Craftsman 917.25574 Operator`s manual

Craftsman 917.25574 Operator`s manual
Operator's Manual
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LAWN TRACTOR
21.5 HR* 42" Mower
Electric Start
Automatic Transmission
Model No.
917.25574
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 (El0) wi!l void the product warranty.
Sears Brands Management Corporation, Hoffman Estates, IL 60179 U.S.A,
Visit our Craftsman website:www, sears.comicraftsman
*As rated bythe
engine
manufacturer
581469827
Maintenance Schedule ........................
Maintenance ........................................
Service and Adjustments .....................
Storage ................................................
Troubleshooting ...................................
Warranty ................................................ 2
Safety Rules .......................................... 3
Product Specifications ........................... 6
Assem bly/Pre-O peration ....................... 7
Operation ............................................. 10
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Craftsman Riding Equipment Warranty
CRAFTSMAN FULL WARRANTY
FOR TWO YEARS from the date of purchase, all non-expendable parts of this riding equipment are
warranted against any defects in material or workmanship. A defective non-expendable part will
receive free in-home repair or replacement if repair is impossible.
FOR FIVE YEARS from the date of purchase, the frame and front axle of this riding equipment are
warranted against any defects in material or workmanship. A defective frame or front axle will receive
free in-home repair or replacement if repair is impossible.
FOR 90 DAYS from the date of purchase, the battery (an expendable part) of this riding equipmen'_
is warranted against any defects in material or workmanship (our testing proves that it will not hold a
charge). A defective battery will receive free in-home replacement.
ADDITIONAL LIFETIME LIMITED WARRANTY on CAST IRON FRONT AXLE (if equipped)
FOR AS LONG AS IT IS USED by the original owner after the fifth year from the date of purchase, the
cast iron front axle (if equipped) of this riding equipment is warranted against any defects in material or
workmanship. With proof of purchase, a defective cast front axle will receive free in-home replacement.
WARRANTY SERVICE
For warranty coverage details to obtain free repair or replacement, call 1-800-659-5917 or visit the
web site: www,craftsman.com
In all cases above, if part repair or replacement is impossible, the riding equipment will be replaced
free of charge with the same or an equivalent model.
All of the above warranty coverage is void if this riding equipment is ever used while providing
commercial services or if rented to another person.
This warranty covers ONLY defects in material and workmanship. Warranty coverage does NOT
include:
• Expendable parts (except battery) that can wear out from normal use within the warranty period,
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, axle assembly 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 dding
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.
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
2
Estates,
IL 60179
_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,
•
_WARNING:
Do not coast down a hill in
neutral, you may lose control of the tractor.
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_ILWARNING: 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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Ld_IbWARNING:
Battery posts, terminals and
related accessories contain lead and lead
compounds, chemicals known tothe State of
California to cause cancer and birth defects
or other reproductive harm. Wash hands
after handling,
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L GENERAL OPERATION
• Read, understand, andfoliowallinstructions 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 ffanyone
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 operatethe machine while under
the influence of alcohol or drugs.
Watch for traffic when operating near or
crossing roadways.
Useextracare 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.
Followthe 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 coo] before storage.
II. SLOPE OPERATION
Slopes are a major factor related to loss of
control and tip-over accidents, which can
result in severe injury or death. Operation
on all slopes requires extra caution. If you
cannot back up the slope or ifyou 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 mowon wet grass. Tires maylose
traction.
Always keep the machine in gear when
going down slopes. Do not shiftto neutral
and coast downhill.
• 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.
• 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.
!11.CHILDREN
_WARNING: CHILDRENCAN BEINJURED
BYTHIS 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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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.
Nevercarrychildren, evenwiththeblades
shutoff. They may fall offand 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
• Tow only with a machine that has a hitch
designed for towing. Do not attach towed
equipment except at the hitch point.
• Followthe manufacturer's recommendation for weight timitsfor towed equipment
and towing on slopes.
• Never allow children or others in or on
towed equipment.
• Qn slopes, the weight ofthetowed equipment may cause lossof traction and loss
of control.
• Travel slowly and allow extra distance to
stop.
V. SERVICE
SAFE HANDLING OF GASOLINE
To avoid personal iniury 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.
• Neverstorethe machine or fuel container
where there is an open flame, spark, or
pilot light such as on a water heater or
other appliances.
- Never fill containers inside a vehicle or
on a truck or trailer bed with plastic liner,
Always place containers on the ground
away from your vehicle when filling.
.
Remove
gas-powered
equipment
from •
thetruckortrailerandrefuelitonthe
ground,
Ifthisisnotpossible,
thenrefuel •
such
equipmentwith
aportable
container,
ratherthanfroma gasoline
dispenser
nozzle,
• Keep
thenozzle
incontact
withtherim •
ofthefueltankorcontainer
opening
at
alltimesuntilfueling
iscomplete.
Donot
usea nozzle
lock-open
device.
•
• fffuelisspilled
onclothing,
change
clothingimmediately.
•
• Never
overfill
fueltank.Replace
gascap
andtighten
securely,
Never tamper withsafety 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 machineto 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 andthe
discharge chute frequently and replace
with manufacturer's recommended parts,
when necessary.
• Mowerbtadesaresharp. Wrapthebiade
or wear gloves, and use extra caution
when servicing them,
• Checkbrakeoperationfrequently, Adjust
and service as required,
GENERAL SERVICE
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Never operate machine ina closed area.
Keep all nuts and boltstightto besurethe
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 inthe past maysuddenly
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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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, lfthetires Iosetraction, disengage
the blades and proceed slowly straight
down the s]ope.
• If machine stops while going uphill,
disengage blades, shift intoreverse and
back down slowly.
• Do not turn on slopes unless necessary,
and then, turn slowly and gradually
downhill, if possible.
• Whenloadingorunloadingthismachine,
do not exceed the maximum recommended operation angle of 15°.
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PRODUCT
SPECIFICATIONS
CUSTOMER
Gasoline Capacity
and type:
3,0 Gallons/l 1,35 L
Regular Unleaded
Oil Type:
(API: SG-SL)
SAE 30 (above 32_F/0°C
SAtE 5W30 (below 32°F/0°C
Oil Capacity:
W/Filter:
64 Oz./1.96 L
W/out Filter,' 52 Oz./1,5 L
Spark Plug:
Champion QC12YC
(Gap: .040"/1.02 mm)
Charging
System:
3 Amps Battery
5 Amps Headlights
Battery:
Amp/Hr:
Min, CCA:
Case size:
Blade Bolt Torque:
45-55 Ft. Lbs,/62-75
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CONGRATULATIONS on your purchase of
a new tractor, tt has been designed, engineered and manufactured togive youthe best
possible dependability and performance.
Should you experience any problem you cannot easily remedy, please contact a Sears or
otherqualifiedservicecenter. We havecompetent, well-trained representatives and the
proper tools to service or repair this tractor.
Please read and retain this manual. The
instructions wilj enable you to assembJe
and maintain your tractor properly. Always
observe the "SAFETY RULES".
RESPONSIBILITIES
• Read and observe the safety rules,
• Follow a regular schedule in maintaining,
caring for and using your tractor.
• Follow instructionsunder "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
notmowinshorts
and!or opentoedfootwear.
• Always letsomeone knowyou are outside
mowing.
_WAR NING: 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 Californiathe above is required
by law (Section 4442 ofthe 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).
Keys
Battery
Slope Sheet
(2) Hex Bolts
(t) Oil Drain Tube
(2) Nut Keps
Key(s)
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
as necessary to ensure proper tightness,
TOOLS REQUIRED FOR ASSEMBLY
A socket wrench set will make assembly
easier. Standard wrench sizes are listed.
(I) 5/16" wrench
(2) 7/16" wrenches
(2) 1/2" wrenches
(1) 9/16" wrench
Utility knife
Tire pressure gauge
Pliers
When right or left hand is mentioned in this
manual, it meanswhen youareintheoperating
position (seated behind the steering wheel),
TO REMOVE
TRACTOR
FROM
CARTON
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.
BEFORE REMOVING
FROM SKID
TRACTOR
securely.
Use the correct tools
INSTALL STEERING WHEEL
Position front wheels of the tractor so
they are pointing straight forward,
• Position steering wheel so cross bars
are horizontal (leftto right) and slide onto
steering wheel adapter.
• Secure steering wheel to steering shaft
with locknut and large flat washer previously removed. Tighten securely,
• Snap steering wheel insert into center of
steering wheel.
• Remove protective materials fromtractor
hood and griE
IMPORTANT: Check for and remove any
staples in skid that may puncture tires where
tractor is to roll off skid.
Nut_
"_"-insert
('F--._-_,_.__
_ Large FiatWasher
TO INSTALL STEERING WHEEL
ASSEMBLE EXTENSION SHAFT AND
BOOT
• ' Slide extension shaft onto lower steering
shaft.
• Place tabs ofsteering bootovertabs[ots
in dash and push down to secure.
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L_eweir
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Adapter
Extension
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 packingand 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.
Seat
switch
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NOTE: You may now roll your tractor offthe
skid. Followthe appropriate instructionbelow
to remove the tractor from the skid.
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,
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TO ROLL TRACTOR OFF SKID
Operation section for location
function of controls)
/
Pad.
1. Raise attachment lift lever to its highest
position.
2. Release parking brake by depressing
brake pedal.
3. Place freewheel control in disengaged
position to disengage transmission (See
"TO TRANSPORT" inthe 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.
Slot
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Tape
Wiring harness
4. Push down on seat to engage pads in
slotsand pull seat towards rearof 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 atl
the way down. Ifoperating positionis not
comfortable, adjust seat,
CHECK TIRE PRESSURE
The tires on your tractor were overinfiated at
the factory for shipping purposes. Correct
tire pressure is important for best cutting
performance.
• Reduce tire pressure to PSt shown on
tires.
R_
washer
\
Bolt
(See
and
CHECK DECK LEVELNESS
For best cutting results, mower housing
should be properlyleveled. 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 ofthis manual. Verifythatthe belts are routed correctly.
Adjustment
handle
TO ADJUST SEAT
Grasp adjustment handle and pullup, slide
seat to desired positionand release adjustment handle.
CHECK BRAKE SYSTEM
After you learn how to operate your tractor,
checkto see that the brake is operating properly. See"TO CHECK BRAKE" inthe Service
and Adjustments section of this manual.
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,/'CHECKLIST
Before you operate your new tractor, we
wish to assure that you receive the best
performance and satisfaction from this
Qualib] Product.
Please review the following checklist:
`/All assembly instructions have been completed.
`/No remaining loose parts in carton.
,/Battery
is properly
prepared and
charged.
,/Seatis adjusted comfortablyandtightened
securely.
J 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).
J 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 howto useyourtractor, pay extra attention to the following important items:
`/Engine oil is at proper level.
,/Fuel tank isfilled with fresh, clean, regular
unleaded gasoline.
,/Become familiar with all controls, their location and function. Operatethem before
you start the engine.
,/Be sure brake system is in safe operating
condition.
v" Be sure Operator Presence System and
Reverse Operation System (ROS) are
working properly (See the Operation and
Maintenance sections in this manual).
v" Itisimportantto purgethetransmissionbefore
operating your tractor for the first time. Follow properstartingandtransmission purging
instructions (See "TO START ENGINE"and
"PURGETRANSMISSION" intheOperation
section of this manual).
These
symbols
mayappear
onyourtractor
orinJiterature
supplied
withtheproduct.
Learn and understand their meaning,
R
N
REVERSE
H
NEUTRAL
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L
HIGH
LOW
CHOKE
FAST
SLOW
IGNmON
ENGINE
OFF
REVERSE
OPERA'_ON
ENGINE
ON
ENGINE
START
PARKING
BRAKE
MOWER
HEIGHT
SWITCH
MOWER
LIFT
SYSTEM(ROe)
÷
UGHTS
ON
FUEL
ATTACHMENT
CLUTCH DISENGAGED
BATTERY
REVERSE
A'rrACHMENT
CLUTCH ENGAGED
FORWARD
DANGER_ KEEP HANDS
AND FEET AWAY
CRUISE
KEEP
CONTROL
....
AREA
CLEAR
(SEE SAFETY
CLUTCWBRAKE
PEDAL
SLOPE
RULES
HAZARDS
SECTION)
DANGER indicates a hazard which, if not avoided,
wilt result in death or serious injury.
FREE
(Automatic
WARNING indicates a hazard which, if not avoided.
could result in death or serious injury.
WHEEL
Models
only)
CAUTION indicates a hazard which, if not avoided,
might result in minor or moderate injury.
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.
CAUTION when used without the ater[ symbol,
indicates a situation that could result in damage
to the tractor and/or engine.
HOT SURFACES indicales a hazard which,
,,,_it_!,_..if not avoided, could result in death, serious injury
and/or property damage.
FIRE indicates
hazardserious
which, if
not avoided,
could
result inadeath,
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 tractorto familiarize yourself with the locations of
various controls and adjustments. Save this manual for future reference.
Our tractors conform to the applicable safety standards of the
American National Standards institute,
(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 CONTROL - Used to
control engine speed.
(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) CRUISE CONTROL LEVER - Used to
set forward movement of tractor at desired
speed without holding the forward drive
pedal.
(K) FORWARD DRIVE PEDALUsed for
forward movement of tractor.
(L) REVERSE DRIVE PEDALUsed for
reverse movement of tractor.
(M) FREEWHEEL
CONTROL - Disengages transmission for pushing or slowly
towing the tractor with the engine off,
(N) CHOKE CONTROL - Used when
starting a cold engine.
(P) SERVICE REMINDER!HOUR
METER
- Indicates when service is required for the
engine and mower.
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The operation of any tractor can result in foreign objects thrown int4
the eyes, which can result in severe eye damage, Always wear safety1
glasses or eye shields while operating your tractor or performing anyl
adjustments or repairs. We recommend standard safety glasses ora I
wide vision safety mask worn over spectacles.
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HOW TO USE YOUR TRACTOR
NOTE: Failureto movethrottle controlto slow
TO SET PARKING BRAKE
positionand allowing engine to idle before
stopping may cause engine to "backfire".
Your tractor is equipped with an operator
presence sensing switch. When engine is • "SJrnignition key (F) to "STOP" position
and remove key. Always remove keywhen
running, any attempt bythe operatorto leave
leavingtractorto prevent unauthorized use.
the seatwithout first setting the parking brake
will shut off the engine.
• Never use choke to stop engine.
t. Depress brake pedal (B) all the way down
IMPORTANT: Leaving the ignition switch in
and hold.
any position otherthan "STOP" will causethe
2, Pull parking brake lever (C) up and hold,
battery to discharge and go dead.
release pressure from brake pedal (B),
NOTE: Under certain conditions whentractor
then release parking brake lever, Pedal
is standing idle with the engine running, hot
should remain in brake position. Make engine exhaust gases may cause "brownsure parking brake will hold tractor se- ing" of grass. To eliminate this possibility,
cure.
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 THROTrLE CONTROL (D)
Always operate engine at full speed (fast).
° Operating engine at less than full speed
(fast) reduces engine's operating effiSTOPPING
ciency.
• Full speed (fast) offers the best mower
MOWER BLADES performance.
• To stop mower blades, move attachment
clutch controlto disengaged position (f_t).
TO USE CHOKE CONTROL (N)
Use choke controlwhenever you are starting a cold engine. Do not use to start a
warm engine.
• To engage choke control, pull knob out,
GROUND DRIVE Slowly push knob in to disengage.
° Tostopground drive, depress brake pedal
TO MOVE FORWARD AND BACKWARD
all the way down.
The direction and speed of movement
IMPORTANI_ Forward and reverse drive
is controlledby the forward and reverse
pedals return to neutral position when not drive pedals,
depressed,
1. Start tractorand release parking brake,
ENGINE 2. Slowly depressforward (K) or reverse(L)
drive pedal to begin movement, Ground
• Move throttle control (D) to slow position.
speed increases the further down the
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pedal is depressed.
(1_1) Attachment
Clutch Control
"Engaged ....
(1_)
Attachment
Clutch Control
Disengaged"
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.
TO USE CRUISE CONTROL
The cruise control feature can be used for
forward travel only.
SYSTEM CHARACTERISTICS
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 terrian
or while trimmimg or turning,
• With forward drive pedal (K) depressed to
desired speed, pull cruise control lever (J)
up and hold while lifting your foot off the
pedal, then release the lever.
Todisengagethe cruise control, depress the
brake pedal or tap on forward drive pedal.
TO ADJUST MOWER CUTTING HEIGHT
The position of the attachment lift lever (A)
determines the cutting height.
• Put attachment lift lever in desired cutting height slot.
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.
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 offthe ground. Install
gauge wheel in appropriate hole. Tighten
securely.
3, Repeat for all, installinggauge 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.
TO STOP MOWER BLADES
Disengage attachment clutch control.
_JLCAUTION: Do not operate the mower
without either the entire grass catcher, on
mowers so equipped, or the deflector shield
(S) in place.
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REVERSE OPERATION SYSTEM (ROS)
Your tractor is equipped with a Reverse
Operation System (ROS). Any attempt by
the operatorto travel in the reverse direction
withthe attachmentclutchengaged wiI]shut
off the engine unless ignitionkey is placed
in the ROS "ON" position.
,_iLWARNING: Backing up with the attachment clutch engaged while mowing is
stronglydiscouraged.Turningthe ROS"ON",
to allow reverse operation with the attachment clutch engaged, shouldonly be done
when the operator decides it is necessary to
repositionthe 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. 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
backing,
4. Slowly depress reverse drive pedal to
start movement.
5. When useofthe ROSis no longer needed.
turn the ignition key clockwise to engine
"ON" position.
RQS"ON" Position
Engine"ON" Position
(NormalOperating)
TO OPERATE ON HILLS
_I_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,
• Avoidstoppingorchangingspeedon
hills.
• if stopping is absolutely necessary, push
brake pedal quickly to brake position and
engage parking brake.
o To restart movement, slowly release parking brake and brake pedal
• Slowly depress appropriate drive pedal to
slowest setting.
o Make all turns slowly.
TO TRANSPORT
When pushing or towing your tractor, be
sure to disengage transmission by placing
freewheel control in freewheeling position.
Freewheel control is located at the rear
drawbar of tractor,
1. Raise attachment lift lever to its highest
position.
2. Pullfreewheel control out and intothe slot
andreleaseso it is held inthe disengaged
position,
• Do not push or tow tractor at more than
two (2) MPH,
• Tore-engage transmission, reverse above
procedure.
Transmission Engaged
Transmission Disengaged
NOTE: To protect hood from damage when
transporting your tractor on a truck or atrailer,
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 Jose control of your tractor,
SERVICE REMINDER/HOUR METER
Service reminder shows the total number of
hours the engine has run and indicates when
the engine or mower needs servicing, After
every 50 hours of operation the oil can icon
will stay on for 2 hours or until a manual reset
occurs. To reset the display manually turn
the ignition switch to the on position, then
the off position five times (1 second on, 1
second off), To service engine and mower,
seethe Maintenance section of this manual.
Note: Service reminder runs when the
ignition key is in any position but "STOP",
For accurate reading, be sure key remains
in the "STOP" position when engine is not
running.
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BEFORE STARTING THE ENGINE
CHECK ENGINE OIL LEVEL
The engine inyour 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 afew 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 changeengine oU,see the Maintenance
section in this manual.
ADD GASOLINE
•Fili fuel tank to bottom of filler neck. Do
not overfill. Use fresh, 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 oilwith
gasoline. Purchase fuel in quantities that
can be used within 30 days to assure fuel
freshness.
ACAUTION: Wipe offany spilled oil or fuel,
Do not store, spill or use gasoline near an
open flame.
IMPORTANT: When operating in temperatures below 32°F(0°C), use fresh, clean
winter grade gasoline to help insure good
cold weather starting,
CAUTION: Alcohol blended fuels (called
gasohol or using ethanol or methanol) can
attract moisture which leads to separation
andformation ofacids during storage. Acidic
gas can damage thefuei 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.
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. Be sure freewheel control is inthe transmission engaged position.
2. Sit on seat in operating position, depress
brake pedal and set parking brake.
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3. Move attachment clutch to disengaged
position.
4. Move throttle control to fast position
5. 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, read the warm and
cold starting procedures below.
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, push
choke control in, wait a few minutes and
try again. If engine still does not start,
pull the choke control out and retry.
WARM WEATHER STARTI NG
(50°F (10°C) and above)
7. When engine starts, slowly push choke
control in until the engine begins to run
smoothly. If the engine starts to run
roughly, pullthe choke controi outslightly
for a few seconds and then continue to
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 itto warm up for one minute
using the choke as described above.
COLD WEATHER STARTING
(50°F (10°C) and below)
7, 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 UP
Before driving the unit in cold weather, the
transmission should be warmed up as follows:
1. Be sure the tractor is on level ground.
2, Release the parking brake and let the
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 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.
NOTE: tfata high altitude (above 3000 feet)
or in cold temperatures (below 32°F (O°C))
the carburetor fuel mixture may need to be
adjusted for best engine performance (see
"TO ADJUST CARBURETOR" in the Service
and Adjustments section of this manual).
PURGE TRANSMISSION
_CAUTION:
Never engage or disengage
freewheel lever while the engine is running.
Toensure 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.
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 stow position. Disengage parking brake.
_!4]kCAUTION: At any time, during step 4,
there may be movement of the drive wheels.
4. Depress forward drive pedal tofull 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,
5. 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. Disengage
parking brake,
8. Drive tractor forward for approximately
five feet then backwards for five feet.
Repeatthis driving procedurethreetimes.
'four transmission is now purged and now
ready for normal operation.
MOWING TIPS
• Tire chains cannot be used 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 haTard 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.
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GENERAL RECOMMENDATIONS
The warranty on thistractordoes 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
periodicaltyto 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.
BEFORE EACH USE
1. Check engine oil level.
2. Check brake operation.
3. Check tire pressure.
4. Check operator presence and
ROS systems for proper operation.
5. Check for loose fasteners,
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LUBRICATION CHART
(gSteering
Pivot Bolts
(9
Zerk
Wheel
Bearing
Zerk
•
Steerin
Sector
Gear
Zerk
Wheel
Bearing
Zerk
Engine
Teeth
(_Generaf Purpose Grease
@Refer to Maintenance "ENGINE"
Sect on
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. Ifyoufeelthey must be lubricated,
use only a dry, powdered graphite type lubricant sparingly,
TRACTOR
Always observe safety rules when performing any maintenance.
BRAKE OPERATION
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
• 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.
• 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 notfunction as described, repair the problem immediately.
• The engine should not start unless the
brake pedal is futly depressed, and the
attachment clutch control is in the disengaged position.
CHECK OPERATOR PRESENCE
SYSTEM
o 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.
ROS "ON"Position
Engine"ON" Position
(NormalOperating)
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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.
BLADE CARE
For best results mower blades must be
sharp. Replace worn, bent or damaged
blades.
_q=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 hoe n bade must align with star
on mandrel assembly.
4. Install and tighten blade belt securely
(45-55 Ft. Lbs./62-75 Nm torque).
IMPORTANT: Special blade bolt is heat
treated,
Blade
BladeBolt
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Assemblv
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 I 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.
TOCLEAN
BATTERY
ANDTERMINALSNOTE: Although multi-viscosity oils
Corrosion
anddirtonthebattery
andtermi- (5W30, 10W30 etc.) improve starting in
nalscancause
thebattery
to"leak"
power. cold weather, they will result in increased
1. Disconnect
BLACK
battery
cable
first oil consumption when used above
thenREDbattery
cable
andremove 32°F/0°C, Check your engine oil level
battery
fromtractor,
more frequently to avoid possible engine
2. Rinse
thebattery
withplainwater
and damage from running low on oil,
dry.
the oil after every 50 hours of op.
3. Clean
terminals
andbattery
cable
ends Change
eration or at least once a year if the tractor
withwirebrush
untilbright.
is not used for 50 hours in one year,
4, Coatterminals
withgrease
orpetro- Check
the crankcase oil level before startleum
jelly.
the engine and after each eight (8)
5. Reinstall
battery
(See
"REPLACING ing
BATTERY"
intheSERVICE
ANDAD- hours of operation, Tighten oil fill cap/
securely each time you check the
JUSTMENTS
section
ofthismanual). dipstick
oil level.
TRANSAXLE
COOLING
TO CHANGE ENGINE OIL
Thetransmission
fanandcooling
fins
Determine temperature range expected
should
bekeptclean
toassure
proper
before oil change. All oil must meet API
cooling.
Donotattempt
toclean
fanortransmis- service classification SG-SL.
sionwhileengine
isrunning
orwhilethe 1. Ensure tractor is on level surface,
transmission
ishot.Toprevent
possible
Oil will drain more freely when warm.
damage
toseals,
donotusehighpressure2,
3. Catch oil in a suitable container.
waterorsteam
toclean
transaxle.
oil fill cap/dipstick. Be careful
• Inspect
cooling
fantobesurefanblades 4, Remove
not to allow dirt to enter the engine when
areintact
andclean,
changing oil,
• Inspect
cooling
finsfordirt,grass
clippingsandothermaterials.
Toprevent 5, Install the drain tube onto the valve.
damage
toseals,
donotusecomOpen drainvalve byusinga 10mmwrench
pressed
airorhighpressure
sprayer
to 6. turning
counterclockwise.
cleancooling
fins,
OiL Drain Valve
TRANSAXLE
PUMP FLUID
The transaxfe 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,
To Close
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.
7. After oil has drained completely, close
the drain valve turning clockwise. Use the
10mm wrench to apply a small amount
of torque to keep it closed. Do not over
tighten,
8. Remove the drain tube and store in a
safe place.
9. Refill engine with oilthrough oilfill dipstick
tube. Pour slowly, Do not overfill. For
approximate capacity see "PRODUCT
SPECIFICATIONS"
section of this
manual.
lO,Use gauge on oil fill cap/dipstick for
checking level, Insert dipstick into the
tube and rest the oil fill cap on the tube.
Do not thread the cap onto the tube when
taking reading, Keep oil at "FULE' line
on dipstick. Tighten cap onto the tube
securely when finished.
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
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ENGINE OIL FILTER
Replace the engine oilfilter 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 air cleaner more often
under dusty conditions.
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
To ensure proper cooling, make sure the
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. Ensure the cooling
shrouds are reinstalled.
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
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 plugs 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.
IN-LINE FUEL FILTER
The rue] fitter shoutd be replaced once each
season, if fuel filter becomes clogged, obstructing fuel flowto carburetor, replacement
is required.
1. With engine cool, remove filter and plug
fuel line sections.
2. Place new fuel fi_er in position infuel line
with arrow pointing towards carburetor.
3. Be sure there are no fuel line leaks and
clamps are properly positioned.
4. Immediatelywipe up anyspilled gasoline.
Cramp
Fue_Fiitar__.__J
CLEANING
• Clean engine, battery, seat, finish, etc.
of all foreign matter.
o Clean debris from steering prate.
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
Steerir
\
SteeringSystem,Dash,
FenderandMower r_ot Shown
•
Keep finished surfaces and wheels
free of a[! gasoline, oil,+etc.
• Protect painted surfaces with automotive type wax.
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
your tractor. Use compressed air or a leaf
blower to remove grass, leaves and trash
from tractor and mower.
2O
DECK WASHOUT PORT
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 the area making
certain the area is clear.
7. Move the tractor's attachment clutch
control to the "ENGAGED" position.
Remain in the operator's position
with the cutting deck engaged until the
deck is cleaned.
8. Move the tractor's attachment clutch
control to the "DISENGAGED" position. Turn the ignitionkey 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.
_WARNING: A brokenor missing washout
fitting could expose you or othersto thrown
objects from contactwith the blade,
. Replacebrokenor missingwashoutfitting
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.
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 ff attached.
2. Make surethe attachment clutch control
is in the "DISENGAGED" position, set
the parking brake, and stop the engine.
3. Thread the nozzle adapter (packaged
with your tractor's Operator's Manual)
onto the end of your garden hose.
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.
Nozzle
Washout
Port
immediately,
•
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prior to using mower
again.
any holes in mower with bolts and
Ioeknuts.
Plug
VICE OR ADJUSTMENTS:
WARNING:
TO AVOID SERIOUS INJURY, BEFORE PERFORMING ANY SER1. Depress brake pedal fuity and set parking brake.
2, Place attachment clutch in "DISENGAGED" position,
3. Turn ignition key to "STOP" and remove key.
4. Make sure the blades and all moving parts have completely stopped.
5. Disconnect spark plug wire from spark plug and place wire where it cannot
come in contact with plug.
TO REMOVE MOWER
• Place attachment clutch in "DISENGAGED" position.
• Lower attachment lift lever to its lowest
position,
- Remove mower bert from electric clutch
pulley (M).
• Disconnect front link (E) from mower remove retainer spring and washer,
• Go to either side of mower and disconnect mower suspension arm (A) from
chassis and rear lift link (C) from rear
mower bracket (D) - remove retainer
springs and washers,
• Goto other side of mower and disconnect
the suspension arm and rear lift link,
CAUTION: After rear lift links are disconnected, the attachmentliftleverwill be spring
loaded. Have a tight grip on lift lever when
changing position of the lever.
TO INSTALL MOWER
•
•
Slide mower out from under right side of
tractor.
Besure tractor is on levelsurl=aceandengage
parking brake.
• Lower attachment lift lever to it'slowest
position.
_lk CAUTION: Lift lever is spring toaded.
Have a tight grip on lift lever, tower it slowly
and engage in towest position.
NOTE: Be sure mower side suspension
arms (A) are pointing forward before sliding
mower under tractor.
•
•
Slide mower undertractor until it iscentered under tractor.
ATTACH MOWER SIDE SUSPENSION
ARMS (A) TO CHASSIS - Position hole
in arm over pin (B) on outside of tractor
chassis and secure with washer and
retainer spring.
Repeat on opposite side of tractor.
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ATTACH REAR LIFT LINKS (C) - Lift
rear corner of mower and position slot
in link assembly over pin on rear mower
bracket (D) and secure with washer and
retainer spring.
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).
Insert end of link (E) into hole in front
mower bracket (H) and secure with
washer and retainer spring (J).
Install belt onto electric clutch pultey (M).
IUPORTANT: Check beltfor proper routing
in all mower pulley grooves.
• Raise attachment lift lever to highest
position.
• Ifnecessary, adjustgaugewheelsbefore
operating mower as shown inthe Operation section of this manual.
03000lex
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TO LEVEL MOWER
FRONT-TO-BACK ADJUSTMENT
Make sure tires are properly inflated to the IMPORTANT:
Deck must be level sidePSI shown on tires. Iftires are over or under
to-side.
inflated,it may affect the appearance of your
lawn and lead you to think the mower is not Toobtain the best cutting results, the mower
adjusted properly.
blades should be adjusted so the front tip is
1/8" to 1/2" lower than the rear tip when the
VISUAL SIDE-TO-SIDE ADJUSTMENT
is in its highest position.
1_ With all tires properlyinflated and if your n_ower
CAUTION: Blades are sharp, Protect
lawn appears unevenly cut, determine
your hands with gloves and/or wrap blade
which side of mower is cutting lower.
heavy cloth.
2, With a 3/4" or adjustable wrench, turn lift ' with
° Raise mower to highest position.
link adjustment nut (A) to the leit to lower - Position any blade so the tip is pointing
LH side of mower, or, tothe right to raise
straight forward. Measure distance (B)
LH side of mower.
to the ground at front and rear tip of the
NOTE: Each full turn of adjustment nut will
blade,
change mower height about 3/16".
• If fronttip 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.
TUrnnut dghl
to:raise mower
Turn nut left
to lower mower
3. Test your adjustment by mowing some
uncut grass and visually checking the
appearance. Readjust, if necessary, until
you are satisfied with the results,
PRECISION SIDE-TO-SIDE ADJUSTMENT
1. With alltires 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 be the same on both
sides.
4. If adjustment is necessary, see step 2 in
Visual Adjustment instructions above.
5, Recheckmeasurements, adjustifnecessary until both sides are equal.
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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.
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 necessap/until front tip of blade is 1/8" to 1/2"
lower than the rear tip,
• Hold adjustment nutinpositionwithwrench
and tighten jam nut securely against adjustment nut.
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 mowerfrom tractor (See"TO REMOVE MOWER"inthis section of manual).
2. Work belt off both mandrel pulleys and
idler pulleys.
3, Pull bett away from mower,
BELT INSTALLATION 1. Work belt around both mandrel pulleys
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
Idler
Pulleys
Mandrel
TO REPLACE MOTION DRWE 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,
BELT REMOVAL1. 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 removefrom tractor.
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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, Putl 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 CHECK BRAKE
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 may also check brake by:
t, 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 ailow wheel removal (rear
wheels have a square key - Do not lose).
3. Repair tire and reassemble.
NOTE: On rear wheelsonly: align grooves in
rear wheel hub and axle, ]nsertsquare key.
4. Replace washersand snap retainingring
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.
Washers
Retaining
Ring "\\\\
_\--_Square
Key (Rear
Wheel Only)
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TO START ENGINE WITH A WEAK BATTERY
_)AWARNING: Lead-acid batteries generate
explosive gases. Keep sparks, flame and
smoking materials away from batteries.
Always wear eye protection when around
batteries.
Ifyourbattery"istoo weak tostartthe engine, it
should be recharged. (See"BATTERY" inthe
MAINTENANCE section of this manual).
If "jumper cables" are used for emergency
starting, folfow this procedure:
IMPORTANT: Your tractor is equipped with
a 12voltsystem. The othervehicle mustalso
be a 12 volt system. Do not use your tractor
battery to start other vehicles.
TO ATTACH JUMPER CABLES 1. Connectone end ofthe RED cabletothe
POSITIVE (+) terminal of each battery(AB), taking care notto short againsttractor
chassis.
2. Connect one end of the BLACK cable
to the NEGATIVE (-) terminal (C) of fu!ly
charged battery.
3. Connect the other end of the BLACK
cable (D) to good chassis ground, away
from fuel tank and battery.
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.
Weak or Dead
Battery
Fully Charged
Battery
REPLACING BATTERY
,i_WARNING: 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
preventsparking from accidental grounding.
1. Lift hood to raised position.
2. Disconnect BLACK batterycable (A)then
RED battery cable and carefully remove
battery from tractor.
3. Instalf new battery with terminals in same
position as old battery.
4. First connect RED battery cable (B) to
positive (+) battery terminal with he× bolt
and keps nut asshown. Tighten securely.
Slide terminal cover (C) over terminal,
5. Connect BLACKgrounding cabteto negative (-) battery terminal with remaining
he× bolt and keps nut. Tighten securely
6, Close hood.
Negative
(Black)
CabIe
Positive
(Red)
Cable
TO REPLACE HEADLIGHT BULB
1. Raise hood.
2, Remove bulb holderfrom the hole in the
backside of the grill.
3. Replace bulb in holder and install bulb
holder securely back intothe 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.
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.
Headlight Wire
Connector
TRANSMISSION REMOVAL!
REPLACEMENT
Should yourtransmission 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. Ifadjustment isnecessary, see engine
manual.
TO ADJUST CARBURETOR
Your carburetor hasbeen preset atthe 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.
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• Empty the fuel tank by starting the engine
and letting it run untilthe 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 foIlowthe mix ratiofound on stabilizer
container. Run engine at least t0 minutes
after adding stabilizer to allowthe stabilizerto
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 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).
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 yourtractor 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,
Immediately prepare your tractor for storage
at the end of the season or if the tractor will
_lrl_/Abe
used for 30 days or more.
RNING: 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
When tractor is to be stored for a period
of time, clean it thoroughly, remove all dirt,
grease, leaves, etc. Storein a clean, dry area.
1. Clean entiretractor (See"CLEANING" in
the Maintenance section of this manual).
2, Inspect and replace belts, if necessary
(See belt replacement instructions inthe
Service and Adjustments section of this
manual).
3. Lubricate as shown in the Maintenance
section of this manual.
4. Be sure 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 BATFERY AND TERMINALS" in
the Maintenance section of this manual).
• Aftercleaning, 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.
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.
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TROUBLESHOOTING CHART:
See appropriate section in manual unless directed to Sears service center.
PROBLEM
CAUSE
Will not start
1
2
CORRECTION
Out of fuel.
Fill fuel tank.
Engine not "CHOKED"
properly.
F2 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
Cleanireplace
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.
air filter.
8
Loose or damaged wiring.
8
9
Carburetor
9 ] See "To Adjust Carburetor '; in
Service and Adjustments section.
out of adjustment.
Check aft wiring.
I
10
Engine valves out of adjustment.
,,,, ,,,
Hard to start
Engine will not
turn over
Engine
clicks
will not start
but
10 ! Contact a Sears or other qualified
service center.
,
1,,, ,,
Dirty air filter.
1 i Clean/replace
2
Bad spark plug.
2.
Replace spark ptug.
3
air filter.
Weak or dead battery.
3
Recharge or replace battery.
4
Dirty fuel fi_er.
4
Replace fuel filter.
5
Stale or dirty fuel.
5
6
Loose or damaged wiring.
6
Check all wiring.
7
Carburetor
7
See "To Adjust Carburetor" in
Service and Adiustments section.
8
Engine valves out of adjustment,
8
Contact a Sears or other qualified
serv[ce center.
1
Depress clutch/brake
2
Disengage attachment
Recharge or replace battery.
out of adjustment.
Empty fuel tank and refill tank wilt
fresh, clean gasoline.
1
Clutch/brake
2
Attachment
3
Weak or dead battery.
3
4
Blown fuse.
4
Replace fuse.
5
Corroded
battery terminals.
5
Clean battery terminals.
6
Loose or damaged wiring.
6
Check alI 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.
pedal not depressed.
clutch is engaged.
pedal.
clutch.
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
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solenoid or starter.
TROUBLESHOOTING CHART:
See appropriate section in manual unless directed to Sears service center.
PROBLEM
CAUSE
Loss of power
I
CuRing too much grass!too
2
Throttle in "CHOKE"
:3
!4
Excessive
vibration
Engine continues to
run when operator
leaves seat with attachment clutchengaged
Poor cut - uneven
cutting
CORRECTION
fast.
1
Raise cutting height/reduce
speed.
position.
2
Adjust throttle control
Build-up of grass, leaves and
trash under mower.
3
Clean underside of mower
housing.
Dirty air filter.
4
Clean/replace
5
Check oil level/change
oil.
sparkplug.
oil.
air filter.
5
Low oil level!dirty
6
Faulty spark plug,
6
Clean& regaporchange
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 fueItank 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 airscreenlfins,
11
Clean engine air screen/fins.
12
Dirty/clogged
12
Clean/replace
13
Loose or damaged wiring.
13
Check all wiring.
14
Carburetor
14
See "To Adjust Carburetor" in
Service and Adiustments section,
15
Engine valves out of adjustment,
15
Contact a Sears or other qualified
service center.
muffler.
out of adjustment,
muffler.
1
Worn, bent or loose blade.
1
Replace blade, Tighten blade bolt,
2
Bent blade mandrel.
2
Contact e Sears or other qualified
service center.
3
Loose!damaged part(s).
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
presence
1
Worn, bent or loose blade.
1
Replace blade. Tighten blade bolt.
2
Mower deck not level.
2.
Level mower deck.
3
Buitdup 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,
Clogged mower deck vent from
build-up of grass, leaves, and
trash around mandrels.
5
Clean around mandrelsto
open vent holes.
3O
TROUBLESHOOTING
OHART:
See appropriate section in manual unless directed to Sears service center.
CORRECTION
cAUsE
Mower blades
not rotate
will
Poor grass
discharge
1
Obstruction
2
Worn/damaged
3
Frozen idler pulley,
3
Replace idler pulley.
4
Frozen blade mandrel.
4
Contact a Sears or other
qualified service center,
I
Engine speed too slow,
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
5
Check tires for proper PSi,
6
Worn, bent or loose blade.
6
Replace!sharpen
blade bolt,
;7
iHeadi'ight(s) not
working
(if so equipped)
Battery
charge
wilt not
in clutch mechanism.
mower
drive belt
tire air pressure,
1
Remove obstruction.
2
Replace mower drive belt.
Place throttle control in "FAST"
)osition.
Clean underside of mower
housing,
Buildup of grass, leaves and
trash under mower.
8
Mower drive belt worn.
installed,
blade, Tighten
8
Replace mower drive belt.
9
Reinstall blades sharp edge down
9
Blades improperly
10
Improper blades used.
11
11
Clogged mower deck vent holes
from buildup of grass, leaves, and
trash around mandre[s.
Clean around mandrels
open vent holes.
1
Light switch is "OFF".
1
Turn light switch "ON".
2
Bulb(s) or lamp(s)
2
Replace bulb(s) or lamp(s),
burned out.
10
Replace with blades listed in
this manual.
to
3
Faulty light switch.
3 i Check/replace
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
3
Faulty regulator
3
Replace regulator.
4
Faulty alternator.
4
Replace alternator.
(if so equipped).
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light switch.
all connections.
TROUBLESHOOTING CHART:
See appropriate section in manual unless directed to Sears service center.
PROBLEM
..... CAUSE
Loss of drive
t
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,
or broken.
3
Replace motion drive belt.
CORRECTION
.............................................................
4 - Air trapped in transmission
shipment or servicing.
during
Axle key missing,
4
-Purge-transmission;
..............................
5
Install axle key at rear wheel, See
"TO REMOVE WHEEL" in the
Service and Adjustments section,
Engine "backfires"
wnen turning
engine "OFP'
1
Engin e throttle control
not se: 1
between haft and full s.peed (fastl
position before stopping engine
Move throttle control between
half and full speed (fast) position
before stopping engine.
Engine dies when
tractor is shifteo
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.
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1
SUGGESTED
GUIDE
FOR
SIGHTING
SLOPES
FOR SAFE OPERATION
.,.,..
ONLY RIDE UP AND DOWN HILL,
NOT ACROSS HILL
15 DEGREES
MAX.
!
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down the face of slopes, never across the face, Do not mow
ARNING:
To avoid
serious
injury,
operate
your tractor
up and
slopes
greater
than 15
degrees.
Make
turns gradualiy
to prevent
tipping or toss 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 other upright structure.
3. Sight across the fold in the direction of hilI slope you want to measure.
4. Compare the angle of the fold with th e slope of the hii!,
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