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Prepare for Assembly

• Remove machine from the shipping crate:

• Cut plastic tie straps fastening the front wheels to the shipping crate.

• Cut plastic tie straps holding the discharge chute up.

• Cut plastic tie straps securing the motion control levers to the machine.

• Cut plastic tie straps securing seat to machine.

• Cut plastic tie straps securing ROPS to crate.

Parking Safely

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

2. Move motion control levers out to the neutral lock position.

3. Disengage mower blades.

4. Lower attachments to the ground.

5. Lock the park brake.

6. Stop the engine.

7. Remove the key.

8. Wait for engine and all moving parts to stop before you leave the operator’s seat.

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

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

Install Motion Control Levers


1. Remove hardware (A) from top of control arms (C).

2. Align motion control levers (B) with control arms. Install hardware and tighten.

3. Check motion control lever alignment.

• Move both motion control levers forward.


• Check gap (D) between the levers. The recommended gap is 3–6 mm (1/8–1/4 in.).

NOTE: If the ends of the levers strike against each other while in the neutral position, move the levers outward to the neutral lock position and carefully bend them outward. Move them back to the neutral position and check for the recommended gap of 3–6 mm (1/8 – 1/4 in.).

• Check levers for equal alignment.

Install Seat

1. Move the motion control levers out to the neutral lock position.

2. Remove protective covers from seat screws.


3. Unlock seat frame, lift it forward until it rests on the hinge stops. Use M8 lock nuts (A) to secure seat to frame.

4. Connect wire harness to seat safety switch (B).

Install ROPS

1. Remove engine front cover


a. Remove cap screws and washers (A).

b. Remove engine front cover (B).


2. Support rear of bumper with wooden blocks or jack. Remove shipping washers (A), assembly instruction tag (B), and all rear bumper mounting hardware except for the lower front cap screw (C) on each side.

c CAUTION: Avoid injury! Fingers and hands can be pinched or crushed. Be aware of potential pinch points and keep hands away.


3. Fold ROPS to the upright operating position and install lock pins D) and spring pins (E).


4. Lay ROPS on the ground and insert the lower rear bumper cap screws, from inside of bumper, through appropriate holes in the ROPS flange. Hand tighten nuts (F) on outside of bumper.

5. Remove cap screw (C) on both sides of machine.

c CAUTION: Avoid injury! Machine component is heavy. Use a safe lifting device or get an assistant to help lift and hold component into place for installation.

IMPORTANT: Avoid damage! Make sure hardware is loose enough to allow ROPS to be easily rotated to upright position. Tight hardware will cause paint and decal damage.

NOTE: Using a tapered drift will aid in the aligning of holes and ease installation of cap screws.


6. Using the lower rear bolts (F) as a hinge, raise ROPS to the vertical position, and install remaining cap screws and nuts (G) on each side. Tighten to 80 N•m (59 ft lbs.)

7. Discard shipping washers (A) and assembly instruction tag (B).

Connect Battery

c CAUTION: Avoid injury! The battery produces a flammable and explosive gas. The battery may explode:

• Do not smoke or have open flame near battery.

• Wear eye protection and gloves.

• Never check battery charge by placing a metal object across the posts. Use a voltmeter or hydrometer.

• Do not jump start or charge a frozen battery. Warm battery to 16?C (60?F).

1. Tilt seat forward until it rests against the hinge stops.


2. Connect positive (red) cable (A) to battery.

• Install red terminal cover.

3. Connect negative (black) cable (B) to battery.

• Install black terminal cover.

4. Install rubber hold-down strap (C).

Activate and Charge Battery

c CAUTION: Avoid injury! Battery electrolyte contains sulfuric acid. It is poisonous and can cause serious burns:

• Wear eye protection and gloves.

• Keep skin protected.

• If electrolyte is swallowed, get medical attention immediately.

• If electrolyte is splashed into eyes, flush immediately with water for 15-30 minutes and get medical attention.

• If electrolyte is splashed onto skin, flush immediately with water and get medical attention if necessary.

1. Park the vehicle safely. (See Parking Safely in the safety section.)

2. Remove battery from machine and set it on a level surface.

3. Remove battery cell caps. Make sure cap vents are not plugged.


4. Fill the battery:

• Only use battery acid with a 1.265 specific gravity.

• Slowly add acid (A) to each cell. The solution should be 6 mm (1/4 in.) above plates (B), but no higher than 6 mm (1/4 in.) from the bottom of the filler neck (C).

5. Install the battery caps before charging the battery.

IMPORTANT: Avoid damage! Wait 20 minutes before charging the battery to allow the plates to “absorb” the acid, so they will take a charge well.

Battery must be charged before operation. Adding acid without charging will result in battery damage.

6. Charge the battery for a minimum of 30 minutes at 5–10 amps. If your battery charger has a Deep Cycle or Maintenance Free setting, use this setting to charge the battery. Failure to charge the battery before use will reduce battery performance and life.

7. Install the battery in the machine.

Check Fluid Levels

NOTE: Refer to the Service sections of the operator’s manual for information regarding check locations and proper fluid levels.

• Check engine oil level.

• Check hydraulic oil level.

Check Machine Safety System

NOTE: Refer to the Operating section of the operator’s manual for information regarding safety systems.

Perform safety system checks to make sure the electronic safety interlock circuit is functioning properly.

Check Tire Pressure

c CAUTION: Avoid injury! Explosive separation of tire and rim parts is possible when they are serviced incorrectly:

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

• Do not inflate the tires above the recommended pressure.

• Do not weld or heat a wheel and tire assembly. Heat can cause an increase in air pressure resulting in an explosion. Welding can structurally weaken or deform the wheel.

• Do not stand in front or over the tire assembly when inflating. Use a clip-on chuck and extension hose long enough to allow you to stand to one side.

1. Check tires for damage.

2. Check tire pressure with an accurate gauge.

3. Check that tires have equal pressure. Add air, if necessary:

Tire Size


Front: 13 x 5.0-6

110–138 kPa (16–20 psi)

Rear: 23 x 9.5-12

69–97 kPa (10–14 psi)

Check Mower Deck Level

The mower deck is assembled and adjusted at the factory. After machine is completely assembled check the mower “Front to Rear” and “Side to Side” deck level.