Safety. Exmark LAZER Z

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Safety Alert Symbol

This Safety Alert Symbol (Figure 2) is used both in this manual and on the machine to identify important safety messages which must be followed to avoid accidents.

This symbol means: ATTENTION! BECOME



Safety alert symbol

Figure 2

The safety alert symbol appears above information which alerts you to unsafe actions or situations and will be followed by the word DANGER ,


DANGER : White lettering / Red background.

Indicates an imminently hazardous situation which, if not avoided, Will result in death or serious injury.

WARNING : Black lettering / Orange background.

Indicates a potentially hazardous situation which, if not avoided, Could result in death or serious injury.

CAUTION : Black lettering / Yellow background.

Indicates a potentially hazardous situation which, if not avoided, May result in minor or moderate injury.

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.

Safe Operating Practices


• Read the Operator’s Manual and other training material. If the operator(s) or mechanic(s) can not read English it is the owner’s responsibility to explain this material to them.

• Become familiar with the safe operation of the equipment, operator controls, and safety signs.

• All operators and mechanics should be trained.

The owner is responsible for training the users.

• Never let children or untrained people operate or service the equipment. Local regulations may restrict the age of the operator.

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

1. has read and understands the Operator’s

Manual and recognizes the risks involved;

2. is sufficiently mature to use caution; and

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

• The owner/user can prevent and is responsible for accidents or injuries occurring to himself or herself, other people or property.


• Evaluate the terrain to determine what accessories and attachments are needed to properly and safely perform the job. Only use accessories and attachments approved by Exmark.

• Wear appropriate clothing including safety glasses, substantial footwear, long trousers, and hearing protection. Do Not operate when barefoot or when wearing open sandals. Long hair, loose clothing or jewelry may get tangled in moving parts.


This machine produces sound levels in excess of 85 dBA at the operator’s ear and can cause hearing loss through extended periods of exposure.

Wear hearing protection when operating this machine.

• Inspect the area where the equipment is to be used and remove all rocks, toys, sticks, wires, bones, and other foreign objects which can be thrown by the machine and may cause personal injury to the operator or bystanders.




In certain conditions gasoline is extremely flammable and vapors are explosive.

A fire or explosion from gasoline can burn you, others, and cause property damage.

• Fill the fuel tank outdoors on level ground, in an open area, when the engine is cold. Wipe up any gasoline that spills.

• Never refill the fuel tank or drain the machine indoors or inside an enclosed trailer.

• Do Not fill the fuel tank completely full.

Fill the fuel tank to the bottom of the filler neck. The empty space in the tank allows gasoline to expand. Overfilling may result in fuel leakage or damage to the engine or emission system (if equipped).

• Never smoke when handling gasoline, and stay away from an open flame or where gasoline fumes may be ignited by spark.

• Store gasoline in an approved container and keep it out of the reach of children.

• Add fuel before starting the engine.

Never remove the cap of the fuel tank or add fuel when engine is running or when the engine is hot.

• If fuel is spilled, Do Not attempt to start the engine. Move away from the area of the spill and avoid creating any source of ignition until fuel vapors have dissipated.

• Do Not operate without entire exhaust system in place and in proper working condition.


In certain conditions during fueling, static electricity can be released causing a spark which can ignite gasoline vapors. A fire or explosion from gasoline can burn you and others and cause property damage.

• Always place gasoline containers on the ground away from your vehicle before filling.

• Do Not fill gasoline containers inside a vehicle or on a truck or trailer bed because interior carpets or plastic truck bed liners may insulate the container and slow the loss of any static charge.

• When practical, remove gas-powered equipment from the truck or trailer and refuel the equipment with its wheels on the ground.

• If this is not possible, then refuel such equipment on a truck or trailer from a portable container, rather than from a gasoline dispenser nozzle.

• If a gasoline dispenser nozzle must be used, keep the nozzle in contact with the rim of the fuel tank or container opening at all times until fueling is complete.


Gasoline is harmful or fatal if swallowed.

Long-term exposure to vapors has caused cancer in laboratory animals. Failure to use caution may cause serious injury or illness.

• Avoid prolonged breathing of vapors.

• Keep face away from nozzle and gas tank/container opening.

• Keep away from eyes and skin.

• Never siphon by mouth.



Fuel tank vent is located inside the roll bar tube. Removing or modifying the roll bar could result in fuel leakage and violate emissions regulations.

• Do Not remove roll bar.

• Do Not weld, drill, or modify roll bar in any way.

• Check that the operator’s presence controls, safety switches, and shields are attached and functioning properly. Do Not operate unless they are functioning properly.




Operating engine parts, especially the muffler, become extremely hot. Severe burns can occur on contact and debris, such as leaves, grass, brush, etc. can catch fire.

• Allow engine parts, especially the muffler, to cool before touching.

• Remove accumulated debris from muffler and engine area.

• Install and maintain in working order a spark arrester before using equipment on forest-covered, grass-covered, or brush-covered unimproved land.


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

Do Not run engine indoors or in a small confined area where dangerous carbon monoxide fumes can collect.

• Operate only in daylight or good artificial light, keeping away from holes and hidden hazards.

• Be sure all drives are in neutral and parking brake is engaged before starting engine. Use seat belts with the roll bar in the raised and locked position.

• Never operate the mower with damaged guards, shields, or covers. Always have safety shields, guards, switches and other devices in place and in proper working condition.

• Never mow with the discharge deflector raised, removed or altered unless there is a grass collection system or mulch kit in place and working properly.

• Do Not change the engine governor setting or overspeed the engine.

• Stop engine, wait for all moving parts to stop, remove key and engage parking brake:

– Before checking, cleaning or working on the mower.

– After striking a foreign object or abnormal vibration occurs (inspect the mower for damage and make repairs before restarting and operating the mower).

– Before clearing blockages.

– Whenever you leave the mower.

• Stop engine, wait for all moving parts to stop, and engage parking brake:

– Before refueling.

– Before dumping the grass catcher.


Hands, feet, hair, clothing, or accessories can become entangled in rotating parts. Contact with the rotating parts can cause traumatic amputation or severe lacerations.

• Do Not operate the machine without guards, shields, and safety devices in place and working properly.

• Keep hands, feet, hair, jewelry, or clothing away from rotating parts.

• NEVER carry passengers.

DO NOT operate the mower when people, especially children, or pets are in the area.

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

• Stop the blades, slow down, and use caution when crossing surfaces other than grass and when transporting the mower to and from the area to be mowed.



• Be aware of the mower discharge path and direct discharge away from others.

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

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

• Use care when approaching blind corners, shrubs, trees, or other objects that may obscure vision.

Slope Operation

Use Extreme caution when mowing and/or turning on slopes as loss of traction and/or tip-over could occur. The operator is responsible for safe operation on slopes.


Operating on wet grass or steep slopes can cause sliding and loss of control. Wheels dropping over edges, ditches, steep banks, or water can cause rollovers, which may result in serious injury, death or drowning.

• Do Not mow slopes when grass is wet.

• Do Not mow near drop-offs or near water.

• Do Not mow slopes greater than 15 degrees.

• Reduce speed and use extreme caution on slopes.

• Avoid sudden turns or rapid speed changes.

• Keep the roll bar in the raised and locked position and use seat belt.

• See inside the back cover to determine the approximate slope angle of the area to be mowed.

• Use a walk behind mower and/or a hand trimmer near drop-offs, ditches, steep banks or water.

(Figure 3).

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, near drop-offs and water.



• Remove or mark obstacles such as rocks, tree limbs, etc. from the mowing area. Tall grass can hide obstacles.

• Watch for ditches, holes, rocks, dips and rises that change the operating angle, as rough terrain could overturn the machine.

• Avoid sudden starts when mowing uphill because the mower may tip backwards.

• Be aware that operating on wet grass, across steep slopes or down hill may cause the mower to lose traction. Loss of traction to the drive wheels may result in sliding and loss of braking and steering.

• Always avoid sudden starting or stopping on a slope. If tires lose traction, disengage the blades and proceed slowly off the slope.

• Follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for wheel weights or counter weights to improve stability.

• Use extreme care with grass catchers or attachments. These can change the stability of the machine and cause loss of control.

Using the Rollover Protection System


A Rollover Protection System (roll bar) is installed on the unit.




There is no rollover protection when the roll bar is down. Wheels dropping over edges, ditches, steep banks, or water can cause rollovers, which may result in serious injury, death or drowning.

• Keep the roll bar in the raised and locked position and use seat belt.

• Lower the roll bar only when absolutely necessary.

• Do Not wear seat belt when the roll bar is down.

• Drive slowly and carefully.

• Raise the roll bar as soon as clearance permits.

• Check carefully for overhead clearances (i.e.

branches, doorways, and electrical wires) before driving under any objects and Do Not contact them.

• In the event of a rollover, take the unit to an

Authorized Service Dealer to have the ROPS inspected.

Maintenance and Storage

• Disengage drives, lower implement, set parking brake, stop engine and remove key or disconnect spark plug wire. Wait for all movement to stop before adjusting, cleaning or repairing.

• Keep engine and engine area free from accumulation of grass, leaves, excessive grease or oil, and other debris which can accumulate in these areas. These materials can become combustible and may result in a fire.

• Let engine cool before storing and Do Not store near flame or any enclosed area where open pilot lights or heat appliances are present.

• Shut off fuel while storing or transporting. Do

Not store fuel near flames or drain indoors.

• Park machine on level ground. Never allow untrained personnel to service machine.

• Use jack stands to support components when required.

• Carefully release pressure from components with stored energy.

• Disconnect battery or remove spark plug wire before making any repairs. Disconnect the negative terminal first and the positive last.

Reconnect positive first and negative last.

• Use care when checking blades. Wrap the blade(s) or wear gloves, and use caution when servicing them. Only replace damaged blades. Never straighten or weld them.

• Keep hands and feet away from moving parts.

If possible, Do Not make adjustments with the engine running.

• Charge batteries in an open well ventilated area, away from spark and flames. Unplug charger before connecting or disconnecting from battery.

Wear protective clothing and use insulated tools.


Charging or jump starting the battery may produce explosive gases. Battery gases can explode causing serious injury.

• Keep sparks, flames, or cigarettes away from battery.

• Ventilate when charging or using battery in an enclosed space.

• Make sure venting path of battery is always open once battery is filled with acid.

• Always shield eyes and face from battery.


Battery electrolyte contains sulfuric acid, which is poisonous and can cause severe burns. Swallowing electrolyte can be fatal or if it touches skin can cause severe burns.

• Wear safety glasses to shield eyes, and rubber gloves to protect skin and clothing when handling electrolyte.

• Do Not swallow electrolyte.

• In the event of an accident, flush with water and call a doctor immediately.




If the ignition is in the “ON” position there is potential for sparks and engagement of components. Sparks could cause an explosion or moving parts could accidentally engage causing personal injury.

Be sure ignition switch is in the “OFF” position before charging the battery.

• Keep all guards, shields and all safety devices in place and in safe working condition.

• Check all bolts frequently to maintain proper tightness.

• Frequently check for worn or deteriorating components that could create a hazard.


Removing standard original equipment parts, or using non-Exmark replacement parts and accessories may alter the warranty, traction, and safety of the machine. Failure to use original Exmark parts could cause serious injury or death.

Replace all parts including, but not limited to tires, belts, and blades with original Exmark parts.


Hydraulic fluid escaping under pressure can penetrate skin and cause injury. Fluid accidentally injected into the skin must be surgically removed within a few hours by a doctor familiar with this form of injury or gangrene may result.

• If equipped, make sure all hydraulic fluid hoses and lines are in good condition and all hydraulic connections and fittings are tight before applying pressure to hydraulic system.

• Keep body and hands away from pinhole leaks or nozzles that eject high pressure hydraulic fluid.

• Use cardboard or paper, not your hands, to find hydraulic leaks.

• Safely relieve all pressure in the hydraulic system by placing the motion control levers in neutral and shutting off the engine before performing any work on the hydraulic system.



Key Features

  • Powerful engine for superior cutting performance
  • Durable deck for long-lasting use
  • Variety of cutting widths to meet your needs
  • Intuitive controls for easy operation
  • Easy maintenance for less downtime
  • Excellent cutting performance for a beautiful lawn

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Frequently Answers and Questions

What is the difference between the LAZER Z and other zero-turn mowers?
The LAZER Z is a commercial-grade mower that is built to last. It has a more powerful engine, a more durable deck, and a wider range of cutting widths than most other zero-turn mowers.
How do I choose the right cutting width for my needs?
The right cutting width for you depends on the size of your lawn. If you have a small lawn, a 42-inch cutting width will be sufficient. If you have a larger lawn, you may want to choose a 48-inch or 52-inch cutting width.
How do I maintain my LAZER Z mower?
The LAZER Z mower is easy to maintain. Simply follow the maintenance schedule in the owner's manual.