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. WARNING: The Engine Exhaust from this product contains chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer, birth defects or other reproductive harm.
Identify Parts Clear Plastic Bag Contains: • Scotts Operator’s Manual • Engine Owner’s Manual • Safety Video • Warranty Cards Bag of Parts Contains: • Hardware for Steering Wheel • Hardware for Battery Cables • Key Chain • Padded Key NOTE: There is an extra ignition key strapped to one of the seat suspension springs.
Connect Battery NOTE: Do not remove the BLACK negative (–) protective cap at this time. 1. Remove and discard the RED positive (+) protective cap from the positive (+) battery terminal. CAUTION: DO NOT attempt to open, add fluid or service battery. Any attempt to do so will void warranty and lead to possible injury.
Check Engine Oil IMPORTANT: To avoid engine damage, DO NOT run engine if oil level is below ADD mark. 1. Lift hood. Picture Note: Model S2048 used for photo purposes. 2. Remove dipstick (A). Wipe with clean cloth. 3. Insert the dipstick into the tube and rest the oil fill cap on the tube.
Check Machine Safety System Perform safety system check to make sure the electronic safety interlock circuit is functioning properly. Perform all six Tests. (See Testing Safety System in the Operating section.) Checking Tire Pressure CAUTION: 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...
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.
WARNING LOADED SPRING LOCK LIFT LEVER FORWARD BEFORE CHANGING ATTACHMENTS Picture Note: One decal on each side of tractor frame. DANGER/POISON SHIELD EYES. EXPLOSIVE GASES CAN CAUSE BLINDNESS OR INJURY. • SPARKS • FLAMES • SMOKING SULFURIC ACID CAN CAUSE BLINDNESS OR SEVERE BURNS FLUSH EYES IMMEDIATELY WITH WATER.
DANGER ROTATING BLADE DO NOT PUT HANDS OR FEET UNDER OR INTO 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 DANGER ROTATING BLADE DO NOT PUT HANDS OR FEET UNDER OR INTO...
CONTROLS Controls Picture Note: Model S2554 used for photo purposes. A - Engine Oil Pressure Light (Model S2554 Only) B - Hour Meter (Model S2554 Only) C - Battery Discharge Light D - Light Switch E - PTO Switch/RIO Switch F - Choke Knob G - Throttle Lever H - Key Switch...
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.
OPERATING MACHINE Rotating Blades are Dangerous - Protect Children and Prevent Accidents PROTECT CHILDREN: • Never assume that children will remain where you last saw them. Children are attracted to mowing activity, stay alert to the presence of children. • Keep children in the house when you are operating the machine.
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.
OPERATING MACHINE Wear Appropriate Clothing • Wear close fitting clothing and safety equipment appropriate for the job. • Loud noise can cause impairment or loss of hearing, wear a suitable protective device such as earplugs. Transport Safely • Use safety lights and devices. Slow moving machines when driven on public roads are hard to see, especially at night.
Using the Park Brake CAUTION: The machine may begin to move when engine is shut off and park brake is not engaged. To avoid injury, always LOCK park brake before getting off tractor or leaving tractor unattended. LOCKING PARK BRAKE: 1.
Checking Indicator Lights and Hour Meter Picture Note: Model S2554 used for photo purposes. • ( ) BATTERY DISCHARGE light (A) should go out when throttle lever is moved to the HIGH IDLE/Mowing ) position. The voltage light may remain on for several minutes while the battery is being charged.
7. Check starting conditions: • If engine is COLD: Gradually return the choke to the OFF position after the engine starts and warms • If engine is WARM: Return choke to the OFF position as soon as the engine starts. 8.
Using and Stopping Automatic Transmission CAUTION: TO AVOID INJURY: • Before moving forward or rearward, make sure area is clear of bystanders, especially children. • Disengage mower before backing up. UNLOCK park brake. To Travel Forward: • Slowly push down forward pedal (A). Tractor will travel faster the farther down you push the pedal.
Pushing Machine IMPORTANT: Avoid transmission damage, DO NOT tow machine. To move machine when engine is STOPPED: • Unlock the park brake (A). • Pull out on free-wheeling lever (B). • Push machine to desired location. NOTE: Push free-wheeling lever (B) in before operating tractor.
Using Reverse Implement Option CAUTION: TO AVOID INJURY: Before moving forward or rearward, make sure area is clear of bystanders, especially children. NOTE: Operating the mower while backing up is strongly discouraged. The Reverse Implement Option should be used ONLY when operating another attachment or when the operator deems it necessary to reposition the machine with the mower engaged.
Testing Safety Systems CAUTION: Engine exhaust fumes can cause sickness or death. • If it is necessary to run an engine in an enclosed area, remove the exhaust fumes from the area with an exhaust pipe extension. • If you do not have an exhaust pipe extension, open the doors and get outside air into the area.
Test 2 Picture Note: Model S2554 used for photo purposes. 1. Operator on seat. 2. UNLOCK the park brake. 3. Push PTO switch (A) down to DISENGAGE. 4. Try to start engine. 5. Engine MUST NOT start. If engine starts, there is a problem with your safety interlock circuit.
Test 5 1. Operator on seat. 2. Push brake pedal (A) down. Picture Note: Model S2554 used for photo purposes. 3. Push PTO switch (B) down to DISENGAGE. 4. Release forward travel pedal (C) to N (NEUTRAL) position. 5. Start engine and move throttle lever (D) to FAST ( speed position.
Test 8 CAUTION: TO AVOID INJURY: Before moving rearward, make sure area is clear of bystanders, especially children. Test Reverse Implement Option: 1. Start engine. 2. Engage PTO to start attachment. 3. Look behind the vehicle to be sure there are no bystanders.
Avoid Using Ground Engaging Equipment (Model S2048 Only) IMPORTANT: Your S2048 tractor is NOT intended for use with ground engaging equipment. Use of such equipment could result in damage to transmission components. Tractor Model S2048 is not intended for use with ground engaging equipment such as a rear tiller, disk, dirt blade or plow.
OPERATING MACHINE Installing the Chains NOTE: Tire chains are recommended for use with snowthrower and, under certain conditions, the front blade. 1. Park vehicle safely. 2. Remove chains from bag and lay out flat with the cross chain hook ends facing upward. Remove any twists and tangles from cross chain and rim chain.
8. Tie excess rim chain links (G) back to the rim chain. 9. The chain should be as tight as possible by hand. Unhook the fastener and repeat Step 5 if the chain is loose. 10.Drive forward on chains 30’-40’ and recheck for tightness.
OPERATING MOWER Operating 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.
Using Lift Lever to Raise and Lower Mower Check out the two different lift lever positions before operation: • TRANSPORT (UPPER) POSITION: Raises mower for transport. • MOWING (LOWER) POSITION: Maintains cutting height set by mower height control yet allows deck to float over uneven terrain.
Adjusting Mower Gage Wheels CAUTION: To avoid injury, before you adjust gage wheels: STOP engine, remove key, and wait for blades to STOP. IMPORTANT: Mower gage wheels must not ride on ground to support mower weight. Adjust gage wheels each time you change cutting height. 1.
OPERATING MOWER 3. CHECK: Tire pressures must be correct. (See Checking Tire Pressure in Service – Miscellaneous section.) 4. Adjust cutting height to 50 mm (2 in). (See Adjusting Cutting Height in this section.) NOTE: Mower gage wheels should not contact the ground.
Adjusting Mower Level (Front-to-Rear) CAUTION: To avoid injury, before you adjust mower: STOP engine, remove key, and wait for blades to STOP. Be careful, sharp edges on mower blades. Always wear gloves when handling mower blades. NOTE: Mower gage wheels should not contact the ground during leveling.
Engaging Mower IMPORTANT: Operate mower at HIGH IDLE/ Mowing ( ) when mowing or after mower blades are engaged. Machine may require 2-3 minutes warm-up period before engaging the mower deck. 1. START engine. Picture Note: Model S2554 shown for photo purposes. 2.
WE RECOMMEND quality parts and lubricants, available at your Authorized Service Center. PART NUMBERS MAY CHANGE, use part numbers listed below when you order. If a number changes, your dealer will have the latest number. WHEN YOU ORDER PARTS, your Authorized Service Center needs your machine serial number and engine serial number.
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 MACHINE SAFELY Handling Waste Product and Chemicals • Waste products such as used oil, fuel, coolant, brake fluid, and batteries, can harm the environment and people. • DO NOT use beverage containers for waste fluids - someone may drink from them. •...
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. IMPORTANT: To extend engine life, when operating mower in extreme heat, dust or other severe conditions, service air cleaner and oil filter more often than shown.
SERVICE INTERVAL CHART Before Storage Check/tighten loose hardware. Lubricate front axle and mower spindles. Clean battery terminals. Change engine oil. Inspect muffler. Check transaxle cooling. Service Record DATE SERVICE PERFORMED Service Interval Chart - Page 36...
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 nonroad engine repair establishment or individual. Warranty repairs must be performed by an authorized Authorized Service Center.
Avoid Fumes CAUTION: 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 work in a well ventilated area. Engine Oil NOTE: Air cooled engines run hotter than automobile engines.
Checking Engine Oil Level IMPORTANT: To avoid engine damage, DO NOT run engine if oil level is below ADD mark. 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.
8. Install dipstick and then remove to check oil level. (See Checking Engine Oil in this section.) Oil level must be between ADD and FULL marks. Do not overfill. 9. Install and tighten dipstick. 10.Start engine and check for oil leaks. Correct any leaks before operating.
Cleaning Air Intake Screen and Engine Fins IMPORTANT: To avoid overheating and damage to engine: Keep air intake screen free of dust. Keep cooling fins free of dust. Keep cooling shrouds in place. 1. STOP engine. LOCK park brake and remove key. 2.
4. Inspect foam precleaner (B) and element (C) without removing. 5. If precleaner (B) is dirty, carefully remove from filter, leaving element (C) in the air cleaner housing. NOTE: DO NOT wash paper element. 6. Wash precleaner (B) in a solution of warm water and liquid detergent.
Checking Spark Plugs CAUTION: To avoid injury: Before you remove spark plugs, STOP engine and wait until engine is cool. 1. Stop engine. Remove key. Lift hood. 2. Disconnect spark plug wires (A), one on each side, and remove spark plugs. Picture Note: Model S2048 used for photo purposes.
SERVICE TRANSMISSION Transmission Oil NOTE: Your tractor is filled with 5W30 at the factory When adding transmission fluid: • S2048 use 5W30 or 10W30. • S2554 use 5W50 Synthetic. Check Transmission Fluid Level 1. Park machine on level surface. 2. Allow oil in transmission to cool before checking. 3.
Avoid Injury From Contacting Blades CAUTION: To 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.
Replacing Mower Drive Belt CAUTION: Avoid injury. STOP engine and wear gloves when replacing drive belt. 1. Park vehicle safely. 2. Remove mower deck. (See Removing Mower in Removing Mower section.) 3. Remove three cap screws and belt shields (A). 4.
Servicing Mower Blades CAUTION: Avoid injury. Mower blades have sharp edges. Always wear gloves when handling mower blades. REMOVING MOWER BLADES 1. Raise mower deck to gain access to mower blades. If necessary, remove mower deck. 2. Use a wooden block to prevent mower blades from spinning.
Sharpening Blades CAUTION: To 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).
Checking the Battery CAUTION: 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. Flush eyes with water for 15-30 minutes if acid is splashed into eyes.
Clean Battery and Terminals CAUTION: Battery gas can explode, to avoid injury: - Keep sparks and flames away from batteries. Use a flashlight to check battery electrolyte level. - Never check battery charge by placing a metal object across the posts. Use a voltmeter or hydrometer.
Charging the Battery IMPORTANT: This battery comes fully charged. If the mower is not used by the Service Expiration Date indicated on the battery, charge the battery using the following instructions. CAUTION: BE VERY CAREFUL: Battery fluid (electrolyte), is a solution of water and sulfuric acid.
CAUTION: DO NOT attempt to open, add fluid or service battery. Any attempt to do so will void warranty and lead to possible injury. Battery gas is explosive: - DO NOT smoke while you charge battery. - Keep all flames and sparks away. - DO NOT charge frozen battery.
SERVICE ELECTRICAL Replacing Fuse 1. Lift hood. 2. Pull defective fuse (A) out of socket. 3. Check metal clip in fuse window and discard fuse if clip is broken. 4. Push new fuse into socket. 5. Lower hood. M88565 Replacing Headlight Bulb 1.
Checking Tire Pressure CAUTION: 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.
Fuel CAUTION: Handle fuel with care, it is highly flammable and can cause serious injury or death: - DO NOT refuel machine while you smoke, when machine is near an open flame or sparks, or when engine is running. STOP engine.
SERVICE MISCELLANEOUS Octane Rating Regular grade 87 octane unleaded fuel is recommended for use in your tractor. Higher octane fuels will seldom make your tractor perform better. If your tractor develops a starting or performance problem immediately after use of new fuel, change supplier or fuel brand. If the problem still exists after switching fuel, see your Authorized Service Center for service.
Using Fresh Fuel and Stabilizers The best thing you can do to ensure peak performance of your engine is to use “fresh” fuel. Your tractor’s engine will perform well with most good-quality fresh fuels regardless of additives. Any fuel will begin to deteriorate and evaporate over time and begin to form gum and varnish deposits in the fuel system.
Grease Use grease based on the expected air temperature range during the service interval. The following greases may be used: • SAE Multipurpose EP Grease with 3 to 5 percent molybdenum disulfide. • SAE Multipurpose EP Grease. • Greases meeting Military Specification MIL-G-10924C may be used as arctic grease.
Care for Plastic and Painted Surfaces PLASTIC SURFACES The plastic parts on your tractor are made of a blend of polycarbonate and polyester materials. These parts are extremely strong and durable. Unlike painted metal, the plastic parts will never dent or rust. If the plastic parts get scratched, the color will remain the same since the color goes through the entire part.
SERVICE MISCELLANEOUS Avoid Damage: • “Dry wiping” or wiping the plastic surface when it is dry is a major source of minor surface scratches. • DO NOT wipe hood or other plastic parts unless wetted first. • DO NOT apply wax unless plastic surface has been thoroughly cleaned first.
PAINTED METAL SURFACES Correct Cleaning Care: Follow automotive practices to care for your tractor painted metal surfaces. Use a high-quality automotive wax regularly to maintain the factory look of your tractor’s painted surfaces. Repair: Minor Scratches (surface scratch): 1. Clean area thoroughly to be repaired. 2.
Removing Mower CAUTION: Avoid injury, before removing mower from machine: STOP engine. Remove key. Wait for all moving parts to STOP. Avoid injury from loaded spring: LOCK lift lever before removing mower. Avoid injury from spring loaded rod: Make sure you have a tight grip on drive belt tension rod and release slowly.
REMOVING MOWER 9. Disconnect draft arms, one on each side, by pulling spring loaded J-pins (G) out. Picture Note: 48-Inch Deck used for photo purposes. 10.Put mower lift lever in the TRANSPORT (upper) position. 11.Slide mower out from under the tractor. M97162 Removing Mower - Page 63...
Installing Mower CAUTION: Avoid injury, before installing mower on machine: STOP engine. Remove key. Wait for all moving parts to STOP. Avoid injury from loaded spring: LOCK lift lever before installing mower. Avoid injury from spring loaded rod: Make sure you have a tight grip on drive belt tension rod when installing.
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.
Engine Is Hard To Start Engine Misses Under Load Engine Vapor Locks Engine Overheats Engine Loses Power Engine Knocks Engine Backfires Engine Stops When REVERSE foot pedal is depressed and Attachment Is Engaged TROUBLESHOOTING CHECK Fuel filter is gummed or plugged. Spark plug is fouled.
Tractor Tractor Vibrates Too Much Tractor Will Not Move With Engine Running Tractor Moves With Engine Running And Hydrostatic Control In Neutral Electrical Starter Does Not Work Or Will Not Turn Engine Battery Will Not Charge TROUBLESHOOTING CHECK Attachment drive belts worn or damaged. Dirt on drive sheaves.
Mower Discharge Chute Plugging Patches Of Grass Uncut Belt Slipping Too Much Vibration Blades Scalping Grass Uneven Cut TROUBLESHOOTING CHECK Belt installed incorrectly. Grass too wet. Grass too long. Restricted air flow. Check mower front-to-rear level. Engine rpm too low. Travel speed too fast.
Requires High Effort To Lift And Latch Lift Handle Mower Loads Down Tractor Grass Tips Are Jagged And Turn Grayish Brown After Mowing Mower (or other attachment) Stops When REVERSE foot pedal is depressed and Attachment Is Engaged TROUBLESHOOTING CHECK Front draft arm on mower is adjusted too short, causing lift system to bind up.
Storing Safely CAUTION: 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 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.
Preparing Engine For Storage NOTE: Properly preparing your tractor engine for storage will make it easier to start the following season. Engine storage procedure should be used if vehicle is not used for longer than 60 days. There are two satisfactory methods of preparing the engine for storage: running the engine completely dry of fuel, or filling the fuel tank with a mixture of fresh fuel and fuel stabilizer.
STORING MACHINE engine oil in cylinders. 5. Install spark plugs, but DO NOT connect spark plug wires. 6. Crank the engine for approximately five seconds to allow oil to be distributed. 7. Clean the engine and engine compartment. 8. Remove battery. 9.
B. WHAT IS WARRANTED - All parts of any new Scotts Brand Product Manufactured by John Deere, except batteries, are warranted for the number of months or operating hours specified below. Warranty statements required by law covering engine emission-related parts and components, are found in the Operator’s Manual delivered with the machine.
B. WHAT IS WARRANTED - Subject to paragraph C below, all parts of any new Scotts Brand Product Manufactured by John Deere, except batteries, are warranted for the number of months or days specified below.
WARRANTY Tire Warranty John Deere warranty applies for tires available through the John Deere parts system. For tires not available through the John Deere parts system, the tire manufacturer’s warranty applicable to your machine may not apply outside the U.S. (See your John Deere dealer for specific information.) Limited Engine Warranty FEDERAL AND CALIFORNIA EMISSION CONTROL DEFECTS WARRANTY STATEMENT...
WARRANTED PARTS Coverage under this warranty extends only to the parts listed below (the emission control system parts) to the extent these parts were present on the engine purchased. Fuel Metering System: Air Induction System: Particulate Controls: Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR) System: Ignition System: Air Injection System:...
WARRANTY c) Any warranted part which is scheduled for replacement as required maintenance shall be warranted as to defects only for the period of time up to the first scheduled replacement for that part. Any such part repaired or replaced under the warranty shall be warranted for the remainder of the period prior to the first scheduled replacement point for that part.
Limited Battery Warranty NOTE: Applicable in North America only. TO SECURE WARRANTY SERVICE The purchaser must request warranty service from a John Deere dealer authorized to sell John Deere batteries, and present the battery to the dealer with the top cover plate codes intact. FREE REPLACEMENT Any new battery which becomes unserviceable (not merely discharged) due to defects in material or workmanship within 90 days of purchase will be replaced free of charge.
INDEX Air Cleaner Elements, Checking and Cleaning ... 41 Air Intake Screen and Engine Fins, Cleaning ...41 Assembly Parts... 1 Automatic Transmission, Using and Stopping ...16 Axle Pivot, Lubricating ...58 Battery , Charging the ...51 Battery , Using Booster ... 52 Battery and Terminals, Clean ...50 Battery Discharge Light ...14 Battery, Checking the ...
INDEX Warranty ...76 Warranty Maintenance Statement, Engine ...37 Weights, Using Front or Rear... 23 Weights, Using Rear Wheel ...23 Wheel Spindles, Wheel Bearings and Front Axle Pivot, Lubricating Front ...58 Wheels, Adjusting Mower ... 28 Wheels, Adjusting Mower Gage ...28 Index - Page 85...
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Step 3 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.