Safety. Exmark QUEST QZS708GEM50200

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Safety Alert Symbol

This manual identifies potential hazards and has safety messages identified by the safety alert symbol

(Figure 2), which signals a hazard that may cause serious injury or death if you do not follow the recommended precautions.

Figure 2

Safety Alert Symbol

This manual uses two other words to highlight information.

Important calls attention to special mechanical information and Note emphasizes general information worthy of special attention.

This machine has been designed in conformance with the American National Standards

Institute–B71.1 specifications in effect at the time of production. However, improper use or maintenance by the operator or owner can result in injury. To reduce the potential for injury, comply with these safety instructions and always pay attention to the safety alert symbol, which means CAUTION, WARNING, or DANGER-"personal safety instruction."

Failure to comply with the instruction may result in personal injury or death.

Safe Operating Practices

This product is capable of amputating hands and feet and throwing objects. Always follow all safety instructions to avoid serious injury or death.

General Operation

• Read, understand, and follow all instructions in the operator’s manual and on the machine before starting.

• Do Not place hands or feet near rotating parts or under the machine. Keep clear of the discharge opening at all times.

• Allow only responsible adults who are familiar with the instructions to operate the machine.


• Clear the area of objects such as rocks, toys, wire, etc., which could be picked up and thrown by the blade.

• Be sure the area is clear of other people before mowing. Stop the machine if anyone enters the area.

• Never carry passengers.

• Do Not mow in reverse unless absolutely necessary. Always look down and behind before and while backing up.

• Be aware of the mower discharge direction and

Do Not point it at anyone. Avoid discharging material against a wall or obstruction. Material may ricochet back toward the operator. Stop the blades when crossing gravel surfaces.

• Do Not operate the mower without either the entire grass collection system or the discharge deflector in place.

• Be alert, slow down and use caution when making turns. Look behind and to the side before changing directions.

• Never leave a running machine unattended.

Always turn off blades, engage parking brake, stop engine, and remove key before dismounting.

• Turn off blades when not mowing. Stop the engine, wait for all parts to come to a complete stop, engage parking brake, and remove key before cleaning the machine, removing the grass or unclogging the deflector.

• Operate the machine only in daylight or good artificial light.

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

• Watch for traffic when operating near or crossing roadways.

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

• Always wear eye protection when operating the mower.

• Data indicates that operators, age 60 years and above, are involved in a large percentage of riding mower-related injuries. These operators should evaluate their ability to operate the riding mower safely enough to protect themselves and others from serious injury.



• Always follow the recommendations for wheel weights or counterweights.

• Lightning can cause severe injury or death. If lightning is seen or thunder is heard in the area,

Do Not operate the machine; seek shelter.

Slope Operation

• Slopes are a major factor related to loss of control and rollover accidents, which can result in severe injury or death. The operator is responsible for safe slope operation. Operating the machine on any slope requires extra caution. Before using the machine on a slope, the operator must:

– Review and understand the slope instructions in the manual and on the machine.

– Use an angle indicator to determine the approximate slope angle of the area.

– Never operate on slopes greater than 15 degrees.

– Evaluate the site conditions of the day to determine if the slope is safe for machine operation. Use common sense and good judgment when performing this evaluation.

Changes in the terrain, such as moisture, can quickly affect the operation of the machine on a slope.

• Identify hazards at the base of the slope. Do

Not operate the machine near drop offs, ditches, embankments, water or other hazards. The machine could suddenly roll over if a wheel goes over the edge or the edge collapses. Keep a safe distance (twice the width of the machine) between the machine and any hazard. Use a walk behind machine or a hand trimmer to mow the grass in these areas.


Figure 3


Safe Zone-Use the mower here on slopes less than 15 degrees


Danger Zone-Use a walk-behind mower and/or hand trimmer on slopes greater than 15 degrees




W=width of the machine


Keep a safe distance (twice the width of the machine) between the machine and any hazard.

• Avoid starting, stopping or turning the machine on slopes. Avoid making sudden changes in speed or direction; turn slowly and gradually.

• Do Not operate a machine under any conditions where traction, steering or stability is in question.

Be aware that operating the machine on wet grass, across slopes or downhill may cause the machine to lose traction. Loss of traction to the drive wheels may result in sliding and a loss of braking and steering. The machine can slide even if the drive wheels are stopped.

• Remove or mark obstacles such as ditches, holes, ruts, bumps, rocks or other hidden hazards. Tall grass can hide obstacles. Uneven terrain could overturn the machine.

• Use extra care while operating with accessories or attachments, such as grass collection systems.

These can change the stability of the machine and cause a loss of control. Follow directions for counter weights.

• If possible, keep the deck lowered to the ground while operating on slopes. Raising the deck while operating on slopes can cause the machine to become unstable.




Tragic accidents can occur if the operator is not alert to the presence of children. Children are often attracted to the machine and the mowing activity.

Never assume that children will remain where you last saw them.

• Keep children out of the mowing area and under the watchful care of another responsible adult, not the operator.

• Be alert and turn the machine off if children enter the area.

• Before and while backing or changing direction, look behind, down, and side-to-side for small children.

• Never carry children, even with the blades off.

They may fall off and be seriously injured or interfere with safe machine operation.

• Children who have been given rides in the past may suddenly appear in the mowing area for another ride and be run over or backed over by the mower.

• Never allow children to operate the machine.

• Use extra care when approaching blind corners, shrubs, trees, the end of a fence or other objects that may obscure vision.

Towing Safety

• Do not attach towed equipment except at the hitch point.

• Follow the attachment manufacturer's recommendation for weight limits for towed equipment and towing on slopes. Towed weight must not exceed the weight of the machine, operator, and ballast. Use counterweights or wheel weights as described in the attachment, or in the pulling machine Operator’s Manual .

• Never allow children or others in or on towed equipment.

• On slopes, the weight of the towed equipment may cause loss of traction, increased risk of rollover, and loss of control. Reduce the towed weight and slow down.

• Stopping distance increases with the weight of the towed load. Travel slowly and allow extra distance to stop.

• Make wide turns to keep the attachment clear of the machine.


Safe Handling of Gasoline

To avoid personal injury or property damage, use extra care when handling gasoline and other fuels.

They are flammable and the vapors are explosive.

• Extinguish all cigarettes, cigars, pipes and other sources of ignition.

• Use only an approved container.

• Never remove the gas cap or add fuel when the engine is running. Allow the engine to cool before refueling.

• Never refuel the machine indoors.

• Never store the machine or fuel container inside where there is an open flame, such as near a water heater or furnace.

• Never fill containers inside a vehicle or on a truck or trailer with a plastic liner. Always place containers on the ground away from your vehicle before filling.

• Remove gas-powered equipment from the truck or trailer and refuel it on the ground. If this is not possible, then refuel such equipment with a portable container, rather than from a gasoline dispenser nozzle.

• Keep the nozzle in contact with the rim of the fuel tank or container opening at all times until the fueling is complete. Do Not use a nozzle lock-open device.

• If fuel is spilled on clothing, change clothing immediately.

• Never overfill the fuel tank. Replace gas cap and tighten securely.

General Service:

• Never run a machine inside a closed area.

• Keep nuts and bolts tight, especially the blade attachment bolts. Keep equipment in good condition.

• Never interfere with the intended function of a safety device or reduce the protection provided by a safety device. Check their proper operation regularly.

• Keep the machine free of grass, leaves, or other debris build-up. Clean up oil or fuel spillage and fuel soaked debris. Allow the machine to cool before storing.



• Stop and inspect the equipment if you strike an object. Repair, if necessary, before restarting.

• Never make any adjustments or repairs with the engine running.

• Grass collection system components are subject to wear, damage and deterioration, which could expose moving parts or allow objects to be thrown. Frequently check components and replace with manufacturers’ recommended parts, when necessary.

• Mower blades are sharp and can cut. Wrap the blades or wear gloves, and use extra caution when servicing them.

• Check for proper brake operation frequently.

Adjust and service as required.

• Maintain or replace safety and instruction decals as necessary.

• Use only genuine Exmark replacement parts to ensure that original standards are maintained.

Exmark Riding Mower Safety

The following list contains safety information specific to Exmark products or other safety information that you must know that is not included in the ANSI standards.

• Only adults and mature teenagers should operate a mower, and even mature teenagers should have adult supervision. Be sure a teenager:


has read and understands the Operator's

Manual and recognizes the risks involved;


is sufficiently mature to use caution; and


is of sufficient size and weight to operate the controls comfortably and to manage the mower without taking risks.

• Engine exhaust contains carbon monoxide, which is an odorless, deadly poison that can kill you. Do

Not run engine indoors or in an enclosed area.

• Park machine on level ground. Stop the engine, wait for all moving parts to stop, engage parking brake, disconnect spark plug wire(s) and remove key before performing any service, repairs, maintenance or adjustments.

• Keep hands, feet, hair, and loose clothing away from attachment discharge area, underside of mower and any moving parts while engine is running.

• Do Not touch equipment or attachment parts which may be hot from operation. Allow to cool before attempting to maintain, adjust or service.

• Battery acid is poisonous and can cause burns.

Avoid contact with skin, eyes, and clothing.

Protect your face, eyes, and clothing when working with a battery.

• Battery gases can explode. Keep cigarettes, sparks and flames away from battery.

• Use only Exmark approved attachments.

Warranty may be voided if used with unapproved attachments.

• If loading the machine onto a trailer or truck, use a single, full-width ramp only. The ramp angle should not exceed 15 degrees.

Note: The left and right sides of the machine are determined while sitting in the seat in the normal operating position



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Key Features

  • 708cc Kawasaki engine delivers reliable power and performance
  • 50" cutting deck with 3 blades provides a wide cutting path for increased productivity.
  • Hydrostatic drive system offers precise control and smooth operation
  • Adjustable seat with armrests ensures operator comfort during extended mowing sessions.
  • High-back seat provides lumbar support and reduces operator fatigue.
  • Electric blade engagement for easy and convenient blade activation
  • Large fuel tank allows for extended mowing time without frequent refueling
  • Hour meter tracks operating time for maintenance scheduling and warranty purposes.

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Frequently Answers and Questions

What type of engine does the Exmark QUEST QZS708GEM50200 have?
It has a 708cc Kawasaki engine.
How wide is the cutting deck?
The cutting deck is 50 inches wide.
Does the mower have a hydrostatic drive system?
Yes, it has a hydrostatic drive system for precise control and smooth operation.
Is the seat adjustable?
Yes, the seat is adjustable with armrests for operator comfort.
How long can I mow before refueling?
The large fuel tank allows for extended mowing time without frequent refueling.
How do I activate the blades?
The blades are activated by an electric blade engagement system for easy and convenient operation.
What is the purpose of the hour meter?
The hour meter tracks operating time for maintenance scheduling and warranty purposes.


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