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Mower Deck Removal & Installation; Removing The Mower Deck; Installing The Mower Deck - Craftsman ZTS 7500 Operator's Manual

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MOWER DECK REMOVAL
&
INSTALLATION
NOTE: Perform mower removal and installation on a
hard, level surface such as a concrete floor.
WARNING
Engage parking brake, disengage PTO, stop
engine and remove key before attempting
to
install or remove the mower.
Removing
the
Mower
Deck
1. Turn the PTO off, put the control levers in PARK posi-
tion, turn the ignition OFF, remove the key, and wait
for all moving parts to stop.
2. Pivot the rider's front wheels forward.
3. Place the cutting height adjustment crank (D, Figure
10) in the lowest cutting position.
4. Release tension on the drive belt using the mower
belt release lever (E, Figure 10) and remove the drive
belt from the engine pulley.
5. Disconnect the front hitch by removing the hitch rod
and clip (A, Figures 10 & 11), and lifting the mower
hitch (B) up and off the rider hitch bracket (D).
6. Slide the mower deck forward until the rear mower
supports (C) disengage the frame of the rider.
7. Slide the mower deck out from under the right side of
the rider.
Installing
the
Mower
Deck
1. Pivot the rider's front wheels forward.
2. Place the cutting height adjustment crank (D, Figure 10)
in the lowest cutting position.
3. Slide the mower deck under the right side of the rider.
Slide the mower backwards making sure that the rear
mower supports (C, Figure 11) slide up the ramps on
the frame. The rear of the mower is supported by
these frame ramps.
4. Hang the mower hitch (B, Figure 11 ) on the rider
hitch bracket (D) and secure with the hitch rod and
clip (A).
5. Use the mower belt release lever (E, Figure 12) to
release tension on the mower idler pulley, and install
the drive belt as shown in Figure 12.
Figure 10. Mower Components
A. Hitch Rod and Clip
B. Mower Hitch
C. Rear Mower Supports
D. Cutting
Height Adjustment
Crank
E. Mower Belt Release Lever
Figure 11. Mower Hitch Components
A. Hitch Rod and Clip
B. Mower Hitch
C. Rear Mower Supports
D. Rider Hitch Bracket
Figure 12. Mower Belt Routing
A. Engine Pulley
B. Mower Drive Belt
C. Back=Side Idler Pulley
D. V=ldler Pulley
E. Mower Belt Release Lever
F. Mower Drive Pulley
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