Craftsman 917.389511 Owner`s manual

Owner's Manual
ICRRFTSMRN°I
6.0 HORSEPOWER
21" REAR DISCHARGE
ROTARY LAWN MOWER
Model No
917.389511
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Safety
Assembly
Operation
Maintenance
Espafiol
Repair Parts
NOTE: Engines which are certified to complywith California and U.S. EPA emission regulations
for SORE (Small Off Road Equipment), are certifiedto operate on regular unleaded gasoline,
and includethe following emission control systems: Engine Modification(EM), and Three-way
Catalyst (rwc) (If so equipped).
AVOSO: Los motores homologadospara cumplircon la reglamentacibnsobre emisiones de
Californiay de la Agencia de ProteccibnAmbiontal estadounidense(EPA) para equipos
pequeSos no circulantes(SORE) foncionan con gasolina normal sin plomo, e incluyenlos
siguientessistemas de controlde emisiones: modificacibndel motor (EM) y catalizador de triple
accibn (TWC) (en caso de tenerlo).
The D.O.M. decal includes engine life specificationsfor the emissions-related useful life period of
your engine. This period relates to the emission compliance life as certified by EPNCARB. To
find the life period specificationfor your engine, please match one of the following letters with the
letter printed on your D.O.M. decal: (C) 125 houm, (B) 250 hours, (A) 500 hours.
La calcomania D.O.M. incluye especificacionessobre la duracibn del motor para el periodo de
vida 0til de su motor relaccionado con emisiones. Este pedodo se relaciona con la duraci6n en
conformidad con las emisiones seg_n Io certificado por EPNCARB. Para hallar la especificacibn
del periodo de vida de su motor, mire cubl de las siguientea letras viene impresa en su
calcomania D.O.M.: (C) 125 horas, (B) 250 horas. (A) 500 horas.
CAUTION:
Read and follow all
Safety Rules and Instructions
before operating this equipment
Sears, Roebuck and Co., Hoffman Estates, IL 60179
Visit our Craftsman website: www.sears.com/craftsman
Warranty .................................................
2
Safety Rules ........................................
2-4
Assembly ................................................
5
Operation .............................................
6-9
Maintenance
Schedule ........................
10
Maintenance ....................................
10-13
LIMITED TWO YEAR WARRANTY
Product Specifications ..........................
11
Service and Adjustments ...................... 14
Storage ............................................
15-16
Troubleshooting
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16-17
Repair Parts .....................................
34-39
Parts Ordering ........................ Back Cover
ON CRAFTSMAN
POWER MOWER
For two years from date of purchase, when this Craftsman Lawn Mower is maintained,
lubricated, and tuned up according to the operating and maintenance instructions in
the owner's manual, Sears will repair free of charge any defect in material or workmanship.
If this Craftsman Lawn Mower is used for commercial or rental purposes, this warranty
applies for only 90 days from the date of purchase.
This Warranty does not cover:
• Expendable items which become worn during normal use, such as rotary mower
blades, blade adapters, belts, air cleaners and spark plug.
• Repairs necessary because of operator abuse or negligence, including bent
crankshafts and the failure to maintain the equipment according to the instructions
contained in the owner's manual.
Warranty service is available by returning the Craftsman power mower to the nearest
Sears Service Center/Department
in the United States. This warranty applies only
while this product is in use in the United States.
This Warranty gives you specific legal rights, and you may also have other rights
which vary from state to state.
SEARS, ROEBUCK
AND CO., D/817 WA, HOFFMAN
ESTATES, ILLINOIS
60179
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
• Read, understand, and follow all
instructions on the machine and in the
manual(s) before starting. Be thoroughly familiar with the controls and
the proper use of the machine before
starting.
• Do not put hands or feet near or under
rotating parts. Keep clear of the
discharge opening at all times.
• Only allow responsible individuals,
who are familiar with the instructions, to
operate the machine.
• Clear the area of objects such as
rocks, toys, wire, bones, sticks, etc.,
which could be picked up and thrown
by the blade.
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• Be sure the area is clear of other
people before mowing. Stop machine if
anyone enters the area.
• Do not operate the mower when
barefoot or wearing open sandals.
Always wear substantial foot wear.
• Do not pull mower backwards unless
absolutely necessary. Always look
down and behind before and while
moving backwards.
• Do not operate the mower without
proper guards, plates, grass catcher or
other safety protective devices in place.
• See manufacturer's
instructions for
proper operation and installation of
accessories. Only use accessories
approved by the manufacturer.
• Be alert and turn machine off if children
enter the area.
• Before and while walking backwards,
look behind and down for small
children.
• Never allow children to operate the
machine.
• Use extra care when approaching blind
corners, shrubs, trees, or other objects
that may obscure vision.
• Stop the blade(s) when crossing gravel
- drives, walks, or roads.
• Stop the engine (motor) whenever you
leave the equipment, before cleaning
the mower or unclogging the chute.
• Shut the engine (motor) off and wait
until the blade comes to complete stop
before removing grass catcher.
• Mow only in daylight or good artificial
light.
• Do not operate the machine while
under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
• Never operate machine in wet grass.
Always be sure of your footing: keep a
firm hold on the handle and walk; never
run.
• Disengage the self-propelled mechanism or drive clutch on mowers so
equipped before starting the engine
(motor).
• if the equipment should start to vibrate
abnormally, stop the engine (motor)
and check immediately for the cause.
Vibration is generally a warning of
trouble.
• Always wear safety goggles or safety
glasses with side shields when
operating mower.
I1. SLOPE OPERATION
IV. SERVICE
• 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.
• Never make adjustments or repairs with
the engine (motor) running. Disconnect
the spark plug wire, and keep the wire
away from the plug to prevent accidental starting.
• 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 attempt to make wheel height
adjustments while the engine (motor) is
running.
• Grass catcher components are subject
to wear, damage, and deterioration,
which could expose moving parts or
allow objects to be thrown. Frequently
check components and replace with
manufacturer's recommended parts,
when necessary.
• Mower blades are sharp and can cut.
Wrap the blade(s) or wear gloves, and
use extra caution when servicing them.
• Do not change the engine governor
setting or overspeed the engine.
Slopes are a major factor related to slip
and fall accidents which can result in
severe injury. All slopes require extra
caution. If you feel uneasy on a slope, do
not mow it.
DO:
• Mow across the face of slopes: never
up and down. Exercise extreme caution
when changing direction on slopes.
• Remove obstacles such as rocks, tree
limbs, etc.
• Watch for holes, ruts, or bumps. Tall
grass can hide obstacles.
DO NOT:
• Do not trim near drop-offs, ditches or
embankments. The operator could lose
footing or balance.
• Do not trim excessively steep slopes.
• Do not mow on wet grass. Reduced
footing could cause slipping.
II1. CHILDREN
Tragic accidents can occur if the operator
is not alert to the presence of children.
Children are often attracted to the
machine and the mowing activity. Never
assume that children will remain where
you last saw them.
• Keep children out of the trimming area
and under the watchful care of another
responsible adult.
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AWARNING:
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.
ALook for this symbol to point out
" important safety precautions. It means
CAUTION!!! BECOME ALERT!!! YOUR
SAFETY IS INVOLVED.
A 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.
A CAUTION:
Muffler and other engine
parts become extremely hot during
operation and remain hot after engine
has stopped. To avoid severe burns on
contact, stay away from these areas.
AWARNING:
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.
These accessodes v_re available when this lawn mower was produced. They are not
shipped with your mower. They are also available at most Sears retail outlets and service
centers. Most Sears stores can also order repair parts for you, when you provide the model
number of your lawn mower. Some of these accessories may not apply to your lawn mower.
LAWN MOWER
PERFORMANCE
CLIPPING DEFLECTOR
FOR REAR DISCHARGE LAWN MOWERS
MULCHER KITS
GRASS CATCHERS
FOR
REAR DISCHARGE
LAWN MOWERS
GRASS CATCHERS
LAWN FOR
MOWERS
SIDE DISCHARGE
!_
LAWN MOWER
GAS CANS
MAINTENANCE
MUFFLERS
BELTS
STABILIZER
AIR FILTERS
SLADES
BLADE ADAPTERS
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SPARK PLUGS
WHEELS
ENGINE OIL
HOWTO SET UPYOUR
MOWER
Read these instructions and this manual
in its entirety before you attempt to
assemble or operate your new lawn
mower.
IMPORTANT: This lawn mower is
shipped WITHOUT OIL OR GASOLINE in
the engine.
Your new lawn mower has been assembled at the factory with the exception
of those parts left unassembled for
shipping purposes. All parts such as nuts,
washers, bolts, etc., necessary to complete the assembly have been placed in
the parts bag. To ensure safe and proper
operation of your lawn mower, all parts
and hardware you assemble must be
tightened securely. Use the correct tools
as necessary to ensure proper tightness.
TO UNFOLD
LAWN
HANDLE
IMPORTANT:
Unfold handle carefully so
as not to pinch or damage control cables.
1. Raise handles until lower handle
section locks into place in mowing
position.
2. Remove protective padding, raise
upper handle section into place on
lower handle and tighten both handle
knobs.
3. Remove handle padding holding
operator presence control bar to
upper handle.
Your lawn mower handle can be adjusted
for your mowing comfort. Refer to "ADJUST HANDLE" in the Service and
Adjustments section of this manual.
TO REMOVE LAWN MOWER FROM
CARTON
1. Remove loose parts included with
mower.
2. Cut down two end corners of carton
and lay end panel down fiat.
3. Remove all packing materials except
padding between upper and lower
handle and padding holding operator
presence control bar to upper handle.
4. Roll lawn mower out of carton and
check carton thorougly for additional
loose parts.
contmlbar
Lift u
ig
position
Lower handle
TO INSTALL ATTACHMENTS
Your lawn mower was shipped ready to
be used as a mulcher. To convert mower
to bagging, see 'TO CONVERT MOWER"
in the Operation section of this manual.
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KNOWYOUR
LAWN MOWER
READ THIS OWNER'S MANUAL AND SAFETY RULES BEFORE OPERATING YOUR
LAWN MOWER. Compare the illustrations with your lawn mower to familiarize yourself
with the location of various controls and adjustments.
Save this manual for future
reference.
These symbols may appear on your lawn mower or in literature
product. Learn and understand their meaning.
CAUTION
ENGINE
OR WARNING
ON
ENGINE
OFF
FAST
SLOW
CHOKE
FUEL
supplied with the
OIL
DANGER, KEEP HANDS
AND FEET AWAY
presence control bar
zone control cable
Gasoline filler cap
Air filter
Grass catche
Primer
Mumer
Engine oil
IMPORTANT: This lawn mower is shipped
WITHOUT OIL OR GASOLINE in the engine.
Housing
Wheel adjuster
(on each wheel)
MEETS CPSC SAFETY REQUIREMENTS
Sears rotary walk-behind power lawn mowers conform to the safety standards of the
Amedcan National Standards Institute and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. The blade turns when the engine is running.
Operator presence control bar - must be
Primer - pumps additional fuel from the
held down to the handle to start the
carburetor to the cylinder for use when
engine. Release to stop the engine.
starting a cold engine.
Starter handle - used for starting the
engine.
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TO CONVERT
The operation of any lawn
mower can result in foreign
objects thrown into the
eyes, which can result in
severe eye damage.
Always wear safety glasses or eye
shields while operating your lawn mower
or performing any adjustments or repairs.
We recommend a wide vision safety
mask over spectacles or standard safety
glasses.
HOWTO USEYOUR
ENGINE SPEED
LAWN
MOWER
Your lawn mower was shipped ready to be
used as a mulcher. To convert to bagging :
REAR BAGGING
• Lift rear door of the lawn mower and place
the grass catcher frame hooks ontothe
door pivot pins.
• To convert to mulching operation, remove
grass catcher and dose rear door.
ACAUTION"
Do not run your lawn mower
without clipping deflector or approved
grass catcher in place. Never attempt to
operate the lawn mower with the rear
door removed or propped open.
MOWER
The engine speed was set at the factory
for optimum performance. Speed is not
adjustable.
Pivot '
Rear
ENGINE ZONE CONTROL
ACAUTION:
Federal regulations require
an engine control to be installed on this
lawn mower in order to minimize the dsk
of blade contact injury. Do not under any
circumstances attempt to defeat the
function of the operator control. The blade
turns when the engine is running.
• Your lawn mower is equipped with an
operator presence control bar which
requires the operator to be positioned
behind the lawn mower handle to start
and operate the lawn mower.
Catcher frame hook
TO EMPTY GRASS CATCHER
1. Lift up on grass catcher using the
frame handle.
2. Remove grass catcher with clippings
from under lawn mower handle.
3. Empty clippings from bag using both
frame handle and bag handle.
NOTE: Do not drag the bag when
emptying; it will cause unnecessary wear.
TO ADJUST CUTTING HEIGHT
Raise wheels for low cut and lower
wheels for high cut, adjust cutting height
to suit your requirements. Medium
position is best for most lawns.
To change cutting height, squeeze
adjuster lever toward wheel. Move
wheel up or down to suit your requirements. Be sure all wheels are in the
same setting.
NOTE: Adjuster is properly positioned
when plate tab inserts into hole in lever.
Also, 9-position adjusters (if so equipped)
allow lever to be positioned between the
plate tabs.
Lower Wheels for High Cut
Grass
catcher
_ame
handle
Plate Tab
Bag handle
I
J
Raise Wheels for Low Cut
Grass
catcher
handle
Lever
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BEFORE STARTING
ENGINE
" ADD OIL
Your lawnmower is shipped without oil in
the engine. Engine holds 20 oz. of oil.
For type and grade of oil to use, see
"ENGINE" in Maintenance section of this
manual.
1. Be sure lawnmower is level and area
around oil fill is c_ean.
2. Remove engine oil cap and fill to the
full line on the dipstick. Pour oil slowly.
Do not over fill.
NOTE: Allow oil to settle down into engine
for accurate reading. To read proper level,
tighten engine oil cap, then remove it to
read the dipstick.
3. Reinstall engine oil cap and tighten.
• Check oil level before each use. Add
oil if needed. Fill to full line on dipstick.
• Change the oil after every 25 hours of
operation or each season. You may
need to change the oil more often
under dusty, dirty conditions.
ADD GASOLINE
• Fill fuel tank. Use fresh, clean, regular
unleaded gasoline with a minimum of
87 octane. Do not mix oil with gasoline. Purchase fuel in quantities that
can be used within 30 days to assure
fuel freshness.
• LWARNING: Experience indicates that
alcohol blended fuels (caUed 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. Use fresh 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.
_, CAUTION: Fill to bottom of gas tank
filler neck. Do not overfill. Wipe off any
spilled oil or fuel. Do not store, spirt or
use gasoline near an open flame.
Gasoline
filler cap
Engine
oil cap
TO START
ENGINE
NOTE: Due to protective coatings on the
engine, a small amount of smoke may be
present during the initial use of the
product and should be considered
normal.
1. To start a cold engine, push primer
three (3) times before trying to start.
Use a firm push. This step is not
usually necessary when starting an
engine which has already run for a
few minutes.
2. Hold operator presence control bar
down to the handle and pull starter
handle quickly. Do not allow starter
rope to snap back.
TO STOP
ENGINE
• To stop engine, release operator
presence control bar.
NOTE: In cooler weather it may be
necessary to repeat pdming steps. In
warmer weather over priming may cause
flooding and engine will not start. If you
do flood engine, wait a few minutes
before attempting to start and do not
repeat priming steps.
MOWlNGTIPS
MULCHING
MOWlNGTIPS
• Under certain conditions, such as very
tall grass, it may be necessary to raise
the height of cut to reduce pushing
effort and to keep from overloading the
engine and leaving clumps of grass
clippings, it may also be necessary to
reduce ground speed and/or run the
lawn mower over the area a second
time.
• For extremely heavy cutting, reduce the
width of cut by overlapping previously
cut path and mow slowly.
• For better grass bagging and most
cutting conditions, the engine speed
should be set in the fast position.
• When using a rear discharge lawn
mower in moist, heavy grass, clumps of
cut grass may not enter the grass
catcher. Reduce ground speed
(pushing speed) and/or run the lawn
mower over the area a second time.
• If a trail of clippings is left on the right
side of a rear discharge mower, mow in
a clockwise direction with a small
overlap to collect the clippings on the
next pass.
• Pores in cloth grass catchers can
become filled with dirt and dust with
use and catchers will collect less grass.
To prevent this, regularly hose catcher
off with water and let dry before using.
• Keep top of engine around starter clear
and clean of grass clippings and chaff.
This will help engine air flow and
extend engine life.
IMPORTANT:
For best performance,
keep mower housing free of built-up
grass and trash. See "CLEANING" in the
Maintenance section of this manual.
• The special mulching blade will recut
the grass clippings many times and
reduce them in size so that as they fall
onto the lawn they will disperse into the
grass and not be noticed. Also, the
mulched grass will biodegrade quickly
to provide nutrients for the lawn.
Always mulch with your highest engine
(blade) speed as this will provide the
best recutting action of the blades.
• Avoid cutting your lawn when it is wet.
Wet grass tends to form clumps and
interferes with the mulching action. The
best time to mow your lawn is the early
afternoon. At this time the grass has
dried and the newly cut area will not be
exposed to the direct sun.
• For best results, adjust the lawn mower
cutting height so that the lawn mower
cuts off only the top one-third of the
grass blades. If the lawn is overgrown it
will be necessary to raise the height of
cut to reduce pushing effort end to keep
from overloading the engine and
leaving clumps of mulched grass. For
extremely heavy mulching, reduce your
width of cut by overlapping previously
cut path and mow slowly.
• Certain types of grass and grass
conditions may require that an area be
mulched a second time to completely
hide the clippings. When doing a
second cut, mow across or perpendicular to the first cut path.
• Change your cutting pattern from week
to week. Mow north to south one week
then change to east to west the next
week. This will help prevent matting
and graining of the lawn.
MAX 113
9
MAINTENANCE
SC.EDU'E
AS YOU COMPLETE
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Clean/Inspect Grass Catcher
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Clean Air Filter
Clean or Replace Spark Plug
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Replace Air Filter Paper Cartridge
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Change more often when operating under a heavy load or _nhigh ambient temperatures,
Service more often when operating in dirty or dusty conditions.
LUBRICATION
Replace blades more o_en when mowing in sandy soil,
Charge 48 hours at end of season.
GENERAL
EACH
USE
(on each wheel)
(D Brake
spring
bracket
gine oil
_) Handle bracket mounting pins
Rear
door hinge
(_) Spray lubricant
(_) See "ENGINE" in Maintenance section.
1. Check engine oil level.
2. Check for loose fasteners.
LUBRICATION
Keep unit well lubricated
CATION CHART").
CHART
(_ Wheel adjuster
RECOMMENDATIONS
The warranty on this lawn mower does
not cover items that have been subjected
to operator abuse or negligence, To
receive full value from the warranty,
operator must maintain mower as
instructed in this manual.
Some adjustments will need to be made
periodically to properly maintain your
unit.
All adjustments in the Service and
Adjustments section of this manual
should be checked at least once each
season.
• Once a year, replace the spark plug,
clean or replace air filter element and
check blade for wear. A new spark
plug and clean/new air filter element
assure proper air-fuel mixture and help
your engine run better and last longer.
• Follow the maintenance schedule in
this manual.
BEFORE
DAT ES
(See "LUBRI-
10
IMPORTANT:
Do not oil or grease
plastic wheel bearings, viscous
lubricants will attract dust and dirt that
will shorten the life of the self-lubricating bearings. If you feel they must be
lubricated, use only a dry, powdered
graphite type lubricant sparingly.
PRODUCT
SPECIFICATIONS
SERIAL NUMBER:
DATE OF PURCHASE:
GASOLINE CAPACITY/TYPE:
1.5 QUARTS
OILTYPE
SAE 30 (ABOVE 32°F)
SAE 5W-30 (BELOW 32°F)
20 OZS.
(API-SF-SJ):
OIL CAPACITY:
SPARK PLUG (GAP:
.045")
BLADE BOLT TORQUE:
CHAMPION
UNLEADED
RESISTOR
REGULAR
TYPE RJ19LM4
35-40 FT. LBS.
The model and serial numbers will be found on a decal attached to the rear of the
lawn mower housing. Record both serial number and date of purchase in the space
provided above.
LAWN MOWER
TO REPLACE BLADE
Always observe safety rules when
performing any maintenance.
TIRES
1. Position the blade adapter on the
engine crankshaft. Be sure key in
adapter and crankshaft keyway are
aligned.
2. Position blade on the blade adapter
aligning the two (2) holes in the blade
with the raised lugs on the adapter.
3. Be sure the trailing edge of blade
(opposite sharp edge) is up toward
the engine.
4. Install the blade bolt with the lock
washer and hardened washer into
blade adapter and crankshaft.
5. Use block of wood between blade and
lawn mower housing and tighten the
blade bolt, turning clockwise.
• The recommended tightening torque is
35-40 ft. Ibs.
IMPORTANT:
Blade bolt is grade 8 heat
treated.
• Keep tires free of gasoline, oil, or insect
control chemicals which can harm
rubber.
• Avoid stumps, stones, deep ruts, sharp
objects and other hazards that may
cause tire damage.
BLADE
CARE
For best results, mower blade must be
kept sharp. Replace bent or damaged
blades.
TO REMOVE BLADE
1. Disconnect spark plug wire from spark
plug and place wire where it cannot
come in contact with spark plug.
2. Turn lawn mower on its side. Make
sure air filter and carburetor are up.
3. Use a wood block between blade and
mower housing to prevent blade from
turning when removing blade bolt.
NOTE: Protect your hands with gloves
and/or wrap blade with heavy cloth.
4. Remove blade bolt by turning counterclockwise.
Blad
Crankshaft
keyway
Lo
Blade
5. Remove blade and attaching hardware (bolt, lock washer and hardened
washer).
NOTE: Remove the blade adapter and
check the key inside hub of blade
adapter. The key must be in good condition to work properly. Replace adapter if
damaged.
Blade
bolt Hardene
washer
11
shaft
Trailing edge Blade adapter
TO SHARPEN BLADE
" NOTE: We do not recommend sharpening blade - but if you do, be sure the
blade is balanced.
Care should be taken to keep the blade
balanced. An unbalanced blade will
cause eventual damage to lawn mower
or engine.
• The blade can be sharpened with a file
or on a grinding wheel. Do not attempt
to sharpen while on the mower.
• To check blade balance, drive a nail
into a beam or wall. Leave about one
inch of the straight nail exposed. Place
center hole of blade over the head of
the nail. If blade is balanced, it should
remain in a horizontal position. If either
end of the blade moves downward,
sharpen the heavy end until the blade
is balanced.
GRASS CATCHER
Change the oil after every 25 hours of
operation or at least once a year if the
lawn mower is not used for 25 hours in
one year.
Check the crankcase oil level before
starting the engine and after each five (5)
hours of continuous use. Tighten oil plug
securely each time you check the oil
level.
TO CHANGE ENGINE OIL
NOTE: Before tipping lawn mower to
drain oil, drain fuel tank by running
engine until fuel tank is empty.
1. Disconnect spark plug wire from spark
plug and place wire where it cannot
come in contact with spark plug.
2. Remove engine oil cap; lay aside on a
clean surface.
3. Tip lawn mower on its side as shown
and drain oil into a suitable container.
Rock lawn mower back and forth to
remove any oil trapped inside of
engine.
4. Wipe off any spilled oil on lawn mower
and on side of engine.
5. Fill engine with oil. (See "ADD OIL" in
the Operation section of this manual.)
6. Reconnect spark plug wire to spark
plug.
• The grass catcher may be hosed with
water, but must be dry when used.
• Check your grass catcher often for
damage or deterioration. Through
normal use it will wear. If catcher needs
replacing, replace only with a manufacturer approved replacement catcher.
Give the lawn mower model number
when ordering.
ENGINE
LUBRICATION
Use only high quality detergent oil rated
with API service classification SF-SJ.
Select the oil's SAE viscosity grade
according to your expected operating
temperature.
SAlE VISCOSITY
GRADES
ainer
.20.10,
O,
TEMPERATURE RANGE ANTICIPATED
20*
BEFORE NEXT OIL CP,ANGE
NOTE: Although multi-viscosity oils
(5W30, 10W30 etc.) improve starting in
cold weather, these multi-viscosity oils
will result in increased oil consumption
when used above 32°F. Check your
engine oil level more frequently to avoid
possible engine damage from running
low on oil.
12
AIR FILTER
MUFFLER
"Your engine will not run properly and may
be damaged by using a dirty air filter.
Replace the air filter every year or after
every 100 hours of operation, more often
if you mow in very dusty, dirty conditions.
Do not wash air filter.
Inspect and replace corroded muffÊer as it
could create a fire hazard and/or damage.
SPARK PLUGS
TO CHANGE AIR FILTER
1. Remove the air filter by turning
clockwise to the stop and pull away
from collar.
2. Remove filter from inside of cover.
3. Clean the inside of the cover and the
collar to remove any dirt accumulation.
4. Insert new filter into cover.
5. Put air filter cover and filter into collar
aligning the tab with the slot.
6. Push in on cover and turn counterclockwise to tighten.
Collar
Clip
Turn
clockwise
to
Slot
Air filter
Tab
Air filter covet:
Replace spark plugs at the 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.
CLEANING
IMPORTANT:
For best performance,
keep mower housing free of built-up
grass and trash. Clean the underside of
ylour mower after each use.
CAUTION:
Disconnect spark plug wire
from spark plug and place wire where it
cannot come in contact with the spark
plug.
• Clean the underside of your lawn
mower by scraping to remove build-up
of grass and trash.
• Clean engine often to keep trash from
accumulating. A clogged engine runs
hotter and shortens engine life.
• Keep finished surfaces and wheels free
of all gasoline, oil, etc.
• We do not recommend using a garden
hose to clean lawn mower unless the
electrical system, muffler, air filter and
carburetor are covered to keep water
out. Water in engine can result in
shortened engine life.
Turn
counterclockwise to tighten
13
ACAUTION:
Before performing any
service or adjustments:
1. Release control bar and stop engine.
2. Make sure the blade and all moving
parts have completely stopped.
3. Disconnect spark plug wire from spark
plug and place where it cannot come
in contact with plug.
LAWN MOWER
TO ADJUST CUTTING HEIGHT
See "TO ADJUST CUTTING HEIGHT" in
the Operation section of this manual.
REAR DEFLECTOR
The rear deflector, attached between the
rear wheels of your mower, is provided to
minimize the possibility that objects will
be thrown out of the rear of the mower
into the operator's mowing position. If the
deflector becomes damaged, it should be
replaced.
TO ADJUST HANDLE
TO ASSEMBLE
ACAUTION:
Do not run your lawn
mower without clipping deflector or
approved grass catcher in place. Never
attempt to operate the lawn mower with
the rear door removed or propped open.
Catcher
frame
handle
The handle can be mounted in a high or
low position. The mounting holes in the
bottom of lower handle are off center for
raising or lowering the handle.
1. Remove upper handle and all parts
attached to lower handle.
2. Remove hairpin cotters from lower
handle bracket mounting pin.
3. Squeeze lower handle in to remove it
from mounting pins.
4. Turn lower handle over to raise or
lower handle.
5. Squeeze lower handle in and position
holes onto mounting pins on handle
bracket.
6. Reassemble upper handle and all
parts removed from lower handle.
\
GRASS CATCHER
1. Put grass catcher frame into grass bag
with rigid part of bag on the bottom.
Make sure the frame handle is outside
of the bag top.
2. Slip vinyl bindings over frame.
NOTE: If vinyl bindings are too stiff, hold
them in warm water for a few minutes, if
bag gets wet, let it dry before using.
Frame
opening
ENGINE
ENGINE SPEED
Your engine speed has been factory set.
Do not attempt to increase engine speed
or it may result in personal injury. If you
believe that the engine is running too fast
or too slow, take your lawn mower to a
Sears or other qualified service center for
repair and adjustment.
CARBURETOR
Lower
handle
Rotate
14
Your carburetor has a non-adjustable
fixed main jet for mixture control. If your
engine does not operate properly due to
suspected carburetor problems, take your
lawn mower to a Sears or other qualified
service center for repair and/or adjustment.
IMPORTANT:
Never tamper with the
engine governor, which is factory set for
proper engine speed. Overspeeding the
engine above the factory high speed
setting can be dangerous. If you think the
engine-governed high speed needs
adjusting, contact a Sears or other
qualified service center, which has proper
equipment and experience to make any
necessary adjustments.
Immediately prepare your lawn mower for
storage at the end of the season or if the
unit will not be used for 30 days or more.
LAWN MOWER
When lawn mower is to be stored for a
period of time, clean it thoroughly, remove
all dirt, grease, leaves, etc. Store in a
clean, dry area.
1. Clean entire lawn mower (See
"CLEANING"
in the Maintenance
section of this manual).
2. Lubricate as shown in the Maintenanca section of this manual.
3. Be sure that all nuts, bolts, screws,
and pins are securely fastened.
Inspect moving parts for damage,
breakage and wear. Replace if
necessary.
4. Touch up all rusted or chipped paint
surfaces; sand lightly before painting.
HANDLE
Operator presence----_
b
control bar
/7"/'/ Fold
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....
//'//
forward /,//I
upper nanale---._i///
for
/;'/
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storage ,/7
.
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ENGINE
FUEL SYSTEM
You can fold your lawn mower handle for
storage.
1. Squeeze the bottom ends of the lower
handle toward each other until the
lower handle clears the handle
bracket, then move handle forward.
2. Loosen upper handle mounting bolts
enough to allow upper handle to be
folded back.
IMPORTANT:
When folding the handle
for storage or transportation, be sure to
fold the handle as shown or you may
damage the control cables.
• When setting up your handle from the
storage position, the lower handle will
automatically lock into the mowing
position.
Lower handle
Handle
- bracket
IMPORTANT:
It is important to prevent
gum deposits from forming in essential
fuel system parts such as carburetor, fuel
filter, fuel hose, or tank during storage.
Also, experience indicates that alcohol
blended fuels (called gasohol or using
ethanol or methanol) can attract moisture
which leads to separation and formation
of acids during storage. Acidic gas can
damage the fuel system of an engine
while in storage.
1. Drain the fuel tank.
2. Start the engine and let it run until the
fuel lines and carburetor are empty.
• Never use engine or carburetor cleaner
products in the fuel tank or permanent
damage may occur.
• Use fresh fuel next season.
NOTE: Fuel stabilizer is an acceptable
alternative in minimizing the formation of
fuel gum deposits during storage. Add
stabilizer to gasoline in fuel tank or
storage container. Always follow the mix
ratio found on stabilizer container. Run
engine at least 10 minutes after adding
stabilizer to allow the stabilizer to reach
the carburetor. Do not drain the gas tank
and carburetor if using fuel stabilizer.
ENGINE OIL
Drain oil (with engine warm) and replace
with clean engine oil. (See "ENGINE" in
the Maintenance section of this manual).
Hairpin cotter
15
CYLINDER
1. Remove spark plug.
2. Pour one ounce (29 ml) of oil through
spark plug hole into cylinder.
3. Pull starter handle slowly a few times
to distribute oil.
4. Replace with new spark plug.
OTHER
• Do not store gasoline from one season
to another.
• Replace your gasoline can if your can
starts to rust. Rust and/or dirt in your
gasoline will cause problems.
TROUBLESHOOTING
PROBLEM
Does not start
• If possible, store your unit indoors and
cover it to give protection from dust and
dirt.
• Cover your unit with a suitable protective cover that does not retain moisture.
Do not use plastic. Plastic cannot
breathe, which allows condensation to
form and will cause your unit to rust.
IMPORTANT: Never cover mower while
engone and exhaust areas are still warm.
A CAUTION:Never store the lawn mower
with gasoline in the tank inside a building
where fumes may reach an open flame or
spark. Allow the engine to cool before
storing in any enclosure.
CHART
CAUSE
CORRECTION
1. Dirty air filter.
2. Out of fuel.
3. Stale fuel.
4. Water in fuel.
5. Spark plug wire is
disconnected.
6. Bad spark plug.
7. Loose blade or broken
blade adapter.
8. Control bar in released
position.
9. Control bar defective.
Loss of power
1. Rear of lawn mower
housing or cutting blade
dragging in heavy grass.
2. Cutting too much grass.
3. Dirty air filter.
4. Buildup of grass, leaves,
and trash under mower.
5. Too much oil in engine.
6. Walking speed too fast.
Poor cut uneven
1. Worn, bent or loose blade.
2. Wheel heights uneven.
3. Buildup of grass, leaves
and trash under mower.
Excessive
vibration
1. Worn, bent or loose blade.
2. Bent engine crankshaft.
16
1. Clean/replace air filter.
2. Fill fuel tank.
3. Drain tank and refill with
fresh, clean fuel.
4. Drain fuel tank and
carburetor and refill tank
with fresh gasoline.
5. Connect wire to plug.
6. Replace spark plug.
7. Tighten blade bolt or
replace blade adapter.
8. Depress control bar to
handle.
9. Replace control bar.
1. Set to "Higher Cut"
position.
2. Set to "Higher Cut"
position.
3. Clean/replace air filter.
4. Clean underside of mower
housing.
5. Check oil level.
6. Cut at slower walking
speed.
1. Replace blade. Tighten
blade bolt.
2. Set all wheels at same
height.
3. Clean underside of
mower housing.
1. Replace blade. Tighten
blade bolt.
2. Contact a Sears or other
qualified service center.
TROUBLESHOOTINGCHART
PROBLEM
Staderropeha_
topull
CAUSE
CORRECTION
1. Engineflywheelbrakeison
whencontmlbaris
mleased
2. Bent engine crankshaft.
3. Blade adapter broken.
4. Blade dragging in grass.
1. Depress control bar to
upper handle before
pulling starter rope.
2. Contact a Sears or other
qualified service center.
3. Replace blade adapter.
4. Move lawn mower to cut
grass or to hard surface.
Grass catcher
notfilling (ifso
equipped)
1. Cutting height too low.
2. Lift on blade worn off.
3. Catcher not venting air.
1. Raise cutting height.
2. Replace blade.
3. Clean grass catcher.
Hard to push
1. Grass is too high or wheel
height is too low.
2. Rear of lawn mower
housing or cutting blade
dragging in grass.
3. Grass catcher too full.
4. Handle height position not
right for you.
1. Raise cutting height.
17
2.
Raise rear of lawn mower
housing one (1) setting
higher.
3. Empty grass catcher.
4. Adjust handle height to suit.
CRAFTSMAN
ROTARY LAWN MOWER--
MODEL NUMBER 917.389511
2
37
44
14
34
\
4O
I
14
68
27
2219
4/1
67
_
24
15
2O
33
3O
37
40
4.0
45
CRAFTSMAN
KEY
NO.
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
11
12
13
14
15
17
18
19
2O
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
29
3O
32
33
34
36
PART
NO.
86902
169709x479
169708x479
132001
132004
131959
66426
156577
750634
850733X004
136376
51793
165946X479
17600406
167132X004
167133X004
165858
168360x004
166875
751153
166111X479
166112X479
851856
160835x007
19112222
169421X004
87877
165762)(004
160828
ROTARY LAWN MOWER - - MODEL NUMBER 917.389511
DESCRIPTION
ControlBar
Upper Handle
Lower Handle
RopeGuide
Locknut 1/4-20
Handle Bofl
WireTie
EngineZone Control Cable
Hex Washer Head Screw #10-24 x 112
Up-Stop Bracket
HandleKnob
Hairpin Cotter
Support Bracket
Screw
Axle Ann Assembly - LF
Axle Arm Assembly - RF
Rear Skirt
Selector Spring Front
Rear Door Assembly Kit (Incl. Springs)
Locknut 5116-18
Handle Bracket Assembly (Left)
Handle Bracket Assembly (Right)
Screw 114-20 x 318
Wheel Adjusting Bracket - Front
Spacer
Selector Spring Rear
Selector Knob
Axle Arm Assembly - LR
ShoulderBolt5/16-18
KEY
NO.
37
39
40
41
42
43
44
45
46
48
52
53
54
55
56
57
67
68
70
---
PART
NO.
151157
83923
77400
88652
165766
165767
165912
150406
85463
165761X004
166872
851084
850263
851074
175064
851514
166113
165755
- -161058
178940
Available
71
71
7t
71
NOTE:
DESCRIPTION
WheelAssembly
Flanged Locknut
Hubcap
Hinge Screw
Spring (LH)
Spring (RH)
Door Boit
Hax Head Thread Rolling Screw 318-16 x 1
Danger Decal
Axle Arm Assembly - RR
Housing Assembly (Incl. Ref. #17, 18 & 46)
Hex Head Screw 3/8-24 x 1-3/8 Grd. 8
Helical Lockwasher
HardenedWasher
21" Blade
BladeAdaptar
Grass Bag
Catcher Frame
Engine - Craftsman 143.016712 (See Breakdown)
Warning Decal (Not Shown)
Owner's Manual
accessories not included with lawn mower:
33623
Gas Can (2.5 gallon)
33500
Fuel Stabilizer
33000
SAE 30W Oil (20 oz.)
33085
Chute Deflector
All component dimensions
1 inch = 25.4 mm
given in U.S.
inches.
CRAFTSMAN
4-CYCLE
ENGINE
MODEL NUMBER 143.016712
/355
400
135
103_
130
126
151A
120
119
125
416_
I
275-
174
182
185
<.
370C
</241
/_
238
245
250
36
CRAFTSMAN
KEY
NO.
PART
NO.
1
2
6
7
12
12A
37465
26727
33734
36557
36775
36558
12B
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
30
40
41
36694
28277
30589
34839A
31335
651018
36281
32600
37464
40027
40042
42
43
45
40006
20381
36777
46
46
50
32610A
27241
37460
52
69
70
29914
37609
37608
72
73
75
80
81
82
37615
28833
27897
30574A
30590A
30591
83
86
89
90
92
93
100
101
103
30588A
650488
611004
611112
650815
650816
34443C
610118
651007
104
110
119
120
125
37480
37047
36787
36825
36780
125
37288
126
130
135
37289
6021A
37598
150 31672
151
31673
151A 40017
4-CYCLE
ENGINE
DESCRIPTION
MODEL NUMBER 143.016712
KEY
NO.
PART
NO.
169
172
174
178
182
184
185
186
189
191
195
207
216
223
224
238
239
241
245
250
260
261
262
263A
275
277
285
287
290
292
298
300
301
305
306
307
309
309A
310
311A
313
347
355
370A
370C
370R
380
390
400
36783
36784
30200
29752
6201
26756
37466
32653
650839
36559A
610973
34336
33086
650451
36786
650932
34338
36919
36905
37122
36980
30200
650831
37184
37462
650988
35000A
650926
29774
26460
28763
36916
36246
35647
37610
35499
650562
650783
35648
37611
34080
651038
590701
36261
37318
37317
640271
590739
36792B
416
36085
417
900
900
650760
--- -*
Cylinder (Incl. 2 & 20)
Dowel Pin
Breather Element
Breather Ass'y. (incl. 6 & 12A)
Breather Tube
Breather Cover & Tube
_ncludes Key Number 12B)
reather Tube Elbow
Washer
Governor Rod (Includes #14)
Governor Lever
Governor Lever Clamp
Screw, Torx T-15, 8-32x19/64
Extension Spring
Oil Seal
Crankshaft
Piston, Pin & Ring Set (Std.)
Piston & Pin Assembly (Std.)
(Includes Key Number 43)
Ring Set (Standard)
Piston Pin Retaining Ring
Connecting Rod Assembly
(Includes Key Number 46)
Connecting Rod Bolt
Valve Lifter
Camshaft Exhaust(MCR)(Inc.
ref 104)
Oil Pump Ass'y.
Mounting Flange Gasket P
Mounting Flange (Incl. 72
thru 83)
Oil Drain Plug (Incl. 73)
Drain Plug Gasket
Oil Seal
Governor Shaft
Washer
Governor Gear Assembly
(Includes Key Number 81)
Governor Spool
Screw, 1/4-29 x 1-1/4"
Flywheel Key
Flywheel
BeUeville Washer
Flywheel Nut
Solid State Ignition
Spark Plug Cover
Screw, Torx, T-15,
#10-24 x 15116"
Cam Bushing
Ground Wire
• Cylinder Head Gasket
Cylinder Head
Exhaust Valve (1/32" OS)
(Includes Key Number 151)
Exhaust Valve (Standard)
(Includes Key Number 151)
Intake Valve (Std.) (Incl. 151)
Screw, 5/16-18 x 1-1/2"
Resistor Spark Plug
(RJ19LM4)
Valve Spring
Vatve Spring Cap
Intake Valve Seal
.....
DESCRIPTION
* Valve Cover Gasket
Valve Cover
Screw, 10-24 x 9/16"
Nut & Lock Washer, 1/4-28
Screw, 1/4-28 x 7/8"
* Carb. To Intake Pipe Gasket
Intake Pipe
Governor Link
Screw, 1/4-20 x 3/8"
S.E. Brake Bracket (Incl. 195)
Terminal
Throttle Link
R.P.M. Adjusting Lever
Screw, 1/4-20 x 1"
* Intake Pipe Gasket
Screw, 10-32 x 49164"
* Air Cleaner Gasket
Air Cleaner Collar
Air Cleaner Filter
Air Cleaner Cover
Blower Housing
Screw, 10-24 x 9/16"
Screw, 1/4-20 x 1/2"
Starter Grill
Muffler
Screw, 1/4-20 x 2-5/16"
Starter Cup
Screw, 8-32 x 21/64"
Fuel Line
Fuel Line Clamp
Screw, 10-32 x 35164"
Fuel Tank (Incl. 292 & 301)
Fuel Cap (Black)
Oil FilITube
* "O"-Ring
=O"-Ring
Screw, 10-32 x 1/2"
Screw, 10-24 x 3/4"
Dipstick
Hold Down Bracket
Spacer
Screw, 10-32 x 51164"
Starter Handle
Lubrication Decal
Primer Decal (3 X)
Warning Decal
Carburetor (Incl. 184)
Rewind Starter
Gasket Set
(Includes NI Items Marked *)
Spark Arrestor Kit (llncludas
Key Number 417) (Optional)
Screw, 6-32 x 3/8" (Optional)
Replacement Engine NONE
Replacement S/B 750865
Order from 71 -999
RPM High 2900 to 3200
NOTE: This engine could have been built with
590702 starter)
NOTE: All component dimensions given in U.S.
inches. 1 inch = 25.4 turn
37
CRAFTSMAN
4,-CYCLE ENGINE
MODEL NUMBER 143.016712
_37
1_37
KEY
NO.
.°
1
2
4
5
6
7
16
17
18
20
20A
25
27
28
29
30
31
35
36
36A
37
40
44
47
48
6O
PART
NO.
DESCRIPTION
640271
31615
31767
631184
631183
640070
650506
631807
651025
630766
640027
640200
631867
631024
632019
631028
631021
631022
640259
640080
632766
632547
640030
27110A
630748
631027
632760B
Carburetor (incl. 184 of Engine Parts List)
Throttle Shaft & Lever Assembly
Throttle Return Spring
Dust Seal Washer
Dust Seal (Throttle)
Throttle Shutter
Shutter Screw
Fuel Fitting
Throttle Crack Screw/Idle Speed Screw
Tension Spring
Idle Restrictor Screw
Idle Restrictor Scrwe Cap (Black)
Float Bowl
Float Shaft
Float
Float Bowl "O" Ring
Inlet Needle, Seat, & Clip (Incl. 31)
Spring Clip
Primer Bulb/Retainer Ring
Main Nozzle Tube
Carburetor Tube
"O" Ring, Main Nozzle Tube
High Speed Bowl Nut
Bowl Nut Washer
Welch Plug, Idle Mixture Well
Welch Plug Atmospheric Vent
Repair kit (Incl. Items Marked * n Notes)
t
38
CRAFTSMAN
4-CYCLE
ENGINE
O_
MODEL NUMBER 143.016712
4
KEY
NO.
PART
NO.
-1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
11
590702
590599A
590600
590696
590601
590697
590698
590699
590700
590703
12
590535
13
590701
KEY
NO.
PART
NO.
3
6
7
8
11
--
590740
590616
590617
590618A
590638
590739
12
590535
DESCRIPTION
Recoil Starter
Spdng Pin (Incl. 4)
Washer
Retainer
Washer
Brake Spring
Starter Dog
Dog Spring
Pulley & Rewind Spring Ass'y
Starter Housing Assembly
(40 degree grommet)
Starter Rope
_98" long x 9/64" diameter)
arter Handle
B--5
_--t4
12
--e
J
I -T
13
590701
_
_--6
14
590760
_--'
39
DESCRIPTION
Rewind Starter
Retainer
Starter Dog
Dog Spring
Pulley & Rewind Spring Ass'y
Starter Housing Assembly
(40 degree grommet)
Starter Rope
_98" long x 9/64" diameter)
arter Handle
Spdng Clip