12.14.09 CL Printed in the U.S.A.

Operator’s Manual
433203
26" RIDING MOWER
SIDE DISCHARGE
ELECTRIC START
IMPORTANT:
Read and follow all Safety
Rules and Instructions before
op er at ing this equipment.
Catalog No.
WE261
Patents Pending
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
WARRANTY
Warranty ................................................. 2
Safety Rules ........................................... 3
Product Specifications ............................ 6
Assembly/Pre-Operation ........................ 7
Operation .............................................. 10
Maintenance Schedule ......................... 16
Maintenance ......................................... 16
Service and Adjustments ...................... 20
Storage ................................................. 24
Troubleshooting .................................... 25
Repair Parts .......................................... 27
LIMITED WARRANTY
The Manufacturer warrants to the original consumer purchaser that this product as manufactured is free from defects in materi-
als and work man ship. For a period of two (2) years from date of purchase by the original consumer purchaser, we will repair or
replace, at our option, without charge for parts or labor incurred in replacing parts, any part which we find to be defective due
to materials or workmanship. This Warranty is subject to the following limitations and exclusions.
1. This warranty does not apply to the engine, battery (except as noted below) or components parts thereof. Please refer to
the applicable manufacturer's warranty on these items.
2. Transportation charges for the movement of any power equipment unit or attachment are the responsibility of the pur chas-
er. Transportation charges for any parts submitted for replacement under this warranty must be paid by the purchaser
unless such return is requested by the manufacturer.
3. Battery Warranty: On products equipped with a Battery, we will replace, without charge to you, any battery which we find
to be defective in manufacture, during the first ninety (90) days of ownership. After ninety (90) days, we will exchange the
Battery, charging you 1/12 of the price of a new Battery for each full month from the date of the original sale. Battery must
be maintained in accordance with the instructions furnished.
4. The Warranty does not apply to any products used for rental or commercial purposes.
5. This Warranty applies only to products which have been properly assembled, adjusted, operated, and main tained in ac-
cor dance with the instructions furnished. This Warranty does not apply to any product which has been subjected to altera-
tion, misuse, abuse, improper assembly or installation, delivery damage, or to normal wear of the product.
6. Exclusions: Excluded from this Warranty are belts, blades, blade adapters, normal wear, normal adjustments, stan dard
hardware and normal maintenance.
7. In the event you have a claim under this Warranty, you must return the product to an authorized service dealer.
Should you have any unanswered questions concerning this Warranty, please contact:
giving the model number, serial number and date of purchase of your product and the name and address of the authorized
dealer from whom it was purchased.
THIS WARRANTY DOES NOT APPLY TO INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES AND ANY IMPLIED WAR RAN-
TIES ARE LIMITED TO THE SAME TIME PERIODS STATED HEREIN FOR OUR EXPRESSED WARRANTIES. Some areas
do not allow the limitation of consequential damages or limitations of how long an implied Warranty may last, so the above
limitations or exclusions may not apply to you. This Warranty gives you specific legal rights, and you may have other rights
which vary from locale to locale.
This is a limited Warranty within the meaning of that term as defined in the Magnuson-Moss Act of 1975.
In Canada contact:
HOP
5855 Terry Fox Way
Mississauga, Ontario
L5V 3E4
HOP
Outdoor Products Customer Service Dept.
1030 Stevens Creek Road
Augusta, GA 30907 USA
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RIDING MOWER - -CATALOG NO. WE261
DECALS
1 430588 DECAL, STEERING WHEEL
2 433596 DECAL, V-BELT SCH 30"
3 425113 DECAL, WARN. DEFLECT/CTFGR
4 430589 DECAL, DECK/DEFLECTOR
*5 424102 DECAL, SPARK ARRESTOR
- - 432479 DECAL, BYPASS
- - 433203 MANUAL OPERATOR ENGLISH
- - 433633 MANUAL OPERATOR FRENCH
- - 433632 MANUAL OPERATOR SPANISH
KEY PART
NO. NO. DESCRIPTION
NOTE: All component dimensions given in U.S. inches
1 inch = 25.4 mm
1
4
4
*5
3
2
*California models only.
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SAFETY RULES
DANGER: This cutting machine is ca pa ble of amputating hands and feet and throwing
objects. Failure to observe the fol low ing safety instructions could result in serious
injury or death.
I. GENERAL OPERATION
• Read, understand, and follow all instruc-
tions on the machine and in the manual
before starting.
• Do not put hands or feet near rotating
parts or under the machine. Keep clear
of the discharge opening at all times.
• Only allow 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 bystanders
before operating. Stop 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.
• Never direct discharged material toward
anyone. Avoid discharging material
against a wall or obstruction. Material may
ricochet back toward the operator. Stop the
blade when crossing gravel surfaces.
• Do not operate machine without the entire
grass catcher, discharge chute, or other
safety devices in place and working.
• Slow down before turning.
• Never leave a running machine unat-
tended. Always turn off blade, set park-
ing brake, stop engine, and remove keys
before dismounting.
• Disengage blade when not mowing. Shut
off engine and wait for all parts to come
to a complete stop before cleaning the
machine, removing the grass catcher, or
unclogging the discharge chute.
• Operate 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 operat-
ing machine.
• Data indicates that operators, age 60
years and above, are involved in a large
percentage of riding mower-related inju-
ries. These operators should evaluate
their ability to operate the riding mower
safely enough to protect themselves and
others from serious injury.
• Keep machine free of grass , leaves or
other debris build-up which can touch hot
exhaust / engine parts and burn. Do not
allow the mower deck to plow leaves or
other debris which can cause build-up to
occur. Clean any oil or fuel spillage before
operating or storing the machine. Allow
machine to cool before storage.
WARNING: In order to prevent ac ci den-
tal starting when setting up, trans port ing,
ad just ing or making repairs, always dis con-
nect spark plug wire and place wire where
it can not contact spark plug.
WARNING: Do not coast down a hill in
neutral, you may lose control of the riding
mower.
WARNING: Engine exhaust, some of its
constituents, and certain vehicle com po nents
contain or emit chem i cals known to the State
of Cal i for nia to cause can cer and birth defects
or oth er re pro duc tive harm.
WARNING:This unit is not intended for
towing, or use of wheel weights. Only use
attachments designed specifically for this
riding mower.
WARNING: Battery posts, terminals and
related accessories contain lead and lead
compounds, chemicals known to the State of
Cal i for nia to cause can cer and birth defects
or oth er re pro duc tive harm. Wash hands
after handling.
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SAFETY RULES
II. SLOPE OPERATION
Slopes are a major factor related to loss of
control and tip-over accidents, which can
result in severe injury or death. Operation
on all slopes requires extra caution. If you
cannot back up the slope or if you feel uneasy
on it, do not mow it.
• Mow up and down slopes (15° Max), not
across.
• Watch for holes, ruts, bumps, rocks, or
other hidden objects. Uneven terrain could
overturn the machine. Tall grass can hide
obstacles.
• Choose a low ground speed so that you
will not have to stop or shift while on the
slope.
• Do not mow on wet grass. Tires may lose
traction.
• Always keep the machine in gear when
going down slopes. Do not shift to neutral
and coast downhill.
• If machine stops while going uphill,
disengage blade, shift into reverse and
back down slowly.
• Avoid starting, stopping, or turning on a
slope. If the tires lose traction, disengage
the blade and proceed slowly straight down
the slope.
• Keep all movement on the slopes slow and
gradual. Do not make sudden changes
in speed or direction, which could cause
the machine to roll over.
• Use extra care while operating machine
with grass catchers or other attachments;
they can affect the stability of the machine.
• Do no use on steep slopes.
• Do not try to stabilize the machine by
putting your foot on the ground.
• Do not mow near drop-offs, ditches, or
embankments. The machine could sud-
denly roll over if a wheel is over the edge
or if the edge caves in.
III. CHILDREN
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
in the watchful care of a responsible adult
other than the operator.
• Be alert and turn machine off if a child
enters the area.
• Before and while backing, look behind and
down for small children.
• Never carry children, even with the blade
shut 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 machine.
• Never allow children to operate the ma-
chine.
• Use extra care when approaching blind
corners, shrubs, trees, or other objects
that may block your view of a child.
IV. SERVICE
SAFE HANDLING OF GASOLINE
To avoid personal injury or property dam-
age, use extreme care in handling gasoline.
Gasoline is extremely flammable and the
vapors are explosive.
• Extinguish all cigarettes, cigars, pipes,
and other sources of ignition.
• Use only approved gasoline container.
• Never remove gas cap or add fuel with
the engine running. Allow engine to cool
before refueling.
• Never fuel the machine indoors.
• Never store the machine or fuel container
where there is an open flame, spark, or
pilot light such as on a water heater or
other appliances.
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RIDING MOWER - -CATALOG NO. WE261
MOWER DECK
1 428193 DECK, 26"
2 192870 MANDREL ASM
3 432520 KEEPER, BELT
4 432594 PULLEY, MANDREL
5 428578 BELT
6 428242 COVER, MANDREL
7 429395 LIFT ASM, DECK
8 429195 LINK, DECK LIFT
9 429397 LINK, ADJUSTABLE
10 428146 DEFLECTOR
11 428968 SUPPORT, DEFLECTOR
12 131491 ROD, HINGE
13 197026 SPRING, TORSION
14 418863 ARM, MOWER SUPPORT
15 73900500 NUT, LOCK
16 195161 STUD
17 19191912 WASHER
18 194209 PIN
19 196539 BOLT, SHOULDER
20 194208 PIN
21 19171912 WASHER, 17/32 X 1 3/16
22 429350 LINK, DECK
23 73930600 NUT, LCK 3/8-16
24 429531 SPRING, DECK
25 4497H PIN
26 187690 SPACER, MANDREL
27 173984 BOLT, MANDREL
28 400234 NUT, LOCK
29 428500 BLADE
30 193003 BOLT, BLADE
31 193197 PULLEY, IDLER
32 141043 GUARD, IDLER
33 193414 KEEPER, BELT IDLER
34 72110612 BOLT, 3/8-16 X 1 1/2
35 199470 ARM, BRAKE
36 137729 SCREW, 1/4-20 X 5/8
37 73900600 NUT, 3/8-16 FLANGE
38 428435 ARM, IDLER
39 17490508 BOLT, 5/16-18 X 1/2
40 19171616 WASHER, 16 GA.
41 105304X CAP, SLEEVE
42 110452X NUT, PUSH
KEY PART
NO. NO. DESCRIPTION
NOTE: All component dimensions given in U.S. inches
1 inch = 25.4 mm
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MOWER DECK
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SAFETY RULES
• Never fill containers inside a vehicle or
on a truck or trailer bed with plastic liner.
Always place containers on the ground
away from your vehicle when 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 fueling is complete. Do not
use a nozzle lock-open device.
• If fuel is spilled on clothing, change clothing
immediately.
• Never overfill fuel tank. Replace gas cap
and tighten securely.
GENERAL SERVICE
• Never operate machine in a closed area.
• Keep all nuts and bolts tight to be sure the
equipment is in safe working condition.
• Never tamper with safety devices. Check
their proper operation regularly.
• Keep machine free of grass, leaves, or
other debris build-up. Clean oil or fuel spill-
age and remove any fuel-soaked debris.
Allow machine to cool before storing.
• If you strike a foreign object, stop and
inspect the machine. Repair, if necessary,
before restarting.
• Never make any adjustments or repairs
with the engine running.
• Check grass catcher components and the
discharge chute frequently and replace
with manufacturer’s recommended parts,
when necessary.
• Mower blade is sharp. Wrap the blade or
wear gloves, and use extra caution when
servicing them.
• Check brake operation frequently. Adjust
and service as required.
• Maintain or replace safety and instruction
labels, as necessary.
• Be sure the area is clear of bystanders
before operating. Stop 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.
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UNASSEMBLED PARTS
PRODUCT SPECIFICATIONS
CUSTOMER RESPONSIBILITIES
• Read and observe the safety rules.
• Follow a regular schedule in main tain ing,
caring for and using your riding mower.
• Follow the instructions under “Main te-
nance” and “Stor age” sec tions of this
own er’s manual.
WARNING: This riding mower is
equipped with an internal com bus tion en-
gine and should not be used on or near any
un im proved forest-covered, brush-covered
or grass-cov ered land unless the engine’s
exhaust system is equipped with a spark
arrester meeting applicable local or state
laws (if any). If a spark arrester is used, it
should be maintained in effective working
order by the operator.
In the state of California the above is required
by law (Section 4442 of the California Public
Resources Code). Other states may have
similar laws. Federal laws apply on federal
lands. A spark arrester for the muffler is
available through your nearest authorized
service center.
Gasoline Capacity 1.2 qt.
and Type: Unleaded Regular
Oil Type SAE 30 (above 32°F)
(API-SG-SL): SAE 5W-30(below 32°F)
Oil Capacity: 20 oz.
Spark Plug: Champion RC12YC
(Gap: .030")
Ground Speed Forward: 0-4 mph
Reverse: 0-1 mph
Blade Bolt Torque: 45-55 Ft. Lbs.
Steering Wheel Insert
Steering Wheel
Seat
Steering Cover
Steering
Shaft Cover
Steering Shaft
(1) Large Flat Washer
(1) 1/2-20 Jam Nut
(1) 5/16-18 Lock Nut
(1) 5/16-18 x 1 1/2
Hex Bolt
(1) Pin
(1) 5/16 Flat Washer
Slope Sheet
(1) Knob
(2) Key
(1) Washer
Steering Wheel Adapter
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RIDING MOWER - -CATALOG NO. WE261
STEERING
1 428269X613 WHEEL ASM (FRONT)
2 12000001 E-CLIP
3 188967 WASHER, HARDENED
4 121749X WASHER, 1/4 X 3/4
5 428034 SPINDLE, RH
6 6266H W ASHER, HARDENED THRUST
7 3366R B USHING, STEERING COLUMN
8 421076 PIN, 5/64 X 3/4 COTTER
9 19131414 WASHER
10 428057 WELDMENT, LWR STRG SHAFT
11 428035 LINK, STRNG LH
12 428036 LINK, STRNG RH
13 74780524 BOLT, 5/16-18 X 1 1/2
14 19131016 WASHER
15 73800500 NUT, 5/16-18
16 428044 BUSHING, STEERING SNAP
17 428252 SUPPORT, UPPER STEERING
18 195227 BUSHING, UPPER STEERING
19 17000512 BOLT, 5/16-18 X 3/4
20 428045 CLIP, RETAINER SPRING
21 428347 COVER, STEERING COLUMN
22 428213 SHAFT, STEERING
23 186737 ADAPTER, STEERING WHEEL
24 19183812 WASHER, 9/16 X 2 3/8 12 GA.
25 73940800 NUT, JAM LOCK 1/2-20
26 414851X418 WHEEL, STEERING
27 414852X418 CAP, STEERING WHEEL
28 199849 CLIP, RETAINER SPRING
29 428033 SPINDLE, LH
30 104757X613 CAP, HUB, AXLE
KEY PART
NO. NO. DESCRIPTION
NOTE: All component dimensions given in U.S. inches
1 inch = 25.4 mm
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Your new riding mower has been assembled at the factory with the exception of those
parts left unassembled for shipping purposes. To ensure safe and proper operation of your
riding mower all parts and hardware you as sem ble must be tightened securely. Use the
correct tools as nec es sary to in sure proper tightness.
ASSEMBLY/PRE-OPERATION
TOOLS REQUIRED FOR ASSEMBLY
A socket wrench set will make assembly
easier. Stan dard wrench sizes you need
are listed below.
(1) 3/4" wrench
(1) 1/2" wrench
(1) Utility knife
(1) Tire pressure gauge
When right or left hand is mentioned in
this man ual, it means when you are in the
operating po si tion (seated be hind the steer-
ing wheel).
TO REMOVE RIDING MOWER FROM
CARTON
UNPACK CARTON
1. Cut along dotted lines on all four panels
of carton. Remove carton and top frame
as one unit.
2. Remove packing materials from riding
mower.
NOTE: Only cut carton with a short blade
utility knife, a long blade or saw can puncture
tires on unit.
HOW TO SET UP YOUR RIDING
MOWER
INSTALL STEERING COLUMN
1. Insert steering shaft into mount and se-
curely fasten with bolt, washer, and nut
provided.
2. Insert pin into hole in steering shaft.
3. Slide plastic cover over steering shaft
and into position.
4. Slide steering shaft protective foam cover
over shaft.
5. Position front wheels of the riding mower
so they are pointing straight forward.
Plastic Cover
Steering
Shaft
Mount
Nut
Washer
Pin
Bolt
Steering Shaft
Foam Cover
Steering Wheel
Adapter
Insert
Washer
Nut
Steering Shaft
6. Remove steering wheel adapter from
steering wheel and slide adapter onto
steer ing shaft.
7. Press steering wheel into position on
shaft, install large washer, and tighten
nut securely.
8. Snap steering wheel insert into center of
steer ing wheel securely.
INSTALL SEAT
1. Pivot seat upward and remove from the
cardboard packing. Remove the card-
board packing and discard.
2. Place seat on seat pan so head of shoul-
der bolt is positioned over large slotted
hole in pan.
3. Push down on seat to engage shoulder
bolt in slot and pull seat towards rear of
riding mower.
02466
Seat Pan
Shoulder
Bolt
Seat
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NOTE: You may now roll your riding
mower off the skid. Follow the ap pro pri ate
instruction below to remove the riding mower
from the skid.
WARNING: Before starting, read, un-
der stand and follow all in struc tions in the
Operation section of this manual. Be sure
riding mower is in a well-ventilated area.
Be sure the area in front of riding mower is
clear of other people and objects.
TO ROLL RIDING MOWER OFF
SKID (See Op er a tion section for
location and function of con trols)
1. Raise deck lift lever to its highest
position.
2. Release parking brake by depressing
clutch/brake ped al.
3. Engage freewheel control. See “TO
TRANSPORT” in the operation section
of this manual.
4. Roll riding mower forward off skid.
CHECK TIRE PRESSURE
The tires on your riding mower were
overinflated at the factory for shipping pur-
poses. Correct tire pressure is important
for best cutting performance.
• Reduce tire pressure to PSI shown on
tires.
CHECK DECK LEVELNESS
For best cutting results, mower housing
should be properly leveled. See “TO LEVEL
MOWER HOUSING” in the Service and
Adjustments section of this manual.
CHECK FOR PROPER POSITON OF
MOWER DRIVE BELT
See the figure that is shown for replacing
the mower drive belt in the service and
adjustment section of this manual. Verify
that the belt is routed correctly.
CHECK BRAKE SYSTEM
After you learn how to operate your rid-
ing mower, check to see that the brake
is operating properly. See “TO ADJUST
BRAKE” in the Service and Adjustments
section of this manual.
02464
Adjustment Knob
Flat Washer
4. Pivot seat and pan forward and as sem ble
adjustment knob and flat washer loosely.
Do not tighten.
5. Lower seat into operating position and
sit in seat.
6. Slide seat until a comfortable position is
reached which allows you to press clutch/
brake pedal all the way down.
7. Get off seat without moving its ad just ed
position.
8. Raise seat and tighten adjustment knob
securely.
CHECK BATTERY
Make sure battery is securely fastened,
and that all wires are securely connected.
• Battery is located under the seat.
• Battery has been fully charged from the
factory, before installation.
NOTE: Battery should only be charged using
charger specified in “BATTERY” section in
the service and adjustments section of this
manual. Charger can be purchased at your
local service center.
Battery
Seat
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KEY PART
NO. NO. DESCRIPTION
KEY PART
NO. NO. DESCRIPTION
NOTE: All component dimensions given in U.S. inches
1 inch = 25.4 mm
RIDING MOWER - -CATALOG NO. WE261
DRIVE
1 428268X613 WHEEL ASM (REAR)
2 121748X WASHER, 16 GA.
3 12000001 E-CLIP
4 123583X KEY. SQUARE
5 427939 WELDMENT. DRIVE AXLE
6 428069 CHAIN DRIVE
7 427873 SPROCKET. 9 TOOTH SPLINED
8 12100009 RING, SNAP
10 428876 DIFFERENTIAL ASM
11 1370H WASHER, THRUST
12 430645 CHAIN, PRIMARY DRIVE
13 430845 BUSHING
14 427946 BRACKET, CARRIER
15 9159R BEARING ASM
16 427926 SHAFT INPUT
17 428106 WHEEL, FRICTION A5M
18 424759 ARM, SHIFT
19 430870 ROD, BYPASS
20 427997 BRACE CARRIER REAR
21 428077 SPRING, CARRIER
22 428076 SPRING, BRAKE
23 431374 SPRING, BYPASS
24 427995 BRACE CARRIER BOX
25 429303 LINK, SHIFT
26 429816 ARM. CLUTCH
27 429053 WELDMENT SHIFT LEVER
28 428302 SUPPORT, SHIFT LEVER
29 174840 WASHER, NYLON
30 183900 HUB SHIFT LEVER
31 429055 SPACER, NYLON
32 428464 MNTG BRKT. SHIFT ARM
33 428461 BRACKET, SHIFTER FLEX
34 428462 TUBE SHIFT ARM
35 196492 GRIP, HANDLE
36 72110406 BOLT, CARRIAGE - 114-20 X 3/4
37 73800400 NUT NYLON LOCK 114-20
38 165492 BOLT, SHOULDER
39 74780412 BOLT, 1/4-20 X 3/4
40 10040400 WASHER, LOCK
41 19091210 WASHER FLAT
42 166002 WASHER, SERRATED
43 73680400 NUT, CROWN LOCK 114-20
45 17490436 SCREW 1/4-20 X 2 114
46 19091016 WASHER
47 17490420 SCREW, 1/4-20 X 1 1/2
48 430249 PLATE BRAKE ANTI - ROTATE
49 430245 SPRING, BRAKE RETURN
50 428021 ARM, BRAKE
51 430247 SPACER RETURN
52 428078 CALIPER, BRAKE ASM
53 77010810 PIN, DOWEL 1/4
54 428019 PLATE, BRAKE PAD
55 428017 PUCK BRAKE
56 428014 ROTOR, BRAKE
57 428016 CAP, BRAKE CALIPER
58 4497H PIN, RETAINER
59 17490508 BOLT, 5/16-16 X 112
60 428460 CABLE, BRAKE
61 427945 WELDMENT, PEDAL
62 429678 ROD, PARKING BRAKE
63 77100812 PIN, .25 X .75 CLEVIS
64 76020208 PIN, 1/16 DIA. COTTER
65 429325 BRACKET, BRAKE SUPPORT
66 429694 COVER PEDAL
67 429693 COVER, BRAKE PEDAL
68 17490408 SCREW, 1/4-20 X 1/2
69 428070 BRAKE CABLE MOUNT
70 17000512 BOLT, 5/16-18 X 3/4
71 104757X613 CAP HUB AXLE
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RIDING MOWER - -CATALOG NO. WE261
DRIVE
LRV-Drive_1_r1
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✓CHECKLIST
Before you operate your new riding mower,
we wish to assure that you receive the best
performance and satisfaction from this
Quality Product.
Please review the following checklist:
✓ All assembly instructions have been
com plet ed.
✓ No remaining loose parts in carton.
✓ Battery is properly connected.
✓ Seat is adjusted comfortably and tight-
ened securely.
✓ All tires are properly inflated. (For ship-
ping purposes, the tires were overinflated
at the factory).
✓ Be sure mower deck is properly leveled
side-to-side/front-to-rear for best cutting
results. (Tires must be properly inflated
for leveling).
✓ Check mower belt. Be sure it is routed
properly around pulleys and inside all belt
keepers.
✓ Check wiring. See that all connections
are still secure and wires are properly
clamped.
✓ Before driving riding mower, be sure free-
wheel control is in “transmission engaged”
position (see “TO TRANSPORT” in the
Operation section of this man u al).
While learning how to use your riding mower,
pay extra attention to the following important
items:
✓ Engine oil is at proper level.
✓ Fuel tank is filled with fresh, clean, regular
unleaded gasoline.
✓ Become familiar with all controls, their
location and function. Operate them
before you start the engine.
✓ Be sure brake system is in safe operating
condition.
✓ Be sure Operator Presence System and
Reverse Operation System (ROS) are
working properly (See the Operation and
Maintenance sections in this manual).
10
OPERATION
These symbols may appear on your riding mower or in literature supplied with the prod-
uct. Learn and understand their meaning.
DANGER, KEEP HANDS
AND FEET AWAY
OVER TEMP
LIGHT
KEEP AREA CLEAR SLOPE HAZARDS
15
15
(SEE SAFETY RULES SECTION)
BATTERY REVERSE FORWARD
FAST SLOW
ENGINE ON ENGINE OFF
OIL PRESSURE FUEL
CHOKE
MOWER HEIGHT
PARKING BRAKE
LOCKED
PARKING BRAKE
UNLOCKED
REVERSE NEUTRAL HIGH LOW
ATTACHMENT
CLUTCH ENGAGED
PARKING BRAKE
ATTACHMENT
CLUTCH DISENGAGED
P
ENGINE START
MOWER LIFT
Failure to follow instructions
could result in serious injury or
death. The safety alert symbol
is used to identify safety inform-
ation about hazards which can
result in death, serious injury
and/or property damage.
DANGER indicates a hazard which, if not avoided,
will result in death or serious injury.
WARNING indicates a hazard which, if not avoided,
could result in death or serious injury.
CAUTION indicates a hazard which, if not avoided,
might result in minor or moderate injury.
CAUTION when used without the alert symbol,
indicates a situation that could result in damage
to the tractor and/or engine.
FIRE indicates a hazard which, if not avoided,
could result in death, serious injury and/or
property damage.
HOT SURFACES indicates a hazard which,
if not avoided, could result in death, serious injury
and/or property damage.
BRAKE/CLUTCH
PEDAL
FREEWHEEL CONTROL
ENGAGED
FREEWHEEL CONTROL
DISENGAGED
REVERSE
OPERATION
SYSTEM (ROS)
IGNITION SWITCH
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RIDING MOWER - -CATALOG NO. WE261
CHASSIS
1 428048 WELDMENT, CHASSIS
2 428247 SUPPORT, AXEL LH
3 428244 SUPPORT, AXEL RH
4 428346 SHIELD, TRANSAXLE FRONT
5 428110 BRACE, AXLE CROSS
6 428109 COVER, FRICTION DRIVE
7 428040 PLATE, ENGINE
8 428576 BRACKET, CHASSIS FRONT
9 428856 BRACKET, STEERING SUPPORT
10 195530 PAN, SEAT
11 174648X431 BRACKET, SWITCH MOUNTING
12 428248 BOOT, DUST
13 428251X665 COVER, FOOT REST
14 428250 STRUCTURE, FOOT REST
15 428249 SUPPORT, FOOT REST
16 428241X665 FENDER, CONTROL
17 428348 GUARD, ENGINE
18 428047 ENGINE (NON-CALIFORNIA)
- - 432389 ENGINE (CALIFORNIA)
19 428986 KEEPER, BELT
20 428046 BRACKET, BATTERY
21 429815 LEVER, SWITCH
22 428826 DECK CLUTCH ASM
23 149846 KNOB
24 416358 SCREW, NO. 10
25 72140424 BOLT, CARRIAGE 1/4-20 X 3
26 73510400 NUT, 1/4-20
27 430087 SPACER, ENGINE
28 428301 DISC, FRICTION ASM
29 430817 BOLT, SCKT HD 3/8-24 X 1 .25
30 430470 BEARING
31 430469 SPACER, NEUTRAL
32 150406 BOLT, 3/8-16 X .280
33 124181X SPRING, SEAT
34 121250X SPRING
35 72050412 BOLT, 1/4-20 X 1 1/2
36 127018X BOLT, SHOULDER
37 19171912 WASHER, 17/32 X 1 3/16
38 166369 KNOB, SEAT
39 134300 SPACER
40 121248X BUSHING, NYLON SNAP
41 123976X NUT, LOCK
42 171852 BOLT, 5/16-18 SHOULDER
43 73800500 NUT, 5/16-18
44 428243 SEAT
45 17000512 BOLT, 5/16-18 X 3/4
46 17490508 BOLT, 5/16-18 X 1/2
47 86777 SCREW
48 408981 BEARING FLANGE BALL
49 17060516 SCREW 5/16-18 X1
KEY PART
NO. NO. DESCRIPTION
NOTE: All component dimensions given in U.S. inches
1 inch = 25.4 mm
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RIDING MOWER - -CATALOG NO. WE261
CHASSIS
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11
3
4
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LRV-Chassis_1_r1
11
KNOW YOUR RIDING MOWER
READ THIS OWNER'S MANUAL AND SAFETY RULES BEFORE OPERATING
YOUR RIDING MOWER
Compare the illustrations with your riding mower to familiarize yourself with the locations
of various controls and ad just ments. Save this manual for future reference.
Our riding mowers conform to the applicable safety standards of the
American National Stan dards Institute.
DECK CLUTCH LEVER - Used to engage
the mower blade.
BRAKE PEDAL - Used for brak ing the rid-
ing mower and starting the engine.
HEIGHT ADJUSTMENT LEVER - Used to
adjust mower cutting height.
IGNITION SWITCH - Used for starting and
stopping the engine.
LIFT LEVER PLUNGER - Used to re lease
height adjustment lever when chang ing its
position.
PARKING BRAKE LEVER - Locks park-
ing brake into brake position.
MOTION CONTROL LEVER - Selects the
speed and direction of the riding mower.
FREEWHEEL CONTROL - Disengages
transmission for pushing or slowly towing
the riding mower with the engine off.
ROS “ON” POSITION - Allows operation
of mower deck or other powered attach-
ment while in reverse.
Ignition
Switch
ROS
"ON"
Motion
Control
Lever
Lift Lever
Plunger
Freewheel Control
Height
Adjustment
Lever
Deck Clutch
Lever
Brake Pedal
Parking
Brake
Pedal
12
The op er a tion of any riding mower can result in foreign objects thrown
into the eyes, which can result in severe eye dam age. Al ways wear
safety glass es or eye shields while op er at ing your riding mower or
per form ing any ad just ments or repairs. We rec om mend a wide vi sion
safe ty mask over spec ta cles or stan dard safety glass es.
00155
HOW TO USE YOUR RIDING
MOWER
TO SET PARKING BRAKE
Your riding mower is equipped with an opera-
tor presence sens ing switch. When engine
is running, any attempt by the op er a tor to
leave the seat without first setting the parking
brake will shut off the engine.
1. Depress brake pedal all the way down
and hold.
2. Depress parking brake lever and re lease
pres sure from brake pedal. Pedal should
re main in brake position. Make sure
parking brake will hold riding mower
secure.
TO MOVE FORWARD AND BACK WARD
The direction and speed of movement is
controlled by the motion control lever.
1. Start riding mower with clutch/brake pedal
depressed and motion control lever in
neutral (N) position.
2. Move motion control lever to desired
po si tion.
3. Slowly release clutch/brake pedal to start
movement.
IMPORTANT: Bring riding mower to a com-
plete stop before shifting or changing gears.
Failure to do so will shorten the useful life of
your transaxle.
TO ADJUST MOWER CUT TING HEIGHT
The po si tion of the mower height deck lift
le ver de ter mines the cut ting height.
• Grasp lift le ver.
• Press lift lever plunger with thumb and
move lever to desired position.
The cutting height range is ap prox i mate ly
1-1/2 to 4". The heights are measured from
the ground to the blade tip with the engine
not running. These heights are approximate
and may vary depending upon soil condi-
tions, height of grass and types of grass
being mowed.
• The average lawn should be cut to ap-
proximately 2-1/2" during the cool season
and to over 3" during hot months. For
healthier and better looking lawns, mow
often and after moderate growth.
• For best cutting performance, grass over
6" in height should be mowed twice. Make
the first cut relatively high; the second to
de sired height.
STOPPING
MOWER BLADE -
• To stop mower blade, move deck clutch
lever to disengaged po si tion.
GROUND DRIVE -
• To stop ground drive, depress brake pedal
all the way down.
ENGINE -
• Turn ignition key to “STOP” position and re-
move key. Always remove key when leaving
riding mower to prevent un au tho rized use.
IMPORTANT: Leaving the ignition switch in
any position other than "STOP" will cause
the battery to discharge and go dead.
NOTE: Under certain conditions when riding
mower is standing idle with the engine run-
ning, hot engine exhaust gases may cause
“browning” of grass. To eliminate this pos-
sibility, always stop engine when stopping
riding mower on grass areas.
CAUTION: Always stop riding mower
com plete ly, as described above, before
leav ing the operator's position.
Motion
Control
Lever
Mower Height
Adjustment
Brake Pedal
"Engaged"
Position Deck Clutch
Lever
"Engaged"
Position
Deck Clutch
Lever
"Disengaged"
Position
Brake Pedal
"Drive"
Position
Par ki ng Br ake
Pedal-Push Down
to "Engage"
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RIDING MOWER - -CATALOG NO. WE261
ELECTRICAL
1 423264 BATTERY, 12V, 8AH
2 425416 FOAM, POLYURETHANE
3 193350 SWITCH, IGN, DLTA, P-IN, ROS
4 411934 KEY, MOLDED
5 433330 FUSE, 5A
6 425937 FUSE, 40A
7 160784 SWITCH, PLUNGER, NO, OLIVE
8 431542 RELAY, 40A
9 109553X SWITCH, INTLK,CL, MWR, GRY
10 176138 SWITCH, INTERLOCK, NONC,GRAY
11 431846 MODULE, STARTING, RECOIL, LRV
12 192749 SWITCH, SEAT, DP, ROS
13 428477 HARNESS, IGN, ELECTSTART, LRV
KEY PART
NO. NO. DESCRIPTION
NOTE: All component dimensions given in U.S. inches
1 inch = 25.4 mm
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RIDING MOWER - -CATALOG NO. WE261
ELECTRICAL
11
LRV1
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TO OPERATE MOWER
Your riding mower is equipped with an
operator presence sensing switch. Any
attempt by the operator to leave the seat
with the engine running and the deck clutch
engaged will shut off the engine. You must
remain fully and centrally positioned in the
seat to prevent the engine from hesitating or
cutting off when operating your equipment
on rough, rolling terrain or hills.
1. Select desired height of cut.
2. Start mower blade by engaging deck
clutch lever.
TO STOP MOWER BLADE-
Disengage deck clutch lever.
CAUTION: Do not operate the mower
without either the en tire grass catcher, on
mowers so equipped, or the deflector shield
in place.
Mower Height
Adjustment High
Position
Mower Height
Adjustment
Low Position
Deck Clutch Lever
"Disengaged" Position
Deck Clutch Lever
"Engaged" Position
REVERSE OPERATION SYSTEM (ROS)
Your tractor is equipped with a Reverse
Operation System (ROS). Any attempt by
the operator to travel in the reverse direc-
tion with the deck clutch engaged will shut
off the engine unless ignition key is placed
in the ROS "ON" position.
WARNING: Backing up with the deck
clutch engaged while mowing is strongly
discouraged. Turning the ROS "ON", to al-
low reverse operation with the deck clutch
engaged, should only be done when the
operator decides it is necessary to reposi-
tion the machine with the attachment
engaged. Do not mow in reverse unless
absolutely necessary.
USING THE REVERSE OPERATION
SYSTEM -
Only use if you are certain no children or
other bystanders will enter the mowing
area.
1. Move motion control lever to neutral
(N) position.
2. With engine running, turn ignition key
counterclockwise to ROS "ON" posi-
tion.
3. Look down and behind before and
while backing.
4. Slowly move motion control lever to
reverse (R) po si tion to start movement.
5. When use of the ROS is no longer
needed, turn the ignition key clockwise
to engine "ON" position.
ROS "ON" Position Engine "ON" Position
(Normal Operating)
02828
Deflector Shield
14
ADD GASOLINE
• Fill fuel tank to bottom of filler neck. Do
not overfill. Use fresh, clean, regular
un lead ed gasoline with a minimum of
87 octane. (Use of leaded gasoline will
increase carbon and lead oxide deposits
and reduce valve life). Do not mix oil with
gasoline. Purchase fuel in quan ti ties that
can be used within 30 days to assure fuel
freshness.
CAUTION: Wipe off any spilled oil or
fuel. Do not store, spill or use gasoline near
an open flame.
CAUTION: Alcohol blended fuels (called
gasohol or using ethanol or methanol) can
attract moisture which leads to separation
and for ma tion of acids during storage. Acidic
gas can damage the fuel system of an engine
while in storage. To avoid engine problems,
the fuel system should be emptied before
stor age of 30 days or longer. Drain the gas
tank, start the engine and let it run until the
fuel lines and carburetor are empty. Use fresh
fuel next season. See Storage In struc tions
for additional information. Never use engine
or carburetor cleaner products in the fuel tank
or permanent damage may occur.
TO START ENGINE
When starting the engine for the first time
or if the engine has run out of fuel, it will
take extra cranking time to move fuel from
the tank to the engine.
1. Be sure freewheel control is in the
trans mis sion en gaged position.
2. Sit on seat in operating position,
depress clutch/brake pedal and set
parking brake.
3. Place motion control lever in neutral
(N) position.
4. Move deck clutch to dis en gaged posi-
tion.
5. Insert key into ignition and turn key
clock wise to start position and release
key as soon as engine starts. Do not
run starter continuously for more than
fifteen sec onds per minute.
NOTE: If at high altitude (above 3000
feet) or in cold temperature (below 32°F)
the fuel mixture may need to be adjusted
for best performance.
TO TRANSPORT
When pushing or towing your riding mower,
be sure to disengage transmission by placing
freewheel control in freewheel position.
Freewheel control is located at the rear
drawbar of the riding mower.
• Raise mower height adjustment to its
highest position with mower height
adjustment lever.
• Push freewheel control down and over
with foot.
TO OPERATE ON HILLS
WARNING: Do not drive up or down
hills with slopes great er than 15° and do not
drive across any slope. Use the slope guide
at the back of this manual.
• Choose the slowest speed before starting
up or down hills.
• Avoid stopping or changing speed on
hills.
• If stopping is absolutely necessary, push
clutch/brake pedal quickly to brake position
and engage parking brake.
• Move motion control lever to neutral (N)
position.
• To restart movement, slowly re lease park-
ing brake and clutch/brake pedal.
• Make all turns slowly.
• To reengage transmission, reverse above
procedure, or press brake lever all the way
down.
BEFORE STARTING THE ENGINE
CHECK ENGINE OIL LEVEL
The engine in your riding mower has been
shipped, from the factory, already filled with
sum mer weight oil.
1. Check engine oil with riding mower on
level ground.
2. Remove oil fill cap/dipstick and wipe
clean, reinsert the dipstick and screw cap
tight, wait for a few seconds, remove and
read oil level. If nec es sary, add oil until
“FULL” mark on dipstick is reached. Do
not overfill.
Freewheel
Control
Disengaged
Freewheel
Control
Engaged
• For cold weather operation you should
change oil for easier starting (See the oil
viscosity chart in the Main te nance sec tion
of this man u al).
• To change engine oil, see the Main te-
nance section in this manual.
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RIDING MOWER - -CATALOG NO. WE261
SCHEMATIC
BATTERY
FUSE-40A
RED
RED
WHITE
BLACK/WHITE
R
E
D
GREEN
YELLOW
BLACK/WHITE
BLACK
BLACK
GRAY
BLACK
RELAY
M
STARTER
CLUTCH / BRAKE
(PEDAL UP)
SEAT SWITCH
(NOT OCCUPIED)
IGNITION
UNIT
S
M
B
G A1
A2
L
REVERSE SWITCH
SPARK PLUG
GAP
NOT IN REVERSE
SHORTING CONNECTOR
ATTACHMENT CLUTCH
(CLUTCH OFF)
REMOVABLE
CONNECTIONS
WIRING INSULATED CLIPS
NOTE: IF WIRING INSULATED CLIPS
WERE REMOVED FOR SERVICING OF
UNIT, THEY SHOULD BE RE-INSTALLED
TO PROPERLY SECURE YOUR WIRING.
IGNITION SWITCH
CIRCUIT POSITION
OFF
B+A1 RUN/OVERRIDE
B + S + A1 START
M+G+A1
B+A1 RUN
“MAKE”
L+A2
NON-REMOVABLE
CONNECTIONS
STATOR
DIODE
28 VOLTS AC MIN. @ 3600 RPM
(CHARGING SYSTEM DISCONNECTED)
CHARGING SYSTEM OUTPUT
. 5 AMP DC @ 3600 RPM
SCH21
STARTER
FUSE-5A
SAFETY START MODULE
A B F D E C
RED RED
BLACK/WHITE
BLACK
WHITE
WHITE
BLACK
B
L
A
C
K
/W
H
I
T
E
B
L
A
C
K
A B D C E F
SAFETY START MODULE
VIEWED FROM MATING SIDE
26
PROBLEM CAUSE CORRECTION
Engine continues to
run when operator
leaves seat with atta-
chment clutch engaged
1 Faulty operator-safety presence
control system.
1 Check wiring, switches and
connections. If not corrected,
contact a qualified service center.
Poor cut - uneven
cutting
1 Worn, bent or loose blade. 1 Replace blade. Tighten blade bolt.
2 Mower deck not level. 2 Level mower deck.
3 Buildup of grass, leaves, and trash
under mower.
3 Clean underside of mower
housing.
4 Bent blade mandrel. 4 Contact a qualified service center.
5 Clogged mower deck vent from
build-up of grass, leaves, and
trash around mandrel.
5 Clean around mandrels to
open vent holes.
Mower blade will
not rotate
1 Obstruction in clutch mechanism. 1 Remove obstruction.
2 Worn/damaged mower drive belt. 2 Replace mower drive belt.
3 Frozen idler pulley. 3 Replace idler pulley.
4 Frozen blade mandrel. 4 Contact a qualified service center.
Poor grass
discharge
1 Travel speed too fast. 1 Shift to slower speed.
2 Wet grass. 2 Allow grass to dry before mowing.
3 Mower deck not level. 3 Level mower deck.
4 Low/uneven tire air pressure. 4 Check tires for proper PSI.
5 Worn, bent or loose blade. 5 Replace/sharpen blade. Tighten
blade bolt.
6 Buildup of grass, leaves and
trash under mower.
6 Clean underside of mower
housing.
7 Mower drive belt worn. 7 Replace mower drive belt.
8 Blade improperly installed. 8 Reinstall blade sharp edge down.
9 Improper blade used. 9 Replace with blade listed in
this manual.
10 Clogged mower deck vent holes
from buildup of grass, leaves, and
trash around mandrels.
10 Clean around mandrels to
open vent holes.
Battery will not
charge
1 Bad battery cell(s). 1 Replace battery.
2 Poor cable connections. 2 Check/clean all connections.
3 Faulty alternator. 3 Replace alternator.
Loss of drive
1 Freewheel control in
“DISENGAGED” position.
1 Place freewheel control in
“ENGAGED” position.
2 Air trapped in transmission during
shipment or servicing.
2 Purge transmission.
3 Axle key missing. 3 Install axle key at rear wheel. See
"TO REMOVE WHEEL" in the
Service and Adjustments section.

TROUBLESHOOTING CHART:
Engine dies when
tractor is shifted
into reverse
1 Reverse operation system (ROS)
is not “ON” while mower or other
attachment is engaged.
1 Turn ignition key to ROS “ON”
position. See Operation section.
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MOWING TIPS
• Mower should be properly leveled for best
mowing performance. See “TO LEVEL
MOWER HOUSING” in the Service and
Adjustments section of this manual.
• The left hand side of mower should be
used for trim ming.
• Drive so that clippings are dis charged onto
the area that has already been cut. Have
the cut area to the right of the riding mower.
This will result in a more even dis tri bu tion
of clippings and more uniform cutting.
• When mowing large areas, start by turning
to the right so that clippings will discharge
away from shrubs, fences, driveways,
etc. After one or two rounds, mow in the
opposite direction making left hand turns
until finished.
• If grass is extremely tall, it should be
mowed twice to reduce load and possible
fire hazard from dried clip pings. Make
first cut relatively high; the second to the
desired height.
RECOIL STARTING SYSTEM
This unit is equipped with an engine recoil
starting system. If the battery is too weak
to start engine.
1. Set parking Brake.
2. Turn key to ON position.
3. Make sure unit is in neutral position.
4. Set deck to disengaged position.
5. Pull recoil cord to start engine.
Recoil Starter
Handle
Gasoline Filler
Cap
• Do not mow grass when it is wet. Wet
grass will plug mower and leave undesir-
able clumps. Allow grass to dry before
mowing.
• Reg u late ground speed by se lect ing a low
enough gear to give the mower cut ting
per for mance as well as the quality of cut
desired.
• When operating attachments, se lect a
ground speed that will suit the terrain and
give best performance of the at tach ment
being used.
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MAINTENANCE
IMPORTANT: Do not oil or grease the pivot
points which have special nylon bearings.
Viscous lu bri cants will attract dust and dirt
that will short en the life of the self-lu bri cat ing
bearings. If you feel they must be lu bri cat ed,
use only a dry, pow dered graphite type lu-
bri cant spar ing ly.
GENERAL RECOMMENDATIONS
The warranty on this riding mower does not
cover items that have been subjected to
operator abuse or negligence. To receive
full value from the warranty, operator must
main tain riding mower as instructed in this
manual.
Some adjustments will need to be made
periodically to properly maintain your riding
mower.
At least once a season, check to see if
you should make any of the adjustments
described in the Service and Adjustments
section of this manual.
• At least once a year you should replace
the spark plug, clean or replace air filter,
and check blade and belt for wear. A new
spark plug and clean air filter assure proper
air-fuel mixture and help your engine run
better and last longer.
BEFORE EACH USE
1. Check engine oil level.
2. Check brake operation.
3. Check tire pressure.
4. Check operator presence and
ROS systems for proper operation.
5. Check for loose fasteners.
Oil Drive Chains
1 - Change more often when operating under a heavy load or in high ambient temperatures.
2 - Service more often when operating in dirty or dusty conditions.
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3 - Replace blade more often when mowing in sandy soil.
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BEFORE
EACH
USE
EVERY
8
HOURS
EVERY
25
HOURS
EVERY
50
HOURS
EVERY
100
HOURS
EVERY
SEASON
BEFORE
STORAGE
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Inspect Muffler/Spark Arrester
Clean Air Filter
Replace Air Filter Paper Cartridge
Replace Spark Plug
Check Engine Oil Level
Clean Engine Cooling Fins
Clean Air Screen
Change Engine Oil
Check Brake Operation
Check Tire Pressure
Clean Battery and Terminals
MAINTENANCE
SCHEDULE
Check for Loose Fasteners
Check/Replace Mower Blade
Check Transaxle Cooling
Lubricate Axles and Spindles
Che
Check Operator Presence & ROS Systems
ck V-Belt
Check Mower Levelness
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PROBLEM CAUSE CORRECTION
Will not start
1 Out of fuel. 1 Fill fuel tank.
2 Bad spark plug. 2 Replace spark plug.
3 Dirty air filter. 3 Clean/replace air filter.
4 Water in fuel. 4 Empty fuel tank and carburetor,
refill tank with fresh gasoline and
replace fuel filter.
5 Loose or damaged wiring. 5 Check all wiring.
6 Engine valves out of adjustment. 6 Contact a qualified service center.
Hard to start
1 Dirty air filter. 1 Clean/replace air filter.
2 Bad spark plug. 2 Replace spark plug.
3 Weak or dead battery. 3 Recharge or replace battery.
4 Stale or dirty fuel. 4 Empty fuel tank and refill tank with
fresh, clean gasoline.
5 Loose or damaged wiring. 5 Check all wiring.
6 Engine valves out of adjustment. 6 Contact a qualified service center.
Engine will not
turn over
1 Clutch/brake pedal not depressed. 1 Depress clutch/brake pedal.
2 Deck clutch is engaged. 2 Disengage deck clutch.
3 Weak or dead battery. 3 Recharge or replace battery.
4 Blown fuse. 4 Replace fuse.
5 Corroded battery terminals. 5 Clean battery terminals.
6 Loose or damaged wiring. 6 Check all wiring.
7 Faulty ignition switch. 7 Check/replace ignition switch.
8 Faulty solenoid or starter. 8 Check/replace solenoid or starter.
9 Faulty operator presence switch(es). 9 Contact a qualified service center.
Engine clicks but
will not start
1 Weak or dead battery. 1 Recharge or replace battery.
2 Corroded battery terminals. 2 Clean battery terminals.
3 Loose or damaged wiring. 3 Check all wiring.
4 Faulty solenoid or starter. 4 Check/replace solenoid or starter.
Loss of power
1 Cutting too much grass/too fast. 1 Raise cutting height/reduce speed.
2 Build-up of grass, leaves and trash
under mower.
2 Clean underside of mower
housing.
3 Dirty air filter. 3 Clean/replace air filter.
4 Low oil level/dirty oil. 4 Check oil level/change oil.
5 Faulty spark plug. 5 Clean & regap or change spark plug.
6 Stale or dirty fuel. 6 Empty fuel tank and refill tank with
fresh, clean gasoline.
7 Water in fuel. 7 Empty fuel tank and carburetor,
refill tank with fresh gasoline.
8 Spark plug wire loose. 8 Connect & tighten spark plug wire.
9 Dirty engine air screen/fins. 9 Clean engine air screen/fins.
10 Dirty/clogged muffler. 10 Clean/replace muffler.
11 Loose or damaged wiring. 11 Check all wiring.
12 Engine valves out of adjustment. 12 Contact a qualified service center.
Excessive vibration
1 Worn, bent or loose blade. 1 Replace blade. Tighten blade bolt.
2 Bent blade mandrel. 2 Contact a qualified service center.
3 Loose/damaged part(s). 3 Tighten loose part(s).
Replace damaged parts.
TROUBLESHOOTING CHART:
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STORAGE
Immediately prepare your riding mower for
stor age at the end of the season or if the
riding mower will not be used for 30 days
or more.
WARNING: Never store the riding mower
with gas o line in the tank inside a building
where fumes may reach an open flame or
spark. Allow the engine to cool before storing
in any en clo sure.
MOWER
Remove deck from mower for winter stor-
age. When mower is to be stored for a
period of time, clean it thor oughly, remove
all dirt, grease, leaves, etc. Store in a clean,
dry area.
1. Clean entire riding mower (See “CLEAN-
ING” in the Maintenance section of this
manual).
2. Inspect and replace belt, if nec es sary
(See belt re place ment in struc tions in the
Service and Ad just ments section of this
manual).
3. Lubricate as shown in the Main te nance
section of this man ual.
4. Be sure that all nuts, bolts and screws
are securely fastened. In spect moving
parts for damage, break age and wear.
Replace if nec es sary.
5. Touch up all rusted or chipped paint
surfaces; sand lightly before paint ing.
BATTERY
• Fully charge the battery for storage.
• If battery is removed from riding mower
for storage, do not store battery directly
on concrete or damp surfaces.
ENGINE
FUEL SYSTEM
IMPORTANT: It is important to prevent
gum deposits from forming in essential fuel
system parts such as carburetor, fuel hose,
or tank during storage. Also, alcohol blended
fuels (called gasohol or using ethanol or
methanol) can attract moisture which leads
to separation and formation of acids during
storage. Acidic gas can damage the fuel
system of an engine while in storage.
• Empty the fuel tank by starting the engine
and letting it run until the fuel lines and
carburetor are empty.
• Never use engine or carburetor clean er
products in the fuel tank or permanent
damage may occur.
• Use fresh fuel next season.
NOTE: Fuel stabilizer is an acceptable al-
ternative in min i miz ing the formation of fuel
gum deposits during stor age. Add stabilizer
to gasoline in fuel tank or stor age container.
Always follow the mix ratio found on stabilizer
container. Run engine at least 10 minutes
after adding stabilizer to allow the sta bi liz er to
reach the carburetor. Do not empty the gas
tank and carburetor if using fuel stabilizer.
ENGINE OIL
Drain oil (with engine warm) and replace
with clean engine oil. (See “ENGINE” in the
Maintenance section of this man ual).
CYLINDER(S)
1. Remove spark plug(s).
2. Pour one ounce of oil through spark plug
hole(s) into cylinder(s).
3. Turn ignition key to “START” po si tion for
a few seconds to distribute oil.
4. Replace with new spark plug(s).
OTHER
• Do not store gasoline from one sea son to
another.
• Replace your gasoline can if your can starts
to rust. Rust and/or dirt in your gasoline
will cause problems.
• If possible, store your riding mower in doors
and cover it to give protection from dust
and dirt.
• Cover your riding mower with a suitable
protective cover that does not retain mois-
ture. Do not use plastic. Plas tic cannot
breathe which allows con den sa tion to form
and will cause your riding mower to rust.
IMPORTANT: Never cover riding mower
while en gine and exhaust areas are still
warm.
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RIDING MOWER
Always observe safety rules when per form ing
any main te nance.
BRAKE OPERATION
If riding mower requires more than four (4)
feet to stop at highest speed in high est gear
on a level, dry concrete or paved surface, then
brake must be serviced. (See “TO ADJUST
BRAKE” in the Ser vice and Ad just ments
section of this manual).
TIRES
• Maintain proper air pressure in all tires
(See PSI on tires).
• Keep tires free of gasoline, oil, or insect
control chemi cals which can harm
rubber.
• Avoid stumps, stones, deep ruts, sharp
objects and other hazards that may cause
tire damage.
NOTE: To seal tire punctures and pre vent
flat tires due to slow leaks, tire sealant may
be purchased from your local parts dealer.
Tire sealant also pre vents tire dry rot and
corrosion.
AXLE AND SPINDLES
• Front wheel axles and front spindles should
be properly lubricated.
• Wheel Axles should be lubricated with a
dry, powdered graphite type lubricant.
• Spindles should be lubricated with a spray
type silicone base lubricant.
Wheel Axle
Spindle
02828
ROS "ON" Position
Engine "ON" Position
(Normal Operating)
OPERATOR PRESENCE SYS TEM AND
REVERSE OPERATION SYSTEM (ROS)
Be sure operator presence and reverse
operation sys tems are work ing properly.
If your riding mower does not function as
described, repair the problem immediately.
• The engine should not start unless the
brake pedal is fully de pressed, and the
deck clutch lever is in the dis en gaged
position.
CHECK OPERATOR PRESENCE
SYSTEM
• When the engine is running, any at-
tempt by the op er a tor to leave the seat
without first setting the parking brake
should shut off the engine.
• When the engine is running and the
deck clutch lever is engaged, any at-
tempt by the operator to leave the seat
should shut off the engine.
• The deck clutch lever should never operate
unless the operator is in the seat.
CHECK REVERSE OPERATION (ROS)
SYSTEM
• When the engine is running with the
ignition switch in the engine "ON" posi-
tion and the deck clutch lever engaged,
any attempt by the operator to shift into
reverse should shut off the engine.
• When the engine is running with the
ignition switch in the ROS "ON" posi-
tion and the deck clutch lever engaged,
any attempt by the operator to shift into
reverse should NOT shut off the engine.
BLADE CARE
For best results mower blades must be
sharp. Re place worn, bent or damaged
blades.
CAUTION: Use only a replacement
blade approved by the manufacturer of
your riding mower. Using a blade not ap-
proved by the manufacturer of your riding
mower is hazardous, could damage your
riding mower and void your warranty.
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BATTERY
Your riding mower has a battery charging
sys tem which is suf fi cient for normal use.
• Keep battery and connectors clean.
• Only recharge battery with charger
approved for a 12V 2.8 amp. hour battery.
• Charging with any other charger or an
automotive style charger can cause per-
manent damage to the battery.
• Charge battery for 24 hours for a full
charge.
NOTE: The original equipment battery on
your riding mower is maintenance free. Do
not attempt to open or remove caps or cov-
ers. Adding or checking level of elec tro lyte
is not necessary.
WARNING: Do not jump start battery.
Permanent damage to the battery or personal
injury may occur.
TRANSAXLE COOLING
Keep transaxle free from build-up of dirt and
chaff which can restrict cooling.
V-BELT
Check V-belt for deterioration and wear after
100 hours of operation and replace if neces-
sary. The belt is not ad just able. Re place belt
if it begins to slip from wear.
NOTE: Al though multi-vis cos i ty oils (5W30,
10W30 etc.) im prove start ing in cold weather,
the oils will result in increased oil consumption
when used above 32°F. Check your engine
oil level more frequently to avoid possible
engine damage from running low on oil.
Change the oil after every 25 hours of
operation or at least once a year if the
riding mower is not used for 25 hours in
one year.
Check the crankcase oil level before starting
the engine and after each eight (8) hours
of operation. Tighten oil fill cap/dipstick
securely each time you check the oil level.
ENGINE
LUBRICATION
Only use high quality detergent oil rated with
API service classification SG-SL. Select the
oil’s SAE viscosity grade according to your
expected operating temperature.
TO CHANGE ENGINE OIL
Determine temperature range expected
before oil change. All oil must meet API
service classification SG-SL.
• Be sure riding mower is on level sur-
face.
• Oil will drain more freely when warm.
• Oil can be pumped from the engine with
a mechanical or electric siphon pump.
1. Remove oil fill cap/dipstick. Be careful
not to allow dirt to enter the engine when
changing oil.
2. Insert end of pump into oil reservoir.
3. Pump oil from reservoir.
Oil Fill
Oil Cap
TEMPERATURE RANGE ANTICIPATED BEFORE NEXT OIL CHANGE
SAE VISCOSITY GRADES
-20 0 30 40 80 100
-30 -20 0 20 30 40
F
C
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-10 10
60
5W-30
SAE 30
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BLADE REMOVAL
1. Raise mower to highest position to allow
access to blade.
NOTE: Protect your hands with gloves
and/or wrap blade with heavy cloth.
2. Remove blade bolt by turning coun ter-
clock wise.
3. Install new blade with stamped "THIS
SIDE UP" facing deck and mandrel
assembly.
IMPORTANT: To ensure proper as sem bly,
center hole in blade must align with star
on mandrel assembly.
4. Install and tighten blade bolt securely
(45-55 Ft. Lbs.).
IMPORTANT: Special blade bolt is heat
treated.
02545
Blade
Center Hole
Star
Mandrel
Assembly
Blade Bolt
(Special)
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Fender
Battery
Battery
Bracket
1. Lift seat for bolt access.
2. Disconnect BLACK battery cable then
RED battery cable.
3. Remove battery bracket bolt.
4. Install new battery with terminals facing
to the right, and away from seat as
shown.
5. Reinstall battery bracket and bolt.
6. First connect RED battery cable to posi-
tive (+) battery terminal.
7. Connect BLACK grounding cable to
negative (-) battery terminal.
INTERLOCKS AND RELAYS
Loose or damaged wiring may cause your
riding mower to run poorly, stop running, or
prevent it from starting.
• Check wiring. Make sure all wiring and
connectors are secure.
TO REPLACE FUSE
Replace with 4 amp. or 5 amp. automotive
type plug-in fuse. The fuse holder is located
under the fender.
ENGINE
Your engine speed has been factory set. Do
not attempt to increase engine speed or it
may result in personal injury. If you believe
that the engine is running too fast or too slow,
take your riding mower to a qualified service
center for repair and/or adjustment.
Your carburetor is not adjustable. If your
engine does not operate properly due to
suspected carburetor problems, take your
riding mower to a qualified service center
for repair and/or adjustment.
IMPORTANT: Never tamper with the engine
governor, which is factory set for proper en-
gine speed. Overspeeding the engine above
the factory high speed setting can be danger-
ous. If you think the engine-governed high
speed needs adjusting, contact a qualified
service center, which has proper equipment
and experience to make any necessary
adjustments.
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TO ADJUST BRAKE
Your riding mower is equipped with an
adjustable brake system which is mounted
on the right side of the transaxle. If riding
mower requires more than (4) feet stop-
ping distance in highest gear on a lever dry
concrete or paved surface, then brake must
be adjusted.
1. Park riding mower on a level surface.
2. Release brake/parking pedal.
3. Measure distance between rotor and
brake pad if distance between rotor and
brake pad is more than .02" gap brake
needs to be adjusted.
4. Tighten caliper nut until .02" gap is
reached.
TO ADJUST STEERING WHEEL
ALIGNMENT
If steering wheel crossbars are not horizontal
(left to right) when wheels are positioned
straight forward, move steering wheel
and reassemble per instructions in the
"INSTALL STEERING COLUMN"section of
this manual.
TO REMOVE WHEEL FOR REPAIRS
FRONT WHEEL
1. Block up front axle securely.
2. Remove dust cover, retaining ring, and
washer to allow wheel removal.
3. Repair tire and reassemble.
4. Replace washer and retaining ring
securely in axle groove.
NOTE: To seal tire punctures and pre vent
flat tires due to slow leaks, purchase and
use tire sealant. Tire sealant also pre vents
tire dry rot and corrosion.
Retaining
Ring
Dust
Cover
Washer
Square Key
(rear wheel only)
Rotor
Nut
Brake
Pad
NOTE: Feeler gauge may be necessary to
get correct measurement.
REAR WHEEL
1. Block up Rear axle securely.
2. Remove dust cover, retaining ring, wash-
er, and square key while pulling tire off.
3. Repair tire and reassemble.
4. Replace square key while putting tire back
on, then replace washer and retaining ring
securely in axle groove ,when pushing
tire back onto shaft reach under and pull
chain sprocket toward you to ease tire
replacement.
TO START ENGINE WITH A WEAK
BAT TERY
CAUTION: Lead-acid batteries gen er-
ate ex plo sive gases. Keep sparks, flame
and smoking ma te ri als away from bat ter ies.
Always wear eye pro tec tion when around
batteries.
If your battery is too weak to start the engine,
it should be recharged. (See "BATTERY" in
the Maintenance section of this man u al).
NOTE: This unit is equipped with an engine
recoil starting system that can be used if the
battery is too weak to start. See “RECOIL
STARTING SYSTEM” in operation section
of this manual.
REPLACING BATTERY
WARNING: Do not short bat tery ter mi-
nals by al low ing a wrench or any other object
to contact both terminals at the same time.
Before con nect ing battery, remove metal
bracelets, wrist watch bands, rings, etc.
Positive terminal must be connected
first to prevent spark ing from ac ci den tal
grounding.
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MUFFLER
Inspect and replace corroded muffler and
spark arrester (if equipped) as it could create
a fire hazard and/or dam age.
SPARK PLUG(S)
Replace spark plug(s) at the beginning of
each mowing season or after every 100
hours of operation, whichever occurs first.
Spark plug type and gap setting are shown
in “PROD UCT SPEC I FI CA TIONS” section
of this manual.
CLEANING
• Clean engine, battery, seat, finish, etc. of
all foreign matter.
• Keep finished surfaces and wheels free
of all gasoline, oil, etc.
• Protect painted surfaces with au to mo tive
type wax.
We do not recommend using a garden hose
or pressure washer to clean your riding
mower unless the engine and transmission
are covered to keep water out. Water in en-
gine or transmission will shorten the useful
life of your riding mower. Use compressed
air or a leaf blower to remove grass, leaves
and trash from riding mower and mower.
CLEAN AIR INTAKE/COOL ING AREAS
To ensure proper cooling, make sure the
grass screen, cooling fins, and other exter-
nal surfaces of the engine are kept clean
at all times.
Every 100 hours of operation (more often
under extremely dusty, dirty conditions),
remove the blower housing and other
cooling shrouds. Clean the cooling fins
and external surfaces as necessary. Make
sure the cooling shrouds are re in stalled.
NOTE: Operating the engine with a
blocked grass screen, dirty or plugged
cooling fins, and/or cooling shrouds
re moved will cause engine damage due to
overheating.
CLEAN AIR SCREEN
Air screen must be kept free of dirt and chaff
to prevent engine dam age from overheating.
Clean with a wire brush or compressed air to
re move dirt and stub born dried gum fibers.
AIR FILTER
Your engine will not run properly using a
dirty air filter. Replace the air filter every
100 hours of operation or every season,
whichever occurs first. Service air cleaner
more often under dusty conditions.
1. Remove cover knob and cover.
2. Carefully remove cartridge.
3. Clean base carefully to prevent debris
from falling into carburetor.
4. Clean by gently tapping on a flat sur-
face.
5. Re in stall cartridge, cover and secure with
cover knob.
NOTE: If very dirty or damaged, replace
cartridge.
IMPORTANT: Petroleum solvents, such as
kerosene, are not to be used to clean the
cartridge. They may cause de te ri o ra tion of
the cartridge. Do not oil cartridge. Do not
use pressurized air to clean cartridge.
Cover Knob
Air Filter
Cover
4. Refill engine with oil through oil fill dipstick
tube. Pour slowly. Do not overfill. For
approximate capacity see “PRODUCT
SPEC I FI CA TIONS” section of this man u al.
5. Use gauge on oil fill cap/dipstick for
checking level. For accurate reading,
tighten dipstick cap securely onto the
tube before removing dipstick. Keep oil
at “FULL” line on dipstick. Tighten cap
onto the tube securely when finished.
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SERVICE AND ADJUSTMENTS
WARNING: TO AVOID SERIOUS INJURY, BEFORE PERFORMING ANY
SER VICE OR AD JUST MENTS:
1. Depress clutch/brake pedal fully and set parking brake.
2. Place motion control lever in neutral (N) position.
3. Place deck clutch in “DISENGAGED” position.
4. Turn ignition key to “STOP” and remove key.
5. Make sure the blade and all moving parts have completely stopped.
6. Disconnect spark plug wire from spark plug and place wire where it cannot
come in contact with plug.
RIDING MOWER
TO REMOVE MOWER
1. Place deck clutch in “DISENGAGED"
position.
2. Move mower height adjustment lift lever
forward to low er mower to its lowest
po si tion.
3. Remove mandrel cover.
4. Remove pins holding left and right front
mower suspension arms in place.
5. Remove bolt holding deck front to rear
leveling rod in place.
TO INSTALL MOWER
Install in reverse order following instructions
in "TO REMOVE MOWER" section.
6. Remove pin holding deck lift link arm in
place.
7. Remove bolt holding deck side to side
leveling rod in place.
8. Remove belt from around pulleys.
9. Slide deck out from under side of mower.
Deck Leveling
Si de t o Si de
Rod Bolt
Mandrel Cover
Deck Li f t
Link Pin
Front Leveling
Rod Bolt
Mower
Suspension
Arm Pin
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TO LEVEL MOWER HOUSING
Adjust the mower while riding mower is
parked on level ground or driveway. Make
sure tires are properly inflated (See side
of tire for proper PSI). If tires are over or
underinflated, you will not properly adjust
your mower.
SIDE-TO-SIDE ADJUSTMENT
• Raise mower to its highest position.
• Measure dis tance "A" from bot tom edge
of mower to ground level at front corners
of mower.
• To raise the right side of the mower, tighten
lift link adjustment nut.
• To lower the right side of the mower, loosen
lift link adjustment nut.
NOTE: Each full turn of adjustment nut will
change mower height about 3/16".
A A
Bottom Edge of
Mower to Ground
Bottom Edge of
Mower to Ground
• Recheck measurements after ad just ing.
FRONT-TO-BACK ADJUSTMENT
IMPORTANT: Deck must be level side-to
side.
To obtain the best cutting results, the mower
housing should be adjusted so that the front is
approximately 1/8" to 1/2" lower than the rear
when the mower is in its highest position.
Check adjustment on right side of riding
mower. Measure dis tance “F” directly in front
and behind the mandrel at bottom edge of
mower housing as shown.
F
F
• To lower front of mower housing turn nuts
“G” and “H” clockwise.
• When distance “F” is 1/8" to 1/2" lower
at front than rear, tighten nut “H” against
trunnion on front link.
• To raise front of mower housing turn nuts
“G” and “H” counter clockwise.
• When distance “F” is 1/8" to 1/2" lower
at front than rear, tighten nut “H” against
trun nion on front link.
NOTE: Each full turn of "G" will change "F"
by approximately about 3/8".
• Recheck side-to-side adjustment.
Nut "G"
Nut "H"
Trunnion
TO REPLACE MOWER BLADE DRIVE
BELT
MOWER DRIVE BELT REMOVAL
1. Park riding mower on a level surface.
2. Set parking brake.
3. Lower mower to its lowest position.
4. Remove mandrel cover from mower
deck.
5. Remove rear engine plate from unit.
6. Remove rear belt keeper from unit.
7. Carefully roll belt over the top of the
mower blade mandrel.
8. Remove belt from idler pulleys.
Belt
Keeper
Mandrel
Mower Drive Belt
Idler Pulleys
9. Check idler pulleys to see that they rotate
freely.
10. Remove belt from rear drive pulley.
MOWER DRIVE BELT INSTALLATION
Install in reverse order following instruc-
tions in "MOWER DRIVE BELT REMOVAL"
section.

TABLE OF CONTENTS
Warranty ................................................. 2 Safety Rules ........................................... 3 Product Specifications ............................ 6 Assembly/Pre-Operation ........................ 7 Operation .............................................. 10 Maintenance Schedule ......................... 16 Maintenance ......................................... 16 Service and Adjustments ...................... 20 Storage ................................................. 24 Troubleshooting .................................... 25 Repair Parts.......................................... 27

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LIMITED WARRANTY

SUGGESTED GUIDE FOR SIGHTING SLOPES FOR SAFE OPERATION

The Manufacturer warrants to the original consumer purchaser that this product as manufactured is free from defects in materials and workmanship. For a period of two (2) years from date of purchase by the original consumer purchaser, we will repair or replace, at our option, without charge for parts or labor incurred in replacing parts, any part which we find to be defective due to materials or workmanship. This Warranty is subject to the following limitations and exclusions. 1. 2. This warranty does not apply to the engine, battery (except as noted below) or components parts thereof. Please refer to the applicable manufacturer's warranty on these items. Transportation charges for the movement of any power equipment unit or attachment are the responsibility of the purchaser. Transportation charges for any parts submitted for replacement under this warranty must be paid by the purchaser unless such return is requested by the manufacturer. Battery Warranty: On products equipped with a Battery, we will replace, without charge to you, any battery which we find to be defective in manufacture, during the first ninety (90) days of ownership. After ninety (90) days, we will exchange the Battery, charging you 1/12 of the price of a new Battery for each full month from the date of the original sale. Battery must be maintained in accordance with the instructions furnished. The Warranty does not apply to any products used for rental or commercial purposes. This Warranty applies only to products which have been properly assembled, adjusted, operated, and maintained in accordance with the instructions furnished. This Warranty does not apply to any product which has been subjected to alteration, misuse, abuse, improper assembly or installation, delivery damage, or to normal wear of the product. Exclusions: Excluded from this Warranty are belts, blades, blade adapters, normal wear, normal adjustments, standard hardware and normal maintenance. In the event you have a claim under this Warranty, you must return the product to an authorized service dealer.

1. Fold this page along dotted line indicated above. 2. Hold page before you so that its left edge is vertically parallel to a tree trunk or other upright structure. 3. Sight across the fold in the direction of hill slope you want to measure. 4. Compare the angle of the fold with the slope of the hill.

WARNING: To avoid serious injury, operate your tractor up and down the face of slopes, never across the face. Do not mow slopes greater than 15 degrees. Make turns gradually to prevent tipping or loss of control. Exercise extreme caution when changing direction on slopes.

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FOL D AL ONG TH DOT IS IS TED A 15 LINE DE GRE E SL OPE

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ONLY RIDE UP AND DOWN HILL, NOT ACROSS HILL

15 DEGREES MAX.

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Should you have any unanswered questions concerning this Warranty, please contact:

HOP Outdoor Products Customer Service Dept. 1030 Stevens Creek Road Augusta, GA 30907 USA

In Canada contact: HOP 5855 Terry Fox Way Mississauga, Ontario L5V 3E4

giving the model number, serial number and date of purchase of your product and the name and address of the authorized dealer from whom it was purchased. THIS WARRANTY DOES NOT APPLY TO INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES AND ANY IMPLIED WARRANTIES ARE LIMITED TO THE SAME TIME PERIODS STATED HEREIN FOR OUR EXPRESSED WARRANTIES. Some areas do not allow the limitation of consequential damages or limitations of how long an implied Warranty may last, so the above limitations or exclusions may not apply to you. This Warranty gives you specific legal rights, and you may have other rights which vary from locale to locale. This is a limited Warranty within the meaning of that term as defined in the Magnuson-Moss Act of 1975.

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DECALS RIDING MOWER . • Use extra care when loading or unloading the machine into a trailer or truck. • Data indicates that operators. • Disengage blade when not mowing. • Slow down before turning. • Keep machine free of grass . Shut off engine and wait for all parts to come to a complete stop before cleaning the machine. are involved in a large percentage of riding mower-related injuries. 38 *California models only. Material may ricochet back toward the operator. age 60 years and above. set parking brake. Allow machine to cool before storage. understand. 3 . WARN. always disconnect spark plug wire and place wire where it cannot contact spark plug. chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm. STEERING WHEEL DECAL. Avoid discharging material against a wall or obstruction. or other safety devices in place and working. • Do not mow in reverse unless absolutely necessary. who are familiar with the instructions. etc. Clean any oil or fuel spillage before operating or storing the machine. • Clear the area of objects such as rocks.-CATALOG NO. 1 2 3 4 *5 ----430588 433596 425113 430589 424102 432479 433203 433633 433632 DESCRIPTION DECAL. Only use attachments designed specifically for this riding mower. WARNING:This unit is not intended for towing. discharge chute. Keep clear of the discharge opening at all times. DEFLECT/CTFGR DECAL.. • Only allow responsible adults. • Do not put hands or feet near rotating parts or under the machine. WARNING: Do not coast down a hill in neutral. and certain vehicle components contain or emit chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm. • Be sure the area is clear of bystanders before operating. SPARK ARRESTOR DECAL. • Watch for traffic when operating near or crossing roadways.S. which could be picked up and thrown by the blade. • Do not operate machine without the entire grass catcher. leaves or other debris build-up which can touch hot exhaust / engine parts and burn. • Never carry passengers. NO. • Do not operate the machine while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. DECK/DEFLECTOR DECAL. I. WE261 SAFETY RULES DANGER: This cutting machine is capable of amputating hands and feet and throwing objects. stop engine. Failure to observe the following safety instructions could result in serious injury or death. wire. GENERAL OPERATION KEY PART NO. and remove keys before dismounting. to operate the machine. Always look down and behind before and while backing. adjusting or making repairs. or unclogging the discharge chute. WARNING: Engine exhaust. transporting. and follow all instructions on the machine and in the manual before starting. Wash hands after handling. • Never leave a running machine unattended. terminals and related accessories contain lead and lead compounds. • Never direct discharged material toward anyone. V-BELT SCH 30" DECAL. BYPASS MANUAL OPERATOR ENGLISH MANUAL OPERATOR FRENCH MANUAL OPERATOR SPANISH NOTE: All component dimensions given in U. or use of wheel weights. Always turn off blade. Stop machine if anyone enters the area. These operators should evaluate their ability to operate the riding mower safely enough to protect themselves and others from serious injury. • Operate machine only in daylight or good artificial light. inches 1 inch = 25. toys. • Always wear eye protection when operating machine.4 mm • Read. Stop the blade when crossing gravel surfaces. you may lose control of the riding mower. some of its constituents. Do not allow the mower deck to plow leaves or other debris which can cause build-up to occur. WARNING: Battery posts. removing the grass catcher. *5 1 4 2 3 4 WARNING: In order to prevent accidental starting when setting up.

17/32 X 1 3/16 LINK. Do not make sudden changes in speed or direction. • Watch for holes. or other hidden objects. shift into reverse and back down slowly. DECK LINK. • Never carry children. DECK LIFT LINK. DECK NUT. Uneven terrain could overturn the machine. and other sources of ignition. SHOULDER PIN WASHER. ruts. • Never fuel the machine indoors. • Keep all movement on the slopes slow and gradual. IDLER GUARD. which could cause the machine to roll over. • Mow up and down slopes (15° Max).4 mm 4 37 . III. pipes. or embankments. Never assume that children will remain where you last saw them. look behind and down for small children. not across. BLADE PULLEY. NOTE: All component dimensions given in U. use extreme care in handling gasoline. SLOPE OPERATION Slopes are a major factor related to loss of control and tip-over accidents. NO. The machine could suddenly roll over if a wheel is over the edge or if the edge caves in. Tires may lose traction. If you cannot back up the slope or if you feel uneasy on it. trees. inches 1 inch = 25. • Use extra care when approaching blind corners. 5/16-18 X 1/2 WASHER. cigars. bumps. • Never remove gas cap or add fuel with the engine running. 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 machine. • Do not try to stabilize the machine by putting your foot on the ground. SERVICE SAFE HANDLING OF GASOLINE To avoid personal injury or property damage. If the tires lose traction. • Never store the machine or fuel container where there is an open flame. spark. they can affect the stability of the machine. BELT PULLEY. • Do no use on steep slopes. • Keep children out of the mowing area and in the watchful care of a responsible adult other than the operator. TORSION ARM. stopping. LOCK BLADE BOLT. LOCK STUD WASHER PIN BOLT. MANDREL LIFT ASM. CAP SLEEVE . WE261 II. • Be alert and turn machine off if a child enters the area. • Do not mow on wet grass.S. MOWER SUPPORT NUT. LCK 3/8-16 SPRING. Tall grass can hide obstacles. even with the blade shut off. IV. They may fall off and be seriously injured or interfere with safe machine operation. NUT. IDLER KEEPER. DEFLECTOR ROD. ADJUSTABLE DEFLECTOR SUPPORT. CHILDREN KEY PART NO. • Use extra care while operating machine with grass catchers or other attachments. Gasoline is extremely flammable and the vapors are explosive. Children are often attracted to the machine and the mowing activity. which can result in severe injury or death. shrubs. or pilot light such as on a water heater or other appliances. MANDREL NUT. 3/8-16 FLANGE ARM. • Never allow children to operate the machine. Allow engine to cool before refueling. 16 GA. or other objects that may block your view of a child. • Avoid starting. 1/4-20 X 5/8 NUT. MANDREL BELT COVER. disengage the blade and proceed slowly straight down the slope. rocks. ditches. • Before and while backing. IDLER BOLT. DECK PIN SPACER. HINGE SPRING. disengage blade. MANDREL BOLT. Do not shift to neutral and coast downhill. • Choose a low ground speed so that you will not have to stop or shift while on the slope. • If machine stops while going uphill. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 428193 192870 432520 432594 428578 428242 429395 429195 429397 428146 428968 131491 197026 418863 73900500 195161 19191912 194209 196539 194208 19171912 429350 73930600 429531 4497H 187690 173984 400234 428500 193003 193197 141043 193414 72110612 199470 137729 73900600 428435 17490508 19171616 105304X 110452X DESCRIPTION DECK. • Always keep the machine in gear when going down slopes. • Use only approved gasoline container. BELT IDLER BOLT. Operation on all slopes requires extra caution. 26" MANDREL ASM KEEPER. PUSH Tragic accidents can occur if the operator is not alert to the presence of children. do not mow it.-CATALOG NO. • Do not mow near drop-offs. or turning on a slope. BRAKE SCREW.SAFETY RULES MOWER DECK RIDING MOWER . • Extinguish all cigarettes. 3/8-16 X 1 1/2 ARM.

• Never make any adjustments or repairs with the engine running. • If you strike a foreign object. Repair. • Check brake operation frequently. then refuel such equipment with a portable container. 6 37 39 7 17 20 19 40 9 39 8 17 37 19 GENERAL SERVICE 5 28 27 10 36 31 32 35 38 4 34 33 • Never operate machine in a closed area. • Keep all nuts and bolts tight to be sure the equipment is in safe working condition. Stop machine if anyone enters the area. • Never tamper with safety devices. before restarting. • Keep machine free of grass. change clothing immediately. • Remove gas-powered equipment from the truck or trailer and refuel it on the ground. Replace gas cap and tighten securely. leaves. • Never carry passengers. Always look down and behind before and while backing. • Check grass catcher components and the discharge chute frequently and replace with manufacturer’s recommended parts.-CATALOG NO. Wrap the blade or wear gloves. Adjust and service as required. • Never overfill fuel tank. • Do not mow in reverse unless absolutely necessary. WE261 36 SAFETY RULES • Never fill containers inside a vehicle or on a truck or trailer bed with plastic liner. • If fuel is spilled on clothing. If this is not possible. as necessary. or other debris build-up. and use extra caution when servicing them. • Be sure the area is clear of bystanders before operating. Clean oil or fuel spillage and remove any fuel-soaked debris. Do not use a nozzle lock-open device. • Maintain or replace safety and instruction labels. Allow machine to cool before storing. when necessary. • Keep the nozzle in contact with the rim of the fuel tank or container opening at all times until fueling is complete. stop and inspect the machine. rather than from a gasoline dispenser nozzle. 27 26 3 2 11 13 41 12 42 1 25 24 23 19 15 16 14 18 17 19 20 21 22 16 17 18 29 30 LRV-Deck_1_r1 36 5 . Check their proper operation regularly. • Mower blade is sharp. if necessary.MOWER DECK RIDING MOWER . Always place containers on the ground away from your vehicle when filling.

STEERING COLUMN SHAFT. caring for and using your riding mower. Federal laws apply on federal lands. CLIP RETAINER SPRING . If a spark arrester is used. NUT. Other states may have similar laws. LH CAP HUB. 5/16-18 X 3/4 CLIP RETAINER SPRING . LWR STRG SHAFT LINK. WARNING: This riding mower is equipped with an internal combustion engine and should not be used on or near any unimproved forest-covered. • Follow the instructions under “Maintenance” and “Storage” sections of this owner’s manual. HARDENED WASHER. 9/16 X 2 3/8 12 GA. UPPER STEERING BUSHING. Lbs. UPPER STEERING BOLT. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 428269X613 12000001 188967 121749X 428034 6266H W 3366R B 421076 19131414 428057 428035 428036 74780524 19131016 73800500 428044 428252 195227 17000512 428045 428347 428213 186737 19183812 73940800 414851X418 414852X418 199849 428033 104757X613 DESCRIPTION WHEEL ASM (FRONT) E-CLIP WASHER. STEERING CAP STEERING WHEEL . UNASSEMBLED PARTS NOTE: All component dimensions given in U. • Follow a regular schedule in maintaining.-CATALOG NO. WE261 CUSTOMER RESPONSIBILITIES KEY PART NO. STRNG RH BOLT.S.030") Ground Speed Forward: 0-4 mph Reverse: 0-1 mph Blade Bolt Torque: 45-55 Ft. it should be maintained in effective working order by the operator. STEERING WHEEL WASHER. Unleaded Regular SAE 30 (above 32°F) SAE 5W-30(below 32°F) 20 oz. COVER.PRODUCT SPECIFICATIONS Gasoline Capacity and Type: Oil Type (API-SG-SL): Oil Capacity: Spark Plug: 1.4 mm 6 35 . Champion RC12YC (Gap: . HARDENED THRUST USHING. In the state of California the above is required by law (Section 4442 of the California Public Resources Code). STEERING COLUMN PIN. STEERING SNAP SUPPORT. JAM LOCK 1/2-20 WHEEL. 5/64 X 3/4 COTTER WASHER WELDMENT. AXLE . A spark arrester for the muffler is available through your nearest authorized service center. 5/16-18 BUSHING. brush-covered or grass-covered land unless the engine’s exhaust system is equipped with a spark arrester meeting applicable local or state laws (if any). • Read and observe the safety rules. inches 1 inch = 25. STRNG LH LINK. NO. STEERING RIDING MOWER . 5/16-18 X 1 1/2 WASHER NUT. STEERING ADAPTER. RH ASHER. SPINDLE.2 qt. 1/4 X 3/4 SPINDLE.

Insert steering shaft into mount and securely fasten with bolt. Press steering wheel into position on shaft. Cut along dotted lines on all four panels of carton. Slide steering shaft protective foam cover over shaft. Remove packing materials from riding mower. Push down on seat to engage shoulder bolt in slot and pull seat towards rear of riding mower. (1) 3/4" wrench Insert Nut (1) 1/2" wrench (1) Utility knife Steering Wheel Washer (1) Tire pressure gauge When right or left hand is mentioned in this manual. 25 24 23 22 TO REMOVE RIDING MOWER FROM CARTON 28 Foam Cover 21 UNPACK CARTON 1. 8. 3. Remove carton and top frame as one unit. TOOLS REQUIRED FOR ASSEMBLY 4. Remove steering wheel adapter from steering wheel and slide adapter onto steering shaft. Snap steering wheel insert into center of steering wheel securely. washer. Standard wrench sizes you need 5. install large washer. NOTE: Only cut carton with a short blade utility knife. WE261 27 26 ASSEMBLY/PRE-OPERATION Your new riding mower has been assembled at the factory with the exception of those parts left unassembled for shipping purposes. To ensure safe and proper operation of your riding mower all parts and hardware you assemble must be tightened securely. 2.STEERING RIDING MOWER . Seat 4 1 5 29 4 Pin Washer Steering Shaft Mount Nut 1 3 2 Bolt Seat Pan LRV-Steering_1_r1 30 6 46 02 Shoulder Bolt 34 7 . Insert pin into hole in steering shaft. are listed below. Position front wheels of the riding mower so they are pointing straight forward. Slide plastic cover over steering shaft and into position. and nut provided. INSTALL SEAT 1. 2. Steering Shaft 11 9 8 7 2 7 30 2 3 6 Plastic Cover 6.-CATALOG NO. Place seat on seat pan so head of shoulder bolt is positioned over large slotted hole in pan. a long blade or saw can puncture tires on unit. Remove the cardboard packing and discard. Steering Shaft 18 19 17 HOW TO SET UP YOUR RIDING MOWER INSTALL STEERING COLUMN 13 16 4 15 19 8 9 12 8 9 2 6 14 10 20 1. Pivot seat upward and remove from the cardboard packing. and tighten nut securely. 3. Use the correct tools as necessary to insure proper tightness. it means when you are in the Adapter operating position (seated behind the steering wheel). 2. 7. A socket wrench set will make assembly easier.

NO. NYLON HUB SHIFT LEVER SPACER.ROTATE SPRING. CHECK DECK LEVELNESS For best cutting results. SHIFT LEVER WASHER. SNAP DIFFERENTIAL ASM WASHER. check to see that the brake is operating properly. RETAINER BOLT. BRAKE WELDMENT. BRAKE PEDAL SCREW. BRAKE ASM PIN. WE261 KEY PART NO. 2. Roll riding mower forward off skid. FRICTION A5M ARM. • Reduce tire pressure to PSI shown on tires. Flat Washer NOTE: You may now roll your riding mower off the skid. PARKING BRAKE PIN.75 CLEVIS PIN. BYPASS BRACE CARRIER BOX LINK. BRAKE SPACER RETURN CALIPER. SERRATED NUT. BRAKE PAD PUCK BRAKE ROTOR. DRIVE AXLE CHAIN DRIVE SPROCKET. Seat 1. 5/16-16 X 112 CABLE. DOWEL 1/4 PLATE. CARRIER SPRING. • Battery is located under the seat. inches 1 inch = 25. 9 TOOTH SPLINED RING. CHECK FOR PROPER POSITON OF MOWER DRIVE BELT See the figure that is shown for replacing the mower drive belt in the service and adjustment section of this manual. understand and follow all instructions in the Operation section of this manual. BRAKE SPRING. 16 GA. WARNING: Before starting. Engage freewheel control. CHECK TIRE PRESSURE The tires on your riding mower were overinflated at the factory for shipping purposes. DRIVE RIDING MOWER . BOLT. Lower seat into operating position and sit in seat. Battery NOTE: All component dimensions given in U. BRAKE CAP BRAKE CALIPER . BRAKE RETURN ARM. 7. Get off seat without moving its adjusted position. Charger can be purchased at your local service center. Pivot seat and pan forward and assemble adjustment knob and flat washer loosely.4. Be sure riding mower is in a well-ventilated area. 3.S. 4. Raise seat and tighten adjustment knob securely. and that all wires are securely connected. THRUST CHAIN. SHIFT ROD. SQUARE WELDMENT. • Battery has been fully charged from the factory. Be sure the area in front of riding mower is clear of other people and objects. SHOULDER BOLT. 1/4-20 X 1 1/2 PLATE BRAKE ANTI . CROWN LOCK 114-20 SCREW 1/4-20 X 2 114 WASHER SCREW. E-CLIP KEY. 5/16-18 X 3/4 CAP HUB AXLE 02464 Adjustment Knob TO ROLL RIDING MOWER OFF SKID (See Operation section for location and function of controls) 5. Correct tire pressure is important for best cutting performance. See “TO LEVEL MOWER HOUSING” in the Service and Adjustments section of this manual. PIN. mower housing should be properly leveled. Do not tighten. NO. SHIFT ARM BRACKET. NYLON MNTG BRKT. Verify that the belt is routed correctly. LOCK WASHER FLAT WASHER. before installation. COTTER BRACKET. Raise deck lift lever to its highest position. BYPASS BRACE CARRIER REAR SPRING. PEDAL ROD.4 mm CHECK BRAKE SYSTEM NOTE: Battery should only be charged using charger specified in “BATTERY” section in the service and adjustments section of this manual. PRIMARY DRIVE BUSHING BRACKET. 8. BRAKE SUPPORT COVER PEDAL COVER. CLUTCH WELDMENT SHIFT LEVER SUPPORT. 6. 1/16 DIA.114-20 X 3/4 NUT NYLON LOCK 114-20 BOLT. See “TO ADJUST BRAKE” in the Service and Adjustments section of this manual.25 X . 1/4-20 X 1/2 BRAKE CABLE MOUNT BOLT. read. . 8 33 . Slide seat until a comfortable position is reached which allows you to press clutch/ brake pedal all the way down. Release parking brake by depressing clutch/brake pedal. After you learn how to operate your riding mower. CARRIER BEARING ASM SHAFT INPUT WHEEL. See “TO TRANSPORT” in the operation section of this manual. CARRIAGE . SHIFT ARM. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 428268X613 121748X 12000001 123583X 427939 428069 427873 12100009 428876 1370H 430645 430845 427946 9159R 427926 428106 424759 430870 427997 428077 428076 431374 427995 429303 429816 429053 428302 174840 183900 429055 428464 428461 428462 196492 72110406 73800400 165492 74780412 DESCRIPTION WHEEL ASM (REAR) WASHER. CHECK BATTERY Make sure battery is securely fastened.-CATALOG NO. Follow the appropriate instruction below to remove the riding mower from the skid. SHIFTER FLEX TUBE SHIFT ARM GRIP HANDLE . 1/4-20 X 3/4 KEY PART NO. 40 41 42 43 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70 71 10040400 19091210 166002 73680400 17490436 19091016 17490420 430249 430245 428021 430247 428078 77010810 428019 428017 428014 428016 4497H 17490508 428460 427945 429678 77100812 76020208 429325 429694 429693 17490408 428070 17000512 104757X613 DESCRIPTION WASHER.

✓CHECKLIST 32 9 . regular unleaded gasoline. ✓ Before driving riding mower. ✓ All tires are properly inflated.-CATALOG NO. See that all connections are still secure and wires are properly clamped. ✓ Check mower belt. clean. ✓ Fuel tank is filled with fresh. WE261 67 61 68 69 63 64 65 58 62 66 60 24 58 25 70 70 36 27 8 13 63 14 3 70 71 3 2 6 4 1 21 2 5 20 23 70 38 24 22 57 53 55 51 70 49 19 15 38 18 56 70 17 16 15 14 13 29 70 12 11 30 32 41 38 28 31 43 37 42 40 39 70 33 34 58 35 26 8 7 64 70 11 8 10 7 8 54 52 50 47 46 37 8 45 6 48 59 5 2 4 1 2 71 LRV-Drive_1_r1 3 Before you operate your new riding mower. be sure freewheel control is in “transmission engaged” position (see “TO TRANSPORT” in the Operation section of this manual). ✓ Check wiring. we wish to assure that you receive the best performance and satisfaction from this Quality Product.DRIVE RIDING MOWER . their location and function. the tires were overinflated at the factory). ✓ Battery is properly connected. While learning how to use your riding mower. (For shipping purposes. pay extra attention to the following important items: ✓ Engine oil is at proper level. Operate them before you start the engine. Please review the following checklist: ✓ All assembly instructions have been completed. ✓ Be sure Operator Presence System and Reverse Operation System (ROS) are working properly (See the Operation and Maintenance sections in this manual). ✓ Become familiar with all controls. ✓ Seat is adjusted comfortably and tightened securely. Be sure it is routed properly around pulleys and inside all belt keepers. ✓ Be sure brake system is in safe operating condition. ✓ No remaining loose parts in carton. ✓ Be sure mower deck is properly leveled side-to-side/front-to-rear for best cutting results. (Tires must be properly inflated for leveling).

could result in death. AXEL LH SUPPORT. AXEL RH SHIELD. ENGINE DISC. ENGINE BRACKET. SHOULDER WASHER. 3/8-16 X . WARNING indicates a hazard which. 5/16-18 X 1/2 SCREW BEARING FLANGE BALL SCREW 5/16-18 X1 P ENGINE OFF REVERSE OPERATION SYSTEM (ROS) ENGINE ON ENGINE START PARKING BRAKE PARKING BRAKE LOCKED PARKING BRAKE UNLOCKED OVER TEMP LIGHT FUEL OIL PRESSURE BATTERY REVERSE FORWARD MOWER HEIGHT MOWER LIFT 15 15 ATTACHMENT CLUTCH ENGAGED ATTACHMENT CLUTCH DISENGAGED DANGER. FRICTION DRIVE PLATE. Learn and understand their meaning. if not avoided. LOCK BOLT. BATTERY LEVER. SEAT SPRING BOLT. CHASSIS RIDING MOWER . FOOT REST STRUCTURE. could result in death or serious injury. WE261 REVERSE NEUTRAL HIGH LOW CHOKE FAST SLOW IGNITION SWITCH KEY PART NO.4 mm 10 31 . NOTE: All component dimensions given in U. KEEP HANDS AND FEET AWAY SLOPE HAZARDS KEEP AREA CLEAR (SEE SAFETY RULES SECTION) FREEWHEEL CONTROL DISENGAGED DANGER indicates a hazard which. serious injury and/or property damage. CAUTION indicates a hazard which. FOOT REST SUPPORT. STEERING SUPPORT PAN. DUST COVER. SWITCH MOUNTING BOOT. serious injury and/or property damage. NEUTRAL BOLT. FOOT REST FENDER. TRANSAXLE FRONT BRACE. ENGINE ENGINE (NON-CALIFORNIA) ENGINE (CALIFORNIA) KEEPER.OPERATION These symbols may appear on your riding mower or in literature supplied with the product. NO. if not avoided. CHASSIS FRONT BRACKET. BRAKE/CLUTCH PEDAL FREEWHEEL CONTROL ENGAGED Failure to follow instructions could result in serious injury or death. SWITCH DECK CLUTCH ASM KNOB SCREW. NYLON SNAP NUT. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 -19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 428048 428247 428244 428346 428110 428109 428040 428576 428856 195530 174648X431 428248 428251X665 428250 428249 428241X665 428348 428047 432389 428986 428046 429815 428826 149846 416358 72140424 73510400 430087 428301 430817 430470 430469 150406 124181X 121250X 72050412 127018X 19171912 166369 134300 121248X 123976X 171852 73800500 428243 17000512 17490508 86777 408981 17060516 DESCRIPTION WELDMENT. inches 1 inch = 25. 1/4-20 X 1 1/2 BOLT. CARRIAGE 1/4-20 X 3 NUT. SEAT BRACKET.S. if not avoided. indicates a situation that could result in damage to the tractor and/or engine. if not avoided. SCKT HD 3/8-24 X 1 . HOT SURFACES indicates a hazard which. 17/32 X 1 3/16 KNOB.280 SPRING. NO. serious injury and/or property damage. SEAT SPACER BUSHING. if not avoided. 5/16-18 SHOULDER NUT. The safety alert symbol is used to identify safety information about hazards which can result in death. could result in death. will result in death or serious injury. AXLE CROSS COVER. might result in minor or moderate injury. 10 BOLT. CAUTION when used without the alert symbol. FIRE indicates a hazard which. CONTROL GUARD. 5/16-18 SEAT BOLT. FRICTION ASM BOLT.-CATALOG NO. 5/16-18 X 3/4 BOLT. 1/4-20 SPACER.25 BEARING SPACER. CHASSIS SUPPORT. BELT BRACKET.

-CATALOG NO. Save this manual for future reference. DECK CLUTCH LEVER . MOTION CONTROL LEVER . BRAKE PEDAL .Disengages transmission for pushing or slowly towing the riding mower with the engine off. PARKING BRAKE LEVER .Used to adjust mower cutting height.Used to engage the mower blade. IGNITION SWITCH . WE261 KNOW YOUR RIDING MOWER READ THIS OWNER'S MANUAL AND SAFETY RULES BEFORE OPERATING YOUR RIDING MOWER Compare the illustrations with your riding mower to familiarize yourself with the locations of various controls and adjustments.Used to release height adjustment lever when changing its position. LIFT LEVER PLUNGER . ROS “ON” POSITION . FREEWHEEL CONTROL .Allows operation of mower deck or other powered attachment while in reverse. HEIGHT ADJUSTMENT LEVER .Locks parking brake into brake position.Selects the speed and direction of the riding mower.Used for braking the riding mower and starting the engine.Used for starting and stopping the engine.CHASSIS RIDING MOWER . LRV-Chassis_1_r1 24 30 11 . 44 35 36 10 18 Brake Pedal Parking Brake Pedal ROS "ON" 42 43 39 37 38 40 41 45 39 34 27 40 11 28 29 30 31 12 17 41 45 45 Deck Clutch Lever Lift Lever Plunger Height Adjustment Lever 19 46 49 13 45 33 Ignition Switch Motion Control Lever 32 26 24 14 45 7 45 45 16 Freewheel Control 20 45 46 48 1 45 9 15 23 8 25 4 22 46 45 5 48 46 46 45 2 47 21 6 3 46 Our riding mowers conform to the applicable safety standards of the American National Standards Institute.

ELECTSTART. WE261 HOW TO USE YOUR RIDING MOWER TO SET PARKING BRAKE Your riding mower is equipped with an operator presence sensing switch. 2. The heights are measured from the ground to the blade tip with the engine not running. as described above. always stop engine when stopping riding mower on grass areas. 8AH FOAM. 12V. 5A FUSE. The cutting height range is approximately 1-1/2 to 4". CAUTION: Always stop riding mower completely. Depress parking brake lever and release pressure from brake pedal.CL. Depress brake pedal all the way down and hold. hot engine exhaust gases may cause “browning” of grass. IMPORTANT: Leaving the ignition switch in any position other than "STOP" will cause the battery to discharge and go dead. 40A SWITCH. • The average lawn should be cut to approximately 2-1/2" during the cool season and to over 3" during hot months. LRV SWITCH. HARNESS. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 423264 425416 193350 411934 433330 425937 160784 431542 109553X 176138 431846 192749 428477 DESCRIPTION BATTERY. IGN. the second to desired height. GRY SWITCH. TO MOVE FORWARD AND BACKWARD The direction and speed of movement is controlled by the motion control lever. When engine is running. any attempt by the operator to leave the seat without first setting the parking brake will shut off the engine. TO ADJUST MOWER CUTTING HEIGHT The position of the mower height deck lift lever determines the cutting height. STARTING. 12 29 . IMPORTANT: Bring riding mower to a complete stop before shifting or changing gears.4 mm Deck Clutch Lever Brake Pedal "Disengaged" "Engaged" Position Deck Clutch Position Brake Pedal Lever "Drive" "Engaged" Position Position STOPPING MOWER BLADE • To stop mower blade. Start riding mower with clutch/brake pedal depressed and motion control lever in neutral (N) position. For healthier and better looking lawns. Always wear safety glasses or eye shields while operating your riding mower or performing any adjustments or repairs. mow often and after moderate growth. P-IN. SEAT. height of grass and types of grass being mowed. LRV NOTE: All component dimensions given in U. ENGINE • Turn ignition key to “STOP” position and remove key. MOLDED FUSE. NO. POLYURETHANE SWITCH. • Grasp lift lever. 2. IGN. NOTE: Under certain conditions when riding mower is standing idle with the engine running. Make sure parking brake will hold riding mower secure. grass over 6" in height should be mowed twice. 40A SWITCH. RECOIL. Make the first cut relatively high. INTERLOCK. Pa r k i n g B r a k e Pedal-Push Down to "Engage" Motion Control Lever Mower Height Adjustment KEY PART NO. Always remove key when leaving riding mower to prevent unauthorized use. We recommend a wide vision safety mask over spectacles or standard safety glasses. PLUNGER. • For best cutting performance.S. DLTA.GRAY MODULE. GROUND DRIVE • To stop ground drive. move deck clutch lever to disengaged position. 3. Pedal should remain in brake position. ROS KEY. NO. Slowly release clutch/brake pedal to start movement. inches 1 inch = 25. NONC. which can result in severe eye damage. Move motion control lever to desired position. OLIVE RELAY. 1. These heights are approximate and may vary depending upon soil conditions. before leaving the operator's position. • Press lift lever plunger with thumb and move lever to desired position. depress brake pedal all the way down.-CATALOG NO. 1. Failure to do so will shorten the useful life of your transaxle. INTLK. DP ROS . MWR. To eliminate this possibility. ELECTRICAL RIDING MOWER .00155 The operation of any riding mower can result in foreign objects thrown into the eyes.

5.ELECTRICAL RIDING MOWER . TO STOP MOWER BLADEDisengage deck clutch lever. 2. Do not mow in reverse unless absolutely necessary. Look down and behind before and while backing. WE261 LRV1 5 6 TO OPERATE MOWER Your riding mower is equipped with an operator presence sensing switch. Turning the ROS "ON". to allow reverse operation with the deck clutch engaged.-CATALOG NO. USING THE REVERSE OPERATION SYSTEM Only use if you are certain no children or other bystanders will enter the mowing area. When use of the ROS is no longer needed. 1. With engine running. WARNING: Backing up with the deck clutch engaged while mowing is strongly discouraged. 9 02828 8 7 Deflector Shield 28 13 . 3. ROS "ON" Position Engine "ON" Position (Normal Operating) 11 3 4 13 2 12 10 1 Deck Clutch Lever "Engaged" Position Mower Height Adjustment Low Position CAUTION: Do not operate the mower without either the entire grass catcher. rolling terrain or hills. Select desired height of cut. Deck Clutch Lever "Disengaged" Position Mower Height Adjustment High Position REVERSE OPERATION SYSTEM (ROS) Your tractor is equipped with a Reverse Operation System (ROS). 2. Any attempt by the operator to leave the seat with the engine running and the deck clutch engaged will shut off the engine. Move motion control lever to neutral (N) position. Slowly move motion control lever to reverse (R) position to start movement. should only be done when the operator decides it is necessary to reposition the machine with the attachment engaged. Start mower blade by engaging deck clutch lever. Any attempt by the operator to travel in the reverse direction with the deck clutch engaged will shut off the engine unless ignition key is placed in the ROS "ON" position. You must remain fully and centrally positioned in the seat to prevent the engine from hesitating or cutting off when operating your equipment on rough. or the deflector shield in place. 1. turn the ignition key clockwise to engine "ON" position. on mowers so equipped. 4. turn ignition key counterclockwise to ROS "ON" position.

already filled with summer weight oil. See Storage Instructions for additional information. Drain the gas tank. TO TRANSPORT When pushing or towing your riding mower. Never use engine or carburetor cleaner products in the fuel tank or permanent damage may occur. CAUTION: Wipe off any spilled oil or fuel. • Move motion control lever to neutral (N) position. reinsert the dipstick and screw cap tight. Check engine oil with riding mower on level ground. SCHEMATIC SCH21 RIDING MOWER . add oil until “FULL mark on dipstick is reached. it will take extra cranking time to move fuel from the tank to the engine. Remove oil fill cap/dipstick and wipe clean. CAUTION: Alcohol blended fuels (called gasohol or using ethanol or methanol) can attract moisture which leads to separation and formation of acids during storage. Acidic gas can damage the fuel system of an engine while in storage. • To restart movement. Do not overfill. Do not run starter continuously for more than fifteen seconds per minute. slowly release parking brake and clutch/brake pedal. Use fresh. If necessary. 3. wait for a few seconds. RED DIODE STATOR F E D C B A SAFETY START MODULE VIEWED FROM MATING SIDE IGNITION SWITCH POSITION OFF RUN/OVERRIDE REMOVABLE CONNECTIONS WIRING INSULATED CLIPS NOTE: IF WIRING INSULATED CLIPS WERE REMOVED FOR SERVICING OF UNIT. the fuel system should be emptied before storage of 30 days or longer. 2. • To change engine oil. When starting the engine for the first time or if the engine has run out of fuel. 5. • Choose the slowest speed before starting up or down hills. see the Maintenance section in this manual. Do not mix oil with gasoline. Be sure freewheel control is in the transmission engaged position. Use the slope guide at the back of this manual. • Avoid stopping or changing speed on hills. depress clutch/brake pedal and set parking brake. Purchase fuel in quantities that can be used within 30 days to assure fuel freshness. CIRCUIT M+G+A1 B+A1 B+A1 B + S + A1 “MAKE” RUN START L+A2 NON-REMOVABLE CONNECTIONS 14 27 . • Raise mower height adjustment to its highest position with mower height adjustment lever. • Push freewheel control down and over with foot. spill or use gasoline near an open flame.TO OPERATE ON HILLS WARNING: Do not drive up or down hills with slopes greater than 15° and do not drive across any slope. 5 AMP DC @ 3600 RPM 28 VOLTS AC MIN. WE261 BATTERY RED BLACK FUSE-5A RED STARTER RELAY RED STARTER M FUSE-40A WHITE WHITE B S M G BLACK/WHITE BLACK WHITE A1 L A2 CLUTCH / BRAKE (PEDAL UP) BLACK/WHITE A ATTACHMENT CLUTCH (CLUTCH OFF) B C D E F SAFETY START MODULE BLACK BLACK/WHITE RED GREEN SEAT SWITCH (NOT OCCUPIED) BLACK GRAY BLACK REVERSE SWITCH NOT IN REVERSE YELLOW SHORTING CONNECTOR BLACK BLACK/WHITE IGNITION UNIT SPARK PLUG GAP CHARGING SYSTEM OUTPUT . NOTE: If at high altitude (above 3000 feet) or in cold temperature (below 32°F) the fuel mixture may need to be adjusted for best performance. Use fresh fuel next season. Insert key into ignition and turn key clockwise to start position and release key as soon as engine starts. Do not store. be sure to disengage transmission by placing freewheel control in freewheel position. @ 3600 RPM (CHARGING SYSTEM DISCONNECTED) TO START ENGINE • To reengage transmission. • Make all turns slowly. 4. reverse above procedure. Place motion control lever in neutral (N) position. Do ” not overfill. THEY SHOULD BE RE-INSTALLED TO PROPERLY SECURE YOUR WIRING. Sit on seat in operating position. Move deck clutch to disengaged position. 2. clean. start the engine and let it run until the fuel lines and carburetor are empty. 1. from the factory. (Use of leaded gasoline will increase carbon and lead oxide deposits and reduce valve life). remove and read oil level. push clutch/brake pedal quickly to brake position and engage parking brake. • If stopping is absolutely necessary. Freewheel control is located at the rear drawbar of the riding mower. regular unleaded gasoline with a minimum of 87 octane. BEFORE STARTING THE ENGINE CHECK ENGINE OIL LEVEL The engine in your riding mower has been shipped.-CATALOG NO. 1. ADD GASOLINE • Fill fuel tank to bottom of filler neck. or press brake lever all the way down. Freewheel Control Disengaged Freewheel Control Engaged • For cold weather operation you should change oil for easier starting (See the oil viscosity chart in the Maintenance section of this manual). To avoid engine problems.

leaves. 1 CORRECTION Check wiring. 2. Frozen blade mandrel. Tighten blade bolt. Remove obstruction. Replace idler pulley. Replace mower drive belt. 5. Wet grass will plug mower and leave undesirable clumps. switches and connections. Turn ignition key to ROS “ON” position. Replace blade. • When operating attachments. Travel speed too fast. 26 15 . This will result in a more even distribution of clippings and more uniform cutting. driveways. 4. Clean around mandrels to open vent holes. 9 Replace with blade listed in this manual. Turn key to ON position. Check/clean all connections. Replace alternator. and trash under mower. Set deck to disengaged position. • If grass is extremely tall. Worn. Have the cut area to the right of the riding mower. Pull recoil cord to start engine. Mower deck not level. contact a qualified service center. 1 2 3 4 5 Worn. 6 Buildup of grass. Level mower deck. Axle key missing. mow in the opposite direction making left hand turns until finished. Mower blade will not rotate 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 5 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 5 Poor grass discharge Shift to slower speed. bent or loose blade.uneven cutting 1 CAUSE Faulty operator-safety presence control system. See “TO LEVEL MOWER HOUSING” in the Service and Adjustments section of this manual. 10 Clogged mower deck vent holes 10 Clean around mandrels to from buildup of grass. 7 Mower drive belt worn. Check tires for proper PSI. Obstruction in clutch mechanism. • Regulate ground speed by selecting a low enough gear to give the mower cutting performance as well as the quality of cut desired. Make sure unit is in neutral position. etc. Allow grass to dry before mowing. Recoil Starter Handle MOWING TIPS • Mower should be properly leveled for best mowing performance. 1 • When mowing large areas. Mower deck not level. 8 Reinstall blade sharp edge down. See "TO REMOVE WHEEL" in the Service and Adjustments section. the second to the desired height. bent or loose blade. After one or two rounds. Frozen idler pulley. 1 2 3 Replace battery. and trash around mandrel. Poor cable connections. See Operation section. Level mower deck. Clean underside of mower housing. Set parking Brake. 8 Blade improperly installed. leaves and 6 Clean underside of mower trash under mower. housing. 9 Improper blade used. trash around mandrels. • Drive so that clippings are discharged onto the area that has already been cut. Contact a qualified service center. Clogged mower deck vent from build-up of grass. Place freewheel control in “ENGAGED” position. Faulty alternator. • The left hand side of mower should be used for trimming. select a ground speed that will suit the terrain and give best performance of the attachment being used. it should be mowed twice to reduce load and possible fire hazard from dried clippings. 3 Engine dies when tractor is shifted into reverse 1 Reverse operation system (ROS) is not “ON” while mower or other attachment is engaged. Install axle key at rear wheel. Worn/damaged mower drive belt. leaves. Buildup of grass. Purge transmission. Gasoline Filler Cap • Do not mow grass when it is wet. fences. start by turning to the right so that clippings will discharge away from shrubs. Contact a qualified service center. If not corrected. Wet grass. If the battery is too weak to start engine. Allow grass to dry before mowing.TROUBLESHOOTING CHART: PROBLEM Engine continues to run when operator leaves seat with attachment clutch engaged Poor cut . 1 2 3 1 2 3 Bad battery cell(s). Replace/sharpen blade. leaves. 7 Replace mower drive belt. Make first cut relatively high. Tighten blade bolt. 1. 1 2 3 4 5 RECOIL STARTING SYSTEM This unit is equipped with an engine recoil starting system. 3. Low/uneven tire air pressure. Battery will not charge Loss of drive Freewheel control in 1 “DISENGAGED” position. and open vent holes. Bent blade mandrel. Air trapped in transmission during 2 shipment or servicing.

Clean underside of mower housing. 5 Clean & regap or change spark plug. Check/replace solenoid or starter. clean or replace air filter. Clean battery terminals. Loose/damaged part(s). Dirty air filter. operator must maintain riding mower as instructed in this manual. Water in fuel. clean gasoline. Low oil level/dirty oil. Contact a qualified service center. 4 Check oil level/change oil. Stale or dirty fuel. Faulty ignition switch. Excessive vibration 1 2 3 16 25 . Replace spark plug. Dirty/clogged muffler. Contact a qualified service center. Worn. refill tank with fresh gasoline. refill tank with fresh gasoline and replace fuel filter. Engine valves out of adjustment. Loose or damaged wiring. Clean/replace air filter. Corroded battery terminals. Check all wiring. Build-up of grass. check to see if you should make any of the adjustments described in the Service and Adjustments section of this manual. 12 Contact a qualified service center. Dirty air filter. Weak or dead battery. bent or loose blade. Check all wiring. Check tire pressure. Replace fuse. Check brake operation. Clean battery terminals. 2. 3 Clean/replace air filter. Hard to start 1 2 3 4 5 6 Engine will not turn over GENERAL RECOMMENDATIONS The warranty on this riding mower does not cover items that have been subjected to operator abuse or negligence. Faulty solenoid or starter. Check all wiring. At least once a season. Faulty spark plug. Contact a qualified service center. clean gasoline. Empty fuel tank and carburetor. A new spark plug and clean air filter assure proper air-fuel mixture and help your engine run better and last longer. To receive full value from the warranty. Some adjustments will need to be made periodically to properly maintain your riding mower. Blown fuse. Depress clutch/brake pedal. 10 Clean/replace muffler. Check/replace solenoid or starter. Tighten loose part(s). Viscous lubricants will attract dust and dirt that will shorten the life of the self-lubricating bearings. Weak or dead battery. Spark plug wire loose. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Engine clicks but will not start Loss of power Raise cutting height/reduce speed. 4. use only a dry. 7 Empty fuel tank and carburetor. Clutch/brake pedal not depressed. Check engine oil level. Bad spark plug. Loose or damaged wiring. Tighten blade bolt. Faulty operator presence switch(es). • At least once a year you should replace the spark plug. Replace spark plug. Loose or damaged wiring. Stale or dirty fuel. Loose or damaged wiring. Check all wiring. Faulty solenoid or starter. 8 Connect & tighten spark plug wire. powdered graphite type lubricant sparingly. Recharge or replace battery. Clean/replace air filter. 5. Bent blade mandrel. 3. Engine valves out of adjustment. Corroded battery terminals. 6 Empty fuel tank and refill tank with fresh. Cutting too much grass/too fast. Deck clutch is engaged. 1 2 3 Replace blade. IMPORTANT: Do not oil or grease the pivot points which have special nylon bearings. 1 2 3 4 5 6 1 2 3 4 5 6 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 1 2 3 4 1 2 CORRECTION Fill fuel tank. Dirty engine air screen/fins. Disengage deck clutch. Dirty air filter. and check blade and belt for wear. Bad spark plug. leaves and trash under mower. Recharge or replace battery. Loose or damaged wiring. 11 Check all wiring. Water in fuel. Contact a qualified service center. Recharge or replace battery. Engine valves out of adjustment. BEFORE EACH USE 1.MAINTENANCE TROUBLESHOOTING CHART: PROBLEM Will not start 1 2 3 4 5 6 CAUSE Out of fuel. Replace damaged parts. Check/replace ignition switch. Check operator presence and ROS systems for proper operation. Empty fuel tank and refill tank with fresh. Weak or dead battery. Check for loose fasteners. If you feel they must be lubricated. 9 Clean engine air screen/fins.

STORAGE Immediately prepare your riding mower for storage at the end of the season or if the riding mower will not be used for 30 days or more. or tank during storage. Replace if necessary. grease. Inspect and replace belt. Do not empty the gas tank and carburetor if using fuel stabilizer. breakage and wear. 4. Be sure that all nuts. bent or damaged blades. Run engine at least 10 minutes after adding stabilizer to allow the stabilizer to reach the carburetor. fuel hose. Replace with new spark plug(s). Acidic gas can damage the fuel system of an engine while in storage. Touch up all rusted or chipped paint surfaces. Add stabilizer to gasoline in fuel tank or storage container. any attempt by the operator to leave the seat without first setting the parking brake should shut off the engine. Tire sealant also prevents tire dry rot and corrosion. or insect control chemi cals which can harm rubber. • The engine should not start unless the brake pedal is fully depressed. TIRES • Maintain proper air pressure in all tires (See PSI on tires). 4. • When the engine is running with the ignition switch in the ROS "ON" position and the deck clutch lever engaged. • The deck clutch lever should never operate unless the operator is in the seat. 02828 Wheel Axle 24 OPERATOR PRESENCE SYSTEM AND REVERSE OPERATION SYSTEM (ROS) Be sure operator presence and reverse operation systems are working properly. • If possible. • Cover your riding mower with a suitable protective cover that does not retain moisture. bolts and screws are securely fastened. 1. WARNING: Never store the riding mower with gasoline in the tank inside a building where fumes may reach an open flame or spark. if necessary (See belt replacement instructions in the Service and Adjustments section of this manual). 17 . • Do not store gasoline from one season to another. could damage your riding mower and void your warranty. CHECK REVERSE OPERATION (ROS) SYSTEM • When the engine is running with the ignition switch in the engine "ON" position and the deck clutch lever engaged. alcohol blended fuels (called gasohol or using ethanol or methanol) can attract moisture which leads to separation and formation of acids during storage. any attempt by the operator to shift into reverse should NOT shut off the engine. dry concrete or paved surface. AXLE AND SPINDLES • Front wheel axles and front spindles should be properly lubricated. When mower is to be stored for a period of time. 2. ENGINE FUEL SYSTEM IMPORTANT: It is important to prevent gum deposits from forming in essential fuel system parts such as carburetor. Replace worn. deep ruts. • Replace your gasoline can if your can starts to rust. then brake must be serviced. any attempt by the operator to leave the seat should shut off the engine. CYLINDER(S) 1. repair the problem immediately. 2. Inspect moving parts for damage. 3. NOTE: Fuel stabilizer is an acceptable alternative in minimizing the formation of fuel gum deposits during storage. Remove spark plug(s). remove all dirt. sand lightly before painting. Turn ignition key to “START” position for a few seconds to distribute oil. • Never use engine or carburetor cleaner products in the fuel tank or permanent damage may occur. RIDING MOWER Always observe safety rules when performing any maintenance. Lubricate as shown in the Maintenance section of this manual. • Spindles should be lubricated with a spray type silicone base lubricant. and the deck clutch lever is in the disengaged position. • Avoid stumps. oil. Also. • If battery is removed from riding mower for storage. Store in a clean. CAUTION: Use only a replacement blade approved by the manufacturer of your riding mower. Using a blade not approved by the manufacturer of your riding mower is hazardous. BRAKE OPERATION If riding mower requires more than four (4) feet to stop at highest speed in highest gear on a level. • Empty the fuel tank by starting the engine and letting it run until the fuel lines and carburetor are empty. stones. sharp objects and other hazards that may cause tire damage. • Use fresh fuel next season. Do not use plastic. do not store battery directly on concrete or damp surfaces. Clean entire riding mower (See “CLEANING” in the Maintenance section of this manual). Spindle CHECK OPERATOR PRESENCE SYSTEM • When the engine is running. OTHER BATTERY • Fully charge the battery for storage. Plastic cannot breathe which allows condensation to form and will cause your riding mower to rust. dry area. Allow the engine to cool before storing in any enclosure. ROS "ON" Position Engine "ON" Position (Normal Operating) MOWER Remove deck from mower for winter storage. leaves. 3. Rust and/or dirt in your gasoline will cause problems. Always follow the mix ratio found on stabilizer container. ENGINE OIL Drain oil (with engine warm) and replace with clean engine oil. • Keep tires free of gasoline. etc. (See “TO ADJUST BRAKE” in the Service and Adjustments section of this manual). store your riding mower indoors and cover it to give protection from dust and dirt. any attempt by the operator to shift into reverse should shut off the engine. If your riding mower does not function as described. (See “ENGINE” in the Maintenance section of this manual). NOTE: To seal tire punctures and prevent flat tires due to slow leaks. • Wheel Axles should be lubricated with a dry. tire sealant may be purchased from your local parts dealer. 5. • When the engine is running and the deck clutch lever is engaged. clean it thoroughly. IMPORTANT: Never cover riding mower while engine and exhaust areas are still warm. powdered graphite type lubricant. BLADE CARE For best results mower blades must be sharp. Pour one ounce of oil through spark plug hole(s) into cylinder(s).

• Charge battery for 24 hours for a full charge. Do not attempt to increase engine speed or it may result in personal injury. Connect BLACK grounding cable to negative (-) battery terminal. Oil can be pumped from the engine with a mechanical or electric siphon pump. Adding or checking level of electrolyte is not necessary. NOTE: Protect your hands with gloves and/or wrap blade with heavy cloth. Do not attempt to open or remove caps or covers. Disconnect BLACK battery cable then RED battery cable. First connect RED battery cable to positive (+) battery terminal. Battery Battery Bracket INTERLOCKS AND RELAYS Loose or damaged wiring may cause your riding mower to run poorly. take your riding mower to a qualified service center for repair and/or adjustment. SAE VISCOSITY GRADES SAE 30 5W-30 F C -30 -20 -20 0 -10 30 32 0 40 10 60 20 80 30 100 40 1. Fender ENGINE Your engine speed has been factory set. 1. Overspeeding the engine above the factory high speed setting can be dangerous. Raise mower to highest position to allow access to blade. Lbs. which has proper equipment and experience to make any necessary adjustments. 3. • • • Be sure riding mower is on level surface. 3. and away from seat as shown. Install and tighten blade bolt securely (45-55 Ft. Make sure all wiring and connectors are secure. IMPORTANT: Special blade bolt is heat treated. Check the crankcase oil level before starting the engine and after each eight (8) hours of operation. Tighten oil fill cap/dipstick securely each time you check the oil level. TO REPLACE FUSE Replace with 4 amp. Select the oil’s SAE viscosity grade according to your expected operating temperature. • Only recharge battery with charger approved for a 12V 2. Insert end of pump into oil reservoir. All oil must meet API service classification SG-SL. Change the oil after every 25 hours of operation or at least once a year if the riding mower is not used for 25 hours in one year. Mandrel Assembly Blade Blade Bolt (Special) Center Hole ENGINE LUBRICATION Only use high quality detergent oil rated with API service classification SG-SL. Oil Cap V-BELT Check V-belt for deterioration and wear after 100 hours of operation and replace if necessary. Pump oil from reservoir. Replace belt if it begins to slip from wear. Lift seat for bolt access. or prevent it from starting. 4. which is factory set for proper engine speed. 7. Install new blade with stamped "THIS SIDE UP" facing deck and mandrel assembly. 2. contact a qualified service center. Remove battery bracket bolt. stop running. If your engine does not operate properly due to suspected carburetor problems. Remove oil fill cap/dipstick. If you believe that the engine is running too fast or too slow. If you think the engine-governed high speed needs adjusting. TEMPERATURE RANGE ANTICIPATED BEFORE NEXT OIL CHANGE oil_visc_chart1_e 02 54 5 Star IMPORTANT: To ensure proper assembly. IMPORTANT: Never tamper with the engine governor.BLADE REMOVAL 1. Install new battery with terminals facing to the right. The belt is not adjustable. • Keep battery and connectors clean. Reinstall battery bracket and bolt. Permanent damage to the battery or personal injury may occur. 2. TO CHANGE ENGINE OIL Determine temperature range expected before oil change. BATTERY Your riding mower has a battery charging system which is sufficient for normal use. Be careful not to allow dirt to enter the engine when changing oil. 5. Oil will drain more freely when warm. automotive type plug-in fuse. the oils will result in increased oil consumption when used above 32°F.) improve starting in cold weather. Your carburetor is not adjustable. • Check wiring.8 amp. or 5 amp. The fuse holder is located under the fender. 2. 4. Oil Fill 18 23 . NOTE: The original equipment battery on your riding mower is maintenance free.). 3. NOTE: Although multi-viscosity oils (5W30. hour battery. Remove blade bolt by turning counterclockwise. 6. TRANSAXLE COOLING Keep transaxle free from build-up of dirt and chaff which can restrict cooling. 10W30 etc. • Charging with any other charger or an automotive style charger can cause permanent damage to the battery. take your riding mower to a qualified service center for repair and/or adjustment. center hole in blade must align with star on mandrel assembly. Check your engine oil level more frequently to avoid possible engine damage from running low on oil. WARNING: Do not jump start battery.

Clean by gently tapping on a flat surface. Refill engine with oil through oil fill dipstick tube. 22 19 . leaves and trash from riding mower and mower. Remove dust cover. replace cartridge. it should be recharged. 4. CLEAN AIR SCREEN Air screen must be kept free of dirt and chaff to prevent engine damage from overheating. Do not oil cartridge. battery. Reinstall cartridge. cooling fins. Block up front axle securely. 3. Carefully remove cartridge. rings. Remove cover knob and cover. Remove dust cover. TO ADJUST STEERING WHEEL ALIGNMENT If steering wheel crossbars are not horizontal (left to right) when wheels are positioned straight forward. They may cause deterioration of the cartridge. 3. 2. (See "BATTERY" in the Maintenance section of this manual). Do not use pressurized air to clean cartridge. 4. seat. Every 100 hours of operation (more often under extremely dusty. Water in engine or transmission will shorten the useful life of your riding mower. finish. purchase and use tire sealant. make sure the grass screen. Release brake/parking pedal. whichever occurs first. cover and secure with cover knob. and other external surfaces of the engine are kept clean at all times. oil. Clean the cooling fins and external surfaces as necessary. retaining ring. whichever occurs first. remove the blower housing and other cooling shrouds. Do not overfill. 4. retaining ring. Tighten cap ” onto the tube securely when finished. dirty conditions). move steering wheel and reassemble per instructions in the "INSTALL STEERING COLUMN"section of this manual. AIR FILTER Washer Retaining Ring Your engine will not run properly using a dirty air filter. Service air cleaner more often under dusty conditions. 2. • Keep finished surfaces and wheels free of all gasoline. 4.02" gap brake needs to be adjusted. tighten dipstick cap securely onto the tube before removing dipstick. Replace the air filter every 100 hours of operation or every season. Clean with a wire brush or compressed air to remove dirt and stubborn dried gum fibers. Tighten caliper nut until . Pour slowly. 3. such as kerosene. Rotor REAR WHEEL 1. TO REMOVE WHEEL FOR REPAIRS FRONT WHEEL 1. then brake must be adjusted. etc. 1. of all foreign matter.TO ADJUST BRAKE Your riding mower is equipped with an adjustable brake system which is mounted on the right side of the transaxle. are not to be used to clean the cartridge. Block up Rear axle securely. We do not recommend using a garden hose or pressure washer to clean your riding mower unless the engine and transmission are covered to keep water out. Repair tire and reassemble. Measure distance between rotor and brake pad if distance between rotor and brake pad is more than . Use gauge on oil fill cap/dipstick for checking level. IMPORTANT: Petroleum solvents. flame and smoking materials away from batteries. Spark plug type and gap setting are shown in “PRODUCT SPECIFICATIONS” section of this manual. Use compressed air or a leaf blower to remove grass.when pushing tire back onto shaft reach under and pull chain sprocket toward you to ease tire replacement. and square key while pulling tire off. etc. Keep oil at “FULL line on dipstick. 3. Before connecting battery. For accurate reading. MUFFLER Inspect and replace corroded muffler and spark arrester (if equipped) as it could create a fire hazard and/or damage. and washer to allow wheel removal. NOTE: Operating the engine with a blocked grass screen. 5. See “RECOIL STARTING SYSTEM” in operation section of this manual. CLEAN AIR INTAKE/COOLING AREAS To ensure proper cooling. washer. dirty or plugged cooling fins. Clean base carefully to prevent debris from falling into carburetor. SPARK PLUG(S) Replace spark plug(s) at the beginning of each mowing season or after every 100 hours of operation. Replace washer and retaining ring securely in axle groove. Repair tire and reassemble. Positive terminal must be connected first to prevent sparking from accidental grounding. Always wear eye protection when around batteries. Make sure the cooling shrouds are reinstalled. etc.02" gap is reached. NOTE: To seal tire punctures and prevent flat tires due to slow leaks. Cover Knob Cover Brake Pad Nut Dust Cover Square Key (rear wheel only) NOTE: Feeler gauge may be necessary to get correct measurement. then replace washer and retaining ring securely in axle groove . • Protect painted surfaces with automotive type wax. 1. NOTE: This unit is equipped with an engine recoil starting system that can be used if the battery is too weak to start. 4. remove metal bracelets. 2. 2. CLEANING • Clean engine. Replace square key while putting tire back on. Park riding mower on a level surface. Tire sealant also prevents tire dry rot and corrosion. 5. If riding mower requires more than (4) feet stopping distance in highest gear on a lever dry concrete or paved surface. If your battery is too weak to start the engine. and/or cooling shrouds removed will cause engine damage due to overheating. For approximate capacity see “PRODUCT SPECIFICATIONS” section of this manual. REPLACING BATTERY WARNING: Do not short battery terminals by allowing a wrench or any other object to contact both terminals at the same time. Keep sparks. Air Filter NOTE: If very dirty or damaged. TO START ENGINE WITH A WEAK BATTERY CAUTION: Lead-acid batteries generate explosive gases. wristwatch bands.

Remove pin holding deck lift link arm in place. 6. 10. 7. loosen lift link adjustment nut. To obtain the best cutting results. 3. • Recheck side-to-side adjustment. TO LEVEL MOWER HOUSING Adjust the mower while riding mower is parked on level ground or driveway. Remove bolt holding deck front to rear leveling rod in place. Depress clutch/brake pedal fully and set parking brake. Measure distance “F” directly in front and behind the mandrel at bottom edge of mower housing as shown. Lower mower to its lowest position. • When distance “F” is 1/8" to 1/2" lower at front than rear. 2. 9. TO REPLACE MOWER BLADE DRIVE BELT MOWER DRIVE BELT REMOVAL 1. Move mower height adjustment lift lever forward to lower mower to its lowest position. • When distance “F” is 1/8" to 1/2" lower at front than rear.SERVICE AND ADJUSTMENTS WARNING: TO AVOID SERIOUS INJURY. Place deck clutch in “DISENGAGED" position. 9. 6. • To raise front of mower housing turn nuts “G” and “H” counter clockwise. Park riding mower on a level surface. Remove mandrel cover. Slide deck out from under side of mower. tighten nut “H” against trunnion on front link. 6. 5. Remove bolt holding deck side to side leveling rod in place. • Measure distance "A" from bottom edge of mower to ground level at front corners of mower. • To lower the right side of the mower. TO INSTALL MOWER Install in reverse order following instructions in "TO REMOVE MOWER" section. 3. Bottom Edge of Mower to Ground Bottom Edge of Mower to Ground Nut "H" Nut "G" Trunnion A A Deck Leveling Side to Side Rod Bolt Mandrel Cover • Recheck measurements after adjusting. Place deck clutch in “DISENGAGED” position. 8. tighten lift link adjustment nut. Remove mandrel cover from mower deck. RIDING MOWER TO REMOVE MOWER 1. Remove rear belt keeper from unit. Mower Drive Belt Front Leveling Rod Bolt Mower Suspension Arm Pin Deck Lift Link Pin Belt Keeper F F Mandrel Idler Pulleys 20 • To lower front of mower housing turn nuts “G” and “H” clockwise. Remove belt from idler pulleys. 5. tighten nut “H” against trunnion on front link. NOTE: Each full turn of adjustment nut will change mower height about 3/16". you will not properly adjust your mower. Carefully roll belt over the top of the mower blade mandrel. SIDE-TO-SIDE ADJUSTMENT • Raise mower to its highest position. 4. 4. 4. Disconnect spark plug wire from spark plug and place wire where it cannot come in contact with plug. 8. BEFORE PERFORMING ANY SERVICE OR ADJUSTMENTS: 1. Check adjustment on right side of riding mower. 2. Remove pins holding left and right front mower suspension arms in place. 7. • To raise the right side of the mower. 2. 21 . Set parking brake. the mower housing should be adjusted so that the front is approximately 1/8" to 1/2" lower than the rear when the mower is in its highest position. Remove belt from rear drive pulley. If tires are over or underinflated. NOTE: Each full turn of "G" will change "F" by approximately about 3/8". Check idler pulleys to see that they rotate freely. MOWER DRIVE BELT INSTALLATION Install in reverse order following instructions in "MOWER DRIVE BELT REMOVAL" section. Turn ignition key to “STOP” and remove key. Place motion control lever in neutral (N) position. FRONT-TO-BACK ADJUSTMENT IMPORTANT: Deck must be level side-to side. Remove rear engine plate from unit. Make sure the blade and all moving parts have completely stopped. Remove belt from around pulleys. Make sure tires are properly inflated (See side of tire for proper PSI). 3. 5.

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