Husqvarna Z 246 Operator's Manual

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Operator Manual
Z 246
Zero Turn Mower / 967323903-00
Please read the operator manual carefully and make sure
you understand the instructions before using the machine.
Gasoline containing up to 10% ethanol (E10) is acceptable for use in
this machine. The use of any gasoline exceeding 10% ethanol (E10)
will void the product warranty.


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  • Page 1 Operator Manual Z 246 Zero Turn Mower / 967323903-00 Please read the operator manual carefully and make sure you understand the instructions before using the machine. Gasoline containing up to 10% ethanol (E10) is acceptable for use in this machine. The use of any gasoline exceeding 10% ethanol (E10)
  • Page 2: Conformity Certificates

    CONFORMITY CERTIFICATES USA requirements Labels are placed on the engine and/or in the engine compartment stating that the machine will fulfill the requirements. This is also applicable to special requirements for any of the states, (California emission rules etc.). Do not remove any of these labels.
  • Page 3: Table Of Contents

    CONTENTS INTRODUCTION ............... 4 Starting the Engine ........... 16 Driving and Transport on Public Roads ...... 4 Running ..............17 Towing ................. 4 Stopping the Engine ..........18 Operating ..............4 Mowing Tips ............. 18 Good Service .............. 5 Operating On Hills ............ 18 Manufacturing Number .........
  • Page 4: Introduction

    INTRODUCTION Congratulations Operating Thank you for purchasing a Husqvarna ride-on mower. This This machine is constructed only for mowing grass on lawns machine is built for superior efficiency to rapidly mow primarily and even ground without obstacles such as stones, tree large areas.
  • Page 5: Good Service

    INTRODUCTION Good Service Husqvarna's products are sold throughout the world and only in specialized retail stores with complete service. This ensures that you as a customer receive only the best support and service. Before the product is delivered, the machine has, for example, been inspected and adjusted by your retailer.
  • Page 6: Symbols And Decals

    SYMBOLS AND DECALS These symbols are found on the machine and in the operator manual. Study them carefully so that you know what they mean. IMPORTANT INFORMATION Xxxx xxxxxx xxxxx xxxx WARNING! Xxxx xxxxxx xxxxx xxxx xxxxxxxxx xxxxxxxxx xxxxxx xxxxxxxxx. xx xxxxxxxx xxxx xxxxxx. xxxxxx xxxxxxxxx.
  • Page 7: Safety

    SAFETY Safety Instructions General Operation These instructions are for your safety. Read them carefully. • Read, understand, and follow all instructions on the machine and in the manual before starting. WARNING! THIS CUTTING MACHINE IS CAPABLE OF AMPUTATING HANDS AND FEET AND THROWING •...
  • Page 8: Personal Safety Equipment

    SAFETY • Always wear eye protection when operating machine. • Wear proper Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) while WARNING! Do not drive up or down hills with slopes operating this machine, including (at a minimum) sturdy greater than 10 degrees. Do not drive across any slopes. footwear, eye protection, and hearing protection.
  • Page 9: General Maintenance

    SAFETY • Remove gas-powered equipment from the truck or trailer • Never make adjustments or repairs with the engine running. and refuel it on the ground. If this is not possible, refuel • The blades are sharp and can cause cuts and gashes. such equipment with a portable container, rather than from Wrap the blades or use protective gloves when handling a gasoline dispenser nozzle.
  • Page 10: Transport

    A spark arrestor for the muffler is available through your outward position with elastic or ratcheting straps. Turn off authorized Husqvarna dealer. the fuel supply. Fasten the machine down with approved devices such as bands, chains or straps.
  • Page 11: Controls

    CONTROLS This operator manual describes the Husqvarna Zero Turn Rider. The rider is fitted with a Briggs & Stratton four-stroke overhead valve engine. Transmission from the engine is made via a belt-driven hydraulic pumps. Using the left and right steering controls, the flow is regulates the direction and speed.
  • Page 12: Steering Control Levers

    CONTROLS Steering Control Levers WARNING! The machine can turn very rapidly if one steering control is moved much further forward than the other. Park Brake The machine’s speed and direction are continuously variable using the two steering controls. The steering controls can be moved forward or backward about a neutral position.
  • Page 13: Throttle Control

    CONTROLS Throttle Control Service Meter The throttle control regulates the engine speed and the rate of The service meter displays the total number of hours the rotation of the blades, assuming the blade switch is pulled out. engine has run and indicates when the engine and mower See Blade Switch.
  • Page 14: Fuse

    CONTROLS Fuse Cutting Height Lever The 20 amp primary fuse is located on the left hand side of the To set the deck cutting height, pull the cutting height lever machine. It is accessed by tilting the seat forward. The fuse is inwards and move it to the desired height notch.
  • Page 15: Fuel Tank

    CONTROLS Fuel Tank IMPORTANT INFORMATION Experience indicates that alcohol blended fuels (called gasohol, ethanol or methanol) can attract moisture which leads to separation and formation of acids during storage. Acidic gas can damage the fuel system of an engine while in storage. To avoid engine problems, the fuel system should be emptied before storage of 30 days or longer.
  • Page 16: Operation

    OPERATION Before Starting Read the Safety section and following pages, if you are unfamiliar with the machine. Read the sections on Safety and Controls before starting the machine. Training Perform the daily maintenance before starting (see Due to unique steering capabilities, zero turn mowers are far Maintenance Schedule in the Maintenance section).
  • Page 17: Running

    OPERATION Move the steering / park brake controls out to the locked Press in and turn the ignition key to the start position. position. When the engine starts, immediately release the ignition key back to the run position. Move the throttle lever to the full throttle position. NOTE: There is a detent at the full throttle position to aid in setting the control.
  • Page 18: Stopping The Engine

    OPERATION Move throttle control to full throttle (rabbit symbol). • The finest lawns are obtained by mowing often. The lawn becomes more even and the grass clippings more evenly Engage the mower deck by pulling the blade switch up. distributed over the mown area. The total time taken is not Rotate control levers inward and slowly move both control increased as a higher operating speed can be used without levers slightly forward to move forward in a straight line.
  • Page 19: Jumper Cable Use

    OPERATION Weak Battery Moving Machine By Hand When pushing or pulling the mower, engage the EZT bypass If the battery is too weak to start the engine, it should be linkages. The EZT bypass linkages are located on the rear of recharged.
  • Page 20: Maintenance

    MAINTENANCE Maintenance Schedule The following is a list of maintenance procedures that must be recommended to maintain your machine in the best possible performed on the machine. For those points not described in condition and to ensure safe operation. this manual, visit an authorized service workshop. An annual Read General Maintenance in the Safety section.
  • Page 21 MAINTENANCE At least Maintenance interval Daily once in hours each MAINTENANCE Before After year ■ Check/adjust throttle cable ● ● Check the condition of belts, belt pulleys ■ ■ Change the engine oil ■ ■ Replace the engine oil filter ■...
  • Page 22: Battery

    MAINTENANCE Battery STANDARD STATE APPROXIMATE BATTERY CHARGING TIME* TO FULL CHARGE AT 80 F / 27 Your mower is equipped with a maintenance free battery that BATTERY Maximum Rate at: does not need servicing. However, periodic charging of the CHARGE battery with an automotive type battery charger will extend its 50 Amps 30 Amps...
  • Page 23: Safety System

    Perform a standstill test and check that there is sufficient braking action. The engine can only be started when: To adjust the park brake, contact the Husqvarna service • the mower deck is disengaged. workshop.
  • Page 24: Caster Wheels

    MAINTENANCE Caster Wheels V-belts Check every 200 hours. Check that wheels rotate freely. If Check every 100 hours of operation. Check for severe wheels do not rotate freely take the unit to your dealer for cracking and large nicks. service. NOTE: The belt will show some small cracks in normal operation.
  • Page 25: Adjusting The Mower Deck

    MAINTENANCE Adjusting the Mower Deck Turn either blade to align with the deck front-to-rear. If the front blade tip does not measure " to ½" higher in the Leveling deck rear—with a or adjustable wrench, turn the nuts on the Adjust the deck while the mower is on a level surface.
  • Page 26: Cutting Blades

    CAUTION! Use protective glasses when cleaning and washing. Hardware IMPORTANT INFORMATION Special blade bolt is heat Check daily. Inspect the entire machine for loose or missing treated. Replace with a Husqvarna bolt if required. Do not hardware. use lower grade hardware than specified.
  • Page 27: Lubrication

    Transmission The transmission is maintenance free with no need for level checks or oil changes. If a leak occurs, replace the unit or contact your Husqvarna dealer.
  • Page 28: Troubleshooting

    TROUBLESHOOTING Problem / Cause Engine will not start Engine overheats Blade switch is engaged Clogged air intake or cooling fins Steering controls are not locked in the outer position Engine overloaded Battery is dead Poor ventilation around engine Contamination in the carburetor or fuel line Defective engine speed regulator Fuel supply shutoff valve is closed Too little or no oil in the engine...
  • Page 29: Storage

    Never use Always use genuine Husqvarna spare parts. gasoline for cleaning. Use a degreaser and warm water. 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: Schematic

  • Page 31: Technical Data

    TECHNICAL DATA Engine Frame Manufacturer Briggs & Stratton Cutting Width 46" / 117cm Type Endurance 44S777 Cutting Height 1.5" - 4" / 3.8 - 10.2 cm Power 23 HP Uncut Circle Lubrication Pressure with oil filter Number of Blades Fuel Min 87 octane unleaded (Max Blade Length 22.75"...
  • Page 32: Torque Specifications

    TECHNICAL DATA Torque Specifications Standard ¼" fasteners 9 ft/lb (12 Nm) Engine crankshaft bolt 75 ft/lb (102 Nm) Standard " fasteners 18 ft/lb (25 Nm) Deck pulley bolts 75 ft/lb (102 Nm) Standard " fasteners 33 ft/lb (44 Nm) Lug nuts 75 ft/lb (102 Nm) Standard "...
  • Page 33: Service Journal

    SERVICE JOURNAL Action Date, mtr reading, stamp, sign Delivery Service Charge the battery Adjust the tire pressure of all wheels to 15 PSI (1 bar) Mount the steering controls in the normal position Connect the contact box to the cable for the seat’s safety switch Check that the right amount of oil is in the engine Adjust the position of the steering controls Fill with fuel and open the fuel shut off valve...
  • Page 34: Hour Service

    SERVICE JOURNAL Action Date, mtr reading, stamp, sign After the First 10 Hours Change engine oil Date, mtr reading, stamp, sign 25-Hour Service Check the fuel pump’s air filter Sharpen/Replace mower blades if required Check the tire pressures Check battery cables Lubricate according to lubrication chart Check / clean the engine’s cooling air intake Clean the air cleaner’s foam pre-filter...
  • Page 35 SERVICE JOURNAL Action Date, mtr reading, stamp, sign 100-Hour Service Perform the 25-hour service Perform the 50-hour service Change the engine oil filter Clean/replace the spark plugs Replace the fuel filter Check V-belts Check / tighten caster wheel axle bolts (every 200 hours) Change the air filter’s paper cartridge Change hydraulic pump oil and filter.
  • Page 36 SERVICE JOURNAL Action Date, mtr reading, stamp, sign At Least Once Each Year Clean the engine’s cooling air intake (25 hours) Replace the air cleaner’s foam pre-filter (300 hours) Replace the air filter’s paper cartridge Change the engine oil (50 hours) Replace the engine oil filter (100 hours) Check / adjust the cutting height Check / adjust the park brake (50 hours)
  • Page 37 SERVICE JOURNAL Action Date, mtr reading, stamp, sign...
  • Page 38 SERVICE JOURNAL Action Date, mtr reading, stamp, sign...
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