Billy Goat Lawn Aerator AE550 User Manual

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AE550, AE550H  
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Specifications  
AE550  
AE550H  
ENGINE: H.P.  
ENGINE: TYPE  
5.5 (4.1 kW)  
5.5 (4.1 kW)  
B&S OHV  
HONDA OHV  
ENGINE: FUEL CAP.  
ENGINE: OIL CAP.  
UNIT WEIGHT  
3.0 qt. (2.84 L)  
0.66 qt. (0.62 L)  
290# (131.8 kg)  
36# (16.4 kg)  
326# (148.2 kg)  
447# (203.2 kg)  
3.88 qt. (3.41 L)  
0.69 qt. (0.65 L)  
294# (133.6 kg)  
36# (16.4 kg)  
REMOVABLE WEIGHT  
NET UNIT WEIGHT  
WEIGHT: SHIPPING  
330# (150.0 kg)  
451# (205.0 kg)  
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Part No. 360178  
Form No. F012302A  
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GENERAL SAFETY  
For your safety and the safety of others, these directions should be followed:  
Do not operate this machine without first reading  
owner's manual and engine manufacturer's manual. ·DO NOT operate a machine that exhibits excessive vibration.  
·DO NOT operate this machine on slopes greater than 19°.  
·DO NOT use this unit on any surface other than grass lawns.  
·DO NOT allow children to operate this equipment.  
Use of Ear Protection is recommended while  
operating this machine.  
Use of Eye and Breathing protection is recommended  
when using this machine, especially in dry and dusty  
conditions.  
-DO read all maintenance and operating instructions before  
begining work.  
-DO read all engine manufacturers operating and maintenance  
instructions.  
Wearing gloves is recommended while  
operating this machine.  
-DO inspect lawn before begining work. Remove all rocks, wire,  
string, or other objects that can present a hazard during work prior to  
starting.  
-DO identify and mark all fixed objects to be avoided during work,  
such as sprinkler heads, water valves, buried cables, or clothes line  
anchors, etc.  
·DO NOT place hands or feet underneath unit, near debris  
outlet or near any moving parts.  
·DO NOT start engine without tine height adjust lever in up  
position and clutch bail disengaged.  
·DO NOT start or operate machine with guards removed.  
·DO NOT perform any service on the unit without removing  
the spark plug wire.  
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ASSEMBLY  
3. SECURE the upper handle by positioning the lowermost mounting hole  
over the chosen handle mounting stud and tightening the hand knob on  
the handle pivot bolt to secure the handle in position.  
Read all safety and operating instructions  
before assembling or starting this unit.  
4. REPLACE the lock nuts that were removed in step one and fully  
tighten them to complete securing the handle in place.  
PUT OIL IN ENGINE BEFORE STARTING  
5.ATTACH the lift rods, one on each side of the unit. Remove the hair  
pins that are shipped in free end of the rods. Pivot the rods up and along  
the side of the unit and slip the free end of the rod into the lift link bars  
one on each side of the unit. With the rods in position, replace the hair  
pins in the holes that they were removed from to lock the lift rods in  
place.  
5. CHECK engine oil level and fill to proper level. See engine owners  
manual for type and amount of oil to use. Move the tine height adjust  
lever to the down position, to level engine during checking.  
6.CONNECT spark plug wire.HONDA ONLY:Set the engine stop switch  
to the on position. You will use the stop switch on the handle during  
operation.  
Your Billy Goat EZ-Air aerator is shipped from the factory in one  
carton, completely assembled.  
1.REMOVE lock nuts from the upper handle mounting stud. These  
will be reused.  
2. UNFOLD the upper handle and pivot it back into the operating  
position. NOTE:There are two height positions that the handle can  
be set in. The lower stud places the handle in the highest position  
the upper stud places the handle in the lowest operating position.  
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PACKING CHECKLIST  
These items should be included in your carton. If any  
of these parts are missing, contact your dealer.  
Per Model  
Check  
Check  
Briggs & Stratton  
5.5 Intek OHV  
Engine  
Manual Per  
Model  
Honda 5.5 OHV  
Check  
Owner's  
Manual  
360178  
Literature  
Assembly  
360177  
Check  
Check  
Warranty  
Card 400972  
EU Declaration  
of Conformity &  
EU Distributor  
List 360194  
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CONTROLS  
HONDA ENGINE THROTTLE CONTROL  
B & S ENGINE THROTTLE CONTROL  
Set lever to choke position when  
starting a cold engine  
THROTTLE LEVER  
RUN  
CHOKE  
STOP  
Set lever to desired engine speed.  
Move lever completely to the left  
to stop engine  
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ENGINE LABELS  
FUEL VALVE  
CHOKE LEVER  
Briggs & Stratton  
RUN  
CHOKE  
ON  
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INSTRUCTION LABELS  
OFF  
These labels should be included on your Aerator. If any of  
these labels are damaged, replace them before putting this  
equipment into operation. Item and part numbers are given to  
help in ordering replacement labels.  
THIS ENGINE EQUIPPED WITH  
LOW OIL SENSOR, IF ENGINE WILL  
NOT START, CHECK OIL LEVEL  
Label Danger  
Keep Hands  
and Feet Away  
Part No.400424  
WARNING  
EXPLOSIVE FUEL  
STOP ENGINE AND ALLOW TO  
COOL BEFORE REFUELING.  
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WARNING  
Label Do Not Fill While  
Engine Is Hot  
Part No.400268  
Read and follow Operating  
Instructions before running engine.  
Gasoline is flammable. Allow engine  
to cool at least 2 minutes before fueling.  
Engines emit carbon monoxide,  
DO NOT run in enclosed area.  
WARNING  
LIFT HERE  
Honda  
THE UNIT WEIGHS OVER 300 LBS.  
LIFT HERE WITH CAUTION  
Label Warning Unit Weight  
Part No.360188  
Label LIFT HERE ARE  
Part No.360187  
WARNING  
Label Danger Guard  
Part No.900327  
OPERATING INSTRUCTIONS  
BEFORE STARTING, MAKE SURE:  
TINE DEPTH CONTROL BAIL IS IN UP POSITION.  
ALL GUARDS ARE ATTACHED.  
TO START, MOVE ENGINE STOP SWITCH TO "ON" AND PULL ROPE.  
NOTE: IT MAY BE NECESSARY TO USE THE ENGINE CHOKE IF  
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ENGINE IS COLD.  
PUSH FORWARD ON TINE LIFT HANDLE TO ENGAGE TINES  
IN GROUND.  
PUSH FORWARD ON OPERATOR'S BAIL TO ENGAGE DRIVE AND  
START AERATING.  
DURING OPERATION PUSHING DOWN ON OPERATOR'S HANDLE  
WILL MAXIMIZE CORING DEPTH.  
RELEASE BAIL TO STOP UNIT.  
FOR PREVENTATIVE MAINTENANCE  
CHECK ENGINE OIL DAILY.  
INSPECT AND CLEAN ENGINE AIR FILTER DAILY.  
REPLACE AS NEEDED.  
GREASE ALL BEARINGS AND CHECK GEAR REDUCTION  
OIL LEVEL ON EVERY ENGINE OIL CHANGE.  
OIL ALERT  
READ OWNERS MANUAL  
BEFORE OPERATING  
NOTE: ENGINE WILL CONTINUE TO RUN WITH BAIL DISENGAGED.  
ALWAYS:  
TO TURN UNIT, PULL BACK ON TINE LIFT HANDLE TO LIFT TINES  
OUT OF GROUND. GRADUAL TURNS CAN BE MADE WITHOUT  
LIFTING THE TINES.  
WITH TINES UP, PUSH FORWARD ON OPERATOR'S BAIL TO  
ENGAGE WHEELDRIVE FOR ASSISTED TURNING.  
TO STOP ENGINE MOVE ENGINE STOP SWITCH TO "OFF".  
INSPECT MACHINE BEFORE EACH USE AND REPLACE ANY  
WORN AND DAMAGED PARTS.  
PROPERLY SECURE EQUIPMENT BEFORE TRANSPORTING.  
DISCONNECT SPARK PLUG WIRE BEFORE SERVICING UNIT.  
USE ONLY A QUALIFIED MECHANIC TO SERVICE THIS MACHINE.  
WHEN OIL LEVEL LOW,  
USE PERSONAL  
PROTECTION EQUIPMENT  
ENGINE STOPS IMMEDIATELY.  
Label Instructions Height Adjust - Part No. 350224  
Part No. 360178  
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Operation  
INTENDED USE: This machine is designed for aerating  
established lawns and large grass covered areas. The  
machine should not be used for any other purpose than  
that stated above.  
TINES RAISING/LOWERING  
The tines are raised or lowered into the ground by operating  
the tine engagement lever on the upper handle. Tine  
penetration is very dependent on surface preparation. READ  
the operation section before aerating.  
DO NOT operate if excessive vibration occurs. If excessive  
vibration occurs, shut engine off immediately and check for  
damaged or worn tine reel, loose pulley bolts or set screws,  
loose engine or lodged foreign objects. (See trouble  
shooting section on page 12).  
TINES UP  
TRANSPORT  
Like all mechanical tools, reasonable care must  
be used when operating machine.  
Inspect machine work area and machine before operat-  
ing. Make sure that all operators of this equipment are  
trained in general machine use and safety.  
STARTING ENGINE  
ENGINE: See engine manufacturer’s instructions  
for type and amount of oil and gasoline used.  
Engine must be level when checking and filling oil and  
gasoline.  
TINES DOWN  
RUNNING  
GEAR REDUCTION: See engine manufacturer’s instruc-  
tions for type and amount of oil used. Engine must be level  
when checking and filling the gear reduction case. The  
engine is shipped from the factory with oil in the gear case.  
It shoudl be checked before first use.  
AERATING OPERATION  
DO NOT- Use this machine on any surface other than a lawn or  
similar area.  
DO NOT- Use this machine on slopes in excess of 19°.  
DO NOT- Allow persons unfamiliar with this equipment to operate it.  
DO NOT- Allow children to operate this equipment.  
ENGINE SPEED: Controlled by throttle lever on the upper  
handle. Under normal conditions, operate at the minimum  
throttle speed to accomplish your task.  
NOTE: The unit ground speed varies with the engine speed.  
FUEL VALVE: Move fuel valve to "ON" position  
Honda: Located below the air cleaner on the engine.  
Briggs: Located on face of the engine.  
MOW: Mow the lawn to it's normal cut height.  
WATER: For the best performance and maximum tine  
penetration the lawn should be thoroughly watered the day  
before aeration.  
ENGINE STOP SWITCH: Move to "ON" position  
Honda only: Located on side of engine. During normal  
operation use the remote stop switch on the operators  
handle.  
INSPECT lawn before begining work. Remove all rocks, wire,  
string, or other objects that can present a hazard during work  
prior to starting.  
IDENTIFY and mark all fixed objects to be avoided during  
work, such as sprinkler heads, water valves, buried cables, or  
clothes line anchors, etc.  
CHOKE: Engage the choke when starting a cold engine.  
Honda: Located below the air cleaner on the engine.  
Briggs: Located on top of the air cleaner on the engine.  
START ENGINE: See above.  
THROTTLE: Move the throttle control on the upper handle  
to fast position. Pull starting rope to start engine.  
SET SPEED: The ground speed of your aerator varies with  
the engine speed. Set the engine at approximately half  
throttle to start. Speed may be increased based on the turf  
conditions (i.e. large flat areas) and operator experience.  
Speed should be lowered when operating under adverse turf  
conditions (i.e. fenced areas, hills, or slopes).  
IFYOUR UNIT FAILSTO START:  
See Troubleshooting on page 12.  
NOTE: Honda engines are equiped with a low oil sensor to  
prevent engine damage. When it senses a low oil condition  
(i.e. unit is operating or sitting on a steep slope) the engine  
shuts down. The low oil condition must be corrected before  
the engine can be restarted. See the engine owners  
manual for more information.  
MOVE: Be sure the tine engagement control is in the up  
position (tines out of the ground) and engage the wheel drive  
by squeezing the operators clutch bail against the handle.  
Transport the aerator to the work area.  
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OPERATION continued  
AERATOR OPERATION CON'T  
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ENGAGE TINES: With the aerator in the work area, release  
the clutch bail and push forward on the tine engagement  
lever, lowering the tines into the dirt.  
WATER: For the best performance and maximum tine  
penetration the lawn should be thoroughly watered the day  
before aeration.  
SLOPES: Do not operate the aerator on steep slopes. Use  
extreme caution when operating on any sloped surface.  
For lesser sloped areas operate the unit, traversing up and  
down at a 45 degree angle to the slope rather than straight  
across. Extended operation on steep slopes can cause  
engine damage.  
AERATE: Engage the operators clutch bail by pushing it  
forward to the handle, and start aerating.  
NOTE: For maximum tine penetration apply downward  
pressure on the handle.  
TURNING: At the end of an aerating run, release the clutch  
bail and pull back on the tine engagement control to lift the  
tines out of the ground. Using the handle swivel the rear of  
the unit to bring it around and line up for the next pass.  
NOTE: Engage the clutch bail to use the front wheel drive to  
aid in turning the unit.  
NOTE: DO NOT release the operators clutch bail when  
operating on a slope. This will allow the unit to free wheel  
and allow the unit to roll down the slope.  
NOTE: Honda engines are equiped with a low oil sensor to  
prevent engine damage. When it senses a low oil condition  
(i.e. unit is operating or sitting on a steep slope) the engine  
shuts down. The low oil condition must be corrected before  
the engine can be restarted. See the engine owners  
manual for more information.  
TRANSPORT: Be sure to lift the tine engagement lever (tine  
out of the ground) before transporting away from the work  
area.  
HANDLING & TRANSPORTING  
CAUTION: This unit is heavy. It requires at least two people to lift it.  
TINE PENETRATION: Maximum tine penetration is  
achieved by applying downward pressure on the handle  
during operation.  
REMOVE: The aerator is equiped with a removable rear weight.  
Remove the weight when loading and unloading the unit. The weight  
can be removed by rotating the locking tabs on the weight mounting  
pins and lifting it straight up. See Fig. 1 below.  
NOTE: The removable weight is also heavy and should handled  
carefully and secured in place during transport.  
TURNING: At the end of a pass the tines can be lifted out of  
the ground to turn by lifting straight up on the operators  
handle.  
LIFTING: The aerator is equiped with lift handles. After removing the  
weight lift the unit with two people one on each side of the unit. Grip  
the unit at the points marked "LIFT HERE" when lifting. Lift using  
your legs and not your back. See Fig. 2  
USING RAMPS: Use ramps that are of adequate strength for a unit  
of this weight. When loading the aerator using ramps be sure the  
ramp is not too steep and that the surface of the ramp provides good  
traction.  
Fig. 1  
Fig. 2  
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