Hydrostatic Lawn Tractor m Model Series 790

Safe Operation
Practices • Set-Up • Operation
• Maintenance
• Service • Troubleshooting
• Warranty
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Hydrostatic
Lawn Tractor m Model Series 790
MTD LLC, P.O. BOX 361131 CLEVELAND, OHiO 44136-0019
PrintedIn USA
FormNo.769-05520A
(March29,2010)
1
ToTheOwner
ThankYou
Thank you for purchasing
a lawn tractor
manufactured
by
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MTD LLC. It was carefully engineered to provide excellent
performance
when properly operated and maintained.
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prior to operating
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recommended
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result in personal injury or property damage.
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Table of Contents
Safe Operation
Practices ........................................
3
Troubleshooting
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28
Assembly & Set-Up ..................................................
Controls & Features ................................................
9
12
Replacement
Attachments
Parts ................................................
& Accessories ..................................
29
30
Operation
13
CA. Emission
Control
34
19
24
Warranty
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Maintenance
&Adjustment.
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Service ....................................................................
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ImportantSafeOperationPractices
WARNING!
This symbol
could endanger
points
the personal
all instructions
safety and/or
in this manual
with these instructions
out important
before
property
attempting
may result in personal
When you see this symbol.
safety instructions
of yourself
to operate
which,
if not followed,
and others.
this machine.
Read and follow
Failure to comply
injury.
HEED ITS WARNING!
CALIFORNIA
PROPOSITION
65
WARNING! Engine Exhaust, some of its constituents,
and certain vehicle components
contain or emit chemicals known to State of California to cause cancer and birth defects
or other reproductive
,A
WARNING!
compounds,
Battery
harm.
posts, terminals,
chemicals
known
and related
to the State of California
this manual.
operator
was built to be operated
As with any type of power
objects.
serious injury
or death.
Failure to observe
Read, understand,
future
and follow
all instructions
and operate.
Keep this manual
reference
in a safe place for
and for ordering
replacement
7.
Be familiar with all controls and their proper operation.
Know how to stop the machine and disengage them
Never allow children under 14 years of age to operate this
machine. Children 14 and over should read and understand
Never allow adults to operate
instruction.
To help avoid blade contact
hands and feet
could
result in
inspect the area where the equipment
or a thrown
without
object
objects
which
Plan your mowing
is to be
could be picked up and thrown
objects
pattern
roads, sidewalks,
avoid discharging
by
can cause serious personal
to avoid discharge
bystanders
material
8.
injury,
10.
operation
and while
performing
to protect
your eyes. Thrown
during
an adjustment
objects
which
back
or repair
ricochet
can
Wear sturdy, rough-soled
work shoes and close-fitting
slacks and shirts. Loose fitting clothes and jewelry can be
caught in movable parts. Never operate
bare feet or sandals.
this machine
Be aware of the mower
discharge
without
proper
11.
to ricochet
to the eyes.
and attachment
and do not point it at anyone.
enters the area.
material
Always wear safety glasses or safety goggles
cause serious injury
proper
of material
and the like. Also,
against a wall or obstruction
which may cause discharged
toward the operator.
9.
this machine
keep bystanders, helpers, children and pets at least 75 feet
from the machine while it is in operation. Stop machine if
anyone
in
injury.
toward
by an adult.
5_
of amputating
safety instructions
Thoroughly
practices
or error on the part of the
the blade(s). Thrown
the instructions
and safe operation practices in this manual
and on the machine and should be trained and supervised
4.
is capable
foreign
to
quickly.
3.
carelessness
the following
on the
attempting
parts.
2.
to the safe operation
used. Remove all stones, sticks, wire, bones, toys, and other
and in the manual(s) before
and regular
equipment,
6.
GeneralOperation
assemble
lead and lead
to cause cancer and reproductive
according
can result in serious injury. This machine
and throwing
machine
contain
harm. Wash hands after handling
DANGER! This machine
1.
accessories
the discharge
Do not operate
in
direction
the mower
cover or entire grass catcher
in its
place.
Do not put hands or feet near rotating parts or under the
cutting deck. Contact with the blade(s) can amputate
hands and feet.
12. Amissing
ordamaged
discharge
cover
cancause
blade
Slope Operation
contact
orthrown
object
injuries.
Slopes are a major factor related to loss of control and tip-over
13. Stoptheblade(s)
whencrossing
gravel
drives,
walks,
or
accidents which can result in severe injury or death. All slopes
roads
andwhilenotcutting
grass.
require extra caution. If you cannot back up the slope or if you
feel uneasy on it, do not mow it.
14. Watch
fortrafficwhenoperating
nearorcrossing
roadways.
Thismachine
isnotintended
foruseonany
For your safety, use the slope gauge included as part of this
publicroadway.
manual to measure slopes before operating this machine on
a sloped or hilly area. If the slope is greater than 15 degrees as
15. Donotoperate
themachine
whileunder
theinfluence
of
shown on the slope gauge, do not operate this machine on that
alcohol
ordrugs.
area or serious injury could result.
16. Mowonlyindaylight
orgoodartificial
light.
Do:
17. Never
carrypassengers.
1.
Mow up and down slopes, not across. Exercise extreme
18. Disengage
blade(s)
before
shifting
intoreverse.
Back
up
caution when changing direction
on slopes.
slowly.
Always
lookdownandbehind
before
andwhile
backing
toavoid
aback-over
accident.
2.
Watch for holes, ruts, bumps, rocks, or other hidden
objects. Uneven terrain could overturn the machine. Tall
19. Slow
downbefore
turning.
Operate
themachine
smoothly.
grass can hide obstacles.
Avoid
erratic
operation
andexcessive
speed.
20. Disengage
blade(s),
setparking
brake,
stopengine
andwait 3. Use slow speed. Choose a low enough speed setting so
that you will not have to stop or shift while on the slope.
untiltheblade(s)
come
toacomplete
stopbefore
removing
Tires may lose traction on slopes even though the brakes
grass
catcher,
emptying
grass,
unclogging
chute,
removing
are functioning
properly. Always keep machine in gear
anygrass
ordebris,
ormaking
anyadjustments.
when going down slopes to take advantage of engine
21. Never
leave
arunning
machine
unattended.
Always
turn
braking action.
offblade(s),
place
transmission
inneutral,
setparking
4.
Follow the manufacturer's
recommendations
for wheel
brake,
stopengine
andremove
keybefore
dismounting.
weights or counterweights
to improve stability.
22. Use
extracarewhenloading
orunloading
themachine
into
5.
Use extra care with grass catchers or other attachments.
atrailerortruck.
Thismachine
should
notbedriven
upor
These can change the stability of the machine.
downramp(s),
because
themachine
couldtipover,
causing
serious
personal
injury.
Themachine
mustbepushed
6.
Keep all movement on the slopes slow and gradual. Do
manually
onramp(s)
toloadorunload
properly.
not make sudden changes in speed or direction. Rapid
engagement
or braking could cause the front of the
23. Muffler
andengine
become
hotandcancause
aburn.Do
machine to lift and rapidly flip over backwards which could
nottouch.
cause serious injury.
24. Check
overhead
clearances
carefully
before
driving
under
7.
Avoid starting or stopping on a slope. If tires lose traction,
lowhanging
treebranches,
wires,
dooropenings
etc.,
disengage the blade(s) and proceed slowly straight down
where
theoperator
maybestruck
orpulled
fromthe
the slope.
machine,
whichcouldresult
inserious
injury.
25. Disengage
allattachment
clutches,
depress
thebrake
Do Not:
pedal
completely
andshiftintoneutral
before
attempting 1. Do not turn on slopes unless necessary; then, turn slowly
tostartengine.
and gradually downhill, if possible.
26. Your machine is designed to cut normal residential grass of
a height no more than 10". Do not attempt
unusually
27.
up on the mower
the engine exhaust
deck presenting
a potential
fire
all instructions
provided
29.
should
evaluate
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themselves
and others from serious injury.
If situations
occur which
SECTION 2 --
IMPORTANT SAFE OPERATION
The
the machine
by putting
4.
Do not use a grass catcher on steep slopes.
5.
Do not mow on wet grass. Reduced traction
your foot on
could cause
sliding.
Do not shift to neutral
and coast downhill.
may cause the operator to lose control
resulting in serious injury or death.
7.
to protect
Over-speeding
of the machine
PRACTICES
Do not tow heavy pull behind attachments
(e.g. loaded
dump cart, lawn roller, etc.) on slopes greater than 5
degrees. When going down hill, the extra weight tends
in this manual,
care and good judgment.
Contact your customer
representative
for assistance.
4
or embankments.
their ability
safely enough
are not covered
ditches
turn over if a wheel is over the edge
Do not try to stabilize
the ground.
6.
the riding mower
suddenly
of a cliff, ditch, or if an edge caves in.
Data indicates that operators, age 60 years and above, are
involved in a large percentage of riding mower-related
to operate
could
3.
with the approved
accessory or attachment.
injuries. These operators
Do not mow near drop-offs,
mower
and/
Use only accessories and attachments
approved for this
machine by the machine manufacturer.
Read, understand
and follow
28.
2.
tall, dry grass (e.g., pasture) or piles of dry leaves.
Dry grass or leaves may contact
or build
hazard.
to mow through
service
use
to push the tractor
(e.g. tractor
and may cause you to loose control
may speed up, braking
reduced, attachment
overturn).
may jack-knife
and steering
ability
and cause tractor
are
to
Children
1.
Service
Tragic accidents
presence
ca n occur if the operator
of children.
is not alert to the
Children are often
attracted
to the
machine and the mowing activity. They do not understand
the dangers. Never assume that children will remain where
SafeHandling of Gasoline:
1.
Keep children
watchful
out of the mowing
care of a responsible
personal
area and in
yourself
adult other than the
Be alert and turn machine
off if a child enters the
area.
c.
Before and while
small children.
backing, look behind and down
d.
Never carry children,
or property
injury
damage
can occur when gasoline
or your clothes which
and change
operator.
b.
injury
use extreme
care in handling gasoline. Gasoline is extremely
flammable
and the vapors are explosive. Serious
you last saw them.
a.
To avoid personal
clothes
is spilled
can ignite.
on
Wash your skin
immediately.
a.
Use only an approved
b.
Never fill containers
gasoline container.
inside a vehicle
or on a truck
or trailer bed with a plastic liner. Always place
containers on the ground away from your vehicle
for
before filling.
even with the blade(s) shut off.
c.
They may fall offand be seriously injured or interfere
with safe machine operation.
When practical, remove gas-powered
equipment
from the truck or trailer and refuel it on the ground.
If this is not possible, then refuel such equipment
e.
Use extreme
doorways,
care when approaching
shrubs, trees or other
blockyour
vision of a child who
path of the machine.
f.
To avoid back-over
the cutting
accidents,
blade(s)
blind corners,
a trailer with a portable
objects that may
gasoline
Keep children
d.
always
before shifting
disengage
prevent
2.
machine
unauthorized
e.
engines.
is unattended
and on the machine
and should
Extinguish
be trained
g.
Never remove gas cap or add fuel while the engine
is hot or running. Allow engine to cool at least two
to
h.
before
Never over fill fuel tank. Fill tank to no more than 1/2
and supervised
that has a hitch designed
equipment
except
j.
If gasoline is spilled, wipe it off the engine and
k.
limits for towed
equipment
recommendation
and towing
Never allow children
On slopes, the weight of the towed
loss of traction and loss of control.
5.
Always use extra caution when towing with a machine
capable of making tight turns (e.g. "zero-turn"
ride-on
7.
or others in or on towed
equipment
Make wide turns to avoid jack-knifing.
Travel slowly and allow extra distance to stop.
Do not shift to neutral
I.
on slopes.
4.
6.
to another
area. Wait 5
the engine.
and remove any fuel soaked debris.
for weight
3.
mower).
Move machine
before starting
securely.
To reduce fire hazards, keep machine free of grass,
leaves, or other debris build-up. Clean up oil or fuel
spillage
Follow the manufacturers
cap and tighten
for
at the
hitch point.
2.
neck to allow space for
Replace gasoline
equipment.
Do not attach towed
of filler
i.
minutes
towing.
refueling.
fuel expansion.
Towing
Tow only with a machine
indoors.
inch below bottom
in this manual
by an adult.
1.
is
cigars, pipes and other
Never fuel machine
minutes
practices
all cigarettes,
f.
operation.
and safe operation
with the rim of the fuel
sources of ignition.
Never allow children under 14 years of age to operate this
machine. Children 14 and over should read and understand
the instructions
Keep the nozzle in contact
into Reverse.
away from hot or running
Remove key when
nozzle.
tank or container opening at all times until fueling
complete. Do not use a nozzle lock-open device.
They can suffer burns from a hot muffler.
h.
on
rather than from a
may run into the
If equipped,
the "Reverse Caution Mode" should
not be used when children
or others are around.
g.
dispenser
container,
Never store the machine
or fuel container
inside
where there is an open flame, spark or pilot light
as on a water heater, space heater, furnace, clothes
equipment.
dryer or other gas appliances.
may cause
m.
Allow a machine
to cool at least five minutes
before
storing.
GeneralService
1.
Never run an engine
Engine exhaust
and coast downhill.
and deadly
2.
indoors
contains
or in a poorly ventilated
carbon
monoxide,
area.
an odorless,
gas.
Before cleaning, repairing, or inspecting,
make certain the
blade(s) and all moving parts have stopped. Disconnect the
spark plug wire and ground
unintended
against the engine to prevent
starting.
SECTION 2 --
IMPORTANT SAFE OPERATION
PRACTICES
S
3.
4.
Periodically
stop within
operating
approximately
the blade disengagement
(5) five seconds after
control.
If the blades
frequently
operation.
as it is subjected
Check the blade(s) and engine
for proper tightness.
may lead to improper
to wear
Adjust and service as required.
mounting
bolts at frequent
Also, visually
inspect
equipment
performance
blade(s)
Replace
manufacturer's
(O.E.M.) blade(s) only, listed in this manual.
which do not meet the original equipment
"Use of parts
specifications
and compromise
Mower
when servicing
them.
Keep all nuts, bolts, and screws tight
equipment
is in safe working
setting
of engine
governor.
Engines which are certified to comply with California and federal
EPA emission regulations for SORE (Small Off Road Equipment)
are certified
to operate
may include
the following
Modification
(EM), Oxidizing
Injection
Never tamper
_
to be sure the
on regular
emission
unleaded
control
gasoline,
and
systems: Engine
Catalyst (OC), Secondary
Air
(SAI) and Three Way Catalyst (TWC) if so equipped.
with the safety interlock
internal combustion
engine and should not be used
machine isforest-covered,
equipped with an
on ARNING!
or near anyThis
unimproved
brushcovered
condition.
or grass-covered
engine's exhaust
arrestor meeting
system or other
safety devices. Check their proper operation
11.
with factory
blades are sharp. Wrap the blade or wear gloves,
and use extra caution
10.
in any
SparkArrestor
safety!"
9.
engine
Notice RegardingEmissions
normal
the blade(s) with the original
8.
or death, do not modify
Check brake operation
for damage (e.g., excessive wear, bent, cracked).
7.
To avoid serious injury
way. Tampering with the governor setting can lead to a runaway
engine and cause it to operate at unsafe speeds. Never tamper
intervals
6.
Donot modify engine
do not stop within the this time frame, your machine
should be serviced professionally
by an authorized MTD
Service Dealer.
during
5.
check to make sure the blades come to
complete
land unless the
system is equipped with a spark
applicable local or state laws (if
any).
regularly.
After striking a foreign object, stop the engine, disconnect
the spark plug wire(s) and ground against the engine.
Ifa spark arrestor
Thoroughly
inspect the machine
the damage
before starting
above is required by law (Section 4442 of the California Public
Resources Code). Other states may have similar laws. Federal laws
for any damage.
and operating.
Never attempt
to make adjustments
machine
the engine
while
Grass catcher
components
and the discharge
frequently
cover are
could expose moving
to be thrown.
For safety protection,
be maintained
in effective
In the State of California
the
lands.
A spark arrestor for the muffler
which
check components
is used, it should
order by the operator.
apply on federal
or repairs to the
is running.
subject to wear and damage
parts or allow objects
Repair
working
is available
through
your
nearest engine authorized service dealer or contact the service
department,
RO. Box 361131 Cleveland, Ohio 44136-0019.
and replace immediately
with original equipment
manufacturer's
(O.E.M.) parts only,
listed in this manual. "Use of parts which do not meet the
original
equipment
performance
12.
specifications
and compromise
Do not change
the engine
governor
the engine. The governor controls
operating speed of the engine.
13.
Maintain
or replace
may lead to improper
safety!"
settings
or over-speed
the maximum
safety and instruction
safe
labels, as
necessary.
14.
Observe proper disposal laws and regulations
etc. to protect the environment.
15.
According to the Consumer Products Safety Commission
(CPSC) and the U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency (EPA),
this product
for gas, oil,
has an Average Useful Life of seven (7) years,
or 270 hours of operation.
Life have the machine
At the end of the Average Useful
inspected
annually
by an authorized
service dealer to ensure that all mechanical and safety
systems are working properly and not worn excessively.
Failure to do so can result in accidents,
WARNING!
follow
injuries
or death.
Your Responsibility--Restrict
the warnings
and instructions
the use of this power machine
to persons who read, understand
in this manual and on the machine.
SAVETHESE
iNSTRUCTiONS!
6
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SECTION 2 --
IMPORTANT SAFE OPERATION
PRACTICES
and
SafetySymbols
This page depicts and describes safety symbols that may appear
machine before attempting
to assemble and operate.
on this product.
Read, understand,
and follow
all instructions
on the
READ THE OPERATOR'S MANUAL(S)
Read, understand,
assemble
and follow
all instructions
in the manual(s) before
attempting
to
and operate
DANGER--
ROTATING BLADES
Never carry passengers.
Never carry children,
even with the blades off.
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DANGER--
ROTATING BLADES
Always look down
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WARNING--
and behind
WARNING--THROWN
This machine
This machine
M
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A
to avoid a back-over
accident.
parts or under the cutting
deck. Contact with the
hands and feet.
OBJECTS
may pick up and throw and objects which
WARNING--THROWN
Lq
backing
ROTATING BLADES
Do not put hands or feet near rotating
blade(s) can amputate
J
before and while
can cause serious personal
injury.
can cause serious personal
injury.
OBJECTS
may pick up and throw and objects which
BYSTANDERS
Keep bystanders,
helpers,
children
and pets at least 75 feet from the machine
while
it is in
operation.
WARNING--
SLOPE OPERATION
Do not operate
WARNING--
this machine
15 degrees.
HOT SURFACE
Engine parts, especially
and muffler
on a slope greater than
the muffler,
become extremely
hot during
operation.
Allow engine
to cool before touching.
DANGER -- ROTATING BLADES
To reduce the risk of injury, keep hands and feet away. Do not operate
or grass catcher is in its proper place. If damaged,
WARNING--
unless discharge
cover
replace immediately.
TOWING
Avoid jack-knifing
when towing,
go slow and make wide turns.
SECTION
2 --
IMPORTANT
SAFE
OPERATION
PRACTICES
7
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WARNING!
Do not operate
(a rise of approximately
mowers
up and down
your lawn mower on such slopes. Do not mow on inclines
2-1/2 feet every 10 feet). A riding mower
slopes, never across the face of slopes.
could overturn
with a slope in excess of 15 degrees
and cause serious injury. Operate
riding
3
Assembly
& Set-Up
TractorSet-Up
NOTE: If the battery
NOTE:This Operators Manual covers a range of product
specifications
for various models. Characteristics
and features
Maintenance
the tractor.
discussed and/or
on top/side
illustrated
in this manual
without
designs and equipment
incurring
charge the battery
section your Operator's
without
product
Shipping BraceRemoval
obligation.
_
off,ARNING!
remove the
ignition
key, riding
and set
the parking
Make
sure the
mower's
engine is
brake before removing the shipping brace. Refer to
the Controls and Features section for instructions
on
how to set the parking
Battery posts, terminals, and related accessories
ALIFORNIA
WARNING: known
contain
lead andPROPOSITION
lead compounds, 65 chemicals
to the State of California to cause cancer and
reproductive
in the
prior to operating
notice and
Connecting the Battery Cables
_
as instructed
Manual
may not be applicable
to all models. MTD LLC reserves the right to change
specifications,
is put into service after the date shown
of battery,
harm. Wash hands after handling.
Locate the shipping
brake.
brace, if present, and accompanying
warning tag found on the right side of the mower, between
the discharge chute and the cutting deck. See Fig. 3-2.
f
connect the
CAUTION:
__
POSITIVE
(Red) wire
to itscables,
terminalalways
first,
When
attaching
battery
by the NEGATIVE (Black) wire.
followed
For shipping
reasons, both battery
may have been left disconnected
factory.
To connect
the battery
cables on your equipment
from the terminals
cables, proceed
NOTE:The positive battery terminal
negative battery terminal is marked
1.
Remove the plastic
at the
as follows:
is marked Pos. (+). The
Neg. (-).
cover, if present,
from the positive
battery
terminal
and attach the red cable to the positive
battery
terminal
(+) with the bolt and hex nut. See Fig. 3-1.
Figure 3=2
Place the deck lift lever in the highest
Refer to Setting the Cutting
section of this manual.
While pushing
cutting
the discharge
chute towards
with your left hand, remove the shipping
right hand by grasping
finger and rotating
i_li
position.
Height in the Operation
it between
the machine
brace with your
your thumb
and index
it clockwise.
purposes only, must be removed and discarded
WARNING!
The shipping
used for packaging
before operating
your ridingbrace,
mower.
Figure 3-1
WARNING!
2.
3.
Removethe
plasticcover,
ifpresent,
from the negative battery
terminal
and attach the black cable to the negative
terminal
(-) with the bolt and hex nut. See Fig. 3-1.
Positionthe red rubberbootoverthe
help protect it from corrosion.
battery
positivebatteryterminalto
throwing
mower
The mowing
objects.
without
operating
the discharge
position
injury and/or
deck is capable
Failure to operate
of
the riding
cover in the proper
could result in serious personal
property
damage.
Attaching The Steering Wheel
If the steering
hardware
Attaching The Seat
wheel for your tractor did not come attached,
for attaching
it has been packed within
wheel, beneath the steering wheel cap. Carefully
steering wheel cap and remove the hardware.
I.
With the wheels
place the steering
2.
of the tractor pointing
Place the washer (with the cupped
steering
If the seat for your tractor
to the following
pry offthe
straight
wheel over the steering
the
the steering
was not attached
at the factory,
refer
steps.
NOTE: For shipping
reasons, some seats are not attached
at
the factory. In this is the case, free the seat from its shipping
position and remove the hex screw (or knob screw if applicable)
forward,
shaft.
from the bottom
instructions.
side down) over the
wheel and secure with the he× bolt. See Fig. 3-3.
1.
proceeding
with the following
Position the seat facing forward over the seat pivot bracket,
with the two forward seat mount tabs fitting into the
provided
2.
of seat before
grooves
in the seat pivot bracket.
Slide the seat rearward
and align the center mounting
hole in
the seat with the slot in the seat pan. Insert the hex screw
(or knob screw if applicable)
tighten at this point.
3.
previously
removed.
Adjustthe seattothe optimal operator preferred
may mean actually sitting in the seat to decide
best to the operator.
Keep in mind the operator
be able to fully operate
back in the seat.
all pedals comfortably
3.
Place the steering
Toadjustthe position oftheseat, loosenthe hexscrew(or knob
screw if applicable) on the bottom of the seat. Slide the
seat forward or backward as desired. Retighten the hex
screw (or knob screw if applicable). See Fig. 3-5.
ust
3-3
until it "clicks" into place.
dash collar did not come attached
from the
factory, the screws for attaching
it can be found in either side of
the dash console. Remove the two screws from the console and
secure the dash collar as illustrated
in Fig 3-4.
\
Hex
Adjust
Figure 3-5
'\
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Figure 3-4
SECTION
3--
ASSEMBLY&
SET-UP
sitting
5.
Attaching The DashCollar
If the tractor's
needs to
while
Tighten the hexscrew(or knob screwifapplicable) atthistime.
wheel cap over the center of the steering
wheel and push downward
location,this
what feels
4.
Knob Screw
Figure
Do not
TirePressure
Gasand Oil Fill-up
The gasoline
circumstances is 30 psi. Equal tire pressure should be
maintained
ARNING! atMaximum
all times. tire
Never
pressure
exceed under
the maximum
any
_
inflation
The recommended
pressure shown
operating
on the sidewall
10 psi for the rear tires
Approximately
14 psi for the front tires
IMPORTANT:
Refer to the tire sidewall
manufacturer's
recommended
cigarettes,
Service the engine
separate
for exact tire
or maximum
Uneven tire pressure could cause the cutting
mow unevenly.
tractor.
psi. Do not
Do not overfill.
cigars, pipes, and other sources of ignition.
with gasoline and oil as instructed
Engine Operator/Owner
Read the instructions
IMPORTANT:
deck to
under the hood.
gasoline. Gasoline is extremely flammable and the
ARNING!
Use extreme
handling
vapors
are explosive.
Never care
fuel when
machine
indoors or
while the engine is hot or running. Extinguish
_
tire pressure is:
Approximately
overinflate.
of the tire.
tank is located
engine.
Your tractor
Manual
in the
packed with your
carefully.
is shipped
with motor
oil in the
However, you MUST check the oil level before
operating.
Be careful not to overfill.
ForCaliforniaModels:
For California
models
cap, STOP filling
equipped
with a tethered,
ratcheting
fuel
tank once fuel is seen inside the filler neck. This
ensures that a proper expansion
volume
is created,
otherwise
the
engine will not run. Do NOTtop offthe fuel tank. On California
models, fill the tank in accordance with Figure 3-6.
F
Figure 3-6
SECTION3 -- ASSEMBLY& SET-UP
11
4
Controls
and Features
F
Parking
Brake Lever
Parking
Brake Pedal
Throttle/Choke
Lever
ignition Switch
Module
Speed Control Lever
PTO (Blade Engage)
Lever
,,.
Deck Lift Lever
-
,j
Figure 4=1
Lawn Tractor controls
i_
and features
are illustrated
before attempting
to operate
WARNING!
Read and follow
injury.
in Fig 4-1 and described
on the following
pages.
this machine. Failure to comply with all safety rules and instructions
may result in personal
all safety rules and instructions
in this manual, including the entire Operation section,
ThrottleControlLever
f(_
On/Lights
The throttle control lever is located on the right side of the
tractor's dash panel. This lever controls the speed of the engine
and when
pushed
all the way forward,
When set in a given position,
the choke control
the throttle
will maintain
Off
also.
a uniform
engine speed. See Fig. 4-2.
CHOKE
FAST
®
Off
SLOW
Figure 4-2
iMPORTANT: When
Start
operating
the tractor
engaged, be certain that the throttle
(rabbit) position.
with the cutting
deck
lever is always in the FAST
Ignition Switch
Your lawn tractor
Use Fig. 4-3 to identify
follow
©
will have one of the following
these instructions
which
ignition
switch your machine
switches.
utilizes and
Reverse
NO
CHILDREN
for proper operation.
AROUND
Normal
Mowing
BUTTON
REVERSE PUSH
3-PositionIgnition Switch
The ignition
switch is activated
into the ignition
to start the engine.
switch and turn clockwise
Insert key
to the START position.
Release the key into the ON position once engine has fired. See
Fig. 4-3A. The engine will run with the headlights on.
To stop the engine,
OFF position.
turn the ignition
key counterclockwise
Start
Stop /
Position
to the
See Fig. 4-3A.
4-Position Ignition Switch
The ignition
switch is activated
into the ignition
to start the engine.
switch and turn clockwise
Insert key
to the START position.
Release the key into the ON position once engine has fired.
See Fig. 4-3B. The engine will run with the headlights off in
this position.
position
headlights
To activate
the headlights,
J
Figure 4-3
turn the key one more
to the left. The engine will continue
to run with the
on.
To stop the engine, turn the ignition
OFF position. See Fig. 4-3B.
key counterclockwise
to the
Ignition SwitchModule
To start the engine, insert the key into the ignition switch and
turn clockwise to the START position. Release the key into the
NORMAL MOWING MODE position
headlights
Modes).
will be activated
once the engine
in the Normal
To stop the engine, turn the ignition
OFF position. See Fig. 4-3C.
SECTION4
--
has fired. The
(and Reverse Caution
key counterclockwise
to the
CONTROLS AND FEATURES
13
unattended.
Always disengage PTO, move speed
ARNING!
Neverneutral
leave position,
a running set
machine
control
lever into
parking brake,
_
stop engine and remove
key to prevent
unintended
starting.
IMPORTANT:
Prior to operating
the tractor,
refer to both Safety
Interlock Switches and Starting The Engine in the Operation
section of this manual for detailed instructions
regarding the
Ignition Switch Module
CAUTION MODE.
and operating
the tractor
SPEED
in REVERSE
SpeedControl Lever
The speed control lever, located on the left rear fender, controls
the ground speed of the lawn tractor as well as the direction of
travel. See Figure 4-4.
To drive forward
or in reverse, slowly move the speed control
lever to the desired "F" forward
or "R" reverse speed.
To stop, move the speed control
When mowing,
Speed"
lever to the "N" neutral
place the speed control
position,
or a slower forward
Note: Do not use the parking
position.
J
lever in the "Cutting
Figure 4-4
speed for the best results.
brake pedal to control
the ground
PTO(Blade Engage)Lever
speed of the lawn tractor. Always use the speed control lever
to slow the ground speed of the lawn tractor. Depressing the
Found on the tractor's right fender, the PTO (blade
engage) lever is used to engage power to the cutting
parking
deck or other (separately available)
brake pedal with the speed control
part of regular
drive belt.
operation
lever engaged
will result in premature
as
wear of the
To operate,
Moving
IMPORTANT:
Do not attempt
when the tractor
is in motion.
to change
the direction
of travel
Serious damage to the tractor's
attachments.
move the lever all the way forward.
the lever all the way rearward
OFF position
attachment.
disengages
transmission
could result. Always bring the tractor to a complete
stop before moving the speed control lever from forward to
reverse or vice versa.
NOTE:The
ParkingBrake Pedaland Lever
DeckLift Lever
disengaged
into the PTO
power to the cutting
PTO (blade engage) lever must be in the
(PTO OFF) position
when starting
Z
deck/
the
engine.
n
o
W
M
Z
The parking
brake pedal is located
on the left side running
of the lawn tractor. It is used to both set the parking
stop the lawn tractor in sudden situations.
The parking
brake lever is located
dash panel. To set the parking
board
brake and to
on the left side of the tractor's
brake, fully depress the parking
brake pedal. Move the parking brake lever all the way down and
into the parking brake position and then release the brake pedal
to allow the parking
brake to engage.
To release the parking
parking
brake, depress the brake pedal and the
brake lever will automatically
move out of the parking
brake position.
In an sudden
situation,
fully depress the brake pedal to bring the
tractor to a stop and then immediately
lever to the "N" neutral position
IMPORTANT: Do
the ground
not use the parking
speed of the lawn tractor.
move the speed control
brake pedal to control
Doing so will result in
premature wear of drive belt. Always use the Speed Control Lever
to control the ground speed of the lawn tractor and to stop the
tractor under normal circumstances.
Note: The parking brake pedal must be depressed to start the
engine. The parking brake must also be set if the operator leaves
the seat with the engine running or the engine will automatically
shut off. Refer to Safety Interlock Switches on page 14
SECTION 4--
CONTROLS
AND FEATURES
o
Found on your tractor's right fender, the deck lift lever
is used to change the height of the cutting deck. To
use, move the lever to the left, then place in the notch
best suited for your application.
m
-
Operation
Models with ReverseCaution Mode
With the ignition
the engine
TO AVOID
SERIOUS
OR DEATH
key in the NORMAL MOWING position,
will automatically
shut off if the PTO (blade
engage) lever is moved into the engaged
the speed control in Reverse.
INJURY
• GOUP AND DOWNSLOPES,NOT ACROSS.
(ON) position
with
interlock system
WARNING!
Do
designed
• AVOIDSUDDENTURNS.
is malfunctioning.
This system
was
not
operate the tractor
if the
for your safety and protection.
Reverse Caution Mode
(Modelsequippedwithignitionswitchmodule)
• DONOT OPERATETHE UNIT WHERE IT COULDSLIP
ORTIP.
• IF MACHINESTOPSGOINGUPHILL, STOP BLADE(S)
AND BACK DOWNHILLSLOWLY.
the tractor in the REVERSE CAUTION MODE. Always
WARNING!
Usebehind
extremebefore
caution
look down and
and while
while operating
backing. Do
• KEEPSAFETYDEVICES(GUARDS,SHIELDS,
AND SWITCHES, ETC.) IN PLACEAND WORKING.
not operate
the tractor
around. Stop the tractor
enters the area.
• REMOVEOBJECTSTHAT COULDBE THROWN
BY THE BLADE(S).
The REVERSE CAUTION
• KNOWLOCATIONAND FUNCTIONOF ALL CONTROLS.
module
allows the tractor
when children
immediately
MODE position
to be operated
or others are
if someone
of the key switch
in reverse with the
blades (PTO) engaged.
• BESURE BLADE(S)AND ENGINEARE STOPPED
BEFOREPLACINGHANDS ORFEET NEARBLADE(S).
iMPORTANT:
IMPORTANT: The operator
1.
OPERATOR'S
MANUAL
SafetyIntedockSwitches
protection
with a safety interlock
of the operator.
If the interlock
malfunction,
do not operate
MTD service dealer.
The safety interlock
cranking or starting
the tractor.
2.
J
MUST be seated in the tractor
Start the engine as instructed
seat.
on page 16 under Starting
Turn the key from the NORMAL MOWING (Green) position
to the REVERSECAUTION MODE (Yellow)
key switch module.
3.
system for the
system should
position
of the
See Fig. 5-1.
Depress the REVERSE PUSH BUTTON (Orange, Triangular
Button)
ever
at the top, right corner of the key switch
mud ule.
The red indicator light at the top, left corner of the key
switch module will be ON while activated. See Fig. 5-1.
Contact an authorized
f
system prevents the engine from
unless the parking brake is engaged,
and the PTO (blade engage) lever is in the disengaged
Reverse
Push Button
(OFF)
Indicator
position.
The engine will automatically
shut off if the operator
the seat before engaging the parking brake.
leaves
Light
The engine will automatically
leaves
Stop
Position
the tractor's
MODE:
The Engine.
READ
is equipped
in reverse is not recommended.
Tousethe REVERSE CAUTION
• BEFORELEAVINGOPERATOR'SPOSITION,
DISENGAGEBLADE(S), ENGAGEPARKINGBRAKE,
SHUT OFF AND REMOVE KEY.
This tractor
Mowing
shut off if the operator
Reverse
CautionMode
Position
seat with the PTO (blade engage) lever in the
engaged (ON) position,
brake is engaged.
regardless
of whether
Start
Position
the parking
Models without ReverseCautionMode
The engine will automatically
shut off if the PTO (blade
engage) lever is moved into the engaged
the speed control lever in Reverse.
(ON) position
with
J
Figure 5-1
15
4.
Once activated
(indicator
light ON), the tractor
driven in reverse with the cutting
5.
Always look down and behind before and while
make sure no children are around.
6.
After resuming
forward
NORMAL MOWING
IMPORTANT: The
activated
motion,
can be
blades (PTO) engaged.
backing to
3.
Engage the tractor's
4.
Activate
5.
Turn the ignition
parking
brake.
the choke control.
key clockwise
to the START position.
After
the engine starts, release the key. It will return to the ON (or
Normal Mowing) position.
return the key to the
position.
IMPORTANT: Do NOT hold the key in the STARTposition for
longer than ten seconds at a time. Doing so may cause damage
to your engine's electric starter.
REVERSECAUTION MODE will remain
until:
a_
The key is placed in either the NORMAL MOWING
position or STOP position.
6.
b.
The operator
NOTE: Do NOT leave the choke control on while operating the
tractor. Doing so will result in a "rich" fuel mixture and cause the
engine to run poorly.
depressing
engages
the parking
brake by fully
the brake pedal and holding
while moving the parking
BRAKE position.
it down
brake lever into the PARK
After the engine starts, deactivate the choke control and
place the throttle control in the FASTposition.
Stopping the Engine
Engagingthe ParkingBrake.
Toengage the parking brake:
engine,
1.
Fully depressthe brake pedal and hold it down with your foot.
2.
Move the parking brake leverall the way down and into the
ON position.
3.
Releasethe brake pedal to allow the parking brake to engage.
Toreleasethe parkingbrake:
_
disconnect
the spark plug wire(s) and
ground
againstIf you
the strike
engine.a foreign
Thoroughly
the
ARNING!
object,inspect
stop the
machine for any damage. Repair the damage before
restarting
and operating
1.
If the blades are engaged, place the PTO (blade engage)
lever in the disengaged
(OFF) position.
2.
Turn the ignition
key counterclockwise
to the STOP
position.
1.
Depress the brake pedal and move the parking brake lever
out of the ON position and into the OFF position.
3.
Remove the key from the ignition
unintended
Setting the Cutting Height
1.
Select the height
position
Driving TheTractor
of the cutting
deck by placing
the deck lift lever in any of the five different
notches
2.
cutting
WARNING!
height
is on a smooth,
discharge
i_
flat surface
feature
opening of the cutting deck.
Keep hands and feet away from the
so equipped,
the deck wheels
of the deck and are not designed
of the cutting
of this manual
for more detailed
NOTE:Always operate the tractor with the throttle control
lever in the FAST(rabbit) position for the most efficient
use of the cutting deck or other (separately available)
attachments.
& Adjustments
instructions
regarding
various deck adjustments.
Starting the Engine
interlock system is malfunctioning.
This system was
WARNING!
Do not
operate
tractor if the
designed for your
safety
and the
protection.
before
Move the throttle lever into the FAST(rabbit) position.
the weight
deck.
Refer to Leveling the Deck in the Maintenance
section
are an anti-scalp
to support
and behind
in reverse to avoid a back-over
WARNING! Before leaving the operator's position.
Always place the PTO(blade engage) lever in the
disengaged (PTO OFF) position, place speed control
lever in neutral, set parking brake, stop engine and
remove key to prevent unintended starting. Depress
the parking brake pedal to release the parking brake
and let the pedal up.
such as a driveway.
WARNING!
NOTE: On models
Always look down
and while traveling
accident.
on the right side of the fender.
Adjust the deck wheels, if equipped, so that they are
between 1/4-inch and 1/2-inch above the ground when the
tractor
switch to prevent
starting.
2_
Depress the parking brake pedal to release the parking
brake.
3.
Slowly move the speed control
lever in desired "F" forward
or "R" reverse position. The further forward or rearward
that the lever is moved, the faster the tractor will travel.
Refer to Figure 4-4.
NOTE: Refer to the TRACTOR SET-UP on page 11 of this manual
for Gasoline
and Oil fill-up
instructions.
1.
Insert the tractor
2.
Place the PTO (blade engage) lever in the disengaged
position.
SECTION
5--
key into the ignition
OPERATION
WARNING!
Do NOT attempt to change the
direction of travel when the tractor is in motion.
Always bring the tractor
switch.
(OFF)
to a complete
stop before
moving the speed control lever from forward to
reverse or vice versa. Failure to do so could result in
serious damage
to your tractor's
transmission.
iMPORTANT:
First-time
operators
speeds. Become completely
operation and controls
higher speed.
4.
should
familiar
before
use slower
3.
with the tractor's
operating
the tractor
in at
lever to the "N" neutral
position.
5.
In an sudden
situation,
fully depress the brake
lever in the FAST (rabbit) position
most efficient use of the cutting
available) attachments.
IMPORTANT:
To stop, move the speed control
Important:
Keep the throttle
deck or other
Models with Reverse Caution Mode:
The engine will automatically shut off if the PTOis engaged with
the speed control lever in position for reverse travel with the
ignition key in the NORMAL MOWING position.
pedal to bring the tractor to a stop and then immediately
move the speed control lever to the "N" neutral position
Models without ReverseCautionMode:
Set the parking
position
brake by fully depressing
pedal and keeping
it depressed
brake lever in the ON position.
pedal to allow the parking
while
the parking
placing
brake
the parking
Release the parking
brake
for the
(separately
The PTO (blade engage) lever must be in the disengaged
when starting
if the operator
on page 15.
the engine,
when traveling
(OFF)
in reverse, and
leaves the seat. Refer to Safety Interlock
Switches
brake to engage.
Usingthe DeckLift Lever
i_
for any reason, disengage the blades, place the
WARNING!
Before leaving the operator's position
speed control lever in neutral, engage the parking
To raise the cutting
brake, shut engine off and remove
Setting
IMPORTANT:
When stopping
the tractor
the key.
for any reason while
on a grass surface, always:
1.
Place the speed control
2.
Engage the parking
3.
Shut engine
"browned"
Mowing
thrown object injury, keep bystanders, helpers,
children
and pets
at least
feet from
the ormachine
ARNING!
To help
avoid 75blade
contact
a
while it is in operation. Stop machine if anyone
enters the area.
_
the possibility
by hot exhaust
of having your lawn
from your tractor's
running
engine.
The following
information
slopes where you may operate
section to help
the tractor
discharge
safely.
material
Exercise extreme
when using the cutting
caution
against
when
changing
direction
on
slopes.
material
rocks, or other
objects. Uneven terrain could overturn
grass can hide obstacles.
hidden
the machine. Tall
to ricochet
speed, especially
which
ira mulch
on a slope. Ira turn must be
made, turn down the slope. Turning
increases the chance of a roll over.
Avoid stopping
when driving
to the outside
better
to throw the discharge
for the balance of cutting.
appearance
This will give a
to the lawn.
Mowing
throttle.
up a slope. If it is necessary
the PTO (blade engage) transfers
deck. To engage the blades, proceed
Move the throttle
control
and yellows
quickly
weed
in dry weather.
should
always be done with the engine at full
Under heavier conditions
it may be necessary
power to the cutting
as follows:
lever to the FAST (rabbit)
to go back
over the cut area a second time to get a clean cut.
Do NOT attempt
to mow heavy brush and weeds and
extremely tall grass. Your tractor
NOT clear brush.
Engagingthe Blades
1.
growth
up a slope greatly
to stop while driving up a slope, start up smoothly and
carefully to reduce the possibility of flipping the tractor
over backward.
Engaging
kit
For best results it is recommended
that the first two laps be
cut with the discharge thrown towards the center. After the
Do not cut the grass too short. Short grass invites
Avoid turns when driving
may
back toward
is installed.
first two laps, reverse the direction
Watch for holes, ruts, bumps,
roads, sidewalks,
a wall or obstruction
high ground
or grass collector
slopes, NEVER across.
toward
and
Plantheyour
like. mowing
Also, avoid
pattern
discharging
to avoid
cause discharged
the operator.
Do not mowat
cause serious injury.
of materials
WARNING!
bystanders
excess of 15 degrees (a rise of approximately
2-1/2
WARNING!
notThe
mow
on inclines
with a slope
feet
every 10 Do
feet).
tractor
could overturn
and in
Mow up and down
will be helpful
deck with your tractor:
Refer to the SLOPE GAUGE in the Safe Operation
illl_
Refer to
Height earlier in this section.
lever in N (neutral),
brake,
Driving On Slopes
determine
The Cutting
off and remove the key.
Doing so will minimize
deck, move the deck lift lever to the left, then
place it in the notch best suited for your application.
is designed
to mow
lawns,
Keep the blades sharp and replace the blades when worn.
Refer to Cutting
for proper
Blades in the Service section
blade sharpening
of this manual
instructions.
position.
2.
Grasp the PTO (blade engage) lever and pivot it all the way
forward
into the engaged
(ON) position.
SECTION
S --
OPERATION
17
Mulching
MovingTheTractorManually
Select models
come equipped
with a mulch
kit which
Your tractor's
transmission
is equipped
with a hydrostatic
relief
incorporates
special blades, already standard on the tractor, in a
process of recirculating
grass clippings repeatedly beneath the
valve for occasions when it is necessary to move the tractor
manually. Activating
this valve forces the fluid in the transmission
cutting
to bypass its normal
deck. The ultra-fine
clippings
are then forced back into
the lawn where they act as a natural fertilizer.
Observe the following
Never attempt
points for the best results when mulching:
preventing
proper
Do NOT attempt
mulching
to mulch
of the cutting
the rear tires to "freewheel."
relief valve, proceed
Locate the hydrostatic
See Fig. 5-3.
to mulch if the lawn is damp. Wet grass
tends to stick to the underside
route, allowing
To engage the hydrostatic
as follows:
bypass rod in the rear of the tractor.
deck
f
of the clippings.
more than 1/3 the total height
of
the grass or approximately
1-1/2 inches. Doing so will cause
the clippings to clump up beneath the deck and not be
mulched
effectively.
Maintain
a slow ground
more time to effectively
speed to allow the grass clippings
be mulched.
o
Always position the throttle control lever in the FAST
(rabbit) position and allow it to remain there while mowing.
Failing to keep the engine at full throttle
places strain
on the tractor's
engine and does not allow the blades to
properly
grass.
mulch
NOTE: It is not necessary to remove the discharge
operate the mower with the mulch kit installed.
chute to
discharge chute properly attached.
WARNING!
Never operate the mower
To operate
the cutting
deck without
mulching,
without
the
simply remove
the mulch plug by raising the discharge chute (A), unhooking
the
chute strap from the pin on the cutting deck (B) and removing
the mulch plug from
will allow the clippings
under the discharge
to discharge
chute hinge (C). This
out the side. See Fig. 5-2.
Figure 5-3
2.
Pull the hydrostatic bypass rod outward,
the left, to lock it in place.
NOTE:The
F
transmission
bypass rod is pulled
prior to operating
IMPORTANT:
will NOTengage
then down
and to
when the hydrostatic
out. Return the rod to its normal
position
the tractor.
Never attempt
to move the tractor
manually
without first engaging the hydrostatic relief valve. Doing so will
result in serious damage to the tractor's transmission.
Headlights
On some models,
the lamps are ON whenever
engine is running.
On other
whenever
position.
®
key is moved out of the STOP
On all models, the lamps turn OFF when the ignition
moved to the STOP position.
Figure 5=2
NOTE: For information
regarding
purchasing
other accessories for your model of tractor,
& Accessories section of this manual.
SECTION
the ignition
the tractor's
models, the lamps are ON
5--
OPERATION
a mulch plug, or
see the Attachments
key is
Maintenance& Adjustments
Maintenance
Perform the above steps in the opposite order after oil has
finished draining.
WARNING!
Before performing
any maintenance
or
5.
Refill the engine with new motor oil as instructed in the
Engine Operator/Owner Manual packed with your machine.
repairs, disengage PTO, move shift lever into neutral
position, set parking brake, stop engine and remove
key to prevent
unintended
Refer to the Engine Operator/Owner
maintenance
instructions.
Check engine
Manual
for engine
oil level before each use as instructed
Operator/Owner
instructions
NOTE: Refer to the Engine Operator/Owner Manual packed with
your unit for information regarding the quantity and proper
viscosity of motor oil.
starting.
Manual
ChangingEngine Oil (Modelswith KohlerEngines)
in the Engine
packed with your unit. Follow the
carefully.
ChangingEngine Oil (Modelswith Briggs& Stratton Engines)
For draining
oil from the engine's
crankcase
Run the engine for a few minutes
NOTE:The
interval.
of select model
tractors, a plastic oil drain sleeve is packed with this Operator's
Manual. To drain the oil, proceed as follows:
1.
engine, muffler and surrounding
metal surfaces will
be ARNING!
hot and can
If the
cause
engine
burns has
to been
the skin.
recently
Exercise
run, the
caution to avoid burns.
_
To complete
1.
oil filter should
be changed
an oil change, proceed
as follows:
Run the engine for a few minutes
to allow the oil in the
at every oil change
to allow the oil in the
crankcase to warm up. Warm oil will flow more freely and
crankcase to warm up. Warm oil will flow more freely and
carry away more of the engine sediment which may have
settled at the bottom of the crankcase. Use care to avoid
carry away more of the engine sediment which may have
settled at the bottom of the crankcase. Use care to avoid
burns from hot oil.
burns from hot oil.
2.
2.
Open the tractor's
hood and locate the oil drain port on
the right side of the engine.
3.
3.
Unscrew the oil fill cap and remove the dipstick
fill tube.
Snap the small end ofoil
Open the tractor's hood and locate the oil drain port on
the right side of the engine.
from the oil
Pop open the protective
valve to expose
cap on the end of the oil drain
the drain port. See Fig 6-2.
drain sleeve onto the oil sump.
See Fig. 6-1.
/
/
/
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Figure 6-2
Figure
5.
Remove drain plug and drain oil into a suitable
with a capacity
6.
6=1
container
of no less than 64 oz.
Service oil filter (ifso equipped) as instructed
Engine Operator/Owner
Manual
4.
Remove the oil fill cap/dipstick
5.
Push the oil drain hose (packed with this manual)
oil drain port. Route the opposite
appropriate
in the separate
from the oil fill tube.
oil collection
capacity, to collect
container
onto the
end of the hose into an
with at least a 2.5 quart
the used oil.
packed with your unit.
19
6.
Pinch the tabs on the oil drain valve, then pull outward to
begin draining oil. SeeFig 6-2.
7.
After the oil has finished draining, push the end of the oil
drain valve back in, until the tabs click into place. Re-cap
the end of the oil drain valve to keep debris from entering
the drain port.
8.
Replace the oil filter as instructed in the separate engine
Owner's Manual.
9.
Refill the engine with new oil. Refer to the engine Owner's
Manual for information regarding the proper volume and
weight of engine oil.
Charging
IMPORTANT: When
charger
designed
charging
Service the pre-cleaner,
as instructed
if so equipped,
and cartridge/air
in the Engine Operator/Owner
cleaner
Manual
packed with your unit.
If your tractor
batteries.
battery,
use only a
Read your battery
has not been put into use for an extended
of time, charge the battery
Set your battery
SparkPlug
The spark plug should
be cleaned
season. Spark plug replacement
of each mowing
Manual
your tractor's
for 12V lead-acid
charger's Owner's Manual prior to charging your tractor's
Always follow its instructions
and heed its warnings.
Air Cleaner
element
IMPORTANT: If removing the battery for any reason,
disconnect the NEGATIVE(Black) wire from it's terminal first,
followed by the POSITIVE(Red) wire. When re-installing the
battery, always connect the POSITIVE(Red) wire its terminal
first, followed by the NEGATIVE(Black) wire. Be certain that the
wires are connected to the correct terminals; reversing them
could change the polarity and result in damage to your engine's
alternating system.
for correct
NOTE: If the charger
plug type and gap specifications.
charger to deliver
a maximum
of 10
complete.
at the start
season. Refer to the Engine Operator/Owner
period
as follows:
amperes. If your battery charger is automatic,
charge
the battery until the charger indicates that charging is
and the gap reset once a
is recommended
battery.
is not automatic,
charge for no fewer than
eight hours.
Lubrication
while charging. Charge battery in a well ventilated
WARNING!
giveanoffopen
an explosive
gas
area and keepBatteries
away from
flame or pilot
_
inspecting, always disengage PTO, move shift lever
Before lubricating,
or engine
intoARNING!
neutral position,
set parking repairing,
brake, stop
_
and remove
key to prevent
unintended
starting.
light as on a water heater, space heater, furnace,
clothes dryer or other gas appliances.
Jump Starting
Engine
Lubricate
Owner
the engine with motor
Manual
oil as instructed
in the Engine
Pivot Points & Linkage
Lubricate
IMPORTANT:
all the pivot points
on the drive system, parking
and lift linkage at least once a season with
brake
light oil.
battery
I.
Never jump your tractor's
of a running
Connect
dead battery
The rear wheels should
season. Lubricate
be removed
end of one jumper
cable to the positive
2.
Connect
the other jumper
of the good battery,
them.
3.
Each end of the tractor's
front pivot
grease fitting. Lubricate
tractor operation.
with a grease gun after every 25 hours of
bar may be equipped
terminal
Start the tractor
as instructed
in the Operation
section.
with a
cause
sparking,Failure
and the
gasthis
in either
batterycould
could
ARNING!
to use
procedure
explode.
_I_lll
Battery
CleaningBattery
The battery is sealed and is maintenance-free.
be checked.
Acid levels cannot
After cleaning
the battery
and terminals,
clean and
battery
by removing
terminals
over the positive
& ADJUSTMENTS
wiring
with grease or petroleum
Battery Failures
Some common
Incorrect
and washing
If necessary, scrape the
with a wire brush to remove deposits.
terminals and exposed
prevent corrosion.
causes for battery
initial activation
Overcharging
MAINTENANCE
it from the tractor
soda and water solution.
apply a light coat
jelly or grease to both terminals.
Always keep the rubber boot positioned
terminal to prevent shorting.
Clean the battery
with a baking
Always keep the battery cables and terminals
free of corrosive build-up.
SECTION 6--
cable to the negative
then to the frame of the unit with the
dead battery.
Front Axles
of petroleum
terminal
end to the positive
from the axles once a
the axles and the rims well with an all-purpose
re-installing
with the
vehicle.
of the good battery, then the other
terminal of the dead battery.
RearWheels
grease before
battery, follow these instructions
to prevent the
WARNING!
When removing or installing the
screwdriver from shorting against the frame.
i_ii
packed with your unit.
failure are:
Coat
jelly to
Freezing
2.
the PTO (Blade Engage), set the parking
3.
connections
Thread the hose coupler
Operator's Manual)
These failures are NOT covered
by your tractor's
warranty.
4.
Any fuel or oil spilled
on the machine
should
Do NOT allow debris to accumulate
fins of the engine
IMPORTANT:
Attach
(packagedwithyourtractor's
onto the end of your garden
the hose coupler
hose.
to the water port on the deck's
surface. See Fig. 6-4.
Cleaningthe EngineAndDeck
promptly.
brake
and stop the engine.
Undercharging
Corroded
Disengage
be wiped
around
r
off
the cooling
or on any other part of the machine.
The use of a pressure washer to clean your
tractor is NOT recommended.
It may cause damage to electrical
components,
spindles, pulleys, bearings or the engine.
On tractor
models that do not come equipped
with a deck wash
port already insalled, a hex plug can be found on your tractor's deck
surface. See Fig. 6-3. This plug can be replaced
to be used as part of a separately-available
The Deck Wash System
deck's underside
TM
is used to rinse grass clippings
and prevent
the buildup
NOTE: Refer to the Attachments
manual
available
for information
attachments
with a water port
deck wash system.
of corrosive
& Accessories
regarding
section
from the
chemicals.
of this
this and other separately-
& accessories
for your tractor.
Figure 6-4
5_
Turn the water on.
6.
While sitting
the engine
in the operator's
position
and place the throttle
on the tractor,
start
lever in the FAST (rabbit)
position.
He× Plug"
7.
Move the tractor's
8.
Remain in the operator's
engaged for a minimum
PTO (Blade Engage) into the ON position.
position with the cutting
of two minutes, allowing
underside
deck to thoroughly
of the cutting
deck
the
rinse.
9.
Move the tractor's
PTO (Blade Engage) into the OFF position.
10.
Turn the ignition key to the STOP position
tractor's engine off.
11.
Turn the water off and detach the hose coupler
to turn the
from the
water port on your deck's surface.
12.
DeckWash System
IMPORTANT:
TM
If your tractor's
deck is equipped
as part of its Deck Wash System
utilize this feature.
with a water port on its surface
TM,
follow
these instructions
to
Use the Deck Wash System TM to rinse grass clippings from the
deck's underside and prevent the buildup of corrosive chemicals.
Complete
1.
the following
Drive the tractor
enough
On 46" decks, repeat
side of the cutting
Figure 6-3
steps 4 through
11 on the opposite
deck as well.
After cleaning
your deck with the Deck Wash
System TM, return to the operator's position and engage the PTO.
Keep the cutting deck running for a minimum of two minutes,
allowing
the underside
of the cutting
deck to thoroughly
dry.
Adjustments
steps AFTER EACH MOWING:
to a level, clear spot on your lawn, near
for your garden
hose to reach.
__
adjustments
while
engineto ismake
running,
WARNING!
Never the
attempt
any except
where specified in the operator's manual.
Levelingthe Deck
chute is directed AWAY from your house, garage,
CAUTION:
parked cars, Make
etc. certain the tractor's discharge
NOTE: Check the tractor's
tire pressure before
performing
any
deck leveling adjustments.
Refer to Tires in the Service section of
this manual for more information regarding tire pressure.
SECTION 6 --
MAINTENANCE
& ADJUSTMENTS
21
Front ToRear
The front of the cutting
can be adjusted
the deck should
With the tractor
lever for lifting
(second
if necessary
Hex Cap Screw
bar that
..............
as follows:
parked on a firm, level surface, place the
the platform
highest
the discharge
2
by a stabilizer
to level the deck from front to rear The front of
be between 1/4inch and %inch lower than the
rear of the deck Adjust
1
deck is supported
position)
channel
on the second to the top notch
and rotate the blade as close to
that is parallel
to the tractor
Measure the distance from the front of the blade tip to
the ground and the rear of the blade tip to the ground
The first measurement
taken should be between 1/4"and
%" less than the second measurement
approximate
proceed,
3
distance
Determine
the
for proper adjustment
and
if necessary, to the next step
Locate the flange
bracket
necessary
lock nut on the front side of the stabilizer
See Fig 65
. Tighten
To level the deck from front to rear:
J
the lock nut to raise the front of the deck;
. Loosen the Lock nut to lower the front of the deck
Figure 6=6
The deck is properly
measurements
5
Retighten
bracket
balanced
when
both blade tip
taken earlier are equal
the hex cap screw on the left deck hanger
when
proper adjustment
is achieved
Seat Adjustment
Refer to the SetUp
adjustment
and Assembly
section
of this manual
for seat
instructions
ParkingBrakeAdjustment
while the engine is running
Always disengage PTO,
WARNING!
Never
adjust the
move shift lever
intoattempt
neutral to
position,
stopbrakes
engine
and remove
If the tractor
key to prevent
unintended
does not come to a complete
starting
stop when the brake
pedal is completely
depressed, or if the tractor's rear wheels
can roll with the parking brake applied, the brake is in need of
adjustment
J
Figure 6-5
Sideto Side
If the cutting deck appears to be mowing unevenly, a side to side
adjustment
can be performed
Adjust if necessary as follows:
1
With the tractor
parked on a firm, level surface, place the
deck lift lever in the second from the top notch (second
highest position) and rotate both blades so that they are
perpendicular
with the tractor
2
Measure the distance from the outside
tip to the ground
and the distance
right blade tip to the ground
should
3
Loosen,
be equal
Both measurements
not, proceed
of the
taken
to the next step
but do NOT remove, the hex cap screw on the left
deck hanger
4
If they're
of the left blade
from the outside
bracket
See Fig 66
Balance the deck by using a wrench
gear (found immediately
loosened) clockwise/up
SECTION 6--
to turn the adjustment
behind the hex cap screw just
or counterclockwise/down.
MAINTENANCE
& ADJUSTMENTS
See an authorized
brakes properly
adjusted
MTD Service Dealer to have your
MaintenanceSchedule
Before
Eachuse
Every
lOHours
Every
25 Hours
Every
50 Hours
Every
100Hours
Prior
to Storing
,/
CleanHood/DashLouvers
CheckEngineOil Level
V//
CheckAir Filter for Dirty, Looseor DamagedParts
V/"
,/
V//
CleanandRe-oilAir Filter'sFoamPre-cieaner
V/"
ReplaceAir Filter Element
V/
ChangeEngineOiland ReplaceOil Filter
V/
CleanBattery Terminals
_"
_"
LubeFrontAxlesand Rims
_"
_"
CleanEngineCoolingFins
_"
_"
LubePedalPivot Points
_"
_"
CheckSparkPlug Condition&Gap
_"
ReplaceFuelFilter
_"
NOTE:This
Operators
or illustrated
Manual
in this manual
covers a range of product
may not be applicable
and equipment
without
IMPORTANT:
Since this manual
manual
included
notice and without
specifications
to all models.
incurring
for detailed
models.
Characteristics
and features
product
discussed and/
specifications,
designs
obligation.
covers a range of various tractor
with this machine
for various
MTD LLC reserves the right to change
_"
engine maintenance
models,
it is important
procedures
to consult the specific engine
operator's
and intervals.
SECTION 6 --
MAINTENANCE
& ADJUSTMENTS
23
7
Service
Cutting Deck Removal
42" Deck
NOTE: Models equipped
with a 38-inch
pulley. Models equipped
deck idler pulleys.
with a 42- and 46-inch
To remove the cutting
1.
deck, proceed
deck have one deck idler
deck have two
as follows:
Place the PTO (Blade Engage) lever in the disengaged
position
and engage
the parking
2.
Lower the deck by moving the deck lift lever into the
bottom notch on the right fender.
3.
Remove the belt-keeper
rod, from around
engine pulley, by removing
secures it. See Fig. 7-1.
the tractor's
the self-tapping
Note: Make a mental note what hole the other
keeper rod is inserted
(OFF)
brake.
in for reinstallation
Bow=Tie
Pin
screw (A) that
end of the belt-
purposes.
46" Deck
Figure 7-2
7.
Move the deck lift lever into the top notch on the right
fender
8.
to raise the deck lift arms up and out of the way.
On 42" decks; Remove the bow-tie cotter pin securing the
deck stabilizer rod to the deck. Slide the deck lift rod from
the mounting
weldment
on the deck as seen in Fig. 7-3.
On 46" Decks;
Remove the bow-tie
washer securing
the deck stabilizer
the deck lift rod from the mounting
as seen in Fig. 7-3.
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Figure 74
4.
Remove the belt (C) from around
the tractor's
engine
pulley. See Fig. 7-1.
5.
On 42" Decks:
Looking
side of the tractor,
at the cutting
locate the bow-tie
iO
o
deck from the left
pin that secures the
deck support rod on the rear left side of the deck. See
upper half of Fig. 7-2. Remove the bow-tie pin that secures
the deck support
support
rod, and carefully
remove the deck
from the deck lift arm.
On 46" Decks: Looking at the cutting deck from the left
side of the tractor, locate the deck release handle. See
lower half of Fig. 7-2. Pull the deck release handle and
carefully
6.
release the deck from the deck lift arm.
Repeat the above steps on the tractor's
:The deck support
right side.
rod on the right side of the tractor
is secured
using hair pin clip as opposed to a cotter pin, which you might
had noticed was used on the left side. This is normal and should
be reinstalled
in the same manner
as removed.
Figure 7-3
cotter
pin and flat
rod to the deck. Slide
weldment
on the deck
D_z_, / ...................
9.
Carefully
cutting
remove the PTO cable from the rear of the
deck by removing
the hair pin clip which
Remove the spring from the deck idler bracket.
on the next page.
Jump Starting
secures it.
See Fig. 7-4
battery.
Be certain
not touch,
and
ARNING!
Never the
jumpvehicles
start ado
damaged
or frozen
ignitions are off. Do not allow cable clamps to touch.
_
I.
2.
Connect
positive
tractor's
discharged
Connect
the other end of the cable to the (positive
of the jumper
3.
Connect
vehicle
on the engine
Gently slide the cutting
underneath
the tractor.
deck (from the leftside)
Attach
post of
block of the
to a unpainted
part
(i.e. car, truck), do NOT start the vehicle's
AUTION:
the jumper
is installed
engine
when Ifjump
starting battery
your tractor.
5.
Start the tractor
this manual).
6.
Set the tractor's parking brake before
cables, in reverse order of connection.
Figure 7-4
10.
-) to the other
battery.
tractor, away from the battery.
to assure a good connection.
//
+) post
battery.
Make the final connection
_
post (+) of your
battery.
the second cable (negative
the jumper
4.
(+) cable to positive
(as instructed
in the Operation
on a
section
removing
of
the jumper
Charging
out from
WARNING!
while
Tires
Batteries
charging.
give off an explosive
Charge the battery
gas
in a well
ventilated area and keep away from an open flame
or pilot light as on a water heater, space heater,
pressure shown on the sidewall of tire.
WARNING!
Never exceed the maximum
_
The recommended
operating
10 psi for the rear tires
Approximately
14 psi for the front tires
Refer to the tire sidewall
manufacturer's
overinflate.
recommended
batteries.
designed
Read your battery
your tractor's
battery,
for 12V lead-acid
charger's
Owner's
Manual prior to charging your tractor's battery.
Always follow its instructions
and heed its warnings.
If your tractor
has not been put into use for an extended
of time, charge the battery
psi. Do not
Uneven tire pressure could cause the cutting
deck to
mow unevenly.
1.
Set your battery
period
as follows:
charger to deliver
a max of 10 amperes.
If your battery charger is automatic, charge the battery until the
charger indicates that charging is complete. If the charger is not
Battery
automatic,
CALIFORNIA PROPOSITION 65 WARNING!
Battery posts, terminals, and related accessories
contain lead and lead compounds,
chemicals known
to the State of California to cause cancer and
reproductive
harm. Wash hands after handling.
CAUTION:
If removing the battery, disconnect
NEGATIVE (Black) wire from it's terminal first,
followed
When charging
use only a charger
for exact tire
or maximum
clothes dryer or other gas appliances.
CAUTION:
tire pressure is:
Approximately
IMPORTANT:
furnace,
inflation
the
by the POSITIVE (Red) wire. When re-
installing the battery, always connect the POSITIVE
(Red) wire its terminal first, followed by the
NEGATIVE (Black) wire.
charge for no fewer than eight hours.
Fuse
One 20 AMP fuse is installed
protect the tractor's electrical
excessive amperage.
in your tractor's
wiring
harness to
system from damage
caused by
If the electrical system does not function, or your tractor's engine
will not crank, first check to be certain that the fuse has not
blown.
It can be found at the rear of the unit, underneath
fender
located
_
the
by the battery.
amperage capacity for replacement.
ARNING!
Always use a fuse with the same
SECTION
7 -- SERVICE
25
Cutting 8lades
WARNING!
ignition
Shut the engine off and remove
key before
removing
the cutting
blade(s) for
sharpening or replacement.
Protect your hands by
using heavy gloves when grasping the blade.
WARNING!
Periodically
inspect the blade and/or
spindle for cracks or damage,
struck a foreign
until damaged
To remove the blades, proceed
1.
after
you've
as follows.
Remove the deck from beneath
Cutting
especially
object. Do not operate the machine
components
are replaced.
Deck Removal
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the tractor,
earlier in this section)
(refer to
then gently
flip the deck over to expose its underside.
2.
Place a block of wood
between
baffle and the cutting
blade to act as a stabilizer.
the center deck housing
See Fig. 7-5.
3.
Remove the hex flange nut that secures the blade to the
spindle assembly.
See Fig. 7-5.
Figure
NOTE:When
replacing
7-6
the blade, be sure to install
the side of the blade marked
"Bottom"
stamped in it) facing the ground
operating position.
when the mower
blade spindle hex flange
CAUTION:
Use a torque
and 90 Ibs-ft.
the blade with
(or with a part number
is in the
nut to between 70 Ibs-ft
wrench to tighten the
Changingthe DeckBelt
ignition key, disconnect
the spark plug wire(s) and
WARNING!
ground againstBe the
sureengine
to shut tothe
prevent
engine unintended
off, remove
_l_f_i,i
starting
J
4.
To properly
amounts
cutting
sharpen
the cutting
of metal from
edges, parallel
IMPORTANT: The
designed
blades, remove equal
both ends of the blades along the
to the trailing
edge, at a 25 °- to 30 °
angle. Always grind each cutting blade edge equally
maintain proper blade balance. See Fig. 7-6.
removing
V-belt found
previously
been sharpened,
by not disengaging
For a proper working
use factory
machine,
or if any metal
excessive vibration,
may cause damage to the
ll tractor
WARNING!
poorly in balanced
and/or A result
personal blade
injury. will cause
1.
Remove the deck as instructed
2.
Remove the belt covers by removing
3.
SECTION
7--
using a blade balancer.
Grind
the heavy side until it balances evenly.
SERVICE
belts.
earlier in this section.
the hex washer
to the deck. See Fig. 7-7.
It may also be necessary to loosen the hex nut on the left
idler pulley to get the belt off the pulley and around
belt guard.
Carefully
spindle
5.
remove the deck belt from around
6.
the
the two
pulleys and the two deck idler pulleys. See Fig. 7-7.
To place the new belt, begin by routing
two outer spindle
metal from
approved
to
CAUTION:
the cutting
edgetheof blades
the blade
separation isIfpresent,
replace
with has
new
Test the blade's balance
(non-
completely.
To change or replace the deck belt on your tractor, proceed as follows:
4.
5.
is specially
safely. A substitute
OEM) V-belt can be dangerous
ones.
i _i,
on your tractor
to engage and disengage
screws that fasten them
L_i
the belt.
and
should beAllreplaced
any signs
wear
are present.
ARNING!
belts on ifyour
tractorofare
subject
to wear
_llill
Figure 7-5
before
the belt around
pulleys as shown in Fig. 7-7.
Then route the belt around
shown in Fig. 7-7.
the two deck idler pulleys as
the
f
11.
While holding the belt and pulley together, rotate the
pulley to the left. Continue holding and rotating the pulley
and belt until the belt is fully rolled into the PTOpulley.
Changingthe Transmission
DriveBelt
Hex Washer
Screws
NOTE: Several components
//
(i.e. air/impact
wrench)
See an authorized
Pulley
and special tools
the tractor's
drive belt.
MTD Service Dealer to have your drive belt
replaced or phone Customer Support as instructed
information
on ordering a Service Manual.
Belt Guard
_iindle
must be removed
in order to change
on page 2 for
Belt Cover
k.
Figure 7=7
7.
Retighten
the left idler pulley hex nut loosened
8.
Remount
the belt guards removed
9.
Re-install
around
10.
the deck, making
earlier.
sure the belt remains
the pulleys as instructed.
earlier.
routed
See Fig. 7-8.
Pull the right side of the belt, and place the narrow V side of
the belt into the PTO pulley.
Figure 7-8
SECTION
7 -- SERVICE
27
Troubleshooting
Problem
Cause
Engine fails to start
Remedy
PTO/Blade engaged.
1. Place knob (or lever) in disengaged
(OFF)
position.
2. Spark plug wire disconnected.
2. Connect wire to spark plug.
3. Fuel tankempty,
3. Fill tank with clean, fresh (less than 30 days
old) gas.
or stale fuel.
4. Choke notactivated.
4. Place the throttle
5. Faulty spark plug.
5. Clean, adjust gap or replace plug.
6. Blocked fuel line.
6. Clean fuel line and replace fuel filter.
7. Engine flooded.
7. Crankengine
8. Parking brake notengaged
8. Engage parking
9.
9.
Throttle
control lever not in correct starting
control in CHOKE position.
with throttle
Place throttle
in FAST position.
brake.
leverto
FAST position.
position.
Engine runs erratic
1. Unit running
with CHOKE activated.
1. Move the throttle
contol
out of the CHOKE
position.
2. Spark plug wires loose.
2. Connect and tighten
spark plug wire.
3. Blocked fuel line or stale fuel.
3. Clean fuel line; fill tank with clean, fresh
gasoline and replace fuel filter, is so equipped.
4. Ventin gas cap plugged.
4. Clear vent or replace cap if damaged.
5. Water or dirt in fuel system.
5. Drain fuel tank. Refill wtth clean, fresh
gasoline.
6. Dirty air cleaner.
6. Replace air cleaner paper element
or clean
foam precleaner, is so equipped.
Engine overheats
1. Engine oil level low.
1. Fill crankcase with proper amount
weight of oil.
2. Air flow restricted.
2. Clean grass clippings
the engine's cooling
Engine hesitates at high
RPM
1. Spark plug gap too close.
Engine Idles rough
1. Spark plug fouled, faulty
2. Dffty air cleaner.
1. Cutting
2. Replace air cleaner element
blade loose or unbalanced.
2. Damaged
Mower
will not mulch grass
or bent cutting
blade.
housing.
gap.
1. Replace spark plug. Set plug gap.
pre-cleaner,
Excessive vibration
and debris from around
fins and blower
1. Remove spark plug and resetthe
or gap too wide.
and
1. Tighten
and/or
clean
if so equipped.
blade and spindle.
Balance blade.
2. Replace blade.
1. Engine speed too low.
1. Place throttle
in FAST (rabbit) position.
2. Wet grass.
2. Do not mulch when grass is wet.
3. Excessively high grass.
3. Mowonceata
high cutting
height, then
mow again at desired height or make a
narrower cutting swath.
Uneven cut
4. Dull blade.
4. Sharpen or replace blade.
1. Deck not leveled properly.
1. Perform
2. Dull blade.
2. Sharpen or replace blade.
3. Uneven tire pressure.
3. Check tire pressure in all four tires.
side-to-side
deck adjustment.
28
9
Replacement
Parts
NOTE:This Operators
or illustrated
PARTNO.
DriveBelt (MowingDeck)42" Deck
954-04060B
DriveBelt (MowingDeck)46" Deck
954-04219
DeckBlade(42"Deck)
942-04308
DeckBlade(46"Deck)
942-04290
DeckSpindle(42"Deck)
918-04822A
DeckSpindle(46"Deck)
918-04865A
DeckWheel(Front- 42" & 46" Deck)
734-04155
Battery
925-1707D
Tire (Front) 15x 6 x 6 RoundShoulder
734-04240A
Tire (Front) 15x 6 x 6 SquareShoulder
734-1731
Tire (Rear)20 x 8 x 8 RoundShoulder
734-04241
Tire (Rear)20 x 8 x 8 SquareShoulder
734-1730
HubCap
931-0484A
FuelTankCap
751-3111
FuelTankCap (CAModels)
751-10947
ThrottleControl/ChokeCable
746-04364
DischargeChuteAssembly42" Deck
631-04460
DischargeChuteAssembly46" Deck
631-04461
Key
925-1745A
Manual
in this manual
and equipment
NOTE: Download
Manual.
DESCRIPTION
without
covers a range of product
may not be applicable
notice and without
a complete
Parts Manual
Be sure to have your model
Refer to page 2 for more information
number
specifications
for various
incurring
Characteristics
and features
product
discussed and/
specifications,
designs
obligation.
free of charge at www.mtdproducts.com
and serial number
regarding
models.
to all models. MTD LLC reserves the right to change
or phone (800) 800-7310 to purchase
ready. These can be found
on the model plate located
a Parts
under the seat.
locating your model and serial numbers.
29
Attachments
& Accessories
1
Thefollowingattachmentsand accessoriesare compatiblefor ModelSeries700 HydrostaticLawnTractors.See the retailerfrom which
youpurchasedyourtractor,an authorizedMTDService Dealeror phone (800) 800-7310for informationregardingpriceand availability.
CAUTION: ModelSeries700 HydrostaticLawnTractorsare NOTdesignedfor use with anytype of ground-engaging
attachments(e.g. tilleror plow). Useof this type of equipmentWILL voidthe tractor'swarranty.
19A300060EM
42-inchDeckMulch Kit
19A300050EM
46-inchDeck MulchKit
0EM-190-679
Bumper
0EM-190-032
42-inch Two-stage Snow Thrower
0EM-190-658
Tire Chains, 20 x 8 Tires
3O
11
31
SECTION
11= NOTES
SECTION
11 = NOTES
33
FEDERAL
and/or CALIFORNIA
EMISSION CONTROL WARRANTY STATEMENT
YOUR WARRANTY
RIGHTS AND OBLIGATIONS
MTDConsumerGroupInc,the United StatesEnvironmentalProtectionAgency (EPA),and, forthose productscertifiedfor sale in the stateof California,the
CaliforniaAir ResourcesBoard(CARB)are pleasedto explainthe emission(evaporativeand/or exhaust)controlsystem(ECS) warrantyon youroutdoor 2006
andlater smalloff-roadspark-ignitedengine andequipment(outdoorequipmentengine)In California,new outdoorequipmentengines mustbe designed,built and
equippedto meetthe State'sstringentanti-smog standards(in otherstates, 1997andlater modelyear equipmentmustbe designed,built, and equippedto meet
the U.S. EPAsmalloff-road, sparkignitionengine regulations.MTDConsumerGroupInc mustwarrantthe ECSon your outdoorequipmentenginefor the periodof
time listed belowprovidedtherehas been no abuse, neglector impropermaintenanceof outdoor equipmentengine.
Your ECSmay includeparts such as the carburetor,fuel-injectionsystem,the ignitionsystem,catalyticconverter,fuel tanks,fuel lines,fuel caps, valves,canisters,
filters,vapor hoses,clamps,connectors,andotherassociatedemission-relatedcomponents.
Wherea warrantableconditionexists, MTDConsumerGroupIncwill repairyouroutdoor equipmentengine at no cost to you includingdiagnosis,parts and labor.
MAN UFACTURER'S
WARRANTY
COVERAGE:
This emissioncontrolsystemis warrantedfor two years. If any emission-relatedpart on your outdoorequipmentengine is defective,the part will be repairedor
replacedby MTDCONSUMERGROUPINC.
OWNER'S WARRANTY
RESPONSIBILITIES:
Asthe outdoorequipmentengineowner,you are responsiblefor performanceof the requiredmaintenancelisted inyour owner'smanual.MTDConsumerGroup
Inc recommendsthat you retain all receiptscoveringmaintenanceon youroutdoor equipmentengine,but MTDConsumerGroupInc cannotdeny warrantysolely
forthe lackof receipts.
Asthe outdoorequipmentengineowner,you shouldhoweverbe awarethat MTDConsumerGroupInc may denyyou warrantycoverageif your outdoorequipment
engineor a part has failed due to abuse, neglect,or impropermaintenanceor unapprovedmodifications.
Youare responsiblefor presentingyouroutdoor equipmentengineto MTDConsumerGroupInc's distributioncenteror servicecenteras soon asthe problem
exists.The warrantyrepairsshouldbe completedin a reasonableamountof time, not to exceed30 days. If you havea questionregardingyour warrantycoverage,
you shouldcontactthe MTDConsumerGroupIncService Departmentat 1-800-800-7310or via email at http://support.mtdproducts.com
GENERAL
EMISSIONS WARRANTY
COVERAGE:
MTDConsumerGroupIncwarrantsto the ultimatepurchaserand eachsubsequentpurchaserthat the outdoor equipmentengine is: Designed,built and equipped
so asto conformwithall applicableregulations;and freefrom defects in materialsand workmanshipthatcausethe failureof a warrantedpart to be identicalin all
materialrespectsto that part as describedin MTDConsumerGroupInc's applicationfor certification.
The warrantyperiodbeginson the date the outdoor equipmentengine is deliveredto an ultimate purchaseror first placedinto service.The warrantyperiodis two
years.
Subjectto certain conditionsand exclusionsasstated below,the warrantyon emission-relatedparts is asfollows:
1. Any warrantedpart that is not scheduledfor replacementas requiredmaintenancein the written instructionssupplied,is warrantedforthe warrantyperiod
statedabove. Ifthe part fails duringthe periodof warrantycoverage,the part will be repairedor replacedbyMTDConsumerGroupInc accordingto subsection
(4) below. Anysuch part repairedor replacedunderwarrantywill be warrantedfor the remainderof the period.
2. Any warrantedpart that is scheduledonly for regularinspectionin the writteninstructionssupplied is warrantedforthe warrantyperiodstatedabove.Any such
part repairedor replacedunderwarrantywill be warrantedforthe remainingwarrantyperiod.
3. Any warrantedpart that is scheduledfor replacementas requiredmaintenancein the written instructionssuppliedis warrantedfor the periodof time beforethe
first scheduledreplacementdatefor that part. If the partfails beforethe first scheduledreplacement,the part will be repairedor replacedby MTDConsumer
GroupInc accordingto subsection(4) below.Any such part repairedor replacedunderwarrantywill be warrantedfor the remainderof the periodprior to the
first scheduledreplacementpointfor the part.
4. Repairor replacementof any warrantedpart underthe warrantyprovisionshereinmustbe performedat a warrantystationat no chargeto the owner.
5. Notwithstandingthe provisionsherein,warrantyservicesor repairswill be providedat all of our distributioncentersthatare franchisedto servicethe subject
enginesor equipment.
6. The outdoorequipmentengine ownerwill not be chargedfor diagnostic laborthat is directlyassociatedwithdiagnosisof a defective,emission-relatedwarrantedpart, providedthat suchdiagnosticwork is performedat a warrantystation.
7. MTDConsumerGroupInc is liablefor damagesto otherengine or equipmentcomponentsproximatelycausedby a failure underwarrantyof any warranted
part.
8. Throughoutthe off-roadengineand equipmentwarrantyperiodstatedabove, MTDConsumerGroupInc will maintaina supply of warrantedparts sufficientto
meetthe expecteddemandfor such parts.
9. Any replacementpart may be usedinthe performanceof any warrantymaintenanceor repairsand mustbe providedwithoutchargeto the owner.Suchuse will
not reducethe warrantyobligationsof MTDConsumerGroupInc.
10. Add-onor modifiedpartsthat are not exemptedbythe Air ResourcesBoardmay not be used.The use of any non-exemptedadd-on or modifiedparts by the
ultimatepurchaserwill be groundsfor disallowinga warrantyclaims. MTDConsumerGroup Incwill not be liable to warrantfailuresof warrantedparts caused
bythe use of a non-exemptedadd-onor modifiedpart.
WARRANTED
PARTS:
The repairor replacementof any warrantedpart otherwiseeligiblefor warrantycoveragemay be excludedfrom such warrantycoverageif MTDConsumerGroup
Inc demonstratesthatthe outdoor equipmentengine has beenabused,neglected,or improperlymaintained,and thatsuch abuse, neglect,or impropermaintenancewasthe direct causeof the needfor repairor replacementof the part. That notwithstanding,any adjustmentof a componentthat hasa factory installed,
andproperlyoperating,adjustmentlimitingdevice is still eligible for warrantycoverage. Further,the coverageunderthis warrantyextendsonly to partsthat were
presenton the off-roadengineand equipmentpurchased.
Thefollowing emissionwarrantypartsare covered(if applicable):
(1) FuelMeteringSystem
•
Cold start enrichmentsystem(softchoke)
•
Carburetorand internalparts (or fuel injectionsystem)
•
Fuelpump
•
Fueltank
(2) Air InductionSystem
•
Air cleaner
•
Intakemanifold
(3) IgnitionSystem
•
Spark plug(s)
•
Magneto ignitionsystem
(4) ExhaustSystem
•
Catalyticconverter
•
SAI (Reed valve)
(5) MiscellaneousItemsUsedin AboveSystem
•
Vacuum,temperature,position,time sensitivevalvesand switches
•
Connectorsandassemblies
(6) EvaporativeControl
•
Fuelhose
•
Fuelhoseclamps
•
Tetheredfuel cap
•
Carboncanister
•
Vapor lines
GDOC-100223Rev.A
MANUFACTURER'S
LiMiTED WARRANTY
The limited warranty set forth below is given by MTD LLC with
respect to new merchandise purchased and used in the United States
and/or its territories and possessions, and by MTD Products Limited
with respect to new merchandise purchased and used in Canadaand/
or its territories and possessions (either entity respectively, "MTD").
"MTD" warrants this product (excluding its Normal Wear Parts and
Attachments as described below) against defects in material and
workmanship for a period of two (2) years commencing on the date
of original purchase and will, at its option, repair or replace, free of
charge, any part found to be defective in materials or workmanship.
This limited warranty shall only apply if this product has been
operated and maintained in accordance with the Operator's Manual
furnished with the product, and has not been subject to misuse,
abuse, commercial use, neglect, accident, improper maintenance,
alteration, vandalism, theft, fire, water, or damage because of other
peril or natural disaster. Damage resulting from the installation or use
of any part, accessory or attachment not approved by MTD for use
with the product(s) covered by this manual will void your warranty as
to any resulting damage.
Normal Wear Parts are warranted to be free from defects in material
and workmanship for a period of thirty (30) days from the date of
purchase. Normal wear parts include, but are not limited to items
such as: batteries, belts, blades, blade adapters, tines, grass bags,
wheels, rider deck wheels, seats, snow thrower skid shoes, friction
wheels, shave plates, auger spiral rubber and tires.
Attachments-- MTD warrants attachments for this product against
defects in material and workmanship for a period of one (1) year,
commencing on the date of the attachment's original purchase or
lease. Attachments include, but are not limited to items such as:
grass collectors and mulch kits.
HOWTO OBTAINSERVICE:Warranty service is available, WITH
PROOFOF PURCHASE,through your local authorized service dealer.
To locate the dealer in your area:
In the U.S.A.
Check your Yellow Pages, or contact MTD LLC at RO. Box 361131,
Cleveland, Ohio 44136-0019, or call 1-800-800-7310, 1-330-2204683 or log on to our Web site at www.mtdproducts.com.
In Canada
Contact MTD Products Limited, Kitchener, ON N2G4J1, or call 1-800668-1238 or log on to our Web site at www.mtdcanada.com.
This limited warranty does not provide coverage in the following
cases:
a. The engine or component parts thereof. These items may carry a
separate manufacturer's warranty. Referto applicable manufacturer's warranty for terms and conditions.
b. Log splitter pumps, valves, and cylinders havea separate oneyear warranty.
FOR
c. Routine maintenance items such as lubricants, filters, blade
sharpening, tune-ups, brake adjustments, clutch adjustments,
deck adjustments, and normal deterioration of the exterior finish
due to use or exposure.
d. Service completed by someone other than an authorized service
dealer.
e. MTD does not extend any warranty for products sold or exported
outside of the United States and/or Canada, and their respective
possessions and territories, except those sold through MTD's
authorized channels of export distribution.
f. Replacement parts that are not genuine MTD parts.
g. Transportation charges and service calls.
h. MTD does not warrant this product for commercial use.
No implied warranty, including any implied warranty of
merchantability of fitness for a particular purpose, applies after
the applicable period of express written warranty above as to the
parts as identified. No other express warranty, whether written or
oral, except as mentioned above, given by any person or entity,
including a dealer or retailer, with respect to any product, shall
bind MTD. Duringthe period of the warranty, the exclusive remedy
is repair or replacement of the product as set forth above.
The provisions as set forth in this warranty provide the sole and
exclusive remedy arising from the sale. MTD shall not be liable
for incidental or consequential loss or damage including, without
limitation, expenses incurred for substitute or replacement lawn
care services or for rental expenses to temporarily replace a
warranted product.
Some states do not allow the exclusion or limitation of incidental
or consequential damages, or limitations on how long an implied
warranty lasts, so the above exclusions or limitations may not apply
to you.
In no event shall recovery of any kind be greater than the amount of
the purchase price of the product sold. Alteration of safety features of
the product shall void this warranty. You assume the risk and liability
for loss, damage, or injury to you and your property and/or to others
and their property arising out of the misuse or inability to use the
product.
This limited warranty shall not extend to anyone other than the
original purchaser or to the person for whom it was purchased as a
gift.
HOWSTATELAW RELATESTO THIS WARRANTY: This limited
warranty gives you specific legal rights, and you may also have other
rights which vary from state to state.
IMPORTANT: Owner must present Original Proof of Purchase to
obtain warranty coverage.
MTD LLC, P.O. BOX 361131 CLEVELAND, OHiO 44136=0019; Phone: 1=800=800=7310, 1=330=220=4683
MTD Canada Limited = KITCHENER, ON N2G 4J1; Phone 1=800=668=1238
GDOC-lO0015 REV. B
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