Owner's Manual JCRAFTSMAN°I 48" Mower GRASS CATCHER Model No. 917.249870 CAUTION: Read and follow all Safety Rules and Instructions before operating this equipment. Sears, Roebuck and Co., • • • • • Hoffman Estates, Visit our Craftsman website:www.sears.com/craftsman Safety Assembly Operation Customer Responsibilities Repair Parts II 60179 SAFETY RULES & Safe Operation Practices for Ride-On Mowers & IMPORTANT: THIS CUTTING MACHINE IS CAPABLE OF AMPUTATING HANDS AND FEET AND THROWING OBJECTS. FAILURE TO OBSERVE THE FOLLOWING SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS COULD RESULT IN SERIOUS INJURY OR DEATH. I. GENERAL OPERATION DO NOT: Read, understand, and follow all instructions in the manual and on the machine before starting. • Do not turn on slopes unless necessary, and then, turn slowly and gradually downhill, if possible. Do not mow near drop-offs, ditches, or embankments. The mower could suddenly turn over if a wheel is over the edge of a cliff or ditch, or if an edge caves in. Do not mow on wet grass. Reduced traction could cause sliding. Only anew responsible adults, who are familiar with the instructions, to operate the machine. Clear the area of objects such as rocks, toys, wire, etc., which could be picked up and thrown by the blade. Be sure the area is clear of other people before mowing. Stop machine if anyone enters the area. Do not try to stabilize the machine by putting your foot on the ground. Do not use grass catcher on steep slopes. Never carry passengers. Do not mow in reverse unless absolutely necessary. Always look down and behind before and while backing. Be aware of the mower discharge direction and do not point it at anyone. Do not operate the mower without either the entire grass catcher or the guard in place. Slow down before turning. Ul. CHILDREN Tragic accidents can occur if the operator is not alert to the presence of children. Children are ofen attracted to the machine and the mowing activity. Neverassume that children will remain where you last saw them. Never leave a running machine unattended. Always turn off blades, set parking brake, stop engine, and remove keys before dismounting. Turn off blades when not mowing. • Stop engine before removing grass catcher or unclogging chute. Before and when backing, look behind and down for small children. Mow only in daylight or good artificial light. Do not operate the machine while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Watch for traffic when operating near or crossing roadways. • Keep children out of the mowing area and under the watchful care of another responsible adult. Be alert and turn machine off if children enter the area. • Use extra care when loading or unloading the machine into a trailer or truck. Never carry children. They may fall off and be seriously injured or interfere with safe machine operation. Never allow children to operate the machine. Use extra care when approaching blind comers, shrubs, trees, or other objects that may obscure vision. IV. SERVICE Data indicates that operators, age 60 years and above, are involved in a large percentage of riding mower-related injuries. These operators should evaluate their ability to operate the riding mower safely enough to protect themselves and others from serious injury. Keep machine free of grass, leaves or other debris build-up which can touch hot exhaust / engine parts and bum. Do not allow the mower deck to plow leaves or other debris which can cause build-up to occur. Clean any oil or fuel spillage before operating or storing the machine. Allow machine to cool before storage. Use extra care in handling gasoline and other fuels. They are flammable and vapors are explosive. Use only an approved container. Never remove gas cap or add fuel with the engine running. Allow engine to cool before refueling. Do not smoke. Never refuel the machine indoors. Never store the machine or fuel container inside where there is an open flame, such as a water heater. Never run a machine inside a closed area. II. SLOPE OPERATION Keep nuts and bolts, especially blade attachment bolts, tight and keep equipment in good condition. Slopes are a major factor related to loss-of-control and tipover accidents, which can result in severe injury or death. All slopes require extra caution. If you cannot back up the slope or if you feel uneasy on it, do not mow it. Never tamper with safety devices. operation regularly. Check their proper Keep machine free of grass, leaves, or other debris build-up. Clean oil or fuel spillage. Allow machine to cool before storing. DO: Mow up and down slopes, not across. ' Remove obstacles such as rocks, tree limbs, etc. Stop and inspect the equipment if you strike an object. Repair, if necessary, before restarting. Watch for holes, ruts, or bumps. Uneven terrain could overtum the machine. Tall grass can hide obstacles. Use slow speed. Choose a low gear so that you will not have to stop or shift while on the slope. Follow the manufacturer's recommendations for wheel weights or counterweights to improve stability. Use extra care with grass catchers or other attachments. These can change the stability of the machine. Keep all movement on the slopes slowand gradual Do not make sudden changes in speed or direction. Avoid starting or stopping on a slope. If tires lose traction, disengage the blades and proceed slowly straight down the slope. Never make adjustments or repairs with the engine running. Grass catcher components are subject to wear, damage, and deterioration, which could expose moving parts or allow objects to be thrown. Frequently check components and replace with manufacturer's recommended parts, when necessary. Mower blades are sharp and can cut. Wrap the blade(s) or wear gloves, and use extra caution when servicing them. Check brake operation frequently. Adjust and service as required. 2 SAFETY RULES Safe Operation Practices Be sure the area is clear of other people before mowing. Stop machine if anyone enters the area, Never carry passengers or children even with the blades off. Do not mow in reverse unless absolutely necessary. Always look down and behind before and while backing. Never carry children. They may fall off and be seriously injured or interfere with safe machine operation. Keep children out of the mowing area and under the watchful care of another responsible adult. Be alert and turn machine off if children enter the area. Before and when backing, look behind and down for small children, Mow up and down slopes (15 ° Max), not across. Remove obstacles such as rocks, tree limbs, etc, Watch for holes, ruts, or bumps. Uneven terrain could overturn the machine. Tall grass can hide obstacles. for Ride-On A A Look for this symbol to point out important safety precautions. It means CAUTION!!! BECOME ALERTf!! YOUR SAFETY IS INVOLVED. A CAUTION: Tow only the attachments that are recommended by and comply with specifications of the manufacturer of your tractor. Use common sensewhen towing. Operate only at the lowest possible speed when on a slope. Too heavy of a load, while on a slope, is dangerous. Tires can lose traction with the ground and cause you to lose control of your tractor. Use slow speed. Choose a low gear so that you will not have to stop or shift while on the slope. Avoid starting or stopping on a slope. If tires lose traction, disengage the blades end proceed slowly straight down the slope. if machine stops while going uphill, disengage blades, shift into reverse and back down slowly. Do not tum on slopes unless necessary, and then, turn slowly and gradually downhill, if possible. Mowers & CAUTION: Do not coast down a hill in neutral, you may lose control of the tractor. CAUTION: In order to prevent accidental starting when setting up, transporting, adjusting or making repairs,always disconnect sparkplug wire and place wire where it cannot contact spark plug. CO N GRATU LATIONS on your purchase of a new Grass Catcher. It has been designed, enginee red and man ufactu red to give you the best possible dependability and performance. Should you experience any problems you cannot easily remedy, please contact your nearest authorized service center/ department. They have competent, well trained technicians and the proper tools to service or repair this unit. Please read and retain this manual. The instructionswill enable you to assemble and maintain your Grass Catcher properly. Always observe the "SAFETY RULES". NOTE: To make debris disposal easier 30 gallon plastic trash bags may be inserted in plastic grass containers. To order, see repair parts section of this manual. SAFETY RULES ........................................................ CARTONCONTENTS .................................................... ASSEMBLY ................................................................ OPERATION .................................................................. 2-3 4 5-7 8 CUSTOMER RESPONSIBILITIES ................................ 9 STORAGE ..................................................................... 9 WARRANTY .................................................................. 9 REPAIR PARTS ...................................................... 10-11 3 KNOW YOUR GRASS CATCHER READ THIS OWNER'S MANUAL AND SAFETY RULES BEFORE ASSEMBLING OR OPERATING YOUR GRASS CATCH E R. Compare the illustrationswith the cartoncontents to familiarize yourself withthe parts before starting the assembly. Study the operating instructions and safety precautions thoroughly to insure proper functioning of your Grass Catcher and to prevent injury to yourself and others. Save this manual for future reference. The operation of any tractor can result in foreign objects thrown into the eyes, which can result in severe eye damage. Always wear safety glasses or eye shields before starting your tractor and while mowing, We recommend a wide vision safety mask for over the spectacles or standard safety glasses. UNPACKING • • CARTON INSTRUCTIONS (3) Container Tops (3) Container Bottoms (1) UpperChute Remove all parts and packing materials from carton. Check carton contents against list. Be sure all parts are there. PARTS CONTENTS: (1) Lower Chute (1) Support Assembly (1) Cover Assembly IDENTIFICATION COVER ASSEMBLY \ FULL BAGGER INDICATOR CHUTE LATCH UPPER CHUTE GRASS CATCHER CONTAINERS LOWER CHUTE LOWER CHUTE ATTACHING STRAPS NOTE: When right hand (R.H.) and left hand (L.H.) are mentioned in this manual, it means when you are seated on the tractor, in the operator's position. CAUTION: BEFORE ASSEMBLING GRASS CATCHER TO TRACTOR: Place gearshift/motion _ control lever in "NEUTRAL" position. Depress Place attachment clutci'dbrake clutch pedal in "DISENGAGED" fully and set parking position. brake. Turn ignition key "OFF" and remove key. • Make sure the blade and all moving parts have completely stopped. • Disconnect spark plug wire from spark plug and place wire where it cannot come in contact with plug. 4 1 • • • BAGGER SUPPORT (See Fig. 1 ) ASSEMBLY MOUNTING COVER ASSEMBLY SUPPORT ASSEMBLY (See Fig. TO 2) NOTE: For ease of assembly, you may wish to obtain the assistance of another person for mounting coverassembly to tractor• Remove retainer spring from lower pin on support assembly. Insert support assembly mounting flanges into slots of rear drawbar. Rotate in and down to insert support assembly pin into hole in drawbar. Be sure support assembly is seated properly and secure with retainer spring. • Position cover assembly on ground behind tractor as shown. • Lift and rotate cover to align cover brackets with support assembly tubes. Slide cover assembly down onto the support tubes. • COVER ASSEMBLY SUPPORT ASSEMBLY_ t t • / /' DRAWBAR MOUNTING FLANGE SUPPORT ASSEMBLY RETAINER SPRING PIN FIG. 1 5 FIG. 2 CONTAINER ASSEMBLY (See Fig. 3) • • CONTAINER Place bottom half inside of top half, as shown. Place one foot inside bottom half and lifttop half to meet bottom half. • (See Fig. 4) Install one container to left side first with warning to outside of unit. Install another container to center position and one in right position. NOTE: Right container should always overlap left container at center supports. • Close cover and lock latch handles over center support tubes. Press halves tightly together while liftingtop to lock into place as shown. IMPORTANT: BEFORE LOCKING THE TABS, HOOKED EDGES ON BOTH HALVES MUST OVERLAP TO FORM SEAL AS SHOWN IN INSET. • MOUNTING Repeat for other containers. COVER LATCH HANDLES CONTAINER BOTTOM HALF CONTAINER WARNING TOP CENTER ( SUPPORT TUBES HALF CONTAINER BOTTOM HALF CONTAINER WARNING PRESS TOGETHER TO FORM SEAL WHILE LIFTING TOP HALF CONTAINER HANDLE LOCKING TAB ASSEMBLY CHECK: Squeeze sides of lower half of container and check that there is no gap between upper and lower halves. If a gap appears, unlock tabs to separate container halves and repeat instructions above. FIG. 4 J J FIG. 3 6 UPPER LOWER CHUTE (See Fig. 5) • • • • • • Raise and hold deflector shield in upright position, Place slot in lower chute over tab on mower deck and position lower chute over deck opening as shown, Hook rear latch intoflange hole on back of mower deck. Hook front latch into tab hole on front of mower deck, A CAUTION: Do not remove shield from mower. Raise shield when attaching lower allow it to rest on chute operation. deflector and hold chute and while in CHUTE (See Figs. 6A & 6B) Lower mower deck to its lowest cutting position, Assemble upper chute by inserting curved end into hole in back of cover. NOTE: Handle carefu!ly so as not to damage full bagger indicator. I I • Push in and turn upper chute until it is in line with lower chute. • Align the bosses on lower chute with alignment slots on upper chute and slide together. Secure with rubber latch by hooking hole in latch over latch pin. • FULL UPPER CHUTE BAGGER INDICATOR HANDLE COVER DEFLECTOR SHIELD OPTIONAL FRONT GAUGE WHEEL TAB LOWER CHUTE FIG. 6A ALIGNMENT SLOT LATCH PIN LATCH FRONT LATCH BOSSES FIG, 6B LATCH 7 LEVEL MOWER DECK Be sure deck is propedy leveled for best mower performance. See your tractors owner's manual for instructions FIG. 5 7 Avoid cutting wet grass or in the morning while the dew is still heavy. Grass clippings collected under these conditions tend to be sticky and adhere to the walls of the flow path causing clogging. Your bagger is equipped with a full bagger indicator. As the bags become full, movement of the wheel will slow down and/or stop, indicating that the bags are full or the chutes have become clogged. Care should be taken not to damage the parts and that the wheel spins freely at the beginning of each use. If the grass catcher fails to pick up cut grass or leaves, it is an indication that clogging has occurred in the system or that the grass catcher containers are full. Usually this is indicated by the stopped movement of the full bagger indicator. a. Disengage blades, shift into neutral, engage the parking brake and stop the engine. - Raise seat. Unlatch and raise cover. TIPS FOR IMPROVEDBAGGING OPERATION: Follow the mower operation instructions owner's manual. in your tractor When operating your grass catcher on a lawn where grass and leaf bagging equipment has not been used, you are picking up thatch and debris that has accumulated for long periods of time. The amount collected and the total time of operation may be greater than you will experience with regular use of your grass catcher. Always run throttle at full speed when bagging. Select a gear low enough to give good mower cutting performance, good quality cut and good bagging performance. NOTE: It may be necessary to overlap width of cut to suit your conditions. • If grass is extremely tall, it should be mowed twice. The first time relatively high, the second time to desired height. • Use left hand side of mower for trimming. • Plastic trash bags can be inserted inside grass catcher containers for ease of debris disposal. To remove the plastic trash bags when full: a. Raise seat. Unlatch and raise cover. - Slide out containers and dispose of clippings. b. - Replace containers, close cover, and latch. Unlatch chutes and check for clogging. - Remove all debris in chutes. - Reassemble and latch chutes c. Check to insure fullbagger indicator has not become clogged. b. Remove one container at a time by grasping container handles and pulling toward the rear, off of the tube rails. - The air passage hole must be clear of debris. Gently insert a small twig or wire into passageway to clear. c. With the container resting on the ground, close and secure the top of the plastic lawn bag. d. Tip the container on its side and slide the filled bag from the container. CAUTION e. Install a new plastic lawn bag with the edges of the bag draped over upper lip of the Container (for replacement bags refer to REPLACEMENT PARTS). f. Repeat for other containers. g. Reinstall containers making sure right container overlaps left container at center supports. h. Close cover and secure latches over center supporf tubes. • Do not operate mower with grass catcher partially installed. • Disengage blades and stop engine before leaving tractor seat to empty containers, unclogging chutes, etc. • Close cover before starting. • Disengage mowetwhen crossing driveways or gravel surfaces and other areas where thrown objects could be a hazard. • Do not attempt to vacuum up cans or other potentially hazardous projectiles. 8 GENERAL STORAGE RECOMMENDATIONS When grass catcher isto be stored for ape riod of time, clean it thoroughly, remove all dirt, grass, leaves, etc. Store in a clean, dry place. Always observe safety rules when performing any maintenance. Before each use check for loose fasteners. • Clean unit thoroughly after each use. BLADE A CARE For best results mower blades must be kept sharp. Replace bent or damaged blades. • CAUTION: Do not leave grass in bagger containers. Empty containers after each use and before storing. Failure to do so may result in spontaneous combustion which could develop into a fire. See BLADE CARE instructions in your tractor owner's manual. A CAUTION: BEFORE PERFORMING ANY MAINTENANCE, SERVICE OR ADJ USTMENTS: • Depress clutch brake pedal fully and set parking brake. • Place gearshift/motion "NEUTRAL" position. • Place clutch control in "DISENGAGED" position. • Turn ignition key to "OFF" position. • Make sure blades and all moving parts have completely stopped. • Disconnect spark plug wire(s) from spark plug(s) and place wire where it cannot come in contact with plug. A CAUTION: Grass catcher components are subject to wear, damage and deterioration, which could expose moving parts or allow objects to be thrown. Frequently check components and replace with manufacturer's recommended parts, when necessary. control lever in LIMITED ONE YEAR WARRANTY ON CRAFTSMAN GRASS CATCHER For one year from the date of purchase, when this grass catcher attachment is maintained according to the operating and maintenance instructions in the owner's manual, Sears will repair free of charge any defect in material or workmanship. This warranty does not cover: • Expendable items which become worn dudng normal use, such as bags or mower blades. • Repairs necessary because of operator abuse or negligence, including the failure to maintain the equipment according to instructions contained in the owner's manual. • Grass catcher attachments used for commercial or rental purposes. WARRANTY SERVICE IS AVAILABLE BY RETURNING THE CRAFTSMAN GRASS CATCHER TO THE NEAREST SEARS SERVICE CENTER/DEPARTMENT IN THE UNITED STATES. THIS WARRANTY APPLIES ONLY WHILE THIS PRODUCT IS IN USE IN THE UNITED STATES. This warranty gives you specific legal rights, and you may also have other rights which vary from state to state. SEARS, ROEBUCK AND CO., D/817 WA, HOFFMAN ESTATES, ILLINOIS. 60179 9 REPAIR PARTS GRASS CATCHER - - MODEL NUMBER 917.249870 5 6 7 8 IO 20 37 39 2O 14 21 22 16 ,rob o 20 2 22 26 35 32_31 I/t _// _ _ ## _//_, • #I lJ _ REPAIR PARTS GRASS KEY NO, 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 18 20 21 PART NO. 69180 127533 139906 176741 18021008 130933 87175 19061216 7206J STD541810 STD551110 109808X 2029J 130760 130759 174345 71161010 132796 CATCHER - - MODEL DESCRIPTION NUMBER KEY NO. 917.249870 PART NO. Nut, Crownlock#10-24 Screen, Cover Cover Chute, Upper Screw, Special #10-14xl/2 Full Bagger Indicator Screw, #10-24 x 1-1/8 Washer 3/16x3/4x16 Ga. Spacer, Split Nut, Acorn #10-24 Washer, lock Latch, Chute Nut, Weld Latch, Hook Rubber, Latch Chute, Lower Screw #10-24 x 5/8 Truss Head 22 23 26 27 28 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 -- 140809 132983 4939M 176987 165898 174083 176990 128600 127534 129584 129586 134637 130895 155857 71141008 104419X Spring, Cover L.H. (black) -- 177588 DESCRIPTION Spacer, Cover Spring, Cover R.H. (gray) Spring, Retainer Support Assembly Spring, Retainer Plug, Tubing End Bagger, Frame Pin, Hinge Gasket, Cover Container, Top Container, Bottom Seal, Cover Latch Handle, Cover Strip, Reinforcement Screw # 10-24 x 1/2 Bag, 3.0 miL 30 Gallon Trash (not included with bagger) Owner's Manual Get it fixed, at your home or ours! 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