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Operator's Manual 20 " Rotary Lawn Mower Model Series 020 IMPORTANT : Read safety rules and instructions carefully before operating equipment . Warning : This unit is equipped with an internal combustion engine and should not be used on or near any unimproved forest - covered , brush - covered or grass - covered land unless the engine's exhaust system is equipped with a spark attester meeting applicable local or state laws ( if any ) . If a spark arrester is used , it should be maintained in effective working order by the operator . In the State of California the above is required by law ( Section 4442 of the California Public Resources Code ) . Other states may have similar laws . Federal laws apply on federal lands . A spark arrester for the muffler is available through your nearest engine authorized service dealer or contact the service department , P . O . Box 368022 Cleveland , Ohio 44136 - 9722 . MTD PRODUCTS INC . P . O . BOX 368022 CLEVELAND , OHIO 44136 - 9722 , U . S . A . PRINTED iN U . S . A . FORM NO . 770 - 10419 ( 4 / 2000 )
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TABLEOFCONTENTS Content Page Important Safe Operation Practices . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Slope Gauge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Hardware Pack . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Assembling Your Lawn Mower . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Know Your Lawn Mower . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Operating Your Lawn Mower . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Making Adjustments . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Maintaining Your Lawn Mower . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Off - Season Storage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Troubleshooting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Parts List . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 FINDINGMODELNUMBER This Operator's Manual is an important part of your new lawn mower . It wilt help you assemble , prepare and maintain the unit for best performance . Please read and understand what it says . Before you start assembling your new equipment , please locate the model plate on the equipment and copy the information from it in the space provided below . The information on the model plate is very important if you need help from our Customer Support Department or an authorized dealer . You can locate the model number by standing at the operating position and looking down at the rear of the mower deck . A sample model plate is explained below . For future reference , please copy the model number and the serial number of the equipment in the space below . Copy the model number here : Copy the serial number here : CALLINGCUSTOMERSUPPORT If you have difficulty assembling this product or have any questions regarding the controls , operation or maintenance of this unit , please call the customer support department . Call 1 - ( 330 ) 220 - 4MTD ( 4683 ) or 1 - ( 800 ) - 800 - 7310 to reach a Customer Support representative . Please have your unit's model number and serial number ready when you call . See previous section to locate this information . You will be asked to enter the serial number in order to process your call .
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SECTION1 : IMPORTANTSAFEOPERATIONPRACTICES WARNING : This symbol points out important safety instructions which , if not followed , could endanger the personal safety and / or property of yourself and others . Read and follow all instructions in this manual before attempting to operate this machine . Failure to comply with these instructions may result in personal injury . When you see this symbol - - HEED ITS WARNING . WARNING : The Engine Exhaust from this product contains chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer , birth defects or other reproductive harm . DANGER : This machine was built to be operated according to the rules for safe operation in this manual . As with any type of power equipment , carelessness or error on the part of the operator can result in serious injury . This machine is capable of amputating hands and feet and throwing objects . Failure to observe the following safety instruc - tions could result in serious injury or death . 9 . A missing or damaged discharge cover can cause blade GeneralOperation contact or thrown object injuries . 1 . Read this operator's manual carefully in its entirety 10 . Many injuries occur as a result of the mower being pulled before attempting to assemble this machine . Read , over the foot during a fall caused by slipping or tripping . understand , and follow all instructions on the machine Do not hold on to the mower if you are falling ; release the and in the manual ( s ) before operation . Be completely handle immediately . familiar with the controls and the proper use of this 11 . Never pull the mower backtoward you while you are machine before operating it . Keep this manual in a safe walking . If you must back the mower away from a wall or place for future and regular reference and for ordering obstruction first look down and behind to avoid tripping replacement parts . and then follow these steps : 2 . This machine is a precision piece of power equipment , a . Step back from the mower to fully extend your not a plaything . Therefore , exercise extreme caution at all arms . times . Your unit has been designed to perform one job : to b . Be sure you are well balanced with sure footing . mow grass . Do not use it for any other purpose . c . Pull the mower back slowly , no more than half way 3 . Never allow children under 14 years old to operate this toward you . machine . Children 14 years old and over should read and d . Repeat these steps as needed . understand the operation instructions and safety rules in 5 . Do not operate the mower while under the influence of this manual and should be trained and supervised by a alcohol or drugs . parent . Only responsible individuals who are familiar with 6 . Do not engage the self - propelled mechanism on units so these rules of safe operation should be allowed to use equipped while starting engine . this machine . 7 . The blade control handle is a safety device . Never 4 . Thoroughly inspect the area where the equipment is to attempt to bypass its operation . Doing so makes the be used . Remove all stones , sticks , wire , bones , toys and safety device inoperative and may result in personal other foreign objects which could be tripped over or injury through contact with the rotating blade . The blade picked up and thrown by the blade . Thrown objects can control handle must operate easily in both directions and cause serious personal injury . Plan your mowing pattern automatically return to the disengaged position when to avoid discharge of material toward roads , sidewalks , released . bystanders and the like . Also , avoid discharging material 8 . Never operate the mower in wet grass . Always be sure of against a wall or obstruction which may cause your footing . A slip and fall can cause serious personal discharged material to ricochet back toward the operator . injury . If you feel you are losing your footing , release the 5 . To help avoid blade contact or a thrown object injury , blade control handle immediately and the blade will stop keep children , bystanders and helpers at least 75 feet rotating within three seconds . from the mower while it is in operation . Stop mower if 9 . Mow only in daylight or in good artificial light . Walk , never anyone enters the area . run . 6 . Always wear safety glasses or safety goggles during 10 . Stop the blade when crossing gravel drives , walks or operation and while performing an adjustment or repair to roads . protect your eyes . Thrown objects which ricochet can 11 . If the equipment should start to vibrate abnormally , stop cause serious injury to the eyes . the engine and check immediately for the cause . 7 . Wear sturdy , rough - soled work shoes and close - fitting Vibration is generally a warning of trouble . slacks and shirts . Shirts and pants that cover the arms 12 . Shut the engine off and wait until the blade comes to a and legs and steel - toed shoes are recommended . Never complete stop before removing the grass catcher or operate this machine in bare feet , sandals , slippery or unclogging the chute . The cutting blade continues to light weight ( e . g . canvas ) shoes . rotate for a few seconds after the engine is shut off . 8 . Do not put hands or feet near rotating parts or under the Never place any part of the body in the blade area until cutting deck . Contact with the blade can amputate hands you are sure the blade has stopped rotating . and feet . 13 . Never operate mower without proper trail shield ,
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dischargceoverg , rascsatchebr , ladecontrohlandloer 6 . Never allow children under 14 years old to operate a othesrafetpyrotectivdeeviceisnplaceandworking . power mower . Children 14 years old and over should Neveorperatme owewrithdamagesdafetydevices . read and understand the operation instructions and Failuretodoso , canresulitnpersonianljury . safety rules in this manual and should be trained and 14 . MufflearndenginbeecomheotandcancauseabumD . o supervised by a parent . nottouch . 15 . Onlyusepartsandaccessorimesadfeorthismachinbey Service the manufacturer . Failure to do so , can result in personal injury . Safe HandlingOf Gasoline : 16 . If situations occur which are not covered in this manual , 1 . To avoid personal injury or property damage use extreme use care and good judgment . Contact your dealer for care in handling gasoline . Gasoline is extremely assistance . Telephone 1 - 800 - 800 - 7310 for the name of flammable and the vapors are explosive . Serious your nearest dealer . personal injury can occur when gasoline is spilled on yourself or your clothes which can ignite . 2 . Wash your skin and change clothes immediately . SlopeOperation 3 . Use only an approved gasoline container . Slopes are a major factor related to slip and fall accidents 4 . Never fill containers inside a vehicle or on a truck or which can result in severe injury . Operation on slopes trailer bed with a plastic liner . Always place containers on requires extra caution . If you feel uneasy on a slope , do not the ground away from your vehicle before filling . mow it . For your safety , use the slope gauge included as part 5 . When practical , remove gas - powered equipment from of this manual to measure slopes before operating this unit on the truck or trailer and refuel it on the ground . If this is not a sloped or hilly area . If the slope is greater than 15 degrees , possible , then refuel such equipment on a trailer with a do not mow it . portable container , rather than from a gasoline dispenser DO : nozzle . 1 . Mow across the face of slopes ; never up and down . 6 . Keep the nozzle in contact with the rim of the fuel tank or Exercise extreme caution when changing direction on container opening at all times until fueling is complete . Do slopes . not use a nozzle lock - open device . 2 . Watch for holes , ruts , rocks , hidden objects , or bumps 7 . Extinguish all cigarettes , cigars , pipes and other sources which can cause you to slip or trip . Tall grass can hide of ignition . obstacles . 8 . Never fuel machine indoors because flammable vapors will accumulate in the area . 3 . Always be sure of your footing . A slip and fall can cause serious personal injury . If you feel you are losing your 9 . Never remove gas cap or add fuel while the engine is hot balance , release the blade control handle immediately , or running . Allow engine to cool at least two minutes and the blade will stop rotating within 3 seconds . before refueling . 10 . Never over fill fuel tank . Fill tank to no more than V2inch Do Not : below bottom of filler neck to provide space for fuel 1 . Do not mow near drop - offs , ditches or embankments , expansion . you could lose your footing or balance . 11 . Replace gasoline cap and tighten securely . 2 . Do not mow slopes greater than 15 degrees as shown on 12 . If gasoline is spilled , wipe it off the engine and the slope gauge . equipment . Move unit to another area . Wait 5 minutes 3 . Do not mow on wet grass . Unstable footing could cause before starting the engine . slipping . 13 . Never store the machine or fuel container inside where there is an open flame , spark or pilot light as on a water Children heater , space heater , furnace , clothes dryer or other gas appliances . Tragic accidents can occur if the operator is not alert to the 14 . To reduce fire hazard , keep mower free of grass , leaves , presence of children . Children are often attracted to the or other debris build - up . Clean up oil or fuel spillage and mower and the mowing activity . They do not understand the remove any fuel soaked debris . dangers . Never assume that children will remain where you 15 . Allow a mower to cool at least 5 minutes before storing . last saw them . General Service : 1 . Keep children out of the mowing area and under the watchful care of a responsible adult other than the 1 . Never run an engine indoors or in a poorly ventilated operator . area . Engine exhaust contains carbon monoxide , an 2 . Be alert and turn mower off if a child enters the area . odorless and deadly gas . 3 . Before and while moving backwards , look behind and 2 . Before cleaning , repairing , or inspecting , make certain down for small children . the blade and all moving parts have stopped . Disconnect 4 . Use extreme care when approaching blind corners , the spark plug wire and ground against the engine to doorways , shrubs , trees , or other objects that may prevent unintended starting . obscure your vision of a child who may run into the 3 . Check the blade and engine mounting bolts at frequent mower . intervals for proper tightness . Also , visually inspect blade 5 . Keep children away from hot or running engines . They for damage ( e . g . , bent , cracked , worn ) Replace blade can suffer burns from a hot muffler . with the original equipment manufacture's ( O . EM . ) blade
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I I I J I SECTION2 : SLOPEGAUGE I I Use this page as a guide to determine slopes where you may not operate the lawn mower safely . I Co ca ; 0 0 Co co o co 0 co > ' E _ co . _ _ _ co co co _ , co . _ , _ ° o _ = co * O _ 0 co - - . o _ . . o o o . 0 m o _ Co coCoc _ o _ co _ _ _ CO _ 0 x : _ m _ N 0 0 T " ° _ Ew $ E ' _ CoCo _ coco a - = _ XO0
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SECTION3 : HARDWARPEACK B - © @ ® B Group 2 - © @ ® B Group 4 - © @ @ B Group 5 - © @ ® @ Group I Group 6 r _ L ; _ ; J Group 3 SECTION4 : ASSEMBLINGYOURLAWNMOWER NOTE : This operator's manual covers various models of mowers . Follow only those instructions which pertain to your unit . ToRemoveUnitFromCarton • Remove staples , break glue on top flaps , or cut tape at carton end and peel along top flap to open carton . • Remove loose parts , if included with unit . • Cut along corners and lay carton down flat . • Remove packing material . Roll or slide unit out of carton . Check carton thoroughly for loose parts . Figure 1 IMPORTAWI ' : This unit is shipped without gasoline or oil ToolsRequired in the engine . Do not start the engine before filling up A set of adjustable wrenches or individual wrenches of gasoline and oil . the following sizes : 7 / 16 " , 1 / 2 " , 9 / 16 " , 3 / 4 " . IMPORTAWI ' : Before starting to assemble the unit , NOTE : Reference to right or left hand side of the identify the items of the hardware pack according to the mower is observed from the operating position . groups in Section 3 on this page . These same groups are referred to in the subsequent assembly instructions . DisconnecStparkPlugWire AttachingLowerHandle • Lift the rear of the deck and place it on a block _ L , WanAd RgNroINunGd : it Dagisacinosntnecthte theengsinpearktoplupgrevweinret securely . unintended starting . • Place the lower handle ( pointed end will face down ) over the deck and align the holes on the deck with NOTE : On engines with a rubber boot , attach rubber the corresponding holes on the handle . boot to a bolt on the engine to ground
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Route the cable under the lower handle . • Instaltlhehexboltsandflangenutsfromgroup4of thehardwarepack . Usingtwo1 / 2 " wrenches , On the opposite end of the cable housing is a snap tightensecurelyS . eeFigure2 . fitting . The shaft inside the snap fitting fits inthe second hole on the upper handle . Press the snap fitting in place as shown in Figure 4 . Make sure that the blade control handle is on top of the upper handle . AttachingBladeControlHandle NOTE : If the blade control handle got displaced either during shipping and handling or during assembly of other two handles , reassemble it now . If the blade Figure 2 control handle is firmly secured in place , you may proceed to the next assembly . AttachingUpperHandle • Place the upper handle in position over the lower safety device . Never attempt to bypass its , _ WARNING : The blade control handle is a handle keeping the blade control handle facing up . operations . • Secure the upper handle to the lower handle using • To reattach the blade control handle to the upper the carriage bolts , lock washers and hex nuts from handle , first identify the proper holes in the upper group 2 of the hardware pack . Make sure that the handle . This can be done by placing the blade carriage bolt heads go on the outside of the handle . control handle flat against the upper handle . The See Figure 3 . ends of the blade control handle will approximate Lock the hole positions . Washer • Insert the curved end of the blade control handle into the right hole . See Figure 5 . • Squeeze the handle in , and insert the straight end of the blade control handle into the left hole of the upper handle . Carriage _ _ Hex Nut • Squeeze the blade control handle against the upper handle to check for proper assembly . Figure 3 NOTE : The hole in the blade control handle must be on the left side and the control handle must touch the AttachingBrakeCable upper handle when squeezed . NOTE : The brake cable is attached to the engine from the factory . You will have to attach the free end of the cable to the upper handle . _ Blade Control / Handle • \ / Insert one end of Snap Fitting control handle here Brake Cable _ Figure 5 AttachingZ Fitting • Hold the cable end near the left side of the upper handle and hook the " Z * end of the brake cable into the blade control handle from the inside to the Figure 4 outside . See Figure 6 .
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• Block the mower securely . • Using hardware from group I of the hardware pack , place axle bolt through the wheel with the hub side of the wheel facing the deck . See Figure 8 . • Place the small bell washer on the axle bolt with the crown side towards the wheel . See Figure 8 . • Secure the wheel to the deck with the large belt washer and the nut . Z Fitting • Repeat on other sides . • Remove blocks and put the mower on ground . AttachingChuteDeflector Figure 6 • Align the holes on the chute deflector with the corresponding holes on the deck . SecuringBrakeCable • Using group 5 from hardware pack , place carriage WARNING : The cable must be routed bolts from underside of the deck and up through the chute deflector . See Figure 9 . properly to avoid contact with all sharp edges • Secure each bolt with a washer and lock nut . and hot surfaces . Such contacts damage the cable and render the controls inoperative . Chute / Lock Nut JWasher Secure the cable to the lower left handle near the base of the unit with a cable tie from group 3 of the hardware pack . Trim off extra length of the cable tie . See Figure 7 . Carriage Bolt Figure 9 AttachingStarterRope Figure 7 • Loosely attach the rope guide ( from group 6 of the hardware pack ) to the upper handle and thread the AttachingWheels lock nut ( also in group 6 ) only a few turns . Do not tighten . Make sure that the rope guide is to the NOTE : The holes provide three cutting heights for outside of the upper handle . See Figure 10 . your mower . Use the same hole location for all four • The starter rope is attached to the engine . With the wheels when assembling . For example , if wheels are to spark plug wire disconnected and grounded , be assembled in the lowest cutting position , use the depress the blade control handle and pull the rope highest hole on the deck . out of the engine . • Slip the starter rope through the gap between the rope guide and the handle . Tighten hex lock nut . _ Large Nut Starter e _ h : ; DWechae _ r Rope Smaler Wash Rope Guide Nut Figure 10 Figure 8
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KnowYourLawnMower Blade Control Compare the illustration in with your lawn mower to Handle familiarize yourself with the location of various controls and adjustments . Throttle Control Recoil Starter The mower engine is equipped with a constant speed throttle , which is set at full throttle for best performance . / Blade ControlHandle The blade control handle is located on the upper handle jSpark Plug of the mower . The blade control handle must be depressed in order to operate the unit . Release the blade control handle to stop the engine and the blade . Chutb Deflector safety device . Never attempt to bypass its _ lb ARNING : This control mechanism is a operations . RecoilStarter Figure 11 The recoil starter handle is attached to the handle and is used to start the engine . SECTION5 : OPERATINGYOURLAWNMOWER • Standing behind the unit , depress the blade control handle and hold it against the upper handle . See from the chute area on cutting deck . aThey _ , WARNING : Keep hands and feet aw Figure 12 . blade will be rotating whenever the engine is running . NOTE : For best results , raise the cutting position until you can determine which height is best for your lawn . Refer to instructions for height adjustment on page 1I . GasandOilFill - Up Service the engine with gasoline and oil as instructed in the separate engine manual packed with your mower . Follow instructions carefully . Figure 12 WARNING : Never fill fuel tank indoors , Grasp starter handle and pull rope out slowly until with engine running or until the engine has engine reaches start of compression cycle ( rope been allowed to cool for at least two minutes will pull slightly harder at this point ) . Let the rope after running . rewind slowly . Pull rope with a rapid , continuous , full arm stroke . Keep a firm grip on starter handle . Return it slowly to the rope guide . BeforeStarting • Attach spark plug wire to spark plug . If unit is ToStopEngineandBlade equipped with a rubber boot over the spark plug wire , ensure that the metal cap on the end of the • Release blade control handle to stop engine and spark plug wire ( inside the rubber boot ) is fastened blade . Keep away from the moving blade . securely over the metal tip on the spark plug . fWorAaRfNewINsGe : condTsheaftbelradeengcinoentiinsusehsut tooffr . otate ToStartEngineandEngageBlade • If engine is equipped with a primer , prime engine as • Disconnect the spark plug wire and ground it instructed in the separate engine manual packed against the engine to prevent accidental starting with your unit . while equipment is unattended . 10
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• For a healthy lawn , never cut more than one - third of UsingYourLawnMower the total length of the grass at any one cutting . • This mower is designed to operate at full throttle . , _ WeitAheRr NthINe Gre : ar dNeefvleecrtoorpoerraetentiryeougrrausnsit cwaitthchoeurt WARNING : If you strike a foreign object , assembly in place . stop the engine . Remove wire from spark Make sure that lawn is clear of stones , sticks , wire , plug , thoroughly inspect the mower for any or other objects which could damage lawn mower damage , and repair the damage before restarting and operating the mower . Exten - and / or cause personal injury . sive vibration of the mower during operation is For best results , do not cut wet grass . New grass or thick grass requires a narrower cut . Blade speed an indication of damage . The unit should be promptly inspected and repaired . and cutting height should be adjusted to the condition of the lawn . SECTION6 : MAKINGADJUSTMENTS WARNING : Do not at any time make any ThrottleControl adjustment to lawn mower without first stop - Your lawn mower engine is equipped with a fixed ping engine and disconnecting spark plug throttle control that does not need adjustment . wire . Carburetor CuttingHeight You can adjust the cutting height of the mower WARNING : If any adjustments are made according to your convenience . to the engine while the engine is running ( e . g . • Remove the axle bolts and related hardware from carburetor ) , keep clear of all moving parts . Be careful of heated surfaces and muffler . the wheels . • Reattach the wheels with axle bolts at another hole . Minor carburetor adjustments may be required to Remember to attach all wheels at the same relative compensate for differences in fuel , temperature , position to ensure even cut . Refer to instructions for altitude and load . To adjust carburetor , refer to the attaching the wheels in the assembly section of this separate engine manual packed with your mower . manual . For higher cutting height , use lower hole NOTE : A dirty air cleaner will cause an engine to run on the deck and for lower cutting height , use the upper hole . rough . Be certain air cleaner is clean and attached to the carburetor before adjusting carburetor . SECTION7 : MAINTAININGYOURLAWNMOWER • The deck may be cleaned by tilting the mower and DeckCare scraping clean with a suitable tool ( make certain the spark plug wire is disconnected ) . NOTE : We do not recommend the use of pressure washers or garden hose to clean your unit . These may Lubrication cause damage to electric components spindles , pulleys , bearings or the engine . The use of water will ( Refer to Lubrication Chart in Figure 13 . ) shorten life of the mower and reduce its serviceability . The underside of the mower deck should be plug wire before cleaning , lubricating or _ lb lways stop engine and disconnect spark cleaned after each use to prevent build - up of grass doing any kind of work on lawn mower . clippings , leaves , dirt or other matter . If this debris BladeControl is allowed to accumulate , it will invite rust and • Lubricate the pivot points on the blade control corrosion , and may cause an uneven discharge of handle and the brake cable at least once a season grass clippings at the next cutting . with light oil . The blade control must operate freely in both directions . 11
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Wheels • When sharpening the blade , follow original angle of grind as a guide . It is extremely important to grind • The wheels require no lubrication . However , if the off all edges equally to keep the blade balanced . wheels are removed for any reason , lubricate the surface of the axle bolt and the inner surface of the NOTE : An unbalanced blade will cause excessive wheel with light oil . Engine oil may also be used . vibration when rotating at high speeds and may cause When tipping the unit , empty the fuel tank and keep damage to the mower and / or personal injury . engine spark plug side up . Test the blade by balancing it on a round shaft screwdriver . See Figure 15 . Remove metal from the heavy side until it balances evenly . Always remove blade from the adapter for the best test of balance . 1 , Insert screw driver through hole \ 2 , Blade should be parallel to ground Screwver Dri _ . Blade Ground Figure 15 Figure 13 : Lubrication Chart TOreassembleblade • Lubricate the engine crankshaft and the inner BladeCare surface of the blade adapter with light oil ( or engine oil ) . Also lubricate the bolt holes , bolts and inner • Periodically inspect the blade adapter for cracks , surface of the nuts . especially if you strike a foreign object . Replace • Install the blade adapter on the crankshaft with the when necessary . " star " away from the engine . Refer to Figure 14 . Place the blade with the side marked bottom ( or blade for sharpening or replacement , protect with part number ) facing away from the adapter . , _ WARNING : When removing the cutting hands by using heavy gloves or a rag to grasp • Align the blade bell support over the blade with the the cutting blade . tabs in the holes of the blade and insert the hex bolt . Tighten the hex bolt to the torque listed in the To removeblade " Blade Mounting Torque " section below . • Remove the bolt and blade support or bell washer BladeMountingTorque which hold the blade and adapter to the engine Center Bolt : 450 in . Ibs . min . , 600 in . lbs . max . crankshaft . See Figure 14 . Remove the blade and adapter from the crankshaft . IMPORTAI'fT : Toensure safe operation , all nuts and bolts must be checked periodically for correct tightness . ReplacingRearFlap Blade Adapte _ _ • To remove rear flap , compress the hinge clips and remove from the slots in rear of deck . • Attach new rear flap by placing new spring clips in the slots on the flap . Then compress the spring Support clips and reinsert in slots in rear of deck . Hex Bolt Engine • Follow engine manual for instruction and schedule Figure 14 of maintenance and lubrication . To balance blade 12
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SECTION8 : OFF - SEASOSNTORAGE The following steps should be taken to prepare lawn • Store mower in a dry , clean area . Do not store next to corrosive materials , such as fertilizer . mower for storage . • Clean and lubricate mower thoroughly as described NOTE : When storing any type of power equipment in in the lubrication instructions . an unventilated or metal storage shed , care should be • Refer to engine manual for correct engine storage taken to rust - proof the equipment . Using a light oil or instructions . silicone , coat the equipment , especially cables and all • Coat mower's cutting blade with chassis grease to moving parts . prevent rusting . SECTION9 : TROUBLESHOOTINGGUIDE Corrective Actions Trouble Possible Cause ( s ) 1 . Engine fails to Blade control handle disengaged . 1 . Engage blade control handle . start 2 . Spark plug wire disconnected . 2 . Connect wire to spark plug . 3 . Dirty aircleaner . 3 . Refer to the engine manual packed with your unit . 4 . Primer button net depressed . 4 . Refer to the engine manual packed with your unit . 5 . Clean fuelline . 5 . Fuel tank empty or stale fuel . 6 . Blocked fuel line . 6 . Clean , adjust gap or replace . 7 . Faulty spark plug . 7 . Refer to the engine manual . 8 . Engine flooded . 8 . Wait for a while and crank the engine . Blocked fuel line or stale fuel Engine runs 1 . 1 . Clean fuel line ; fill tank with dean , fresh gasoline . erratic 2 . Carburetor out of adjustment . 2 . Refer to the engine manual packed with your unit . Engine 1 . Engine oil level low . 1 . Fill crankcase with proper oil . overheats 2 . Dirty air cleaner . 2 . Refer to the engine manual packed with your unit . 3 . Air flow restricted . 3 . Stop engine and disconnect spark plug wire . Remove blower housing and dean . 4 . Carburetor not adjusted properly . 4 . Refer to the engine manual . Occasional skip 1 . Spark plug gap too close . 1 . Adjust gap to . 030 " . ( hesitates ) at 2 . Carburetor idle mixture 2 . Refer to the engine manual packed with your unit . high speed adjustment improperly set . Idles poorly 1 . Spark plug fouled , faulty or gap 1 . Reset gap to . 030 " or replace spark plug . too wide . 2 . Carburetor not adjusted . 2 . Refer to the engine manual . Excessive 1 . Cutting blade loose or 1 . Tighten blade and adapter . Balance blade . vibration unbalanced . 2 . Bent cutting blade . 2 . See an authorized service dealer . Mower will net 1 . Wet grass . 1 . Wait until later to cut . mulch grass 2 . Excessively high grass . 2 . Mow once at a high cutting heighL then mow again at desired height . Uneven cut 1 . Wheels positioned incorrectly . 1 . Place all four wheels in same height position . 2 . Dull blade . 2 . Sharpen or replace blade . NOTE : For repairs beyond those listed above , contact your local authorized service representative . 13
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SECTION10 : PARTSLISTFORMODELSERIES020 5 \ \ _ 4 15 18 . 19 19 , \ \ 20 _ 3 16 17 2 / 22 23 J 6 14
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ModelSeries020 ReL Part No . Description No . 1 . 710 - 0654A Hex Ind . Washer Screw 3 / 8 - 16 xl . 0 2 . 782 - 0048 Cutting Deck : 20 " Lower Handle 3 . 749 - 1077 4 . 749 - 1076 Upper Handle 5 . 747 - 0976A Control Handle ( Bail ) 6 . 731 - 0872A Rear Flap 7 . 17098 Hinge Clip 8 . 710 - 1044 Screw 3 / 8 - 24 x 1.5 " Group 8 9 . 936 - 0524A Blade Bell Support 10 . 753 - 0588 Blade Adapter Kit 11 . 742 - 0640 Cutting Blade 12 . 731 - 0064 Discharge Chute 13 . 710 - 0932 Carriage Screw 1 / 4 - 20 x 1.0 " 14 . 736 - 0173 Flat Washer Lock Nut 1 / 4 - 20 15 . 712 - 0324 16 . 710 - 3008 Hex Bolt 5 / 16 - 18 17 . 712 - 3004A Lock Nut 5 / 16 - 18 18 . 710 - 1205 Eye Bolt 19 . 710 - 0262 Carriage Bolt 5 / 16 - 18 x 1.5 " Lock Washer 20 . 736 - 0119 21 . 712 - 0267 Nut 5 / 16 - 18 22 . 734 - 1779 Wheel Shoulder Screw . 498 x 1.635 23 . 738 - 0533 24 . 736 - 0105 Bell Washer 25 . 712 - 0798 Flange Lock Nut Cable Tie 26 . 726 - 0240 27 . 746 - 0946 Control Cable ( 48.25 " Ig . ) 746 - 0957 Control Cable ( 37.25 " Ig . ) Bell Washer 28 . 736 - 0331 15
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MANUFACTURER'S LIMITED WARRANTY c . Routine maintenance items such as lubricants , filters , The limited warranty set forth below is given by MTD blade sharpening and tune - ups , or adjustments such PRODUCTS INC ( " MTD " ) with respect to new merchandise as brake adjustments , clutch adjustments or deck purchased and used in the United States , its possessions adjustments ; and normal deterioration of the exterior and territories . finish due to use or exposure . d . MTD does not extend any warranty for products sold MTD warrants this product against defects in material and or exported outside of the United States of America , workmanship for a period of one ( 1 ) year commencing on its possessions and territories , except those sold the date of original purchase and will , at its option , repair or through MTD's authorized channels of export distribu - replace , free of charge , any part found to be defective in tion . material or workmanship . This limited warranty shall only No implied warranty , including any implied warranty of apply if this product has been operated and maintained in merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose , accordance with the Operator's Manual furnished with the applies after the applicable period of express written product , and has not been subject to misuse , abuse , com - mercial use , neglect , accident , improper maintenance , warranty above as to the parts as identified . No other alteration , vandalism , theft , fire , water or damage because express warranty or guaranty , whether written or oral , of other peril or natural disaster . Damage resulting from the except as mentioned above , given by any person or installation or use of any accessory or attachment net entity , including a dealer or retailer , with respect to any approved by MTD Products Inc . for use with the product ( s ) product shall bind MTD . During the period of the War - covered by this manual will void your warranty as to any ranty , the exclusive remedy is repair or replacement of resulting damages . the product as set forth above . ( Some states do net allow limitations on how long an implied warranty lasts , so Normal wear parts or components thereof are subject to the above limitation may not apply to you . ) separate terms as follows : All normal wear part or compo - nent failures will be covered on the product for a period of The provisions as set forth in this Warranty provide the 90 days regardless of cause . After 90 days , but within the sole and exclusive remedy arising from the sales . MTD one - year period , normal wear part failures will be covered shall not be liable for incidental or consequential loss ONLY IF caused by defects in material or workmanship of or damages including , without limitation , expenses OTHER component parts . Normal wear parts and compo - incurred for substitute or replacement lawn care ser - nents include , but are not limited to , belts , blades , blade vices , for transportation or for related expenses , or for adapters , grass bags , rider deck wheels , seats , snow rental expenses to temporarily replace a warranted thrower skid shoes , shave plates and tires . Batteries are product . ( Some states do not allow the exclusion or limita - covered by a 90 - day limited replacement warranty . tion of incidental or consequential damages , so the above exclusion or limitation may not apply to you . ) HOW TO OBTAIN SERVICE : Warranty service is available , WITH PROOF OF PURCHASE THROUGH YOUR LOCAL In no event shall recovery of any kind be greater than the AUTHORIZED SERVICE DEALER . To locate the dealer in amount of the purchase price of the product sold . Alteration your area , please check for a listing in the Yellow Pages or of the safety features of the product shall void this War - contact the Customer Service Department of MTD PROD - ranty . You assume the risk and liability for loss , damage , or UCTS INC by calling 1 - 800 - 800 - 7310 or writing to P . O . Box injury to you and your property and / or to others and their 368022 , Cleveland , Ohio 44136 - 9722 . property arising out of the use or misuse or inability to use This limited warranty does not provide coverage in the the product . following cases : a . The engine or component parts thereof . These items This limited warranty shall net extend to anyone other than carry a separate manufacturer's warranty . Please refer the original purchaser , original lessee or the person for to the applicable manufacturer's warranty on these whom it was purchased as a gift . items . b . Log splitter pumps , valves and cylinders have a sepa - How State Law Relates to this Warranty : This limited rate one year warranty . warranty gives you specific legal rights , and you may also have other rights which vary from state to state .
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