Owner's Manual (RRFTSMRN° 6.0 HORSEPOWER 21" MULTI-CUT ROTARY LAWN MOWER Model No. 917.388382 • • • • • • Safety Assembly Operation Maintenance Espa_ol Repair Parts CAUTION: Read and follow all Safety Rules and Instructions before operating this equipment Sears, Roebuck and Co., Hoffman Estates, IL 60179 Visit our Craftsman website: www.sears.com/craffsman Warranty Safety Rules Assembly Operation + Maintenance Schedule Maintenance 2 2 4 6 10 10 Product Specifications Service and Adjustments Storage Troubleshooting Repair Parts Parts Ordering 11 13 14 15 34 Back Cover LIMITED TWO YEAR WARRANTY ON CRAFTSMAN POWER MOWER For two years from date of purchase, when this Craftsman Lawn Mower is maintained, lubricated, and tuned up according to the operating and maintenance instructions in the owner's manual, Sears will repair free of charge any defect in material or workmanship. If this Craftsman Lawn Mower is used for commercial or rental purposes, this warranty applies for only 90 days from the date of purchase. This Warranty does not cover:. • Expendable items which become worn during normal use, such as rotary mower blades, blade adapters, belts, air cleaners and spark plug. • Repairs necessary because of operator abuse or negligence, including bent crankshafts and the failure to maintain the equipment according to the instructions contained in the owner's manual. Warranty service is available by returning the Craftsman power mower to the nearest Sears Service Center/Department in the United States. This warranty applies only while this product is in use in the United States. This Warranty gives you specific legal rights, and you may also have other rights which vary from state to state. SEARS, ROEBUCKAND CO., D/817 WA, HOFFMAN ESTATES, ILLINOIS 60179 Safety standards require operator presence control to minimize the risk of injury. Your unit is equipped with cuch controls, do not attempt to defeat the function of the operator presence controls under any circumstances. TRAINING: • Read this operator's manual carefully. Become familiar with the controls and know how to operate your mower propedy. Learn how to quickly stop mower. • Do not allow children to use your mower. Never allow adults to use mower without proper instructions. • Keep the area of operation clear of all persons, especially small children and pets. • Use mower only as the manufacturer intended and as described in this manual. • Do not operate mower if it has been dropped or damaged in any manner. Always have damage repaired before using your mower. • Do not use accessory attachments that are not recommended by the manufacturer. Use of such attachments may be hazardous. • The blade tums when the engine is running. PREPARATION: • Always thoroughly check the area to be mowed and clear it of all stones, sticks, wires, bones, and other foreign objects. These objects will be thrown by the blade and can cause severe injury. • Always wear safety glasses or eye shields when starting and while using your mower. • Dress properly. Do not operate mower when barefoot or wearing open 2 sandals. Wear only solid shoes with good traction when mowing. • Check fuel tank before starting engine. Do not fill gas tank indoors, when the engine is running or when the engine is hot. Allow the engine to cool for several minutes before filling the gas tank. Clean off any spilled gasoline before starting the engine. • Always make wheel height adjustments before starting your mower. Never attempt to do this while the engine is running. * Mow only in daylight or good artificial light. OPERATION: • Keep your eyes and mind on your mower and the area being cut. Do not let other interests distract you. • Do not mow wet or slippery grass. Never run while operating your mower. Always be sure of your footing - keep a firm hold on the handles and walk. • Do not put hands or feet near or under rotating pads. Keep clear of the discharge opening at all times. • Always stop the engine whenever you leave or are not using your mower, or before crossing driveways, walks, roads, and any gravel-covered areas. • Never direct discharge of material toward bystanders nor allow anyone near the mower while you are operating it. • Before cleaning, inspecting, or repairing your mower, stop the engine and make absolutely sure the blade and all moving parts have stopped. Then disconnect the spark plug wire and keep it away from the spark plug to prevent accidental starting. • Do not continue to run your mower if you hit a foreign object. Follow the procedure outlined above, then repair any damage before restarting and operating your mower. • Do not change the governor settings or overspeed the engine. Engine damage or personal injury may result. • Do not operate your mower if it vibrates abnormally. Excessive vibration is an indication of damage; stop the engine, safely check for the cause of vibration and repair as required. • Do not run the engine indoors. Exhaust fumes are dangerous. • Never cut grass by pulling the mower towards you. Mow across the face of slopes, never up and down or you might lose your footing. Do not mow excessively steep slopes. Use caution when operating the mower on uneven terrain or when changing directions maintain good footing. • Never operate your mower without proper guards, plates, grass catcher or other safety devices in place. MAINTENANCE AND STORAGE: • Check the blade and the engine mounting bolts often to be sure they are tightened properly. • Check all bolts, nuts and screws at frequent intervals for proper tightness to be sure mower is in safe working condition. • Keep all safety devices in place and working. • To reduce fire hazard, keep the engine free of grass, leaves or excessive grease and oil. • Check grass catcher often for deterioration and wear and replace worn bags. Use only replacement bags that are recommended by and comply with specifications of the manufacturer of your mower. • Always keep a sharp blade on your mower. • Allow engine to cool before storing in any enclosure. • Never store mower with fuel in the tank inside a building where fumes may reach an open flame or an ignition source such as a hot water heater, space heater, clothes dryer, etc. ALook for this symbol to point out important safety precautions. It means CAUTION!!! BECOMEALERTT!! YOUR SAFETY IS INVOLVED. ACAUTION: Always disconnect spark plug wire and place wire where it cannot contact spark plug in order to prevent accidental starting when setting up, transporting, adjusting or making repairs. AWARNING: The engine exhaust from this product contains chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer, birth defects, or other reproductive harm. 3 "rheseasceesodes were availablewhen thislawn mowerwas produced.They are not shipped with your mower. They are alsoavailableat mostSears retailoutletsand service centers. MostSears storescan alsoorderrepairpartsfor you,when you providethe model numberof your lawnmower. Some of these accessoriesmay notapplyto yourlawn mower. LAWN MOWER PERFORMANCE _,£___.,0='o. " CLIPPING DEFLECTOR FOR REAR DISCHARGE LAWN MOWERS GRASS CATCHERS FOR REAR DISCHARGE LAWN MOWERS 2- . I MULCHER KITS STABILIZER FOR I GRASS SIDE DISCHARGE CATCHERS LAWN MOWERS GAS CANS LAWN MOWER MAINTENANCE MUFFLERS BELTS AIR FILTERS BLADES BLADE ADAPTERS Read these instructions and this manual in its entirety before you attempt to assemble or operate your new lawn mower. IMPORTANT: This lawn mower is shipped WITHOUT OIL OR GASOLINE in the engine. Your new lawn mower has been assembled at the factory with the exception of those pads left unassembled for shipping purposes. To ensure safe and proper operation of your lawn mower, all pads and hardware you assemble must be tightened securely. Use the correct tools as necessary to ensure proper tightness. All parts such as nuts, washers, bolts, etc., necessary to complete the assembly have been placed in the pads bag. SPARK PLUGS WHEELS ENGINE OIL TO REMOVE LAWN MOWER FROM CARTON • Remove loose pads included with mower. • Cut down two end comers of carton and lay end panel down flat. • Remove all packing materials except padding between upper and lower handle and padding holding operator presence control bar to upper handle. • Roll lawn mower out of carton and check carton thoroughly for additional loose parts. 4 HOW TO SET UP YOUR LAWN Operatorpresence MOWER control bar TO UNFOLD HANDLE Upper handle IMPORTANT: Unfold handle carefully so as not to pinch or damage control cables. • Raise handles until lower handle section locks into place in mowing position. • Remove protective padding, raise upper handle section into place on lower handle and tighten both handle knobs. • Remove handle padding holding operator presence control bar to upper handle. • Your lawn mower handle can be adjusted for your mowing comfort. Refer to "Adjust Handle" in the Service and Adjustments section of this manual. Lift up Mowing position Lower handle TO INSTALL A'I-rACHMENTS Your lawn mower was shipped ready to be used as a mulcher. To convert to bagging or discharging, see 'q'o convert mower" in the OPERATION section of this manual. 5 KNOWYOUR LAWN MOWER READ THIS OWNER'S MANUALAND SAFETY RULES BEFORE OPERATING YOUR LAWN MOWER. Compare the illustrationswith your lawn mower to familiarize yourself with the location of various controls and adjustments. Save this manual for future reference. These symbols may appear on your lawn mower or in literature supplied with the product. Learn and understand their meanlng. CAUTION OR WARNING ENGINE ON ENGINE OFF FAST SLOW CHOKE FUEL Operator presence bar OIL DANGER, KEEP HANDS AND FEET AWAY control Engine zone control cable Handle knob Engine oil cap with dipstick Grass catcher Mulcher door Lawn mower housing IMPORTANT: This lawn mower is shipped WITHOUT OIL OR GASOLINE in the Jster en_line. (on each wheel) MEETS CPSC SAFETY REQUIREMENTS Sears rotary walk-behind power lawn mowers conform to the safety standards of the American National Standards Institute and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. The blade turns when the engine is running. Operator Presence Control Bar- must be held down to the handle to start the engine. Release to stop the engine. Pdmer - pumps additionalfuel from the carburetor to the cylinder for use when starling a cold engine. Starter Handle- used for starting the engine. 6 REAR BAGGING can result in foreign objects thrown The operation of any lawn mower into the eyes, which can result in severe eye damage. Always wear safety glasses or eye shields while operating your lawn mower or performing any adjustments or repairs. We recommend a wide vision safety mask over spectacles or standard safety glasses. HOWTO USEYOUR LAWN MOWER • Lift rear door of the lawn mower and place the grass catcher frame hooks onto the doorpivotpins. • To convert to mulching or discharging operation, remove grass catcher and close rear door. ENGINE SPEED CONTROL The engine speed was set at the factory for optimum performance. Speed is not adjustable. ENGINE ZONE CONTROL _I=CAUTION: Federal regulations require an engine control to be installed on this lawn mower in order to minimize the risk of blade contact injury. Do not under any cimumstances attempt to defeat the function of the operator control. The blade tums when the engine is running. • Your lawn mower is equipped with an operator presence control bar which requires the operator to be positioned behind the lawn mower handle to start and operate the lawn mower. TO ADJUST CUTTING HEIGHT = Raise wheels for low cut and lower wheels for high cut. • Adjust cutting height to suit your requirements. Medium position is best for most lawns. , To change cutting height, squeeze adjuster lever toward wheel. Move wheel up or down to suit your requirements. Be sure all wheels are in the same setting. Pivot pins SIDE DISCHARGING • Rear door must be dosed. • Open mulcher door and install discharge deflector under guard as shown, • Mower is now ready for discharging operation. • To convert to mulching or bagging operation, discharge deflector must be removed and mulcher door must be closed. SIMPLE STEPS TO REMEMBER WHEN CONVERTING YOUR LAWN MOWER FOR MULCHING • Rear door closed. • Mulcher door closed. FOR REAR BAGGING • Grass catcher installed. • Mulcher door closed. FOR SIDE DISCHARGING • Rear door dosed. • Side discharge deflector installed. NOTE: Adjuster is properly positioned when plate tab inserts into hole in lever. Also, 9position adjusters (if so equipped) allow lever to be positioned between the plate tabs. ACAUTION: Do not run your lawn mower without rear door closed or approved grass catcher in place. Never attempt to operate the lawn mower with the rear door removed or prepped open. Lower Wheels for High Cut Raise Wheels for Low Cut TO CONVERT MOWER Yourlawnmowerwas shipped readyto be used as a mulcher.To convert to baggingor discharging: Mulcher door 7 ADD GASOUNE Open Mulcher Door Discharge deflector BEFORE STARTING ENGINE OIL Your lawn mower is shipped without oil in the engine. • Be sure mower is level and area around oil fill is dean. • Remove engine oil cap and fill to the full line on the dipstick. NOTE: Allow oil to settle down into engine for accurate dipstick reading. • Engine holds 20 ozs. of oil. For type and grade of oil to use, see "ENGINE' in Maintenance section of this manual. • Pour oil slowly. Do not over till. • Check oil level before each use. Add oil if needed. Fill to full line on dipstick. • To read proper level, tighten engine oil cap each time. • Reinstall engine oil cap and tighten. • Change the oil after every 25 hours of operation or each season. You may need to change the ell more often under dusty, dirty cond'fdons. NOTE: Beforefillingfuel tank, removeand discardthe debrisplugthat is inside the tank. • Fill fuel tank. Use fresh, clean, regular unleaded gasoline with a minimum of 87 octane. Do not mix oil with gasoline. Purchase fuel in quantitiesthat can be used within 30 days to assure fuel freshness. AWARNING: Experience indicates that alcohol blended fuels (called gasohol or using ethanol or methanol) can attract moisture which leads to separation and formation of acids during storage. Acidic gas can damage the fuel system of an engine while in storage. To avoid engine problems, the fuel system should be emptied before storage of 30 days or longer. Drain the fuel tank, start the engine and let it run until fuel lines and carburetor are empty. Use fresh fuel next season. See Storage Instructions for additional information. Never use engine or carburetor cleaner products in fuel tank or permanent damage may occur. _]LCAUTION: Fill to bottom of gas tank filler neck. Do not overfill. Wipe off any spilled oil or fuel. Do not store, spill or use gasoline near an open flame. Gasoline filler cap _ _cap (Discard _I_'_._X_'j_ debris plug _..'_'T" Inside) Engine oil l _,_ "_._ TO START ENGINE • To start a cold engine, push primer three (3) times before t_ing to start. Use a firm push. This step is not usually necessary when starting an engine which has already run for a few minutes. • Hold operator presence control bar down to the handle and pull starter handle quickly. Do not allow starter rope to snap back. • To stop engine, release operator presence control bar. NOTE: In cooler weather it may be necessary to repeat priming steps. In wanner weather over priming may cause flooding and engine will not start. If you do flood engine, wait a few minutes before attempting to start and do not repeat p mingsteps. 8 MOWINGTIPS • Under certain conditions, such as very tall grass, it may be necessary to raise the height of cut to reduce push;_geffort and to keep from overloading the engine end leaving clumps of grass clippings. It may also be necessary to reduce ground speed end/or run the lawn mower over the area a second time. • FoPextremely heavy cutting, reduce the width of cut by overlapping previously cut path and mow slowly. • For better grass bagging and most cutting conditions,the engine speed should be set in the fast position. • Pores in cloth grass catchers can become tilted with dirt and dust with use and catchers will collect less grass. To prevent this, regularly hose catcher off with water end let dry before using. • Keep top of engine around starter clear and clean of grass clippings and chaff. This will help engine air flow and extend engine life. MULCHING MOWING TIPS IMPORTANT: For best performance, keep mower housing free of built-up grass and trash. Clean UNDERSIDE OF MOWER HOUSING after each use. See "Cleaning" in MAINTENANCE section of this manual. • The special mulching blade will recut the grass clippings many times and reduce them in size so that as they fall onto the lawn they will disperse into the grass and not be noticed. Also, the mulched grass will biodegrade quickly to provide nutrients for the lawn. Always mulch with your highest engine (blade) speed as this will provide the best recutting action of the blades. • Avoid cutting your lawn when it is wet. Wet grass tends to form clumps and interferes with the mulching action. The best time to mow your lawn is the early afternoon. At this time the grass has dried and the newly cut area will not be exposed to the direct sun. • For best results, adjust the lawn mower cutting height so that the lawn mower cuts off only the top one-third of the grass blades. If the lawn is overgrown it will be necessary to raise the height of cut to reduce pushing effort end to keep from overloading the engine and leaving clumps of mulched grass. For extremely heavy mulching, reduce your width of cut, mow slowly and raise the rear of the lawn mower one wheel adjuster setting higher than the front. • Certaintypesofgrassand grassconditione may require that an area be mulched a second time to completely hide the clippings. Whendoinga secondcut,mow across or perpendicular to the first cut path. • Change your cutting pattern from week to week. Mow north to south one week then change to east to west the next week. This wilt help prevent matting and graining of the lawn. 9 MAINTENANCE SCHEDULE FILL IN DATES AS YOU COMPLETE REGULAR SERVICE 3EFIVICE DATES Check for Loose Fastenem Clean/Ins_ Grass Catcher I 1 Clean Lawn Mower Clean Under Drive Cover power-e_ V' Mowe,_) Check ddve belt/pulleys (Power-Propelled Mowers) I/' CheckiSha qJen/ReplaceBlade V _a L®_=Uon Cha. I/ I/ V' I/4 Clean Battery/Recharge IElectdc Start MowersI Check Engine Oil Level Change Engine Oil Clean Air Filter ! v' I II_l.l ll/ it Inspect Clean orMuffler Replace Spark Rug Replace Air FittorPaper Cartridge 1 2 3 4 - lilifit Change more ofte_ when operatklg under a heavy load or in high ambient temperatures. Sentlce more often when operaing in dirty or dusty conditions. Repkv:e bldes mo_e oiten when mow_ in q.md¥ soQ. Charge 48 houm al end of m, GENERAL LUBRICATION RECOMMENDATIONS The warranty on this lawn mower does not cover items that have been subjected to operator abuse or negligence. To receive lull value from the wanan_, operator must maintain mower as instructed in this manual. Some adjustments will need to be made periodicallyto properly maintain your unit. All I_:liusln'_s in ll'e Service and Adjustments section of this manual should be checked at leest orlce each season. • Once a year, replace the spark plug, replace air filter element and check blade for we_. A new spark plug and clean/new air filter element assures proper air-fuel mixture and helps your engine run better /' / (_FI. ear oDor hinge andlastk jer. • Follow the maintenance schedule in this manual. BEFORE EACH USE • Check engine oil level. • Check for loose fasteners. LUBRICATION Keep unit well lubricated (See "LUBRICATION CHART"). CHART Wheel adjusters (_ (_ Engine oil I Handle bracket mounting pin SPRAY LUBRICANT SAE 30 MOTOR OIL. REFER TO ENGINE- MAINTENANCE SECTION. IMPORTANT: Do not oil or grease plastic wheel bearings. Viscous lubricants will attract dust and dirtthat willshorten the life of the self lubricatingbearings. If you feel they must be lubricated, use only a dry, powdered graphite typelubricant spadng /. 10 PRODUCT SPECIFICATIONS MODEL NUMBER 917.388382 SERIALNUMBER DATE OF PURCHASE GASOLINE CAPACITY/TYPE: 1.6 QUARTS UNLEADED REGULAR OlLTYPE SAE 30 (ABOVE 32°F) SAE 5W-30 (BELOW 32°F) (API-SF/SG/SH): OIL CAPACITY: 20 OZS. SPARK PLUG(GAP: .030") VALVE CLEARANCE: CHAMPION INTAKE: EXHAUST: SOLID STATE IGNITION AIR GAP: RJ19LM OR J19LM .004 - .008 .004 - .008 .0125 IN. BLADE BOLT TORQUE: 35-40 FT. LBS. The model and serial numbers will be found on a decal attached to the roar of the lawn mower housing.Record both serial number and date of purchase in space provided above. LAWN MOWER Always observe safety rules when performing any maintenance. TIRES • Keep tires free of gasoline, oil, or insect control chemicals which can harm rubber. • Avoid stumps, stones, deep ruts, sharp objects and other hazards that may cause tire damage. BLADE CARE For best results, mower blade must be kept sharp. Replace bent or damaged blades. TO REMOVE BLADE • Disconnect spark plug wire from spark plug and place wire where it cannot come in contact with spark plug. • Tum lawn mower on its side. Make sure air filter and carburetor are up. • Use a wood block between blade and mower housing to prevent blade from turning when removing blade bolt. • Protect your hands with gloves and/or wrap blade with heavy cloth. • Remove blade bolt by turning counterclockwise. • Remove blade and attaching hardware (bolt, lock washer and hardened washer). NOTE: Remove the blade adapter and check the key inside hub of blade adapter. The key must be in good condition to work properly. Replace adapter if damaged. TO REPLACE BLADE • Position the blade adapter on the engine crankshaft. Be sure key in adapter and crankshaft keyway are aligned. • Position blade on the blade adapter aligning the two (2) holes in the blade with the raised lugs on the adapter. • Be sure the trailing edge of blade (opposite sharp edge) is up toward the engine. • Install the blade bolt with the lock washer and hardened washer into blade adapter and crankshaft. • Use block of wood between blade and lawn mower housing and tighten the blade bolt, turning clockwise. • The recommended tightening torque is 35-40 ft. Ibs. IMPORTANT: Blade bolt is grade 8 heat treated. 11 TO SHARPEN BLADE NOTE: We do not recommend sharpening blade - but if you do, be sure the blade is balanced. Care should be taken to keep the blade balanced. An unbalanced blade will cause eventual damage to lawn mower or engine. • The blade can be sharpened with a file or on a grinding wheel. Do not attempt to sharpen while on the mower. • To check blade balance, drive a nail into a beam or wall. Leave about one inch of the straight nail exposed. Place center hole of blade over the head of the nail. If blade is balanced, it should remain in a horizontal position. If either end of the blade moves downward, sharpen the heavy end until the blade is balanced. Crank shaft keyway Bolt Crank Lockwasher Hardened Blade shaft washer Trailing adapter edge GRASS CATCHER * The grass catcher may be hosed with water, but must be dry when used. * Check your grass catcher often for damage or deterioration. Through normal use it will wear. If catcher needs replacing, replace only with a manufacturer approved replacement catcher. Give the lawn mower model number when ordering. ENGINE NOTE: Although multi--viscosity oils (5W30, 10W30 etc.) improve starting in cold weather, these muiti--vlacosity oils will result in increased oil consumption when used above 32°F. Check your engine oil level more frequently to avoid possible engine damage from running low on oil. Change the oil after every 25 hours of operation or at least once a year if the lawn mower is not used for 25 hours in one year. Check the crankcase oil level before starting the engine and after each five (5) hours of continuous use. Tighten oil plug securely each time you check the oil level. TO CHANGE ENGINE OIL NOTE: Before tipping lawn mower to drain oil, drain fuel tank by running engine until fuel tank is empty. • Disconnect spark plug wire from spark plug and place wire where it cannot come in contact with spark plug. • Remove engine oil cap; lay aside on a clean surface. • Tip lawn mower on its side and drain oil into a suitable container. Rock lawn mower back and forth to remove any oil trapped inside of engine. • Wipe off any spilled oil on lawn mower and on side of engine. • Fill engine with oil. Fill only to the =FULL" line on the dipstick. DO NOT OVER FILL. • Replace engine oil cap. • Reconnect spark plug wire to spark plug. LUBRICATION AIR FILTER Use only high quality detergent oil rated with API service classification SF, SH or SG. Select the oil's SAE viscosity grade according to your expected operating tem Your engine will not run propedy and may be damaged by using a dirty air filter. Replace the air filter every year, more often if you mow in very dusty, dirty conditions. Do not wash air filter. TO CLEAN AIR FILTER • Loosen screw and tilt cover to remove. • Carefully remove cartridge. • Clean by gently tapping on a flat surface. If very dirty, replace cartridge. 12 ACAUTION: Petroleum solvents, such as kerosene, are not to be used to clean cartridge. They may cause deterioration of the cartridge. Do not oil cartridge. Do not use pressurized air to clean or dry cartridge. • Install cartridge, then replace cover making sure the tabs are aligned with the slots in the back plate. Fasten screw securely. Back Lip Slots plate Cover tabs 'Cover Cartridge MUFFLER Inspect and replace corroded muffler as it could create afire hazard and/or damage. SPARK PLUG CLEANING IMPORTANT: For best performance, keep mower housing free of built--up grass and trash. Clean underside of mower housing after each use. _CAUTION: Disconnect spark plug wire from spark plug and place wire where it cannot come in contact with the spark plug. • Turn lawn mower on its side. Make sure air filter and carburetor are up. Clean the underside of your lawn mower by scraping to remove build--up of grass and trash. • Clean engine often to keep trash from accumulating. A clogged engine runs hotter and shortens engine life. • Keep finished surfaces and wheels free of all gasoline, oil, etc. • We DO NOT recommend using a garden hose to clean lawn mower unless the electrical system, muffler, air filter and carburetor are covered to keep water out. Water in engine can result in shortened engine life. Change your spark plug each year to make your engine start easier and run better. Set spark plug gap at .030 inch. _I_CAUTION: Before performing any service or adjustments: • Release control bar and stop engine. • Make sure the blade and all moving parts have completely stopped. • Disconnect spark plug wire from spark plug and place where it cannot come in contact with plug. LAWN MOWER TO ADJUST CUTTING HEIGHT See "TO ADJUST CUTTING HEIGHT" in the Operation section of this manual. REAR DEFLECTOR The rear deflector, attached between the rear wheels of your lawn mower, is provided to minimize the possibility that objects will be thrown out the rear of the lawn mower into the operator's mowing .position. If the rear deflector becomes damaged, it should be replaced. TO ADJUST HANDLE The handle can be mounted in a high or low position. The mounting holes in the bottom of lower handle are off center for raising or lowering the handle. • Remove upper handle and all parts attached to lower handle. • Remove hairpin cotters from lower handle bracket mounting pin. • Squeeze lower handle in to remove it from mounting pins. • Turn lower handle over to raise or lower handle. • Squeeze lower handle in and position holes onto mounting pins on handle bracket. • Reassemble upper handle and all parts removed from lower handle. Lower _" 13 _" 4 .orate\ handle TOASSEMBLE GRASS CATCHER • Put grass catcher frame into grass bag with dgid part of bag on the bottom. Make sure the frame handle is outside of the bag top. • Slip vinyl bindings over frame. NOTE: If vinyl bindings are too stiff, hold them in warm water for a few minutes. If _g gets wet, let it dry before using. CAUTION: Do not run your lawn mower without clipping deflector or approved grass catcher in place. Never attempt to operate the lawn mower with the rear door removed or prepped open. Catchel"_-_ _-_/_=:::.._., frame handle_ _' _rame opening Immed=at_yprepareyour lawn mowerfor storageat the and of the seasonor ifthe unit willnotbe usedfor 30 days or more. LAWNMOWER When lawn mower is to be stored for a period of time, clean it thoroughly, remove all did, grease, leaves, etc. Store in a clean, dry area. • Clean entire lawn mower (See "CLEANING" in the Maintenance section of this manual). • Lubricate as shown in the Maintenance section of this manual. • Be sure that all nuts, belts, screws, and pins are securely fastened. Ir_0ect moving parts for damage, breakage and wear. ENGINE CARBURETOR Your carburetor has a non-adjustable fixed main jet for mixture control. If your engine does not operate properly due to suspected carburetor problems, take your lawn mower to an authorized service canter for repair or adjustment. IMPORTANT: Never tamper with the engine governor, which is factory set for proper engine speed. Overspeeding the engine above the factory high speed setting can be dangerous, if you think the engine-govemed high speed needs adjusting, contact your nearest authorized service canter, which has proper equipment and experience to make any necessary adjustments. ENGINE SPEED Your engine speed has been factory set. Do not attempt to increase engine speed or it may result in personal injury. If you believe that the engine is runningtoo fast or too slow, take your lawn mower to an authorized service canter for repair and adjustmerrL IMPORTANT: When folding the handle for storage or transportation, be sure to fold the handle as shown or you may damage the control cables. • When setting up your handle from the storage position, the lower handle will automatically lock into the mowing position. Lower handle Handle bracket Squeeze to fold Replace it necessary. • Touch up all rusted or chipped paint surfaces; sand lightly before painting. HANDLE You can fold your lawn mower handle for storage. • Squeeze the bottom ends of the lower handle toward each other until the lower handle clears the handle bracket, then move handle forward. • Loosen upper handle mounting bolts enough to allow upper handle to be folded back. Hairpin cotter Control Bar Upper Handle Fold Forward For Storage Fold Backward Mowing Position 14 Lower Handle ENGINE FUEL SYSTEM ENGINEOIL Drain oil (with engine warm) and replace with clean engine oil. (See "ENGINE' ,n the Maintenance section of this manual). CYLINDER IMPORTANT: It is important to prevent _luUmdeposits from forming in essential el system parts such as carburetor, fuel filter, fuel hose, or tank during storage. Also, experience indicates that alcohol blended fuels (called gasohol or using ethanol or methanol) can attract moisture which leads to separation and formation of acids during storage. Acidic gas can damage the fuel system of an engine while in storage. • Drain the fuel tank. • Start the engine and let it run until the fuel lines and carburetor are empty. • Never use engine or carburetor cleaner products in the fuel tank or permanent damage may occur. • Use fresh fuel next season. NOTE: Fuel stabilizer is an acceptable alternative in minimizing the formation of fuel gum deposits during storage. Add stabilizer to gasoline in fuel tank or storage container. Always follow the mix ratio found on stabilizer container. Run engine at least 10 minutes after adding stabilizer to allow the stabilizer to reach the carburetor. Do not drain the gas tank and carburetor if using fuel stabilizer. TROUBLESHOOTING PROBLEM Does not start Remove spark plug. Pour one ounce (29 ml) of oil through spark plug hole into cylinder. • Pull starter handle slowly a few times to distribute oil. • Replace with new spark plug. OTHER • Do not store gasoline from one season to another. • Replace your _lasoline can if your can starts to rust. Rust and/or dirt in your gasoline will cause problems. • If possible, store your unit indoors and cover it to give protection from dust and dirt. • Cover your unit with a suitable protective cover that does not retain moisture. Do not use plastic. Plastic cannot breathe which allows condensation to form and will cause your unit to rust. IMPORTANT: Never cover mower while engine and exhaust areas are still warm. ACAUTION: with gasoline in the tank inside a building where fumes may reach an open flame or spark. Allow the engine to cool before storing in any enclosure. CHART CAUSE CORRECTION 1. 2. 3. Dirty air filter. Out of fuel. Stale fuel. 4. Water in fuel. 5. 8. Spark plug wire is 5. disconnected. Bad spark plug. 6. Loose blade or broken blade 7. adapter. Control bar in released 8. 9. Control bar defective. 6. 7. Never store the lawn mower , 3. . po6ition. 15 9. Clean/replace air filter. RII fuel tank. Drain tank and refillwith fresh clean fuel. Drain fuel tank and carburetor and refilltank with fresh gasoline. Connect wire to plug. Replace spark plug. "l'_jhtenblade bolt or replace blade adapter. Depress control bar to handle. Replace control bar. TROUBLESHOOTING CHART PROBLEM CAUSE Loss of power 1. 2, CORRECTION Rear of lawn mower housing 1. or cutting bladedragging in heavy grass. Cuffing too much grass. 2. Set to =HigherCut" position. 3. 4. Dirty air filter. Buildup of grass, leaves, and trash under mower. 3. 4. Set to "Higher Cut" position. Clean/replace air filter. Clean underside of mower 5. 6. Too much oil in engine. Walking speed too fast. 5. housing. Check oil level. 6. Cut at slower walking speed. 1. Worn, bent or loose blade. 1. 2. Wheel heights uneven. 2. 3. Buildup of grass, leaves and bash under mower. 3. Replace blade. "lighten blade belt. Set all wheels at same height Clean underside of 1. Wom, bent or loose blade. 1. 2. Bent engine crankshaft. 2. 1. Engine flywheel brake is on 1. when control bar is released. 2. Bent engine cranksh_t. 2. 3. 4. Blade adapter broken. Blade dragging in grass. 3. 4, Replace blade adapter, Move lawn mower to cut grass or to hard surface eq pped) 1. 2. 3. Cutting height too low. Lift on blade worn off. Catcher not venting air. 1. 2. 3. Raise cutting height. Re_ blade. Clean grass catcher. Herdtopush 1. 1. Raise cutting height 2. Grass is too high or wheel height is too low. Rear of lawn mower 2. Raise rear of lawn mower 3. housing or blade dragging in grass. Grass catcher too full. 3. housing one (1) setting higher. Empty grass catcher. 4. Handle he'_ht pos'_on not 4. Adjusthandlebrightto Poor cut- uneven Excessive vlbraUon Starter rope hard topuu Gmss catcher not rang ('€so rightforyou. mower housing. Replace blade. "lighten blade belt. Contact an authorized service center. Depress control bar to upper handle before pulling starter rope. Contact an authorized service center. suit. 16 CRAFTSMAN ROTARY LAWN MOWER --MODEL NO. 917.388382 37 14 34 44 68 67 37 4O CRAFTSMAN KEY NO. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 3O 31 32 33 PART NO. 86902 169709X479 169708X479 132001 636O1 131959 66426 154132 165754 162778 750097 86899X004 136376 51793 147286 165946X479 17600406 167132X004 167133X004 165858 168360X004 166875 751153 166111 X479 166112X479 851856 152124 160835X007 19112222 165760 169421X004 87877 ROTARY LAWN MOWER -- MODEL NO. 917.388382 DESCRIPTION ControlBar UpperHandle LowerHandle RopeGuide Locknut1/4-20 HandleBolt WireTie Hinge Bracket MulcherDoor EngineZoneControlCable Hex WasherHead Screw#10-24 x 112 Up-StopBracket HandleKnob HairpinCotter HingeRod SupportBracket Screw Axle ArmAssembly- LF Axle ArmAssembly- RF Rear Skirt SelectorSpring- Front Rear DoorAssemblyKit (Incl. Springs) Locknut5/16-18 Handle BracketAssembly(Left) Handle BracketAssembly(Right) Screw 1/4-20 x 3/8 HingeSpring WheelAdjustingBracket- Front Spacer Clipon DischargeGuard SelectorSpring- Rear SelectorKnob KEY PART NO. NO. 34 165762X004 36 160828 37 151157 39 83923 40 77400 41 88652 42 165766 43 165767 44 165912 45 150406 46 85463 48 165761X004 52 166878 53 851G84 54 850263 55 851074 56 16,5833 57 851514 67 166113 68 165755 70 ...... --- 161058 171204 DESCRIPTION Axle Arm Assembly - LR Shoulder Bolt 5/16-18 Wheel Assembly Flanged Locknut Hubcap Hinge Screw Spdng (LH) Spdng (RH) Door Bolt Hex Head Thread Rolling Screw 3/8-16 x 1 Danger Decal Axle Arm Assembly- RR Housing Assembly (Incl. Ref. #17, 18 & 46) Hex Head Screw 3/8-24 x 1-3/8 Grd. 8 Helical Lockwasher Hardened Washer 21" Blade Blade Adapter Grass Bag Catcher Frame Engine - (See Breakdown) Briggs & Stratton 12H802-2675-B1 Warning Decal (Not Shown) Owner'sManual Availableaccessoriesnot includedwith lawnmower: 7133623 Gas Can (2.5 gal.) 7133500 FuelStabilizer 7133000 SAE 30W Oil (20 oz,) CRAFTSMAN 4-CYCLE ENGINE MODEL NUMBER 12H802-2675-B1 968 6O6 _971A 971 843 967 529 621 2_58 _163 % 124 _634 30 36 CRAFTSMAN 4-CYCLE ENGINE MODEL NUMBER 12H802-2675-B1 46 i47 33 22 (__ 572 625 307 91 383 306 "k REQUIRES SPECIAL TOOLS TO INSTALL. SEE REPAIR INSTRUCTION MANUAL. 37 CRAFTSMAN 4-CYCLE ENGINE MODEL NUMBER 12H802-2675-B1 9A 9 842 _ _) 670A 524 104 634 977 CARBURETOR 110 127 134 617 GASKET ° 617 634 SET F121 CARBURETOR KIT _88A I 1095 VALVE OVERHAUL GASKET SET 670A 38 CRAFTSMAN 4-CYCLE ENGINE MODEL NUMBER 12HS02-2675-B1 334 356 304 _332 455 i 11019 LABEL KIT - EMISSION 3t) ] CRAFTSMAN 4-CYCLE KEY NO. PART NO. 1 2 3 4 5 7 8 9 9A 10 11 12 13 15 16 493260 399269 299819 493279 214368 272916 495786 272481 272238 94650 231933 272198 94547 94720 498565 94388 399781 94220 94612 20 22 23 24 25 492177 222698 499429 26 499430 499431 499432 499425 27 28 499426 499427 499428 263190 499423 29 32 33 34 35 40 45 46 499424 94699 262651 262652 262224 93312 262204 498275 ENGINE DESCRIPTION .... .... MODEL NUMBER 12H802-267S-B1 KEY NO. CylinderAssembly Bushing,Cylinder Seal, Oil Sump,Engine Head,Cylinder Gasket, CylinderHead BreatherAssembly Gasket, Valve Cover Gasket, Baffle Plate Screw, Hex Head Tube, Breather Gasket, Crankcase Screw,CylinderHead Plug, Oil Drain Crankshaft TimingGear Key Seal, Oil Screw, Hex Head Screw, Hex Head (Used in Hole Nearest Breather) Flywheel Key, Flywheel PistonAssembly, StandardSize Piston Assy. (.010" O.S.) Piston Assy. (.020" O.S.) Piston Assy. (.030" O.S.) Ring Set, Piston, StandardSize Ring Set (.010' O.S.) Ring Set (.020' O.S.) Ring Sat (.030=O.S.) Lock, Piston Pin Pin, Piston, Standard Size Rod, Connecting Screw, ConnectingRod Valve, Exhaust Valve, Intake Spdng,Valve Retainer,Valve Spdng Tappet, Valve Gear, Cam PART NO. 47 51 54 55 56 58 493737 272199 94526 4974420 498144 280399 60 65 81 95 104 110 281434 94696 223664 94098 231371 - -- 117 121 124 494870 498260 94525 125 127 498170 --- 130 131 133 134 224908 493267 398187 398188 137 163 187 188 188A 202 209 -- 272653 492790 398540 94644 262579 263044 DESCRIPTION ** *** ** *** Slinger, Oil Gasket, Intake Elbow Screw, Hex Head Housing, Rewind Starter Pulley, Rewind Starter Rope, Rewind Starter (Cut To 88-5/8") Gdp, Starter Rope Screw, Phillips Lock, Muffler Screw Screw, Round Head Pin, Float Hinge Gasket, Sealing (Sold in Kit Only) Jet, Main Carburator Kit Screw, Carburetor Mounting Carburetor Plug, Welch (Sold in Kit Or_ly) Valve, Throttle Shaft, Throttle Float, Carburator Valve, Inlet (Includes Seat) Gasket, Bowl (Sold in Kit Only) Gasket, Air Cleaner Hose, Fuel Screw, HexHead Screw, Hex Head Link, Govemor Spdng, Governor Includedin Gasket Set (497316) *t Includedin CarburetorKit(498260) t_,t Includedin both CarburetorKit (498260), and CarburetorGasket Set (498261) Includedin both Gasket Sat (497316), and Valve overhaulGasket Set (498528). NOTE: All component dimensions given in U.S. inches 1 inch = 25,4 mm 4O CRAFTSMAN KEY NO. 227 230 258 284 300 304 305 306 307 332 333 334 337 356 358 363 383 387 455 456 459 461 515 523 524 525 529 562 572 592 601 606 608 Includes: 613 615 616 617 620 621 625 634 4-CYCLE ENGINE PART NO. DESCRIPTION 492349 67072 94512 94511 497838 493293 94744 224324 94515 94877 802574 94731 802592 497833 497316 19069 69838 496115 225121 281503 281505 94943 263073 495264 280393 495265 281299 94852 224328 231082 93053 224815 497680 Lever, Governor Washer, Thrust Screw, Hex Head Screw, Hex Head Muffler, Exhaust Housing, Blower Screw, Sems Shield, Cylinder Screw, Hex Head Nut, Flywheel Armature, Magneto Screw, Sems Plug, Spark Wire, Ground Gasket Set Puller, Flywheel Wrench, Spark Plug Palmer, Carburetor Cup, Starter Retainer, Starter Pawi, Rac:het Screw, Shoulder Spring, Retainer Cap, Oil Filler Seal, Filler Tube Tube, Oil Fill Grommet Bolt, Governor Lever Baffle, Cylinder Nut, Hex Clamp, Hose Strap, Bracket Starter, Rewind 94904 94908 94231 94474 263175 270344 499135 396847 497465 --- MODEL NUMBER 12HSO2-2675-B1 KEY NO, PART NO. 635 670 670A 741 842 843 847 851 869 870 871 66538 280512 493823 262598 280966 272616 495263 493880 213512 213513 262001 63709 262640 493442 497233 397974 496116 491588 281340 94872 94873 94749 495224 493640 498261 494256 498258 922 923 930 957 966 967 968 969 971 971A 972 975 977 1019 1095 2500 -- DESCRIPTION " 12J802-2915 498826 RPM Settings: Screw, Hex Nut, Hax Screw,Hex Head Fastener Crank,Governor *** Seal, Intake Elbow Bracket,Carburetor Switch,Stop Tube, Fuel Intake *** Washer, Shaft (Sold in Kit Only) Elbow, Spark Plug Spacer, Fuel Tank Spacer, Bracket Gear, Timing Seal, O-Ring Sleeve, Lever Tube Assembly, Oil Terminal, Ignition Cable Seat, Intake Valve Seat, Exhaust Valve Guide, Exhaust Valve Guide, Intake Valve Spring, Brake Brake Assembly Guard, Finger Cap, FuelTank Base, Air Cleaner Filter, Air Cover, Air Cleaner Screw, Hex Head Screw, Hex Head Screw, Hex Head Tank, Fuel Bowl, Float Gasket Set, Carburetor Label Kit, Emission Gasket Set, Valve Overhaul Replacement Engine Replacement Shortblock Low: 1900-2100; High: 3000-3200 Included in Gasket Set (497316) tt Included in CaYouretorKit (498260) IncludedIn bothCarburetorKit (498260), and CarburetorGasket Set (498261) Includedin both Gasket Set (497316), and Valve overhaulGasket Set (498528). NOTE: All component dimensions given in U.S. inches 1 inch = 25.4 mm 41 42 43 For in-home major brand repair service: Call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week 1-800-4-MY-HOME s" (1-800-469-4663) Para pedir servicio de reparaci6n a domicilio 1-800-676-5811 In Canada for all your service and parts needs call Au Canada pour tout le service ou les pi_ces 1-800-665-4455 For the repair or replacement parts you need: Call 6 am - 11 pm CST, 7 days a week PartsDirect s" 1-800-366-PART (1-800-366-7278) Para ordenar piezas con entrega a domicilio 1-800-659-7084 For the location of a Sears Parts and Repair Center in your area: Call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week 1-800-488-1222 For information on purchasing a Sears Maintenance Agreement or to inquire about an existing Agreement: Call 9 am - 5 pm, Monday - Saturday 1-800-827-6655 171204 10.19.99 VB Printedin U.S.A.