Owner's Manual JCRAFTSMIIN'J 6.25 HORSEPOWER 22" REAR DISCHARGE ROTARY LAWN MOWER Model No. 917.388340 • • • • Safety Assembly Operation Maintenance • • Espa_ol Repair Parts CAUTION: Read and follow all Safety Rules and Instructions before operating this equipment Sears, Roebuck and Co., Hoffman Estates, IL 60179 Visit our Craftsman website: www.sears.com/craftsman Warranty .............................................. Safety Rules ........................................ Assembly ............................................. Operation ............................................. Maintenance Schedule ....................... Maintenance ........................................ 2 2 4 6 10 10 Product Specifications ......................... 11 Service and Adjustments ..................... 14 Storage ................................................ 15 Troubleshooting .................................. 16 Repair Parts ......................................... 34 Parts Ordering ................... Back Cover LIMITED TWO YEAR WARRANTY 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 Safety standards require operator presence controls to minimize the risk of injury. Your unit is equipped with such controls. Do not attempt to defeat the function of the operator presence controls under any circumstances. TRAINING: • Read this operator's manual carefully, Become familiar with the controls and know how to operate your mower properly. Learn how to quickly stop mower. • Do not allow children to use your mower. Never allow adults to use mower without proper instructions. • Keep the area of operation clear of all persons, especially small children and pets. • Use mower only as the manufacturer intended and as described in this manual. • Do not operate mower if it has been dropped or damaged in any manner. Always have damage repaired before using your mower. • Do not use accessory attachments that are not recommended by the manufacturer. Use of such attachments may be hazardous. • The blade turns when the engine is running. PREPARATION: • Always thoroughly check the area to be mowed and clear it of all stones, sticks, wires, bones, and other foreign objects. These objects will be thrown by the blade and can cause severe injury. • Always wear safety glasses or eye shields when starting and while using your mower. • Dress properly. Do not operate mower when barefoot or wearing open sandals. Wear only solid shoes with good traction when mowing. 2 • Check fuel tank before starting engine. Do not fill gas tank indoors, when the engine is running or when the engine is hot. Allow the engine to cool for several minutes before filling the gas tank. Clean off any spilled gasoline before starting the engine. • Always make wheel height adjustments before starting your mower. Never attempt to do this while the engine is running. • Mow only in daylight or good artificial light. • Never cut grass by pulling the mower towards you. Mow across the face of slopes, never up and down or you might lose your footing. Do not mow excessively steep slopes. Use caution when operating the mower on uneven terrain or when changing directions -maintain good footing. • Never operate your mower without proper guards, plates, grass catcher or other safety devices in place. MAINTENANCE AND STORAGE: • Check the blade and the engine mounting bolts often to be sure they are tightened properly. • Check all bolts, nuts and screws at frequent intervals for proper tightness to be sure mower is in safe working condition. • Keep all safety devices in place and working. • To reduce fire hazard, keep the engine free of grass, leaves or excessive grease and oil. • Check grass catcher often for deterioration and wear and replace worn bags. Use only replacement bags that are recommended by and comply with specifications of the manufacturer of your mower. • Always keep a sharp blade on your mower. • Allow engine to cool before storing in any enclosure. • Never store mower with fuel in the tank inside a building where fumes may reach an open flame or an ignition source such as a hot water heater, space heater, clothes dryer, etc. OPERATION: • Keep your eyes and mind on your mower and the area being cut. Do not let other interests distract you. • Do not mow wet or slippery grass. Never run while operating your mower. Always be sure of your footing -- keep a firm hold on the handles and walk. • Do not put hands or feet near or under rotating parts. Keep clear of the discharge opening at all times. • Always stop the engine whenever you leave or are not using your mower, or before crossing driveways, walks, roads, and any gravel---covered areas. • Never direct discharge of material toward bystanders nor allow anyone near the mower while you are operating it. • Before cleaning, inspecting, or repairing your mower, stop the engine and make absolutely sure the blade and all moving parts have stopped. Then disconnect the spark plug wire and keep it away from the spark plug to prevent accidental starting. • Do not continue to run your mower if you hit a foreign object. Follow the procedure outlined above, then repair any damage before restarting and operating you mower. • Do not change the governor settings or overspeed the engine. Engine damage or personal injury may result. • Do not operate your mower if it vibrates abnormally. Excessive vibration is an indication of damage; stop the engine, safely check for the cause of vibration and repair as required. • Do not run the engine indoors. Exhaust fumes are dangerous. ALook for this symbol to point out important safety precautions. It means CAUTION!!! BECOMEALERT!!! YOUR SAFETY IS INVOLVED. ACAUTION: Always disconnect spark plug wire and place wire where it cannot contact spark plug in order to prevent accidental starting when setting up, transporting, adjusting or making repairs. _kWARNING The engine exhaust from this product contains chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer, birth defects, or other reproductive harm. 3 These accessories were available when this lawn mower was produced. They are not shipped with your mower. They are also available at most Sears retail outlets and service centers. Most Sears stores can also order repair parts for you, when you provide the model number of your lawn mower. Some of these accessories may not apply to your lawn mower. LAWN MOWER PERFORMANCE CLIPPING DEFLECTOR FOR REAR DISCHARGE LAWN MOWERS MULCHER CATCHERS FOR REAR DISCHARGE LAWN MOWERS KITS STABILIZER GRASS FOR SIDE DISCHARGE GRASS LAWN CATCHERS MOWERS GAS CANS LAWN MOWER MAINTENANCE AIR FILTERS MUFFLERS SPARK PLUGS A BELTS BLADES BLADE ADAPTERS WHEELS ENGINE OIL TO REMOVE LAWN MOWER FROM CARTON Read these instructionsand 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, belts, 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. • Remove loose parts included with mower. • Cut down two end comers of carton and lay end panel down flat. • Remove all packing materials except padding between upper and lower handle and padding holding operator presence control bar to upper handle. • Roll lawn mower out of carton and check carton thoroughly for additional loose parts. 4 HOWTO SET UPYOUR LAWN MOWER TO INSTALL A'I-rACHMENTS TO UNFOLD HANDLE Your lawn mower was shipped ready to be used as a mulcher. To convert to bagging or discharging: • Open rear door and remove mulcher plug. Store mulcher plug in a safe place. • You can now install catcher or optional clipping deflector. • To retum to mulching operation, install mulcher plug into discharge opening of mower. Be sure all tabs are seated properly. IMPORTANT: Unfold handles carefully so as not to pinch or damage control cables. • Raise handles until lower handle section locks into place in mowing position. • Remove protective padding, raise upper handle section into place on lower handle and tighten both handle knobs. • Remove handle padding holding operator presence control bar to upper handle. • Your lawn mower handle can be adjusted for your mowing comfort. Refer to "Adjust Handle" in the Service and Adjustment section of this manual. Operator bar presence cont Upper handle _ Lift up Mulcher plu_c ACAUTION: Do not run your lawn mower without mulcher plug in place or approved clipping deflector or grass catcher in place. Never attempt to operate the lawn mower with the rear door removed or propped open. Mowing position Lower handle 5 KNOW YOUR LAWN MOWER READ THIS OWNER'S MANUALAND 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 literaturesuppliedwith the product.Learnand understand there meaning. CAUTION OR WANNING ENGINE ON ENGINE OFF FAST SLOW CHOKE Engine zone control cable OIL DANGER, KEEP HANDS AND FEET AWAY Operator presence control bar \ Starter handle FUEL __ Handle knob Grass Gasoline cap Mulcher plug Primer Housing Engine oil cap w/ dipstick IMPORTANT: This lawn mower is shipped WITHOUT OIL OR GASOLINE in the engine. Wheel adjuster (on each wheel) MEETS CPSC SAFETY REQUIREMENTS Sears rotary walk-behind power lawn mowers conform to the safety standards of the American National Standards Institute and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. The blade tums when the engine is running. Starter handle - used for starting the engine. Mulcher plug - must be removed to convert to bagging or discharging operation. Operator presence control bar - must be held down to the handle to start the engine. Release to stop the engine. Primer - pumps additional fuel from the carburetor to the cylinder for use when starting a cold engine. 6 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 USE YOUR LAWN MOWER ENGINE SPEED The engine speed was set at the factory for optimum performance. Speed is not adjustable. ENGINE ZONE CONTROL TO AI-rACH GRASS CATCHER • Lift the rear door of the lawn mower and place the grass catcher frame hooks onto the door pivot pins. • The grass catcher is secured to the lawn mower housing when the rear door is lowered onto the grass catcher frame. A, CAUTION: Do not run your lawn mower without clipping deflector or approved grass catcher in place. Never attempt to operate the lawn mower with the rear door removed or propped open. door Grass catcher handle ACAUTION: Federal regulations require an engine control to be installed on this lawn mower in order to minimize the risk 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. Pivot pins Catcher frame hook TO EMPTY GRASSCATCHER • Lift up on grass catcher using the frame handle. • Remove grass catcher with clippings from under lawn mower handle. • 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 cUTrlNG 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. Bag handle Grass frame handle Plate Tab Lower Wheels for High Cut Raise Wheels for Low Cut 7 AI_CAUTION: Fill to bottom of gas tank filler neck. Do not overfill. Wipe off any spilled oil or fuel. Do not store, spill or use gasoline near an open flame. BEFORE STARTING ENGINE OIL Your lawn mower is shipped without oil in the engine. • Be sure mower is level and area around oil fill is clean. • Remove engine oil cap and fill to the full line on the dipstick. NOTE: Allow oil to settle down into engine for accurate dipstick reading. • Engine holds 20 ozs. of oil. For type and grade of oil to use, see "ENGINE" in Maintenance section of this manual. • Pour oil slowly. Do not over fill. • Check oil level before each use. Add oil if needed. Fill to full line on dipstick. • To read proper level, tighten engine oil cap each time. • Reinstall engine oil cap and tighten. • Change the oil after every 25 hours of operation or each season. You may need to change the oil more often under dusty, dirty conditions. ADD GASOLINE Engine oil cap \ \ Gasoline filler cap TO START ENGINE • To start a cold engine, push primer three (3) times before trying to start. Use a firm push. This step is not usually necessary when starting an engine which has already run for a few minutes. • Hold operator presence control bar down to the handle and pull starter handle quickly. Do not allow starter rope to snap back. • To stop engine, release operator presence control bar. NOTE: In cooler weather it may be necessary to repeat priming steps. In warmer weather over priming may cause flooding and engine will not start. If you do flood engine, wait a few minutes before attempting to start and do not repeat priming steps. • 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. AWARNING: Experience indicates that alcohol blended fuels (called gasohol or using ethanol or methanol) can attract moisture which leads to separation and formation of acids during storage. Acidic gas can damage the fuel system of an engine while in storage. To avoid engine problems, the fuel system should be emptied before storage of 30 days or longer. Drain the 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. 8 MOWING TIPS MULCHING • 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 Maintenance section of this manual. MOWING TIPS • 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 and 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. /3 9 ..,.TE.ANOESO.EOU'E /__0 _r/_O_i_'O_ q.,_ u L) ,_._ 0_: AS YOU COMPLETE /__£_,q'/_.'_."[_._'4¢_/_"_O_'._ REGULAR SERVICE /'_"£c_/_.,_£!j/" SERVICE EIIN Check for Loose Fasteners Clean/Inspect Grass Catcher /_ !l/ (,fEquippe0) '_ ..... DATES i/ W o_i Clean Under Lawn Mower Drive Cover R Check drive belVpulieys (Power-Propelled Mowers) (P0wer-Propelled Mowers) I_ Check/SharperVRepiace t/3 Blade Lubrication Chart Clean Battery/Recharge /Electric Start Mowers) NE Check ChangeEngine EngineOilOilLevel (_ I_ I_ I/ I/'4 i/1,2 inspect Muffler Clean Air Filter l_ EN Clean Replace Spark Cartridge Plug Replaceor Air Filter Paper t 2 34 - I/ 2 1_2 Change more often when operating under a heavy load or in high ambient temperatures. Service more often when operating in dirty or dusty conditions. Replace blades more often when mowing in sandy soiL Charge 48 hours at end of season. GENERAL RECOMMENDATIONS LUBRICATION The warranty on this lawn mower does not cover items that have been subjected to operator abuse or negligence. To receive full value from the warranty, operator must maintain mower as instructed in this manual. Some adjustments will need to be made periodically to properly maintain your unit. All adjustments in the Service and Adjustments section of this manual should be checked at least once each season. • Once a year, replace the spark plug, replace air filter element and check blade for wear. A new spark plug and clean/new air filter element assures proper air-fuel mixture and helps your engine run better and last longer. • Follow the maintenance schedule in this manual. BEFORE EACH USE (_) Wheel adjuster /(_) Engine oil (_) Brake spring Bracket Rear door hinge / (_) Handle bracket mounting pin (_ Spray lubricant _) Refer to Maintenance • Check engine oil level. • Check for loose fasteners. LUBRICATION Keep unit well lubricated TION CHART"). CHART "ENGINE" section. IMPORTANT: Do not oil or grease plastic wheel bearings. Viscous lubricants will attract dust and dirt that will shorten the life of the self lubricating bearings. If you feel they must be lubricated, use only a dry, powdered graphite type lubricant sparingly. (See "LUBRICA- 10 PRODUCT SPECIFICATIONS SERIALNUMBER DATE OF PURCHASE GASOLINE CAPACITY/TYPE: 1.5 QUARTS UNLEADED REGULAR OIL TYPE (API-SF/SG/SH): SAE 30 (ABOVE 32°F) SAE 5W-30 (BELOW 32°F) 2O OZS. OIL CAPACITY: CHAMPION INTAKE: EXHAUST: SPARK PLUG (GAP: .030") VALVE CLEARANCE: RJ19LM OR J19LM .004 - .008 .004 - .008 SOLID STATE IGNITION AIR GAP: .0125 IN. BLADE BOLT TORQUE: 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 space provided above. LAWN MOWER 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. TO REPLACE BLADE Always observe safety rules when performing any maintenance. TIRES • Keep tires free of gasoline, oil, or insect control chemicals which can harm rubber. • Avoid stumps, stones, deep ruts, sharp objects and other hazards that may cause tire damage. BLADE CARE For best results, mower blade must be kept sharp. Replace bent or damaged blades. • Position the blade adapter on the engine crankshaft. Be sure key in adapter and crankshaft keyway are aligned. • Position blade on the blade adapter aligning the two (2) holes in the blade with the raised lugs on the adapter. • Be sure the trailing edge of blade (opposite sharp edge) is up toward the engine. • Install the blade bolt with the lock washer and hardened washer into blade adapter and crankshaft. • Use block of wood between blade and lawn mower housing and tighten the blade bolt, turning clockwise. • The recommended tightening torque is 35-40 ft. Ibs. TO REMOVE BLADE • Disconnect spark plug wire from spark plug and place wire where it cannot come in contact with spark plug. • Turn lawn mower on its side. Make sure air filter and carburetor are up. • Use a wood block between blade and mower housing to prevent blade from turning when removing blade bolt. • Protect your hands with gloves and/or wrap blade with heavy cloth. • Remove blade bolt by turning counterclockwise. • Remove blade and attaching hardware (bolt, lock washer and hardened washer). 11 IMPORTANT: treated. Blade bolt is grade 8 heat TO SHARPEN BLADE SAE VISCOSITY GRADES NOTE: We do not recommend sharpening blade - but if you do, be sure the blade is balanced. Care should be taken to keep the blade balanced. An unbalanced blade will cause eventual damage to lawn mower or engine. • The blade can be sharpened with a file or on a grinding wheel. Do not attempt to sharpen while on the mower. • To check blade balance, drive a nail into a beam or wall. Leave about one inch of the straight nail exposed. Place center hole of blade over the head of the nail. If blade is balanced, it should remain in a horizontal position. If either end of the blade moves downward, sharpen the heavy end until the blade is balanced. Crank shaft Blade keyway NOTE: Although multi-viscosity oils (5W30, 10W30 etc.) improve starting in cold weather, these multi-viscosity oils will result in increased oil consumption when used above 32°F. Check your engine oil level more frequently to avoid possible engine damage from running low on oil. Change the oil after every 25 hours of operation or at least once a year if the lawn mower is not used for 25 hours in one year. Check the crankcase oil level before starting the engine and after each five (5) hours of continuous use. Tighten oil plug securely each time you check the oil level. TO CHANGE ENGINE OIL NOTE: Before tipping lawn mower to drain oil, drain fuel tank by running engine until fuel tank is empty. Key Blade Blade bolt Lock washer GRASS • Disconnect spark plug wire from spark plug and place wire where it cannot come in contact with spark plug. • Remove engine oil cap; lay aside on a clean surface. • Tip lawn mower on its side as shown and drain oil into a suitable container. Rock lawn mower back and forth to remove any oil trapped inside of engine. • Wipe off any spilled oil on lawn mower and on side of engine. • Fill engine with oil. Fill only to the "FULL" line on the dipstick. DO NOT overfill. • Replace engine oil cap. • Reconnect spark plug wire to spark plug. Crank shaft Hardened washer edge Blade adapter CATCHER • The grass catcher may be hosed with water, but must be dry when used. • Check your grass Catcher often for damage or deterioration. Through normal use it will wear. If catcher needs replacing, replace only with a manufacturer approved replacement catcher. Give the lawn mower model number when ordering. ENGINE LUBRICATION Use only high quality detergent oil rated with API service classification SF, SG or SH. Select the oil's SAE viscosity grade according to your expected operating temperature. Container 12 AIR FILTER Your engine will not run properly and may be damaged by using a dirty air filter. Replace the air filter every year, more often if you mow in very dusty, dirty conditions. Do not wash air filter. TO CHANGE AIR FILTER • Remove the air filter by turning counterclockwise to the stop and pull away from collar. • Remove filter from inside of cover. • Clean the inside of the cover and the collar to remove any dirt accumulation. • Insert new filter into cover. • Put air filter cover and filter into collar aligning the tab with the slot. • Push in on cover and turn clockwise to tighten. Clip Turn counter clockwise remove Slot Air filter Tab Air filter cover Turn clockwise to MUFFLER Inspect and replace corroded muffler as it could create a fire hazard and/or damage. SPARK PLUG Change your spark plug each year to make your engine start easier and run better. Set spark plug gap at .030 inch. CLEANING IMPORTANT: For best performance, keep mower housing free of built-up grass and trash. Clean the underside of your mower after each use. ACAUTION: Disconnect spark plug wire from spark plug and place wire where it cannot come in contact with the spark plug. • Turn lawn mower on its side. Make sure air filter and carburetor are up. Clean the underside of your lawn mower by scraping to remove build-up of grass and trash. • 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. tighten 13 ACAUTION: Before performing any service and adjustments: • Release control bar and stop engine. • Make sure the blade and all moving parts have completely stopped. • Disconnect spark plug wire from spark plug and place where it cannot come in contact with plug. LAWN MOWER TO ADJUST cu'n'ING See "TO ADJUST Lower handle Rotate HEIGHT CU-I-rlNG HEIGHT" in the Operation section of this manual. REAR DEFLECTOR The rear deflector, attached between the rear wheels of your lawn mower, is provided to minimize the possibility that objects will be thrown out the rear of the lawn mower into the operator's mowing position. If the rear deflector becomes damaged, it should be replaced. TO ADJUST HANDLE The handl_ can be mounted in a high or tow position. The mounting holes in the bottom of lower handle are off center for raising or lowering the handle. • Remove upper handle and all parts attached to lower handle. • Remove hairpin cotters from lower handle bracket mounting pin. • Squeeze lower handle in to remove it from mounting pins. • Turn lower handle over to raise or lower handle. • Squeeze lower handle in and position holes onto mounting pins on handle bracket. • Reassemble upper handle and all parts removed from lower handle. TO ASSEMBLE GRASS CATCHER • Put grass catcher frame into grass bag with rigid part of bag on the bottom. Make sure the frame handle is outside of the bag top. • Slip vinyl bindings over frame. NOTE: If vinyl bindings are too stiff, hold them in warm water for a few minutes. If bag gets wet, let it dry before using. &CAUTION: Do not run your lawn mower without clipping deflector or approved grass catcher in place. Never attempt to operate the lawn mower with the rear door removed or propped open. Catcher frame handle Frame opening ENGINESPEED Mowing position _, ',-_', I Low position I Mowing position ,(-;] 1 I Your engine speed has been factory set. Do not attempt to increase engine speed or it may result in personal injury. If you believe that the engine is running too fast or too slow, take your lawn mower to an authorized service center for repair and adjustment. High position 14 CARBURETOR Your carburetor has a non-adjustable fixed main jet for mixture control. If your engine does not operate properly due to suspected carburetor problems, take your lawn mower to an authorized service center for repair 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 your nearest authorzed service center, which has proper 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. Upper Operator presence control bar >FS_.) handle LAWN MOWER When lawn mower is to be stored for a period of time, clean itthoroughly,remove all dirt, grease, leaves, etc. Store in a clean, dry area. • Clean entire lawn mower (See "CLEANING" in the Maintenance section of this manual). • Lubricate as shown in the Maintenance section of this manual. • Be sure that all nuts, bolts, screws, and pins are securely fastened. Inspect moving parts for damage, breakage and wear. Replace if necessary. • Touch up all rusted or chipped paint surfaces; sand lightly before painting. HANDLE You can fold your lawn mower handle for storage. • Squeeze the bottom ends of the lower handle toward each other until the lower handle clears the handle bracket, then move handle forward. • 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 any damage the control cables. • When setting up your handle from the storage position, the lower handle will automatically lock into the mowing position. Lower Squeeze to fold Fold foward is for storage .ower _,j, _7'J' handle Fold backward Mowing position ENGINE FUEL SYSTEM IMPORTANT: It is importantto prevent gum deposits from forming in essential fuel system parts such as carburetor, f fuel filter, fuel hose or tank during storage. Also, experience indicates that alcohol blended fuels ( called gasohol or using ethanol or methanol) can attract moisture which leads to separation and formation of acids during storage. Acidic gas can damage the fuel system of an engine while in storage. • Drain the fuel tank. • Start the engine and let it run until the fuel lines and carburetor are empty. • Never use engine or carburetor cleaner products in the fuel tank or permanent damage may occur. • Use fresh fuel next season. 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. bracket Hairpin cotter 15 ENGINEOIL Drain oil (with engine warm) and replace with clean engine oil. (See "ENGINE" in the Maintenance section of this manual). CYLINDER • Remove spark plug. • Pour one ounce (29 ml) of oil through spark plug hole into cylinder. • Pull starter handle slowly a few times to distribute oil. • Replace with nev_ spark plug. OTHER • Do not store gasoline from one season to another. • Replace your gasoline can if your can starts to rust. Rust and/or dirt in your gasoline will cause problems. • If possible, store your unit indoors and cover it to give protection from dust and dirt. • Cover your unit with a suitable protective cover that does not retain moisture. Do not use plastic. Plastic cannot breathe which allows condensation to form and will cause your unit to rust. IMPORTANT: Never cover mower while engine and exhaust areas are still warm. _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. TROUBLESHOOTINGCHART PROBLEM CAUSE Does not start 1. 2. 3. Dirty air filter. Out of fuel. Stale fuel. 1. 2. 3. 4. Water in fuel. 4. 5. Spark plug wire is disconnected. 5. 6. 7. Replace spark plug. Tighten blade bolt or replace blade adapter. Depress control bar to handle. 9. Bad spark plug. 6. Loose blade or broken blade 7. adapter. Control bar in released 8. position. Control bar defective. 9. 1. Rear of lawn mower housin( 1. 2. or cutting blade dragging in heavy grass. Cutting too much grass. Set to "Higher Cut" position. 2. Set to "Higher Cut" position. Clean/replace air filter. Clean underside of mower 8. Loss of power 3. 4. Poor cut- uneven CORRECTION Clean/replace air filter. Fill fuel tank. Drain tank and refill with fresh clean fuel. Drain fuel tank and carburetor and refill tank with fresh gasoline. Connect wire to plug. Replace control bar. 3. 4. 5. 6. Dirty air filter. Buildup of grass, leaves, and trash under mower. Too much oil in engine. Walking speed too fast. 1. Wom, bent or loose blade. 1. 2. Wheel heights uneven. 2. Replace blade. lighten blade bolt. Set all wheels at same Buildup of grass, leaves and trash under mower. 3. height Clean underside of 3. !6 5. 6. housing. Check oil level. Cut at slower walking speed. mower housin_l. TROUBLESHOOTING CHART PROBLEM Excessive vibration CAUSE CORRECTION 1. Wom, bent or loose blade. 1. 2. Bent engine crankshaft. 2. Starter rope hard to pull Engine flywheel brake is on 1. when control bar is released. . 3. 4. Bent engine crankshaft. 2. Blade adapter broken. Blade dragging in grass. 3. 4. Replace blade. 5ghten blade bolt. Contact an authorized service center. Depress control bar to upper handle before pulling starter rope. Contact an authorized service center. Replace blade adapter. Move lawn mower to cut grass or to hard surface Grass catcher not filling (if so equipped) Hard to push 1. • 2. Cutting height too low. Lift on blade wom oft. 3. Catcher not venting air. 1. Grass is too high or wheel height is too low. Rear of lawn mower 2. 3. 4. housing or blade dragging in grass. Grass catcher too full. Handle height position not right for you. 17 1. 2. 3. Raise cutting height. Replace blade. Clean grass catcher. 1. Raise cutting height. 2. Raise rear of lawn mower housing one (1) setting higher. Empty grass catcher. Adjust handle height to suit. 3. 4. ROTARY LAWN MOWER MODEL NUMBER 917.388340 S4 75 76 27 61 3O 14 31- 29 13 36 39 27 3O f 16 7O 12 35 27 51 27 3O 26 41 ROTARY LAWN MOWER MODEL NUMBER 917.388340 KEY NO, 1 2 4 5 6 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 20 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 34 35 36 37 PART NO, 165452X479 156577 150425 66426 136376 86902 170947 128415 1,50050 STD512505 77400 156374X479 700385X479 133190X479 140661X479 63601 140540 83923 700325X007 151157 142748 62335 145935X004 87877 700331X004 146630 700327X007 700326X007 150078 DESCRIPTION Upper Handle Engine Zone Control Cable Mulcher Plug Wire Tie Handle Knob Control Bar Rear Door Kit Pop Rivet Self Tapping Screw #10-16 x 1/2 Hex Tapping Screw w/Seres 1/4-20 x 1/2 Hubcap Back Plate Side Baffle Discharge Baffle Rear Baffle Keps Locknut 1/4-20 Rear Skiff Hex Flange Nut Wheel Adjusting Bracket (Front) Wheel Shoulder Bolt 3/8-16 x 1 Spring Washer Axle Arm Assembly Selector Knob Selector Spring Spacer Wheel Adjusting Bracket (Right) Wheel Adjusting Bracket (Left) Thread Cutting Screw w/Sems 5/16-18 x 3/4 KEY NO. 38 39 40 41 44 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 56 57 58 59 61 64 70 71 72 73 74 75 76 77 - - - PART NO. 751592 173569X479 173570X479 150406 174850 851514 141114 851074 850263 851084 170031 85463 88652 51793 157081X479 131959 132001 17600406 170938 170939 165912 950733X004 750097 174849 169931 161058 174847 Avairable accessories -D/98 33313 - 71 33000 DESCRIPTION Nut Handle Bracket Assembly (Left) Handle Bracket Assembly (Right) Hex Head Thread Rolling Screw 3/8-16 x 1-1/8 Lawn Mower Housing (Incl. Key #14, 15, 51 & 52) Blade Adapter Blade 22" Hardened Washer Helical Washer 3/8-24 x t-3/8 Gr. 8 Hex Head Machine Screw 3/8-24 x 1-3/8 Gr. 8 Kit Baffle Danger Decal Hinge Screw 1/4-20 x 1-1/4 Haiq_in Cotter Lower Handle Handle Bolt RopeGuide Engine-Craftsman - Model No. 143.006200 Screw. Hx. Serrated. 1/4 x 20 Door Spring LH DoorSpdng RH Bolt Upstop Bracket Screw Grassbag Grassbag Frame Waming Decal (Not Shown) Owner's Manual (English/Spanish) not included with lawn mower: Clipping Deflector SAE 30W Oil (20 oz.) CRAFTSMAN 4-CYCLE ENGINE MODEL NO. 143.006200 371,. 298 370C 1" ,285 4OO 110_ 135 130 126 101 120 119 416 125 275, 4 3O 182 185 5 178 36 CRAFTSMAN KEY PART NO. NO. 1 2 6 7 12 12A 37266 26727 33734 36557 36775 36558 12B 14 16 16 17 18 36694 28277 30589 34839A 31335 651018 19 20 30 40 36281 32600 36776 40004 40005 41 36070 36071 42 43 45 40006 40007 20381 36777 46 48 50 52 69 70 32610A 27241 37460 29914 35261 34311E 72 73 75 80 81 82 83 86 89 90 92 93 100 101 103 30572 28833 27897 30574A 30590A 30591 30588A 650488 611004 611112 650815 650816 34443B 610118 651007 110 119 120 125 37047 36787 36825 37288 126 130 135 150 !51 151A 37289 6021A 35395 31672 31673 40017 4-CYCLE ENGINE MODEL KEY PART NO. NO. DESCRIPTION Cylinder (Incl. 2,20 & 150) Dowel Pin Breather Element Breather Ass'y. (Incl. 6 & 12A) Breather Tube Breather Cover & Tube (Incl. 12B) Breather Tube Elbow Washer Governor Rod (Incl. 14) Governor Lever Governor Lever Clamp Screw, Torx T-15, 8-32 x 19/64" Extension Spring Oil Seal Crankshaft Piston, Pin & Ring Set (Std.) Piston, Pin & Ring Set (.010" OS) Piston & Pin Ass'y. (Std.) (Incl: 43) Piston & Pin Ass'y.(.010" OS)(Incl. 43) Ring Set (Std.) Ring Set (.010" OS) Piston Pin Retaining Ring Connecting Rod Ass'y. (Incl. 46) Connecting Rod Bolt Valve Lifter Camshaft (MCR) Oil Pump Ass'y. Mounting Flange Gasket Mounting Flange (Incl. 72 thru 83,306) Oil Drain Plug (Incl. 73) Drain Plug Gasket Oil Seal Governor Shaft Washer Governor Gear Ass'y. (Incl. 81) Governor Spool Screw, 1/4-20 x 1-1/4" Flywheel Key Flywheel Belleville Washer Flywheel Nut Solid State Ignition Spark Plug Cover Screw, Torx T-15, 10-24 x 15/16" Ground Wire Cylinder Head Gasket Cylinder Head Exhaust Valve (Std.) (Incl. 151) Intake Valve (Std.) (Incl. 151) Screw, 5/16-18 x 1-1/2" Resistor Spark Plug (RJ19LM) Valve Spring Valve Spring Cap Intake Valve Seal 169 172 174 178 182 184 36783 36784 30200 29752 6201 26756 185 186 189 191 195 207 216 223 224 238 239 241 245 250 260 261 262 275 277 285 287 290 292 298 300 301 305 306 307 309 310 313 325 355 370A 370C 370K 370R 371 380 390 400 36785 32653 650839 36559A 610973 34336 33086 650451 36786 650932 34338 35797 35066 35065 36980 30200 650831 36790A 650988 35000A 650926 29774 26460 28763 36916 36246 35647 36996 35499 650562 35648 34080 37152 590701 36261 37318 36695 37317 37269 640262 590737 36792B 416 36085 417 900 900 650821 NOTE: 590694 NOTE: inches 37 NO. 143,006200 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" Carburetor 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 49/64" 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" 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 35/64" Fuel Tank (Incl. 292 & 301) Fuel Cap Oil Fill Tube ',',O':Ring O -Ring Screw, 10-32 x 1/2" Dipstick Spacer Spring Clip Starter Handle (Black) Identification Decal Primer Decal (3 X) Starter Decal Warning Decal 6.5 H.P. Craftsman Decal Carburetor (Incl. 184) Rewind Starter Gasket Set (Incl. Items Marked *) Spark Arrestor Kit (Incl. 417)(Optional) Screw, 10-32 x 1/2" (OptiOnal) Replacement Engine NONE Replacement S/B 750860, order from 71-999 RPM High 2900 to 3200 This engine could have been built with starter). All component dimensions given in U.S. 1 inch = 25.4 mm CRAFTSMAN 4-CYCLE ENGINE MODEL I 27 (_ 4O 38 37 NO. 143.006200 CRAFTSMAN 4-CYCLE ENGINE MODEL NO. 143.006200 KEY PART NO. NO. DESCRIPTION ----640262 1 631615 2 631767 4 631184 5 631183 6 640070 7 650506 16 631807 17 651025 18 630766 20 640018 20A 640200 25 631867 27 631024 28 632019 29 631028 30 631021 31 631022 35 640259 36 640080 36A 632766 37 632547 40 640175 44 27110A 47 630748 48 631027 60 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 *) * * * * * * * * * * 39 CRAFTSMAN 4-CYCLE ENGINE MODEL NO. 143.006200 12 B--5 KEY PART NO. NO. ----590694 1 590599A 2 590600 3 590696 4 590601 5 590697 6 590698 7 590699 8 590700 11 590695 12 590535 13 590701 DESCRIPTION Recoil Starter Spring Pin (Incl. 4) Washer Retainer Washer Brake Spring Starter Dog Dog Spring Pulley & Rewind Spring Ass'y. Starter Housing Ass'y. (40 degree grommet) StaRer Rope ( 98 X 9/64 dia.) Starter Handle 4O CRAFTSMAN 4-CYCLE ENGINE MODEL a-- !1 KEY PART NO. NO. ----590737 3 590740 6 590616 7 590617 8 590618A 11 590687A 12 590535 13 14 590701 590760 l! -7 DESCRIPTION Rewind Starter Retainer Starter Dog Dog Spring Pulley & Rewind Spring Ass'y Starter Housing Ass'y _I0 degree grommet) arter Rope _Length 98" x 9/64" dia.) arter Handle Spring Clip 41 8 NO. 143.006200 42 43 For repair of major brand appliances in your own home... no matter who made it, no matter who sold it! 1-800-4-MY-HOME SMAnytime, day or night (1-800-469-4663) www.sears.com To bring in products such as vacuums, lawn equipment and electronics for repair, call for the location of your nearest Sears Parts & Repair Center. 1-800-488-1222 Anytime, day or night www.sears.com For the replacement parts, accessories and owner's manuals that you need to do-it-yourselt, call Sears PartsDirectSM! 1-800-366-PART (1-800-366-7278) 8 a.m.- 11 p.m. CST, 7 days a week www.sears.com/partsdirect To purchase or inquire about a Sears Service Agreement: 1-800-827-6655 7 a.m. - 5 p.m. CST. 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