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1. Safety
Rules
&
Safe Operation
Practices
for Ride=On Mowers
IMPORTANT:
THIS CUTTING MACHINE IS CAPABLE OF AMPUTATING HANDS AND FEETAND THROWING
OBJECTS.
FAILURE
TO OBSERVE THE FOLLOWING SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS
COULD RESULT IN SERIOUS INJURY OR DEATH.
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I. TRAINING
Readtheinstructionscarefully.
Befamiliarwiththecontrols
and the proper use of the equipment.
Never allow children or people unfamiliar with the instruc-
tions to use the lawnmower. Local regulations may restrict
the age of the operator.
Never mow while people, especially children, or pets are
nearby.
Keep in mind that the operator or user is responsible for
accidents or hazards occurring to other people or their
property.
Do not carry passengers.
All drivers should seek and obtain professional and practi-
cal instruction. Such instruction should emphasize:
the need for care and concentration
when working
with ride-on machines;
control of a ride-on machine sliding on a slope will not
be regained by the application of the brake.
The main reasons for loss of control are:
a) insufficient wheel grip;
b) being driven too fast;
c) inadequate braking;
d) the type of machine is unsuitable for its task;
e) lack of awareness of the effect of ground conditions,
especially slopes;
f)
incorrect hitching and load distribution.
il. PREPARATION
To reduce the risk of fire - before use, when refueling and
at the end of each mowing session - inspect and remove
any debris buildup from the tractor, mower and behind al
guards.
While mowing, atwayswearsubstantialfootwearand
tong
trousers. Do not operate the equipment when barefoot
or wearing open sandals.
Thoroughly
inspect the area where the equipment is to
be used and remove all objects which may be thrown by
the machine.
WARNING - Petrol is highly flammable.
Store fuel in containers specifically designed for this
purpose.
Refuel outdoors only and do not smoke while refuel-
ing.
Add fuel before starting the engine. Never remove the
cap of the fuel tank or add petrol while the engine is
running or when the engine is hot.
If petrol is spilled, do not attempt to start the engine
but move the machine away from the area of spillage
and avoid creating any source of ignition until petrol
vapors have dissipated.
Replace all fuel tanks and container caps securely.
Replace faulty silencers.
Before using, always visually
inspect to see that the
blades, blade bolts and cutter assembly are not worn or
damaged. Replace worn or damaged blades and bolts
in sets to preserve balance.
On multi-bladed
machines,
take care as rotating one
blade can cause other blades to rotate.
ill. OPERATION
Do not operate the engine in a confined space where
dangerous carbon monoxide fumes can collect.
Mow only in daylight or in good artificial light.
Before attempting to start the engine, disengage all blade
attachment clutches and shift into neutral.
Do not use on slopes of more than 5 °.
Remember there is no such thing as a"safe" slope. Travel
on grass slopes requires particular care. To guard against
overturning;
do not stop or start sudd enty when going up or down hill;
engage clutch slowly, always keep machine in gear,
especially when traveling downhill;
machine speeds should be kept low on slopes and
during tight turns;
stay alert for humps and hollows and other hidden
hazards;
never mow across the face of the slope, unless the
lawnmower is designed for this purpose.
Use care when pulling loads or using heavy equipment.
Use only approved drawbar hitch points.
Limit loads to those you can safely control.
Do not turn sharply. Use care when reversing.
Use counterweight(s)
or wheel weights when sug-
gested in the instruction handbook.
Watch out for traffic when crossing or near roadways.
Stop the blades from rotating before crossing surfaces
other than grass.
When using any attachments, never direct discharge of
material toward bystanders
nor allow anyone near the
machine while in operation.
Never operate the lawnmower
with defective guards,
shields or without safety protective devices in place.
Do not changethe engine governor settings or overspeed
the engine. Operating the engine at excessive speed may
increase the hazard of personal injury.
Before leaving the operator's position:
disengage the power take-off and lower the attach-
ments;
change into neutral and set the parking brake;
stop the engine and remove the key.
Disengage drive to attachments,
stop the engine, and
disconnect the spark ptug wire(s) or removethe ignition key
before cleaning blockages or unclogging chute;
before checking, cleaning or working on the lawnmower;
after striking a foreign object. Inspect the lawnmower
for damage and make repairs before restarting and
operating the equipment;
if the machine starts to vibrate abnormally
(check
immediately).
Disengage drive to attachments when transporting or not
in use.
Stop the engine and disengage drive to attachment
before refueling;
before removing the grass catcher;
before making height adjustment unless adjustment
can be made from the operator's position.
Reduce the throttle setting during engine run-out and, if
the engine is provided with a shut-off valve, turn the fuel
off at the conclusion of mowing.
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