Pre-Start. Exmark LAZER Z

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Figure 11




Bar display

Figure 12


Latching position


Transport lock control


Non-latching position

Warning Buzzer (Kawasaki

Liquid-Cooled Only)

Located on the side of the right hand console (see

Figure 6).

The buzzer is a warning signal that the engine is overheating. See the Troubleshooting section.

Deck Lift Pedal

Located at the right front corner of the floor pan.

Push the pedal forward with your foot to raise the cutting deck. Allow the pedal to move rearward to lower the cutting deck to the cut height that has been set.

Transport Lock

Located on the height of cut adjustment plates to the right of the parking brake.

Position in the transport latching position to automatically latch the cutting deck when raised to the transport position (see item 1 in Figure 12).

In the non-latching position, the deck will automatically return to the cutting height when the pedal is lowered (see item 3 in Figure 12).


Fill fuel tank on level ground. For best results use only clean, fresh regular grade unleaded gasoline with an octane rating of 87 or higher.

Important: Never use methanol, gasoline containing methanol, gasohol containing more than 10% ethanol, premium gasoline, or white gas because the fuel system could be damaged.

Do Not add oil to gasoline.

Do Not overfill fuel tank. 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).

Make sure you understand the controls, their locations, their functions, and their safety requirements.

Refer to the Maintenance section and perform all the necessary inspection and maintenance steps.

Operating Instructions

Raise the Rollover Protection System


Important: The roll bar is an integral and effective safety device. Keep the roll bar in the raised and locked position when operating the mower. Lower the roll bar temporarily only when absolutely necessary.

1. The knob must be completely latched with the tabs interlocking as shown in Figure 13 to lock the roll bar in the raised, operate position.



2. Apply forward pressure to the upper hoop of the roll bar.

3. Pull the knob and rotate 90° to hold in the unlatched position to lower the roll bar.

4. To return to the operate position, raise the roll bar, and then rotate knobs 90° so that the tabs interlock partially. Apply forward pressure to the roll bar upper hoop and observe that the knobs return to the completely latched position.



Figure 14


Partially engaged — Do

Not operate with ROPS in this condition.

Important: Always use the seat belt with the roll bar in the operate (raised) position. Ensure that the rear part of the seat is secured with the seat latch.

Open the Fuel Shut-Off Valve

Rotate the valve and align with the fuel line to open.

Figure 13


Roll bar upper hoop


Knob in “latched” position


Pull knob to unlatch


Rotate 90° to hold unlatched


Knob in “unlatched” position

5. Make sure the knobs are fully engaged with the roll bar in the raised position. The upper hoop of the roll bar may need to be pushed forward or pulled rearward to get both knobs fully engaged

(see Figure 14).

Starting the Engine

1. Move the motion control levers out to the neutral lock position.

2. Pull up and back on the parking brake lever to engage the parking brake.

3. Push down on the PTO switch to the “disengage” position.

Note: It is not necessary for the operator to be in the seat to start the engine.

4. Place the throttle midway between the “SLOW” and “FAST” positions.

5. On a cold engine, push the choke lever forward into the “ON” position.

On a warm engine, leave the choke in the “OFF” position.

6. Turn ignition switch to the “START” position.

Release the switch as soon as the engine starts.

Important: Do Not crank the engine continuously for more than ten seconds at a time. If the engine does not start, allow a 60 second cool-down period between starting


Operation attempts. Failure to follow these guidelines can burn out the starter motor.

7. If the choke is in the “ON” position, gradually return choke to the “OFF” position as the engine warms up.

Engaging the PTO


The rotating blades under the mower deck are dangerous. Blade contact can cause serious injury or kill you.

Do Not put hands or feet under the mower or mower deck when the blades are engaged.

Stopping the Engine

1. Bring the unit to a full stop.

2. Move the motion control levers out to the neutral lock position.

3. Engage the parking brake.

4. Place the throttle midway between the “SLOW” and “FAST” positions.

5. Disengage the PTO.

6. Allow the engine to run for a minimum of 15 seconds, then turn the ignition switch to the

“OFF” position to stop the engine.

7. Remove the key to prevent children or other unauthorized persons from starting engine.

8. Close the fuel shut-off valve when the machine will not be in use for a few days, when transporting, or when the unit is parked inside a building.


An uncovered discharge opening will allow objects to be thrown in an operator’s or bystander’s direction. Also, contact with the blade could occur. Thrown objects or blade contact can cause serious injury or death.

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

The PTO push-pull switch engages the cutting blades.

Be sure that all persons are clear of the mower deck and discharge area before engaging PTO.

Important: Operator must be in seat before the

PTO can be engaged.

1. Set the throttle midway between the “SLOW” and “FAST” positions.

2. Pull the PTO switch outward to engage the blades.

3. Place the throttle in the “FAST” position to begin mowing.

Disengaging the PTO

1. Set the throttle midway between the “SLOW” and “FAST” positions.

2. Push the PTO switch in to disengage the blades.

Driving the Machine


Machine can spin very rapidly by positioning one lever too much ahead of the other.

Operator may lose control of the machine, which may cause damage to the machine or injury.

• Use caution when making turns.

• Slow the machine down before making sharp turns.

Important: To begin movement (forward or backward) the operator must be in the seat, the brake lever must be disengaged (pushed down) before the motion control levers can be moved in or the engine will stop.

When the motion control levers are positioned fully outward (apart) in the T-slot, the drive system is in the neutral lock position (Figure 15).

Note: The “N” LCD indicator appears when both levers are in the neutral lock position.

When the motion control levers are moved directly inward (together) the drive system is in the neutral operate position.



Figure 15


Neutral lock position

(handles out)


Neutral operate position

(handles in)


Front of Unit




Neutral (operate)



Driving Forward

1. Release the parking brake.

2. Move the motion control levers inward to the center to the neutral position.

3. To move forward in a straight line, move both levers forward with equal pressure.

To turn left or right, pull the motion control lever back toward neutral in the desired turn direction.

The machine will move faster the farther the motion control levers are moved from the neutral position.

4. To stop, position both motion control levers in the neutral operate position.

Driving in Reverse

1. Move the motion control levers inward to the neutral operate position.

2. To move rearward in a straight line, move both levers rearward with equal pressure.

To turn right, release pressure on the RH motion control lever and the rear of the machine will move towards the rear and to the right.

To turn left, release pressure on the LH motion control lever and the rear of the machine will move towards the rear and to the left.

3. To stop, position both motion control levers in the neutral operate position.

Adjusting the Cutting Height

The cutting height of the mower deck is adjusted from 1 to 5 1/2 inches (2.5 cm to 14 cm) in 1/4 inch

(6.4 mm) increments.

1. Stop the machine and move the motion control levers outward to the neutral locked position.

2. Disengage the PTO.

3. Position the transport lock in the latching position.

4. Raise and lock the deck to the 5 1/2 inch (14 cm) transport position (Figure 17).

The deck is raised by pushing the foot operated deck lift pedal forward. The pedal is located at the front right corner of the floor pan.

Note: When changing the cutting height positions, always come to a complete stop and disengage the PTO.


Front of Unit



Figure 16






Figure 17


Deck foot pedal


Height adjustment pin


Height of cut decal


Transport lock control


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.