If you have recently bought a zero-turn lawn mower, you may find it difficult to start correctly and safely. It may seem like a complicated and incomprehensible process, but in fact, everything is simple and it is a pleasure to mow on such a lawnmower.
If the manual that is in the box from your lawnmower left you a lot of questions, we offer you our step-by-step guide that will answer all your questions.
How to start a zero-turn lawn mower?
Step1. Check the fuel
See if the fuel tank is full and fill up with gasoline if necessary.
Step 2. Allow fuel supply
To allow the supply of gasoline, you need to turn the switch, which is located next to the seat or fuel tank, to the right.
Step 3. Remove the mower from the parking brake
The handbrake is located to the left of the seat. Lift the handle to a vertical position.
Step 4. Turn on the PTO switch
This is the switch that draws engine power to operate the deck. It looks like a round handle (red or yellow) and is located next to the control panel. First, click on it.
Step 6. Install the traction arms
You need to turn the traction arms on each side to neutral.
Step 7. Adjust the throttle lever
You can see values like min below and max above, or images like turtle below and rabbit above. Push the throttle lever up.
Step 8. Start your lawnmower
This step includes 3 stages:
✔️ First stage: Insert the ignition key and start the engine.
✔️ Second stage: Turn on the air damper, if your engine is cold.
✔️ Third stage: Lower the handbrake and pull the PTO switch up to engage the deck knives. Then slide the lever forward to start driving.
Enjoy your riding!
With this simple beginner’s guide on how to properly start your lawnmower, you will have fun mowing in your yard. Follow all our directions and don’t worry about things going wrong. Happy your first mow!
🤔 What is an air damper for?
The air damper is used to stop or regulate temperature differences in the engine. Simply put, it protects your engine from overheating.
❓ The start of lawn mowers is the same for all models?
In general, yes, since the principle of operation is the same. However, the location of the equipment may vary, so it is also important to read the manual specific to your model.
🚜 How to start a lawnmower?
First, you need to allow fuel supply and remove the mower from the parking brake. Then turn on the PTO switch and install the traction arms. After this, adjust the throttle lever and start your lawnmower. More detail you can read in our article.
💡 Is there a tip or trick to starting a lawnmower?
We advise you not to adjust the throttle lever immediately to the maximum. Try doing this at medium speed to get used to the lawnmower first, then gradually raise to the maximum. This will help you to be less afraid and avoid unpleasant situations.
Is this guide suitable for any zero-turn lawn mower?
Thanks for the great article! Finally figured out how to start a lawn mower!
What to do if the engine overheats?