Craftsman 917.249650 Owner`s manual

Owner's Manual
CRAFT.TMAN°
I
42" Mower
GRASS CATCHER
Model No.
917.249650
CAUTION:
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Read and follow all Safety
Rules and Instructions
before operating
equipment.
this
Sears,
and Co., Hoffman
Roebuck
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Estates,
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Safety
Assembly
Operation
Customer
Responsibilities
Repair Parts
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A
SAFETY RULES
Safe Operation
Practices
for Ride-On
A
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
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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.
Do not try to stabilize the machine by putting your foot on the
ground.
Do not use grass catcher on steep slopes.
Only allow 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.
Never carry passengers.
Do not mow in reverse gl_es absolutely necessary. Always
look down and behlh-d before _nd while backing.
Be aware of the mqwer dis_arge direction and do not point
it at anyone, DO not operate_tbe_mower without either the
entire grass catchel:.or _ guard i.nplace.
Slow .down b_ore turning.
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Never leavej _fflh"=ng mach D!_.unettended. Al_vaysturn
offblades, set parkingbreke', stop engine, and remove keys
before dismountin_
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II1. CHILDREN
Tragic accidents can occur if the operator is not alert to the
presence of children. Children are often attracted to the machine
and the mowing activity. Neverassume that children will remain
where you last saw them.
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.
Turn off b_lades
when._o_'mowing:_.,,._..
Stop engine before removing _f_ss catcher or unclogging
chute.
Mow only in daylight or good artificial light.
Do not operate the machine while under the influence of
alcohol or drugs.
Watchfortrafficwhenoperatingnearorcrossingroadways.
Use extra care when loading or unloading the machine into
a trailer or truck.
Before and when backing, look behind and down for small
children.
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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 corners, 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.
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
Slopes are a major factor related to loss-of-control and tipover
accidents, which can result in severe injury or death. Al! slopes
require extra caution. If you cannot back up the slope or if you
feet uneasy on it, do not mow it.
Keep nuts and bolts, especially blade attachment bolts, tight
and keep equipment in good condition.
Never tamper with safety devices.
Check their proper
operation regularly.
Keep machine free of grass, leaves, or other debris build-up.
Clean oil or fuel spillage.
Allow machine to cool before
storing.
Stop and inspect the equipment if you strike an object.
Repair, if necessary, before restarting.
Never make adjustments or repairs with the engine running.
Grass catcher components are subject to wear, damage,
and detedoration, 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.
DO:
Mow up and down slopes, 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.
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Use slowspeed. 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.
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SAFETY RULES
A
Safe Operation
Practices
for Ride-On
Mowers
A
Be sure the area is clear of other people before mowing.
Stop machine if anyone enters the area.
Look for this symbol to point out important safety precautions. It means CAUTION!!t
BECOME ALERT!!!
YOUR
SAFETY IS INVOLVED.
Never carry passengers or children even with the blades
oft.
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.
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 and proceed slowly straight down
the slope.
If machine stops while going uphill, disengage blades, shift
into reverse and back down slowly.
Do not turn on slopes unless necessary, and then, turn
slowly and gradually downhill, if possible.
A
A
A
CAUTION: Do not coast down a hill in
neutral, you may lose control of the
tractor.
CAUTION: Tow only the attachments
that are recommended by and comply
with specifications of the manufacturer of your tractor.
Use common
sense when towing. Operate onlyat
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.
CAUTION:
In order to prevent
accidental starting when setting up,
transporting, adjusting or making
repairs, always disconnect spark plug
wire and place wire where it cannot
contact spark plug.
CONGRATULATIONS on your purchase of a Sears Craftsman Grass Catcher. It has been designed, engineered and
manufactured to give you the best possible dependability
and performance.
Should you experience any problems you cannot easily
remedy, please contact your nearest Sears Service Center/
Department. We have competent, well trained technicians
and the proper tools to service or repair this unit.
Please read and retain this manual. The instructions will
enable you to assemble and maintain your Grass Catcher
properly. Always observe the "SAFETY RULES".
CUSTOMER
RESPONSIBILITIES
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Read and observe the safety rules.
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Follow a regular schedule in maintaining, caring forand
using your Grass Catcher.
Follow
the instructions
under
"Customer
Responsibilities" and "Storage" sections of this Owner's
Manual.
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SERIAL
NUMBER
DATE OF
PURCHASE
THE MODEL AND SERIAL NUMBERS WILL BE
FOUND ON THE MODEL PLATE ATTACHED TO
THE INSIDE OF THE MOUNTING BRACKET.
YOU SHOULD RECORD BOTH SERIAL NUMBER
AND DATE OF PURCHASE AND KEEP IN A SAFE
PLACE FOR FUTURE REFERENCE.
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.
LIMITED ONE YEAR WARRANTY ON
CRAFTSMAN
GRASS CATCHER
For one yearfrom 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 during 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., Dept. 817 WA, Hoffman Estates, Illinois. 60179
SAFETY RULES ........................................................
WARRANTY ..................................................................
BAGOFPARTS
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ASSEMBLY ..............................................................
OPERATION ................................................................
2..3
4
5-6
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13
CUSTOMER RESPONSIBILITIES .............................. 14
STORAGE ...................................................................
14
PREPARATION .......................................................
16-17
REPAIR PARTS ......................................................
18-19
PARTS ORDERING/SERVICE .................... BACK PAGE
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KNOW
YOUR
GRASS
CATCHER
READ THIS OWNER'S MANUAL AND SAFETY RULES BEFORE ASSEMBLING OR OPERATING YOUR GRASS
CATCH ER. Compare the illustrations with the carton contents to familiarize yourself with the 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
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Remove all parts and packing materiats from carton.
Fold flaps to inside of carton and turn carton upsidedown
on floor of work area. To protect grass catcher cover
during assembly place cover upsidedown on overturned
carton.
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Check carton contents against list. Be sureall parts are
there.
CONTENTS:
(2) ContainerTops
(2) Container Bottoms
(1) Upper Chute
(1) Lower Chute
(1) Support Post
(1) Mounting Bracket
(1) Cover Assembly
(1) Cover Seal
(1) Bag of Parts
(1) Owner's Manual
NOTE: Foreaseofassembly,asideofyourworkarea,
layoutal{hardwareinthetoltowinggroups.
instructions will identify the group needed for that step.
ASSEMBLY
LOCATION
HARDWARE
SHOWN
ACTUAL
Eachstepoftheassemb_y
SIZE
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REAR
MOUNTING
BRACKET
AND
SUPPORT
TUBE
TO
DRAW BAR
(4) Shoulder Bolt 5/16 - 18 SelfTepping
©
(2) Washer 11/32 x 1-1/2 x 10 Ga.
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(4) Bolt 5/16 - 18 x 3/4
(2) Wing Nut
(1) Support Plate
NOT SHOWN FULL SIZE
©
(2) LockWasher
(4) Locknut 5/16-18
5116
GROUP"B"I
SUPPORT
POST
TO
COVER
ASSEMBLY
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(3) Carriage Bolt 5/16 - 18 x 3/4
(3) Locknut 5/16-18
SUPPORT GROUP "C" I
TUBE
TO
COVER
ASSEMBLY LJ
U
(1) Bolt 5/16 - 18 x 3/4
GROUP "D" I
SUPPORT
POST
TO
MOUNTING
BRACKET
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(1) Bolt 5/16 - 18 x 2-1/4
(2) Locknut 5/16-18
(1) Bracket Support Pin
(1) Retainer Spring
(4) Tubing End Caps
GROUP
"E" I
(2) Latch Hook Assembly
LOWER
CHUTE
ASSEMBLY
TO
MOWER
DECK
(2) Screw #10 x 5/8
CHUTE GROUP "F"]
LATCH
ASSEMBLY
to
UPPER
(1) Screw #10
CHUTE
(2)Washer, Lock#10
x 1-118
12) Washer 3/16 x 3/4 x16 Ga.
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(1) Spacer, Split #10
(2) Washer 3/16 x 3/4 x 16 Ga.
GROUP
CHUTE
LATCH
ASSEMBLY
to
LOWER
CHUTE
"G "1
(2)Nut, Weld#10
(1) Nut, Acorn #10
(1) Rubber Latch
<2D
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(1) Screw #10 x 518 (1)Washer, Lock #10
(1) Washer 3/16 x 3/4 x 16 Ga.
(1) Nut, Weld #10
BEFORE
YOU START TO ASSEMBLE
THE GRASS
CATCHER
Some tractor models may need minor modifications
before you can mount the grass catcher to the tractor.
Look carefully at the drawbar on your tractor and compare to the illustrations below. If your drawbar looks
like STYLE "A" (has the upper corner ribs), your tractor is ready - proceed with the grass catcher assembly.
If your drawbar looks like STYLE "B" (does not have the upper corner ribs), go to the PREPARATION
section in this manual.
UPPER
CORNER
RIBS
TRACTORDRAWBAR
STYLE"A"
PARTS
TRACTORDRAWBAR
STYLE"B"
IDENTIFICATION
UPPER CHUTE
COVER
FULL
BAGGER
OR
LATCH
GRASS
CATCHER
CONTAINERS
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.
THESE ARE THE TOOLS YOU WILL NEED TO
ASSEMBLE YOUR GRASS CATCHER:
(1) 3/8" Wrench
(1) 1/2" Wrench
(2) 9/16" Wrenches
(1) 1/2" Socket
(1) Drive Ratchet
(1) 3" or longer Extension
(1) Short Handle
Phillips Screwdriver
CAUTION: BEFORE ASSEMBLING GRASS CATCHER TO TRACTOR:
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Place
gearshift/motion
control
"NEUTRAL"
position.
Depress
clutch/brake pedal
fullylever
and in
set
parking brake.
Place attachment clutch in "DISENGAGED" position.
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Turn ignition key "OFF" and remove key.
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Make sure the blade and all moving paris 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.
REAR
MOUNTING
SUPPORT
TUBE
BRACKET
(See Figs. 1A, 1B & 1C)
Use Hardware
- - GROUP
and
SUPPORT
REINFORCEMENT
PLATE
"A"
Before continuing with assembly, you must first determine
which type of drawbar your tractor is equipped with. Compare your drawbar with the illustrations of "BEFORE YOU
START TO ASSEMBLE THE GRASS CATCHER" and
follow instructions given.
FLAT
WASHERS
LOCK
WASHERS
DRAWBAR WITH UPPER CORNER RIBS - STYLE "A"
NOTE: If your tractor already has four (4) shoulder bolts
installed on the rear drawbar, simply hang the mounting
bracket, lanced tabs towards bottom, on the bolts (See Fig.
1A).
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SUPPORT
LANCED
TOWARD
BOTTOM
DRAWBAR WITHOUT UPPER CORNER RIBSSTYLE "B" (See Fig. 1C)
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Assemble the mounting bracket, lanced tabs towards
bottom, using the four smaller inside holes on the
drawbar.
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Install the four hex bolts and Iocknuts as shown and
tighten securely.
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Assemble the support tube to drawbar as shown. From
backside of drawbar place reinforcement plate so that
weld screws go through holes in left side of drawbar.
Place support tube over weld screws and assemble flat
washer, Iockwasher, and wing nut as shown Do not
tighten at this time.
Discard remaining shoulder bolts in hardware GROUP
REINFORCEMENT
PLATE
FLAT
WASHERS
UPPER
CORNER
RIBS
WING
NUTS
SHOULDER
BOLTS
LANCED TABS
TOWARD BOTTOM
SELF TAPPING
SHOULDER
BOLTS
FIG. 1 B
TUBE
LOCK
UPPER
CORNER
RIBS
NUTS
Assemble the support tube to drawbar as shown. From
backside of drawbar place reinforcement plate so that
weld screws go through holes in left side of drawbar.
Place support tube overweld screws and assembIe flat
washer, Iockwasher, and wing nut as shown Do not
tighten at this time.
Discard remaining hardware in hardware GROUP "A".
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TUBE
SUPPORT
TUBE
REINFORCEMENT
PLATE
FIG. 1A
If your tractor does not have four (4) shoulder bolts installed
on the d rawbar, follow the instructions below (See Fig. 1B).
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Using the four formed holes in the drawbar, install the
four self tapping shoulder bolts as shown and tighten
securely.
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Hang the mounting bracket, lanced tabs towards bottom,
on the bolts.
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HEX
FLAT
WASHERS
._
BOLTS
LOCK
WASHERS_
WING
NUTS
Assemblethesupporttubetodrawbarasshown.
From
backside of drawbar place reinforcement plate so that
weld screws go through holes in left side of drawbar.
Place support tube over weld screws and assemble flat
washer, Iockwasher, and wing nut as shown Do not
tighten at this time.
Discard remaining hex bolts and Iocknuts in hardware
GROUP "A".
LANCED TABS
TOWARD
BOTTOM
LOCKNUTS
FIG. 1C
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COVER
SEAL (See Fig. 2)
No hardware
required
Align mark on seal with mark at cover opening.
Work seal intoopening so cover sits between flanges of
seal.
MOUNTING
Use
Hardware TO - TRACTOR
- GROUP
NOTE: For ease of assembly, you may wish to obtain the
assistance of another person for mounting assembly to
tractor.
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Raise seat on tractor to allow assembly to be mounted.
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With cover closed, lift assembly and place support post
inside mounting bracket. Allow assembly to rest on
lanced tabs of mounting bracket.
Line up holes in mounting bracket with holes in support
post and insert bracket support pin. Secu re with retainer
spring.
Unlatch and open cover.
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Secure cover assembly to support tube using short hex
bolt, long hex bolt, and Iocknuts as shown. Tighten all
hardware securely.
NOTE: Hardware securing support tube to d rawbar must be
tightened at this time.
ALIGNMENT
MARKS
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Install the four (4) tubing end caps onto container
support. Tap each end cap onto container support tubes
to seat securely.
COVER
COVER SEAL
LONG
FIG. 2
ASSEMBLY
SHORT
_
HEX BOLT
/
HEX BOLT
--'-'_-.
LOCKNUTS
/.
.
,"
SUPPORT
POST
Fig. "B"
3)
Use Hardware
- - (See
GROUP
&
CAUTION: Container support is spring
loaded and locked to the cover. Handle
cover assembly carefully so as not to
unlatch the cover from the container
support.
Rotate cover assembly onto its side as shown.
Assemble support post to container support with the
three (3) carriage bolts and Iocknuts. Tighten securely.
CARRIAGE
BOLTS
SHORT
HEX BOLT
LONG
HEX BOLT
SUPPORT
SUPPORT
POST
SUPPORT
_
LOCKNUTS
TUBE
POST
MOUNTING
BRACKET
LANCED
TABS
FIG. 3
9
BRACKET
SUPPORT
SPRING
END CAP
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(See
Fig. 4)
"C
& D"
FIG. 4
PIN
CONTAINER
CONTAINER
No
hardware
ASSEMBLY
required
No hardware
(See Fig. 5)
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Place bottom half inside of top half, as shown.
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Place one foot inside bottom half and lift top haltto meet
bottom half,
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Press halves tightly together whi!e lifting top 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.
Repeat for other containers.
MOUNTING
required
(See Fig. 6)
Install one container to left side first with warning to
outside of unit, Install another container 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.
COVER LATCH
HANDLES
CONTAINER
BOTTOM
HALF
CONTAINER
WARNING
CENTER
INTAINER
TOP
TUBES
CONTAINER
BOTTOM
HALF
'
PRESS TOGETHER
TO FORM SEAL
WHtLE _FTING
TOP HALF
CONTAINER
HANDLE
CONTAINER
WARNING
TAB
FIG. 6
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. 5
10
LOWER
CHUTE - -(See
Figs. "E"
7A & 7B)
Use Hardware
GROUP
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Press weld nut into rubber latch and install two latch
hook assemblies to lower chute using screw, washer,
and lock washer nut as shown.
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Tightenhardwaresecurely.
Raise and hold deflector shield in upright position.
Position lower chute over mower deck opening, be sure
the chute tab (extended edge) is positioned under the
deflector shield and along side the hinge bracket as
shown.
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WASHER
NOTE: If necessary, push firmly on the chute to ensure
proper position of the chute tab.
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With chute in proper position, hold the chute securely, so
it does not move, while hooking the rear and front latches
to the mower deck.
O_
NOTE: While hooking the latches, the deflector shield may
try to push the chute away from the mower deck opening. It
is important to hold the chute in position while hooking the
latches to the mower deck.
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WELD NUT
Fig. 7A
If your tractor is equipped with gage wheels on the deck,
then it will be necessary to hook the rear latch into the
hole in the R.H. gage wheel bracket.
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CAUTION: Do not remove discharge
guard from mower. Raise and hold guard
when attaching lower chute and allow it
to rest on chute while in operation.
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DEFLECTOR
SHIELD
HINGE BRACKET
CHUTE TAB (Extended edge)
Must be under deflector shield
and along side the hinge bracket
DEFLECTOR
SHIELD
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R,H. GAGE
WHEEL
BRACKET
WITH
GAGEWHEELS
REAR
WITHOUT
GAGEWHEELS
LATCH
FIG. 7B
11
REAR
LATCH
CHUTE
ASSEMBLY
(See Fig. LATCH
8)
Use Hardware - - GROUP "F & G"
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UPPER
CHUTErequired
(See Fig. 9A & 9B)
No hardware
Assemble latch pin to upper chute, as shown.
Press weld nut into rubber latch and assemble rubber
latch to lower chute, as shown.
Tighten all hardware securely.
WASHERS
_16x _4x16
SCREW
#10 x 1-1/8"
)///_
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Lower mower deck to its lowest cutting position.
Assemble upper chute by inserting curved end into hole
in back of cover.
NOTE: Handle carefully so as not to damage full bagger
indicator.
Push in and turn upper chute until it is in line with lower
chute.
Ga.
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.
SPLIT
SPACER
FULL
/_ACORN
UPPER
CHUTE
BAGGER
INDICATOR
HANDLE
COVER
010 x 5/8"
LOWER
NUT
_,,,,,RUBBER
W,LD
CHUTE__
WASHER
N ATCH
LOWER
CHUTE
/
NUT
3/16 x 3/4 x 16 Ga.
LOCK WASHER
FIG. 8
FIG. 9A
ALIGNMENT
SLOT
LATCH
BOSSE_
PIN
R
FIG. 9B
0
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12
LEVEL MOWER DECK
No hardware
required
Be sure deck is properly leveled for best mower performance. See your tractors owner's manual for instructions.
TIPS FOR IMPROVED
BAGGING
OPERATION:
Follow the mower operation instructions
owner's manual.
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 spin s 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.
Usuallythis is indicated bythe 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.
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 q uality 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, itshould be mowed twice. The
first time relatively high, the second time to desired
height.
Use left hand side of mower for trimming.
- Slide out containers and dispose of clippings.
- Replace containers, close cover, and latch.
b. Unlatch chutes and check for clogging.
- Remove all debris in chutes.
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.
- Reassemble and latch chutes
c. Checkto insure full bagger indicator has not become
clogged.
- The air passage hole must be clear of debris.
Gently insert a small twig or wire into passageway to clear.
b. Remove one container at a time by grasping container handles and pulling toward the rear, off of the
tube rails.
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 support
tubes.
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•
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 mower when 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.
GENERAL
STORAGE
RECOMMENDATIONS
When grass catcher is to be stored for a period oftime, clean
itthoroughly, 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
&
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.
&
TO REMOVE
CAUTION: BEFORE PERFORMING ANY
MAINTENANCE,
SERVICE/OR
ADJUSTMENTS:
CATCHER
Reverse appropriate steps in ASSEMBLY section of this
manual.
Depress clutch brake pedal fully and set
parking brake.
Place gearshift/motion control lever in "NEUTRAL" position.
Place clutch control in "DISENGAGED"
sition.
GRASS
po-
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 w,re where it can not come
,n contact with plug.
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.
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CAUTION: BEFORE PROCEEDING WITH PREPARATION
OFTRACTOR:
•
Depress clutch/brake pedal fully and set parking brake.
•
Place gearshift/motion
•
Place attachment clutch in "DISENGAGED"
•
Turn ignition
•
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.
control lever in "NEUTRAL"
position.
position.
key "OFF" and remove key.
NOTE
ON SOME MODEL TRACTORS, MINOR MODIFICATIONS MAY BE NECESSARY TO MOUNT YOUR NEW GRASS
CATCHER. NOT ALL MODEL TRACTORS WILL NEED THE FOLLOWING MODIFICATIONS. CHECK EACH STEP
CAREFULLY TO DETERMINE IF MODIFICATION IS REQUIRED. ONCE YOUR MODELTRACTOR CONFORMS TO THIS
SECTION PROCEED TO ASSEMBLY.
To Prepare your Grass Catcher you may need:
(1) Drill Motor
DRILL
SUPPORT
(1) 7/16" Drill Bit
TUBE
MOUNTING
(See Template
HOLES
IN DRAWBAR
at Left)
On some model tractors, two 7/16" holes must be drilled in left side of the drawbar for mounting the support tube,
NOTE: To ease in drilling 7/16" holes, it may be necessary to drill smaller pilot holes at the locations indicated,
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REPAIR PARTS
GRASS CATCHER- - MODEL NUMBER 917.249650
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7
8 9
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10
12
9 13
37
14
15
16
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16
25
35
22
31
31
47
36
31
REPAIR PARTS
GRASS
KEY
NO.
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
18
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
PART
NO.
69180
127533
139906
126840
18021008
130933
87175
19061216
7206J
STD541810
STD551110
109808X
2029J
130760
130759
162803
71161010
132796
140809
132983
126813X
STD541431
4939M
STD523107
CATCHER-
- MODEL
DESCRIPTION
NUMBER
KEY
NO.
917.249650
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 Ca.
Spacer, Split
Nut, Acorn #10-24
Washer, lock#10
Latch, Chute
Nut, Weld
Latch, Hook
Rubber, Latch
Chute, Lower
Screw #10-24 x 5/8 Truss Head
Spring, Cover L.H. (black)
Spacer, Cover
Spring, Cover R.H. (gray)
Post, Support
Locknut 5/16 x 18
28
29
30
31
32
33
34
35
36
37
38
39
40
41
42
43
44
45
46
47
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170053
170165
131137
174083
134639
128600
127534
129585
129586
134637
130895
155857X500
71141008
156006
145186
19112410
10040500
128638
74760536
STD533107
104419X
Spring, Retainer
Bolt, Hex 5/16-18 x 3/4
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156623
DESCRIPTION
Bracket, Mounting
Shoulder Bolt
Pin, Support Post
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
Bagger, Support Tube
Reinforcement Plate
Washer 11/32 x 1-1/2 x 10 Ca.
Washer, Lock
Wing, Nut
Bolt, Hex 5/16-18 x 2-1/4
Carriage bolt 5/16-18 x 3/4
Bag, 3.0 mil. 30 Gallon
Trash (net included with bagger)
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