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Craftsman 917.276640 Operator's Manual Page 13

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REVERSE
OPERATION
SYSTEM
(ROS)
Your tractor is equipped
with a Reverse
Operation
System
(ROS). Any attempt
by
the operator
to travel
in the reverse
direc-
tion with the attachment
clutch
engaged
will shut off the engine
unless
ignition
key
is placed
in the ROS "ON" position.
_L, WARNING:
Backing
up with the at-
tachment
clutch
engaged
while mowing
is strongly
discouraged.
Turning
the ROS
"ON", to allow reverse
operation
with the
attachment
clutch
engaged,
should
only
be done when the operator
decides
it is
necessary
to reposition
the machine
with
the attachment
engaged.
Do not mow
in
reverse
unless
absolutely
necessary.
USING
THE REVERSE
OPERATION
SYSTEM
-
Only use if you are certain
no children
or
other bystanders
will enter
the mowing
area.
1.
Move motion
control
lever to neutral
(N) position.
2.
With engine
running,
turn ignition
key
counterclockwise
to ROS "ON" posi-
tion.
3.
Look down and behind before
and
while backing.
4.
Slowly
move motion
control
lever to
reverse
(R) position
to start movement.
5.
When
use of the ROS is no longer
needed,
turn the ignition
key clockwise
to engine
"ON" position.
ROS "ON" Position
Engine "ON" Position
(Normal Operating)
TO OPERATE
ON HILLS
_WARNING:
Do not drive
up or down
hills with slopes
greater
than 15 ° and do
not drive across
any slope. Use the slope
guide provided
at the back of this manual.
• Choose
the slowest
speed
before
start-
ing up or down hills.
• Avoid
stopping
or changing
speed
on
hills.
• If stopping
is absolutely
necessary,
push
clutch/brake
pedal quickly
to brake posi-
tion and engage
parking
brake.
• Move motion control
lever to neutral
(N)
position.
IMPORTANT:
The motion
control
lever
does
not return to neutral
(N) position
when the clutch/brake
pedal is depressed.
• To restart
movement,
slowly
release
parking
brake and clutch/brake
pedal.
• Slowly
move motion
control
lever to
slowest
setting.
• Make all turns slowly.
TO TRANSPORT
When
pushing
or towing
your tractor,
be
sure to disengage
transmission
by placing
freewheel
control
in freewheeling
position.
Freewheel
control
is located
at the rear
drawbar
of tractor.
1.
Raise attachment
lift lever to its highest
position.
2.
Pull freewheel
control
out and into the
slot and release
so it is held in the
disengaged
position.
• Do not
push or tow tractor
at more than
two (2) MPH.
• To re-engage
transmission,
reverse
above
procedure.
Transmission
Engaged
Transmission
Disengaged
NOTE:
To protect
hood from damage
when
transporting
your tractor
on a truck or a
trailer, be sure hood is closed
and secured
to tractor.
Use an appropriate
means
of
tying hood to tractor
(rope, cord, etc.).
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