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PURGE TRANSMISSION
CAUTION: Never engage or disengage
freewheel lever while the engine is
run ning.
To ensure proper operation and performance, it is rec om -
mend ed that the transmission be purged before operating
tractor for the first time. This procedure will remove any
trapped air inside the transmission which may have de-
vel oped during shipping of your tractor.
IMPORTANT: SHOULD YOUR TRANSMISSION RE QUIRE
REMOVAL FOR SERVICE OR REPLACEMENT, IT SHOULD
BE PURGED AFTER REINSTALLATION BEFORE OPERATING
THE TRACTOR.
1. Place tractor safely on a level surface - that is clear
and open - with engine off and parking brake set.
2. Disengage transmission by placing freewheel control
in freewheeling position (See "TO TRANSPORT" in
this section of manual).
3. Sitting in the tractor seat, start engine. After the engine
is running, move throttle control to slow position. With
motion control lever in neutral po si tion, slowly disengage
clutch/brake pedal.
CAUTION: At any time, during step 4,
there may be movement of the drive
wheels.
4. Move motion control lever to full forward position and
hold for five (5) seconds. Move lever to full reverse
position and hold for five (5) seconds. Repeat this
procedure three (3) times.
5. Move motion control lever to neutral position. Shut- off
engine and set parking brake.
6. Engage transmission by placing freewheel control in
engaged position (See "TO TRANSPORT" in this sec-
tion of manual).
7. Sitting in the tractor seat, start engine. After the engine
is running, move throttle control to half (1/2) speed.
With motion control lever in neutral position, slowly
disengage clutch/brake pedal.
8. Slowly move motion control lever forward, after the
tractor moves approximately five (5) feet, slowly move
motion control lever to reverse position. After the trac-
tor moves approximately five (5) feet return the motion
control lever to the neutral position. Repeat this proce-
dure with the motion control lever three (3) times.
Your transmission is now purged and now ready for normal
op er a tion.
OPERATION
MOWING TIPS
Mower should be properly leveled for best mowing
per for mance. See "TO LEVEL MOWER HOUSING" in
the Service and Adjustments section of this manual.
The left hand side of mower should be used for trim-
ming.
Drive so that clippings are discharged onto the area
that has been cut. Have the cut area to the right of the
machine. This will result in a more even distribution of
clippings and more uniform cutting.
When mowing large areas, start by turning to the right
so that clippings will discharge away from shrubs,
fences, drive ways, etc. After one or two rounds, mow
in the opposite direction making left hand turns until
finished (See Fig. 16).
If grass is extremely tall, it should be mowed twice to
reduce load and possible fire hazard from dried clip-
pings. Make first cut relatively high; the second to the
desired height.
Do not mow grass when it is wet. Wet grass will plug
mower and leave undesirable clumps. Allow grass to
dry before mowing.
Always operate engine at full throttle when mow-
ing to assure better mowing performance and proper
dis charge of ma te ri al. Regulate ground speed by se-
lect ing a low enough gear to give the mower cutting
per for mance as well as the quality of cut desired.
When operating attachments, select a ground speed
that will suit the terrain and give best performance of
the attachment being used.
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Fig. 16

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