Note: Determine the left and right sides of the machine from the normal operating position.

Installing the Back Cushion

Machines with MyRide™ Suspension System Only

Parts needed for this procedure:

Seat back1
Flanged-hex bolt2
  1. Slide the seat back on to the seat base posts and align the holes.

  2. Secure the seat back using 2 flanged-hex bolts (Figure 1). Torque the bolts to 24 N∙m (18 ft-lb).

    Note: The flange-hex bolts are installed into locking nuts on the seat back. You will need additional torque to overcome the locking feature in the nuts.


Connecting the Battery

  1. Locate the battery and negative battery cable.

  2. Remove the plastic cap from the negative battery post.

  3. Remove the fasteners on the negative battery cable, and use them to secure the negative battery cable to the negative battery post (Figure 2).


Attaching the Seat-Tilt Cable

Non-MyRide Machines Only
  1. Tilt the seat back partway.

  2. Attach the seat-tilt cable from inside the seat pan (Figure 3).

  3. Lower the seat.

Installing the Rear Hitch

Parts needed for this procedure:

Rear hitch1
Bolt (5/16 x 1 inch)2
Locknut (5/16 inch)2

Install the bracket to the frame as shown in Figure 4 and Figure 5.


Setting Up the Motion-Control Levers

  1. Locate the motion-control levers attached, but folded down on the machine.

  2. Remove the upper bolt (3/8 x 1 inch) and washer; loosen the lower bolt (3/8 x 1 inch).

  3. Raise the motion control levers to the upright position.

  4. Align the holes in the motion-control lever with the holes in the control-arm shaft, and install the bolt and washer removed previously. Repeat this for both control levers.

    Note: Hand tighten all fasteners.

  5. Move the motion-control levers to the park position, raise the seat, and move the control levers back to the center position (neutral).

  6. Verify that the motion-control levers are properly aligned.

    Note: Adjust as necessary. Tighten all fasteners.

Checking the Mower Adjustment

Adjust the side-to-side level and the front-to-rear blade slope. Use the relevant procedures in the Operator's Manual to verify that the deck is level, and make any adjustments as necessary. Refer to the Operator's Manual for more information.

Completing the Setup

Parts needed for this procedure:

Hose coupling (not included with CE models)1
Operator's Manual1
Engine owner’s manual (non-Toro engines)1
Operator training material1

Checking the Tire Pressure

Check the front and rear tires for proper inflation; refer to Checking the Tire Pressure in the Operator’s Manual for the recommended inflation pressure.

Checking the Side-Discharge Chute

Remove the packing restraint holding the side discharge chute up and lower the chute into place.

Checking the Engine-Oil Level

Before you start the engine and use the machine, check the oil level in the engine crankcase; refer to Checking the Oil Level in the Operator's Manual.

Organizing the Material

Keep all the following items with the machine:

  • Ignition key

  • Hose coupling (not included in CE models)

  • Operator's Manual

  • Engine owners’s manual (non-Toro engines)

  • View the operator training material before operating the machine.