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YARD OPERATOR'S MANUAL 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 attester 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 arrester for the muffler is available through your nearest engine authorized service dealer or contact the service department , P . O . Box 368022 Cleveland , Ohio 44136 - 9722 . MTD PRODUCTS INC . P . O . BOX 368022 CLEVELAND , OHIO 44136 - 9722 PRINTED IN U . S . A . FORM NO . 770 - 10397A ( 10 / 00 )
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TABLEOFCONTENTS 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 Off - season Storage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Troubleshooting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Model Series 580 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 . 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 . Before you start assembling your new equipment , please locate the model plate on the 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 : ( Model Number ) ( Sedal Number ) Copy the serial number here : P . O . BOX 368022 P " ODUC'NTSCJ CLEVELAND , OHIO 44136 • CALLINGCUSTOMERSUPPORT If you have difficulty assembling this product or have any questions regarding the controls , operation or maintenance of this unit , please call the Customer Support Department . Call 1 - ( 330 ) 220 - 4MTD ( 4683 ) or 1 - ( 800 ) - 800 - 7310 to reach a Customer Support representative . Please have your unit's model number and serial number ready when you call . See previous section to locate this information . You will be asked to enter the serial number in order to process your call .
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SECTION1 : IMPORTANTSAFEOPERATIONPRACTICES WARNING : THIS SYMBOL POINTS OUT IMPORTANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS WHICH , IF NOT FOLLOWED , COULD ENDANGER THE PERSONAL SAFETY AND / OR PROPERTY OF YOURSELF AND OTHERS . READ AND FOLLOW ALL INSTRUCTIONS IN THIS MANUAL BEFORE ATTEMPTING TO OPERATE THIS MACHINE . FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH THESE INSTRUCTIONS MAY RESULT IN PERSONAL INJURY . WHEN YOU SEE THIS SYMBOL - - HEED ITS WARNING . WARNING : 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 according to the rules for safeoperation 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 . 4 , 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 5 . 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 . Neverfuet 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 ½ inch below bottom of filter 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 . Onlyusepartsandaccessoriemsadeforthis Failuretodoso , canresultinpersonainl jury . machinebythemanufactureFr . ailuretodoso , can 5 . Neverrunanengineindoorsorina poorly resultinpersonainl jury . 19 . Ifsituationosccurwhicharenotcoveredinthis ventilatedarea . Engineexhausctontainscarbon monoxidea , nodorlessanddeadlygas . manualu , secareandgoodjudgmentC . ontacatn 6 . Donotoperatemachinewhileundertheinfluence authorizeMdTD service dealer or telephone 1 - 800 - 800 - 7310 . of alcohool rdrugs . 7 . Mufflear ndenginebecomehotandcancausea burn . Donottouch . MAINTENANCAENDSTORAGE 8 . Neveor peratethismachinewithougt oodvisibility 1 . Never tamper with safety devices . Check their orlight . Alwaysbesureofyourfootingandkeepa 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 edgeattoofastofarate . protection , frequently check all components and 13 . Stayalertforunevensidewalkste , rrainetc . 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 o16 . Alwaysstopenginewhenedgingortdmmingisne gas , oil , etc . to protect the environment . delayedorwhentransportinmgachinefrom 8 . Never store the machine or fuel container inside locationtoanother . where there is an open flame , spark or pilot light 17 . Neverleavea runningmachineunattendedS . 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 _ lb WARNING : YOUR RESPONSIBILITYnd and instructions in this manual a on the machine . Rotating cutting blade may throw objects causing personal injury . Aiways wear eye protection during operation . Keep area clear of bystanders and do not operate without guards in place . Read Operator's Manuai before use . Figure 1 4
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SECTION2 : ASSEMBLINGYOUREDGER IMPORTANT : This unit is shipped WITHOUT 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 . Upper 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 Lower Handle One Ferrule ( 711 - 0392 ) Two Flat Washers ( 736 - 0264 ) and Two Hairpin Clips ( 714 - 0104 ) in place Groundingthe Engine'sSparkPlug Figure 3 Disconnect the spark plug wire from the spark plug Remove the flat washer and hairpin clip from the and ground it on the top of the engine by placing its ferrule found on the upper portionof the clutch rod . rubber boot snugly over a bolt head . See Figure 2 . Save this hardware as it will be reinserted . Insert the ferrule located on the upper portion of the Rubber Boot clutch rod into the hole on the blade clutch / depth control lever . Secure with the flat washer and Spark Plug Wire hairpin clip removed earlier . See Figure 4 . Blade Clutch t Depth Control Lever Bolt Head Ferrule Flat Washer \ Figure 2 Positioningthe Edger Handles Hairpin Clip Clutch Rod Remove and discard any packaging cardboard that may be present between the upper handle and the NOTE : Handlestyles vary by model . lower handle . Figure 4 Pivot the upper handle upward until it snaps into Remove the flat washer and hairpin clip from the place . lower portion of the clutch rod . Save this hardware Tighten the wing knobs which are located on both as it will be reinserted . the left and right sides of the handle . See Figure 3 . Insert the lower end of the clutch rod into the hole in the pivot arm found on the left side of the edger .
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Securewiththeflatwasherandhairpinclip ClutchRodAdjustment removedearlierS . eeFigure5 . Before operating the edger , check the adjustment of the clutch rod as follows : Hairpin Clip \ \ Disconnect the spark plug wire and ground it as \ \ \ C , u , chRoO instructed earlier in this section . Refer to Figure 2 . With the blade clutch / depth control lever in the _ ' _ J _ , Flat Washer _ ! 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 blade turns , remove the ferrule from the blade clutch / depth control lever by first removing the hairpin clip and flat washer . j Pivot Arm Rotate the ferrule clockwise one or two turns on the 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 Figure 5 both ends with a flat washer and hairpin clip before IMPORTANT : Perform the clutch rod adjustment before operating the edger . operating the edger . engine immediately and readjust the clutch , _ WARNING : When operating the edger , stop rod if the blade turns with the blade clutch / depth control lever in the disengaged position . SECTION3 : KNOWTHEEDGER ThrottleControl Pull Rope / RecoilStarter The throttle control lever is located on the engine . It can The pull rope ! recoil starter is used to start the engine . be adjusted to regulate the engine speed only . NOTE : Refer to the Briggs & Stratton Operator / Owner NOTE : Refer to the Briggs & Stratton Operator / Owner Manual packed with your edger for a detailed Manual packed with your edger for a detailed description of all engine - related controls and description of all engine - related controls and components . components . BladeAngleAdjustmenLt ever ChokeControl The blade angle adjustment lever is located on the The choke control lever is located on the engine . It is front , left portion of the edger , behind the edger blade . It used to aid in starting a cold engine . is used to vary the angle of the edger blade between one of eight positions from trenching to trimming . NOTE : Refer to the Briggs & Stratton Operator / Owner Manual packed with your edger for a detailed CurbHeightAdjustmenLt ever description of all engine - related controls and components . The curb height adjustment lever is found on the rear , right portion of the edger . It aids in stabilizing the edger operating along a curb . BladeClutch / DepthControlLever IMPORTANT : Become familiar with all the controls The blade clutch ! depth control lever is located on the before operating the edger . right side of the upper handle . It is used to engage and disengage the edger blade . It is also used to control the depth of the cut . The further forward the control lever is moved , the deeper into the soil the edger blade will cut .
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Blade Clutch / Depth Control Lever Throttle Control & Choke Control Blade Angle Adjustment Lever Curb Height Adjustment Lever Pull Rope / Recoil Starter NOTE : Handle , wheel and blade styles vary by model . Yours may differ slightly . Figure 6 SECTION4 : OPERATINTGHEEDGER The operation of any edger can result To start the edger's engine , proceed as follows : in foreign objects being thrown into Attach the spark plug wire to the spark plug . Make the eyes , which can result in severe certain the metal cap on the end of the spark plug eye damage . Always wear safety wire is fastened securely over the metal tip on the glasses or eye shields . We spark plug . recommend wide vision safety mask Move the blade clutch / depth control lever back to for over spectacles or standard the disengaged position , and place it in the safety glasses adjacent ( top ) notch . Move the choke control lever on the engine into the WARNING : Do not lower blade if blade is CHOKE or START position . over concrete , asphalt , rocks or the like . The Move the throttle control lever on the engine into blade can strike the supporting surface , the FAST ( Rabbit ) position . resulting in personal injury or property Grasp the starter handle and slowly pull the rope damage . outward until engine reaches the start of its compression cycle ( the rope will pull slightly harder AddingGasolineAndOil at this point ) . Service the engine with gasoline and oil as instructed in After slowly allowing the rope to recoil , pull the rope the Briggs & Stratton Operator / Owner Manual packed with a rapid , continuous , full arm stroke . Keep a firm with your edger . Read instructions carefully . grip on starter handle throughout the entire stroke . Allow the starter handle to slowly recoil into the WARNING : Never fill fuel tank indoors , with engine . engine running or until the engine has been Slowly move the choke control lever on the engine allowed to cool for at least two minutes after into the RUN position after the engine has started . running . StoppingTheEngine StartingTheEngine To stop the edger's engine , proceed as follows : NOTE : Refer to the Briggs & Stratton Operator / Owner Move the blade clutch / depth control lever back to Manual packed with your edger for a detailed the disengaged position , and place it in the description of aft engine - related controls and adjacent ( top ) notch . components .
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Movethethrottlecontrolleverontheengineinto To disengage the blade , proceed as follows : the STOP or OFF position . Move the blade clutch ! depth control lever to the left and place it in the top notch in the depth adjustment IMPORTANT : Make certain that the engine's spark plug bracket . See Figure 7 . wire is properly grounded as instructed in SECTION 2 : Assembling The Edger before storing the edger for its Blade Clutch / next use . Refer to Figure 2 . Depth Control Lever Engagingthe EdgerBlade WARNING : The blade clutch ! depth control lever is designed to minimize the risk of blade contact injury . Do not under any circumstances attempt to defeat the function of the blade clutch ! depth control , or use the Bracket edger if the control is not adjusted properly . WARNING : Keep hands and feet away from edger blade whenever the engine is running , whether blade is engaged or disengaged . The blade clutch / depth control lever has two NOTE : Handlestyles vary by model . main functions : Figure 7 1 . To engage and disengage the blade . 2 . To control the depth of cut . To engage the blade , proceed as follows : Move the control lever to the left and place it into any of the five lower notches . The further forward the blade clutch / depth control lever is moved , the deeper or lower the blade wilt cut into the ground . SECTION5 : MAKINGADJUSTMENTS FrontWheelAdjustment Clips WARNING : Always place the blade clutch / depth control lever in the DISENGAGED position and turn the edger's engine off before performing any adjustments . Before operating the edger with the blade in the 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 stylesvary bymodel . 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 . 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 .
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Edging EdgerBladeAngleAdjustment Placing the blade angle adjustment lever in the second WARNING : Rotating cutting blade may throw notch from the right will put the spindle assembly at a objects causing personal injury . Keep area 90 ° angle for vertical edging as illustrated in Figure 11 . 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 : Place the blade clutch ! depth control lever in the disengaged position ( top notch ) . depth control lever in the DISENGAGED , i _ WARNING : Always place the blade clutch / position before adjusting the blade angle . Pull forward on the blade angle adjustment lever before rotating the spindle assembly . Release the blade angle adjustment lever into one NOTE : Wheel styles vary by model . of the notches on the pivot bracket . See Figure 9 . Figure 11 Beveling Placing the blade angle adjustment lever in the third , fourth , fifth , sixth or seventh notch ( from the right ) wilt put the spindle assembly at various angles for beveling with the edger as illustrated in Figure 12 . IMPORTANT : When the spindle assembly is rotated counter - clockwise ( putting the blade closer to a Blade Angle 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 WARNING : Always place the blade clutch / depth control lever in the DISENGAGED position before adjusting the blade angle . NOTE : Wheel stylesvary by model . Figure 10
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To adjust the height of the curb wheel , proceed as Trimming follows : Placing the blade angle adjustment lever in the notch furthest to the left will put the spindle assembly at a Perform the FrontWheelAdjustmenfotr curb wheel proper angle for trimming with the edger as illustrated in operation as instructed earlier in this section . Figure 13 . Lower the right , rear wheel by moving the curb height adjustment lever slightly to the left . IMPORTANT : When the spindle assembly is rotated Place the right , rear wheel into an applicable counter - clockwise ( putting the blade closer to a position in relation to the height of the curb to be horizontal position ) , it IS necessary to change the edged along . position of the front , left wheel to prevent the edger Release the curb height adjustment lever to lock blade from striking the wheel . See FrontWheelAdjustment the wheel in position . See Figure 14 . earlier in this section . tit I NOTE : Wheel styles vary by model . Figure 13 CurbWheelAdjustment NOTE : Wheel stylesvary by model . Figure 14 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 . SECTION6 : MAINTAINING & SERVICINGTHEEDGER PivotPoints and ground against the engine before Lubricate the pivot points on the blade angle , _ WARNING : Disconnect the spark plug wire performing any adjustment , repairs or adjustment lever , blade clutch / depth control lever and maintenance . Refer to Figure 2 . curb height adjustment lever with light oil at least once a season . Lubrication CuttingHeadBearings The two ball bearings in the blade spindle housing are Engine lubricated and sealed at the factory and require no Refer to the Briggs & Stratton Operator / Owner Manual lubrication . packed with your edger for a detailed description of all SpindleShaft engine - related service specifications . Lubricate the two shoulder spacers and the entire area Wheels & FrontAxle surrounding the compression spring on the edger's Lubricate the wheels and front axle at least once a spindle shaft with light oil ( NOT WD - 40 ) frequently season with a light oil . Also if the wheels are removed during the season . Do NOT allow rust to form in this for any reason , lubricate the surface of the axle bolt and area . See Figure 15 . the inner surface of the wheel with light oil . 10
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Remove the blade spindle belt guard by removing the hex screws , two lock washers and two hex nuts which secure it to the blade spindle plate . See Figure 17 . Blade Spindle Plate Shoulder Spacer Compression Spring ( Lubricate welll ) Hex Screws Blade Spindle Figure 15 Belt Guard NOTE : Bladestylesvarybymodel . Figure 17 Replacingthe EdgerBlade Remove the beltfrom around the blade spindle Use two wrenches ( one wrench to prevent the hex pulley . bolt head from spinning and the other to remove the Place the blade clutch ! depth control lever in the hex lock nut ) to remove the edger blade . See lowest notch ( all the way forward ) . Figure 16 . Remove the engine pulley belt guard by removing the two hex screws and two lock washers which secure it to the engine block . See Figure 18 . Hex Bell Washer Hex Bolt Head Hex Lock Nut NOTE : Wheel and bladestylesvary by model . Figure 16 Remove and discard the edger blade but retain the bell washer and hex lock nut . Installthe replacement edger blade , the bell Figure 18 washer ( cupped side facing inward ) and the hex Remove the belt from around the engine pulley . lock nutremoved earlier . Install the replacement drive belt around both the IMPORTANT : Use a torque wrench to tighten the hex blade spindle pulley and the engine pulley . lock nut to between 37 foot - lbs , and 50 foot - Ibs . Reattach the blade spindle belt guard to the blade spindle plate with the hardware removed earlier . Reattach the engine pulley belt guard to the engine Replacingthe DriveBelt block with the hardware removed earlier . The edger drive belt is subject to wear and should be replaced if any signs of cracking , shredding or rotting are present . To replace the belt , proceed as follows : both the blade spindle belt guard and the , _ WARNING : Never operate the edger without engine pulley belt guard in place . Place the blade angle adjustment lever in the edging position . Refer to Figure 11 . 11
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SECTION7 : OFF - SEASOSNTORAGE 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 matedals , such as lawn fertilizer . Clean and lubricate unit thoroughly as instructed on Coat the edger , especially any springs and page 10 of this manual . bearings with a light oil or silicone spray . Refer to the Briggs & Stratton Operator / Owner 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 Coat the edger blade with chassis grease to shed , care should be taken to rustproof the equipment . prevent rusting and corrosion . SECTION8 : TROUBLESHOOTING Corrective Action Trouble Possible Cause ( s ) 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 debds . 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 authodzed MTD service dealer . Blade spindle bent or damaged Drive belt slips Belt wom or stretched Replace drive belt . 12
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SECTION9 : MODELSERIES580 PARTSLIST 17 20 23 12 24 2 V - BELTS are specially designed to engage and disengage safely . A substitute ( non - OEM ) V - Belt 28 can be dangerous by not disengaging completely . Ref . Ref . Part Number Part Number Description Description No . No . 1 . 712 - 0413 Hex Jam Nut , 5 / 8 - 18 16 . 781 - 0086 Spindle Pulley Belt Guard 2 . 736 - 0317 Bell Washer , . 64 x 1.25 x . 18 17 . 714 - 0122 Square Key , 3 / 16 x . 75 3 . 781 - 0076 Blade Guard 18 . 754 - 0142 V - belt , 3 / 8 4 . 750 - 0118 Sleeve , . 632 x . 875 x . 90 19 . 756 - 0327B Engine Pulley , 3 / 8 x . 75 x 2.38 5 . 712 - 0287 Hex Nut , 1 / 4 - 20 20 . 687 - 0100 Engine Pulley Belt Guard 6 . 736 - 0329 Lock Washer , 1 / 4 21 . 712 - 0267 Hex Nut , 5 / 16 - 18 7 . 05034A 22 . 736 - 0242 Befleville Washer , . 340 x . 872 Bearing Housing 8 . 741 - 0155 23 . 736 - 0119 Lock Washer , 5 / 16 Ball Bearing , . 62 x 1.38 x . 44 9 . 715 - 0121 24 . 710 - 0237 Spirol Pin , 1 / 4 x 2.0 Hex Cap Screw , 5 / 16 - 24 x . 625 10 . 781 - 0093 25 . 710 - 0152 Adjustment Lever Assembly Hex Cap Screw , 3 / 8 - 24 x 1.0 11 . 781 - 0078 Spindle Plate / Shaft Assembly 26 . 736 - 0258 Flat Washer , . 385 x 1.0 x . 135 12 . 710 - 0751 27 . 748 - 0160 Hex Cap Screw , 1 / 4 - 20 x . 62 Spacer , . 753 x 1.25 x . 175 13 . 750 - 0229 28 . 781 - 0748 Spacer , . 635 x . 88 x 1.03 Triplex Edger Blade , 9 " 14 . 756 - 0449 Sheave , . 6255 x . 6295 781 - 0080 Standard Edger Blade , 9 " 29 . 732 - 0188A 15 . 710 - 0929 Double - torsion Spring Hex Cap Screw , 5 / 8 - 18 x 4.5 13
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ModelSeries580 61 54 22 23 j45 24 24 25 > Spindle assembly shownforreference only . See page 13 for parts breakdown ) 14
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ModelSeries580 Ref . Ref . Part Number Description Part Number Description No . No . 1 . 712 - 0267 Hex Nut , 5 / 16 - 18 32 . 738 - 0898 Front Axle , . 50 x 7.98 2 . 736 - 0119 710 - 0654A Lock Washer , 5 / 16 33 . Self - tapping Screw , 3 / 8 - 16 x 1.0 3 . 712 - 0287 Hex Nut , 1 / 4 - 20 34 . 714 - 0104 Internal Cotter Pin , . 072 x 1.0 4 . 736 - 0329 Lock Washer , 1 / 4 35 . 736 - 0264 Flat Washer , . 330 x . 630 x . 0635 5 . 781 - 0095 Debris Deflector 736 - 3050 36 . Flat Washer , . 406 x . 810 x . 051 6 . 731 - 0725 Debris Guard 37 . 711 - 0392 Adjustment Ferrule 7 . 781 - 0087 38 . 712 - 0266 Center Lock Nut , 3 / 8 - 24 Flap Bracket , 1.12 x 5.5 736 - 0342 732 - 0552 8 . Flat Washer , . 283 x . 75 x . 030 39 . Curb Adjustment Lever Assembly 9 . 710 - 0252 Hex Screw w / Nose , 1 / 4 - 20 x . 85 40 . 749 - 0941 Support Strut , 15.91 10 . 710 - 0751 Hex Screw , 1 / 4 - 20 x . 62 41 . 781 - 0075 Spindle Extension Arm 11 . 710 - 0402 42 . 738 - 0258 Hex Screw , 5 / 16 - 18 x 4.5 Shoulder Screw , . 498 x . 250 12 . 714 - 0115 Cotter Pin , 1 / 8 x 1.0 43 . 736 - 0255 Bell Washer , . 51 x 1.14 x . 040 13 . 712 - 0114 Slotted Hex Nut , 1 / 2 - 20 44 . 736 - 0272 Flat Washer , . 51 x 1.0 x . 060 14 . 736 - 0112 45 . 750 - 0535 Sphere Washer , . 531 x 1.6 x . 045 Spacer , . 376 x . 625 x . 22 15 . 711 - 0386 46 . 736 - 0169 Lock Washer , 3 / 8 Spacer , . 38 x . 50 x 3.75 16 . 781 - 0090 47 . 712 - 0798 Hex Nut , 3 / 8 - 16 Spindle Pivot Bracket Assembly 17 . 715 - 0143 781 - 0100 Spirol Pin , 1 / 4x 1.25 48 . Curb Height Adjustment Plate 18 . 732 - 0187 49 . 720 - 0241 Compression Spring Wing Knob Assembly 19 . 711 - 0379 50 . 736 - 0451 Saddle Washer , . 320 x . 93 Shoulder Spacer , . 635 x . 620 710 - 0607 51 . 710 - 1174 20 . Self - tapping Screw , 5 / 16 - 18 x . 50 Curved Head Carriage Bolt , 5 / 16 - 18 x . 75 21 . 736 - 0504 Wave Washer , . 510 x . 75 x . 017 52 . 749 - 0666 Blade Clutch / Depth Control Lever 22 . 738 - 0108 Shoulder Screw , . 498 x 1.45 53 . 736 - 0271 Spring Washer , . 317 x . 625 x . 099 734 - 1268 23 . T - tread Wheel ( shown ) 54 . 710 - 3103 Hex Cap Screw , 5 / 16 - 18 x 2.0 w / Ball Bearing , 8 x 1.75 734 - 1781 Slot Tread Wheel 55 . 749 - 0937 Lower Handle w / Plastic Bearing , 8 x 1.75 56 . 749 - 0936A Upper Handle ( Loop Style ) 24 . 736 - 0105 Spring Washer , . 401 x . 871 x . 063 57 . 781 - 0081 Depth Adjustment Bracket 25 . 712 - 0241 Hex Nut , 3 / 8 - 24 58 . 732 - 0369 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 27 . 710 - 0793 Round Head Ribbed - neck Bolt , 60 . 712 - 0158 Hex Lock Nut , 5 / 16 - 18 3 / 8 - 24 x . 89 61 . 720 - 0283 Foam Grip 28 . 781 - 0580 Front Axle Arm 62 . 747 - 1164 Clutch Rod , 3 / 8 x 33.5 726 - 0221 29 . Cap Speed Nut , 1 / 2 63 . 681 - 0044 Edger Base 30 . 734 - 1264 T - tread Wheel ( shown ) 64 . 720 - 0297 Foam Grip ( Loop Handle ) , 20 w / Ball Bearing , 7 x 1.75 734 - 1797 Slot Tread Wheel 65 . 781 - 0091A Upper Handle Support Plate w / Plastic Bearing , 7 x 1.75 66 . 749 - 0938 Upper Handle ( T - Style ) 31 . 714 - 0101 Internal Cotter Pin , . 08 x 1.42 15
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MANUFACTURER'S LIMITED WARRANTY FOR : YARD c . Routine maintenance items such as lubricants , filters , The limited warranty set forth below is given by MTD 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 apply if this product has been operated and maintained in No implied warranty , including any implied warranty of 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 - mercial use , neglect , accident , improper maintenance , warranty above as to the parts as identified . No other alteration , vandalism , theft , fire , water or damage because express warranty or guaranty , whether written or oral , 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 - rarity . You assume the risk and liability for loss , damage , or UCTS INC by calling 1 - 800 - 800 - 7310 or writing to RO . 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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