Federal laws apply on federal lands. A spark arrester for the muffler is available through your nearest engine authorized service dealer or contact the service department, P.O. Box 368022 Cleveland, Ohio 44136-9722. MTD PRODUCTS INC. P.O. BOX 368022 CLEVELAND, OHIO 44136-9722 PRINTED IN U.S.A. Description 20" M ULCHING OWER ODEL 11B-106C401 11B-106C701 FORM NO. 770-10074A (9/99)
SECTION 1: IMPORTANT SAFE OPERATION PRACTICES WARNING: THIS SYMBOL POINTS OUT IMPORTANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS WHICH, IF NOT FOLLOWED, COULD ENDANGER THE PERSONAL SAFETY AND/OR PROPERTY OF YOURSELF AND OTHERS. READ AND FOLLOW ALL INSTRUCTIONS IN THIS MANUAL BEFORE ATTEMPTING TO OPERATE YOUR LAWN MOWER.
• Mow across the face of slopes; never up and down. Exercise extreme caution when changing direction on slopes. • Watch for holes, ruts, hidden objects, or bumps. Tall grass can hide obstacles. • Always be sure of your footing. A slip and fall can cause serious personal injury.
USE THIS PAGE AS A GUIDE TO DETERMINE SLOPES WHERE YOU MAY NOT OPERATE SAFELY. SIGHT AND HOLD THIS LEVEL WITH A VERTICAL TREE A POWER POLE A CORNER OF A BUILDING OR A FENCE POST WARNING Do not mow on inclines with a slope in excess of 15 degrees (a rise of approximately 2-1/2 feet every 10 feet). A riding mower could overturn and cause serious injury.
SECTION 3: UNPACKING Removing Unit From Carton • Remove staples, break glue on top flaps, or cut tape at carton end and peel along top flap to open carton. SECTION 4: ASSEMBLING YOUR LAWN MOWER This unit is shipped WITHOUT IMPORTANT: GASOLINE.
Insert starter rope into rope guide Rope Guide Figure 5 • With the spark plug wire disconnected and grounded, hold the blade control handle against the upper handle, and pull the starter rope out of the engine. Release the blade control handle. Slip the starter rope into the rope guide.
SECTION 6: OPERATING YOUR LAWN MOWER Keep hands and feet away from the chute area on the cutting deck. See safety labels on page 4. The operation of any lawn mower can result in foreign objects being thrown into the eyes, which can result in severe eye damage.
SECTION 7: MAKING ADJUSTMENTS WARNING: Do not at any time make any adjustment to lawn mower without first stopping engine and disconnecting spark plug wire. Cutting Height Adjustment Figure 8 An adjusting plate and thumb lever at each wheel position provides cutting height adjustment. Each adjusting plate has nine height positions.
SECTION 8: MAINTAINING YOUR LAWN MOWER WARNING: Always disconnect spark plug cleaning, lubricating or doing any kind of work on lawn mower. Blade Control • Lubricate the pivot points on the blade control handle and the brake cable at least once a season with light oil.
• Before reinstalling the blade and the blade adapter to the unit, lubricate the engine crankshaft and the inner surface of the blade adapter with light oil (or engine oil). Lubricating the bolt holes, bolts and inner surface of the nuts is also recommended. To Reinstall Blade: •...
MANUFACTURER’S LIMITED WARRANTY FOR: The limited warranty set forth below is given by MTD PROD- UCTS INC (“MTD”) with respect to new merchandise pur- chased and used in the United States, its possessions and territories. MTD warrants this product against defects in material and workmanship for a period of two (2) years commencing on the date of original purchase and will, at its option, repair or replace, free of charge, any part found to be defective in...