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Operating


Daily Operating Checklist

o Test safety systems.

o Check tire pressure.

o Check fuel level.

o Check engine oil level.

o Check hydraulic oil level.

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


M77041

A - Choke Lever

B - Light Switch

C - Power Rake Lift

D - Key

E - Park Brake Lever

F - Reverse Travel Pedal

G - Forward Travel Pedal

H - Brake Pedal

I - Accelerator Pedal

Platform Controls


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A - Differential Lock Pedal

B - Cultivator Handle

C - Front Blade Handle

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 Neutral Start System

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

2. Sit on seat.

3. Engage the parking brake lock.

4. Move transmission pedals to forward or reverse position.

5. Turn key to the start position. Engine must not crank.

Using Park Brake Lock


M77042

To lock park brake: Depress brake pedal completely and engage lever (A). Brake pedal should remain down when foot is removed.

To unlock park brake: Depress brake pedal and disengage lever. Brake pedal should release when foot is removed.

Using The Cultivator


M77059

1. Lift cultivator handle (A) up and pull in to lower cultivator. Place handle in one of five slots available for depth of cultivation desired.

2. To disengage cultivator from ground contact, pull handle in and up, and push out to lock in transport position.

Using The Rake


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1. Push rake switch (A) arrow pointing up, to raise rake.

2. Push rake switch (A) arrow pointing down to lower the rake.

Using Front Blade


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1. Remove locking pin (A) and place in front hole.


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2. Lift red plastic cover (C) with right foot. Push front blade handle (B) forward to lower blade.

3. To lock blade in upward position, pull back handle (B) until locking pin (A) can be installed in rear hole.

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

2. Lock the park brake. Engine will not start if the park brake is not engaged.

3. Sit on operator's seat.

NOTE: This machine has a neutral start safety switch. Engine will not start unless transmission shift pedals are in neutral position.


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4. Move forward pedal (A) or reverse pedal (B) to (neutral)

5. Choke engine:


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• Pull choke knob (C) halfway out if engine is warm.

• Pull choke knob all the way out if engine is cold.

c CAUTION: Avoid injury! Never start engine while standing on ground. Start engine only from operator’s seat, with transmission in neutral and park brake engaged.

IMPORTANT: Avoid damage! Starter may be damaged if starter is operated for more than 20 seconds at a time:

• Wait two minutes before trying again if engine does not start.


6. Turn key to start position, after engine starts, release key to run position.

7. Move throttle to half-speed position and gradually push in choke knob.

8. Disengage park brake.

Warming and Idling Engine

IMPORTANT: Avoid damage! Do not operate the engine at full throttle or under load until engine has warmed up, or engine damage could occur.


Warming Engine:

Run engine at half speed for 2 or 3 minutes.

Idling Engine:

Avoid unnecessary slow idling; instead, stop engine.

Stopping Engine

1. Move shift pedals to neutral position.

IMPORTANT: Avoid damage! Do not choke carburetor to stop engine. Backfire, fire or engine damage could occur.


2. Allow engine to run at 1/2 - 1/3 throttle and turn key to OFF position.

3. Remove key.

4. Engage park brake.

Using Gear Shift Pedals

IMPORTANT: Avoid damage! Do not shift gears when machine is slipping or with engine running above idle speed; damage to transmission will occur.

Always engage shift pedal with firm positive action.


The shift pedal is located on the floorboard to left side of seat. There are three positions:


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Forward: Push inside (forward arrow) pedal (A) down.

Neutral: Push forward or reverse pedal until both pedals are not engaged:


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• If forward pedal (A) is engaged reverse pedal (B) must be pushed.

• If reverse pedal (B) is engaged, forward pedal (A) must be pushed.

Reverse: Push outside (reverse arrow) pedal (B) down.

Using Accelerator

c CAUTION: Avoid injury! Reduce speed before braking or turning, when hauling loads, and while operating around obstacles or on hazardous off-road conditions.


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Push pedal (A) down slowly and smoothly.

Before braking, release accelerator pedal and allow engine to assist slowing down vehicle.

Using Brake Pedal

c CAUTION: Avoid injury! Reduce speed before braking or turning, when hauling loads, and while operating around obstacles or on hazardous off-road conditions.


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Release throttle pedal and apply brake (A) evenly and firmly to slow down or stop. Avoid hard braking applications.

Using Differential Lock Pedal

c CAUTION: Avoid injury! Due to loss of steering control. Do not operate machine at high speed or attempt to turn when differential lock is engaged.

IMPORTANT: Avoid damage! Do not attempt to engage or disengage differential lock while machine is slipping. Lock pins will not engage therefore damaging transaxle and/or linkage.


The differential lock is used to provide better traction when rear wheels start to slip. Engaging the differential lock will cause rear wheels to turn equally.

To engage differential lock (A):

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NOTE: For differential lock to engage, the opposing wheel must be turning slightly faster than opposite wheel.

1. Stop or slow machine engine speed to 1/3 throttle or less.

2. Push down on pedal (A). Lock will remain engaged as long as pedal is depressed.

To disengage differential lock:

Remove foot from pedal. Machine must travel forward for differential to disengage.

Using Headlight Switch If Equipped


M77048

Turn key switch (A) to "RUN" position.


M77041

Push switch (B) to turn headlights on.

• Push switch (B) down to turn headlights off.

Transporting Machine

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.

Do not tow machine behind any other vehicle. Use a heavy-duty trailer or truck to transport your machine. Trailer must have signs and lights required by law.

1. Drive machine forward onto a trailer. Lower any attachments to trailer deck.

2. Lock the park brake.

3. Lock the blade (if equipped) for transport.


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4. Fasten machine to trailer with heavy-duty straps, chains, or cables using machine tie down areas (A). Both front and rear straps must be directed down and outward from machine.

Transport Loads Safely

Use care when pulling loads:

• Use only hitch point provided.

• Do not tow loads that exceed 500 pounds.

• Ten percent of towed weight should rest on drawbar.