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Rider ProFlex 18

Please read these instructions carefully and make sure
you understand them before using the machine.



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  • Page 1: Rider Proflex

    Operator´s manual Rider ProFlex 18 Please read these instructions carefully and make sure English you understand them before using the machine.
  • Page 2 Svenska –...
  • Page 3: Table Of Contents

    For servicing other than described in this manual contact an authorised dealer for parts and service. CONTENTS Operator’s Manual for Rider ProFlex 18 Adjusting the hydrostatic wire ... 26 Adjusting the brakes ... 27 Checking the tyre pressure ... 27 Replacement of air filter ... 28 Replacement of fuel filter ...
  • Page 4: Introduction

    INSTRUCTION Dear customer Thank you for choosing a Husqvarna Rider. Husqvarna Riders are built to a unique design with a front- mounted cutting unit and a patented rear-wheel steering system. Riders are designed for maximum efficiency even in small or confined areas. The closely grouped controls and pedal-operated hydrostatic transmission also contribute to the performance of this machine.
  • Page 5: Serial Number

    SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS Good service Husqvarna products are sold all over the world and only through servicing dealers. This is to ensure that you, the customer, get the best support and service. For example, before this machine was delivered it was inspected and adjusted by your dealer.
  • Page 6: Explanation Of Symbols

    EXPLANATION OF SYMBOLS These symbols are on the machine and in the instructions. Study them carefully so that you know what they mean. Reverse Neutral Fast Oil pressure Cutting height Use hearing protection Hydrostatic freewheel Noise emissions to surroundings in accordance with the European Rotating blades Union’s directive.
  • Page 7: Safety Instructions

    SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS Safety instructions These instructions are for your safety. Read them carefully. WARNING! The inserted symbol means that important safety instructions need to be observed. It applies to your safety. General use • Read all the instructions in this operator’s manual and on the machine before you start it.
  • Page 8 SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS • Take care when rounding a fixed object, so that the blades do not hit it. Never run the machine over foreign objects. • Only use the machine in daylight or in other well-lit conditions. Keep the machine at a safe distance from holes or other irregularities in the ground.
  • Page 9: Driving On Slopes

    SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS Driving on slopes Driving on slopes is one of the operations where the risk of the driver losing control of the machine or of it overturning is the greatest; this can result in serious injury or death. All slopes demand extra care.
  • Page 10: Children

    SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS Children • Serious accidents may occur if you fail to be on your guard for children in the vicinity of the machine. Children are often attracted to the machine and mowing. Never assume that children will remain where you last saw them. •...
  • Page 11 SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS • If leaks arise in the fuel system, the engine must not be started until the problem has been resolved. • Store the machine and fuel in such a way that there is no risk that leaking fuel or fumes can cause any damage.
  • Page 12: Transport

    SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS • Never use the machine indoors or in spaces lacking proper ventilation. Exhaust fumes contain carbon monoxide, an odourless, poisonous and highly dangerous gas. • Stop and inspect the equipment if you run over or into anything. If necessary, make repairs before starting.
  • Page 13: Presentation

    Presentation These instructions describe the Rider ProFlex 18. The Rider ProFlex 18 is equipped with a 18-horsepower four-stroke V-twin Kawasaki engine. The power transmission from the engine is handled by a hydrostatic gearbox, which enables variable speed by using the pedals.
  • Page 14: Throttle Control

    Throttle control The throttle control regulates the engine speed, and thereby also the rotation speed of the blades. To increase or reduce the engine speed the control is moved forwards or backwards. Avoid idling the engine for long periods, as there is a risk of carbon build-up on the spark plugs.
  • Page 15: Cutting Unit

    Cutting unit Rider ProFlex can be equipped with numerous attachments. The BioClip unit finely cuts the lawn by cutting the grass several times before returning the clippings to the lawn as fertiliser. Cutting unit with rear ejection, i.e. the grass cuttings are ejected behind the unit.
  • Page 16: Lever For Adjustment Of Cutting Height

    Lever for adjustment of the cutting height The cutting height can be adjusted to 7 different positions with the cutting height lever. To achieve an even cutting height it is important that the tyre pressures are the same on the front wheels (60 kPa).
  • Page 17: Driving

    Before starting • Read the sections headed ”Safety instructions” and ”Presentation” before starting the mower. • Carry out daily maintenance before starting (see ”Maintenance \ Maintenance Schedule”). • Adjust the seat to the required position. Starting the engine 1. Lift up the cutting unit by pulling the lever back- wards to locked position (transport position) and apply the parking brake.
  • Page 18: Driving The Machine

    5. When the engine starts release the ignition key immediately back to neutral position. IMPORTANT INFORMATION Do not run the starter for more than about 5 seconds at a time. If the engine does not start, wait about 15 seconds before trying again.
  • Page 19 3. Select the required cutting height (1–7) with the cutting height lever. 4. Push in the lock button on the lift lever and lower down the cutting unit. DRIVING 6007-210 6007-211 English –...
  • Page 20: Cutting Tips

    Cutting tips WARNING! Clear the lawn from stones and other objects which can be thrown out by the blades. • Localise and mark stones and other fixed objects to avoid collision. • Start with a high cutting height and reduce down until the required mowing results are obtained.
  • Page 21: Stopping The Engine

    Stopping the engine Preferably let the engine idle a minute in order to attain normal operating temperature before stopping it if it has been worked hard. Avoid idling the engine for long periods, as there is a risk of carbon build-up on the spark plugs. 1.
  • Page 22: Maintenance

    The following is a list of the maintenance which should be conducted on the machine. For the items which are not described in these instructions go to an authorised service workshop. Maintenance Check for fuel and oil leakage Check the parking brake Check the engine oil level (when you refuel) Check the fuel pump air filter...
  • Page 23 Maintenance Lubricate throttle control Lubricate choke control Smörj styrkedja i ramtunnel. Lubricate steering chain inside frame tunnel Clean engine cooling air intake Clean the air filter pre-filter (oil-foam) Change engine oil Clean the air filter cartridge (paper filter) Check/adjust cutting height setting Check/adjust parking brake Inspect flame guard/spark arrestor (optional equipment)
  • Page 24: Dismantling Of The Machine Hoods

    Dismantling of the machine hoods Engine hood 1. Tip up the seat. 2. Turn the main catch on top of the engine hood 1/4 turn anti-clockwise. 3. Lift up the engine hood. If necessary the engine hood can be removed by taking out the hinge pins.
  • Page 25: Checking The Engine's Cooling Air Intake

    Left-hand fender Dismantle the screws (1 and 2), and lift off the fender. Transmission cover Undo the two screws (one on each side) and lift off the transmission cover. Check the engine’s cooling air intake Open the engine hood. Check that the cooling intake is free from leaves, grass and dirt.
  • Page 26: Checking And Adjusting The Steering Wires

    Checking and adjustment of the steering wires The steering is controlled by means of wires. These can in time become slack, which implies that the adjustment of the steering becomes altered. Check and adjust the steering as follows: 1. Dismantle the frame-plate by releasing the screws (two on each side).
  • Page 27: Checking And Adjustment Of Throttle Wire

    Checking and adjustment of the throttle wire Check that the engine responds to the throttle control and that the correct engine speed is achieved at full throttle. If in doubt, contact the service workshop If adjustment is necessary, adjust the lower wire as follows: 1.
  • Page 28: Adjusting The Hydrostatic Wire

    Adjusting the hydrostatic wire The hydrostatic wire (on the left) is adjusted as follows: 1. Remove the transmission cover. Unscrew the two screws (one on each side) and lift off the transmission cover. 2. Separate the lower ball joint, which is secured with a spring clip.
  • Page 29: Adjusting The Brakes

    Adjusting the brakes The parking brake (on the right) is adjusted as follows: 1. Remove the transmission cover. Unscrew the two screws (one on each side) and lift off the transmission cover. 2. Unhook the spring (A) from the screw (B). 3.
  • Page 30: Replacement Of Air Filter

    Replacing the air filter If the engine seems to lack power or does not run smoothly this may be because air filter is clogged. If run with a soiled air filter, carbon can build-up on the spark plugs and lead to malfunctioning. It is therefore important to replace the air filter at regular intervals (see ”Maintenance \ Maintenance Schedule”...
  • Page 31: Replacement Of Fuel Filter

    Replacement of the fuel filter Replace the fuel filter every 100 running hours (once per season) or more frequently if it is clogged. Replace the filter as follows: 1. Open the engine hood. 2. Move the hose clips away from the filter. Use a pair of flat pliers.
  • Page 32: Checking The Battery Acid Level

    Check the level of the battery acid Check that the level of the battery acid lies between the markings. Top up the cells with distilled water only. WARNING! Procedures on contact with acid External: Rinse well with plenty of water. Internal: Drink large quantities of water or milk.
  • Page 33: Checking The Safety System

    Inspecting the safety system The Rider is equipped with a safety system that prevents starting or driving under the following conditions: The engine should only be possible to start when the cutting unit is in its raised position and the hydrostat pedals are in the neutral position.
  • Page 34: The Parts Of The Cutting Unit

    The parts of the cutting unit A cutting unit with a rear ejector has been used in the instructions below, however, the same procedure applies to other units if not otherwise stated. The parts mentioned are: A. Catch E. Height setting arm B.
  • Page 35 4. Slide in the unit so that the inner pins (B) bottom in the attachment frame’s groove. 5. Hook the rear end of the height adjustment arm (E) in place: Set the cutting height lever to the forward position. Release the pressure from the arm if necessary by lifting or pushin down on the front of the frame.
  • Page 36: Setting The Parallelism

    Setting the parallelism and height for the cutting unit with rear ejector and BioClip unit The base unit is adjusted at the factory. When one of the attachments is fitted, the parallelism and height need to be adjusted. Starting point: 1.
  • Page 37: Checking And Adjusting The Ground Pressure

    Checking and adjustment of the cutting unit’s ground pressure To achieve the best cutting results the cutting unit should follow the underlying surface without pres- sing too hard against it. The pressure is adjusted with a screw on each side of the machine.
  • Page 38: Service Position For The Cutting Unit

    Service position for the cutting unit The cutting unit can be set in a service position to provide good access for cleaning, servicing and repair. The service position means that the unit is raised and locked in the vertical position. Placing in the service position 1.
  • Page 39: Dismantling The Cutting Unit

    Dismantling the cutting unit WARNING! Take care. Risk of crushing injury 1. Place the Rider on a level surface. 2. Apply the brakes by pressing down the pedal and lock using the pushbutton. 3. Lift up the unit using the lifting lever. 4.
  • Page 40 9. Unhook the height adjustment arm (E) by raising the rear of the arm: Release the pressure from the arm if necessary by lifting or pushing down on the front of the frame. 10. Pull the handle (D) and the unit simultaneously. Release the handle when the unit has come out a bit.
  • Page 41: Removing The Attachment Frame

    Removing the attachment frame Starting point for removing attachment frame: • Cutting unit must be removed. 1. Release the catch so that the front mounting can be lifted clear of the cutting unit. 2. Slide the attachment frame backwards so that the tongue on the cutting unit is clear of the slot in the attachment frame, then lift off the frame.
  • Page 42: Assembling The Belts

    Assembling the belt 1. Position the belt from the front and let the front end of the belt hang around the hook guard’s handle. 2. Fit the belt on the intermediate pulley and against the support wheel. 3. Fit the steering plate under the support wheel and tighten the bolts using two 13 mm spanners.
  • Page 43: Changing The Cutting Unit's Belts

    Replacing the cutting unit’s belts Belt replacement on BioClip 103 There are two versions of BioClip 103. Version 1 has a single toothed belt and version 2 has two belts. The toothed belts drive the blades and synchronise their rotation. The belts are located under a cover on top of the cutting unit.
  • Page 44 6. Version 2: Assembly: First fit the lower belt and then the upper belt. Ensure the blades are positioned as set out in the diagram, at 90 degrees to each other, otherwise the belts must be adjusted. When the blade bearings are loose the belts can be moved around to the next tooth.
  • Page 45: Removal Of Bioclip Plug

    Removal of BioClip plug (Combi) To change a Combi unit from BioClip function to cutting unit with rear ejection, remove the BioClip plug located under the unit with three screws. 1. Put the unit in the service position, see ”Placing in the service position”.
  • Page 46: Lubrication

    LUBRICATION Lubrication chart 8009-291 – English...
  • Page 47: General Lubrication

    General Remove the ignition key to prevent accidental movement during lubrication. If lubricating with an oil can, fill the can with engine oil. If lubricating with grease, use grease 503 98 96-01 or a similar chassis grease or bearing grease with good corrosion resistance, unless otherwise specified.
  • Page 48 2. Chains in frame tunnel Remove the cover from the frame tunnel, see step 1. Lubricate the chains in the frame tunnel using an oil can or motorcycle chain spray. Lubricate the shaft of the control wire pulleys with grease. Press the rollers to the side and brush the shaft with grease.
  • Page 49 Check the engine oil level when the Rider is on level ground. Raise the engine hood. Take out the dipstick, wipe it clean and push it in again. Do not screw in the dipstick. Take out the dipstick again and read the oil level. The oil level should be between the marks on the dipstick.
  • Page 50 6. Cutting unit Remove the nose cowling. Lubricate using an oil can: A. Safety catch Joints and bearings Lubricate with grease: B. Inner stud C. Slot for attachment frame 7. Triangular link Grease nipple located behind the right side front wheel.
  • Page 51 10. Oil filter, replacement 1. Open the engine hood. 2. Drain off the engine oil according to the work description ”Changing of engine oil”. 3. Dismantle the oil filter. If necessary use a filter extractor. 4. Apply new, clean engine oil on the seal for the new filter.
  • Page 52: Trouble Shooting Schedule

    TROUBLE SHOOTING SCHEDULE Problem Engine will not start. Starter does not pull round engine. Engine does not run smoothly. Engine seems to have no power. Engine overheats. Battery does not charge. Machine vibrates. Uneven mowing. – English Procedure • Fuel tank empty. •...
  • Page 53: Storage

    Winter storage At the end of the season the machine should immediately be put in order for storage, also if it is going to stand idle for more than 30 days. Fuel which is left to stand for long periods (30 days or more) can leave tacky deposits which can block the carburettor and interfere with the engine.
  • Page 54: Wiring Diagram

    1. Microswitch, hydrostat 2. Microswitch, cutting unit 3. Microswitch, seat 4. Ignition lock 5. Counter 6. Start relay 7. Engine 8. Fuse 15 A – English WIRING DIAGRAM Explanation of colour abbreviations in wiring diagram. RD = Red BL = Blue VT = White SV = Black GL = Yellow...
  • Page 55: Technical Data

    When the service life of this product has been served and it is no longer used it should be returned to the dealer or to an applicable station for recycling. TECHNICAL DATA Rider ProFlex 18 2 030 mm 900 mm...
  • Page 56 Rear ejector 97 Cutting width 970 mm Cutting heights 7 settings, 40-100 mm Blade length 350 mm Width 1 075 mm Weight with cutting unit frame 56 kg Length with cutting unit 2 370 mm Rear ejector 120 BioClip 103 Cutting width 1 030 mm Cutting heights...
  • Page 57: Eu Declaration Of Conformity

    Husqvarna AB, SE-561 82 Huskvarna, Sweden, tel: +46-36-146500, declares under sole responsibility that the Rider Husqvarna Rider ProFlex 18, from 2002’s serial numbers and onwards (the year is clearly stated in plain text on the rating plate with subsequent serial number), complies with the requirements of the COUNCIL’S DIRECTIVES: - of June 22, 1998 ”relating to machinery”...
  • Page 58: Servicejournal

    Work done Pre-delivery service 1. Top up battery with acid and recharge for four hours. 2. Fit steering wheel, seat and any optional equipment. 3. Fit cutting unit. 4. Adjust cutting unit: Adjust lift springs (effective weight of cutting unit should be 12–15 kg, or set to maximum lift if brush is to be fitted).
  • Page 59 Work done 25 hour service 1. Clean the air filter pre-filter (oil-foam element). (more regularly in dusty conditions) 2. Clean the engine cooling air intake and transmission air intake. 3. Clean the fuel pump air filter. (in dusty conditions). SERVICEJOURNAL Date, mileage, stamp, sign English –...
  • Page 60 SERVICEJOURNAL Work done Date, mileage, stamp, sign 50 hour service 1. Clean / replace the air filter pre-filter (oil-foam element). (more regularly in dusty conditions) 2. Clean the engine cooling air intake and transmission air intake. 3. Clean the pre-filter air filter. 4.
  • Page 61 Work done 100/200 hour service 1. Change the engine oil. Change the oil filter every 200 hours. 2. Clean / replace the air filter pre-filter (oil-foam element). 3. Clean the paper air filter. Replace every 200 hours. (more regularly in dusty conditions) 4.
  • Page 62 SERVICEJOURNAL Work done Date, mileage, stamp, sign 300 hour service 1. Inspect the machine. Additional work? 2. Change engine oil. 3. Replace the air filter (oil-foam element). 4. Replace air filter ( paper air filter). Clean the fuel pump air filter. 6.
  • Page 63 Work done At least once a season 1. Change engine oil (100 hours). 2. Clean / replace the air filter pre-filter (oil-foam element) (25 hours). (more regularly in dusty conditions) 3. Clean / replace the paper air filter (100 hours). (more regularly in dusty conditions).
  • Page 64 SERVICEJOURNAL Date, mileage, stamp, sign Work done – English...
  • Page 65 SERVICEJOURNAL Date, mileage, stamp, sign Work done English –...
  • Page 66 SERVICEJOURNAL Date, mileage, stamp, sign Work done – English ´+H%,¶6c¨...
  • Page 67 English –...
  • Page 68 114 00 51-26 ´+H%,¶6c¨ 2002W11...

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