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Remove Machine From Crate

IMPORTANT: Avoid damage! Support gate when removing end supports so gate does not fall onto machine.


1. Remove and retain pin and clip (A) from each end gate support (B). Fold supports inward.

2. Fold end gates (C) outward.

3. Remove bag.

4. Cut all bands and tie straps securing machine to crate.

5. Remove tie straps securing Roll-Over Protective Structure (ROPS) to crate. Remove ROPS and hardware from crate.

6. Install wheel (see appropriate section).

7. Install seat (see appropriate section).

8. Install steering wheel (see appropriate section).

9. Check all fluids (engine oil, hydrostatic oil, and engine coolant). (See appropriate sections).

IMPORTANT: Avoid damage! Drive straight forward off of crate so that machine and attachments do not contact crate.

NOTE: Move machine off crate in forward direction only.

10. Start engine and drive forward off crate.

11. Start unit and drive forward off crate just far enough to install ROPS.

12. Install ROPS (see appropriate section).

13. Install and adjust cutting units (see appropriate sections).

14. Attach rear wheel mounting plate to crate.

Install Wheel

1. Remove wheel from crate.

2. Remove wires from motors and mower.

3. Cut bands holding machine to crate.

c CAUTION: Avoid injury! The machine can fall or slip from an unsafe lifting device or supports.

• Use a safe lifting device rated for the load to be lifted.

• Lower machine onto jack stands or other stable supports and block wheels before servicing.

4. Lift rear of machine with suitable lifting device.


5. Remove two lower wheel motor bolts (A).

6. Remove mounting plate (B). Retain plate and attach to crate after the unit is removed.

7. Install wheel motor bolts.

8. Raise machine and install rear wheel. Tighten lug bolts to 81-95 N•m (60-70 lb-ft).

9. Lower machine and remove lifting device.

Install Seat (Standard or Deluxe)

c CAUTION: Avoid injury! Installing a seat other than one designed for the machine can cause unsafe operating conditions. The seat can become loose and fail. Only install seat designed and approved for the machine by the manufacturer.

NOTE: For maximum operator comfort, use forward seat pan mounting holes when installing the seat.


1. Connect wire harness (A) to safety switch (B) located under operator seat.


2. Install seat onto four slide rail studs (C) and fasten with four 5/16-in. serrated locknuts (D).

Install Steering Wheel


1. Install seal washer (A).

2. Coat splined steering wheel shaft (B) with multi-purpose grease.


3. Install steering wheel (C).

4. Install nut (D) and tighten to 38 N•m (28 lb-ft).


5. Install steering wheel cover (E).

Checking Fluid Levels

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

1. Check radiator coolant level.

2. Check engine oil level.

3. Check hydraulic oil level.

Service the Battery Safely

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.

The battery produces a flammable and explosive gas. The battery may explode:

• Do not smoke near battery.

• Wear eye protection and gloves.

• Do not allow direct metal contact across battery posts.

• Remove negative cable first when disconnecting.

• Install negative cable last when connecting.

Charge Battery

c CAUTION: Avoid injury!

• Keep sparks, lighted matches, and open flame away from the top of battery. Battery gas can explode.

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

• Do not charge a frozen battery; it may explode. Warm battery to 16 degrees C (60 degrees F).

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.

Install Rollover Protection System (ROPS)

c CAUTION: Avoid injury! To maintain operator protection and ROPS certification:

• Do not repair or revise the ROPS.

• Any alteration of the ROPS must be approved by the manufacturer.

1. Park vehicle on a level surface.

2. Move mow-transport lever to transport position.

3. Lower cutting units to the ground.

4. Turn key switch off.

5. Lock park brake.

6. Install ROPS frame so the contour extends toward the front of the machine.


7. Install four bushings (B), four hex head bolts (C), and four lock nuts (D).

8. Tighten hardware to 108 N•m (80 lb-ft).

Adjust Lift Arm Bumper Stops

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

2. Place mow-transport lever in the transport position.

3. Lower attachments to the ground.

4. Lock park brake.

5. Turn key OFF.


6. Install rubber isolators in the appropriate location for the cutting units being used.

26-inch cutting units: Install isolators in the inside position (A) on both sides.
30-inch cutting units: Install isolators in the outside position (B) on both sides.

Install Front Roller and Lift Arm Assembly


1. Install cutting unit yoke (B) using (C) 1/2 x 3 in. bolts, bushings (D), and nuts.

NOTE: There are two positions the yoke can be placed, float and fixed position (E), bolts and nuts provided. (See Cutting Shorter and Longer grass under Operating Cutting Units section).


2. Decide cutting conditions.


3. Install right and left front lift arms (F) onto mower using quick-lock pins (G).

4. Lubricate each respective lift arm fitting (H) with grease.


5. Install front hydraulic lift cylinder (I) as shown using drilled head pins (J), flanged bushings (K), and cotter pins (L).


6. Install cutting units (M) onto the respective lift arms using quick-lock pins (G).

NOTE: The yoke for the left front cutting unit is different and will have an “L” stamped on it to distinguish the offset to the motor side.

7. Lubricate individual cutting unit yoke fittings (N) with grease.

NOTE: The reel drive motors are installed on the inboard end of both front cutting units. The left front position of the cast end cap will have to be moved to the opposite end of the cutting unit before installing the drive motors.


8. Put coupler (N) on motor reel shaft and install motor.

9. Repeat steps 1 through 7 on the other cutting units.

NOTE: Use the chart below to determine which coupler (N) you have.

Machines with serial number 40001 and above will use coupler with 11 teeth.

Old 26-Inch cutting unit

9 Teeth

New 26-Inch cutting unit

11 Teeth

All 30-Inch cutting units

11 Teeth

Checking Tire Pressure

1. Check tires for damage.


2. Check tire pressure with an accurate gauge.

3. Adjust air pressure, if necessary:

Tire Size


kPa (psi) (bar)

20 x 10 - 8

82.7 (12) (.827)

20 x 10 - 10

151.7 (22) (1.50)

Checking Machine Safety System

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

Perform ALL Tests.