Whilst this is a photo copy, and some of the pages are a little askew, it was all readable and intact. A real bonus finding an old manual for a classic piece of kit that no other site had.
Thanks to Owner-Manuals.com! This manual was exactly what I needed. As Amana was purchased by Maytag and later by Whirlpool, there was no way to receive it from their websites. I was lucky to find this resource.
Text excerpt from page 15 (click to view)
START AND STOP
Control before starting
For reasons of safety follow these recommendations! Cold engine IGNITION: Set the stop switch to the start position. CHOKE: Set the choke control in the choke position. AIR PURGE: Press the air purge diaphragm repeatedly until fuel begins to fill the diaphragm. The diaphragm need not be completely filled. Warm engine Use the same starting procedure as for the cold engine, but do not set the choke control in the choke position. The start throttle position is obtained by setting the choke control in the choke position and then returning it to its original position. Stop The engine is stopped by switching off the ignition.
WARNING! When the engine is started with the choke in the choke or start position the cutting equipment starts to rotate immediately.
â¢ Check that the support flange is not cracked due to fatigue or due to being tightened too much. Discard the support flange if it is cracked.
â¢ Ensure the locking nut has not lost its captive force. The nut lock should have a locking force of at least 1.5 Nm. The tightening torque of the locking nut should be 35-50 Nm.
â¢ Check that the trimmer head and spray guard are not damaged or cracked. Replace the trimmer head or spray guard if they are exposed to impact or are cracked. â¢ Never use the machine
without a guard or spray guard nor with a defective guard.
Start and stop
Start Press the machine body against the ground using your left hand (NOTE! Not your foot). Grip the starter handle, slowly pull out the cord with your right hand until you feel some resistance (the starter pawls grip), now quickly and powerfully pull the cord. Reset the choke control as soon as the engine fires and repeat until the engine starts. When the engine starts quickly apply full throttle and the start throttle will automatically disengage. NOTE! Do not pull the starter cord out completely and do not release the starter cord from the fully extended position. This can damage the machine.
WARNING! The complete clutch cover with shaft must be fitted before the machine is started, otherwise the clutch can become loose and cause personal injury. Always move the machine from the filling area before starting. Place the machine on a flat surface. Ensure the cutting equipment cannot come into contact with any object. Make sure no unauthorised persons are in the working area, otherwise there is a risk of serious personal injury. The safety distance is 15 metres.