User Manual 96136000400 Weed Eater rotary lawn mower

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OPERATOR'S DELUXE PUSH ROTARY LAWN MOWER

MANUAL

• Assembly ° Operation Maintenance

° Service and Adjustments ° Storage ° Troubleshooting

&WARNING: This lawn mower is equipped with an internalcombustion engine and should not be used on or near any unimprovedforest-covered. brush-covered or grass-covered land unless the engine's exhaust system is equipped witha spark arrester meeting applicable local or state laws (if any). If a spark arrester is used. it should be maintained in effective working order by the operator.

In the state of California the above is required by law (Section4442 of the California Public ResourcesCode). Other states may have similar laws. Federal laws apply on federal lands. A spark arrester for the muffler is available throughyour nearest authorized service center.

193732 Rev. 4 12.12.08 BY Printedin U.S.A.

Safety Rules Maintenance

14-16 Storage 18-19 Assembly

Service and Troubleshooting 19-20 Operation

8-13 Adjustments

16-17

IMPORTANT: This cutting machine is capableofamputating hands and feet andthrowing ob jects. Failure to observe the following safety instructions could result inserious injuryordeath.

Look for this symbol to point out impor

• Do not pull mower backwards unless rant safety precautions.

It means CAUTfON!!!

BECOME ALERT!!!

YOUR SAFETY IS INVOLVED. &WARNING: In order to prevent accidental starting when setting up. transporting. ad justing or making repairs. always disconnect spark plug wire and place wire where itcannot come in contact with plug.

AWARNtNG: Engine exhaust. some of its constituents. and certain vehicle compo nents contain or emit chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm.

IWARNING: Battery posts. terminals and related accessories contain lead and lead compounds. chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm. Wash hands after handling. _ CAUTION: Muffler and other engine parts become extremely hot during operation and remain hot after engine has stopped.

To avoid severe burns on contact. stay away from these areas.

I. GENERAL OPERATION

• Read. understand. and follow all instructions on the machine and in the manual(s) before starting. Be thoroughly familiar with the controls and the proper use of the machine before starting.

• Do not put hands or feet near or under rotating parts. Keep clear ofthe dis charge opening at all times.

• Only allow responsible individuals. who are familiar with the instructions. to oper ate the machine.

• Clear the area of objects such as rocks. toys. wire. bones. sticks. etc. which could be picked up and thrown by blade.

• Be sure the area is clear of other people before mowing. Stop machine if anyone enters the area.

• Do not operate the mower when bare foot or wearing open sandals. Always wear substantial foot wear.

+ Remove obstacles (rocks. tree limbs. etc.) Watch for holes. ruts. or bumps. Tall grass can hide obstacles.

DO NOT: + Do not trim near drop-offs. ditches or embankments. The operator could lose footing or balance. ° Do not trim excessively steep slopes. ° Do not mow on wet grass. Reduced foot ing could cause slipping. i11.CHILDREN Tragic accidents can occur if the operator is notalert tothe presence of children. Children are often attracted to the machine and the mowing activity. Neverassume that children wi]I remain where you last saw them.

• Keep children out of the trimming area and under the watchful care of another responsible adult.

+ Be alert and turn machine off if children enter the area.

• Before and while walking backwards. look behind and down for small children. ° Never allowchildren to operate the mower.

+ Use extra care when approaching blind corners. shrubs. trees. or other objects that may obscure vision.

IV. SAFE HANDLING OF GASOLINE Use extreme care in handling gasoline.

Gasoline is extremely flammable and the vapors are explosive. ° Extinguish all cigarettes. cigars. pipes and other sources of ignition.

+ Use only an approved container.

+ Never remove gas cap or add fue] with the engine running. Allow engine to cool before refueling.

Never refuel the machine indoors.

+ Never store the machine or fuel contain er where there is an open flame. spark or pilot light such as a water heater or on other appliances. ° Never fill containers insidea vehicle. on a truck or trailer bed with a plastic liner.

Always place containers on the ground

TO REMOVE MOWER FROM CARTON

• Remove all loose parts from carton.

• Remove lawn mower housing with care. Avoid touching blade under housing. Always wear gloves or other protection when working under or lifting mower.

THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE YOU ASSEMBLE OR OPERATE YOUR LAWN MOWER

Do I have a side or rear discharge tawn mower?

Look for the grass discharge opening on your mower.

If the opening is on the right side of the mower housing. it is a side discharge mower.

If the opening is at the back of the mower housing. it is a rear dis charge mower. Only rear discharge lawn mowers have a grass catcher included with the mower. Approved grass catchers for side discharge mowers may be purchased from your nearest authorized dealer.

DO I have a mulching lawn mower?

Look for the grass discharge opening on your mower.

Raise the discharge guard (rear door on rear discharge mowers).

If the opening is closed off by a plate. then your lawn mower is mulcher ready. To convert to a discharging mower. see the Operation section of this manual.

What is the right and left side of the lawn mower?

When right hand (RH) or left hand (LH) is mentioned inthis manual. it means when you are in the operating position(standing behind the handle).

What kind of engine is on my lawn mower?

When teaming how to operateyour new fawn mower. you will need to know what kind of engine powers the mower. A decal on the engine will indicate the manu facturer and type or brand name of the engine.

BRIGGS & STRATTON ENGINES

LEFT HAND SIDE

FRONT

BACK or REAR (Operating Position)

[BRIGGS&STRATTON]

QUAnTum.

RIGHT TECUMSEH HONDA HAND SIDE ENGINES

HON:I)

TB;UMSBII

CAUTION: Do not operate this lawn mower without the discharge guard or an entire approved grass catcher in place.

These guards are for your protection and are required by the American National Standards Institute and Consumer Prod ucts Safety Commission.

CAUTION: Disconnect spark plug wire from spark plug and place wire where it cannot come in contact with plug.

HOW TO SET UP YOUR LAWN MOWER

UNFOLD HANDLE IMPORTANT: Unfoldhandle carefully so as not to pinch ordamage controlcables.

2 POSITION / "ADJUSTABLE" HANDLES

• Raise handles until lower handle section locks into place in operating position.

Operator MOWING POSITION control bar

Upper UP handle

Handle knob

Lower handle

3 POSITION "EZ" HANDLES

• Raise lower handle section to operating position and align hole in handle with one of three height positioning holes.

• Insert handle bolt through handle and bracket and secure with knob.

• Repeat for oppositeside of handle.

Knob "*'Bolt

Handle

ALL HANDLES

+ Raise upper handle section into place on lower handle. remove protective padding and tighten both handle knobs.

Remove handle padding holding opera tor presence control bar to upper handle.

Your Fawnmower handle can be ad justed for your mowing comfort. Refer to "ADJUST HANDLE" in the Service and Adjustments section of this manual.

NOTE: For shipping purposes. the rear wheels on your lawn mower may not be adjusted to the same position as the front wheels.

Before operating mower adjust all wheels to the same cutting height.

INSTALL REAR WHEELS (HIGH WHEEL MOWERS ONLY) Some high wheel models require washers whichwiUbeprovided ina parts bag. Ifprovid ed. install washers on the axle first as shown.

• Install one (1) rear wheel on the axle of rear wheel adjuster.

• Install 3/8-16 Iocknut and tighten securely.

• Repeat procedure for other rear wheel.

Axle

3 POSITION "QUICK" HANDLES Raise lower handle section to operating position and squeeze the bottom ends of lower handle towards each other until the pin in handle can be insertedinto one of the three height adjustment holes.

Handle pin

Handle

Flanged Iocknut assembly

ASSEMBLE GRASS CATCHER (REAR DISCHARGE MOWERS ONLY) IMPORTANT: If your model lawn mower is mulcher ready. the mulcher plate or plug must be removed before using mower as a bagger. To convert mower to bagging or discharging. see the Operation section in this manual.

Look at the different grass catcher illustra tions that follow. Determine which type of grass catcher you have and follow the appropriate instructions.

"FABRIC TOP" GRASS CATCHERS TO ASSEMBLE AND ATI'ACH GRASS CATCHER Put grass catcher frame into grass bag with rigid part of bag on the bottom.

• Slip vinyl bindings over frame.

NOTE: If vinyl bindings are too stiff. hold them in warm water for a few minutes.

If bag gets wet. let it dry before using.

Lift the rear door on the mower housing.

+ For HINGE BRACKET mounted catcher. place the grass catcher frame onto the formed tabs on the rear door hinge bracket. For HANDLE BRACKET mounted catcher. place frame side hooks into slots in handle brackets.

+ For DOOR PIVOT PIN mounted catcher. place the grass catcher frame hooks onto the door pivot pins. For DOOR SLOT mounted catcher. place the grass catcher frame hooks into the slots of the rear door.

NOTE: The grass catcher is secured to the lawn mower housing when the rear door is lowered onto the grass catcher frame.

Vinyl Frame bindings opening

HINGE BRACKET MOUNTED

"_---"-.

Rear door

G ras8 catcher frame

Formed tabs

HANDLE BRACKET MOUNTED

Handle bracket Rear Grass catcher handle

Catcher frame side hook

DOOR PIVOT PIN MOUNTED

Pivot pins Rear Grass catcher handle

_. AUTION: Under normal usage. the catcher materia is subject to deterioration and wear and should. therefore. be checked frequently for replacement.

Any replacement catcher should be checked to ensure compliance with original manufac turer's specifications.

CAUTION Do not run lawn mower without the discharge guard (rear door). approved grass catcher. clipping deflector or mulcher plate in place.

Never attempt to operate mower with the discharge guard (rear door) removed or propped open.

Catcher frame hook

DOOR SLOT MOUNTED Rear door slots Grass catcher handle

Catcher framehook

SPARK PLUG BOOT On some models a spark plug boot is packed loose in the parts bag.

If your model has the boot. install on spark plug wire and reconnect spark plug wire to spark plug.

Spark plug

TO PREPARE BATTERY (ELECTRIC START MODELS ONLY) NOTE: Your battery must be charged before you can start your lawn mower.

UNITS WITH HANDLE-MOUNTED KEY SWITCH: Connect battery charger connector (male) to harness connector (female).

UNITS WITH DECK-MOUNTED BATTERY:

• Disconnect engine connector (male) from battery connector (femaJe).

+ Connect battery charger connector (male) to battery connector (female).

ALL UNITS: Plug battery charger into 110 volt A.C. outlet.

• Leave battery charger connected for 24 hours before starting your engine for the first time.

UNITS WITH HANDLE-MOUNTED KEY SWITCH:

• After charging. disconnectharness connector (female) from battery charger connector (male).

Connect your battery charger to charge battery after each use.

IMPORTANT: The engine will not recharge your battery.

UNITS WITH DECK-MOUNTED BATTERY: ° After charging. connect engine connector (male) to battery connector (female).

Your engine has an integral alternator for partial charging.

Connect your battery charger to charge battery as required.

IMPORTANT: The engine alternator will not charge a discharged battery.

ALL UNITS: At the end of the mewing season the battery should be charged for 48 hours to protect the battery during winter storage.

CAUTION: Always disconnect the engine connector from the battery con nector to prevent accidental starting when transporting or storing your lawn mower after the season.

HANDLE-MOUNTED KEY SWITCH

Engine Harness connector ale)

Charger connector (male)

DECK-MOUNTED BATTERY

BaRerychaG

Charger Harness connector (female)

Battery box

Engine connector (male)

The operation of any lawn mower can result in foreign objects thrown into the eyes. which can result in severe eye damage. Always wear safety glasses or eye shields while operating your lawn mower or performing any adjustments or repairs. We recommend standard safety gtasses or a wide vision safety mask worn over spectacles.

HOW TO USE YOUR LAWN MOWER ENGINESPEEDCONTROL

MODELS WITH REMOTE THROTTLE Engine speed is controlled by the throttle control located on the upper handle.

+ Move lever forward to FAST engine speed for starting and better bagging.

Move lever backward for SLOW engine speed.

Some models have engines equipped with a choke feature.

Move the lever all the way forward to the CHOKE position when starting a cold engine.

SLOW FAST

It CHOKE

MODELS WITH FIXED SPEED ENGINES Engine speed was set at the factory for optimum performance.

Engine speed is not adjustable.

TO ADJUST CUTTING HEIGHT Adjust cutting height to suit your require ments. Medium position is best for most lawns. Raise wheels for low cut and lower wheels for high cut.

MODELS WITH MANUALADJUST BOLT-ON WHEELS ° Remove wheel. bolt. and hardware and reassemble in desired adjustment hole.

• Reinstall wheel components inthe same order as they were before removal.

Tighten securely.

• Make sure all wheels are atsame height.

Flat washer

Bolt

3/8-16 Spacer Locknut

MODELS WiTH "QUICK ADJUST" WHEEL HEIGHT ADJUSTERS NOTE: For shipping purposes. the rear wheels on your lawn mower may not be adjusted to the same position as the front wheels. Before operating mower adjust all wheels to the same cutting height.

• Raise wheels for low cut and lower wheels for high cut.

• Adjust cutting height to suit your require ments. Medium position is best for most lawns.

• To changecutting height. queeze adjuster lever toward wheel.

Move wheel up or down to suit your requirements.

Be sure all wheels are in the same setting.

NOTE: Adjuster is properly positioned when plate tab inserts into hole in lever. Also. 9 position adjusters (if so equipped) allow fever to be positioned between the plate tabs.

LEVERBACKWARD Platetab TO LOWERMOWER

LEVERFORWARDTO RAISEMOWER Lever

FOR MULCHING MOWERS ONLY Most mulchingmowers are shipped ready to be used as a mulcher. "REAR DISCHARGE ONLY" MOWERS Some models have a seperate mulcher plug. other models have the mulcher plug built intothe rear door. To convert to bag ging or discharging. the plate or plug (if so equipped) must be removed from the discharge opening of the lawn mower.

• Open rear door and remove mulcher plate or plug (if so equipped).

Store mulcher plate or plug in a safe place.

• You can now installgrass catcher or optional clipping deflector accessory.

• To return to mulching operation. install mulcher plate or plug into discharge opening of mower.

ILCAUTION: Do not run your lawn mower without mulcher plate!plug in place or ap proved clipping deflector or grass catcher in place.

Never attempt to operate the lawn mower with the rear door removed or prepped open.

MULGHER "PLATE"

Slots

MULCHER "PLUG"

Mulcher plate tabs

MULCHER PLUG BUILT iNTO REAR DOOR

"SIDE DISCHARGE ONLY" MOWERS MULCHER PLATE TYPE To convertto bagging or discharging. mutcher plate must be removed from un derside of lawn mower.

• Removethe four (4) screws and lock nuts securing the mulcher plate to the mower.

• Store mulcher plate and hardware in a safe place.

• Mower can now be used for side discharging or optional grass catcher accessory can be attached.

• To return to mulching operation. simply reinstall mulcher plate and tighten hard ware securely.

Screw and

Mulcher plate

Mulcher plug

MULCHER PLUG TYPE "A" To convert to mulching operation. mulcher plug must be installed into discharge open ing of mower.

• Open discharge guard.

• Insert tab of mulch plug into housing opening.

• Align hooks of mulch plug over hinge rod of discharge guard. Push mulch plug down until mulch plug is seated in hous ing opening.

• LCAUTION: Do not run your lawn mower without discharge guard. approved grass catcher or mulcher plug in place.

MOWER IS NOW READY FOR MULCHING OPERATION

Discharge

Hooks

Muicher plug

MULCHER PLUG TYPE "B" To convert to bagging or discharging:

• Lift discharge guard and remove mu{cher plug.

• Mower can now be used for side dis charging or optional grass catcher can be attached.

• To return to mulching operation. simply reinstall muicher plug as shown. making sure tab is seated properly.

CAUTION Do not run your lawn mower without discharge guard. approved grass catcher or mulcher plug in place.

Lift dischal guard

"COMBI-CUT" MOWERS 'four lawn mower was shipped ready to be used as a mulcher. To convert to bagging or discharging: REAR BAGGING

• Open rear door and remove mulcher plate.

Store mulcher plate in a safe place.

• You can now install grass catcher.

• To convert to mulching or discharging operation. install mulcher plug into rear discharge opening of mower. making sure all tabs are seated properly.

Tab I0

Mutcher platetabs SIDE DISCHARGING

• Mulcher plate must be installed into rear discharge opening of mower (see above instructions).

• Open mulcher door and {nstalldischarge deflector under door as shown. ° Mower is now ready for discharging operation. ° To convert to mulching or bagging operation. discharge deflector must be removed and mulcher door must be closed.

Open mulcherdoor

Discharge deflector

GRASS CATCHER (REAR BAGGING MODELS ONLY) TO EMPTY GRASS CATCHER

• Simply open rear door and lift grass catcher up and away from mower.

NOTE: Do not drag the bag when emptying.

It will cause unnecessary wear. _(CAUTION: Under normal usage. the catcher material is subject to deterioration and wear and should. therefore. be checked frequently for replacement.

Any replacement catcher should be checked to ensure compliance with original manufacturer's specifications.

CAUTION: Do not run lawn mower without the rear door. approved grass catcher or clipping deflector in place.

Never attemptto operate mower with the rear door removed or propped open.

SIMPLE STEPS TO REMEMBER WHEN CONVERTING YOUR "COMBI-CUT" LAWN MOWER

FOR MULCHING

+ Rear mulcher plate installed and rear door closed.

+ Mulcher door closed.

FOR REAR BAGGING

Rear mulcher plate removed.

Grass catcher installed.

• Mulcher door Closed.

FOR SIDE DISCHARGING

+ Rear mulcher plate installedand rear door closed. ° Discharge deflector installed.

OPERATOR PRESENCE CONTROL BAR Your lawn mower is equipped with an op erator presence control bar which requires the operator to be positionedbehind the lawn mower handle inorder to start and erate the fawn mower.

CAUTION: Federal regulations require an engine controlto be installedon this lawn mower in order to minimize the risk of blade contact injury.Do not under any circumstances attempt to defeat the function of the operator control. The blade turnswhen the engine is running.

BEFORE STARTING ENGINE Read the engine manuapacked withyour mower.

FILL ENGINE WITH OIL Your lawn mower is shipped without oil in the engine.

+ Be sure mower is Ievel and area around oil fill is clean.

• Remove engine oiJfiller pfug (oil fill cap/ dipstick on models so equipped).

• Slowly add oil. For type and grade of oil to use. see "ENGINE" inthe Mainte nance section of this manual.

Fill to the top of slot in filler hole (to "FULL" line on dipstick on models so equipped).

Do not overfill.

+ Replace plug (oil fill captdipstick on models so equipped) and tighten.

+ Check oil level before each use. Add oil as needed.

• To change oil. see Maintenance section of this manual.

FILL GASOLINE TANK + Fill gasoline tank with fresh. clean. un leaded gasoline.

DO NOT USE PRE MIUM GASOLINE.

BE CAREFUL NOT TO OVERFILL TANK.

WARNING" Alcohol blended fuels (called gasohot or using ethanol or methanol) can attract moisture which leads to separation and formation of acids during storage.

Acidic gas can damage the fuel system of an engine while in storage. To avoid engine problems. the fuel system should be emptied before storage of 30 days or longer.

Drain the fuel tank. start the engine and let it run until fuel lines and carburetor are empty. Use fresh fuel next season.

See Storage Instructions for additional information. Never use engine or carburetor cleaner products in fuel tank or permanent damage may occur.

TO START ENGINE t=CAUTION: The mower blade rotates whenever the engine is running.

• Move engine speed control to FAST position (or to CHOKE/START position on models equipped with choke feature). ° If your mower has a primer. to start a cold engine. push primeras many times as instructed in the engine manual packed with your mower. Use a firm push. This step is not usually necessary when starting an engine which has already run for a few minutes. ° Hold operator presence control bar down against handle.

MODELS WITH RECOIL STARTER

• Put! starter handle quickly. Do not allow starter rope to snap back.

MODELS WiTH ELECTRIC STARTER

• Push the engine start button (or turn the key on models so equipped).

IMPORTANT: Do not crank engine more than five continous seconds each time you try to start. Wait 5 to 10 seconds between each attempt.

ALL MODELS

• For engines equipped with choke. slowly move engine speed control lever to FAST after engine starts.

TO STOP ENGINE

• To STOP engine. release operator pres ence control bar.

NOTE: For engines with a primer. it may be necessary to repeat priming steps in cooler weather.

In warmer weather. overpriming may cause flooding and engine will not start. If you do flood engine. wait a few minutes before attempting to start and DO NOT repeat primingsteps.

Recoil starter handle

MOWING TIPS CAUTION: Do not use de-thatcher blade attachments on your mower. Such attachments are hazardous. will damage your mower and could void your warranty. ° For most cutting conditions and better bagging performance. the engine speed should be set in the FAST position.

• Under certain conditions. such as when mowing very tall grass. raise the mower height on the first cut to reduce pushing effort. to avoid overheating the engine. and to avoid leaving clumps of grass clippings.

Make the second cut to the desired height.

• For extremely heavy cutting. reduce the width of out. For side discharge lawn mowers. cut in a counterclockwise direction. starting at the outside of the area to be cut. in order to spread grass clippingsmore evenly and to put less load on the engine. To keep clippingsoff of walk"ways. flower beds. etc. make the first cuts in a clock wise direction.

• When using a rear discharge lawn mower in moist. heavy grass. clumps of cut grass may not enter the grass catcher.

Reduce ground speed (pushing speed) and/or run the lawn mower over the area a second time.

• If a trail of grass clipping is lefton the right side of a rear discharge lawn mow er. mow in a clockwise direction with a small overlap to collect the clippings on the next pass. Pores in cloth grass catchers can be come filled with dirt and dust with use and the catcher will coltect less grass.

To prevent this. regularly hose catcher off with water and let dry before use.

FOR MULCHING MOWERS ONLY MULCHING MOWING TIPS IMPORTANT: For best performance. keep mower housing free of built-up grass and trash. See "CLEANING" in the Mainte nance section of this manual.

• The special mulching blade will recut the grass clippings many times and reduce them in size so that as they falt onto the lawn they wilt disperse into the grass and not be noticed. Also. the mulched grass will biodegrade quickly to provide nutrients for the lawn. Always mulch with your highestengine (blade) speed as this will provide the best recutting action of the blades.

Avoid cutting your lawn when it iswet.

Wet grass tends to form clumps and interferes with the mulching action. The best time to mow your lawn is the early afternoon. At this time the grass has dried. yet the newly cut area will not be exposed to direct sunlight.

For best results. adjust the lawn mower cutting height so that the lawn mower cuts off only the top one-third of the grass blades. If the lawn is overgrown it will be necessary to raise the height of cut to reduce pushing effort and to keep from overloading the engine and leaving clumps of mulched grass. For extremely heavy grass. reduce your width of cut by overlapping previously cut path and mow slowly.

• Certain types of grass and grass conditions may require that an area be mulched a second time to completely hide the clippings. When doing a second cut. mow across (perpendicular) to the first cut path.

• Change your cutting pattern from week to week. Mow north to south one week then change to east to west the next week. This will help prevent matting and graining of the lawn.

MAINTENANCE SCHEDULE iiii Check for Loose Fasteners

C!. an/ Inspect Grass Catcher * Check Tires

Check Drive Wheels "*

Clean Lawn Mower

M) Ctean under Drive Cover Check Drive Belt / Pulleys

Check / Sharpen / Replace Blade Ibrication

C'iean and"Reeharge Balte

Check Engine Oit level E Change Engine Oil

O!ean Air Filter Inspect Muffler

Replace Spark Plug. .

Replace Air Filter Paper Cartridge E.. tyfuel system or add Stabilizer

BEFOREAFrR EVE.Y EACH USE US£ HOURS

II III v'

EVERY 25 HOURS OR SEASON

V'3 V'

EVERY BEFORE STORAGE HOURS iii v' v"

+ [if so equipped)

Electric-Start mowers

Power-Propelled mowers

+*** Use a scraper to clean under deck

1 - Change mere efIen if operating under a heavy load or in high outdoor temperatures.

2 - Service mere often if operating in dirty or dusty conditions.

3 - Replace blades more often when mowing in sandy soi!.

4 - Charge 48 hours at end of seasen.

5 - And after each 5 hours of use.

GENERAL RECOMMENDATIONS The warranty on this lawn mower does not cover items that have been subjected to op erator abuse or negligence.

To receive full value from the warranty. operator must main tain mower as instructed in this manual.

Some adjustments will need to be made periodically to properly maintain your unit.

All adjustments in the Service and Adjust ments section of this manual should be checked at least once each season.

• Once a year. replace the spark plug. clean or replace air filter element. and check blade for wear. A new spark plug and clean/new air filter element assures proper air-fuel mixture and helps your engine run better and last longer.

• Follow the Maintenance Schedule in this manual

BEFORE EACH USE

Check engine oit Ievet. Check for loose fasteners.

LUBRICATION

Keep unit well lubricated (See "LUBRICATION CHART").

IMPORTANT: Do not oil or grease plastic wheel bearings. Viscous lubricants will

LUBRICATION CHART

Wheel adjuster (on each wheel)

Side dis

Rear dis charge mower rear door

Handle bracket mounting pins

C) Spray lubricant

+ See "ENGINE" in Maintenance section.

Powdered graphite type lubricant sparingly.

LAWN MOWER Always observe safety rules when perform ing any maintenance.

TIRES Keep tires free of gasoline. oil. or insect control chemicals which can harm rubber.

• Avoid stumps. stones. deep ruts. sharp objects and other hazards that may cause tire damage.

BLADE CARE For best results. mower blade must be kept sharp.

Replace a bent or damaged blade.

CAUTION: Use only a replacement blade approved by the manufacturer of your mower. Using a blade not approved by the manufacturer of your mower is hazardous. could damage your mower and void your warranty.

TO REMOVE BLADE 1. Disconnect spark plug wire from spark plug and place wire where it cannot come in contact with plug.

2. Turn lawn mower on its side. Make sure air filter and carburetor are up.

3. Use a wood block between blade and mower housing to prevent blade from turning when removing blade bolt.

NOTE: Protect your hands with gloves and/or wrap blade with heavy cloth.

Remove blade bolt by turning counter clockwise.

5. Remove blade and attaching hard ware (belt. lock washer and hardened washer).

NOTE: Remove the blade adapter and check the key inside hub of blade adapter.

The key must be in good condition to work properly. Replace adapter if damaged.

TO REPLACE BLADE 1. Position the blade adapter on the en gine crankshaft. Be sure key in adapter and crankshaft keyway are aligned.

2. Position blade on the blade adapter aligning the two (2) holes In the blade with the raised lugs on the adapter.

3. Be sure the trailing edge of blade (op posite sharp edge) is up toward the engine.

4. Install the blade bolt with the lock wash er and hardened washer into blade adapter and crankshaft.

5. Use block of wood between blade and lawn mower housing and tighten the blade bolt. turning clockwise. ° The recommended tightening torque is 35-40 ft. Ibs.

IMPORTANT: Blade bolt is heat treated.

If bolt needs replacing. replace only with approved bolt shown in the Repair Parts

Bladeadapter Key

Lockwasher

Crankshaft

Crankshaft

TO SHARPEN BLADE NOTE: We do not recommend sharpening blade - but if you do. be sure the blade is balanced. An unbalanced blade willcause eventual damage to lawn mower or engine.

• The blade can be sharpened with a file or on a grinding wheel. Do not attempt to sharpen while on the mower.

+ To check blade balance. drive a nail into a beam or wall. Leave about one inch of the straight nail exposed. Place center hole of blade over the head of the nail.

If blade is balanced. it should remain in a horizontal position. If either end of the blade moves downward. sharpen the heavy end until the blade is balanced.

ENGINE Read the maintenance section of your engine manual.

LUBRICATION Change the oil after the first two hours of operation and every 25 hours thereafter or at least once a year if the lawn mower is not used for 25 hours in one year. Refer to engine manual.

TO CHANGE ENGINE OIL (SEE ENGINE MANUAL)

• Be sure lawn mower is on level surface.

Oil will drain more freely when warm.

Catch oil in a suitable container. ° For engines without dipstick. remove bottom oil drain plug.

For engines with oil fill ¢aptdipstick. remove bottom drain plug or remove en gine oil cap and turn mower on its side.

After oil has drained completely. replace oil drain plug and tighten securely.

Refill engine with oil. Pour slowly. Do not overfill.

Fill to top of slot inside of filler hole or to "FULU' line on dipstick on models so equipped. Keep oil at proper level.

AIR FILTER Your engine will not run properly and may be damaged by using a dirty air filter.

Clean the element after every 25 hours of operation or every season. Replace the air filter every 100 hours of operation or every season. whichever occurs first. Service air cleaner more often under dusty conditions.

See the maintenance section of your engine manual.

MUFFLER Inspect and replace corroded muffler as it could create a fire hazard and/or damage.

SPARK PLUG Replace spark plug at the beginning of each mowing season or after every 100 hours of operation. whichever occurs first.

Set spark plug gap according to engine manual specifications.

CLEANING IMPORTANT: For best performance. keep mower housing free of grass build-up and

CAUTION: Before performing any service or adjustments:

• Release operator presence control bar.

• Make sure the blade and all moving parts have completely stopped.

• Disconnect spark plug wire from spark plug and place wire where it cannot come in contact with plug.

LAWN MOWER TO ADJUST CUTTING HEIGHT See "TO ADJUST CU'I-I'ING HEIGHT" in the Operation section of thismanual.

TO ADJUST HANDLE 2 POSITION HANDLES The handle can be mounted ina high or low position. The mounting holes in the bottom of lower handle are off center for raising or lowering the handle.

• Remove upper handle and all parts at tached to lower handle. Remove hairpin cotters from lower handle bracket mounting pin.

• Squeeze lower handle in to remove it from mounting pins.

• Turn lower handle over to raise or lower handle. Squeeze lower handle in and position holes onto mounting pins on handle bracket.

• Reassemble hairpin cotters onto mount ing pins. ° Reassemble upper handle and all parts removed from lower handle.

Mowing r'-3 Mowing _-<= position position

Mounting_2U2 pin LOWPOSITION HIGHPOSITION

TURNLOWER HANDLEOVER TOADJUSTHEIGHT

POSITION "EZ" The handle on your lawn mower has three (3) height positions - adjust to height that suits you. Remove knob and carriage bolt on one side of the lower handle. While holding handle assembly. remove knob and carriage bolt from opposite side. align hole in handle with desired hole in handle bracket and reassemble bolt and knob and tighten securely.

• Align opposite side of handle with same positioning hole and secure with bolt and knob.

Bolt

Knob

3 POSITION "QUICK" The handle on your lawn mower has three (3) height positions - adjust to height that Suits you. Squeeze the bottom ends of lower handle towards each other until the pin in handle can be inserted into one of the three height adjustment holes.

Medium Handle adjustment bracket

REAR DEFLECTOR (IF EQUIPPED) The rear deflector. attached between the rear wheels of your mower. is providedto minimizethe possibilitythat objectswill be thrown out of the rearof the mower into the operator mowing position. Ifthe deflector becomes damaged. it should be replaced.

ENGINE CARBURETOR The carburetorhas been preset at the fac tory and adjustmentshould not be neces sary. However. minor adjustment may be required to compensate for differences in fuel. temperature. altitude or load.

• The air filter must be assembled to the carburetor when running engine.

• Best carburetor adjustment is obtained when fuel tank is 1/4 full. In order for the engine to run. the opera tor presence control bar must be held in the operating position. Therefore. and assistant will be required to hold the control bar in the operatingposition when making final adjustment to the carburetor.

See the ADJUSTMENT section of your engine manual for further instructions.

ENGINE SPEED The engine speed has been factory set.

Do not attempt to increase engine speed as it may result in personal injury. If you believe the engine is running too fast or too slow. take your lawn mower to an authorized engine service center for repair and adjustment.

THROTTLE CONTROL Ifit becomes necessary to adjust or re place the throttle control. see the ADJUST MENT section of your engine manual.

Immediately prepare your lawn mower for storage at the end of the season or if the unit will not be used for 30 days or more.

CAUTION.

Never store the lawn mower with gasoline in the tank inside a building where fumes may reach an open flame or spark. Allow the engine to cool before storing in any enclosure.

LAWN MOWER

When lawn mower is to be stored for a pe riod of time. clean it thoroughly. remove all dirt. grease. leaves. etc. Store in a clean. dry area.

+ Clean entire lawn mower (See "CLEAN ING" in the Maintenance section of this manual).

+ Lubricate as shown in the Maintenance section of this manual.

Be sure that all nuts. bolts. screws. and pins are securely fastened.

Inspect moving parts for damage. breakage and wear.

Replace if necessary.

+ Touch up all rusted or chipped paint surfaces; sand lightly before painting.

HANDLE

Your handle may be folded for storage as shown.

• Squeeze the bottom ends of lower handle towards each other until handle clears the handle brackets and swing handles forward over mower.

• Loosen upper handle mounting hard ware enough to allow upper handle to be folded back.

IMPORTANT: When folding handles for storage or transportation. be sure to fold handles as shown or you may damage the control cables.

Operator MOWING POSITION control bar

FOLD

FORWARE Upper FOR handle STORAGE / s';

Handle knob

Lower handle

2 POSITION /"ADJUSTABLE" HANDLES When setting you handles up from the storage position. the lower handle will automatically lock into mowing position.

3 POSITION HANDLES When setting up your handle from the stor age position. the lower handle will require manually locking intothe mowing position.

3 POSITION "EZ"

Knob

Handle

3 POSITION "QUICK"

Handlepin SQt

Handle

ENGINE FUEL SYSTEM IMPORTANT: ftis importantto prevent gum depositsfromforming inessential fuelsystem parts such as carburetor. uel filter. fuel hose. ortank during storage. Alcohol blended fuels (called gasohol orusing ethanol or methanol) can attract moisture which leads to separa tion and formation of acids during storage.

Acidic gas can damage the fuel system of an engine while in storage.

• Drain the fuel tank.

• Start the engine and let it run until the fuel lines and carburetor are empty.

• Never use engine or carburetor cleaner productsinthe fuel tank or permanent damage may occur.

• Use fresh fuel next season.

NOTE: Fuel stabilizer is an acceptable al ternative in minimizing the formation of fuel gum deposits during storage. Add stabilizer to gasoline infuel tank or storage container.

Always follow the mix ratio found on stabilizer container. Run engine at least t0 minutes after adding stabilizer to allow the stabilizer

CYLINDER

• Remove spark plug.

• Pour one ounce (29 ml) of oil through spark plug hole into cylinder.

• Pull starter handle slowly to distribute oil.

• Replace with new spark plug.

BATTERY (IF EQUIPPED) Disconnect the battery from the engine connector and charge battery 48 hours OTHER

• Do not store gasoline from one season to another.

• Replace your gasoline can ifyour can starts to rust. Rust and/or dirt in your gasoline will cause problems. ° if possible. store your unit indoors and cover it to protect it from dust and dirt. ° Cover your unit with a suitable protective cover that does not retain moisture.

Do not use plastic. Plastic cannot breathe. which allows condensation to form and willcause your unit to rust.

IMPORTANT: Never cover mower while engine and exhaust areas are still warm. to reach thecarburetor.Do not drain the gas CAUTION: Never store the lawn mower tank and carburetor if using fuel stabilizer. with gasoline in the tank inside a building ENGINE OIL where fumes may reach an open flame Drain oil (with engine warm) and replace or spark. Allow the engine to cool before with clean oil. (See "ENGINE" in the Main storing in any enclosure. tenance section of this manual).

TROUBLESHOOTING See appropriate section in manual unless directed to an authorized Service Center.

PROBLEM CAUSE CORRECTION

Does not start 1. Dirty air filter.

2. Out of fuel.

3. Stale uel.

4. Water in fuel.

5. Spark plug wire is disconnected.

6+ Bad spark plug.

Loose blade or broken blade adapter.

8. Control bar in released position.

9. Control bar defective.

10.Fuel valve lever (if so equipped) in OFF position.

11.Weak battery (if equipped).

12+Disconnected battery connector (if equipped).

Clean/replace air filter.

Fill fuel tank.

Drain fuel tank and refill tank with fresh. clean gasoline.

Drain fuel tank and reffil tank with fresh. clean gasoline.

Connect wire to plug.

6. Replace spark plug.

7. Tighten blade bolt or replace blade adapter.

8. Depress control bar to handle.

9. Replace control bar.

10.Turn fuel valve lever to the ON position.

11+Charge battery.

12.Connect battery to engine.

TROUBLESHOOTING See appropriate section in manual unless directed to an authorized Service Center.

PROBLEM

Loss of power

Poor cut uneven

Excessive vibration

Starter rope hard to pull

Grass catcher not filling (If so equipped)

Hard to push

CAUSE

1. Rear of lawn mower housingor cutting blade dragging in heavy grass.

2. Cutting too much grass.

3. Dirty air filter.

4. Buildup of grass. leaves. and trash under mower.

5. Too much oil in engine.

6. Walking speed too fast.

I.

Worn. bent or loose blade.

Wheel heights uneven.

Buildup of grass. leaves and trash under mower.

Worn. bent or loose blade.

Bent engine crankshaft.

1. Engine flywheel brake is on when control bar is released.

2. Bent engine crankshaft.

3. Blade adapter broken.

4. Blade dragging in grass.

1. Cutting height too low.

2. Lift on blade worn off.

3. Catcher notventing air.

1. Grass istoo high or wheel height is too low.

Rear of lawn mower housing or cutting blade dragging in grass.

3. Grass catcher too full.

4. Handle height position not right for you.

CORRECTION

1. Raise cutting height.

2. Raise cutting height.

3. Clean/replace air filter.

4. Clean underside of mower housing.

5. Check oil level.

6. Cut at slower walking speed.

I.

Replace blade. Tfghten blade bolt.

2. Set all wheels at same height.

3. Clean underside of mower housing.

1. Replace blade. Tighten blade bolt.

2. Contact a qualified service center.

1. Depress control bar to upper handle before pulling starter rope.

2. Contact a qualified service center.

3. Replace blade adapter.

4. Move lawn mower to cut grass or to hard surface.

1. Raise cutting height.

2. Replace blade.

3. Clean grass catcher.

1. Raise cutting height.

2. Raise rear of lawn mower housing one (1) setting higher.

3. Empty grass catcher.

4. Adjust handle height to suit.



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