Owner's Manual CRAFTSMRN° GRASS CATC E 42" Mower Model No. 917.248910 =Safety =Assembly =Operation , Maintenance , Repair Parts CAUTION: Read and follow all Safety Rules and Instructions before operating this equipment. For answers to your questions about this product, Call: 1=800 =659=5917 Sears Craftsman Help Line 5 am - 5 pm, Men - Sat Sears, Roebuck and Co., Hoffman Estates, IL 60179 U.S.A. Visit our Craftsman website:www.sears.com/craftsman SAFETY RULES Practices for Ride-On Safe Operation Mowers iMPORTANT: THIS CUTTING MACHINE IS CAPABLE OF AMPUTATING HANDS AND FEET AND THROWING OBJECTS. FAILURE TO OBSERVE THE FOLLOWING SAFETY iNSTRUCTIONS COULD RESULT iN SERIOUS iNJURY OR DEATH. • WARNING: in order to prevent accidental starting when setting up, transporting, adjusting or making repairs, always disconnect spark plug wire and place wire where it cannot contact spark plug. I _ _ U _[b _t in n_se tractor. that are recommended by and comWARNING: ply with specifications Tow only the ofattachments the manufacturer of your tractor. Use common sense when towing. Operate only at the lowest possible speed when on a slope. Too heavy of a load, while on a slope, is dangerous. Tires can lose traction with the ground and cause you to lose control of your tractor. I. GENERAL • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • coast down a hill control of the OPERATION Read, understand, and follow all instructions on the machine and in the manual before starting. Do not put hands or feet near rotating parts or under the machine. Keep clear of the discharge opening at all times. Onlyallow responsible adults, who are familiar with the instructions, to operate the machine. Clear the area of objects such as rocks, toys, wire, etc., which could be picked up and thrown by the blades. Be sure the area is clear of bystanders before operating. Stop machine if anyone enters the area. Never carry passengers. Do not mow in reverse unless absolutely necessary. Always look down and behind before and while backing. Never direct discharged material toward anyone. Avoid discharging material against a wall or obstruction. Material may ricochet back toward the operator. Stop the blades when crossing gravel surfaces. Donotoperatemachinewithouttheentiregrasscatcher, discharge guard, or other safety devices in place and working. Slow down before turning. Never leave a running machine unattended. Always turn off blades, set parking brake, stop engine, and remove keys before dismounting. Disengage blades when not mowing. Shut off engine and wait for all parts to come to a complete stop before cleaning the machine, removing the grass catcher, or unclogging the discharge guard. Operate machine only in daylight or good artificial light. Do not operate the machine while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Watch for traffic when operating near or crossing roadways. Use extra care when loading or unloading the machine into a trailer or truck. Always wear eye protection when operating machine. Data indicates that operators, age 60 years and above, are involved in a large percentage of riding mower-related injuries. These operators should evaluate their ability to operate the riding mower safely enough to protect themselves and others from serious injury. Follow the manufacturer's recommendation for wheel weights or counterweights. Keep machine free of grass, leaves or other debris build-up which can touch hot exhaust/engine parts and burn. Do not allow the mower deck to plow leaves or other debris which can cause build-up to occur. Clean any oil or fuel spillage before operating or storing the machine. Allow machine to cool before storage. II. SLOPE OPERATION Slopes are a major factor related to loss of control and tip-over accidents, which can result in severe injury or death. Operation on all slopes requires extra caution. If you cannot back up the slope or if you feel uneasy on it, do not mow it. • Mow up and down slopes, not across. • Watch for holes, ruts, bumps, rocks, or other hidden objects. Uneven terrain could overturn the machine. Tall grass can hide obstacles. • Choose a low ground speed so that you will not have to stop or shift while on the slope. • Do not mow on wet grass. Tires may lose traction. Always keep the machine in gear when going down slopes. Do not shift to neutral and coast downhill. • Avoid starting, stopping, or turning on a slope. If the tires lose traction, disengage the blades and proceed slowly straight down the slope. • Keep all movement on the slopes slow and gradual. Do not make sudden changes in speed or direction, which could cause the machine to roll over. • Use extra care while operating machine with grass catchers or other attachments; they can affect the stability of the machine. Do no use on steep slopes. • Do not try to stabilize the machine by putting your foot on the ground. • Do not mow near drop-offs, ditches, or embankments. The machine could suddenly roll over if a wheel is over the edge or if the edge caves in. III. CHILDREN Tragic accidents can occur if the operator is not alert to the presence of children. Children are often attracted to the machine and the mowing activity. Never assume that children will remain where you last saw them. • Keepchildrenoutofthemowingareaandinthewatchful care of a responsible adult other than the operator. • Be alert and turn machine off if a child enters the a rea. • Before and while backing, look behind and down for small children. • Never carrychildren, even with the blades shutoff. They may fall off and be seriously injured or interfere with safe machine operation. Children who have been given rides in the past may suddenly appear in the mowing area for another ride and be run over or backed over by the machine. • Never allow children to operate the machine. • Use extra care when approaching blind corners, sh rubs, trees, or other objects that may block your view of a child. SAFETY RULES Practices for Ride=On Safe Operation iV. TOWING • • • Tow only with a machine that has a hitch designed for towing. Do not attach towed equipment except at the hitch point. Follow the manufacturer's recommendation for weight limits for towed equipment and towing on slopes. Never allow children or others in or on towed equipment. On slopes, the weight of the towed equipment may cause loss of traction and loss of control. Travel slowly and allow extra distance to stop. • • V. SERVICE SAFE HANDLING OF GASOLINE To avoid personal injury or property damage, use extreme care in handling gasoline. Gasoline is extremely flammable and the vapors are explosive. Extinguish all cigarettes, cigars, pipes, and other sources of ignition. Use only approved gasoline container. Never remove gas cap or add fuel with the engine running. Allow engine to cool before refueling. Never fuel the machine indoors. Never store the machine or fuel container where there is an open flame, spark, or pilot light such as on a water heater or other appliances. Never fill containers inside a vehicle or on a truck or trailer bed with plastic liner. Always place containers on the ground away from your vehicle when filling. Remove gas-powered equipment from the truck or trailer and refuel it on the ground. If this is not possible, then refuel such equipment with a portable container, rather than from a gasoline dispenser nozzle. Keep the nozzle in contact with the rim of the fuel tank or container opening at all times until fueling is complete. Do not use a nozzle lock-open device. • If fuel is spilled on clothing, change clothing immediately. • Never overfill fuel tank. Replace gas cap and tighten securely. GENERAL SERVICE • Never operate machine in a closed are. Keep all nuts and bolts tight to be sure the equipment is in safe working condition. Never tamper with safety devices. Check their proper operation regularly. Keep machine free of grass, leaves, or other debris build-up. Clean oil or fuel spillage and remove any fuelsoaked debris. Allow machine to cool before storing. Mowers If you strike a foreign object, stop and inspect the machine. Repair, if necessary, before restarting. Never make any adjustments or repairs with the engine running. Check grass catcher components and the discharge guard frequently and replace with manufacturer's recommended parts, when necessary. Mower blades are sharp. Wrap the blade or wear gloves, and use extra caution when servicing them. Check brake operation frequently. Adjust and service as required. Maintain or replace safety and instruction labels, as necessary. ®@@@@ • • Be sure the area is clear of bystanders before operating. Stop machine if anyone enters the area. Never carry passengers. Do not mow in reverse unless absolutely necessary. Always look down and behind before and while backing. Never carry child ten, even with the blades shut off. They may fall off and be seriously injured or interfere with safe machine operation. Children who have been given rides in the past may suddenly appear in the mowing area for another ride and be run over or backed over by the machine. Keep cHdren out of the mowing area and in the watchful care of a responsible adult other than the operator. Be alert and turn machine off if a child enters the area. • Before and while backing, look behind and down for small children. • Mow up and down slopes (15 ° Max), not across. Be alert and turn machine off if a child enters the area. • Choose a low ground speed so that you will not have to stop or shift while on the slope. Avoid starting, stopping, or turning on a slope. If the tires lose traction, disengage the blades and proceed slowly straight down the slope. If machine stops while going uphill, disengage blades, shift into reverse and back down slowly. Do not turn on slopes unless necessary, and then, turn slowly and gradually downhill, if possible. SAVE THESE SAFETY RULES ................................................................... CARTON CONTENTS .............................................................. ASSEMBLY ........................................................................... OPERATION ............................................................................ 2-3 4 5-8 9 INSTRUCTIONS MAINTENANCE ..................................................................... STORAGE .............................................................................. WARRANTY ........................................................................... REPAIR PARTS ...................................................................... 10 10 10 11 KNOWYOUR GRASS CATCHER READTHIS OWNER'S MANUALAND SAFETY RULES BEFORE ASSEM BLING OR OPERATI NGYOUR GRASS CATCHER. Compare the illustrations with the carton contents to familiarize yourself with the parts before starting the assembly. Study the operating instructions and safety precautions thoroughly to insure proper functioning of your Grass Catcher and to prevent injury to yourself and others. Save this manual for future reference. SAFETYGLASSES UNPACKING • • The operation of any tractor can result in foreign objects thrown into the eyes, which can result in severe eye damage. Always wear safety glasses or eye shields before starting your tractor and while mowing. We recommend a wide vision safety mask for over the spectacles or standard safety glasses. INSTRUCTIONS Remove all parts and packing materials from carton. Check carton contents against list. Be sure all parts are there. CARTON CONTENTS: (2) Containers (1) Upper Chute (1) Lower Chute PARTS (1) Support Assembly (1) Cover Assembly IDENTIFICATION SUPPORT COVER ASSEMBLY UPPER CHUTE FULL BAG CHUTE LATCH GRASS CATCHER __ LOWER CHUTE CONTAINERS ATTACHING LATCHES LOWER CHUTE NOTE: When right hand (R.H.) and left hand (L.H.) are mentioned in this manual, it means when you are seated on the tractor, in the operator's position. CAUTION: BEFORE ASSEMBLING GRASS CATCHER TO TRACTOR: = Depress clutch/brake = Place gearshift/motion ® Turn ignition key "OFF" and remove key. • Make sure the blade and all moving parts have completely • Disconnect with plug. Place attachment pedal fully and set parking brake. control lever in "NEUTRAL" clutch in "DISENGAGED" position. position. stopped. spark plug wire from spark plug and place wire where it cannot come in contact 4 MOUNTING COVER ASSEMBLY TO SUPPORT ASSEMBLY (See Fig. 2) BAGGER SUPPORT ASSEMBLY (See Fig. 1A) Simply hang the support assembly on the bolts. NOTE: For ease of assembly, you may wish to obtain the assistance of another person for mounting cover assembly to tractor. t. SHOULDER 2. Lift cover and align cover bracket with support assembly. Slide cover assembly down onto the support assembly. SUPPORT ASSEMBLY COVER _" ASSEMBLY TO REMOVETHE SUPPORT ASSEMBLY (See Fig. 1B) 1. / Pull outward on the stop bracket enough to allow support assembly to be lifted up and away from drawbar. SUPPORT ASSEMBLY PULL OUT ON STOP BRACKETTO REMOVE SUPPORT ASSEMBLY 02643 FiG. 1B 02646 FiG. 2 5 CONTAINER MOUNTING LOWER CHUTE - MOWER WITH MOUNTING TAB (See Fig. 4A) (See Fig. 3) 1. install one container to left side first, install other container to right side. NOTE: Left edge of right container should always overlap right edge of left container at center support. 2. 1. 2. Close cover and lock latch over center support tube. To lock and release latch, pull back on latch handle. 3. 4. • Raise and hold deflector shield in upright position. Place slot in Iowerchute over mounting tab on mowerand position lower chute over mower opening as shown. Hook rear latch into flange hole on back of mower. Hook front latch into tab hole on front of mower. if your tractor is equipped with gauge wheels on the mower, then it will be necessary to hook the rear latch into the hole in the R.H. gauge wheel bracket. COVER LATCH HANDLE shield from mower. Raise and hold CAUTION: Do not remove deflector shield when attaching lower chute and allow it to rest on chute while in operation. CONTAINER HANDLE CENTER SUPPORT TUBE DEFLECTOR SHIELD HINGE BRACKET FIG. 3 DEFLECTOR SHIELD 03058 MOUNTING TAB REAR GAUGE WHEEL BRACKET FRONT LATCH WITH REAR GAUGE WHEELS REAR LATCH WITHOUT GAUGE WHEELS REAR LATCH FIG. 4A 6 OPTIONAL GAUGE WHEEL AND BRACKET LOWER CHUTE MOWER WITHOUT MOUNTING TAB -(See Fig. 4B) 1. PLACE LOWER REAR EDGE BETWEEN GAUGE WHEEL BRACKETTAB AND MOWER HOUSING, THEN LATCH Lower mower deck to its lowest cutting position. NOTE: If equipped, remove mulch cover from mower deck and store in a safe place. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. ALIGN CHUTE "B" WiTH MOWER "B" With your right hand, raise and hold deflector shield in upright position. With your left hand, hold lower chute as shown and position lower rear edge of chute between gauge wheel bracket tab and mower housing, then carefully release deflector shield and hook rear latch to mower deck. Raise deflector shield and align "B" on lower chute extended edge with "B" on mower housing. With your right hand, push firmly on the lower chute until the extended edge slides under the deflector shield and along side the hinge bracket as shown. With chute in proper position, hold the chute securely, so it does not move, while hooking the front latch to the mower deck. NOTE: While hooking the latches, the deflector shield may try to push the chute away from the mower deck opening. It is important to hold the chute in position while hooking the latches to the mower deck. • If your tractor is equipped with gauge wheels on the mower, then it will be necessary to hook the rear latch into the hole in the R.H. gauge wheel bracket. \ EXTENDED EDGE "B" Must be under deflector shield and along side the hinge bracket guard from mower. Raise and hold guard CAUTION: Do not discharge when attaching lowerremove chute and allow it to rest on chute while in operation. PUSH IN DEFLECTOR SHIELD HINGE BRACKET DEFLECTOR SHIELD \ REAR GAUGE WHEEL BRACKET FRONT LATCH WiTH REAR GAUGE WHEELS WITHOUT GAUGE WHEELS REAR LATCH 7 REAR LATCH LEVEL MOWER UPPER CHUTE (See Figs. 5A & 5B) t. 2. Lower mower deck to its lowest cutting position. Assemble upper chute by inserting curved end into hole in back of cover. Be sure deck is properly leveled for best mower performance. See your tractors owner's manual for instructions. NOTE: Handle carefully so as not to damage full bag indicator. 3. Push in and turn upper chute until it is in line with lower chute. 4. Align the bosses on lower chute with alignment slots on upper chute and slide together. Secure with rubber latch by hooking hole in latch over latch pin. 5. FULL BAG DECK HANDLE COVER UPPER CHUTE FiG. 5A ALIGNMENT SLOT LATCH PIN LATCH BOSSES FiG. 5B 8 TIPS FOR iMPROVED OPERATION: • BAGGING Follow the mower operation instructions owner's manual. in your tractor • When operating your grass catcher on a lawn where grass and leaf bagging equipment has not been used, you are picking up thatch and debris that has accumulated for long periods of time. The amount collected and the total time of operation may be greater than you will experience with regular use of your grass catcher. NOTE: To help prevent clogging of chutes, check/empty bags when the wheel is spinning fast. Experience will teach you the best time to empty the bags. Care should be taken not to damage the parts and that the wheel spins freely at the beginning of each use. If the grass catcher fails to pick up cut grass or leaves, it is an indication that clogging has occurred in the system or that the grass catcher containers are full. Usually this is indicated by the stopped movement of the full bagger indicator. a. Disengage blades, shift into neutral, engage the parking brake and stop the engine. - Raise seat. Unlatch and raise cover. ,_ ,_ Always run throttle at full speed when bagging. Select a gear low enough to give good mower cutting performance, good quality cut and good bagging performance. NOTE: It may be necessary to overlap width of cut to suit your conditions. ,_ • ,_ Avoid cutting wet grass or in the morning while the dew is still heavy. Grass clippings collected under these conditions tend to be sticky and adhere to the walls of the flow path causing clogging. Your bagger is equipped with a full bagger indicator. Movement of the wheel increases as the bags fill. The wheel will be spinning fastest just before the bags fill completely. When the wheel stops, it indicates that the bags are full and the chutes have become clogged. If grass is extremely tall, it should be mowed twice. The first time relatively high, the second time to desired height. Use left hand side of mower for trimming. Plastic trash bags can be inserted inside grass catcher containers for ease of debris disposal. To remove the plastic trash bags when full: a. Disengage blades, shift into neutral, engage the parking brake and stop the engine. b. Raise seat. Unlatch and raise cover. - Slide out containers and dispose of clippings. - Replace containers, close cover, and latch. b. Unlatch chutes and check for clogging. - Remove all debris in chutes. - Reassemble and latch chutes c. Remove one container at a time by grasping container handles and pulling toward the rear, off of the tube rails. c. Checkto insure full baggerindicator has not become clogged. - The air passage hole must be clear of debris. Gently inserta small twig orwire into passageway to clear. d. With the container resting on the ground, close and secure the top of the plastic lawn bag. e. Tip the container on its side and slide the filled bag from the container. f. Install a new plastic lawn bag with the edges of the bag draped over upper lip of the container. g. Repeat for other containers. h. Reinstall containers making sure right container overlaps left container at center supports. j. Close cover and secure latches over center support tubes. CAUTION = Do not operate mower partially installed. with grass catcher = Disengage blades and stop engine before leaving tractor seat to empty containers, unclogging chutes, etc. • Close cover before starting. • Disengage mower when crossing driveways or gravel surfaces and other areas where thrown objects could be a hazard. = Do not attempt to vacuum up cans or other potentially hazardous projectiles. 9 GENERAL STORAGE RECOMMENDATIONS When grass catcher is to be stored for a period of time, clean it thoroughly, remove all dirt, grass, leaves, etc. Store in a clean, dry place. Always observe safety rules when performing any maintenance. Before each use check for loose fasteners. Clean unit thoroughly after each use. BLADE CAUTION: Do not leave grass in bagger containers. Empty containers after each use and before storing. Failure to do so may result in spontaneous combustion which could develop into a fire. CARE For best results mower blades must be kept sharp. Replace bent or damaged blades. See BLADE CARE instructions in your tractor owner's manual. MAINTENANCE, SERVICE OR ADJ UST= CAUTION: BEFORE PERFORMING ANY MENTS: _lb • Depress clutch brake pedal fully and set parking brake. • Place gearshift/motion control lever in "NEUTRAL" position. Place clutch control in "DISENGAGED" position. • • Turn ignition key to "OFF" position. • Make sure blades and all moving parts have completely stopped. • Disconnect spark plug wire(s) from spark plug(s) and place wire where it cannot come in contact with plug. are subject to wear, damage and CAUTION: Grass catcher components deterioration, which could expose moving parts or allow objects to be thrown. Frequently check components and replace with manufacturer's recommended parts, when necessary. One Year Full Warranty on Craftsman Grass Catcher When assembled, used and maintained according to the owner's manual instructions, if this grass catcher fails due to a defect in material or workmanship within one year from the date of purchase, RETURN IT TO ANY SEARS STORE OR SEARS PARTS & REPAIR CENTER OR OTHER CRAFTSMAN OUTLET IN THE UNITED STATES FOR FREE REPAIR (or replacement if repair proves impossible). This warranty does not include the bagging blades, which are expendable parts. This warranty is void if this grass catcher is used for commercial or rental purpose. This warranty applies only while this product is used 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, Roebuck and Co., D/817 WA, Hoffman Estates, IL. 60179 10 GRASS CATCHER- - MODEL NUMBER 917.248910 18 1 \ 20 \ 2 2 -"_ "_- 20 _.%_. 21 ......... @ ,, / / 31 27 31 25 KEY NO. 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 18 20 21 PART NO. 69180 127533 171061 126840 18021008 130933 87175 19061216 7206J 60867 10071000 109808X 2029J 160793 162803 71081010 132796 DESCRiPTiON Nut, Crownlock #10-24 Screen, Cover CoverAsm. (Incl. 3,38,39) Chute, Upper Screw, Special #10-14 x 1/2 Full Bagger Indicator Screw, #10-24 x 1-1/8 Washer 3/16 x 3/4 x 16 Ca. Spacer, Split Nut, Acorn #10-24 Washer, lock Latch, Chute Nut, Weld Latch, Hook Chute, Lower Screw #10-24 x 5/8 Spring, Cover L.H. (black) 11 KEY NO. PART NO. 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 133235 132983 180923 73800400 4939M 72140405 179745 170165 31 32 33 34 35 38 39 -- 174083 179746 192786 127534 400226 130895 155042X431 403503 DESCRiPTiON Spacer, Cover Spring, Cover R.H. (gray) Support Assembly Locknut Spring, Retainer Bolt Bracket, Stop Shoulder Bolt (Not included with Grass Catcher) Plug, Tubing End Bagger, Frame Pin, Hinge Gasket, Cover Container, Soft Latch Handle, Cover Strip, Reinforcement Owner's Manual iiiiiiiiii!!iiiiiiiiiiiii!!!iiiiii!iiiiiii!iiiiii!!_iiiiiiiii_,, .... %iiiii!!iiiiiiii!iiiiiiii!!iiiiii!!!iiii Your Home For repair - in your home - of all major brand appliances, lawn and garden equipment, or heating and cooling systems, .............................. :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: .............................. no matterwho made it, no matterwho sold it! Forthereplacementparts, accessoriesand .............................. ::::::::::::::::::::::::::: owner's manuals that you need to do-it-yourself. 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