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Craftsman C459.60133 Operator's Manual page 13

7 speed, shift-on-the-go 42” deck
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SPEED CONtrOL LEvEr
The speed control lever, located on the left side of the
tractor's dash console, allows you to regulate the ground
speed of the lawn tractor. To use, depress the clutch-
brake pedal and move the lever out of the parking brake
notch and forward to increase the tractor's ground speed.
When a desired speed has been reached, release the
lever into an appropriate notch to maintain that speed.
To slow the tractor's ground speed, depress the clutch-
brake pedal and move the speed control lever rearward
and release it into a notch.
PArkING BrAkE
To set the parking brake, fully depress the clutch-brake
pedal. Move the speed control lever all the way down and
into the parking brake position. Release the clutch-brake
pedal to allow the parking brake to engage.
To release the parking brake, depress the clutch-brake pedal and
move the speed control lever out of the notches to the desired position.
Release the speed control lever and the clutch-brake pedal.
NOTE: The parking brake must be set if the operator leaves the seat
with the engine running or the engine will automatically shut off.
tHrOttLE/CHOkE CONtrOL LEvEr
The throttle/choke control lever is located on the right side of the trac-
tor's dash panel. This lever controls the speed of the engine and when
pushed all the way forward, the choke control also. When set in a given
position, the throttle will maintain a uniform engine speed.
IMPORTANT: When operating the tractor with the cutting deck
engaged, the throttle/choke control lever must always be in the FAST
(rabbit) position.
IGNItION SwItCH
The key switch module is used to
start and stop the engine. Insert
key into the key switch module
and turn clockwise to the START
position. Release the key into the
normal mowing position once en-
gine has started. The headlights
will be activated automatically.
To stop the engine, turn the
ignition key counterclockwise to
the STOP position.
IMPORTANT: Prior to operating the tractor, refer to both the "Safety
Interlock System" and "Starting The Engine" later in this section of this
manual for detailed instructions regarding the Ignition Switch Module.
wArNING
Never leave a running machine unattended. Always disengage PTO
(Blade Engage Lever), move shift lever into neutral position, set park-
ing brake, stop engine and remove key to prevent unintended starting.
OPERATION
SHIFt LEvEr
The shift lever is located on the left
side of the fender and has three
positions, FORWARD, NEUTRAL
and REVERSE. The clutch-brake
pedal must be depressed and the
tractor must not be in motion when
the moving shift lever.
IMPORTANT: Never force the
shift lever. Doing so may result in
serious damage to the tractor's
transmission.
DECk LIFt LEvEr
Found on your tractor's right fender, the deck lift lever is used
to change the height of the cutting deck. To use, move the
lever to the left, then place in the notch best suited for your
application.
PtO (BLADE ENGAGE) LEvEr
Found on the tractor's right fender, the PTO (blade engage)
lever is used to engage power to the cutting deck or other
(separately available) attachments. To operate, move the
lever all the way forward. Moving the lever all the way
rearward into the PTO OFF position disengages power to the
cutting deck/ attachment.
NOTE: The PTO (blade engage) lever must be in the
disengaged (PTO OFF) position when starting the engine.
CuP HOLDEr
The tractor's cup holder is located on the fender to the left of
the seat.
SEAt ADjuStMENt kNOB
The seat adjustment knob is located on the bottom side of the seat.
Use this knob to adjust the seat forward or rearward to a comfortable
operating position by loosening the knob, positioning the seat to the
desired preference, then retightening the knob.
CLutCH-BrAkE PEDAL
The clutch-brake pedal is located on the left side of the lawn tractor,
along the running board. Depress the clutch-brake pedal part way
down when slowing the tractor by changing speeds (Refer to Speed
Control Lever). Depress the pedal all the way down to engage the disc
brake and bring the tractor to a complete stop.
NOTE: The pedal must be depressed to start the engine. Refer to
Safety Interlock Switches later in this section of this manual.
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