How to Operate a Riding Lawn Mower

How to Operate a Riding Lawn Mower. 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

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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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