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Operator's Manual
DT18BF / 966 019501
Please read the operator's manual carefully and make sure you
understand the instructions before using the machine.

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    Operator’s Manual DT18BF / 966 019501 Please read the operator’s manual carefully and make sure you understand the instructions before using the machine.

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    ©2009 HTC. All rights reserved. Beatrice, NE. Printed in U.S.A.

  • Page 3: Table Of Contents

    CONTENTS Introduction ..............4 Operation ...............17 Congratulations ..........4 Preparing the Lawn ..........17 Use ..............4 Before Starting ..........17 Insure your machine ..........4 Starting .............17 Important information .........4 Finishing ............17 Good service ............4 Maintenance ............18 Serial Number ............4 Maintenance Schedule ........18 Symbols and Decals ..........5 Drive Belt ............19 Decals ..............5 Flail blades ............20...

  • Page 4: Introduction

    • Stop the engine and wait until all machine If you sell your Husqvarna machine, make sure to give movement comes to a standstill before service, the operator’s manual to the new owner. adjustment or cleaning.

  • Page 5: Symbols And Decals

    Used also when there is a potential for misuse or misassembly. Decals Warning for carbon monoxide Husqvarna logo Caution graphics Model DT18 Handle folding instructions Height setting Husqvarna crown logo DANGER watch your feet Husqvarna...

  • Page 6: Decal Locations

    SYMBOLS AND DECALS Decal Locations Husqvarna logo Warning for carbon monoxide Model designation DT18 Caution graphics Height setting Handle folding instructions DANGER watch your feet Husqvarna...

  • Page 7: Safety

    SAFETY General Use The object of this manual is to help you use your Husqvarna machine safely and to give you information WARNING! about how to maintain your machine. Please read Under no circumstances may the the manual carefully before attempting to use the original design of the machine be machine.

  • Page 8: Preparations

    • Never use the machine when barefoot. Always wear protective shoes or protective boots with anti- slip and preferably with steel toes. • Wear approved ear-protection when running the machine. Ask your dealer about approved ear- protection. 8011-670-aRunning Husqvarna...

  • Page 9: Operating

    Engine exhaust, some of its constituents and certain vehicle components contain or emit chemicals considered to cause cancer, birth defects or other reproductive harm. The engine emits carbon monoxide, which is a colorless, poisonous gas. Do not use the machine in enclosed spaces. Husqvarna...

  • Page 10: Movement/transport

    Keep an eye out and shut off the machine if children enter the work area. • Never allow children to operate the machine. • Be particularly careful near corners, bushes, trees or other objects that block your view. 8011-039-1 Keep children away from the work area. 10 - Husqvarna...

  • Page 11: Fuel System

    Avoid overfilling. If you spill gasoline on the machine, wipe up the spill and wait until it has evaporated before starting the engine. If you spill gasoline on your clothing, change your clothing. 8011-019-1 Fueling always poses an element of risk. Husqvarna...

  • Page 12: Maintenance

    • Never use a machine with a defective muffler. • Reduce the risk of fire by removing grass, leaves and other debris that may have caught in the machine. 8011-121-1 Keep the machine clean. 12 - Husqvarna...

  • Page 13: Assembly/controls

    6.35 mm (¼") easily. within these limits. Knob for collapsible handle Oil refill engine Handle Clutch cable Shaft guard Clutch bail Belt shield Engine Depth lever HUSQVARNA...

  • Page 14: Controls

    CONTROLS The dethatcher has a 18" width. The machine is equipped with a 5.5 hp Briggs & Stratton, four-cycle engine.* *As rated by the engine manufacturer 14 - Husqvarna...

  • Page 15: Engine

    The clutch tightens the drive belt and engages the drive for the blades. When the clutch lever is pressed against the handle, the blades begin to rotate. Hold the clutch tightly when working so the belt does not slip. 8060-016 Husqvarna...

  • Page 16: Blade Versatility

    Excessive thatch also creates an ideal environment for insects and lawn diseases. Power- raking with flail blades removes this thatch layer and restores your lawn to good health. Flail blades offer the most aggressive dethatching of all the blades offered. 16 - Husqvarna...

  • Page 17: Operation

    8060-016 Hold clutch bail against handle Finishing • Remove all extracted thatch from the grass and compost/dispose of properly. • Other methods for improving your lawn may include aeration and fertilization. Husqvarna...

  • Page 18: Maintenance

    No service operations may be performed on the engine or unit unless: • The engine is stopped. • The ignition cable has been removed from the spark plug. • The machine is securely parked where it will not tip or begin rolling. 18 - Husqvarna...

  • Page 19: Drive Belt

    Fit a new belt by first pulling it over the lower pulley and then the engine pulley. Check that the tensioning pulley and belt guides end up outside the belt loop. Tighten belt guides and refit the belt guard. 8060-018 Husqvarna...

  • Page 20: Flail Blades

    Refit the drive belt. Check the pulley alignment to the engine shaft pulley. The drive belt should run smoothly in its Remove belt cover track. Adjust as necessary. Tighten the pulleys. Refit the belt guard. Reattach the spark plug cable. 20 - Husqvarna...

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    (4) and the plastic spacers (3) will fall off. Fit the new blades and replace the plastic spacers as necessary. Refer to the illustration of the components for blade/spacer placement. Install e-rings. Repeat this procedure for the remaining three shafts. Reattach the spark plug cable. 8062-020 Husqvarna...

  • Page 22: Two Minute Rule

    Do not exceed 70 bar/1000 PSI water pressure when cleaning. Lubricate the machine after cleaning. This is particularly important if the machine is to be stored. 8011-121-1 22 - Husqvarna...

  • Page 23: Lubrication

    Should this happen, Lubricate folding handle points once a week. attempt to clean them with spirits. If the belt continues Lubricate main shaft bearings once a week or to slip after cleaning, it must be replaced. every 40 hours. Husqvarna...

  • Page 24: Blades

    This is particularly important prior to winter storage or if the machine will not be used for a period of longer than 30 days. Handle Lubricate the joints at both sides of the handle with an oil can. DT06 24 - Husqvarna...

  • Page 25: Troubleshooting

    Replace the spark plug Build-up on electrodes. Short Check electrode gap and clean or circuit. replace spark plug. Faulty ignition unit. Contact an authorized service workshop. Low compression Serious interior engine damage or Contact an authorized service faulty valves. workshop. Husqvarna...

  • Page 26: Storage

    Han dle the fuel with caution. It is very purchase year, model, type, and serial number. flammable and careless use can cause Always use genuine Husqvarna spare parts. serious damage to person and property. An annual check-up at an authorized service...

  • Page 27: Technical Data

    26¾" (68 cm) without handle 50" (127 cm) with handle Height 24" (61 cm) without handle 40" (102 cm) with handle Distance between axles 17¾" (45cm) center to center Bearings ¾" closed flanged cartridge Wheels, Front and Rear Front 8" x 1¾" Husqvarna...

  • Page 28: Service Journal

    Fill in the sales papers, etc. Delivery service has been carried out. No remaining notes. Certified: After the first 20 hours Change engine oil. Check that belts are properly adjusted. Tighten screws and nuts. 28 - Husqvarna...

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    SERVICE JOURNAL Date, stamp, signature Action Husqvarna...

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    SERVICE JOURNAL Date, stamp, signature Action 30 - Husqvarna...

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    SERVICE JOURNAL Date, stamp, signature Action Husqvarna...

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    P/N 115 144627 IR 01/15/09...

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