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Mid-engine rider 13.5 hp. electric start 30" mower / mulcher hydrostatic drive
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OPERATION
OPERATING
TIPS
1,
2.
3.
4.
Check the attachment
clutch for correct adjustment.
For the
blade(s) to disengage correctly, the adjustment
must be cor-
rect.
Before you use the unit, check the oil in the engine and add oil
if necessary.
tf the engine will not start, first make sure the wire is attached
to the spark plug.
Make sure all the belts are inside all the belt guides. See the in-
structions on how to remove and install the motion drive and
mower drive belts.
5,
6,
7.
8.
9.
10.
Before you make an inspection, adjustment (except for the car-
buretor) or repair, make sure the wire from the spark plug is dis-
connected.
Make sure the seat switch wire is connected. If the wire is not
connected, the engine will not start.
For longer life of the battery, charge the battery every three
months.
Use the shift lever to change the ground speed, not the throttle
control.
Belt noise can occur when the blade or clutch is engaged. This
noise is normal and does not affect the operation of the unit.
To move forward, always release the clutch/brake pedal slowly.
MOWING
AND BAGGING
TIPS
1.
For a lawn to look better, check the cutting level of the mower
housing. See "How To Level The Mower Housing" in the Ser-
vice And Adjustment section.
2.
For the mower housing to cut level, make sure the tires have
the correct amount of air pressure (PSI).
3.
Every time you use the unit, check the blade. If the blade is bent
or damaged, immediately replace the blade. Also, make sure
the nut for the blade is tight.
4.
Keep the blade(s) sharpened. A worn blade(s) will cause the
ends of the grass to turn brown.
5.
Do not cut or bag grass that is wet. Wet grass will not discharge
correctly. Let the grass dry before cutting.
6.
Use the left side of the mower housing to trim near an object.
7.
Discharge the cut grass onto the mowed area. The result is a
more even discharge of cut grass.
8,
When you mow large areas, start by turning to the right so that
the cut grass will discharge away from shrubs, fences, drive-
ways, etc. After one or two rounds, mow in the opposite direc-
tion making left turns until finished (Figure 12).
9.
tf the grass is very high, cut two times to decrease the load on
the engine. First cut with the mower housing in the highest posi-
tion and then lower the mower housing for the second cut.
10. For better engine performance and an even discharge of the
cut grass, always operate the engine with the throttle in FAST
position.
11. When you use a bagger, operate the engine with the throttle in
FAST position and the speed control lever in a slow forward
speed.
12. For better cutting performance and a quality cut, mow in a slow
forward speed.
13. After each use, clean the bottom and top of the mower housing
for better performance. Also, a clean mower housing will help
prevent a fire.
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Figure12
MULCHING
TIPS
When you use a mulcher attachment, the grass is cut into very small
pieces. These small pieces will quickly break down. Because the
nutrients are returned to the soil, the lawn will need less fertilizer. Too
correctly mulch the grass, follow the steps below.
1.
Set the throttle in the FAST position. Operate the mower at a
slower ground speed, tf ground speed is too fast, the grass will
not have an even cut.
2.
Keep a sharp edge on the blade. A blade that is not sharp will
cause the ends of the grass to become brown.
3.
Make sure the grass is dry. Wet grass is difficult to cut.
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4,
5,
6.
7.
Set the height of the mower housing so that only the top third
of the grass is cut. If the grass is too high, set the height of the
mower housing to the maximum height. Then, lower the mower
housing for the second cut. Also, instead of using the full width
of the mower housing, mulch at half the width.
Clean the bottom of the mower housing. Grass and other debris
can keep the mower from working correctly.
If the grass grows fast, mulch more often.
If an area needs improvement,
mulch a second time.

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