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Towing heavy attachments on slopes can be hazardous and may result in; loss of control when
going downhill, steering and braking difficulty, and jack knifing, causing the mower to overturn.
According to the manufacturer’s recommendation, what is the maximum slope allowable under
Safe Operating Practices when towing heavy attachments?

A. 5 degrees

B.     10 degrees

C.     15 degrees

D.     20 degrees

Reference:          Troy-Built Pony Lawn Tractor Operator’s Manual Safe Operation Practices
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2.
According to the operator’s manual, what is the rated horse power for a Snapper Model #LT2250
mower Mfg. No. 2690580?
A.     18.5 HP Kohler

*B. 22 HP Briggs & Stratton

C.     5 HP Briggs & Stratton

D.     22 HP Kawasaki

Reference: Snapper Model LT 200 Series Lawn Tractor Hydrostatic Drive Electric Clutch
Series 1 Lawn Tractor Operator’s Manual
Operator’s Manual- page 1- Lt Series info- 22hp Hydro tractors & Table od Contents-
MSpecifications- Page 37
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3.
Mr. Mitchell hit a large embedded rock with the blades while mowing with his Snapper LT200
Series Lawn Tractor. The resulting damage caused excessive vibration when the mower blades
were engaged. He has determined that he needs to replace the blades and the nut listed as # 22 on
the Housing, Arbors & Blades Group diagram. Help Mr. Mitchell by determining the correct part
number and the torque specification for the nut required to attach the blade to the spindle.

A. 1960093, 80/90 FT.LBS.
B. 1931277, 60/70 FT. LBS.
*C. 7091633, 80/90 FT. LBS.
D. 7091633 no Torque specification provided
Reference: Parts Manual for Snapper Electric Clutch Hydro Drive PMO & ACS Tractors LT-200
Series
# for nut
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4.
When mowing on slopes, it is recommended that the operator mow up and down the slope rather
than driving across the slope. According to the Operation section of the manual provided
(subsection To Operate on Hills), what is the maximum slope on which a Craftsman Model
917.28613, 20 HP Lawn Tractor may be safely operated?

A. 50

B. 100

*C. 150

D. 200

Reference: Craftsman Model 917.28613, 20 HP Lawn Tractor Operator’s Manual

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5.
According to the manufacturers specifications, the battery on a Husqvarna 67521ES self propelled
walk behind mower should be charged for _____ hours to protect the battery during winter storage.

A. 24

B. 36

*C. 48

D. 60
Reference: Husqvarna 67521ES Walk Mower Operator’s Manual
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6.
According to the Engine Lubrication portion of the Maintenance section of the manual provided,
what is the oil capacity in fluid ounces of the engine provided on the LT16542 mower?
1 U.S. liquid pint = 1⁄8 U.S. liquid gallon
A.      21 ounces                                          = 1⁄2 U.S. liquid quart
= 2 U.S. cups
B.      18 ounces                                          = 4 U.S. fluid gills
= 16 U.S. fluid ounces

C.      64 ounces

*D.     48 ounces

Reference:    Husqvarna LT 16542 Owner’s Manual
Product Specifications- p4- Chart- Oil Capacity- 3.0 pints. (Given-inset) 3 pints x 16 ounces =48
ounces

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According to In the Interest of Safety instructions in the Briggs and Stratton Repair Manual, how
long should the engine cool after it is shut off before removing the gas cap to add fuel?

A.      30 seconds

B.      1 minute

*C. 2 minutes

D.     10 minutes

Reference:    B&S Single Cylinder “L” Head Repair Manual- Section 1 General Information
Section 1- General Information – Page 1- In The Interest Of Safety- p2-DO Not #2

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8.
According to the eXmark Quest brochure provided, what is the length of the QST24BE522 52”
side-discharge model with the deflector down?

A. 48”
B. 52”
C. 59.4”
*D. 64.2”.

Reference:   eXmark Quest Brochure
 Open page- bottom of page 3 Quest- * for more info see reverse side- reverse side chart Quest
Technical Specifications- bottom

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9.
According to the information found on the John Deere Maintenance Reminder Sheet provided,
what part number would you need to order to receive a quart of Turf Gard 10W30 engine oil?

A.     TY2029

B.      TY22076

*C. TY22029

D.     AM116304

Reference:        John Deere Maintenance Reminder Sheet 102 with 42” Edge Deck
Middle of sheet-Service Recommendations

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10.
According to the eXMark gottamow brochure, what engine powers the model MSHN21 Metro
commercial 21 self propelled walk behind mower?

A.     6 hp Kawasaki
B.     6 hp Honda
C.     5.5 hp Kawasaki
*D.    5.5 hp Honda

Reference:        Snapper LT12D411TV & LT12D411B Series Lawn Tractor
Page 3 –walk behind mowers- page 33- metro commercial 21 chart AT BOTTOM

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