Alamo Lawn Mower TX235 User Manual

Published 02/07  
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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 Group Ag Division, in  
cooperation with other industry manufacturers has developed the AEM/FEMA Industrial and Agricul-  
tural 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 Ag 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 Group Ag.  
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.  
Every operator should be trained for each piece of equipment (Tractor and Mower), understand the  
intended use, and the potential hazards before operating the equipment.  
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General Safety Instructions and Practices  
A 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  
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 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  
Never allow inexperienced or untrained personnel to  
operate the Tractor or Implement without supervision. Make sure the  
operator has fully read and understood the manuals prior to operation.  
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)  
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)  
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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)  
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  
ground level. Slipping and falling can cause serious injury or death. (SG-33)  
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.  
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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-09)  
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-03)  
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)  
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-05)  
This Implement may be 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. If in doubt about buried utility lines call 811  
before digging or 1-800-258-0808. (SBH-6)  
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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. (SFL-4)  
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 set the parking 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)  
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 or dismount the Tractor while the tractor is moving. Mount  
the Tractor only when the Tractor and all moving parts are completely  
stopped. (SG-12)  
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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 unit 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)  
In case of mechanical 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 stopped 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)  
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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(90 m) 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-02)  
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-05)  
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.  
Mow at the speed that you can safely operate and control the tractor and mower. The  
correct mowing speed depends on terrain condition and grass type, density, and height of  
cut. Normal ground speed range is from 2 to 5 mph(3-8 kph). 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-07)  
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