• Review and follow safety rules and decal instructions

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  • Check that all safety decals are installed and in good condition. Replace if Damaged

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  • Check to make sure all shields and guards are properly installed and in good condition

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  • Check that all hardware is properly installed and secured.

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  • Check to be sure engine is free of dirt and debris. Pay particular attention to cooling fins, governor parts and muffler. Clean air intake screen. Check air cleaner; service if necessary

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  • Inspect area. Remove stones or other hard objects that might cause damage

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  • Check that there are no underground utilities in work area

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  • Check all lubrication points and grease as instructed in manual

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  • Perform a functional check of the safety interlock system each time you operate the unit. If it doesn't work, repair before using the machine.

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Before Starting Engine

  • Be familiar with the controls, how each functions, and what each operates

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  • Check engine oil level. Add oil if necessary, following the engine manufacturer's recommendations. Refer to engine manual supplied with machine.

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  • Open the fuel valve

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  • Fill the fuel tank with the amount and fuel type recommended by the engine manufacturer

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  • CHOKE: For cold starts, set the throttle lever to the half-open position and move the choke to the ON position. For warm starts set the throttle to the half-open position and the choke to the off position.

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Operator presence interlock system

  • To start the engine: master clutch must be disengaged

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  • To operate the machine: the operator must hold down the operator presence lever or engaging the master clutch will kill the engine

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