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YARD OPERATOR'S MANUAL 22 " Rotary Mowers Model Series 080 Thru 099 _ ii _ , i ! i ! i ! i _ ! i , , MTD " W . . . . . _ ! i ! i ! i ! i ! i ! i iiii _ iiiiiiii IMPORTANT : READ SAFETY RULES AND INSTRUCTIONS CAREFULLY 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 arrester meeting applicable local or state laws ( if any ) . If a spark arrester is used , it should be maintained in effective working order by the operator . in the State of California the above is required by law ( Section 4442 of the California Public Resources Code ) . Other states may have similar laws . Federal laws apply on federal lands . A spark arrester for the muffler is available through your nearest 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 PRINTED IN U . S . A . FORM NO . 770 - 10342B ( 1 / 01 )
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TABLEOFCONTENTS Content Page Important Safe Operation Practices . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Slope Gauge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Assembling Your Lawn Mower . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Know Your Lawn Mower . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Operating Your Lawn Mower . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Making Adjustments . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Maintaining Your Lawn Mower . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Troubleshooting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Parts List . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 FINDINGMODELNUMBER This Operator's Manual is an important part of your new lawn mower . It will 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 looking down at the rear of the 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 . ( Model Number ) ( Sedal Number ) Copy the model number here : Copy the serial number here : MTD PRODUCTS INC ; ; : ; ; : CLEVELAND , OHIO 44136 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 : Engine Exhaust , some of its constituents , and certain vehicle components contain or emit chemicals known to State of California to cause cancer and 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 instructions could result in serious injury or death . 8 . Do not put hands or feet near rotating parts or under the GeneralOperation cutting deck . Contact with the blade can amputate hands 1 . Read this operator's manual carefully in its entirety and feet . before attempting to assemble this machine . Read , 9 . A missing or damaged discharge cover can cause blade understand , and follow all instructions on the machine contact or thrown object injuries . and in the manual ( s ) before operation . Be completely 10 . Many injuries occur as a result of the mower beiog pulled familiar with the controls and the proper use of this over the foot during a fall caused by slipping or tripping . machine before operating it . Keep this manual in a safe Do not hold on to the mower if you are falling ; release the place for future and regular reference and for ordering handle immediately . replacement parts . 11 . Never pull the mower back toward you while you are 2 . This machine is a precision piece of power equipment , walking . If you must back the mower away from a wall or not a plaything . Therefore , exercise extreme caution at all obstruction first look down and behind to avoid tripping times . Your unit has been designed to perform one job : to and then follow these steps : mow grass . Do not use it for any other purpose . a . Step back from the mower to fully extend your 3 . Never allow children under 14 years old to operate this arms . machine . Children 14 years old and over should read and b . Be sure you are well balanced with sure footing . understand the operation instructions and safety rules in c . Pull the mower back slowly , no more than half way this manual and should be trained and supervised by a toward you . parent . Only responsible individuals who are familiar with d . Repeat these steps as needed . these rules of safe operation should be allowed to use 12 . Do not operate the mower while under the influence of this machine . alcohol or drugs . 4 . Thoroughly inspect the area where the equipment is to 13 . Do not engage the self - propelled mechanism on units so be used . Remove all stones , sticks , wire , bones , toys and equipped while starting engine . other foreign objects which could be tripped over or 14 . The blade control handle is a safety device . Never picked up and thrown by the blade . Thrown objects can attempt to bypass its operation . Doing so makes the cause serious personal injury . Plan your mowing pattern safety device inoperative and may result in personal to avoid discharge of material toward roads , sidewalks , injury through contact with the rotating blade . The blade bystanders and the like . Also , avoid discharging material control handle must operate easily in both directions and against a wall or obstruction which may cause automatically return to the disengaged position when discharged material to ricochet back toward the operator . released . 5 . To help avoid blade contact or a thrown object injury , stay 15 . Never operate the mower in wet grass . Always be sure of in the operator zone behind the handles and keep your footing . A slip and fall can cause serious personal children , bystanders , helpers and pets at least 75 feet injury . If you feel you are losing your footing , release the from the mower while it is in operation . Stop machine if blade control handle immediately and the blade will stop anyone enters the area . rotating within three seconds . 6 . Always wear safety glasses or safety goggles during 16 . Mow only in daylight or in good artificial light . Walk , never operation and while performing an adjustment or repair to run . protect your eyes . Thrown objects which ricochet can 17 . Stop the blade when crossing gravel drives , walks or cause serious injury to the eyes . roads . 7 . Wear sturdy , rough - soled work shoes and close - fitting 18 . If the equipment should start to vibrate abnormally , stop slacks and shirts . Shirts and pants that cover the arms the engine and check immediately for the cause . and legs and steel - toed shoes are recommended . Never Vibration is generally a warning of trouble . operate this machine in bare feet , sandals , slippery or 19 , Shut the engine off and wait until the blade comes to a light weight ( e . g . canvas ) shoes . 3
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completsetopbeforeremovinthgegrasscatcheorr doorways , shrubs , trees , or other objects that may unclogginthgechuteT . hecuttingbladecontinuetos obscure your vision of a child who may run into the mower . rotatfeorafewsecondasftetrheenginiesshuot ff . Never 5 , placeanypartofthebodyinthebladeareauntiyl ouare Keep children away from hot or running engines . They can suffer burns from a hot muffler . surethebladehasstopperdotating . 6 . 20 . Neveorperatme owewrithouptropetrrailshield , Never allow children under 14 years old to operate a dischargceoverg , rasscatchebr , ladecontrohlandloer power mower . Children 14 years old and over should othesrafetpyrotectivdeeviceisnplaceandworking . read and understand the operation instructions and Neveorperatme owewrithdamagesdafetydevices . safety rules in this manual and should be trained and Failuretodoso , canresulitnpersonianljury . supervised by a parent . 21 . MufflerandenginebecomehotandcancausDeoaburn . nottouch . Service 22 . Onlyusepartsandaccessorimesadfeorthismachinbey themanufacturFear . ilurteodoso , canresulitnpersonal Safe HandlingOfGasoline : injury . 1 , To avoid personal injury or property damage use extreme 23 . Ifsituationosccuwr hicharenotcevereidnthismanual , care in handling gasoline , Gasoline is extremely usecareandgoodjudgmenCt . ontacytourdealefror flammable and the vapors are explosive . Serious assistancTee . lephon1e - 800 - 800 - 7f3o1rt0henameof personal injury can occur when gasoline is spilled on yournearesdtealer . yourself or your clothes which can ignite . 2 . Wash your skin and change clothes immediately . 3 . Use only an approved gasoline container . SlopeOperation 4 . Never fill containers inside a vehicle or on a truck or Slopes are a major factor related to slip and fall accidents trailer bed with a plastic liner . Always place containers on which can result in severe injury . Operation on slopes the ground away from your vehicle before filling . requires extra caution . If you feel uneasy on a slope , do not 5 . When practical , removegas - powered equipment from mow it . For your safety , use the slope gauge included as part the truck or trailer and refuel it on the ground . If this is not of this manual to measure slopes before operating this unit on possible , then refuel such equipment on a trailer with a a sloped or hilly area . If the slope is greater than 15 degrees , portable container , rather than from a gasoline dispenser do not mow it . nozzle . DO : 6 . Keep the nozzle in contact with the rim of the fuel tank or 1 . Mow across the face of slopes ; never up and down . container opening at all times until fueling is complete . Do Exercise extreme caution when changing direction on not use a nozzle lock - open device . slopes . 7 . Extinguish all cigarettes , cigars , pipes and other sources 2 . Watch for holes , ruts , rocks , hidden objects , or bumps of ignition . which can cause you to slip or trip . Tall grass can hide 8 . Never fuel machine indoors because flammable vapors obstacles . will accumulate in the area . 3 . Always be sure of your footing . A slip and fall can cause 9 . Never remove gas cap or add fuel while the engine is hot serious personal injury . If you feel you are losing your or running . Allow engine to cool at least two minutes balance , release the blade control handle immediately , before refueling . 10 . Never over fill fuel tank . Fill tank to no more than ½ inch and the blade will stop rotating within 3 seconds . below bottom of filler neck to provide space for fuel DoNot : expansion . 1 . Do not mow near drop " offs , ditches or embankments , you 11 . Replace gasoline cap and tighten securely . could lose your footing or balance . 12 . If gasoline is spilled , wipe it off the engine and equipment . 2 . Do not mow slopes greater than 15 degrees as shown on Move unit to another area . Wait 5 minutes before starting the slope gauge . the engine . 3 . Do not mow on wet grass . Unstable footing could cause 13 . Never store the machine or fuel centainer inside where slipping . there is an open flame , spark or pilot light as on a water heater , space heater , furnace , clothes dryer or other gas Children appliances . 14 . To reduce fire hazard , keep mower freeofgrass , leaves , Tragic accidents can occur if the operator is not alert to the or other debris build - up . Clean up oil or fuel spillage and presence of children . Children are often attracted to the remove any fuel soaked debris . mower and the mowing activity . They do not understand the 15 . Allow a mower to cool at least 5 minutes before storing . dangers . Never assume that children will remain where you last saw them . GeneralService : 1 . Keep children out of the mowing area and under the 1 . Never run an engine indoors or in a poorly ventilated watchful care of a responsible adult other than the area . Engine exhaust contains carbon monoxide , an operator . odorless and deadly gas . 2 . Be alert and turn mower off if a child enters the area . 2 . Before cleaning , repairing , or inspecting , make certain 3 . Before and while moving backwards , look behind and the blade and all moving parts have stopped . Disconnect down for small children . the spark plug wire and ground against the engine to 4 . Use extreme care when approaching blind corners , prevent unintended starting .
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SIGHT AND HOLD THIS LEVEL WITH A VERTICAL TREE ' ql A POWER POLE A CORNER OF A BUILDING OR A FENCE POST _ D O 15 ° 03 . £ cO . _ . 5 WARNING CO3O • ¢ 0 _ Do not mow on inclines with a slope in excess of 15 degrees ( a rise of approximately 2 - 1 / 2 feet every 10 feet ) _ A riding mower could CO O a . - - _ and you could slip , resulting in serious injury . r _ o , overturn and cause serious injury . If operating a walk - behind mower on such a slope , it is extremely difficult to maintain your footing ' - _ " = Operate RIDING mowers up and down slopes , never across the face of slopes . _ Operate WALK - BEHIND mowers across the face of slopes , never up and down slopes . C
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SECTION3 : ASSEMBLINGYOURLAWNMOWER IMPORTANT : This unit is shipped without gasoline or oil Lower in the engine . Be certain to service engine with gasoline e and oil as instructed in the separate engine manual Wing before operating your mower . NOTE : Reference to right or left hand side of the mower is observed from the operating position . RemovingUnitFromCarton Remove staples , break glue on top flaps , or cut Handle tape at carton end and peel along top flap to open carton . Assemblies Remove loose parts if included with unit ( i . e . , Figure 2 operator's manual , etc . ) Carefully cut along comers , lay carton down flat , Fasten the cable to the lower handle with the cable and remove packing material tie found on the lower handle . Pull the cable tie tight Roll or slide unit out of carton and check carton and trim off the excess . See Figure 3 . thoroughly for loose parts . Cable Tie DisconnectinSgparkPlugWire Before setting up your lawn mower , disconnect the spark plug wire from the spark plug and ground against Handle the engine . See Figure 1 . Bolt Figure 3 O If not already , move rope guide to the first hole above the lower handle on right side . Secure the rope guide to handle with wing nut , but de net tighten . See Figure 4 . Starter Rope " _ Nut Plug Wire Spark Plug Rope J Figure 1 Guide Lowerle Hand SettingUpYourLawn Mower Lift up and pull back on the upper handle to raise Figure 4 the handle into the operating position . Make certain the lower handle is seated securely into the handle With the spark plug wire disconnected and bracket assemblies . To secure the upper and lower grounded , hold the blade control handle against the handle , tighten the wing nuts near the top of lower upper handle , and pull the starter rope out of the handle ( carriage bolts must be seated properly into engine . Release the blade control handle . Slip the the handle ) . starter rope into the rope guide . Tighten the wing Tighten the wing nuts at the end of the lower handle nut . to secure the handle to handle bracket assemblies . NOTE : This manual represents two different model See Figure 2 . series . Model 080 series comes with the side NOTE : Your mower is shipped with the handle in the discharge assembly on the unit and a snap on higher position . If you wish to lower the height of the mulching baffle . The 090 series comes with the handle , refer to the Adjustment Section . mulching baffle on the unit and a snap on side discharge chute .
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Slide the hooks of the side discharge chute over the RemovinCghute Retainer ( Models080 Series ) hinge pin on the mulching baffle . Make sure that the The chute deflector on your mower is held in an upright hooks snaps into place , locking the chute firmly position by a retainer for shipping purposes only . onto the mower . See Figure 7 . Remove the retainer by following the steps below , Release the mulching baffle . before running the mower for the first time . Push the chute deflector up and towards the Discharge engine . Holding the deflector inthis position , remove the retainer . See Figure 5 . Lower the chute deflector carefully to its operating position keeping your fingers out of the way . Deflector Retainer Baffle " Hook Hinge Figure 5 Pin on Top of Lip WARNING : The chute retainer must be removed and discarded before operating Figure 6 the mower . Mulching InstallingMulchingBaffle ( Model080 Series ) Baffle If your mower is equipped with the optional mulching baffle , install it following these instructions : Lift up side discharge chute and insert the mulching baffle so that the notches at the bottom of the baffle sit firmly on the lip of the deck opening . See Figure 6 . Snap the hooks of the baffle over the hinge pin on the discharge chute . Make sure that the hooks snaps into place , locking the mulching baffle firmly onto the mower . Release the side discharge chute . Side Discharge Hooks Chute InstallingSide DischargeChute ( Model 090 Series ) If your mower is equipped with the optional side Figure 7 discharge chute , install it following these instructions : SECTION4 : KNOWYOURLAWNMOWER Read this operator's manual and safety rules before BladeControlHandle operating your lawn mower . Compare the illustration in The blade control handle is located on the upper handle Figure 8 with your lawn mower to familiarize yourself of the mower . The blade control handle must be with the location of various controls and adjustments . depressed in order to operate the unit . Release blade Save this manual for future reference . control handle to stop engine and blade . See Figure 8 . WARNING : The operation of any lawn mower can result in foreign objects being is a safety device . Never attempt to bypass i _ WARNING : This blade control mechanism thrown into the eyes , which can damage its operations . your eyes severely . Always wear safety glasses while operating the mower , or while performing any adjustments or repairs on it .
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Recoil Starter The recoil starter is attached to the right lower handle . Stand behind the unit and pull the recoil starter to start . oO : uc og / the unit . See Figure 8 . Discharge CuttingHeightAdjustmentLever These levers are located on each wheel and they are used to adjust the cutting height . All four levers have to be at the same relative position to ensure an uniform cut . Cutting Height EngineControls Recoil Adjustment Starter See the separate engine manual for the location and function of the controls on the engine . StoppingEngine Release blade control handle to stop the engine and the blade . Baffle Disconnect spark plug wire from spark plug and ground against the engine . Discharge Chute Figure 8 SECTION5 : OPERATINGYOURLAWNMOWER TowardsBetterMowerPerformance 1 . Pour fresh , clean gasoline into the mower's gas 6 . Hold control handle down and pull rope firmly to tank until the tank is full . Do not use gasoline start the engine . that is more than 30 days old . 7 . Set cutting height adjustment lever to middle setting and mow a single pass on your lawn ; 2 . Always use a fuel stabilizer . It will double the life then adjust to desired height for a closer cut . of the gasoline used . 8 . To mulch insert the mulch plug / cover on the 3 . Make sure to connect the mower's spark plug mower . wire before trying to start the engine . 9 . In heavy growing season , it may be necessary 4 . Add engine oil to the oil fill on the mower engine . to mow lawn twice weekly . Clumps of grass Check the dipstick and add more if necessary . clippings left behind on the lawn usually means Remember that the oil level has to touch the fill that the grass is too high to mulch . line . 10 . Before storing the lawn mower for the winter , 5 . Locate the primer decal near the primer bulb on use stabilizer - treated fuel and run the tank dry . the engine , and read its instruction . Using your 11 . Thirty days before start of the new season , thumb , press the primer bulb slowly as many check the air filter , spark plug and blade on the times as the decal advises . lawn mower , and replace if needed . WARNING : Keep hands and feet away from NOTE : For shipping purposes your mower is set with chute area on the cutting deck . The the wheels in a low cutting height position . For best & operation of any lawn mower can result in results raise the cutting position until it is determine foreign objects being thrown into the eyes , which height is best for your lawn . See the Adjustment Section for details . which can result in severe eye damage . Always wear safety glasses or eye shields .
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mower in any direction and cause serious personal GasandOilFill - Up injury to the operator and others . Service the engine with gasoline and oil as instructed in For best results , do not cut wet grass because it tends the separate engine manual packed with your mower . to stick to the underside of the mower , preventing Read instructions carefully . proper discharge of grass clippings , and could cause WARNING : Never fill fuel tank indoors with you to slip and fall . New grass , thick grass , or wet grass engine running or until the engine has may require a narrower cut . been allowed to cool for at least two For a healthier lawn , never cut off more than one - third minutes after running . of the total length of the grass . Your lawn should be cut in the fall as long as there is growth . This mower is StartingEngine designed to be operated at full throttle to give you the best cut and do the most effective job of mowing or Attach spark plugwire to spark plug . Make certain mulching . the metal cap on the end of the spark plug is fastened securely over the metal tip on the spark WARNING : If you strike a foreign object , plug . stop the engine . Remove wire from the Prime engine as instructed in the separate engine spark plug , thoroughly inspect the mower manual packed with your unit . for any damage , and repair the damage Your lawn mower may be equipped with a constant before restarting and operating the speed throttle , which is set at full throttle for best mower . Extensive vibration of the mower performance . during operation is an indication of Stand behind the mower and squeeze the blade damage . The unit should be promptly control handle against the upper handle . inspected and repaired . Grasp recoil starter handle and pull rope out slowly until engine reaches the start of compression cycle Mulching ( rope will pull slightly harder at this point ) . Let the For effective mulching , do not cut wet grass because it rope rewind slowly . Pull rope with a rapid , tends to stick to the underside of the deck , preventing continuous , full arm stroke . Keeping a firm grip on proper mulching of grass clippings . New or thick grass the starter handle , let the rope return to the starter may require a narrower cut . The ground speed should slowly . be adjusted to the condition of the lawn . If mowing has been delayed and the grass has been allowed to grow UsingYourLawnMower in excess of 4 " , mulching is not recommended . Mow Be sure the lawn is clear of stones , sticks , wire , or other using the side discharge to reduce the grass height to 3 objects which could damage the lawn mower or the 1 / 4 " maximum before mulching . engine . Such objects could be accidently thrown by the SECTION6 : MAKINGADJUSTMENTS CuttingHeightAdjustment nect spark plug , and ground against WARNING : Always stop engine , discon - engine before performing adjustments . Each wheel has a height adjustment lever which provides cutting height adjustment . When the adjustment lever is moved from one location to another the height of cut will be changed . Simply depress the lever towards wheel and move lever assembly to desired position . See . IMPORTANT : All wheels must be placed in the same relative position . For rough or uneven lawns , move the Figure 9 height adjustment lever to a higher position . This will help stop scalping of the grass . 10
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HandleHeightAdjustment Your mower is shipped with the handle in the higher height position . To lower the height proceed as follows : Wing Remove the starter rope from the rope guide . Disconnect the handle from the handle bracket assemblies by removing the wing nuts . See Figure 10 . Position each handle bracket assembly stud into the top hole in the lower handle . Each end of the lower handle must be placed in Handle Bracket same relative position . Figure 10 SECTION7 : MAINTAININGYOURLAWNMOWER Some adjustments will have to be made GeneralRecommendations periodically to maintain your unit properly . All Always observe safety rules when performing any adjustments in the Making Adjustments section of maintenance . this manual should be checked at least once each The warranty on this lawn mower does not cover season . items that have been subjected to operator abuse Periodically check all fasteners and make sure or negligence . To receive full value from the these are tight . warranty , operator must maintain the lawn mower Follow the maintenance schedule under Customer as instructed in this manual . Responsibilities to get quality performance from Changing of engine governed speed will void your lawn mower . engine warranty . CustomerResponsibilities _ . _ o _ MAINTENANCE e , e _ % _ _ _ _ & _ , _ " _ SERVICE SCHEDULE e _ . _ , _ , _ e _ _ e _ . _ _ o ' no DATES Lubricate Wheels I - 0 Lubricate Blade Control Clean Deck < _ n , " n BladeCare _ Check Oil Change Oil _ Replace Air Filter Clean Engine _ Check Spark Plug R _ R _ Check Spark Arrester ( if any ) q _ 11
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The spark plug should be cleaned and the gap Lubrication reset once a season . Spark plug replacement is recommended at the start of each mowing season . nect spark plug , and ground against Clean the engine regularly with a cloth or brush . Keep WARNING : Always stop engine , discon - engine before cleaning , lubricating or the cooling system ( blower housing area ) clean to doing any kind of maintenance on your permit proper air circulation which is essential to engine machine . performance and life . Be certain to remove all grass , dirt , and combustible debris from muffler area . Blade Control Handle : Lubricate the pivot points on Deck the blade control handle at least once a season with The underside of the mower deck should be cleaned light oil . The blade control must operate freely in both directions . See Figure 11 . after each use to prevent a buildup of grass clippings , leaves , dirt , or other matter . If this debris is allowed to Wheels : Lubricate the wheels at least once a season accumulate , it wilt invite rust and corrosion , and may with lightoil ( or motor oil ) . If the wheels are removed for prevent proper mulching , discharge , or bagging . The any reason , lubricate the surface of the axle bolt and deck may be cleaned by tilting the mower and scraping inner surface of the wheel with lightoil . clean with a suitable tool ( make certain the spark plug Chute Deflector or Mulching Baffle : Lubricate the wire is disconnected ) . torsion spring and pivot point periodically with lightoil to IMPORTANT : We do not recommend the use of a prevent any rustor binding . pressure washer or garden hose to clean your unit . Engine : Follow the separate engine manual packed with you unit for lubrication instructions . Cutting Blade Removal , Replacement , and Sharpening When removing the cutting blade for sharpening or replacement , protect your hands with a pair of heavy gloves or use a heavy rag to hold the blade . Lubricate Remove the bolt and the blade bell support which hold the blade and the blade adapter to the engine crankshaft . See Figure 12 . Remove the blade and the adapter from the crankshaft . Blade Adapter _ Blade Bell x Bolt Figure 11 Maintenance Figure 12 NOTE : When tipping the unit or emptying the fuel tank keep the air cleaner side of engine up . Never tip the mower more than 90 degrees and do not leave the adapter for cracks , especially if you strike WARNING : Periodically inspect the blade mower tipped for any length of time . Oil can drain into a foreign object . Replace when necessary . the upper part of the engine causing a starting problem . When sharpening the blade , follow the original angle of Engine grind as a guide . It is extremely important that each Refer to the separate engine manual for all engine cutting edge receives an equal amount of grinding to maintenance instructions . prevent an unbalanced blade . An unbalanced blade will cause excessive vibration when rotating at high Maintain engine oil as instructed in the separate speeds . It may cause damage to the mower , and could engine manual packed with your unit . break causing personal injury . Service air cleaner every 25 hours under normal conditions . Poor engine performance and flooding usually indicate that the air cleaner should be serviced . To service the air cleaner , refer to the separate engine manual packed with your unit . 12
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The blade can be tested by balancing it on a round Slide the blade adapter onto the engine crankshaft . shaft screwdriver . Remove metal from the heavy side Place the blade on the adapter . Be certain the until it balances evenly . It is recommended that the blade is aligned and seated on the blade adapter blade always be removed from the adapter when flanges . testing for balance . Before reinstalling the blade and Place blade bell support on blade . Make sure the the blade adapter to the unit , lubricate the engine notches on the blade bell support are aligned with small holes in the blade . crankshaft and the inner surface of the blade adapter with light oil . Replace hex bolt and tighten hex bolt to torque : 450 in . lbs . min . , 600 in . lbs . max . Be sure to install the blade with the end tips facing up or side of the blade marked " Bottom " ( or with NOTE : To ensure safe operation of your mower , the part number ) facing the ground when the mower is blade bolt must be checked periodically for correct in the operating position . torque . SECTION8 : TROUBLESHOOTING Problem Cause Remedy Engine fails to start 1 . Blade control handle disengaged . 1 . Engage blade control handle . 2 . Spark plug wire disconnected . 2 . Connect wire to spark plug . 3 . Fuel tank empty or stale fuel . 3 . Fill tank with clean , fresh gasoline . 4 . Blocked fuel line . 4 . Clean fuel line . 5 . Faulty spark plug . 5 . Clean , adjust gap , or replace . 6 . Wait a few minutes to restart , but do not 6 . Engine flooded prime . Engine runs erratic 1 . Spark plug wire loose . 1 . Connect and tighten spark plug wire . 2 . Blocked fuel line or stale fuel . 2 . Clean fuel line ; fill tank with clean , fresh gasoline 3 . Clear vent . 3 . Vent in gas plugged . 4 . Drain fuel tank . Refill with fresh fuel . 4 . Water or dirt in fuel system . 5 . Clean air cleaner . 5 . Dirty air cleaner . 6 . Carburetor out of adjustment . 6 . Adjust carburetor . Engine overheats 1 . Engine oil level low . 1 . Fill crankcase with proper oil . 2 . Air flow restricted . 2 . Remove blower housing and clean . 3 . Carburetor not adjusted properly . 3 . Adjust carburetor . Occasional skip ( hesitates 1 . Spark plug gap too close . 1 . Adjust gap to . 030 " . at high speed Idles poorly 1 . Spark plug fouled , faulty or gap too 1 . Reset gap to . 030 " or replace spark wide . plug . 2 . Carburetor impropedy adjusted . 2 . Adjust carburetor . 3 . Dirty air cleaner . 3 . Clean air cleaner . Excessive vibration 1 . Cutting blade loose or unbalanced . 1 . Tighten blade and adapter . Balance blade . 2 . Bent cutting blade . 2 . Replace blade . Mowerwillnotmulchgras , , 1 . Wetgrass . 1 . Do not mow when grass is wet ; wait until later to cut . 2 . Excessively high grass . 2 . Mow once at a high cutting height , then mow again at desired height or make a narrower cutting path . 3 . Dull blade . 3 . Sharpen or replace blade . Uneven cut 1 . Wheels not positioned correctly . 1 . Place all four wheels in same height position . 2 . Dull blade . 2 . Sharpen or replace blade . NOTE : For repairs beyond the minor adjustments listed above , contact an authorized service dealer . 13
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Models080 thru099 5 / \ 6 11 15 / 14 n _ - 17 35 3O 34 14
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Models080 thru099 Ref . Ref . Part No . Part No . Part Description Part Description No . No . 1 , 747 - 1161A Blade Control Handle 24 , 734 - 1987 Rear Wheel 8 x 1.8 2 , 749 - 1092A 25 , 710 - 0514 Hex Cap Screw 3 / 8 - 16 x 1,0 Upper Handle 3 , 720 - 0279 26 , 712 - 0431 Wing Nut Flange Lock Nut 3 / 8 - 16 4 , 710 - 1205 27 , 736 - 0270 Bell Washer , 265 ID x , 75 OD Eye Bolt 5 , 710 - 1174 28 , 738 - 1172 Shoulder Screw Carriage Bolt 5 / 16 - 18 x 2,0 6 , 720 - 0284 29 , 734 - 1988 Front Wheel 7 x 1.8 Wing Nut 7 , 736 - 0451 Shoulder Washer . 320 ID x , 93 OD 30 , 748 - 0376C Blade Adapter 8 , 749 - 1093B Lower Handle 31 , 742 - 0642A Blade 22 " 9 , 725 - 0157 Cable Tie 742 - 0742A Mulching Blade 22 " 10 , 710 - 0896 Hex Screw 1 / 4 - 14 x . 625 32 , 736 - 0524A Blade Bell Support 11 , 782 - 9065 33 , 710 - 1044 Hex Cap Screw 3 / 8 - 24 x 1,5 Hinge Clip 12 , 731 - 2322 Trail Shield 34 , 747 - 0710 Hinge Pin 13 , 682 - 3065 35 , 732 - 1014 Handle Bracket Assembly LH Torsion Spring 14 , 682 - 3064 36 , 731 - 1035A Handle Bracket Assembly RH Chute Hinge 15 , 682 - 0094 37 , 731 - 1034B Deck Assembly 22 " Side Discharge Chute Assembly 682 - 0108 Deck Assembly 22 " ( No Sprigs ) 38 , 631 - 0098 Mulching Baffle ( If Equipped ) 16 , 710 - 0654A Hex Washer Screw 3 / 8 - 16 x 1,0 Blade Control Cable - B & S 39 , 746 - 0957 Blade Control Cable - B & S 17 , 741 - 0751 746 - 1130 Height Adjuster Bearing Blade Control Cable - Tec 18 , 720 - 0426 746 - 1091 Height Adjuster Knob 19 , 732 - 1026 40 , 731 - 1386C Spring Lever Snap Mulching Plug ( If Equipped ) 20 , 710 - 0216 41 , 731 - 2230 Hex Cap Screw 3 / 8 - 16 x , 75 Snap Discharge Chute ( If Equipped ) 21 , 682 - 0113 Pivot Arm 42 , 736 - 0105 Washer Spacer . 401 ID x , 870 OD 22 , 738 - 1173 Shoulder Screw 43 , 712 - 0130 Hex Lock Nut 3 / 8 - 16 23 , 736 - 0741 Bell Washer , 760 ID x 1.25 OD 44 , 712 - 0431 Lock Nut 3 / 8 - 16 15
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MANUFACTURER'S LIMITED WARRANTY FOR : YARD c . Routine maintenance items such as lubricants , filters , The limited warranty set forth below is given by MTD PROD - blade sharpening and tune - ups , or adjustments such as UCTS INC ( " MTD " ) with respect to new merchandise pur - brake adjustments , clutch adjustments or deck adjust - chased and used in the United States , its possessions and ments ; and normal deterioration of the exterior finish due territories . to use or exposure . d . MTD does not extend any warranty for products sold or MTD warrants this product against defects in material and exported outside of the United States of America , its workmanship for a period of two ( 2 ) years commencing on possessions and territories , except those sold through the date of original purchase and will , at its option , repair or MTD's authorized channels of export distribution . replace , free of charge , any part found to be defective in 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 s 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 - warranty above as to the parts as identified . No other mercial use . neglect , accident , improper maintenance , alter - express warranty or guaranty , whether written or oral , ation , vandalism , theft , fire , water or damage because of except as mentioned above , given by any person or other peril or natural disaster . Damage resulting from the entity , including a dealer or retailer , with respect to any installation or use of any accessory or attachment not product shall bind MTD . During the period of the War - approved by MTD Products Inc . for use with the product ( s ) ranty , the exclusive remedy is repair or replacement of covered by this manual will void your warranty as to any the product as set forth above . ( Some states do not allow resulting damages . limitations on how long an implied warranty lasts , so the above limitation may not apply to you . ) Normal wear parts or components thereof are subject to sep - arate terms as follows : All normal wear part or component The provisions as set forth in this Warranty provide the failures will be covered on the product for a period of 90 days sole and exclusive remedy arising from the sales . MTD regardless of cause . After 90 days , but within the two year shall not be liable for incidental or consequential loss or period , normal wear part failures will be covered ONLY IF damages including , without limitation , expenses caused by defects in material or workmanship of OTHER incurred for substitute or replacement lawn care ser - component parts . Normal wear parts and components vices , for transportation or for related expenses , or for include , but are not limited to , belts , blades , blade adapters , rental expenses to temporarily replace a warranted prod * grass bags , rider deck wheels , seats , snow thrower skid uct . ( Some states do not allow the exclusion or limitation of shoes , shave plates and tires . Batteries are covered by a 90 - incidental or consequential damages , so the above exclusion day limited replacement warranty . or limitation may not apply to you . ) HOW TO OBTAIN SERVICE : Warranty service is available , In no event shall recovery of any kind be greater than the WITH PROOF OF PURCHASE THROUGH YOUR LOCAL amount of the purchase price of the product sold . Alteration AUTHORIZED SERVICE DEALER . To locate the dealer in of the safety features of the product shall void this Warranty . your area , please check for a listing in the Yellow Pages or You assume the risk and liability for loss . damage , or injury to contact the Customer Service Department of MTD PROD - you and your property and / or to others and their property UCTS INC by calling 1 - 800 - 800 - 7310 or writing to RO . Box arising out of the use or misuse or inability to use the product . 368022 , Cleveland . Ohio 44136 - 9722 . This limited warranty does not provide coverage in the This limited warranty shall not extend to anyone other than following cases : the original purchaser , original lessee or the person for whom a . The engine or component parts thereof . These items it was purchased as a gift . carry a separate manufacturer's warranty . Please refer to the applicable manufacturer's warranty on these items . How State Law Relates to this Warranty : This limited war - b . Log splitter pumps , valves and cylinders have a separate ranty gives you specific legal rights , and you may also have one year warranty . other rights which vary from state to state .
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