Poulan Lawn Mower 184425 User Manual

MODEL NO. POGT20H48STA  
20.0 HP 48 Inch  
Lawn Tractor  
For Parts and Service, contact our authorized distributor: call 1-800-849-1297  
For Technical Assistance: call 1-800-829-5886  
184425 Rev. 3 04.21.03 TR  
PRINTED IN U.S.A.  
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SAFETY RULES  
Safe Operation Practices for Ride-On Mowers  
Be sure the area is clear of other people before mowing.Stop  
WARNING: In order to prevent ac-  
cidental starting when setting up,  
transporting, adjusting or making re-  
pairs, always disconnect spark plug  
wire and place wire where it cannot  
contact spark plug.  
machine if anyone enters the area.  
Never carry passengers or children even with the blades  
off.  
Do not mow in reverse unless absolutely necessary. Always  
look down and behind before and while backing.  
Nevercarrychildren.Theymayfalloffandbeseriouslyinjured  
or interfere with safe machine operation.  
Keep children out of the mowing area and under the watchful  
care of another responsible adult.  
WARNING: Do not coast down a hill  
in neutral, you may lose control of the  
tractor.  
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.  
Watchforholes,ruts,orbumps.Uneventerraincouldoverturn  
the machine. Tall grass can hide obstacles.  
Use slow speed. Choose a low gear so that you will not have  
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.  
Donotturnonslopesunlessnecessary, andthen, turnslowly  
and gradually downhill, if possible.  
WARNING: Tow only the attachments  
that are recommended by and com-  
ply with specifications of the manu-  
facturer of your tractor. Use common  
sense when towing. Operate only at  
the lowest possible speed when on a  
slope. Too heavy of a load, while on  
a slope, is dangerous. Tires can lose  
tractionwiththegroundandcauseyou  
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  
after handling.  
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CONGRATULATIONS on your purchase of a new tractor.  
Ithasbeendesigned,engineeredandmanufacturedtogive  
you the best possible dependability and performance.  
PRODUCT SPECIFICATIONS  
Gasoline Capacity  
and type:  
5.0 Gallons  
Unleaded Regular  
Shouldyouexperienceanyproblemyoucannoteasilyrem-  
edy,pleasecontactyournearestauthorizedservicecenter/  
department. 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  
W/O Filter: 3.5 Pints  
Please read and retain this manual. The instructions will  
enable you to assemble and maintain your tractor properly.  
Always observe the “SAFETY RULES”.  
Spark Plug:  
(Gap: .040")  
Champion QC12YC  
Ground Speed (MPH):  
Forward:  
Reverse:  
0 – 5.8  
0 – 2.1  
CUSTOMER RESPONSIBILITIES  
Tire Pressure:  
Front: 14 PSI  
Read and observe the safety rules.  
Follow a regular schedule in maintaining, caring for  
and using your tractor.  
Rear:  
10 PSI  
Charging System:  
Battery:  
16 Amps @ 3600 RPM  
AMP/HR:  
MIN. CCA:  
CASE SIZE:  
35  
28  
Follow the instructions underMaintenanceandStor-  
age” sections of this owner’s manual.  
U1R  
Blade Bolt Torque:  
45–55 FT. LBS.  
WARNING: This tractor is equipped with an internal com-  
bustion engine and should not be used on or near any  
unimprovedforest-covered,brush-coveredorgrass-covered  
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.  
A spark arrester for the muffler is available through your  
nearestauthorizedservicecenter/department(SeeREPAIR  
PARTS section of this manual).  
TABLE OF CONTENTS  
SAFETY RULES .........................................................2-3  
PRODUCT SPECIFICATIONS....................................... 4  
CUSTOMER RESPONSIBILITIES................................. 4  
ASSEMBLY.................................................................6-9  
OPERATION ...........................................................10-15  
MAINTENANCE SCHEDULE ...................................... 16  
MAINTENANCE......................................................16-19  
SERVICE AND ADJUSTMENTS ............................20-25  
STORAGE.................................................................... 26  
TROUBLESHOOTING ............................................27-28  
REPAIR PARTS - TRACTOR ..................................30-45  
WARRANTY................................................................. 46  
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UNASSEMBLED PARTS  
Gauge Wheel  
Steering Wheel  
(4) Adjusting Bar  
Steering Sleeve  
Extension  
(4) Locknut  
3/8-16  
Steering  
Wheel Adapter  
(4) Wheels  
Steering Sleeve  
Steering  
Wheel Insert  
(4) Retainer Springs  
(double loop)  
Seat  
(4) Clevis Pins  
(1) Washer  
17/32 x 1-3/16 x 12 Gauge  
(4) Washers  
3/8 x 3/4 x 14 Ga.  
(4) Shoulder Bolt  
(1) Knob  
Mower  
(1) Oil Drain Tube  
For Future Use  
(2)Flanged  
Pins  
Slope Sheet  
Keys  
(1)Front Plate  
Assembly  
(4) Retainer Springs  
(double loop)  
(2) Keys  
(2) Retainer Springs  
(single loop)  
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ASSEMBLY  
Your new tractor has been assembled at the factory with exception of those parts left unassembled for shipping pur-  
poses. 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  
STEERING WHEEL  
INSERT  
A socket wrench set will make assembly easier. Standard  
LOCK NUT  
wrench sizes are listed.  
(1) 3/4" wrench  
Utility knife  
LARGE FLAT WASHER  
(2) 7/16" wrenches  
Tire pressure gauge  
Pliers  
(1) 3/4" socket with  
drive ratchet  
STEERING  
WHEEL  
Whenrightorlefthandismentionedinthismanual,itmeans  
when you are in the operating position (seated behind the  
steering wheel).  
STEERING WHEEL  
ADAPTOR  
TABS  
TO REMOVE TRACTOR FROM  
CARTON  
STEERING  
WHEEL EXTENTION  
STEERING  
SHAFT  
UNPACK CARTON  
Remove all accessible loose parts and parts cartons  
from carton .  
Cut along dotted lines on all four panels of carton.  
Remove end panels and lay side panels flat.  
Remove mower and packing materials.  
Check for any additional loose parts or cartons and  
remove.  
STEERING  
SLEEVE  
FIG. 1  
BEFORE REMOVING TRACTOR FROM  
SKID  
HOW TO SET UPYOUR TRACTOR  
ATTACH STEERING WHEEL (See Fig. 1)  
CHECK BATTERY (See Fig. 2)  
Remove locknut and large flat washer from steering  
shaft.  
Lift hood to raised position.  
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" in MAINTENANCE section of this  
manual for charging instructions).  
Position front wheels of the tractor so they are pointing  
straight forward.  
Slide the steering sleeve over the steering shaft.  
Align tabs and press steering sleeve extension into  
bottom of steering wheel.  
Position steering wheel so cross bars are horizontal  
(left to right) and slide onto steering wheel adapter.  
Secure steering wheel to steering shaft with locknut  
and large flat washer previously removed. Tighten  
securely.  
LABEL  
Snap steering wheel insert into center of steering  
wheel.  
Remove protective materials from tractor hood and  
grill.  
IMPORTANT: CHECK FOR AND REMOVE ANY STAPLES IN  
SKID THAT MAY PUNCTURE TIRES WHERE TRACTOR IS TO  
ROLL OFF SKID.  
FIG. 2  
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ASSEMBLY  
Place freewheel control in "transmission disengaged  
INSTALL SEAT (See Fig. 3)  
position" (See “TO TRANSPORT” in the Operation  
section of this manual).  
Roll tractor forward off skid.  
Adjust seat before tightening adjustment knob.  
Remove adjustment knob and flat washer securing  
seat to cardboard packing and set aside for assembly  
of seat to tractor.  
Pivotseatupwardandremovefromthecardboardpack-  
ing. 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.  
Lower seat into operating position and sit on seat.  
Slide seat until a comfortable position is reached  
which allows you to press clutch/brake pedal all the  
way down.  
Get off seat without moving its adjusted position.  
Raise seat and tighten adjustment knob securely.  
TO DRIVE TRACTOR OFF SKID (See Op-  
eration section for location and function of  
controls)  
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 com-  
pleted.  
Check engine oil level and fill fuel tank with gasoline.  
Place freewheel control in "transmission engaged"  
position (see "TO TRANSPORT" in Operation section  
of this manual).  
Sit on seat in operating position, depress clutch/brake  
pedal and set the parking brake.  
Place motion control lever in neutral (N) position.  
Press lift lever plunger and raise attachment lift lever  
to its highest position.  
SEAT  
Starttheengine.Afterenginehasstarted,movethrottle  
control to idle position.  
Release parking brake.  
Slowlymovethemotioncontrolleverforwardandslowly  
drive tractor off skid.  
SEAT PAN  
Apply brake to stop tractor, setparkingbrakeandplace  
motion control lever in neutral position.  
Turn ignition key to "STOP" position.  
SHOULDER  
BOLT  
Continue with the instructions that follow.  
ASSEMBLE GAUGE WHEELS TO MOWER  
DECK (See Fig. 4)  
The gauge wheels are designed to keep the mower deck  
in proper position when operating mower. Be sure they  
are properly adjusted to ensure optimum mower perfor-  
mance.  
FLAT WASHER  
Slide gauge wheel bar down into bracket channel, Be  
sure that gauge wheel bar aligning holes are on top.  
Assemblegaugewheelsasshownusingshoulderbolts,  
3/8 washers and 3/8-16 center locknuts and tighten  
securely.  
ADJUSTMENT  
KNOB  
For ease of mower to tractor assembly, raise gauge  
wheels to highest position and retain with clevis pins  
and spring retainers.  
Adjust gauge wheels before operating mower.SeeTO  
ADJUST GAUGE WHEELS” in the Operation section  
of this manual.  
FIG. 3  
NOTE: You may now roll or drive your tractor off the skid.  
Follow the appropriate instruction below to remove the  
tractor from the skid.  
TO ROLL TRACTOR OFF SKID (See Op-  
eration section for location and function of  
controls)  
Press lift lever plunger and raise attachment lift lever  
to its highest position.  
Release parking brake by depressing clutch/brake  
pedal.  
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ASSEMBLY  
If equipped, turn height adjustment knob counter-  
RETAINER  
SPRING  
clockwise until it stops.  
PIN  
Lower mower linkage with attachment lift control.  
Install belt into electric clutch pulley groove.  
Place the suspension arms on outward pointing deck  
pins. Retain with double loop retainer spring with loops  
up as shown.  
Install front plate assembly to tractor suspension  
brackets and retain with single loop retainer springs  
as shown.  
Position front plate assembly between front mower  
brackets.Raise deck and plate assembly to align holes  
and insert flanged pins. Secure pins with double loop  
retainer springs between the plate and mower brack-  
ets.  
SHOULDER  
BOLT  
ADJUSTING  
BAR  
GAUGE  
WHEEL  
3/8-16 CENTER  
LOCKNUT  
3/8 WASHER  
NOTE: To assist in locating hole in flanged pin, the hole in  
pin is inline with notch on head of pin. If necessary, move  
mowerside-to-sidetogivespacebetweenplateandmower  
brackets.  
FIG. 4  
INSTALL MOWER  
(See Figs. 5 and 6)  
AND DRIVE BELT  
IMPORTANT: Check belt for proper routing in all mower  
pulley grooves.  
Be sure tractor is on level surface and mower suspension  
arms are raised with attachment lift control. Engage park-  
ing brake.  
Connect anti-sway bar to chassis bracket under left  
footrest and retain with double loop retainer spring.  
If equipped, turn height adjustment knob clockwise to  
remove slack from mower suspension.  
Raise deck to highest position.  
Adjustgaugewheelsbeforeoperatingmowerasshown  
in the Operation section of this manual.  
Cut and remove ties securing anti-sway bar and belts.  
Swing anti-sway bar to left side of mower deck.  
Slide mower under tractor with deflector shield to right  
side of tractor.  
IMPORTANT: Check belt for proper routing in all mower  
pulley grooves.  
FRONT SUSPENSION  
BRACKETS  
ELECTRIC  
CLUTCH  
PULLEY  
FRONT  
FRONT PLATE  
ASSEMBLY  
MOWER  
CHASSIS  
BRACKET  
BRACKET  
SINGLE  
LOOP RETAINER  
SPRINGS  
GAUGE  
WHEEL  
DOUBLE LOOP  
RETAINER  
SPRING  
FLANGED PIN  
DOUBLE LOOP  
RETAINER SPRING  
ANTI-SWAY  
BAR  
USE PLIERS FOR  
RETAINER SPRINGS  
SUSPENSION ARMS  
DOUBLE LOOP RETAINER  
SPRING (OUTWARD  
POINTING DECK PINS)  
DEFLECTOR  
SHIELD  
LOOP UP  
FIG. 5  
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ASSEMBLY  
CHECK TIRE PRESSURE  
CHECKLIST  
The tires on your tractor were overinflated at the factory  
for shipping purposes. Correct tire pressure is important  
for best cutting performance.  
BEFOREYOUOPERATEANDENJOYYOURNEW TRAC-  
TOR, WE WISH TO ASSURE THAT YOU RECEIVE THE  
BESTPERFORMANCEANDSATISFACTIONFROMTHIS  
QUALITY PRODUCT.  
Reduce tire pressure to PSI shown in “PRODUCT  
SPECIFICATIONS” section of this manual.  
PLEASE REVIEW THE FOLLOWING CHECKLIST:  
All assembly instructions have been completed.  
No remaining loose parts in carton.  
Battery is properly prepared and charged. (Minimum  
1 hour at 6 amps).  
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).  
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.  
CHECK MOWER LEVELNESS  
For best cutting results, mower should be properly leveled.  
See “TO LEVEL MOWER HOUSING” in the Service and  
Adjustments section of this manual.  
CHECK FOR PROPER POSITION OF ALL  
BELTS  
See the figures that are shown for replacing motion, mower  
drive, and mower blade drive belts in the Service and Ad-  
justments section of this manual. Verify that the belts are  
routed correctly.  
WHILE LEARNING HOW TO USEYOUR TRACTOR, PAY  
EXTRA ATTENTION TO THE FOLLOWING IMPORTANT  
ITEMS:  
Engine oil is at proper level.  
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.  
Be sure brake system is in safe operating condition.  
It is important to purge the transmission before oper-  
ating your tractor for the first time. Follow proper start-  
ing and transmission purging instructions (See "TO  
START ENGINE" and "PURGE TRANSMISSION" in  
Operation 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 mean-  
ing.  
IGNITION  
FAST  
SLOW  
REVERSE  
HIGH  
LOW  
NEUTRAL  
CHOKE  
P
LIGHTS ON  
ENGINE START  
ENGINE ON  
PARKING BRAKE  
PARKING BRAKE PARKING BRAKE  
ENGINE OFF  
LOCKED  
UNLOCKED  
OIL PRESSURE  
BATTERY  
REVERSE  
FUEL  
FORWARD  
OVER TEMP  
LIGHT  
MOWER HEIGHT  
MOWER LIFT  
15  
15  
15  
ATTACHMENT  
CLUTCH ENGAGED  
ATTACHMENT  
CLUTCH DISENGAGED  
SLOPE HAZARDS  
(SEE SAFETY RULES SECTION)  
DANGER, KEEP HANDS  
AND FEET AWAY  
KEEP AREA CLEAR  
DANGER indicates a hazard which, if not avoided,  
will result in death or serious injury.  
WARNING indicates a hazard which, if not avoided,  
could result in death or serious injury.  
FREE WHEEL  
(Automatic Models only)  
CAUTION indicates a hazard which, if not avoided,  
might result in minor or moderate injury.  
CAUTION when used without the alert symbol,  
indicates a situation that could result in damage  
to the tractor and/or engine.  
Failure to follow instructions  
could result in serious injury or  
death. The safety alert symbol  
is used to identify safety inform-  
ation about hazards which can  
result in death, serious injury  
and/or property damage.  
HOT SURFACES indicates a hazard which,  
if not avoided, could result in death, serious injury  
and/or property damage.  
FIRE indicates a hazard which, if not avoided,  
could result in death, serious injury and/or  
property damage.  
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OPERATION  
KNOWYOUR TRACTOR  
READ THIS OWNER'S MANUAL AND SAFETY RULES BEFORE OPERATINGYOUR TRACTOR.  
Compare the illustrations with your tractor to familiarize yourself with the location of various controls and adjustments.  
Save this manual for future reference.  
LIGHT SWITCH  
IGNITION  
POSITION  
SWITCH  
AMMETER  
CHOKE  
CONTROL  
ATTACHMENT  
CLUTCH SWITCH  
LIFT LEVER  
PLUNGER  
THROTTLE  
CONTROL  
BRAKE PEDAL  
LIFT LEVER  
PARKING  
BRAKE LEVER  
FREEWHEEL  
CONTROL  
MOTION  
CONTROL  
LEVER  
FIG. 6  
Our tractors conform to the safety standards of the American National Standards Institute.  
LIFT LEVER PLUNGER - Used to release attachment lift  
lever when changing its position.  
ATTACHMENTCLUTCHSWITCH-Usedtoengagemower  
blades or other attachments mounted to your tractor.  
THROTTLE CONTROL - Used to control engine speed.  
LIFT LEVER - Used to raise and lower mower deck or  
other attachments mounted to your tractor.  
FREEWHEEL CONTROL - Disengages transmission for  
pushing or slowly towing the tractor with the engine off.  
BRAKE PEDAL - Used for braking the tractor and starting  
the engine.  
IGNITION SWITCH - Used to start and stop the engine.  
MOTION CONTROL LEVER - Selects the speed and  
AMMETER - Indicates battery charging(+) or discharg-  
direction of tractor.  
ing(-).  
CHOKE CONTROL - Used when starting a cold engine.  
LIGHT SWITCH POSITION- Turns the headlights on and  
off.  
PARKING BRAKE LEVER - Locks brake pedal into the  
brake position.  
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OPERATION  
The operation of any tractor can result in foreign objects thrown into the eyes, which  
can result in severe eye damage. Always wear safety glasses or eye shields while op-  
erating your tractor or performing any adjustments or repairs. We recommend a wide  
vision safety mask over spectacles or standard safety glasses.  
NOTE: Under certain conditions when tractor is standing  
HOW TO USEYOUR TRACTOR  
idlewiththeenginerunning, hotengineexhaustgasesmay  
cause “browning” of grass. To eliminate this possibility, al-  
ways stop engine when stopping tractor on grass areas.  
TO SET PARKING BRAKE (See Fig. 7)  
Your tractor is equipped with an operator presence sens-  
ing switch. When engine is running, any attempt by the  
operator to leave the seat without first setting the parking  
brake will shut off the engine.  
CAUTION: Always stop tractor com-  
pletely,asdescribedabove,beforeleav-  
ing the operator's position; to empty  
grass catcher, etc.  
Depress clutch/brake pedal into full “BRAKE” position  
and hold.  
Place parking brake lever inENGAGEDposition and  
releasepressurefromclutch/brakepedal. Pedalshould  
remain in “BRAKE” position. Make sure parking brake  
will hold tractor secure.  
TO USE THROTTLE CONTROL (See Fig. 7)  
Always operate engine at full throttle.  
Operating engine at less than full throttle reduces the  
battery charging rate.  
Full throttle offers the best mower performance.  
ATTACHMENT CLUTCH  
SWITCH PULL OUT TO  
CHOKE  
CONTROL  
TO USE CHOKE CONTROL (See Fig. 7)  
Use choke control whenever you are starting a cold engine.  
Do not use to start a warm engine.  
THROTTLE  
CONTROL  
LEVER  
“ENGAGE”  
knob in to disengage.  
/BRAKE PEDAL  
“BRAKE”  
POSITION  
IGNITION  
KEY  
TO MOVE FORWARD AND BACKWARD (See  
Fig. 7)  
The direction and speed of movement is controlled by the  
motion control lever.  
PUSH IN TO  
“DISENGAGE”  
Start tractor with motion control lever in neutral (N)  
position.  
Release parking brake.  
PARKING BRAKE  
“ENGAGED”  
POSITION  
“DRIVE”  
POSITION  
“DISENGAGED”  
POSITION  
MOTION  
CONTROL  
LEVER  
Slowly move motion control lever to desired position.  
FIG. 7  
TO ADJUST MOWER CUTTING HEIGHT  
(See Fig. 7)  
The position of the attachment lift lever determines the  
cutting height.  
STOPPING (See Fig. 7)  
MOWER BLADES -  
To stop mower blades,move attachment clutch switch  
to “DISENGAGED” position.  
Grasp lift lever.  
Press plunger with thumb and move lever to desired  
position.  
GROUND DRIVE -  
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 heights are measured from the ground to the blade tip  
withtheenginenotrunning. Theseheightsareapproximate  
and may 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  
inches during the cool season and to over 3 inches  
during hot months. For healthier and better looking  
lawns, mow often and after moderate growth.  
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.  
Move throttle control to slow position.  
NOTE: Failure to move throttle control to slow position and  
allowing engine to idle before stopping may cause engine  
to “backfi r e ” .  
Turn ignition key to “OFF” position and remove key.  
Always remove key when leaving tractor to prevent  
unauthorized use.  
Never use choke to stop engine.  
IMPORTANT: LEAVING THE IGNITION SWITCH IN ANY  
POSITION OTHER THAN "OFF" WILL CAUSE THE BATTERY  
TO BE DISCHARGED, (DEAD).  
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OPERATION  
LIFT LEVER HIGHEST  
POSIITON  
TO ADJUST GAUGE WHEELS (See Fig. 8)  
ATTACHEMNT CLUTCH SWITCH  
PULL OUT TO "ENGAGE"  
Gaugewheels areproperlyadjustedwhentheyareslightly  
off the ground when mower is at the desired cutting height  
in operating position. Gauge wheels then keep the deck  
in proper position to help prevent scalping in most terrain  
conditions.  
LOWEST  
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).  
PUSH IN TO  
"DISENGAGE"  
Remove retainer spring and clevis pin which secure  
each gauge wheel bar.  
Lower gauge wheels to ground. Raise gauge wheels  
slightly to align holes in bracket and gauge wheel bar  
and insert clevis pin. Gauge wheels should be slightly  
off the ground.  
DEFLECTOR  
SHIELD  
Replace retainer spring into clevis pin.  
Be sure all gauge wheels are in the same setting.  
FIG. 9  
IMPORTANT:BESURETOREADJUSTGAUGEWHEELSIFYOU  
CHANGE THE CUTTING HEIGHT OF THE MOWER DECK.  
TO OPERATE ON HILLS  
RETAINER  
SPRING  
WARNING: Do not drive up or down  
hills with slopes greater than 15° and  
do not drive across any slope.  
Choose the slowest speed before starting up or down  
hills.  
Avoid stopping or changing speed on hills.  
If slowing is necessary, move throttle control lever to  
slower position.  
CLEVIS  
PIN  
FIG. 8  
If stopping is absolutely necessary, push clutch/brake  
pedal quickly to brake position and engage parking  
brake.  
TO OPERATE MOWER (See Fig. 9)  
Move motion control lever to neutral (N) position.  
Your tractor is equipped with an operator presence sensing  
switch. Any attemp