Rover Lawn Mower 405606x108A User Manual

Owners Manual  
model 405606x108A  
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This instruction book is for several different models. The instructions  
are written for a person with some mechanical ability. Like most ser-  
vice books, not all the steps are described. Steps on how to loosen or  
tighten fasteners are steps anyone can follow with some mechanical  
ability. Read and follow these instructions before you use the unit.  
Know your product: If you understand the unit and how the unit oper-  
ates, you will get the best performance. As you read this manual, com-  
pare the illustrations to the unit. Learn the location and the function of  
the controls. To help prevent an accident, follow the operating instruc-  
tions and the safety rules. Keep this manual for future reference.  
Engine Exhaust, some of its constituents, and  
certain vehicle components contain or emit  
chemicals known to cause cancer and birth de-  
fects or other reproductive harm.  
Battery posts, terminals and related accesso-  
ries contain lead and lead compounds, chemi-  
cals known to cause cancer and birth defects or  
other reproductive harm. WASH HANDS AFTER  
IMPORTANT: Many units are not assembled and are sold in car-  
tons. It is the responsibility of the owner to make sure the assembly  
instructions in this manual are exactly followed. Other units are pur-  
chased in an assembled condition. On assembled units, it is the re-  
sponsibility of the owner to make sure the unit is correctly  
assembled. The owner must carefully check the unit according to  
the instructions in this manual before it is first used.  
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1. Carefully read and follow the rules for safe operation.  
2. Follow all the assembly instructions.  
Environmental Awareness  
Do not fill the engines fuel tank completely full.  
Drain fuel for off season storage.  
3. Inspect the unit.  
4. Make sure that the operator of the unit knows how to correctly  
use all standard and accessory equipment.  
5. Operate the unit only with guards, shields, and other safety  
items in place and working correctly.  
6. Correctly adjust the unit.  
7. Service the unit only with authorized or approved replacement  
Use only unleaded gasoline.  
Service the air cleaner regularly.  
Change oil regularly. Use 10W 30 oil in summer.  
Tune up the engine regularly.  
Keep equipment in efficient operating condition.  
Dispose of used engine oil properly.  
8. Complete all maintenance on the unit.  
Safe Operation Practices for Ride on Mowers  
WARNING: This cutting machine is capable of amputating hands and feet and throwing objects. Failure to observe the  
following safety instructions could result in serious injury or death.  
I. General operation  
1. Read, understand and follow all instructions in the Instruction Book, on the machine, the engine and with any attachments before  
2. Only allow responsible adults, who are familiar with the instructions, to operate the machine.  
3. Clear the area of objects such as rocks, toys, wire, etc., which could be picked up and thrown by the blade.  
4. Be sure the area is clear of other people before mowing. Stop the machine if anyone enters the area.  
5. Never carry passengers.  
6. Turn off power to the blades or any attachments before backing up. Do not mow in reverse unless absolutely necessary. Always look  
down and behind before and while backing.  
7. Be aware of the mower discharge direction and do not point it at anyone. Do not operate the mower without either the entire grass bagger  
or the mower guard in place.  
8. Slow down before turning.  
9. Never leave a machine unattended with the engine running. Always turn off the blade(s), set the parking brake, stop the engine and  
remove the key before dismounting.  
10. Turn off power to attachment(s) when transporting or not in use. Turn off the blade(s) when not mowing.  
11. Stop the engine before removing the grass bagger or unclogging the chute.  
12. Mow only in daylight or good artificial light.  
13. Do not operate the machine while under the influence of alcohol or drugs or when very tired.  
14. Watch for traffic when operating near or crossing roadways.  
15. Use extra caution when loading or unloading the machine into a trailer or truck.  
16. Turn off all attachment clutches before attempting to start the engine.  
17. Always wear goggles, safety glasses, or an eye shield when you operate the unit to protect your eyes from foreign objects that can be  
thrown from the unit. Always wear eye protection when you make an adjustment or repair to the machine.  
18. Use care when pulling loads or using heavy equipment.  
a. Use only approved drawbar hitch points.  
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b. Limit loads to those you can safely control.  
c. Do not turn sharply. Use care when backing.  
d. Use counterweights or wheel weights when suggested in the Instruction Book.  
19. Do not operate this machine if you are taking drugs or other medication which can cause drowsiness or affect your ability to operate  
this machine.  
20. Do not use this machine if you are mentally or physically unable to operate this machine safely.  
21. Data indicates that operators, age 60 years and above, are involved in a large percentage of riding mower related injuries. These opera-  
tors should evaluate their ability to operate a riding mower safely enough to protect themselves and others from serious injury.  
II. Slope operation  
Slopes and rough terrain are major factors related to loss of control and tip over 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 the slope, do not mow it. See  
the Slope Guidein the back of this book to check for safe operation.  
1. Mow up and down slopes, not across.  
2. Remove obstacles such as rocks, limbs, etc...  
3. Watch for holes, ruts or bumps. Uneven terrain could overturn the machine. Tall grass can hide obstacles.  
4. Use slow speed on slopes. Do not make sudden speed changes.  
5. Follow the manufacturers recommendations for wheel weights or counterweights to improve stability.  
6. Use extra care with grass baggers or other attachments, they can change the stability of the machine.  
7. Keep all movement on the slopes slow and gradual. Do not make sudden changes in speed or direction.  
8. Avoid starting or stopping on a slope. If tires lose traction, turn off the blades and proceed slowly straight down the slope.  
1. Do not turn on slopes unless absolutely necessary, then only turn slowly and gradually downhill, if possible.  
2. Do not mow drop offs, ditches or embankments. A wheel over the edge or an edge caving in could cause a sudden overturn and an  
injury or death.  
3. Do not mow on wet grass. Reduced traction could cause sliding.  
4. Do not try to stabilize the machine by putting your foot on the ground.  
5. Do not use a grass bagger or other rear mounted accessories on steep slopes (greater than 10 degrees).  
III. Children  
Tragic accidents can occur if the operator is not alert to the presence of children. Children are often attracted to the machine and  
the mowing activity. NEVER assume that children will remain where you last saw them.  
1. Keep children out of the mowing area and in the watchful care of another responsible adult.  
2. Be alert and turn the engine off if children enter the area.  
3. Before and when backing, look behind and down for small children.  
4. Never carry children or any passengers, even with the blades off. They may fall off and be seriously injured or interfere with the safe  
operation of the machine.  
5. Never allow children to operate the machine. Instruct children in the potential dangers of the machine.  
6. Use extra care when approaching blind corners, shrubs, trees or other objects that may obscure vision.  
IV. Service  
1. Use extra care when handling gasoline and other fuels. Fuels are flammable and the vapors are explosive.  
a. Use only an approved container.  
b. Never remove the gas cap or add fuel with the engine running. Allow the engine to cool for several minutes before refueling. Do  
not smoke.  
c. Never refuel the machine indoors.  
d. Never store the machine with fuel in the tank or fuel container inside where there is an open flame, such as a water heater.  
2. Never start or run the engine inside a closed area.  
3. Keep all nuts and bolts, especially the blade attachment nuts tight. Frequently check the blade(s) for wear or damage such as cracks  
and nicks. A blade that is bent or damaged must be immediately replaced with an original equipment blade from an authorized service  
dealer. For safety, replace the blade every two years. Keep the equipment in good condition.  
4. Never tamper with the safety devices. Check their proper operation regularly.  
5. To reduce fire hazards, keep the machine free of grass, leaves or other debris build up. Clean up oil or fuel spills. Allow the machine  
to cool before storing.  
6. Stop and inspect the equipment if you strike an object. Repair, if necessary, before restarting.  
7. Never make adjustments or repairs with the engine running. The carburetor can be adjusted with the engine running. Do not change  
the engine governor settings or over speed the engine.  
8. Grass bagger components are subject to wear, damage and deterioration, which could expose moving parts or allow objects to be  
thrown. For storage, always make sure the grass bag is empty. Frequently check components and replace with manufacturers recom-  
mended parts when necessary.  
9. Mower blade(s) are sharp and can cut. Wrap the blade(s) or wear gloves and use extra caution when servicing them or the blade housing  
10. Check the brake operation frequently. Adjust and service as required.  
11. Wait for all movement to stop before servicing any part of the unit.  
Look for this symbol to indicate important safety  
precautions. This symbol indicates: Attention!  
Become Alert! Your Safety Is At Risk.”  
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Each person that operates power  
controls and how they work. In an  
emergency, how fast you can stop the  
blade is important. Learn how to control  
the mower at all times.  
equipment must learn to use correct and  
safe mowing procedures. To help you  
learn, carefully read the following  
pages. Most of the time the operator was  
not correctly shown or did not read the  
instructions on the unit or in the Instruction  
Book before using the unit. Also, some  
operators do not have enough experience.  
The result is unsafe use, endangering the  
operator, bystanders and the equipment.  
Another result can be a poor appearance  
of the area mowed.  
Many engines are started by hand. When  
you use a pull start or rope start, place  
your feet apart and away from the blade(s).  
Hold the rope handle tight. Never wrap the  
rope around your arm or fingers for a  
better grip. To start the engine, follow the  
instructions on the mower, in this book and  
in the engine operating instructions.  
The blade of a power mower rotates very  
fast. It can discharge rocks and other  
objects over a long distance which can be  
dangerous. The force of the objects can  
break windows, cause injuries or even put  
an eye out. Most of the time the injury is to  
a person, like a child. Keep every person  
completely away from the area to be  
mowed. Make sure the grass is not  
discharged toward anyone. Planning your  
mowing pattern has a double advantage. It  
can decrease the possibility of an injury  
and make the clean up after mowing  
For electric start engines, sit in the seat to  
start the engine. The battery can be  
dangerous. Follow the instructions on the  
battery, the acid container, and in this book  
when working with the battery. Even small  
batteries have enough voltage to cause an  
injury. Always be careful.  
Read this book. Read the instructions on  
the unit. Operate the mower according to  
the Safe Mowing Guide. Follow all safety  
rules, cautions or warnings in this book  
and on the unit. Make sure anyone that  
uses the unit reads the instructions and is  
told how to safely operate the mower.  
The mower is designed to be operated by  
one person. Never let another person ride  
with you on the unit or on any accessories.  
A passenger will make the unit harder to  
control, block the visibility or distract the  
operator and is dangerous to the operator,  
the passenger and the equipment. Without  
a passenger seat, the passenger can fall  
from the mower or contact dangerous  
parts. A mower is not a toy for showing off  
or for giving rides.  
The mower will give you good service and  
durability, if operated in normal conditions.  
If the mower is not correctly serviced or is  
used where the terrain is rough or  
unsuitable, product performance and  
safety will be decreased.  
Check the terrain of the area to be mowed.  
Mow in a pattern that will keep you away  
from dangerous areas. Check the distance  
you need to stop and the distance  
Correct clothing is an important part of safe  
mowing. Safety glasses will protect the  
eyes from objects discharged by the  
mower. Safety shoes with steel plates can  
protect a foot from injury by the blade. For  
protection from objects discharged from  
the mower, wear clothing that will cover the  
arms and legs.  
available to turn. Slopes and rough terrain  
must be mowed carefully and some areas  
must not be mowed at all. With riding  
mowers, mow up and down the hill. When  
you must mow rough terrain or on slopes,  
drive slowly and stop in these areas only in  
an emergency. Before you ride up or down  
a slope, try to back straight up the slope.  
Do not ride up or down a slope that is too  
steep to back straight up. See the Guide”  
in the back of this Instruction Book to  
check any slopes.  
Never cut a wet lawn. Wet grass can  
cause an accident, affect mower  
performance and can cause problems with  
future lawn growth and appearance. Wet  
grass is slippery and can cause the mower  
to slip. Someone can get injured by  
touching the blade(s). Wet grass tends to  
clog the mower, causing poor discharge.  
Cut wet grass will collect on the lawn,  
retarding the growth of the grass. Also,  
getting the mower wet will cause parts to  
rust and decrease the life of the unit.  
When you look over the lawn, remember  
obstacles that cannot be removed, like  
pipes, stumps or rocks. Keep away from  
these obstacles that can cause damage to  
the mower or injury to the operator or a  
person near the mower. Clear the area of  
rocks, toys, wire or other loose objects.  
These items can damage the mower or  
can be discharged by the mower blade.  
Before you start cutting the grass, practice  
using the mower in a large open and level  
area. Learn the location of the controls on  
the mower. Know the purpose of the  
Before you start cutting, make sure the  
mower was completely assembled  
according to the Instruction Book. If the  
mower was completely assembled at the  
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store, you must still check the mower  
according to the assembly instructions.  
Make sure the mower is correctly  
assembled and that all fasteners are tight.  
Make sure the engine has the correct  
amount of oil. Check these items often  
during the life of the mower.  
engine and transmission cool before  
servicing the mower. Remember, exhaust  
fumes are dangerous. Never operate the  
engine inside a building.  
When you mow, remember that children  
are attracted to the mower. Always use  
caution when mowing around obstacles  
like trees or shrubs or when moving  
backward. Only mow in a forward direction  
if possible. Your visibility is decreased  
when you mow backward. Also, the blades  
are made to cut while the unit is moving  
forward. If you mow backward, the cutting  
performance decreases.  
When you get a new mower, it can be a  
new experience for the family. Tell each  
person how a mower can be dangerous.  
Remember, a mower is not a toy. A mower  
is not to be used by children or anyone not  
old enough, strong enough or that does not  
have experience.  
Your mower has a gasoline engine.  
Gasoline is a dangerous fuel. Keep  
gasoline only in an approved safety  
gasoline container. Do not keep large  
amounts of gasoline. When you add  
gasoline to the fuel tank, do not smoke.  
Store the gasoline container and the  
mower in an area that has good ventilation.  
Also, keep the gasoline away from any  
flames like the pilot light of a furnace or  
any other source of ignition. If the mower is  
to be stored for more than a few weeks,  
remove the gasoline from the fuel tank.  
When inside an enclosure, do not add  
gasoline to the fuel tank. Before you add  
gasoline, move the mower outside and add  
gasoline carefully. Before you start the  
engine, remove any gasoline from the  
outside of the fuel tank or from the mower.  
Warm gasoline will expand. Leave some  
space in the fuel tank for the gasoline to  
expand. Also, the fuel cap has a vent hole  
for fuel vapors. Always use the correct fuel  
cap. Failure to follow safety rules about  
gasoline will cause fires and explosions,  
injury to you and damage to the equipment  
and other property.  
If the mower is not correctly assembled,  
not operated correctly, or not regularly  
serviced, the mower can be dangerous.  
The most important rule to follow is always  
use good judgement and common sense.  
Mow safely and carefully.  
Your mower will easily cut thick grass.  
Fingers, feet and other parts can also be  
cut by the blade. Injuries occur when the  
operator does not think and reaches into  
the chute opening. Always operate the  
mower as if the blade is rotating. Do not  
service or make an adjustment, except to  
the carburetor, while the engine is running.  
Before you leave the mower, stop the  
engine. Remove the key. Disengage and  
lower any attachment. Set the parking  
brake. Never mount or dismount from the  
seat while the engine is running. An  
accident can occur if you touch the brake,  
speed control pedal, throttle, or blade  
control while the engine is running. Mount  
and dismount from the seat on the side of  
the unit that is marked ENTER EXIT.  
Use only accessories that are factory  
approved for your mower. The wrong  
accessory can decrease the safety of the  
mower and can even damage the unit.  
Read and follow the instructions included  
with the accessory and the mower.  
Make sure you are in good condition when  
you mow. When you mow for several hours  
your reflexes will decrease and your mind  
will not be as alert. Take a short break or  
an accident can occur. If the temperature is  
hot, use caution to prevent dehydration. If  
you are tired, angry or not completely alert,  
do not operate the mower. If you use  
alcohol, medication or drugs, do not use  
the mower or any type of power  
Use only original equipment or  
replacement parts that are factory  
approved for service. If you need service,  
select an Authorized Service Center for  
your mower. If you do the work on the unit,  
follow the instructions in the Instruction  
If you add gasoline to an engine that is  
running or hot, the result can be an  
explosion. Before you add gasoline, stop  
the engine and let the engine cool for  
several minutes. Remove dry grass and  
other debris from the mower. Keep the  
mower clean to improve the performance,  
help the engine and transmission run  
cooler, extend the life of moving parts, and  
decrease the danger of a fire.  
Engine speed is a key to safe mowing and  
to a good looking lawn. The maximum  
speed of the engine was set at the factory.  
Do not change the setting of the engine  
Fires and explosions are not the only  
dangers when working around a mower.  
The engine, transmission, and the muffler  
will get hot in several minutes when the  
engine is running. Do not touch these parts  
of the mower. Stop the engine. Let the  
Select the maximum engine and ground  
speed that is right for the terrain and the  
height of the grass. The blade cuts best  
when the engine is operating at maximum  
speed. The engine and transmission will  
also run cooler at maximum engine speed.  
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Also, the grass bagger will function better  
when the engine is operating at maximum  
speed. On slopes, decrease the ground  
speed and use care making sure the  
mower feels safe to operate.  
feel new or excessive vibration,  
immediately stop the engine and check for  
the problem. Vibration can be a warning of  
a problem. Keep all nuts, bolts and screws  
a blade that is not sharp or at a slow  
engine speed you can damage the grass.  
Move the throttle control to the FAST  
position when mowing and using the grass  
bagger. Also, use a slower ground speed  
when using the grass bagger.  
If you change the direction or pattern of cut  
slightly every time you mow will make the  
grass grow stronger and thicker. Do not  
add oil or gasoline to the mower while on  
the lawn. Spilled oil or gasoline can kill the  
grass. In high or thick grass, do not try to  
cut all the grass the first time. Raise the  
height of cut on the first cutting and lower  
the height for the next cutting. Another way  
is to cut only part of the width of the mower  
and decrease your ground speed (not the  
engine) to move more slowly so that the  
mower can discharge the grass as it  
moves forward.  
The blade is the most dangerous part of  
the mower. Frequently check the blade and  
the blade mounting fasteners. Keep the  
fasteners tight. If the blade hits a solid  
object, stop the engine. Remove the wire  
from the spark plug. Check for a blade that  
is bent, cracked or for other damages.  
Before you start the engine, replace a  
damaged blade(s). For safety, replace the  
blade every two years.  
If the weather conditions are bad, do not  
mow. If weather conditions become bad,  
stop cutting and finish later. It is dangerous  
to cut grass in the rain. Always find  
protection in an electrical storm. If the  
weather conditions are extra dry, protect  
your eyes with safety glasses from the dust  
and from the objects discharged by the  
mower. Also, a dust or a pollen mask can  
Understand the controls and how they  
work. Learn the ground speed(s) of your  
mower. Check the stopping distance  
required at different travel speeds. Check  
the turning radius of the mower. The  
controls on your riding mower are different  
from an automobile. The throttle is  
operated by hand and holds the engine  
speed constant until it is changed. The  
location of the travel speed control is  
different from that of an automobile. Also,  
the brake and clutch systems are different.  
Remember the procedures to follow in an  
emergency. Remember, turning off the  
engine ignition switch will stop the blade  
and the drive mechanism. If the traction of  
the wheels is lost or does not feel safe,  
disengage all systems and stop the  
engine. Dismount from the mower. Push  
the unit to a safe place before you begin  
mowing again.  
A sharp blade decreases the workload on  
the engine and more evenly cuts grass.  
Frequently sharpen the blade for a better  
looking cut. Use the left side of the mower  
housing to trim near an object.  
Your mower is equipped with a number of  
safety devices which are important to the  
safety of the operator and bystanders and  
must never be changed or removed from  
the mower. If a safety device is lost,  
damaged or no longer functions, repair or  
replace the device before you operate the  
A grass bagger is a good accessory for  
your mower. For best performance and  
safety, make sure the grass bagger is  
approved for use with your mower. Follow  
the assembly and operation instructions  
included with the grass bagger.  
It is best to mow during the day. If you  
must mow at night, make sure there is  
enough light for safe operation.  
Some grass baggers require a special  
blade for best performance. Before you  
attach, check, or empty the grass bagger,  
always stop the engine. Before each use of  
the grass bagger, check for cracks, wear or  
deterioration. Before you use the grass  
bagger, replace a damaged part with a  
replacement part approved by the factory.  
Your mower will require regular  
maintenance and service. The  
maintenance schedule depends on the  
hours of use. Also, mowing conditions can  
change the schedule. Check the  
Instruction Book for more information.  
Correct maintenance will help the mower  
function safely.  
Your unit has an electrical system that  
includes an operator presence switch in  
the seat. The operator presence switch  
detects if the operator is sitting on the seat.  
The engine will stop if the operator leaves  
the seat when the blade engagement  
control is engaged. This operator presence  
switch is a safety device only. It must not  
regularly be used to stop the engine or the  
blade. There are other control systems on  
the mower for this purpose. Always keep  
the operator presence switch and other  
safety devices and controls in place and  
operating for your protection.  
Remember, your mower is a tool that can  
be dangerous if it is not correctly used.  
Follow the instructions in this Instruction  
Book. Safe and careful use of the mower  
will give you many safe hours of problem  
free use.  
Do not service the  
mower (except for the  
carburetor adjustment)  
while the engine is  
running. Before you  
service the unit, even  
with the engine stopped,  
always disconnect the  
wire from the spark plug  
to prevent the engine  
from starting.  
For you to have a good green lawn, follow  
the mowing procedures below. Do not cut  
the grass too short. If you cut the grass too  
short you can cause the grass to become  
yellow or make the lawn look brown. Use a  
If you hit a large object during operation,  
stop the engine. Remove the wire from the  
spark plug. Carefully inspect the mower for lower height of cut in cool months when  
damage. Before you start the engine  
again, make the necessary repairs. If you  
the grass is thicker. Raise the height of cut  
in hot dry periods. If you cut the grass with  
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Be sure to dress correctly. Wear hard shoes, not sandals or tennis shoes.  
Examine the blade. A blade that is bent, cracked, or damaged must be replaced with a factory replacement blade.  
Fill the fuel tank outside. Clean off spilled fuel.  
Read and follow the Owners Manual, the instructions with the engine, and the instructions with any attachments. Owners Manual  
instructions are for your safety and the safety of others.  
Exhaust fumes are dangerous. Start the engine outside.  
Make sure all safety devices are in place and working correctly.  
Operation of the mower is only for a person that has experience.  
Wet grass can be dangerous. Let the grass dry.  
Instruct children and others to keep away from the work area.  
Never cut the grass without good light.  
Pick up loose objects. Remove them from the mowing area.  
Watch for fixed objects and avoid them. They can damage the mower or cause injury.  
A hot engine, muffler, and transmission will cause a burn. Do not touch.  
Inclines and slopes must be carefully mowed. See the Guidein the back of this book to check a slope.  
Lack of daylight or good artificial light is cause to stop mowing.  
Examine the mower, the blade, and other parts for damage after hitting a foreign object or if the unit vibrates excessively.  
Do not make adjustments or repairs without stopping the engine. Disconnect the spark plug wire.  
On or near roads, watch out for traffic. Direct discharge away from roads.  
When mowing, avoid areas where traction is unsure. Look back before changing direction of travel.  
In heavy grass, raise the cutting height. Cut slower. Stop the engine to remove clogged grass from the mower.  
Never remove any safety related parts.  
Do not pour gasoline into a engine that is hot or running.  
Always let the mower cool before storing in an enclosed area.  
Foreign material on the mower is dangerous. Clean off grass, leaves, grease and oil before storing.  
Tighten all loose nuts, bolts and screws before you use the unit.  
Empty and clean any grass catcher or other accessory.  
Remove the key or disconnect the spark plug wire to prevent unauthorized use.  
Make sure the mower is not kept near a source of ignition. Gas fumes can cause an explosion.  
Only original parts or factory approved substitutes can be used to service the mower.  
When storing the mower for an extended period, remove the fuel from the fuel tank.  
Instruct children to leave the mower alone. It is not a toy.  
Never keep gasoline near a source of ignition. Always use an approved container. Keep gasoline away from children.  
Lubricate according to the Instruction Book. See Lubrication.  
IMPORTANT Read the Instruction Book. Keep this book for future use and reference.  
WARNING: Look for this symbol to point out important  
safety precautions. It means: Attention! Become Alert!  
Your Safety Is Involved.”  
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IMPORTANT: Some of the following pic-  
torials are located on your unit or on  
literature supplied with the product. Be-  
fore you operate the unit, learn and un-  
derstand the purpose for each pictorial.  
Flush Eyes Immediately With Water.  
Get Medical Help Fast.  
10 DANGER: No Step.  
11 DANGER: Keep Feet And Hands  
Away From Rotating Blade.  
IMPORTANT: Read Owners Manual  
Before Operating This Machine.  
12 DANGER: Keep Hands Away From  
Rotating Blade.  
WARNING: Thrown Objects. Keep  
Bystanders Away. Read User  
Instructions Before Operating This  
Safety Warning Pictorials  
13 DANGER: Disconnect Spark Plug  
Wire Before Servicing Unit.  
14 WARNING: Hot Surface.  
Shield Eyes. Explosive Gases Can  
Cause Blindness Or Injury.  
WARNING: Do Not Use This Machine  
On Slopes Greater Than 15 Degrees.  
15 WARNING: Use Caution When  
Connecting Or Disconnecting  
No Sparks, Flames or Smoking.  
Sulphuric Acid Can Cause Blindness  
Or Severe Burns  
DANGER: Keep People, Especially  
Children, Away From Unit.  
16 WARNING: Crushed Fingers.  
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11 Choke  
12 Oil  
Control And Operating Pictorials  
Engine Start  
Parking Brake  
13 Blade Rotation Control  
Engine Off  
Engine On  
14 Raise  
15 Fuel  
10 Fast  
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WARNING: Before doing any assembly or mainte-  
nance to the mower, remove the wire from the spark  
Read and follow the assembly and adjustment instructions for your  
mower. All fasteners are in the parts bag. Do not discard any parts  
or material until the unit is assembled.  
NOTE: In this instruction book, left and right describe the loca-  
tion of a part with the operator on the seat.  
The fasteners and other loose parts are shown below. The fasteners are shown full size. The quantity is shown in brackets ( ).  
(1) Bolt  
(2) Carriage Bolt  
(2) Wing Nut  
(1) Washer  
(2) Washer  
(2) Knob  
(2) Cotter Pin  
(1) Keys & Ring  
(2) Washer  
(2) Washer  
(1) Terminal Cover  
(2) Hub Cap  
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Use a knife and cut the four sides of the container. Install the front  
wheels in the container.  
2. Make sure the valve stem is to the outside of the tractor. Slide  
the front wheel on the spindle.  
3. Fasten each front wheelwith washer, washerand cotter pin.  
Bend the ends of the cotter pin appart to keep the front wheel  
on the spindle.  
NOTE: Use a piece of wood about 4 feet (1.25 meters) long to  
raise the front of the tractor. If a piece of wood cannot be found,  
get another person to help lift the tractor. Be careful, do not let  
the tractor fall.  
4. After the front wheels are installed, lift the tractor from the  
support. Roll the tractor off of the container.  
1. Raise the front of the tractor. Set a support (block of wood)  
under the tractor.  
5. If your tractor has hub caps, install the hub caps. Make sure  
the washers hold the hub caps in place.  
Cotter Pin  
Washer (17x195)  
Washer (17x192)  
Hub Cap  
Black Cable  
Front Wheel  
Valve Stem  
Figure 1  
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3. Check the operating position of the seat. If the seat needs to  
be adjusted, loosen the two wing bolts. Slide the seat forward  
or backward along the seat adjusting holes as shown. Tighten  
the wing bolts (A).  
1. Carefully remove the plastic bag from the seat.  
Use the fasteners shown below to install the seat. The fasteners are  
shown at full size.  
Seat Hinge  
Adjusting Hole  
NOTE: Fasteners may be attached to seat for shipping  
purposes, if so remove fasteners before proceeding.  
2. Align the holes in the seat hinge to the holes in the seat  
(Figure 2). Fasten the seat to the seat hinge with the fasteners  
as shown.  
Figure 2  
Tools Required: 3/8Socket Wrench  
Attach the steering wheel as follows:  
Steering Wheel  
1. Make sure the front wheels point forward.  
2. Slide the bellows over the steering post (Figure 3).  
NOTE: Before attachment of the steering wheel, make sure  
that the front wheels point forward and are straight. For  
proper alignment of the steering wheel, see Figure 3.  
3. Slide the steering wheel onto the steering post.  
Steering Post  
4. Use the fasteners shown above to secure the steering wheel.  
The fasteners are shown at full size. Tighten the screw until  
snug and then add 1/4 turn. DO NOT over tighten.  
5. Attach the cover to the steering wheel.  
6. Some models have an optional decal in the parts bag. Attach  
the decal to the center of the steering wheel as shown.  
Figure 3  
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