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Lawn Mower General Operation

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Lawn Mower General OperationWe decided to post the general operation guidelines that are found in many lawn mower manuals as a handy reference for our readers. The following is a long list  guidelines, that everyone should read at least once before operating a lawn mower for the first time. It is also a good refresher for anyone who is purchasing a new lawn mower and may want to brush up on operating guidelines.

Lawn Mower General Operation – Read the Manual

Read the operator’s manual carefully in its entirety before attempting to assemble your lawnmower. Read, understand, and follow all instructions on the machine and in the manual before operation. Keep this manual in a safe place for future and regular reference and for ordering replacement parts.

Be completely familiar with the controls in the proper use of this machine before operating it.

Your lawn mower machine is a precision piece of equipment and not a plaything. Therefore, exercise extreme caution at all times. Your lawn mower has been designed to perform one job: to mow grass. Do not use it for any other purpose.

Lawn Mower General Operation – Safety

Never allow children under 14 years old to operate your lawn mower. Children 14 years old and older should read and understand the instructions in this manual and should be trained and supervised by an adult.

Only responsible individuals who are familiar with these rules of safe operation should be allowed to use this machine.

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 lawn mowers blade. Thrown objects can cause serious personal injury.

Avoid discharge of material toward buildings, sidewalks, bystanders and the like to avoid accidents. Also avoid disturbing material against a wall or obstruction which may cause discharge material to ricochet back toward the operator.

Keep Bystanders Away

To assist in avoiding blade contact and thrown object injury, stay in the operators position behind the handles and keep children, bystanders, helpers at least 75 feet from the mower while it is in operation. Stop machine if anyone enters the area.

Always wear safety glasses or safety goggles during operation and while performing an adjustment or repair to protect your eyes. Objects which ricochet can cause serious injury to the eyes.

Where sturdy rough soled work shoes and close-fitting slacks and shirts. Shirts and pants that cover the arms and legs and steele toe shoes are recommended. Never operate this machine in bare feet, sandals, slippery or lightweight shoes.

Do not put hands or feet near rotating parts or under the cutting deck. Contact with the blade can amputate hands and feet.

A missing or damaged discharge cover should be in place to avoid  blade contact or thrown object injuries.

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Many injuries occur as a result of the lawn mower being pulled over the foot during falls caused by slipping or tripping. Do not hold onto the handle of the lawn mower if you are falling; Release the handle immediately.

More Safety Suggestions

Never pull the lawn mower backwards towards  you while you are walking. If you must back the mower away from the wall or obstruction first look down and behind you to avoid tripping and then follow these steps:

  • step back from the mower to fully extend your arms
  • be sure you are well balanced and  surefooted
  • pull the lawn mower  back, no more than halfway toward you
  • repeat these steps as needed

Do not operate the lawn mower while  under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Do not engage the self-propelled mechanism on units so equipped while  starting the engine

The control handle is a safety device. Never attempt to bypass its operation. Doing so makes a safety device inoperative and may result in personal injury through contact with the rotating blade. The  control handle must operate easily in both directions and automatically return to the disengage position when released.

Do not operate the lawn 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 control handle immediately and the blade will stop rotating within 3 seconds.

Mow only in daylight. Walk never run

Stop the blade when crossing gravel drives, walks or roads.

If the equipment should start to vibrate abnormally, stop the engine and check immediately for the cause. Vibration is generally a warning of trouble.

Safety Always Comes First

Shut the engine off and wait until the blade comes to a complete stop before removing the grass catcher or unclogging the chute. 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. Make sure that the blade and engine have come to a complete stop.

Never  operate the  lawn mower without  a proper trail shield,  discharge cover, grass catcher, blade control handle or other safety protective devices in place and working. Never operate a lawn mower with damaged safety devices. Failure to do so, can result in personal injury.

Muffler and the engine become hot and can cause burns. Do not touch.

Only use parts and accessories made for your machine by the manufacturer. Failure to do so can result in personal injury.

Pull chord slowly until resistance is felt. Then pull rapidly. Rapid retraction of starter cord will pull hand and arm toward engine faster than you can let go. Broken bones, fractures, bruises  or strains could result.

Call customer assistance for the name of your nearest servicing dealer.

Read your own lawn mower guide for specific instructions related to your lawn mower.


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  1. This us pretty basic for lawn mower operation but it is ok for people using a lawn mower for the first time

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