ASSEMBLY / PRE-OPERATION
Read these instructions and this manual
in its entirety before you attempt to as-
semble or operate your new lawn mower.
IMPORTANT: This lawn mower is shipped
WITHOUT OIL OR GASOLINE in the
Your new lawn mower has been as sem-
bled at the factory with the exception of
those parts left unassembled for shipping
pur pos es. To ensure safe and proper op-
er a tion of your lawn mower, all parts and
hard ware you assemble must be tight-
ened securely. Use the correct tools as
nec es sary to ensure proper tightness. All
parts such as nuts, wash ers, bolts, etc.,
nec es sary to complete the as sem bly have
been placed in the parts bag.
TO REMOVE LAWN MOWER FROM
1. Remove loose parts included with
2. Cut down two end corners of carton
and lay end panel down flat.
3. Remove all packing materials except
padding be tween upper and lower
handle and padding holding operator
presence control bar to upper handle.
4. Roll lawn mower out of carton and
check carton thor ough ly for additional
HOW TO SET UP YOUR LAWN
TO UNFOLD HANDLE
IMPORTANT: Unfold handle carefully so
as not to pinch or damage control cables.
1. Raise lower handle section to operat-
ing position and align holes in lower
handle with holes in handle brackets.
2. Insert handle bolts through lower
handles and handle brackets; secure
with lower ("standard") knobs.
3. Remove protective padding, raise up-
per handle section into place on lower
handle and tighten both upper ("star")
4. Remove any packing material from
around control bar.
Your lawn mower handle can be adjusted
for your mowing comfort. Refer to "AD-
JUST HANDLE" in the Service and Adjust-
ments section of this manual.
Lower handle knob
BRIGGS & STRATTON 4-CYCLE ENGINE
Engine Power Rating Information
The gross power rating for individual gas engine models is labeled in accordance with SAE
(Society of Automotive Engineers) code J1940 (Small Engine Power & Torque Rating Procedure),
and rating performance has been obtained and corrected in accordance with SAE J1995 (Revision
2002-05). Torque values are derived at 3060 RPM; horsepower values are derived at 3600 RPM.
Actual gross engine power will be lower and is affected by, among other things, ambient operat-
ing conditions and engine-to-engine variability. Given both the wide array of products on which
engines are placed and the variety of environmental issues applicable to operating the equipment,
the gas engine will not develop the rated gross power when used in a given piece of power equip-
ment (actual "on-site" or net power). This difference is due to a variety of factors including, but not
limited to, accessories (air cleaner, exhaust, charging, cooling, carburetor, fuel pump, etc.), ap-
plication limitations, ambient operating conditions (temperature, humidity, altitude), and engine-to-
engine variability. Due to manufacturing and capacity limitations, Briggs & Stratton may substitute
an engine of higher rated power for this Series engine.
MODEL NUMBER 104M02-0001-F1