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Operating


Daily Operating Checklist

o Test safety systems. Perform safety interlock system checkout procedure.

o Check engine oil level.

o Check / drain water separator.

o Check transmission fluid level.

o Check coolant level.

o Clean air intake screen and radiator screen.

o Check air filter elements and dust valve.

o Check wheel bolt torques.

o Check tire pressure.

o Check fuel level.

o Remove grass and debris from machine.

o Check area below machine for leaks.

Avoid Damage to Plastic and Painted Surfaces

Do not wipe plastic parts unless rinsed first. Using a dry cloth may cause scratches.

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.

Prolonged exposure to sunlight will damage hood surfaces.

Adjusting Seat

1. Sit on seat.


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2. Pull seat lever (A) sideways to unlock seat position.

3. Slide seat forward or rearward to desired position where all controls can be easily reached.

4. Release lever to lock seat in position.

Using Seat Belt

c CAUTION: Avoid injury! Always wear seat belt when operating machine with non-folding Roll-Over Protective Structure (ROPS) or folding ROPS in upright position. Do not jump from machine if machine tips.

If folding ROPS must be folded to operate in a low clearance area, do not use seat belt. Raise ROPS and use seat belt as soon as conditions permit.

Fasten Seat Belt

1. Extend self-retracting seat belt and insert into latch on opposite side of seat. Seat belt is self-retracting and will automatically adjust to fit operator.

Release Belt

1. Press red button on buckle to release seat belt ends.

Adjusting Tilt Steering Wheel (1026R)

c CAUTION: Avoid injury! Do not attempt to adjust the steering wheel while the machine is moving. The operator can lose control of the machine.

Stop the machine before adjusting the steering wheel.

Lock the steering wheel in position before driving the machine.

1. Stop machine.


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2. Pull tilt steering control lever (A) up to release steering wheel.

3. Adjust steering wheel to desired position.

4. Release tilt steering control lever to lock steering wheel in position.

Using Mower Height Control Knob


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Use mower height control knob (A) to adjust mower cutting height, and lock mower lift kit rear draft arms in raised or transport lock position. See your mower deck operator's manual for instructions.

IMPORTANT: Avoid damage! To avoid machine damage when operating without a mower, fully raise the mower lift kit rear draft arms, and turn mower height control knob clockwise to highest setting to lock the arms in raised position.


Using Light Switch

NOTE: Normal use of turn signals is possible when light switch is in either warning flasher position. Turn signals will temporarily override warning flashers when activated. When turn signals are de-activated, warning flashers will resume operation.


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A - All Lights Off

B - Warning Flasher Lights On

C - Headlights, Taillights and Warning Flasher Lights On

D - Headlights, Worklights and Taillights On

Using Key Switch


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A - OFF Position - In this position the engine will not run.

B - ON Position - Move key from OFF to this position and the engine oil pressure light and battery charging light will turn on and activate the glow plugs for 5 seconds. You will also hear the engine fuel shut-off solenoid engage with a click.

C - START Position - Move key from ON to this position and the starter will engage the engine flywheel to start the engine. Release the key to the ON position.

Using Instrument Panel


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A -Left Turn Signal/Warning Flasher Indicator Light - This indicator light will turn on and flash when the turn signal switch is moved to the left turn position or when the light switch is turned to the warning flasher lights ON position or the headlights, taillights, and warning flasher lights ON position.

B - Tachometer - Shows engine speed. Engine speed is shown in 100's. Example: If indicator is pointing at 20 (20 x 100 = 2000 RPM).

Low idle speed 1400

Rated speed 3200 rpm

Fast idle speed 3370

C - Power Take Off Marker - When the tachometer needle points to the marker, it indicates proper engine speed for the 540 RPM Power Take Off (PTO).

D -Right Turn Signal/Warning Flasher Indicator Light - This indicator light will turn on and flash when the turn signal switch is moved to the right turn position or when the light switch is turned to the warning flasher lights ON position or the headlights, taillights, and warning flasher lights ON position.

E - Engine Coolant Temperature Gauge - This gauge indicates the temperature of the cooling system. If the gauge needle reaches the red range, the engine is overheating and PTO will automatically disengage.

If the engine is overheated, remove load on machine immediately. Reduce engine to idle speed and allow engine to cool. Stop engine. Check coolant level in overflow bottle and check for air flow blockage to the radiator. If coolant level is correct and needle stays in the red range after cleaning grille, stop engine.

F - Engine Oil Pressure Light - This light will turn on when the ignition key is in the ON position and the engine is not running. If this light turns on while the engine is running, engine oil pressure is too low. Stop engine.

G - Parking Brake Light - This light will turn on when the ignition key is in the ON position and the parking brake is locked.

H - Alternator/Battery Charging Light - This light will turn on when the ignition key is in the ON position and the engine is not running. If this light turns on while the engine is running, the alternator is not charging the battery. Move the throttle lever to the full throttle position. Stop the engine if light remains on.
I - Hour Meter - Shows total number of accumulated running hours. Use the hour meter as a guide when servicing various components of this machine.
J - Engine Glow Plug Indicator Light - This light will turn on when the ignition key is in the ON position and the engine glow plug is initially heated for five seconds. The glow plugs will also be energized whenever the starter is engaged.
K - Engine Coolant Temperature Light - This light will turn on when the engine coolant is above its high temperature limit. If this light turns on during operation, remove load on machine immediately. Reduce engine to idle speed and allow engine to cool. Stop engine. Check coolant level in overflow bottle and check for air flow blockage to the radiator. If coolant level is correct and light stays is on after cleaning grille, stop engine.
L - PTO Indicator Light - This light will turn on when the the PTO is engaged.

Using Turn Signal Switch

NOTE: The turn signal switch will operate only when the ignition key switch is in the ON position.

NOTE: Normal use of turn signals is possible when light switch is in either warning flasher position. Turn signals will temporarily override warning flashers when activated. When turn signals are de-activated, warning flashers will resume operation.


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1. Depress left side of switch (A) to operate the left turn signal light.

2. Depress right side of switch (B) to operate the right turn signal light.

3. Move switch to the centered position (C) to turn lights off.

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 the Neutral Start Switch

1. Sit on operator's seat.

2. Disengage PTO.

3. Move the transmission range shift lever to the H (high) or L (low) position.

4. Turn key switch to START position.

Result: Engine must not crank.

Testing the Power-Take-Off (PTO) Switch

1. Sit on operator's seat.

2. Move the transmission range shift lever to the N (neutral) position.

3. Engage PTO.

4. Turn key to the START position.

Result: Engine must not crank.

Testing the Seat Switch

1. Sit on operator's seat.

2. Do not depress the hydrostatic travel pedals.

3. Lock park brake.

4. Start engine.

5. Move the transmission range shift lever to the H (high) or L (low) position.

6. Raise up slightly from operator's seat. Do not dismount machine.

Result: Engine shut-off solenoid must de-energize in 1/2 second, causing the engine to stop.

Using Brake Pedal


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1. Depress pedal (A) to operate the brake.

Using Park Brake

NOTE: Label on dash illustrates park brake operation.

Locking Park Brake:

c CAUTION: Avoid injury! Always lock park brake and move transmission range shift lever to a position other than N (neutral) before leaving machine unattended. Transmissions will not prevent machine motion without the park brake locked.


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1. Press down completely on brake pedal (A) with foot.

2. Lift park brake lock (B) completely up to the locked position.

3. Remove foot from brake pedal. Pedal should now stay down in the locked position.

Unlocking Park Brake:

1. Press down completely on brake pedal (A) with foot.

2. Push park brake lock (B) completely down to the unlocked position.

3. Remove foot from brake pedal. Pedal should now be released from the locked position.

Using Throttle


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Use the throttle to change engine speeds. Use the throttle in conjunction with the tachometer to set engine speeds.

Increase Engine Speed - Push throttle lever (A) towards the front of the machine.
Decrease Engine Speed - Pull throttle lever (A) towards rear of the machine.

Engine/Tachometer Speeds:

Low idle speed 1400 rpm

Rated speed 3200 rpm

PTO speed 3200 rpm

Fast idle speed 3370

Using Fuel Guage


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1. The fuel gauge (A) shows approximately how much fuel is in the fuel tank.

Using Fuel Shut-Off Valve

c CAUTION: Avoid injury! Close fuel shut-off valve when performing any type of engine service, during transport of the machine, and during storage.


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1. Open or close fuel shut-off valve lever (A) as required:

Open Valve: Rotate valve lever pointer to the vertical position (B) marked "O".
Close Valve: Rotate valve lever pointer to the horizontal position (C) marked "C".

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. Open the fuel shut-off valve.

2. Lock the park brake.


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3. Move the 2-speed range lever (A) to the N position.


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4. Push PTO switch knob (B) down to the disengaged/off position.

c CAUTION: Avoid injury! Check to be sure area is clear of any bystanders before lowering implements to the ground.

5. Lower any implements to the ground.

6. Set hand throttle lever (C) to the 1/2-3/4 fast position.

7. Turn ignition key switch to the ON position.

8. Check indicator lamps:

Engine oil pressure light will glow.

Engine preheater light will glow. When light goes out, engine is ready to start.

Alternator/battery charging light will glow.

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.


9. Turn key switch to START position. Release key when engine starts.

10. Check indicator lights:

Engine oil pressure light should go out within 5 seconds.

NOTE: Set engine speed at full throttle if indicator light does not go out after 10 seconds.

Alternator/battery charging light should go out within 10 seconds.

If indicator lights stay on longer than the given time interval, stop engine and check for cause.

11. Set hand throttle lever to the 1/2 fast position for 1 minute without load.

Cold Weather Starting Aids

IMPORTANT: Avoid damage! Glow plugs and air heater are operational during cranking. Using ether or starter fluid during cranking will cause damage to engine.


Recommendations:

Turn key to ON position for 5-10 seconds to activate glow plugs.

Install optional engine coolant heater if you operate machine in temperatures below -18 C (0 F).

Warming and Idling the Engine

IMPORTANT: Avoid damage! In cold weather, run engine several minutes to allow engine oil and transmission oil to warm.


NOTE: It is normal for the engine to be louder and for blue-white exhaust smoke to be present during engine warm-up. The amount of exhaust smoke depends on air temperature.

Warming Engine:

Lock the park brake.

Set hand throttle lever to the 1/2 fast position for 5 minutes without load.

Idling Engine:

Adjust hand throttle lever rearward to set engine speed at 1400

Starting a Stalled Engine

IMPORTANT: Avoid damage! If engine stalls while operating under load, start engine immediately to prevent abnormal heat build-up in engine.


1. Move the transmission range shift lever to the N (neutral) position.

2. Push PTO switch knob down to the disengaged/off position.

3. Start engine. Continue with normal operation, or set engine speed at slow idle speed for 1 or 2 minutes before stopping.

Stopping Machine

Normal Stopping

1. Remove foot from forward or reverse pedal.

2. Push PTO switch knob down to the disengaged/off position.

c CAUTION: Avoid injury! Check to be sure area is clear of any bystanders before lowering implements to the ground.

3. Lower any implements to the ground.

4. Fully depress brake pedal.

c CAUTION: Avoid injury! Always lock park brake and move transmission range shift lever to a position other than N (neutral) before leaving machine unattended. Transmissions will not prevent machine motion without the park brake locked.

5. Lock the park brake.

IMPORTANT: Avoid damage! Do not stop engine immediately after hard or extended operation. Keep engine running at low idle for about 2 minutes to prevent heat build-up.


6. Adjust hand throttle rearward to set engine speed at slow idle speed. Allow engine to idle for 2 minutes.

7. Turn key switch to OFF position.

8. Remove key.

9. Wait for the engine and all moving parts to stop before leaving the operator's station.

Emergency Stopping

1. Remove foot from forward or reverse pedal.

2. Depress brake pedal.

3. Turn key switch to OFF position. Do not release brake pedal until all moving parts have stopped.

4. Lock the park brake.

Operating the Hydrostatic Transmission

IMPORTANT: Avoid damage! To prevent transmission damage, stop machine motion completely before shifting the range shift lever.


1. Start machine engine.


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2. Choose speed range with range shift lever (A) to match work application.

L - Low speed operations such as tilling hard soil, mowing long grass or heavy hauling. Machine speed is decreased, but machine power is increased.
N - Neutral position. Lever must be in the N (neutral) position when starting the engine.
H - High speed operations such as light tilling and hauling, mowing short grass and transport. Machine speed is increased, but machine power is decreased.

3. Depress brake pedal.

4. Unlock park brake.

5. Release brake pedal.

6. Move throttle lever (B) forward until engine operates at desired speed.

NOTE: When the travel pedal is released, the transmission will automatically return to neutral.

7. Slowly depress pedal (C) downward to travel forward. Slowly depress pedal (D) downward to travel in reverse.

The farther either travel pedal is depressed, the faster the machine will travel.

8. Stop machine to change speed range.

Using Cruise Control - 1026R

c CAUTION: Avoid injury! Use cruise control only in large, open areas. Shut off before turning or when in areas with many obstacles.

NOTE: The cruise control is only operational when the machine is traveling forward.

Engaging Cruise Control

1. Depress forward travel pedal until desired travel speed is reached.


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2. Lift cruise control lever (A) to engage.

3. Release forward travel pedal.

Disengaging Cruise Control

The cruise control can be disengaged in one of two ways:

Depress brake pedal and push cruise control lever down.

Increase travel speed slightly and push cruise control lever down.

Adjusting Cruise Control Travel Speed

To adjust travel speed:

Increase travel speed by pressing forward travel pedal until desired speed is reached.

Decrease travel speed by disengaging cruise control, adjusting forward travel speed as desired and engage cruise control lever.

Using Differential Lock (Traction Assist)

c CAUTION: Avoid injury! Driving at high speeds with the traction assist engaged may result in loss of steering control. Do not engage traction assist or turn with the traction assist engaged while operating machine at high speeds or on slopes.

The differential lock is used to provide better traction when rear wheels start to slip. Engaging differential lock will lock right and left side rear axles together and cause both rear wheels to turn at equal speeds for maximum traction.

IMPORTANT: Avoid damage! Using the traction assist function improperly can damage the transaxle:

Reduce speed and allow drive wheels to rotate at same speed before engaging or disengaging traction assist.

Disengage traction assist when driving on dry asphalt or concrete.

Use traction assist only when necessary for improved ground engagement.


NOTE: Turning radius is increased when the differential lock is engaged.

Engaging Differential Lock

1. Stop or slow machine movement.

NOTE: Differential lock will remain engaged as long as rear wheel slippage occurs. If tires slip and regain traction repeatedly, hold down pedal with foot so differential lock remains engaged.


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2. Push down on differential lock pedal (A) to engage differential lock.

Disengaging Differential Lock

1. Remove foot from differential lock pedal.

NOTE: Rear wheel slippage will keep differential lock engaged. Lock will automatically disengage when traction equalizes.

2. If lock does not disengage when removing foot from pedal, depress brake pedal to equalize traction, then release.

Using Mechanical Front Wheel Drive (MFWD)

Mechanical front wheel drive (MFWD) enables the powertrain to drive both front and rear axles for improved traction on difficult ground conditions and provides 4-wheel braking. MFWD can be engaged and disengaged on-the-go with light loads and on low traction surfaces.

c CAUTION: Avoid injury! Use extra caution when driving on slopes. To increase traction and provide four-wheel braking, engage mechanical front wheel drive (MFWD) when driving on slopes. Be aware that MFWD can improve access to dangerously sloped terrain, thereby increasing the possibility of tipover.

To improve braking on sloped, icy, wet, or graveled surfaces, engage the MFWD. Add ballast to the tractor and travel at a reduced speed to avoid skidding and loss of steering control.

IMPORTANT: Avoid damage! Always disengage MFWD when driving on a paved surface.

Put the transmission levers in neutral to move the machine when the engine is not running.



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NOTE: It may be necessary to reduce engine load to disengage front wheel drive.

Push MFWD lever (A) forward to engage MFWD. Pull lever rearward to disengage MFWD.

Tips for Operating MFWD:

Maintain front tire pressure at maximum allowable level to ensure proper tire performance in all field conditions.

Engage MFWD to provide four-wheel braking.

Disengage MFWD when driving machine to or from work site to increase front tire life.

Using the Power-Take-Off (PTO) Safely



c CAUTION: Avoid injury! Stay clear of rotating drivelines

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Entanglement in rotating driveline can cause serious injury or death.

Keep hands, feet and clothing away.

Make sure that all shields are installed and used properly.

Stop the engine and be sure PTO driveline is stopped before getting near it.

Checking PTO Driveshaft Length

IMPORTANT: Avoid damage! The PTO driveshaft is a standard length. Certain driveshaft applications may cause contact with transmission. Driveshaft length may need to be shortened to avoid contact.


Checking PTO Driveshaft

NOTE: Check PTO driveshaft movement before operating implement.

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

2. Install driveshaft on implement.

3. Install implement on tractor. Do not install driveshaft on tractor.

4. Check the fully shortened position of the driveshaft.

a. Push the driveshaft in to its shortest length by hand.


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b. Check the area where the outer tube shield (A) meets the shield bell (B).

c. If the outer tube shield does not touch the shield bell, make a mark on the inner tube where the outer tube shield ends.

5. Install driveshaft on tractor and adjust the center link to level the implement for operating while in lowered position. See Using 3-Point Hitch in OPERATING Section.

6. Have an observer stand a safe distance from the implement to tell you when the driveshaft is fully shortened.

7. Set the tractor at low idle and raise the implement, stopping when the observer sees the outer tube shield reach the mark on the inner tube, or the outer tube shield touches the shield bell.

If the implement is fully raised, and the driveshaft does not reach the fully shortened position, with either the outer tube shield at the mark or touching the bell shield, the driveshaft is ready for operation.

If the driveshaft reaches the fully shortened position before the implement is fully raised, the driveshaft will need to be shortened.

Shortening the PTO Driveshaft

c CAUTION: Avoid injury! Do not use the driveshaft with an implement if the rotating shaft is not completely covered. Check to make sure shaft is covered before operating.

1. See your John Deere dealer for assistance, or remove 25mm (1 in.) from the ends of the driveshaft (C) and the ends of the shield tubes (D).

2. Check driveshaft length again, and shorten further if needed.

Using Rear and Mid Power-Take-Off (PTO)

IMPORTANT: Avoid damage! Use rear mounted equipment rated for 540 rpm. Do not operate mid or rear PTO over 540 RPM mark on tachometer.


NOTE: PTO operation for this machine is not intended to be used when the operator is off the seat. The safety interlock system will stop the engine and all implements if the PTO is operating and the operator leaves the seat.

Engaging the PTO

1. Sit on operator's seat.

2. Lock the park brake.

3. Move the 2-speed range lever to the N position.

NOTE: The starter will not crank if the PTO switch knob is in any engaged/on position.

If the operator leaves the seat with the engine running and the PTO engaged, the safety interlock system will stop the engine and all implements.

4. Start the engine.

5. Set engine speed to 1500 rpm or less.


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6. Move the PTO control lever (A) to desired operating position.

Position (B) - Mid PTO only.

Position (C) - Mid and Rear PTO

Position (D) - Rear PTO only.

7. Pull PTO switch knob up to the engaged/on position.

8. Adjust the hand throttle lever forward to the desired speed for the implement used.

NOTE: The tachometer PTO marker indicates a PTO speed at an engine speed of 3200 rpm.

Mid PTO speed will be 2100 rpm and rear PTO speed will be 540 rpm.

If PTO shuts off during use, turn off engine and push down to turn off PTO switch. Lock park brake. Allow engine to cool. Check coolant level and add coolant if necessary. Clean debris away from radiator cooling fins. Sit on seat, and start engine. Pull PTO up to on position. If PTO still does not engage, see your local John Deere Dealer for service.

Disengaging the PTO

1. Adjust engine rpm to low idle.

2. Push PTO switch knob down to the disengaged/off position.

Using Rear Hitch


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The rear hitch plate (A) provides a single fixed mounting position (B) for towing.

c CAUTION: Avoid injury! Hitch towed loads only to the rear hitch plate to avoid rearward upset. Do not use a safety chain for towing loads.

Maximum Hitch Loads

Certain heavy equipment such as a loaded single-axle trailer can place excessive strain on the hitch. Strain is greatly increased by speed and rough ground. Do not exceed 255 kg (562 lb) maximum static vertical load on the rear hitch at position (B).

Using 3-Point Hitch

NOTE: The 3-point hitch on your machine is classified as a limited Category 1 hitch.


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Place center link (A) in storage hook (B) when hitch is not in use.

Using Rockshaft Control Lever - 1023E

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Use rockshaft control lever (A) to raise and lower equipment attached to the 3-point hitch.

Lower Implement: Push lever forward to lower implement. Lever will automatically return to neutral position (center) when released.
Raise Implement: Pull lever rearward to raise implement. Lever will automatically return to neutral position (center) when released.

Using Rockshaft Control Lever - 1026R

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Use rockshaft control lever (A) to raise and lower equipment attached to the 3-point hitch.

To lower implement: Push lever forward.

To raise implement: Pull lever rearward.

Position control can be used to maintain the operating depth of the implement. To adjust the operating depth:

1. Unlock the depth stop lever (B) and slide toward the front of the console completely.

2. Operate the implement for several minutes to determine the desired operating depth.

3. Slide the depth stop against the rockshaft control lever and lock it in position.

NOTE: The calibrated label settings below the rockshaft control lever are for reference only and do not signify specific operating depths.

The implement will operate in same position each time the rockshaft control lever is pushed against the depth stop.

Using Rate of Drop/Lock Valve

The rate of drop/lock valve controls the rate of rockshaft drop when the rockshaft control lever is operated. This provides direct rate of drop control for 3-point hitch mounted implements. The valve can also be used to hydraulically lock the rockshaft (three-point hitch) in a desired position.

c CAUTION: Avoid injury! Excessive rate-of-drop may cause injury or damage. Fully lowering implement should take at least 2 seconds.

IMPORTANT: Avoid damage! To prevent overheating hydraulic oil and damaging machine, do not raise rockshaft when drop/lock valve is closed.


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Picture Note: 1023E Shown

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Picture Note: 1026R Shown
Increase Rate of Drop: Rotate drop/lock valve knob (A) counter-clockwise to make drop faster.
Decrease Rate of Drop: Rotate drop/lock rate valve knob (A) clockwise to make drop slower.

c CAUTION: Avoid injury! Do not use the rockshaft drop/lock valve for holding an attachment in raised position for service work. Loss of hydraulic pressure could result in sudden drop of attachment. Lower attachment onto blocks or remove from machine before servicing.

Lock 3-Point Hitch: Rotate drop/lock rate valve knob clockwise until tight.
Unlock 3-Point Hitch: Rotate drop/lock rate knob counter-clockwise.

Using the Draft Links

c CAUTION: Avoid injury! Look down and behind before and while backing. Clear area of all bystanders before backing machine.

1. Slowly back machine into position to align draft links with implement lift brackets.

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


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3. Connect draft links (A) to the implement.

4. Secure implement with lynch pins.

Leveling Implement Front-to-Rear

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

NOTE: When the 3-point hitch is not being used, return center link to storage hook (A).


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2. Lower implement to ground to relieve pressure on center link.

3. Loosen locknut (B).

IMPORTANT: Avoid damage! Do not turn center link body past the stops, or threads may be damaged.


4. Rotate center link body (C) to lengthen or shorten the center link as needed.

5. Tighten locknut (B).

Leveling Implement Side-to-Side

1. Lower any rear mount implement to the ground.

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


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3. Loosen locknut (A).

4. Rotate lift link body (B) to raise or lower draft link until 3-point hitch mounted implement is level from side-to-side.

5. Tighten locknut (A).

Adjusting Implement Side-to-Side Sway

NOTE: Check implement operator's manual procedure for adjusting sway links. When sway links have been properly adjusted, side sway of implement is controlled by position of links.

1. Lower any rear mount implement to the ground.

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


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3. Remove locking ring (A).

4. Rotate turnbuckle (B) to adjust length.

5. Install locking ring.

Using Optional iMatch Quick-Attach Hitch System

The optional quick-attach hitch fits all Category I implements designed to the ASAE Cat I standard for quick-attach hitches.

Installing Hitch


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1. Remove three drilled pins (A) and two bushings (B) from quick-attach hitch.

2. Use machine rockshaft control lever to fully lower 3-point hitch draft links.

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

4. Position quick-attach hitch near draft links and adjust 3-point hitch sway links to align draft links with quick-attach hitch.

5. Install quick-attach hitch on draft links using drilled pins.

6. Install 3-point hitch center link on quick-attach hitch using center link quick-lock pin and drilled pin.

Connecting Implement

1. Install two bushings included with quick-attach hitch on drilled pins in implement draft link lift brackets.


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2. Move levers (A) on quick-attach hitch to unlocked position.

3. Back machine into position and align quick-attach hitch with implement lift brackets.

4. Use rockshaft control lever to position quick-attach hitch under lift brackets and lift implement from ground.


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5. Fully raise implement. Move levers (A) on quick-attach hitch to locked position.

Connecting Implement Hydraulic Hoses

c CAUTION: Avoid injury! Escaping fluid under pressure can penetrate the skin causing serious injury. Relieve hydraulic system pressure by moving hydraulic controls in all directions before connecting or disconnecting hydraulic lines.

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

2. Relieve all hydraulic pressure by moving SCV lever rearward-to-forward and side-to-side several times.

3. Refer to implement operator's manual for instructions on connecting hydraulic hoses to couplers.

Using Hydraulic Dual Selective Control Valve (SCV)

c CAUTION: Avoid injury! Escaping fluid under high pressure can penetrate the skin and cause serious injury. Avoid the hazard by relieving pressure before connecting hydraulic or other lines. Tighten all connections before applying pressure.

Search for leaks with a piece of cardboard. Protect hands and body from high pressure fluids.

If an accident occurs, see a doctor immediately. Any fluid injected into the skin must be surgically removed within a few hours or gangrene may result. Doctors unfamiliar with this type of injury should reference a knowledgeable medical source. Such information is available from Deere & Company Medical Department in Moline, Illinois, U.S.A. In the United States and Canada only, this information may be obtained by calling 1-800-822-8262.

This machine series is equipped with an hydraulic Selective Control Valve (SCV) and hydraulic outlets to operate hydraulically-driven implements.


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A - Blue

B - Black

C - Yellow

D - Red

The machine-mounted hydraulic outlets are female quick couplers color coded for easy hookup.

Implement hydraulic hoses are also color coded. Match the color coded hose ends to the color coded hydraulic couplers on the machine when making connections.


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When the implement hydraulic hoses are connected to the yellow and black couplers, move the dual SCV lever (E) left to divert fluid to the yellow connector line and return through the black connector line. Move the lever right to divert fluid to the black connector line and return through the yellow connector line. Move the lever to the full right or "regen position" to divert fluid to the black connector line for faster loader bucket dumping.

When the implement hydraulic hoses are connected to the red and blue couplers, move the dual SCV lever (E) rearward to divert fluid to the blue connector line and return through the red connector line. Move the lever forward to divert fluid to the red connector line and return through the blue connector line. Move the lever to the full forward or "float" position to remove pressure in both connector lines and allow fluid to flow back and forth between the lines. The lever may be left in the "float" position.

Refer to information label (F) for assistance. See your implement Operator's Manual for implement functions which correspond to lever positions.

IMPORTANT: Avoid damage! To prevent contamination of female quick couplers, color-coded hose ends should be installed in the couplers when not being used.


Using Selective Control Valve (SCV) Lock Lever


MX46295

Picture Note: SCV lock lever shown in the unlocked position.

Pull the lock lever (A) to allow SCV lever movement in all directions. Operation of the SCV is unlocked.

Push the lock lever (A) to prohibit SCV lever movement in all directions. Operation of the SCV is locked.

Operation of the lock lever is indicated on label (B).

Ballasting Machine

c CAUTION: Avoid injury! Ballasted machine may become unstable when attachment is raised. Always drive slowly over uneven ground and when turning with raised attachment.

IMPORTANT: Avoid damage! Do not overload tires. Do not exceed tire maximum inflation pressure or maximum load capacity.


Add weight to machine front end if needed for stability. Heavy pulling and heavy rear mounted implements tend to lift front wheels. Add enough ballast to maintain steering control and prevent tip over. Remove weight when it is no longer needed.

IMPORTANT: Avoid damage! Remove ballast from machine when no longer needed.


Tire Capacities

Use the following charts to determine the tire maximum inflation pressure and load capacity.

Verify maximum tire inflation pressure and maximum load information if embossed into the tire side wall.

Maximum Inflation Pressures for Rear Tires

Tire Size

Ply

kPa (psi) Loaded

Maximum Load Capacity Kg (lb)

26 x 12.00-12 R4

4

138 (20)

807 (1780)

26 x 12.00-12 R3

4

138 (20)

807 (1780)


Maximum Inflation Pressures for Front Tires

Tire Size

Ply

kPa (psi) Loaded

Maximum Load Capacity kg (lb)

18 x 8.5-10 R4

4

152 (22)

376 (829)

18 x 8.5-10 R3

4

152 (22)

376 (829)


* Maximum pressure following tire manufacturer's specifications.

**Maximum load capacity for single tire.

Using Optional Rear Cast Iron Wheel Weights

1. Mount rear wheels in the wide position for improved stability.

c CAUTION: Avoid injury! Machine component or attachment is heavy. Use a safe lifting device or get an assistant to help lift, install or remove component or attachment.

2. Fasten weight to each rear wheel using a safe lifting device. A total of three weights per wheel may be used. See your implement operator's manual for installation and number of weights to use.

Rear wheel weights are available from your John Deere Dealer.

Using Optional Rear Ballast Box

c CAUTION: Avoid injury! To improve front loader-machine stability, use of ballast box is recommended. Use ballast as recommended in loader operator's manual.

The rear ballast box is used for carrying ballast on the 3-point hitch. Approximate weight of different materials is given in the implement operator's manual.

Using Liquid Weight in Tires

c CAUTION: Avoid injury! Installing liquid ballast requires special equipment and training. Injury may occur from exploding tire. Have the job done by your John Deere dealer or a tire service store.

IMPORTANT: Avoid damage! Cover rim completely with solution to avoid corrosion, but never more than 90 percent full. More solution would leave too little air space to absorb shocks. Damage to tire could occur.


NOTE: Use of alcohol as ballast is not recommended. Calcium chloride solution is heavier and more economical.

A solution of water and calcium chloride provides safe economical ballast, and will prevent freezing. If used properly, it will not damage tires, tubes, or rims.

A mixture of 0.4 kg of calcium chloride per liter of water (3.5 lb/gal), will not freeze solid above -45 C (-50 F).

Fill tubeless tires at least to valve stem level (minimum 75% full). Less solution would expose part of rim, possibly causing corrosion.

Tube-type tires may be filled to any level below 90%.

Using Optional Front Weights

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IMPORTANT: Avoid damage! Do not install weights on front bumper plate, damage to can occur to the front grille. Use optional bolt-on weight bracket for front weights.


Front weight bracket (A) is an optional bolt-on to the machine frame. The bracket will hold up to seven Quick-Tatch weights.

Each weight is 19 kg (42 lb).

Quick-Tatch weights and attaching hardware are available at your John Deere dealer.

See your implement operator's manual for installation and required number of weights to use.

Transporting Machine on Trailer

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.

IMPORTANT: Avoid damage! Transporting a machine on a trailer or on a truck bed at high speeds can result in hood or engine cover raising and possibly coming off machine if not secured.

Position machine on trailer so hood or engine cover opens from rear of trailer to prevent wind from blowing hood or cover open.

Secure hood or engine cover with existing machine locks or latches.

Secure hood or engine cover with tie down straps if no locks or latches exist.


NOTE: Use a heavy-duty trailer to transport your machine.

1. Drive or back machine onto trailer so hood or engine cover opens from rear of trailer.

2. Lower any implements to trailer deck.

3. Lock the park brake.

4. Stop the engine.

5. Remove the key.

6. Close the fuel shut-off valve.

7. Fasten machine to trailer with heavy-duty straps, chains, or cables. Both front and rear straps must be directed down and outward from machine. Trailer must have signs and lights as required by law.

Transporting Machine

Driving Machine Safely on Roads

c CAUTION: Avoid injury! Use caution when operating machine at transport speeds. Reduce speeds if towed load weighs more than machine. Consult towed equipment operator's manual for recommended transport speeds.

Use additional caution when transporting towed loads under adverse surface conditions, especially when turning, and on inclined surfaces.

Use of warning lights and turn signals are recommended when traveling on public roads unless prohibited by state or local regulations. An implement safety lighting kit is available from your John Deere dealer.

Observe the following precautions when operating the machine on a road:

Make sure brake linkage is properly adjusted.

Make sure Slow Moving Vehicle (SMV) emblem and warning lights are clean and visible. If towed or rear-mounted equipment obstructs these safety devices, install SMV emblem and warning lights on equipment.

Turn on flashing warning lights and headlights, except if prohibited by law.

Secure towed loads with locked hitch pins and safety chains.

Drive slowly enough to maintain safe control at all times. Slow down for hillsides, rough ground, and sharp turns, especially when transporting heavy implements.

If equipped, disengage the MFWD to reduce tire wear.

Never coast machine downhill.

Pushing or Towing Machine

c CAUTION: Avoid injury! Never tow machine faster than 16 km/h (10 mph). If possible, have someone operate steering and brakes of towed tractor.

IMPORTANT: Avoid damage! Push or tow machine for short distances only.


1. Push PTO switch knob to the disengaged/off position.

2. Disengage differential lock.

3. Unlock the park brake.

4. Place the range shift lever in the N (neutral) position.

5. Disengage the MFWD.

6. Be prepared to use the brake pedal to slow or stop machine.

Towing Loads

c CAUTION: Avoid injury! Stopping distance increases with speed and weight of towed load, and on slopes. Towed loads with or without brakes that are too heavy for the machine or are towed too fast can cause loss of control. Consider the weight of the equipment and its load.

Observe these recommended maximum road speeds, or local speed limits which may be lower:

If towed equipment does not have brakes, do not travel more than 32 km/h (20 mph) and do not tow loads more than 1.5 times the tractor weight.

If towed equipment has brakes, do not travel more than 40 km/h (25 mph) and do not tow loads more than 4.5 times the machine weight.

Ensure the load does not exceed the recommended weight ratio. Add ballast to recommended maximum for machine, lighten the load, or get a heavier towing unit. The machine must be heavy and powerful enough with adequate braking power for the towed load. Use additional caution when towing loads under adverse surface conditions, when turning, and on inclines.

1. Hitch the towed load only to the rear hitch plate.

2. Connect safety chains to the lower draft arm crossbar and to the towed load. Provide only enough slack to permit turning.

3. Before descending a hill, shift to a gear low enough to control machine travel speed without having to use the brake pedal to brake the machine and installed implements.

Using Safety Chain

c CAUTION: Avoid injury! Hitch towed loads only to the rear hitch plate to avoid rearward upset. Do not use a safety chain for towing loads.

IMPORTANT: Avoid damage! Secure the towed load to the rear hitch plate. Safety chains are designed to help control the towed load should it separate from the hitch plate.

Use a chain with a strength rating greater than the gross weight of the towed load.

Replace or repair the safety chain if one or more links or fittings are broken, stretched or damaged.



MX46283

1. Secure the safety chain around the rear hitch plate (A).

2. Remove the safety chain and store when not in use.