How to Guide

How do I start and stop the engine?

Make sure that the mower is in a well-ventilated area before attempting to start the machine. Exhaust gases contain carbon monoxide gas which can be poisonous to inhale. Make sure you also inspect the fuel tank to confirm that the fuel level is sufficiently high.

  1. Turn the fuel valve to the ‘ON’ position
  2. Turn the main engine switch to the ‘ON’ position
  3. Lightly tug the starter rope out until you sense a mild resistance – at this point, pull the rope briskly towards yourself. Do not allow the rope to snap back on its own, return it to position by hand
  4. Locate and push the button on the Roto-Stop lever, while pushing the lever forward quickly – ensure that you hold it against the handle bar when you’re doing this. If the lever isn’t pulled quickly enough, the engine may stall.
  5. To stop the engine, turn the engine switch to the OFF position

Instruction video on how to start and stop the engine is located here

How do I drain and replace the engine oil?

In order to maintain optimum oil viscosity and ensure complete drainage, drain the oil when the engine is warm. Ensure that you regularly change the engine oil as recommended by the engine manufacturer. When replacing the engine oil, ensure that you use synthetic lubricant as directed in the owner’s manual. Failure to change engine oil regularly can significantly increase wear and tear on your engine.

  1. Use a screwdriver to take out the dipstick from the housing. Ensure that no oil drips onto the sides of the guard when removing the dipstick as this can attract dust
  2. Gently tilt the lawn mower to its left side and secure it in the position with support. Do not lay the mower on its side.
  3. Set a utility container below the oil drainage hole and then take out the drain bolt
  4. Ensure that the apparatus has been given ample time for complete oil drainage before retightening the bolt
  5. Clean off any oil that may have dripped onto the mower as this can cause smoke when operating the mower.

Instruction video on how to drain and replace the engine oil is located here

How do I replace the air filter?

Failing to regularly replace the mower’s air filter may drastically reduce fuel efficiency and output power. It can also cause the engine to misfire. In dusty settings, the air cleaner will need to be replaced more often. The mower must never be operated without an air filter as this could cause significant engine wear.

  1. Use a coin or key to gently loosen the screw and take out the cover in order to reach the air filter’s element
  2. Gently remove the element, ensuring that no loose debris falls into the gap
  3. Inspect the element visually to look for tearing or other damage. If this is the case, replace the element with a new one.
  4. Use a non-flammable or a solvent with a high flash point to wash the element. Dry it thoroughly after washing. If the element does not clean well, it may need to be replaced with a new one
  5. Soak the filter in fresh engine oil – gently squeeze out the excess lubricant.
  6. Re-install the air filter element in the housing and clean the area of any debris that may have fallen off during the process
  7. Fasten the filter’s cover

Instruction video on how to replace the air filter is located here

How do I replace the mower’s spark plug?

Ensure that you reset the spark gap or replace the plug at the beginning of every mowing season. A spark plug that hasn’t been tightened well can heat up and potentially damage the engine. Do not work on the spark plug without disconnecting the plug’s cable.

  1. Clear out the region around the spark plug of any dirt
  2. Take out the spark plug after disconnecting the cap
  3. Inspect the plug visually to ensure that there is no corrosion or cracks and use a wire brush to remove any deposits. If the plug has eroded at the contact points, it is necessary to replace it with a new one.
  4. Use a wire-type feeler gauge to measure the spark gap and ensure that it is between 0.6 – 0.7 mm (0.024 – 0.028 in)
  5. Thread the spark plug back in by hand carefully after ensuring that the washer is attached
  6. With the help of a wrench continue to tighten the spark plug until it seats well, ensure that it can move no further before continuing.
  7. Re-install the spark plug cap

Instruction video on how to replace the spark plug is located here

How do I sharpen and replace the blades?

Dull blades can put tear the grass instead of cleanly cutting it, ruining the appearance and health of your lawn. Additionally, dull blades put excessive strain on the engine and cause excessive vibration. Inspect the blades regularly and sharpen if dull. If the blades are bent, replace with a new one. When sharpening the blades, it’s crucial that you test the blade’s balance often – an unbalanced blade can result in an uneven cut, or even break loose and cause serious damage to the mower.

  1. Gently prop the mower on its left side with the housing up – do not allow the unit to lay on its side
  2. Loosen each of the blade’s bolts underneath the deck to remove the blade
  3. Use a file to sharpen the cutting blades and file the top left side only. Try to maintain the original level of the blade for the finest cutting edge.
  4. Ensure that both ends of the blade have been filed in order to maintain the blade’s balance. If the blade has been bent or dented by collisions with rocks or other objects, it will need to be replaced.
  5. Clear out the region around the blade of any dirt or grass clippings
  6. Re-install the blade and tighten each of the nut securely.

Instruction video on how to sharpen and replace the blades is located here

How do I install and remove the grass bag?

The grass bag is likely to suffer from wear and tear with frequent use – ensure that you inspect it regularly for fraying and tearing. Also make sure that the bag is regularly washed with water and dried completely before using. Bags that need to be replaced must only be replaced with authorized products.

  1. Stop the engine before attempting to remove the bag
  2. Push down the bag’s handle and raise the back end
  3. Remove the bag by moving it towards the mower’s rear
  4. To install the new bag, first insert the bag into the frame
  5. Proceed to hook the plastic edges of the bag onto the sides of the frame

Instruction video on how to install and remove the grass bag is located here

How do I adjust the cutting height?

Adjusting the right cutting height may be required based on the height of your lawn grass. Increasing the height when mowing tall grass is recommended for the best results. When transporting the mower or moving over hard surfaces, ensure that the height has been set at the maximum level. There are six adjustable heights.

  1. Stop the engine before attempting to change the cutting height
  2. Push the height adjustment lever back towards the wheel and the proceed to move it upwards or downwards to raise or lower the blade’s position above the ground
  3. When the blade is at the desired setting, release the lever at the corresponding notch
  4. Proceed to adjust the height of the other three wheels.  Ensure that all four wheels are at the same height before you continue to mow

Instruction video on how to adjust the cutting height is located here

How do I adjust the engine’s throttle response?

Based on the outside temperature, it may be required to adjust the throttle in order to start the engine especially in colder locations. An engine that isn’t responding to multiple attempts to start it or stalling after starting may need to have the throttle adjusted.

  1. Push the throttle lever forward towards the ‘Start’ position
  2. Now carefully the move the carburetor’s choke arm I the counterclockwise direction, until it refuses to move further. Use your finger to ensure that the entire limit of travel has been completed.
  3. Loosen the cable’s lock nuts and proceed to move the adjuster up or down in order to make any necessary adjustments. You’ll need to determine the ideal air fuel mixture required based on your surroundings – the hotter the temperature, the lesser the ratio required.
  4. Tighten the lock nuts before rechecking the choke arm’s position on the carburetor

Instruction video on how to adjust the engine’s throttle response is located here