Craftsman 917.388382 Owner`s manual

Owner's Manual
(RRFTSMRN°
6.0 HORSEPOWER
21" MULTI-CUT
ROTARY LAWN MOWER
Model No.
917.388382
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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
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Maintenance Schedule
Maintenance
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Product Specifications
Service and Adjustments
Storage
Troubleshooting
Repair Parts
Parts Ordering
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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
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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.
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"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
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CLIPPING DEFLECTOR
FOR REAR DISCHARGE LAWN MOWERS
GRASS CATCHERS
FOR
REAR DISCHARGE
LAWN MOWERS
2-
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MULCHER KITS
STABILIZER
FOR
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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
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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
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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.
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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.
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MAINTENANCE
SCHEDULE
FILL IN DATES
AS YOU COMPLETE
REGULAR SERVICE
3EFIVICE DATES
Check for Loose Fastenem
Clean/Ins_
Grass Catcher
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Clean Lawn Mower
Clean Under Drive Cover
power-e_
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Mowe,_)
Check ddve belt/pulleys
(Power-Propelled Mowers)
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CheckiSha qJen/ReplaceBlade
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L®_=Uon
Cha.
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I/4
Clean Battery/Recharge
IElectdc Start MowersI
Check Engine Oil Level
Change Engine Oil
Clean Air Filter
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Inspect
Clean
orMuffler
Replace Spark Rug
Replace Air FittorPaper Cartridge
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2
3
4
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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
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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
(_
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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 /.
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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.
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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.
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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
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