Scotts Lawn Tractors S1642, S1742, and S2046 OMGX10784 G0 OPERATOR’S MANUAL North American Version Litho in U.S.A.
INTRODUCTION Introduction Thank You for Purchasing a Scotts Product IMPORTANT: Avoid damage! This text is used to tell the operator of actions or conditions that might We appreciate having you as a customer and wish you result in damage to the machine.
PRODUCT IDENTIFICATION Product Identification Record Identification Numbers Scott’s Lawn Tractors S1642, S1742 and S2046 PIN (020001 - ) If you need to contact an Authorized Service Center for information on servicing, always provide the product model and identification numbers. You will need to locate the identification numbers for the product.
TABLE OF CONTENTS Table of Contents Safety .....................................1 Operating....................................8 Replacement Parts ................................21 Service Intervals...................................22 Service Lubrication................................23 Service Engine ..................................24 Service Steering and Brakes ..............................31 Service Mower..................................33 Service Electrical..................................40 Service Miscellaneous................................43 Troubleshooting ..................................45 Storage ....................................49 Specifications ..................................51 Assembly ....................................54 Warranty ....................................56 Index .....................................60 All information, illustrations and specifications in this manual are based...
SAFETY Safety • If machine stops going uphill, stop blade and back down Understanding The Machine Safety Labels slowly. • Keep safety devices (guards, shields, and switches) in place and working. • Read operator’s manual. • When leaving machine: –Stop engine –Set park brake –Remove key DANGER: POISON...
SAFETY DANGER: ROTATING BLADE-THROWN Emission Control System Certification Label OBJECTS NOTE: Tampering with emission controls and components by unauthorized personnel may result in severe fines or penalties. Emission controls and components can only be adjusted by EPA and/or CARB authorized service centers. Contact your John Deere Commercial and Consumer Equipment Retailer concerning emission controls and component questions.
SAFETY Operating Safely Parking Safely 1. Stop machine on a level surface, not on a slope. 2. Disengage mower blades. 3. Lower attachments to the ground. 4. Lock the park brake. 5. Stop the engine. 6. Remove the key. 7. Wait for engine and all moving parts to stop before you leave the operator’s seat.
SAFETY Rotating Blades are Dangerous trees, or other objects that may block your vision. • Do not let children or an untrained person operate the HELP PREVENT SERIOUS OR FATAL ACCIDENTS: machine. • Do not carry or let children ride on any attachment or machine even with the blades off.
SAFETY Keep Riders Off Driving Safely on Public Roads Avoid personal injury or death resulting from a collision with another vehicle on public roads: • Only allow the operator on the machine. Keep riders off. • Riders on the machine or attachment may be struck by foreign objects or thrown off the machine causing serious •...
SAFETY Tire Safety machine. Disengage all power and stop the engine. Lock park brake and remove the key. Let machine cool. • Disconnect battery or remove spark plug wire before Explosive separation of a tire and rim parts can cause making any repairs.
SAFETY Handling Waste Product and Chemicals running. • Never fill fuel tank or drain fuel from a machine in an enclosed area. Fill fuel tank outdoors. Waste products, such as, used oil, fuel, coolant, brake • Prevent fires. Clean up spilled fuel immediately. fluid, and batteries, can harm the environment and people: •...
OPERATING Operating E - Attachment Lift Lever Daily Operating Checklist F - Locking Lever Test safety systems. G - Free Wheeling Knob (Automatic Models) Check tire pressure. H - Hand Lever: Transmission Shift Lever (Hand Control Units) (or) Cruise Control Lever (Foot Check fuel level.
OPERATING Adjusting Cutting Height NOTE: Bottom of wheels should be approximately 6-13 mm (1/4-1/2 in.) from the ground. Cutting height can be adjusted from approximately 38 – 100 mm (1-1/2 – 4 in). M88571 5. Check mower wheel position. Remove bolt (A), bushing (B), washer (C), and nut (D) and move mower wheels to proper hole.
OPERATING NOTE: The difference between blade measurements lower left side of mower. must not be more than 3 mm (1/8 in). 9. Tighten upper adjusting nut. 10.Tighten clamping nut. 11.Measure blade tips again and adjust if necessary. Adjusting Mower Level (Front-to-Rear) CAUTION: Avoid injury! Rotating blades are dangerous.
OPERATING service. Perform these tests in a clear open area. Keep bystanders away. Testing Mower Engagement Lever Switch 1. Sit on the seat. 2. Lock the park brake. 3. Push mower engagement lever (A) forward to engage. 4. Try to start engine. 7.
OPERATING CAUTION: Avoid injury! Rotating blades are dangerous. Children or bystanders may be injured by runover and rotating blades. Before backing up, carefully check the area around the machine. 3. Look behind the vehicle to be sure there are no bystanders.
OPERATING Starting Engine IMPORTANT: Avoid damage! Starter may be damaged if starter is operated for more than 20 seconds at a time: CAUTION: Avoid injury! Engine exhaust fumes • Wait two minutes before trying again if engine contain carbon monoxide and can cause does not start.
OPERATING To travel forward: M96455 Engine is air cooled and needs a large volume of air to keep cool. Keep air intake screen (A) on top of engine clean. 1. Push clutch/brake pedal (A) all the way down to stop machine.
OPERATING To stop travel: 1. Put mower engagement lever in the off position. Push down clutch/brake pedal. 2. Look behind the vehicle to be sure there are no bystanders nearby. Using Travel Controls on Automatic Transmission CAUTION: Avoid injury! Children or bystanders may be injured by runover and rotating blades.
OPERATING Using Cruise Control Using The Reverse Implement Option (RIO) CAUTION: Avoid injury! DO NOT use cruise CAUTION: Avoid injury! Rotating blades are control when going down hills. Tractor speed dangerous. Children or bystanders may be will increase. Operate tractor in a large, open injured by runover and rotating blades.
OPERATING Using Mower Deck Side Discharge (42-Inch 3. Release locking lever lock (B) to keep lift lever (A) in position. Mower Deck) CAUTION: Avoid injury! Before you adjust Using Mower mower: STOP engine, remove key, and wait for 1. Start engine and allow it to idle for two to three minutes. blades to STOP.
OPERATING Using Mower Deck Mulch Ready (42-Inch Mower Deck) CAUTION: Avoid injury! Before you adjust mower: STOP engine, remove key, and wait for blades to STOP. Be careful, sharp edges on mower blades. Always wear gloves when handling mower blades. M96105 NOTE: For maximum mulching operation, it may be necessary to change the mower blades, see Servicing...
OPERATING 7. Remove the key. 8. Wait for all moving parts to stop. Transporting Machine on Trailer Be sure trailer has all the necessary lights and signs required by law. IMPORTANT: Avoid damage! Transmission damage may occur if the machine is moved or towed incorrectly: •...
OPERATING See your Authorized Service Center for Tire Chains. Mowing Tips The following recommendations will produce the best lawn cut quality and appearance: • Keep mower blades sharp. Dull blades will tear grass; tips of grass will then turn brown. •...
• Standard M127466 Touch-up paint is available in 340 grams (12 oz.) aerosol • Bagging cans. Scotts Orange (part number: TY24745) and Scotts • Mulching M119232 Grey (part number: TY 24747) Leveling Gauge TY15272 (Part numbers are subject to change without notice.
SERVICE INTERVALS Every 25 Hours Service Intervals Servicing Your Machine • Sharpen/replace blades. IMPORTANT: Avoid damage! Operating in extreme • Check and clean air cleaner element, (service more conditions may require more frequent service frequently under dusty conditions). intervals: • Change engine oil when operating under heavy load or •...
SERVICE LUBRICATION Lubricating Front Wheel Bearings (On 2046 Service Lubrication Grease Model) IMPORTANT: Avoid damage! Use recommended John Deere greases to avoid component failure and premature wear. The recommended John Deere greases are effective within an average air temperature range of -29 to 135 degrees C (-20 to 275 degrees F).
SERVICE ENGINE Service Engine The following John Deere oils are preferred: Engine Warranty Maintenance Statement Maintenance, repair, or replacement of the emission control devices and systems on this engine, which are being done at the customers expense, may be performed by any non- 50°...
4. Unsnap the dust cap, push and twist to open valve (A). 5. Install dipstick: 5. Drain oil into oil drain pan. Allow oil to drain completely. • S1642: Install dipstick in tube, but DO NOT tighten it. Let dipstick threads rest on top of tube, turn cap 6. Remove dipstick.
Checking and Cleaning Air Cleaner Elements • Wash precleaner in a solution of warm water and (Model S1642) liquid detergent. 1. Park machine safely. (See Parking Safely in the Safety • Rinse precleaner thoroughly. Squeeze out excess Section.)
SERVICE ENGINE Checking and Cleaning Air Cleaner Elements IMPORTANT: Avoid damage! Dirt and debris can (Model S1742) enter the engine through a damaged filter element: 1. Park machine safely. (See Parking Safely in the Safety • DO NOT wash paper element. Section.) •...
SERVICE ENGINE • Put approximately 30 ml. (1 oz.) of clean engine oil 3. Lift hood. onto the precleaner. Squeeze precleaner to distribute 4. Clean dirt and debris from the air cleaner cover. the oil evenly. Squeeze out excess oil with a clean cloth. IMPORTANT: Avoid damage! Dirt and debris can enter the engine through a damaged filter element: •...
13.Install air cleaner cover and tighten knobs. DO NOT gap, move the outer electrode. overtighten. • Model S1642: Gap must be 1 mm (0.040 in). • Models S1742 and S2046: Gap must be 0.76 mm Checking Spark Plugs (0.030 in).
SERVICE ENGINE Replacing Fuel Filter CAUTION: Avoid injury! Fuel vapors are explosive and flammable: • DO NOT smoke while handling fuel. • Keep fuel away from flames or sparks. • Shut off engine before servicing. • Cool engine before servicing. •...
SERVICE STEERING AND BRAKES Service Steering and Brakes Adjusting Brakes (Gear) CAUTION: Avoid injury! Rotating blades are dangerous. Stop engine, remove key, wait for all moving parts to stop before servicing machine. 1. Park machine safely. (See Parking Safely in the Safety Section.) 2.
SERVICE STEERING AND BRAKES does, measure brake components individually. SPECIFICATIONS: • Spring bracket to stop tabs (minimum): 2 mm (0.08 in) • Brake lever travel (maximum): 30° Adjusting Brakes (Automatic Foot Control) CAUTION: Avoid injury! Rotating blades are dangerous. Stop engine, remove key, wait for all moving parts to stop before servicing machine.
SERVICE MOWER Service Mower Removing Mower 1. Park machine safely. (See Parking Safely in Safety Section.) Disengage mower blades and wait for all moving parts to stop. CAUTION: Avoid injury! Rotating blades are dangerous. Before adjusting or servicing mower: • Disconnect spark plug wire(s) to prevent engine from starting accidently.
SERVICE MOWER 8. Remove spring locking pins and rear draft pins (I), one Picture Note: Left side of tractor shown. on each side, from rear draft brackets (J). 5. Position the deck so the rear draft arms (A) are between the guide rods (B) and the lift arms (C).
SERVICE MOWER Replacing Mower Drive Belt CAUTION: Avoid injury! Rotating blades are dangerous. Before adjusting or servicing mower: • Disconnect spark plug wire(s) to prevent engine from starting accidently. • Always wear gloves when handling mower blades or working near blades. 1.
SERVICE MOWER 4. Inspect belt for wear or damage; replace as necessary. 5. Install belt in reverse order of removal. CAUTION: Avoid injury! Spring is under tension. Do not remove tensioning spring when 6. Reinstall belt guard(s) and tighten capscrews securely. adjusting mower belt tension.
SERVICE MOWER 3. Measure distance between blade tip and flat ground IMPORTANT: Avoid damage! ALL brakes MUST be surface. adjusted. There are TWO spindle brakes on the 42- 4. Turn blade. Measure distance between other blade tip Inch deck, and THREE spindle brakes on the 46-Inch and flat ground surface.
SERVICE MOWER 4. Inspect blades; sharpen, balance or replace blades as necessary. Installing Mower Blades 1. Lubricate cap screw threads lightly with a general purpose grease or oil. This lubrication is to prevent rusting and seizing. M88112h 2. Install deflector cup (E) on spindle. 3.
SERVICE MOWER Keep original bevel (A) when grinding. Blade should have 0.40 mm (1/64 in.) cutting edge (B) or less. Balance blades before installing. Balancing Blades CAUTION: Avoid injury! Mower blades are sharp. Always wear gloves when handling mower blades or working near blades. 1.
SERVICE ELECTRICAL Removing and Installing the Battery Service Electrical WARNING: Battery posts, terminals and related accessories contain lead and lead components, chemicals CAUTION: Avoid injury! The battery produces known to the State of California to cause cancer and a flammable and explosive gas. The battery reproductive harm.
SERVICE ELECTRICAL positive (+) cable (C) from battery. 4. Remove black rubber strap (D). CAUTION: Avoid injury! The battery produces a flammable and explosive gas. The battery 5. Remove battery. may explode: Installing: • Do not attempt to jump start a frozen battery. Warm to 16 degrees C (60 degrees F).
SERVICE ELECTRICAL Replacing Headlight Bulb 1. Turn bulb socket (A) 1/4 turn counterclockwise to remove. 2. Replace defective bulb with a new bulb. 3. Insert bulb socket into housing, push in and turn 1/4 turn clockwise to install. Replacing Fuse 1.
SERVICE MISCELLANEOUS Service Miscellaneous Filling Fuel Tank IMPORTANT: Avoid damage! Improper care of machine plastic surfaces can damage that surface: Use regular grade 87 octane unleaded fuel. • Do not wipe plastic surfaces when they are dry. Add John Deere fuel stabilizer to fuel before using it in your Dry wiping will result in minor surface scratches.
SERVICE MISCELLANEOUS compound. Do not use power buffer. 4. Apply wax to surface. Service Miscellaneous - 44...
TROUBLESHOOTING Troubleshooting Using Troubleshooting Chart If you are experiencing a problem that is not listed in this chart, see your Authorized Service Center for service. When you have checked all the possible causes listed and you are still experiencing the problem, see your Authorized Service Center.
TROUBLESHOOTING CHECK Engine Hard To Start Dirty air filter. Bad spark plug. Weak or dead battery. Dirty fuel filter. Stale or dirty fuel. Loose or damaged wiring. Carburetor is not adjusted properly or dirty. Engine valves out of adjustment. Below 32°F (0°C) Loss Of Power Cutting too much grass /too fast.
TROUBLESHOOTING CHECK Engine Stops When Gear Shift Lever Is Moved To Normal condition. (See Using Reverse Implement Option in the The R (REVERSE) Position and Attachment Is OPERATING section.) Engaged (Gear) Mower CHECK Mower Blades Will Not Rotate Obstruction in clutch mechanism, or blades. Worn/damaged mower drive belt.
TROUBLESHOOTING CHECK Uneven Cut Mower not level. Travel speed too fast. Blades dull, bent or loose. Mower gauge wheels not adjusted correctly. Buildup of grass, leaves, and trash under mower. Bent blade spindle. Grass Tips Are Jagged And Turn Grayish Brown Dull mower blades.
STORAGE Storage Storing Safety IMPORTANT: Avoid damage! Stale fuel can produce varnish and plug carburetor components and affect engine performance. CAUTION: Avoid injury! Fuel vapors are • Add fuel conditioner or stabilizer to fresh fuel explosive and flammable. Engine exhaust before filling tank.
STORAGE specified torque. 6. Lubricate all grease points. 7. Open fuel shut-off valve, if your machine is equipped. 8. Run the engine 5 minutes without the mower or any attachments running to allow oil to be distributed throughout engine. 9. Be sure all shields and guards or deflectors are in place. Storage - 50...
ASSEMBLY Assembly Bag of Parts Description Operator’s Manual Safety Video Hardware for Battery: • M8x16 Bolts • M8x16 Nuts Check and Connect the Battery CAUTION: Avoid injury! The battery produces a flammable and explosive gas. The battery 3. Pull back the red terminal cover (A) to allow easy access may explode: to the positive (+) cable (B) and connect positive (+) cable to battery.
ASSEMBLY • If tractor/mower deck is being set-up for side discharger or 2-bag bagger DO NOT install mulch cover kit. (See Using Mower Deck Side Discharge OR Using Mower Deck with Optional Equipment in the Operating Mower section.) Check Tire Pressure CAUTION: Avoid injury! Explosive separation of tire and rim parts is possible when they are serviced incorrectly:...
(Canada Only) B. WHAT IS WARRANTED - All parts of any new Scotts Brand Product A. GENERAL PROVISIONS - The warranties described below are Manufactured by John Deere, except batteries, are warranted for the provided by John Deere Limited ("John Deere") to the original purchasers...
E. LIMITATION OF IMPLIED WARRANTIES AND OTHER REMEDIES - John Deere Emission Control System Warranty Coverage SCOTTS BRAND PRODUCTS MANUFACTURED BY JOHN DEERE - TO In California, 1995 and later small off-road equipment engines are THE EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW, NEITHER JOHN DEERE NOR ANY warranted relative to emission control parts for two years.
WARRANTY • Exhaust manifold. Limited Liability Miscellaneous Items Used in Above Systems a) The liability of John Deere under this Emission Control System Warranty is limited solely to the remedying of defects in materials or • Vacuum and temperature switches. workmanship.
WARRANTY B. Depreciation or damage caused by lack of reasonable and necessary maintenance or by improper maintenance. C. Transportation, mailing, or service call charges for warranty service. LIMITATION OF IMPLIED WARRANTIES AND PURCHASER’S REMEDIES To the extent permitted by law, neither John Deere nor any company affiliated with it makes any warranties, representations, or promises as to the quality, performance or freedom from defect of the products covered by this warranty.
Engine Oil ...............24 Engine Oil Level, Checking ..........24 Engine Oil and Filter, Changing ........25 Engine Specifications ............51 Air Cleaner Elements (S1642), Checking and Cleaning 26 Engine Troubleshooting ..........45 Air Cleaner Elements (S1742), Checking and Cleaning 27 Engine Warranty Maintenance Statement ......24 Air Cleaner Elements (S2046), Checking and Cleaning 28 Engine and Fuel Storage, Preparing .......49...
Call the Customer Communications Center A. Your authorized Scotts servicing dealer is the most efficient source in addressing any concern, but if you are not able to resolve your problem after checking your operator’s manual and contacting your dealer, call the Customer Communications Center.