Scotts S2546 Operator's Manual

Scotts lawn tractor operator's manual.
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Lawn Tractor
Manufactured by John Deere
OMGX10722 K9
North American
Litho in U.S.A.


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    Lawn Tractor S2546 OPERATOR’S MANUAL ÿþýþüûúùøúþüþ÷ö ÿþýþüûúùøúþüþ÷ö ÿþýþüûúùøúþüþ÷ö ÿþýþüûúùøúþüþ÷ö Manufactured by John Deere OMGX10722 K9 North American Litho in U.S.A.

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    Introduction THANK YOU for purchasing a Scotts product. Read this manual and your attachment manual thoroughly. Failure to do so could result in personal injury or equipment damage. WARNING The Engine Exhaust from this product contains chemicals known to the State of California to...

  • Page 3: Table Of Contents

    TABLE OF CONTENTS Table of Contents Contents Assembly ... 1 Safety Signs... 3 Controls ... 5 Operating Machine ... 6 Operating Mower ... 16 Replacement Parts ... 20 Service Machine Safely ... 21 Service Interval Chart ... 22 Service Engine ... 24 Service Steering and Brakes ...

  • Page 4: Assembly

    Assembly Identify Parts Operator’s Manual Safety Video C Bag of Hardware D Key Bag of Hardware: • 2 - M8x16 Bolts - Battery • 2 - M8x16 Nuts - Battery Connect and Check Battery CAUTION: Avoid injury. Prevent Battery Explosions: - Keep sparks, lighted matches, and open flame away from the top of battery.

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    Checking Tire Pressure CAUTION: Avoid injury. Explosive separation of a tire and rim parts can cause serious injury or death: - Do not attempt to mount a tire without the proper equipment and experience to perform the job. - Always maintain the correct tire pressure. Do not inflate the tires above the recommended pressure.

  • Page 6: Safety Signs

    Safety Signs Safety-Alert Symbol Read and recognize safety information. Be alert to the potential for personal injury when you see this safety-alert symbol. On your machine safety labels, the words DANGER, WARNING, and CAUTION are used with this safety-alert symbol. DANGER identifies the most serious hazards. In this manual, the word CAUTION and this symbol call attention to safety messages.

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  • Page 8: Controls

    Controls Tractor Controls A - Throttle Control B - Foot Pedal - Brake/Return to Neutral C - Reverse Implement Option Switch D - Attachment Lift Lever E - Locking Lever F - Transmission Shift Lever G - Park Brake H - PTO Drive Lever - Ignition Switch J - Choke Control CONTROLS...

  • Page 9: Operating Machine

    Operating Machine Operate Safely • In addition to reading your Operator’s Manual, view your Mowing Safety Video. • Check brake action before you operate. Adjust or service brakes as necessary. • Inspect machine before you operate. Be sure hardware is tight. Repair or replace damaged, badly worn, or missing parts.

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    Avoid Tipping • DO NOT drive where machine could slip or tip. • Stay alert for holes and other hidden hazards in the terrain. • Keep away from drop-offs. • Slow down before you make a sharp turn or operate on a slope.

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    Transport Safely • Use safety lights and devices. Slow moving machines when driven on public roads are hard to see, especially at night. Avoid personal injury or death resulting from a collision with a vehicle. • Whenever driving on public roads, use flashing warning lights and turn signals according to local regulations.

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    UNLOCKING PARK BRAKE 1. Push and hold foot pedal (A) all the way down. 2. Move park brake lever (B) to the right, then to the rear. 3. Remove foot from pedal. Pedal should return to the up position. Starting Engine CAUTION: Avoid injury.

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    Warming and Idling Engine WARMING ENGINE: • Run Engine at half speed for 2–3 minutes. IDLING ENGINE: • Engine is air-cooled and needs a large volume of air to keep cool. Keep air intake screen (A) on top of engine clean.

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    TO TRAVEL IN REVERSE: NOTE: The engine and mower will stop as the shift lever is moved to the R (REVERSE) position with mower engaged. 1. Pull PTO lever (C) all the way back to the rearward (OFF) position. 2. Look behind the vehicle to be sure there are no bystanders nearby.

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    Pushing Machine IMPORTANT: Avoid transmission damage, DO NOT tow machine. To move machine when engine is STOPPED: 1. Unlock the park brake (A). 2. Put transmission shift lever (B) in N (Neutral). 3. Push machine to desired location. Daily Operating Checklist •...

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    Test 2 1. Operator on seat. 2. Lock the park brake. 3. Push PTO lever (A) forward to ENGAGE. 4. Try to start engine. 5. Engine MUST NOT start. If engine starts, there is a problem with your safety interlock circuit. (See your Authorized Service Center.) Test 3 1.

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    3. Pull PTO lever (A) back to DISENGAGE. 4. Start engine and move throttle lever (B) to FAST ( speed position. 5. Raise up off of seat. DO NOT get off tractor. 6. Engine MUST remain running. If engine does stop, there is a problem with your safety interlock circuit.

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    Avoid Using Ground Engaging Equipment IMPORTANT: Avoid machine damage. This tractor is NOT intended for use with ground engaging equipment. Use of such equipment could result in damage to transmission components. This tractor is not intended for use with ground engaging equipment such as a rear tiller, disk, blade or plow.

  • Page 19: Operating Mower

    Operating Mower Operate Mower Safely • In addition to reading your Operator’s Manual, view your Mowing Safety Video. Check Ground Conditions • Clear mowing area of objects that might be thrown. Keep people and pets out of mowing area. • Study mowing area. Set up safe mowing pattern. Do not mow under conditions where traction or stability is doubtful.

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    Adjusting Mower Gage Wheels CAUTION: Avoid injury, before you adjust gage wheels: STOP engine, remove key, and wait for blades to STOP. IMPORTANT: Avoid machine damage. Mower gage wheels must not ride on ground to support mower weight. Adjust gage wheels each time you change cutting height.

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    7. Loosen top clamping nut (C) facing inside of mower, on left hand side J-bolt (B), approximately one turn. 8. Loosen upper adjusting nut (D). 9. Raise or lower left side of deck. • To raise: Turn lower adjusting nut (E) towards rear of tractor.

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    Engaging and Disengaging Mower IMPORTANT: Avoid machine damage. Operate engine at maximum speed when mowing or after mower blade is engaged. Machine may require 2–3 minutes warm-up period before engaging the mower deck. Engaging Mower 1. START engine. 2. Move throttle lever (A) to the FAST ( 3.

  • Page 23: Replacement Parts

    These are the numbers that you have recorded on the inside front cover of this manual. Touch-up paint is available in 340 grams (12 oz.) aerosol cans. Scotts Orange (part number: TY24745) and Scotts Grey (part number: TY 24747) Parts for Tractor...

  • Page 24: Service Machine Safely

    Service Machine Safely Practice Safe Maintenance • Understand service procedure before doing work. Keep area clean and dry. • Never lubricate, service, or adjust machine while it is moving. Keep safety devices in place and in working condition. Keep hardware tight. •...

  • Page 25: Service Interval Chart

    Service Interval Char t Service Intervals Please use the following timetables to perform routine maintenance on your machine. Service procedures included in this manual but not on this chart are to be performed on an as needed basis. Before Each Use After First 2 Hours Every 8 Hours Every 25 Hours...

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    SERVICE INTERVAL CHART Service Record DATE SERVICE PERFORMED Service Interval Chart - Page 23...

  • Page 27: Service Engine

    Service Engine Adjusting Carburetor NOTE: Carburetor is calibrated by the engine manufacturer and should not require any adjustments. If engine is operated at altitudes above 1829 m (6,000 ft.), some carburetors may require a special high altitude main jet. See your John Deere dealer. Possible engine surging will occur at high rpm with no load (with transmission in “N”...

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    Checking Engine Oil IMPORTANT: Avoid machine damage. To avoid engine damage, DO NOT run engine if oil level is below ADD mark. NOTE: Engine must not be running. Make sure engine is COLD when checking engine oil level. 1. Park tractor on a level surface. STOP engine. Let engine cool.

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    7. Remove old filter (C) and wipe off filter tray with a clean cloth. 8. Lightly oil filter gasket with fresh, clean oil. 9. Install replacement oil filter. Turn oil filter to the right (clockwise) until rubber gasket contacts filter adapter. Tighten filter an additional one-half turn.

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    IMPORTANT: Avoid machine damage. To prevent engine damage, DO NOT allow any foreign objects to fall into the carburetor air intake (C). 4. Avoid dropping anything into the carburetor air intake (C). If anything falls into the carburetor air intake it MUST be remove.

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    2. Disconnect spark plug wires (A) and remove spark plugs. 3. Clean spark plugs carefully with a wire brush. 4. Inspect plug for: • Cracked porcelain. • Pitted or damaged electrodes. • Other wear or damage. 5. Replace spark plug(s) if necessary. 6.

  • Page 32: Service Steering And Brakes

    SERVICE STEERING AND BRAKES Service Steering and Brakes Grease 50°C 122°F 40°C 104°F 30°C 86°F 20°C 68°F 10°C 50°F 0°C 32°F - 10°C 14°F - 20°C - 4°F - 30°C - 22°F - 40°F - 40°C - 55°C - 67°F Use grease based on the expected air temperature range during the service interval.

  • Page 33: Adjusting Brakes

    SERVICE STEERING AND BRAKES Adjusting Brakes CAUTION: Avoid injury. Before adjusting brakes: STOP engine. Remove key. Wait for all moving parts to STOP. 1. Park tractor on flat, level surface. STOP engine, turn key to the OFF position, and remove key. 2.

  • Page 34: Service Mower

    Service Mower Avoid Injury From Contacting Blades CAUTION: Avoid injury. Before you unplug, adjust or service mower: - DISENGAGE PTO switch to stop mower blades. - Wait for mower blades to STOP. - LOCK the park brake. - STOP the engine. - Remove the key.

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    Replacing Mower Drive Belt CAUTION: Avoid injury. Before replacing mower drive belt: STOP engine, remove key, wait for all moving parts to STOP, and wear gloves when replacing belt. 1. STOP engine, LOCK park brake, place gear shift lever in NEUTRAL (N) position, pull PTO drive lever back to DISENGAGE, turn key to the OFF position, and remove key.

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    Adjusting Spindle Brake CAUTION: Avoid injury from rotating blades. Mower blades must stop within 5 seconds after mower is turned off. Check spindle brake measurement every 25 hours or once a year (whichever comes first). IMPORTANT: Avoid machine damage and belt damage.

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    Checking Mower Blades CAUTION: Avoid injury. Before adjusting Mower Belt Tension: STOP engine. Remove key. Wait for all moving parts to STOP. To check for a bent blade: 1. Lower mower. Measure distance between blade tip and flat ground surface. 2.

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    Sharpening Blades CAUTION: Avoid injury. Wear goggles and gloves when you handle blades. 1. Sharpen blades with grinder, hand file or electric blade sharpener. 2. Keep original bevel (A) when you grind. 3. Blade should have 0.40 mm (1/64 in.) cutting edge (B). Balancing Blades CAUTION: Avoid injury.

  • Page 39: Service Electrical

    Service Electrical Checking the Battery CAUTION: Avoid injury. Sulfuric acid in battery electrolyte is poisonous. It is strong enough to burn skin, eat holes in clothing, and cause blindness if splashed into eyes. Wear eye protection and avoid spilling or dripping electrolyte.

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    2. Remove rubber hold-down strap (A). 3. Disconnect BLACK (–) battery cable (B) first. 4. Disconnect RED (+) battery cable (C). Remove battery from mower. 5. Wash battery with solution of four tablespoons of baking soda to one gallon of water. Be careful not to get the soda solution into the cells.

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    2. Connect positive (+) charger cable to positive (+) battery terminal. 3. Connect negative (–) charger cable to negative (–) battery terminal. 4. Plug in charger cord. 5. Charge battery using a 12 Volt battery charger at a rate of 6–10 amperes for a minimum of 1 hour and no more than 2 hours.

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    SERVICE ELECTRICAL Replacing Fuse 1. Open hood. MX1535 2. Pull defective fuse (A) out of socket. 3. Check metal clip in fuse window and discard fuse if clip is broken. 4. Push new fuse into socket. 5. Close hood. Service Electrical - Page 39...

  • Page 43: Service Miscellaneous

    Service Miscellaneous Checking Tire Pressure CAUTION: Avoid injury. Explosive separation of a tire and rim parts can cause serious injury or death: - Do not attempt to mount a tire without the proper equipment and experience to perform the job. - Always maintain the correct tire pressure.

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    Using Clean Fuels Dirt in the fuel system is a major cause of performance problems. Be sure to clean any grass or trash from the top of the tank before removing lid. Use of a PLASTIC funnel with a plastic mesh strainer when filling the tank will prevent most foreign material from entering the tank.

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    4. Remove fuel tank cap (A). 5. Fill tank with fresh fuel only to bottom of filler neck. 6. Install fuel tank cap and lower hood. Care for Plastic and Painted Surfaces PLASTIC SURFACES The plastic parts on your tractor are made of a blend of polycarbonate and polyester materials.

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    2. Use paint stick with factory-matched colors available from your John Deere dealer to fill scratches. Follow directions for use and for drying. • Apply sparingly to scratch without getting on surrounding painted surface. Fill in scratch to level of surrounding painted area.

  • Page 47: Removing Mower

    Removing Mower Removing Mower CAUTION: Avoid injury. Before removing mower on machine: STOP engine. Remove key. Wait for all moving parts to STOP. • Mower lift lever under tension. To avoid injury, grasp lift lever securely and release lock slowly. 1.

  • Page 48: Installing Mower

    Installing Mower Installing Mower CAUTION: Avoid injury. Before installing mower on machine: STOP engine. Remove key. Wait for all moving parts to STOP. • Mower blades are sharp. To avoid injury, always wear gloves when handling mower deck. • Mower lift lever under tension. To avoid injury, grasp lift lever securely and release lock slowly.

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    12.Raise tension rod (N) and attach to blade drive arm (O) using flat washer (P) and spring locking pin (Q). 13.Raise deck by pressing the lift lever lock and pulling the mower deck lift lever to its highest point. 14.Remove wood blocks from under deck. 15.Check for proper routing and position of all belts.

  • Page 50: Troubleshooting

    Troubleshooting Using Troubleshooting Chart If you are experiencing a problem that is not listed in this chart, see your Authorized Service Center for service. When you have checked all the possible causes listed and you are still experiencing the problem, see your Authorized Service Center.

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    Loss of power Engine continues to run when operator leaves seat Engine Backfires When Turning Engine “OFF” Engine will not turn over Headlight not working Battery will not charge Mower blades will not rotate TROUBLESHOOTING CHECK Cutting too much grass /too fast. Throttle in “CHOKE”...

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    Engine Stops When Shift Lever Is Moved To The R (REVERSE) Position and Attachment Is Engaged Mower Discharge Chute Plugging Patches Of Grass Uncut Belt Slipping Too Much Vibration Blades Scalping Grass Uneven Cut TROUBLESHOOTING CHECK Normal condition. (See Using Reverse Implement Option in the OPERATING section.) CHECK Belt worn or installed incorrectly.

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    Grass Tips Are Jagged And Turn Grayish Brown After Mowing Mower Stops When Shift Lever Is Moved To The R (REVERSE) Position and Mower Is Engaged. TROUBLESHOOTING CHECK Dull mower blades. Bent blades. Front-to-rear blade adjustment not set properly. Normal condition. (See Using Reverse Implement Option in the OPERATING section.) Troubleshooting - Page 50...

  • Page 54: Storing Machine

    Storing Machine Storing Safely CAUTION: Avoid injury. Engine exhaust fumes can cause sickness or death. - If it is necessary to run an engine in an enclosed area, use an exhaust pipe extension to remove the fumes. - Always try to work in a well ventilated area. - DO NOT store vehicle with fuel in the tank inside a building where fumes may reach an open flame or spark.

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    STORING MACHINE 7. Clean the engine and engine compartment. 8. Remove battery. 9. Clean the battery and battery posts. NOTE: The stored battery should be recharged every 90 days. 10.Charge the battery. (See Charging Battery in the SERVICE - ELECTRICAL section.) 11.Store the battery in a cool, dry place where it will not freeze.

  • Page 56: Specifications

    SPECIFICATIONS Specifications Engine Engine Manufacturer ..............Briggs & Stratton Horsepower (SAE1349) .

  • Page 57: Mower Deck, Recommended Lubricants

    SPECIFICATIONS Tires Size (Front) ................15 x 6.50 - 6 Size (Rear) .

  • Page 58: Warranty

    B. WHAT IS WARRANTED - All parts of any new Scotts Brand Product Manufactured by John Deere, except batteries, are warranted for the number of months or operating hours specified below.

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    WARRANTED PARTS Coverage under this warranty extends only to the parts listed below (the emission control system parts) to the extent these parts were present on the engine purchased. Fuel Metering Fuel Metering System: System: Carburetor and internal parts (or fuel injection system).

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    Limited Battery Warranty NOTE: Applicable in North America only. TO SECURE WARRANTY SERVICE The purchaser must request warranty service from a John Deere dealer authorized to sell John Deere batteries, and present the battery to the dealer with the top cover plate codes intact. FREE REPLACEMENT Any new battery which becomes unserviceable (not merely discharged) due to defects in material or workmanship within 90 days of purchase will...

  • Page 62: Index

    Air Cleaner Elements ...26 Air Intake Screen, Cleaning ...27 Battery and Terminals, Cleaning ...36 Battery, Charging the ...37 Battery, Checking the ...36 Battery, Removing and Installing ...36 Battery, Using Booster ...38 Belt Tension, Adjusting Mower ...32 Belt, Replacing Mower Drive ...32 Blades, Balancing ...35 Blades, Checking Mower ...34 Blades, Servicing Mower...

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    INDEX Removing Mower ...44 Reverse Implement Option, Using ...11 Safety Labels ...3 Safety Systems, Testing ...12 Safety, Operating ...6 Safety, Operating Mower ...16 Safety, Service ...21 Safety, Service Mower ...31 Seat, Adjusting ...8 Service Intervals ...22 Service Literature Order Form ...61 Service Safety ...21 Spark Plugs, Checking ...27 Spindle Brake, Adjusting ...33...

  • Page 64: Service Literature

    Order Form John Deere Distribution Center - Department S/P P.O. Box 186, Moline, IL 61266-0186 To order these publications, call 1-800-522-7448. If you want manuals or catalogs for equipment not shown on this list, provide the model number, serial number, and name of the product when you call. Make checks payable to John Deere. Name _____________________________________ Address ___________________________________ City _______________________________________...

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    NOTES Notes Notes - Page 62...

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    NOTES Notes - Page 63...

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    Call the Customer Communications Center A. Your authorized Scotts servicing dealer is the most efficient source in addressing any concern, but if you are not able to resolve your problem after checking your operator’s manual and contacting your dealer, call the Customer Communications Center.

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