Murray Riding Lawnmower Instructions

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Murray Riding Lawnmower Instructions
Adjust the cutting height on a lawnmower higher for thick grass and lower for thin grass to get an even cut. (picnic table image by Horticulture from

Murray riding lawnmowers are available in several sizes to accommodate any size lawn. The engine sizes range from 12.5 to 21 horsepower with deck widths from 30 to 42 inches. Operating a riding lawnmower entails the use of a clutch to change speeds and directions of the appliance. There are six cutting heights to adjust to grass height and a wide variety of grass types.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Oil
  • Gasoline

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  1. 1

    Lift the seat forward and check the oil level in the Murray riding lawnmower. Unscrew the oil cap by turning it counterclockwise. Add oil to the top fill line. Replace the cap and turn it clockwise to tighten.

  2. 2

    Open the gas tank lid by turning it counterclockwise and lifting it straight off. The gas tank fill area is on the left rear of the lawnmower. Add gasoline to fill the gas tank. Screw the lid back on in a clockwise direction.

  3. 3

    Sit on the seat of the riding lawnmower. Push the clutch/brake pedal completely forward with the left foot and hold it in this position.

  4. 4

    Grasp the shift lever on the right side of the seat with the right hand and move it to the neutral position.

  5. 5

    Move the throttle control lever on the left of the seat to “choke” or “fast.”

  6. 6

    Turn the ignition key on the dashboard fully to the right and release it as soon as the engine starts.

  7. 7

    Let the engine idle for about one minute to run smoothly, and then move the throttle control lever to “slow.”

  8. 8

    Move the cutting height adjustment lever on the left side to a setting between 1 and 6 to adjust the blades.

  9. 9

    Move the blade engage lever on the right forward to the “engage” position to start the blades' rotation for cutting grass.

  10. 10

    Release the brake/clutch pedal with the left foot to move forward.

  11. 11

    Press the brake/clutch pedal with the left foot to change gears from “slow” to a faster speed or to pull the lever completely backward for “reverse” operation.

  12. 12

    To stop the Murray lawnmower, press the brake/clutch pedal to stop forward motion and turn the ignition key left to the “off” position.

Tips and warnings

  • Check the oil level before operating the lawnmower to ensure that its engine has adequate lubrication and won't overheat.
  • Murray lawnmowers have several safety features including non-start features. A Murray lawnmower will not start unless a person is sitting in the seat and the blades are disengaged. This prevents a person from falling from the seat with the lawnmower running and keeps the blades from striking items on start-up that you didn't want to cut.
  • Restart a warm engine that was in use recently without placing the lawnmower in the “choke” position but placing the speed control between the “slow” and “fast” settings.
  • Mow an incline from travelling up and down the incline instead of side to side across the face of the area. This process will prevent the lawnmower from tipping over and possibly causing injuries.

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