Owner's Manual CRAFTSMAN 5.0 HORSEPOWER 22" REAR DISCHARGE POWER PROPELLED ROTARY LAWN MOWER Model No 917.377524 • Safety • • • Assembly Operation Maintenance • • Espafiol Repair Parts CAUTION: Read and follow all Safety Rules and Instructions before operating this equipment Sears, Roebuck and Co., Hoffman Estates, IL 60179 Visit our Craftsman website: www.sears,com/craftsman Warranty Safety Rules Assembly Operation Maintenance Maintenance 2 2 4 6 10 10 Schedule LIMITED TWO YEAR WARRANTY Product Specifications Service and Adjustments Storage Troubleshooting Repair Parts Parts Ordering ON CRAFTSMAN POWER 11 14 16 17 37 Back Cover MOWER For two years from date of purchase, when this Craftsman Lawn Mower is maintained, lubricated, and tuned up according to the operating and maintenance instructions in the owner's manual, Sears will repair free of charge any defect in material or workmanship. If this Craftsman Lawn Mower is used for commercial or rental purposes, this warranty applies for only 90 days from the date of purchase. This Warranty does not cover: • Expendable items which become worn during normal use, such as rotary mower blades, blade adapters, belts, air cleaners and spark plug. • Repairs necessary because of operator abuse or negligence, including bent crankshafts and the failure to maintain the equipment according to the instructions contained in the owner's manual. Warranty service is available by returning the Craftsman power mower to the nearest Sears Service Center/Department in the United States. This warranty applies only while this product is in use in the United States. This Warranty gives you specific legal rights, and you may also have other rights which vary from state to state. SEARS, ROEBUCKAND CO., D/817 WA, HOFFMAN ESTATES, ILLINOIS 60179 Safety standard's require operator presence controls to mimimize the risk of injury. Your unit is equipped with such controls. Do not attempt to defeat the function of the operator presence controls under any circumstances. • Do not operate mower if it has been dropped or damaged in any manner. Always have damage repaired before using your mower. • Do not use accessory attachments that are not recommended by the manufacturer. Use of such attachments may be hazardous. • The blade turns when the engine is running. TRAINING: • Read this operator's manual carefully. Become familiar with the controls and know how to operate your mower properly. Learn how to quickly stop mower. PREPARATION: • Always thoroughly check the area to be mowed and ctear it of all stones, sticks, wires, bones, and other foreign objects. These objects will be thrown by the blade and can cause severe injury. • Always wear safety glasses or eye shields when starting and while using your mower. • Do not allow children to use your mower. Never allow adults to use mower without proper instructions. • Keep the area of operation clear of all persons, especially small children and pets. • Use mower only as the manufacturer intended and as described in this manual. 2 • Dress properly. Do not operate mower when barefoot or wearing open sandals. Wear only solid shoes with good traction when mowing. • Check fue_ tank before starting engine. Do not fill gas tank indoors, when the engine is running or when the engine is hot. Allow the engine to cool for several minutes before filling the gas tank. Clean off any spilled gasoline before starting the engine. • Always make wheel height adjustments before starting your mower. Never attempt to do this while the engine is running. • Mow only in daylight or good artificial light. • Do not run the engine indoors. Exhaust fumes are dangerous. • Never cut grass by pulling the mower towards you. Mow across the face of slopes, never up and down or you might lose your footing. Do not mow excessively steep slopes. Use caution when operating the mower on uneven terrain or when changing directions - maintain good footing. • Never operate your mower without proper guards, plates, grass catcher or other safety devices in place. MAINTENANCE AND STORAGE: • Check the blade and the engine mounting bolts often to be sure they are tightened properly. • Check all bolts, nuts and screws at frequent intervals for proper tightness to be sure mower is in safe working condition. • Keep all safety devices in place and working. • To reduce fire hazard, keep the engine free of grass, leaves or excessive grease and oil. • Check grass catcher often for deterioration and wear and replace worn bags. Use only replacement bags that are recommended by and comply with specifications of the manufacturer of your mower. • Always keep a sharp blade on your mower. • Allow engine to cool before storing in any enclosure. • Never store mower with fuel in the tank inside a building where fumes may reach an open flame or an ignition source such as a hot water heater, space heater, clothes dryer, etc. _,Look for this symbol to point out important safety precautions. It means CAUTION!!! BECOMEALERT!!! YOUR SAFETY IS INVOLVED. OPERATION: • Keep your eyes and mind on your mower and the area being cut. Do not let other interests distract you. • Do not mow wet or slippery grass. Never run while operating your mower. Always be sure of your footing - keep a firm hold on the handles and walk. • Do not put hands or feet near or under rotating parts, Keep clear of the discharge opening at all times. • Always stop the engine whenever you leave or are not using your mower, or before crossing driveways, walks, roads, and any gravel-covered areas. • Never direct discharge of material toward bystanders nor allow anyone near the mower while you are operating it. • Before cleaning, inspecting, or repairing your mower, stop the engine and make absolutely sure the blade and all moving parts have stopped. Then disconnect the spark plug wire and keep it away from the spark plug to prevent accidental starting. • Do not continue to run your mower if you hit a foreign object. Follow the procedure outlined above, then repair any damage before restarting and operating your mower. • Do not change the governor settings or overspeed the engine. Engine damage or personal injury may result. • Do not operate your mower if it vibrates abnormally. Excessive vibration is an indication of damage; stop the engine, safely check for the cause of vibration and repair as required, A, CAUTION: Always disconnect spark plug wire and place wire where it cannot contact spark plug in order to prevent accidental starting when setting up, transporting, adjusting or making repairs. _I_WARNING The engine exhaust from this product contains chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer, birth defects, or other reproductive 3 harm. These accessories were available when this lawn mower was produced. They are not shipped with your mower. They are also available at most Sears retail outlets and service centers. Most Sears stores can also order repair parts for you, when you provide the model number of your lawn mower. Some of these accessories may not apply to your lawn mower. LAWN MOWER PERFORMANCE CLIPPING DEFLECTOR FOR REAR DISCHARGE ._(.,_*.1r¢,:.. LAWN MOWERS ..1 MULCHER GRASS CATCHERS FOR REAR DISCHARGE LAWN MOWERS / KITS STABILIZER FOR ! SIDE DISCHARGE GRASS LAWN CATCHERS MOWERS GAS CANS LAWN MOWER MAINTENANCE Read these instructions and this manual in its entirety before you attempt to assemble or operate your new lawn mower. IMPORTANT" This lawn mower is shipped WITHOUT OIL OR GASOLINE in the engine. Your new lawn mower has been as- • Remove all packing materials except padding between upper and lower handle and padding holding operator presence control bar to upper handle. • Roll lawn mower out of carton and chock carton thoroughly for additional loose parts. sembled at the factory with the exception of those parts left unaesembled for shipping purposes. To ensure safe and proper operation of your lawn mower, all parts and hardware you assemble must be tightened securely. Use the correct tools as necessary to ensure proper tightness. All parts such as nuts, washers, bolts, etc., necessary to complete the assembly have been placed in the parts bag. TO REMOVE LAWN MOWER FROM HOW TO SET UP YOUR LAWN MOWER TO UNFOLD HANDLE IMPORTANT: Unfold handles carefully so as not to pinch or damage control cables • Raise handles until lower handle section locks into place in mowing position. • Remove protective padding, raise upper handle section into place on lower handle and tighten both handle knobs. • Remove handle padding holding operator presence control bar to upper handle. CARTON • Remove loose pads included with mower. • Cut down two end comers of carton and lay end panel down flat. 4 • Your lawn mower handle can be adjusted for your mowing comfort. Refer to "Adjust Handle" in the Service and Adjustment section of this manual. Operator presence control bar Upper handle Lift t TO INSTALL ATTACHMENTS Your lawn mower was shipped ready to be used as a mulcher. To convert to bagging or discharging: • Open rear door and remove mulcher plug. Store mulcher plug in a safe place. • You can now install catcher or optional clipping deflector. • To retum to mulching operation, install mulcher plug into discharge opening of mower. Mowing position Lower handle Mulcher plug _I, CAUTION: Do not run your lawn mower without mulcher plug in place or approved clipping deflector or grass catcher in place. Never attempt to operate the lawn mower with the rear door removed or propped open. 5 KNOWYOUR LAWN MOWER READ THIS OWNER'S LAWN MOWER. with the location MANUALAND SAFETY RULES These symbols may appear on your lawn mower product. Learn and understand their meaning. CAUTION ENGINE OR WARNING BEFORE OPERATING YOUR Compare the illustrations with your lawn mower to familiarize yourself of various controls and adjustments. Save this manual for future ON ENGINE FAST SLOW CHOKE or in literature FUEL OIL OFF supplied DANGER, AND Engine zone control cable with the KEEP FEET HANDS AWAY presence control bar Drive control lever Starter handle Grass catcher,., knob Engine oil cap w/dipstick Housing Mulcher plug Gasoline filler cap Primer Drive cover IMPORTANT: This lawn mower is shipped WITHOUT OIL OR GASOLINE in the engine. MEETS CPSC SAFETY _/heel adjuster (on every wheel) REQUIREMENTS Sears rotary walk-behind power lawn mowers conform to the safety standards of the American National Standards institute and the U.S, Consumer Product Safety Commission. The blade turns when the engine is running. Drive control lever - used to engage power-propelled forward motion of lawn mower. Mulcher plug - must be removed to convert to bagging or discharging operation. 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. Starter handle- used for starting the engine. 6 The operation of any lawn mower can result in foreign objects thrown into the eyes, which can result in severe eye damage. Always wear safety glasses or eye shields while operating your lawn mower or performing any adjustments or repairs. We recommend a wide vision safety mask over spectacles or standard safety glasses. HOWTO ENGINE USE YOUR LAWN TO ATTACH GRASS CATCHER • Close the flip lid. Flip lid must be closed while operating lawn mower. • Lift the rear door on the mower housing and place the grass catcher frame onto the formed tabs on the rear door hinge bracket. • The grass catcher is secured to the lawn mower housing when the rear door is lowered onto the grass catcher frame. MOWER _I, CAUTION: Do not run your lawn mower without clipping deflector or approved grass catcher in place. Never attempt to operate the lawn mower with the rear door removed or propped open. SPEED The engine speed was set at the factory for optimum performance. Speed is not adjustable. ENGINE ZONE CONTROL door _CAUTION: Federal regulations require an engine control to be installed on this lawn mower in order to minimize the risk of blade contact injury. Do not under any circumstances attempt to defeat the function of the operator control. The blade turns when the engine is running. • Your lawn mower is equipped with an operator presence control bar which requires the operator to be positioned behind the lawn mower handle to start Hinge Grass catcher frame tabs TO EMPTY GRASS CATCHER • To remove grass catcher, release operator presence control bar to stop engine. • Lift up rear door and remove the grass catcher by the handle. and operate the lawn mower. TO ADJUST CUTTING HEIGHT • Raise wheels for low cut and lower wheels for high cut. • Adjust cutting height to suit your requirements. Medium position is best for most lawns. NOTE: Do not drag the bag when emptying; it will cause unnecessary wear. • 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. NOTE: Adjuster is properly positioned when plate tab inserts into hole in lever. Also, g-position adjusters (if so equipped) allow lever to be positioned between the plate tabs. Lower Wheels for High Cut Plate Tab Lever Raise Wheels for Low Cut 7 DRIVECONTROL • Self-propelling is controlledby holdingthe operator presence control bar down to the handle and pushing the drive control lever forward until it clicks; then release the drive control lever. • Forward motion will stop when the operator presence control bar is released. To stop forward motion without stopping engine, release the operator presence control bar slightly until the drive control disengages. Hold operator presence control bar down to handle to continue mowing without selfpropelling. • To keep drive control engaged when turning comers, push down on handle and lift front wheels off ground while turning lawn mower. Operator presence control bar To engage Drive Drive control control Drive control disengaged drive control ADD GASOLINE NOTE: Before filling fuel tank, remove and discard the debris plug that is inside the tank, • Fill fuel tank. Use fresh, clean, regular unleaded gasoline with a minimum of 87 octane. Do not mix oil with gasoline. Purchase fuel in quantities that can be used within 30 days to assure fuel freshness. _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 ot an engine while in storage. To avoid engine problems, the fuel system should be emptied before storage of 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. See Storage Instructions for additional information. Never use engine or carburetor cleaner products in the fuel tank or permanent damage may occur. _CAUTION: Fill to bottom of gas tank filler neck. Do not overfill. Wipe off any spilled oil or fuel. Do not store, spill or use gasoline near an open flame. BEFORE STARTING ENGINE OIL TO START ENGINE Your lawn mower is shipped without oil in the engine. • Be sure mower is level and area around oil fill is clean. • To start a cold engine, push primer three (3) 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. • Hold operator presence control bar down to the handle and pull starter handle quickly. Do not allow starter rope to snap back. • Remove engine oil cap and fill to the full line on the dipstick. NOTE: Allow oil to settle down into engine for accurate dipstick reading. • Engine holds 20 ozs. of oil. For type and grade of oil to use, see "ENGINE" in Maintenance section of this manual. • To stop engine, release operator presence control bar. • Pour oil slowly. Do not over fill. • Check oil level before each use. Add oil if NOTE: In cooler weather it may be necessary to repeat priming steps. In warmer weather over priming may cause flooding and engine will not start. If you do flood engine, wait a few minutes before attempting to start and do not repeat prk_ng steps. Engine oil cap Gasoline filler cap _ Discard debris plug needed. Fill to full line on dipstick. • To read proper level, tighten engine oil cap each time. • Reinstall engine oil cap and tighten. • Change the oil after every 25 hours of operation or each season. You may need to change the oil more often under dusty, dirty conditions. inside) 8 MOWINGTIPS • Undercertainconditions,such as very tall grass,it may be necessaryto raise the heightof cutto reducepushing effort andto keepfrom overloadingthe engineand leavingclumpsof grass clippings. It may also be necessary to reduce ground speed and/or run the lawn mower over the area a second time. • For extremely heavy cutting, reduce the width of cut by overlapping previously cut path and mow slowly. • For better grass bagging and most cutting conditions, the engine speed should be set in the fast position. • When using a rear discharge lawn mower in moist, heavy grass, clumps of cut grass may not enter the grass catcher. Reduce ground speed (pushing speed) and/or run the lawn mower over the area a second time. • if a trail of clippings is left on the right side of a rear discharge mower, mow in a clockwise direction with a small overlap to collect the clippings on the next pass. • 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. • Keep top of engine around starter clear and clean of grass clippings and chaff. This will help engine air flow and extend engine llfe. MULCHING MOWING TIPS IMPORTANT: For best performance, keep mower housing free of built-up grass and trash. See "Cleaning" in MAINTENANCE section of this manual. • The special mulching blade will recut the grass clippings many times and reduce them in size so that as they fall onto the lawn they will disperse into the grass and not be noticed. Also, the mulched grass will biodegrade quickly to provide nutrients for the lawn. Always mulch with your highest engine (blade) speed as this will provide the best recutting action of the blades. • Avoid cutting your lawn when it is wet. Wet grass tends to form clumps and interferes with the mulching action. The best time to mow your lawn is the early afternoon. At this time the grass has dried and the newly cut area will not be exposed to the direct sun • For best results, adjust the lawn mower cutting height so that the lawn mower cuts off only the top one-third of the grass blades. If the lawn is overgrown it will be necessary to raise the height of cut to reduce pushing effort and to keep from overloading the engine and leaving clumps of mulched grass. For extremely heavy mulching, reduce your width of cut by overlapping previously cut path and mow slowly. • Certain types of grass and grass conditions may require that an area be mulched a second time to completely hide the c'kR:)ings.When doing a second cut, mow acroes or perpendicular to the first cut path. • Change your cutting pattern from week to week. Mow north to south one week then change to east to west the next week. This will help prevent matting and graining of the lawn. 9 MAINTENANCE SCHEDULE FILL IN DATES AS YOU COMPLETE REGULAR SERVICE Check for Loose Fasteners Clean/Inspect Grass Catcher a (if Equipped) Lawn Mower Clean Under Drive Cover SERVICE DATES -!/' V ll/ i_ (Power-PropelledMowers) Check drive belt/pulleys ip/ (Power-PropelledMowers) g I_ I_ Check/Sharpen/Replace Blade _'_1 LubricationChart Clean Battery/Recharge IElectric Start MowersI _ I_ _ 1_4 RECheck ChangeEngineOil Engine OilLevel I_ 11_1.2 G Clean Air Filter InspectMuffler N Clean or Replace Spark Plug _ E Replaca Air FilterPaper Cartridge I_g 12 3 4 - 2 v' t/ Change more often when operating under a heavy _oad or in high ambient temperatures. Service more often when operating In dirty or dusty cor,dlUons. Replace blades more o_en when mowing In sandy soil. Charge 48 hours at end o#season. GENERAL LUBRICATION CHART RECOMMENDATIONS Wheel Adjuster The warranty on this lawn mower does not cover items that have been subjected to operator abuse or negligence. To receive full value from the warranty, operator must maintain mower as instructed in this manual. Some adjustments will need to be made periodically to properly maintain your unit. All adjustments in the Service and Adjustments section of this manual should be checked at least once each season. ine oil • Once a year, replace the spark plug, replace air filter element and check blade for wear. A new spark plug and clean/new air filter element assures (_) Rear door hinge (_) Handle bracket mounting pin proper air-fuel mixture and helps your engine run better and last longer. • Follow the maintenance schedule in this manual. BEFORE EACH USE (_) Spay lubricant (_) Refer to MAINTENANCE "ENGINE" section. • Check engine oil level. • Check for loose fasteners. LUBRICATION IMPORTANT: Do not oil or grease plastic wheel bearings. Viscous lubricants will attract dust and dirt that will shorten Keep unit well lubricated (See "LUBRICATION CHART"). the life of the self lubricating bearings. If you feel they must be lubricated, use only a dry, powdered graphite type lubricant sparingly. 10 PRODUCT SERIAL SPECIFICATIONS NUMBER DATE OF PURCHASE GASOLINE UNLEADED CAPACITY/TYPE: 1.6 QUARTS REGULAR OIL TYPE (API-SF/SG/SH): SAE30(ABOVE32°F) SAE 5W-30 (BELOW 20 OZS. OIL CAPACITY: SPARK PLUG (GAP: VALVE 32°F) CHAMPION .030") CLEARANCE: RJ19LM OR Jt9LM INTAKE: EXHAUST: SOLID STATE IGNITION AIR GAP: .005 - .007 .007 - .009 .010 IN, = BLADE BOLT TORQUE: • The model 35-40 FT. LBS. and serial numbers lawn mower housing.Record provided above. will be found on e decal attached both serial LAWN MOWER Always observe safety rules when performing any maintenance. TIRES • Keep tires free of gasoline, oil, or insect control chemicals which can harm rubber, • Avoid stumps, stones, deep ruts, sharp objects and other hazards that may cause tire damage. BLADE CARE For best results, mower blade must be kept sharp. Replace bent or damaged blades. TO REMOVE BLADE • Disconnect spark plug wire from spark plug and place wire where it cannot come in contact with spark plug. • Turn lawn mower on its side. Make sure air filter and carburetor • Use a wood block between are up. blade and mower housing to prevent blade from tuming when removing blade bolt. • Protect your hands with gloves and/or wrap blade with heavy cloth. • Remove blade bolt by turning counterclockwise. number to the rear of the and date of purchase in space • Remove blade and attaching hardware (bolt, lock washer and hardened washer). NOTE: Remove the blade adapter and check the key inside hub of blade adapter. The key must be in good condition to work properly. Replace adapter if damaged. TO REPLACE BLADE • Position the blade adapter on the engine crankshaft. Be sure key in adapter and crankshaft keyway are aligned. • Position blade on the blade adapter aligning the two (2) holes in the blade with the raised lugs on the adapter. • Be sure the trailing edge of blade (opposite sharp edge) is up toward the engine. • Install the blade bolt with the lock washer and hardened washer into blade adapter and crankshaft. • Use block of wood between blade and lawn mower housing and tighten the blade bolt, turning clockwise. • The recommended tightening torque is 35-40 ft. Ibs. 11 IMPORTANT: Blade bolt is grade 8 heat treated. TO SHARPEN BLADE NOTE: We do not recommend sharpening blade - but if you do, be sure the blade is balanced. Care should be taken to keep the blade balanced. An unbalanced blade will cause eventual damage to lawn mower or engine. • The blade can be sharpened with a file or on a grinding wheel. Do not attempt to sharpen while on the mower. • To check blade balance, drive a nail into a beam or wall. Leave about one inch of the straight nail exposed. Place center hole of blade over the head of the nail. If blade is balanced, it should remain in a horizontal position. If either end of the blade moves downward, sharpen the heavy end until the blade is balanced. Blade Crank-shaft adapter key_ !ay Ke Blade If necessary to clean the drive wheels, check both front wheels. • Remove hubcaps, hairpin cotters and washers. • Remove wheels from wheel adjusters. • Remove any trash or grass cuttings from inside the dust cover, pinion and/ or drive wheel gear teeth. • Put wheels back in place. • If after cleaning, the drive wheels do not turn freely, contact your nearest authorized service center. GEAR CASE • To keep your drive system working properly, the gear case and area around the drive should be kept clean and free of trash build-up. Clean under the drive cover twice a season. • The gear case is filled with lubricant to the proper level at the factory. The only time the lubricant needs attention is if service has been performed on the gear case. • If lubricant is required, use only Texaco Starplex Premium 1 Grease, Part No. 750369. Do not substitute. ENGINE LUBRICATION Blade bolt Use only high qualitydetergent oil rated with API service classificationSF, SG orSH. Select the oil's SAE viscosity grade according to your expected operating temperature. SAE VISCOSITY GRADES Lockwasher GRASS Hardened washer CATCHER Trailing edge Blade adapter •2o" TEMPERATURE • The grass catcher may be hosed with water, but must be dry when used. • Check your grass catcher often for damage or deterioration. Through normal use it will wear. If catcher needs replacing, replace only with a manufacturer approved replacement catcher. Give the lawn mower model number when ordering. DRIVE WHEELS Check front drive wheels each time before you mow to be sure they move freely. The wheels not turning freely means trash, grass cuttings, etc. are in the drive wheel area and must be cleaned to free drive wheels. o" RANGE ANTICIPATED 20" 30' BEFORE NEXT OIL CHANGE NOTE: Although multi-viscosify oils (5W30, 10W30 etc.) improve starting in cold weather, these multi-viscosity oils will result in increased oil consumption when used above 32°F. Check your engine oil level more frequently to avoid possible engine damage from running low on oil. Change the oil after every 25 hours of operation or at least once a year if the lawn mower is not used for 25 hours in one year. Check the crankcase oil level before starting the engine and after each five (5) hours of continuous use. "5ghten oil plug securely each time you check the oil level. 12 Back _late TO CHANGE ENGINE OIL Slots NOTE: Before tipping lawn mower to drain oil, drain fuel tank by running engine until fuel tank is empty. • Disconnect spark plug wire from spark plug and place wire where it cannot come in contact with spark plug. • Remove engine oil cap; lay aside on a clean surface. • Tip lawn mower on its side as shown and drain oil into a suitable container. Rock lawn mower back and forth to remove any oil trapped inside of engine. • Wipe off any spilled oil on lawn mower and on side of engine. • Fill engine with oil. Fill only to the "FULU' line on the dipat_k. DO NOT overfill. • Replaceengineoil cap. • Reconnect spark plug wire to spark plug. Cover tabs Cartridge Cover MUFFLER Inspect and replace corroded muffler as it could create a fire hazard and/or damage. SPARK PLUG Change your spark plug each year to make your engine start easier and run better. Set spark plug gap at .030 inch. CLEANING IMPORTANT:. For best partormance, keep mower housing free of built-up grass and trash. Clean the underside of your mower after each use. Container AIR FILTER Your engine will not run properly and may be damaged by using a dirty air filter. Replace the air filter every year, more often if you mow in very dusty, dirty conditions. TO CLEAN AIR FILTER • Loosen screw and tilt cover to remove. • Carefully remove cartridge. • Clean by gently tapping on a flat surface. If very dirty, replace cartridge. _,CAUTION: Petroleum solvents, such as kerosene, are not to be used to clean cartridge. They may cause deterioration of the cartridge. Do not oil cartridge. Do not use pressurized air to clean or dry cartridge. • Install cartridge, then replace cover making sure the tabs are aligned with the slots in the back plate. Fasten screw securely. _,CAUTION: Disconnect spark plug wire from spark plug and place wire where it cannot come in contact with the spark plug. •Tum lawn mower on its side. Make sure air filter and carburetor are up. Clean the underside of your lawn mower by scraping to remove buildup of grass and trash, • Clean engine often to keep trash from accumulating. A clogged engine runs hotter and shortens engine life. • Keep finished surfaces and wheels free of all gasoline, oil, etc. • We do not recommend using a garden hose to clean lawn mower unless the electrical system, muffler, air filter and carburetor are covered to keep water out. Water in engine can result in shortened engine life. CLEAN UNDER DRIVE COVER Clean under drive cover at least twice a season. Scrape underside of cover with putty knife or similar tool to remove any buildup of trash or grass on underside of drive cover. 13 AI_CAUTION: Before performing any service or adjustments: • Release control bar and stop engine. • Make sure the blade and all moving • parts have completely stopped. Disconnect spark plug wire from spark plug and place where it cannot come in contact with plug. LAWN MOWER TO ADJUST CUTTING HEIGHT See "TO ADJUST CUTTING HEIGHT" in the Operation section of this manual. REAR DEFLECTOR The rear deflector, attached between the rear wheels of your lawn mower, is provided to minimize the possibility that objects will be thrown out the rear of the lawn mower into the operator's mowing position. If the rear deflector becomes damaged, it should be replaced. TO REMOVE/REPLACE DRIVE BELT • Remove drive cover. TO ADJUST HANDLE The handle can be mounted in a high or low position. The mounting holes in the bottom of lower handle are off center for raising or lowering the handle. • Remove upper handle and all parts attached to lower handle. • Remove hairpin cotters from lower handle bracket mounting pin. • Squeeze lower handle in to remove it from mounting pins. • Turn lower handle over to raise or lower handle. • Squeeze lower handle in and position holes onto mounting pins on handle bracket. • Reassemble upper handle and all parts removed from lower handle. Mowing Mowing _-, Position Position Remove belt by i pushing down on gear case pulley and rolling belt off it. • Turn lawn mower on its side with carburetor and fuel cap up, • Remove blade. • Remove debris shield. • Remove belt from engine pulley on crankshaft. • install new belt by reversing above steps. • Always use factory approved belt to assure tit and long life. ., I Low Position /(4: a High Position Lower Handle Drive cover Belt \ Rotate Push down 14 TO ASSEMBLE GRASS Lower Frame CATCHER • Insert leg of tubular frame through front opening of grass catcher and thread frame into sewn hem of bag. NOTE: Keep bag hem gathered on the straight leg of the tubular frame. • When frame comes out the other end of sewn hem, immediately work the end of frame down inside the bag as shown in inset. • Slide sewn hem evenly around the tubular frame until both ends of frame are exposed out of the front opening. • Assemble lower frame to tubular frame as shown. Be sure handle is outside of bag and frames are fully seated as shown in inset. I (Frames must be fully Tubular Frame Lower frame handle • Slip vinyl bindings over frame. NOTE: if vinyl bindings are too stiff, hold them in warm water for a few minutes. If bag gets wet, let it dry before using. • Close the flip lid. Flip lid must be closed while operating lawn mower. /,,CAUTION: Do not run your lawn mower without clipping deflector or ENGINE approved grass catcher in place. Never ENGINE SPEED attempt to operate the lawn mower with the rear door removed or propped open. Your engine speed has been factory set. Do not attempt to increase engine speed or it may result in personal injury. If you believe Sewn hem that the engine is running too fast or too slow, Tubutar frame take your lawn mower to an authorized service center for repair and adjustment. CARBURETOR Flip lid Your carburetor is not adjustable. If your engine does not operate properly due to suspected carburetor problems, take your lawn mower to an authorized service center for repair and/or adjustment. IMPORTANT: Never tamper with the engine governor, which is factory set for proper engine speed. Overspeeding the engine above the factory high speed setting can be dangerous, if you think the engine-governed high speed needs adjusting, contact your nearest authorized service center, which has proper equipment end experience to make any necessary adjustments. Immediately prepare your lawn mower for storage at the end of the season or if the unit will not be used for 30 days or more. LAWN Operator presence control bar Upper Handle Fold forward for storage MOWER When lawn mower is to be stored for a period of time, clean it thoroughly, remove all dirt, grease, leaves, etc. Store in a clean, dry area. • Clean entire lawn mower (See "CLEANING" in the Maintenance section of this manual). • Lubricate as shown in the Maintenance section of this manual. • Be sure that all nuts, bolts, screws, and pins are securely fastened. Inspect moving parts for damage, breakage and wear. Replace if necessary. • Touch up all rusted or chipped paint surfaces; sand lightly before painting. HANDLE YOU can fold your lawn mower handle for storage. • Squeeze the bottom ends of the lower handle toward each other until the lower handle clears the handle bracket, then move handle forward. • Loosen upper handle mounting bolts enough to allow upper handle to be folded back. IMPORTANT: When folding the handle for storage or transportation, be sure to fold the handle as shown or you may damage the control cables. • When setting up your handle from the storage position, the lower handle will automatically lock into the mowing position. Lower handle Handle Squeeze to fold Hairpin cotter Fold backward Mowing position ENGINE Lower handle FUEL SYSTEM IMPORTANT: It is important to prevent gum deposits from forming in essential fuel system parts such as carburetor, fuel filter, fuel hose, or tank during storage. Also, experience indicates that alcohol blended fuels (called gasohol or using ethanol or methanol) can attract moisture which leads to separation and formation of acids during storage. Acidic gas can damage the fuel system of an engine while in storage. • Drain the fuel tank. • Start the engine and let it run until the fuel lines and carburetor are empty. • Never use engine or carburetor cleaner products in the tuel tank or permanent damage may occur. • Usa fresh fuel next season. NOTE: Fuel stabilizer is an acceptable alternative in minimizing the formation of fuel gum deposits during storage. Add stabilizer to gasoline in fuel tank or storage container. Always follow the mix ratio found on stabilizer container. Run engine at least 10 minutes after adding stabilizer to allow the stabilizer to reach the carburetor. Do not drain the gas tank and carburetor if using fuel stabilizer. ENGINEOIL Drain oil (with engine warm) and replace with clean engine oil. (See "ENGINE" in the Maintenance section of this manual). CYLINDER • Remove spark plug. • Pour one ounce (29 ml) of oil through spark plug hole into cylinder. 16 • Pull starter handle slowly a few times to distribute oil, • Cover your unit with a suitable protective cover that does not retain mois- • Replace with new spark plug. ture. Do not use plastic. Plastic cannot breathe which allows condensation to OTHER form and will cause your unit to rust. IMPORTANT: Never cover mower while • Do not store gasoline from one season to another. engine • Replace your gasoline can if your can starts to rust. Rust and/or dirt in your gasoline will cause problems. • If possible, store your unit indoors and cover it to give protection from dust and dirt. and exhaust areas are still warm. A, CAUTION: Never store the lawn mower with gasoline in the tank inside a building where fumes may reach an open flame or spark. Allow the engine to cool before storing in any enclosure. TROUBLESHOOTINGCHART PROBLEM CAUSE Doesn_sta_ Loss of power CORRECTION 1. 2. 3. Dirty air filter. Out of fuel. Stale fuel. 1. !2. 4. Water in fuel. 4. 5. Spark plug wire is disconnected. 5. 6. 7. 6. Bad spark plug. Loose blade or broken blade 7. 8. adapter. Control bar in released 8. 9, position. Control bar defective. 9. 1. 2. 3. Rear of lawn mower housing 1. or cutting blade dragging in heavy grass. Cutting too much grass. 2. Clean/replace air filter. Fill fuel tank. Drain tank and refill with fresh clean fuel. Drain fuel tank and carburetor and refill tank with fresh gasoline. Connect wire to plug. Replace spark plug. Tighten blade bolt or replace blade adapter. Depress control bar to handle, Replace control bar. Set to "Higher Cut" position. 3. 4. Dirty air filter. Buildup of grass, leaves, and trash under mower. 3. 4. Set to "Higher Cut" position. Clean/replace air filter. Clean underside of mower 5. 6. Too much oil in engine. Walking speed too fast. 5. housing. Check oil level. 6. Cut at slower walking speed. Poor cut - Uneven 1. Worn, bent or loose blade. 2. Wheel heights uneven. 3. Buildup of grass, leaves and trash under mower. 17 1. Replace blade. "13ghten blade bolt. 12, Set all wheels at same height 3. Clean undersideof mower housing. TROUBLESHOOTING CHART PROBLEM CAUSE Excessive vibration CORRECTION 1. Wom, bent or loose blade. 1. 2. Bent engine crankshaft. 2, 1. Engine flywheel brake is on 1. when control bar is released. 2. Bent engine crankshaft. 2. 3. 4. Blade adapter broken. Blade dragging in grass. 3. 4. 1. 2. Drive wheels not tuming with drive control engaged, Belt not driving 1. Adjustor replacedrive control cable. 2. Put belt on pulleysor replacebeltsif broken. Grass catcher not filling(if so equipped) 1. 2. Cutting height too low. Lift on blade worn off. 1. 2. Raise cutting height. Replace blade. 3. Catcher not venting air. 3. Clean grass catcher. Hard to push t. 1. Raise cutting height. 2. Grass is too high or wheel height is too low. Rear of lawn mower 2. 3. housing or blade dragging in grass. Grass catcher too full. 4. Handle height position not Raise rear of lawn mower housingone (1) setting higher. Emptygrasscatcher. Adjusthandle heightto suit. Starter rope hard to pull Loss of drive right for you. 18 3. 4. Replace blade. Tighten blade belt. Contactan authorized service center. Depresscontrolbar to upper handle before pullingstarterrope. Contact an authorized servicecenter. Replace blade adapter. Move lawn mower to cut grassor to hard surface. SERVICE NOTES 35 ROTARY LAWN MOWER - - MODEL NO. 917.377524 GEAR CASE ASSEMBLY PART NUMBER 702511 KEY NO. PART NO. 17490416 2 3 4 6 137055X004 137053 57072 48373 7 8 9 77881 137051 137074 DESCRIPTION Tapping Screw 1/4o20x 1-1/4 Engagement Bracket Shifter Seal Gear Case Halves Kit (Includes Key Nos. 4, and7) Beadng WormShaft Drive Shaft KEY NO. PART NO. DESCRIPTION 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 57079 131484 700343 86447 137050 750436X 750369 HardenedWasher Clutch Yoke Bushing Plug HelicalGear Clutch Jaw Grease 17 18 19 12000003 850848 81585X004 E-Rtng HI-ProKey Spdng Bracket NOTE: All component dimensions in U.S. inches. 1 inch = 25.4 mm 37 given ROTARY LAWN MOWER MODEL NUMBER 917.377524 13 10 14 27 22 t J 30 12 3139 16 12 2O 37 7O 27 52 51 41 28 ROTARY LAWN MOWER MODEL NUMBER KEY NO. 1 2 4 5 6 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 20 22 23 25 27 28 29 30 31 32 34 35 37 39 40 PART NO. 165452X479 162788 150425 66426 136376 145793 151023 128415 150050 STD512505 77400 156374X479 700365X479 133190X479 140661X479 63601 14054O 84596 87677 83923 151155 142748 62335 145935X004 701037 7(X)331X004 14663O 700326X007 150078 151512X479 151511)(479 DESCRIPTION UpperHandle EngineZone ControlCable MulcharPlug WireTies Handla Knob ControlBar Rear Door Kit Pop Rivet Self Tapping Screw #10-24 x 5/8 Hex Tapping Screw w/Seres 114-20x 1/2 Hubcap Back Plate Side Baffle Discharge Baffle Rear Baffle Keps Locknut 1/4-20 Rear Skirt Engine Pulley Hi-Pro Key #505 Hex Flange Nut VVhe_ Shoulder Bolt 3/8-16 x 1 SpdngWashar Axle Arm Assembly Selector Knob Selector Spring Spacer Wheal AdjustingBracket Thread Cutting Screw w/Sems 5/16-18 x 3/4 Handle BracketAssembly (Left) Handle BracketAssembly (Right) KEY NO. PART NO. 41 44 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 55 56 57 58 59 61 62 64 150406 170025 851514 141114 851074 850263 851084 170031 85463 751592 88652 51793 157081X479 131959 132001 134612 ...... 70 71 -- - 700327X007 17600406 161058 173765 917.377524 DESCRIPTION Hex Head Thread RollingScrew 3/8-16 x 1-1/8 Lawn Mower Housing (Incl. Key #14, 15, & 51) BladeAdapter Blade22" HardenedWasher Helical Washer 3/8-24 x 1-3/8 Gr. 8 Hex Head Machine Screw 3/8-24 x 1-3/8 Gr. 8 Fr,ont Baffle Kit DangerDecal Locknut 3/8-16 Hinge Screw 1/4-20x 1-1/4 HairpinCotter LowerHandle HandleBolt Rope Guide DebrisShield Engine- (See Breakdown) Briggs12H802-1922-E1 Wheel AdjustingBracket Screw Warning Decal (Not shown) Owners Manual(English/Spanish) Available acceasodea not includedwith lawn mower:. -7133303 ClippingDeflector -71 33623 Gas Can (2.5 gal.) -71 33500 FueIStabilizer -71 33000 SAE 30W Oil (20 o7-) -71 33417 Dust Shield -71 33316 MowerCover ROTARY LAWN MOWER MODEL NUMBER 917.377524 11 / 54 18 14 16 13 15 14 13 12 ROTARY KEY NO. 1 3 4 5 6 8 9 11 12 13 14 15 16 18 26 PART NO. 145755 751152 158755 146527 15O495 774OO 145212 151156 12000058 137054 88080 88118 67725 701037 1436O3 LAWN MOWER MODEL NUMBER DESCRIPTION Co_roICabte Assembly Locknut#10-24 Pan Head Machine Screw 1/4 x 2.12 V-Belt Retaine_ Hubcap Flanged Nut Wheal & Tire Assembly E-P_ Pinion Dust Cover FeitWasher Washer 1/2 x 1-1/2 x .134 SelectorKnob Pan Head Tapping Screw #10-24 x 2-3/4 KEY NO. 28 31 32 35 36 37 3a 40 41 53 54 55 57 917.377524 PART NO. 154990 132010 137(_52 151521 70_511 137090 63601 75192 151520 144747 166069 86012 144748 DESCRIPTION D_iveCover Hex Flange Nut Drive Pulley Wheel AdjusterAssembly (Left) Gear Case Assembly sp ng Nut sprig Whee) AdjusterAssembly (Right) FrameThroat Gras,sbagAssembly with tube Driveshaft Cover Frame Tube BRIGGS & STRATTON 4-CYCLE ENGINE MODEL NO. 12H802 TYPE NO. 1922-E1 I 1019 LABEL KIT I 51 524 13 1095 VALVE OVERHAUL GASKET SET lit REQUIRES SPECIALTOOLS TO INSTALL. SEE REPAIR INSTRUCTION MANUAL. I 1058 OWNER'S MANUAL I 42 BRIGGS & STRATTON 4-CYCLE ENGINE MODEL NO. 12H802 TYPE NO. 1922-E1 46 15 22 C__ 572 307 625 383 306 _.s _ 5 3o_ 43 "k REQUIRES SPECIAL TOOLS TO INSTALL. SEE REPAIR INSTRUCTION MANUAL. BRIGGS & STRATTON 4-CYCLE ENGINE MODEL NO. 12H802 TYPE NO. 1922-E1 363 455 332_ 304 23 3o6 925 eo__J 55 _ oll 06 1_ 592 0 60](__ i J 60 689 I 1036 EMISSIONS LABEL I I 44 456 BRIGGS & STRATTON 4-CYCLE ENGINE MODEL NO. 12H802 TYPE NO. 1922-E1 1095 VALVE OVERHAUL GASKET SET 66 ___11 _ 461 2455 I 1036 LABEL KIT - EMISSION I 45 BRIGGS & STRATTON 4-CYCLE ENGINE KEY PART NO. NO. 1 2 3 4 5 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 15 16 20 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 32 33 34 35 36 40 43 45 48 46 50 51 53 54 55 56 57 58 60 65 81 95 97 104 117 121 493260 293708 299819 493279 691160 272916 495786 272481 94650 231933 272198 94547 691680 691451 399781 691092 492177 222698 499429 499430 499431 499432 499425 499426 499427 499428 263190 499423 499424 94699 262651 262652 691270 691270 93312 493737 690548 498826 691449 497465 272199 692524 94526 691421 498144 498144 281464 281434 94904 223664 94098 493267 691242 494870 497315 498260 MODEL NO. 12H802 TYPE NO. 1922-E1 KEY PART NO. NO. DESCRIPTION Cylinder Assembly Bushing/Seal Kit Oil Seal En._ine Sump Cylinder Head _+ Cylinder Head Gasket Breather Assembly _r+ Breather Gasket Screw (Breather Assembly) Breather Tube Crankcase Gasket Screw (Cylinder Head) Oil Drain Plug Crankshaft Oil Seal Screw (Engine Sump) Flywheel Flywheel Key Piston Assembly (Standard) PistonAssy. (.010 O.S.) PistonAssy. (.020 O.S.) PistonAssy. (.030 O.S.) Ring Set (Standard) Ring Set (.010 O.S.) Ring Sot (.020 O.S.) Ring Set (.030 O.S.) Piston Pin Lock Piston Pin Connecting Rod Screw (Connecting Rod) Exhaust Valve Intake Valve Valve Spring (Intake) Valve Spdng (Exhaust) Valve Retainer Governor/Oil Slinger Valve Tappet Short Block Cam Gear Intake Manifold Intake Gasket Screw (Carburetor) Screw (Intake Manifold) Rewind Starter Housing Starter Pulley Rewind Starter Spring Starter Rope _CtaUt to Required Length) rter Rope Gdp Screw (Rewind Starter) Muffler Screw Lock Screw (ThrottleValve) Throttle Shaft • Float Hinge Pin Main Jet (Standard) Main Jet (High Altitude! Carburetor Overhaul Kit 125 127 130 133 134 498170 694468 224908 398187 398188 137 146 159 163 187 188 190 202 209 222 227 276 287 300 304 308 306 307 332 333 334 337 356 358 363 383 404 425 443 445 455 456 459 505 280492 94388 224815 272653 691050 94644 94511 262579 263044 497203 690783 271716 94511 497838 493293 691108 690450 690345 94877 802574 94731 802592 692390 497316 19069 89838 690272 94872 94873 491588 691219 281503 281505 231082 523 524 525 529 562 495264 280966 495265 281299 92613 DESCRIPTION Carburetor Welch Plug Throttle Valve Carburetor Float • Needle Valve (Includes Seat) OeFIoat Bowl Gasket Timing Key Support Bracket "_•_Air Cleaner Gasket Fuel Line Screw (Control Bracket) Screw (Fuel Tank) Mechanical Govemor Link Governor Spring Control Bracket Governor Control Lever • •Sealing Washer Screw (Oil FillTube) Exhaust Muffler Blower Housing Screw (Blower]lousing) Cylinder Shield Screw (Cylinder Shield) Nut (Flywheel) Magneto Armature Screw (Magneto Armature) Spark Plug Stop Wire Gasket Set Flywheel Puller Spark Plug Wrench Washer (GovernorCrank) Screw (Air Cleaner Cover) Screw (A/C Primer Base) A/C Cartridge Filter Flywheel Cup Pawl FrictionPlate Ratchet Pawl Nut _Governor Control Lever) psUck -A- DipstickTube Seal Oil Fill Tube Grommet Bolt (Governor Control Lever) • RPM Settings:Low Speed: 1900-2100 High Speed: 3000-3200 J • • + Included in Engine Gasket Set, Ref Number 358. Included in CarburetorOverhaul Kit, Ref Number 121. Included in Carburetor Gasket Set, Ref Number 977. Included in Value Overhaul Kit, Ref Number 1095. NOTE: All componentdimensionsgiven in U.S. inches 1 inch = 25.4 mm 46 BRIGGS & STRATTON 4-CYCLE ENGINE KEY PART NO. NO. 564 584 585 592 691683 692342 272238 94908 597 601 604 608 613 615 616 617 94943 93053 225103 497680 94231 690340 691306 270344 621 635 668 670 687 396847 66538 493823 280512 94515 689 708 741 745 842 847 851 869 870 871 263073 691321 262598 94512 280393 495263 493880 691155 690380 63709 262001 922 923 925 262640 691994 690595 DESCRIPTION Screw (Control Cover) Breather Passage Cover Breather Passage Gasket Nut _RcewindStarter Housing) rew (Pawl FrictionPlate) Hose Clamp Control Cover Rewind Starter Screw (Exhaust Muffler) Retainer Governor Crank leO.Ring Seal (Intake Manifold) Stop Switch Spark Plug Boot Spacer (Includes 2) Fuel Tank Spacer Screw FBreatherPassage Cover) dctioo Spdng eOThrottle Shaft Seal Timing Gear Screw (Brake) _r Dipstick/TubeSeal Dipstick/TubeAssembly Spark Plug Terminal Valve Seat (Intake) Valve Seat (Exhaust) Guide Bushing (Intake Valve) Guide Bushing (Exhaust Valve) Brake Spring Brake Linkage Cover MODEL NO. 1211802 TYPE NO. 1922-E1 KEY PART NO. NO. 930 957 966 968 970 972 975 976 977 1019 1036 1056 1059 1095 281136 397974 496116 281340 94749 495224 493640 694395 498261 494256 695111 274265 398540 498528 DESCRIPTION Rewind Guard Fuel Tank Cap A/C Primer Base Air Cleaner Cover Screw (Support Bracket) Fuel Tank Float Bowl Carburetor Primer Carburetor Gasket Set Label Kit Emissions Label Owner's Manual Screw/Washer Kit Valve Overhaul Gasket Set 12JSO2-2915-E1 Replacement Engine RPM Settings:Low Speed: 1900-2100 High Speed: 3000-3200 -A• <_ + Included in Engine Gasket Set, Ref Number 358, Included in Carburetor Overhaul Kit, Ref Number 121, Included _nCarburetor Gasket Set, Ref Number 977. Included In Value Overhaul Kit, Ref Number 1095. NOTE: All componentdimensionsgiven in U.S. inches 1 inch = 25.4 mm 47 For repair of major brand appliances in your own home... no matter who made it, no matter who sold it! 1-800-4-MY-HOME SMAnytime, day or night (1-800-469-4663) HomeCentral" ® Registered Trademark / T. 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