Operator`s manual | Dixon 3000 Series Lawn Mower User Manual

IMPORTANT - READ CAREFULLY
The Dixons 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 the operator's manual carefully, and become completely familiar with the controls.
The information in this operator's manual applies to all Dixon^ ZTRe 3000 Series Model Mowers. Your
Dixon dealer will gladly provide a check-out ride, and answer any questions.
See your dealer for warranty service, parts and repairs.
DIXON INDUSTRIES, INC.
A BLOUNT International Inc. Co.
PO BOX 1569
COFFEYVILLE KS 67337 0945
316251 2000
INDEX
SAFETY................................................................Pages 1 - 6
WARRANTY POLICY ...........................................Page
7
SPECIFICATIONS ................................................Pages 8 - 1 0
SEAT ADJUSTMENT ...........................................Page
11
CONTROLS..........................................................Pages 12 -15
OPERATION INSTRUCTIONS..............................Pages 16-21
CARE AND MAINTENANCE ................................Pages 22 - 29
STANDARD SERVICE PARTS LIST ....................Page
30
TROUBLESHOOTING.......................................... Pages 31 -33
Part No. 8920
October 1997
MY98
RIDING LAWNMOWERS, IF IMPROPERLY OPERATED,
CAN CAUSE SERIOUS INJURY OR DEATH
The most common causes of injury to the operator or bystander...
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SAFETY SYMBOLS:
SAFETY ALERT SYMBOL When you see this symbol,
BE ALERT to the potential for injury.
Follow recommended safety precautions and safe
operating practices.
Danger indicates an imminently hazardous
situation which, if not avoided, will result in death
or serious injury.
Warning indicates a potentially hazardous
situation which, if not avoided, could result in
death or serious injury.
Caution 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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This cutting 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.
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.
•
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 & unloading.
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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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.
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.
Avoid starting or stopping on a slope. If tires lose traction, disengage the blades and proceed
slowly down the slope.
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 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 on steep slopes.
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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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•
Use extra care in handling gasoline and other fuels. They are flammable and vapors are
explosive.
Use only an approved container.
Never remove gas cap or add fuel with the engine running. Allow engine to cool before
refueling. Do not smoke.
Never refuel the mower indoors. Never store the mower or fuel container inside a building
where there is an open flame.
'•
Never run a mower inside a closed area.
•
Keep nuts and bolts, especially blade attachment bolts, tight 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.
•
Grass catcher components are subject to wear, damage, and deterioration, which could
expose moving parts or allow objects to be thrown. Frequently check components and
replace with original equipment parts, when necessary.
•
Mower blades are sharp and can cut. Wrap the 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.
• Check to assure that the drive chains are properly adjusted. A loose chain may come off
causing loss of control. This statement applies to chain drive models 2301 , 3000 & 4000
Series.
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DIXON PROTECTION PLUS TWO YEAR LIMITED WARRANTY POLICY
This warranty policy applies to all (30"), (36"), (42") mowers purchased on or after March 1, 1990.
WARRANTY: The Dixon Protection Plus Warranty term is for a period of two (2 ) years from 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.
Mowers or accessories used for commercial applications are warranted for 30 days from date of purchase. Commercial
application is any use other than, or in addition to, mowing at owner's primary place of residence.
4.
Battery warranty: Limited to 90 days from date of purchase.
5.
6.
Accessories Warranty (Grass Catchers, Snow Blades, Covers, etc.): Limited to 90 days from date of purchase.
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.
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) Transaxle adjustments,
(c) Belts / chains / sprockets / cutting blades,
(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.
There is no other express warranty. Implied warranties, including those of merchantability 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.
7.
8.
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
S/ DMN
(Owner's Name)
(Dealership)
(Address)
(Address)
(Owner's Signature)
(Dealer's Signature)
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SPECIFICATIONS
Model ZTR 3303
CHASSIS:
The monocoque design chassis of the 3000 Series Models incorporates CMC
Laser and CNC brake processes to form the twin 12 gauge side frames and 7
gauge transmission and engine base plate.
BODY:
All body parts are made of rotational molded polyethylene. Front body contains
access panel for battery service. Seat tilts forward to allow transmission service.
MOWER DECK:
1 1 GA stamped steel construction. Single 30" cut blade.
Cut height approximately 1 " to 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:
10.5 HP I/C Briggs & Stratton, 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
11 X 4.00-5 ribbed tread. Rear
1 6 X 6.50 X 8 Turf Trac R/S Tread.
CAPACITIES:
Fuel
Engine
DIMENSIONS:
Width
32.5" outside rear wheel measurement.
Height
32.0" to top edge of seat. Length
65.5" hitch tab to front bumper. Weight
430 Ibs.
NOTE:
Additional information provided in service instructions under the individual component.
2.0 gallons total.
1 .25 quarts oil.
SPECIFICATIONS SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE.
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SPECIFICATIONS
Model ZTR3304
CHASSIS:
The monocoque design chassis of the 3000 Series Models incorporates CNC
Laser and CNC brake processes to form the twin 12 gauge side frames and 7
gauge transmission and engine base plate.
BODY:
All body parts are made of rotational molded polyethylene. Front body contains
access panel for battery service. Seat tilts forward to allow transmission service.
MOWER DECK:
1 1 GA stamped steel construction. Single 30" cut blade.
Cut height approximately 1 " to 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:
14 HP Briggs & Stratton I/C, Quiet, 4-Cycle, Single Cylinder, Air-Cooled,
Gasoline, Vertical Shaft, Cast Iron Cylinder, Synchro-Balanced, Laminated
Shroud
STARTING SYSTEM:
Electric by key switch operation with safety interlocks on parking brake and blade
drive.
TIRES:
Front
11 X 4.00-5 ribbed tread. Rear
1 6 X 6.50 X 8 Turf Trac R/S Tread.
CAPACITIES:
Fuel
Engine
DIMENSIONS:
Width
32.5" outside rear wheel measurement.
Height
32.0" to top edge of seat. Length
65.5" hitch tab to front bumper. Weight
440 Ibs.
NOTE:
Additional information provided in service instructions under the individual component.
2.0 gallons total.
1 .25 quarts oil.
SPECIFICATIONS SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE.
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SPECIFICATIONS
Model ZTR 3014
CHASSIS:
The monocoque design chassis of the 3000 Series Models incorporates CMC
Laser and CMC brake processes to form the twin 1 2 gauge side frames and 7
gauge transmission and engine base plate.
BODY:
All body parts are made of rotational molded polyethylene. Front body contains
access panel for battery service. Seat tilts forward to allow transmission service.
MOWER DECKS:
36" Deck: 1 1 GA Laser Cut Fabricated - 36" Cut Width 42"
Deck: 1 3 GA Stamped Steel Construction - 42" Cut Width
Cut height approximately 1" to 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:
14 HP Briggs & Stratton OHV I/C Quiet, 4-Cycle, Single Cylinder, Air-Cooled,
Gasoline, Vertical Shaft, Cast Iron Cylinder, Synchro-Balanced, Laminated
Shroud.
STARTING SYSTEM:
Electric by key switch operation with safety interlocks on parking brake and blade
drive.
TIRES:
Front
11 X 4.00 -5 ribbed tread. Rear
1 8 X 8.50 X 8 Multi Trac tread.
CAPACITIES:
Fuel
Engine
DIMENSIONS:
Width
43.0" outside rear wheel measurement. Height
36.0" to top edge of seat. Length
65.5" hitch tab to front
bumper. Weight
36" Deck: 500 Ibs.
42" Deck:
520 Ibs.
NOTE:
Additional information provided in service instructions under the individual component.
2.0 gallons total.
1 .25 quarts oil.
SPECIFICATIONS SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE.
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SEAT ADJUSTMENT INSTRUCTIONS
Models ZTR 3303 - ZTR 3304 - ZTR 3014
1.
Raise and push seat assembly forward.
2.
Loosen five nuts, P/N 3205, and slide seat forward or backward to desired position.
3.
Re-tighten nuts, P/N 3205. DO NOT operate mower without seat adjustments properly
tightened.
4.
Push seat assembly back to closed position.
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CONTROLS
The Dixon ZTR 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 and operate with mower blade "OFF".
To avoid "over-controlling" the mower, use a light touch on the drive levers. Slight
movements using fingertip control is all that is necessary.
All controls are described from operators position:
PARKING BRAKE:
The parking brake used on the 3000 Series Models is designed to
hold the mower from moving and is not intended for use in stopping
the mower while it is in motion.
NOTE:
Engine cannot be started unless the brake is applied.
Dp not leave engine running for extended periods of time
without the parking brake engaged. Damage to the drive
system could result.
TO SET PARKING BRAKE:
The hand operated parking brake is located at right hand side of
mower.
To engage brake, pull lever up and to the rear. To release brake,
move lever forward and down.
NOTE:
Always set parking brake before dismounting. Release
parking brake before moving mower.
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.
A minimum of 1/2 hour should be spent simply driving the mower
without the blade drive engaged.
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CONTROLS:
TO GO FORWARD:
From neutral position, gently push both drive levers forward.
To increase speed, move levers farther forward.
TO GO BACKWARD:
From neutral position, gently pull both drive levers toward you.
TURNING:
Turning is controlled by moving one drive lever slightly forward or rearward of the other.
To turn left, move left lever rearward of the right lever.
To turn "square corners" move lever of desired direction to neutral.
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, release levers to
neutral, set parking brake. Park only on level surfaces.
TWIN FUNCTION THROTTLE CONTROL LEVER:
Located on control panel to operators right.
Throttle control for engine speed.
Choking for engine starting.
Throttle Control should be set to the MAXIMUM or wide open setting to insure adequate
cooling of the engine and to maintain mower deck blade speed while mowing.
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CONTROLS:
BLADE DRIVE: Models ZTR 3303 - ZTR 3304
Located to left of 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.
BLADE DRIVE: Model ZTR 3014
Located on control panel, on operator's right.
To engage the mower blades, lift switch up
lightly and push forward.
To disengage blades, pull switch backward.
Switch is clearly marked "on" and "off".
MOWER DECK CUT HEIGHT LIFT LEVER:
Located to left of 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.
CIRCUIT BREAKER:
Protection of the electrical system is by (1)
15 amp circuit breaker.
If circuit breaker trips, push button to reset.
If this condition repeats, consult dealer for
inspection and repair.
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OPERATION INSTRUCTIONS
The safe and successful operation of the 3000 Series Models 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 owner will prevent accidents.
BEFORE OPERATING MOWER:
1. Read engine manufacturer's operating and maintenance
instructions.
2. Discuss proper maintenance with your dealer.
3. Read and observe all safety instructions on your mower and in
the manual.
4. Check engine oil.
5. Check gas cap to be sure it is in place.
6. Be sure parking brake is on.
7. Mower blade drive is off.
8. Know how to stop engine. (Turn key to off position)
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OPERATION INSTRUCTIONS
TESTING OF SAFETY INTERLOCK SYSTEMS:
PARKING BRAKE SWITCH TEST:
With parking brake in the OFF position,
engine should not turn over or attempt
to start when the key switch is moved to
the start position.
BLADE DRIVE SWITCH TEST: (Electric Clutch or Manual Drive)
a. With either electric blade drive switch
turned on, or manual lever turned forward,
parking brake in On position, engine
should not turn over or attempt to start
when key switch is moved to the start
position.
b. In a SAFE AREA away from bystanders,
start the engine, place throttle setting at
maximum or full. Engage the blade drive
either through the electric clutch switch or
by turning the manual lever forward.
Raise weight slightly off of seat. Engine
should stop.
c. 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
STARTING INSTRUCTIONS:
1. Move throttle control to "Choke" position if engine is cold, full throttle if warm.
2. Insert ignition key and turn to "Start" position. When engine starts, release
ignition key. Key will return to "Run" position.
3. Move throttle from "Choke" to desired speed position.
NOTE:
While mowing, "blade(s) engaged", throttle control should be set to the
MAXIMUM or wide open setting to insure adequate cooling of the
engine and to maintain mower deck blade speed.
Engine cannot be restarted when blade is engaged or the parking blade
is off.
Safety switches stop engine when operator leaves seat while mower
blade is engaged.
Always turn engine off when leaving mower.
DO NOT rely on safety switches.
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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 Blade(s) Throughout The Cutting Season. This is very important. Optimal
mulching performance cannot be obtained with a dull or nicked up blade.
6.
Keep The Underside Of The Mower Deck Clean. Remove all grass and dirt buildup 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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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.
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 both the underside of the deck
and the attachment chutes. Empty bags often to prevent plugging.
3.
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.
4.
Keep The Underside Of The Mower Deck Clean. Frequent removal of dried grass and dirt will
greatly assist in bagging of the clippings.
5.
Use only the correct blade(s). Some grass catching attachments require a "high-lift" blade. See
your dealer for advice on the type of blade(s) needed for your mower.
6.
Maintain Sharp Blade(s) Throughout The Cutting Season.
7.
Operate the mower at a slower ground speed than when mowing without a grass catching
attachment.
8.
Some mowing applications/use of grass catchers may require that an optional weight box 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.
•
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.
•
Disengage blade and stop engine prior to clearing grass from either the discharge chute or grass
catcher components.
•
Keep all attachment bolts tight.
•
Do Not operate the mower with the grass catching attachment partially removed.
•
Important:
• Do not leave clippings in the bags while the mower is stored.
• Damp grass clippings are a fire hazard if left in the bags.
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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 on Page 31.
Be sure that 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.
GRASS HEIGHT SUGGESTIONS:
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
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:
Zoysia
Blue Grass
Fescue Blends
St. Augustine (Mid South)
St. Augustine (Deep South)
Tifton Bermuda
Centipede
Common Bermuda
Bahia/Argentina/Pensacola
Best Cut Heights
2" - 2 1/2"
1 1/2" - 3"
1 1/2" - 3"
1 1/2" - 2"
3" - 4"
1 1/2"
1 1/2" - 2"
1 1/2" - 2"
2"
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CARE AND MAINTENANCE - 3000 SERIES MODELS
This portion of the 3000 Series Models owners manual deals with normal service items which can be
performed by the owner. Please remember that if you are in doubt as to the correct service procedures
to be followed, these and other service situations can be handled by a Dixon ZTR dealer who is familiar
with the service of your mower.
MAINTENANCE SCHEDULE:
To insure a long and trouble free service life on all the components used on the 3000
Series Models, a regular and thorough maintenance schedule should be followed. The
following items should be checked after the first (10) hours of operation and on a weekly
basis, or each (40) hours of use:
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
Drive Chain.
Drive system, belts and controls.
Mower deck belts.
Tire pressures.
Tightness of all nuts and bolts.
Battery fluid level.
Engine Oil.
Before performing any maintenance,
shut off engine, allow to cool.
ENGINE:
For engine operating and maintenance information, refer to the engine operating
and maintenance instructions furnished by the engine manufacturer, supplied with
each mower.
BATTERY: Check the fluid in the battery at frequent intervals.
Keep fluid level above the plates in each cell, using distilled water.
OFF-SEASON BATTERY STORAGE:
Identify each cable so cables can be reconnected to correct
terminals.
Disconnect cables from terminals.
ALWAYS disconnect ground cable first and reconnect last.
Charge battery.
DO NOT remove battery from mower.
Clean top of battery and terminals with baking soda and water.
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CARE AND MAINTENANCE - 3000 SERIES MODELS
CUTTER BLADE MAINTENANCE:
NOTE: Observe proper blade position prior to removal.
1. Safely raise front of mower.
2. Hold or block blade from turning.
Wear heavy, thick gloves when holding onto cutter blade,
avoid the sharp edge of the blade.
NOTE: Be sure blade is centered on pilot before tightening bolt to 60 ft. Ibs. torque.
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CARE AND MAINTENANCE - 3000 SERIES MODELS
BELT TENSION:
Manual Clutch: Models ZTR 3303 & ZTR 3304: No Adjustment
Electric Clutch: Model ZTR 3014-36" Deck: Adjust idler shock mount per diagram.
NOTE:
Model ZTR 3014-42" Deck: Belt tension maintained via spring loaded idler pulley.
DECK REMOVAL - MANUAL CLUTCH - MODELS ZTR 3303 & ZTR 3304:
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 and
remove handle through hole in lower body.
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 toward the inside of the mower chassis. 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 - 3000 SERIES MODELS
DECK REMOVAL - ELECTRIC CLUTCH - MODEL ZTR 3014:
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.
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 inside 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).
6. Refer to illustration on page 24.
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CARE AND MAINTENANCE - 3000 SERIES MODELS
FUEL SHUT OFF VALVE:
The fuel shut off valve is located at the bottom rear of the fuel tank.
Always turn the valve to the "OFF" position when the mower is stored or not in use.
LUBRICATION:
CHASSIS: LOCATIONS:
Number of grease zerks used: (4)
SERVICE INTERVALS:
(1) each front wheel caster and each front wheel hub.
RECOMMENDED GREASE:
Every 50 hours of operation
Name brand wheel bearing or multi-purpose grease
Lubricate each front wheel to allow even distribution of grease
within the wheel, rotate or spin each front wheel after (3) pumps
of the grease gun. Repeat process until the appearance of grease
is noted completely around each caster axle.
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CARE AND MAINTENANCE - 3000 SERIES MODELS
HOT oil may cause burns.
Allow engine to cool before draining oil.
CHANGING THE ENGINE OIL: MODELS ZTR 3303 - ZTR 3304 - ZTR 3014
1. The "snap lock" oil drain valve is located on the left side of the engine crankcase.
2. Place a suitable container under the drain valve. The fitting of a short piece of
hose to the valve will help direct the oil.
3. Push the valve body in and twist to clear the detent notch.
4. Pulling the valve body outward will start the flow of oil.
NOTE:
OIL FILL:
Refer to engine manufacturers recommendations for frequency of oil
changes.
1. Push the valve body in and twist into the detent notch.
2. Clean any spilled oil from engine and chassis.
3. 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 - 3000 SERIES MODELS
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.
Tightness 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.
REAR CHAIN ADJUSTMENT:
Proper tension for the rear drive chains is accomplished through the use of an "automatic" adjuster
located at mid-point of each rear 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 penetrating lubricant on the springs and rod is recommended as a
rust preventative.
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CARE AND MAINTENANCE - 3000 SERIES MODELS
WHEELS AND TIRES:
Correct tire pressure is important for correct operation of mower.
Models ZTR 3303-ZTR 3304
Front Tires
Rear Tires
11X4.00-5 Air Pressure 16-21 Ibs.
1 6 X 650 X 8 Air Pressure 8-1 4 Ibs.
Model ZTR 301 4
Front Tires
Rear Tires
11X4.00-5 Air Pressure 16-21 Ibs
1 8 X 850 X 8 Air Pressure 8-1 0 Ibs.
NOTE: Check lug nuts periodically for tightness.
ELECTRICAL SYSTEMS:
Keep all connections clean and tight.
CLEANING THE MOWER:
Wash mower periodically.
Clean above and below deck.
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, it will
begin with DM.
WARRANTY:
Refer to Warranty Registration Form (P/N 8288).
PARTS/SERVICE:
See your Dixon dealer for replacement parts, warranty or
service.
PLEASE HELP PROTECT THE ENVIRONMENT BY AVOIDING ALL
CHEMICALS WHICH MAY DAMAGE OR CAUSE HARM TO PLANTS AND
ANIMALS IN YOUR AREA.
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STANDARD SERVICE PARTS LIST
MODELS ZTR 3303 & ZTR 3304:
BLADES:
Standard:
Hi-Lift:
BELTS:
Engine To Mower Deck:
Engine To Transmission:
MODEL ZTR 301 4:
P/N 2483
P/N 2484
36" Deck
P/N 7725
P/N 7650
42" Deck
BLADES:
Standard:
Hi-Lift:
BELTS:
Engine To Mower Deck: P/N 7835
Engine To Transmission: P/N 7650
P/N 1324
P/N 1351 -right side
P/N 1352 -left side
P/N 8688 Hi-Lift
P/N 6236 Lo-lift
P/N 7725 P/N 7650
P/N 61 09 Deck Drive
BRIGGS & STRATTON AIR FILTER PART NUMBERS:
Please refer to Briggs & Stratton Engine Operators Manual for correct service intervals for engine oil
changes and air filter maintenance.
Protect your engine investment, use only original equipment filters.
Model ZTR 3303:
10.5HP
Cartridge Air Cleaner:
P/N 493910
Model ZTR 3304:
14HP
Pre-Cleaner Foam Element:
Cartridge Air Cleaner: Oil
Filter:
P/N 272403
P/N 496894
P/N 491056
Model ZTR 301 4:
14HP
Pre-Cleaner Foam Element:
Cartridge Air Cleaner: Oil
Filter:
P/N 272403
P/N 496894
P/N 491056
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TROUBLESHOOTING
MOWER CUT QUALITY:
There are many variables that can effect the cut quality of any riding mower. Type and
conditions of grass, cut height setting, engine RPM and ground speed are some of the variables
that interact creating differences in cut quality. Examination of one or more of the above will
generally produce a quality cut.
The Troubleshooting Chart suggests practices and adjustments that may be helpful in
improving cut quality. Your Dixon ZTR dealer is also available to provide assistance to you.
SITUATION
CAUSES
Ground speed
Loose engine to
mower deck belt
REMEDY
Poor cut quality
Reduce mowing speed
Poor cut quality
Refer to Page 24
Poor cut quality
Engine RPM too low
Increase engine RPM to maximum
Poor cut quality
Dull or bent blade
Sharpen or replace as required
Poor cut quality
Un-level mower deck
Consult your dealer
Poor cut quality
Grass buildup under
mower deck
Clean out underside of mower deck
Poor cut quality
Improper blades
Replace with original equipment
blade designed for the 3000 Series
Models
Poor cut quality
Uneven tire pressures
Check and adjust as required per
operators manual
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TROUBLESHOOTING
DRIVE SYSTEM:
SITUATION
Mower pulls to one
side or the other
CAUSES
Drive adjustment
REMEDY
Consult your dealer for repair
Poor driving
performance
Operation of mower
Review operators section
of owners manual
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TROUBLESHOOTING
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM:
SITUATION
Starter will not
turn engine over
CAUSES
Circuit breaker engaged
REMEDY
Push button to reset Consult
your dealer for repair
Starter will not
turn engine over
Dead battery
Charge battery
Battery discharge
Poor connections on
battery
Battery water low
Wrong battery installed
in mower
Tighten or replace as required
Battery discharge
Engine electrical system
not functioning correctly
Have electrical system checked by
your dealer
Battery discharge
Engine being operated
at too low an RPM
Increase engine RPM Contact your
dealer for information
NOTE: Electrical system failures are generally simple in nature, always check the obvious
first and then move onto the more complicated parts used. Poor battery service,
loose connections, corrosion, frayed or broken wiring, are more likely than component
failure.
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OWNER
INFORMATION
DIXON INDUSTRIES, INC.
A BLOUNT International Inc. Co.
POBOX 1569
COFFEYVILLE KS 67337 0945
316251 2000
FAX 316 251 4117
DATE PURCHASED
MOWER MODEL NUMBER
MOWER SERIAL NUMBER
DM-
PURCHASED FROM
Name
Address
DATE OIL CHANGED:
DATE ENGINE TUNED:
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