M A N U F A C T U R I N G , I N C . 500 N Spring Street I PO Box 997 Port Washington, WI 53074-0997 www.simplicitymfg.com 0 Copyright 1998 Simplicity Manufacturing, Inc, All Rights Reserved. Printed in USA.
AGCO A L L I S AGCO-Allis Lawn &Garden Equipment 500 N. Spring Street \ P.O. Box 997 Port Washington, WI 53074.0997 USA www.allislawn.com 0 Copyright 1998 Simplicity Manufacturing, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Printed in USA.
MASSEY FERGUSON LAWN a GIRDEN EWIPIEM Massey Ferguson lawn &Garden Equipment is Manufactured and Distributed by Simplicity Manufacturing, Inc. 500 N. Spring Street * P.O. Box 997 * Port Washington, WI 53074.0997 USA 0 Copyright 1998 Simplicity Manufacturing, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Printed in USA.
Blade B r a k e Check..21 Engine exhaust from this product contains chemicals known, in certain quantities, to cause cancer, birth defects, or other reproductive harm. 0 Copyright 1998 Simplicity Manufacturing, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Printed in USA. TP 100-2L05-02-B”-z”l Table of Contents Troubleshooting, Adjustments &...
Identification Numbers When contacting your Authorized Dealer for replacement parts, service, or information YOU MUST HAVE THESE NUMBERS. W I 53074-0997 IDENTIFICATION NUMBERS Record your model name/number, unit and mower deck manufacturer numbers and engine serial number in the space provided for easy reference. The Unit I.D.
Read these safety rules and follow them closely. Failure to obey these rules could result in loss of control of unit, severe personal injury or death to you, or bystanders, or damage to property or equipment. This mow- ina deck is caoable of amoutatina hands and feet and throwina obiects.
Safety Rules & Information CHILDREN Tragic accidents can occur if the operator is not alert to the presence of children. Children are often attracted to the unit and the mowing activity. Never assume that chil- dren will remain where you last saw them. Keep children out of the mowing area and under the watchful care of another responsible adult.
SAFETY DECALS This unit has been designed and manufactured to pro- vide you with the safety and reliability you would expect from an industry leader in outdoor power equipment manufacturing. Although reading this manual and the safety instructions it contains will provide you with the necessary basic knowledge to operate this equipment safely and~effec- tively, we have placed several safety labels on the unit to remind you of this important information while you are...
Features & Controls Please take a moment and familiarize yourself with the name, location, and function of these controls so that you will better understand the safety and operating instructions provided in this manual. Figure 1. Tractor & Mower Controls Choke (Twin Cylinder Models Only) B.
G. Ignition Switch The ignition switch starts and stops the engine, it has three positions: O F F Stops the engine and shuts off the electrical system. Allows the engine to run and powers the electrical system. START Cranks the engine for starting. NOTE: Never leave the ignition switch in the RUN posi- tion with the engine stoppe6this drains the battery.
Features 81 Controls PARKING BRAKE / CRUISE CONTROL KNOB FUNCTIONS Applying the Parking Brake - See Figure 2. To lock the parking brake, release the ground speed pedals (A), fully depress the brake pedal (B), pull UP on the parking brake /cruise control knob (C), and then release brake pedal.
SAFETY INTERLOCK SYSTEM his unit is equipped with safety interlock switches Id other safety devices. These safety systems are resent for your safety, do not attempt to bypass afety switches, and never tamper with safety svices. Check their operation regularly. bperational SAFETY Checks our unit is equipped with a seat switch safety sys- !m.
Operating the Tractor GENERAL OPERATING SAFETY Before first time operation: Be sure to read all information in the Safety and Operation sections before attempting to operate this tractor and mower. Become familiar with all of the controls and how to stop the unit.
STARTING THE ENGINE 1. While sitting in the operator’s seat, fully depress the brake pedal or set the parking brake. 2. Make sure that your feet are not depressing the ground speed control pedals. 3. Disengage the PTO clutch. 4. Set the throttle to FULL. 5.
Operating the Tractor Figure 6. Raising & Lowering Mower A. Mower Lift Lever B. Mower Height Adjuster MOWER DECK REMOVAL & INSTALLATION Removing the Mower Deck 1. Park tractor on a hard, level surface such as a con- Crete floor. Turn off PTO switch and engine, remove the key and apply parking brake.
Figure 10. Raising & Lowering Mower A. Mower Lift Lever B. Mower Height Adjuster WARNING 7 Engage parking brake, disengage PTO, stop engine and remove key before attempting to install or remove the mower. the Mower Deck Installing 1. Park tractor, shut off PTO and engine, remove the key and apply parking brake.
Operating the Tractor STORAGE Temporary Storage (30 Days Or Less) Remember, the fuel tank will still contain some gasoline, so never store the unit indoors or in any other area where fuel vapor could travel to any ignition source. Fuel vapor is also toxic if inhaled, so never store the unit in any structure used for human or animal habitation.
MAINTENANCE SCHEDULE & PROCEDURES The following schedule should be followed for normal care of your tractor and mower. You will need to keep a record of your operating time. Determining operating time is easily accomplished by multiplying the time it takes to do one job by the number of times you’ve done the job, or you can install the optional hour meter.
Regular Maintenance WARNING Gasoline is highly flammable and must be handled with care. Never fill the tank when the engine is still hot from recent operation. Do not allow open flame, smoking or matches in the area. Avoid over-filling and wipe up any spills. Do not remove fuel filter when engine is hot, as spilled gasoline may ignite.
ACCESSING THE ENGINE To gain access to the angina, unhook the rubber straps (Figure 18) and tip the hood forward. NOTE: For engine service item locations see Figure 20 for models with Briggs & Stratton engines and Figure 19 for models with Kohler engines FUEL FILTER REPLACEMENT The fuel filter (E, Figures 19 and 20) is located in the fuel line between the fuel tank and the carburetor.
Use grease fittings when present. Disassemble parts to apply grease to moving parts when grease fittings are not present. Not all greases are compatible. Simplicity “Jiffy Lube” Lithium Grease is recommended, automotive-type lithi- um grease may be used when this is not available.
Figure 24. Arbor Lubrication Points LUBRICATE REAR AXLES We recommend removing the rear wheels and lubricat- ing the axle shafts yearly. This prevents the wheel from seizing onto the axle shaft, making future service easier. 1. Remove the key and disconnect the spark plug wire while working on the unit.
Regular Maintenance BATTERY MAINTENANCE Checking the Battery Fluid 1. Raise the hood to access battery. 2. Remove the battery filler cap (See Figure 28). Fluid must be even with the split ring full mark. If not, add distilled water. 3. Reinstall the filler cap. Cleaning the Battery and Cables 1.
SERVICING THE MOWER BLADES For your personal safety, do not handle the sharp improper handling of blades may result in serious 1. Remove mower from the tractor. See Mower Installation & Removal. 2. Blades should be sharp and free of nicks and dents. If not, sharpen blades as described in following steps.
Troubleshooting, Adjustment, & Service TROUBLESHOOTING While normal care and regular maintenance will extend the life of your equipment, prolonged or constant use may eventually require that service be performed to allow it to continue operating properly. The troubleshooting guide below lists the most common problems, their causes and remedies.
Tractor Trsubleshaatb&J Cant. Engine runs, but tractor will not drive. Tractor drive belt slips. Brake will not hold. Tractor steers hard or handles poorly. Drive belt does not stop when clutch/brake pedal depressed. Troubleshooting the Mower PROBLEM Mower will not raise. Mower cut is uneven.
Troubleshooting, Adjustment, & Service STEERING WHEEL ADJUSTMENT 1. Use a suitable drift to remove the roll pin at the base of the steering wheel (see Figure 32). 2. Pull down on the rubber boot to expose the two holes in the steering shaft. 3.
WARNING v r--=--- To avoid serious injury, perform adjustments only with engine stopped, key removed and tractor on level ground. PTO CLUTCH ADJUSTMENT Adjustment of the PTO clutch is usually not necessary on new units. 1. Remove key from ignition switch and disconnect spark plug wires to prevent the possibility of acciden- tal starting while the PTO is being adjusted.
Troubleshooting, Adjustment, 81 Service BRAKE ADJUSTMENT 1. Disengage the PTO, stop the engine, block the wheels, and remove the ignition key. DO NOT engage the parking brake. 2. Remove the mower deck (see Mower Deck Removal). 3. Locate the brake spring (A, Figure 37) and adjust- ment nut (B).
WARNING -1 Before checking mower, shut off PTO and engine. Allow all moving parts to stop. Remove ignition key, then disconnect the spark plug wire and fasten it away from the spark plug. Leveling The Mower If the cut is uneven, the mower may need leveling. Unequal or improper tire pressure may also cause an uneven cut.
TRANSMISSION DRIVE BELT REPLACEMENT NOTE: Be sure to use only genuine Simplicity replace- ment parts. Check the back of this manual or the decal under the hood for common replacement part numbers. REMOVE THE OLD BELT See Figure 41. 1. Turn off the PTO, stop the engine, and block the tires.
BELTS OVER PULLEYS. MOWER BELT REPLACEMENT 38” Mower Drive Belt Replacement NOTE: Be sure to use only genuine Simplicity replace- ment parts. Check the back of this manual or the decal under the hood for common replacement part numbers. NOTE: It is not necessary to remove the mower to install a new belt.
50” PTO Belt & Replacement NOTE: Be sure to use only genuine Simplicity replace- ment parts. Check the back of this manual or the decal under the hood for common replacement part numbers. NOTE: It is not necessary to remove the mower to install a new belt.
44” & 50” Arbor Drive Belt Replacement NOTE: Be sure to use only genuine Simplicity replace- ment parts. Check the back of this manual or the decal under the hood for common replacement part numbers. 1. Park the tractor on a smooth, level surface such as a concrete floor.
BATTERY SERVICE W A R N I N G - - - - - - - Keep open flames and sparks away from the Checking Battery Voltage A voltmeter can be used to determine condition of bat- tery. When engine is off, the voltmeter shows battery voltage, which should be 12 volts.
THIS HOOK-UP FOR NEGATIVE GROUND VEHICLES Switch Starting Vehicle Battery z-per c To Ground MAKE CERTAIN VEHICLES DO NOTTOUCH Figure 48. Battery Jump Starting Diagram &h WARNING Any procedure other than the preceding could result in: (1) personal injury caused by electrolyte squirting out the battery vents, (2) personal injury or property damage due to battery explosion,...
HEADLIGHT REPLACEMENT See Figure 49. 1. Open the hood. 2.. Remove the light bulb socket from the bezel by twist- ing it counterclockwise and pulling it out. 3. Remove and replace the light bulb with an identical bulb. 4. Reinstall the socket into the bezel. DASHLIGHT REPLACEMENT See Figure 50.
NOTE: Specifications are correct at time of printing and are subject to change without notice. ENGINE 14 HP & 16 HP Briggs & Stratton Make Briggs & Stratton Model VanguardrM Horsepower 16 HP B 3600 rpm Cylinder 2.68 in (68 mm) Stroke 2.60 in (66 mm) Displacement...
GENERAL INFORMATION Proper mowing is an important part of maintaining your lawn in the best possible condition. A healthy and well maintained lawn is better able to resist drought, weeds, and other stresses. But too much maintenance is as detrimental to your lawn as neglect. Proper care for your lawn involves more than just “cutting the grass.”...
lawn Care & Mowing Information HOW HIGH TO MOW THE GRASS Often cutting height is a matter of personal prefer- ence. Typically, you should mow the grass when it is is between three and five inches high. The proper cutting height range for a specific lawn will depend upon several factors, including the type of grass,...
WHAT MOWING PATTERNS TO USE Always start mowing on a smooth, level area. The size and type of area to be mowed will determine the best mowing pattern to use. Obstructions such as trees, fences and buildings, and conditions such as slopes and grades must also be considered.
LEAF SHREDDING (USE WITH OPTIONAL MULCHER KIT) Simplicity’s patented Shredder Blades virtually eliminate raking leaves, Up to 512 cutting edges pulverize leaves into tiny particles, which quickly and naturally decom- pose into food for your lawn.
TIPS On Dealing With Clippings Clippings are beneficial to your lawn. A common mis- conception about clippings is that they automatically lead to thatch-this is untrue Short clippings produced by broadcasting and clippings produced by mulching methods actually contribute to a healthy lawn because they: COMPOSTING The best way to recycle excess clippings and leave your...
Lawn Care & Mowing Information SOLUTIONS FOR COMMON MOWING PROBLEMS Streaking Streaking is when thin strips of uncut grass are left behind the mower. Streaking is usually caused by operator error or poor blade maintenance. CAUSE Blades are not sharp Blades are worn down too far Engine speed is too slow Ground speed is too fast...
Uneven Cutting Uneven cutting is waviness or smooth troughs in the lawn surface. Uneven cutting is usually caused by mower deck damage or misadjustment. CAUSE Deck is not leveled correctly Blades are dull or worn Blades are damaged Deck is clogged with grass clippings Deck shell is damaged Mower spindle is bent or loose Blades are installed incorrectly...
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