Mountfield 727H Istruzioni per l'uso

Marca
Mountfield
Categoria
Tosa erba
Modello
727H
Tipo
Istruzioni per l'uso
RIDE-ON MOWER
OWNER’S MANUAL
WARNING!
Read this manual carefully before using the machine.
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RASAERBA CON CONDUCENTE SEDUTO
MANUALE DI ISTRUZIONI
ATTENZIONE! Prima di utilizzare la macchina, leggere
attentamente il presente manuale.
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1. SAFETY ..................................................... 3
Regulations for using the machine safely
2. IDENTIFICATION OF THE MACHINE
AND PARTS ............................................... 6
Explanations on how to identify
the machine and its main parts
3. UNPACKING AND ASSEMBLY ................. 7
Explanations on how to remove the packing
and on how to assemble separated parts
4. COMMANDS AND CONTROL
INSTRUMENTS ....................................... 10
Position and functions of all the controls
5. HOW TO USE THE MACHINE ................. 13
Provides indications for working
eciently and safely
5.1 Safety recommendations ................... 13
5.2 Why the safety devices cut in ............ 13
5.3 Directions before starting ................... 13
5.4 Using the machine ............................. 15
5.5 Grass cutting ....................................... 16
5.6 Transporting the machine .................... 19
6. MAINTENANCE ....................................... 20
All the information for maintaining
the machine in peak eciency
6.1 Safety recommendations ................... 20
6.2 Routine maintenance ......................... 20
6.3 Interventions on the machine ........... 22
7. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION .......... 23
It gives advice on machine use
and respecting the environment
8. TROUBLESHOOTING ............................. 24
A help in quickly resolving any problems
9. ACCESSORIES ON REQUEST ............... 26
A description of the accessories available
for particular types of work
10. SPECIFICATIONS ................................. 27
A summary of the main specications
of your machine
TABLE OF CONTENTS
TRANSLATION OF THE ORIGINAL INSTRUCTIONS
1. PRESENTATION
Dear Customer,
Thank you for having chosen one of our prod-
ucts. We hope that you will get complete satisfac-
tion from using your new machine and that it will
fully meet all your expectations.
This manual has been written to help you be-
come familiar with the machine and use it safely
and eciently. Do not forget that it is an integral
part of the machine, so keep it close at hand for
future reference and pass it on to the purchaser if
you sell the machine.
If you should nd any slight dierences between
the description and your own machine, bear in
mind that, since there are continual improve-
ments to the product, information contained
in this manual may be modied without prior
warning and without the obligation to update it,
although the essential safety and function char-
acteristics will remain unaltered. In case of any
doubts, do not hesitate to contact your Retailer or
a Licensed Service Centre.
2. DESCRIPTION OF THE MACHINE
AND ITS RANGE OF USE
This machine is a garden tool and precisely a
ride-on mower.
The machine is equipped with an engine which
drives a cutting unit protected by a casing, as
well as a transmission unit that moves the ma-
chine.
INTRODUCTION
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The operator is able to operate the machine and
use the main controls, always seated in the op-
erator’s position.
The devices tted on the machine stop the en-
gine and the cutting device within a few seconds,
should the operator behave in a manner that
does not comply with the necessary safety pre-
cautions.
Intended use
This machine was designed and built to cut
grass.
The use of special accessories provided for by
the Manufacturer as original equipment or which
may be purchased separately, allows this work to
be done in various operating modes, illustrated
in this manual or the instructions that accompany
the single accessories.
Likewise, the intended use can be amplied to in-
clude other functions by applying supplementary
tools (if provided for by the Manufacturer), abid-
ing by the restrictions and conditions indicated in
the instructions accompanying the equipment.
Improper use
Any other usage not in keeping with the above-
mentioned ones may be hazardous and harm
persons and/or damage things. Examples of im-
proper use may include, but are not limited to:
transporting people, children or animals on the
machine or on a trailer;
towing or pushing loads without the use of the
specic accessory for towing;
use of the machine for riding over unstable,
slippery, icy, stony, rough, marshy ground or
puddles that do not allow the consistency of
the ground to be assessed;
using the blades on surfaces other than grass;
use of the machine for leaf or debris collection.
Improper use of the machine will invalidate the
warranty, relieve the Manufacturer from all liabili-
ties, and the user will consequently be liable for
all and any damage or injury to himself or others.
3. AFTER-SALES SERVICE
This manual gives all the necessary instructions
for using the machine and carrying out basic
maintenance.
Any adjustments or maintenance operations not
described in this manual must be carried out by
your Dealer or a -specialized Service Centre.
Both have the necessary knowledge and equip-
ment to ensure that the work is done correctly
without aecting the safety of the machine.
If you wish, you can ask your dealer to prepare
a maintenance programme personalised to
your needs. This will help you keep your new
purchase in peak performance and maintain its
value over time.
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1.1 HOW TO READ THE MANUAL
The manual describes several machine models that
can mainly dier in:
– type of drive: mechanical or hydrostatic;
– electric or manual start-up;
– presence of accessories or ttings
The symbol “
” highlights all the dierences in
usage and is followed by the indication of the ver-
sion that it refers to.
The symbol “
” refers to another part of the man-
ual where further information can be found.
1.2 SAFETY REGULATIONS
Read carefully before
using the machine.
A) TRAINING
1) Read the instructions carefully. Be fami-liar with
the controls and the proper use of the equipment.
Learn how to stop the engine quickly.
2) Never allow children or people unfamiliar with
these instructions to use the machine. Local regula-
tions may restrict the age of the operator.
3) Do not use the machine if the operator has taken
medicine or substances that may impair his ability to
react and be attentive.
4) Keep in mind that the operator or user is respon-
sible for accidents or hazards occurring to other
people or their property.
5) Do not carry passengers.
6) The operator of a machine must carefully follow
the driving instructions, particularly:
– the need for care and concentration when using
machines;
– that control of a machine sliding on a slope will not
be regained by the application of the brake.
The main reasons for loss of control are:
– insucient wheel grip;
– being driven too fast;
– inadequate braking;
– the type of machine is unsuitable for its task;
– lack of awareness of the eect of ground condi-
tions, especially slopes;
7) The machine is equipped with a series of safety
microswitches and devices which must never be
removed, altered or tampe-red with. Removing these
devices invalida-tes the warranty and the manufac-
turer declines any responsibility.
B) PREPARATION
1) While mowing, always wear substantial
footwear and long trousers. Do not operate the
equipment when barefoot or wearing open san-
dals.
2) Thoroughly inspect the area where the equip-
ment is to be used and remove all objects which
may be thrown by the machine (stones, sticks,
metal wire, bones, etc.)
3) WARNING: DANGER! - Engine fuel is highly
ammable:
store fuel in containers specically designed
for this purpose;
refuel using a funnel and outdoors only. Do not
smoke while refuelling or whene-ver handling
the fuel;
add fuel before starting the engine. Never re-
move the cap of the fuel tank or add fuel while
the engine is running or when the engine is hot;
if fuel is spilled, do not attempt to start the en-
gine but move the machine away from the area
of spillage and avoid creating any source of
ignition until the fuel has evapora-ted and the
fumes dispersed;
replace caps of all fuel tanks and containers
securely.
4) Replace faulty silencers.
5) Before using, always carry out a visual in-
spection, particularly of the blade, seeing that the
screws and cutter assembly are not worn or dam-
aged. Replace a worn or dama-ged blade and
screws as a set to preserve balance.
6) Before starting work, always check that the
side discharge chute is tted correctly.
Some paragraphs in the manual contain information
of particular importance and these are highlighted at
various levels of emphasis, and signify the following:
NOTE
or
IMPORTANT
These give details or fur-
ther information on what has already been said,
and are aimed at preventing damage to the ma-
chine or causing damage.
Non-observance will
result in the risk of injury to oneself or others.
Non-observance will
result in the risk of serious injury or death to
oneself or others.
1. SAFETY
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C) OPERATION
1) Do not operate the engine in a conned space
where dangerous carbon monoxide fumes can col-
lect.
2) Mow only in daylight or with good articial light
in good visibility conditions. Keep persons, children
and animals away from the working area.
3) If possible, avoid mowing wet grass. Avoid work-
ing in the rain and when there is a thunderstorm risk.
4) Before starting the motor, disengage the blade,
and shift into “neutral”.
5) Be very careful near ravines, ditches or embank-
ments.
6) Do not use on slopes of more than 10° (17%).
7) Remember there is no such thing as a “safe”
slope. Travel on grass slopes requires particular
care. To guard against overtur-n-ing:
do not stop or start suddenly when going up or
downhill;
engage the drive slowly and always keep the ma-
chine in gear, especially when travelling downhill;
machine speeds should be kept low on slopes
and during tight turns;
tay alert for humps and hollows and other hidden
hazards;
never mow across the face of the slope.
8) Exercise extreme caution when operating in
reverse.
9) Use care when pulling loads or using heavy
equipment:
use only approved drawbar hitch points;
limit loads to those you can safely control;
do not turn sharply. Use care when reversing;
use counterweight(s) or wheel weights whenever
advised in the instructions manual.
10) Stop the blade rotating and put the cutting deck
into the highest position before crossing surfaces
other than grass.
11) Never use the machine as a lawnmower if the
guards are damaged or missing.
12) Do not change the engine governor settings or
overspeed the engine.
13) Before leaving the operator’s position:
disengage the blade;
go into neutral and apply the parking brake;
stop the engine and remove the key (
Electric
start).
14) Disengage the blade, stop the engine and re-
move key (
Electric start):
before carrying out any work beneath the cutting
deck or unclogging the collector channel;
before checking, cleaning or working on machine;
after striking a foreign object. Inspect the machine
for damage and make repairs before restarting
and operating the machine;
if the machine starts to vibrate abnormally (im-
mediately check and remove the cause of the
vibration).
15) Disengage the blade when transporting or not
in use. Disengage the blade and wait for it to stop
before emptying the grass-catcher.
16) Stop the engine and disengage the blade:
before refuelling;
each time the side discharge chute is removed or
re-tted.
17) Reduce the throttle setting before stopping the
engine and turn the fuel o at the conclusion of
mowing, following the instructions in the manual.
18) Do not put hands or feet near or under rotating
parts. Keep clear of the discharge opening at all
times.
D) MAINTENANCE AND STORAGE
1) Keep all nuts, bolts and screws tight to be sure
the equipment is in safe working condition. Regular
maintenance is essential for safety and for maintain-
ing performance levels.
2) Never store the equipment with fuel in the tank
inside a building where fumes may reach a ame or
a spark or a source of extreme heat.
3) Allow the engine to cool before storing in an en-
closed space.
4) To reduce the re hazard, keep the engine, ex-
haust silencer, battery compartment and fuel storage
area free of grass, leaves, or excessive grease. Do
not leave containers with cut grass in a storage area.
5) Check the side discharge guard, side discharge
chute and the intake grille frequently for wear or de-
terioration. Replace them if they are damaged.
6) For reasons of safety, do not use equipment with
worn or damaged parts. Parts are to be replaced
and not repaired. Use genu-ine spare parts (the
blade should always bear the symbol «GGP»). Parts
which are not of an equivalent quality can damage
the equipment and may adversely aect your safety.
7) If the fuel tank has to be drained, this should be
done outdoors and when the engine is cool.
8) Wear strong work gloves when removing and re-
assembling the blade.
9) Check the blade’s balance after sharpening.
10) When the machine is to be parked, stored or left
unattended, lower the cutting deck.
11) The ignition key must never be left inserted in
the machine, or where children or persons not famil-
iar to the machine may reach it. Before any mainte-
nance or repair, remove the ignition key
(
Electric start).
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1
Warning: Read Operator’s Manual before
operating this machine.
2a
Electric Start
Warning: remove the key and read
the instructions before carrying out
any maintenance or repairs.
2b
Manual start
Warning: disconnect the spark plug
cap and read the instructions before
carrying out any maintenance or repairs.
3
Danger! Ejected objects: Keep bystanders
away.
4
Danger! Machine roll over: Do not use this
machine on slopes greater then 10°.
5
Danger! Dismemberment: Make sure that
children stay clear of the machine all the time
when engine is running.
6
Risk of being cut. Blade in movement. Do
not insert hands or feet inside the blade hou-
sing.
1.4 REGULATIONS FOR TOWING
A kit for towing a small trailer is available on re-
quest. This accessory is to be tted following the
instructions pro vided.
When using the towing kit, do not exceed the rec-
ommended loads stated on the label and follow
the safety instructions.
1.3 SAFETY DECALS
Your machine must be used with care. Picto-
grams have been placed on the machine to re-
mind you of the main precautions to be taken
during use.
If placed on a label, they are considered an
integral part of the machine.
If a decal should fall o or become illegible,
contact your retailer to replace it. Their mean-
ing is explained below.
1
2a
2b
3
4
5
6
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2.1 IDENTIFICATION OF THE MACHINE
The identication label located under the seat
has the essential data of each machine.
The serial number (6) must be quoted when you
require technical assistance or spare parts.
1. Acoustic power level according to
directive 2000/14/EC
2. Conformity mark according to
directive 2006/42/CE
3. Year of manufacture
4. Operating engine power and speed
5. Type of machine
6. Serial number
7. Weight in kgs
8. Name and address of Manufacturer
9. Type of transmission (if indicated)
10. Article Code
The example of the declaration of conformity can
be found on the penultimate page of the manual.
2.2 IDENTIFICATION OF MAIN
COMPONENTS
Various main components can be seen on the
machine, and these have the following functions:
11. Cutting deck: this is the guard enclosing the
rotating blade.
12. Blade: this is what cuts the grass. The wings
at the ends help convey the cut grass to-
wards the collector channel.
13. Rear discharde guard: è una protezione di
sicurezza e impedisce ad eventuali oggetti
raccolti dalla lama di essere scagliati lontano
dalla macchina.
14. Engine: this moves the blade and drives
the wheels. It is fully described in a specic
booklet.
15. Battery
Electric Start: provides the
energy for starting the engine. It is fully de-
scribed in a specic booklet.
16. Driver seat: this is where the machine op-
erator sits. It has a sensor for detecting the
presence of the operator which is a safety
device.
17. Pictograms for regulations and safety:
give reminders on the main provisions for
working safely, each of which is explained in
chapter 1.
Write your machine’s serial
number here (6)
2. IDENTIFICATION OF THE MACHINE AND PARTS
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For storage and transport reasons, some compo-
nents of the machine are not directly installed in
the factory, but have to be assembled after their
removal from the packing. Final assembly is car-
ried out by following these simple instructions.
IMPORTANT
For transport reasons
the machine is supplied without engine oil or
fuel. Before starting up the engine, ll with oil
and fuel following the instructions given in the
engine booklet.
Unpacking and com-
pleting the assembly should be done on a
at and stable surface, with enough space
for machine handling and its packaging,
always making use of suitable equipment.
3.1 UNPACKING
When unpacking the machine, take care to
gather all individual parts and ttings, and do not
damage the cutting deck when taking the ma-
chine o the base pallet.
The standard packing contents:
the machine;
dashboard cover;
steering wheel column caster;
steering wheel;
seat;
– blade engagement lever extension
– the lower part of the rear cover;
– the side deector for side discharge;
equipment to be used to complete assembly of
the various machine components (in separate
bags for each use);
instructions manual and machine documents.
In addition,
Electric Start
a battery charger (if present);
2 starter keys;
a spare 10 A fuse, to be kept in case of
necessity.
NOTE
To prevent damage to
the cutting deck, raise it to its maximum height
and take utmost care when taking the machine
o the pallet.
Hydrostatic transmission
To make it easier to get the machine o the
pallet and to move it, the drive disengage le-
ver should be put in position «B»(
4.23).
Disposal of the packaging should be done in ac-
cordance with the local regulations in force.
3.2 ASSEMBLY OF THE LOWER PART
OF THE REAR COVER
• Use equipment marked F”.
Apply plates (1) to the two supporting brackets
(2), as shown in the gure.
Fasten the two brackets (2) to the frame supports
with the screws (3).
Hydrostatic transmission
Move the drive disengage lever (4) to the «B»
position.
Fit the lower part (5) of the rear cover, making
3. UNPACKING AND ASSEMBLY
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sure to correctly insert the three upper tabs (6)
and the two side tabs (7).
Fasten the lower part (5) of the rear cover with:
2 rear screws (8) and their bushes (9), inser-
ting them in the direction indicated in the gure;
2 side screws (10), accessible from the rear
wheel compartment.
Hydrostatic transmission
AMake sure the drive disengage lever (4) is
inserted in the rear cover groove correctly and
that it runs freely.
3.3 FITTING THE DASHBOARD
AND STEERING WHEEL
UtiliUse equipment marked “B”.
Put the machine on a at surface and straighten
the front wheels.
Fit the caster (3) on the steering column (2), mak-
ing sure the plug (1) is correctly tted into the
caster seat.
Fit the steering column extension (3a) in the hole
in the caster (3).
Fit the dashboard cover (5) making sure all
fastenings click into their respective housings
correctly.
Fit the steering wheel (6) onto the caster (3) with
all the spokes directed towards the seat.
Fit the steering wheel fastening it with the screws
(7-a/b/c) supplied, in the indicated order.
Fit the steering wheel cover (8) clicking the three
fasteners into place.
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3.4 FITTING THE SEAT
• Use equipment marked “C”.
Fit the seat (1) onto the plate (2) using the screws
(3-a/b/c).
3.5 ASSEMBLY OF THE BLADE ENGAGE-
MENT LEVER EXTENSION
• Use equipment marked “C”.
Tighten the knob (1) on the extension (2), then
screw the extension (2) onto the end of the lever
(3).
3.6 CONNECTING THE BATTERY
Electric Start
The battery (1) is located under the seat and
can be reached by moving the cover (2).
Connect the battery connector (3) to the ma-
chine connector (4) and arrange the wire (5)
so that it is held rmly in place (7).
Using the connector (6), charge the battery
following instructions in the booklet
(
6.2.3), then put the cover (2) back.
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1. STEERING WHEEL
Turns the front wheels.
2. PARKING BRAKE LEVER
This lever is to stop the ma-
chine from moving when it
has been parked, and must
always be engaged before
leaving the machine.
The brake is engaged by
fully pressing the pedal (11
- 21) and moving the lever
to position «A». When you
take your foot o the pedal
it will be blocked by the
lever in the down position.
To disengage the parking brake, press the
pedal again so that the lever returns to position
«B».
3. BLADE ENGAGEMENT AND BRAKE
LEVER
This lever has two
positions, as shown
on the label:
Position
«A» = Blade
disen-
gaged
Position «B» = Blade engaged
If the blade is engaged when safety conditions
have not been complied with, the engine shuts
down.
On disengaging the blade (Pos. «A»), a brake
is simultaneously activated which stops it rotat-
ing in ve seconds.
4. CUTTING HEIGHT ADJUSTING LEVER
This lever has sev-
eral positions so the
cut can be regulated
at various heights.
To go from one
position to another,
move the lever
sideways and put it
back in one of the
stop notches.
Electric Start
5. KEY IGNITION SWITCH
This key operated
control has three
positions:
«OFF»
everything is
switch ed o;
«ON»
activates all
parts;
«START» engages the starter motor
4. COMMANDS AND CONTROL INSTRUMENTS
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On being released at the «START» posi-
tion, the key will automatically return to
«ON».
6. ACCELERATOR LEVEL
Regulates the engine’s r.p.m. The positions
are indicated on a plate showing the following
symbols:
«CHOKE» (if tted) = cold starting
«SLOW» for minimum engine speed
«FAST» for maximum engine speed
The «CHOKE» position (if tted) enriches
the mixture so must only be used for the
necessary time for cold starting.
When moving from one area to another, put
the lever in a position between «SLOW»
and «FAST».
When cutting, go to the «FAST» position.
Manual start
7. PULL START HANDLE
To start the engine, take the starter cable han-
dle and give it a rm tug.
Then put the han-
dle back in its seat,
guiding the cable
as it automatically
rewinds.
8.
ACCELERATOR LEVEL
It regulates the rpm and stops the engine.
The positions are indicated on the plate show-
ing the following symbols:
«OFF» for switching
o the engine
«CHOKE» (if tted)
= cold starting
«SLOW» for mini-
mum engine speed
«FAST» for maxi-
mum engine speed
The «CHOKE» position (if tted) enriches
the mixture so must only be used for the
necessary time for cold starting.
When moving from one area to another, put
the lever in a position between «SLOW»
and «FAST».
When cutting, go to the «FAST» position.
Mechanical transmission
11. CLUTCH / BRAKE PEDAL
This pedal has a
double function -
during the rst part
of its travel it acts
as a clutch, engag-
ing and disengag-
ing drive to the
wheels, and in the
second part it acts
as a brake on the
rear wheels.
It is important not to take too long in using
the clutch as this can cause overheating and
damage the transmission belt.
NOTE
When the machine
is in movement, keep your foot o the
pedal.
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12. SPEED CHANGE LEVER
This lever has 6 positions for the 4 forward
speeds, the neutral po-
sition «N» and reverse
«R».
To change gear,
press the pedal (11)
halfway down and
move the lever to the
desired gear.
Reverse must only
be engaged when the machine is
stopped.
Hydrostatic transmission
21. BRAKE
PEDAL
In hydrostatically
driven models this
pedal is solely for
braking and works
on the rear wheels.
22. DRIVE PEDAL
This pedal en-
gages drive in the
wheels and con-
trols the machine’s
forward and re-
verse speeds.
To engage
forward drive,
press it towards
«F» with your
toe-cap. As you
increase the pressure on the pedal, the
speed of the machine increases.
Reverse is engaged by pressing the pedal
with the heel towards «R».
The pedal automatically goes into neutral
«N» when released.
Only shift into re-
verse when the machine has stopped
moving.
NOTE
If the drive pedal is
used, whether forwards or for reverse, the
engine stops as soon as the parking brake
(2) is engaged.
23. LEVER TO RELEASE
THE HYDROSTATIC DRIVE
This lever has two positions:
Position «A»:
Drive engaged: for all
operating conditions,
when moving and dur-
ing cutting;
Position «B»:
Drive released: con-
siderably reduces the
eort required for mov-
ing the machine manu-
ally, when the engine
is not running.
IMPORTANT
To avoid damage to
the transmission unit, this operation must
be carried out only when the engine has
stopped with the pedal (22) on position
«N».
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5.1 SAFETY RECOMMENDATIONS
Do not tamper with or
remove the safety devices tted on the
machine. REMEMBER THAT THE USER IS
ALWAYS RESPONSIBLE FOR DAMAGE
AND INJURY TO OTHERS.
Before using the machine:
read the general safety regulations, pay-
ing particular attention to driving and
cutting on slopes;
carefully read the instructions for use,
make sure you are familiar with the con-
trols and know how to stop the blades
and the engine quickly;
never put your hands or feet next to or
beneath the rotating parts and always
keep away from the exit.
Do not use the machine when in a precari-
ous state of health or under the eect of
medicine or any other substances that can
reduce your reex actions and your ability
to concentrate.
It is the user’s responsibility to assess the
potential risk of the area where work is to
be carried out, and to take all the neces-
sary precautions to ensure his own safety
and that of others, particularly on slopes
or rough, slippery and unstable ground.
Do not leave the machine on high grass
with the engine running to avoid the risk of
starting a re.
This machine must
not be used on slopes steeper than 10°
(17%) (
5.5.4).
IMPORTANT
All the references relat-
ing to the positions of controls are described in
chapter 4.
5.2 WHY THE SAFETY DEVICES CUT IN
The safety devices work in two ways:
by preventing the engine from starting if all the
safety requirements have not been met;
stopping the engine if even just one of the
safety requirements is lacking.
a) The engine must only be started in the follow-
ing conditions:
the transmission is in “neutral”;
the blade is not engaged;
Electric Start
the operator is seated or the parking
brake is engaged.
b) The engine stops when:
the operator leaves his seat when the blades
are engaged;
the operator leaves his seat when the trans-
mission is not in “neutral”;
the parking brake is engaged without disen-
gaging the blade;
Electric Start
the speed change is activated ( 4.12) or
the drive pedal (
4.22) with the parking
brake on.
5.3 DIRECTIONS BEFORE STARTING
Before starting to mow, it is necessary to carry
out several checks and operations to ensure you
can work eciently and in maximum safety.
5.3.1 Seat adjustment
The seat is held by four screws (1) which have
to be loosened for changing the position of the
seat which is done by sliding it along the slots in
the base.
When you have got in a comfortable position,
fully tighten the four screws.
5. HOW TO USE THE MACHINE
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5.3.2 Refuelling
NOTE
The oil and fuel to use
are indicated in the engine booklet.
To reach the oil dip-
stick, turn the seat
over and remove the
cover underneath.
With engine
stopped, check its
oil level which must
be between the MIN
and MAX marks on
the dipstick.
Refuel using a funnel, but do not completely ll
the tank.
The tank’s capacity is about 4 litres.
Refuelling should be
carried out in an open or well ventilated
area with engine stopped. Always remem-
ber that petrol fumes are inammable. DO
NOT TAKE FLAMES TO THE TANK MOUTH
TO VERIFY ITS CONTENTS AND DO NOT
SMOKE WHEN REFUE L L ING.
IMPORTANT
Do not drip petrol onto
the plastic parts to avoid damaging them. In the
event of accidental spills or leaks, rinse immedi-
ately with water. The warranty does not cover for
damage to plastic parts of the bodywork or the
engine caused by petrol.
5.3.3 Tyre pressure
Having the correct tyre pressure is essential for
keeping the cutting deck horizontal and thus
achieving uniform mowing.
Unscrew the valve
caps and connect a
compressed air line
with a gauge to the
valves and adjust
the pressure to the
indicated values.
5.3.4  Machine preparation and tting the exit 
guards
NOTE
This machine lets you
mow lawns in dierent ways. Before starting
work, prepare the machine based on how the
lawn is to be mowed.
DO THIS WHEN THE ENGINE IS OFF.
Never use the ma-
chine without having tted the exit protec-
tion!
Preparation for mowing and mulching
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Lift the side discharge guard (2) and remove the
side discharge chute (3) (if tted.
Lower the side discharge guard (2) making sure
that it remains in a low stable position.
Preparation for mowing and grass side
discharge
Lift the safety lever(1) and the side discharge
guard (2). Fasten the side discharge chute (3)
and lower the guard (2), making sure it stays well
fastenedto the chute protrusions (3a) .
The side discharge chute is properly tted if the
two arrows are aligned (4).
Then t the grass-catcher or the rear discharge
guard as indicated above.
5.3.5 Checking machine safety
and eciency
1. Check that the safety devices function as de-
scribed (
5.2).
2. Check that the brake is in perfect working
order.
3. Do not start mowing if the blade vibrates or
if you are unsure whether they are sharp
enough. Always remember that:
A badly sharpened blade pulls at the grass
and causes the lawn to turn yellow.
A loose blade causes unwanted vibrations
and can be dangerous.
Do not use the ma-
chine if you are unsure whether it is work-
ing safely or eciently. If in doubt, contact
your Dealer immediately to make the nec-
essary checks and repairs.
5.4 USING THE MACHINE
5.4.1 Starting
All starting opera-
tions have to be eected in an open or well
ventilated area! ALWAYS REMEMBER
THAT EXHAUST GASES ARE TOXIC!
Before starting the
engine:
open the fuel stop-
cock (1 - where
supplied), which you
can reach from the
left-hand rear wheel
arch.
To start the motor:
press the brake pedal (
4.2);
put the drive into neutral («N») (
4.12 or
4.22);
disengage the blade (
4.3);
for cold starting, put the accelerator lever in the
«CHOKE» position (if tted) (
4.6 or 4.8); if
the motor is hot or has no starter, position the
lever between «SLOW» and «FAST.
Electric Start
put in the key ( 4.5) and turn to «ON»
to make electrical contact, then turn to
«START» to start the engine;
release the key once the engine has
started;
Manual start
take the starter cable handle ( 4.7) and
rmly tug it.
once the engine has started, put the handle
back in its seat.
after the machine has run for a few seconds,
put the accelerator lever on «START» and
then on «SLOW».
IMPORTANT
The choke (if tted)
must be closed as soon as possible. Using it
when the engine is already warm can foul the
spark plugs and cause the engine to run erra-
tically.
NOTE
If you have diculty
starting, do not make several attempts to avoid
ooding the engine or running down the bat-
tery (if present).
Check that the conditions allowing the en-
gine to start are met
Turn the key (
Electric start) or the accel-
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erator ( Manual start) to «OFF». Wait for
a few seconds and repeat the start opera-
tion. Should the malfunction persist, refer to
chapter «8» of this manual and the engine
manual.
5.4.2 Moving without mowing
The machine has not
been approved for use on public roads. It
has to be used (as indicated by the high-
way code) in private areas closed to traf-
c.
NOTE
When moving the ma-
chine, the blade must be disengaged and the
cutting deck put at its highest position.
Mechanical transmission
Put the accelerator control between the
«SLOW» and «FAST» positions, and the gear
change lever in the 1st speed position.
Keep the pedal pressed down and disengage
the parking brake. Slowly release the pedal
which will turn from «brake» to «clutch», thus
operating the rear wheels.
The pedal has to be released gradually as a
sudden engagement may cause tipping up
and loss of control of the vehicle.
Gradually reach the desired operating speed
using the accelerator and gear lever. To
change the gear speed the clutch must be
used pushing the pedal down half way.
Hydrostatic transmission
Put the accelerator control between the
«SLOW» and «FAST» positions. Press the
brake pedal to disengage the parking brake
and release the pedal.
Press the drive pedal (
4.22) in direction
«F» and reach the required speed by progres-
sively increasing pressure on the pedal and
moving the accelerator.
5.4.3 Braking
Mechanical transmission
To brake, rst reduce the speed on the accel-
erator to avoid overloading the brake assem-
bly and then push the pedal down fully.
Hydrostatic transmission
First reduce the machine’s speed by reducing
the engine’s r.p.m., and then press the brake
pedal to slow down the machine until it stops.
The machine already slows down consider-
ably by just releasing the drive pedal.
5.4.4 Reverse
Mechanical transmission
The machine MUST be stopped before
reverse can be en ga ged. Push down the
pedal until the machine stops and then insert
reverse by moving the lever sideways and
putting it into position «R». Gradually release
the pedal to en ga ge the clutch and then begin
moving in reverse.
Hydrostatic transmission
The machine MUST be stopped before re-
verse can be en ga ged.
When the machine has stopped moving, start
reversing by pressing the drive pedal in direc-
tion «R».
5.5 GRASS CUTTING
5.5.1 Engaging the blade and forward
movement
When you have reached the area to be mowed,
put the accelerator into the «FAST» position;
engage the blade by putting the lever into posi-
tion «B»;
start moving forwards on the grass very slowly
and with utmost caution, as already described;
engage the blade with the cutting deck in the
highest position, and then gradually lower to
the height required.
regulate the cutting height and speed consid-
ering the conditions of the lawn (the height,
density and dampness of the grass).
Mechanical transmission
High and dense grass - wet lawn
1st speed
Low grass - dry lawn
2nd - 3rd speed
NOTE
The fourth gear is
just a transfer gear to be used on the at.
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Hydrostatic transmission
The speed has to be adapted to the condition
of the grass in a gradual and progressive way
by moving the speed drive pedal.
The speed should always be reduced if you note
a reduction in engine speed, since a forward
speed that is too fast will not cut the grass well.
Disengage the blade and put the cutting deck in
the highest position whenever you need to get
past an obstacle.
5.5.2 Cutting height adjustment
Cutting height is regulated by a specic lever
(
4.4).
5.5.3 Lawn maitenance
1. To keep a lawn green, soft and attractive, it
should be cut regularly without damaging the
grass. A lawn can be composed of dierent
types of grass. If the lawn is cut frequently,
grass and roots grow more vigorously, forming
a solid grassy bed.
If the lawn is cut is less frequently, higher
grass and weeds start growing (plus daisies
and clovers, etc.).
2. It is always better to cut the grass when dry.
3. The blade must be in good condition and well
sharpened so that the grass is cut straight
without any ragged edge that leads to yellow-
ing at the ends.
4. The engine must run at full speed, both to
ensure a sharp cut of the grass and to get the
necessary thrust to push the cuttings through
the outlet.
5. The frequency of mowing should be in relation
to the rate of growth of the grass. The grass
should not be left to grow too much between
one cut and the next.
6. During hot and dry periods, the grass should
be cut a little higher to prevent the ground from
drying out.
7. The best height of the grass on a well-kept
lawn is approx. 4-5 cm. and with one mow-
ing, you do not need to remove more than
a third of the total height. If the grass is very
tall, it should be cut twice with a twenty-four
hour interval - the rst time with the blade at
maximum height, possibly reducing the cut-
ting width, and the second cut at the desired
height. When mulching, always avoid remov-
ing a large quantity of grass.
8. The appearance of the lawn will improve if you
alternate cutting in both directions.
9. When using the side discharge, it is best to
mow in a pattern where cut grass is not dis-
charged on the grass still to be cut.
10. If the outlet tends to get blocked with grass,
you should reduce the forward speed since
this may be too high for the condition of the
lawn. If the problem persists, the probable
causes are either the badly sharpened blade
or deformed ns.
11. Be very careful when mowing near bushes or
kerbs since these could distort the horizontal
position of the cutting deck, and damage its
edge as well as the blade.
5.5.4 Slopes
Complying with the slope li mits already men-
tioned, lawns on a slope have to mo wed moving
up and down and never across them, taking
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great care when changing direction that the rst
wheels do not hit obstacles (such as stones,
branches, roots, etc.), that may cause the ma-
chine to slide sideways, roll over or otherwise
cause loss of control.
REDUCE SPEED BE-
FORE ANY CHAN GE OF DIRECTION ON
SLOPES and always en ga ge the parking
brake before leaving the machine stopp ed
and unattended.
Take care when be-
ginning forward mo vement on sloping
ground to prevent the risk of tipping up.
Mechanical transmission
Never ride the
machine on slopes in neutral gear or
with the clutch out! Always engage a
low gear before leaving the machine
stopped and unattended.
Hydrostatic transmission
Go down slopes with your foot o the drive
pedal, to use the braking eect of the hy-
drostatic drive when the transmission is not
engaged.
Never use reverse
for reducing speed going downhill.
Control of the machine could be lost,
particularly on slippery surfaces.
5.5.5 End of mowing
When you have nished mowing, disengage
the blade, lower the engine speed and ride the
machine with the cutting deck in the highest posi-
tion.
5.5.6 End of work
Once you have nished mowing, stop the ma-
chine and engage the parking brake.
Electric Start
shift the accelerator lever to «SLOW»;
switch o the engine
by turning the key to
«STOP»;
close the fuel tap (1).
Always take out
the ignition key before leaving the ma-
chine unattended!
IMPORTANT
To keep the battery
charged, do not leave the key in the «ON»
position when the engine is not running.
Manual start
shift the accelerator lever to «OFF»;
close the fuel tap (1).
Always make sure
the accelerator lever is in the «OFF»
position before leaving the machine un-
attended; then wait till the motor has
cooled and disconnect the spark plug
cap.
5.5.7 Cleaning the machine
After each use, clean the machine exterior.
Never leave contain-
ers with cut grass inside a storage area..
Clean the plastic parts of the body with a damp
sponge using water and detergent, taking care
not to wet the engine, the electrical parts or the
electronic card located under the seat.
IMPORTANT
Never use hose-nozzles
or harsh detergents for cleaning the body and
engine!
Do not let debris and
dry remains of grass accumulate in upper
part of the cutting deck in order to keep
maximum machine eciency and safety
levels.
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