SAFE OPERATION PRACTICES FOR RIDE-ON MOWERS
THIS CUTTING MACHINE IS CAPABLE OF AMPUTATING HANDS AND FEET AND THROWING
OBJECTS. FAILURE TO OBSERVE THE FOLLOWING SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS COULD
RESULT IN SERIOUS INJURY OR DEATH.
I. GENERAL OPERATION
Read, understand and follow all instruc-
tions in the manual and on the machine
Only allow responsible adults, who are
familiar with the instructions, to operate the
Clear the area of objects such as rocks,
stones, toys, wire etc., which could be
picked up and thrown by the blades.
Be sure the area is clear of all people and
pets before mowing. Stop the machine if
anyone enters the area.
Never carry passengers or children even with
Do not mow in reverse unless absolutely
necessary. Always look down and behind
before and while backing.
Be aware of the mower discharge direction
and do not direct it towards anyone. Do not
operate the mower without either the entire
grass catcher or the guard in place.
Slow down before turning.
Never leave a running machine unattended.
Always turn off theblades, set the parking
brake, stop the engine and remove the key
before leaving the machine.
Turn off blades when not mowing.
Stop engine before removing grass catcher
or unclogging chute.
Mow only in daylight or good artificial light.
Do not operate the machine while under the
influence of alcohol or drugs.
Watch out for traffic when operating near or
Use extra care when loading and unloading
the machine onto a trailer or truck.
Data indicates that operators, age 60 years
and above, are involved in a large percent-
age of riding mower-related injuries. These
operators should evaluate their ability to
operate the riding mower safely enough to
protect themselves and others from serious
Keep machine free of grass, leaves or other
debris buildup which can touch hot exhaust/
engine parts and burn. Do not allow the
mower deck to plow leaves or other debris
which can cause buildup to occur. Clean
any oil or fuel spillage before operating or
storing the machine. Allow machine to cool
II. SLOPE OPERATION
Slopes are a major factor related to loss-of-
control and tip-over accidents, which can result
in severe injury or death. All slopes require extra
caution. If you cannot back up the slope or if you
feel uneasy on it, do not mow it.
Mow up and down slopes (10° Max.), not
Remove obstacles such as rocks, tree
Watch for holes, ruts, or bumps. Uneven
terrain could overturn the machine. Tall
grass can hide obstacles.
Use slow speed. Choose a low speed so
that you will not have to stop while on the
Use extra care with grass catchers or other
attachments. These can change the
stability of the machine.
Keep all movement on the slopes slow and
gradual. Do not make sudden changes in
speed or direction.
Avoid starting or stopping on a slope. If tires
lose traction, disengage the blades and
proceed slowly straight down the slope.
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