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SAFETY RULES
Safe Operation Practices for Ride-On Mowers
DANGER:  THIS CUTTING MACHINE IS CAPABLE OF AMPUTATING HANDS AND FEET AND THROW ING OBJECTS.  FAILURE TO 
OBSERVE THE FOLLOWING SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS COULD RESULT IN SERIOUS INJURY OR DEATH.
• 
Do not operate machine without the entire grass catcher, 
WARNING:  In order to prevent ac ci -
discharge guard, or other safety devices in place and 
den tal starting when setting up, trans-
working.
 
port ing, ad just ing or making repairs, 

•  Slow down before turning.
al ways dis con nect spark plug wire 
•  Never leave a running machine unattended.  Always 
and place wire where it can not contact 
turn off blades, set parking brake, stop engine, and 
spark plug. 
remove keys before dismounting.
•  Disengage blades when not mowing. Shut off engine 
and wait for all parts to come to a complete stop before 
WARNING:  Do not coast down a hill 
cleaning the machine, removing the grass catcher, or 
in neutral, you may lose control of the 
unclogging the discharge guard.
tractor.
•  Operate machine only in daylight or good artificial 
light.
•  Do not operate the machine while under the influence 
WARNING:  Tow only the attachments 
of alcohol or drugs.
that are rec om mend ed by and comply 
• 
Watch for traffic when operating near or crossing road-
with spec i fi ca tions of the man u fac tur er 
 
ways.
of your tractor. Use common sense 
• 
Use extra care when loading or unloading the machine 
when towing. Operate only at the low-
into a trailer or truck.
 
est possible speed when on a slope.  

•  Always wear eye protection when operating ma-
Too heavy of a load, while on a slope, 
chine.
is dan ger ous.  Tires can lose trac tion 
• 
Data indicates that operators, age 60 years and above, 
with the ground and cause you to lose 
are involved in a large percentage of riding mower-re-
control of your tractor.
lated injuries.  These operators should evaluate their 
ability to operate the riding mower safely enough to 
protect them selves and others from serious injury.
WARNING
•  Follow the manufacturer's recommendation for wheel 
weights or counterweights.
Engine exhaust, some of its con stit u ents, and cer-
•  Keep machine free of grass , leaves or other debris 
 
tain vehicle com po nents contain or emit chem i cals 

build-up which can touch hot exhaust / engine parts 
and burn. Do not allow the mower deck to plow leaves
known to the State of Cal i for nia to cause can cer and 
or other debris which can cause build-up to occur. 
birth de fects or oth er re pro duc tive harm.
Clean any oil or fuel spillage before operating or 
storing the machine. Allow machine to cool before
storage.
WARNING
II. SLOPE OPERATION
Battery posts, terminals and related ac ces so ries 
Slopes are a major factor related to loss of control and 
contain lead and lead compounds, chem i cals known 
tip-over accidents, which can result in severe injury or 
to the State of Cal i for nia to cause can cer and birth 
death.  Operation on all slopes requires extra caution.  If 
you cannot back up the slope or if you feel uneasy on it, 
defects or oth er re pro duc tive harm. Wash hands 
do not mow it.
after handling.
•  Mow up and down slopes, not across.
•  Watch for holes, ruts, bumps, rocks, or other hidden 
I. GENERAL OPERATION 
objects.  Uneven terrain could overturn the machine.  
•  Read, understand, and follow all instructions on the 
Tall grass can hide obstacles.
machine and in the manual before starting.
•  Choose a low ground speed so that you will not have 
•  Do not put hands or feet near rotating parts or under 
to stop or shift while on the slope.
•  Do not mow on wet grass. Tires may lose traction.
the machine. Keep clear of the discharge opening at 
 
Always keep the machine in gear when going down 
all times.
slopes. Do not shift to neutral and coast downhill.
• 
Only allow responsible adults, who are familiar with the 
•  Avoid starting, stopping, or turning on a slope.  If the 
in struc tions, to operate the machine.
tires lose traction,  disengage the blades and proceed 
• 
Clear the area of objects such as  rocks, toys, wire, etc.,  
slowly straight down the slope.
which could be picked up and thrown by the blades.
•  Keep all movement on the slopes slow and gradual.  
•  Be sure the area is clear of bystanders before operat-
Do not make sudden changes in speed or direction, 
ing.  Stop machine if anyone enters the area.
which could cause the machine to roll over.
•  Never carry passengers.
•  Use extra care while operating machine with grass 
•  Do not mow in reverse unless absolutely necessary.  
catchers or other at tach ments; they can affect the 
Always look down and behind before and while back-
stability of the machine. Do no use on steep slopes.
 
ing.
• 
Do not  try to stabilize the machine by putting your foot 
• 
Never direct discharged material toward anyone. Avoid 
on the ground.
discharging material against a wall or obstruction. Ma-
• 
Do not mow near drop-offs, ditches, or embankments.  
terial may ricochet back toward the operator. Stop the 
The machine could suddenly roll over if a wheel is over 
blades when crossing gravel surfaces.
the edge or if the edge caves in.
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