Owner's Manual ICRRFTSMRN°I 42" Mower GRASS CATCHER Model No. 917.249790 \\\\\ CAUTION: • • • • • Read and follow all Safety Rules and Instructions before operating this equipment. Sears, Roebuck and Co., Hoffman Estates, Visit our Craftsman website:www.sears.com/craftsman Safety Assembly Operation Customer Responsibilities Repair Parts II 60179 SAFETY RULES _ Safe Operation Practices for Ride-On Mowers _ IMPORTANT: THIS CUTTING MACHINE IS CAPABLE OF AMPUTATING HANDS AND FEET AND THROWING OBJECTS. FAILURE TO OBSERVE THE FOLLOWING SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS COULD RESULT IN SERIOUS INJURY OR DEATH. I. GENERAL OPERATION DO NOT: Read, understand, and follow all instructions in the manual Do not turn on slopes unless necessary, and then, turn and on the machine before starting. slowly and gradually downhill, if possible. Only allow responsible adults, who are familiar with the Do not mow near drop-offs, ditches, or embankments. The instructions, to operate the machine. mower could suddenly turn over if a wheel is over the edge Clear the area of objects such as rocks, toys, wire, etc., which of a cliff or ditch, or if an edge caves in. could be picked up and thrown by the blade. Do not mow on wet grass. Reduced traction could cause Be sure the area is clear of other peopIe before mowing Stop sliding. machine if anyone enters the area. Do not try to stabilize the machine by putting your foot on the Never carry passengers. ground. Do not mow in reverse unless absolutely necessary. Always Do not use grass catcher on steep slopes. took down and behind before and while backing. Be aware of the mower discharge direction and do not point III. CHILDREN it at anyone. Do not operate the mower without either the Tragic accidents can occur if the operator is not alert to the entire grass catcher or the guard in place. presence of children. Children are often attracted to the machine Slow down before turning. and the mowing activity. Neverassume that children wilI remain Never Ieave a running machine unattended. Always turn off where you Iast saw them. blades, set parking brake, stop engine, and remove keys Keep children out of the mowing area and under the watchful before dismounting. care of another responsible adult. Turn off blades when not mowing. Be aIert and turn machine off if children enter the area. Stop engine before removing grass catcher or unclogging Before and when backing, took behind and down for small chute. children. Mow only in daylight or good artificial light. Never carry children. They may fail off and be seriously Do not operate the machine while under the influence of injured or interfere with safe machine operation. alcohol or drugs. Never allow children to operate the machine. Watch for traffic when operating near or crossing roadways. Use extra care when approaching blind corners, shrubs, Use extra care when loading or unloading the machine into trees, or other objects that may obscure vision. a trailer or truck. IV. SERVICE Data indicates that operators, age 60 years and above, are invoIved in a targe percentage of riding mower-related Use extra care in handling gasoline and other fuels. They injuries. These operators should evaluate their ability to are flammable and vapors are explosive. operate the riding mower safely enough to protect themselves Use only an approved container. and others from serious injury. Never remove gas cap or add fuel with the engine Keep machine free of grass, leaves or other debris build-up running. Allow engine to cool before refueling. Do not which can touch hot exhaust / engine parts and burn. Do not smoke. allow the mower deck to plow leaves or other debris which can cause build-up to occur. Clean any oiI or fuel spillage Never refuel the machine indoors. before operating or storing the machine. Allow machine to Never store the machine or fuel container inside where cool before storage. there is an open flame, such as a water heater. Never run a machine inside a closed area. II. SLOPE OPERATION Keep nuts and bolts, especiaIly 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 aIIow objects to be thrown. Frequently check components and replace with manufacturer's recommended parts, when necessary. Mower blades are sharp and can cut. Wrap the blade(s) or wear gloves, and use extra caution when servicing them. Check brake operation frequently. Adjust and service as required. Slopes are a major factor related to loss-of-control and tipover accidents, which can result in severe injury or death. AII slopes require extra caution. If you cannot back up the slope or if you feel uneasy on it, do not mow it. DO: Mow up and down slopes, not across. Remove obstacIes such as rocks, tree limbs, etc. Watch for holes, ruts, or bumps. Uneven terrain could overturn the machine. Tall grass can hide obstacles. Use slow speed. Choose a low gear so that you will not have to stop or shift while on the sIope. 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 alI movement on the slopes stowand gradual. Do not make sudden changes in speed or direction. Avoid starting or stopping on a slope, tf tires lose traction, disengage the blades and proceed slowly straight down the slope. 2 SAFETY RULES A Safe Operation Practices for Ride-On 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. A Lookfor this symbol to point out important safety precautions. It means CAUTION!U BECOME ALERT!!! YOUR SAFETY IS iNVOLVED. Do not mow in reverse unless absolutely necessary. Always took down and behind before and while backing. Never carry children. They may falI 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. CAUTION: Do not coast down a hill in neutral, you may lose control of the tractor. Before and when backing, look behind and down for small children. Mow up and down slopes (15 ° Max), not across. Remove obstacles such as rocks, tree limbs, etc. Watch for holes, ruts, or bumps. Uneven terrain could overturn the machine. Tall grass can hide obstacles. Use slow speed. Choose a low gear so that you will not have to stop or shift while on the sIope. Avoid starting or stopping on a slope, tf 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 sIopes unless necessary, and then, turn slowly and gradually downhill, if possible. Mowers A A CAUTION: Tow onlythe attachments thatare recommended byand comply with specifications of the manufacturer of your tractor. Use common sensewhen 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. 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. 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: Expendable items which become worn during normal use, such as bags or mower blades. Repairs necessary because of operator abuse or negligence, including the failure to maintain the equipment according to instructions contained in the owneCs 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 rights which vary from state to state. SEARS, ROEBUCKAND CO., D/817 WA, HOFFMAN ESTATES, ILLINOIS. 60179 CONGRATULATIONS onyourpurchase ofanewGrassCatcher.Ithasbeendesigned, 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 instructions will enable you to assemble and maintain your Grass Catcher properly. Always observe the "SAFETY RULES". NOTE: To make debris disposal easier 30 gallon plastic trash bags may be inserted in plastic grass containers. To order, see repair parts section of this manual. SAFETY RULES ........................................................ WARRANTY .................................................................. BAG OFPARTS ............................................................ ASSEMBLY ................................................................ 2_ 3 4 58 OPERATION ................................................................ 10 CUSTOMER RESPONSIBILITIES .............................. 11 STORAGE ................................................................... 11 REPAIR PARTS ...................................................... 14-15 PARTS ORDERING/SERVICE KNOW YOUR GRASS ....................... Back Page CATCHER READ THIS OWNER'S MANUAL AND SAFETY RULES BEFORE ASSEMBLING OR OPERATING YOUR GRASS CATCH ER. Compare the illustrations with the carton contents to familiarize yourself with the parts before starting the assembly. Study the operating instructions and safety precautions thoroughly to insure proper functioning of your Grass Catcher and to 3revent injury to yourself and others. Save this manual for future reference. The operation of any tractor can result in foreign objects thrown into the eyes, which can result in severe eye damage. Always wear safety glasses or eye shields before starting your tractor and while mowing. We recommend a wide vision safety mask for over the spectacles or standard safety glasses. UNPACKING CARTON INSTRUCTIONS (2) (2) (1) (1) (1) Remove all parts and packing materials from carton. Check carton contents against list. Be sure all parts are there. ASSEMBLY LOCATION HARDWARE oup 'w'l REAR MOUNTING BRACKET TO DRAW BAR CONTENTS: ContainerTops Container Bottoms Upper Chute Lower Chute Mounting Bracket SHOWN ACTUAL © (4) Bolts 5/16 (4) Shoulder Bolts 5/16 - 18 Self Tapping N SUPPORT POST TO MOUNTING BRACKET "B" I SIZE \ _ GROUP (I) Support Post and Cover Assembly (I) Bag of Parts (1)Owner's Manual (1) Bracket Support Pin l° Sprng 4 18 x 3/4 (4) Locknuts 5/16-18 PARTS IDENTIFICATION COVER UPPER CHUTE FULL BAG INDICATOR CHUTE LATCH GRASS CATCHER CONTAINERS LOWER CHUTE LOWER CHUTE ATTACHING STRAPS NOTE: When right hand (R. H.) and left hand (L.H.) are mentioned in this man uaI, itmeans when you are seated on the tractor, in the operator's position. CAUTION: BEFORE ASSEMBLING GRASS CATCHER TO TRACTOR: Depress clutch/brake pedal fully and set parking brake, Place gearshift/motion control lever in neutral (N) position, Place attachment clutch in "DISENGAGED" position. Turn ignition key "OFF" and remove key. Make sure the blade and all moving parts have completely stopped. Disconnect spark plug wire from spark plug and place wire where it can not come in contact with plug. REAR MOUNTING BRACKET (See Figs. 1A, 1B & 1C) MOUNTING TO TRACTOR Use Hardware - - GROUP NOTE: If your tractor already has four (4) shoulder bolts installed on the rear drawbar, simply hang the mounting bracket, lanced tabs towards bottom, on the bolts. Discard hardware group "A" and go on to Step 2 instructions. TOWARD BOTTOM Fig. 2) NOTE: For ease of assembly, you may wish to obtain the assistance of another person for mounting assembly to tractor. Raise seat on tractor to allow assembly to be mounted. With cover closed, lift assembly and place support post inside mounting bracket. Allow assembly to rest on lanced tabs of mounting bracket. Line up holes in mounting bracket with holes in support post and insert bracket support pin. Secure with retainer spring. Unlatch and open cover. SHOULDER BOLTS LANCED TABS"_ (See "B" FIG. 1A If your tractor does not have four (4) shoulder bolts installed on the drawbar, follow the instructions below. Use Hardware --GROUP "A" BRACKET SUPPORT COVER ASSEMBLY PIN / Only one set of hardware in GROUP "A"will be used to mount the rear mounting bracket. To determine which set is correct for your tractor, check to see if there are (2) two upper corner ribs on each side of drawbar. If your tractor has the upper corner ribs, use the (4) four self tapping shoulder bolts. Ifyour tractor does not have the corner ribs, use the set of (4) four bolts and Iocknuts. i ,/ SELF TAPPING SHOULDER BOLTS (See Fig. IB) 1. 2. Using tile four formed holes in the drawbar, instali the four shoulder bolts as shown and tighten securely. Hang the mounting bracket, lanced tabs towards bottom, on the bolts. TAPPING SHOULDER BOLTS UPPER CORNER RIBS LANCED TABS TOWARD BOTTOM _ FIG. 1B BOLTS AND LOCKNUTS (See Fig. 1C) 1. Assemble the mounting bracket, lanced tabs towards bottom, using the four smaller inside holes on the drawbar. 2. Install the four bolts and Iocknuts securely. SUPPORT as shown and tighten BOLTS LANCED LOCKNUTS MOUNTING BRACKET / LANCED TOWARD FIG. 1C RETAINER SPRING FIG, 2 TABS BOTTOM 6 CONTAINER ASSEMBLY (See Fig. 3) No hardware required Place bottom half inside of top half, as shown. Place one foot inside bottom half and lifttop half to meet bottom half. Press halves tightly togetherwhile lifting top to lock into place as shown, IMPORTANT: BEFORE LOCKING THE TABS, HOOKED EDGES ON BOTH HALVES MUST OVERLAP TO FORM SEAL AS SHOWN IN INSET. CONTAINER MOUNTING (See Fig. 4) No hardware required Install one container to left side first with warning to outside of unit. Install other container to right side. NOTE: Right container should always overlap left container at center support. Close cover and lock latch handle over center support tube. Repeat for second container. COVER LATCH HANDLE CONTAINER BOTTOM HALF -- CONTAINER WARNING CONTAINER TOP HALF CONTAINER BOTTOM HALF CONTAINER HANDLE SUPPORT TUBE PRESS TOGETHER TO FORM SEAL WHILE LIFTING TOP HALF CONTAINER WARNING LOCKING TAB FIG. 4 ASSEMBLY CHECK: Squeeze sides of lower half of container and check that there is no gap between upper and lower halves. If a gap appears, unlock tabs to separate container halves and repeat instructions above. FIG, 3 LOWER REAR EDGE WHEEL BRACKET TAB AND MOWER HOUSING OPTIONAL 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. LOWER Fig. 5) No CHUTE hardware (See required Lower mower deck to its lowest cutting position. With your right hand, raise and hold deflector shield in upright position. With your left hand, hold lower chute as shown and position lower rear edge of chute between gauge wheel brackettaband mower housing. Align "B"on lowerchute extended edge with "B" on mower housing. With your right hand, push firmly on the lower chute until the extended edge slides under the deflector shield and along side the hinge bracket as shown. With chute in proper position, hold the chute securely, so it does not move, while hooking the rear and front latches to the mower deck. GAUGE _ WHEEL AND BRACKET ALIGN CHUTE"B" WITH MOWER"B" NOTE: While hooking the latches, the deflector shield may try to push the chute away from the mower deck opening. It is important to hold the chute in position while hooking the latches to the mower deck. If your tractor is equipped with gage wheels on the deck, then it wilt be necessary to hook the rear latch into the hole in the R.H. gage wheel bracket. I 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. PUSHIN EXTENDED EDGE "B" Must be under deflector shield and along side the hinge bracket DEFLECTOR SHIELD HINGE BRACKET \ FIG. 5 DEFLECTOR SHIELD \ R.H. GAGE WHEEL BRACKET FRONT LATCH WITH GAGE WHEELS REAR WITHOUT GAGEWHEELS LATCH 8 REAR LATCH 1. 2. LEVEL No MOWER hardware DECK required UPPER CHUTE (See Figs. 6A & 6B) No hardware required Lower mower deck to its lowest cutting position. Assemble upper chute by inserting curved end into hole in back of cover. 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 bag indicator. 3. Push in and turn upper chute until it is in line with Iower 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. 5. FULL BAG HANDLE COVER UPPER CHUTE LOWER FIG. 6A ALIGNMENT SLOT LATCH PIN RUBBER LATCH BOSSES FIG. 6B 9 TIPS FOR IMPROVED BAGGING OPERATION: Follow the mower operation owner's manual. Avoid cutting wet grass or in the morning while the dew is still heavy. Grass clippings collected under these conditions tend to be sticky and adhere to the walls of the flow path causing clogging. Your bagger is equipped with a full bagger indicator. As the bags become full_ movement of the wheel will slow down and/or stop, indicating that the bags are full or the chutes have become clogged. Care should be taken not to damage the parts and thatthewheel spins freeIyat the beginning of each use. If the grass catcher fails to pick up cut grass or leaves, it is an indication that clogging has occurred in the system or that the grass catcher containers are full. 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, instructions in your tractor When operating your grass catcher on a lawn where grass and leaf bagging equipment has not been used, you are picking up thatch and debris that has accumulated for long periods of time. The amount collected and the total time of operation may be greater than you will experience with regular use of your grass catcher. Always run throttle at full speed when bagging. Select a gear low enough to give good mower cutting performance, good quality cut and good bagging performance. NOTE: It may be necessary to overlap width of cut to suit your conditions. If grass is extremely tall, it should 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. Raise seat. Unlatch and raise cover. - Slide out containers and dispose of clippings. b. - Replace containers, close cover, and latch. Unlatch chutes and check for clogging. - Remove all debris in chutes. - Reassemble and latch chutes O. b. Remove one container at a time by grasping container handles and pulling toward the rear, off of the tube rails. c. With the container resting on the ground, close and secure the top of the plastic lawn bag. d. Tip the container on its side and slide the filled bag from the container. Check to insure full bagger indicator has not become clogged. - The air passage hole must be clear of debris. Gently insert a small twig or wire into passageway to clear. _lb Install a new plastic lawn bag with the edges of the bag draped over upper lip of the Container (for replacement bags refer to REPLACEMENT PARTS). f. Repeat for other containers. g. Reinstall containers making sure right container overlaps left container at center supports. h. Close cover and secure latches over center support tubes. CAUTION e. Do not operate mower with grass catcher partially installed. Disengage blades and stop engine before leaving tractor seat to empty containers, unclogging chutes, etc. Close cover before starting. Disengage mowerwhen 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. 10 GENERAL STORAGE RECOMMENDATIONS When grass catcher is to be stored for 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, Clean unit thoroughly after each use. & BLADE CARE For best results mower blades must be kept sharp, Replace bent or damaged blades. CAUTION: Do not leave grass in bagger containers. Empty containers after each use and before storing. Failure to do so may result in spontaneous combustion which could develop into a fire. See BLADE CARE instructions in your tractor owner's manual. TO REMOVE _b brake pedal fully and set Place gearshift/motion control lever in"N EUTRAL" position. Place clutch control in "DISENGAGED" sition. Turn ignition po- 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. A CATCHER Reverse appropriate steps in ASSEMBLY section of this manual. MAINTENANCE, SERVICE OR ADJUSTCAUTION: BEFORE PERFORMING ANY MENTS: Depress clutch parking brake. GRASS 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. 11 12 13 GRASS CATCHER- - MODEL NUMBER 2 917.249790 / 5 6 7 4 8 _. 20 12 38 9 13 9 10 \ 14 39 18 15 2O 2 16 2 15 \ 24 16 26 31 31 27 1 _;_ 31 27 GRASS KEY NO. PART NO. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 18 20 21 22 72110506 69180 127533 161312 126840 18021008 130933 87175 19061216 7206J 60867 10071000 109808X 2029J 130760 130759 162803 71161010 132796 133235 DESCRIPTION Carriage Bolt 5/16_18 x 3/4 Nut, Crownlock#10-24 Screen, Cover CoverAsm. (Incl. 3,38,39) Chute, Upper Screw, Special #10-14 x 1/2 Full Bagger Indicator Screw, #10-24 x 1-1t8 Washer 3t16 x 3/4 x 16 Ca. Spacer, Split N ut, Acorn #10-24 Washer, lock Latch, Chute Nut, Weld Latch, Hook Rubber, Latch Chute, Lower Screw #10-24 x 518 Spring, Cover LH. (black) Spacer, Cover CATCHER- - MODEL KEY NO. 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 38 39 --- NUMBER PART NO. 132983 126813X 73680500 4939M 74760512 170053 170165 131137 134496 126919X 128600 127534 129584 129586 130895 155042X431 104419X 170470 917.249790 DESCRIPTION Spring, Cover R.H. (gray) Post, Support Locknut 5/16 x 18 Spring, Retainer Bolt, Hex 5/16-18 x 3/4 Bracket, Mounting Shoulder Bolt Pin, Support Post Plug, Tubing End Bagger, Frame Pin, Hinge Gasket, Cover Container, Top Container, Bottom Latch Handle, Cover Strip, Reinforcement Bag, 3.0 mil. 30 Gallon Trash (not included with bagger) Owner's Manual For repair of carry-in products like vacuums, lawn equipment, and electronics, call for the nearest Sears Parts and Repair Center. 1-800-488-1222 Anytime,dayor night(U.S.A.only) w_N,seats,com For the replacement parts, accessories and owner's manuals that you need to do-it-yourself, call Sears PartsDirectSM! 1-800-366-PART (1-800-366-7278) 6a.m.-11 p.m., 7daysaweek (U.S.A.only) www.sears.com/partsdimct To purchase or inquire about a Sears Service Agreement or Sears Maintenance Agreement: 1-800-827-6655 (U.S.A.) 7 a.m.- 5 p.m.,CST, Mon. - Sat. 1-800-361-6665 (Canada) 9 a.m.- 8 p.m. EST, M - F, 4 p.m. Sat. 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