Poulan Lawn Mower 182770 User Manual

IMPORTANT MANUAL  
Do Not Throw Away  
OWNER'S MANUAL  
WARNING:  
Read this Owner's Manual and follow  
all Warnings and Safety Instructions.  
Failure to do so can result in serious  
injury.  
MODEL:  
PPR20H42STA  
LAWN TRACTOR  
ALWAYS WEAR EYE PROTECTION DURING OPERATION  
182770 2.2.02 RD  
Printed in U.S.A.  
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SAFETYRULES  
Safe Operation Practices for Ride-On Mowers  
Look for this symbol to point out im-  
portant safety precautions. It means  
CAUTION!!! BECOMEALERT!!! YOUR  
SAFETY IS INVOLVED.  
Be sure the area is clear of other people before mowing.  
Stop machine if anyone enters the area.  
Never carry passengers or children even with the blades  
off.  
Do not mow in reverse unless absolutely necessary. Al-  
ways look down and behind before and while backing.  
Never carry children. They may fall off and be seriously  
injured or interfere with safe machine operation.  
Keep children out of the mowing area and under the  
watchful care of another responsible adult.  
Be alert and turn machine off if children enter the area.  
Before and when backing, look behind and down for small  
children.  
Mow up and down slopes (15° Max), not across.  
Remove obstacles such as rocks, tree limbs, etc.  
CAUTION: Inordertopreventacciden-  
talstartingwhensettingup,transport-  
ing, adjusting or making repairs, al-  
ways disconnect spark plug wire and  
placewirewhereitcannotcontactspark  
plug.  
CAUTION: Do not coast down a hill in  
neutral, you may lose control of the  
tractor.  
Watch for holes, ruts, or bumps. Uneven terrain could  
overturn the machine. Tall grass can hide obstacles.  
Useslowspeed. Choosealowgearsothatyouwillnothave  
to stop or shift while on the slope.  
Avoid starting or stopping on a slope. If tires lose traction,  
disengage the blades and proceed slowly straight down  
the slope.  
If machine stops while going uphill, disengage blades, shift  
into reverse and back down slowly.  
Do not turn on slopes unless necessary, and then, turn  
slowly and gradually downhill, if possible.  
CAUTION: Tow only the attachments  
that are recommended by and comply  
withspecificationsofthemanufacturer  
of your tractor. Use common sense  
when towing. Operate only at the low-  
est possible speed when on a slope.  
Too heavy of a load, while on a slope,  
is dangerous. Tires can lose traction  
with the ground and cause you to lose  
control of your tractor.  
WARNING  
Engine exhaust, some of its constituents, and cer-  
tain vehicle components contain or emit chemicals  
knowntotheStateofCaliforniatocausecancerand  
birth defects or other reproductive harm.  
WARNING  
Battery posts, terminals and related accessories  
containleadandleadcompounds,chemicalsknown  
to the State of California to cause cancer and birth  
defects or other reproductive harm. Wash hands  
afterhandling.  
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CONGRATULATIONS onyourpurchaseofanewTractor.  
Ithasbeendesigned,engineeredandmanufacturedtogive  
you the best possible dependability and performance.  
PRODUCT SPECIFICATIONS  
GASOLINE CAPACITY  
AND TYPE:  
2.0 GALLONS  
UNLEADED REGULAR  
Should you experience any problem you cannot easily  
remedy, please contact your nearest authorized service  
center. We have competent, well-trained technicians and  
the proper tools to service or repair this tractor.  
OIL TYPE (API-SF-SJ):  
SAE 30 (above 32°F)  
SAE 5W-30 (below 32°F)  
OIL CAPACITY:  
W/FILTER  
4.0 PINTS  
Please read and retain this manual. The instructions will  
enable you to assemble and maintain your tractor properly.  
Always observe the "SAFETY RULES".  
W/OFILTER 3.75 PINTS  
SPARK PLUG:  
(GAP: .040")  
CHAMPION RC12YC  
CUSTOMER RESPONSIBILITIES  
GROUND SPEED (MPH): Forward:  
Reverse  
0-5.5  
0-2.4  
Read and observe the safety rules.  
Followaregularscheduleinmaintaining,caringforand  
using your tractor.  
TIRE PRESSURE:  
CHARGING SYSTEM:  
BATTERY:  
FRONT:  
REAR:  
14 PSI  
10 PSI  
Followtheinstructionsunderthe"CustomerResponsi-  
bilities" and "Storage" sections of this owner's manual.  
3 AMPS BATTERY  
5 AMPS HEADLIGHTS  
WARNING: This tractor is equipped with an internal com-  
bustion engine and should not be used on or near any  
unimproved forest-covered, brush-covered or grass-cov-  
ered land unless the engine’s exhaust system is equipped  
with a spark arrester meeting applicable local or state laws  
(if any). If a spark arrester is used, it should be maintained  
in effective working order by the operator.  
AMP/HR:  
28  
MIN. CCA:  
230  
CASE SIZE: U1R  
BLADE BOLT TORQUE:  
27–35 FT. LBS.  
A spark arrester for the muffler is available through your  
nearestauthorizedservicecenter/department(SeeREPAIR  
PARTS section of this manual).  
InthestateofCaliforniatheaboveisrequiredbylaw(Section  
4442oftheCaliforniaPublicResourcesCode). Otherstates  
mayhavesimilarlaws. Federallawsapplyonfederallands.  
TABLE OF CONTENTS  
SAFETY RULES ........................................................ 2-3  
PRODUCT SPECIFICATIONS ....................................... 4  
CUSTOMER RESPONSIBILITIES ......................4, 16-19  
ASSEMBLY................................................................ 6-8  
OPERATION............................................................. 9-15  
MAINTENANCE SCHEDULE....................................... 16  
SERVICE AND ADJUSTMENTS .............................20-25  
STORAGE ................................................................... 26  
TROUBLESHOOTING .............................................27-28  
REPAIR PARTS - TRACTOR ..................................30-45  
WARRANTY ................................................................ 46  
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UNASSEMBLEDPARTS  
Seat  
Steering Wheel  
Steering  
Wheel Insert  
(1) Washer  
17/32 x 1-3/16 x 12 Gauge  
Steering  
Extension  
Shaft  
(1) Knob  
(1) Hex Bolt  
3/8-16 x 1  
Steering  
Sleeve  
Slope Sheet  
Steering Adapter  
(1) Large Flat  
Washer  
(2) Keys  
(1) Lock  
washer 3/8  
(1) Oil Drain Tube  
For Future Use  
(1) Locknut  
5/16-18  
(2) Mulch Blades  
(1) Hex Bolt 5/16-18 x 1-1/4  
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ASSEMBLY  
Yournewtractorhasbeenassembledatthefactorywithexceptionofthosepartsleftunassembledforshippingpurposes. To  
ensure safe and proper operation of your tractor all parts and hardware you assemble must be tightened securely. Use the  
correct tools as necessary to insure proper tightness.  
TOOLS REQUIRED FOR ASSEMBLY  
A socket wrench set will make assembly easier. Standard  
wrench sizes are listed.  
INSERT  
3/8 HEX BOLT  
Utility knife  
Pliers  
(1) 9/16" wrenches  
(2) 1/2" wrenches  
Whenrightorlefthandismentionedinthismanual,itmeans  
when you are in the operating position (seated behind the  
steeringwheel).  
Tirepressuregauge  
3/8 LOCK WASHER  
LARGE FLAT  
WASHER  
TO REMOVE TRACTOR FROM CARTON  
STEERING  
WHEEL  
STEERING  
BOOT  
UNPACK CARTON  
Remove all accessible loose parts and parts cartons  
from carton.  
Cut, from top to bottom, along lines on all four corners  
of carton, and lay panels flat.  
Check for any additional loose parts or cartons and  
remove.  
TABS  
ADAPTER  
EXTENSION SHAFT  
5/16 HEX BOLT  
BEFORE REMOVING TRACTOR FROM  
SKID  
ATTACH STEERING WHEEL (See Fig. 1)  
5/16 LOCKNUT  
ASSEMBLE EXTENSION SHAFT AND BOOT  
Slide extension shaft onto lower steering shaft. Align mount-  
ing holes in extension and lower shafts and install  
5/16 hex bolt and locknut. Tighten securely.  
IMPORTANT: TIGHTEN BOLT AND NUT SECURELY TO  
18-22 FT. LBS TORQUE.  
LOWER  
STEERING  
SHAFT  
Place tabs of steering boot over tab slots in dash and push  
down to secure.  
TAB  
SLOTS  
INSTALL STEERING WHEEL  
Position front wheels of the tractor so they are pointing  
straight forward.  
Remove steering wheel adapter from steering wheel and  
slide adapter onto steering shaft extension.  
Position steering wheel so cross bars are horizontal (left to  
right) and slide inside boot and onto adapter.  
FIG. 1  
HOW TO SET UP YOUR TRACTOR  
Assemblelargeflatwasher, 3/8lockwasher, 3/8hexboltand  
tighten securely.  
CHECK BATTERY (See Fig. 2)  
Lift seat pan to raised position.  
Snap steering wheel insert into center of steering wheel.  
Remove protective materials from tractor hood and grill.  
If this battery is put into service after month and year  
indicated on label (label located between terminals)  
charge battery for minimum of one hour at 6-10 amps.  
(See"BATTERY"inCUSTOMERRESPONSIBILITIES  
section of this manual for charging instructions).  
IMPORTANT: CHECK FOR AND REMOVE ANY STAPLES  
IN SKID THAT MAY PUNCTURE TIRES WHERE TRACTOR  
IS TO ROLL OFF SKID.  
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ASSEMBLY  
NOTE: You may now roll or drive your tractor off the skid.  
Follow the appropriate instruction below to remove the  
tractor from the skid.  
SEAT PAN  
TOROLLTRACTOROFFSKID(SeeOperation  
section, page 10, for location and function of  
controls)  
LABLE  
Press lift lever plunger and raise attachment lift lever to  
its highest position.  
Releaseparkingbrakebydepressingclutch/brakepedal.  
Place freewheel control in freewheeling position to  
disengagetransmission(SeeTOTRANSPORTinthe  
Operation section of this manual).  
FIG. 2  
Roll tractor forward off skid.  
Remove banding holding deflector shield up against  
tractor.  
INSTALL SEAT (See Fig. 3)  
Adjust seat before tightening adjustment knob.  
TO DRIVE TRACTOR OFF SKID (See Opera-  
tion section, page 10, for location and func-  
tion of controls)  
Removeadjustmentknobandflatwashersecuringseat  
tocardboardpackingandsetasideforassemblyofseat  
to tractor.  
Pivot seat upward and remove from the cardboard  
packing. Remove the cardboard packing and discard.  
Place seat on seat pan so head of shoulder bolt is  
positioned over large slotted hole in pan.  
Push down on seat to engage shoulder bolt in slot and  
pull seat towards rear of tractor.  
Pivot seat and pan forward and assemble adjustment  
knob and flat washer loosely. Do not tighten.  
WARNING:Beforestarting,read,understandandfollow  
all instructions in the Operation section of this manual. Be  
sure tractor is in a well-ventilated area. Be sure the area in  
front of tractor is clear of other people and objects.  
Be sure all the above assembly steps have been  
completed.  
Check engine oil level and fill fuel tank with gasoline.  
Place freewheel control in "transmission engaged" po-  
sition.  
Lower seat into operating position and sit on seat.  
Slideseatuntilacomfortablepositionisreachedwhich  
allowsyoutopressclutch/brakepedalallthewaydown.  
Sit on seat in operating position, depress clutch/brake  
pedal and set the parking brake.  
Place motion control lever in neutral (N) position.  
Pressliftleverplungerandraiseattachmentliftleverto  
its highest position.  
Get off seat without moving its adjusted position.  
Raise seat and tighten adjustment knob securely.  
Starttheengine.Afterenginehasstarted,movethrottle  
control to idle position.  
SEAT  
Releaseparkingbrake.  
Slowlymovethemotioncontrolleverforwardandslowly  
drive tractor off skid.  
Applybraketostoptractor,setparkingbrakeandplace  
motion control lever in neutral position.  
SEAT PAN  
Turn ignition key to "OFF" position.  
Continue with the instructions that follow.  
SHOULDER  
BOLT  
FLAT WASHER  
ADJUSTMENT  
KNOB  
FIG. 3  
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ASSEMBLY  
CHECK TIRE PRESSURE  
IMPORTANT: FOR SHIPPING PURPOSES, THE  
MULCHER PLATE WAS PREATTACHED TO YOUR  
MOWER. THE MULCHER PLATE MUST ONLY BE USED  
WITH THE MULCHING BLADES THAT CAME PACKED  
SEPARATELY IN THE CARTON.  
The tires on your tractor were overinflated at the factory for  
shipping purposes. Correct tire pressure is important for  
best cutting performance.  
Reduce tire pressure to PSI shown in “PRODUCT  
SPECIFICATIONS” section of this manual.  
YOUR MOWER CAME FACTORY EQUIPPED WITH HIGH  
PERFORMANCE BLADES, WHICH ARE THE BEST  
BLADES FOR BAGGING AND DISCHARGING. TO USE  
YOUR MOWER WITH THE HIGH PERFORMANCE BLADES  
THE MULCHER PLATE MUST BE REMOVED FROM THE  
MOWER (SEE FIG. 4).  
CHECK DECK LEVELNESS  
For best cutting results, mower housing should be properly  
leveled. SeeTOLEVELMOWERHOUSINGintheService  
and Adjustments section of this manual.  
CHECK FOR PROPER POSITION OF ALL  
BELTS  
See the figures that are shown for replacing motion and  
mower blade drive belts in the Service and Adjustments  
section of this manual. Verify that the belts are routed  
correctly.  
TO SET UP YOUR MOWER FOR MULCHING  
Remove high performance blades and install mulcher  
blades, (see BLADE REMOVAL in the CUSTOMER  
RESPONSABILITY section of this manual).  
TO INSTALL MULCHER PLATE (See Fig. 4)  
NOTE:Ifyouinstalledthemulchingbladesyouwillneedtoinstall  
themulcherplate.  
CHECK BRAKE SYSTEM  
Afteryoulearnhowtooperateyourtractor,checktoseethat  
the brake is properly adjusted. See “TO ADJUST BRAKE”  
in the Service and Adjustments section of this manual.  
Raise and hold deflector shield in upright position.  
Place front of mulcher plate over front of mower deck  
opening and slide into place, as shown.  
Hook front latch into hole on front of mower deck.  
Hook rear latch into hole on back of mower deck.  
CHECKLIST  
BEFOREYOUOPERATEANDENJOYYOURNEW TRAC-  
TOR, WE WISH TO ASSURE THAT YOU RECEIVE THE  
BESTPERFORMANCEANDSATISFACTIONFROMTHIS  
QUALITYPRODUCT.  
CAUTION:Donotremovedeflectorshield  
frommower.Raiseandholdshieldwhen  
attaching mulcher plate and allow it to  
rest on plate while in operation.  
PLEASE REVIEW THE FOLLOWING CHECKLIST:  
All assembly instructions have been completed.  
No remaining loose parts in carton.  
Batteryisproperlypreparedandcharged. (Minimum1  
hour at 6 amps).  
DEFLECTOR  
SHIELD  
MULCHER  
PLATE  
Seat is adjusted comfortably and tightened securely.  
All tires are properly inflated. (For shipping purposes,  
the tires were overinflated at the factory).  
Be sure mower deck is properly leveled side-to-side/  
front-to-rear for best cutting results. (Tires must be  
properly inflated for leveling).  
LATCH  
HOOKS  
Check mower and drive belts. Be sure they are routed  
properly around pulleys and inside all belt keepers.  
Check wiring. See that all connections are still secure  
and wires are properly clamped.  
Before driving tractor, be sure freewheel control is in  
drive position.  
FIG. 4  
TO CONVERT TO BAGGING OR  
DISCHARGING  
NOTE:Themulcherbladeswilldischargeandbaggrass,but  
forbestbagginganddischarginginstallthehighperformance  
WHILELEARNINGHOWTOUSEYOURTRACTOR,PAY  
EXTRA ATTENTION TO THE FOLLOWING IMPORTANT  
ITEMS:  
blades.  
Engine oil is at proper level.  
Remove mulcher plate and mulcher blades and install  
highperformanceblades,(seeBLADEREMOVALinthe  
CUSTOMERRESPONSABILITYsectionofthismanual).  
Fuel tank is filled with fresh, clean, regular unleaded  
gasoline.  
Become familiar with all controls - their location and  
function. Operate them before you start the engine.  
Storemulcherbladesandmulcherplateinasafeplace.  
Your mower is now ready for discharging or installation  
of optional grass catcher accessory.  
Be sure brake system is in safe operating condition.  
Itisimportanttopurgethetransmissionbeforeoperating  
yourtractorforthefirsttime. Followproperstartingand  
transmission purging instructions (See “TO START  
ENGINEandPURGETRANSMISSIONintheOpera-  
tion section of this manual).  
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OPERATION  
These symbols may appear on your tractor or in literature supplied with the product. Learn and understand their meaning.  
BATTERY  
CAUTION OR  
WARNING  
REVERSE  
FORWARD  
LIGHTS ON  
FAST  
SLOW  
OVER TEMP  
LIGHT  
ENGINE ON  
ENGINE OFF  
OIL PRESSURE  
PARKING BRAKE  
LOCKED  
UNLOCKED  
MOWER LIFT  
FUEL  
CHOKE  
MOWER HEIGHT  
P
ATTACHMENT  
CLUTCH ENGAGED  
REVERSE  
NEUTRAL  
HIGH  
LOW  
PARKING BRAKE  
15  
15  
15  
KEEP AREA CLEAR  
SLOPE HAZARDS  
ATTACHMENT  
CLUTCH DISENGAGED  
(SEE SAFETY RULES SECTION)  
IGNITION  
FREE WHEEL  
(Automatic Models only)  
DANGER, KEEP HANDS AND FEET AWAY  
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OPERATION  
KNOW YOUR TRACTOR  
READ THIS OWNER'S MANUAL AND SAFETY RULES BEFORE OPERATING YOUR TRACTOR  
Comparetheillustrationswithyourtractortofamiliarizeyourselfwiththelocationsofvariouscontrolsandadjustments. Save  
this manual for future reference.  
LIGHT  
SWITCH  
POSITION  
IGNITION  
SWITCH  
ATTACHMENT  
CLUTCH LEVER  
AMMETER  
CHOKE  
CONTROL  
LIFT LEVER  
PLUNGER  
THROTTLE  
CONTROL  
ATTACHMENT  
LIFT LEVER  
CLUTCH/BRAKE  
PEDAL  
HEIGHT  
ADJUSTMENT  
INDICATOR  
PARKING  
BRAKE  
MOTION  
CONTROL  
LEVER  
FREE WHEEL  
CONTROL  
FIG. 5  
Our tractors conform to the safety standards of the American National Standards Institute.  
ATTACHMENT CLUTCH LEVER: Used to engage the  
mowerblades,orotherattachmentsmountedtoyourtractor.  
FREEWHEEL CONTROL: Disengages transmission for  
pushing or slowly towing the tractor with the engine off.  
LIGHT SWITCH POSITION: Turns the headlights on and  
off.  
MOTION CONTROL LEVER: Selects the speed and  
direction of tractor.  
AMMETER - Indicates charging (+) or discharging (-) of  
ATTACHMENT LIFT LEVER: Used to raise, lower, and  
adjustthemowerdeckorotherattachmentsmountedtoyour  
tractor.  
LIFT LEVER PLUNGER: Used to release attachment lift  
lever when changing its position.  
battery.  
CHOKE CONTROL - Used when starting a cold engine.  
THROTTLECONTROL: Usedforcontrollingenginespeed.  
CLUTCH/BRAKEPEDAL: Usedfordeclutchingandbrak-  
ing the tractor and starting the engine.  
IGNITION SWITCH: Used for starting and stopping the  
engine.  
PARKINGBRAKE:Locksclutch/brakepedalintothebrake  
position.  
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OPERATION  
Theoperationofanytractorcan resultinforeignobjectsthrownintotheeyes,whichcan  
resultinsevereeyedamage. Alwayswearsafetyglassesoreyeshieldswhileoperating  
your tractor or performing any adjustments or repairs. We recommend a wide vision  
safetymaskoverspectaclesorstandardsafetyglasses.  
IMPORTANT: LEAVING THE IGNITION SWITCH IN ANY  
HOW TO USE YOUR TRACTOR  
POSITION OTHER THAN "OFF" WILL CAUSE THE  
BATTERY TO BE DISCHARGED, (DEAD).  
TO SET PARKING BRAKE (See Fig. 6)  
NOTE: Undercertainconditionswhentractorisstandingidle  
with the engine running, hot engine exhaust gases may  
cause “browning” of grass. To eliminate this possibility,  
always stop engine when stopping tractor on grass areas.  
Yourtractorisequippedwithanoperatorpresencesensing  
switch. Whenengineisrunning,anyattemptbytheoperator  
to leave the seat without first setting the parking brake will  
shut off the engine.  
Depress clutch/brake pedal into full “BRAKE” position  
andhold.  
Place parking brake lever in “ENGAGED” position and  
releasepressurefromclutch/brakepedal. Pedalshould  
remain in “BRAKE” position. Make sure parking brake  
will hold tractor secure.  
CAUTION: Always stop tractor com-  
pletely,asdescribedabove,beforeleav-  
ing the operator's position; to empty  
grasscatcher,etc.  
TO USE THROTTLE CONTROL (See Fig. 6)  
Always operate engine at full throttle.  
CHOKE  
CONTROL  
LEVER  
ATTACHMENT CLUTCH LEVER  
"ENGAGED" POSITION  
Operating engine at less than full throttle reduces the  
batterychargingrate.  
THROTTLE  
Full throttle offers the best bagging and mower perfor-  
mance.  
CONTROL  
LEVER  
IGNITION KEY  
TO USE CHOKE CONTROL (See Fig. 6)  
Usechokecontrolwheneveryouarestartingacoldengine.  
Do not use to start a warm engine.  
"DISENGAGED"  
POSITION  
"BRAKE"  
POSITION  
PARKING BRAKE  
"ENGAGED"  
POSITION  
To engage choke control, pull knob out. Slowly push  
knob in to disengage.  
TO MOVE FORWARD AND BACKWARD (See  
Fig. 6)  
The direction and speed of movement is controlled by the  
motion control lever.  
MOTION  
CONTROL  
LEVER  
CLUTCH/BRAKE  
PEDAL "DRIVE"  
POSITION  
Start tractor with motion control lever in neutral (N)  
position.  
Releaseparkingbrake.  
PARKING BRAKE  
"DISENGAGED"  
POSITION  
FIG. 6  
Slowly move motion control lever to desired position.  
STOPPING (See Fig. 6)  
MOWER BLADES -  
TO ADJUST MOWER CUTTING HEIGHT (See  
Fig. 6)  
Tostopmowerblades,moveattachmentclutchleverto  
“DISENGAGEDposition.  
The position of the attachment lift lever determines the  
cutting height.  
Grasp lift lever.  
Press plunger with thumb and move lever to desired  
position.  
GROUNDDRIVE-  
To stop ground drive, depress clutch/brake pedal into  
full “BRAKE” position.  
Move motion control lever to neutral (N) position.  
The cutting height range is approximately 1-1/2 to 4". The  
heightsaremeasuredfromthegroundtothebladetipwiththe  
enginenotrunning. Theseheightsareapproximateandmay  
vary depending upon soil conditions, height of grass and  
types of grass being mowed.  
IMPORTANT: THE MOTION CONTROL LEVER DOES  
NOT RETURN TO NEUTRAL (N) POSITION WHEN THE  
CLUTCH/BRAKE PEDAL IS DEPRESSED.  
ENGINE -  
The average lawn should be cut to approximately 2-1/2  
inchesduringthecoolseasonandtoover3inchesduring  
hotmonths. Forhealthierandbetterlookinglawns,mow  
often and after moderate growth.  
Move throttle control to slow position.  
NOTE: Failure to move throttle control to slow position and  
allowingenginetoidlebeforestoppingmaycauseengineto  
“backfire”.  
For best cutting performance, grass over 6 inches in  
height should be mowed twice. Make the first cut  
relatively high; the second to desired height.  
Turn ignition key to “OFF” position and remove key.  
Always remove key when leaving tractor to prevent  
unauthorizeduse.  
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Never use choke to stop engine.  
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OPERATION  
TO ADJUST GAUGE WHEELS (See Fig. 7)  
"ENGAGED" POSITION  
Gauge wheels are properly adjusted when they are slightly  
offthegroundwhenmowerisatthedesiredcuttingheightin  
operating position. Gauge wheels then keep the deck in  
proper position to help prevent scalping in most terrain  
conditions.  
ATTACHMENT  
LIFT LEVER  
HIGH POSITION  
ATTACHMENT  
CLUTCH LEVER  
"DISENGAGED"  
POSITION  
LOW  
POSITION  
NOTE:Adjust gauge wheels with tractor on a flat level  
surface.  
Adjust mower to desired cutting height (See “TO AD-  
JUST MOWER CUTTING HEIGHT” in the Operation  
section of this manual).  
With mower in desired height of cut position, gauge  
wheels should be assembled so they are slightly off the  
ground. Install gauge wheel in appropriate hole with  
shoulderbolt,3/8washer,and3/8-16locknutandtighten  
securely.  
DEFLECTOR  
SHIELD  
Repeatforoppositesideinstallinggaugewheelinsame  
adjustmenthole.  
FIG. 8  
TO OPERATE ON HILLS  
3/8-16  
LOCKNUT  
CAUTION: Donotdriveupordownhills  
with slopes greater than 15° and do not  
drive across any slope.  
GUAGE WHEEL  
MOUNTING  
BRACKET  
Choose the slowest speed before starting up or down  
hills.  
SHOULDER  
BOLT  
3/8 WASHER  
GAUGE WHEEL  
Avoid stopping or changing speed on hills.  
If slowing is necessary, move throttle control lever to  
slowerposition.  
If stopping is absolutely necessary, push clutch/brake  
pedal quickly to brake position and engage parking  
brake.  
FIG. 7  
TO OPERATE MOWER (See Fig. 8)  
Yourtractor isequippedwithanoperatorpresencesensing  
switch. Any attempt by the operator to leave the seat with  
the engine running and the attachment clutch engaged will  
shut off the engine.  
Move motion control lever to neutral (N) position.  
IMPORTANT: THE MOTION CONTROL LEVER DOES  
NOT RETURN TO NEUTRAL (N) POSITION WHEN THE  
CLUTCH/BRAKE PEDAL IS DEPRESSED.  
Select desired height of cut.  
Start mower blades by engaging attachment clutch  
control.  
TO STOP MOWER BLADES - disengage attachment