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Operator’s Manual Transmatic Lawn Tractors Model Series 660 thru 679 IMPORTANT : Read safety rules and instructions carefully before operating equipment . This unit is equipped with an internal combustion engine and should not be used on or near any unimproved forest - Warning : 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 770 - 10115C.fm PRINTED IN U . S . A . FORM NO . ( 1 / 2001 )
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TABLE OF CONTENTS Content Page Important Safe Operation Practices . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 thru 6 Slope Gauge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Assembling your Lawn Tractor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Know Your Lawn Tractor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Operating Your Lawn Tractor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Making Adjustments . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Service . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Maintaining your Lawn Tractor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Off - Season Storage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 Troubleshooting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 FINDING MODEL NUMBER This Operator’s Manual is an important part of your new Lawn Tractor . 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 pivoting the seat forward and looking under the seat at the seat pivot bracket . 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 ) ( Serial Number ) Copy the model number here : Copy the serial number here : MTD PRODUCTS INC CLEVELAND , OHIO 44136 CALLING CUSTOMER SUPPORT 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 . 2
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SECTION 1 : IMPORTANT SAFE OPERATION PRACTICES 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 . DANGER : This machine was built to be operated according to the rules for safe operation in this man - ual . 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 . WARNING : Engine exhaust , some of its constituents , and certain vehical components contain or emit chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm . 10 . Be aware of the mower and attachment discharge GENERAL OPERATION direction and do not point it at anyone . Do not 1 . Read , understand , and follow all instructions on the operate the mower without the discharge cover or machine and in the manual ( s ) before attempting to entire grass catcher in its proper place . assemble and operate . Keep this manual in a safe 11 . Donot put hands or feet near rotating parts or place for future and regular reference and for under the cutting deck . Contact with the blade ( s ) ordering replacement parts . can amputate hands and feet . 2 . Be familiar with all controls and their proper 12 . A missing or damaged discharge cover can cause operation . Know how to stop the machine and blade contact or thrown object injuries . disengage them quickly . 13 . Stop the blade ( s ) when crossing gravel drives , 3 . Never allow children under 14 years old to operate walks , or roads and while not cutting grass . this machine . Children 14 years old and over 14 . Watch for traffic when operating near or crossing should read and understand the operation roadways . This machine is not intended for use on instructions and safety rules in this manual and any public roadway . should be trained and supervised by a parent . 15 . Donot operate the machine while under the 4 . Never allow adults to operate this machine without influence of alcohol or drugs . proper instruction . 16 . Mow only in daylight or good artificial light . 5 . To help avoid blade contact or a thrown object 17 . Never carry passengers . injury , keep bystanders , helpers , children and pets 18 . Disengage blade ( s ) before shifting into reverse . at least 75 feet from the machine while it is in Back up slowly . Always look down and behind operation . Stop machine if anyone enters the area . before and while backing to avoid a back - over 6 . Thoroughly inspect the area where the equipment accident . is to be used . Remove all stones , sticks , wire , 19 . Slow down before turning . Operate the machine bones , toys , and other foreign objects which could smoothly . Avoid erratic operation and excessive be picked up and thrown by the blade ( s ) . Thrown speed . objects can cause serious personal injury . 20 . Disengage blade ( s ) , set parking brake , stop engine 7 . Plan your mowing pattern to avoid discharge of and wait until the blade ( s ) come to a complete stop material toward roads , sidewalks , bystanders and before removing grass catcher , emptying grass , the like . Also , avoid discharging material against a unclogging chute , removing any grass or debris , or wall or obstruction which may cause discharged making any adjustments . material to ricochet back toward the operator . 21 . Never leave a running machine unattended . 8 . Always wear safety glasses or safety goggles Always turn off blade ( s ) , place transmission in during operation and while performing an neutral , set parking brake , stop engine and remove adjustment or repair to protect your eyes . Thrown key before dismounting . objects which ricochet can cause serious injury to 22 . Use extra care when loading or unloading the the eyes . machine into a trailer or truck . This unit should not 9 . Wear sturdy , rough - soled work shoes and close - be driven up or down ramp ( s ) , because the unit fitting slacks and shirts . Loose fitting clothes and could tip over , causing serious personal injury . The jewelry can be caught in movable parts . Never unit must be pushed manually on ramp ( s ) to load or operate this machine in bare feet or sandals . unload properly . 3
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23 . Muffler and engine become hot and can cause a 3 . Use slow speed . Choose a low enough speed burn . Do not touch . setting so that you will not have to stop or shift while on the slope . Tires may lose traction on slopes 24 . Check overhead clearances carefully before driving even though the brakes are functioning properly . under low hanging tree branches , wires , door Always keep machine in gear when going down openings etc . , where the operator may be struck or slopes to take advantage of engine braking action . pulled from the unit , which could result in serious 4 . Follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for injury . wheel weights or counterweights to improve 25 . Disengage all attachment clutches , depress the stability . brake pedal completely and shift into neutral before 5 . Use extra care with grass catchers or other attempting to start engine . attachments . These can change the stability of the machine . 26 . Your machine is designed to cut normal 6 . Keep all movement on the slopes slow and gradual . residential grass of a height no more than 10 ” . Do not make sudden changes in speed or direction . Do not attempt to mow through unusually tall , Rapid engagement or braking could cause the front dry grass ( e . g . , pasture ) or piles of dry leaves . of the machine to lift and rapidly flip over backwards Dry grass or leaves may contact the engine which could cause serious injury . exhaust and / or build up on the mower deck 7 . Avoid starting or stopping on a slope . If tires lose presenting a potential fire hazard . traction , disengage the blade ( s ) and proceed 27 . Use only accessories and attachments approved slowly straight down the slope . for this machine by the machine manufacturer . Read , understand and follow all instructions DO NOT : provided with the approved accessory or 1 . Donot turn on slopes unless necessary ; then , turn attachment . slowly and gradually downhill , if possible . 28 . Data indicates that operators , age 60 years and 2 . Donot mow near drop - offs , ditches or above , are involved in a large percentage of riding embankments . The mower could suddenly turn mower - related injuries . These operators should over if a wheel is over the edge of a cliff , ditch , or if evaluate their ability to operate the riding mower an edge caves in . safely enough to protect themselves and others 3 . Donot try to stabilize the machine by putting your from serious injury . foot on the ground . 4 . Donot use a grass catcher on steep slopes . 29 . Ifsituations occur which are not covered in this 5 . Donot mow on wet grass . Reduced traction could manual , use care and good judgment . Contact your cause sliding . customer service representative for assistance . 6 . Donot shift to neutral and coast downhill . Over - speeding may cause the operator to lose control of SLOPE OPERATION the machine resulting in serious injury or death . 7 . Donot tow heavy pull behind attachments ( e . g . Slopes are a major factor related to loss of control and loaded dump cart , lawn roller , etc . ) on slopes tip - over accidents which can result in severe injury or greater than 5 degrees . When going down hill , the death . All slopes require extra caution . If you cannot extra weight tends to push the tractor and may back up the slope or if you feel uneasy on it , do not mow cause you to loose control . ( e . g . tractor may speed it . up , braking and steering ability are reduced , For your safety , use the slope gauge included as part of attachment may jack - knife and cause tractor to this manual to measure slopes before operating this overturn ) . unit on a sloped or hilly area . If the slope is greater than CHILDREN 15 degrees as shown on the slope gauge , do not operate this unit on that area or serious injury could 1 . Tragic accidents can occur if the operator is not result . alert to the presence of children . Children are often attracted to the machine and the mowing activity . DO : They do not understand the dangers . Never assume that children will remain where you last 1 . Mow up and down slopes , not across . Exercise saw them . extreme caution when changing direction on a . Keep children out of the mowing area and in slopes . watchful care of a responsible adult other than the operator . 2 . Watch for holes , ruts , bumps , rocks , or other hidden objects . Uneven terrain could overturn the b . Be alert and turn machine off if a child enters machine . Tall grass can hide obstacles . the area . 4
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c . Before and while backing , look behind and c . When practical , remove gas - powered down for small children . equipment from the truck or trailer and refuel it on the ground . If this is not possible , then d . Never carry children , even with the blade ( s ) refuel such equipment on a trailer with a shut off . They may fall off and be seriously portable container , rather than from a injured or interfere with safe machine gasoline dispenser nozzle . operation . d . Keep the nozzle in contact with the rim of the e . Use extreme care when approaching blind fuel tank or container opening at all times corners , doorways , shrubs , trees or other until fueling is complete . Do not use a nozzle objects that may block your vision of a child lock - open device . who may run into the machine . e . Extinguish all cigarettes , cigars , pipes and f . Disengage the cutting blade ( s ) before other sources of ignition . shifting in reverse . The “ No - Cut - In Reverse ” f . Never fuel machine indoors . feature is a reminder not to cut in reverse and g . Never remove gas cap or add fuel while the to help avoid back over accidents . Do not engine is hot or running . Allow engine to cool defeat it . at least two minutes before refueling . g . Keep children away from hot or running h . Never over fill fuel tank . Fill tank to no more engines . They can suffer burns from a hot than ½ inch below bottom of filler neck to muffler . allow space for fuel expansion . h . Remove key when machine is unattended to i . Replace gasoline cap and tighten securely . prevent unauthorized operation . j . If gasoline is spilled , wipe it off the engine 9 . Never allow children under 14 years old to operate and equipment . Move unit to another area . the machine . Children 14 years old and over should Wait 5 minutes before starting the engine . read and understand the operation instructions and k . To reduce fire hazards , keep machine free of safety rules in this manual and should be trained grass , leaves , or other debris build - up . Clean and supervised by a parent . up oil or fuel spillage and remove any fuel soaked debris . TOWING l . Never store the machine or fuel container inside where there is an open flame , spark or 1 . Tow only with a machine that has a hitch designed pilot light as on a water heater , space heater , for towing . Do not attach towed equipment except furnace , clothes dryer or other gas at the hitch point . appliances . 2 . Follow the manufacturers recommendation for m . Allow a machine to cool at least 5 minutes weight limits for towed equipment and towing on before storing . slopes . GENERAL SERVICE : 3 . Never allow children or others in or on towed 1 . Never run an engine indoors or in a poorly equipment . ventilated area . Engine exhaust contains carbon 4 . On slopes , the weight of the towed equipment may monoxide , an odorless , and deadly gas . cause loss of traction and loss of control . 2 . Before cleaning , repairing , or inspecting , make 5 . Travel slowly and allow extra distance to stop . certain the blade ( s ) and all moving parts have 6 . Donot shift to neutral and coast downhill . stopped . Disconnect the spark plug wire and ground against the engine to prevent unintended SERVICE starting . 3 . Periodically check to make sure the blades come to SAFE HANDLING OF GASOLINE : complete stop within approximately ( 5 ) five 1 . To avoid personal injury or property damage seconds after operating the blade disengagement use extreme care in handling gasoline . Gasoline is control . If the blades do not stop within the this time extremely flammable and the vapors are explosive . frame , your unit should be serviced professionally Serious personal injury can occur when gasoline is by an authorized MTD Service Dealer . spilled on yourself or your clothes which can ignite . 4 . Check brake operation frequently as it is subjected Wash your skin and change clothes immediately . to wear during normal operation . Adjust and service a . Use only an approved gasoline container . as required . b . Never fill containers inside a vehicle or on a 5 . Check the blade ( s ) and engine mounting bolts at truck or trailer bed with a plastic liner . Always frequent intervals for proper tightness . Also , place containers on the ground away from visually inspect blade ( s ) for damage ( e . g . , your vehicle before filling . excessive wear , bent , cracked ) . 5
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Replace the blade ( s ) with the original equipment 11 . Grass catcher components and the discharge manufacturer’s ( O . E . M . ) blade ( s ) only , listed in this cover are subject to wear and damage which could manual . “ Use of parts which do not meet the expose moving parts or allow objects to be thrown . original equipment specifications may lead to For safety protection , frequently check components improper performance and compromise safety ! ” and replace immediately with original equipment 6 . Mower blades are sharp . Wrap the blade or wear manufacturer’s ( O . E . M . ) parts only , listed in this gloves , and use extra caution when servicing them . manual . “ Use of parts which do not meet the 7 . Keep all nuts , bolts , and screws tight to be sure the original equipment specifications may lead to equipment is in safe working condition . improper performance and compromise safety ! ” 8 . Never tamper with the safety interlock system or 12 . Donot change the engine governor settings or other safety devices . Check their proper operation over - speed the engine . The governor controls the regularly . maximum safe operating speed of the engine . 9 . After striking a foreign object , stop the engine , 13 . Maintain or replace safety and instruction labels , as disconnect the spark plug wire ( s ) and ground necessary . against the engine . Thoroughly inspect the 14 . Observe proper disposal laws and regulations for machine for any damage . Repair the damage gas , oil , etc . to protect the environment . before starting and operating . 10 . Never attempt to make adjustments or repairs to the machine while the engine is running . WARNING : YOUR RESPONSIBILITY - Restrict the use of this power machine to persons who read , understand and follow the warnings and instructions in this manual and on the machine . 6
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Slope Gauge Operate Do your could not footing overturn mow RIDING and on and inclines you mowers cause could with up serious slip , and a slope resulting down injury . in FOLD slopes , excess in If serious operating ON never of 15 DOTTED injury . degrees across a walk - 15 ° the LINE , behind ( WARNING a face rise SIGHT REPRESENTING mower of of approximately slopes . AND A on POWER such HOLD A CORNER a 2 POLE THIS slope , - 1 / A 2 OR feet 15 ° LEVEL it OF A is every SLOPE FENCE extremely A WITH BUILDING 10 POST feet ) A difficult VERTICAL . A riding to maintain TREE mower 7
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SECTION 1 : ASSEMBLING YOUR LAWN TRACTOR IMPORTANT : After assembly , service engine with gasoline , and check oil level as instructed in the separate engine manual packed with your unit . NOTE : Reference to right or left hand side of the unit is observed from the driver’s seat , facing forward . Tools Required For Assembly DANGER ( 1 ) 1 / 2 " wrench or socket wrench * ( 1 ) 9 / 16 " wrench or socket wrench Battery contains sulfuric acid . Refer to warning at right . Antidote : EXTERNAL — Flush with water . ( 2 ) 7 / 16 " wrenches or socket wrenches INTERNAL — Drink large quantities of water or milk . * If your steering wheel cap is square , you must have a Follow with milk of magnesia , beaten eggs or socket wrench in order to install the steering wheel . vegetable oil . Call physician immediately . EYES : Flush with cool water for at least 15 minutes , then get Battery Information prompt medical attention . Since batteries produce explosive gases , keep WARNING all lighted materials ( cigarettes , lighters , matches , etc . ) away . Be sure to charge battery only • Battery acid must be handled with great care as in well - ventilated areas . Make certain venting path of contact with it can burn and blister the skin . It is also battery drain tube ( if equipped ) is always open . advisable to wear protective clothing ( goggles , KEEP BATTERIES rubber gloves and apron ) when working with it . OUT OF THE REACH OF CHILDREN ! • Should battery acid accidentally splatter into the eyes or onto the face , rinse the affected area Attaching The Steering Wheel immediately with clean cold water . If there is any further discomfort , seek prompt medical attention . • The hardware for attaching the steering wheel has • If acid spills on clothing , first dilute it with clean been packed inside the steering wheel . Carefully water , then neutralize with a solution of ammonia / pry off the steering wheel cap and remove the water or baking soda / water . hardware . • Since battery acid is corrosive , do not pour it into • Remove the steering bellow from the lift lever on any sink or drain . Before discarding empty the right hand side of lawn tractor . Place steering electrolyte containers , rinse them with a bellow over the steering shaft extending through neutralizing solution . the dash . See Figure 1 . • NEVER connect or disconnect charger clips to NOTE : If the openings on each end of the steering battery while charger is turned on as it can cause bellow are two different sizes , the smaller end goes sparks . down against the dash of the lawn tractor . • Keep all lighted materials ( cigarettes , matches , lighters ) away from the battery as the hydrogen gas • With the wheels of the tractor pointing straight generated during charging can be combustible . forward , place the steering wheel over the steering • As a further precaution , only charge the battery in a shaft , positioning steering wheel as desired . well - ventilated area . • Place the washer with the cupped side down over * Always shield eyes , protect skin and clothing when the steering shaft . Secure with hex lock bolt . See working near batteries . Figure 1 . WARNING : Battery posts , terminals and NOTE : If your steering wheel cap is square , you must related accessories contain lead and lead use a socket wrench . compounds . Wash hands after handling . 8
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• Place the steering wheel cap over the center of the steering wheel and seat it with your hand . Screws Steering Wheel Cap Hex Lock Bolt Cupped Washer Seat Pivot Bracket Steering Bellow Manual Adjustment Seat Figure 2 Steering Shaft Seat Pivot Figure 1 Bracket Attaching The Seat Seat There are two different seat pivot brackets used on this Stop series of lawn tractor , a manual adjustment seat or a quick adjustment seat . See Figure 2 and 3 to identify which seat is on your unit . Follow the instructions which apply to your lawn tractor . Manual Adjustment Seat Tab Remove the four screws which secure the seat to the seat pivot bracket . Turn the seat around and place in position against the seat pivot bracket , lining up the slotted holes in the pivot bracket with the holes in the seat . Select desired position for the seat , and secure Quick Adjustment Seat with the four screws . See Figure 2 . Figure 3 NOTE : Your seat may have been shipped in a box . Remove the four screws from the bottom of seat and Seat Spacers place seat in position against the seat pivot bracket . Follow the directions above to attach the seat . Quick Adjustment Seat Pull out tab on seat stop and hold open while sliding Seat Slot Stop seat out of seat pivot bracket . See Figure 3 . Turn the Slot seat around and line up plastic seat spacers with the slots in seat pivot bracket . Slide seat in until front seat spacer engages the seat stop . See Figure 4 . To adjust the seat refer to the adjustment section in this manual . NOTE : If your seat was shipped in a box , line up plastic seat spacers with the slots in seat pivot bracket Seat and slide seat in until front seat spacer engages seat Spacers stop . Quick Adjustment Seat WARNING : Before operating this machine , Figure 4 make sure the seat is engaged in the seat stop , stand behind the machine and pull back on seat until fully engaged into stop . 9
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• Never attempt to mulch if the lawn is damp . Wet Removing Shipping Brace grass tends to stick to the underside of the cutting deck preventing proper mulching of the clippings . WARNING : The shipping brace , used for • Do NOT attempt to mulch more than 1 / 3 the total packaging purposes only , must be removed height of the grass or approximately 1 - 1 / 2 inches . and discarded before operating your riding Doing so will cause the clippings to clump up mower . beneath the deck and not be mulched effectively . WARNING : Make sure the riding mower’s • Maintain a slow ground speed to allow the grass engine is off , remove the ignition key , and set clippings more time to effectively be mulched . the parking brake before removing the • Always position the throttle control lever in the shipping brace . FAST ( rabbit ) position and allow it to remain there while mowing . Failing to keep the engine at full • Locate the shipping brace and accompanying throttle places strain on the tractor’s engine and warning tag on the right side of the mower , between does not allow the blades to properly mulch grass . the discharge chute and the cutting deck . See Figure 5 . NOTE : It is not necessary to remove the discharge • While holding the discharge chute with your left chute to operate the mower with the mulch kit installed . hand , remove the shipping brace with your right To operate the cutting deck without mulching , simply hand by grasping it between your thumb and index remove the mulch plug by unthreading the plastic wing finger and rotating it clockwise . nut which fastens it to the cutting deck . This will allow • Carefully allow the discharge chute to pivot the clippings to discharge out the side . See Figure 6 . downward . • Discard the shipping brace and accompanying Carriage Screw warning tag . Bell Washer Mulch Plug Plastic Wing Nut Shipping Brace Figure 6 Warning Tag Tire Pressure Figure 5 WARNING : Maximum tire pressure under Installing The Mulching Plug ( If Equipped ) any circumstances is 30 psi . Equal tire pressure should be maintained at all times . NOTE : Your mulching plug may already be installed on the deck . The tires on your unit may be over - inflated for shipping purposes . Reduce the tire pressure before operating Some lawn tractors come equipped with a mulch kit the unit . Recommended operating tire pressure is which incorporates special blades , already standard on approximately 10 p . s . i . Check sidewall of tire for all tractor , in a process of recirculating grass clippings maximum p . s . i . repeatedly beneath the cutting deck . The ultra - fine clippings are then forced back into the lawn where they Leveling The Deck act as a natural fertilizer . Observe the following recommendations for the best results when mulching . With unit on hard , level surface , place the blades in a straight line , and measure the distance from the outside NOTE : The mulch kit is installed on models equipped edge of the blade tips to the ground . with a 39 ” or 42 - inch deck . It is packed separately ( with If adjustment is needed , proceed as follows . an instruction sheet ) in the crate on models equipped with a 46 - inch deck . 10
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• Remove the hairpin clip and flat washer from the • Lift the seat . bottom of the adjustable lift link on the left side of • Remove the plastic cover from the negative the deck . ( Hairpin clip and flat washer are on the terminal . inside of the lift link . ) • Remove the hex bolt and nut from the negative • Pull the adjustable lift link out of the deck hanger ( black ) cable . Attach negative cable to the negative channel . See Figure 7 . Turn the adjustable lift link terminal with this bolt and nut . up or down as necessary to level the deck . Usually WARNING : Battery posts , terminals and only one or two turns are needed . related accessories contain lead and lead • Insert the end of the adjustable lift link into the hole compounds . Wash hands after handling . in the deck hanger channel . Recheck the adjustment . Readjust if necessary . • When deck is level , secure end of adjustable lift link Positive Terminal with flat washer and hairpin clip . ( Inside Rubber Boot ) Deck Hanger Channel Battery Strap Adjustable Lift Link Negative Figure 7 Cable Battery Negative Compartment Terminal Installing the Battery NOTE : If battery is put into service after date shown Figure 8 on top of battery , charge for minimum of 1 hour at 6 - 10 amps . SECTION 2 : KNOW YOUR LAWN TRACTOR Ignition Switch Throttle Control The ignition switch is located on the dashboard . Turn The throttle control is located on the left side of the the key to the START position to start the engine . When dashboard and is used to regulate the engine speed . the engine is running , leave the key in the ON position . See Figure 9 . The engine should be operated at full To stop the engine , turn the key to the OFF position . throttle ( FAST ) when operating any equipment that See Figure 9 . uses the tractor engine as a source of power such as the mowing deck or snow thrower attachment . WARNING : Never leave a running machine unattended . Always disengaged PTO , Shift into neutral , set parking brake , stop engine and remove key to prevent unintended starting . 11
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Speed Control Lever Light The speed control lever is located either on the console Switch or on the right fender . See Figure 10 . The speed control Ignition Choke lever allows you to regulate the ground speed of the Switch Control lawn tractor . To select the ground speed , depress clutch pedal . Move speed control lever out of the notches and backward to slow lawn tractor , forward to Clutch - Brake increase speed . When desired speed has been Pedal obtained , release lever in that position . Whenever clutch is released , unit will automatically go to the pre - set speed . Ammeter Throttle Speed Control Control Lever Shift Lever Figure 9 Choke Control Figure 10 The choke control is located on the left side of the dashboard and is operated manually . Details for the Clutch - brake Pedal choke operation are covered in the separate engine The clutch - brake pedal is located on the left side of the manual packed with your unit . See Figure 9 . lawn tractor . Depressing the clutch - brake pedal part way disengages the clutch . Pressing the pedal all the Light Switch ( If Equipped ) way down disengages the clutch and engages the disc The head lamps are operated by pushing the light brake . See Figure 9 . switch located on the dashboard . The head lamps will NOTE : The clutch - brake pedal must be depressed to only operate when the engine is running . See Figure 9 . start the engine . Ammeter ( If Equipped ) Parking Brake The ammeter registers the rate of battery charge or The speed control lever is used to set the parking discharge . The ammeter will register on the discharging brake . To set the parking brake , depress the clutch - side with starting the engine . It should register on the brake pedal . Move the speed control lever out of the opposite side ( charging ) when the engine is running in notches to the parking brake position . Release the the fast position until the battery is completely charged . speed control lever and the clutch - brake pedal . With a fully charged battery or with the engine idling , the ammeter will not show a charge . See Figure 9 . To release the parking brake , depress the clutch - brake pedal and move the speed control lever out of the notches to the desired position . Release the speed Shift Lever control lever and the clutch - brake pedal . The shift lever is located in the center of the console and has three positions , FORWARD , NEUTRAL and NOTE : The parking brake must be set if the operator REVERSE . See Figure 9 . The clutch - brake pedal must leaves the seat with the engine running be depressed and the lawn tractor must not be moving when shifting gears . Do not force the shift lever . Interlocks ( Not Shown ) Release the clutch - brake pedal slightly to line up the Interlock safety switches are located by the clutch - shifting collar in the transmission . Then try to shift brake pedal , the lift lever , the shift lever and under the gears . seat . Before the engine will start , the clutch - brake pedal must be depressed all the way and the lift lever must be in the BLADES STOP position . 12
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Before the unit can be shifted into reverse or if the Deck Lift Indicator ( If Equipped ) operator leaves the seat , the lift lever must be in the If so equipped , the deck lift indicator marks the position BLADES STOP position . being used for the lift lever . Select the lift lever position desired , press the indicator lever outward , move it to the position immediately below the lift lever and release Indicator Lights ( If Equipped ) the indicator lever . See Figure 11 . If your unit is equipped with indicator lights , two or three Setting The Cutting Height indicator lights are located in the dash panel . If a light illuminates when attempting to start the unit , proceed • Select the position for the lift lever which gives the as follows . desired cutting height . Move the deck lift indicator ( if so equipped ) so that the lift lever can be returned CLUTCH — Depress the clutch pedal . to the same position after it is raised . PTO — Place lift lever in the BLADES STOP position . • Move the deck wheels to the hole location so the OIL ( Vanguard Twin and Intek twin Engines Only ) — wheels are 1 / 4 inch above the ground . Place all Check the crankcase oil level , and add oil as required . four wheels in the same relative position . Cutting Controls Lift Lever Lift Lever The lift lever is used to raise and lower the cutting deck and to engage and disengage the blades . Pulling it all the way back and locking it disengages the blades . NOTE : The lift lever must be in the BLADES STOP position when starting the engine , when shifting into reverse and if the operator leaves the seat . See Figure 11 . Deck Lift Indicator Figure 11 SECTION 3 : OPERATING YOUR LAWN TRACTOR AVOID SERIOUS INJURY OR DEATH Gas And Oil Fill - up • Go up and down slopes , not across . avoid sudden Check the oil level and add if necessary . Service turns . the engine with gasoline as instructed in the • Do not operate the unit where it could slip or tip . separate engine manual packed with your tractor . • If machine stops going uphill , stop blade ( s ) and Read instructions carefully . back downhill slowly . IMPORTANT : Your tractor is shipped with oil ; however • Do not mow when children or others are around . you must check the oil level before operating . Be • Never carry children . careful not to overfill . • Look down and behind before and while backing . • Keep safety devices ( guards , shields , and switches ) in place and working . WARNING : Use extreme care when • Remove objects that could be thrown by the handling gasoline . Gasoline is extremely blade ( s ) . flammable and the vapors are explosive . • Know location and function of all controls . Never fuel machine indoors or while the • Be sure blade ( s ) and engine are stopped before engine is hot or running . Extinguish placing hands or feet near blade ( s ) . cigarettes , cigars , pipes , and other sources • before leaving operator’s position , disengage of ignition blade ( s ) , place the shift lever in neutral , engage brake lock , shut engine off and remove key . Before Starting Engine • READ OPERATOR’S MANUAL WARNING : Read , understand , and follow all instructions and warnings on the machine and in this manual before operating . 13
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• Move throttle control to full throttle to prevent strain Starting The Engine on the engine and to operate the cutting blades . IMPORTANT : This unit is equipped with a safety • Place the shift lever in either the FORWARD or interlock system for your protection . The purpose of the REVERSE position . safety interlock system is to prevent the engine from • Release the parking brake by depressing the cranking or starting unless the clutch - brake pedal is clutch - brake pedal , pressing outward on the speed depressed and the lift lever is in the BLADES STOP control lever and moving to desired position . Use position . In addition , the lift lever must be in the first speed position when operating the lawn tractor BLADES STOP position when the unit is put into for the first time . reverse or the engine will shut off . If the operator leaves • Release clutch - brake pedal slowly to put unit into the seat with the lift lever engaged and / or without motion . setting the parking brake , the engine will shut off . • The lawn tractor is brought to a stop by depressing the clutch - brake pedal . WARNING : Do not operate the tractor if NOTE : When operating the unit initially , there will be the interlock system is malfunctioning little difference between the highest two speeds until because it is a safety device , designed for after the belts have seated themselves into the pulleys protection . during the break - in period . • Place the lift lever in the BLADES STOP position . Be sure that the lawn is clear of stones , sticks , wire , or • Depress the clutch - brake pedal and set the parking other objects which could damage lawn mower or brake . engine . For best results and to insure more even grass • Set the throttle control in the FAST position . distribution , do not mow when lawn is excessively wet . • Pull out the choke control ( a warm engine may not require choking ) . WARNING : Before leaving the operator’s • Turn the ignition key to the right to the START position for any reason , disengage the position . After the engine starts , release the key . It blades , place the shift lever in neutral , will return to the ON position . engage the parking brake , shut engine off NOTE : Protect the starter life by using short starting and remove the key . cycles of several seconds . Cranking more than 15 When stopping the unit to empty a grass bag , etc . , seconds per minute can damage the starter motor . follow the instructions above . This procedure will also • Push choke knob in gradually . Move the throttle eliminate ‘ ‘ browning ’ ’ the grass , which is caused by hot control to desired engine speed . exhaust gases from a running engine . If unit stalls with speed control in high speed , or if unit Stopping The Engine will not operate with speed control lever in a low speed position , proceed as follows . Turn the ignition key to the left to the OFF position . Remove the key to prevent accidental starting . • Place shift lever in NEUTRAL . • Restart engine . WARNING : If you strike a foreign object , • Place speed control lever in high speed position . stop the engine , disconnect the spark plug • Release clutch - brake pedal fully . wire ( s ) and ground against the engine . • Depress clutch - brake pedal . Thorougly inspect the machine for any • Place speed control lever in desired position . damage . Repair the damage before • Place shift lever in either FORWARD or REVERSE , restarting and operating . and follow normal operating procedures . NOTE : If any problems are encountered , refer to the Operating The Cutting Blades Trouble Shooting Guide . The cutting blades may be engaged while the lawn tractor is moving or standing still . DO NOT engage the Operating The Lawn Tractor cutting blades abruptly as the sudden belt tension on WARNING : Always look down and behind the pulley may cause the engine to stall . before and while backing up to avoid a back - WARNING : Keep feet and hands away over accident . from the discharge opening , the blades or WARNING : Before leaving the operator’s any part of the deck . When the unit is used position . Always disengage PTO , shift into for anything other than mowing operations , neutral , set parking brake , stop engine and the blade drive should be disengaged . remove key to prevent unintended starting . Move the lift lever into the BLADES STOP position to raise the deck and disengage the blades . 14
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NOTE : Under normal usage bag material is subject to Grass Collector Available wear , and should be checked periodically . Be sure to Grass Collector Model OEM - 190 - 063 is available as use only factory authorized replacement bag . optional equipment for lawn tractors with 38 " and 42 " decks . Grass Collector Model OEM - 190 - 103 is available for lawn tractors with 46 " decks . WARNING : Do not operate the cutting deck unless the discharge cover or entire grass catcher are in the proper operating position . SECTION 4 : MAKING ADJUSTMENTS WARNING : Never attempt to make any Carburetor Adjustments adjustments while the engine is running , except where specified in the operator’s WARNING : If any adjustments need to be manual . made to the engine while the engine is running ( e . g . carburetor ) , disengage PTO , WARNING : Disconnect the spark plug shift into neutral and set the parking brake . wire ( s ) and ground against the engine before Keep clear of all moving parts . Be careful of performing any adjustments , repairs or muffler , engine and other surrounding maintenance . heated surfaces . Minor carburetor adjustments may be required to Manual Adjustment Seat compensate for differences in fuel , temperature , To adjust the position of the seat , loosen the four altitude and load . Refer to separate engine manual for screws on the bottom of the seat . See Figure 2 . Slide carburetor adjustment information . the seat forward or backward as desired . Retighten the four screws . NOTE : A dirty air cleaner will cause an engine to run rough . Be certain air cleaner is clean and attached to the carburetor before adjusting carburetor . Quick Adjustment Seat To adjust the position of the seat , move the seat Deck Leveling Adjustment adjustment lever ( located under the seat ) to the left and slide the seat forward or backwards . See Figure 12 . If an uneven cut is obtained , the deck may be leveled Make sure seat is locked into one of the six adjustment by following instructions in Assembly section . positions before operating the lawn tractor . Deck Engagement Adjustment The cutting deck engagement may be adjusted to make certain deck is disengaged when lift lever is in the BLADES STOP position . Correct adjustment as follows . With the engine off , place the lift lever in the highest cutting position ( first position ) . Remove the cotter pin and flat washer which secure the disengagement rod to the stabilizer shaft assembly . See Figure 13 . Shorten Seat the rod by threading it in until the ferrule is against the Adjustment Seat back of the slot in the lift shaft assembly , and the rod Lever lines up with the hole in the stabilizer shaft . For more Figure 12 belt tension the disengagement rod must be lengthened . To decrease belt tension the disengagement rod must be shortened . 15
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Check the adjustment by placing the lift lever in the BLADES STOP position . The deck should move up and forward , allowing the belt to become loose . Start and test for disengagement . Repeat procedure as Neutral necessary . Slot Shift Stabilizer Shaft Lever Disengagement Assembly Rod Loosen Hex Bolt Figure 14 Flat Washer 38 " Decks Hairpin Clip Brake Adjustment Disengagement Stabilizer Shaft Rod Assembly The brake is located by the right rear wheel inside the frame . During normal operation of this machine , the brake is subject to wear and will require periodic examination and adjustment . See Figure 15 . Spring WARNING : Never attempt to adjust the brake while the engine is running . Always disengage PTO , shift to neutral , stop engine and remove key to prevent unintended Stabilizer Plate starting . Flat Washer To adjust the brake , adjust the nut so the brake starts to Hairpin Clip 42 " and 46 " Decks engage when the brake lever is 1 / 4 " to 5 / 16 " away from the axle housing . Figure 13 Neutral Adjustment • Place the transmission in neutral . ( The unit will move freely when pushed forward and backward Nut Disc with the parking brake released . ) Brake • Loosen the bolt which secures the shift lever assembly to the shift lever link . See Figure 14 . • Place the shift lever in the neutral slot . See Figure 14 . • Tighten the bolt to 13 foot pounds . Brake Lever Figure 15 16
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Speed Control Lever Speed Ferrule Control Variable Speed Rod Torque Bracket Back of Assembly Slot Hairpin Clip Speed and Flat Washer Control Cotter Pin Speed Link and Flat Washer Control Stop Rod Lever Speed Control Back Rod of Slot Ferrule Hairpin Clip and Flat Washer Brake Rod Ferrule Figure 16 • Release the clutch - brake pedal completely , then Speed Control Adjustment slowly depress the pedal all the way ( to park position ) . Hold the pedal in this position . NOTE : When operating the unit initially or after • Turn the engine off . replacing the belts , there will be little difference • After engine stops completely , release the clutch - between the highest two speeds until after the belts brake pedal . have gone through a break - in period and have seated • Place speed control lever in second position . themselves into the pulleys . • Remove the cotter pin and flat washer which If the full range of speeds cannot be obtained on your secures the speed control link to the variable speed unit , adjust the speed control as follows . torque bracket assembly . • Adjust the speed control lever by pushing the • Push the clutch - brake pedal backward by hand as clutch - brake pedal forward until it hits the stop rod far as it will go using light pressure . Hold it in this on the running board . See Figure 16 . Have another position as you thread the speed control link in or person hold the pedal in this position as you make out of the ferrule until it lines up with the pin on the the following adjustment . Place the speed control variable speed torque bracket assembly . lever in parking brake position . Remove the hairpin • Secure speed control link to variable speed torque clip and flat washer , and adjust the ferrule on the bracket assembly with flat washer and cotter pin . rod so it is against the back end of the slot . See Figure 16 . Then lengthen rod one more turn . Wheel Adjustment Reassemble and secure with the flat washer and ( Units With Adjustable Tie Rod ) hairpin clip . • Adjust the speed control link as follows to obtain the The caster ( forward slant of the king pin ) and the correct neutral adjustment . camber ( tilt of the wheels out at the top ) require no • Start the engine . adjustment . Automotive steering principles have been • Place the shift lever in Neutral position . used to determine the caster and camber on the tractor . • Place the speed control lever in high speed The front wheels should toe - in between 1 / 16 - 5 / 16 position . inch . To adjust the toe - in , follow these steps . 17
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• Remove the hex nut and lock washer , and drop the end of the tie rod from the axle bracket . See Figure A 17 . • Loosen the hex jam nut on tie rod . • Adjust the tie rod assembly for correct toe - in . Tie Rod Front B Wheel ( 1 / 16 " - 5 / 16 " Less Than A ) Bracket Figure 18 Hex Jam Nut Carburetor Adjustments Hex Nut WARNING : If any adjustments are made Tie Rod Lock Washer to the engine while the engine is running ( e . g . End carburetor ) , disengage all clutches and blades . Keep clear of all moving parts . Be Figure 17 careful of heated surfaces and muffler . Dimension ‘ ‘ B ’ ’ should be approximately 1 / 16 - 5 / 16 " less than Dimension ‘ ‘ A . ’ ’ See Figure 18 . To increase Dimension ‘ ‘ B , " screw tie rod into tie rod end . To Minor carburetor adjustments may be required to decrease Dimension ‘ ‘ B , ’ ’ unscrew tie rod from tie rod compensate for differences in fuel , temperature , end . Reassemble tie rod . Check dimensions . Readjust altitude and load . Refer to separate engine manual for if necessary . carburetor adjustment information . NOTE : A dirty air cleaner will cause an engine to run rough . Be certain air cleaner is clean and attached to the carburetor before adjusting carburetor . SECTION 5 : SERVICE WARNING : Always stop engine and disconnect spark plug wire before cleaning , Steering lubricating or doing any kind of work on lawn Gears tractor . Steering Gears Lubricate teeth of steering gears with automotive multi - purpose grease after every 25 hours of operation or once a season . See Figure 19 . Steering Shaft Lubricate steering shaft at least once a season with Figure 19 light oil . Linkage Once a season lubricate all the pivot points on the clutch , brake and lift linkage with SAE 30 engine oil . 18
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Wheels Ball Joints The front wheels may be provided with optional grease The ball joints and drag link ends are permanently fittings . The rear wheels must be removed from the axle lubricated . for lubrication . Lubricate at least once a season with automotive multi - purpose grease . Pivot Points Lubricate all pivot points with light oil at least once a season . SECTION 6 : MAINTAINING YOUR LAWN TRACTOR WARNING : Disconnect the spark plug wire and ground against the engine before performing any adjustments , repairs or maintenance . Oil Trouble Shooting Sump Refer to the trouble shooting chart for engine problems . Engine Refer to the separate engine manual for engine maintenance instructions . Service air cleaner every 10 hours under normal conditions . Clean every few hours under extremely Oil Drain dusty conditions . To service the air cleaner , refer to the Sleeve separate engine manual packed with your unit . The spark plug ( s ) should be cleaned and the gap reset once a season . Spark plug replacement is recommended at the start of each mowing season ; Figure 20 check engine manual for correct plug type and gap specifications . Oil Drain Valve ( If Equipped ) Maintain engine oil as instructed in the separate Your lawn tractor may have a valve installed on the engine manual packed with your unit . Read and follow engine for draining oil from the crankcase . See Figure instructions carefully . 21 . To drain the oil , insert the 12 " hose ( shipped loose with your unit ) over the end of the valve . Place the other Oil Drain Sleeve ( If Equipped ) end in a suitable container . Push in black cap , rotate Your lawn tractor has a plastic oil drain sleeve packed counterclockwise and pull valve open . When oil is with the loose parts for your convenience in draining oil completely drained , push top of valve in and rotate from the crankcase . To drain the oil , snap small end of clockwise to close . oil drain sleeve onto oil sump . See Figure 20 . Remove drain plug and drain oil into a suitable container . 19
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• Remove the hex flange nut which holds the blade to the blade spindle . • Remove the blade from the spindle . Sharpening Remove the cutting blades by following the directions of the preceding section . When sharpening the blades , follow the original angle of grind as a guide . It is extremely important that each cutting edge receives an equal amount of grinding to prevent an unbalanced blade . An unbalanced blade 12 " Drain will cause excessive vibration when rotating at high Hose speeds , may cause damage to the mower and could Oil Drain break , causing personal injury . Valve The blade can be tested for balance by balancing it on a round shaft screwdriver . Remove metal from the Figure 21 heavy side until it balances evenly . Reassembly Fuel Filter When replacing blades , be sure to install the blade Your unit is equipped with a replaceable in - line fuel with the side of the blade marked ‘ ‘ Bottom ’ ’ ( or with filter . Replace filter whenever contamination or part number ) facing the ground when the mower is in discoloration is noticed . Order replacement filter the operating position . Carefully align “ star ” on blade through your authorized engine service dealer . with “ star ” on spindle . Secure with hex flange nut . Cleaning Engine And Deck Blade Mounting Torque Hex Flange Nut : 840 in . lb . min . , 1080 in . lb . max . Any fuel or oil spilled on the machine should be wiped To ensure safe operation of your unit , all nuts and off promptly . Grass , leaves , and other dirt must not be bolts must be checked periodically for correct left to accumulate around the cooling fins of the engine tightness . or on any part of the machine . Clean the underside of the deck after each mowing . Battery Care And Maintenance We do not recommend the use of pressure washers or Batteries are sealed and are maintenance free . garden hose to clean your unit . They may cause damage to electric components , spindles , pulleys , bearings or the engine . The use of water will result in Charging The Battery shortened life and reduce serviceability . The engine is equipped with an alternator which charges battery when tractor is operated . Under normal Cutting Blades conditions , the battery only needs to be charged before , during and after off - season storage . Follow the REMOVAL FOR REPLACEMENT OR SHARPENING instructions under “ Off - Season Storage . ” WARNING : Be sure to disconnect and ground the spark plug wire ( s ) and remove ignition key before working on the cutting blade to prevent accidental engine starting . Protect hands by using heavy gloves or a rag to grasp the cutting blades . 20
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To charge the battery : Battery P / N 725 - 1705D — Belt Removal And Replacement Charge at 2 - 3 amps for one hour . Battery P / N 725 - 1707D , 725 - 0453G , and 725 - 1750 — Charge at 6 amps WARNING : Be sure to shut the engine off , for one hour . remove ignition key , disconnect the spark plug wire ( s ) and ground against the engine to Removing / Installing / Jump Starting prevent unintended starting before removing belt ( s ) WARNING : When removing or installing NOTE : Figures 23 , 27 and 28 are shown with the unit the battery , follow these instructions to tipped up for clarity . It is not necessary to tip the unit to prevent the screwdriver from shorting against remove the belts . the frame . However , if tipping the unit is desired , remove the Removing the Battery : Disconnect negative cable battery from the unit . To prevent gasoline leakage , first , then positive cable . drain the gasoline , or remove the fuel tank cap , place a Installing the Battery : Connect positive cable first , thin piece of plastic over the neck of the fuel tank and then negative cable . screw on the cap . Be certain to remove the plastic when Jump Starting finished changing the belts . Block unit securely . • First , connect end of one jumper cable to the Deck Belt ( 38 " And 42 " Decks ) positive terminal of the good battery , then the other • Place the lift lever in the engaged ( all the way end to the positive terminal of the dead battery . forward ) position . • Connect the other jumper cable to the negative • Disconnect the spring which is attached to a terminal of the good battery , then to the FRAME OF bracket on the transaxle , inside the right rear wheel . THE UNIT WITH THE DEAD BATTERY . Use a spring puller or other suitable tool . WARNING : Failure to use this procedure NOTE : When reassembling , make certain belt keeper could cause sparking , and the gas in either pins are assembled in the same locations from which battery could explode . they were removed . See Figure 22 . • Place the lift lever in the BLADES STOP position . Clean The Battery • Remove the belt keeper pins from the lower frame . Clean the battery by removing it from the unit and See Figure 22 . washing with a baking soda and water solution . If • Unhook the deck belt from the engine pulley . necessary , scrape the battery terminals with a wire • Place the lift lever in the engaged ( all the way brush to remove deposits . Coat terminals and exposed forward ) position . wiring with grease or petroleum jelly to prevent • Disconnect the stabilizer plate from the stabilizer corrosion . shaft assembly by removing the hairpin clips and flat washers and sliding out the rod . Refer to Figure Battery Failures 13 . Some common causes for battery failure are : incorrect initial activation , undercharging , overcharging , Belt Keeper Pins corroded connections , freezing . These failures do not constitute warranty . Tires Recommended operating tire pressure is approximately 10 p . s . i . Maximum tire pressure under any circumstances is 30 p . s . i . Equal tire pressure should be maintained on all tires . Engine When installing a tire to the rim , be certain rim is clean Pulley and free of rust . Lubricate both the tire and rim generously . Never inflate to over 30 p . s . i . to seat beads . WARNING : Excessive pressure ( over 30 Figure 22 p . s . i . ) when seating beads may cause tire / rim • Disconnect the six deck links by removing the assembly to burst with force sufficient to hairpin clips and flat washers . cause serious injury . • Place the lift lever in the BLADES STOP position . • Slide the deck from beneath the lawn tractor . 21
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• Remove the belt guards at each deck pulley by Rear Drive Belt removing the self - tapping screws . See Figure 23 . • Place shift lever in neutral position . Unscrew the shift knob and the speed control knob ( if located on the console ) . Remove the two truss head screws Self - Tapping Stabilizer Belt which secure the transmission cover . See Figure Screws Plate Guard 24 . • Lift the transmission cover . Unplug the safety wire from beneath the transmission cover . See Figure 24 . Remove transmission cover . Deck Shift Pulleys Knob Belt Guard Figure 23 Safety • Remove and replace the belt , reassemble following Wire the instructions in reverse order . Truss Head Screws Deck Belts ( 46 " Deck ) • Place the lift lever in the engaged ( all the way Figure 24 forward ) position . • Push the idler pulley toward the right side of the • Disconnect the spring which is attached to a unit . Lift the belt over the idler pulley . See Figure bracket on the transaxle , inside the right rear wheel . 25 . Use a spring puller or other suitable tool . • Remove the belt from the variable speed pulley . NOTE : When reassembling , make certain belt keeper • Remove the two bolts which hold the shift lever pins are assembled in the same locations from which bracket to the frame on the left side of the unit . they were removed . See Figure 22 . Swing the bracket toward the right so the belt can be removed from the transmission pulley . See • Place the lift lever in the BLADES STOP position . Figure 25 . • Remove the belt keeper pins from the lower frame . • Replace belt , and reassemble in reverse order . See Figure 22 . • Adjust the speed control as instructed in • Unhook the deck belt from the engine pulley . adjustment section . • Place the lift lever in the engaged ( all the way forward ) position . Transmission • Disconnect the stabilizer plate from the stabilizer Shift Lever Bracket Pulley shaft assembly by removing the hairpin clips and Hex Bolt flat washers and sliding out the rod . Refer to Figure 13 . • Disconnect the six deck links by removing the hairpin clips and flat washers . • Place the lift lever in the BLADES STOP position . Rear Drive • Slide the deck from beneath the lawn tractor . Belt • Remove the top deck drive belt by lifting up on the Idler stabilizer plate , and slipping belt off the pulley . Pulley • Remove the belt cover at the two outside deck Variable Speed Pulley pulleys , by removing the self - tapping screws . • Release the tension on the spring loaded idler by pushing the idler toward the rear of the deck . Figure 25 • Remove the belt from around the idler pulleys , and Front Drive Belt remove from the three deck pulleys . • To remove the front drive belt , first remove the rear • Reassemble new belts , following instructions in drive belt from the idler pulley and variable speed reverse order . pulley . • Place the lift lever in the BLADES STOP position . 22
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• Remove the belt keeper pins from the engine pulley NOTE : When reassembling , make certain belt is belt guard . Refer to Figure 22 . inside the belt keeper pins . See Figure 22 . NOTE : Make certain belt keeper pins are reassembled as shown in Figure 22 . • Unhook the deck belt from the engine pulley . Variable • Remove the center bolt , lock washer and flat Speed Pulley washer , and let the engine pulley drop down so the belt is past the belt guards . Center hBolterr Lock Wasshe Pins Flat Wa Figure 26 Figure 27 • Place the clutch - brake pedal in park position . • Push forward on the variable speed pulley , lift the • Reassemble with a new belt , following instructions belt off the engine pulley , and remove the belt from in reverse order . the pulley . • Adjust the speed control as instructed in • Release the clutch - brake pedal . Using the pedal to adjustment section . move the variable speed pulley as necessary , lift the belt up and off the variable speed pulley . SECTION 7 : OFF - SEASON STORAGE • Lubricate all lubrication points . Wipe the entire WARNING : Never store the machine or machine with an oiled rag to protect the surfaces . fuel container indoors where there is an • Refer to the engine manual for correct engine open flame , spark or pilot light such as on storage instructions . The engine must be water heater , furnace , clothes dryer or other completely drained of fuel to prevent gum deposits gas appliance . from forming on essential carburetor parts , fuel WARNING : Use a fuel stabilizer additive lines and fuel tanks . or drain the fuel into an approved container Charge battery fully . The battery loses some of its outdoors , away from an open flame . Allow charge each day when the unit is not used . engine to cool . Extinguish cigarettes , cigars , NEVER store battery without a full charge . Recharge pipes , and other sources of ignition prior to battery before returning to service or every two months , draining fuel . Fuel left in engine without a whichever occurs first . stabilizer additive for extended periods • When storing unit for extended periods , disconnect deteriorates and will cause problems . battery cables . Removing battery from unit is recommended . If the machine is to be inoperative for a period longer • Store unit in a clean , dry area . Do not store next to than 30 days , prepare for storage as follows . corrosive materials , such as fertilizer . • Clean the engine and the entire unit thoroughly . • We do not recommend the use of pressure NOTE : When storing any type of power equipment in washers or garden hose to clean your unit . They an unventilated or metal storage shed , care should be may cause damage to electric components , taken to rustproof the equipment . Using a light oil or spindles , pulleys , bearings or the engine . The use silicone , coat the equipment , especially any chains , of water will result in shortened life and reduce springs , bearings and cables . serviceability . 23
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SECTION 8 : TROUBLE SHOOTING GUIDE Possible Trouble Corrective Action Cause ( s ) Engine will Safety switch There are two switches in the starting circuit of your unit : the clutch pedal switch and not crank button not the deck lift lever switch . Make certain the actuator is fully depressing the buttons on depressed . each switch . Battery installed The battery must be installed with negative terminal attached to black ground wire . incorrectly . Negative terminal is identified at the post by “ NEG ” , “ N ” or “ - ” . The positive terminal , identified by “ POS ” , “ P ” or “ + ” , must be attached to the big red wire which goes to the solenoid . All batteries are to be fully charged before installing . Refer to “ Quick Start ” battery guide that came with the operator’s manual . Battery is dead Check fluid level in battery . If fluid is low , fill to just below split rings with water . Charge or weak . with 6 AMP charger until fully charged . Blown fuse or Refer to operator’s manual for fuse box location . Replace fuse with automotive type circuit breaker . fuse . Fuses seldom fail without a reason . The problem must be corrected . Check for loose connections in the fuse holder . Replace fuse holder if necessary . A dead short may be in the cranking or charging circuit where the insulation may have rubbed through and exposed the bare wire . Replace the wire or repair with electrician's tape if the wire strands have not been damaged . Note : Look for a wire pinched between body panels , burned by the exhaust pipe or muffler or rubbed against a moving part . Engine ground Engine should have a black ground wire running from engine to frame or mounting wire loose . bolt . Check operator's manual for correct position for throttle control and choke for starting . Engine Throttle or choke cranks but not in starting will not start position . Gasoline tank empty . Fill . No fuel to the Fuel line or in - line fuel filter plugged . Remove and clean fuel line . Replace filter if carburetor . necessary . Spark plug lead disconnected . Connect lead . No spark to Faulty spark plug . To test , remove spark plug . Attach spark plug lead to spark plug . spark plug . Ground the spark plug body against the engine block . Crank the engine . The spark plug should fire at the electrode . Replace if it does not . Dirty air cleaner . If the air cleaner is dirty , the engine may not start . Refer to the engine manual packed with your unit . Engine Engine oil has Check oil level . smokes been overfilled . Engine loses Dipstick not seated or broken . Replace defective part . crankcase Engine breather defective . Replace . vacuum . Excessive Bent or Stop engine immediately . Check all pulleys , blade adapters , keys and bolts for vibration damaged blade . tightness and spindle damage . Tighten or replace any damaged parts . Bent blade . Stop engine immediately . Replace damaged blade . Only use original equipment blades . Throttle must be set at full throttle . Mower will Engine speed not low . Use lower ground speed . The slower your ground speed , the better the quality of cut . discharge Speed selection . Raise deck . grass or Cutting height leaves set too low . Sharpen or replace blades ( uncut strip problem only ) . uncut strips Blades short or dull . NOTE : For repairs beyond the minor adjustments above , contact your local authorized service dealer . 24
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SECTION 9 : OPTIONAL EQUIPMENT At the time of manufacture of lawn tractor , the following NOTE : * Available through your local dealer or from optional equipment is available . Agri - Fab Inc . , 303 W . Raymond Street , Sullivan , Illinois 61951 . NOTE : These lawn tractors are not designed for ground - engaging equipment ( tillers , plows , etc . ) . Model No . Description 40 " Two Stage Snow Thrower OEM - 190 - 621 42 " Dozer Blade 190 - 620 - 000 Mulching Kit 38 ” / 42 ” OEM - 190 - 116 Mulching Kit 46 ” OEM - 190 - 118 Twin Bag Grass Collector OEM - 190 - 063 Front Counterweight 190 - 745 - 000 Tire Chains — 20 x 8 190 - 658 - 000 31 Lb . Wheel Weights 190 - 215 - 000 Gang Reel ( Set of three ) 45 - 0195 * 38 " Lawn Sweeper 45 - 0222 * Heavy Duty Dump Cart 45 - 0171 * Tine De - Thatcher 45 - 0186 * 25
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MANUFACTURER’S LIMITED WARRANTY FOR : 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 two ( 2 ) years 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 - warranty above as to the parts as identified . No other mercial use , neglect , accident , improper maintenance , express warranty or guaranty , whether written or oral , alteration , vandalism , theft , fire , water or damage because 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 not 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 not 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 two 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 not 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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