Review and follow safety rules and decal instructions
Check that all safety decals are installed and in good condition. Replace if Damaged
Check to make sure all shields and guards are properly installed and in good condition
Check that all hardware is properly installed and secured.
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
Inspect area. Remove stones or other hard objects that might cause damage
Check that there are no underground utilities in work area
Check all lubrication points and grease as instructed in manual
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.
Be familiar with the controls, how each functions, and what each operates
Check engine oil level. Add oil if necessary, following the engine manufacturer's recommendations. Refer to engine manual supplied with machine.
Open the fuel valve
Fill the fuel tank with the amount and fuel type recommended by the engine manufacturer
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.
To start the engine: master clutch must be disengaged
To operate the machine: the operator must hold down the operator presence lever or engaging the master clutch will kill the engine