Congratulations on purchasing a new ride-on tractor
We are sure you are looking forward to starting it up and getting out there to explore its possibilities.
We want you to get the best possible use out of your machine and enjoy using it every time you turn the key, so we thought we would send you some tips, an advance guard of information, to help you be ready. That way you can be sure to get the best out of your new ride-on and use it with confidence every time.
Fuel: Ride-On fuel tanks, unlike those in cars, buses and so on, are not sealed. That means fuel will evaporate over time. Modern fuel contains ethanol, which absorbs moisture and causes the fuel to deteriorate in as little as 30 days, causing damage and starting issues if left in the tank. So either drain the tank if are going to leave it for a while or, our recommended solution, add fuel stabilising additive to any fuel you leave in the tank.
Storage: Ride-On Tractor engines are not waterproof. So make sure you store yours in a dry place, covered if possible.
Oil Servicing: Regular oil changes protect your engine damage and excessive wear make sure you refer to your ‘Engine’ manual regarding schedules for regular oil changes.
Battery: If your machine comes with a battery charger, it is highly recommended that you check your battery manual to check how often you should charge. This will help you get maximum life from the battery.
Grass Collector: If your machine has a dedicated grass collector, there is a safety switch that won’t allow the blades to engage unless the collector is fixed firmly on, so nothing can get near the blades when moving. If your blades do not engage, or your machine won’t start or cuts out when you try, this is the first thing you should check. This accounts for a massive 90% of reported problems with non-starting or engines cutting out.
Slopes: Most Ride-On Tractors will only work when used at a maximum of 15 degrees tilt. Check your manual to see if this applies to yours, as there are exceptions.
N.B. Our top tip on when cutting on slopes is to always cut across the slope, not up and down.
Uneven Ground: You should always cut at a higher height setting and at the slowest speed setting on uneven ground.
Belts: Deck and Drive Belts are ‘wearing parts’ and can easily be overstressed and fail with incorrect use, so do make sure the machine is operated correctly when cutting to ensure they are not overloaded.
Grass and Mud: Wet and rotting grass causes metal components to rust and grass and dirt in or around the engine will clog the cooling fins, causing overheating and damage. Always make sure you clean the underside of your machine regularly and thoroughly. This will help your tractor last longer with fewer problems.
Servicing: Don’t forget that Annual Servicing is recommended by the manufacturer and is a requirement if you want to extend the guarantee beyond the first year. Make sure you speak to your dealer about this, as out of tune engines and blunt blades can result in poor cutting, poor collection, and environmental pollution.
Finally, we sincerely hope you enjoy using your Ride-On Tractor and if you have problems not covered by these notes or the handy information sheet that will arrive with your tractor, don’t hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org