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Brush Cutter
Owner/Operator Manual
Manuel du Propriétaire/Utilisateur
Model
911707 – Pro-24 HW Brush Cutter – CARB
Gasoline containing up to 10% ethanol (E10) or up to 10% MTBE (methyl tertiary butyl ether) is
acceptable for use in this machine.
The use of any gasoline exceeding 10% ethanol (E10) or 10% MTBE will void the product
warranty.
Il est possible d’utiliser de l’essence contenant jusqu’à 10% d’éthanol (E10) ou 10% de MTBE
(éther méthyl-tertiobutylique) sur cette machine.
L’utilisation d’une essence contenant plus de 10% d’éthanol (E10) ou de 10% de MTBE
annulent la garantie.
ENGLISH
FRENCH
04453400 1/12
Printed in USA
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Safety . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
Storage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26
Assembly . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
Troubleshooting. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27
Controls and Features. . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
Service Parts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28
Operation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12
Specifications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29
Maintenance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14
Warranty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30
Service and Adjustments . . . . . . . . . . 17
INTRODUCTION
NON-ENGLISH MANUALS
THE MANUAL
Manuals in languages other than
English may be obtained from
your Dealer. Visit your dealer or
www.ariens.com for a list of
languages available for your
equipment.
Manuals printed in languages
other than English are also
available as a free download on
our website:
Before using the unit, carefully and
completely read your manuals. The contents
will give you an understanding of safety
instructions and controls during normal
operation and maintenance.
All reference to left, right, front, or rear are
given from the operator’s position, facing the
direction of forward travel.
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The engine on this unit is covered by a
separate manual specific to the engine. This
manual is included in the literature package
that shipped with the unit. Refer to this
manual for engine service recommendations.
If the engine manual is not available, contact
the engine manufacturer for a replacement
manual.
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ENGINE MANUAL
SERVICE AND REPLACEMENT
PARTS
When ordering replacement parts or making
service inquiries, know the Model and Serial
numbers of your unit and engine.
Numbers are located on the product
registration form in the unit literature
package. They are also printed on a serial
number label, located on the frame of your
unit. See Figure 1.
• Record Unit Model and Serial numbers
here:
• Record Engine Model & Serial numbers
here:
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© Copyright 2012 Ariens Company
DEALER DELIVERY
Engine Serial Number Label
CAUTION: DO NOT drop machine when
loading or unloading or damage to rear axle
may occur. Dealer should advise customer of
the same.
Dealer should:
1. Check that all assembly and
adjustments have been properly
completed.
2. Fill out Original Purchaser Registration
Card and return the card to Ariens.
3. Explain Ariens Limited Warranty Policy.
4. Explain recommended lubrication and
maintenance. Advise customer on
adjustments.
5. Instruct customer on controls and
operation of unit. Discuss and
emphasize the Safety Rules. Give
customer Owner/Operator, Parts, and
Engine manuals. Advise customer to
thoroughly read and understand them.
Unit Serial Number Label
DISCLAIMER
Figure 1
PRODUCT REGISTRATION
The Ariens dealer must register the product
at the time of purchase. Registering the
product will help the company process
warranty claims or contact you with the latest
service information. All claims meeting
requirements during the limited warranty
period will be honored, whether or not the
product registration card is returned. Keep a
proof of purchase if you do not register your
unit.
Customer Note: If the Dealer does not
register your product, please fill out, sign and
return the product registration card to Ariens
or go to www.ariens.com on the internet.
Ariens reserves the right to discontinue,
make changes to, and add improvements
upon its products at any time without public
notice or obligation.The descriptions and
specifications contained in this manual were
in effect at printing. Equipment described
within this manual may be optional. Some
illustrations may not apply to your unit.
UNAUTHORIZED REPLACEMENT
PARTS
Use only Ariens replacement parts.
Replacing any part on this vehicle with
anything other than an Ariens authorized
replacement part may adversely affect the
performance, durability, or safety of this unit
and may void the warranty. Ariens disclaims
liability for any claims or damages, whether
warranty, property damage, personal injury or
death arising out of the use of unauthorized
replacement parts. To locate your nearest
Ariens Dealer, go to www.ariens.com on the
Internet.
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SAFETY
CAUTION: POTENTIALLY
HAZARDOUS SITUATION! If not
avoided, MAY RESULT in minor or
moderate injury. It may also be
used to alert against unsafe
practices.
WARNING: This cutting machine
is capable of amputating hands
and feet and throwing objects.
Failure to observe the safety
instructions in the manuals and
on decals could result in serious
injury or death.
Slopes are a major factor related
to slip and fall accidents.
Operation on all slopes requires
extra caution. Maximum slope
angle of operation is 25º.
Tragic accidents can occur if the
operator is not alert to the
presence of children. Never
assume that children will remain
where you last saw them.
Gasoline is extremely flammable
and the vapors are explosive,
handle with care.
Stop unit and engine and allow
moving parts to stop before
leaving operator’s position.
NOTATIONS
NOTE: General reference information for
proper operation and maintenance practices.
IMPORTANT: Specific procedures or
information required to prevent damage to
unit or attachment.
PRACTICES AND LAWS
Practice usual and customary safe working
precautions, for the benefit of yourself and
others. Understand and follow all safety
messages. Be alert to unsafe conditions and
the possibility of minor, moderate, or serious
injury or death. Learn applicable rules and
laws in your area.
REQUIRED OPERATOR
TRAINING
SAFETY ALERTS
Look for these symbols to point
out important safety precautions.
They mean:
Attention!
Original purchaser of this unit was instructed
by the seller on safe and proper operation. If
anyone other than the original purchaser will
use the unit, ALWAYS provide this manual
and any needed safety training before
operation.
Personal Safety Is Involved!
Become Alert!
Obey The Message!
The safety alert symbols above and signal
words below are used on decals and in this
manual.
Read and understand all safety messages.
DANGER: IMMINENTLY
HAZARDOUS SITUATION! If not
avoided, WILL RESULT in death or
serious injury.
WARNING: POTENTIALLY
HAZARDOUS SITUATION! If not
avoided, COULD RESULT in
death or serious injury.
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SAFETY DECALS AND
LOCATIONS
2. DANGER!
KEEP HANDS AND FEET AWAY
ALWAYS replace missing or damaged safety
decals. Refer to for safety decal locations.
Shut off engine, remove key, and
read manual before you adjust or
repair unit.
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SAFETY RULES
If unit is to be used by someone other than
original purchaser; loaned, rented or sold,
ALWAYS provide this manual and any
needed safety training before operation.
Figure 2
2
1. DANGER!
TO AVOID SERIOUS INJURY OR DEATH
Read the operator’s manual.
Do not allow operation of
machine by untrained personnel.
OL1801
Keep children and others away
from unit while operating.
OL4370
Never direct discharge toward
other people. Thrown objects can
cause injury.
OL0910
Do not operate mower unless
guards are in operating position
or entire bagger is attached.
Keep safety devices (guards,
shields, switches, etc.) in place
and working.
OL3030
Learn applicable rules and laws in your area,
including those that may restrict the age of
the operator.
Read, understand and follow all safety
practices in Owner/Operator Manual before
beginning assembly. Failure to follow
instructions could result in personal injury
and/or damage to unit.
If the operator or the mechanic cannot read
the manual, it is the owner’s responsibility to
explain it to them. Only the user can prevent
and is responsible for accidents or injuries
occurring to themselves, other people or
property.
Do not allow operation of machine by
untrained personnel.
ALWAYS remove key (if equipped) and
disconnect wire from spark plug before
assembly. Unintentional engine start up can
cause death or serious injury.
Complete a walk around inspection of unit
and work area to understand:
• work area
• your unit
• all safety decals.
Clear work area of stones, sticks, wire and
foreign objects which might be picked up and
thrown. Tall grass can hide obstacles.
Know the work area. Stay alert for holes,
rocks, rough terrain and hidden hazards.
Keep away from drop-offs, ditches, or
embankments that could cause operator to
lose footing or control of unit.
ALWAYS be aware of traffic when operating
along streets or curbs.
Keep work area clear of all persons, children
and pets.
Keep children out of the work area and under
the watchful care of a responsible adult.
ALWAYS operate unit when there is good
visibility and light.
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DO NOT mow wet grass.
ALWAYS be sure of your footing. Keep a firm
hold on handlebar. Walk, NEVER run.
Engine/blade control feature on mower stops
engine and blade within 3 seconds whenever
operator releases handlebar control. Check
this feature frequently. If feature fails to
operate, disconnect spark plug wire and
adjust or have it repaired before using unit.
Only trained adults may operate or service
unit. Training includes actual operation. The
owner is responsible for training users.
NEVER operate after or during the use of
medication, drugs or alcohol. Unit requires
complete and unimpaired attention.
NEVER allow children to use or service
mower.
ALWAYS keep hands and feet away from
rotating parts. Rotating parts can cut off body
parts.
ALWAYS keep hands away from pinch points.
Fumes from engine exhaust can cause death
or serious injury. DO NOT run engine in an
enclosed area.
ALWAYS protect eyes, face, and body with
adequate safety gear and protective clothes.
Wear sturdy footwear, gloves, a hard hat and
safety goggles or safety glasses with side
shields while operating mower.
Wear appropriate hearing protection.
NEVER operate mower barefoot or when
wearing open sandals or canvas shoes.
NEVER wear loose clothes, long hair or
jewelry that may get caught in rotating parts.
ALWAYS stand clear of discharge when
operating unit.
NEVER direct discharge toward bystanders.
Operator is responsible for bystander safety.
DO NOT touch hot parts. Allow parts to cool.
Keep safety devices or guards in place and
functioning properly. NEVER modify or
remove safety devices.
Read, understand, and follow all instructions
in the manual and on the machine before
starting. Understand:
• How to operate all controls
• The functions of all controls
• How to STOP in an emergency.
DO NOT attempt to start your engine until
you know what the controls do and how they
work.
DO NOT tilt mower when starting it.
Keep feet away when starting engine.
Never leave a running unit unattended.
Take all possible precautions when leaving
unit unattended.
ALWAYS shut off engine and disconnect
spark plug wire to prevent accidental starting
or unauthorized use.
Stop engine if anyone enters the work area.
NEVER attempt to make any adjustments to
unit while engine is running (except where
specifically recommended). Stop engine,
remove key and wait for all moving parts to
stop before servicing.
DO NOT make cutting height wheel
adjustments while the engine is running.
If you strike an object, or if equipment
vibrates abnormally, stop engine at once, wait
for moving parts to stop and disconnect wire
from spark plug. Repair any damage before
restarting unit.
ALWAYS shut off engine, allow blade to stop
and disconnect spark plug wire before
clearing clogs or cleaning unit.
Check for wear, damage, and/or
deterioration. Replace only with Ariens
original equipment replacement parts for
safety.
To reduce fire hazard and overheating, keep
equipment free of grass, leaves, debris or
excessive lubricants.
Use extra care when approaching blind
corners, shrubs, trees, or other objects which
may obscure vision.
DO NOT mow at too fast a rate. DO NOT
change engine governor setting or overspeed the engine.
Do not operate mower on gravel or loose
material such as sand. Stop mower when
crossing drives, walks, or roads to prevent
damage or injury from thrown objects.
DO NOT pull mower backwards unless
absolutely necessary. Look down and back,
especially for small children, before and while
moving backwards.
On self-propelled models, releasing wheel
drive control must stop mower’s forward
movement. If this feature fails to operate,
disconnect spark plug wire and repair before
using unit.
On self-propelled models, wheel drive must
be disengaged when starting engine.
DO NOT operate on steep slopes.
NEVER leave unit unattended on a slope.
Chock wheels if parking on a slope.
Mow across the face of slopes, never up and
down. Be especially cautious when changing
direction on slopes. Maximum slope angle of
operation is 25º.
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This product is equipped with an internal
combustion engine. DO NOT use on or near
any unimproved, forest or brush covered land
unless the exhaust system is equipped with a
spark arrestor meeting applicable local, state
or federal laws. A spark arrestor, if used,
must be maintained in effective working order
by the operator. See your Ariens Dealer or
engine manufacturer’s service center.
Accidental engine start up can cause death or
serious injury. Except where specifically
recommended, ALWAYS stop engine wait for
moving parts to stop, allow parts to cool and
disconnect spark plug wire before inspecting,
servicing, adjusting or repairing unit.
Avoid Electric Shock. DO NOT disconnect
wire from spark plug while engine is running.
Keep equipment in good condition.
Maintain or replace safety and instruction
labels, as necessary.
Follow engine manufacturer’s safety
instruction when servicing engine.
Check all hardware at regular intervals,
especially blade attachment bolts. Keep all
hardware properly tightened.
An extension spring, when extended, stores
energy and can be dangerous. Always use
tools specifically designed for installing or
removing an extension spring. Always
compress or extend springs slowly.
Before tipping unit, remove fuel and battery (if
equipped).
Use extra care when loading or unloading
unit onto trailer or truck.
CAUTION: DO NOT drop machine when
loading or unloading or damage to rear axle
may occur.
Ensure all wheel blocks, jack stands and tie
downs will support unit during maintenance.
Replace worn-out mufflers immediately.
Continued use could result in fire or
explosion.
Sharp edges can cut or amputate fingers or a
hand. Wrap blade or wear sturdy gloves to
service.
Only replace blades. NEVER straighten or
weld blades.
Use only replacement parts designed for your
unit. See your Ariens Dealer.
Allow engine to cool before storing in any
enclosure.
ALWAYS clean unit before extended storage.
See engine manual for proper storage.
DO NOT store unit inside a building with fuel
in the fuel tank where any ignition sources
are present.
Use only accessories which have been
approved by Ariens and are properly
installed.
Use only accessories or attachments that are
designed for your unit and that can be used
safely on your terrain.
Check attachments frequently and replace
worn or damaged components with
manufacturer’s recommended parts.
Fuel and Fuel System
Fuel is highly flammable and its vapors are
explosive. Handle with care. Use only an
approved gasoline container with an
appropriately sized dispensing spout.
• NO Smoking!
• NO Sparks!
• NO Flames!
• Allow engine to cool before filling fuel
tank.
Gasoline with up to 10% ethanol (gasohol) or
up to 10% MTBE (methyl tertiary butyl ether)
is acceptable. Use of any gasoline other than
those approved above will void the engine
warranty.
IMPORTANT: Refer to Engine Manual for
proper fuel type.
DO NOT OVERFILL. Fill fuel tank to below
bottom of filler neck to allow for fuel
expansion.
NOTE: See SPECIFICATIONS on page 29.
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.
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.
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 lockopen device.
Check fuel supply before starting engine.
DO NOT fill gasoline tank indoors, when
engine is running, or while engine is hot.
Allow engine to cool several minutes before
removing fuel cap.
Replace gasoline tank cap securely and
clean any spilled fuel before starting engine.
If fuel is spilled on clothing, change clothing
immediately.
NEVER store fuel inside where there is an
open flame, such as a water heater.
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ALWAYS drain fuel outdoors away from
ignition sources.
ALWAYS shut off engine, and remove key,
and close fuel shutoff valve when transporting
unit on a truck or trailer.
Emission Control System
This equipment and/or its engine may include
exhaust and evaporative emissions control
system components required to meet U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
and/or California Air Resources Board
(CARB) regulations. Tampering with
emission controls and components by
unauthorized personnel may result in severe
fines or penalties. Emission controls and
components can only be adjusted by an
Ariens Company dealer or an authorized
engine manufacturer's service center.
Contact your Ariens Company Equipment
Retailer concerning emission controls and
component questions.
ASSEMBLY
ASSEMBLY
4
WARNING: AVOID INJURY. Read
and understand the entire Safety
section before proceeding.
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2
NOTE: The mounting hardware described in
the following assembly procedures is factorymounted on the mower in the proper
locations.
Handlebar Installation
1. Remove mower and handlebar from
carton.
2. Slowly pull out recoil starter rope to
create enough slack to allow handlebar
to be rotated up and back.
NOTE: Lower ends of handlebar are
mounted forward of fuel tank and muffler.
3. Rotate handlebar up and back, while
simultaneously pulling both handlebar
supports back to vertical position, until
handlebar lower ends are near frame
mounting points. See Figure 3.
3
1. Frame
2. Handlebar
3. Handlebar
Support
4. Cable
Figure 3
NOTE: Do not remove cable tie securing
control cable to each handlebar support.
4. Remove cable tie securing actuation link
to handlebar on each side. See Figures
3 and 4.
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1
2
3
3
1
5
4
1. Handlebar
Support
2. Handlebar
3. Support
Clamp
4. Cable Tie
5. Frame
4
1. Handlebar
2. Frame
Figure 4
5. Remove and retain handlebar mounting
hardware from each side of mower
frame. See Figures 4 and 5.
Remove lock nut and
bolt from frame.
Handlebar Support
Remove lock nut
from frame stud.
2
3. Lock nut on
stud
4. Bellcrank
Figure 6
7. Install flanged lock nuts on lower studs.
Do not tighten fully. See Figure 6.
8. Install round head square neck bolts
through upper holes in frame and
handlebar and secure loosely with
flanged lock nuts. See Figure 6.
NOTE: Ensure that control cables are
positioned to the rear of (outside) the support
clamp connections.
9. Align each support clamp on handlebar
with vertical support and connect with
hex cap screw and flanged lock nut.
Tighten to 14 lbf-ft (19 N•m). See
Figure 7.
10. Tighten flanged locknuts (item 3,
Figure 6) to 14 lbf-ft (19 N•m).
11. Tighten flanged locknuts, installed in
step 8, to 7 lbf-ft (9.5 N•m). See
Figure 6.
Handlebar
Figure 5
6. Place the lower hole of one side of the
handlebar on frame outer stud. Spread
lower ends of handlebar until opposite
side can be installed on frame stud.
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3
2
Wheel Drive Link Installation
1
See Figure 9.
1. Remove cable tie securing lower control
lever to handlebar on each side. See
Figure 8.
4
5
Cut cable tie
to release
control lever.
6
Lever
Figure 8
2. Install flat washer, actuation link and
second flat washer on bellcrank stud.
See Figure 9.
Cut cable ties to
release mechanisms.
7
Tighten lower hardware
on both sides.
1. Lock Nut
2. Handlebar
3. Support
Clamp
4. Bolt
5. Handlebar
Support
6. Frame
7. PTO Clutch
Cable
4
Figure 7
12. Tighten hardware securing lower end of
each handlebar support to frame to 23
lbf-ft (31 N•m). See Figure 7.
5
2
1
3
1. Bellcrank
4. Hairpin
2. Flat Washers
5. Actuation Link
3. Frame
Figure 9
3. Install hairpin through bellcrank stud to
secure actuation link. See Figure 9.
4. Remove cable tie on each side of frame
to release the wheel drive (self-propel)
mechanism.
5. Adjust traction fine adjustment knob as
shown in Wheel Drive Traction
Adjustment on page 19.
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Engine Preparation
4. Check the engine throttle operation. Try
starting the engine with the throttle
pulled back fully to the stop position.
Engine must not start. If engine starts,
stop engine by disconnecting spark plug
wire. Bring the unit to your dealer for
adjustment or repair.
1. Check engine oil level and add if
necessary. See engine manual.
2. Fill fuel tank. See FILLING FUEL TANK
on page 13.
3. Connect spark plug wire.
CONTROLS AND FEATURES
4
6
1
5
14
10
9
11
8
3
7
13
12
Figure 10
1. PTO Clutch Control Lever
2. PTO Clutch Interlock
3. Recoil Starter Handle
4. Wheel Drive Control Lever
5. Handlebars
6. Engine Throttle Control
7. Air Filter Cover
8. Fuel Tank and Cap
9. Fuel Filter
10. Upper Guard
11. Lower Guard
12. Oil Fill/Dipstick
13. Muffler
14. Traction Fine-Adjustment Knob
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OPERATION
WARNING: Improper operation
can lead to injury. Learn what the
controls do and how they work.
Thoroughly read and understand
entire Operator Manual.
CAUTION: Avoid Injury! Check
blade brake frequently. If blade
brake fails to stop mower blade
within 3 seconds stop unit
immediately, disconnect spark
plug wire and adjust or repair unit
before operating.
CAUTION: If clog or obstruction
prevents grass flow, release
engine/blade control and
disconnect spark plug wire before
attempting to clear.
Wheel Drive Lever
Squeeze wheel drive lever to engage wheel
drive. Release the lever to disengage. This
lever allows for quick engagement and
disengagement of wheel drive when
maneuvering in tight areas or around
obstacles.
CONTROLS AND FEATURES
See Figure 10.
PTO Clutch Lever
CAUTION: Check function of
Engine/Blade Control regularly.
Improper function of control could
cause injury.
PTO clutch control lever is used to release
the blade pulley brake and engage the mower
blade.
NOTE: Interlock prevents PTO clutch lever
from being engaged accidentally. It engages
each time clutch lever is released.
To start mower blade, press down interlock
and then squeeze the PTO clutch lever
against handlebar to release the blade brake.
It is not necessary to hold down interlock
once clutch lever is depressed.
NOTE: Engine must be running and PTO
must be engaged for wheel drive to propel
unit.
Wheel drive speed is preset and cannot be
adjusted during mower operation. See Wheel
Drive Speed Adjustment on page 19.
Recoil Starter Handle
When pulled, recoil starter handle will turn
engine over.
Release clutch lever to apply blade pulley
brake. The blade should stop within 3
seconds.
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Engine Throttle
GASOLINE
The throttle lever controls the choke, engine
speed and stops engine.
IMPORTANT: ALWAYS use gasoline that
meets the following guidelines:
• Clean, fresh gasoline.
• A minimum of 87 octane/87 AKI (91
RON). High altitude use may require a
different octane. Consult your engine
manual.
• Gasoline with up to 10% ethanol
(gasohol) or up to 10% MTBE (methyl
tertiary butyl ether) is acceptable.
• Use of any gasoline other than those
approved above will void the engine
warranty. If the pumps are not marked
for the content of alcohol or ethers,
check ethanol and MTBE levels with
the fuel supplier.
• Do not modify the fuel system to use
different fuels.
• Never mix oil and gasoline.
NOTE: All gasoline is not the same. If the
engine experiences starting or performance
problems after using a new gasoline, switch
to a different fuel provider or fuel brand.
IMPORTANT: Excessively oxygenated or
reformulated fuels (fuels blended with
alcohols or ethers) can damage the fuel
system or cause performance problems. If
any undesirable operating problems occur,
use a gasoline with a lower percentage of
alcohol or ether.
1
2
(1) Choke
(Gradually move lever to
Slow position once engine
starts.)
To increase or decrease
engine speed:
3
(2) Fast
(3) Part-Throttle
(4) Slow
4
5
To stop engine:
(5) Stop (Stop Engine)
FILLING FUEL TANK
WARNING: AVOID INJURY. Read
and understand the entire Safety
section before proceeding.
To add fuel to fuel tank:
1. Put unit in open or well-ventilated area.
2. Stop engine and allow to cool.
3. Clean fuel cap and surrounding area.
4. Remove cap.
IMPORTANT: See engine manual for proper
fuel type and grade.
5. Fill fuel tank to below bottom of filler
neck to allow for fuel expansion. See
SPECIFICATIONS on page 29.
IMPORTANT: DO NOT OVERFILL! This
equipment and/or its engine may include
evaporative emissions control system
components, required to meet EPA and/or
CARB regulations, that will only function
properly when the fuel tank has been filled to
the recommended level. Overfilling may
cause permanent damage to evaporative
emissions control system components. Filling
to the recommended level ensures a vapor
gap required to allow for fuel expansion. Pay
close attention while filling the fuel tank to
ensure that the recommended fuel level
inside the tank is not exceeded. Use a
portable gasoline container with an
appropriately sized dispensing spout when
filling the tank. Do not use a funnel or other
device that obstructs the view of the tank
filling process.
6. Replace fuel cap and tighten.
7. ALWAYS clean any spilled fuel.
Fuel Stabilizer
Gasoline left in the fuel system for extended
periods without a stabilizer will deteriorate,
resulting in gum deposits in the system.
These deposits can damage the carburetor
and the fuel hoses, filter and tank. Prevent
deposits from forming in the fuel system
during storage by adding a quality fuel
stabilizer to the fuel. Follow the
recommended mix ratio found on the fuel
stabilizer container.
STARTING AND SHUT OFF
WARNING: Improper operation
can lead to injury. Learn what the
controls do and how they work.
Thoroughly read and understand
entire Operator Manual.
See Figure 10 for all Controls and Features.
NOTE: Start engine on a level surface that is
free of debris. It is recommended that the
engine is started over a non-grassy area, or
over grass that has been cut short.
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Starting
1. Check each item in the Before Each Use
section of the MAINTENANCE
SCHEDULE on page 15.
2. Ensure the wheel drive is disengaged.
3. Place engine throttle in high-speed
(Fast) position for warm start. Place
throttle in Choke position for cold start.
NOTE: PTO Clutch lever must be released.
4. Grasp starter handle and pull rope
slowly until it pulls harder. This is the
compression stroke.
5. Pull rope with rapid continuous full arm
stroke to start engine. Allow rope to
rewind slowly.
IMPORTANT: DO NOT let starter handle
snap against bracket.
6. Repeat step 4 and step 5 until engine
starts. (If engine does not start, see
TROUBLESHOOTING on page 27.)
7. Bring engine throttle off Choke position
once engine is warm.
Shut Off
1. Release wheel drive control lever. Allow
unit to stop completely.
2. Release PTO Clutch lever.
3. Place engine throttle in Stop position.
EMERGENCY STOPPING
To stop the mower in an emergency:
1. Release PTO Clutch lever.
2. Release the wheel drive control lever.
3. Place engine throttle in Stop position.
4. Allow all moving parts to stop before
leaving operator’s position.
MOWING TIPS
Cut grass when it is dry.
Keep mower blades sharp.
Do not set cutting height too low. For tall
grass, mow twice.
Do not mow too fast.
Mow with engine at full (Fast) throttle.
Discharge clippings into areas already cut.
Vary cutting pattern with each mowing.
NOTE: To prevent dirt and grass from
collecting on inside of mower deck, avoid
operating over bare ground with only patches
of grass.
MAINTENANCE
CAUTION: AVOID INJURY. Read
and understand the entire Safety
section before proceeding.
Ariens Dealers will provide any service, parts
or adjustments which may be required to
keep your unit operating at peak efficiency.
Should engine require service, contact an
Ariens Dealer or an authorized engine
manufacturer's service center.
MAINTENANCE SCHEDULE
NOTE: Some working conditions (heavy
loads, high ambient temperatures, dusty
conditions, or airborne debris) may require
more frequent service.
See engine manual for further maintenance
and troubleshooting information.
WARNING: HOT SURFACES
can cause death or serious injury.
DO NOT TOUCH parts which are
hot from operation. ALWAYS
allow parts to cool.
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MAINTENANCE SCHEDULE
Service Performed
Before
Each Use
•
•
•
•
•
•
25 Hours
Check PTO Clutch Lever
Check Wheel Drive Lever
Clean Unit
Check Engine Oil
Check Fasteners
Check Mower Blade
Check Drive Belts
General Lubrication
Check Muffler
Clean Air Filter
Check Engine Cooling
Change Engine Oil *
Replace Fuel Filter *
Replace Spark Plug *
* Refer to engine manual for recommended intervals.
50 Hours
100 Hours or
Annually
•
•
•
•
•
CHECK PTO CLUTCH LEVER
CHECK MOWER BLADE
The blade must stop within 3 seconds after
releasing this control lever. If the blade
continues to run, adjust or repair the control
components immediately. See PTO CLUTCH
CABLE ADJUSTMENT on page 17.
NOTE: If the blade makes a scraping sound
when the PTO lever is released, the blade
brake is faulty. Contact an Ariens Dealer
immediately for repair.
Check blade mounting: blade must be secure
and bolt torqued to 187 – 253 lb-ft (254 –
343 N•m).
Check blade for nicks and dull cutting edges.
Sharpen if necessary.
Check blade for rounded or broken ends,
thinned metal or other damage. Replace if
necessary.
CHECK WHEEL DRIVE LEVER
CAUTION: Mower blades are
sharp and can cut you. Wrap the
blades or wear gloves, and use
extra caution when servicing
them.
The unit must stop quickly and completely
when control lever is released. Adjust or
repair if necessary. See Wheel Drive Lever
on page 12.
CLEAN UNIT
Before each use, use a brush to clean recoil
guard, all control linkage and muffler guard of
debris. See engine manual for instructions.
Clean oil, grease or fuel spills to prevent fires.
CHECK ENGINE OIL
IMPORTANT: Maintain proper oil level at all
times or engine damage will result.
Check the level of the engine crankcase oil
before each use.
Make sure engine is level when checking oil.
See engine manual for instructions.
CHECK FASTENERS
Remove Mower Blade
1. Place mower in the Service Position.
See SERVICE POSITION on page 17.
2. Block blade to prevent rotation.
3. Remove lock nut, flat washer, blade and
remaining flat washer from shaft.
Install Mower Blade
NOTE: Ensure blade air lift points upward.
See Figure 11.
1. Replace flat washer, blade, flat washer
and lock nut on shaft.
2. Torque lock nut to 187 – 253 lbf-ft (254 –
343 N•m).
3. Connect spark plug wire to spark plug.
Check all fasteners for proper tightness. Pay
special attention to blade hardware and all
guards, shields and safety devices.
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Sharpening Mower Blades
1
CAUTION: DO NOT sharpen
mower blades while on unit. An
imbalanced mower blade will
cause excessive vibration and
eventual damage to unit. Check
mower blade balance before
reinstalling blades.
NEVER weld or straighten bent
blades.
DO NOT sharpen to this pattern.
2
3
OT0792
Sharpen to this pattern.
CAUTION: Mower blades are
sharp and can cut you. Wrap the
blades or wear gloves, and use
extra caution when servicing
them.
DISCARD If More Than 1/2 in. (1.3 cm)
2
1. Remove mower blade from unit. See
Remove Mower Blade on page 15.
Discard mower blade if:
• More than 1/2 in. (1.3 cm) of metal is
removed. See Figure 11.
• Air lifts become eroded.
• Blade is bent or broken.
2. Sharpen mower blade by removing an
equal amount of material from each end
of mower blade. Blade should be
sharpened back at an angle from the
center to the outside tip. DO NOT
change vertical angle of cutting edge or
round corner of mower blade. See
Figure 11.
4
3
1.
2.
3.
4.
Square Corner
Cutting Edge
Air Lift
Air Lift Erosion
Figure 11
3. Check mower blade balance. Slide
mower blade on an unthreaded bolt. A
balanced blade should remain in a
horizontal position. If either end of
mower blade moves downward, sharpen
the heavy end until blade is balanced.
See Figure 12.
Blade
Bolt
OA0013
Figure 12
4. Install mower blade on unit. See Install
Mower Blade on page 15.
5. Tighten mounting bolt to a torque of 187
– 253 lbf-ft (254 – 343 N•m).
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CHECK DRIVE BELTS
REPLACE FUEL FILTER
Check tension of mower blade and wheel
drive belts. See BELT TENSION
ADJUSTMENT on page 20. Check drive belts
for wear and/or damage and replace as
necessary. See BELT REPLACEMENT on
page 22.
See engine manual for recommended service
interval.
GENERAL LUBRICATION
Lubricate wheel drive shaft through grease
fitting every 16 hours of operation. Lightly oil
all other moving parts every 25 hours of
operation. Wipe off excess oil to avoid
accumulation of dirt and debris.
REPLACE SPARK PLUG
See engine manual for recommended service
interval.
NOTE: Loose spark plug wire terminals can
cause sparking. Replace terminal if
damaged.
SERVICE POSITION
Put unit into service position for easy access
to underside of deck.
CHECK MUFFLER
CAUTION: Avoid fuel spills. Follow
steps below to help prevent fuel
spills. If fuel leaks into air cleaner,
replace air cleaner. ALWAYS clean
up any spilled fuel.
Check muffler for debris, cracks, wear, or
other damage every 50 hours of operation.
CAUTION: Replace worn-out
mufflers immediately. Continued
use could result in fire or
explosion.
1. Stop engine, wait for all moving parts to
stop and hot parts to cool.
2. Place unit on a flat, level surface.
3. Disconnect spark plug wire from spark
plug.
4. Remove fuel cap, place a piece of fuelresistant plastic bag over the opening
and tighten cap securely.
5. Tip unit up onto left (muffler) side.
Make sure unit is secure and will not tip
over.
CLEAN AIR FILTER
Clean air filter every 50 hours of operation.
See engine manual for specific information.
CHANGE ENGINE OIL
See engine manual for oil type and
recommended service intervals.
IMPORTANT: Proper oil level must be
maintained at all times or engine damage will
result. DO NOT overfill. Be sure engine is
level when adding oil.
IMPORTANT: After service is complete and
unit is upright, remove plastic from fuel cap
and connect spark plug wire to spark plug.
SERVICE AND ADJUSTMENTS
•
CAUTION: AVOID INJURY. Read
and understand the entire Safety
section before proceeding.
PTO CLUTCH CABLE
ADJUSTMENT
WARNING: If you cannot adjust the
controls so the unit drives properly,
immediately take the unit to your
local authorized dealer for repairs.
1. Shut off engine.
2. Remove lower drive belt guard. See
Drive Belt Guards on page 18.
3. Test the PTO clutch adjustment:
• Disengage control l lever (Figure 10,
item 1).
The blade brake pad should contact
the mower spindle lower pulley and
the tensioner assembly should not
contact the mower blade drive belt.
• Engage control lever.
• The blade brake pad should not
contact the mower spindle lower pulley
and the tensioner assembly should
contact the mower blade drive belt.
NOTE: Belt tension is adjusted by moving the
engine mounting plate. See Adjust Mower
Blade Drive Belt Tension on page 21.
4. With the control lever disengaged,
loosen the lock nuts on the cable
adjuster. See Figure 13.
5. Turn the adjuster body in its mounting
bracket to tighten or loosen the clutch
cable.
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6. Gently press against cable between
control lever and adjuster. There must
be a slight amount of deflection in cable
with clutch disengaged.
7. Tighten lock nuts.
WARNING: Test PTO clutch. The
blade must stop within 3 seconds
after releasing control lever. If blade
continues to run, adjust or repair
control components immediately.
IMPORTANT: If you cannot adjust the PTO
clutch or if it fails to operate properly,
immediately take the unit to your Ariens
dealer for repair.
WHEEL DRIVE ADJUSTMENTS
The unit should stop immediately when the
wheel drive control lever (Figure 10, item 4) is
released. The unit should not creep forward
when the wheel drive control lever is released
and the engine running.
If the unit creeps, the gap between the drive
rollers and tires must be adjusted. If the unit
does not accelerate smoothly or slips under
load, increase the traction and speed. See
Wheel Drive Traction Adjustment on page 19.
Drive Belt Guards
DANGER: Avoid injury from rotating
blade.
ALWAYS shut off engine, wait for
moving parts to stop and allow
engine to cool before removing
guards.
1
2
Check cable deflection
at midpoint.
1. Lock Nuts
The lower guard covers the blade spindle and
drive belt. The upper guard covers the wheel
drive components.
To remove a guard:
1. Shut off unit.
2. Disconnect spark plug wire from spark
plug.
3. Unscrew two hex bolts from mounting
brackets and remove guard.
NOTE: Each mounting bolt includes a captive
flat washer and nyloc nut. The captive nut
prevents the bolt from separating from the
guard. The mounting bolt secures to a
weldnut on the back of each mounting
bracket.
To install a guard:
1. Position guard on mower and slide bolts
with captive nyloc nuts into mounting
brackets.
2. Thread each mounting bolt into
mounting bracket and tighten to 63 lbf-ft
(85 N•m). Do not overtighten.
3. Connect spark plug wire to spark plug.
2. Cable
Adjuster
Figure 13
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1
See Figure 16
See
Figure 17
2
Flat on
Shaft
3
4
1. Wheel Drive
Upper Belt
2. Set Screw
See Figure 15
3. VS Pulley
Outer Half
4. Wheel Drive
Lower Belt
Figure 15
Figure 14
Wheel Drive Traction Adjustment
Wheel Drive Speed Adjustment
See Figures 14 and 15.
Wheel drive speed is determined by how
deep the wheel drive lower belt rides in the
variable speed (VS) pulley. The higher the
belt rides in the VS pulley groove, the slower
the wheel drive speed. The lower the belt
rides in the VS pulley groove, the faster the
wheel drive speed. To adjust wheel drive
speed:
1. Remove upper and lower drive belt
guards. See Drive Belt Guards on
page 18.
2. Release the tension from the wheel
drive lower belt. See Adjust Wheel Drive
Lower Belt Tension on page 20.
3. Loosen set screw in VS pulley.
4. To decrease wheel drive speed:
• Rotate the pulley outer half clockwise,
moving it inward. This causes the belt
to ride higher in pulley.
To increase wheel drive speed:
• Rotate the pulley outer half
counterclockwise, moving it outward.
This causes the belt to ride lower in
pulley.
5. Tighten the VS pulley set screw. Ensure
that set screw fully engages one of the
flats of the shaft.
6. Increase wheel drive lower belt tension.
See Adjust Wheel Drive Lower Belt
Tension on page 20.
7. Install drive belt guards.
The gap between the drive rollers and tires,
when wheel drive is disengaged determines
the amount of contact force when wheel drive
is engaged. Drive roller to wheel gap should
be 1/8 – 1/4" (3 – 6 mm).
NOTE: A smaller gap between rollers and
tires when wheel drive is disengaged
provides for more engaged traction, which is
helpful on sloped terrain.
1. Remove upper and lower drive belt
guards. See Drive Belt Guards on
page 18.
2. Loosen fine-adjustment knob to top end
of adjustment link. Do not remove.
3. Remove hairpin, washer and engage
plate from bell crank post.
4. Push the wheel drive frame back until
drive roller gap at wheels is 1/8 – 1/4" (3
– 6 mm). See Figure 17.
NOTE: Holes in the engage plate allow
traction adjustments to match rear wheel
height.
5. Install nearest hole of engage plate onto
bell crank post. See Figure 16.
6. Install hairpin and washer on bell crank
post.
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BELT TENSION ADJUSTMENT
2
3
4
1
Adjust Wheel Drive Lower Belt
Tension
5
See Figure 18.
1. Remove upper and lower drive belt
guards. See Drive Belt Guards on
page 18.
NOTE: The adjustment bracket bolt holes are
threaded.
2. Loosen lock nut and bolt attaching each
adjustment plate to the adjustment
bracket. Do not remove hardware.
1
2
4
6, 7
1. Wheel Drive
4.
Frame
5.
2. Adjustment Link
6.
3. Fine Adjustment
7.
Knob
Figure 16
Engage Plate
Bell Crank
Washer
Hairpin
5
7. Tighten fine-adjustment knob to adjust
drive roller gap at wheels to be 1/8 – 1/4"
(3 – 6 mm).
8. Install drive belt guards. See Drive Belt
Guards on page 18.
2
6
7
2
1
1/8 - 1/4" (3 – 6 mm) Gap
1. Upper
Guard
3
3
8
2. Drive Roller
3. Tire
1. Adjustment
Plate
2. Adjustment
Bracket
3. Hex Bolt
4. Flanged Nut
Figure 17
Figure 18
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5. Lock Nut
6. Wheel Drive
Upper Belt
7. Wheel Drive
Lower Belt
8. Blade Drive
Belt
3. Loosen flanged nut on each adjustment
hex bolt.
IMPORTANT: To avoid bending adjustment
bolts, or have them slip off adjustment
brackets, it may be necessary to pull back on
wheel drive assembly as lower belt tension is
adjusted.
4. Turn both adjustment bolts in/out evenly
to achieve 1-1/4" – 1-1/2" (3 – 4 cm)
deflection in belt. Use finger pressure at
center of belt span to check for proper
deflection.
NOTE: Measure adjustment bolt lengths to
ensure they are equal.
5. Hold adjustment bolt stationary and
tighten flanged nut against adjustment
bracket. Tighten to 26 lbf-ft (35 N•m).
6. Tighten lock nut and bolt attaching each
adjustment plate to the adjustment
bracket. Tighten to 23 lbf-ft (31 N•m).
7. Install drive belt guards. See Drive Belt
Guards on page 18.
5
3
1
2
4
Adjust Wheel Drive Upper Belt
Tension
See Figure 19.
1. Remove upper and lower drive belt
guards. See Drive Belt Guards on
page 18.
2. Loosen two flanged lock nuts and round
head square neck bolts securing each
bearing holder to wheel drive frame. Do
not remove.
3. Pull drive roller shaft up to achieve a
deflection of 1/8 – 3/8" (3 – 9 mm). Use
finger pressure at center of belt span to
check for proper deflection.
4. Lightly tighten two flanged lock nuts and
round head square neck bolts securing
each bearing holder to wheel drive
frame.
5. Check that drive rollers shaft is level by
measuring the position of both bearing
holders on the wheel drive frame. The
positions should be equal on both sides.
6. If adjustment is necessary, lightly tap on
bearing holders.
7. Tighten hardware to 14 lbf-ft (19 N•m).
8. Install drive belt guards. See Drive Belt
Guards on page 18.
5
6
1. Bolt and
4. Wheel Drive
Flanged Lock
Upper Belt
Nut
5. Drive Rollers
2. Bearing
Shaft
Holder
6. Blade Drive
3. Wheel Drive
Belt
Frame
Figure 19
Adjust Mower Blade Drive Belt
Tension
See Figure 20.
NOTE: Test and adjust the PTO clutch cable
before adjusting the mower drive belt tension.
See PTO CLUTCH CABLE ADJUSTMENT
on page 17.
1. Shut off engine.
2. Remove lower drive belt guard. See
Drive Belt Guards on page 18.
3. Loosen the four flanged lock nuts from
the round head square neck bolts (two
front/two rear) securing the engine
mounting plate to mower frame. Do not
remove.
4. Apply and hold PTO clutch control lever.
See PTO Clutch Lever on page 12. See
Figure 10.
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5. Hold the flanged nyloc nut (on the inside
of the engine mounting plate) stationary
while turning the belt tensioning bolt
clockwise to increase belt tension.
NOTE: As the end of the bolt extends against
the mower frame, the engine mount plate is
forced back, increasing belt tension.
• Adjust belt to 30-35 lbs tension. This
equates to belt deflection of
approximately 0.5 inches measured at
the center of the longest belt span (RH
side of machine as viewed from
operator position). See Figure 19.
6. Turn bolt counterclockwise to decrease
belt tension.
NOTE: Check belt deflection with
approximately 3 lbs of force (average finger
force).
7. Tighten engine mounting hardware to 14
lbf-ft (19 N•m).
8. Release PTO clutch control lever.
9. Install lower belt drive guard. See Drive
Belt Guards on page 18.
10. Test PTO clutch. The blade must stop
within 3 seconds after releasing control
lever. If blade continues to run, adjust or
repair control components immediately.
See PTO CLUTCH CABLE
ADJUSTMENT on page 17.
4
2
1
4
5
3
1. Mounting
Hardware
2. Engine
Mounting
Plate
3. Flanged Nyloc
Nut
4. Frame
5. Belt
Tensioning
Bolt
Figure 20
BELT REPLACEMENT
Wheel Drive Lower Belt Replacement
See Figure 21.
1. Remove upper and lower drive belt
guards. See Drive Belt Guards on
page 18.
NOTE: The adjustment bracket bolt holes are
threaded.
2. Loosen the lock nut and bolt attaching
each adjustment plate to the adjustment
bracket. Do not remove hardware.
3. Loosen the flanged nut on each
adjustment hex bolt away from the
adjustment bracket.
4. Turn both adjustment bolts out evenly
until belt becomes loose enough to slide
off blade shaft pulley.
CAUTION: If wheel drive lower belt is
installed incorrectly, the variable speed (VS)
pulley will rotate in reverse. The drive rollers
shaft will then also be driven in reverse. If
driven in reverse, the drive rollers will slip and
produce a clicking noise.
5. Twist belt 90º so left side goes to lower
side of VS pulley. Also see Figure 19.
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IMPORTANT: To avoid bending adjustment
bolts, or have them slip off adjustment
brackets, it may be necessary to pull back on
wheel drive assembly as lower belt tension is
adjusted.
6. Turn both adjustment bolts in/out evenly
to achieve 1-1/4 – 1-1/2" (3 – 4 cm)
deflection in belt. Use finger pressure at
center of belt span to check for proper
deflection.
NOTE: Measure bolt lengths to ensure they
are equal.
7. Hold adjustment bolt stationary and
tighten flanged nut against adjustment
bracket to 26 lbf-ft (35 N•m).
8. Tighten lock nut and bolt attaching each
adjustment plate to the adjustment
bracket to 23 lbf-ft (31 N•m).
9. Install drive belt guards. See Drive Belt
Guards on page 18.
1
2
4
5
3
2
6
8
1. Adjustment
Plate
2. Adjustment
Bracket
3. Hex Bolt
4. Flanged Nut
Figure 21
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7
5. Lock Nut
6. Wheel Drive
Upper Belt
7. Wheel Drive
Lower Belt
8. Blade Drive
Belt
Wheel Drive Upper Belt Replacement
See Figure 22.
1. Remove wheel drive lower belt. See
Wheel Drive Lower Belt Replacement on
page 22.
2. Loosen two flanged lock nuts and round
head square neck bolts securing each
bearing holder to wheel drive frame. Do
not remove mounting hardware.
3. Push drive rollers shaft down to release
belt tension.
4. Remove two flanged lock nuts and
round head square neck bolts securing
left-side bearing holder to wheel drive
frame.
5. Remove belt from drive rollers shaft
pulley and then the variable speed (VS)
pulley.
6. Guide belt over left-side bearing holder
and remove.
7. Install new belt.
8. Install hardware removed in step 4.
9. Pull drive roller shaft up to achieve a
deflection of 1/8 – 3/8" (3 – 9 mm). Use
finger pressure at center of belt span to
check for proper deflection.
10. Lightly tighten two flanged lock nuts and
round head square neck bolts securing
each bearing holder to wheel drive
frame.
11. Check that drive rollers shaft is level by
measuring the position of both bearing
holders on the wheel drive frame. The
positions should be equal on both sides.
12. If adjustment is necessary, lightly tap on
bearing holders.
13. Tighten hardware to 14 lbf-ft (19 N•m).
14. Replace wheel drive lower belt. See
Wheel Drive Lower Belt Replacement on
page 22.
5
3
1
2
4
5
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6
1. Bolt and
4.
Flanged Lock
Nut
5.
2. Bearing
Holder
6.
3. Wheel Drive
Frame
Figure 22
Wheel Drive
Upper Belt
Drive Rollers
Shaft
Blade Drive
Belt
Mower Blade Drive Belt Replacement
See Figure 23.
1. Remove wheel drive lower belt. See
Wheel Drive Lower Belt Replacement on
page 22.
2. Loosen the four flanged lock nuts from
the round head square neck bolts (two
front/two rear) securing the engine
mounting plate to mower frame. Do not
remove.
3. To decrease belt tension, hold flanged
nyloc nut (on the inside of the engine
mounting plate) stationary while turning
the belt tensioning bolt
counterclockwise. This will back the bolt
away from the mower frame.
4. Force the motor mount plate forward
until belt is slack enough to remove from
pulleys.
NOTE: Ensure belt is routed between pulley
and belt guides at both the engine and blade
spindle pulleys.
5. Install new belt. See Figure 22.
6. Adjust mower blade drive belt. See
Adjust Mower Blade Drive Belt Tension
on page 21.
7. Install wheel drive lower belt. See Wheel
Drive Lower Belt Replacement on
page 22.
4
2
1
4
5
3
1. Mounting
Hardware
2. Engine
Mounting
Plate
Figure 23
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3. Flanged Nyloc
Nut
4. Frame
5. Belt
Tensioning
Bolt
STORAGE
Fuel System
CAUTION: AVOID INJURY. Read
and understand the entire Safety
section before proceeding.
IMPORTANT: NEVER spray unit with highpressure water or store unit outdoors. Store
mower in a cool, dry, protected location.
Cleaning
IMPORTANT: NEVER spray unit with high
pressure water or store unit outdoors.
• Allow unit to cool.
• Brush off dirt and debris from all
surfaces.
• Clean unit thoroughly with mild soap
and low pressure water. Do not use
abrasives, solvents, or harsh cleaners.
• Touch up all scratched surfaces to
prevent rust. Matching touch-up paint
is available from your Ariens Dealer.
• Lubricate (see GENERAL
LUBRICATION on page 17).
• Remove weight from wheels by putting
blocks under frame or axles.
Gasoline left in the fuel system for extended
periods without a stabilizer will deteriorate,
resulting in gum deposits in the system.
These deposits can damage the carburetor
and the fuel hoses, filter and tank. Prevent
deposits from forming in the fuel system
during storage by adding a quality fuel
stabilizer to the fuel. Follow the
recommended mix ratio found on the fuel
stabilizer container.
IMPORTANT: NEVER store the engine with
fuel in the fuel tank inside of a building with
potential sources of ignition.
Add Fuel Stabilizer
Inspection
Inspect mower and repair or replace worn or
damaged parts to avoid delays when
beginning use again.
Regularly check all hardware and keep
fasteners tight. Know unit is in safe working
condition.
Store unit in a cool, dry protected area.
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1. Turn the fuel valve off while engine is
running and allow the engine to run until
it stops. Turn engine OFF when it begins
surging to avoid engine damage.
2. Add fuel stabilizer, following the
manufacturer’s instructions.
3. Turn fuel valve on after adding fuel
stabilizer.
4. Re-start engine.
5. Run the engine outdoors for 1 minute to
be sure that treated gasoline has
replaced the untreated gasoline in the
carburetor.
6. Slow the engine to an idle speed.
7. Repeat step 1.
TROUBLESHOOTING
PROBLEM
Engine will not
start
PROBABLE CAUSE
1. Fuel tank empty or low.
2. Spark plug wire loose or off.
3. Engine throttle lever in Stop
(Off) position.
4. Air cleaner clogged.
5. Fuel filter is dirty.
6. Engine throttle control cable
detached, broken, or not
adjusted properly.
CORRECTION
1. Check fuel level. Fill tank if
necessary. (see FILLING
FUEL TANK on page 13).
2. Check connection.
3. Verify position of engine
throttle lever.
4. Clean air filter. Refer to
Engine Manual.
5. Replace fuel filter. Refer to
Engine Manual.
6. Check cable. Adjust, repair
or replace as necessary.
Engine is
difficult to
restart
1. Air cleaner clogged.
Engine stalls
when
engaging PTO
1. Mower clogged with grass.
1. Clear clippings/debris from
below mower deck. (Allow
the mower to clear clippings
before shutting off engine.)
Cut is poor
1. Worn blade.
1. Check blade (see SERVICE
POSITION on page 17).
2. Raise cutting height (see
PTO CLUTCH CABLE
ADJUSTMENT on page 17).
3. Allow grass to dry.
4. Mow slower (see Wheel
Drive Speed Adjustment on
page 19).
5. See Adjust Mower Blade
Drive Belt Tension on
page 21.
2. Fuel filter is dirty.
2. Too much grass is being
removed per cutting.
3. Grass is too wet.
4. Mowing speed is too fast.
5. Mower blade drive belt too
loose.
Grass does
not disperse
evenly
1. Too much grass is being
removed per cutting.
2. Grass is too wet.
3. Mowing speed is too fast.
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1. Clean air filter. Refer to
Engine Manual.
2. Replace fuel filter. Refer to
Engine Manual.
1. Raise cutting height (see
PTO CLUTCH CABLE
ADJUSTMENT on page 17).
2. Allow grass to dry.
3. Mow slower (see Wheel
Drive Speed Adjustment on
page 19).
TROUBLESHOOTING
PROBLEM
Wheel drive
does not
engage
PROBABLE CAUSE
1. Wheel drive control not
engaged.
2. Wheel drive belts tension too
loose.
3. Wheel drive belt worn or
damaged.
4. Wheel drive control linkage
detached or broken.
5. Bearings damaged.
6. Drive seems to slip or speed is
too slow. Inadequate traction
on sloped terrain.
7. Wheel drive rollers run in
reverse.
SERVICE PARTS
Always use genuine Ariens parts to keep
your mower running like new.
Part Number
Description
20000001
Air Filter
21534100
Spark Plug
04167500
Blade, 24"
07200538
Wheel Drive Upper Belt
07206000
Wheel Drive Lower Belt
07200604
Mower Blade Drive Belt
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CORRECTION
1. Engage wheel drive control.
2. Check wheel drive belts
tension. Adjust as necessary
(see BELT TENSION
ADJUSTMENT on page 20).
3. Replace belt (see BELT
REPLACEMENT on
page 22).
4. Check wheel drive control
linkage. Adjust or replace as
needed (see CHECK
WHEEL DRIVE LEVER on
page 15).
5. Contact your Dealer.
6. See WHEEL DRIVE
ADJUSTMENTS on page 18.
7. Install wheel drive lower belt
in correct orientation (see
Wheel Drive Lower Belt
Replacement on page 22).
SPECIFICATIONS
Model Number
Description
911707
Pro-24 HW Brush Cutter – CARB
Length – in. (cm)
68.5 (174)
Height – in. (cm)
44.5 (113)
Width – in. (cm)
27.5 (69.9)
Actual Weight – lbs (kg)
220 (99.8)
Cutting Width – in. (cm)
24 (61)
Cutting Height – in. (cm)
3.3
(8.4)
Engine
Briggs & Stratton
Max Rotation Speed of Cutting Edge
– feet per minute
16,100
Governed RPM (May be different
from maximum rpm.)
3,200 ± 100
Displacement Cu. In. (cc)
21 (344)
Cylinder Bore
Cast Iron Sleeve
Engine Oil Type
See engine manual
Crank Case Capacity – Oz. (Liter)
See engine manual
Oil System
See engine manual
Spark Plug Gap
See engine manual
Fuel Type
Unleaded
Fuel Tank Capacity – qt (Liter)
2.8 (2.7)
Primer Bulb
N/A
Choke
Integrated in engine throttle.
Throttle
Cable-Actuated
Air Cleaner
Paper Element
Starting
Recoil
Variable Speeds – MPH (km/hr)
0 – 4.7 mph
Mower Deck
10 ga. Fabricated Steel
Rear Wheel Dia – in. (cm)
20 (50.8)
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Commercial Mowing
Equipment Limited Warranty
Ariens Company (Ariens) warrants to the original purchaser that Ariens, Gravely and Countax brand
products purchased on or after 1/1/2012 and designated or labeled commercial products by Ariens Company
will be free from defects in material and workmanship for the time period noted in the chart below. Equipment
put to personal use around a single household or residence is considered "Consumer Use"; equipment put to
any business use (agricultural, commercial, or industrial) or used at multiple locations is considered
"Commercial Use." If any product is rented or leased, then the duration of these warranties shall be 90 days
after the date of purchase.
An authorized Ariens dealer (Ariens brand products), Gravely dealer (Gravely brand products), or Countax
dealer (Countax brand products) will repair any defect in material or workmanship, and repair or replace any
defective part, subject to the conditions, limitations and exclusions set forth herein. Such repair or
replacement will be free of charge (labor and parts) to the original purchaser except as noted below.
Warranty
Code
Product Group
Warranty Period
Consumer Use
Warranty Period
Commercial Use
3 Years
2 Years
2 Years
CA
Pro-Turn 100 & 200, Pro-Master,
Compact-Pro, Pro-Stance, Pro-Ride,
Pro-Walk Mowers, Pro-Zoom, etc.
CB
Turf Mowing Equipment: CL, TRM, TVM,
FP, PM-3084, etc.
3 Years
CC
Pro 20 Series Walk-Behind Mowers
3 Years
1 Year
N/A
Service (replacement) Parts
90 Days (no labor)
90 Days (no labor)
CD
Pro-Turn 400
3 Years
3 Years (Years 1 & 2:
Parts & Labor, Year 3:
Parts Only)
Special Extensions
The chart below details special extensions to this warranty:
Warranty
Code
Warranty Exception
Warranty
Period
Use
Detail
CA
Mower Deck Shell on
Commercial Mowers
Lifetime
All
2 Years parts and labor (Commercial),
3 Years parts and labor (Consumer),
parts-only thereafter.
CA
Main Frame on
Commercial Mowers
Lifetime
All
2 Years parts and labor (Commercial),
3 Years parts and labor (Consumer),
parts-only thereafter.
CA
Cast Iron Deck Spindles
3 Years
All
3 Years for all users including
Commercial.
CB
Reels
Lifetime
All
Warranty on reels only against bending
or breaking.
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Exceptions and Limitations
The chart below details special exceptions to this warranty:
Warranty
Code
Warranty Exception
Warranty
Period
Use
Detail
All
Batteries
1 Year
All
Prorated
All
Belts, Muffler, Tires
None
Commercial
All
Cloth, Plastic, and Rubber
Components (Including
Belts and Cables)
Maximum
2 Year
All
Warranty is limited to 2 years for
consumer use. Except as noted
above, these components are
covered for defect, not for wear.
All
Engines
See Engine
Manufacturer’s
Warranty
All
Engines are covered by engine
manufacturer’s warranty. Refer to
engine manufacturer’s warranty
statement.
These components are not covered
when used commercially.
Customer Responsibilities
Register the product immediately at the time of sale. If the dealer does not register the product, the
customer must complete the product registration card in the literature package and return it to the Ariens
Company, or register the unit online at www.ariens.com, www.gravely.com, www.countax.com.
To obtain warranty service, the original purchaser must:
• Perform the maintenance and adjustments explained in the owner's manual.
• Promptly notify Ariens or an authorized Ariens, Gravely or Countax service representative of the need for
warranty service.
• Transport the product to and from the place of warranty service at owner's expense.
• Have the warranty service performed by an authorized Ariens, Gravely or Countax service representative.
To Find an Authorized Service Representative:
In the U.S. and Canada:
Use the dealer locator on our websites:
www.ariens.com
•
www.gravely.com
Or contact us by mail or by phone:
In the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Caribbean, In Europe, Asia, Africa or
Central and South America:
the Middle East:
Ariens Company
655 W. Ryan Street
Brillion, WI 54110
Phone: (920) 756 - 4688
www.ariens.com
Countax Ltd, Countax House
Great Haseley, Oxfordshire,
OX44 7PF
Phone: 0800 597 7777
www.countax.com
In Australia or New Zealand:
109-111 Abbot House
Hallam, Victoria 3803 Australia
Phone: (03) 9796 4244
1800 335 489
www.bynorm.com.au
Exclusions - Items Not Covered by This Warranty
• Parts that are not genuine Ariens, Gravely or Countax service parts are not covered by this warranty and
may void the warranty.
• Damages resulting from the installation or use of any part, accessory, or attachment which is not approved
by the Ariens Company for use with product(s) identified herein are not covered by this warranty.
• The following maintenance, service and replacement items are not covered by this warranty unless they
are noted in the Limitations section above: lubricants, spark plugs, oil, oil filters, air filters, fuel filters,
brake linings, brake arms, brake shoes, skid shoes, scraper blades, shear bolts, mower blades, mower
vanes, brushes, headlights, light bulbs, knives, cutters.
• Any misuse, alteration, improper assembly, improper adjustment, neglect, or accident which requires
repair is not covered by this warranty.
• Use of gasoline blends exceeding 10% ethanol voids any and all warranties.
• Products are designed to the specifications in the area that the product was originally distributed. Different areas may have significantly different legal and design requirements. This warranty is limited to the
requirements in the area in which the unit was originally distributed. Ariens Company does not warrant
this product to the requirements of any other area. Warranty service is limited to service within the area
originally distributed.
• In countries other than the United States and Canada, contact the Ariens Company dealer for warranty
policies that govern within your country. Rights may vary from country to country and within any one
country.
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Disclaimer
Ariens Company may from time to time change the design of its products. Nothing contained in this warranty
shall be construed as obligating the Ariens Company to incorporate such design changes into previously
manufactured products, nor shall such changes be construed as an admission that previous designs were
defective.
LIMITATION OF REMEDY AND DAMAGES
Ariens Company's liability under this warranty, and under any implied warranty that may exist, is limited to
repair of any defect in workmanship, and repair or replacement of any defective part. Ariens Company shall
not be liable for incidental, special, or consequential damages (including lost profits). Some states do not
allow the exclusion of incidental or consequential damages, so the above limitation or exclusion may not
apply to you.
AUSTRALIAN CONSUMER LAW
The following applies solely to warranties subject to Subsection 102(1) of the Australian Consumer Law: Our
goods come with guarantees that cannot be excluded by 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 failure does not amount to a major failure.
DISCLAIMER OF FURTHER WARRANTY
Ariens Company makes no warranty, express or implied, other than what is expressly made in this
warranty. If the law of your state provides that an implied warranty of merchantability, or an implied
warranty of fitness for particular purpose, or any other implied warranty, applies to Ariens Company,
then any such implied warranty is limited to the duration of this warranty. Some states do not allow
limitations on how long an implied warranty lasts, so the above limitation may not apply to you.
This warranty gives you specific legal rights, and you may also have other rights which vary from region to region.
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CALIFORNIA AND EPA (UNITED STATES ENVIRONMENTAL
PROTECTION AGENCY) EVAPORATIVE EMISSION CONTROL
WARRANTY STATEMENT
YOUR WARRANTY RIGHTS AND OBLIGATIONS
The CARB (California Air Resources Board), the EPA, and Ariens Company are pleased to explain the
evaporative emission control system's warranty on your 2012 model year small off-road equipment. In
California, new equipment that uses small off-road engines must be designed, built, and equipped to
meet the State's stringent anti-smog standards. Ariens Company must warrant the evaporative
emission control system on your small off-road equipment for the period listed below provided there
has been no abuse, neglect or improper maintenance of your equipment.
Your evaporative emission control system may include parts such as: fuel tanks, fuel lines, fuel caps,
valves, canisters, filters, vapor hoses, clamps, connectors, and other associated components.
MANUFACTURER'S WARRANTY COVERAGE:
This evaporative emission control system is warranted for two years. If any evaporative
emission-related part on your equipment is defective, the part will be repaired or replaced by Ariens
Company.
OWNER'S WARRANTY RESPONSIBILITIES:
• As the small off-road equipment owner, you are responsible for the performance of the required
maintenance listed in your Owner's Manual. Ariens Company recommends that you retain all
receipts covering maintenance on your small off-road equipment, but Ariens Company cannot deny
warranty solely for the lack of receipts.
• As the small off-road equipment owner, you should however be aware that the Ariens Company may
deny you warranty coverage if your evaporative emission control system part has failed due to
abuse, neglect, or improper maintenance or unapproved modifications.
• You are responsible for presenting your small off-road equipment to an authorized Ariens, Gravely,
or Parker service representative as soon as the problem exists. The warranty repairs should be
completed in a reasonable amount of time, not to exceed 30 days. If you have a question regarding
your warranty coverage, you should contact Ariens Company Technical Service Center at
1-920-756-2141.
DEFECTS WARRANTY REQUIREMENTS:
(a.) The warranty period begins on the date the small off-road equipment is delivered to an ultimate
purchaser.
(b.) General Evaporative Emissions Warranty Coverage. Ariens Company warrants to the ultimate
purchaser and any subsequent owner that the evaporative emission control system when
installed was:
(1.) Designed, built, and equipped so as to conform with all applicable EPA and CARB
regulations; and
(2.) Free from defects in materials and workmanship that causes the failure of a warranted part
for a period of two years.
(c.) The warranty on evaporative emissions-related parts will be interpreted as follows:
(1.) Any warranted part that is not scheduled for replacement as required maintenance in the
written instructions must be warranted for the warranty period defined in subsection (b)(2).
If any such part fails during the period of warranty coverage, it must be repaired or replaced
by the Ariens Company. Any such part repaired or replaced under the warranty must be
warranted for a time not less than the remaining warranty period.
(2.) Any warranted part that is scheduled only for regular inspection in the written instructions
must be warranted for the warranty period defined in subsection (b)(2). A statement in such
written instructions to the effect of "repair or replace as necessary" will not reduce the
period of warranty coverage. Any such part repaired or replaced under warranty must be
warranted for a time not less than the remaining warranty period.
(3.) Any warranted part that is scheduled for replacement as required maintenance in the
written instructions must be warranted for the period of time prior to the first scheduled
replacement point for that part. If the part fails prior to the first scheduled replacement, the
part must be repaired or replaced by the Ariens Company. Any such part repaired or
replaced under warranty must be warranted for a time not less than the remainder of the
period prior to the first scheduled replacement point for the part.
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(4.)
(5.)
(6.)
(7.)
(8.)
(9.)
Repair or replacement of any warranted part under the warranty provisions of this article
must be performed at no charge to the owner at an authorized Ariens, Gravely, or Parker
service representative.
Notwithstanding the provisions of subsection (4) above, warranty services or repairs must
be provided at authorized Ariens, Gravely, or Parker service representatives that are
franchised to service the subject small off-road equipment.
The owner must not be charged for diagnostic labor that leads to the determination that a
warranted part is in fact defective, provided that such diagnostic work is performed at an
authorized Ariens, Gravely, or Parker service representative.
Throughout the evaporative emission control system's warranty period set out in subsection
(b)(2), the Ariens Company must maintain a supply of warranted parts sufficient to meet the
expected demand for such parts.
Manufacturer-approved replacement parts must be used in the performance of any
warranty maintenance or repairs and must be provided without charge to the owner. Such
use will not reduce the warranty obligations of the manufacturer issuing the warranty.
The use of any add-on or modified parts will be grounds for disallowing a warranty claim
made in accordance with this article. The manufacturer issuing the warranty will not be
liable under this Article to warrant failures of warranted parts caused by the use of an
add-on or modified part.
Evaporative Emission Warranty Parts List
The following parts are considered emission-related components for evaporative emissions:
• Fuel Tank, Fuel Cap and Tether
• Fuel Line, Fuel Line Fittings, Clamps*
• Pressure Relief Valves, Control Valves*
• Control Solenoids*, Electronic Controls*
• Vacuum Control Diaphragms*
• Control Cables*, Control Linkages*
• Purge Valves
• Vapor Hoses, Liquid/Vapor Separator
• Carbon Canister, Canister Mounting Brackets
• Carburetor Purge Port Connector
* As related to the evaporative emission control system
Disclaimer
New equipment sold in the state of California that uses small off-road engines must be exclusively
certified and appropriately labeled for sale in California. Some equipment covered by this Owner's
Manual my not be certified for sale in California and the presence of the preceding CARB and EPA
Warranty Statement does not by its existence indicate which, if any, of the equipment covered by this
Owner's Manual may be sold in California.
Some equipment covered by this Owner's Manual may have been manufactured prior to certain
affectivity dates requiring the inclusion of evaporative emission control systems. Therefore some
equipment covered by this Owner's Manual may not include the evaporative emission control systems
referred to in the preceding CARB and EPA Warranty Statement.
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Ariens
655 West Ryan Street
Brillion, WI 54110
920-756-4688
Fax 920-756-2407
www.ariens.com
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