Craftsman 917.249781 Owner`s manual

Owner's Manual
JCRRFTSMIIN°J
GRASS CATCHER
38" Mower
Model No.
917.249781
CAUTION:
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Read and follow all Safety
Rules and Instructions
before operating this
equipment.
Sears,
Roebuck
Visit our Craftsman
and Co., Hoffman
Estates,
website:www.sears.com/craftsman
Safety
Assembly
Operation
Customer Responsibilities
Repair Parts
II 60179 U.S.A.
SAFETY RULES
Safe Operation
Practices
for Ride-On
A
Mowers
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IMPORTANT:
THIS CUTTING MACHINE IS CAPABLE OF AMPUTATING
HANDS AND FEET AND THROWING OBJECTS.
FAILURE TO OBSERVE THE FOLLOWING
SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS
COULD RESULT IN SERIOUS INJURY OR DEATH.
I. GENERAL OPERATION
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DO NOT:
Read, understand, and follow all instructions in the manual
and on the machine before starting.
Do not tum on slopes unless necessary, and then, turn
slowly and gradually downhill, if possible.
Do notmow near drop-offs, ditches, or embankments. The
mower could suddenly turn over if a wheel is over the edge
of a cliff or ditch, or if an edge caves in.
Do not mow on wet grass. Reduced traction could cause
sliding.
Do not try to stabilize the machine by putting your foot on the
ground.
Do not use grass catcher on steep slopes.
Only allow responsible adults, who are familiar with the
instructions, to operate the machine.
Clear the area of objects such as rocks, toys, wire, etc., which
could be picked up and thrown by the blade.
Be sure the area is clear of other people before mowing, Stop
machine if anyone enters the area.
Never carw passengers.
Do not mow in reverse unless absolutely necessary. Always
look down and behind before and while backing.
Be aware of the mower discharge direction and do not point
it at anyone. Do not operate the mower without either the
entire grass catcher or the guard in place.
Slow down before tuming.
Never leave a running machine unattended, Always tum off
blades, set parking brake, stop engine, and remove keys
before dismounting.
Turn off blades when not mowing.
Stop engine before removing grass catcher or unclogging
chute.
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III. CHILDREN
Tragic accidents can occur if the operator is not alert to the
presence of children. Children are often attracted to the machine
and the mowing activity. Neverassume that children will remain
where you last saw them.
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Keep children out ofthe mowing area and under the watchful
care of another responsible adult.
Be alert and turn machine off if children enter the area.
Before and when backing, look behind and down for small
children.
Mow only in daylight or good artificial light.
Do not operate the machine while under the influence of
alcohol or drugs,
Watch for traffic when operating near or crossing roadways.
Use extra care when loading or unloading the machine into
a trailer or truck.
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Never carry children. They may fall off and be seriously
injured or interfere with safe machine operation.
Never allow children to operate the machine.
Use extra care when approaching blind comers, shrubs,
frees, or other objects that may obscure vision.
IV. SERVICE
Data indicates that operators, age 60 years and above, are
involved in a large percentage of riding mower-related
injuries. These operators should evaluate their ability to
operate the ridingmower safely enough to protect themselves
and others from serious injun!.
Keep machine free of grass, leaves or other debris build-up
which can touch hot exhaust / engine parts and bum. Do not
allow the mower deck to plow leaves or other debris which
can cause build-up to occur. Clean any oil or fuel spillage
before operating or storing the machine. Allow machine to
cool before storage.
II. SLOPE OPERATION
Use extra care in handling gasoline and other fuels. They
are flammable and vapors are explosive.
Use only an approved container.
Never remove gas cap or add fuel with the engine
running. Allow engine to cool before refueling. Do not
smoke.
Never refuel the machine indoors.
Never store the machine or fuel container inside where
there is an open flame, such as a water heater.
Never run a machine inside a closed area.
Slopes are a major factor related to Ioss-of-contrel and tipover
accidents, which can result in severe injury or death. All slopes
require extra caution. If you cannot back upthe slope or if you feel
uneasy on it, do not mow it.
Keep nuts and bolts, especially blade attachment bolts, tight
and keep equipment in good condition.
Never tamper with safety devices.
Check their proper
operation regularly.
Keep machine free of grass, leaves, or other debris build-up.
Clean oil or fuel spillage. Allow machine to cool before
storing.
Stop and inspect the equipment if you strike an object.
Repair, if necessary, before restarting.
Never make adjustments or repairs with the engine running.
Grass catcher components are subject to wear, damage,
and deterioration, which could expose moving parts or allow
objects to be thrown. Frequently check components and
replace with manufacturer's
recommended pads, when
necessary.
Mower blades are sharp and can cut. Wrap the blade(s) or
wear gloves, and use extra caution when senlicing them.
Check brake operation frequently.
Adjust and service as
required.
DO:
Mow up and down slopes, not across.
Remove obstacles such as rocks, tree limbs, etc.
Watch for holes, ruts, or bumps, Uneven terrain could
overturn the machine, Tail grass can hide obstacles.
Use slow speed. Choose a low gear so that you will not have
to stop or shift while on the slope.
Follow the manufacturer's recommendations for wheel
weights or counterweights to improve stability.
Use extra care with grass catchers or other attachments.
These can change the stability of the machine.
Keep all movement on the slopes slowand gradual. Do not
make sudden changes in speed or direction.
Avoid starting or stopping on a slope. If tires lose traction,
disengage the blades and proceed slowly straight down the
slope.
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SAFETY RULES
Safe Operation
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Practices
Be sure the area is clear of other people before mowing.
Stop machine if anyone enters the area.
Never carry passengers or children even with the blades
off.
Do notmow in reverse unless absolutely necessary. Always
look down and behind before and while backing.
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Never carry children. They may fall off and be seriously
injured or interfere with safe machine operation.
Keep children out of the mowing area and under the
watchful care of another responsible adult.
Be alert and turn machine off if children enter the area.
Before and when backing, took behind and down for small
children.
Mow up and down slopes (15 ° Max), not across.
Remove obstacles such as rocks, tree limbs, etc.
Watch for holes, ruts, or bumps. Uneven terrain could
overturn the machine. Tall grass can hide obstacles.
Use slow speed. Choose a low gear so that you will nothave
to stop or shift while on the slope.
Avoid starting or stopping on a slope. If tires lose traction,
disengage the blades and proceed slowly straight down
the slope.
If machine stops while going uphill, disengage blades, shift
into reverse and back down slowly.
Do not turn on slopes unless necessary, and then, turn
slowly and gradually downhill, it possible,
for Ride-On
Mowers
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Look for this symbol to point out important safety precautions. It means CAUTIONH!
BECOME ALERTm
YOUR
SAFETY IS INVOLVED.
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CAUTION: Tow onlythe attachments
thatare recommended byand comply
with specifications of the manufacturer of your tractor. Use common
sensewhen towing. Operate onlyat
the lowest possible speed when on a
slope. Too heavy of a load, while on
a slope, is dangerous. Tires can lose
traction with the ground and cause
you to lose control of your tractor.
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CAUTION: Do not coast down a hill in
neutral, you may lose control of the
tractor.
CAUTION:
In order to prevent
accidental starting when setting up,
transporting, adjusting or making
repairs, always disconnect spark plug
wire and place wire where it cannot
contact spark plug.
CONGRATULATIONS on your purchase of a new Grass Catcher. Ithas been designed, engineered and manufactured to give
you the best possible dependability and performance.
Should you experience any problems you cannot easily remedy, please contact your nearest authorized service center/
department. They have competent, well trained technicians and the proper tools to service or repair this unit.
Please read and retain this manual. The instructionswill enable you to assemble and maintain your Grass Catcher properly.
Always observe the "SAFETY RULES".
SAFETYRULES ........................................................
BAG OFPARTS ............................................................
ASSEMBLY ................................................................
OPERATION ..................................................................
2-3
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5-8
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CUSTOMER RESPONSIBILITIES .............................. 10
STORAGE ...................................................................
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WARRANTY ................................................................
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REPAIR PARTS ......................................................
12-13
KNOW
YOUR
GRASS
CATCHER
READ THIS OWNER'S MANUAL AND SAFETY RULES BEFORE ASSEMBLING OR OPERATING YOUR GRASS
CATCH ER. Compare the illustrations with the carton contents to familiarize you rself with the parts before starting the assembly.
Study the operating instructions and safety precautions thoroughly to insure proper functioning of your Grass Catcher and to
prevent injury to yourself and others. Save this manual for future reference.
The operation of any tractor can result in foreign objects thrown into the eyes,
which can result in severe eye damage. Always wear safety glasses or eye
shields before starting your tractor and while mowing. We recommend standard
safety glasses or a wide vision safety mask worn over the spectacles.
UNPACKING
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CARTON
INSTRUCTIONS
Remove all parts and packing materials from carton.
Checkcartoncontentsagainstlist. Besureallpartsars
there.
TOOLS
REQUIRED
FOR
CONTENTS:
(2) ContainerTops
(2) Container Bottoms
(1) UpperChute
(1) Lower Chute
ASSEMBLY:
(1) Support Assembly
(1) Bag of Parts
(1) Owner's Manual
(2) 9/16" Wrenches
ASSEMBLY
LOCATION
HARDWARE
GROUP
"A" I
SHOWN
(1) Bolt 3/8-16 x 1-1/4
GROUP
SIZE
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MOWER
DECK
BAFFLE
REAR
MOUNTING
BRACKET
TO
DRAW BAR
ACTUAL
(1) Locknut 3/8-16
"B" I
/
(4) Shoulder Bolts
5/16 - 18 Self Tapping
LOWER
CHUTE
TO
MOWER
DECK
(1) Washer 13/32 x 1 x 16 Ga.
4
(1) Wing Nut
PARTS
IDENTIFICATION
COVER
UPPER CHUTE
FULL
BAGGER
INDICATOR
LATCH
GRASS
CATCHER
CONTAINERS
LOWER
CHUTE
LOWER CHUTE
ATTACHING
WING NUT
NOTE: When right hand (R.H.) and left hand (L.H.) are mentioned in this manual, it means when you are seated on the tractor,
in the operator's position.
CAUTION: BEFORE ASSEMBLING GRASS CATCHER TO TRACTOR:
Place gearshift/motion
A
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control lever in neutral (N) position.
Place attachment clutch in "DISENGAGED" position.
epress
clutch/brake
and key.
set parking brake.
Turn
ignition
key "OFF"pedal
andfully
remove
Make sure the blade and all moving parts have completely stopped.
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Disconnect spark plug wire from spark plug and place wire where it cannot come in contact with
plug.
HEX BOLT
MOWER DECK BAFFLE (See Fig. 1)
Use Hardware - - GROUP "A"
1.
2.
Raise your tractor mower deck to its highest position.
Install the hex bolt, and Iocknut through mower deck
baffle and tighten securely.
LOCKNUT_
MOWER
5
DECK BAFFLE
j
FIG. 1
BAGGER
(See
Figs. SUPPORT
2A & 2B)
ASSEMBLY
MOUNTING
COVER ASSEMBLY
SUPPORT ASSEMBLY
(See Fig. TO
3)
NOTE: For ease of assembly, you may wish to obtain the
assistance of another person for mounting cover assembly
to tractor.
NOTE: If your tractor already has four (4) shoulder bolts
installed on the rear drawbar, simply hang the support
assembly on the bolts. Discard the four (4) shoulder bolts
supplied and go on to Step 3 instructions.
1.
Position cover assembly on ground behind tractor as
shown.
2.
Lift and rotate cover to align cover bracket with support
assembly.
Slide cover assembly down onto the support assembly+
SHOULDER
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BOLTS
3.
SUPPORT
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COVER
ASSEMBLY
ASSEMBLY
FIG. 2A
If your tractor does not have four (4) shoulder bolts installed
on the drawbar, follow the instructions below.
Use Hardware
1.
2.
- - GROUP
"B"
Using the four formed holes in the drawbar, install the
four shoulder bolts as shown and tighten securely.
Hang the support assembly on the bolts.
SUPPORT
ASSEMBLY
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SUPPORT
ASSEMBLY
LF
TAPPING
SHOULDER
BOLTS
FIG. 2B
TO REMOVE THE SUPPORT ASSEMBLY (See Fig. 2C)
1.
Pulloutward on the stop bracket enough to allow support
assembly to be lifted up and away from drawbar.
PULL OUT ON STOP BRACKET
REMOVE SUPPORT ASSEMBLY
TO
FIG. 3
FIG. 2C
6
CONTAINER
MOUNTING
(See Fig. 5)
No hardware
required
CONTAINER
ASSEMBLY
No hardware
required (See Fig. 4)
Place bottom half inside of top half, as shown.
Place one foot inside bottom half and lift top half to meet
bottom half.
1.
2.
3.
1.
NOTE: Right container should always overlap leffcontainer
at center support.
Press halves tightly together while lifting top to lock into
place as shown.
2.
IMPORTANT:
BEFORE LOCKING THE TABS, HOOKED
EDGES ON BOTH HALVES MUST OVERLAP TO FORM
SEAL AS SHOWN IN INSET.
4.
Repeat for second container.
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Install one container to left side first with warning to
outside of unit. Install other container to right side.
Close cover and lock latch handle over center support
tube.
COVER LATCH
HANDLE
ONTAINER
CONTAINER
BOTTOM
HALF
TOP
TAINER
HALF
CONTAINER
CONTAINER
BOTTOM
HALF
HANDLE
CENTER
SUPPORT
TUBE
PRESS TOGETHER
TO FORM SEAL
WHILE LIFTING
TOP HALF
CONTAINER
WARNING
FIG. 5
LOCKING
TAB
LOWER
CHUTE
Use Hardware
1.
2.
ASSEMBLY CHECK: Squeeze sides of lower half of container and check that there is no gap between upper and
lower halves. If a gap appears, unlock tabs to separate
container halves and repeat instructions above.
3.
4,
(See
Fig. 6) "C"
- - GROUP
Raise and hold deflector shield in upright position.
Slide back edge ofchute over rearcomer of mower deck
and pivot forward.
Align slot in lower chute with hex bolt in mower deck
baffle and close chute over deck openning.
Secure with washer and wing nut.
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CAUTION: Do not remove discharge
guard from mower. Raise and hold
guard when attaching lower chute
and allow it to rest on chute while in
operation.
DEFLECTOR
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SHIELD
WASHER
\
MOWER
FIG. 4
WING NUT
7
HEX BOLT
FIG. 6
DECK
1.
2.
UPPERNo CHUTE
Figs. 7A & 7B)
hardware (See
required
Lower mower deck to its lowest cutting position.
Assemble upperchute by inserting curved end into hole
in back of cover.
LEVELNo MOWER
hardware
Be sure deck is properly leveled for best mower performance. See your tractors owner's manual for instructions.
NOTE: Handle carefully so as not to damage full bagger
indicator.
3.
Push in and turn upper chute until it is in line with lower
chute.
4.
Align the bosses on lower chute with alignment slots on
upper chute and slide together.
Secure with rubber latch by hooking hole in latch over
latch pin.
FULL
HANDLE
BAGGER
5.
COVER
UPPER
CHUTE
LOWER
CHUTE
FIG. 7A
ALIGNMENT
SLOTS
LATCH
DECK
required
PIN
RUBBER
LATCH
BOSSES
FIG. 7B
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TIPS FOR IMPROVED
BAGGING
OPERATION:
Follow the mower operation instructions
owner's manual.
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Avoid cutting wet grass or in the morning while the dew
is still heavy. Grass clippings collected under these
conditions tend to be sticky and adhere to the walls of
the flow path causing clogging.
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Your bagger is equipped with a full bagger indicator. As
the bags become full, movement of the wheel will slow
down and/or stop, indicatingthat the bags are full or the
chutes have become clogged.
NOTE: To help prevent clogging of chutes, check/empty
containers when movement of the indicator begins to slow
down.
in your tractor
When operating you r grass catcher on a lawn where grass
and leaf bagging equipment has not been used, you are
picking up thatch and debris that has accumulated for long
periods of time. The amount collected and the total time of
operation may be greater than you will experience with
regular use of your grass catcher.
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Always run throttle at full speed when bagging.
Select a gear low enough to give good mower cutting
performance, good quality cut and good bagging performance.
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If the grass catcher fails to pick up cut grass or leaves,
it is an indication that clogging has occurred in the
system or that the grass catcher containers are full.
Usually this is indicated by the stopped movement of the
full bagger indicator.
a. Disengage blades, shift into neutral, engage the
parking brake and stop the engine.
- Raise seat. Unlatch and raise cover.
NOTE: It may be necessary to ovedap width of cut to suit
your conditions.
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Care should be taken not to damage the futl bag indicator
and that the wheel spins freely at the beginning of each
use.
If grass is extremely tall, itshould be mowed twice. The
first time relatively high, the second time to desired
height.
Use left hand side of mower for trimming.
Plastic trash bags can be inserted inside grass catcher
containers for ease of debris disposal. To remove the
plastic trash bags when full:
a. Disengage blades, shift into neutral, engage the
parking brake and stop the engine.
b. Raise seat. Unlatch and raise cover.
- Slide out containers and dispose of clippings.
- Replace containers, close cover, and latch.
b.
- Reassemble and latch chutes
c. Remove onecontainer at atime by grasping container handles and pulling toward the rear, off of the
tube rails.
c.
d. With the container resting on the ground, close and
secure the top of the plastic lawn bag.
e. Tip the container on its side and slide the filled bag
from the container.
f.
Unlatch chutes and check for clogging.
- Remove all debris in chutes.
Install a new plastic lawn bag with the edges of the
bag draped over upper lip of the Container.
Checkto insurefun bagger indicatorhas not become
clogged.
- The air passage hole must be clear of debds.
Gently insert a small twig or wire into passageway to clear.
CAUTION
g. Repeat for other containers.
h. Reinstall containers making sure right container
overlaps left container at center supports.
j. Close cover and secure latches over center support
tubes.
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Do not operate mower with grass catcher
partially installed.
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Disengage blades and stop engine before
leaving tractor seat to empty containers,
unclogging chutes, etc.
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Close cover before starting.
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Disengage mower when crossing driveways
or gravel surfaces and other areas where
thrown objects could be a hazard.
•
Do not attempt to vacuum up cans or other
potentially hazardous projectiles.
GENERAL
STORAGE
RECOMMENDATIONS
When grass catcher isto be sto rodfor a period of time, clean
it thoroughly, remove all dirt, grass, leaves, etc. Store in a
clean, dry place.
Always observe safety rules when performing any maintenance.
•
Before each use check for loose fasteners.
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Clean unit thoroughly after each use
BLADE
&
CARE
For best results mower blades must be kept sharp Replace
bent or damaged blades.
CAUTION: Do not leave grass in bagger
containers. Empty containers after each
use and before storing. Failure to do so
may result in spontaneous combustion
which could develop into a fire.
See BLADE CARE instructions in your tractor owner's
manual.
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CAUTION: BEFORE PERFORMING ANY
MAINTENANCE, SERVICE OR ADJUSTMENTS:
•
Depress clutch brake padal fully and set
parking brake.
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Place gearshift/motion control lever in
"NEUTRAL" position.
Place clutch control in "DISENGAGED"
position.
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Turn ignition key to "OFF" position.
•
Make sure blades and all moving parts
have completely stopped.
•
Disconnect spark plug wire(s) from spark
plug(s) and place wire where it cannot
come in contact with plug.
&
CAUTION: Grass catcher components
are subject to wear, damage and
deterioration,
which could expose
moving parts or allow objects to be
thrown. Frequently check components
and replace with manufacturer's
recommended parts, when necessary.
LIMITED ONE YEAR WARRANTY ON
CRAFTSMAN GRASS CATCHER
For one year from the date of purchase, when this grass catcher attachment is maintained according to the operating
and maintenance instructions in the owner's manual, Sears will repair free of charge any defect in material or
workmanship.
This warranty does not cover:
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Expendable items which become worn during normal use, such as bags or mower blades.
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Repairs necessary because of operator abuse or negligence, including the failure to maintain the equipment
according to instructions contained in the owner's manual.
Grass catcher attachments used for commercial or rental purposes.
WARRANTY SERVICE IS AVAILABLE BY RETURNING THE CRAFTSMAN GRASS CATCHER TO THE NEAREST
SEARS SERVICE CENTER/DEPARTMENT
IN THE UNITED STATES. THIS WARRANTY APPLIES ONLY WHILE
THIS PRODUCT IS IN USE IN THE UNITED STATES.
This warranty gives you specific legal rights, and you may also have other nghts which vary from state to state.
SEARS, ROEBUCK AND CO., D/817 WA, HOFFMAN ESTATES, ILLINOIS. 60179
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NOTES
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REPAIR PARTS
GRASS CATCHER - MODEL NUMBER 917,249781
3
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20
39
1;
9
15
17
20
2
22
23
31
24
31
28
31
25
36
18
REPAIR PARTS
GRASS
KEY
NO,
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
..= 11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
PART
NO.
STD533107
69180
127533
161312
139569
18021008
130933
87175
19061216
7206J
STD541810
STD551110
109808X
2029J
STD523712
STD551037
STD541437
131970
DESCRIPTION
Carriage Bolt 5/16-18 x 3/4
Nut, Crownlock#10-24
Screen, Cover
Cover Asm.(Incl. 3,38,39)
Chute, Upper
Screw, Special
Full Bagger Indicator
Screw, #10-24 x 1-1/8
Washer 3/16x3/4x16 Ga.
Spacer, Split
Nut, Acorn #10-24
Washer, lock
Latch, Chute
Nut, Weld
Bolt, Hex 3/8-16 x 1-1/4
Washer3/8
Locknut 3/8-16
Chute, Lower
CATCHER
- MODEL
KEY
NO.
NUMBER
PART
NO.
917.249781
DESCRIPTION
19
20
135651
71161010
Wingnut 3/8-16
Screw #10-24 x 5/8 TrussHead
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
30
31
32
33
34
35
36
38
39
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132796
133235
132983
180923
73800400
4939M
72140405
179745
131137
174083
179746
128600
127534
129584
129586
130895
155042X431
183231
Spring, CoverL.H.(black)
Spacer, Cover
Spring, Cover R.H. (gray)
Support Assembly
Locknut
Spring, Retainer
Bolt
Bracket, Stop
Pin, Support Post
Plug, Tubing End
Bagger, Frame
Pin, Hinge
Gasket, Cover
Container, Top
Container, Bottom
Latch Handle, Cover
Strip, Reinforcement
Owner's Manual
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