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OPERATOR'S MANUAL Transmatic Garden Tractor Models 820 Thru 828 840 Thru 848 IMPORTANT : Read safety rules and instructions carefully before operating equipment . Warning : This unit is equipped with an internal combustion engine and should not be used on or near any unimproved forest - covered , brush - covered or grass - covered land unless the engine's exhaust system is equipped with a spark arrester meeting applicable local or state laws ( if any ) . If a spark arrester is used , it should be maintained in effective working order by the operator . In the State of California the above is required by law ( Section 4442 of the California Public Resources Code ) . Other states may have similar laws . Federal laws apply on federal lands . A spark attester for the muffler is available through your nearest engine authorized service dealer or contact the service department , P . O . 8ox 361131 Cleveland , Ohio 44136 - 0019 . MTD LLC , P . O . BOX361131CLEVELAND , OHIO44136 - 0019 PRINTED IN U . S . A . FORM NO . 770 - 10119C ( 12 / 2001 )
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TABLEOFCONTENTS Content Page Important Safe Operation Practices . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Slope Gauge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Hardware Pack . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Unpacking . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Assembling Your Garden Tractor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Know Your Garden Tractor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Operating Your Garden Tractor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Making Adjustments . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Maintaining Your Garden Tractor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 Off - Season Storage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 Optional Equipment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 Troubleshooting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 FINDINGMODELNUMBER This Operator's Manual is an important part of your new Garden Tractor . It will help you assemble , prepare and maintain the unit for best performance . Please read and understand what it says . Before you start assembling your new equipment , please locate the model plate on the equipment and copy the information from it in the space provided below . The information on the model plate is very important if you need help from our Customer Support Department or an authorized dealer . You can locate the model number by pivoting the seat forward and looking under the seat at the seat pivot bracket . A sample model plate is explained below . For future reference , please copy the model number and the serial number of the equipment in the space below . ( Model Number ) ( Serial Number ) Copy the model number here : Copy the serial number here : www . mtdproducts . com 800 - 800 - 7310 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 your lawn mower , 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 : 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 . neutral , set park brake , stop engine and remove GeneralOperation key before dismounting . • Read , understand , and follow all instructions in the • Turn off blade ( s ) when not mowing . operator's manual and on the machine before • Stop engine and wait until blade ( s ) comes to a starting . Keep this manual in a safe place for future complete stop before ( a ) removing grass catcher or and regular reference and for ordering replacement unclogging chute , or ( b ) making any repairs , parts . adjusting or removing any grass or debris . • Only allow responsible individuals familiar with the • Mow only in daylight or good artificial light . instructions to operate the machine . Know controls • Do not operate the machine while under the and how to stop the machine quickly . influence of alcohol or drugs . • Do not put hands or feet under cutting deck or near • Watch for traffic when operating near or crossing rotating parts . roadways . • Clear the area of objects such as rocks , toys , wire , • Use extra care when loading or unloading the etc . , which could be picked up and thrown by the machine into a trailer or truck . This unit should not blade . A small object may have been overlooked be driven up or down a ramp onto a trailer or truck and could be accidentally thrown by the mower in under power , because the unit could tip over , any direction and cause injury to you or a causing serious personal injury . The unit must be bystander . To help avoid a thrown objects injury , pushed manually on a ramp to load or unload keep children , bystanders and helpers at least 75 properly . feet from the mower while it is in operation . Always • Never make a cutting height adjustment while wear safety glasses or safety goggles during engine is running if operator must dismount to do operation or while performing an adjustment or so . repair , to protect eyes from foreign objects . Stop • Wear sturdy , rough - soled work shoes and close - the blade ( s ) when crossing gravel drives , walks or fitting slacks and shirts . Do not wear loose fitting roads . clothes or jewelry . They can be caught in moving • Be sure the area is clear of other people before parts . Never operate a unit in bare feet , sandals , or mowing . Stop machine if anyone enters the area . sneakers . • Never carry passengers . • Check overhead clearance carefully before driving • Disengage blade ( s ) before shifting into reverse and under power lines , wires , bridges or low hanging backing up . Always look down and behind before tree branches , before entering or leaving buildings , and while backing . or in any other situation where the operator may be • Be aware of the mower and attachment discharge struck or pulled from the unit , which could result in direction and do not point it at anyone . Do not serious injury . operate the mower without either the entire grass • Disengage all attachment clutches , thoroughly catcher or the chute guard in place . depress the brake pedal , and shift into neutral • Slow down before turning . Operate the machine before attempting to start engine . smoothly . Avoid erratic operation and excessive • Your mower is designed to cut normal residential speed . grass of a height no more than 10 " . Do not attempt • Never leave a running machine unattended . to mow through unusually tall , dry grass ( e . g . , Always turn off blade ( s ) , place transmission in pasture ) or piles of dry leaves . Debris may build up
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onthemowedr eckorcontacttheengineexhaust that children will remain where you last saw them . presentinagpotentiaflirehazard . • Keep children out of the mowing area and in watchful care of an adult other than the operator . • Be alert and turn machine off if children enter the SlopeOperation area . Slopes are a major factor related to loss of control and • Before and when backing , look behind and down tip - over accidents which can result in severe injury or for small children . death . All slopes require extra caution . If you cannot • Never carry children , even with the blades off . They back up the slope or if you feel uneasy on it , do not mow may fall off and be seriously injured or interfere with it . the safe machine operation . For your safety , use the slope gauge included as part of • Never allow children under 14 years old to operate this manual to measure slopes before operating this the machine . Children 14 years and over should unit on a sloped or hilly area . If the slope is greater than only operate machine under close parental 15 ° as shown on the slope gauge , do not operate this supervision and proper instruction . unit on that area or serious injury could result . • Use extra care when approaching blind corners , Do : shrubs , trees or other objects that may obscure • Mow up and down slopes , not across . your vision of a child or other hazard . • Remove obstacles such as rocks , limbs , etc . • Remove key when machine is unattended to • Watch for holes , ruts or bumps . Uneven terrain prevent unauthorized operation . could overturn the machine . Tall grass can hide obstacles . Service • Use slow speed . Choose a low enough gear so that • Use extreme care in handling gasoline and other you will not have to stop or shift while on the slope . fuels . They are extremely flammable and the Always keep machine in gear when going down vapors are explosive . slopes to take advantage of engine braking action . • Use only an approved container . • Follow the manufacturer's recommendations for • Never remove fuel cap or add fuel with the engine wheel weights or counterweights to improve running . Allow engine to cool at least two minutes stability . before refueling . • Use extra care with grass catchers or other • Replace fuel cap securely and wipe off any spilled attachments . These can change the stability of the fuel before starting the engine as it may cause a fire machine . or explosion . • Keep all movement on the slopes slow and gradual . • Extinguish all cigarettes , cigars , pipes and other Do not make sudden changes in speed or direction . sources of ignition . Rapid engagement or braking could cause the front • Never refuel the machine indoors because fuel of the machine to lift and rapidly flip over backwards vapors will accumulate in the area . which could cause serious injury . • Never store the fuel container or machine inside • Avoid starting or stopping on a slope . If tires lose where there is an open flame or spark , such as a traction , disengage the blade ( s ) and proceed slowly gas hot water heater , space heater or furnace . straight down the slope . • Never run a machine inside a closed area . DoNot • To reduce fire hazard , keep the machine free of • Do not turn on slopes unless necessary ; then , turn grass , leaves or other debris build - up . Clean up oil slowly and gradually downhill , if possible . or fuel spillage . Allow machine to cool at least 5 • Do not mow near drop - offs , ditches or minutes before storing . embankments . The mower could suddenly turn • Before cleaning , repairing or inspecting , make over if a wheel is over the edge of a cliff or ditch , or certain the blade and all moving parts have if an edge caves in . stopped . Disconnect the spark plug wire , and keep • Do not mow on wet grass . Reduced traction could the wire away from the spark plug to prevent cause sliding . accidental starting . • Do not try to stabilize the machine by putting your • We do not recommend the use of pressure foot on the ground . washers or garden hose to clean your unit . They • Do not use grass catcher on steep slopes . may cause damage to electric components , spindles , pulleys , bearings or the engine . The use Children of water will result in shortened life and reduce serviceability . Tragic accidents can occur if the operator is not alert to • Check the blade and engine mounting bolts at the presence of children . Children are often attracted to frequent intervals for proper tightness . Also , the machine and the mowing activity . Never assume
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USE THIS PAGE AS A GUIDE TO DETERMINE SLOPES WHERE YOU MAY NOT OPERATE SAFELY . i | 4 SIGHT AND HOLD THIS LEVEL WITH A VERTICAL TREE i u4 A POWER POLE i ! " ql A CORNER OF A BUILDING = = _ n I ! q OR A FENCE POST L ! Jv ' " " _ 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 Z could overturn and cause serious injury . If operating a walk - behind mower on such a slope , it is extremel'y difficult to maintain n your footing and you could slip . resulting in serious injury , Operate RIDING mowers up and down slopes , never across the face of slopes . W Operate WALK - BEHIND mowers across the face of slopes , never up and down slopes .
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SECTION3 : HARDWARPEACK NOTE : Hardware pack may contain extra items which are not used on your unit . Part numbers are shown in ) arentheses . A _ ATTACHING THE DECK LINKS a _ ATTACHING THE CUTTING DECK NOTE : This hardware mayd be assemble I C _ ATTACHING THE DECK WHEELS ( if not already attached ) Spacers ( 750 - 0932A ) ( 46 " Deck / / Only ) Deck Hairpin Clips Wheels are ( 714 - 0101 ) Not Shown Front Axle Bolts 3 - 1 / 4 " " ' _ Long ( 738 - 3056 ) • = _ Rear Axle Bolts Washers - _ © © © © 2 - 1 / 4 " Long 3 / 8 " LD . ( 738 - 0533 ) ( 736 - 0169 ) 3 / 8 - 16 - - . . s © © 3Q Thread ( 712 - 0798 )
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SECTION4 : ASSEMBLINGYOURGARDENTRACTOR or milk . Follow with milk of magnesia , beaten eggs Unpacking or vegetable oil . If discomfort persists , call physi - • Remove all screws and staples from top of crate cian immediately . using a 1 / 4 " hex head socket or a screw driver . EYES : Flush with cool water for at least 15 min - • To remove ends , grasp top board on the end , and utes , then get prompt medical attention . pull towards you in a downward motion . ( A hammer c . If acid spills on clothing , first dilute it with may help ) . Set panel aside to avoid tire punctures . clean water , then neutralize with a solution of • Repeat procedure for each side of the crate . ammonia / water or baking soda / water . • Remove and discard plastic bag which covers unit . d . Since battery acid is corrosive , do not pour it • Loose parts ( operator's manual , steering wheel , into any sink or drain . Before discarding battery fluid , chute deflector , etc . ) are on the seat or empty electrolyte containers , rinse them with in a box and wrapped in plastic . Carefully cut and a neutralizing solution . remove the plastic wrap . Remove loose parts from e . NEVER connect or disconnect charger clips the seat and save . to battery while the charger is turned on as it • Remove deck from beneath the tractor . Make sure can cause sparks . that parking brake is released and unit is in neutral . f . Keep alllighted materials ( cigarettes , NOTE : See the controls section of this manual for matches , lighters ) away from the battery as the hydrogen gas generated during charging location of the parking brake release and the shift lever . can be combustible . • Push unit off the skid . g . As a further precaution , only charge the • Lay out the contents of the hardware pack on the battery in a well - ventilated area . illustration on page 7 for identification . _ b WARNING : Keep battery away from IMPORTANT : After assembly , service engine with children . Do not activate battery ( fill with . battery gasoline , and check oil level as instructed in the engine acid ) until battery is actually placed in service manual packed seperately with your unit . Be certain to read previous battery warnings NOTE : Reference to right or left hand side of the unit is before activating the battery . observed from the driver's seat , facing forward . Identifying BatteryType • Compare the battery in your lawn tractor ( located ToolsRequired under the seat ) with Figure 1 . Type " A " batteries 1 . 1 / 4 " socket wrench or flat blade screwdriver are activated and are ready to use . Type " B " 2 . 1 / 2 " wrench or socket wrench for models with batteries must be filled with battery fluid ( acid ) and square steering wheel cap charged before they are put into service . Follow 3 . 9 / 16 " wrench or socket wrench pertinent instructions . 4 . Two 7 / 16 " wrenches or socket wrenches SettinguptheBattery eyes , WARNING : Always shield protect skin and clothing when working near batteries . Handle battery acid with great care as contact with it can burn and blister the skin . Follow the Type A Type B Type B steps below to ensure safe handling . Figure 1 a . Wear protective clothing ( goggles , rubber gloves and apron ) to work with battery . Chargingthe Battery b . Should battery acid accidentally splatter into the eyes or onto the face , rinse the affected TypeA Battery area immediately with clean cold water . A list NOTE : ff the battery on your tractor is of the A type , it is of antidotes are given below . If there is any already activated and is ready to use . Skip the following further discomfort , seek medical attention . section of assembly and proceed to Attaching Steering Antidote : EXTERNAL - - Flush with water . Wheel You will , however , need to install the battery on INTERNAL - - Drink large quantities of water the tractorlater on in the assembly .
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Type B Battery Remove the steering bellow from the lift lever on the right hand side of tractor . Place steering bellow • Lift the hood of the tractor and locate the battery . over the steering shaft extending through the dash . See Figure 2 . Remove the wing nuts from the hold - See Figure 3 . down rods on two sides of the battery . Disconnect t . , the positive cable from the positive terminal . Save Hex the hardware for reassembly . Bolt Wheel Cap Washer Hold - Dow'n Steering Rod & Bellow Wing Nut Shaft Figure 3 NOTE : If the openings on each end of the steering bellow are of two sizes , the smaller end goes down against the dash of the tractor . Figure 2 Keeping the wheels of the tractor pointing straight Remove the battery from the tractor , paying forward , place the steering wheel over the steering attention to how the battery is placed on the unit , shaft . Place the washer with the cupped side down and how the drain tube is routed . over the steering shaft . Secure with hex lock bolt . Activate the battery as instructed in the " Quick See Figure 3 . Start " brochure included with the battery fluid . Read NOTE : If the steering wheel cap is square , you must instructions carefully . use a socket wrench . NOTE : You can continue assembling the tractor while • Place the steering wheel cap over the center of the battery is standing for 30 minutes ( after filling with acid ) , and later while the battery is being charged . steering wheel and adjust to secure . IMPORTANT : To obtain maximum life from the battery , it AttachingtheSeat must be charged prior to initial use . One of two types of seats are used on these garden • Charge battery after the 30 - minute standing period tractor models : a manual adjustment seat and a quick following the chart below . adjustment seat . See Figure 4 and Figure 5 to identify which seat is on your unit . Follow instructions pertaining Battery Part Number Charging Duration Amperes to your garden tractor model only . 725 - 1705D 1 Hour 2 - 3 725 - 1707D 1 Hour 6 ManualAdjustmentSeat 725 - 0453G 1 Hour 6 725 - 1750 1 Hour 6 725 - 1706 1 Hour 6 NOTE : If you charge the battery at a lower AMP rate , use a hydrometer to make sure the battery is Seat completely charged . The hydrometer should read 1.260 Pivot minimum at an electrolyte temperature of60 - 110 ° F . Do not charge at more than 6 amps . AttachingSteeringWheel • The hardware for attaching the steering wheel has been packed inside the steering wheel . Carefully pry off the steering wheel cap and remove Figure 4 hardware for assembly .
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• Remove the four screws which secure the seat to the seat pivot bracket . , _ WBeAfoRrNe INoGpe : ratinQgutriaccktoar , djsutsatnmdenbet hisnedatthoenslye : at NOTE : If the seat was shipped in a box , remove four and pull back on it to make sure the seat is screws from the bottom of the seat and place the seat in engaged in the seat stop . position against the seat pivot bracket . AttachingDeckLinks Turn the seat around and place in position against the seat pivot bracket , lining up the slotted holes in ( Hardware A ) the pivot bracket with the holes in the seat . Select The three adjustable deck links have been shipped desired position for the seat , and secure with the unassembled . Attach as follows . four screws . See Figure 4 . • Start 1 / 2 " hex nuts on eyebolts until nuts are QuickAdjustmentSeat flushed with ends of eyebolts . See Figure 7 . • Insert eyebolts and hex nuts into the adjustable lift links located under the tractor . See Figure 7 . • Thread eyebolts into the lift links and hex nuts . The Seat Pivot left rear link should be adjusted so the eyebolt Bracket _ ) hangs about 3 - 1 / 2 inches below the lift link . The two front links should be adjusted so the eyebolts hang about 2 - 1 / 8 inches below the lift links . See Figure 7 . Setting rfor Left Rea \ Link \ \ Figure 5 • Pull out tab on seat stop and hold open while sliding Eyebolt Front Unks seat out of seat pivot bracket . See Figure 5 . • Turn the seat around and line up plastic seat Figure 7 spacers with the slots in seat pivot bracket . • Slide seat in until front seat spacer engages the Attachingthe Deck seat stop . See Figure 6 . To adjust the seat refer to ( Hardware B ) the adjustment section in this manual . NOTE : An assistant may be helpful for this job . Seat Working beneath the tractor , remove the hairpin clip securing the round belt guard to the idler . See Figure 8 . Remove the two hex bolts which act as belt keepers by the engine pulley . Bolt Spacers I Belt Figure 6 NOTE : If the seat was shipped in a box , fine up plastic seat spacers with the slots in seat pivot bracket and @ @ @ slide seat in until front seat spacer engages seat stop . Figure 8 10
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• Move the tractor lift handle all the way back to the assembly and slide the cross bar into one of the fully raised position . Turn the tractor steering wheel holes on the left side of frame . Secure with hairpin all the way to the right . clip removed earlier . 46 " Deck : Use the rear set of holes . • 50 " Decks : Remove the roller assembly from the rear of the deck and set aside . 50 " Deck : Use the forward set of holes . • The two deck stabilizers and the diagonal brace • Place a spacer on the right end of the cross bar . which are attached to the front of the deck are See Figure 11C . folded back over the deck for shipping purposes . • Pull the bar to the left until the spacer is flushed with the end of the bar . Slide the cross bar into the hole Unfold them at this time . See Figure 9 . • Slide the deck under the tractor from the left side . on the right side of frame . Secure with hairpin clip . You may need to angle the deck slightly to get the Refer to Figure 10 . braces past the front wheel . • Move the lift lever forward to the lowest position . NOTE : It may be necessary to pull down on the lift links to obtain the Iowest position . rough Figure 9 NOTE : When attaching the cross bar , reference to the - - Insert second / right or left hand side is observed facing front of the / spacer here _ , tractor , rather than from the operating position . Figure 11 Standing in front of the tractor , remove the hairpin Liftup on the edge of the deck and attach the left clips from the cross bar . See Figure 10 . front deck hanger to the deck using a flat washer Slide the cross bar to the left until the right side is and hairpin clip . Make sure deck hanger goes free . Drop bar down and slide to the right until cross through the center of V - Belt . See Figure 12 . bar is removed from the tractor . See Figure 10 . Hanger Bracket Belt Sr er Hairpin Clip Stabilizer Figure 12 Deck Stal bilizer Cr ) ss Bar Spacer Attach the right front hanger to the deck using a flat Figure 10 washer and hairpin clip . Insert cross bar through the two deck stabilizers Move lift lever back to the fully raised position . and the diagonal brace . See Figure 11A . 50 " Deck only : Remove the clevis pins and hairpin Place a spacer on the left end of the cross bar . Pull clips from the roller assembly . Slide the roller the bar to the right until the spacer is flushed with assembly between the rear wheels and the deck . the end of the bar as shown in Figure 11B . Lift 11
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Insert the deck roller brackets up through the 50 " Deck only : Remove the bolts , nuts and brackets provided on the rear of the deck . It may be cupped washers which are attached to the deck necessary to rotate the deck roller brackets 360 ° to next to the chute opening . Place the chute deflector clear the roll pin stop . Attach with clevis pins and in position as shown in Figure 15 . ( For 46 " decks , hairpin clips just removed , using the lowest hole please refer to Figure 16 . ) Secure with hardware removed earlier . location on each side of the deck . See Figure 13 . Move the lift lever forward to the lowest position . Attach the two rear lift links with flat washers and hairpin clips . Place deck belt around the engine pulley . Make Nut certain the deck belt is seated in the deck pulley . Deck Roller Carriag _ ( Under Deck ) Figure 15 Hairpinj Clip AttachingDeckWheels Pin ( Hardware C ) Figure 13 46 " Deck • Push the idler bracket to the left and slip the belt If the deck wheels are not already attached , attach the around the idler pulley . Replace the round belt wheels to the deck as follows . All wheels must be guard by the idler pulley ( hex side down ) . Secure placed in the same relative position . with hairpin clip . Chute Hex Nut • Replace the hex bolts ( belt keepers ) by the engine Deflector pulley . Refer to Figure 8 . ' \ • Check all belt guards for clearance . The belt guards must be between 1 / 16 " and 1 / 8 " away from the belt when the PTO lever is in the engaged position ( be sure to disengage the PTO lever after checking ) . • Secure the brake release cable to the tractor idler Cupped bracket with clevis pin and small hairpin clip , using Washer the hole in the idler bracket as shown in Figure 14 . _ - - - - - - - - Clevis Pin \ _ Rat / Rear _ Lxle Wast _ Bolt Front Hex Nut Axle B _ t Washer _ _ cket Figure 16 Front Wheels : Front axle bolts are the longer bolts . Hairpin Clip - _ ( _ i Front deck wheels have a rounded surface . Figure 14 Rear Wheels : Rear axle bolts are the shorter bolts . Rear deck wheels are flatter . AttachingChuteDeflector • Place flat washer on the axle bolt , then the deck wheel and cupped washer ( crowned side of washer , _ WARNING : Do not operate the tractor goes against the wheel ) . See Figure 16 . unless the chute deflector has been properly • Secure to deck with hex nut . Tighten securely . installed . Assemble remaining wheels in same manner . 12
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Tire Pressure Installingthe Battery The tires on your tractor may be over - inflated for TypeA Battery shipping purposes . Reduce the tire pressure before NOTE : If battery is put into service after date shown on operating the unit . Check the sidewall of the tires for top of battery , charge for minimum I hour at 6 amps . proper inflationpressure . Wing A WARNING : Maximum tire pressure under Nut Wing Nut any circumstances is 30 p . s . i . Equal tiretires . pressure should be maintained on all LevelingtheDeck ( Black ) After attaching the deck to the tractor , make sure it is adjusted properly . • Check tire pressure of all four tires . See sidewall of Negative tire for recommended inflation pressure . Terminal • Make certain all deck wheels or both ends of the Positive deck roller are mounted in same relative hole Terminal locations . Place the tractor on a level surface . • 46 " Deck : Lower the deck until it reaches the Positive ground . All four deck wheels should reach the ground at the same time . • Place the deck approximately 1 " above the ground . Figure 18 The distance from the bottom edge of the deck to the ground must be same on both sides of the deck . • Lift the hood of the tractor . Remove wing nuts from AdjustingDeck Links the hold - down rods securing battery cover to the battery . If adjustment is necessary , adjust the deck links on the left side of the deck as follows . • Remove plastic cover from the negative terminal . • Remove the hex bolt and nut from the negative ( black ) cable . Attach negative cable to the negative Remove hairpin clip , terminal with this bolt and nut . See Figure 18 . washer and thread bolt • Place battery cover over battery and secure with wing nuts removed earlier . NOTE : It may be necessary to pull up on the hold - down rods in order to start the wing nuts TypeB Battery NOTE : The positive battery terminal is marked Pos . ( + ) . The negative battery terminal is marked Neg . ( - ) . • Place the battery on the battery plate with the terminals toward the front of the tractor . • Attach the positive cable ( heavy red wire ) to the positive battery terminal ( + ) with hex bolt and hex nut . See Figure 18 . Slide the rubber boot over the positive terminal . • Remove hex bolt and nut from the negative cable . Figure 17 Attach the negative cable ( heavy black wire ) to the negative battery terminal ( - ) with the bolt and nut . • Make certain the PTO is disengaged . Remove • Place the battery cover in position over the hold - hairpin clip and washer from the weld bolt . see down rods . Secure with wing nuts . See Figure 18 . Figure 17 . Thread eyebott up or down the link as necessary , and reassemble . NOTE : It may be necessary to pull up on the hold - down • Make sure that the front of the deck is 1 / 4 " to 3 / 8 " rods in order to start the wing nuts . lower than the rear of the deck . If it is not , adjust the • Route the battery drain tube ( if equipped ) over to two front links to obtain this distance . the left side of the tractor . Loosen the self - tapping 13
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screw which secures the mounting clamp . See Figure 19 . Slip the end of the drain tube into the mounting clamp . Tighten the self - tapping screw to - - Drain secure the clamp . Do not overtighten which could Tube collapse the drain tube . NOTE : The vented battery allows any gases or liquid from the battery to be drained onto the ground . 0 0 • Trim end of drain tube if more than 1 inch extends 0 below the frame . Self - Tap _ ping Mounting Screw Clamp FinalAssembly • Make certain all nuts and bolts are tightened Figure 19 securely . 14
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SECTION5 : KNOWYOURGARDENTRACTOR This section is meant to acquaint you with the various types of controls and switches available on these tractors . Please read this section carefully and know your tractor well before operating . As with any power equipment , it is extremely important to ensure proper and safe operation of the tractor by following the instructions closely . Note that this manual covers various models and many controls , listed here , may be optional items . Steering Wheel Ignition Switch Choke : Lever Clutch Brake Pedal Throttle Control Parking Brake Cap Figure 20 Ignition Key Igniti0n / light Switch The ignition key switch is located on the dashboard . To The lights are controlled by the ignition switch . With the start the engine , turn the key clockwise to the START tractor running , turn the key counter - clockwise to the position . Once the engine has cranked , put the key in LIGHTS ON position . the ON position . To stop the engine , turn the key to the Throttle Control OFF position . To prevent accidental starting , remove The throttle control is located on the left side of the key from the tractor when the tractor is not in use . dashboard and is used to regulate engine speed . The 15
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throttle has to be set at FAST position to start the IMPORTANT : The PTO lever must be in the disengaged engine . Same position has to be maintained while position ( down ) when starting the engine , when shifting operating any attachment ( such as the mowing deck , into reverse and if the operator leaves the seat . snow thrower or rotary tiller ) that uses the tractor ShiftLever engine as a source of power . The shift lever is located in the center of the console ChokeControl and has four positions : HIGH , LOW , NEUTRAL and The choke control is located on the dashboard and is REVERSE . operated manually . Details about choke operation are • Depress the clutch - brake pedal and slide the shift included in the engine manual . lever to the desired position . Ammeter ( If equipped ) NOTE : The clutch - brake pedal must be depressed and The ammeter registers the rate of battery charge or the tractor must not be moving when shifting gears . Do discharge . The ammeter will register on the discharging not force the shift lever , ff necessary , release the side when starting the engine . It should register on the clutch - brake pedal slightly to line up the shifting collar in charging side when the engine is running in the FAST the transmission . Then try to shift gears . position until the battery is completely charged . With a fully charged battery or with the engine idling , the ParkingBrake ammeter will not show a charge . The parking brake is located in front of the shift lever as Clutch - BrakePedal shown in Figure 20 . The clutch - brake pedal is located on left side of tractor . • To set the parking brake , depress the clutch - brake pedal and pull up the parking brake knob . It will stay • To disengage the clutch only , depress the clutch - in the raised position . To release the parking brake , brake pedal part way . depress and release the clutch - brake pedal . • To engage the disc brake as welt , depress the pedal fully . NOTE : The parking brake must be set if the operator leaves the seat with the engine running . NOTE : The clutch - brake pedal must be depressed to start the engine . SpeedControlLever Lift Lever The speed control lever is located on the left fender . It allows you to regulate the ground speed of the garden The five - position lift lever is used to change the tractor . operating position of the attachments . • To select ground speed , depress clutch pedal . • To operate , pull the lever towards you . Push speed control lever outward and move • To release , move the lever to the right and forward . backward to slow garden tractor , move forward to PowerTake - Off ( PTO ) Lever increase speed . When desired speed has been The PTO lever is located on the right side of the reached , release lever . Whenever clutch is dashboard . The PTO lever is used to engage and engaged , the tractor will automatically go to the pre - disengage the power to the attachments . set speed . • To engage the PTO , lift the lever slowly and lock it into the notch . 16
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SECTION6 : OPERATINGYOURGARDENTRACTOR interlock system is to prevent the engine from cranking MaintainingSafety or starting unless the clutch - brake pedal is depressed and the PTO lever is in the disengaged position . In any power addition , the PTO lever must be in the disengaged A WARNING : AS with type of equipment , carelessness or error on the part of position when the unit is put into reverse or the engine the operator can result in serious injury . Read will shut off . Ifthe operator leaves the seat with the PTO and follow the instructions in this manual very lever engaged and / or without setting the parking brake , carefully . Avoid serious injury or death by the engine will automatically shut off . mishandling the equipment Do : _ b WARNING : Do not operate the tractor if the • Go up and down slopes , not across ; avoid sudden interlock system is malfunctioning because it is turns . a safety device designed for your protection . • If machine stops while going uphill , stop blade ( s ) • Place the PTO lever in the disengaged ( down ) and come back downhill slowly . position . • Look down and behind before and while backing . • Depress the clutch - brake pedal and set the parking • Keep safety devices ( guards , shields , and brake . switches ) in place and working . • Place the shift lever in the NEUTRAL position . • Remove objects that could be thrown by the • Set the throttle control in the FAST position . blade ( s ) . • Pull out the choke control ( a warm engine may not • Know location and function of all controls . Refer to require choking ) . earlier section on page 15 . • Turn ignition key to the right to START position . • Be sure blade ( s ) and engine are stopped before After the engine starts , release the key . It will return placing hands or feet near blade ( s ) . to the ON position . • Before leaving operator's position , disengage • Slowly push in the choke as the engine warms up . blade ( s ) , place the shift lever in neutral , engage brake lock , shut engine off and remove key . StoppingEngine DoNot : • Turn ignition key to the left to the OFF position . • Do not operate the unit where it could slip or tip . Remove the key to prevent accidental starting . • Do not mow when children or others are around . • Never carry children on the tractor , even with the IMPORTANT : If the tractor strikes a foreign object , stop blades off . the engine . Remove wire from spark plug , thoroughly inspect the unit for any damage , and repair the damage GasandOilFill - Up before restarting and operating the equipment . • Check oil level and add if necessary . StoppingTractor IMPORTANT : Your tractor is shipped with oil in the • Depress the clutch brake pedal , and pull on the engine ; however , you must check the engine oil level parking brake knob . Remember that it takes a few before operating . Be careful not to overfill . seconds more for the moving parts of the tractor to • Service the engine with gasoline as instructed in come to a complete stop after the parking brake the separate engine manual packed with your has been activated . Remove the key after the tractor . Read instructions carefully . tractor is completely parked . • The fuel tank is located under the seat . The filler neck is behind the seat . Fill up with the required SettingCuttingHeight amount of gasoline . However , do not overfill . • Select the position for the tractor lift lever at the desired cutting height . Then move the wheels on A WARNING : Never fill fuel tank indoors , with the deck so that the wheels are 1 / 4 to 1 / 2 inch engine running or while engine is hot . above the ground . NOTE : To obtain uniform cut , the deck is designed to StartingEngine be suspended from the tractor at the desired cutting IMPORTANT : This unit is equipped with a safety height . The deck wheels or the deck roller should be interlock system for your protection . The safety just off the ground for a smooth cut . 17
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OperatingTractor • Start the engine as instructed previously . WpoAsiRtioNnINfoGr : anyBreeafosroen , ledaivsiennggtahgee otpheerabtolar'dses , • Move throttle control to full throttle to prevent strain place the shift lever in neutral , engage the on the engine and to operate attachments . parking brake , shut engine off and remove key . • Place the shift lever in one of the two forward If unit stalls with speed control in sixth or seventh positions ( LOW or HIGH ) , or in REVERSE . Place speed , or if the unit will not operate with speed control the speed control lever in desired position . Use lever in the first or second speed position , follow LOW speed position when operating the tractor for instructions below : the first time . • Place shift lever in NEUTRAL . WARNING : Look to the rear of the tractor • Restart engine . • Place speed control lever in highest speed position . and check for obstructions before backing up . • Release clutch - brake pedal fully . • Depress the clutch - brake pedal to release the • Depress clutch - brake pedal . parking brake and put unit into motion . • Place speed control lever in desired position . • Depress the clutch - brake pedal to stop the unit . • Place shift lever in one of the forward positions • The cutting blades ( or other attachment ) may be ( HIGH or LOW ) or REVERSE , and follow normal engaged while the tractor is moving or standing still . operating procedures . NOTE : Do not engage the cutting blades abruptly as High - LowTransmissionRanges the sudden belt tension on the pulley may cause the engine to stall . HIGH range position is for normal load conditions , such as mowing or transporting . WARNING : Keep hands and feet away from LOW range position is for high load conditions requiring more torque , such as tilling , snow removing or hauling the discharge opening , the blades or any part of the deck . heavy loads . NOTE : There will be little difference between the GrassCollector highest two speeds until after the belts have settled into the pulleys after the break - in period . Grass Collector Model OEM - 190 - 083 is available as optional equipment for tractors with 46 " mowing decks . Change oil in the engine crankcase after the first five hours of operation . Be sure that the lawn is clear of stones , sticks , wire , without the entire grass catcher or dchute _ b OTE : The mower should not be operate or other objects which could damage tractor or deflector in place . engine . For best results , do not mow when the lawn is too wet . NOTE : Under normal usage , grass bag material is subject to wear , and should be checked periodically . NOTE : By shutting off the engine before disembarking , Use only factory authorized replacement bag . you will also avoid the possibility of " browning " the grass . ( The " browning " is caused when grass is exposed to hot exhaust gases from a running engine . ) 18
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SECTION7 : MAKINGADJUSTMENTS If speed control adjustment is needed , adjust the speed control links as follows . ( A 3 / 4 " shim or suitable spacer , _ WARNING : Disconnect the spark plug is required . ) wire ( s ) and ground against the engine before performing any adjustments , repairs or • Start the engine . Place the shift lever in neutral maintenance . position . Place the speed control lever in highest speed position . Levelingthe Deck • Release the clutch - brake pedal completely , then The sides of the deck should be the same distance from slowly depress the pedal all the way ( to park position ) . Hold the pedal in this position . the ground . The front of the deck should be 1 / 4 " to 3 / 8 " • Turn the engine off . lower than the rear of the deck . If adjustment is • After engine stops completely , release the clutch - required , refer to " Leveling the Deck " instructions in brake pedal . Assembly section of this manual . • Remove the transmission cover by removing the parking brake knob , shift knob and two truss SpeedControlAdjustment machine screws . ( See Figure 21 ) • Disconnect the rear speed control link from the NOTE : There will be little difference between the variable speed torque bracket by removing the cotter pin and flat washer . highest two speeds until after the belts have gone through a break - in period and have settled into the pulleys . Co _ er Control Lever a _ her Link Clutch Brake Pedal Vadable Speed Torq Bracket Figure 21 19
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• Models 820 - 829 only : Place the speed control SteeringWheel lever in the first position . If the tractor turns tighter in one direction compared to • Models 840 - 849 only : Place the speed control the other , the steering drag link must be adjusted . To lever in the second position . adjust the drag link follow these steps . See Figure 23 . • Disconnect the front speed control link from the • Loosen hex jam nut , called out in Figure 23 , at the variable speed torque bracket by removing the rear of the ball joint . cotter pin and flat washer . • Loosen and remove hex nut . • Place a 3 / 4 " shim or other suitable object under the • Lift the threaded portion of the ball joint out of the point on the bracket on the clutch - brake pedal as steering arm . Save the hardware used to hold ball shown in Figure 21 . joint to steering arm . • Thread the front speed control link in or out of the • Set the front wheels facing straight ahead . ferrule until the hole in the link lines up with the pin • Turn the steering wheel to the right or the left to on the variable speed torque bracket . Secure with match the alignment holes in the steering brace the flat washer and cotter pin removed earlier . and the steering gear . • Push the rear speed control link backward using • Once aligned , drop a nail through the steering light pressure , and hold it in this position as you thread it into or out of the ferrule until the hole in the brace and steering gear alignment holes . • Adjust the ball joint in or out on the drag link until link lines up with the pin on the variable speed the threaded portion of the ball joint slips through torque bracket . the hole in the steering arm . Make sure the lock • Models 820 - 829 only : Turn the link three more washer is in position between the ball joint and the times making it longer . steering arm . • Move the speed control lever toward the right so • Tighten hex jam nut against the ball joint . that the hole in rear speed control link fits over the • Reattach the ball joint to the steering arm with hex pin on the variable speed torque bracket . Secure nut . ( Finger tighten only at thistime . ) with the flat washer and cotter pin removed earlier . • Remove the 3 / 4 " shim from beneath the bracket on • Turn the steering wheel fully to the left and the right to make sure that the drag link does not touch any the clutch - brake pedal . part of the tractor frame . Ifthe drag link does touch the tractor frame , start at step 1 and redo the QuickAdjustmenSt eat adjustment . Tighten hex nut . • To adjust the position of the seat , move the seat • Remove the nail used to align the steering gear . adjustment lever ( located under the seat ) to the left and slide the seat forward or backwards . See Figure 22 . Make sure seat is locked into one of the six adjustment positions before operating the garden tractor . Steering Brace ! ! ; Seat Adjustment Lever Drag Link Hex Jam Figure 22 Figure 23 Brake ManualAdjustmenSt eat • To adjust the position of the seat , loosen the four The brake is located on the right side of the transaxle . screws on the bottom of the seat . Refer to Figure 4 . During normal operation , the brake is subject to wear Slide the seat forward or backward as desired . and will require periodic examination and adjustment . Retighten the four screws . To see if brake needs adjusting , proceed as follows . 2O
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Some units have adjustable tie rods so the toe - in can _ b WARNING : Do not adjust the brake while be adjusted . To adjust the toe - in on these units , follow these steps . the engine is running . Be sure to block thebrake wheels of the tractor before making the • Remove hairpin clip and washer , and drop the end adjustment . of the tie rod from the axle bracket . See Figure 25 . • Set the parking brake by depressing the clutch - • Loosen the hex jam nut on tie rod . brake pedal and pulling up the parking brake knob . • To increase Dimension " B , " screw the tie rod into • Working on the right side of the tractor , try inserting the tie rod end . To decrease Dimension " B , " unscrew the tie rod from the tie rod end . a piece of paper through the coils of the brake spring . See Figure 24 . • Reassemble tie rod . Check dimensions . Readjust if • If the paper can be inserted through the coils of the necessary . brake spring , the brake is properly adjusted . • If the paper cannot be inserted , tighten hex lock nut until the paper goes through the coils . • Release parking brake and place the tractor in neutral . Depress clutch - brake pedal and try rolling the tractor . The tractor should not move . If the _ 4 _ _ Remove tractor moves , repeat above steps until proper brake adjustment is reached . washer Hex Lock Nut _ clip & from here _ _ _ _ [ _ - _ aper Tie Rod End o Figure 26 Carburetor Figure 24 _ WARNING : If any adjustments are made to Wheel the engine while the engine is running ( e . g . carburetor ) , disengage all clutches and blades . The caster ( forward slant of the king pin ) and the Keep clear of all moving parts . Be careful of camber ( tilt of the wheels out at the top ) require no heated surfaces and muffler . adjustment . Automotive steering principles have been used to determine the caster and camber on the tractor . Minor carburetor adjustments may be required to The front wheels should toe - in between 1 / 16 - 5 / 16 inch . compensate for differences in fuel , temperature , altitude and load . Refer to the engine manual for Dimension " B " should be approximately 1 / 16 - 5 / 16 " less than Dimension " A . " See Figure 26 . Adjust the tie rod carburetor adjustment information . assembly for correct toe - in . NOTE : A dirty air cleaner will cause an engine to run rough . Be certain air cleaner is clean and attached to the carburetor before adjusting carburetor . _ _ _ Front J ( 1 / 16 " - 5 / 16 " Less Than A ) Figure 25 21
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SECTION8 : MAINTAININGYOURGARDENTRACTOR CuttingBlades , _ WARNING : Disconnect the spark plug wire ( s ) and ground against the engine before , _ WARNING : Protect hands by using heavy performing any adjustments , repairs or maintenance . gloves or a rag to grasp the cutting blades . The blades may be removed for sharpening or Lubrication replacement as follows : SteeringGears • Remove the hex flange nut that holds the blade to Lubricate teeth of steering gears with automotive multi - the blade spindle . See Figure 27 . purpose grease after every 25 hours of operation or once a season . Refer to Figure 23 . SteeringShaft Lubricate steering shaft at least once a season with light oil . Transaxle The transaxle is lubricated and sealed at the factory and does not require checking . If disassembled for any reason , lubricate with 32 oz . of Shell Darina grease , part number 737 - 0148 ( 10 oz . tube ) . Hex Flan Linkage Figure 27 Once a season lubricate all the pivot points on the clutch , brake and lift linkage with SAE 30 engine oil . • When sharpening the blades , follow the original Wheels angle of grind as a guide . It is extremely important that each cutting edge be ground equally to prevent Some models have front wheels with grease fittings . an unbalanced blade . An unbalanced blade will Lubricate at least once a season with automotive multi - cause excessive vibration when rotating at high purpose grease . speeds , may cause damage to the tractor and PivotPoints could break , causing personal injury . Lubricate all pivot points with light oil at least once a • The blade can be tested for balance by balancing it season . on a round shaft screwdriver . Remove metal from Ball Joints the heavy side untilit balances evenly . The ball joints and drag link ends are permanently • When replacing the blade , be sure to installthe blade with the side of the blade marked " Bottom " lubricated and do not need any further lubrication . ( or with part number ) facing the ground when the Blade Spindles tractor is in the operating position . The blade spindles on the cutting deck are permanently TorqueSpecifications lubricated and do not need any further lubrication . Blade : Hex FL Nut 840 in . lb . min . , 1080 in . lb . max . EngineMaintenance Blade Spindle Screws : If disassembled for any reason , tighten the blade spindle screws to between 200 and Refer to engine manual for maintenance instructions . A 275 inch pounds . list of general recommendations is given below . • Maintain engine oil as instructed in the engine BatteryCare manual . Read and follow instructions carefully . • Service air cleaner every 25 hours under normal Type " A " Battery conditions . Clean every few hours under extremely Type " A " batteries are sealed and maintenance - free . dusty condition . To service air cleaner , refer to the Type " B " Battery engine manual . • Check fluid level inside each cell of the battery • The spark plugs should be cleaned and the gap every two weeks and before and after charging . reset once a season . Spark plug replacement is Always maintain level just below the split rings . recommended at the start of each mowing season ; check engine manual for correct plug type and gap specifications . 22
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• Add only distilled water . Never add additional acid Tires or any other chemicals to the battery after initial • Maximum tire pressure under any circumstance is activation . 30 p . s . i . Equal tire pressure should be maintained on all tires . Check tire sidewalls for manufacturer's NOTE : If you have operated the tractor for a long recommendation on tire inflation . period , check the fluid level of the battery as it can overheat and lose fluid . • When installing a tire to the rim , make sure that the rim is clean and free of rust . Lubricate both the tire ChargingBattery and the rim generously . Never inflate beyond The engine is equipped with an alternator which manufacturer's recommendation . charges the battery while the tractor is running . Under normal conditions , the battery only needs to be charged , _ WARNING : Excessive pressure ( over 30 before , during and after off - season storage . Follow the p . s . L ) when seating beads may cause tire / rimause instructions under " Off - Season Storage . " assembly to burst with force sufficient to c serious injury . • To charge the battery , follow the chart below . Battery Par _ Number Charging Duration Amperes CleaningEngine & Deck 725 - 1705D 1 Hour 2 - 3 • Any fuel or oil spilled on the machine should be 725 - 1707D 1 Hour 6 wiped off promptly . Grass , leaves , and other dirt 725 - 0453G 1 Hour 6 must not be allowed to accumulate around the 725 - 1750 1 Hour 6 cooling fins of the engine or on any part of the machine . Clean the underside of the deck after 725 - 1706 1 Hour 6 each mowing . Removing / Re - InstallingBattery NOTE : We do not recommend the use of pressure washers or garden hose to clean your unit . They may _ b WARNING : When removing or installing the cause damage to electric components , spindles , battery , follow these instructions to prevent the screwdriver from shorting against the frame . pulleys , bearings or the engine . The use of water will result in shortened life and reduce serviceability . • Removing the Battery : Disconnect negative cable first , then positive cable . FuelFilter • Installing the Battery : Connect positive cable first , then negative cable . • Your unit is equipped with a replaceable in - line fuel filter . Replace filter whenever contamination or JumpStarting discoloration is noticed . Order replacement filter • First , connect end of one jumper cable to the through an authorized engine service dealer . positive terminal of the good battery , then the other end to the positive terminal of the dead battery . BeltReplacement • Connect the other jumper cable to the negative terminal of the good battery , then to the frame of DeckBelt the unit with the dead battery . • Remove the deck from the tractor following instructions on pages 10 - 12 in reverse order . Belt WARNING : Failure to foltowthese instructions in the correct order could causeld sparking , and the gas in either battery cou Pulley Cover \ Guard explode . Cleanthe Battery Pulley Cover Clean the battery by removing it from the unit and washing with a baking soda and water solution . If necessary , scrape the battery terminals with a wire brush to remove deposits . Coat terminals and exposed wiring with grease or petroleum jelly to prevent corrosion . BatteryFailures Diagonal Common causes for battery failure are : initial activation Brace not done correctly , lack of water , adding chemicals other than water after initial activation , undercharging , overcharging , corroded connections , freezing . These Figure 28 failures do not constitute warranty work . 23
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• Remove the left hand pulley cover by unhooking • Remove the two pins which act as belt keepers by the spring and removing five self - tapping screws . the variable speed pulley . For the location of the See Figure 28 . variable speed pulley , see Figure 30 . • Remove the first drive belt . • Roll the belt off the variable speed pulley , then • Remove the right hand pulley cover by removing remove from the engine pulley . • Reassemble the new belt . three self - tapping screws . • Pivot the spring - loaded idler and lift the belt . RearDrive Belt Remove the belt from around the three deck • First remove the front drive belt as instructed in the pulleys . previous section . • Reassemble new belts in reverse order . • Disconnect the spring which secures the idler FrontDrive Belt pulley to the frame . See Figure 30 . • Depress the clutch pedal and set parking brake . • Remove the transmission cover by unscrewing the • Remove the deck from the tractor . two knobs and removing two machine screws . • Roll the belt over the top of the transmission pulley . Self - Ta Remove belt from the variable speed pulley . • Reassemble the new belt . Screw Engine Pulley Keeper Disconnect this spring Pulley Pulley Figure 29 Raise and block the front wheels of the tractor . Remove the four self - tapping screws which hold the belt keeper assembly to the frame at the engine pulley . Push the belt keeper assembly forward and out of the way . See Figure 29 . Figure 30 SECTION9 : OFF - SEASOSNTORAGE If the machine is to be inoperative for a period longer • Charge the battery fully . Remember that the battery than 30 days , prepare for storage as follows . loses some of its charge each day when the unit is not used . NEVER store battery without a full • Clean the engine and the entire unit thoroughly . charge . Recharge battery before returning to NOTE : We do not recommend the use of pressure service or every two months , whichever occurs first . washers or garden hose to clean your unit . They may • When storing unit for extended periods , disconnect cause damage to electric components , spindles , battery cables . Removing battery from unit is pulleys , bearings or the engine . The use of water will recommended . result in shortened life and reduce serviceability . • Store unit in a clean , dry area . Do not store next to corrosive materials , such as fertilizer . Lubricate all lubrication points . Wipe the entire machine with an oiled rag to protect the surfaces . NOTE : When storing any type of power equipment in Refer to the engine manual for correct engine an unventilated or metal storage shed , care should be storage instructions . The engine must be taken to rustproof the equipment . Using a light oil or completely drained of fuel and a fuel stabilizer used silicone , coat the equipment , especially any chains , to prevent gum deposits from forming on essential springs , bearings and cables . carburetor parts , fuel lines and fuel tanks . 24
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SECTION10 : OPTIONALEQUIPMENT At the time of manufacture of tractor , the following optional equipment is available . Description Model No . • Grass Collector For46 " Deck • OEM - 190 - 083 • Mulching Kit For46 " Deck * OEM - 190 - 118 • 45 " Two Stage Snow Thrower • OEM - 190 - 624 • 48 " Dozer Blade * OEM - 190 - 840 • 42 " Rear Dozer Blade * * * OEM - 190 - 804 • Agriculutral Traction Tires * OEM - 190 - 865 • Tire Chains - - 23 x 9.5 • OEM - 190 - 964 • 100 lb . Wheel Weights • OEM - 190 - 784 • Front Bumper Kit • OEM - 190 - 226 • Sleeve Hitch Kit • OEM - 190 - 929 • 28 " PTO Driven Rear Mounted Tiller * OEM - 190 - 757 • 38 " 8 HP Rear Mounted Tiller • OEM - 190 - 758 • Electric Lift Kit • OEM - 190 - 749 • 10 " Moldboard Plow * * * OEM - 190 - 978 • Single Disc Harrow * * • OEM - 190 - 980 • Row Crop Cultivator * * • OEM - 190 - 984 • Gang Reel ( Set of three ) * • 45 - 0195 • 38 " Lawn Sweeper * * 45 - 0222 • Heavy Duty Lawn Roller * • 45 - 0179 • Heavy Duty Dump Cart * • 45 - 0171 • TineDe - Thatcher * * 45 - 0186 * Available through your local dealer or from Agri - Fab Inc . , * * Sleeve Hitch Required ( OEM - 190 - 929 ) 303 W . Raymond Street , Sullivan , Illinois 61951 25
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SECTION11 : TROUBLESHOOTING Trouble Corrective Action Possible Cause ( s ) Engine will not 1 . Safety switch button not 1 . There are two switches in the starting circuit of your unit : the clutch crank depressed . pedal switch and the deck lift lever switch . Make certain the actuator is fully depressing the buttons on each switch . 2 . Battery installed incorrectly . 2 . The battery must be installed with negative terminal attached to black ground wire . Negative terminal is identified at the post by " NEG ' , " N " or " - " . The positive terminal , identified by " POS " , " P " or % " , must be attached to the big red wire which goes to the solenoid . All batteries are to be fully charged before installing . Refer to " Quick Start " battery guide that came with the operator's manual . 3 . Battery is dead or weak . 3 . Check fluid level in battery . If fluid is low , fill to just below split rings with water . Charge with 6 AMP charger until the battery is fully 4 . Blown fuse or circuit breaker . charged . 4 . Refer to the illustrated parts list for fuse box location . Replace fuse with automotive type fuse . Fuses seldom fail without a reason . The problem must be corrected . Check for loose connections in the fuse holder . Replace fuse holder if necessary . A dead short may be in the cranking or charging circuit where the insulation may have rubbed through and exposed the bare wire . Replace the wire or repair with electrician's tape if the wire strands have net been damaged . Note : Look for a wire pinched between body panels , burned by the exhaust pipe or muffler or rubbed against a moving part . 5 . Engine ground wire loose . 5 . Engine should have a black ground wire running from engine to frame or mounting bolt . Throttle or choke not in Engine cranks 1 . 1 . Check operator's manual for correct position for throttle control and but will net start starting position choke for starting . 2 . No fuel to the carburetor 2 . Gasoline tank empty . Fill tank . 3 . Fuel line or in - line fuel filter 3 . Remove and clean fuel line . Replace filter if necessary . plugged 4 . Spark plug lead 4 . Connect lead . Hold spark plug lead away from engine block about 1 / disconnected 8 " . Crank engine . There should be a spark . If not , have engine repaired at authorized engine service dealer . 5 . Faulty spark plug 5 . To test , remove spark plug . Attach spark plug lead to spark plug . Ground the spark plug body against the engine block . Crank the engine . The spark plug should fire at the electrode . Replace if it does 6 . not . Dirty air cleaner 6 . Refer to the engine manual . 1 . Check oil level . Engine smokes 1 . Engine oil has been overfilled . 2 . Dipstick not seated and / or 2 . Re - insert dipstick properly . Replace defective part if needed . broken . 3 . Engine loses crankcase 3 . Engine breather defective . Replace following engine manual . vacuum . Excessive 1 . Loose bolt or part . 1 . Stop engine immediately . Check all pulleys , blade adapters , keys and vibration bolts for tightness and spindle damage . Tighten or replace any damaged parts . 2 . Bent or damaged blade . 2 . Replace blade following instruction in this manual . Mower will not 1 . Engine speed low . 1 . Throttle must be set at full throttle . discharge grass 2 . Speed selection . 2 . Use lower ground speed . or leaves uncut 3 . Cutting height set too low . 3 . Raise deck . strips 4 . Blades short or dull . 4 . Sharpen or replace blades ( uncut strip problem only ) . 26
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MANUFACTURER'S LIMITED WARRANTY FOR : The limited warranty set forth below is given by MTD LLC with d . MTD LLC does not extend any warranty for products respect to new merchandise purchased and used in the sold or expoded outside of the United States , its United States , its possessions and territories . possessions and territories , except those sold through MTD LLC's authorized channels of expod distribution . MTD LLC warrants this product against defects for a period of e . Parts that are not genuine MTD parts are not covered two ( 2 ) years commencing on the date of original purchase by this warranty . and will , at its option , repair or replace , free of charge , any f . Service completed by someone other than an pad found to be defective in materials or workmanship . This authorized service dealer is not covered by this limited warranty shall only apply if this product has been warranty . operated and maintained in accordance with the Operator's g . Transportation charges and service calls are not Manual furnished with the product , and has not been subject covered . to misuse , abuse , commercial use , neglect , accident , improper maintenance , alteration , vandalism , theft , fire , No implied warranty , including any implied warranty of water , or damage because of other peril or natural disaster . merchantability of fitness for a particular purpose , Damage resulting from the installation or use of any applies after the applicable period of express written accessory or attachment not approved by MTD LLC for use warranty above as to the parts as identified . No other with the product ( s ) covered by this manual will void your express warranty , whether written or oral , except as warranty as to any resulting damage . mentioned above , given by any person or entity , including a dealer or retailer , with respect to any product , Normal wear parts or components thereof are subject to shall bind MTD LLC . During the period of the warranty , separate terms as follows : All normal wear pads or the exclusive remedy is repair or replacement of the component failures will be covered on the product for a period product as set forth above . of 90 days regardless of cause . After 90 days , but within the two year period , normal wear part failures will be covered The provisions as set forth in this warranty provide the ONLY IF caused by defects in materials or workmanship of sole and exclusive remedy arising from the sale . MTD OTHER component pads . Normal wear parts and LLC shall not be liable for incidental or consequential components include , but are not limited to : batteries , belts , loss or damage including , without limitation , expenses blades , blade adapters , grass bags , rider deck wheels , seats , incurred for substitute or replacement lawn care services snow thrower skid shoes , shave plates , auger spiral rubber , or for rental expenses to temporarily replace a warranted and tires . product . ROW TO OBTAIN SERVICE : Warranty service is available , Some states do not allow the exclusion or limitation of WITH PROOF OF PURCHASE , through your local authorized incidental or consequential damages , or limitations on how service dealer . To locate the dealer in your area , check your long an implied warranty lasts , so the above exclusions or Yellow Pages , or contact MTD LLC at P . O . Box 361131 , limitations may not apply to you . Cleveland , Ohio 44136 - 0019 , or call 1 - 800 - 800 - 7310 or 1 - In no event shall recovery of any kind be greater than the 330 - 220 - 4683 or log on to our Web site at amount of the purchase price of the product sold . Alteration www . mtdproducts . com . of safety features of the product shall void this warranty . This limited warranty does not provide coverage in the You assume the risk and liability for loss , damage , or injury to following cases : you and your property and / or to others and their property arising out of the misuse or inability to use the product . a . The engine or component pads thereof . These items carry a separate manufacturer's warranty . Refer to This limited warranty shall not extend to anyone other than the applicable manufacturer's warranty for terms and original purchaser or to the person for whom it was purchased condition . as a gift . b . Log splitter pumps , valves , and cylinders have a sepa HOW STATE LAW RELATES TO THIS WARRANTY : This rate one year warranty . limited warranty gives you specific legal rights , and you may c . Routine maintenance items such as lubricants , filters , also have other rights which vary from state to state . blade sharpening , tune - ups , brake adjustments , clutch adjustments , deck adjustments , and normal deterioration of the exterior finish due to use or exposure . MTD LLC , P . O . BOX361131CLEVELAND , OHIO44136 - 0019 ; Phone : 1 - 800 - 800 - 7310,1 - 330 - 220 - 4683
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