It is very important to read and understand the Operator's Manual completely before starting and operating a unit.
The operator's manual is a primary source for safety instructions, but it is also important to know the dealer's and customer's obligations as listed on the warranty registration card. It is always recommended to review the Safety & Operation video (part # 173208).
AVOID DROP OFFS, EMBANKMENTS AND STEEP SLOPES. With or without ROPS (Roll Over Protective Structures), stay off of drop offs, embankments and steep slopes. Don't allow ROPS to provide a false sense of security in hazardous areas and avoid any and all questionable conditions. "If it looks dangerous, it IS dangerous."
Tall, overgrown vegetation and rough or unfamiliar terrain is better maintained with a hand-held weed whip, walk-behind, 4-wheel drive or slope mower. Planting vegetation that does not require mowing is often the best solution.
A ROPS is meant for use while mowing undulating terrain. The area to be mowed should be walked by the operator, inspecting for holes, washouts, erosion, ruts or debris such as tree limbs or rocks.
Counterweight is required with ROPS. Use of seatbelt is required
whenever ROPS is in place and operator must refasten seat belt
each time he resumes operation.
Some Grasshopper units on this website were photographed prior
to the introduction of standard ROPS on certain models.
ALWAYS OPERATE YOUR MACHINE IN ACCORDANCE
WITH THE MANUALS, INSTRUCTIONS, AND WARNINGS
APPLICABLE TO YOUR MACHINE!