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OPERATOR'S MANUAI Edger Model Series 580 IMPORTANT : READ SAFETY RULES AND INSTRUCTIONS CAREFULLY Warning : This unit is equipped with an internal combustion engine and should not be used on or near any unimproved forest - covered , brush - covered or grass - covered land unless the engine's exhaust system is equipped with a spark arrester meeting applicable local or state laws ( if any ) . If a spark arrester is used , it should be maintained in effective working order by the operator . In the State of California the above is required by law ( Section 4442 of the California Public Resources Code ) . Other states may have similar laws . Federal laws apply on federal lands . A spark arrester for the muffler is available through your nearest engine authorized service dealer or contact the service department , P . O . Box 361131 Cleveland , Ohio 44136 - 0019 . MTD LLC , P . O . BOX 361131 CLEVELAND , OHIO 44136 - 0019 PRINTED IN U . S . A . FORM NO . 770 - 10397B ( 5 / 02 )
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TABLEOF CONTENTS Content Page Important Safe Operation Practices . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Assembling The Edger . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Know The Edger . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Operating The Edger . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Making Adjustments . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Maintaining and Servicing The Edger . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Troubleshooting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Parts List . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Warranty Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Back Cover FINDINGMODELNUMBER This Operator's Manual is an important part of your new edger . 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 the MTD Customer Support Department . You can locate the model number by looking on the surface of the base plate in the rear of the edger . A sample model plate is explained below . For future reference , please copy the model number and the serial number of the equipment in the space below . Copy the model number here : LLC Copy the serial number here : ENGINEINFORMATION The engine manufacturer is responsible for all engine - related issues with regards to performance , power - rating , specifications , warranty and service . Please refer to the engine manufacturer's Owner's / Operator's Manual packed separately with your unit for more information . CALLINGCUSTOMERSUPPORT If you have difficulty assembling this product or have any questions regarding the controls , operation or maintenance of this unit , please call the Customer Support Department . Call 1 - ( 330 ) 220 - 4MTD ( 4683 ) or 1 - ( 800 ) - 800 - 7310 to reach a Customer Support representative . Please have your unit's model number and serial number ready when you call . See previous section to locate this information . You will be asked to enter the serial number in order to process your call .
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SECTION1 : IMPORTANTSAFEOPERATIONPRACTICES WARNING : THIS SYMBOL POINTS OUT IMPORTANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS WHICH , IF NOT FOLLOWED , COULD ENDANGER THE PERSONAL SAFETY AND / OR PROPERTY OF YOURSELF AND OTHERS . READ AND FOLLOW ALL INSTRUCTIONS IN THIS MANUAL BEFORE ATTEMPTING TO OPERATE THIS MACHINE . FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH THESE INSTRUCTIONS MAY RESULT IN PERSONAL INJURY . WHEN YOU SEE THIS SYMBOL - - HEED ITS WARNING . WARNING : The Engine Exhaust from this product contains chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer , birth defects or other reproductive harm . DANGER : This machine was built to be operated accordingto 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 . If you violate any of these rules , you may cause serious injury to yourself or others . . Never attempt to make any adjustments while the TRAINING engine is running , except where specifically 1 . Read , understand , and follow all instructions on the recommended in the operator's manual . machine and in the manual ( s ) before attempting to . To avoid personal injury or property damage use assemble and operate . Keep this manual in a safe extreme care in handling gasoline . Gasoline is place for future and regular reference and for extremely flammable and the vapors are explosive . ordering replacement parts . Serious personal injury can occur when gasoline is 2 . Be familiar with all controls and their proper spilled on yourself or your clothes which can ignite . operation . Know how to stop the machine and Wash your skin and change clothes immediately . disengage them quickly . a . Use only an approved gasoline container . 3 . Never allow children under 14 years old to operate b . Extinguish all cigarettes , cigars , pipes and this machine . Children 14 years old and over other sources of ignition . should read and understand the operation c . Never fuel machine indoors . instructions and safety rules in this manual and d . Never remove gas cap or add fuel while the should be trained and supervised by a parent . engine is hot or running . 4 . Never allow adults to operate this machine without e . Allow engine to cool at least two minutes proper instruction . before refueling . 5 . To help avoid blade contact or a thrown object f . Never over fill fuel tank . Fill tank to no more injury , keep bystanders , helpers , children and pets than V2inch below bottom of filler neck to at least 75 feet from the machine while it is in provide space for fuel expansion . operation . Stop machine if anyone enters the area . g . Replace gasoline cap and tighten securely . h . If gasoline is spilled , wipe it off the engine PREPARATION and equipment . Move unit to another area . Wait five minutes before starting the engine . 1 . Thoroughly inspect the area where the equipment i . Never store the machine or fuel container is to be used . Remove all stones , sticks , wire , inside where there is an open flame , spark or bones , toys and other foreign objects which could pilot light as on a water heater , space heater , be tripped over or picked up and thrown by the furnace , clothes dryer or other gas blade . Thrown objects can cause serious personal appliances . injury . j . Allow machine to cool at least 5 minutes 2 . Always wear safety glasses or safety goggles before storing . during operation and while performing an adjustment or repair to protect your eyes . Thrown OPERATION objects which ricochet can cause serious injury to the eyes . 1 . Do not put hands or feet near rotating parts . 3 . Wear sturdy , rough - soled work shoes and close - Contact with the rotating blade can amputate hands fitting slacks and shirts . Shirts and pants that cover and feet . the arms and legs and steel - toed shoes are 2 . The blade control handle is a safety device . Never recommended . Never operate this machine in bare bypass its operation . Doing so , makes the machine feet , sandals , slippery or light weight ( e . g . canvas ) unsafe and may cause personal injury . shoes . 3 . Never operate without blade guard , debris shield and blade control handle in place and working .
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4 . Neveor peratewithdamagedsafetydevices . 18 . Onlyusepartsandaccessoriemsadeforthisso , can Failureto doso , canresulitnpersonailnjury . machinebythemanufactureFr . ailuretodo 5 . Neverrunanengineindoorsorina poorly resultinpersonainl jury . 19 . Ifsituationosccurwhicharenotcoveredinthis ventilatedarea . Engineexhausctontainscarbon monoxidea , nodorlessanddeadlygas . manualu , secareandgoodjudgmenCt . ontacat n 6 . Donotoperatemachinewhileundertheinfluence authorizedMTD service dealer or telephone 1 - 800 - 800 - 7310 . of alcohool rdrugs . 7 . Mufflear ndenginebecomehotandcancausea burn . Donottouch . MAINTENANCEAND STORAGE 8 . Neveor peratethismachinewithoutgoodvisibilitya 1 . Never tamper with safety devices . Check their orlight . Alwaysbesureofyourfootingandkeep proper operation regularly . firmholdonthehandlesW . alk , neverrun . 2 . Before cleaning , repairing , or inspecting , 9 . Donotoperatethismachineif ithasbeendropped disconnect the spark plug wire and ground against ordamagedR . neturnmachinetoyournearestnd the engine to prevent unintended starting . authorizesdervicingdealerforexaminatioa 3 . Check bolts , and screws for proper tightness at repair . frequent intervals to keep the machine in safe 10 . Donotoperatethismachinewithadamagedor working condition . Also , visually inspect machine excessivelwyorncuttingblade . for any damage . 11 . Nevear ttempttoclearmateriaflromthebladengine 4 . Do not change the engine governor setting or over - guardwhiletheengineisrunningS . ohuttheeundrting . speed the engine . The governor controls the off , disconnectht esparkplugwireandgresdtamptintgo maximum safe operating speed of the engine . againsttheenginetoprevenut nintendatte 5 . The blade , blade guard and debris shield are 12 . Donotoverloadmachinecapacityby subject to wear and damage . For your safety edgeattoofastofa rate . protection , frequently check all components and 13 . Stayalertforunevensidewalkst , errainetc.Always replace with original equipment manufacturer's pushslowlyoverroughsurfacesD . onotusethis ( O . E . M . ) parts only . " Use of parts which do not machineongravesl urfaces . meet the original equipment specifications may 14 . Donotoperatemachineinrainorwetsoil lead to improper performance and compromise conditions . safety ! " 15 . Alwaysoperatemachinefrombehindthehandlest 6 . Maintain or replace safety and instruction labels , as andpositionyourselwf herethedirectlineofsigh necessary . tocuttingbladeisblockedbyguards . 7 . Observe proper disposal laws and regulations for 16 . Alwaysstopenginewhenedgingortrimmingisne gas , oil , etc . to protect the environment . delayedorwhentransportinmg achinefromo 8 . Never store the machine or fuel container inside locationtoanother . where there is an open flame , spark or pilot light 17 . NevelreavearunningmachineunattendedS.topundg . such as a water heater , furnace , clothes dryer etc . theengined , isconnecstparkplugwireandgrortin 9 . Always refer to the operator's manual for proper againsttheenginetoprevenut nintendesdta instructions on off - season storage . Restrict the use of this power machine to persons who read , understand and follow the warnings WARNING : YOUR RESPONSIBILITYnd and instructions in this manual a on the machine . Rotating cutting blade may throw objects causing personal injury . Always wear eye protection during operation . Keep area clear of bystanders and do not operate without guards in place I Read Operator's Manual before use . Figure 1 4
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SECTION2 : ASSEMBLINGYOUREDGER IMPORTANT : This unit is shipped WITHOUT NOTE : Handle styles vary by model . GASOLINE or OIL . After setting up the unit , service engine with gasoline and oil as instructed in the separate engine manual packed with your unit . Mpper Handle NOTE : Reference to right or left hand side of the edger is observed from the operating position . Contentsof Carton One Edger Assembly One Plastic Bag Containing : Edger Operator's Manual Registration Card Briggs & Stratton Operator / Owner Manual One Clutch Rod ( 747 - 1164 ) with One Ferrule ( 711 - 0392 ) Two Flat Washers ( 736 - 0264 ) and Two Hairpin Clips ( 714 - 0104 ) in place Figure 3 Groundingthe Engine'sSparkPlug Remove the flat washer and hairpin clip from the • Disconnect the spark plug wire from the spark plug ferrule found on the upper portion of the clutch rod . and ground it on the top of the engine by placing its Save this hardware as it will be reinserted . rubber boot snugly over a bolt head . See Figure 2 . Insert the ferrule located on the upper portion of the clutch rod into the hole on the blade clutch / depth Rubber Boot control lever . Secure with the flat washer and / / Spark Plug Wire hairpin clip removed earlier . See Figure 4 . / \ / NOTE : Handle styles vary by model . Blade Clutch / / / Depth Control Lever Ferrule Bolt Head J Flat Washer \ \ \ / Figure 2 Clutch Rod Hairpin Clip / Positioningthe EdgerHandles • Remove and discard any packaging cardboard that Figure 4 may be present between the upper handle and the • Remove the flat washer and hairpin clip from the lower handle . lower portion of the clutch rod . Save this hardware • Pivot the upper handle upward until it snaps into as it will be reinserted . place . • Insert the lower end of the clutch rod into the hole in • Tighten the wing knobs which are located on both the pivot arm found on the left side of the edger . the left and right sides of the handle . See Figure 3 . • Secure with the flat washer and hairpin clip removed earlier . See Figure 5 .
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• Disconnect the spark plug wire and ground it as instructed earlier in this section . Refer to Figure 2 . _ Clutch Rod Hairpin Clip • With the blade clutch / depth control lever in the \ disengaged position ( the top notch in the depth adjustment bracket ) , carefully pull the recoil starter rope . The blade on the edger should not turn . If the Flat \ W \ asher _ _ _ blade turns , remove the ferrule from the blade \ clutch / depth control lever by first removing the hairpin clip and flat washer . Pivot Arm J • Rotate the ferrule clockwise one or two turns on the J clutch rod , then re - insert the ferrule into the lever and recheck the adjustment . • After adjusting , check to be certain the blade clutch / depth control lever can be moved to the furthest notch forward without bowing the clutch rod . If it can't , recheck the adjustment . IMPORTANT : Be certain that the clutch rod is secured at both ends with a flat washer and hairpin clip before Figure 5 operating the edger . IMPORTANT : Perform the clutch rod adjustment before operating the edger . engine immediately and readjust the clutch ClutchRodAdjustment , _ WARNING : When operating the edger , stop rod if the blade turns with the blade clutch / Before operating the edger , check the adjustment of the depth control lever in the disengaged position . clutch rod as follows : SECTION3 : KNOWTHEEDGER Blade Clutch / Depth Control Lever Choke Control Blade Angle Adjustment Lever / Curb Heightt / Adjustmen Lever / / Pull Rope / Recoil Starter _ NOTE : Handle , wheel and blade styles vary by model . Yours may differ slightly . Figure 6 WARNING : Be familiar with all controls NOTE : Refer to the Briggs & Stratton Operator / Owner and their proper operation . Know how to Manual packed with your edger for a detailed stop the machine and disengage them description of all engine - related controls and quickly . components .
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moved , the deeper into the soil the edger blade will cut . ThrottleControl See IMPORTANT : . The throttle control lever is located on the engine . It can be adjusted to regulate the engine speed only . BladeAngleAdjustmenLt ever The blade angle adjustment lever is located on the ChokeControl front , left portion of the edger , behind the edger blade . It The choke control lever is located on the engine . It is is used to vary the angle of the edger blade between used to aid in starting a cold engine . one of eight positions from trenching to trimming . See IMPORTANT : . PullRope / RecoilStarter The pull rope / recoil starter is used to start the engine . CurbHeightAdjustmenLtever The curb height adjustment lever is found on the rear , BladeClutch / DepthControlLever right portion of the edger . It aids in stabilizing the edger operating along a curb . See IMPORTANT : . The blade clutch / depth control lever is located on the right side of the upper handle . It is used to engage and IMPORTANT : Become familiar with all the controls disengage the edger blade . It is also used to control the before operating the edger . depth of the cut . The further forward the control lever is SECTION4 : OPERATINGTHEEDGER The operation of any edger can result wire is fastened securely over the metal tip on the in foreign objects being thrown into spark plug . the eyes , which can result in severe • Move the blade clutch / depth control lever back to eye damage . Always wear safety the disengaged position , and place it in the glasses or eye shields . We adjacent ( top ) notch . recommend wide vision safety mask • Move the choke control lever on the engine into the for over spectacles or standard CHOKE or START position . safety glasses • Move the throttle control lever on the engine into the FAST ( Rabbit ) position . • Grasp the starter handle and slowly pull the rope over concrete , asphalt , rocks or the like . The , _ WARNING : Do not lower blade if blade is outward until engine reaches the start of its blade can strike the supporting surface , compression cycle ( the rope will pull slightly harder resulting in personal injury or property at this point ) . damage . • After slowly allowing the rope to recoil , pull the rope with a rapid , continuous , full arm stroke . Keep a firm AddingGasolineAndOil grip on starter handle throughout the entire stroke . • Allow the starter handle to slowly recoil into the Service the engine with gasoline and oil as instructed in engine . the Briggs & Stratton Operator / Owner Manual packed • Slowly move the choke control lever on the engine with your edger . Read instructions carefully . into the RUN position after the engine has started . WARNING : Never fill fuel tank indoors , with engine running or until the engine has been StoppingTheEngine allowed to cool for at least two minutes after To stop the edger's engine , proceed as follows : running . • Move the blade clutch / depth control lever back to the disengaged position , and place it in the StartingTheEngine adjacent ( top ) notch . NOTE : Refer to the Briggs & Stratton Operator / Owner • Move the throttle control lever on the engine into Manual packed with your edger for a detailed the STOP or OFF position . description of all engine - related controls and IMPORTANT : Make certain that the engine's spark plug components . wire is properly grounded as instructed in SECTION 2 : To start the edger's engine , proceed as follows : Assembling The Edger before storing the edger for its next use . Refer to Figure 2 . • Attach the spark plug wire to the spark plug . Make certain the metal cap on the end of the spark plug
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To engage the blade , proceed as follows : EngagingtheEdgerBlade • Move the control lever to the left and place it into WARNING : The blade clutch / depth control any of the five lower notches . The further forward lever is designed to minimize the risk of blade the blade clutch / depth control lever is moved , the contact injury . Do not under any deeper or lower the blade will cut into the ground . circumstances attempt to defeat the function of the blade clutch / depth control , or use the NOTE : Handlestylesvary by model . Blade Clutch / edger if the control is not adjusted properly . Depth Control Lever edger blade whenever the engine is running , , i _ WARNING : Keep hands and feet away from whether blade is engaged or disengaged . The blade clutch / depth control lever has two main functions : 1 . To engage and disengage the blade . Adjustment Bracket 2 . To control the depth of cut . To disengage the blade , proceed as follows : • Move the blade clutch / depth control lever to the left and place it in the top notch in the depth adjustment bracket . See Figure 7 . Figure 7 SECTION5 : MAKINGADJUSTMENTS FrontWheelAdjustment n Clips depth control lever in the DISENGAGED , _ WARNING : Always place the blade clutch / position and turn the edger's engine off before performing any adjustments . Before operating the edger with the blade in the v trimming ( horizontal ) position , it is necessary to alter the position of the front , left wheel . When operating the edger with the curb wheel lowered ( on models so equipped ) , it is necessary to alter the position of the front , right wheel . To do either , proceed as follows : • To change position of the front , left wheel , remove the hairpin clip on the left . To change position of the NOTE : Wheel styles vary by model . front , right wheel , remove the hairpin clip on the right . See Figure 8 . Figure 8 • Reposition the wheel by sliding it down the front axle toward the opposite wheel . See Figure 8 . EdgerBladeAngleAdjustment • Secure the wheel in its new location by inserting the hairpin clip removed earlier in the hole found immediately adjacent to it . See Figure 8 . objects causing personal injury . Keep area , i _ WARNING : Rotating cutting blade may throw clear of bystanders and do not operate without guards in place . The cutting blade can be adjusted to eight positions . To adjust the blade angle , proceed as follows :
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• Placethebladeclutch / deptchontrolleverinthe disengagepdosition ( topnotch ) . depth control lever in the DISENGAGED , _ WARNING : Always place the blade clutch / position before adjusting the blade angle . • Pull forward on the blade angle adjustment lever I before rotating the spindle assembly . • Release the blade angle adjustment lever into one of the notches on the pivot bracket . See Figure 9 . E NOTE : Wheel styles vary by model . Figure 11 IMPORTANT : When the spindle assembly is rotated counter - clockwise ( putting the blade closer to a horizontal position ) , it IS necessary to change the Adjustment Lever position of the front , left wheel to prevent the edger blade from striking the wheel . See FrontWheelAdjustment earlier in this section . \ Pivot Bracket Spindle Assembly Figure 9 Trenching Placing the blade angle adjustment lever in the notch furthest to the right will put the spindle assembly at a proper angle for trenching with the edger as illustrated in Figure 10 . NOTE : Wheel styles vary by model . Figure 12 depth control lever in the DISENGAGED , _ WARNING : Always place the blade clutch / position before adjusting the blade angle . Trimming Placing the blade angle adjustment lever in the notch furthest to the left will put the spindle assembly at a NOTE : Wheel styles vary by model . proper angle for trimming with the edger as illustrated in Figure 10 Figure 13 . Edging IMPORTANT : When the spindle assembly is rotated Placing the blade angle adjustment lever in the second counter - clockwise ( putting the blade closer to a notch from the right will put the spindle assembly at a horizontal position ) , it IS necessary to change the 90 ° angle for vertical edging as illustrated in Figure 11 . position of the front , left wheel to prevent the edger blade from striking the wheel . See FrontWheelAdjustment Beveling earlier in this section . Placing the blade angle adjustment lever in the third , fourth , fifth , sixth or seventh notch ( from the right ) will put the spindle assembly at various angles for beveling with the edger as illustrated in Figure 12 .
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• Lower the right , rear wheel by moving the curb height adjustment lever slightly to the left . • Place the right , rear wheel into an applicable position in relation to the height of the curb to be edged along . • Release the curb height adjustment lever to lock the wheel in position . See Figure 14 . NOTE : Wheel styles vary by model . Figure 13 CurbWheelAdjustment NOTE : The curb wheel is NOT standard on all units . On models so equipped , the right , rear wheel of the edger can be lowered into one of five positions to ease the task of edging along a curb . To adjust the height of the curb wheel , proceed as NOTE : Wheel styles v follows : • Perform the FrontWheelAdjustmenfot r cu rb wheel Figure 14 operation as instructed earlier inthis section . SECTION6 : MAINTAINING & SERVICINGTHEEDGER lubricated and sealed at the factory and require no lubrication . and ground against the engine before , _ WARNING : Disconnect the spark plug wire performing any adjustment , repairs or maintenance . Refer to Figure 2 . Lubrication Engine Refer to the Briggs & Stratton Operator / Owner Manual packed with your edger for a detailed description of all engine - related service specifications . Wheels & FrontAxle Shoulder Spacer Lubricate the wheels and front axle at least once a season with a light oil . Also if the wheels are removed Compression Spring ( Lubricate well ! ) for any reason , lubricate the surface of the axle bolt and the inner surface of the wheel with light oil . PivotPoints Lubricate the pivot points on the blade angle Figure 15 adjustment lever , blade clutch / depth control lever and curb height adjustment lever with light oil at least once a SpindleShaft season . Lubricate the two shoulder spacers and the entire area CuttingHeadBearings surrounding the compression spring on the edger's spindle shaft with light oil ( NOT WD - 40 ) frequently The two ball bearings in the blade spindle housing are 10
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during the season . Do NOT allow rust to form in this area . See Figure 15 . Blade Spindle Plate Replacingthe EdgerBlade • Use two wrenches ( one wrench to prevent the hex bolt head from spinning and the other to remove the hex lock nut ) to remove the edger blade . See Figure 16 . / Hex Screws , / Blade dSpindle Belt Guar NOTE : Blade styles vary by model . Figure 17 Remove the engine pulley belt guard by removing Bell Wasler _ the two hex screws and two lock washers which secure it to the engine block . See Figure 18 . Hex Lock Nut NOTE : Wheel and blade styles vary by model . Figure 16 Hex Screws Remove and discard the edger blade but retain the bell washer and hex lock nut . Install the replacement edger blade , the bell washer ( cupped side facing inward ) and the hex lock nut removed earlier . IMPORTANT : Use a torque wrench to tighten the hex lock nut to between 37 foot - lbs , and 50 foot - Ibs . Replacingthe DriveBelt The edger drive belt is subject to wear and should be replaced if any signs of cracking , shredding or rotting Figure 18 are present . To replace the belt , proceed as follows : • Remove the belt from around the engine pulley . • Place the blade angle adjustment lever in the • Install the replacement drive belt around both the edging position . Refer to Figure 11 . blade spindle pulley and the engine pulley . • Remove the blade spindle belt guard by removing the hex screws , two lock washers and two hex nuts • Reattach the blade spindle belt guard to the blade which secure it to the blade spindle plate . See spindle plate with the hardware removed earlier . • Reattach the engine pulley belt guard to the engine Figure 17 . block with the hardware removed earlier . • Remove the belt from around the blade spindle pulley . • Place the blade clutch / depth control lever in the both the blade spindle belt guard and the , _ WARNING : Never operate the edger without lowest notch ( all the way forward ) . engine pulley belt guard in place . 11
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• Coat the edger blade with chassis grease to Off - SeasonStorage prevent rusting and corrosion . Observe the following when preparing the edger for • Store the edger in a dry , clean area . Do not store long - term storage : next to any corrosive materials , such as lawn • Clean and lubricate unit thoroughly as instructed on fertilizer . page 10 of this manual . • Coat the edger , especially any springs and • Refer to the Briggs & Stratton Operator / Owner bearings with a light oil or silicone spray . Manual packed separately with the edger for IMPORTANT : When storing any type of power engine manufacturers's storage instructions . equipment in an poorly ventilated or metal storage shed , care should be taken to rustproof the equipment . SECTION7 : TROUBLESHOOTING Trouble Possible Cause ( s ) Corrective Action Engine fails to start Dirty air cleaner Refer to the Briggs & Stratton Operator / Owner Manual packed with your unit . Engine needs to be primed Push primer bulb two or three times . Fuel tank empty Fill tank with clean , fresh gasoline . Stale fuel in gasoline tank Drain gasoline and refill tank with clean , fresh gasoline . Throttle control lever not in Move throttle lever to FAST position . starting position Spark plug wire disconnected . Connect the spark plug wire to the spark plug . Spark plug fouled Clean , adjust gap or replace spark plug . Engine flooded Refer to the Briggs & Stratton Operator / Owner Manual packed with your unit . Engine runs erratic Spark plug wire loose Connect and tighten spark plug wire . Stale fuel in gasoline tank Drain gasoline and refill tank with clean , fresh gasoline . Vent in gas cap plugged Clear vent of any debris . Drain fuel tank . Refill with fresh fuel . Water or dirt in fuel system Dirty air cleaner Refer to the Briggs & Stratton Operator / Owner Manual packed with your unit . Carburetor out of adjustment Refer to the Briggs & Stratton Operator / Owner Manual packed with your unit . Engine overheats Engine oil level low Fill crankcase with proper oil . Air flow restricted Clean the area around the engine's cooling fins . Dirty air filter Replace the engine's air filter Carburetor not adjusted properly Refer to the Briggs & Stratton Operator / Owner Manual packed with your unit . Excessive vibration Edger blade bent or damaged Replace edger blade . Contact an authorized MTD service dealer . Blade spindle bent or damaged Drive belt slips Belt worn or stretched Replace drive belt . 12
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ModelSeries580 17 12 16 18 15 2 14 " 13 1 V - BELTS are specially designed to engage and disengage safely . A substitute ( non - OEM ) V - Belt can be dangerous by not disengaging completely . ' _ Ref Ref No : . Part Number . Description " No : Part Number Description 1 . 712 - 0413 Hex Jam Nut , 5 / 8 - 18 16 . 781 - 0427 Spindle Pulley Belt Guard 2 . 736 - 0317 Bell Washer , . 64 x 1.25 x . 18 17 . 714 - 0122 Square Key , 3 / 16 x . 75 781 - 0076 . Blade Guard 18 . 754 - 0142 V - belt , 3 / 8 4 . 750 - 0118 Pulley , 3 / 8 x . 75 x 2.38 712 - 0287 Hex Nut , 1 / 4 - 20 687 - 0100 Engine Pulley Belt Guard 21 . 712 - 0267 Hex Nut , 5 / 16 - 18 6 . 736 - 0329 . Lock Washer , 1 / 4 05034A Bearing Housing Belleville Washer , . 340 x . 872 22 . i 741 - 0155 . Ball Bearing , . 62 x 1.38 x . 44 23 . 736 - 0119 Lock Washer , 5 / 16 9 . 715 - 0121 . SpirolPin , 1 / 4x2.0 . 24 . . 710 - 0237 . Hex Cap Screw , 5 / 16 - 24 x . 625 10 . 781 - 0093 i Adjustment Lever Assembly 25 . 710 - 0152 Hex Cap Screw , 3 / 8 - 24 x 1.0 Spindle Plate / Shaft Assembly 26 . Flat Washer , . 385 x 1.0 x . 135 11 . 781 - 0078 12 . 710 - 0751 Hex Cap Screw , 1 / 4 - 20 x . 62 27 . 748 - 0160 Spacer , . 753 x 1.25 x . 175 13 . 750 - 0229 Spacer , . 635 x . 88 x 1.03 28 . 781 - 0748 i Triplex Edger Blade , 9 14 . 756 - 0449 Sheave , . 6255 x . 6295 781 - 0080 Standard Edger Blade , 9 " , = i 15 . 710 - 0929 Hex Cap Screw , 5 / 8 - 18 x 4.5 29 . 732 - 0188A Double - torsion Spring 13
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ModelSeries580 22 23 21 52 34 5t 61 62 24 23 21 22 24 49 34 36 31 32 21 16 29 3 2 1 Spindleassembly shownfor reference only . See page 12 for parts breakdown ) 3 4 14
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ModelSeries580 Ref . Ref . Part Number Description Part Number Description No . No . 1 , 712 - 0267 Hex Nut , 5 / 16 - 18 33 . 710 - 0654A Self - tapping Screw , 3 / 8 - 16 x 1.0 2 . 736 - 0119 Lock Washer , 5 / 16 34 . 714 - 0104 Internal Cotter Pin , . 072 x 1.0 • i 712 - 0287 Hex Nut 1 / 4 - 20 35 . 736 - 0264 , Flat Washer , . 330 x . 630 x . 0635 4 . 736 - 0329 Lock Washer , 1 / 4 • 36 . 736 - 3050 Flat Washer , . 406 x . 810 x . 051 781 - 0095 Debris Deflector 37 . 711 - 0392 Adjustment Ferrule • i 6 . 731 - 0725 Debris Guard 38 . _ 712 - 0266 Center Lock Nut , 3 / 8 - 24 7 . Flap Bracket , 1.12 x 5.5 ' 39 . 732 - 0552 Curb Adjustment Lever Assembly 736 - 0342 Flat Washer , . 283 x . 75 x . 030 • 40 . 749 - 0941 Support Strut , 15.91 9 . 710 - 0252 Hex Screw w / Nose , 1 / 4 - 20 x . 85 ' 41 . ' 781 - 0075 ' Spindle Extension Arm 10 . 710 - 0751 Hex Screw , 1 / 4 - 20 x . 62 42 . 738 - 0258 Shoulder Screw . 498 11 . 710 - 0402 Hex Screw , 5 / 16 - 18 x 4.5 43 . 736 - 0255 Bell Washer , . 51 x 1.14 x . 040 12 . 714 - 0115 Cotter Pin , 1 / 8 x 1.0 44 . . 736 - 0272 . Flat Washer , . 51 x 1.0 x . 060 13 . 712 - 0114 Slotted Hex Nut , 1 / 2 - 20 45 . 750 - 0535 Spacer , . 376 x . 625 x . 22 14 . 736 - 0112 Sphere Washer , . 531 x 1.6 x . 045 46 . 736 - 0169 Lock Washer , 3 / 8 Spacer , . 38 x . 50 x 3.75 47 . 712 - 0798 Hex Nut 3 / 8 - 16 16 . 781 - 0090 Spindle Pivot Bracket Assembly 48 . . 781 - 0100 Curb Height Adjustment Plate 17 . 715 - 0143 Spirol Pin , 1 / 4 x 1.25 , 49 . 720 - 0241 Wing Knob Assembly 18 . . 732 - 0187 Compression Spring ' 50 . 736 - 0451 Saddle Washer , . 320 x . 93 19 . 711 - 0379 Shoulder Spacer , . 635 x . 620 I 51 . , 710 - 1174 Carriage Bolt 5 / 16 - 18 x . 75 20 . 710 - 0607 Self - tapping Screw , 5 / 16 - 18 x . 50 749 - 0666 Blade Clutch / Depth Control Lever i 21 . 736 - 0504 Wave Washer , . 510 x . 75 x . 017 53 . 736 - 0271 Spring Washer , . 317 x . 625 x . 099 22 . 738 - 0108 Shoulder Screw . 498 x 1.45 54 . 710 - 3103 Hex Cap Screw 5 / 16 - 18 x 2.0 749 - 0937 Lower Handle 23 . 734 - 1268 Wheel w / Ball Bearing , 8 x 1.75 55 . 734 - 1781 Wheel w / Plastic Bearing , 8 x 1.75 56 . 749 - 0936A Upper Handle ( Loop Style ) Spring Washer , . 401 x . 871 x . 063 57 . 781 - 0081 Depth Adjustment Bracket : i i 25 . 712 - 0241 Hex Nut , 3 / 8 - 24 Compression Spring , . 55 x 1.37 26 . 736 - 0452 Bell Washer , . 396 x 1.14 x . 095 59 . 736 - 0204 Flat Washer . 344 x . 62 x . 030 i 710 - 0793 Round Head Bolt , 3 / 8 - 24 x . 89 60 . 712 - 0158 Hex Lock Nut , 5 / 16 - 18 28 . 781 - 1069 Front Axle Arm 61 . 720 - 0283 . Foam Grip 29 . CapSpeed Nut , 1 / 2 t 62 . . 747 - 1164 . Clutch Rod , 3 / 8x33.5 30 . 734 - 1264 Wheel w / Ball Bearing , 7 x 1.75 63 . 681 - 0044 Edger Base 734 - 1797 Wheel w / Plastic Bearing , 7 x 1.75 64 . 720 - 0297 Foam Grip ( Loop Handle ) , 20 31 . 714 - 0101 Internal Cotter Pin , . 08 x 1.42 I 65 . , 781 - 0091A , Upper Handle Support Plate 32 . 738 - 1176 Front Axle , . 50 x 7.98 66 . 749 - 0938 Upper Handle ( T - Style ) 15
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MANUFACTURER'S LIMITED WARRANTY FOR : The limited warranty set forth below is given by MTD LLC d . MTD LLC does not extend any warranty for products with respect to new merchandise purchased and used in the sold or exported outside of the United States , its posses - United States , its possessions and territories . sions and territories , except those sold through MTD LLC's authorized channels of export distribution . MTD LLC warrants this product against defects for a period of e . Parts that are not genuine MTD parts are not covered by two ( 2 ) years commencing on the date of original purchase this warranty . and will , at its option , repair or replace , free of charge , any f . Service completed by someone other than an authorized part found to be defective in materials or workmanship . This service dealer is not covered by this warranty . limited warranty shall only apply if this product has been g . Transportation charges and service calls are not operated and maintained in accordance with the Operator's covered . Manual furnished with the product , and has not been subject to misuse , abuse , commercial use , neglect , accident , No implied warranty , including any implied warranty of improper maintenance , alteration , vandalism , theft , fire , merchantability of fitness for a particular purpose , water , or damage because of other peril or natural disaster . applies after the applicable period of express written Damage resulting from the installation or use of any acces - warranty above as to the parts as identified . No other sory or attachment not approved by MTD LLC for use with the express warranty , whether written or oral , except as product ( s ) covered by this manual will void your warranty as mentioned above , given by any person or entity , includ - to any resulting damage . ing a dealer or retailer , with respect to any product , shall bind MTD LLC . During the period of the warranty , the Normal wear parts or components thereof are subject to sep - exclusive remedy is repair or replacement of the product arate terms as follows : All normal wear parts or component as set forth above . failures will be covered on the product for a period of 90 days regardless of cause . After 90 days , but within the two year The provisions as set forth in this warranty provide the period , normal wear part failures will be covered ONLY IF sole and exclusive remedy arising from the sale . MTD caused by defects in materials or workmanship of OTHER LLC shall not be liable for incidental or consequential component parts . Normal wear parts and components loss or damage including , without limitation , expenses include , but are not limited to : batteries , belts , blades , blade incurred for substitute or replacement lawn care ser - adapters , grass bags , rider deck wheels , seats , snow thrower vices or for rental expenses to temporarily replace a war - skid shoes , shave plates , auger spiral rubber , tires . ranted product . HOW TO OBTAIN SERVICE : Warranty service is available , Some states do not allow the exclusion or limitation of inci - WITH PROOF OF PURCHASE , through your local autho - dental or consequential damages , or limitations on how long rized service dealer . To locate the dealer in your area , check an implied warranty lasts , so the above exclusions or limita - your Yellow Pages , or contact MTD LLC at P . O . Box 361131 , tions may not apply to you . Cleveland , Ohio 44136 - 0019 , 1 - 800 - 800 - 7310 , 1 - 330 - 220 - 4683 or log on to our Web site at www . mtdproducts . com . In no event shall recovery of any kind be greater than the amount of the purchase price of the product sold . Alteration This limited warranty does not provide coverage in the follow - of safety features of the product shall void this warranty . ing cases : You assume the risk and liability for loss , damage , or injury to a . The engine or component parts thereof . These items you and your property and / or to others and their property carry a separate manufacturer's warranty . Refer to the arising out of the misuse or inability to use the product . applicable manufacturer's warranty for terms and condi - tions . This limited warranty shall not extend to anyone other than b . Log splitter pumps , valves , and cylinders have a sepa - the original purchaser or to the person for whom it was pur - rate one year warranty . chased as a gift . c . Routine maintenance items such as lubricants , filters , HOW STATE LAW RELATES TO THIS WARRANTY : This blade sharpening , tune - ups , brake adjustments , clutch limited warranty gives you specific legal rights , and you adjustments , deck adjustments , and normal deterioration may also have other rights which vary from state to of the exterior finish due to use or exposure . state . MTD LLC , P . O . BOX 361131 CLEVELAND , OHIO 44136 - 0019 1 - 800 - 800 - 7310
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