Operator`s manual | Dixon 14186-0303 Lawn Mower User Manual

OPERATOR’S MANUAL
ZEETER MODEL
ZTR®
2003
IMPORTANT - READ CAREFULLY
The Dixon® ZEETER® Mower is both easy and
fun to operate. However, any power mower must
be operated properly to be safe. It is not a toy or
a recreational vehicle. Before you start to use the
mower, read the operator’s manual carefully and
become completely familiar with the controls.
The information contained in this manual applies
to all Dixon® ZEETER® Mowers. Your Dixon
dealer will gladly answer any questions.
See your dealer for warranty service, parts and
repairs.
INDEX
Page
Safety. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-12
Warranty Policy. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
Specifications. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14-16
Controls. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17-19
Operation Instructions. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20-27
Care & Maintenance. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .28-42
Standard Service Parts List. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .43
Troubleshooting. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .44-45
ZEETER® Series
Part No. 14186-0303
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SAFETY
RIDING LAWN MOWERS,
IF IMPROPERLY OPERATED,
CAN CAUSE SERIOUS INJURY OR DEATH.
The most common causes of injury to the operator or bystander...
BLADE CONTACT
TIP OVER
RUN OVER
BACK OVER
...read and understand this manual to prevent injuries.
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SAFETY
Safety Alert Symbol
When you see this symbol,
BE ALERT to the potential for injury.
Follow recommended safety precautions
and safe operating practices.
DANGER
(highlighted in red)
indicates an imminently hazardous
situation which, if not avoided, will
result in death or serious injury.
WARNING
(highlighted in orange)
indicates a potentially
hazardous situation which, if not
avoided, could result in death or
serious injury.
CAUTION
(highlighted in yellow)
indicates a potentially
hazardous situation which, if not
avoided, may result in minor or
moderate injury. It may also be used
to alert against unsafe practices.
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SAFETY
Failure to observe the following safety
instructions could result in serious injury or death.
GENERAL
OPERATION:
•Read, understand, and follow all instructions in the
manual and on the mower before starting.
•Only allow responsible adults, who are familiar with
the instructions, to operate the mower.
•Clear the area of objects such as rocks, toys, wire, etc.,
which could be picked up and thrown by the blade.
•Be sure the area is clear of other people before mowing.
Stop mower if anyone enters the area.
•NEVER carry passengers.
•Do not mow in reverse unless absolutely necessary.
Always look down and behind before and while backing.
•Be aware of the mower discharge direction and do not
point it at anyone.
•Do not operate the mower without either the entire
grass catcher or the deflector in place.
•Slow down before turning.
•Never leave a running mower unattended. Always turn
off blades, set parking brake, stop engine and remove
key before dismounting.
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SAFETY
GENERAL
OPERATION
(continued):
•Turn off blades when not mowing.
•Stop engine before removing grass catcher or unclogging chute.
•Mow only in daylight or good artificial light.
•Do not operate the mower 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 mower
into a trailer or truck. Do not ride the mower when
loading and unloading.
•Always wear safety goggles or safety glasses with side
shields when operating mower.
•Data indicates that operators, age 60 years and above,
are involved in a large percentage of riding mowerrelated injuries. These operators should evaluate their
ability to operate the riding mower safely enough to
protect themselves and others from serious injury.
•Follow the manufacturer’s recommendation for wheel
weights and counterweights.
•Maintain or replace safety & instruction labels as needed.
WARNING:
The engine exhaust from this product contains chemicals known to the
State of California to cause cancer, birth defects or other reproductive
harm.
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SAFETY
SLOPE
OPERATION:
Slopes are a major factor related to loss-of-control
and tip-over accidents, which can result
in severe injury or death.
All slopes require extra caution.
If you cannot back up the slope or if you feel
uneasy on it, do not mow it!
DO
•Mow across the slope with your Dixon ZTR - never up or
down.
•Remove obstacles such as rocks, tree limbs, etc.
•Watch for holes, ruts or bumps. Uneven terrain could
overturn the mower. Tall grass can hide obstacles.
•Use slow speed. Tires may lose traction on slopes even
though the brakes are functioning properly.
•Use extra care with grass catchers or other attachments.
These can change the stability of the mower.
•Keep all movement on the slopes slow and gradual. Do
not make sudden changes in speed or direction.
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SAFETY
SLOPE
OPERATION
(continued):
DO(continued)
•Avoid starting or stopping on a slope. If tires lose
traction, disengage the blades and proceed slowly
down the slope.
•If front wheels lift off the ground, pull the levers
back to stabilize the mower.
DO NOT
•Do not turn on slopes unless necessary, and then,
turn slowly and gradually downhill, if possible.
•Do not mow near drop-offs, ditches, or
embankmnets. The mower could suddently turn
over if a wheel is over the edge of a cliff or ditch or if
an edge caves in.
•Do not mow on wet grass. Reduced traction could
cause sliding.
•Do not try to stabilize the mower by putting your
foot on the ground.
•Do not use grass catcher on steep slopes.
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SAFETY
CHILDREN:
Tragic accidents can occur if the operator is
not alert to the presence of children.
Children are attracted to lawn mowers
and the mowing activity.
NEVER assume children will stay where they
were last seen.
Be alert to avoid accidents.
•Keep children out of the mowing area and under the
watchful care of another responsible adult.
•Be alert and turn mower off if a child enters the area.
•Before and during backing, look BEHIND and DOWN for
small children.
•Never carry children. They may fall off and be seriously
injured or interfere with safe mower operation.
•Never allow children to operate the mower.
•Use extra care when approaching blind corners, shrubs,
trees, or other objects that may obscure vision.
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SAFETY
SERVICE:
•Use extra care in handling gasoline and other fuels. They
are flammable and vapors are explosive.
Use only an approved container.
Never remove fuel cap or add fuel with engine running.
Allow engine to cool before refueling.
Do not smoke while refueling.
Never refuel the mower indoors.
Never store the mower or fuel container inside a building
where there is an open flame.
If fuel is spilled on clothing, change clothing immediately.
To prevent fire and explosion caused by static electricity:
Never fill containers inside a vehicle or on a truck or
trailer bed with a plastic liner. Always place containers
on the ground away from your vehicle before filling.
When practical, remove fuel-powered equipment
from the truck or trailer and refuel it on the ground.
If this is not possible, then refuel such equipment on
a trailer with a portable container, rather than from a
fuel dispenser nozzle.
If a fuel dispenser nozzle must be used, keep the
nozzle in contact with the rim of the fuel tank or
container opening at all times until fueling is complete.
Do not use a nozzle lock-open device.
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SAFETY
SERVICE
(continued):
•Never run a mower inside a closed area. The exhaust
fumes are toxic.
•Keep nuts and bolts tight, especially blade attachment bolts,
and keep equipment in good condition.
•Never tamper with safety devices. Check their proper
operation regularly.
•Keep mower free of grass, leaves, or other debris buildup.
Clean up oil or fuel spillage. Allow mower to cool before
storing.
•Stop and inspect the equipment if you strike an object.
Repair, if necessary, before restarting.
•Never make adjustments or repairs with the engine running
unless otherwise specified.
•Grass catcher components are subject to wear, damage and
deterioration, which could expose moving parts or allow
objects to be thrown. Frequently check components. Replace with original equipment parts, when necessary.
•Mower blades are sharp and can cut. Wrap blade(s) or
wear gloves, and use extra caution when servicing them.
•Batteries contain sulfuric acid. To prevent burns avoid
contact with skin, eyes and clothing. To prevent a fire or
explosion keep sparks and open flames away from battery.
•Before disconnecting the negative (-) ground cable, make
sure all switches are OFF.
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DIXON PROTECTION PLUS TWO YEAR LIMITED WARRANTY
TRANSAXLE MODELS
WARRANTY: Home Owner Application: Dixon Transaxle Models, used only at owner’s
primary place of residence are warranted for a period of two (2) years from date of purchase.
Commercial Application: defined as use other than, or in addition to, mowing at owner’s
primary place of residence. Dixon Transaxle Models, used in commercial application are warranted for a period of (30) days from the date of purchase.
DIXON ZTR MOWERS ARE WARRANTED AGAINST DEFECTS IN MATERIALS AND
WORKMANSHIP AND PROVIDES FOR REPLACEMENT OR REPAIR OF PARTS INCLUDING LABOR
COSTS. THIS WARRANTY IS SUBJECT TO THE FOLLOWING CONDITIONS AND LIMITATIONS:
1.
Warranty applies only to original retail purchaser of new and unused mowers and
accessories.
2.
All Dixon warranty must be accomplished by authorized Dixon dealers and in
accordance with Dixon warranty policy and allowances. All warranty claims must be
approved by Dixon Industries, Inc.
3.
Battery warranty: Limited to 90 days from date of purchase.
4.
Accessories Warranty (Grass Catchers, Snow Blades, Covers, etc.): Limited to 90
days from date of purchase.
5.
Warranty does not apply to damage in transit or incidents of misuse, negligence,
accidents, or alteration. The use of parts or components other than those supplied
by Dixon Industries, Inc. VOIDS ALL WARRANTY.
6.
The following items are not covered by this warranty policy:
(a) Pick up and delivery charges for transportation of mower to and from an
Authorized Dixon Dealer's place of business.
(b) Routine maintenance or adjustments (including transaxle adjustments)
(c) Belts/Blades/Chains/Sprockets
(d) Engines -- All engines used on Dixon ZTR mowers are warranted by each
individual engine manufacturer.
(e) Any costs or expense of providing substitute equipment while repair work is
being performed on a warranted mower.
7.
There is no other express warranty. Implied warranties, including those of merchant
ability and fitness for a particular purpose, are limited to the same duration of the
express warranty, and to the extent permitted by law any and all implied warranties
are excluded. Liabilities for consequential damages under any and all warranties are
excluded.
Copies: Pink/Customer
Yellow/Dealer
White/Return to Dixon Ind.
WARRANTY VALIDATION: At the time of sale, selling dealer must review each portion of this
warranty document, complete the information section below, secure customer's signature and
send copy to Dixon Industries, Inc.
Date of Purchase
Model
Deck Size
S/N
(Owner's Name)
(Dealership Name & Dealer Number)
(Street Address)
(Street Address)
(City/State/Zip)
(City/State/Zip)
(Owner's Signature)
(Dealer's Signature)
DIXON INDUSTRIES, INC.
A BLOUNT International Inc. Co.
PO BOX 1569
COFFEYVILLE KS 67337 0945
PHONE 620 251 2000
FAX 620 251 4117
www.dixon-ztr.com
1-877-CUT-MORE
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SPECIFICATIONS
ZEETER 30”
CHASSIS:
11 gauge welded channel frame
BODY:
All body parts made of rotational molded polyethylene.
Front body contains access panel for battery service.
Seat tilts forward to allow transmission service.
MOWER DECK:
11 GA stamped steel construction. Single 30” cut blade.
Cut height approximately 1-1/2”- 4” via 7-position lift
handle
BLADE DRIVE:
Mechanical; hand lever engagement
TRANSMISSION:
Each rear wheel is independently driven by chain and
sprockets through a friction mechanical drive.
ENGINE:
9 HP Briggs & Stratton Powerbuilt, 4-cycle, single
cylinder, air-cooled, gasoline, vertical shaft, aluminum
head and block.
STARTING SYSTEM:
Electric by key switch operation with safety interlocks
on parking brake and blade drive.
TIRES:
Front
Rear
9 x 3.50-4 Turf Saver
16 x 6.50-8 Turf Saver
RECOMMENDED
TIRE PRESSURE:
Front
Rear
16-21 PSI
8-14 PSI
CAPACITIES:
Fuel
3 quart
Engine 1.25 quarts oil
DIMENSIONS:
Width
Width
Height
Length
Weight
32” outside rear wheel measurement
38” overall width of deck with deflector
31” to top edge of seat
65.5” hitch tab to front
390 lbs.
Additional information provided in service instructions under the individual component.
SPECIFICATIONS SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE
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SPECIFICATIONS
ZEETER 36”
CHASSIS:
11 gauge welded channel frame
BODY:
All body parts made of rotational molded polyethylene.
Front body contains access panel for battery service.
Seat tilts forward to allow transmission service.
MOWER DECK:
11 GA laser cut fabricated. 36” cut width. Cut height
approximately 1-1/2”- 4” via 7-position lift handle
BLADE DRIVE:
Electric clutch
TRANSMISSION:
Each rear wheel is independently driven by chain and
sprockets through a friction mechanical drive.
ENGINE:
11 HP Briggs & Stratton Powerbuilt, 4-cycle, single
cylinder, air-cooled, gasoline, vertical shaft, aluminum
head and block.
STARTING SYSTEM:
Electric by key switch operation with safety interlocks
on parking brake and blade drive.
TIRES:
Front
Rear
9 x 3.50-4 Turf Saver
16 x 6.50-8 Turf Saver
RECOMMENDED
TIRE PRESSURE:
Front
Rear
16-21 PSI
8-14 PSI
CAPACITIES:
Fuel
3 quart
Engine 1.25 quarts oil
DIMENSIONS:
Width
Width
Height
Length
Weight
35” outside rear wheel measurement
50.5” overall width of deck with deflector
31” to top edge of seat
65.5” hitch tab to front
427 lbs.
Additional information provided in service instructions under the individual component.
SPECIFICATIONS SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE
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SPECIFICATIONS
ZEETER 42”
CHASSIS:
11 gauge welded channel frame
BODY:
All body parts made of rotational molded polyethylene.
Front body contains access panel for battery service.
Seat tilts forward to allow transmission service.
MOWER DECK:
13 GA stamped steel construction. Three blades
combine for a 42” cut width. Cut height approximately
1-1/2” - 4” via 7-position lift handle.
BLADE DRIVE:
Electric clutch
TRANSMISSION:
Each rear wheel is independently driven by chain and
sprockets through a friction mechanical drive.
ENGINE:
13 HP Briggs & Stratton Powerbuilt, 4-cycle, single
cylinder, air-cooled, gasoline, vertical shaft, aluminum
head and block.
STARTING SYSTEM:
Electric by key switch operation with safety interlocks
on parking brake and blade drive.
TIRES:
Front
Rear
9 x 3.50-4 Turf Saver
16 x 6.50-8 Turf Saver
RECOMMENDED
TIRE PRESSURE:
Front
Rear
16-21 PSI
8-14 PSI
CAPACITIES:
Fuel
3 quart
Engine 1.25 quarts oil
DIMENSIONS:
Width
Width
Height
Length
Weight
35” outside rear wheel measurement
55” overall width of deck with deflector
31” to top edge of seat
65.5” hitch tab to front
427 lbs.
Additional information provided in service instructions under the individual component.
SPECIFICATIONS SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE
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CONTROLS
CONTROL LEVERS
TO GO FORWARD:
•From neutral position, gently push both control levers forward.
•To increase speed, move levers further forward.
TO GO BACKWARD:
•From neutral position, gently pull both control levers toward you.
TURNING:
•Turning is controlled by moving one control lever slightly forward or
rearward of the other.
•To turn left, move left lever rearward of the right lever.
•To turn right, move right lever rearward of the left lever.
•To turn on mower’s own axis (zero turning radius), stop and move
one lever to reverse position and the other to forward position.
BRAKING:
•To brake mower, move both levers in direction opposite of travel.
LEFT TURN OPPOSITE
Note: The pressure required to operate the mower is very light.
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CONTROLS
The Dixon ZEETER has a unique transaxle that requires only two drive
levers to control braking, turning, speed and direction.
On initial operation, set throttle speed on slow. Operate with
mower blade in “OFF” position.
To avoid “over-controlling” the mower, use a light touch on the
drive levers.
Slight movements using fingertip control is all that is necessary.
PARKING BRAKE:
The parking brake is designed to hold the mower
from moving and is not intended for use in stopping the mower while it is in motion.
CAUTION
Engage parking brake before
starting engine.
TO SET PARKING BRAKE:
The hand operated parking brake is located on the
right side of the mower.
To engage brake, pull lever up (to the rear).
To release brake, move lever forward
(down).
NOTE:
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Always set parking brake before
dismounting. Release parking brake
before moving mower.
CONTROLS
TRANSMISSION DRIVE SYSTEM
Allows the mower to turn on its own axis “ZERO TURNING RADIUS”.
Each lever controls one side of the mower.
NOTE: The pressure required to operate the mower is very light.
BLADE DRIVE (30”):
•Located to left of the operator.
•To engage the mower blade, turn lever on floor
slowly to the “ON” position.
•To disengage mower blade, turn lever to the
“OFF” position.
30”
BLADE DRIVE (36” & 42”):
•Located on the control panel, operator’s right.
•To engage the mower blades, pull up on the switch.
•To disengage mower blades, push down.
THROTTLE CONTROL LEVER:
•Located on control panel to operator’s right.
•Throttle control for engine speed.
•Choke for engine starting.
•Throttle control should be set to MAXIMUM or wide
open setting to ensure adequate cooling of the
engine and to maintain mower deck blade speed
while mowing.
36” & 42”
MOWER DECK CUT HEIGHT LIFT LEVER:
•Located to the left of the operator.
•Controls the cutting height.
•Seven positions of adjustment.
•Move lever in and forward to lower.
•Move lever in and back to raise.
NOTE: Always use high for transport.
30”
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OPERATION
INSTRUCTIONS
The safe and successful operation of the ZEETER Mower
will depend upon the operator having the correct knowledge of all controls used on the mower and making
good judgements about the terrain to be mowed.
NEVER allow anyone to operate the mower without
complete knowledge of all controls and their functions.
During initial operation, “learning to drive”, set throttle
at slow speed.
Sound judgement by the operator will prevent accidents.
TOWING:
Towing a trailer or other attachment that is too heavy
could damage the drive or cause the mower to become
unstable. Limit loads to 250 pounds or less with this
mower.
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OPERATION
INSTRUCTIONS
BEFORE OPERATING MOWER:
1.
Read and observe all safety instructions on your
mower and in the manual.
2.
Read engine manufacturer’s operating and maintenance instructions.
3.
Check engine oil.
4.
Check fuel cap to be sure it is in place.
5.
Be sure parking brake is on.
6.
Mower blade drive is off.
7.
Know how to stop engine. (Turn key to off position).
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OPERATION
STARTING
INSTRUCTIONS
INSTRUCTIONS:
1. Parking brake must be on, and blade drive disengaged.
2. Move throttle control to “choke” position if engine is
cold,full throttle if warm.
3. Insert ignition key and turn to “start” position. When
engine starts, release ignition key. Key will return to
“run” position.
4. Move throttle from “choke” to desired speed position.
5. Release parking brake.
6. Operate the mower per the “CONTROL” instructions
on Page 17.
CAUTION Do not operate the engine in an
enclosed area due to the harmful
exhaust gas produced.
NOTE:
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When mowing, “blade(s) engaged”, throttle control must
be set to the MAXIMUM or wide open setting to insure
adequate cooling of the engine and to maintain mower
deck blade speed.
OPERATION
INSTRUCTIONS
TESTING OF SAFETY INTERLOCK SYSTEMS:
Do not operate mower if safety switches are not
operating properly.
PARKING BRAKE SWITCH TEST:
a) Place parking brake in OFF position.
b) Turn ignition switch to START.
ENGINE SHOULD NOT TURN OVER
OR ATTEMPT TO START!
BLADE DRIVE SWITCH TEST:
a) Place parking brake in ON position.
b) Engage blade drive switch.
c) Turn ignition switch to START.
ENGINE SHOULD NOT TURN OVER
OR ATTEMPT TO START!
SEAT SWITCH TEST:
a) In a SAFE AREA away from bystanders, start the
engine.
b) Engage blade drive switch.
c) Raise slightly off seat.
ENGINE SHOULD STOP!
If any safety check fails: Do not operate the mower
until the system has been checked and repaired
by an authorized Dixon ZTR dealer!
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OPERATION
INSTRUCTIONS
SIDE DISCHARGE OF THE CLIPPINGS:
In order to achieve optimum performance when side
discharging the grass clippings, please read and follow
the tips listed below.
Additional information can be found in the troubleshooting guide.
CAUTION
Be sure that the deflector is properly
installed on the discharge chute.
1. Set engine speed control to the wide open or full
setting.
2. Do Not Attempt To Cut Grass When It Is Wet. Wet
grass will clog the underside of the deck and discharge area.
3. If the grass is tall, place the mower deck cut height
lever in the top or second notch. “Initially” overlap
cutting swaths instead of a full swath with each pass.
Some applications may require a second cutting.
4. Keep The Underside Of The Mower Deck Clean.
Frequent removal of dried grass and dirt will allow
the clippings to discharge correctly.
5. Maintain Sharp Blade(s) Throughout The Cutting
Season.
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OPERATION
INSTRUCTIONS
GRASS HEIGHT AND CUTTING SUGGESTIONS:
Do not attempt to cut grass when it is wet.
If the grass is tall, place the mower deck cut height lever
in the top or second notch. “Initially” overlap cutting
swaths instead of a full swath with each pass. Some
applications may require a second cutting.
Keep the underside of the mower deck clean.
Maintain sharp blades throughout the cutting season.
As a rule of thumb, never cut off more than 1/3 of the
total grass blade length.
Correct mowing height can reduce weeds and disease by
50% to 80%.
The following grass cut heights are based an adequate
moisture conditions and normal thatch buildup in a
healthy lawn. Some locations and applications may
require slightly different cut heights. If in doubt, consult
your local lawn professional for assistance.
Grass Types
Bermudagrass
Bluegrass
Buffalograss
Ryegrass
Tall Fescue
Zoysiagrass
Best Cut Heights
1 - 2”
2 - 3”
11/2 -3”
2 - 3”
3-31/2”
1 - 3”
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OPERATION
INSTRUCTIONS
MOWING WITH A MULCHING ATTACHMENT:
Mulching or recycling the grass clippings requires a
totally different mowing approach than would be normal
when side discharging or bagging the grass. There may
be instances or conditions where it is not possible to hide
all of the recycled or mulched clippings.
In order to achieve the best results, please read and
follow the mulching tips listed below:
1. Set the engine speed control to the wide open or full
setting.
2. Place the mower deck cut height selector in either the
top or second notch. Never cut more than 3/4” to 1”
off the grass at any one time. Attempting to cut more
grass will result in the deck plugging and cause the
engine to stall.
3. It may be necessary to cut the lawn twice to achieve
acceptable mulching performance especially on first
cuttings or if the lawn is heavily fertilized.
4. Do not attempt to cut grass when it is wet. Mulching
performance will be very poor under wet grass conditions.
5. Maintain sharp bade(s) throughout the cutting season.
This is very important. Optimal mulching performance
cannot be obtained with a dull or nicked up blade.
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OPERATION
INSTRUCTIONS
MOWING WITH A MULCHING ATTACHMENT
(continued):
6. Keep the underside of the mower deck clean. Remove
all grass and dirt build-up from the underside of the
pan, the baffles and deflectors after each use.
7. Alternate mower direction. This will evenly disperse
the mulched grass clippings over the lawn for even
fertilization.
If the mulching quality of the mower does not seem to be
satisfactory, try one or more of the following tips:
1. Raise the height-of-cut setting on your mower.
2. It may be necessary to cut your grass more frequently.
3. Operate the mower at a slower ground speed.
4. Overlap cutting swaths instead of cutting a full
swath with each pass.
5. Mow across the marginal areas a second time.
6. CUT HIGH - MOW OFTEN!
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CARE AND MAINTENANCE
CAUTION
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MAINTENANCE SCHEDULE
• Check deck drive belt...........................................after 20 hours break-in
• Check crankcase oil level.........................................................before each use
•Clean grass & debris from muffler & manifold area...................before each use
• Check air intake screen..............................................................after each use
• Clean grass under deck..............................................................after each use
• Check tire pressure.....................................................................every 10 hours
•Inspect blades for sharpness........................................................every 10 hours
• Clean air filter element................................................................every 25 hours
• Grease all zerks..........................................................................every 50 hours
• Check all belts............................................................................every 50 hours
•Change engine crankcase oil............................(5 hours break-in) every 50 hours
• Change engine oil filter..............................................................every 50 hours
•Replace air filter element..........................................annually or every 100 hours
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CARE AND MAINTENANCE
ENGINE:
For complete maintenance and operating information of
the engine, please refer to the maintenance instructions
furnished by the engine manufacturer and included in
your Zero Turn Radius mower information packet.
CAUTION
Battery contains sulfuric acid electrolyte
which is poisonous and corrosive.
BATTERY:
•This is a maintenance-free battery and the fluid level
cannot be checked.
•Charge battery if required.
OFF SEASON BATTERY STORAGE:
•DO NOT remove battery from mower.
•Clean top of battery and terminals with baking soda and
water.
•Identify each cable so they can be reconnected to the
correct terminal.
•Disconnect cables from terminals. ALWAYS disconnect
ground cable first and reconnect last.
•Charge battery.
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CARE AND MAINTENANCE
CUTTER BLADE MAINTENANCE:
CAUTION
Stop engine and remove ignition key for
safety. Wear heavy, thick gloves when
holding onto cutter blade, avoid the sharp
edge of the blade.
Check sharpness of mower blades after every 10 hours
of operation. Observe proper blade position prior to
removal.
1. Safely raise front of mower.
2. Hold or block blade from
turning.
3. Loosen blade bolt and remove
blade.
4. When replacing blade, tighten
blade bolt securely. Refer to
diagram. Be sure blade is
centered on pilot before
tightening bolt to 60 ft. lbs.
Blades should be discarded when worn excessively.
DANGEROUS!
DO NOT USE
BLADE IN THIS
CONDITION!
New Blade
When notch starts,
discard blade
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CARE AND MAINTENANCE
TIRES:
Correct tire pressure is essential for efficient
operation of the mower. Check tire pressure
periodically. Inflate tires to the pressure listed
below.
Front tires (9 x 3.50-4)
Rear tires (16 x 6.50-8)
16-21 lbs.
8-14 lbs.
Lug nuts or lug bolts should be checked
regularly for tightness.
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CARE AND MAINTENANCE
BELTS:
Check belts every 50 hours. Replace any belts found to
be in poor condition.
BELT TENSION
Transaxle Drive Belt (all Zeeter Models) - P/N 7650
No adjustment required.
30” Zeeter
Manual clutch - P/N 7725
No adjustment required.
36” Zeeter
Electric Clutch - P/N 14136
Adjust idler shock mount per diagram.
Idler Weldment
Idler Shock Mount
“L” Rod
Hex Nut
5
8
Tighten or
Loosen
Hex Nut to
achieve
this
dimension
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CARE AND MAINTENANCE
BELTS
(continued):
42” Zeeter
Mower Deck Serpentine Belt
Electric Clutch - P/N 6109
Adjust idler shock mount per diagram.
Idler Weldment
Idler Shock Mount
“L” Rod
Hex Nut
3
4
Tighten or
Loosen
Hex Nut to
achieve
this
dimension
Engine to Mower Deck Belt - P/N 5861
No adjustment required. Correct belt tension is maintained
through a fixed engine location and a spring loaded idler
system. A pulsing movement of the belt idler will be
observed both during engagement of the electric blade clutch
and actual operation of the mower deck.e
N o t e : Engagement of the electric blade clutch switch may
produce a sharp high pitched chirp or squeal as the belt
tension loading is absorbed by the idler system. This is
normal and not a sign of failure.
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CARE AND MAINTENANCE
Deck Removal - Zeeter 30”
1. Place cut height lever in lowest cut position.
2. Loosen belt keepers.
3. Remove deck drive belt from engine pulley.
4. Using a slight upward twisting motion, remove link
from engagement handle.
5. Turn handle fully to the left until handle clears stop on
mower deck pan. Lift handle then remove handle
down through hole in lower fender.
6. Remove hair pin cotter and washer from one end of
deck support cross shaft. Note location of remaining
shim washers used between chassis and mower deck
pan arms. Slide shaft from chassis and mower deck.
7. Remove hair pin cotter and washer from each deck
adjustment rod. Carefully push each link to disengage
from deck lift arms. At this point, deck will drop
down.
8. Carefully raise and support front of chassis. Slide
mower deck to either side for removal. (Reverse
procedure to reinstall deck assembly.)
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CARE AND MAINTENANCE
Deck Removal - Zeeter 36”
1. Place cut height lever in lowest cut position.
2. Loosen nut on belt idler shock mount until belt can
be removed from electric clutch pulley on the bottom
of the engine. Refer to illustration.
3. Remove hair pin cotter and washer from one end of
deck support cross shaft. Note location of remaining
shim washers used between chassis and mower deck
pan arms. Slide shaft from chassis and mower deck.
4. Remove hair pin cotter and washer from each deck
adjustment rod. Carefully push each link toward the
outside of the mower chassis. At this point, deck will
drop down.
5. Carefully raise and support front of chassis. Slide
mower deck to either side for removal. (Reverse
procedure to reinstall deck assembly.)
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CARE AND MAINTENANCE
Deck Removal - Zeeter 42”
1. Place cut height lever in lowest cut position.
2. Pull belt idler back to allow belt to be removed from
idler pulley and electric clutch pulley.
3. Remove hair pin cotter and washer from one end of
deck support cross shaft. Note location of remaining
shim washers used between chassis and mower deck
plates. Slide shaft from chassis and mower deck.
4. Remove hair pin cotter and washer from each deck
L-rod. Remove L-rods from lift arms. At this point,
deck will drop down.
5. Carefully raise and support front of chassis. Slide
mower deck to either side for removal. (Reverse
procedure to reinstall deck assembly.)
Note:
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When deck is reinstalled on frame, check that
belt is correctly routed in the groves of all
pulleys and that belt idler is applying tension to
the back side of the belt.
CARE AND MAINTENANCE
LUBRICATION:
CHASSIS:
(5) for 30”
(6) for 36”
(7) for 42”
LOCATIONS:
(1) each front wheel caster &
front wheel hub
(1) each mower deck hub
SERVICE INTERVALS:
Every 50 hours of operation
RECOMMENDED GREASE: Name brand wheel bearing or
multi-purpose grease.Once per
season or 50 hours of operation
(3 pumps each)
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CARE AND MAINTENANCE
CAUTION HOT oil may cause burns. Allow engine to
cool before draining oil.
CHANGING THE ENGINE OIL:
1. The oil drain valve is located on the lower left side
of the engine crankcase.
2. Place a suitable container under the drain valve.
3. To drain, remove plug from 90o fitting.
4. After engine is drained, replace drain plug.
N O T E : Refer to engine manufacturer’s recommendations for frequency of oil changes.
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CARE AND MAINTENANCE
OIL
FILL:
1. Drain oil.
2. Clean any spilled oil from engine and chassis.
3. Replace drain plug.
4. Refill engine with type, and quantity of oil recommended by the engine manufacturer in engine
literature.
PLEASE DISPOSE OF USED OILS
AT PROPER COLLECTION CENTERS.
PROTECT YOUR ENVIRONMENT.
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CARE AND MAINTENANCE
DRIVE SYSTEM ADJUSTMENTS:
Due to both the complex nature of the transmission and
the number of special tools required for service, adjustments should be entrusted to your dealer.
There are a number of simple owner service items
which greatly influence the performance of the drive
system.
1. Front and rear tires must be inflated to proper
specifications.
2.
Rear drive chain tension.
3.
Tighteness of all controls and linkages pertaining to
the drive levers.
4. Lubrication of both primary and final drive chains.
The use of a high quality chain lubricant is highly
recommended.
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CARE AND MAINTENANCE
REAR CHAIN ADJUSTMENT:
CAUTION
Stop engine, remove key and set
parking brake before attempting to
adjust the rear chain.
Proper tension for the rear chains is accomplished
through the use of an adjuster located at mid-point of
each rear chain.
To adjust, tighten the nut on top of the rubber spring
until the chain has approximately 1/4” movement up and
down when measured at mid-point. Refer to illustration.
NOTE:
Adjust rear drive chains after first 10 hours of
use and every 40 hours thereafter.
NOTE:
DO NOT OVERTIGHTEN CHAIN!
Maintenance:
Periodically remove any build-up of grass, mud or other
debris from both the spring loaded roller and the upper
guide rod. The use of a high quality chain lubricant is
recommended.
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CARE AND MAINTENANCE
ELECTRICAL
SYSTEMS:
Keep all connections clean and tight.
CLEANING THE MOWER:
Wash mower periodically. Clean above and below deck.
High pressure washing and alkaline based soaps can
cause damage to bearings and other parts of the
mower. After washing your mower, start the engine
and engage the mower deck for a few minutes to
disperse any water that may have accumulated in
bearings, pulleys or fans.
Note:
Allow mower to cool before washing. If bearings
are hot, they will draw moisture inside as they
dry and cause corrosion.
SERIAL NUMBERS:
The serial number is located on frame at rear of engine.
WARRANTY:
Refer to Warranty Registration sample on Page 13.
PARTS/SERVICE:
See your Dixon dealer for replacement parts, warranty
or service.
PLEASE HELP PROTECT THE ENVIRONMENT BY AVOIDING ALL
CHEMCIALS WHICH MAY DAMAGE OR CAUSE HARM TO
PLANTS AND ANIMALS IN YOUR AREA.
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STANDARD SERVICE PARTS LIST
ZEETER MODEL
Blades
30” Standard - P/N 2483 (Lo-lift)
30” Hi-Lift - P/N 2484
36” Standard - P/N 1324 (Lo-lift)
36” Hi Lift - P/N 1351 (R)
36” Hi Lift - P/N 1352 (L)
42” Standard - P/N 8688 (Hi-lift)
42” Lo-Lift - P/N 6236
Belts
Engine to Transmission - P/N 7650 (all models)
30” Engine to Mower Deck - P/N 7725
36” Engine to Mower Deck - P/N 14136
42” Engine to Mower Deck - P/N 5861
42” Serpentine Blade Drive - P/N 6109
BRIGGS & STRATTON AIR AND OIL FILTER
PART NUMBERS:
Refer to engine manufacturer’s manual for correct
service intervals for engine oil changes and air filter
maintenance.
Protect your engine investment, use only original
equipment filters.
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TROUBLESHOOTING
1.
ENGINE WON’T TURN OVER
Mower blades engaged- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -disengage blades
Parking brake not on- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -engage parking brake
Dead battery- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - charge or replace
Solenoid- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - consult dealer
Ignition switch- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - consult dealer
Starter- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - consult dealer
2.
ENGINE WILL TURN OVER BUT WON’T START
No fuel- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - refuel and/or clean or replace fuel filters
3.
HARD TO START ENGINE
Fuel line clogged- - - - - - - - - - - - - clean fuel line and check fuel filter
4.
ENGINE STARTS BUT CUTS OUT
Water in fuel- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -drain old fuel-replace with new fuel
Clogged fuel line- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -check fuel filter
Fuel tank vent plugged- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - clean fuel vent
Faulty fuel pump- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - check vent
5.
ENGINE OVERHEATED
Air intake screen or fins clogged- - - - - -clean intake screen and fins
Oil level too low or too high- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - adjust oil level
Running engine too slow- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -run engine faster
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TROUBLESHOOTING
6.
ENGINE RUNS BUT MOWER WON’T MOVE FORWARD
Drive belt broken or slipping- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - replace drive belt
Transmission damage- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - consult dealer
7.
MOWER LOSES POWER OR TRANSMISSION OVERHEATS
Engine air filter-- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -clean or replace
Transmission damage- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -consult dealer
8.
ENGINE STALLS WHEN BLADES ARE ENGAGED
Operator not on seat- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - sit on seat
Faulty interlock system- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - consult dealer
Bad blade spindle bearing - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - consult dealer
Deck drive belt not properly routed- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - reroute
Blades blocked by foreign material - - - - - - - - - - - - - -clean under deck
9.
DRIVE SYSTEM
Low on power- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - check belt tension
Mower pulls to side - - - - - - - - - - - check tire inflation/consult dealer
Mower creeps in neutral- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -consult dealer
10.
CUT QUALITY
Skips in spots- - - - - - - - - - - - check for loose belt/slow ground speed
Cut uneven left to right - - - - - - - - -check tire inflation/level the deck
Poor dispersal of grass- - - - - - - - - - -clean deck/check for loose belt
Ends of grass blades are ragged- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - sharpen blades
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NOTES
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OWNER
INFORMATION
DIXON INDUSTRIES, INC.
a BLOUNT International Inc. Co.
P.O. Box 1569
Coffeyville, Ks 67337-0945
620-251-2000
FAX 620-251-4117
Date Purchased________________________________
Mower Model Number ____________________________
Mower Serial Number ____________________________
Purchased From ________________________________
Name
________________________________
Address
________________________________
DATE OIL CHANGED:
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DATE ENGINE TUNED:
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ZTR®Mowers
WARNING:
The engine exhaust from this product contains
chemicals known to the State of California to cause
cancer, birth defects or other reproductive harm.
Dixon® and ZTR® and ZEETER® are registered trademarks
of Dixon Industries, Inc.
DIXON INDUSTRIES, INC.
a BLOUNT International Inc. Co.
P.O. Box 1569
Coffeyville, Ks 67337-0945
620-251-2000
ZEETER SERIES
Part No. 14186-0303
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