Husqvarna Z 242F Operator's Manual

Husqvarna Z 242F Operator's Manual

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Operator Manual
Z 242F
Zero Turn Mower /
967 602801-01
Please read the operator manual carefully and make sure
you understand the instructions before using the machine.
Gasoline containing up to 10% ethanol (E10) is acceptable for use
in this machine. The use of gasoline with more than
10% ethanol (E10) will void the product warranty.


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  • Page 1 Operator Manual Z 242F Zero Turn Mower / 967 602801-01 Please read the operator manual carefully and make sure you understand the instructions before using the machine. Gasoline containing up to 10% ethanol (E10) is acceptable for use in this machine. The use of gasoline with more than...
  • Page 2 CONFORMITY CERTIFICATES USA requirements Labels are placed on the engine and/or in the engine compartment stating that the machine will fulfill the requirements. This is also applicable to special requirements for any of the states, (California emission rules etc.). Do not remove these labels. Certificates can also be supplied with the machine at delivery or written in the Engine manual.
  • Page 3: Table Of Contents

    CONTENTS INTRODUCTION ............4 Fuel Tank............16 Tracking ............. 16 Driving and Transport on Public Roads ....4 OPERATION ............17 Towing ..............4 Operating ............. 4 Training .............. 17 SYMBOLS AND DECALS .......... 6 Operating on Hills ..........19 Moving Machine By Hand ........
  • Page 4: Introduction

    INTRODUCTION Congratulations Towing Thank you for purchasing a Husqvarna ride- If machine is equipped with a tow hitch, use much on mower. This machine is built for superior more caution when towing. Do not let children or efficiency to rapidly mow primarily large areas.
  • Page 5 INTRODUCTION Good Service Husqvarna's products are sold throughout the world and only in specialized retail stores with complete service. This ensures that you as a customer receive only the best support and service. Before the product is delivered, the machine has, for example, been inspected and adjusted by your retailer.
  • Page 6: Symbols And Decals

    reader neglects to follow the instructions in the SYMBOLS AND DECALS manual. These symbols are found on the machine and in IMPORTANT INFORMATION Xxxx xxxxxx the operator manual. xxxxx xxxx xxxxxxxxx xxxxxx xxxxxxxxx. Study them carefully so you know what they mean.
  • Page 7: Safety

    • Do not let children to operate the machine. SAFETY • Use extreme care when going near blind Safety Instructions corners, shrubs, trees, or other objects that may block your view of a child. These instructions are for your safety. Read them carefully.
  • Page 8: Personal Safety Equipment

    Personal Safety Equipment SAFETY • Make sure that first • Always turn off blades, move the steering aid equipment is control lever out to the park brake position, stop close at hand when engine and remove keys before dismounting. using the machine. •...
  • Page 9: Safe Handling Of Gasoline

    • If fuel is spilled on clothing, change clothing SAFETY immediately. • Do not start the engine near spilled fuel. • Do not mow near drop-offs, ditches, or embankments. The machine could suddenly • Do not use gasoline as a cleaning agent. roll over if a wheel is over the edge or the edge •...
  • Page 10: Transport

    Transport SAFETY • The machine is • Stop to inspect the equipment if you run over or heavy and can into anything. If necessary, make repairs before cause serious starting. crushing injuries. Be extra cautious • Do not make adjustments or repairs with the when it is loaded on engine running.
  • Page 11: Towing

    A spark arrestor for the muffler is available through your authorized Husqvarna dealer. Follow the manufacturer’s recommendation for weight limits for towed equipment. Do not tow near ditches, canals, and other hazards.
  • Page 12: Controls

    CONTROLS belt-driven hydraulic pumps. Using the left and right steering controls, the flow is regulated and This operator manual describes the Husqvarna thereby the direction and speed. Zero Turn Rider. The rider is fitted with a four- stroke overhead valve engine.
  • Page 13: Steering Control Levers

    CONTROLS WARNING! The machine can turn very Steering Control Levers rapidly if one steering control is moved much further forward than the other. Park Brake The machine’s speed and direction are continuously variable using the two steering controls. The steering controls can be moved The park brake is integrated with the steering forward or backward about a neutral position.
  • Page 14: Throttle Control

    Service Meter CONTROLS Throttle Control The service meter displays the total operating time with the blade activated. The throttle control regulates the engine speed At 50 hour intervals of operation, an oil can and thereby the rate of rotation of the blades, icon shows and stays on for two hours before assuming the blade switch is pulled out.
  • Page 15: Fuse

    Cutting Height Lever CONTROLS Fuse To set the deck cutting height, pull the cutting height lever inwards and move it to the desired height notch. The 20 amp primary fuse is located on the left hand side of the machine. It is accessed by tilting IMPORTANT INFORMATION Always raise the the seat forward.
  • Page 16: Fuel Tank

    CONTROLS IMPORTANT INFORMATION Experience indicates that alcohol blended fuels (called Fuel Tank gasohol, ethanol or methanol) can attract moisture which leads to separation and formation of acids during storage. Acidic gas can damage the fuel system of an engine while in storage.
  • Page 17: Operation

    To turn to the left OPERATION While moving in a forward direction pull the left lever back towards the neutral position while Read the Safety section and following pages, if maintaining the position of the right lever, this will you are unfamiliar with the machine. slow the rotation of the left wheel and cause the Training machine to turn in that direction.
  • Page 18 Running OPERATION 1. Release the park brake by pulling the steering 3. Disengage the mower blades by pressing the / park brake controls inwards to the neutral blade switch downwards. position at the same time. NOTE: The mower is equipped with an operator presence system.
  • Page 19: Operating On Hills

    Mowing Tips OPERATION • Observe and flag rocks and other fixed objects to avoid collisions. IMPORTANT INFORMATION When stopping • Begin with a high cutting height and reduce it and leaving the machine, both steering / park until the desired mowing result is attained. The brake controls must be moved out to the locked average lawn must be cut to 6.35 cm during the position at the same time.
  • Page 20: Moving Machine By Hand

    OPERATION IMPORTANT INFORMATION To manually push the mower, engage the hydro bypass Moving Machine By Hand levers on both sides, pull both steering / park brake controls inwards and push machine. When pushing or pulling the mower, engage the EZT bypass linkages. The EZT bypass linkages are located on the rear of the frame, below the rear engine guard.
  • Page 21: Maintenance

    authorized service workshop. An annual service MAINTENANCE carried out by an authorized service workshop is recommended to maintain your machine in the Maintenance Schedule best possible condition and to make sure of safe Following is a list of maintenance procedures operation.
  • Page 22 MAINTENANCE MAINTENANCE INTERVAL AT LEAST DAILY IN HOURS ONCE EACH BEFORE AFTER MAINTENANCE YEAR CHECK ■ Throttle cable for adjustment ● ● Mower deck for adjustment ● ● Condition of belts, belt pulleys ● ● Caster wheels (at 200 hour intervals) ♦...
  • Page 23: Safety System

    For any further adjust to the park brake, contact startup. the Husqvarna service workshop. NOTE: If the steering / park brake controls IMPORTANT INFORMATION The machine not holding in the full outboard position, the...
  • Page 24: Battery

    The mower is equipped with a maintenance MAINTENANCE free battery. Servicing is not necessary. Periodic charging of the battery with an automotive type battery charger will extend its life. CAUTION! Lead-acid batteries generate • Keep battery and terminals clean. explosive gases. Keep sparks, flame and smoking materials away from batteries.
  • Page 25: Caster Wheels

    V-belts MAINTENANCE Check the belts every 100 hours of operation. 7. Reinstall battery hold-down and attach with Check for severe cracking and large nicks. nuts removed in Step 4. The belt will show some small cracks in normal operation. The belts are not adjustable. Replace 8.
  • Page 26: Adjusting The Mower Deck

    Adjust until both measurements are IMPORTANT INFORMATION Special blade equal. bolt is heat treated. Replace with a Husqvarna bolt if required. Do not use lower grade hardware than specified. Cutting Blades For the best mowing results, it is important that blades are correctly sharpened and not damaged.
  • Page 27: Cleaning

    the accessory packet) to any garden hose. After MAINTENANCE mowing, snap the hose to the cleanout port and turn on water supply. Blade replacement Restart the mower and engage the blades to use 1. Remove blade bolt by turning counter the spinning action to wash away debris.
  • Page 28: Lubrication

    For daily use, the machine must be lubricated a leak occurs, replace the unit or contact your twice weekly. Husqvarna dealer. Clean away unwanted grease after lubrication. It is important to avoid getting lubricant on the belts or the drive surfaces of the belt pulleys.
  • Page 29: Wheel And Deck Zerks

    Engine Oil LUBRICATION NOTE: Change the engine oil when the engine Wheel and Deck Zerks is warm. Refer to the engine owner’s manual for the correct replacement oil and filter change Use only good quality bearing grease. recommendations. Grease from well-known brand names (petrochemical companies, etc.) usually maintains a good quality.
  • Page 30: Troubleshooting

    TROUBLESHOOTING Problem / Cause Engine will not start Engine overheats Blade switch is engaged Clogged air intake or cooling fins Steering controls are not locked in the outer Engine overloaded position Inadequate ventilation around engine Dead battery Defective engine speed regulator Contamination in the carburetor or fuel line Too little or no oil in the engine Fuel supply shutoff valve is closed or in the...
  • Page 31: Storage

    Drain the fuel into an approved container outdoors and Always use genuine Husqvarna spare parts. store far away from open flame or sources of An annual check-up at an authorized service ignition.
  • Page 32: Schematic

  • Page 33: Technical Data

    TECHNICAL DATA ENGINE Manufacturer Briggs & Stratton Type 386777 Vanguard Power 17.2 kW @ 3600 rpm Lubrication Pressure with oil filter Fuel Min 87 octane unleaded (Max ethanol 10%, Max MTBE 15%) Fuel tank capacity 13.25 liters Cooling Air cooled Air filter Standard Alternator...
  • Page 34 TECHNICAL DATA Torque Specifications Standard 1/4" fasteners 9 ft/lb Engine crankshaft bolt 50 ft/lb Standard 5/16" fasteners 18 ft/lb Deck pulley bolts 150 ft/lb Standard 3/8" fasteners 33 ft/lb Lug nuts 75 ft/lb Standard 7/16" fasteners 52 ft/lb Blade bolt 80 ft/lb Standard 1/2"...
  • Page 35: Service Journal

    SERVICE JOURNAL DELIVERY SERVICE Action Date, mtr reading, stamp, sign Charge and connect the battery Adjust the tire pressure of all wheels to 15 PSI (1 bar) Connect the contact box to the cable for the seat’s safety switch Check that the right quantity of oil is in the engine Adjust the position of the steering controls Fill with fuel and open the fuel shut off valve Start the engine...
  • Page 36 SERVICE JOURNAL AFTER 10 HOURS Action Date, mtr reading, stamp, sign Change the engine oil DAILY SERVICE Action Date, mtr reading, stamp, sign Clean debris from mower Check engine oil level Check the tire pressures Check underside of deck Check safety system Check fuel system for leaks Inspect safety guards and shields Check brake adjustment...
  • Page 37 SERVICE JOURNAL 100-HOUR SERVICE Action Date, mtr reading, stamp, sign Do the 25-hour service Do the 50-hour service Change the engine oil filter Clean/replace the spark plugs Replace the fuel filter Check V-belts Check / tighten caster wheel axle bolts (at 200 hour intervals) Change the air filter’s paper cartridge 300-HOUR SERVICE Action...
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