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Husqvarna DT18BF Operator's Manual

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  • Page 1 Operator Manual Power Rake Seeder Models DTF226 / 966067101 DTF6(BF) / 966067201 DT18BF / 966067001 SD22B5DSA / 966067801 DTF22 / 966068401 DTF226 / 966068501 SD22H5DSA / 966068701 Please read the operator’s manual carefully and make sure you understand the instructions before using the machine.
  • Page 2 WARNING Engine exhaust, some of its constituents, and certain vehicle components contain or emit chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm. ©2010 HTC. All rights reserved. Beatrice, NE. Printed in U.S.A.
  • Page 3: Table Of Contents

    Introduction ...4 Good service ...4 Serial Number ...4 Symbols and Decals ...6 Decal Locations ...7 Safety ...8 General Use ...8 Preparations ...9 operating ...10 Movement/Transport ...11 Storage ...11 Children ...11 Fuel System ...12 Maintenance ...13 Assembly/Controls ...14 Controls ...15 Engine ...16 Fueling ...16 Cutting Unit ...16 Depth Lever ...16...
  • Page 4: Introduction

    Please contact your dealer for more information. If you sell your Husqvarna machine, make sure to give the operator’s manual to the new owner. Insure your machine Contact your insurance company to check on insurance coverage for your new machine.
  • Page 5: General Information

    This manual will assist you in the safe operation and proper maintenance of your Husqvarna equipment. Read it thoroughly before attempting to operate the machine. Call your dealer or Husqvarna if additional information is required. This equipment should not be modified without the manufacturer’s prior written authorization.
  • Page 6: Symbols And Decals

    WARNING! Xxxx xxx xxxx xx xxxx x xxxx. Used in this publication to notify the reader of a risk of personal injury, particularly if the reader should neglect to follow instructions given in the manual. Decals DANGER watch your feet Warning for carbon monoxide Caution graphics Warning for bagger...
  • Page 7: Decal Locations

    Decal Locations Height setting Seeder Dial DANGER watch your feet Seed application chart Warning for carbon monoxide SYMBoLS AND DECALS open/Close (Seedbox) Caution graphics Warning for bagger Handle folding instructions...
  • Page 8: Safety

    General Use The object of this manual is to help you use your Husqvarna machine safely and to give you information about how to maintain your machine. Please read the manual carefully before attempting to use the machine. If after reading the operator’s manual you are still unsure about the safety risks associated with use of the machine, you should not use the machine.
  • Page 9: Preparations

    Ask your dealer about approved protective clothing and approved protective equipment recommended by Husqvarna. 8011-670-aRunning...
  • Page 10: Operating

    Operating • Do not use the machine on grades of more than 20°. We recommend working across slopes rather than up and down. This will yield a more even result. Do not leave the machine standing on a slope unattended. •...
  • Page 11: Movement/Transport

    Movement/Transport • To turn and steer the machine, press down on the handle and turn on the back wheels. • Turn off the engine and allow it to cool at least 2 minutes before transport. • Collapse the handle if the machine is equipped with a collapsible handle.
  • Page 12: Fuel System

    Fuel System WARNING! Gasoline and gasoline fumes are poisonous and extremely flammable. Be especially careful when handling gasoline, as carelessness can result in personal injury or fire. • only store fuel in containers approved for that purpose. • Never remove the fuel cap and fill the fuel tank when the engine is running.
  • Page 13: Maintenance

    Maintenance • Never make adjustments with the engine running. • Disengage the drive units, shut off the engine and wait until all moving parts come to a complete stop before making adjustments, performing maintenance or cleaning the machine. • Disconnect the spark plug cable before beginning repair work.
  • Page 14: Assembly/Controls

    Rotate the handle and tighten it in place. Fill the engine with the manufacturer- recommended oil. See section “Lubrication/ Engine oil”. Test the clutch. Make sure that the clutch expansion spring disengages 6.35 mm (¼") easily. ASSEMBLY/CoNTRoLS The engine RPM is preset by the manufacturer. Idle speed is 1250–1400 RPM.
  • Page 15: Controls

    The 22" dethatcher can be equipped with a catcher. It is available as an accessory at your Husqvarna dealer. It can be mounted after purchase. Alternatively, the 22" dethatcher can be equipped with a seeder.
  • Page 16: Engine

    Engine Refer to your engine manual. Fueling Read the safety instructions before fueling. Keep the fuel and fuel tank clean. Avoid filling the machine with dirty fuel. Make sure the fuel cap is properly tightened and the gasket is not damaged, particularly before washing the machine.
  • Page 17: Blade Versatility

    CoNTRoLS Blade versatility Flail Blades Thatch is the dense layer of clippings, roots and stems that forms between the soil and the base of the grass. As thatch builds up, it prevents water, air and fertilizer from being absorbed into the soil. This causes shallow root development leading to vulnerability to drought and frost.
  • Page 18: Operation

    Before Starting • Mow the lawn ½" shorter than normal. • Allow the lawn to dry. Wet conditions can cause extensive damage to healthy grass. • Check for stones or fixed objects in the lawn. Dethatching • Set the depth lever in working position. •...
  • Page 19: Seed Application

    Seed Application Preparing the Lawn • Cut the grass to approximately ½" (1-1.5 cm) lower than you normally would. • Do not water before sowing. • Remove the layer of old grass cuttings (thatch). • Aerate the lawn with a core-type ground aerator. •...
  • Page 20: Maintenance

    Maintenance Schedule The following is a list of maintenance procedures that must be performed on the machine. For those points not described in this manual, visit an authorized service workshop. MAINTENANCE Check the engine oil level Replace engine oil Check the air filter Replace air filter cartridge Clean sludge reservoir for fuel system Check and clean the spark plug...
  • Page 21: Drive Belt

    Drive Belt When checking the drive belt, allow the engine to cool. Remove the spark plug cable. Remove the belt guard (see illustration) on the left side of the machine. Check that the belt is running in the proper track; the pulleys should guide the belt in a straight line.
  • Page 22: Flail Blades

    Flail Blades Wear/Rotation/Replacing After you have used your dethatcher for some time, the blades will begin to wear on the striking edge. When this happens, their dethatching performance will diminish. A new combing edge may be obtained by rotating the entire rotor shaft assembly laterally (end to end).
  • Page 23 Replacing worn flail blades Allow the engine to cool. Disconnect the spark plug. Tip the machine forward; see the section “Two minute rule”. IMPORTANT INFORMATION When tipping the machine forward observe the Two Minute Rule. Remove e-rings (1) (locking washer type) that hold the blade shaft (2) in place (see the illustration).
  • Page 24: Delta Blades

    Delta Blades Wear/Replacing over time and due to wear, the blades will diminish in length. once the blades have worn down by about ¾" (19 mm), the overall length of the blade at the longest point of the blade will be about 2½" (64 mm), and it will be necessary to replace the blades.
  • Page 25: Two Minute Rule

    MAINTENANCE Two Minute Rule The machine may be tipped forward to facilitate access for cleaning or service, but no longer than 2 minutes. If the machine is held in this position for too long, the engine can be damaged by gasoline draining into the crankcase.
  • Page 26: Lubrication Schedule

    Stop the engine and remove the ignition cable before attempting to lubricate the machine. Wipe away excessive grease after lubrication. It is important to avoid getting lubricant on the belt or the drive surfaces on the belt pulleys. Should this happen, attempt to clean them with spirits.
  • Page 27 LUBRICATIoN Blades Cover the blades with a thin coat of oil to avoid rust. 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.
  • Page 28: Troubleshooting

    Symptom Engine will not start User error Fuel system Spark plug No spark after checking spark plug Faulty engine switch, cable or Low compression Engine is under-powered or runs unevenly Air filter Fuel system Blue or voluminous blue-white exhaust Black exhaust Ignition system Low compression TRoUBLESHooTING...
  • Page 29: Storage

    Service When ordering spare parts, please specify the purchase year, model, type, and serial number. Always use genuine Husqvarna spare parts. An annual check-up at an authorized service workshop is a good way to ensure that your machine performs its best the following season.
  • Page 30: Technical Data

    Engine Primary drive Dethatching width Clutch control Clutch Depth setting Flail blade reel Delta blade reel Handle Weight Width Length Height Distance between axles Bearings Wheels, Front and Rear TECHNICAL DATA 18" POWER RAKE Briggs & Stratton V-belt 18" Handle-mounted with automatic safety declutching Belt tightener with spring return and idling pulley mechanism Adjustable depth control with lever mechanism 26 case-hardened steel blades with...
  • Page 31 Engine Primary drive Dethatching width Clutch control Clutch Seeding Width Depth setting Flail blade reel Delta blade reel Handle Catcher Bag Seed hopper Weight Width Length Height Distance between axles Bearings Wheels TECHNICAL DATA 22" POWER RAKE Briggs & Stratton or none V-belt 22"...
  • Page 32: Service Journal

    Action Delivery service Break the packaging and make sure the machine has not been damaged in transport. Where applicable, assemble accompanying components. Check that the machine design corresponds to the customer order. Check that the right amount of oil is in the engine and transmission.
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