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Safety Instructions & Operator's Manual for REAR ENGINE RIDING MOWER SERIES 16 MODELS 250816B N250816B 250816BE N250816BE 281016BE N281016BE 301016BE 301216BE 331416BVE 331416KVE MODEL NUMBER EXPLANATION PREFIX EXPLANATiON N - California Model 25 - 25 " Cutting Width PRECIX BODYI SUFFIXI 28.28 " Cutting Width 30.30 " Cutting Width 33.33 " Cutting Width INi281 8Bi , 6El BODY EXPLANATION 08.8.0 HP Engine 12.12.0 HP Engine MODEL _ SERIES 10.10.0 HP Engine 14.14.0 HP Engine DESIGNATION I DESIGNATION SUFFIX EXPLANATION â¢ ENGINE 16 . Series DesignaHon B . BHggs Engine r - HP ENGINE & V . Overhead Valve CUTTING OPTIONS E . Electric Start WIDTH i Thank you for buying a SNAPPER Product ! Before operating your REAR ENGINE RIDER , read this manual carefully and pay particular attention to the " IMPORTANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS " on Page 2 . Remember that all power equipment can be dangerous if used improperly . Also keep in mind that SAFETY requires careful use in accordance with the operating instructions and common sense ! COPYRIGHT O 1997 SNAPPER INC ALL RIGHTS RESERVED MANUAL No . 3 - 5620 ( REV . 1 , 9 / 97 )
IMPORTANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS WARNING : This powerful cutting machine is capable of amputating hands and feet and can throw objects that can cause injury and damage ! Failure to comply with the following SAFETY instructions could result in sedous injury or death to the operator or other persons . The owner of the machine must understand these instructions and , furthermore , must allow only persons who understand these instructions to operate machine . Each person operating the machine must be of sound mind and body and must not be under the influence of any substance which might impair vision , dexterity , or judgment . If you have any questions pertaining to your machine which your dealer cannot answer to your satisfaction , call or write the Customer Service Department at SNAPPER , McDonough , Georgia 30253 . Phone : ( 770 ) 954 - 2500 . PROTECTION FOR CHILDREN 8 . Check the area to be mowed and remove all objects 1 . DO NOT allow children in yard when machine is such as doormats , sticks , toys , wire , rocks , and operated ( even with the blade OFF ) . other objects that could cause injury if thrown by 2 . DO NOT allow children to ride on machine or on blade . attachments ( even with the blade OFF ) . 9 . Know how to STOP blade and engine quickly in 3 . DO NOT allow pre - teenage children to operate preparation for emergencies . machine . 10 . Keep people and pets a safe distance from machine . 4 . Only responsible teenagers or adults with mature 11 . Shields , deflectors , switches , blade controls and judgement shall be allowed to operate machine and other safety devices must be in proper position and functional . only under close supervision . PROTECTION AGAINST TIPOVERS OPERATIONAL PRECAUTIONS 1 . DO NOT operate machine on slopes exceeding 15 1 . STOP blade , STOP engine and remove key when degrees ( 27 % grade ) . leaving machine . 2 . On slopes above 10 degrees ( 18 % grade ) , exercise 2 . DO NOT operate machine unless properly seated extreme CAUTION . Turn blade OFF when traveling with feet on foot rests or pedal . uphill , also reduce speed and avoid sharp turns . 3 . Keep hands and feet away from rotating blade 3 . Avoid uphill starts . If machine is stopped going undemeath deck . Never place foot on ground while uphill , turn blade OFF and back slowly down the blade is ON or when machine is in motion . slope . 4 . Turn blade OFF , STOP engine and wait for blade to 4 . DO NOT mow under any condition where traction or STOP before attempting to unclog grass or leaves to stability is doubtful without first test driving over the prevent loss of fingers or hand . terrain with blade OFF . 5 . Blade must be switched OFF except when cutting 5 . Stay alert for holes and other hidden hazards . Keep grass . Set cutter in highest position when mowing away from ditches , washouts , culverts , fences and over rough ground . protruding objects . 6 . Deflector or grass catcher must be in position . Never 6 . DO NOT mow back and forth across face of slopes . point discharge at people , passing cars , windows or 7 . KEEP A SAFE DISTANCE ( at least three feet ) away doors . Watch out for traffic when crossing or near from edge of ditches and other drop offs . roadways . 7 . Operate in reverse only with careful observation of PREPARATION entire area behind the machine . DO NOT mow in 1 . Read this manual , get to know where all controls are reverse unless absolutely necessary . located and practice how to use them before starting 8 . Service machine and make adjustments only when for the first time , and at the beginning of each engine is stopped . season . Pay attention to Waming and Instructional 9 . Have machine serviced by an authorized SNAPPER Decals on engine and machine . Read and follow dealer at least once a year and have the dealer install operator's manuals and instructions furnished with any new safety devices . attachments . 10 . Use only genuine SNAPPER replacement parts tO 2 . Handle fuel with care ! Never remove fuel cap while assure that original standards are maintained . engine is running . Fill fuel tank outdoors only with 11 . Tighten all nuts , bolts and screws frequently , then engine STOPPED and cool . Clean spilled fuel from check , adjust , repair or replace brakes as needed . machine . Store fuel in approved container , out of the 12 . Lubricate machine at intervals specifed in manual reach of children , in well ventilated , unoccupied to prevent controls from binding . building . 13 . Mow only in daylight or with good artificial light . 3 . Only mature , responsible persons shall operate the 14 . DO NOT change engine govemor speed settings or machine . overspeed engine . 4 . Mount and dismount the machine from left side . 15 . Check grass catcher components frequently for 5 . Wear appropriate protective clothing when mowing , signs of wear or deterioration and replace as needed such as , long pants and substantial footwear , not to prevent injury from thrown objects going through barefoot or with open sandals . weak or worn spots . 6 . Practice operation of machine with blade OFF to 16 . Exercise CAUTION when pulling loads . Limit learn controls and develop skill . loads to those you can safely control and attach 7 . Persons under the influence of alcohol or drugs loads to hitch plate as specified with SNAPPER must NOT operate machine . attachment instructions .
Section 1 - FAMILIARIZATION FUEL STEERING FUEL VENT FILLER WHEEL F TANK OPERATOR'S BUMPER SEAT REAR PANEL TRANSMISSION ( See Inset ) SHIFT ; CLUTCH / BRAKE PEDAL DECK LIFT LEVER CHUTE DEFLECTOR CONTROL PANEL 1 IGNITION _ OWER SWITCH I BELT COVER ENGINE DECK I MOWER SPEED CQ _ TROL I LEVER I BLADE PEDALS BRAKE LEVER FIGURE 1.1 1.1 INTRODUCTION 1.2 NOMENCLATURE This manual has been prepared for the operator's of the The nomenclature drawing above , Figure 1.1 , shows the SNAPPER Rear Engine Rider . Its purpose , aside from essential parts of the SNAPPER Rear Engine Rider . It is recommending standard operating procedures and recommended that all operator's of this equipment routine service requirements , is to promote SAFETY become thoroughly familiar with the controls , through the use of accepted operating practices . Read , components , and operation of this machine before Understand and Follow the IMPORTANT SAFETY operating . Specific details involving the engine are found in the separate engine owner's manual . Study INSTRUCTIONS on Page 2 of this manual and All these manuals before operating and keep both handy SAFETY messages on the Rear Engine Rider and its for future reference . attachments before operating .
Section 2 - OPERATING INSTRUCTIONS 2.1 PRE - START CHECK UST 2.2 OPERATOR'S SEAT ADJUSTMENT Make the following checks and perform the service 2.2.1 . FRONT TO REAR ADJUSTMENT required before each start - up . 2.1.1 . Check tires and add or release air as needed . With the engine stopped , loosen the two to bring pressure to 15 psi in front and 10 psi adjusting knobs and move seat to desired in rear tires . position . After adjustment , tighten knobs 2.1.2 . Check guards , deflectors and covers to make securely . If seat does not move after sure all are in place and securely tightened . loosening knobs , it may be necessary to 2.1.3 . Check engine oil and add oil as needed to loosen the 5 / 16 " patch lockscrews located bring level up to the FULL mark . Refer to at the rear of the seat using a 1 / 2 inch engine owner's manual for oil specifications . wrench . On 12 and 14HP models , the See Figure 2.1 . operator's seat has a tilt - up design . The adjusting knobs need to be positioned as shown so as not to interfere with seat SAFE LEVEL mounting plate when returned to sitting AREA position . See Figure 2.3 . OPERATOR'S ADJUSTING KNOBS P . N . 2 _ 191 \ FIGURE 2.1 Adjust seat as needed to most comfortable position . See Figure 2.3 . Check blade control to insure it works freely . If blade pedals are depressed , blade lever can be moved manually from 6116 " PATCH LOCK " ON " to " OFF " to stop blade . SCREWS ( DO NOT OVERTIGHTEN ) I The blade control lever must snap from " ON " to " OFF " when blade pedals are released . If blade control lever does NOT snap back , check mower belt tension . See 4.2.1 . MOWER DRIVE BELT ADJUSTMENT on Page 13 . \ MODELS I 2.1.6 . Clean exterior surfaces of cutting deck and engine of any accumulation of dirt , grass , oil , PATCH LOCK etc . Keep engine air intake screen and SCREWS ( DO NOT cooling fins clear at all times . OVERTIGHTEN ) 2.1.7 . Add fuel to tank after pushing the Rear Engine Rider outside where fumes can dissipate . Make sure fuel filler cap is tight and vent is open after refueling . Refer to ; TING engine owner's manual . See Figure 2.2 . KNOBS FRONT P . N . 2 - 8659 OF SEAT FIGURE 2.3 FUEL TANK FIGURE 2.2 4
Section 2 - OPERATING INSTRUCTIONS 2.3 STARTING & OPERATION 4 . Open vent on fuel filler cap by turning count - erclockwise . IMPORTANT : Failure to open vent 2.3.1 ENGINE ( ELECTRIC START ) on the fuel filler cap can cause engine to stall . IMPORTANT : When the ignition key is turned to " START " , the engine will turn over , but will not start See Figure 2.6 . unless the Clutch / Brake pedal is pressed all the way down , the Blade Lever is in the " OFF " position ( See FUEL _ NOPENT Figure 2.5 ) . The operator should be in the seat . Start FILLER _ , , , _ - - VE J engine as follows : 1 . Move transmission shift lever to ( N ) Neutral position . DO NOT start engine with transmis - sion shift lever in a drive position . / ' _ CAUTION / _ It is possible to start engine with transmission shift lever in a drive position . Follow starting instructions carefully . FIGURE 2.6 2 . Make certain the Blade Lever is in the " OFF " position . See Figure 2.4 . 5 . Move engine speed control to the choke po - sition to start engine . See Figure 2.7 . BLADE LEVER IN " OFF " POSITION KEY _ ASE BLADE PEDALS RUN MOVE ENGINE FIGURE 2.4 SPEED CONTROL TO CHOKE POSITION 3 . Press Clutch / Brake Pedal a ! ! the way down FIGURE 2.7 and hold while starting engine . See Figure 2.5 . TO START ENGINE 6 . Turn key to the " START " position until engine PUSH CLUTCH / BRAKE starts . See Figure 2.7 . NOTE : If after 5 sec - PEDAL ALL THE WAY onds of cranking the engine and it does not start , DOWN release the key , make sure the Clutch / Brake Pedal is fully depressed and attempt starting again after waiting for approximately 20 seconds . 7 . After engine starts , move engine speed con - trol to the " FAST " position , allow a brief warm - up until engine runs smooth . FIGURE 2.5 5 ( Continued on Next Page )
Section 2 - OPERATING INSTRUCTIONS 6 . Turn key to " RUN " position . See Figure 2.9 . 2.3.1 ENGINE ( ELECTRIC START ) ( Continued ) 8 . Should the battery be too weak to start the engine , use the instructions shown below , 2.3.2 . , ENGINE ( MANUAL START ) to manually start the electric start en - KEY gines . 9 . On Model 331416BVE , the engine is equipped with a fuel shut - off solenoid . If the battery is dead , the engine can be started with the recoil back - up starter if the throttle control is in the choke position ( HOT engine or COLD en - gine ) . 2.3.2 . ENGINE ( MANUAL START ) IMPORTANT : When the ignition key is turned to " RUN " , and the recoil handle is pulled , the engine will turn over , but will not start unless the Clutch / Brake Pedal is pressed RUN all the way down with Parking Brake engaged ( See Figure 2.8 ) and the Blade Lever is in the " OFF " position ( Refer to Figure 2.4 ) . Start engine as follows : 1 . Move transmission shift lever to ( N ) Neutral position . DO NOT start engine with transmission shift lever in a drive ) osition . FIGURE 2.9 / _ CAUTION / ' _ 7 . Pull starter rope with a smooth , even motion until en - It is possible to start engine with transmission gine starts . Always guide the starter rope back into the shift lever in a drive position . Follow starting recoil housing . Never allow rope to snap back . After En - instructions carefully . gine starts , move engine speed control to the " FAST " po - sition . 2 . Make certain the Blade Lever is in the " OFF " position . 8 . Allow a brief warm - up until engine runs smooth . Refer to Figure 2.4 . 3 . Press Clutch / Brake Pedal all the way down , lift Park - 2.3.3 . MOWER BLADE ing Brake Lever and release the Clutch / Brake Pedal to set 1 . With engine running , move engine speed Parking Brake . See Figure 2.8 . control to the " FAST " position . 2 . Move blade lever forward to the " ON " position , PUSH CLUTCH / BRAKE then depress blade pedals to hold blade lever in PEDAL ALL THE \ WAY DOWN the " ON " position . See Figure 2.10 . \ IMPORTANT : You cannot engage the blade lever if the blade pedal is depressed first . LEVER SHOWN IN " ON ' POSITION BLADE , _ _ BLADE PEDAL SHOWN DEPRESSED LIFT LEVER TO ENGAGE PARKING BRAKE WHEN CLUTCH / BRAKE PEDAL IS RELEASED FIGURE 2.8 4 . Open vent on fuel filler cap by turning counterclock - wise . NOTE : Failure to open vent on the fuel filler cap can cause engine to stall . See Figure 2.6 . 5 . Move engine speed control to the choke position to FIGURE 2.10 start a cold engine . Refer to Figure 2.7 . 6
Section 2 - OPERATING INSTRUCTIONS 2.4.3 . MOWER BLADE / _ CAUTION / ' _ Stop mower blade by removing feet from Before leaving the Rear Engine Rider with the blade pedals or moving blade lever engine running , STOP the blade , shift to neutral rearward to the " OFF " position . See Figure 2.12 . and engage the park brake . - - BLADE LEVER 2.4 STOPPING IN " OFF " POSITION 2.4.1 . ENGINE 1 . Stop engine by turning key to the " OFF " position . See Figure 2.11 . RUN OFF START RELEA _ BRAKE PEDALS FIGURE 2.13 / _ CAUTION / _ FIGURE 2.11 Once blade is disengaged , it should come to a complete stop in 3 seconds or less . If the blade 2.4.2 . WHEEL DRIVE continues to rotate after 3 seconds , the blade 1 . Stop motion of Rear Engine Rider by pushing brake should be adjusted . See 4.2.2 . , BLADE Clutch / Brake Pedal all the way " DOWN " to apply brake . BRAKE ADJUSTMENT on Page 14 for adjust - See Figure 2.12 . ment procedures or return machine to dealer for adjustment . DO NOT CONTINUE to operate IMPORTANT : Depressing the Clutch / Brake Pedal half way mower until blade brake is properly adjusted . down activates the clutch to allow transmission shifting . 2.4.4 . PARK BRAKE TO APPLY BRAKES , 1 . Engage park brake by pushing Clutch / Brake PUSH CLUTCH / BRAKE Pedal " DOWN " and moving the park brake lever to PEDAL ALL THE the " ON " POSITION . While holding the park brake WAY DOWN lever " ON " , release Clutch / Brake Pedal to set park brake . See Figure 2.14 . PUSH CLUTCH / BRAKE PEDAL ALL THE \ WAYDOWN \ FIGURE 2.12 ) VE PARK BRAKE LEVER TO " ON " FIGURE 2.14
Section 2 - OPERATING INSTRUCTIONS 2.4.6 . WHEEL DRIVE 2.4.4 . PARK BRAKE ( Continued ) 1 . With engine running , adjust engine speed con - 2 . Release park brake by pushing down on the trol to " FAST " position . Clutch / Brake Pedal to release park brake lever . See 2 . Depress Clutch / Brake Pedal . Figure 2.15 . 3 . Place transmission shift lever in the notch for PUSH CLUTCWBRAKE the desired speed . PEDAL ALL THE \ 4 . Release Clutch / Brake Pedal to start desired di - WAY DOWN \ rection . 5 . During forward motion , the transmission shift lever may be placed in any desired forward speed without depressing the Clutch / Brake Pedal . NOTE : For best cutting results , move the transmission shift lever into a slow forward speed and the engine speed control to a fast position . This combination will allow the mower blades to lift the grass while cutting smoothly and evenly . A WARNING Never park the Rear Engine Rider on an incline or embankment . FIGURE 2.15 2.4.5 . CUTTING HEIGHT ADJUSTMENT 1 . Adjust cutting height as desired to any one of six positions using deck lift lever . When in desired height of cut , release latch , then try to move deck lift lever to ensure lift lever latch is fully engaged . See Figure 2.16 . DECK LIFT LEVER FIGURE 2.16 8
Section 3 - MAINTENANCE 3.1 INTRODUCTION f . Fill engine crankcase with new oil . To retain the quality of the Rear Engine Rider , use Refer to your engine owner's manual for oil genuine SNAPPER replacement parts only . Contact specifications . a local SNAPPER dealer for parts and service go Change oil filter on 14HP engines at assistance . For the correct part or information for a every oil change . Refer to your engine particular Rear Engine Riding Mower , always mention owner's manual for service instructions . the model and sedal number . SNAPPER recommends retuming the Rear Engine Rider to an authorized 3.2.2 . CHECK MOWER BLADE SNAPPER dealer annually for inspection and addition 1 . Check fuel level in tank . If over 314 full , of any new devices which might upgrade the safety of remove tank ( See Page 12 for gas tank the Rear Engine Rider . For the nearest SNAPPER removal ) . If 314or less , proceed to next step . dealer in your area , check the yellow pages under the 2 . Close vent on fuel filler cap . heading LAWN MOWERS . For engine parts and 3 . Apply park brake . service , look for the engine manufacturer's dealers 4 . Carefully stand Rear Engine Rider on rear under the heading , ENGINES - gasoline . bumper . It may be necessary to have help . 3.2 SERVICE - AFTER FIRST 5 HOURS Remove the battery if the Rear Engine Rider will be & CAUTION & l left standing on the rear bumper for longer than 2 Before performing any service or maintenance l hours . See 4.6.1 . , BATTERY REMOVAL on Page 20 . procedures , always remove key from ignition l Never use a cutting blade that shows signs of = switch , remove spark plug wire from spark plug and excessive wear or damage on the Rear Engine isecure spark plug wire away from spark plug . I Rider . Refer to 4.4 , MOWER BLADE REPAIR / RE - PLACEMENT on Page 18 for proper blade 3.2.1 . CHANGE ENGINE OIL inspection and service procedures . 1 . Change engine oil as follows : a . Place bricks or wooden blocks under the 5 . Check torque of blade mounting bolts . front wheels to lower rear of engine . As necessary , torque to 30 to 40 ft . Ibs . See b . Loosen or remove oil fill cap on engine . Figure 3.2 . c . Loosen oil drain plug . 6 . Check blade for sharpness , wear and d . Place a 2 quart minimum capacity damage . See 4.4.1 . , BLADE WEAR LIMITS container under the end of the oil drain . on Page 18 . Open oil drain . See Figure 3.1 for oil drains used on the Rear Engine Riders . REMOVE OIL / PLUG TO ALLOW OIL TO DRAIN / / R _ OTATECOUNTER TORQUE BLADE MOUNTING BOLTS TO 30TO 40 FT . LBS . / FIGURE 3.2 FIGURE 3.1 . Check blade for straightness . Refer to e . After all the oil has drained , close the 4.2.3 . , ADJUSTING MOWER BLADE drain and wipe up any oil that may have on Page 14 . spilled . See Figure 3.1 .
Section 3 - MAINTENANCE 2B . Checking Belt Tension 3.2.3 . CHECK MOWER DRIVE BELT a . On 28 " , 30 " , and 33 " Models , check belt for ex - 1 . Drive Belt Cover Removal cessive wear or damage and replace if necessary ; a . Lower deck to lowest setting . there are no adjustments on these models . See b . Remove four self - tapping screws , two on each Figure 3.5 . side of mower drive belt cover . See Figure 3.3 . c . Slide cover back and rotate out on left side of mower deck . 28 " . 30 " . & 33 " MODELS ENGINE DRIVE PULLEY ( Dual Idler System _ ASSEMBLY SPINDLE PULLEY MOVE FOUR : - TAPPING : REWS COVER O IDLER'S FIGURE 3.5 3.3 AFTER EVERY 25 OPERATING HOURS 3.3.1 . ENGINE 1 . Engine Oil Change engine oil . Refer to 3.2.1 . , CHANGE ENGINE OIL on Page 8 . Refer to Engine Own er's Manual for oil specifications . FIGURE 3.3 2 . Air Filter Refer to Engine Owner's Manual for service in structions . 2A . Checking Belt Tension a . On 25 " models , with engine " OFF " and deck in 3rd 3.3.2 . MOWER COMPONENTS height of cut position , move blade lever back to the 1 . Mower Drive Belt " ON " position and depress blade pedals . b . Measure the belt spacing at idler pulley . See Fig - Check belt for proper tension . Refer to 3.2.3 . , CHECK MOWER DRIVE BELT . ure 3.4 . The belt spacing should be 1 1 / 4 " but no less than 1 " . 2 . Mower Blade Check blade for sharpness , wear , damage , and 25 " MODELS torque . See 4.4 , MOWER BLADE REPAIR / RE - 1 / 4 " PLACEMENT on Page 18 . 3 . Mower Deck Levelness Check mower deck for proper levelness . Adjust as required . See 4.2.4 , MOWER DECK AD - JUSTMENT - LEVELNESS on Page 15 . 4 . Cleaning Mower Deck a . Remove key from ignition switch . b . Remove spark plug wire and secure away IDLER ENGINE SPINDLE DRIVE PULLEY from spark plug . PULLEY PULLEY ASSEMBLY c . Check fuel level in tank . If over 3 / 4 full , re FIGURE 3.4 move tank ( See Page 12 for gas tank removal ) . If 3 / 4 or less , proceed to next step . c . If the measurement is less than 1 " , the belt tension should be adjusted . See 4.2.1 . , MOWER DRIVE BELT ADJUSTMENT on Page 13 . ( Continued on Next Page ) 10
Section 3 - MAINTENANCE 3.3.2 . MOWER COMPONENTS ( Continued ) d . Close vent on fuel filler cap . FRONT WHEEL e . Carefully stand Rear Engine Rider on rear GREASE bumper . f . Clean underside of mower deck , removing all accumulation of grass clippings and debds . g . Lower Rear Engine Rider to ground and clean top of deck , removing all grass clippings and debris . 5 . Mower Blade Spindle - Lubrication With Rear Engine Rider standing on rear bumper , lubricate spindle with one shot of general purpose grease from grease gun . / IMPORTANT : If the Rear Engine Rider will be on its rear bumper for longer than two hours , remove the battery . See 4.6.1 . , BATTERY REMOVAL on Page 20 . FIGURE 3.7 SPINDLE LEFT REAR GREASE AXLE BEARING FITTING GREASE FITTING FIGURE 3.6 FIGURE 3.8 6 . Mower Deck Linkage - Lubrication Lubricate all mower deck linkage pivot 3 . Right Rear Axle Bearing points with a light coat of motor oil . The right rear axle bearing is lubricated by the differential lubricant . 3.3.3 . REAR ENGINE RIDER - LUBRICATION 4 . Differential a . Stand rear engine rider on its rear 1 . Front Wheel Bearings bumper and check the fill / level plug , for Lubricate front wheel bearings with five cracks and wear . Replace fill / level plug if shots of general purpose grease , from signs of wear are visible . grease gun . See Figure 3.7 . b . To check lubricant , remove fill / level 2 . Left Rear Axle Bearing plug and visually inspect for lubricant on On Rear Engine Riders powered by 14HP the internal parts of the differential . If no engines , the left rear axle does not require lubricant is visible on the internal parts of lubrication . However , those powered by the differential , add = 00 " grease as 8HP , 9HP , or 12HP engines , the left rear needed . See Figure 3.9 . axle bearing requires 3 shots of SNAPPER = 00 " general purpose grease from grease gun . See Figure 3.8 . IMPORTANT : Overfilling of the differential with lubricant will cause lubricant to leak onto drive components of the Rear Engine Rider . 11
Section 3 - MAINTENANCE DIFFERENTIAL 3.4 ANNUALLY ( END OF EACH SEASON ) Perform all maintenance as described in on Page 9 . NOTE : For complete maintenance schedule , see Page 22 . 3.4.1 . ENGINE 1 . Service engine according to engine owner's manual . 3.4.2 . FUEL FILTER Service fuel filter as instructed below , on COLD ENGINE ONLY ! IMPORTANT : To stop flow of fuel , tank may be removed from bracket and set on the floor so the fuel level will be below the filter . See Page 12 for gas tank removal . 1 . Remove hose clamps from fuel filter . \ 2 . Remove fuel lines from filter . Discard filter . 3 . Install new fuel filter . See Figure 3.11 . I 4 . Reinstall fuel tank into bracket . FIGURE 3.9 TANK . Chain Case a . Check fill / level plug for damage . If signs of wear or cracks are visible , replace plug with new plug . See Figure 3.10 . b . To check lubricant in chain case , remove fill / level plug and look for lubricant on the internal components of the chain case . If no lubricant is FUEL visible , add SNAPPER " 00 " grease as needed . See Figure 3.10 . AXLE \ FIGURE 3.11 3.4.3 . MOWER DECK 1 . Clean all grass clippings and debris from deck . 2 . Perform maintenance and lubrication as described in 3.3 on Page 9 . FILL / LEVEL 3.5 PLUG EVERY TWO YEARS In addition to regular maintenance , the following components of the Rear Engine Rider should be carefully inspected every two years for wear or FIGURE 3.10 damage . Replace worn or damaged parts with genuine SNAPPER replacement parts available 6 . Axle Boots from an authorized SNAPPER dealer . Check axle boots for signs of wear or 3.5.1 . All bushings and pivot areas . cracks . If cracks or wear are visible , 3.5.2 . Check both front wheel king pins . contact a SNAPPER dealer for service . Refer to Figure 3.10 . ( Continued on Next Page ) 12
Section 3 - MAINTENANCE 3.5 EVERY TWO YEARS 3.5.3 . Transmission shift lever and detent . 3.5.4 . Clutch disc . 3.5.5 . Clutch Yoke ( See Figure 4.18 on Page 18 ) . 3.5.6 . Mower deck linkage and pivot areas . 3.6 STORAGE ( OUT OF SEASON ) If desired , the Rear Engine Rider can be stored on the rear bumper . Perform the following procedures to insure the Rear Engine Rider will operate properly when taken out of storage . 3.6.1 . Thoroughly clean the Rear Engine Rider by removing all grass clippings and debris . 3.6.2 . Perform maintenance and lubrication as described in 3.3 on Page 9 . 3.6.3 . Drain fuel from fuel tank . 3.6.4 . Start engine and allow it to run until engine runs out of fuel . This allows the carburetor and fuel system to remain clean during storage . 3.6.5 . Remove battery . See 4.6.5 . , BATTERY STORAGE on Page 21 . 3.6.6 . Close vent on fuel filler cap . 3.6.7 . Carefully stand Rear Engine Rider on rear bumper in desired location for storage . FUEL FILLER CAP / REMOVING FUEL TANK FROM REAR ENGINE RIDER Before performing any service or maintenance procedures , always remove key from ignition switch , remove spark plug wire from spark plug and secure spark plug wire away from spark plug . Before removing fuel tank from rear engine rider , move rider outdoors where fumes can be easily dissipated . FUELTANK Removal of the tank is most easily accomplished from the left side of the rear engine rider by pulling the tank straight up and away from the fuel tank bracket . After holding the fuel tank in your hands , carefully remove the fuel filler cap and pour remaining fuel in an approved container . FUEL TANK 13
Section 4 - ADJUSTMENTS & REPAIR HAIRPIN Before performing any service or maintenance I procedures , always remove key from ignition I switch , remove spark plug wire from spark plug and I secure spark plug wire away from spark plug . I SNAPJN FRAME 4.1 ENGINE ADJUSTMENTS & REPAIR Refer to the engine owner's manual for those adjustments and / or repairs that can be made by the owner . PIVOT CHANNEL STUD " PIVOT 4.2 MOWER DECK & COMPONENT ADJUSTMENTS The following mower deck and component FLAT adjustments and repairs can be made by the WASHERS owner . However , if there is difficulty in achieving these adjustments and repairs , it is recommended that these repairs be made by an authorized FIGURE 4.2 SNAPPER dealer . 4.2.1 . c . Install required number of snap - in MOWER DRIVE BELT ADJUSTMENT frame spacers behind channel pivot ( FOR 25 " MODELS ) until the 1 - 1 / 4 = distance between belt is 1 . Remove mower drive belt cover . maintained . See Figure 4.3 . Refer to 3.2.3 . , CHECK MOWER DRIVE BELT on Page 9 . SNAPJN 2 . Move blade lever up and over to the FRAME " ON " position . SPACER - - . , _ 3 . Place deck cutting height in the 3rd position . Measure the belt spacing at idler pulley . The distance should measure 1 - 1 / 4 " but no less than 1 " . See Figure 4.1 . FIGURE 4.3 d . Reinstall the required amount of fiat washers removed in step " a . " and install hairpin . Refer to Figure 4.2 . Retain any SPINDLE PULLEY ASSEMBLY remaining spacers for readjustment PULLEY when a new belt is installed . 5 . On 28 " , 30 " , and 33 " models , the mower drive belt DOES NOT require adjustment . FIGURE 4.1 If the belt does not drive blade properly , replace belt . 4 . If the distance is less than 1 " , adjust belt tension as follows : IMPORTANT : The SNAPPER Rear Engine Rider 25 " a . Remove hairpin and flat washers Model is shipped with additional spacers specifically from pivot stud . See Figure 4.2 . designed for the Rear Engine Rider . Should additional b . P . ull front frame forward until spacers be required , contact an authorized SNAPPER distance between belt , with blade lever dealer . = ON " , measures 1 - 1 / 4 " . 14
Section 4 - ADJUSTMENTS & REPAIR CAUTION Before performing any service or maintenance procedures , always remove key from ignition switch , remove spark plug wire from spark plug and secure spark plug wire away from spark plug . 4.2.2 . BLADE BRAKE ADJUSTMENT 1 . Remove Belt Cover ; See Section 3 , 3.2.3 , on Page 9 . MARK BLADE 2 . Pull blade engagement lever to the engaged position . The idler should move at least 112 inch from disengaged to engaged position . If this measurement is adequate but blade stop time is more than 3 seconds increase blade brake tension as follows . 3 . Remove cotter pin from clevis pin and BLADE TIP washer that secures anchor plate to blade TO OUTER DECK LIP brake . The factory positions the clevis pin in the middle hole . The rear hole increases FIGURE 4.8 tension on blade brake . The front hole decreases the tension on blade brake . 1 . Select a point on the deck and mark for reference . 2 . Mark blade tips as " A " and " B " . . . . _ REARWARD HOLE 3 , Rotate blade until blade tip " A " is at . / _ - - " - - ' - - - , , _ k " _ INCREASES TENSION " ' - " deck reference mark . _ ON BLADE BRAKE 4 , Measure the distance between deck lip BRAKE and blade tip . Note the measurement . See Figure 4.8 . NOTE : On 25 " , 28 " , and 33 " decks , the measurement FORWARD HOLE between the blade tip and deck lip should be 5 / 16 " . On DECREAS ON BLADE BRAKE 30 " decks , the measurement between the blade tip and PIN deck lip should be 1 / 8 " to 1 / 4 " in front and 3 / 8 " in rear . 5 . Repeat steps 2 and 3 with blade tip " B " . COTTER \ 6 . If measurement between blade tips and _ ANCHOR PLATE deck are different and there is more than 1 / 16 " difference between blade tip . _ _ measurements , adjust blade as follows : a . Loosen jam - nuts on blade bar . FIGURE 4.6 b . Adjust jack screws " IN " or " OUT " until blade tip measurements are within 1 / 16 " of each other and blade tips are 3 / 8 " 4 . Reinstall clevis pin , washer and a new away from deck lip . See Figure 4.9 . cotter pin . c . Tighten jam - nuts . IMPORTANT : The idler arm engagement spring should extend to at least 314 = when blade engagement lever is JACK in the engaged position . If measurement is less than 3 / 4 " the blade belt will have to be replaced . See Section on blade belt replacement . The idler arm spring and cable should have looseness when the blade engagement lever is in the disengaged position . 4.2.3 . ADJUSTING MOWER BLADE Follow procedures for standing Rear Engine Rider on rear bumper . JAM - NUTS IMPORTANT : If the Rear Engine Rider will be on its rear bumper for longer than two hours , remove the FIGURE 4.9 15 battery . See 4.6.1 . , BATTERY REMOVAL on Page 20 .
Section 4 - ADJUSTMENTS & REPAIR 2 . Front to Rear Levelness 4.2.4 . MOWER DECK ADJUSTMENT ( LEVELNESS ) 1 . Side - To - Side ( 25 " , 28 " , & 33 " Decks ) Before making deck leveling adjustments , With the Rear Engine Rider on a smooth , check the tire pressure . Front tires 15 psi , level surface , rotate blade until blade tips rear tires 10 psi . If tires are properly inflated are at front and rear of deck . Measure the and mowing is still uneven , adjustside - to - side distance from blade tips to floor . The deck levelness as follows : distance should be the same , or the rear a . Place Rider on a smooth level surface . 1 / 8 " lower than the front . If the rear blade b . Tum engine off and remove key , tip is higher or is more than 1 / 8 " lower than remove spark plug wire from spark plug the front , proceed with adjustment . and secure wire away from plug . a . Remove rear hanger chains , c . Place a piece of angle iron , pipe , or b . Turn each hanger pivot the same similar object under center of deck at the number of rotations on the eye - bolt to rear . raise or lower the rear of the deck . See d . Remove rear hanger chains and allow Figure 4.11 . center , rear of deck to rest on angle iron . FLOOR e . Measure the distance from blade tips to floor . If the measurement is within 1 / 8 " from side - to - side , the deck attitude is FRONT _ REA satisfactory . If difference from side - to - side is greater than 1 / 8 " , continue with adjustment . Ã· l f . Loosen the shoulder bolt retaining the f t left side of blade pedals . LOOSEN TURNECCENTRIC SHOULDER AS REQUIRED HANGER BOLT \ CHAIN \ HAIR - PIN pIVOT \ o BLADE PEDAL SUPPORT BRACKET BLADE PEDAL \ HANGER CHAIN FIGURE 4.11 \ c . Reinstall rear hanger chains and ECCENTRIC ARM SHOULDER measure blade tips again . FIGURE 4.10 BOLT d . Repeat steps " a " through % " until proper levelness is obtained . g . Tum eccentric " UP " or " DOWN " as required until blade tips are within 1 / 8 " of NOTE : For 30 " cutting decks , repeat section 2 . , Front to each other . See Figure 4.10 . Rear Levelness , except , rear of blade should be the h . Tighten shoulder bolt loosened in step " f " . same or 1 / 8 " higher than the front . i . Readjust rear hanger chain pivots to align with holes in support brackets . Refer . to Figure 4.11 . j . Remove angle iron , pipe , or similar object and proceed to check front to rear levelness . 10
Section 4 - ADJUSTMENTS & REPAIR 4.2.5 . MOWER DECK TIMING ROD ADJUSTMENT 4 . Rotate eccentric bolt to raise or lower The mower deck timing rod is pre - adjusted at desired cutting height range . the factory . It is set to maintain the deck in 5 . Tighten lift quadrant mounting bolts and the same attitude through all heightsof cut . If eccentric bolt . suspecting the timing rod requires adjustment , contact an authorized SNAPPER NOTE : Lift quadrant in lowest position gives 1 " to 3 1 / 2 " dealer for service . See Figure 4.12 . cutting height range . Lift quadrant in highest position gives 1 - 1 / 2 " to 4 " cutting height range . ADJUSTMENT OF THE TIMING ROD SHOULD ONLY BE DONE BY AN AUTHORIZ 4.3 REAR ENGINE RIDER DRIVE COMPONENTS The following drive components may be adjusted by the owner . However , it is recommended that all adjustments to the Rear Engine Rider be made by an authorized SNAPPER dealer . 4.3.1 . CLUTCH - STARTING MOTION ADJUSTMENT If the Rear Engine Rider clutch is too positive or slips excessively when the clutch / brake pedal is released , adjust as follows : 1 . Remove key from ignition switch . 2 . Remove spark plug wire from spark plug and secure wire away from plug . 3 . Close vent on fuel filler cap . 4 . Carefully stand Rear Engine Rider on FIGURE 4.12 rear bumper . 5 . Locate yoke arm between chain case 4.2.6 . CUTTING HEIGHT ADJUSTMENT and differential . The deck cutting height range may be 6 . Move spring to first hole ( for positive adjusted to alter the maximum and clutch action ) to 4th hole ( to increase minimum cutting deck lift lever . clutch slippage ) . See Figure 4.14 . , k CAUTION CLUTCH LOCATE SPRING Before attempting any adjustments or repairs , turn YOKE ARM IN DESIRED HOLE engine " OFF " , remove key , remove spark plug wire I from spark plug and secure wire away from plug . 1 . Place the Rear Engine Rider on a smooth , level surface . 2 . Move deck lift lever to the lowest cutting position . 3 . Loosen the two lift quadrant mounting bolts and eccentric bolt . See Figure 4.13 . SHOWN WiTH COVER REMOVED RAISE OR LOWER LIFT QUADRANT FIGURE 4.14 AS DESIRED 4.3.2 . CLUTCH - SHIFTING ADJUSTMENT With engine running , depress clutch / brake pedal and move transmission shift lever into a forward speed . If shifting is difficult or will not shift , adjust the clearance TURN ECCENTRIC TO LOOSEN between clutch disc and drive disc as RAISE OR LOWER LIFT MOUNTING BOLTS QUADRANT follows : FIGURE 4.13 17
Section 4 - ADJUSTMENTS & REPAIR 7 . Engage park brake as described in Step 2 . CAUTION 8 . Check for clearance between dutch disc Before attempting any adjustments or repairs , stop and driven disc . If no clearance is visible , the engine , remove the key , remove the spark plug repeat steps 5 and 6 until clearance is visible . wire from the spark plug , and secure spark plug Refer to Figures 4.15 and 4.16 . wire away from spark plug . NOT . _ _ _ E : If adjustment cannot be completed or made 1 . Follow procedures for standing Rear because all ferrules have been used , contact an Engine Rider on rear bumper . Refer to authorized SNAPPER dealer for service . Section 3.2.2 . 2 . Depress clutch / brake pedal all the way 4.3.3 . WHEEL BRAKE ADJUSTMENT down . Move and hold the park brake lever Test the wheel brake on a dry concrete in the " ON " position , then release surface . When properly adjusted , the Rear clutch / brake pedal to lock the park brake . Engine Rider will stop within 3 feet from See Figure 4.17 . fastest speed . If stopping distance is more 3 . Move the transmission shift lever to than 3 feet , the wheel brake should be reverse . adjusted as follows : 4 . Visually inspect to make certain there is clearance between clutch disc and drive PUSH CLUTCH / BRAKE disc . See Figure 4.15 . PEDAL ALL THE WAY CLEARANCE _ II = DRIVE DISC CLUTCH _ . . . . - _ " DISC FIGURE 4.15 MOVE PARK 5 . If no clearance is visible , release park TO " ON " brake by depressing clutch / brake pedal to release park brake lever . 6 . Pull clutch / brake pedal towards FIGURE 4.17 operator's seat and slide one additional ferrule toward end of cable through the eye 1 . Follow procedures for standing Rear in the clutch / brake pedal arm . See Figure Engine Rider on rear bumper . Refer to 4.16 . Section 3.2.2 . 2 . Depress clutch / brake pedal all the way CLUTCH / BRAKE down . Move and hold the park brake lever PEDAL _ in the " ON " position and release the clutch / brake pedal to lock the park brake . See Figure 4.17 . CLUTCH / BRAKE PEDAL ARM FERRULES FIGURE 4.16 18
Section 4 - ADJUSTMENTS & REPAIR 3 . Measure the distance between end of clutch / brake cable and bottom of housing . Measurement should be no less than 112 " A - NEW BLADE and no greater than 3 / 4 " . See inset , Figure 4.18 . or NOTCH B - WEAR LIMIT ( REPLACE BLADE ) - DANGEROUS HOUSING ( DO NOT USE ! ) FIGURE 4.20 HOUSING 4.4 MOWER BLADE REPAIR / REPLACEMENT CABLE 4.4.1 . BLADE WEAR LIMITS 1 . Inspect blade frequently for signs of COTTER - COTTER - . excessive wear or damage . See PIN PIN Figure 4.20 . I _ " TO FIGURE 4.18 CAUTION Before performing any service to blade , turn engine 4 . If measurement is less than 1 / 2 " or greater OFF , remove key , remove spark plug wire from than 3 / 4 " , loosen the two jam - nuts ( shown in Figure 4.19 ) holding the clutch / brake cable to spark plug , and secure spark plug wire away from the chain case bracket . spark plug . Never use a cutting blade that shows 5 . Adjust cable up or down using the jam - signs of excessive wear or damage on the Rear nuts to obtain a distance of 1 / 2 " to 3 / 4 " Engine Rider . Refer to Figure 4.20 . between end of clutch / brake cable ( adjustment shown in inset , Figure 4.18 ) and 4.4.2 . BLADE SHARPENING bottom of housing . Refer to Figure 4.18 . 1 . Follow procedures for standing Rear 6 . After adjustment is complete , securely Engine Rider on rear bumper . Refer to tighten cable jam - nuts . Section 3.2.2 . 2 . Remove blade . See Figure 4.21 . , CHAIN CABLE NUT \ MOUNTING BOLTS BLADE FIGURE 4.19 19 FIGURE 4.21
Section 4 - ADJUSTMENTS & REPAIR REMOVE 25 " MODELS IDLER 3 . Inspect condition of blade . Refer to Figure 4.20 . 4 . If blade is in good condition , sharpen at 22 to 28 degrees . DO NOT sharpen beyond existing cuttingedge . See Figure 4.22 . I DO NOT SHARPEN ] BEYOND ORIGINAL CUTTING EDGE J BLADE TIP / IDLER SPINDLE / BELT BELT GUIDE 28 " , 30 " 1 & 33 " MODELS GUIDE \ 112 " FIGURE 4.22 REMOVE 5 . Check blade balance after sharpening . IDLER If necessary , correct blade balance by @ grinding the heavy end of blade . FIGURE 4.24 6 . Reinstall blade . Refer to Figure 4.21 . Torque blade mounting bolts to 5 . Rotate clutch yoke ( clutch yoke shown in recommended range of 30 to 40 ft . lbs . Figure 4.18 ) outwith your hand and work belt between drive and driven discs . CAUTION 6 . Move transmission shift lever to the # 5 Before attempting any adjustments or repairs , STOP position and place belt over dnve disc and the engine , remove the key , remove the spark plug into dnve pulley belt groove . See Figure 4.24 . wire from the spark plug and secure wire away from 7 . Route belt onto spindle pulley . Make sure plug . On Rear Engine Riders equipped with a grass belt is inside spindle belt guide and idler belt catcher attachment , the air lifts should be replaced l guide . when the blade is replaced . 8 . Reinstall idler removed in Step 1 . The idler belt guide will self locate on tab . Tighten bolt securely . 4.5 MOWER DRIVE BELT REPLACEMENT Inspect mower drive belt as described in 3.2.3 . , CHECK MOWER DRIVE BELT on Page 9 . Replace belt if signs of excessive wear and / or ENGINE damage are present . 4.5.1 . BELT REMOVAL 1 . Remove mower drive belt cover . Refer to Section 3.2.3 . 2 . Remove old belt . ENGINE 4.5.2 . BELT REPLACEMENT BELT 1 . Remove idler . See Figure 4.23 . 2 . Move transmission shift lever to the neutral ( N ) position . 3 . Follow procedures for standing the Rear Engine Rider on rear bumper . Refer to Section 4.2.3 . 4 . Route new belt through engine belt ( engine belt guide shown in Figure 4.24 ) guide to engine pulley . Route belt as shown for the individual models shown in Figure 4.23 . FIGURE 4.24 2O
Section 4 - ADJUSTMENTS & REPAIR 4.5.2 . BELT REPLACEMENT ( Continued ) 2 . Remove the hair pin and swivel from 9 . Adjust belt guide . See Figure 4.25 for the deck support to allow clearance for proper belt - to - belt guide clearances . battery removal . 10 . Check mower drive belt tension and 3 . Slide battery from battery box to gain adjust if necessary . Refer to 4.2.1 . , MOWER access to terminal cables . DRIVE BELT ADJUSTMENT on Page 13 . 11 . Reinstall mower drive belt cover . POSITIVE RED TERMINAL 25 " MODELS POSITIVE ( + ) INSULATOR CABLE l116 " NOMINAL \ / BLACK NEGATIVE ( - ) CABLE 28 " , 30 " _ & 33 " MODELS " NOMINAL ( Dual Idler System ) I NSTALL . AP - - OERS , T ( Ã· IV ) ] E lEND FIRST INTO BATTERY COM - II I PARTMENT IN DIRECTION OF IARROWS " AOSWN J FIGURE 4.25 FIGURE 4.27 4 . Observe and note cable positions on CAUTION battery . See Figure 4.27 . Never attempt to service or charge the battery while 5 . Disconnect cables from battery it is installed on the Rear Engine Rider . terminals , disconnecting BLACK ( Negative ) cable first . Retain mounting bolts and nuts . 4.6 BATTERY 4.6.1 . BATTERY REMOVAL 1 . Carefully pull each side of battery cover C ab CAUTION away from ratchet fasteners and remove les must be connected to battery terminals in cover . See Figure 4.26 . the proper position as show in Figure 4.27 . Never attempt to charge battery while installed on the Rear BATTERY Engine Rider . Never use " BOOST " chargers on the COVER battery . 4.6.2 . BATTERY INSTALLATION 1 . Slide battery partially into battery housing . 2 . Connect positive ( + ) cable ( red ) first , from wiring harness to the positive terminal ( + ) on battery using bolt and nut provided in RATCHET hardware beg . Connect negative ( - ) cable FASTENERS ( black ) last , to negative terminal ( - ) on battery using bolt and nut . Apply a small amount of grease over terminals to prevent corrosion . 3 . Insert battery completely into battery housing . 4 . Reinstall battery cover . Refer to Figure 4.26 . 5 . Reinstall swivel and hair pin for deck support . FIGURE 4.26 21 ( Continue to next page for battery service )
Section 4 - ADJUSTMENTS & REPAIR 2 . A hydrometer measures the specific gravity of CAUTION each cell . The specific gravity tells the degree of charge ; generally , a specific gravity of about 1.265 The electrolyte ( acid ) produces a highly explosive gas . to 1.280 indicates full charge . A reading of 1.230 to Keep all sparks , flame and fire away from area when 1.260 indicates the battery should be charged . The charging battery or when handling electrolyte or chart on the next page shows the charge level as battery . Electrolyte ( acid ) is a highly corrosive liquid . measured by syringe float hydrometer , digital Wear eye protection . Wash affected areas immediately voltmeter and five ball hydrometer . after having eye or skin contact with electrolyte ( acid ) . Battery acid is corrosive . Rinse empty acid containers 4.6.6 . NEW BATTERY PREPARATION with water and mutilate before discarding . If acid is t . Remove battery from carton . spilled on battery , bench , or clothing , etc . , Flush with 2 . Place battery in a well ventilated area on a level clear water and neutralize with baking soda . Never non - concrete surface . attempt to charge battery while installed on the 3 . Remove battery cell caps . Fill cells as required RIDER . Never use " BOOST " chargers on the battery . with electrolyte ( purchased separately ) to proper level . Fill to 3 / 16 " above cell plates . Filling battery with electrolyte will bring the battery to 80 % 4.6.3 . BATTERY SERVICE charged state . 1 . Remove battery . See Section on Battery Removal 4 . With cell caps removed , connect batterycharger to 2 . Place battery in a well ventilated area on a level battery terminals ; RED to positive ( + ) and BLACK to surface . negative ( - ) terminal . 3 . Using distilled water , refill cells as required to cover cell plates of which can also be visualized IMPORTANT : 3 / 16 " above cell plates is the recommended through the plastic battery case . level . However do not try to measure this dimension . 4 . With cell caps removed , connect battery Never place anything in battery other than specified charger to battery terminals . Red to positive ( + ) electrolyte . terminal and black to negative ( - ) terminal . i 5 . Slow charge battery at 1 amp for 10 hours . CAUTION I 6 . If battery will not accept charge or is partially charged after 10 hours of charging at 1 amp , Never attempt to charge battery while installed on the I replace with new battery . Riding Mower . Never use " BOOST " chargers on the J battery . DO NOT OVERFILL ! I 4.6.4 . BATTERY STORAGE If mower is to be stored out of season on its rear â¢ 6 , Slow charge the battery at 1 amp for 2 hours to bumper , it is recommended the battery be bring the battery to full charge . removed , charged and stored . 6 , After charging , check level of electrolyte and 1 . Remove battery . ( See Section on Battery add as needed to bring level to 3 / 16 " above cell Removal ) plates . 7 , Reinstall cell caps . 2 . Perform battery service . 8 , Remove the hair pin and swivel from the deck 3 . Bring battery to full charge , if required . support to allow clearance for battery installation . 4 . Store battery in an area away from the RIDER on a 9 , Slide battery partially into battery housing . wood surface . DO NOT STORE BATTERY ON A 10 . Connect positive ( + ) cable ( red ) first , from wiring CONCRETE SURFACE . harness to the positive terminal ( + ) on battery using bolt and nut provided in hardware bag . Connect 4.6.5 . BATTERY TESTING negative ( - ) cable ( black ) last , to negative terminal ( - ) There are two types of battery tests : Unloaded and on battery using bolt and nut . Apply a small amount Loaded . The unloaded test is the procedure that of grease over terminals to prevent corrosion . will be discussed . It's the simplest and most 11 . Insert battery completely into battery housing . commonly used . An unloaded test is made on a 12 . Reinstall battery cover . Refer to Figure 4.26 . battery without discharging current . To perform 13 . Reinstall swivel and hair pin for deck support . unloaded testing , check charge condition using either a hydrometer or voltmeter . CAUTION 1 . Using a voltmeter , voltage readings appear Shield the positive terminal with terminal cover instantly to show the state of charge . Remember to located on battery harness . This prevents metal hook the positive lead to the battery's positive from touching the positive terminal which could terminal , and the negative lead to the negative cause sparks . terminal . ( Battery Testing Chart on Next Page ) 22
Section 4 - ADJUSTMENTS & REPAIR 4.6.5 . BATTERY TESTING Methods of Checking Battery Condition State of Charcje Syringe Hydrometer Digita ! Voltmeter Five Ball Hydrometer 1.280 12.80v Five Balls Floating 100 % Charged w / Sulfate Stop 1.265 12.60v 100 % Charged Four Balls Floating 1.210 12.40v Three Balls Floating 75 % Charged 1.160 12.10v 50 % Charged Two Balls Floating 1.120 11.90v 25 % Charged One Ball Floating Less than 1.100 Lessthan 11o80v 0 % Charcjed Zero Balls Floatin 9 ACCESSORIES PART NUMBER DESCRIPTION 6 - 0197 Load Carder Kit 6 - 0441 Commercial Axle Bearing Kit 6 - 0517 Wheel Weight 6 - 0697 Dump Cart 6 - 0737 Gauge Wheel Kit 6 - 0941 Single Bag Catcher ( 25 " Models ) 6 - 0943 Single Bag Catcher ( 28 " & 33 ' Models ) 6 - 0942 Single Bag Catcher ( 30 " Models ) 6 - 0946 Twin Bag Catcher ( 28 " & 33 ' Models ) 6 - 0947 Bag - N - Wagon ( 28 " & 33 ' Models ) 6 - 0984 Wagon Cover Kit 6 - 1049 Recycling Kit ( 25 " Model ) 6 - 1253 Ninja Kit ( 28 " Models ) 6 - 1254 Ninja Kit ( 30 " Models ) 6 - 1255 Ninja Kit ( 33 " Models ) 6 - 1190 Weight Kit 6 - 0948 Thatchedzer 23
MAINTENANCE SCHEDULE EACH 6 6O 100 EACH SUBJECT 25 SERVICE REFERENCE USE HOURS HOURS HOURS HOURS SEASON TO BE PERFORMED PAGES Engine Check Oil Level X Page 4 X Engine Initial Oil Change Page 8 _ Engine Periodic Oil Change Page 15 Air Pre - Cleaner Service Sponge Pre - Engine Manual Cleaner Element Air Cleaner Engine Manual . Replace Element X Spark Plug Replace Plugs Engine Manual . Fuel Filter X Replace Filter Page11 Clean Shrouds & Fins X * * Engine Cooling Engine Manual System X Battery X Check Electrolyte Page 22 Battery X Charge Battery Page 22 Tires Check Pressures X Page 4 Drive Belts Check For Wear And X X Pages 9,13,19 Tension Mower Blades Check For Wear And X Pages 8,14,18 Damage Mower Deck Clean Debris X x Page 9 X Accumulation Lubrication Points Grease or Oil X X Pages 10 & 11 Lubricate Chain Case Check Grease Level X X Pages 10 & 11 & Transmission X Blade Stop Time Check blade stopping Pages 7 & 14 X for proper operation Check Clutch / Brake X Clutch / Brake System Page 5 & 14 X for proper operation * Change oil every 25 hours when operating under heavy load or high temperatures . * * Clean more often under dusty conditions or when air debris is present 24
SNAPPER . 5 - 2 YEAR LIMITED WARRANTY COMPONENT PARTS - 5 YEARS For five ( 5 ) years from purchase date for original purchaser's residential non - commercial _ ' use , Snapper , through any Snapper dealer will replace free of charge any part or parts found upon examination by the factory to be defective in material or workmanship or both . ENGINE - 2 YEARS The engine on this product is warranted by the engine manufacturer for two ( 2 ) years for the original purchaser's non - commercial _ ' use . ( See engine manufacturer's warranty statement for details . ) BATTERIES Batteries are warranted separately and have one ( 1 ) year prorated warranty with a ninety ( 90 ) day free replacement period . DISCLAIMER OF WARRANTIES Implied warranties including those of merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose , are t _ , _ limited to five ( 5 ) years from purchase date for the original purchaser's residential , non - # , ' _ commercial use , for ninety ( 90 ) days from purchase date for the original purchaser's commercial , rental , or other non - residential use , and to the extent permitted by law , any and all implied warranties are excluded . This is the exclusive remedy . Liabilities for consequential damages , under any and all warranties are excluded . Some states do not allow limitations on how long an implied warranty lasts , or do not allow the exclusion or limitation of incidental or consequential damages , so the above limitation or _ , . , _ exclusion may not apply to you . t , , = li _ ' dl ir , ' _ l All transportation cost incurred by the purchaser in submitting material to a Snapper dealer for replacement under this warranty must be paid by the purchaser . This warranty does no apply to parts that have been damaged by accident , alteration , abuse , improper lubrication , normal wear ( things such as belts , blades , driven disc or any other normal wear item ) . This warranty does not cover tune - ups or other adjustments required in the normal use of the product . _ ' e There is no other express warranty . = _ = _ Â° _ This warranty gives you specific legal rights , and you may also have other rights which vary from _ ; ' _ state to state . _ Any use other than on the purchaser's residential lawn constitutes commercial use . WARNING : THE USE OF REPLACEMENT PARTS OTHER THAN GENUINE SNAPPER PARTS MAY IMPAIR THE SAFETY OF SNAPPER PRODUCTS AND WILL VOID ANY LIABILITY AND WARRANTY BY SNAPPER ASSOCIATED WITH THE USE OF SUCH PARTS . 25
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Safety Instructions & Operator's Manual for â¢ REAR ENGINE RIDING MOWER SERIES 16 AWARNING : California to cause cancer , birth defects or other reproductive harm . The engine exhaust from this product contains chemicals known to the State of I 8NAPPER , coo Â° o Â° oo , . , . _ . o = u _ . s . , . COPYRIGHT Â© 1997 SNAPPER INC . ALL RIGHTS RESERVED MANUAL No . 3 - 5620 ( REV . 1 , 9 / 97 ) Printed in U . S . A .