Craftsman 917.98633 Operator`s manual

Craftsman 917.98633 Operator`s manual
Operator's Manual
LAWN TRACTOR
17.5 HP,* 30" Mower
Electric Start
Automatic Transmission
Model No.
917.98633
03131
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.
For answers to your questions
about this product, Call:
1-800-659-5917
SEARS Craftsman Help Line
5 am - 5 pm, Mon - Sat
Gasoline containing up to 10% ethanol (E10) is acceptable for use in this machine.
The use of any gasoline exceeding 10% ethanol (E10) will void the product warranty.
Sears Brands Management Corporation, Hoffman Estates, IL 60179 U.S.A.
Visit our Craftsman website:www.sears.com/craftsman
585801140
*As rated by the engine manufacturer
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Warranty ................................................ 2
Safety Rules .......................................... 3
Product Specifications ........................... 6
Assembly/Pre-Operation ....................... 8
Operation ............................................. 11
Maintenance Schedule ........................ 18
Maintenance ........................................ 18
Service and Adjustments ..................... 23
Storage ................................................ 30
Troubleshooting ................................... 31
WARRANTY
CRAFTSMAN FULL WARRANTY
TWO YEARS ON RIDING EQUIPMENT
When operated and maintained according to all supplied instructions, Warranty will also
cover defects in material and workmanship of the Frame and Front Axle for five years from
the date of purchase
This warranty covers ONLY defects in material and workmanship. Sears will NOT
pay for:
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Expendable items that become worn during normal use, including but not limited to
blades, spark plugs, air cleaners, belts, and oil filters.
• Standard maintenance servicing, oil changes, or tune-ups.
• Tire replacement or repair caused by punctures from outside objects, such as nails,
thorns, stumps, or glass.
• Tire or wheel replacement or repair resulting from normal wear, accident, or improper
operation or maintenance.
• Repairs necessary because of operator abuse, including but not limited to damage
caused by towing objects beyond the capability of the riding equipment, impacting
objects that bend the frame or crankshaft, or over-speeding the engine.
• 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 repairs caused by fuel determined to be contaminated
or oxidized (stale). In general, fuel should be used within 30 days of its purchase date.
• Normal deterioration and wear of the exterior finishes, or product label replacement.
All riding equipment and battery warranty coverage is void if this product is ever used for
commercial or rental purposes.
This warranty applies only while this product is within the United States.
This warranty gives you specific legal rights, and you may also have other rights which
vary from state to state.
Sears Brands Management Corporation, Hoffman Estates, IL 60179
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SAFETY RULES
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.
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I. GENERAL OPERATION
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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 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.
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Never direct discharged material toward
anyone. Avoid discharging material
against a wall or obstruction. Material
may ricochet back toward the operator.
Stop the blades when crossing gravel
surfaces.
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.
Always wear eye protection when operating machine.
Data indicates that operators, age 60
years and above, are involved in a large
percentage of riding mower-related injuries. These operators should evaluate
their ability to operate the riding mower
safely enough to protect themselves and
others from serious injury.
Follow the manufacturer’s recommendation for wheel weights or counterweights.
Keep machine free of grass , leaves or
other debris build-up which can touch hot
exhaust / engine parts and burn. Do not
allow the mower 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.
SAFETY RULES
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II. SLOPE OPERATION
Slopes are a major factor related to loss of
control and tip-over accidents, which can
result in severe injury or death. Operation
on all slopes requires extra caution. If you
cannot back up the slope or if you feel uneasy
on it, do not mow it.
• Mow up and down slopes, not across.
• Watch for holes, ruts, bumps, rocks, or
other hidden objects. Uneven terrain
could overturn the machine. Tall grass
can hide obstacles.
• Choose a low ground speed so that you
will not have to stop or shift while on the
slope.
• Do not mow on wet grass. Tires may lose
traction.
Always keep the machine in gear when
going down slopes. Do not shift to neutral
and coast downhill.
• Avoid starting, stopping, or turning on a
slope. If the tires lose traction, disengage
the blades and proceed slowly straight
down the slope.
• Keep all movement on the slopes slow
and gradual. Do not make sudden
changes in speed or direction, which
could cause the machine to roll over.
• Use extra care while operating machine
with grass catchers or other attachments;
they can affect the stability of the machine. Do no use on steep slopes.
• Do not try to stabilize the machine by
putting your foot on the ground.
• Do not mow near drop-offs, ditches,
or embankments. The machine could
suddenly roll over if a wheel is over the
edge or if the edge caves in.
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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.
Before and while backing, look behind
and down for small children.
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.
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
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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.
Follow the manufacturer’s recommendation for weight limits for towed equipment
and towing on slopes.
Never allow children or others in or on
towed equipment.
On slopes, the weight of the towed equipment may cause loss of traction and loss
of control.
Travel slowly and allow extra distance to
stop.
V. SERVICE
SAFE HANDLING OF GASOLINE
To avoid personal injury or property damage, use extreme care in handling gasoline.
Gasoline is extremely flammable and the
vapors are explosive.
• Extinguish all cigarettes, cigars, pipes,
and other sources of ignition.
• Use only approved gasoline container.
• Never remove gas cap or add fuel with
the engine running. Allow engine to cool
before refueling.
• Never fuel the machine indoors.
• Never store the machine or fuel container
where there is an open flame, spark, or
pilot light such as on a water heater or
other appliances.
• Never fill containers inside a vehicle or
on a truck or trailer bed with plastic liner.
Always place containers on the ground
away from your vehicle when filling.
III. CHILDREN
WARNING: 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. Never assume
that children will remain where you last
saw them.
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SAFETY RULES
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Remove gas-powered equipment from
the truck or trailer and refuel it on the
ground. If this is not possible, then refuel
such equipment with a portable container,
rather than from a gasoline dispenser
nozzle.
Keep the nozzle in contact with the rim
of the fuel tank or container opening at
all times until fueling is complete. Do not
use a nozzle lock-open device.
If fuel is spilled on clothing, change clothing immediately.
Never overfill fuel tank. Replace gas cap
and tighten securely.
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GENERAL SERVICE
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Never operate machine in a closed area.
Keep all nuts and bolts tight to be sure the
equipment is in safe working condition.
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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.
Keep children out of the mowing area
and in the watchful care of a responsible
adult other than the operator.
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Never tamper with safety devices. Check
their proper operation regularly.
Keep machine free of grass, leaves, or
other debris build-up. Clean oil or fuel
spillage and remove any fuel-soaked debris. Allow machine to cool before storing.
If you strike a foreign object, stop and
inspect the machine. Repair, if necessary,
before restarting.
Never make any adjustments or repairs
with the engine running.
Check grass catcher components and the
discharge chute frequently and replace
with manufacturer’s recommended parts,
when necessary.
Mower blades are sharp. Wrap the blade
or wear gloves, and use extra caution
when servicing them.
Check brake operation frequently. Adjust
and service as required.
Be alert and turn machine off if a child
enters the area.
Before and while backing, look behind
and down for small children.
Mow up and down slopes (15° Max), not
across.
Choose a low ground speed so that you
will not have to stop or shift while on the
slope.
Avoid starting, stopping, or turning on a
slope. If the tires lose traction, disengage
the blades and proceed slowly straight
down the slope.
If machine stops while going uphill,
disengage blades, shift into reverse and
back down slowly.
Do not turn on slopes unless necessary,
and then, turn slowly and gradually
downhill, if possible.
When loading or unloading this machine,
do not exceed the maximum recommended operation angle of 15°.
PRODUCT SPECIFICATIONS
CUSTOMER RESPONSIBILITIES
Gasoline Capacity 1.50 Gallons/5,67 L
and type:
Regular Unleaded
• Read and observe the safety rules.
• Follow a regular schedule in maintaining,
caring for and using your tractor.
• Follow instructions under “Maintenance”
and “Storage” sections 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.
• Always let someone know you are outside
mowing.
Power Rating*:
12.70 kW @ 3400 RPM
Oil Type:
(API: SG-SL)
SAE30 (above 32°F/0°C)
SAE 5W30 (below 32°F/0°C)
Oil Capacity:
48 Oz./1,4 L
Spark Plug:
QC12YC
(Gap: 0.30" / 0,76 mm)
Charging
System:
3 Amps Battery
5 Amps Headlights
Battery:
Amp/Hr:
Min. CCA:
Case size:
28
230
U1R
Blade Bolt Torque: 45-55 Ft. Lbs./62-75 Nm
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.
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).
* The power rating as declared by the engine manufacturer is the average gross power output at the
specified RPM of a typical production engine for
the engine model measured using SAE Standards
for engine gross power. Please refer to the engine
manufacturer for details.
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 RULES”.
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UNASSEMBLED PARTS
Steering Wheel
Steering
Wheel Insert
(1) Large
Flat Washer
Steering
Wheel
(1) Lock
Washer
(1) Hex Bolt
Steering Wheel
Adapter
Steering
Extension
Shaft
Steering Boot
Seat
Battery
(2) Hex Bolts
(1) Large Flat Washer
(2) Nut Keps
(1) Seat
Keys
(1) Bolt
Oil Drain Extension
Key(s)
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Slope Sheet
ASSEMBLY/PRE-OPERATION
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.
8. Remove protective materials from tractor
hood and grill.
IMPORTANT: Check for and remove any
staples in skid that may puncture tires where
tractor is to roll off skid.
TOOLS REQUIRED FOR ASSEMBLY
A socket wrench set will make assembly
easier. Standard wrench sizes are listed.
(1) 5/16" wrench
Utility knife
(2) 7/16" wrenches Tire pressure gauge
(2) 1/2" wrenches
Pliers
(1) 9/16" wrench
Insert
Bolt
When right or left hand is mentioned in this
manual, it means when you are in the operating
position (seated behind the steering wheel).
Lock Washer
Large Flat
Washer
TO REMOVE TRACTOR FROM
CARTON
Steering
Wheel
UNPACK 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.
• Check for any additional loose parts or
cartons and remove.
Steering
Boot
Adapter
BEFORE REMOVING TRACTOR
FROM SKID
Extension
Shaft
Lower
Steering
Shaft
TO INSTALL STEERING WHEEL
ASSEMBLE EXTENSION SHAFT AND
BOOT
1. Slide extension shaft onto lower steering
shaft.
2. Place tabs of steering boot over tab slots
in dash and push down to secure.
INSTALL SEAT
1. Remove bolt and flat washer securing
seat to cardboard packing and set aside
for assembly of seat to tractor. Remove
the cardboard packing and discard.
2. Connect switch to seat.
3. Place seat on seat pan so all three (3)
bottom pads are positioned over large
slotted holes in pan.
INSTALL STEERING WHEEL
3. Position front wheels of the tractor so
they are pointing straight forward.
4. Remove steering wheel adapter from
steering wheel and slide adapter onto
steering shaft extension.
5. Position steering wheel so cross bars are
horizontal (left to right) and slide inside
boot and onto adapter.
6. Assemble large flat washer, lock washer,
bolt and tighten securely.
7. Snap steering wheel insert into center of
steering wheel.
Seat
switch
Pad
Slot
Seat
pan
Tape
Wiring harness
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4. Push down on seat to engage pads in
slots and pull seat towards rear of tractor.
5. Raise seat and tighten bolt securely.
6. Remove tape and discard.
7. Lower seat into operating position and
sit on seat. Press clutch/brake pedal all
the way down. If operating position is not
comfortable, adjust seat.
INSTALL MULCHER PLATE
(If previously removed)
1. Raise and hold deflector shield in upright
position.
2. Place slot in mulcher plate over tab on
mower and position plate over mower
opening as shown.
3. Hook front latch into hole on front of
mower.
4. Hook rear latch into hole on back of
mower.
CAUTION: Do not remove deflector
shield from mower.
Tape
Slot
Pad
Flat
washer
TO CONVERT TO BAGGING OR
DISCHARGING
Simply remove mulcher plate and store in
a safe place. Your mower is now ready for
discharging or installation of optional grass
catcher accessory.
NOTE: It is not necessary to change blades.
The mulching blades are designed for discharging and bagging also.
Seat
pan
Bolt
Tab
Adjustment
handle
TO ADJUST SEAT
Grasp adjustment handle and pull up, slide
seat to desired position and release adjustment handle.
TO CHECK BATTERY
1. Lift seat to raised position.
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 instructions).
• For battery and battery cable installation
see "REPLACING BATTERY" in the
"Service and Adjustments" section in
this manual.
Deflector
Shield
Tab
Mulcher
Plate
Latch
Hooks
Label
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✓CHECKLIST
NOTE: You may now roll your tractor off the
skid. Continue using the instructions that
follow to remove the tractor from the skid.
Before you operate your new tractor, we
wish to assure that you receive the best
performance and satisfaction from this
Quality Product.
Please review the following checklist:
✓ All assembly instructions have been completed.
✓ No remaining loose parts in carton.
✓ Battery is properly prepared and charged.
✓ Seat is adjusted comfortably and tightened
securely.
✓ All tires are properly inflated. (For shipping purposes, the tires were overinflated
at the factory).
✓ 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
they are routed properly around pulleys
and inside all belt keepers.
✓ 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 how to use your tractor, pay extra attention to the following important items:
✓ Engine oil is at proper level.
✓ 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.
✓ Be sure brake system is in safe operating
condition.
✓ Be sure Operator Presence System and
Reverse Operation System (ROS) are
working properly (See the Operation and
Maintenance sections in this manual).
✓ 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
“PURGE TRANSMISSION” in the Operation
section of this manual).
WARNING: Before starting, read, understand and follow all instructions in the
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
people and objects.
TO ROLL TRACTOR OFF SKID (See
Operation section for location and
function of controls)
1. Raise attachment lift lever to its highest
position.
2. Release parking brake by depressing
clutch/brake pedal.
3. Place freewheel control in "transmission
disengaged position" (See “TO TRANSPORT” in the Operation section of this
manual).
4. Roll tractor forward off skid.
5. Remove banding holding the deflector
shield up against tractor.
Continue with the instructions that follow.
CHECK TIRE PRESSURE
The tires on your tractor were overinflated at
the factory for shipping purposes. Correct
tire pressure is important for best cutting
performance.
• Reduce tire pressure to PSI shown on
tires.
CHECK DECK LEVELNESS
For best cutting results, mower housing
should be properly leveled. See “TO LEVEL
MOWER” in the Service and Adjustments
section of this manual.
CHECK FOR PROPER POSITION OF
ALL BELTS
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 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.
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OPERATION
These symbols may appear on your tractor or in literature supplied with the product.
Learn and understand their meaning.
REVERSE
ENGINE OFF
LIGHTS ON
NEUTRAL
REVERSE
OPERATION
SYSTEM (ROS)
FUEL
HIGH
LOW
ENGINE ON
BATTERY
CHOKE
ENGINE START
REVERSE
FAST
IGNITION SWITCH
PARKING BRAKE
FORWARD
SLOW
MOWER HEIGHT
MOWER LIFT
CLUTCH/BRAKE
PEDAL
CRUISE CONTROL
15
ATTACHMENT
CLUTCH DISENGAGED
ATTACHMENT
CLUTCH ENGAGED
DANGER, KEEP HANDS
AND FEET AWAY
15
SLOPE HAZARDS
KEEP AREA CLEAR
(SEE SAFETY RULES SECTION)
DANGER indicates a hazard which, if not avoided,
will result in death or serious injury.
FREE WHEEL
(Automatic Models only)
WARNING indicates a hazard which, if not avoided,
could result in death or serious injury.
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 injury
and/or property damage.
FIRE indicates a hazard which, if not avoided,
could result in death, serious injury and/or
property damage.
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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 of
various controls and adjustments. Save this manual for future reference.
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Our tractors conform to the applicable safety standards of the
American National Standards Institute.
(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.
(H) LIGHT SWITCH - Turns the headlights
on and off.
(J) MOTION CONTROL LEVER - Selects
the speed and direction of the tractor.
(M) FREEWHEEL CONTROL - Disengages transmission for pushing or slowly
towing the tractor with the engine off.
(A) ATTACHMENT LIFT LEVER - Used to
raise and lower the mower or other attachments mounted to your tractor.
(B) BRAKE PEDAL - Used for braking the
tractor and starting the engine.
(C) PARKING BRAKE - Locks clutch/
brake pedal into the brake position.
(D) THROTTLE/CHOKE CONTROLUsed for starting and controlling engine
speed.
(E) ATTACHMENT CLUTCH LEVER Used to engage the mower blades, or
other attachments mounted to your tractor.
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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
• Never use choke 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.
TO USE THROTTLE CONTROL (D)
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 SET PARKING BRAKE
Your tractor is equipped with an operator
presence sensing switch. When engine is
running, any attempt by the 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. 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.
C
B
STOPPING
MOWER BLADES • To stop mower blades, move attachment
clutch control to disengaged position ( ).
D
F
(
) Attachment
Clutch Control
“Engaged”
(
TO MOVE FORWARD AND BACKWARD
The direction and speed of movement is
controlled by the motion control lever. (J)
) Attachment
Clutch Control
“Disengaged”
GROUND DRIVE • To stop ground drive, depress brake pedal
all the way down.
• Move motion control lever to neutral position.
J
ENGINE • Move throttle control (D) to fast position.
NOTE: Failure to move throttle control to fast
position before stopping may cause engine
to “backfire”.
• Turn ignition key (F) to “STOP” position
and remove key. Always remove key when
leaving tractor to prevent unauthorized use.
1. Start tractor with motion control lever in
neutral (N) position.
2. Release parking brake.
3. Slowly move motion control lever to
desired position.
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TO ADJUST MOWER CUTTING HEIGHT
The position of the attachment lift lever (A)
determines the cutting height.
3. Repeat for all, installing gauge wheel
in same adjustment hole.
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 off when operating your equipment
on rough, rolling terrain or hills.
1. Select desired height of cut with attachment lift lever.
2. Start mower blades by engaging attachment clutch control.
A
• Put attachment lift lever in desired cutting
height slot.
The cutting height range is approximately 1
to 4" (25,4 to 101,6 mm). 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" (63,5 mm) during the cool
season and to over 3" (76,2 mm) during
hot months. For healthier and better looking lawns, mow often and after moderate
growth.
• For best cutting performance, grass over
6" (152,4 mm) in height should be mowed
twice. Make the first cut relatively high; the
second to desired height.
TO ADJUST GAUGE WHEELS
Gauge wheels are properly adjusted when
they are slightly off the 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.
NOTE: Adjust gauge wheels with tractor on
a flat level surface.
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.
TO STOP MOWER BLADES
Disengage attachment clutch control.
CAUTION: Do not operate the mower
without either the entire grass catcher, on
mowers so equipped, or the deflector shield
in place.
REVERSE OPERATION SYSTEM (ROS)
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.
WARNING: 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.
USING THE REVERSE OPERATION
SYSTEM Only use if you are certain no children or
other bystanders will enter the mowing area.
1. Move motion control lever to neutral (N)
position.
9/16”
3/4”
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Transmission Engaged
2. With engine running, turn ignition key
counterclockwise to ROS "ON" position.
3. Look down and behind before and while
backing.
4. Slowly move motion control lever to
reverse (R) position to start movement.
5. When use of the ROS is no longer needed,
turn the ignition key clockwise to engine
"ON" position.
ROS "ON" Position
Transmission Disengaged
Engine "ON" Position
(Normal Operating)
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.
Use an appropriate means of tying hood to
tractor (rope, cord, etc.).
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.
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TO OPERATE ON HILLS
WARNING: Do not drive up or down 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.
• If stopping is absolutely necessary, push
clutch/brake pedal quickly to brake position and engage parking brake.
• Move motion control lever to neutral position.
IMPORTANT: The motion control lever does
not return to neutral position when the clutch/
brake pedal is depressed.
• To restart movement, slowly release parking brake and clutch/brake pedal.
• Slowly move motion control lever to slowest setting.
• Make all turns slowly.
BEFORE STARTING THE ENGINE
CHECK ENGINE OIL LEVEL
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.
• 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, see the Maintenance
section in this manual.
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
and release so it is held in the disengaged
position.
• Do not push or tow tractor at more than
two (2) mph (3,2 km/h).
• To reengage transmission, reverse above
procedure.
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6. 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, move
throttle control to fast position, wait a
few minutes and try again. If engine still
does not start, move the throttle control
back to the choke position and retry.
ADD GASOLINE
• Fill fuel tank to bottom of filler neck. Do
not overfill. Use fresh, clean, regular
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 ensure fuel freshness.
CAUTION: Wipe off any spilled oil or fuel.
Do not store, spill or use gasoline near an
open flame.
WARM WEATHER STARTING
(50°F (10°C) and above)
7. When engine starts, move the throttle
control to the fast position.
• 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.
IMPORTANT: When operating in temperatures below 32°F (0°C), use fresh, clean
winter grade gasoline to help ensure good
cold weather starting.
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 damage the 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
engine or carburetor cleaner products in the
fuel tank or permanent damage may occur.
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 if using fuel stabilizer.
COLD WEATHER STARTING
(50°F (10°C) and below)
7. When engine starts, leave throttle control
in choke position until engine warms up
and begins to run roughly. Once rough
running begins, immediately move the
throttle control to the fast position. Engine
warm-up may take from several seconds
to several minutes (the colder the temperature, the longer the warm-up).
AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION WARM UP
Before driving the unit in cold weather, the
transmission should be warmed up as follows:
1. Ensure the tractor is on level ground.
2. Place the motion control lever in neutral.
Release the parking brake and let the
clutch/brake slowly return to operating
position.
3. Allow one minute for transmission to
warm up. This can be done during the
engine warm up period.
• The attachments can also be used
during the engine warm-up period after
the transmission has been warmed up.
TO START ENGINE
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. Ensure freewheel control is in the transmission engaged position.
2. Sit on seat in operating position, depress
clutch/brake pedal and set parking brake.
3. Place motion control lever in neutral
position.
4. Move attachment clutch to disengaged
position.
5. Move throttle control to choke position.
NOTE: Before starting, read the warm and
cold starting procedures below.
PURGE TRANSMISSION
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 any trapped
air inside the transmission which may have
developed during shipping of your tractor.
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IMPORTANT: Should your transmission
require removal for service or replacement,
it should be purged after reinstallation before
operating the tractor.
1. Place tractor safely on a level surface that is clear of objects and open - with
engine off and parking brake set.
2. Disengage transmission by placing
freewheel control in disengaged position
(See “TO TRANSPORT” in this section
of manual).
3. Sitting in the tractor seat, start engine.
After the engine is running, move throttle
control to slow position. With motion
control lever in neutral position, slowly
disengage clutch/brake pedal.
CAUTION: At any time, during step 4,
there may be movement of the drive wheels.
4. Move motion control lever to full forward
position and hold for five (5) seconds.
Move lever to full reverse position and
hold for five (5) seconds. Repeat this
procedure three (3) times.
5. Move motion control lever to neutral position. Shutoff engine and set parking brake.
6. Engage transmission by placing freewheel control in engaged position (See
“TO TRANSPORT” in this section of
manual).
7. Sitting in the tractor seat, start engine.
After the engine is running, move throttle
control to half (1/2) speed. With motion
control lever in neutral position, slowly
disengage clutch/brake pedal.
8. Slowly move motion control lever forward,
after the tractor moves approximately
five (5) feet (1,5 m), slowly move motion
control lever to reverse position. After
the tractor moves approximately five (5)
feet (1,5 m) return the motion control
lever to the neutral position. Repeat this
procedure with the motion control lever
three (3) times.
Your transmission is now purged and now
ready for normal operation.
MOWING TIPS
• DO NOT use tire chains when 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 be
used for trimming.
• Drive so that clippings are discharged onto
the area that has already been cut. Have
the cut area to the right of the tractor. This
will result in a more even distribution of
clippings and more uniform cutting.
• When mowing large areas, start by turning
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 .
• 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 gear 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.
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MAINTENANCE
MAINTENANCE
SCHEDULE
BEFORE
EACH
USE
EVERY
8
HOURS
EVERY
25
HOURS
EVERY
50
HOURS
EVERY
100
HOURS
EVERY
SEASON
BEFORE
STORAGE
Check Brake Operation
T
R
A
C
T
0
R
Check Tire Pressure
Check Operator Presence & ROS Systems
Check for Loose Fasteners
Check/Replace Mower Blades
3
Lubrication Chart
Check Battery Level
4
Clean Battery and Terminals
Clean Debris Off Steering Plate
Check Transaxle Cooling
5
Check Mower Levelness
Check V-Belts
Check Engine Oil Level
Change Engine Oil (models with oil filter)
E
N
G
I
N
E
1,2
Change Engine Oil (models without oil filter)
1,2
Clean Air Filter
2
Clean Air Screen
2
Inspect Muffler/Spark Arrester
Replace Oil Filter (If equipped)
1, 2
Clean Engine Cooling Fins
2
Replace Spark Plug
Replace Air Filter Paper Cartridge
2
Replace Fuel Filter
1 - Change more often when operating under a heavy load or in high ambient temperatures
3 - Replace blades more often when mowing in sandy soil.
2 - Service more often when operating in dirty or dusty conditions.
4 - Not required if equipped with maintenance-free battery.
5 - See Cleaning in Maintenance Section.
LUBRICATION CHART
GENERAL 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.
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.
• 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.
➀ Spindle
Zerk
➀ Spindle
Zerk
➀ Front
Wheel
Bearing Zerk
➀Front Wheel
Bearing zerk
➀ Steering
➁ Engine
Sector Gear
Teeth
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➀General Purpose Grease
➁Refer to Maintenance “ENGINE” Section.
BEFORE EACH USE
1.
2.
3.
4.
Check engine oil level.
Check brake operation.
Check tire pressure.
Check operator presence and
ROS systems for proper operation.
5. Check for loose fasteners.
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
Always observe safety rules when performing any maintenance.
BRAKE OPERATION
If tractor requires more than 5 feet (1,5 m)
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
• Maintain proper air pressure in all tires
(See the side of tires for proper PSI.)
• 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.
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
REVERSE OPERATION SYSTEM (ROS)
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 position.
CHECK OPERATOR PRESENCE SYSTEM
• When the engine is running, any attempt
by the operator to leave the seat without
first setting the parking brake should shut
off the engine.
• When the engine is running and the attachment clutch is engaged, any attempt
by the operator to leave the seat should
shut off the engine.
• The attachment clutch should never operate unless the operator is in the seat.
CHECK REVERSE OPERATION (ROS)
SYSTEM
• When the engine is running with the ignition
switch in the engine "ON" position and the
attachment clutch engaged, any attempt
by the operator to drive in 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 drive in reverse should
NOT shut off the engine.
Ros "On"
Position
Engine "On" Position
(Normal Operating)
BLADE CARE
For best results mower blades must be sharp.
Replace 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.
BLADE REMOVAL
1. Raise mower to highest position to allow
access to blades.
NOTE: Protect your hands with gloves and/
or wrap blade with heavy cloth.
2. Remove blade bolt by turning counterclockwise.
3. Install new blade with stamped "GRASS
SIDE" facing the ground.
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./62-75 Nm).
IMPORTANT: Special blade bolt is heat
treated.
Star
Center Hole
Blade Bolt
(Special)
Mandrel
Assembly
Blade
BATTERY
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.
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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 frequently to avoid possible engine damage
from running low on oil.
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.
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 CLEAN BATTERY AND TERMINALS
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. Rinse the battery with plain water and
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 Adjustments
section of this manual).
TRANSAXLE COOLING
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.
• Inspect cooling fan to be sure fan blades
are intact and clean.
• Inspect cooling fins for dirt, grass clippings
and other materials. To prevent damage to
seals, do not use compressed air or high
pressure sprayer to clean cooling fins.
TO CHANGE ENGINE OIL
Determine temperature range expected
before oil change. All oil must meet API
service classification SG-SL.
1. Ensure tractor is on level surface.
2. Oil will drain more freely when warm.
3. Catch oil in a suitable container.
4. Remove oil fill cap/dipstick. Be careful
not to allow dirt to enter the engine when
changing oil.
CAUTION: If engine has been operated for
an extended period of time immediately prior
to draining oil, oil will be hot.
Oil drain hole
Oil drain plug
Oil drain
extension
TRANSAXLE PUMP FLUID
The transaxle was sealed at the factory and
fluid maintenance is not required for the life
of the transaxle. Should the transaxle ever
leak or require servicing, contact your nearest Sears or other qualified service center.
V-BELTS
Check V-belts for deterioration and wear after
100 hours of operation and replace if necessary. The belts are not adjustable. Replace
belts if they begin to slip from wear.
5. Slide oil drain extension under oil drain
hole (drain hole may be flush with or
protrude from engine block side wall).
6. Ensure back face of oil drain extension
is flush with engine side wall.
7. Ensure bottom lip of oil drain extension
is lined up with bottom of oil drain hole.
8. Position a container to catch oil directly
under front end of oil drain extension.
9. Slide a 1/2” (12 point) socket mounted
on an extension onto oil drain plug.
10.Loosen plug while holding the oil drain
extension firmly in place.
11.Drain oil into container.
12.After oil has drained completely, reinstall
oil drain plug. (Do not tighten more than
13 Ft. Lbs./17 Nm.)
ENGINE
LUBRICATION
Only use high quality detergent oil rated with
API service classification SG-SL. Select the oil’s
SAE viscosity grade according to your expected
operating temperature.
SAE VISCOSITY GRADES
SAE 30
5W-30
-20
F
C
-30
0
-20
30
-10
32
0
40
100
80
60
10
20
30
40
TEMPERATURE RANGE ANTICIPATED BEFORE NEXT OIL CHANGE
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CLEAN AIR SCREEN
Air screen must be kept free of dirt and chaff
to prevent engine damage from overheating.
Clean with a wire brush or compressed air to
remove dirt and stubborn dried gum fibers.
ENGINE COOLING SYSTEM
Debris may clog the engine's air cooling
system. Remove blower housing and clean
the area shown to prevent overheating and
engine damage.
13.Refill engine with oil through oil fill dipstick tube. Pour slowly. Do not overfill.
For approximate capacity see “PRODUCT SPECIFICATIONS” section of this
manual.
14.Use gauge on oil fill cap/dipstick for checking level. Ensure dipstick cap is tightened
securely for accurate reading. Keep oil at
“FULL” line on dipstick. Tighten cap onto
the tube securely when finished.
ENGINE 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.
AIR FILTER
Your engine will not run properly using a
dirty air filter. Service paper cartridge every
100 hours of operation or every season,
whichever occurs first.
Service air cleaner more often under dusty
conditions.
1. Remove cover.
2. Carefully remove air filter cartridge and
pre-cleaner from base.
3. Clean base carefully to prevent debris
from falling into carburetor.
Knobs
Clean
Out
Chaff
And
Debris
Air
Screen
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MUFFLER
Inspect and replace corroded muffler and
spark arrester (if equipped) as it could create
a fire hazard and/or damage.
SPARK PLUG(S)
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.
Cartridge
IN-LINE FUEL FILTER
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.
2. Place new fuel filter in position in fuel line
with arrow pointing towards carburetor.
3. Be sure there are no fuel line leaks and
clamps are properly positioned.
4. Immediately wipe up any spilled gasoline.
Pre-Cleaner
Cover
NOTE: If very dirty or damaged, replace
cartridge.
4. Place new pre-cleaner and cartridge
firmly in base.
5. Replace cover.
IMPORTANT: Petroleum solvents, such as
kerosene, are not to be used to clean the
cartridge. They may cause deterioration of
the cartridge. Do not oil cartridge. Do not
use pressurized air to clean cartridge.
Clamp
Clamp
Fuel Filter
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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.
CAUTION: Avoid all pinch points and
movable parts
Clutch/brake pedal
Clean
top side
Steering
Plate
Steering System, Dash, Fender
and Mower Not Shown
•
Keep finished surfaces and wheels free
of all gasoline, oil, etc.
• Protect painted surfaces with automotive
type wax.
Except for the washout port (if equipped),
we do not recommend using a garden hose
or pressure washer to clean the outside of
your tractor unless the engine and transmission are covered to keep water out. Water
in engine or transmission will shorten the
useful life of your tractor. Use compressed
air or a leaf blower to remove grass, leaves
and trash from outside tractor and mower.
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SERVICE AND ADJUSTMENTS
WARNING: TO AVOID SERIOUS INJURY, BEFORE PERFORMING ANY
SERVICE OR ADJUSTMENTS:
1. Depress brake pedal fully and set parking brake.
2. Place motion control lever in neutral position.
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
come in contact with plug.
TO REMOVE MOWER
1. Place attachment clutch in “DISENGAGED” position.
2. Lower attachment lift lever to its lowest
position.
3. Roll belt off engine pulley (M) and belt
keepers (G).
4. Remove cable (P) by depressing tab (L).
5. Remove clutch cable spring (Q) from
idler arm (R).
6. Disconnect front link (E) from mower remove retainer spring and washer.
7. Go to either side of mower and disconnect mower suspension arm (A) from
chassis pin (B) and rear lift link (C) from
rear mower bracket (D) - remove retainer
springs and washers.
CAUTION: After rear lift links are disconnected, the attachment lift lever will be spring
loaded. Have a tight grip on lift lever when
changing
ging position of the lever.
8. Slide mower out from under right side of
tractor.
IMPORTANT: If an attachment other than the
mower is to be mounted on the tractor, remove the front link (E) and rear lift liks (C) from
tractor and hook the clutch spring (Q) into
the cable guide on front edge of lower dash.
TO INSTALL MOWER
Be sure tractor is on level surface and engage
parking brake.
1. Lower attachment lift lever to its lowest
position.
CAUTION: Lift lever is spring loaded.
Have a tight grip on lift lever, lower it slowly
and engage in lowest position.
NOTE: Be sure mower side suspension
arms (A) are pointing forward before sliding
mower under tractor.
2. Slide mower under tractor until it is centered under tractor.
F
M
B
G
E
A
G
R
C
D
A
P
L
Q
C
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D
3. ATTACH MOWER SIDE SUSPENSION
ARMS (A) TO CHASSIS - Position hole
in arm over pin (B) on outside of tractor
chassis and secure with retainer spring.
4. Repeat on opposite side of tractor.
7. Insert end of link (E) into hole in front
mower bracket (H) and secure with
washer and retainer spring (J).
E
A
J
F
H
B
5. ATTACH REAR LIFT LINKS (C) - Lift
rear corner of mower and position slot
in link assembly over pin (D) on rear
mower bracket and secure with washer
and retainer spring.
8. Hook end of clutch cable spring (Q) into
hole in idler arm (R).
9. Push clutch cable housing guide (P) into
bracket.
10. Install belt onto engine pulley (M) and belt
keepers (G).
M
C
D
6. ATTACH FRONT LINK (E) - Work from
left side of tractor. Insert rod end of link
assembly through front hole in tractor
front suspension bracket (F).
IMPORTANT: Check belt for proper routing
in all mower pulley grooves.
11. Raise attachment lift lever to highest
position.
12. If necessary, adjust gauge wheels before
perating
g mower as shown in the Operaop
tion section of this manual.
F
M
B
G
E
A
G
R
C
D
A
P
L
Q
C
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D
TO LEVEL MOWER
Ensure tires are properly inflated to the PSI
shown on tires. If tires are over or under
inflated, it may affect the appearance of your
lawn and lead you to think the mower is not
adjusted properly.
FRONT-TO-BACK ADJUSTMENT
IMPORTANT: Deck must be level sideto-side.
To obtain the best cutting results, the mower
blades should be adjusted so the front tip
is 1/8 to 1/2" (3,1 to 12,7 mm) (lower than
the rear tip when the mower is in its highest
position.
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 blade.
VISUAL SIDE-TO-SIDE ADJUSTMENT
1. With all tires properly inflated and if your
lawn appears unevenly cut, determine
which side of mower is cutting lower.
2. With a 3/4" or adjustable wrench, turn
lift link adjustment nut (A) to the left to
lower LH side of mower, or, to the right
to raise LH side of mower.
A
B
Turn nut
right to
raise
mower
• If front tip of blade is not 1/8 to 1/2" (3,1
to 12,7 mm) 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 ( )
(tighten) to raise the front of mower, or,
counterclockwise ( ) (loosen) to lower
the front mower.
Turn nut
left to
lower
mower
NOTE: Each full turn of adjustment nut will
change mower height about 3/16" (4,7 mm).
3. Test your adjustment by mowing some
uncut grass and visually checking the
appearance. Readjust, if necessary, until
you are satisfied with the results.
B
PRECISION SIDE-TO-SIDE ADJUSTMENT
1. With all tires properly inflated, park tractor
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 distance "A" from
bottom edge of blade to ground. The distance should be the same on both sides.
4. If adjustment is necessary, see steps in
Visual Adjustment instructions above.
5. Recheck measurements; adjust if necessary until both sides are equal.
A
B
A
Tighten adjust
nut "B" to
raise mower 02950
Loosen adjust
nut "B" to
lower mower
Loosen jam nut "A" first
NOTE: Each full turn of adjustment nut will
change mower height about 1/8" (3,1 mm).
• Recheck measurements, adjust if necessary until front tip of blade is 1/8 to 1/2"
(3,1 to 12,7 mm) lower than the rear tip.
• Hold adjustment nut in position with
wrench and tighten jam nut securely
against adjustment nut.
A
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BELT INSTALLATION 1. Install new belt from tractor rear to front,
over the steering plate (F) and above
clutch brake pedal shaft (G).
2. Pull belt toward front of tractor and roll
belt onto engine pulley (E).
3. Pull belt toward rear of tractor. Carefully
work belt down around transmission
cooling fan and onto the input pulley (D).
Be sure belt is inside the belt keeper.
4. Install belt on centerspan idler (C).
5. Install belt through stationary idler (A)
and clutching idler (B).
6. Make sure belt is in all pulley grooves
and inside all belt guides and keepers.
7. Install mower (See “TO INSTALL MOWER” in this section of manual).
TO REPLACE MOWER BLADE DRIVE BELT
The mower blade drive belt may be replaced
without tools. Park the tractor on level surface. Engage parking brake.
BELT REMOVAL 1. Remove mower. (See “TO REMOVE
MOWER” in this section of manual.)
2. Work belt off mandrel pulley and idler
pulleys.
3. Pull belt away from mower.
BELT INSTALLATION 1. Work belt around mandrel pulley and
idler pulleys
2. Make sure belt is in all pulley grooves
and inside all belt guides.
3. Install mower (See “To Install Mower” in
this section of this manual).
Mandrel
Pulley
Idler
Pulleys
E
F
A
B
TO REPLACE MOTION DRIVE BELT
Park the tractor on level surface. Engage
parking brake. For assistance, there is a
belt installation guide decal on bottom side
of left footrest.
C
BELT REMOVAL 1. Remove mower (See “TO REMOVE
MOWER” in this section of manual).
NOTE: Observe entire motion drive belt
and position of all belt guides and keepers.
2. Remove belt from stationary idler (A) and
clutching idler (B).
3. Remove belt from centerspan idler (C).
6. Pull belt slack toward rear of tractor.
Carefully remove belt upwards from
transmission input pulley and over cooling fan blades (D).
4. Remove belt downward from engine
pulley (E).
5. Slide belt toward rear of tractor, off the
steering plate (F) and remove from tractor.
D
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G
TRANSAXLE MOTION CONTROL LEVER NEUTRAL ADJUSTMENT
The motion control lever has been preset
at the factory and adjustment should not
be necessary.
1. Loosen adjustment bolt in front of the
right rear wheel, and lightly tighten.
2. Start engine and move motion control lever until tractor does not move
forward or backward.
3. Hold motion control lever in that position and turn engine off.
4. While holding motion control lever in
place, loosen the adjustment bolt.
5. Move motion control lever to the neutral (N) (lock gate) position.
6. Tighten adjustment bolt securely.
NOTE: If additional clearance is needed
to get to adjustment bolt, move mower
deck height to the lowest position.
After above adjustment is made, if the
tractor still creeps forward or backward
while motion control lever is in neutral
position, follow these steps:
1. Loosen the adjustment bolt.
2. Move the motion control lever 1/4 to
1/2 inch in the direction it is trying to
creep.
3. Tighten adjustment bolt securely.
4. Start engine and test.
5. If tractor still creeps, repeat above
steps until satisfied.
Motion Control
Lever
02239
TO CHECK BRAKE
If tractor requires more than five (5) feet (1,5
m) to stop at highest speed in highest gear
on a level, dry concrete or paved surface,
then brake must be serviced.
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 disengaged” 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
you try to manually push the tractor forward.
If the rear wheels rotate, then the brake
needs to be serviced. Contact a Sears or
other qualified service center.
FRONT WHEEL TOE-IN/CAMBER
Your new tractor front wheel toe-in and
camber 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 WHEEL FOR REPAIRS
1. Block up axle securely.
2. 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 tire dry rot and corrosion.
Adjustment Bolt
Neutral
Lock Gate
Washers
Retaining
Ring
3
0066
Axle Cover
27
Square Key (Rear
Wheel Only)
TO START ENGINE WITH A WEAK BATTERY
WARNING: Lead-acid batteries generate explosive gases. Keep sparks, flame
and smoking materials away from batteries.
Always wear eye protection when around
batteries.
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.
REPLACING BATTERY
WARNING: Do not short battery terminals 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 seat pan to raised position.
2. Remove terminal cover.
3. Disconnect BLACK battery cable then
RED battery cable and carefully remove
battery from tractor.
4. Install new battery with terminals in same
position as old battery.
5. Reinstall terminal cover.
6. First connect RED battery cable to positive (+) battery terminal with bolt and nut
as shown. Tighten securely.
7. Connect BLACK grounding cable to negative (-) battery terminal with remaining
bolt and nut. Tighten securely
8. Lower seat pan.
TO ATTACH JUMPER CABLES 1. Connect one end of the RED cable to the
POSITIVE (+) terminal of each battery(AB), taking care not to short against tractor
chassis.
2. Connect one end of the BLACK cable
to the NEGATIVE (-) terminal (C) of fully
charged battery.
3. Connect the other end of the BLACK
cable (D) to good chassis ground, away
from fuel tank and battery.
Seat Pan
TO REMOVE CABLES, REVERSE ORDER 1. BLACK cable first from chassis and then
from the fully charged battery.
2. RED cable last from both batteries.
Terminal
Cover
Weak or Dead
Battery
Negative
(Black)
Cable
Nut
Bolt
Positive
(Red)
Cable
Fully Charged
Battery
02603
TO REPLACE HEADLIGHT BULB
1. Raise hood.
2. Remove bulb holder from 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
Loose or damaged wiring may cause your
tractor to run poorly, stop running, or prevent
it from starting.
• Check wiring.
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TO REPLACE FUSE
Replace with 30 amp automotive-type plugin fuse. The fuse holder is located behind
the dash.
TO REMOVE HOOD AND GRILL ASSEMBLY
1. Raise hood.
2. Unsnap headlight wire connector.
3. Stand in front of tractor. Grasp hood at
sides, tilt toward engine and lift off of
tractor.
4. When replacing hood, be sure to reconnect the headlight wire connector.
Hood
Headlight Wire
Connector
TRANSMISSION REMOVAL/
REPLACEMENT
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
TO ADJUST THROTTLE CONTROL
CABLE
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
The choke control has been preset at the
factory and adjustment should not be necessary. If adjustment is necessary, see engine
manual.
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STORAGE
Immediately prepare your tractor for storage
at the end of the season or if the tractor will
not be used for 30 days or more.
ENGINE
FUEL 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 if using fuel stabilizer.
ENGINE OIL
Drain oil (with engine warm) and replace
with clean engine oil. (See “ENGINE” in the
Maintenance section of this manual).
CYLINDER(S)
1. Remove spark plug(s).
2. Pour one ounce (29.5 mL) of oil through
spark plug hole(s) into cylinder(s).
3. Turn ignition key to “START” position for
a few seconds to distribute oil.
4. Replace with new spark plug(s).
WARNING: Never store the tractor 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 manual).
2. Inspect and replace belts, if necessary
(See belt replacement instructions in the
Service and Adjustments section of this
manual).
3. Lubricate as shown in the Maintenance
section of this manual.
4. Ensure that all nuts, bolts and screws
are securely fastened. Inspect moving
parts for damage, breakage and wear.
Replace if necessary.
5. Touch up all rusted or chipped paint
surfaces; sand lightly before painting.
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
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.
• If unit is equipped with battery indicator/
charging plug, an optional charging unit
may be purchased and connected to the
unit to charge the battery during long term
storage. Inspect and clean the battery
terminals as needed prior to long term
storage with charger connected.
OTHER
• Do not store gasoline from one season to
another.
• Replace your gasoline can if your can 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 cannot breathe
which allows condensation to form and will
cause your tractor to rust.
IMPORTANT: Never cover tractor while
engine and exhaust areas are still warm.
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TROUBLESHOOTING CHART:
See appropriate section in manual unless directed to Sears service center.
PROBLEM
Will not start
Hard to start
Engine will not
turn over
Engine clicks but
will not start
CAUSE
CORRECTION
1
Out of fuel.
1
Fill fuel tank.
2
Engine not “CHOKED” properly.
2
See “TO START ENGINE” in
Operation section.
3
Engine flooded.
3
Wait several minutes before
attempting to start.
4
Bad spark plug.
4
Replace spark plug.
5
Dirty air filter.
5
Clean/replace air filter.
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 wiring.
8
Check all wiring.
9
Engine valves out of adjustment.
9
Contact a Sears or other qualified
service center.
1
Dirty air filter.
1
Clean/replace air filter.
2
Bad spark plug.
2
Replace spark plug.
3
Weak or dead battery.
3
Recharge or replace battery.
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 all wiring.
7
Engine valves out of adjustment.
7
Contact a Sears or other qualified
service center.
1
Clutch/brake pedal not depressed. 1
Depress clutch/brake pedal.
2
Attachment clutch is engaged.
2
Disengage attachment clutch.
3
Weak or dead battery.
3
Recharge or replace battery.
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 or starter.
9
Faulty operator presence
switch(es).
9
Contact a Sears or other qualified
service center.
1
Weak or dead battery.
1
Recharge or replace battery.
2
Corroded battery terminals.
2
Clean battery terminals.
3
Loose or damaged wiring.
3
Check all wiring.
4
Faulty solenoid or starter.
4
Check/replace solenoid or starter.
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TROUBLESHOOTING CHART:
See appropriate section in manual unless directed to Sears service center.
PROBLEM
Loss of power
CAUSE
1
CORRECTION
Cutting too much grass/too fast.
1
Raise cutting height/reduce speed.
2
Throttle in “CHOKE” position.
2
Adjust throttle control.
3
Build-up of grass, leaves and
trash under mower.
3
Clean underside of mower
housing.
4
Dirty air filter.
4
Clean/replace air filter.
5
Low oil level/dirty oil.
5
Check oil level/change oil.
6
Faulty spark plug.
6
Clean & regap or change spark plug.
7
Dirty fuel filter.
7
Replace fuel filter.
8
Stale or dirty fuel.
8
Empty fuel tank and refill tank with
fresh, 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 & tighten spark plug wire.
11
Dirty engine air screen/fins.
11 Clean engine air screen/fins.
12
Dirty/clogged muffler.
12 Clean/replace muffler.
13
Loose or damaged wiring.
13 Check all wiring.
14
Engine valves out of adjustment.
14 Contact a Sears or other qualified
service center.
1
Worn, bent or loose blade.
1
Replace blade. Tighten blade bolt.
2
Bent blade mandrel.
2
Contact a Sears or other qualified
service center.
3
Loose/damaged part(s).
3
Tighten loose part(s).
Replace damaged parts.
Engine continues to
run when operator
leaves seat with
attachment clutch
engaged
1
Faulty operator-safety presence
control system.
1
Check wiring, switches and
connections. If not corrected,
contact a Sears or other qualified
service center.
Poor cut - uneven
cutting
1
Excessive vibration
CAUTION: DO NOT
operate machine until
problem is corrected.
Worn, bent or loose blade.
1
Replace blade. Tighten blade bolt.
2
Mower deck not level.
2
Level mower deck.
3
Buildup of grass, leaves, and
trash under mower.
3
Clean underside of mower
housing.
4
Bent blade mandrel.
4
Contact a Sears or other
qualified service center.
5
Clogged mower deck vent from
build-up of grass, leaves, and
trash around mandrels.
5
Clean around mandrels to
open vent holes.
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TROUBLESHOOTING CHART:
See appropriate section in manual unless directed to Sears service center.
PROBLEM
Mower blades will
not rotate
Poor grass
discharge
Headlight(s) not
working
(if so equipped)
Battery will not
charge
CAUSE
CORRECTION
1
Obstruction in clutch mechanism.
2
Worn/damaged mower drive belt. 2
1
Remove obstruction.
Replace mower drive belt.
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 control in “FAST”
position.
2
Travel speed too fast.
2
Shift to slower speed.
3
Wet grass.
3
Allow grass to dry before mowing.
4
Mower deck not level.
4
Level mower deck.
5
Low/uneven tire air pressure.
5
Check tires for proper PSI.
6
Worn, bent or loose blade.
6
Replace/sharpen blade. Tighten
blade bolt.
7
Buildup of grass, leaves and
trash under mower.
7
Clean underside of mower
housing.
8
Mower drive belt worn.
8
Replace mower drive belt.
9
Blades improperly installed.
9
Reinstall blades sharp edge down.
10
Improper blades used.
10 Replace with blades listed in
this manual.
11
Clogged mower deck vent holes 11 Clean around mandrels to
from buildup of grass, leaves, and
open vent holes.
trash around mandrels.
1
Light switch is “OFF”.
1
Turn light switch “ON”.
2
Bulb(s) or lamp(s) burned out.
2
Replace bulb(s) or lamp(s).
3
Faulty light switch.
3
Check/replace light switch.
4
Loose or damaged wiring.
4
Check wiring and connections.
5
Blown fuse.
5
Replace fuse.
1
Bad battery cell(s).
1
Replace battery.
2
Poor cable connections.
2
Check/clean all connections.
3
Faulty regulator (if so equipped).
3
Replace regulator.
4
Faulty alternator.
4
Replace alternator.
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TROUBLESHOOTING CHART:
See appropriate section in manual unless directed to Sears service center.
PROBLEM
CAUSE
CORRECTION
1
Freewheel control in
“DISENGAGED” position.
1
Place freewheel control in
“ENGAGED” position.
2
Debris on steering plate (if
equipped).
2
See "CLEANING" in the
maintenance section.
3
Motion drive belt worn, damaged, 3
or broken.
Replace motion drive belt.
4
Air trapped in transmission during 4
shipment or servicing.
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 1
between half and full speed (fast)
position before stopping engine.
Move throttle control 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.
Turn ignition key to ROS “ON”
position. See Operation section.
Loss of drive
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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 other 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.
WARNING: To avoid serious injury, operate your tractor up and
down the face of slopes, never across the face. Do not mow
slopes greater than 15 degrees. Make turns gradually to prevent
tipping or loss of control. Exercise extreme caution when
changing direction on slopes.
15 DEGREES MAX.
ONLY RIDE UP AND DOWN HILL,
NOT ACROSS HILL
FOL
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THIS
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