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Pictorial Safety Signs



At several important places on this machine safety signs are affixed intended to signify potential danger. The hazard is identified by a pictorial in a warning triangle. An adjacent pictorial provides information how to avoid personal injury. These safety signs, their placement on the machine and a brief explanatory text are shown in this Safety Signs section.

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Avoid Injury From Rotating Blades

Do not put hands or feet under or into mower when engine is running.

Avoid Injury From Thrown Objects

Do not operate mower without discharge chute or entire grass bag assembly in place.

Stay clear while engine is running.

Avoid Injury From Rotating Blades And Thrown Objects



Do not operate mower without mulch cover or bagging chute and entire grass bag assembly in place.

Stay clear of mower blades when engine is running.

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Avoid Injury From Rotating Blades



Picture Note: Appears on both sides of the deck.

Do not put hands or feet under or into mower when engine is running.

Grass Bag



Picture Note: Sewn into Bag Seam.

• Grass bag is subject to wear and deterioration.

• Check grass bag frequently. Replace when necessary.

• Use a John Deere grass bag or an equivalent to comply with safety specifications.

CE Certification, Specifications & Sound Labels



Picture Note: JS61



Picture Note: JS63

These labels on your mower indicate that this model has been certified and is in compliance with European Directive 98/37/EC (89/392EEC) Standards

Operate Safely



• Inspect machine before you operate. Be sure hardware is tight. Repair or replace damaged, badly worn, or missing parts. Be sure proper guards, plates, grass catcher, or other safety protective devices are in good condition and fastened in place. Make any necessary adjustments before you operate.

• Clear work area of objects that might be thrown. Keep people and pets out of the work area. Stop machine if anyone enters the area.

• If you hit an object, stop the machine and inspect it. Make repairs before you operate. Keep machine properly maintained and in good working order.

• Do not leave machine unattended when it is running.

• Only operate during daylight or with good artificial light.

• Be sure of footing. Be especially careful when you pull machine backwards with the engine running.

• Mow across a hill - not up and down. Be careful when you change direction on a slope. Do not mow excessively steep slopes.

• Do not mow wet grass. Reduced traction could cause you to slip.

• Keep a firm hold on the machine handle.

• Do not wear radio or music headphones while operating the machine. Safe operation requires your full attention.

• Do not operate mower if you are under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Rotating Blades are Dangerous - Protect Children and Prevent Accidents





Protect Children:

• Never assume that children will remain where you last saw them. Children are attracted to mowing activity, stay alert to the presence of children.

• Keep children in the house when you are operating the machine.

• Turn machine off if a child enters the area.

• Use extra care when you come to blind corners, shrubs, trees, or other objects that may block your vision.

• Do not let children or an untrained person operate the machine.

Help Prevent Serious Or Fatal Accidents:

• Be alert at all times, people especially children can move quickly into the area before you know it.

• Stop the blade when crossing gravel drives, walks, or roads.

• Shut off blades when you are not mowing.

• Keep hands, feet, and clothing away from rotating blades.

Wear Appropriate Clothing



• Wear close fitting clothing and safety equipment appropriate for the job.

• Do not operate the equipment when barefoot or wearing open sandals. Always wear substantial footwear.

• Loud noise can cause impairment or loss of hearing, wear a suitable protective device such as earplugs.

Practice Safe Maintenance



• Understand service procedure before doing work. Keep area clean and dry.

• Never lubricate, service, or adjust machine while it is moving. Keep safety devices in place and in working condition. Keep hardware tight.

• To prevent them from getting caught, keep hands, feet, clothing, jewelry, and long hair away from any moving parts.

• Before servicing machine, disengage all power and stop the engine. Let engine cool.

• Securely support any machine elements that must be raised for service work.

• Keep all parts in good condition and properly installed. Fix damage immediately. Replace worn or broken parts. Remove any buildup of grease, oil, or debris.

• Unauthorized modifications to the machine may impair its function and safety.

Avoid Injury from Contacting Blade



Before you unplug or adjust machine:

• Stop the engine.

• Wait for blade to stop.

• Keep hands, feet and clothing away from blade when engine is running.

Handling Waste Products



• Waste products, such as, used oil, fuel, and batteries, can harm the environment and people.

• Do not use beverage containers for waste fluids - someone may drink from them.

• See your local Recycling Center or John Deere dealer to learn how to recycle or get rid of waste products.

Handling Fuel Safely

Fuel and fuel vapors are highly flammable:



• Do not refuel machine while you smoke, when machine is near an open flame or sparks, or when engine is running. Stop engine.

• Fill fuel tank outdoors.

• Prevent fires: clean oil, grease and dirt from machine. Clean up spilled fuel immediately.

• Do not store machine with fuel in tank in a building where fumes may reach an open flame or spark.

• Prevent fire and explosion caused by static electric discharge. Use only non-metal, portable fuel containers approved by the Underwriter’s Laboratory (U.L.) or the American Society for Testing & Materials (ASTM). If using a funnel, make sure it is plastic and has no screen or filter.

• Static electric discharge can ignite gasoline vapors in an ungrounded fuel container. Remove the fuel container from the bed of a vehicle or the trunk of a car and place on the ground away from the vehicle before filling. Keep nozzle in contact with container opening while filling.



• When practical, remove equipment from trailers or truck beds and refuel them on the ground. If this is not possible, use a portable, plastic fuel container to refuel equipment on a truck bed or trailer.

• Do not use methanol gasoline. Methanol is harmful to the environment and to your health.