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

o Clean air intake screen.

o Check area below machine for leaks.

Engine Controls


MX11234

A - Run/Off Switch

B - Travel Clutch Lever

C - Throttle Lever

D - Operator Presence Bail

E - Park Brake Lever


M60622

A - GTC Handle


MX11235

A - Choke Lever

B - Fuel Shut-off


MX21101

A - Reel Clutch Handle

Adjusting Handlebar

NOTE: Make sure bracket (B) is straight up and down, and not at an angle.


MX12973

1. Loosen nut (A) on each side of machine.

2. Position handlebar to desired position and tighten nut (A).

Using Run Switch


MX11234

Flip toggle switch (A) forward to run engine.

• Flip toggle switch (A) rearward (toward operator) to stop engine.

Using Operator Presence Bail


MX11234

The operator presence bail (A) stops all moving parts when released.

The operator presence bail (A) when squeezed with handlebar (B) permits engagement of the
clutch lever (C).

Using Travel Clutch Lever (Forward Travel)


MX11234

1. Hold bail (A) to handlebar (B).

2. Push clutch lever (C) forward to engage drive clutch.

3. Release bail (A) to stop travel.

Using Park Brake Lever


MX11234

Release bail (A) and pull brake lever (B) rearward to stop mower movement.

Using Throttle Lever


MX11234

Use throttle lever (A) to adjust engine speed and rate of travel.

Pull lever (A) back (toward operator) to reduce engine speed.

Adjust throttle lever depending on rate of travel, cutting height, and ground contour.

Using Choke Lever


MX11246

Move choke lever (A) toward the decal (B) at right for the choke position.

Using Fuel Shut-Off Valve


MX11246

This unit is equipped with a 2-position fuel shut-off valve (A). Slide lever to the left to open or to the right to close the fuel shut-off valve.

Closed (off) position:

• When performing any type of engine service.

• When transporting.

• During storage.

Open (on) position:

• Fuel shut-off valve must be in the full open (on) position for proper fuel delivery to the engine.

Using Reel Clutch Handle

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

c CAUTION: Avoid injury! Clutch handle may be difficult to turn, requiring extra effort. Do not grab reel with hand to loosen clutch handle as blades are sharp.


NOTE: Do not force or kick the clutch handle, the machine may need to be rocked to move handle.

Use clutch handle only when cutting. Clutch must be at stop when transporting. Never engage reel clutch when mower is moving.


MX21101

• Clutch handle (A) points toward the rear when at stop and full forward when at the mow position.

• Handle will turn 180 degrees from stop to mow.

NOTE: Reel will turn only when travel clutch lever is engaged and reel clutch handle is in the mow position.

Using Greens Tender Conditioner (GTC) Handle


MX12981

Turn handle (A) up in the (detent) position for run.

Turn handle (A) down in the (detent) position for off.

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. Lock the park brake lever.

2. Disengage reel and drive clutches.


MX11234

3. Push run\off switch (A) forward to on position.

4. Move throttle to half open position.


M86618

5. Turn fuel shut-off valve (B) to the on position.

6. Set choke (C) at closed position.

7. Pull starter handle (D).

NOTE: If engine fails to start after three attempts, return choke to open.

8. Move choke to open position after engine has started.

9. Allow engine to warm up before applying load.

Stopping The Engine


MX11234

1. Release bail (A).

2. Pull throttle lever (B) all the way back (toward operator). Let engine idle 2 - 4 minutes to allow engine to cool down.

NOTE: If mower will not be used for a long period, close fuel shut-off valve (D) and leave run\off switch (C) in the run position.

Engine will continue to run for a few minutes.

After engine stops completely, pull run\off switch rearward (toward operator) to stop position.


MX11234

3. Pull run/off switch (C) rearward (toward operator) to stop engine.


MX11246

4. Turn fuel shutoff valve (D) to the off position.

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 Park Brake

1. Engage park brake.

2. Run engine at low idle.

3. Engage operator presence bail.

4. Slowly engage travel clutch lever.

Result: Engine should stall with no movement of the mower.

Testing Run Switch

1. Flip run switch rearward (toward operator) to OFF position.

2. Pull start handle.

Result: Engine should not start.

Testing Operator Presence Bail

1. Operate machine in clear open area.

2. Release operator presence bail.

Result: Cutting reel should stop rotating and machine should stop moving forward. Engine should continue to run.

Transporting Machine on Trailer

Be sure trailer has all the necessary lights and signs required by law.

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.

1. Move forward onto heavy-duty trailer.

2. Lock park brake.

3. Machines with fuel shut-off: Turn fuel shut-off to off position.

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