Rotating blades are dangerous, Help prevent serious or fatal accidents, Protect children – John Deere la105 User Manual

Page 8: Avoid tipping, Keep riders off, Towing loads safely, Safety

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6. Remove the key.

7. Wait for engine and all moving parts to stop before you leave the
operator’s seat.

8. Close fuel shut-off valve, if your machine is equipped.

9. Disconnect the negative battery cable or remove the spark plug wire(s)
(for gasoline engines) before servicing the machine.

Rotating Blades are Dangerous


• Rotating blades can cut off arms and legs,
and throw objects. Failure to observe safety
instructions could result in serious injury or


• Keep hands, feet and clothing away from mower deck when engine is

• Be alert at all times, drive forward and in reverse carefully. People,
especially children can move quickly into the mowing area before you
know it.

• Before backing up, stop mower blades or attachments and look down
and behind the machine carefully, especially for children.

• Do not mow in reverse.

• Shut off blades when you are not mowing.

• Park machine safely before leaving the operator’s station for any reason
including emptying the grasscatchers or unplugging the chute.

• The mower blades should stop in approximately five seconds when the
mower is disengaged. If you believe that your blades may not be stopping
in that period of time, take your machine to your authorized dealer where
they can safely check and service your machine.

Protect Children

• Death or serious injury can
occur when young children
associate having fun with a lawn
mowing machine simply because
someone has given them a ride
on a machine.

• Children are attracted to lawn mowing machines and mowing activities.
They don’t understand the dangers of rotating blades or the fact that the
operator is unaware of their presence.

• Children who have been given rides in the past may suddenly appear in
the mowing area for another ride and be run over or backed over by the

• Tragic accidents with children can occur if the operator is not alert to the
presence of children, especially when a child approaches a machine from
behind. Before and while backing up, stop mower blades and look down
and behind the machine carefully, especially for children.

• Never carry children on a machine or attachment, even with the blades
off. Do not tow children in a cart or trailer. They can fall off and be seriously
injured or interfere with safe machine operation.

• Never use the machine as a recreational vehicle or to entertain children.

• Never allow children or an untrained person operate the machine.
Instruct all operators not to give children a ride on the machine or in an

• Keep children indoors, out of the mowing area, and in the watchful eye of
a responsible adult, other than the operator, when a mower is being

• Stay alert to the presence of children. Never assume that children will
remain where you last saw them. Turn the machine off if a child enters the
work area.

• Use extreme care when approaching blind corners, shrubs, trees, or
other objects that may block your view of a child.

Avoid Tipping

• Slopes are a major factor related to loss-of-
control and tip-over accidents, which can result
in severe injury or death. Operation on all
slopes requires extra caution. If you cannot
back up the slope or if you feel uneasy on it, do
not mow it.

• Mow up and down slopes, not across.

• Watch for holes, ruts, bumps, rocks, or other hidden objects. Uneven
terrain could overturn the machine. Tall grass can hide obstacles.

• Choose a low ground speed so you will not have to stop or shift while on
a slope.

• Do not mow or operate machine on wet grass. Tires may lose traction.
Tires may lose traction on slopes even though the brakes are functioning

• Always keep the machine in gear when going down slopes. Do not shift
to neutral and coast downhill.

• Avoid starting, stopping or turning on a slope. If the tires lose traction,
disengage the blades and proceed slowly, straight down the slope.

• Keep all movement on slopes slow and gradual. Do not make sudden
changes in speed or direction, which could cause the machine to roll over.

• Use extra care while operating machine with grasscatchers or other
attachments, they can affect stability of the machine. Do not use on steep

• Do not try to stabilize the machine by putting your foot on the ground.

• Do not mow near drop-offs, ditches, embankments, or bodies of water.
The machine could suddenly roll over if a wheel goes over the edge or the
edge caves in. Leave a safety area between the machine and any hazard.

• Follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for wheel weights or
counterweights for added stability when operating on slopes or using front
or rear mounted attachments. Remove weights when not required.

Keep Riders Off

• Only allow the operator on the machine. Keep
riders off.

• Riders on the machine or attachment may be
struck by foreign objects or thrown off the
machine causing serious injury.

• Riders obstruct the operator’s view resulting in the machine being
operated in an unsafe manner.

Towing Loads Safely

• Stopping distance increases with speed and weight of towed load. Travel
slowly and allow extra time and distance to stop.

• Total towed weight must not exceed combined weight of pulling machine,
ballast and operator. Use counterweights or wheel weights as described in
the attachment or pulling machine operator’s manual.

• Excessive towed load can cause loss of traction and loss of control on
slopes. Reduce towed weight when operating on slopes.

• Never allow children or others in or on towed equipment.

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