in correct
starting position (if so equipped).
Fuel tank empty or stale fuel.
Engage blade control handle.
Connect wire to spark plug.
Refer to the engine manual packed with your unit.
Refer to the engine manual packed with your unit.
Move throttle lever to FAST or START position.
Engine runs
erratic
Engine
overheats
Blocked fuel line (if so equipped).
Faulty spark plug.
Engine flooded.
Unit running in START position.
Spark plug wire loose.
Blocked fuel line (if so equipped) or
stale fuel.
Vent in gas cap plugged.
Water or dirt in fuel system.
Dirty air cleaner.
Carburetor out of adjustment.
Engine oil level low.
Dirty aircleaner.
Air flow restricted.
Carburetor not adjusted properly.
Occasional
skip (hesitates)
at high speed
Idles poorly
Excessive
vibration
Mower will not
mulch grass
Uneven cut
Spark plug gap too close.
Carburetor idle mixture adjustment
improperly set.
Spark plug fouled, faulty or gap too
wide.
Carburetor improperly adjusted.
Dirty air cleaner.
Cutting blade loose or unbalanced.
Bent cutting blade.
Engine speed too low.
Wet grass.
Excessively high grass.
Wheels not positioned correctly.
Dull blade.
Wheels will not Belt not installed properly.
propel**
Debris clogging mechanism.
Fill tank with clean fresh gasoline. Fuel will not last over
thirty days unless a fuel stabilizer is used.
Clean fuel line.
Clean, adjust gap or replace.
Refer to the engine manual packed with your unit.
Move throttle lever to FAST position.
Connect and tighten spark plug wire. Check spark plug for
fouling.
Clean fuel line; fill tank with clean, fresh gasoline. Fuel will
not last over thirty days unless a fuel stabilizer is added.
Clear vent or threads or replace.
Drain fuel tank. Refill with fresh fuel.
Refer to the engine manual packed with your unit.
Refer to the engine manual packed with your unit.
Fill crankcase with proper oil.
Refer to the engine manual packed with your unit.
Stop engine and disconnect spark plug wire. Remove blower
housing and clean.
Refer to the engine manual packed with your unit or see an
authorized service dealer.*
Adjust gap to .030".
Refer to the engine manual packed with your unit.
Reset gap to .030" or replace spark plug.
Refer to the engine manual packed with your unit.
Refer to the engine manual packed with your unit.
Tighten blade and adapter. Balance blade.
See an authorized service dealer.
Set throttle between 3/4 and full throttle.
Do not mow when grass is wet; wait until later to cut.
Mow once at a high cutting height, then mow again at
desired height or make a narrower cutting swath (1/2 width).
Place all four wheels in same height position.
Sharpen or replace blade.
Check belt for proper pulley installation and movement.
Clean out debris.
**Self-propelled models only
Note: For repairs beyond the minor adjustments above, contact your local authorized service dealer.
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Model 050 thru 062
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Model 050 thru 062
REF.
NO.
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
13
14
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
PART
NO.
734-1779
734-1780
742-0640
742-0642
742-0742
712-0324
710-1044
753-0588
738-0533
736-0105
736-0331
736-0524A
712-0798
746-0842
746-0844
746-0876
17038B
682-0086
710-0654A
17098
731-0872A
731-1029
726-0240
749-0928
710-1205
736-0119
712-0267
749710-1250
DESCRIPTION
REF.
NO.
29
30
Wheel Ass’y. Comp. (050 Series)
Wheel Ass’y. Comp. (060 Series)
20 “ Blade
22” Blade - Std.
22” Mulching Blade
Hex L-Nut 1/4-20 Thd.
Hex Bolt 3/8-24 x 1.5” Lg.
Blade Adapter Kit
Axle Bolt
Bell-Wash. .380” I.D. x .88”
Bell-Wash. .39” I.D. x 1.13”
Support, Bell-Blade
Hex Nut 3/8-16 Thd.
Throttle Wire 51” Lg. (050A,
052E, 060A, 062A) †
Throttle Wire 39” Lg. (061A, 061B)
Throttle Lever †
20” Deck Ass’y.
22” Deck Ass’y.
Hex Wash. Hd. Scr. 3/8-16 x 1” Lg.
Hinge Clip
Rear Flap (050 Series)
Rear Flap (060 Series)
Cable Tie
Lower Handle
Rope Guide
L-Wash. 5/16” I.D.
Hex Nut 5/16-18 Thd.
Upper Handle
Curved Carr. Bolt 5/16-18 x 1” Lg.
31
32
34
35
38
39
40
43
45
46
48
49
50
51
52
53
54
55
56
N/I
N/I
PART
NO.
710-0459
747-0824
647-0004
712-0324
736-0501
646-0875
710-0605
710-1270
746-0553
746-0550
746-0552
751B213146
7510007775
710-1237
710-0871
--750-0910
712-0355
731-1034
732-0593
17032
747-0710
710-0599
736-0270
811-00185
731-1386A
746-0883
731-1586B
7510042823
† Optional Parts
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DESCRIPTION
Hex Bolt 3/8-24 x 1.5” Lg.
Std. Control Handle
Deluxe Control Handle †
Hex L-Nut 1/4-20 Thd.
Spr. Wash. .66” I.D †
Throttle Body †
Oval C-Sunk Scr. (Use w/Ref. #54)
Oval C-Sunk Scr. (Use w/Ref. #56)
Control Cable (050A, 052E)
Control Cable-39” (060A, 062A)
Control Cable-49” (051A, 061A,
Casing Clamp (B&S) (Use w/Ref.
Casing Clamp (Tec) Use w/Ref.
Hex Wash. Hd. Scr. #10-32:.62 Lg.
Scr. #10-32:32 HXSL. (w/Tec) †
Engine
Spacer .391” I.D. x .375” Lg.
Hex L-Nut 3/8-24 Thd.
Chute Deflector Ass’y.
Torsion Spring
Adapter Plate
Hinge Pin
Hex Self-Tap Scr. 1/4-20 x .5”
Bell-Wash. 1/4” I.D.
Throttle Box Comp. (Incl. Ref.
Mulching Plug (060 Series) †
Control Cable Box
Engine Shroud (Tec) †
Screw (used w/ Eng. Shroud †
NOTES
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NOTES
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MANUFACTURER’S
LIMITED
WARRANTY
For ONE YEAR from the date of retail purchase
within the United States of America, its possessions
and territories, the manufacturer will, at its option,
repair or replace, for the original purchaser, free of
charge, any part or parts found to be defective in
material or workmanship. This warranty covers units
which have been operated and maintained in
accordance with the operating instructions furnished
with the unit, and which have not been subject to
misuse, abuse, commercial use, neglect, accident,
improper maintenance or alteration.
States of America, its possessions and territories,
except those sold through the manufacturer’s
authorized channels of export distribution.
Other Warranties:
1. The engine or component parts thereof carry
separate warranties from their manufacturers.
Please refer to the applicable manufacturer’s
warranty on these items.
2. *Batteries are covered by a 90-day replacement
warranty.
Normal wear parts or components thereof are
subject to separate terms as noted below in the “No
Fault Ninety Day Consumer Warranty” clause.
3. Log splitter pumps, valves and cylinders or
component parts thereof are covered by a one
year warranty.
All normal wear part failures will be covered on this
product for a period of 90 days regardless of cause.
After 90 days, but within the one year period,
normal wear parts failures will be covered ONLY IF
caused by defects in material or workmanship of
OTHER component parts. Normal wear parts are
defined as batteries*, belts, blades, blade adapters,
grass bags, rider deck wheels, seats, snow thrower
skid shoes, shave plates and tires.
4. All other warranties, express or implied,
including
any
implied
warranty
of
merchantability or fitness for a particular
purpose, are hereby expressly disclaimed in
their entirety.
5. The provisions as set forth in this warranty
provide the sole and exclusive remedy of the
manufacturer’s obligations arising from the
sales of its products. The manufacturer will not
be liable for incidental or consequential loss or
damage.
How to obtain service: Warranty service is
available, with proof of purchase, through your local
authorized service dealer. To locate the dealer in
your area, please check the yellow pages or contact
the Customer Service Department of the
manufacturer, P. O. Box 368022, Cleveland, Ohio
44136-9722. Phone 1-800-800-7310. The return of
a complete unit will not be accepted by the factory
unless prior written permission has been extended
by the service department of the manufacturer.
How state law relates to this warranty: This
limited warranty gives you specific legal rights, and
you may also have other rights which vary from
state to state. Certain disclaimers are not allowed in
some states and therefore they may not apply to
you under all circumstances.
NOTE: This warranty does not cover routine
maintenance items such as lubricants, filters, blade
sharpening and tune-ups, or adjustments such as
brake adjustments, clutch adjustments or deck
adjustments. Nor does this warranty cover normal
deterioration of the exterior finish due to use or
exposure.
Transportation charges: Transportation charges
for the movement of any power equipment unit or
attachment are the responsibility of the purchaser.
Units exported out of the United States: The
manufacturer does not extend any warranty for
products sold or exported outside of the United
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