Craftsman 917.388381 Owner`s manual

Owner's Manual
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6.0 HORSEPOWER
21" MULTI-CUT
ROTARY LAWN MOWER
Model No.
917.388381
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Safety
Assembly
Operation
Maintenance
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EspaSol
Repair Parts
CAUTION:
Read and follow all
Safety Rules and Instructions
before operating this equipment
Sears, Roebuck and Co., Hoffman Estates, IL 60179
Visit our Craftsman website: www,sears.com/craftsman
Warranty
Safety Rules
Assembly
Operation
Maintenance
Maintenance
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Schedule
LIMITED TWO YEAR WARRANTY
Product Specifications
Service and Adjustments
Storage
Troubleshooting
Repair Parts
Parts Ordering
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POWER
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Back Cover
MOWER
For two years from date of purchase, when this Craftsman Lawn Mower is maintained,
lubricated, and tuned up according to the operating and maintenance
instructions in
the owner's manual, Sears will repair free of charge any defect in material or workmanship.
If this Craftsman Lawn Mower is used for commercial
or rental purposes, this warranty
applies for only 90 days from the date of purchase.
This Warranty does not cover:
• Expendable
items which become worn during normal use, such as rotary mower
blades, blade adapters, belts, air cleaners and spark plug.
• Repairs necessary because of operator abuse or negligence,
including bent
crankshafts
and the failure to maintain the equipment
according to the instructions
contained
in the owner's manual.
Warranty service is available by returning the Craftsman power mower 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, ROEBUCKAND
CO., D/817 WA, HOFFMAN ESTATES, ILLINOIS 60179
Safety standards require operator
presence control to minimize the risk of
injury. Your unit is equipped with cuch
controls, do not attempt to defeat the
function of the operator presence controls
under any circumstances.
TRAINING"
• Read this operator's manual carefully.
Become familiar with the controls and
know how to operate
properly. Learn how
mower.
• Do not allow children
mower. Never allow
your mower
to quickly stop
• Do not operate mower if it has been
dropped or damaged in any manner.
Always have damage repaired before
using your mower.
• Do not use accessory attachments that
are not recommended by the manufacturer. Use of such attachments may be
hazardous.
• The blade turns when the engine is
running.
PREPARATION:
• Always thoroughly check the area to be
mowed and clear it of all stones, sticks,
wires, bones, and other foreign objects.
These objects will be thrown by the
blade and can cause severe injury.
• Always wear safety glasses or eye
shields when starting and while using
your mower.
Dress properly.
Do not operate mower
when barefoot or wearing open
to use your
adults to use
mower without proper instructions.
• Keep the area of operation clear of all
persons, especially small children and
pets.
• Use mower only as the manufacturer
intended and as described in this
manual.
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sandals. Wear only solid shoes with
good traction when mowing.
• Check fuel tank before starting engine.
Do not fill gas tank indoors, when the
engine is running or when the engine is
hot. Allow the engine to cool for several
minutes before filling the gas tank.
Clean off any spilled gasoline before
starting the engine.
• Always make wheel height adjustments
before starting your mower. Never
attempt to do this while the engine is
running.
• Mow only in daylight or good artificial
light.
OPERATION:
• Never cut grass by pulling the mower
towards you. Mow across the face of
slopes, never up and down or you
might lose your footing. Do not mow
excessively steep slopes. Use caution
when operating the mower on uneven
terrain or when changing directions maintain good footing.
• Never operate your mower without
proper guards, plates, grass catcher or
other safety devices in place.
MAINTENANCE
AND STORAGE:
• Check the blade and the engine
mounting bolts often to be sure they are
tightened
properly.
• Check all bolts, nuts and screws at
frequent intervals for proper tightness to
be sure mower is in safe working
condition.
• Keep your eyes and mind on your
mower and the area being cut. Do not
let other interests distract you.
• Do not mow wet or slippery grass.
Never run while operating your mower.
Always be sure of your footing - keep a
firm hold on the handles and walk.
• Keep all safety devices in place and
working.
• To reduce fire hazard, keep the engine
free of grass, leaves or excessive
grease and oil.
• Check grass catcher often for deterioration and wear and replace worn bags.
Use only replacement
bags that are
recommended
by and comply with
specifications
of the manufacturer
of
your mower.
• Always keep a sharp blade on your
mower.
• Do not put hands or feet near or under
rotating parts. Keep clear of the
discharge opening at all times.
• Always stop the engine whenever you
leave or are not using your mower, or
before crossing driveways, walks,
roads, and any gravel-covered areas.
• Never direct discharge of material
toward bystanders nor allow anyone
near the mower while you are operating
it.
• Allow engine to cool before storing in
any enclosure.
• Never store mower with fuel in the tank
• Before cleaning, inspecting,
or repairing your mower, stop the engine and
make absolutely sure the blade and all
moving parts have stopped.
Then
disconnect
the spark plug wire and
keep it away from the spark plug to
prevent accidental starting.
• Do not continue to run your mower if
you hit a foreign object.
Follow the
procedure outlined above, then repair
any damage before restarting and
operating your mower.
• Do not change the governor settings or
overspeed the engine.
Engine damage
or personal injury may result.
• Do not operate your mower if it vibrates
abnormally.
Excessive vibration is an
indication of damage;
stop the engine,
safely check for the cause of vibration
and repair as required.
• Do not run the engine indoors.
Exhaust
fumes are dangerous.
inside
reach
source
space
a building where fumes may
an open flame or an ignition
such as a hot water heater,
heater, clothes dryer, etc.
ALook for this symbol to point out
important safety precautions.
It means
CAUTION!!!
BECOMEALERT!!!
YOUR
SAFETY IS INVOLVED.
ACAUTION:
Always disconnect spark
plug wire and place wire where it cannot
contact spark plug in order to prevent
accidental starting when setting up,
transporting,
adjusting or making repairs.
_WARNING:
The engine exhaust from
this product contains chemicals known to
the State of California to cause cancer,
birth defects, or other reproductive harm.
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These accessories were available when this lawn mower was produced. They are not
shipped with your mower. They are also available at most Sears retail outlets and service
centers. Most Sears stores can also order repair parts for you, when you provide the model
number of your lawn mower. Some of these accessories may not apply to your lawn mower.
LAWN
MOWER
PERFORMANCE
/F
CLIPPING DEFLECTOR
FOR REAR DISCHARGE LAWN MOWERS
MULCHER
GRASS CATCHERS
FOR
REAR DISCHARGE
LAWN MOWERS
KITS
!
STABILIZER
FOR
!
SIDE DISCHARGE
GRASS
LAWN CATCHERS
MOWERS
GAS CANS
LAWN
MOWER
MAINTENANCE
MUFFLERS
BELTS
AIR FILTERS
BLADES
BLADE ADAPTERS
Read these instructions and this manual in
its entirety before you attempt to assemble
or operate your new lawn mower.
IMPORTANT: This lawn mower is shipped
WITHOUT OIL OR GASOLINE
inthe
engine.
Your new lawn mower has been assembled at the factory with the exception of
those parts left unassembled for shipping
purposes. To ensure safe and proper
operation of your lawn mower, all parts and
hardware you assemble must be tightened
securely. Use the correct tools as necessary to ensure proper tightness. All parts
such as nuts, washers, bolts, etc., necessary to complete the assembly have been
placed in the parts bag.
SPARK PLUGS
WHEELS
ENGINE OIL
TO REMOVE LAWN MOWER FROM
CARTON
• Remove loose parts included with
mower.
• Cut down two end comers of carton and
lay end panel down flat.
• Remove all packing materials except
padding between upper and lower
handle and padding holding operator
presence control bar to upper handle.
• Roll lawn mower out of carton and check
carton thoroughly for additional loose
parts.
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HOW TO SET UP YOUR LAWN
MOWER
TO UNFOLD
Operator presence control bar
upper handle
HANDLE
IMPORTANT:
Unfold handle carefully so
as not to pinch or damage control cables.
• Raise handles until lower handle
section locks into place in mowing
position.
• Remove protective padding, raise upper
handle section into place on lower
handle and tighten both handle knobs.
• Remove handle padding holding
operator presence control bar to upper
handle.
• Your lawn mower handle can be
Lift uP ___
_Lift
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Mowing position
Lower handle
TO INSTALL ATTACHMENTS
adjusted for your mowing comfort. Refer
to "Adjust Handle" in the Service and
Adjustments section of this manual.
Your lawn mower was shipped ready to
be used as a mulcher. To convert to
bagging or discharging,
see "To convert
mower" in the OPERATION
section of this
manual.
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KNOWYOURLAWNMOWER
READTHISOWNER'S MANUALAND SAFETY RULES BEFORE OPERATING YOUR LAWN
MOWER. Compare the iHustratione
with your lawn mowerto familiarize yourself with the
location of various controls and adjustments. Save this manual for future reference.
These symbols may appear on your lawn mower or in literature
product. Learn and understand
their meaning,
CAUTION
OR WARNING
ENGINE
ON
ENGINE
OFF
FAST
SLOW
CHOKE
FUEL
OIL
supplied
with the
DANGER, KEEP HANDS
ANt FEET AWAY
Operator presence control
bar
Starte
zone control cable
Handle knob
Grass catcher,
Engine oil cap
with dipstick
' filter
Gasoline
Lawn mower housing
Mulcher door
MPORTANT: This lawn mower is shipped
NITHOUT OIL OR GASOLINE
in the
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(on each wheel}
vlEETS CPSC SAFETY REQUIREMENTS
_ears rotary walk-behind power lawn mowers conform to the safety standards of the American
qational Standards Institute and the U.S, Consumer Product Safety Commission. The blade
urns when the engine is running.
Operator Presence Control Bar- must be
held down to the handle to start the engine.
Release to stop the engine.
Pdmer - pumps additional fuel from the
carburetor to the cylinder for use when
starting a cold engine.
Starter Handle - used for starting the engine.
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REAR BAGGING
The operation of any lawn mower
can result in foreign objects thrown
into the eyes, which can result in
severe eye damage. Always wear safety
glasses or eye shields while operating your
lawn mower or performing any adjustments
or repairs. We recommend a wide vision
safety mask over spectacles or standard
safety glasses.
HOWTO
USEYOUR
• Lift rear door of the lawn mower and place
the grass catcher frame hooks onto the
door pivot pins.
• To convert to mulching or discharging
operation, remove grass catcher and close
rear door.
LAWN MOWER
ENGINE SPEED CONTROL
The engine speed was set at the factory for
optimum performance. Speed is not adjustable.
ENGINE
Pivot pins
SIDE DISCHARGING
ZONE CONTROL
• Rear door must be dosed.
ACAUTION:
Federal regulations require
an engine control to be installed on this
lawn mower in order to minimize the risk
• Open mulcher door and install discharge
deflector under guard as shown.
• Mower is now ready for discharging
operation.
of blade contact injury. Do not under any
circumstances attempt to defeat the
function of the operator control. The blade
turns when the engine is running.
• Your lawn mower is equipped with an
operator presence control bar which
requires the operator to be positioned
behind the lawn mower handle to start and
operate the lawn mower.
TO ADJUST CUTTING HEIGHT
• Raise wheals for low cut and lower wheels
for high cut.
• Adjust cutting height to suit your requirements. Medium position is best for most
lawns.
• To convert to mulching or bagging
operation, discharge deflector must be
removed and mulcher door must be
closed.
SIMPLE STEPS TO REMEMBER
WHEN CONVERTING YOUR LAWN
MOWER
FOR MULCHING
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• Rear door closed.
• Mulcher door closed.
FOR REAR BAGGING • Grass catcher installed.
• Mulcher door closed.
• To change cutting height, squeeze adjuster
lever toward wheal. Move wheal up or
down to suit your requirements. Be sure all
wheals are in the same setting.
FOR SIDE DISCHARGING
• Rear door dosed.
NOTE: Adjuster is properly positioned when
plate tab inserts into hole in lever. Also, 9position adjusters (if so equipped) allow lever
to be positioned between the plate tabs.
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• Side discharge deflector installed.
_CAUTION:
Do not run your lawn mower
without rear door closed or approved grass
catcher in place. Never attempt to operate the
lawn mower with the rear door removed or
propped open.
Lower Wheels for High Cut
Plate Tab
Lever
Raise Wheels for Low Cut
TO CONVERT
MOWER
Mulcher
door
Your lawn mower was shipped ready to be
used as a muicher. To convert to bagging or
discharging:
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Open
Mulcher Door
Discharge
deflector
BEFORE STARTING ENGINE
OIL
_.WARNING:
Experience indicates that
alcohol blended fuels (called gasohol or
using ethanol or methanol) can attract
moisture which leads to separation and
formation of acids during storage. Acidic
gas can damage the fuel system of an
engine while in storage. To avoid engine
problems, the fuel system should be
emptied before storage of 30 days or
longer. Drain the fuel tank, start the
engine and let it run until fuel lines and
carburetor are empty. Use fresh fuel next
season. See Storage Instructions for
additional information. Never use engine
or carburetor cleaner products in fuel tank
or permanent damage may occur.
ACAUTION:
Fill to bottom of gas tank
filler neck. Do not overfill. Wipe off any
spilled oil or fuel. Do not store, spill or use
gasoline near an open flame.
Your lawn mower is shipped without oil in the
engine.
• Be sure mower is level and area around oil
fill is clean.
• Remove engine oil cap and fill to the full
line on the dipstick.
NOTE: Allow oil to settle down into
engine for accurate dipstick reading.
• Engine holds 20 ozs. of oil. For type and
grade of oil to use, see "ENGINE" in
Maintenance section of this manual.
• Pour oil slowly. Do not over fill
• Check oil level before each use. Add oil if
needed. Fill to full line on dipstick.
• To read proper level, tighten engine oil cap
each time.
• Reinstall engine oil cap and tighten.
• Change the oil after every 25 hours of
operation or each season. You may need
to change the oil more often under dusty,
dirty conditions.
ADD
GASOUNE
NOTE: Before filling fuel tank, remove and
discard the debris plug that is inside the tank.
• Fill fuel tank. Use fresh, clean, regular
unleaded gasoline with a minimum of 87
octane. Do not mix oil with gasoline.
Purchase fuel in quantities that can be
used within 30 days to assure fuel
freshness.
Gasoline filler
cap
_
Engine oil
cap
(Discard
Lr_._/I
debris plug _'-_L_
,ns,de
TO START ENGINE
• To start a cold engine, push primer three
(3) times before trying to start. Use a firm
push. This step is not usually necessary
when starting an engine which has already
run for a few minutes.
• Hold operator presence control bar down
to the handle and pull starter handle
quickly. Do not allow starter rope to snap
back.
• To stop engine, release operator presence
control bar.
NOTE: In cooler weather it may be necessary
to repeat priming steps. In warmer weather
over priming may cause flooding and engine
will not start. If you do flood engine, wait a few
minutes before attempting to start and do not
repeat priming steps.
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MOWlNGTIPS
MULCHING MOWING TIPS
• Under certain conditions, such as very tail
grass, it may be necessary to raise the
height of cut to reduce pushing effort and to
keep from overloading the engine and
leaving clumps of grass clippings. It may
also be necessary to reduce ground speed
and/or run the lawn mower over the area a
second time.
IMPORTANT: For best performance, keep
mower housing free of built-up grass and
trash. Clean UNDERSIDE OF MOWER
HOUSING after each use. See "Cleaning" in
MAINTENANCE section of this manual.
• For extremely heavy cutting, reduce the
width of cut by overlapping previously cut
path and mow slowly.
• For better grass bagging and most cutting
conditions, the engine speed should be set
in the fast position.
• Pores in cloth grass catchers can become
filled with dirt and dust with use and
catchers will collect less grass. To prevent
this, regularly hose catcher off with water
and let dry before using.
• Keep top of engine around starter clear
and clean of grass clippings and chaff.
This will help engine air flow and extend
engine life.
• The special mulching blade will recut the
grass clippings many times and reduce
them in size so that as they fall onto the
lawn they will disperse into the grass and
not be noticed. A!so, the mulched grass will
biedegrade quickly to provide nuthents for
the lawn. Always mulch with your highest
engine (blade) speed as this will provide
the best recutting action of the blades.
• Avoid cutting your lawn when it is wet. Wet
grass tends to form clumps and interferes
with the mulching action. The best time to
mow your lawn is the early afternoon. At
this time the grass has dried and the newly
cut area will not be exposed to the direct
sun.
• For best results, adjust the lawn mower
cutting height so that the lawn mower cuts
off only the top one-third of the grass
blades. If the lawn is overgrown it will be
necessary to raise the height of cut to
reduce pushing effort and to keep from
overloading the engine and leaving
clumps of mulched grass. For extremely
heavy mulching, reduce your width of cut,
mow slowly and raise the rear of the lawn
mower one wheel adjuster setting higher
than the front.
• Certain types of grass and grass conditions
may require that an area be mulched a
second time to completely hide the
clippings. When doing a second cut, mow
across or perpendicular to the first cut path.
° Change your cutting pattern from week to
week. Mow north to south one week then
change to east to west the next week. This
will help prevent matting and graining of
the lawn.
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SEBV,CE
AS YOU COMPLETE
Check for Loose Fasteners
Clean/Inspect Grass Catcher
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Check/Sharpen/Replace
Blade
Lubrication Chart
Clean Battery/Recharge
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Check Engine Oil Level
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Change Engine Oil
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Clean Air Filter
Inspect Muffler
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Clean or Replace Spark Plug
Replace Air Filter Paper Cartridge
11/2
Change more oftenwhen operating undera heavy load or in high ambienl temperatures.
Sewlce more often when operating io dirly or dusty conditions,
Replace blades more often when mowing in e,
andy soil.
Charge 48 hoursat end of season,
RECOMMENDATIONS
LUBRICATION
The warranty on this lawn mower does not
cover items that have been subjected to
operator abuse or negligence. To receive full
value from the warranty, operator must
maintain mower as instructed in this manual.
Wheel
GENERAL
CHART
adjusters
1!
Some adjustments will need to be made
periodically to properly maintain your unit.
All adjustments in the Service and
Adjustments section of this manual should be
checked at least once each season.
/
• Once a year, replace the spark plug,
replace air filter element and check blade
for wear. A new spark plug and clean/new
air filter element assures proper air-fuel
mixture and helps your engine run better
and last longer.
• Follow the maintenance schedule in this
manual.
BEFORE EACH USE
• Check engine oil level.
• Check for lee6e fasteners.
LUBRICATION
Keep unit well lubricated (See "LUBRICATION
CHART").
(_R. ear
ooor
hinge
Engine oil
I Handle bracket
mounting pin
(_) SPRAY LUBRICANT
SAE 30 MOTOR OIL. REFER TO
(_) ENGINE- MAINTENANCE SECTION.
IMPORTANT: Do not oil or grease plastic
wheel bearings. Viscous lubricants will attract
dust and dirt that will shorten the life of the self
lubricating bearings. If you feel they must be
lubricated, use only a dry, powdered graphite
type lubricant sparingly.
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PRODUCT
MODEL
NUMBER
SERIAL
NUMBER
SPECIFICATIONS
917.388381
DATE OF PURCHASE
GASOLINE
OILTYPE
CAPACITY/TYPE:
1.6 QUARTS
UNLEADED
(API-SF/SG/SH):
SAE 30 (ABOVE 32°F)
SAE 5W-30 (BELOW 32°F)
OIL CAPACITY:
SPARK
REGULAR
20 OZS.
PLUG(GAP:
.030")
CHAMPION
VALVE CLEARANCE:
RJ19LM
INTAKE:
EXHAUST:
.004 - .008
.004 - .008
SOLID STATE IGNITION
AIR GAP:
.0125 IN.
BLADE BOLT TORQUE:
35-40 FT. LBS.
The model and serial numbers
lawn mower housing.Record
provided above.
will be found
both serial
LAWN MOWER
Always observe safety rules when performing
any maintenance.
TIRES
• Keep tires free of gasoline, oil, or insect
control chemicals which can harm rubber.
• Avoid stumps, stones, deep ruts, sharp
objects and other hazards that may cause
tire damage.
BLADECARE
For best results, mower blade must be
kept sharp.
Replace bent or damaged
blades.
TO REMOVE
BLADE
• Disconnect spark plug wire from spark
plug and place wire where it cannot
come in contact with spark plug.
• Turn lawn mower on its side. Make
sure air filter and carburetor are up.
• Use a wood block between blade and
mower housing to prevent blade from
turning when removing blade bolt.
• Protect your hands with gloves and/or
wrap blade with heavy cloth.
• Remove blade bolt by turning counterclockwise.
• Remove blade and attaching hardware
(bolt, lock washer and hardened
washer).
NOTE: Remove the blade adapter and
check the key inside hub of blade adapter.
The key must be in good condition to work
properly.
Replace adapter if damaged.
on a decal attached
number
to the rear of the
and date of purchase
TO REPLACE
OR J19LM
in space
BLADE
• Position the blade adapter on the
engine crankshaft.
Be sure key in
adapter and crankshaft
keyway are
aligned.
• Position blade on the blade adapter
aligning the two (2) holes in the blade
with the raised lugs on the adapter.
• Be sure the trailing edge of blade
(opposite sharp edge) is up toward the
engine.
• Install the blade bolt with the lock
washer and hardened washer into
blade adapter and crankshaft.
• Use block of wood between blade and
lawn mower housing and tighten the
blade bolt, turning clockwise.
• The recommended
tightening torque is
35-40 ft. Ibs.
IMPORTANT:
treated.
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Blade bolt is grade 8 heat
TO SHARPEN
BLADE
NOTE: We do not recommend
sharpening blade - but if you do, be sure the blade
is balanced.
Care should be taken to keep the blade
balanced.
An unbalanced
blade will
cause eventual damage to lawn mower or
engine.
• The blade can be sharpened
with a file
or on a grinding wheel. Do not attempt
to sharpen while on the mower.
• To check blade balance, drive a nail
into a beam or wall. Leave about one
inch of the straight nail exposed.
Place
center hole of blade over the head of
the nail. If blade is balanced, it should
remain in a horizontal position.
If either
end of the blade moves downward,
sharpen the heavy end until the blade
is balanced.
Crank shaft
Blade adapter
keyway
NOTE: Although multi--viscosity
oils
(5W30, 10W30 etc.) improve starting in
cold weather, these multi--viscosity oils
will result in increased oil consumption
when used above 32°1=. Check your
engine oil level more frequently to avoid
possible engine damage from running
low on oil.
Change the oil after every 25 hours of
operation or at least once a year if the
lawn mower is not used for 25 hours in
one year.
Check the crankcase oil level before
starting the engine and after each five (5)
hours of continuous, use. Tighten oil plug
securely each time you check the oil level.
TO CHANGE
ENGINE
OIL
NOTE: Before tipping lawn mower to
drain oil, drain fuel tank by running
engine until fuel tank is empty.
• Disconnect spark plug wire from spark
plug and place wire where it cannot
come in contact with spark plug.
• Remove engine oil cap; lay aside on a
clean surface.
• Tip lawn mower on its side and drain oil
into a suitable container. Rock lawn
Bolt
Crank
Hardened
Blade shaft
washer
Trailing adapter
edge
Lockwasher
GRASS CATCHER
• The grass catcher may be hosed with
water, but must be dry when used.
• Check your grass catcher often for damage
or deterioration. Through normal use it will
wear. If catcher needs replacing, replace
only with a manufacturer approved
replacement catcher. Give the lawn mower
model number when ordering.
mower back and forth to remove any oil
trapped inside of engine.
• Wipe off any spilled oil on lawn mower
and on side of engine.
• Fill engine with oil. Fill only to the
"FULU' line on the dipstick. DO NOT
OVER FILL.
• Replace engine oil cap.
• Reconnect spark plug wire to spark
plug.
CONTAINER
ENGINE
LUB RICATION
AIR FILTER
Use only high quality detergent oil rated
with API service classification SF, SH or
SG. Select the oil's SAE viscosity grade
according to your expected operating
temperature.
Your engine will not run properly and may
be damaged by using a dirty air filter.
Replace the air filter every year, more
often if you mow in very dusty, dirty
conditions. Do not wash air filter.
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SAE VISCOSITY GRADES
TO CLEAN AiR FILTER
• Loosen
"2%"
_C
l
.
.30 _
.20"
TEMPERATURE
O"
.10`
RANGE
60.
0*
ANTICIPATED
10"
BEFORE
8020"
NEXT
OIL
100 •
30`
CHANGE
screw and tilt cover to remove.
• Carefully remove cartridge.
• Clean by gently tapping on a flat
surface. If very dirty, replace cartridge.
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CLEANING
_I:LCAUTION" Petroleum solvents, such as
kerosene, are not to be used to clean
IMPORTANT:
For best performance,
keep
mower housing free of built--up
grass
and trash. Clean underside of mower
housing after each use.
cartridge. They may cause deterioration
of the cartridge. Do not oil cartridge. Do
not use pressurized air to clean or dry
cartridge.
• Install cartridge, then replace cover
making sure the tabs are aligned with
the slots in the back plate. Fasten
screw securely.
Back
Lip
Slots
_CAUTION:
Disconnect spark plug wire
from spark plug and place wire where it
cannot come in contact with the spark
plug.
• Turn lawn mower on its side. Make sure
air filter and carburetor are up. Clean
the underside of your lawn mower by
scraping to remove build--up of grass
and trash.
plate
• Clean engine often to keep trash from
accumulating. A clogged engine runs
hotter and shortens engine life.
• Keep finished surfaces and wheels free
of all gasoline, oil, etc.
• We DO NOT recommend using a
garden hose to clean lawn mower
unless the electrical system, muffler, air
filter and carburetor are covered to
Cover
tabs
Cover
Cartridge
MUFFLER
Inspect and replace corroded muffler as it
could create afire hazard and/or damage.
SPARK
keep water out. Water in engine can
result in shortened engine life.
PLUG
Change your spark plug each year to
make your engine start easier and run
better. Set spark plug gap at .030 inch.
_,CAUTION:
Before performing any
service or adjustments:
• Release control bar and stop engine.
• Make sure the blade and all moving
parts have completely stopped.
• Disconnect spark plug wire from spark
plug and place where it cannot come in
contact with plug.
LAWN
bottom of lower handle are off center for
raising or lowering the handle.
• Remove upper handle and all parts
attached to lower handle.
• Remove hairpin cotters from lower
handle bracket mounting pin.
• Squeeze lower handle in to remove it
from mounting pins.
• Turn lower handle over to raise or lower
handle.
MOWER
TO ADJUST
CUTTING
HEIGHT
See "TO ADJUST CUTTING HEIGHT"
the Operation section of this manual.
REAR DEFLECTOR
• Squeeze lower handle in and position
holes onto mounting pins on handle
bracket.
in
• Reassemble upper handle and all parts
removed from lower handle.
The rear deflector, attached between the
rear wheels of your lawn mower, is
provided to minimize the possibility that
objects will be thrown out the rear of the
lawn mower into the operator's mowing
position.
If the rear deflector becomes damaged, it
should be replaced.
TO ADJUST
HANDLE
The handle can be mounted in a high or
low position. The mounting holes in the
Lower
handle
13
Notate
_
_
TOASSEMBLE
GRASSCATCHER
• Put grass catcher frame into grass bag
with rigid part of bag on the bottom.
Make sure the frame handle is outside
of the bag top.
• Slip vinyl bindings over frame.
NOTE: If vinyl bindings are too stiff, hold
them in warm water for a few minutes. If
bag gets wet, let it dry before using.
CAUTION:
Do not run your lawn mower
without clipping deflector or approved
grass catcher in place. Never attempt to
operate the lawn mower with the rear
door removed or propped open.
Catcher"_--"_
handle
frame
_
openlng
immediately prepare your lawn mower for
storage at the and of the season or if the unit
will not be used for 30 days or more.
LAWN MOWER
When lawn mower is to be stored for a period
of time, clean it thoroughly, remove all dirt",
grease, leaves, ate. Store in a clean, dry area.
• Clean entire lawn mower (See "CLEANING" in the Maintenance section of this
manual).
• Lubricate as shown in the Maintenance
section of this manual.
• Be sure that all nuts, belts, screws, and pins
are seoureiy fastened. Inspect moving
parts for damage, breakage and wear.
Replace if necessary.
• Touch up all rusted or chipped paint
surfaces; sand lightly before painting.
ENGINE
CARBURETOR
Your carburetor has a non-adjustable fixed
main jet for mixture control. If your engine
does not operate properly due to suspected
carburetor problems, take your lawn mower to
an authorized service center for repair or
adjustment.
IMPORTANT: Never tamper with the engine
governor, which is factory set for proper
engine speed. Overspeeding the engine
above the factory high speed setting can be
dangerous, if you think the engine-gevemed
high speed needs adjusting, contact your
nearest AUTHORIZED service center, which
has proper equipment and experience to
make any necessary adjustments.
ENGINE SPEED
Your engine speed has been factory set. Do
not attempt to increase engine speed or it
may result in personal injury. If you believe
that the engine is running too fast or too slow,
take your lawn mower to an authorized
service center for repair and adjustment.
IMPORTANT:
When folding the handle
for storage or transportation,
be sure to
fold the handle as shown or you may
damage the control cables.
• When setting up your handle from the
storage position, the lower handle will
automatically
lock into the mowing
position.
Lower handle
Handle
bracket
HANDLE
Squeeze to
told
You can fold your lawn mower handle for
storage.
• Squeeze the bottom ends of the lower
handle toward each other until the
lower handle clears the handle bracket,
then move handle forward.
Hairpin cotter
• Loosen upper handle mounting bolts
enough to allow upper handle to be
folded back.
14
Operator Presence Control Bar
stabilizer to gasoline in fuel tank or
storage container.
Always follow the mix
ratio found on stabilizer container.
Run
engine at least 10 minutes after adding
stabilizer to allow the stabilizer to reach
the carburetor.
Do not drain the gas tank
and carburetor if using fuel stabilizer.
Upper
Fold Forward
For Storage
ENGINE
Fold
Backward
Position
' Lower
Handle
ENGINE
FUEL SYSTEM
IMPORTANT:
It is important to prevent
_luUmdeposits from forming in essential
el system parts such as carburetor, fuel
filter, fuel hose, or tank during storage.
Also, experience
indicates that alcohol
blended fuels (called gasohol or using
ethanol or methanol) can attract moisture
which leads to separation and formation
of acids during storage. Acidic gas can
damage the fuel system of an engine
while in storage.
• Drain the fuel tank.
• Start the engine and let it run until the
fuel lines and carburetor are empty.
• Never use engine or carburetor cleaner
products in the fuel tank or permanent
damage may occur.
• Use fresh fuel next season.
• Remove spark plug.
spark
plug ounce
hole into
cylinder.
Pour one
(29 ml)
of oil through
Pull starter handle slowly a few times to
distribute oil.
• Replace with new spark plug.
OTHER
• Do not store gasoline from one season
to another.
• Replace your gasoline can if your can
starts to rust. Rust and/or dirt in your
gasoline will cause problems.
• If possible, store your unit indoors and
cover it to give protection from dust and
dirt.
• Cover your unit with a suitable protective cover that does not retain moisture.
DO not use plastic.
Plastic cannot
breathe which allows condensation
to
form and will cause your unit to rust.
IMPORTANT:
Never cover mower while
i
engine
CHART
PROBLEM
Does not start
and exhaust
areas are still warm.
_I, CAUTION:
Never store the lawn mower
with gasoline in the tank inside a building
where fumes may reach an open flame or
spark. Allow the engine to cool before
storing i'n any enclosure.
NOTE:
Fuel stabilizer is an acceptable
alternative in minimizing the formation of
fuel gum deposits during storage.
Add
TROUBLESHOOTING
OIL
Drain oil (with engine warm) and replace
with clean engine oil. (See "ENGINE" in
the Maintenance
section of this manual).
CYLINDER
CORRECTION
CAUSE
1.
2.
3.
Dirty air filter.
Out of fuel.
Stale fuel.
1.
2.
3.
4.
Water in fuel.
4.
5.
5.
Spark plug wire is
disconnected,
6.
7.
6.
Bad spark plug.
Loose blade or broken blade 7.
8.
adapter.
Control bar in released
8.
9,
f:_sition.
Control bar defective.
9.
15
Clean/replace air filter.
RII fuel tank.
Drain tank and refill with
fresh clean fuel.
Drain fuel tank and
carburetor and refill tank
with fresh gasoline.
Connect wire to plug.
Replace spark plug.
Tighten blade bolt or
replace blade adapter.
Depress control bar to
handle.
Replace control bar.
TROUBLESHOOTING
PROBLEM
Loss of power
CHART
CAUSE
1.
Rear of lawn mower housing
or cutting blade dragging
in heavy grass.
Cutting too much grass.
2.
Poor cut-
uneven
Excessive
CORRECTION
1.
Set to "Higher Cut"
position.
2.
3.
4.
Dirty air filter.
Buildup of grass, leaves,
and trash under mower.
3.
4.
Set to "Higher Cut"
position.
Clean/replace air filter.
Clean underside of mower
5.
6.
Too much oil in engine.
Walking speed too fast.
5.
housing.
Check oil level.
6.
Cut at slower walking
speed.
1.
Wom, bent or loose blade.
1.
2.
Wheel heights
uneven.
2.
Replace blade. 13ghten
blade belt.
Set all wheels at same
3.
Buildup of grass, leaves
and trash under mower.
3.
height
Clean underside of
1.
Wom, bent or loose blade.
!1.
2.
Bent engine crankshaft.
mower housing.
vibration
2.
Replace blade. Tighten
blade bolt.
Contact an authorized
service center.
Starter rope hard
,
!topu,
*
Engine flywheel brake is on
when control bar is released.
1.
Depress control bar to
Bent engine crankshaft.
2.
upper handle before
pulling starter rope.
Contact an authorized
service center.
3.
4.
Blade adapter broken.
Blade dragging in grass.
3.
4.
Replace blade adapter.
Move lawn mower to cut
grass or to hard surface
Grass catcher
Catcher not venting air.
1.
2.
3.
Raise cutting height.
Replace blade.
Clean grasscatcher.
1.
Grass is tee high or wheel
11.
Raise cutting height.
2.
height is too low.
Rear of lawn mower
3.
housing or blade dragging
in grass.
Grass catcher too full.
not filling ('d'so
1.
2.
Cutting height too low.
Lift on blade wom off.
equipped)
3.
Hard to push
4.
2.
Handle height position not
right for you.
16
Raise rear of lawn mower
housing one (1) setting
3.
4.
higher.
Empty grass catcher.
Adjust handle height to
suit.
CRAFTSMAN ROTARY LAWN MOWER-KEY
NO.
_1
PART
NO.
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
86902
169709X479
169708X479
132001
63601
131959
66426
154132
165754
162778
750097
86899X004
136376
51793
147286
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
29
29
30
31
32
33
165946X479
17600406
167132X004
167133X004
165858
168360X004
166875
751153
166111)(479
166112X479
851856
152124
160835X007
19112222
165760
169421)(004
87877
DESCRIPTION
ControlBar
UpperHandle
LowerHandle
RopeGuide
Locknut 1/4-20
Handle Bolt
WireTie
Hinge Bracket
MulcherDoor
EngineZone ControlCable
Hex Washer Head Screw #10-24 x1/2
Up-Stop Bracket
HandleKnob
HairpinCotter
HingeRod
Support Bracket
Screw
Axle Arm Asserobly- LF
AxleArrnAsserobly-RF
Rear Skirt
Selector Spdng - Front
Rear Door Assembly Kit (IncL Spdngs)
Locknut 5/16-18
Handle Bracket Asserobly(Left)
Handle BracketAssembly (Right)
Screw 1/4-20 x 3/8
HingeSpdng
Wheel AdjustingBracket - Front
Spacer
Clip on DischargeGuard
Selector Spring - Rear
Selector Knob
KEY
NO.
34
36
37
39
40
41
42
43
44
45
46
48
52
53
54
55
56
57
67
68
70
---
PART
NO.
MODEL NO. 917.388381
DESCRIPTION
165762X004
Axle Arm Assembly - LR
160828
Shoulder Bolt5/16-18
151157
WheelAsserobly
83923
Flanged Locknut
77400
Hubcap
88652
HingeScrew
165766
Spdng(LH)
165767
Spdng(RH)
165912
DoorBolt
150406
Hex Head Thread Rolling Screw 3/8-16 x 1
85463
DangerDecal
165761X004
Axle Arm Assembly - RR
166878
Housing Asserobly(IncL Ref. #17, 18 & 46)
851084
HexHeadScraw3/8-24xl.3/8Grd.
8
850263
Helical Lockwasher
851074
HardenedWasher
165833
21" Blade
851514
Blade Adapter
166113
. GrassBag
165755
Catcher Fraroe
......
Engine - (See Breakdown)
Bdggs & Stratton 12H802-2675-E1
161058
Warning Decal (Not Shown)
170377
Owner'sManual
Available accessories not includedwith lawn mower."
.7133623
Gas Can (2.5 gal.)
Z].33500
FuelStabilizer
.7_/_33000
SAE 30W Oil (20 oz.)
CRAFTSMAN
4-CYCLE
ENGINE
969_
MODEL NUMBER 12H802;2675-E1
968
606
971A
971
843
967
621
92_P
1_,3_,
m
w
124
634
130
CRAFTSMAN
4-CYCLE
ENGINE
MODEL NUMBER 12HSO2-2675-E1
27O
15
34
4_o
22
572
625
9A
383
3O6
7
5
307
37
"k REQUIRES SPECIAL TOOLS
TO INSTALL. SEE REPAIR
INSTRUCTION MANUAL.
CRAFTSMAN
4-CYCLE
ENGINE
MODEL NUMBER 12H802-2675-E1
842 _
_) 670A
3
5240
104
634
977 CARBURETOR
110
134
617
127
617
634
GASKET SET
I
121 CARBURETOR
KIT
_188A
1095 VALVE OVERHAUL
GASKET SET
670A
202
38
CRAFTSMAN
4-CYCLE
ENGINE
MODEL NUMBER 12H802-2675-E1
930
334
304
_332
(_455
461
39
1036 LABEL KIT - EMISSION
I
CRAFTSMAN
I(_EY
NO.
1
2
3
4
5
7
8
9
9A
f0
tl
12
13
15
16
20
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
32
33
34
35
40
45
46
47
51
54
PART
NO.
493260
399269
299819
493279
214368
272916
495786
272481
272238
94650
231933
272198
94547
94720
498565
94388
399781
94220
94612
492177
222698
499429
499430
499431
499432
499425
499426
499427
499428
263190
499423
499424
94699
262651
262652
262224
93312
262204
498275
493737
272199
94526
4-CYCLE
ENGINE
DESCRIPTION
Cylinder Assembly
Bushing, Cylinder
Seal, Oil
Sump,Engine
Head, Cylinder
.... Gasket, Cylinder Head
Breather Assembly
.... Gasket, Valve Cover
Gasket, Baffle Plate
Screw, Hex Head
Tube, Breather
Gasket, Crankcase
Screw, Cylinder Head
Plug, Oil Drain
Crankshaft
TimingGear Key
• Seal, Oil
Screw, Hex Head
Screw, Hex Head
(Used in Hole Nearest Breather)
Flywtleel
Key, Flywheel
Piston Assembly, Standard
Size
Piston Assy. (.010" O.S.)
Piston Assy. (,020" O.S.)
Piston Assy. (.030" O.S.)
Ring Set, Piston, Standard Size
Ring Set (.010" O.S.)
Ring Set (.020" O.S.)
Ring Set (.030" O,S.)
Lock, Piston Pin
Pin, Piston, Standard Size
Red, Connecting
Screw, Connecting Rod
Valve, Exhaust
Valve, Intake
Spring,Valve
Retainer, Valve Spring
Tappet, Valve
Gear, Cam
Slinger, Oil
Gasket, Intake Elbow
Screw, Hex Head
MODEL NUMBER 12H802-2_75-E1,
KEY
NO.
PART
NO.
55
56
58
4974420
498144
280399
60
65
81
95
104
110
281434
94696
223664
94098
231371
- --
117
121
124
125
127
130
131
133
134
137
163
187
188
188A
202
209
494870
498260
94525
498170
- -224908
493267
398187
398188
-- 272653
492790
398540
94644
262579
263044
DESCRIPTION
Housing,Rewind Starter
Pulley, RewindStarter
Rope, RewindStarter
(Cut To 88-5/8")
Grip, Starter Rope
Screw, Phillips
Lock, Muffler Screw
Screw, RoundHead
** Pin, Float Hinge
• * * Gasket, Sealing (Sold in Kit
Only)
Jet, Main
CarburetorKit
Screw, CarburetorMounting
Carburetor
** Plug, Welch (Sold in KitOnly)
Valve, Throttle
Shaft, Throttle
Float,Carburetor
Valve, Inlet (Includes Seat)
* *" Gasket, Bowl (Sold in Kit Only)
* Gasket, AirCleaner
Hose, Fuel
Screw, Hex Head
Screw, Hex Head
Link, Governor
Spring,Governor
Included in Gasket Set (497316)
**
Included in Carburetor Kit (498260)
• *•
Included in bothCarburetor Kit (498260),
and CarburetorGasket Set (498261)
....
Included in both Gasket Set (497316),
and Valve overhaul Gasket Set (498528).
NOTE: All component dimensionsgiven in U.S.
inches 1 inch = 25.4 mm
40
CRAFTSMAN
NO.
PART
NO.
227 492349
230 67072
258 94512
284 94511
300 497638
3O4 493293
305 94744
306 224324
307 94515
332 94877
333 802574
334 94731
337 802592
356 497833
358 497316
363 19069
383 89838
387 496115
455 225121
456 281503
459
281505
461 94943
515 263073
523 495264
524 280393
525 495265
529 281299
562 94852
572 224328
592 231082
601 93053
606 224815
608 497680
Includes:
94904
949O8
613 94231
615 94474
616 263175
617 270344
620 499135
621 396847
625 497465
634
---
4-CYCLE
ENGINE
DESCRIPTION
Lever, Governor
Washer, Thrust
Screw, Hex Head
Screw, Hex Head
Muff{er, Exhaust
Housing,Blower
Screw, Sems
Shield, Cylinder
Screw, Hex Head
Nut, Flywheel
Armature, Magneto
Screw, Seres
Plug, Spark
Wire, Ground
Gasket Set
Puller,Flywheel
Wrench, Spark Plug
Primer,Carburetor
Cup, Starter
Retainer, Starter
Pawl, Rachel
Screw, Shoulder
Spring,Retainer
Cap, Oi{ Fit{er
Seal, FiUerTube
Tube, Oil Fill
Grommet
Bolt, Govemor Lever
Baffle, Cylinder
Nut, Hex
Clamp, Hose
Strap, Bracket
Starter, Rewind
Screw, Hex
Nut, Hex
Screw, Hex Head
Fastener
Crank, Governor
*** Seal, Intake Elbow
Bracket, Carburetor
Switch, Stop
Tube, Fue_Intake
""* Washer, Shaft (Sold in Kit Only)
MODEL NUMBER 12HS02-2675-E1
NO.
PART
NO.
635 66538
670 280512
670A 493823
741 262598
842 280966
843 272616
847 495263
851 493880
869 213512
870 213513
871 262001
63709
922 262640
923 493442
930 497233
957 397974
966 496116
967 491588
968 281340
969 94872
971 94873
971A 94749
972 495224
975 493640
977 498261
1036 499341
1095 498258
250012J802-2915
---- 498826
RPM Settings:
DESCRIPTION
Elbow, Spark Plug
Spacer, Fuel Tank
Spacer, Bracket
Gear, Timing
Seal, O-Ring
Sleeve, Lever
Tube Assembly, Oil
Terminal, IgnitionCable
Seat, Intake Valve
Seat, Exhaust Valve
Guide, Exhaust Valve
Guide, Intake Valve
Spring, Brake
Brake Assembly
Guard, Finger
Cap, FuelTank
Base, Air Cleaner
Filter, Air
Cover, AirCleaner
Screw, Hex Head
Screw, Hex Head
Screw, Hex Head
Tank, Fuel
Bowl,Float
Gasket Set, Carburetor
Label Kit, Emission
Gasket Set, Valve Overhaul
Replacement Engine
Replacement Shortbtock
Low: 1900-2100;
High:3000-3200
Included in Gasket Set (497316)
**
Included in Carburetor Kit (498260)
Included in both Carburetor Kit (496260),
and Carburetor Gasket Set (498261)
Included in both Gasket Set (497316),
and Valve overhaul Gasket Set (498528).
NOTE: Allcomponent dimensionsgiven in U.S.
inches 1 inch = 25.4 mm
41
42
43
For in-home major brand repair service:
Call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
1-800-4-MY-HOME
s" (1-800-469-4663)
Para pedir servicio de reparaci6n a domicilio
1-800-676-5811
In Canada for all your service and parts needs call
Au Canada pour tout le service ou les pi_ces
1-800-665-4455
For the repair or replacement parts you need:
Call 6 am - 11 pm CST, 7 days a week
PartsDirectsM
1-800-366-PART
(1-800-366-7278)
Para ordenar piezas con entrega a domicilio
1-800-659-7084
For the location of a Sears Parts and Repair Center
in your area:
Call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
1-800-488-1222
For information on purchasing a Sears Maintenance
Agreement or to inquire about an existing Agreement:
Call 9 am - 5 pro, Monday - Saturday
1-800-827-6655
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