Craftsman 917.25441 Operator`s manual

Operator's
Manual
CRRFrSMRM°
LAW
TRACTO
21.0 HR* 46" Mower
Electric Start
Automatic Transmission
Model No.
917.28852
917.25441
• EspaSol, p. 33
This product has a low emission
engine which operates
differently from previously built engines. Before you start the
engine, read and understand this Owner's Manual.
IMPORTANT:
Read and follow all Safety
Rules and Instructions before
operating this equipment.
For answers to your questions
about this product, Call:
1-800-659-5917
SEARS Craftsman
5 am - 5 pm, Mon-
Help Line
Sat
Gasoline containing up to 10% ethanol (El0) is acceptable for use in this machine.
The use of any gasoline exceeding 10% ethanol (El0) will void the product warranty.
SEARS, ROEBUCKAND
CO., HOFFMAN ESTATES, IL 60179
Visit our Craftsman website:www.sears.com/craftsman
*As rated
440512
U.S.A.
by the engine
manufacturer
Warranty ..................................................
Safety Rules ............................................
Product Specifications
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Assembly/Pre-Operation
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Operation .................................................
Maintenance
Schedule ..........................
Craftsman
Riding Equipment
CRAFTSMAN
2
3
6
7
9
16
Maintenance
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16
Service and Adjustments
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21
Storage ..................................................
27
Troubleshooting
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28
Sears Service .........................
Back Cover
Warranty
FULL WARRANTY
FOR TWO YEARS from the date of purchase, all non-expendable parts of this riding equipment are
warranted against any defects in material or workmanship. A defective non-expendable
part will
receive free in-home repair or replacement if repair is impossible.
FOR FIVE YEARS from the date of purchase, the frame and front axle of this riding equipment are
warranted against any defects in material or workmanship. A defective frame or front axle will receive
free in-home repair or replacement if repair is impossible.
FOR 90 DAYS from the date of purchase, the battery (an expendable part) of this riding equipment
is warranted against any defects in material or workmanship (our testing proves that it will not hold a
charge). A defective battery will receive free in-home replacement.
ADDITIONAL
LIFETIME
LIMITED WARRANTY
on CAST IRON FRONT AXLE (if equipped)
FOR AS LONG AS IT IS USED by the original owner after the fifth year from the date of purchase, the
cast iron front axle (if equipped) of this riding equipment is warranted against any defects in material or
workmanship. With proof of purchase, a defective cast front axle will receive free in-home replacement.
WARRANTY
SERVICE
For warranty coverage details to obtain free repair or replacement,
web site: www.craftsman.com
call 1-800-659-5917
or visit the
In all cases above, if part repair or replacement is impossible, the riding equipment will be replaced
free of charge with the same or an equivalent model.
All of the above warranty coverage is void if this riding equipment
commercial services or if rented to another person.
This warranty
include:
covers ONLY defects in material and workmanship.
is ever used while providing
Warranty
coverage
does NOT
• Expendable parts (except battery) that can wear out from normal use within the warranty period,
including but not limited to blades, spark plugs, air cleaners, belts, and oil filters.
• Standard maintenance servicing, oil changes, or tune-ups.
• Tire replacement or repair caused by punctures from outside objects, such as nails, thorns,
stumps, or glass.
• Tire or wheel replacement or repair resulting from normal wear, accident, or improper operation or
maintenance.
• Repairs necessary because of operator abuse, including but not limited to damage caused by
towing objects beyond the capability of the riding equipment, impacting objects that bend the
frame, axle assembly or crankshaft, or over-speeding the engine.
• Repairs necessary because of operator negligence, including but not limited to, electrical and
mechanical damage caused by improper storage, failure to use the proper grade and amount
of engine oil, failure to keep the deck clear of flammable debris, or failure to maintain the riding
equipment according to the instructions contained in the operator's manual.
• Engine (fuel system) cleaning or repairs caused by fuel determined to be contaminated or oxidized
(stale). In general, fuel should be used within 30 days of its purchase date.
• Normal deterioration and wear of the exterior finishes, or product label replacement.
This warranty gives you specific legal rights, and you may also have other rights which vary from
state to state.
Sears Brands
Management
Corporation,
Hoffman
2
Estates,
IL 60179
_DANGER:
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, WARNING: In orderto 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.
•
_,WARNING:
Do not coast down a hill in
neutral, you may lose control of the tractor.
•
_I, WARNING:
Tow only the attachments
that are recommended by and comply with
specifications of the manufacturer of your
tractor. Use common sense when 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.
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_WARNING:
Engine exhaust, some of
its constituents, and certain vehicle components contain or emit chemicals known to the
State of California to cause cancer and birth
defects or other reproductive harm.
•
•
•
_I, WARNING: Battery posts, terminals and
related accessories contain lead and lead
compounds, chemicals known to the State of
California to cause cancer and birth defects
or other reproductive harm. Wash hands
after handling.
I. GENERAL
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OPERATION
Read, understand, and followall instructions on the machine and in the manual
before starting.
Do not put hands or feet near rotating
parts or under the machine. Keep clear
of the discharge opening at all times.
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 blades.
Ensure the area is clear of bystanders
before operating. Stop machine if anyone
enters the area.
Never carry passengers.
Do not mow in reverse unless absolutely
necessary. Always look down and behind
before and while backing.
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Never direct discharged materialtoward
anyone. Avoid discharging
material
against a wall or obstruction. Material
may ricochet back toward the operator.
Stop the blades when crossing gravel
surfaces.
Do not operate machine without the entire grass catcher, discharge chute, or
other safety devices in place and working.
Slow down before turning.
Never leave a running machine unattended.
Always turn off blades, set
parking brake, stop engine, and remove
keys before dismounting.
Disengage blades when not mowing.
Shut off engine and wait for all parts to
come to a complete stop before cleaning
the machine, removing the grass catcher,
or unclogging the discharge chute.
Operate machine onlyin 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.
Use extra care when loading or unloading
the machine into a trailer or truck.
AIways wear eye protection when operating machine.
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.
Follow the manufacturer's
recommendation for wheel weights or counterweights.
Keep machine free of grass, leaves or
other debris build-up which can touch hot
exhaust / engine parts and burn. Do not
allow the mower 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.
li. SLOPE OPERATION
•
Slopes are a major factor related to loss of
control and tip-over
accidents,
which can
result in severe injury or death.
Operation
on all slopes requires extra caution.
If you
cannot back up the slope or if you feel uneasy
on it, do not mow it.
•
Mow up and down slopes, not across.
•
Watch for holes, ruts, bumps, rocks, or
other hidden
objects.
Uneven terrain
could overturn the machine.
Tall grass
can hide obstacles.
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Choose a low ground speed so that you
will not have to stop or shift while on the
slope.
Do not mow on wet grass. Tires may lose
traction.
IV. TOWING
•
Always keep the machine in gear when
going down slopes. Do not shift to neutral
and coast downhill.
•
Tow only with a machine that has a hitch
designed for towing. Do not attach towed
equipment
except at the hitch point.
Followthemanufacturer'srecommenda-
Avoid starting, stopping, or turning on a
slope. Ifthetires
Iosetraction,
disengage
the blades and proceed slowly straight
down the slope.
Keep all movement
on the slopes slow
and gradual.
Do not make sudden
changes
in speed or direction,
which
could cause the machine to roll over.
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tion for weight limits for towed equipment
and towing on slopes.
Never allow children or others in or on
Use extra care while operating machine
with grass catchers or other attachments;
they can affect the stability
of the machine. Do no use on steep slopes.
Do not try to stabilize the machine
by
putting your foot on the ground.
Do not mow near drop-offs,
ditches,
or embankments.
The machine
could
V. SERVICE
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Tragic accidents
can occur if the operator
is not alert to the presence
of children.
Children are often attracted to the machine
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Never assume
where you last
•
Keep children
out of the mowing area
and in the watchful care of a responsible
adult other than the operator.
Be alert and turn machine
off if a child
enters the area.
Before and while backing, look
and down for small children.
Travel slowly
stop.
HANDLING
and allow extra distance
to
OF GASOLINE
To avoid personal
injury or property
damage, use extreme care in handling gasoline.
Gasoline
is extremely
flammable
and the
vapors are explosive.
•
Extinguish
all cigarettes,
cigars, pipes,
and other sources of ignition.
•
Use only approved
gasoline container.
•
Never remove gas cap or add fuel with
the engine running. Allow engine to cool
before refueling.
•
Never fuel the machine indoors.
•
Neverstorethe
machine orfuel container
Iii. CHILDREN
and the mowing
activity.
that children
will remain
saw them.
towed equipment.
On slopes, theweight
ofthetowed
equipment may cause loss of traction and loss
of control.
SAFE
suddenly
roll over if a wheel is over the
edge or if the edge caves in.
•
Never carry children, even with the
blades shut off. They may fall off and
be seriously injured or interfere with safe
machine operation. Children who have
been given rides in the past may suddenly
appear in the mowing area for another
ride and be run over or backed over by
the machine.
Never allow children to operate the machine.
Use extra care when approaching blind
corners, shrubs, trees, or other objects
that may block your view of a child.
•
behind
where there is an open flame, spark,
pilot light such as on a water heater
other appliances.
Never fill containers
inside a vehicle
or
or
or
on a truck or trailer bed with plastic liner.
Always place containers
on the ground
away from your vehicle when filling.
Remove gas-powered
equipment
from
the truck or trailer and refuel it on the
ground. If this is not possible, then refuel
such equipment with a portable container,
rather than from a gasoline
dispenser
nozzle.
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Keep the nozzle in contact with the rim
of the fuel tank or container
opening at
all times until fueling is complete.
Do not
use a nozzle lock-open
device.
Iffuel is spilled on clothing, change clothing immediately.
Never overfill fuel tank. Replace gas cap
and tighten securely.
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GENERALSERVlCE
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Never
operate
machine
in a closed
area.
Keep all nuts and boltstightto
Ensurethe
equipment
is in safe working condition.
Nevertamperwithsafetydevices.Check
their proper operation
regularly.
Keep machine free of grass, leaves, or
other debris build-up.
Clean oil or fuel
spillage and remove any fuel-soaked
debris. Allow machine to cool before storing.
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If you strike a foreign object, stop and
inspectthe
machine. Repair, if necessary,
before restarting.
Never make any adjustments
or repairs
with the engine running.
Checkgrasscatchercomponentsandthe
discharge
chute frequently
and replace
with manufacturer's
recommended
parts,
when necessary.
Mower blades are sharp. Wrap the blade
or wear gloves, and use extra caution
when servicing them.
Check brake operation frequently.
Adjust
and service as required.
Maintain orreplacesafetyand
instruction
labels, as necessary.
Ensure the area is clear of bystanders
before operating.
Stop machine if anyone
enters the area.
•
Never
Do not mow in reverse unless absolutely
necessary. Always look down and behind
before and while backing.
Never
carry children,
even with the
blades shut off. They may fall off and
be seriously injured or interfere with safe
machine
operation.
Children who have
been given rides in the past may suddenly
appear in the mowing area for another
ride and be run over or backed over by
the machine.
•
Before and while backing,
look behind
and down for small children.
•
Mow up and down slopes
across.
•
Keep children
out of the mowing
area
and in the watchful care of a responsible
adult other than the operator.
Be alert and turn machine
off if a child
enters the area.
•
Choose a low ground speed so that you
will not have to stop or shift while on the
slope.
Avoid starting, stopping,
or turning on a
slope. Ifthetires Iosetraction,
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.
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5
carry
passengers.
(15 ° Max), not
PRODUCT
SPECIFICATIONS
Gasoline Capacity
and Type:
2.50 Gallons
Unleaded
Regular
Oil Type
API-SG-SL):
SAE 30 (above 32°F)
SAE 5W30 (below 32°F '
Oil Capacity:
W/Filter:
W/O Filter:
Spark
Champion RC12YC
(Gap: .030")
Plug:
Ground
Speed
Charging
Forward:
Reverse:
System:
Battery:
Blade
3 Amps
5 Amps
45-55
Congratulations
on making a smart purchase.
Your new Craftsman®
product is designed
and manufactured
for years of dependable
operation.
But like all products, it may require
repair from time to time. That's when having
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48 oz.
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Here's
Battery
Headlights
Amp/Hr:
Min. CCA:
Case size:
Bolt Torque:
REPAIR PROTECTION
AGREEMENTS
28
230
U1R
Ft. Lbs.
CONGRATULATIONS
on your purchase
of a new tractor.
It has been designed,
engineered
and manufactured
to give
you the best possible dependability
and
performance.
Should you experience any problem you
cannot easily remedy, please contact a Sears
or other qualified service center. We have
competent, well-trained representatives and
the proper tools to service or repair this tractor.
Please read and retain this manual. The
instructions will enable you to assemble
and maintain your tractor properly. Always
observe the "SAFETY RULES".
CUSTOMER
sections
•
Expert service by our 12,000 professional
repair specialists.
•
Unlimited service and nochargefor
and labor on all covered repairs.
•
Product
product
replacement
can't be fixed.
if your
parts
covered
Fast help by phone - phone support
from a Sears representative
on products
requiring in-home repair, plus convenient
repair scheduling.
Once you purchase the
phone
call is all that
schedule
service. You
or night, or schedule a
online.
RESPONSIBILITIES
and "Storage"
manual.
included in the Agreement:
Discount
of 10% from regular price of
service
and service-related
parts not
covered by the agreement;
also, 10% off
regular price of preventive
maintenance
check.
• Read and observe the safety rules.
• Follow a regular schedule in maintaining,
caring for and using your tractor.
• Follow the instructions
under
"Maintenance"
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of this
_WARNING:
This tractor is equipped with
an internal combustion engine and should not
be used on or near any unimproved
forestcovered,
brush-covered
or grass-covered
land unless the engine's exhaust system is
equipped with a spark arrester meeting applicable local or state laws (if any). If a spark
arrester is used, it should be maintained
in
effective working order by the operator.
Some limitations
and exclusions
apply.
For prices and additional
information
call
1-800=827-6655.
SEARS
iNSTALLATION
SERVICE
For Sears professional
installation
of home
appliances,
garage
door openers,
water
heaters, and other major home items, in the
U.S.A. call 1-800=4-MY=HOME®
In the state of Californiathe
above is required
by law (Section 4442 of the California Public
Resources
Code).
Other states may have
similar laws. Federal laws apply on federal
lands.
A spark arrester
for the muffler is
available through your nearest Sears service
center (See REPAIR PARTS manual).
6
Slope Sheet
Keys
(2) Keys
Your new tractor has been assembled
unassembled
for shipping purposes.
TOOLS
REQUIRED
A socket wrench
easier.
Standard
at the factory
(2) 7/16"
Pliers
Utility
wrenches
knife
TRACTOR
TO ADJUST
FROM
Remove all accessible
loose parts and
parts cartons
from carton.
Cut along dotted lines on all four panels
of carton. Remove end panels and lay
side panels flat.
Check for any additional
loose parts or
cartons and remove.
BEFORE
REMOVING
FROM SKID
TO CHECK
1.
•
Sit in seat.
•
Lift up adjustment
until a comfortable
which allows you
pedal all the way
Release lever to
•
for charging
position.
NOTE: You may now roll your tractor off
the skid. Follow the appropriate instruction
below to remove the tractor from the skid.
_WARNING:
Before
starting,
read,
understand and follow all instructions in the
Operation section of this manual. Ensure
tractor is in a well-ventilated
area. Ensure
the area in front of tractor is clear of other
people and objects.
instructions).
For battery and battery cable installation
see "REPLACING
BATTERY"
in the
"Service
manual.
lever (A) and slide seat
position is reached
to press clutch/brake
down.
lock seat in position.
TRACTOR
NOTE: If this battery is put into service after
month and year indicated
on label (label is
located between terminals)
charge battery
for minimum of one hour at 6-10 amps. (See
"BATTERY"
in Maintenance
section of this
•
SEAT
BATTERY
Lift seat to raised
manual
left
gauge
UNPACK CARTON
•
parts
Label
When right or left hand is mentioned
in this
manual, it means when you are in the operating
position (seated behind the steering wheel).
•
of those
set will make assembly
wrench sizes are listed.
Tire pressure
•
exception
FOR ASSEMBLY
(1) 1/2" wrench
TO REMOVE
CARTON
with
and Adjustments"
section
in this
7
TO ROLL
Operation
TRACTOR
section
OFF SKID
for location
(See
and
Ivf'CHECKLIST
function of controls)
Before you operate your new tractor, we
wish to assure that you receive the best
performance
and satisfaction
from this
Quality Product.
1. Raise attachment lift lever to its highest
position.
2. Release parking brake by depressing
clutch/brake pedal.
3. Place freewheel control in "transmission
disengaged position" (See "TO TRANSPORT"in Operation section ofthis manual).
4. Roll tractor forward off skid.
5. Remove banding holding the deflector
shield up against tractor.
Continue with the instructions that follow.
CHECK
TiRE
Please review the following
All assembly instructions
have been
completed.
No remaining loose parts in carton.
Battery isproperly prepared and charged.
Seat is adjusted comfortably and tightened securely.
All tires are properly inflated. (For shipping purposes, the tires were overinfiated
at the factory).
Be sure mower deck is properly leveled
side-to-side/front-to-rear
for best cutting
results. (Tires must be properly inflated
for leveling).
Check mower and drive belts. Be sure
they are routed properly around pulleys
and inside all belt keepers.
Check wiring. See that all connections
are still secure and wires are properly
clamped.
Before driving tractor, be sure freewheel
control is in "transmission
engaged"
position (see "TO TRANSPORT" in the
Operation section of this manual).
PRESSURE
The tires on your tractor were overinflated at
the factory for shipping purposes.
Correct
tire pressure is important for best cutting
performance.
• Reduce tire pressure to PSI shown on
tires.
CHECK
DECK
checklist:
LEVELNESS
For best cutting results, mower housing
should be properly leveled. See "TO LEVEL
MOWER" in the Service and Adjustments
section of this manual.
CHECK FOR PROPER POSITION
OF
ALL BELTS
See the figures that are shown for replacing
motion and mower blade drive belts in the
Service and Adjustments section of this manual. Verify that the belts are routed correctly.
While learning how to use your tractor, pay extra attention to the following important items:
CHECK
BRAKE
SYSTEM
After you learn how to operate your tractor,
check to see that the brake is operating
properly. See "TO CHECK BRAKE" in the
Service and Adjustments
section of this
manual.
Engine oil is at proper level.
Fuel tank isfilled with fresh, clean, regular
unleaded gasoline.
Become familiar with all controls, their
location and function.
Operate them
before you start the engine.
Be sure brake system is in safe operating
condition.
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8
Be sure Operator Presence System and
Reverse Operation System (ROS) are
working properly (See the Operation and
Maintenance sections in this manual).
It is important to purge the transmission
before operating your tractor for the
first time.
Follow proper starting and
transmission purging instructions (See
"TO START ENGINE" and "PURGE
TRANSMISSION"
in the Operation section of this manual).
These symbols may appear on your tractor or in literature supplied with the product. Learn
and understand their meaning.
R
REVERSE
N
H
NEUTRAL
L
HIGH
I',,I @ -_
LOW
CHOKE
FAST
SLOW
IGNITION
ENGINE OFF
REVERSE
OPERATION
SYSTEM (ROS)
ENGINE ON
ENGINE START
_D _ E21 {
LIGHTS
ON
FUEL
BATTERY
PARKING
BRAKE
MOWER
HEIGHT
SWITCH
MOWER
LIFT
j.,
REVERSE
FORWARD
CRUISE
CONTROL
CLUTCH/BRAKE
PEDAL
®@®@@
ATTACHMENT
CLUTCH DISENGAGED
ATTACHMENT
CLUTCH ENGAGED
DANGER, KEEP HANDS
AND FEET AWAY
A
A
A
FREE WHEEL
(Automatic
Models only)
KEEP AREA CLEAR
(SEE SAFETY
SLOPE HAZARDS
RULES SECTION)
DANGER indicates a hazard which, if not avoided,
will result in death or serious injury.
WARNING indicates a hazard which, if not avoided,
could result in death or serious injury.
CAUTION indicates a hazard which, if not avoided,
might result in minor or moderate injury.
CAUTION when used without the alert symbol,
indicates a situation that could result in damage
to the tractor and/or engine.
Failure to follow instructions
could result in serious
injury or
death. The safety alert symbol
is used to identify safety information about hazards which can
result in death, serious injury
and/or property damage.
HOT SURFACES indicates
if not avoided, could result
and/or property damage.
a hazard which,
in death, serious
FiRE indicates a hazard which, if not avoided,
could result in death, serious injury and/or
property damage.
9
injury
KNOW YOUR TRACTOR
READ THIS
TRACTOR
OWNER'S
MANUAL
AND
SAFETY
RULES
BEFORE
OPERATING
Compare the illustrations with your tractor to familiarize
yourself with the locations
various controls and adjustments.
Save this manual for future reference.
YOUR
of
03078
Our tractors
conform
American
to the applicable
safety standards
National Standards
Institute.
of the
(A) ATTACHMENT
LIFT LEVER - Used to
raise and lower the mower or other attach-
(F) IGNITION
SWITCH
- Used for starting
and stopping the engine.
ments
(G) REVERSE
OPERATION
SYSTEM
(ROS) "ON" POSITION
- Allows operation
of mower or other powered attachment
while
in reverse.
mounted
to your tractor.
(B) CLUTCH/BRAKE
PEDAL
declutching
and braking
the
starting the engine.
- Used for
tractor
and
(C) PARKING
BRAKELocks clutch/brake
pedal into the brake position.
(H) LIGHT SWITCH
on and off.
(D) THROTTLE/CHOKE
CONTROLfor starting
and controlling
engine
(J) MOTION CONTROL LEVER - Selects
the speed and direction of tractor.
(M) FREEWHEEL CONTROL- Disengages
transmission for pushing or slowly towing the
tractor with the engine off.
Used
speed.
(E) ATTACHMENTCLUTCH
LEVER= Used
to engage the mower blades, or other attachments mounted to your tractor.
10
- Turns the headlights
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 while operating your tractor or performing any
adjustments
or repairs. We recommend standard safety glasses or a
wide vision safety mask worn over spectacles.
HOW TO USE YOUR TRACTOR
NOTE:
TO SET PARKING BRAKE
tween half and full speed (fast) position, before stopping, maycause
engineto "backfire".
Your tractor is equipped
with an operator
presence
sensing
switch.
When engine is
running, any attempt bythe operator to leave
the seat without first setting the parking brake
will shut off the engine.
1. Depress clutch/brake
pedal (B) all the
way down and hold.
2. Pull parking brake lever (C) up and hold,
release pressure from clutch/brake
pedal
(B), then release parking brake lever. Pedal should remain in brake position. Ensure
parking
brake will hold tractor secure.
Failure
to move
throttle
control
be-
• Turn ignition key (F) to "STOP" position
and remove key. Always remove key when
leaving tractorto prevent unauthorized
use.
• Never
use choke
to stop engine.
IMPORTANT:
Leaving the ignition switch in
any position other than "STOP" will cause the
battery to discharge and go dead.
NOTE: Under certain conditions when tractor
is standing idle with the engine running, hot
engine exhaust gases may cause "browning" of grass.
To eliminate
this possibility,
always stop engine when stopping
tractor
on grass areas.
• I, CAUTION:
Always
stop tractor
completely, as described
above, before leaving
the operator's
position.
TO USE THROTTLE CONTROL (D)
Always operate engine at full speed (fast).
• Operating engine at less than full speed
(fast) reduces engine's operating efficiency.
• Full speed (fast) offers the best mower
performance.
STOPPING
MOWER
BLADES
-
, To stop mower blades, move attachment
clutch control to disengaged
position (t_'R).
(r_)
Attachment
Clutch Control
"Engaged ....
GROUND
(t'_)
Attachment
Clutch Control
Disengaged"
DRIVE-
, To stop ground drive, depress brake pedal
all the way down.
• Move motion control lever to neutral position.
ENGINE • Move throttle control (D) between half and
full speed (fast) position.
11
TO MOVE FORWARD
BACKWARD
AND
TO ADJUST
GAUGE
Gauge wheels
are properly adjusted when
they are slightly off the ground when mower
is at the desired cutting height in operating
position. Gauge wheels then keep the deck
in proper position to help prevent scalping
in most terrain conditions.
The direction and speed of movement is
controlled by the motion control lever. (J)
NOTE: Adjust gauge
a flat level surface.
1.
Start tractor
2.
3.
neutral
position.
Release parking brake.
Slowly
move
motion
control
desired position.
TO ADJUST
with motion
MOWER
control
CUTTING
The position of the attachment
determines
the cutting height.
lever
wheels
with tractor
on
1. Adjust mower to desired cutting height
(See "TO ADJUST
MOWER
CUTTING
HEIGHT"
in this section of manual).
2. With mower in desired height of cut position, gauge wheels should be assembled
so they are slightly offthe ground. Install
gauge wheel in appropriate
hole. Tighten
securely.
3. Repeat for all, installing gauge wheel in
same adjustment
hole.
in
lever
WHEELS
to
HEIGHT
lift lever
(A)
TO OPERATE
MOWER
Your tractor is equipped
with an operator
presence
sensing
switch.
Any attempt
by the operator to leave the seat with the
engine running and the attachment
clutch
engaged
will shut off the engine. You must
remain fully and centrally
positioned
in the
seat to prevent the engine from hesitating or
cutting off when operating
your equipment
on rough, rolling terrain or hills.
1. Select desired height of cut with attachment lift lever.
• Put attachment
lift lever in desired cutting
height slot.
The cutting height range is approximately
1" to 4". The heights are measured
from
the ground to the blade tip with the engine
not running. These heights are approximate
and may vary depending
upon soil conditions, height of grass and types of grass
being mowed.
• The average
lawn should be cut to approximately
2-1/2" during the cool season
and to over 3" during hot months.
For
healthier and better looking lawns, mow
often and after moderate
growth.
• For best cutting performance,
grass over
6" in height should be mowed twice. Make
the first cut relatively high; the second to
desired height.
2.
Start mower blades by engaging
ment clutch control.
TO STOP MOWER
BLADES
disengage
_CAUTION:
attachment
clutch
attach-
control.
Do not operate
the mower
without either the entire grass catcher, on
mowers so equipped,
or the deflector shield
(S) in place.
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REVERSE
OPERATION
SYSTEM
IMPORTANT:
(ROS)
_,WARNING"
Backing
up with the attachment
clutch engaged
while mowing
is
strongly discouraged.
Turning the ROS "ON",
to allow reverse operation
with the attachment clutch engaged,
should only be done
when the operator decides it is necessary to
reposition
the machine with the attachment
engaged.
Do not mow in reverse
unless
absolutely
necessary.
REVERSE
TO TRANSPORT
When pushing or towing your tractor, Ensure to disengage
transmission
by placing
freewheel
control in freewheeling
position.
Freewheel
control
is located
at the rear
drawbar of tractor.
1.
2.
OPERATION
3.
4.
5.
Raise attachment
lift lever to its highest
position.
Pull freewheel control out and into the slot
and release so it is held in the disengaged
position.
• Do not push or tow tractor at more than
two (2) MPH.
• To re-engage transmission,
reverse above
procedure.
Only use ifyou are certain no children or other
bystanders
will enter the mowing area.
1. Move motion
control
lever to neutral
2.
lever does
not return to neutral position when the clutch/
brake pedal is depressed.
• To restart movement,
slowly release parking brake and clutch/brake
pedal.
• Slowly move motion control lever to slowest setting.
• Make all turns slowly.
Your tractor
is equipped
with a Reverse
Operation
System
(ROS). Any attempt
by
the operator to travel in the reverse direction
with the attachment
clutch engaged will shut
off the engine unless ignition key is placed
in the ROS "ON" position.
USING
THE
SYSTEM
-
The motion control
position.
With engine
running, turn ignition key
counterclockwise
to ROS "ON" position.
Look down and behind before and while
TRANSMISSION
ENGAGED
backing.
Slowly
move
motion
control
lever to
reverse (R) position to start movement.
When use ofthe ROS is no longer needed,
turn the ignition key clockwise to engine
"ON" position.
ROS "ON" Position
Engine "ON" Position
(Normal Operating)
TRANSMISSION
DISENGAGED
NOTE: To protect hood from damage when
transporting your tractor on a truck or a trailer,
Ensure hood is closed and secured to tractor.
Use an appropriate means of tying hood to
tractor (rope, cord, etc.).
TO OPERATE
_,WARNING:
TOWING CARTS AND OTHER ATTACH=
MENTS
Tow only the attachments that are recommended by and comply with specifications
of the manufacturer
of your tractor. Use
common sense when towing. 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.
ON HILLS
Do not drive
up or down
hills with slopes greater than 15 ° and do not
drive across any slope. Use the slope guide
provided at the back of this manual.
• Choosethe
slowest speed before starting
up or down hills.
• Avoid stopping
or changing
speed
on
hills.
• If stopping
is absolutely
necessary,
push
clutch/brake
pedal quicklyto brake position
and engage parking brake.
• Move motion control leverto neutral position.
13
BEFORE STARTING
CHECK
ENGINE
THE ENGINE
3.
WARM
WEATHER
(50°F/10°C
GASOLINE
lever
in neutral
STARTING
and above)
7.
When engine starts, move the throttle
control to the fast position.
• The attachments
and ground drive can
now be used. Ifthe engine does not accept
the load, restart the engine and allow it to
warm up for one minute using the choke
as described
above.
of filler neck. Do not
overfill. Usefresh, clean, regular unleaded
gasoline
with a minimum
of 87 octane.
(Use of
leaded gasoline
will increase
carbon and lead oxide deposits and reduce
valve life). Do not mix oil with gasoline.
Purchase fuel in quantities that can be used
within 30 days to ensure fuel freshness.
A_ILOAUTION: Wipe off any spilled oil or fuel.
Do not store, spill or use gasoline
near an
open flame.
IMPORTANT:
When
operating
in temperatures below 32°F(0°C),
use fresh, clean
winter grade gasoline to help ensure good
cold weather starting.
CAUTION:
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 gas
tank, start the engine and let it run until the
fuel lines and carburetor are empty. Usefresh
fuel next season.
See Storage Instructions
for additional information.
Never use engine
or carburetor cleaner products in the fuel tank
or permanent
damage may occur.
COLD
WEATHER
(50°F/10°C
7.
STARTING
and below)
When engine starts, leave throttle control
in choke position until engine warms up
and begins to run roughly. Once rough
running
begins, immediately
move the
throttle control to the fast position. Engine
warm-up may take from several seconds
to several minutes (the colder the temperature, the longer the warm-up).
AUTOMATIC
TRANSMISSION
WARM UP
Before driving the unit in cold weather, the
transmission
should be warmed
up as follows:
1.
2.
Ensure the tractor is on level ground.
Placethe motion control leverin
neutral. Release the parking brake
and let the clutch/brake
slowly return
to operating
position.
3. Allow one minute fortransmission
to
warm up. This can be done during
the engine warm up period.
• The attachments
can also be used dur-
TO START ENGINE
When starting the engine for the first time or
if the engine has run out of fuel, it will take
extra cranking
time to move fuel from the
tank to the engine.
1. Ensure freewheel
control is in the trans2.
control
4.
• For cold weather
operation
you should
change oil for easier starting (See the oil
viscosity chart in the Maintenance
section
of this manual).
• To change engine oil, seethe Maintenance
section in this manual.
• Fill fuel tank to bottom
motion
position.
Move attachment
clutch to disengaged
position.
5. Move throttle control to choke position.
NOTE:
Before starting, read the warm and
cold starting procedures
below.
6. Insert key into ignition
and turn key
clockwise
to start position and release
key as soon as engine starts. Do not run
starter continuously
for more than fifteen
seconds per minute. If the engine does
not start after several attempts,
move
throttle
control to fast position,
wait a
few minutes and try again. If engine still
does not start, move the throttle control
back to the choke position and retry.
OIL LEVEL
The engine in your tractor has been shipped,
from the factory, already filled with summer
weight oil.
1. Check engine oil with tractor on level
ground.
2. Remove
oil fill cap/dipstick
and wipe
clean, reinsert the dipstick and screw cap
tight, wait for a few seconds, remove and
read oil level. If necessary,
add oil until
"FULL' mark on dipstick is reached.
Do
not overfill.
ADD
Place
ing the engine warm-up
period after the
transmission
has been warmed
up.
NOTE: If at a high altitude (above 3000 feet)
or in cold temperatures
(below 32°F/0°C)
the carburetor
fuel mixture may need to be
adjusted for best engine performance
(see
"TO ADJUST CARBURETOR"
in the Service
mission engaged
position.
Sit on seat in operating position, depress
clutch/brake
pedal and set parking brake.
and Adjustments
14
section
of this manual).
PURGE TRANSMISSION
MOWING
A
o Tire chains cannot be used when the
mower housing is attached to tractor.
o Mower should be properly leveled for best
mowing performance.
See "TO LEVEL
MOWER HOUSING" in the Service and
Adjustments section of this manual.
• The left hand side of mower should be
used for trimming.
Drive so that clippings are discharged onto
the area that has already been cut. Have
the cut area to the right ofthe tractor. This
will result in a more even distribution of
clippings and more uniform cutting.
• When mowing large areas, start bytuming
to the right so that clippings will discharge
away from shrubs, fences, driveways,
etc. After one or two rounds, mow in the
opposite direction making left hand turns
until finished.
_CAUTION:
Never engage or disengage
freewheel lever while the engine is running.
To ensure proper operation and performance,
it is recommended that the transmission be
purged before operating tractor for the first
time. This procedure will remove anytrapped
air inside the transmission which may have
developed during shipping of your tractor.
IMPORTANT:
Should your transmission
require removal for service or replacement,
it should be purged after reinstallation before
operating the tractor.
1. Place tractor safely on a level surface that is clear of objects and open - with
engine off and parking brake set.
2. Disengage
transmission
by placing
freewheel control in disengaged position
(See "TO TRANSPORT" in this section
of manual).
3. Sitting in the tractor seat, start engine.
After the engine is running, move throttle
control to slow position. With motion
control lever in neutral position, slowly
disengage clutch/brake pedal.
f
_,CAUTION:
At any time, during step 4,
there may be movement of the drive wheels.
TiPS
}1
(
4.
Move motion control lever to full forward
position and hold for five (5) seconds.
Move lever to full reverse position and
hold for five (5) seconds. Repeat this
procedure three (3) times.
5. Move motion control lever to neutral
position. Shutoff engine and set parking
brake.
6. Engage transmission
by placing freewheel contro! in engaged position (See
"TO TRANSPORT"
in this section of
manual).
7. Sitting in the tractor seat, start engine.
After the engine is running, move throttle
control to half (1/2) speed. With motion
control lever in neutral position, slowly
disengage clutch/brake pedal.
8. Slowly move motion control leverforward,
after the tractor moves approximately
five (5) feet, slowly move motion control
lever to reverse position. After the tractor
moves approximately five (5) feet return
the motion control lever to the neutral
position. Repeat this procedure with the
motion control lever three (3) times.
Your transmission is now purged and now
ready for normal operation.
t,
,J
• If grass is extremely
tall, it should
be
mowed twice to reduce load and possible
fire hazard from dried clippings.
Make
first cut relatively high; the second to the
desired height.
o Do not mow grass when it is wet. Wet
grass will plug mower and leave undesirable clumps.
Allow grass to dry before
mowing.
• Always
operate
engine
at full throttle
when
mowing
to ensure better mowing performance
and proper
discharge
of material.
Regulate
ground speed by
selecting a low enough speed to give the
mower cutting performance
as well as the
quality of cut desired.
• When
operating
attachments,
select a
ground speed that will suit the terrain and
give best performance
of the attachment
being used.
15
MAINTENANCE
SCHEDULE
BEFORE
EACH
USE
EVERY
EVERY
EVERY
EVERY
EVERY
BEFORE
8
HOURS
25
HOURS
50
HOURS
100
HOURS
SEASON
STORAGE
m
Check
Brake
Check
Tire Pressure
T
Check
Operator
A
Check
for Loose
C
ChecWReplace
T
Lubrication
0
Check
Battery
R
Clean
Battery
Clean
Debris
Check
Transaxle
u
Operation
Mower
Check
V-Belts
Check
Engine
Presence
Mower
I[_
_
Blades
_3
_f
Level
_4
and Terminals
Off Steering
_
Plate
_5
Cooling
Levelness
_#'
Oil Level
Engine
if
_'
Oil (with oil filter)
q_'1,2
Oil (without oil filter)
NE Clean
Air Filter
G
Air Screen
Clean
_'
& ROS Systems
Fasteners
Engine
Change
_
Chart
Check
Change
_
_1_1,2
_2
q_'2
Inspect Muffler/Spark
Attester
_S'
a
Replace Oil Filter (If equipped)
_,2
E
Clean Engine Cooling Fins
_
Replace
if
Replace
Spark
Plug
Air Filter Paper Cartridge
_2
RReplace Fuel Filter
1 - Change
more
often
2 - Service
more
often
when
when
GENERAL
operating
operating
_
under
in dirty
a heavy
or dusty
load
2
or
in high
ambient
temperatures.
conditions.
_
3 - Replace
4 - Not
blades
required
more
if equipped
often
with
when
mowing
maintenance-free
RECOMMENDATIONS
in sandy
soil.
5 - See
LUBRICATION
The warranty on this tractor does not cover
items that have been subjected
to operator
abuse or negligence.
To receive full value
from the warranty,
operator must maintain
tractor as instructed
in this manual.
(}leaning
in Maintenance
CHART
(_Steering
Pivot Bolts
(_ SI
Zerk
Some adjustments
will need to be made periodically to properly maintain your tractor.
At least once a season,
check to see if
you should make any of the adjustments
described
in the Service and Adjustments
section of this manual.
(_Front
Wheel
Bearing
Zerk
(_ Steerin(
Sector
Gear
Teeth
• At least once a year you should replace
the spark plug, clean or replace air filter,
and check blades and belts for wear. A
Section.
battery.
Spindle
Zerk
(_ Front
Wheel
Bearing
Zerk
Engine
new spark plug and clean air filter assure
proper air-fuel mixture and help your engine run better and last longer.
BEFORE
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
_General
Purpose Grease
@Refer to Maintenance
"ENGINE"
EACH USE
Check engine oil level.
Check brake operation.
Check tire pressure.
Check operator presence
and
ROS systems for proper operation.
Check for loose fasteners.
16
Section
iMPORTANT: Do not oil or grease the pivot
points which have special nylon 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.
TRACTOR
Alwaysobservesafetyruleswhenperforming
any maintenance.
BRAKE OPERATION
If tractor requires more than five (5) feet to
stop at highest speed in highest gear on a
level, dry concrete
or paved surface,
then
brake must be serviced.
(See "TO CHECK
BRAKE"
in the Service
and Adjustments
section of this manual).
TIRES
CHECK
SYSTEM
REVERSE
OPERATION
(ROS)
• When the engine is running with the ignition
switch in the engine "ON" position and the
attachment
clutch engaged,
any attempt
by the operator to drive in reverse should
shut off the engine.
• When the engine is running with the ignition
switch in the ROS "ON" position and the
attachment
clutch engaged,
any attempt
by the operator to drive in reverse should
NOT shut off the engine.
• Maintain
proper air pressure
in all tires
(See the sides of tires for proper PSI).
BLADE
• Keep tires free of gasoline, oil, or insect
control chemicals which can harm rubber.
For best results mower blades must be sharp.
Replace worn, bent or damaged
blades.
• Avoid stumps,
stones, deep ruts, sharp
objects and other hazards that may cause
tire damage.
& CAUTION:
Use only a replacement
blade
approved bythe manufacturer
of your tractor.
Using a blade not approved
by the manufacturer of your tractor is hazardous,
could
damage your tractor and void your warranty.
NOTE: To seal tire punctures
and prevent
flat tires due to slow leaks, tire sealant may
be purchased
from your local parts dealer.
Tire sealant also prevents
tire dry rot and
corrosion.
OPERATOR
PRESENCE
SYSTEM
BLADE
1.
AND
PRESENCE
• When the engine is running,
by the operator to leave the
first setting the parking brake
off the engine.
• When the engine is running
tachment
clutch is engaged,
by the operator to leave the
shut off the engine.
• The attachment
clutch should
ate unless the operator is in
Raise mower to highest
access to blades.
to allow
and/
2.
Remove
blade
clockwise.
bolt by turning
counter-
3.
Install new blade with stamped
SIDE" facing the ground.
"GRASS
4.
Install
(45-55
and tighten
blade
Ft. Lbs. torque).
IMPORTANT:
treated.
any attempt
seat without
should shut
Special
blade
bolt
securely
bolt
is heat
Star
Center Hole
and the atany attempt
seat should
never operthe seat.
\
Blade Bolt
(Special)
Mandrel
----_
_
Blade
ROS "ON" Position
position
IMPORTANT:
To ensure proper assembly,
center hole in blade must align with star on
mandrel assembly.
position.
CHECK OPERATOR
SYSTEM
REMOVAL
NOTE: Protect your hands with gloves
or wrap blade with heavy cloth.
REVERSE
OPERATION
SYSTEM
(ROS)
Ensure
operator
presence
and reverse
operation
systems are working properly,
if
your tractor does not function as described,
repair the problem immediately.
• The engine should not start unless the
brake pedal is fully depressed,
and the
attachment
clutch control is in the disengaged
CARE
Engine "ON" Position
(Normal Operating)
17
Assembly
BATTERY
ENGINE
Your tractor has a battery charging system
which is sufficient for normal use. However,
periodic charging of the battery with an automotive
charger w[[[ extend its life.
• Keep battery and terminals
dean.
• Keep battery bolts tight.
• Keep small vent holes open.
• Recharge
at 6-10 amperes for 1 hour.
NOTE: The original
equipment
battery on
your tractor is maintenance
free. Do not
attempt to open or remove caps or covers.
Adding
or checking
[eve[ of electrolyte
is
not necessary.
TO CLEAN BATTERY AND TERMINALS
LUBRICATION
Only use high quality detergent oil rated with
AP[ service classification
SG-SL
Select the
oil's SAE viscosity
expected
operating
SAE VISCOSITY
F
section
30
-1;
32
to your
GRADES
40
;
RANGE ANTICIPATED
60
80
1'0
BEFORE
_0
100
1o
4;
NEXT OIL CHANGE
NOTE: Although multi-viscosity
oils (5W30,
10W30 etc.) improve starting in cold weather,
they will result in increased
oil consumption
when used above 32°R Check your engine
oil level more frequently
to avoid possible
engine damage from running low on oil.
Change the oil after every 50 hours of operation or at least once a year if the tractor is
not used for 50 hours in one year.
Check the crankcase
oil level before starting
the engine and after each eight (8) hours
of operation.
Tighten
oil fill cap/dipstick
securely each time you check the oil level.
TO CHANGE
and wear after
ENGINE OIL
Determine
temperature
range
before oil change.
All oil must
service classification
SG-SL.
100 hours of operation and replace if necessary. The belts are not adjustable.
Replace
belts if they begin to slip from wear.
TRANSAXLE
0
-2;
TEMPERATURE
of this manual).
V-BELTS
Check V-belts for deterioration
-20
o -_o
Corrosion
and dirt on the battery and terminals can cause the battery to "leak" power.
1. Disconnect
BLACK
battery came first
then RED
battery came and remove
battery from tractor.
2. Rinsethe battery with plain waterand
dry.
3. Clean terminals
and battery cable ends
with wire brush until bright.
4. Coat terminals with grease or petroleum
jelly.
5. Reinstall
battery
(See "REPLACING
BATTERY"
in the SERVICE
AND ADJUSTMENTS
grade according
temperature.
• Be sure tractor
COOLING
is on level
expected
meet API
surface.
• Oil will drain more freely when warm.
• Catch oil in a suitable container.
The transmission
fan and cooling fins should
be kept clean to ensure proper cooling.
Do not attempt to dean fan or transmission
while engine is running or while the transmission is hot. To prevent possible damage
to seals, do not use high pressure water or
steam to clean transax[e.
• Inspect cooling fan to Ensure fan blades
are intact and dean.
1.
Remove oil fill cap/dipstick.
Be careful
not to allow dirt to enter the engine when
changing oil.
2.
Slideoildrainextensionfromthedocking
position on the engine blower housing
and extend outward from engine.
Docking
Position
• Inspect cooling fins for dirt, grass clippings
and other materials.
To prevent damage to
seals, do not use compressed
air or high
pressure sprayer to clean cooling fins.
TRANSAXLE
PUMP FLUID
The transaxle was sealed at the factory and
fluid maintenance
is not required for the life
of the transaxle.
Should the transaxle
ever
leak or require servicing, contact your nearest Sears or other qualified service center.
18
3.
To open,
twist
cap counter-clockwise
4.
After oil is drained completely,
replace
cap and twist clockwise
until it stops.
5.
Re-attach
oil drain
blower housing.
extension
to engine
.
7.
ENGINE
Refill engine with oil through oil fill dipstick
tube. Pour slowly. Do not overfill. For approximate
capacity see "PRODUCT
SPECIFICATIONS"
section of this manual.
SYSTEM
Debris may clog the engine's
air cooling
system. Remove blower housing and clean
area shown
to prevent
overheating
and
engine damage.
Use gauge on oil fill cap/dipstick
for
checking
level.
For accurate
reading,
tighten
dipstick
cap securely
onto the
tube before removing
dipstick.
Keep oil
at "FULL' line on dipstick. Tighten
cap
onto the tube securely when finished.
ENGINE
COOLING
Air Screer_
Clean out chaff
and debris
OIL FILTER
Replace the engine oil filter every season or
every other oil change if the tractor is used
more than 100 hours in one year.
AIR FILTER
Your engine will not run properly
using a
dirty air filter. Service paper cartridge every
100 hours of operation
or every season,
whichever
occurs first.
Service air cleaner
conditions.
1. Remove cover.
2.
3.
more often
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IN=LINE FUEL FILTER
The fuel filter should be replaced once each
season.
If fuel filter becomes clogged, obstructing fuel flowto carburetor, replacement
is required.
1. With engine cool, remove filter and plug
fuel line sections.
under dusty
Carefully
remove air filter cartridge
and
pre-cleaner
from base.
Clean base carefully
to prevent debris
from falling into carburetor.
Knobs
2.
Cartridge
3.
Place new fuel filter in position in fuel line
with arrow pointing towards carburetor.
Be sure there are no fuel line leaks and
4.
clamps are properly positioned.
Immediatelywipe
up any spilled gasoline.
Clamp
Fuel Filter___06m6_
NOTE: If very dirty or damaged,
cartridge.
4. Place new pre-cleaner
and
firmly in base.
5. Replace cover.
replace
MUFFLER
cartridge
Inspect and replace corroded
muffler and
spark arrester (if equipped)
as it could create
a fire hazard and/or damage.
IMPORTANT:
Petroleum solvents, such as
kerosene,
are not to be used to clean the
cartridge.
They may cause deterioration
of
the cartridge.
Do not oil cartridge.
Do not
use pressurized
air to clean cartridge.
CLEAN
p
SPARK PLUG(S)
Replace spark plug(s) atthe beginning of each
mowing season or after every 100 hours of
operation, whichever occurs first. Spark plug
type and gap setting are shown in "PRODUCT
SPECIFICATIONS"
section of this manual.
AIR SCREEN
Air screen must be kept free of dirt and chaff
to prevent engine damage from overheating.
Clean with a wire brush or compressed
airto
remove dirt and stubborn dried gum fibers.
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CLEANING
•
Clean engine, battery, seat, finish, etc.
of all foreign matter.
Clean debris from steering plate.
Debris can restrict clutch/brake
pedal
shaft movement,
causing belt slip and
loss of drive.
•
Nozzle
Ada
Washout Port
_k CAUTION:
Avoid all pinch points and
movable parts
Clutch/brake
pedal
Clean
top side
IMPORTANT: Tug hose ensuring
tion is secure.
_J
\
Steering
Steering
System, Dash,
,
Fender and Mower Npt Shown
•
•
While sitting in the operator's
position
on the tractor, re-start the engine and
place the throttle lever in the Fast "_"
position.
Move
the
tractor's
the
area
making
attachment
clutch
Move
the
tractor's
attachment
clutch
control
to the "DISENGAGED"
position. Turn the ignition key to the STOP
position to turn the tractor's engine off.
Turn the water off.
9.
Pull back the lock collar
of the nozzle
adapter to disconnect
the adapter
the nozzle washout port.
PORT
10.
Your tractor's
deck
is equipped
with a
washout
port on its surface as part of its
deck wash system. It should be utilized after each use.
from
Move the tractor to a dry area, preferably a concrete
or paved area. Place
the attachment
clutch control
in the
"ENGAGED"
position to remove excess
water and to help dry before putting the
tractor away.
1.
Drive the tractor to a level, clear spot
on your lawn, near enough to a water
spigot for your garden hose to reach.
iMPORTANT:
Make certain
the tractor's
_WARNING"
A broken or missing washout
fitting could expose you or others to thrown
objects from contact with the blade.
• Replace broken or missing washout fitting
immediately, prior to using mower again.
• Plug any holes in mower with bolts and
Iocknuts.
discharge chute is directed AWAY from your
house, garage,
parked cars, etc. Remove
bagger chute or mulch cover if attached.
2.
Make sure the attachment clutch control
is in the "DISENGAGED"
position, set
the parking brake, and stop the engine.
4.
6.
.
your tractor.
Use compressed
air or a leaf
blower to remove grass, leaves and trash
from tractor and mower.
Thread the nozzle adapter (packaged
with your tractor's Operator's
Manual)
onto the end of your garden hose.
Pull back the lock collar of the nozzle
adapter and push the adapter onto the
deck washout port at the left end of the
mower deck. Release the lock collar to
lock the adapter on the nozzle.
on.
control
to the "ENGAGED"
position.
Remain
in the operator's
position
with the cutting deck engaged
until the
deck is cleaned.
We do not recommend
using a garden hose
or pressure
washer
to clean your tractor
unless
the engine
and transmission
are
covered to keep water out. Water in engine
or transmission
will shorten the useful life of
3.
Turn the water
.
Keep finished surfaces and wheels
free of all gasoline,
oil, etc.
Protect painted surfaces with automotive type wax.
DECK WASHOUT
5.
iMPORTANT:
Recheck
certain the area is clear.
Pinch|
i _CAUTION:I
_
PointsJ
connec-
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WARNING: ORTO
SERVICE
ADJUSTMENTS:
AVOID SERIOUS
INJURY, BEFORE
PERFORMING
1. Depress clutch/brake
pedal fully and set parking brake.
2. Place motion control lever in neutral position.
3. Place attachment
clutch in "DISENGAGED"
position.
4. Turn ignition key to "STOP" and remove key.
5. Ensure the blades and all moving parts have completely
stopped.
6. Disconnect
spark plug wire from spark plug and place wire where
come in contact with plug.
TO REMOVE MOWER
1.
Place
2.
GAGED"
position.
Lower attachment
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
clutch
Slide mower out from under right side of
tractor.
IMPORTANT:
If an attachment
other than
in "DISEN-
the mower is to be mounted on the tractor,
remove the front link (E) and rear lift links
(C) from tractor and hook the clutch spring
(Q) into the cable guide on front edge of
lower dash.
lift lever to its lowest
position.
Roll belt off engine pulley (M) and belt
keepers
(G).
Remove retainer spring (K), slide collar
(L) off and push housing guide (P) out
of bracket.
cable
spring
TO INSTALL MOWER
Ensure tractor is on level surface and engage
parking brake.
1. Lower attachment
lift lever to its lowest
(Q) from
link (E) from mower spring and washer.
of mower and discon-
position.
_,
nect mower suspension
arm (A) from
chassis pin (B) and rear lift link (C) from
rear mower bracket (D) - remove retainer
springs and washers.
Al_ CAUTION:
it cannot
8.
attachment
Remove
clutch
idler arm (R).
Disconnect
front
remove retainer
Go to either side
ANY
CAUTION:
Lift lever
is spring
loaded.
Have a tight grip on lift lever, lower it slowly
and engage in lowest position.
NOTE: Ensure mower side suspension
arms
(A) are pointing forward before sliding mower
under tractor.
2. Slide mower under tractor until it is cen-
After rear lift links are discon-
nected, the attachment
lift lever will be spring
loaded. Have a tight grip on lift lever when
changing
position of the lever.
tered under tractor.
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3.
ATTACH
MOWER
SIDE SUSPENSION
4.
ARMS (A) TO CHASSIS
- Position hole
in arm over pin (B) on outside of tractor
chassis and secure with retainer spring.
Repeat on opposite
side of tractor.
7.
8.
.
.
Hook end of clutch cable spring (Q)
hole in idler arm (R).
9. Push clutch cable housing guide (P)
bracket, slide collar (L) onto guide
secure with retainer spring (K).
10. Install belt onto engine pulley (M) and
keepers (G).
ATTACH
REAR LIFT LINKS
(C) - Lift
rear corner of mower and position
slot
in link assembly
over pin (D) on rear
mower bracket and secure with washer
and retainer
spring.
hole
(F).
into
into
and
belt
iMPORTANT:
Check belt for proper routing
in all mower pulley grooves.
11. Raise attachment
lift lever to highest
position.
12. If necessary, adjust gauge wheels before
operating mower as shown in the Operation section of this manual.
ATTACH FRONT LINK (E) - Work from
left side of tractor. Insert rod end of link
assembly
through
front
front suspension
bracket
Insert end of link (E) into hole in front
mower
bracket
(H) and secure
with
washer and retainer spring (J).
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TO LEVEL
FRONT=TO=BACK
MOWER
Make sure tires are properly inflated to the
PSI shown on tires. Iftires are over or under
IMPORTANT:
to-side.
inflated, it may affect the appearance
of your
lawn and lead you to think the mower is not
adjusted properly.
VISUAL
1.
2.
SIDE-TO-SIDE
ADJUSTMENT
Each full turn of adjustment
mower height about 3/16".
Deck
must
be level
nut will
B
3.
Test your adjustment
by mowing some
uncut grass and visually
checking
the
appearance.
Readjust, if necessary, until
you are satisfied with the results.
PRECISION
SIDE-TO-SIDE
B
• With a 3/4" or adjustable
wrench,
turn
front link adjustment
nut (B) clockwise
(tighten) to raise the front of mower, or,
counterclockwise
(loosen)
to lower the
front mower.
',, Turn nut left
',,,"to lower mower
Turn nut rig
to raise mower
side-
To obtain the best cutting results, the mower
blades should be adjusted so the front tip is
1/8" to 1/2" lower than the rear tip when the
,i_ower is in its highest position.
CAUTION:
Blades are sharp.
Protect
your hands with gloves and/or wrap blade
with heavy cloth.
• Raise mower to highest position.
• Position
any blade so the tip is pointing
straight
forward.
Measure
distance
(B)
to the ground at front and rear tip of the
blade.
• If front tip of blade is not 1/8" to 1/2" lower
than the rear tip, go to the front of tractor.
• With an 11/16"
or adjustable
wrench,
loosen jam nut A several turns to clear
adjustment
nut B.
With all tires properly inflated and if your
lawn appears
unevenly
cut, determine
which side of mower is cutting lower.
With a 3/4" or ad ustable wrench, turn lift
link adjustment
nut (A) to the left to lower
LH side of mower or, to the right to raise
LH side of mower.
NOTE:
change
ADJUSTMENT
ADJUSTMENT
1.
With all tires properly inflated, park tractor
on level ground or driveway.
_iL CAUTION:
Blades are sharp.
Protect
your hands with gloves and/or wrap blade
with heavy cloth.
2. Raise mower to its highest position.
3. At both sides of mower, position blade at
side and measure the distance (A) from
bottom edge of blade to the ground. The
distance
should be the same on both
sides.
4.
5.
4
Ti-htenu ad'ustj nut _k_
"_k_&_
L-k'*"/-_
B to raise mower _ _'_/J'
"
Loosen adjust
nut B to lower
mower
Loosen jam nut A first
If adjustment
is necessary,
see step 2 in
Visual Adjustment
instructions
above.
Recheck measurements,
adjust if necessary until both sides are equal.
NOTE:
Each full turn of the adjustment
nut
will change mower height about 1/8".
• Recheck measurements,
adjust if necessary until front tip of blade is 1/8" to 1/2"
lower than the rear tip.
• Hold adjustment nut in position with wrench
and tighten jam nut securely against adjustment
nut.
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TO REPLACE
BELT
MOWER BLADE
DRIVE
BELT INSTALLATION
1.
The mower blade drive belt may be replaced
without tools.
Park the tractor on level surface.
Engage
parking
brake.
2.
3.
1. Remove mowerfrom tractor (See"TO REMOVE MOWER"inthissection
of manual).
2. Work belt off both mandrel pulleys and
idler pulleys.
3. Pull belt away from mower.
BELT INSTALLATION 1.
2.
3.
pulley
(E).
Pull belt toward rear of tractor. Carefully
work
belt down around
transmission
cooling
Ensure
Work belt around both mandrel pulleys
and idler pulleys
Ensure belt is in all pulley grooves and
inside all belt guides.
Install mower (See "To Install Mower" in
this section of this manual).
Mandrel
Pulle
Install new belt from tractor rear to front,
over the steering
plate (F) and above
clutch brake pedal shaft (G).
Pull belt toward front of tractor and roll
belt onto engine
BELT REMOVAL-
-
fan and onto the input pulley (D).
belt is inside the belt keeper.
4.
Install
belt on centerspan
idler (C).
5.
Install belt through
stationary
and clutching
idler (B).
6.
Ensure belt is in all pulley grooves
inside all belt guides and keepers.
7.
Install mower (See "TO INSTALL
ER" in this section of manual).
idler
(A)
and
MOW-
Idler
Pulle
Mandrel
03043
TO REPLACE
MOTION
DRIVE
BELT
Park the tractor on level surface.
Engage
parking brake.
For assistance,
there is a
belt installation
guide decal on bottom side
of left footrest.
BELT
TO CHECK
If tractor requires more than five (5) feet to
stop at highest speed in highest gear on a
level, dry concrete
or paved surface, then
brake must be serviced.
REMOVAL-
1.
Remove
mower
(See "TO REMOVE
MOWER"
in this section of manual).
NOTE:
Observe
entire motion
drive belt
and position
of all belt guides
You may also check brake by:
1. Park tractor on a level, dry concrete
or
paved surface, depress
brake pedal all
the way down and engage parking brake.
2. Disengage
transmission
by placing
freewheel
control in "transmission
dis-
and keepers.
2.
Remove
clutching
beltfrom stationary
idler (B).
3.
6.
Remove belt from centerspan
Pull belt slack toward
rear
idler (A) and
idler (C).
of tractor.
engaged" position. Pull freewheel
out and into the slot and release
Carefully
remove
belt upwards
from
transmission
input pulley and over cooling fan blades (D).
4.
Remove
belt
pulley (E).
downward
from
5.
Slide belt toward rear of tractor, off the
steering plate (F) and remove from tractor.
BRAKE
The
control
so it is
held in the disengaged
position.
rear wheels must lock and skid when
you try to manually push the tractor forward.
If the rear wheels
rotate, then the brake
needs to be serviced.
Contact
a Sears or
engine
other
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qualified
service
center.
TO REMOVE WHEEL FOR REPAIRS
NOTE:
1.
2.
Block up axle securely.
Remove axle cover, retaining
ring and
washers
to allow wheel removal
(rear
wheels have a square key - Do not lose).
3. Repair tire and reassemble.
NOTE: On rear wheels only: align grooves in
rear wheel hub and axle. Insert square key.
4. Replace washers and snap retaining ring
securely in axle groove.
5. Replace axle cover.
NOTE: To seal tire punctures
and prevent
flat tires due to slow leaks, purchase
and
usetire sealant from Sears. Tire sealant also
get to adjustment
bolt, move mower deck
height to the lowest position.
After above adjustment
is made, if the tractor still creeps forward
or backward
while
motion control lever is in neutral position,
follow these steps:
1. Loosen the adjustment
bolt.
2. Movethe
motion control lever 1/4 to 1/2
inch in the direction
it is trying to creep.
3. Tighten adjustment
bolt securely.
4. Start engine and test.
5. If tractor still creeps, repeat above steps
until satisfied.
prevents
TO START
tire dry rot and corrosion.
Washers
FRONT WHEEL TOE-IN/CAMBER
Your new tractor front wheel toe-in and
camber is set at the factory and is normal.
The front wheel toe-in and camber are not
adjustable.
If damage has occurred to
affect the factory set front wheel toe-in or
camber, contact a Sears or other qualified
service center.
TRANSAXLE MOTION CONTROL
NEUTRAL ADJUSTMENT
TO ATTACH
6.
BATTERY
CABLES
one endofthe
-
Connect
RED cable to the
2.
POSITIVE
(+) terminal of each battery(AB), taking care not to short against tractor
chassis.
Connect
one end of the BLACK cable
3.
to the NEGATIVE
(-) terminal (C) of fully
charged battery.
Connect
the other end of the BLACK
away
TO REMOVE CABLES, REVERSE ORDER1. BLACK cable first from chassis and then
2.
from the fully charged battery.
RED cable last from both batteries.
Weak or
Dead
Battery
Neutral
Lock
Gate
Adjustment
JUMPER
cable (D) to good chassis ground,
from fuel tank and battery.
Hold motion control lever in that position
and turn engine off.
While holding
motion
control
lever in
place, loosen the adjustment
bolt.
Move motion control lever to the neutral
(lock gate) position.
Tighten adjustment
bolt securely.
Motion Control
Lever
to
1.
LEVER
The motion control lever has been preset atthe
factory; adjustment
should not be necessary.
1. Loosen adjustment
bolt in front of the
right rear wheel, and lightly tighten.
2. Start engine and move motion control
lever until tractor does not move forward
or backward.
5.
WiTH WEAK
is needed
If your battery is too weak to start the engine, it
should be recharged.
(See "BATTERY"
in the
MAINTENANCE
section of this manual).
if "jumper cables" are used for emergency
starting, follow this procedure:
IMPORTANT:
Your tractor is equipped with
a 12 volt system. The other vehicle must also
be a 12 volt system. Do not use your tractor
battery to start other vehicles.
Square
Key _
(Rear Whee_-Q__
4.
ENGINE
clearance
A_,WARNING:
Lead-acid
batteries generate explosive
gases.
Keep sparks, flame
and smoking materials away from batteries.
Always wear eye protection
when around
batteries.
Retaining
Rin(
Axle
Cover
3.
If additional
Bolt
25
Fully
Charged
Battery
REPLACING
BATTERY
TO REPLACE
FUSE
n_a sWARNING:
Do not short battery termiby allowing a wrench or any other object
to contact both terminals
at the same time.
Replace with 20 amp automotive-type
in fuse. The fuse holder is located
the dash.
Before connecting
battery,
remove
metal
bracelets,
wristwatch
bands, rings, etc.
Positive terminal must be connected
first to
TO REMOVE
1.
2.
3.
prevent sparking from accidental grounding.
1. Lift seat pan to raised position.
Seat
.
Raise
plugbehind
HOOD & GRILL ASSEMBLY
hood.
Unsnap headlight wire connector.
Stand in front of tractor.
Grasp hood at
sides, tilt toward engine and lift off of
tractor.
When replacing hood, Ensure to reconnect the headlight wire connector.
Headlight Wire
Connector
2. Disconnect BLACKbatterycablefirstthen
RED battery cable and carefully remove
battery from tractor.
3. Install new battery with terminals in same
position as old battery.
4. First connect RED battery cable to positive (+) terminal with hex bolt and keps
nut as shown. Tighten securely. Slide
terminal cover over terminal
5. Connect BLACK grounding
cable to
negative (-) terminal with remaining hex
bolt and keps nut. Tighten securely.
Terminal
TRANSMISSION
MENT
Should your transmission
require removal for
service or replacement,
it should be purged
after reinstaflation
and before operating the
tractor.
See "PURGE TRANSMISSION"
in
Keps
Nut
Cover
the Operation
TO REPLACE
1.
2.
3.
4.
TO ADJUST
TO ADJUST
BULB
backside of the grill.
Replace bulb in holder and install bulb
holder securely back into the hole in the
backside of the grill.
Close hood.
AND
THROTTLE
CONTROL
CHOKE
CONTROL
The choke control has been preset at the
factory and adjustment
should not be necessary. If adjustment
is necessary,
see engine
manual.
Raise hood.
Remove bulb holder from the hole in the
iNTERLOCKS
of this manual.
The throttle
control
has been preset
at
the factory and adjustment
should not be
necessary
Check adjustment
as described
below before loosening cable. If adjustment
is necessary,
see engine manual.
Negative (Black)
Cable
HEADLIGHT
section
ENGINE
Hex
Bolt
Positive
(Red)
Cable
REMOVAL/REPLACE=
TO ADJUST
CARBURETOR
Your carburetor has been preset at the factory
and adjustment
should not be necessary.
However, minor adjustment
may be required
to compensate
for differences
in fuel, temperature, altitude or load. Ifthe engine does
need adjustment,
see engine manual.
RELAYS
Loose or damaged wiring may cause your
tractor to run poorly, stop running, or prevent
it from starting.
• Check wiring.
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ENGINE
Immediately
prepare your tractor for storage
at the end of the season or if the tractor will
FUEL SYSTEM
not be used for 30 days or more.
_WARNING:
Never store the tractor
IMPORTANT:
It is important
to prevent
gum deposits from forming in essential fuel
system parts such as carburetor,
fuel hose,
ortank during storage. Also, 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.
• Empty the fuel tank by starting the engine
and letting 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.
with
gasoline in the tank inside a building where
fumes may reach an open flame or spark.
Allow the engine to cool before storing in
any enclosure.
TRACTOR
Remove
mower
from
tractor
for
winter
storage.
When mower is to be stored for a
period of time, clean it thoroughly,
remove
all dirt, grease, leaves, etc. Store in a clean,
dry area.
1. Clean entire tractor (See "CLEANING"
in the Maintenance
section
of this
2.
3.
4.
5.
manual).
Inspect and replace belts, if necessary
(See belt replacement
instructions
in the
Service and Adjustments
section of this
manual).
Lubricate
as shown in the Maintenance
section of this manual.
Ensure that all nuts, bolts and screws
are securely fastened.
Inspect moving
parts for damage,
breakage
and wear.
Replace if necessary.
Touch up all rusted
or chipped
paint
surfaces;
sand lightly before painting.
NOTE:
Fuel stabilizer is an acceptable
a!ternative in minimizing
the formation
of fuel
gum deposits during storage. Add stabilizer
to gasoline in fuel tank or storage container.
Always followthe mix ratio found on stabilizer
container.
Run engine at least 10 minutes
after adding stabilizer to allowthe stabilizer to
reach the carburetor.
Do not empty the gas
tank and carburetor
if using fuel stabilizer.
ENGINE OIL
Drain oil (with engine warm) and replace
with clean engine oil. (See "ENGINE"
in the
Maintenance
section of this manual).
CYLINDER(S)
BATTERY
• Fully charge the battery for storage.
• After a period of time in storage, battery
may require recharging.
• To help prevent corrosion and power leakage during long periods of storage, battery
cables should be disconnected
and bat-
1,
2.
3.
4.
tery cleaned thoroughly
(see "TO CLEAN
BATTERY
AND TERMINALS"
in the
Remove spark plug(s).
Pour one ounce of oil through spark plug
hole(s) into cylinder(s).
Turn ignition key to "START" position for
a few seconds to distribute
oil,
Replace
with new spark
plug(s).
OTHER
Maintenance
section of this manual).
• After cleaning, leave cables disconnected
and place cables where they cannot come
in contact with battery terminals.
• If battery
is removed
from tractor
for
storage,
do not store battery directly on
concrete or damp surfaces.
• Do not store gasoline
another.
from one season
to
•
Replace your gasoline can if your can starts
to rust. Rust and/or dirt in your gasoline
will cause problems.
• If possible, store your tractor indoors and
cover itto give protection from dust and dirt.
• Cover your tractor with a suitable protective cover that does not retain moisture.
Do not use plastic. Plastic
which allows condensation
cannot breathe
to form and will
cause your tractor to rust.
IMPORTANT:
Never cover
engine
27
and exhaust
areas
tractor
while
are still warm.
TROUBLESHOOTING
See appropriate
section in manual
PROBLEM
Will not start
Hard to start
Engine will not
turn over
CHART:
unless directed to Sears service center
CAUSE
CORRECTION
1
Out of fuel.
1
Fill fuel tank.
2
Engine
2
See "TO START ENGINE"
Operation section.
3
Engine flooded.
3
Wait several minutes
attempting to start.
4
Bad spark plug.
4
Replace spark plug.
5
Dirty air filter.
5
Clean/replace
6
Dirty fuel filter.
6
Replace fuel filter.
7
Water in fuel.
7
Empty fuel tank and carburetor,
refill tank with fresh gasoline and
replace fuel filter.
8
Loose or damaged
8
Check
9
Carburetor
9
See "To Adjust Carburetor" in
Service and Adjustments section.
10
Engine valves
10
Contact a Sears or other qualified
service center.
1
Dirty air filter.
1
Clean/replace
2
Bad spark plug.
2
Replace spark plug.
3
Weak or dead battery.
3
Recharge
4
Dirty fuel filter.
4
Replace fuel filter.
5
Stale or dirty fuel.
5
Empty fuel tank and refill tank with
fresh, clean gasoline.
6
Loose or damaged wiring.
6
Check
7
Carburetor out of adjustment.
7
See "To Adjust Carburetor" in
Service and Adjustments section.
8
Engine valves
out of adjustment.
8
Contact a Sears or other qualified
service center.
1
Clutch/brake
pedal not depressed.
1
Depress
2
Attachment
2
Disengage
3
Weak or dead battery.
3
Recharge
4
Blown fuse.
4
Replace fuse.
5
Corroded
battery terminals.
5
Clean
battery terminals.
6
Loose or damaged wiring.
6
Check
all wiring.
7
Faulty ignition switch.
7
Check/replace
ignition switch.
8
Faulty solenoid or starter.
8
Check/replace
solenoid
9
Faulty operator presence
switch(es).
9
Contact a Sears or other qualified
service center.
not "CHOKED"
properly.
wiring.
out of adjustment.
out of adjustment.
clutch is engaged.
28
in
before
air filter.
all wiring.
air filter.
or replace battery.
all wiring.
clutch/brake
attachment
pedal.
clutch.
or replace battery.
or starter.
TROUBLESHOOTING CHART:
See appropriate section in manual unless directed to Sears service center
PROBLEM
CAUSE
Engine clicks but
will not start
Loss of power
Excessive
vibration
CORRECTION
1
Weak or dead battery.
1
Recharge
2
Corroded
2
Clean
battery terminals.
3
Loose or damaged
3
Check
all wiring.
4
Faulty solenoid
4
Check/replace
1
Cutting too much grass/too
1
Raise cutting height/reducespeed
2
Throttle
2
Adjust throttle
3
Build-up of grass, leaves and
trash under mower.
3
Clean underside
housing.
4
Dirty air filter.
4
Clean/replace
5
Low oil level/dirty
5
Check
6
Faulty spark plug.
6
Clean & regap or changespark
7
Dirty fuel filter.
7
Replace fuel filter.
8
Stale or dirty fuel.
8
Empty fuel tank and refill tank wittfresh, clean gasoline.
9
Water in fuel.
9
Empty fuel tank and carburetor,
refill tank with fresh gasoline and
replace fuel filter.
10
Spark plug wire loose.
10
Connect
11
Dirty engine air screen/fins.
11
Clean engine air screen/fins.
12
Dirty/clogged
12
Clean/replace
13
Loose or damaged
13
Check
14
Carburetor
14
See "To Adjust Carburetor" in
Service and Adjustments section.
15
Engine valves
15
Contact a Sears or other qualified
service center.
battery terminals.
wiring.
or starter.
in "CHOKE"
fast.
position.
oil.
muffler.
wiring.
out of adjustment.
out of adjustment.
or replace battery.
solenoid
or starter.
control.
of mower
air filter.
oil level/change
oil.
plug
& tighten spark plug wire
muffler.
all wiring.
1
Worn, bent or loose blade.
1
Replace
2
Bent blade mandrel.
2
Contact a Sears or other qualified
service center.
3
Loose/damaged
3
Tighten loose part(s).
Replace damaged parts.
Engine continues to
run when operator
leaves seat with atta=
chment clutch engaged
1
Faulty operator-safety
control system.
1
Check wiring, switches and
connections.
If not corrected,
contact a Sears or other
Poor cut = uneven
cutting
1
Worn, bent or loose blade.
1
Replace
2
Mower
deck not level.
2
Level mower deck.
3
Buildup of grass, leaves, and
trash under mower.
3
Clean underside
housing.
4
Bent blade mandrel.
4
Contact a Sears or other
qualified service center.
5
Clogged mower deck vent from
build-up of grass, leaves, and
trash around mandrels.
5
Clean around mandrels
open vent holes.
part(s).
29
presence
blade. Tighten
blade. Tighten
blade bolt
blade bolt
of mower
to
TROUBLESHOOTING CHART:
See appropriate section in manual unless directed to Sears service center
PROBLEM
Mower blades will
not rotate
Poor grass
discharge
CAUSE
CORRECTION
1
Obstruction
in clutch mechanism.
1
Remove
obstruction.
2
Worn/damaged
2
Replace
mower
3
Frozen idler pulley.
3
Replace
idler pulley.
4
Frozen blade mandrel.
4
Contact a Sears or other
qualified service center.
1
Engine speed too slow.
1
Place throttle
position.
2
Travel speed too fast.
2
Shift to slower speed.
3
Wet grass.
3
Allow grass to dry before
4
Mower deck not level.
4
Level mower deck.
5
Low/uneven
5
Check tires for proper PSI.
6
Worn, bent or loose blade.
6
Replace/sharpen
blade bolt.
7
Buildup of grass, leaves and
trash under mower.
7
Clean underside
housing.
8
Mower drive belt worn.
8
Replace
mower
9
Blades improperly
9
Reinstall
blades sharp edge down.
10
Improper
11
11
Clogged mower deck vent holes
from buildup of grass, leaves, and
trash around mandrels.
mower
drive
belt.
tire air pressure.
installed.
blades
used.
10
drive belt.
control in "FAST"
mowing.
blade. Tighten
of mower
drive belt.
Replace with blades listed in
this manual.
Clean around mandrels
open vent holes.
to
m
Headlight(s) not
working
(if so equipped)
Battery will not
charge
1
Light switch is "OFF".
1
Turn light switch "ON".
2
Bulb(s) or lamp(s)
2
Replace
3
Faulty light switch.
3
Check/replace
4
Loose or damaged
4
Check wiring
5
Blown fuse.
5
Replace fuse.
1
Bad battery cell(s).
1
Replace
2
Poor cable connections.
2
Check/clean
3
Faulty regulator
3
Replace
regulator.
4
Faulty alternator.
4
Replace
alternator.
burned
out.
wiring.
(if so equipped).
30
bulb(s) or lamp(s).
light switch.
and connections.
battery.
all connections.
TROUBLESHOOTING CHART:
See appropriate section in manual unless directed to Sears service center
PROBLEM
CAUSE
Loss of drive
CORRECTION
1
Freewheel control in
"DISENGAGED"
position.
1
Place freewheel control in
"ENGAGED" position.
2
Debris on steering
equipped).
2
See "CLEANING"
in the
maintenance section.
3
Motion drive belt worn, damaged,
or broken.
3
Replace
4
Air trapped in transmission
shipment or servicing.
4
Purge transmission.
5
Axle key missing.
5
Install axle key at rear wheel. See
"TO REMOVE WHEEL" in the
Service and Adjustments section.
Engine "backfires"
when turning
engine "OFF"
1
Engine
throttle
control
not set
between half and full speed (fast)
position before stopping
engine,
1
Move throttlecontrol
between
half and full speed (fast) position
before stopping engine.
Engine dies when
tractor is shifted
into reverse
1
Reverseo,peration system (ROS)
is not ON" while mower or other
attachment is engaged.
1
Turn ignition key to ROS "ON"
position. See Operation section.
plate (if
during
motion drive belt.
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SUGGESTED
GUIDE FOR SIGHTING
SLOPES
FOR SAFE OPERATION
ONLY RIDE UP AND DOWN HILL,
NOT ACROSS HILL
Po
15 DEGREES MAX.
&
1. FoJdthis page aJong dotted line indicated above.
2. Hold page before you so that its Jeff edge is vertically paraiJel to a tree
trunk or other upright structure.
3. Sight across the fold in the direction of hill slope you want to measure.
4. Compare the angle of the fold with the slope of the hill.