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

Removing the Machine from the Crate

If removing the machine from a metal crate, refer to the Dealer/Distributor Portal for further information.

Adding Fuel to the Machine

Add fuel to the machine before starting it. Refer to your Operator’s Manual for the correct fuel and procedure.

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 Engine-Oil Level in the Operator's Manual.

Checking the Tire Pressure

Pressure: 13 psi (90 kPa)

Note: Check the tire pressure before starting the machine. Refer to your Operator’s Manual for the correct tire type and procedure.

Servicing the Battery

Important: Do not run the machine with the battery disconnected; electrical damage may occur to the engine.

  1. Charge the battery. Refer to the Operator's Manual for instructions.

  2. Connect the negative battery cable.

    Note: If the positive cable is also disconnected, connect the positive (red) cable to the positive battery terminal first, then the negative (black) cable to the negative battery terminal. Slip the insulator boot over the positive terminal.

    Note: For MyRide machines, ensure that the ground cable does not rub against the trailing arm or lower shock mount (Figure 1).


Raising the Roll Bar

Important: Always use the seat belt with the roll bar in the raised position.

  1. Remove the hairpin cotters and remove the 2 pins.

  2. Raise the roll bar to the upright position.

  3. Install the 2 pins, and secure them with the hairpin cotters.


Checking the Grass Deflector

If there are plastic ties holding the grass deflector up, remove them and lower the deflector into place.


An uncovered discharge opening could allow the machine to throw objects toward you or bystanders, resulting in serious injury or death. Also, contact with the blade could occur.

Never operate the machine without a cover plate, a mulch plate, grass deflector, or bagger installed.

  1. Make sure that 1 end of the spring is installed behind the deck edge before installing the bolt as shown in Figure 3.

  2. Place the other end of the spring around grass deflector (Figure 3).

    Important: The grass deflector must be free to rotate with downward tension. Lift the deflector up to the full open position and ensure that it rotates freely, without binding into the full down position.


Removing the Shipping Cable Ties

MyRide™ Suspension System Only

Note: This procedure is for machines with a MyRide™ suspension system only.


The springs are compressed by the shipping cable ties. When you remove the cable ties, the seat and springs will raise up quickly by approximately 9 cm (3-1/2 inches), and could injure you.

Ensure that your hands, arms, and face are clear of the seat and springs before cutting the cable ties.

Note: Remove the cable ties in the area shown in Figure 4 before operating the machine.


Checking the Machine for Grease

Parts needed for this procedure:

No. 2 lithium or molybdenum grease (purchase separately)1 tube

Before you use the machine, check the machine for grease; refer to Lubrication in the Operator's Manual.

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 needed.

Checking the Machine Before Delivery to the Customer (All Machines)

Before delivering the machine to the customer, ensure that you have performed the procedures listed in the following table and initial each when finished. Refer to the Operator's Manual for instructions on performing these procedures.

InitialCheck Procedure
 Check the tire pressure.
 Check the level of the mower deck.
 Check the engine-oil level.
 Check the hydraulic-fluid level.
 Check that the ROPS is secure.
 Check the adjustment of the parking brake.
 Ensure that the machine tracks correctly; refer to the Operator's Manual for the adjustment procedure.
 Check the safety-interlock systems and ensure that they are all functioning properly; refer to the Operator's Manual.
 Ensure that the PTO works.
 Check all fasteners that you installed to ensure that they are tight.

When you finish setting up the machine, sign and date in the space provided below:

Delivering the Machine to the Customer

Parts needed for this procedure:

Operator's Manual1
Engine owner's manual (non-Toro engines)1
Operator training material1
Registration card1

At delivery, fill in the model and serial number, complete the items listed in the following table, and initial each when finished.

Dealer InitialCustomer InitialCheck Procedure
  Show the customer where the following features are located and how they function:
  Fuel tank
  Oil-fill cap/Oil dipstick
  Spark plug(s)
  Engine-oil filter
  Engine-oil drain
  Fuel gauge, valve, and hose
  Air filter
  Hydraulic filter
  Ignition switch
  Throttle lever
  Choke (if applicable)
  Power-takeoff switch (PTO)
  Motion-control levers
  Parking brake
   Height of cut
  Lift-assist lever (if applicable)
  Adjustable seat
  Hydraulic-bypass valves
  Rollover Protection System (ROPS)
  Refer to the Operator's Manual to point out safety procedures, operation, and maintenance procedures.
  Review the warranty statement as shown in the Operator's Manual.
  Describe the post-sale service procedures for your store.
  Assist the customer in filling out and mailing the registration card or register online at
  Ensure that the customer receives the Operator's Manual, engine owner's manual (non-Toro engines), Setup Instructions, and operator training material.
  Ensure that the customer knows that the Parts Catalog is available at
  Assist the customer in loading the machine.

Note: When you, the dealer representative, have finished delivering the machine to the customer, sign and date in the space provide below and keep a copy of this page for dealer records. Also, the dealer must remind the customer to use a full-width trailer ramp to load the machine.