MTD 12A-265C001 Operator`s manual

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OPERATOR’S MANUAL
21” Rotary Mower — Model 44M
IMPORTANT
READ SAFETY RULES AND INSTRUCTIONS CAREFULLY BEFORE OPERATION
Warning: This unit is equipped with an internal combustion engine and should not be used on or near any unimproved forest-covered, brushcovered or grass-covered land unless the engine’s exhaust system is equipped with a spark arrester meeting applicable local or state laws (if any).
If a spark 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 361131 Cleveland,
Ohio 44136-0019.
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This Operator’s Manual is an important part of your new lawn mower. It will help you assemble,
prepare and maintain the unit for best performance. Please read and understand what it says.
Table of Contents
Slope Gauge........................................................ 3
Safe Operation Practices.................................... 4
Setup and Adjustment........................................ 6
Operating Your Lawn Mower............................... 8
Maintaining Your Lawn Mower.......................... 10
Trouble Shooting............................................... 12
Off Season Storage and Safety Labels............ 13
Engine Appendix............................................... 14
Engine Safe Operation Practices.................. 14
Operating Your Engine................................... 16
Maintaining Your Engine................................ 18
Parts List............................................................ 22
Warranty..............................................Back Cover
MTD LLC reserves the right to change product specifications, designs, and equipment without notice and without incurring obligation.
Finding and Recording Model Number
BEFORE YOU BEGIN TO ASSEMBLE YOUR NEW
EQUIPMENT, please locate the model plate on the
equipment and copy the information to the sample
model plate provided to the right. You can locate the
model plate by standing at the operating position and
looking down at the rear of the deck. This information
will be necessary to use the manufacturer’s web
site, to obtain assistance from the Customer Support Department, or when contacting an authorized
service dealer.
Model Number
Serial Number
Customer Support
Please do NOT return the unit to the retailer from which it was
purchased, without first contacting Customer Support.
If you have difficulty assembling this product or have any questions regarding the controls, operation, or
maintenance of this unit, you can seek help from the experts. Choose from the options below:
• Visit www.mtdproducts.com
• Call a Customer Support Representative at 1-800-800-7310.
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Use this page as a guide to determine slopes where you may not operate safely.
Do not operate your lawn mower on such slopes.
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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 walkbehind 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.
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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
this machine. Failure
to comply with these
instructions may result
in personal injury. When
you see this symbol.
HEED ITS 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.
WARNING: Engine Exhaust, some of its constituents, and certain vehicle components contain or emit chemicals known to State of California to cause cancer and
birth defects or other reproductive harm.
DANGER: This machine 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 machine is capable of amputating hands and feet and throwing
objects. Failure to observe the following safety instructions could result in serious injury or death.
Children
6. Always wear safety glasses or safety goggles during operation and while performing an adjustment or repair to protect
your eyes. Thrown objects which ricochet can cause serious
injury to the eyes.
7. Wear sturdy, rough-soled work shoes and close-fitting
slacks and shirts. Shirts and pants that cover the arms and
legs and steel-toed shoes are recommended. Never operate
this machine in bare feet, sandals, slippery or light-weight
(e.g. canvas) shoes.
8. Do not put hands or feet near rotating parts or under cutting
deck. Contact with blade can amputate hands and feet.
9. A missing or damaged discharge cover can cause blade
contact or thrown object injuries.
10.Many injuries occur as a result of the mower being pulled
over the foot during a fall caused by slipping or tripping.
Do not hold on to the mower if you are falling; release the
handle immediately.
11.Never pull the mower back toward you while you are
walking. If you must back the mower away from a wall or
obstruction first look down and behind to avoid tripping and
then follow these steps:
a. Step back from mower to fully extend your arms.
b. Be sure you are well balanced with sure footing.
c. Pull the mower back slowly, no more than half way toward you.
d. Repeat these steps as needed.
12.Do not operate the mower while under the influence of
alcohol or drugs.
13.Do not engage the self-propelled mechanism on units so
equipped while starting engine.
14.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.
15.Never operate the mower in wet grass. Always be sure of
your footing. A slip and fall can cause serious personal
injury. If you feel you are losing your footing, release the
blade control handle immediately and the blade will stop
rotating within three seconds.
16.Mow only in daylight or good artificial light. Walk, never run.
17.Stop the blade when crossing gravel drives, walks or roads.
18.If the equipment should start to vibrate abnormally, stop the
engine and check immediately for the cause. Vibration is
generally a warning of trouble.
Tragic accidents can occur if operator is not alert to presence
of children. Children are often attracted to mower and mowing
activity. They do not understand the dangers. Never assume
that children will remain where you last saw them.
1. Keep children out of the mowing area and under watchful
care of a responsible adult other than the operator.
2. Be alert and turn mower off if a child enters the area.
3. Before and while moving backwards, look behind and down
for small children.
4. Use extreme care when approaching blind corners,
doorways, shrubs, trees, or other objects that may obscure
your vision of a child who may run into the mower.
5. Keep children away from hot or running engines. They can
suffer burns from a hot muffler.
6. Never allow children under 14 years old to operate a power
mower. Children 14 years old and over should read and
understand operation instructions and safety rules in this
manual and should be trained and supervised by a parent.
General Operation
1. 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.
2. This machine 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.
3. Never allow children under 14 years old to operate this
machine. Children 14 years old and over should read and
understand the instructions in this manual and should
be trained and supervised by a parent. Only responsible
individuals who are familiar with these rules of safe
operation should be allowed to use this machine.
4. 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 tripped over or
picked up and thrown by the blade. Thrown objects can
cause serious personal injury. Plan your mowing pattern
to avoid discharge of material toward roads, sidewalks,
bystanders and the like. Also, avoid discharging material
against a wall or obstruction, which may cause discharged
material to ricochet back toward the operator.
5. To help avoid blade contact or a thrown object injury,
stay in operator zone behind handles and keep children,
bystanders, helpers and pets at least 75 feet from mower
while it is in operation. Stop machine if anyone enters
area.
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19.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.
20.Never operate mower without proper trail shield, discharge
cover, grass catcher, blade control handle or other safety
protective devices in place and working. Never operate
mower with damaged safety devices. Failure to do so can
result in personal injury.
21.Muffler and engine become hot and can cause a burn. Do
not touch.
22.Only use parts and accessories made for this machine by
manufacturer. Failure to do so can result in personal injury.
23.If situations occur which are not covered in this manual,
use care and good judgment. Contact your dealer for
assistance.
Slope Operation
Slopes are a major factor related to slip and fall accidents, which
can result in severe injury. Operation on slopes requires extra
caution. If you feel uneasy on a slope, do not mow it. 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, do not mow it.
Do:
1. Mow across the face of slopes; never up and down. Exercise
extreme caution when changing direction on slopes.
2. Watch for holes, ruts, rocks, hidden objects, or bumps
which can cause you to slip or trip. Tall grass can hide
obstacles.
3. 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 rotating within 3 seconds.
Do Not:
1. Do not mow near drop-offs, ditches or embankments, you
could lose your footing or balance.
2. Do not mow slopes greater than 15 degrees as shown on
the slope gauge.
3. Do not mow on wet grass. Unstable footing could cause
slipping.
Service
Safe Handling Of Gasoline:
1. To avoid personal injury or property damage use extreme
care in handling gasoline. Gasoline is extremely flammable
and the vapors are explosive. Serious personal injury can
occur when gasoline is spilled on yourself or your clothes,
which can ignite. Wash your skin and change clothes
immediately.
2. Use only an approved gasoline container.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. Keep the nozzle in contact with the rim of the fuel tank or
container opening at all times until fueling is complete. Do
not use a nozzle lock-open device.
6. Extinguish all cigarettes, cigars, pipes and other sources
of ignition.
7. Never fuel machine indoor because flammable vapors will
accumulate in the area.
8. Never remove gas cap or add fuel while engine is hot or
running. Allow engine to cool at least two minutes before
refueling.
9. Never over fill fuel tank. Fill tank to no more than ½ inch
below bottom of filler neck to provide for fuel expansion.
10.Replace gasoline cap and tighten securely.
11.If gasoline is spilled, wipe it off the engine and equipment.
Move unit to another area. Wait 5 minutes before starting
engine.
12.Never store the machine or fuel container near an open
flame, spark or pilot light as on a water heater, space
heater, furnace, clothes dryer or other gas appliances.
13.To reduce fire hazard, keep mower free of grass, leaves,
or other debris build-up. Clean up oil or fuel spillage and
remove any fuel soaked debris.
14.Allow a mower to cool at least 5 minutes before storing.
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Safe
Operation
Practices
General Service:
1. Never run an engine indoors or in a poorly ventilated area.
Engine exhaust contains carbon monoxide, an odorless
and deadly gas.
2. Before cleaning, repairing, or inspecting, make certain the
blade and all moving parts have stopped. Disconnect the
spark plug wire and ground against the engine to prevent
unintended starting.
3. Check the blade and engine mounting bolts at frequent
intervals for proper tightness. Also, visually inspect blade
for damage (e.g., bent, cracked, worn) Replace blade with
the original equipment manufacture’s (O.E.M.) blade only,
listed in this manual. “Use of parts which do not meet the
original equipment specifications may lead to improper
performance and compromise safety!”
4. Mower blades are sharp and can cut. Wrap the blade or
wear gloves, and use extra caution when servicing them.
5. Keep all nuts, bolts, and screws tight to be sure the equipment is in safe working condition.
6. Never tamper with safety devices. Check their proper
operation regularly.
7. After striking a foreign object, stop the engine, disconnect the spark plug wire and ground against the engine.
Thoroughly inspect the mower for any damage. Repair the
damage before starting and operating the mower.
8. Never attempt to make a wheel or cutting height adjustment while the engine is running.
9. Grass catcher components, discharge cover, and trail
shield are subject to wear and damage which could
expose moving parts or allow objects to be thrown. For
safety protection, frequently check components and replace immediately with original equipment manufacturer’s
(O.E.M.) parts only, listed in this manual. “Use of parts
which do not meet the original equipment specifications
may lead to improper performance and compromise
safety!”
10.Do not change the engine governor setting or over-rev the
engine. The governor controls the maximum safe operating
speed of the engine.
11.Maintain or replace safety labels, as necessary.
12.Observe proper disposal laws and regulations. Improper
disposal of fluids and materials can harm the environment.
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WARNING
This symbol points
out important safety
instructions, which if
not followed, could
endanger the personal
safety and/or property
of yourself and others.
Read and follow all
instructions in this manual before attempting to
operate this machine.
Failure to comply with
these instructions may
result in personal injury.
When you see this
symbol.
HEED IT’S 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.
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1. Follow the steps below to position the handle.
a. Lift the upper handle up from the folded position
and pull it back to the extended position. See
Figure 3-1. Do not crimp cables. The handle
should click into this position.
A
b. Make sure the carriage bolt is seated properly in
the handle. Tighten star knobs to secure upper
handle to the lower handle.
Setup and
Adjustment
2. Follow these steps to secure the handle:
a. Remove the hairpin clip from the pivot rod. Using a
pair of pliers, insert hairpin clip into the other hole
on the rod. Repeat on other side. See Figure 3-2.
b. Insert a carriage bolt from the hardware pack into
the upper hole on the handle mounting bracket.
Secure with one plastic wing nut, also included in
the hardware pack. Repeat on other side.
B
Figure 3-1: Unfold handle and tighten hardware.
NOTE: Stand behind
the mower as if you
were going to operate
it. Your right hand corresponds to the right
side of the mower; your
left hand corresponds
to the left side of the
mower.
NOTE: For shipping
purposes your mower
is set with the wheels
in a low cutting height
position. For best
results raise the cutting
position until it is determined which height is
best for your lawn, refer
to Adjustment section
for instructions.
IMPORTANT
This unit is shipped
without gasoline or oil
in the engine. Fill up
gasoline and oil as
instructed in the engine
operation section
BEFORE operating
your mower.
3. The rope guide is attached to the right side of the
upper handle. Loosen the wing nut which secures the
rope guide. Refer to Figure 3-3.
a. Hold the blade control against upper handle.
Hardware Pack
Wing Nuts (2)
b. Pull starter rope out of the engine. Release the
blade control.
c. Slip starter rope into rope guide.
Carriage Bolts (2)
d. Tighten wing nut.
4. Secure cables to the lower handle using the cable
ties. See Figure 3-4. Insert posts on cable ties into
holes provided on the lower handle. Pull cable ties
tight and trim excess.
B
A
Figure 3-2: Secure handle to handle mounting brackets.
A
B
D
C
Figure 3-3: Pull recoil starter through rope guide and tighten.
Figure 3-4: Use cable ties to secure cables to lower handle.
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5. Follow steps below to assemble the grass catcher:
a. Place bag over frame so that its black plastic side
is at the bottom. Check that the bag is turned right
side out before assembling (warning label will be
on the outside). See Figure 3-5.
b. Slip plastic channel of grass bag over hooks on the
frame. All the plastic channels except center top of
bag attach from outside of bag.
A
Setup and
Adjustment
c. Attach center top of bag from inside of bag.
6. To attach the grass catcher:
C
a. Lift rear discharge door. See Figure 3-6.
b. Place grass catcher on the pivot rod. Let go
of discharge door so that it rests on the grass
catcher.
Adjustments
B
Figure 3-5: Assemble the grass catcher (if needed)
WARNING
Cutting Height
An adjusting plate and thumb lever at each wheel
provides cutting height adjustment. Each lever must be
moved to the same position to ensure an even cut.
1. Pull the lever out and away from the mower. See
Figure 3-7.
A
2. Move the lever forward or back for desired cutting
height.
B
3. Release lever towards mower deck.
Never operate mower
unless the hooks on
the grass catcher are
firmly seated on the
pivot rod and the rear
discharge door rests
firmly against top of
the grass catcher.
Figure 3-6: Attach the grass catcher.
CUTTING HEIGHT:
For rough or uneven
lawns, move the height
adjustment lever to a
higher position. This will
help prevent scalping of
the grass.
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1
3
Figure 3-7: Use lever at each wheel to adjust cutting height.
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Operating
Your Lawn
Mower
Know Your Lawn Mower
Blade Control
Drive
Control
Choke Control
Recoil Starter
Gasoline Fill
Cutting
Height
Adjustment
Lever (one at
each wheel)
WARNING
The blade control is a
safety device. Never
attempt to bypass its
operations.
Use extreme care
when handling
gasoline. Gasoline is
extremely flammable
and the vapors are
explosive. Never fuel
the machine indoors
or while the engine
is hot or running.
Extinguish cigarettes,
cigars, pipes and
other sources of
ignition.
Keep hands and feet
away from the chute
area on cutting deck.
Refer to warning
label on the unit.
Oil Fill
Figure 4-1: The main components on the mower.
Now that you have set up your lawn mower, it’s important to become acquainted with its controls and features.
Blade Control
Recoil Starter
The blade control is attached to the upper handle of
the mower. Depress and squeeze it against the upper
handle to operate the unit. Release it to stop engine and
blade.
The recoil starter is attached to the right upper handle.
Stand behind the unit and pull the recoil starter rope to
start the unit.
Choke Control
The choke control is located on the left side of the handle
and when activated, closes the choke plate on the
carburetor and aids in starting the engine.
WARNING: This blade control mechanism is
a safety device. Never attempt to bypass its
operations.
Gas and Oil Fill-Up
Drive Control
1. Add oil provided before starting unit for the first time
out of the box. Follow engine operation section for
this. See Figure 4-1 above for location of the oil fill.
The drive control is located on the underside of the
upper handle and is used to engage the drive. Squeeze
it against the upper handle to engage the drive; release
it to slow down or stop mower from propelling.
2. Service the engine with gasoline as instructed in the
engine operation section. See Figure 4-1 above for
location of gas fill.
Cutting Height Adjustment Levers
One adjustment lever is located at each wheel and is
used to adjust the cutting height. All four levers must be
moved to the same position to ensure a uniform cut.
WARNING: Use extreme care when handling
gasoline. Gasoline is extremely flammable
and the vapors are explosive. Never fuel the machine
indoors or while the engine is hot or running. Extinguish cigarettes, cigars, pipes and other sources of
ignition.
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WARNING: The operation of any lawn mower
can result in foreign objects being thrown
into the eyes, which can damage your eyes severely.
Always wear safety glasses while operating the
mower, or while performing any adjustments or
repairs on it.
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1
Starting Engine
WARNING: Be sure no one other than the operator is standing near the lawn mower while
starting engine or operating mower. Never
run engine indoors or in enclosed, poorly ventilated
areas. Engine exhaust contains carbon monoxide, an
odorless and deadly gas. Keep hands, feet, hair and
loose clothing away from any moving parts on engine
and lawn mower.
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2. Standing behind the mower, depress the blade control
and hold it against the upper handle.
3. Pull the starter grip lightly until resistance is felt,
then pull rapidly to overcome compression, prevent
kickback and start engine. Repeat if necessary. See
Figure 4-2 .
IMPORTANT: Do not allow the starter grip to snap
back against the rope guide. Return it gently to prevent
damage to the starter.
Figure 4-2: Steps to start mower.
1. Once the engine is running, squeeze the drive
control to propel mower. For best results, do not cut
wet grass and never cut off more than one-third of
the total length of the grass.
Using as Mulcher
For mulching grass, remove the grass catcher from the
mower. The rear discharge door should be closed.
• For effective mulching, do not cut wet grass.
• New or thick grass may require a narrower cut.
Adjust ground speed according to condition of lawn.
4. When engine warms up, push in the choke knob. See
Figure 4-2.
• If the grass has been allowed to grow in excess of
four inches, mulching is not recommended. Use the
grass catcher to bag clippings instead.
Stopping Engine
Using Grass Catcher
1. Release blade control to stop the engine and blade.
You can use the grass catcher to collect clippings while
you are operating the mower.
Using Your Lawn Mower
1. Attach grass catcher following instructions in the
Setup section. Grass clippings will automatically
WARNING: Never operate your mower without
collect in bag as you run mower. Operate mower till
either the rear door or the entire grass catcher
grass bag is full.
assembly firmly secured.
Be sure 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.
Operating
Your Lawn
Mower
3
WARNING: Always keep hands and feet clear
WARNING: If you strike a foreign object,
of equipment moving parts. Do not use a presstop the engine. Remove wire from the spark
surized starting fluid. Vapors are flammable.
plug, thoroughly inspect mower for any damage,
and repair damage before restarting and operating.
1. Pull out the choke knob located on the left side of the Extensive vibration of mower during operation is an
indication of damage. The unit should be promptly
upper handle. See Figure 4-2.
inspected and repaired.
NOTE: Use of the choke is not necessary if the engine is
warm or the air temperature is high.
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2. Stop engine completely by releasing the blade
control. Make sure that the unit has come to a
complete stop.
3. Lift discharge door and pull grass bag up and away
from the mower to dispose of the grass clippings.
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WARNING
The operation of
any lawn mower
can result in foreign
objects being thrown
into the eyes, which
can damage your
eyes severely.
Always wear safety
glasses while operating the mower, or
while performing
any adjustments or
repairs on it.
Be sure no one other
than the operator is
standing near the
lawn mower while
starting engine or
operating mower.
Never run engine indoors or in enclosed,
poorly ventilated areas. Engine
exhaust contains
carbon monoxide, an
odorless and deadly
gas. Keep hands,
feet, hair and loose
clothing away from
any moving parts
on engine and lawn
mower.
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Lubrication
• Lubricate pivot points on the blade and drive control
at least once a season with light oil. The controls must
operate freely in both directions. See Figure 5-1.
• Lubricate the wheels at least once a season with
light oil (or motor oil). If wheels are removed for any
reason, lubricate surface of the pivot arm and inner
surface of the wheel with light oil.
Maintaining
Your Lawn
Mower
• Lubricate the torsion spring and pivot point on the rear
discharge door periodically with light oil to prevent
rust.
• The transmission is pre-lubricated and sealed at the
factory and does not require lubrication.
• Follow the engine maintenance section for lubrication
schedule and instruction for engine lubrication.
Figure 5-1: Areas to lubricate on mower.
WARNING: Never tip the mower more than 90º
in any direction and do not leave the mower
tipped for any length of time. Oil can drain into the
upper part of the engine causing a starting problem.
WARNING
Always stop engine,
disconnect spark
plug, and ground
against engine before
cleaning, lubricating
or doing any kind of
maintenance on your
machine.
1. Disconnect spark plug wire. Drain gasoline from lawn
mower, or place a piece of plastic under the gas cap.
2. Tip mower so that it rests on the housing. Keep the
side with the air cleaner facing up. Hold mower firmly.
3. Scrape and clean the underside of the deck with a
suitable tool. Do not spray with water.
Figure 5-2: Cut wire to remove rear flap.
General Recommendations
• Always observe safety rules when performing
any type of maintenance.
• The warranty on this lawn mower does not cover
items that have been subjected to operator abuse
or negligence. To receive full value from warranty,
operator must maintain the lawn mower as
instructed here.
NOTE: Do not use a
pressure washer or
garden hose to clean
your unit. These may
cause damage to
electric components,
spindles, pulleys, bearings, or the engine. The
use of water will result
in shortened life and
reduce serviceability.
Deck Care
• Changing of engine-governed speed will void
engine warranty.
• All adjustments should be checked at least once
each season.
• Periodically check all fasteners and make sure these
are tight.
WARNING: Always stop engine, disconnect
spark plug, and ground against engine
before performing any type of maintenance on your
machine.
4. Put the mower back on its wheels on the ground. If
you had put plastic under the gas cap earlier, make
sure to remove it now.
Engine Care
• Maintain oil level as instructed in the engine maintenance section.
• Service air cleaner every 25 hours under normal
conditions. Clean every few hours under extremely
dusty conditions. Refer to the engine maintenance
section.
• Clean spark plug and reset the gap once a season.
Check the engine maintenance section for correct
plug type and gap specifications.
• Clean engine regularly with a cloth or brush. Keep the
cooling system (blower housing area) clean to permit
proper air circulation. Remove all grass, dirt and
combustible debris from muffler area.
Replacing Rear Flap
1. To remove rear flap, cut off the flat end of the wire rod
which secures it to the deck. See Figure 5-2.
2. Attach the new flap and new rod to deck, bending the
ends of the new rod over to secure to deck.
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Blade Care
WARNING: When removing cutting blade
for sharpening or replacement, protect your
hands with a pair of heavy gloves or use a heavy rag
to hold blade.
1. Disconnect spark plug wire from spark plug. Turn
mower on its side making sure that the air filter and
the carburetor are up.
Maintaining
Your Lawn
Mower
2. Remove bolt, bell blade support, blade, and blade
adapter from the engine crankshaft. See Figure 5-3.
3. The blade can be sharpened with a file or on a
grinding wheel. Do not attempt to sharpen the blade
while it is still on the mower. When sharpening blade,
follow original angle of grind. Remove metal from the
heavy side and grind cutting edges equally to keep
blade balanced. Balance the blade on a round shaft
screwdriver to check for balance.
Figure 5-3: Remove blade and related hardware.
WARNING: An unbalanced blade will cause
excessive vibration when rotating at high
speeds. It may cause damage to mower, and could
break causing personal injury.
4. Lubricate the engine crankshaft and the inner surface
of the blade adapter with light oil. Slide the blade
adapter onto the engine crankshaft.Place the blade
on the adapter such that the side of the blade marked
“Bottom” (or with part number) faces the ground when
the mower is in the operating position. Make sure that
blade is aligned and seated on blade adapter flanges.
WARNING
When removing
the cutting blade
for sharpening or
replacement or
when sliding the belt
around it, protect
your hands with a
pair of heavy gloves
or use a heavy rag to
hold the blade.
5. Place blade bell support on the blade. Align notches
on the blade bell support with small holes in blade.
Replace hex bolt and tighten hex bolt to torque: 450
in. lbs. min., 600 in. lbs. max.
To ensure safe operation of your mower, periodically
check the blade bolt for correct torque.
Figure 5-4: Remove cover and loosen transmission screw.
Changing the Belt
1. Remove two shoulder screws securing front drive
cover to mower deck. Refer to Figure 5-4. Press
inward on sides of front drive cover and release tabs
that secure it to the height adjuster brackets. Remove
drive cover from mower.
2. Loosen screw holding belt tension spring to
transmission. See Figure 5-4. Do not remove screw
completely. As you loosen it, tension on the belt will be
released.
3. Push transmission up a little and slide belt off the
transmission pulley. Lift mower to access belt from
underside of mower. Slide belt off of engine pulley and
around the blade. See Figure 5-5.
4. Replace with new belt, working around blade. Make
sure belt is firmly seated on engine pulley while pulling
from the other side and sliding it around the transmission pulley. Tighten screw loosened earlier to secure
Figure 5-5: Remove belt from around blade.
belt tension spring to the transmission. Reassemble
front drive cover.
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An unbalanced blade
will cause excessive
vibration when rotating at high speeds. It
may cause damage
to mower, and could
break causing personal injury.
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Problem
Engine fails to start
Trouble
Shooting
Engine runs erratic
For repairs beyond
the minor adjustments listed here,
contact an authorized
service dealer.
Engine overheats
Occasional skips
(hesitates) at
high speed
Idles poorly
Excessive
Vibration
Mower will not
mulch grass (If
Equipped)
Cause
Remedy
1. Blade control disengaged.
1. Engage blade control.
2. Spark plug boot disconnected.
2. Connect wire to spark plug.
3. Fuel tank empty or stale fuel.
3. Fill tank with clean, fresh gasoline.
4. CHOKE not activated.
4. Choke engine as instructed in
“Operating Your Lawn Mower”.
5. Faulty spark plug.
5. Clean, adjust gap, or replace.
6. Blocked fuel line.
6. Clean fuel line.
7. Engine flooded.
7. Wait a few minutes to restart.
1. Spark plug boot loose.
1. Connect and tighten spark
plug boot.
2. Blocked fuel line or stale fuel.
2. Clean fuel line; fill tank with clean,
fresh gasoline.
3. Vent in gas cap plugged.
3. Clear vent.
4. Water or dirt in fuel system.
4. Drain fuel tank. Refill with
fresh fuel.
5. Dirty air cleaner.
5. Refer to engine maintenance
section.
6. Unit running with CHOKE applied.
6. Push CHOKE knob in.
1. Engine oil level low.
1. Fill crankcase with proper oil.
2. Air flow restricted.
2. Remove blower housing
and clean.
1. Spark plug gap too close.
1. Adjust gap to .030”.
1. Spark plug fouled, faulty or gap
too wide.
1. Reset gap to .030” or replace
spark plug.
2. Dirty air cleaner.
2. Refer to engine maintenance
section.
1. Cutting blade loose or unbalanced.
1. Tighten blade and adapter.
Balance blade.
2. Bent cutting blade.
2. See an authorized service dealer.
1. Wet grass.
1. Do not mow when grass is wet;
wait until later to cut.
2. Excessively high grass.
2. Mow once at a high cutting height,
then mow again at desired height
or make a narrower cutting path.
3. Dull blade.
Uneven cut
Mower will not
self propel
3. Sharpen or replace blade.
1. Wheels not positioned correctly.
1. Place all four wheels in same
height position.
2. Dull blade.
2. Sharpen or replace blade.
1. Belt not installed properly.
1. Check belt for proper pulley installation and movement.
2. Debris clogging drive operation.
2. Stop engine, disconnect spark plug
boot and clean out debris.
3. Damaged or worn belt.
3. Inspect and replace belt.
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Off-Season Storage
The following steps should be taken to prepare your lawn
mower for storage.
1. Clean and lubricate mower thoroughly as described in
the lubrication instructions.
2. We do not recommend the use of a pressure washer
or garden hose to clean your unit.
3. Refer to engine manual for correct engine
storage instructions.
4. Coat mower’s cutting blade with chassis grease to
prevent rusting.
5. Store mower in a dry, clean area. Do not store next
to corrosive materials, such as fertilizer.
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 of your lawn mower before storage.
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Off Season
Storage
and Safety
Labels
Safety Labels Found On Your Lawn Mower
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DO NOT remove safety
(or any) labels from
mower for any reason.
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Read and follow Operating Instructions before running
engine.
Gasoline is flammable. Allow engine to cool at least
2 minutes before refueling.
Engines emit carbon monoxide. DO NOT run in enclosed
area.
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Engine
Safe
Operation
Practices
WARNING: Gasoline and its vapors are extremely flammable and explosive. Fire or
explosion can cause severe burns or death. If gasoline is spilled on yourself or your
clothes, wash your skin and change clothes immediately.
Gasoline and its vapors are
extremely flammable and
explosive. Fire or explosion can
cause severe burns or death. If
gasoline is spilled on yourself
or your clothes, wash your skin
and change clothes immediately.
• When adding fuel, turn engine OFF and let engine
cool at least 2 minutes before removing gas cap.
• When operating equipment, do not tip engine or
equipment at angle which causes gasoline to spill.
• Do not choke carburetor to stop engine.
• When transporting equipment, transport with fuel tank
EMPTY.
• When storing gasoline or equipment with fuel in tank,
store away from furnaces, stoves, water heaters or
other appliances that have pilot light or other ignition
source because they can ignite gasoline vapors.
Starting engine creates sparking. Sparking can ignite nearby
flammable gases. Explosion and
fire could result.
• Fill fuel tank outdoors or in well ventilated area.
• Use only an approved gasoline container.
WARNING
Gasoline and its vapors
are extremely flammable
and explosive. Fire or explosion can cause severe
burns or death. If gasoline
is spilled on yourself or
your clothes, wash your
skin and change clothes
immediately.
Starting engine creates
sparking. Sparking can
ignite nearby flammable
gases. Explosion and fire
could result.
Unintentional sparking
can result in fire or electric shock. Unintentional
start-up can result in
entanglement, traumatic
amputation, or laceration.
• 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.
• If possible, 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.
• If there is a natural or LP gas leakage in area, do not
start engine.
• Do not use pressurized starting fluids because vapors
are flammable.
Engines give off carbon monoxide, an odorless, colorless,
poisonous gas. Breathing carbon
monoxide can cause nausea,
fainting, or death.
• Keep the nozzle in contact with the rim of the fuel
tank or container opening at all times until fueling is
complete. Do not use a nozzle lock-open device.
• Do not overfill fuel tank. Fill tank to approximately
2 cm below lowest portion of neck to allow for fuel
expansion.
• Start and run engine outdoors.
• Keep gasoline away from sparks, open flames, pilot
lights, heat, and other ignition sources.
• Do not start or run engine in enclosed area, even if
doors or windows are open.
• Never fuel equipment indoors because flammable
vapors will accumulate in the area.
Unintentional sparking can result
in fire or electric shock. Unintentional start-up can result in
entanglement, traumatic amputation, or laceration.
• Extinguish all cigarettes, cigars, pipes, and other
sources of ignition.
• Check fuel line, tank, cap, and fittings frequently for
cracks or leaks. Replace if necessary.
• When starting engine, make sure spark plug, muffler,
fuel cap and air cleaner are in place.
• Do not crank engine with spark plug removed.
• If fuel spills, wait until it evaporates before starting
engine.
• Before performing adjustments or repairs, disconnect
spark plug wire and keep it away from spark plug.
• When testing for spark, use approved spark plug
tester.
• Do not check for spark with spark plug removed.
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• Tie up long hair and remove jewelry.
Running engine produces heat.
Engine parts, especially muffler, • Do not wear loose-fitting clothing, dangling drawstrings or items that could become caught.
become extremely hot. Severe
thermal burns can occur on
contact. Combustible debris,
Rapid retraction of starter cord
such as leaves, grass, brush, etc.,
(kickback) will pull hand and
can catch fire.
arm toward engine faster than
you can let go. Broken bones,
• Allow muffler, engine cylinder, and fins to cool before
fractures, bruises or sprains
touching.
could result.
• Keep children away from hot or running engines. They
can suffer burns from a hot muffler.
• Remove accumulated combustibles from muffler and
cylinder area.
Rotating engine parts can
contact or entangle hands, feet,
hair, clothing, or accessories.
Traumatic amputation or severe
laceration can result.
• Operate equipment with guards in place.
• Keep hands and feet away from rotating parts.
• When starting engine, pull cord slowly until resistance is felt, then pull rapidly.
• Remove all external equipment/engine loads before
starting engine.
Safety Label Location
This label warns you of potential hazards that can
cause serious injury. Read it carefully. Refer to Figure
8-1 for explanation of symbols. If the label comes off or
becomes hard to read, contact the dealer for replacement.
(OT3URFACE
4OXIC&UMES
'ASOLINE)S
&LAMMABLE
3TART
2UN
0"
5NLEADED&UEL
Figure 8-1: International symbols and meanings.
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WARNING
Running engine produces
heat. Engine parts, especially muffler, become
extremely hot. Severe
thermal burns can occur
on contact. Combustible
debris, such as leaves,
grass, brush, etc., can
catch fire.
Rotating engine parts
can contact or entangle
hands, feet, hair, clothing,
or accessories. Traumatic
amputation or severe
laceration can result.
International Symbols and Meanings
2EAD/WNERS
-ANUAL
Engine
Safe
Operation
Practices
• Direct coupled equipment components such as, but
not limited to blades, impellers, pulleys, sprockets,
etc., must be securely attached.
PB
3AFETY!LERT
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Rapid retraction of starter
cord (kickback) will pull
hand and arm toward
engine faster than you
can let go. Broken bones,
fractures, bruises or
sprains could result.
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Operating
Your
Engine
Know Your Engine
Fuel Cap
Air Cleaner
Starter
Grip
Oil Fill Cap
Oil Drain
Spark Plug
Muffler
Figure 9-1: The major components of the engine.
IMPORTANT: This
engine is shipped
without gasoline or oil
in the engine. Running
the engine with insufficient oil can cause
serious engine damage
and void the engine
warranty.
IMPORTANT: Using
non- detergent oil or 2stroke engine oil could
shorten the engine’s
service life.
Be sure to check the
engine on a level
surface with the engine
stopped.
Read this section before starting your lawn mower engine. Compare the illustration in Figure 9-1 with your lawn mower
engine to familiarize yourself with the location of various controls and adjustments.
Pre-Operation Check
10w
Oil Recommendations
20w
IMPORTANT: This engine is shipped without gasoline or oil in the engine. Running the engine with
insufficient oil can cause serious engine damage
and void the engine warranty.
1
20
30
• Before starting engine, fill with oil. Do not over-fill. Oil
capacity is about 20 oz.
40
Use a 4-stroke, or an equivalent high detergent,
premium quality motor oil certified to meet or exceed
U.S. automobile manufacturer’s requirements for service
classification SG, SF. Motor oils classified SG, SF will
show this designation on the container.
20w40, 20w50
15w40, 15w50
2 10w40
10w30
SAE 10W-30 is recommended for general, all temperature use. If single viscosity oil is used, select the
appropriate viscosity for the average temperature in your
area from the chart to the right.
(ºC) -30º -20º -10º 0º
10º 20º 30º 40º
(ºF) -20º
0º
20º 40º 60º 80º 100º
Ambient Temperature
1. Single Viscosity
2. Multi Viscosity
IMPORTANT: Using non detergent oil or 2-stroke
engine oil could shorten the engine’s service life.
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Check Oil Level
IMPORTANT: Be sure to check the engine on a level
surface with the engine stopped.
1. Remove the oil filler cap and wipe the dipstick clean.
See Figure 9-2.
2. Insert the dipstick into the oil filler neck, but do not
screw it in.
Oil Fill Cap/
Dipstick
3. If the level is low, slowly add oil to the upper limit on
the dipstick. See Figure 9-2 inset.
4. Tighten dipstick firmly before starting engine.
Upper Level
IMPORTANT: Do not overfill. Overfilling with oil may
cause smoking, hard starting, spark plug fouling, or
oil saturation of air cleaner.
Fuel Recommendations
Use automotive gasoline (Unleaded or low leaded to
minimize combustion chamber deposits). Never use an
oil/gasoline mixture or dirty gasoline. Avoid getting dirt,
dust, or water in the fuel tank.
Operating
Your
Engine
Figure 9-2: Checking the oil level.
WARNING: Gasoline is extremely flammable and is explosive under certain
conditions.
WARNING
2
Refuel in a well-ventilated area with the engine
stopped. Do not smoke or allow flames or sparks
in the area where the engine is refueled or where
gasoline is stored.
Do not overfill the fuel tank (there should be no fuel
in the filler neck). After refueling, make sure the tank
cap is closed properly and securely.
3
Be careful not to spill fuel when refueling. Spilled
fuel or fuel vapor may ignite. If any fuel is spilled,
make sure the area is dry before starting the engine.
Always keep hands and
feet clear of equipment
moving parts. Do not use
a pressurized starting
fluid. Vapors are flammable.
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1
Avoid repeated or prolonged contact with skin or
breathing of vapor.
Check Fuel Level
Figure 9-3: Starting the mower. (Your mower may differ from that
shown)
2. Fill tank to approximately 1-inch below lowest portion
of neck to allow for fuel expansion. Be careful not to
overfill.
2. Standing behind the mower, depress the blade control
handle and hold it against the upper handle.
1. Clean around fuel fill before removing cap to fuel.
IMPORTANT: Before refueling, allow engine to cool
2 minutes.
Starting The Engine
WARNING: Always keep hands and
feet clear of equipment moving parts.
Do not use a pressurized starting fluid.
Vapors are flammable.
1. Pull out the choke knob located on the left side of
the upper handle. See Figure 9-3. Use of the choke
may not be necessary if the engine is warm or the air
temperature is high.
3. Pull the starter grip lightly until resistance is felt,
then pull rapidly to overcome compression, prevent
kickback, and start engine. Repeat if necessary. See
Figure 9-3.
IMPORTANT: Do not allow the starter grip to snap
back against the rope guide. Return it gently to
prevent damage to the starter.
4. When engine warms up, push in the choke knob. See
Figure 9-3.
Stopping The Engine
1. Release the blade control.
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IMPORTANT: Do not
allow the starter grip to
snap back against the
engine. Return it gently
to prevent damage to
the starter.
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Maintaining
Your
Engine
WARNING: Shut off the engine before
performing any maintenance. To
prevent accidental start-up, disconnect
the spark plug boot.
IMPORTANT: If engine must be tipped to transport
equipment or to inspect or remove grass, keep spark
plug side of engine up. Transporting or tipping engine
spark plug down may cause smoking, hard starting,
spark plug fouling, or oil saturation of air cleaner.
Periodic inspection and adjustment of the engine is
essential if high level performance is to be maintained.
Regular maintenance will also ensure a long service life.
The required service intervals and the kind of maintenance to be performed are described in the table below.
Follow the hourly or calendar intervals, whichever occur
first. More frequent service is required when operating in
adverse conditions.
Maintenance Schedule
First 5 hours
Tasks
Each use or
every 5 hours
Every season
or 25 hours
Every season
or 50 hours
Every season
or 100 hours
Service Dates
Check Engine
Oil
Change Engine
Oil
Check Air
Cleaner
WARNING
Shut off the engine
before performing any
type of maintenance.
To prevent accidental
start-up, disconnect
the spark plug boot.
Before tipping engine
or equipment to
drain oil, drain fuel
from tank by running
engine until fuel tank
is empty.
Service Air
Cleaner
Check Spark
Plug
Service Spark
Plug
Clean Finger
Guard
Clean Around
Muffler
† Service more frequently when used in dusty areas.
†† If operating under heavy load or high ambient temperature.
Oil Change
Oil Fill Cap
IMPORTANT: Be sure to check engine on a level surface
with the engine stopped. Drain the oil while the engine is
still warm to assure rapid and complete draining.
1. Remove oil fill cap and drain oil by either removing
drain plug or turning mower on its side (air cleaner side
up) and allowing oil to drain into a suitable container.
See Figure 10-1.
IMPORTANT: Be sure
to check engine on a
level surface with the
engine stopped. Drain
the oil while the engine
is still warm to assure
rapid and complete
draining.
Drain
Plug
WARNING: Before tipping engine or
equipment to drain oil, drain fuel from
tank by running engine until fuel tank is
empty.
Level
Figure 10-1: Changing the oil.
Oil Service
• Check oil level regularly.
• Be sure correct oil level is maintained. Check every
five hours or daily before starting engine. See oil
checking procedure in the Operation section.
2. Reinstall the drain plug (if removed), and tighten it
securely.
3. Refill with the recommended oil (see Operation
section) and check the oil level. See Figure 10-1.
4. Reinstall the oil fill cap securely.
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IMPORTANT: Used motor oil may cause skin cancer
if repeatedly left in contact with the skin for prolonged
periods. Although this is unlikely unless you handle used
oil on a daily basis, it is still advisable to thoroughly wash
your hands with soap and water as soon as possible
after handling used oil.
Paper Element
Maintaining
Your
Engine
NOTE: Please dispose of used motor oil in a manner that
is compatible with the environment. We suggest you take
it in a sealed container to your local service station for
reclamation. Do not throw it in the trash or pour it on the
ground.
Air Cleaner Service
A dirty air cleaner will restrict air flow to the carburetor.
To prevent carburetor malfunction, service the air cleaner
regularly. Service more frequently when operating the
engine in extremely dusty areas.
Foam Element
Figure 10-2: Servicing the air cleaner.
Spark Plug
WARNING: Never use gasoline or low
flash point solvents for cleaning the
air cleaner element. A fire or explosion
could result.
WARNING
Never use gasoline
or low flash point solvents for cleaning the
air cleaner element.
A fire or explosion
could result.
IMPORTANT: Never run the engine without the air
cleaner. Rapid engine wear will result.
1. Remove the wing bolt and the air cleaner cover.
Remove the elements and separate them. See Figure
10-2. Carefully check both elements for holes or tears
and replace if damaged.
2. Foam element: Wash the element in a solution of
household detergent and warm water, then rinse
thoroughly, or wash in nonflammable or high flash
point solvent. Allow the element to dry thoroughly.
Soak the element in clean engine oil and squeeze out
the excess oil. The engine will smoke during initial
start-up if too much oil is left in the foam.
3. Paper element: Tap the element lightly several times
on a hard surface to remove excess dirt, or blow
compressed air through the filter from the inside out.
Never try to brush the dirt off; brushing will force
dirt into the fibers. Replace the paper element if it is
excessively dirty.
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Spark Plug Boot
Figure 10-3: The spark plug and boot.
Spark Plug Service
WARNING: DO NOT check for spark
with spark plug removed. DO NOT crank
engine with spark plug removed.
To ensure proper engine operation, the spark plug must
be properly gapped and free of deposits.
1. Remove the spark plug boot and use a spark plug
wrench to remove the plug. See Figure 10-3.
WARNING: If the engine has been
running, the muffler will be very hot. Be
careful not to touch the muffler.
2. Visually inspect the spark plug. Discard the spark plug
if there is apparent wear, or if the insulator is cracked
or chipped. Clean the spark plug with a wire brush if it
is to be reused.
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DO NOT check for
spark with spark plug
removed. DO NOT
crank engine with
spark plug removed.
If the engine has
been running, the
muffler will be very
hot. Be careful not to
touch the muffler.
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Maintaining
Your
Engine
Storage
Engines stored over 30 days need to be drained of fuel
to prevent deterioration and gum from forming in fuel
system or on essential carburetor parts. If the gasoline in
your engine deteriorates during storage, you may need to
have the carburetor, and other fuel system components,
serviced or replaced.
1. Remove all fuel from tank by running engine until it
stops from lack of fuel.
Electrode
2. Change oil. See Oil Change section.
0.030 in.
Figure 10-4: Measure the plug gap with a feeler gauge.
3. Measure the plug gap with a feeler gauge. Correct
as necessary by bending side electrode. See Figure
10-4. The gap should be set to 0.030 in.
WARNING
Accumulation of
debris around muffler
could cause a fire.
Inspect and clean
before every use.
4. Clean grass and debris from around engine, under
finger guard, and under, around and behind muffler.
Touch up any damaged paint, and coat other areas
that may rust with a light film of oil.
4. Check that the spark plug washer is in good condition and thread the spark plug in by hand to prevent
cross-threading.
5. Store in a clean, dry and well ventilated area away from
any appliance that operates with a flame or pilot light,
such as a furnace, water heater, or clothes dryer. Also
avoid any area with a spark producing electric motor,
or where power tools are operated.
5. After the spark plug is seated, tighten with a spark
plug wrench to compress the washer.
6. If possible, also avoid storage areas with high humidity,
because that promotes rust and corrosion.
NOTE: When installing a new spark plug, tighten 1/2
turn after the spark plug seats to compress the washer.
When reinstalling a used spark plug, tighten 1/8-1/4 turn
after the spark plug seats to compress the washer.
IMPORTANT: The spark plug must be securely tightened. An improperly tightened spark plug can become
very hot and may damage the engine.
IMPORTANT: Do not
spray engine with water
to clean because water
could contaminate fuel.
Using a garden hose
or pressure washing
equipment can also
force water into the
air cleaner or muffler
opening. Water in the
air cleaner will soak
the paper element,
and water that passes
through the element
or muffler can enter
the cylinder, causing
damage.
3. Remove spark plug and pour about 1/2 an ounce of
engine oil into cylinder. Replace spark plug and crank
slowly to distribute oil.
Clean Engine
If the engine has been running, allow it to cool for at
least half an hour before cleaning. Periodically remove
grass and dirt build-up from engine. Clean finger guard
and around muffler. Clean with a brush or compressed
air.
7. Keep the engine level in storage. Tilting can cause fuel
or oil leakage.
Removing From Storage
1. Check your engine as described in the Pre-Operation
Check section of this manual.
2. If the fuel was drained during storage preparation, fill
the tank with fresh gasoline. If you keep a container
of gasoline for refueling, make certain it contains only
fresh fuel. Gasoline oxidizes and deteriorates over
time, causing hard starting.
3. If the cylinder was coated with oil during storage
preparation, the engine will smoke briefly at startup.
This is normal.
IMPORTANT: Do not spray engine with water to clean
because water could contaminate fuel. Using a garden
hose or pressure washing equipment can also force
water into the air cleaner or muffler opening. Water in
the air cleaner will soak the paper element, and water
that passes through the element or muffler can enter the
cylinder, causing damage.
WARNING: Accumulation of debris
around muffler could cause a fire.
Inspect and clean before every use.
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Model 44M
1
8
3
48
2
50
35
21
34
10
5
6
14
9
15
7
11
36
4
37
39
38
13
33
16
18
47
20
12
54
45
46
44
29
42
64
17
43
41
43
31
55
40
29
58
19
57
56
22
28
60
59
61
63
53
43
26
62
49
52
30
Wheel Treads
23
27
32
25
S-Wave Tread
Bar Tread
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Ref.
No.
Part No.
Description
Ref.
No.
Part No.
Description
1
747-1161A
Blade Control
34
746-04299
Control Cable - 48”
2
749-1092A
Upper Handle
35
710-0606
Screw, 1/4-20 x 1.50
3
747-04080
Grass Catcher Frame
36
731-05642
Trailshield
4
749-0928A
Lower Handle
37
732-0700
Trailshield Wire
5
720-0279
Wing Nut
38
712-0397
Wing Nut, 1/4-20
6
710-1205
Rope Guide
39
747-04587
Rear Door Pivot Rod
7
710-1174
Carriage Bolt ,5/16-18 x 2
40
732-04175
Spring Lever
8
664-04007
Grass Bag Assembly
41
687-02071A Pivot Arm Assembly - RH
9
720-04072
Star Knob
10
746-04239A Choke Cable
42
710-1652
AB Screw
11
726-0240
Cable Tie
43
712-04065
Flange Lock Nut, 3/8-16
12
710-0703
Carriage Bolt ,1/4-20
44
714-0104
Hairpin Clip
13
631-04225
Rear Discharge Door
45
710-0654A
TT Sems Screw, 3/8-16 x 1.00
14
710-04577
Screw, Machine, M-4 x 10
46
687-02193
Ht. Adj. Assy. Front - LH
15
731-05401
Engine Shroud
687-02194
Ht. Adj. Assy. Front - RH
16
732-04090A Torsion Spring - RH
687-02270
Rear Handle Bracket Assy. - LH
17
734-04087
687-02271
Rear Handle Bracket Assy. - RH
18
731-04150C Rear Baffle
48
747-1214
Drive Control
19
750-04594
Sleeve Spacer - RH
49
710-1650
Shoulder Screw
20
787-01277
Deck - 21”
50
746-04303
Drive Cable
21
712-04064
Flange Lock Nut, 1/4-20
51
754-0637A
V-Belt
22
782-5002B
Front Baffle
52
618-04376A Transmission Assembly
23
748-04015A Blade Adapter w/Pulley
53
731-05021A Front Drive Cover
24
742-0741
21” Mulching Blade
54
732-1043
Belt Tension Spring
25
710-1257
Hex Bolt , 3/8-24 x 2.5
55
682-0015
Bearing Assembly
26
687-02044
Pivot Plate Assembly
56
736-0447
Wave Washer
27
736-0524B
Blade Bell Support
57
710-0216
Hex Screw
28
787-01298
Height Adjustment Plate - RH
58
715-0221
Dowel Pin
787-01299
Height Adjustment Plate - LH
59
717-1762
Gear, 14T - RH
29
720-0426
Adjustment Lever Knob
717-1761
Gear, 14T - LH
30
732-0706
Front Lever - RH
60
710-04531
Screw, 1/4-20 x .390
732-0707
Front Lever - LH
61
782-7551A
Wheel Dust Cap
31
738-0507B
Shoulder Screw
62
716-0102
Snap Ring
32
634-04100
Front Wheel, 8 x 1.8, Bar
63
736-0474
Washer, 1.5” OD
33
710-1241
Screw, 1/4-15 x 1.000
64
750-04595
Sleeve Spacer - LH
8
Parts List
687-02070A Pivot Arm Assembly - LH
47
Rear Wheel, 8 x 1.8, Bar
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IMPORTANT
For a proper working
machine, use Factory
Approved Parts.
V-BELTS are specially
designed to engage
and disengage safely.
A substitute (non OEM)
V-Belt can be dangerous by not disengaging
completely.
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21
8
9
15
20
1
7
3
13
2
19
18
24
25
11
26
17
10
17
6
28
4
5
12
14
27
22
23
16
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Ref.
No.
Part No.
Description
1.
951-10368
Fuel Tank
2.
951-10369
Flywheel Shroud
3.
951-10335
Rubber Fuel Tank Mounting Washer
4.
951-10334
Oil Filler Tube Assembly
5.
951-10333
Dipstick Assembly
6.
951-10413
Cylinder Head Complete
7.
951-10414
Short Block Assembly
8.
951-10321
Stop Switch and Brake Assembly
9.
951-10319
Recoil Spring and Pulley Assembly
10.
951-10344
Push Rod Kit
11.
951-10345
Valve Kit
12.
951-10370
Oil Drain Plug and Washer Assembly
13.
951-10366
Ignition Coil
14.
951-10310
Carburetor Assembly
15.
951-10307
Flywheel Key
16.
951-10412
Air Cleaner Housing Assembly Complete
17.
951-10342
Muffler Stud Assembly
18.
951-10364
Fuel Line Kit – Inc. hoses, clamps & filter
19.
951-10358
Fuel Filter
20.
951-10300
Fuel Cap Assembly
21.
951-10299
Recoil Starter Assembly
22.
951-10298
Air Cleaner Kit
23.
951-10297
Air Cleaner Thumb Screw
24.
951-10411
Muffler Guard
25.
951-10403
Muffler
26.
951-10402
Muffler Gasket /Heat Shield
27.
951-10387
Governor Return Spring
28.
951-10292
Spark Plug
–
952Z1P70FU
Engine – Complete
–
951-10326
Carburetor Kit – Major
–
951-10323
Carburetor Kit – Minor
–
951-10416
Gasket Kit – Complete
–
951-10417
Gasket Kit – External
–
951-10351
Spark Arrestor
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Parts List
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MTD LLC (MTD), The United States Environment Protection Agency (U. S. EPA)
Emission Control System Warranty Statement
(Owner’s Defect Warranty Rights and Obligations)
The U. S. EPA and MTD are pleased to explain the emissions control system warranty on your model year 2005 and later small off-road engine.
New small off-road engines must be designed, built and equipped to meet the stringent anti-smog standards. MTD must warranty the emission
control system on your engine for the period of time listed below, provided there has been no abuse, neglect or improper maintenance of your small
off-road engine.
Your emission control system may include parts such as the carburetor, air cleaner, ignition system, exhaust system, and other associated emission-related components.
Where a warrantable condition exists, MTD will repair your small off-road engine at no cost to your including diagnosis, parts and labor.
MANUFACTURER’S WARRANTY COVERAGE:
This emissions control system is warranted for two years. If any emission-related part on your engine is defective, the part will be repaired or
replaced by MTD.
OWNER’S WARRANTY RESPONSIBILITIES:
As the small off-road engine owner, you are responsible for the performance of the required maintenance listed in your Owner’s Manual. MTD
recommends that you retain all your receipts covering maintenances on your small off-road engine, but MTD can not deny warranty solely for the
lack of receipts or for your failure to ensure the performance to all scheduled maintenance.
As the small off-road engine owner, you should however be aware that MTD may deny your warranty coverage if your small off-road engine or part
has failed due to abuse, neglect, improper maintenance or unapproved modifications.
You are responsible for presenting your small off-road engine to an Authorized MTD Service Dealer as soon as a problem exists. The warranted
repairs should be completed in a reasonable amount of time, not to exceed 30 days.
If you have any questions regarding your warranty rights and responsibilities, you should contact a MTD Service Representative at 1-800-800-7310
and address is MTD LLC, P.O. Box 361131, Cleveland OH, 44136-0019.
Defects Warranty Requirements for 1995 and Later Small Off-Road Engines:
This section applies to 1995 and later small off-road engines. The warranty period begins on the date the engine or equipment is delivered to an
ultimate purchaser.
(a) General Emissions Warranty Coverage
MTD must warrant to the ultimate purchaser and each subsequent purchaser that the engine is:
(1) Designed, built, and equipped so as to conform with all applicable regulations adopted by the Air Resources Board pursuant to its authority in
Chapters 1 and 2,Part 5, Division 26 of the Health and Safety Code; and
(2) Free from defects in materials and workmanship that cause the failure of a warranted part to be identical in all material respects to the part as
described in the engine manufacturer’s application for certification for a period of two years.
(b) The warranty on 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 required by Subsection (c)
must be warranted for the warranty period defined in Subsection (a)(2). If any such part fails during the period of warranty coverage, it must be
repaired or replaced by MTD according to Subsection (4) below. Any such part repaired or replaced under the warranty must be warranted for
the remaining warranty period.
(2) Any warranted part that is scheduled only for regular inspection in the written instructions required by Subsection (c) must be warranted for
the warranty period defined in Subsection (a)(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 the remaining warranty
period.
(3) Any warranted part that which is scheduled for replacement as required maintenance in the written instructions required by Subsection (c)
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 MTD according to Subsection (4) below. Any such part repaired or replaced under
warranty must be warranted for the remainder of the period prior to the first scheduled replacement point for the part.
(4) Repair or replacement of any warranted part under the warranty provisions of this article must be performed at no charge to the owner at a
warranty station.
(5) Notwithstanding the provisions of Subsection (4) above, warranty services or repairs must be provided at all MTD distribution centers that
are franchised to service the subject engines.
(6) 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 a warranty station.
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(7) The engine manufacturer is liable for damages to other engine components proximately caused by a failure under warranty of any warranted
part.
(8) Throughout the engine’s warranty period defined in Subsection (a)(2), MTD will maintain a supply of warranted parts sufficient to meet the
expected demand for such parts.
(9) Any replacement part may be used in the performance of any warranty maintenance or repairs and must be provided without charge to the
owner. Such use will not reduce the warranty obligations of MTD.
(10) Add-on or modified parts that are not exempted by the Air Resources Board may not be used. The use of any non-exempted add-on or
modified parts shall be grounds for disallowing a warranty claim made in accordance with this article. The engine manufacturer shall not be
liable under this article to warrant failures of warranted parts caused by the use of non-exempted add-on or modified part.
(c) MTD will include a copy of the following emission warranty parts list with each new engine, using those portions of the list applicable to the
engine.
(1) Fuel Metering System
• Cold start enrichment system (soft choke)
• Carburetor and internal parts
• Fuel Pump
(2) Air Induction System
• Air cleaner
• Intake manifold
(3) Ignition System
• Spark plug(s)
• Magneto Ignition System
(4)Exhaust System
(5) Miscellaneous Items Used in Above System
• Vacuum, temperature , position, time sensitive valves and switches
• Connectors and assemblies
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MANUFACTURER’S LIMITED WARRANTY FOR
The limited warranty set forth below is given by MTD LLC with respect to
new merchandise purchased and used in the United States, its possessions and territories.
“MTD” warrants this product against defects in material and workmanship
for a period of two (2) years commencing on the date of original purchase
and will, at its option, repair or replace, free of charge, any part found to
be defective in materials or workmanship. This limited warranty shall only
apply if this product has been operated and maintained in accordance
with the Operator’s Manual furnished with the product, and has not been
subject to misuse, abuse, commercial use, neglect, accident, improper
maintenance, alteration, vandalism, theft, fire, water, or damage because
of other peril or natural disaster. Damage resulting from the installation or
use of any part, accessory or attachment not approved by MTD for use
with the product(s) covered by this manual will void your warranty as to
any resulting damage.
Normal wear parts are warranted to be free from defects in material and
workmanship for a period of thirty (30) days from the date of purchase.
Normal wear parts include, but are not limited to items such as belts,
blades, blade adapters, grass bags, wheels, engine oil, air filters, and
spark plugs.
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, check your Yellow Pages, or contact MTD
LLC at P.O. Box 361131, Cleveland, Ohio 44136-0019, or call 1-800-8007310 or log on to our Web site at www.mtdproducts.com.
This limited warranty does not provide coverage in the following cases:
a.
b.
c.
Log splitter pumps, valves, and cylinders have a separate one
year warranty.
Routine maintenance items such as lubricants, filters, blade
sharpening, tune-ups, brake adjustments, clutch adjustments,
deck adjustments, and normal deterioration of the exterior finish
due to use or exposure.
Service completed by someone other than an authorized service
dealer.
d.
e.
f.
MTD does not extend any warranty for products sold or exported outside of the United States, its possessions and territories, except those sold through MTD’s authorized channels of export distribution.
Replacement parts that are not genuine MTD parts.
Transportation charges and service calls.
No implied warranty, including any implied warranty of merchantability of fitness for a particular purpose, applies after the applicable
period of express written warranty above as to the parts as identified. No other express warranty, whether written or oral, except as
mentioned above, given by any person or entity, including a dealer
or retailer, with respect to any product, shall bind MTD. During the
period of the warranty, the exclusive remedy is repair or replacement
of the product as set forth above.
The provisions as set forth in this warranty provide the sole and
exclusive remedy arising from the sale. MTD shall not be liable
for incidental or consequential loss or damage including, without
limitation, expenses incurred for substitute or replacement lawn care
services or for rental expenses to temporarily replace a warranted
product.
Some states do not allow the exclusion or limitation of incidental or
consequential damages, or limitations on how long an implied warranty
lasts, so the above exclusions or limitations may not apply to you.
In no event shall recovery of any kind be greater than the amount of the
purchase price of the product sold. Alteration of safety features of the
product shall void this warranty. You assume the risk and liability for
loss, damage, or injury to you and your property and/or to others and their
property arising out of the misuse or inability to use the product.
This limited warranty shall not extend to anyone other than the original
purchaser or to the person for whom it was purchased as a gift.
HOW 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.
IMPORTANT: Owner must present Original Proof of Purchase to obtain
warranty coverage.
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