Craftsman 917.380221 Owner`s manual

OWNER'S
Caution:
Readand Follow
alaSafetyRules
and Instructions
BeforeOperating
ThisEquipment
CRAFrSMIZN
3.5 RESERVE
POWER
20" SIDEDISCHARGE
ROTARYLAWNMOWER
Assembly
Operation
Maintenance
Serviceand Adjustment
RepairParts
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SAFETY
RULES
CAUTION:
ALWAYS DISCONNECT
SPARK PLUG 'WIRE AND PLACE WiRE
WHERE 11'CANNOT CONTACT SPARK PLUG TO PREVENT ACCIDENTAL STARTING WHEN
SETTING-UP,
TRANSPORTING,
ADJUSTING
OR MAKING
REPAIRS TO YOUR MOWER_
IMPORTANT
FEDERAL REGULATIONS
REQUIRE OPERATOR PRESENCE BLADE STOP CONTROLS TO MINIMIZE THE
RISK OF BLADE CONTACT INJURY. YOUR MOWER IS EQUIPPED WITH SUCH CONTROLS. DO NOT
ATTEMPT TO DEFEAT THE FUNCTION
OF THE OPERATOR
PRESENCE CONTROL
UNDER ANY
CIRCUMSTANCES°
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BE CAREFUL-WHEN
THE ENGINE IS RUNNING, THE BLADE IS TURNING.
Please read your' owner's manual_ Only allow
persons who know the safety rules to use your
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mower,
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DO NOT tie the operator presence control bar
to the handle. Control must be lye° to permit
broke engagement when handles and control
are reteased_
DO NOT allow children to use your' mower_
Check your mower over' before each use_
Tighten any loose bolts, nuts, etc_
Remove all sticks, stones, wires, cans, boards,
etc_ from area to be mowed_ These objects can
be thrown by the blade.
DO NOT allow children, bystanders or pets in
the area while mowing°
Always ",,,,earshoes when mowing° DO NOT
operate mower when barefoot
or wearing
open sandals.
Always wear safety glasses or' eye shields
before starting your lawn mower and while
mowing.
Always shut off engine before trying to adjust
wheetheightso
When engine is running, DO NOT put hands
or' feet under mower or in the discharge chute,
nor make any adjustments.
Stay clear' of discharge opening at all times°
Do not fill gas tank when engine is running,
when indoors or when engine is hot. Allow
engine to cool for several minutes before filling gas tank Clean off any spilled gasoline
before starting engine.
Mow only in goodllght.
Always stop blade when not cutting grass or
when crossing gravel drive, sidewalk,
or
roadway_
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DO NOT continue to run your mower' if you
hit a foreign objecL Stop the engine, discon_
nect the spark plug wire from the spark plug,
inspect the mower for damage and make
repairs as required_
DO NOT use a damaged mower. Always have
damage repaired before mowing.
DO NOT run your mower if it vibrates too
much. Stop engine and make repairs. Vibration is an indication of damage_
Never use your mower without proper guards
or' deflectors in place.
- Always mow across a slope or inclined area.
DO NOT mow up or down a slope or inclined
a rea.
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DO NOT mow in wet grass. Be careful of
footing when mowing in wet grass, use shoes
with good traction.
DO NOT run with the mower_
DO NOT run your mower indoors. Exhaust
gases are deadly poison.
Always disconnect the spark plug wire from the
spark plug to prevent accidental starting when
transporting
or' storing your mower after the
mowing season.
DO NOT attempt to raise engine speed above
factory settings_ Engine damage or personal
injury may result.
If a grass catcher is used on your' mower', check
the catcher often for' damage or deterioration.
It will wear through normal use. Use only a
recommended replacement catcher.
Always stop blade to remove or instaJt catcher_
DO NOT store your mower' or gasoline where
fumes may reach an open flame and cause a
fire.
DRAIN THE GASOLINE
from your mower
before transporting your mower inside your car
or other vehicle.
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LOOKFOR THISSYMBOLTO POINTOUT IMPORTANTSAFETYPRECAUTIONS.
IT MEANS--ATTENTION!!! BECOME ALERT!!! YOUR SAFETY IS
INVOLVED.
PRODUCT
SPEaFICATHOHS
CONGRATULATIONS
onyourpurchaseofa SearsCraftsmanLawnMower.It hasbeendesigned,engineered
and manufacturedtogive you the best possible
dependabilityand performance.
Shouldyouexpermnce
anyproblemyoucannot easi-
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DISPLACEMENT:
ly remedy, please contact your nearest Sears Service Center/Department. We have competent, welltrained technicians and the proper tools to service
or repair this unit.
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CAPACITY:
1.0 quart,
(unleaded)
OIL (21 oz, capacity):
SAE 30W
(SAElow 30)
Please read and retain this manual. The instructions
will enable you to assemble and maintain your
mower properly° Always Observe the "SAFETY
RULES".
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SPARK PLUG (GAP ,030 in.)
Champion
RJ19-LL or
(Sears 7133312
STD 361458)
MODEL
NUMBER 917.380221
VALVE CLEARANCE:
SERIAL
NUMBER
DATE OF
PURCHASE
Intake:
Exhaust:
SOLID STATE IGNITION
AIR GAP:
THE MODEL AND SERIAL NUMBERS WILL BE
FOUND ON A DECAL ATTACHED TO THE REAR
OF THE MOWER HOUSING_
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70-75 ft0-1bs_
BLADE NUT TORQUE:
YOU SHOULD RECORD BOTHSERIALNUMBER
AND DATEOF PURCHASEAND KEEPIN A SAFE
PLACEFOR FUTUREREFERENCE.
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MAINTn:NANCE
AGREEMENT
A Sears Maintenance Agreement is available on this
producL Contact your nearest Sears store for
details.
CUSTOMER
RESPONSgBILITIES
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Read and observe the safety rules.
Follow a regular schedule in maintaining, caring for and using your mower.
Follow the instructions under "Maintenance"
and "Storage"
sections of this Owner's
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ONEYEARLIMITEDWARRANTYON CRAFTSMAN
POWERMOWER
Forone year from the date of purchase, when thisCraftsman Lawn Mower ismaintained, lubricated and tuned-up.
according to the instructionsin the owner's manual, Sears will repair, free of charge, any defect in material
and worEmanship_
If this Craftsman Lawn Mower is used for commercial or rental purposes, this warranty
days from the date of purchaser
applies for only 90
This warranty does not cover:
Expendable itemswhich 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 instructionscontained in the owner's manual°
WARRANTY SERVICE IS AVAILABLE BY RETURNING THE CRAFTSMAN POWER MOWER TO THE
NEAREST SEARS SF:RVlCE CENTERIDEPARTMENT IN THE UNITED STATES. THIS WARRANTY APPLIES
ONLY WHILE THIS PRODUCT IS IN USE IN THE UNITED STATES°
This warranty gives you specificlegal rights, and you may also have other rights which may vary from state
to state_
SEARS, ROEBUCK AND CO, Department 698/731A
3
Sears Tower, Chicago, Ill. 60684
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TABLE
OFCONTENTS
SAFETY RULE ......................
PRODUCT SPECIFICATIONS
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CUSTOMER RESPONSiBiLITIES
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WARRANTY
2
3
3
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
4
INDEX ...................
MOWER
MAINTENANCE
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8,9,10
STORAGE ..........................
12
SERVICE AND ADJUSTMENT
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TROUBLE SHOOTING
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REPAIR PARTS-MOWER
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14,15
REPAIR PARTS-ENGINE
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SERVICE RECOMMENDATIONS
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PARTS ORDERING/SERVICE
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ACCESSORIES
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ASSEMBt.Y .....
OPERATION ................
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6,7,8
INDEX
Adjustments:
Carburetor
Engine Speed
Handle Height
Height of Cut
Wheel Adjusters
Air Filter:
Cleaning
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Paper Cartridge
Replacement
Assembly:
Handle
Accessories
Gasoline
10
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7
7
g, 10
10
10
3
11
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7,t 1
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index
Blade:
Replacement
Sharpening
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9
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Lubrication:
Engine
Front Wheel Adjuster
Controls:
Engine Control
Operator Presence
Control Bar
Speed Selector ....
Customer Responsibilities
Cutting Levels
Engine:
Control
Oil Cap
Oil Change
Oil Level
Oil Type
Starting
Storage
6,7
6,9
9
7
7
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12
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Filter, Air
Fuel:
Type
Storage
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5.6.7
7
3
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Handle:
Adjustment
Assembly
Bracket
Knob
Height, Cu|ting
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5
B
Parts
Primer
Maintenance:
Agreement
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Air Filter _
Air Filter Paper Cartrldge
Blade Care/Replacement
Engine
Grass Catcher'
Lubrication
Spark Plugs
Mowing Tips
3
g, 10
10
8.9
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13
3,10
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RepairtReplacement Parts
Responsibilities,Customer
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Safety Rules
Service and Adjustments:
Blade ....
Carburetor
Cutting Level
Engine .
Handle
Service Recommendation
Spark Plugs
Specifications
Speed Control:
Engine =
Starling the Engine:
Starter Rope
Stopping the Mower
Storage
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8,9
10
7
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13
3,10
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6
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Table of Contents .
Trouble Shooting Chart
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Oil:
Cold Weather Conditions
Engine
Storage
Operation:
Operating Mower
Speed:
Starting the Engine
Stopping Your Lawn Mower
Operator Presence Control
Options:
Attachments
4
7
,9
12
6,7 8
7
7
5
Warranty
Wheels:
Wheel Adjuster's
3
7
MOWER
These accessories were available when the mower was purchased° They are also available at most Sears retail
outlets, catalog and service centers. Most Sears stores can order repair parts for you, when you provide the
model number of your mower.
ENGINE
SPARKPLUG
MUFFLER
GASCAN
AIR FILTER
EHGIHEOIL
STABILIZER
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MOWERMAiNTENANcE
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BELT
BLADE
BLADEADAPTER
WHEELS
MOWERCOVER
ASSEMBLY
Your lawn mower
at the factory°
has been completely
assembled
OPERATOR
TO REMOVEMOWERFROMCARTON
PRESENCE
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UPPER HANDLE---_
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LIFT
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Remove loose parts if included with mower, (i.e.
grass catcher, catcher frame, hardware pack,
etc,)_
o Cut down corners on one end of carton and lay
end down flat.
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Remove packing material,
Roll mower out of carton
thoroughly for loose parts.
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HOW TO SET-UPYOURLAWNMOWER
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TO UNFOLDHANDLE
Remove tape and paper holding operator presence
control bar to upper handle°
• Hold down operator presence control bar to upper handle to allow handle to move to mowing
position.
, Raise handles until lower handle section locks into place in the mowing position (See Fig. I).
•
Raise upper handle section intoplace on lower
handle and tighten one (1) handle knob°
Release operator presence control
bar and
tighten remaining handle knob°
Your mower handle can be adjusted for your
mowing comfort. Refer to "ADJUST HANDLE"
in the Service and Adjustment section of this
manual.
OPERATION
KNOWYOURMOWER
READ THIS OWNER'S MANUAL AND SAFETY RULES BEFORE OPERATING
YOUR ROTARY MOWER°
Compare the illustrations with your Rotary Mower to familiarize yourself with the location of various controls
and adjustments. Save this manual for future reference.
)PERATOR
PRESENCE
CONTROL
BAR
- CABLE
CLIP
ZONE/ENGINE
CONTROL.
HANDLE
KNOB
STARTER
ROPE
ENGINE
OIL CAP WITH
ENGINE SPEED
SELECTOR
LEVER
DIPSTICK
FILLER CAP
MUFFLER
PRIMER
WHEEL
ADJUSTER
DISCHARGE
HOUSING
AIR FILTER
MEETSCPSCSAFETY
REQUIREMENTS
Sears Rotary Walk-Behind Power Mowers conform to the safety
dards Institute and The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission,
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standards of the American National StanThe blade turns when the engine is running,
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OPERATOR PRESENCE CONTROL BAR - must be
held down to the handle to start the engine, Release
to stop the engine,
PRIMER - pumps additional fuel from the carburetor
to the cylinder for use when starting a cold engine.
ENGINE SPEED CONTROL LEVER - located on the
right side of the engine which allows you to select
either "HIGH"
or "LOW"
engine speed_
STARTER ROPE - used for starting
the engine.
HOWTOUSEYOURMOWER
ENGINESPEEO
SELEaOR
SELECTOR
LEVER
The en_line speed is controlled by a lever (red knob)
tocatedon the right side of the engine. "HIGH"
position is for starting engine, normal cutting and better
grass bagging. "LOW"
position is for light cutting,
trimming, and fuel economy (See Fig. 3).
TO ADJUST CUTTING HEIGHT
1ER
= Raise wheels for low cut and lower wheels for
high cut.
° Wheels are set in low cut for shipping. Adjust cutting height to suit your requirements.
Medium
position is best for most lawns.
o 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 (See Fig. 4).
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BEFORE
STARTINGENGINE
OIL:
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Remove engine oil cap with dipstick or oil fill plugo
Fill to "FULL"
line on dipstick or to top of slot
clown in filler hole. Use about I pint or 1!2 liter
of Sears 30W oil or equivalent. SAE 10W 30 oil
can also be used. DO NOT use SAE 10W 40 oil.
The total oil capacity of your engine is 21 oz. or
0.62 liters. Fill only to "FULL" line on dipstick or
to top of slot down
in oil filler
holeo
DO NOT over fill. The first fill on a new engine
uses about 1 pint. Check oil level and add oil as
needed to bring to proper level.
Pour oil slowly, DO NOT over fill.
GAS:
* Fill gasoline tank with fresh, clean unleaded
gasoline. DO NOT USE PREMIUM GASOLINE.
BE CAREFUL NOT TO OVER FILL TANK (SEE
FIG. 2)_
WARNING: 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 shouldbe
emptied before storage for 30 days or longer. Drain
the gas tank, start the engine and let it run until the
fuel/ines and carburetor are empty. Use fresh fuel
FIG, 4
next season. See Storage Instructions for additional
informatiom
Never use engine or carburetor cleaner products in
the fuel tank or permanent damage may occur.
TO STARTENGINE
= To start a cold engine, push primer five (5) times
before trying to start. Use a firm push. This step
is not usually necessary when starting an engine
which has already run for a few minutes.
* Push engine speed selector lever forward to
"HIGH"
position.
* Hold operator presence control bar down to the
handle and pull starter handle quickly. Do not
allow starter rope to snap back.
* To "STOP"
engine, release operator presence
control bar.
NOTE: In cooler weather it may be necessary to
repeat priming steps. In warmer weather over priming may cause flooding and engine wilt not start° If
you do flood engine wait a few minutes before attempting to start and DO NOT repeat priming steps.
OPERATION
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MOWINGTIPS
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Under certain conditions, such as very tall grass,
it may be necessary to raise the height of cut to
reduce
pushing effort and to keep from
overloading the engine and leaving clumps of
grass clippings_
* For extremely heavy cutting, reduce the width of
cut and raise the rear of the mower housing one
(I) wheel adjuster setting higher than the front for
better discharge of grass_
o When using a rear bagging mower in moist,
heavy grass, clumps of cut grass may not enter
the grass catcher. Reduce groundspeed (pushing
speed) andlor run the mower over the area a seo
cond time.
*
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If a trail of grass clippings is left on the right side
of a rear bagging mower, mow in a clockwise
direction with a small overlap to collect the clippings on the next pass.
', For' side discharge mowers, cutting in a counterclockwise direction, starting at the outside of the
area to be cut, spreads grass clippings more evenly and puts lessload on the engine. To keep clippings off of walkways,
flower beds, etc., make
the first cuts in a clockwise direction.
• Pores in cloth grass catchers can become filled
with dirt and dust with use and catchers will collect less grass. To prevent this, regularly hose catcher off with water and let dry before using.
For better' grass bagging and most cutting conditions, the engine speed should be set in the
"HIGH"
(fast) position.
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GENERALRECOMMENDATIONS
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Once a year you should replace the spark plug,
air filter, and check blade for wear. A new spark
plug and air' filter assures proper' air-fuel mixture
andhelps your engine run better and last lon_er_
You should check all fasteners and be sure they
are tight°
Follow the Service Recommendation Schedule on
page 13_
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BLA°E
wAs"ERs E
,LADE
F.AHO,
BLADE/BLADE
FLANGECARE
Your mower will work better with a sharp blade.
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CAUTION:
DISCONNECT
SPARKPLUGWIREFROM
SPARK
PLUGANDPLACE
WIREWHERE
IT CANNOT
COMEIN CONTACTWITH THE SPARKPLUG.
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FIG. 5
NOTE: Check tab in blade flange after removing_ If
tab is damaged, replace it. It must be in good condition for' the blade to work properly. We recom_
mend that a new blade nut be used each time blade
is removed.
TO REPLACE BLADE:
•
1"O REMOVE BLADE:
" Turn mower on its side. Make sure air filter and
carburetor are up.
• Use block of wood between blade and mower
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housing to prevent blade from turning when nut
isremoved. Protect your hands with gloves and/or
wrap blade with heavy cloth.
Remove nut by turning counter-clockwise.
Use a
15116" box or open-end wrench.
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Put blade flange on engine crankshaft with tab
in slot (See Fig_ 5).
Fit blade on crankshaft in the blade flange. Be
sure the word "TOP"
(stamped on blade) is
toward engine.
Place flat washer, two (2) formed washers and
nut on crankshaft (See Fig. 5).
Use block of wood to hold blade and tighten nut
clockwise. The recommended torque is 70-75 ft..
Ibs. Torque wrenches are available at most Sears
stores and through the catalog.
MOWER
BLADE/BLADEFLANGE CARE
(CONT'D)
CAUTION:
ALOOSE
BLADE
CAN
BE
DANGEROUS
b AND
MAY
Use only a Sears authorized
get the best cutting results.
NGINE
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replacement
blade to
CONTAINER
NOTE: We do not recommend Sharpening blade - but"
if you do, be sure the blade is balanced°
TO SHARPEN BLADE:
o The blade can be sharpened with a file or on a
grinding wheel. Do not attempt to sharpen while
on the mower.
• Care should be taken to keep the blade balanced. An unbalanced blade will cause excessive
vibration when running and eventual damage to
mower or engine.
o To check blade balance, drive a nai! into a beam
or wall. Leave about one inch of the straight nail
expose& 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,
blade
is not balanced.
Sharpen
the heavy end until the blade is
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o TiE) mower on its side as shown in Fig. 6 and drain
oi/into suitable container. Rock mower back and
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forth to remove any oi! trapped inside of engine.
Wipe off any spilled oil on 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.
AIR FILTER
GRASSCATCHER
(If Purchased As An Accessory)
Your engine will not run properly
damaged by using a dirty air filter.
Check your grass catcher often for damage or
deterioration° Through normal use it will wear, tf catcher needs replacing, replace only with a maufacturer approved
replacement catcher from Sears.
Give the mower model number when ordering.
ENGINE
TO CHANGE OIL
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FROMSPARKPLUGAND
WIRE
WHEREIT
CAUTION: DISCONNECTPLACE
SPARK
PiU';
CANNOTCOMEIN CONTACTWITH SPARKPLUG. •
Remove engine oil cap with dipstick; lay aside on
a clean surface. Warm oil drains better.
be
Replace the air filter every year, more often if you
mow in very dusty, dirty conditions° Do not wash air
filter.
TO CHANGE
NOTE: The catcher may be hosed with water, but must
be dry when used.
and may
AIR FILTER:
o Remove
the air filter
cover
by turning
counterclockwise to the stop and pull away from
collar (See Fig. 7).
• Remove filter from inside of cover (See Fig, 7),
• Clean the inside of the cover and the collar to
remove any dirt accumulation.
• insert new filter into cover.
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COLLAR
•
Put air filter cover and filter into collar aligning
the tab with the slot.
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Push in on cover and turn clockwise to tighten (See
Fig. 7).
COUNTERCLOCKWISE
TO REMOVE
SPARKPLUG
SLOT
Change your spark plug each year to make your
engine start easier and run better. Set spark plug
gap at _030 inch.
AIR FILTER
TO
TIGHTEN
TURN
CLOCKWISE
A_RF1LTER
COVER
CLEANING
FIG. 7
d_CAUTION:
DISCONNECT
SPARKPLUGWIRE FROM
Clean your mower' and engine often to keep buildup of trash from accumulating around engine. A
clogged engine runs hotter and shortens engine.
lifeo
SPARKPLUGAND
PLACE
WHEREIT CANNOT
COME IN CONTACT
WITHWIRE
THE SPARKPLUG.
= Turn mower on its side with carburetor upo
= Clean the underside of your mower by scraping
to remove build-up of grass and trash.
NOTE: We DO NOT recommend using a garden hose
to clean mower unless the electrical system, muffler,
air filter, and carburetor are covered to keep water
out. Water in engine can result in shortening engine
life.
NOTE: We recommend that you clean the underside
of your mower after each use.
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possibility
of injury resulting from objects being
thrown out of the discharge opening into the operator
mowing position.
Your carburetor has a non-adjustable fixed main jet
for mixture controi_ If your engine does not operate
properly due to suspected carburetor problems, take
your mower to an authorized Sears Service Center
for repair and adjustment_
if the discharge guard becomes damaged,
be replaced.
it should
ENGINESPEED
Your engine speed has been factory set. Do not attempt to increase engine speed or it may result in personal injury. If you believe that the engine is running too fast or too slow, take your mower to an
authorized Sears Service Center for repair and
adjustment.
REARDEFLECTOR
The rear deflector, attached between the rear wheels
of your mower, is provided to minimize the possibility
that objects will be thrown out the rear of the mower
into the operator mowing position.
DISCHARGE
GUARD
If the rear deflector becomes damaged,
replaced.
The discharge guard, attached to the discharge
opening of your mower, ts provided to prevent the
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it should be
CEANDADJUSTMEFIrS
TO ADJUSTHANDLE
Your lawn mower handle can be mounted in a high
or low position for your mowing comfort. Handles
are shipped mounted in the high position.
HANDLE
o To change from high to low position, only the
lower handle section will have to be turned aver
LOWER
(See Fig_ 8)°
. Remove the upper handle section and all of the
parts that are attached to the lower handle section. Remove all of the parts that hold the lower
handle to the handle brackets (See Fig, 9).
o Turn the lower handle over and re-assemble all
of the parts that were taken off, Re-assemble the
upper handle section to the lower handle (See Fig.
ROTATE
9).,"
FIG. 8
LC
II
HANDLE
CLIP
FIG. 9
11
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STORAGE
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Your mower and engine should be prepared for offseason storage as follows:
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OPERATOR
CONTROL
MOWER
•
•
•
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PRESENCE
BAR
UPPER
FOLD FORWARD
FOR STORAGE
Clean underside of mower housing. (See "Cleaning" in Maintenance section of manual).
Inspect and replace/sharpen blade, if required
(see "Blade/Blade
Flange Care" in Maintenance
section of manual).
Hose grass catcher off with water and let dry
before staring.
•
"
Lubricate as shown in Service Recommendation
Chart on page 13 of manual.
LOWER
............
LIIll i
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i
FIG. lO
HANDLE
•
You can fold your mower handle for storage as
shown in Fig_ 10.
• To fold, squeeze the bottom ends of the lower
handle toward each other' until the lower handle
clears the handle bracket, then move handle foF
ward (See Fig. 11).
IMPORTANT:WHEN FOLDING THE HANDLE FOR
STORAGE OR TRANSPORTATION,
BE SURE TO FOLD THE HANDLE AS
SHOWN
IN FIG. 10. IF YOU FOLD
THE UPPER HANDLE SECTION THE
WRONG
WAY, YOU MAY DAMAGE
THE CONTROL CABLES.
ENGINE
FIG. 11
• Change oil (see "TO
CHANGE
OIL"
in
maintenance section of manual).
• Drain fuel and run engine until fuel system is
empty.
IMPORTANT: IT IS IMPORTANT TO PREVENT GUM
DEPOSITS
FROM
FORMING
IN
ESSENTIAL
FUEL SYSTEM PARTS
SUCH AS THE 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.
OTHER
•
•
•
•
12
Do not store gasoline from one season to anotF
Replace your gasoline can if your can starts
rust. Rust and/or dirt in your gasoline can caq
problems.
Do not store your mower' under' any plastic co,,
Plastic cannot breathe which allows condensat
to form and can cause your mower to rust.
When setting up your handle from the storc
position, the|ower handle will automatically It
into the mowing position.
SCHEDULE
SERVICE
RECORD
Fill in dates as you complete regular
service
First
2
Hours
Every
10
Hours
Every
25
Hours
SERVICE
DATES
Every
50
Hours
Every
Use
Blades Sharpened
Blades Replaced
Engine Oil Change
v"
EngineOil Check
,,,,,
Air Cleaner Replaced
Spark P!ug Replaced
Lubricate Mower
v"
Cleaning
Grass Catcher (if applicable)
Muffler
-
CHECK
LUBRtCATI(3N
CHART
C___
SAE 30W
O
SPRAY
HANDLE
MOTOR
OiL (10W
30)
LUBRICANT
BRACKET
MOUNTING
BRAKE
PIN
SPRING
BRACKET
(_
(_
WHEEL
ADJUSTER
ENGINE
13
OIL
CRAFTSMAN 20" SIDE DISCHARGE ROTARY LAWN
MOWER
REPAIR PARTS
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36
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REPAIR PARTS
CRAFTSMAN
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20"" SIDE DISCHARGE
ROTARY
LAWN
MOWER
917.380221
Ref.
No,
PART
No.
Part Name
Ref.
No.
PART
No.
Part Name
1
2
3
4
5
84046
84049
86874
85483
85768
Upper Handle
Control Bar
Zone Control Actuator
Cable Assembly
Hex Thread Rolling Screw
10-24 x 314
Lower Handle
Handle Bolt
Handle Knob
Hairpin Cotter
Rope Guide (See Engine Parts
List) (Source 143)
Hex Washer Head Machine Screw
114-20 x 1 112
Locknut 1/4-20
Cable Clip
Trim Plate
Nylon Bushing
Self Tapping Screw 10-24 x 1
Rear Skirt
Rear Skirt Bracket
Self Tapping Screw 10-24 x 1/2
Handle Bracket Assembly (Right)
Handle Bracket Assembly (Left}
Hex Head Screw 10-32 x 5/16
Thread Cutting Screw
5/16 - 18 x 3/4
Discharge Guard
Housing Bracket
Hinge Rod
Torsion Spring
E-Ring
Locknut 114-20
30
31
32
33
34
35
36
37
38
39
40
41
42
43
44
45
46
47
48
49
50
51
52
53
85022
84888
87877
88348
84920
69478
62335
84921
87695
51260
85179
77400
74400
62333
88374
88375
51433
54867
69385
69229
87712
68205
85463
48109
54
55
56
57
58
88394
88393
85425
86875
700040
Axle Arm Assembly
Selector Spring
Selector Knob
Washer
Spacer
Wheel Adjusting Bracket
Spring Washer
Shoulder Bolt
Wheel & Tire Assembly 7 112"
Washer
Retainer Clip
Hubcap
Locknut 3/8-16
Washer
Baffle-Front
Baffle-Rear
Locknut 5/8-18
Spring Washer
Washer
Blade
Blade Flange
Hex Head Screw 5/16-18
x 7t8
Danger Decal
Mower Housing Assembly (Incl.
Ref #44 & 45)
Support Bracket (Right)
Support Bracket (Left)
Trim Plate Decal
Housing Decal
Engine Assembly 143.394032
(See pages 16 thru 18)
Owners Manual
Grass Catcher Complete (Not Included with Mower) 7_1 33072
6
7
8
9
10
84683
58714
63688
51793
34372A
11
85436
12
13
14
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
63601
85827
85424
85529
85825
87586
87585
81276
85663
85664
83813
55187
24
25
26
27
28
29
87605
87593
87590
87589
STD581025
53490
15
700042
CRAFTSMAN
4"CYCLE
ENGINE
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MODELNUMBER:
143,394032
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81
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127
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Ref.
No.
1
4=_(L_
Part
No.
34975
__
MODEL
Part Name
Cylinder Assy. (Inc}
Nos
2
4
6
5
26727
32600
293t4B
29315C
6
6
293t3C
2:9315C
9
10
11
12
14
31672
31673
35588
32223
34514
14
34515
14
34516
14A
t4A
32538B
32548B
14A
32549B
15
15
15
16
17
18
21
22
23
24
25
28986
28987
28988
20381
309638
32610A
27241
33!48A
29914
"35261
34311B
26
28
30
31
27897
27244
35479
30574
650488
30591
29193
30588A
30589
28277
31383A
650548
31335
611004
"29953C
3&335
602tA
35395
34
35
37
4O
41
42
46
47
48
51
52
54
59
60
61
6.3
64
65
66
67
68
68A
"27234A
32755
650128
"34690A
31384A
650451
35578
3.54,99
35577
34265
650562
33802
31342
650549
Pin, Dowel
Seal, Oil
Valve, Intake (StdJ (It_c! No, 10}
Valve, intake (i/32"
oversize) (IncI
No, 10)
Valve, Exhaust (Std) Hncl. No 10)
Valve,
Exhaust
(1/32"
oversize)
(IncL No 10)
Spring, Valve
Cap, Lower valve spring
Crankshaft
Washer, Thrust
Piston, Pin 8. Ring Assy. (Incl
Nos,
14A, 15 _ 16) (Std.)
Piston, Pin 8- Ring Assy. (Inel Nos.
14A, 15 Et 16) (.010 oversize)
Piston, Pin 8. Ring Assy, (Inc!. Nos
t4A, 15 8. 16) ( 020 oversize)
Piston 8. Pin Assy. (Std-) (Incl. No 16)
Piston 8. Pin Assy
(.0t0
oversize}
(Inc! No. 16)
Piston 8- Pin Assy
(.020 oversize)
{IncL No. t6)
Ring Set, Piston (Std,)
Ring Set, Piston (.010 oversize)
Ring Set, Piston 1,020 oversize)
Ring, Piston pin retaining
Rod Assy,, Connecting
(Inct No, 181
Bolt, Connecting rod
Lifter, Valve
Camshaft (Compression Release)
Pump Assy, Oil
Gasket, Mounting flange
Flange Assy., Mounting (lnc] Nos 26,
288. 31)
Seal, Oil
Plug, Oil drain
Washer_ Flat
Shaft, Mechanical governor
Screw, Hex hd Sems0 I/4-20 x t-1/4
Gear Assy, Governor (Incl No 30)
Ring, Retaining
Spool, Governor
Rod, Governor (Incl No. 38)
Washer, Flat
Lever, Governor
Screw, Hex washer hd,, 8-32 x 5/t6
Clamp, Governor lever
Key, FIywheet (Solid State)
Gasket, Cylinder head
Head, Cylinder
Screw, Hex flange hd,. 5/!6-18 x 1-1/2
Resistor Spark Plug lChampion
RJ19LM or equivalent)
Gasket, Breather
Cover, Valve spring
Screw, Hex hd. Seres, 10-24 x 1/2
Gasket, Intake
Pipe, Intake (Incl. No.. 59)
Screw, Hex hd Sems, 114-20 x 1
Dipstick, Oil
"O" Ring
Tube, Oil fill
Gasket, Oil fill tube
Screw, Hex washer hd shakeproof0
10-32 x I/2
Spring, Compression
Spring, Compression
Screw, Fit. hd. 5-40 x 7/16
143.394032
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Part
No.
No.
Part Name
650777
31361
34337
34336
32410
30200
Screw. Fil hd., 6-32 x 21132
Spring, Governor
Link, Governor spring
Link, Governor-to4hrottle
Knob, Speed control
Screw,
Hex washer
hd. self-tap,
Seres. 10-24 x 9/16
Control Assy,
Speed (Inct Nos 68,
68A, 69, 69A)
Decal, Instruction
Air Cleaner Kit (Inc! Nos 81,82.87
8.
88)
Cover. Air cleaner
Collar, Air cleaner
Gasket, Carburetor
Wire. Ground
Screw, Hex hd, t_4-28 x 7"8
Nut 8: Lockwasher,
1 '4_28
Filter, Air cleaner
Clamp, Air cleaner
Decat, Instruction
Solid State Assy
Screw, Torx hex washer hd Seres,
10_24 x 1
Breather Assy (Incl Nos 93 thru 96)
Element, Breather
Gasket, Breather
Tube, Breather
Elbow, Breather tube
Screw, Hex washer hd self4ap Serns,
10-24 x 9/16
Screw, Hex washer hd self-tap Seres.
10-24 x 9"16
Housing. Blower
Screw,
Hex washer hd,
Powerlok
thread, 1 s4-20 x 15 "32
Tank Assy , Fuel {Inc! Nos t02 8 !03}
Cap, Fuel tank
Clamp, Fuel line
Line. Fuel
Washer. Belleville
Nut, Flywheel
Hub, Starter
Muffler (fncl No, 122)
Screw, Hex hd , 1 4-20 x 2..1 4
Flywheel
Rope Stop 8. Staple Assy
Bracket Assy., Rope guide
Spacer, Rywheel key
Plug, Starter
Screw, Hex washer hd., 8-32 x t 2
Screw.
Hex washer hd
Powerlok.
1/4_20 x 3/8
Bracket Assy, Brake
Spring, Extension
Link, Control
Ring, Retaining
Lever, Brake
Terminal Assy
Carburetor (Incl No. 83)
Starter, Rewind
Gasket Set (incl iteit_s:rnarke,d')
69A
73
74
75
76
77
2, 4, 94 8,
96)
NUMBER:
78
33205A
79
8O
35167
3331
81
82
83
84
85
86
87
88
89
90
91
35065
35067
"26756
34961
620t
29752
35066
35068
35391
34443A
6508 t 4
92
93
94
95
95A
96
342t4A
33734
"33735
33886
34695
30200
97
30200
98
99
35478
650831
t0t
t02
103
105
t06
t07
108
12t
122
123
127
._128
t29
t30
!31
139
35586
35355
2646O
34357
650815
650816
35000
27181B
650795
611112
34985
35168
34080
35392
650884
650839
141
t42
143
144
145
146
150
151
I52
350!5A
34965
34966
32309
34968
610973
632387
590621
33238D
RPM Speed Settings:
Low, 2050; High. 3000
"Indicates Parts Included in
Gasket Set, Ref No 152.
17
CARBURETOR
NO.
632387
5
Refo
No>
26
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15
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3
4
5
6
7
9
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12
1
13
14
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16
25
26
t
Part
No.
632387
631615
631616
650506
631767
631971
631184
632047
631027
631021
631022
632019
631024
631700
631334
631937
631028
631775
Part
Name
Carburetor
Shaft 6` Lever Assy , Throttle
Shutter, Throttle
Screw. Throttle shutter
Spring. Throttle return
Seal, Dust
Washer, Flat
Primer Assy
Plug, Welch
Inlet Needle, Seat 8, C{ip Assy
(Incl No. t3)
Clip, In{et needle
Float, Carburetor
Shaft, Float
Bowl, Float
Gasket, Bowl-to-body
Nut, Float bowl
Gasket, Bowl-to-body
Fitting, Fuel inlet
I
{
REWIND
STARTER
.
NO. 590621
Ref,
No,
.......
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
t8
Part
No.
590621
590599A
590600
590615
590601
590598
590616
590617
590618
590619
590620
590622
590535
590452
Part
Name
Starter, Rewind
Pin, Spring (Inc{, No, 4)
Washer
Retainer
Washer
Spring, Brake
Dog, Starter
Spring, Dog
Pulley
Spring, Rewind
Cover, Spring
Housing Assy,, Starter
Rope, Starter (Length 98" _ 9/64"
dia,)
Ha ndle_ 'Starter
T
T$
Doesnot
Start
Lossof
Power
CORRECTION
CAUSE
PROBLEM
I. Dirty Air Filter
2. Out of gasoline.
3. Stale Gasoline
4 Spark plug wire is disconnected
from the spark plug
5 Bad spark plug.
6. Water in gasoline.
7 Loose blade or broken blade
flange..
8 Operator Presence Control Bar in released position,
9, Operator Presence Control Bar defective
t
Rear of mower houslng/btade
Dragging in heavy grass.
2. Culling too much grass..
3 Dirty air filter
4. Build-up of grass, leaves, and
trash under mower housing.
'i
2
3
4
4
5
6
7
8
9
1
2
3
4
5
6
fast
.,. Walking
Too muchspeed
oil in too
engine,
PoorcutUneven
3
Warn, bent or loose blade..
Wheel heights uneven.
Low engine speed.
Build-up of grass, leaves and trash
under mower housing
t
2
3
4
Replace
Air Filter
Fill gasoline
tank
Drain gas tank and refill with fresh
gasoline.
Connect wire to spark plug
Replace spark plug
Drain tank and refill with fresh, clean
gasoffne
Tighten blade nut and/ar replace
bIade flange
Depress Operator Presence Control
Replace Operator Presence Control
Bar
Raise rear of mower housing one (1)
setting higher than front
Set in "Higher Cut" position
Clean or replace air filter
Disconnect spark plug wire and
clean underside of mower housing
Cut at slower walking speed
Check engine oil level
Replace blade Tighlen blade nut.
Set all wheels at same height
Set engine speed selector on
"HIGH" or "FAST"
Disconnect spark plug wire & clean
underside of mower housing
Toomuch
Vibration
1, Worn or bent blade.
2 Loose blade,
3 Bent engine crankshaft,
1 Replace blade
2 Tighten blade nut
3 Contact Sears Service Department
StarterRope
Hardto Pull
Flywheel brake is on when Operator
PresenceControl Bar is released.
2. Bent engine crankshaft,
3. Blade flange sheared
4 Blade draging in grass.
t
CatcherNot
FillingCompMely
2
3
4
1
2
3
1 Cutting height too low,
2 Lift on bladeworn
off
3 Catcher bag dirty, poor air
venting
4 Low engine speed
4
HARDTO PUSH
High
or cutting
height too low
Rear Gross
of mower
housing/blade
dragging in heavy grass
3. Grass catcher too full
4. Handle height position not right for you
19
1
2
Depress Operator Presence Control
Bar to upper handle before pulling
on starter rope.
Contact Sears Service Department
Replace blade flange
Get over low grass andlor hard surface
to start engine.
Raise cutting height
Replace blade
Clean/replace catcher bag
(If Optional gra,_s catcher is beihg
used)
Set engine speed selector on
"HIGH" or "FAST"
Raise cutting height
Raise rear of mower housing one (1)
setting higher than front.
3 Empty grass catcher.
4. Adjust handle height to suit
ERRFTSMRN
OWNER'S
MODELNO.
917.380221
3.5 RESERVE
POWER
20" SIDEDISCHARGE
ROTARYLAWNMOWER
Each Lawn Mower has its own model
engine has its own model number.
number+ Each
The model number' for your lawn mower will be found
on a decal attached to the rear of the mower housing+
The model number for the engine will be found on the
Blower' Housing of the engine adjacent to the spark plug+
All parts listed herein may be ordered through Sears,
Roebuck and Co. Service Centers and most Retail Stores.
WHENORDERINGREPAIRPARTS,ALWAYSGIVETHEFOLLOWING
INFORMATION:
* PRODUCT- "ROTARY LAWN MOWER"
* MODELNUMBER- 917.380221
HOW TO ORDER
REPAIRPARTS
* ENGINEMODELNO. - 143.394032
* PARTNUMBER
* PARTDESCRIPTION
Your Sears merchandise has added value when you consider that Sears has service units nationwide staffed with
Sears trained
technicians+.+professional
technicians
specifically trained on Sears products, having the parts,
tools and the equipment to ins6re that we meet our+pledge
to you, we service what we sell.
SEARS, ROEBUCK AND CO., Chicago, IL.
700042 Rev. 1
02/28/89
60684
U+S.A.
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