Craftsman 358.795543 Instruction manual

Instruction
Manual
25cc/1.5 cu.in. 2-Cycle
17 Inch Cutting Path / 0.080 In. Line
GASOLINE
WEEDWAOKER
®
Model No.
358.795543
•
Safety
•
•
•
Assembly
Operation
Maintenance
•
Parts List
•
Espar_ol
For Occasional
®
Use Only
WARNING:
Read and follow all Safety Rules and Operating
Instructions
before first use of this product.
For answers
Call 7 am-7
to your questions about this product:
pm, Mon.-Sat.,
or 10 am-7 pm, Sun.
1-800-235-5878
Sears, Roebuck
530163932
3/6/03
and Co., Hoffman
(Hours
listed are Central
Estates,
Time)
IL 60179 U.S.A.
Warranty Statement
Safety Rules
Assembly
Operation
Maintenance
Service & Adjustments
2
2
4
5
9
10
Storage
Troubleshooting
Chart
Emissions Statement
Parts List
Spanish
Parts and Ordering
FULL ONE YEAR WARRANTY
ON CRAFTSMAN
WEEDWACKER
® LINE TRIMMER
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12
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Back Cover
® GAS POWERED
For one year from the date of purchase, when this Craftsman Gas Powered
Weedwacker
Line Trimmer is maintained, lubricated, and tuned up according to
the operating and maintenance instructions in this manual, Sears will repair, free
of charge, any defect in materials or workmanship.
This warranty excludes nylon line, spark plug, and air filter, which are expendable
parts and become worn during normal use.
If this Weedwacker line trimmer is used for commercial purposes, this warranty applies for only 90 days from the date of purchase. If this Weedwacker line trimmer is
used for rental purposes, this warranty applies for only 30 days from the date of purchase. This warranty applies only while this product is in use in the United States.
WARRANTY SERVICE IS AVAILABLE BY RETURNING THE WEEDWACKER LINE TRIMMER
TO THE NEAREST SEARS STORE OR SERVICE CENTER IN THE UNITED STATES.
This warranty gives you specific
which vary from state to state.
Sears, Roebuck
legal rights, and you may also have other rights
and Co., D/817 WA, Hoffman
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4t_WARNING:
When using gardening appliances, basic safety precautions must always be followed to
reduce the risk of fire and serious
injury. Read and follow all instructions.
_i
DANGER:
flailing devices.
IL 60179
for line trimmer use only. Use of any
other accessories or attachments will
increase the risk of injury.
©
Thb power unit can be dangerous! Operator is responsible for following
instructions and warnings on unit and in
manual. Read entire instruction manual
before using unit! Be thoroughly familiar
with the controls and the proper use of
the unit. Restrict the use of this unit to
persons who have read, understand,
and will follow the instructions and
warnings on the unit and in the manual.
Never allow children to operate this unit.
INSTRUCTION
MANUAL
Estates,
• IWARNING:
Trimmer line throws
objects violently. You and others can be
blinded/injured. Wear eye and leg
protection. Keep body parts clear of rotating line.
_otection
SAFETY
INFORMATION
ON THE UNIT
Keep children, bystanders, and animals
50 feet (15 meters) away. Stop unit immediately if approached.
Never use blades or
This unit is designed
2
Ifsituations
occur
which
arenotcoveredinthismanual,
usecareand
goodjudgment.
Ifyouneedassistance,
contact
yourSears
Service
Center
orcall1-800-235-5878.
OPERATOR
SAFETY
• Dress properly. Always wear safety
glasses or similar eye protection
when operating, or performing maintenance, on your unit (safety
glasses are available).
Eye protection should be marked Z87.
• Always wear face or dust mask if operation is dusty.
• Always wear heavy, long pants, long
sleeves, boots, and gloves. Wearing safety leg guards is recommended.
• Always wear foot protection.
Do not
go barefoot or wear sandals. Stay
clear of spinning line.
• Secure hair above shoulder length.
Secure or remove loose clothing or
clothing with loosely hanging ties,
straps, tassels, etc. They can be
caught in moving parts.
• Being fully covered also helps protect you from debris and pieces of
toxic plants thrown by spinning line.
• Stay Alert. Do not operate this unit
when you are tired, ill, upset or under the influence of alcohol, drugs,
or medication.
Watch what you are
doing; use common sense.
• Wear hearing protection.
• Never start or run inside a closed
room or building. Breathing exhaust
fumes can kill.
• Keep handles free of oil and fuel.
UNIT / MAINTENANCE
SAFETY
• Disconnect the spark plug before
performing maintenance except carburetor adjustments.
• Look for and replace damaged or
loose parts before each use. Look
for and repair fuel leaks before use.
Keep in good working condition.
• Replace trimmer head parts that are
chipped, cracked, broken, or damaged in any other way before using
the unit.
• Maintain unit according to recommended procedures.
Keep cutting
line at proper length.
• Use only 0.080 inch (2 ram) diameter CraftsmanC_ brand line. Never
use wire, rope, string, etc.
• Install required shield properly before using the unit. Use only specified trimmer head; make sure it is
properly installed and securely fastened.
• Make sure unit is assembled correctly as shown in this manual.
• Make carburetor adjustments with
lower end supported to prevent line
from contacting any object.
• Keep others away when making carburetor adjustments.
• Use only recommended
Craftsman(R_
accessories and replacement parts.
• Have all maintenance and service
not explained in this manual performed by a Sears Service Center.
FUEL SAFETY
• Mix and pour fuel outdoors.
• Keep away from sparks or flames.
• Use a container approved for fuel.
• Do not smoke or allow smoking near
fuel or the unit.
• Avoid spilling fuel or oil. Wipe up all
fuel spills.
• Move at least 10 feet (3 meters)
away from fueling site before starting engine.
• Stop engine and allow to cool before
removing fuel cap.
• Always store gasoline in a container
approved for flammable liquids.
CUTTING SAFETY
A0_'WARNING:
Inspect the area before each use. Remove objects
(rocks, broken glass, nails, wire, etc.)
which can be thrown by or become
entangled in line. Hard objects can
damage the trimmer head and be
thrown causing serious injury.
• Use only for trimming, edging, scalping, mowing and sweeping. Do not
use for pruning or hedge trimming.
• Keep firm footing and balance. Do
not overreach.
• Keep all parts of your body away
from muffler and spinning line. Keep
engine below waist level. A hot muffler can cause serious burns.
• Cut from your right to your left. Cutting on left side of the shield will
throw debris away from the operator.
• Use only in daylight or good artificial
light.
• Use only for jobs explained in this
manual.
TRANSPORTING
AND STORAGE
• Allow engine to cool; secure unit before storing or transporting in vehicle.
• Empty the fuel tank before storing or
transporting the unit. Use up fuel left
in the carburetor by starting the engine and letting it run until it stops.
• Store
unitandfuelinareawhere
fuelvapors
cannot
reach
sparks
or
openflames
fromwater
heaters,
electric
motors
orswitches,
furnaces,
etc.
• Store
unitsolinelimiter
blade
cannotaccidentally
cause
injury.
The
unitcanbehungbythetube.
• Store
unitoutofreach
ofchildren.
SAFETY
NOTICE:
Exposure
tovibrationsthrough
prolonged
useofgasolinepowered
hand
toolscould
cause
blood
vessel
ornerve
damage
inthe
fingers,
hands,
andjoints
ofpeople
prone
tocirculation
disorders
orabnormal
swellings.
Prolonged
use
in
coldweather
hasbeen
linked
toblood
vessel
damage
inotherwise
healthy
people.
Ifsymptoms
occur
suchas
numbness,
pain,
lossofstrength,
change
inskincolorortexture,
orloss
offeeling
inthefingers,
hands,
or
joints,
discontinue
theuseofthistool
andseekmedical
attention.
Anantivibration
system
does
notguarantee
theavoidance
ofthese
problems.
Us-
erswhooperate
power
toolsonacontinualandregular
basis
must
monitor
closely
theirphysical
condition
and
thecondition
ofthistool.
SPECIAL
NOTICE:
Thisunitis
equipped
withatemperature
limiting
muffler
andspark
arresting
screen
which
meets
therequirements
ofCalifornia
Codes
4442and4443.AllU.S.
forest
landandthestates
ofCalifornia,
Idaho,
Maine,
Minnesota,
NewJersey,
Oregon,
andWashington
require
by
lawthatmany
internal
combustion
enginesbeequipped
withaspark
arrestingscreen.
Ifyouoperate
inalocale
where
suchregulations
exist,
youare
legally
responsible
formaintaining
the
operating
condition
ofthese
parts.
Failure
todosoisaviolation
ofthe
law.Fornormal
homeowner
use,the
muffler
andspark
arresting
screen
will
notrequire
anyservice.
After50
hours
ofuse,werecommend
thatthe
muffler
beserviced
orreplaced
by
yourSears
Service
Center.
CARTON
CONTENTS
Check
carton
contents
against
thefollowing
list.
ATTACHING THE HANDLE
(some units are already assembled)
1. Assemble handle to the unit as
shown; make sure bottom of handle is seated in the groove in the
trigger housing.
Model 358.795543
• Trimmer
• Shield
• Wing Nut (screwed onto shield)
• Assist Handle (with bolt and knob)
• Container of Oil
Examine parts for damage. Do not
use damaged parts.
NOTE: If you need assistance or find
parts missing or damaged, call
1-800-235-5878.
It is normal for the fuel filter to rattle in
I
NOTE: Knob must be assembled
on
the right hand side of the unit as
shown in the illustration.
2. Make sure the bolt is seated in the
hex-shaped
hole in the handle.
3. Pivot the handle to a comfortable
position.
4. Tighten knob securely.
ATTACHING SHIELD
the empty fuel tank.
Finding fuel or oil residue on muffler is
normal due to carburetor adjustments
and testing done by the manufacturer.
ASSEMBLY
,_WARNING:
If received
as-
sembled, repeat all steps to ensure
your unit is properly assembled and all
fasteners are secure.
_,WARNING:
The shield must be
properly installed. The shield provides
partial protection from the risk of thrown
objects to the operator and others and
is equipped with a line limiter blade
which cuts excess line to the proper
length. The line limiter blade (on underside of shield) is sharp and can cut you.
Be sure to attach the assist handle to
the unit before you attach the shield.
4
Forproper
orientation
ofshield,
see
KNOW
YOUR
TRIMMER
illustration
inOPERATION
section.
1. Remove
wing
nutfslot
rom
2.
Insert
bracket
into
ashield.
sshown.
3. Pivot
shield
until
boltpasses
through
holeinbracket.
4. Securely
tighten
wingnutontobolt.
KNOW
YOUR
Shield
__%
_'.X/_ I°t
Bracket
TRIMMER
READ THiS iNSTRUCTiON
MANUAL AND SAFETY
RULES BEFORE
UNIT, Compare
the illustrations
with your unit to familiarize
of the various
controls and adjustments.
Save this manual
OPERATING
YOUR
yourself with the location
for future reference.
Assist Handle
Tube
J
Muffler
Trimmer
Head
Edge
Guide
Shield
Primer
i_
Bulb
Fuel Mix
Fill Cap
Line Limiter
Blade
ON/OFF SWITCH
The ON/OFF switch is used to stop engine. To stop the engine, move switch
to the OFF position.
PRIMER BULB
The PRIMER BULB removes air from
the carburetor and fuel lines and fills
them with fuel. This allows you to start
the engine with fewer pulls on the
starter rope. Activate the primer bulb
by pressing it and allowing it to return
to its original form.
CHOKE
The CHOKE helps to supply fuel to tile
engine to aid in cold starting. Activate
the choke by moving the choke lever to
the FULL CHOKE position. After the engine attempts to start, move the choke
lever to the HALF CHOKE position. Once
engine has started, move the choke lever to the OFF CHOKE position.
EDGE GUIDE
The EDGE GUIDE protects the unit
from contacting the ground during
edging.
BEFORE STARTING
FUELING
_iWARNING:
ENGINE
Be sure to read
ENGINE
_bWARNING:
the fuel information in the safety rules
before you begin. If you do not
understand the safety rules, do not
attempt to fuel your unit. Call
1-800-235-5878.
Remove fuel cap
slowly when refueling.
This engine is certified to operate on
unleaded gasoline. Before operation,
gasoline must be mixed with a good
quality synthetic 2-cycle air-cooled
5
engine
oil.Werecommend
Craftsman
brand
synthetic
oil.Mixgasoline
andoil
ataratioof40:1.
A40:1ratiois
obtained
bymixing
3.2ounces
ofoil
with1gallon
ofunleaded
gasoline.
Included
withthistrimmer
isa3.2
ounce
container
ofoil.Pour
theentire
contents
ofthiscontainer
into1gallon
ofgasoline
toachieve
theproper
fuel
mixture.
DONOT
USE
automotive
oilor
boatoil.These
oilswillcause
engine
damage.
When
mixing
fuel,follow
instructions
printed
oncontainer.
Once
oilisadded
togasoline,
shake
container
momentarily
toassure
thatthe
fuelisthoroughly
mixed.
Always
read
andfollow
thesafety
rules
relating
to
fuelbefore
fueling
yourunit.
STARTING A COLD ENGINE (or a
warm engine after running out of
fuel)
1.
2.
3.
4.
IMPORTANT
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, empty the
fuel system before storage for 30 days
or longer. Drain the gas tank, start the
engine and let it run until the fuel lines
and carburetor are empty. Use fresh
fuel next season.
5.
Never use engine or carburetor cleaner products in the fuel tank or permanent damage may occur.
See the STORAGE section for additional information.
HOW TO STOP YOUR UNIT
• To stop the engine, move the ON/
OFF switch to the OFF position.
• If engine does not stop, move choke
to the FULL CHOKE position.
Choke Lever
Engine
ON/OFF
7.
HOW TO START YOUR UNIT
9.
_WARNING:
The trimmer
head
will turn while starting the engine.
Avoid any contact with the muffler. A
hot muffler can cause serious burns.
Set unit on a flat surface.
Move ON/OFF switch to the ON position.
Slowly press the primer bulb 6
times.
Move choke lever to FULL CHOKE
position.
Squeeze the throttle trigger fully and
hold through all remaining steps.
Choke
,- Lever
Primer
Bulb
6.
8.
Pull starter rope handle sharply until
engine sounds as it if is trying to
start, but do not pull rope more than
6 times.
As soon as engine sounds as if it is
trying to start, move choke lever to
the HALF CHOKE position.
Pull starter rope sharply until engine
runs, but no more than 6 pulls.
NOTE: If the engine doesn't start
after 6 pulls (at the HALF CHOKE
position), move the choke lever to
the FULL CHOKE position and press
the primer bulb 6 times. Squeeze
and hold the throttle trigger and pull
the starter rope 2 more times. Move
the choke lever to the HALF CHOKE
position and pull the starter rope until the engine runs, but no more than
6 pulls. If the engine still doesn't
start, it is probably flooded. Proceed
to STARTINGA FLOODED ENGINE.
Once the engine starts, allow it to
run 10 seconds, then move the
choke lever to the OFF CHOKE
position. Allow the unit to run for
30 more seconds at OFF CHOKE
before releasing the throttle trigger.
NOTE: If engine dies with the
choke lever in the OFF CHOKE
position, move the choke lever to
the HALF CHOKE position and pull
the rope until engine runs, but no
more than 6 pulls.
STARTING A WARM ENGINE
1. Move ON/OFF switch to the ON position.
2. Move the choke lever to the HALF
CHOKE position.
3= Squeeze and hold the throttle trigger. Keep throttle trigger fully
squeezed until the engine runs
smoothly.
4. Pull starter rope sharply until engine
runs, but no more than 5 pulls.
5. Allow engine to run 15 seconds,
then move the choke lever to the
OFF CHOKE position.
NOTE: If engine has not started, pull
starter rope 5 more pulls. If engine still
does not run, it is probably flooded.
STARTING A FLOODED ENGINE
Flooded engines can be started by
placing the choke lever in the OFF
CHOKE position; then, pull the rope to
clear the engine of excess fuel. This
could require pulling the starter handle
many times depending on how badly
the unit is flooded.
If the unit still doesn't start, refer to
TROUBLESHOOTING TABLE or call
1-800-235-5878.
OPERATING
OPERATING
INSTRUCTIONS
POSITION
ALWAYS WEAR:_
Long
Pants
Do not run the engine at a higher
speed than necessary. The cutting
line will cut efficiently when the engine
is run at less than full throttle. At lower
speeds, there is less engine noise and
vibration. The cutting line will last
longer and will be less likely to "weld"
onto the spool.
Always release the throttle trigger and
allow the engine to return to idle
speed when not cutting.
To stop engine:
• Release the throttle trigger.
• Move the ON/OFF switch to the OFF
position.
TWIST AND EDGE
The Twist and Edge feature allows for
easy edging of sidewalks, patios,
driveways, etc.
1. Pull the tab toward the engine.
2. Twist the tube to the edging position; release tab.
TRIMMER LINE ADVANCE
The cutting head advances line automatically.
Do not tap head on the
ground to advance line. This may
break parts and cause cutting head to
malfunction.
Upon unit start up, the line will advance
automatically to the correct cutting path
length.
Always keep the shield in place when
the tool is being operated=
Eye Protection
--_'_/_
Heavy Shoes .._._i
,IO_,WARNING:
Use only 0.080" (2
mm) diameter round line. Other
sizes and shapes of line will not advance properly and will result in improper cutting head function or can
cause serious injury. Do not use other
materials such as wire, string, rope,
etc. Wire can break off during cutting
and become a dangerous missile that
can cause serious injury.
CUTTING METHODS
Cut from your right to your left.
,it
dt_WARNING:
Always wear eye
protection. Never lean over the trimmer
head. Rocks or debris can ricochet or
be thrown into eyes and face and
cause blindness or other serious injury.
When operating unit, stand as shown
and check for the following:
• Wear eye protection and heavy
clothing.
• Hold trigger handle with right hand
and assist handle with left hand.
• Keep unit below waist level.
• Cut only from your right to your left to
ensure debris is thrown away from
you. Without bending over, keep line
near and parallel to the ground and
not crowded into material being cut.
_,WARNING:
Use minimum speed
and do not crowd the line when cutting
around hard objects (rock, gravel, fence
posts, etc.), which can damage the trimmer head, become entangled in the
line, or be thrown causing a serious
hazard=
7
• Thetipofthelinedoes
thecutting.
Youwillachieve
thebestperformance
andminimum
linewear
bynotcrowdingthelineintocutting
area.
Theright
andwrong
ways
areshown
inthefollowing
illustration.
TipoftheLine
Line
Crowded
Into
Does
TheCutting Work
Area
I
Right
Wrong
• The line will easily remove grass
and weeds from around walls,
fences, trees and flower beds, but it
also can cut the tender bark of trees
or shrubs and scar fences.
• For trimming or scalping, use less
than full throttle to increase line life
and decrease head wear, especially:
• During light duty cutting.
• Near objects around which the line
can wrap such as small posts,
trees or fence wire.
• For mowing or sweeping, use full
throttle for a good clean job.
TRIMMING - Hold the bottom of the
trimmer head about 3 in. (8 cm) above
the ground and at an angle. Allow only
the tip of the line to make contact. Do
not force trimmer line into work area.
Scalping
JL
MOWING - Your trimmer is ideal for
mowing in places conventional lawn
mowers cannot reach. In the mowing
position, keep the line parallel to the
ground. Avoid pressing the head into
the ground as this can scalp the
ground and damage the tool.
""n° ))
SWEEPING - The fanning action of
rotating line can be used for a quick
and easy clean up. Keep line parallel
to and above the surfaces being
swept and move the tool from side to
side.
Sweeping
Trimming _
3 in. (8 cm)
Above Ground
_
.....
1t
EDGING - Adjust trimmer to the edging position (see "RNIST AND EDGE
section). Allow only the tip of the line
to make contact. Do not force trimmer
line into work area.
SCALPING - The scalping technique
removes unwanted vegetation. Hold
the bottom of the trimmer head about
3 in. (8 cm) above the ground and at
an angle. Allow the tip of the line to
strike the ground around trees, posts,
monuments, etc. This technique increases line wear.
Edging
__
MAINTENANCE
SCHEDULE
_t
WARNING:
Disconnect the spark plug before performing maintenance
except for carburetor adjustments.
CARE & MAINTENANCE TASK
WHEN TO PERFORM
Check for loose fasteners
Check for damaged
Before each use
and parts
Before each use
or worn parts
After each use
Inspect and clean unit and decals
Clean air filter
Inspect muffler and spark arresting
Replace
GENERAL
Every 5 hours of operation
screen
spark plug
RECOMMEN
Every 50 hours of operation
Yearly
DATIONS
The warranty on this unit does not
cover items that have been subjected
to operator abuse or negligence. To
receive full value from the warranty,
the operator must maintain unit as
instructed in this manual. Various adjustments will need to be made periodically to properly maintain your unit.
CHECK FOR LOOSE
FASTENERS AND PARTS
• Spark Plug Boot
• Air Filter
• Housing Screws
• Assist Handle Screws
• Debris Shield
CHECK FOR DAMAGED OR
WORN PARTS
Contact Sears Service Center for replacement of damaged or worn parts.
• ON/OFF Switch - Ensure ON/OFF
switch functions properly by moving
the switch to the OFF position. Make
sure engine stops; then restart engine and continue.
• Fuel Tank - Discontinue use of unit
if fuel tank shows signs of damage
or leaks.
• Debris Shield - Discontinue use of
unit if debris shield is damaged.
INSPECT AND CLEAN UNIT AND
DECALS
• After each use, inspect complete
unit for loose or damaged parts.
Clean the unit and decals using a
damp cloth with a mild detergent.
• Wipe off unit with a clean dry cloth.
CLEAN AIR FILTER
A dirty air filter decreases engine performance and increases fuel consumption and harmful emissions. Always clean after every 5 hours of
operation.
1. Clean the cover and the area
around it to keep dirt from falling into
the carburetor chamber when the
cover is removed.
2. Remove parts as illustrated.
NOTE: To avoid creating a fire hazard
or producing harmful evaporative
emissions, do not clean filter in gasoline or other flammable solvent.
3. Wash the filter in soap and water.
4. Allow filter to dry.
5. Add a few drops of oil to the filter;
squeeze the filter to distribute oil.
6. Replace parts.
_Filter
Screws
Cover
REPLACE SPARK PLUG
Replace the spark plug each year to
ensure the engine starts easier and
runs better. Set spark plug gap at
0.025 inch. Ignition timing is fixed and
nonadjustable.
1. Twist, then pull off spark plug boot.
2. Remove spark plug from cylinder
and discard.
3. Replace with Champion RCJ-6Y
spark plug and tighten securely with
a 3/4 inch socket wrench.
4. Reinstall the spark plug boot.
LINE REPLACEMENT
2.
Pre-wound spools offer the most convenient method for replacing line and
ensuring optimum performance.
• Replacement spools are colorcoded to ensure use of the correct
spool with your unit. Be sure to use
the same color spool as the existing
spool.
NOTE: Always clear dirt and debris
from cutting head components when
performing any type of maintenance.
• Hold spool and unscrew cap by turning in the direction shown on top of
the cap.
• Remove line guide ring and spool.
Insert one end of line into center
cavity of empty spool. Ensure line
will feed into spool in the direction
shown on the spool (counterclockwise).
3= Continue feeding line into spool,
leaving 4 - 6 inches (10 - 15 cm)
unwound from center of spool.
INSTALLING SPOOL WITH LINE
1. Install replacement spool.
2. Thread line through line guide ring.
Line through guide ring
Slot
Line guide ring
Replacement Spool
X_j _J_
Spool
Use a pre-wound
with line. If using
remove tape strip
REFILLING THE
spool or refill
a pre-wound
from line and
SPOOL WITH
spool
spool,
spool.
LINE
_WARNING:
Use only 0.080
inch (2 mm) diameter round line.
Other sizes and shapes of line will not
advance properly and will result in improper cutting head function or can
cause serious injury. Do not use other
materials such as wire, string, rope,
etc. Wire can break off during cutting
and become a dangerous missile that
can cause serious injury.
1= Cut a length of 25 feet of 0.080 inch
(2 mm) diameter round Craftsman
brand line.
Spool
3.
Rest guide ring on spool and place
line through slot. Allow line to extend 4 - 6 inches (10 - 15 cm) from
center of spool.
4. Ensure line remains in slot while
screwing cap on to the shaft. Only
tighten cap hand tight!
CARBURETOR
ADJUSTMENT
_,WARNING:
Keep others away
when making idle speed adjustments.
The trimmer head will be spinning during this procedure.
Wear your protective equipment and observe all safety
precautions.
The carburetor has been carefully set
at the factory. Adjustments may be
necessary if you notice any of the following conditions:
• Engine will not idle when the throttle is
released.
Make adjustments with the unit supported so the cutting attachment is off
the ground and will not make contact
with any object. Hold the unit by hand
while running and making adjustments. Keep all parts of your body
away from the cutting attachment and
muffler.
Idle Speed Adjustment
Allow engine to idle. Adjust speed until
engine runs without stalling (idle
speed too slow).
• Turn idle speed screw clockwise to
increase engine speed if engine
stalls or dies.
10
• Turn
wise
idle speed
to decrease
screw
counterclockengine
speed.
If you require further assistance or are
unsure about performing this procedure, contact your Sears Service Center or call our customer assistance
help line at 1-800-235-5878.
le Speed
Screw
Air Filter
Cover
,_LWARNING:
Perform the follow-
ing steps after each use:
• Allow engine to cool, and secure the
unit before storing or transporting.
• Store unit and fuel in a well ventilated area where fuel vapors cannot
reach sparks or open flames from
water heaters, electric motors or
switches, furnaces, etc.
• Store unit with all guards in place.
Position unit so that any sharp object cannot accidentally cause injury.
• Store unit and fuel well out of the
reach of children.
SEASONAL
STORAGE
Prepare unit for storage at end of season or if it will not be used for 30 days
or more.
If your unit is to be stored for a period
of time:
• Clean the entire unit before lengthy
storage.
• Store in a clean dry area.
• Lightly oil external metal surfaces.
FUEL SYSTEM
Under FUELING ENGINE in the OPERATION section of this manual, see message labeled IMPORTANT regarding
the use of gasohol in your engine.
Fuel stabilizer is an acceptable alter-
native in minimizing the formation of
fuel gum deposits during storage. Add
stabilizer to the gasoline in the fuel
tank or fuel storage container. Follow
the mix instructions found on stabilizer
container. Run engine at least 5 minutes after adding stabilizer.
Craftsman 40:1,2-cycle
engine oil (air
cooled) is already blended with fuel
stabilizer. If you do not use this Sears
oil, you can add a fuel stabilizer to
your fuel tank.
INTERNAL ENGINE
• Remove spark plug and pour 1 teaspoon of 40:1,2-cycle
engine oil (air
cooled) through the spark plug
opening. Slowly pull the starter rope
8 to 10 times to distribute oil.
• Replace spark plug with new one of
recommended
type and heat range.
• Clean air filter.
• Check entire unit for loose screws,
nuts, and bolts. Replace any damaged, broken, or worn parts.
• At the beginning of the next season,
use only fresh fuel having the proper
gasoline to oil ratio.
OTHER
• Do not store gasoline from one season to another.
• Replace your gasoline can if it starts
to rust.
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TROUBLESHOOTING
,_
TABLE
WARNING:
Always stop unit and disconnect spark plug before performing all of the recommended
remedies below except remedies that require
operation
of the unit.
TROUBLE
CAUSE
Engine will not
start.
1. Engine ON/OFF
in OFF position.
2. Engine flooded.
REMEDY
1. Move ON/OFF switch to ON.
switch
2. See "Starting a Flooded Engine" in
Operation Section.
3. Fill tank with correct fuel mixture.
4. install new spark plug.
5. Check for dirty fuel filter; replace.
Check for kinked or split fuel line;
repair or replace.
6. Contact Sears Service (see back
cover).
3. Fuel tank empty.
4. Spark plug not firing.
5. Fuel not reaching
carburetor.
6. Carburetor requires
adjustment.
Engine will
not idle
properly.
1. Carburetor requires
adjustment.
2. Crankshaft seals worn.
3. Compression
Engine wil) not
accelerate,
lacks power.
or dies under
a load.
Engine
smokes
excessively.
Engine
hot.
runs
1. See "Carburetor Adjustment"
in
Service and Adjustments Section.
2. Contact Sears Service (see back
cover).
3. Contact Sears Service (see back
cover).
1. Clean or replace air filter.
2. Clean or replace plug
and regap.
3. Contact Sears Service (see back
cover).
4. Contact Sears Service (see back
cover).
5. Contact Sears Service (see back
cover).
low.
1. Air filter dirty.
2. Spark plug fouled.
3. Carburetor requires
adjustment.
4. Carbon build-up on
muffler outlet screen.
5. Compression
low.
1. Adjust choke.
2. Empty fuel tank and refill with
correct fuel mixture.
3. Clean or replace air filter.
4. Contact Sears Service (see back
cover).
1. Choke partially on.
2. Fuel mixture incorrect.
3. Air filter dirty.
4. Carburetor requires
adjustment.
1. Fuel mixture incorrect.
1. See "Fue)ing Engine" in Operation
section.
2. Replace with correct spark plug.
3. Contact Sears Service (see back
cover).
4. Contact Sears Service (see back
cover).
2. Spark plug incorrect.
3. Carburetor requires
adjustment.
4. Carbon build-up on
muffler outlet screen.
YOUR WARRANTY RIGHTS AND
OBLIGATIONS:
The U. S. Environmental Protection Agency and Sears,
Roebuck and Co., U.S.A., are pleased
to explain the emissions control system
warranty on your year 2002-2004 small
off-road engine. Sears must warrant
the emission control system on your
small off-road engine for the periods of
time listed below provided there has
been no abuse, neglect, or improper
maintenance of your small off-road en-
gine. Your emission control system includes parts such as the carburetor and
the ignition system. Where a warrantable condition exists, Sears will repair
your small off-road engine at no cost to
you. Expenses covered under warranty
include diagnosis, parts and labor.
MANUFACTURER'S
WARRANTY
COVERAGE: If any emissions related
part on your engine (as listed under
Emissions Control Warranty Parts List)
is defective or a defect in the materials
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orworkmanship
oftheengine
causes
thefailure
ofsuchanemission
related
part,
thepartwillberepaired
orreplaced
bySears.
OWNER'S
WARRANTY RESPONSIBILITIES:
As the
small off-road engine owner, you are
responsible for the performance of the
required maintenance listed in your instruction manual. Sears recommends
that you retain all receipts covering
maintenance on your small off-road engine, but Sears cannot deny warranty
solely for the lack of receipts or for your
failure to ensure the performance of all
scheduled maintenance.
As the small
off-road engine owner, you should be
aware that Sears may deny you warranty coverage if your small off-road
engine or a part of it has failed due to
abuse, neglect, improper maintenance,
unapproved modifications, or the use of
parts not made or approved by the original equipment manufacturer. You are
responsible for presenting your small
off-road engine to a Sears authorized
repair center as soon as a problem exists. Warranty repairs should be completed in a reasonable amount of time,
not to exceed 30 days. If you have any
questions regarding your warranty rights
and responsibilities, you should contact
your nearest authorized service center
or call Sears at 1-800-469-4663.
WARRANTY COMMENCEMENT
DATE: The warranty period begins on
the date the small off-road engine is
purchased. LENGTH OF COVERAGE:
This warranty shall be for a period of
two years from the initial date of purchase. WHAT IS COVERED: REPAIR
OR REPLACEMENT
OF PARTS. Repair or replacement of any warranted
part will be performed at no charge to
the owner at an approved Sears servicing center. If you have any questions
regarding your warranty rights and responsibilities, you should contact your
nearest authorized service center or call
Sears at 1-800-469-4663.
WARRANTY PERIOD: Any warranted part which
is not scheduled for replacement as required maintenance, or which is schedThis engine is certified to be emissions
[]
Moderate
[]
Intermediate
[]
Extended
uled only for regular inspection to the
effect of "repair or replace as necessary" shall be warranted for 2 years.
Any warranted part which is scheduled
for replacement as required maintenance shall be warranted for the period
of time up to the first scheduled replacement point for that part. DIAGNOSIS:
The owner shall not be charged for
diagnostic labor which leads to the determination that a warranted part is defective if the diagnostic work is performed at an approved Sears servicing
center. CONSEQUENTIAL
DAMAGES:
Sears may be liable for damages to
other engine components caused by
the failure of a warranted part still under
warranty. WHAT IS NOT COVERED:
All failures caused by abuse, neglect, or
improper maintenance are not covered.
ADD-ON OR MODIFIED PARTS: The
use of add-on or modified parts can be
grounds for disallowing a warranty
claim. Sears is not liable to cover failures of warranted parts caused by the
use of add-on or modified parts. HOW
TO FILE A CLAIM: If you have any
questions regarding your warranty rights
and responsibilities, you should contact
your nearest authorized service center
or call Sears at 1-800-469-4663.
WHERE TO GET WARRANTY SERVICE: Warranty services or repairs shall
be provided at all Sears service centers.
Call 1-800-469-4663.
MAINTENANCE, REPLACEMENT AND REPAIR OF EMISSION RELATED
PARTS: Any Sears approved replacement part used in the performance of
any warranty maintenance or repair on
emission related parts will be provided
without charge to the owner if the part is
under warranty. EMISSION CONTROL
WARRANTY PARTS LIST: Carburetor,
Ignition System: Spark Plug (covered
up to maintenance schedule), Ignition
Module. MAINTENANCE
STATEMENT: The owner is responsible for the
performance of all required maintenance as defined in the instruction
manual.
compliant
(50 hours)
(125 hours)
(300 hours)
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for the following
use: