Craftsman 917.273143 Owner`s manual

Owner's Manual
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LAWN TRACTOR
17.0 HP, 42" Mower
Electric Start
Automatic Transmission
Model No.
917.273143
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IMPORTANT:
For answers to your questions
Read and follow all Safety
Rules and Instructions before
about this product, Call:
operating this equipment.
Sears Craftsman Help Line
5 am - 5 pm, Mon - Sat
1-800-659-5917
Sears, Roebuck and Co., Hoffman Estates, IL 60179 U.S.A
Visit our Craftsman website:www.sears.com/craftsman
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Maintenance Schedule ........................ 18
Service and Adjustments ..................... 22
Storage ................................................
28
Troubleshooting ................................... 29
Repair Parts .........................................
34
Sears Service ........................ Back Cover
Warranty ................................................
2
Safety Rules ..........................................
3
Product Specifications ........................... 6
AssemblyP re-Operation ........................ 8
Operation .............................................
11
Maintenance .......................................
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LIMITED WARRANTY ON CRAFTSMAN RIDING EQUIPMENT
For two (2) years from the date of purchase, if this Craftsman Riding Equipment is
maintained, lubricated and tuned up according to the instructions in the owner's manual,
Sears will repair or replace free of charge any parts that are found to be defective in
material or workmanship according to the guidelines of coverage listed below. Sears will
also provide free labor for these applicable warranted parts for the two full years. During
the first 30 days of purchase, there will be no charges to service the product at your
home for issues covered by this warranty. (See exclusions below). For your convenience, IN HOME warranty service will still be available after the first 30 days of purchase, but a trip charge will apply. This charge will be waived if the Craftsman product is
dropped off at an authorized Sears location. For the nearest authorized Sears location,
please call 1-800-4-MY-HOME®.
This warranty applies only while this product is within
the United States.
This Warranty does not cover:
• Expendable items which become worn during normal use, including but not limited to
blades, spark plugs, air cleaners, belts, and oil filters.
• Standard Maintenance Servicing, oil changes, or tune-ups.
• Tire replacement or repair caused by punctures from outside objects, such as nails,
thorns, stumps, or glass.
• Repairs necessary because of operator abuse, including but not limited to, damage
caused by towing objects beyond the capability of the riding equipment, impacting
objects that bend the frame or crankshaft, or over-speeding the engine.
• Repairs necessary because of operator negligence, including but not limited to, electrical and mechanical damage caused by improper storage, failure to use the proper
grade and amount of engine oil, failure to keep the deck clear of flammable debris,
or failure to maintain the equipment according to the instructions contained in the
owner's manual.
• Engine (fuel system) cleaning or repairs caused by fuel determined to be contaminated or oxidized (stale). In general, fuel should be used within 30 days of its purchase date.
• Normal deterioration and wear of the exterior finishes, or product label replacement.
• Riding equipment used for commercial or rental purposes.
LIMITED WARRANTY ON BATTERY
For ninety (90) days from date of purchase, if any battery included with this riding equipment proves defective in material or workmanship and our testing determines the battery
will not hold a charge, Sears will replace the battery at no charge. During the first 30
days of purchase, there will be no charges to replace the battery at your HOME. After
the first 30 days, for your convenience, IN-HOME warranty service will still be available but a trip charge will apply. This charge will be waived if the Craftsman product is
dropped off at an authorized Sears location. For the nearest authorized Sears location,
please call 1-800-4-MY-HOME®.
This battery warranty applies only while this product is within 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.,Dept.817WA,
Hoffman
2
Estates,
IL 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.
• Do not mow in reverse unless absolutely necessary. Always look down and
behind before and while backing.
• Be aware of the mower discharge direction and do not point it at anyone. Do
not operate the mower without either
the entire grass catcher or the guard in
place.
• Slow down before turning.
• Never leave a running machine unattended. Always turn off blades, set
parking brake, stop engine, and remove
keys before dismounting.
• Turn off blades when not mowing.
• Stop engine before removing grass
catcher or unclogging chute.
• Mow only in daylight or good artificial
light.
• Do not operate the machine while under
the influence of alcohol or drugs.
• Watch for traffic when operating near or
crossing roadways.
• Use extra care when loading or unloading the machine into a trailer or
truck.
• Data indicates that operators, age 60
years and above, are involved in a large
percentage of riding mower-related injuries. These operators should evaluate
their ability to operate the riding mower
safely enough to protect themselves
and others from serious injury.
• Keep machine free of grass, leaves or
other debris build-up which can touch
hot exhaust / engine parts and burn. Do
not allow the mower deck to plow leaves
or other debris which can cause buildup to occur. Clean any oil or fuel
spillage before operating or storing the
machine. Allow machine to cool before
storage.
_WARNING:
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.
,_WARNING:
Do not coast down a
hill in neutral, you may lose control of the
tractor.
_WARNING:
Tow only the attachments
that are recommended by and comply with
specifications of the manufacturer of your
tractor. Use common sense when towing.
Operate only at the lowest possible speed
when on a slope. Too heavy of a load,
while on a slope, is dangerous. Tires can
lose traction with the ground and cause
you to lose control of your tractor.
_bWARNING:
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.
_WARNING:
Battery posts, terminals
and related accessories contain lead and
lead compounds, chemicals known to the
State of California to cause cancer and
birth defects or other reproductive harm.
Wash hands after handling.
I. GENERAL
OPERATION
• Read, understand, and follow all instructions in the manual and on the machine
before starting.
• Only allow responsible adults, who are
familiar with the instructions, to operate
the machine.
• Clear the area of objects such as rocks,
toys, wire, etc., which could be picked
up and thrown by the blade.
• Be sure the area is clear of other people
before mowing. Stop machine if anyone
enters the area.
• Never carry passengers.
II. SLOPE
OPERATION
Slopes are a major factor related to lossof-control and tipover accidents, which can
result in severe injury or death. All slopes
require extra caution. If you cannot back
up the slope or if you feel uneasy on it, do
not mow it.
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DO:
• Never carry children. They may fall off
and be seriously injured or interfere with
safe machine operation.
• Never allow children to operate the
machine.
• Use extra care when approaching blind
corners, shrubs, trees, or other objects
that may obscure vision.
• Mow up and down slopes, not across.
• Remove obstacles such as rocks, tree
limbs, etc.
• Watch for holes, ruts, or bumps. Uneven terrain could overturn the machine.
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 slope.
• Follow the manufacturer's recommendations for wheel weights or counterweights to improve stability.
• Use extra care with grass catchers or
other attachments. These can change
the stability of the machine.
• Keep all movement on the slopes slow
and gradual Do not make sudden
changes in speed or direction.
• Avoid starting or stopping on a slope.
If tires lose traction, disengage the
blades and proceed slowly straight
down the slope.
DO NOT:
• Do not turn on slopes unless necessary, and then, turn slowly and gradually
downhill, if possible.
• Do notmow near drop-offs, ditches,
or embankments. The mower could
suddenly turn over if a wheel is over
the edge of a cliff or ditch, or if an edge
caves in.
• Do not mow on wet grass. Reduced
traction could cause sliding.
• Do not try to stabilize the machine by
putting your foot on the ground.
• Do notuse grass catcher on steep
slopes.
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.
• Keep nuts and bolts, especially blade
attachment bolts, tight and keep equipment in good condition.
• Never tamper with safety devices.
Check their proper operation regularly.
• Keep machine free of grass, leaves, or
other debris build-up. Clean oil or fuel
spillage. Allow machine to cool before
storing.
• Stop and inspect the equipment if you
strike an object. Repair, if necessary,
before restarting.
• Never make adjustments or repairs with
the engine running.
• Grass catcher components are subject
to wear, damage, and deterioration,
which could expose moving parts or
allow objects to be thrown. Frequently
check components and replace with
manufacturer's recommended 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.
III. CHILDREN
Tragic accidents can occur if the operator
is not alert to the presence of children.
Children are often attracted to the machine and the mowing activity. Neverassume that children will remain where you
last saw them.
• Keep children out of the mowing area
and under the watchful care of another
responsible adult.
• Be alert and turn machine off if children
enter the area.
• Before and when backing, look behind
and down for small children.
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• 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 slope.
• Avoid starting or stopping on a slope. If
tires lose traction, disengage the blades
and proceed slowly straight down the
slope.
• If machine stops while going uphill,
disengage blades, shift into reverse and
back down slowly.
• Do not turn on slopes unless necessary,
and then, turn slowly and gradually
downhill, if possible.
• Be sure the area is clear of other people
before mowing. Stop machine if anyone
enters the area.
• Never carry passengers or children
even with the blades off.
• Do not mow in reverse unless absolutely necessary. Always look down and
behind before and while backing.
• Never carry children. They may fall off
and be seriously injured or interfere with
safe machine operation.
• Keep children out of the mowing area
and under the watchful care of another
responsible adult.
• Be alert and turn machine off if children
enter the area.
• Before and when backing, look behind
and down for small children.
• Mow up and down slopes (15 ° Max), not
across.
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PRODUCT
SPECIFICATIONS
Gasoline
Capacity
and Type:
1.25 Gallons
Unleaded
Regular
Oil Type
(API-SF-SJ):
SAE 10W30
(Above 32°F)
SAE 5W30
(Below 32°F)
Oil Capacity:
W/Filter
4.0 Pints
W/O Filter 3.5 Pints
Spark Plug:
(GAP: .040")
Champion
Ground Speed
(MPH):
Tire Pressure:
Forward:
5.5
Reverse:
2.4
Front: 14 PSI
Rear: 10 PSI
Charging
System:
15 Amps @ 3600RPM
Battery:
Amp/Hr:
Min. CCA:
Case Size:
Blade Bolt
Torque:
RC12YC
28
230
UIR
27-35 Ft. Lbs.
CONGRATULATIONS
on your purchase
of a new tractor. It has been designed,
engineered and manufactured to give
you the best possible dependability and
performance.
Should you experience any problem you
cannot easily remedy, please contact a
Sears or other qualified service center.
We have competent, well-trained technicians and the proper tools to service or
repair this tractor.
Please read and retain this manual. The
instructions will enable you to assemble
and maintain your tractor properly. Always
observe the "SAFETY RULES".
CUSTOMER
RESPONSIBILITIES
• Read and observe the safety rules.
• Follow a regular schedule in maintaining, caring for and using your tractor.
• Follow the instructions under"Maintenance" and "Storage" sections of this
owner's manual.
_WARNING:
This tractor is equipped
with an internal combustion engine and
should not be used on or near any unimproved forest-covered, brush-covered or
grass-covered land unless the engine's
exhaust system is equipped with a spark
arrester meeting applicable local or state
laws (if any). If a spark arrester is used, it
should be maintained in effective working
order by the operator.
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In the state of California the above is required by law (Section 4442 of the California Public Resources Code). Other states
may have similar laws. Federal laws apply
on federal lands. A spark arrester for the
muffler is available through your nearest
Sears service center (See REPAIR PARTS
section of this manual).
REPAIR PROTECTION
AGREEMENTS
Congratulations on making a smart purchase. Your new Craftsman® product is
designed and manufactured for years of
dependable operation. But like all products, it may require repair from time to
time. That's when having a Repair Protection Agreement can save you money and
aggravation.
Purchase a Repair Protection Agreement
now and protect yourself from unexpected
hassle and expense.
Here's what's included in the Agreement:
• Expert service by our 12,000 profesional repair specialists.
• Unlimited service and no charge for
parts and labor on all covered repairs.
• Product replacement if your covered
product can't be fixed.
• Discount of 10% from regular price of
service and service-related parts not
covered by the agreement; also, 10%
off regular price of preventive maintenance check.
• Fast help by phonephone support
from a Sears technician on products
requiring in-home repair, plus convenient repair scheduling.
Once you purchase the Agreement, a
simple phone call is all that it takes for you
to schedule service. You can call anytime
day or night, or schedule a service appointment online.
Sears has over 12,000 professional repair
specialists, who have access to over 4.5
million quality parts and accessories.
That's the kind of professionalism you can
count on to help prolong the life of your
new purchase for years to come. Purchase
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Some limitations
and exclusions apply.
For prices and additional information
call 1-800-827-6655.
SEARS
INSTALLATION
SERVICE
For Sears professiona/ installation of home
appliances, garage door openers, water
heaters, and other major home items, in
the U.S.A. call 1-800-4-MY-HOME®
Steering Wheel
Steering
Wheel Insert
(1) Large Flat Washer
(1) kocknut
1/2-20
(1) Hex Bolt
1/4-28 x 1-1/4
(1) kocknut
1/4-28
Steering
Wheel Adapter
Steering )
_
Boot
Extension
Shaft
teering
(_Washer
17/32 x 1-3/16 x 12
Gauge
_(1)
Knob
For Future Use
Keys
Slope Sheet
Video Cassette
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Your new tractor has been assembled at the factory with the exception of those parts left
unassembled for shipping purposes. To ensure safe and proper operation of your tractor
all parts and hardware you assemble must be tightened securely. Use the correct tools
as necessary to insure proper tightness. Review the video cassette before you begin.
TOOLS REQUIRED
ASSEMBLY
FOR
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A socket wrench set will make assembly
easier. Standard wrench sizes are listed.
(1) 3/4" wrench
Pliers
(2) 7/16" wrenches
Utility knife
Tire pressure gauge
Insert
_..i._1/2
Hex Nut
Large Flat Washer
When right or left hand is mentioned in
this manual, it means when you are in
the operating position (seated behind the
steering wheel).
Boot
TO REMOVE TRACTOR
FROM
CARTON
UNPACK CARTON
1. Remove all accessible loose parts and
parts boxes from carton.
2. Cut along dotted lines on all four panels of carton. Remove end panels and
lay side panels flat.
3. Check for any additional loose parts or
cartons and remove.
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Lower
Steering
BEFORE REMOVING
TRACTOR
FROM SKID
ATTACH STEERING WHEEL
STEERING
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Hex Bolt
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Tab
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ASSEMBLE EXTENSION SHAFT AND
BOOT
1. Slide extension shaft onto lower steering shaft. Align mounting holes in extension and lower shafts and install 1/4
hex bolt and Iocknut. Tighten securely.
IMPORTANT: Tighten bolt and nut securely to 10-12 ft. Ibs torque.
2. Place tabs of steering boot over tab
slots in dash and push down to secure.
INSTALL
Extension Shaft
Slots
7. Snap steering wheel insert into center
of steering wheel.
8. Remove protective materials from tractor hood and grill.
IMPORTANT: Check for and remove any
staples in skid that may puncture tires
where tractor is to roll off skid.
HOW TO SET UP YOUR TRACTOR
INSTALL SEAT
WHEEL
Adjust seat before tightening adjustment
knob.
1. Remove adjustment knob and flat
washer securing seat to cardboard
packing and set aside for assembly of
seat to tractor.
2. Pivot seat upward and remove from
the cardboard packing. Remove the
cardboard packing and discard.
3. Position front wheels of the tractor so
they are pointing straight forward.
4. Remove steering wheel adapter from
steering wheel and slide adapter onto
steering shaft extension.
5. Position steering wheel so cross bars
are horizontal (left to right) and slide
inside boot and onto adapter.
6. Assemble large flat washer, 1/2 hex
nut and tighten securely.
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3. Place seat on seat pan so head of
shoulder bolts are positioned over the
large slotted holes in pan.
4. Push down on seat to engage shoulder bolts in slots and pull seat towards
rear of tractor.
5. Pivot seat and pan forward and assemble adjustment knob and flat
washer loosely. Do not tighten.
6. Lower seat into operating position and
sit in seat.
7. Slide seat until a comfortable position
is reached which allows you to press
clutch/brake pedal all the way down.
8. Get off seat without moving its adjusted position.
9. Raise seat and tighten adjustment
knob securely.
NOTE: You may now roll or drive your
tractor off the skid. Follow the appropriate
instruction below to remove the tractor
from the skid.
TO ROLL TRACTOR
OFF SKID (See
Operation
section for location and
function of controls)
1. Press lift lever plunger and raise
attachment lift lever to its highest position.
2. Release parking brake by depressing
clutch/brake pedal.
3. Place freewheel control in '"transmission disengaged" position (See "TO
TRANSPORT" in the Operation section
of this manual).
4. Roll tractor forward off skid.
5. Remove banding holding deflector
shield up against tractor.
Seat
TO DRIVE TRACTOR
OFF SKID (See
Operation
section for location and
function of controls)
,dr_WARNING: Before starting, read, understand and follow all instructions in the
Operation section of this manual. Be sure
tractor is in a well-ventilated area. Be sure
the area in front of tractor is clear of other
people and objects.
1. Be sure all the above assembly steps
have been completed.
2. Check engine oil level and fill fuel tank
with gasoline.
3. Place freewheel control in "transmission engaged" position. (See "TO
TRANSPORT" in the Operation section
of this manual).
4. Sit on seat in operating position,
depress clutch/brake pedal and set the
parking brake.
5. Place motion control lever in neutral
(N) position.
6. Press lift lever plunger and raise
attachment lift lever to its highest position.
7. Start the engine. After engine has
started, move throttle control to idle
position.
8. Release parking brake.
9. Slowly move the motion control lever
forward and slowly drive tractor off
skid.
10.Apply brake to stop tractor, set parking
brake and place motion control lever in
neutral position.
11 .Turn ignition key to "STOP" position.
Continue with the instructions that follow.
Seat Pan
Shoulder
Bolts
Flat Washer
CHECK BATTERY
1. Lift seat pan to raised position.
NOTE: If this battery is put into service
after month and year indicated on label
(label located between terminals) charge
battery for minimum of one hour at 6-10
amps. (See "BATTERY" in Maintenance
section of this manual for charging instructions).
Label
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INSTALL
MULCHER
PLATE
CHECK BRAKE SYSTEM
After you learn how to operate your tractor, check to see that the brake is properly
adjusted. See "TO ADJUST BRAKE" in
the Service and Adjustments section of
this manual.
(If previously
removed)
1. Raise and hold deflector shield in
upright position.
2. Place front of mulcher plate over front
of mower deck opening and slide into
place, as shown.
3. Hook front latch into hole on front of
mower deck.
4. Hook rear latch into hole on back of
mower deck.
v' CHECKLIST
Before you operate your new tractor, we
wish to assure that you receive the best
performance and satisfaction from this
quality product.
Please review the following checklist:
,/All assembly instructions have been
completed.
,/No remaining loose parts in carton.
,/Battery is properly prepared and
charged.
(Minimum 1 hour at 6 amps).
,/Seat is adjusted comfortably and tightened securely.
,/All tires are properly inflated. (For shipping purposes, the tires were overinflated at the factory).
,/Be sure mower deck is properly leveled
side-to-side/front-to-rear
for best cutting
results. (Tires must be properly inflated
for leveling).
,/Check mower and drive belts. Be sure
they are routed properly around pulleys
and inside all belt keepers.
,/Check wiring. See that all connections
are still secure and wires are properly
clamped.
,/Before driving tractor, be sure freewheel
control is in '"transmission engaged"
position (see "TO TRANSPORT" in the
Operation section of this manual).
While learning how to use your tractor, pay
extra attention to the following important
items:
,/Engine oil is at proper level.
,/Fuel tank is filled with fresh, clean,
regular unleaded gasoline.
,/Become familiar with all controls - their
location and function. Operate them
before you start the engine.
,/Be sure brake system is in safe operating condition.
,/It is important to purge the transmission
before operating your tractor for the first
time. Follow proper starting and transmission purging instructions (See "TO
START ENGINE" and "PURGE TRANSMISSION" in the Operation section of
this manual).
Mulcher
Plate
Deflector
Shield
Latch
Hooks
,l_ CAUTION: Do not remove deflector
shield from mower.
TO CONVERTTO
BAGGING
OR
DISCHARGING
Simply remove mulcher plate and store in
a safe place.Your mower is now ready for
discharging or installation of optional grass
catcher accessory.
NOTE: It is not necessary to change
blades. The mulching blades are designed
for discharging and bagging also.
CHECK TIRE PRESSURE
The tires on your tractor were overinflated
at the factory for shipping purposes. Correct tire pressure is important for best
cutting performance.
• Reduce tire pressure to PSI shown in
"PRODUCT SPECIFICATIONS" section
of this manual.
CHECK
DECK
LEVELNESS
For best cutting results, mower housing should be properly leveled. See "TO
LEVEL MOWER HOUSING" in the Service
and Adjustments section of this manual.
CHECK FOR PROPER
OF ALL BELTS
POSITION
See the figures that are shown for replacing motion and mower blade drive belts
in the Service and Adjustments section
of this manual. Verify that the belts are
routed correctly.
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These symbols may appear on your tractor or in literature supplied with the product.
Learn and understand their meaning.
R
N
REVERSE
ENGINE OFF
H
NEUTRAL
HIGH
LIGHTS OH
OVER TEMP
LIGHT
FUEL
ATTACHMENT
CLUTCH ENGAGED
ENGINE ON
OIL PRESSURE
ATTACHMENT
CLUTCH DISENGAGED
===E
FREE WHEEL
(Automatic Models only)
&
LOW
ENGINE
BATTERY
result in death, serious
and/or property
damage.
injury
CHOKE
START
&
&
&
FAST
PARKING
REVERSE
DANGER, KEEP HANDS
AND FEET AWAY
BRAKE
FORWARD
SLOW
IGNITION
PARKING BRAKE
LOCKED
MOWER
KEEP AREA CLEAR
(SEE SAFETY
HEIGHT
SLOPE
PARKING BRAKE
UNLOCKED
MOWER
LIFT
HAZARDS
RULES SECTION)
DANGER indicates a hazard which, if not avoided,
will result in death or serious injury.
WARNING indicates a hazard which, if not avoided,
could result in death or serious injury.
CAUTION indicates a hazard which, if not avoided,
might result in minor or moderate injury.
CAUTION when used without the alert symbol,
indicates a situation that could result in damage
to the tractor and/or engine.
Failure to follow instructions
could result in serious injury or
death. The safety alert symbol
is used to identify safety information about hazards which can
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HOT SURFACES indicates a hazard which,
if not avoided, could result in death, serious
and/or property damage.
FIRE indicates
hazardserious
which, ifinjury
not avoided,
could
result in adeath,
and/or
property damage.
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injury
KNOW YOUR TRACTOR
READ THIS OWNER'S MANUAL AND SAFETY RULES BEFORE OPERATING YOUR
TRACTOR
Compare the illustrations with your tractor to familiarize yourself with the locations of
various controls and adjustments. Save this manual for future reference.
Light Switch
Attachment
Ignition Switch
Clutch Lever
Ammeter
....
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~-
_
Lift Lever
Plunger
Throttle/Choke
Control
Attachment
Lift Lever
Clutch/Brake
Pedal
Height
Adjustment
Indicator
Freewheel
Control
Parking Brake Lever
Motion Control
Lever
Our tractors conform to the safety standards of the
American National Standards Institute.
IGNITION SWITCH - Used for starting and
stopping the engine.
LIFT LEVER PLUNGER - Used to release
attachment lift lever when changing its
position.
LIGHT SWITCH POSITION -Turns the
headlights on and off.
PARKING BRAKE LEVER - Locks clutch/
brake pedal into the brake position.
THROTTLE/CHOKE
CONTROL - Used
for starting and controlling engine speed.
FREEWHEEL CONTROL - Disengagages
transmission for pushing or slowly towing
the tractor with the engine off.
AMMETER - Indicates charging (+) or
discharging (-) of battery.
ATTACHMENT CLUTCH LEVER - Used
to engage the mower blades, or other attachments mounted to your tractor.
ATTACHMENT LIFT LEVER - Used to
raise, lower, and adjust the mower deck or
other attachments mounted to your tractor.
CLUTCH/BRAKE
PEDAL - Used for
declutching and braking the tractor and
starting the engine.
MOTION CONTROL LEVER - Selects the
speed and direction of tractor.
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The operation of any tractor can result in foreign objects thrown into the
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eyes, which can result in severe eye damage. Always wear safety glasses I
or eye shields while operating your tractor or performing any adjustments
or repairs. We recommend standard safety glasses or a wide vision safety
mask worn over spectac es.
HOW TO USE YOU R TRACTOR
TO SET PARKING
IMPORTANT: Leaving the ignition switch
in any position other than "STOP" will
cause the battery to discharge and go
dead.
NOTE: Under certain conditions when
tractor is standing idle with the engine
running, hot engine exhaust gases may
cause "browning" of grass. To eliminate
this possibility, always stop engine when
,_pping tractor on grass areas.
CAUTION: Always stop tractor completely, as described above, before leaving
the operator's position.
BRAKE
Your tractor is equipped with an operator
presence sensing
switch. When engine
is running, any attempt by the operator
to leave the seat without first setting the
parking brake will shut off the engine.
1. Depress clutch/brake
pedal all the way
down and hold.
2. Pull parking brake lever up and release
pressure from clutch/brake
pedal.
Pedal should remain in brake position.
Make sure parking brake will hold tractor secure.
"Brake"
Attachment Clutch
Throttle/Choke
Position
Lever "Engaged"
Control
_
TO USE THROTTLE
Always operate engine at full throttle.
• Operating engine at less than full
throttle reduces the battery charging
rate.
• Full throttle offers the best bagging and
mower performance.
TO MOVE FORWARD AND BACKWARD
The direction and speed of movement is
controlled by the motion control lever.
1. Start tractor with motion control lever in
neutral (N) position.
2. Release parking brake.
3. Slowly move motion control lever to
desired position.
Key
"Disengaged"
Parking Brake
Pedal
Position
"Disengaged"
Control Lever
Position
STOPPING
MOWER
BLADES
-
TO ADJUST
• To stop mower blades, move attachment
clutch lever to disengaged position.
GROUND DRIVE -
MOWER
CUTTING
HEIGHT
The position of the attachment lift lever
determines the cutting height.
• Grasp lift lever.
• Press plunger with thumb and move
lever to desired position.
The cutting height range is approximately 1-1/2 to 4". The heights are measured from the ground to the blade tip with
the engine not running. These heights
are approximate and may vary depending
upon soil conditions, height of grass and
types of grass being mowed.
• The average lawn should be cut to approximately 2-1/2 inches during the cool
season and to over 3 inches during hot
months. For healthier and better looking lawns, mow often and after moderate growth.
• For best cutting performance, grass
over 6 inches in height should be
mowed twice. Make the first cut relatively high; the second to desired height.
• To stop ground drive, depress clutch/
brake pedal all the way down.
• Move motion control lever to neutral (N)
position.
IMPORTANT: The motion control lever
does not return to neutral (N) position
when the clutch/brake pedal is depressed.
ENGINE • Move throttle control between half and
full speed (fast) position.
NOTE: Failure to move throttle control
between half and full speed (fast) position, before stopping, may cause engine to
"backfire".
• Turn ignition key to "STOP" position and
remove key. Always remove key when
leaving tractor to prevent unauthorized
use.
• Never use choke to stop engine.
CONTROL
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TO ADJUST GAUGE WHEELS
TO OPERATE ON HILLS
_iLWARNING:
Do not drive up or down
hills with slopes greater than 15° and do
not drive across any slope. Use the slope
guide at the back of this manual.
• Choose the slowest speed before starting up or down hills.
• Avoid stopping or changing speed on
hills.
• If slowing is necessary, move throttle
control lever to slower position.
• If stopping is absolutely necessary, push
clutch/brake pedal quickly to brake position and engage parking brake.
• Move motion control lever to neutral (N)
position.
IMPORTANT: The motion control lever
does not return to neutral (N) position
when the clutch/brake pedal is depressed.
• To restart movement, slowly release
parking brake and clutch/brake pedal.
• Slowly move motion control lever to
slowest setting.
• Make all turns slowly.
Gauge wheels are properly adjusted
when they are slightly off the ground when
mower is at the desired cutting height in
operating position. Gauge wheels then
keep the deck in proper position to help
prevent scalping in most terrain conditions.
NOTE: Adjust gauge wheels with tractor
on a flat level surface.
1. Adjust mower to desired cutting height
(See "TO ADJUST MOWER CUTTING
HEIGHT" in this section of manual).
2. With mower in desired height of cut
position, gauge wheels should be
assembled so they are slightly off the
ground. Install gauge wheel in appropriate hole with shoulder bolt, 3/8
washer, and 3/8-16 Iocknut and tighten
securely.
3. Repeat for opposite side, installing
gauge wheel in same adjustment hole.
Gauge
Wheel
TO TRANSPORT
When pushing or towing your tractor, be
sure to disengage transmission by placing
freewheel control in freewheeling position.
Freewheel control is located at the rear
drawbar of tractor.
1. Raise attachment lift to highest position with attachment lift control.
2. Pull freewheel control out and down
into the slot and release so it is held in
the disengaged position.
• Do not push or tow tractor at more than
two (2) MPH.
• To re-engage transmission, reverse
above procedure.
Locknut
3/8Washer
Gauge Wheel
TO OPERATE
MOWER
Your tractor is equipped with an operator
presence sensing switch. Any attempt
by the operator to leave the seat with the
engine running and the attachment clutch
engaged will shut off the engine.
1. Select desired height of cut.
2. Start mower blades by engaging attachment clutch control.
TO STOP MOWER BLADES ,_engage attachment clutch control.
CAUTION: Do not operate the mower
without either the entire grass catcher,
on mowers so equipped, or the deflector
shield in place.
Attachment
Clutch
"Engaged"
Position
Transmission
Attachemnt
f,_
High
Position
Transmission
Disengaged
NOTE: To protect hood from damage
when transporting your tractor on a truck
or a trailer, be sure hood is closed and
secured to tractor. Use an appropriate
means of tying hood to tractor (rope, cord,
etc.).
Position
"Disengaged'_
Position
Engaged
Deflector
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TOWING CARTS AND OTHER ATTACHMENTS
Tow only the attachments that are recommended by and comply with specifications
of the manufacturer of your tractor. Use
common sense when towing. Too heavy
of a load, while on a slope, is dangerous.
Tires can lose traction with the ground and
cause you to lose control of your tractor.
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.
TO START
ENGINE
When starting the engine for the first time
or if the engine has run out of fuel, it will
take extra cranking time to move fuel from
the tank to the engine.
1. Be sure freewheel control is in the
transmission engaged position.
2. Sit on seat in operating position,
depress clutch/brake pedal and set
parking brake.
3. Place motion control lever in neutral
(N) position.
4. Move attachment clutch to disengaged
position.
5. Move throttle control to choke position.
NOTE: Before starting, read the warm
and cold starting procedures below.
6. Insert key into ignition and turn key
clockwise to start position and release
key as soon as engine starts. Do
not run starter continuously for more
than fifteen seconds per minute. If the
engine does not start after several
attempts, move throttle control to fast
position, wait a few minutes and try
again. If engine still does not start,
move the throttle control back to the
choke position and retry.
BEFORE STARTING THE ENGINE
CHECK ENGINE OIL LEVEL
The engine in your tractor has been
shipped, from the factory, already filled
with summer weight oil.
1. Check engine oil with tractor on level
ground.
2. Unthread and remove oil fill cap/
dipstick; wipe oil off. Reinsert the
dipstick into the tube and rest oil fill
cap on the tube. Do not thread the cap
onto the tube. Remove and read oil
level. If necessary, add oil until "FULl"
mark on dipstick is reached. Do not
overfill.
• For cold weather operation you should
change oil for easier starting (See the
oil viscosity chart in the Maintenance
section of this manual).
• To change engine oil, see the Maintenance section in this manual.
ADD GASOLINE
• Fill fuel tank to bottom of tank filler neck.
Do not overfill. Use fresh, clean, regular
unleaded gasoline with a minimum of 87
octane. (Use of leaded gasoline will increase carbon and lead oxide deposits
and reduce valve life). Do not mix oil
with gasoline. Purchase fuel in quantities that can be used within 30 days to
assure fuel freshness.
_k, CAUTION: Wipe off any spilled oil or
fuel. Do not store, spill or use gasoline
near an open flame.
IMPORTANT: When operating in temperatures below 32°F(0°C), use fresh, clean
winter grade gasoline to help insure good
cold weather starting.
CAUTION: Alcohol blended fuels (called
gasohol or using ethanol or methanol) can
attract moisture which leads to separation and formation of acids during storage.
Acidic gas can damage the fuel system of
an engine while in storage.
To avoid engine problems, the fuel system
should be emptied before storage of 30
days or longer. Drain the gas tank, start
the engine and let it run until the fuel lines
and carburetor are empty.
WARM WEATHER STARTING (50 ° F and
above)
7. When engine starts, move the throttle
control to the fast position.
• The attachments and ground drive can
now be used. If the engine does not
accept the load, restart the engine and
allow it to warm up for one minute using
the choke as described above.
COLD WEATHER STARTING ( 50 ° F and
below)
7. When engine starts, allow engine
to run with the throttle control in the
choke position until the engine runs
roughly, then move throttle control
to fast position. This may require an
engine warm-up period from several
seconds to several minutes, depending
on the temperature.
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AUTOMATICTRANSMISSIONWARMUP
Beforedriving the unit in cold weather,
the transmissionshould be warmed up as
follows:
1. Be sure the tractor is on level ground.
2. Placethe motioncontrol leverin
neutral.Releasethe parking brake
and let the clutch/brakeslowly return
to operatingposition.
3. Allow one minutefor transmissionto
warm up.This can be done during
the enginewarm up period.
• The attachmentscan also be used duringthe enginewarm-up period after the
transmissionhas been warmed up.
NOTE: If at a high altitude (above3000
feet)or in cold temperatures(below32 F)
the carburetorfuel mixturemay need to
be adjustedfor best engineperformance.
(See "TOADJUST CARBURETOR"in the
Serviceand Adjustmentssection of this
manual.)
NOTE: During this step there will be no
movement of drive wheels. The air is being
removed from hydraulic drive system.
5. Move motion control lever to neutral
(N) position. Shutoff engine and set
parking brake.
6. Engage transmission by placing
freewheel control in '"transmission
engaged" position (See "TO TRANSPORT" in this section of manual).
7. Sitting in the tractor seat, start engine.
After the engine is running, move
throttle control to half (1/2) speed.
With motion control lever in neutral (N)
position, slowly disengage clutch/brake
pedal.
8. Slowly move motion control lever forward, after the tractor moves approximately five (5) feet, slowly move motion
control lever to reverse position. After
the tractor moves approximately five
(5) feet return the motion control lever
to the neutral (N) position. Repeat this
procedure with the motion control lever
three (3) times.
Your transmission is now purged and
ready for normal operation.
PURGE TRANSMISSION
4_ CAUTION: Never engage or disengage freewheel lever while the engine
is running.
To ensure proper operation and performance, it is recommended that the
transmission be purged before operating
tractor for the first time. This procedure will
remove any trapped air inside the transmission which may have developed during
shipping of your tractor.
IMPORTANT: Should your transmission
require removal for service or replacement, it should be purged after reinstallation before operating the tractor.
1. Place tractor safely on level surface
with engine off and parking brake set.
2. Disengage transmission by placing
freewheel control in '"transmission disengaged" position (See "TO TRANSPORT" in this section of manual).
3. Sitting in the tractor seat, start engine.
After the engine is running, move
throttle control to slow position. With
motion control lever in neutral (N)
position, slowly disengage clutch/brake
pedal.
4. Move motion control lever to full
forward position and hold for five (5)
seconds. Move lever to full reverse
position and hold for five (5) seconds.
Repeat this procedure three (3) times.
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MOWING TIPS
• Mower should be properly leveled for
best mowing performance. See "TO
LEVEL MOWER HOUSING" in the
Service and Adjustments section of this
manual.
• The left hand side of mower should be
used for trimming.
• Drive so that clippings are discharged
onto the area that has already been cut.
Have the cut area to the right of the tractor. This will result in a more even distribution of clippings and more uniform
cutting.
• When mowing large areas, start by
turning to the right so that clippings will
discharge away from shrubs, fences,
driveways, etc. After one or two rounds,
mow in the opposite direction making
left hand turns until finished.
MULCHING
MOWING
TIPS
IMPORTANT: For best performance, keep
mower housing free of built-up grass and
trash. Clean after each use.
• 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, the newly cut area will not be
exposed to direct sunlight.
• For best results, adjust the mower
cutting height so that the mower cuts
off only the top one-third of the grass
blades. For extremely heavy grass, reduce your width of cut on each pass and
mow slowly.
J
Max 1/3
• If grass is extremely tall, it should be
mowed twice to reduce load and possible fire hazard from dried clippings.
Make first cut relatively high; the second
to the desired height.
• Do not mow grass when it is wet.
Wet grass will plug mower and leave
undesirable clumps. Allow grass to dry
before mowing.
• Always operate engine at full throttle
when mowing to assure better mowing performance and proper discharge
of material. Regulate ground speed by
selecting a low enough gear to give the
mower cutting performance as well as
the quality of cut desired.
• When operating attachments, select a
ground speed that will suit the terrain
and give best performance of the attachment being used.
• 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 (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.
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MAINTENANCE
SCHEDULE
_,_
,_,_-_,_,_ _
d_. ,_
AS YOU COMPLETE
REGULAR
SERVICE
Check
Brake Pressure
Operation
Tire
_
T
Check Operator
Presence
Interlock Systems
R
Check
for Loose
Lubrication
0
Check
R
Mower
Battery
Level
and Terminals
Check
Transaxle
Check
V-Belts
Check
Engine
Cooling
Oil Level
Engine
Oil (with oil filter)
Engine
Oil (without
E
Change
N
Clean
Air Filter
G
Clean
Air Screen
N_
Inspect
E
Replace
Clean
Blades
Chart
Clean Battery
Change
and
Fasteners
Sharpen/Replace
f
Muffler/Spark
oil filter)
Arrester
Oil Filter (If equipped)
Engine
Cooling
Fins
Replace
Spark
Replace
Air Filter Paper Cartridge
Replace
Plug
Fuel Filter
1 - Change
more often when operating
in high ambient
temperatures.
2 - Service
more
GENERAL
e DATES
f___SERVlC
often when
operating
under
in dirty
a heavy
load or
or dusty
conditions.
3 - Replace
blades more often when mowing
in sandy
soil.
4 - Not required
if equipped
with maintenance-free
battery.
5 - Tighten
front axle pivot bolt to 35 ft.=lbs, maximum.
DO not overtighten.
RECOMMENDATIONS
LUBRICATION
The warranty on this tractor does not
cover items that have been subjected to
operator abuse or negligence. To receive
full value from the warranty, operator
must maintain tractor as instructed in this
manual.
Some adjustments will need to be made
periodically to properly maintain your
tractor.
At least once a season, check to see if
you should make any of the adjustments
described in the Service and Adjustments
section of this manual.
• At least once a year you should replace
the spark plug, clean or replace air
filter, and check blades and belts for
wear. A new spark plug and clean air
filter assure proper air-fuel mixture and
help your engine run better and last
longer.
BEFORE
1.
2.
3.
4.
EACH
Spindle -Zerk
t'_-;'
(#Front Wheel
Bearing
Zerk
pindle
Zerk
dbFront Wheel
Zerk
(_) General Purpose Grease
REFER TO Maintenance "ENGINE" SECTION
IMPORTANT: Do not oil or grease the
pivot points which have special nylon
bearings. Viscous lubricants will attract
dust and dirt that will shorten the life of the
self-lubricating bearings. If you feel they
must be lubricated, use only a dry, powdered graphite type lubricant sparingly.
USE
Check engine oil level.
Check brake operation.
Check tire pressure.
Check operator presence and
interlock systems for proper operation.
CHART
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TRACTOR
4. Reassemble blade bolt, lock washer
and flat washer in exact order as
shown.
5. Tighten blade bolt securely (27-35 Ft.
Lbs. torque).
IMPORTANT: Blade bolt is heat treated. If
bolt needs replacing, replace only with approve bolt shown in the Repair Parts.
Trailing
Blade Center
Edge Up
Hole
Always observe safety rules when performing any maintenance.
BRAKE OPERATION
If tractor requires more than six (6) feet
stopping distance at high speed in highest
gear, then brake must be adjusted. (See
"TO ADJUST BRAKE" in the Service and
Adjustments section of this manual).
TIRES
• Maintain proper air pressure in all tires
(See "PRODUCT SPECIFICATIONS"
section of this manual).
• 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.
NOTE: To seal tire punctures and prevent
flat tires due to slow leaks, tire sealant
may be purchased from your local parts
dealer. Tire sealant also prevents tire dry
rot and corrosion.
OPERATOR PRESENCE SYSTEM
Be sure operator presence and interlock
systems are working properly. If your tractor does not function as described, repair
the problem immediately.
• The engine should not start unless
the brake pedal is fully depressed and
attachement clutch control is in the
disengaged position.
• When the engine is running, any attempt by the operator to leave the seat
without first setting the parking brake
should shut off the engine.
• When the engine is running and the
attachment clutch is engaged, any attempt by the operator to leave the seat
should shut off the engine.
• The attachment clutch should never operate unless the operator is in the seat.
BLADE CARE
For best results mower blades must be
kept sharp. Replace bent or damaged
blades.
Mandrel
Assembly
Lock Washer
_- Blade Bolt
Star
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
excessive vibration and eventual damage
to mower and 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, you will need a
5/8" diameter steel bolt, pin, or a cone
balancer. (When using a cone balancer,
follow the instructions supplied with
balancer.)
NOTE: Do not use a nail for balancing
blade. The lobes of the center hole may
appear to be centered, but are not.
• Slide blade on to an unthreaded portion
of the steel bolt or pin and hold the
bolt or pin parallel with the ground. 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.
Blade
5/8" Bolt o
BATTERY
Your tractor has a battery charging system
which is sufficient for normal use. However, periodic charging of the battery with
an automotive charger will extend its life.
• Keep battery and terminals clean.
• Keep battery bolts tight.
• Keep small vent holes open.
• Recharge at 6-10 amperes for 1 hour.
BLADE REMOVAL
1. Raise mower to highest position to allow access to blades.
2. Remove blade bolt, lock washer and
flat washer securing blade.
3. Install new or resharpened blade
with trailing edge up towards deck as
shown.
IMPORTANT: To ensure proper assembly,
center hole in blade must align with star
on mandrel assembly.
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NOTE: The original equipment battery on
your tractor is maintenance free. Do not
attempt to open or remove caps or covers.
Adding or checking level of electrolyte is
not necessary.
TO CLEAN BATTERY AND TERMINALS
Corrosion and dirt on the battery and
terminals can cause the battery to "leak"
power.
1. Disconnect BLACK battery cable first
then RED battery cable and remove
battery from tractor.
2. Rinse the battery with plain water and
dry.
3. Clean terminals and battery cable ends
with wire brush until bright.
4. Coat terminals with grease or petroleum jelly.
5. Reinstall battery (See "REPLACING
BATTERY" in the Service and Adjustments section of this manual).
Change the oil after every 50 hours of operation or at least once a year if the tractor
is not used for 50 hours in one year.
Check the crankcase oil level before starting the engine and after each eight (8)
hours of operation.
TO CHANGE ENGINE OIL
Determine temperature range expected
before oil change. All oil must meet API
service classification SF-SJ.
• Be sure tractor is on level surface.
• Oil will drain more freely when warm.
• Catch oil in a suitable container.
1. Remove oil fill cap/dipstick. Be careful
not to allow dirt to enter the engine
when changing oil.
2. Remove yellow cap from end of drain
valve and install the drain tube onto the
fitting.
TRANSAXLE COOLING
The transmission fan and cooling fins
should be kept clean to assure proper
cooling.
Do not attempt to clean fan or transmission while engine is running or while the
transmission is hot. To prevent possible
damage to seals, do not use high pressure
water or steam to clean transaxle.
• Inspect cooling fan to be sure fan blades
are intact and clean.
• Inspect cooling fins for dirt, grass clippings and other materials. To prevent
damage to seals, do not use compressed air or high pressure sprayer to
clean cooling fins.
TRANSAXLE PUMP FLUID
The transaxle was sealed at the factory
and fluid maintenance is not required for
the life of the transaxle. Should the transaxle ever leak or require servicing, contact
a Sears or other qualified service center.
Oil Drain Valve
Closed and
_,_
'OoC e n
Drain
obe
Yellow Cap _
3. Unlock drain valve by pushing inward
slightly and turning counterclockwise.
4. To open, pull out on the drain valve.
5. After oil has drained completely, close
and lock the drain valve by pushing
inward and turning clockwise until the
pin is in the locked position as shown.
6. Remove the drain tube and replace the
cap onto the end of the drain valve.
7. Refill engine with oil through oil fill dipstick tube. Pour slowly. Do not overfill.
For approximate capacity see "PRODUCT SPECIFICATIONS" section of this
manual.
8. Use gauge on oil fill cap/dipstick for
checking level. Insert dipstick into
the tube and rest the oil fill cap on the
tube. Do not thread the cap onto the
tube when taking reading.
Keep oil
at "FULl.:' line on dipstick. Tighten cap
onto the tube securely when finished.
V-BELTS
Check V-belts for deterioration and wear
after 100 hours of operation and replace
if necessary. The belts are not adjustable.
Replace belts if they begin to slip from
wear.
ENGINE
LUBRICATION
Only use high quality detergent oil rated
with API service classification SF-SJ. Select the oil's SAE viscosity grade according to your expected operating temperature.
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AIR FILTER
CLEAN
Your engine will not run properly using a
dirty air filter. Clean the foam pre-cleaner
after every 25 hours of operation or every
season. Service paper cartridge every
100 hours of operation or every season,
whichever occurs first.
Service air cleaner more often under dusty
conditions.
1. Remove knob and cover.
2. Remove wing nut and air cleaner from
base.
To insure proper cooling, make sure the
grass screen, cooling fins, and other external surfaces of the engine are kept clean at
all times.
Every 100 hours of operation (more often
under extremely dusty, dirty conditions),
remove the blower housing and other
cooling shrouds. Clean the cooling fins and
external surfaces as necessary. Make sure
the cooling shrouds are reinstalled.
NOTE: Operating the engine with a
blocked grass screen, dirty or plugged
cooling fins, and/or cooling shrouds removed will cause engine damage due to
overheating.
MUFFLER
TO SERVICE PRE-CLEANER
3. Slide foam pre-cleaner off cartridge.
4. Wash it in liquid detergent and water.
5. Squeeze it dry in a clean cloth. Allow it
to dry.
6. Saturate it in engine oil. Wrap it in
clean, absorbent cloth and squeeze to
remove excess oil.
TO SERVICE CARTRIDGE
1. Replace a dirty, bent, or damaged
cartridge.
NOTE: Do not wash the paper cartridge
or use pressurized air, as this will damage
the cartridge.
2. Reinstall the pre-cleaner (cleaned and
oiled) over the paper cartridge.
3. Reassemble air cleaner, wing nut,
cover and tighten knob securely.
Air Cleaner
Cover
Foam
PreCleaner
Knob
Nut
Rubber
Paper
Cartridge
A_r Cleaner
Base
Screen
Dipstick
ENGINE OIL FILTER
Replace the engine oil filter every season
or every other oil change if the tractor is
used more than 100 hours in one year.
CLEAN AIR SCREEN
Air screen must be kept free of dirt and
chaff to prevent engine damage from
overheating. Clean with a wire brush or
compressed air to remove dirt and stubborn dried gum fibers.
AIR INTAKE/COOLING
AREAS
Inspect and replace corroded muffler and
spark arrester (if equipped) as it could create a fire hazard and/or damage.
SPARK PLUG(S)
Replace spark plug(s) 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.
IN-LINE FUEL FILTER
The fuel filter should be replaced once
each season. If fuel filter becomes
clogged, obstructing fuel flow to carburetor, replacement is required.
1. With engine cool, remove filter and
plug fuel line sections.
2. Place new fuel filter in position in fuel
line with arrow pointing towards carburetor.
3. Be sure there are no fuel line leaks and
clamps are properly positioned.
4. Immediately wipe up any spilled gasoline.
CLEANING
• Clean engine, battery, seat, finish, etc. of all
foreign matter.
• Keep finished surfaces and wheels free of all
gasoline, oil, etc.
• Protect painted surfaces with automotive
type wax.
We do not recommend using a garden hose or
pressure washer to clean your tractor unless
the engine and transmission are covered to
keep water out. Water in engine or transmission will shorten the useful life of your tractor.
Use compressed air or a leaf blower to remove
grass, leaves and trash from tractor and
21 mower.
I,_
ARNING:
TO AVOID SERIOUS INJURY, BEFORE PERFORMING ANY SERVICE
OR ADJUSTMENTS:
1. Depress clutch/brake pedal fully and set parking brake.
2. Place motion control lever in neutral (N) position.
3. Place attachment clutch in "DISENGAGED" position.
4. Turn ignition key to "STOP" and remove key.
5. Make sure the blades and all moving parts have completely stopped.
6. Disconnect spark plug wire from spark plug and place wire where it cannot
come in contact with plug.
TRACTOR
IMPORTANT: If an attachment other
than the mower deck is to be mounted
on the tractor, remove the front links and
hook the clutch spring Into square hole in
frame.
TO INSTALL MOWER
1. Raise attachment lift lever to its highest position.
2. Slide mower under tractor with deflector shield to right side of tractor.
3. Lower lift lever to its lowest position.
4. Connect front links to mower deck and
secure with retainer springs.
5. Connect suspension arms to rear
deck brackets and secure with retainer
springs.
6. Connect anti-sway bar to chassis
bracket and secure with retainer
spring.
7. Push clutch cable housing guide into
bracket, slide collar onto guide and
secure with large retainer spring.
8. Place flat washer and clutch spring on
idler pulley bolt and secure with small
retainer spring.
9. Install belt onto engine pulley.
TO REMOVE MOWER
Mower will be easier to remove from the
right side of tractor.
1. Place attachment clutch in "DISENGAGED" position.
2. Move attachment lift lever forward to
lower mower to its lowest position.
3. Roll belt off engine pulley.
4. Remove small retainer spring, and
remove clutch spring off pulley bolt.
5. Remove large retainer spring, slide
collar off and push housing guide out
of bracket.
6. Disconnect anti-sway bar from chassis
bracket by removing retainer spring.
7. Disconnect suspension arms from rear
deck brackets by removing retainer
springs.
8. Disconnect front links from deck by
removing retainer springs.
9. Raise lift lever to raise suspension
arms. Slide mower out from under tractor.
Small Retainer
Clutch Spring
Clutch S
Engine Pulley
Retainer
\
Housing
Large
Retainer
Spring
Bracket
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Retainer Springs
(Both Sides)
TO LEVEL MOWER HOUSING
Adjust the mower while tractor is parked
on level ground or driveway. Make sure
tires are properly inflated (See "PRODUCT SPECIFICATIONS" section of this
manual). If tires are over or underinflated, you will not properly adjust your
mower.
SIDE-TO-SIDE ADJUSTMENT
• Raise mower to its highest position.
• At the midpoint of both sides of mower,
measure height from bottom edge of
mower to ground. Distance "A" on
both sides of mower should be the
same or within 1/4" of each other.
• If adjustment is necessary, make adjustment on one side of mower only.
• To raise one side of mower, tighten lift
link adjustment nut on that side.
• To lower one side of mower, loosen lift
link adjustment nut on that side.
NOTE: Each full turn of adjustment nut
will change mower height about 1/8".
• Recheck measurements after adjusting.
Bottom edge
of mower to
ground
_o_
Both Front Links Should be Equal in Length
Bottom edge
of mower to
___
_-_Ground
• When distance "D" is 1/8" to 1/2" lower
at front than rear, tighten nuts "F" against
trunnion on both front links.
• To raise front of mower, loosen nut "F"
from trunnion on both front links. Tighten
nut "E" on both front links an equal
number of turns. The two front links must
remain equal in length.
• When distance "D" is 1/8" to 1/2" lower
at front than rear, tighten nut "F" against
trunnion on both front links.
• Recheck side-to-side adjustment.
ground
Jt "E"
Line _ -J_A
nArm
Lift Link
_
Adjustment Nut --------
FRONT-TO-BACK ADJUSTMENT
IMPORTANT: Deck must be level side-to
side. If the following front-to-back adjustment is necessary, be sure to adjust both
front links equally so mower will stay level
side-to-side.
To obtain the best cutting results, the
mower housing should be adjusted so
that the front is approximately 1/8" to 1/2"
lower than the rear when the mower is in
its highest position.
Check adjustment on right side of tractor.
Measure distance "D" directly in front and
behind the mandrel at bottom edge of
mower housing as shown.
• Before making any necessary adjustments, check that both front links are
equal in length.
• If links are not equal in length, adjust
one link to same length as other link.
• To lower front of mower loosen nut "E"
on both front links an equal number of
turns.
Front Links
TO REPLACE
BELT
MOWER
BLADE
DRIVE
The mower blade drive belt may be replaced without tools. Park the tractor on
level surface. Engage parking brake.
BELT REMOVAL 1. Remove mower from tractor (See "TO
REMOVE MOWER" in this section of
manual).
2. Work belt off both mandrel pulleys and
idler pulleys.
3. Pull belt away from mower.
BELT INSTALLATION
-
1. Work belt around both mandrel pulleys
and idler pulleys
2. Make sure belt is in all pulley grooves
and inside all belt guides.
3. Install mower (See "To Install Mower" in
this section of this manual).
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Mandrel
Idler Pulleys
S.
Mandrel
Pulley
TO CHECK AND ADJUST
Road test tractor for proper stopping
distance as stated above. Readjust
if necessary. If stopping distance is
still greater than five (5) feet in highest
gear, further maintenance is necessary. Replace brake pads or contact a
Sears or other qualified service center.
TO REPLACE MOTION DRIVE BELT
Park the tractor on level surface. Engage
parking brake. For assistance, there is a
belt installation guide decal on bottom side
of left footrest.
BRAKE
Your tractor is equipped with an adjustable
brake system which is mounted on the
right side of the transaxle.
If tractor requires more than five (5) feet to
stop at highest speed in highest gear on a
level, dry concrete or paved surface, then
brake must be checked and adjusted.
TO CHECK BRAKE
BELT REMOVAL 1. Remove mower (See "TO REMOVE
MOWER" in this section of manual).
NOTE: Observe entire motion drive belt
and position of all belt guides and keepers.
2. Remove belt from stationary idler and
clutching idler.
3. Remove belt downward from around
engine pulley.
4. Pull belt slack toward rear of tractor.
Carefully remove belt upwards from
transmission input pulley and over
cooling fan blades.
5. Remove belt from center span keeper
and pull belt away from tractor.
BELT INSTALLATION -
1. Park tractor on a level, dry concrete or
paved surface, depress clutch/brake
pedal all the way down and engage
parking brake.
2. Disengage transmission by placing
freewheel control in '"transmission disengaged" position. Pull freewheel control out and into the slot and release so
it is held in the disengaged position.
The rear wheels must lock and skid when
you try to manually push the tractor forward. If the rear wheels rotate, the brake
needs to be adjusted or the pads need to
be replaced.
1. Carefully work new belt down around
transmission cooling fan and onto the
input pulley.
2. Slide belt into the center span keeper.
3. Pull belt toward front of tractor and roll
around the top groove of engine pulley.
4. Install belt through stationary idler and
clutching idler.
5. Make sure belt is in all pulley grooves
and inside all belt guides and keepers.
6. Install mower (See "TO INSTALL
MOWER" in this section of manual).
TO ADJUST BRAKE
1. Depress clutch/brake pedal all the way
down and engage parking brake.
2. Measure distance between brake operating arm and nut "A" on brake rod.
3. If distance is other than 1-9/16", loosen
jam nut and turn nut "A" until distance
becomes 1-9/16". Retighten jam nut
against nut "A".
4. Engage transmission by placing
freewheel control in '"transmission
engaged" position.
Engine Pulley
With parking brake "Engaged"
Clutching Idler "_
,__erating
Do not to_th_rake
adjustment is necessary contact a Sears or
other qualified service center.
Tr;n_lu_e;n_
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I
TRANSAXLE
MOTION CONTROL
LEVER NEUTRAL
ADJUSTMENT
The motion control lever has been preset
at the factory and adjustment should not
be necessary.
1. Loosen adjustment bolt in front of the
right rear wheel, and lightly tighten.
2. Start engine and move motion control lever until tractor does not move
forward or backward.
3. Hold motion control lever in that position and turn engine off.
4. While holding motion control lever in
place, loosen the adjustment bolt.
5. Move motion control lever to the neutral (N) (lock gate) position.
6. Tighten adjustment bolt securely.
NOTE: If additional clearance is needed
to get to adjustment bolt, move mower
deck height to the lowest position.
After above adjustment is made, if the
tractor still creeps forward or backward
while motion control lever is in neutral
position, follow these steps:
1. Loosen the adjustment bolt.
2. Move the motion control lever 1/4 to
1/2 inch in the direction it is trying to
creep.
3. Tighten adjustment bolt securely.
4. Start engine and test.
5. If tractor still creeps, repeat above
steps until satisfied.
Motion Control Lever
Neutral
Lock Gate
FRONT WHEEL TOE-IN/CAMBER
The front wheel toe-in and camber are not
adjustable on your tractor. If damage has
occurred to affect the front wheel toe-in or
camber, contact a Sears or other qualified
service center.
TO REMOVE WHEEL FOR REPAIRS
1. Block up axle securely.
2. Remove axle cover, retaining ring and
washers to allow wheel removal (rear
wheels have a square key - Do not
lose).
3. Repair tire and reassemble.
NOTE: On rear wheels only: align grooves
in rear wheel hub and axle. Insert square
key.
4. Replace washers and snap retaining
ring securely in axle groove.
5. Replace axle cover.
NOTE: To seal tire punctures and prevent
flat tires due to slow leaks, purchase and
use tire sealant from Sears. Tire sealant
also prevents tire dry rot and corrosion.
Washers
Retaining
Axle
Cover
Square Key
(Rear Wheel Only)
TO START
BATTERY
ENGINE
WITH
A WEAK
,_iLWARNING: Lead-acid batteries generate explosive gases. Keep sparks, flame
and smoking materials away from batteries. Always wear eye protection when
Adjustment Bolt
around batteries.
If your battery is too weak to start the
TRANSMISSION
REMOVAL/
engine, it should be recharged. (See "BATREPLACEMENT
TERY" in the MAINTENANCE section of
Should your transmission require removal
this manual).
for service or replacement, it should be
If "jumper cables" are used for emergency
purged after reinstallation and before opstarting, follow this procedure:
erating the tractor. See "PURGE TRANSIMPORTANT: Your tractor is equipped
MISSION" in the Operation section of this
with a 12 volt system. The other vehicle
manual.
must also be a 12 volt system. Do not use
your tractor battery to start other vehicles.
TO ADJUST STEERING WHEEL
TO ATTACH JUMPER CABLES ALIGNMENT
1. Connect one end of the RED cable
If steering wheel crossbars are not
to the POSITIVE (+) terminal of each
horizontal (left to right) when wheels are
battery(A-B), taking care not to short
positioned straight forward, remove steeragainst tractor chassis.
ing wheel and reassemble with crossbars
Connect one end of the BLACK cable
horizontal. Tighten securely.
to the NEGATIVE (-) terminal (C) of
fully charged battery.
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.
3. Connect the other end of the BLACK
cable (D) to good chassisground,
awayfrom fuel tank and battery.
TO REMOVECABLES, REVERSE
ORDER 1. BLACKcable first from chassisand
then from the fully chargedbattery.
2. REDcable last from both batteries.
TO REPLACE HEADLIGHT BULB
1. Raise hood.
2. Pull bulb holder out of the hole in the
backside of the grill.
3. Replace bulb in holder and push bulb
holder securely back into the hole in
the backside of the grill.
4. Close hood.
INTERLOCKS AND RELAYS
Loose or damaged wiring may cause
your tractor to run poorly, stop running, or
prevent it from starting.
• Check wiring. See electrical wiring
diagram in the Repair Parts section.
TO REPLACE FUSE
I
Weak or Dead
Battery
Replace with 20 amp automotive-type
plug-in fuse. The fuse holder is located
behind the dash.
Fully Charged
Battery
TO REMOVE HOOD AND GRILL ASSEMBLY
1. Raise hood.
2. Unsnap headlight wire connector.
3. Stand in front of tractor. Grasp hood at
sides, tilt toward engine and lift off of
tractor.
4. When replacing hood, be sure to reconnect the headlight wire connector.
REPLACING BATTERY
_k, WARNING: Do not short battery
terminals by allowing a wrench or any
other object to contact both terminals at
the same time. Before connecting battery,
remove metal bracelets, wristwatch bands,
rings, etc.
Positive terminal must be connected
first to prevent sparking from accidental
grounding.
1. Lift seat pan to raised position.
2. Disconnect BLACK battery cable first
then RED battery cable and carefully
remove battery from tractor.
3. Install new battery with terminals in
same position as old battery.
4. First connect RED battery cable to
positive (+) terminal with hex bolt and
keps nut as shown. Tighten securely.
Slide terminal cover over terminal
5. Connect BLACK grounding cable to
negative (-) terminal with remaining
hex bolt and keps nut. Tighten securely.
Terminal
Keps
Nut _
. _.
Headlight Wire
Connector
Hex
Bolt
Positive
(Red)
Cable
Negative (Black) Cable
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ENGINE
Maintenance, repair, or replacement of
the emission control devices and systems,
which are being done at the customers expense, may be performed by any non-road
engine repair establishment or individual.
Warranty repairs must be performed by an
authorized engine manufacturer's service
outlet.
TO ADJUSTTHROTTLE
CONTROL
CABLE
The throttle control has been preset at the
factory and adjustment should not be necessary. Check adjustment as described
below before loosening cable. If adjustment is necessary, proceed as follows:
1. With engine not running, move throttle
control lever from slow to choke position. Slowly move lever from choke to
fast position.
2. Check to see if hole in throttle lever
and hole in speed control bracket are
aligned.
3. If holes are not aligned, loosen cable
clamp screw and align the holes by
inserting a pencil or a 1/4" drill bit
through both holes.
4. Pull throttle cable up to remove slack
and tighten cable clamp screw. Remove alignment pencil or drill bit.
TO ADJUST CARBURETOR
The carburetor has been preset at the
factory and adjustment should not be necessary. However, minor adjustment may
be required to compensate for differences
in fuel, temperature, altitude or load. If the
carburetor does need adjustment, proceed
as follows:
In general, turning the adjusting needles
in (clockwise) decreases the supply of
fuel to the engine giving a leaner fuel/air
mixture. Turning the adjusting needles out
(counterclockwise) increases the supply
of fuel to the engine giving a richer fuel/air
mixture.
IMPORTANT: Damage to the needles and
seats in carburetor may result if turned in
too tight.
NOTE: The carburetor on this engine is
low emission. It is equipped with an idle
fuel adjusting needle with a limiter cap,
which allows some adjustment within the
limits allowed by the cap. Do not attempt
to remove the limiter cap. The limiter cap
cannot be removed without breaking the
adjusting needle.
1. Be sure you have a clean air filter and
the throttle control cable is adjusted
properly (see above).
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2.
3.
4.
5.
Start engine and allow to warm for five
minutes. Make adjustments
with engine
running and shift/motion
control lever
in neutral (N) position.
Idle speed setting - With throttle control
lever in slow position, engine should
idle at 1750 RPM. If engine idles too
slow or fast, turn idle speed adjusting
screw in or out until correct idle is attained.
Idle fuel needle setting - With throttle
control lever in slow position, turn idle
fuel adjustment
needle in (clockwise)
until engine begins to die and then turn
out (counterclockwise)
until engine
runs rough. Turn needle to a point
midway between those two positions.
Recheck idle speed. Readjust if necessary.
ACCELERATION TEST 6. Move throttle control lever from slow
to fast position. If engine hesitates or
dies, turn idle fuel adjusting needle out
(counterclockwise) 1/8 turn. Repeat
test and continue to adjust, if necessary, until engine accelerates smoothly.
High speed stop is factory adjusted. Do
not adjust - damage may result.
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.
Cable "_._
Clamp
Screw '1_
Speed Control I_ _
J
Bracket "---------- 41f[_-_f-t
,ver
Idle Speed
Adjusting_
_T_-
screw II
,d,eFoe,
II
Adjusting -----'1[_
Needle
I'' _
_r_)
I
I
.L_,!__
Also, alcohol blended fuels (called gasohol
or using ethanol or methanol) can attract
moisture which leads to separation and
formation of acids during storage. Acidic
gas can damage the fuel system of an
engine while in storage.
• Empty the fuel tank by starting the engine and letting it run until the fuel lines
and carburetor are empty.
• Never use engine or carburetor cleaner
products in the fuel tank or permanent
damage may occur.
• Use fresh fuel next season.
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 empty the gas tank and
carburetor if using fuel stabilizer.
ENGINE OIL
Immediately prepare your tractor for storage at the end of the season or if the trac_will
not be used
for 30
days
more.
,WARNING:
Never
store
the ortractor
with gasoline in the tank inside a building
where fumes may reach an open flame
or spark. Allow the engine to cool before
storing in any enclosure.
TRACTOR
Remove mower from tractor for winter
storage. When mower is to be stored for a
period of time, clean it thoroughly, remove
all dirt, grease, leaves, etc. Store in a
clean, dry area.
1. Clean entire tractor (See "CLEANING"
in the Maintenance section of this
manual).
2. Inspect and replace belts, if necessary
(See belt replacement instructions in
the Service and Adjustments section of
this manual).
3. Lubricate as shown in the Maintenance
section of this manual.
4. Be sure that all nuts, bolts and screws
are securely fastened. Inspect moving
parts for damage, breakage and wear.
Replace if necessary.
5. Touch up all rusted or chipped paint
surfaces; sand lightly before painting.
Drain oil (with engine warm) and replace
with clean engine oil. (See "ENGINE" in
the Maintenance section of this manual).
CYLINDER(S)
1. Remove spark plug(s).
2. Pour one ounce of oil through spark
plug hole(s) into cylinder(s).
3. Turn ignition key to start position for a
few seconds to distribute oil.
4. Replace with new spark plug(s).
BATTERY
• Fully charge the battery for storage.
• After a period of time in storage, battery
may require recharging.
• To help prevent corrosion and power
leakage during long periods of storage,
battery cables should be disconnected
and battery cleaned thoroughly (see "TO
CLEAN BATTERY AND TERMINALS" in
the Maintenance section of this manual).
• After cleaning, leave cables disconnected and place cables where they
cannot come in contact with battery
terminals.
• If battery is removed from tractor for
storage, do not store battery directly on
concrete or damp surfaces.
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 tractor indoors
and cover it to give protection from dust
and dirt.
• Cover your tractor 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 tractor to rust.
IMPORTANT:
Never cover tractor while
engine and exhaust areas are still warm.
ENGINE
FUEL SYSTEM
IMPORTANT: It is important to prevent
gum deposits from forming in essential
fuel system parts such as carburetor, fuel
hose, or tank during storage.
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TROUBLESHOOTING
CHART:
See appropriate section in manual unless directed to Sears service center
PROBLEM
Will not start
CAUSE
CORRECTION
1 • Out of fuel.
2. Engine not "CHOKED"
properly.
3. Engine flooded•
10. Engine valves out of
adjustment.
1. Fill fuel tank.
2. See "TO START ENGINE" in
Operation section.
3. Wait several minutes before
attempting to start.
4. Replace spark plug.
5. Clean/replace air filter•
6. Replace fuel filter.
7. Empty fuel tank and carburetor, refill tank with fresh gasoline and replace fuel filter.
8. Check all wiring•
9. See "To Adjust Carburetor"
in Service and Adjustments
section•
10. Contact a Sears or other
qualified service center•
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
4.
5.
6•
7.
Bad spark plug.
Dirty air filter•
Dirty fuel filter•
Water in fuel.
8• Loose or damaged wiring.
9. Carburetor out of adjustment•
Hard to start
Dirty air filter•
Bad spark plug.
Weak or dead battery.
Dirty fuel filter•
Stale or dirty fuel.
6. Loose or damaged wiring.
7. Carburetor out of adjustment•
8. Engine valves out of
adjustment.
Engine will not
turn over
Engine clicks but
will not start
1. Brake pedal not depressed•
2. Attachment clutch is
engaged•
3. Weak or dead battery.
4. Blown fuse.
5. Corroded battery terminals•
6. Loose or damaged wiring.
7. Faulty ignition switch.
8. Faulty solenoid or starter•
Clean/replace air filter•
Replace spark plug.
Recharge or replace battery•
Replace fuel filter.
Empty fuel tank and refill tank
with fresh, clean gasoline.
6. Check all wiring•
7. See "To Adjust Carburetor" in
Service and Adjustments
section•
8. Contact a Sears or other
qualified service center•
1. Depress brake pedal•
2. Disengage attachment
clutch•
9. Faulty operator presence
switch(es).
Recharge or replace battery•
Replace fuse.
Clean battery terminals.
Check all wiring•
Check/replace ignition switch.
Check/replace solenoid or
starter•
9. Contact a Sears or other
qualified service center•
1.
2.
3.
4.
1.
2.
3.
4.
Weak or dead battery.
Corroded battery terminals•
Loose or damaged wiring.
Faulty solenoid or starter•
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3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
8.
Recharge or replace battery•
Clean battery terminals.
Check all wiring•
Check/replace solenoid or
starter•
TROUBLESHOOTING
See appropriate
CHART:
section
in manual
unless
directed
to Sears service
center
PROBLEM
CAUSE
CORRECTION
Loss of power
1. Cutting too much grass/too
fast.
2. Throttle in "CHOKE" position.
3. Build-up of grass, leaves
and trash under mower,
4. Dirty air filter.
5. Low oil level/dirty oil.
6. Faulty spark plug.
1. Raise cutting height/reduce
speed.
2. Adjust throttle control.
3. Clean underside of mower
housing.
4. Clean/replace air filter.
5. Check oil level/change oil.
6. Clean and regap or change
spark plug.
7. Replace fuel filter.
8. Empty fuel tank and refill
tank with fresh, clean gasoline.
9. Empty fuel tank and
carburetor, refill tank with
fresh gasoline and replace
fuel filter.
10. Connect and tighten spark
plug wire.
11. Clean engine air screen/fins.
12. Clean/replace muffler.
13.Check all wiring.
14. See "To Adjust Carburetor"
in Service and Adjustments
section.
15. Contact a Sears or other
qualified service center.
7. Dirty fuel filter.
8. Stale or dirty fuel.
9. Water in fuel.
10. Spark plug wire loose.
11.
12.
13.
14.
Dirty engine air screen/fins.
Dirty/clogged muffler.
Loose or damaged wiring.
Carburetor out of adjustment.
15. Engine valves out of
adjustment.
Excessive
vibration
1. Worn, bent or loose blade.
2. Bent blade mandrel.
3. Loose/damaged
Engine continues
Gorun when
operator leaves
seat with
attachment
clutch engaged
Poor cut - uneven
part(s).
1. Faulty operator-safety
presence control system.
Worn, bent or loose blade.
2. Mower deck not level.
3. Buildup of grass, leaves,
and trash under mower.
4. Bent blade mandrel.
5. Clogged mower deck vent
from build-up of grass,
leaves, and trash around
mandrels.
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1. Replace
bolt.
2. Contact
qualified
3. Tighten
Replace
blade. Tighten blade
a Sears or other
service center.
loose part(s).
damaged parts.
Check wiring, switches and
connections. If not corrected,
contact a Sears or other
qualified service center.
1. Replace blade. Tighten
blade bolt.
2. Level mower deck.
3. Clean underside of mower
housing.
4. Contact a Sears or other
qualified service center.
5. Clean around mandrels to
open vent holes.
TROUBLESHOOTING
CHART:
See appropriate section in manual unless directed to Sears service center
PROBLEM
Mower blades will
not rotate
Poor grass
discharge
CAUSE
CORRECTION
1. Obstruction in clutch
mechanism.
2. Worn/damaged mower drive
belt.
3. Frozen idler pulley.
4. Frozen blade mandrel•
1. Engine speed too slow.
2. Travel speed too fast.
3. Wet grass•
4. Mower deck not level.
5. Low/uneven tire air pressure.
6. Worn, bent or loose blade•
7. Buildup of grass, leaves and
trash under mower•
8. Mower drive belt worn.
9. Blades improperly installed.
10• Improper blades used.
11 •Clogged mower deck vent
holes from buildup of grass,
leaves, and trash around
mandrels•
1. Remove obstruction.
2. Replace mower drive belt.
3. Replace idler pulley•
4. Contact a Sears or other
qualified service center.
1. Place throttle control in
"FAST" position.
2. Shift to slower speed.
3. Allow grass to dry before
mowing•
4. Level mower deck.
5. Check tires for proper air
pressure•
6. Replace/sharpen blade•
Tighten blade bolt•
7. Clean underside of mower
housing.
8. Replace mower drive belt.
9. Reinstall blades sharp edge
down.
10• Replace with blades listed
in this manual.
11• Clean around mandrels to
open vent holes•
Headlight(s) not
working
(if so equipped)
1.
2.
3.
4.
Battery
charge
1. Bad battery cell(s).
2. Poor cable connections•
3. Faulty regulator
(if so equipped).
4. Faulty alternator•
1. Replace battery•
2. Check/clean all connections•
3. Replace regulator•
1. Freewheel control in
"disengaged" position•
2. Motion drive belt worn,
damaged, or broken•
3. Air trapped in transmission
during shipment or servicing•
1. Place freewheel control in
"engaged" position.
2. Replace motion drive belt.
will not
Loss of drive
Engine "backfires"
when turning
engine "OFF"
Switch is "OFF".
1. Turn switch "ON".
Bulb(s) or lamp(s) burned out 2. Replace bulb(s) or lamp(s).
Faulty light switch•
3. Check/replace light switch•
Loose or damaged wiring.
4. Check wiring and connections•
5. Blown fuse.
5. Replace fuse•
.
Engine throttle control not set
at "SLOW" position for 30
seconds before stopping
engine•
31
4. Replace alternator.
3. Purge transmission•
.
Move throttle control to
"SLOW" position and allow
to idle for 30 seconds before
stopping engine.
32
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NUMBER
917.273143
SCHEMATIC
BATTERY
SOLENOID
r
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FUSE
STARTER
BLACK
J
J
ATT'MENT
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CLUTCH
(CLUTCH
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I 85
86 I
BLUE
SEAT SWITCH
_
_'_
(NOT OCCUPIED)
187
@_
_
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LINE
OFF)
301
87A
PRESENCE
FUEL SHUT-OFF
SOLENOID
(IF SO EQUIPPED)
I
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1
RELAY #1
86 I
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BLACK
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301
87A
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SPARK
PLUG
OPERATOR
_
ESENCE RELAY #2 t
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YELLOW [,
CHARGING
(2 PL_ AP ON
TWIN CYL- ENGINES)
SYSTEM OUTPUT
15 AMP DC @ 36OORp M
REGULATOR
YELLOW
lIF
_RNAjTO
yELLOWALTERNATOR
R
28 VOLTS AC @ 3600 RPM
I
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( REGU L_TOR DISCONNECTE
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IIIb,r
7
OPERATOR
_
PRESENCE RELAY #3
I 85
E
_
Bk_CK Jl
/
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86 I
HEADUGHTS
BLACK
RED
RED
IGNITION
POSITION
SWITCH
CIRCUIT
"MAKE"
M+G+A1
NONE
B+A1
A2+L
RUN
B+A1
NONE
START
3 + S + AI
NONE
OFF
RUN/UGHT
NON-REMOVABLE
CONNECTIONS
RELAY
REMOVABLE
CONNECTIONS
WIRING INSULATED CLIPS
NOTE: IF WIRING INSULATED CLIPS WERE REMOVED FOR
SERVICING OF UN{T, THEY SHOULD BE REPLACED TO
PROPERLY SECURE YOUR WIRING.
33
TRACTOR
- - MODEL
NUMBER
917.273143
ELECTRICAL
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TRACTOR
- - MODEL
NUMBER
917.273143
ELECTRICAL
KEY
NO.
PART
NO,
DESCRIPTION
1
2
8
16
21
22
24
25
26
27
28
29
30
33
40
41
42
43
45
52
81
90
163465
74760412
176689
176137
183759
4152J
4799J
146147
175158
73510400
4207J
160784
175566
140403
179722
71110408
131563
178861
122822X
141940
109748X
180449
Battery
Bolt, Hex Head 1/4-20 Unc x 3/4
Box Batt.ery Fender
Switch, Interlock
Harness, Light Socket (Includes 4152J)
Bulb, Light
Cable, Battery, 6 Gauge, Red, 11"
Cable, Battery, 6 Gauge, Red, W/16 Wire
Fuse, 20 Amp
Nut Keps Hexl/4-20 Uric
Cable, Ground, 6 Gauge, Black, 12"
Switch, Plunger Normal Op Olive
Switch, Ignition
Key, Ignition
Harness, Ignition
Belt, Hex Head, Fin. 1/4-20 x 1/2
Cover, Terminal, Red
Solenoid
Ammeter Rectangular
Protection Wire Loop
Relay Asm.
Cover Terminal Battery
NOTE: All component dimensions given in U.S. inches
1 inch = 25.4 mm
35
TRACTOR
- - MODEL
CHASSIS AND ENCLOSURES
NUMBER
917.273143
259
260
258
261
39
18
58
166
208
2O8
209
60
37
74
209
2O9
208
:14
38
36
4
chassis-Laser
-It.stff 16
TRACTOR
- - MODEL
CHASSIS AND ENCLOSURES
NUMBER
917.273143
KEY
NO,
PART
NO.
DESCRIPTION
1
2
5
9
10
11
13
14
17
18
26
28
30
31
37
38
39
58
60
64
74
142
143
144
145
159
166
206
207
208
209
212
258
259
260
261
--
174619
176554
155272
168337X013
STD533710
174996
172105X010
17490608
185682X613
184921
STD541437
184247
175692X613
139976
17490508
175710
174714
150127
72140606
154798
73680600
175702
186689
175582
156524
155123X428
171875
170165
17670508
17670608
17000612
184248
184245X599
184246X599
184250X428
184258X428
5479J
Chassis Stamping
Drawbar
Bumper Hood/Dash
Dash
Bolt, Carriage 3/8-16 x 1
Panel, Dash, LH.
Panel, Dash, R.H.
Screw Thdrol 3/8-16 x 1/2
Hood Assembly
Bumper Hood
Nut
Grille Lens Asm
Fend/Ftrest Pnt STLT
Bracket, Fender Support
Screw Thdrol 5/16-18 x 1/2 Tyt
Bracket Asm. Pivot Mower Rear
Bracket Pivot
Duct Air Engine P/L LT
Bolt Rdhd Sqnk 3/8-16 Unc x 3/4
Dash Lower STLT
Nut Crownlock 3/8-16 Unc
Plate Reinforcement STLT
Bracket Swaybar Chassis
Bracket Pnt Footrest STLT
Rod Pivot Chassis/Hood
Cupholder
Screw 13-16 x 3/4
Bolt Shoulder 5/16 -18 TT
ScrewThdrol 5/16-18x1/2TYTT
ScrewThdrol 3/8-16 x 1/2
Screw 3/8-16 x 3/4
Insert Lens Reflective
Lens RH
Lens LH
Cover Lens
Insert Grille
Plug, Button
NOTE:
All component dimensions given in U.S. inches
1 inch = 25.4 mm
37
GROUND DRIVE
TRACTOR
. . MODEL
NUMBER
917.273143
dr_e'hydro.stll
38
29
TRACTOR
- - MODEL
NUMBER
917.273143
GROUND DRIVE
KEY
NO.
PART
NO.
DESCRIPTION
165866
STD561210
10040400
74490544
STD541431
STD541437
130564
169498
73350600
106888X
STD551037
STD561210
175765
71673
169592
74760512
175578
120183X
19211616
1572H
179114
74760648
175556
127783
154407
123205X
72110612
STD541437
STD541431
105710X
105709X
17060620
140294
169691
17120614
8883R
175410
173937
10040700
154778
Transaxle (See Breakdown)
Hydro Gr 314-0510
Rod Shift Fender Adjust
Pin Cotter 1/8 x 1 CAD
Washer Lock Hvy Helical
Bolt Hex FLGHD 5/16-18 x Gr 5
Nut Lock Hex W/ins. 5/16-18 Unc
Nut Lock Hex W/Wsh 3/8-16 Unc
Knob, Deluxe 1/2-13
Rod, Brake Hydro
Nut, Hex Jam 3/8-16 Unc
Spring, Brake Rod
Washer 13/32 x 13/16 Ga.
PinCotter 1/8 x 3/4 CAD.
Rod, Parking Brake
Cap, Parking Brake
Bracket, Transaxle
Bolt Hex Hd 5/16-18 Unc x 3/4
Shaft, Foot Pedal
Bearing, Nylon
Washer
Pin, Roll
Pulley, Composite, Flat
Bolt Fin Hex 3/8-16 x 2-3/4
Keeper, Belt Idler
Pulley, Idler, V-Groove
Bellcrank, Clutch
Retainer, Belt
Bolt 3/8-16 x 1-1/2
Nut Crewnlock 3/8-16 Unc
Nut, Crownlock 5/16-18 Unc
Link, Clutch
Spring, Return, Clutch
Screw 3/8-16 x 1.04
V-Belt
Keeper, Center Span
Screw. 3/8-16 x .875
Cover, Pedal
Pulley, Engine
Bolt Hex 7/16-20 x 4
Washer, Lock 7/16
Keeper Belt Engine Hydro
1
8
10
14
15
16
19
21
22
24
25
26
27
28
29
30
32
34
35
36
37
38
39
41
47
48
49
50
51
52
53
55
56
57
59
61
62
63
64
65
66
KEY
NO.
PART
NO.
DESCRIPTION
70
71
73
74
75
76
77
78
81
82
83
84
89
90
95
96
116
120
150
151
156
158
159
161
162
163
164
165
166
168
169
197
198
199
200
202
212
271
134683
169183
169182
137057
121749X
STD581075
123583X
121748X
165596
165711
19171216
169594
164890X428
124346X
170201
4497H
72140608
7390O6O0
175456
19133210
166002
165589
183900
72140406
73680400
74780416
19091210
165623
17490510
165492
165580
169613
169593
169612
72140508
72110614
145212
17000612
Keeper Belt Engine
Strap Torque Lh Hydro
Strap Torque Rh Hydro
Spacer
Washer 25/32 x 1-1/4 x 16 Ga.
E-Ring
Key, Square
Washer 25/32 x 1-5/8 x 16 Ga.
Shaft Asm Cross Tapered
Spring Torsion
Washer 17/32 x 3/4 x 16 Ga.
Link Transaxle
Console, Shift
Nut Self-Thd Wsh-hd 1/4 Zinc
Control Bypass Hydro 20" Tires
Retainer Spring 1" Zinc/Cad
Bolt Rdhd Sqneck 3/8-16 x 1.25
Nut Lock Fig 3/8-16
Spacer Retainer
Washer 13/32 x 2 x 10 Ga.
Washer Srrted 5/16 ID x 1.125
Bracket Shift Mount
Hub Shift
Bolt Rdhd Sqnk 1/4-20 x 3/4 Gr 5
Nut Crownleck 1/4-20 Unc
Bolt Hex Fin 1/4-20 Unc x 1 Gr 5
Washer 9/32 x 3/4 x 10 Ga
Bracket Pivot Lever
Screw 5/16-18 x 5/8
Bolt Shoulder 5/16-18 x .561
Plate Fastening
Nyliner Snap-in 5/8"1D
Washer Nyl 7/8 ID x .105" Hyd
Bolt Shoulder 5/16-18 Unc
Bolt Rdhd Sgnk 5/16-18 Unc x 1
Bolt Carr Sh 3/8-16 x 1-3/4Gr.5
Nut Hex Fig. Lock
Screw Hexwsh Thdr 3/8-16 x 3/4
NOTE: All component dimensions given in U.S.
inches 1 inch = 25.4 mm
39
TRACTOR
STEERING ASSEMBLY
- - MODEL
NUMBER
917.273143
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67
67
13
65
43
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40
30
TRACTOR
STEERING ASSEMBLY
- - MODEL
NUMBER
917.273143
KEY PART
NO. NO.
DESCRIPTION
1
2
3
4
5
6
8
10
11
12
13
15
17
26
28
29
30
32
36
37
38
39
40
41
42
43
44
46
51
54
65
67
68
71
82
87
88
91
Steering Wheel
Axle Assembly
Spindle Assembly, L.H.
Spindle Assembly, R.H.
Bearing, Race, Thrust, Hardened
Washer 25/32 x 1-5/8 x 16 Ga.
Ring, Klip
Draglink
Washer, Lock
Nut Hex Jam Toplock 1/2-20 unf
Spacer Brg Axle Front
Nut, Hexflange Lock
Shaft Assembly, Steering
Bushing, Link, Drag
Washer 13/32 x 7/8 x 16 Ga.
Screw 3/8-16 x 3/4
Pin
Rod, Tie
Bushing, Steering
Screw
Insert, Steering Wheel
Washer 9/16 x 1-1/2 11 Ga.
Nut 3/8-24
Adaptor, Steering Wheel
Boot, Steering Shaft
Washer 25/32 x 1-1/4 x 16 Ga.
Extension Shaft Steering LR.LT
Cap, Spindle
Nut Crownlock 1/4-28
Bolt Hex 1/4-28 unf x 1-1/4 Gr. 8
Spacer Brace Axle
Bolt Rdhd Sqnk 3/8-16 x 2-1/4
Axle, Brace
Steering Asm
Bracket Susp Chassis Front
Washer .781 x 1-1/2 x .14
Bolt Shoulder 7/16-20
Clip Steering
184704X428
184706
169840
169839
6266H
121748X
12000029
175121
STD551137
73940800
136518
145212
180641
126847X
19131416
17000612
STD561210
130465
155099
152927
159946X428
19182411
73540600
159945
145054x428
121749X
180640
184946X505
73540400
71130420
160367
72110618
169827
175146
169835
173966
175118
175553
NOTE: All component dimensions given in U.S. inches
1 inch = 25.4 mm
41
TRACTOR
- - MODEL
NUMBER
917.273143
ENGINE
2
80
38
/
14
I
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33
37
31
/_
_
33
29,
/
4O
OPTIONAL
EQUIPMENT
Spark Arrester
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engine-kohleE33
KEY PART
NO. NO.
1
2
3
4
13
14
16
23
29
31
32
33
KEY PART
NO. NO.
DESCRIPTION
170548X505 Control, Throttle
17720408
Screw, Hex Head, Thread Cutting
1/4-20 x 5/8
Engine, (See Breakdown) Kohler
Model No. CV490-27508
174667
Muffler
Gasket Kohler (Order from engine
mfg.)
148456
Tube Drain Oil Easy
STD551237 Washer
169837
Shield Brn/Dbr Guard
137180
Arrestor, Spark
184900
Tank, Fuel
140527
Cap Fuel
123487X
Clamp, Hose
37
38
40
44
137040
181654
124028X
17670412
45
46
77
80
81
105
116
17000612
19091416
19101216
74760508
73510400
17120616
184362
DESCRIPTION
Line, Fuel
Plug, Drain Oil Easy
Bushing Snap
Screw, Hex Washer Head, Thd.,
Roll. 1/4-20 x 3/4
Screw Hex Wsh Thdr 3/8-16 x 3/4
Washer 9/32 x 7/8 x 16 Gauge
Washer 5/16 x 3/4 x 16 Ga.
Bolt Hex Hd 5/16-18 Unc x 1/2
Nut Keps Hex 1/4-20
Screw 3/8-16 x 1
Nut Hex Flange Toplock M8-1.25
NOTE: All component dimensions given in U.S. inches
42
1 inch = 25.4 mm
TRACTOR
- - MODEL
NUMBER
917.273143
SEAT ASSEMBLY
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12
seatlt.knob
9
KEY PART
NO. NO,
DESCRIPTION
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Seat
Bracket, Pivot, Fender
Bolt
Washer 13/32 x 1 x 10 Ga.
Clip, Push-In Hinged
Nut
Spring, Seat
Screw 3/8-16 x 1-1/2
Washer 13/32 x 1 x 14 Ga.
Pan, Seat
Knob Seat
Bracket, Switch Mounting
180597
180166
71110616
19131610
1450O6
STD541437
124181X
17000616
19131614
180186
166369
121246X
KEY
NO.
PART
NO.
DESCRIPTION
13
14
15
16
17
21
22
24
121248X
72050412
134300
121250X
123976X
171852
STD541431
19171912
Bushing, Snap
Bolt, Carriage 1/4-20 x 1-1/2
Spacer, Split 28 x .88
Spring
Lecknut, Flange 1/4 Grade 5
Bolt, Shoulder 5/16-18 Unc
Nut
Washer 17/32 x 1-3/16 x 12 Ga.
NOTE: All component dimensions given in U.S.
inches 1 inch = 25.4 mm
43
TRACTOR
- - MODEL
NUMBER
917.273143
DECALS
18
13
10
16
11
KEY PART
NO. NO.
DESCRIPTION
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Decal,
Decal,
Decal,
Decal,
Decal,
Decal,
Decal,
Decal,
Decal,
Decal,
Decal,
Decal,
156811
177367
186280
186281
187049
133644
186283
172331
186282
156439
179128
146046
WHEELS
Oper. Instr.
HP Engine
Hood, R.H.
Hood, L.H.
Hood Replacement
Customer Maintenance
Hood Side
Deck
Fender, Craftsman
Fender Danger
Deck "B" 42"
V-Belt Drive Schematic
&TIRES
KEY
NO.
PART
NO.
DESCRIPTION
13
14
15
16
17
18
20
- - - - - - -
177353
160396
184842
138047
184843
164065
149516
138311
184310X428
184311X428
166960
188652
188653
Decal, Lower Dash
Decal, V-Belt Schematic
Decal, Grille, RH
Decal, Battery Diehard
Decal, Grille, LH
Decal, Steering
Decal, Battery Dngr/Psn Eng
Decal, Lift Handle
Pad Footrest LH STLT
Pad Footrest RH STLT
Decal By Pass
Owner's Manual, English
Owner's Manual, Spanish
KEY
NO.
PART
NO.
DESCRIPTION
1
2
3
4
59192
65139
106222X
59904
5
6
7
4,10
11
8
9
10
11
Valve Cap, Tire
Stem, Valve
Tire, Front
Tube, Front Tire
(Not Provided, Service Item Only)
106732X624 Rim, Front
278H
Fitting, Grease (Front Wheel Only)
9040H
Bearing, Flange (Front Wheel
Only)
106108X624 Rim, Rear
122082X
Tire, Rear
7152J
Tube, Rear Tire
(Not Provided, Service Item Only)
104757X428 Cap, Axle
144334
Sealant, Tire 10 oz.
NOTE: All component dimensions given in U.S.
inches 1 inch = 25.4 mm
44
TRACTOR
- - MODEL
NUMBER
917.273143
LIFT ASSEMBLY
3
13
6
?
13
19
20
20
13
19
15
32 /
KEY PART
NO. NO.
DESCRIPTION
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
11
12
13
Lift Lever Inner Wire Assembly
Shaft Assembly, Lift
Pin, Groove
E-Ring
Washer 21/32 x 1 x 21 Ga.
Bearing, Nylon
Grip, Handle, Fluted
Button, Plunger, Red
Link, Lift, L.H.
Link, Lift, R.H.
Retainer Spring
159460
159471
105767X
120OO0O2
19211621
120183X
125631X
122365X
139865
139866
STD624008
KEY
NO,
PART
NO.
15
16
17
18
173288
73350800
175689
73800800
19
20
31
32
139868
163552
169865
73540600
DESCRIPTION
Link, Front
Nut, Hex, Jam 1/2-13 Unc
Trunnion
Locknut, Hex, with Washer Insert
1/2-13 Unc
Arm, Suspension, Rear
Retainer Spring
Bearing, Pvt, Lift
Nut, Crownlock 3/8-24
NOTE: All component dimensions given in U.S. inches
1 inch = 25.4 mm
45
TRACTOR
- - MODEL NUMBER
917.273143
MOWER DECK
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19
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21
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9_
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46
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TRACTOR - - MODEL NUMBER 917.273143
MOWERDECK
KEY
NO.
PART
NO.
1
2
3
165892
STD533107
138017
4
5
6
8
9
10
11
--13
14
15
16
18
19
20
21
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30
31
32
33
34
36
37
40
44
45
46
48
52
53
DESCRIPTION
Mower Deck Assembly, 42"
Bolt
Bracket Assembly, Sway Bar,
Front
165460
Bracket Sway Bar 38/42" eck
STD624008 Retainer Spring
178024
Bar Sway Deck
850857
Bolt, Hex 3/8-24 x 1.25 Gr. 8
STD551137 Washer, Lock
140296
Washer, Hardened
(The following blades are
available)
134149
Blade, 42" Mulching Std
(For mulching mowers only)
139775
Blade, 42" Mulching Premium
(For better wear when mulching)
138971
Blade, 42" Hi-Lift
(For bagging or discharging)
137645
Shaft Assembly, Mandrel,
Vented
128774
Housing, Mandrel, Vented
110485X
Bearing, Ball, Mandrel
174493
Stripper, Mower Deck
72140505
Bolt, Carriage 5/16-18x5/8
132827
Bolt, Shoulder
159770
Baffle, Vortex
STD541431 NutCrownlock5/16-18Unc
177563
Bracket, Deflector
105304X
Cap, Sleeve
123713X
Spring, Torsion, Deflector
110452X
Nut, Push
130968X428 Shield, Deflector
19111016
Washer 11/32x5/8x16Ga.
131491
Rod, Hinge
173984
Screw Thdrol DOD PT Hex
129963
Washer, Spacer
153535
Pulley, Mandrel
178342
Nut, Toplock, Flanged
STD533717 Bolt
131494
Pulley, Idler, Flat
STD551037 Washer 13/32 x 13/16 x 16 Ga.
STD541437 Nut Crownlock 3/8-16 Unc
140088
Guard, Mandrel, L.H.
STD624003 Retainer
137729
Screw, Thd. Roll 1/4-20 x 5/8
133944
Washer, Hardened
139888
Bolt, Shoulder 5/16-18 Unc
184907
Arm Assembly, Pad, Brake
KEY
NO,
PART
NO.
54
55
56
59
67
68
92
101
102
103
104
105
106
111
112
113
116
117
118
119
129
130
131
142
143
144
145
146
147
148
149
150
152
158
159
184
185
- -
178515
155046
165723
141043
184939
144959
73800600
136420
71081010
19061216
STD551110
160793
2029J
179292
179293
17060510
4898H
165746
73930600
STD551037
19131312
STD523710
STD533710
165890
157109
158634
165888
171977
131335
169022
165898
19091216
169676
17720408
72140614
19131410
188234
130794
- -
169583
DESCRIPTION
Washer, Hardened
Arm, Idler
Spacer, Retainer
Guard, TUV Idler
Knob Custom Oval
V-Belt
Nut Lock Hex w/Ins. 3/8-16
Mulcher Cover
Screw Pan Hd Phillips 10-24 x 5/8
Washer #10
Washer, Lock #10
Latch Assembly, Bagger
Nut, Weld
Bracket, Gauge, Wheel L.H.
Bracket, Gauge, Wheel R.H.
Screw 3/8-16 x .625
Bolt, Shoulder
Wheel, Gauge
Nut, Centerlock 3/8-16
Washer 3/8 x 7/8 x 14 Gauge
Washer 13/32 x 13/16 x12 Ga.
Bolt, Fin Hex 3/8-16 Unc xl Gr. 5
Bolt, Rdhd Sqnk 3/8-16 Unc x 1
Arm Spring Brake Mower
Bracket Arm Idler 42"
Keeper Belt 42" Clutch Cable
Pulley Idler Flat
Bolt Carriage Idler
Spring Extension
Spring Return Idler
Retainer Spring Yellow Zinc
Washer 9/32 x 3/4 x 16 Ga.
Cable Clutch 42 In
Screw Hex Thd Cut 1/4-20 x 5/8
Bolt Rdhd Sqn 3/8-16 Unc x 1-3/4
Washer 13/32 x 7/8 x 10 Ga.
Head Assy. Cable Clutch
Mandrel Assembly (Includes
housing, shaft and shaft hardware
only-pulley not included)
Replacement Mower, Complete
(Std. Deck-Order separately
mulcher cover and gauge wheel
components key nos. 101 - 106
and 116- 119).
NOTE: All component dimensions given in U.S.inches
1 inch = 25.4 mm
47
=
o
120[128
12
!
109
o_
_0
m_
88
(3O
/
81
900
Z rt-'
;oW
77
73
|
_m
79
19
17
2\
-"' 'M
\
16
\127
124
12
64
32
35
125
93
48
107
"43
'M
TRACTOR-MODEL NUMBER
917.273143
HYDRO GEAR TRANSAXLE - - MODEL NUMBER 314-0510
KEY
NO,
PART
NO,
1
2
3
4
170351
170352
170353
170354
5
6
7
169898
170355
170356
8
170357
9
10
11
12
13
14
170358
170359
170360
169870
170361
169869
16
170362
17
18
19
23
24
27
28
29
30
31
170363
170364
150771
170365
170366
170367
170368
170369
170370
170371
32
170389
33
142991
34
35
170390
170391
36
170392
37
38
39
40
41
42
43
44
150792
150793
150809
170393
170394
170395
170396
150797
45
46
47
48
49
50
51
170397
170398
170399
170400
170401
170402
170403
52
170404
53
54
55
56
57
58
170405
170406
142977
142978
150798
170407
KEY
NO.
PART
NO,
Main Housing, Assembly
Side Housing, Assembly
Center Section, Assembly
Swashplate, Trunion
Machined
Block - Assembly
Sealant 10.50z
Hex Flange Screw 1/4-20 X
1.25
Stud, 5/16-24 Hex Double
End
Shaft, Input
Ring - Retaining
Spacer
Ring - Retaining
Seal, Lip .67 X 1.58 X .276
Ball Brg 17ram Id X 40ram
Od X 12mm
Hex Flange Head Screw 5/
16-24X0.75
Lip Seal 18 X 32 X 7
Arm, Control
Bearing, 30x52x13 Thrust
Check Plug Assembly, Washer
Shaft, Motor
Gear - Pinion, 13t
10ti48t Gear
Gear, 10t Jackshaft
60t Bull Gear
Sleeve Bearing .75 X 1.575
X .625
SleeveBearing(Outboard)
.75xl .750x.625
Washer, 3/4 Id X 1-1/20d X
.13Thk
Lip Seal Axle Seal
Shaft, Axle .75 X 11.39 (Key,
59
60
61
62
63
170408
142883
142882
142887
170410
64
65
66
67
68
69
70
71
142892
170411
170412
170413
170414
170415
170416
170417
72
170418
73
142884
74
75
170419
170420
76
77
78
79
80
170421
170422
142969
142980
150778
81
82
170423
170424
83
84
85
87
88
90
161168
170425
170426
142917
170429
170430
R.H_t
Sha , Axle .75 X 16.99 (Key,
L.H.)
Miter Gear (Splined)
Miter Gear 15t (0.5 Id)
Shaft
Ring, Spiral Retaining
Pin, Jackshaft
Magnet, Ring
Spring, Bypass
Hydro Mtg Screw 3/8-24 X
2.5 Long
Filter
Base, Filter
Actuator, Bypass
Rod, Bypass Actuator
Arm, Bypass
Retaining Ring .250 External
Seal, Lip .741 X .250 X .250
Tc
Flat Washer, 5/8 Id X 1.OOd
X .05 Thk
Retaining Ring
Bearing, Center Block
Spring - Helical Compression
Washer
20w-50 Oil
Brake Yoke
93
107
108
170431
170432
170433
109
111
113
170434
170435
170437
116
119
120
121
170438
170439
170440
170441
122
123
124
170442
170443
170444
125
126
170445
170446
127
128
170447
173165
900
166768
DESCRIPTION
DESCRIPTION
Rotor, Brake
Brake Puck
Puck Plate
Brake Actuating Pin
Hfhcs 1/4-20x2 Wi
Patch,SpecialFlange
Bolt, 1/4-20 X 1 W/Patch
Spacer
Spring, Brake Arm Bias
Sq. Hd. Bolt 5/16-24-Ribbed
Arm, Brake
Slotted Hex Nut 5/16-24
Cotter Pin 3/32 X 3/4
Compression Spring Brake
Anti-Drag
Washer, Ht .5 I.D. X 10.D. X
.032
Flat - Washer 11/32 I.D. X 7/8
O.D
Oil Seal .625 X 1.0 X .25
Check Plug Assembly, .027,
Washer
Stud, 5/16-24 Friction Pack
Puck, .330 X 1.50 X .0975
Spring, Helical Comp
Spacer
Hex Lock Nut 5/1624Unjf(Nylon Insert)
Wedge, Friction Pack
Clip, Washer .316xl .50x.1046
(Plated)
Pin, Standard Headless
Fitting, 5/16 Sae 5/32 Tube
Hose, Expansion Tank
Cap - Poppet Valve
Bolt, Self Tapping 10-32Xl/2
Puck, Inner Wedge
Spring Clip - Housing Thrust
Deflector
Washer, Motor Shaft
.71idx1.15odx.030thk
Plug, Sae #6
O-Ring .07 X .301 I.D.
Bracket, Support Expansion
Tank
Silicon Sponge
Fan, 7 In.
Pulley
Hex Lock Nut 1/2-20 (Nylon
Insert)
Washer, Belleville
Belt Keeper
Center Section-Filter-Bypass
Assembly
Filter Assembly
Fan - Pulley Service
Assembly
Seal - O-Ring Kit
Kit, Expansion Tank
Transaxle Complete
NOTE: All component dimensions given in U.S.
inches 1 inch = 25.4 mm
49
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917.273143
KOHLER ENGINE-MODEL NUMBER CV490,TYPE NUMBER 27508
CYLINDER
HEAD,
VALVE
AND BREATHER_
!
\
20
10
X18
CRANKCASEJ
23 32
t
lO
\
50
TRACTOR-MODEL NUMBER
917.273143
KOHLER ENGINE-MODEL NUMBER CV490,TYPE NUMBER 27508
CYLINDER HEAD/VALVE/BREATHER
CRANKCASE
KEY
NO.
PART
NO.
25-351-01 -S
12-755-94-S
3
4
5
7
8
9
10
11
12-411-03-S
12-041-10-S
12-017-01-S
12-017-02-S
12-016-01-S
12-016-02-S
25-139-60-S
12-318-36-S
25-186-01-S
12-599-03-S
M-640034-S
12
13
14
15
16
12-089-01-S
12-173-01 -S
12-755-03-S
12-468-05-S
12-112-13-S
17
12-086-15-S
18
19
20
25-237-14-S
12-326-03-S
M-645020-S
21
22
12-096-07-S
M-545010-S
23
24
12-018-01-S
12-402-02-S
DESCRIPTION
Lifter, valve (2)
Kit, cylinder head (Includes
3-17, Gaskets 12 041 01-S
(Qty.2), 12 041 02-S, & 12
041 03-S)
Rod, push (2)
Gasket, cylinder head
Valve, intake (Std.)
Valve, intake (.25)
Valve, exhaust (Std.)
Valve, exhaust (.25)
Plug, allen hd. pipe 1/8"
Cylinder Head
Arm, rocker (2)
Pivot, rocker arm (2)
Screw, hex. flange
M6xl.0x34 (2)
Spring, valve (2)
Cap, valve spring (2)
Kit, retainer (2)
Washer, plain 13/32"
Spacer, head bolt exhaust
_ort
crew, hex. flange
M10x1.5x81 (5)
Clamp, hose (2)
Hose, breather
Screw, hex. flange
M6x1.0x20 (5)
Cover, valve w/nipple
Screw, hex. flange
M5x0.8xl 0
Retainer, breather reed
Reed, breather
KEY
NO.
PART
NO.
1
2
12-032-03-S
3
4
12-445-02-S
M-839025-S
5
6
7
8
24-380-13-S
12-755-49-S
12-089-31-S
12-422-08-S
12-422-09-S
12-422-10-S
9
10
12-422-11-S
12-422-12-S
12-422-13-S
12-422-07-S
12-144-28-S
12-874-07-S
14
15
16
17
18
19
12-874-11-S
12-874-08-S
12-874-09-S
12 018 02-S
12-108-07-S
12-108-08-S
12-108-09-S
12-067-11-S
12-067-06-S
12-380-01-S
12-043-05-S
M-631005-S
12-144-02-S
52-139-09-S
12-755-64-S
20
21
22
23
X-25-102-S
12-032-01-S
M-631015-S
12-154-05-S
11
12
13
DESCRIPTION
Seal, crankshaft
Block, cylinder
Use Short Block 12 522 51)
rap, lifting
Screw, hex. flange
M8x1.25x25
Dowel, locating (4)
Kit, camshaft (Includes 7,8)
Spring, actuating
Shim, camshaft (A.R.) blue
Shim, camshaft (A.R.) red
Shim, camshaft (A.R.) yel
low
Shim, camshaft (A.R.) green
Shim, camshaft (A.R.) gray
Shim, camshaft (A.R.) black
Shim, camshaft (A.R.) white
Shaft, balance
Piston wiRing Set (Std.)
(Includes 11,12)
Piston wiRing Set (.08)
Piston wiRing Set (.25)
Piston wiRing Set (.50)
Retainer, piston pin (2)
Ring Set (Std.)
Ring Set (.25)
Ring Set (.50)
Connecting Rod (Std.)
Connecting Rod (.25)
Pin, governor regulating
Gear, governor
Washer, plain 6 mm
Shaft, governor gear
Plug, cup
Kit, gov. cross shaft w/clip
(Includes 23)
Washer, plain 1/4"
Seal, governor cross shaft
Washer, plain 6 mm
Clip, hitch pin
NOTE: All component dimensions given in U.S.
inches
1 inch = 25.4 mm
51
TRACTOR-MODEL NUMBER
917.273143
KOHLER ENGINE-MODEL NUMBER CV490,TYPE NUMBER 27508
IGNITION/ELECTRICAL
[
BLOWER
HOUSING
--2
AND BAFFLES]-
',
2
'{2
m
_--_
(C
"_.
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"'12
13
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/
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52
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4
TRACTOR
- - MODEL NUMBER
917.273143
KOHLER ENGINE-MODEL NUMBER CV490,TYPE NUMBER 27508
IGNITION/ELECTRICAL
BLOWER
KEY
NO.
KEY
NO,
PART
NO,
1
M-545010-S
2
3
4
24-468-10-S
12-146-07-S
M-550010-S
(2)
5
6
7
8
9
24-096-05-S
12-027-76-S
12-063-18-S
25-154-02-S
12-086-37-S
10
11
12-063-20-S
M-645016-S
12
12-063-19-S
PART
NO.
12-086-14-S
DESCRIPTION
Screw, hex. flange
M10x1.5x46
Washer, plain 3/8"
Screen, grass
Bolt, shoulder M6x1.0x16 (4)
Fan
Key
Flywheel
Connector
Screw, hex. cap M5xO.8x25
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
12-468-03-S
24-162-03-S
25-086-47-S
12-157-06-S
X-42-15-S
12-025-15-S
12-155-09-S
M-548025-S
10
12-085-09-S
11
M-545020-S
Stator - 15 amp with stator
brake
Screw, hex. flange M5xO.8x20
12
13
14
15
12-154-06-S
41-403-09-S
X-22-11-S
M-639016-S
lip, cable (2)
Regulator, rectifier- 15 amp
Washer, lock 1/4"
Screw, hex. flange M6x1.0xl 6
16
17
18
19
236602-S
12-132-02-S
X-728-1-S
M-545010-S
Spark Plug
Clip, cable (2)
Screw, hex. flange M5x0.8xl 0
2O
12-584-04-S
c2/
02/
onnector
(2)
Module, ignition
NOT ILLUSTRATED
12-176-44-S
Harness, wiring
24-518-12-S
Lead, black (6"- 12 gaugeinsulated grip barrel eyelet
terminals)
12-518-35-S
Lead, white (36"- 18 gauge
- fully insulated push on tab
and uninsulated socket termi
nals)
HOUSING
NOT ILLUSTRATED
M-541050-S
& BAFFLES
DESCRIPTION
Screw, hex. flange
M5x0.8xl 0 (6)
Washer, plain 1/4"
Plate, blower housing
Screw, hex. flange
M5x0.8xl 0
Cover, pinion
Housing, blower
Baffle, intake side
Clip, mounting (3)
Screw, captive washer
M5x0.Sx20 (3)
Baffle, cylinder head
Screw, hex. flange
M6xl.0x16
(2)
Baffle, cylinder
Nut, hex. flange M5xO.8
AIR INTAKE/FILTRATION
KEY
NO.
PART
NO.
1
2
3
4
5
6
12-281-01-S
25-341-03-S
12-096-24-S
12-083-12-S
12-100-08-S
12-083-10-S
7
12-743-12-S
8
9
12-032-11-S
12-094-07-S
10
12-072-04-S
11
12-086-01-S
13
12-041-02-S
NOT ILLUSTRATED
12-113-53-S
DESCRIPTION
Duct, air
Knob, air cleaner cover
Cover, air cleaner
Precleaner, element
Wing Nut
Kit, air cleaner element
(Includes 5, 7, 8)
Filter, element (Includes 5,
8)
Seal 1-7/16"
Base, air cleaner (Includes
11, 12)
Stud, mounting plate
M6x1.0x75
Screw, #10 Hi-Lo thread
forming (2)
Gasket, air cleaner
Decal, air cleaner
NOTE: All component dimensions given in U.S.
inches 1 inch = 25.4 mm
53
TRACTOR
- - MODEL NUMBER
917.273143
KOHLER ENGINE-MODEL NUMBER CV490,TYPE NUMBER 27508
STARTING
SYSTEMJ
i
/'
?
fj%F
17
2
0
15
/
4'
OiL PAN t LUBRICATION
54
•
TRACTOR
- - MODEL NUMBER
917.273143
KOHLER ENGINE-MODEL NUMBER CV490, TYPE NUMBER 27508
STARTING
KEY
NO.
SYSTEM
PART
NO.
M-839070-S
25-098-07-S
3
4
5
6
7
8
12-755-54-S
12-227-18-S
12-170-05-S
12-221-01-S
12-227-13-S
12-211-01-S
ENGINE
DESCRIPTION
Screw, hex. flange
M8x1.25x70 (2)
Starter assembly (Includes
3-8)
Kit, drive end
Cap, drive end
Armature
Kit, brush & spring
Cap, commutator end
Bolt, hex. flange 1/4-20x45/8 (2)
OIL PAN/LUBRICATION
KEY
NO.
PART
NO.
12-038-01 -S
2
3
4
5
6
25-755-13-S
12-153-03-S
12-153-02-S
12-123-04-S
M-645025-S
7
8
9
10
12-153-01-S
25-162-07-S
12-096-03-S
M-545016-S
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
25-462-09-S
52-050-02-S
25-139-57-S
12-393-01-S
12-153-06-S
12-096-34-S
M-545016-S
18
19
12-032-03-S
24-086-16-S
20
24-086-17-S
21
12-199-56-S
DESCRIPTION
Dipstick assembly (Includes
2-3)
Kit, oil fill cap (Includes 3)
O-Ring, oil fill cap
O-Ring, upper oil fill tube
Tube, oil fill
Screw, hex. flange
M6x1.0x25
O-Ring, lower oil fill tube
Screen, oil pickup
Cover, oil pickup screen
Screw, hex. flange
M5x0.8xl 6
Valve, oil pressure relief
Filter, oil
Plug, sq. hd. solid 3/8"
Pump, oil
O-Ring, oil pump cover
Cover, oil pump
Screw, hex. flange
M5x0.8xl 6 (3)
Seal, oil (P.T.O.end)
Screw, hex. flange
M8x1.25x45 (11)
Screw, hex. flange
M8x1.25x45
Assembly, Pan, oil (Incl.
11,14-17)
CONTROLS
KEY
NO,
PART
NO,
1
2
3
4
12-079-11-S
12-237-01-S
24-086-43-S
M-664020-S
5
12-536-10-S
6
7
8
9
10
11
M-443025-S
M-443020-S
12-089-11-S
12-089-23-S
12-089-24-S
12-755-83-S
12
13
14
15
16
17
12-100-07-S
52-211 -O4-S
12-090-28-S
25-158-08-S
12-079-10-S
25-158-11-S
DESCRIPTION
Linkage, choke
Clamp, cable
Screw, hex. flange
Screw, lobed socket
M6xLOx20 (2)
Control, speed assembly
(Includes 6-9)
Screw, pan head M4xO.7x25
Screw, pan head M4xO.7x20
Spring, choke (2)
Spring, choke return
Spring, governor
Kit, governor lever (Includes
12-14)
Nut, hex flange 1/4-20
Bolt, 1/4-20x1"
Lever, governor
Bushing, throttle linkage
Linkage, throttle
Bushing, throttle linkage
NOTE: All component dimensions given in U.S.
inches 1 inch = 25.4 mm
55
TRACTOR-MODEL NUMBER
917.273143
KOHLER ENGINE-MODEL NUMBER CV490,TYPE NUMBER 27508
CRANKSHAFT
J
FUEL SYSTEM
I
EXHAUST
56
TRACTOR-MODEL NUMBER
917.273143
KOHLER ENGINE-MODEL NUMBER CV490,TYPE NUMBER 27508
CRANKSHAFT
FUEL SYSTEM
KEY
NO.
PART
NO.
1
2
3
M-641060-S
M-629116-S
12-853-118-S
12-041-02-S
12-053-118
6
7
8
9
10
11
12-041-01-S
12-265-06-S
25-237-14-S
52-353-22-S
25-050-03-S
47-154-01-S
NOTILLUSTRATED
*M-561010-S
*X-22-11-S
12-757-02-S
12-757-03-S
12-041-01-S
12-041-02-S
12-041-05-S
12-041-06-S
12-032-06-S
12-757-33-S
12-041-06-S
12-454-03-S
25-452-20-S
12-518-37-S
DESCRIPTION
Nut, hex. flange M6xl .O(2)
Stud M6xl .Oxl 16 (2)
Kit, carburetor w/gasket
(Includes 4,5,6 qty 1
Tie, cable 12-454-03-S,
Terminal 25-452-20-S)
Gasket, air cleaner
Carburetor assembly
(For informationonly not
available separately) (In
cludes Kit, float 12-757-02-S
Kit, carburetor repair
12-757-03-S, Kit, solenoid
repair 12-757-33-S)
Gasket, carburetor (2)
Deflector, heat
Clamp, hose (2)
Line, fuel 12-1/4"
Filter, fuel in-line
Clip cable
KEY
NO.
PART
NO.
1
2
12-014-57-S
25-139-27-S
DESCRIPTION
Crankshaft (Includes 2)
Plug, cup
EXHAUST
KEY
NO.
PART
NO.
1
2
3
4
5
25-072-04-S
12-041-03-S
12-126-11-S
12-445-06-S
M-645025-S
Stud, M8x1.25x33(2)
Gasket, exhaust manifold
Bracket muffler
Strap, lifting
Screw, hex. flange
M6xLOx25 (2)
PA-27508
12-522-51
12-755-93-S
Replacement Engine
Short Block
Gasket Set
DESCRIPTION
NOTE: All component dimensions given in U.S.
inches 1 inch = 25.4 mm
Screw, thread forming
M5x0.8xl O
Washer, lock 1/4"
Kit, float
Kit, carburetor repair
Gasket, carburetor
Gasket, air cleaner
Gasket, bowl
Gasket, bowl screw
Seal, solenoid
Kit, solenoid repair
Gasket, bowl screw
Tie cable
Terminal
Lead, red, (37" - 20 gauge insulatedsocket and uninsu
lated socket terminals)
*attaches carburetor ground lead to carb baffle.
57
58
SUGGESTED
GUIDE FOR SIGHTING
SLOPES
FOR SAFE OPERATION
¢.o
_k
down the face of slopes, never across the face. Do not mow
ARNING:
To avoid
serious
injury,
operate
tractor
and
slopes
greater
than 15
degrees.
Make
turns your
gradually
to up
prevent
tipping or loss of control. Exercise extreme caution when
changing direction on slopes.
1. Fold this page along dotted line indicated above.
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trunk or other upright structure.
3. Sight across the fold in the direction of hill slope you want to measure.
4. Compare the angle of the fold with the slope of the hill.
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