Poulan Lawn Mower 191697 User Manual

MODEL NO. CO24H48STA  
24.0 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  
191697 03.01.04 TR  
PRINTED IN U.S.A.  
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SAFETY RULES  
IMPORTANT: This cutting machine is capable of amputating hands and feet and throw-  
ing objects. Failure to observe the following safety instructions could result in serious  
injury or death.  
• Slow down before turning.  
WARNING: In order to prevent ac-  
cidental starting when setting up, trans-  
porting, adjusting or making repairs,  
always disconnect spark plug wire and  
place wire where it cannot contact spark  
plug.  
• Never leave a running machine unat-  
tended. Always turn off blades, set  
parking brake, stop engine, and remove  
keys before dismounting.  
Turn off blades when not mowing.  
• Stop engine before removing grass  
catcher or unclogging chute.  
• Mow only in daylight or good artificial  
light.  
• Do not operate the machine while under  
the influence of alcohol or drugs.  
• Watch for traffic when operating near or  
crossing roadways.  
• Use extra care when loading or un-  
loading the machine into a trailer or  
truck.  
• Data indicates that operators, age 60  
years and above, are involved in a large  
percentage of riding mower-related in-  
juries. These operators should evaluate  
their ability to operate the riding mower  
safely enough to protect themselves and  
others from serious injury.  
WARNING: Do not coast down a hill in  
neutral, you may lose control of the tractor.  
WARNING: Tow only the attachments  
that are recommended by and comply with  
specifi cations of the manufacturer 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 traction with the ground and cause  
you to lose control of your tractor.  
WARNING: Engine exhaust, some of its  
constituents, and certain vehicle compo-  
nents contain or emit chemicals known  
to the State of California to cause cancer  
and birth defects or other reproductive  
harm.  
WARNING: Battery posts, terminals  
and related accessories contain lead and  
lead compounds, chemicals known to the  
State of California to cause cancer and  
birth defects or other reproductive harm.  
Wash hands after handling.  
• Keep machine free of grass , leaves or  
other debris build-up which can touch  
hot exhaust / engine parts and burn . Do  
not allow the mower deck to plow leaves  
or other debris which can cause build-  
up to occur. Clean any oil or fuel  
spillage before operating or storing the  
machine . Allow machine to cool before  
storage.  
I. GENERAL OPERATION  
• Read, understand, and follow all instruc-  
tions in the manual and on the machine  
before starting.  
• Only allow responsible adults, who are  
familiar with the instructions, to operate  
the machine.  
• Clear the area of objects such as rocks,  
toys, wire, etc., which could be picked  
up and thrown by the blade.  
II. SLOPE OPERATION  
Slopes are a major factor related to loss-  
of-control and tipover accidents, which can  
result in severe injury or death. All slopes  
require extra caution. If you cannot back  
up the slope or if you feel uneasy on it, do  
not mow it.  
• Be sure the area is clear of other people  
before mowing. Stop machine if anyone  
enters the area.  
DO:  
• Mow up and down slopes, not across.  
• Remove obstacles such as rocks, tree  
limbs, etc.  
• Watch for holes, ruts, or bumps. Un-  
even terrain could overturn 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.  
• Never carry passengers.  
• Do not mow in reverse unless abso-  
lutely necessary. Always look down and  
behind before and while backing.  
• Be aware of the mower discharge direc-  
tion and do not point it at anyone. Do  
not operate the mower without either  
the entire grass catcher or the guard in  
place.  
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SAFETY RULES  
• Follow the manufacturer’s recommend-  
IV. SERVICE  
• Use extra care in handling gasoline and  
other fuels. They are flammable and  
vapors are explosive.  
ations for wheel weights or counter-  
weights to improve stability.  
• Use extra care with grass catchers or  
other attachments. These can change  
the stability of the machine.  
• Keep all movement on the slopes slow  
and gradual. Do not make sudden  
changes in speed or direction.  
• Avoid starting or stopping on a slope. If  
tires lose traction, disengage the blades  
and proceed slowly straight down the  
slope.  
- Use only an approved container.  
- Never remove gas cap or add fuel  
with the engine running. Allow  
engine to cool before refueling. Do  
not smoke.  
- Never refuel the machine indoors.  
- Never store the machine or fuel  
container inside where there is an  
open flame, such as a water heater.  
• Never run a machine inside a closed  
area.  
• Keep nuts and bolts, especially blade  
attachment bolts, tight and keep equip-  
ment in good condition.  
• Never tamper with safety devices.  
Check their proper operation regularly.  
• Keep machine free of grass, leaves, or  
other debris build-up. Clean oil or fuel  
spillage. Allow machine to cool before  
storing.  
DO NOT:  
Do not turn on slopes unless neces-  
sary, and then, turn slowly and gradually  
downhill, if possible.  
Do not mow near drop-offs, ditches,  
or embankments. The mower could  
suddenly turn over if a wheel is over  
the edge of a cliff or ditch, or if an edge  
caves in.  
Do not mow on wet grass. Reduced  
traction could cause sliding.  
Do not try to stabilize the machine by  
putting your foot on the ground.  
Do not use grass catcher on steep  
slopes.  
• Stop and inspect the equipment if you  
strike an object. Repair, if necessary,  
before restarting.  
• Never make adjustments or repairs with  
the engine running.  
• Grass catcher components are subject  
to wear, damage, and deterioration,  
which could expose moving parts or  
allow objects to be thrown. Frequently  
check components and replace with  
manufacturer's recommended parts,  
when necessary.  
• Mower blades are sharp and can cut.  
Wrap the blade(s) or wear gloves, and  
use extra caution when servicing them.  
• Check brake operation frequently. Ad-  
just and service as required.  
III. CHILDREN  
Tragic accidents can occur if the operator  
is not alert to the presence of children.  
Children are often attracted to the ma-  
chine and the mowing activity. Never as-  
sume that children will remain where you  
last saw them.  
• 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.  
• Never carry children. They may fall off  
and be seriously injured or interfere with  
safe machine operation.  
• Never allow children to operate the  
machine.  
• Use extra care when approaching blind  
corners, shrubs, trees, or other objects  
that may obscure vision.  
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SAFETY RULES  
• Remove obstacles such as rocks, tree  
• Be sure the area is clear of other people  
limbs, etc.  
before mowing. Stop machine if anyone  
enters the area.  
• Watch for holes, ruts, or bumps. Uneven  
terrain could overturn 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.  
• Never carry passengers or children  
even with the blades off.  
• Do not mow in reverse unless abso-  
lutely necessary. Always 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.  
• Do not turn on slopes unless necessary,  
and then, turn slowly and gradually  
downhill, if possible.  
• Mow up and down slopes (15° Max), not  
across.  
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PRODUCT SPECIFICATIONS  
CUSTOMER RESPONSIBILITIES  
• Read and observe the safety rules.  
• Follow a regular schedule in main-  
taining, caring for and using your tractor.  
• Follow the instructions under “Mainte-  
nance” and “Storage” sections of this  
owner’s manual.  
WARNING: This tractor is equipped  
with an internal combustion engine and  
should not be used on or near any unim-  
proved forest-covered, brush-covered or  
grass-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.  
Gasoline  
Capacity  
and Type:  
Oil Type  
(API-SF-SJ):  
4.0 Gallons  
Unleaded  
Regular  
SAE 30 (above 32°F)  
SAE 5W-30  
(Below 32°F)  
W/Filter: 4.0 Pints  
W/O Filter: 3.75 Pints  
Champion QC12YC  
Oil Capacity:  
Spark Plug:  
(GapP: .040")  
Ground Speed  
(MPH):  
Tire Pressure:  
Forward: 5.5  
Reverse: 2.4  
Front: 14 PSI  
Rear: 10 PSI  
In the state of California the above is  
required by law (Section 4442 of the  
California Public Resources Code). Other  
states may have similar laws. Federal  
laws apply on federal lands. A spark ar-  
rester for the muffler is available through  
your nearest authorized service center/de-  
partment (See REPAIR PARTS section of  
this manual).  
Charging  
System:  
Battery:  
16 Amps @ 3600RPM  
Amp/Hr:  
35  
Min. CCA: 280  
Case Size: U1R  
Blade Bolt  
Torque:  
45-55 Ft. Lbs.  
CONGRATULATIONS on your purchase  
of a new tractor. It has been designed,  
engineered and manufactured to give  
you the best possible dependability and  
performance.  
Should you experience any problem you  
cannot easily remedy, please contact  
your nearest authorized service center/  
department . We have competent, well-  
trained technicians and the proper tools to  
service or repair this tractor.  
Please read and retain this manual. The  
instructions will enable you to assemble  
and maintain your tractor properly. Always  
observe the “SAFETY RULES”.  
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UNASSEMBLED PARTS  
Steering Wheel  
Steering  
Extension  
Shaft  
Steering  
Sleeve  
Steering  
Wheel  
Adapter  
Steering  
Wheel  
Insert  
(1) Locknut  
1/2-20  
(1) Large Flat Washer  
Nose Roller  
Gauge Wheels  
(4) Adjusting Bar  
Retainer  
Spring  
(2) Locknuts  
5/16-18  
Rod  
(4) Retainer Springs  
(double loop)  
Nose Roller  
Brackets  
(2) Hex Bolts 5/16-18 x 1  
(4) Locknut 3/8-16  
(4) Washers  
3/8 x 3/4 x 14 Ga.  
Mower  
(5) Retainer Springs  
(double loop)  
(2) Retainer Springs  
(single loop)  
(4) Clevis Pins  
(4) Wheels  
(1)Front Plate  
Assembly  
(4) Shoulder Bolt  
(2)Flanged  
Pins  
Seat  
(1) Oil Drain Tube  
For Future Use  
Slope Sheet  
Keys  
(1) Washer  
17/32 x 1-3/16 x 12 Gauge  
(2) Keys  
(1) Knob  
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ASSEMBLY/PRE-OPERATION  
Your new tractor has been assembled at the factory with the exception of those parts left  
unassembled for shipping purposes. 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. Review the video cassette before you begin.  
TOOLS REQUIRED FOR ASSEMBLY  
Steering Wheel  
A socket wrench set will make assembly  
Insert  
easier. Standard wrench sizes you need  
are listed below.  
(1) 3/4" wrench  
Lock Nut  
(1) Pliers  
(2) 7/16" wrench  
(1) Tire pressure gauge  
When right or left hand is mentioned in  
this manual, it means, from your point of  
view, when you are in the operating posi-  
tion (seated behind the steering wheel).  
(1) Utility knife  
Large Flat  
Washer  
Steering  
Wheel  
Steering  
Wheel  
Adaptor  
TO REMOVE TRACTOR FROM  
CARTON  
Steering  
Wheel Extention  
Tabs  
UNPACK CARTON  
1. Remove all accessible loose parts and  
Steering  
Shaft  
parts boxes from carton.  
2. Cut along dotted lines on all four pan-  
els of carton. Remove end panels and  
lay side panels flat.  
3. Check for any additional loose parts or  
cartons and remove.  
Steering  
Sleeve  
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BEFORE REMOVING TRACTOR  
FROM SKID  
ATTACH STEERING WHEEL  
HOW TO SET UPYOUR TRACTOR  
CHECK BATTERY  
1. Lift hood to raised position.  
NOTE: 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 instruc-  
tions).  
1. Remove locknut and large flat washer  
from steering shaft.  
2. Position front wheels of the tractor so  
they are pointing straight forward.  
3. Slide the steering sleeve over the  
steering shaft.  
4. Align tabs and press steering sleeve  
extension into bottom of steering  
wheel.  
5. Position steering wheel so cross bars  
are horizontal (left to right) and slide  
onto steering wheel adapter.  
Label  
6. Secure steering wheel to steering  
shaft with locknut and large flat washer  
previously removed. Tighten securely.  
7. Snap steering wheel insert into center  
of steering wheel.  
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8. Remove protective materials from trac-  
tor hood and grill.  
IMPORTANT: Check for and remove any  
staples in skid that may puncture tires  
where tractor is to roll off skid.  
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INSTALL SEAT  
Adjust seat before tightening adjustment  
knob.  
NOTE: You may now roll or drive your  
tractor off the skid. Follow the appropriate  
instruction below to remove the tractor  
from the skid.  
1. Remove adjustment knob and flat  
washer securing seat to cardboard  
packing and set aside for assembly of  
seat to tractor.  
2. Pivot seat upward and remove from  
the cardboard packing. Remove the  
cardboard packing and discard.  
3. Place seat on seat pan so head of  
shoulder bolt is positioned over large  
slotted hole in pan.  
4. Push down on seat to engage shoulder  
bolt in slot and pull seat towards rear  
of tractor.  
5. Pivot seat and pan forward and as-  
semble adjustment knob and flat  
washer loosely. Do not tighten.  
6. Lower seat into operating position and  
sit in seat.  
TO ROLL TRACTOR OFF SKID (See  
Operation section for location and  
function of controls)  
1. Press lift lever plunger and raise  
attachment lift lever to its highest po-  
sition.  
2. Release parking brake by depressing  
clutch/brake pedal.  
3. Place freewheel control in "trans-  
mission disengaged position" (See “TO  
TRANSPORT” in the Operation section  
of this manual).  
4. Roll tractor forward off skid.  
TO DRIVE TRACTOR OFF SKID (See  
Operation section for location and  
function of controls)  
WARNING: Before starting, read, un-  
derstand and follow 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.  
1. Be sure all the above assembly steps  
have been completed.  
2. Check engine oil level and fill fuel tank  
with gasoline.  
7. Slide seat until a comfortable position  
is reached which allows you to press  
clutch/brake pedal all the way down.  
8. Get off seat without moving its ad-  
justed position.  
9. Raise seat and tighten adjustment  
knob securely.  
Seat  
3. Place freewheel control in "trans-  
mission engaged" position (see "TO  
TRANSPORT" in Operation section of  
this manual).  
4. Sit on seat in operating position,  
depress clutch/brake pedal and set the  
parking brake.  
Seat Pan  
Shoulder  
Bolt  
5. Place motion control lever in neutral  
(N) position.  
6. Press lift lever plunger and raise  
attachment lift lever to its highest posi-  
tion.  
Flat Washer  
7. Start the engine. After engine has  
started, move throttle control to idle  
position.  
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8. Release parking brake.  
Adjustment Knob  
9. Slowly move the motion control lever  
forward and slowly drive tractor off  
skid.  
10.Apply brake to stop tractor, set parking  
brake and place motion control lever in  
neutral position.  
11.Turn ignition key to "STOP" position.  
Continue with the instructions that follow.  
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TO ATTACH NOSE ROLLER  
1. Assemble brackets "A" and "B" to the  
inside of mower mounting brackets as  
shown. Tighten securely.  
NOTE: Be sure bracket tabs are posi-  
tioned in tab holes in mower brackets.  
2. Position nose roller between brackets  
and install rod and retainer spring.  
ASSEMBLE GAUGE WHEELS TO  
MOWER DECK  
The gauge wheels are designed to keep  
the mower deck in proper position when  
operating mower. Be sure they are prop-  
erly adjusted to ensure optimum mower  
performance.  
1. Slide gauge wheel bar down into  
bracket channel, Be sure that gauge  
wheel bar aligning holes are on top.  
Assemble gauge wheels as shown  
using shoulder bolts, 3/8 washers and  
3/8-16 center locknuts and tighten  
securely.  
2. For ease of mower to tractor assembly,  
raise gauge wheels to highest position  
and retain with clevis pins and spring  
retainers.  
Hex Bolt  
Lock  
Rod  
Nut  
"B"  
Bracket  
Tab  
Hole  
"A" Bracket  
Nose Roller  
Retainer Spring  
NOTE: Adjust gauge wheels before oper-  
ating mower. See “TO ADJUST GAUGE  
WHEELS” in the Operation section of this  
manual.  
Retainer  
Spring  
Pin  
Shoulder  
Bolt  
Adjusting  
Bar  
Gauge  
Wheel  
3/8-16 Center  
Locknut  
3/8 Washer  
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9. 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 assembly and mower brack-  
ets.  
NOTE: To assist in locating hole in flanged  
pin, the hole in pin is inline with notch on  
head of pin. If necessary, move mower  
side-to-side to give space between plate  
and mower brackets.  
IMPORTANT: Check belt for proper rout-  
ing in all mower pulley grooves.  
10.Engage belt tension rod by pushing  
rod into locking bracket.  
CAUTION: Belt tension rod is spring  
loaded. Have a tight grip on rod and en-  
gage slowly.  
INSTALL MOWER AND DRIVE  
BELT  
Be sure tractor is on level surface and  
mower suspension arms are raised with  
attachment lift control. Engage parking  
brake.  
1. Cut and remove ties securing anti-  
sway bar and belts. Swing anti-sway  
bar to left side of mower deck.  
2. Slide mower under tractor with deflec-  
tor shield to right side of tractor.  
IMPORTANT: Check belt for proper rout-  
ing in all mower pulley grooves.  
3. If equipped, turn height adjustment  
knob counterclockwise until it stops.  
4. Lower mower linkage with attachment  
lift control.  
5. Be sure belt tension rod is in disen-  
gaged position.  
11.Connect anti-sway bar to chassis  
bracket under left footrest and retain  
with double loop retainer spring.  
12.If equipped, turn height adjustment  
knob clockwise to remove slack from  
mower suspension.  
13.Raise deck to highest position.  
14.Adjust gauge wheels before operating  
mower as shown in the Operation sec-  
tion of this manual.  
6. Install belt into electric clutch pulley  
groove.  
7. Place the suspension arms on outward  
pointing deck pins. Retain with double  
loop retainer spring with loops up as  
shown.  
8. Install front plate assembly to tractor  
suspension brackets and retain with  
single loop retainer springs as shown.  
Belt Tension Rod  
Disengaged Position  
Lock Bracket  
Electric Clutch  
Pulley  
Front  
Suspension  
Front Plate  
Brackets  
Assembly  
Front  
Chassis  
Bracket  
Mower  
Double  
Loop Retainer  
Springs  
Bracket  
Gauge  
Wheel  
Single  
Loop  
Retainer  
Springs  
Flanged  
Pin  
Double Loop  
Retainer  
Spring  
Anti-Sway  
Bar  
USE PLIERS FOR  
RETAINER SPRINGS  
Suspension Arms  
Double Loop  
Retainer Spring  
(Outward pointing  
deck pins)  
Loop Up  
Deflector Shield  
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CHECK TIRE PRESSURE  
CHECKLIST  
Before you operate your new tractor, we  
wish to assure that you receive the best  
performance and satisfaction from this  
quality product.  
The tires on your tractor were overinflated  
at the factory for shipping purposes. Cor-  
rect tire pressure is important for best  
cutting performance.  
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 tight-  
ened securely.  
All tires are properly inflated. (For ship-  
ping purposes, the tires were overin-  
flated 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 “transmission engaged”  
position (see “TO TRANSPORT” in the  
Operation section of this manual).  
While learning how to use your tractor, pay  
extra attention to the following important  
items:  
• Reduce tire pressure to PSI shown in  
“PRODUCT SPECIFICATIONS” section  
of this manual.  
CHECK DECK LEVELNESS  
For best cutting results, mower housing  
should be properly leveled. See “TO LEV-  
EL 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 replac-  
ing motion and mower blade drive belts  
in the Service and Adjustments section  
of this manual. Verify that the belts are  
routed correctly.  
CHECK BRAKE SYSTEM  
After you learn how to operate your trac-  
tor, check to see that the brake is properly  
adjusted. See “TO ADJUST BRAKE” in  
the Service and Adjustments section of  
this manual.  
Engine oil is at proper level.  
Fuel tank is filled with fresh, clean, reg-  
ular 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 oper-  
ating condition.  
It is important to purge the transmission  
before operating your tractor for the first  
time. Follow proper starting and trans-  
mission purging instructions (See “TO  
START ENGINE” and “PURGE TRANS-  
MISSION” in the 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 meaning.  
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  
ATTACHMENT  
CLUTCH ENGAGED  
ATTACHMENT  
CLUTCH DISENGAGED  
SLOPE HAZARDS  
KEEP AREA CLEAR  
(SEE SAFETY RULES SECTION)  
DANGER, KEEP HANDS  
AND FEET AWAY  
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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KNOWYOUR TRACTOR  
READ THIS OWNER'S MANUAL AND SAFETY RULES BEFORE OPERATINGYOUR  
TRACTOR  
Compare the illustrations with your tractor to familiarize yourself with the locations of  
various controls and adjustments. Save this manual for future reference.  
Light Switch  
Ignition  
Switch  
Position  
Attachment  
Clutch Switch  
Hourmeter  
Ammeter  
Lift Lever  
Plunger  
Throttle Control  
Clutch/Brake Pedal  
Attachment  
Lift Lever  
Choke Control  
Free Wheel  
Control  
Motion  
Control Lever  
Parking Brake Lever  
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Our tractors conform to the safety standards of the  
American National Standards Institute.  
AMMETER - Indicates charging (+) or  
discharging (-) of battery.  
LIGHT SWITCH POSITION - Turns the  
headlights on and off.  
HOURMETER - Indicates hours of op-  
eration.  
PARKING BRAKE LEVER - Locks clutch/  
brake pedal into the brake position.  
CHOKE CONTROL - Used when starting  
ATTACHMENT CLUTCH SWITCH - Used  
to engage the mower blades, or other at-  
tachments mounted to your tractor.  
ATTACHMENT LIFT LEVER - Used to  
raise, lower, and adjust the mower deck or  
other attachments mounted to your tractor. a cold engine.  
CLUCTH/BRAKE PEDAL - Used for  
declutching and braking the tractor and  
starting the engine.  
THROTTLE CONTROL - Used to control  
engine speed.  
FREEWHEEL CONTROL - Disengagages  
IGNITION SWITCH - Used for starting and transmission for pushing or slowly towing  
stopping the engine.  
LIFT LEVER PLUNGER - Used to release  
attachment lift lever when changing its  
position.  
the tractor with the engine off.  
MOTION CONTROL LEVER - Selects the  
speed and direction of the tractor.  
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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 operating your tractor or performing any adjustments  
or repairs. We recommend standard safety glasses or a wide vision  
safety mask worn over spectacles.  
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• Never use choke to stop engine.  
HOW TO USEYOUR TRACTOR  
TO SET PARKING BRAKE  
IMPORTANT: Leaving the ignition switch  
in any position other than "STOP" will  
cause the battery to discharge and go  
dead.  
Your tractor is equipped with an operator  
presence sensing 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.  
1. Depress clutch/brake pedal all the way  
down and hold.  
2. Pull parking brake lever up and release  
pressure from clutch/brake pedal.  
Pedal should remain in brake position.  
Make sure parking brake will hold trac-  
tor secure.  
NOTE: Under certain conditions when  
tractor is standing idle 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.  
CAUTION: Always stop tractor com-  
pletely, as described above, before leaving  
the operator's position.  
Attachment Clutch  
“Disengaged” Position  
Choke  
Control  
TO USE THROTTLE CONTROL  
Switch “Engaged”  
Always operate engine at full throttle.  
• Operating engine at less than full  
throttle reduces the battery charging  
rate.  
• Full throttle offers the best bagging and  
mower performance.  
Position  
Throttle  
Control  
Clutch/  
Brake  
Pedal  
Ignition  
Key  
TO USE CHOKE CONTROL  
Use choke control whenever you are start-  
ing a cold engine. Do not use to start a  
warm engine.  
To engage choke control, pull knob out.  
Slowly push knob in to disengage.  
Motion Control  
Lever  
“Disengaged”  
Position  
“Brake” Parking Brake  
Position “Engaged”  
Position  
STOPPING  
TO MOVE FORWARD AND  
BACKWARD  
The direction and speed of movement is  
controlled by the motion control lever.  
1. Start tractor with motion control lever in  
neutral (N) position.  
2. Release parking brake.  
3. Slowly move motion control lever to  
desired position.  
MOWER BLADES -  
To stop mower blades, push attachment  
clutch switch in to disengaged position.  
GROUND DRIVE -  
To stop ground drive, depress clutch/  
brake pedal all the way down.  
• 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.  
TO ADJUST MOWER CUTTING HEIGHT  
The position of the attachment lift lever  
determines the cutting height.  
ENGINE -  
• Grasp lift lever.  
• Move throttle control to slow position.  
NOTE: Failure to move throttle control to  
slow position to allow engine to idle before  
stopping may cause engine to “backfire”.  
Turn ignition key to “STOP” position and  
remove key. Always remove key when  
leaving tractor to prevent unauthorized  
use.  
• Press plunger with thumb and move  
lever to desired position.  
The cutting height range is approxi-  
mately 1-1/2 to 4". The heights are mea-  
sured from the ground to the blade tip with  
the engine not running. These heights  
are approximate and may vary depending  
upon soil conditions, height of grass and  
types of grass being mowed.  
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• The average lawn should be cut to ap-  
proximately 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.  
TO OPERATE MOWER  
Your tractor is equipped with an operator  
presence sensing switch. Any attempt  
by the operator to leave the seat with the  
engine running and the attachment clutch  
engaged will shut off the engine.You must  
remain fully and centrally positioned in the  
seat to prevent the engine from hesitating  
or cutting off when operating your equip-  
ment on rough, rolling terrain or hills.  
1. Select desired height of cut.  
2. Start mower blades by engaging at-  
tachment clutch control.  
TO STOP MOWER BLADES -  
disengage attachment clutch control.  
TO ADJUST GAUGE WHEELS  
Gauge wheels are properly adjusted  
when they are slightly 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.  
NOTE: Be sure tractor is on a flat level  
surface.  
1. Lower mower and adjust mower to de-  
sired cutting height(See “TO ADJUST  
MOWER CUTTING HEIGHT” in this  
section of manual).  
2. Remove retainer spring and clevis pin  
which secure each gauge wheel bar.