Practicing regular maintenance will extend the life of your Grasshopper. Follow these simple steps:
Check engine oil each time before starting mower. Change oil at recommended intervals. Use proper grade of oil and OEM filters.
Check transmission fluid level before each mowing, and engine coolant level if so equipped. Change at recommended intervals.
Keep engine, mower deck and all other parts of the mower free from dirt and debris. Mower should be cleaned after each mowing. Clean with compressed air.
Sharpen blades often, at least every eight hours of use.
Check belt tensions and adjust as needed before each mowing. Always use OEM belts.
Lubricate mower at intervals recommended in operator's manual. Change air filters at recommended intervals. Periodically check filter in-between intervals in harsh or dusty operating environments. NOTE: Do not over-service air filter. Service pre-filter more frequently. Always use OEM filters.
Perform all other maintenance as recommended in operator's manual.
Protect mower from harsh elements by storing in a shelter or under a cover.
Check tire air pressure before each mowing, using a low-pressure tire gauge. Don't over-inflate.
Check battery terminals and wiring connections to make sure they are clean and fastened well.