Operator`s manual | Bolens 420 Tiller User Manual

OPERATOR’S MANUAL
Automatic Lawn Tractor
Models 607
608
609
Model 608 Shown
IMPORTANT: READ SAFETY RULES AND INSTRUCTIONS CAREFULLY
Warning:
This unit is equipped with an internal combustion engine and should not be used on or near any unimproved forestcovered, brush-covered or grass-covered land unless the engine’s exhaust system is equipped with a spark arrester meeting
applicable local or state laws (if any). If a spark arrester is used, it should be maintained in effective working order by the operator.
In the State of California the above is required by law (Section 4442 of the California Public Resources Code). Other states may have
similar laws. Federal laws apply on federal lands. A spark arrester for the muffler is available through your nearest engine authorized
dealer or contact the service department, P.O. Box 368022 Cleveland, Ohio 44136-9722.
MTD PRODUCTS, INC P.O. BOX 368022 CLEVELAND, OHIO 44136-9722
PRINTED IN U.S.A.
FORM NO. 770-10131A
(10/99)
SECTION 1: TABLE OF CONTENTS
PAGE
FINDING YOUR MODEL NUMBER . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
CALLING CUSTOMER SUPPORT. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
IMPORTANT SAFE OPERATION PRACTICES. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
SAFETY LABLES FOUND ON YOUR UNIT. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
SLOPE GAUGE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
ATTACHMENTS & ACCESSORIES. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
TRACTOR SET-UP. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
CONTROLS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
OPERATION . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
ADJUSTMENTS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
MAINTENANCE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16
LUBRICATION . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22
TROUBLESHOOTING GUIDE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23
PARTS LIST . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24
WARRANY INFORMATION . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Back Cover
SECTION 2: FINDING YOUR MODEL NUMBER
This Operator’s Manual is an important part of your new rider. It will help you assemble, prepare and maintain
your rider. Please read and understand what it says.
Before you start to prepare your rider for its first use, please locate the model plate and copy the information
from it in this Operator’s Manual. The information on the model plate is very important if you need help from
your dealer or the MTD customer support department.
• Every tractor has a model plate. You can locate it by lifting the seat and looking at the seat bracket.
• An example of what the model plate will look like is shown below.
This is where your model number will be.
XXX-X-XXX-X-XXX XXXXXXXXXXX
This is where your serial number will be.
Copy the model number here:
MTD PRODUCTS INC
P.O. BOX 368022
CLEVELAND, OHIO 44136
Copy the serial number here:
SECTION 3: CALLING CUSTOMER SUPPORT
• LOCATE YOUR MODEL NUMBER AND SERIAL NUMBER — Record this information in the space
provided. To find your unit’s specific model number and serial number, see SECTION 2: FINDING
YOUR MODEL NUMBER.
• If you are having difficulty assembling this product or if you have any questions regarding the controls,
operation or maintenance of this unit, please call the Customer Support Department.
• Customer Support can be reached by dialing: 1- (330) 220-4MTD
(4683)
or
1- (800)-800-7310
• Please have your model number and serial number ready when you call.
• Although both numbers are important, you will be asked to enter only your serial number before your
call can be processed.
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SECTION 4: IMPORTANT SAFE OPERATION PRACTICES
WARNING: THIS SYMBOL POINTS OUT IMPORTANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS WHICH, IF
NOT FOLLOWED, COULD ENDANGER THE PERSONAL SAFETY AND/OR PROPERTY OF
YOURSELF AND OTHERS. READ AND FOLLOW ALL INSTRUCTIONS IN THIS MANUAL
BEFORE ATTEMPTING TO OPERATE YOUR LAWN MOWER. FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH
THESE INSTRUCTIONS MAY RESULT IN PERSONAL INJURY. WHEN YOU SEE THIS SYMBOL,
HEED ITS WARNING.
WARNING: The Engine Exhaust from this product contains chemicals known to
the State of California to cause cancer, birth defects or other reproductive harm.
DANGER: Your lawn mower was built to be operated according to the rules for safe operation in
this manual. As with any type of power equipment, carelessness or error on the part of the operator
can result in serious injury. This lawn mower is capable of amputating hands and feet and throwing
objects. Failure to observe the following safety instructions could result in serious injury or death.
1.
GENERAL OPERATION
• Read, understand, and follow all instructions in the
operator’s manual and on the machine before
starting. Keep this manual in a safe place for future
and regular reference and for ordering replacement
parts.
• Never leave a running machine unattended. Always
turn off blade(s), place transmission in neutral, set
park brake, stop engine and remove key before
dismounting.
• Only allow responsible individuals familiar with the
instructions to operate the machine. Know controls
and how to stop the machine quickly.
• Stop engine and wait until blade(s) comes to a
complete stop before (a) removing grass catcher or
unclogging chute, or (b) making any repairs,
adjusting or removing any grass or debris.
• Turn off blade(s) when not mowing.
• Do not put hands or feet under cutting deck or near
rotating parts.
• Mow only in daylight or good artificial light.
• Clear the area of objects such as rocks, toys, wire,
etc., which could be picked up and thrown by the
blade. A small object may have been overlooked
and could be accidentally thrown by the mower in
any direction and cause injury to you or a
bystander. To help avoid a thrown objects injury,
keep children, bystanders and helpers at least 75
feet from the mower while it is in operation. Always
wear safety glasses or safety goggles during
operation or while performing an adjustment or
repair, to protect eyes from foreign objects. Stop
the blade(s) when crossing gravel drives, walks or
roads.
• Do not operate the machine while under the
influence of alcohol or drugs.
• Watch for traffic when operating near or crossing
roadways.
• Use extra care when loading or unloading the
machine into a trailer or truck. This unit should not
be driven up or down a ramp onto a trailer or truck
under power, because the unit could tip over,
causing serious personal injury. The unit must be
pushed manually on a ramp to load or unload
properly.
• Never make a cutting height adjustment while
engine is running if operator must dismount to do
so.
• Be sure the area is clear of other people before
mowing. Stop machine if anyone enters the area.
• Never carry passengers.
• Wear sturdy, rough-soled work shoes and closefitting slacks and shirts. Do not wear loose fitting
clothes or jewelry. They can be caught in moving
parts. Never operate a unit in bare feet, sandals, or
sneakers.
• Disengage blade(s) before shifting into reverse and
backing up. Always look down and behind before
and while backing.
• Be aware of the mower and attachment discharge
direction and do not point it at anyone. Do not
operate the mower without either the entire grass
catcher or the chute guard in place.
• Check overhead clearance carefully before driving
under power lines, wires, bridges or low hanging
tree branches, before entering or leaving buildings,
or in any other situation where the operator may be
struck or pulled from the unit, which could result in
serious injury.
• Slow down before turning. Operate the machine
smoothly. Avoid erratic operation and excessive
speed.
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3. CHILDREN
• Disengage all attachment clutches, thoroughly
depress the brake pedal, and shift into neutral
before attempting to start engine.
Tragic accidents can occur if the operator is not alert to the
presence of children. Children are often attracted to the
machine and the mowing activity. Never assume that children will remain where you last saw them.
• Your mower is designed to cut normal residential
grass of a height no more than 10". Do not attempt
to mow through unusually tall, dry grass (e.g.,
pasture) or piles of dry leaves. Debris may build up
on the mower deck or contact the engine exhaust
presenting a potential fire hazard.
• Keep children out of the mowing area and in
watchful care of an adult other than the operator.
• Be alert and turn machine off if children enter the
area.
2. SLOPE OPERATION
• Before and when backing, look behind and down
for small children.
Slopes are a major factor related to loss of control and tipover accidents which can result in severe injury or death.
All slopes require extra caution. If you cannot back up the
slope or if you feel uneasy on it, do not mow it.
For your safety, use the slope gauge included as part of
this manual to measure slopes before operating this unit on
a sloped or hilly area. If the slope is greater than 15° as
shown on the slope gauge, do not operate this unit on that
area or serious injury could result.
• Never carry children, even with the blades off. They
may fall off and be seriously injured or interfere with
the safe machine operation.
• Never allow children under 14 years old to operate
the machine. Children 14 years and over should
only operate machine under close parental
supervision and proper instruction.
• Remove key when machine is unattended to
prevent unauthorized operation.
DO:
• Use extra care when approaching blind corners,
shrubs, trees or other objects that may obscure
your vision of a child or other hazard.
• Mow up and down slopes, not across.
• Remove obstacles such as rocks, limbs, etc.
• Watch for holes, ruts or bumps. Uneven terrain
could overturn the machine. Tall grass can hide
obstacles.
4. SERVICE
• Use extreme care in handling gasoline and other
fuels. They are extremely flammable and the
vapors are explosive.
• Use slow speed. Always keep machine in gear
when going down slopes to take advantage of
engine braking action.
• Use only an approved container.
• Follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for
wheel weights or counterweights to improve
stability.
• Never remove fuel cap or add fuel with the engine
running. Allow engine to cool at least two minutes
before refueling.
• Use extra care with grass catchers or other
attachments. These can change the stability of the
machine.
• Replace fuel cap securely and wipe off any spilled
fuel before starting the engine as it may cause a
fire or explosion.
• Keep all movement on the slopes slow and
gradual. Do not make sudden changes in speed or
direction. Rapid engagement or braking could
cause the front of the machine to lift and rapidly flip
over backwards which could cause serious injury.
• Extinguish all cigarettes, cigars, pipes and other
sources of ignition.
• Never refuel the machine indoors because fuel
vapors will accumulate in the area.
• Never store the fuel container or machine inside
where there is an open flame or spark, such as a
gas hot water heater, space heater or furnace.
• Avoid starting or stopping on a slope. If tires lose
traction, disengage the blade(s) and proceed slowly
straight down the slope.
• Never run a machine inside a closed area.
• To reduce fire hazard, keep the machine free of
grass, leaves or other debris build-up. Clean up oil
or fuel spillage. Allow machine to cool at least 5
minutes before storing.
DO NOT:
• Do not turn on slopes unless necessary; then, turn
slowly and gradually downhill, if possible.
• Do not mow near drop-offs, ditches or
embankments. The mower could suddenly turn
over if a wheel is over the edge of a cliff or ditch, or
if an edge caves in.
• Before cleaning, repairing or inspecting, make
certain the blade and all moving parts have
stopped. Disconnect the spark plug wire, and keep
the wire away from the spark plug to prevent
accidental starting.
• Do not mow on wet grass. Reduced traction could
cause sliding.
• Check the blade and engine mounting bolts at
frequent intervals for proper tightness. Also,
visually inspect blade for damage (e.g., excessive
wear, bent, cracked). Replace with blade which
meets original equipment specifications.
• Do not try to stabilize the machine by putting your
foot on the ground.
• Do not use grass catcher on steep slopes.
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• Keep all nuts, bolts and screws tight to be sure the
equipment is in safe working condition.
• Do not change the engine governor settings or
overspeed the engine. Excessive engine speeds
are dangerous.
• Never tamper with safety devices. Check their
proper operation regularly. Use all guards as
instructed in this manual.
• Observe proper disposal laws and regulations.
Improper disposal of fluids and materials can harm
the environment and the ecology.
• After striking a foreign object, stop the engine,
remove the wire from the spark plug and thoroughly
inspect the mower for any damage. Repair the
damage before restarting and operating the mower.
• Prior to disposal, determine the proper method to
dispose of waste from your local Environmental
Protection Agency. Recycling centers are
established to properly dispose of materials in an
environmentally safe fashion.
• Grass catcher components are subject to wear,
damage and deterioration, which could expose
moving parts or allow objects to be thrown. For
your
safety
protection,
frequently
check
components and replace with manufacturer’s
recommended parts when necessary.
• Use proper containers when draining fluids. Do not
use food or beverage containers that may mislead
someone into drinking from them. Properly dispose
of the containers immediately following the draining
of fluids.
• Mower blades are sharp and can cut. Wrap the
blade(s) or wear gloves and use extra caution
when servicing blade(s).
• DO NOT pour oil or other fluids into the ground,
down a drain or into a stream, pond, lake or other
body of water. Observe Environmental Protection
Agency regulations when disposing of oil, fuel,
coolant, brake fluid, filters, batteries, tires and other
harmful waste.
• Check brake operation frequently. Adjust and
service as required.
• Muffler, engine and belt guards become hot during
operation and can cause a burn. Allow to cool
down before touching.
WARNING - YOUR RESPONSIBILITY: Restrict the use of this power machine to persons
who read, understand and follow the warnings and instructions in this manual and on the machine.
WARNING
TO AVOID SERIOUS INJURY OR DEATH
• GO UP AND DOWN SLOPES, NOT ACROSS.
AVOID SUDDEN TURNS.
• DO NOT OPERATE THE UNIT WHERE IT
COULD SLIP OR TIP.
• IF MACHINE STOPS GOING UPHILL, STOP
BLADE(S) AND BACK DOWNHILL SLOWLY.
• DO NOT MOW WHEN CHILDREN OR OTHERS
ARE AROUND.
• NEVER CARRY CHILDREN.
• LOOK DOWN & BEHIND BEFORE AND WHILE
BACKING.
• KEEP SAFETY DEVICES (GUARDS, SHIELDS,
AND SWITCHES, ETC.) IN PLACE AND WORKING.
• REMOVE OBJECTS THAT COULD BE
THROWN BY THE BLADE(S).
• KNOW LOCATION AND FUNCTION OF ALL
CONTROLS.
• BE SURE BLADE(S) AND ENGINE ARE STOPPED
BEFORE PLACING HANDS OR FEET NEAR BLADE(S).
• BEFORE LEAVING OPERATOR'S POSITION,
DISENGAGE BLADE(S), PLACE THE SHIFT
LEVER IN NEUTRAL, ENGAGE PARKING BRAKE,
SHUT OFF AND REMOVE KEY.
READ OPERATOR'S MANUAL
Figure 1 Safety Labels found on your unit
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Slope Gauge
LINE
, RE
P
R
E
SEN
TIN
G
A
1
5
° SL
OPE
OR A FENCE POST
A CORNER OF A BUILDING
A POWER POLE
SIGHT AND HOLD THIS LEVEL WITH A VERTICAL TREE
USE THIS PAGE AS A GUIDE TO DETERMINE SLOPES WHERE YOU MAY NOT OPERATE SAFELY.
FOL
DO
N
D
OTT
ED
15°
WARNING
Do not mow on inclines with a slope in excess of 15 degrees (a rise of approximately 2-1/2 feet every 10 feet). A riding mower
could overturn and cause serious injury. If operating a walk-behind mower on such a slope, it is extremely difficult to maintain
your footing and you could slip, resulting in serious injury.
Operate RIDING mowers up and down slopes, never across the face of slopes.
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SECTION 5: ATTACHMENTS & ACCESSORIES
MODEL NUMBER
OEM-190-601
OEM-190-602
OEM-190-112
OEM-190-118
OEM-190-603
OEM-190-604
OEM-190-822
OEM-190-823
DESCRIPTION
FastAttach Twin Bagger Grass Collector (For 42-inch Decks Only)
FastAttach Twin Bagger Grass Collector (For 46-inch Decks Only)
Mulch Kit (For 42-inch Decks Only)
Mulch Kit (For 46-inch Decks Only)
FastAttach Grille Guard (mounts on front of tractor)
YardMate Storage Container (mounts on rear of tractor)
FastAttach 46-inch Front Dozer Blade
42-inch Two-stage Snow Thrower
™
™
™
™
™
™
NOTE: Your tractor is NOT designed for use with any type of ground-engaging attachments (e.g. tiller,
plow). Use of this type of equipment WILL void the tractor’s warranty.
SECTION 6: TRACTOR SET-UP
ATTACHING THE BATTERY CABLES
GAS AND OIL FILL-UP
NOTE: The positive battery terminal is marked
Service the engine with gasoline and oil as
instructed in the separate engine manual packed
with your tractor. Read instructions carefully.
Pos. (+). The negative battery terminal is marked
Neg. (–).
IMPORTANT: Your tractor is shipped with oil;
• The positive cable (heavy red wire) is secured
to the positive battery terminal (+) with hex
bolt and hex nut at the factory. Make certain
that the rubber boot covers the terminal to
help protect it from corrosion.
however, you MUST check the oil level before operating. Be careful not to overfill.
WARNING: Overfilling with oil may
cause the engine to smoke. This will result
in poor engine performance and could
cause permanent engine damage.
• Remove the hex bolt and wing nut from the
negative cable. Attach the negative cable
(heavy black wire) to the negative battery
terminal (–) with the bolt and wing nut.
The gasoline tank is located under the hood and has
a capacity of approximately two gallons. Do not
overfill.
• Place the hold-down strap in position over the
battery to secure it in place. See Figure 2.
Positive
Terminal
Rubber
Boot
WARNING: Never fill fuel tank indoors,
gasoline produces noxious fumes. Always
fill the fuel tank in a well ventilated area to
avoid inhalation of gasoline fumes.
Battery
WARNING: Never fill the fuel tank while
Wing
Nut
engine is running or while engine is hot.
Tray
WARNING: Never smoke while fueling
Negative
Terminal
Bolt
your tractor. Gasoline produces combustible fumes which can ignite and cause personal injury.
Hold-down Strap
WARNING: Do not fill closer than 1/2
Figure 2
inch from the top of the fuel tank to prevent
spills and to allow for fuel expansion. If
gasoline is accidently spilled, move tractor
away from area of spill. Avoid creating any
source of ignition until gasoline vapors
have disappeared.
NOTE: If battery is put into service after date
shown on top of battery, charge for minimum of one
hour at 6-10 amps. Refer to the MAINTENANCE
section of this manual for more detailed instructions
regarding proper battery charging procedure.
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SECTION 7: CONTROLS
D
B
F
C
A
AMPS
P
H
I
G
J
E
NOTE:
Steering Wheel not shown for clarity
Figure 3
A
B
C
D
E
Ignition Switch
Throttle Control Lever
Choke Control (if so equipped)
Indicator Monitor
Lift Lever
F
G
H
I
J
PTO (Power Take-Off) Lever
Drive Pedal
Brake Pedal
Parking Brake Button
Shift Lever
NOTE: Any reference in this manual to the RIGHT or LEFT side of the tractor is observed from operator’s position.
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IGNITION SWITCH
IMPORTANT: When
To start the engine, insert key into the ignition switch
and turn clockwise to the START position. Release
key to the ON position once engine has fired. See
Figure 4. Refer to STARTING THE ENGINE in the
OPERATION section of this manual for detailed
starting instructions. The ignition switch is also used
to operate the headlights. Refer to OPERATING
THE HEADLIGHTS in the OPERATION section of
this manual for detailed instructions
CHOKE CONTROL
using
PTO
operated
equipment such as the cutting deck or other
attachments, ALWAYS operate the tractor with the
throttle lever in the FAST (rabbit) position.
On some units, moving the
throttle lever all the way
forward activates the engine’s
choke control. On all other
units, the choke control can be
found on the left side of the
dash panel and is activated by
pulling the knob outward. Activating the choke
control closes the choke plate on the carburetor and
aids in starting the engine. Refer to STARTING THE
ENGINE in the OPERATION section of this manual
for detailed starting instructions.
WARNING: Remove the key from the
tractor when the tractor is not in use to
prevent accidental starting.
Off
On/Lights
On
SYSTEMS INDICATOR MONITOR
Your tractor is equipped with an ammeter as part of
its systems indicator monitor and is located on the
left side of your tractor’s dash panel. See Figure 6.
Start
AMPS
Figure 4
THROTTLE CONTROL LEVER
Brake
The throttle lever is located on the right side of the
tractor’s dash panel. This lever controls the speed of
the engine, and on some units the choke control
also. When set in a given position, the throttle will
maintain a uniform engine speed. See Figure 5.
Throttle
Symbol
Choke
Position
Ammeter
PTO
Figure 6
If the Brake light or PTO light illuminates when
attempting to start the unit, proceed as follows:
BRAKE —
Depress the brake pedal.
PTO —
Move PTO lever into the disengaged
(OFF) position.
Throttle
Symbol
Fast
Position
Fast
Position
Slow
Position
Oil
It is normal for the Oil light to illuminate while the
engine is cranking, but if it illuminates while the
engine is running, proceed as follows:
OIL—
Stop the tractor immediately and check
the crankcase oil level as instructed in
the seperate engine manual packed
with your unit. Add oil as required.
The ammeter measures the the electrical output of
the engine’s charging system. Under normal
operating conditions, with the engine running at full
throttle, the ammeter’s needle should measure a
positive charge.
Slow
Position
Figure 5
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LIFT LEVER
BRAKE PEDAL
BRAKE
The lift lever is used to change the operating position
(height) of the cutting deck. To operate, move the
lever to the left, then place in the notch best suited
for your application.
The brake pedal is located on the right front side of
the tractor above the drive pedal along the running
board. The brake pedal can be used for sudden
stops or for setting the parking brake.
PTO (POWER TAKE-OFF) LEVER
NOTE: The brake pedal must be fully depressed to
activate the safety interlock switch when starting the
tractor.
PARKING BRAKE BUTTON
P
To set the parking brake, fully depress
the brake pedal and push the parking
brake button in. Hold the button in
while taking your foot off the brake
pedal. Both the parking button and
the brake pedal will then stay
depressed. To release the parking
brake, depress the brake pedal
slightly. The parking brake button will
then return to its original position.
The PTO lever is located on the left side of the dash
next to the steering wheel. Move the PTO lever
forward to engage the power to the cutting deck or
other attachments; move the PTO lever backward
(toward the rear of the tractor) to disengage the
power to the attachments.
NOTE: The PTO lever must be in the disengaged
(OFF) position when starting the engine, when
shifting into reverse and if the operator leaves the
seat.
NOTE: The parking brake must be set if the
operator leaves the seat with the engine running or
the engine will automatically shut off.
DRIVE PEDAL
IMPORTANT: Always set the parking brake
when leaving the tractor unattended.
SHIFT LEVER
F
The shift lever is located
on the left side of the
fender and has three
positions,
FORWARD,
NEUTRAL and REVERSE.
The brake pedal must be
depressed and the tractor
must not be in motion
when moving the shift
lever.
The drive pedal is located below the brake pedal on
the right front side of the tractor along the running
board. Depress the drive pedal with your right foot
when the tractor shift lever is in either forward or
reverse to cause the tractor to move. Ground speed
is also controlled with the drive pedal. The further
down the pedal is depressed, the faster the tractor
will travel. The pedal will return to its original position
when it’s not depressed.
N
IMPORTANT: Never
force the shift lever. Doing
so may result in serious
damage to the tractor’s
transmission.
IMPORTANT: Always set the parking brake
when leaving the tractor unattended.
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Shift
Knob
R
SECTION 8: OPERATION
SAFETY INTERLOCK SWITCHES
SETTING THE CUTTING HEIGHT
This tractor is equipped with a safety interlock
system for the protection of the operator. If the
interlock system should ever malfunction, do not
operate the tractor. Contact an authorized dealer in
your area. The safety interlock system prevents the
engine from cranking or starting unless the brake
pedal is fully depressed, and the PTO lever is in the
disengaged (OFF) position.
Select the height position of the cutting deck by
placing the deck lift lever in any of the six different
cutting height notches on the right side of the fender.
Then adjust the deck wheels so that they are at least
1/4 inch to 1/2 inch above the ground when the
tractor is on a smooth, flat surface such as a
driveway.
• The safety interlock system will automatically
shut off the engine if the operator leaves the
seat before engaging the brake lock.
WARNING: Keep hands and feet away
from the discharge chute opening of the
cutting deck.
• The safety interlock system will automatically
shut off the engine if the operator leaves the
seat with the PTO lever in the engaged (ON)
position, regardless of whether the brake lock
is engaged. The PTO lever must be in the
disengaged (OFF) position to restart the
engine.
NOTE: The deck wheels are an anti-scalp feature
of the deck and are not designed to support the
weight of the cutting deck.
Refer to the ADJUSTMENTS section of this manual
for more detailed instructions regarding various deck
adjustments.
• The safety interlock system will automatically
shut off the engine if the PTO lever is moved
into the engaged (ON) position with the shift
lever in the REVERSE position.
STARTING THE ENGINE
NOTE: Refer to the TRACTOR SET-UP section of
this manual for gasoline and oil fill-up instructions.
WARNING: Do NOT attempt to bypass
• Insert the tractor key into the ignition switch.
or disconnect the tractor’s safety interlock.
Doing so could result in serious personal
injury or death.
• Place the PTO lever in the disengaged (OFF)
position.
• Depress the brake pedal and set the parking
brake.
IMPORTANT: Tampering with or attempting to
bypass the tractors Safety Interlock Switches in any
way WILL void your warranty.
• Place the shift lever in the NEUTRAL position.
• Move the throttle control lever into the FAST
(or CHOKE, if so equipped) position.
WARNING
• Pull out the choke control knob, if so equipped
(a warm engine may not require choking).
AVOID SERIOUS INJURY OR DEATH
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• Turn the ignition key clockwise to the START
position. After the engine starts, release the
key. It will return to the ON position.
GO UP AND DOWN SLOPES, NOT ACROSS.
AVOID SUDDEN TURNS.
DO NOT OPERATE THE UNIT WHERE IT COULD SLIP OR TIP.
IF MACHINE STOPS GOING UPHILL, STOP BLADE(S) AND BACK
DOWNHILL SLOWLY.
DO NOT MOW WHEN CHILDREN OR OTHERS ARE AROUND.
NEVER CARRY CHILDREN.
LOOK DOWN AND BEHIND BEFORE AND WHILE BACKING.
KEEP SAFETY DEVICES (GUARDS, SHIELDS, AND SWITCHES) IN
PLACE AND WORKING.
REMOVE OBJECTS THAT COULD BE THROWN BY THE BLADE(S).
KNOW LOCATION AND FUNCTION OF ALL CONTROLS.
BE SURE BLADE(S) AND ENGINE ARE STOPPED BEFORE PLACING HANDS OR FEET NEAR BLADE(S).
BEFORE LEAVING OPERATOR’S POSITION, DISENGAGE
BLADE(S), PLACE THE SHIFT LEVER IN NEUTRAL, ENGAGE
BRAKE LOCK, SHUT ENGINE OFF AND REMOVE KEY.
IMPORTANT: Do NOT hold the key in the START
position for longer than ten seconds at a time. Doing
so may cause damage to your engine’s starter.
NOTE: If starting problems are encountered, refer
to the TROUBLESHOOTING section of this manual.
After the engine starts, slowly release the brake
pedal. As the engine warms up, gradually push the
choke control knob inward (or move the throttle
control lever out of the CHOKE position) to open up
the choke plate on the engine’s carburetor.
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NOTE: Do NOT leave the choke control out while
DRIVING ON SLOPES
operating the tractor. Doing so will result in a "rich"
fuel mixture and cause the engine to run poorly.
Refer to the SLOPE GAUGE on page 6 to help
determine slopes where you may not operate safely.
STOPPING THE ENGINE
WARNING: Do not mow on inclines with
a slope in excess of 15 degrees (a rise of
approximately 2-1/2 feet every 10 feet).
The tractor could overturn and cause
serious injury.
Operate the tractor up and down slopes, never
across slopes. Do not drive so that the tractor may
tip over sideways.
Before operating the tractor on any slope, walk the
slope to look for possible hazards such as rocks.
mounds, ruts, stumps or other surface irregularities
which could cause the tractor to be upset.
Avoid turns when driving on a slope. If a turn must
be made, turn down the slope. Turning up a slope
greatly increases the chance of a roll over.
Avoid stopping when driving up a slope. If it is
necessary to stop while driving up a slope, start up
smoothly and carefully to reduce the possibility of
flipping the tractor over backward.
• Place the PTO lever in the disengaged (OFF)
position
• Move the throttle control into the SLOW
(turtle) position and allow the engine to "idle
down" for ten seconds. Failure to do so may
result in an engine afterfire.
• Turn the ignition key counterclockwise to the
OFF position.
• Remove the key from the ignition switch to
prevent accidental starting.
IMPORTANT: If you think you’ve struck a foreign
object, stop the engine immediately. Remove the
wire(s) from the spark plug(s), thoroughly inspect the
unit for any damage, and repair the damage before
restarting and operating the tractor.
DRIVING THE TRACTOR
WARNING: Avoid
OPERATING THE HEADLIGHTS
sudden
starts,
excessive speed and sudden stops.
To turn the tractor’s headlights on:
• Start the engine following the instructions
earlier in this section.
WARNING: Do not leave the seat of the
tractor without first placing the PTO lever in
the disengaged (OFF) position, depressing
the brake pedal and engaging the parking
brake. If leaving the tractor unattended,
also turn the ignition key off and remove
the key.
• Turn the key one notch counterclockwise into
the On/Lights position of the ignition switch.
Refer to Figure 4.
To turn the tractor’s headlights off:
• Turn the key either into the On position (to
leave the engine running) or the Off position
(to shut the engine off). Refer to Figure 4.
• Depress the brake pedal to release the
parking brake and let the pedal up. Move the
throttle lever into the FAST (rabbit) position.
IMPORTANT: Never move the key into the Start
IMPORTANT: Do NOT use the shift lever to
position while the engine is running. Doing so may
cause damage to your engine’s starter.
change the direction of travel when the tractor is in
motion. Always use the brake pedal to bring the
tractor to a complete stop before shifting.
STOPPING THE ENGINE
• Place the PTO lever in the disengaged (OFF)
position.
• To move forward, place the 
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