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MTC 601
1. FOREWORD 2. IDENTIFICATION AND MARKING 3. CONDITIONS AND USING LIMITS 4. WARRANTY Pag. 0 Pag. 0 Pag. 1 Pag. 1 Pag. 2 Pag. 2 Pag. 3-4 Pag. 5 Pag. 6 Pag. 7 Pag. 7 Pag. 8 Pag. 9 Pag. 10


All right reserved This manual cannot be either reproduced or released without the manufacturers prior written consent. PRINTED IN ITALY




This symbol is used to highlight an important safety information. If this information is ignored, people are in danger either of possible injures even serious ones or death.

This term highlights special precautions to be taken in order not to damage the machine.

ENGINE Use and maintenance instructions of the engine are mentioned in the relevant manual, whose copy is always supplied with every machine.


The machine serial number is printed on the drive box. IMPORTANT NOTE Always mention the machine serial number when calling our technical service or when ordering spare parts.

The CE mark is on the right side of the gear-box housing. Marking example.



This manual gives you general information on how this machine should be used and maintained. For any technical problem, please, call Your confidential dealer.

If in doubt on causes and possible solutions for a certain trouble, please, call our authorized dealer. This should be absolutely done during the warranty period, since any repair made by non-authorized workshops makes this warranty null and void. Bear always in mind that the authorized dealer has all special tools, technical specifications and spare parts necessary for properly fixing the machine. Therefore, he should be called in case of any doubt on maintenance specifications and/or procedures. Some pages of this manual might not be perfectly right due to misprints or production changes. For this reason, call Your dealer before being perfectly familiar with this machine and personally maintaining this machine. For further information on use and maintenance of this machine, ask your authorized dealer for the proper technical manuals. Our materials have a 12 months warranty (coverings and electrical parts are not included). The manufacturer agrees on replacing those parts considered as faulty free of charge. Purchaser will be charged with labour costs necessary for repairing the machine and possible transport costs. Both the warranty claim and the returned piece should always be addressed to our Spare Parts Department and accompanied by regular freight bill mentioning all the machine details. As far as materials available on the market especially engines are concerned, regulations of our supplier will apply and applications for possible technical service should be addressed to the local specialized technical service centres.

This machine has been designed to be used in compliance with what specified in the machine descriptions and safety warnings of this instructions manual. Any other use is not allowed. The manufacturer is not responsible for damages caused by any use then the intended use. The user is fully responsible for any possible risk. Use, maintenance and repair clauses prescribed by the manufacturer are also integral part of the machine intended use. Only people familiar with this machine and well aware of its hidden risks can use, repair and maintain it. The manufacturer is not responsible for damages caused by non-authorized changes made on this machine. Besides warnings mentioned in this manual, please, also comply with general regulations on safety and accident prevention of EEC and the country in which this machine will be operating.


The manufacturer aims at ever improving both design and quality of his products. As a consequence, even though this manual includes latest and most up-dated information available when printed, there might be small differences between your machine and the information of this manual. For any doubt or uncertainties on this manual, please, call our authorized dealer. This manual is integral part of this machine and should always accompany this machine when sold..

WARNING: Comply with what specified in control warnings and warning signs. ATTENTION Read use instructions !

DANGER Fire risk .

DANGER Blades and rotating parts in operation. Keep hands and feet away. DANGER Blades and rotating parts in operation. Stop the engine before taking the safety guards away.

DANGER Risk of burns.

DANGER Keep children away from the machine. ATTENTION noise may damage the hearing. ATTENTION Rotating parts may hit and throw stones violently away.

Keep safety distance

DANGER Before maintenance or repairing works switch always the engine off and take the candle connection away.




1) This machine has been designed and manufactured for being used by one operator only, and is driven by means of the appropriate handlebars. Any other use is not permitted.!
2) Before the machine is operating, read the Use and Maintenance manual thoroughly, so that you are

fully aware of all the operating controls and safety aspects of the machine. Before starting the engine , be sure that speeds selector is in position F and the SAFETY DEVICES are well working and fitting. Without these cares the operator might work in a danger situation. DONT SABOTAGE THE ENGINE STOP SAFETY DEVICE AND THE DISENGAGEMENT DEVICE. THE MACHINE MIGHT BECOME EXTREMELY DANGEROUS!
3) Do not under any circumstances transport people or objects on the machine. 4) Always ensure that the machines safety devices are correctly mounted and in perfect working condition.. 5) Before use, check that all the controls, in particular the clutch, the Motor stop and the brakes (if fitted)are in good working order. 6) Any modification or spurious parts being fitted without the Manufacturer consent will nullify the guarantee, and any possible resulting damage will not answered for. 7) This machine must not be used by children or inexperienced persons. 8) Before operating the machine, check that the area is clear and free of debris and that there are no people within the working area (danger zone). The operator, will be held responsible for the safety of third parties, if these are found within the working area of the machine. Do not use the machine under these conditions. 9) Keep clear of cutting blades at all times while the machine is in operation. Pay particular attention when reversing; keep hands and feet clear. 10) Use the machine only with the handles in the correct working position. This allows a safe working distance between the operator and operating area. 11) Use only original accessories and spare parts to guarantee safety and correct operation of the machine. 12) Stop engine before refuelling and remove ignition key (if fitted). 13) Handle the fuel with care to avoid spilling on the machine; clean any spillage immediately. 14) Never refuel in confined places, in vicinity of open flames or near the source of sparks. No smoking! 15) Before starting the engine, check that all the controls are in the idle position. 16) Do not smoke when starting the engine! 17) Do not run the machine in a confined area as toxic exhaust gas can kill. 18) Plan your work before commencing. 19) Do not use the machine when you are tired. 20) Engage the clutch gradually; sudden engagement could cause the machine to rear up. 21) The area next to the engine exhaust will most likely reach temperatures above 80. Attention! Danger of scalding. 22) Always wear close fitting clothes and anti-slip shoes or boots. For safety reasons avoid using loose clothing. 23) Make regular checks that all bolts and nuts are well tightened. 24) Keep the area of work clear and clean. 25) Only use the machine in clear visibility. 26) Avoid working with blunt cutting blades. 27) Pay maximum attention and use good sense when operating the machine. 28) If you hit any objects during work, stop the machine and check for any damage immediately. 29) During movement to and from the area of work, disengage the Power Take Off. (P.T.O).

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30) Pay attention when reversing the machine not to trip over anything. If you loose your balancer, release the handlebars immediately; the Motor stop or the disengagement will immediately stop the machine. 31) Do not under any circumstance attempt to by-pass the motor-stop device or remove the disengagement device. The machine would result having no safety precautions and would be extremely dangerous. 32)Do not travel down hill with the clutch disengaged or the gears in idle. 33) The machines speed must always suit the conditions and the environment. 34) Do not perform cleaning or maintenance operations of the machine when the engine is running. 35) Avoid sharps turns when travelling up hill, down hill or across steep slopes. 36) In steep descents, do not disengage the drive and do not change gear. 37) When possible, avoid working up or down hill .Always travel across the slope. 38) Do not work on very steep slopes (max.30%). 39)Avoid overfilling the fuel tank. It is important that the working position of the operator is always behind the handlebar.

40) If there is fuel in the tank, avoid tilting the machine during maintenance or adjustment. 41) During use, keep the hot sections of the engine (i.e. cylinder head, exhaust, etc.) clean to avoid a build up of debris that will overheat the engine. 42) Whenever possible, stop the machine on level ground. 43) When stopping on unlevelled ground, engage 1stgear (up hill) or reverse gear (down hill). 44) If leaving the machine for a long time, ensure it is inaccessible to children and inexperienced people. Close the fuel tap (if fitted). 45) Do not leave the machine with the engine running. 46) The maintenance instructions of the machine must always be carefully followed and worn parts replaced when necessary. 47) If the machine is to remain unused for some time, clean it accurately and insert the appropriate protections. 48) Apart from the previous items, it is necessary to take heed of the specific safety norms in force in the Country where the machine is operating.

The machine described in this booklet has been manufactured only to be used in agricultural field and principally for soil working. Any utilisation out of the agricultural one is considered absolutely not right. The manufacturer does not accept any responsibility for damages or lesions caused by an improper utilisation of the machine. Also the respect of the working operations, maintenance and repair is also considered as a good use of the machine. The machine can be used and repaired only by people that have red this book and have been informed about the possible dangers. Any arbitrary modification made on the machine exonerates MECCANICA BENASSI SPA from any responsibility for the damages that can be caused. IMPORTANT NOTICE FOR YOUR SECURITY- Use only original MECCANICA BENASSI SPA products, spare parts and accessories; any modification or application not original exonerates MECCANICA BENASSI SPA from its responsibility. MECCANICA BENASSI SPA declines any responsibility for the application to its machines of accessories manufactured by other companies. The guarantee for these accessories will be not recognised even if such equipment would have been tested by authorised institutes; in fact, test made on singular machines are not sufficient tests.



Before using the machine refer always to the ENGINE USE AND MAINTENANCE BOOKLET!

Before starting the machine always check: The oil level in the air filter if this is in oil bath. Usually the machine is sold WITHOUT oil by transport reason. The oil level in the engine and in the gear box by its dip-stick. The air filter is well clean. All screws and nuts are well tightened. All levers are in neutral position idle point-. The clutch lever has a little play. There is fuel in the tank.

The hole on the tanks plug is open. The refuel must be done when the engine is stopped by a funnel provided with a very thick net to avoid the introduction of impurities. Before starting the engine pay attention not to have walls or obstacles in front or behind you.


Pull the clutch lever and block it with its motorstop device. Close the air to the carburettor (starter), open the fuel tap, place the gas throttle at half gas and energically pull the small rope of the recoil starter. When the engine is running cut the starter out . Let the engine warning for some minutes before starting working. When the engine is new , carry out a running-in period.

Carefully inspect the field you have to work and take off any foreign thing (iron, wires ,stones, glasses, etc.) dangerous for the machine that may break and have brusque reactions. Pull the clutch, disconnecting in this way the motorstop device, insert the speed and the P.T.O. completing pulling its stick towards the operator. . Accelerate the engine and gradually leave the clutch lever for work starting.

Once you have finished your work, for stopping the engine pull the clutch lever, leave the stopping device lever and close the fuel plug. The machine, now in neutral position, may be easily moved as the wheels are disengaged by the gearbox.



Referring to the picture on right side: 1. Clutch lever: placed on the left of the handlebar, disengaged the engine from the transmission; to be used when you engage the speeds or the p.t.o. or when you switch the engine off. To start the machine, pull and block the clutch by the relevant device placed in the inner part of the lever together with the red lever of motorstop. With engine running the lever must be lightly pulled for its disengagement. 2. Engine-stop-lever (red): placed on the left of handlebar, above the clutch lever. Its a safety device that stops immediately the engine, every time its necessary, simply it releasing. Starting the machine, the enginestop-lever must be locked together with the clutch lever keeping it always down in order to get the engine running. 3. Throttle lever, on the right of handlebar. This is to increase or to reduce the r.p.m. of the engine (power).By pushing down the r.p.m. increases, in the opposite way (by pulling it up) reduces. 4. Disengagement wheels lever: placed on the right side of handlebar, it is necessary to disengage wheels from transmission; This makes easier the displacement of the machine when the engine is stopped. Dont use it absolutely like clutch in order to stop the machine in running. 5. P.T.O. lever, placed on the right side under the handlebar. It is to engage (by pushing it ahead) or disengage (by pulling it towards the operator) the P.T.O. A safety device stops the tiller engagement in case the reverse speed is fitted in and doesnt allow the engagement of the reverse speed in case the tiller is fitted in, too. This lever has always to be used pulling the clutch. 6. Reversing rod, placed on the left side under the handlebar, necessary to change the speed direction. By pulling it towards the operator the machine, used as motocultivator, goes ahead: on the contrary , by pushing it ahead, the machine goes backwards. The forward speed, used as motocultivator, is slower than the reverse speed , used as motor mower .


7. Handlebar-block handgriff: it serves to fix the handlebar in the best position for the work. Unscrewing it , it is possible to change the handlebar position up or down or sideway, as the handlebar may turn on itself. Got the position you want, tighten the handgriff again. 8. Handlebars support handgriff: it serves to fix the handlebars support to the gearbox. By unscrewing the handgriff the support may turn on itself for 180 (machine reversibility). Once got the right position of work, tighten this one again. To turn the support of 180, the reversing and the P.T.O. rods must be taken away and then must be put again. 9. Oil cap: to be used to put the engine oil in. 10. Oil caps: to be used for level checking and filler. 11. Recoil starter.


The machine is normally delivered packed into a carton with or without accessories that may be packed into other cartons due to their dimensions. To prepare the machine do in this way: Helped by right instruments, take the machine away from the carton ; put the handlebar in the position you want and fix it with its handgriff. The engine is already full with oil. On the contrary a yellow ticket tell you that the engine is without oil. If engine is equipped with an air filter in oil bath, fill its small box with oil SAE 20-40 as far as the level shown on it. Due to the transport, the filter is delivered without oil. Machine used as walking-tractor - put the handlebar opposite to the engine; - lubricate or grease the engagement coupling (male part) of the tiller; - take away the fixing pin placed on the bodymachine. - insert the tiller coupling inside the bodymachine, keeping the axle of the P.T.O shaft with the same inclination of the tiller shaft. Insert it completely putting the lock pin in the lower part and fixing it by its cotter pin. Machine used as motormower - adjust the handlebar in a way to have them above the engine. - fit the cutting bar to its mower set by using the 4 available screws. - lubricate with oil or better with grease the engagement coupling (male) of the mowing bar ; - take away the fixing pin placed on the bodymachine. - insert the coupling of the mowing set inside the body-machine, keeping the axle of the P.T.O shaft with the same inclination of the mowing bar shaft. Insert it completely putting the lock pin in the lower part and fixing it by its cotter pin. DURING THIS ACTION KEEP ALWAYS ON THE BLADE ITS GUARD. Never use much strength when you fit the accessories as it is possible to damage the centring ring and the engagement manifold.


The machine may be equipped with tractor tired wheels or cage wheels. If you turn the handlebar support or take away the wheels, pay attention to the right direction that they must have ,as shown in the side picture. Make a good running-in of the engine and of the machine (at least for 10 hours dont use more than 70% of the engine power). Always use the clutch before operating any levers or rods. Dont keep too much the clutch disengaged. Never use much strength when you fit levers and rods as it is possible to damage the machine. If it is difficult the engagement of levers and rods, move the machine with wheels engaged or make a light pressure on those levers or rods hard to be engaged. Keep the handlebar joint clean and oiled.

Never press the engine; when you see some smoke coming out from the exhaust pipe , the engine is under stress. Never work for long periods at maximum power, especially in hot periods. Periodically check the pressure of tyres (1,3 Atm ). Never leave the machine under the rain.


To ensure the efficiency of the machine is necessary a good maintenance and a perfect lubrication. The machine is normally delivered packed into a carton without engine oil, as clearly indicated on the yellow ticket applied on the engine itself. Bear in mind it is better to change oil at least once a year.

Every 4 working hours grease the internal part of the blade head. Every 10 working hours grease the bush of the eccentric gear. Every 20 working hours grease the coupling between the machine and its cutting bar.

Follow strictly the instructions indicated in the book of ENGINES USE AND MAINTENANCE . Its necessary to check the oil level every 5 working hours and replace it every 50 hours. Use SAE 40 oil in summer and SAE 20 in winter. The first oil change must be done after 10 working hours. Check the air filter is clean specially if you work on dusty soil.

Check all the blades screws are well tightened and change oil in the tiller carter at least once a year. The oil must completely fill the carter (cl. 250 ). Use SAE 80-90 oil. The used and waste oils must be discharged according to rules in force in the country where the machine is utilised.

Check the oil level every 50 working hours taking the plug of the gearbox cage off and keeping the machine horizontal. If necessary, add oil SAE 80-90.


BEFORE LEAVING THE MACHINE IDLE FOR A LONG TIME, IT IS NECESSARY: To wash it outside with gasoline; to replace the engine oil and those one of the gearbox and of the body-tiller; To empty and clean the fuel tank and clean or replace the air filter; To oil and grease all the joints and mechanisms; To replace or repair the damaged parts; To lubricate the cylinder with engine oil through the spark plug hole by letting the piston running several times ,by pulling the rope of the starter; To leave the machine in a sheltered place with wheels on wooden tables or, even better, well uplifted from the floor.


Little problems that the operator can directly solve. THE ENGINE DOESNT START; CHECK THAT: enough fuel is in the tank, at least more than a half of the tank capacity; the gasoline plug is open; if the engine is cold, to pull the starter; the fuel arrives at the carburettor; the leaking hole on fuel tank is not close; the carburettor jets are open, if not, clean them by an air jet. The spark plug gives ignition (ATTENTION! HIGH TENSION). To make this checking , unscrew the spark plug; connect it again to the tension wire , lean the metal part of the spark plug against the engine cylinder and make the pulley turn like for starting. If you dont see any sparkles between the electrodes, check the cable joints , on the contrary replace the spark plug with another one of the same type. If even now you dont get positive results, the damage probably is in the electrical installation (sparkling plug points, condenser, coil etc.). In this case it is better to contact the nearest service centre of the engine fitted on the machine.


ENGINE CLUTCH GEAR BOX P.T.O. HANDLEBAR WHEELS WEIGHT SPEED AT FULL RATING with wheels 3.50.6 Honda GC160 3.7 kW (5.0 HP) a 3600 r.p.m. Conical type in oil bath 2 speeds: one forward and one reverse with wheels disengagement 930 r.p.m., in version walking tractor , with left rotation; 1090 r.p.m. ,in version motor mower , with right rotation. 180 reversible , fitted on vibration dampers, with height and side adjustment tractor tired wheels (meas. 3.50.6 or 13.500.6) or cage wheels 53 Kgs. for machine with Honda GC160 engine , 3.50.6 wheels complete with 45 cms. fixed tiller. Forward speed : 2,10 km/h (walking tractor) Reverse speed : 3,15 km/h (motor mower)



ATTENTION ! For your safety please follow these instructions : - Wear guard-ears - Strong noise may damage the hearing ! - During working, vibrations may give you aching to hands and arms ! - It is always better stopping working every 10 minutes as lack of sensibility may be dangerous !

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In compliance with CEE 89/392 regulations and subsequent changes MECCANICA BENASSI S.p.A , I-44040 DOSSO (FE) via Statale, 325 DECLARES, under is own responsibility, that the item called MOTOCULTIVATOR


MTC 601

From serie - no.:


* The number is printed on the machines gearbox . is manufactured by the above company in compliance with basic safety and health safeguard requirements specified in the regulation CEE 89/392 and subsequent changes. For checking the conformity with the above regulations, have been examined the following CEN rules: UNI EN 709:98/A1 : 2000 . Dosso, (Italy) , the 1st October , 2004 MECCANICA BENASSI SPA LAmministratore Unico

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MTC 601
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Descriptions, figures and technical features mentioned herein are non-binding for the Manufacturer. These are mentioned as mere information. The Manufacturer reserves the right to make any change at any time without being bound to update this publication. Copyright of MECCANICA BENASSI S.P.A. U.T.041011

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