IMPORTANT: 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.
• Read, understand, and follow all
instructions in the manual and on the
machine before starting.
• Only allow responsible adults, who are
familiar with the instructions, to operate
•Clear the area of objects such as rocks,
toys, wire, etc., which could be picked
up and thrown by the blade.
•Be sure the area is clear of other people
before mowing. Stop machine if anyone
enters the area.
• Never carry passengers.
• Do not mow in reverse unless absolutely
necessary. Always look down and
behind before and while backing.
• Be aware of the mower discharge
direction and do not point it at anyone.
Do not operate the mower without either
the entire grass catcher or the guard in
• Slow down before turning.
• 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
• Do not operate the machine while under
the influence of alcohol or drugs.
• Watch for traffic when operating near or
• Use extra care when loading or unload-
ing 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
injuries. These operators should
evaluate their ability to operate the
riding mower safely enough to protect
themselves and others from serious
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 3
require extra caution. If you cannot back
up the slope or if you feel uneasy on it, do
not mow it.
• Mow up and down slopes, not across.
• Remove obstacles such as rocks, tree
• 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.
• Follow the manufacturer's recommenda-
tions 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
"Do notturn on slopes unless necessary,
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
•Do not mow on wet grass. Reduced
traction could cause sliding.
•Do nottry to stabilize the machine by
putting your foot on the ground.
•Do not use grass catcher on steep
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
assume that children will remain where
you last saw them.
• Keep children out of the mowing area
and under the watchful care of another
Be alert and turn machine off if children
enter the area.