Alamo Lawn Mower FC FL 0001 User Manual

Published 03/09  
Part No. 803213C  
This Operator's Manual is an integral part of the safe operation of this machine and must  
be maintained with the unit at all times. READ, UNDERSTAND, and FOLLOW the Safety  
and Operation Instructions contained in this manual before operating the equipment. C01-  
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In order to reduce accidents and enhance the safe operation of mowers, Alamo Industrial, in cooperation  
with other industry manufacturers has developed the AEM/FEMA Industrial and Agricultural Mower  
Safety Practices video and guide book.  
The video will familiarize and instruct mower-tractor operators in safe practices when using industrial  
and agricultural mowing equipment. It is important that Every Mower Operator be educated in the oper-  
ation of their mowing equipment and be able to recognize the potential hazards that can occur while oper-  
ating a mower. This video, along with the mower operator’s manual and the warning messages on the  
mower, will significantly assist in this important education.  
Your Authorized Alamo Industrial Dealer may have shown this video and presented you a DVD Video  
when you purchased your mower. If you or any mower operator have not seen this video, Watch the  
Video, Read this Operator’s Manual, and Complete the Video Guidebook before operating your new  
mower. If you do not understand any of the instructions included in the video or operator’s manual or if  
you have any questions concerning safety of operation, contact your supervisor, dealer or Alamo Indus-  
If you would like a VHS video tape of the video, please email [email protected] or Fax  
AEM VHS Video at (830) 372-9529 or mail in a completed copy of the form on the back of this page to  
AEM VHS Video 1502 E Walnut Street, Seguin, TX 78155. and request the VHS video version. Please  
include your name, mailing address, mower model and serial number.  
Every operator should be trained for each piece of equipment (Tractor and Mower), understand the  
intended use, and the potential hazards before operating the equipment.  
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one (1) AEM Mower Safety Practices Video  
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Mower Model:  
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Safety Section 1-1  
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General Safety Instructions and Practices  
A careful operator is the best operator. Safety is of primary importance to the manufacturer and should be to  
the owner/operator. Most accidents can be avoided by being aware of your equipment, your surroundings, and  
observing certain precautions. The first section of this manual includes a list of Safety Messages that, if  
followed, will help protect the operator and bystanders from injury or death. Read and understand these Safety  
Messages before assembling, operating or servicing this Implement. This equipment should only be operated  
by those persons who have read the manual, who are responsible and trained, and who know how to do so  
The Safety Alert Symbol combined with a Signal Word, as seen below, is used throughout this  
manual and on decals which are attached to the equipment. The Safety Alert Symbol means:  
are intended to warn the owner/operator of impending hazards and the degree of possible injury  
faced when operating this equipment.  
Practice all usual and customary safe working precautions and above all---remember safety is  
up to YOU. Only YOU can prevent serious injury or death from unsafe practices.  
Indicates an imminently hazardous situation that, if not avoided, WILL result in DEATH OR  
Indicates an imminently hazardous situation that, if not avoided, COULD result in DEATH  
Indicates an imminently hazardous situation that, if not avoided, MAY result in MINOR  
Identifies special instructions or procedures that, if not strictly observed, could result in  
damage to, or destruction of the machine, attachments or the environment.  
NOTE: Identifies points of particular interest for more efficient and convenient operation or  
READ, UNDERSTAND, and FOLLOW the following Safety Messages. Serious injury or  
death may occur unless care is taken to follow the warnings and instructions stated in the  
Safety Messages. Always use good common sense to avoid hazards. (SG-2)  
Si no lee ingles, pida ayuda a alguien que si lo lea para que le traduzca las  
medidas de seguridad. (SG-3)  
Operator Safety Instructions and Practices  
Safety Section 1-2  
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The rotating parts of this machine continue to rotate even after the PTO has been turned off.  
The operator should remain in his seat for 60 seconds after the brake has been set, the  
PTO disengaged, the tractor turned off, and all evidence of rotation has ceased. (S3PT-10)  
“Wait a minute...Save a life!”  
Never crawl under a raised Implement supported solely by the Tractor 3-Point hitch.  
Release of the control lever or mechanical failure will result in the Implement falling and  
possible injury or death. Always securely block up the Implement before crawling  
underneath to perform repairs and service. (S3PT-19)  
Do not put hands or feet under mower decks. Blade Contact can result  
in serious injury or even death.  
Stay away until all motion has  
stopped and the decks are securely blocked up. (SFL-2)  
Never operate the Tractor or Implement until you have read and  
completely understand this Manual, the Tractor Operator’s Manual, and  
each of the Safety Messages found in the Manual or on the Tractor and  
Implement. Learn how to stop the tractor engine suddenly in an  
Never allow inexperienced or untrained personnel to  
operate the Tractor and Implement without supervision. Make sure the  
operator has fully read and understood the manuals prior to operation.  
The operator and all support personnel should wear hard hats, safety  
shoes, safety glasses, and proper hearing protection at all times for  
protection from injury including injury from items that may be thrown by  
the equipment. (SG-16)  
PERMANENT HEARING LOSS! Tractors with or without an Implement  
attached can often be noisy enough to cause permanent hearing loss.  
We recommend that you always wear hearing protection if the noise in  
the Operator’s position exceeds 80db. Noise over 85db over an  
extended period of time will cause severe hearing loss. Noise over 90db  
adjacent to the Operator over an extended period of time will cause  
permanent or total hearing loss. NOTE: Hearing loss from loud noise  
[from tractors, chain saws, radios, and other such sources close to the  
ear] is cumulative over a lifetime without hope of natural recovery. (SG-I7)  
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Safety Section 1-3  
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Always read carefully and comply fully with the manufacturer’s  
instructions when handling oil, solvents, cleansers, and any other  
chemical agent. (SG-22)  
KEEP AWAY FROM ROTATING ELEMENTS to prevent entanglement  
and possible serious injury or death. (SG-24)  
Never allow children to play on or around Tractor or Implement. Children can slip or fall off  
the Equipment and be injured or killed. Children can cause the Implement to shift or fall  
crushing themselves or others. (SG-25)  
NEVER use drugs or alcohol immediately before or while operating the  
Tractor and Implement.  
alertness and coordination and therefore affect the operator’s ability to  
operate the equipment safely. Before operating the Tractor or  
Drugs and alcohol will affect an operator’s  
Implement, an operator on prescription or over-the-counter medication  
must consult a medical professional regarding any side effects of the  
medication that would hinder their ability to operate the Equipment safely.  
NEVER knowingly allow anyone to operate this equipment when their  
alertness or coordination is impaired. Serious injury or death to the  
operator or others could result if the operator is under the influence of  
drugs or alcohol. (SG-27)  
Prolonged operation may cause operator boredom and fatigue affecting safe operation.  
Take scheduled work breaks to help prevent these potentially impaired operating  
conditions. Never operate the Implement and Tractor in a fatigued or bored mental state  
which impairs proper and safe operation. (SG-32)  
Use extreme caution when getting onto the Implement to perform repairs, maintenance and  
when removing accumulated material. Only stand on solid flat surfaces to ensure good  
footing. Use a ladder or raised stand to access high spots which cannot be reached from  
ground level. Slipping and falling can cause serious injury or death. (SG-33)  
Avoid contact with hot surfaces including hydraulic oil tanks, pumps, motors, valves and  
hose connections. Relieve hydraulic pressure before performing maintenance or repairs.  
Use gloves and eye protection when servicing hot components. Contact with a hot surface  
or fluid can cause serious injury from burns or scalding. (SG-34)  
DO NOT operate this Implement on a Tractor that is not properly maintained. Should a  
mechanical or Tractor control failure occur while operating, immediately shut down the  
Tractor and perform repairs before resuming operation. Serious injury and possible death  
could occur from not maintaining this Implement and Tractor in good operating condition.  
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Safety Section 1-4  
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Equipment Operation Safety Instructions and Practices  
Never leave the Tractor and Implement unattended while the Implement is in the lifted  
position. Accidental operation of lifting lever or a hydraulic failure may cause sudden drop  
of unit with injury or death by crushing. To properly park the implement when disconnecting  
it from the tractor, lower the stand and put the retaining pin securely in place, or put a secure  
support under the A-Frame. Lower the implement carefully to the ground. Do not put hands  
or feet under lifted components. (S3PT-1)  
Use extreme care when lowering or unfolding the implement’s wings. Make sure no  
bystanders are close by or underneath the wings. Allow ample clearance around the  
implement when folding or unfolding the wings. Use extreme caution around buildings or  
overhead power lines. (S3PT-05)  
This Implement is wider than the Tractor. Be careful when operating or transporting this  
equipment to prevent the Implement from running into or striking sign posts, guard rails,  
concrete abutments or other solid objects. Such an impact could cause the Implement and  
Tractor to pivot violently resulting in loss of steering control, serious injury, or even death.  
Never allow the Implement to contact obstacles. (S3PT-12)  
There are obvious and hidden potential hazards in the operation of this Mower.  
REMEMBER! This machine is often operated in grass and in heavy weeds. The Blades of  
this Mower can throw objects if shields are not properly installed and maintained. Serious  
injury or even death may occur unless care is taken to insure the safety of the operator,  
bystanders, or passersby in the area. Do not operate this machine with anyone in the  
immediate area. Stop mowing if anyone is within 100 yards of mower. (SFL-1)  
Do not operate Mower if excessive vibration exists.  
engine. Inspect the Mower to determine the source of the vibration. If Mower blades are  
missing or damaged replace them immediately. Do not operate the mower until the  
Shut down PTO and the Tractor  
blades have been replaced and the Mower operates smoothly. Operating the Mower with  
excessive vibration can result in component failure and broken objects to be thrown  
outward at very high velocities. To reduce the possibility of property damage, serious injury,  
or even death, never allow the Mower to be operated with blades missing. (SFL-4)  
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Safety Section 1-5  
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Flail Mowers are capable under adverse conditions of throwingobjects  
for great distances (100 yards or more) and causing seriousinjury or  
death. Follow safety messages carefully.  
-Front and Rear Deflectors, Chain Guards, or Bands are installed and in good,  
-Mower sections  
or Wings are running close to and parallel to the ground  
withoutexposed Blades;  
-Passerby are outside the existing thrown-object zone;-All areas have been thoroughly  
inspected and all foreign material such as rocks, cans, glass, and general debris has  
been removed.  
NOTE: Where there are grass and weeds high enough to hide debris that could  
bestruck by the blades, the area should be: inspected and large debris removed, mowed  
atan intermediate height, inspected, closely with any remaining debris being removed,  
andmowed again at desired final height. (This will also reduce power required to  
mow,reduce wear and tear on the Mower drivetrain, spread cut material better,  
eliminatestreaking, and make the final cut more uniform.) (SFL-6)  
Operate this Equipment only with a Tractor equipped with an approved roll-  
over-protective system (ROPS). Always wear seat belts. Serious injury or  
even death could result from falling off the tractor--particularly during a turnover  
when the operator could be pinned under the ROPS. (SG-7)  
BEFORE leaving the tractor seat, always engage the brake and/or set  
the tractor transmission in parking gear, disengage the PTO, stop the  
engine, remove the key, and wait for all moving parts to stop. Place the  
tractor shift lever into a low range or parking gear to prevent the tractor  
from rolling. Never dismount a Tractor that is moving or while the engine  
is running. Operate the Tractor controls from the tractor seat only. (SG-9)  
Never allow children or other persons to ride on the Tractor or Implement.  
Falling off can result in serious injury or death. (SG-10)  
Never allow children to operate, ride on, or come close to the Tractor or  
Implement. Usually, 16-17 year-old children who are mature and  
responsible can operate the implement with adult supervision, if they  
have read and understand the Operator’s Manuals, been trained in  
proper operation of the tractor and Implement, and are physically large  
enough to reach and operate the controls easily. (SG-11)  
Safety Section 1-6  
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