Dixon 14295-1005 Lawn Mower User Manual

ZEETER™
ZEETER™
Safety Instructions
&
Operator’s Manual
IMPORTANT - READ CAREFULLY
The Dixon® ZTR® 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 this
Operator’s Manual carefully. It contains
valuable information that is necessary for
the safe operation of the machine. Observe
all safety rules and become completely
familiar with the controls.
The information contained in this manual
applies to all Dixon® ZEETER™mowers.
See your authorized Dixon® dealer for
warranty service, parts and repairs or to
answer any questions you may have about
your new Dixon® ZTR®.
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
Page
SAFETY & WARNING....................................4-15
WARRANTY.........................................................16
SPECIFICATIONS..............................................17
CONTROLS...................................................18-22
OPERATION INSTRUCTIONS....................23-31
CARE & MAINTENANCE............................32-44
STANDARD SERVICE PARTS LIST...............45
TROUBLESHOOTING..................................46-47
ZEETER™
Part Number 14295-1005
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SAFETY
RIDING LAWN MOWERS,
IF IMPROPERLY OPERATED
CAN CAUSE SERIOUS INJURY OR DEATH
Pictured below are the most common causes of injury to
the operator or bystander. Please read and understand
this manual to prevent injuries.
Blade Contact
Tip Over
Run Over
Back Over
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SAFETY
Safety Alert Symbol
When you see this symbol, BE ALERT
to the potential for injury.
Follow the 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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WARNING
Failure to observe the following safety instructions
could result in serious injury or death.
GENERAL OPERATION:
Read, understand, and follow all instructions in this
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.
Be aware of the mower discharge direction and do not
point it at anyone. Mower blades can throw rocks or other
debris.
Do not operate the mower without either the entire grass
catcher or the deflector in place. This will decrease the
possibility of injury from objects being thrown by the
mower blades.
Never carry passengers. They may fall off and become
seriously injured or interfere with safe operation of the
mower.
Mowing in reverse is not recommended because it is
difficult to maintain a clear vision of the mowing path.
However, should it become necessary to back up,
remember to look down and behind before and while
backing.
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WARNING
Failure to observe the following safety instructions
could result in serious injury or death.
GENERAL OPERATION (continued):
Never leave a running mower unattended. Always turn off
blades, set parking brake, stop engine and remove key
before dismounting.
Turn off blades when not mowing. Injury could occur from
contact with moving parts.
Under no circumstances should you place hands or feet
under the mower deck or in the chute while blades or
impeller are still running.
To avoid personal injury from accidental clutch engagement, 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.
Slow down before turning to reduce the risk of tip-over.
Watch for traffic when operating near or crossing roadways.
Use extra care when loading or unloading the mower into
a trailer or truck. Push, do not ride the mower when
loading and unloading.
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WARNING
Failure to observe the following safety instructions
could result in serious injury or death.
GENERAL OPERATION (continued):
Never dismount mower without applying parking brake
or stopping engine.
Protect your eyes. 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.
To protect against possible tip-over, follow the
manufacturer’s recommendation for wheel weights and
counterweights.
Maintain or replace safety & instruction labels as
needed.
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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WARNING
Failure to observe the following safety instructions
could result in serious injury or death.
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 feel uneasy
on a slope, do not mow it!
DO
Mow across the slope with your Dixon® ZTR® -never up or down. This will decrease the risk of
tip-over.
Remove obstacles such as rocks, tree limbs, wires
and other foreign objects that can be thrown by
mower blades.
Watch for holes, ruts, roots and bumps. Uneven
terrain could overturn the mower. Tall grass can
hide such obstacles.
Use slow speed. Tires may lose traction on slopes
even though the brakes are functioning properly.
Avoid starting or stopping on a slope. If tires lose
traction, disengage the blades and proceed slowly
down the slope.
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WARNING
Failure to observe the following safety instructions
could result in serious injury or death.
SLOPE OPERATION (continued):
DO (continued):
Keep all movement on the slopes slow and
gradual. Do not make sudden changes in speed
or direction.
Use extreme caution when operating the mower
with attachments to prevent tip-over or roll-over.
If front wheels lift off the ground, pull levers back to
stabilize the mower. Discontinue mowing the
slope!
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WARNING
Failure to observe the following safety instructions
could result in serious injury or death.
SLOPE OPERATION (continued):
DO NOT
Do not turn on slopes unless necessary, and then,
turn slowly and gradually downhill, if possible. Rapid
uphill turns may cause tip-over.
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.
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 or other attachments on
steep slopes. The added weight may change the
stability of the mower thus creating the potential for
tip-over.
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WARNING
Failure to observe the following safety instructions
could result in serious injury or death.
FIRE HAZARDS:
Use extra care when handling gasoline and other
fuels. They are flammable and vapors are explosive.
Store all fuel in approved containers specifically
designed for that purpose.
Allow engine to cool before refueling. Never remove
fuel cap or add fuel with engine running.
Do not smoke while refueling or operating the mower.
To reduce fire hazard, keep mower free of grass,
leaves and other debris build-up.
If gasoline is spilled, do not attempt to start the
engine. Move mower away from the area of the spill.
Do not create any source of ignition until gas vapors
have dissipated. Wipe up spilled fuel and dispose of
waste properly.
If fuel is spilled on clothing, change clothing immediately.
Before storing, allow mower to cool. Clean fuel and
oil spillage.
Never store the mower or fuel container inside a
building where there is an open flame.
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WARNING
Failure to observe the following safety instructions
could result in serious injury or death.
FIRE HAZARDS (continued):
To prevent fire or explosion, keep sparks and open flames
away from battery.
Keep electrical connections clean and tight. Inspect them
often. Loose connections and corrosion increase fire risk.
Before disconnecting the negative ground cable, make sure
all switches are off. This decreases the chance of sparking
and fire.
Use care when backing to avoid pushing the grass
bags into the frame or “hot” exhaust muffler of the
engine. Fire could result.
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, 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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WARNING
Failure to observe the following safety instructions
could result in serious injury or death.
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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WARNING
Failure to observe the following safety instructions
could result in serious injury or death.
SERVICE:
Never run a mower inside a closed area or without proper
ventilation.
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.
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 blades or wear
gloves, and use extra caution when servicing them.
Batteries contain sulfuric acid. To prevent burns, avoid
contact with skin, eyes and clothing.
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DIXON® ZTR® RESIDENTIAL WARRANTY POLICY
ZEETER™ - Residential Mower
DIXON® WARRANTS ITS ZTR® MOWERS AGAINST DEFECTS IN MATERIAL AND WORKMANSHIP FOR THE PERIODS SET FORTH BELOW. THE SOLE REMEDY UNDER THIS
WARRANTY IS REPLACEMENT OR REPAIR OF PARTS INCLUDING LABOR COSTS.
THIS WARRANTY IS SUBJECT TO THE FOLLOWING CONDITIONS AND LIMITATIONS:
1. RESIDENTIAL APPLICATION - (used only at owner’s primary place of residence):
a. Two Years - 100% parts and labor subject to the conditions and limitations described
herein for a period of two years from date of purchase by the original owner.
b. Attachments marketed through or approved by Dixon Industries, Inc., are warranted
for two years parts and labor in residential use applications.
2. NOT APPROVED FOR COMMERCIAL USE.
3. All Dixon® warranty must be accomplished by authorized Dixon® dealers and in
accordance with Dixon® warranty policy and allowances. All warranty claims must be
submitted to Dixon Industries for approval.
4. Warranty applies to new and unused mowers and is transferable within the stated time
frame to a second owner.
5. Warranty labor reimbursement to dealers based on published Dixon® flat rate schedule.
6. 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 VOIDS ALL WARRANTY.
7. Battery warranty is limited to one year from mower manufacture date.
8. The following items are not covered by this warranty policy:
(a) Routine maintenance or adjustments to include any oils, filters or other fluids used.
(b) Belts, blades and tires.
(c) Pick up and delivery charges for transportation of mower to and from an authorized
Dixon® dealer’s place of business.
(d) Engines. These are covered under a separate warranty by each individual engine
manufacturer. Consult engine manual for warranty details.
(e) Any costs or expense of providing substitute equipment while repair work is being
performed on a warranted mower.
9. THERE IS NO OTHER EXPRESS WARRANTY. TO THE EXTENT PERMITTED BY
LAW, ALL IMPLIED WARRANTIES, INCLUDING THOSE OF MERCHANTABILITY
AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE ARE EXCLUDED, OTHERWISE,
ALL SUCH IMPLIED WARRANTIES ARE LIMITED TO THE SAME DURATION
AND REMEDIES AS THE EXPRESS WARRANTY. ALL LIABILITIES FOR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES UNDER ANY EXPRESS OR IMPLIED WARRANTY ARE
EXCLUDED.
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SPECIFICATIONS
CHASSIS:
11 GA 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.
MOWERDECK:
11 GA stamped steel construction. Single 30” cut blade.
Cut height approximately 1-1/2”- 4” via 7-position lift
handle.
BLADEDRIVE:
Mechanical; hand lever engagement
TRANSMISSION:
Each rear wheel is independently driven by chain and
sprockets through a friction mechanical drive.
ENGINE:
11HP Briggs & Stratton I/C, 4-cycle, single cylinder, aircooled, gasoline, vertical shaft, aluminum head and block.
STARTINGSYSTEM: Electric by key switch operation with safety interlocks on
parking brake and blade drive.
TIRES:
Front
Rear
9 x 3.50-4 Smooth Tread
16 x 6.50-8 Turf Saver
RECOMMENDED
TIREPRESSURE:
Front
Rear
16-21 PSI
8-14 PSI
CAPACITIES:
Fuel
Engine
3 quart
1.25 quarts oil
DIMENSIONS:
Width
Width
Height
Length
Weight
32” outside rear wheel measurement
40” overall width of deck with deflector
31” to top edge of seat
65.5” hitch tab to front
390 lbs.
Additional information may be provided elsewhere in this manual.
SPECIFICATIONS SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE
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CONTROLS
CONTROL LEVERS
TO GO FORWARD
•From neutral position, gently push control levers forward.
•To increase speed, move levers further forward.
TO GO BACKWARDS
•From neutral position, gently pull 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
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. The
engine will stop if the parking brake is
engaged while the control levers are in
the drive position.
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: Always set parking brake before dismounting.
Release parking brake before moving mower.
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CONTROLS
BEFORE OPERATING MOWER:
1. Read engine manufacturer’s operating and
maintenance instructions.
2. Read and observe all safety instructions
on your mower and in the manual.
3. Check engine oil.
4. Check fuel cap to be sure it is in place.
5. Be sure parking brake is on.
6. Be sure mower blade drive is off.
7. Know how to stop engine. (Turn key to off
position).
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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 to 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.
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.
TOWING TRAILERS AND OTHER
ATTACHMENTS:
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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CONTROLS
BLADE DRIVE:
•Located to the 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.
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 insure
adequate cooling of the engine and to
maintain mower deck blade speed while
mowing.
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.
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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.
NEVER dismount mower without
applying parking brake or stopping
engine.
During initial operation, “learning to
drive”, set throttle at slow speed.
Sound judgement by the operator will
prevent accidents.
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OPERATION INSTRUCTIONS
CAUTION
Failure to follow these instructions may
result in personal injury.
STARTING INSTRUCTIONS:
1. Parking brake must be on and blade drive disengaged.
2. Position throttle lever to 1/2 speed setting. If engine is cold,
position lever to the choke position.
NOTE:
Engine may require choke setting to start even if the
engine has been operated for a period of time.
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 maximum speed position.
5. Release parking brake.
6. Operate mower per “CONTROLS” instructions on Page 18.
CAUTION
Do not operate the engine in an
enclosed area due to the
harmful exhaust gas produced.
Note:
When mowing with blades
engaged, set throttle control to
the MAXIMUM or wide open
setting to insure adequate
cooling of the engine and
to maintain mower deck blade
speed.
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OPERATION INSTRUCTIONS
TESTING OF SAFETY INTERLOCK SYSTEMS:
Failure to observe the following testing instructions
could result in serious injury or death.
The following tests should be performed at the start
of each mowing day.
PARKING BRAKE SWITCH TEST:
a) Put 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) Put 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!
NOTE: If any safety check fails, do not operate the
mower until the system has been checked and repaired
by an Authorized Dixon® Dealer!
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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 the recycled or mulched clippings.
In order to achieve the best results, please read and
follow the mulching tips listed below:
1. Read and follow the installation instructions that are
included with your mulcher.
2. Set the engine speed control to the wide open or full
setting.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. Do not attempt to cut grass when it is wet. Mulching
performance will be very poor in wet grass conditions.
6. Maintain sharp blades 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):
7. 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. Never, under any circumstances,
should you place hands or feet under the
mower deck or in the chute while blades or
impeller are still turning.
8. 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:
a. Raise the height-of-cut setting on your
mower.
b. It may be necessary to cut your grass
more frequently.
c. Operate the mower at a slower ground
speed.
d. Overlap cutting swaths instead of cutting
a full swath with each pass.
e. Mow across the marginal areas a second
time.
f. CUT HIGH - MOW OFTEN!
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OPERATION INSTRUCTIONS
MOWING WITH A GRASS CATCHER
ATTACHMENT:
In order to achieve optimum performance when
mowing with a grass catching attachment, please
read and follow the tips listed below.
1.
Read and follow the installation instructions that are
included with your grass catcher.
2.
Set engine speed control to the wide open or full
setting.
3.
Do not attempt to cut grass when it is wet. Wet
grass will clog both the underside of the deck and
the attachment chutes. Empty bags often to
prevent plugging.
4.
If the grass is tall, place the mower deck cut height
selector in the top or second notch. “Initially” overlap
cutting swaths instead of a full swath with each
pass.
5.
Keep the underside of the mower deck clean.
Frequent removal of dried grass and dirt will greatly
assist in bagging of the clippings. Never, under
any circumstances, should you place hands
or feet under the mower deck or in the chute
while blades or impeller are still turning.
6.
Operate the mower at a slower ground speed than
when mowing without a grass catching attachment.
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OPERATION INSTRUCTIONS
MOWING WITH A GRASS CATCHER
ATTACHMENT (continued):
7.
Maintain sharp blades throughout the cutting
season. Some grass catching attachments require a
“high-lift” blade. See your dealer for advice on the
type of blade(s) needed for your mower.
8.
Some mowing applications/use of grass catchers
may require that an additional weight kit be fitted to
the mower to counter the weight of grass in the bags.
Please consult with your dealer for more information
regarding installation and adding weight to the box.
Failure to observe the following instructions
WARNING may result in personal injury.
•Watch for low hanging branches or other obstacles which might hit
the catcher top while turning or backing the mower.
•Use care when backing to avoid pushing the grass bags into the
frame or “hot” exhaust muffler of the engine. Fire could result.
•Disengage blade and stop engine prior to clearing grass from
either the discharge chute or grass catcher components.
•Do not operate the mower with the grass catching attachment
partially removed. Operator or bystanders could be injured by
thrown objects.
•Keep all attachment bolts tight.
•Important: Do Not leave clippings in the bags while the mower is
stored. Damp grass clippings are a fire hazard if left in the bag.
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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
To avoid personal injury, 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. Never, under
any circumstances, should you place hands or
feet under the mower deck or in the chute while
blades or impeller are still turning.
5. Maintain sharp blade(s) throughout the cutting
season.
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OPERATION INSTRUCTIONS
GRASS HEIGHT & 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 on adequate
moisture conditions and normal thatch build-up 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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CARE AND MAINTENANCE
WARNING
Failure to observe the following instructions may result in personal injury.
Before performing any maintenance, turn off engine,
allow to cool & remove key.
Use extreme care when working on machinery.
Do not wear watch or jewelry.
Do not wear loose fitting clothes, and observe all
common safety practices with tools.
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
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 nut 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
ENGINE:
For complete maintenance and operating information of
the engine, please refer to the maintenance instructions
furnished by the engine manufacturer 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.
Note:
Your Dixon® mower comes equipped with a quick
disconnect harness for the optional Dixon® Battery
Manager. The Dixon® Battery Manager maintains the
proper charge levels during periods of inactivity and
may prevent premature battery failures. Contact your
dealer for more information.
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LUBRICATION:
CHASSIS:
(5) grease zerks
LOCATIONS:
(1) each front wheel caster
(1) each front wheel hub
(1) each mower deck hub
SERVICE INTERVALS:
Every 50 hours of operation or
once per season.
RECOMMENDED
GREASE:
Name brand wheel bearing
or multi-purpose grease
(3 pumps each)
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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
Rear tires
9 x 3.50 - 4 16-21 lbs.
16 x 6.50 - 8 8-14 lbs.
Lug nuts or lug bolts should be checked regularly for tightness.
BELTS:
Check belts every 50 hours. Replace any belts found to
be in poor condition.
BELT TENSION:
Engine to Transmission Belt - P/N 7650
Manual adjustment.
Engine to Mower Deck Belt (manual clutch) - P/N 7725
No adjustment required.
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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 information (page 16).
PARTS/SERVICE:
See your Dixon® dealer for replacement parts, warranty
or service.
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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 90 degree fitting.
4. After engine is drained, replace drain plug.
NOTE:
Refer to engine manufacturer’s recommendations for frequency of oil changes.
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CAUTION HOT oil may cause burns. Allow
engine to cool before draining oil.
OIL FILL:
1. Clean any spilled oil from engine and chassis.
2. Refill engine with type, and quantity of oil recommended by the engine manufacturer in engine
literature.
NOTE: Engine oil changes on the ZEETER™ mower
will require replacement of the oil filter. These
filters may be available from your local
Dixon® Dealer.
Protect your environment. Please dispose of used oils at
proper collection centers.
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CARE AND MAINTENANCE
MOWER DECK LEVELING PROCEDURE:
1. Place mower on a smooth, level surface and check
tire pressures to insure correct stance. Tires should
be inflated as follows.
Front: 16 - 21 lbs
Rear: 8 - 14 lbs
2. Turn blade so tips align with the deck in a side to
side manner.
3. Measure from the floor surface up to the bottom of
the blade tip on the discharge side of the mower.
Retain this measurement. Move to the opposite side
and check to see if that measurement is the same. If
adjustment is required, turn nut on one or both of the
rear L-rods until both measurements are equal.
4. Turn blade so tips align with the deck in a front to
rear manner.
5. Measure from the floor surface up to the bottom of
the blade tip at both the front and rear of the blade.
Rear blade tip should be 1/8" to 1/4" higher than the
front blade tip. If adjustment is necessary, turn nut on
front L-rod.
(See Illustration A, page 41)
NOTE:
This will place the mower deck in a base measurement
position. Additional adjustment may be required to
achieve desired cut for the type of grass or conditions
involved.
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CARE AND MAINTENANCE
IllustrationB
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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
B, page 41.
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
DECK REMOVAL:
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 eigher side for removal. (Reverse
procedure to reinsall deck assembly.)
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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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STANDARD SERVICE PARTS LIST
BLADES
*Hi-Lift - P/N 13928
Standard Lift - P/N 13927
Gator - P/N 13929
*Factory installed
BELTS
Engine to Mower Deck - P/N 7725
Engine to Transmission - P/N 7650
ENGINE AIR AND OIL FILTERS
Refer to Engine Operator’s Manual for correct
service intervals for engine oil changes and air filter
maintenance.
Protect your engine investment, use only original
equipment filters. Refer to the Engine Operator’s
Manual or ask your dealer for correct replacement
parts.
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TROUBLESHOOTING
1. ENGINE WON’T TURN OVER
Mower blades engaged- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - disengage blades
Parking brake not on- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - engage parking brake
Circuit breaker trips- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -reset breaker
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
Faulty fuel pump- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - consult dealer
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- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - consult dealer
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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6. ENGINE RUNS BUT MOWER WON’T MOVE FORWARD
Drive belt broken or slipping- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - replace drive belt
Damaged transmission- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -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
Fauty blade spindle bearing - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - consult dealer
Deck drive belt not properly routed- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - reroute
Blades blocked by foreign material - - - - - - - - - - - clean under deck
9. DRIVE SYSTEM
Mower pulls to side- - - - - - -check tire inflation/adjust control linkage
Mower creeps in neutral- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - adjust control linkage
Low on power- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -check belt tension
10. CUT QUALITY
Cut uneven left to right- - - - - - - - - - - -check tire inflation/level deck
Ends of grass blades are ragged- - - - - - - - - - - - - - sharpen blades
Poor dispersal of grass- - - - - - - - - - clean deck/check for loose belt
Skips in spots- - - - - - - - - - -check for loose belt/slow ground speed
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NOTES
NOTES
NOTES
OWNER’S INFORMATION
Date of Purchase
Mower Model Number
Mower Serial Number
Purchased From
Name
Address
DATE OIL CHANGED
DATE ENGINE TUNED
Dixon Industries, Inc.~P.O. Box 1569~Coffeyville, Ks~620-251-2000~Fax 620-251-4117
Dixon® and ZTR® are registered trademarks of
Dixon Industries, Inc.
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 INDUSTRIES, INC.
P.O. Box 1569
Coffeyville, Ks 67337-0945
620-251-2000
ZEETER™
Part No. 14295-1005