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Craftsman 917.276640 Operator's Manual Page 3

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_,DANGER:
This cutting machine is capable of amputating
hands and feet and
throwing objects. Failure to observe the following
safety instructions
could result
in serious injury or death.
,_WARNING:
In order to prevent
ac-
cidental
starting
when setting
up, trans-
porting,
adjusting
or making
repairs,
always
disconnect
spark plug wire and
place wire where
it cannot
contact
spark
plug.
,_I_WARNING:
Do not coast down
a hill in
neutral,
you may lose control
of the tractor.
_,WARNING:
Tow only the attachments
that are recommended
by and comply
with
specifications
of the manufacturer
of your
tractor. Use common
sense
when towing.
Operate
only at the lowest
possible
speed
when on a slope.
Too heavy of a load,
while on a slope,
is dangerous.
Tires can
lose traction
with the ground
and cause
you to lose control
of your tractor.
_,WARNING:
Engine
exhaust,
some of
its constituents,
and certain
vehicle
com-
ponents
contain
or emit chemicals
known
to the State of California
to cause cancer
and birth defects
or other reproductive
harm.
_,WARNING:
Battery
posts, terminals
and related
accessories
contain
lead and
lead compounds,
chemicals
known to the
State of California
to cause
cancer
and
birth defects
or other reproductive
harm.
Wash
hands
after
handling.
I. GENERAL
OPERATION
Read,
understand,
and follow all
instructions
on the machine
and in the
manual
before starting.
Do not put hands
or feet near rotating
parts or under the machine.
Keep clear
of the discharge
opening
at all times.
Only allow responsible
adults,
who are
familiar
with the instructions,
to operate
the machine.
Clear the area of objects
such as
rocks, toys, wire, etc.,
which
could
be
picked
up and thrown
by the blades.
Be sure the area is clear of bystand-
ers before
operating.
Stop machine
if
anyone
enters
the area.
Never carry passengers.
Do not mow in reverse
unless
abso-
lutely necessary.
Always
look down
and behind before
and while backing.
Never direct discharged
material
toward
anyone.
Avoid
discharging
material
against
a wall or obstruction.
Material
may ricochet
back toward
the
operator.
Stop the blades
when cross-
ing gravel
surfaces.
Do not operate
machine
without
the
entire
grass catcher,
discharge
guard,
or other safety devices
in place and
working.
Slow down before
turning.
Never leave a running
machine
unattended.
Always
turn off blades,
set parking
brake, stop engine,
and
remove
keys before
dismounting.
Disengage
blades
when
not mowing.
Shut off engine
and wait for all parts to
come to a complete
stop before clean-
ing the machine,
removing
the grass
catcher,
or unclogging
the discharge
guard.
Operate
machine
only in daylight
or
good artificial
light.
Do not operate
the machine
while
under the influence
of alcohol
or drugs.
Watch
for traffic when
operating
near
or crossing
roadways.
Use extra care when loading
or unload-
ing the machine
into a trailer or truck.
Always
wear eye protection
when
oper-
ating
machine.
Data indicates
that operators,
age 60
years and above,
are involved
in a
large percentage
of riding mower-re-
lated injuries.
These
operators
should
evaluate
their ability to operate
the
riding mower safely
enough
to protect
themselves
and others from serious
injury.
Follow the manufacturer's
recommen-
dation
for wheel
weights
or counter-
weights.
Keep machine
free of grass,
leaves
or other debris
build-up
which
can
touch hot exhaust
/ engine
parts and
burn. Do not allow the mower
to plow
leaves or other debris
which can cause
build-up
to occur.
Clean any oil or fuel
spillage
before
operating
or storing
the
machine.
Allow machine
to cool before
storage.
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