Snapper Lawn Mower S2265 User Manual

Safety Instructions & Operator's Manual for  
22” WALK BEHIND  
MOWERS  
Models  
S2265 (7800189)  
SP2265 (7800165)  
SPV22675HW (7800190)  
NS2265 (7800228)  
NSP2265 (7800229)  
NSPV22675HW (7800230)  
NOTE: Specifications are correct at time of printing and are subject to change without notice.  
* Actual sustained engine power will likely be lower due to operating limitations and environmental factors. Please refer to ‘Engine Power Rating Information’ for  
further details.  
Manual No. 7102320 (I.R. 1/15/2008)  
TP 100-5333-IR-WB-N  
Table of Contents  
Operator Safety . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2  
Important Operator Safety Instructions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2  
Preparation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4  
Unpacking . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4  
Handle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4  
Handle Height . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5  
Grass Bag . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6  
Side Discharge Deflector . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8  
Mulching Tips . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9  
How to Prepare the Engine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9  
Final Preparation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9  
Operation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10  
Engine Stop Lever . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10  
Front Wheel Drive System (Self-Propelled ts) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10  
Stopping the Engine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10  
Starting the Engine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11  
Rules for Safe and Effective Operation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11  
Maintenance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12  
Engine Maintenance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12  
Engine Tipping . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12  
Cleaning the Mower Housing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12  
Lubrication . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12  
Adjusting the Height of Cut . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12  
Removing the Drive Belt . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13  
Adjusting the Drive Cable . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14  
Blade Service . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .15  
Removing the e . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .15  
Sharpening thlade . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .15  
Checking the Level of Cut . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .15  
Preparing the Mower for Storage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .16  
Troubleshooting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .17  
Warranty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .18  
WARNING  
WARNING  
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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.  
Engine exhaust, some of its constituents, and certain  
vehicle components contain or emit chemicals known to  
the State of California to cause cancer or other reproductive  
harm.  
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IMPORTANT OPERATOR SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS  
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WARNING: This powerful cutting machine is capable of amputating hands and feet and can throw objects  
that can cause injury and damage! Failure to comply with the following SAFETY instructions could result in  
serious injury or death to the operator or other persons. The owner of the machine must understand these  
instructions and must allow only persons who understand these instructions to operate machine. Each  
person operating the machine must be of sound mind and body and must not be under the influence of any  
substance, which might impair vision, dexterity or judgment. If you have any questions pertaining to your  
machine which your dealer cannot answer to your satisfaction, call or write the Customer Service  
Department at SNAPPER, McDonough, Georgia 30253. Phone: (1-800-317-7833).  
Protection for Children  
Preparation  
(Continued From Previous Column)  
4. Handle fuel with extra care. Fuels are flammable and  
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.  
vapors are explosive. Use only an approved fuel container.  
DO NOT remove fuel cap or add fuel with engine running.  
Add fuel outdoors only with engine stopped and cool. Clean  
spilled fuel and oil from machine. DO NOT smoke.  
5. Check the area to be mowed and remove all objects such  
as toys, wire, rocks, limbs and other objects that could  
cause injury if thrown by blade or interfere with mowing.  
Also note the location of holes, stumps, and other possible  
hazards.  
Keep people and ut of the mowing area.  
mediately, STOP Bl, Stop engine and Stop mower if  
anyone enters the area.  
7. Check shields, deflectors, switches, blade controls and  
other safety devices frequently for proper operation and  
location.  
1. KEEP children out of the mowing area and under the  
watchful care of a responsible adult other than the operator.  
2. DO NOT allow children in yard when machine is operated  
and turn machine OFF if anyone enters the area.  
3. DO NOT allow pre-teenage children to operate machine.  
4. ALLOW only responsible adults & teenagers with mature  
judgment under close adult supervision to operate machine.  
5. DO NOT pull mower backwards unless absolutely  
necessary. LOOK and SEE behind and down for children,  
pets and hazards before and while backing.  
6. USE EXTRA CARE when approaching blind corners,  
shrubs, trees, or other objects that may obscure vision.  
Slope Operation  
8Make sure all safety decals are clearly legible. Replace if  
ged.  
9. Protect yourself when mowing and wear safety glasses, a  
dust mask, long pants, and substantial footwear. DO NOT  
mow barefooted or with sandals.  
1. Slopes are a major factor related to slip and fall acci-  
dents, which can result in severe injury. All slopes require  
extra caution. If you feel uneasy on a slope, DO NOT mow  
it.  
2. Mow across slopes, never up-and-down. Exercise  
extreme CAUTION when changing directions on slopeO  
NOT mow steep slopes or other areas where slity or  
traction is in doubt. Refer to the Slope e at the end of  
this manual.  
3. Use extra care with grass catchers or other attachments;  
these affect the handling and the stability of the machine.  
10. Know how to STOP blade and engine quickly in  
preparation for emergencies.  
11. Use extra care when loading or unloading the machine  
into a trailer or truck.  
12. Check grass catcher components frequently for signs of  
wear or deterioration and replace as needed to prevent  
injury from thrown objects going through weak or torn  
spots.  
Preparation  
Safe Handling of Gasoline  
To avoid personal injury or property damage, use extreme  
care in handling gasoline. Gasoline is extremely flammable  
and the vapors are explosive.  
1. Read, understand, and follow instructions and warnings  
in this manual and on the mower, engine and attachments.  
Know the controls and the proper use of the mower before  
starting.  
2. Only mature, responsible persons shall operate the  
machine and only after proper instruction.  
3. Data indicates that operators age 60 and above, are  
involved in a large percentage of mower-related injuries.  
These operators should evaluate their ability to operate the  
mower safely enough to protect themselves and others  
from serious injury.  
1. Extinguish all cigarettes, cigars, pipes and other sources  
of ignition.  
2. Use only an approved fuel container.  
3. DO NOT remove fuel cap or add fuel with the engine  
running. Allow the engine to cool before refueling.  
4. DO NOT refuel the machine indoors.  
5. DO NOT store the machine or fuel container inside where  
there is an open flame, spark or pilot light such as on a  
water heater or other appliances.  
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Important Operator Safety Instructions (Continued)  
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Safe Handling of Gasoline  
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Operation  
(Continued From Previous Column)  
6. DO NOT fill fuel containers inside a vehicle or on a truck  
or trailer bed with a plastic liner. Always place the contain-  
ers on the ground away from the vehicle before filling.  
7. Remove gas-powered equipment from the vehicle or  
trailer and refuel it on the ground. If this is not possible,  
then refuel equipment using a portable container, rather  
than a gasoline dispenser nozzle.  
8. DO NOT start gas powered equipment in enclosed vehi-  
cles or trailers.  
9. Keep the nozzle in contact with the rim of the fuel tank or  
container opening at all times until fueling is complete. DO  
NOT use a nozzle lock-open device  
13. DO NOT operate mower without the entire grass catch-  
er, or guards in place discharge guard, rear guard or other  
safety devices in place and working. DO NOT point dis-  
charge at people, passing cars, windows or doors.  
14. DO NOT discharge material against a wall or obstruc-  
tion. Material may ricochet back towards the operator.  
15. Slow down before turning.  
16. Watch out for traffic when near or crossing roadways.  
17. DO NOT operate engine in enclosed areas. Engine  
exhaust gases contain carbon monoxide, a deadly poison.  
18. Only use accessories approved by the manufacturer.  
See manufacturer’s instructions for proper operation and  
installation of accessories.  
10. If fuel is spilled on clothing, change clothing  
immediately.  
11. DO NOT overfill a fuel tank. Replace fuel cap and tight-  
en securely.  
Maintenance and Storage  
1. DO NOT store mower or fuel container inside where  
fumes may reach an open flame, spark or pilot light such as  
in a water heater, furnace, clothes dryer or other gas appli-  
ce. Allow engine tbefore storing machine in an  
enclosure. Store fuel container out of reach of children in a  
well ventilated, unoccupied building.  
Operation  
1. DO NOT put hands or feet near or under rotating parts.  
Keep clear of discharge area while engine is running.  
2. STOP engine when crossing gravel drives, walks, or  
roads, and under any conditions where thrown objects  
might be a hazard.  
2. Keep mower and engine free of grass, leaves or excess  
grease to reduce fire hazard and engine overheating.  
3. When daining fuel tank, drain fuel into an approved  
ainer outdoors and away from open flame.  
4ep all bolts, especially blade bolts, nuts and screws  
properly tight. Check that all cotter pins are in proper  
position.  
5. Always provide adequate ventilation when running  
engine. Engine exhaust gases contain carbon monoxide, a  
deadly poison.  
6. Service engine and make adjustments only when engine  
is stopped. Removed spark plug wire from spark plug and  
secure wire away from spark plug to prevent accidental  
starting.  
7. DO NOT change engine governor speed settings or  
overspeed engine.  
8. Check grass bag assembly frequently for wear or  
deterioration to avoid thrown objects and exposure to  
moving parts. Replace with new bag if loose seams or tears  
are evident. Replace slider or bag adapter if broken or  
cracked.  
9. Mower blades are sharp and can cut. Wrap the blades or  
wear heavy leather gloves and use CAUTION when handling  
them.  
10. DO NOT test for spark by grounding spark plug next to  
spark plug hole; spark plug could ignite gas exiting engine.  
11. Have machine serviced by an authorized SNAPPER  
dealer at least once a year and have the dealer install any  
new safety devices.  
3. Mow only in daylight or good artificial light.  
4. DO NOT operate mower while under the influence of  
alcohol or drugs.  
5. After striking a foreign object or if mower vibrates  
abnormally, STOP the engine, disconnect and secure spak  
plug wire. Inspect the mower for any damage and repair  
the damage before starting.  
6. DO NOT mow near drop offs, ditches or embakmes.  
Operator could lose footing or balance.  
7. STAY ALERT for holes and other hidazards. Tall  
grass can hide obstacles. Keep away froditches,  
washouts, culverts, fences and protruding objects.  
8. DO NOT mow on wet grass. Always be sure of your  
footing. Keep a firm hold on the handle and walk, never  
run. Slipping could cause injury.  
9. ALWAYS stay behind handle when engine (motor) is  
running.  
10. DO NOT leave the machine with the engine running.  
STOP BLADE and STOP ENGINE before leaving the opera-  
tors position for any reason.  
11. Before cleaning, repairing or inspecting make certain  
engine, blade and all moving parts have STOPPED.  
Disconnect and secure spark plug wire away from plug to  
prevent accidental starting.  
12. STOP engine and wait until the blade comes to com-  
plete STOP before removing grass bag and/or clearing  
grass.  
12. Use only genuine SNAPPER replacement parts to  
assure that original standards are maintained.  
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Preparation  
WARNING: Before doing any assembly or  
maintenance to the mower, remove the wire  
from the spark plug.  
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NOTE: In this instruction book, left and right describe the  
location of a part with the operator standing behind the  
handle.  
Unpacking  
The mower was fully assembled at the factory. When the  
mower was put in the carton, the handle was put in the  
storage position. To put the handle in the operating position,  
follow the steps below.  
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A
Figure 1: Unfolding the lower handle  
Handle  
1. Remove the mower from the carton.  
2. Remove all packing material from the mower and the  
handle.  
3. Turn the knobs (A, Figure 1) on either side of the lower  
handle (B) to retract the locking pins. Raise the lower  
handle, aligning it with one of the three sets of holes in  
the handle brackets (C). Turn the knobs to release the  
locking pins and secure the lower handle.  
4. Put the upper handle (A, Figure 2) in the operating  
(upright) position. Tighten the wingnuts (B).  
A
B
NOTE: The height of the handle can be set for operator  
comfort. See “Handle Height”.  
Figure 2: Unfolding the upper handle  
CAUTION: Be careful when you fold or raise the handle. Do  
not damage the cables. A cable that is bent will not work  
correctly. Before you use the unit, replace a bent or ded  
cable.  
5. Hold the engine stop lever against tndle. (Refer to  
section entitled ‘Engine Stop Lever’.lowly pull the  
recoil-start grip (A, Figure 3). To attach the recoil-start  
grip to the rope guide (B), twist the rope through the  
rope guide mounted on the right side of the handle.  
A
B
Figure 3: Attaching the recoil-start grip  
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Preparation (Continued)  
Handle Height  
1. Turn the knobs (A, Figure 4) on either side of the lower  
handle (B) to retract the locking pins. Align the lower  
handle with the desired set of holes in the handle  
brackets (C). Turn the knobs to release the locking pins  
and secure the lower handle.  
C
Note: Do not remove the lower set of bolts and nuts securing  
the lower handle.  
B
A
Figure 4: Adjusting the handle height  
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Preparation (Continued)  
Assembling the Grass Bag  
B
Note: On some models, the side mounted discharge deflector  
is temporarily attached (for shipping purposes) to the rear of  
the mower. Before assembly of the grass bag, remove the  
side mounted discharge deflector.  
1. Slide the frame assembly (A, Figure 5) into the grass  
bag (B).  
A
Figure 5: Installing the frame assembly  
2. Make sure the handle (A, Figure 6) is on the outside of  
the grass bag.  
A
C
3. First, attach the clips (B, Figure 6) to the side
frame assembly (C). Next, attach the clips to the top and  
bottom of the frame assembly.  
B
Figure 6: Installing the bag clips  
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Preparation (Continued)  
Mounting the Grass Bag  
1. To mount the grass bag on the mower, raise the rear  
door (A, Figure 7). Holding the grass bag by the handle  
(B), mount the hooks (C) on either end of the grass bag  
frame assembly onto the rear door pivot rod (D). Lower  
the grass bag against the rear of the mower. Lower the  
rear door.  
C
D
Important: Make sure both grass bag hooks are mounted on  
the pivot rod.  
A
WARNING: Check the condition of the grass  
bag for wear or deterioration. If worn or  
damaged, replace the parts only with  
approved factory replacement parts.  
B
igure 7: Mounting grass bag  
Emptying the Grass Bag  
WARNING: Before you remove the grag,  
stop the engine. Before you remove anrass  
from the mower housing, disonnecthe wire  
from the spark plug.  
1. Raise the rear door to a vertical position.  
2. Hold the handle of the grass bag and lift the frame  
assembly. Continue to lift the frame assembly un
hooks are no longer mounted on the pivot roRemve  
the grass bag.  
3. Empty the grass from the grass ba
4. To mount the grass bag on the mowe, see “Mounting  
The Grass Bag”.  
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Preparation (Continued)  
Attaching the Side Mounted Discharge Deflector  
WARNING: To prevent the engine from  
starting, disconnect the wire from the  
spark plug.  
For shipping purposes, the side deflector was not installed.  
Locate the side deflector and install as follows.  
1. Raise the mulcher cover (A, Figure 8).  
2. Slide the two tabs (B) on the side deflector (C) under  
the pivot pin.  
3. Lower the side deflector. Make sure the locking tab (A,  
Figure 9) goes through the slot in the side deflector.  
4. Lower the mulcher cover (A, Figure 10).  
5. Attach the wire to the spark plug.  
A
Figure 9: Side discharge deflector locking tabs  
A
A
C
B
Figure 8: Installing the side discharge deflector  
Figure 10: Releasing the mulcher cover  
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Preparation (Continued)  
Keep a sharp edge on the blade. A blade that is not  
sharp will cause the ends of the grass to become brown.  
Clean the underside of the mower housing. Grass and  
other debris can keep the mower from working  
correctly.  
Mulching Tips  
Mulching finely cuts the grass so that the grass can be easily  
recycled. Because the nutrients are returned to the soil, the  
lawn will need less fertilizer. To correctly mulch the lawn,  
follow the tips below.  
If the quality of cut is marginal, try the following:  
Set the height adjusters at a higher cutting height.  
Cut the grass more frequently.  
The grass must be dry. If the grass is wet, it will be  
difficult to cut and cause heavy clumps of grass.  
The grass must not be too tall. The maximum height to  
effectively cut is 4 1/2 inches. Set the height adjusters  
so that only the top third of the grass is cut.  
If the grass is more than 4 1/2 inches high, two  
mowings will be necessary. For the first mowing, set the  
height adjusters in the highest position. Then, lower the  
height adjusters for the second mowing.  
Operate the mower at a slower ground speed.  
Overlap the cutting swaths instead of cutting a full  
swath with each pass.  
Mow across the marginal areas a second time.  
PORTANT: This unquipped with an internal  
mbustion engine and ust not be used on or near any  
unimproved forest-covered, brush-covered or grass-covered  
and unless he 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 must be maintained in effective  
woing order by the operator.  
Preparing the Engine  
ENGINE DOES NOT CONTAIN OIL OR GASOLINE  
Using the bottle of oil supplied in the carton, fill the ine  
with the proper amount of oil. See the engine manurer’s  
instructions for the type of gasoline and oil to useBefore  
you use the unit, read the information on safety, operation,  
maintenance, and storage.  
n 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. See an Authorized Service Center for a spark  
arrester for the muffler.  
WARNING: Follow the engine manufacturer’s  
instructions for the type of gasoline and
use. Always use a safety gasoline contain.  
Do not smoke when adding gasolito he  
engine. When inside an enre, do not  
fill with gasoline. Before yoadd gasoline,  
stop the engine. Let the engine cool for  
several minutes.  
Note: Actual sustained engine power will likely be lower due  
to operating limitations and environmental factors.  
Note: The operation of a new engine will sometimes result in  
a slight amount of smoke. This smoke is caused by paint or  
oil on or around the muffler. This is normal and only  
expected during initial operation.  
Final Preparation  
If the mower is equipped with height adjusters, make sure  
the height adjusters function properly. Before starting the  
engine, make sure each height adjuster is set at the desired  
height. See “Adjusting The Height Of Cut” in the Maintenance  
sections.  
Before you use the mower, check the assembly of the  
wheels, the handle, and the controls. Make sure all the  
fasteners are tight. Make sure the throttle control (if  
equipped) and the engine stop lever work correctly.  
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Operation  
WARNING: For safe operation, the drive  
system must immediately disengage when the  
drive lever is released. If the drive system  
does not disengage correctly, do not operate  
the mower until the drive system is adjusted  
or repaired by an authorized service center.  
Engine Stop Lever  
Release the engine stop lever (A, Figure 11) and the engine  
and the blade will automatically stop. To run the engine, hold  
the engine stop lever in the Operating position (B).  
Before you start the engine, operate the engine stop lever  
several times. Make sure the cable moves easily.  
B
A
A
Figure 12: Operating the front wheel drive system  
Figure 11: Operating the engine stop lever  
Stopping the Engine  
Front Wheel Drive System  
(Self-Propelled Units Only)  
To top the engine, release the engine stop lever. Disconnect  
te from the spark plug to prevent the engine from  
starting.  
The mower has a front wheel drive system. Operate the drive  
system as follows.  
If the engine will not stop, hold a screwdriver against the  
spark plug and against the engine cooling fins. The spark will  
go to ground and the engine will stop. Before you start the  
engine, check the engine stop cable. Make sure the engine  
stop cable is assembled correctly. Before you operate the  
unit, replace a bent or damaged engine stop cable.  
1. Hold the engine stop lever (A, Figure 11) in the  
Operating Position (B).  
2. Models SP2265 & NSP2265: Pull the ive ver (A,  
Figure 12) completely back. The dystem is now  
engaged.  
Models SPV22675HW & NSPV22675HW: Slowly pull  
the drive lever back. The drive system is now engaged.  
To increase ground speed, slowly pull the drive lever far-  
ther back. To decrease ground speed, slowly release the  
drive lever.  
3. To disengage the drive system and stop the engine,  
completely release the engine stop lever.  
4. To disengage only the drive system, release the drive  
lever. The drive system will disengage but the engine  
will continue to run.  
Note: When the drive system is disengaged on a new unit, it  
is possible for the front wheels to rotate if lifted off the  
ground. This is normal and will stop after one or two hours  
of operation.  
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Operation (Continued)  
Starting the Engine  
WARNING: The blade will rotate  
when the engine runs.  
IMPORTANT: Before you start the engine, operate the engine  
stop lever several times. Make sure the engine stop cable  
moves freely.  
Note: The engine design does not include a throttle control  
or an engine speed adjustment. The engine is set at the best  
speed for cutting grass, bagging grass, and for extended  
engine life.  
A
Figure 13: The engine primer button  
6. Stand behind the mower. Use one hand to hold the  
engine stop lever in the operating position (A, Figure  
14). Use the other hand to hold the recoil-start grip (B).  
7. Make sure the recoil-start rope is not obstructed or  
caught between the upper and lower handles. Rapidly  
pull the recoil-staip. Slowly return the recoil-start  
grip.  
1. Check the oil.  
2. Fill the fuel tank with regular unleaded gasoline. Make  
sure the gasoline is clean. Leaded gasoline will increase  
deposits and shorten the life of the valves.  
Note: Do not use gasohol or methanol. Do not use premium  
unleaded gasoline.  
8. If the engine does not start in 5 or 6 tries, see the  
“Problem and Repair” Instructions.  
WARNING: Always use a safety gasoline  
container. Do not smoke when adding gasoline  
to the fuel tank. When inside an enclore, do  
not add gasoline. Before you add gas,  
stop the engine and let the engine cool for  
several minutes.  
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3. Make sure the spark plug wire is connected to the spark  
plug.  
4. Self-Propelled Models Only - Make sure the drive r  
is in the disengaged position.  
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WARNING: To prevent an acnt, make sure  
the drive lever is in the DIGAGED position.  
When the drive lever is in the ENGAGED  
position, do not start the engine.  
5. The primer button (A, Figure 13) is on the side of the  
engine. Push the primer button. Every time you push the  
primer button, wait two seconds. For the number of  
times required to push the primer button, see the engine  
manufacturer’s instructions.  
Figure 14: Starting the engine  
Rules for Safe and Effective Operation  
Note: Do not use the primer button to start a warm engine.  
Note: Models equipped with Ready Start TM engines do not  
feature a primer button. See the engine manufacturer’s  
instructions for further information.  
Refer to the ‘Operator Safety’ section of this manual for  
important rules concerning safe and effective mower  
operation.  
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Maintenance  
Hard starting.  
Engine smoking.  
Engine Maintenance  
Spark plug fouling.  
Oil or gas saturation of the air filter.  
Use the following maintenance section to keep your unit in  
good operating condition. All the maintenance information  
for the engine is in the “Engine Instruction Book”. Before you  
start the engine, read this book.  
WARNING: Before you make an inspection,  
adjustment (except carburetor), or repair, stop  
the engine and disconnect the wire from the  
spark plug.  
Engine Tipping  
When you service the engine, inspect the blade, or clean the  
underside of the mower housing; make sure to always tip the  
engine with the spark plug up (Figure 15). Transporting or  
tipping the engine with the spark plug down will cause:  
Figure 15: No forward engine tipping  
Cleaning the Mower Housing  
justing the Heigof Cut  
WARNING: The blade will rotate when the  
engine runs. Before you clean the mor  
housing, stop the engine and disconne  
wire from the spark plug.  
WARNING: The blade will rotate when the  
engine runs. Before you change the height of  
cut, stop the engine and disconnect the wire  
from the spark plug.  
Grass and other debris can keep the mower from working  
correctly. After you mow, clean the mower housing as  
follows.  
To change the height of cut, move the position of the  
djuster arm at each wheel (A, Figure 16). Make sure each  
adjuster arm is in the same position so that the mower will  
cut level.  
1. Stop the engine.  
2. Disconnect the wire from the spark plug.  
3. Clean dirt and debris from the top ae bottom of the  
mower housing. Clean with soap anater. Wipe off  
excess water before storage.  
1. Disengage the adjuster arm.  
2. Move the adjuster arm to another position.  
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