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Safe Operation Practices • Set-Up • Operation • Service • Troubleshooting  
OperatOrs Manual  
Lawn Tractor  
Table of Contents  
Safe Operation Practices ........................................ 2 Product Care ...........................................................14  
Assembly & Set-Up .................................................. 6 Parts/Warranty.............. See Separate Supplement  
Controls & Operation.............................................10  
WARNING  
READ AND FOLLOW ALL SAFETY RULES AND INSTRUCTIONS IN THIS MANUAL  
BEFORE ATTEMPTING TO OPERATE THIS MACHINE.  
FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH THESE INSTRUCTIONS MAY RESULT IN PERSONAL INJURY.  
NOTE: This Operator’s Manual covers several models. Features may vary by model. Not all features in this manual are applicable to all  
models and the model depicted may differ from yours.  
Form No. 769-17290A  
(September 19, 2018)  
Important Safe Operation Practices  
WARNING  
This symbol points out important safety instructions which, if not followed, could endanger the personal safety and/or property of yourself and others. Read and follow all instructions in this manual before  
attempting to operate this machine. Failure to comply with these instructions may result in personal injury. When you see this symbol. HEED ITS WARNING!  
WARNING  
California Proposition 65  
Engine Exhaust, some of its constituents, and certain vehicle components contain or emit chemicals known to State of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm.  
Battery posts, terminals, and related accessories contain lead and lead compounds, chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer and reproductive harm. Wash hands after handling.  
DANGER  
This machine was built to be operated according to the safe operation practices 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 machine is capable of amputating hands and feet and throwing objects. Failure to observe the following safety instructions could result in serious injury or death.  
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6.  
Do not operate the machine while under the  
influence of alcohol or drugs.  
Slope Operation  
General Operation  
Slopes are a major factor related to loss of control  
and tip-over accidents which can result in severe  
injury or death. All slopes require extra caution. If  
you cannot back up the slope or if you feel uneasy  
on it, do not mow it.  
1.  
Read, understand, and follow all instructions  
on the machine and in the manual(s) before  
attempting to assemble and operate. Keep this  
manual in a safe place for future and regular  
reference and for ordering replacement parts.  
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9.  
Mow only in daylight or good artificial light.  
Never carry passengers.  
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Disengage blade(s) before shifting into  
reverse. Back up slowly. Always look down  
and behind before and while backing to avoid  
a back-over accident.  
For your safety, use the slope gauge included as part  
of this manual to measure slopes before operating  
this machine on a sloped or hilly area. If the slope  
is greater than 15 degrees as shown on the slope  
gauge, do not operate this machine on that area or  
serious injury could result.  
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Be familiar with all controls and their proper  
operation. Know how to stop the machine  
and disengage them quickly.  
20.  
Slow down before turning. Operate the  
machine smoothly. Avoid erratic operation  
and excessive speed.  
Never allow children under 14 years of age to  
operate this machine. Children 14 and over  
should read and understand the instructions  
and safe operation practices in this manual  
and on the machine and should be trained  
and supervised by an adult.  
21.  
Disengage blade(s), set parking brake, stop  
engine and wait until the blade(s) come  
to a complete stop before removing grass  
catcher, emptying grass, unclogging chute,  
removing any grass or debris, or making any  
adjustments.  
Do:  
1.  
Mow up and down slopes, not across. Exercise  
extreme caution when changing direction on  
slopes.  
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Never allow adults to operate this machine  
without proper instruction.  
2.  
Watch for holes, ruts, bumps, rocks, or  
other hidden objects. Uneven terrain could  
overturn the machine. Tall grass can hide  
obstacles.  
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To help avoid blade contact or a thrown  
object injury, keep bystanders, helpers,  
children and pets at least 75 feet from the  
machine while it is in operation. Stop machine  
if anyone enters the area.  
22.  
Never leave a running machine unattended.  
Always turn off blade(s), place transmission  
in neutral, set parking brake, stop engine and  
remove key before dismounting.  
3.  
Use slow speed. Choose a low enough speed  
setting so that you will not have to stop  
or shift while on the slope. Tires may lose  
traction on slopes even though the brakes are  
functioning properly. Always keep machine  
in gear when going down slopes to take  
advantage of engine braking action.  
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3.  
Use extra care when loading or unloading the  
machine into a trailer or truck. This machine  
should not be driven up or down ramp(s),  
because the machine could tip over, causing  
serious personal injury. The machine must be  
pushed manually on ramp(s) to load or unload  
properly.  
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Thoroughly inspect the area where the  
equipment is to be used. Remove all stones,  
sticks, wire, bones, toys, and other foreign  
objects which could be picked up and thrown  
by the blade(s). Thrown objects can cause  
serious personal injury.  
4.  
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6.  
Follow the manufacturer’s recommendations  
for wheel weights or counterweights to  
improve stability.  
7.  
Plan your mowing pattern to avoid  
discharge of material toward roads,  
24.  
Muffler and engine become hot and can  
cause a burn. Do not touch.  
sidewalks, bystanders and the like. Also,  
avoid discharging material against a wall or  
obstruction which may cause discharged  
material to ricochet back toward the operator.  
Use extra care with grass catchers or other  
attachments. These can change the stability  
of the machine.  
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5.  
Check overhead clearances carefully before  
driving under low hanging tree branches,  
wires, door openings etc., where the operator  
may be struck or pulled from the machine,  
which could result in serious injury.  
Keep all movement on the slopes slow and  
gradual. Do not make sudden changes in  
speed or direction. Rapid engagement or  
braking could cause the front of the machine  
to lift and rapidly flip over backwards which  
could cause serious injury.  
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Always wear safety glasses or safety goggles  
during operation and while performing an  
adjustment or repair to protect your eyes.  
Thrown objects which ricochet can cause  
serious injury to the eyes.  
26.  
Disengage all attachment clutches, depress  
the brake pedal completely and shift into  
neutral before attempting to start engine.  
27.  
Your machine is designed to cut normal  
residential grass of a height no more than 10”.  
Do not attempt to mow through unusually tall,  
dry grass (e.g., pasture) or piles of dry leaves. Dry  
grass or leaves may contact the engine exhaust  
and/or build up on the mower deck presenting  
a potential fire hazard.  
9.  
Wear sturdy, rough-soled work shoes and  
close-fitting slacks and shirts. Loose fitting  
clothes and jewelry can be caught in movable  
parts. Never operate this machine in bare feet  
or sandals.  
7.  
Avoid starting or stopping on a slope. If tires  
lose traction, disengage the blade(s) and  
proceed slowly straight down the slope.  
Do Not:  
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Do not turn on slopes unless necessary; then,  
turn slowly and gradually downhill, if possible.  
10.  
For extended use of this product, hearing  
protection is required.  
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9.  
Use only accessories and attachments  
approved for this machine by the machine  
manufacturer. Read, understand and follow  
all instructions provided with the approved  
accessory or attachment.  
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Do not mow near drop-offs, ditches or  
embankments. The mower could suddenly  
turn over if a wheel is over the edge of a cliff,  
ditch, or if an edge caves in.  
11.  
Be aware of the mower and attachment  
discharge direction and do not point it at  
anyone. Do not operate the mower without  
the discharge cover or entire grass catcher in  
its proper place.  
3.  
4.  
Do not try to stabilize the machine by putting  
your foot on the ground.  
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Data indicates that operators, age 60 years  
and above, are involved in a large percentage  
of riding mower-related injuries. These  
operators should evaluate their ability to  
operate the riding mower safely enough to  
protect themselves and others from serious  
injury.  
12.  
Do not put hands or feet near rotating parts  
or under the cutting deck. Contact with the  
blade(s) can amputate hands and feet.  
Do not use a grass catcher on steep slopes.  
5.  
Do not mow on wet grass. Reduced traction  
could cause sliding.  
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5.  
A missing or damaged discharge cover can  
cause blade contact or thrown object injuries.  
6.  
Do not shift to neutral and coast downhill.  
Over-speeding may cause the operator to lose  
control of the machine resulting in serious  
injury or death.  
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Stop the blade(s) when crossing gravel drives,  
walks, or roads and while not cutting grass.  
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If situations occur which are not covered in  
this manual, use care and good judgment.  
Contact your customer service representative  
for assistance.  
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Watch for traffic when operating near or  
crossing roadways. This machine is not  
intended for use on any public roadway.  
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Do not tow heavy pull behind attachments (e.g.  
loaded dump cart, lawn roller, etc.) on slopes  
greater than 5 degrees. When going down hill,  
the extra weight tends to push the tractor and  
may cause you to loose control (e.g. tractor  
may speed up, braking and steering ability are  
reduced, attachment may jack-knife and cause  
tractor to overturn).  
b. Never fill containers inside a vehicle or  
on a truck or trailer bed with a plastic  
liner. Always place containers on the  
ground away from your vehicle before  
filling.  
9.  
After striking a foreign object, stop the engine,  
disconnect the spark plug wire(s) and ground  
against the engine. Thoroughly inspect the  
machine for any damage. Repair the damage  
before starting and operating.  
c.  
When practical, remove gas-powered  
equipment from the truck or trailer and  
refuel it on the ground. If this is not  
possible, then refuel such equipment  
on a trailer with a portable container,  
rather than from a gasoline dispenser  
nozzle.  
10.  
Never attempt to make adjustments or repairs to  
the machine while the engine is running.  
11.  
Grass catcher components and the discharge  
cover are subject to wear and damage which  
could expose moving parts or allow objects to  
be thrown. For safety protection, frequently  
check components and replace immediately  
with original equipment manufacturer’s  
(O.E.M.) parts only, listed in this manual.  
“Use of parts which do not meet the original  
equipment specifications may lead to  
improper performance and compromise  
safety!”  
Children  
1.  
Tragic accidents can occur if the operator is not  
alert to the presence of children. Children are  
often attracted to the machine and the mowing  
activity. They do not understand the dangers.  
Never assume that children will remain where  
you last saw them.  
d. Keep the nozzle in contact with the rim  
of the fuel tank or container opening at  
all times until fueling is complete. Do  
not use a nozzle lock-open device.  
a.  
Keep children out of the mowing area  
and in watchful care of a responsible  
adult other than the operator.  
e.  
Extinguish all cigarettes, cigars, pipes  
and other sources of ignition.  
12.  
Do not change the engine governor settings  
or over-speed the engine. The governor  
controls the maximum safe operating speed of  
the engine.  
b. Be alert and turn machine off if a child  
enters the area.  
f.  
Never fuel machine indoors.  
g. Never remove gas cap or add fuel while  
the engine is hot or running. Allow  
engine to cool at least two minutes  
before refueling.  
c.  
Before and while backing, look behind  
and down for small children.  
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15.  
Maintain or replace safety and instruction  
labels, as necessary.  
d. Never carry children, even with the  
blade(s) shut off. They may fall off and