Move the tractor's PTO (Blade Engage) into the ON position.
Remain in the operator's position with the cutting deck engaged for a
minimum of two minutes, allowing the underside of the cutting deck to
Move the tractor's PTO (Blade Engage) into the OFF position.
Turn the ignition key to the STOP position to turn the tractor's engine off.
Turn the water off and detach the hose coupler from the water port on your
Repeat steps 4 through 11 on the opposite side of the cutting deck.
IMPORTANT: After cleaning your deck with the Deck Wash System™, return
to the operator's position and engage the PTO. Keep the cutting deck running for a
minimum of two minutes, allowing the underside of the cutting deck to thoroughly
Never attempt to make any adjustments while the engine is running, except
where specified in the operator's manual.
Leveling the Deck
NOTE: Check the tractor's tire pressure before performing any deck leveling
adjustments. Refer to Tires in the Service section of this manual for more
information regarding tire pressure.
Front To Rear
The front of the cutting deck is supported by a stabilizer bar that can be adjusted to
level the deck from front to rear. The front of the deck should be between ¼-inch
and ³⁄8-inch lower than the rear of the deck. Adjust if necessary as follows:
With the tractor parked on a firm, level surface, place the lever for lifting the
platform on the second to the top notch (second highest position) and rotate
the blade as close as possible to the discharge channel that is parallel to the
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Measure the distance from the front of the blade tip to the ground and the
rear of the blade tip to the ground. The first measurement taken should
be between ¼" and ³⁄8" less than the second measurement. Determine
the approximate distance necessary for proper adjustment and proceed, if
necessary, to the next step.
Locate the flange lock nut on the front side of the stabilizer bracket. See
Tighten the flange lock nut to raise the front of the deck;
Loosen the flange lock nut to lower the front of the deck.
Side to Side
If the cutting deck appears to be mowing unevenly, a side to side adjustment can be
performed. Adjust if necessary as follows:
With the tractor parked on a firm, level surface, place the deck lift lever in
the second from the top notch (second highest position) and rotate both
blades so that they are perpendicular with the tractor.
Measure the distance from the outside of the left blade tip to the ground
and the distance from the outside of the right blade tip to the ground. Both
measurements taken should be equal. If they're not, proceed to the next
Loosen, but do NOT remove, the hex cap screw on the left deck hanger
bracket. See Figure 14.
Balance the deck by using a wrench to turn the adjustment gear (found
immediately behind the hex cap screw just loosened) clockwise/up or
counterclockwise/down. The deck is properly balanced when both blade tip
measurements taken earlier are equal.
Retighten the hex cap screw on the left deck hanger bracket when proper
adjustment is achieved.