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Operation - Craftsman CTX 9000 Operator's Manual

22 gross hp briggs & stratton with 46" mower
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20.0 ft (6,0 m)
You could be seriously injured or even killed if you use this unit on too
steep an incline. Using the unit on a slope that is too steep or where you
don't have adequate traction can cause you to lose control or roll over.
A good rule of thumb is to not operate on any slope you cannot back up
(in 2-wheel drive mode). You should not operate on inclines with a slope
greater than a 3.5 foot rise over a 20 foot length. Always drive up and
down slopes: never cross the face.
Also note that the surface you are driving on can greatly impact stability
and control. Wet grass or icy pavement can seriously affect your ability to
control the unit.
If you feel unsure about operating the unit on an incline, don't do it. It's
not worth the risk.
Moving Parts
This equipment has many moving parts that can injure you or someone else.
However, if you are seated in the seat properly, and follow all the rules in this book,
the unit is safe to operate.
The mower deck has spinning mower blades that can amputate hands and feet.
Do not allow anyone near the equipment while it is running!
To help you, the operator, use this equipment safely, it is equipped with an
safety system. Do NOT attempt to alter or bypass the system.
See your dealer immediately if the system does not pass all the safety interlock
system tests found in this manual.
This unit has spinning mower blades. These blades can pick up and throw
debris that could seriously injure a bystander. Be sure to clean up the area to
be mowed BEFORE you start mowing.
Do not operate this unit without the entire grass catcher or discharge guard
(deflector) in place.
Also, do not allow anyone in the area while the unit is running! If someone
does enter the area, shut the unit off immediately until they leave.
Fueland Maintenance
Gasoline is extremely flammable. Its vapors are also extremely flammable
and can travel to distant ignition sources. Gasoline must only be used
as a fuel, not as a solvent or cleaner. It should never be stored any place
where its vapors can build up or travel to an ignition source like a pilot light.
Fuel belongs in an approved, plastic, sealed gas can, or in the tractor fuel
tank with the cap securely closed. Spilled fuel needs to be cleaned up
Proper maintenance is critical to the safety and performance of your unit. Be
sure to perform the maintenance procedures listed in this manual, especially
periodically testing the safety system.

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