Operator`s manual | Alamo 803350C Lawn Mower User Manual

VERSA PRO
FLAIL MOWER
Part No. 803350C
Published 03/09
OPERATOR’S MANUAL
This Operator's Manual is an integral part of the safe operation of this machine and must
be maintained with the unit at all times. READ, UNDERSTAND, and FOLLOW the Safety
and Operation Instructions contained in this manual before operating the equipment. C01Cover
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All implements with moving parts are potentially hazardous. There is no substitute for a cautious, safe-minded
operator who recognizes the potential hazards and follows reasonable safety practices. The manufacturer has
designed this implement to be used with all its safety equipment properly attached to minimize the chance of
accidents.
BEFORE YOU START!!Read the safety messages on the implement and shown in your manual. Observe the
rules of safety and common sense!
WARRANTY INFORMATION:
Read and understand the complete Warranty Statement found in this Manual. Fill out the Warranty Registration
Form in full and return it to within 30 Days. Make certain the Serial Number of the Machine is recorded on the
Warranty Card and on the Warranty Form that you retain.
In order to reduce accidents and enhance the safe operation of mowers, Alamo Industrial, in cooperation
with other industry manufacturers has developed the AEM/FEMA Industrial and Agricultural Mower
Safety Practices video and guide book.
The video will familiarize and instruct mower-tractor operators in safe practices when using industrial
and agricultural mowing equipment. It is important that Every Mower Operator be educated in the operation of their mowing equipment and be able to recognize the potential hazards that can occur while operating a mower. This video, along with the mower operator’s manual and the warning messages on the
mower, will significantly assist in this important education.
Your Authorized Alamo Industrial Dealer may have shown this video and presented you a DVD Video
when you purchased your mower. If you or any mower operator have not seen this video, Watch the
Video, Read this Operator’s Manual, and Complete the Video Guidebook before operating your new
mower. If you do not understand any of the instructions included in the video or operator’s manual or if
you have any questions concerning safety of operation, contact your supervisor, dealer or Alamo Industrial.
If you would like a VHS video tape of the video, please email AEMVideo@alamo-group.com or Fax
AEM VHS Video at (830) 372-9529 or mail in a completed copy of the form on the back of this page to
AEM VHS Video 1502 E Walnut Street, Seguin, TX 78155. and request the VHS video version. Please
include your name, mailing address, mower model and serial number.
Every operator should be trained for each piece of equipment (Tractor and Mower), understand the
intended use, and the potential hazards before operating the equipment.
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
SAFETY SECTION .............................................................................................................. 1-1
General Safety Instructions and Practices ......................................................................................................... 1-2
Operator Safety Instructions and Practices ....................................................................................................... 1-3
Equipment Operation Safety Instructions and Practices .................................................................................... 1-5
Transporting Safety Instructions and Practices ............................................................................................... 1-11
Concluding Safety Instructions and Practices .................................................................................................. 1-15
Decal Location ................................................................................................................................................. 1-16
Decal Description ............................................................................................................................................. 1-18
Federal Laws and Regulations ........................................................................................................................ 1-27
INTRODUCTION SECTION ................................................................................................. 2-1
ASSEMBLY SECTION ........................................................................................................ 3-1
TRACTOR PREPARATION ............................................................................................................................... 3-2
MAINFRAME TO ATTACHMENT FRAME ASSEMBLY .................................................................................... 3-3
TRACTOR TO ATTACHMENT FRAME ASSEMBLY ........................................................................................ 3-4
DRIVELINE ATTACHMENT .............................................................................................................................. 3-5
CENTER & WING MOWER ASSEMBLY .......................................................................................................... 3-5
WING MOWER ATTACHMENT ........................................................................................................................ 3-6
LIFT FRAME TO MOWER ................................................................................................................................. 3-6
ELECTRICAL CONNECTION AT TRACTOR .................................................................................................... 3-7
ELECTRICAL CONNECTION AT MOWER ....................................................................................................... 3-7
CENTER MOWER ASSEMBLY ......................................................................................................................... 3-8
CENTER MOWER ASSEMBLY ......................................................................................................................... 3-9
CENTER MOWER ASSEMBLY ....................................................................................................................... 3-10
INSTALLATION OF CENTER MOWER .......................................................................................................... 3-11
HYDRAULIC CONNECTIONS ......................................................................................................................... 3-12
HOSE CONNECTION AT TRACTOR .............................................................................................................. 3-13
HYDRAULIC CONNECTIONS TO CYLINDER ............................................................................................... 3-14
HYDRAULIC CONNECTIONS TO FILTER ..................................................................................................... 3-14
HYDRAULIC CONNECTIONS TO PUMP ....................................................................................................... 3-14
HYDRAULIC CONNECTION MOTORS .......................................................................................................... 3-15
Left Wing Hydraulic Motor ................................................................................................................................ 3-15
Right Wing Hydraulic Motor ............................................................................................................................. 3-15
HYDRAULIC .................................................................................................................................................... 3-16
FINAL CHECK ................................................................................................................................................. 3-16
OPERATION SECTION ....................................................................................................... 4-1
OPERATOR REQUIREMENTS ......................................................................................................................... 4-4
ROPS and Seat Belt .......................................................................................................................................... 4-5
Tractor Safety Devices ....................................................................................................................................... 4-5
Tractor Horsepower ........................................................................................................................................... 4-6
Tractor Hydraulics .............................................................................................................................................. 4-6
Front End Weight ............................................................................................................................................... 4-6
Power Take Off (PTO) ....................................................................................................................................... 4-6
GETTING ON AND OFF THE TRACTOR ......................................................................................................... 4-7
Boarding the Tractor .......................................................................................................................................... 4-7
Dismounting the Tractor ..................................................................................................................................... 4-7
STARTING THE TRACTOR .............................................................................................................................. 4-8
SETTING THE MOWER .................................................................................................................................... 4-9
DRIVELINE ATTACHMENT ............................................................................................................................ 4-11
Driveline Length Check .................................................................................................................................... 4-11
PRE-OPERATION INSPECTION AND SERVICE ........................................................................................... 4-13
Mower Pre-Operation Inspection/Service ........................................................................................................ 4-13
Tractor Pre-Operation Inspection/Service ........................................................................................................ 4-14
DRIVING THE TRACTOR AND IMPLEMENT ................................................................................................. 4-20
Starting the Tractor .......................................................................................................................................... 4-21
Brake and Differential Lock Setting .................................................................................................................. 4-22
Operating the Mower Wing .............................................................................................................................. 4-22
Driving the Tractor and Implement ................................................................................................................... 4-24
Crossing Ditches and Steep Inclines ............................................................................................................... 4-24
OPERATING THE TRACTOR AND IMPLEMENT ........................................................................................... 4-26
Foreign Debris Hazard ..................................................................................................................................... 4-27
Bystander/Passersby Precautions ................................................................................................................... 4-28
Engaging the Power to Take Off (PTO) ........................................................................................................... 4-28
PTO RPM and Ground Speed ......................................................................................................................... 4-29
Operating the Mower ....................................................................................................................................... 4-29
Shutting Down the Implement .......................................................................................................................... 4-31
DISCONNECTING THE MOWER FROM THE TRACTOR ............................................................................. 4-31
MOWER STORAGE ........................................................................................................................................ 4-33
TRANSPORTING THE TRACTOR AND IMPLEMENT ................................................................................... 4-33
Transporting on Public Roadways ................................................................................................................... 4-35
Hauling the Tractor and Implement .................................................................................................................. 4-37
TROUBLESHOOTING GUIDE ........................................................................................................................ 4-38
MAINTENANCE SECTION .................................................................................................. 5-1
DAILY CHECKS ................................................................................................................................................. 5-2
LUBRICATION INFORMATION ......................................................................................................................... 5-3
CHANGING HYDRAULIC SYSTEM FILTER ..................................................................................................... 5-4
GENERAL .......................................................................................................................................................... 5-7
REPLACING CUTTER UNIT DRIVE BELTS ..................................................................................................... 5-7
ADJUSTING CUTTING HEIGHT ....................................................................................................................... 5-7
ROLLER BEARING REPLACEMENT ............................................................................................................... 5-8
CUTTERSHAFT BEARING REPLACEMENT ................................................................................................... 5-9
Changing to Forward or Reverse Rotation ...................................................................................................... 5-11
Replacing Cutter Unit Knives ........................................................................................................................... 5-11
HYDRAULICS .................................................................................................................................................. 5-12
GENERAL ........................................................................................................................................................ 5-12
INITIAL START-UP PROCEDURES ............................................................................................................... 5-12
HYDRAULIC PUMPS ...................................................................................................................................... 5-12
REPLACING HYDRAULIC PUMPS ................................................................................................................. 5-13
RESERVOIR .................................................................................................................................................... 5-14
SOLENOID CONTROL VALVE ....................................................................................................................... 5-14
CHECKING SOLENOID VALVE ...................................................................................................................... 5-15
HYDRAULIC .................................................................................................................................................... 5-15
DISASSEMBLY ................................................................................................................................................ 5-15
REASSEMBLY ................................................................................................................................................. 5-16
HYDRAULIC MOTOR ...................................................................................................................................... 5-17
DISASSEMBLY ................................................................................................................................................ 5-17
REASSEMBLY ................................................................................................................................................. 5-18
LIFT CYLINDERS ............................................................................................................................................ 5-19
DISASSEMBLY OF LIFT CYLINDER .............................................................................................................. 5-19
EXTERNAL COIL SLIP CLUTCH DISK REPLACEMENT ............................................................................... 5-20
TO DISASSEMBLE EXTERNAL COIL SPRING CLUTCH .............................................................................. 5-20
TO CLEAN AND INSPECT .............................................................................................................................. 5-20
TO REASSEMBLE ........................................................................................................................................... 5-20
TO ADJUST ..................................................................................................................................................... 5-20
MACHINE IS STORED OUTSIDE FOR 30 DAYS OR MORE ........................................................................ 5-22
VERSA PRO TANK FILLING INSTRUCTIONS ............................................................................................... 5-23
Cylinder Rod Maintenance ............................................................................................................................... 5-23
STORAGE ....................................................................................................................................................... 5-24
PROPER TORQUE FOR FASTENERS .......................................................................................................... 5-24
SAFETY SECTION
Safety Section 1-1
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SAFETY
General Safety Instructions and Practices
SAFETY
A careful operator is the best operator. Safety is of primary importance to the manufacturer and should be to
the owner/operator. Most accidents can be avoided by being aware of your equipment, your surroundings, and
observing certain precautions. The first section of this manual includes a list of Safety Messages that, if
followed, will help protect the operator and bystanders from injury or death. Read and understand these Safety
Messages before assembling, operating or servicing this Implement. This equipment should only be operated
by those persons who have read the manual, who are responsible and trained, and who know how to do so
responsibly.
The Safety Alert Symbol combined with a Signal Word, as seen below, is used throughout this
manual and on decals which are attached to the equipment. The Safety Alert Symbol means:
“ATTENTION! BECOME ALERT! YOUR SAFETY IS INVOLVED!” The Symbol and Signal Word
are intended to warn the owner/operator of impending hazards and the degree of possible injury
faced when operating this equipment.
Practice all usual and customary safe working precautions and above all---remember safety is
up to YOU. Only YOU can prevent serious injury or death from unsafe practices.
Indicates an imminently hazardous situation that, if not avoided, WILL result in DEATH OR
VERY SERIOUS INJURY.
Indicates an imminently hazardous situation that, if not avoided, COULD result in DEATH
OR SERIOUS INJURY.
Indicates an imminently hazardous situation that, if not avoided, MAY result in MINOR
INJURY.
Identifies special instructions or procedures that, if not strictly observed, could result in
damage to, or destruction of the machine, attachments or the environment.
NOTE: Identifies points of particular interest for more efficient and convenient operation or
repair.(SG-1)
READ, UNDERSTAND, and FOLLOW the following Safety Messages. Serious injury or
death may occur unless care is taken to follow the warnings and instructions stated in the
Safety Messages. Always use good common sense to avoid hazards. (SG-2)
Si no lee ingles, pida ayuda a alguien que si lo lea para que le traduzca las
medidas de seguridad. (SG-3)
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SAFETY
Engine Exhaust, some of its constituents, and certain vehicle components contain or emit
chemicals known to the state of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other
reproductive harm. (SG-30)
Battery posts, terminals and related accessories contain lead and lead compounds,
chemicals known to the state of California to cause cancer, birth defects or other
reproductive harm. (SG-31)
The rotating parts of this machine continue to rotate even after the PTO has been turned
off. The operator should remain in his seat for 60 seconds after the brake has been set,
the PTO disengaged, the tractor turned off, and all evidence of rotation has ceased. (S3PT-10)
“Wait a minute...Save a life!”
Never crawl under a raised Implement supported solely by the Tractor 3-Point hitch.
Release of the control lever or mechanical failure will result in the Implement falling and
possible injury or death. Always securely block up the Implement before crawling
underneath to perform repairs and service. (S3PT-19)
Never operate the Tractor or Implement until you have read and completely understand this Manual, the Tractor Operator’s Manual, and each
of the Safety Messages found in the Manual or on the Tractor and Implement. Learn how to stop the tractor engine suddenly in an emergency.
Never allow inexperienced or untrained personnel to operate the Tractor
and Implement without supervision. Make sure the operator has fully
read and understood the manuals prior to operation. (SG-4)
The operator and all support personnel should wear hard hats, safety
shoes, safety glasses, and proper hearing protection at all times for
protection from injury including injury from items that may be thrown by
the equipment. (SG-16)
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SAFETY
Operator Safety Instructions and Practices
SAFETY
SAFETY
PROLONGED EXPOSURE TO LOUD NOISE MAY CAUSE
PERMANENT HEARING LOSS! Tractors with or without an Implement
attached can often be noisy enough to cause permanent hearing loss.
We recommend that you always wear hearing protection if the noise in
the Operator’s position exceeds 80db. Noise over 85db over an
extended period of time will cause severe hearing loss. Noise over 90db
adjacent to the Operator over an extended period of time will cause
permanent or total hearing loss. NOTE: Hearing loss from loud noise
[from tractors, chain saws, radios, and other such sources close to the
ear] is cumulative over a lifetime without hope of natural recovery. (SG-I7)
Always read carefully and comply fully with the manufacturer ’s
instructions when handling oil, solvents, cleansers, and any other
chemical agent. (SG-22)
KEEP AWAY FROM ROTATING ELEMENTS to prevent entanglement
and possible serious injury or death. (SG-24)
Never allow children to play on or around Tractor or Implement. Children can slip or fall
off the Equipment and be injured or killed. Children can cause the Implement to shift or
fall crushing themselves or others. (SG-25)
NEVER use drugs or alcohol immediately before or while operating the
Tractor and Implement.
Drugs and alcohol will affect an operator’s
alertness and coordination and therefore affect the operator’s ability to
operate the equipment safely.
Before operating the Tractor or
Implement, an operator on prescription or over-the-counter medication
must consult a medical professional regarding any side effects of the
medication that would hinder their ability to operate the Equipment safely.
NEVER knowingly allow anyone to operate this equipment when their
alertness or coordination is impaired. Serious injury or death to the
operator or others could result if the operator is under the influence of
drugs or alcohol. (SG-27)
Prolonged operation may cause operator boredom and fatigue affecting safe operation.
Take scheduled work breaks to help prevent these potentially impaired operating
conditions. Never operate the Implement and Tractor in a fatigued or bored mental state
which impairs proper and safe operation. (SG-32)
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SAFETY
Use extreme caution when getting onto the Implement to perform repairs, maintenance
and when removing accumulated material. Only stand on solid flat surfaces to ensure
good footing. Use a ladder or raised stand to access high spots which cannot be reached
from ground level. Slipping and falling can cause serious injury or death. (SG-33)
Avoid contact with hot surfaces including hydraulic oil tanks, pumps, motors, valves and
hose connections. Relieve hydraulic pressure before performing maintenance or repairs.
Use gloves and eye protection when servicing hot components. Contact with a hot surface
or fluid can cause serious injury from burns or scalding. (SG-34)
(SG-36)
Avoid contact with hot surfaces of the engine or muffler. Use gloves and eye protection
when servicing hot components. Contact with a hot surface or fluid can cause serious
injury from burns or scalding. (SG-38)
Do not put hands or feet under mower decks. Blade Contact can result
in serious injury or even death. Stay away until all motion has stopped
and the decks are securely blocked up. (SGM-09)
Always keep a careful lookout and use extreme care when working around utility and
municipal obstructions. Never allow the Mower to contact any utility, municipal, or other
type structure. Clearly mark all mowing obstructions and consult local utility providers for
a safe code of operation. (SPU-5)
Do not operate the implement while wearing loose fitting clothing. Entanglement of the
clothing with the rotating elements can result in serious injury or even death. Stay clear of
all rotating elements at all times. (SSP-03)
Equipment Operation Safety Instructions and Practices
Never leave the Tractor and Implement unattended while the Implement is in the lifted
position. Accidental operation of lifting lever or a hydraulic failure may cause sudden drop
of unit with injury or death by crushing. To properly park the implement when
disconnecting it from the tractor, lower the stand and put the retaining pin securely in place,
or put a secure support under the A-Frame. Lower the implement carefully to the ground.
Do not put hands or feet under lifted components. (S3PT-1)
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SAFETY
DO NOT operate this Implement on a Tractor that is not properly maintained. Should a
mechanical or Tractor control failure occur while operating, immediately shut down the
Tractor and perform repairs before resuming operation. Serious injury and possible death
could occur from not maintaining this Implement and Tractor in good operating condition.
SAFETY
Use extreme care when lowering or unfolding the implement’s wings. Make sure no
bystanders are close by or underneath the wings. Allow ample clearance around the
implement when folding or unfolding the wings. Use extreme caution around buildings or
overhead power lines. (S3PT-05)
SAFETY
This Implement is wider than the Tractor. Be careful when operating or transporting this
equipment to prevent the Implement from running into or striking sign posts, guard rails,
concrete abutments or other solid objects. Such an impact could cause the Implement and
Tractor to pivot violently resulting in loss of steering control, serious injury, or even death.
Never allow the Implement to contact obstacles. (S3PT-12)
Be sure you have adequate knowledge of the property you will be working on. Take time to
make yourself aware of any area underground lines or cables. Contact with buried lines or
cable could result in serious injury or death. If in doubt about buried utility lines call 811
before digging or 1-800-258-0808. (SBH-6)
Do not operate Mower if excessive vibration exists. Shut down PTO and the Tractor
engine. Inspect the Mower to determine the source of the vibration. If Mower blades
are missing or damaged replace them immediately.
Do not operate the mower until the
blades have been replaced and the Mower operates smoothly. Operating the Mower with
excessive vibration can result in component failure and broken objects to be thrown
outward at very high velocities. To reduce the possibility of property damage, serious
injury, or even death, never allow the Mower to be operated with blades missing. (SFL-4)
Operate this Equipment only with a Tractor equipped with an approved rollover-protective system (ROPS). Always wear seat belts. Serious injury or
even death could result from falling off the tractor--particularly during a
turnover when the operator could be pinned under the ROPS. (SG-7)
BEFORE leaving the tractor seat, always engage the brake and/or set
the tractor transmission in parking gear, disengage the PTO, stop the
engine, remove the key, and wait for all moving parts to stop. Place the
tractor shift lever into a low range or parking gear to prevent the tractor
from rolling. Never dismount a Tractor that is moving or while the engine
is running. Operate the Tractor controls from the tractor seat only. (SG-9)
Never allow children or other persons to ride on the Tractor or
Implement. Falling off can result in serious injury or death. (SG-10)
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SAFETY
Never allow children to operate, ride on, or come close to the Tractor or
Implement. Usually, 16-17 year-old children who are mature and
responsible can operate the implement with adult supervision, if they
have read and understand the Operator’s Manuals, been trained in
proper operation of the tractor and Implement, and are physically large
enough to reach and operate the controls easily. (SG-11)
Do not mount or dismount the Tractor while the tractor is moving. Mount
the Tractor only when the Tractor and all moving parts are completely
stopped. (SG-12)
Do not operate this Equipment with hydraulic oil or fuel leaking. Oil
and fuel are explosive and their presence could present a hazard. Do
not check for leaks with your hand! High-pressure oil streams from
breaks in the line could penetrate the skin and cause tissue damage
including gangrene. To check for a hose leak, SHUT the unit ENGINE
OFF and remove all hydraulic pressure. Wear oil impenetrable
gloves, safety glasses and use Cardboard to check for evidence of oil
leaks. If you suspect a leak, REMOVE the HOSE and have it tested
at a Dealer. If oil does penetrate the skin, have the injury treated
immediately by a physician knowledgeable and skilled in this
procedure. (SG-15)
Never run the Tractor engine in a closed building or without adequate ventilation. The
exhaust fumes can be hazardous to your health. (SG-23)
Do not exceed the rated PTO speed for the Implement. Excessive PTO speeds can cause
Implement driveline or blade failures resulting in serious injury or death. (SG-26)
Operate the Tractor and/or Implement controls only while properly seated in the Tractor
seat with the seat belt securely fastened around you. Inadvertent movement of the Tractor
or Implement may cause serious injury or death. (SG-29)
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SAFETY
Start tractor only when properly seated in the Tractor seat. Starting a
tractor in gear can result in injury or death. Read the Tractor operators
manual for proper starting instructions. (SG-13)
SAFETY
SAFETY
In case of mechanical difficulty during operation, place the transmission in the park
position, set the parking brake, shut down all power, including the PTO and the engine and
remove the key. Wait until all rotating motion has stopped before dismounting. (SG-39)
Do Not operate this equipment in areas where insects such as bees may attack you and/or
cause you to lose control of the equipment. If you must enter in such areas, use a tractor
with an enclosed Cab and close the windows to prevent insects from entering. If a tractor
cab is not available, wear suitable clothing including head, face, and hand protection to
shield you from the insects. Attacking insects can cause you to lose control of the tractor,
which can result in serious injury or death to you or bystanders. Never dismount a moving
tractor. (SG-40)
Mow only in conditions where you have clear visibility in daylight or with adequate artificial
lighting. Never mow in darkness or foggy conditions where you cannot clearly see at least
100 yards(90 m) in front and to the sides of the tractor and mower. Make sure that you can
clearly see and identify passersby, steep slopes, ditches, drop-offs, overhead obstructions,
power lines, debris and foreign objects. If you are unable to clearly see these type of items
discontinue mowing. (SGM-1)
There are obvious and hidden potential hazards in the operation of this
Mower. REMEMBER! This machine is often operated in heavy brush
and in heavy weeds. The Blades of this Mower can throw objects if
shields are not properly installed and maintained. Serious injury or even
death may occur unless care is taken to insure the safety of the operator,
bystanders, or passersby in the area. Do not operate this machine with
anyone in the immediate area. Stop mowing if anyone is within 100 yards
of mower. (SGM-02)
The rotating parts of this machine have been designed and tested for rugged use.
However, the blades could fail upon impact with heavy, solid objects such as metal guard
rails and concrete structures. Such impact could cause the broken objects to be thrown
outward at very high velocities. To reduce the possibility of property damage, serious
injury, or even death, never allow the cutting blades to contact such obstacles. (SGM-4)
Extreme care should be taken when operating near loose objects such
as gravel, rocks, wire, and other debris. Inspect the area before
mowing. Foreign objects should be removed from the site to prevent
machine damage and/or bodily injury or even death. Any objects that
cannot be removed must be clearly marked and carefully avoided by the
operator. Stop mowing immediately if blades strike a foreign object.
Repair all damage and make certain rotor or blade carrier is balanced
before resuming mowing. (SGM-05)
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SAFETY
Many varied objects, such as wire, cable, rope, or chains, can become entangled in the
operating parts of the mower head. These items could then swing outside the housing at
greater velocities than the blades. Such a situation is extremely hazardous and could result
in serious injury or even death. Inspect the cutting area for such objects before mowing.
Remove any like object from the site. Never allow the cutting blades to contact such items.
(SGM-06)
Avoid mowing in reverse direction when possible. Check to make sure there are no
persons behind the mower and use extreme care when mowing in reverse. Mow only at a
slow ground speed where you can safely operate and control the tractor and mower.
Never mow an area that you have not inspected and removed debris or foreign material.
(SGM-08)
Do not mow with two machines in the same area except with Cab tractors with the
windows closed. (SGM-11)
Follow these guidelines to reduce the risk of equipment and grass fires
while operating, servicing, and repairing the Mower and Tractor:
-Equip the Tractor with a fire extinguisher in an accesible location.
-Do Not operate the Mower on a Tractor with an underframe exhaust.
-Do Not smoke or have an open flame near the Mower and Tractor.
-Do Not drive into burning debris or freshly burnt areas.
-Ensure slip clutches are properly adjusted to prevent excessive slippage and plate
heating.
-Never allow clippings or debris to collect near drivelines, slip clutches, and gearboxes.
Periodically shut down the Tractor and Mower and clean clippings and collected debris
from the mower deck. (SGM-12)
The Mower is designed for certain mowing applications and is rated to cut up to a specific
size vegetation (see Mower Standard Equipment and Specifications). DO NOT use this
mower to cut vegetation above the Mower’s rated capacity or to cut any type of nonvegetative material. Only operate this Mower on a properly sized and equipped Tractor.
Operating this Mower in an application for which it is not designed and/or operating the
Mower with the wrong size Tractor can cause Mower component damage and equipment
failure resulting in possible serious injury or death. (SGM-14)
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SAFETY
Mow at the speed that you can safely operate and control the tractor and mower. The
correct mowing speed depends on terrain condition and grass type, density, and height of
cut. Normal ground speed range is from 2 to 5 mph(3-8 kph). Use slow mowing speeds
when operating on or near steep slopes, ditches, drop-offs, overhead obstructions, power
lines, or when debris and foreign objects are to be avoided. (SGM-07)
SAFETY
Do not operate or pull the mower into standing water. When uplift or fan type mower
blades contact water they can be severely deflected downward causing possible failure of
blade resulting in serious boldly injury to the operator or bystanders. (SGM-15)
Use extreme caution when raising the Mower above ground level. Stop the Blades from
turning when the Mower is raised and passersby are within 100 yards. Raising the
Mower exposes the Cutting Blades which creates a potentially serious hazard and can
cause serious injury by objects thrown from the Blades or by contact with the Blades. (SPU-
SAFETY
1)
Rotary Mowers are capable under adverse conditions of throwing
objects for great distances (300 feet or more) and causing serious injury
or death. Follow safety messages carefully.
STOP MOWING IF PASSERSBY ARE WITHIN 100 YARDS UNLESS:
-Front and Rear Deflectors, Chain Guards, or Bands are installed and in good, workable
condition;
-Mower sections or Wings are running close to and parallel to the ground without exposed
Blades;
-Passersby are outside the existing thrown-object zone;
-All areas have been thoroughly inspected and all foreign material such as rocks, cans,
glass, and general debris has been removed.
NOTE: Where there are grass and weeds high enough to hide debris that could be struck
by the blades, the area should be: inspected and large debris removed, mowed at an
intermediate height, inspected, closely with any remaining debris being removed, and
mowed again at desired final height. (This will also reduce power required to mow, reduce
wear and tear on the Mower drivetrain, spread cut material better, reduce streaking, and
make the final cut more uniform). (SRM-01)
Do not turn so sharp or lift mower so high to produce a severe "knocking" of the Driveline
which will cause accelerated wear and breakage of drive train components and could
result in possible injury from the separated Driveline sections. (SRM-04)
Do not let the Blades turn when the Mower Deck is raised for any
reason, including clearance or for turning. Raising the Mower deck
exposes the Cutting Blades which creates a potentially serious hazard
and could cause serious injury or even death from objects thrown from
the Blades. (SRM-07)
Connecting or Disconnecting Implement Safety Instructions and Practices
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DO NOT use a PTO adapter to attach a non-matching Implement driveline to a Tractor
PTO. Use of an adapter can double the operating speed of the Implement resulting in
excessive vibration, thrown objects, and blade and implement failure. Adapter use will also
change the working length of the driveline exposing unshielded driveline areas. Serious
bodily injury and/or equipment failure can result from using a PTO adapter. Consult an
authorized dealer for assistance if the Implement driveline does not match the Tractor
PTO. (S3PT-14)
Never operate the Tractor and Mower if the Implement input driveline is directly connected
to the Tractor transmission. Tractor braking distances can be substantially increased by
the momentum of the rotating Mower blades driving the Tractor transmission even though
the Tractor clutch has been disengaged. Install an over running clutch between the Tractor
PTO and the Mower driveline to prevent this potentially dangerous situation. (S3PT-16)
When attaching the Implement input driveline to the Tractor PTO, it is important that the
connecting yoke spring activated locking collar slides freely and the locking balls are seated
securely in the groove on the Tractor PTO shaft. Push and pull the driveline back and forth
several times to ensure it is securely attached. A driveline not attached correctly to the
Tractor PTO shaft could come loose and result in personal injury and damage to the
Implement. (S3PT-17)
Before operating the Implement, check to make sure the Implement input driveline will not
bottom out or become disengaged. Bottoming out occurs when the inner shaft penetrates
the outer housing until the assembly becomes solid-it can shorten no more. Bottoming out
can cause serious damage to the Tractor PTO by pushing the PTO into the Tractor and
through the support bearings or downward onto the PTO shaft, breaking it off. A broken
driveline can cause personal injury. (S3PT-18)
Transporting Safety Instructions and Practices
Be particularly careful when transporting the Implement with the Tractor. Turn curves or go
up hills only at a low speed and using a gradual steering angle. Rear mounted implements
move the center of gravity to the rear and remove weight from the front wheels. Make
certain, by adding front ballast, that at least 20% of the tractor’s weight is on the front wheels
to prevent rearing up, loss of steering control or Tractor tip-over. Slow down on rough or
uneven surfaces to prevent loss of steering control which could result in property damage
or possible injury. Do not transport unless 3-Point lift lever is fully raised and in the latched
transport position. Dropping implement in transport can cause serious damage to the
tractor and/or Implement and possibly cause the operator or others to be injured or killed.
(S3PT-02)
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Always shut the Tractor completely down, place the transmission in park, and set the
parking brake before you or anyone else attempts to connect or disconnect the Implement
and Tractor hitches. (S3PT-15)
SAFETY
Allow sufficient clearance for the Implement to swing outward while turning. Implements
carried behind the Tractor will swing outside the tire path when making turns. Contacting a
solid object while turning will cause equipment damage and possible injury. (S3PT-20)
SAFETY
Make certain that the “Slow Moving Vehicle” (SMV) sign is installed in
such a way as to be clearly visible and legible. When transporting the
Equipment use the Tractor flashing warning lights and follow all local
traffic regulations. (SG-6)
Transport only at speeds where you can maintain control of the
equipment. Serious accidents and injuries can result from operating this
equipment at high speeds. Understand the Tractor and Implement and how it handles
before transporting on streets and highways. Make sure the Tractor steering and brakes
are in good condition and operate properly.
Before transporting the Tractor and Implement, determine the proper transport speeds for
you and the equipment. Make sure you abide by the following rules:
Test the tractor at a slow speed and increase the speed slowly. Apply the Brakes smoothly
to determine the stopping characteristics of the Tractor and Implement. As you increase
the speed of the Tractor the stopping distance increases.
Determine the maximum
transport speed not to exceed 20 mph (30 kph) for transporting this equipment.
Test the equipment at a slow speed in turns. Increase the speed through the turn only after
you determine that the equipment can be operated at a higher speed. Use extreme care
and reduce your speed when turning sharply to prevent the tractor and implement from
turning over. Determine the maximum turning speed for you and this equipment before
operating on roads or uneven ground.
Only transport the Tractor and Implement at the speeds which allow you to properly control
the equipment.
Be aware of the operating conditions. Do not operate the Tractor with weak or faulty brakes
or worn tires. When operating down a hill or on wet or rain slick roads, the braking distance
increases: use extreme care and reduce your speed. When operating in traffic always use
the Tractor’s flashing warning lights and reduce your speed. Be aware of traffic around you
and watch out for the other guy. (SG-19)
Be particularly careful when transporting the Implement using the tractor. Turn curves or
go up or down hills only at a low speed and at a gradual steering angle. Make certain that
at least 20% of the tractor’s weight is on the front wheels to maintain safe steerage. Slow
down on rough or uneven surfaces. (STI-01)
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Only tow the Implement behind a properly sized and equipped Tractor
which exceeds the weight of the Implement by at least 20%. DO NOT
tow the Implement behind a truck or other type of vehicle. Never tow the
Implement and another Implement connected in tandem. Never tow the
Implement at speeds over 20 MPH. (STI-06)
Maintenance and Service Safety Instructions and Practices
Make sure the PTO shield, integral driveline shields, and input shields
are is installed when using PTO-driven equipment. Always replace any
shield if it is damaged or missing. (S3PT-8)
Relieve hydraulic pressure prior to doing any maintenance or repair work
on the Implement. Place the Implement on the ground or securely
blocked up, disengage the PTO, and turn off the tractor engine. Push
and pull the Remote Cylinder lever in and out several times prior to
starting any maintenance or repair work. (S3PT-09)
Always disconnect the main PTO Driveline from the Tractor before performing service on
the Implement. Never work on the Implement with the tractor PTO driveline connected
and running. Rotating Parts, Blades or Drivelines could turn without warning and cause
immediate entanglement, injury or death. (S3PT-11)
Never interfere with factory-set hydraulic calibrations. Any change in calibration could
cause a failure of the equipment and may result in injury. (SBH-13)
Always maintain the safety signs in good readable condition. If the safety signs are
missing, damaged, or unreadable, obtain and install replacement safety signs immediately.
(SG-5)
Do not modify or alter this Implement. Do not permit anyone to modify or alter this
Implement, any of its components or any Implement function. (SG-8)
Never work under the Implement, the framework, or any lifted
component unless the Implement is securely supported or blocked up
to prevent sudden or inadvertent falling which could cause serious
injury or even death. (SG-14)
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Your driving vision may be reduced or impaired by the tractor, cab, or implement. Before
driving on public roadways identify any limited vision areas, and make adjustments to your
operating position, mirrors, and the implement transport position so that you can clearly
see the area where you will be traveling, and any traffic that may approach you. Failure to
maintain adequate vision of the public roadway and traffic can result in serious injury or
even death. (STI-10)
SAFETY
Never attempt to lubricate, adjust, or remove material from the Implement while it is in
motion or while tractor engine is running. (SG-20)
SAFETY
Periodically inspect all moving parts for wear and replace when
necessary with authorized service parts. Look for loose fasteners, worn
or broken parts, and leaky or loose fittings. Make sure all pins have
cotter pins and washers. Serious injury may occur from not maintaining
this machine in good working order. (SG-21)
Do Not fill fuel tank while engine is running. Refuel only after engine has cooled down. If
fuel is spilled, move machine away from the area of the spill and avoid creating any
source of ignition until the gasoline has evaporated. (SG-28)
Perform service, repairs and lubrication according to the maintenance section. Ensure the
unit is properly lubricated as specified in the lubrication schedule and all bolts and nuts are
properly torqued. Failure to properly service, repair and maintain this Implement in good
operating condition could cause component failure and possible serious injury or even
death. (SG-35)
Use caution and wear protective gloves when handling sharp objects such as blades,
knives, and other cutting edges. Be alert to worn component surfaces which have sharp
edges. Sharp surfaces can inflict severe laceration injuries if proper hand protection is not
worn. (SG-37)
All Safety Shields, Guards and Safety devices including (but not
limited to) - the Deflectors, Chain Guards, Steel Guards, Gearbox
Shields, PTO integral shields, and Retractable Door Shields should
be used and maintained in good working condition. All safety
devices should be inspected carefully at least daily for missing or
broken components. Missing, broken, or worn items must be
replaced at once to reduce the possibility of injury or death from
thrown objects, entanglement, or blade contact. (SGM-3)
Replace bent or broken blades with new blades. NEVER ATTEMPT TO STRAIGHTEN,
WELD, OR WELD HARDFACING ON BLADES SINCE THIS WILL LIKELY CRACK OR
OTHERWISE DAMAGE THE BLADE WITH SUBSEQUENT FAILURE AND POSSIBLE
SERIOUS INJURY FROM THROWN BLADES. (SGM-10)
DO NOT weld or repair rotating mower components. Welds and other repairs may cause
severe vibration and/or component failure resulting in part being thrown from the mower
causing serious bodily injury. See your Authorized Dealer for proper repairs. (SGM-13)
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PARTS INFORMATION
Alamo Industrial mowers use balanced and matched system components for blade carriers, blades,
cuttershafts, knives, knife hangers, rollers, drivetrain components, and bearings. These parts are made and
tested to Alamo Industrial specifications. Non-genuine "will fit" parts do not consistently meet these
specifications. The use of “will fit” parts may reduce mower performance, void mower warranties, and
present a safety hazard. Use genuine Alamo Industrial mower parts for economy and safety. (SPRM-1)
SEE YOUR ALAMO DEALER
In wet conditions where there is a likelihood of material collecting on the Implement, make
certain that this material is removed before traveling on public roadways. (STL-7)
Concluding Safety Instructions and Practices
In addition to the design and configuration of this Implement, including Safety Signs and Safety Equipment,
hazard control and accident prevention are dependent upon the awareness, concern, prudence, and proper
training of personnel involved in the operation, transport, maintenance, and storage of the machine. Refer
also to Safety Messages and operation instruction in each of the appropriate sections of the Tractor and
Equipment Manuals. Pay close attention to the Safety Signs affixed to the Tractor and Equipment. (SG-18)
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Be sure you have adequate knowledge of the property you will be working on. Take time
to make yourself aware of any area underground lines or cables. Contact with buried
lines or cable could result in serious injury or death. (STL-1)
SAFETY
Decal Location
SAFETY
NOTE: Alamo supplies safety decals on this product to promote safe operation. Damage to the decals may occur while in
shipping, use, or reconditioning. Alamo cares about the safety of its customers, operators, and bystanders, and will
replace the safety decals on this product in the field, free of charge (Some shipping and handling charges may apply).
Contact your Alamo dealer to order replacement decals
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SAFETY
PART NO.
QTY
TYPE
DESCRIPTION
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
8.
9.
10.
11.
12.
13.
14.
15.
16.
17.
18.
19.
20.
21.
22.
23.
24.
25.
26.
27.
28.
29.
30.
31.
32.
33.
34.
35.
36.
37.
38.
39.
40.
41.
002369
00753840
00756004
00756005
00756007
00756059
00746485
00746494
00758194
02962765
002425
03200437
03200347
99203
99204
03200286
03200432
002023
000108
000678
002490
02962748
02965093
00763977
001650
001651
02960766
002489
nfs (L)
nfs (R)
nfs (C)
nfs (F)
002505
001830
00773723
02977417
00776031
803350C
10058000
00024100
02959924
4
2
2
2
3
3
3
1
3
2
3
1
DANGER
DANGER
DANGER
DANGER
WARNING
DANGER
DANGER
DANGER
WARNING
DANGER
DANGER
WARNING
REFLCTR
REFLCTR
REFLCTR
INSTRUCT
INSTRUCT
INSTRUCT
INSTRUCT
INSTRUCT
INSTRUCT
INSTRUCT
INSTRUCT
INSTRUCT
LOGO
LOGO
LOGO
NAME
SER PLT
SER PLT
SER PLT
SER PLT
INSTRUCT
INSTRUCT
DANGER
INSTRUCT
________
________
________
________
________
Multiple-Hazard
Folding Wings/Wings Raised
D/L Shield Missing
Rotating D/L, Entanglement
Use/Repair Shields/Guards
Oil Penetration, Leaks
Cutting Blades, Thrown Objects
Driveline Hazards
Belt/Pulley Pinch Point
Crushing from Folding Hazard
Removing Front Shield
Pressurized Tank
SMV Reflector
Red Reflector Decal
Yellow Reflector Decal
Hyd Oil and Type
Genuine ALAMO Flail Parts
Cutting Height Adjustment
Flail Operation
Grease Fitting Inside
Wing Unit Lube Chart
On/Off Solenoid Switch
Do Not Overspeed Engine
Notice to Owner
ALAMO (7.5 x 7)
ALAMO IND
ALAMO (4 x 5)
VERSA PRO (Name)
Left Wing Serial Plate’
Right Wing Serial Plate
Center Mower Serial Plate
VERSA PRO Serial Plate
Wing Lowering
Lubrication Rear
Peligro, Driveline
Operators Manual Inside
Canister, Operations Manual
Operator’s Manual, Versa Pro
Bolt
Flatwasher
Locknut
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4
1
3
3
3
2
3
2
1
1
1
4
3
3
1
1
1
1
1
1
2
1
1
1
3
6
3
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SAFETY
ITEM
SAFETY
Decal Description
SAFETY
Peligro Translation, If you do not know how to read
English, please find someone who knows how to
read English.
P/N 00725746
DANGER!
wings.
Stay clear when lowering or raising
P/N 00753840
DANGER! Guard Missing, Do Not Operate. If you
see this decal, Do Not Operate the mower until the
shield has been replaced.
P/N 00756004
DANGER! Rotating Driveline Keep Away, Contact
can cause death.
P/N 00756005
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SAFETY
WARNING! Keep all safety shielding installed,
repaired and replaced when damaged so that
machine stays in safe condition.
P/N 00756007
P/N 00756059
DANGER! Keep Away - Rotating Blades
P/N 00756485
DANGER! Make certain that drivelines are correct
length and are securely attached.
P/N 00756494
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WARNING! Never use your hand to check for oil
leaks. Always use paper or cardboard.
SAFETY
SAFETY
WARNING! Do not operate with Belt Shield
removed. Finger(s) may be pinched off if get caught
between V-Belt and Pulley.
P/N 00758194
DANGER! Crushing and Pinch Points.
Moving machiney parts can pinch or crush or fallwhich may cause injury or death.
P/N 02962765
DANGER! Keep Away! If front deflector shield is
removed from flail housing, serious injury to or
amputation of hands, feet, or limbs may occur from
blades contact. Always make sure that all shields
are in place at all times.
P/N 002425
WARNING: Pressurized Tank
03200437
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SAFETY
Slow Moving Vehicle Decal. Keep SMV reflector
clean and visible. DO NOT transport or operate
without the SMV.
P/N 03200347
SAFETY
Red Relector Tape.
P/N 99203
Yellow Relector Tape.
P/N 99204
INSTRUCTIONS - Use only DEXTRON TYPE A
Automatic Transmission Fluid. Maintain ATF Level
within the height of the sight glass.
P/N 03200286
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SAFETY
SAFETY
IMPORTANT - Use ALAMO Genuine Flail Parts.
P/N 03200432
Cutting Height Adjustment Chart
P/N 002023
Instructions to properly lubricate and check mower
for potential problems prior to operation.
P/N 000108
Information that Grease Fitting is present and must
apply grease.
P/N 000678
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SAFETY
8 Hour Lubrication Chart
INFORMATION - Pull to Start, Push to Stop
02962748
INFORMATION - To prevent premature hydraulic
component failure, do not over speed the engine.
When using the mower attachment, operate tractor
at the engine speed which will deliver 540 PTO
RPM on Tachometer. Over speeding the engine
and pump when operating the mower will overheat
and rapidly ruin the oil which will decrease the life
of the hydraulic components.
P/N 02965093
Operator's Manual (with repair parts) and warranty
was attached to this implement during final
inspection.
P/N 00763977
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SAFETY
P/N 002490
SAFETY
ALAMO NAME LOGO.
SAFETY
P/N 001650
ALAMO INDUSTRIAL LOGO
P/N 001651
NAME LOGO - Alamo Industrial
P/N 02960766
NAME - VERSA PRO
P/N 002489
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SAFETY
Wing Lowering Instructions. Following instructions
will assure the safety of the operator and unit.
INFORMATION - 8 Hour Lubrication Chart
P/N 001830
PELIGRO! Spanish Translation for Driveline Safety
P/N 00773723
INSTRUCTIONS - Read Operator’s Manual and
U n d e r s ta n d , b e f o r e o p e r a t i n g Tr a c t o r a n d
Implement.
P/N 02977417
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SAFETY
P/N 002505
SAFETY
Read Operator’s Manual! The operator’s manual is
located inside this canister. If the manual is
missing order one from your dealer.
SAFETY
P/N 00776031
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Federal Laws and Regulations
This section is intended to explain in broad terms the concept and effect of federal laws and regulations
concerning employer and employee equipment operators. This section is not intended as a legal
interpretation of the law and should not be considered as such.
Employer-Employee Operator Regulations
U.S. Public Law 91-596 (The Williams-Steiger Occupational and Health Act of 1970) OSHA
This Act Seeks:
“...to assure so far as possible every working man and woman in the nation safe and healthful working
conditions and to preserve our human resources...”
DUTIES
(1) shall furnish to each of his employees employment and a place of employment which are free from
recognized hazards that are causing or are likely to cause death or serious physical harm to his employees;
(2) shall comply with occupational safety and health standards promulgated under this Act.
(b) Each employee shall comply with occupational safety and health standards and all rules, regulations and
orders issued pursuant to this Act which are applicable to his own actions and conduct.
OSHA Regulations
OSHA regulations state in part: “At the time of initial assignment and at least annually thereafter, the employer
shall instruct every employee in the safe operation and servicing of all equipment with which the employee is,
or will be involved.”
Employer Responsibilities:
To ensure employee safety during Tractor and Implement operation, it is the employer’s responsibility to:
1.
Train the employee in the proper and safe operation of the Tractor and Implement.
2.
Require that the employee read and fully understand the Tractor and Implement Operator’s manual.
3.
Permit only qualified and properly trained employees to operate the Tractor and Implement.
4.
Maintain the Tractor and Implement in a safe operational condition and maintain all shields and guards on the
equipment.
5.
Ensure the Tractor is equipped with a functional ROPS and seat belt and require that the employee operator
securely fasten the safety belt and operate with the ROPS in the raised position at all times.
6.
Forbid the employee operator to carry additional riders on the Tractor or Implement.
7.
Provide the required tools to maintain the Tractor and Implement in a good safe working condition and provide the
necessary support devices to secure the equipment safely while performing repairs and service.
8.
Require that the employee operator stop operation if bystanders or passersby come within 25 feet.
Child Labor Under 16 Years of Age
Some regulations specify that no one under the age of 16 may operate power machinery. It is your
responsibility to know what these regulations are in your own area or situation. (Refer to U.S. Dept. of
Labor, Employment Standard Administration, Wage & Home Division, Child Labor Bulletin #102.)
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Sec. 5 (a) Each employer-
INTRODUCTION SECTION
Introduction Section 2-1
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INTRODUCTION
INTRODUCTION
This Flail Mower is designed with care and built with quality materials by skilled workers. Proper assembly,
maintenance, and operating practices, as described in this manual, will help the owner/operator get years of
satisfactory service from the machine.
The purpose of this manual is to familiarize, and instruct. The Assembly Section instructs the owner/operator
in the correct assembly of the Mower using standard and optional equipment. The Parts Listing section is
designed to familiarize the owner/operator with replaceable parts on the Mower. This section provides
exploded assembly drawings of each mower component illustrating each piece and the corresponding part
number.
Careful use and timely service saves extensive repairs and costly downtime losses. The Operation and
Maintenance Sections of the manual train the owner/operator how to work the Mower correctly and attend to
appropriate maintenance. The Trouble Shooting Guide helps diagnose difficulties with mower and offers
solution to the problems.
Safety is of primary importance to the owner/operator and to the manufacturer. The first section of this manual
includes a list of Safety Messages, that, if followed, will help protect the operator and bystanders from injury or
death. Many of the Safety Messages will be repeated throughout the manual. The owner/operator/dealer
should know these Safety Messages before assembly and be aware of the hazards of operating this mower
during assembly, use, and maintenance. The Safety Alert Symbol combined with a Signal Word, as seen
below, is intended to warn the owner/operator of impending hazards and the degree of possible injury faced
when operating this machine.
Indicates an imminently hazardous situation that, if not avoided, WILL result in DEATH OR
VERY SERIOUS INJURY.
Indicates an imminently hazardous situation that, if not avoided, COULD result in DEATH
OR SERIOUS INJURY.
Indicates an imminently hazardous situation that, if not avoided, MAY result in MINOR
INJURY.
Identifies special instructions or procedures that, if not strictly observed, could result in
damage to, or destruction of the machine, attachments or the environment.
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INTRODUCTION
INTRODUCTION
The Versa Pro Flail Mower is designed for medium-duty cutting such as lawn maintenance plus small weed
and grass control. With a reasonable amount of preventive maintenance, your mower will provide years of
dependable service.
For Non-Agricultural use, OSHA, ASAE, SAE, and ANSI standards require the use of Chain
Guards, Deflectors, or Solid Skirts at all times. The Mower manufacturer strongly
recommends the use of Chain Guards, Deflectors, or Solid Skirts for Agricultural purposes
as well to reduce the risk of property damage, serious bodily injury, or even death from
objects thrown out by or from contact with the Cutting Blades.
Mower Orientation: Front and rear, and left and right are determined by the normal direction
of travel (the same as your automobile).
At least 20% of the tractor’s total weight must be on the front tires with the Mower lifted to
provide adequate traction for safe steering under good conditions. Slow down on hills,
rough terrain, and curves.
Front and rear, and left and right are determined by the normal direction of travel (the same as on your
automobile).
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INTRODUCTION
INTRODUCTION
Attention Owner/Operator
BEFORE OPERATING THIS MACHINE:
1. Carefully read the Operator’s Manual, completely understand the Safety Messages and instructions, and
know how to operate correctly both the Mower and Power Unit.
2. Fill out the Warranty Card in full. Be sure to answer all questions, including the Serial Number of the Mower.
Mail promptly using the return envelope included with the Operator’s Manual.
NOTE: Warranties are honored only if completed “Owner Registration and Warranty” forms are received by
Alamo Group within thirty days of delivery of the mower.
3. Record the Mower Model and Serial Numbers on the Warranty page at the end of the Operator’s Manual.
Keep this as part of the permanent maintenance file for the Mower.
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ASSEMBLY SECTION
Assembly Section 3-1
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ASSEMBLY
The hydraulic system must be kept "SURGICALLY CLEAN" to ensure proper operation and
long life of the pumps, motors, and valves. All components have protective caps over
openings connected to internal spaces to prevent contamination. It is important that care be
taken during unpacking, assembly, and other contaminants which will damage parts.
DO NOT start the tractor unless the hydraulic system is filled with hydraulic oil. Running without oil will
damage the pumps.
ASSEMBLY
Check the oil level in the reservoir before start-up.
Care should be taken when filling the reservoir to prevent contamination of the hydraulic system. Always use
new hydraulic fluid when filling the system. USE ONLY UNIVERSAL TRACTOR HYDRAULIC OIL IN THE
HYDRAULIC SYSTEM.
Reference to the left or right side is determined while standing in the rear & facing in the direction of travel.
TRACTOR PREPARATION
1. Remove the Anti-Sway Bars from tractor and Lower Links.
2. Remove the Pins that attach the Lower Links to the Down Links and the Tractor Lugs. Remove the Lower
Links. Insert the Pins back into the Down Links and the Tractor Lugs. These Pins will be used when
attaching the V-Pro to the tractor.
3. Remove the complete Draw Bar and carrier from the Tractor.
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ASSEMBLY
MAINFRAME TO ATTACHMENT FRAME ASSEMBLY
Place Mainframe on a level surface. Raise Mainframe with a forklift or hoist and attach the Jack stands. Raise
Jack stands until the Mainframe is raised to approximately 18". Align the Attachment Frame (3) lugs with
Mainframe, install the Pins (4) and retain with 1/2 x 1-3/4 bolts (5), flatwashers (6) and locknuts (7). Install the
Axle Mount Bars (8) and retain with Pins (9) and Cotter Pins (10).
NOTE: It will be necessary to lower tank assembly in order to install pin (4).
ASSEMBLY
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ASSEMBLY
TRACTOR TO ATTACHMENT FRAME ASSEMBLY
ASSEMBLY
Raise the Attachment Frame Arms(1) to a level height. Drive Tractor into Attachment Frame and align with the
Tractor Attachment Frame Mounts (2). Retain with bolt (3) and locknut (4). ASM-FL-0099. Attach the Axle
Mount Bars (5) to the Tractor lugs with Pins (6) and Lynch Pins (7). ASM-FL-0100. Attach the Down Links (8)
to the Mainframe with Pins (9) and Lynch Pins (10). ASM-FL-0101.
NOTE: Adjust down links to 28" pin
center.
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ASSEMBLY
DRIVELINE ATTACHMENT
Pull slide collar back and attach one end to the Tractor PTO. Move yoke back and forth until locking collar
"clicks" forward and locks the yoke in place. Do the same to the other end of the Driveline on the Speed
Increaser shaft.
ASSEMBLY
CENTER & WING MOWER ASSEMBLY
Tip cutterhousing back and place a block under roller to safely support unit. Remove shipping skids and drive
pulley side belt guard fender. If necessary, install knives, as shown, one row at a time. See rotation below.
FOR FORWARD ROTATION: On the right wing and center unit, all knife pins must be installed with their
heads facing away from the cuttershaft pulley. On the left wing, the heads of the knife pins must face the cuttershaft pulley.
FOR REVERSE ROTATION: On the right wing and center unit, all knife pins must be installed with their heads
facing toward the cuttershaft pulley. On the left wing, the heads of the knife pins must face away from the cuttershaft pulley.
This will locate cotter pins where knives cannot reach them when flexing backward. The housing side sheet
has a hole in it which allows knife pins to be inserted into end lugs from outside the cutterhousing. After the
cotter pin is installed, bend extended prong at a 45 Degree angle with prong parallel to lug.
With the cutterhousing tipped up, attach housing shoes/wear plate. Carriage bolt attaches to front mounting
hole; plow bolts attach to middle and rear holes.
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ASSEMBLY
ASSEMBLY
WING MOWER ATTACHMENT
To attach wing mower to mainframe. Align tilt link (1) with actuator (2) and retain with pin (3). Proceed to lift
frame (4) and align with lug on mainframe (5), retain with pin (6) and with pin (7). Secure all pins with 1/2" x 1
1/2" bolt and 1/2" nut. ASM-FL-0103. Pin (3) will be secured with bolt that also secures pin for cylinder.
LIFT FRAME TO MOWER
Align toplink (1) to mower lugs (8), retain with pin (9) and lock with cotter pins (10). Align lift frame (4) with lugs
at bottom of mower, retain with pivot pin (11) and lock with nut (12). ASM-FL-0103.
NOTE: Use a thread locking material to secure nut (12) to pivot pin.
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ASSEMBLY
ELECTRICAL CONNECTION AT TRACTOR
ELECTRICAL CONNECTION AT MOWER
Connect terminals on harness to corresponding terminals on safety switch. Continue harness routing with
hoses and attach connector at end of harness to solenoid coil on motor. Secure with screw and gasket
provided with harness. ASM-FL-0106. Refer to electrical schematic (ASM-FL-0107) for additional help.
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ASSEMBLY
Battery cable must be disconnected to prevent any electrical shock. Unscrew bottom screws from panel with
regular tip screwdriver (ASM-FL-0104). Pull down on panel from bottom, and top should pop out. Place a
small block of wood inside of console against side wall to protect wiring when drilling holes for switch. Both
sides of console should be drilled for switch to be mounted (ASM-FL-0104). Once the switches are installed,
connect switch connectors from harness to the top spade terminals of switch. Connect power wires to ignition
switch at accessory terminal (ASM-FL-0105). Connect ground wire to ground (ASM-FL-0105). Wire harness
should then be routed through console, then through hole underneath seat at pivot point. Wire harness should
then exit at hydraulic hoses connection, at front of tractor. Connect wire harness from tractor to the wire
harness from mower. Refer to electrical schematic (ASM-FL-0106) for additional help.
ASSEMBLY
ASSEMBLY
CENTER MOWER ASSEMBLY
Attach the right and left Overarms (1) to the
cutterhousing. Secure with 5/8 x 1-3/4 bolts (2) and
locknuts (3). Attach the A-Frame Weldment (4) to
the Overarms with bolts (2) and locknuts (3). ASMFL-0108.
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ASSEMBLY
CENTER MOWER ASSEMBLY
1. Attach outboard bearing plate to cutterhousing.
a. Remove existing nuts and lockwasher from bearing housing.
NOTE: On forward rotation units, remove only the lower two fasteners.
b. Slide bearing housing Bolt into proper holes in outboard bearing plate.
c. Attach gearbox and mounting bracket to gearbox mounting frame. Secure with 5/8 NC x 1-1/4 Bolt (upper
gearbox feet), and 5/8 NC x 1-1/2 Bolt (lower gearbox feet) and Lockwashers. Torque to 170 ft.-lbs. (Typ.)
d. Secure bearing housing to bearing plate with previously removed fasteners.
IMPORTANT: If extension shaft does not line-up with Gearbox, it may be necessary to shim gearbox mounting
lugs. To accomplish this, insert one gearbox retaining bolt (Figure 15) through the mount plate and into the
gearbox housing. Do not tighten this bolt (it should have at least 1/4" free threads to move in and out).
Assemble the gearbox, shaft, shaft extension tube and the bearing to the bearing retainer plate mounted on the
side sheet. Tighten all fasteners except the one bolt in the gearbox mounting plate. Check the distance
between the gearbox mounting lugs and the mount plate. If required, insert shims from shim kit (P/N 000552)
between gearbox mounting lugs and mounting plate to insure the gearbox pulls up evenly on the mounting
plate.
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ASSEMBLY
FORWARD ROTATION (Bearing plate mounts on left side of cutterhousing.)
a. Secure with 3/8 NC x 7/8 Bolt and nut at front mounting hole. Torque to 35 ft.-lbs. (Typ.)
b. Secure with 3/8 NC x 2-1/4 Bolt, nut, lockwasher, and second nut at rear mounting hole. The Bolt is used as
an anchor for the idler arm spring.
REVERSE ROTATION (Bearing plate mounts on right side of cutterhousing)
a. Secure with 3/8 NC x 2-1/4 Bolt, nut and second nut at front mounting hole. The Bolt is used as an anchor
for the idler arm spring.
b. Secure with 3/8 NC x 7/8 Bolt and nut at rear mounting hole.
2. Install gearbox & extension shaft assembly and PTO shield mounting bracket
ASSEMBLY
ASSEMBLY
CENTER MOWER ASSEMBLY
Install idler arm assembly to bearing plate. Do not
secure at this time. ASM-FL-0052.
1. Remove fasteners and shaft protector from end
of drive shaft. Lightly grease shaft. Install key
and drive shaft pulley. Do not secure at this time.
ASM-FL-0052.
2. Align all three pulleys. Use spacers and shims
provided to achieve alignment, then secure idler
arm assembly with cotter pin. Secure drive shaft
pulley with fasteners removed in Step 1, above.
3. Install drive belt. ASM-FL-0053_A.
4. Attach spring. One end is inserted in idler arm
spring arm hole; the other end is attached to the
long outboard bearing plate bolt.
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ASSEMBLY
INSTALLATION OF CENTER MOWER
ASM-FL-0111
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ASSEMBLY
1. To properly attach center mower to mainframe, align lower links (1) to overarms (2) and anti-sway bar (3).
Attach with 7/8" x 5" bolt and 7/8" locknut (4).
2. Align toplink (5) with top of A-frame (6) on center mower and retain with pin (7), washers (8), and cotter
pins. Attach the other end of the toplink to the mainframe. Install 1" x 4" bolt through safety chain and
retain with 1" locknut.
3. Continue with driveline by aligning slipclutch and gearbox shaft and slide slipclutch in and tighten bolt. On
the other end of driveline pull slide collar back, slip into speed increaser shaft and release slide collar.
Move driveline in and out to insure driveline is secure.
4. Level front unit by adjusting top link. Be sure skid shoes are level with ground.
NOTE: Front Caster Wheels should be set about 2-4 inches above ground when mower is level.
ASSEMBLY
HYDRAULIC CONNECTIONS
ASSEMBLY
Refer to the Tractor Manual when connecting hydraulic hoses to the tractor hydraulic
system. Numerous precautions should be taken due to the possibility of a pressure buildup
within the hydraulic circuit. Relieve the pressure before opening or entering the circuit.
FLUID ESCAPING UNDER PRESSURE CAN PENETRATE THE SKIN CAUSING
SERIOUS INJURY. Ensure that hose fittings are secure before pressurizing the hydraulic
systems.
Once drivelines are installed, DO NOT start the tractor (which will turn the pumps) unless
both power circuits are filled with the specified hydraulic fluid. Running pumps without oil
will cause non-warrantable damage.
It is important that pipe thread sealant be used only on solid connections of pipe thread; never on connections
between swivel fittings and solid male pipe threads or on straight thread "O" ring fittings. Use the pipe thread
sealant supplied. Do not substitute with some other type of sealant, i.e., teflon tape, paint, shellac, etc.
Hoses supplied have two types of fittings; solid or swivel. Some hoses have solid fittings on both ends; others
have a solid fitting and a swivel fitting. Hoses with two solid fittings will fit into either a outer solid thread, or a
swivel adapter union. When installing either type hose, solid fittings must be installed first, then install the
swivel end of the hose.
The VERSA PRO hydraulic system incorporates three basic types of hydraulic fittings:
a. Standard pipe (NPT or NPTF) thread fittings. This type requires a small amount of evenly-applied sealant.
b. Swivel fittings. This type does not require any sealant on the swivel end because it seals against an internal
flare.
c. "O" Ring fittings. This type does not require any sealant on the "O" Ring end of the fitting.
It is extremely important to avoid getting pipe thread sealant inside the fittings or hoses. KEEP THE INTERIOR
OF ALL HYDRAULIC COMPONENTS SURGICALLY CLEAN. Inspect the inside diameter of each hose before
assembly. Ensure that no obstruction is present. Dirt, sand, dust, etc., are abrasive and once in the system
can cause immediate or early failure.
NOTE: Do not strap hoses together until all hoses and wiring are connected. Hoses and wiring should be
routed so they do not lay on moving parts, too close to sharp edges, or near excessive heat.
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ASSEMBLY
HOSE CONNECTION AT TRACTOR
1. To properly connect hydraulic hoses to tractor, connect right wing hose P/N 02839000 (1), and left wing
hose P/N 02839000 (2). ASM-FL-0112.
2. Connect center lift hose P/N 02964451 (3) to connection at center of tractor. ASM-FL-0112. This should
be the remote valve with "Float" position. Always operate front mower in float detent position.
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ASSEMBLY
HYDRAULIC CONNECTIONS TO CYLINDER
Connect the Hoses P/N 02965364 and P/N 02961321 from Tee to Center Lift Hydraulic Cylinders at rod end.
HYDRAULIC CONNECTIONS TO FILTER
ASSEMBLY
Connect return hose P/N 002479 from right wing mower to elbow at filter (identified as "A"). Left wing mower
will use hose P/N 002477 and will be connected to Tee (identified as "B"). ASM-FL-0113
HYDRAULIC CONNECTIONS TO PUMP
Connect right wing hydraulic motor to pump using hose P/N 002480 (identified by "C"). Left wing motor will
use hose P/N 002478 (identified as "D"). ASM-FL-0114.
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ASSEMBLY
HYDRAULIC CONNECTION MOTORS
Left Wing Hydraulic Motor
To connect hydraulic hoses to left side mower, use hose P/N 002477 (identified as "B"). This hose comes from
filter at tank. Hose P/N 002478 from pump to motor (identified as "D"). ASM-FL-0115.
ASSEMBLY
Right Wing Hydraulic Motor
To connect hydraulic hoses to right side mower, use hose P/N 002480 (identified as "C"). ASM-FL-0116. This
hose comes from pump. Hose P/N 002479 filter at tank (identified as "A").
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ASSEMBLY
HYDRAULIC
Filter buggies or carts are commercially available for hydraulic system charging. These consist of a highefficiency, high-capacity filter, a pump, a drive motor, and hoses for supplying the machine’s hydraulic system.
After the first 10 hours of operation, replace the hydraulic filter with a new one. An extra Filter Element is
provided for you. Refer to the Operation and Maintenance Section for instruction.
ASSEMBLY
After the VERSA PRO mower is completely assembled to the tractor and with the wings on the ground, fill the
mower hydraulic tank above the oil level sight gauge approximately 1” below the top of the tank.
With mower ON/OFF switches in “OFF” position, start engine and engage PTO for about 30 to 45 seconds to
allow oil to fill pumps and motors. Check the oil level in the sight gauge. If no oil is seen, add oil to bring the
level up to the sight gauge.
NOTE: Do not fill the tank with oil above the level of the sight gauge. Overfilling the tank with oil after the initial
filling may result in oil being discharged through the air filter on top of the hydraulic tank. Start the tractor and
PTO and run it for 2 minutes and then turn it off. Again, check the oil level in the sight gauge. If the oil level is in
the sight gauge, the unit is ready to run. If no oil is seen, add oil to bring the level up to the sight gauge.
Remove all foreign objects and stand clear of cutter units. DO NOT GET NEAR ROTATING
KNIVES!
NOTE: On tractor hydraulic powered circuit only, make certain that there is full flow from tractor hydraulic
system to control valve. Refer to tractor manual.
After hydraulic system is fully charged and functioning properly, switch cutter units on, then speed engine up to
540 RPM PTO speed. Maintain this speed for about 5 minutes. Check complete VERSA PRO, look for any
leaks, loose connections, or anything that could cause premature wear or failure.
FINAL CHECK
Run VERSA PRO for about 1/2 hour at full speed. Check for leaks and vibrations. Frequently check oil
temperature. Make certain it does not exceed 180 degrees.
DO NOT leave until unattended, and COMPLY WITH ALL WARNING DECALS.
If unit starts to make unusual noise, stop unit and check oil level. Also check for frothy oil which would indicate
a leak on suction side of system.
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OPERATION SECTION
Operation Section 4-1
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OPERATION
OPERATION
ALAMO INDUSTRIAL VERSA PRO FLAIL
OPERATION INSTRUCTIONS
Alamo Industrial Versa Pro flail mowers are manufactured with quality material by skilled workers. These
mowers are designed to cut grass, weeds, small brush, and other vegetative material up to 2” in diameter. The
mower is equipped with protective deflectors and chain guards to prevent objects being thrown from the mower
by the blades, however, no shielding is 100% effective. All shields, guards, deflectors, and chains equipped on
the unit must be maintained on the mower in good operational condition.
It is the operator’s responsibility to be knowledgeable of all potential operating hazards and to take every
reasonable precaution to ensure oneself, others, animals, and property are not injured or damaged by the
mower, tractor, or a thrown object. Do not operate the mower if passersby, pets, livestock, or property are
within 100 yards of the unit.
This section of the Operator’s Manual is designed to familiarize, instruct, and educate safe and proper mower
use to the operator. Pictures contained in this section are intended to be used as a visual aid to assist in
explaining the operation of a Versa Pro flail mower and are not specific to any model. Some pictures may show
shields removed for purposes of clarity. NEVER OPERATE this implement without all shields in place and in
operational condition. The operator must be familiar with mower and tractor operation and all associated safety
practices before operating the mower and tractor. Proper operation of the mower, as detailed in this manual,
will help ensure years of safe and satisfactory use of the mower.
IMPORTANT: To avoid mower damage, retorque all bolts after the first 10 hours of operation. Refer to the
Torque Chart at the end of the Maintenance Section to ensure bolts are properly tightened.
READ AND UNDERSTAND THE ENTIRE OPERATING INSTRUCTIONS AND SAFETY SECTION OF THIS
MANUAL AND THE TRACTOR MANUAL BEFORE ATTEMPTING TO USE THE TRACTOR AND
IMPLEMENT. If you do not understand any of the instructions, contact your nearest authorized dealer for a
full explanation. Pay close attention to all safety signs and safety messages contained in this manual and
those affixed to the implement and tractor. OPS-U- 0001
READ, UNDERSTAND, and FOLLOW the following Safety Messages. Serious injury or
death may occur unless care is taken to follow the warnings and instructions stated in the
Safety Messages. Always use good common sense to avoid hazards. (SG-2)
Si no lee ingles, pida ayuda a alguien que si lo lea para que le traduzca las
medidas de seguridad. (SG-3)
Standard Equipment and Specifications
BASE UNIT SPECIFICATIONS
21’8” Overall Cutting Width
3/8” Box Fully Welded Frame
19-Gallon Reservoir with 10 Micron Filtration
Tandem Piston Pumps Rated @ 48 GPM @ 3800 PSI
Standard 1 year limited parts and labor warranty
WING MOWER SPECIFICATIONS
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OPERATION
FRONT MOWER SPECIFICATIONS
96” Cutting Width
10-Gauge Unitized Cutter Housing
5/16” Side Plates
4-1/2” x 5/16” Wall Cuttershaft
1-5/16” Bore Greasable, Self-aligning Cuttershaft Bearings
60 HP Gearbox
6” Adjustable Rear Roller
1/2” to 6” Cutting Height
Available in Fine or Coarse Cut
Front and Rear Safety Deflectors
Belt Drive from Gearbox to Cuttershaft with Automatic Spring Tension
The Mower is designed for certain mowing applications and is rated to cut up to a specific
size vegetation (see Mower Standard Equipment and Specifications). DO NOT use this
mower to cut vegetation above the Mower’s rated capacity or to cut any type of nonvegetative material. Only operate this Mower on a properly sized and equipped Tractor.
Operating this Mower in an application for which it is not designed and/or operating the
Mower with the wrong size Tractor can cause Mower component damage and equipment
failure resulting in possible serious injury or death. (SGM-14)
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OPERATION
88” Cutting Width
Two 10-Gauge Unitized Cutter Housings
1/2” Inboard and 5/16” Wall Cuttershaft
Replaceable Skid Shoes
4-1/2” x 5/16” Wall Cuttershaft
1-5/16” Bore Greasable, Self-aligning Cuttershaft Bearings
53 HP Motor
Belt Drive From Motor to Cuttershaft with Automatic Spring Tension
6” Adjustable Rear Roller
1/2” to 6” Cutting Height
Available in Fine or Coarse-Cut
Front and Rear Safety Deflectors
Automatic Cut-Off Switches
Wing Cylinder Capable of 145 degrees Down & 90 degrees Up
OPERATION
OPERATION
1. OPERATOR REQUIREMENTS
Safe operation of the unit is the responsibility of a qualified operator. A qualified operator has read and
understands the implement and tractor Operator’s Manuals and is experienced in implement and tractor
operation and all associated safety practices. In addition to the safety messages contained in this manual,
safety signs are affixed to the implement and tractor. If any part of the operation and safe use of this
equipment is not completely understood, consult an authorized dealer for a complete explanation.
If the operator cannot read the manuals for themselves or does not completely understand the operation of the
equipment, it is the responsibility of the supervisor to read and explain the manuals, safety practices, and
operating instructions to the operator.
Safe operation of equipment requires that the operator wear approved Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
for the job conditions when attaching, operating, servicing, and repairing the equipment. PPE is designed to
provide operator protection and includes the following safety wear:
PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT (PPE)
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Protective Eye Glasses, Goggles, or Face
Shield
Hard Hat
Steel Toe Safety Footwear
Gloves
Hearing Protection
Close Fitting Clothing
Respirator or Filter Mask (depends on
operating conditions) OPS-U- 0002
NEVER use drugs or alcohol immediately before or while operating the
Tractor and Implement.
Drugs and alcohol will affect an operator’s
alertness and coordination and therefore affect the operator’s ability to
operate the equipment safely.
Before operating the Tractor or
Implement, an operator on prescription or over-the-counter medication
must consult a medical professional regarding any side effects of the
medication that would hinder their ability to operate the Equipment safely.
NEVER knowingly allow anyone to operate this equipment when their
alertness or coordination is impaired. Serious injury or death to the
operator or others could result if the operator is under the influence of
drugs or alcohol. (SG-27)
TRACTOR REQUIREMENTS
The tractor used to operate the mower must have the power, capacity and required equipment to safely
operate the mower at a ground speed between 2 and 5 MPH. Operating the mower with a tractor that does not
meet the following requirements may cause tractor or mower damage and could be a potential danger to the
operator and passersby.
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OPERATION
Tractor Requirements and Capabilities
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ASAE approved Roll-Over Operator Protective Structure (ROPS) or ROPS cab and Seatbelt.
Tractor Safety Devices ...............................Slow Moving Vehicle (SMV) emblem, lighting,
PTO master shield
Tractor Horsepower -Minimum ...................Versa Pro Flail 90 HP
Hydraulics...................................................2 piston pumps and motors are used with a 26-gallon
hydraulic reservoir
Front End Weights......................................As needed to maintain 20% weight on tractor front axle
Power Take Off...........................................540 RPM
The tractor must be equipped with a Roll-Over-Protective-Structure (ROPS) (tractor cab or roll-bar) and seat
belt to protect the operator from falling off the tractor, especially during a roll over where the driver could be
crushed and killed. Only operate the tractor with the ROPS in the raised position and seat belt fastened.
Tractor model not equipped with a ROPS and seat belt should have these life saving features installed by an
authorized dealer. OPS-U- 0003
Operate this Equipment only with a Power Unit equipped with an
approved operator Roll-Over Protective Structure (ROPS). Always
wear seat belts. Serious injury or even death could result from falling
off the Power Unit--particularly during a turnover when the operator
could be pinned under the Operator Protective Structure. (SPU-14)
1.2 Tractor Safety Devices
If transporting or operating the tractor and implement near a public roadway, the tractor must be equipped with
proper warning lighting and a Slow Moving Vehicle (SMV) emblem which are clearly visible from the rear of
the unit. Lights and a SMV emblem must be equipped directly on implements if the visibility of the tractor
warning signals are obscured.
Maintain all manufacturer equipped safety shields and guards. Always replace shields and guards that were
removed for access to connect, service, or repair the tractor or implement. Never operate the tractor PTO
with the PTO master shield missing or in the raised position. OPS-U- 0004
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OPERATION
1.1 ROPS and Seat Belt
OPERATION
1.3 Tractor Horsepower
The horsepower required to operate the mower depends on many factors including the vegetation to be cut,
terrain condition, operator experience, and condition of the mower and tractor. For most mowing condition, the
Versa Pro flail mower require a tractor with at least 90HP. Operating the mower with a tractor that does not
have adequate power may damage the tractor engine.
1.4 Tractor Hydraulics
OPERATION
The mower wings are hydraulically powered from the PTO shaft at the cab end of the tractor. Two piston
pumps and motors are used with a 26-gallon hydraulic reservoir.
1.5 Front End Weight
A minimum of 20% total tractor weight must be maintained on the tractor front end at all times. Front end
weight is critical to maintain steering control and to prevent the tractor from rearing up while driving. If the
front end is too light, add weight until a minimum of 20% total weight is reached on the front tires. Front
weights and weight carriers can be purchased through an authorized tractor dealership. OPS-U- 0005
1.6 Power Take Off (PTO)
Depending on the unit, the mower is designed to operate at a PTO speed of 540 or 1000 RPM. Most tractors
operate at either 540, or a combination of 540 and 1000 RPM PTO speeds. The operating speed of the
mower and tractor can be determined by the number of splines on the driveline yoke and PTO output shaft.
Those operating at 540 RPM will have a 6-spline shaft and those operating at 1000 RPM will have a 21-spline
shaft or a 1-3/4” 20 spline shaft. Refer to the tractor owner’s manual for instructions to change PTO speeds on
models that operate at more than one speed.
If operating an older model tractor where the tractor’s transmission and PTO utilize one master clutch, an
over-running clutch must be used between the PTO output shaft and the driveline of the mower. An
authorized tractor dealer can provide the over-running clutch and its installation if needed. OPS-U- 0006
DO NOT use a PTO adapter to attach a non-matching Implement driveline to a Tractor
PTO. Use of an adapter can double the operating speed of the Implement resulting in
excessive vibration, thrown objects, and blade and implement failure. Adapter use will also
change the working length of the driveline exposing unshielded driveline areas. Serious
bodily injury and/or equipment failure can result from using a PTO adapter. Consult an
authorized dealer for assistance if the Implement driveline does not match the Tractor PTO.
(S3PT-14)
Never operate the Tractor and Mower if the Implement input driveline is directly connected
to the Tractor transmission. Tractor braking distances can be substantially increased by
the momentum of the rotating Mower blades driving the Tractor transmission even though
the Tractor clutch has been disengaged. Install an over running clutch between the Tractor
PTO and the Mower driveline to prevent this potentially dangerous situation. (S3PT-16)
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OPERATION
2. GETTING ON AND OFF THE TRACTOR
Before getting onto the tractor, the operator must read and completely understand the implement and tractor
operator manuals. If any part of either manual is not completely understood, consult an authorized dealer for
a complete explanation. OPS-U- 0007
2.1 Boarding the Tractor
Use both hands and equipped handrails and steps for support when boarding the tractor. Never use control
levers for support when mounting the tractor. Seat yourself in the operator’s seat and secure the seat belt
around you.
Never allow passengers to ride on the tractor or attached equipment. Riders can easily fall off and be
seriously injured or killed from falling off and being ran over. It is the operator’s responsibility to forbid all extra
riders at all times. OPS-U- 0008
Never allow children or other persons to ride on the Power Unit or
Implement. Falling off can result in serious injury or death. (SPU-16)
Never allow children to operate or ride on the Power Unit or Implement.
(SPU-17)
2.2 Dismounting the Tractor
Before dismounting, park the tractor and implement on a reasonably level surface, apply the parking brake,
idle the engine down, disengage the PTO, and lower the implement to the ground. Shut down the tractor
engine according to the operator’s manual, remove the key, and wait for all motion to completely stop. Never
leave the seat until the tractor, its engine and all moving parts have come to a complete stop.
Use hand rails and steps when exiting the tractor. Be careful of your step and use extra caution when mud,
ice, snow or other matter has accumulated on the steps or hand rails. Use all handrails and steps for support
and never rush or jump off the tractor. OPS-U- 0009
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OPERATION
Do not mount or dismount the Tractor while the tractor is moving. Mount
the Tractor only when the Tractor and all moving parts are completely
stopped. (SG-12)
OPERATION
OPERATION
BEFORE leaving the tractor seat, always engage the brake and/or set
the tractor transmission in parking gear, disengage the PTO, stop the
engine, remove the key, and wait for all moving parts to stop. Place the
tractor shift lever into a low range or parking gear to prevent the tractor
from rolling. Never dismount a Tractor that is moving or while the engine
is running. Operate the Tractor controls from the tractor seat only. (SG-9)
3. STARTING THE TRACTOR
The operator must have a complete understanding of the placement, function, and operational use of all tractor
controls before starting the tractor. Review the tractor’s operator’s manual and consult an authorized dealer for
operating instructions if needed.
Essential Tractor Controls:
• Locate the ignition switch
• Locate the engine shut off control
• Locate the engine throttle control
• Locate the brake pedals and the clutch
• Locate the parking brake
• Locate the PTO control
• Locate the 3-point hitch control lever
• Locate the hydraulic control lever
• Locate the light control switch
Before starting the tractor ensure the following:
• Conduct all pre-start operation inspection and service according to the skid steer operator’s manual.
• Make sure all guards, shields, and other safety devices are securely in place.
• The parking brake is on.
• The PTO control lever is disengaged.
• The hydraulic remote control valve levers are in the neutral or float position.
• The tractor transmission gear is in park or neutral.
Refer to the tractor owner’s manual for tractor starting procedures. Only start the tractor while seated and
belted in the tractor operator’s seat. Never bypass the ignition switch by short circuitting the starter solenoid.
Never run the Tractor engine in a closed building or without adequate ventilation. The
exhaust fumes can be hazardous to your health. (SG-23)
Start tractor only when properly seated in the Tractor seat. Starting a
tractor in gear can result in injury or death. Read the Tractor operators
manual for proper starting instructions. (SG-13)
CONNECTING THE MOWER TO THE TRACTOR
Use extreme caution when connecting the mower to the tractor. The mower should be securely resting at
ground level or on blocks. Place a block in front of and behind the tires to prevent the mower from moving.
Keep hands and feet out from under the mower and clear of pinch points between the tractor and
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mower.
Always shut the Tractor completely down, place the transmission in park, and set the
parking brake before you or anyone else attempts to connect or disconnect the Implement
and Tractor hitches. (S3PT-15)
4. SETTING THE MOWER
Properly setting the cutting height is essential for efficient and safe operation. A properly set mower will make
a more uniform cut, distribute clippings more evenly, require minimal tractor work, and follow the contour of
uneven terrain. NOTE: Avoid very low cutting heights, striking the ground with the blades gives the most
damaging shock loads and will cause damage to the mower and drive. Blades contacting the ground may
cause objects to be thrown out from under the mower deck. Always avoid operating the mower at a height
which causes the blades to contact the ground. OPS-U- 0010
Never work under the Implement, the framework, or any lifted
component unless the Implement is securely supported or blocked up
to prevent sudden or inadvertent falling which could cause serious
injury or even death. (SG-14)
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Do not operate this Equipment with hydraulic oil or fuel leaking. Oil
and fuel are explosive and their presence could present a hazard. Do
not check for leaks with your hand! High-pressure oil streams from
breaks in the line could penetrate the skin and cause tissue damage
including gangrene. To check for a hose leak, SHUT the unit ENGINE
OFF and remove all hydraulic pressure. Wear oil impenetrable gloves,
safety glasses and use Cardboard to check for evidence of oil leaks. If
you suspect a leak, REMOVE the HOSE and have it tested at a Dealer.
If oil does penetrate the skin, have the injury treated immediately by a
physician knowledgeable and skilled in this procedure. (SG-15)
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Roller Height Adjustment
The mower’s cutting height is set by positioning
the roller assembly for each mower section.
Each section must be set at the same height to
ensure an even cut across the entire width of the
mower.
1. Place the tractor and mower on a level
surface and completely lower the mower to
the ground.
2. Shut down the tractor, place the
transmission in park, and set the parking
brake before dismounting.
3. One section at a time, place lifting device
(scissors jack or hydraulic jack) under center
of cutter housing.
4. Remove hex nuts, washers and carriage
bolts from bracket at each end of roller.
Make certain that roller bracket is free to
move once the fasteners are removed. A
stuck roller could drop unexpectedly and
cause injury.
5. Use lifting device to reposition cutter housing
to desired cutting height. Align bracket holes
with cutter housing, then reinstall hardware.
6. Lower cutter housing to the ground and
remove lifting device.
7. Set cutting height according to procedures
above for remaining two cutter sections.
Make sure that all three rollers are set at the
same height to ensure an even cut across
the entire width of the mower.
Leveling Deck
To Facilitate a safe and efficient mowing
operation, the mower should be operated
parallel to the ground at all times. Never
operate if front or rear of mower is tilted upward.
Objects may be discharged at high speeds
causing possible injury or even death.
Adjust Top Link to level mower roller
adjustment. Side Skid Shoes should always be
parallel to ground throughout the full
adjustment range. Adjust cutting height of
machine by raising or lowering rear roller as
specified in Operation Section.
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Do not let the Blades turn when the Mower Deck is raised for any
reason, including clearance or for turning. Raising the Mower deck
exposes the Cutting Blades which creates a potentially serious hazard
and could cause serious injury or even death from objects thrown from
the Blades. (SRM-07)
5. DRIVELINE ATTACHMENT
When attaching the Implement input driveline to the Tractor PTO, it is important that the
connecting yoke spring activated locking collar slides freely and the locking balls are seated
securely in the groove on the Tractor PTO shaft. Push and pull the driveline back and forth
several times to ensure it is securely attached. A driveline not attached correctly to the
Tractor PTO shaft could come loose and result in personal injury and damage to the
Implement. (S3PT-17)
5.1 Driveline Length Check
Before operating the Implement, check to make sure the Implement input driveline will not
bottom out or become disengaged. Bottoming out occurs when the inner shaft penetrates
the outer housing until the assembly becomes solid-it can shorten no more. Bottoming out
can cause serious damage to the Tractor PTO by pushing the PTO into the Tractor and
through the support bearings or downward onto the PTO shaft, breaking it off. A broken
driveline can cause personal injury. (S3PT-18)
When fitting the mower to the tractor, the telescoping driveline must be inspected to ensure that at its most
compressed position, the profiles do not “bottom out”, and when at its farthest extended position, there is
sufficient engagement between the profiles to operate safely. At its shortest length, there must be at least a 1”
clearance between each profile end and opposite profile universal joint. At its farthest operating extension, a
minimum profile engagement of 8” must be maintained.
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The driveline yoke and tractor PTO shaft must be
dirt free and greased for easy and secure
attachment.
To connect the mower driveline to the tractor
PTO output shaft, pull the driveline yoke collar
back and align the grooves and splines of the
yoke with those of the PTO shaft. Push the
driveline yoke onto the PTO shaft, release the
locking collar, and position the yoke until the
locking collar is securely attached to the PTO
shaft. Push and pull the driveline back and forth
several times to ensure a secure attachment.
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“Bottoming Out” Check Procedure”
1. Disconnect driveline from the tractor and slide
the profiles together until fully compressed.
2. Place a mark on the inner shield 1/8” from the
end of the outer shield and reattach the
driveline to the PTO shaft.
3. With the PTO NOT TURNING, slowly drive
the tractor with mower attached through the
sharpest turn possible and watch shaft
movement. With the PTO NOT TURNING,
slowly drive the tractor with the mower
attached through the most severe terrain
conditions expected and watch shaft
movement.
4. If the distance between the mark and the
outer shield becomes less than 2” at any point
there is a potential problem bottoming out the
driveline and the driveline should be
shortened.
Shorten the driveline profiles as follows:
1. Remove the driveline from the tractor.
2. Position the mower to the point with the
shortest distance between the tractor PTO
shaft and cutter gearbox. Shut down the
tractor and securely block the mower in this
position.
3. Pull driveline apart and reattach yoke to PTO
shaft.
4. Hold driveline sections parallel to one another
and measure back 1” from yoke of each shaft
and place mark on opposite section. Cut this
length off with a saw.
5. Round off all sharp edges and debar.
6. Thoroughly grease then reinstall the driveline.
7. Recheck for proper operation.
Engagement Check Procedure
1. With the driveline attached, position the mower to the point where the telescoping driveline is at its
maximum extension. Completely shut down the tractor and secure in position.
2. Mark the inner driveline shield 1/8” from the end of the outer shield.
3. Disconnect the driveline from the tractor and separate the two driveline halves.
4. Measure the distance from the mark to the end of the inner profile. This length is the amount the driveline
profiles were engaged.
5. If the engaged length is less than 8”, the shaft is considered too short and should be replaced with a longer
shaft. Consult an authorized dealer to purchase the required driveline length.
NOTE: If the driveline cannot be shortened and still maintain the required profile engagement, the
operator must be made aware of terrain conditions and avoid situations which pose a potential problem to
avoid damaging the driveline.
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6. PRE-OPERATION INSPECTION AND SERVICE
Before each use, a pre-operation inspection and service of the implement and tractor must be performed.
This includes routine maintenance and scheduled lubrication, inspecting that all safety devices are equipped
and functional, and performing needed repairs. DO NOT operate the unit if the pre-operation inspection
reveals any condition affecting safe operation. Perform repairs and replacement of damaged and missing
parts as soon as noticed. By performing a thorough pre-operation inspection and service, valuable down time
and repair cost can be avoided. OPS-U-0029
DO NOT allow any person under a folded wing unless wing is securely
locked up or supported. DO NOT approach the Implement unless the
Tractor is turned off and all motion has ceased. Never work under the
frame work, or any lifted component unless the implement is securely
supported or blocked up. A sudden or inadvertent fall by any of these
components could cause serious injury or even death. (STI-03)
6.1 Mower Pre-Operation Inspection/Service
Before each mower use, a complete inspection and service is required to ensure the mower is in a good and
safe working condition. Damaged and/or broken parts should be repaired and/or replaced immediately. To
ensure the mower is ready for operation, conduct the following.
Periodically inspect all moving parts for wear and replace when
necessary with authorized service parts. Look for loose fasteners, worn
or broken parts, and leaky or loose fittings. Make sure all pins have
cotter pins and washers. Serious injury may occur from not maintaining
this machine in good working order. (SG-21)
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Always disconnect the main PTO Driveline from the Tractor before performing service on
the Implement. Never work on the Implement with the tractor PTO driveline connected and
running. Rotating Parts, Blades or Drivelines could turn without warning and cause immediate entanglement, injury or death. (S3PT-11)
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6.2 Tractor Pre-Operation Inspection/Service
Refer to the tractor operator’s manual to ensure a
complete pre-operation inspection and scheduled
service
is
performed
according
to
the
manufacturers recommendations. The following
are some of the items that require daily service and
inspection:
• Tire condition/air pressure
• Wheel lug bolts
• Steering linkage
• PTO shield
• SMV sign is clean and visible
• Tractor’s lights are clean and functional
• Tractor Seat belt is in good condition
• Tractor ROPS is in good condition
• ROPS is in the raised position
• No tractor oil leaks
• Radiator free of debris
• Engine oil level and condition
• Engine coolant level and condition
• Power brake fluid level
• Power steering fluid level
• Fuel condition and level
• Sufficient lubrication at all lube points
• Air filter condition OPS-U-0030
All Safety Shields, Guards and Safety devices including (but not limited
to) - the Deflectors, Steel Guards, Gearbox Shields, PTO integral
shields , and Retractable Door Shields should be used and maintained
in good working condition. All safety devices should be inspected carefully at least daily
for missing or broken components. Missing, broken, or worn items must be replaced at
once to reduce the possibility of injury or death from thrown objects, entanglement, or
blade contact. (SFL-5)
Replace bent or broken blades with new blades. NEVER ATTEMPT TO STRAIGHTEN,
WELD, OR WELD HARDFACING ON BLADES SINCE THIS WILL LIKELY CRACK OR
OTHERWISE DAMAGE THE BLADE WITH SUBSEQUENT FAILURE AND POSSIBLE
SERIOUS INJURY FROM THROWN BLADES. (SGM-10)
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The operator’s manual and safety signs affixed on
the unit contain important instructions on the safe
and proper use of the equipment. Maintain these
important safety features on the implement in good
condition to ensure the information is available to
the operator at all times.
•
•
•
•
Check that the main driveline is securely
attached to the tractor and the locking collar
is seated in the groove of the PTO shaft.
Ensure the mower A-Frame is securely
attached to the tractor’s 3-point hitch with a
proper size bolt and secured nut.
Ensure that a properly rated safety tow
chain is equipped securing the mower to the
tractor. OPS-F-0037
KEEP AWAY FROM ROTATING ELEMENTS to prevent entanglement
and possible serious injury or death. (SG-24)
•
•
•
Ensure rubber deflectors are in position and
not damaged. Replace worn, broken, and
missing sections immediately.
Ensure the rollers are in good condition and
rotate freely.
Inspect that all bolts and screws are in
position and are properly torqued.
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•
Ensure the manual canister is secured to the
equipment with the operator’s manual inside.
Ensure all safety signs are in place and legible.
Replace missing, damaged, and illegible
decals. OPS-U- 0011
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•
•
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•
•
•
•
•
•
Inspect the condition of the drive belts.
Ensure the slip clutch is properly adjusted
and the friction plates are not frozen
together.
Reference the Maintenance
Section for proper slip clutch maintenance.
Ensure the slip clutch shield and drive belt
shields are in place and in good repair.
Ensure the tractor PTO master shield is in
place, lowered and in good condition.
OPS-F-0039
Check the oil level in tank and replenish if
needed. NOTE: Do not fill the tank with oil
above the level of the sight gauge.
Overfilling the tank with oil after initial filling
may result in oil being discharged through
the air filter on the top of the hydraulic tank.
Perform scheduled lubrication as specified
in the maintenance section. OPS-F-0040
Inspect cutter knives and knife pins for
looseness and excessive wear. Make sure
the mower is securely blocked up before
crawling beneath. Replace damaged, worn,
and missing knives as complete sets to
maintain cuttershaft balance.
Remove any grass or other debris which
may be wrapped around the cuttershafts.
Inspect the condition of deck skid shoes
and hardware. OPS-F-0041
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•
•
•
Do not operate this Equipment with hydraulic oil or fuel leaking. Oil
and fuel are explosive and their presence could present a hazard. Do
not check for leaks with your hand! High-pressure oil streams from
breaks in the line could penetrate the skin and cause tissue damage
including gangrene. To check for a hose leak, SHUT the unit ENGINE
OFF and remove all hydraulic pressure. Wear oil impenetrable gloves,
safety glasses and use Cardboard to check for evidence of oil leaks. If
you suspect a leak, REMOVE the HOSE and have it tested at a Dealer.
If oil does penetrate the skin, have the injury treated immediately by a
physician knowledgeable and skilled in this procedure. (SG-15)
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•
Check for hydraulic oil leaks on the
cylinders, along the hydraulic lines, and at
tractor hydraulic ports.
Ensure each hydraulic cylinder is installed
and retained correctly. Ensure the proper
size pins are used to retain the cylinders in
place and are secured with pins.
Check the condition of the flail unit hinge
pins.
Check the overall condition of the mower
main frame.
Inspect mower tire condition, wheel
bearings, and lug nut torque.
OPS-F0042_A
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Flail-Wing Mower PRE-OPERATION Inspection
Mower ID#________________
Make ____________________
Date:
Shift
________________
____________________
Before conducting the inspection, make sure the tractor engine is off, all
rotation has stopped and the tractor is in park with the parking brake
engaged. Make sure the mower is resting on the ground or securely blocked
up and all hydraulic pressure has been relieved.
Condition at
Start of Shift
Item
Specific Comments if
not O.K.
The Operator’s Manual is in the canister on the mower
All safety decals are in place and legible
The Mounting frame bolts are in place and tight
The Wing connection bolts & pins are tight
The Hydraulic Cylinders pins are tight
The Hydraulic Pump hose connections are tight
The Hydraulic Valve hose connections are tight
The Hydraulic Valve controls function properly
There are no leaking or damaged hoses
The Hydraulic Oil level is full
Blades are not broken, chipped, cracked or bent
Blade shackles are in good condition with no cracks
The Blade pins are properly retained
Their Guards/Deflectors are in good condition
The Driveline clutch is in good condition, not frozen
The Driveline tubes & u-joints have been lubricated
The Driveline yoke is securely attached to the PTO
The Gearbox oil level is full
The rear roller is in good condition and turns freely
Operator’s Signature:
DO NOT OPERATE an UNSAFE TRACTOR or MOWER
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Tractor PRE-OPERATION Inspection
Mower ID#________________
Make ____________________
Date:
Shift
________________
____________________
Condition at
Start of Shift
Item
Specific Comments if
not O.K.
The flashing lights function properly
The SMV Sign is clean and visible
The tires are in good condition with proper pressure
The wheel lug bolts are tight
The tractor brakes are in good condition
The steering linkage is in good condition
There are no visible oil leaks
The hydraulic controls function properly
The ROPS or ROBS Cab is in good condition
The seatbelt is in place and in good condition
The 3-point hitch is in good condition
The drawbar pins are securely in place
The PTO master shield is in place
The engine oil level is full
The brake fluid level is full
The power steering fluid level is full
The fuel level is adequate
The engine coolant fluid level is full
The radiator is free of debris
The air filter is in good condition
Operator’s Signature:
DO NOT OPERATE an UNSAFE TRACTOR or MOWER
This Inspection Form may be freely duplicated for extra copies.
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Before conducting the inspection, make sure the tractor engine is off, all
rotation has stopped and the tractor is in park with the parking brake
engaged. Make sure the mower is resting on the ground or securely blocked
up and all hydraulic pressure has been relieved.
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7. DRIVING THE TRACTOR AND IMPLEMENT
OPERATION
Safe tractor transport requires the operator possess a thorough knowledge of the model being operated and
precautions to take while driving with an attached implement. Ensure the tractor has the capacity to handle the
weight of the implement and the tractor operating controls are set for safe transport. To ensure safety while
driving the tractor with an attached implement, review the following. OPS-U- 0012
Read all safety instructions. Decals on the mower warn you of particular and multiple hazards. Some decals
are attached close to part of the mower where there is a possible hazard. Read and make sure you understand
the safety message before you operate the implement. Keep all decals clean and readable. Replace lost or
damaged decals.
Power for operating the mower is supplied from the tractor PTO. Refer to your tractor manual instructions for
engaging and disengaging the PTO. Start the tractor and idle at a slow engine speed until oil is being pumped.
Always engage the PTO at low engine PTO speed and run the mower for a short period until all air is removed
from the hoses. Keep all person's well clear of mower since blades can throw objects with great velocity for a
considerable distance! KEEP CLEAR!
Check the fluid level in the Hydraulic Tank and add oil if required. As the air has been forced out of the Hoses,
it goes into the Hydraulic Tank and reduces the volume of oil. Maintain the oil level within the sight gauge
located on the side of the reservoir. Never fill the tank above the sight gauge to allow for the expansion of the
oil. The tank maintains pressure after the mower has been run. Stand off to one side when removing the
breather cap element to prevent possible injury. To relieve pressure remove the breather cap element and
depress the spring loaded pressure valve to release any excess air. Fill with Dexron ll Automatic
Transmission Fluid.
R
This Implement is wider than the Tractor. Be careful when operating or transporting this
equipment to prevent the Implement from running into or striking sign posts, guard rails,
concrete abutments or other solid objects. Such an impact could cause the Implement and
Tractor to pivot violently resulting in loss of steering control, serious injury, or even death.
Never allow the Implement to contact obstacles. (S3PT-12)
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Transport only at speeds where you can maintain control of the
equipment. Serious accidents and injuries can result from operating this
equipment at high speeds. Understand the Tractor and Implement and how it handles
before transporting on streets and highways. Make sure the Tractor steering and brakes
are in good condition and operate properly.
Before transporting the Tractor and Implement, determine the proper transport speeds for
you and the equipment. Make sure you abide by the following rules:
Test the equipment at a slow speed in turns. Increase the speed through the turn only after
you determine that the equipment can be operated at a higher speed. Use extreme care
and reduce your speed when turning sharply to prevent the tractor and implement from
turning over. Determine the maximum turning speed for you and this equipment before
operating on roads or uneven ground.
Only transport the Tractor and Implement at the speeds which allow you to properly control
the equipment.
Be aware of the operating conditions. Do not operate the Tractor with weak or faulty brakes
or worn tires. When operating down a hill or on wet or rain slick roads, the braking distance
increases: use extreme care and reduce your speed. When operating in traffic always use
the Tractor’s flashing warning lights and reduce your speed. Be aware of traffic around you
and watch out for the other guy. (SG-19)
7.1 Starting the Tractor
The procedure to start the tractor is model specific.
Refer to the tractor operator’s manual for starting
procedures for your particular tractor. Consult an
authorized dealer if the starting procedure is
unclear. Ensure the 3-point control lever is in the
lowered position and the PTO is disengaged before
starting the tractor. OPS-U-0033
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Test the tractor at a slow speed and increase the speed slowly. Apply the Brakes smoothly
to determine the stopping characteristics of the Tractor and Implement. As you increase
the speed of the Tractor the stopping distance increases.
Determine the maximum
transport speed not to exceed 20 mph (30 kph) for transporting this equipment.
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7.2 Brake and Differential Lock Setting
Make sure the tractor brakes are in good
operating condition. Tractor brakes can be set to
operate independently allowing single rear wheel
braking action or locked together to provide
simultaneous rear wheel braking. FOR MOST
DRIVING AND OPERATING CONDITIONS, THE
BRAKE PEDALS SHOULD BE LOCKED
TOGETHER TO PROVIDE THE MOST
EFFECTIVE BRAKING ACTION.
Always disengage the tractor differential lock
when turning. When engaged the differential lock
will prevent or limit the tractor from turning. During
normal cutting conditions, locking the differential
provides no benefit and should not be used.
OPS-U- 0013
Be aware of the operating conditions. Do not operate the Tractor with weak or faulty brakes.
When operating down a hill or on wet or rain slick roads, the braking distance increases; use
extreme care and reduce your speed in these conditions. When operating in traffic, always
use the Tractor’s flashing warning lights and reduce your speed. Be aware of traffic around
you and watch out for the other guy.
7.3 Operating the Mower Wing
Transport Position
With tractor engine running, turn off the tractor
PTO Switch and wait for cuttershaft(s) to stop
rotating. Using the tractor remote lever to fully
raise mower wing unit.
Then lift up transport link to pin attaching
cylinder to actuator on A-frame. Attach pin clip
once the pin is through the transport link hole
and attach the clip pin to keep in place.
Make certain that the control lever is in the
“HOLD” position when transporting unit.
OPS-F-0045
Do not let the Blades turn when the Mower Deck is raised for any
reason, including clearance or for turning. Raising the Mower deck
exposes the Cutting Blades which creates a potentially serious hazard
and could cause serious injury or even death from objects thrown from
the Blades. (SRM-07)
The mower’s center of gravity is raised making the mower more prone to tipping when the wings are in the
raised position. Use extreme caution when towing the mower in the transport position and avoid uneven
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terrain which could upset the mower.
When the Wings are folded for transport, the center of gravity is raised and the possibility of
overturn is increased. Drive slowly and use extreme caution when turning on hillsides.
Overturning the Implement could cause the Implement to overturn the Tractor and vice
versa resulting in serious injury or even death. Never fold wings on a hillside...the
Implement may overturn. (STI-02)
Ensure that the PTO Switch is in the OFF
position. With tractor engine running, pull LIFT
control lever rearward until wing is fully retracted
in and there is no tension on the transport link.
Take clip pin from the pin holding the transport
link and cylinder on the actuator. Once transport
link has been freed move transport link to the
welded holding bracket on the frame. Finally
slowly lower the wing down to the ground and
then engage the levers into the float position.
OPS-F-0046
Use extreme care when lowering or unfolding the implement’s wings. Make sure no
bystanders are close by or underneath the wings. Allow ample clearance around the
implement when folding or unfolding the wings. Use extreme caution around buildings or
overhead power lines. (S3PT-05)
Do not put hands or feet under mower decks. Blade Contact can result
in serious injury or even death.
Stay away until all motion has
stopped and the decks are securely blocked up. (SFL-2)
Flail Mowers are capable under adverse conditions of throwing objects
for great distances (100 yards or more) and causing serious injury or
death. Follow safety messages carefully.
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Operating Position
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7.4 Driving the Tractor and Implement
Start off driving at a slow speed and gradually increase your speed while maintaining complete control of the
tractor and unit. Moving slowly at first will also prevent the tractor from rearing up and loss of steering control.
The tractor should never be operated at speeds that cannot be safely handled or which will prevent the
operator from stopping quickly during an emergency. If the power steering or engine ceases operating, stop
the tractor immediately as the tractor will be difficult to control.
Perform turns with the tractor and units at slow speeds to determine how the tractor with an attached blade or
rake handles a turn. Determine the safe speed to maintain proper control of the tractor when making turns.
When turning with a towed implement, the overall working length of the unit is increased. Allow additional
clearance for the units when turning.
To avoid overturns, drive the tractor with care and at safe speeds, especially when operating over rough
ground, crossing ditches or slopes, and turning corners. Tractor wheel tread spacing should be increased
when working on inclines or rough ground to reduce the possibility of tipping.
Use extreme caution when operating on steep slopes. Keep the tractor in a low gear when going downhill. DO
NOT coast or free-wheel downhill. OPS-U- 0014
7.5 Crossing Ditches and Steep Inclines
When crossing ditches with steep banks or
going up sharp inclines, it is possible that the
main driveline inner profile will penetrate into
the outer housing to its maximum depth until the
assembly becomes solid (driveline is at its
extreme shortest length). This type of abusive
operation can cause serious damage to the
tractor and mower drive by pushing the PTO into
the tractor and through the support bearings or
downward onto the PTO shaft, breaking it off.
OPS-F-0049
Damage resulting from over-collapse of the driveline’s inner profile and its outer housing
may allow the driveline to come loose from the Tractor which could cause bodily injury to
the operator or bystanders and/or extensive damage to the Tractor or Implement
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When confronted with an incline or ditch, do not
approach from an angle which is perpendicular
or straight on as damage to over collapse of the
driveline may occur.
When crossing such terrain, the wings should be
fully lowered for a lower center of gravity and
added stability.
Inclines and ditches should be approached
along a line which is at an angle as shown. This
type of path will reduce the possibility of
over-collapse of the driveline and resulting
damage. If the gradient is so steep that such
as approach increases the possibility of a tractor
roll-over, select an alternate crossing path.
OPS-F-0050
CORRECT: Approach ditch at an angle.
When operating the tractor and mower across slopes and inclines, through ditches, and other uneven terrain
conditions, it is important to maintain sufficient deck to ground clearance. Blade contact with the ground may
cause soil, rocks and other debris to be thrown out from under the mower resulting in possible injury and/or
property damage. Ground contact also produces a severe shock load on the mower drive and to the mower
blades resulting in possible damage and premature wear.
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INCORRECT: DO NOT approach ditch straight on.
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8. OPERATING THE TRACTOR AND IMPLEMENT
THE OPERATOR MUST COMPLETELY UNDERSTAND HOW TO OPERATE THE TRACTOR AND
IMPLEMENT AND ALL CONTROLS BEFORE ATTEMPTING TO OPERATE. The operator must read and
understand the Safety and Operation Sections of the implement and tractor operator’s manuals. These
manuals must be read and explained to any operator who cannot read. Never allow someone to operate the
implement and tractor without complete operating instructions.
Before starting any operation, the operator must become familiar with the area to be worked in and any
obstacles and hazards contained within to ensure safety to the operator, bystanders, and equipment. Special
attention should be paid to foreign debris, rough terrain, steep slopes, and passersby and animals in the area.
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Engage the PTO shaft at low engine speed and speed the engine up after blades are fully engaged. Never
engage the PTO shaft at a high engine speed. This could cause damage to the PTO shaft as well as the Speed
Increaser and Pump. Always operate PTO at the recommended RPM when mowing. This is necessary to
maintain proper blade speed and to produce a clean cut.
Proper ground speed for cutting will depend upon the height, type, and density of material to be cut. Normally,
ground speed will range from 2 to 5 mph. Tall dense material should be cut at low speed while thin medium
height material can be cut at a faster ground speed.
Always run the Mower at the highest position which will enable you to obtain the desired cutting results.
Allowing the blades to cut into the ground will cause wear and undue strain on the mower frame and mower
components.
If you are mowing in conditions of heavy growth or rough ground where the blades cut into the ground and the
tractor engine slows down, do not depress the clutch on the tractor to allow the engine to speed up and
engage the clutch again. This procedure exerts tremendous strain on Mower components. Always disengage
the PTO and move forward or backwards until the machine is clear.
This mower is designed with free swinging blades. This feature reduces the amount of shock transmitted to
other components. Always make sure the blades can swing freely.
Do not ride the clutch on the tractor. Mow in the appropriate gears to give the correct ground speed.
As often as possible, stop mowing when other people are passing by. Although the Mower is shielded to
prevent objects from being thrown out by the blades, no one shield device is 100% effective. The safest
possible course is the only sensible approach to the problem of endangering a passerby. The operator has
greater knowledge of the dangers of being around this Mower while it is operational than the person on the
street.
Extreme care should be taken when operating near loose objects such
as gravel, rocks, wire, and other debris. Inspect the area before
mowing. Foreign objects should be removed from the site to prevent
machine damage and/or bodily injury or even death. Any objects that
cannot be removed must be clearly marked and carefully avoided by the
operator. Stop mowing immediately if blades strike a foreign object.
Repair all damage and make certain rotor or blade carrier is balanced
before resuming mowing. (SGM-05)
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Many varied objects, such as wire, cable, rope, or chains, can become entangled in the
operating parts of the mower head. These items could then swing outside the housing at
greater velocities than the blades. Such a situation is extremely hazardous and could result
in serious injury or even death. Inspect the cutting area for such objects before mowing.
Remove any like object from the site. Never allow the cutting blades to contact such items.
(SGM-06)
8.1 Foreign Debris Hazard
If you hit a solid object or foreign debris, stop the
mower and tractor at once. Immediately idle the
engine speed and disengage the PTO. Wait for
all mower motion to stop, then raise the mower
and move the tractor and mower off the object.
Inspect the area and remove or mark the
location of the debris. Inspect the condition of
the mower and make any needed repairs
immediately. Make sure the blades are not
damaged and the cuttershafts are balanced
before resuming operation. OPS-F-0052
Always wear your seat belt securely fastened and only operate the tractor and mower with the ROPS in the
raised position. If the tractor or mower hits a tree stump, rock, or bump, a sudden movement could throw you
off of the seat and under the tractor and/or mower. The seat belt is your best protection from falling off the
tractor and the ROPS provides protection from being crushed during a tractor roll-over.
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Before mowing, inspect the area to make sure
there are no foreign objects that the mower
blades could hit or become entangled with.
Remove all foreign objects and debris. If objects
are too big to remove, mark them clearly and be
sure to prevent the mower blades from
contacting them. OPS-F-0051
OPERATION
OPERATION
8.2 Bystander/Passersby Precautions
If a bystander comes within 100 yards of the tractor while the mower is being operated, stop the tractor at
once, idle the engine and disengage the PTO. Do not engage the PTO again until all bystanders are well past
the 100 yard distance.
Flail Mowers are capable under adverse conditions of throwingobjects
for great distances (100 yards or more) and causing seriousinjury or
death. Follow safety messages carefully.
STOP MOWING IF PASSERSBY ARE WITHIN 100 YARDS UNLESS:
-Front and Rear Deflectors, Chain Guards, or Bands are installed and in good,
workablecondition;
-Mower sections
or Wings are running close to and parallel to the ground
withoutexposed Blades;
-Passerby are outside the existing thrown-object zone;-All areas have been thoroughly
inspected and all foreign material such as rocks, cans, glass, and general debris has
been removed.
NOTE: Where there are grass and weeds high enough to hide debris that could
bestruck by the blades, the area should be: inspected and large debris removed, mowed
atan intermediate height, inspected, closely with any remaining debris being removed,
andmowed again at desired final height. (This will also reduce power required to
mow,reduce wear and tear on the Mower drivetrain, spread cut material better,
eliminatestreaking, and make the final cut more uniform.) (SFL-6)
8.3 Engaging the Power to Take Off (PTO)
Before engaging the PTO, make certain that the area is clear of bystanders and passersby. The mower wings
must be completely lowered and the deck positioned at a safe mowing height. NEVER engage the PTO with
the mower wings in the raised position.
Set the tractor engine speed at approximately 1,000 PTO speed before engaging the PTO. Shift the PTO
control to the on position, and slowly increase the engine speed until the PTO is operating at 540 PTO speed.
If you hear unusual noises or see or feel abnormal vibrations, disengage the PTO immediately. Inspect the
mower to determine the cause of the noise or vibration and repair the abnormality.
Do not let the Blades turn when the Mower Deck is raised for any
reason, including clearance or for turning. Raising the Mower deck
exposes the Cutting Blades which creates a potentially serious hazard
and could cause serious injury or even death from objects thrown from
the Blades. (SRM-07)
Do not put hands or feet under mower decks. Blade Contact can result
in serious injury or even death. Stay away until all motion has stopped
and the decks are securely blocked up. (SGM-09)
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8.4 PTO RPM and Ground Speed
Do not exceed the rated PTO speed for the Implement. Excessive PTO speeds can cause
Implement driveline or blade failures resulting in serious injury or death. (SG-26)
Mow at the speed that you can safely operate and control the tractor and mower. The
correct mowing speed depends on terrain condition and grass type, density, and height of
cut. Normal ground speed range is from 2 to 5 mph(3-8 kph). Use slow mowing speeds
when operating on or near steep slopes, ditches, drop-offs, overhead obstructions, power
lines, or when debris and foreign objects are to be avoided. (SGM-07)
9. Operating the Mower
Only operate the mower from the tractor operator’s seat with the seatbelt securely fastened on a ROPS or cab
equipped tractor. The mower is designed for cutting grass and small weeds. Sharp blades will produce a
cleaner cut and require less power. Travel at a speed that allows the mower sufficient time to cut through the
vegetation and maintain the PTO operating speed to prevent overloading the mower and tractor. Choose a
driving pattern that provides the maximum pass length and minimizes turning. Stay alert and watch for trees,
low hanging limbs, power lines, and other overhead obstacles and solid ground objects while you are
operating.
Under some conditions, tractor tires may roll vegetation down preventing a cut at the same height as the
surrounding area. To minimize this problem, reduce the tractor ground speed while maintaining the operating
speed of the mower. A slower ground speed allows grasses to partially rebound and be cut. Reversing the
direction of travel may also help produce a cleaner cut in these conditions.
Avoid mowing in the reverse direction. If the mower must be backed to access an area to cut, make sure there
are no persons or other foreign debris behind the mower before mowing in reverse. When mowing in reverse,
operate the tractor and mower at a reduced ground speed to ensure control of the tractor and mower is
maintained.
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Ground speed for mowing will depend upon the height, type, and density of vegetation to be cut.
Recommended speed for efficient mower performance is between 2 and 5 mph. Mower is designed to mow
effectively when a cuttershaft speed of 2100 RPM is maintained. Operate the mower at its rated PTO speed of
540 to maintain blade speed for a clean cut. Refer to the tractor operator’s manual or the tractor instrument
panel for the engine speed and gear to provide the required PTO and desired ground speed. Make sure that
the mower is operating at its full rated speed before entering the vegetation to be cut. If it becomes necessary
to temporarily regulate engine speed, increase or decrease the throttle gradually.
If the cuttershaft slows down because of heavy cutting, the tractor ground speed must be reduced. If not, the
grass may wind around the shaft rather than being discharged properly. The extra load will increase the
pressure required to turn the cuttershaft and raise the oil temperature. Should the oil temperature go above
180 degrees F, damage to the seals, bushings or bearings may result. GIVE THE UNIT TIME TO CUT. When
working in heavy growth, reduce the tractor ground speed.
Ground speed is achieved by transmission gear selection and not by the engine operating speed. The
operator may be required to experiment with several gear range combinations to determine the best gear and
range which provides the most ideal performance from the mower and most efficient tractor operation. As the
severity of cutting conditions increase, the ground speed should be decreased by selecting a lower gear to
maintain the proper operating PTO speed.
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OPERATION
Do not mow with two machines in the same area except with Cab tractors with the windows
closed. (SGM-11)
Mow only in conditions where you have clear visibility in daylight or with adequate artificial
lighting. Never mow in darkness or foggy conditions where you cannot clearly see at least
100 yards(90 m) in front and to the sides of the tractor and mower. Make sure that you can
clearly see and identify passersby, steep slopes, ditches, drop-offs, overhead obstructions,
power lines, debris and foreign objects. If you are unable to clearly see these type of items
discontinue mowing. (SGM-1)
Avoid mowing in reverse direction when possible. Check to make sure there are no
persons behind the mower and use extreme care when mowing in reverse. Mow only at a
slow ground speed where you can safely operate and control the tractor and mower.
Never mow an area that you have not inspected and removed debris or foreign material.
(SGM-08)
Follow these guidelines to reduce the risk of equipment and grass fires
while operating, servicing, and repairing the Mower and Tractor:
-Equip the Tractor with a fire extinguisher in an accesible location.
-Do Not operate the Mower on a Tractor with an underframe exhaust.
-Do Not smoke or have an open flame near the Mower and Tractor.
-Do Not drive into burning debris or freshly burnt areas.
-Ensure slip clutches are properly adjusted to prevent excessive slippage and plate heating.
-Never allow clippings or debris to collect near drivelines, slip clutches, and gearboxes.
Periodically shut down the Tractor and Mower and clean clippings and collected debris from
the mower deck. (SGM-12)
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9.1 Shutting Down the Implement
To shut down attached mower head, first bring the
tractor to a complete stop. Decrease engine RPM
to idle then disengage cutterhead. The mower head
will come to a complete stop within a suitable
amount of time. Do not engage or disengage the
cutterheads at a high RPM unless there is an
emergency situation.
10. DISCONNECTING THE MOWER FROM THE TRACTOR
Always shut the Tractor completely down, place the transmission in park, and set the
parking brake before you or anyone else attempts to connect or disconnect the Implement
and Tractor hitches. (S3PT-15)
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Park the tractor on a level surface, place the
transmission in park or neutral and apply the
parking brake, lower the attached implement to the
ground, shut down the engine, remove the key, and
wait for all motion to come to a complete stop
before exiting the tractor. OPS-U- 0016
OPERATION
OPERATION
To disconnect the rear mower, first extend the
tractor 3-point hitch top link to remove tension on
the top link hitch pin. When the pin is loose and
easy to rotate, remove the pin from the mower.
Next remove both lower hitch pins. OPS-F-0055
After disconnecting the 3 lift points, remove the
mower driveline from the tractor PTO shaft. Lay
the driveline down carefully to avoid damaging the
driveline or its shield. Do not let the driveline fall
into mud or dirt, which can contaminate the
bearing and shorten the life of the driveline.
OPS-F-0056
Before disconnecting the mower, the PTO must be disengaged and all motion at a complete stop. Move the
mower to a level storage location and lower both wings to the ground. If the mower will be stored with the
sections in the raised position, be sure that the locks are engaged. If the mower is not resting securely on the
ground, block the mower up securely before attempting to disconnect it from the tractor. Use extreme care to
keep feet and hands from under the mower and clear of any pinch points.
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11. MOWER STORAGE
12. TRANSPORTING THE TRACTOR AND IMPLEMENT
Inherent hazards of operating the tractor and implement and the possibility of accidents are not left behind
when you finish working in an area. Therefore, the operator must employ good judgement and safe operation
practices when transporting the tractor and implement between locations. By using good judgement and
following safe transport procedures, the possibility of accidents while moving between locations can be
substantially minimized. OPS-U- 0017
Never allow children or other persons to ride on the Tractor or Implement.
Falling off can result in serious injury or death. (SG-10)
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It is recommended that the mower be stored lowered to ground level. If the mower is stored in the raised
position, select a level area and ensure the wing is locked to prevent unexpected falling BEFORE
disconnecting the mower 3-point hitch and hydraulics from the tractor.
Properly preparing and storing the mower at the end of the season is critical to maintaining its appearance and
to help ensure years of dependable service. The following are suggested storage procedures:
1. Thoroughly clean all debris off the mower to prevent damage from rotting grass and standing water.
2. Lubricate all mower grease points and fill hydraulic tank oil level as detailed in the maintenance section.
3. Tighten all bolts and pins to the recommended torque.
4. Check the mower for worn and damaged parts. Perform repairs and make replacements immediately so
that the mower will be ready for use at the start of the next season.
5. Store the mower in a clean, dry place with the mower housing resting securely on blocks or at ground level.
6. Keep the driveline yoke from sitting in water, dirt and other contaminants.
7. Use spray touch-up enamel where necessary to prevent rust and maintain the appearance of the mower.
It is critical that the driveline clutch slip when an obstacle or heavy load is encountered to avoid mower and/or
tractor damage. If the mower sits outside for an extended period of time or is exposed to rain and/or humid air,
the clutch lining plates must be inspected to ensure they are not frozen together from rust or corrosion. If the
mower has been exposed to such conditions, at the start of each mowing season, and any time it is suspected
that the slip clutch plates may be frozen together, readjust the slip clutch as detailed in Clutch Maintenance
section of this manual.
Never allow children to play on or around Tractor or Implement. Children can slip or fall off
the Equipment and be injured or killed. Children can cause the Implement to shift or fall
crushing themselves or others. (SG-25)
OPERATION
OPERATION
Before transporting the tractor and mower, idle
the tractor engine, disengage the PTO and wait
for all mower moving parts to come to a
complete stop. Raise the mower section and
ensure transport lock is engage. OPS-F-0057
Before transporting the tractor on a public roadway
or boarding a trailer for transport, the tractor brake
pedals should be locked together. Locking the
pedals ensures that both wheels brake
simultaneously while stopping, especially when
making an emergency stop.
Use extreme caution and avoid hard applications of
the tractor brakes when towing heavy loads at road
speeds. Never tow the implement at speeds
greater than 20 MPH (25 kph). OPS-U- 0018
If the tractor’s hydraulic pump is not independent of the tractor PTO, or if the tractor PTO has to be run to have
hydraulic power, disconnect the mower driveline from the tractor PTO output shaft. Secure the driveline to the
mower deck to prevent driveline damage or loss during transport.
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12.1 Transporting on Public Roadways
Only tow the Implement behind a properly sized and equipped Tractor
which exceeds the weight of the Implement by at least 20%. DO NOT
tow the Implement behind a truck or other type of vehicle. Never tow the
Implement and another Implement connected in tandem. Never tow the
Implement at speeds over 20 MPH. (STI-06)
Never allow children or other persons to ride on the Tractor or Implement.
Falling off can result in serious injury or death. (SG-10)
Make certain that the “Slow Moving Vehicle” (SMV) sign is installed in
such a way as to be clearly visible and legible. When transporting the
Equipment use the Tractor flashing warning lights and follow all local
traffic regulations. (SG-6)
The SMV (Slow-Moving Vehicle) emblem is
universal symbol used to alert drivers of the
presence of equipment traveling on roadways at a
slow speed. SMV signs are a triangular bright
orange with reflective red trim for both easy day and
night visibility. Make sure the SMV sign is clean and
visible from the rear of the unit before transporting
the tractor and implement on a public roadway.
Replace the SMV emblem if faded, damaged, or no
longer reflective. OPS-U- 0020
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Extreme caution should be used when transporting the tractor and implement on public roadways. The tractor
must be equipped with all required safety warning features including a SMV emblem and flashing warning
lights to alert drivers of the tractor’s presence. Remember that roadways are primarily designed for
automotive drivers and most drivers will not be looking out for you, therefore, you must look out for them.
Check your side view mirrors frequently and remember that vehicles will approach quickly because of the
tractor’s slower speed. Be extremely cautious when the piece of equipment that you are towing is wider than
the tractor tire width and/or extends beyond your lane of the road.
Make sure that a proper size safety tow chain is secured between the tractor and implement before entering a
public road. OPS-U- 0019
OPERATION
OPERATION
Make sure that all tractor flashing warning lights,
headlights, and brake/tail lights are functioning
properly before proceeding onto public roads. While
newer model tractors have plenty of lighting to
provide warning signals and operating lighting, most
older models are only equipped with operating lights.
Consult an authorized tractor dealer for lighting kits
and modifications available to upgrade the lighting on
older tractor models. OPS-U- 0021
When operating on public roads, have
consideration for other road users. Pull to the side
of the road occasionally to allow all following traffic
to pass. Do not exceed the legal speed limit set in
your country for agricultural tractors. Always stay
alert when transporting the tractor and implement
on public roads. Use caution and reduce speed if
other vehicles or pedestrians are in the area. OPSU- 0022
Reduce speed before turning or applying the brakes.
Ensure that both brake pedals are locked together
when operating on public roads. OPS-U- 0023
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12.2 Hauling the Tractor and Implement
Before transporting a loaded tractor and implement,
measure the height and width dimensions and gross
weight of the complete loaded unit. Ensure that the
load will be in compliance with the legal limits set for
the areas that will be traveled through. OPS-U- 0024
Arrange the chains so that when tightened, the
chains are pulling downward and against
themselves. Carefully tighten the securing chains or
other fasteners using boomers or binders to apply
maximum tension.
Use extreme care when
attaching and removing the securing devices as the
extreme tension involved when released has the
potential to inflict serious injury.
While hauling the tractor and implement, make
occasional stops to check that the tractor and
implement have not moved or shifted and that the
securing chains have maintained tension. If during
transport a hard braking, sharp turning, or swerving
action was performed, stop at the next safe location
to inspect the security of the load. OPS-U- 0026
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Use adequately sized and rated trailers and
equipment to transport the tractor and implement.
Consult an authorized dealer to determine the proper
equipment required. Using adequately sized chains,
heavy duty straps, cables and/or binders, securely tie
down both the front and rear of the tractor utilizing the
proper tie down locations as specified by the tractor
manufacturer. OPS-U- 0025
OPERATION
OPERATION
13. TROUBLESHOOTING GUIDE
TROUBLE
POSSIBLE CAUSE
POSSIBLE REMEDY
Mower will not rotate
1. Inline fuse blown.
2. Safety switch not making
contact.
3. Broken drive belts.
4. On/Off switch bad.
5. Insufficient voltage through
solenoid.
6. Solenoid spool will not shift
completely.
Replace Fuse.
Adjust or replace safety
switch.
Replace belts.
Replace On/Off switch.
Check oil and wires.
Mower will not stop
1. Solenoid spool will not shift.
Clean or replace solenoid
cartridge.
Intermittent mowing power
or low cuttershaft speed.
1. Safety switch maladjustment.
Adjust safety switch.
2. Electrical problem.
3. Bad solenoid.
Trace electrical circuit for short.
Replace solenoid coil.
1. Drive belts slipping.
Readjust belt tension and check
idler springs.
Free the shaft.
Adjust relief valve.
Replace valve cartridge.
Insufficient cutting power
2. Bound shaft.
3. Relief valve setting to low.
4. Solenoid spool will not
shift completely.
5. Worn pump or motor.
Hydraulic oil overheatingmower free to rotate
Pump making loud noise
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Clean or replace solenoid
cartridge.
Replace or rebuild.
1. Low fluid level.
Fill to proper level.
2. Relief valve setting too high.
3. Obstruction in power circuitExtra or will-fit parts.
Adjust relief valve.
Remove obstruction & extra items
which are not standard.
1. Low oil level.
2. Vacuum in reservoir.
3. Clogged oil filter.
4. Worn pump.
Add hydraulic fluid.
Clean or replace breather valve.
Replace filter.
Replace or rebuild.
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OPERATION
TROUBLESHOOTING GUIDE (Cont’d)
POSSIBLE CAUSE
POSSIBLE REMEDY
Mower will not raise
or raises slowly.
1. Relief valve setting too low.
Adjust relief valve.
2. Worn cylinder.
3. Worn control valve.
Replace or rebuild.
Replace valve section.
See tractor manual.
1. Air in system due to low
oil level.
2. Loose suction line.
3. Clogged suction filter.
4. Internal pump or motor
damage.
Fill in reservoir to sight glass.
System noisy.
Sluggish response to
acceleration or
deceleration
1. Air in system.
2. Internal pump or motor
wear or damage.
Motor turns while unloaded,
but slows down or stops
when load is applied.
1. Scored back plate.
2. Scored or worn piston
shoes.
3. Low relief valve pressure.
Motor will not turn.
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Tighten fittings.
Replace filter element.
Disassemble, inspect and repair.
Replace fuse.
Adjust or replace safety switch.
Replace belts.
Disassemble, inspect and
repair.
Remove backplate and examine
surface condition of flat area;
if scored, replace backplate.
Do not Lap.
Disassemble motor examine,
condition of shoes on pistons;
replace pistons as a complete set
if necessary. Do not Lap.
Check relief valve for proper
pressure setting; adjust or replace
relief valve.
Disassemble motor completely.
Inspect all parts, clean all parts,
replace all worn parts and flush
hydraulic system.
OPERATION
TROUBLE
OPERATION
OPERATION
TROUBLE
POSSIBLE CAUSE
POSSIBLE REMEDY
Excessive case drain
Excessive internal wear
Disassemble motor, inspect parts
and replace as necessary. Case
drain flow should not exceed 1.5 GPM
at full pressure.
Mower heads scalping.
1. Center unit top link
out of adjustment.
2. Cutting height set to low.
Level front unit so that skid shoes
are level with ground.
Raise cutting height.
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MAINTENANCE
MAINTENANCE
DAILY CHECKS
1. Lubricate the VERSA PRO at the specified intervals as outlined in the lubrication diagram. All mower
grease fittings are equipped with lubricaps which snap over the grease fittings to prevent dirt from
entering the fittings. Remove the cap and wipe the fitting before greasing. Wipe the outlet of the
grease gun then grease the bearing. When finished, place the cap over the fitting and wipe any excess
grease from around the cap. In extremely dusty conditions, it is desirable to lubricate more often than
every 8 hours. Grease PTO shaft as outlined on the diagram located on PTO shaft shield. The idler
pulleys are equipped with a sealed ball bearing and require no further lubrication. Caster wheel
bearings should be repacked at the end of each mowing season and checked before the start of the
next season. The gearbox is shipped with the proper amount of SAE No. 90 extreme pressure
lubricant. Maintain the level of this oil at the lower 1/8" pipe plug on the gearbox cover. LUBRICATE
MOWER BEFORE INITIAL USE.
2. Before each day's use, follow this procedure:
Visually check the unit, and make certain all items are properly tightened.
NOTE: Cutter unit belt tension is maintained by a spring-loaded idler pulley.
Check the reservoir fluid level with the cutter units in the transport position. The oil level should be even with
the sight glass located on the reservoir. Before removing filler cap, wipe the top of the reservoir to prevent dirt
from entering the tank.
NOTE: If the reservoir needs oil, a leak exists somewhere in the system. Repair the leak before using the unit.
Check the cuttershaft to make certain it is fully knifed. Replace any missing knives or cotter pins, then run the
unit at full speed to check for vibrations. Do not operate the unit in an out-of-balance condition.
Before doing maintenance, turn off power, and securely block up mower.
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LUBRICATION INFORMATION
Before operating your Mower, make sure it is properly lubricated and thoroughly inspected. Only a minimum of
time and effort is required to regularly lubricate and maintain this machine to provide long life and trouble free
operation.
Always disengage the PTO before raising the mower for transporting or making
adjustments.
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MAINTENANCE
Do not let excess grease collect on or around parts, particularly when operating in sandy areas. The
illustrations below shows lubrication points. All points should be lubricated daily under normal operating
conditions. Severe or unusual conditions may require more frequent lubrication. Mnt-FL-0077.
Use an SAE multi-purpose, lithium-type grease for all location shown. Be sure to clean the fitting thoroughly
before using grease gun. Daily lubrication of the wing driveline slip joint is necessary. Failure to maintain
proper lubrication will result in damage to U-joints, gearbox, and / or driveshaft.
MAINTENANCE
CHANGING HYDRAULIC SYSTEM FILTER
MAINTENANCE
A large capacity filter is located on top of the hydraulic oil reservoir. Mnt-FL-0078. The filter will trap particles
which are .001 inch or larger. The filter needs to be changed after the first 10 hours of operation and every 200
hours or every 12 months thereafter.
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MAINTENANCE
CHANGING HYDRAULIC SYSTEM FILTER (Cont’d)
1. Clean the filter cover to prevent dirt from entering tank.
2. Loosen the four bolts on the filter cover. Mnt-FL-0004. Remove one bolt from the filter to aid in removing
the filter cover. Mnt-FL-0005.
MAINTENANCE
3. Push the filter cover down and slowly twist the filter cover off. Mnt-FL-0006.
4. Remove filter spring. Mnt-FL-0007.
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MAINTENANCE
CHANGING HYDRAULIC SYSTEM FILTER (Cont’d)
MAINTENANCE
5. Remove filter. Inspect material trapped by the filter. It can indicate parts wear in the system. Mnt-FL-0008.
6. Install the new filter.
7. Reinstall filter spring and filter cover. Replace the one bolt which had previously been removed. Tighten
all bolts in an even manner. Mnt-FL-0079.
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MAINTENANCE
GENERAL
REPLACING CUTTER UNIT DRIVE BELTS
Image Mnt-FL-0020
1. Place unit on ground or support securely.
2. Remove belt guard.
3. Remove idler arm spring.
4. Remove extension shaft housing mounting
bracket front bolt and loosen rear bolt.
5. Remove motor mounting bracket front bolt
and loosen rear bolt.
6. Pivot motor-mounting bracket assembly.
Remove old belts and install new ones.
7. Reinstall front mounting bolt then secure
motor mounting bracket to unit.
8. Reinstall idler arm spring and belt guard.
ADJUSTING CUTTING HEIGHT
Image Mnt-FL-0064
1. Lower cutter unit to ground.
2. Place lifting device (scissors jack, hydraulic
jack) under center of cutter housing.
3. Remove hex nuts, washers and carriage
bolts from bracket at each end of roller. Make
certain that roller bracket is free to move
once the fasteners are removed. A stuck
roller could drop suddenly and cause an
injury.
4. Use lifting device to reposition cutter housing
to desired cutting height. Align bracket holes
with cutterhousing holes, then reinstall
fasteners.
5. Lower cutter unit to ground; then remove
lifting device
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MAINTENANCE
Mowing is accomplished by a series of knives which rotate at high speed on a shaft. The shaft is driven by a
hydraulic motor through a set of drive belts. Belt tension is maintained by a spring-loaded idler pulley.
The cutter unit is mounted to the lift frame by two mounting pins and held in place by a hydraulic cylinder. This
cylinder is used to tilt the cutter unit to allow mowing on an angle and tilting to the vertical position for
transporting.
The cutter unit rides on a large roller assembly. The position of this roller is adjustable and will determine the
cutting height of the knives.
MAINTENANCE
MAINTENANCE
ROLLER BEARING REPLACEMENT
1. Remove roller and both bearing and bracket assemblies from mower. Lift the mower only high enough to
remove the roller assembly.
Securely support mower while removing and installing roller assembly.
If installing a roller with preassembled bearing and bracket assemblies, remove the old roller, proceed to step
11.
2. Slide bearing and bracket assemblies off each end of roller.
If replacing with new bearing and bracket assemblies, proceed to step 9.
3. Remove roller bearing and housing assembly attaching hardware. Remove assembly from bracket.
Inspect seal between assembly and bracket for brittleness, cracks, wear and tear. Replace if necessary.
If replacing with new roller bearing and housing assemblies, proceed to step 8.
4. Remove grease fitting from the top of bearing housing.
5. Remove bearing from housing. By rotating Bearing 90 degree sideways and line up with notches in
Bearing Housing; then pull out
6. Install new bearing into housing. Bearing must be installed with grease hole in bearing aligned with grease
fitting hole in housing.
7. Reinstall grease fitting to housing. Grease fitting must be tight and seated in grease hole in bearing to
prevent bearing from rotating in housing.
8. Attach roller bearing and housing assembly to bracket with seal between housing and bracket.
9. Slide bearing and bracket assemblies on each end of roller.
10. Check bearing for proper installation in housing by gently rocking bearing and bracket assembly in end of
roller. Play should be slight to none at all.
11. Install roller and bearing and bracket assemblies on mower.
12. Lubricate roller bearing until lubricant can be seen coming out between roller and bearing housing.
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MAINTENANCE
CUTTERSHAFT BEARING REPLACEMENT
MAINTENANCE
OUTBOARD BEARING. (Mnt-FL-0021)
1. Lift cutter unit to maximum horizontal height; then securely support ends of cutterhousing.
2. Remove enough knives to place a floor jack under center of cutterhousing.
3. Securely support cuttershaft.
NOTE: The cuttershaft must remain supported while changing bearings.
4. Remove outboard fender.
5. Remove fasteners securing bearing and housing assembly to cutterhousing, then remove bearing and
housing assembly.
NOTE: There are two tapped holes in the housing which can be used to pull
bearing and housing assembly out by using special tool No. 701627.
6. Using a jack to align parts, install bearing and housing assembly to cutter unit and make certain that
bearing setscrew is located in keyway on cuttershaft. Grease bearing and install cap over fitting.
If only the outboard bearing and housing assembly is to be replaced, proceed as follows: Remove jack and
check shaft rotation. Reinstall knives which were removed. Reinstall outboard fender. Remove supports, lower
unit to ground and test unit.
If the inboard (drive) bearing is to be replaced, proceed to step 7.
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MAINTENANCE
MAINTENANCE
CUTTERSHAFT BEARING REPLACEMENT (Cont’d)
INBOARD (DRIVE) BEARING. (Mnt-FL-0023 & Mnt-FL-0058)
7. Remove Belt Guard.
8. Remove spring from idler arm.
9. Remove motor mounting bracket fasteners, at the cutterhousing. Pivot motor-mounting bracket assembly
and remove drive belts.
10. Remove fasteners that secure pulley to cuttershaft. Remove pulley and key.
11. Remove fasteners securing inboard bearing and housing assembly to cutterhousing, then remove bearing
and housing assembly. Refer to Illustration 11.
NOTE: There are two tapped holes in the housing which can be used to pull bearing and housing assembly
pull by using special tool No. 701627.
12. Using a jack to align parts, install inboard bearing and housing assembly to cutter unit. Grease bearing and
install cap over fitting.
13. Reinstall key and pulley. Secure with cuttershaft fasteners.
14. Remove jack and check shaft rotation. Reinstall knives which were removed.
15. Reinstall drive belts then secure motor mounting bracket to cutterhousing.
16. Reinstall idler arm spring.
17. Reinstall belt guard.
18. Remove supports, lower unit to ground and test unit. Reinstall outboard fender, if not already installed.
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MAINTENANCE
CUTTERSHAFT REPLACEMENT
Changing to Forward or Reverse Rotation
WING MOWER
The hydraulic wing motors are dual rotation motors which means they will rotate in either direction depending
on the inlet port used. An arrow on the flat surface of the motor housing at both ports indicate the direction of
rotation. To change rotation, remove the four bolts that mount the manifold block to the motor. Remove the
case drain hose at the motor, but leave it attached in present location at the manifold block. Leave all other
plumbing as presently installed at the manifold block. Remove the two mounting bolts at the motor mounting
plate and rotate the motor 180 degrees. This changes the present inlet port into the outlet port of the motor.
Re-install manifold block but do not change the position. Install case drain hose.
CENTER MOWER
To change direction of cuttershaft rotation for the center mower, three parts are required. A belt guard, an
outboard bearing plate and a idler pulley arm. (Consult parts book for these part numbers). Remove the
cuttershaft and turn 180 deg. remove the gearbox cuttershaft drive pulley and outboard bearing plate, (using
the proper bearing plate) mount the plate to opposite side of mower housing. Remove the four bolts that
mounts the gearbox and rotate gearbox 180 deg. to new position. Install cuttershaft pulley, gearbox output
pulley, idler arm pulley assembly and belt. REPLACE EXISTING BELT GUARD WITH PROPER GUARD.
Replacing Cutter Unit Knives
The cutter knives are attached to the cutter shaft with hardened pin and cotter pins. These pins are supplied
with the knife kit. To remove existing knives, remove and discard these pins and install new knives using new
pins. Mnt-FL-0059.
FOR FORWARD ROTATION: On the right wing and center unit, all knife pins must be installed with their
heads facing away form the cuttershaft pulley. On the left wing, the heads of the knife pins must face the
cuttershaft pulley.
FOR REVERSE ROTATION: On the right wing and center unit, all knife pins must be installed with their heads
facing toward the cuttershaft pulley. On the left wing, the heads of the knife pins must face away from the
cuttershaft pulley.
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MAINTENANCE
NOTE: It is recommended that cuttershaft bearing and housing assemblies be replaced when replacing
cuttershaft.
1. Place unit on the ground or securely support at a convenient height.
2. Remove cuttershaft bearing and cutter assemblies as outlined in above. After removing both assemblies,
the cuttershaft can be removed and a new one installed. It may be necessary to remove two sets of knives
nearest the drive end of cuttershaft.
3. Install new bearing and housing assemblies as outlined in Image Mnt-FL-0063.
MAINTENANCE
HYDRAULICS
MAINTENANCE
GENERAL
VERSA PRO hydraulic system consists of two circuits. The power circuit drives the cuttershaft. The control
circuit lifts and tilts the cutter unit.
NOTE: It is important that pipe thread sealant be used on solid connections only; never on connections
between swivel fittings or fittings with "O" rings and straight threads. Use pipe thread sealing compound.
DO NOT substitute other types of sealant, such as teflon tape, paint, shellac, etc.
INITIAL START-UP PROCEDURES
Whenever the hydraulic system is drained in order to service a hydraulic component, the following start-up
procedure should be completed.
1. Check all nuts and bolts to be sure they are tight and that all lock washers are fully compressed.
2. Check all hoses and hydraulic connections to be sure that they are tight.
3. Inspect all moving parts, and make certain that no wires or hoses will be caught or pinched when the
tractor is in operation.
Secure all wires and hoses.
4. Thoroughly lubricate the VERSA PRO. Refer to Mnt-FL-0077, Section 5-3.
5. Change the hydraulic filter and fill the reservoir to the sight glass with new hydraulic oil. Refer to 2-5 for
specifications.
Remove all objects from, and stand clear of, the front of the cutter unit. DO NOT GET
NEAR ROTATING KNIVES!
6. Turn mowers off, then start tractor and run engine at low idle. Operate the cylinder, (turn cutter units on
ONLY when mowers are fully lowered). Operate until the system is fully charged. Recheck the fluid level
and add oil, if necessary. If undue noise continues after the system is fully charged, stop the unit and
determine the cause.
7. After the hydraulic system is fully charged and functioning properly, switch the mowers on and increase the
engine speed to run the 540 PTO speed. Maintain this speed for 5 minutes and look for any leaks or
possible problems.
HYDRAULIC PUMPS
The pump unit assembly is made up of the oil
reservoir, gearbox, and hydraulic pump. The pump
is driven by the Tractor PTO through a drive shaft.
Therefore, oil is being pumped whenever the PTO
is engaged. When the mower is off, oil is directed
to the reservoir by the solenoid motor control
valve and does not flow to the cutter motor.
Cooling is provided by patented in frame cooling
tubes in the wing mowers.
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MAINTENANCE
REPLACING HYDRAULIC PUMPS
The pump unit for the power circuit is a piston fixed displacement pump (see specifications) and is PTO driven.
It is mounted on the mainframe above the hydraulic reservoir. There is a separate pump for each wing. By
following the hose routing, the operator can determine each wing mower's supply source. Each pump has a
case drain to eliminate excessive fluid in the pump. All excess fluid in the pump is routed back to the reservoir
through the case drain.
NOTE: Clean spills at once. Cap all hoses immediately to prevent contamination of the hydraulic system.
3. Remove the two bolts which attach the outer pump to the inner pump flange.
4. Remove Pump. Lightly oil new "O" Ring and place on inner pump flange. Install the new Pump with the
pump drain ports facing Hydraulic Tank.
5. Reinstall hydraulic hoses. Tighten hose fittings to their proper torque. Refer to Torque Chart.
6. Reinstall Pump Cover and tighten the four thumb screws securely.
Replacing Inner Pump:
7. To replace inner pump both pumps must be removed. Follow same procedure as for outer pump. BE
SURE TO CAP ALL HOSES AND CLEAN OIL SPILLS AT ONCE.
NOTE: Clean spills at once. Cap all hoses immediately to prevent contamination of the hydraulic system.
8. Separate the inner pump from the outer pump and install new pump to inner pump following step 4
making sure both case drain ports are facing hydraulic reservoir.
9. Reinstall pumps to pump mounting bracket.
10. Reinstall all hoses. Tighten hose fittings to their proper torque refer to torque chart.
11. Reinstall all guards.
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MAINTENANCE
Replacing Outer Pump:
1. Remove the Pump Cover by unscrewing the wing nut which holds it in place.
2. Disconnect the outer Pump Suction Hose, Case Drain Hose, and the Pressure Hose.
MAINTENANCE
MAINTENANCE
RESERVOIR
Mnt-FL-0080
The reservoir stores hydraulic system oil. The breather cap which is mounted on top of the reservoir prevents
a pressure buildup or vacuum from occurring in the tank as oil level changes. Their is also an oil filler cap
which is used to fill the reservoir with oil. To help prevent dirt from entering the tank, clean the top of the
reservoir before removing the cap. THE BREATHER CAP HOLDS APPROX 11 PSI PRESSURE IN TANK.
REMOVE FILLER CAP SLOWLY
The oil level sight glass is located on the side of the reservoir. The oil level should be even with the sight glass
and checked with the cutter unit in the transport position. The oil temperature should not exceed 180 degrees
F.
The oil return hoses are connected to the hydraulic filter on top of the reservoir. Oil is returned from cutter unit
cooling tubes and filtered before entering the hydraulic reservoir.
SOLENOID CONTROL VALVE
A. CONTROL VALVE
B. SOLENOID
The solenoid control valve directs oil flow from the
hydraulic pump. When the mower ON/OFF switch
is in the "ON" position, the solenoid is energized
and the spool within the valve is positioned to direct
oil to the cuttershaft motor.
When the mower ON/OFF switch is in the "OFF"
position, oil pressure within the valve pushes the
spool back which allows the oil to circulate through
the cutter unit before returning to the reservoir.
When the flow of oil to the motor
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MAINTENANCE
SOLENOID CONTROL VALVE (Cont’d)
CHECKING SOLENOID VALVE
A. With engine running, turn the mower ON/OFF switch in the "ON" position. Check voltage level at the
solenoid.
B. If it is less than 12 volts, check wiring and ground connections. Checking ground wire is as important as
checking the hot wire. If voltage is sufficient, the solenoid valve is bad and will need to be replaced.
DISASSEMBLY
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
Disconnect all hydraulic lines. Remove pump assembly from tractor.
Plug all ports and thoroughly clean outside of pump.
Clamp the end of the drive shaft in a protected jaw vise with the body of the pump up and remove the six
cap screws from the back plate.
Use a plastic mallet and tap the back plate assembly to loosen it, then pull back plate straight up until it is
free. Remove gasket.
Remove pump from vise and remove rotating assembly from pump housing.
If the pistons did not come out with the piston block, remove them, the spider, and the spider pivot.
The piston block assembly need not be disassembled unless the internal pins of spring is damaged.
The following procedure should be used if the spring is to be removed from the piston block
assembly. The spring is highly compressed and the snap ring should not be removed
without first compressing the spring.
The following parts will be needed to disassemble the piston block:
2 ea. 3/8 I.D. x 1-1/8 O.D. flat washer
1 ea. 3/8 x 3-1/4 N.C. capscrew
1 ea. 3/8 N.C. nut
Place one of the flat washers over the 3/8 x 3-1/4 cap screw and place this through the center of the piston
block. Place the other washer over the cap screw and let it rest on the three pins. Screw the nut on and
compress the spring inside the piston block. Use a pair of snap ring pliers and remove the internal snap ring.
Remove the bolt and the two washers. Remove the washers, spring, three pins, and the internal pin keeper.
8. Remove snap ring from housing. Press shaft from housing and remove shaft seal and washer.
9. Remove the two snap rings, thrust bearing, and two thrust washers from the drive shaft.
10. To remove the cam plate from housing, remove the four screws from sides of the housing. Remove
trunnion cover, seal cover, and o-ring cover. Remove o-ring, seal, two washers, inner race, and needle
bearings. The cam plate can now be moved over to one side and removed. The cam plate pivot bearing
are a loose slip fit into the housing. Do not be concerned if they are not tight.
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MAINTENANCE
HYDRAULIC
MAINTENANCE
INSPECTION
MAINTENANCE
1.
Inspect flat surface of the backplate. The finish on the piston block side should be smooth and free of
grooves. DO NOT LAP BACKPLATE WEAR SURFACE. The backplate should be replaced if it shows
any of the wear characteristics outlined above. Inspect the needle bearing in the backplate. If the
needles are free of excessive play and remain in the bearing cage, there is no need to replace the
bearing.
2.
Inspect the piston block. The wear surface that contacts the backplate should be smooth and free of
grooves. DO NOT LAP PISTON BLOCK.
3.
The pistons should move freely in the piston block bores. If they are sticky in the bore, examine the bore
for scoring or contamination.
4.
Examine the O.D. of the pistons for finish condition. They should not show wear or deep scratches. The
shoes should be a snug fit on the ball end of the pistons. The flat surfaces of the shoes should be flat and
smooth. DO NOT LAP THE PISTON SHOES.
5.
Examine the spider. It should be flat, no cracks and no signs of wear in the pivot area.
6.
Examine the pivot. It should be smooth and show no signs of wear.
7.
The cam plate should be inspected for the condition of the finish of the polished shoe surface. It should
show no signs of scoring. Inspect the camplate pivot bearings. If the needles are free of excessive play
and remain in the bearing cage, there is no need to replace the bearing.
8.
Inspect the drive shaft for fretting in the bearing and spline areas.
9.
Inspect the thrust bearing and thrust washers for wear.
10. Inspect the needle bearing in the housing. If the needles are free of excessive play and remain in the
bearing cage, there is no need to replace the bearing.
REASSEMBLY
1.
Clean all parts in a suitable solvent. Lubricate all critical moving parts before reassembly. If necessary,
install new needle bearing in housing with numbered end of bearing outward.
2. Insert cam plate into housing. Insert needle bearings and inner race. The chamfered I.D. of the race
should be inward. Install washers, o-ring seal, o-ring cove, trunnion cover, seal cover, and retain with four
screws and tighten to 36-48 in. lbs.
3. Install snap ring on shaft. Install thrust washer, thrust bearing, and second thrust washer. Secure with
second snap ring.
4. Install shaft in housing and install washer and shaft seal and retain with snap ring.
5. Compress pin keeper and install in the spline of the piston block. Install the three pins with head end to
the inside of the block, and install in the special grooves of the piston block spline.
6. Install washer, spring, and second washer in the piston block. Use the two 3/8 I.D. washers and the 3/
8 x 3-1/4 cap screw to compress the spring and retain with snap ring. Remove the 3/8 x 3-1/4 cap screw
and the two washers.
7. Install the pivot, spider, and the piston assemblies in the piston block. Install this assembly in the housing
assembly. The piston shoes must be in contact with the cam plate. Be sure all the parts are in their
proper position.
8. Clamp this assembly in a protected jaw vise with the open end of the housing up.
9. Install new gasket.
10. Install relief valves and springs into backplate.
11. Install backplate assembly. Install sixcap screws and torque to 27-31 ft. lbs.
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MAINTENANCE
MAINTENANCE
HYDRAULIC MOTOR
DISASSEMBLY
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
8.
Clean outside of unit thoroughly. Refer to Hydraulic Motor illustration in the Parts Listing section.
Clamp shaft in a protected jaw vise with backplate end up.
Remove six bolts from backplate.
Use a plastic mallet and tap the backplate to loosen it.
Remove o-ring from backplate.
Remove the complete piston block assembly from the housing assembly.
Remove piston assemblies, spider, and pivot form piston block assembly.
The piston block assembly need not be disassembled unless the pins or spring is damaged.
The following procedure should be used if the spring is to be removed from the piston block.
The spring is highly compressed and the snap ring should not be removed without
compressing the spring.
The following parts will be needed to disassemble the piston block:
2 ea. 3/8 I.D. x 1-1/8 O.D. flat washer
1 ea. 3/8 I.D. x 3-1/4 N.C. capscrew
1 ea. 3/8 N.C. nut
Place one of the flat washers over the 3/8 x 3-1/4 bolt and place this through the center of the piston block.
Place the other washer over the bolt and let it rest on the three pins. Screw nut on and compress the spring
inside the piston block. Use a pair of snap ring pliers and remove the internal snap ring. Remove the bolt and
two washers. Remove the two washers, spring, three pins, and pin keeper.
9. Remove thrust race from housing.
10. Remove snap ring from housing.
11. Remove shaft seal from housing.
12. Remove washer from housing.
13. Remove drive shaft from housing.
14. Remove the two snap rings, thrust washers, and thrust bearing, from drive shaft.
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MAINTENANCE
INSPECTION
MAINTENANCE
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
8.
9.
Wash all parts thoroughly in a suitable solvent.
Examine needle bearings in housing and backplate.
Inspect thrust washers and thrust bearing. All surfaces should be free of any signs of wear or fretting.
Inspect spider and pivot; conical surfaces should be free of wear and score marks.
Inspect the pistons: the O.D. surface should be smooth and free of scoring. The shoes should be snug fit
to the piston. The face of the shoes should be flat and free of scoring and flaking. DO NOT LAP PISTON
SHOES.
Inspect the piston block; the bores should be free of scoring. The surface that contacts the backplate
should be smooth and free of grooves or metal build-up. Do not lap piston block.
Inspect the thrust race; the surface should show no signs of scoring or grooves.
Inspect the flat surface on the backplate; it should be free of excessive scoring or metal build-up. DO NOT
LAP BACKPLATE.
Inspect the drive shaft for fretting in the bearing areas. Check spline area for twisted or broken teeth. If
keyed shaft, check for cracked or chipped keyway.
REASSEMBLY
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
8.
9.
10.
11.
12.
13.
14.
Use filtered system oil to lubricate all critical moving parts before assembly.
Install one snap ring in rear groove of drive shaft. Install one thrust washer, thrust bearing, and second
thrust washer on drive shaft. Install second snap ring in front groove on drive shaft.
Replace needle bearing in housing if necessary. Install shaft in housing assembly and install washer. Oil
O.D. of new shaft seal and press into position. Retain with snap ring.
Compress pin keeper and install in the spline area of the piston block.
Install the three pins in the special grooves of the spline and with head end of pin toward inside of bock.
Install one washer, spring, and second washer. Use the two 3/8 I.D. washers and the 3/8 x 3-1/4 capscew
to compress the spring and retain with snap ring. Remove the 3/8 x 3-1/4 capscrew and two washers.
Install the pivot, spider, and the piston assemblies in the piston block assembly.
Lubricate thrust race and install in housing assembly.
Install piston block assembly in housing assembly. The piston shoes must contact the thrust race. Be
sure all parts are in their proper position.
Install new needle bearing in backplate if necessary.
Install new o-ring on backplate.
Install backplate on housing.
Install six capscrews and torque 15-18 ft. lbs.
On through shaft type assembly, install shaft seal and snap ring in backplate. Install key in drive shaft.
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MAINTENANCE
LIFT CYLINDERS
MAINTENANCE
DISASSEMBLY OF LIFT CYLINDER
For part numbers and illustration, refer to the Parts Listing section.
1. Disconnect hoses at cylinder. Cap all hoses to prevent fluid contamination. Remove cylinder from unit.
2. Remove reducer bushing and snap ring which retains the rod guide. Remove rod guide, rod, and piston.
Remove guide and piston from rod.
3. Replace all "O" rings, back-up washers, and rod wiper. Inspect rod, guide, piston, and body for damage.
4. Clean inside of cylinder with mineral spirits. DO NOT wipe dry; air dry instead. Lint, dirt, and, grit can cause
immediate or premature failure.
5. Lubricate all parts with clean hydraulic oil and reassemble.
6. Reinstall cylinder with stop located on the upper side, to prevent bending the rod.
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MAINTENANCE
EXTERNAL COIL SLIP CLUTCH DISK REPLACEMENT
MAINTENANCE
TO DISASSEMBLE EXTERNAL COIL SPRING CLUTCH
(Refer to Mnt-FL-0083)
Before beginning disassembly, remove or fold shields out of the way and clean off dirt and trash from the area.
1. Remove two Attaching Bolts (6). Remove Clutch Assembly from shaft of Gearbox. Leave Driveline or
Driveline Half attached to Clutch.
2. Loosen six Adjusting Bolts (1). LOOSEN EACH BOLT A FEW TURNS AT A TIME - NOT ALL AT ONCE.
Continue in rotation until Nuts are loose. Remove these Bolts. Flange Yoke (9) will slide off. On Clutches
that have Dust Shields (11), Shields will slide off with Flange Yoke.
NOTE: Some types do not have Dust Shields.
3. On the opposite side, Outer Flange (2) will slide off which will allow Clutch Plate (3) to slide over notches
on outside diameter of Clutch Body (5).
4. Remove Plate with six bolt holes (7).
NOTE: Bolts (1) go through these holes.
5. Remove the four Friction Disks (4) and discard. DO NO RE-USE.
TO CLEAN AND INSPECT
1. Inspect all components for rust, wear, or damage. Check Spacer (8) for scoring or excessive wear. Clean
Clutch Plates and Drive Plates with a wire brush as required to remove any rust.
TO REASSEMBLE
(Refer to Mnt-FL-0083)
1. After all parts have been inspected, cleaned or replaced as necessary, replace components in reverse
order from disassembly USING THE NEW, IMPROVED DISKS. Do not tighten the six Adjusting Nuts and
Bolts (1) until assembly is complete.
TO ADJUST
(Refer to Mnt-FL-0083)
1. To adjust Slip Clutch, tighten Bolts until the Nut makes contact with Compression Spring.
2. After all six Bolts have been assembled so that Nuts contact Springs, mark the position of the top flat on
each Nut. Tighten Nuts 1-3/8 turns as follows:
Do NOT tighten one bolt completely. Tightening as shown in rotation will put equal pressure all the way around
on Friction Disks and Drive Plates.
a. Tighten the Nuts (Item 1) one-half turn in rotation.
b. Tighten one-half turn again until the marks on the Nuts are on top as in the beginning.
c. Then, carefully tighten 3/8 of a turn. As a double check, the Springs should now be COMPRESSED
TO 1-11/32" (1.34") TO 1-5/16" (1.31") long.
3. Re-assemble Clutch to Gearbox. Tighten Bolts securely.
4. If Clutch slips too easily, STOP PTO AT ONCE. Tighten each Adjusting Nut NO MORE THAN ¼ TURN AT
A TIME. NEVER TIGHTEN SPRINGS SHORTER THAN 1-9/32" (1.28") LONG EVEN AFTER DISK
WEAR.
NOTE: EXCESSIVE SLIPPING WILL BURN UP DISKS AND SLIP CLUTCH TO THE POINT WHERE THE
CLUTCH IS NOT REPAIRABLE. HOWEVER, EXCESSIVE TIGHTENING WILL PREVENT THE SLIP
CLUTCH FROM SLIPPING AND CAN LEAD TO FAILURES OF DRIVETRAIN COMPONENTS WITH
RESULTING DOWNTIME.
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Maintenance Section 5-20
MAINTENANCE
TO REPLACE SHIELDS
1. Make certain that all Driveline Canopy Shields are in good repair and rotate smoothly on the Drivelines.
Replace Bearings and/or Integral Shields if necessary.
2. Re-install Gearbox Canopy Shields with the same hardware and tighten securely.
MAINTENANCE
ITEM PART NO.
QTY
DESCRIPTION
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
1
1
1
2
4
1
8
2
8
1
Flange Yoke
Clutch Support
Pressure Plate
Plate with Holes
Lining Ring
Bushing
Spring
Nut & Bolt
Nut & Bolt
Intermediate Plate
00754302
00755599
00766810
00754314
00754202
00754301
00754303
00755600
00754199
00754201
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SLIP CLUTCH PRECAUTIONS
If MOWER is to sit outside FOR 30 DAYS or
more and be exposed to rain or humid air, the
CLUTCHES should be removed and STORED
IN A DRY AREA.
However, if CLUTCHES are left outside for 30
days or more, make certain that you follow
BREAK-A-WAY
INSTRUCTIONS
shown
below.
It is very important to check for and FREE-UP
EVERY FROZEN CLUTCH to prevent
drivetrain’s overloading and possible failure of
drivetrain or tractor components.
Maintenance Section 5-21
MAINTENANCE
TO TEST FOR FROZEN CLUTCHES
MAINTENANCE
1. Mark across Clutch Disks and Plates plainly with soft chalk so that you can tell if Clutch slips (would misalign the marks).
2. 2.With mower lifted off the ground, PTO engaged, and tractor engine at half throttle, let the tractor clutch
out rapidly to see if all Slip Clutches will slip.
3. If all Clutches slip and provide protection for the drivetrain, you are ready to mow if you have performed all
normal maintenance.
MACHINE IS STORED OUTSIDE FOR 30 DAYS OR MORE
1. Before mowing, back off all Adjusting Nuts (1) until Nuts just touch Springs (10). Then, tighten Nuts one full
turn uniformly (Mnt-FL-0083).
2. Mark Plates and Disks as in A.1. above. With PTO engaged and tractor running at HALF THROTTLE, let
Clutch out rapidly to “pop” Slip Clutches loose. If all Slip Clutches slip as is necessary, adjust as is shown
at “D” on other side, and you are ready to mow if you have completed all normal maintenance.
When adding hydraulic oil, use only new oil from a sealed barrel. Used oil or oil from an open barrel may
contain high levels of contamination. Transfer the new oil into the hydraulic tank by using a hydraulic filter
pump unit equipped with a property operating 10 micron filter. This will insure that the oil being added is clean.
Do not just pour the oil directly into the hydraulic tank since most oils (even from a sealed barrel) have
contaminants that should be removed, before operating the hydraulic system.
ATTENTION!
Buy clean Universal Tractor Hydraulic Oil and keep it clean. Always clean off filler area and add new oil
through a filter.
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Maintenance Section 5-22
MAINTENANCE
VERSA PRO TANK FILLING INSTRUCTIONS
NOTE: Do not fill the tank with oil above the level of the sight gauge after the first filling. Over-filling the tank
with oil after the initial filling may result in oil being discharged through the air filter on top of the hydraulic tank.
4. Start the tractor and engage PTO for 2 minutes and then turn it off.
5. Again check the oil level in the sight gauge. If the oil level is in the sight gauge, the unit is ready to run no
oil is seen, add oil to bring the level up to the sight gauge.
6. Repeat steps 4 and 5 as required until the oil level stabilizes at the level of the sight gauge.
Use Hydraulic Oil Chevron 1000 THF or an equivalent.
Note: Your ambient temperature and operating conditions may require a different viscosity oil. Please consult
the oil manufacturer for proper specifications.
Cylinder Rod Maintenance
It is important to visually inspect the hydraulic cylinder rods daily before use. It is highly recommended that
while the machine is stored or getting very little use that a protectant is applied to the hydraulic cylinder rods to
prevent degradation. If the machine receives more frequent use, be sure to fully cycle each cylinder function so
that the cylinder rod is coated by the systems hydraulic fluid. Depending on your operating environment it may
be necessary, under normal operating conditions, to apply a protective lubricant to the cylinder rods for
protection against rust and pitting. Hydraulic fluid may provide a suitable amount of protection, but remember
any protectant can attract dust and debris so attention must be given to the cylinder rods daily. Also remember
that any other protectant must be compatible with hydraulic fluid. Alamo Industrial is not responsible for rust or
pitting of the cylinder rod due to weather exposure or impacts from normal operation or mounting. If hydraulic
cylinders and or the cylinder rods are damaged as a result of the rods rusting or pitting, the hydraulic cylinders
and rods will not be covered under warranty by Alamo Industrial.
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Maintenance Section 5-23
MAINTENANCE
USE Universal Tractor Hydraulic oil only.
A VERSA PRO will require approximately 26 gallons of oil to fill the hydraulic tank, hoses, and cooling tubes in
the mower deck. The Hydraulic tank only holds 15 gallons of oil and you can not add enough oil to the tank the
first time to completely fill the system. Therefore, the following filling instructions must be carefully followed to
prevent pump cavitation and instant pump failure.
1. After the VERSA PRO mower is completely assembled to the tractor and with the wings on the ground, fill
the mower hydraulic tank above the oil level sight gauge approximately 1" below the top of the tank. Use
Universal Tractor Hydraulic Oil only.
2. Start the tractor and engage PTO for 30 to 45 seconds and then turn it off.
3. Check the oil level in the sight gauge. If no oil is seen, add oil to bring the level up to the sight gauge.
MAINTENANCE
MAINTENANCE
STORAGE
Your mower represents an investment from which you should get the greatest possible benefit. Therefore,
when the season is over, the mower should be thoroughly checked and prepared for storage so that a
minimum amount of work will be required to put it back into operation for the next season. The following are
suggested storage procedures:
1. Thoroughly clean the mower.
2. Lubricate the cutter as covered in Maintenance Section.
3. Tighten all bolts and pins to the recommended torque.
4. Check the mower for worn or damaged parts. Make replacements immediately.
5. Store the mower in a clean, dry place with the mower head resting on blocks.
6. Use spray touch-up enamel where necessary to prevent rust and maintain the appearance of the mower.
PROPER TORQUE FOR FASTENERS
The chart lists the correct tightening torque for fasteners. When bolts are to be tightened or replaced, refer to
this chart to determine the grade of bolts and the proper torque except when specific torque values are
assigned in manual text.
RECOMMENDED TORQUE IN FOOT POUNDS UNLESS OTHERWISE STATED IN THE MANUAL*
NOTE: These values apply to fasteners as received from supplier, dry or when lubricated with normal engine
oil. They do not apply if special graphited or molydisulphide grease or other extreme pressure lubricants are
used. This applies to both UNF fine and UNC coarse threads.
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Maintenance Section 5-24
ALAMO-INDUSTRIAL
LIMITED WARRANTY
1.
2.
LIMITED WARRANTIES
1.01.
Alamo Industrial warrants for one year from the purchase date to the original non-commercial, governmental, or municipal
purchaser (“Purchaser”) and warrants for six months to the original commercial or industrial purchaser
1.02.
Manufacturer will replace for the Purchaser any part or parts found, upon examination at one of its factories, to be defective under
normal use and service due to defects in material or workmanship.
1.03.
This limited warranty does not apply to any part of the goods which has been subjected to improper or abnormal use, negligence,
alteration, modification, or accident, damaged due to lack of maintenance or use of wrong fuel, oil, or lubricants, or which has
served its normal life. This limited warranty does not apply to any part of any internal combustion engine, or expendable items such
as blades, shields, guards, or pneumatic tires except as specifically found
1.04.
Except as provided herein, no employee, agent, Dealer, or other person is authorized to give any warranties of any nature on behalf
of Manufacturer.
REMEDIES AND PROCEDURES.
2.01.
This limited warranty is not effective unless the Purchaser returns the Registration and Warranty Form to Manufacturer within 30
days of purchase.
2.02.
Purchaser claims must be made in writing to the Authorized Dealer (“Dealer”) from whom Purchaser purchased the goods or an
approved Authorized Dealer (“Dealer”) within 30 days after Purchaser learns of the facts on which the claim is based.
2.03.
Purchaser is responsible for returning the goods in question to the Dealer.
2.04.
If after examining the goods and/or parts in question, Manufacturer finds them to be defective under normal use and service due to
defects in material or workmanship, Manufacturer will:
(a)Repair or replace the defective goods or part(s) or
(b)Reimburse Purchaser for the cost of the part(s) and reasonable labor charges (as determined by Manufacturer) if Purchaser
paid for the repair and/or replacement prior to the final determination of applicability of the warranty by Manufacturer.
The choice of remedy shall belong to Manufacturer.
2.05.
3.
4.
Purchaser is responsible for any labor charges exceeding a reasonable amount as determined by Manufacturer and for returning
the goods to the Dealer, whether or not the claim is approved. Purchaser is responsible for the transportation cost for the goods or
part(s) from the Dealer to the designated factory.
LIMITATION OF LIABILITY.
3.01.
MANUFACTURER DISCLAIMS ANY EXPRESS (EXCEPT AS SET FORTH HEREIN) AND IMPLIED WARRANTIES WITH
RESPECT TO THE GOODS INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR
PURPOSE.
3.02.
MANUFACTURER MAKES NO WARRANTY AS TO THE DESIGN, CAPABILITY, CAPACITY, OR SUITABILITY FOR USE OF THE
GOODS.
3.03.
EXCEPT AS PROVIDED HEREIN, MANUFACTURER SHALL HAVE NO LIABILITY OR RESPONSIBILITY TO PURCHASER OR
ANY OTHER PERSON OR ENTITY WITH RESPECT TO ANY LIABILITY, LOSS, OR DAMAGE CAUSED OR ALLEGED TO BE
CAUSED DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY BY THE GOODS INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, ANY INDIRECT, SPECIAL,
CONSEQUENTIAL, OR INCIDENTAL DAMAGES RESULTING FROM THE USE OR OPERATION OF THE GOODS OR ANY
BREACH OF THIS WARRANTY. NOT WITHSTANDING THE ABOVE LIMITATIONS AND WARRANTIES, MANUFACTURER’S
LIABILITY HEREUNDER FOR DAMAGES INCURRED BY PURCHASER OR OTHERS SHALL NOT EXCEED THE PRICE OF
THE GOODS.
3.04.
NO ACTION ARISING OUT OF ANY CLAIMED BREACH OF THIS WARRANTY OR TRANSACTIONS UNDER THIS
WARRANTY MAY BE BROUGHT MORE THAN TWO (2) YEARS AFTER THE CAUSE OF ACTION HAS OCCURRED.
MISCELLANEOUS.
4.01.
Proper Venue for any lawsuits arising from or related to this limited warranty shall be only in Guadalupe County, Texas.
4.02.
Manufacturer may waive compliance with any of the terms of this limited warranty, but no waiver of any terms shall be deemed to be
a waiver of any other term.
4.03.
If any provision of this limited warranty shall violate any applicable law and is held to be unenforceable, then the invalidity of such
provision shall not invalidate any other provisions herein.
4.04.
Applicable law may provide rights and benefits to purchaser in addition to those provided herein.
KEEP FOR YOUR RECORDS
ATTENTION: Purchaser should fill in the blanks below for his reference when buying repair parts and/or for proper machine identification when
applying for warranty.
Alamo Industrial Implement Model
Serial Number
Date Purchased
Dealer
ATTENTION:
READ YOUR OPERATOR'S MANUAL
ALAMO INDUSTRIAL
An Alamo Group Company
Post Office Drawer 549
Seguin, Texas 78156
830-379-1480
TO THE OWNER/OPERATOR/DEALER
To keep your implement running efficiently and safely, read your manual thoroughly and follow these directions and
the Safety Messages in this Manual. The Table of Contents clearly identifies each section where you can easily find
the information you need.
The OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH ACT (1928.51 Subpart C) makes these minimum safety requirements of tractor operators:
REQUIRED OF THE OWNER:
1. Provide a Roll-Over-Protective Structure that meets the requirements of this Standard; and
2. Provide Seatbelts that meet the requirements of this paragraph of this Standard and SAE J4C; and
3. Ensure that each employee uses such Seatbelt while the tractor is moving; and
4. Ensure that each employee tightens the Seatbelt sufficiently to confine the employee to the protected
area provided by the ROPS.
REQUIRED OF THE OPERATOR
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
8.
9.
Securely fasten seatbelt if the tractor has a ROPS.
Where possible, avoid operating the tractor near ditches, embankments, and holes.
Reduce speed when turning, crossing slopes, and on rough, slick, or muddy surfaces.
Stay off slopes too steep for safe operation.
Watch where you are going - especially at row ends, on roads, and around trees.
Do not permit others to ride.
Operate the tractor smoothly - no jerky turns, starts, or stops.
Hitch only to the drawbar and hitch points recommended by the tractor manufacturer.
When the tractor is stopped, set brakes securely and use park lock, if available.
Keep children away from danger all day, every day...
Equip tractors with rollover protection (ROPS) and keep all machinery
guards in place...
Please work, drive, play and live each day with care and concern for
your safety and that of your family and fellow citizens.
VERSA PRO - SOM 3/09
Printed in USA
P/N 803350C
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