Alamo Lawn Mower A84B User Manual

Published 03/07  
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This Operator's Manual is an integral part of the safe operation of this machine and must  
be maintained with the unit at all times. READ, UNDERSTAND, and FOLLOW the Safety  
and Operation Instructions contained in this manual before operating the equipment. C01-  
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In order to reduce accidents and enhance the safe operation of mowers, Alamo Industrial, in cooperation  
with other industry manufacturers has developed the AEM/FEMA Industrial and Agricultural Mower  
Safety Practices video and guide book.  
The video will familiarize and instruct mower-tractor operators in safe practices when using industrial  
and agricultural mowing equipment. It is important that Every Mower Operator be educated in the oper-  
ation of their mowing equipment and be able to recognize the potential hazards that can occur while oper-  
ating a mower. This video, along with the mower operator’s manual and the warning messages on the  
mower, will significantly assist in this important education.  
Your Authorized Alamo Industrial Dealer may have shown this video and presented you a DVD Video  
when you purchased your mower. If you or any mower operator have not seen this video, Watch the  
Video, Read this Operator’s Manual, and Complete the Video Guidebook before operating your new  
mower. If you do not understand any of the instructions included in the video or operator’s manual or if  
you have any questions concerning safety of operation, contact your supervisor, dealer or Alamo Indus-  
If you would like a VHS video tape of the video, please email [email protected] or Fax  
AEM VHS Video at (830) 372-9529 or mail in a completed copy of the form on the back of this page to  
AEM VHS Video 1502 E Walnut Street, Seguin, TX 78155. and request the VHS video version. Please  
include your name, mailing address, mower model and serial number.  
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intended use, and the potential hazards before operating the equipment.  
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Safety Section 1-1  
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General Safety Instructions and Practices  
A safe and careful operator is the best operator. Safety is of primary importance to the manufacturer and  
should be to the owner/operator. Most accidents can be avoided by being aware of your equipment, your  
surroundings, and observing certain precautions. The first section of this manual includes a list of Safety  
Messages that, if followed, will help protect the operator and bystanders from injury or death. Read and  
understand these Safety Messages before assembling, operating or servicing this Implement. This equipment  
should only be operated by those persons who have read the Manual, who are responsible and trained, and  
who know how to do so safely and responsibly.  
The Safety Alert Symbol combined with a Signal Word, as seen below, is used throughout this  
manual and on decals which are attached to the equipment. The Safety Alert Symbol means:  
are intended to warn the owner/operator of impending hazards and the degree of possible injury  
faced when operating this equipment.  
Practice all usual and customary safe working precautions and above all---remember safety is  
up to YOU. Only YOU can prevent serious injury or death from unsafe practices.  
Indicates an imminently hazardous situation that, if not avoided, WILL result in DEATH OR  
Indicates an imminently hazardous situation that, if not avoided, COULD result in DEATH  
Indicates an imminently hazardous situation that, if not avoided, MAY result in MINOR  
Identifies special instructions or procedures that, if not strictly observed, could result in  
damage to, or destruction of the machine, attachments or the environment.  
NOTE: Identifies points of particular interest for more efficient and convenient operation or repair.(SG-1)  
READ, UNDERSTAND, and FOLLOW the following Safety Messages. Serious injury or  
death may occur unless care is taken to follow the warnings and instructions stated in the  
Safety Messages. Always use good common sense to avoid hazards. (SG-2)  
Si no lee ingles, pida ayuda a alguien que si lo lea para que le traduzca las  
medidas de seguridad. (SG-3)  
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Engine Exhaust, some of its constituents, and certain vehicle components contain or emit  
chemicals known to the state of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other  
reproductive harm. (SG-30)  
Battery posts, terminals and related accessories contain lead and lead compounds,  
chemicals known to the state of California to cause cancer, birth defects or other  
reproductive harm. (SG-31)  
Operator Safety Instructions and Practices  
The rotating parts of this machine continue to rotate even after the PTO has been turned off.  
The operator should remain in his seat for 60 seconds after the brake has been set, the  
PTO disengaged, the tractor turned off, and all evidence of rotation has ceased. (S3PT-10)  
“Wait a minute...Save a life!”  
Never crawl under a raised Implement supported solely by the Tractor 3-Point hitch.  
Release of the control lever or mechanical failure will result in the Implement falling and  
possible injury or death. Always securely block up the Implement before crawling underneath to perform  
repairs and service. (S3PT-19)  
Never operate the Tractor or Implement until you have read and  
completely understand this Manual, the Tractor Operator’s Manual, and  
each of the Safety Messages found in the Manual or on the Tractor and Implement. Learn  
how to stop the tractor engine suddenly in an emergency. Never allow inexperienced or  
untrained personnel to operate the Tractor and Implement without supervision. Make sure  
the operator has fully read and understood the manuals prior to operation. (SG-4)  
The operator and all support personnel should wear hard hats, safety  
shoes, safety glasses, and proper hearing protection at all times for  
protection from injury including injury from items that may be thrown by the equipment. (SG-16)  
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PERMANENT HEARING LOSS! Tractors with or without an Implement  
attached can often be noisy enough to cause permanent hearing loss. We recommend that  
you always wear hearing protection if the noise in the Operator’s position exceeds 80db.  
Noise over 85db over an extended period of time will cause severe hearing loss. Noise  
over 90db adjacent to the Operator over an extended period of time will cause permanent or  
total hearing loss. NOTE: Hearing loss from loud noise [from tractors, chain saws, radios,  
and other such sources close to the ear] is cumulative over a lifetime without hope of natural  
recovery. (SG-I7)  
Always read carefully and comply fully with the manufacturer’s  
instructions when handling oil, solvents, cleansers, and any other  
chemical agent. (SG-22)  
KEEP AWAY FROM ROTATING ELEMENTS to prevent entanglement  
and possible serious injury or death. (SG-24)  
Never allow children to play on or around Tractor or Implement. Children can slip or fall off  
the Equipment and be injured or killed. Children can cause the Implement to shift or fall  
crushing themselves or others. (SG-25)  
NEVER use drugs or alcohol immediately before or while operating the  
Tractor and Implement.  
Drugs and alcohol will affect an operator’s  
alertness and coordination and therefore affect the operator’s ability to  
operate the equipment safely. Before operating the Tractor or Implement, an operator on  
prescription or over-the-counter medication must consult a medical professional regarding  
any side effects of the medication that would hinder their ability to operate the Equipment  
safely. NEVER knowingly allow anyone to operate this equipment when their alertness or  
coordination is impaired. Serious injury or death to the operator or others could result if the  
operator is under the influence of drugs or alcohol. (SG-27)  
Prolonged operation may cause operator boredom and fatigue affecting safe operation.  
Take scheduled work breaks to help prevent these potentially impaired operating  
conditions. Never operate the Implement and Tractor in a fatigued or bored mental state which impairs proper  
and safe operation. (SG-32)  
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Use extreme caution when getting onto the Implement to perform repairs, maintenance and  
when removing accumulated material. Only stand on solid flat surfaces to ensure good  
footing. Use a ladder or raised stand to access high spots which cannot be reached from gound level.  
Slipping and falling can cause serious injury or death. (SG-33)  
Avoid contact with hot surfaces including hydraulic oil tanks, pumps, motors, valves and  
hose connections. Relieve hydraulic pressure before performing maintenance or repairs.  
Use gloves and eye protection when servicing hot components. Contact with a hot surface or fluid can cause  
serious injury from burns or scalding. (SG-34)  
DO NOT operate this Implement on a Tractor that is not properly maintained. Should a  
mechanical or Tractor control failure occur while operating, immediately shut down the  
Tractor and perform repairs before resuming operation. Serious injury and possible death  
could occur from not maintaining this Implement and Tractor in good operating condition.  
Avoid contact with hot surfaces of the engine or muffler. Use gloves and eye protection  
when servicing hot components. Contact with a hot surface or fluid can cause serious injury  
from burns or scalding. (SG-38)  
Do not put hands or feet under mower decks. Blade Contact can result  
in serious injury or even death. Stay away until all motion has stopped  
and the decks are securely blocked up. (SGM-9)  
Always keep a careful lookout and use extreme care when working around utility and  
municipal obstructions. Never allow the Mower to contact any utility, municipal, or other  
type structure. Clearly mark all mowing obstructions and consult local utility providers for a safe code of  
operation. (SPU-5)  
Do not operate the implement while wearing loose fitting clothing. Entanglement of the  
clothing with the rotating elements can result in serious injury or even death. Stay clear of  
all rotating elements at all times. (SSP-3)  
Equipment Operation Safety Instructions and Practices  
Never leave the Tractor and Implement unattended while the Implement is in the lifted  
position. Accidental operation of lifting lever or a hydraulic failure may cause sudden drop  
of unit with injury or death by crushing. To properly park the implement when disconnecting it from the tractor,  
lower the stand and put the retaining pin securely in place, or put a secure support under the A-Frame. Lower  
the implement carefully to the ground. Do not put hands or feet under lifted components. (S3PT-1)  
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Use extreme care when lowering or unfolding the implement’s wings. Make sure no  
bystanders are close by or underneath the wings. Allow ample clearance around the  
implement when folding or unfolding the wings. Use extreme caution around buildings or overhead power  
lines. (S3PT-5)  
This Implement is wider than the Tractor. Be careful when operating or transporting this  
equipment to prevent the Implement from running into or striking sign posts, guard rails,  
concrete abutments or other solid objects. Such an impact could cause the Implement and Tractor to pivot  
violently resulting in loss of steering control, serious injury, or even death. Never allow the Implement to  
contact obstacles. (S3PT-12)  
Be sure you have adequate knowledge of the property you will be working on. Take time to  
make yourself aware of any area underground lines or cables. Contact with buried lines or  
cable could result in serious injury or death. (SBH-6)  
Do not operate Mower if excessive vibration exists.  
Shut down PTO and the Tractor  
engine. Inspect the Mower to determine the source of the vibration. If Mower blades are  
missing or damaged replace them immediately.  
Do not operate the mower until the blades have been  
replaced and the Mower operates smoothly. Operating the Mower with excessive vibration can result in  
component failure and broken objects to be thrown outward at very high velocities. To reduce the possibility of  
property damage, serious injury, or even death, never allow the Mower to be operated with blades missing.  
Operate this Equipment only with a Tractor equipped with an approved roll-  
over-protective system (ROPS). Always wear seat belts. Serious injury or  
even death could result from falling off the tractor--particularly during a turnover  
when the operator could be pinned under the ROPS. (SG-7)  
BEFORE leaving the tractor seat, always engage the brake and/or set  
the tractor transmission in parking gear, disengage the PTO, stop the  
engine, remove the key, and wait for all moving parts to stop. Place the tractor shift lever  
into a low range or parking gear to prevent the tractor from rolling. Never dismount a  
Tractor that is moving or while the engine is running. Operate the Tractor controls from the  
tractor seat only. (SG-9)  
Never allow children or other persons to ride on the Tractor or Implement.  
Falling off can result in serious injury or death. (SG-10)  
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Never allow children to operate, ride on, or come close to the Tractor or  
Implement. Usually, 16-17 year-old children who are mature and  
responsible can operate the implement with adult supervision, if they have read and  
understand the Operator’s Manuals, been trained in proper operation of the tractor and  
Implement, and are physically large enough to reach and operate the controls easily. (SG-11)  
Do not mount the Tractor while the tractor is moving. Mount the Tractor  
only when the Tractor and all moving parts are completely stopped. (SG-12)  
Start tractor only when properly seated in the Tractor seat. Starting a  
tractor in gear can result in injury or death. Read the Tractor operators  
manual for proper starting instructions. (SG-13)  
Do not operate this Equipment with hydraulic oil or fuel leaking. Oil and  
fuel are explosive and their presence could present a hazard. Do not  
check for leaks with your hand! High-pressure oil streams from breaks in the line could  
penetrate the skin and cause tissue damage including gangrene. To check for a hose leak,  
SHUT the tractor ENGINE OFF and remove all hydraulic pressure. Wear oil impenetrable  
gloves, safety glasses and use Cardboard to check for evidence of oil leaks. If you suspect  
a leak, REMOVE the HOSE and have it tested at a Dealer. If oil does penetrate the skin,  
have the injury treated immediately by a physician knowledgeable and skilled in this  
procedure. (SG-15)  
Never run the Tractor engine in a closed building or without adequate ventilation. The  
exhaust fumes can be hazardous to your health. (SG-23)  
Do not exceed the rated PTO speed for the Implement. Excessive PTO speeds can cause  
Implement driveline or blade failures resulting in serious injury or death. (SG-26)  
Operate the Tractor and/or Implement controls only while properly seated in the Tractor seat  
with the seat belt securely fastened around you. Inadvertent movement of the Tractor or  
Implement may cause serious injury or death. (SG-29)  
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In case of mechincal difficulty during operation, place the transmission in the park position,  
set the parking brake, shut down all power, including the PTO and the engine and remove  
the key. Wait until all rotating motion has stop before dismounting. (SG-39)  
Do Not operate this equipment in areas where insects such as bees may attack you and/or  
cause you to lose control of the equipment. If you must enter in such areas, use a tractor  
with an enclosed Cab and close the windows to prevent insects from entering. If a tractor cab is not  
available, wear suitable clothing including head, face, and hand protection to shield you from the insects.  
Attacking insects can cause you to lose control of the tractor, which can result in serious injury or death to you  
or bystanders. Never dismount a moving tractor. (SG-40)  
Mow only in conditions where you have clear visibility in daylight or with adequate artificial  
lighting. Never mow in darkness or foggy conditions where you cannot clearly see at least  
100 yards in front and to the sides of the tractor and mower. Make sure that you can clearly see and identify  
passersby, steep slopes, ditches, drop-offs, overhead obstructions, power lines, debris and foreign objects. If  
you are unable to clearly see these type of items discontinue mowing. (SGM-1)  
There are obvious and hidden potential hazards in the operation of this  
Mower. REMEMBER! This machine is often operated in heavy brush  
and in heavy weeds. The Blades of this Mower can throw objects if shields are not  
properly installed and maintained. Serious injury or even death may occur unless care is  
taken to insure the safety of the operator, bystanders, or passersby in the area. Do not  
operate this machine with anyone in the immediate area. Stop mowing if anyone is within  
100 yards of mower. (SGM-2)  
The rotating parts of this machine have been designed and tested for rugged use.  
However, the blades could fail upon impact with heavy, solid objects such as metal guard  
rails and concrete structures. Such impact could cause the broken objects to be thrown outward at very high  
velocities. To reduce the possibility of property damage, serious injury, or even death, never allow the cutting  
blades to contact such obstacles. (SGM-4)  
Extreme care should be taken when operating near loose objects such  
as gravel, rocks, wire, and other debris. Inspect the area before  
mowing. Foreign objects should be removed from the site to prevent machine damage  
and/or bodily injury or even death. Any objects that cannot be removed must be clearly  
marked and carefully avoided by the operator. Stop mowing immediately if blades strike a  
foreign object. Repair all damage and make certain rotor or blade carrier is balanced  
before resuming mowing. (SGM-5)  
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Many varied objects, such as wire, cable, rope, or chains, can become entangled in the  
operating parts of the mower head. These items could then swing outside the housing at  
greater velocities than the blades. Such a situation is extremely hazardous and could result in serious injury  
or even death. Inspect the cutting area for such objects before mowing. Remove any like object from the site.  
Never allow the cutting blades to contact such items. (SGM-6)  
Mow at the speed that you can safely operate and control the tractor and mower. Safe  
mowing speed depends on terrain condition and grass type, density, and height of cut.  
Normal ground speed range is from 2 to 5 mph. Use slow mowing speeds when operating on or near steep  
slopes, ditches, drop-offs, overhead obstructions, power lines, or when debris and foreign objects are to be  
avoided. (SGM-7)  
Avoid mowing in reverse direction when possible. Check to make sure there are no  
persons behind the mower and use extreme care when mowing in reverse. Mow only at a  
slow ground speed where you can safely operate and control the tractor and mower. Never mow an area  
that you have not inspected and removed debris or foreign material. (SGM-8)  
Do not mow with two machines in the same area except with Cab tractors with the windows  
closed. (SGM-11)  
Follow these guidelines to reduce the risk of equipment and grass fires  
while operating, servicing, and repairing the Mower and Tractor:  
-Equip the Tractor with a fire extinguisher in an accesible location.  
-Do Not operate the Mower on a Tractor with an underframe exhaust.  
-Do Not smoke or have an open flame near the Mower and Tractor.  
-Do Not drive into burning debris or freshly burnt areas.  
-Ensure slip clutches are properly adjusted to prevent excessive slippage and plate heating.  
-Never allow clippings or debris to collect near drivelines, slip clutches, and gearboxes.  
Periodically shut down the Tractor and Mower and clean clippings and collected debris from  
the mower deck. (SGM-12)  
The Mower is designed for certain mowing applications and is rated to cut up to a specific  
size vegetation (see Mower Standard Equipment and Specifications). DO NOT use this  
mower to cut vegetation above the Mower’s rated capacity or to cut any type of non-vegetative material. Only  
operate this Mower on a properly sized and equipped Tractor. Operating this Mower in an application for  
which it is not designed and/or operating the Mower with the wrong size Tractor can cause Mower component  
damage and equipment failure resulting in possible serious injury or death. (SGM-14)  
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