SAFETY, ASSEMBLY, OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE.

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TABLE OF CONTENTS
WARRANTY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . RESPONSIBILITY OF THE OWNER . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . SAFETY RULES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . INTERNATIONAL PICTORIALS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ASSEMBLY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
PARTS BAG – CONTENTS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . HOW TO INSTALL THE SEAT . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . HOW TO ASSEMBLE THE STEERING WHEEL . . . . . . . . . . . . MAINTENANCE FREE BATTERY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . HOW TO PREPARE THE ENGINE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . CHECK THE LEVEL OF THE MOWER HOUSING . . . . . . . . . . CHECK THE TIRES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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OPERATING TIPS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . MOWING AND BAGGING TIPS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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MAINTENANCE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
MAINTENANCE CHART . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . HOW TO CHECK THE MUFFLER . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . HOW TO REMOVE AND INSTALL THE BLADE . . . . . . . . . . . . HOW TO SHARPEN THE BLADE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . HOW TO CHECK THE BLADE ROTATION CONTROL . . . . . . HOW TO CHECK AND ADJUST THE DRIVE BRAKE . . . . . . . HOW TO CHECK AND ADJUST THE CLUTCH . . . . . . . . . . . . . HOW TO ADJUST THE SHIFT LEVER . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . MAINTENANCE FREE BATTERY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . HOW TO CHARGE THE BATTERY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . WHERE TO LUBRICATE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . HOW TO CHECK THE FUEL FILTER . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . CHECK THE TIRES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . HOW TO LEVEL THE MOWER HOUSING . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . HOW TO REMOVE THE MOWER HOUSING . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . HOW TO INSTALL THE MOWER HOUSING . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . HOW TO REPLACE THE MOTION DRIVE BELT . . . . . . . . . . . . HOW TO REPLACE THE MOWER DRIVE BELT . . . . . . . . . . . . HOW TO INSTALL THE WHEELS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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OPERATION . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
LOCATION OF CONTROLS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ATTACHMENTS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . HOW TO USE THE THROTTLE / CHOKE CONTROL . . . . . . . HOW TO USE THE BLADE ROTATION CONTROL . . . . . . . . . HOW TO USE THE SHIFT LEVER . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . HOW TO SET THE PARKING BRAKE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . HOW TO CHANGE THE CUTTING HEIGHT . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . HOW TO STOP THE UNIT . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . HOW TO TRANSPORT THE UNIT . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . HOW TO INSTALL THE SIDE DISCHARGE ATTACHMENT . . BEFORE STARTING THE ENGINE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . HOW TO START THE ENGINE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . HOW TO OPERATE WITH THE MOWER HOUSING . . . . . . . . . HOW TO OPERATE THE UNIT ON HILLS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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TROUBLE SHOOTING CHART . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . HOW TO ORDER REPAIR PARTS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . SLOPE GUIDE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . INDEX . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . REAR ENGINE RIDER ACCESSORIES . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Murray, Inc. warrants to the original purchaser that this unit shall be free from defects in material and workmanship under normal use and service for a period of Two (2) Years from the date of purchase; however, this warranty does not cover engines, accessories (such as snow blowers, snow blades, grass baggers and plows), transmissions, batteries and Normal Wear Parts (except as noted below) or transaxles as the companies that manufacture these items furnish their own warranties and provide service through their authorized field service facilities. For additional information, see the warranties covering these particular parts. If you are uncertain whether your unit contains or is equipped with one or more of these parts, consult your dealer prior to purchase. Subject to the terms and conditions noted in this Limited Warranty, we shall, at our option, repair or replace at no cost to the original purchaser any part covered by this Limited Warranty during the applicable warranty period. In the event the battery proves defective within ninety (90) days from the date of purchase, we will replace it without charge. If the battery proves defective after (90) days but within one hundred twenty (120) days from the date of purchase, we will replace it for a charge of one half (1/2) of the retail price of the battery in effect at the time of return. Normal Wear Parts are defined as belts, blades, blade adapters, pneumatic tires, headlights and seat covers. These parts are warranted to be free from defects in material and workmanship as delivered with the product. Any claim for repair or replacement of Normal Wear Parts must be made within thirty (30) days of the date of purchase. No claims involving damage caused from material use, abuse or misuse will be honored. This Murray, Inc. Two (2) Year Limited Warranty is your exclusive remedy; however, this warranty is void or does not apply to any unit that has been tampered with, altered, misused, abused or used for rental or other commercial and/or professional (non–homeowner) uses. Your warranty does not cover minor mechanical adjustments which are not due to any defect in material or workmanship. For assistance in making such adjustments, consult your Instruction Book. To make a claim under this Murray, Inc. Two (2) Year Limited Warranty, return the unit (or if authorized in advance, the defective part) along with your proof of purchase to an Authorized Service Center near you. To locate the nearest Authorized Service Center, call the Central Parts Distributor for your area shown in the list provided with your unit or check the Yellow Page listings in your local telephone directory. If you return the entire unit, we will repair the unit. If we authorize the return of the defective part only, we will either replace or repair the part. In the case of a defect in a transmission or differential (as distinguished from a transaxle), the entire transmission or differential must be returned since they do not include user serviceable parts. This Murray, Inc. Two (2) Year Limited Warranty gives you specific legal rights, and you may also have other rights which vary from state to state. This Limited Warranty is given in lieu of all other expressed and implied warranties including the implied warranty of merchantability and warranty of fitness for a particular purpose. If you need additional information on this written warranty or assistance in obtaining service, write or call: MURRAY, INC., Outdoor Power Equipment, Customer Service Department, P.O. Box 268, Brentwood, Tennessee 37027. (1–800–251–8007)
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OWNER’S INFORMATION
This instruction book is for several different models. The instructions are written for a person with some mechanical ability. Like most service books, not all the steps are described. Steps on how to loosen or tighten fasteners are steps anyone can follow with some mechanical ability. Read and follow these instructions before you use the unit. Know your product: If you understand the unit and how the unit operates, you will get the best performance. As you read this manual, compare the illustrations to the unit. Learn the location and the function of the controls. To help prevent an accident, follow the operating instructions and the safety rules. Keep this manual for future reference. IMPORTANT: Many units are not assembled and are sold in cartons. It is the responsibility of the owner to make sure the assembly instructions in this manual are exactly followed. Other units are purchased in an assembled condition. On assembled units, it is the responsibility of the owner to make sure the unit is correctly assembled. The owner must carefully check the unit according to the instructions in this manual before it is first used.

Engine Exhaust, some of its constituents, and certain vehicle components contain or emit chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm. Battery posts, terminals and related accessories contain lead and lead compounds, chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm. WASH HANDS AFTER HANDLING.

The responsibility of the owner is to follow the instructions below.
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Environmental Awareness
Do not fill the engine’s fuel tank completely full. Drain fuel for off–season storage. Use only unleaded gasoline. Service the air cleaner regularly. Change oil regularly. Use 10W–30 oil in summer. Tune–up the engine regularly. Keep equipment in efficient operating condition. Dispose of used engine oil properly.

Carefully read and follow the rules for safe operation. Follow all the assembly instructions. Inspect the unit. Make sure that the operator of the unit knows how to correctly use all standard and accessory equipment. Operate the unit only with guards, shields, and other safety items in place and working correctly. Correctly adjust the unit. Service the unit only with authorized or approved replacement parts. Complete all maintenance on the unit.

Safe Operation Practices for Ride–on Mowers WARNING: This cutting machine is capable of amputating hands and feet and throwing objects. Failure to observe the following safety instructions could result in serious injury or death.

SAFETY RULES

I. General operation
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Read, understand and follow all instructions in the Instruction Book, on the machine, the engine and with any attachments before starting. 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 other people before mowing. Stop the machine if anyone enters the area. Never carry passengers. Turn off power to the blades or any attachments before backing up. Do not mow in reverse unless absolutely necessary. Always look down and behind before and while backing. Be aware of the mower discharge direction and do not point it at anyone. Do not operate the mower without either the entire grass bagger or the mower guard in place. Slow down before turning. Never leave a machine unattended with the engine running. Always turn off the blade(s), set the parking brake, stop the engine and remove the key before dismounting. Turn off power to attachment(s) when transporting or not in use. Turn off the blade(s) when not mowing. Stop the engine before removing the grass bagger or unclogging the chute. Mow only in daylight or good artificial light. Do not operate the machine while under the influence of alcohol or drugs or when very tired. Watch for traffic when operating near or crossing roadways. Use extra caution when loading or unloading the machine into a trailer or truck. Disengage all attachment clutches and shift into Neutral before attempting to start the engine. Always wear goggles, safety glasses, or an eye shield when you operate the unit to protect your eyes from foreign objects that can be thrown from the unit. Always wear eye protection when you make an adjustment or repair to the machine. Use care when pulling loads or using heavy equipment. a. Use only approved drawbar hitch points. 3

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b. Limit loads to those you can safely control. c. Do not turn sharply. Use care when backing. d. Use counterweights or wheel weights when suggested in the Instruction Book. 19. Do not operate this machine if you are taking drugs or other medication which can cause drowsiness or affect your ability to operate this machine. 20. Do not use this machine if you are mentally or physically unable to operate this machine safely. 21. Data indicates that operators, age 60 years and above, are involved in a large percentage of riding mower related injuries. These operators should evaluate their ability to operate a riding mower safely enough to protect themselves and others from serious injury.

II. Slope operation

Slopes and rough terrain are major factors related to loss–of–control and tip–over accidents, which can result in severe injury or death. ALL slopes require extra caution. If you cannot back up the slope or if you feel uneasy on the slope, do not mow it. See the “Slope Guide” in the back of this book to check for safe operation. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8.

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Mow up and down slopes, not across. Remove obstacles such as rocks, limbs, etc... Watch for holes, ruts or bumps. Uneven terrain could overturn the machine. Tall grass can hide obstacles. Use slow speed. Choose a low enough gear so that you will not have to stop or shift while on the slope. Follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for wheel weights or counterweights to improve stability. Use extra care with grass baggers or other attachments, they can change the stability of the machine. Keep all movement on the slopes slow and gradual. Do not make sudden changes in speed or direction. Avoid starting or stopping on a slope. If tires lose traction, turn off the blades and proceed slowly straight down the slope. Do not turn on slopes unless absolutely necessary, then only turn slowly and gradually downhill, if possible. Do not mow drop–offs, ditches or embankments. A wheel over the edge or an edge caving in could cause a sudden overturn and an injury or death. Do not mow on wet grass. Reduced traction could cause sliding. Do not try to stabilize the machine by putting your foot on the ground. Do not use a grass bagger or other rear mounted accessories on steep slopes (greater than 10 degrees).

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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. 1. Keep children out of the mowing area and in the watchful care of another responsible adult. 2. Be alert and turn the engine off if children enter the area. 3. Before and when backing, look behind and down for small children. 4. Never carry children or any passengers, even with the blades off. They may fall off and be seriously injured or interfere with the safe operation of the machine. 5. Never allow children to operate the machine. Instruct children in the potential dangers of the machine. 6. Use extra care when approaching blind corners, shrubs, trees or other objects that may obscure vision.

IV. Service
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Use extra care when handling gasoline and other fuels. Fuels are flammable and the vapors are explosive. a. Use only an approved container. b. Never remove the gas cap or add fuel with the engine running. Allow the engine to cool for several minutes before refueling. Do not smoke. c. Never refuel the machine indoors. d. Never store the machine with fuel in the tank or fuel container inside where there is an open flame, such as a water heater. 2. Never start or run the engine inside a closed area. 3. Keep all nuts and bolts, especially the blade attachment nuts tight. Frequently check the blade(s) for wear or damage such as cracks and nicks. A blade that is bent or damaged must be immediately replaced with an original equipment blade from an authorized service dealer. For safety, replace the blade every two years. Keep the equipment in good condition. 4. Never tamper with the safety devices. Check their proper operation regularly. 5. To reduce fire hazards, keep the machine free of grass, leaves or other debris build–up. Clean up oil or fuel spills. Allow the machine to cool before storing. 6. Stop and inspect the equipment if you strike an object. Repair, if necessary, before restarting. 7. Never make adjustments or repairs with the engine running. The carburetor can be adjusted with the engine running. Do not change the engine governor settings or over–speed the engine. 8. Grass bagger components are subject to wear, damage and deterioration, which could expose moving parts or allow objects to be thrown. For storage, always make sure the grass bag is empty. Frequently check components and replace with manufacturer’s recommended parts when necessary. 9. Mower blade(s) are sharp and can cut. Wrap the blade(s) or wear gloves and use extra caution when servicing them or the blade housing area. 10. Check the brake operation frequently. Adjust and service as required. 11. Wait for all movement to stop before servicing any part of the unit. Look for this symbol to indicate important safety precautions. This symbol indicates: “Attention! Become Alert! Your Safety Is At Risk.”
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SAFE MOWING GUIDE
Each person that operates power equipment must learn to use correct and safe mowing procedures. To help you learn, carefully read the following pages. Most of the time the operator was not correctly shown or did not read the instructions on the unit or in the Instruction Book before using the unit. Also, some operators do not have enough experience. The result is unsafe use, endangering the operator, bystanders and the equipment. Another result can be a poor appearance of the area mowed. Read this book. Read the instructions on the unit. Operate the mower according to the Safe Mowing Guide. Follow all safety rules, cautions or warnings in this book and on the unit. Make sure anyone that uses the unit reads the instructions and is told how to safely operate the mower. controls and how they work. In an emergency, how fast you can stop the blade is important. Learn how to control the mower at all times. Many engines are started by hand. When you use a pull start or rope start, place your feet apart and away from the blade(s). Hold the rope handle tight. Never wrap the rope around your arm or fingers for a “better grip”. To start the engine, follow the instructions on the mower, in this book and in the engine operating instructions. For electric start engines, sit in the seat to start the engine. The battery can be dangerous. Follow the instructions on the battery, the acid container, and in this book when working with the battery. Even small batteries have enough voltage to cause an injury. Always be careful. The mower is designed to be operated by one person. Never let another person ride with you on the unit or on any accessories. A passenger will make the unit harder to control, block the visibility or distract the operator and is dangerous to the operator, the passenger and the equipment. Without a passenger seat, the passenger can fall from the mower or contact dangerous parts. A mower is not a toy for showing off or for giving rides.

The blade of a power mower rotates very fast. It can discharge rocks and other objects over a long distance which can be dangerous. The force of the objects can break windows, cause injuries or even put an eye out. Most of the time the injury is to a person, like a child. Keep every person completely away from the area to be mowed. Make sure the grass is not discharged toward anyone. Planning your mowing pattern has a double advantage. It can decrease the possibility of an injury and make the clean up after mowing easier.

The mower will give you good service and durability, if operated in normal conditions. If the mower is not correctly serviced or is used where the terrain is rough or unsuitable, product performance and safety will be decreased. Correct clothing is an important part of safe mowing. Safety glasses will protect the eyes from objects discharged by the mower. Safety shoes with steel plates can protect a foot from injury by the blade. For protection from objects discharged from the mower, wear clothing that will cover the arms and legs.

Never cut a wet lawn. Wet grass can cause an accident, affect mower performance and can cause problems with future lawn growth and appearance. Wet grass is slippery and can cause the mower to slip. Someone can get injured by touching the blade(s). Wet grass tends to clog the mower, causing poor discharge. Cut wet grass will collect on the lawn, retarding the growth of the grass. Also, getting the mower wet will cause parts to rust and decrease the life of the unit. When you look over the lawn, remember obstacles that cannot be removed, like pipes, stumps or rocks. Keep away from these obstacles that can cause damage to the mower or injury to the operator or a person near the mower. Clear the area of rocks, toys, wire or other loose objects. These items can damage the mower or can be discharged by the mower blade. 5

Check the terrain of the area to be mowed. Mow in a pattern that will keep you away from dangerous areas. Check the distance you need to stop and the distance available to turn. Slopes and rough terrain must be mowed carefully and some areas must not be mowed at all. With riding mowers, mow up and down the hill. When you must mow rough terrain or on slopes, never change directions or change gears and stop in these areas only in an emergency. Before you ride up or down a slope, try to back straight up the slope. Do not ride up or down a slope that is too steep to back straight up. See the “Guide” in the back of this Instruction Book to check any slopes.

Before you start cutting the grass, practice using the mower in a large open and level area. Learn the location of the controls on the mower. Know the purpose of the
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Before you start cutting, make sure the mower was completely assembled according to the Instruction Book. If the

not operated correctly. Remove dry grass and other debris from the mower. Never operate the engine inside a building. Select the maximum engine and ground speed that is right for the terrain and the height of the grass. Before you add gasoline. stop the engine. and the muffler will get hot in several minutes when the engine is running. strong enough or that does not have experience. the blades are made to cut while the unit is moving forward. extend the life of moving parts. If the mower is not correctly assembled. Make sure you are in good condition when you mow. a mower is not a toy. remove any gasoline from the outside of the fuel tank or from the mower. do not use the mower or any type of power equipment. Do not change the setting of the engine governor. Make sure the mower is correctly assembled and that all fasteners are tight. The maximum speed of the engine was set at the factory. medication or drugs. Do not touch these parts F–030610L Use only original equipment or replacement parts that are factory approved for service. Keep gasoline only in an approved safety gasoline container. follow the instructions in the Instruction Book. remove the gasoline from the fuel tank. Also. and decrease the danger of a fire. If the temperature is hot. of the mower.SAFE MOWING GUIDE mower was completely assembled at the store. Your mower will easily cut thick grass. the result can be an explosion. help the engine and transmission run cooler. Fingers. Use only accessories that are factory approved for your mower. If you mow backward. feet and other parts can also be cut by the blade. Do not keep large amounts of gasoline. Keep the mower clean to improve the performance. When you add gasoline to the fuel tank. transmission. except to the carburetor. Injuries occur when the operator does not think and reaches into the chute opening. Only mow in a forward direction if possible. Remember. throttle. The engine. Remove the key. Leave some space in the fuel tank for the gasoline to expand. move the mower outside and add gasoline carefully. When you mow for several hours your reflexes will decrease and your mind will not be as alert. If you do the work on the unit. When you get a new mower. Your visibility is decreased when you mow backward. 6 . Before you add gasoline. injury to you and damage to the equipment and other property. Make sure the engine has the correct amount of oil. it can be a new experience for the family. while the engine is running. angry or not completely alert. Always use the correct fuel cap. the fuel cap has a vent hole for fuel vapors. Set the parking brake. Gasoline is a dangerous fuel. the mower can be dangerous. exhaust fumes are dangerous. The engine and transmission will also run cooler at maximum engine speed. remember that children are attracted to the mower. stop the engine and let the engine cool for several minutes. do not operate the mower. Do not service or make an adjustment. Mount and dismount from the seat on the side of the unit that is marked ENTER–EXIT. Your mower has a gasoline engine. If you add gasoline to an engine that is running or hot. keep the gasoline away from any flames like the pilot light of a furnace or any other source of ignition. do not add gasoline to the fuel tank. clutch or blade control while the engine is running. do not smoke. The wrong accessory can decrease the safety of the mower and can even damage the unit. Store the gasoline container and the mower in an area that has good ventilation. or not regularly serviced. use caution to prevent dehydration. Also. the cutting performance decreases. Warm gasoline will expand. Before you leave the mower. Let the engine and transmission cool before servicing the mower. The blade cuts best when the engine is operating at maximum speed. Tell each person how a mower can be dangerous. The most important rule to follow is always use good judgement and common sense. you must still check the mower according to the assembly instructions. Also. select an Authorized Service Center for your mower. Failure to follow safety rules about gasoline will cause fires and explosions. Fires and explosions are not the only dangers when working around a mower. If you are tired. Mow safely and carefully. Read and follow the instructions included with the accessory and the mower. If you use alcohol. An accident can occur if you touch the brake. Take a short break or an accident can occur. Disengage and lower any attachment. If you need service. Engine speed is a key to safe mowing and to a good looking lawn. Always operate the mower as if the blade is rotating. Check these items often during the life of the mower. When you mow. A mower is not to be used by children or anyone not old enough. shift lever. Always use caution when mowing around obstacles like trees or shrubs or when moving backward. Remember. When inside an enclosure. Before you start the engine. If the mower is to be stored for more than a few weeks. Never mount or dismount from the seat while the engine is running. Stop the engine.

If you hit a large object during operation. Also. make the necessary repairs. feel new or excessive vibration. stop the engine. a dust or a pollen mask can help. replace a damaged blade(s). decrease the ground speed and use care making sure the mower feels safe to operate. damaged or no longer functions. Move the throttle control to the FAST position when mowing and using the grass bagger. stop the engine. turning off the engine ignition switch will stop the blade and the drive mechanism. The blade is the most dangerous part of the mower. If the traction of the wheels is lost or does not feel safe. Dismount from the mower. There are other control systems on the mower for this purpose. Do not add oil or gasoline to the mower while on the lawn. do not mow. replace a damaged part with a replacement part approved by the factory. the grass bagger will function better when the engine is operating at maximum speed. Keep all nuts. The maintenance schedule depends on the hours of use. Do not cut the grass too short. If weather conditions become bad. follow the mowing procedures below. If the blade hits a solid object. check. Your unit has an electrical system that includes an operator presence switch in the seat. If you cut the grass too short you can cause the grass to become yellow or make the lawn look brown. Also. Before each use of the grass bagger. or empty the grass bagger. Always find protection in an electrical storm. Carefully inspect the mower for damage. Raise the height of cut on the first cutting and lower the height for the next cutting. Your mower is equipped with a number of safety devices which are important to the safety of the operator and bystanders and must never be changed or removed from the mower. Always keep the operator presence switch and other safety devices and controls in place and operating for your protection. For safety. Follow the instructions in this Instruction Book. make sure the grass bagger is approved for use with your mower. On slopes. stop cutting and finish later. immediately stop the engine and check for the problem. Remember. Safe and careful use of the mower will give you many safe hours of problem free use. It must not regularly be used to stop the engine or the blade. Correct maintenance will help the mower function safely. Also. replace the blade every two years. Vibration can be a warning of a problem. This operator presence switch is a safety device only. If the weather conditions are bad. Use the left side of the mower housing to trim near an object. Remove the wire from the spark plug. Raise the height of cut in hot dry periods. Understand the controls and how they work. do not try to cut all the grass the first time. your mower is a tool that can be dangerous if it is not correctly used. If you cut the grass with F–030610L 7 . Before you use the grass bagger. Frequently sharpen the blade for a better looking cut. Remember the procedures to follow in an emergency. wear or deterioration. Check the Instruction Book for more information. Follow the assembly and operation instructions included with the grass bagger. Remove the wire from the spark plug. Before you attach. Before you start the engine. always stop the engine. If you A sharp blade decreases the workload on the engine and more evenly cuts grass.SAFE MOWING GUIDE Also. It is dangerous to cut grass in the rain. Also. For you to have a good green lawn. Before you service the unit. If the weather conditions are extra dry. use a slower ground speed when using the grass bagger. Check the stopping distance required at different travel speeds. Learn the ground speed(s) of your mower. check for cracks. bolts and screws tight. A grass bagger is a good accessory for your mower. The controls on your riding mower are different from an automobile. disengage all systems and stop the engine. In high or thick grass. the brake and clutch systems are different. The engine will stop if the operator leaves the seat when the blade engagement control is engaged. If a safety device is lost. Push the unit to a safe place before you begin mowing again. Use a lower height of cut in cool months when the grass is thicker. Frequently check the blade and the blade mounting fasteners. make sure there is enough light for safe operation. Check the turning radius of the mower. If you must mow at night. protect your eyes with safety glasses from the dust and from the objects discharged by the mower. Another way is to cut only part of the width of the mower and decrease your ground speed (not the engine) to move more slowly so that the mower can discharge the grass as it moves forward. always disconnect the wire from the spark plug to prevent the engine from starting. even with the engine stopped. Keep the fasteners tight. Remember. The operator presence switch detects if the operator is sitting on the seat. If you change the direction or pattern of cut slightly every time you mow will make the grass grow stronger and thicker. Before you start the engine again. For best performance and safety. Do not service the mower (except for the carburetor adjustment) while the engine is running. Spilled oil or gasoline can kill the grass. repair or replace the device before you operate the mower. cracked or for other damages. a blade that is not sharp or at a slow engine speed you can damage the grass. The throttle is operated by hand and holds the engine speed constant until it is changed. The location of the shift lever and the shift pattern is different from that of an automobile. It is best to mow during the day. Your mower will require regular maintenance and service. mowing conditions can change the schedule. Check for a blade that is bent. Some grass baggers require a special blade for best performance.

or damaged must be replaced with a factory replacement blade. and the instructions with any attachments. muffler. and transmission will cause a burn. WHILE MOWING F Watch for fixed objects and avoid them. F Do not pour gasoline into a engine that is hot or running. Clean off grass. Keep gasoline away from children. Clean off spilled fuel. AFTER MOWING F Always let the mower cool before storing in an enclosed area. Keep this book for future use and reference. F Do not make adjustments or repairs without stopping the engine. Owner’s Manual instructions are for your safety and the safety of others. F Operation of the mower is only for a person that has experience. F Instruct children and others to keep away from the work area. They can damage the mower or cause injury. F Lubricate according to the Instruction Book. Do not touch. F Empty and clean any grass catcher or other accessory. Look back before changing direction of travel. F When storing the mower for an extended period. Cut slower. F Make sure all safety devices are in place and working correctly. F Lack of daylight or good artificial light is cause to stop mowing. F Foreign material on the mower is dangerous. WARNING: Look for this symbol to point out important safety precautions. Gas fumes can cause an explosion. Let the grass dry. Always use an approved container. A blade that is bent. F Exhaust fumes are dangerous. leaves. F Only original parts or factory approved substitutes can be used to service the mower. F Tighten all loose nuts. F Make sure the mower is not kept near a source of ignition. Disconnect the spark plug wire. F Pick up loose objects. grease and oil before storing. Stop the engine to remove clogged grass from the mower. F Never keep gasoline near a source of ignition. remove the fuel from the fuel tank. F Examine the blade. F Instruct children to leave the mower alone. F Examine the mower. avoid areas where traction is unsure.STEPS TO FOLLOW BEFORE MOWING F Be sure to dress correctly. bolts and screws before you use the unit. F Wet grass can be dangerous. F When mowing. F Remove the key or disconnect the spark plug wire to prevent unauthorized use. and other parts for damage after hitting a foreign object or if the unit vibrates excessively. F In heavy grass. See “Lubrication”. F Read and follow the Owner’s Manual. F Never cut the grass without good light. watch out for traffic.” F–030610L 8 . F Inclines and slopes must be carefully mowed. Start the engine outside. cracked. Remove them from the mowing area. F On or near roads. not sandals or tennis shoes. It is not a toy. the instructions with the engine. F A hot engine. F Never remove any safety related parts. Wear hard shoes. raise the cutting height. IMPORTANT––Read the Instruction Book. the blade. F Fill the fuel tank outside. See the “Guide” in the back of this book to check a slope. Direct discharge away from roads. It means: “Attention! Become Alert! Your Safety Is Involved.

11 DANGER: Keep Feet And Hands Away From Rotating Blade. 10 DANGER: No Step. DANGER: Keep People. Especially Children. IMPORTANT: Read Owner’s Manual Before Operating This Machine. 14 WARNING: Hot Surface. Explosive Gases Can Cause Blindness Or Injury. 16 WARNING: Crushed Fingers. Get Medical Help Fast. 12 DANGER: Keep Hands Away From Rotating Blade. Before you operate the unit. Read User Instructions Before Operating This Machine.INTERNATIONAL PICTORIALS INTERNATIONAL PICTORIALS IMPORTANT: Some of the following pictorials are located on your unit or on literature supplied with the product. No Sparks. 15 WARNING: Use Caution When Connecting Or Disconnecting Accessories. WARNING: Thrown Objects. 5 6 7 Flush Eyes Immediately With Water. Away From Unit. Sulphuric Acid Can Cause Blindness Or Severe Burns 8 9 1 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 MAX + 90N MAX + 150N 15 16 Control And Operating Pictorials 1 2 3 4 5 Engine Start Lights Engine Stop Engine Stop Engine Run 6 7 8 9 Brake Parking Brake Clutch Slow 11 Choke 12 Oil 13 Blade Rotation Control 14 Raise 15 Fuel 10 Fast 2 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 F–030610L 11 12 13 9 14 15 . WARNING: Do Not Use This Machine On Slopes Greater Than 15 Degrees. Flames or Smoking. 13 DANGER: Disconnect Spark Plug Wire Before Servicing Unit. learn and understand the purpose for each pictorial. Keep Bystanders Away. Safety Warning Pictorials 1 2 3 4 Warning Shield Eyes.

ASSEMBLY ASSEMBLY Read and follow the assembly and adjustment instructions for your mower. All fasteners are in the parts bag. The quantity is shown in brackets ( ). Do not discard any parts or material until the unit is assembled. The fasteners are shown full size. WARNING: Before doing any assembly or maintenance to the mower. left and right describe the location of a part with the operator on the seat. remove the wire from the spark plug. NOTE: In this instruction book. PARTS BAG – CONTENTS The fasteners and other loose parts are shown below. 2x82 (2) Carriage Bolt 14x79 (2) Wing Nut 1001054 (2) Knob 17x47 (2) Washer (2) Ignition Key LOOSE PARTS – CONTENTS Steering Wheel And Seat Post Seat Literature Kit F–030610L 10 Hardware Pack Side Discharge Attachment .

2. Push on the steering wheel. If the seat needs to be adjusted. Raise the seat support and secure in the UP position with the seat support rod. 4. Carefully remove the plastic bag from the seat. Fasten the seat to the seat support with the fasteners as shown. Check the operating position of the seat. The fasteners are shown at full size. 3. Seat Adjusting Hole Seat Seat Support A (A) 1001054 (B) 17x47 B Seat Support Rod 1. Make sure the front wheels point forward. Steering Wheel Steering Post Console Figure 2 F–030610L 11 . Slide the seat forward or backward along the seat adjusting holes as shown. Figure 1 HOW TO ASSEMBLE THE STEERING WHEEL Attach the steering wheel as follows: 1. Pull on the steering wheel. loosen the two wing bolts (A). 2. Align the holes in the seat to the holes in the seat support (Figure 1). The steering post will lock onto the pinion gear. Tighten the wing bolts (A). Slide the steering wheel and steering post into the console.ASSEMBLY HOW TO INSTALL THE SEAT Use the fasteners shown below to install the seat. Make sure that the steering post is locked in place.

1. (A) 2x82 (B) 14x79 Remove the protective caps from the battery terminals. check the battery date. Fasten the red cable to the positive (+) terminal with the fasteners as shown (Figure 3). HOW TO INSTALL THE BATTERY CABLES WARNING: To prevent sparks. 1. See “How To Charge The Maintenance Free Battery”. 2. Install the battery and secure with the battery retainer. the battery must be charged. If the battery is put into service after the battery date. have an authorized service center charge the battery. 4. 4. push in on the lower end of the battery retainer. See “How To Install The Battery Cables”. The fasteners are shown at full size. 1. Charge at a rate of 6 amperes for one hour. Fasten the black cable to the negative (–) terminal with the fasteners as shown. To disconnect the battery retainer from the battery tray. Use a 12 volt battery charger to charge the battery. Remove the protective caps from the battery terminals. If the battery is put into service before the battery date. 5. Check the top of the battery for the location of the battery date (Figure 3). HOW TO CHARGE THE MAINTENANCE FREE BATTERY WARNING: When you charge the battery. 3.ASSEMBLY MAINTENANCE FREE BATTERY IMPORTANT: Before you attach the battery cables to the battery. do not smoke. Remove the battery from the right side of the unit. Battery Positive (+) Terminal A A Black Cable B Red Cable Battery Clamp Figure 3 F–030610L 12 . Use the fasteners shown below to install the battery cables. 2. the battery cables can be attached without charging the battery. The battery date tells if the battery must be charged. fasten the red cable to the positive (+) terminal before you connect the black cable. 3. Make sure the positive (+) terminal is on the right side. If you do not have a battery charger. Raise the seat support and secure in the UP position with the seat support rod. Keep the battery away from any sparks. The fumes from the battery acid can cause an explosion. 2. 3.

do not fill with gasoline. . remove the wire from the spark plug. The tires were over inflated for shipment. Check the level of the oil. the wrong air pressure will keep the mower housing from cutting level.Fill the fuel tank with gasoline.Check the air pressure of the tires. After you mow a short distance. see the instructions on “How To Level The Mower Housing” in the Maintenance section of this instruction book. . NOTE: In this instruction book. The correct air pressure (PSI) is 14 PSI (1 BAR). WARNING: Before doing any assembly or maintenance to the mower. Before you add gasoline. read the information on safety. Also.Check the engine oil. CHECK THE TIRES Check the air pressure in the tires. HOW TO PREPARE THE ENGINE NOTE: The engine was shipped from the factory filled with oil. Let the engine cool for several minutes. See an Authorized Service Center for a resistor spark plug for the engine. Other states may have similar laws. F–030610L 13 . left and right describe the location of a part with the operator on the seat. Always use a safety gasoline container. WARNING: Follow the engine manufacturer’s instructions for the type of gasoline and oil to use. operation.ASSEMBLY IMPORTANT! BEFORE YOU START MOWING . 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). In the State of California the above is required by law (Section 4442 of the California Public Resources Code). In some areas. maintenance. NOTE: Actual sustained horsepower will likely be lower due to operating limitations and environmental factors. Do not smoke when adding gasoline to the engine. Federal laws apply on federal lands. and storage. it must be maintained in effective working order by the operator. .Check the level of the mower housing. If a spark arrester is used. Add oil as needed. When inside an enclosure. stop the engine.Make sure the battery cables are attached. CHECK THE LEVEL OF THE MOWER HOUSING Make sure the level of cut is still correct. look at the area that was cut. If the mower housing does not cut level. local law requires the use of a resistor spark plug to control the ignition signals. See the engine manufacturer’s instructions for the type of gasoline and oil to use. See an Authorized Service Center for a spark arrester for the muffler. Tires with too much air pressure will cause the unit to ride rough. IMPORTANT: This unit is equipped with an internal combustion engine and must not be used on or near any unimproved forest–covered. . Before you use the unit.

CLUTCH / BRAKE PEDAL: The pedal has two functions. SHIFT LEVER: Use the shift lever to change the speed of the unit. Use the ignition switch to start and stop THROTTLE CONTROL LEVER: Use the throttle control lever to increase or decrease the speed of the engine. F–030610L 14 . IGNITION SWITCH: the engine. LIFT LEVER: Use the lift lever to change the height of cut.OPERATION Clutch / Brake Pedal Blade Rotation Control Lift Lever Shift Lever Throttle Control Lever Figure 4 LOCATION OF CONTROLS BLADE ROTATION CONTROL: Use the blade rotation control to start and stop the rotation of the blade. The second function is a brake. PARKING BRAKE LEVER: Use the parking brake lever to engage the brake when you leave the unit. The first function is a clutch.

For maximum charging of the battery and for a cooler running engine. the maximum gross weight is 200 pounds. HOW TO USE THE THROTTLE / CHOKE CONTROL Use the throttle/choke control to choke the engine for cold starts and increase or decrease the speed of the engine (see Figure 5). Before you ride the unit across a sidewalk or a road. Move the throttle/choke control completely forward to the CHOKE position to start a cold engine. Gross weight is the weight of the attachment or trailer and any load that might be on or in it. a hopper spreader. 1. Figure 5 HOW TO USE THE BLADE ROTATION CONTROL Use the blade rotation control to engage the blade (Figure 6). To rotate the blade. 2. a disk harrow. This unit can not use attachments that engage the ground like a plow. For all pull–behind attachments or trailers. To stop the blade. The engine governor is set at the factory for maximum performance. WARNING: Always keep your hands and feet away from the blade. See the attachment page in this book. move the blade rotation control forward to lock the blade in the ENGAGE position. Never allow someone to stand or ride on or in an attachment or trailer. or a small trailer. deflector opening. Blade Rotation Control Engage Position Disengage Position 4. move the blade rotation control to the DISENGAGE position. The FAST position is marked with a detent.OPERATION ATTACHMENTS This unit can use many different attachments. Before you start the engine. 1. move the blade rotation control to the DISENGAGE position. For normal operation and when using a grass bagger. and the mower housing when the engine runs. This unit can pull attachments like a lawn sweeper. make sure the blade has stopped rotating. make sure the blade rotation control is in the DISENGAGE position. operate the engine in the FAST position. Do not adjust the governor to increase the speed of the engine. 2. move the throttle control to the FAST position. Throttle Control 3. a lawn aerator. Do not operate on a slope that is greater than 10 degrees when using a pull–behind attachment or trailer. We have included a slope guide in this book to help you determine the slope on which you will be operating your unit. 3. Before you leave the operator’s position. Figure 6 F–030610L 15 . or a cultivator.

3. completely push the clutch/brake pedal forward to stop the unit. Figure 7 Slowly release the clutch/brake pedal. FUNCTION Trimming Snow Thrower Bagging Grass Mulching Grass Normal Mowing Easy Mowing Snow Blade Transport Attachments SHIFT LEVER 6 Speeds 1 1 or 2 THROTTLE FAST 1 or 2 2 or 3 3 or 4 CHOKE FAST SLOW 5 or 6 * THROTTLE Throttle Control Lever * See the Instruction Book for the Attachment. If the unit is not stopped. Move the throttle control lever to the SLOW position (see Figure 8). To go forward. Do not keep your foot on the pedal. move the shift lever to a forward speed setting. Keep your foot on the pedal (see Figure 7). Figure 8 F–030610L 16 . 2.OPERATION HOW TO USE THE SHIFT LEVER To change the forward speed or the direction of the unit. follow the steps below. 5. Shift Lever Clutch/Brake Pedal Figure 9 4. To go backward. Completely push the clutch/brake pedal forward to stop the unit. 1. Move the throttle control to the FAST position. CAUTION: Before you move the shift lever. move the shift lever to reverse. the gearbox can be damaged.

WARNING: Before you leave the operator’s position. 5. follow the steps below. Completely push the clutch/brake pedal forward to stop the unit. move the shift lever to a faster speed. Move the shift lever to the NEUTRAL position. Move the throttle control to the SLOW position. 17 . 4. 4. 2. Move the blade rotation control to the DISENGAGE position. 1. Clutch/Brake Pedal Parking Brake 4. WARNING: Make sure the parking brake will hold the unit. Move the throttle control to a position between SLOW and FAST. Lift Lever Figure 11 HOW TO STOP THE UNIT 1. 1. 2. Lift the parking brake lever (Figure 10). 6. Keep your foot on the pedal. completely push the clutch/ brake pedal forward. 2. Stop the engine and remove the ignition key. The parking brake will automatically release. To go faster. Move the lift lever forward to lower the mower housing and back to raise the mower housing (Figure 11). 3. move the shift lever to the neutral (N) position. Completely push the clutch/brake pedal forward. When you ride on a sidewalk or road. 3. F–030610L 3. Figure 10 HOW TO CHANGE THE CUTTING HEIGHT To change the cutting height. Move the blade rotation control to the DISENGAGE position. Remove your foot from the clutch/brake pedal and then release the parking brake lever. Set the parking brake. 2. Make sure the parking brake will hold the unit. HOW TO TRANSPORT THE UNIT To transport the unit. raise or lower the lift lever as follows. To stop the engine. Remove the key. Raise the lift lever to the highest position. To release the parking brake. move the lift lever to the highest position and move the blade rotation control to the DISENGAGE position. Move the blade rotation control to the DISENGAGE position.OPERATION HOW TO SET THE PARKING BRAKE 1. Set the parking brake. turn the ignition key to the OFF position.

Lift the mulcher cover.OPERATION HOW TO INSTALL THE SIDE DISCHARGE ATTACHMENT WARNING: To prevent the engine from starting. 2. 1. To discharge the grass out the side. Remove the two wingnuts that secure the mulcher cover (see Figure 12). Mulcher Cover Wingnut Side Discharge Attachment Wingnut Figure 12 F–030610L 18 . install the side discharge attachment as follows. Mount the side discharge attachment onto the same bolts that secured the mulcher cover. Secure the side discharge attachment with the wingnuts. 4. The mulcher cover lets you mulch the grass for a clean. remove the side discharge attachment and mount the mulcher cover to the mower housing with the wingnuts. Make sure the blade rotation control is in the DISENGAGE position. To mulch. fine cut. 3. disconnect the wire from the spark plug.

Follow the procedure in the engine manufacturer’s instructions. While the unit is in storage. 2. NOTE: The engine will not start unless you depress the clutch/brake pedal or engage the parking brake and move the blade rotation control to the DISENGAGE position. Move the shift lever to the neutral (N) position. See the engine manufacturer’s instructions for the type of gasoline and oil to use. Before you add gasoline. 2. 3. 7. move the throttle control to a position between FAST and SLOW. Start the engine. Check the level of the oil. A change from summer to winter operation. Let a cold engine run for several minutes. Make sure the gasoline is fresh and clean. Check the oil. If necessary. Keep your foot on the pedal. Push the clutch/brake pedal completely forward. you can adjust the carburetor mixture. These components tell the electrical system if the operator is sitting on the seat. This system will stop the engine when the operator leaves the seat if the blade rotation control is engaged or if the transmission is engaged. Make sure the unit is level. make sure you use fresh fuel. 1. Pull the choke knob to the full CHOKE position. 4. To start a hot engine. 3. Fuel Tank Full CARBURETOR The factory settings for the carburetor are for most conditions. NOTE: If the engine does not start after four or five tries.OPERATION BEFORE STARTING THE ENGINE CHECK THE OIL NOTE: The engine was shipped from the factory filled with oil. stop the engine and let the engine cool for several minutes. Make sure the blade rotation control is in the DISENGAGE position. Add oil as needed. Begin work when the engine is warm. Do not use premium unleaded gasoline. 1. Fill the fuel tank with regular unleaded gasoline. see the engine manufacturer’s instructions. empty the fuel system before storage of 30 days or longer as follows. Do not add gasoline when you are inside an enclosure. Turn the ignition key to the START position. Do not smoke when adding gasoline to the fuel tank. A 40 degree change in the operation temperature. For your protection. F–030610L 19 . Release the key when the engine starts. Some models have a separate choke knob. CAUTION: A mixture of alcohol (ethanol or methanol) and gasoline (called gasohol). 3. always make sure this system operates correctly. Slowly move the throttle control to the SLOW position. See the storage instructions for additional information. After storage.000 feet. The engine is operated above 4. Never use engine cleaner or carburetor cleaner in the fuel tank or permanent damage can occur. The carburetor was adjusted at 80 degrees at the factory. Drain the fuel tank. 5. Move the throttle control completely forward to the CHOKE or FAST position. The quantity of oil needed from ADD to FULL is shown on the dipstick. HOW TO START THE ENGINE WARNING: The electrical system has an operator presence system that includes a sensor switch for the seat. ADD GASOLINE WARNING: Always use a safety gasoline container. Let the engine run until the fuel lines and the carburetor are empty. 3. see the TROUBLE SHOOTING CHART. To adjust the carburetor. will attract moisture and cause acid deposits during storage. the acids in the fuel can damage the fuel system. 4. 1. 6. 2. 4. add oil until the oil reaches the FULL mark on the dipstick. 1. 2. Leaded gasoline will increase deposits and shorten the life of the valves. To prevent engine problems with the fuel system. The engine has a loss of power or does not run smooth. NOTE: Do not check the level of the oil while the engine runs. If the engine is operated under the following conditions. Do not add too much oil.

1. always have enough space for the unit to roll when you release the brake and engage the clutch. WARNING: For better control of the unit. In high or thick grass. 9. 1. See the “Slope Guide” in the back of this book for information on how to check slopes.OPERATION HOW TO OPERATE WITH THE MOWER HOUSING WARNING: The mulch cover is a safety device. quickly push the clutch/brake pedal forward and set the parking brake. 7. After you mow a short distance. 2. 3. IMPORTANT: When you operate with the mower housing. Always keep the deflector in the down position. CAUTION: Do not operate with the mower housing in the LEVEL ADJUSTMENT position. If you operate in the LEVEL ADJUSTMENT position. look at the area that was cut. Do not stop or change speed settings on a hill. replace the deflector with an original equipment part from an authorized service center. 5. see the instructions on “How To Level The Mower Housing” in the Maintenance section. Move the throttle control to the SLOW position. 5. move the throttle control to the SLOW position to help prevent an accident. F–030610L 20 . Start the engine. Before you ride up or down a hill. If the mower housing does not cut level. always operate with the throttle control in the FAST position. When on a slope or in a turn on a hill. If the deflector is damaged. Slowly move the blade rotation control to the ENGAGE position. If you need to go faster or slower. Make sure the level of cut is still correct. Move the lift lever to a height of cut position. always select a safe speed. To start again. Slowly release the clutch/brake pedal. put the shift lever in the slowest speed. NOTE: When you mow in heavy grass or mow with a bagger. Move the shift lever to one of the speed settings. stop the unit and move the shift lever to another speed setting. 4. 6. If you must stop. Move the throttle control to the SLOW position. 3. 2. Never ride the unit across a slope. Be very careful when you change directions on a hill. the mower housing and blades can be damaged. make sure the shift lever is in the slowest speed. Move the throttle control to the FAST position. Do not remove the mulch cover. Push the clutch/brake pedal completely forward. 4. Slowly release the pedal. If you must stop or start on a hill. The deflector forces the discharged material toward the ground. 8. cut the grass in the highest position first and then lower the mower housing to a lower position. move the shift lever to the slowest speed. HOW TO OPERATE THE UNIT ON HILLS WARNING: Do not ride up or down slopes that are too steep to back straight up.

immediately replace the blade. Also. When you use a bagger. This noise is normal and does not affect the operation of the unit. 6. not the throttle control. Before you make an inspection. Use the left side of the mower housing to trim near an object. driveways. For better cutting performance and a quality cut. Keep the blade(s) sharpened. cut two times to decrease the load on the engine. If the blade is bent or damaged. Belt noise can occur when the blade or clutch is engaged. a clean mower housing will help prevent a fire. 5. When you mow large areas.OPERATION OPERATING TIPS 1. See “How To Level The Mower Housing” in the Maintenance section. Do not cut or bag grass that is wet. 6. check the blade. The result is a more even discharge of cut grass. 4. Figure 13 F–030610L 21 . 3. For longer life of the battery on electric start models. Wet grass will not discharge correctly. After one or two rounds. Worn blades will cause the ends of the grass to turn brown. Check the blade rotation control for correct adjustment. adjustment (except for the carburetor) or repair. 8. 9. Use the shift lever to change the ground speed. 7. After each use. Before you use the unit. 8. If the engine will not start. Make sure all the belts are inside all the belt guides. the adjustment must be correct. make sure the nut for the blade is tight. charge the battery every three months. 2. clean the bottom and top of the mower housing for better performance. For a lawn to look better. First cut with the mower housing in the highest position and then lower the mower housing for the second cut. 3. 12. MOWING AND BAGGING TIPS 1. make sure the wire from the spark plug is disconnected. 11. Every time you use the unit. start by turning to the right so that the cut grass will discharge away from shrubs. See the instructions on how to remove and install the motion drive and mower drive belts. 13. 7. Also. If the grass is very high. fences. For better engine performance and an even discharge of the cut grass. 4. 2. Let the grass dry before cutting. operate the engine with the throttle in FAST position and the shift lever in first or second gear. Discharge the cut grass onto the mowed area. check the oil in the engine and add oil if necessary. 5. always operate the engine with the throttle in FAST position. For the mower housing to cut level. For the blade(s) to disengage correctly. 10. mow with the shift lever in one of the slower speeds. first make sure the wire is attached to the spark plug. etc. make sure the tires have the correct amount of air pressure. check the cutting level of the mower housing. mow in the opposite direction making left turns until finished (Figure 13).

Check tire inflation. Check the fasteners. Make sure all fasteners are tight. wear. See your nearest authorized service center for a spark arrester. lubricate the unit. If the muffler is worn or burnt. Refer to the Engine Owner’s Manual. HOW TO CHECK THE MUFFLER Check the muffler every 50 hours. Remove from unit. Remove. 22 . Check for cracks. Drain fuel system. also check the spark arrester when you check the muffler. Before storage of 30 days or more Refer to the Engine Owner’s Manual. This measurement describes how tight a nut or bolt must be. F–030610L NOTE: Torque is measured in foot pounds (metric Nm). Prepare engine for storage. After completion of first 5 hours After 25 hours Change oil. drive brake. A worn muffler is a fire hazard and can also damage the engine. Prepare battery for storage: a. b. wear. Refer to Where to Lubricate instructions. GENERAL RECOMMENDATIONS 1.MAINTENANCE MAINTENANCE CHART FREQUENCY Daily or before each use MAINTENANCE REQUIRED Maintenance engine. Refer to the Engine Owner’s Manual. Clutch d. Refer to the Maintenance section. This will extend the life of the product and is also necessary to maintain warranty coverage. replace with a new muffler. Check adjustments: a. Move to cool dry place. disconnect the wire to the spark plug. Refer to the Operation and Maintenance sections. Refer to the Maintenance section. Check the spark plug. (if applicable). and balance blade(s). 3. Fully charge. Refer to Maintenance section. and excessive damage. replace it with a new spark arrester. The torque is measured with a torque wrench. Examine blade(s). COMMENTS Refer to the Engine Owner’s Manual. Verify that the mower housing is level. Remove the wire from the spark plug to prevent the engine from starting by accident. Examine all rotating and sliding parts. adjustment. Maintenance engine. and clean the air filter once a year. If you mount a spark arrester to the muffler. WARNING: Before you make an inspection. 2. Refer to the Engine Owner’s Manual. sharpen. Refer to Maintenance section. c. Check the muffler: a. Make sure the muffler is correctly mounted and is not loose. Refer to warnings in the Owner’s Manual. Check brake operation. Torque b. Remove debris from unit and mowing area. Check for cracks. or repair to the unit. Condition of spark arrestor. If the spark arrester is worn or damaged. Refer to Maintenance section. The owner’s responsibility is to maintain this product. For wear or burn out c. and excessive damage. Add fuel stabilizer. Follow the Maintenance section to keep the unit in good operating condition. examine. Blade Rotation Control b. Examine V–belts. 4. Steering Lubricate chassis and mower housing. Brake c.

WARNING: Before you inspect or remove the blade. Make sure the blade is balanced. have an authorized service person inspect the blade or replace the old blade with an original equipment part. Clean the blade with a brush. See if the blade is bent or damaged. 10. Ground Figure 16 F–030610L 23 . 4. Use a screwdriver and hold the blade parallel to the ground (Figure 16). Blade Screwdriver File Blade is balanced when parallel to the ground. Check the unit for damage. Mount the blade and blade adapter on the mandrel (Figure 14). stop the engine. Look for cracks. See “How To Install The Mower Housing”. 3. Remove the blade according to the instructions in “How To Remove And Install The Blade”. A blade that is balanced will stay parallel to the ground. 1. If the blade is not balanced. or other damage. If the blade hits an object. 6. Make sure you keep the original bevel angle. Frequently check the nut that holds the blade. HOW TO SHARPEN THE BLADE WARNING: Vibration can be caused if the blade is not correctly balanced or if the blade is damaged. 2. A loose nut or blade can cause an accident. Tighten the nut that holds the blade to a torque of 35 foot pounds (47. Clean the top and bottom of the mower housing. use gloves or cloth material to protect your hands. soap and water. WARNING: Always keep the nut tight that holds the blade.5 N–m).MAINTENANCE INSPECT BLADE 9. Remove the nut that holds the blade (Figure 14). Frequently check the blade for excessive wear. Mount the blade so that the hi–lift edges are up. The blade has sharp edges. Keep the nut tight. If you keep the blade sharp and inspect the blade for damage. 5. Check the blade adapter for damage. A blade that is damaged with cracks can break and cause an accident. A new blade will cut better than a badly worn blade. Assemble the blade according to the instructions “How To Remove And Install The Blade”. disconnect the wire to the spark plug. See an authorized service center in your area. Replace a badly worn or damaged blade with an original equipment blade. Keep a sharp edge on the blade. 2. Remove all the grass and debris.) Nut Figure 15 HOW TO REMOVE AND INSTALL THE BLADE 1. See the instructions on “How To Remove The Mower Housing”. Check the blade. 7. See an authorized service center in your area. 8. replace damaged parts with original equipment parts. Make sure the outside rim of the Belleville washer is against the blade (Figure 15). See the authorized service center in your area. Install the mower housing. Blade Adapter Blade Washer Belleville Washer (Outside rim must be against the blade. 7. cracks. have an authorized service person inspect the blade or replace the old blade with an original equipment blade. the heavy end will rotate toward the ground. or other damage. Every three years. Replace a badly worn or damaged blade with an original equipment blade. the blade will not cut correctly and can cause an accident. When you hold the blade. Use a piece of wood to keep the blade from rotating. Remove the mower housing. 5. Fasten the blade with the original washers and nut. stop the engine. Sharpen the heavy end until the blade is balanced. the blade will cut better and be more safe to operate. Hi–Lift Edge Up Mandrel Blade Adapter Blade Belleville Washer Washer Nut Figure 14 4. Before you operate the unit. If the blade is upside down. Sharpen the blade two times a year or every 25 hours. 6. Sharpen the blade with a file (Figure 16). Check the blade and the blade adapter according to the instructions for “Inspect Blade”. 3. nicks. If the blade hits an object. Every three years. A blade that is not sharp will cause the tips of the grass to become brown. Disconnect the wire to the spark plug.

Check the operation of the blade brake. Disconnect the wire from the spark plug. If replacing the belt does not correct the problem. If you need assistance. A blade that is not sharp will cause the tips of the grass to become brown. take the unit to an authorized service center. make sure the throttle control in in the FAST position. the blade rotation control will not require an adjustment. When you mow. Check the blade(s). 1. If there is movement of the belt or the blades continue to rotate. Attach the wire to the spark plug. replace the brake pad assemblies. 9. However. Stop the engine. If the quality of cut has not improved. take the unit to an authorized service center. engage and disengage the blade rotation control five times to remove any excess rubber from a new mower drive belt. 7. 5. If the pad is excessively worn or damaged. Move the blade rotation control to the DISENGAGE position. Rotate the pulley with your hand. In normal usage. When you move the blade rotation control to the DISENGAGE position. WARNING: If the brake pad does not press tightly against the pulley. 11. 2. Move the blade rotation control to the ENGAGE position. if the cutting performance decreases or the quality of cut is poor. Disengage Position 10. Keep a sharp edge on the blade(s). replace the mower drive belt. See “How To Replace The Mower Drive Belt”. Disconnect the wire from the spark plug. 6. Correct replacement parts and assistance are available from an authorized service center. 3. Check the pad for the blade brake. Blade Rotation Control Engage Position Figure 17 Blade Brake (Pad Against Pulley) Figure 18 F–030610L 24 . take the unit to an authorized service center. all movement will stop within five seconds. Move the blade rotation control to the DISENGAGE position (Figure 17). 8. Stop the engine. Mow for a short distance and again check the operation of the blade rotation control.MAINTENANCE HOW TO CHECK THE BLADE ROTATION CONTROL WARNING: To prevent an injury. Make sure the brake pad is pressed tightly against the pulley (Figure 18). the blade rotation control must operate correctly. make the following changes. 4.

Drive Brake 3. 6. Push the clutch rod toward the rear. turn the hex nut in a counterclockwise direction until the unit rolls. See “How To Replace The Motion Drive Belt”. Check the routing of the motion drive belt. (1) going up a hill. WARNING: If you cannot correctly adjust the drive brake. the drive brake is correctly adjusted. Set the parking brake. washer. Remove the cotter pin. If the rear wheels rotate. adjust or replace the brake pads. 5. Adjust the drive brake as follows. Release the parking brake. WARNING: Before you make an inspection. Make sure the belt is installed correctly and is inside all the belt guides. Cotter Pin Brake Spring 1. Fasten with the washer and cotter pin. If the rear wheels do not turn. Turn the hex nut in a clockwise direction until the rear wheels do not turn when the unit is pushed forward. If the unit does not roll. 4. and brake spring from the adjustable nut (Figure 20). the clutch will slip when. Push the unit. Release the parking brake and push the unit. replace the brake pads. adjustment. Set the parking brake. Adjust the clutch as follows. Remove the wire from the spark plug to prevent the engine from starting by accident. Disconnect the adjustable nut from the brake lever assembly. If the belt still slips after the clutch has been adjusted. Push the unit. Gearbox Hex Nut Figure 19 HOW TO CHECK AND ADJUST THE CLUTCH If the motion drive belt is loose. or repair to the unit. 1. or (3) the unit will not move forward. Correct replacement parts and assistance are available from an authorized service center. The location of the drive brake is on the left side of the gearbox (Figure 19). Clutch Rod Adjustable Nut Washer Brake Lever Assembly 2. disconnect the wire to the spark plug. then the motion drive belt is worn or damaged and must be replaced. Align the hole in the brake lever with the rear of the slot in the frame. Assemble the adjustable nut to the brake lever and to the brake spring. Turn the adjustable nut until the nut will fit through the hole in the brake lever. 7. (2) pulling a heavy load.MAINTENANCE HOW TO CHECK AND ADJUST THE DRIVE BRAKE Completely push the clutch/brake pedal forward. Make sure the parking brake is set and the shift lever is in neutral (N). Move the shift lever to the neutral (N) position. 2. 4. Figure 20 F–030610L 25 . 3.

3. 5. 1. 2. A 3. Remove the battery. Wash the battery with a solution of one gallon of water and four tablespoons of baking soda (sodium bicarbonate). Push the unit forward. B Black Cable HOW TO CHARGE THE BATTERY WARNING: When you charge the battery. Make sure the gearbox is in neutral. 2. Install the battery. Before you charge the battery. remove the battery from the unit as follows. Install the battery. 4. Hair Pin Figure 21 Shifter Yoke Washer Adjuster Nut MAINTENANCE FREE BATTERY HOW TO REMOVE THE BATTERY To charge or clean the battery. Fasten the black cable to the negative (–) terminal with the fasteners as shown. 4. turn the adjuster nut. 3.MAINTENANCE HOW TO ADJUST THE SHIFT LEVER If the NEUTRAL position on the shift lever does not match neutral on the gearbox. To prevent corrosion. WARNING: To prevent sparks. 5. apply grease to the battery terminals. eyes and clothing. WARNING: The battery contains sulfuric acid which is harmful to the skin. adjust the shift lever as follows. Fasten the red cable to the positive (+) terminal with the fasteners as shown. 4. Keep the battery away from any sparks. 5. do not smoke. push in on the lower end of the battery retainer. 7. 1. 2. use a 12 volt battery charger. To align the adjuster nut with the hole in the shifter yoke. Stop the engine. Charge at a rate of 6 amperes for 1 hour. If the acid gets on the body or clothing. Make sure the shift lever is in the NEUTRAL position. Disconnect the red cable from the positive (+) terminal. fasten the red cable to the positive (+) terminal before you connect the black cable. F–030610L Red Cable Battery Clamp Figure 22 26 . 6. Remove the battery from the right side of the unit. remove the battery. 1. WARNING: To prevent sparks. 3. Battery A Positive (+) Terminal HOW TO CLEAN THE BATTERY 1. Disconnect the adjuster nut from the shifter yoke (Figure 21). To disconnect the battery retainer from the battery tray. disconnect the black battery cable from the negative (–) terminal before you disconnect the red cable. 4. The fumes from the battery acid can cause an explosion. Disconnect the black cable from the negative (–) terminal (Figure 22). wash with water. Make sure the solution does not get into the battery cells. 2. Clean the terminals and the ends of the cables with a wire brush. To charge the battery. Connect the adjuster nut to the shifter yoke. Make sure the NEUTRAL position on the shift lever matches neutral on the gearbox.

The correct air pressure is 14 PSI (1 BAR). the wrong air pressure will keep the mower housing from cutting level. use a dry graphite spray to lubricate the unit. F–030610L 27 . See an authorized service dealer in your area. Fuel Line Clips Fuel Filter Figure 24 CHECK THE TIRES Check the air pressure in the tires. CAUTION: If the unit is operated in dry areas that have sand. Also. NOTE: Apply grease to the steering gear assembly. Replace the old filter with a new filter. If the fuel filter is dirty. Lubricate the areas shown with engine oil. the fuel tank must be empty. Remove the old filter (Figure 24). the engine will run rough and have less performance.MAINTENANCE WHERE TO LUBRICATE Apply grease with a brush to the areas shown. Tires with too much air pressure will cause the unit to ride rough. Figure 23 HOW TO CHECK THE FUEL FILTER NOTE: Before you replace the fuel filter or the fuel line. Use an original equipment part.

the mower housing and blades can be damaged. If necessary. Lift Lever 7. WARNING: Before you make an inspection. Open the cover (see Figure 25). Check the air pressure in the tires. Figure 26 6. or repair to the unit.5 N–m). repeat the above steps. make sure the lift links and adjuster plates are loose and can easily move up or down. For metal adjuster knobs. Make sure the unit is on a hard flat surface. Raise the lift lever from the LEVEL ADJUSTMENT position to a CUTTING HEIGHT position (Figure 27). Make sure the tires are inflated to 14 PSI. (1 BAR). 3. Close the cover. Move the lift lever to the LEVEL ADJUSTMENT position (see Figure 25). Cutting Height Positions CAUTION: Do not operate with the mower housing in the LEVEL ADJUSTMENT position. If the air pressure is incorrect. Also. Loosen the front and rear adjuster knobs (see Figure 25 and Figure 26). the mower housing will not cut level. tighten to a torque of 10 foot pounds (13. the blade will cut easier and the lawn will look better. Level Adjustment Position Lift Lever Cover Cutting Height Positions 1. 5. use a wrench to tighten the adjuster knobs. Rear Adjuster Knob Figure 25 2.MAINTENANCE HOW TO LEVEL THE MOWER HOUSING If the mower housing is level.5 N–m). Figure 27 F–030610L 28 . Tighten the front and rear adjuster knobs. adjustment. If the height of cut is not level. tighten to a torque of 7 foot pounds (9. Cover 8. If you operate in the LEVEL ADJUSTMENT position. Make sure the adjuster knobs are tight. 9. Make sure both sides of the mower housing are setting on a flat surface. Front Adjuster Knobs 4. disconnect the wire to the spark plug. Remove the spark plug wire to prevent the engine from starting by accident. For plastic adjuster knobs. Mow for a short distance.

Attach the rear suspension arms to the suspension brackets. 6. 6. Remove the hair pins and the washers from the rear suspension arms (Figure 29). Make sure the mower drive belt is between the stack pulley and the two belt guides. 10.MAINTENANCE HOW TO REMOVE THE MOWER HOUSING 1. Move the blade rotation control to the ENGAGE position. 3. Fasten with the washers and hair pins. 5. See illustration “E”. See illustration “F”. 9. See illustrations “A” and “B”. See the instructions on “How To Adjust The Blade Rotation Control”. See illustration “G”. Make sure the “V” side of the mower drive belt is against the stack pulley. 2. Attach the front hanger to the frame support with the hanger rod. move the lift lever to the TOP position. 7. Disconnect the front hanger from the frame support. Fasten with the fasteners as shown. Remove the mower drive belt from the stack pulley. Fasten with the washers and hair pins. 4. See illustration “F”. Check the operation of the blade rotation control. See illustrations “A” and “B”. Pull the mower housing away from the right side of the unit. To operate without the mower housing. Attach the extension spring to the blade control rod. See the instructions on “How To Level The Mower Housing”. Level Adjustment Position Figure 28 Remove the hair pins and washers from the suspension links. Put the mower drive belt around the stack pulley. Make sure the mower drive belt is inside all the belt guides and is also below the spacer tube. make sure the mower drive belt is not twisted. 4. Move the blade rotation control to the DISENGAGE position. Attach the suspension links to the lifter assembly. 2. Lifter Assembly Adjuster Arm Adjuster Arm Suspension Link Mower Drive Belt Hanger Rod Front Hanger Suspension Link Extension Spring Figure 29 F–030610L 29 . See illustration “G”. Make sure the mower housing is level. Lift Lever Blade Rotation Control Spacer Tube BeltGuide BeltGuide Stack Pulley HOW TO INSTALL THE MOWER HOUSING 1. Move the lift lever to the level adjustment position (Figure 28). 7. See illustrations “C” and “D”. 8. 3. See illustration “E”. 8. 9. Push the mower housing under the right side of the unit. Disconnect the extension spring from the blade control rod. See illustrations “C” and “D”. 5. Also. NOTE: Make sure the lift lever is locked in the LEVEL ADJUSTMENT position.

Make sure the motion drive belt is inside of the belt guides next to the drive pulley. Make sure the motion drive belt is inside all the belt guides. Remove the motion drive belt from the stack pulley. 2. top pulley of the stack pulley. Tighten the belt guides. A correct replacement part or assistance is available from an Authorized Service Center in your area. Completely push the pedal forward and engage the parking brake. 4. Assemble the idler pulley. Remove the mower housing. Fasten the idler pulley with the hex nut. 6. 3. Before you use the unit. Make sure the “V” side of the belt is against the idler pulley. See the instructions “How To Install The Mower Housing”. See the instructions on “How To Remove The Mower Housing”. 3. Check the routing of the motion drive belt. Slide the motion drive belt between the stack pulley and the belt guides (Figure 30). Loosen the belt guides next to the drive pulley. Stack Pulley Motion Drive Belt Belt Guide Idler Pulley Belt Guide F–030610L Drive Pulley Figure 30 30 . Remove the motion drive belt from the drive pulley. Also. 7. Remove the idler pulley (Figure 30). INSTALLATION 1. Make sure the “V” side of the belt is against the pulley. check the adjustment of the clutch. Install the end of the motion drive belt around the drive pulley. 5. Make sure the motion drive belt is installed correctly on the idler pulley. 5. Put the belt around the idler pulley. Install the motion drive belt on the 6.MAINTENANCE HOW TO REPLACE THE MOTION DRIVE BELT REMOVAL 1. make sure the belt is not twisted. See the instructions “How To Check And Adjust The Clutch”. 2. Install the mower housing. 4.

3. 4. 6. Install the new mower drive belt. Install the mower housing. Pull the belt retainer away from the idler pulley and remove the mower drive belt (Figure 31). NOTE: Replace the mower drive belt with an original equipment belt from an authorized service center. check the blade rotation control. 5. Put the mower drive belt around the jackshaft pulley. 8. See the instructions on “How To Install The Mower Housing”. See the instructions on “How To Remove The Mower Housing”. Idler Pulley Mower Drive Belt Belt Retainer Jackshaft Pulley Brake Pad Figure 31 F–030610L 31 . 7. Before you mow. Pull the belt retainer away from the idler pulley. Put the mower drive belt around the idler pulley.MAINTENANCE HOW TO REPLACE THE MOWER DRIVE BELT 1. Pull the brake pad away from the jackshaft pulley and remove the mower drive belt. See the instructions on “How To Adjust The Blade Rotation Control”. Make sure the “V” side of the mower drive belt is against the jackshaft pulley and the idler pulley. Pull the brake pad away from the jackshaft pulley. 2. Remove the mower housing.

Slide the rear wheel on the axle. If your model has hub caps. Rear Wheel Square Key Key Slot Washer 2. Spindle 2. make sure they are installed as follows. Make sure the valve stem is to the outside of the tractor. Figure 32 Rear Wheel 1. Install the washers and spacer onto the axle as shown in Figure 33. If your model has hub caps. Hub Cap Washer Washer Front Wheel 1. Make sure the washer hold the hub caps in place. Mount the square key in the key slot (See Figure 33). Make sure the valve stem is to the outside of the tractor. Bend the ends of the cotter pin apart to keep the front wheel on the spindle. Fasten the front wheel with washer and cotter pin. Valve Stem Front Wheel 3. Make sure the washer hold the hub caps in place. Fasten the rear wheel with washer and e–ring. install the hub caps. Align the slot in the rear wheel with the square key. install the hub caps. Axle 3. Slide the front wheel on the spindle (See Figure 32).MAINTENANCE HOW TO INSTALL THE WHEELS Cotter Pin If the wheels must be removed for service. Spacer Hub Cap 4. Valve Stem Figure 33 F–030610L 32 . Washer E–Ring 5.

2. stop the engine and disconnect the wire to the spark plug. Run the engine until the fuel tank and the carburetor are out of fuel and the engine stops. Grass and other debris on top of the mower housing can keep the belt from working correctly. 1. 2. see the the engine manufacturer’s instructions. 2. THE ENGINE For storage information. 3. prepare the unit for storage as follows. After you cut the grass. THE FUEL SYSTEM WARNING: Do not drain the gasoline inside a building or near a fire. make sure you use fresh fuel. charge the battery. CLEAN THE UNIT 1. Clean the dirt and grass from the engine. The location of the fuse is next to the battery. Again clean the top of the mower housing. Move the lever for the blade rotation control to the ENGAGE position. Remove grass and debris from around the pulleys and other moving parts.MAINTENANCE HOW TO REPLACE THE FUSE If the fuse is blown. F–030610L 33 . 3. After storage. Move the lever for the blade rotation control to the DISENGAGE position. THE BATTERY 1. 3. 2. Do not smoke because the fumes from the fuel can cause an explosion. dry place. 4. 1. Clean the mower housing. See the instructions on “How To Prepare And Charge The Battery”. NOTE: After a long time in storage. 4. Clean the battery terminals of any deposits. Start the engine. Charge the battery. frequently clean the top of the mower housing. LUBRICATE THE UNIT See the “Lubrication” instructions in this book. Automotive Fuse Figure 34 HOW TO CLEAN THE MOWER HOUSING WARNING: Before you clean the mower housing. STORAGE (over 30 days) At the end of each year. Remove the fuse and replace with a automotive fuse (Figure 34). clean the bottom of the mower housing. Clean the top of the mower housing. the engine will not start. For safety and correct operation. Remove the battery. 5. Store the battery in a cool.

2. 2. 2. belt noise can be heard. Follow the steps. If the front axle does not freely pivot. Decrease the air pressure in the tires. Clean the air filter. 2. 1. always sit in the middle of the seat. Check the mower drive belt. Replace the mower drive belt. Charge the battery. Adjust the throttle control. If the noise is continuous. 4. 6. always sit in the middle of the seat. Try to start the engine several times. Replace the fuel filter. 2. Replace the fuel filter. PROBLEM: The engine will not idle. PROBLEM: The unit will not move when the clutch is engaged. Adjust the clutch. To activate the seat sensor. 5. Check the wiring harness for damage or a loose connection. 1. Adjust the carburetor. Electric–Start Models: replace the solenoid. 1. 4. Check the wiring harness for damage or a loose connection. “How To Start The Engine” in this book. Check the clutch adjustment to make sure the belt stops when the clutch pedal is depressed with the transaxle in (N) neutral. Replace the spark plug. PROBLEM: The engine is difficult to start. Remove the spark plug(s). Check the front axle. Check the air pressure in the tires. PROBLEM: The engine stops when the blades are engaged. Replace the spark plug. 3. Make sure the belt guides do not touch the pulley. adjust the clutch. Stop the engine. 3. 1. 2. Adjust the carburetor. 3. 2. 1. 5. Make sure the belt is installed correctly. PROBLEM: The engine does not run smooth at fast speed. 1. 1. 5. 2. 4. 2. 3. Clean the air filter. 1. 2. PROBLEM: The engine does not run smooth or has a loss of power. Check the belt guides around the transaxle drive pulley. PROBLEM: The mower blades will not rotate. 3. Check for a damaged belt or damaged pulley. Turn the ignition key to the ON position. F–030610L . PROBLEM: The transaxle is difficult to shift between gears with the engine running and the clutch depressed. If the front axle does not freely pivot. 1. Replace the spark plug. 6. Replace the spark plug. Adjust the clutch. Check for loose engine bolts. Replace the fuel filter. Clean the fuel line. 34 PROBLEM: When the clutch/brake pedal is released. The engine is working too hard. 3. Clean the fuel line. 2. PROBLEM: The unit moves slower or stops when the clutch is engaged. Adjust the level of the mower housing. Use a lower gear. Replace the motion drive belt. 6. 4. Tighten the cables. Replace the fuel filter. Adjust the carburetor. 1. Clean the air screen. Adjust the carburetor. PROBLEM: A hot engine causes a decrease in power. Replace the blade. PROBLEM: The rear wheels spin over uneven terrain. Follow the steps. Move the shift lever to a slower speed. Replace the fuel filter. Never mow across a slope. Replace the spring for the blade idler. 5. Repair the damaged wire. Replace the fuel filter. Electric–Start Models: Check the level of the acid in the battery. 5. Clean the mower housing. 2. 7. Recoil–Start Models: replace the module. PROBLEM: On slopes. Drain the fuel tank. 4. Replace the motion drive belt. 4. If needed. add water. check the routing of the belt. Move the throttle to the SLOW position. Install the spark plug. Repair the damaged wire. Check the oil. 3. If belt noise is continuous. PROBLEM: The mower housing does not cut level. Clean the air filter. Check the oil. Replace or sharpen the blade(s). 2. 4. 3. 2. Adjust the throttle control. 3. 2. Adjust the carburetor. 1. Make sure the belt is inside all belt guides. To activate the seat sensor. 1. Temporary belt noise does not change the operation of the unit. 1. 1. Clean the air screen. 2. 1. Adjust the carburetor. PROBLEM: Excessive vibration.TROUBLE SHOOTING CHART PROBLEM: The engine will not start. Replace the spark plug. Raise the height of cut. 1. PROBLEM: The grass does not discharge correctly. 4. 2. Check the motion drive belt. loosen the axle bolt(s). 1. 1. Replace the damaged parts. “How To Start The Engine” in this book. Mow up and down slopes. Move the throttle control to the FAST position. Check the front axle. 5. 3. PROBLEM: The engine will not turn over. Replace the fuse. 3. Make sure the belt is installed correctly. Electric–Start Models: Clean the battery terminals. loosen the axle bolt(s). Drain the fuel tank. the engine stops.

Jefferson. Mississippi. Lafayette. Ont. Lake. Boundry. Franklin. Lincoln. Sevier) New Mexico. Gem. Nevada. North & South Dakota. Camas. Idaho (counties Bannock Bearlake. Butte. Madison. except for the engine or the transmission. Latah. Pike. Ohio. Lewis. Illinois (South of Hwy. Owyee.. (4) Description. Missoulo. Minidoka. Vermont. Avery Street Tualatin. Repair parts for the engine or the transmission are available from the manufacturer's authorized service center found in the yellow pages of the telephone directory. Lincoln. If you are unable to obtain parts or service in the manner outlined above. If you cannot get a repair part or service as described above. Blaine. West Valley. (5) Quantity. Wyoming GULF COAST ENGINE. Howard. Clearwater. a service shop recommended by the store. 4202 Russell Dr. Quebec H4T 1Y7 (514) 731-3559 1-800-861-9559 Canada F–030610L 1150 Chesapeake Ave. GARDNER. Louisiana. Kooten. Booneville. Virgina. 53209 1-800-733-7388 FAX 1-800-733-0127 Illinois (N. Missouri. Delaware. Porterville.W. Iowa. West Virginia Puerto Rico 4727 N. Bonner. Corpus Christi. Adams. Elmore. Sevier). 97062 (503) 692-0330 1-800-882-4782 FAX (503) 691-2041 Alaska. INC. See the individual engine or transmission warranties. Michigan (upper Peninsula). Teutonia Ave. 9991 S. Fremont. Columbus. Montana (counties Flathead. Jerome. Lafayette. INC. call or write to the Central Parts Distributor shown below. are available from the store where the unit was purchased. (2) Date of Manufacture. Valley. Nevada. Indiana. North Carolina. OR. Cassia. New Hampshire. INC. Minnesota. TN 37027 (1-800-251-8007) CANADA MURRAY CANADA. Custer. include the following information: (1) Complete Model Number (see nameplate). Michigan (except upper Peninsula). 80). Gooding. Nebraska. INC. Twin Falls) Montana (all counties except Flathead.. Nevada FRANK EDWARDS CO. INC. Payette. then contact: USA MURRAY. or an authorized service shop found in the yellow pages of the telephone directory. Kansas. 1195 Coutneypark Drive East. Lincoln. CA. Maine. of Hwy. Missoulo. Box 268. OH. WI. Maryland. Rhode Island. TX. Caribou. L5T–1R1 (1-800-661-6662) MURRAY. 80). Idaho (counties Ada. Massachusetts. 78408 1-800-825-6999 FAX 1-888-888-7036 Arkansas (counties Hempstead. Florida. Ravalli. New York. When you order. Customer Service Dept. 43212 1-800-848-8946 FAX 1-614-486-7122 Alabama. Sanders). Outdoor Power Equipment. Georgia. Bingham. Milwaukee. Mississauga. Pike. Utah. and Sanders). Factory Customer Service. Power. Mineral. Idaho. Miller. Texas. Connecticut.. INC. Mexico WISCONSIN MAGNETO. Oneida. Pennsylvania. Hawaii.O. Washington). BROWN & WISER.Only use a factory repair part. INC. 1343 South Main St. Benewah. Mineral. Little River. Washington 3626 Parkway Blvd. INC. LAWN MOWER CENTRAL PARTS DISTRIBUTORS BILLIOU'S. Ravalli. Canyon. Lake. New Jersey. Kentucky. Teton. Arkansas (except these counties: Hempstead. Alberta T5S 1R5 (780) 453-5791 1-800-861-9559 Ville St-Laurent 234 Migneron Street Ville St-Laurent. Nez Perce. UT 84120 1-800-318-0201 FAX 1-801-736-8067 Colorado. Repair parts. Tennessee. (3) Complete Part Number. Ravalli. Ontario L4Z-1P2 (905) 890-6900 1-800-861-9559 Edmonton 101-10411-178th Street Edmonton. Miller. P. Little River. Oregon. Boise. District of Columbia. CPT CANADA POWER TECHNOLOGY LIMITED Mississauga 161 Watline Avenue Mississauga. 93257 (559) 784-4102 1-877-245-5468 FAX 1-800-226-7337 Arizona. California. Oklahoma. South Carolina. Shoshone. Howard. Wisconsin 35 . Lemhi.. Brentwood.

MODEL 3090001x18A 1 REPAIR PARTS CHASSIS & HOOD 5 6 7 10 11 2 12 17 11 16 16 24 22 13 14 15 16 31 30 32 33 18 19 20 21 23 8 4 3 26 43 27 19 28 20 42 29 44 13 41 36 13 37 40 39 36 F–030610L .

Cotter Cap. NY–Lock Control. Battery Nut. Instruction 1401076E701 Tray. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 Key No. 23 24 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 36 37 39 40 41 42 43 44 47 –– REPAIR PARTS CHASSIS & HOOD Part No. Shoulder Footmat. Fuel Tank Tank. Seat Deck Description Part No. Fuel F–030610L 37 . Detent (Black) Bolt. 690566 Seat Description 1401027E700 Hood 017x47 1001054 002x53 Washer Bolt. Panel Book. Shoulder Rod. Shoulder Bolt. Carriage 1401297E701 Bracket. Rear 26x249 Screw 1401050E701 Plate. Foil Heat Shield Fastener. Flange 1401025E701 Plate. Battery 015x79 017x37 0031x6 092317 1401071 Nut. 06x111 26x253 1401110 1401282 Screw Screw Rod. Left Footmat. Seat 094744 15x116 0025x2 7601036 0193x1 F–030610L Bumper Nut Screw Kit. Hitch 1401086 26x263 Cover Screw 1401256E701 Frame 1401026E700 Deck. Wing Bolt. Throttle Cover.MODEL 3090001x18A Key No. Prop Rod 26x201 15x116 1401248 1401084 009x47 1401145 1401144 Screw Nut. Hinge 009x29 009x56 1401113 015x84 Bolt. Flange Washer Pin. Right 1401036E701 Bracket. Hood Prop Spring.

MODEL 3090001x18A 4 5 2 9 5 12 8 7 23 1 22 24 6 58 11 13 10 11 3 72 REPAIR PARTS MOTION DRIVE 14 20 19 18 15 16 17 25 15 11 34 26 15 28 29 39 40 41 73 55 10 11 56 57 59 60 10 62 42 43 44 45 63 74 13 46 47 48 52 37 38 30 34 13 31 30 15 32 33 34 21 16 27 35 36 49 15 15 61 67 64 49 50 53 13 51 53 52 50 51 69 66 65 54 15 64 70 F–030610L 68 38 .

38 39 40 41 42 43 44 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 72 73 74 REPAIR PARTS MOTION DRIVE Part No. Adjusting Rod. Shoulder Pulley. Threaded Shoulder Bolt. Extension Bolt. Hex Bolt Bracket. Shoulder Bracket. Retainer Pulley. Drive Bolt. Left Transaxle Nut. make sure to give the brand name of the tire so that the tread pattern on the tire will match. Pivot Guide. Split Stack Washer. Motion Drive Pulley. Pedal Pin. Hub E–Ring Washer Lock. 39 F–030610L . Square Spacer. 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 * ** Key No. 1401128E701 0011x7 1401077 002x53 009x39 690410 37x110 1401066 019x35 17x170 01x140 17x102 1401031E701 1401039E701 094067 01x155 01x120 1401051E701 01x145 017X38 1401260E701 1401093 Z 17x148 –––––– 1401042E701 690369 17x160 056534 1401103 1401120 094618 011x3 17x195 092378 015x43 015x98 Description Clutch Arm Assembly Ring. Extension Nut Screw Bracket. Peerless Bracket. Muffler Spring. Shift Yoke Plate. Parking Brake Rod Frame Grip. Parking Brake Grip. Star Washer Bolt. For information on Replacement Parts see the Central Parts Distributor in your area. Hex Washer Arm. Heat Lockwasher Screw Muffler Gasket. Support Nut. Belt –Long Plate. Extension Spring. Rear Hanger Pin. Lift Pivot Spring. ––––– 01x134 1401207 018x32 0025x2 1401251 091309 165x75 165x148 015x88 26x249 1401268E701 015x84 021544 030x20 017x53 030x20 1401127E701 1401112 091079 1401256E701 092697 1401148 1401122 1401111 1401032E701 165x147 009x39 1401043E701 1401104 1401105 1401057E701 0025x7 015x79 1401059E701 094815 1401078 Description Engine. Shift Bracket. Flange Bracket. Rear Wheel Wheel. Shift Lever Nut. Carriage Bolt. Rear –15” Cap. Rear Bracket. Belt Guide Bolt Nut.MODEL 3090001x18A Key No. Flange Cover. Reinforcement Yoke. Cotter Washer Pin. Clutch When you order a tire. Hex Shield Assembly. Shift Washer Transaxle. Adjusting Link. Torque Reactor Screw Washer. Belt –Short Guide. Screw Nut Nut Part No. Right Transaxle Spacer Washer Key. Cotter Pedal Assembly Rod. Idler Belt. Shift Lever. Briggs & Stratton Bolt.

MODEL 3090001x18A 4 2 36 37 5 REPAIR PARTS STEERING 6 1 7 3 8 9 4 32 22 11 19 10 12 35 23 9 33 34 31 30 9 15 26 25 17 16 14 10 12 13 17 9 18 14 29 28 27 F–030610L 24 20 9 40 21 .

Cotter Retainer. Flange Wheel. 095185 711326 1401047 26x270 1401090 1401107 1401100 1401055E701 26x249 009x67 1401098 1401102 1401058E701 1401123E701 015x84 17x104 015x88 01x111 17x118 Description Wheel. Upper Steering Tube. Hex E–Ring. Drag Nut. Steering (Black) Shaft. Flange Bolt. Support Nut. Axle Front Washer Axle & Spindle Assembly Bracket. F–030610L 41 . 1401099 01x146 011x28 030x35 094131 1401046E701 17x201 1401060E701 17x157 1401250E701 1401059E701 15x118 1401143 17x197 17x157 094618 0025x3 17x146 Description Gear. Front Washer Washer Cap. Pinion Bolt. Steering Support. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 Part No. Retainer Pin. Hex Washer Key No. Steering Console. Flange Washer Nut.MODEL 3090001x18A REPAIR PARTS STEERING Key No. Steering Screw Bolt. make sure to give the brand name of the tire so that the tread pattern on the tire will match. High (Black) Screw Bearing. Steering Washer Bracket. Gear Mounting Link. Hub Bolt Washer * When you order a tire. Shoulder Bearing. Steering (Black) Insert. Lower Steering Roller Plate. Spring Rack. 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 Part No.

MODEL 3090001x18A REPAIR PARTS MOWER HOUSING SUSPENSION 2 1 13 14 6 5 3 4 5 15 16 4 8 7 5 10 11 31 17 9 12 9 24 25 18 13 19 22 27 21 17 20 30 23 26 F–030610L 42 .

Spacer Pin. Guide Nut. Leaf Hanger. Extension Pad. 093349 015x79 015x84 1401147 1401040 1401116 26x263 094198 1401199E701 009x42 165x157 165x92 1401260 26x267 Description Screw.MODEL 3090001x18A REPAIR PARTS MOWER HOUSING SUSPENSION Key No. Lift Lever Lever. Lift Tube. 092697 1401117 165x154 094137 017x45 095004 1401033E701 1401096 0031x4 002x93 1401030E701 1401118 26x249 1401129E701 17x206 Description Grip. Reinforcement Screw F–030610L 43 . Flange Nut. Front Hanger Screw Arm Assembly. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 Part No. PTO Bracket. Lifter Washer Key No. PTO Bolt. Hair Bolt. Carriage Bracket. Friction Washer Wingnut Link. Extension Spring. Front Lever. Lift Spring. Flange Spring. 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 30 31 Part No. Extension Plate. Shoulder Spring. PTO Screw Grip. Front Hanger Pivot Pin.

MODEL 3090001x18A 3 1 7 4 8 REPAIR PARTS MOWER HOUSING 63 9 10 5 2 6 11 12 30 31 7 29 35 8 29 36 38 6 6 15 39 10 11 13 12 50 49 48 51 42 45 45 52 52 53 54 51 56 50 47 45 34 64 40 43 16 21 23 8 22 20 37 29 26 27 28 9 17 18 18 9 19 32 29 34 24 6 6 6 17 18 13 14 9 16 9 63 9 42 6 45 62 55 58 59 60 61 57 F–030610L 44 .

Idler 009x39 017x47 165x157 166x46 Bolt. Idler Mounting Washer Bolt.MODEL 3090001x18A Key No. Shoulder 1401033E701 Link. 32 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 42 43 45 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 64 –– REPAIR PARTS MOWER HOUSING Part No. Blade 1401047E701 Bracket. Adjustment 094137 017x45 095004 166x43 166x42 1401095 Pad. Flange 1401052E701 Bracket. Carriage 1401031E701 Arm. Carraige Bolt. Input Locknut Nut. Flange Nut. Lift 17x102 0031x4 094067 Washer Pin. Mulch Mandrel Housing Adapter. Torsion F–030610L 45 . Brake Mounting 1401094 1401259 Z 019x45 002x94 002x53 Spacer. Left Rear 1401235E701 Bracket. Flange Bolt. Speed Wingnut Bolt. Idler Nut. Right Torsion Tube. Blade 1401106E701 015x88 028x76 014x86 002x74 091767 Z 028x23 1401080 094305 1001035 Hinge. Splined 1401079E701 Blade 17x166 17x165 15x100 1401081 17x120 0025x7 7601035 Washer. Chute Washer Bolt Complete Mower Deck Assy. Carriage Rod. Chute Deflector Cap. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 26 27 28 29 30 31 Key No. Spacer 1401037E701 Bracket. Friction Washer Wingnut Spring. Hair Pin. Shoulder Pin. 37x111 1401092 15x140 015x98 1401252 015x84 Description Belt. Rear 015x79 009x58 Nut. Push Cover. Flange Pulley. Blade Drive Pulley. 1401258E701 Arm Assembly. Front 1401065 Shaft. Extension Spring. Mulching Cover Nut. Brake Link. Deck 1401040E701 Hanger. Threaded Shoulder 1401036E701 Housing. 009x42 030x20 1401185E701 1401119 0025x7 Description Bolt. Shoulder Washer Spring. Cup Washer Nut. Jackshaft Plate. Left Torsion Spring. Idler Arm Bolt Part No. Blade Mount Deflector. Right Rear 1401038E701 Plate. Cotter Arm Assembly.

MODEL 3090001x18A REPAIR PARTS ELECTRICAL SYSTEM 4 1 5 6 9 8 2 3 2 7 3 F–030610L 46 .

Limit Fuse Holder. Carriage Wingnut Switch. Ignition Switch. Positive Terminal 3 4 1001575 302031 407078 5 094613 26x229 15x116 6 7 024x37 092739 002x82 014x79 8 9 094159 024x24 690604 F–030610L 47 . Mounting Locknut Cable. Ignition Key. Chassis Wire Switch. Red Batery Boot. Seat Sensor Cable. 250x115 1401149 327349 Description Harness.MODEL 3090001x18A REPAIR PARTS ELECTRICAL SYSTEM Key No. Battery Ground Battery Bolt. Fuse Solenoid Screw. 1 2 Part No.

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21 Operate On Hills. 15 Tire Pressure.INDEX A Adjustments Blade Rotation Control. 12 Clean. 25 Check. 25 Replace. 19 W Warranty. 33 Maintenance Chart. 10 S Safety Rules American National Standard Institute. 28 Operation. 48 Spark Arrester. 24 Clutch. 23 Remove And Install. Type. 3 4 Safe Mowing Guide. 29 Level. 17 Throttle Control. 25 Filter. 14 Ignition Switch. 33 Cutting Height. 31 Mower Housing Clean. 30 Mower Drive Adjust. 13. 15 Blade Control Lever. 25 Check. 13. 14 Mower Housing. 15 Transport. 52 Storage. 15 O Oil Check. 18 P Parking Brake Location. 26 Attachments. 34 E Engine Fuel. 19 Oil. 27 Fuse. 32 Lubrication. 20 Mowing And Bagging. 17 F Filter. 14 Clutch / Brake Pedal. 26 Storage. 22 Mulcher Cover. 23 Blade Control Lever. 14 Operation. 23 Sharpen. 14 L Lift Lever Location. Fuel. 27 Fuel. 14 Operation. 13. 30 Mower Drive. 11 Seat Switch. 25 Clutch / Brake Pedal. 15 Blade Rotation Control. 14 Cutting Height Adjust. 22 Steering Wheel. 26 Check. 14 I Ignition Switch. 27 Trouble Shooting Chart. 29 Level Adjustment. 12 Removal. 15. 28 Remove. 14 Operation. 24 Clutch. 26 Clean. Install. 25 T Throttle Control Location. 26 Belt Motion Drive. 13 Spark Arrester. 20 Parking Brake. 24 Location. 13. 22 Storage. 26 Location. 29 Muffler. Wheels. 33 B Battery Charge. Location. 2 F–030610L 51 . Remove. 24 Replace. 25 Drive Brake. Location. 33 C Clutch Adjust. 19 Fuse. 25 Replace. 27 M Maintenance Battery Charge. 33 Install. 17 Shift Lever. 19 Preparation. 16 Side Discharge Attachment. 13. 23 Blade Rotation Control. 14. 19 Operation Attachments. 14 Operation. 27 Mower Housing Clean. 19 Stop The Unit. 28 Shift Lever. 15 Blade Rotation Control Adjust. 14. Fuel. Operation. 29 Muffler. 18 Slope Guide. 30 Mower Drive Belt Adjust. 16 Start The Engine. 28 Change. 26 Install. 22 Starting. 17 D Drive Brake Adjust. 25 Mower Housing. 11 Storage. 14 Lift Lever. 17 Parts Bag. Operation. Mower. 14. 33 Install. 17 Location Of Controls. 19 Type. 22 Motion Drive Belt Adjust. 25 Drive Brake. Location. 19 Shift Lever Adjust. 31 Blade Inspect. 14 Controls. 33 Belt Motion Drive Adjust. 22 Spark Arrester. Install. 20 Remove. Level. 17 Install. 24 Replace. 17 Lubrication. 33 Throttle Control. 5–7 Seat. 14. 31 Blade.

The accessories shown on this page can be used on your Rear Engine Rider.A.MID-ENGINE RIDER ACCESSORIES Make your Rear Engine Rider do more than you ever imagined. 247930x00A LAWN SWEEPER Model No. .S. GRASS BAGGER Model No. contact the Central Parts Distribution Center for your area as listed in your Repair Parts Book. See the Store or Dealer where you purchased your Rear Engine Rider. 24720 F–030610L 52 Made in U. If you are unable to obtain the necessary information.

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