Murray 46569X9A Operating instructions

This Instruction Book Contains Information
For Several Models. Read And Keep This Book For
Future Reference.
This Book Contains Important
SAFETY, ASSEMBLy
Information
On:
OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE.
PRODUCT INFORMATION
The owner must be certain that all the product Information Is Included with this unit.
This Information Includes the INSTRUCTION BOOKS, the REPLACEMENT PARTS
and the WARRANTIES. This Information must be Included to make
sure state laws and other laws are followed.
Model
46569x9A
Record The Following Information About Your Unit. This Information
Is Necessary When Ordering Parts Or In Case Of Loss Or Theft,
WHERE PURCHASED:
DATE PURCHASED:
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.Day
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THE
TABLE OF CONTENTS
WARRANTY
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RESPONSIBILITY
OF THE
RULES
SAFETY
OWNER
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2
MOWING AND BAGGING TIPS
3
HOW TO CHANGE THE MULCHER
3
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MAINTENANCE
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19
2O
PLATE ................
21
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MAINTENANCE
9
HOW TO CHECK THE MUFFLER
9
HOW TO REMOVE AND INSTALL THE BLADE ............
9
HOW TO SHARPEN THE BLADE
10
HOW TO ADJUST THE BLADE ROTATION CONTROL
10
HOW TO CHECK AND ADJUST THE DRIVE BRAKE
..............
10
HOW TO CHECK AND ADJUST THE MOTION DRIVE BELT.
24
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11
HOW TO ADJUST THE SPEED CONTROL PEDAL
25
12
MAINTENANCE
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25
12
12
HOW TO CHARGE THE BATTERy .......................
WHERE TO LUBRICATE ................................
25
13
HOW TO CHECK THE FUEL FILTER
13
CHECK THE TIRES
14
HOW TO REMOVE THE MOWER HOUSING
14
HOW TO INSTALL THE MOWER HOUSING
HOW TO USE THE BLADE ROTATION CONTROL .........
HOW TO USE THE SPEED CONTROL PEDAL .............
14
HOW TO ADJUST THE GAUGE WHEELS
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28
15
HOW TO LEVEL THE MOWER HOUSING
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29
HOW TO DISCONNECT
15
HOW TO REPLACE THE MOTION DRIVE BELT ............
30
HOW TO SET THE PARKING BRAKE .....................
16
HOW TO REPLACE THE MOWER DRIVE BELTS
31
HOW TO CHANGE THE cUTrlNG
16
HOW TO REPLACE THE FUSE
16
16
HOW TO REPLACE THE UGHT BULB ....................
HOW TO CLEAN THE MOWER HOUSING .................
32
32
STORAGE
32
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PANTS BAG - CONTENTS
CHECK THE TIRES
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CHECK THE LEVEL OF THE MOWER HOUSING
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HOW TO INSTALL THE SEAT ............................
HOW TO ASSEMBLE
THE STEERING
WHEEL
HOW TO ASSEMBLE
THE GAUGE WHEELS
HOW TO INSTALL THE MOWER HOUSING
MAINTENANCE
FREE BATTERY
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HOW TO PREPARE THE ENGINE ........................
IMPORTANTI BEFORE YOU START MOWING ............
OPERATION
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LOCATION OF CONTROLS
ATTACHMENTS
.............................
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HOW TO USE THE THROTTLE
CONTROL
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THE TRANSMISSION
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HEIGHT ................
HOW TO STOP THE UNIT ...............................
HOW TO TRANSPORT THE UNIT ........................
HOW TO OPERATE WITH THE MOWER HOUSING
HOW TO OPERATE THE UNIT ON HILLS
BEFORE STARTING THE ENGINE
HOW TO START THE ENGINE
OPERATING
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TIpS ......................................
17
CHANT
21
9
ASSEMBLY
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22
22
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FREE BATTERY
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23
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24
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26
26
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26
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27
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27
(OVER 30 DAYS) ....................
SHOOTING
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32
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17
TROUBLE
18
SLOPE
18
19
INDEX
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LAWN TRACTOR
ACCESSORIES
GUIDE
21
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CHART
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33
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34
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MURRAY, INC.
Two Year Limited Warranty
Murray, Inc warrants to the odginal purchaser that this unit shall be free from defects in material and workmanship under normal
use and service for a pedod of Two (2) Years from the date of purchase; however, this warranty does not cover engines,
accessories (such as snow blowers, snow blades, grass baggers and plows), transmissions, batteries and Normal Wear Parts
(except as noted below) or transaxles as the companies that manufacture these items furnish their own warranties and provide
service through their authorized field service facilities. For additional information, see the warranties covering these particular
pads. If you are uncertain whether your unit contains or is equipped with one or more of these pads, consult your dealer prior
to purchase. Subject to the terms and conditions noted in this Limited Warranty, we shall, at our option, repair or replace at no
cost to the original purchaser any part covered by this Limited Warranty during the applicable warranty period,
In the event the battery proves defective within ninety (90) days from the date of purchase, we will replace it without charge. If
the battery proves defective after (90) days but within one hundred twenty (120) days from the date of purchase, we will replace
it for a charge of one half (1/2) of the retail price of the battery in effect at the time of return.
Normal Wear Parts are defined as belts, blades, blade adapters, pneumatic tires, headlights and seat covers. These parts are
warranted to be free from defects in material and workmanship as delivered with the product. Any claim for repair or replacement
of Normal Wear Parts must be made within thirty (30) days of the date of purchase. No claims involving damage caused from
material use, abuse or misuse will be honored.
This Murray, Inc. Two (2) Year Limited Warranty is your exclusive remedy; however, this warranty is void or does not apply
to any unit that has been tampered with, altered, misused, abused or used for rental or other commercial and/or professional
(non- homeowner) uses. Yourwarranty does not cover minor mechanIcel adjustments which are not due to any defect in material
or workmanship. For assistance in making such adjustments, consult your Instruction Book.
To make a cJaimunder this Murray, Inc. Two (2) Year Limited Warranty, return the unit (or ifauthorized in advance, the defective
part) along with your proof of purchase to an Authorized Service Center near you. To locate the nearest Authorized Service
Center, call the Central Parts Distributor for your area shown in the listprovided with your unit or check the Yellow Page listings
in your local telephone directory. If you return the entire unit, we will repair the unit. If we authorize the return of the defective
part only, we will either replace or repair the part. In the case of a defect in a transmission or differential (as distinguished from
a transaxie), the entire transmission or differential must be returned since they do not include user serviceable parts.
This Murray, Inc. Two (2) Year Limited Warranty gives you specific legal rights, and you may also have other rightswhich vary
from state to state. This Limited Warranty is given In lieu of all other expressed and implied warranties including the
implied warranty of merchantability and warranty of fitness for a particular purpose. If you need additional information
on this written warranty or assistance in obtaining service, write or call: MURRAY, INC., Outdoor Power Equipment, Customer
Service Department, P.O. Box 268, Brantwood, Tennessee 37027. (1- 800- 782- 5357)
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OWNER'S INFORMATION
This instructionbook is forseveral different models. The instructions
are written for a person with some mechanical ability.Like most service books, not all the steps are described. Steps on how to loosen or
tighten fasteners are steps anyone can followwith some mechanical
ability.Read and followthese instructions before you use the unit.
chased in an assembled condition. On assembled units, it is the responsibility of the owner to make sure the unit is correctly
assembled. The owner must carefully check the unit according to
the instructions in this manual before it is first used.
Knowyourproduct: Ifyou understandthe unitand howthe unitoperates,you willgetthe best pefformance.Asyou readthis manual, compare the illustrationsto the unit. Learn the location and the function of
the controls.To help prevent an accident, followthe operating instructions and the safety rules. Keep this manual for future reference.
IMPORTANT: Many units are not assembled and are sold in cartons. It isthe responsibility of the owner to make sure the assembly
instructions in this manual are exactly followed. Other units are pur-
RESPONSIBILITY OF THE OWNER
The responsibility of the owner is to follow the instrucUone below.
Environmental
1.
2.
Carefully read and follow the rules for safe operation.
Follow all the assembly Instructions.
•
Do not fillthe engine's fuel tank completely full.
3,
4.
Inspect the unit.
Make sure that the operator of the unit knows how to correctly
use all standard end accessory equipment.
•
Drain fuel for off-season storage.
•
Use only unleaded gasoline.
5.
Operate the unit only with guards, shields, and other safety
items in place and working correctly.
Correctly adjust the unit.
•
Service the air cleaner regularly.
•
Change oil regularly. Use 10W- 30 oil in summer.
•
Tune- up the engine regularly.
•
Keep equipment in efficient operating condition.
•
Dispose of used engine oil properly.
6.
7.
8.
Service the unit only with authorized or approved replacement
parts.
Complete ell maintenance on the unit.
Awareness
SAFETY RULES
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Safe Operation Practices for Ride- on Mowere
WARNING: This cuffing machine is capable of amputating hands end feet and throwing objects. Failure to observe the
following safety instructions could result in serious injury or death.
I.
General operation
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
Read, understand and follow allinstructions in the InstructionBook, on the machine,the engine andwith any attachments before starting.
Only allow responsible adults, who are familiar with the instructions, to operate the machine.
Clear the area of objects such as rocks, toys, wire, etc., which could be picked up and thrown by the blade.
Be sure the area is clear of other people before mowing. Stop the machine if anyone enters the area.
Never carry passengers.
Turn off power to the blades or any attachments before backing up. Do not mow in reverse unless absolutely necessary. Always look
down and behind before and while backing.
Be aware ofthe mower discharge direction and do notpoint it at anyone. Do not operate the mowerwithout either the entire grass bagger
orthe mower guard in place.
Slow down before turning.
Never leave a machine unattended with the engine running. Always turn off the blabe(s), set the parking brake, stop the engine and
remove the key before dismounting.
Turn off power to attachment(s) when transporting or not in use. Turn offthe blade(s) when not mowing.
Stop the engine befere removing the grass bagger or unclogging the chute.
Mow only in daylight or good artificial light.
Do not operate the machine while under the influence of alcohol or drugs or when very tired.
Watch for traffic when operating near or crossing roadways.
Use extra caution when loading or unloading the machine into a trailer or truck.
Turn off all attachment clutches before attempting to start the engine.
Always wear goggles, safety glasses, or an eye shield when you operate the unit to protect your eyes from foreign objects that can be
thrown from the unit. Always wear eye protection when you make an adjustment or repair to the machine.
Use care when pulling loads or using heavy equipment.
a. Use only approved drawber hitch points.
b. Limit loads to those you can safely control.
c. Do not turn sharply. Use care when backing.
d. Use counterweights or wheel weights when suggested in the Instruction Book,
Do not operate this machine if you are taking drugs or other medication which can cause drowsiness or effect your ability to operate
this machine.
7.
8.
9.
10.
tt.
12.
13.
14.
15.
16.
17.
18.
19.
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20. Do not use this machine if you are mentally or physically unable to operate this machine safely.
II. Slope operation
Slopes and rough terrain ere major factors related to loss- of- control and tip- over accidents, which can result in severe injury
or death. ALL slopes require extra caution. If you cannot back up the slope or if you feel uneasy on the slope, do not mow it. See
the =Slope Guide" in the back of this book to check for safe operation.
DO
1,
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7,
8.
Mow up and down slopes, not across.
Remove obstacles such as rocks, limbs, etc...
Watch for holes, ruts or bumps. Uneven terrain could overturn the machine. Tallgrass can hide obstacles.
Use slow speed on slopes. Do not make sudden speed changes.
Follow the manufacturer's recommendations for wheel weights or counterweights to improve stability.
Use extra care with grass baggers or other attachments, they can change the stability of the machine.
Keep all movement on the slopes slow and gradual. Do not make sudden changes in speed or direction.
Avoid starting or stopping on a slope. If tires lose traction, turn off the blades and proceed slowly straight down the slope.
DO NOT
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
Do not turn on slopes unless absolutely necessary, then only turn slowly and gradually downhill, if possible.
Do not mow drop- offs, ditches or embankments. A wheel over the edge or an edge caving in could cause a sudden overturn and an
injury or death.
Do not mow on wet grass. Reduced traction could cause sliding.
Do not try to stabilize the machine by putting your foot on the ground.
Do not use a grass bagger or other rear mounted accessories on steep slopes (greater than 10 degrees).
III. Children
Tragic accidents can occur if the operator is not alert to the presence of children. Children are often attracted to the machine end
the mowing activity. NEVER assume that children will remain where you last saw them.
1. Keep children out of the mowing area and in the watchful care of another responsible adult.
2. Be alert and turn the engine off if children enter the area.
3. Before and when backing, look behind and down for small children.
4. Never carry children or any passengers, even with the blades off. They may fall off and be seriously injured or interfere with the safe
operation of the machine.
5.
Never allow children to operate the machine. Instruct children in the potential dangers of the machine.
6.
Use extra care when approaching blind comers, shrubs, trees or other objects that may obscure vision.
IV. Service
1.
Use extra care when handling gasoline and other fuels. Fuels are flammable and the vapors are explosive.
a. Use only an approved container.
b. Never remove the gas cap or add fuel with the engine running, Allow the engine to cool for several minutes before refueling. Do
not smoke.
c. Never rsfuelthe machine indoors.
d. Never store the machine with fuel in the tank or fuel container inside where there is an open flame, such as a water heater.
2. Never start or run the engine inside a closed area.
3.
Keep all nuts and bolts, especially the blade attachment nuts tight. Frequently check the blade(s) for wear or damage such as cracks
and nicks. A blade that is bent or damaged must be immediately replaced with an original equipment blade from an authorized selvice
dealer. For safety, replace the blade every two years. Keep the equipment in good condition.
4.
Never tamper with the safety devices. Check their proper operation regularly.
5. To reduce fire hazards, keep the machine free of grass, leaves or other debris build- up. Clean up oll or fuel spills. Allow the machine
to cool before storing.
6.
Stop and inspect the equipment if you strike an object. Repair, if necessary, before restarting.
7.
Never make adjustments or repairs with the engine running. The carburetor can be adjusted with the engine running. Do not change
the engine governor settings or over- speed the engine.
8. Grass bagger components are subject to wear, damage and deterioration, which could expose moving parts or allow objects to be
thrown. For storage, always make sure the grass bag is empty. Frequently check components and replace with manufacturer's recommended parts when necessary.
9. Mower blade(s) are sharp and can cut.Wrapthe blade{s) orwear gloves and use extra caution when servicing them orthe blade housing
area.
10. Check the brake operation frequently, Adjust and service as required.
11. Wait for all movement to stop before servicing any part of the unit.
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indicates:
"Attention!
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to indicate
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Become Alert! Your Safety Is At Risk."
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Eachperson
thatoperates
power
controls and how they work. In an
equipment
mustlearntousecorrect
and
emergency, how fast you can stop the
safemowing
procedures.
Tohelpyou
blade is important. Learn how to control
learn,carefullyreadthefollowing
the mower at all times.
pages,Mostofthetimetheoperator
was Many engines are started by hand. When
notcorrectly
shownordidnotreadthe
instructions
ontheunitorintheInstruction you use a pull start or rope start, place
your feet apart and away from the blade(s).
Bookbefore
usingtheunit.Also,some
the rope handle tight. Never wrap the
operators
donothaveenough
experience.Hold
rope around your arm or fingers for a
Theresultisunsafe
use,endangering
the
grip". To start the engine, follow the
operator,
bystanders
andtheequipment. "better
instructions on the mower, in this book and
Another
resultcanbeapoorappearance in the engine operating instructions.
oftheareamowed.
electric start engines, sit in the seat to
Readthisbook.Readtheinstructions
on For
start the engine. The battery can be
theunit.Operate
themower
according
to
Follow the instructions on the
theSafeMowing
Guide.
Followallsafely dangerous.
battery, the acid container, and in this book
rules,cautions
orwarnings
inthisbook
when working with the battery. Even small
andontheunit.Makesureanyone
that
usestheunitreadstheinstructions
andis batteries have enough voltage to cause an
injury. Always be careful.
toldhowtosafelyoperate
themower.
The mower is designed to be operated by
one person. Never let another person ride
with you on the unit or on any accessories.
A passenger will make the unit harder to
control, block the visibility or distract the
operator and is dangerous to the operator,
the passenger and the equipment. Without
a passenger seat, the passenger can fall
from the mower or contact dangerous
parts. A mower is not a toy for showing off
or for giving rides.
Themower
willgiveyougoodservice
and
durability,
ifoperated
innormal
conditions.
Ifthemower
isnotcorrectly
serviced
oris
usedwheretheterrainisroughor
unsuitable,
product
performance
and
safety
willbedecreased.
Correct
clothing
isanimportant
partofsafe
mowing.
Safelyglasses
willprotect
the
eyesfrom objects discharged by the
mower. Safety shoes with steel plates can
protect a foot from injury by the blade. For
protection from objects discharged from
the mower, wear clothing that will cover the
arms and legs.
Before you start cutting the grass, practice
using the mower in a large open and level
area. Learn the location of the controls on
the mower. Know the purpose of the
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Never cut a wet lawn. Wet grass can
cause an accident, affect mower
performance and can cause problems with
future lawn growth and appearance. Wet
grass is slippery and can cause the mower
to slip. Someone can get injured by
touching the blade(s). Wet grass tends to
clog the mower, causing poor discharge.
Cut wet grass will collect on the lawn,
retarding the growth of the grass. Also,
getting the mower wet will cause parts to
rust and decrease the life of the unit.
When you look over the lawn, remember
obstacles that cannot be removed, like
pipes, stumps or rocks. Keep away from
these obstacles that can cause damage to
the mower or injury to the operator or a
person near the mower. Clear the area of
rocks, toys, wire or other loose objects.
These items can damage the mower or
can be discharged by the mower blade.
The blade of a power mower rotates very
fast. It can discharge rocks and other
objects over a long distance which can be
dangerous. The force of the objects can
break windows, cause injuries or even put
an eye out. Most of the time the injury is to
a person, like a child. Keep every person
completely away from the area to be
mowed. Make sure the grass is not
discharged toward anyone. Planning your
mowing pattern has a double advantage. It
can decrease the possibility of an injury
and make the clean up after mowing
easier.
Check the terrain of the area to be mowed.
Mow in a pattern that will keep you away
from dangerous areas. Check the distance
you need to stop and the distance
available to turn. Slopes and rough terrain
must be mowed carefully and some areas
must not be mowed at all. With riding
mowers, mow up and down the hill. When
you must mow rough terrain or on slopes,
drive slowly and stop in these areas only in
an emergency. Before you ride up or down
a slope, try to back straight up the slope.
Do not ride up or down a slope that is too
steep to back straight up. See the "Guide"
in the back of this Instruction Book to
check any slopes.
Before you start cutting, make sure the
mower was completely assembled
according to the Instruction Book. If the
mower was completely assembled at the
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store,youmuststillcheck the mower
according to the assembly instructions.
Make sure the mower is correctly
assembled and that all fasteners are tight.
Make sure the engine has the correct
amount of oil. Check these items often
during the life of the mower.
Your mower has a gasoline engine.
Gasoline is a dangerous fuel. Keep
gasoline only in an approved safety
gasoline container. Do not keep large
amounts of gasoline, When you add
gasoline to the fuel tank, do not smoke.
Store the gasoline container and the
mower in an area that has good ventilation.
Also, keep the gasoline away from any
flames like the pilot light of a furnace or
any other source of ignition, if the mower is
to be stored for more than a few weeks,
remove the gasoline from the fuel tank.
When inside an enclosure, do not add
gasoline to the fuel tank. Before you add
gasoline, move the mower outside and add
gasoline carefully. Before you start the
engine, remove any gasoline from the
outside of the fuel tank or from the mower.
Warm gasoline will expand. Leave some
space in the fuel tank for the gasoline to
expand. Also, the fuel cap has a vent hole
for fuel vapors. Always use the correct fuel
cap. Failure to follow safety rules about
gasoline will cause fires and explosions,
injury to you and damage to the equipment
and other property.
engine and transmission cool before
servicing the mower. Remember, exhaust
fumes are dangerous. Never operate the
engine inside a building.
When you get a new mower, it can ba a
new experience for the family. Tell each
person how a mower can be dangerous.
Remember, a mower is not a toy. A mower
is not to be used by children or anyone not
old enough, strong enough or that does not
have experience.
If the mower is not correctly assembled,
not operated correctly, or not regulady
serviced, the mower can be dangerous.
The most important rule to follow is always
use good judgement and common sense.
Mow safely and carefully.
Your mower will easily cut thick grass.
Fingers, feet and other parts can also be
cut by the blade. Injuries occur when the
operator does not think and reaches into
the chute opening. Always operate the
mower as if the blade is rotating. Do not
service or make an adjustment, except to
the carburetor, while the engine is running.
Use only accessories that are factory
approved for your mower. The wrong
accessory can decrease the safety of the
mower and can even damage the unit.
Read and follow the instructions included
with the accessory and the mower.
If you add gasoline to an engine that is
running or hot, the result can be an
explosion. Before you add gasoline, stop
the engine and let the engine cool for
several minutes. Remove dr/grass and
other debris from the mower. Keep the
mower clean to improve the performance,
help the engine and transmission run
cooler, extend the life of moving pads, and
decrease the danger of a fire.
Fires and explosions are not the only
dangers when working around a mower.
The engine, transmission, and the muffler
will get hot in several minutes when the
engine is running. Do not touch these parts
of the mower. Stop the engine. Let the
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When you mow, remember that children
are attracted to tha mower. Always usa
caution when mowing around obstacles
like trees or shrubs or when moving
backward. Only mow in a forward direction
if possible, Your visibility is decreased
when you mow backward. Also, the blades
are made to cut while the unit is moving
forward. If you mow backward, the cutting
performance decreases.
Use only original equipment or
replacement parts that are factory
approved for service. If you need service,
select an Authorized Service Center for
your mower, if you do the work on the unit,
follow the instructions in the Instruction
Book.
Before you leave the mower, stop the
engine. Remove the key. Disengage and
lower any attachment. Set the parking
brake. Never mount or dismount from the
seat while the engine is running. An
accident can occur if you touch the brake,
speed control pedal, throttle, or blade
control while the engine is running. Mount
and dismount from the seat on the side of
the unit that is marked ENTER- EXIT.
Make sure you are in good condition when
you mow. When you mow for several hours
your reflexes will decrease and your mind
will not be as alert. Take a short break or
an accident can occur. If the temperature is
hot, use caution to prevent dehydration. If
you are tired, angry or not completely alert,
do not operate the mower. If you use
alcohol, medication or drugs, do not use
the mower or any type of power
equipment,
Engine speed is a keyto safe mowing and
to a good looking lawn. The maximum
speed of the engine was set at the factory.
Do not change the setting of the engine
governor.
Select the maximum engine and ground
speed that is right for the terrain and the
height of the grass. The blade cuts best
when the engine is operating at maximum
speed. The engine and transmission will
also run cooler at maximum engine speed.
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Also, the grass bagger will function better
when the engine is operating at maximum
speed. On slopes, decrease the ground
speed and use care making sure the
mower feels safe to operate.
feel new or excessive vibration,
immediately stop the engine and check for
the problem. Vibration can be a warning of
a problem. Keep all nuts, bolts and screws
tight.
If the weather conditions are bad, do not
mow. If weather conditions become bad,
stop cutting and finish later. It is dangerous
to cut gross in the rain. Always find
protection in an electrical storm. If the
weather conditions are extra dry, protect
your eyes with safety glasses from the dust
and from the objects discharged by the
mower. Also, a dust or a pollen mask can
help.
The blade is the most dangerous part of
the mower, Frequently check the blade and
the blade mounting fasteners. Keep the
fasteners tight. If the blade hits a solid
object, stop the engine. Remove the wire
from the spark plug. Check for a blade that
is bent, crocked or for other damages.
Before you start the engine, replace a
damaged blade(s). For safety, replace the
blade every two years.
Your mower is equipped with a number of
safety devices which are important to the
safety of the operator and bystanders and
must never be changed or removed from
the mower. If a safety device is lost,
damaged or no longer functions, repair or
replace the device before you operate the
mower.
It is best to mow during the day. If you
must mow at night, make sure there is
enough light for safe operation.
Your mower will require regular
maintenance and service. The
maintenance schedule depends on the
hours of use. Also, mowing conditions can
change the schedule. Check the
Instruction Book for more information.
Correct maintenance will help the mower
function safely.
A sharp blade decreases the workload on
the engine and more evenly cuts grass.
Frequently sharpen the blade for a better
looking cut. Use the left side of the mower
housing to trim near an object.
A gross bagger is a good accessory for
your mower. For best performance and
safety, make sure the grass bagger is
approved for use with your mower. Follow
the assembly and operation instructions
included with the grass bagger.
Some gross baggers require a special
blade for best performance. Before you
attach, check, or empty the gross bagger,
always stop the engine. Before each use of
the gross bagger, check for cracks, wear or
deterioration. Before you use the grass
bagger, replace a damaged part with a
replacement part approved by the factory.
Do not service the
mower (except for the
carburetor adjustment)
while the engine is
service the unit, even
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with the engine stopped,|ll_
always disconnect the
running. Before you
I_
wire from the spark plug
to prevent the engine
from starting.
l
If you hita largeobjectduring operation,
stop the engine. Remove the wire from the
spark plug.Carefully inspectthe mowerfor
damage. Beforeyou startthe engine
again, make the necessaryrepairs.If you
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For you to have a good green lawn, follow
the mowing procedures below. Do not cut
the grass too short. If you cut the grass too
short you can cause the grass to become
yellow or make the lawn look brown. Use a
lower height of cut in cool months when
the gross is thicker. Raise the height of cut
in hot dry periods. If you cut the grass with
7
a blade that is not sharp or at a slow
engine speed you can damage the grass.
Move the throttle control to the FAST
position when mowing and using the grass
bagger. Also, use a slower ground speed
when using the grass bagger.
If you change the direction or pattern of cut
slightly every time you mow will make the
grass grow stronger and thicker. Do not
add oil or gasoline to the mower while on
the lawn. Spilled oil or gasoline can killthe
grass. In high or thick gross, do not try to
cut all the gross the first time. Raise the
height of cut on the first cutting and lower
the height for the neXt cutting. Another way
is to cut only part of the width of the mower
and decrease your ground speed (not the
engine) to move more slowly so that the
mower can discharge the grass as it
moves forward.
Understand the controls and how they
work. Learn the ground speed(s) of your
mower. Check the stopping distance
required at different travel speeds. Check
the turning radius of the mower, The
controls on your riding mower are different
from an automobile. The throttle is
operated by hand and holds the engine
speed constant until it is changed. The
location of the travel speed control is
different from that of an automobile. Also,
the brake and clutch systems are different.
Remember the procedures to follow in an
emergency. Remember, turning offthe
engine ignition switch will stop the blade
and the drive mechanism. If the traction of
the wheels is lost or does not feel safe,
disengage all systems and stop the
engine. Dismount from the mower. Push
the unit to a safe place before you begin
mowing again.
Your unit has an electrical system that
includes an operator presence switch in
the seat. The operator presence switch
detects if the operator is sitting on the seat.
The engine will stop if the operator leaves
the seat when the blade engagement
control is engaged. This operator presence
switch is a safety device only. It must not
regularly be used to stop the engine orthe
blade. There are other control systems on
the mower for this purpose. Always keep
the operator presence switch and other
safety devices and controls in place and
operating for your protection.
Remember, your mower is a tool that can
be dangerous if it is not correctly used.
Follow the instructions in this Instruction
Book. Safe and careful use of the mower
will give you many safe hours of problem
free use.
STEPS TO FOLLOW
BEFORE MOWING
•
Be sure to dress correctly. Wear hard shoes, not sandals or tennis shoes.
•
Examine the blade. A blade that is bent, cracked, or damaged must be replaced with a factory replacement blade.
•
Fill the fuel tank outside. Clean off spilled fuel.
•
Read and follow the Owner's Manual, the instructions with the engine, and the instructions with any attachments. Owner's Manual
instructions are for your safety and the safety of others.
•
Exhaust fumes are dangerous. Start the engine outside.
•
Make sure all safety devices are in place and working correctly.
•
Operation of the mower is only for a person that has expedence.
•
Wet grass can be dangerous. Let the grass dry.
•
Instruct children and others to keep away from the work area.
•
Never cut the grass without good light.
•
Pick up loose objects. Remove them from the mowing area.
WHILE MOWING
•
Watch for fixed objects and avoid them. They can damage the mower or cause injury.
•
A hot engine, muffler, and transmission will cause a bum. Do not touch.
•
Inclines and slopes must be carefully mowed. See the "Guide" in the back ofthis book to check a slope.
•
Lack of daylight or good artificial light is cause to stop mowing.
•
Examine the mower, the blade, and other parts for damage after hitting a foreign object or If the unit vibrates excessively.
•
Do not make adjustments or repairs without stopping the engine. Disconnect the spark plug wire.
•
On or near roads, watch out for traffic. Direct discharge away from roads.
•
When mowing, avoid areas where traction is unsure. Look back before changing direction oftravel.
•
In heavy grass, raise the cutting height. Cut slower. Stop the engine to remove clogged grass from the mower.
•
Never remove any safety related parts.
•
Do not pour gasoUns into a engine that is hot or running.
AFTER MOWING
•
Always let the mower cool before storing in an enclosed area.
•
Foreign material on the mower is dangerous. Clean offgrass, leaves, grease and oil before storing.
•
Tighten all loose nuts, bolts and screws before you usethe unit.
•
Empty and clean any grass catcher or other accessory.
•
Remove the key or disconnect the spark plug wire to prevent unauthodzed use.
•
Make sure the mower is not kept near a source of ignition. Gas fumes can cause an explosion.
•
Only original parts or factory approved substitutes can be used to service the mower.
•
When storing the mower for an extended period, remove the fuel from the fuel tank.
•
instruct children to leave the mower alone. It is not a toy.
•
Never keep gasoline near a source of ignition. Always use an approved container. Keep gasoline away from children.
•
Lubricate according to the Instruction Book. See =Lubrication".
IMPORTANT--
Read the Instruction
Book.
Keep this book for future
use and reference.
safety
precautions.
means:
"Attentionl
Alert!
WARNING:
Look for Itthis
symbol
to point Become
out important
Your Safety Is Involved."
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ASSEMBLY
ASSEMBLY
This instructionbook is for several models. Some parts or accessories are not included on all models. Read and follow the assembly
and adjustment instructions for your mower. All fasteners are in the
parts bag. Do not discard any parts or material until the unit is
assembled.
A
nance
to theBefore
mower,doing
remove
wire fromorthemaintespark
WARNING:
anytheassembly
plug,
NOTE: In this instruction book, left and right describe the location of a part with the operator on the seat.
PARTS BAG - CONTENTS
The fasteners and other loose parts are shown below. The fasteners are shown full size. The quantity is shown in brackets ().
2x82
(2) CarriageBolt
O
14x79
(2) Wing Nut
31xll
(2) LockingRing
©
9416O
(2) Knob
17x47Z
(2) Washer
17x91Z
(10) Washer
CHECK THE TIRES
Check the air pressure in the tires. Tires with too much air pressure
will cause the unit to ride rough. Also, the wrong air pressure will
keep the mower housing from cutting level. The correct air pressure
(PSI) is 14 PSI (1 BAR). The tires were over inflated for shipment.
CHECKTHE
LEVEL OF THE MOWER HOUSING
Make sure the level of cut is still correct. After you mow a short
distance, look at the area that was cut. If the mower housing does
not cut level, see the instructions on =How To Level The Mower
Housing" in the Maintenance section of this instruction book.
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ASSEMBLY
HOW TO INSTALL
THE SEAT
3.
Use the fasteners shown below to install the seat. The fasteners are
shown at full size.
Check the operating position of the seat. If the seat needs to
be adjusted, loosen the two wing bolts. Slide the seat forward
or backward along the seat adjusting holes as shown. Tighten
the wing bolts (A).
Seat Hinge
©
(A)
Seat
AdjusSngHole
(a)
94160
,A
17x47Z
1.
Carefully remove the plastic bag from the seat.
2.
Align the holes in the seat hinge to the holes in the seat
(Figure 1). Fasten the seat to the seat hinge with the fasteners
as shown.
HOW TO ASSEMBLE
THE STEERING
WHEEL
Fasteners are not required to assemble the steering wheel. Attach
the steering wheel as follows:
1. Make sure the front wheels point forward.
2.
Look at the hub ofthe steering
clip is in place inside the hub.
3.
Slide the cover over the steering
4.
Slide the steering wheel onto the steering post. Push on the
steering wheel. The steering wheel will lock onto the steering
post. Pull on the steering wheel. Make sure the steering wheel
is locked in place.
5.
wheel. Make sure the locking
post (Figure 2).
Hub
Cover
Some models have an optional decal in the parts bag. Attach
the decal to the center of the steering wheel as shown.
HOW TO ASSEMBLE THE GAUGE WHEELS
Use the fasteners shown below to install the gauge wheels. The
fasteners are shown at full size.
Gauge Wheel
1.
Attach the gauge wheels to the axle bolts with the fasteners.
NOTE: The axle bolt is mounted in the LOW position. To change
the position to a higher cutting position, see "How To Adjust
The Gauge Wheels" in the Maintenance section.
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Figure 3
ASSEMBLY
HOW TO INSTALL
THE MOWER
HOUSING
4.
Put the mower drive belt around the stack pulley. See Illustration "G" Figure 5. Make sure the _ side of the mower drive
belt is against the stack pulley. Also, make sure the mower
drive belt is not twisted.
5.
Attach the front hanger to the axle support with the hanger
rod. Fasten with the fasteners as shown. See illustration =F".
6.
Make sure the mower drive belt is between the stack pulley
and the two belt guides. See illustration "G".
Attach the suspension links to the lifter assembly. Fasten
with the washers (B) and hair pins (A). See illustrations=A"and
Use the fasteners shown below to install the mower housing. The
fasteners are shown at full size.
7.
1.
2.
Move the blade rotation control to the DISENGAGE position (Figure 5).
Move the lift lever to the level
adjustment position (Figure 4).
Attach the right and the left adjuster arms to the suspension
brackets. Fasten with the washers (13)and hair pins (A). See
illustrations =C"and "D'.
9.
The lift lever
Attach the extension spring to the blade control rod. See
illustration "E".
sure
the lift loaded.
lever is locked
is spring
Make
in the LEVEL ADJUSTMENT position.
Push the mower housing under
the right side of the unit.
10. Move the blade rotation control to the ENGAGE position.
Make sure the mower drive belt is inside all the belt guides.
11. Make sure the mower housing is level. See the instructions on
"How To Level The Mower Housing'.
12. Check the operation ofthe blade rotation control. See the instructions on "How To Adjust The Blade Rotation Control".
WARNING:
3.
=B'.
8.
LiftLever
\
Blade Rotation
Con_-ol
A
'C
Mower Drive Belt
.)
B
Lifter
Assembly
C
Extension
Spring
B
B
Blade
Adjuster SuS_.nr_Sion
B
F
FrontHanger
MowerDriveBelt
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HangerRod
Figure5
ASSEMBLY
MAINTENANCE
FREE BATTERY
HOW TO CHARGE THE MAINTENANCE FREE BATFERY
IMPORTANT: Before you attach the battery cables to the
battery, check the battery date. The battery date tells if the
battery must be charged.
1. Check the top of the battery for the location of the battery date
(Figure 6).
2.
If the battery is put into service before the battery date. the
battery cables can be attached without charging the battery.
See =How To Install The Battery Cables'.
3.
A
dJL
1.
If the battery is put into service after the battery date, the
battery must be charged. See =How To Charge The
Maintenance Free Battery".
Remove the battery and battery tray.
Remove the protective caps from the battery terminals.
2.
3.
Use a 12 volt battery charger to charge the battery. Charge at
a rate of 6 amperes for one hour. If you do not have a battery
charger, have an authorized service center charge the battery.
4.
Install the battery and battery tray. Make sure the positive (+)
terminal is on the left side.
I
HOW TO INSTALL THE BATTERY CABLES
A
WARNING: When you charge the battery, do not
smoke. Keep the battery away from any sparks. The
fumes from the battery acid can cause an explosion.
I
Posi'dve +)
Term ned
B
the
positive To
(+)prevent
terminal sparks
before fasten
you connect
back
WARNING:
the redthe
cable
to
cable.
\
Use the fasteners shown below to install the battery cables. The
fasteners are shown at full size.
(A)
(B)
14X79
2x82
1.
Remove the protective caps from the battery terminals.
2.
Fasten the red cable to the positive (+) terminal with the fasteners as shown (Figure 6).
3.
Black Cable
Battery Tray
Fasten the black cable to the negative (-) terminalwith the fasteners as shown.
HOW TO PREPARE
Figure 6
IMPORTANT: This unit is equipped with an internal combustion
engine and must not be used on or near any unimproved
forest- covered, brush- covered or grass- covered land unless
the engine's exhaust system is equipped with a spark arrester
meeting applicable local or state laws (if any). if a spark
arrester is used, it must 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.
See an Authorized Service Center for a spark an'ester for the
muffler.
THE ENGINE
NOTE: The engine was shipped from the factory filled with oil.
Check the level of the oil. Add oil as needed.
See the engine manufacturer's instructions for the type of gasoline
and oil to use. Before you use the unit, read the information on
safety, operation, maintenance, and storage.
WARNING:
instructions
A
Follow the
engine
manufacturer's
for the type of gasoline and oil to use.
smoke
the engine. Do
When
lways when
use aadding
safety gasoline
gasolineto container.
not
inside an enclosure, do not fill with gasoline. Before
you add gasoline, stop the engine. Let the engine
cool for several minutes.
IMPORTANT!
In some areas, local law requires the use of a resistor spark
plug to control the Ignition signals. See an Authorized Service
Center for a resistor spark plug for the engine.
BEFORE YOU START MOWING
[]
Checkthe
engine oil.
[]
Fill the fuel tank with gasoline.
[]
Check the level of the mower housing.
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Check the air pressure of the tires.
[]
Attach the battery cables.
OPERATION
ThrottleConlrol
Lever
BladeRotation
Control
Brake Pedal
Speed Con_'ol
Pedal
Lift
Lever
Figure 7
LOCATION OF CONTROLS
BLADE ROTATION CONTROL: usethebladerotation AUTOMATIC
DRIVE
DISCONNECT:
use theauto-
maticdrive
control to start and stop the rotation of the blades.
disconnect, located under the seat, to disengage the
transmission.
BRAKE PEDAL:
LIFT LEVER: use the liftleverto changethe heightof cut.
Use the brake pedal to quickly stop.
PARKING
HEADLIGHT SWITCH:
The headlight switch isthe first part
BRAKE
LEVER:
Usethe parking brake lever
to engage the brake when you leave the unit.
of the ignition switch. To use the lightswith the engine running, turn
the key to the position for the lights.
SPEED CONTROL
PEDAL: Usethespeedcontrolpedat
to change the speed and the direction of the unit.
THRO'I-I'LE
IGNITION SWITCH: Usetheignitionswitchtostartandstop
the engine.
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CONTROL
LEVER: Usethethrottlecontrol
lever to increase or decrease the speed of the engine.
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OPERATION
ATTACHMENTS
HOW TO USE THE BLADE ROTATIONCONTROL
This unit can use many different attachments. See the attachment
page in this book. This unit can pull attachments like a lawn
sweeper, a lawn aerator, or a hopper spreader. This unitcan not use
attachments that engage the ground like a plow, a disk harrow, or
a cultivator.
HOW TO USE THE THROTTLE
The blade rotation control is next to the steering wheel (Figure 8).
Use the blade rotation controlto engage the blade(s) orto operate
a snow thrower attachment.
1.
Before you start the engine, make sure the blade rotation control is in the DISENGAGE position.
2.
Move the blade rotation control to the ENGAGE position to
rotate the blade(s).
CONTROL
Use the throttle control to increase or decrease the speed of the
engine.
CAUTION: Always operate the engine with the throttle control
In the FAST position, ff the engine runs for several minutes at
slower than the FAST position, the engine and trsnsreisslon
will overheat and can be damaged.
Note: If the engine stops when you engage the blade(s),
the seat switch Is not activated. Make sure you sit in the
middle of the seat. Also, make sure the wire is connected
to the seat switch.
The FAST position is marked with a detent. For normal operation and when using a grass bagger, move the throttle control
to the FAST position. For maximum charging of the battery and
for a cooler running engine and transmission, operate the engine in the FAST position.
1,
2,
For transport and to tow pull behind attachments, control the
ground speed with the speed control pedal.
3.
The engine governor is set at the factory for maximum performance. Do not adjust the governor to increase the speed of the
engine.
3.
Move the blade rotation control to the DISENGAGE position
to stop the blade(s). Before you leave the operator's position.
make sure the blade(s) has stopped rotating.
4.
Before you ride the unit across a sidewalk or a road, move the
blade rotation control to the DISENGAGE position.
A
from
the blade,
deflector
opening,
WARNING:
Always
keep your
handsand
and the
feetmower
away
housing when the engine runs.
BladeRota_onControl
EngagePosition
Figure 8
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OPERATION
HOW TO USE THE SPEED CONTROL PEDAL
The drive system uses a Hydrostatic Automatic Drive transmission.
The Hydrostatic transmission is very easy to operate. This type of
drive system does not require a shift lever or a clutch pedal.
The speed and direction of travel is controlled by a single speed
control pedal operated with your right foot. Do not use the left brake
pedal in normal operation. Only use the left brake pedal to quickly
stop in an emergency.
HOW TO DRIVE FORWARD
1. The automatic drive disconnect
position (Figure 10).
2.
CAUTION: To change directions, do not use the left brake
pedal. Use only the speed control pedal.
1.
2.
Slowly release your left foot from the brake pedal.
Move the throttle control to the FAST position.
4.
Slowly push the speed control pedal forward to the desired
speed (Figure 9).
To increase forward speed, slowly move the speed control
pedal forward. To reduce forward speed, slowly release the
speed control pedal until the unit slows to the desired speed.
Slowly push the speed control pedal to the REVERSE
position.
HOW TO CHANGE DIRECTIONS
must be in the DRWE
2.
3.
5.
HOW TO DRIVE IN REVERSE
1. Lookto the rear.
Slowlyremove yourfoot from the speed control pedal. The
speed control pedal willautomaticallyreturntothe NEUTRAL
position.
When the unitstops,slowlymovethe speed control pedal to
the desireddirection.
SPEED CONTROL PEDAL POSITIONS
The forward speed iscontrolled by the position ofthe speed control
pedal. The following chart provides functions along with the pedal
positions. Always operate the engine with the throttle control in
the FAST position.
FUNCTION
PEDAL
POSITION
Trimming
Snow Thrower
1/3
Bagging Grass
1/3 to 1/2
THROTTLE
FAST
i CHOKE
Normal Mowing
1/2 to 2/3
m
Easy Mowing
Snow Blade
Transport
igure 9
HOW TO DISCONNECT
i
Pull Behind
Attachments
1/2 to 3/4
SLOW
THROTrLE
FULL
1/3 to 1/2
THE TRANSMISSION
To push the unit, use the automatic drive disconnect to release
the transmission. The automatic drive disconnect is under the
seat.
1.
2.
The engine must be off.
Raise the seat. The automatic drive disconnect is under the
seat.
3.
Move and latch the automatic drive disconnect in the PUSH
position (Figure 10). The transmission is now released and the
unit can be pushed.
NOTE: In cold weather, the heavy viscosity oil in the
transmission will make the unit difficult to push.
4.
To engage the transmission, unlatch the automatic drive disconnect. The transmission is now connected and ready to operate.
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AutomalJc Drive Disconnect
PUSH POSITION
Figure 10
OPERATION
HOW TO SET THE PARKING
BRAKE
1.
Completely push the brake pedal forward,
2.
Liftthe parking brake lever (Figure tt),
3.
Remove your foot/TOm the brake pedal and then release the
parking brake lever. Make sure the parking brake will hold the
unit.
4.
To release the parking brake, completely push the brake pedal
forward. The parking brake will automatically release.
WARNING:
Before you leave the operator's position,
parking
Move tothe
rotation
control Set
to the
move thebrake.
shift lever
theblade
neutral
(N) position.
the
DISENGAGE position. Stop the engine and remove
the ignition key.
,_
HOW TO CHANGE
THE CUTTING
HEIGHT
Lift Lever
To change the cutting height, raise or lower the lift lever as follows.
1.
Move the lift lever forward to lower the mower housing and
back to raise the mower housing (Figure 12).
2.
When you ride on a sidewalk or road. move the lift lever to the
highest position and move the blade rotation control to the
DISENGAGE position.
HOW TO STOP THE UNIT
Slowly remove your foot/Tom the speed control pedal. The
speed control pedal will automatically return to the NEUTRAL
position and the unit will stop.
1.
2.
Move the blade rotation control to the DISENGAGE position.
3.
Set the parking brake.
_hb
ARNING: Make sure the parking brake will hold the
unit.
4.
Move the throttle control to the SLOW position.
5.
To stop the engine, turn the ignition key to the OFF position.
Remove the key.
3,
Move the throttle control to the FAST position.
4.
Slowly push the speed control pedal forward to the desired
speed.
HOW TO TRANSPORT THE UNIT
To transport the unit, follow the steps below,
1. Move the blade rotation control to the DISENGAGE position
2.
Raise the lift lever to the highest position.
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OPERATION
HOW TO OPERATE WITH THE MOWER HOUSING
,&
WARNING: The deflector is • safety device, Do not remove the deflector, The deflector forces the discharged material toward the ground. Always keep the
deflector in the down position. If the deflector is damaged, replace the deflector with an original equipment
part from an authorized service center.
1,
Start the engine.
2.
Release the parking brake.
3.
Move the lift lever to a height of cut position. In high or thick
grass, cut the grass in the highest position first and then lower
the mower housing to a lower position.
4.
Move the throttle control to the SLOW position.
5.
Move the blade rotation control to the ENGAGE position.
6.
Move the throttle control to the FAST position.
7.
Slowly push the speed control pedal to the desired speed.
NOTE: When you mow in heavy grass or mow with a grass
bagger, use a slow forward speed.
Make surethe level ofcutset at the factory is stillcorrect.After
you mowa short distance,lookat the area thatwas cut. Ifthe
mowerhousingdoes notcutlevel,see theinstructions
on=How
To Level The MowerHousing"in the Maintenancesection.
8,
CAUTION: Do not operate with the mower housing in the
LEVEL ADJUSTMENT
position. If you operate in the
LEVEL ADJUSTMENT position, the mower housing and
blades can be damaged.
A
ARNING:
For better control of the unit, always
select
a safe speed.
HOW TO OPERATE THE UNIT ON HILLS
Set the parkingbrake.
steep to back straight up. Never ride the unit across
Dothe
not "Slope
ride up Guide"
or down In
slopes
that are
too
a ARNING:
slope. See
the back
of this
book for information on how to check slopes.
A
2.
3.
Before you dismount from the seat, move the throttle control to
SLOW position, move the blade rotation control to the DISENGAGED position, turn offthe engine and set the parking brake.
HOW TO OPERATE ON A HiLL
1.
HOW TO START
Control the speed only with the speed control pedal. Do not use
the brake pedal on a hill.
2.
To help prevent an accident, slowly move the speed control
pedal. Avoid sudden turns or changes in speed.
3.
To reduce forward speed when going down a hill, stowtyrelease
the speed control pedal until the unit slows to the desired
speed.
Avoid stopping on a hill. If you must quickly stop in an emergency, remove your right foot from the speed control pedal and
quickly depress the left brake pedal.
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Start the engine
2.
Move the blade rotation control to the ENGAGED position.
3.
Move the throttle control to the FAST position.
4.
Depress the brake pedal and release the parking brake. As you
release the parking brake, push the speed control pedal to the
desired speed.
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17
ON A HILL
1.
HOW TO STOP ON A HILL
1.
OPERATION
WARNING: Slowly push the speed control pedal as
you release the parking brake. The parking brake
must be disengaged before the speed control pedal
is able to engage the transmission.
OPERATION
BEFORE
CHECK
STARTING
CAUTION: A mixture of alcohol (ethanol or methanol) and
gasoline (called gasohol), will attract moisture and cause acid
deposits during storage. While the unit is in storage, the acids
in the fuel can damage the fuel system.
THE ENGINE
THE OIL
NOTE: The engine was shipped from the factory filled with oil.
Check the level of the oil. Add oil as needed. See the engine
manufacturer's
instructions for the type of gasoline end oil to
To preventengine problemswith the fuel system,emptythe fuel
systembeforestorageof 30 daysor longeras follows.
uae.
1.
1.
Drain the fuel tank.
2.
Startthe engine.Letthe engine rununtilthefuel linesandthe
carburetorare empty.
Make sure the unit is level.
NOTE: Do not check the level of the oil while the engine
runs.
2.
Checkthe oil. Followthe procedureinthe enginemanufacturer's instructions,
3.
After storage, make sure you usefresh fuel. See the storage
instructionsfor additionalinformation.
3.
If necessary, add oil until the oil reaches the FULL mark on the
dipstick.The quantity of oilneeded from ADD to FULL isshown
on the dipstick. Do not add too much oil.
4.
Never use engine cleaner or carburetor cleaner in the fueltank
or permanent damage can occur.
CARBURETOR
ADO GASOLINE
A
The factory settings for the carburetor are for most conditions. If the
engine is operated under the following conditions, you can adjust
the carburetor mixture. To adjust the carburetor, see the engine
manufacturer's instructions.
WARNING: Always use a safety gasoline container.
Do not smoke when adding gasoline to the fuel tank.
Do not add gasoline when you are inside an enclosure. Before you add gasoline, stop the engine and
let the engine cool for several minutes.
Fill the fuel tank with regular
FuelTank
premium
unleaded
gasoline.
F
unleaded
Do not
use
u_,_
Make suregasoline.
the gasoline
is fresh
and clean. Leaded gasoline will F"__
increase deposits and shorten
the life of the valves.
HOW TO START THE ENGINE
The engine has a loss of power or does not run smooth.
2.
A changefrom summerto winteroperation.
3.
A 40 degree change in the operation temperature. The carburetor was adjusted at 80 degrees at the factory.
4.
The engine is operated above 4,000 feet.
2,
WARNING: The electrical system has an operator
presence system that includes a sensor switch for the
the operator is sitting on the seat. This system will
seat. These components tell the electrical system if
stop the engine when the operator leaves the seat if
the blade rotation control is engaged or if the transmission is engaged.
For your protection, always
make sure this system operates correctly.
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1.
Make sure the blade rotation control is In the DISENGAGE
position.
3.
Move the throttle control completely forward to the CHOKE or
FAST position. Some models have a separate choke knob. Pull
the choke knob to the full CHOKE position.
4_
Tum the ignition key to the START position. Release the key
when the engine starts.
NOTE: If the engine does not start after four or five tries,
see the TROUBLE SHOOTING CHART.
NOTE: The engine will not start unless you depress the brake
pedal or engage the parking brake and move the blade rotation
5.
Slowly move the throttle control to the SLOW position.
control to the DISENGAGE position.
6.
Let a cold engine run for several minutes. Begin work when the
engine is warm. To start a hot engine, move the throttle control
to a position between FAST and SLOW.
1,
Push the brake pedal completely forward. Keep your foot on
the pedal.
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OPERATION
OPERATING TIPS
1,
Check the blade rotation control for correct adjustment. For the
blade(s) to disengage correctly, the adjustment must be correct.
5.
2.
Before you use the unit, check the oil in the engine and add oil
if necessary.
6.
For _onger life ofthe battery on electric start models, charge the
battery every three months.
3.
If the engine will not start, first make sure the wire is attached
to the spark plug.
7.
Use the speed control pedal to change the ground speed, not
the throttle control.
8.
Belt noisecan occurwhen the blade isengaged.This noiseis
normaland does not affectthe operationofthe unit.
4.
Make sure all the belts are inside all the belt guides. See the instructions on how to remove and install the motion drive and
mower drive belts.
MOWING
AND BAGGING
Before you make an inspection, adjustment (except for the carburetor) or repair, make sure the wire from the spark plug is disconnected.
TIPS
1.
For a lawn to look better, check the cutting level of the mower
housing. See =How To Level The Mower Housing" in the Maintenance section.
10. For better engine performance and an even discharge of the
cut grass, always operate the engine with the throttle in FAST
position.
2.
For the mower housing to cut level, make sure the tires have
the correct amount of air pressure.
11. When you use a bagger, operate the engine with the throttle in
FAST position and the speed control pedal pushed 1/3 forward.
3.
Every time you use the unit, check the blade. If the blade is bent
or damaged, immediately replace the blade. Also, make sure
the nut for the blade is tight.
4.
Keepthe blade(s)sharpened.Wornbladeswillcausethe ends
ofthe grassto turnbrown.
5.
Do not cut or bag g rass that is wet. Wet grass will notdischarge
correctly. Let the grass dry before cutting.
6.
Use the left side of the mower housing to trim near an object.
7.
Discharge the cut grass onto the mowed area. The result Is a
more even discharge of cut grass.
8.
When you mow large areas, start by turning to the right so that
the cut grass will discharge away from shrubs, fences, driveways, etc. After one or two rounds, mow in the opposite direction making left turns until finished (Figure 13).
9.
Ifthe grass is very high, cut two times to decrease the load on
the engine. Firstcut with the mower housing inthe highest position and then lower the mower housing for the second cut.
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12, For better cutting performance and a quality cut, mow with the
speed control pedal pushed 1/3 to 1/2 forward.
13, After each use, clean the bottom and top of the mower housing
for better performance. Also, a clean mower housing will help
prevent a fire.
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19
OPERATION
HOW TO CHANGE
THE MULCHER
PLATE
Deflector
I
DeflectorBracket
connect
the To
wire
from the
sure disthe
WARNING:
prevent
the spark
engineplug.
fromMake
starting,
blade rotation control is in the DISENGAGE position.
A
The mulcher plate lets you mulch the grass for a clean, fine cut. To
discharge the grass out the side or into a grass bagger, remove the
mulcher plate as follows.
How To Remove The Mulcher Plate
1.
Raise the deflector. Remove the two wingnuts B and two carriage bolts A (Figure 14).
2.
Lift the mulcher
(Figure 15).
3.
plate
away
from the
mower housing
A
Attach wingnuts B and carriage bolts A to the mulcher plate
for future use.
IMPORTANT: There are several different types of grass. Some
types of grass are more difficult to cut. If you remove the
mulcher plate and the grass does not discharge correctly,
replace the blade with a standard blade. The part number of the
standard blade is 92117E701.
How To Install The Mulcher
Plate
1,
Raise the deflector, Mount the bottomflangeof the mulcher
plate to the mowerhousing(Figure 15),
2.
Slidethe top ofthe mulcher plate under the deflector bracket
(Figure 14).
3.
Fasten the mulcher plate with two wingnuts B and two carriage bolts A.
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MulcherPlate /
A
B
Figure 14
MAINTENANCE
MAINTENANCECHART
PROCEDURE
EACH
USE
RRST
2
HOURS
EVERY
25
HOURS
EVERY
50
HOURS
EVERY
100
HOURS
BEFORE
STORAGE
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Motion Drive Belt, Check
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Battery, Check and Charge
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GENERAL RECOMMENDATIONS
1.
2.
WARNING:
The owner's responsibility is to maintain this product. This will
extend the life ofthe product end is also necessary to maintain
warranty coverage.
Check the sperk plug, drive brake, lubricate the unit, and clean
the air filter once a year.
3.
Check the fasteners. Make sure all fasteners are tight.
4.
Followthe Maintenance section to keep the unit in good operating condition.
A
ment,
repair
to the the
unit,wire
disconnect
wireplug
to the
spark or
plug.
Remove
from the the
spark
to
prevent the engine from starting by accident.
NOTE: Torque is measured in foot pounds (metric Nm). This
measurement describes how tight a nut or bolt must be. The
torque is measured with a torque wrench.
HOW TO CHECK THE MUFFLER
If you mount a spark arrester to the muffler, also check the spark
arrester when you check the muffler. If the spark arrester is worn or
damaged, replace it with e new spark arrester. See your nearest
authorized service center for e spark arrester.
Check the muffler every 50 hours. Make sure the muffler is correctly
mounted and is not loose. If the muffler is worn or burnt, replace with
a new muffler. A worn muffler is a fire hazard and can also damage
the engine.
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MAINTENANCE
INSPECT
BLADE
9.
WARNING: Before you inspect or remove the blade,
disconnect the wire to the spark plug. If the blade hits
A
Tighten the nut that holds the blade to a torque of 35 foot
pounds (47,5 N- m).
10. Install the mower housing. See "How To Install The Mower
Housing".
n object,
stop has
the sharp
engine.edges.
CheckWhen
the unit
age.
The blade
you for
holddamthe
blade, use gloves or cloth material to protect your
hands.
I
If you keep the blade sharp and inspect the blade for damage, the
blade will cut better and be more safe to operate. Frequently check
the blade for excessive wear, cracks, or other damage. Frequently
check the nut that holds the blade. Keep the nut tight. If the blade
hitsan object, stopthe engine. Disconnect the wire totha sparkplug.
See if the blade is bent or damaged. Check the blade adapter for
damage. Before you operate the unit, replace damaged parts with
original equipment pads. See the authorized service center in your
area. Every three years, have an authorized service person inspect
the blade or replace the old blade with an original equipment pad.
HOW TO REMOVE
AND INSTALL
(Outsiderimmustbe
againstthe blade.)
I
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Figure17
THE BLADE
1.
Remove the mower housing. See the instructions on "How To
Remove The Mower Housing".
2.
3.
Use a piece of wood to keep the blade from rotating.
Remove the nut that holds the blade (Figure 16).
HOW TO SHARPEN THE BLADE
WARNING: Vibration
A
can be caused If the blade is
ot correctly
it the
blade can
is damaged.
A
blade
that is balanced
damaged orwith
cracks
break and
cause an accident.
Keep ash arp edg• on th• blade. A blade that is not sharp will cause
the tips of the grass to become brown.
Hi-Lift
Edge Up
1.
2.
Sharpen the blade two times a year or every 25 hours.
Remove the blade according to the instructions in =How To Remove And Install The Blade*.
3.
Clean the blade with a brush, soap and water. Check the
blade. Look for cracks, nicks, or other damage. Replace a
badly worn or damaged blade with an original equipment blade.
See an authorized service center in your area.
4.
Sharpen the blade with a file (Figure 18). Make sure you keep
the original bevel angle.
Make sure the blade is balanced. Use a screwdriver and hold
the blade parallel to the ground (Figure 18). A blade that is
balanced will stay parallel to the grou rid. If the blade is not balanced, the heavy end will rotate toward the ground. Sharpen
the heavy end until the blade is balanced.
Mandrel
5.
Blade
Belleville Washer
6.
Nut
Figure 16
4.
Check the blade and the blade adapter according to the instructions for =inspect Blade". Replace a badly worn or damaged blade with an original equipment blade. See an
authorized service center in your area.
5.
Clean the top and bottom ofthe mower housing. Remove allthe
grass and debris.
6.
Mount the blade
(Figure 16).
7.
Mount the blade so that the hi- lift edges are up. If the blade
is upside down, the blade will not cut correctly and can cause
an accident.
8.
Fasten the blade with the original washers and nut. Make sure
the outside rim of the Belleville washer is against the blade
(Figure 17),
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and blade
adapter
on the
7.
A new blade will cut better than a badly worn blade. Everythree
years, have an authorized service person inspect the blade or
replace the old blade with an original equipment blade.
Assemble the blade according to the instructions =How To Remove And Install The Blade".
Blade
mandrel
Screwdriver
File
I
Bladeis balanced
I whenpetale to the ground.I
Ground
ARNING:
Always
keep
thecan
nutcause
tight that
holds the
blade.
A loose
nut or
blade
an accident.
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22
Figure 18
MAINTENANCE
HOW TO ADJUST THE BLADE ROTATION CONTROL
A
6.
Attach the wire to the spark plug. Mow for a short distance and
again check the quality of cut. If necessary, move the blade
drive spring to the bottom hole.
7.
Again check the quality of cut. If the quality of cut has not improved, replace the mower drive belt. See =How To Replace
The Mower Drive Belt'. If replacing the belt does not correct the
problem, take the unit to an authodzed service center.
ARNING:
preventcorrectly.
an injury, the blade rotation
control
mustTooperate
In normal usage, the blade rotation control will not require an
adjustment. However, if the cutting performance decreases or the
quality of cut is poor, make the following changes.
1.
2.
When you mow, make sure the throttle control in in the FAST
position.
Move the blade rotation control to the DISENGAGE position. Stop the engine. Disconnect the wire from the spark plug.
Check the operation ofthe blade brake. Rotate the pulleys with
your hand. Make sure the brake pads are pressed tightly
against the pulleys (Figure 21).
8,
Move the blade rotation controlto the DISENGAGE position
(Figure 19).
3.
Stop the engine. Disconnect the wire from the spark plug.
A
WARNING: If the brake pads do not press tightly
against the pulleys, take the unit to an authorized
service center.
Disengage
Position,_,
RotalionControl
EngagePosi_on
Figure 19
4.
5,
Check the blade(s). Keep a sharp edge onthe blade(s). A blade
that is not sharp will cause the tips of the grass to become
brown.
Figure 21
Disconnect the blade drive spring from the blade control
rod. Move the blade drive spring to the middle hole
(Figure 20). This will increase the tension on the mower drive
belt.
DISENGAGE
9.
POSITION
Move the blade rotation control to the ENGAGE position.
Checkthe pads forthe blade brake. Ifthe pads are excessively
worn or damaged, replace the brake pad assemblies. Correct
replacement parts and assistance are available from an authorized service center.
10. Attach the wire to the spark plug. Mow for a short distance and
again check the operation of the blade rotation control.
11. When you move the blade rotation control to the
DISENGAGE position, all movement will stop within five seconds. If there is movement of the belt or the blades continue
to rotate, engage and disengage the blade rotation control
five times to remove any excess rubber from a new mower
drive belt. If you need assistance, take the unit to an authorized service center.
TopHole(New Bell
Blade
ControlRod
MiddleHole
mHole
BladeDrive Spring
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12. If you replace the mower drive belt, move the blade drive
spring to the lop hole (Figure 20).
Figure20
23
MAINTENANCE
HOW TO CHECK AND ADJUST THE DRIVE BRAKE
Completely push the brake pedal forward. Set the parking brake.
Move the automatic drive disconnect to the PUSH position. Push
the unit. If the rear wheels rotate, adjust or replace the brake pads.
Adjust the drive brake as follows.
1.
The location of the drive brake is on the right side of the
gearbox (Figure 22).
2,
Make sure the parking brake is set and the automatic drive
disconnect is in the PUSH position. Turn the hex nut in a
clockwise direction until the rear wheels do not turn when the
unit is pushed forward.
3.
Release the parking brake and push the unit. If the unit does not
roll, tum the he)( nut in a counterclockwise direction until the
unit rolls.
4.
Set the parking brake. Push the unit. If the roar wheels do not
turn, the drive brake is correctly adjusted. Release the parking
brake.
A
WARNING: If you cannot correctly adjust the drive
brake, replace the brake pads. Correct replacement
parts and assistance are available from an authorized service center.
HOW TO CHECK
AND ADJUST
THE MOTION
DRIVE BELT
If the motion drive belt is loose, the belt will slip when; (1) going up
a hill, (2) palling a heavy load, or (3) the unit will not move forward,
Adjust the belt as follows.
A
7.
If the belt still slips after the belt has been adjusted, then the
motion drive belt is worn or damaged and must be replaced.
See =How To Replace The Motion Drive Belt'.
WARNING: Before you make an inspection, adjustmerit, or repair to the unit, disconnect the wire to the
spark plug. Remove the wire from the spark plug to
prevent the engine from starting by accident.
1,
Check the routing of the motion drive belt. Make sure the belt
is installed correctly and is inside all the belt guides.
2.
Remove the cotter pin, washer, and brake spring from the
adjustable nut (Figure 23).
3.
Disconnect the adjustable nut from the brake lever assembly
and the parking brake latch.
4.
Use the cotter pin removed in step 2. Hold the cotter pin at the
back of the slot and move the brake lever assembly rearward
against the cotter pin. This will set a 1/8 inch (3 ram) gap between the brake lever assembly and the back of the slot
(Figure 23).
5.
Turn the adjustable nut until the nut will fit through the hole in
the brake lever.
Assemble the adjustable nut to the parking brake latch,
brake lever and brake spring. Fasten with the washer and
cotter pin.
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Brake Lever
Assembly
6.
Cotter Pin
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MAINTENANCE
HOW TO ADJUST THE SPEED CONTROL PEDAL
If the unit will not go into REVERSE or ifthe unit moves very slowly
in REVERSE, adjust the speed control pedal as follows.
1.
Stop the engine.
2.
Set the parking brake.
3.
Remove the hair pin from the adjuster nut (Figure 24). Disconnect the adjuster nut from the yoke assembly.
4,
Rotate the adjuster nut one rum in the direction shown in
Figure 24.
Yoke Assembly
Speed ConlrolPedal
NOTE: Too much adjustment will cause REVERSE speed
to be too fast and the FORWARD speed to be reduced.
5.
Attach the adjuster nut to the yoke assembly with the hair pin.
6.
To check the adjustment, drive the unit. Ifthe adjustment is correct, the unit will now go into REVERSE.
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IMPORTANT: If you need assistance,
go to the nearest
Authorized Service Center, They have the equipment and
experience to make the adjustment.
MAINTENANCE FREE BATTERY
HOW TO REMOVE THE BATTERY
1.
Before you charge the battery, remove the battery.
To chargeor cleanthe battery, removethe battery from the unitas
follows.
2.
To charge the battery, use a 12 volt battery charger. Charge at
a rate of 6 amperes for 1 hour.
WARNING: To prevent sparks, disconnect the black
battery cable from the negative (-) terminal before you
disconnect the red cable.
WARNING: The battery contains sulfuric acid which is
harmful to the skin, eyes and clothing. If the acid gets
on the body or clothing, wash with water.
3.
Install the battery.
A
1.
Disconnect the black cable from the negative (-) terminal
(Figure 25).
2.
Disconnect the red cable from the positive (+) terminal.
3.
Lift the battery tray and the battery out ofthe unit.
HOW TO CLEAN
_b
the
positive To
(+)prevent
terminal sparks,
before fasten
you connect
black
WARNING:
the redthe
cable
to
cable.
4,
Fasten the red cable to the positive (+) terminal with the fasteners as shown.
5.
Fasten the black cable to the negative (-) terminalwith the fasteners as shown.
Posil_ve (+)
Terminal
THE BATTERY
1.
Remove the battery.
2.
Wash the battery with a solution of one gallon ofwater and four
tablespoons of baking soda (sodium bicarbonate). Make sure
the solution does not get into the battery cells.
3.
Clean the terminals and the ends of the cables with a wire
brush.
4.
Install the battery.
5.
To prevent corrosion, apply grease to the battery terminals.
HOW TO CHARGE THE BATTERY
Black Cable
BatteryTray
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Carriage Bolt
smoke.
KeepWhen
the battery
away from
sparks.
WARNING:
you charge
the any
battery,
do The
not
fumes from the battery acid can cause an explosion.
25
Figure 25
MAINTENANCE
WHERE
TO LUBRICATE
,,_"p
Models with grease fittings: Lubricate with grease gun.
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p
Apply grease with a brush to the areas shown.
Lubricate the areas shown with engine oil.
NOTE: Apply grease to the steering gear assembly.
CAUTION: ff the unit is operated in dry areas that have sand,
use a dry graphite spray to lubricate the unit.
Figure 26
HOW TO CHECK THE FUEL FILTER
NOTE: Before you replace the fuel filter orthe fuel line, the fuel
tank must be empty.
If the fuel filter is dirty, the engine will run rough and have less
performance. Remove the old filter (Figure 27). Replace the old
fitter with a new filter. Use an original equipment part. See an
authorized service dealer in your area.
FuelUr_
\
FuelFitter
Figure27
CHECK
THE TIRES
Check the air pressure in the tires, Tires with too much air pressure
will cause the unit to ride rough, Also, the wrong air pressure will
keep the mower housing from cutting level. The correct air pressure
is 14 PSi (1 BAR).
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MAINTENANCE
HOW TO REMOVE
1.
2.
THE MOWER
HOUSING
HOW TO INSTALL
Move the blade rotation control to the DISENGAGE position.
Move the lift lever to the level adjustment position (Figure 28).
WARNING:
_lb
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
8.
9.
Remove the hair pins and the
washers from the adjuster
arms (Figure 29). See illustrations "C" and "D".
Remove the hair pins and washers from the suspension links.
Figure28
See illustrations =A"and "B".
Disconnect the extension spring from the blade control rod.
See illustration =E".
Disconnect the front hanger from the axle support. See
illustration =P'.
Remove the mower drive belt from the stack pulley.
Pull the mower housing away from the right side of the unit.
To operate without the mower housing, move the li_ lever to the
TOP position.
HOUSING
Push the mower housing under the right side of the unit.
2.
Put the mower drive belt around the stack pulley. Make sure
the =V" side ofthe mower drive belt is against the stack pulley.
Also, make sure the mower drive belt is not twisted.
3.
Attach the front hanger to the axle support with the hanger
rod. Fasten with the fasteners as shown. See illustration "F'.
4.
Make sure the mower drive belt is between the stack pulley
and the two belt guides. See illustration "G".
5,
Attach the suspension links to the lifter assembly. Fasten
with the washers and hair pins. See illustrations=A"and =B".
6.
Attach the right and the left adjuster arms to the suspension
brackets. Fasten with the washers and hair pins. See illustrations "C" and "D".
7,
Attach the extension spring to the blade control rod. See
illustration "E".
8.
Move the blade rotation control to the ENGAGE position.
Make sure the mower drive belt is Inside all the belt guides.
Make sure the mower housing is level. See the instructions on
"How To Level The Mower Housing'.
The lift lever
sure
the lift lever
is locked
is spring
loaded.
Make
in the LEVEL ADJUSTMENT position.
THE MOWER
t.
9.
10. Check the operation ofthe blade rotation control. See the instructions on "How To Adjust The Blade Rotation Control".
Lift Lever
\
Blade RotalJon
Control
Li_t6r
Assembly
OJ
Extension
Spring
A_er
AdjusterAnn
Blade
SuS_en_Sion
Front Hanger
MowerDrive Belt
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• Hanger Rod
Figure 29
MAINTENANCE
HOW TO ADJUST
THE GAUGE
WHEELS
The axle bolts for the gauge wheels were mounted in the LOW cut
position. To change the position of the gauge wheels, move the axle
bolts as follows.
IMPORTANT: Before you adjust the gauge wheels, you must do
the following. Make sure the mower housing is level. Make sure
the height of cut Is set at the height you want for your lawn.
Mow a short distance on a flat level area and look at the area
that was cut. If the mower housing does not cut level, see the
instructions "How To Level The Mower Housing."
Axle Bolt
Washers.
Figure30
LiftLever
A
WARNING: Before you make an inspection, adjustment, or repair to the unit, disconnect the wire to the
spark plug. Remove the spark plug wire to prevent
the engine from starting by accident.
1.
Remove the gauge wheels (Figure 30).
2.
Mow a short distance on a flat level area to check the level of
cut and the height of cut. Look at the height of cut position
number on the lift lever (Figure 31).
3,
Look at each gauge wheel bracket. There are 3 holes in each
bracket and a number next to each hole. The number for the
height of cut position on the lift lever indicates the correct hole
to use on each gauge wheel bracket (Figure 32).
4.
Assemble the axle bolts to the gauge wheel brackets using
the correct hole in the bracket as indicated (Figure 32).
CuttingHeightPositions
Wheel Bracket
Hole No.
1
2
3
NOTE: If the height of cut position is changed by the lift lever,
you must move the gauge wheels to the correct hole
(Figure 32) to keep a level height of cut.
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Lift Lever
Position No.
1
2
3,4,5,6
Figure32
28
MAINTENANCE
HOW TO LEVEL THE MOWER HOUSING
Ifthe mower housing is level, the blade will cut easier and the lawn
will look better.
A
WARNING: Before you make an inspection, adjustment, or repair to the unit, disconnect the wire to the
spark plug. Remove the spark plug wire to prevent
the engine from starting by accident.
1.
Make sure the unit is on a hard fiat surface.
2,
Check the air pressure in the tires. If the air pressure is incorrect, the mower housing will not cut level. Make sure the tires
are inflated to 14 PSI. (1 BAR).
Lift Lever
Curling Height PosilJons
IMPORTANT:On models equipped with gauge wheels, the
gauge wheels must be removed to correctly adjust the
level of the mower housing.
Figure 33
3.
Some models have gauge wheels on the mower housing. If
equipped, remove the gauge wheels.
4.
Open the cover.
5.
Move the lift lever to the LEVEL ADJUSTMENT
(Figure 33).
A
Lift Link
position
the
lift leverThe
is locked
LEVEL
ADJUSTMENT
WARNING:
lift leverinisthe
spring
loaded.
Make sure
position.
6,
Loosen the left and right adjuster knobs (Figure 34). Push
down on each side ofthe mower housing. Make sure both sides
of the mower housing are setting on a flat surface. Also, make
sure the lift links are loose and can easily move up or down.
7.
Push down on the lift links and tighten the left and rightadjuster knobs (Figure 34). Make sure the adjuster knobs are tight.
If necessary, use a wrench to tighten the adjuster knobs.
8.
Raise the lift lever from the LEVEL ADJUSTMENT
a CUTTING HEIGHT position (Figure 35).
9.
Close the coven
Lift Lever
position to
10. Ifequipped, installthe gauge wheels.
11. Mow for a short distance. If the height of cut is not level, repeat
the above steps.
CAUTION:
Do not operate with the mower housing in the
LEVEL ADJUSTMENT position. If you operate in the LEVEL
ADJUSTMENT position, the mower housing and blades can be
damaged.
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Cuffing Height Positions
MAINTENANCE
HOW TO REPLACE
THE MOTION
DRIVE BELT
REMOVAL
1.
Remove the mower housing. See the instructions on =How To
Remove The Mower Housing".
2.
Completely push the pedal forward and engage the parking
brake.
3.
Loosen the belt guide at the idler pulley. Move the belt guide
away from the idler pulley (Figure 36).
4.
Remove the idler pulley (Figure 36).
5.
Disengage the parking brake.
6.
Remove the V- idler pulley.
7.
Remove the belt guide at the middle idler pulley.
8.
Remove the motion drive belt from the drive pulley.
9.
To remove the motion drive belt from the stack pulley, pugthe
front end of the belt under the stack pulley and then back
between the stack pulley and the steering plate (Figure 37).
7.
Move the belt guide under the edge of the idler pulley
(Figure 38). Tighten the belt guide.
8.
9.
Disengage the parking brake.
Install the belt guide at the middle idler pulley. Make sure the
back of the motion drive belt is against middle idler pulley.
10. Check the routing ofthe motion drive belt (Figura 38). Make
sure the motion drive belt is installed correctly on the idler
pulleys and inside all belt guides.
11. Before you usethe unit, checkthe adjustment ofthe clutch. See
the instructions =How To Check And Adjust The Clutch".
12. Install the mower housing. See the instructions =How To Install
The Mower Housing".
V- Idler
Pulley
10. Remove the motion drive belt. A corract raplacement part or
assistance is available from an Authorized Service Center in
your area.
Middle Idler
Pulley
Drive
Pulley
Belt Gu_e
\
Motion
Drive Belt
INSTALLATION
1.
BeRGuide
Slide the motion drive belt between the stack pulley and the
belt guides (Figure 37). Install the motion drive belt on the
top pulley of the stack pulley. Make sure the"V" side of the belt
is against the pulley.
2.
Idler Pulley
Figure36
Push the motion drive belt through the opening between the
steering plate and the engine plate. Make sure the motion
drive belt is on the left side of the steering shaft assembly.
Install the end ofthe motion drive belt around the drive pulley
3.
Steering
Plate
(Figure 36).
Put the motion drive belt around the V- idler pulley. Installthe
motion drive belt and V- idler pulley.
4.
5.
Completely push the pedal forward and engage the parking
brake.
6.
Put the belt around the idler pulley. Assemble the Idler pulley.
Fasten the idler pulley with the hex nut. Make sure the fiat side
of the belt is against the idler pulley. Also. make sure the belt
is not twisted.
Belt Guides
Figure 37
Belt Guide
Moron Drive Belt
V- IdlerPulley
\
Idler Pulley
Stack Pulley
Belt Guide
Belt Guide
Drive Pulley
Belt Guide
Figure3_
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MAINTENANCE
HOW TO REPLACE THE PRIMARY
MOWER DRIVE BELT
HOW TO REPLACE THE SECONDARY
MOWER DRIVE BELT
1.
Remove the mower housing. See the instructions on "How To
Remove The Mower HousingW.
1.
2.
Remove the three screws from the left pulley cover. Remove
the pulley cover.
3,
Pull the belt retainer away from the idler pulley. Remove the
primary mower drive belt from the idler pulley.
4.
4.
Move the brake pad assembly away from the stack pulley.
Remove the primary mower drive belt from the stack pulley.
5.
2.
3.
6.
NOTE: Replace the primary mower drive belt with an
original equipment belt. See an authorized service center
in your area.
5.
Install a new primary mower drive belt. Pull the brake pad assembly away from the stack pulley. Put the belt around the
stack pulley. Make sure the primary mower drive belt is inside of the belt guide.
6.
Pull the belt retainer away from the idler pulley. Put the fiat
side of the primary mower drive belt around the idler pulley.
8.
7.
Make sure the _ side of the primary mower drive belt is
against the mandrel pulleys as shown.
9.
8.
Make sure the primary mower drive belt is inside all the belt
guides.
10.
9.
Assemble the left pulley cover.
7.
11.
12.
13.
10. Install the mower housing. See the instructions on =How To InstaUThe Mower Housing".
14.
11. Before you mow, check the blade rotation control. See the instructions on "How To Adjust The Blade Rotation Control'.
Remove the mower housing. See the instructions on "How To
Remove The Mower Housing'.
Remove the primary mower drive belt from the stack pulley.
Remove the two screws from the right pulley cover. Remove
the right pulley cover.
Pull the idler pulley away from the secondary mower drive
belt. Remove the belt from the idler pulley.
Remove the secondary mower drive belt from the right mandrel pulley.
Remove the secondary mower drive belt from the stack
pulley.
NOTE: Replace the secondary mower drive belt with an
original equipment belt. See an authorized service center
in your area.
Install a new secondary mower drive belt. Putthe belt around
the bottom of the stack pulley. Make sure the secondary
mower drive belt is inside the belt guide next to the stack
pulley.
Put the secondary mower drive belt around the right drive
pulley.
Pull the idler pulley toward the front, install the fiat side of the
secondary mower drive belt against the idler pulley.
Make sure the _ side of the secondary mower drive belt is
around the right mandrel pulley.
Assemble the right pulley cover.
Put the primary mower drive belt around the stack pulley.
Install the mower housing. See the instructions on "How To Install The Mower Housing".
Before you mow, check the blade rotation control. See the instructions on =How To Adjust The Blade Rotation Control".
Ls_t
PulleyCover
Screw_
Cover
StackPulley _
Left
MandrelPulley
Belt Guide
Right
Mandrel
Pufiey
Primary Mower Dr_eBelt
Idl=Pul
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MAINTENANCE
HOW TO REPLACE
THE FUSE
3,
Install a new light bulb.Align the light socket with the notches
in the bezel and turn the light socket to lock in position.
If the fuse is blown, the engine will not start. The location ofthe fuse
is next to the battery. Remove the fuse and replace with a
automotive fuse (Figure 40).
A_omo_veF_e
Figure 40
HOW TO REPLACE THE LIGHT BULB
Raise the tractor hood.
1,
2.
Turn the light socket until the tabs on the socket align with the
notches in the bezel (Figure 41). Remove the light socket.
Turn the light bulb and remove the bulb.
Light Socket
Figure 41
HOW TO CLEAN THE MOWER HOUSING
,_
WARNING: Before you clean the mower housing,
stop the engine and disconnect the wire to the spark
plug.
Grass and other debris on top of the mower housing can keep the
belt from working correctly. For safety and correct operation,
frequently clean the top of the mower housing. Remove grass and
debris from around the pulleys and other moving parts.
STORAGE
(over 30 days)
At the end of each year, prepare the unit for storage as follows.
1.
Move the lever for the blade rotation control to the ENGAGE
position.
2.
Clean the top of the mower housing.
3.
Move the lever for the
DISENGAGE position.
4.
Again clean the top of the mower housing.
5.
After you cut the grass, clean the bottom ofthe mower housing.
1.
2.
Start the engine.
Run the engine untilthe fuel tank and the carburetor are out of
fuel and the engine stops.
Do not leave fuel in the fuel tank or the carburetor. The fuel can
damage the function of the fuel system. Some models have a
fuel drain (Figure 42). Hold a cloth under the fuel drain. Push
the fuel drain until the carburetor is empty.
After storage, make sure you use fresh fuel.
3.
THE ENGINE
For storage information, see the the engine manufacturer's
instructions.
4.
blade
rotation control to the
THE BATTERY
1.
Remove the battery.
2.
Clean the battery terminals of any deposits.
3.
Charge the battery. See the instructions on "How To Prepare
And Charge The Battery".
4.
Store the battery in a cool, dry place.
NOTE: After a long time in storage, charge the battery.
Fuel Drain
Figure 4-"
CLEAN THE UNIT
THE FUEL SYSTEM
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1.
2.
WARNING: Do not drain the gasoline inside a building or near a fire. Do not smoke because the fumes
from the fuel can cause an explosion.
Clean the dirt and grass from the engine.
Cieanthe mower housing.
LUBRICATE
THE UNIT
See the =Lubrication" instructions in this book.
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TROUBLE SHOOTING CHART
4.
5.
PROBLEM:
The engine will not start.
1. Follow the steps, =How To Start The Engine" in this book.
2. Electric- Start Models: Clean the battery terminals. Tighten the
cables.
3.
Drain the fuel tank. Clean the fuel line. Replace the fuel filter.
4.
Remove the spark plug (s). Move the throttle to the SLOW position. Turn the ignition key to the ON position. Try to start the engine several times. Install the spark plug.
Replace the spark plug.
Adjust the carburetor.
5.
6.
Adjust the throttle control.
Drain the fuel tank. Clean the fuel line. Replace the fuel filter.
PROBLEM:
A hot engine
1. Clean the air screen.
2. Check the oil
3.
Adjust the carburetor.
4,
Replace the fuel filter.
PROBLEM:
PROBLEM: The engine will not turn over.
1. Followthe steps, "HowTo StartThe Engine_in this book,
2. Electric-StartModels:Checkthe levelofthe acidinthe battery.
if needed,add water. Charge the battery.
3. Replacethe fuse.
4. Check the wiringharnessfor damage or a looseconnection.
Repairthe damagedwire.
5. Electric- StartModels:replacethesolenoid.Recoil-StartModels: replacethe module.
Excessive
causes
a decrease
vibration.
1.
2.
Replace the blade.
Check for loose engine bolts.
3.
4.
Decrease the air pressure in the tires.
Adjust the carburetor.
5.
Check for a damaged belt or damaged pulley. Replace the
damaged parts.
PROBLEM:
The grass does not discharge
1. Stop the engine. Clean the mower housing.
2. Raise the height of cut.
PROBLEM: The engine is difficult to start.
1. Adjustthe carburetor.
2. Replacethe spark plug.
3. Replacethe fuel filter.
3.
4.
5.
Replace or sharpen the blade(s).
Move the shift lever to a slower speed.
Move the throttle control to the FAST position.
6.
Replace the spring for the blade idler.
PROBLEM:
The mower housing does
1. Check the air pressure in the tires.
PROBLEM: The engine does not run smooth or has a
loss of power.
in power.
2.
3.
correctly.
not cut level.
Adjust the level of the mower housing.
Check the front axle. If the front axle does not freely pivot, loosen the axle bolt(s).
1.
Check the oil.
2.
3.
Clean the air filter.
Clean the air screen.
4.
5.
Replace the spark plug.
The engine is working too hard. Use a lower gear.
PROBLEM:
The mower blades will not rotate.
1. Check the mower drive belt. Make sure the belt is installed correctly.
6.
Adjust the carburetor.
2.
7.
Replace the fuel filter.
PROBLEM:
The unit will not move when the brake is
released and the speed control pedal is depressed.
1. Check the motion drive belt. Make sure the belt is installed
correctly.
PROBLEM: The engine does not run smooth at fast
speed.
1. Replacethe spark plug.
2. Adjustthe throttlecontrol.
3. Cleanthe air filter.
4.
2.
3.
4.
Replace the fuel filter.
Check the wiring harness for damage or a loose connection.
Repair the damaged wire.
PROBLEM: When the brake pedal is released, belt noise
can be heard.
1. Temporarybeltnoisedoes notchangetheoperationofthe unit.
If belt noiseis continuous,checkthe routingofthe belt. Make
surethe belt is insideall belt guides.
2. If the noiseis continuous,adjustthe clutch.
PROBLEM:
On slopes, the engine stops.
1. Mow up and down slopes. Never mow across a slope.
2.
To activate the seat sensor, always sit in the middle ofthe seat.
PROBLEM:
The engine will not idle.
1. Rep_acethe sparkplug.
2. Clean the air filter.
3.
PROBLEM:
The rear wheels spin over uneven terrain.
1. Check the front axle. if the front axle does not freely pivot, loosen the axle bolt(s).
Adjust the carburetor.
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Adjustthe clutch.
Replace the motion drive belt.
Release the Automatic Drive Disconnect under the seat.
PROBLEM: The unit moves slower or stops when the
speed control pedal is depressed.
1. Adjustthecrutch.
2. Replacethe motion drivebelt.
PROBLEM:
The engine
stops
when the blades
are
engaged.
1. To activate the seat sensor, always sit in the middle of the seat.
2.
Replace the mower drive belt.
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SLOPE GUIDE
1o
t*)
I
I
I
JOperate e walk-behind mower
across the face of slopes,
never up or down slopes.
mower
up or down slopes, never
across the face of slopes.
4_
On a riding mower to determine if e slope is safe to mow: (1) disengage the blade(e), (2) put the unit In reverse, and (3) try to back straight up the
slope, if you can back up the slope, it Is generally safe to mow. However, if you do not feel safe, or if you are not completely sure, use this guide
anddo not mow e slope that Is greater than 15 degrees. If the riding mower Is used with a pull-behind or rear mounted attachment,
do not operate the unit on a slope that is greater than 10 degrees,
A 15 degree slope is a hill that Increases in he!ght at approximately 2.5 feet in 10 feel
A 10 degree slope Is a hill that increases in neaght at approximately 1.7 feet In 10 feet.
A
slopes.
Operate
riding
mowerand
upavoid
or down
slopes,
never
aorose the face
of slopes.
Operate a walk-behind
across
face on
se extreme
carea at
all times,
sudden
turns
or maneuvers.
Follow
other instructions
in this manualmower
for safety
in the
mowing
of slopes, never up or down slopes. Use extra care when operating on or near slopes and obstructions.
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INDEX
F
A
Adjustments
Blade Rotation Control, 23
Clutch, 24
Drive Brake, 24
Mower Housing, Level, 29
Speed Control Pedal, 25
Attachments, 14, 36
Filter, Fuel, 26
AutomaticDriveDisconnect,
Operation,15
Headlight Switch, Location, 13
B
Battery
Charge, 25
Check, 12
Clean, 25
Install, 12
Removal, 25
Storage, 32
Belt
Motion Drive
Adjust, 24
Replace, 30
Mower Drive, Adjust, 23
Mower Drive Belts, Replace, 31
Blade
Inspect, 22
Remove And Install, 22
Sharpen, 22
Blade Rotation Control
Adjust, 23
Location, 13
Operation, 14
Brake Pedal, Location, 13
C
Clutch
Adjust, 24
Check, 24
Controls, Location, 13
Cutting Height
Adjust, 29
Change, 16
D
Drive Brake
Adjust, 24
Check, 24
E
Engine
Fuel, 12, 18
Oil, 12, 18
Preparation, 12
Spark Arrester, 12, 21
Starting, 18
Storage, 32
Throttle Control, 14
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Mulchar
Install, 20
Remove, 20
Fuel, Type, 18
O
Fuse, 32
H
Headlight, Replace Light Bulb, 32
I
Ignition Switch, Location, 13
L
Lift Lever
Location, 13
Operation, 16
Lubdcation, Mower, 26
M
Maintenance
Adjust, Guage Wheals, 28
Battery
Charge, 25
Clean, 25
Belt
Motion Drive, 30
Mower Drive Belts, 31
Blade, 22
Blade Rotation Control, 23
Clutch, 24
Drive Brake, 24
Fitter, Fuel, 26
Fuse, 32
Headlight, 32
Lubrication, 26
Mower Housing
Clean, 32
Install, 27
Level, 29
Remove, 27
Muffler, 21
Speed Control Pedal, 25
Storage, 32
Maintenance Chart, 21
Motion Drive Belt
Adjust, 24
Replace, 30
Mower Drive Belt, Adjust, 23
Mower Drive Belts, Replace, 31
Mower Housing
Assembly, 11
Clean, 32
Cutting Height, 16
Install, 27
Level Adjustment, 29
Operation, 17
Remove, 27
Muffler, 21
Spark Arresfer, 21
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Oil
Check, 18
Type, 18
Operation
Attachments, 14
Automatic Drive Disconnect, 15
Blade Rotation Control, 13, 14
Brake Pedal, 13
Headlight Switch, 13
Ignition Switch, 13
Li_ Lever, 13, 16
Location Of Controls, 13
Mower Housing, 17
Mowing And Bagging, 19
Operate On Hills, 17
Parking Brake, 13, 16
Speed Control Pedal, 13, 15
Start The Engine, 18
Stop The Unit, 16
Throttle Control, 13, 14
Transport, 16
P
Parking Brake
Location, 13
Operation, 16
Parts Bag, 9
S
Safety Ru_es
Amedcan
Na_onaiStandardinstitute,
3-4
Safe Mowing Guide, 5-7
Seat, Install, 10
Seat Switch, Operation, 18
Slope Guide, 34
Spark An'ester, 12, 21
Speed Control Pedal
Adjust, 25
Location, 13
Operation, 15
Steering Wheel, 10
Storage, 32
T
Throttle Control
Localion, 13
Operation, 14
Tire Pressure, 9, 26
Trouble Shooting Chart, 33
W
Warranty, 2
LAWN TRACTOR ACCESSORIES
Make your Lawn Tractor do more than you ever imagined.
The accessories shown on this page can be used on your Lawn Tractor. See the Store or Dealer where
you purchased your Lawn Tractor. If you are unable to obtain the necessary information, contact the
Central Parts Distribution Center for your area as listed in your Repair Parts Book.
LAWN SWEEPER
Model No. 24720
SNOW BLADE
Model No. 24476
GRASS BAGGER
Model No. 24762
9 Bushel Capacity
(For42" and 46")
SNOW THROWER
Model No. 24574
GARDEN TILLER
Model No. 13460
38" MULCHER KIT
Model No. 24750
40" MULCHER KIT
Model No. 24755
42" MULCHER KIT
Model No. 24758
GRASS BAGGER
Model No. 24742
7 Bushel Capacity
(For38", 40", and 42")
TIRE CHAINS
Model No. 24530
(For 18x8.5 inchtire)
Model No. 24538
(For 18x9.5 inchtires)
Model No. 24525
(For20x8 inchtire)
Model No. 24515
(For20xl 0 inchtire)
Model No. 24539
(For23x9.5 inchtire)
REAR WHEEL WEIGHTS
Model No. 24003
(For 18x9.5 inch tires)
(For 20x8 inch tires)
Model No. 24630
(For 23 inch tires)
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