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YARD OPERATOR'S MANUAL 22 " Rotary Mowers Model Series 080 Thru 099 _ ii _ , i ! i ! i ! i _ ! i , , MTD " iiii . i . i . i . i . , , , ii ! ! : ; ( _ ! i ! i ! i ! i ! i ! i iiii _ iiiiiiii 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 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 - 10342 ( 10 / 99 )
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TABLEOFCONTENTS Content Page Maintaining Safety . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 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 : _ aJ 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 : MAINTAININGSAFETY This Warning 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 your lawn mower . Failure to comply with these instructions may result in personal injury . When you see this symbol , heed its warning . DANG E R : Your lawn mower 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 lawn mower is capable of amputating hands and feet and throwing objects . Failure to observe the following safety instructions could result in serious injury or death . WARNING : The Engine Exhaust from this product contains chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer , birth defects or other reproductive harm . • Thoroughly inspect the area where the equipment is GENERALOPERATION to be used . Remove all stones , sticks , wire , bones , toys and other foreign objects which could be picked • Read this operator's manual carefully in its entirety up and thrown by the mower in any direction and before attempting to assemble this machine . Read , understand , and follow all instructions on the machine cause serious personal injury to the operator or any others allowed in the area . Plan your mowing pattern and in the manual ( s ) before operation . Be completely to avoid discharge of material toward roads , familiar with the controls and the proper use of this sidewalks , bystanders and the like . To help avoid a machine before operating it . Keep this manual in a thrown objects injury , keep children , bystanders and safe place for future and regular reference and for helpers at least 75 feet from the mower while it is in ordering replacement parts . operation . • Your rotary mower is a precision piece of power • Do not put hands or feet near or under rotating parts . equipment , not a plaything . Therefore , exercise extreme caution at all times . Your unit has been Keep clear of discharge opening at all times as the rotating blade can cause injury . designed to perform one job : to mow grass . Do not use it for any other purpose . • Many injuries occur as a result of the mower being pulled over the foot during a fall . Do not hang on to • Never allow children under 14 years old to operate a the mower if you are falling ; release the handle power mower . Children 14 years old and over should immediately . only operate mower under close parental supervision . Only responsible individuals who are familiar with • Never pull the mower toward you while you are these rules of safe operation should be allowed to walking . If you must back the mower away from a use your mower . wall or obstruction first look down and behind , and then follow these steps : • Keep the area of operation clear of all persons , particularly small children and pets . Stop engine • Step back from the mower to fully extend your when they are in the vicinity of your mower to help arms . prevent blade contact or thrown object injury . • Be sure you are well balanced with sure footing . Although the area of operation should be completely cleared of foreign objects , an object may have been • Pull the mower back slowly , no more than half overlooked and could be accidentally thrown by the way toward you . mower in any direction and cause serious personal • Repeat these steps as needed . injury to the operator or any others allowed in the • Do not operate the mower while under the influence area . of alcohol or drugs . • Wear sturdy , rough - soled work shoes and close - fitting • Do not engage the self - propelled mechanism on units slacks and shirts . Shirts and pants that cover the so equipped while starting engine . arms and legs and steel - toed shoes are recommended . Do not wear loose fitting clothes or • The blade control handle is a safety device . Never jewelry . They can be caught in moving parts . Never attempt to bypass its operation . Doing so makes the operate a unit in bare feet , sandals , slippery or light safety device inoperative and may result in personal weight ( e . g . canvas ) shoes . injury through contact with the rotating blade . The blade control handle must operate easily in both • Always wear safety glasses or safety goggles during directions and automatically return to the disengaged operation or while performing an adjustment or repair , position when released . to protect eyes from foreign objects that may be thrown from the machine in any direction .
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• Neveor peratethemoweirnwetgrassA . lwaysbe • Do not mow on wet grass . Reduced footing could sureofyourfootingA . slipandfallcancauseserious cause slipping . personainljuryK . eepa firm hold on the handle and walk , never run . If you feel you are losing your CHILDREN footing , RELEASE THE BLADE CONTROL HANDLE Tragic accidents can occur if the operator is not alert to the IMMEDIATELY and the blade will stop rotating within presence of children . Children are often attracted to the three seconds . mower and the mowing activity . Never assume that children • Mow only in daylight or good artificial light . will remain where you last saw them . • Stop the blade when crossing gravel drives , walks or • Keep children out of the mowing area and under the roads . watchful care of a responsible adult other than the • If the equipment should start to vibrate abnormally , operator . stop the engine and check immediately for the cause . • Be alert and turn mower off if a child enters the area . Vibration is generally a warning of trouble . • Before and while moving backwards , look behind and • Shut the engine off and wait until the blade comes to down for small children or other objects . a complete stop before removing the grass catcher or • Never allow children under age 14 to operate the unclogging the chute . The cutting blade continues to mower . Children 14 years of age and above should rotate for a few seconds after the engine is shut off . read and understand the operation instructions and Never place any part of the body in the blade area safety rules in this manual until you are sure the blade has stopped rotating . • Use extreme care when approaching blind corners , • Never operate mower without proper guards , grass shrubs , trees , or other objects that may obscure your catcher , plates or other safety protective devices in vision of a child or hazard . place . • Muffler and engine become hot and can cause a SERVICE burn . Do not touch . • Only use accessories approved for this machine by • Use extreme care in handling gasoline and other the manufacturer . Read , understand , and follow all fuels . They are extremely flammable and the vapors instructions provided with the approved accessory . are explosive . • If situations occur which are not covered in this • Use only an approved gasoline container . manual , use care and good judgment . Contact your • Never remove gas cap or add fuel while the engine is dealer for assistance . Telephone 1 - 800 - 800 - 7310 for running . Allow engine to cool at least two minutes the name of your nearest dealer . before refueling . • Replace gasoline cap securely and wipe off any SLOPEOPERATION spilled gasoline before starting the engine as it may For your safety , use the slope gauge included as part of this cause a fire or explosion . manual to measure slopes before operating this unit on a • Extinguish all cigarettes , cigars , pipes and other sloped or hilly area . If the slope is greater than 15 degrees sources of ignition . as shown on the slope gauge , do not operate this unit on • Never refuel machine indoors because flammable that area or serious injury could result . vapors will accumulate in the area . DO : • Never store the machine or fuel container inside where there is an open flame or spark such as a gas • Mow across the face of slopes ; never up and down . water heater , space heater , or furnace . Exercise extreme caution when changing direction on • Never run an engine inside a closed area . slopes . • To reduce fire hazard , keep mower free of grass , • Watch for holes , ruts , hidden objects , or bumps . Tall leaves , or other debris build - up . Clean up oil or fuel grass can hide obstacles . spillage . Allow mower to cool at least 5 minutes • Always be sure of your footing . A slip and fall can before storing . cause serious personal injury . If you feel you are • Before cleaning , repairing , or inspecting , make losing your balance release the blade control handle certain the blade and all moving parts have stopped . immediately and the blade will stop in less than 3 Disconnect the spark plug wire , and keep the wire seconds . away from the spark plug to prevent accidental starting . DO NOT : • Check the blade and engine mounting bolts at • Do not mow near drop - offs , ditches or embankments . frequent intervals for proper tightness . Also , visually The operator could lose footing or balance . inspect blade for damage ( e . g . , bent , cracked or • Do not mow slopes greater than 15 degrees as worn ) . Replace with blade which meets original shown on the slope gauge . equipment specifications listed in this manual .
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• Keepallnuts , boltsa , ndscrewstightto besurethe Grass catcher components are subject to wear , equipmeinstinsafeworkincgondition . damage and deterioration , which could expose moving parts or allow objects to be thrown . For safety • Nevetrampewr ithsafetydevicesC . hectkheirproper protection , frequently check components and replace operatiornegularly . with manufacturer's recommended parts , when • After striking a foreign object , stop the engine , necessary . remove the wire from the spark plug , and thoroughly Mower blades are sharp and can cut . Wrap the inspect the mower for any damage . Repair the blade ( s ) or wear gloves , and use extra caution when damage before starting and operating the mower . servicing them . • Never attempt to make a wheel or cutting height Do not change the engine governor setting or adjustment while the engine is running . overspeed the engine . Excessive engine speeds are dangerous . understand and follow the warnings and instructions in this manual and on the machine . , _ WARNING - YOUR RESPONSIBILITY : Restrict the use of this power machine to persons who read , NOTE : Not all safety labels shown may apply to yourlawn mower .
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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 in the engine . Be certain to service engine with gasoline and oil as instructed in the separate engine manual Wing Nuts 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 Bracket carton . 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 to a bolt Handle on the engine . See Figure 1 . Bolt Figure 3 O Move rope guide to the first hole above the lower handle on right side . The wing nut loosens and secures the rope guide to handle . See Figure 4 . Starter Rope Nut Plug Wire Spark Plug Rope f Guide Figure 1 Lowerle Hand SettingUpYourLawn Mower Figure 4 Lift up and pull back on the upper handle to raise the handle into the operating position . Make certain With the spark plug wire disconnected and the lower handle is seated securely into the handle grounded , hold the blade control handle against the bracket assemblies . To secure the upper and lower upper handle , and pull the starter rope out of the handle , tighten the wing nuts near the top of lower engine . Release the blade control handle . Slip the handle ( carriage bolts must be seated properly into starter rope into the rope guide . Tighten the wing the handle ) . nut . Tighten the wing nuts at the end of the lower handle NOTE : This manual represents two different model to secure the handle to handle bracket assemblies . series . Model 080 series comes with the side See Figure 2 . discharge assembly on the unit and a snap on NOTE : Your mower is shipped with the handle in the mulching baffle . The 090 series comes with the higher position . If you wish to lower the height of the mulching baffle on the unit and a snap on side handle , refer to the Adjustment Section . discharge chute .
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RemovinCghute Retainer ( Models080 Series ) InstallingMulching Baffle ( Model080 Series ) The chute deflector on your mower is held in an upright If your mower is equipped with the optional mulching position by a retainer for shipping purposes only . baffle , install itfollowing these instructions : Remove the retainer , following steps below , before Liftup side discharge chute and insert the mulching running the mower for the first time . baffle so that the notches at the bottom of the baffle Push the chute deflector up and towards the sit firmly on the lip of the deck opening . See Figure 6 . engine . Holding the deflector inthis position , remove the retainer . See Figure 5 . Snap the hooks of the baffle over the hinge pin on Lower the chute deflector carefully to its operating the discharge chute . Make sure that the hooks position keeping your fingers out of the way . snaps into place , locking the mulching baffle firmly onto the mower . Release the side discharge chute . InstallingSide DischargeChute ( Model090 Series ) If your mower is equipped with the optional side discharge chute , install it following these instructions : Deflector Slide the hooks of the side discharge chute over the hinge pin on the mulching baffle . Make sure that the Retainer hooks snaps into place , locking the chute firmly onto the mower . See Figure 7 . Figure 5 Release the mulching baffle . WARNING : The chute retainer must be removed and discarded before operating Mulching the mower . Baffle Chute Side Discharge Hooks Chute Figure 7 Hook H = ge Insert Notches Pin on Top of Lip Figure 6 SECTION4 : KNOWYOURLAWNMOWER BladeControlHandle Read this operator's manual and safety rules before 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 . mower can result in foreign objects being , _ IL WARNING : The operation of any lawn is a safety device . Never attempt to bypass WARNING : This blade control mechanism thrown into the operator's eyes and its operations . causing severe eye damage . 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 the unit . See Figure 8 . Cutting HeightAdjustmentLever These levers are located on each wheel and they are used to adjust the cutting height . AIt four levers have to be at the same relative position to ensure an uniform cut . EngineControls Recoil Cutting Height Starter Adjustment 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 . Disconnect spark plug wire and ground it to a bolt BaffleDischarge / on the engine . Chute Figure 8 again refer to the Safety Section in this WARNING : Before using your lawn mower , manual . Always be careful . SECTION5 : OPERATINGY0URLAWNMOWER 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 oit level has to touch the flit 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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the 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 that the lawn is clear of stones , sticks , wire , or using the side discharge to reduce the grass height to 3 other objects which could damage the lawn mower or 1 / 4 " maximum before mulching . the engine . Such objects could be accidently thrown by SECTION6 : MAKINGADJUSTMENTS CuttingHeightAdjustment adjustments without first stopping engine WARNING : Do not at any time make any and disconnecting spark plug wire . Heic 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 Figure 9 . IMPORTANT : All wheels must be placed in the same relative position . For rough or uneven lawns , move the height adjustment lever to a higher position . This will help stop scalping of the grass . Figure 9 10
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Your mower is shipped with the handle in the higher HandleHeightAdjustment height position . To lower the height proceed as follows : 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 one of the other holes in the lower handle . Each end of the lower handle must be placed in 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 MAINTENANCE _ e _ _ e _ _ _ _ z _ SERVICE SCHEDULE £ , _ e _ . _ eqk . ee , o no DATES ¢ Lubricate wheels Lubricate blade control Clean deck , _ n _ Blade care _ _ / Chanogile w Replace air filter , : _ Z Clean engine _ z w Check spark plug _ Check spark arrester ( if any ) 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 . plug wire before cleaning , lubricating or Always stop engine and disconnect spark Clean the engine regularly with a cloth or brush . Keep doing any kind of service work on the lawn the cooling system ( blower housing area ) clean to mower . permit proper air circulation which is essential to engine performance and life . Be certain to remove all grass , dirt , and combustible debris from muffler area . Deck Lubricate The underside of the mower deck should be cleaned after each use to prevent a buildup of grass clippings , leaves , dirt , or other matter . If this debris is allowed to accumulate , it wilt invite rust and corrosion , and may prevent proper mulching , discharge , or bagging . The deck may be cleaned by tilting the mower and scraping clean with a suitable tool ( make certain the spark plug wire is disconnected ) . IMPORTANT : We do not recommend the use of a pressure washer or garden hose to clean your unit . Cutting Blade Removal , Replacement , and Sharpening When removing the cutting blade for sharpening or Figure 11 replacement , protect your hands with a pair of heavy gloves or use a heavy rag to hold the blade . Blade Control Handle : Lubricate the pivot points on Remove the bolt and the blade bell support which the blade control handle at least once a season with hold the blade and the blade adapter to the engine light oil . The blade control must operate freely in both crankshaft . See Figure 12 . directions . See Figure 11 . Remove the blade and the adapter from the Wheels : Lubricate the wheels at least once a season crankshaft . with light oil ( or motor oil ) . If the wheels are removed for any reason , lubricate the surface of the axle bolt and inner surface of the wheel with light oil . Blade Adapter ' _ Chute Deflector or Mulching Baffle : Lubricate the torsion spring and pivot point periodically with light oil to prevent any rust or binding . Blade Bell Engine : Follow the separate engine manual packed with you unit for lubrication instructions . x Bolt Maintenance NOTE : When tipping the unit , empty the fuel tank and keep the spark plug side of engine up . Never tip the Figure 12 mower more than 90 degrees and do not leave the mower tipped for any length of time . Oil can drain into adapter for cracks , especially if you strike the upper part of the engine causing a starting problem . WARNING : Periodically inspect the blade a foreign object . Replace when necessary . Engine When sharpening the blade , follow the original angle of Refer to the separate engine manual for all engine grind as a guide . It is extremely important that each maintenance instructions . cutting edge receives an equal amount of grinding to Maintain engine oil as instructed in the separate prevent an unbalanced blade . An unbalanced blade will engine manual packed with your unit . cause excessive vibration when rotating at high Service air cleaner every 25 hours under normal speeds . It may cause damage to the mower , and could conditions . Poor engine performance and flooding break causing personal injury . 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 , contac _ _ our nearest authorized service dealer . 13
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Models080 thru099 5 / \ 6 6 11 15 25 26 37 35 3O 31 25 14
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Models080 thru099 Ref . Ref . Part No . Part No . Part Description Part Description No . No . 1 , 747 - 1161 Blade Control Handle 23 , 736 - 0105 Bell Washer , 401 ID x , 870 OD 2 , 749 - 1092 24 , 734 - 1987 Upper Handle Wheel Comp 8 x 1,8 3 , 720 - 0279 25 , 738 - 0102 Shoulder Screw Wing Nut 4 , 710 - 1205 26 , 712 - 3005 Eye Bolt Flange Lock Nut 3 / 8 - 16 5 , 710 - 1174 27 , 736 - 0270 Bell Washer , 265 ID x , 75 OD Carriage Bolt 5 / 16 - 18 x 2,0 6 , 720 - 0241 28 , 738 - 1126 Shoulder Screw Wing Nut 7 , 736 - 0451 Shoulder Washer . 320 ID x , 93 OD 29 , 734 - 1988 Wheel Comp 7 x 1,8 8 , 749 - 1093 Lower Handle 30 , 748 - 0376C Blade Adapter 9 , 725 - 0157 Cable Tie 31 , 742 - 0642 Blade 22 " Hex Washer Screw 1 / 4 - 20 x , 5 10 , 710 - 0599 742 - 0742 Mulching Blade 22 " 11 , 782 - 9065 32 , 736 - 0524A Blade Bell Support Hinge Clip 12 , 731 - 2322 Trail Shield 33 , 710 - 1044 Hex Cap Screw 3 / 8 - 24 x 1,5 13 , 682 - 3065 Handle Bracket Asm LH 34 , 747 - 0710 Hinge Pin 14 , 682 - 3064 Handle Bracket Asm RH 35 , 732 - 0593 Torsion Spring - Side Discharge 15 , 682 - 0094 732 - 0981 Deck Assembly 22 " Torsion Spring - Mulching Baffle 16 , 710 - 0654A Hex Washer Screw 3 / 8 - 16 x 1,0 36 , 731 - 1035A Chute Hinge 17 , 741 - 1102 Height Adjuster Bearing 37 , 731 - 1034A Side Discharge Chute Assembly 18 , 720 - 0190 38 , 631 - 0098 Height Adjuster Knob Mulching Baffle ( if Equipped ) Control Cable - B & S 19 , 732 - 0969 39 , 746 - 0957 Spring Lever 20 , 710 - 0216 746 - 1091 Control Cable - Tec Hex Cap Screw 3 / 8 - 16 x , 75 21 , 682 - 0143 Pivot Arm 40 , 731 - 1386A Snap Mulching Plug ( if Equipped ) 22 , 738 - 1127 Shoulder Screw 41 , 731 - 2230 Snap Discharge Chute ( if Equipped ) 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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