HX15, HX20, CX15 and CX20 Flex-Wing Rotary Cutters

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Dealer's Record
Record Flex-Wing Rotary Cutter Serial Number
Keep Proof of Ownership
Keep Machines Secure

Section : 05 - Safety

Recognize Safety Information
Understand Signal Words
Follow Safety Instructions
Use Safety Lights and Devices
Protect Bystanders
Stay Clear of Rotating Blades
Front and Rear Safety Shields
Raise Wings Safely
Operate Tractor and Rotary Cutter Safely
Operate Wings Safely When Cutting
Back Up Safely
Keep Riders Off Machine
Leaving Rotary Cutter Unattended
Prepare for Emergencies
Wear Protective Clothing
Stay Clear of Rotating Drivelines
Observe Maximum Transport Speed
Transport Safely
Use a Safety Chain
Avoid Serious Injury or Death from Accidental Lowering of Rotary Cutter
Practice Safe Maintenance
Check Hoses for Damage
Avoid High-Pressure Fluids
Safety Features

Section : 10 - Safety Signs

Safety Signs-Drivelines
Safety Signs-Driveline Shields
Safety Signs-Axle
Safety Signs-Deck
Safety Signs-Parking Stand

Section : 15 - Preparing the Tractor

Choosing Correct PTO Speed
Matching PTO Driveline and PTO Shaft
Recommended Tractor
Positioning Tractor Drawbar
Removing Quick Coupler Hitch (If Equipped)
Adjusting Hydraulic Flow Rate
Setting Tractor Wheel Tread Width

Section : 20 - Preparing the Rotary Cutter

Prestarting Checklist
Connecting Driveline Shield Chains
Rotary Cutter Wheel Spacing
Wheel Spacing Diagram for Row Crops-HX15 and CX15
Wheel Spacing Diagram for Row Crops-HX20 and CX20
Positioning Wheels
Using Correct Blades
Checking Cutting Height Adjustment
Leveling the Rotary Cutter

Section : 25 - Attaching and Detaching

Attaching Rotary Cutter to Tractor Drawbar
Assembling Main PTO Driveline Telescoping Members (If Necessary)
Attaching PTO Driveline
Attaching to Tractor Hydraulic System
Detaching Rotary Cutter From Tractor

Section : 30 - Transporting

Preparing Rotary Cutter for Transport
Follow Safe Transport Procedures
Driving Rotary Cutter In Turns
Keep Riders Off Machine

Section : 35 - Operating the Rotary Cutter

Preparing Rotary Cutter for Operation
Adjusting Cutting Height
Lowering Wing(s)
Follow Safe Operating Procedures
Operating Rotary Cutter
Using Safety Shields
Using Correct PTO Speed
Cutting Applications
Wing Flotation
Making Turns
Raising Wings
Operator's Manual Storage Location
Attachments Available

Section : 40 - Lubrication and Maintenance

Lubricating and Maintaining Machine Safely
Gear Case Oil
Alternative and Synthetic Lubricants
Mixing of Lubricants
Lubricant Storage
Perform Lubrication and Maintenance
Observe Lubrication Symbols
Every 10 Hours or Daily
Every 50 Hours
Bi-Annually or as Required
As Required

Section : 45 - Service

Practice Safe Service Procedures
Keep Service Area Clean
Avoid High-Pressure Fluids
Service Tires Safely (Severe Duty Ag Tires)
Disassembling and Inspecting Slip Clutch
Assembling Slip Clutch
Hydraulic Cylinder Requirement
Removing and Installing Driveline Splitter-to-Center Gear Case
Removing and Installing PTO Driveline
Removing and Installing Wing Drivelines
Checking Blade Wear
Replacing Blades-Round Pan Holder
Replacing Blades-Bar-Type Holder
Direction of Blade Rotation
Replacing Wear Shoes
Replacing Axle Suspension Spring-HX15 and HX20
Replacing Axle Suspension Springs and Shock Absorbers-CX15 and CX20
Metric Bolt and Screw Torque Values
Unified Inch Bolt and Screw Torque Values

Section : 50 - Assembly

Perform Predelivery Service Safely
Installation Instructions Available Online to John Deere Dealers
Adjust Hydraulic Hose Lengths
Remove Shipping Dunnage and Parts
Connect Driveline Shield Chains
Install Wheels on Wings-Laminated Tires
Install Wheels on Wings-Severe Duty Ag Tires
Fill Gear Cases
Final Inspection and Adjustments
Install Optional Equipment/Attachments

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