When crossing a slope sideways, the average amount of the mower weight is on the drive wheels. This angle leaves the least amount of weight on the higher-side drive wheel, opening you up to the risk of slipping. This angle is preferred for large areas of gentle slopes. Leaning back when mowing at this angle adds weight to the rear drive wheels and allows you to mow more quickly across the slope without sliding.
Additional Dos and Don’ts
- DO Keep both feet on the foot platform at all times.
- DO turn off the blade clutch engagement switch to reduce risk of thrown objects and rotating blade hazard when in transport.
- DO disengage power to blades, apply the parking brake, stop the engine, remove ignition key and spark plug wire from spark plug(s) before performing any maintenance or repairs.
- DO avoid sudden acceleration or deceleration.
- DO turn off the mower and wait for blade to stop completely before leaving the mower, removing the grass catcher, picking up debris, or crossing gravel roads or paths.
- DO keep hands, feet and clothing away from wheels, blades, engine components and other moving parts.
- DO use a trimmer or walk-behind mower instead of a stand-on unit near drop offs and steep banks.
- DO clean grass, leaves and lubricant spills from surfaces after mower use to prevent fire hazard.
- DO look behind you before backing up.
- DO NOT touch the engine, muffler or hydraulic system while engine is running or soon after it is stopped to avoid burns.
- DO NOT leave the mower unattended on a slope.
- DO NOT allow inexperienced individuals to operate the mower until they have read all safety and operating instructions.
- DO NOT operate the mower at the highest speed unless you are on level, wide-open and visible area.
- DO NOT place your foot or feet on the ground near the back edge of the mower when backing up.
- DO NOT operate without the grass catcher, discharge chute, or other safety devices in place and in working order.
Read your safety manual! This is just a quick overview of basic safe operating procedures. As always—read, understand and follow the instructions in your safety instruction manual, along with the various safety symbols and warnings that appear throughout the manual and on the product itself.