I purchased the unit from a private party and the original owners manual was not available. Having the ability to download it was extremely helpful and clarified operating the equipment immensely. This is a complicated unit and without the manual I would not have been able to maximize it's potential. Thank you.
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1. Safety Rules
Safe Operation Practices for Ride-On Mowers
IMPORTANT: THIS CUTTING 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.
â¢ â¢ Read the instructions carefully. Be familiar with the controls and the proper use of the equipment. Never allow children or people unfamiliar with the instructions to use the lawnmower. Local regulations may restrict the age of the operator. Never mow while people, especially children, or pets are nearby. Keep in mind that the operator or user is responsible for accidents or hazards occurring to other people or their property. â¢ â¢ â¢ â¢ â¢
Do not operate the engine in a conï¬ned space where dangerous carbon monoxide fumes can collect. Mow only in daylight or in good artiï¬cial light. Before attempting to start the engine, disengage all blade attachment clutches and shift into neutral. Do not use on slopes of more than 10Â°. Remember there is no such thing as a âsafeâ slope. Travel on grass slopes requires particular care. To guard against overturning; - do not stop or start suddenly when going up or downhill; - engage clutch slowly, always keep machine in gear, especially when traveling downhill; - machine speeds should be kept low on slopes and during tight turns; - stay alert for humps and hollows and other hidden hazards; - never mow across the face of the slope, unless the lawnmower is designed for this pur pose. Use care when pulling loads or using heavy equipment. - Use only approved drawbar hitch points. - Limit loads to those you can safely control. - Do not turn sharply. Use care when reversing. - Use counterweight(s) or wheel weights when suggested in the instruction handbook. Watch out for trafï¬c when crossing or near roadways. Stop the blades from rotating before crossing surfaces other than grass. When using any attachments, never direct discharge of material toward bystanders nor allow anyone near the machine while in operation. Never operate the lawnmower with defective guards, shields or without safety protective devices in place. Do not change the engine governor settings or overspeed the engine. Operating the engine at excessive speed may increase the hazard of personal injury. Before leaving the operatorâs position: - disengage the power take-off and lower the attachments; - change into neutral and set the parking brake; - stop the engine and remove the key. Disengage drive to attachments, stop the engine, and disconnect the spark plug wire(s) or remove the ignition key. - before cleaning blockages or unclogging chute; - before checking, cleaning or working on the lawnmower; - after striking a foreign object. Inspect the lawnmower for damage and make repairs before restarting and operating the equipment; - if the machine starts to vibrate abnormally (check immediately). Disengage drive to attachments when transporting or not in use. Stop the engine and disengage drive to attachment - before refueling; - before removing the grass catcher; - before making height adjustment unless adjustment can be made from the operatorâs position.
Do not carry passengers. All drivers should seek and obtain professional and practical instruction. Such instruction should emphasize: - the need for care and concentration when working with ride-on machines; - control of a ride-on machine sliding on a slope will not be regained by the application of the brake. The main reasons for loss of control are: a) insufï¬cient wheel grip; b) being driven too fast; c) inadequate braking; d) the type of machine is unsuitable for its task; e) lack of awareness of the effect of ground conditions,especially slopes; f) incorrect hitching and load distribution.
â¢ While mowing, always wear substantial footwear and long trousers. Do not operate the equipment when barefoot or wearing open sandals. Thoroughly inspect the area where the equipment is to be used and remove all objects which may be thrown by the machine. WARNING - Petrol is highly ï¬ammable. - Store fuel in containers speciï¬cally designed for this pur pose. - Refuel outdoors only and do not smoke while refueling. - Add fuel before starting the engine. Never remove the cap of the fuel tank or add petrol while the engine is running or when the engine is hot. - If petrol is spilled, do not attempt to start the engine but move the machine away from the area of spillage and avoid creating any source of ignition until petrol vapors have dissipated. - Replace all fuel tanks and container caps securely. Replace faulty silencers. Before using, always visually inspect to see that the blades, blade bolts and cutter assembly are not worn or damaged. Replace worn or damaged blades and bolts in sets to preserve balance. On multi-bladed machines, take care as rotating one blade can cause other blades to rotate.