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YARD OPERATOR'S MANUAL 22 " Self - Propelled Mower Model Series 260 Thru 279 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 attester 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 ar [ ester for the muffler is available through your nearest engine authorized service dealer or contact the service department , P . O , Box 368022 € ! eveland , Ohio 44136 - 9722 . MTD PRODUCTS INC , P . O : BOX 368022 CLEVELAND OHIO 44136 - 9722 PRINTED IN U . S . A . FORM N0 , 770 - 10336 ( 11 / 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 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ! 1 Maintaining Your Lawn Mower . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Storing Your Lawn Mower . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Troubleshooting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Parts List . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 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 seriaI number of the equipment in the space below . ( Model Number ) ( Serial Number ) Copy the model number here : Copy the serial number here : _ f [ MTD PRODUCTS , NC CLEVELAND , OHIO 44136 CALLINGCUSTOMERSUPPORT If you have difficulty assembling this product or have any questions regarding the controls , operation or maintenance of this unit , please call the Customer Support Department . Call 1 - ( 330 ) 220 - 4MTD ( 4683 ) or 1 - ( 800 ) - 800 - 7310 to reach a Customer Support representative . Please have your unit's model number and serial number ready when you call . See previous section to locate this information . You will be asked to enter the serial number in order to process your call . 2
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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 itswarning . DANG ER : 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 3roduct 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 GENERAL0PERMION to be used . Remove ell stones , sticks , wire . bones toys and other foreign objects which could be picked • Read this operator's manual carefully in its entirety up anc 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 completeIy familiar with the controls and the proper use of this to avoid discharge of material toward roads , sidewalks , bystanders and the like , To help avoid a machine before operating it . Keep this manual in a safe place for future and regular reference and for thrown objects injury , keep children , bystanders and 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 designed to perform one job : to mow grass . Do not rotating blade can cause injury . use it for any other purpose . Many injuries occur as a result of the mower being • Never allow children under 14 years old to operate a pulled over the foot during a fall , Do not hang on to 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 • Keep the area of operation clear of all persons , then follow these steps : 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 . eepafirmholdonthehandleand walk , neverrun . If youfeelyouarelosingyour CHILDREN footingR , ELEASTEHEBLADECONTROHLANDLE Tragic accidents can occur if the operator is not alert to the IMMEDIATEaLnYdthebladewil ! stoprotatinwgithin presence of children . Children are often attracted to the threeseconds . mower and the mowing activity . Never assume that children • Mowonlyindaylighotrgoodartificialilght . will remain where you last saw them . • Stopthebladewhencrossinggravedlrivesw , alksor • Keep children out of the mowing area and under the roads : watchful care of a responsible adult other than the • If theequipmesnht ouldstartto vibrateabnormally , operator . stoptheengineandcheckimmediatefolyrthecause . • Be alert and turn mower off if a child enters the area . Vibratioisngeneralalywarninogftrouble . • Before and while moving backwards , look behind and • Shuttheengineoffandwaituntitlhebladecometso down for small children or other objects . acompletsetopbeforeremovinthgegrasscatcheorr • Never allow children under age 14 to operate the unclogginthgechuteT . hecuttingbladecontinuetos mower . Children 14 years of age and above should rotatefora fewsecondasftertheengineisshutoff . read and understand the operation instructions and Nevepr laceanypartof thebodyinthebladearea safety rules in this manual . untiyl ouaresurethebladehasstopperdotating . • Use extreme care when approaching blind corners , • Neveor peratemowewr ithouptropegr uardsg , rass shrubs , trees , or other objects that may obscure your catcherp , latesor othersafetyprotectivdeevicesin vision of a child or hazard . place . • Mufflear ndenginebecomehotandcancausea SERVICE burnD . onottouch . • Onlyuseaccessorieaspprovefdorthismachinbey • Use extreme care in handling gasoline and other themanufacturRere . ad , understanadn , dfollowall fuels . They are extremely flammable and the vapors instructiopnrsovidewdiththeapproved 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 SLOPEOPERMION 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 sIope gauge . equipment specifications listed in this manual . 4
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• Grass catcher components are subject 1o wear , • KeeoaJlnuts , boltsa , ndscrewstighttobesurethe damage and deterioratier which could expose equipmeinstin safe working condition . moving parts or allow objects to be thrown . For safety • Never tamper with safety devices . Check their proper protection , frequen [ ly check components and replace operation regularly . with manufacturer's recommended parts , when After striking a foreign obiect , stop the engine . necessary remove the wire from the spark plug , and thoroughly • Mower blades are sharp aria can cut . Wrap the respect the mower for any damage . Repair the bIadefs ' _ or wear gloves , an _ use extra caution when damage before sta _ ng and operating the mower . servicing them . • Never attempt to make a wheel or cutting height • Do not change rne engine governor setting or adjustment whiIe the engine _ s running , oversoeed 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 al ! safety labels shown may apply to your lawn mower . DANGER
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m o SIGHT AND HOLD THIS LEVEL WITH A VERTICAL TREE E I c A POWER POLE I A CORNER OF A BUILDING O OR A FENCE POST o c OD 69 O . O " 5 c < , o o o 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 overturn and cause serious injury . If operating a walk - behind mower on such a slope , it is extremely difficult to maintain your footing and you could slip , resulting in serious injury . 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 .
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SECTION3 : ASSEMBLINGYOURLAWNMOWER IMPORTANT : This unit is shipped without gasoline or oil \ _ \ _ Wing Nuts inthe engine . Be certain to service engine with gasoline and oil as instructed inthe separate engine manual before operating your mower . NOTE : Reference to right or left hand side of the mower Lower Handle is observed from the operating position . RemovingUnitFromCarton Handle • Remove staples , break glue on top flaps , or cut Bracket _ ape at carton end and peel along top flap : o open Assemblies carton , Remove loose parts if included with unit ( i . e . . operator's manual , etc . ) Figure 2 Carefully cut along corners , lay carton down flat . Fasten the cables to the lower handle with the and remove packing material . cable tie found on the lower handle . Pull the cable • Roll or slide unit out of carton and check carton tie tight and trim off the excess . See Figure 3 . thoroughly for loose parts . Cable Tie DisconnectinSgpark PlugWire Before setting up your lawn mower , disconnect the spark plug wire from the spark plug and ground to a bolt on the engine . See Figure 1 . Bolt Figure 3 IO O Move rope guide to the first hole above the lower handle on right side . The wing nut loosens and secures the rope guide . See Figure 4 . Starter . Rope _ Nut Spark Plug Wire Rope Guide Figure 1 Lower Handle SettingUpYourLawn Mower • Lift up and pull back on the upper handle to raise Figure 4 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 to secure the handle to handle bracket assemblies . NOTE : This manual represents two different model See Figure 2 . series . Model 260 series comes with the side discharge assembly on the unit and a snap on NOTE : Your mower is shipped with the handle in the mulching baffle . The 270 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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RemovingChute Retainer ( Models260 Series ) InstallingMulching Baffle ( Model260 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 it following these instructions : Remove the retainer , following steps below , before • Lift up 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 in this 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 on to the mower . ° Release the side discharge chute . Installing Side DischargeChute ( Model 270 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 under the hinge pin on the mulching baffle . Make sure that Retainer the hooks snaps into place , locking the chute firmly onto the mower . See Figure 7 . Figure 5 • ReIease the mulching baffle . WARNING : The chute retainer must be removed and discarded before operating Mulching the mower . j Discharge Chute Hooks Chute Figure 7 Baffle _ Hook ige Insert Notches Pin on Top of Lip Figure 6 SECTION4 : KNOWYOURLAWNMOWER Blade ControlHandle Read this operator's manuaI 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 . mower can result in foreign objects being is a safety device . Never attempt to bypass , _ WARNING : The operation of any nlawnd , _ WARNING : This blade control mechanism thrown into the operator's eyes a its operations . causing severe eye damage . Always wear safety glasses while operating the mower , or while performing any adjustments or repairs on it . 8
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CuttingHeightAdjustmentLevers - Blade Control These levers are located on each wheel and they are used to adust the cutting height . All four levers have to Handle _ ' _ Drive Control be at the same relative position to ensure a uniform cut , Handle See Figure 8 . Mulching Plug Drive ControlHandle / Discharge The drive control handle is located on the upper handle . Chute Squeeze the drive control handle against the upper handle to engage drive system , Release the control Recoil qandle to disengage the drive system in order to stop , Cutting Height Starter slow down , or backup . Adjustment Lever Engine Controls See the separate engine manual for the location and function of the controls on the engine . Mulching StoppingEngine Plug - Release blade control handle to stop the engine Discharge _ and the blade . Chute Disconnect spark plug wire and ground it to a bolt on the engine . Figure 8 Recoil Starter again refer to the Safety Section in this WARNING : Before using your lawn mower . The recoil starter is attached to the right lower handle . manual . Always becareful . Stand behind the unit and pull the recoil starter to start the unit , See Figure 8 . SECTION5 : OPERATINGYOURLAWNMOWER TowardsBetterMowerPerformance 5 . Hold control handle down and pull rope firmly to 1 . Pour fresh , clean gasoline into the mower's gas start the engine . tank until the tank is full . Do not use gasoline that is more than 30 days old , 6 . Set cutting height adjustment Iever to middle 2 , Make sure to connect the mower's spark plug setting and mew a single pass on your lawn ; wire before trying to start the engine . then adjust to desired height for a closer cut , 3 . Add engine oil to the oil fill on the mower engine , 7 , To mulch insertthe mulch ptug / coveron the Check the dipstick and add more if necessary . mower . Remember that the oil level has to touch the fill 8 . Before storing the lawn mower for the winter , line . use stabilizer - treated fuel and run the tank dry . 4 . Locate the primer decal near the primer bulb on 9 . Thirty days before start of the new season , the engine , and read its instruction . Using your check the air filter , spark plug and blade on the thumb , press the primer bulb slowly as many 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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continuous , full arm stroke . Keeping a firm grip on GasandOilFill - Up the starter handle , let the rope return to the starter Service the engine with gasoline and oil as instructed in slowly . the separate engine manual packed with your mower . Read instructions carefully . UsingYourLawnMower Be sure that the lawn is clear of stones , sticks , wire , or engine running or until the engine has WARNING : Never fill fuel tank indoors with other objects which could damage the lawn mower or been allowed to cool for at least two the engine . Such objects could be accidently thrown by minutes after running . the mower in any direction and cause serious personal injury to the operator and others . BeforeStartingY0urMower For best results , do not cut wet grass because it tends • Check for proper clutch operation by performing the to stick to the underside of the mower , preventing following procedure before starting the engine . proper discharge of grass clippings , and could cause • With the drive clutch released , push mower you to slip and fall . New grass , thick grass , or wet grass forward . It should move freely . Pull mower may require a narrower cut . backward . It should move with only a small amount For a healthier lawn , never cut off more than one - third of resistance . of the total length of the grass . Your lawn should be cut • If the rear wheels tend to lock up , the clutch may in the fail as long as there is growth . This mower is not be releasing completely . Do not start the engine designed to be operated at full throttle to give you the until corrections have been made . best cut and do the most effective job of mowing or * Check the drive cable for severe bends , kinks , or mulching . binding . Also check for grass build - up around the belt . WARNING : If you strike a foreign object , stop the engine . Remove wire from the • If drive clutch control needs adjustment see the Adjustment Section . spark plug , thoroughly inspect the mower for any damage , and repair the damage before restarting and operating the StartingEngine mower . Extensive vibration of the mower • Attach spark plug wire to spark plug . Make certain during operation is an indication of the metal cap on the end of the spark plug is damage . The unit should be promptly fastened securely over the metal tip on the spark inspected and repaired . plug . • Prime engine as instructed in the separate engine Mulching manual packed with your unit . • Your lawn mower may be equipped with a constant For effective mulching , do not cut wet grass because it speed throttle , which is set at full throttle for best tends to stick to the underside of the deck , preventing performance . proper mulching of grass clippings . New or thick grass may require a narrower cut . The ground speed should • Stand behind the mower and squeeze the blade be adjusted to the condition of the lawn . If mowing has control handle against the upper handle . been delayed and the grass has been allowed to grow • Grasp recoil starter handle and pull rope out slowly inexcess of 4 " , mulching is not recommended . Mow until engine reaches the start of compression cycle using the side discharge to reduce the grass height to 3 ( rope will pull slightly harder at this point ) . Let the rope rewind slowly . Pull rope with a rapid , 1 / 4 " maximum before mulching . SECTION6 : MAKINGADJUSTMENTS the height of cut will be changed . Simply depress the adjustments without first stopping engine lever towards wheel and move lever assembly to , _ WARNING : Do not at any time make any and disconnecting spark plug wire , desired position . See Figure 9 . IMPORTANT : All wheels must be placed in the same CuttingHeightAdjustment relative position . For rough or uneven lawns , move the height adjustment lever to a higher position . This will Each wheel has a height adjustment lever which help stop scalping of the grass . provides cutting height adjustment . When the adjustment lever is moved from one location to another 10
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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 , \ \ \ \ \ \ Wing Nuts Handle Height Adjustment Levers Handle Figure 9 Bracket HandleHeightAdjustment Figure 10 Your mower is shipped with the handle in the higher height position . To lower the height proceed as follows : • Remove the starter rope from the rope guide . EngineAdjustments • Disconnect the handle from the handle brackel See the separate engine manual 3acked with your unit assemblies by remowng the wing nuts . for adjustments to the engine . See Figure 10 . SECTION7 : MAINTAININGYOURLAWNMOWER CustomerResponsibilities SERVICE MAINTENANCE DATES SCHEDULE Lubric _ ewheels Lubricateb ] adecontml Clean deck 8 Blade care Change oil Replace air filter LU ( . 9 Clean engine ZuJ Check spark plug [ Check spark arrester ( if any ) i i The warranty on this lawn mower does not cover GeneralRecommendations items that have been subjected to operator abuse • Always observe safety rules when performing any or negligence . To receive full value from the maintenance . warranty , operator must maintain the lawn mower • Changing of engine governed speed will void as instructed in this manual . engine warranty . 11
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Some adjustments will have to be made Engine periodically to maintain your unit properly . All Refer to the separate engine manual for all engine adjustments in the Making Adjustments section of maintenance instructions . this manual should be checked at least once each • Maintain engine oil as instructed inthe separate season . engine manual packed with your unit . Periodically check all fasteners and make sure • Service air cleaner every 25 hours under normal these are tight . conditions . Poor engine performance and flooding Follow the maintenance schedule under Customer usually indicate that the air cleaner should be Responsibilities to get quality performance from serviced . To service the air cleaner , refer to the your lawn mower . separate engine manual packed with your unit . • 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 Clean the engine regularly with a cloth or brush . Keep Always stop engine and disconnect spark 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 The underside of the mower deck should be cleaned after each use to prevent a buildup of grass clippings , Lubricate leaves , dirt , or other matter . If this debris is allowed to accumulate , it will 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 . Lubricat _ CuttingBlade Removal , Replacement , andSharpening • When removing the cutting blade for sharpening or replacement , protect your hands with a pair of heavy gloves or use a heavy rag to hold the blade . Figure 11 • Remove the bolt and the blade bell support which Blade Control Handle and Drive Clutch Control : hold the blade and the blade adapter to the engine Lubricate the pivot points on the blade control handle crankshaft . See Figure 12 . and the drive clutch control at least once a season with • Remove the blade and the adapter from the light oil . These handles must operate freely in both crankshaft . directions . See Figure 11 . Wheels : Lubricate the wheels at least once a season with light oil ( or motor oil ) . If the wheels are removed for Blade any reason , lubricate the surface of the axle bolt and inner surface of the wheel with light oil . Chute Deflector or Mulching Baffle : Lubricate the Blade Bell torsion spring and pivot point periodically with light oil to fSupport prevent any rust or binding . Engine : Follow the separate engine manual packed with you unit for lubrication instructions . _ Hex Bolt Maintenance Figure 12 NOTE : When tipping the unit , empty the fuel tank and WARNING : Periodically inspect the blade keep the spark plug side of engine up . Never tip the adapter for cracks , especially if you strike mower more than 90 degrees and do not leave the mower tipped for any length of time . Oil can drain into a foreign object . Replace when necessary . the upper part of the engine causing a starting problem . 12
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When sharpening the blade , follow the original angle of To get easier access to the belt . just securely place the mower on raised blocks . grind as a guide . It is extremely important that each Remove the transmission cover by sliding off the cutting edge receives an equal amount of grinding to two plastic rivets with a screwdriver on each side of prevent an Jnba ] anced blade . An unbalanced blade will cover . See Figure 13 . cause excessive vibration when rotating at high With the drive system in the disengaged position . speeds , It may cause damage to the mower , and could the belt can be lifted off the transmission outley , break causing personal injury . See Figure 14 . The blade can be tested by balancing it on a round Pull the belt from under the deck toward rear of unit shaft screwdriver . Remove metal from the heavy side and through gap in cutting deck . until it balances evenly . It is recommended that the blade always be removed from the adapter when testing for balance . Before reinstalling the blade and the blade adapter to the unit , lubdcate the engine Transmission crankshaft and the inner surface of the blade adapter with light oil . • Be sure to install the blade with end tips facing up or the side of the blade marked " Bottom " ( or with part number ) facing the ground when the mower is in the operating position . • Slide the blade adapter onto the engine crankshaft . • Place the blade on the adapter . Be certain the blade is aligned and seated on the blade adapter flanges . Belt " • Place blade bell support on blade . Make sure the Belt Keeper notches on the blade bell support are aligned with small holes in the blade . Figure 14 • Replace hex bolt and tighten hex bolt to torque : 450 in . Ibe , min , 600 in . Ibs . max . • If belt can not be removed by slipping belt around blade , then remove the blade following the steps in NOTE : To ensure safe operation of your mower , the the previous section . See Figure 15 . blade bolt must be checked periodically for correct • Slide new belt around engine pulley and through torque . gap in cutting deck . • Putl belt toward front of mower and around Drive BeltRemovalAnd Replacement transmission pulley . • Disconnect the spark plugwire and ground it • Make sure belt is routed inside the belt keepers . against th e engine . See Figure 14 . • Drain the fuel tank or place a piece of plastic • Reattach the transmission cover using the rivets beneath the cap to prevent gasoline leakage . previously removed . If unit is tipped for easier access to belt , tip the • Reassemble blade and torque as instructed in mower back on its side with the air filter side away previous section . from the ground . Transmission Cover n ° inoB , Belt Trans _ = ission Keeper Bracket Figure 15 Figure 13 13
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SECTION8 : STORINGYOURLAWNMOWER The following steps should be taken to prepare your • Coat mower's cutting blade with chassis grease to lawn mower for storage . prevent rusting . • Store mower in a dry , clean area . Do not store next • Clean and lubricate mower thoroughIyas described to corrosive materials , such as fertilizer . in the lubrication instructions , IMPORTANT : We do not recommend the use of a NOTE : When storing any type of power equipment in a poorly ventilated or metal storage shed , care should be pressure washer or garden hose to clean your unit . taken to rust - proof the equipment . Using a light oil or • Refer to engine manual for correct engine storage silicone , coat the equipment , especially cables and all instructions . moving parts , SECTION9 : 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 fue ! . 3 . Fill tank with clean , fresh gasoline . 4 , BIocked fuel line . 4 . Clean fuel line . 5 . Faulty spark plug . 5 . Clean , adjust gap , or replace . 6 . Engine flooded 6 . Wait a few minutes to restart , but do not 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 . Water or dirt in fuel system . 4 . Drain fuel tank . Refill with fresh fuel . 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 . Airflow restricted . 2 . Remove blower housing and clean . 3 . Carburetor not adjusted properly . 3 . Adjust carburetor . I Idles poorly 1 . Spark plug fouled , faulty or gap too 1 . Reset gap to . 030 " or replace spark wide . plug . 2 . Carburetor improperly adjusted . 2 . Adjust carburetor . 3 . 3 . Clean air cleaner . Dirty air cleaner . Excessive vibration 1 . Cutting blade loose or unbalanced . 1 . Tighten blade and adapter . Balance blade . 2 . Bent cutting bIade . 2 . Replace blade , Wet grass . 1 . Do not mow when grass is wet ; wait until later to cut . Excessively high grass . 2 . Mow once at a high cutting height , then mow again at desired height or make a ° ° wru1ec ! r narrower cutting path . 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 . Wheels will not propel 1 . Belt not installed properly , 1 . Check belt for proper pulley installation and movement . 2 . 2 . Clean out debris . Debris clogging drive operation . NOTE : For repairs beyond the minor adjustments listed above , contact your nearest authorized service dealer . 14
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ModelSeries260 thru279 66 4 ! 2 15 19 60 64 33 34 46 35 / 49 56 54 52 55 16
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ModelSeries260thru279 Ref . Ref . Part No . Part Description Part No . Part Description No , No , 1 . 747 - 1214 Drive Control Handle 36 . 756 - 1163 Drive Pulley 2 . 747 - 1161 Blade Control Handle 37 . 74840426 Blade Adapter 3 . 749 - 1092 Upper Handle 38 . 742 - 0642 Blade 22 " 4 . 746 - 1092 Drive Control Cable 742 - 0742 Mulching Blade 22 " 5 . 746 - 1113 Blade Control Cable - B & S 39 . 736 - 0452 Bell Washer . 396 ID x 1.140 OD 746 - 1114 Blade Control Cable - Tec 40 , 710 - 1257 Hex Cap Screw 3 / 8 - 24 x 2.5 6 . 710 - 1203 41 . 712 - 3005 Lock Nut 3 / 8 - 16 Eye Bolt 7 , 720 - 0279 42 . 782 - 0584 Wing Nut 1 / 4 - 20 Forward Height Adjustment Plate - RE 8 , 712 - 0324 Hex Lock Nut 1 / 4 - 20 43 . 741 - 0710 Sleeve Bearing 9 . 710 - 0606 Hex Cap Screw 1 / 4 - 20x 1,5 44 . 710 - 0216 Hex Cap Screw 3 / 8 - 16 x . 75 ! 0 . 710 - 1174 Carriage Bolt 5 / 16 - 18 x 2 _ 0 45 . 720 - 0190 Adjustment Knob 11 . 736.0451 Shoulder Washer . 320 ID x . 93 OD 46 . 682 - 0586 Spring Lever Assembly - RH 12 . 720 - 0241 Wing Nut 5 / 16 - 18 682 - 0587 Spring Lever Assembly - LH 13 , 749 - 1093 Lower Handle 47 . 731 - 2249 Wheel Dust Cover 14 . 725 - 0157 Cable Tie 48 . 715 - 0221 Pin 15 , 782 - 9066 49 . 717 - 1533 Hinge Clip Spur Gear 14T - LH 16 . 731 - 2322 Trail Shield 717 - 1534 Spur Gear 14T - RH 17 . 710 - 0599 Hex Washer Screw 1 / 4 - 20 x . 5 50 . 736 - 0105 Bell Washer , 401 ID x . 870 OD 18 . 710 - 1008 Hex Washer Screw 3 / 8 - 16 x 1.875 51 . 634 - 0190 Wheel Assembly 8 x 1.8 19 . 782 - 9O63 Engine Belt Keeper Bracket 52 . 738 - 0102 Shoulder Screw 3 / 8 - 16 20 , 682 - 0096 53 . ! Deck Assembly 747 - 0710 Hinge Pin 21 , 682 - 3065 Handle Bracket Assembly - LH 54 , 732 - 0593 Torsion Spring - Side Discharge 22 , 712 - 0240 Jam Nut 7 / 16 - 20 732 - 0981 Torsion Spring - Mulching Baffle 23 . 736 - 0407 Bell Washer . 46 ID x 1,00 OD 55 . 631 - 0098 MuloHng Baffle ( If Equipped ) 24 . 756 - 1167 Pulley 56 . 731 - 1034A Side Discharge Assembly 25 . 754 - 0483 V - Belt 57 . 736 - 0270 Bell Washer . 265 ID x . 75 OD 26 , 732 - 0992 Compression Spring 58 . 731q035A Chute Hinge 27 . 710 - 1276 Hex Washer Screw 1 / 4 - 20 x . 750 59 _ 682 - 3064 Handle Bracket Assembly - RH 28 . 782 - 9062 60 . 682 - 0143 Transmission Belt Keeper Bracket Pivot Arm Assembly 29 . 728 - 0199 Rivot 61 . 741 - 1102 Height Adjusmeet Bearing 30 . 782 - 0585 Forward Height Adjustment Plate - LH 62 , 732 - 0969 Spring Lever 31 . 716 - 0198 Retainer Ring 63 , 736 - 1127 Shoulder Screw 3 / 8 - 16 32 . 750 - 1209 Sleeve Spacer , 550 ID x 2.5 64 . 734 - 1987 Wheel 8 x 1.8 33 . 618 - 0391 Transmission Assembly 65 . 731 - 2238 Snap Discharge Chute ( If Equipped ) 34 . ' 750 - 1210 66 . Sleeve Spacer . 550 ID x 8.9 731 - 1386A Snap Mulching Plug ( If Equipped ) 35 . Transmission Cover 67 . 748 - 0390 731 - 0073 Bearing Spacer 17
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ModelSeries260 thru279 4 3 ½ I Ref . Part No . Part Description No , 618 - 0392 Upper Housing Assembly 721 - 0329 Oil Seal . 500 ID x . 687 OD 3 . 741 - 0673 Flange Bearing . 503 ID x . 689 OD 4 . 736 - 0520 Flat Washer . 504 ID x . 700 OD x , 030 736 - 0711 Flat Washer , 504 ID x , 700 OD x , 035 736 - 0712 Flat Washer . 504 ID x . 700 OD x , 040 736 - 0713 Flat Washer . 504 ID x , 700 OD x . 045 5 , 717 - 1596 Bevel Gear 44T 6 . 715 - 0139 Roll Pin 7 . 711 - 1388 Output Shaft 8 . 719 - 0538 Lower Housing 9 . 710 - 1276 Hex Washer Screw 1 / 4 - 20 x . 75 10 _ 716 - 0231 E - Ring , 750 11 . 736 - 0336 Flat Washer . 625 ID x 1,00D x . 030 736 - 0337 Flat Washer , 625 ID x 1.00D 736 - 0349 Flat Washer . 63 ID x 1.00D x , 020 736 - 0494 Flat Washer . 632 ID x 1.00D x . 035 736 - 0495 Flet Washer . 632 ID x 1.00D x . 035 12 . 741 - 0735 Needle Bearing , 625 x . 813 13 . 719 - 0537 Upper Housing 14 . 736 - 0336 Flat Washer . 625 ID x 1,00D x , 030 736 - 0494 Flat Washer . 632 iD x 1.00D x . 035 15 . 711 - 1390 Input Shaft t8
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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 tNC ( " 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 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 , 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 end cylinders have a separate ranty gives you specific legai rights , and you may also have one year warranty . other rights which vary from state to state .
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