O WNER’S MAN U AL Model No. C38D Product No. 954 14 00-50 38 Inch Mower Grass Catcher • Assembly • Operation • Customer Re spon si bil i ties • Repair Parts 140603 Rev. 6 8.19.03 rad Printed in U.S.A.
Safe Operation Practices for Ride-On Mowers IMPORTANT: THIS CUTTING MACHINE IS CAPABLE OF AMPUTATING HANDS AND FEET AND THROWING OBJECTS. FAILURE TO OBSERVE THE FOLLOWING SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS COULD RESULT IN SERIOUS INJURY OR DEATH. I. GENERAL OPERATION • Read, understand, and follow all instructions in the manual and on the machine before starting.
Safe Operation Practices for Ride-On Mowers • Be sure the area is clear of other people before mowing. Stop machine if anyone enters the area. • Never carry passengers or children even with the blades off. • Do not mow in reverse unless absolutely necessary. Always look down and behind before and while backing.
KNOW YOUR GRASS CATCHER READ THIS OWNER'S MANUAL AND SAFETY RULES BEFORE ASSEMBLING OR OPERATING YOUR GRASS CATCH ER. Compare the illustrations with the carton contents to familiarize yourself with the parts before starting the assembly. Study the operating instructions and safety precautions thoroughly to insure proper functioning of your Grass Catcher and to prevent injury to yourself and others.
BAG OF PARTS CONTENTS (continued) GROUP "D" SUPPORT POST MOUNTING BRACKET (1) Retainer Spring GROUP "E" LOWER CHUTE ASSEMBLY (1) Washer 13/32 x 1 x 16 Ga. MOWER DECK GROUP "F" CHUTE LATCH ASSEMBLY (1) Screw #10 x 1-1/8 UPPER CHUTE GROUP "G"...
BEFORE YOU START TO ASSEMBLE THE GRASS CATCHER Some tractor models may need minor modiﬁ cations before you can mount the grass catcher to the tractor. Look care- fully at the mower deck on your tractor and compare the deck mandrel to the illustrations below. If your mower deck mandrel looks like STYLE "A", your tractor is ready - proceed with the grass catcher assembly.
MOWER DECK BAFFLE (See Fig. 1) Use Hardware - - GROUP "A" 1. Raise your tractor mower deck to its highest position. 2. Install the hex bolt, and locknut through mower deck bafﬂ e and tighten securely. LOCKNUT MOWER DECK BAFFLE FIG.
SUPPORT POST (See Fig. 4) Use Hardware - - GROUP "C" CAUTION: Container sup port is spring loaded and locked to the cover. Handle cover assembly carefully so as not to unlatch the cover from the container support. 1. Rotate cover assembly onto its side as shown. 2.
CONTAINER ASSEMBLY (See Fig. 6) No hardware required 1. Place bottom half inside of top half, as shown. 2. Place one foot inside bottom half and lift top half to meet bottom half. 3. Press halves tightly together while lifting top to lock into place as shown.
CHUTE LATCH ASSEMBLY (See Fig. 9) Use Hardware - - GROUPS "F & G" 1. Assemble latch pin to upper chute, as shown. 2. Press weld nut into rubber latch and assemble rubber latch to lower chute, as shown. 3. Tighten all hardware securely. WASHERS 3/16 x 3/4 x 16 Ga.
TIPS FOR IMPROVED BAGGING OPE RA TION: Follow the mower operation instructions in your tractor owner's manual. When operating your grass catcher on a lawn where grass and leaf bagging equipment has not been used, you are picking up thatch and debris that has accumulated for long periods of time.
CUSTOMER RESPONSIBILITIES GENERAL RECOMMENDATIONS Always observe safety rules when performing any main- te nance. • Before each use check for loose fasteners. • Clean unit thoroughly after each use. BLADE CARE For best results mower blades must be kept sharp. Re place bent or damaged blades.
CAUTION: BEFORE PROCEEDING WITH PREPARATION OF TRACTOR: • Depress clutch/brake pedal fully and set parking brake. • Place gearshift/motion control lever in neutral (N) position. • Place attachment clutch in "DISENGAGED" position. • Turn ignition key "OFF" and remove key. •...
DRILL 4 HOLE BOLT PATTERN (See Figs. 13,14 & 15) On some model tractors, it may be necessary to drill new holes in drawbar for the mounting bracket. To determine if you need to drill holes in your drawbar, closely look at the illustration below.
DEFLECTOR TRIM TEMPLATE USE TRIANGLE ABOVE FOR A GUIDE TO TRIMMING YOUR DEFLECTOR SHIELD. CUT OUT SHADED AREA AND PLACE ON INSIDE BOTTOM EDGE OF DEFLECTOR. TRIM DEFLECTOR ALONG DOTTED LINE USING EITHER HEAVY SHEARS OR A HAND SAW. MOWER DECK BAFFLE DRILL TEMPLATE TOP EDGE USE TEMPLATE ABOVE FOR A GUIDE TO DRILLING...
USE THIS SLOT TO AID IN POSITIONING TEMPLATE HOLE #1 USE 11/32" DRILL BIT 1.) CUT OUT TEMPLATE. 2.) ALIGN TOP AND RIGHT EDGE WIRE LOOP HOLE OF TEMPLATE AND DRAWBAR. USE 9/32" DRILL BIT 3.) TAPE IN POSITION. 4.) MARK AND DRILL HOLE #1 WIRE LOOP HOLE 5.) ASSEMBLE MOUNTING BRACKET TO DRAWBAR, USE BRACKET AS...