model number 917.259572

model number 917.259572

MODEL NUMBER 917.259572

OWNER'S MANUAL

e Assembly

®Operation

Customer Responsibilities

e Service and Adjustments

®Repair Parts

®

For answers to your questions about this product, Call:

1-800-659-5917

Sears Craftsman Help Line

5 am - 5 pm, Mort - Sat

CAUTION:

Read

and follow

all safety rules and instructions before operating this equipment.

FOR CONSUMER ASSISTANCE HOT LINE, CALL THIS TOLL FREE NUMBER:

1-800-659-5917

SAFETY RULES

Safe Operation Practices for Ride-On Mowers

&

IMPORTANT:

THIS CUTTING MACHINE IS CAPABLE OF AMPUTATING HANDS AND FEET AND THROWING OBJECTS.

FAILURE TO OBSERVE THE FOLLOWING SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS COULD RESULT IN SERIOUS INJURY OR DEATH.

III. CHILDREN

I.

GENERAL OPERATION

Read, understand, and foIiow ali instructions in the manual and on the machine before starting.

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= Only aflow responsible adults, who are familiar with the

instructions, to operate the machine

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 isclear of other people before mowing. Stop machine if anyone enters the area

,

Never carry passengers

Do not mow in reverse unless absolutely necessary Aiways 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 guard in place

Slow down before turning

Never leave a running machine unattended.

Always turn off blades, set parking brake, stop engine, and remove keys before dismounting.

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° Turn off blades when not mowing,

° Stop engine before removing grass catcher or unc]ogging chute.

Mow only in daylight or good artificial light,

Do not operate the machine while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

° Watch for traffic when operating near or crossing roadways,

Use extra care when loading or unloading the machine into a trailer or truck,

I1.

SLOPE OPERATION

Slopes are a major

factor

related to loss_of-control and tipover accidents, which can result in severe injury or death, All slopes require extra caution, If you cannot back up the slope or if you feel uneasy on it, do not mow iL

DO:

,, Mow up and down slopes, not across.

= Remove obstacles such as rocks, tree limbs, etc..

Watch for holes, ruts, or bumps.

Uneven terrain coutd overturn the machine

Tall grass can hide obstacles.

° Use slow speed._ Choose a low gear so that you wil! not have to stop or shift while on the slope,.

Follow tire manufacturer's recommendations weights or counterweights to improve stability.

for wheel

°

Use extra care with grass catchers or other attachments.

These can change the stability of the machine.

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 straight 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-otis, ditches, or embankments.

The mower could suddenty 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.

Donottrytostabilizethemachinebyputtingyourfootonthe

g_ound,

Do not use grass catcher on steep slopes.

Tragic accidents can occur if the operator is not alert to the presence of children.

Children are often attracted to the machine and the mowing activity_

Never

assume that children will remain where you last saw them.

= Keep children out of the mowing area and under the watchful care of another responsible adult.

Be aled and turn machine off if children enter the area

°

Before and when backing, took behind and down for small children

= Never carry children They may fall off and be seriously

injured or interfere with safe machine operation.

Never allow children to operate the machine.

Use extra care when approaching blind corners, shrubs, trees, or other objects that may obscure vision_

IV.

SERVICE

Use extra care in handling gasoline and other fuels. They are flammable and vapors are explosiv&

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 machine indoors.

Never store the machine or fuel container inside where

there is an open flame, such as a water heater.

Never run a machine inside a closed area..

° Keep nuts and bolts, especially blade attachment bolts, tight and keep equipment in good condition.

°

Never tamper with safely devices..

Check their proper operation regularly°

Keep machine free of grass, leaves, or other debds build-upo

Clean oil or fuel spillage, Allow machine to cool before storing

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Stop and inspect the equipment if you strike an object,

Repair, if necessary, before restarting.

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• 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 aIIow objects to be thrown.

Frequently check components and replace with manufacturer's recommended parts, when necessary,

Mower blades are sharp and can cut Wrap the blade(s) or' wear gloves, and use extra caution when servicing them.

°

Check brake operation frequently.

Adjust and service as

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require&

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Look for this symbo! to point out important

safety

CAUTIONI!t

precautions.

BECOME

It

ALERTIII means

YOUR

SAFETY IS INVOLVED.

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CAUTION: Always disconnect spark plug spark plug in order to prevent accidental starting when setting up, transporting, adjusting

or making repairs_

WARNING &

Theengineexhaust fromthis product contains chemicals

known to the State of California

to cause cancer, birth defects, or other reproductive harm.

CONGRATULATIONS on your purchase of a Sears

Tractor.

It has been designed, engineered and manufactured to give you the best possible dependability and performance°

Should you experience any problem you cannot easily remedy, please contact your nearest Sears Authorized

Service Center/Department Department_ We have competent, well-trained technicians and the proper tools to service or repair this tractor.

Please read and retain this manual.

The instructions will enable you to assemble and maintain your tractor properly.

Always observe the "SAFETY RULES".

MODEL

NUMBER

SERIAL

NUMBER

DATEOFPURCHASE

917.259572

THE MODELAND SERIAL NUMBERS WILL BE FOUND

ON A PLATE UNDER THE SEAT°

YOU SHOULD RECORD BOTH SERIAL NUMBER AND

DATE OF PURCHASE AND KEEP IN A SAFE PLACE

FOR FUTURE REFERENCE.

MAINTENANCE

AGREEMENT

A Sears Maintenance Agreement is available on this producL Contact your nearest Sears store for details.

CUSTOMER RESPONSIBILITIES

° Read and observe the safety rules.

° Follow a regutar schedule in maintaining, caring for and using your tractor.

= Follow the instructions under"Customer Responsibilities" and "Storage" sections of this owner's manual

WARNING:

This tractor is equipped with an

internal

combustion engine and should not be used on or near any unimproved forest-covered, brush-covered or grass-coy-

PRODUCT

SPECIRCATIONS

HORSEPOWER: 19..5

GASOLINE CAPACITY

AND TYPE:

3.5 GALLONS

UNLEADED REGULAR

OIL TYPE (AP]-SF/SG/SH): SAE 30 (above 32°F)

SAE 5W-30 (below 32°F)

OIL CAPACITY: 3.0 PINTS

SPARK PLUG:

(GAP: °030")

VALVE CLEARANCE:

CHAMPION RJ19LM

GROUND

TIRE PRESSURE:

CHARGING

BATTERY:

SPEED (MPH):

SYSTEM:

INTAKE: 004"006"

EXHAUST: .007" -..009"

FORWARD: 0 - 55

REVERSE: 0-2.4

FRONT: 14 PSI

REAR: 10 PSi

3 AMPS BATTERY

5 AMPS HEADLIGHTS

AMP/HR:

MIN CCA:

30

240

CASE SIZE: U1R

30-35 FT. LBS.

BLADE BOLT TORQUE: ered land unless the engine's exhaust system is equipped with a spark arrester meeting applicable local or state laws

(if any).

If a spark arrester is used, it should be maintained in effective working order by the operator°

In the state of California the above is required by law

(Section 4442 of the California Public ResOurces Code).

Other states may have similar laws.

Federal laws apply on federal lands.

A spark arrester for the muffler is available through your nearest Sears Authorized Service Center/

Department (See REPAIR PARTS section of this manual).

LiMiTED TWO YEAR WARRANTY ON CRAFTSMAN RIDING EQUIPMENT

For two (2) years from the date of purchase, if this Craftsman Riding Equipment is maintained, lubricated and tuned up according to the instructions in the owner's manual, Sears will repair or replace, free of charge, any parts found to be defective in material or workmanship.

This Warranty does not cover:

,, Expendable items which become worn during normal use, such as blades, spark plugs, air cleaners, belts, etc

Tire replacement or repair caused by punctures from outside objects, such as nails, thorns, stumps, or glass.

Repairs necessary because of operator abuse, negligence, imp(oper storage or accident or the failure to maintain the equipment according to the instructions contained in the owner's manual.

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Riding equipment used for commercial or rental purposes.

LIMITED 90 DAY WARRANTY ON BATTERY

For ninety (90) days from date of purchase, if any battery included with this riding equipment proves defective in material or workmanship and our testing determines the battery will not hold a charge, Sears will replace the battery at no charge.

IN-HOME WARRANTY SERVICE ON YOUR CRAFTSMAN RIDING EQUIPMENT IS AVAILABLE AT NO-CHARGE FOR 30

DAYS FROM THE DATE OF PURCHASE.

PLEASE CONTACT YOUR NEAREST SERVICE CENTER.

AFTER 30 DAYS FROM

THE DATE OF PURCHASE, WARRANTY SERVICE IS AVAILABLE BY TAKING YOUR CRAFTSMAN RIDING EQUIPMENT TO

YOUR NEAREST SEARS SERVICE CENTER.

(IN-HOME WARRANTY SERVICE WILL STILL BE AVAILABLE AFTER 30 DAYS

FROM THE DATE OF PURCHASE BUT A STANDARD TRIP CHARGE WILL APPLY) THIS WARRANTY APPLIES ONLY

WHILE THIS PRODUCT IS IN THE UNITED STATES

This Warranty gives you specific legal rights, and you may also have other rights which may vary from state to state

SEARS, ROEBUCK AND CO., D/817 WA, HOFFMAN ESTATES, IL 60179

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

SAFETY RULES ............................................................

2

PRODUCT SPECIFICATIONS

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3

CUSTOMER RESPONSIBILITIES

..................... 3, 17-20

WARRANTY

..................................................................

3

TABLE OF CONTENTS

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4

INDEX ............................................................................

4

TRACTOR ACCESSORIES

..........................................

5

ASSEMBLY ..............................................................

7-10

OPERATION ...........................................................

t1-16

MAINTENANCE SCHEDULE

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17

SERVICE AND ADJUSTMENTS ............................

21-27

STORAGE

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28

TROUBLESHOOTING ............................................

29-30

REPAIR PARTS - TRACTOR .................................

32.47

REPAIR PARTS - ENGINE ....................................

48-53

PARTS ORDERING/SERVICE °:.,-,;;_.......... BACK PAGE

INDEX

A

Accessories ............................................... 5

Electrical:

E

Oil:

O

Adjustments:

Brake .............................................

24

interlocks and Relays .................... 28

Schematic ..................................

31

Cold Weather Conditions ....... 14,19

Engine ..........................................

19

Carburetor ...................................

27

Storage .............................. i .......... 28

Mower:

Engine:

Front*To-Back

Air Filter .......................................

19

Side-To-Side ...........................

22

Air Screen ...................................

19

Throttle Control Cable ............ 26-27

Cooling Fins, Engine ................... 20

Air Filter, Engine

....................................

Operation ......................................

11,16

Operating Mower, .............................

14

Options:

Accessories ....................................... 5

Motion Drive

Fuel:

Fuel .............................................

20

Spark Arrestor

.........................

Air Screen, Engine ............................

19 Oil Level

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Terminals

........................................

P

Assembly ............................................ 7-10

Battery:

B

Parking Brake .................................. 12o13

Preparation

..............................

14

Paris Bag ................................................

6

Repair Parts ............................ 48-53

Parts, Replacement/Repair,

...........

Starting

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Product Specifications ................................3

Cleaning

........................................

R

Starting with Weak Battery ........... 26

F

Storage ...................................

28 Filters:

Repair Parts .................................

32-47

S

BeLts:

Safety Rules .............................................. 2

Seat

..........................................................

8

Removal/Replacement ........... 24

Mower Drive

Type ..........................................

14

Service and Adjustments ............... 21-27

Brake .............................................

24

Removal/Replacement

..........

Mower Blade Drive

Biade:

Removal/Replacement .............23

Sharpening ................................

18

Fuse

Carburetor

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..................................................

27

Fuse ..............................................

26

G

Hood Removal/Installation ......... 26

Gauge Wheels .............................

9,14

Motion Drive Belt

N

Hood Removatllnstallation ................. 26

Remova!tReplacement

............ 24

Mower Drive

Replacement .................................

18

Brake Adjustment

.................................

C

Carburetor Adjustment .......................

27

Controls, Tractor ................................

13

L

M

Removal/Replacement ........... 23

Mower Blade Drive Belt

Leveling Mower Deck .................... 21-22

Removal/Repfacement

...........

Lubrication Chart

.................................

Mower Adjustment:

Front-to-Back ,,_ .....................

22

Customer Responsibilities .......... 3,17-20

Maintenance Schedule

.......................

Side-to-Side ............................. 22

Engine:

Mower:

Air Fitter ....................................

19

Mower Installation .......................

21

Adjustment, Front-to-Back .......... 22

Mower Removal

..........................

Air Screen, Engine ..................

19

Adjustment, Side-to-Side ............. 22

Tire Care ................................ 8,18,25

Cooling Fins, Engine

..............

19

Engine Oil ..............................

20

Fuel Filter ................................

20

Spark Plugs ............................... 18

Tractor:

Blades ......................................... 18

Lubrication Chart ...................... 17

Maintenance Schedule ........... 17

Tire Care .......................... 8,t8,25

Cuttir_g Height, Mower .........................

13

Blade Sharpening .......................

18

Slope Guide Sheet

...............................

Blade Replacement .....................

18

Spark Plugs ........................................

20

Cutting Height ...........................

13

Specifications ........................................

3

Installation ................................

9,21

Operation

Steering Wheel .................................. 7,25

Removal ......................................

21

Stopping the Tractor ...........................

13

Mowing Tips 16

Starting the Engine .......................

14-15

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Storage ............................................

28

Muffler ................................................

20

T

Spark Attester ..........................

3,40

Mulcher Plate .....................................

10

Throttle Control Cable Adjustment ..... 26

Tires .............................................

8,18,25

Trouble Shooting Chart ................... 29-3.0

Transaxle Repair Parts .................

46-47

W

Warranty ................................................

3

Wiring Diagram ..................................

32

Wiring Schematic ................................

31

ACCESSORIES AN ATTACHMENTS

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Thes e accesso des and attachments were available through most Sears retail outlets and service centers when the tractor was purchased.

Most Sears stores can order these items for you when you provide the model number of your tractor,,

ENGINE

SPARK PLUG

GAS CAN

ENGINE OIL

A

AIR FILTER

FUEL STABILIZER

2,

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MAINTENANCE

BLADES BELTS

PERFORMANCE

Sears offers a wide variety of attachments that fit your tractor, Many of these are listed below with brief explanations of how they can help you, This list was current at the time of publication; however, it may change in future years - more attachments may be added, changes may be made in these attachments, or some may no longer be available or fit your model Contact your nearest Sears store for the accessories and attachments that are available for your tractor.

Most of these attachments do not require additional hitches or conversion kits (those that do are indicated) and are designed for easy attaching and detaching,

AERATOR

promotes deep root growth for a healthy fawn Tapered 2o5-inch steel spikes mounted on 10-inch diameter discs puncture holes in soil at close intervals to let moisture soak in,

Steel weight tray for increased penetration

BAGGER lets you collect grass clippings and leaves for a healthier, nearer looking lawn, Two Permanex containers hold

30-gallon plastic bags.,

BUMPER protects front end of tractor from damage

CARTS make hauling easy Variety of sizes available, plus accessories such as side panel kits, tool caddy, cart cover, protective mat and dolly,,

CORING AERATOR takes sma{I piugs out of soil to allow moisture and nutrients to reach grass roots., 36-inch swath,.

24 hardened steel coring tips, 150 lb capacity weight tray,

EASY OIL DRAIN VALVE makes oil changes easier, faster.

FRONT NOSE ROLLER canters in front of mower deck to reduce chances of "scalping" on uneven terrain

GANG HITCH lets you tow 2 or3 pul!-behind attachments at once, such as sweepers, dethatchers, aerators (not for use with rollers, carts or other heavy attachments).

GAUGE WHEELS on both sides of the mower deck reduce chances of "scalping" on uneven terrain., For mower decks not so equipped.

MULCH RAKFJDETHATCHER loosens soil and flips thatch and matted leaves to lawn surface for easy pickup., Twenty spring tine teeth Useful to prepare bare areas for seeding. Availab{e for front or rear mounting.

HIGH PERFORMANCE REEL-ACTION

SPRING TINE DETHATCHER covers 36-inch wide path and tosses thatch into large hopper.

Mounts behind tractor,

MULCHING CLOSE-OUT PLATE KIT, once installed, lets you mulch, discharge or bag clippings (bagger optional) without changing btades,_ For models not equipped as 3-in-1 Convertible mowers, See MOWER in the Repair Parts section of this manual.

RAMP TOPS AND FEET let you load and unload tractor from a pickup truck Use with 2 x 8 or 2 x 10 lumber..

ROLLER for smoother lawn surface.

36*inch wide, 18-inch diameter water-tight drum holds up to 390 Ibs, of weight, Rounded edges prevent harm to turf, Adjustable scraper automatically cleans drum

SNOW BLADE for snow removal only, 14-inch high, 48-inch wide blade clears 42-inch path when angled left or right,, Raises lowers with side lever,, Adiustabie skids; replaceable, reversible scraper bar. (Use with tire chains and wheel weights and/or rear drawbar weighL)

SNOWTHROWER has 40-inch swath Drum-type a.uger handles powdery and wet/heavy snow.

Mounts easily with simple pin arrangement Discharge chute adjusts from tractor seat 6-inch diameter spout discharges snow 10 to 50 feet Lift controlled at tractor seat.

(Use with chains and wheel weights and/or rear drawbar weight )

SPRAYERS

use 12-volt DC electric motor that connects to the tractor battery or other 12-volt source,, lncfudes booms for automatic spraying and hand held wand for spot spraying Wand has adjustable spray pattern.r

For applying herbicides,

insecti-

cides, fung{cides and liquid fertilizers,

SPREADER/SEEDERS make seeding fertilizing, and weed killng easy,, Broadcast spreaders are also useful for granular deicers and sand

SWEEPERS let you collect grass clippings and leaves.

TILLER has 5 hp engine and 36-inch swath to prepare seed beds cultivate and compost garden residue.

Tiller has its own built-in

tiltand depth control system and does NOT require a sleeve hitch,,

Fits any lawn, yard or garden tractor., Simply hook up to the tractor drawbar and go!

Optional accessories dethatching, aerating, hilling, without tools,, convert unit for

TIRE CHAINS are heavy duty; closely spaced extra-large cross

.links give smooth ride, outstanding traction.

TRACTOR CAB has heavy duty vinyl fabric ever tubular stee!

frame, ABS plastic top; clear plastic windshield offers 360 degree visibility.

Hinged metal doors with catch.

Keeps operator warm and dry Remove vinyl sides and windshields for use as sun protector in summer.

Optional accessories include: tinted/ tempered solid safety glass windshield with hand operated wiper

12-volt amber caution light for mounting on cab top

VAC S for powedul collectio n of heavy grass clippings and leaves..

Optional wand attachment to pick up debris in hard-to-reach places, VAClCHIPPER includes a chipper-shredder,

WEIGHT BRACKET for drawbar for snow removal applications,

Uses (1) 55 lb,.weight

WHEEL WEIGHTS for rear wheels provide needed traction for snow removal or dozing heavy materials_

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CONTENTS

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Parts Bag contents shown

full size

(1) Large Flat Washer (1) Hex Bolt

Seat

Video

Cassette c_3t8

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(1) Shoulder

Bolt 5/16-18

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(1) Locknut

5/t 6-18_

(1) Hex Bolt _, k,....} ,y

5/16-18 x 1-1/4 _

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(1) Hex Bolt 1/2-13 x I

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(1) Washer t7/32 x

1-3/t6.x

12

Gauge

11)Lock

Washer 1/2

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ii.

_(2) Lock

Washers #10

(2) Weld

Nuts #10

_s

3/16 x 3/4

#I0 x 5/8

r-m (2) Hex Bolts 1/4-20 x 3/4 f,,_"_(2) Hex Nuts

Manual

Steering

Wheel

Steering

Boot

Mulcher

Plate

H

Parts Bag

Parts bag contents not shown full size

(2) Washers 3/8

(2} Shoulder

Bolts

(2) Centerlock Nuts

__1(2) _

Steering Wheel

Adapter

_ok

Assemblys

Steering

Wheel

Insert

(2) Keys

Steering =

Extension

Shaft

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Slope Sheet

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(2) Washer

9/32 x 5/8 x 16 Gauge

(2) Lock

Washers 1/4

6

ASSEMBLY

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Your new tractor has been assembled at the factory with exception of those parts left unassembfed for shipping purposes,

To ensure safe and proper operation of your tractor all parts and hardware you assemble must be tightened securely,

Use

the correct tools as necessary to insure proper tightness,

TOOLS REQUIRED

FOR ASSEMBLY

A socket wrench set will make assembly easier Standard wrench sizes are listed

(1) 9/16" wrench

(2) 7/16" wrenches

(2) 1/2" wrench

(1) 3/4" wrench

(1) 3/4" Socket w/drive rachet

Phillips Screwdriver

Tire pressure gauge

Utility knife

Pliers

When right or left hand is mentioned in this manual, it means when you are in the operating position (seated behind the steering wheel).

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STEERING

WHEEL

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INSERT

3/8 HEX BOLT

3tB LOCK

WASHER

=... LARGE

FLAT

WASHER

STEERING

TO REMOVE TRACTOR FROM CARTON

UNPACK CARTON

o Remove all accessible loose parts and p&rts cartons from carton (See page 6).

o Cut, from top to bottom, along lines on all four corners of carton, and lay panels flato

• Check for any additional loose parts or cartons and remove.

BEFORE ROLLING TRACTOR OFF SKID

EXTE.S!OH

s.AFT

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..... 11

_

ADAPTER

5/16 HEX

LOWER

STEERING

SHAFT

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ATTACH STEERING WHEEL (See Fig. 1)

ASSEMBLE EXTENSION SHAFT AND BOOT

• Slide extension shaft onto lower steering shaft° Align mounting holes in extension and lower shafts and install 5/16 hex bolt and locknut.

Tighten securely..

IMPORTANT: TIGHTEN BOLT AND NUT SECURELY TO t8_22 FT, LBS TORQUE

= Place tabs of steering boot over tab slots in dash and push down to secure.

INSTALL STEERING WHEEL

= Position front wheels of the tractor so they are pointing straight forward°

• Slide steering wheel adapter onto steering shaft extension.

° Position steering wheel so cross bars are horizontal

(left to right) and slide inside boot and onto adapter°

• Assemble farge flat washer, 3/8 lock washer, 3/8 hex bolt and tighten securely,

• Snap steering wheel insert into center of steering wheel o Remove protective materials from tractor hood and grill

IMPORTANT: CHECK FOR AND REMOVE ANY STAPLES

IN SKiD THAT MAY PUNCTURE TIRES WHERE TRACTOR

IS TO ROLL OFF SKID

FIG. 1

TO ROLL TRACTOR

OFF SKID (See Opera-

tion

section for location and function

of controls)

• Press lift lever plunger and raise attachment lift lever to its highest position., o Release parking brake by depressing clutch/brake pedal.

o Place freewheel control in freewheeling position to disengage transmission (See 'q'O TRANSPORT" in the Operation section of this manual), o Roll tractor backwards off skid,

• Remove banding holding discharge guard up against tractor_

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HOW TO SET UP YOUR TRACTOR

CONNECT BATTERY (See Fig. 2)

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TERM|NAL

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ACCESS

DOOR

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FIG. 2

NEGATIVE

(BLACK)

CABLE

ASSEMBLY

POSITIVE

(RED)

CABLE rq,

A nals by allowing a wrench or any other

CAUTION: Do not short battery termisametime.

Before connecting battery,

remove

metal bracelets, wristwatch

bands, rings,

etc.

Positive terminal must be connected

first to prevent sparking from acciden-

ta ! grounding. . .........

Lift hood to raised position_

=

Open terminal access doors, remove terminal protective caps and discard° o if this battery is put into service after' month and year indicated on label (label located between terminals) charge battery for minimum of one hour at 6-10 amps_

First connect RED battery cable to positive (+) battery terminal with hex bolt, flat washer, lock washer and hex nut as shown Tighten securely.

o Connect BLACK grounding cable to negative (-) battery terminat with remaining hex bolt, flat washer, lock washer and hex nuL Tighten securely

, Close terminal access doors.

Use terminal access doors for:

° Inspection for secure connections (to tighten hardware).

inspection for corrosion..

• Testing battery.

, Jumping (if required)

• Periodic charging°

HEX NUT

DISCARD TERMINAL

PROTECTIVE CAPS

LOCK

WASHER

FLAT

WASHER

HEX

BOLT

INSTALL SEAT (See Fig. 3)

AdjUst seat before tightening adjustment bolt.

• Remove cardboard packing on seat pan°

= Place seat on seat pan and assemble shoulder bolt,

Tighten shoulder bolt securely.

= Assemble adjustment bolt, lock washerand flat washer toosely.

Do not tighten°

,,

Lower seat into operating position and sit on seat.

Slide seat until a comfortable position is reached which allows you to press clutch/brake pedal all the way down_

° Get off seat without moving its adjusted position.

,, Raise seat and tighten adjustment bolt securely..

SEAT

BOLT

SHOULDER

BOLT_._.

SEAT PAN

FIG. 3

CHECK TIRE PRESSURE

The tires on your tractor were ovednflated at the factory for shipping purposes.

Correct tire pressure is important for best cutting performance.

=

Reduce tire pressure to PSI shown in "PRODUCT

SPECIFICATIONS" on page 3 of this manual.

CHECK DECK LEVELNESS

For best cutting results, mower housing shoutd be properly leveled, See "TO LEVEL MOWER HOUSING" in the

Service and Adjustments section of this manual.

CHECK FOR PROPER POSITION OF ALL

BELTS

See the figures that are shown for replacing motion and mower blade drive belts in the Service and Adjustments section of this manual..

Verify that the belts are routed correctiy.

CHECK

BRAKE

SYSTEM

After you learn how to operate your tractor, check to see

that the brake is properly adjusted_ See "TO ADJUST

BRAKE" in the Service and Adjustments section of this manual.

8

ASSEMBLY

=

ASSEMBLE GAUGE WHEELS TO MOWER

DECK (See Fig. 4)

TO CONVERT TO BAGGING OR

DISCHARGING

The gauge wheefs are designed to keep the mower deck in proper position when operating mower. Be sure they are properly adjusted to ensure optimum mower performance.

Simpty remove mulcher plate and store in a safe place.

Your mower is now ready for discharging or installation of optional grass catcher accessory.

o Assemble gauge wheels with tractor on a flat teve!

surface.

NOTE: It is not necessary to change blades. The mulcher blades are designed for discharging and bagging alsoo

o Adjust mower to desired cutting height (See 'q'O AD-

JUST MOWER CUTTING HEIGHT" in the Operation section of this manua0..

o With mower in desired height of cut position, gauge wheels should be assembled so they are slightly off the ground_ Install gauge wheel in appropriate hole with shoulder bolt, 3/8 washer, and 3/8-16 locknut and tighten securely..

Repeat for opposite side installing gauge wheel in same adjustment hole

WELD.

NUT

_

WELD NUT

,_

\

LOCK

WASHER

SCREW

HOOK POINTS

DOWN

LATCH

HOOK

LATCH

HOOK

WHEEL

BRACKET

318-1

LOCKNUT

318 WASHER

GAUGE WHEEL:

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J k.y/"

_ _"

SHOULDER

BOLT

FIG, 4

INS'fALL MULCHER PLATE (See Figs. 5 and 6)

o Install two latch hooks to mulcher plate using screw, washer, Iock washer, and weld nut as shown

-

NOTE: Pre-assembte weld nut to latch hook by inserting weld nut from the top with hook pointing down.

o

Tighten hardware securetyo

° Raise and hold deflector shield in upright position.

.

Place front of mulcher plate over front of mower deck opening and slide into place, as shown

= Hook front latch into hole on front of mower deck,

Hook rear latch into hole on back of mower deck°

guard

from

mower,

Raise

and hold guard when attaching

mulcher

plate and allow it to rest on plate while in operation,

WASHER

MULCHER

PLATE

DEFLECTOR

SHIELD

LOCK

WASHER

WASHER

SCREW

WELD

NUT

FIG, 5

FIG. 6

LATCH

HOOKS

9

ASSE IBLY

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BEFORE YOU OPERATE AND ENJOY YOUR NEW

TRACTOR, WE WISH TO ASSURE THAT YOU RECEIVE

THE BEST PERFORMANCE AND SA TISFA CTfON FROM

THIS QUALITY PRODUCT

PLEASE REVIEW THE FOLLOWING CHECKLIST'

,/ All assembly instructions have been completed

/

No remaining loose parts in caEton.

,/ Batteryis properly prepared and charged.

(Minimum

1 hour at 6 amps).

v'

Seat is adjusted comfortably and tightened securely.

,/ All tires are properly inflated, (For shipping purposes, the tires were overinflated at the factory).

,/ Be sure mower deck is properly leveled side-to-side!

front-to-rear for best cutting results° (Tires must be properly inflated for leveling)

v'

Check mower and drive belts. Be sure they are routed pf_opertyaround pulleys and inside all belt keepers.

,/ Check wiring. See that all connections are still secure and wires are properly clamped.

,/ Before driving tractor, be sure freewheel control is in drive position_

WHILE LEARNING HOW TO USE YOUR TRACTOR, PAY

EXTRA ATTENTION TO THE FOLLOWING IMPORTANT

ITEMS:

,/

Engine oil is at proper level,,

,/ Fuel tank is filted with fresh, clean, regular unleaded gasoline

,/ Become familiar with all controls - their location and function.

Operate them before you start the engine.

,/ Be sure brake system is in safe operating conditien_

_/

It is important to purge the transmission before operating your tractor for the first time. Foltow prope_ starting and transmission purging instructions (See'q'o START

ENGINE" and "PURGE TRANSMISSION" in the Operation section of this manual).

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OP RATION

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,.

These symbols may appear on your tractor or in literature supplied with the product, Learn and understand their meaning°

BATTERY CAUTION OR

WARNING

REVERSE FORWARD FAST SLOW

ENGINE ON

FUEL

CLUTCH LIGHTS ON OVER TEMP

LIGHT

ENGINE OFF OIL PRESSURE

\

CHOKE

MOWER HEIGHT DIFFERENTIAL

LOCK

PARKING BRAKE

LOCKED

UNLOCKED

REVERSE NEUTRAL HIGH LOW

MOWER LIFT

ATTACHMENT

CLUTCH ENGAGED

÷

ATTACHMENT

CLUTCH DISENGAGED

PARKING BRAKE

IGNITION

HYDROSTATIC FREE WHEEL

(Hydro Models only)

DANGER, KEEP HANDS AND FEET AWAY

11

KNOW YOUR TRACTOR

READ THIS OWNER'S MANUAL AND SAFETY

RULES

BEFORE

OPERATING YOUR

TRACTOR

Compare the illustrations with your tractor'to familiarize yourself with the locations of various controls and adjustments, Save this manual for' future reference,,

AMMETER

ATTACHMENT

CLUTCH LEVER

CHOKE

CONTROL

\

\

THROTTLE

CONTROL

ATTACHMENT

LIFT LEVER

CLUTCH/

BRAKE

PEDAL

IGNITION

SWITCH

HEIGHT

ADJUSTMENT

KNOB

FREEWHEEL

CONTROL

*_.

PARKING

BRAKE

MOTION

CONTROL

LEVER

APPROX.

SPEED

3 MPH

2MPH

1MPH

FIG, 7

ATTACHMENT

tractor.

Our tractors conform to the safety standards of the American National Standards Institute.

CLUTCH LEVER:

Used to engage the mower' blades, or other attachments mounted to your

LIGHT SWITCH:

Turns the headlights on and off.

THROTTLE CONTROL:

Used to control engine speed.

CLUTCHIBRAKE PEDAL: Used for deciutching and braking the tractor and starting the engine.

PAR'KING BRAKE: Locks clutch/brake pedal into the brake position°

FREEWHEEL CONTROL: Disengages transmission for pushing or slowly towing the tractor with the engine off.

CHOKE CONTROL: Used when starting a cold engine.

MOTION CONTROL LEVER: Selects the speed and direction of the tractor,

ATTACHMENT

LIFT LEVER: Used to raise and lower the mower deck or other attachments mounted to your tractor.

LIFT LEVER PLUNGER: Used to release attachment lift lever when changing its position°

IGNITION SWITCH: Used for starting and stopping the engine.

HEIGHT ADJUSTMENT KNOB: Used to adjust the mower cutting height.

AMMETER: indicates battery charging (+) or discharging

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'

OPERATION

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i

The operation of any tractor can result in foreign

objects thrown into the eyes, which can result in severe eye damage.

Always wear safety glasses or eye shields while operating your tractor or performing any adjustments or repairs.

We recommend a wide vision safety mask over the spectacles or standard safety glasses.

/

HOW TO USE YOUR TRACTOR

.

TO SET PARKING

BRAKE

(See Fig. 8)

Your tractor is equipped with an operator presence sensing switch_ When engine is running, any attempt by the operator to leave the seat without first setting the parking brake will shut off the engine.

Depress clutch/brake pedal into full "BRAKE" position and holdo o Place parking brake _ever in "ENGAGED" position and rerease pressure from clutch/brake pedal Pedal should remain in "BRAKE" position, Make sure parking brake will hold tractor secure.

NOTE: Under certain conditions when tractor is standing

idlewith the engine running, hot engine exhaust gases may cause "browning" of grass,, To eliminate this possibility, always stop engine when stopping tractor on grass areas,

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i _

_,

CAUTION: Always stop tractor

com-

pletely, as described above, before leaving the operator's position; to empty !

!

"

grass,catcher'

etc,i.............

TO USE THROTTLE CONTROL (See Fig. 8)

Always operate engine at fuft throttle.

Operating engine at less than full throttle reduces the battery charging rate_

= Full throttle offers the best bagging and mower performance,

THROTTLE

CONTROL

\

cHoKE \

,,__

ATTACHMENT

CLUTCH

LEVER "ENGAGE"

.

POSITION ....

/

D,SENGAGE

CONTROL _._.

_

PTITION

TO USE CHOKE CONTROL (See Fig. 8)

Use choke control whenever you are starting a cold engine°

Do not use to start a warm engine.

= To engage choke control, pull knob out. _lowly.push

knob in to disengage

J

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\,"

_._:_J'(

MOTION

CONTROL

,,i.-¢/;;. LEVER

_

"

/

CLUTCH,'; ;;' E

PEDAL "DRIVE"

POSITION

_\

HEIGHT

ADJUSTMENT

KNOB

FIG. 8

-\

"ENGAGED"

ON

"DISENGAGED"

POSITION

STOPPING (See Fig. 8)

MOWER BLADES -

= Move attachment clutch Lever to "DtSENGAGED"

position.

GROUND DRIVE -

Depress clutch/brake pedal into full "BRAKE" position_

.

Move motion control lever to neutral (N) position.

IMPORTANT: THE MOTION CONTROL LEVER DOES

NOT RETURN TO NEUTRAL (N) POSITION WHEN THE

CLUTCH/BRAKE PEDAL iS DEPRESSED,

ENGINE -

Move throttle control to s_ow position

NOTE: Failure to move throttle control to slow position and allowing engine to idle before stopping may cause engine to "backfire".

.

Turn ignition key to "OFF" position and remove key.

Always remove key when leaving tractor to prevent unauthorized use.

o Never use choke to stop engine

13

TO MOVE FORWARD AND BACKWARD (See

Fig. 8)

The direction and speed of movement is controlled by the motion contro} lever

,, Start tractor with motion control lever in neutral (N) position.

o Release parking brake and clutch/brake pedal.

o

S!owly move motion control lever to desired position°

TO ADJUST MOWER CUTTING HEIGHT

(See Fig. 8)

The cutting height is controlled by turning the height adjust* ment knob in desired direction.

.

Turn knob clockwise (,._) to raise cutting height, o Turn knob counterclockwise height,,

(F_)to lower cutting

.The cutting height range is approximately 1-1/2" to 4"° The heights are measured from the ground to the blade tip with the engine not running These heights are approximate and may vary depending upon soil conditions, height of grass and types of grass being mowed

The average lawn should be cut to approximately 2-1/2 inches during the cool season and to over 3 inches during hot months,, For healthier and better looking lawns, mow often and after moderate growth.

o For best cutting performance, grass over 6 inches in height should be mowed twice.

Make the first cut relatively high; the second to desired height.

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OPEFIATNON

TO OPERATE

MOWER (See Fig. 9)

Your tractor isequipped with an operator presence sensing switch. Any attempt by the operator to leave the seat with the engine running and the attachment clutch engaged will shut off the engine.

Select desired height of cut,

= Lower' mower with attachment lift control.

°

Start mower blades by engaging attachment clutch control,

= TO STOP MOWER BLADES - disengage attachment clutch control

[_

CAuTION;

Do n0t operate the mowe;

without either the entire grass catcher,

on mowers so equipped, or the dis-

charge guard in place.

TO TRANSPORT (See Fig. 10)

When pushing or towing your tractor, be sure to disengage transmission by placing freewheel control in freewheefing

position Free wheel control is located at the rear drawbar of tractor,

.

Raise attachment lft to highest position with attachment lift control

Pul freewheel control knob out and hold ir=position by inserting retainer spring into forward hole of coi_trol rod.

o Do not push or tow tractor at more than two (2) MPH°

= To reengage transmission, reverse above procedure.

NOTE: '1;oprotect hood from damage when transporting your tractor on a truck era trailer, be sure hood isclosed and secured to tractor. Use an appropriate means of tying hood to tractor (rope, cord, etc.)

ATTACHMENT

CLUTCH

LEVER

"ENGAGED"_

POStTION

__ f

_f

t,

_,,___\

_

A'[TACHMENT LiFT

EVER HIGH

POSITION

LOW

POSITION

FIG. 10

ADJUSTMENT

_'_ \

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_'_.\X._

.,_y_ DISCHARGE

_

GUARD

FIG. 9

TO OPERATE ON HILLS

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hills with slopes greater than 15 ° and

do not drive across any slope.

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.

Choose the slowest speed before starting up or down hills.

• Avoid stopping or changing speed on hills.

if slowing is necessary, move throttle control lever to slower position.

• If stopping is absolutely necessary, push clutch/brake pedal quickly to br_ke position and engage parking brake.

_, Move motion control lever to neutral (N) position.

IMPORTANT: THE MOTION CONTROL LEVER DOES

NOT RETURN TO NEUTRAL (N) POSITION WHEN THE

CLUTCH/BRAKE PEDAL IS DEPRESSED

-

To restart movement, slowly release parking brake and clutch/brake pedal

.

Slowly move motion control lever to slowest setting,

Make all turns slowly.

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BEFORE STARTING THE ENGINE

CHECK ENGINE OIL LEVEL (See Fig. 15)

=

The engine in your tractor has been shipped, from the factory, already filed with summer' weight oil

Check engine oil with tractor on level ground.

,, Remove oil fil cap/dipstick and wipe clean, reinsert the dipstick and screw cap tight, wait for a few seconds, remove and read oil level tf necessary, add oil until

"FULL" mark on dipstick is reached.

Do not overfill.

= For cold weather operation you should change oil for easier starting (See "OIL VISCOSITY CHART' in the

Customer Responsibilities section of this manual).

-

To change engine oil, see the Customer Responsibitties section in this manual.

ADD

GASOLINE

o Fill fuel tank, Use fresh, clean, regular unleaded gasoline with a minimum of 87 octane, (Use of leaded gasoline will increase carbon and lead oxide deposits and reduce valve life) Do not mix oil with gasoline.

Purchase fuel in quantities that can be used within 30 days to assure fuel freshness°

IMPORTANT: WHEN OPERATING IN TEMPERATURES

BELOW 32°F(0°C), USE ERESH, CLEAN WINTER GRADE

GASOLINE TO HELP INSURE GOOD COLD WEATHER

STARTING

14

OPERATNON

WARNING: Experience indicates that alcohol blended fuels (called gasohol or using ethanol or methanol) can attract moisture which leads to separation and formation of acids during storage, Acidic gas can damage the fuel system of an engine while in storage.

To avoid engine problems, the fuel system should be emptied before storage of 30 days or longer.

Drain the gas tank, start the

engine and let it run until the fuel lines and carburetor are empty.

Use fresh fuel next season.

See Storage Instructions for additional information Never use engine or carburetor cleaner products in the fuel tank or permanent damage may occur..

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,_

_

CAUTION: Fill to bottomof gas tank filler neck. Do not overfill.

Wipeoffany spilled oil or fuel. Do not store, spill or

use gasoline

near an open flame.

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Be sure the tractor is on level ground.

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= Place the motion control lever in neutral.

Release the parking brake and let the clutch/brake slowly return to operating position.

• Allow one minute for transmission to warm up..

This can be done during the engine warm up period_

.

The attachments can be used during the engine warmup period after the transmission has been warmed up and may require the choke control be pulled out slightly.

NOTE: If at a high altitude (above 3000 feet) or in cold temperatures (below 32 F) the carburetor fuet mixture may need to be adjusted for best engine performance.

See "TO

ADJUST CARBURETOR" in the Service and Adjustments section of this manual.

PURGE TRANSMISSION

TO START ENGINE (See Fig. 8)

When starting the engine for the first time or if the engine has run out of fuel, it will take extra cranking time to move fuel from the tank to the engine.

• Be sure freewheel control is in the transmission

en-

gaged position.

= Sit on seat in operating position, depress clutch/brake pedal and set parking brake°

° Place motion control lever in neutral (N) position.

Move attachment clutch to "DISENGAGED" position..

°

Move throttle control to fast position

° Pull choke control out for a cold engine start attempt.

For a warm engine start attempt the choke control may not be needed

Note: Before starting, read the warm and cold starting procedures below_

=

Insert key into ignition and turn key clockwise to"START" position and release key as soon as engine starts.. Do not run starter continuously for more than fifteen sec_ onds per minute If the engine does not start after several attempts, push choke control in, wait a few minutes and try again if engine still does not start, pull the choke control out and retry.

WARM WEATHER STARTING (50 ° F and above)

= When engine starts, slowly push choke control in until the engine begins to run smoothly.

If the engine starts to run roughly, pull the choke control out slightly for a few seconds and then continue to push the control in slowly.

° The attachments and ground drive can now be used. If the engine does not accept the load, restart the engine and allow it to warm up for one minute using the choke as described above

COLD WEATHER STARTING (50 ° F and below)

When engine starts, stowty push choke control in until the engine begins to run smoothly. Continue to push the choke control in small steps allowing the engine to accept small changes in speed and load, until the choke controt is fully in.. If the engine starts to run roughly, pull the choke control out slightfy for a few seconds and then continue to push the control in slowly_ This may require an engine warm-up period from several seconds to several minutes, depending on the temperature.

HYDROSTATIC TRANSMISSION WARM UP o Before driving the unit in cold weather, the transmission should be warmed up as follows:

15

!

_ freewheel lever while the engine is run-

CAUTION: Never engage or disengage

ning.

..........

To ensure proper operation and performance, it is recommended that the transmission be purged before operating tractor for the first time.. This procedure will remove any trapped air inside the transmission which may have developed during shipping of your tractor..

IMPORTANT: SHOULD YOURTRANSMISSION REQUIRE

REMOVAL FOR SERVICE OR REPLACEMEN%

SHOULD BE PURGED AFTER REINSTALLATION

iT

BEFORE OPERATING THE TRACTOR.

° Place tractor safely on level surface with engine off and parking brake set..

o

Disengage transmission by placing freewheel control in freewheeling position (See "TO TRANSPORT"

in

this section of manual).

.

Sitting in the tractor seat, start engine. After theengine

is running, move throttle control to slow position With motion control lever in neutral (N) position, slowly disengage clutch/brake pedal..

Move motion control lever to full forward position and hold for five (5) seconds Move lever to full reverse position and hold for five (5) seconds Repeat this procedure three (3) times

NOTE: During this procedure there will be no movement of drive wheels.. The air is being removdd from hydraulic drive system.

• Move motion control lever to neutral (N) position Shutoff engine and set parking brake.

° Engage transmission by placing freewheel control in driving position (See "TO TRANSPORT" in this section of manual)..

Sitting in the tractor seat, start engine_ After the engine

is running, move throttle control to half (1/2) speed_

With motion control lever in neutral (N) position, slowly disengage clutch/brake pedal

,

Slowly move motion control lever forward, after the tractor moves approximately five (5) feet, slowly move motion control lever to reverse position.

After the tractor moves approximately five (5) feet return the motion control lever to the neutral (N) position.

Repeat this procedure with the motion control lever three (3) times

=

Your tractor is now purged and now ready for normal operation

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O ERATION

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iVIOWiNG TiPS

Tire chains cannot be used when the mower housing is attached to tractor.

Mower should be properly leveled for best mow!ng

performance.

See"TO LEVELMOWER HOUSING in the Service and Adjustments section of this manual.

The left hand side of mower shoutd be used for trimming.

Drive so that clippings are discharged onto the area that has been cuL Have the cut area to the right of the tractor.

"{'hiswilt result in a more even distribution of clippings and more uniform cutting.

When mowing targe areas, start by turning to the right so that clippings will discharge away from shrubs, fences, driveways, etc. After one ortwo rounds, mow

in the opposite direction making left hand turns until finished (See Fig. 11 ).

If grass is extremely tall, it should be mowed twice to reduce load and possible fire hazard from dried clippings. Make first cut relatively high; the second to the desired height°

Do not mow grass when it is wet.

Wet grass will ptug mower and leave undesirable clumps.

Allow grass to dry before mowing°

Always operate engine at full throttle when mowing to

assure better mowing performance and proper discharge of material.

Regulate ground speed by selecting a low enough gear to give the mower cutting performance as well as the quality of cut desired..

When operating attachments, select a ground speed that will suit the terrain and give best performance of the attachment being used,

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MULCHING

MOWING

TIPS

IMPORTANT: FOR BEST PERFORMANCE, KEEP

MOWER HOUSING FREE OF BUILT-UP GRASS AND

TRASH.

CLEAN AFTER EACH USE.

.

The special mulching blade will recut the grass c_ippings many times and reduce them in size so that as they fail onto the lawn they will disperse into the grass and not be noticed.

Also, the mulched grass will biodegrade quickly to provide nutrients for the lawn.

Always mulch with'your highest engine (blade) speed as this will provide the best recutting action of the blades.

.

Avoid cutting you_ lawn when it is wet° Wet gt ass tends to form clumps and interferes with the mulching action..

The best time to mow you_ lawn is the early afternoon.

At this time the grass has dried and the newly cut area

will l_ot be exposed to the direct sun.

', For best results, adjust the mower cutting height so that the mower cuts off only the top one-third of the grass blades (See Fig, 12).. For extremely heavy mulching, reduce your width of cut and mow slowly.

', Certain types of grass and grass conditions may re- quire that an a_ea be mulched a second time to completely hide the clippings When doing a second cut, mow across or perpendicular to the first cut path_

• Change your cutting pattern from week to week. Mow north to south one week then change to east to west the next week. This wilt help prevent matting and graining of the lawno

MAX 1/3

f

FIG. 12

FIG. 11

16

CUSTO REGPON BBLITIES

MAINTENANCE

SCHEDULE

AS YOU COMPLETE

REGULAR SERVICE

Check Brake Operation

Check Tire Pressure

T

Check for Loose Fasteners

R Sharpen/Replace Mower Blades

C Lubrication Chart

T ,,,Check Bat!eryLevel/Recharge

0

Clean Battery and Terminals a Check Transaxle Coo_ing

Adjust BIade Belt(s) Tension

Adjust Motion Drive Bert(s) Tension

,Check,,Engine Oil Level

Change Engine Oil

G

I

E

Clean

Air

Filter

........

N

Clean Air Screen

Inspect MuffledSpark Arrester

Replace Oil Filter (if equipped) f___ERVICE

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6/

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6/2

6/2

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6/

6/

6/

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DATES

N Clean Engine Cooling Eins .....

Replace Spark PIug

Replace Air Fitter Paper Cartridge

Replace Fuel Filter

1 - Change more olten when operating under e L,eavy load or _n h_gh ambient temperatures

2 - Service moreellen when operaltng indirty or dusty conditions

3 _ It equippedwith oil litter, changeoil every 50 hours

4

- Replace bladesmore often when mowing in sandy soil

6/ 6/

6/2

6/

5 - It equipped will", adjustable system

6 - Not required if equipped with mainIenance4ree battery

7 Tighten fron! axle pivot bo_t _o35 It 4be maximum

Do not ovedighten

GENERAL RECOMIVlENDATIONS

The warranty on this tractor does not cover items that have been subjected to operator abuse or negligence..

To receive full value from the warranty, operator must maintain tractor as instructed in this manual.

Some adjustments will need to be made periodically to properly maintain your tractor.

All adjustments in the Service and Adjustments section of this manual should be checked at [east once each season.

,, Once a year you should replace the spark plug, clean or replace air filter, and check blades and belts for wear.

A new spark plug and clean air filter assure proper air-fuel mixture and help your engine run better and last longer.

BEFORE EACH USE

o

Check engine oil level

* Check brake operation,.

o Check tire pressure,

o

Check for loose fasteners,

(_)

G

CLUTCH

PIVOT(S)

LUBRICATION CHART

(_

BEARING ZERK

ZERK(_)

"FRONT

WHEEL(_

BEARING ZERK

ENGINE (_)

(_ SAE 30 OR IOW30 MOTOR OIL

(_ GENERAL PURPOSE GREASE

(_) REFER TO CUSTOMER RESPONSIBILITIES "ENGINE"

SECTION

IMPORTANT: DO NOT OIL OR GREASE THE PIVOT POINTS

WHICH HAVE SPECIAL NYLON BEARINGS VISCOUS LUBRi-

CANTS WILL ATTRACT DUST AND DiRT THAT WILL SHORTEN

THE LIFE OF THE SELF-LUBRICATING BEARINGS IF YOU

FEEL THEY MUST BE LUBRICATED, USE ONLY A DRY, POW-

17 DERED GRAPHITE TYPE LUBRICANT SPARINGLY

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BLADE CARE

For' best results mower blades must be kept sharF

Re-

place bent or damaged blades.

518" BOLT

OR PIN

BLADE

BLADE REMOVAL

(See Fig. 13)

.

Raise mower to highest position to allow access to blades.

o Remove hex bolt, lock washer and flat washer securing blade.

.

install new or resharpened blade with trailing edge up towards deck as shown.

o

Reassemble hex bolt, lock washer and flat washer in exact order as shown.

= Tighten bolt securely (30-35 FL Lbs torque),

IMPORTANT: BLADE BOLT IS GRADE 8 HEAT TREATED

NOTE: We do not recommend sharpening blade - but ifyou do, be sure the blade is balanced.

BLADE

FLAT__

LOCK

WASHER_

HE_ BOLT

(GRADE 8)*

_

FIG. 14

BATTERY

Your tractor has a battery charging system which is sufficient for normal use° However, periodic charging of the battery with an automotive charger will extend its life.

• Keep battery and terminals ctean

-

Keep battery bolts tight.

Keep small vent holes open.

• Recharge at 6-10 amperes for 1 hour.

TO CLEAN BATTERY AND TERMINALS

MANDREL

JASOEMO'¥

TRAILING EDGE

Corrosion and dirt on the battery and terminals can cause the battery to "leak" power

.

Remove terminal guard,

° Disconnect BLACK battery cable first then RED battery cable and remove battery from tractor.

Rinse the battery with plain water and dry°

° Clean terminals and battery cable ends with wire brush until bright

° Coat terminals with grease or petroleum jelly°

° Reinstall battery (See "CONNECT BATTERY" in the

Assembly section of this manual).

*A GRADE 8 HEAT TREATED BOLT CAN BE

IDENTIFIED BY SIX LINES ON THE BOLT HEAD,

FIG. 13

18

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CUSTO RESPONS B LITnES

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V-BELTS

Check V-belts for deterioration and wear after 100 hours of operation and replace if necessary° The belts are not adjustable, Replace belts if they begin to slip from wear,

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.

After oil has drained completely, replace oil drain plug and tighten securely_ o Refill engine with oil through oil fill dipstick tube, Pour slowly.

Do not overfill, For approximate capacity see

"PRODUCT SPECIFICATIONS" on page 3 of this manual

TRANSAXLE

COOLING

The fan and cooling fins of transmission should be kept clean to assure proper cooling,

Do not attempt to clean fan or transmission while engine is running or while the transmission is hot1

o

inspect cooling fan to be sure fan blades are intact and clean° o Use gauge on oil fill cap/dipstick for checking levet, Be sure dipstick cap is tightened securely for accurate reading° Keep oil at "FULL" line on dipstick,

OIL

DRAIN

PLUG

AIR SCREEN

*

Inspect cooling fins for dirt, grass clippings and other material& To prevent damage to seals, do not use compressed air or high pressure sprayer to clean cooling fins.

TRANSAXLE

PUMP FLUID

The transaxle was sealed at the factory and fluid maintenance is not required for the life of the transaxle, 'Should the transaxle ever leak or require servicing, contact your nearest authorized service center/department.

OIL FILL

CAPiDIPSTSICK

FIG. 16

I

ENGINE

LUBRICATION

Only use high quality detergent oil rated with API service classification SF, SG, or SH, Select the oil's SAE viscosity grade according to your expected operating temperature,

SAE VISCOSITY GRADES

CLEAN AIR SCREEN (See Fig. 16)

Air screen must be kept free of dirt and chaff to prevent engine damage from overheating.

Clean with a wire'brush or compressed air to remove dirt and stubborn dried gum fibers,

°F -20"

_C -30"

TEMPERATURE

-2'0"

0"

30 " 32" 40"

-10"

RANGE

0"

'10"

ANTICIPATED

FIG, 15

BEFORE

60" 80"

20"

40 30°

NEXT OILCHANGE t00 °

_

NOTE; Although multi-viscosity oils (5W30, 10W30 etc.) improve starting in cold weather, these multi-viscosity oils will result in increased oil consumption when used above

32°F. Check your engine oit level more frequently to avoid possible engine damage from running low on oil

Change the oil after every 25 hours of operation or at least once a year if the tractor is not used for 25 hours in one year,

Check the crankcase oil level before starting the engine and after each eight (8) hours of operation,, Tighten oil fill cap/dipstick securely each time you check the oil level,

TO CHANGE ENGINE OIL (See Figs. 15 and 16)

Determine temperature range expected before oil change°

Al! oil must meet API service classification SF, SG or SH.

.

Be sure tractor is on level surface°

• Oil wi[I drain more freely when warm.

,

Catch oi! in a suitable container,

• Remove oil fill cap/dipstick, Be careful not to allow dirt to enter the engine when changing oil

" Remove drain plug,

AIR FILTER (See Fig. 17)

Your engine will not run properly using a dirty air filter_,

Clean the foam pre-cleaner after every 25 hours of operation or every season., Service paper cartridge every 100 hours of operation or every season, whichever occurs firsL

Service air cleaner more often under dusty conditions.

Remove knob(s) and cover.r

TO SERVICE PRE-CLEANER

°

Slide foam pre-cleaner off cartridge.

= Wash it in liquid detergent and water,

, Squeeze it dry in a clean cloth° -

Saturate it in engine oil, Wrap it in clean, absorbent cloth and squeeze to remove excess oil

If very dirty or damaged, replace pre-cleaner.

o Reinstall pre_cleaner over cartridge.

, Reinstall cover and secure with knob(s)_

TO SERVICE CARTRIDGE

o

Remove wing nuts and cartridge plate

Carefully remove cartridge to prevent debris from entering carburetor

• Clean cartridge by tapping gently on fiat surface, If very dirty or damaged, replace cartridge°

° Reinstall cartridge plate, wing nuts, precleaner, cover and secure with knob(s).

19

CUSTOME RESPONSIBmLITUE$

i

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iiN,,,_=,l=,r

........

,.........

j _, ,,liH,,r=r

IMPORTANT: PETROLEUM SOLVENTS, SUCH AS

KEROSENE, ARE NOT TO BE USED TO CLEAN THE

CARTRIDGE° THEY MAY CAUSE DETERIORATION OF

THE CARTRIDGE

USE PRESSURIZED

CARTRIDGE.

DO NOT OIL CARTRIDGE.

AiR TO CLEAN

DO NOT

OR DRY

MUFFLER

i,

Inspect and replace corroded muffler and spark arrester (if equipped) as it could create a fire hazard and/or daniage_

SPARK PLUGS

WIN

KNOB

Replace spark plugs at the beginning of each mowing season or after every 100 hours of operation, whichever occurs first. Spark plug type and gap setting are shown in

"PRODUCT SPECIFICATIONS" on page 3 of this manual

DGE

PLATE

FOAM

AIR SCREEN

CARTRIDGE

IN-LINE

FUEL FILTER

(See Fig. 19)

The fuel filter should be repfac_.d once each season, if fue!

filter becomes clogged, obstructing fuel flow to carburetor, replacement is required.

o With engine coo!, remove filter and plug fuet line sections.

.

Place new fuel filter in position in fuel line with arrow pointing towards carburetor

• Be sure there are no fuel line leaks and clamps are property positioned.

Immediately wipe up any spilled gasoline.

FIG. 17

ENGINE

COOLING FINS (See Fig. 18)

Remove any dust, dirt or oil from engine cooting fins to prevent engine damage from overheating _Air guide covers must be removed. Remove side panels and hood (See "TO

REMOVE HOOD AND GRILL ASSEMBLY" in the Service and Adjustments section of this manual).

TOP AIR

GUIDE COVER

ENGINE

COOLING FINS

FUEL

//

FILTER"

FIG. 19

CLEANING

Q Clean engine, battery, seat, finish, etc.. of all foreign matter.

,, Keep finished surfaces and wheels free of all gasoline, oil, etco

,, Protect painted surfaces with automotive type wax•

We do not recommend using a garden hose to clean your tractor unless the electrical system, muffler, air filter and carburetor are covered to keep water out. Water in engine can resutt in a shortened engine life..

AIR GUIDE COVER (BOTH SIDES)\

FIG. 18

2O

I"

" ' , i

SERVBCE AND ADJUSTMENTS

, ............

"''

I

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CAUTION: BEFORE PERFORMING ANY SERVICE OR ADJUSTMENTS:

o

Depress clutch/brake

pedal fully and set parking brake.

=

Place motion control lever in neutral (N) position.

=

Place attachment clutch

in "DISENGAGED"

position.

o Turn ignition key "OFF"

and remove key.

o

Make sure the blades and all moving parts have completely stopped.

=

Disconnect

spark plug wire from spark plug and place wire where it cannot come in contact with plug,

TO REMOVE MOWER

(See Fig. 20)

Mower will be easier to remove from the right side of tractor°

,

Place attachment clutch in "DISENGAGED"

position.

° Move attachment lift lever forward to lower mower to its lowest position°

• Roll belt off engine pulley,

, Disconnect cfutch rod from clutch lever by removing retainer spring

,

Disconnect anti-sway bar from chassis bracket by removing retainer spring.

, Disconnect suspension arms from rear deck brackets by removing retainer springs

• Disconnect front links from deck by removing retainer springs°

°

Raise lift lever to raise suspension arms. Slide mower out from under tractor,

IMPORTANT: iFAN ATTACHMENT OTHER THAN THE

MOWER DECK iS TO BE MOUNTED ON THE TRACTOR,

REMOVE THE FRONT LINKS,

TO INSTALL

MOWER

(See Fig. 20)

,

Raise attachment lift lever to its highest position°

°

Slide mower under tractor with discharge guard to right side of tractor,

,

Lower lift lever to its lowest position°

• Instalt mower in reverse order of removal instructions,

SUSPENSION

ARMS

RETAINER

SPRING

ANTI-SWAY BAR

RETAINER

SPRINGS

(BOTH SIDES)

FIG. 20

LEVER

SPRING

ENGINE

FRONT

LINK

SPRINGS

BOTH SIDES)

i ,

21

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i

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,,= ..............................

SERVICE AND ADJUSTMENTS

TO LEVEL MOWER HOUSING

Adjust the mower while tractor is parked on level ground or driveway.

Make sure tires are properly inflated (See

"PRODUCT SPECIFICATION S" or_page 3 of this manual),

If tires are over' or underinftated, you will not properly adjust your' mower.

SIDE-TO-SIDE ADJUSTMENT (See Figs. 21 and 22)

Raise mower to its highest position°

• At the midpoint of both sides of mower, measure height from bottom edge of mower to ground Distance"A" on both sides of mower should be the same or within 1/4" of each other_

.

If adjustment is necessary, make adjustment on one side of mower only,

• To raise one side of mower, tighten lift link adjustment nut on that side.

o To lower one side of mower', loosen lift link adjustment nut on that side.

NOTE: Each full turn of adjustment nut will change mower height about 1/8"o

.

Recheck measurements after adjusting.

BOTTOM EDGE

OF MOWER TO

GROUND

BOTTOM EDGE

OF MOWER TO

GROUND

FRONT-TO-BACK ADJUSTMENT (See Figs. 23 and 24)

IMPORTANT: DECK MUST BE LEVEL SIDE-TO-StDEo iF

THE FOLLOWING FRONT-TO-BACK ADJUSTMENT

IS

NECESSARY, BE SURE TO ADJUST BOTH FRONT LINKS

EQUALLY

SO MOWER WIL.L STAY LEVEL SIDE, TO-

SIDE.

To obtain the best cutting results, the mower housing

Should be adjusted so that the front is approximately 1/8" to

1/2" lower than the rear when the mower is in its highest position

Check adjustment on right side of tractor= Measure distance"D" directly in front and behind the mandrel at bottom edge of mower housing as shown,

• Before making any necessary adjustrnents, oheck that both front links are equal in length, Both links should be approximately 10-3/8",

,,

If links are not equal in length, adjust one link to same

length as other link.

,, To lower front of mower loosen nut "E" on both front links an equal number of turns

• When distance "D" is 1/8" to 1/2" lower at front than rear, tighten nuts "F" against trunnion on both front links_

= To raise front of mower, loosen nut"F" from trunnion on both front links, Tighten nut "E" on both front links an equal nurnber of turns

° When distance "D'* is 1/8" to 1/2" lower at front than rear, tighten nut"F" against trunnion on both front links,

.

Recheck side-to-side adjustment.

• '_"

GROUND LINE

FIG. 21

' i " _ MANDREL

SUSPENSION

ARM

FIG. 23

BOTH FRONT LINKS MUST BE EQUAL IN LENGTH

FIG. 22

LIFT LINK

ADJUSTMENT

NUT

NUT "F*'_ NUT "E"

22

FRONT LINKS TRUNNION

FIG. 24

SERVICE AN

ADJUSTMENTS

i

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TO REPLACE

MOWER

BLADE DRIVE BELT

(See Fig. 25)

The mower blade drive belt may be replaced without tools,

Park the tractor on level surface° Engage parking brake.,

TO ADJUST BRAKE

(See Fig. 26)

Your tractor is equipped with an adjustable brake system which is mounted on the side of the transaxle,

If tractor requires more than six (6) feet stopping distance at high speed in highest gear, then brake must be adjusted.

BELT REMOVAL

• Remove mower from tractor (See 'q'O REMOVE

MOWER" in this section of this manual),

o

Work belt off both mandrel pulleys and idler pulleys,

Depress clutch/brake pedal and engage parking brake.

Measure distance between brake operating arm and nut "A" on brake rod.

° Pull belt away from mower°

BELT INSTALLATION

• Install new belt in reverse order of removal.

• Make sure belt is in all pulley grooves and inside all belt glJideso

Install mower in reverse order of removal instructions,

If distance is other than 1-3/4", loosen jam nut and turn nut "A" until distance becomes 1-3/4".

Retighten jam nut against nut "A"

Road test tractor for proper stopping distance as stated above Readjust if necessary.

If stopping distance is still greater than six (6) feet in highest gear, further maintenance is necessary,. Contact your nearest authorized service center/department.

MANDREL

PULLEY

IDLER

PULLEYS

WITH PARKING BRAKE "ENGAGED"

NUT "A"

NUT

MANDREL

PULLEY

FIG. 25

ARM

DO NOT TOUCH THIS NUT° IF FURTHER BRAKE ADJUST-

MENT IS NECESSARY CONTACT YOUR NEAREST

AUTHO-

RIZED SERVICE CENTERIDEPARTMENT

FIG. 26

23

SERVICE AND ADJUSTMENTS

TO REPLACE MOTION DRIVE BELT

(See Fig. 27)

Park the tractor on level surface, Engage parking brake.

For assistance, there is a belt installation guide decal on bottom side of left footrest..

o

Remove mower (See "TO REMOVE MOWER" in this section of this manualJ

,

,, Remove upper belt keeper.

Remove belt from stationary idler and clutching idier_

= Pull belt slack toward rear of tractor. Carefully remove belt upwards from transmiss{on input pulley and over cooling fan blades+

=

Pull belt toward front of tractor and remove downward from around engine pulley.

, install new belt by reversing above procedure,

IMPORTANT: MAKE SURE UPPER BELT KEEPER iS

POSITIONED PROPERLY BETWEEN LOCATOR TABS.

ENGINE----..Jt

PULLEY_

-qL ..L lY

LOCATOR

TABS

STATIONARY_,-'2,,"_

I

"_'_"UPPER

KEEPER

BELT

TO ADJUST MOTION CONTROL LEVER

(See Fig. 28)

The motion control lever has been preset at the factory and adjustment should not be necessary.

if for any reason the motion controt lever will not hold its position while at a selected speed, it may be adjusted at the friction pack located on the right side of transmission.

*

Park tractor on tevel surface.

Stop tractor by turning

ignition key to "OFF" position, and engage parking brake.

= Adjust motion control lever by tightening adjustment tocknut one half (1/2) turn.

NOTE: If for any reason the effort to move the motion control lever becomes too excessive, reverse the above adjustment procedure by loosening iocknut 1/4 to 1/2 turn.

Road test tractor after adjustment and repeat procedure if necessary.

TRANSMISSION REMOVAL/REPLACEMENT

Should your transmission require removal for service or replacement, it should be purged after' reinstallation and before operating the tractor, See "PURGE TRANSMIS-

SION" in the Operation section of this manual.

_ '

IDLER }l

TRANSMISSION'H_I",

_

./'_

ADJUSTMENT

LOCKNUT

FIG, 28

FIG. 27

24

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1,

=...........

SERVSCE AN ADJUSTMENTS

i,u luuu i, i.......

TO ADJUST STEERING WHEEL ALIGNMENT

if steering wheel crossbars are not horizontal (left to right)

when wheels are positioned straight forward, remove steer_

ing wheel and reassemble per instructions in the Assembly section of this manual

FRONT WHEEL TOE-IN/CAMBER

_1.....

TO START

ENGINE

WITH

A WEAK BATTERY

See Fig. 30)

CAUTION:

Lead-acid batteries garter-

ateexplosive gases° Keep sparks, flame

and smoking materials away from bat-

teries.

Always wear eye protection when around batteries.

The front wheel toe-in and camber are not adjustable on your tractor_ If damage has occurred to affect the front wheel toe-in or camber, contact your nearest authorized service center/department.

TO REMOVE

(See Fig. 29)

WHEEL FOR REPAIRS

• Block up axle securely.

• Remove axle cover, retaining ring and washers to allow wheel removal (rear wheel contains a square key - Do not lose),

Repair tire and reassemble,

°

On rearwhee]s only: align grooves in rear'wheel hub and axle.

Insert square key

• Replace washers and snap retaining ring securely in axle groove.

Replace axle cover

NOTE: To seal tire punctures and prevent flat tires due to slow leaks, tire sealant may be purchased from your local parts dealer_ Tire sealant also prevents tire dry rot and corrosioR.

If your batter,/is too weak to start the engine, it should be recharge& If "jumper cables" are used for emergency starting, follow this procedure:

IMPORTANT: YOUR TRACTOR iS EQUIPPED WITH A

12 VOLT NEGATIVE GROUNDED SYSTEM.

THE OTHER

VEHICLE MUST ALSO BE A 12 VOLT NEGATIVE

GROUNDED SYSTEM.

DO NOT USE YOUR TRACTOR

BATTERY TO START OTHER VEHICLES.

TO ATTACH JUMPER CABLES

Connect each end of the RED cable to the POSITIVE

(+) terminal of each battery, taking care not to short against chassis

• Connect one end of the BLACK cable to the NEGA-

TIVE (-) terminal of fully charged battery.

o Connect the other end of the BLACK cable to good

CHASSIS GROUND, away from fuel tank and battery.

TO REMOVE CABLES, REVERSE ORDER

.

BLACK cable first from chassis and then f_orn the fully charged battery

,, RED cable last from both batteries_

I

|

|

WASHERS

RETAINING

RING

"POSITIVE" (+) "NEGATIVE"

(-)

AXLECOVER

t

_.

SQLIARE

KEY

-(REAR WHEEL ONLY)

FIG. 29

FIG. 30

25

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'

SERVICE AND ADJUSTMENTS

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TO REPLACE HEADLIGHT BULB

o

Raise hood,

Pull bulb holder' out of the hole in the backside of the

grill

• Replace bulb in holder and push bulb holder securely back into the hole in the backside of the grill,

o

Close hood°

INTERLOCKS AND RELAYS

Loose or damaged wiring may cause your tractor to run poorly, stop running, or prevent it from starting.

o Check wiring.

See electrical wiring diagram In the

Repair Parts section of this manual°

ENGINE

. ....

TO ADJUST

THROTTLE

CONTROL

CABLE

(See Fig. 32)

The throttle control has been preset at the factory and adjustment should not be necessary. Check adjustment as described below before loosening cable, tf adjustment is necessary, proceed as follows: a With engine not running, move throttle control lever to fast position,

• Check that swivel is against slde of quarter' circle.

If it is not, loosen cable clamp screw and pull cable back until swivel is against quarter circle.

Tighten cable

clamp screw securely.

TO REPLACE

FUSE

Replace with 30 amp automottve4ype plugqn fus& The fuse holder is located behind the dash,

CLAMP €

TO REMOVE HOOD AND GRILL ASSEMBLY

(See Fig. 31)

* Raise hood°

Unsnap headlight wire connector.

, Stand in front of tractor. Grasp hood at sides, tilttoward engine and lift off of tractor.

o

To replace, reverse above procedures,

HOOD

FIG, 32

HEADLIGHT

WIRE

CONNECTOR

FIG. 31

26

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i.....

SERVmCE AND ADJUSTMENTS

TO ADJUST CHOKE CONTROL (See Fig, 33)

The choke control has been preset at the factory and adjustment should not be necessary.

Check adjustment as described below before loosening cable,_ tf adjustment is necessary, proceed as follows:

• With engine not running, move choke control (located on dash panel) to full choke position.

o

Remove air cleaner cover, filter and cartridge plate to expose carburetor choke (see "AIR FILTER" in the

Customer Responsibilities section of this manual).

• Choke should be closed° If it is not, loosen casing clamp screw and move choke cable until choke is completely closed.

Tighten casing clamp screw securelyo

° Reassemble air cleaner,,

CHOKE

CLOSED

I

_CHOKE

LEVER

°

"

°

With throttle control lever in slow position, hold throttle lever against idle speed screw and adjust idle speed screw to obtain 1200 to 1400 RPMo

While still holding throttle lever against idle speed screw, turn idle mixture screw in (clockwise) until engine begins to die and then turn out (counterclockwise) until engine runs rough,, Turn screw to a point midway between those two positions.

Continue to hold throttfe lever against idle speed screw and adjust idle speed screw to obtain 900 to 1200 RPM,,

Release throttle lever°

ACCELERATION TEST -

° Move throttle control lever from stow to fast positiono If engine hesitates or dies, turn idle mixture screw out

(counterclockwise) 1/8 turn, Repeat test and continue to adjust, if necessary, until engine accelerates smoothly°

High speed stop is factory adjusted, damage may resulto

Do not adjust

IMPORTANT: NEVER TAMPER WITH THE ENGINE

GOVERNOR, WHICH IS FACTORY SET FOR PROPER

ENGINE SPEED OVERSPEEDtNGTHEENGINEABOVE

THE FACTORY

DANGEROUS,

HIGH SPEED SETTING CAN BE

IF YOU THINK THE ENGINE-GOVERNED

HIGH SPEED NEEDS ADJUSTING,

NEAREST AUTHORIZED

CONTACT

SERVICE

YOUR

CENTER/

DEPARTMENT, WHICH HAS PROPER EQUIPMENT AND

EXPERIENCE TO MAKE ANY NECESSARY

ADJUSTMENTS,

-

IDLE SPEED

SCREW

CLAMP

SCREW

FIG. 33

TO ADJUST CARBURETOR (See Figs. 34 & 35)

The carburetor has been preset at the factory and adjustmerit should not be necessary_ However, minor adjustment may be required to compensate for differences in fuel, temperature, altitude or foado If the carburetor does need adjustment, proceed as follows:

In general, turning the mixture screw in (clockwise) decreases the supply of fuel to the engine giving a leaner fuel/ air mixture. Turning the mixture screw out (counterclockwise) increases the supply of fuel to the engine giving a richer fuel/air mixture.

IMPORTANT: DAMAGE TO THE NEEDLES AND THE

SEATS IN CARBURETOR MAY RESULT IF SCREW IS

TURNED IN TOO TIGHT

PRELIMINARY SETTING -

• Be sure you have a clean air filter, and the throttle control cable and choke are adjusted properly (see above).

• With engine off turn idle mixture screw in (clockwise) closing it finger tight and then turn out (counterclockwise) 1-1/4 to 1-1/2 turns.

FINAL SETTING -

Start engine and allow to warm for five minutes, Make final adjustments with engine running and shifV motion control lever in neutral (N) position,,

THROTTLE

LEVER

FIG. 34

IDLE MIXTURE

SCREW

THROTTLE

LEVER

IDLE MIXTURE

SCREW

27

FIG. 35

, ,, ii, ,i,i immediately prepare your tractor for storage at the end of the season or if the tractor' will not be used for 30 days or more.

&

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CAUTION:

Never store the tractor with

gasoline

in the tank inside a building

where fumes may reach an open flame

or spark.

Allow the engine to coot

before storing m any enclosure.

,,,,

,,

TRACTOR

Remove mower' from tractor for winter storage.

When mower is to be stored for a period of time, clean it thor-

oughly, remove all dirt, grease, leaves, etco Store in a clean, dry area, o Clean entire tractor (See"CLEANING" in the Customer

Responsibilities section of this manual).

Inspect and replace belts, if necessary (See belt replacement instructionsin the Service and Adjustments section of this manual).

, Lubricate as shown in the Customer Responsibilities section of this manual.

°

Be sure that all nuts, bolts and screws are securely fastened.

Inspect moving parts for damage, breakage and weal Replace if necessary.

• Touch up all rusted or chipped paint surfaces; sand lightly before painting.

BATTERY

• Fully charge the battery for storage,

• After a period of time in storage, battery may require recharging.

° To help prevent corrosion and power leakage during ong periods of storage battery cables should be d sconnected and battery cleaned thoroughly (see"TO

CLEAN BATTERY AND TERMINALS' in the Customer Responsibilities section of this manual).

• After cleaning, leave cables disconnected and place cables where they cannot come in contact with battery

terminals.

° Be sure battery drain tube is securely attached,

• If battery is removed from tractor for' storage, do not store battery directly on concrete or damp surfaces=

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STORAGE

ENGINE

FUEL SYSTEM

IMPORTANT:

IT IS IMPORTANT

TO PREVENT

GUM

DEPOSITS FROM FORMING

IN ESSENTIAL

FUEL

SYSTEM PARTS SUCH AS CARBURETOR, FUEL FILTER,

FUEL HOSE, OR TANK DURING STORAGE.

ALSO,

EXPERIENCE

INDICATES THAT ALCOHOL BLENDED

FUELS (CALLED GASOHOL OR USlNG ETHANOL OR

METHANOL) CAN ATTRACT MOISTURE WHICH LEADS

TO SEPARATION AND FORMATION OF ACIDS DURING

STORAGE.

ACIDIC GAS CAN DAMAGE THE FUEL

SYSTEM OF AN ENGINE WHILE IN STORAGE.

• Drain the fueltank.

= Start the engine and let it run until the fuel lines and carburetor are empty.

• Never use engine or carburetor cleaner products in the fuel tank or permanent damage may occur_

= Use fresh fuel next seasorL

NOTE: Fuel stabilizer is an acceptable atternative in minimizing the formation of fuel gum deposits during storage.

Add stabilizer to gasoline in fuel tank or storage container.

Aiways follow the mix ratio found on stabilizer container'.

Run engine at least 10 minutes after adding stabilizer to allow the stabilizer to reach the carburetor.

Do not drain the gas tank and carburetor if using fuel stabilizer,

ENGINE

OIL

Drain oil (with engine warm) and replace with clean engine oil.

(See "ENGINE" in the Customer Responsibilities section of this manual).

CYLINDERS

• Remove spark plug(s).

.

Pour one ounce of oil through spark plug hole(s) into cylinder(s),

,, Turn ignition key to"START" position for a few seconds to distribute oil o Replace with new spark plug(s).

OTHER

° Do not store gasoline from one season to another°

° Replace your gasoline can if your can starts to rust.

Rust and/or dirt in your' gasoline will cause problems.

o

If possible, store your tractor' indoors and cover it to give protection from dust and dirt.

Cover your tractor with a suitable protective cover that does not retain moisture.

Do not use plastic.

Plastic cannot breathe which allows condensation to form and

will cause your tractor to rust°

IMPORTANT:

NEVER COVER TRACTOR WHILE ENGINE

AND EXHAUST AREAS ARE STILL WARM.

28

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TROUBLESHOOTING POnNTS

CAUSE CORRECTION PROBLEM

Will not start

1 Out of fuel

2

3

Engine net "CHOKED"

properly

Engine flooded

4 Bad spark pIug

5.

Dirty air filter,

6 Dirty fue_ filter

7 Water in fuel

!0

8 Loose or damaged widng

9 Carburetor out of adjustment

Engine valves out of adjustment

Hard to start

1 Dirty air filter

2 Bad spark plug

3 Weak or dead ba_lery

4 Dirty fuei filter

5 Stale or dirty fuel

6 Loose or damaged wiring

7 Carburetor out of adjustment

8 Engine valves out of adiustment m , , , , ,, ,, ,,,,, ,,,,,,,,

Engine will not turn over

1, Clutchtbrake pedal not depressed

2 Attachment dutch is engaged

3 Weak or dead battery

4 BIownfuse

5 Corroded battery terminals

6 Loose or damaged wiring

7 Faulty ignition switch

8.

Faulty solenoid or starter.

9 Faulty operator presence switch(as)

Engine clicks but will not

start

3

4

1 Weak or dead battery,

2 Corroded battery terminals

Loose or damaged wiring,

Fautty solenoid or starter

Loss of power

5

6

7

8

9

3

4

1 Cutting too much grass/foe fast

2 Throttle [n "CHOKE" position

Build-up of grass, leaves and trash under mower

Dirty air filter,

Low oil leveVdirty oil.

Faulty spark plug

Dirty fuel filter,

Stale or dirty fuel

Water in fuel

10

1 t

Spark plug wireloose

Dirty engine air screenlfins

12, Dirty/clogged muffIer.

t3

14

Looseor damagedwir[ng.

Carburetor out of adjustment

15 Engine valves out of adjustment

Excessive vibration

1

2

3

Worn, bent or loose blade.

Bent blade mandrel

Loose/damaged part(s)

I Fill fuel tank

2 See "TO START ENGINE" in Operation section

3 Wait several minutes before attempting to start

4 Reptace spark p_ug

5 CleardrepJace air fiSter

6.

Replace fuel filter

7 Drain fuel tank and carburetor, refil! tank with fresh gasoline and replace fuel fitter

8 Check all wiring

9 See "To Adjust Carburetor" in Service Adjustments section

10 Contact an authorized service center/department

5

6

7

3

4

1 Cleanlreplace air filter

2 Replace spark plUg

Recharge or replace battery

Replace fuel filter

Drain fuel tank and refill with fresh gasoline,

Check alt wiring,

8

See "To Adjust Carburetor" in Service Adjustments section

Contact an authorized service center/department

3

4

5

6

7

1 Depress clutch!brake

pedal

2 Disengage attachment clutch

Recharge or replace battery

Replace fuse

Clean battery terminals

Check all wiring

Check/replace ignition switch.

8 Check/replace solenoid or starter,,

9 Contact an authorized service center/department

3

4

1 Recharge or replace battery

2 Clean battery terminals

Check all wiring

Check/replace solenoid or starter,

1 Set in "Higher Cut" position/reduce speed

2 Adiust throttle conlrol

.

3 Clean underside of mower housing

4 Clean/replace air filter.

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12

8

9

5 Check oil revel/change oil

6 Clean and regap or change spark pk_g

7 Replace fuel fi_ter

Drain fuel tank and refill with fresh gasoline

Drain fuel tank and carburetor, gasotine and replace fuel filter

Connect and tighten spark piug wire

Clean engine air screen/lins

Clean/replace muffler refilI tank with fresh

13

14

Check all wiring

See "To Adjust Carburetor" in Service Adjustments section

15 Contact an authorized service center/department

1

2

3

Replace blade Tighten blade bolt

Replace blade mandrel.

Tighten loose part{s) Replace damaged parts

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CAUSE

Engine continues to run when operator leaves seat with attachment clutch engaged

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Faulty operator-safety presence control system,

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Mower blades will not

rotate

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3

4

5

1 Worn, bent or loose blade.

2 Mower deck not level

Buildup of grass, ieaves, and trash under mower.

Bent blade mandrel

Clogged mower deck vent holes from buildup of grass, teaves, and trash around mandrels.

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3

4

1 Obstruction tn ckJtch mechanism

2 Worn/damaged mower drive belt

Frozen Idler puIley.

Frozen blade mandrel,

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Poor grass discharge

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3

4

1 Engine speed too slow.

2.

Travel speed too fast.

5

Wet grass,

Mower decknct

Lowtuneven level.

tire air pressure.

9

10

6

7

Worn, bent orloose blade.

Buildup of grass, leaves and trash under mower

8.

Mower drive belt worn

1!

B_adesimproperly

installed

improper blades used

Clogged mower deck vent holes from buildup of glass, leaves, and trash around mandrels

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Headlight{s) not working

(if so equipped)

4

5

2

3

Switch is "OFF",

Bulb(s) burned out,

Faulty tight switch,

Loose or damaged wiring.

Brown fuse

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Battery will not charge t Bad battery celI(s)

2 Poor cable connections

3 Faulty regulator (if so equipped)

4 Faulty alternator

Loss of drive

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Engine "backfires"

when turning engine

"OFF"

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1 Freewheel control In "disengaged"

position,

2

Motion drive belt worn, damaged, or broken.

3 Air trapped in transmission during shipment or servicing

1 Engine throttle control not set at "SLOW"

position for 30 seconds before stopping engine. i

POnNTS

CORRECTION

1 Check wiring, switches and connections.

If not correcled, contact an authorized service canter/ department.

1 Replace b_ade. Tighten blade boll

2 Level mower deck.

3.

Clean underside of mower housing

4, Replace blade mandret

5 Clean around mandrels to open vent holes.

1.

Remove obstrucfion,

2 Replace mower drive belt

3, Replace Idler pulley

4 Replace blade mandrel

I, Place throttle control in "FAST" position

2 Shift to slower speed.

3 Allow grass to dry before mowing

4 Level mower deck

5.

Check tires for proper air pressure,

6 Replacelsharpen blade Tighten blade boIt

7, Clean underside of mower housing

8

9

Repface mower drive bait

Reinstall blades sharp edge down,

10.

Replace with blades listed in this manual

11 C_ean around mandrels to open vent holes,

1 Turn switch "ON"

4

5

2, Replace bulb(s)

3

Check/replace light switch

Check wiring and connections,.

Replace fuse

3

4

1 Replace battery

2 Check/clean all connections

Replace regulator.

Replace alternator

1

2

Place freewheel control in "engaged"

Replace motion drive belt

3, Purge transmission position

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Move throttle control to "SLOW" position and allow to idle for 30 seconds before stopping engine u

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