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Operating Safely

• This cutting machine is capable of amputating hands and feet and throwing objects. Failure to observe the following safety instructions could result in serious injury or death.

• Read, understand and follow all instructions on the machine and in the manual before starting. Be thoroughly familiar with the controls and the proper use of the machine before starting.

• Do not put hands or feet near or under the machine. Keep clear of the discharge opening at all times.

• Only allow responsible adults, who are familiar with the instructions, to operate this machine. Local regulations may restrict the age of the operator.

• Clear the area of objects such as rocks, toys, wire, and similar items which could be thrown by the blade. Stay behind the handle when the engine is running.

• Be sure the area is clear of bystanders before operating. Stop machine if anyone enters the area.

• Do not operate the mower barefooted or while wearing sandals. Always wear substantial footwear.

• Do not pull machine backward unless absolutely necessary. Always look down and behind before and while moving backward.

• Never direct discharged material toward anyone. Avoid discharging material against a wall or obstruction. Material may ricochet back toward the operator. Stop the blade when crossing gravel surfaces.

• Do not operate machine without the entire grasscatcher, discharge guard, rear guard, or other safety protective devices in place and working. Never operate with the discharge deflector raised, removed, or altered, unless using a grasscatcher.

• Never leave a running machine unattended.

• Stop the engine and wait until the blade comes to complete stop before cleaning the machine, removing grasscatcher, or unclogging the discharge guard.

• Operate machine only in daylight or good artificial light.

• Do not operate the mower while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

• Never operate mower in wet grass. Always be sure of your footing. Walk; never run.

• Disengage the drive system, if so equipped, before starting the engine.

• If the machine should start to vibrate abnormally, stop the engine and check for the cause immediately. Vibration is generally a warning of trouble.

• Always wear safety goggles or safety glasses with side shields when operating mower.

• See manufacturer’s instructions for proper operation and installation of accessories. Only use accessories approved by the manufacturer.

• Inspect machine before you operate. Be sure hardware is tight. Repair or replace damaged, badly worn, or missing parts. Make any necessary adjustments before you operate.

• Before using, always visually inspect to see that the blades, blade bolts and the mower assembly are not worn and damaged. Replace worn and damaged blades as needed.

• Make sure spark plug, muffler, fuel cap and air cleaner are in place before starting the engine.

• Keep safety labels visible when installing accessories and attachments.

Parking Safely

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

2. Disengage mower blades and wheel drive.

3. Stop the engine.

4. Wait for engine and all moving parts to stop.

5. Remove the spark plug wire before servicing the mower.

Using a Spark Arrestor

The engine in this machine is not equipped with a spark arrestor muffler. The California Public Resources Code, section 4442.5 provides as follows:

No person shall sell, offer for sale, lease, or rent to any person any internal combustion engine subject to Section 4442 or 4443, and not subject to Section 13005 of the Health and Safety Code, unless the person provides a written notice to the purchaser or bailee, at the time of sale or at the time of entering into the lease or rental contract, stating that it is a violation of Section 4442 or 4443 to use or operate the engine on any forest-covered, brush-covered, or grass-covered land unless the engine is equipped with a spark arrestor, as defined in Section 4442, maintained in effective working order or the engine is constructed, equipped, and maintained for the prevention of fire pursuant to Section 4443. Cal. Pub. Res. Code 4442.5.

Other states or jurisdictions may have similar laws. A spark arrestor for your machine may be available from your authorized dealer. An installed spark arrestor must be maintained in good working order by the operator.

Checking Mowing Area

• Clear mowing area of objects that might be thrown. Keep people and pets out of mowing area.

• Low-hanging branches and similar obstacles can injure the operator or interfere with mowing operation. Before mowing, identify potential obstacles such as low-hanging branches, and trim or remove those obstacles.

• Study mowing area. Set up a safe mowing pattern. Do not mow where traction or stability is doubtful.

Rotating Blades are Dangerous - Protect Children and Prevent Accidents

Protect Children:

• Tragic accidents can occur if the operator is not alert to the presence of children. Children are often attracted to lawn-mowing machines and mowing activity. Stay alert to the presence of children. Never assume that children will remain where you last saw them.

• Keep children indoors, out of the mowing area, and in the watchful eye of a responsible adult, other than the operator, when a mower is being operated.

• Be alert and turn mower off if a child enters the work area. They don’t understand the dangers of rotating blades or the fact that the operator is unaware of their presence.

• Never allow a child or an untrained person to operate the machine.

• Use extra care when approaching blind corners, shrubs, trees, or other objects that may block your view of a child.

Operating Safely on Slopes

• Slopes are a major factor related to slip and fall accidents which can result in severe injury. Operation on all slopes requires extra caution. If you feel uneasy on a slope, do not mow it.

• Mow across the face of slopes, never up and down. Use extreme caution when changing direction on slopes.

• Watch for holes, ruts, bumps, rocks or other hidden objects. Uneven terrain could cause a slip and fall accident. Tall grass can hide obstacles.

• Do not mow on wet grass or excessively steep slopes. Poor footing could cause a slip and fall accident.

• Do not mow near drop offs, ditches, or embankments. The operator could lose footing or balance.

• Use extra care with grasscatchers. These can change the stability of the machine. Do not use grasscatcher on steep slopes.

Wear Appropriate Clothing

• Always wear eye protection when operating the machine.

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

• While operating this machine, always wear substantial footwear and long trousers. Do not operate the equipment when barefoot or wearing open sandals.

• Wear a suitable protective device such as earplugs. Loud noise can cause impairment or loss of hearing.

Practice Safe Maintenance

• Only qualified, trained adults should service this machine. Understand service procedure before doing work.

• Never operate machine in a closed area where dangerous carbon monoxide fumes can collect.

• Keep all nuts and bolts tight, especially blade attachment bolts, to be sure the equipment is in safe working condition.

• Never tamper with safety devices. Check their proper operation regularly.

• Keep machine free of grass, leaves or other debris build-up. Clean up oil or fuel spillage and remove any fuel-soaked debris. Allow the machine to cool before storing.

• If you strike a foreign object, stop and inspect the machine. Repair, if necessary, before restarting.

• Never make adjustments or repairs with the engine running. Wait for all movement to stop before adjusting, cleaning or repairing. Disconnect the spark plug wire, and ground against the engine to prevent accidental starting.

• Check grasscatcher components and the discharge guard frequently and replace with manufacturer’s recommended parts, when necessary. Grasscatcher components are subject to wear, damage, and deterioration which could expose moving parts or allow objects to be thrown.

• Mower blades are sharp. Wrap the blade or wear gloves, and use extra care when servicing them. Only replace blades. Never straighten or weld them.

• Do not change the governor setting or overspeed the engine.

• Maintain or replace safety and instruction labels, as necessary.

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

• Never attempt to make wheel height adjustments while the engine is running.

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

• Do not strike the flywheel with a hammer or hard object because the flywheel may later shatter during operation.

Prevent Fires

• Machine fires and structure fires can occur if a machine is stored before allowing it to cool, if debris is not removed from critical areas of the machine, or if machine is stored near combustible materials.

• Remove grass and debris completely from engine compartment and muffler area, and from on top of the mower deck, before and after operating machine, especially after mowing or mulching in dry conditions.

• Empty any grasscatcher bags or containers completely before storing.

• 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.

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 an approved fuel container. Use only non-metal, portable fuel containers approved by the Underwriter’s Laboratory (U.L.) or the American Society for Testing & Materials (ASTM). 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.

• A Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) provides specific details on chemical products: physical and health hazards, safety procedures, and emergency response techniques. The seller of the chemical products used with your machine is responsible for providing the MSDS for that product.