Craftsman 917.249870 Owner`s manual

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.,
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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
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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
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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
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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.
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Make sure the blade and all moving parts have completely stopped.
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Disconnect spark plug wire from spark plug and place wire where it cannot come in contact with
plug.
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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.
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Position cover assembly on ground behind tractor as
shown.
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Lift and rotate cover to align cover brackets with support
assembly tubes.
Slide cover assembly down onto the support tubes.
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COVER
ASSEMBLY
SUPPORT
ASSEMBLY_
t
t
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DRAWBAR
MOUNTING
FLANGE
SUPPORT
ASSEMBLY
RETAINER
SPRING
PIN
FIG. 1
5
FIG. 2
CONTAINER ASSEMBLY (See Fig. 3)
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CONTAINER
Place bottom half inside of top half, as shown.
Place one foot inside bottom half and lifttop half to meet
bottom half.
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(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.
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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.
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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)
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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.
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Push in and turn upper chute until it is in line with lower
chute.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Do not operate mower with grass catcher
partially installed.
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Disengage blades and stop engine before
leaving tractor seat to empty containers, unclogging chutes, etc.
•
Close cover before starting.
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Disengage mowetwhen crossing driveways
or gravel surfaces and other areas where thrown
objects could be a hazard.
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Do not attempt to vacuum up cans or other
potentially hazardous projectiles.
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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.
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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:
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Expendable items which become worn dudng normal use, such as bags or mower blades.
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Repairs necessary because of operator abuse or negligence, including the failure to maintain the equipment
according to instructions contained in the owner's manual.
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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
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REPAIR PARTS
GRASS CATCHER - - MODEL NUMBER 917.249870
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CATCHER
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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
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132983
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176987
165898
174083
176990
128600
127534
129584
129586
134637
130895
155857
71141008
104419X
Spring, Cover L.H. (black)
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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)
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