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Slope Operation; Children; Towing - Craftsman T1400 247.203734 Operator's Manual

17.5 hp, variation speed 42” deck
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Check overhead clearances carefully before driving under low hanging tree
branches, wires, door openings etc., where the operator may be struck or
pulled from the machine, which could result in serious injury.
Disengage all attachment clutches and depress the brake pedal completely
before attempting to start engine.
Your machine is designed to cut normal residential grass of a height no more
than 10". Do not attempt to mow through unusually tall, dry grass (e.g.,
pasture) or piles of dry leaves. Dry grass or leaves may contact the engine
exhaust and/or build up on the mower deck presenting a potential fire
Use only accessories and attachments approved for this machine by the
machine manufacturer. Read, understand and follow all instructions
provided with the approved accessory or attachment. For a list of approved
accessories and attachments, call 1-888-331-4569.
Data indicates that operators, age 60 years and above, are involved in a
large percentage of riding mower-related injuries. These operators should
evaluate their ability to operate the riding mower safely enough to protect
themselves and others from serious injury.
If situations occur which are not covered in this manual, use care and good


Slopes are a major factor related to loss of control and tip-over accidents which can
result in severe injury or death. All slopes require extra caution. If you cannot back
up the slope or if you feel uneasy on it, do not mow it.
For your safety, use the Slope Guide included as part of this manual to measure
slopes before operating this machine on a sloped or hilly area. If the slope is greater
than 15 degrees as shown on the Slope Guide, do not operate this machine on that
area or serious injury could result.
Mow up and down slopes, not across. Exercise extreme caution when
changing direction on slopes.
Watch for holes, ruts, bumps, rocks, or other hidden objects. Uneven terrain
could overturn the machine. Tall grass can hide obstacles.
Use slow speed. Choose a low enough speed setting so that you will not have
to stop or shift while on the slope. Tires may lose traction on slopes even
though the brakes are functioning properly. Always keep machine in gear
when going down slopes to take advantage of engine braking action.
Follow the manufacturer's recommendations for wheel weights or
counterweights to improve stability.
Use extra care with grass catchers or other attachments. These can change
the stability of the machine.
Keep all movement on the slopes slow and gradual. Do not make sudden
changes in speed or direction. Rapid engagement or braking could cause
the front of the machine to lift and rapidly flip over backwards which could
cause serious injury.
Avoid starting or stopping on a slope. If tires lose traction, disengage the
blade(s) and proceed slowly straight down the slope.
Do Not:


Tragic accidents can occur if the operator is not alert to the presence of children.
Children are often attracted to the machine and the mowing activity. They do not
understand the dangers. Never assume that children will remain where you last saw
Never allow children under 14 years of age to operate this machine. Children 14 and
over should read and understand the instructions and safe operation practices in
this manual and on the machine and should be trained and supervised by an adult.


Do not turn on slopes unless necessary; then, turn slowly and gradually
downhill, if possible.
Do not mow near drop-offs, ditches or embankments. The mower could
suddenly turn over if a wheel is over the edge of a cliff, ditch, or if an edge
caves in.
Do not try to stabilize the machine by putting your foot on the ground.
Do not use a grass catcher on steep slopes.
Do not mow on wet grass. Reduced traction could cause sliding.
Do not attempt to coast downhill. Over-speeding may cause the operator to
lose control of the machine resulting in serious injury or death.
Do not tow heavy pull behind attachments (e.g. loaded dump cart, lawn
roller, etc.) on slopes greater than 5 degrees. When going down hill, the
extra weight tends to push the tractor and may cause you to loose control
(e.g. tractor may speed up, braking and steering ability are reduced,
attachment may jack-knife and cause tractor to overturn).
Keep children out of the mowing area and in watchful care of a responsible
adult other than the operator.
Be alert and turn machine off if a child enters the area.
Before and while backing, look behind and down for small children.
Never carry children, even with the blade(s) shut off. They may fall off and be
seriously injured or interfere with safe machine operation.
Use extreme care when approaching blind corners, doorways, shrubs, trees
or other objects that may block your vision of a child who may run into the
To avoid back-over accidents, always disengage the cutting blade(s) before
shifting into Reverse. If equipped, the "Reverse Caution Mode" (blades
operate while machine rides in reverse) should not be used when children or
others are around.
Keep children away from hot or running engines. They can suffer burns from
a hot muffler.
Remove key when machine is unattended to prevent unauthorized
Tow only with a machine that has a hitch designed for towing. Do not attach
towed equipment except at the hitch point.
Follow the manufacturers recommendation for weight limits for towed
equipment and towing on slopes.
Never allow children or others in or on towed equipment.

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