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These materials Untrained or inexperienced individuals should Read, understand, and follow all instructions and use common You must read, understand This includes the contents of the product's Operators Manual, supplied with the However, due to the variety of outdoor power equipment Therefore, it The company reserves the right to make Instructions, photographs and illustrations used in this publication are for reference use only and All Rights Reserved MTD Products LLC - Product Training and Education Department PRINTED IN USA FORM NO.769-00946. DECK LEVELING ADJUSTMENT 4.1. Place the shift lever in NEUTRAL NOTE: The cutting deck is attached to the frame with steel rod hanger links. The left front rod is 4.2. Restart the engine. threaded and has a ferrule which is used for 4.3. See Figure 6. The deck place. See Figure 9. should move up and forward and the belt should become loose. See Figure 13. 9.1. See Figure 21. moving the frame mounting bracket higher. If you are experiencing belt damage contact MTD Customer Service for a Hanger Link with a bend in it. See Figure 19. See Figure 24. place. See Figure 31. NOTE: A pulley hub is located beneath the transmission pulley. See Figure 40. 20.6. Release the parking brake. TRANSMISSION REMOVAL 20.7. Using a spring puller (MTD Part number 732- NOTE: The transmission can be removed with- 0571), disconnect the two springs which are out removing the cutting deck.We have removed attached to the rear portion of the tractor frame. In the State of California the above is required by law (Section 4442 of the California Public Resources Code). Other states may have similar laws. Federal laws apply on federal lands. A spark arrester for the muffler is available through your nearest engine authorized service dealer or contact the service department, P.O. Box 361131 Cleveland, Ohio 44136-0019.It will help you assemble, prepare and maintain the unit for best performance. Please read and understand what it says.

Before you start assembling your new equipment, please locate the model plate on the equipment and copy the information from it in the space provided below. The information on the model plate is very important if you need help from our Customer Support Department or an authorized dealer. You can locate the model number by looking down at the rear of the deck. A sample model plate is explained below. For future reference, please copy the model number and the serial number of the equipment in the space below. CALLING CUSTOMER SUPPORT If you have difficulty assembling this product or have any questions regarding the controls, operation or maintenance of this unit, please call the Customer Support Department. Call 1(866) 840-6483 or 1(330) 558-7220 to reach a Customer Support representative. Please have your unit's model number and serial number ready when you call. See previous section to locate this information. You will be asked to enter the serial number in order to process your call. Failure to comply with these instructions may result in personal injury. When you see this symbol - heed its warning. WARNING: Engine Exhaust, some of its constituents, and certain vehicle components contain or emit chemicals known to State of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm. DANGER: This machine was built to be operated according to the rules for safe operation in this manual. As with any type of power equipment, carelessness or error on the part of the operator can result in serious injury. This 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. General Operation 1. Read this operator's manual carefully in its entirety before attempting to assemble this machine. Read, understand, and follow all instructions on the machine and in the manual(s) before operation.

Be completely familiar with the controls and the proper use of this machine before operating it. Keep this manual in a safe place for future and regular reference and for ordering replacement parts. 2. This machine is a precision piece of power equipment, not a plaything. Therefore, exercise extreme caution at all times. Your unit has been designed to perform one job: to mow grass. Do not use it for any other purpose. 3. Never allow children under 14 years old to operate this machine. Children 14 years old and over should read and understand the operation instructions and safety rules in this manual and should be trained and supervised by a parent. Only responsible individuals who are familiar with these rules of safe operation should be allowed to use this machine. 4. Thoroughly inspect the area where the equipment is to be used. Remove all stones, sticks, wire, bones, toys and other foreign objects which could be tripped over or picked up and thrown by the blade. Thrown objects can cause serious personal injury. Plan your mowing pattern to avoid discharge of matedal toward roads, sidewalks, bystanders and the like. Also, avoid discharging material against a wall or obstruction which may cause discharged material to ricochet back toward the operator. 5. To help avoid blade contact or a thrown object injury, stay in the operator zone behind the handles and keep children, bystanders, helpers and pets at least 75 feet from the mower while it is in operation. Stop machine if anyone enters the area. 6. Always wear safety glasses or safety goggles during operation and while performing an adjustment or repair to protect your eyes. Thrown objects which ricochet can cause serious injury to the eyes. 7. Wear sturdy, rough-soled work shoes and close-fitting slacks and shirts. Shirts and pants that cover the arms and legs and steel-toed shoes are recommended. Never operate this machine in bare feet, sandals, slippery or light weight (e.g. canvas) shoes. 19. 3 8.

Do not put hands or feet near rotating parts or under the cutting deck. Contact with the blade can amputate hands and feet. 9. A missing or damaged discharge cover can cause blade contact or thrown object injuries. 10. Many injuries occur as a result of the mower being puned over the foot during a fall caused by slipping or tripping. Do not hold on to the mower if you are falling; release the handle immediately. 11. Never pull the mower back toward you while you are walking. If you must back the mower away from a wall or obstruction first look down and behind to avoid tripping and then follow these steps: a. Step back from the mower to fully extend your arms. b. Be sure you are well balanced with sure footing. c. Pull the mower back slowly, no more than half way toward you. d. Repeat these steps as needed. 12. Do not operate the mower while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. 13. Do not engage the self-propelled mechanism on units so equipped while starting engine. 14. The blade control handle is a safety device. Never attempt to bypass its operation. Doing so makes the safety device inoperative and may result in personal injury through contact with the rotating blade. The blade control handle must operate easily in both directions and automatically return to the disengaged position when released. 15. Never operate the mower in wet grass. Always be sure of your footing. A slip and fall can cause serious personal injury. If you feel you are losing your footing, release the blade control handle immediately and the blade will stop rotating within three seconds. 16. Mow only in daylight or in good artificial light. Walk, never run. 17. Stop the blade when crossing gravel drives, walks or roads. 18. If the equipment should start to vibrate abnormally, stop the engine and check immediately for the cause. Vibration is generally a warning of trouble.

Shut the engine off and wait until the blade comes to a The cutting blade continues to rotate for a few seconds after the engine is shut off. Never place any part of the body in the blade area until you are sure the blade has stopped rotating. 20. Neveroperate mowerwithout proper trail shield, discharge cover, grass catcher, blade control handle or other safety protective devices in place and working. Never operate mower with damaged safety devices. Failure todo so, can result in personal injury. 21. Muffler and engine become hot and can cause a burn. Do not touch. 22. Only use parts and accessories made for this machine by the manufacturer. Failure todo so, can result in personal injury. 23. If situations occur which are not covered in this manual, use care and good judgment. Contact your dealer for assistance. Telephone 1-800-800-7310 for the name of your nearest dealer. Slope Operation Slopes are a major factor related to slip and fall accidents which can result in severe injury. Operation on slopes requires extra caution. If you feel uneasy on a slope, do not mow it. For your safety, use the slope gauge included as part of this manual to measure slopes before operating this unit on a sloped or hilly area. If the slope is greater than 15 degrees, do not mow it. De: 1. Mow across the face of slopes; never up and down. Exercise extreme caution when changing direction on slopes. 2. Watch for holes, ruts, rocks, hidden objects, or bumps which can cause you to slip or trip. Tall grass can hide obstacles. 3. Always be sure of your footing. If you feel you are losing your balance, release the blade control handle immediately, and the blade will stop rotating within 3 seconds. Do Not: 1. Do not mow near drop-offs, ditches or embankments, you could lose your footing or balance. 2. Do not mow slopes greater than 15 degrees as shown on the slope gauge. 3. Do not mow on wet grass. Unstable footing could cause slipping.

Children Tragic accidents can occur if the operator is not alert to the presence of children. Children are often attracted to the mower and the mowing activity. They do not understand the dangers. Never assume that children will remain where you last saw them. 1. Keep children out of the mowing area and under the watchful care of a responsible adult other than the operator. 2. Be alert and turn mower off if a child enters the area. 3. Before and while moving backwards, look behind and down for small children. 4. Use extreme care when approaching blind corners, 5. 6. doorways, shrubs, trees, or other objects that may obscure your vision of a child who may run into the mower. Keep children away from hot or running engines. They can suffer bums from a hot muffler. Never allow children under 14 years old to operate a power mower. Service Safe Handling Of Gasoline: 1. To avoid personal injury or property damage use extreme care in handling gasoline. Gasoline is extremely flammable and the vapors are explosive. Serious personal injury can occur when gasoline is spilled on yourself or your clothes which can ignite. 2. Wash your skin and change clothes immediately. 3. Use only an approved gasoline container. 4. 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 filling. 5. When practical, remove gas-powered equipment from the truck or trailer and refuel it on the ground. If this is not possible, then refuel such equipment on a trailer with a portable container, rather than from a gasoline dispenser nozzle. 6. Keep the nozzle in contact with the rim of the fuel tank or container opening at all times until fueling is complete. Do not use a nozzle lock-open device. 7. Extinguish all cigarettes, cigars, pipes and other sources of ignition. 8. Never fuel machine indoors because flammable vapors will accumulate in the area. 9.

Never remove gas cap or add fuel while the engine is hot or running. Allow engine to cool at least two minutes before refueling. 10. Neverover fill fueltank. Move unit to another area. Wait 5 minutes before starting the engine. 13. Never store the machine or fuel container inside where there is an open flame, spark or pilot light as on a water heater, space heater, furnace,clothes dryer or other gas appliances. 14. To reduce fire hazard, keep mower free of grass, leaves, or other debris build-up. Clean up oil or fuel spillage and remove any fuel soaked debris. 15. Allow a mower to cool at least 5 minutes before storing. General Service: 1. Never run an engine indoors or in a poody ventilated area. Engine exhaust contains carbon monoxide, an odorless and deadly gas. 2. Before cleaning, repairing, or inspecting, make certain the blade and all moving parts have stopped. Disconnect the spark plug wire and ground against the engine to prevent unintended starting. Wrap the blade or wear gloves, and use extra caution when servicing them. 5. Keep all nuts, bolts, and screws tight to be sure the equipment is in safe working condition. 6. Never tamper with safety devices. Check their proper operation regularly. 7. After striking a foreign object, stop the engine, disconnect the spark plug wire and ground against the engine. Thoroughly inspect the mower for any damage. Repair the damage before starting and operating the mower. 8. Never attempt to make a wheel or cutting height adjustment while the engine is running. 9. Grass catcher components, discharge cover, and trail shield are subject to wear and damage which could expose moving parts or allow objects to be thrown. Improper disposal of fluids and materials can harm the environment. WARNING - YOUR RESPONSIBILITY: Restrict the use of this power machine to persons who read, understand and follow the warnings and instructions in this manual and on the machine. NOTE: Not all safety labels shown may apply to your lawn mower.

Be certain to service engine with gasoline and oil as instructed in the separate engine manual before operating your mower. See Figure 2. NOTE: Your mower is shipped with the handle in the higher position. If you wish to lower the height of the handle, refer to the Adjustment Section. See figure 7 for assembly instructions, Figure 2 Fasten the cables to the lower handle with the cable tie found on the lower handle. Pull the cable tie tight and trim off the excess. See Figure 3. Cable Tie Disconnecting Spark Plug Wire Before setting up your lawn mower, disconnect the spark plug wire from the spark plug and ground against the engine. See Figure 1. Bolt O II Handle Figure 3 If not already, move rope guide to the first hole above the lower handle on right side. The wing nut loosens and secures the rope guide. Make certain the lower handle is seated securely into the handle bracket assemblies. To secure the upper and lower handle, tighten the wing nuts near the top of lower handle (carriage bolts must be seated properly into the handle). Rope f Guide Lower Handle Figure 4 With the spark plug wire disconnected and grounded, hold the blade control handle against the upper handle, and pull the starter rope out of the engine. Release the blade control handle. Slip the starter rope into the rope guide. Tighten the wing nut. Holding the deflector in this position, remove the retainer. Deflector Retainer Figure 5 WARNING: The chute retainer must be removed and discarded before operating the mower. Installing Mulching Baffle If your mower is equipped with the optional mulching baffle, install it on the right side of the deck following these instructions. See Figure 6. The hooks must snap into place on the hinge pin, locking the mulching baffle firmly onto the mower. NOTE: Install bottom lip inside chute opening (indicated by I in the figure below) before placing hooks over the hinge pin (indicated by 2 in the figure below).

Chute Deflector Baffle \ Opening Lip of Baffle (install inside chute opening) Figure 6 Compare the illustration in Figure 7 with your lawn mower to familiarize yourself with the location of various controls and adjustments. Save this manual for future reference. WARNING: The operation of any lawn mower can result in foreign objects being thrown into the eyes, which can damage your eyes severely. Always wear safety glasses while operating the mower, or while performing any adjustments or repairs on it. Engine Controls See the separate engine manual for the location and function of the controls on the engine. Blade Control Handle The blade control handle is located on the upper handle of the mower. The blade control handle must be depressed in order to operate the unit. Release blade control handle to stop engine and blade. Recoil Starter The recoil starter is attached to the right lower handle. Stand behind the unit and pull the recoil starter to start the unit. See Figure 7. Cutting Height Adjustment Levers These levers are located on each wheel and they are used to adjust the cutting height. All four levers have to be at the same relative position to ensure a uniform cut. See Figure 7. Drive Control Handle The drive control handle is located on the upper handle. Squeeze the drive control handle against the upper handle to engage drive system. Release the control handle to disengage the drive system in order to stop, slow down, or backup. WARNING: This blade control mechanism is a safety device. Never attempt to bypass its operations.Do not use gasoline that is more than 30 days old. 2. Make sure to connect the mower's spark plug wire before trying to start the engine. 3. Add engine oil to the oil fill on the mower engine. Check the dipstick and add more if necessary. Remember that the oil level has to touch the fill line. 4. Locate the primer decal near the primer bulb on the engine, and read its instruction.

WARNING: Keep hands and feet away from chute area on the cutting deck. The operation of any lawn mower can result in foreign objects being thrown into the eyes, which can result in severe eye damage. Always wear safety glasses or eye shields. NOTE: For shipping purposes your mower is set with the wheels in a low cutting height position. For best results raise the cutting position until it is determine which height is best for your lawn. See the Adjustment Section for details. Gas and OilFill-Up Service the engine with gasoline and oil as instructed in the separate engine manual packed with your mower. Read instructions carefully. WARNING: Never fill fuel tank indoors with engine running or until the engine has been allowed to cool for at least two minutes after running. It should move freely. Pull mower backward. Let the rope rewind slowly. Pull rope with a rapid, continuous, full arm stroke. Keeping a firm grip on the starter handle, let the rope return to the starter slowly. 10 Such objects could be accidently thrown by the mower in any direction and cause serious personal injury to the operator and others. For best results, do not cut wet grass because it tends to stick to the underside of the mower, preventing proper discharge of grass clippings, and could cause you to slip and fall. New grass, thick grass, or wet grass may require a narrower cut. For a healthier lawn, never cut off more than one-third of the total length of the grass. Your lawn should be cut in the fall as long as there is growth. This mower is designed to be operated at full throttle to give you the best cut and do the most effective job of mowing or mulching. WARNING: If you strike a foreign object, stop the engine. Remove wire from the spark plug, thoroughly inspect the mower for any damage, and repair the damage before restarting and operating the mower. Extensive vibration of the mower during operation is an indication of damage. The unit should be promptly inspected and repaired.

Mulching For effective mulching, do not cut wet grass because it tends to stick to the underside of the deck, preventing proper mulching of grass clippings. New or thick grass may require a narrower cut. The ground speed should be adjusted to the condition of the lawn. SECTION 6: MAKING ADJUSTMENTS WARNING: Do not at any time make any adjustments without first stopping engine and disconnecting spark plug wire. Cutting Height Adjustment Each wheel has a height adjustment lever which provides cutting height adjustment. When the adjustment lever is moved from one location to another the height of cut will be changed. Simply depress the lever towards wheel and move lever assembly to desired position. See Figure 8. IMPORTANT: All wheels must be placed in the same relative position. For rough or uneven lawns, move the height adjustment lever to a higher position. This will help stop scalping of the grass. Height Adjustment Figure 8 Handle Height Adjustment Your mower is shipped with the handle in the higher height position. Engine Adjustments See the separate engine manual packed with your unit for adjustments to the engine. Nuts Handle Handle Bracket Figure 9 11 Blade Control Handle and Drive Clutch Control: Lubricate the pivot points on the blade control handle and the drive clutch control at least once a season with light oil. These handles must operate freely in both directions. See Figure 10. Wheels: Lubricate the wheels at least once a season with light oil (or motor oil). If the wheels are removed for any reason, lubricate the surface of the axle bolt and inner surface of the wheel with light oil. Chute Deflector or Mulching Baffle: Lubricate the torsion spring and pivot point periodically with light oil to prevent any rust or binding. Engine: Follow the separate engine manual packed with you unit for lubrication instructions. 12 Figure 10 Maintenance NOTE: When tipping the unit or emptying the fuel tank keep the air cleaner side of engine up.

Never tip the mower more than 90 degrees and do not leave the mower tipped for any length of time. Oil can drain into the upper part of the engine causing a starting problem. Poor engine performance and flooding usually indicate that the air cleaner should be serviced. Spark plug replacement is recommended at the start of each mowing season. Clean the engine regularly with a cloth or brush. Keep the cooling system (blower housing area) clean to permit proper air circulation which is essential to engine performance and life. Be certain to remove all grass, dirt, and combustible debris from muffler area. Deck The underside of the mower deck should be cleaned after each use to prevent a buildup of grass clippings, leaves, dirt, or other matter. If this debris is allowed to accumulate, it will invite rust and corrosion, and may prevent proper mulching, discharge, or bagging. The deck may be cleaned by tilting the mower and scraping clean with a suitable tool (make certain the spark plug wire is disconnected). Replace when necessary. When sharpening the blade, follow the original angle of grind as a guide. It is extremely important that each cutting edge receives an equal amount of grinding to prevent an unbalanced blade. An unbalanced blade will cause excessive vibration when rotating at high speeds. It may cause damage to the mower, and could break causing personal injury. 13 Remove metal from the heavy side until it balances evenly. It is recommended that the blade always be removed from the adapter when testing forbalance. See Figure 13. Right Front Left Front Wheel Wheel -. See Figure 12. Engine Pulley Figure 14 WARNING: As always, use a thick piece of rag to handle the blade while sliding the belt around it.NOTE: When storing any type of power equipment in a poorly ventilated or metal storage shed, care should be taken to rust-proof the equipment. Using a light oil or silicone, coat the equipment, especially cables and all moving parts.

Carburetor improperly adjusted. Connect wire to spark plug. Fill tank with clean, fresh gasoline. Clean fuel line. Clean, adjust gap, or replace. Wait a few minutes to restart, but do not prime. Connect and tighten spark plug wire. Clean fuel line; fill tank with clean, fresh gasoline Clear vent. Drain fuel tank. Refill with fresh fuel. Clean air cleaner. Adjust carburetor. Fill crankcase with proper oil. Remove blower housing and clean. Adjust carburetor. Clean air cleaner. Tighten blade and adapter. Balance blade. Replace blade. Do not mow when grass is wet; wait until later to cut. Mow once at a high cutting height, then mow again at desired height or make a narrower cutting path. Sharpen or replace blade. Place all four wheels in same height position. Check belt for proper pulley installation and movement. Clean out debris. NOTE: For repairs beyond the minor adjustments listed above, contact your nearest authorized service dealer. 15 Drive Control Handle 34. Blade Control Handle 35. Sleeve Spacer.550 ID x 7.95 61. Transmission Cover 62.This limited warranty shall only apply if this product has been operated and maintained in accordance with the Operator's Manual furnished with the product, and has not been subject to misuse, abuse, commercial use, neglect, accident, improper maintenance, alteration, vandalism, theft, fire, water, or damage because of other peril or natural disaster. Damage resulting from the installation or use of any accessory or attachment not approved by Troy-Bilt LLC for use with the product(s) covered by this manual will void your warranty as to any resulting damage. Normal wear parts or components thereof are subject to separate terms as follows: All normal wear parts or component failures will be covered on the product for a period of 90 days regardless of cause. After 90 days, but within the two year period, normal wear part failures will be covered ONLY IF caused by defects in materials or workmanship of OTHER component parts.

Normal wear parts and components include, but are not limited to: batteries, belts, blades, blade adapters, grass bags, rider deck wheels, seats, snow thrower skid shoes, shave plates, auger spiral rubber, and tires. HOW TO OBTAIN SERVICE: Warranty service is available, WITH PROOF OF PURCHASE, through your local authorized service dealer. To locate the dealer in your area, check your Yellow Pages, or contact Troy-Bilt LLC at P.O. Box 361131, Cleveland, Ohio 44136-0019, or call 1-866-840-6483 or 1-330-558-7220, or log on to our Web site at This limited warranty does not provide coverage in the following cases: a. The engine or component parts thereof. These items carry a separate manufacturer's warranty. No implied warranty, including any implied warranty of merchantability of fitness for a particular purpose, applies after the applicable period of express written warranty above as to the parts as identified. No other express warranty, whether written or oral, except as mentioned above, given by any person or entity, including a dealer or retailer, with respect to any product, shall bind Troy-Bilt LLC. During the period of the warranty, the exclusive remedy is repair or replacement of the product as set forth above. The provisions as set forth in this warranty provide the sole and exclusive remedy arising from the sale. Troy-Bilt LLC shall not be liable for incidental or consequential loss or damage including, without limitation, expenses incurred for substitute or replacement lawn care services or for rental expenses to temporarily replace a warranted product. Some states do not allow the exclusion or limitation of incidental or consequential damages, or limitations on how long an implied warranty lasts, so the above exclusions or limitations may not apply to you. In no event shall recovery of any kind be greater than the amount of the purchase price of the product sold. Alteration of safety features of the product shall void this warranty.

HOW STATE LAW RELATES TO THIS WARRANTY: This limited warranty gives you specific legal rights, and you may also have other rights which vary from state to state. Troy-Bilt LLC, P.0. BOX 361131 CLEVELAND, 0HI0 44136-0019; Phone: 1-866-840-6483,1-330-558-7220. It will help you assemble, prepare, maintain and safely operate your machine. Your outdoor power equipment was built to be operated according to the rules and instructions for safe operation which are contained in the operator's manual and on the machine itself. Read and follow all instructions in the manual before attempting to operate your outdoor power equipment. Your machine is capable of amputating hands and feet and throwing objects. Failure to observe the safety rules and instructions, both on the machine and in the Operator's Manual, could result in serious injury or death. Due to the size of the Operator's Manual, some Operator's Manuals are broken down into two or more segments so that the entire Operator's Manual can be downloaded easily. And by having access to our ebooks online or by storing it on your computer, you have convenient answers with Bolens From Iseki Mower Parts Manual. To get started finding Bolens From Iseki Mower Parts Manual, you are right to find our website which has a comprehensive collection of manuals listed. Our library is the biggest of these that have literally hundreds of thousands of different products represented. I get my most wanted eBook Many thanks If there is a survey it only takes 5 minutes, try any survey which works for you. These are the only parts with the in-depth engineering and rigid testing that assures long-lasting quality. Customer Service can help. Select the model and year, then browse the parts diagrams to find the right part. Add to cart when you're ready to purchase and we'll ship it to you as soon as possible! Don’t forget these must-do maintenance tasks. Get your trimmer ready for the season with this tune-up check-list from Troy-Bilt.