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Daily Operating Checklist

o Test safety systems. Perform safety interlock system checkout procedure.

o Check tire pressure.

o Check fuel level.

o Check engine oil level.

o Check transmission oil level.

o Check coolant level on liquid cooled engine.

o Remove grass and debris from machine.

o Clean air intake screen.

o Check area below machine for leaks.

Avoid Damage to Plastic and Painted Surfaces

• Do not wipe plastic parts unless rinsed first.

• Insect repellent spray may damage plastic and painted surfaces. Do not spray insect repellent near machine.

• Be careful not to spill fuel on machine. Fuel may damage surface. Wipe up spilled fuel immediately.

Operator Station Controls


MX23742

A - Power Take Off (PTO) Selector Lever

B - Transmission Range Shift Lever

C - Left Turn Brake Pedal

D - Right Turn Brake Pedal

E - Brake Pedal Latch

F - PTO Switch Knob

G - Turn Signal Switch

H - Light Control Switch

I - Horn Switch

J - Cruise Control Lever

K - Ignition Key Switch

L - Forward Travel Pedal

M - Hazard Lights Switch

N - Work Light Switch

O - Engine Speed Hand Throttle

P - Reverse Travel Pedal

Q - Dual Selective Control Valve (SCV) Lever

R - Rockshaft Adjustable Depth Stop Knob

S - Rockshaft Control Lever

Floor Panel Controls


MX23743

A - Selective Control Valve (SCV) Lock

B - Operator Seat Adjustment Lever

C - Mechanical Front Wheel Drive (MFWD) Control Lever

D - Differential Lock Pedal

E - Rockshaft Rate-of-Drop Control Knob

F - Mower Height Control Knob

G - Park Brake Lever

Adjusting Seat

1. Sit on seat.


MX23702

2. Lift seat lever (A) up to unlock seat position.

3. Slide seat forward or rearward to desired position where all controls can be easily reached.

4. Release lever to lock seat in position.

5. To adjust level of seat, turn knob (B) clockwise to tilt seat angle forward or counterclockwise to tilt seat angle rearward.

Adjusting Seat For Operator Weight

Turn knob (C) to reach desired suspension travel for operator weight. Suspension should not bottom out when properly adjusted.

Using Light Switch

c CAUTION: Avoid injury! Do not operate on roads with light switch in the field position. Rear work lights may blind or confuse operators of oncoming vehicles.


MX35839

A - All Lights Off

B - Marker Position: rear/brake lights, position lights and license plate light on.

C - Road Position: headlights on.

D - Field Position: headlights, rear/brake lights, license plate light, and optional working lights on.

Using Key Switch


MX8092

A - OFF Position - In this position the engine will not run.

B - ON Position - Move key from OFF to this position and the engine oil pressure light and battery charging light will turn on and activate the glow plugs for 3 seconds. You will also hear the engine fuel shut-off solenoid engage with a click.

C - START Position - Move key from ON to this position and the starter will engage the engine flywheel to start the engine. Release the key to the ON position.

Using Horn


MX33839

Press top of button (A) to sound the horn.

Using Instrument Panel


MX35669

A - Park Brake Light - This light should illuminate when the park brake is set and locked.

B - Engine Coolant Temperature Light - This light will turn on when the engine coolant is approaching a dangerously hot temperature. If this light turns on during operation, remove load on machine immediately. Reduce engine to idle speed and check for something blocking air flow to the radiator and check engine coolant level. If light stays on after cleaning grille, stop engine.

C - Alternator/Battery Charging Light - This light will turn on when the ignition key is in the ON position and the engine is not running. If this light turns on while the engine is running, the alternator output is too low. Move the throttle lever to the full throttle position. Stop the engine if light remains on.

D - Engine Oil Pressure Light - This light will turn on when the ignition key is in the ON position and the engine is not running. If this light turns on while the engine is running, engine oil pressure is too low. Stop engine.

E - MFWD Light - This light will turn on when Mechanical Front Wheel Drive (MFWD) is activated.

F -Warning Flasher/Turn Signal Indicator Light - This indicator light will turn on and flash when the light switch is turned to the warning flasher lights ON position, the headlights, taillights, and warning flasher lights ON position or the turn signal switch is moved to the left hand turn position.

G -Warning Flasher/Turn Signal Indicator Light - This indicator light will turn on and flash when the light switch is turned to the warning flasher lights ON position, the headlights, taillights, and warning flasher lights ON position or the turn signal switch is moved to the right hand turn position.

H - PTO Engaged Light - This light will illuminate when the PTO is engaged.

I - Fuel Gauge - Shows approximately how much fuel is in the fuel tank.

J - Tachometer - Shows engine speed. Engine speed is shown in 100’s. Example: If indicator is pointing at 20 (20 x 100 = 2000 RPM). Note the special marker labeled RATED. With the indicator pointing at the RATED marker, this is the proper engine speed for the 540 RPM Power Take Off (PTO).

K - Hour Meter - Shows total number of accumulated running hours at rated speed. Use the hour meter as a guide when servicing various components of this machine.

L - Machine Bulb Integrity Light - This light will flash at the same time the machine turn signals/warning lights flash if the circuit is good. If turn signal bulb does not light, the bulb integrity light will not light.

M - 1st Trailer Bulb Integrity Light - This light will flash at the same time the 1st trailer turn signal/warning lights flash if the circuit is good. If 1st trailer turn signal bulb does not light, the 1st trailer bulb integrity light will not light.

N - 2nd Trailer Bulb Integrity Light - This light will flash at the same time the 2nd trailer turn signal/warning lights flash if the circuit is good. If 2nd trailer turn signal bulb does not light, the 2nd trailer bulb integrity light will not light.

O - Glow Plug Light - This light will turn on for three seconds when the key is turned to the ON or start positions.

Using Turn Signal Switch

NOTE: The turn signal switch will operate only when the ignition key switch is in the ON position.

NOTE: Normal use of turn signals is possible when light switch is in either warning flasher position. Turn signals will temporarily override warning flashers when activated. When turn signals are de-activated, warning flashers will resume operation.


MX35683

1. Depress right side of switch (A) to operate the right turn signal light.

2. Depress left side of switch (A) to operate the left turn signal light.

3. Move switch to the centered position to turn lights off.

Using Hazard Warning Light Switch

Hazard warning light assemblies are mounted on the front and rear of the ROPS. Use these lights when operating machine on public roads or highways according to local regulations.

Push button in to turn on hazard lights. Push button in again to turn off hazard lights.

Testing Safety Systems



c CAUTION: Avoid injury! Engine exhaust fumes contain carbon monoxide and can cause serious illness or death.

Move the machine to an outside area before running the engine.

Do not run an engine in an enclosed area without adequate ventilation.

• Connect a pipe extension to the engine exhaust pipe to direct the exhaust fumes out of the area.

• Allow fresh outside air into the work area to clear the exhaust fumes out.

The safety systems installed on your machine should be checked before each machine use. Be sure you have read the machine operator manual and are completely familiar with the operation of the machine before performing these safety system checks.

Use the following checkout procedures to check for normal operation of machine.

If there is a malfunction during one of these procedures, do not operate machine. See your authorized dealer for service.

Perform these tests in a clear open area. Keep bystanders away.

Testing the Neutral Start Switch

1. Sit on the operator’s seat.

2. Lock the park brake.

3. Push the PTO switch knob to the disengaged/off position.

4. Move the transmission range shift lever to the H (high) or L (low) position.

5. Turn the key to the START position.

• The engine must not crank.

Testing the Power-Take-Off (PTO) Switch

1. Sit on the operator’s seat.

2. Lock the park brake.

3. Push the PTO switch knob to the disengaged/off position.

4. Move the transmission range shift lever to the N (neutral) position.

5. Pull the PTO switch knob to the engaged/on position.

6. Turn the key to the START position.

• The engine must not crank.

Testing the Seat Switch

1. Sit on the operator’s seat.

2. Lock the park brake.

3. Push the PTO switch knob to the disengaged/off position.

4. Start the engine.

5. Move the transmission range shift lever to the H (high) or L (low) position.

6. Raise up slightly from the operator’s seat. Do not dismount the machine.

• The engine must stop.

7. Turn the key switch to the OFF position.

Testing Mid-PTO/Seat Switch Interface

1. Sit on the operator’s seat.

2. Lock the park brake.

3. Push the PTO switch knob to the disengaged/off position.

4. Move the transmission range shift lever to the N (neutral) position.

5. Start the engine.

6. Move the PTO selector lever to the mid-PTO only position.

7. Pull the PTO switch knob to the engaged/on position.

8. Raise up slightly from the operator’s seat. Do not dismount the machine.

• The engine must stop.

9. Push the PTO switch knob to the disengaged/off position.

10. Start the engine.

11. Move the PTO selector lever to the mid and rear PTO position.

12. Pull the PTO switch knob to the engaged/on position.

13. Raise up slightly from the operator’s seat. Do not dismount the machine.

• The engine must stop.

14. Push the PTO switch knob to the disengaged/off position.

15. Turn the key switch to the OFF position.

Testing Rear PTO/Park Brake Interface

1. Sit on the operator’s seat.

2. Lock the park brake.

3. Push the PTO switch knob to the disengaged/off position.

4. Move the transmission range shift lever to the N (neutral) position.

5. Start the engine.

6. Move the PTO selector lever to the rear PTO only position.

7. Raise up from the operator’s seat. Do not dismount the machine.

8. Pull the PTO switch knob to the engaged/on position.

• The rear PTO should operate.

9. Sit on the operator’s seat.

10. Unlock the park brake.

11. Raise up from the operator’s seat. Do not dismount the machine.

• The engine must stop.

12. Push the PTO switch knob to the disengaged/off position.

13. Turn the key switch to the OFF position.

Using Brake Pedals

Using Brake Pedals As Driving Brake:

c CAUTION: Avoid injury! Using unlocked brakes to stop the machine at high speeds may cause accidental turning or tipping.

• Lock pedals together when not using the turn brakes or for road travel or transport.

• Slow down before making a turn.

1. Rotate brake pedal latch clockwise until it locks into right turn brake pedal.

2. Depress either brake pedal to slow or stop the machine.

• With latch down, brakes should stop machine in a straight line.

Using Brake Pedals to Assist In Turning:

IMPORTANT: Avoid damage! Do not apply turn brakes while an implement is engaged with the ground. Damage to the 3-point hitch and implement may occur.


NOTE: Turn brake pedals can be used to make tighter turns and may reduce unnecessary backing.

1. Rotate brake pedal latch counterclockwise until it stops against left turn brake pedal. The brake pedals will now function independently.

• To make a tighter left turn, depress left turn brake pedal while turning to the left.

• To make a tighter right turn, depress right turn brake pedal while turning to the right.

Using Park Brake

Locking Park Brake:

c CAUTION: Avoid injury! Always lock park brake and move transmission range shift lever to a position other than N (neutral) before leaving machine unattended. Transmissions will not prevent machine motion without the park brake locked.

1. Lock both brake pedals together using brake pedal latch.

2. Press down on brake pedals with foot.

3. Pull park brake lever up to the locked position. The park brake light should illuminate.

4. Remove foot from brake pedals.

Unlocking Park Brake:

1. Press down on brake pedals with foot.

2. Depress release button and push park brake lever down to the unlock positioned. Park brake light should be off.

3. Remove foot from brake pedals. Both pedals should now be released from the locked position.

Using Throttle

Use the throttle to change engine speeds. Use the throttle in conjunction with the tachometer to set engine speeds.

Increase Engine Speed - Push throttle lever towards the front of the machine.
Decrease Engine Speed - Pull throttle lever towards rear of the machine.

Using Fuel Shut-Off Valve

c CAUTION: Avoid injury! Close fuel shut-off valve when performing any type of engine service, during transport of the machine, and during storage.


MX35834

1. Open or close fuel shut-off valve lever (A) as required:

Open Valve: Rotate valve lever pointer to the vertical position (B) marked “O”.
Close Valve: Rotate valve lever pointer to the horizontal position (C) marked “C”.

Starting the Engine

c CAUTION: Avoid injury! Engine exhaust fumes contain carbon monoxide and can cause serious illness or death.

Move the machine to an outside area before running the engine.

Do not run an engine in an enclosed area without adequate ventilation.

• Connect a pipe extension to the engine exhaust pipe to direct the exhaust fumes out of the area.

• Allow fresh outside air into the work area to clear the exhaust fumes out.

1. Open the fuel shut-off valve.

2. Lock the park brake.

3. Move the transmission range shift lever to the N (neutral) position.

4. Push the PTO switch knob down to the disengaged/off position.

c CAUTION: Avoid injury! Check to be sure area is clear of any bystanders before lowering implements to the ground.

5. Lower any implements to the ground.

6. Set the engine speed hand throttle to the 1/2-3/4 fast position.

7. Turn ignition key switch to the ON position.

8. Check indicator lamps:

• Park brake light will glow and flash if park brake is locked.

• Engine oil pressure light will glow.

• Alternator/battery charging light will glow.

• Engine glow plug light will glow for 3 seconds. Engine is now ready to start.

IMPORTANT: Avoid damage! Do not operate starter more than 20 seconds. If engine does not start, wait 2 minutes before trying again or starter may be damaged. If engine does not start after four tries, see Electrical Problems in Troubleshooting section.


9. Turn key switch to START position. Release key when engine starts.

10. Check indicator lights:

• Engine oil pressure light should go out within 5 seconds.

NOTE: Set engine speed at full throttle if indicator light does not go out after 10 seconds.

• Alternator/battery charging light should go out within 10 seconds.

• If indicator lights stay on longer than the given time interval, stop engine and check for cause.

IMPORTANT: Avoid damage! In cold weather, run engine several minutes to allow engine oil and transmission oil to warm.


NOTE: It is normal for the engine to be louder and for blue-white exhaust smoke to be present during engine warm-up. The amount of exhaust smoke depends on air temperature.

11. Set the engine speed hand throttle to the 1/2 fast position for 1 minute without load.

Cold Weather Starting Aids

Recommendations:

• Turn key to ON position for 3 seconds to activate glow plugs.

• Install optional engine coolant heater if you operate machine in temperatures below -18? C (0? F).

Warming and Idling the Engine

IMPORTANT: Avoid damage! In cold weather, run engine several minutes to allow engine oil and transmission oil to warm.


NOTE: It is normal for the engine to be louder and for blue-white exhaust smoke to be present during engine warm-up. The amount of exhaust smoke depends on air temperature.

Warming Engine:

• Lock the park brake.

• Set the engine speed hand throttle to the 1/2 fast position for 5 minutes without load.

Idling Engine:

• Adjust engine speed hand throttle rearward to set engine speed slow idle.

Starting a Stalled Engine

IMPORTANT: Avoid damage! If engine stalls while operating under load, start engine immediately to prevent abnormal heat build-up in engine.


1. Move the transmission range shift lever to the N (neutral) position.

2. Push PTO switch knob down to the disengaged/off position.

3. Start engine. Continue with normal operation, or set engine speed at slow idle speed for 1 or 2 minutes before stopping.

Stopping Machine

Normal Stopping

1. Remove foot from forward or reverse travel pedal.

2. Push PTO switch knob down to the disengaged/off position.

c CAUTION: Avoid injury! Check to be sure area is clear of any bystanders before lowering implements to the ground.

3. Lower any implements to the ground.

4. Fully depress brake pedal.

c CAUTION: Avoid injury! Always lock park brake and move transmission range shift lever to a position other than N (neutral) before leaving machine unattended. Transmissions will not prevent machine motion without the park brake locked.

5. Lock the park brake.

IMPORTANT: Avoid damage! Do not stop engine immediately after hard or extended operation. Keep engine running at low idle for about 2 minutes to prevent heat build-up.


6. Adjust engine speed hand throttle to set engine speed at slow idle speed. Allow engine to idle for 2 minutes.

7. Turn key switch to OFF position.

8. Remove key.

9. Wait for the engine and all moving parts to stop before leaving the operator’s station.

Emergency Stopping

1. Remove foot from forward or reverse travel pedal.

2. Depress brake pedal.

3. Turn key switch to OFF position. Do not release brake pedal until all moving parts have stopped.

4. Lock the park brake.

Operating the Hydrostatic Transmission

IMPORTANT: Avoid damage! To prevent transmission damage, stop machine motion completely before shifting the range shift lever.


1. Start machine engine.

2. Choose speed range with range shift lever to match work application.

L – Low speed operations such as loader work, tilling hard soil, mowing long grass or heavy hauling. Machine speed is decreased, but machine power is increased.
N – Neutral position. Lever must be in the N (neutral) position when starting the engine.
H – High speed operations such as light tilling and hauling, mowing short grass and transport. Machine speed is increased, but machine power is decreased.

3. Depress brake pedals.

4. Unlock park brake.

5. Release brake pedals.

6. Move engine speed hand throttle forward until engine operates at desired speed.

NOTE: When the travel pedals are released, machine travel should stop.

7. Slowly depress forward travel pedal downward to travel forward. Slowly depress reverse travel pedal downward to travel in reverse.

• The farther either travel pedal is depressed, the faster the machine will travel.

8. Stop machine to change speed range.

Using Cruise Control

c CAUTION: Avoid injury! Use cruise control only in large, open areas. Shut off before turning or when in areas with many obstacles.

NOTE: The cruise control is only operational when the machine is traveling forward.

Engaging Cruise Control

1. Depress forward travel pedal until desired travel speed is reached.

2. Raise lever to engage cruise control.

3. Release forward travel pedal.

4. To adjust travel speed, disengage cruise control and engage cruise control again at a different speed.

Disengaging Cruise Control

NOTE: The machine will stop if cruise control is disengaged while the machine is in motion. To maintain forward motion, depress the forward travel pedal before disengaging cruise control.

Depressing right turn brake pedal disengages cruise control. Lock brake pedals together to use brake pedals to disengage cruise control, or use right turn brake pedal only.

1. Depress forward travel pedal or brake pedals.

Using Differential Lock (Traction Assist)

c CAUTION: Avoid injury! Driving at high speeds with the traction assist engaged may result in loss of steering control. Do not engage traction assist or turn with the traction assist engaged while operating machine at high speeds or on slopes.

The differential lock is used to provide better traction when rear wheels start to slip. Engaging differential lock will lock right and left side rear axles together and cause both rear wheels to turn at equal speeds for maximum traction.

IMPORTANT: Avoid damage! Using the traction assist function improperly can damage the transaxle:

• Reduce speed and allow drive wheels to rotate at same speed before engaging or disengaging traction assist.

• Disengage traction assist when driving on dry asphalt or concrete.

• Use traction assist only when necessary for improved ground engagement.


NOTE: Turning radius is increased when the differential lock is engaged. To assist turning, release the differential lock and use the turn brake pedals.

Engaging Differential Lock

1. Stop or slow machine movement.

NOTE: Differential lock will remain engaged as long as rear wheel slippage occurs. If tires slip and regain traction repeatedly, hold down pedal with foot so differential lock remains engaged.

2. Push down on differential lock pedal to engage differential lock.

Disengaging Differential Lock

1. Remove foot from differential lock pedal.

NOTE: Rear wheel slippage will keep differential lock engaged. Lock will automatically disengage when traction equalizes.

2. If lock does not disengage when removing foot from pedal, depress brake pedal to equalize traction, then release.

Using Mechanical Front Wheel Drive (MFWD)

Mechanical front wheel drive (MFWD) enables the powertrain to drive both front and rear axles for improved traction on difficult ground conditions and provides 4-wheel braking. MFWD can be engaged and disengaged on-the-go with light loads and on low traction surfaces.

c CAUTION: Avoid injury! Use extra caution when driving on slopes. To increase traction and provide four-wheel braking, engage mechanical front wheel drive (MFWD) when driving on slopes. Be aware that MFWD can improve access to dangerously sloped terrain, thereby increasing the possibility of tipover.

To improve braking on sloped, icy, wet, or graveled surfaces, engage the MFWD. Add ballast to the tractor and travel at a reduced speed to avoid skidding and loss of steering control.

IMPORTANT: Avoid damage! Always disengage MFWD when driving on a paved surface.

Put the transmission levers in neutral to move the machine when the engine is not running.



MX35869

IMPORTANT: Avoid damage! Hand engage MFWD lever only. Foot engagement can damage mechanism.


• Push down on MFWD control lever to engage MFWD.


MX35835

• Instrument panel MFWD light (A) will illuminate when MFWD is activated.

NOTE: It may be necessary to reduce engine load to disengage front wheel drive.

• Pull up on MFWD control lever to disengage MFWD.

Tips for Operating MFWD:

• Maintain front tire pressure at maximum allowable level to ensure proper tire performance in all field conditions.

• Engage MFWD to provide four-wheel braking.

• Disengage MFWD when driving machine to or from work site to increase front tire life.

Using the Power-Take-Off (PTO) Safely



c CAUTION: Avoid injury! Stay clear of rotating drivelines

:

• Entanglement in rotating driveline can cause serious injury or death.

• Keep hands, feet and clothing away.

• Make sure that all shields are installed and used properly.

• Stop the engine and be sure PTO driveline is stopped before getting near it.

Using Rear and Mid PTO (Operator on Seat)

IMPORTANT: Avoid damage! Use rear mounted equipment rated for 540 rpm. Do not operate mid or rear PTO over 540 RPM mark on tachometer.


NOTE: The mid-PTO is only operational with the operator on the seat.

Engaging the PTO

1. Sit on operator’s seat.

2. Lock the park brake.

3. Move the transmission range shift lever to the N (neutral) position.

NOTE: The starter will not crank if the PTO switch knob is in the engaged/on position.

If the operator leaves the seat with the engine running and the mid-PTO engaged, the safety interlock system will stop the engine and all implements.

4. Start the engine.

5. Set engine speed to 1500 rpm or less.


MX35678

6. Move the PTO selector lever (A) to desired operating position.

• Position (B) - Mid PTO only.

• Position (C) - Mid and Rear PTO both.

• Position (D) - Rear PTO only.

7. Pull the PTO switch knob up to the engaged/on position.


MX35835

• The instrument panel PTO engaged light (E) will illuminate when the PTO is engaged.

8. Adjust the engine speed hand throttle forward to the desired speed for the implement used.

• Mid PTO speed will be 2100 rpm at the 540 PTO marker on the tachometer.

NOTE: The PTO marker on the tachometer indicates engine speed for a standard 540 PTO.

Disengaging the PTO

1. Adjust engine rpm to slow idle.

2. Push PTO switch knob down to the disengaged/off position.

Using Rear PTO (Operator Off Seat)

IMPORTANT: Avoid damage! Use rear mounted equipment rated for 540 rpm. Do not operate mid or rear PTO over 540 RPM mark on tachometer.


NOTE: The mid-PTO is only operational with the operator on the seat.

Engaging the PTO

1. Sit on operator’s seat.

2. Lock the park brake.

3. Move the transmission range shift lever to the N (neutral) position.

NOTE: The starter will not crank if the PTO switch knob is in the engaged/on position.

If the operator leaves the seat with the engine running and the mid-PTO engaged, the safety interlock system will stop the engine and all implements.

4. Start the engine.

5. Set engine speed to 1500 rpm or less.


MX35678

6. Move the PTO selector lever (A) to position (B) for rear PTO only.

7. Pull the PTO switch knob up to the engaged/on position.


MX35669

• The instrument panel PTO engaged light (C) will illuminate when the PTO is engaged.

8. Adjust the engine speed hand throttle forward to the desired speed for the implement used.

NOTE: The PTO marker on the tachometer indicates engine speed for a standard 540 PTO.

Disengaging the PTO

1. Adjust engine rpm to slow idle.

2. Push the PTO switch knob down to the disengaged/off position.

Using Drawbar Hitch

c CAUTION: Avoid injury! Use only the drawbar that was provided with the machine. Do not install or use any other type drawbar.

To avoid rearward upset, all towed loads must be attached to the drawbar, not just to the link or draft arms.

IMPORTANT: Avoid damage! Maximum static vertical load on drawbar should not exceed the maximum recommendations. Drive slowly with heavy loads.


Maximum Drawbar Loads

Certain heavy equipment such as a loaded single-axle trailer can place excessive strain on the drawbar. Strain is greatly increased by speed and rough ground. Do not exceed the following maximum static vertical loads on drawbar:

• All Models............................................255 kg (562 lb)

Using 3-Point Hitch

NOTE: The 3-point hitch on your machine is classified as a Category 1 hitch.


MX35675

• Place center link (A) in storage hook (B) when hitch is not in use.

Using Rockshaft Control Lever

Use rockshaft control lever to raise and lower equipment attached to the 3-point hitch.

The calibrated settings are for reference only and do not signify specific operating depths.

Lower Implement: Push lever forward.
Raise Implement: Pull lever rearward.

The adjustable depth stop can be adjusted to maintain a particular implement operating depth. To use the depth stop knob:

1. Operate implement for a few minutes to determine the desired operating depth.

2. Loosen the depth stop knob.

3. Move knob against rockshaft control lever.

4. Tighten knob to keep the depth stop in position. Implement will operate in same position each time rockshaft control lever is pushed against the depth stop.

Using Rate of Drop/Lock Valve

The rate of drop/lock valve controls the rate of rockshaft drop when the rockshaft control lever is operated. This provides direct rate of drop control for 3-point hitch mounted implements. The valve can also be use to hydraulically lock the rockshaft (three-point hitch) in a desired position.

c CAUTION: Avoid injury! Excessive rate-of-drop may cause injury or damage. Fully lowering implement should take at least 2 seconds.

IMPORTANT: Avoid damage! To prevent overheating hydraulic oil and damaging machine, do not raise rockshaft when drop/lock valve is closed.


MX35869, MX8991a

Increase Rate of Drop: Rotate drop/lock valve knob (A) counter-clockwise to make drop faster.
Decrease Rate of Drop: Rotate drop/lock rate valve knob (A) clockwise to make drop slower.

c CAUTION: Avoid injury! Do not use the rockshaft drop/lock valve for holding an attachment in raised position for service work. Loss of hydraulic pressure could result in sudden drop of attachment. Lower attachment onto blocks or remove from machine before servicing.

Lock 3-Point Hitch: Rotate drop/lock rate valve knob clockwise until tight.
Unlock 3-Point Hitch: Rotate drop/lock rate knob counter-clockwise.

Using the Draft Links

c CAUTION: Avoid injury! Look down and behind before and while backing. Clear area of all bystanders before backing machine.

1. Slowly back machine into position to align draft links with implement lift brackets.

2. Park machine safely. (See Parking Safely in the SAFETY section.)


MX35670

3. Connect draft links (A) to the implement.

4. Secure implement with lynch pins.

Leveling Implement Front-to-Rear

1. Park machine safely. (See Parking Safely in the SAFETY section.)

NOTE: When the 3-point hitch is not being used, return center link to storage hook (A).


MX35677

2. Lower implement to ground to relieve pressure on center link.

3. Loosen locknut (B).

IMPORTANT: Avoid damage! Do not turn center link body past the stops, or threads may be damaged.


4. Rotate center link body (C) to lengthen or shorten the center link as needed.

5. Tighten locknut (B).

Leveling Implement Side-to-Side

1. Lower any rear mount implement to the ground.

2. Park machine safely. (See Parking Safely in the SAFETY section.)


MX35677

3. Loosen locknut (A).

4. Rotate lift link body (B) to raise or lower draft link until 3-point hitch mounted implement is level from side-to-side.

5. Tighten locknut (A).

Adjusting Implement Side-to-Side Sway

NOTE: Check implement operator’s manual procedure for adjusting sway links. When sway links have been properly adjusted, side sway of implement is controlled by position of links.

MX12113, MX12114

1. Lower any rear mount implement to the ground.

2. Park machine safely. (See Parking Safely in the SAFETY section.)

3. Remove locking ring (A).

4. Rotate turnbuckle (B) to adjust length.

5. Install locking ring.

Connecting Implement Hydraulic Hoses

c CAUTION: Avoid injury! Do not attempt to connect hoses to tractor SCV couplers until all hydraulic system pressure has been relieved.

1. Park machine safely. (See Parking Safely in the SAFETY section.)

2. Relieve all hydraulic pressure by moving SCV lever rearward-to-forward and side-to-side several times.

3. Refer to implement operator’s manual for instructions on connecting hydraulic hoses to couplers.

Using Hydraulic Dual Selective Control Valve (SCV)

c CAUTION: Avoid injury! Escaping fluid under high pressure can penetrate the skin and cause serious injury. Avoid the hazard by relieving pressure before connecting hydraulic or other lines. Tighten all connections before applying pressure.

• Search for leaks with a piece of cardboard. Protect hands and body from high pressure fluids.

• If an accident occurs, see a doctor immediately. Any fluid injected into the skin must be surgically removed within a few hours or gangrene may result. Doctors unfamiliar with this type of injury should reference a knowledgeable medical source. Such information is available from Deere & Company Medical Department in Moline, Illinois, U.S.A. In the United States and Canada only, this information may be obtained by calling 1-800-822-8262.

This machine series is equipped with an hydraulic Selective Control Valve (SCV) and hydraulic outlets to operate hydraulically-driven implements.


MX35674

The machine-mounted hydraulic outlets are female quick couplers numbered and color coded for easy hookup. Label (A) identifies the couplers: 1 (yellow), 2 (silver), 3 (black), and 4 (green).

Implement hydraulic hoses are also color coded. Match the color coded hose ends to the color coded hydraulic couplers on the machine when making connections.


MX35673, LVU14533

When the implement hydraulic hoses are connected to couplers 1 (yellow) and 2 (silver), move the dual SCV lever (B) left to divert fluid to the yellow connector line and return through the silver connector line. Move the lever right to divert fluid to the silver connector line and return through the yellow connector line. Move the lever to the full right or “regen position” to divert fluid to the silver connector line for faster loader bucket dumping.

When the implement hydraulic hoses are connected to couplers 3 (black) and 4 (green), move the dual SCV lever (B) rearward to divert fluid to the green connector line and return through the black connector line. Move the lever forward to divert fluid to the black connector line and return through the green connector line. Move the lever to the full forward or “float” position to remove pressure in both connector lines and allow fluid to flow back and forth between the lines. The lever may be left in the “float” position.

Refer to information label (C) for assistance. See your implement Operator’s Manual for implement functions which correspond to lever positions.

IMPORTANT: Avoid damage! To prevent contamination of female quick couplers, color-coded hose ends should be installed in the couplers when not being used.


Using Selective Control Valve (SCV) Lock Lever


MX35869 LVU14536

Picture Note: SCV lock lever shown in the unlocked position.

• Move lock lever (A) to the down position, as shown, to allow SCV lever movement in all directions. Operation of the SCV is unlocked.

• Move lock lever (A) to upper right position (B) to prohibit SCV lever movement in all directions. Operation of the SCV is locked.

• Operation of the lock lever is indicated on label (C).

Locking Out Dual SCV Regen Function

It may be necessary to prevent the dual SCV lever from moving to the full right or “regen” position when operating some implements. See your implement operator’s manual.

1. Park machine safely. (See Parking Safely in the SAFETY section.)

2. Remove right rear wheel. (See Removing and Installing Wheels in the SERVICE MISCELLANEOUS section.)


MX19643

3. Move joystick back and forth to access locking pin on L-shaped bracket (A) on the front of the selective control valve (SCV) (B).


MX35663

Picture Note: Shown with rear fender platform and closeout panel removed for clarity only.

4. Remove locking pin (C), and L-shaped bracket (A) from pins.


MX35664

5. Flip L-shaped bracket (A) inverted, and install back onto pins, as shown.

6. Install locking pin (C).

7. Install wheel. Tighten wheel bolts to 115 N•m (85 lb-ft).

Ballasting Machine

c CAUTION: Avoid injury! Ballasted machine may become unstable when attachment is raised. Always drive slowly over uneven ground and when turning with raised attachment.

IMPORTANT: Avoid damage! Do not overload tires. Do not exceed tire maximum inflation pressure or maximum load capacity.


Add weight to machine front end if needed for stability. Heavy pulling and heavy rear mounted implements tend to lift front wheels. Add enough ballast to maintain steering control and prevent tip over. Remove weight when it is no longer needed.

IMPORTANT: Avoid damage! Remove ballast from machine when no longer needed.


Tire Capacities

See tire maximum inflation pressure and maximum load capacities in the SPECIFICATIONS section.

Verify maximum tire inflation pressure and maximum load information if embossed into the tire side wall.

Using Optional Rear Cast Iron Wheel Weights

1. Mount rear wheels in the wide position for improved stability.

c CAUTION: Avoid injury! Machine component or attachment is heavy. Use a safe lifting device or get an assistant to help lift, install or remove component or attachment.

2. Fasten weight to each rear wheel using a safe lifting device. A total of three weights per wheel may be used. See your implement operator’s manual for installation and number of weights to use.

Rear wheel weights are available from your John Deere Dealer.

Using Optional Rear Ballast Box

c CAUTION: Avoid injury! To improve front loader-machine stability, use of ballast box is recommended. Use ballast as recommended in loader operator’s manual.

The rear ballast box is used for carrying ballast on the 3-point hitch. Approximate weight of different materials is given in the implement operator’s manual.

Using Liquid Weight in Tires

c CAUTION: Avoid injury! Installing liquid ballast requires special equipment and training. Injury may occur from exploding tire. Have the job done by your John Deere dealer or a tire service store.

IMPORTANT: Avoid damage! Cover rim completely with solution to avoid corrosion, but never more than 90 percent full. More solution would leave too little air space to absorb shocks. Damage to tire could occur.


NOTE: Use of alcohol as ballast is not recommended. Calcium chloride solution is heavier and more economical.

A solution of water and calcium chloride provides safe economical ballast, and will prevent freezing. If used properly, it will not damage tires, tubes, or rims.

A mixture of 0.4 kg of calcium chloride per liter of water (3.5 lb/gal), will not freeze solid above -45? C (-50? F).

Fill tubeless tires at least to valve stem level (minimum 75% full). Less solution would expose part of rim, possibly causing corrosion.

Tube-type tires may be filled to any level below 90%.

Using Optional Front Weights

MX35671

Front weight bracket (A) is an integral part of the machine frame. The bracket will hold up to five 19 kg (42 lb) Quick-Tatch® weights.

Quick-Tatch weights and attaching hardware are available at your John Deere dealer.

See your implement operator’s manual for installation and required number of weights to use.

Optional Front Weight Bracket Extension

An optional front weight bracket extension kit is available at your John Deere dealer. This optional front weight bracket extension kit will hold additional Quick-Tatch weights.

Transporting Machine on Trailer

c CAUTION: Avoid injury! Use extra care when loading or unloading the machine into a trailer or truck.

Close fuel shut-off valve, if your machine is equipped.

IMPORTANT: Avoid damage! Transporting a machine on a trailer or on a truck bed at high speeds can result in hood or engine cover raising and possibly coming off machine if not secured.

• Secure hood or engine cover with existing machine locks or latches to prevent wind from blowing hood or cover open.

• Secure hood or engine cover with tie down straps if no locks or latches exist.


NOTE: Use a heavy-duty trailer to transport your machine.

1. Drive machine forward onto trailer.

2. Lower any implements to trailer deck.

3. Lock the park brake.

4. Stop the engine.

5. Remove the key.

6. Close the fuel shut-off valve.

7. Fasten machine to trailer with heavy-duty straps, chains, or cables. Both front and rear straps must be directed down and outward from machine. Trailer must have signs and lights as required by law.

Transporting Machine

Driving Machine Safely on Roads

c CAUTION: Avoid injury! Use caution when operating machine at transport speeds. Reduce speeds if towed load weighs more than machine. Consult towed equipment operator’s manual for recommended transport speeds.

Use additional caution when transporting towed loads under adverse surface conditions, especially when turning, and on inclined surfaces.

Use of warning lights and turn signals are recommended when traveling on public roads unless prohibited by state or local regulations. An implement safety lighting kit is available from your John Deere dealer.

Observe the following precautions when operating the machine on a road:

• Make sure brake linkage is properly adjusted.

• Make sure Slow Moving Vehicle (SMV) emblem and warning lights are clean and visible. If towed or rear-mounted equipment obstructs these safety devices, install SMV emblem and warning lights on equipment.

• Turn on flashing warning lights and headlights, except if prohibited by law.

• Secure towed loads with locked hitch pins and safety chains.

• Drive slowly enough to maintain safe control at all times. Slow down for hillsides, rough ground, and sharp turns, especially when transporting heavy, rear-mounted implements.

• If equipped, disengage the MFWD to reduce tire wear.

• Never coast machine downhill.

Pushing or Towing Machine

c CAUTION: Avoid injury! Never tow machine faster than 16 km/h (10 mph). If possible, have someone operate steering and brakes of towed tractor.

IMPORTANT: Avoid damage! Push or tow machine for short distances only.


1. Push PTO switch knob to the disengaged/off position.

2. Disengage differential lock.

3. Unlock the park brake.

4. Place the range shift lever in the N (neutral) position.

5. Disengage the MFWD.

6. Be prepared to use the brake pedal to slow or stop machine.

Towing Loads

c CAUTION: Avoid injury! Stopping distance increases with speed and weight of towed load, and on slopes. Towed loads with or without brakes that are too heavy for the machine or are towed too fast can cause loss of control. Consider the weight of the equipment and its load.

Observe these recommended maximum road speeds, or local speed limits which may be lower:

• If towed equipment does not have brakes, do not travel more than 32 km/h (20 mph) and do not tow loads more than 1.5 times the tractor weight.

• If towed equipment has brakes, do not travel more than 40 km/h (25 mph) and do not tow loads more than 4.5 times the machine weight.

Ensure the load does not exceed the recommended weight ratio. Add ballast to recommended maximum for machine, lighten the load, or get a heavier towing unit. The machine must be heavy and powerful enough with adequate braking power for the towed load. Use additional caution when towing loads under adverse surface conditions, when turning, and on inclines.

1. Hitch the towed load only to the drawbar. Lock the drawbar and pin in place.

2. Install a safety chain to the machine drawbar support and to the towed load. Provide only enough slack to permit turning.

3. Before descending a hill, shift to a gear low enough to control machine travel speed without having to use the brake pedals to brake the machine and installed implements.

Using Safety Chain

c CAUTION: Avoid injury! Hitch towed loads only to the drawbar to avoid rearward upset. Do not use the safety chain for towing loads.

IMPORTANT: Avoid damage! Secure the towed load to the drawbar. The safety chain is designed to help control the towed load should it separate from the drawbar.

Use a chain with a strength rating greater than the gross weight of the towed load.

Replace or repair the safety chain if one or more links or fittings are broken, stretched or damaged.




1. Use the appropriate adapter parts (A) to attach the safety chain to the tractor drawbar support and to the towed load. Provide only enough slack to permit turning.

2. Install additional attaching points (B) for the chain on drawbar to reduce slack in chain when necessary.

3. Remove the safety chain and store when not in use.

Raising and Lowering Roll-Over Protective Structure (ROPS)

Lowering ROPS Crossbar


MX10788, MX10724

1. Remove spring locking pin (A) and drilled pin (B) on each side of the ROPS.

2. Carefully lower ROPS crossbar (C).


MX10790, MX10726

3. Align crossbar bracket holes with support bracket holes on each side of the ROPS.

4. Install drilled pins (B) and spring locking pins (A) to lock crossbar (C) in the lowered position.

Raising ROPS Crossbar


MX10790, MX10726

1. Remove spring locking pins (A) and drilled pins (B) on each side of the ROPS.

2. Carefully raise ROPS crossbar (C) to the operating position.


MX10788, MX10724

3. Align crossbar bracket holes with support bracket holes on each side of the ROPS.

4. Install drilled pins (B) and spring locking pins (A) to lock crossbar (C) in the raised position.