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OPERATOR'S MANUAL

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									           OPERATOR’S MANUAL
                                   Hydrostatic Garden Tractor
                                      Model: GT-2550H




(Shown with optional bumper kit)




IMPORTANT: READ SAFETY
RULES AND INSTRUCTIONS
CAREFULLY

WHITE OUTDOOR, 60 OTTAWA STREET SOUTH, KITCHENER, ONTARIO N2G 3S7

PRINTED IN THE UNITED-STATES                             772C0695
                                                           12/03
                                                TABLE OF CONTENTS
          Content                                                                                                          Page
          Important Safe Operation Practices................................................................... 3
          Safety Labels ..................................................................................................... 6
          Attachments & Accessories ............................................................................... 6
          Slope Gauge...................................................................................................... 7
          Tractor Set-up.................................................................................................... 8
          Know Your Garden Tractor ................................................................................ 11
          Operating Your Garden Tractor ......................................................................... 14
          Making Adjustments .......................................................................................... 18
          Maintaining Your Garden Tractor....................................................................... 21
          Service............................................................................................................... 22
          Off-Season Storage ........................................................................................... 26
          Troubleshooting ................................................................................................. 27
          Parts List............................................................................................................ 28
          Warranty ............................................................................................................ 43


                                           FINDING MODEL NUMBER
This Operator’s Manual is an important part of your new garden tractor. It will help you assemble, prepare and
maintain the unit for best performance. Please read and understand what it says.
                Before you start assembling your new equipment, please locate the model plate on the
                equipment and copy the information from it in the space provided below. The information on the
                model plate is very important if you need help from your authorized dealer.

•     You can locate the model number by looking beneath the seat. A sample model plate is explained below.

                                                                                    This is where your model number will be.
        Model Number                   Serial Number
        Numéro de modèle               Numéro de série

        XXXXXXXXXX                     XXXXXXXXXXX
                                                                                    This is where your serial number will be.

                                                                   Copy the model number here:
                             WHITE OUTDOOR CANADA
                             KITCHENER, ON N2G 4J1                 Copy the serial number here:




                                   CALLING CUSTOMER SUPPORT
                If you are having difficulty assembling this product or if you have any question regarding the
                controls, operation or maintenance of this unit, please call your service dealer.

                Please have your unit’s model number and serial number ready when you call.




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SECTION 1: IMPORTANT SAFE OPERATION PRACTICES
         WARNING: This symbol points out important safety instructions which, if not followed, could endanger
         the personal safety and/or property of yourself and others. Read and follow all instructions in this manual
         before attempting to operate this machine. Failure to comply with these instructions may result in personal
         injury. When you see this symbol—heed its warning.
         DANGER: This machine was built to be operated according to the rules for safe operation in this man-
         ual. As with any type of power equipment, carelessness or error on the part of the operator can result in
         serious injury. This 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.
GENERAL OPERATION                                              12. A missing or damaged discharge cover can cause
                                                                   blade contact or thrown object injuries.
1. Read, understand, and follow all instructions on the
                                                               13. Stop the blade(s) when crossing gravel drives,
    machine and in the manual(s) before attempting to
                                                                   walks, or roads and while not cutting grass.
    assemble and operate. Keep this manual in a safe
                                                               14. Watch for traffic when operating near or crossing
    place for future and regular reference and for
                                                                   roadways. This machine is not intended for use on
    ordering replacement parts.
                                                                   any public roadway.
2. Be familiar with all controls and their proper
                                                               15. Do not operate the machine while under the
    operation. Know how to stop the machine and
                                                                   influence of alcohol or drugs.
    disengage them quickly.
                                                               16. Mow only in daylight or good artificial light.
3. Never allow children under 14 years old to operate
                                                               17. Never carry passengers.
    this machine. Children 14 years old and over
                                                               18. Disengage blade(s) before shifting into reverse.
    should read and understand the operation
                                                                   Back up slowly. Always look down and behind
    instructions and safety rules in this manual and
                                                                   before and while backing to avoid a back-over
    should be trained and supervised by a parent.
                                                                   accident.
4. Never allow adults to operate this machine without
                                                               19. Slow down before turning. Operate the machine
    proper instruction.
                                                                   smoothly. Avoid erratic operation and excessive
5. To help avoid blade contact or a thrown object
                                                                   speed.
    injury, keep bystanders, helpers, children and pets
                                                               20. Disengage blade(s), set parking brake, stop engine
    at least 75 feet from the machine while it is in
                                                                   and wait until the blade(s) come to a complete stop
    operation. Stop machine if anyone enters the area.
                                                                   before removing grass catcher, emptying grass,
6. Thoroughly inspect the area where the equipment
                                                                   unclogging chute, removing any grass or debris, or
    is to be used. Remove all stones, sticks, wire,
                                                                   making any adjustments.
    bones, toys, and other foreign objects which could
                                                               21. Never leave a running machine unattended. Always
    be picked up and thrown by the blade(s). Thrown
                                                                   turn off blade(s), place transmission in neutral, set
    objects can cause serious personal injury.
                                                                   parking brake, stop engine and remove key before
7. Plan your mowing pattern to avoid discharge of
                                                                   dismounting.
    material toward roads, sidewalks, bystanders and
                                                               22. Use extra care when loading or unloading the
    the like. Also, avoid discharging material against a
                                                                   machine into a trailer or truck. This unit should not
    wall or obstruction which may cause discharged
                                                                   be driven up or down ramp(s), because the unit
    material to ricochet back toward the operator.
                                                                   could tip over, causing serious personal injury. The
8. Always wear safety glasses or safety goggles
                                                                   unit must be pushed manually on ramp(s) to load or
    during operation and while performing an
                                                                   unload properly.
    adjustment or repair to protect your eyes. Thrown
                                                               23. Muffler and engine become hot and can cause a
    objects which ricochet can cause serious injury to
                                                                   burn. Do not touch.
    the eyes.
                                                               24. Check overhead clearances carefully before driving
9. Wear sturdy, rough-soled work shoes and close-
                                                                   under low hanging tree branches, wires, door
    fitting slacks and shirts. Loose fitting clothes and
                                                                   openings etc., where the operator may be struck or
    jewelry can be caught in movable parts. Never
                                                                   pulled from the unit, which could result in serious
    operate this machine in bare feet or sandals.
                                                                   injury.
10. Be aware of the mower and attachment discharge
                                                               25. Disengage all attachment clutches, depress the
    direction and do not point it at anyone. Do not
                                                                   brake pedal completely and shift into neutral before
    operate the mower without the discharge cover or
                                                                   attempting to start engine.
    entire grass catcher in its proper place.
                                                               26. Your machine is designed to cut normal residential
11. Do not put hands or feet near rotating parts or
                                                                   grass of a height no more than 10”. Do not attempt
    under the cutting deck. Contact with the blade(s)
                                                                   to mow through unusually tall, dry grass (e.g.,
    can amputate hands and feet.
                                                           3
    pasture) or piles of dry leaves. Dry grass or leaves           DO NOT:
    may contact the engine exhaust and/or build up on
                                                                   1. Do not turn on slopes unless necessary; then, turn
    the mower deck presenting a potential fire hazard.
                                                                      slowly and gradually downhill, if possible.
27. Use only accessories and attachments approved
                                                                   2. Do not mow near drop-offs, ditches or
    for this machine by the machine manufacturer.
                                                                      embankments. The mower could suddenly turn
    Read, understand and follow all instructions
                                                                      over if a wheel is over the edge of a cliff, ditch, or if
    provided with the approved accessory or
                                                                      an edge caves in.
    attachment.
                                                                   3. Do not try to stabilize the machine by putting your
28. Data indicates that operators, age 60 years and
                                                                      foot on the ground.
    above, are involved in a large percentage of riding
                                                                   4. Do not use a grass catcher on steep slopes.
    mower-related injuries. These operators should
                                                                   5. Do not mow on wet grass. Reduced traction could
    evaluate their ability to operate the riding mower
                                                                      cause sliding.
    safely enough to protect themselves and others
                                                                   6. Do not shift to neutral and coast downhill. Over-
    from serious injury.
                                                                      speeding may cause the operator to lose control of
29. If situations occur which are not covered in this
                                                                      the machine resulting in serious injury or death.
    manual, use care and good judgment. Contact your
                                                                   7. Do not tow heavy pull behind attachments (e.g.
    authorized dealer for assistance.
                                                                      loaded dump cart, lawn roller, etc.) on slopes
SLOPE OPERATION                                                       greater than 5 degrees. When going down hill, the
                                                                      extra weight tends to push the tractor and may
Slopes are a major factor related to loss of control and
                                                                      cause you to loose control. (e.g. tractor may speed
tip-over accidents which can result in severe injury or
                                                                      up, braking and steering ability are reduced,
death. All slopes require extra caution. If you cannot
                                                                      attachment may jack-knife and cause tractor to
back up the slope or if you feel uneasy, do not mow it.
                                                                      overturn).
For your safety, use the slope gauge included as part of
this manual to measure slopes before operating this                CHILDREN
unit on a sloped or hilly area. If the slope is greater than       1. Tragic accidents can occur if the operator is not
15 degrees as shown on the slope gauge, do not                        alert to the presence of children. Children are often
operate this unit on that area or serious injury could                attracted to the machine and the mowing activity.
result.                                                               They do not understand the dangers. Never
DO:                                                                   assume that children will remain where you last
                                                                      saw them.
1. Mow up and down slopes, not across. Exercise                          a. Keep children out of the mowing area and in
   extreme caution when changing direction on                                watchful care of a responsible adult other
   slopes.                                                                   than the operator.
2. Watch for holes, ruts, bumps, rocks, or other hidden                  b. Be alert and turn machine off if a child enters
   objects. Uneven terrain could overturn the                                the area.
   machine. Tall grass can hide obstacles.                               c. Before and while backing, look behind and
3. Use slow speed. Choose a low enough speed                                 down for small children.
   setting so that you will not have to stop or shift while              d. Never carry children, even with the blade(s)
   on the slope. Tires may lose traction on slopes                           shut off. They may fall off and be seriously
   even though the brakes are functioning properly.                          injured or interfere with safe machine
   Always keep machine in gear when going down                               operation.
   slopes to take advantage of engine braking action.                    e. Use extreme care when approaching blind
4. Follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for                             corners, doorways, shrubs, trees or other
   wheel weights or counterweights to improve                                objects that may block your vision of a child
   stability.                                                                who may run into the machine.
5. Use extra care with grass catchers or other                           f. Disengage the cutting blade(s) before
   attachments. These can change the stability of the                        shifting in reverse. The “No-Cut-In Reverse”
   machine.                                                                  feature is a reminder not to cut in reverse and
6. Keep all movement on the slopes slow and gradual.                         to help avoid back over accidents. Do not
   Do not make sudden changes in speed or direction.                         defeat it.
   Rapid engagement or braking could cause the front                     g. Keep children away from hot or running
   of the machine to lift and rapidly flip over backwards                    engines. They can suffer burns from a hot
   which could cause serious injury.                                         muffler.
7. Avoid starting or stopping on a slope. If tires lose                  h. Remove key when machine is unattended to
   traction, disengage the blade(s) and proceed slowly                       prevent unauthorized operation.
   straight down the slope.

                                                               4
      i.   Never allow children under 14 years old to                 k. To reduce fire hazards, keep machine free of
           operate the machine. Children 14 years old                    grass, leaves, or other debris build-up. Clean
           and over should read and understand the                       up oil or fuel spillage and remove any fuel
           operation instructions and safety rules in this               soaked debris.
           manual and should be trained and                           l. Never store the machine or fuel container
           supervised by a parent.                                       inside where there is an open flame, spark or
                                                                         pilot light as on a water heater, space heater,
TOWING                                                                   furnace, clothes dryer or other gas
1. Tow only with a machine that has a hitch designed                     appliances.
   for towing. Do not attach towed equipment except                   m. Allow a machine to cool at least 5 minutes
   at the hitch point.                                                   before storing.
2. Follow the manufacturers recommendation for                    GENERAL SERVICE:
   weight limits for towed equipment and towing on                1. Never run an engine indoors or in a poorly
   slopes.                                                            ventilated area. Engine exhaust contains carbon
3. Never allow children or others in or on towed                      monoxide, an odorless, and deadly gas.
   equipment.                                                     2. Before cleaning, repairing, or inspecting, make
4. On slopes, the weight of the towed equipment may                   certain the blade(s) and all moving parts have
   cause loss of traction and loss of control.                        stopped. Disconnect the spark plug wire and
5. Travel slowly and allow extra distance to stop.                    ground against the engine to prevent unintended
6. Do not shift to neutral and coast downhill.                        starting.
SERVICE                                                           3. Periodically check to make sure the blades come to
                                                                      complete stop within approximately (5) five
SAFE HANDLING OF GASOLINE:                                            seconds after operating the blade disengagement
1. To avoid personal injury or property damage                        control. If the blades do not stop within the this time
   use extreme care in handling gasoline. Gasoline is                 frame, your unit should be serviced professionally
   extremely flammable and the vapors are explosive.                  by an authorized dealer.
   Serious personal injury can occur when gasoline is             4. Check brake operation frequently as it is subjected
   spilled on yourself or your clothes which can ignite.              to wear during normal operation. Adjust and service
   Wash your skin and change clothes immediately.                     as required.
     a. Use only an approved gasoline container.                  5. Check the blade(s) and engine mounting bolts at
     b. Never fill containers inside a vehicle or on a                frequent intervals for proper tightness. Also,
          truck or trailer bed with a plastic liner. Always           visually inspect blade(s) for damage (e.g.,
          place containers on the ground away from                    excessive wear, bent, cracked).
          your vehicle before filling.                                Replace the blade(s) with the original equipment
     c. When practical, remove gas-powered                            manufacturer’s (O.E.M.) blade(s) only, listed in this
          equipment from the truck or trailer and refuel              manual. “Use of parts which do not meet the
          it on the ground. If this is not possible, then             original equipment specifications may lead to
          refuel such equipment on a trailer with a                   improper performance and compromise safety!”
          portable container, rather than from a                  6. Mower blades are sharp. Wrap the blade or wear
          gasoline dispenser nozzle.                                  gloves, and use extra caution when servicing them.
     d. Keep the nozzle in contact with the rim of the            7. Keep all nuts, bolts, and screws tight to be sure the
          fuel tank or container opening at all times                 equipment is in safe working condition.
          until fueling is complete. Do not use a nozzle          8. Never tamper with the safety interlock system or
          lock-open device.                                           other safety devices. Check their proper operation
     e. Extinguish all cigarettes, cigars, pipes and                  regularly.
          other sources of ignition.                              9. After striking a foreign object, stop the engine,
     f. Never fuel machine indoors.                                   disconnect the spark plug wire(s) and ground
     g. Never remove gas cap or add fuel while the                    against the engine. Thoroughly inspect the
          engine is hot or running. Allow engine to cool              machine for any damage. Repair the damage
          at least two minutes before refueling.                      before starting and operating.
     h. Never over fill fuel tank. Fill tank to no more           10. Never attempt to make adjustments or repairs to
          than ½ inch below bottom of filler neck to                  the machine while the engine is running.
          allow space for fuel expansion.                         11. Grass catcher components and the discharge
     i. Replace gasoline cap and tighten securely.                    cover are subject to wear and damage which could
     j. If gasoline is spilled, wipe it off the engine                expose moving parts or allow objects to be thrown.
          and equipment. Move unit to another area.
          Wait 5 minutes before starting the engine.

                                                              5
    For safety protection, frequently check components              12. Do not change the engine governor settings or
    and replace immediately with original equipment                     over-speed the engine. The governor controls the
    manufacturer’s (O.E.M.) parts only, listed in this                  maximum safe operating speed of the engine.
    manual. “Use of parts which do not meet the origi-              13. Maintain or replace safety and instruction labels, as
    nal equipment specifications may lead to improper                   necessary.
    performance and compromise safety!”                             14. Observe proper disposal laws and regulations for
                                                                        gas, oil, etc. to protect the environment.
          WARNING: YOUR RESPONSIBILITY Restrict the use of this power machine to persons who read,
          understand and follow the warnings and instructions in this manual and on the machine.




SECTION 2: SAFETY LABELS




                                                                                     MAX 20%               S30544




                                                    S30011




                                              Safety Labels found on your unit



SECTION 3: ATTACHMENTS AND ACCESSORIES
The following attachments and accessories are compatible for your Garden Tractor. See the retailer from which you
purchased your tractor, an Authorized Service Dealer.

      MODEL                                                      DESCRIPTION
    OEM-190-603        Grille Guard (mounts on front of tractor)
    OEM-190-604        Yard-Mate™ Storage Container/Toolbox (mounts on rear of tractor)
    OEM-190-607        Deluxe Tractor Sunshade
    OEM-190-608        Sleeve Hitch, Manual Lift
    OEM-190-181        Grass Collector
    OEM-190-822        46-inch Front Dozer Blade
    OEM-190-823        42-inch Two-stage Snow Thrower
    OEM-190-824        Sleeve Hitch with Electric Lift
    OEM-190-825        30-inch Hydraulic Tiller†
    OEM-190-503        Mulch Kit

† 190-824 is required for use of this attachment. 190-608 cannot be used in its place.
                                                                6
                         USE THIS PAGE AS A GUIDE TO DETERMINE SLOPES WHERE YOU MAY NOT OPERATE SAFELY.
                                                                                               SIGHT AND HOLD THIS LEVEL WITH A VERTICAL TREE
                                                                                                        A POWER POLE
                                                                                                                 A CORNER OF A BUILDING
                                                                                                                            OR A FENCE POST
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                                                                       ND      O TTE
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                                                                                          NE   , RE
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                                                                                                           SE   NTIN
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SECTION 4: SLOPE GAUGE




                                                                                    15°
                                                                                          WARNING
                           Do not mow on inclines with a slope in excess of 15 degrees (a rise of approximately 2-1/2 feet every 10 feet). A riding mower
                           could overturn and cause serious injury. If operating a walk-behind mower on such a slope, it is extremely difficult to maintain
                           your footing and you could slip, resulting in serious injury.
                           Operate RIDING mowers up and down slopes, never across the face of slopes.
SECTION 5: TRACTOR SET-UP
NOTE: Reference to RIGHT or LEFT side of the                             WARNING: Do NOT operate the tractor
tractor in this manual is observed from operator’s                       without first attaching both the steering
position.                                                                wheel AND the seat. Doing so could result
                                                                         in serious injury to the operator.
NOTE: The battery cables may or may not be
attached on your unit. If the cables are not attached,          NOTE: There are two different styles of steering wheel
please follow the instructions below.                           cap. See Figure 2. Styles vary by model.
ATTACHING THE BATTERY CABLES                                    •   Using your hands, place the tractor’s front tires in
                                                                    position for straight-ahead travel.
NOTE: The positive battery terminal is marked Pos.              •   Remove the steering wheel cap from the center of
(+). The negative battery terminal is marked Neg. (–).              the steering wheel. Be careful not to lose the hex
•   The positive cable (heavy red wire) is secured to               screw and cupped washer found beneath it.
    the positive battery terminal (+) with a hex bolt and       •   Place the steering wheel (in position for straight-
    hex nut at the factory. Make certain that the rubber            ahead travel) directly onto the steering shaft found
    boot covers the terminal to help protect it from                in the center of the tractor’s dash.
    corrosion.                                                  •   Place the bell washer (cupped side DOWN) over
•   Remove the shoulder bolt and wing nut from the                  the steering shaft.
    negative cable.                                             •   Thread the hex screw into the steering shaft and
•   Remove the black plastic cover, if present, from the            tighten securely.
    negative battery terminal and attach the negative           •   Reinsert the steering wheel cap in the center of the
    cable (heavy black wire) to the negative battery                steering wheel. Refer to Figure 2.
    terminal (–) with the bolt and wing nut.
•   Make certain the battery retainer rod is in position             Steering
    over the battery, securing it in place. See Figure 1.           Wheel Cap


                                                                                    Hex Bolt
                                                                                    & Washer
      Rubber
       Boot
                               Battery
      Positive
                                                                                            Steering
      Terminal
                                                                                             Shaft
       Wing
       Nut




      Negative                      Battery
      Terminal     Shoulder Bolt    Retainer Rod                                       Figure 2
                                                                GAS AND OIL FILL-UP
                       Figure 1                                 The gasoline tank is located under the hood and has a
                                                                capacity of either two or three gallons. Do not overfill.
NOTE: If the battery is put into service after the date
shown on top of battery, charge the battery as                  Service the engine with gasoline and oil as
instructed on page 23 of this manual prior to operating         instructed in the separate engine manual packed
the tractor.                                                    with your tractor. Read instructions carefully.

ATTACHING THE STEERING WHEEL                                             WARNING:          Use extreme care when
In the event your tractor was crated with the steering                   handling gasoline. Gasoline is extremely
wheel and the seat removed for shipping reasons, use                     flammable and the vapors are explosive.
the following instructions to properly assemble the                      Never fuel machine indoors or while the
parts:                                                                   engine is hot or running. Extinguish cigarettes,
                                                                         cigars, pipes, and other sources of ignition.


                                                            8
IMPORTANT: Your tractor is shipped with oil;                      case, free the seat from its shipping position and
however, you MUST check the oil level before                      remove the two hex screws (or knobs, on models so
operating. Be careful not to overfill. Overfilling with oil       equipped) from the bottom of seat before proceeding
may cause the engine to smoke. This will result in poor           with applicable instructions below.
engine performance and could cause permanent                      Standard Adjustment Seat
engine damage.
                                                                  1. Position the shoulder screws (found on the base of
SHIPPING BRACE REMOVAL                                               the seat) inside the slot openings in the seat pivot
                                                                     bracket. See Figure 4.
          WARNING: Make sure the riding mower’s                   2. Slide the seat slightly rearward in the seat pivot
          engine is off, set the parking brake and                   bracket, lining up the rear slots in the pivot bracket
          remove the ignition key before removing the                with the remaining two holes in the seat’s base.
          shipping brace.                                         3. Select desired position for the seat, and secure with
          NOTE: The shipping brace, used for                         the two hex screws or knobs removed earlier. See
                                                                     Figure 4.
          packaging purposes only, MUST be removed
          and discarded before operating your riding              Quick Adjustment Seat
          mower.
                                                                  NOTE: If your seat was shipped mounted backwards
•   Locate the shipping brace and warning tag found on            on the seat pivot bracket, pull out the tab found on the
    the right side of the cutting deck. See Figure 3.             seat stop and hold it open while sliding the seat off the
                                                                  seat pivot bracket. See Figure 5.
                                   Shipping Brace
                                                                  1. Line up the plastic seat spacers with the slots in
                                                                     seat pivot bracket.
                                                                  2. Slide seat in until front seat spacer engages the
                                                                     seat stop.See Figure 5.
                                                                           WARNING: Before operating this machine,
                                                                           make sure the seat is engaged in the seat
                                                                           stop, stand behind the machine and pull back
                                                                           on seat until fully engaged into stop.
                               Warning
                               Tag                                 Standard Adjustment
                                                                                                               Knobs
                Mulch Plug (If equipped)                             Hex Screws                                (if so
                                                                     (if so equipped)                          equipped)
                        Figure 3
•   While holding the discharge chute with your left                 Shoulder Screws
    hand, remove the shipping brace with your right
    hand by grasping it between your thumb and index
                                                                     Opening in Slot
    finger and rotating it clockwise. Do not discard the
    mulch plug, if already installed on the unit.
                                                                     Pivot Bracket
          WARNING: The mowing deck is capable of
          throwing objects. Failure to operate the riding
          mower without the discharge cover in the                                       Figure 4
          proper operating position could result in
          serious personal injury and/or property                  Quick Adjustment
          damage.
ATTACHING THE SEAT                                                          Seat Stop
Seat styles vary by tractor model and there are two
different styles available:
•   Standard Adjustment (Hex Screws or Knobs)
•   Quick Adjustment                                                        Tab
Refer to Figure 4 and Figure 5 to identify your tractor’s              Pivot Bracket
seat style and follow applicable instructions.
NOTE: For shipping reasons, seats are either
fastened to the tractor seat’s pivot bracket with a plastic                              Figure 5
tie, or mounted backward to the pivot bracket. In either
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ATTACHING THE CUTTING DECK 54” DECK
                                                                                Idler Pulley
                                                                                Left-Hand
                                                   Deck Lift Assembly
                                                                                Idler Brkt.                           3/8" Sq.
                                     Notches                                    Belt Guard                            Hole
                                                             Lift Cables

                                                                                                                    Spring
                                                                    Deck Lift
                                                                     Arms                        Deck Idler Pulleys
    Fender
                                                                                                            Belt Guard
     Lift Lever

     Deck Support Pins                                                                                      PTO / Deck Belt


               Belt Guard

     Deck Roller Bracket
                                                                                                         Spindle Pulleys

                                                                                                              Deck
                                                                                                             Stabilizer
                                                                                                             Bracket



                                                                                                 Front of Tractor
     Discharge Chute                                          Electric PTO Clutch

                                                                           Deck Stabilizer Rod
NOTE: Many tractor components not shown for clarity.
                                                             Figure 6
             WARNING: Before attaching the cutting                  •   Pull the deck support pin (on the left side of the
             deck, engage the parking brake, turn the                   deck) outward and align it with the hole on the rear
             ignition key to the OFF position and remove                of the left deck lift arm before releasing the pin to
             the key from the switch to avoid accidental                lock it in place as shown in Figure 6. Repeat on the
             starting.                                                  right side.

•    Adjust the deck roller height so that the clevis pins          INSTALLING THE PTO/DECK BELT
     are inserted in the second hole (from the top) of              •   Make certain that the PTO/Deck belt is routed
     both the left-hand deck roller bracket and the right-              around the spindle pulleys (found beneath the belt
     hand deck roller bracket. See Figure 6 or refer to                 guards) and both idler pulleys as illustrated in inset
     Deck Roller Height Adjustment .                                    in Figure 6 before proceeding.
•    Raise the deck lift arms up and out of the way by              •   Insert a 3/8” drive ratchet wrench (set to “loosen”)
     placing the deck lift lever in the top notch on the                into the hole on the idler bracket and pivot the
     right fender.                                                      wrench handle clockwise. this will relieve the
•    Gently slide the cutting deck beneath the tractor                  tension on the deck idler.
     from the right side.
•    Move the cutting deck into position so that the
                                                                    IMPORTANT: Be certain that the FLAT side of the
     hooks found on the front end of the deck fit snugly            PTO/Deck belt is the side coming in contact with the
     around the deck stabilizer rod as shown in Figure 6.           deck idler pulleys.
                                                                    •   With the tension relieved, carefully route the belt
NOTE: The stabilizer rod may be secured to the                          around the electric PTO clutch as shown in Figure
tractor frame with a plastic cable tie for shipping                     6.
reasons. If so, carefully cut the cable tie before
mounting the front of the cutting deck.                             IMPORTANT: After mounting the cutting deck, refer
                                                                    to Leveling the Deck in the ADJUSTMENTS section of
•    Lower the deck lift arms by placing the lift lever in          this manual. Perform any adjustments, if necessary,
     the bottom notch on the right fender.                          prior to operating the tractor.

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SECTION 6: KNOW YOUR GARDEN TRACTOR
Compare the illustration in Figure 7 with the controls on your tractor; get familiar with these features before you start
to operate the tractor.




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     C                                                                                                          J


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                                                                                   NOTE: Steering Wheel not shown for clarity.


                                                             Figure 7
              A    Systems Indicator Monitor/Hour Meter             H   Ignition Switch
              B    PTO (Power Take-off) Knob                        I   Brake Pedal
              C    Choke Control                                    J   Drive Pedal
              D    Cup Holder                                       K   Cargo Net (Not Shown)
              E    Throttle Control Lever                           L   Deck Lift Lever
              F    Parking Brake Button                             M   Seat Adjustment Lever
              G    Cruise Control Button



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THROTTLE CONTROL LEVER                                            Refer to STARTING THE ENGINE in the OPERATION
The throttle control lever is located on the right side of        section of this manual for detailed starting instructions.
the tractor’s dash panel. This lever controls the speed           The ignition switch is also used to operate the
of the engine. When set in a given position, the throttle         headlights. Refer to OPERATING THE HEADLIGHTS
will maintain a uniform engine speed. See Figure 8.               in the OPERATION section of this manual for detailed
                                                                  instructions.

                  Fast                                            SYSTEMS INDICATOR MONITOR / HOUR
                 Position                                         METER
                                                                  Your tractor is equipped with four indicator lights and an
                                                                  hour meter located on the left side of the dash panel.
                                                                  See Figure 10.

                                                                    Battery                                         Oil


                                                                                        +

                  Slow
                 Position
                                                                     Hour
                        Figure 8
                                                                     Meter
IMPORTANT: When operating the tractor with the
                                                                                                        1/10
cutting deck engaged, be certain that the throttle lever
is always in the FAST (rabbit) position.
                                                                                                         P
IGNITION SWITCH
          WARNING: Never leave a running                              PTO                                           Brake
          machine unattended. Always disengage the
          PTO, set parking brake, stop engine and                                           Figure 10
          remove key to prevent unintended starting.               If an indicator light illuminates when attempting to start
To start the engine, insert the key into the ignition                                            the unit, proceed as follows:
switch and turn clockwise to the START position.                  Brake — Engage the parking brake.
Release the key into the ON position once engine has
fired. See Figure 9.                                              PTO — Move the PTO lever into the disengaged
                                                                              (OFF) position.
                            On/Lights                             It is normal for the Oil light and the Battery light to
         Off                                                      illuminate while the engine is cranking, but if either
                                                                  illuminates while the engine is running, proceed as
                                                                  follows:
                                             On                   Oil—         Stop the tractor immediately and check the
                                                                               crankcase oil level as instructed in the
                                                                               Engine Owner’s Manual included with your
                                                                               unit. Add oil as required.
                                                                  Battery— If this light illuminate’s while the engine is
                                                                             running, it indicates that the battery is in
                                                                             need of a charge OR that the engine’s
                                        Start                                charging system is not generating
                                                                             sufficient amperage. Refer to the
                        Figure 9                                             MAINTENANCE section of this manual
                                                                             for the proper battery charging procedure
                                                                              or have the engine’s charging system
                                                                              checked by a authorized dealer.
                                                                  The hour meter operates whenever the engine is
                                                                  running and records the actual hours of tractor
                                                                  operation.

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CHOKE CONTROL                                                       PTO (POWER TAKE-OFF) LEVER
The choke control can be found
on the left side of the dash panel                                         ON
and is activated by pulling the                                                                               PTO
knob outward. Activating the                                                OFF
choke control closes the choke
plate on the carburetor and aids
in starting the engine. Refer to                                    The PTO lever is located on the left side of the
STARTING THE ENGINE in the                                          dashboard next to the steering wheel. Move the PTO
OPERATION section of this                                           lever forward to engage the power to the cutting deck or
manual for detailed starting                                        other (separately available) attachments; move the
instructions.                                                       PTO lever rearward to disengage the power.
                                                                    NOTE: The PTO lever must be in the disengaged
BRAKE PEDAL
                                                                    (OFF) position when (i) starting the engine, (ii) traveling
The brake pedal is located on the
                                                                    in reverse or (iii) if the operator leaves the seat.
right front side of the tractor
above the drive pedal along the                                     ELECTRIC PTO
running board. The brake pedal
can be used for sudden stops or                                     (POWER TAKE-OFF)
setting the parking brake.                                          KNOB
                                                                    To engage the power to the
NOTE: The brake pedal must                                          cutting deck or other (separately
be fully depressed to activate the                                  available) attachments on pull
safety interlock switch when                                        outward on the PTO knob. Push
starting the tractor.                                               the PTO knob inward to
                                                                    disengage the power.
DRIVE PEDAL
The drive pedal is located below                                    NOTE: The PTO knob must be in the disengaged
the brake pedal on the right front                                  (OFF) position when starting the engine, when
side of the tractor along the                                       simultaneously moving both control handles into the
running board. Depress the upper                                    REVERSE position and if the operator leaves the seat.
portion of the drive pedal forward
to cause the tractor to travel                                      CRUISE CONTROL
forward. Depress the lower                                          BUTTON
portion of the drive pedal with the                                 The cruise control button is
ball of your right foot (NOT your                                   located on the tractor dash panel
heel) to cause the tractor to travel                                to the left of the ignition switch.
in reverse. Ground speed is also                                    Push the cruise control button
controlled with the drive pedal. The further forward or             while traveling forward at a
rearward that the pedal is pivoted, the faster the tractor          desired speed. While holding the
will travel. The pedal will return to its original position         button in, release pressure from
when it’s not depressed.                                            the drive pedal. This will engage
                                                                    the cruise control and allow the
IMPORTANT: Always set the parking brake when                        tractor to remain at that speed without applying
leaving the tractor unattended.                                     pressure to the drive pedal. Depress the brake pedal or
CUP HOLDER                                                          the drive pedal to deactivate cruise control. Refer to
                                                                    OPERATION SECTION of this manual for detailed
The tractor’s cup holder is located on the fender to the
left of the seat, just to the rear of the parking brake             instructions regarding the cruise control feature.
lever.                                                              NOTE: Cruise control CANNOT be engaged at the
DECK LIFT LEVER                                                     tractor’s fastest ground speed. If the operator should
                                                                    attempt to do so, the tractor will automatically
Found on your tractor’s right fender, the deck lift lever is
                                                                    decelerate to the fastest optimal mowing ground speed.
used to change the height of the cutting deck. To use,
move the lever to the left, then place in the notch best            CARGO NET (Not Shown)
suited for your application.
                                                                    Conveniently located on the tractor’s dash panel, the
                                                                    cargo net can be used to store personal items while
                                                                    operating the tractor.


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PARKING BRAKE                                                    NOTE: The parking brake must be set if the operator
BUTTON                                                           leaves the seat with the engine running or the engine
To set the parking brake, fully
depress the brake pedal and
                                            P                    will automatically shut off.
                                                                 IMPORTANT: Always set the parking brake when
push the parking brake button in.
                                                                 leaving the tractor unattended.
Hold the button in while taking
your foot off the brake pedal.
Both the parking button and the                                  SEAT ADJUSTMENT LEVER
brake pedal will then stay                                       To adjust the seat forward or backward, slide the seat
depressed. To release the                                        adjustment lever to the left and reposition the seat to
parking brake, depress the brake                                 the desired position. Once a comfortable position is
pedal slightly. The parking brake button will then return        found, release the seat adjustment lever to lock the
to its original position.                                        seat in place. Refer to the ADJUSTMENTS section of
                                                                 this manual for more detailed instructions.


SECTION 7: OPERATING YOUR GARDEN TRACTOR
         WARNING: Read, understand, and follow
         all instructions and warnings on the machine                                          WARNING
         and in this manual before operating.
                                                                                 AVOID SERIOUS INJURY OR DEATH
SAFETY INTERLOCK SWITCHES
This tractor is equipped with a safety interlock system            •    GO UP AND DOWN SLOPES, NOT ACROSS.
                                                                   •    AVOID SUDDEN TURNS.
for the protection of the operator. If the interlock               •   DO NOT OPERATE THE UNIT WHERE IT COULD SLIP OR TIP.
system should ever malfunction, do not operate the                 •   IF MACHINE STOPS GOING UPHILL, STOP BLADE(S) AND BACK
                                                                       DOWNHILL SLOWLY.
tractor. Contact an authorized Service Dealer in your              •   DO NOT MOW WHEN CHILDREN OR OTHERS ARE AROUND.
area. The safety interlock system prevents the engine              •   NEVER CARRY CHILDREN, EVEN WITH BLADES OFF.
                                                                   •   LOOK DOWN AND BEHIND BEFORE AND WHILE BACKING.
from cranking or starting unless the brake pedal is fully          •   KEEP SAFETY DEVICES (GUARDS, SHIELDS, AND SWITCHES) IN
depressed, and the PTO lever, or PTO knob is in the                    PLACE AND WORKING.
                                                                   •   REMOVE OBJECTS THAT COULD BE THROWN BY THE BLADE(S).
disengaged (OFF) position.                                         •   KNOW LOCATION AND FUNCTION OF ALL CONTROLS.
•   The safety interlock system will automatically shut            •   BE SURE BLADE(S) AND ENGINE ARE STOPPED BEFORE PLAC-
                                                                       ING HANDS OR FEET NEAR BLADE(S).
    off the engine if the operator leaves the seat before          •   BEFORE LEAVING OPERATOR’S POSITION, DISENGAGE
    engaging the brake lock.                                           BLADE(S), PLACE THE SHIFT LEVER IN NEUTRAL, ENGAGE
                                                                       BRAKE LOCK, SHUT ENGINE OFF AND REMOVE KEY.
•   The safety interlock system will automatically shut
    off the engine if the operator leaves the seat with                         READ OPERATOR’S MANUAL
    the PTO lever, or PTO knob in the engaged (ON)
    position, regardless of whether the brake lock is                        WARNING: This safety interlock system
    engaged. The PTO lever, or PTO knob must be in                           was designed for your safety and protection.
    the disengaged (OFF) position to restart the                             If this system should ever malfunction, do not
    engine.                                                                  operate the tractor; contact an authorized
•   On units equipped with an electric PTO, the safety                       service dealer.
    interlock system will automatically shut off the PTO
    if the PTO knob is moved into the engaged (ON)               SETTING THE CUTTING HEIGHT
    position with the shift lever in the REVERSE                 Select the height position of the cutting deck by placing
    position.                                                    the deck lift lever in any of the six different cutting height
•   On units equipped with a manual PTO, the safety              notches on the right side of the fender. Then adjust the
    interlock system will automatically shut off the             deck wheels so that they are between ¼-inch and ½-
    tractor’s engine if the PTO lever is moved into the          inch above the ground when the tractor is on a smooth,
    engaged (ON) position with the shift lever in the            flat surface such as a driveway.
    REVERSE position.
                                                                             WARNING: Keep hands and feet away
IMPORTANT: Tampering with or attempting to                                   from the discharge opening of the cutting
bypass the tractors Safety Interlock Switches in any                         deck.
way WILL VOID your warranty.
                                                                 NOTE: The deck wheels are an anti-scalp feature of
                                                                 the deck and are not designed to support the weight of
                                                                 the cutting deck.

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Refer to the ADJUSTMENTS section of this manual                                WARNING: Do not leave the seat of the
for more detailed instructions regarding various deck                          tractor without first placing the PTO knob (or
adjustments.                                                                   lever) in the disengaged (OFF) position,
STARTING THE ENGINE                                                            depressing the brake pedal and engaging the
                                                                               parking brake. If leaving the tractor
NOTE: Refer to the TRACTOR SET-UP section of                                   unattended, also turn the ignition key off and
this manual for Gasoline and Oil fill-up instructions.                         remove the key.
•   Insert the tractor key into the ignition switch.
•   Place the PTO knob (or lever) in the disengaged
    (OFF) position.
•   Engage the tractor’s parking brake.                                       Reverse             Forward
•   Place the throttle control in the FAST (rabbit)
    position.
•   Pull the choke control outward.
                                                                                                              Brake Pedal
•   Turn the ignition key clockwise to the START
    position. After the engine starts, release the key. It              Drive Pedal
    will return to the ON position.                                                                            Fender /
                                                                                                             Running Board
IMPORTANT: Do NOT hold the key in the START
position for longer than ten seconds at a time. Doing                                       Figure 11
so may cause damage to your engine’s electric
starter.                                                            •    To travel in REVERSE, check that the area behind
                                                                         is clear then slowly depress the lower portion of the
NOTE: If starting problems are encountered, refer to                     drive pedal with the ball of your foot (NOT your
the TROUBLESHOOTING section of this manual.                              heel) until the desired speed is achieved. See
•   After the engine starts, deactivate the choke control                Figure 11.
    and place the throttle in the FAST position.                    IMPORTANT:           Do NOT attempt to change the
NOTE: Do NOT leave the choke control on while                       direction of travel when the tractor is in motion. Always
operating the tractor. Doing so will result in a "rich" fuel        bring the tractor to a complete stop before pivoting
mixture and cause the engine to run poorly.                         the drive pedal from forward to reverse or vice versa.

STOPPING THE ENGINE                                                 ENGAGING THE PARKING BRAKE
                                                                    To engage the parking brake:
     WARNING: If you strike a foreign object,
                                                                    •   Fully depress the brake pedal and hold it there
          stop the engine, disconnect the spark plug
                                                                        while gently pushing the parking brake button
          wire(s) and ground against the engine.
                                                                        inward.
          Thoroughly inspect the machine for any
                                                                    • Hold the parking brake button in while removing
          damage. Repair the damage before restarting
                                                                        your foot from the brake pedal.
          and operating
                                                                    • Once engaged, the parking brake button and the
•   If the blades are engaged, place the PTO knob (or                   brake pedal will lock in the “down” position.
    lever) in the disengaged (OFF) position.                        To disengage the parking brake:
•   Turn the ignition key counterclockwise to the OFF               •    Slightly depress the brake pedal.
    position.
•   Remove the key from the ignition switch to prevent              NOTE: The parking brake must be engaged if the
    unintended starting.                                            operator leaves the seat with the engine running or the
                                                                    engine will automatically shut off.
          WARNING:         Avoid   sudden            starts,
          excessive speed and sudden stops.                         DRIVING ON SLOPES
                                                                    Refer to the SLOPE GAUGE on page 7 to help
DRIVING THE TRACTOR                                                 determine slopes where you may not operate safely.

•   Briefly depress the brake pedal to release the                             WARNING: Do not mow on inclines with a
    parking brake. Move the throttle lever into the FAST                       slope in excess of 15 degrees (a rise of
    (rabbit) position.                                                         approximately 2-1/2 feet every 10 feet). The
•   To travel FORWARD, slowly depress the upper                                tractor could overturn and cause serious
    portion of the drive pedal forward until the desired                       injury.
    speed is achieved. See Figure 11.                               •    Mow up and down slopes, NEVER across.
                                                                    •    Exercise extreme caution when changing direction
                                                                         on slopes.
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•   Watch for holes, ruts, bumps, rocks, or other hidden          IMPORTANT: Never attempt to move the tractor
    objects. Uneven terrain could overturn the                    manually without first engaging the hydrostatic relief
    machine. Tall grass can hide obstacles.                       valve. Doing so will result in serious damage to the
•   Avoid turns when driving on a slope. If a turn must           tractor’s transmission.
    be made, turn down the slope. Turning up a slope
    greatly increases the chance of a roll over.
•   Avoid stopping when driving up a slope. If it is
    necessary to stop while driving up a slope, start up
    smoothly and carefully to reduce the possibility of
    flipping the tractor over backward.
SETTING THE CRUISE CONTROL
NOTE: The cruise control feature should only be
utilized while traveling in the forward direction.
To engage cruise control:
•   Slowly depress the upper portion of the drive pedal
    until the desired speed is achieved.
•   Lightly depress the cruise control button.                                              Hydrostatic
                                                                                            Bypass Rod
•   While continuing to hold the cruise button in, lift
    your foot from the drive pedal (you should feel the
    cruise latch engage).                                                                 Figure 12
•   Once engaged, the cruise control button and the
    drive pedal will lock in the “down” position, and the         ENGAGING THE PTO
    tractor will maintain the same forward speed.                 Engaging the PTO transfers power to the cutting deck
                                                                  or other (separately available) attachments. To engage
NOTE: Cruise control cannot be engaged at the                     the PTO, proceed as follows:
tractor’s fastest ground speed. If the operator should
                                                                  • Move the throttle control lever to the FAST (rabbit)
attempt to do so, the tractor will automatically
                                                                    position.
decelerate to the fastest optimal mowing ground speed.
                                                                   Models with Manual PTO
Disengage the cruise control using one of the                     • Grasp the PTO lever and pivot it all the way forward
following methods:                                                  into the engaged (ON) position.
•  Depress the brake pedal to disengage the cruise                 Models with Electric PTO
   control and stop the tractor.                                  • Pull the PTO knob outward into the engaged (ON)
• Lightly depress the drive pedal.                                  position.
To change the direction of travel to reverse when
operating with cruise control:
                                                                  IMPORTANT: The engine or electric PTO clutch will
                                                                  automatically shut off if the PTO is engaged with the
•   Depress the brake pedal to disengage the cruise               drive pedal in position for reverse travel. Refer to
    control and bring the tractor to a complete stop.             SAFETY INTERLOCK SWITCHES earlier in this
    Then slowly depress the lower portion of the drive            section.
    pedal with the ball of your foot to travel in reverse.
                                                                  •   Keep the throttle lever in the FAST (rabbit) position
MOVING THE TRACTOR MANUALLY                                           for the most efficient use of the cutting deck or other
Your tractor’s transmission is equipped with a                        (separately available) attachments.
hydrostatic relief valve for occasions when it is
necessary to move the tractor manually. Activating this           USING THE DECK LIFT LEVER
valve forces the fluid in the transmission to bypass its          To raise the cutting deck, move the lift lever to the left,
normal route, allowing the rear tires to "freewheel." To          then place it in the notch best suited for your
engage the hydrostatic relief valve, proceed as follows:          application. Refer to SETTING THE CUTTING
•   Locate the hydrostatic bypass rod in the rear of the          HEIGHT earlier in this section.
    tractor. See Figure 12.                                       OPERATING THE HEADLIGHTS
•   Pull the hydrostatic bypass rod outward, then down,
    to lock it in place.                                          To turn the tractor’s headlights on:
                                                                  •   Start the engine following the instructions earlier in
NOTE: The transmission will NOT engage when the                       this section.
hydrostatic bypass rod is pulled out. Return the rod to           •   Turn the key one notch counterclockwise into the
its normal position prior to operating the tractor.                   On/Lights position of the ignition switch. Refer to
                                                                      Figure 9.

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To turn the tractor’s headlights off:
•   Turn the key either into the On position (to leave the                            Carriage Screw
    engine running) or the Off position (to shut the
    engine off). Figure 9.
          WARNING: Never move the key into the
          Start position while the engine is running.
          Doing so may cause damage to your engine’s
          electric starter.
MOWING                                                                                            Bell
                                                                                                 Washer
          WARNING: To help avoid blade contact or
          a thrown object injury, keep bystanders,
          helpers, children and pets at least 75 feet
          from the machine while it is in operation. Stop
          machine if anyone enters the area.                               Plastic Wing Nut         Mulch Plug
This tractor is equipped with a high quality cutting deck.
The following information will be helpful when using the                                  Figure 13
cutting deck with your tractor.
                                                                   •   Never attempt to mulch if the lawn is damp. Wet
          WARNING: Plan your mowing pattern to                         grass tends to stick to the underside of the cutting
          avoid discharge of materials toward roads,                   deck preventing proper mulching of the clippings.
          sidewalks, bystanders and the like. Also,                •   Do NOT attempt to mulch more than 1/3 the total
          avoid discharging material against a wall or                 height of the grass or approximately 1-1/2 inches.
          obstruction which may cause discharged                       Doing so will cause the clippings to clump up
          material to ricochet back toward the operator.               beneath the deck and not be mulched effectively.
                                                                   •   Maintain a slow ground speed to allow the grass
•   Do not mow at high ground speed, especially if a                   clippings more time to effectively be mulched.
    mulch kit or grass collector is installed.                     •   Always position the throttle control lever in the
•   For best results it is recommended that the first two              FAST (rabbit) position and allow it to remain there
    laps be cut with the discharge thrown towards the                  while mowing. Failing to keep the engine at full
    center. After the first two laps, reverse the direction            throttle places strain on the tractor’s engine and
    to throw the discharge to the outside for the                      does not allow the blades to properly mulch grass.
    balance of cutting. This will give a better
    appearance to the lawn.                                        NOTE: It is not necessary to remove the discharge
•   Do not cut the grass too short. Short grass invites            chute to operate the mower with the mulch kit installed.
    weed growth and yellows quickly in dry weather.                To operate the cutting deck without mulching, simply
•   Mowing should always be done with the engine at                remove the mulch plug by unthreading the plastic wing
    full throttle.                                                 nut which fastens it to the cutting deck. This will allow
•   Under heavier conditions it may be necessary to go             the clippings to discharge out the side. See Figure 13.
    back over the cut area a second time to get a clean
    cut.
•   Do NOT attempt to mow heavy brush and weeds
    and extremely tall grass. Your tractor is designed to
    mow lawns, NOT clear brush.
•   Keep the blades sharp and replace the blades
    when worn. Refer to the SERVICE section of this
    manual for proper blade sharpening instructions.
MULCHING (OPTIONAL)
A mulch kit incorporates special blades and mulch plug,
in a process of recirculating grass clippings repeatedly
beneath the cutting deck. The ultra-fine clippings are
then forced back into the lawn where they act as a
natural      fertilizer.  Observe       the     following
recommendations for the best results when mulching.
•

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SECTION 8: MAKING ADJUSTMENTS
          WARNING: Never attempt to make any                            position) and rotate the blade nearest the discharge
          adjustments while the engine is running,                      chute so that it is parallel with the tractor.
          except where specified in the operator’s                 • Measure the distance from the front of the blade tip
          manual.                                                       to the ground and the rear of the blade tip to the
                                                                        ground.
          WARNING: Disconnect the spark plug                       • The first measurement taken should be between
          wire(s) and ground against the engine before                  1/4" and 3/8" less than the second measurement.
          performing any adjustments, repairs or                   • Determine the approximate distance necessary for
          maintenance.                                                  proper adjustment and proceed, if necessary, to the
                                                                        next step.
LEVELING THE DECK
                                                                   • Locate the two lock nuts on the opposite side of the
NOTE: Check the tractor’s tire pressure before                          stabilizer bracket. See Figure 14A. Tighten the lock
performing any deck leveling adjustments. Refer to                      nuts to raise the front of the deck; loosen the lock
TIRES in the maintenance section of this manual for                     nuts to lower the front of the deck.
further information regarding tire pressure.                       Side to Side
Front To Rear                                                      If the cutting deck appears to be mowing unevenly, a
The front of the cutting deck is supported by a stabilizer         side to side adjustment can be performed. Adjust if
bar that can adjusted to level the deck from front to rear.        necessary as follows:
The front of the deck should be between 1/4-inch and               •   With the tractor parked on a firm, level surface,
3/8-inch lower than the rear of the deck. Adjust if                    place the deck lift lever in the top notch (highest
necessary as follows:                                                  position) and rotate both blades so that they are
•    With the tractor parked on a firm, level surface,                 perpendicular with the tractor.
     place the deck lift lever in the top notch (highest

    A                         Lock
                              Nuts
                                                               B

      Deck
     Stabilizer
     Bracket


         Deck
                               Jam
                               Nuts


                                                                                                 Adjustment Gear


    FRONT TO REAR                                              SIDE TO SIDE           Hex Cap Screw

                                                       Figure 14
•    Measure the distance from the outside of the left             •   Balance the deck by using a wrench to turn the
     blade tip to the ground and the distance from the                 adjustment gear (found immediately behind the hex
     outside of the right blade tip to the ground. Both                cap screw just loosened) clockwise/up or
     measurements taken should be equal. If they’re                    counterclockwise/down.
     not, proceed to the next step.                                •   The deck is properly balanced when both blade tip
•    Loosen, but do NOT remove, the hex cap screw on                   measurements taken earlier are equal.
     the left deck hanger bracket. See Figure 14B.                 •   Retighten the hex cap screw on the left deck
                                                                       hanger bracket when proper adjustment is
                                                                       achieved.




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DECK ROLLER HEIGHT ADJUSTMENT                                         Front tire toe-in can be measured as follows:
To adjust the height of the rollers on the rear of the                •    Place the steering wheel in position for straight
mowing deck, proceed as follows:                                           ahead travel.
•   Place the deck lift lever in the bottom notch (lowest             •    In front of the axle, measure the distance
    position).                                                             horizontally from the inside of the left rim to the
•   Remove the clevis pins and hairpin clips from the                      inside of the right rim. Note the distance.
    deck roller brackets on the left and right sides of the           •    Behind the axle, measure the distance horizontally
    cutting deck. See Figure 15.                                           from the inside of the left rim to the inside of the
                                                                           right rim. Note the distance.
                                                                      •    The measurement taken in front of the axle should
                                                                           be between 1/16" and 5/16" less than the
                                    Deck Roller Bracket
                                                                           measurement taken behind the axle.
                                                                      •    Adjust if necessary.

                                                                          Hex Nut and
                                                                          Lock Washer       Grease Fitting       Pivot Bar




                                                                          Axle
        Hairpin Clip


                                   Clevis pin

                         Figure 15
                                                                                                               Drag Link
•   Position the deck roller brackets up or down                                                       Jam Nut
    through the slots on the rear of the deck until
                                                                                        Ball Joint
    desired position is reached, then re-attach with the
    clevis pins and hairpin clips just removed. See                                          Figure 16
    Figure 15.
                                                                      PARKING BRAKE ADJUSTMENT
NOTE: Be certain that the left roller bracket and the
right roller bracket are set in the same position.                               WARNING: Never attempt to adjust the
                                                                                 brakes while the engine is running. Always
STEERING ADJUSTMENT                                                              disengage PTO, move shift lever into neutral
If the tractor turns tighter in one direction than the other,                    position, stop engine and remove key to
or if the ball joints are being replaced due to damage or                        prevent unintended starting.
wear, the steering drag links may need to be adjusted.
                                                                      If the tractor does not come to a complete stop when
Adjust the drag links so that equal lengths are threaded              the brake pedal is completely depressed, or if the
into the ball joint on the left side and the ball joint on the        tractor’s rear wheels can roll with the parking brake
right side:                                                           applied, the brake is in need of adjustment. The brake
•   Loosen the jam nut found on the drag link at the                  disc can be found on the right side of the transmission
    rear of the ball joint. See Figure 16.                            in the rear of the tractor. Adjust if necessary as
•   Remove the hex nut and lock washer on the top of                  follows:
    ball joint. See Figure 16.                                        • Looking at the transmission from the right side of
•   Thread the ball joint toward the jam nut to shorten                    the tractor, locate the brake rod and brake disc.
    the drag link. Thread the ball joint away from the                     See Figure 17.
    jam nut to lengthen the drag link.                                • Carefully remove the cotter pin from the crown nut
•   Replace hex nut and lock washer and retighten the                      on the right side of the brake assembly.
    jam nut after proper adjustment is achieved.                      • Using a feeler gauge, check the gap between the
                                                                           brake disc and the brake puck. Proper gap is .011".
NOTE: Threading the ball joints too far onto the drag
                                                                      • Tighten the crown nut until the proper gap is
links will cause the front tires to "toe-in" too far. Proper
                                                                           achieved before inserting a replacement cotter pin.
toe-in is between 1/16" and 5/16".




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                             Brake Rod                            Standard Seat
                                                                  To adjust the position of the seat on models not
                                                                  equipped with a seat adjustment lever, loosen, but do
                                                                  NOT remove the four screws which secure the seat to
                                                                  the seat pivot bracket. Slide the seat forward or
                                                                  backward until desired position is reached. Retighten
                                                                  the four screws. See Figure 19.




                                                                                        Screws



NOTE: View shown from
beneath tractor.



           Crown                                                                                         Seat Pivot
           Nut                                                                                            Br acket




                                                Brake
                                                Disc                                   Figure 19
                                                                  Knob Adjustment Seat (if so equipped)
                                                                  To adjust the position of the seat on models so
                                                                  equipped, loosen the two knobs on the bottom of the
                        Figure 17                                 seat. Slide the seat forward or backward as desired.
SEAT ADJUSTMENT                                                   Re-tighten the two knobs. See Figure 20.

          WARNING: Before operating this machine,
          make sure the seat is engaged in the seat
          stop, stand behind the machine and pull back
          on seat until fully engaged into stop.                             Knobs

Quick-Adjust Seat (if so equipped)
To adjust the position of the seat, move the seat
adjustment lever to the left and slide the seat forward or
rearward. Make sure seat is locked into position before
operating the tractor. See Figure 18.


                                                 Seat




                                                                                       Figure 20


                        Seat Adjustment Lever


                        Figure 18


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SECTION 9: MAINTAINING YOUR GARDEN TRACTOR
          WARNING:          Before    performing    any             4. Attach the hose coupler to the water port on your
          maintenance or repairs, disengage PTO, move                  decks surface. See Figure 21.
          shift lever into neutral position, set parking            5. Turn the water on.
          brake, stop engine and remove key to prevent              6. While sitting in the operator’s position on the tractor,
          unintended starting.                                         re-start the engine and place the throttle lever in the
CLEANING THE ENGINE AND DECK                                           FAST (rabbit) position.
Any fuel or oil spilled on the machine should be wiped off          7. Engage the tractor’s PTO.
promptly.                                                           8. Remain in the operator’s position with the cutting
Do NOT allow debris to accumulate around the cooling                   deck engaged for a minimum of two minutes,
fins of the engine or on any other part of the machine,                allowing the underside of the cutting deck to
especially the belts and pulleys.                                      thoroughly rinse.
Clean the underside of the deck with a wire broom,                  9. Disengage the tractor’s PTO.
scraper or forced air after each mowing.
                                                                    10. Turn the ignition key to the STOP position to turn the
NOTE: The use of a pressure washer or garden hose                       tractor’s engine off.
to clean your tractor is NOT recommended. It may cause              11. Turn the water off and detach the hose coupler from
damage to electrical components, spindles, pulleys,                     the water port on your decks surface. Repeat step 4-
bearings or the engine. The use of water will result in a               11 on the opposite side of the cutting deck.
shortened life of the tractor and reduce its serviceability.
                                                                    ENGINE
DECK WASH SYSTEM™                                                   Refer to the separate engine manual for engine
Your tractor’s deck is equipped with a water port on its            maintenance instructions.
surface as part of its Deck Wash System™.                           Check engine oil level before each use as instructed
Use the Deck Wash System™ to rinse grass clippings                  in the separate engine manual packed with your unit.
from the deck’s underside and prevent build-up of                   Read and follow instructions carefully.
corrosive chemicals. Complete the following steps after
each mowing:                                                        CHANGING ENGINE OIL
1. Drive the tractor to a level, clear spot on your lawn,           NOTE: Depending on the engine model found on your
   near enough to a water sillcock (spigot) for your                tractor, it may be necessary to remove the tractor’s side
   garden hose to reach.                                            panel in order to replace the oil filter (if so equipped).
                                                                    •   Unscrew oil fill cap and remove dipstick from the oil
                                                                        fill tube. See Figure 22.
                                                                    •   Pop open the protective cap on the end of the oil
                                                                        drain valve to expose the oil drain port. See Figure
                                                                        22.
                                                                    •   Push oil drain hose (packed with unit) onto the oil
                                                                        drain port. Route the opposite end of the hose into
                                                                        an appropriate oil collection container with a
                                                                        capacity great enough to collect the used oil.
                                                                    •   Push the oil drain valve in slightly, then rotate
                                                                        counterclockwise and pull outward to begin draining
                                     Hose Coupler
            Water Port               (Shown without                     oil. See Figure 22.
                                     Hose Attached)                 •   Service the oil filter (if so equipped) as instructed in
                                                                        the separate engine manual packed with your unit.
                         Figure 21
                                                                    Perform the above steps in the opposite order after oil
IMPORTANT: Make certain the tractor’s discharge                     has finished draining.
chute is directed away from your house, parked cars,                •   Refill the engine with new motor oil.
etc.
                                                                    IMPORTANT: Refill the engine with the proper
2. Disengage PTO, move shift lever into the neutral                 capacity and weight of motor oil as instructed in the
   position, set the parking brake, and stop engine.                separate engine manual.
3. Thread the hose coupler (packaged with this
                                                                    Service the pre-cleaner, if so equipped, and cartridge/
   manual) onto the end of your garden hose.
                                                                    air cleaner element as instructed in the OPERATOR/
                                                                    ENGINE OWNER’S MANUAL packed with your unit.

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   Oil Fill Cap                                                       LUBRICATION
                                            Protective Cap
                  Oil Drain Hose                                                WARNING: Before lubricating, repairing, or
                                                                                inspecting, always disengage PTO, move
                                                                                shift lever into neutral position, set parking
                                                                                brake, stop engine and remove key to prevent
                                                                                unintended starting.
                                                                      Engine
                                                                      Lubricate the engine with motor oil as instructed in the
                                                                      Engine Manual packed with your unit.
                                                                      Pivot Points & Linkage
   Oil Fill Tube                                                      Lubricate all the pivot points on the drive system,
                                               Oil Drain Valve
                                                                      parking brake and lift linkage at least once a season
                                       Oil Drain Port
                                                                      with light oil.
NOTE: Single-cylinder engine shown.
         Valve location will vary with engine style.                  Rear Wheels
                                                                      The rear wheels should be removed from the axles
                           Figure 22
                                                                      once a season. Lubricate the axles and the rims well
The spark plug(s) should be cleaned and the gap reset                 with an all-purpose grease before re-installing them.
once a season. Spark plug replacement is                              Front Wheels
recommended at the start of each mowing season;                       Each of the front wheel axles is equipped with a grease
check engine manual for correct plug type and gap                     fitting. Lubricate with a grease gun after every 25 hours
specifications.                                                       of tractor operation.
                                                                      Transmission
                                                                      The hydrostatic transmission is sealed at the factory.
                                                                      Oil level cannot be checked nor can the oil be changed.



SECTION 10: SERVICE
TIRES                                                                 The blades may be removed as follows:
                                                                      •   Remove the deck from beneath the tractor, (refer
          WARNING: Never exceed the maximum                               to DECK REMOVAL) then gently flip the deck over
          inflation pressure shown on the sidewall of
                                                                          to expose its underside.
          the tire.
                                                                      • Place a block of wood between the center deck
The recommended operating tire pressure is 10 psi for                     housing baffle and the cutting blade to act as a
the rear tires and 14 psi for the front tires. Refer to the               stabilizer. See Figure 23.
tire sidewall for exact tire manufacturer’s recommended               • Use a 15/16" wrench to remove the hex flange nut
or maximum psi. Do not overinflate. Uneven tire                           that secures the blade to the spindle assembly. See
pressure could cause the cutting deck to mow                              Figure 23WARNING:.
unevenly.                                                             To properly sharpen the cutting blades, remove equal
                                                                      amounts of metal from both ends of the blades along
CUTTING BLADES                                                        the cutting edges, parallel to the trailing edge, at a 25°
          WARNING: Periodically inspect the blade                     to 30° angle. See Figure 24.
          adapter and/or spindle for cracks or damage,                IMPORTANT: If the cutting edge of the blade has
          especially if you strike a foreign object.                  already been sharpened to within 5/8" of the wind wing
          Replace immediately if damaged.                             radius, or if any metal separation is present, replace the
                                                                      blades with new ones. See Figure 24.
          WARNING: Be sure to shut the engine off,
          remove ignition key, disconnect the spark                   It is important that each cutting blade edge be ground
          plug wire(s) and ground against the engine to               equally to maintain proper blade balance.
          prevent unintended starting before removing
          the cutting blade(s) for sharpening or
                                                                      WARNING: A poorly balanced blade will cause
          replacement. Protect your hands by using                    excessive vibration and may cause damage to the
          heavy gloves or a rag to grasp the cutting                  tractor and result in personal injury.
          blade.                                                      The blade can be tested by balancing it on a round
                                                                      shaft screwdriver. Grind metal from the heavy side until
                                                                      it balances evenly.
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                                                               •   Always keep the rubber boot positioned over the
    Hex Flange Nut                                                 positive terminal to prevent shorting.
                                Wood Block
                                                               IMPORTANT: If removing the battery for any reason,
                                                               disconnect the NEGATIVE (Black) wire from it’s
                                                               terminal first, followed by the POSITIVE (Red) wire.
                                                               When re-installing the battery, always connect the
                                                               POSITIVE (Red) wire its terminal first, followed by the
                                                               NEGATIVE (Black) wire. Be certain that the wires are
                                                               connected to the correct terminals; reversing them
                                                               could change the polarity and cause damage to your
                                                               engine’s alternating system.
                                                               IMPORTANT:
                                                               1. Battery wires must be connected to the correct
                                                                  terminals. Reversing them could change the
                                                                  polarity and damage engine’s alternating system.
        Spindle Assembly                                       2. Do not jump-start a damaged battery.
                                                               3. When storing the battery, disconnect the negative
                      Figure 23
                                                                  terminal and store with full charge.
                                   Blade Separation            Charging
                                                               If the unit has not been put into use for an extended
                                                               period of time, charge the battery with an automotive-
                                                               type 12-volt charger for a minimum of one hour at six
                                                               amps.
                                                                        WARNING: Batteries give off an explosive
              Worn Blade Edge
                                                                        gas while charging. Charge battery in a well
                                  Wind Wing                             ventilated area and keep away from an open
                                                                        flame or pilot light as on a water heater, space
                                                                        heater, furnace, clothes dryer or other gas
                                                                        appliances.
                                              5/8"
                                           minim
                                                 um
       Sharpen Edge Evenly
                                                               JUMP STARTING

                      Figure 24
                                                                        WARNING: When removing or installing
                                                                        the battery, follow these instructions to
When replacing the blade, be sure to install the blade                  prevent the screwdriver from shorting against
with the side of the blade marked ‘‘Bottom’’ (or with a                 the frame.
part number stamped in it) facing the ground when the
mower is in the operating position.                            IMPORTANT:            Never jump your tractor’s dead
                                                               battery with the battery of a running vehicle.
IMPORTANT: Use a torque wrench to tighten the
                                                               •   Connect end of one jumper cable to the positive
blade spindle hex flange nut to between 70 foot-
                                                                   terminal of the good battery, then the other end to
pounds and 90 foot-pounds.
                                                                   the positive terminal of the dead battery.
BATTERY                                                        •   Connect the other jumper cable to the negative
The battery is sealed and is maintenance-free. Acid                terminal of the good battery, then to the frame of the
levels cannot be checked.                                          unit with the dead battery.

         WARNING: Shield eyes (e.g. goggles, face                       WARNING: Failure to use this procedure
         shield) and protect skin and clothing when                     could cause sparking, and the gas in either
         handling battery acid or a battery containing                  battery could explode.
         acid.                                                          WARNING: Do not use the tractor battery
•   Always keep the battery cables and terminals clean                  to start other vehicles.
    and free of corrosive build-up.
•   After cleaning the battery and terminals, apply a          Cleaning the battery
    light coat of petroleum jelly or grease to both            Keep the terminals and the top of the battery clean and
    terminals.                                                 free from corrosion. Clean the battery with baking soda
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or a commercial battery cleaner. If necessary, scrape
the battery terminals with a wire brush to remove                                            Support Pin
deposits. Coat terminals and exposed wiring with
grease or petroleum jelly to prevent corrosion.
CAUTION: Do not allow any cleaning solution to get
inside the battery.

Battery failures
Some common causes for battery failure are:
•   incorrect initial activation
•   undercharging
•   overcharging
•   corroded connections
•   freezing
These failures are NOT covered by your tractor’s
warranty.                                                                                Figure 26
                                                                  •   Looking at the cutting deck from the left side of the
FUSES                                                                 tractor, locate the deck support pin on the rear left
Two fuses are installed in your tractor’s wiring harness              side of the deck.
to protect the tractor’s electrical system from damage            •   Pull the deck support pin outward to release the
caused by excessive amperage.                                         deck from the deck lift arm. See Figure 26.
                                                                  •   Rotate the pin slightly toward the rear of the tractor
                                                                      and release the pin into the hole provided.
                                                                  •   Repeat the above steps on the right side of the
                                                                      tractor.
                                                                  •   Move the deck lift lever into the top notch on the
                                                                      right fender to raise the lift arms out of the way.
              GOOD                   BAD                          •   Gently slide the cutting deck toward the front of the
                         Figure 25                                    tractor allowing the hooks on the deck to release
                                                                      themselves from the deck stabilizer rod.
If the electrical system does not function, or your               •   Gently slide the cutting deck (from the right side)
tractor’s engine will not crank, first check to be certain            out from underneath the tractor.
that the fuse has not blown. See Figure 25.
One can be found under the hood mounted behind the                CHANGING THE DECK BELT & PTO BELT
top of the dash panel on the support bar.                                  WARNING: Be sure to shut the engine off,
The other can be found under the seat mounted to the
                                                                           remove ignition key, disconnect the spark
inside of the tractor frame next to the battery tray. Pull
                                                                           plug wire(s) and ground against the engine to
the fuse out and inspect it to determine if it is good or
                                                                           prevent unintended starting before removing
blown.
                                                                           the belt(s).
Replace with a new fuse if necessary.
                                                                  All belts on your tractor are subject to wear and should
          WARNING: Always use a fuse with the                     be replaced if any signs of wear are present.
          same amperage capacity for replacement.
                                                                  IMPORTANT: The V-belts found on your tractor are
                                                                  specially designed to engage and disengage safely. A
CUTTING DECK REMOVAL                                              substitute (non-OEM) V-belt can be dangerous by not
To properly remove the cutting deck, proceed as                   disengaging completely. For a proper working machine,
follows:                                                          use factory approved belts.
• Place the PTO knob in the disengaged (OFF)                      To change or replace the deck belts on your tractor,
     position and engage the parking brake.                       proceed as follows:
• Lower the deck by moving the deck lift lever into the
     bottom notch on the right fender.                            •   Lower the deck by moving the deck lift lever into the
• Remove the PTO belt from around the electric PTO                    bottom notch on the right fender.
     clutch and from around the PTO idler pulley(s).              •   Remove the belt guards by removing the self-
                                                                      tapping screws that fasten them to the deck.
NOTE: The deck belt on the deck does NOT need to
be removed in order to remove the deck.
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•    Grasp the rearmost portion of the PTO idler bracket           •   Grasp the deck idler pulley and pivot it toward the
     and pivot it toward the discharge chute to relieve                left side of the deck to relieve tension on the deck
     tension on the PTO belt.                                          belt.
•    Remove the PTO belt from the engine pulley (or                •   Remove the deck belt from around all pulleys,
     electric PTO clutch) and the PTO idler pulley(s).                 including the deck idler pulley.
                                                                   •   Route the new belts as shown in Figure 27.
                                                                   •   Remount the belt guards removed earlier.

                                                                         Deck Idler Pulleys             Deck / PTO belt
                  Electric PTO Clutch


                                                                                                             Right Hand
                                                                                                              Pulley




                                                     Center Pulley

      Left Hand
       Pulley


    NOTE: Belt covers not shown for clarity. 54-inch deck shown.

                                                         Figure 27
CHANGING THE TRANSMISSION DRIVE                                    •   Locate the fixed v-idler pulley found on the left
BELT                                                                   underside of the frame. See Figure 28.
All belts on your tractor are subject to wear and should           •   Grasp the belt on both sides of the pulley and gently
be replaced if any signs of wear are present.                          move it toward the left frame rail allowing it to
                                                                       unseat itself from the fixed v-idler. See Figure 28.
IMPORTANT: The V-belts found on your tractor are                   •   Pivot the double-idler bracket forward slightly
specially designed to engage and disengage safely. A                   before removing the idler extension spring from the
substitute belt (non-OEM) V-Belt can be dangerous by                   stud and the double-idler bracket itself. Do NOT
not disengaging completely. For a proper working                       discard the spring.
machine, use factory approved belts.                               •   Roll the drive belt out from around both the v-idler
To change or replace the drive belt on your tractor,                   pulley and the flat idler pulley found on the double-
proceed as follows:                                                    idler bracket.
                                                                   •   Carefully unplug the tractor’s wire harness from the
•    Remove the cutting deck as instructed earlier in this             connector on the electric PTO clutch (if present).
     section.                                                      •   Remove the hex bolt from the center of the electric
•    After disconnecting the battery cables, remove the                PTO clutch (or the engine pulley) and gently lower it
     battery and battery tray from beneath the seat.                   off of the engine crankshaft. Be careful not to lose
NOTE: When removing the battery, disconnect the                        any washers or spacers which may be found on top
NEGATIVE (Black) wire from it’s terminal first, followed               of the electric PTO clutch or engine pulley.
by the POSITIVE (Red) wire. Re-install in reverse order.           •   On units equipped with an electric PTO, the engine
Proper removal of the drive belt requires the removal of               pulley is located directly above the electric PTO
several tractor components. Read through the following                 clutch. Lower the engine pulley far enough to be
procedure prior to attempting it to determine if you feel              able to remove the upper drive belt from around it..
you could successfully complete it. If you don’t, see your         IMPORTANT: When remounting the electric PTO
authorized dealer to have the belt changed.                        clutch (or engine pulley), torque the center hex bolt to
IMPORTANT: Note the routing of the lower drive belt                between 38 foot-pounds and 50 foot-pounds.
around all the pulleys and the belt keepers (if present)
BEFORE performing the following steps.


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              Transmission Pulley
             (Beneath Cooling Fan)                 Fixed V-idler Pulley


                                         Left Frame Rail

                                                             V-idler Pulley
                                                                      Flat idler Pulley




                                                 Idler Extension Spring
                                                                                                   Engine Pulley
                                                                     Double-Idler Bracket
                                           Drive Belt

        Hydrostatic                                                           FRONT OF TRACTOR
       Transmission                                                           NOTE: View shown from above tractor.

                                                        Figure 28
•   Remove the drive belt by feeding it from front to            •   Reroute the new belt around the pulleys and belt
    rear, toward the hydrostatic transmission. See                   keepers, if present, EXACTLY as the old one was
    Figure 28.                                                       routed. Refer to Figure 28.
•   Continue removing the drive belt by gently lifting it
    off of the transmission pulley and over the cooling          HYDROSTATIC TRANSMISSION
    fan.                                                         The hydrostatic transmission is sealed at the factory
                                                                 and is maintenance free. The fluid level cannot be
IMPORTANT: The fins on the cooling fan are only                  checked nor can the oil be changed. Always keep the
slightly flexible. Be careful not to damage the fan when         area around the transmission cooling fan free of grass
removing the drive belt from around the transmission             and debris at all times.
pulley.



SECTION 11: OFF-SEASON STORAGE
If the machine is to be inoperative for a period longer          •   Clean the engine and the entire unit thoroughly.
than 30 days, prepare for storage as follows.                    •   Lubricate all lubrication points. Wipe the entire
                                                                     machine with an oiled rag to protect the painted
         WARNING: Never store the machine or                         metal surfaces.
         fuel container indoors where there is an open           •   Refer to the engine manual for correct engine
         flame, spark or pilot light such as on water                storage instructions. The engine must be
         heater, furnace, clothes dryer or other gas                 completely drained of fuel to prevent gum deposits
         appliance.                                                  from forming on essential carburetor parts, fuel
         WARNING: Use a fuel stabilizer additive or                  lines and fuel tanks.
         drain the fuel into an approved container               •   It is not necessary to remove the battery from the
         outdoors, away from an open flame. Allow                    tractor for storage. However, clean the top of the
         engine to cool. Extinguish cigarettes, cigars,              battery and make sure it has full charge.
         pipes and other sources of ignition prior to                Disconnect the negative terminal of the battery
         draining fuel.                                              before storing the tractor.
                                                                 •   Store unit in a clean, dry area.

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NOTE: When storing any type of power equipment in                     NOTE: Recharge the battery before returning it to
an unventilated or metal storage shed, care should be                 service after storage. Even if the tractor starts, the
taken to rustproof the equipment. Using a light oil or                engine charging system may not bring the battery upto
silicone, coat the equipment, especially any chains                   a full charge, unless it is recharged.
springs, bearings and cables.



SECTION 12: TROUBLESHOOTING
Trouble                  Possible Cause(s)                          Corrective Action
Engine fails to start    PTO lever engaged.                         Place PTO lever in disengaged (OFF) position.
                         Parking brake not engaged.                 Engage parking brake.
                         Spark plug wire(s) disconnected.           Connect wire(s) to spark plug.
                         Throttle control not in correct position   Place throttle lever to fast or choke (if so equipped).
                         Choke not activated                        Activate choke.
                         Fuel tank empty, or stale fuel.            Fill tank with clean, fresh (less than 30 days old) gas.
                         Blocked fuel line.                         Clean fuel line or replace fuel filter, if so equipped.
                         Faulty spark plug.                         Clean, adjust gap or replace plug.
                         Engine flooded.                            Crank engine with throttle in FAST position.
Engine runs erratic      Unit running with CHOKE applied.           Place throttle lever in FAST position.
                         Spark plug wire loose.                     Connect and tighten spark plug wire.
                         Blocked fuel line or stale fuel.           Clean fuel line; fill tank with clean, fresh (less than 30 days old)
                                                                    gasoline. Replace fuel filter, if so equipped.
                         Vent in gas cap plugged.                   Clear vent or replace cap if damaged.
                         Water or dirt in fuel system.              Drain fuel tank. Refill with clean, fresh (less than 30 days old)
                                                                    gasoline.
                         Dirty air cleaner.                         Replace air cleaner cartridge/element or clean pre-cleaner, if
                                                                    so equipped.
Engine overheats         Engine oil level low.                      Fill crankcase with proper capacity and weight of oil.
                         Air flow restricted.                       Clean grass clippings and debris from around the engine’s
                                                                    cooling fins and blower housing.
Engine hesitates at high Spark plug gap too close.                  Remove spark plug and reset the gap to .030”.
RPM
Idles poorly             Spark plug fouled, faulty or gap too       Replace spark plug. Set plug gap to .030”.
                         wide.
                         Dirty air cleaner.                         Replace air cleaner cartridge/element or clean pre-cleaner, if
                                                                    so equipped.
Excessive vibration      Cutting blade loose or unbalanced or Tighten blade and spindle. Balance blade.
                         damaged.                             Replace blade.
Mower will not mulch     Engine speed low.                          Place throttle in FAST position.
grass                    Wet grass.                                 Do not mow when grass is wet; wait until later to cut.
                         Excessively high grass.                    Mow once at a higher cutting height, then mow again at desired
                                                                    height or make a narrower cutting swath.
                         Dull blade.                                Sharpen or replace blade.
Uneven cut               Deck not balanced properly.                Perform side-to-side deck adjustment.
                         Dull blade.                                Sharpen or replace blade.
                         Uneven tire pressure.                      Check tire pressure in all four tires.




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                     THREE (3) YEAR LIMITED WARRANTY
For three (3) years from the date of original purchase of our products, we will either repair or replace, at its
option, free of charge, F.O.B. Factory or authorized service firm, any part found to be DEFECTIVE IN
MATERIAL and WORKMANSHIP for the original purchaser. all transportation charges on parts submitted
for replacement under this warranty must be paid by the purchaser unless return is requested by the
manufacturer.

This warranty DOES NOT apply to any part which has become inoperative through misuse, excessive use,
accident, neglect, improper maintenance or alterations by unauthorized persons.

The limited warranty does not extend to the replacement of parts which are not defective, but where regular
usage has exhausted the life of the part.

ENGINES, ELECTRIC START KITS, PEERLESS TRANSMISSIONS AND PEERLESS TRANSAXLES ARE
WARRANTED BY THEIR RESPECTIVE MANUFACTURER. ALL CLAIMS AGAINST THESE COMPONENTS
MUST BE HANDLED THROUGH THE RESPECTIVE MANUFACTURER’S SERVICE DEALERS.

Belts, light bulbs, clutch parts (friction wheels), grass bags, tires, seats, rider deck wheels and cutting
blades are covered by a 60 day limited warranty.

Batteries are covered by a 90 day limited warranty.

Fuses, shear bolts and blade adapters are considered consumable items and as such are not warranted.

NOTE: Regular maintenance replacement parts and related inspections and adjustments are excluded
from coverage when made as part of normal maintenance service.

TRACTOR ATTACHMENT WARRANTY
Mower decks included with your product, or sold separately, as an attachment for your garden tractors will
be warranted according to the above terms of the manufacturer three (3) year limited consumer warranty.

ALL OTHER ATTACHMENTS will be sold under the same condition as above except the warranty will be
ONE YEAR FROM DATE OF ORIGINAL PURCHASE.

PERSONAL USE
THE FOREGOING PARAGRAPHS CONSTITUTE THE MANUFACTURER’S ENTIRE WARRANTY WITH
RESPECT TO ANY PRODUCT PURCHASED AND USED FOR PERSONAL FAMILY,
HOUSEHOLD/RESIDENTIAL PURPOSES, AS DISTINGUISHED FROM COMMERCIAL USAGE.

COMMERCIAL USE
ALL APPLICATIONS OTHER THAN PERSONAL USE AS OUTLINED ABOVE, ARE CONSIDERED
COMMERCIAL USAGE.

New products purchased for commercial usage are warranted in the same manner and to the same extend
EXCEPT the term of warranty will be 60 DAYS from date of purchase.

WARRANTY SERVICE CAN ONLY BE PERFORMED BY AN AUTHORIZED SERVICE DEALER. ANY
NON-ORIGINAL EQUIPMENT REPLACEMENT PART USED ON OR IN A PRODUCT UNDER WARRANTY
WILL BE EXCLUDED FROM THAT WARRANTY COVERAGE, AS WILL BE ANY RELATED DAMAGED
COMPONENTS RESULTING FROM THE INSTALLATION OF A REPLACEMENT PART FROM ANOTHER
SOURCE OTHER THAN THE MANUFACTURER.




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