Safety • Setup • Adjustments • Operation • Maintenance • Troubleshooting • Parts Lists • Warranty OPERATOR’S MANUAL 20” Rotary Mower — Model Series 100 IMPORTANT: READ SAFETY RULES AND INSTRUCTIONS CAREFULLY BEFORE OPERATING EQUIPMENT. LES DISTRIBUTIONS RVI LIMITÉE, 2955, JEAN-BAPTISTE DESCHAMPS, LACHINE, QUEBEC H8T 1C5 PRINTED IN U.S.A. 769-02862 3/16/07 This Operator’s Manual is an important part of your new equipment. It will help you assemble, prepare and maintain the unit for best performance. Please read and understand what it says. Table of Contents Slope Gauge........................................................ 3 Safe Operation Practices.................................... 4 Set-Up & Adjustments......................................... 6 Operation.............................................................. 8 Maintenance & Off-Season Storage................. 10 Trouble Shooting............................................... 12 Warranty............................................................. 13 Illustrated Parts Lists........................................ 14 Finding and Recording Model Number BEFORE YOU START ASSEMBLING YOUR NEW EQUIPMENT, please locate the model plate on the equipment and copy the the model number and the serial number to the sample model plate provided to the right. You can locate the model plate by standing at the operating position and looking down at the rear of the machine. -ODEL.UMBER .UM£RODEMODÞLE 3ERIAL.UMBER .UM£RODES£RIE 8888888888 88888888888 #/,5-")!#!.!$! +)4#(%.%2/..'* Customer Support 1. If you have difficulty assembling this product or have any questions regarding the controls, operation or maintenance of this unit, please call an authorized dealer. Please have your unit’s model number and serial number ready when you call. See previous section to locate this information. 2.The engine manufacturer is responsible for all engine-related issues with regards to performance, power-rating, specifications, warranty and service. Please refer to the engine manufacturer’s Owner’s/Operator’s Manual, packed separately with your unit, for more information. Use this page as a guide to determine slopes where you may not operate safely. Do not operate your lawn mower on such slopes. 1 Slope Gauge 3IGHTANDHOLDTHISLEVELWITHAVERTICALTREE ORAFENCEPOST ORACORNEROFABUILDING TTED &OLDA L O N G DO LINE R E P RESE N T S A S L O P E WARNING Do not mow on inclines with a slope in excess of 15 degrees (a rise of approximately 2-1/2 feet every 10 feet). A riding mower could overturn and cause serious injury. If operating a walkbehind mower on such a slope, it is extremely difficult to maintain your footing and you could slip, resulting in serious injury. Operate RIDING mowers up and down slopes, never across the face of slopes. Operate WALK-BEHIND mowers across the face of slopes, never up and down slopes. 2 Safe Operation Practices 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 harm. DANGER: This machine was built to be operated according to the rules for safe operation in this manual. As with any type of power equipment, carelessness or error on the part of the operator can result in serious injury. This 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. a. Step back from the mower to fully extend your arms. General Operation b. Be sure you are well balanced with sure footing. 1. Read this operator’s manual carefully in its entirety before attempting to assemble this machine. Read, understand, and follow all instructions on the machine and in the manual(s) before operation. Be completely familiar with the controls and the proper use of this machine before operating it. Keep this manual in a safe place for future and regular reference and for ordering replacement parts. c. Pull the mower back slowly, no more than half way toward you. d. Repeat these steps as needed. 12.Do not operate the mower while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. 13.Do not engage the self-propelled mechanism on units so equipped while starting engine. 2. This machine is a precision piece of power equipment, not a plaything. Therefore, exercise extreme caution at all times. Your unit has been designed to perform one job: to mow grass. Do not use it for any other purpose. WARNING This symbol points out important safety instructions which, if not followed, could endanger the personal safety and/or property of yourself and others. Read and follow all instructions in this manual before attempting to operate this machine. Failure to comply with these instructions may result in personal injury. When you see this symbol. HEED ITS WARNING! Your Responsibility Restrict the use of this power machine to persons who read, understand and follow the warnings and instructions in this manual and on the machine. 14.The blade control handle is a safety device. Never attempt to bypass its operation. Doing so makes the safety device inoperative and may result in personal injury through contact with the rotating blade. The blade control handle must operate easily in both directions and automatically return to the disengaged position when released. 3. Never allow children under 14 years old to operate this machine. Children 14 years old and over should read and understand the instructions in this manual and should be trained and supervised by a parent. Only responsible individuals who are familiar with these rules of safe operation should be allowed to use this machine. 15.Never operate the mower in wet grass. Always be sure of your footing. A slip and fall can cause serious personal injury. If you feel you are losing your footing, release the blade control handle immediately and the blade will stop rotating within three seconds. 4. Thoroughly inspect the area where the equipment is to be used. Remove all stones, sticks, wire, bones, toys and other foreign objects which could be tripped over or picked up and thrown by the blade. Thrown objects can cause serious personal injury. Plan your mowing pattern to avoid discharge of material toward roads, sidewalks, bystanders and the like. Also, avoid discharging material against a wall or obstruction which may cause discharged material to ricochet back toward the operator. 16.Mow only in daylight or in good artificial light. Walk, never run. Stop the blade when crossing gravel drives, walks or roads. 17.If the equipment should start to vibrate abnormally, stop the engine and check immediately for the cause. Vibration is generally a warning of trouble. 5. To help avoid blade contact or a thrown object injury, stay in the operator zone behind the handles and keep children, bystanders, helpers and pets at least 75 feet from the mower while it is in operation. Stop machine if anyone enters the area. 18.Shut the engine off and wait until the blade comes to a complete stop before removing the grass catcher or unclogging the chute. The cutting blade continues to rotate for a few seconds after the engine is shut off. Never place any part of the body in the blade area until you are sure the blade has stopped rotating. 6. Always wear safety glasses or safety goggles during operation and while performing an adjustment or repair to protect your eyes. Thrown objects which ricochet can cause serious injury to the eyes. 19.Never operate mower without proper trail shield, discharge cover, grass catcher, blade control handle or other safety protective devices in place and working. Never operate mower with damaged safety devices. Failure to do so, can result in personal injury. 7. Wear sturdy, rough-soled work shoes and close-fitting slacks and shirts. Shirts and pants that cover the arms and legs and steel-toed shoes are recommended. Never operate this machine in bare feet, sandals, slippery or light weight (e.g. canvas) shoes. 20.Muffler and engine become hot and can cause a burn. Do not touch. 21.Only use parts and accessories made for this machine by the manufacturer. Failure to do so can result in personal injury. 8. Do not put hands or feet near rotating parts or under the cutting deck. Contact with the blade can amputate hands and feet. 22.If situations occur which are not covered in this manual, use care and good judgment. Call customer assistance for the name of your nearest servicing dealer. 9. A missing or damaged discharge cover can cause blade contact or thrown object injuries. 10.Many injuries occur as a result of the mower being pulled over the foot during a fall caused by slipping or tripping. Do not hold on to the mower if you are falling; release the handle immediately. Slope Operation Slopes are a major factor related to slip and fall accidents which can result in severe injury. Operation on slopes requires extra caution. If you feel uneasy on a slope, do not mow it. For your safety, use the slope gauge included as part of this manual to measure slopes before operating this unit on a sloped or hilly area. If the slope is greater than 15 degrees, do not mow it. 11.Never pull the mower back toward you while you are walking. If you must back the mower away from a wall or obstruction first look down and behind to avoid tripping and then follow these steps: Do: 1. Mow across the face of slopes; never up and down. Exercise extreme caution when changing direction on slopes. 2. Watch for holes, ruts, rocks, hidden objects, or bumps which can cause you to slip or trip. Tall grass can hide obstacles. 3. Always be sure of your footing. A slip and fall can cause serious personal injury. If you feel you are losing your balance, release the blade control handle immediately, and the blade will stop rotating within 3 seconds. Do Not: 1. Do not mow near drop-offs, ditches or embankments, you could lose your footing or balance. 2. Do not mow slopes greater than 15 degrees as shown on the slope gauge. 8. Never fuel machine indoors because flammable vapors will accumulate in the area. 9. Never remove gas cap or add fuel while the engine is hot or running. Allow engine to cool at least two minutes before refueling. 10.Never over fill fuel tank. Fill tank to no more than ½ inch below bottom of filler neck to provide for fuel expansion. 11.Replace gasoline cap and tighten securely. 12.If gasoline is spilled, wipe it off the engine and equipment. Move unit to another area. Wait 5 minutes before starting the engine. 13.Never store the machine or fuel container near an open flame, spark or pilot light as on a water heater, space heater, furnace, clothes dryer or other gas appliances. 3. Do not mow on wet grass. Unstable footing could cause slipping. 14.To reduce fire hazard, keep mower free of grass, leaves, or other debris build-up. Clean up oil or fuel spillage and remove any fuel soaked debris. Children 15.Allow a mower to cool at least 5 minutes before storing. Tragic accidents can occur if the operator is not alert to the presence of children. Children are often attracted to the mower and the mowing activity. They do not understand the dangers. Never assume that children will remain where you last saw them. 1. Keep children out of the mowing area and under the watchful care of a responsible adult other than the operator. 2. Be alert and turn mower off if a child enters the area. 3. Before and while moving backwards, look behind and down for small children. 4. Use extreme care when approaching blind corners, doorways, shrubs, trees, or other objects that may obscure your vision of a child who may run into the mower. 5. Keep children away from hot or running engines. They can suffer burns from a hot muffler. 6. Never allow children under 14 years old to operate a power mower. Children 14 years old and over should read and understand the operation instructions and safety rules in this manual and should be trained and supervised by a parent. Service Safe Handling Of Gasoline: 1. To avoid personal injury or property damage use extreme care in handling gasoline. Gasoline is extremely flammable and the vapors are explosive. Serious personal injury can occur when gasoline is spilled on yourself or your clothes which can ignite. 2. Wash your skin and change clothes immediately. 3. Use only an approved gasoline container. 4. Never fill containers inside a vehicle or on a truck or trailer bed with a plastic liner. Always place containers on the ground away from your vehicle before filling. 5. Remove gas-powered equipment from the truck or trailer and refuel it on the ground. If this is not possible, then refuel such equipment on a trailer with a portable container, rather than from a gasoline dispenser nozzle. 6. Keep the nozzle in contact with the rim of the fuel tank or container opening at all times until fueling is complete. Do not use a nozzle lock-open device. 7. Extinguish all cigarettes, cigars, pipes and other sources of ignition. 2 Safe Operation Practices General Service: 1. Never run an engine indoors or in a poorly ventilated area. Engine exhaust contains carbon monoxide, an odorless and deadly gas. 2. Before cleaning, repairing, or inspecting, make certain the blade and all moving parts have stopped. Disconnect the spark plug wire and ground against the engine to prevent unintended starting. 3. Check the blade and engine mounting bolts at frequent intervals for proper tightness. Also, visually inspect blade for damage (e.g., bent, cracked, worn) Replace blade with the original equipment manufacture’s (O.E.M.) blade only, listed in this manual. “Use of parts which do not meet the original equipment specifications may lead to improper performance and compromise safety!” 4. Mower blades are sharp and can cut. Wrap the blade or wear gloves, and use extra caution when servicing them. 5. Keep all nuts, bolts, and screws tight to be sure the equipment is in safe working condition. 6. Never tamper with safety devices. Check their proper operation regularly. 7. After striking a foreign object, stop the engine, disconnect the spark plug wire and ground against the engine. Thoroughly inspect the mower for any damage. Repair the damage before starting and operating the mower. 8. Never attempt to make a wheel or cutting height adjustment while the engine is running. 9. Grass catcher components, discharge cover, and trail shield are subject to wear and damage which could expose moving parts or allow objects to be thrown. For safety protection, frequently check components 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 specifications may lead to improper performance and compromise safety!” 10.Do not change the engine governor setting or overspeed the engine. The governor controls the maximum safe operating speed of the engine. 11.Maintain or replace safety labels, as necessary. 12.Observe proper disposal laws and regulations. Improper disposal of fluids and materials can harm the environment. WARNING This symbol points out important safety instructions which, if not followed, could endanger the personal safety and/or property of yourself and others. Read and follow all instructions in this manual before attempting to operate this machine. Failure to comply with these instructions may result in personal injury. When you see this symbol. HEED ITS WARNING! Your Responsibility Restrict the use of this power machine to persons who read, understand and follow the warnings and instructions in this manual and on the machine. 3 NOTE: Reference to right, left, front and rear of the lawn mower is in relation to the operating position. WARNING: Disconnect and ground the spark plug wire as instructed in the separate engine manual. 1. Remove any packing material which may be between upper and lower handles. a. Pull up and back on the upper handle to raise the handle into the operating position. Position A. b. Tighten knobs securing upper handle to lower handle. Make sure that each carriage bolt is seated properly in the handle. Position B. ! Setup and Adjustments " " This owner’s manual covers various models of lawnmowers. The units illustrated may vary slightly from your unit. Follow only those instructions which pertain to your model lawnmower. Figure 1 2.Locate hairpin clip in one hole on the weld pin on each side of lower handle. Figure 2. a. Remove hairpin clip from this hole. Using a pair of pliers, insert hairpin clip into the other hole on the weld pin. Repeat on other side. Position A. ! IMPORTANT This unit is shipped WITHOUT GASOLINE or OIL. After assembly, service engine with gasoline and oil as instructed in the separate engine manual packed with your unit. Figure 2 3.Rope guide Setup as follows, see Figure 3. a. Hold the blade control against the upper handle. Position A. b. Slowly pull starter rope out of engine. Position B. c. Slip starter rope into the rope guide. Position C. d. Tighten rope guide wing nut (star knobs). Position D. A B D C Figure 3 3 4. Insert post on cable ties into holes provided on the lower handle. Pull cable tie tight and trim excess. See Figure 4. Setup and Adjustments NOTE: All wheels must be in the same height of cut. Figure 4 When cutting in heavy or moist grass, the rear of the lawnmower may be raised higher to allow better discharge of the grass. 5.Each wheel has a height adjustment lever to change the cutting height of the mower. To change the height of cut, squeeze adjuster lever toward the wheel, moving up or down to selected height. See Figure 5. Figure 5 ! 6.Your mower has been shipped as a mulcher. To discharge grass to the side, lift mulching plug. Slide the two hooks on the side discharge deflector under the hinge pin on the mulching plug assembly, see Figure 6. Lower the mulching plug. " Figure 6 4 Know Your Lawn Mower "LADE#ONTROL(ANDLE Operating Your Lawn Mower 2ECOIL 3TARTER (EIGHT !DJUSTMENT ,EVERFRONT ANDREAR #HUTE$EFLECTOR WARNING Read, understand, and follow all instructions and warnings on the machine and in this manual before operating. This blade control mechanism is a safety device. Never attempt to bypass its operations. Use extreme care when handling gasoline. Gasoline is extremely flammable and the vapors are explosive. Never fuel the machine indoors or while the engine is hot or running. Extinguish cigarettes, cigars, pipes and other sources of ignition. -ULCH0LUG Figure 8 Blade Control Handle The blade control handle is located on the upper handle of the mower. See Figure 8. The blade control handle must be depressed in order to operate the unit. Release the blade control handle to stop the engine and blade. Recoil Starter The recoil starter is attached to the right upper handle. Stand behind the unit and pull the recoil starter rope to start the unit. Mulching Plug The mulching plug is used to recirculate grass clippings back to the lawn. Attach it as instructed on page 7 of this manual. Cutting Height Adjustment Levers One adjustment lever is located on each wheel and is used to adjust the cutting height. All four levers have to be at the same relative position to ensure uniform cut. Before Starting 1. Service the engine with gasoline and oil as instructed in the separate engine manual. 2.Attach spark plug wire to spark plug. If unit is equipped with a rubber boot over the end of the spark plug wire, make certain the metal loop on the end of the spark plug wire (inside the rubber boot) is fastened securely over the metal tip on the spark plug. To Start Engine Refer to the separate engine manual packed with your unit. 1. Place the fuel valve lever found on the left side of the engine into the ON (OPEN) position, Figure 4-3. 2.Move the choke lever all the way backward into the choke position. Using Your Lawn Mower Be sure the lawn is clear of stones, sticks, wire, or other objects which could damage the lawn mower or the engine. Such objects could be accidently thrown by the mower in any direction and cause serious personal injury to the operator and others. 3 2 WARNING: If you strike a foreign object, stop the engine. Remove wire from the spark plug, thoroughly inspect the mower for any damage, and repair the damage before restarting and operating the mower. Extensive vibration of the mower during operation is an indication of damage. The unit should be promptly inspected and repaired. Operating Tips 1. For best results and effective mulching, do not cut wet grass. 2.New grass, thick grass, or wet grass may require a narrower cut. 3.For a healthier lawn, never cut off more than one-third of the total length of the grass. 4. Your lawn should be cut in the fall as long as there is growth. 5.Adjust ground speed according to condition of lawn. 6.If the grass has been allowed to grow in excess of 4 inches, mulching is not recommended. Mow using the side discharge to reduce the grass height to 3-1/4 inches or less before mulching. 1 4 OFF ON Figure 9 3.Standing behind the mower, squeeze the blade control against upper handle, Figure 9. The choke will now begin to slowly return to the off choke position after activating the blade control. Therefore, quickly move onto step four below. 4. Grasp the starter handle as shown and pull slowly until resistance is felt, then pull rapidly to start engine and avoid kickback. Return it slowly to the rope guide. WARNING: Wait for the blade to stop completely before performing any work on the mower or to remove the grass catcher. To Stop Engine : 1. Release the blade control handle to stop the engine and blade. WARNING: The blade continues to rotate for a few seconds after the engine is shut off. 2.Disconnect and ground the spark plug wire as instructed in the separate engine manual to prevent accidental starting while equipment is unattended. 4 Operating Your Lawn Mower WARNING The operation of any lawn mower can result in foreign objects being thrown into the eyes, which can damage your eyes severely. Always wear safety glasses while operating the mower, or while performing any adjustments or repairs on it. Be sure no one other than the operator is standing near the lawn mower while starting engine or operating mower. Never run engine indoors or in enclosed, poorly ventilated areas. Engine exhaust contains carbon monoxide, an odorless and deadly gas. Keep hands, feet, hair and loose clothing away from any moving parts on engine and lawn mower. 5 Maintenance ,UBRICATETHESE POINTSBEFORE REASSEMBLY Figure 10 WARNING Always stop engine, disconnect spark plug, and ground against engine before cleaning, lubricating or doing any kind of maintenance on your machine. We do not recommend the use of pressure washers or garden hose to clean your unit. These may cause damage to electrical components, spindles, pulleys, bearings, or the engine. The use of water will result in shortened life and reduce serviceability. General Recommendations 1. Always observe safety rules when performing any maintenance. 2.The warranty on this lawn mower does not cover items that have been subjected to operator abuse or negligence. To receive full value from warranty, operator must maintain the lawn mower as instructed here. 3.Changing of engine-governed speed will void engine warranty. 4. All adjustments should be checked at least once each season. 5.Periodically check all fasteners and make sure these are tight. Lubrication 1. Lubricate the pivot points on the blade control handle at least once a season with light oil. The blade control must operate freely in both directions. See Figure 10. 2.If your mower is equipped with ball bearing wheels, lubricate at least once a season with a light oil, all other types require no lubrication. However, if the wheels are removed for any reason, lubricate the surface of the axle bolt and the inner surface of the wheel with light automotive oil. 3.Lubricate the torsion spring and pivot point periodically with light oil to prevent rust. See Figure 10. 4. Follow the accompanying engine manual for lubrication schedule and instruction. Engine 1. Refer to the separate engine manual for engine maintenance instructions. 2.Maintain engine oil as instructed in the separate engine manual packed with your unit. Read and follow instructions carefully. 3.Under normal conditions service air cleaner as instructed in the separate engine manual packed with your unit. Clean every few hours under extremely dusty conditions. Poor engine performance and flooding usually indicates that the air cleaner should be serviced. 4. The spark plug should be cleaned and the gap reset once a season. Spark plug replacement is recommended at the start of each mowing season; check engine manual for correct plug type and gap specifications. NOTE: This spark ignition system meets all requirements of the Canadian InterferenceCausing Equipment Regulations. 5.Clean the engine regularly with a cloth or brush. Keep the cooling system (blower housing area) clean to permit proper air circulation which is essential to engine performance and life. Be certain to remove all grass, dirt and combustible debris from muffler area. Deck The underside of the mower deck should be cleaned after each use to prevent a buildup of grass clippings, leaves, dirt or other matter. If this debris is allowed to accumulate, it will invite rust and corrosion, and may prevent proper mulching. The deck may be cleaned by tilting the mower and scraping clean with a suitable tool (make certain the spark plug wire is disconnected). NOTE: If unit is tipped for easier access to blade or belt, tip mower as specified in separate engine manual. If it does not specify turn mower on its side making sure that the air filter and the carburetor are up. 10 5 Blade Care WARNING: When removing the cutting blade for sharpening or replacement, protect your hands with a pair of heavy gloves or use a heavy rag to hold the blade. Periodically inspect the blade adapter for cracks, especially if you strike a foreign object. Replace when necessary. Follow the steps below for blade service: 1. Disconnect spark plug wire from spark plug. 2.Tip mower as specified in separate engine manual. If it does not specify turn mower on its side making sure that the air filter and the carburetor are up. 3.Remove the bolt and the blade bell support which hold the blade and the blade adapter to the engine crankshaft. See Figure 11. 4. Remove blade and adapter from the crankshaft. 5.The blade may be resharpened by removing it and either grinding or filing the cutting edge keeping as close to the original bevel as possible. Do not attempt to sharpen the blade while it is still on the mower. 6.It is extremely important that each cutting edge receives an equal amount of grinding to prevent an unbalanced blade. NOTE: Improper blade balance will result in excessive vibration causing eventual damage to the engine and mower. Be sure to carefully balance blade after sharpening. Possible damage resulting from blade unbalance condition is not the responsibility of the manufacturer. NOTE: Always remove blade from the adapter for testing balance. 7. The blade can be tested for balance by balancing it on a round shaft screwdriver. Remove metal from the heavy side until it balances evenly. 8.Before reassembling the blade and the blade adapter to the unit, lubricate the engine crankshaft and the inner surface of the blade adapter with light oil. Maintenance Figure 11 9. Install the blade adapter on the crankshaft with the “star” away from the engine. See Figure 11. Place the blade with the side marked “bottom” (or with part number) facing away from the adapter. Align the blade bell support over the blade with the tabs in the holes of the blade and insert the hex bolt. 10. Tighten the hex bolt to the torque listed below: Blade Mounting Torque Center Bolt 450 in. lb. min., 600 in.lb. max. To insure safe operation of your unit, ALL nuts and bolts must be checked periodically for correct tightness. Off-Season Storage The following steps should be taken to prepare your lawn mower for storage. 1. Clean and lubricate mower thoroughly as described in the lubrication instructions. 2.We do not recommend the use of a pressure washer or garden hose to clean your unit. 3.Refer to engine manual for correct engine storage instructions. 4. Coat mower’s cutting blade with chassis grease to prevent rusting. 5.Store mower in a dry, clean area. Do not store next to corrosive materials, such as fertilizer. NOTE: When storing any type of power equipment in a poorly ventilated or metal storage shed, care should be taken to rust-proof the equipment. Using a light oil or silicone, coat the equipment, especially cables and all moving parts of your lawn mower before storage. 11 WARNING When removing the cutting blade for sharpening or replacement, protect your hands with a pair of heavy gloves or use a heavy rag to hold the blade. An unbalanced blade will cause excessive vibration when rotating at high speeds. It may cause damage to mower, and could break causing personal injury. Cutting grass in sandy soil condition causes abrasive wear to the blade. 6 Problem Engine fails to start Trouble Shooting Engine runs erratic For repairs beyond the minor adjustments listed here, contact an authorized service dealer. Engine overheats Occasional skip (hesitates) at high speed Idles poorly Excessive vibration Mower will not mulch grass Uneven cut Cause Remedy 1. Blade control handle disengaged. 1. Engage blade control handle. 2. Spark plug wire disconnected. 2. Connect wire to spark plug. 3. Fuel tank empty or stale fuel. 3. Fill tank with clean, fresh gasoline. 4. Engine not primed. 4. Refer to engine manual. 5. Faulty spark plug. 5. Clean, adjust gap, or replace. 6. Blocked fuel line. 6. Clean fuel line. 7. Engine flooding. 7. Wait a few minutes to restart, but do not prime. 1. Spark plug wire loose. 1. Connect and tighten spark plug wire. 2. Blocked fuel line or stale fuel. 2. Clean fuel line; fill tank with clean, fresh gasoline. 3. Gas cap vent plugged. 3. Clear vent. 4. Water or dirt in fuel system. 4. Drain fuel tank and carburetor. Refill with fresh fuel. 5. Dirty air cleaner. 5. Refer to engine manual. 6. Carburetor out of adjustment. 6. Refer to engine manual. 1. Engine oil level low. 1. Fill crankcase with proper oil. 2. Dirty air filter. 2. Refer to the engine manual packed with your unit. 3. Air flow restricted. 3. Remove blower housing and clean. 4. Carburetor not adjusted properly. 4. Refer to engine manual. 1. Spark plug gap too close. 1. Adjust gap to .030”. Refer to engine manual. 2. Carburetor idle mixture adjustment improperly set. 2. Refer to engine manual. 1. Spark plug fouled, faulty or gap too wide. 1. Reset gap to .030” or replace spark plug. Refer to engine manual. 2. Carburetor improperly adjusted. 2. Refer to engine manual. 3. Dirty air cleaner. 3. Refer to engine manual. 1. Cutting Blade loose or unbalanced. 1. Tighten blade and adapter. Balance blade 2. Bent cutting blade. 2. Replace blade. 1. Wet grass. 1. Do not mow when grass is wet; wait until later to cut. 2. Excessive high grass. 2. Mow once at a high cutting height, then mow again at desired height or make a narrower cutting path. 3. Dull blade. 3. Sharpen or replace blade. 1. Wheels not positioned correctly. 1. Place all four wheels in same height position. 2. Dull blade. 2. Sharpen or replace blade. 12 TWO YEAR SUPREME WARRANTY: For two years from date of retail purchase within Canada, MTD PRODUCTS LIMITED will, at its option, repair or replace, for the original purchaser, free of charge, any part or parts found to be defective in material or workmanship. This warranty covers units which have been operated and maintained in accordance with the owner’s instructions furnished with the unit, and which have not been subject to misuse, abuse, commercial use, neglect, accident improper maintenance or alteration. Normal wear parts or components thereof are subject to special terms as noted below in the Ninety Day Consumer Warranty clause. The engine, starter motor or component parts thereof carry separate warranties from their manufacturers. Please refer to the applicable manufacturer’s warranty policy for these items. Ninety Day Consumer Warranty on Normal Wear Parts: All normal wear part failures will be covered on this product for a period of 90 days. After 90 days but within the two year warranty period, normal wear part failures will be covered if caused by defects in material or workmanship of other component parts. Normal wear parts are defined as batteries, belts, blades, blade adaptors, grass bags, rider deck wheels, seats, tires and clutch parts (friction wheels). Full Ninety Day Warranty on Battery (if equipped): For ninety (90) days from the date of retail purchase, if any battery included with this unit proves defective in material or workmanship and our testing determines the battery will not hold a charge, MTD PRODUCTS LIMITED will replace the battery at no charge to the original purchaser. Additional Limited Thirty Day Warranty on Battery (if equipped): After ninety (90) days but within one hundred twenty (120) days from the date of purchase, MTD PRODUCTS LIMITED will replace the defective battery, for the original purchaser, for a cost of one-half (½) of the current retail price of the battery in effect at the date of return. Personal use: THE FOREGOING PARAGRAPHS CONSTITUTE THE MANUFACTURER’S ENTIRE WARRANTY WITH RESPECT TO ANY PRODUCT PURCHASED AND USED FOR PERSONAL FAMILY, HOUSEHOLD/RESIDENTIAL PURPOSES, AS DISTINGUISHED FROM COMMERCIAL USAGE. Commercial use: ALL APPLICATIONS OTHER THAN PERSONAL USE AS OUTLINED ABOVE, ARE CONSIDERED COMMERCIAL USAGE. New products purchased for commercial usage are warranted in the same manner and to the same extend EXCEPT the term of warranty will be 90 DAYS from date of purchase. How to Obtain Service: Warranty service is available, with proof of purchase, through your local MTD Authorized Service Dealer. If you do not know the dealer in your area, please write to the Service Department of MTD PRODUCTS LIMITED, P.O. BOX 1386, KITCHENER, ONTARIO N2G 4J1. The return of a complete unit will not be accepted by the factory unless prior written permission has been extended by MTD PRODUCTS LIMITED. Other Warranties: All other warranties, express or implied, including any implied warranty of merchantability is limited in its duration to that set forth in this express limited warranty. The provisions as set forth in this warranty provide the sole and exclusive remedy of MTD PRODUCTS LIMITED obligations arising from the sale of its products. MTD PRODUCTS LIMITED will not be liable for incidental or consequential loss or damage. 06.18.06 13 7 Warranty Failure to comply with suggested maintenance and lubrication specifications will void warranty.