How to Operate a Riding Lawn Mower

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Using a riding lawn mower can be as fun as it looks on the commercials. Just follow a few simple steps.

Things You'll Need

  • A large lawn
  • Gas
  • Oil
  • Protective clothing and safety glasses
  • Read the manufacturer's operating manual.

  • Clear the work area of sticks, stones and other things that could be thrown by the blades.

  • Be sure you have enough daylight left to finish the job.

  • Disengage the clutch and shift the mower into neutral before starting the engine.

  • Set the mower at the highest cutting point to use it on uneven ground.

  • Mow up and down slopes, not sideways.

  • Reduce speed on slopes and when turning sharply.

  • Watch for rocks and holes.

  • Replace worn grass-catcher bags.

Tips & Warnings

  • Wear ear protection, safety glasses and sturdy shoes.
  • Keep safety devices and guards in place.
  • Check the mounting bolts for tightness.
  • Don't operate the mower when the grass is wet.
  • Don't get on or off while the mower is running.
  • Avoid contact with hot motor parts.
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