Craftsman 917.25436 Operator`s manual

Craftsman 917.25436 Operator`s manual
Operator's
Manual
®
CAR
E
1
TRACTO
26.0 HR* 54" Mower
Electric Start
Automatic Transmission
Model No.
917.25436
This product has a low emission
engine which operates
differently from previously built engines. Before you start the
engine, read and understand
this Operator's
Manual.
IMPORTANT:
Read and follow all Safety
Rules and Instructions before
operating this equipment.
Gasoline containing up to 10% ethanol (EIO) is acceptable for use in this machine.
The use of any gasoline exceeding 10% ethanol (EIO) will void the product warranty.
Sears Brands Management
Corporation,
Hoffman
Visit our Craftsman website:www.sears.com/craftsman
447484 Rev. 1
Estates,
IL 60179
*As rated
U.S.A.
by the engine
manufacturer
Warranty ..................................................
Safety Rules ............................................
Product Specifications
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Assembly/Pre-Operation
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Operation ...............................................
CRAFTSMAN
Maintenance
Maintenance
2
3
6
8
13
Schedule ..........................
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21
21
Service and Adjustments
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Storage ..................................................
Troubleshooting
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26
31
32
FULL WARRANTY
THREE YEARS ON RIDING EQUIPMENT
When operated
and maintained
according
cover defects in material and workmanship
the date of purchase
This warranty
pay for:
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covers
ONLY defects
to all supplied
instructions,
Warranty
will also
of the Frame and Front Axle for five years from
in material
and workmanship.
Expendable
items that become worn during normal use,
blades, spark plugs, air cleaners,
belts, and oil filters.
maintenance
oil changes,
including
but not limited
to
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Standard
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Tire replacement
or repair
thorns, stumps, or glass.
caused
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Tire or wheel replacement
operation
or maintenance.
or repair
•
Repairs necessary
because
of operator
abuse, including
but not limited
caused
by towing objects beyond the capability
of the riding equipment,
objects that bend the frame or crankshaft,
or over-speeding
the engine.
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Repairs necessary
because of operator negligence,
including but not limited to, electrical
and mechanical
damage caused by improper storage, failure to use the proper grade
and amount of engine oil, failure to keep the deck clear of flammable
debris, or failure to
maintain the riding equipment
according
to the instructions
contained
in the operator's
manual.
•
Engine (fuel system) cleaning
or oxidized
(stale). In general,
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Normal
deterioration
servicing,
Sears will NOT
resulting
and wear
of the exterior
warranty
This warranty
this product
only while
This warranty
gives you specific
vary from state to state.
Sears
Brands
Management
from outside
from normal
objects,
such
wear, accident,
as nails,
or improper
to damage
impacting
or repairs caused by fuel determined
to be contaminated
fuel should be used within 30 days of its purchase date.
All riding equipment
and battery
commercial
or rental purposes.
applies
or tune-ups.
by punctures
legal
coverage
is within
rights,
Corporation,
finishes,
is void
or product
if this product
the United
2
Estates,
is ever used for
States.
and you may also have
Hoffman
label replacement.
other
IL 60179
rights
which
,_DANGER:
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.
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_,WARNING:
Do not coast down a hill in
neutral, you may lose control of the tractor.
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_,WARNING:
Tow only the attachments
that are recommended by and comply with
specifications of 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.
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_,WARNING:
Engine exhaust, some of
its constituents, and certain vehicle components contain or emit chemicals known to
the State of California to cause cancer and
birth defects or other reproductive harm.
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_,WARNING:
Battery posts, terminals and
related accessories contain lead and lead
compounds, chemicals known to the State of
California to cause cancer and birth defects
or other reproductive harm. Wash hands
after handling.
I. GENERAL
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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.
Only allow 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 ifanyone
enters the area.
Never carry passengers.
Do not mow in reverse unless absolutely
necessary. Always look down and behind
before and while backing.
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Never direct discharged materialtoward
anyone. Avoid discharging
material
against a wall or obstruction. Material
may ricochet back toward the operator.
Stop the blades when crossing gravel
surfaces.
Do not operate machine without the entire grass catcher, discharge chute, 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 chute.
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.
AIways 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.
Followthemanufacturer'srecommendation 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 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.
li. SLOPE OPERATION
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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.
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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.
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Before and while backing,
look behind
and down for small children.
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Nevercarrychildren,
even withthe 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.
Never allow children to operate the machine.
•
Use extra care when approaching
blind
corners, shrubs, trees, or other objects
that may block your view of a child.
IV. TOWING
Avoid starting, stopping, or turning on a
slope. Ifthetires
Iosetraction,
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.
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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
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Tow only with a machine that has a hitch
designed for towing. Do not attach towed
equipment
except at the hitch point.
Followthemanufacturer'srecommenda-
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tion for weight limits for towed equipment
and towing on slopes.
Never allow children or others in or on
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towed equipment.
On slopes, theweight
ofthetowed
equipment may cause loss of traction and loss
of control.
Travel slowly
stop.
and allow extra distance
to
V. SERVICE
SAFE HANDLING
suddenly
roll over if a wheel is over the
edge or if the edge caves in.
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.
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Neverstorethe
machine orfuel container
Iii. CHILDREN
,_WAFINING:
CHILDREN CAN BE INJURED
BY THIS EQUIPMENT, The American
Academy of Pediatrics recommends
that children
be a minimum
of 12 year of age before operating a pedestrian
controlled
lawn mower
and a minimum
of 16 years of age before
operating
a riding lawn mower.
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.
that children
will remain
saw them.
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Always keep the machine in gear when
going down slopes. Do not shift to neutral
and coast downhill.
Keep children
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.
Never assume
where you last
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where there is an open flame, spark,
pilot light such as on a water heater
other appliances.
Never fill containers
inside a vehicle
or
or
or
on a truck or trailer bed with plastic liner.
Always place containers
on the ground
away from your vehicle when filling.
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Remove gas-powered
equipment
from
the truck or trailer and refuel it on the
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ground. Ifthis 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.
Iffuel is spilled on clothing, change clothing immediately.
Never overfill fueltank.
Replace gas cap
and tighten securely.
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GENERAL
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SERVlCE
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Never operate machine in a closed area.
Keep all nuts and boltstight to be sure the
equipment
is in safe working condition.
•
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 children,
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.
•
Be alert and turn machine
enters the area.
•
Before and while backing,
look behind
and down for small children.
•
Mow up and down slopes (15 ° Max), not
across.
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. Ifthetires Iosetraction,
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.
When loading orunloadingthis
machine,
do not exceed
the maximum
recom-
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Keep children out of the mowing area
and in the watchful care of a responsible
adult other than the operator.
Nevertamperwithsafetydevices.
Check
their proper operation
regularly.
Keep machine free of grass, leaves, or
other debris build-up.
Clean oil or fuel
spillage and remove any fuel-soaked
debris. Allow machine to cool before storing.
If you strike a foreign object, stop and
inspectthe
machine. Repair, if necessary,
before restarting.
Never make any adjustments
or repairs
with the engine running.
Checkgrasscatchercomponentsandthe
discharge
chute frequently
and replace
with manufacturer's
recommended
parts,
when necessary.
Mower blades are sharp. Wrapthe
blade
or wear gloves, and use extra caution
when servicing them.
Check brake operation frequently.
Adjust
and service as required.
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mended
5
operation
angle
off if a child
of 15 °.
PRODUCT
SPECIFICATIONS
Gasoline Capacity
and type:
4.0 Gallons/15,14
Regular Unleaded
Oil Type:
API: SG-SL)
SAE30
(above
32°F/0°0)
SAE 5W30 (below 32°F/0°0)
Oil Capacity:
64 Oz./1,96
Spark
Champion RC12YC
(Gap: .030"/0.76 mm)
Plug:
In the state of California the above is required
by law (Section 4442 of the California
Public
Resources
Code).
Other states may have
similar laws. Federal laws apply on federal
lands.
A spark arrester
for the muffler is
available through your nearest Sears service
center (See REPAIR PARTS manual).
L
L
REPAIR PROTECTION
Ground Speed
(Mph/Kph):
Forward:
Reverse:
Charging
System:
16 amps @ 3600 rpm
Battery:
Amp/Hr:
Min. CCA:
Case size:
Blade Bolt Torque:
45-55
Congratulations
on making
a smart purchase. Your new Craftsman®
product
is
designed
and manufactured
for years of
dependable
operation.
But like all products,
it may require repair from time to time. That's
when having a Repair Protection Agreement
can save you money and aggravation.
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0 - 2.9/4,7
28
230
U1R
Ft. Lbs./62-75
Nm
Purchase
a Repair Protection
Agreement
now and protect yourseff from unexpected
hassle and expense.
CONGRATULATIONS
on your purchase of
a new tractor. It has been designed, engineered and manufactured to give you the best
possible dependability
and performance.
Should you experience any problem you cannot easily remedy, please contact a Sears or
other qualified service center. We have competent, well-trained representatives and the
proper tools to service or repair this tractor.
Please read and retain this manual. The
instructions will enable you to assemble
and maintain your tractor properly. Always
observe the "SAFETY RU LES".
CUSTOMER
Here's
•
the safety
sections
included
Expert service byour
repair specialists.
Product
product
in the Agreement:
12,000 professional
replacement
can't be fixed.
if your
covered
Discount
of 10% from regular price of
service
and service-related
parts not
covered bythe agreement;
also, 10% off
regular price of preventive
maintenance
check.
Fast help by phone - phone support
from a Sears representative
on products
requiring in-home repair, plus convenient
repair scheduling.
rules.
• Follow a regular schedule in maintaining,
caring for and using your tractor.
• Follow instructions
under "Maintenance"
and "Storage"
what's
Unlimited service and no charge for parts
and labor on all covered repairs.
RESPONSIBILITIES
• Read and observe
AGREEMENTS
Once you purchase the Agreement,
a simple
phone call is all that it takes for you to schedule service. You can call anytime day or night,
or schedule
a service appointment
online.
of this manual.
• Wear proper Personal Protective
Equipment (PPE) while operating this machine,
including (at a minimum)
sturdy footwear,
eye protection,
and hearing
protection.
Do not mow in shorts and/or open toed
footwear.
Sears has over 12,000 professional
repair
specialists,
who have access to over 4.5
million quality parts and accessories.
That's
the kind of professionalism
you can count on
to help prolong the life of your new purchase
for years to come. Purchase
your Repair
Protection Agreement
today!
• Always let someone know you are outside
mowing.
_i, WARNING:
This tractor is equipped with
an internal combustion
engine and should
not be used on or near any unimproved
forest-covered,
brush-covered
or grasscovered
land unless the engine's
exhaust
system is equipped
with a spark arrester
meeting
applicable
local or state laws (if
any).
If a spark arrester is used, it should
be maintained
in effective working order by
the operator.
Some limitations
and exclusions
apply.
For prices and additional
information
call
1-800=827=6655.
SEARS
INSTALLATION
SERVICE
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installation
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6
Mower Front Wheel
Mower
(2) Rear _
Lift Link
Assemblies
(5) 1-3/16
O.D. Washers
_
(1) Shoulder Bolt
©
(i) 1-i/40.D.
Washer
(1) Small
@
Retainer Springs
(1) Front
Lift Link
(5) Large
Retainer Springs
_
(1) Wheel
Assembly
(1) Oil Drain Tube
if Equipped
Keys
(1) Anti=Sway Bar
(1) 3/40.D.
Washers
(2) Keys
(1) Small Retainer
Springs
7
(1) 3/8=16
Locknut
Slope Sheet
Your new tractor has been assembled at the factory with exception of those parts left
unassembled for shipping purposes. To ensure safe and proper operation of your tractor
all parts and hardware you assemble must be tightened securely. Use the correct tools
as necessary to ensure proper tightness.
TOOLS REQUIRED
FOR ASSEMBLY
ADJUST
A socket wrench set will make assembly
easier. Standard wrench sizes are listed.
(2)
(1)
(1)
(1)
7/16" wrenches
Utility knife
1/2" wrench
Tire pressure gauge
3/4" wrench
Pliers
3/4" socket w/drive ratchet
(1) 9/16"
wrench
SEAT
1.
Sit in seat.
2.
Lift up adjustment
lever (A) and slide seat
until a comfortable
position
is reached
which allows you to press clutch/brake
pedal all the way down.
Release lever to lock seat in position.
3.
Flashlight
When right or left hand is mentioned
in this
manual, itmeanswhenyou
areintheoperating
position (seated behind the steering wheel).
TO REMOVE
CARTON
UNPACK
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TRACTOR
CARTON
Remove all accessible
loose parts and
parts cartons
from carton.
Cut along dotted lines on all four panels
of carton. Remove end panels and lay
side panels flat.
Remove mower and packing materials.
Check for any additional
loose parts or
cartons and remove.
BEFORE
REMOVING
FROM SKID
TO CHECK
1.
FROM
NOTE: You may now roll your tractor off the
skid. Followthe appropriate instruction below
to remove the tractor from the skid.
,A WARNING:
Before starting,
read, understand
and follow all instructions
in the
TRACTOR
Operation
section of this manual. Be sure
tractor is in a well-ventilated
area. Be sure
the area in front of tractor is clear of other
BATTERY
Lift hood to raised
people
TO ROLL TRACTOR OFF SKID
Operation
section for location
function of controls)
NOTE: If this battery is put into service after
month and year indicated
on label (label is
located between terminals)
charge battery
for minimum of one hour at 6-10 amps. (See
"BATTERY"
in Maintenance
section of this
manual
•
for charging
Forbatteryand
"REPLACING
1.
2.
instructions).
batterycableinstallationsee
BATTERY" inthe "Service
and Adjustments"
and objects.
position.
section
3.
in this manual.
Label
4.
8
(See
and
Raise attachment
lift lever to its highest
position.
Release
parking
brake by depressing
brake pedal.
Place freewheel
control in disengaged
position to disengage
transmission
(See
"TO TRANSPORT"
in the Operation section of this manual).
Roll tractor forward off skid.
TO iNSTALL MOWER
1. Set parking brake lever and
attachment
lift lever
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Depress clutch/brake
down and hold.
Assemble front
front of mower.
,
pedal
lower
gauge
wheel
all the way
(W) to
f_
Pull parking
brake lever up and hold,
release pressure from clutch/brake
pedal,
then release parking brake lever. Pedal
should remain in brake position.
Ensure
parking
brake will hold tractor secure.
H. Front Mower Bracket
X.
Shoulder Bolt
W. Front Gauge Wheel
Y,
Z,
11/40.D. Washer
3/8-16 Locknut
3.
Turn steering
mower,
wheel
left and position
• Turn steering wheel to the left as far as it
will go and position mower on right side of
tractor with deflector shield (Q) to the right.
Parkin( Brake Lever
_ILCAUTION:
Lift lever is spring loaded.
Have a tight grip on lift lever, lower it slowly
and engage in lowest position.
Lift lever is
located on left side of fender.
Front
Transaxle
Q, Deflector
Shield
Left Side Rear Mower Bracket
K. Belt Tension Rod
A. Mower Side Suspension Arms
B. Retainer Spring
C. Rear Lift Link(s)
D. Right Side Rear Mower Bracket
E. Front Lift Link Assembly
R Front Suspension Bracket
H, Front Mower Bracket
I,
L.
M.
Q.
S.
W.
9
Locking Bracket
Engine Clutch Pulley
Deflector Shield
Anti-Sway
Bar
Front Gauge Wheel
4. Slide mower under tractor.
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Bring belt forward
and check belt for
proper routing in all mower pulley grooves.
NOTE:
Be sure mower
side suspension
arms (A) are pointing forward before sliding
mower under tractor.
•
Slide mower
under tractor
centered
under tractor.
until
it is
•
Pivot the integrated
washer end of antisway bar (S) towards mower deck bracket
on right side of mower. Insert integrated
washer end of bar into hole in rear mower
bracket (D). Move mower as needed to
insert integrated
washer end of bar into
rear mower bracket (D).
Secure
with small washer
and small
retainer spring as shown.
J
5.
Install
anti-sway
Anti-Sway
D. Right Side Rear
Mower Bracket
S. Anti-Sway Bar
T. Transaxle Bracket
bar (S) Of equipped)
Bar (S)
Towards _
Mower Deck p-
90 ° End
Attach mower
(A) to chassis.
•
Position front hole in side suspension arm
(A) over pin on outside of tractor chassis
and secure with large washer and large
retainer spring (B).
•
Repeat
Integrated Washer End
From right side of mower, first insert
90 ° end of anti-sway
bar (S) into hole in
transaxle
bracket (T), located near left
rear tire in front of transaxle.
NOTE:
6.
Flashlight
may be helpful.
Anti-Sway Bar
(S) Location
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} .:i//
side suspension
on opposite
arms
side of tractor.
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J
Transaxle Bracket (T)
Located Between Rear Tires
/
A. Mower Side Suspension Arms
B. Retainer Spring
D. Right Side Rear Mower Bracket
NOTE: Depending on model, bracket (T) may
be different than shown but hole for anti-sway
bar will be in same position/location.
10
7.
Attach
•
Insert rod end of rear lift link (C) into hole
(U) in tractor lift shaft suspension
arm
and pivot link down to mower.
rear lift
links
•
Lift rear corner of mower and position slot
in link assembly over pin on rear mower
bracket (D) and secure with large washer
and large retainer spring.
•
Repeat
on opposite
(C)
side of tractor.
m
\
m
\
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•
install Belt On Engine
•
Disengage
belt tension
locking bracket (L).
•
Install
belt onto engine
Clutch
Pulley (M)
rod
clutch
(K)
pulley
from
(M).
IMPORTANT:
Check belt for proper routing in all mower pulley grooves and under
mandrel covers.
C.
D.
U,
8
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9
Rear Lift Link(S)
Right Side Rear Mower Bracket
Hole
Attach front link (E)
Turn steering wheel to position wheels
straight forward.
From front of tractor, insert rod end of
front link (E) through front hole in tractor
front suspension bracket (F).
Move to left side of mower and and insert
large retainer spring (G) through hole in
front link (E) behind front suspension
bracket (F).
Insert other end of link (E) into hole in
front mower bracket (H) and secure with
washer and small retainer spring (J).
NOTE:
Requires
Front Link
Location
E.
R
G,
H,
J.
M,
M.Engine
Clutch Pulley
•
CAUTION:
Belt tension rod is spring
loaded. Have a tight grip on rod and
engage slowly.
Raise attachment
position.
lift
lever
to
highest
If necessary, adjust gauge wheels before
operating mower as shown in the owner's/
operator's manual. Check gauge wheels,
deck level and rake settings.
deck lifting.
i-
Engage belt tension rod (K) on locking
bracket (L).
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Front Lift Link Assembly
Front Suspension Bracket
Large Retainer Spring
Front Mower Bracket
Small Retainer Spring
Engine Clutch Pulley
11
CHECK TIRE PRESSURE
IVfCHECKLIST
The tires on your tractor were over-inflated
at the factory for shipping purposes.
Correct
tire pressure
is important
for best cutting
performance.
• Reduce tire pressure to PSI shown on tires.
Before you operate your new tractor, we
wish to assure that you receive the best
performance
and satisfaction
from this
Quality Product.
Please
CHECK DECK LEVELNESS
For best
should be
MOWER"
section of
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cutting
results,
mower
housing
properly leveled. See "TO LEVEL
in the Service and Adjustments
this manual.
CHECK FOR PROPER POSITION
ALL BELTS
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OF
See the figures that are shown for replacing
motion and mower blade drive belts in the
Service and Adjustments
section of this manual. Verify that the belts are routed correctly.
CHECK BRAKE
the following
All assembly
completed.
No remaining
instructions
loose
parts
properly
have
been
in carton.
Battery
charged.
_f
Seat is adjusted
ened securely.
_f
All tires are properly inflated.
(For shipping purposes, the tires were overinflated
at the factory).
_f
Be sure mower deck is properly leveled
side-to-side/front-to-rear
for best cutting
results.
(Tires must be properly inflated
for leveling).
Check mower and drive belts. Be sure
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is
checklist:
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SYSTEM
After you learn how to operate your tractor,
check to see that the brake is operating properly. See "TO CHECK BRAKE" in the Service
and Adjustments
section
of this manual.
review
prepared
comfortably
and tight-
they are routed properly around
and inside all belt keepers.
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and
pulleys
Check wiring.
See that all connections
are still secure and wires are properly
clamped.
Before driving tractor, be sure freewheel
control
is in "transmission
engaged"
position (see "TO TRANSPORT"
in the
Operation
section of this manual).
While learning howto use your tractor, pay extra attention to the following important items:
_f
Engine
_f
Fuel tank is filled with fresh, clean, regular
unleaded
gasoline.
Become
familiar with all controls,
their
location
and function.
Operate
them
before you start the engine.
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oil is at proper
Be sure brake system
condition.
level.
is in safe operating
Be sure Operator Presence
System and
Reverse
Operation
System
(ROS) are
working properly (See the Operation and
Maintenance
sections in this manual).
v" It
is important to purge the transmission
before operating
your tractor for the first
time. Follow proper starting and transmission purging instructions (See "TO START
ENGINE"and"PURGETRANSMISSION"
in the Operation
12
section
of this manual).
These symbols may appear on your tractor or in literature supplied with the product.
Learn and understand their meaning.
R
N
H
L
REVERSE
NEUTRAL
HIGH
LOW
IX]
CHOKE
FAST
SLOW
iGNiTiON
ENGINE OFF
REVERSE
OPERATION
SYSTEM (ROS)
ENGINE ON
ENGINE START
E:3
LIGHTS
ON
FUEL
ATTACHMENT
CLUTCH DISENGAGED
BATTERY
PARKING
BRAKE
MOWER HEIGHT
SWITCH
MOWER
LIFT
t
REVERSE
ATTACHMENT
CLUTCH ENGAGED
FORWARD
DANGER, KEEP HANDS
AND FEET AWAY
CRUISE CONTROL
KEEP AREA
CLEAR
(SEE SAFETY
CLUTCH/BRAKE
PEDAL
SLOPE HAZARDS
RULES SECTION)
DANGER indicates a hazard which, if not avoided,
will result in death or serious injury.
WARNING indicates a hazard which, if not avoided,
could result in death or serious injury.
FREE WHEEL
(Automatic
Models
only)
CAUTION indicates a hazard which, if not avoided,
might result in minor or moderate injury.
CAUTION when used without the alert symbol,
indicates a situation that could result in damage
to the tractor and/or engine.
Failure to follow instructions
could result in serious injury or
death. The safety alert symbol
is used to identify safety information about hazards which can
result in death, serious injury
and/or property damage.
HOT SURFACES indicates a hazard which,
if not avoided, could result in death, serious
and/or property damage.
FiRE indicates a hazard which, if not avoided,
could result in death, serious injury and/or
property damage.
13
injury
KNOW YOUR TRACTOR
READ
THIS
MANUAL
AND
SAFETY
RULES
BEFORE
OPERATING
YOUR
TRACTOR
Compare the illustrations with your tractor to familiarize
yourself with the locations
various controls and adjustments.
Save this manual for future reference.
Our tractors
conform
American
to the applicable
safety standards
National Standards
Institute.
of
of the
(H) LIGHT SWITCH
- Turns the headlights
on and off.
(J) CRUISE CONTROL
LEVER - Used to set
forward movement of tractor at desired speed
without holding the forward drive pedal.
(K) FORWARD
DRIVE PEDAL
- Used for
forward movement of tractor.
(A) ATTACHMENT
LIFT LEVER - Used to
raise and lower the mower or other attachments mounted to your tractor.
(B) BRAKE PEDALUsed for braking the
tractor and starting the engine.
(C) PARKING BRAKELocks clutch/brake
pedal into the brake position.
(D) THROTTLE
CONTROLUsed to control engine speed.
(E) ATTACHMENT
CLUTCH
SWITCH
- Used to engage the mower blades, or other
attachments
mounted to your tractor.
(F) IGNITION
SWITCH - Used for starting
and stopping the engine,
(G) REVERSE
OPERATION
SYSTEM
(ROS) "ON" POSITION
- Allows operation
of mower or other powered attachment
while
in reverse.
(L) REVERSE
DRIVE PEDALreverse movement
of tractor.
Used
for
(M) FREEWHEEL
CONTROL
=Disengages
transmission
for pushing or slowly towing
the tractor with the engine off.
(N) CHOKE CONTROLUsed when starting a cold engine.
(P) SERVICE
REMINDER
- Indicates when service
engine and mower.
14
/ HOUR METER
is required for the
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 while operating
your tractor or performing
any adjustments
or repairs.
We recommend
standard safety glasses or a wide vision safety
mask worn over spectacles.
HOW TO USE YOUR TRACTOR
ENGINE -
TO SET PARKING BRAKE
• Movethrottle
control (D) between
full speed (fast) position.
Your tractor is equipped
with an operator
presence
sensing
switch.
When engine is
running, any attempt bythe operator to leave
the seat without first setting the parking brake
will shut off the engine.
1. Depress brake pedal (B) all the way down
and hold.
2.
NOTE:
Failure
to move
throttle
half and
control
be-
tween half and full speed (fast) position, before stopping, may cause engine to "backfire".
• Turn ignition key (F) to "STOP" position
and remove key. Always remove keywhen
leaving tractorto prevent unauthorized
use.
Pull parking brake lever (C) up and hold,
release pressure
from brake pedal (B),
then release parking brake lever. Pedal
should remain in brake position.
Make
sure parking brake will hold tractor secure.
• Never
use choke
(N) to stop engine.
IMPORTANT:
Leaving the ignition switch in
any position other than "STOP" will cause
the battery to discharge
and go dead.
NOTE: Under certain conditions when tractor
is standing idle with the engine running, hot
engine exhaust gases may cause "browning" of grass.
To eliminate
this possibility,
always stop engine when stopping
tractor
on grass areas.
CAUTION:
Always
stop tractor completely, as described
above, before leaving
the operator's
position.
STOPPING
MOWER
BLADES
-
TO USE THROTTLE
• To stop mower blades, move attachment
clutch clutch lever to disengaged
position
(1_)
Attachment
Clutch Control
"Engaged ....
GROUND
DRIVE
(1_)
(D)
Attachment
Clutch Control
Disengaged"
TO USE CHOKE
• To stop ground drive, depress brake pedal
all the way down.
IMPORTANT:
Forward
and reverse
drive
pedals return
depressed.
CONTROL
Always operate engine at full speed (fast).
• Operating
engine at less than full speed
(fast) reduces engine's operating efficiency.
• Full speed (fast) offers the best mower
performance.
to neutral
position
when
CONTROL
(N)
Use choke control whenever you are starting
a cold engine. Do not use to start a warm
engine.
• To engage choke control, pull knob out.
Slowly push knob in to disengage.
not
15
TO MOVE FORWARD AND BACKWARD
The cutting height range is approximately
1 "to 4". The heights are measured from the
ground to the blade tip with the engine not running. These heights are approximate and may
vary depending
upon soil conditions,
height
of grass and types of grass being mowed.
• The average
lawn should be cut to approximately
2-1/2" during the cool season
and to over 3" during hot months.
For
healthier and better looking lawns, mow
often and after moderate
growth.
• For best cutting performance,
grass over
6" in height should be mowed twice. Make
the first cut relatively high; the second to
desired height.
The direction
and speed of movement
is
controlled
by the forward and reverse drive
pedals.
1. Start
tractor
and
release
parking
brake.
2.
Slowly depress forward(K)
or reverse(L)
drive pedal to begin movement.
Ground
speed increases
the further down the
pedal is depressed.
TO ADJUST
TO USE CRUISE
CONTROL
The cruise
feature
control
GAUGE
WHEELS
Gauge wheels
are properly adjusted when
they are slightly offthe ground when mower
is at the desired cutting height in operating
position. Gauge wheels then keep the deck
in proper position to help prevent scalping
in most terrain conditions.
can be used for
forward travel only.
SYSTEM
CHARACTERISTICS
NOTE: Adjust gauge wheels
a flat level surface.
The cruise control
should
only be used
while mowing or transporting
on relatively
smooth, straight surfaces. Other conditions
such as trimming at slow speeds may cause
the cruise control to disengage.
Do not use
the cruise control on slopes, rough tertian
or while trimmimg
or turning.
• With forward
drive pedal depressed
to
desired speed, pull cruise control lever
(J) up and hold while lifting your foot off
the pedal, then release the lever.
To disengage the cruise control, depress the
brake pedal, tap on forward drive pedal or
push the cruise control lever down.
1. Adjust mower to desired cutting height
(See "TO ADJUST
MOWER
CUTTING
HEIGHT"
in this section of manual).
2. With mower in desired height of cut position, gauge wheels should be assembled
so they are slightly off the ground. Install
gauge wheel in appropriate
hole. Tighten
securely.
3. Repeat for all, installing gauge wheel in
same adjustment
hole.
TO ADJUST
MOWER
CUTTING
with tractor
on
HEIGHT
The position of the attachment
lift lever (A)
determines
the cutting height.
• Put attachment
lift lever in desired cutting
height slot.
• Slide pointer tab (T) to desired
cutting
height as a reminder for next time you mow.
TO OPERATE
MOWER
Your tractor is equipped
with an operator
presence sensing switch. Any attempt by the
operator to leave the seat with the engine
running and the attachment
clutch engaged
will shut off the engine. You must remain
fully and centrally
positioned
in the seat to
prevent the engine from hesitating or cutting
offwhen operating your equipment on rough,
rolling terrain or hills.
1. Select desired height of cut with attachment lift lever,
2.
16
Start mower blades
ment clutch control.
by engaging
attach-
TO STOP MOWER
Disengage
_ICAUTION:
BLADES
attachment
TO OPERATE
clutch
_IbWARNING:
control.
Do not operate
OPERATION
SYSTEM
(ROS)
TO TRANSPORT
When pushing or towing your tractor, be
sure to disengage
transmission
by placing
freewheel
control in freewheeling
position.
Free wheel control is located
at the rear
drawbar of tractor.
Raise attachment
lift to highest position
with attachment
lift control.
Pull freewheel
control out and into the slot
_IWARNING:
Backing
up with the attachment
clutch engaged
while mowing is
strongly discouraged.
Turning the ROS "ON",
to allow reverse operation
with the attachment clutch engaged, should only be done
when the operator decides it is necessary
to
reposition
the machine with the attachment
engaged.
Do not mow in reverse
unless
absolutely
necessary.
OPERATION
up or down
• If stopping
is absolutely
necessary,
push
brake pedal quickly to brake position and
engage parking brake.
• To restart movement,
slowly release parking brake and brake pedal.
• Slowly depress appropriate
drive pedal to
slowest setting.
• Make all turns slowly.
Your tractor is equipped
with a Reverse
Operation
System (ROS). Any attempt
by
the operator to travel in the reverse direction
with the attachment
clutch engaged will shut
off the engine unless ignition key is placed
in the ROS "ON" position.
USING THE REVERSE
Do not drive
hills with slopes greater than 15 ° and do not
drive across any slope. Use the slope guide
provided at the back of this manual.
• Choose the slowest speed before starting
up or down hills.
• Avoid stopping
or changing
speed on
hills.
the mower
without either the entire grass catcher, on
mowers so equipped, or the deflector shield
(S) in place.
REVERSE
ON HILLS
and release so it is held in the disengaged
position.
Do not push or tow tractor at more than
two (2) MPH.
To reengage transmission,
reverse above
procedure.
SYSTEM
Only use if you are certain no children or other
bystanders
will enter the mowing area.
1. Depress brake pedal all the way down.
2. With engine running,
turn ignition key
counterclockwise
to ROS "ON" position.
3. Look down and behind before and while
4.
5.
backing.
Slowly depress
start movement.
reverse
drive
pedal
NOTE: To protect hood from damage when
transporting
your tractor on a truck or a trailer,
be sure hood is closed and secured to tractor.
to
When
use of the ROS is no longer
needed, turn the ignition key clockwise
to engine "ON" position.
ROS "ON" Position
Use an appropriate
means
tractor (rope, cord, etc.).
of tying
hood to
TOWING CARTS AND OTHER ATTACHMENTS
Tow only the attachments that are recommended by and comply with specifications
of the manufacturer
of your tractor. Use
common sense when towing. 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.
Engine "ON" Position
(Normal Operating)
17
SERVICE
REMINDER/HOUR
METER
Service
reminder
shows the total number
of hours the engine has run and flashes to
indicate that the engine or mower needs servicing. When service is required, the service
reminder will flash for two hours. To service
engine and mower, see the Maintenance
section of this manual.
NOTE:
Service
reminder
runs when the
CAUTION:
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 damagethe
fuel system of an engine
while in storage. To avoid engine problems,
the fuel system should be emptied
before
storage of 30 days or longer. Drain the 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
ignition key is in any position but "STOP".
For acurate
reading, be sure key remains
in the "STOP" position when engine is not
running.
BEFORE
CHECK
STARTING
THE ENGINE
engine or carburetor
cleaner products in the
fuel tank or permanent
damage may occur.
ENGINE OIL LEVEL
RESERVE
The engine in your tractor has been shipped,
from the factory, already filled with summer
weight oil.
1. Check engine
oil with tractor on level
ground.
2. Remove
oil fill cap/dipstick
and wipe
clean, reinsert the dipstick and screw cap
tight, wait for a few seconds, remove and
read oil level. If necessary,
add oil until
"FULL' mark on dipstick is reached.
Do
not overfill.
FUEL
VALVE
OPERATION
1.
Raise
valve.
2.
In normal operation,
valve should be
set to primary (as shown in view)
If tractor runs out of fuel, rotate valve
handle to reserve.
Drive tractor to be refueled.
3.
4.
5.
seat to access
After refueling,
position.
reserve
return
fuel
valve to primary
Reserve
Fuel Valve
• For cold weather
operation
you should
change oil for easier starting (See the oil
viscosity chart in the Maintenance
section
of this manual).
• To change engine oil, seethe Maintenance
section in this manual.
.......
ADD GASOLINE
• Fill fuel tank to bottom
of filler neck. Do not
overfill. Usefresh, clean, regular unleaded
gasoline
with a minimum
of 87 octane.
(Use of
leaded gasoline
will increase
carbon and lead oxide deposits and reduce
valve life). Do not mix oil with gasoline.
Purchase fuel in quantities that can be used
within 30 days to assure fuel freshness.
,_
CAUTION:
Do not store,
open flame.
Wipe offany
spilled
spill or use gasoline
IMPORTANT:
When
tures below32°F/0°C,
f
When starting the engine for the first time or
if the engine has run out of fuel, it will take
extra cranking
time to move fuel from the
tank to the engine.
1. Be sure freewheel
control is in the trans-
oil or fuel.
near an
operating
in temperause fresh, clean winter
ensure
good
Primary
TO START ENGINE
2.
grade gasoline
to help
weather starting.
-
3.
cold
4.
5.
mission engaged
position.
Sit on seat in operating position, depress
brake pedal and set parking brake.
Move attachment
clutch to disengaged
position.
Move throttle control to fast position
Pull choke control out for a cold engine
start attempt.
For a warm engine start
attempt the choke control
may not be
needed.
NOTE: Before starting,
cold starting procedures
18
read the warm
below.
and
6.
WARM
WEATHER
(50°F (10°0)
7.
PURGE
Insert key into ignition
and turn key
clockwise
to start position and release
key as soon as engine starts. Do not run
starter continuously
for more than fifteen
seconds per minute. If the engine does
not start after several
attempts,
push
choke control in, wait a few minutes and
try again. If engine still does not start,
pull the choke control out and retry.
_I, CAUTION: Never engage or disengage
freewheel lever while the engine is running.
To ensure proper operation and performance,
it is recommended
that the transmission
be
purged before operating
tractor for the first
time. This procedure will remove anytrapped
air inside the transmission
which may have
developed
during shipping of your tractor.
STARTING
and above)
IMPORTANT:
Should your transmission
require removal for service or replacement,
it should be purged after reinstallation before
operating the tractor.
When engine starts, slowly push choke
control in until the engine begins to run
smoothly.
If the engine
starts to run
roughly, pull the choke control out slightly
for a few seconds and then continue to
1.
push the control in slowly.
• The attachments
and ground
drive
can now be used. If the engine does
not accept the load, restart the engine
and allow it to warm up for one minute
using the choke as described
above.
COLD
WEATHER
(50°F (10°C)
7.
2.
3.
STARTI N G
and below)
When engine starts, slowly push choke
control in until the engine begins to run
smoothly.
Continue
to push the choke
control in small steps allowing the engine
to accept small changes
in speed and
load, until the choke control is fully in.
If the engine starts to run roughly, pull
the choke control out slightly for a few
seconds and then continue to push the
control
in slowly. This may require an
engine
warm-up
period from several
seconds to several minutes, depending
on the temperature.
AUTOMATIC
TRANSMISSION
WARM
3.
4.
5.
6.
UP
7.
8.
step 4,
manual).
Sitting in the tractor
seat, start engine.
After the engine is running, move throttle
control to half (1/2) speed. Disengage
parking brake.
Drive tractor forward for approximately
five feet then backwards
for five feet.
this
driving
procedure
three
Your transmission is now purged and now
ready for normal operation.
NOTE: If at a high altitude (above 3000 feet)
or in cold temperatures
(below 32°F (0°C))
the carburetor
fuel mixture may need to be
adjusted for best engine performance
(see
"TO ADJUST CARBURETOR"
in the Service
of this manual).
during
of the drive wheels.
Depress forward drive pedal to full forward
position and hold forfive (5) seconds and
release
pedal. Depress
reverse
drive
pedal to full reverse position
and hold
for five (5) seconds and release pedal.
Repeat this procedure
three (3) times.
Shutoff engine and set parking brake.
Engage
transmission
by placing freewheel control in engaged
position (See
"TO TRANSPORT"
in this section
of
Repeat
times.
warm up. This can be done during the
engine warm up period.
o The attachments
can be used during
the engine warm-up
period after the
transmission
has been warmed
up
and may require the choke control be
pulled out slightly.
section
At any time,
there may be movement
Be sure the tractor is on level ground.
Release the parking brake and let the
brake slowly return to operating position.
Allow one minute
for transmission
to
and Adjustments
Place tractor safely on a level surface that is clear of objects and open - with
engine off and parking brake set.
Disengage
transmission
by placing
freewheel
control in disengaged
position
(See "TO TRANSPORT"
in this section
of manual).
Sitting in the tractor seat, start engine.
After the engine is running, move throttle
control to slow position. Disengage
parking brake.
,_I, CAUTION:
Before driving the unit in cold weather, the
transmission
should be warmed
up as follows:
1.
2.
TRANSMISSION
19
MOWING
• Tire
TIPS
chains
cannot
be used
when
• When mowing large areas, start byturning
to the right so that clippings will discharge
away from shrubs,
fences,
driveways,
etc. After one or two rounds, mow in the
opposite direction making left hand turns
until finished.
the
mower housing is attached to tractor.
• Mower should be properly leveled for best
mowing performance.
See "TO LEVEL
MOWER
HOUSING"
in the Service and
Adjustments
section of this manual.
• The left hand side of mower should
• If grass is extremely
tall, it should
be
mowed twice to reduce load and possible
fire hazard from dried clippings.
Make
first cut relatively high; the second to the
desired height.
, Do not mow grass when it is wet. Wet
grass will plug mower and leave undesirable clumps.
Allow grass to dry before
mowing.
, Always
operate
engine
at full throttle
when
mowing
to assure
better mowing performance
and proper discharge
of material.
Regulate
ground speed by
selecting a low enough speed to give the
mower cutting performance
as well as the
quality of cut desired.
• When operating
attachments,
select a
ground speed that will suit the terrain and
give best performance
of the attachment
being used.
be
used for trimming.
• Drive so that clippings are discharged
onto
the area that has already been cut. Have
the cut areatothe
right ofthe tractor. This
will result in a more even distribution
of
clippings
and more
uniform
cutting.
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j
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20
MAINTENANCE
SCHEDULE
Check
Brake
Check Tire
EVERY
EVERY
EVERY
EVERY
EVERY
BEFORE
EACH
USE
8
HOURS
25
HOURS
50
HOURS
100
HOURS
SEASON
STORAGE
_'
V"
Operation
Pressure
aT
Check
Operator
Presence
A
Check
for Loose
Fasteners
C
T
ChecWReplace
Mower
Lubrication
Chart
0
Check
Battery
R
Clean
Battery
Clean
Debris
& ROS Systems
Blades
Level
and Terminals
Off Steering
Check Transaxle
Check
BEFORE
Mower
Plate
Cooling
Levelness
v"
Check V-Belts
Check
Engine
Change
Oil Level
Engine
Change
Engine
Oil (with
NE Clean
Air Filter
G
Air Screen
Clean
Inspect Muffler/Spark
_1,2
oil filter)
Oil lwithout
v'
_1,2
oil filter)
Attester
N
Replace Oil Filter !If equipped)
E
Clean Engine Cooling Fins
_1,2
_2
Replace Spark Plug
Replace
R_lace
Air Filter Paper Cartridge
Fuel Filter
1 - Change
more
often
when
2 - Service
more
often
when
GENERAL
operating
operating
under
in dirty
a heavy
or dusty
Iced
or
in high
ambient
temperatures.
conditions.
3 - Replace
4 - Not
blades
required
when
mowing
maintenance-free
in sandy
soil.
5 - See
Cleaning
(_S
Zerk
C
Wheel
Bearing
Zerk
in Maintenance
Section.
battery.
CHART
(_Steering
Pivot Bolts
Spindle
Zerk
Front Wheel
Bearing Zerk
Engine
(_ Steering
Sector
Gear
Teeth
• At least once a year you should replace
the spark plug, clean or replace air filter,
and check blades and belts for wear. A
new spark plug and clean air filter assure
proper air-fuel mixture and help your engine run better and last longer.
5.
with
LUBRICATION
Some adjustments
will need to be made periodically to properly maintain your tractor.
At least once a season,
check to see if
you should make any of the adjustments
described
in the Service and Adjustments
section of this manual.
1.
2.
3.
4.
often
RECOMMENDATIONS
The warranty on this tractor does not cover
items that have been subjected to operator
abuse or negligence.
To receive full value
from the warranty,
operator
must maintain
tractor as instructed
in this manual.
BEFORE
more
if equipped
@ Mandrel
Zerks
(_)General
Purpose Grease
(_Refer to Maintenance
"ENGINE"
EACH USE
Check engine oil level.
Check brake operation.
Check tire pressure.
Check operator presence and
ROS systems for proper operation.
Check for loose fasteners.
Section.
IMPORTANT: Do not oil or grease the pivot
points which have special nylon bearings.
Viscous lubricants will attract dust and dirt
that will shorten the life of the self-lubricating
bearings. If you feel they must be lubricated,
use only a dry, powdered graphite type lubricant sparingly.
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TRACTOR
CHECK REVERSE
SYSTEM
Always observe safety rules when performing
any maintenance.
BRAKE OPERATION
• Maintain
proper air pressure
in all tires
(See PSI on tires).
• Keep tires free of gasoline,
oil, or insect
control chemicals
which can harm rubber.
For best results mower blades must be sharp.
eplace worn, bent or damaged
blades.
CAUTION:
Use only a replacement
blade
approved by the manufacturer
of your tractor.
Using a blade not approved
by the manufacturer of your tractor is hazardous,
could
damage your tractor and void your warranty.
• Avoid stumps, stones,
deep ruts, sharp
objects and other hazards that may cause
tire damage.
NOTE: To seal tire punctures
and prevent
flat tires due to slow leaks, tire sealant may
be purchased
from your local parts dealer.
Tire sealant also prevents tire dry rot and
corrosion.
OPERATOR
PRESENCE
SYSTEM
AND
OPERATION
SYSTEM
BLADE
1.
(ROS)
ROS "ON" Position
to allow
Install newbladewith
stamped"THiS
SIDE
UP" facing deck and mandrel assembly.
IMPORTANT:
To ensure proper assembly,
center hole in blade must align with star on
mandrel assembly.
4. Install and tighten
blade bolt securely
(45-55 Ft. Lbs. torque/62-75
Nm).
IMPORTANT:
Special
blade bolt is heat
treated.
Mandrel
PRESENCE
• When the engine is running,
by the operator to leave the
first setting the parking brake
off the engine.
• When the engine is running
tachment
clutch is engaged,
by the operator to leave the
shut off the engine.
• The attachment
clutch should
ate unless the operator is in
position
3.
position.
CHECK OPERATOR
SYSTEM
REMOVAL
Raise mower to highest
access to blades.
NOTE: Protect your hands with gloves and/
or wrap blade with heavy cloth.
2. Remove blade bolt by turning counterclockwise.
Be sure operator
presence
and reverse
operation
systems are working properly.
If
your tractor does not function as described,
repair the problem immediately.
• The engine should not start unless the
brake pedal is fully depressed,
and the
attachment
clutch control is in the disengaged
(ROS)
• When the engine is running with the ignition
switch in the engine "ON" position and the
attachment
clutch engaged,
any attempt
bythe operator to shift into reverse should
shut off the engine.
• When the engine is running with the ignition
switch in the ROS "ON" position and the
attachment
clutch engaged,
any attempt
by the operator to shift into reverse should
NOT shut off the engine.
BLADE
CARE
If tractor requires more than five (5) feet to
stop at highest speed in highest gear on a
level, dry concrete
or paved surface, then
brake must be serviced.
(See "TO CHECK
BRAKE"
in the Service
and Adjustments
section of this manual).
TIRES
REVERSE
OPERATION
Assembly
any attempt
seat without
should shut
Blade
Blade
and the atany attempt
seat should
"Star
Center Hole
BATTERY
never operthe seat.
Your tractor has a battery charging system
which is sufficient for normal use. However,
periodic charging of the battery with an automotive charger will extend its life.
• Keep battery and terminals
clean.
• Keep battery bolts tight.
• Keep small vent holes open.
• Recharge
at 6-10 amperes for 1 hour.
NOTE: The original equipment
battery on
your tractor is maintenance
free. Do not
attempt to open or remove caps or covers.
Adding
or checking
level of electrolyte
is
not necessary.
Engine "ON" Position
(Normal Operating)
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TO CLEAN
BATTERY
AND
TERMINALS
Change the oil after every 50 hours of operation
or at least once a year if the tractor is not used
for 50 hours in one year.
Corrosion
and dirt on the battery and terminals can cause the battery to "leak" power.
1. Remove terminal guard.
2. Disconnect
BLACK
battery
cable first
then RED battery
cable and remove
battery from tractor.
3. Rinsethe battery with plain waterand dry.
4. Clean terminals
and battery cable ends
with wire brush until bright.
5. Coat terminals with grease or petroleum
jelly.
6. Reinstall
battery
(See "REPLACING
BATTERY"
in the SERVICE
AND AD-
Check the crankcase oil level before starting the
engine and after each eight (8) hours of operation.
Tighten oil fill cap/dipstick securely each time you
check the oil level.
TO CHANGE
Determine
temperature
range
before oil change.
All oil must
service classification
SG-SL
1. Be sure tractor
3. Catch
LOCKED
11 .Use gauge on oil fill cap/dipstick for checking level. Ensure dipstick cap is tightened
securelyfor
accurate reading. Keep oil at
"FULl" line on dipstick. Tighten cap onto
the tube securely when finished.
ENGINE
TEMPERATURE
RANGE
40
ANTICIPATED
60
;0
BEFORE
80
_o
4;
NEXT OIL CHANGE
NOTE:
Although multi-viscosity
oils (5W30,
10W30 etc.) improve starting in cold weather,
they will result in increased oil consumption when
used above 32°F/0°C. Check your engine oil level
more frequentlyto avoid possible engine damage
from running low on oil.
OIL FILTER
Replace the engine oil filter every season or
every other oil change if the tractor is used
more than 100 hours in one year.
100
do
pull out on the drain valve.
10 Refill engine with oil through oil fill dipstick
tube.
Pour slowly.
Do not overfill.
For
approximate
capacity
see "PRODUCT
SPECIFICATIONS"
section of this manual.
GRADES
;
and
9. Remove the drain tube and replace the
cap onto to the bottom fitting of the drain
valve.
and wear after
Only use high quality detergent oi! rated with
API service classification SG-SL. Select the oil's
SAE viscosity grade according to your expected
operating temperature.
32
inward
8. After oil has drained completely, close and
lock the drain valve by pushing inward
and turning clockwise
until the pin is in
the locked position as shown.
LUBRiCATiON
30
ORAVALVI
N
7. To open,
ENGINE
-1;
"
6. Unlock drain valve by pushing
turning counterclockwise.
100 hours of operation and replace if necessary. The belts are not adjustable.
Replace
belts if they begin to slip from wear.
0
container.
_.__
I
leak or require servicing,
contact your nearest Sears or other qualified service center.
V=BELTS
-2;
i_.._L'_,_
POSITION
The transaxle was sealed at the factory and
fluid maintenance
is not required for the life
of the transaxle.
Should the transaxle ever
-20
warm.
CLOSED
• Inspectcoolingfinsfordirt,
grass clippings
and other materials. To prevent damage to
seals, do not use compressed
air or high
pressure sprayer to clean cooling fins.
TRANSAXLE
PUMP FLUID
F
oil in a suitable
when
5. Removeyellowcapfrom
end ofdrainvalve
and install the drain tube onto the fitting.
• Inspect cooling fan to be sure fan blades
are intact and clean.
c -do
freely
4. Remove oil fill cap/dipstick.
Be careful
not to allow dirt to enter the engine when
changing
oil.
The transmission
fan and cooling fins should
be kept clean to assure proper cooling. Do
not attempt to clean fan or transmission
while
engine is running or while the transmission
is hot. To prevent possible damage to seals,
do not use high pressure water or steam to
clean transaxle.
SAE VISCOSITY
expected
meet API
is on level surface.
2. Oil will drain more
JUSTMENTS
section of this manual).
TRANSAXLE
MAINTENANCE
Check V-belts for deterioration
ENGINE OIL
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AIR FILTER
Your engine will not run properly using a
dirty air filter.Service air cleaner more often
under dusty conditions.
CLEAN AIR SCREEN
Air screen mustbe kept free of dirt andchaff
to preventenginedamagefromoverheating.
Cleanwith a wire brushor compressedair to
remove dirt and stubborn dried gum fibers.
CLEAN AIR INTAKE/COOLINGAREAS
To ensure proper cooling, make sure the
CLEANING
•
Clean engine, battery, seat, finish, etc.
of all foreign matter.
Clean debris from steering plate.
Debris can restrict clutch/brake
pedal
shaft movement,
causing belt slip and
loss of drive.
•
A CAUTION: Avoid all pinch points and
movable parts
Clutch/brake
grass screen, cooling fins, and other external surfaces
of the engine are kept clean
at all times,
/
Every 100 hours of operation
(more often
under extremely
dusty, dirty conditions),
remove the blower housing and other cooling
shrouds. Clean the cooling fins and external
surfaces as necessary. Make sure the cooling
shrouds are reinstalled.
Steering
Steering
System, Dash,
,
Fender and Mower Not Shown
•
•
Inspect and replace corroded
muffler and
spark arrester (if equipped) as it could create
a fire hazard and/or damage.
PLUG(S)
DECK
4.
clamps are properly positioned.
Immediatelywipe
upanyspilled
gasoline.
Clamp
WASHOUT
PORT
Your tractor's
deck
is equipped
with a
washout
port on its surface as part of its
deck wash system. It should be utilized after each use.
The fuel filter should be replaced once each
season.
If fuel filter becomes clogged,
obstructing fuel flow to carburetor, replacement
is required.
1. With engine cool, remove filter and plug
fuel line sections.
3.
Keep finished surfaces and wheels
free of all gasoline,
oil, etc.
Protect painted surfaces with automotive type wax.
your tractor.
Use compressed
air or a leaf
blower to remove grass, leaves and trash
from tractor and mower.
IN=LINE FUEL FILTER
Place new fuel filter in position in fuel line
with arrow pointing towards carburetor.
Be sure there are no fuel line leaks and
Pinchl
i _,CAUTION:]
413 Points]
We do not recommend
using a garden hose
or pressure
washer
to clean your tractor
unless
the engine
and transmission
are
covered to keep water out. Water in engine
or transmission
will shorten the useful life of
Replace spark plug(s) at the beginning
of
each mowing
season
or after every 100
hours of operation,
whichever
occurs first.
Spark plug type and gap setting are shown
in "PRODUCT
SPECIFICATIONS"
section
of this manual.
2.
Clean
top side
i4
NOTE:
Operating the engine with a blocked
grass screen, dirty or plugged cooling fins,
and/or cooling shrouds removed will cause
engine damage due to overheating.
MUFFLER
SPARK
pedal
1.
Drive the tractor to a level, clear spot
on your lawn, near enough to a water
spigot for your garden hose to reach.
IMPORTANT:
Make certain
the tractor's
discharge chute is directed AWAY from your
house, garage, parked cars, etc. Remove
bagger chute or mulch cover if attached.
2.
Make sure the attachment clutch control
is in the "DISENGAGED"
position, set
the parking brake, and stop the engine.
Clamp
3.
Fuel Filter
24
Thread the nozzle adapter
(packaged
with your tractor's Operator's
Manual)
onto the end of your garden hose.
Nozzle
Washout Port
4.
Pull back the lock collar
of the nozzle
adapter and push the adapter onto the
deck washout port at the left end of the
mower deck. Release the lock collar to
lock the adapter on the nozzle.
IMPORTANT:
Tug hose ensuring
connection is secure.
5.
Turn the water
on.
6.
While sitting in the operator's
position
on the tractor, re-start the engine and
place the throttle lever in the Fast "'_!_"
position.
IMPORTANT:
Recheck
certain the area is clear.
.
Move
the tractor's
the
area
making
attachment
clutch
control
to the "ENGAGED"
position.
Remain
in the operator's
position
with the cutting deck engaged
until the
deck is cleaned.
.
Move
the tractor's
attachment
clutch
control
to the "DISENGAGED"
position. Turn the ignition key to the STOP
position to turn the tractor's engine off.
Turn the water off.
9.
Pull back the lock collar of the nozzle
adapter to disconnect
the adapter from
the nozzle washout port.
10.
Move the tractor to a dry area, preferably a concrete
or paved area. Place
the attachment
clutch control
in the
"ENGAGED"
position to remove excess
water and to help dry before putting the
tractor away.
Ai_WARNING"
A broken or missing washout
fitting could expose you or others to thrown
objects from contact with the blade.
• Replace broken or missing washout fitting
immediately, prior to using mower again.
•
Plug any holes
Iocknuts.
in mower
with bolts
and
25
&
WARNING:
TO AVOID SERIOUS
ADJUSTMENTS:
iNJURY, BEFORE PERFORMING
ANY SERVICE OR
1. Depress clutch/brake
pedal fully and set parking brake.
3. Place attachment
clutch in "DISENGAGED"
position.
4. Turn ignition key to "STOP" and remove key.
5. Make sure the blades and all moving parts have completely
stopped.
6. Disconnect
spark plug wire from spark plug and place wire where it cannot
in contact with plug.
TO REMOVE
MOWER
1.
Place
2.
GAGED" position.
Lower attachment
3.
_,
clutch
CAUTION:
in "DISEN-
lift lever to its lowest
mower
belt from
electric
From right side of mower, disconnect
anti-sway
bar (S) from right rear mower
bracket (D) - remove retainer spring and
washer and pull mower toward you until
the bar falls from the hole in bracket.
9. Turn tractor steering wheel to the left as
far as it will go.
10. Slide mower out from under right side of
tractor.
clutch
6.
pulley (M).
Disconnect
front link (E) from mower remove retainer spring and washer.
Goto either side of mower and disconnect
7.
mower suspension
arm (A) from chassis and rear lift link (C) from rear mower
bracket (D) - remove retainer springs and
washers.
Go to other side of mower and disconnect
5.
8.
Have a tight grip on rod and release
Remove
the suspension
After rear lift links are discon-
nected, the attachment
lift lever will be spring
loaded. Have a tight grip on lift lever when
changing
position of the lever.
position.
Disengage
belt tension rod (K) from lock
bracket (L).
CAUTION:
Belt tension
rod is spring
loaded.
slowly.
4.
attachment
come
TO INSTALL
MOWER
Follow procedure
described
in "INSTALL
MOWERAND
DRIVE BELT" in theAssembly
section of this manual.
arm and rear lift link.
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TO LEVEL
MOWER
4.
Make sure tires are properly inflated to the
PSI shown on tires. Iftires are over or under
inflated, it may affect the appearance
of your
lawn and lead you to think the mower is not
adjusted properly.
VISUAL
SIDE-TO-SIDE
If adjustment
is necessary,
and 3 in Visual Adjustment
above.
5.
Recheck measurements,
adjust if necessary until both sides are equal.
FRONT-TO-BACK
ADJUSTMENT
IMPORTANT:
Deck must be level sideto-side.
ADJUSTMENT
1. With all tires properly inflated and if your
lawn appears
unevenly
cut, determine
which side of mower is cutting lower.
NOTE: As desired,
you can raise the low
side of mower or lower the high side.
2. Go to side of mower you wish to adjust.
3. With a 3/4" or adjustable
wrench, turn
lift link adjustment
nut (A) to the left to
lower the mower, or, to the right to raise
the mower.
To obtain the best cutting results, the mower
blades should be adjusted so the front tip is
1/8" to 1/2" lower than the rear tip when the
mower is in its highest position.
_IL CAUTION:
Blades are sharp. Protect
your hands with gloves and/or wrap blade
with heavy cloth.
• Raise mower to highest position.
• Position any blade so the tip is pointing
straight forward. Measure distance (B) to
the ground at front and rear tip of the blade.
B
Turn nut rig
to raise mower
'.." Turn nut left
to lower mower
SIDE-TO-SIDE
B
• If front tip of blade is not 1/8" to 1/2" lower
than the rear tip, go to the front of tractor.
• With an 11/16" or adjustable
wrench,
loosen jam nut A several turns to clear
adjustment
nut B.
• With a 3/4" or adjustable
wrench,
turn
front link adjustment
nut (B) clockwise
(Itighten) to raise the front of mower, or,
counterclockwise
(loosen) to lower the
front mower.
NOTE: Each full turn of adjustment
nut will
change mower height about 3/16".
4. Test your adjustment
by mowing some
uncut grass and visually
checking
the
appearance.
Readjust, if necessary, until
you are satisfied with the results.
PRECISION
see steps 2
instructions
ADJUSTMENT
1. With all tires properly inflated, parktractor
on level ground or driveway.
CAUTION:
Blades are sharp. Protect
your hands with gloves and/or wrap blade
with heavy cloth.
2. Raise mower to its highest position.
3. At both sides of mower, position blade at
side and measure the distance (A) from
bottom edge of blade to the ground. The
distance should bethe same on both sides.
Tighten adjust nut
B to raise mower
....
/
Loosen adjust
nut B to lower
mower
Loosen jam nut A first
NOTE:
Each full turn of the adjustment
nut
will change mower height about 1/8".
• Recheck measurements,
adjust if necessary until front tip of blade is 1/8" to 1/2"
lower than the rear tip.
• Hold adjustment nut in position with wrench
and tighten jam nut securely against adjustment nut.
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TO REPLACE MOWER DRIVE BELT
NOTE:
MOWER DRIVE BELT REMOVAL
position of all belt guides and keepers.
2. Disconnect
clutch wire harness (A).
3. Remove anti-rotation
link (B) on right side
of tractor.
1.
2.
Park tractor on a level surface. Engage
parking brake.
Lower attachment
lift lever to its lowest
4.
position.
3. Disengage
belt tension rod (K) from lock
bracket (L).
AUTION: Belttension rod is spring loaded. Have afirm grip on rod and release slowly.
4. Remove screws (P) from R.H. and LH.
mandrel covers and remove covers (Q).
5. Remove anydirt orgrass clippings which
may have accumulated
around mandrels
and entire upper deck surface.
6. Remove belt from electric clutch pulley
(M), both mandrel pulleys (R) and all idler
pulleys (S).
5.
6.
7.
Observe
entire
motion
drive belt and
Remove beltfrom stationary idler (C) and
clutching idler (D).
Pull belt slack toward
rear of tractor.
Carefully
remove
belt upwards
from
transmission
input pulley and over cooling fan blades (F).
Remove
belt downward
from engine
pulley and around electric clutch (G).
Slide belt toward rear of tractor, off the
steering plate (H) and remove from tractor.
MOWER DRIVE BELT INSTALLATION
1.
Install belt around both mandrel pulleys
(R) and around idler pulleys (S) as shown.
2. Install belt onto electric clutch pulley (M).
IMPORTANT:
Check belt for proper routing
in all mower pulley grooves.
3. Reassemble
R.H. and LH. mandrel cov-
BELT INSTALLATION
1.
2.
ers (Q). Securely tighten all screws.
4. Engage belt tension rod (K) on locking
bracket (L).
_, CAUTION:
Belt tension rod is spring loaded. Have atight grip on rod and engage slowly.
5. Raise attachment
lift lever to highest
position.
TO REPLACE
3.
4.
MOTION DRIVE BELT
5.
Park the tractor on level surface.
Engage
parking brake.
For assistance,
there is a
belt installation
guide decal on bottom side
of left footrest.
BELT
1.
6.
7.
REMOVAL-
Remove
MOWER"
8.
mower
(See "TO REMOVE
in this section of manual).
28
-
Install new belt from tractor rear to front,
over the steering
plate (H) and above
clutch brake pedal shaft (J).
Pull belttoward front oftractor and roll belt
around electric clutch and onto engine
pulley (G).
Pull belt toward rear of tractor. Carefully
work belt down around
transmission
cooling fan and onto the input pulley (F).
Be sure belt is inside the belt keeper.
Install belt through stationary
idler (C)
and clutching
idler (D).
Reinstall
anti-rotation
link (B) on right
side of tractor. Tighten securely.
Reconnect
clutch harness
(A).
Make sure belt is in all pulley grooves
and inside all belt guides and keepers.
Install mower (See "TO INSTALL MOWER" in this section of manual).
TO CHECK
BRAKE
TO START
TERY
If tractor requires more than five (5) feet to
stop at highest speed in highest gear on a
level, dry concrete
or paved surface,
then
brake must be serviced.
you try to manually push the tractor forward.
If the rear wheels
rotate, then the brake
needs to be serviced.
Contact
a Sears or
service
TO ATTACH
center.
FRONT WHEEL TOE-IN/CAMBER
Your new tractor front wheel toe-in
WHEEL
FOR
JUMPER
CABLES
Connect
one endofthe
RED cable to the
2.
POSITIVE
(+) terminal of each battery(AB), taking care not to short against tractor
chassis.
Connect
one end of the BLACK cable
3.
to the NEGATIVE
(-) terminal (C) of fully
charged battery.
Connect
the other end of the BLACK
cable (D) to good chassis ground,
from fuel tank and battery.
REPAIRS
TO
REMOVE
ORDER
1.
2.
Block up axle securely.
Remove axle cover, retaining
ring and
washers
to allow wheel removal
(rear
wheels have a square key - Do not lose).
3. Repair tire and reassemble.
NOTE: On rear wheels only: align grooves in
rear wheel hub and axle. Insert square key.
4. Replace washers and snap retaining ring
securely in axle groove.
5. Replace axle cover.
NOTE: To seal tire punctures
and prevent
flat tires due to slow leaks, purchase
and
use tire sealant from Sears. Tire sealant also
prevents
CABLES,
1.
BLACK
2.
from the fully charged battery.
RED cable last from both batteries.
cable first from chassis
Weak or Dead
Battery
Washers
Retaining
Ring
I
'_Square
Key (Rear
Wheel Only)
29
away
REVERSE
tire dry rot and corrosion.
Axle Cover
BAT-
1.
and cam-
ber is set at the factory and is normal. The
front wheel toe-in and camber are not adjustable. If damage has occurred
to affect the
factory set front wheel toe-in or camber, contact a Sears or other qualified service center.
TO REMOVE
A WEAK
If your battery is too weak to start the engine, it
should be recharged.
(See "BATTERY"
in the
MAINTENANCE
section of this manual).
If "jumper cables" are used for emergency
starting, follow this procedure:
IMPORTANT:
Your tractor is equipped with
a 12 volt system. The other vehicle must also
be a 12 volt system. Do not use your tractor
battery to start other vehicles.
engaged" position. Pull freewheel control
out and into the slot and release so it is
held in the disengaged
position.
The rear wheels must lock and skid when
qualified
WITH
,_WARNING:
Lead-acid
batteries generate explosive
gases.
Keep sparks, flame
and smoking materials away from batteries.
Always wear eye protection
when around
batteries.
You may also check brake by:
1. Park tractor on a level, dry concrete or
paved surface, depress brake pedal all
the way down and engage parking brake.
2. Disengage
transmission
by placing
freewheel
control in "transmission
dis-
other
ENGINE
Fully Charged
Battery
and then
REPLACING
_I:_WARNiNG:
BATTERY
TO REMOVE
ASSEMBLY
Do not short batteryterminals
by allowing a wrench or any other object to
contact both terminals
at the same time.
Before connecting
battery,
remove
metal
bracelets,
wristwatch
bands,
rings,
etc.
Positive terminal must be connected
first to
prevent sparking from accidental grounding.
1. Lift hood to raised position.
2. Disconnect BLACKbatterycable
(A) then
RED battery came and carefully remove
battery from tractor.
3. Install new battery with terminals in same
position as old battery.
4. First connect RED battery cable (B) to
positive (+) battery terminal with hex bolt
and keps nut as shown. Tighten securely.
Slide terminal cover (C) over terminal
5. Connect BLACKgrounding
cab[eto negative (-) battery terminal with remaining
hex bolt and keps nut. Tighten securely.
6. Close hood.
(_
HOOD
AND
GRILL
1.
Raise
hood.
2.
3.
Unsnap headlight wire connector.
Stand in front of tractor.
Grasp hood at
sides, tilt toward engine and lift off of
tractor.
4.
When replacing hood, besureto
the headlight wire connector.
reconnect
Hood
Headlight Wire
Connector
(Black)
Cable
Negative
TRANSMISSION
MENT
REMOVAL/REPLACE=
Should your transmission
require removal
for service or replacement,
it should be
purged after reinstallation
and before operating the tractor.
See "PURGE TRANSMISSION"
in the Operation
section of this
manual.
ENGINE
Positive
(Red)
Cable
TO ADJUST
CABLE
TO REPLACE
The throttle
control
has been preset
at
the factory and adjustment
should not be
necessary
Check adjustment
as described
below before loosening cable. If adjustment
is necessary,
see engine manual.
TO ADJUST
CHOKE
CONTROL
1.
2.
HEADLIGHT
Raise hood.
Remove bulb holderfrom
BULB
the hole in the
backside of the grill.
3. Replace bulb in holder and install bulb
holder securely back into the hole in the
backside of the grill.
4. Close hood.
INTERLOCKS
AND RELAYS
CONTROL
The choke
control
has been preset
at
the factory and adjustment
should not be
necessary.
If adjustment
is necessary,
see
engine manual.
TO ADJUST
CARBURETOR
Your carburetor has been preset at the factory
and adjustment
should not be necessary.
However, minor adjustment
may be required
to compensate
for differences
in fuel, temperature, altitude or load. If the engine does
need adjustment,
see engine manual.
Loose or damaged wiring may cause your
tractor to run poorly, stop running, or prevent
it from starting.
• Check wiring.
TO REPLACE
FUSE
Replace with 30 amp automotive-type
in fuse. The fuse holder is located
the dash.
THROTTLE
plugbehind
30
ENGINE
Immediately
prepare your tractor for storage
at the end of the season or if the tractor will
,_be
used for 30 days or more.
ARNING:
Never store the tractor
FUEL
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.
TRACTOR
Remove
mower
from
tractor
for
winter
storage.
When 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.
1. Clean entire tractor (See "CLEANING"
in the Maintenance
section
of this
2.
3.
4.
5.
manual).
Inspect and replace belts, if necessary
(See belt replacement
instructions
in the
Service and Adjustments
section of this
manual).
Lubricate
as shown in the Maintenance
section of this manual.
Be sure that all nuts, bolts and screws
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.
SYSTEM
IMPORTANT:
It is important
to prevent
gum deposits from forming in essential fuel
system parts such as carburetor,
fuel hose,
or tank during storage. Also, 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.
• Empty the fuel tank by starting the engine
and letting it run until the fuel lines and
carburetor
are empty.
• Never use engine or carburetor
cleaner
products
in the fuel tank or permanent
damage may occur.
• Use fresh fuel next season.
NOTE:
Fuel stabilizer
is an acceptable
alternative
in minimizing
the formation
of
fuel gum deposits
during
storage.
Add
stabilizer to gasoline in fuel tank or storage
container.
Always follow the mix ratio found
on stabilizer container.
Run engine at least
10 minutes after adding stabilizer to allow
the stabilizer to reach the carburetor.
Do not
empty the gas tank and carburetor
fuel stabilizer.
ENGINE OIL
if using
Drain oil (with engine warm) and replace
with clean engine oil. (See "ENGINE"
in the
Maintenance
section of this manual).
CYLINDER(S)
BATTERY
• Fully charge the battery for storage.
• After a period of time in storage, battery
may require recharging.
• To help prevent
corrosion
and power
leakage during long periods of storage,
battery cables
should be disconnected
and battery cleaned thoroughly
(see "TO
CLEAN BATTERY AND TERMINALS"
in
1.
2.
3.
4.
the Maintenance
section of this manual).
• After cleaning, leave cables disconnected
and place cables where they cannot come
in contact with battery terminals.
• If battery
is removed
from tractor
for
storage, do not store battery directly on
concrete or damp surfaces.
Remove spark plug(s).
Pour one ounce of oil through spark plug
hole(s) into cylinder(s).
Turn ignition key to start position for a
few seconds to distribute oil.
Replace
with new spark
plug(s).
OTHER
•
Do not store gasoline
another.
from one season
to
•
Replaceyourgasolinecanifyourcan
starts
to rust. Rust and/or dirt in your gasoline
will cause problems.
• If possible, store your tractor indoors and
cover it to give protection from dust and dirt.
• Cover your tractor with a suitable protective cover that does not retain moisture.
Do not use plastic. Plastic
which allows condensation
cause your tractor to rust.
IMPORTANT:
Never
cover
engine
31
and exhaust
areas
cannot breathe
to form and will
tractor
while
are still warm.
TROUBLESHOOTING
See appropriate
section in manual
PROBLEM
Will not start
Hard to start
Engine will not
turn over
CHART:
unless directed
CAUSE
to Sears service center
CORRECTION
1
Out of fuel.
1
Fill fuel tank.
2
Engine
2
See "TO START ENGINE"
Operation section.
3
Engine flooded.
3
Wait several minutes
attempting to start.
4
Bad spark plug.
4
Replace spark plug.
5
Dirty air filter.
5
Clean/replace
6
Dirty fuel filter.
6
Replace fuel filter.
7
Water in fuel.
7
Empty fuel tank and carburetor,
refill tank with fresh gasoline and
replace fuel filter.
8
Loose or damaged
8
Check
9
Carburetor
9
See "To Adjust Carburetor" in
Service and Adjustments section.
10
Engine valves
10
Contact a Sears or other qualified
service center.
1
Dirty air filter.
1
Clean/replace
2
Bad spark plug.
2
Replace spark plug.
3
Weak or dead battery.
3
Recharge
4
Dirty fuel filter.
4
Replace fuel filter.
5
Stale or dirty fuel.
5
Empty fuel tank and refill tank with
fresh, clean gasoline.
6
Loose or damaged wiring.
6
Check
7
Carburetor out of adjustment.
7
See "To Adjust Carburetor" in
Service and Adjustments section.
8
Engine valves
out of adjustment.
8
Contact a Sears or other qualified
service center.
1
Clutch/brake
pedal not depressed.
1
Depress
2
Attachment
2
Disengage
3
Weak or dead battery.
3
Recharge
4
Blown fuse.
4
Replace fuse.
5
Corroded
battery terminals.
5
Clean
battery terminals.
6
Loose or damaged wiring.
6
Check
all wiring.
7
Faulty ignition switch.
7
Check/replace
ignition switch.
8
Faulty solenoid or starter.
8
Check/replace
solenoid
9
Faulty operator presence
switch(es).
9
Contact a Sears or other qualified
service center.
not "CHOKED"
properly.
wiring.
out of adjustment.
out of adjustment.
clutch is engaged.
32
in
before
air filter.
all wiring.
air filter.
or replace battery.
all wiring.
clutch/brake
attachment
pedal.
clutch.
or replace battery.
or starter.
TROUBLESHOOTING CHART:
See appropriate section in manual unless directed to Sears service center
PROBLEM
CAUSE
Engine clicks but
will not start
Loss of power
Excessive
vibration
Engine
continues
to
run when operator
leaves seat with attachment clutch engaged
CORRECTION
1
Weak or dead battery.
1
Recharge
2
Corroded
2
Clean battery terminals.
3
Loose or damaged
3
Check all wiring.
4
Faulty solenoid
4
Check/replace
1
Cutting too much grass/too
1
Raise cutting height/reducespeed
2
Throttle
2
Adjust throttle
3
Build-up of grass, leaves and
trash under mower.
3
Clean underside
housing.
4
Dirty air filter.
4
Clean/replace
5
Low oil level/dirty
5
Check oil level/change
6
Faulty spark plug.
6
Clean & regap or changespark
7
Dirty fuel filter.
7
Replace fuel filter.
8
Stale or dirty fuel.
8
Empty fuel tank and refill tank wittfresh, clean gasoline.
9
Water in fuel.
9
Empty fuel tank and carburetor,
refill tank with fresh gasoline and
replace fuel filter.
10
Spark plug wire loose.
10
Connect
11
Dirty engine air screen/fins.
11
Clean engine air screen/fins.
12
Dirty/clogged
12
Clean/replace
13
Loose or damaged
13
Check all wiring.
14
Carburetor
14
See "To Adjust Carburetor" in
Service and Adjustments section.
15
Engine valves
15
Contact a Sears or other qualified
service center.
battery terminals.
wiring.
or starter.
in "CHOKE"
fast.
position.
oil.
muffler.
wiring.
out of adjustment.
out of adjustment.
or replace battery.
solenoid
or starter.
control.
of mower
air filter.
oil.
plug
& tighten spark plug wire
muffler.
1
Worn, bent or loose blade.
1
Replace
2
Bent blade mandrel.
2
Contact a Sears or other qualified
service center.
3
Loose/damaged
3
Tighten loose part(s).
Replace damaged parts.
1
Faulty operator-safety
control system.
1
Check wiring, switches and
connections.
If not corrected,
contact a Sears or other
part(s).
33
presence
blade. Tighten
blade bolt
TROUBLESHOOTING CHART:
See appropriate section in manual unless directed to Sears service center
PROBLEM
CAUSE
Poor cut = uneven
cutting
Mower blades
not rotate
will
Poor grass
discharge
Headlight(s) not
working
(if so equipped)
CORRECTION
1
Worn, bent or loose blade.
1
Replace
2
Mower deck not level.
2
Level mower
3
Buildup of grass, leaves, and
trash under mower.
3
Clean underside
housing.
4
Bent blade mandrel.
4
Contact a Sears or other
qualified service center.
Clogged mower deck vent from
build-up of grass, leaves, and
trash around mandrels.
5
Clean around mandrels
open vent holes.
1
Obstruction
1
Remove
obstruction.
2
Worn/damaged
2
Replace
mower
3
Frozen idler pulley.
3
Replace
idler pulley.
4
Frozen blade mandrel.
4
Contact a Sears or other
qualified service center.
1
Engine speed too slow.
1
Place throttle
position.
2
Travel speed too fast.
2
Shift to slower speed.
3
Wet grass.
3
Allow grass to dry before
4
Mower deck not level.
4
Level mower
5
Low/uneven tire air pressure.
5
Check tires for proper PSI.
6
Worn, bent or loose blade.
6
Replace/sharpen
blade bolt.
7
Buildup of grass, leaves and
trash under mower.
7
Clean underside
housing.
8
Mower drive belt worn.
8
Replace
mower
9
Blades improperly
9
Reinstall
blades sharp edge down.
10
Improper
11
11
Clogged mower deck vent holes
from buildup of grass, leaves, and
trash around mandrels.
Clean around mandrels
open vent holes.
1
Light switch is "OFF".
1
Turn light switch "ON".
2
Bulb(s) or lamp(s)
2
Replace
3
Faulty light switch.
3
Check/replace
4
Loose or damaged
4
Check wiring
5
Blown fuse.
5
Replace fuse.
in clutch mechanism.
mower
blades
drive
installed.
used.
burned out.
wiring.
34
belt.
10
blade. Tighten
blade bolt.
deck.
of mower
to
drive belt.
control in "FAST"
mowing.
deck.
blade. Tighten
of mower
drive belt.
Replace with blades listed in
this manual.
to
bulb(s) or lamp(s).
light switch.
and connections.
TROUBLESHOOTING CHART:
See appropriate section in manual unless directed to Sears service center
PROBLEM
Battery will not
charge
CAUSE
CORRECTION
1
Bad battery cell(s).
1
Replace battery.
2
Poor cable connections.
2
Check/clean all connections.
3
Faulty regulator
3
Replace
regulator.
4
Faulty alternator.
4
Replace
alternator.
1
Freewheel control in
"DISENGAGED"
position.
1
Place freewheel control in
"ENGAGED" position.
2
Debris on steering
equipped).
2
See "CLEANING"
in the
maintenance section.
3
Motion drive belt worn, damaged,
or broken.
3
Replace
4
Air trapped in transmission
shipment or servicing.
4
Purge transmission.
5
Axle key missing.
5
Install axle key at rear wheel. See
"TO REMOVE WHEEL" in the
Service and Adjustments section.
Engine "backfires"
when turning
engine "OFF"
1
Engine
throttle
control
not set
between half and full speed (fast)
position
before stopping
engine,
1
Move throttlecontrol
between
half and full speed (fast) position
before stopping engine.
Engine
dies when
tractor
is shifted
into reverse
1
Reverse operation system (ROS)
is not "ON" while mower or other
attachment is engaged.
1
Turn ignition key to ROS "ON"
position. See Operation section.
Loss of drive
(if so equipped).
plate (if
35
during
motion drive belt.
SUGGESTED
GUIDE FOR SIGHTING
SLOPES
FOR SAFE OPERATION
I/v_-
ONLY RIDE UP AND DOWN HILL,
NOT ACROSS HILL
03
15 DEGREES MAX.
_
down the face of slopes, never across the face. Do not mow
ARNING:
To avoid
serious
injury,
operate
your tractor
and
slopes
greater
than 15
degrees.
Make
turns gradually
to up
prevent
tipping or loss of control. Exercise extreme caution when
changing direction on slopes.
1. Fold this page along dotted line indicated above.
2. Hold page before you so that its left edge is vertically parallel to a tree
trunk or ether upright structure.
3. Sight across the fold in the direction of hill slope you want to measure.
4. Compare the angle of the fold with the slope of the hill.
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