Introduction THANK YOU for purchasing a Scotts product. Read this manual and your attachment manual thoroughly. Failure to do so could result in personal injury or equipment damage. This manual should be considered a permanent part of your machine and should remain with the machine when you sell it.
Product Identification Record Identification Numbers Scott’s Lawn Tractors S1642, S1742, and S2046 PIN (020001 - ) If you need to contact an Authorized Service Center for information on servicing, always provide the product model and serial number. You will need to locate the identification number for the machine and for the engine.
Assembly Identify Parts Operator’s Manual Safety Video C Bag of Hardware D Key Bag of Hardware: • 2 - M8x16 Bolts - Battery • 2 - M8x16 Nuts - Battery Connect and Check Battery CAUTION: Avoid injury! Prevent Battery Explosions: - Keep sparks, lighted matches, and open flame away from the top of battery.
Checking Tire Pressure CAUTION: Avoid injury! Explosive separation of a tire and rim parts can cause serious injury or death: - Do not attempt to mount a tire without the proper equipment and experience to perform the job. - Always maintain the correct tire pressure. Do not inflate the tires above the recommended pressure.
Safety Signs Safety-Alert Symbol Read and recognize safety information. Be alert to the potential for personal injury when you see this safety-alert symbol. On your machine safety labels, the words DANGER, WARNING, and CAUTION are used with this safety-alert symbol. DANGER identifies the most serious hazards. In this manual, the word CAUTION and this symbol call attention to safety messages.
MOWER WHEN ENGINE IS RUNNING THROWN OBJECTS BEFORE MOWING, CLEAR AREA OF OBJECTS THAT MAY BE THROWN BY BLADE DO NOT OPERATE MOWER WITHOUT DISCHARGE CHUTE OR ENTIRE GRASS CATCHER IN PLACE Picture Note: Located on Right-Hand side of deck DANGER ROTATING BLADE DO NOT PUT HANDS OR FEET UNDER OR INTO...
Controls Tractor Controls - Gear A - Throttle/Choke Control B - Foot Pedal - Brake/Clutch C - Reverse Implement Option Switch D - Attachment Lift Lever E - Locking Lever F - Transmission Shift Lever G - Park Brake H - PTO Drive Lever I - Ignition Switch CONTROLS Tractor Controls - Automatic...
Operating Machine Operate Safely • In addition to reading your Operator’s Manual, view your Mowing Safety Video. • Check brake action before you operate. Adjust or service brakes as necessary. • Inspect machine before you operate. Be sure hardware is tight. Repair or replace damaged, badly worn, or missing parts.
Avoid Tipping • DO NOT drive where machine could slip or tip. • Stay alert for holes and other hidden hazards in the terrain. • Keep away from drop-offs. • Slow down before you make a sharp turn or operate on a slope.
Picture Note: Model with capscrew adjuster used for illustration. 2. Loosen two cap screws (A) two turns. 3. Slide forward or rearward on mounting bracket to desired position. 4. Tighten cap screws or knobs. 5. Lower seat. Using Slide Adjuster (S2046) 1.
1. Gear units - Move transmission shift lever (A) to N (NEUTRAL) position. Automatic units - If equipped with shift lever, move shift lever to N (NEUTRAL) position. If equipped with foot pedal controls, do not depress either pedal. 2. Lock the park brake (B). 3.
Stopping Engine 1. Push down on foot pedal (A). 2. Gear units - Move transmission shift lever (B) to N (NEUTRAL) position. Automatic units - If equipped with shift lever, move shift lever to N (NEUTRAL) position. If equipped with foot pedal controls, release either pedal and unit will automatically return to neutral.
CAUTION: Avoid injury! • Before moving forward or rearward, make sure area is clear of bystanders, especially children. • Disengage mower or attachment before backing up. To Travel Forward: 1. Units with Shift Lever (A) - Move transmission shift lever (A) to the right and forward. The speed of the tractor is determined by how far forward the shift lever is moved.
ENGAGE CRUISE CONTROL: 1. Start with the cruise control lever (A) in the OFF position. 2. Move cruise control lever forward, at the” tractor will begin to move forward. 3. Continue to move cruise control lever forward toward the “ ”...
Pushing Machine IMPORTANT: Avoid damage! Avoid transmission damage, DO NOT tow machine. To move machine when engine is STOPPED: • Unlock the park brake (A). • GEAR MODEL: Put transmission shift lever (B) in N (Neutral). • AUTOMATIC MODEL: Pull out on free-wheeling lever (C).
Test 2 1. Operator on seat. 2. Lock the park brake. 3. Push PTO lever (A) forward to ENGAGE. 4. Try to start engine. 5. Engine MUST NOT start. If engine starts, there is a problem with your safety interlock circuit. (See your Authorized Service Center.) Test 3 1.
3. Pull PTO lever (A) back to DISENGAGE. 4. Start engine and move throttle lever (B) to FAST ( speed position. 5. Raise up off of seat. DO NOT get off tractor. 6. Engine MUST remain running. If engine does stop, there is a problem with your safety interlock circuit.
2. Push PTO lever (A) forward to ENGAGE. 3. Look behind the vehicle to be sure there are no bystanders. 4. Begin REVERSE travel by moving the drive lever or reverse pedal for Automatic Model or gear shift lever for Gear Model to R (REVERSE) position.
Operating Mower Operate Mower Safely • In addition to reading your Operator’s Manual, view your Mowing Safety Video. Check Ground Conditions • Clear mowing area of objects that might be thrown. Keep people and pets out of mowing area. • Study mowing area. Set up safe mowing pattern. Do not mow under conditions where traction or stability is doubtful.
4. Adjust gage wheels to match cut height desired. (See Adjusting Mower Gage Wheels below.) Adjusting Mower Gage Wheels CAUTION: Avoid injury! Before you adjust gage wheels: STOP engine, remove key, and wait for blades to STOP. IMPORTANT: Avoid damage! Mower gage wheels must not ride on ground to support mower weight.
7. Loosen top clamping nut (C) facing inside of mower, on left hand side J-bolt (B), approximately one turn. 8. Loosen upper adjusting nut (D). 9. Raise or lower left side of deck. • To raise: Turn lower adjusting nut (E) towards rear of tractor.
2. Move throttle lever (A) to the FAST ( 3. Lower mower to cutting height. 4. Push PTO drive lever (B) forward to ENGAGE mower blades. NOTE: The engine and mower will stop as the drive lever is moved rearward (Automatic Model) or the gear shift lever is moved to the R (REVERSE) position (Gear Model) with mower engaged.
To set-up and operate the 42” deck for side discharge operation the factory installed mulch cover (A) must be removed. 1. Remove mulch cover: • Lift plastic discharge chute. • Grasp corner of steel chute, pull outward to unlock and pivot up. •...
(A) must be removed. 1. Remove mulch cover: • Lift plastic discharge chute. • Grasp corner of steel chute, pull outward to unlock and pivot up. • Unhook both rubber hooks (B) and remove mulch cover. 2. Store mulch cover in a well protected area and have it readily available for when you want to use deck as a standard mulching deck.
These are the numbers that you have recorded on the inside front cover of this manual. Touch-up paint is available in 340 grams (12 oz.) aerosol cans. Scotts Orange (part number: TY24745) and Scotts Grey (part number: TY 24747) Parts for S1642 Tractor...
Parts for 42-Inch Mower Deck Item Part Number Blades: Standard M139802 or M139803 Bagger M139803 Mulch M139802 Mower Drive Belts M124895 Leveling Gauge TY15272 Parts for 46-Inch Mower Deck Item Part Number Blades: Standard M127466 Bagger Mulch M119232 Mower Drive Belts GX10176 Leveling Gauge TY15272...
Service Machine Safely Practice Safe Maintenance • Understand service procedure before doing work. Keep area clean and dry. • Never lubricate, service, or adjust machine while it is moving. Keep safety devices in place and in working condition. Keep hardware tight. •...
Service Interval Chart Service Intervals Please use the following timetables to perform routine maintenance on your machine. Service procedures included in this manual but not on this chart are to be performed on an as needed basis. Before Each Use After First 2 Hours After First 5 Hours Every 8 Hours...
Service Engine Engine Warranty Maintenance Statement Maintenance, repair, or replacement of the emission control devices and systems on this engine, which are being done at the customers expense, may be performed by any non- road engine repair establishment or individual. Warranty repairs must be performed by an authorized John Deere dealer.
1. Park tractor on a level surface. STOP engine. Let engine cool. 2. Lift hood. 3. Clean area around dipstick to prevent debris from falling into crankcase. 4. Remove dipstick (A). Wipe with clean cloth. 5. Install dipstick: • S1642 - Install dipstick in tube, but DO NOT tigthen it. Let dipstick threads rest on top of tube, turn cap counterclockwise until it “clicks”...
cloth. 8. Lightly oil filter gasket with fresh, clean oil. 9. Install replacement oil filter. Turn oil filter to the right (clockwise) until rubber gasket contacts filter adapter. Tighten filter an additional one-half turn. 10.Remove dipstick (B) and refill with new oil of recommended grade.
IMPORTANT: Avoid damage! A damaged paper element (C) can allow dirt into the carburetor and can cause poor engine performance, engine damage or failure: • DO NOT attempt to clean paper element by tapping against another object. • Replace element ONLY if very dirty. •...
onto precleaner. Squeeze precleaner to distribute oil evenly. Squeeze out excess oil with a clean cloth. IMPORTANT: Avoid damage! A damaged cartridge (D) can allow dirt into the carburetor and can cause poor engine performance, engine damage or failure: • DO NOT attempt to clean cartridge by tapping against another object.
NOTE: Change filter when fuel is low in fuel tank. 1. Park tractor on a level surface. 2. STOP engine. LOCK park brake. Remove key. Let engine COOL. 3. Lift hood. 4. Using pliers, slide hose clamps (A) away from fuel filter (B).
SERVICE STEERING AND BRAKES Service Steering and Brakes Grease 50°C 122°F 40°C 104°F 30°C 86°F 20°C 68°F 10°C 50°F 0°C 32°F - 10°C 14°F - 20°C - 4°F - 30°C - 22°F - 40°C - 40°F - 55°C - 67°F Use grease based on the expected air temperature range during the service interval.
SERVICE STEERING AND BRAKES • Brake disc (A) is contacting the case (B), AND/OR • Brake lever (C) is contacting its mounting bracket (D), top or bottom. If so, REPLACE friction pucks and brake disc BEFORE making adjustment. (See you Authorized Service Center.) 3.
SERVICE STEERING AND BRAKES 4. If distance is less than or equal to 2 mm (0.08 in): • Gradually adjust jam nuts (D) until specified measurement is obtained. • Depress brake pedal and LOCK park brake. • Measure the distance between edge of compression spring bracket and front edge of brake rod stop tabs.
Service Mower Avoid Injury From Contacting Blades CAUTION: Avoid injury! Before you unplug, adjust or service mower: - DISENGAGE PTO switch to stop mower blades. - Wait for mower blades to STOP. - LOCK the park brake. - STOP the engine. - Remove the key.
IMPORTANT: Avoid damage! Spindle brake engagement must be checked every time the mower belt tension is adjusted or belt damage may occur. 1. Park tractor on a hard, level surface. 2. Stop the engine, remove key, wait for moving parts to stop.
IMPORTANT: Avoid damage! ALL brakes MUST be adjusted. There are TWO spindle brakes on the 38 and 42-Inch decks, and THREE spindle brakes on the 46-Inch deck. 7. Measure distance from brake surface (A) to pulley braking surface (B). Brake to Pulley Distance should be: 2 – 3 mm (0.08 –...
INSTALLING MOWER BLADES 1. Lightly lubricate cap screw threads with a general purpose grease or oil. This lubrication is to prevent rusting and seizing. 2. Position mower blade (D) with the cutting edge towards the ground onto the mower spindle. 3.
Sharpening Blades CAUTION: Avoid injury! Wear goggles and gloves when you handle blades. 1. Sharpen blades with grinder, hand file or electric blade sharpener. 2. Keep original bevel (A) when you grind. 3. Blade should have 0.40 mm (1/64 in.) cutting edge (B). Balancing Blades CAUTION: Avoid injury! Wear goggles and gloves when you handle blades.
Service Electrical Checking the Battery CAUTION: Avoid injury! Sulfuric acid in battery electrolyte is poisonous. It is strong enough to burn skin, eat holes in clothing, and cause blindness if splashed into eyes. Wear eye protection and avoid spilling or dripping electrolyte.
2. Remove rubber hold-down strap (A). 3. Disconnect BLACK (–) battery cable (B) first. 4. Disconnect RED (+) battery cable (C). Remove battery from mower. 5. Wash battery with solution of four tablespoons of baking soda to one gallon of water. Be careful not to get the soda solution into the cells.
2. Connect positive (+) charger cable to positive (+) battery terminal. 3. Connect negative (–) charger cable to negative (–) battery terminal. 4. Plug in charger cord. 5. Charge battery using a 12 Volt battery charger at a rate of 6–10 amperes for a minimum of 1 hour and no more than 2 hours.
SERVICE ELECTRICAL M88559 2. Push in and turn bulb socket (A) 1/4 turn counterclockwise to remove. 3. Replace defective bulb with a new bulb. 4. Insert bulb socket into housing, push in and turn 1/4 turn clockwise to install. 5. Lower hood. Replacing Fuse 1.
Service Miscellaneous Checking Tire Pressure CAUTION: Avoid injury! Explosive separation of a tire and rim parts can cause serious injury or death: - Do not attempt to mount a tire without the proper equipment and experience to perform the job. - Always maintain the correct tire pressure.
Using Clean Fuels Dirt in the fuel system is a major cause of performance problems. Be sure to clean any grass or trash from the top of the tank before removing lid. Use of a PLASTIC funnel with a plastic mesh strainer when filling the tank will prevent most foreign material from entering the tank.
4. Remove fuel tank cap (A). 5. Fill tank with fresh fuel only to bottom of filler neck. 6. Install fuel tank cap and lower hood. Care for Plastic and Painted Surfaces PLASTIC SURFACES The plastic parts on your tractor are made of a blend of polycarbonate and polyester materials.
2. Use paint stick with factory-matched colors available from your John Deere dealer to fill scratches. Follow directions for use and for drying. • Apply sparingly to scratch without getting on surrounding painted surface. Fill in scratch to level of surrounding painted area.
Removing Mower Removing Mower CAUTION: Avoid injury! Before removing mower on machine: STOP engine. Remove key. Wait for all moving parts to STOP. • Mower lift lever under tension. To avoid injury, grasp lift lever securely and release lock slowly. 1.
REMOVING MOWER 8. Remove spring locking pins and rear draft pins (I), one on each side, from rear draft brackets (J). 9. Raise mower deck lift lever to highest position and remove wood blocks. 10.Pull deck out from under tractor. Removing Mower - 50...
Installing Mower Installing Mower CAUTION: Avoid injury! Before installing mower on machine: STOP engine. Remove key. Wait for all moving parts to STOP. • Mower blades are sharp. To avoid injury, always wear gloves when handling mower deck. • Mower lift lever under tension. To avoid injury, grasp lift lever securely and release lock slowly.
12.Raise tension rod (N) and attach to blade drive arm (O) using flat washer (P) and spring locking pin (Q). 13.Raise deck by pressing the lift lever lock and pulling the mower deck lift lever to its highest point. 14.Remove wood blocks from under deck. 15.Check for proper routing and position of all belts.
Troubleshooting Using Troubleshooting Chart If you are experiencing a problem that is not listed in this chart, see your Authorized Service Center for service. When you have checked all the possible causes listed and you are still experiencing the problem, see your Authorized Service Center.
Loss of power Engine continues to run when operator leaves seat Faulty operator presence safety switch. Engine Backfires When Turning Engine “OFF” Engine will not turn over Engine Stops When Shift Lever Is Moved Rearward and Mower Is Engaged (Hydrostatic) Engine Stops When Gear Shift Lever Is Moved To The R (REVERSE) Position and Attachment Is Engaged (Gear)
Mower Mower blades will not rotate Discharge Chute Plugging Patches Of Grass Uncut Belt Slipping Too Much Vibration Blades Scalping Grass Uneven Cut TROUBLESHOOTING CHECK Obstruction in clutch mechanism, or blades. Worn/damaged mower drive belt. Frozen idler pulley. Frozen blade mandrel. Belt worn or installed incorrectly.
Grass Tips Are Jagged And Turn Grayish Brown After Mowing Mower Stops When Shift Lever Is Moved Rearward and Mower Is Engaged (Hydrostatic) Mower Stops When Gear Shift Lever Is Moved To The R (REVERSE) Position and Mower Is Engaged (Gear) Electrical Headlight not working...
Storing Machine Storing Safely CAUTION: Avoid injury! Engine exhaust fumes can cause sickness or death. - If it is necessary to run an engine in an enclosed area, use an exhaust pipe extension to remove the fumes. - Always try to work in a well ventilated area. - DO NOT store vehicle with fuel in the tank inside a building where fumes may reach an open flame or spark.
STORING MACHINE 7. Clean the engine and engine compartment. 8. Remove battery. 9. Clean the battery and battery posts. NOTE: The stored battery should be recharged every 90 days. 10.Charge the battery. (See Charging Battery in the SERVICE - ELECTRICAL section.) 11.Store the battery in a cool, dry place where it will not freeze.
A. Breakage of the container, cover, or terminals. B. Depreciation or damage caused by lack of reasonable and necessary maintenance or by improper maintenance. C. Transportation, mailing, or service call charges for warranty service. LIMITATION OF IMPLIED WARRANTIES AND PURCHASER’S REMEDIES To the extent permitted by law, neither John Deere nor any company affiliated with it makes any warranties, representations, or promises as to...
Index Air Cleaner Elements - S2046 ... 30 Air Cleaner Elements, Checking and Cleaning - S1642 and S1742 ... 29 Air Intake Screen and Engine, Clean ... 32 Battery and Terminals, Cleaning ... 41 Battery, Charging the ... 42 Battery, Checking the ... 41 Battery, Removing and Installing ...
Call the Customer Communications Center A. Your authorized Scotts servicing dealer is the most efficient source in addressing any concern, but if you are not able to resolve your problem after checking your operator’s manual and contacting your dealer, call the Customer Communications Center.