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Operating Safely

• Read, understand and follow all instructions in the operator’s manual and on the machine before starting.

• Do not misuse the utility vehicle. It is a utility vehicle, not a recreation vehicle.

• The utility vehicle is not intended for use on highways or public roads. It is to be used for off-road use only.

• Slow down and be careful of traffic when operating near or crossing roadways. Use care when approaching blind corners, shrubs, trees, or other objects that may obscure vision.

• The operator should always make sure that the passenger is aware of correct safety procedures while riding in the utility vehicle.

• The passenger should always use the hand holds.

• Horseplay or recreational riding can lead to accidents, severe bodily injury or death.

• Sit on the center of the seat and keep both feet within the foot platform perimeter. Clean foot platform if dirty, and remove any debris from around foot controls.

• Check for debris in engine compartment, especially around brake linkage on each side of the transaxle.

• Always use both hands for steering.

• Know location of controls and how and what they operate.

• Never operate utility vehicle while standing.

• Never operate utility vehicle with the cargo box raised.

• Check brake action before beginning vehicle operation. Adjust or service the brakes as necessary.

• To provide adequate braking ability and traction, do not tow any attachment or loaded trailer unless the cargo box is fully loaded.

• Inspect vehicle before operating. Be sure hardware is tight. Repair or replace damaged, badly worn, or missing parts. Be sure guards and shields are in good condition and fastened in place. Make any necessary adjustments before operating.

• Do not leave vehicle unattended when it is running.

• Operate during daylight or with good artificial light and if you drive at night, use the lights.

• Do not operate vehicle if under the influence of alcohol or other drugs.

• Avoid sudden starts, stops, or turns.

• Always use a level turn-around area.

• Do not wear radio or music headphones. Safe service and operation require your full attention.

Parking Safely

1. Stop vehicle on a level surface, not on a slope.

2. Lock park brake.

3. Stop engine.

4. Remove key.

5. Before you leave the operator’s seat, wait for engine and all moving parts to stop.

6. Disconnect the negative battery cable or remove the spark plug wire (for gasoline engines) before servicing the machine.

Protect Children and Prevent Accidents

• Never assume that children will remain where you last saw them. Stay alert to the presence of children.

• Never carry children in the cargo box area. Do not let children ride in the cargo box of the utility vehicle or any attachment. Do not tow children in a cart or trailer.

• Use extra care when approaching blind corners, shrubs, trees, or other objects that may block vision.

• Before backing or turning, look behind and around the utility vehicle for children.

• Be alert at all times. Drive forward and in reverse carefully. People, especially children, can move quickly into an area of operation.

• Back up carefully. Look behind the vehicle, especially for children, before backing up.

• Misuse and recreational riding can lead to accidents, severe bodily injury or death.

• The utility vehicle should not be operated by anyone under the age of 16 years.

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

Avoid Tipping

Accidents resulting in serious injury or death can occur from tipping the utility vehicle. Observe the following practices to help prevent accidents:

• Do not misuse the utility vehicle. The utility vehicle is not designed for recreational riding.

• Drive very slowly when turning. Sharp turns could cause the utility vehicle to tip over.

• Reduce speed and exercise extreme caution on slopes or on rough ground.

• Do not overload vehicle and avoid shifting loads. Reduce load when operating over rough or hilly terrain.

• Do not stop or start suddenly when going uphill or downhill. Be especially cautious when changing direction on slopes.

• Stay alert for holes, rocks, and other hidden hazards in the terrain.

• Keep away from drop-offs, ditches, embankments, as well as ponds and other bodies of water. The machine could suddenly roll over if a wheel goes over the edge of a cliff or ditch or if the edge caves in.

• Keep front wheels straight at crest of hill or going over bumps.

• When descending a hill, remove foot from accelerator and apply brakes to reduce speed and maintain control.

• Do not make changes or modifications to the utility vehicle.

Keep Riders Off Vehicle

• Seating is provided for operator and one passenger.

• Never allow riders in the cargo box or other areas where seats are not provided.

• Riders on vehicle are subject to injury such as being struck by foreign objects or being thrown off of the vehicle and severely injured or killed.

• Riders affect the operator’s ability to control the vehicle as well as its center of gravity. Also, riders could obstruct the operator’s view resulting in the vehicle being operated in an unsafe manner.

Transport Loads Safely

• Be sure load is evenly distributed in cargo box.

• Do not load above load guard.

• Securely anchor all loads in cargo box.

• Reduce cargo box load when operating on rough or hilly terrain.

Towing Loads Safely With Utility Vehicle

• To provide adequate braking ability and traction, weight of towed load (trailer plus cargo) must never exceed the vehicle payload (operator plus passenger plus cargo box load).

• Do not tow a load that exceeds the maximum allowable towing load for this vehicle, as specified in this operator’s manual.

• Stopping distance increases with speed and weight of towed load. Travel slowly and allow extra time and distance to stop.

• Tow load at a speed slow enough to maintain control.

• Excessive towed load can cause loss of traction and loss of control on slopes. Reduce towed weight when operating on slopes.

• Never allow children or others in or on towed equipment.

• Use only approved hitches. Tow only with a machine that has a hitch designed for towing. Do not attach towed equipment except at the approved hitch point.

• Follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for weight limits for towed equipment and towing on slopes.

• If you cannot back up a slope with a towed load, the slope is too steep to operate on with the towed load. Reduce the towed load or do not operate.

• Do not turn sharply. Use additional caution when turning or operating under adverse surface conditions. Use care when reversing.

• Do not shift to neutral and coast downhill.

Before Driving

1. Clean foot platform if dirty, and remove any debris from around foot controls. Sit on the center of seat and keep both feet inside foot platform perimeter.

2. Inspect utility vehicle for signs of wear or damage.

3. All safety equipment must be in good condition and fastened in place:

• Lights.

• Shields.

• Safety start devices.

4. Before moving, check around utility vehicle, be sure no one is near it.

5. Inspect mechanical condition of your vehicle before each use to minimize chance of injury or being stranded. Remember, you can ride farther in an hour than you can walk in a day.

Be sure to check condition of tires and wheels, wheel hardware torque, and maintain proper tire pressure.

6. Securely anchor all loads.

Driving On Rough Terrain

• Use existing trails. Avoid terrain such as dangerous slopes and impassable swamps. Watch carefully for bumps, holes, ruts, or obstacles.

• Look ahead at terrain. Know what is coming and be prepared to react. Be alert for hazards.

• Keep front wheels straight at crest of hill or going over bumps.

• Reduce speed according to trail, terrain, and visibility conditions.

• The passenger should always use the hand holds.

Climbing Or Descending A Hill

• Always use the brakes when going down slopes, the utility vehicle can speed up (freewheel) going down a slope. Engine or clutch braking effect is minimal.

• Balance loads evenly and secure them. Braking could shift the load and affect vehicle stability.

• Sit on center of seat and keep both feet within foot platform.

• Never drive past the limit of visibility. Slow down near crest of hill until getting a clear view of the other side.

• Keep front wheels straight at crest of hill or going over bumps.

• Do not stop or start suddenly when going uphill or downhill. Be especially cautious when changing direction on slopes.

• If vehicle stops or loses power going up a hill, lock park brake to hold vehicle on slope. Maintain direction of travel and release brake slowly. Back straight down hill slowly while maintaining control. Do not turn vehicle sideways. Vehicle is more stable in a straight forward or rearward position.

• When descending a hill, remove foot from accelerator and apply brakes to reduce speed and maintain control.

Driving Across Slopes

• Reduce speed and use caution on slopes and in sharp turns.

• Stay alert for holes, rocks and other hidden hazards in the terrain.

• When riding on soft terrain, turn front wheels slightly uphill to keep utility vehicle on a straight line across the hill.

• If utility vehicle begins to tip, turn front wheel downhill to gain control before proceeding.

Riding Through Water

• Avoid water whenever possible. If drive belt becomes wet, slippage will occur and vehicle will lose power.

• Never cross any body of water where depth may be unknown to the operator. As an operational guideline, deep water is considered anything in excess of 152 mm (6 in.) in depth. Tires may float, making it difficult to maintain control.

• Choose a course within the waterway where both banks have a gradual incline. Cross at a point known to be safe.

• Proceed at a slow steady speed to avoid submerged obstacles and slippery rocks.

• Avoid water crossings where the operation of a utility vehicle may cause damage to waterway beds or erode waterway shoreline.

Checking Wheel Hardware

• A serious accident could occur causing serious injury if wheel hardware is not tight.

• Check wheel hardware tightness often during the first 100 hours of operation.

• Wheel hardware must be tightened to specified torque using the proper procedure anytime it is loosened.

Wear Appropriate Clothing

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

• Certain operating conditions may dictate that the operator and any passenger wear appropriate safety equipment while operating the vehicle. Be prepared for any existing and potential conditions before operating machine.

• Local safety or insurance regulations may require additional safety equipment such as eye protection or a hard hat.

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

Practice Safe Maintenance

• Only qualified, trained adults should service this machine.

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

• Disconnect battery or remove spark plug wire before making any repairs.

• Keep all nuts and bolts tightened.

• Securely support any machine elements that must be raised for service work. Lock service latches before working on machine with raised attachments.

• Never run engine unless park brake is locked.

• Keep all parts in good condition and properly installed. Fix damage immediately. Replace worn or broken parts. Replace all worn or damaged safety and instruction decals.

• To prevent fires, remove any buildup of grease, oil, or debris from the machine, especially the engine.

• Do not modify machine or safety devices. Unauthorized modifications may impair its function and safety.

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

• Disconnect battery ground cable (-) on the machine or remove attachment from machine before welding on the machine.

Prevent Fires

• Remove grass and debris from engine compartment and muffler area, before and after operating machine.

• Always shut off fuel when storing or transporting machine, if the machine has a fuel shutoff.

• Do not store machine near an open flame or source of ignition, such as a water heater or furnace.

• Check fuel lines, tank, cap, and fittings frequently for cracks or leaks. Replace if necessary.

Do Not Modify Machine

Do not make any unauthorized modifications to the machine in anyway.

Modifications can result in making the machine unstable, increasing the possibility of rollover causing severe bodily injury or death.

Tire Safety

Explosive separation of a tire and rim parts can cause serious injury or death:

• Do not attempt to mount a tire without the proper equipment and experience to perform the job.

• Always maintain the correct tire pressure. Do not inflate the tires above the recommended pressure. Never weld or heat a wheel and tire assembly. The heat can cause an increase in air pressure resulting in a tire explosion. Welding can structurally weaken or deform the wheel.

• When inflating tires, use a clip-on chuck and extension hose long enough to allow you to stand to one side and NOT in front of or over the tire assembly.

• Check tires for low pressure, cuts, bubbles, damaged rims or missing lug bolts and nuts.

Handling Fuel Safely

To avoid personal injury or property damage, use extreme care in handling fuel. Fuel is extremely flammable and fuel vapors are explosive:

• Extinguish all cigarettes, cigars, pipes, and other sources of ignition.

• Use only approved non-metal, portable fuel containers. If using a funnel, make sure it is plastic and has no screen or filter.

• Never remove the fuel tank cap or add fuel with the engine running. Allow engine to cool before refueling.

• Never add fuel to or drain fuel from the machine indoors. Move machine outdoors and provide adequate ventilation.

• Clean up spilled fuel immediately. If fuel is spilled on clothing, change clothing immediately. If fuel is spilled near machine, do not attempt to start the engine but move the machine away from the area of spillage. Avoid creating any source of ignition until fuel vapors have dissipated.

• Never store the machine or fuel container where there is an open flame, spark. or pilot light such as on a water heater or other appliance.

• Prevent fire and explosion caused by static electric discharge. Static electric discharge can ignite fuel vapors in an ungrounded fuel container.

• Never fill containers inside a vehicle or on a truck or trailer bed with a plastic liner. Always place containers on the ground away from your vehicle before fueling.

• Remove fuel-powered equipment from the truck or trailer and refuel it on the ground. If this is not possible, then refuel such equipment with a portable container, rather than from a fuel dispenser nozzle.

• Keep the nozzle in contact with the rim of the fuel tank or container opening at all times until the fueling is complete. Do not use a nozzle lock-open device.

• Never overfill fuel tank. Replace fuel tank cap and tighten securely.

• Replace all fuel container caps securely after use.

• For gasoline engines, do not use gas with methanol. Methanol is harmful to your health and to the environment.

Handling Waste Product and Chemicals

Waste products, such as, used oil, fuel, coolant, brake fluid, 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 authorized dealer to learn how to recycle or get rid of waste products.