This Instruction Book contains information for several models. Read and keep this book for future reference. This book contains important information on SAFETY, ASSEMBLY, OPERATION, AND MAINTENANCE. PRODUCT INFORMATION The owner must be certain that all the product information is included with the unit. This information includes the INSTRUCTION BOOKS, the REPLACEMENT PARTS and the WARRANTIES.
MURRAY, INC. Two Year Limited Warranty Murray, Inc. warrants to the original purchaser that this unit shall be free from defects in ma- terial and workmanship under normal use and service for a period of Two (2) Years from the date of purchase; however, this warranty does not cover engines, accessories (such as...
OWNER’S INFORMATION This instruction book is written for a person with some mechanical ability. Like most service books, not all the steps are described. Steps on how to loosen or tighten fasteners are steps anyone can follow with some mechanical ability. Read and follow these instructions before you use the unit. Know your product: If you understand the unit and how the unit operates, you will get the best performance.
Safe Operation Practices for Walk-Behind Mowers. This cutting machine is capable of amputating hands and feet and throwing objects. Failure to ob- serve the following safety instructions could result in serious injury or death. I. General Operation 1. Read, understand, and follow all instruc- tions on the machine and in the manual(s).
DO NOT: Do not mow near drop-offs, ditches, or em- bankments. The operator could lose footing or balance. Do not mow excessively steep slopes. Do not mow on wet grass. Reduced footing could cause slipping. III. Children Tragic accidents can occur if the operator is not alert to the presence of children.
Every person who uses power equipment must learn the difference between proper and improper use, safe and unsafe mowing prac- tices. Read the next few pages carefully. They can help you learn. Too often the mow- er user is inexperienced, not properly in- structed, or has not read the Instruction Book and instructions on the unit before using it for the first time.
Many people are injured because they “forgot” and reached into the discharge chute. Always treat your lawn mower as if the blade is rotating. Never perform any service or try to make any adjustment,except carburetor, while the en- gine is running.
Use only original equipment or approved sub- stitutions as service parts. If you need profes- sional service, select a shop that is an Authorized Service Center for your brand of mower. If you plan to service the unit yourself, follow directions in the Instruction Book. As you mow, remember children and pets are sometimes attracted to the activity.
While mowing, if you hit a foreign object, stop the engine. Remove the spark plug wire. Care- fully and thoroughly inspect the mower for damage. Make necessary repairs before re- starting. If the unit starts to vibrate abnormally, stop the engine immediately and check for the cause.
BEFORE MOWING Be sure to dress correctly. Wear hard shoes, not sandals or tennis shoes. Examine the blade. A blade that is bent, cracked, or damaged must be replaced with a factory replacement blade. Fill the fuel tank outside. Clean off spilled fuel. Read and follow the Owner’s Manual, the instructions with the engine, and the instructions with any attachments.
UNPACKING INSTRUCTIONS The mower was fully assembled at the factory. When the mower was put in the carton, the handle was put in the storage position. To put the handle in the operating position, follow the steps below. Handle 1. Remove the mower from the carton. 2.
HOW TO ADJUST THE HANDLE HEIGHT The handle bracket has two assembly posi- tions. A HIGH and a LOW position (Figure 3). The HIGH position will raise the handle ap- proximately four inches. HIGH Ç Ç Ç Ç 1. Remove the knobs and bolts from the right and left handle brackets (Figure 4).
MODELS WITH OPTIONAL GRASS BAG HOW TO ASSEMBLE THE GRASS BAG 1. Slide the frame assembly into the ends of the support tube (Figure 7). 2. Make sure the handle is on the outside of the grass bag (Figure 8). 3.
MODELS WITH OPTIONAL GRASS BAG HOW TO MOUNT THE GRASS BAG 1. To mount the grass bag on the mower, raise the rear door. Hold the handle of the grass bag. Put the grass bag in the operating position (Figure 10). Lower the rear door.
HOW TO ATTACH THE SIDE MOUNTED DISCHARGE DEFLECTOR WARNING: To prevent the en- gine from starting, disconnect the wire from the spark plug. 1. Raise the mulcher cover (Figure 12). 2. Slide the two tabs on the side deflector un- der the pivot pin.
ELECTRIC START MODELS When the mower was shipped from the facto- ry, the battery was not fully charged. Before the first use, the battery must be charged for 16 hours. See “How To Charge The Battery” in the Maintenance section. HOW TO PREPARE THE ENGINE ENGINE DOES NOT CONTAIN OIL OR GASOLINE...
ENGINE STOP LEVER Release the engine stop lever and the engine and the blade will automatically stop. To run the engine, hold the engine stop lever in the Operating position (Figure 17). Before you start the engine, operate the en- gine stop lever several times.
HOW TO START ENGINE WARNING: The blade will rotate when the engine runs. IMPORTANT: Before you start the engine, operate the engine stop lever several times. Make sure the engine stop cable moves freely. NOTE: The engine design does not include a throttle control or an engine speed ad- justment.
ELECTRIC START MODELS HOW TO CHARGE THE BATTERY WARNING: The battery contains sulfuric acid which is harmful to the skin, eyes and clothing. If acid gets on the body or cloth- ing, wash with water. Do not at- tempt to open the battery. If the battery has a crack, replace the battery.
ENGINE MAINTENANCE Use the following maintenance section to keep your unit in good operating condition. All the maintenance information for the engine is in the “Engine Instruction Book”. Before you start the engine, read this book. WARNING: Before you make an inspection, adjustment (except carburetor), or repair, stop the engine and disconnect the wire...
HOW TO REMOVE THE DRIVE BELT WARNING: Before you remove the belt, disconnect the wire from the spark plug. 1. Remove the belt cover (Figure 24). 2. Loosen the belt tension bolt (Figure 25). 3. Remove the front of the drive belt from the transmission pulley.
HOW TO ADJUST THE DRIVE CABLE WARNING: Before you adjust the drive cable, release the engine stop lever and wait for the engine to stop. If the drive system does not engage and disen- gage correctly, check the handle for correct as- sembly.
BLADE SERVICE WARNING: Before you inspect the blade or the blade adapter, disconnect the wire to the spark plug. If the blade hits an object, stop the engine. Disconnect the wire to the spark plug. Check the unit for damage. Frequently check the blade for wear or dam- age such as cracks.
Screwdriver Ground CHECK THE LEVEL OF CUT Test the unit in a small area. If the height of cut is not level or if the cut grass is not discharged, the cause can be: (1) the blade is bent or dam- aged, (2) the blade is not sharp, (3) a worn blade, (4) or a broken blade adapter.
TROUBLE SHOOTING CHART The Engine will not start. 1. Move the throttle control lever to the FAST or START position. 2. Make sure the fuel tank is filled with clean gasoline. Do not use old gasoline. 3. On a cold engine, push the primer button (optional on some models) five times. 4.
Repair parts for the engine or the transmission are available from the manufacturer’s authorized service center found in the yellow pages of the telephone directory. See the individual engine or transmission warranties. MURRAY, INC. LAWN MOWER CENTRAL PARTS DISTRIBUTORS BILLIOU’S, INC.