I. general operation, Safety rules – Craftsman YS 4500 917.28990 User Manual
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NGER: This cutting 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.
ARNING: In order to prevent acci
dental starting when setting up, transport
ing, adjusting or making repairs, always
disconnect spark plug wire and place wire
where it cannot contact spark plug.
not coast down a hill in
neutral, you may lose control of the tractor.
only the attachments
that are recommended by and comply with
specifications of the manufacturer of your
tractor. Use common sense when towing.
Operate only at the lowest possible speed
when on a slope. Too heavy of a load,
while on a slope, is dangerous. Tires can
lose traction with the ground and cause
you to lose control of your tractor.
ARNING: Engine exhaust, some of
its constituents, and certain vehicle com
ponents contain or emit chemicals known
to the State of California to cause cancer
and birth defects or other reproductive
ARNING: Battery posts, terminals
and related accessories contain lead and
lead compounds, chemicals known to the
State of California to cause cancer and
birth defects or other reproductive harm.
Wash hands after handling.
I. GENERAL OPERATION
• Read, understand, and follow all instruc
tions on the machine and in the manual
• Do not put hands or feet near rotating
parts or under the machine. Keep clear
of the discharge opening at all times.
• Only allow responsible adults, who are
familiar with the instructions, to operate
• Clear the area of objects such as rocks,
toys, wire, etc., which could be picked
up and thrown by the blades.
• Be sure the area is clear of bystand
ers before operating. Stop machine if
anyone enters the area.
• Never carry passengers.
• Do not mow in reverse unless abso
lutely necessary. Always look down and
behind before and while backing.
Never direct discharged material toward
anyone. Avoid discharging material
against a wall or obstruction. Material
may ricochet back toward the operator.
Stop the blades when crossing gravel
Do not operate machine without the
entire grass catcher, discharge guard, or
other safety devices in place and work
Slow down before turning.
Never leave a running machine unat
tended. Always turn off blades, set
parking brake, stop engine, and remove
keys before dismounting.
Disengage blades when not mowing.
Shut off engine and wait for all parts to
come to a complete stop before clean
ing the machine, removing the grass
catcher, or unclogging the discharge
Operate machine only in daylight or
good artificial light.
Do not operate the machine while under
the influence of alcohol or drugs.
Watch for traffic when operating near or
Use extra care when loading or unload
ing the machine into a trailer or truck.
Always wear eye protection when oper
Data indicates that operators, age 60
years and above, are involved in a large
percentage of riding mower-related inju
ries. These operators should evaluate
their ability to operate the riding mower
safely enough to protect themselves
and others from serious injury.
Follow the manufacturer’s recommen
dation for wheel weights or counter
Keep machine free of grass , leaves or
other debris build-up which can touch
hot exhaust / engine parts and burn. Do
not allow the mower to plow leaves or
other debris which can cause build-up
to occur. Clean any oil or fuel spillage
before operating or storing the machine.
Allow machine to cool before