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Operator's
Manual
®
LAWN TRACTO
17.5 HP,*42" Mower
Electric Start
6 Speed Transaxle
Model No.
917.25350
This product
has a low emission
engine which operates
differently
from previously
built engines.
Before you start the
engine, read and understand
this Owner's Manual.
IMPORTANT:
For answers
to your questions
Read and follow a!! Safety
Rules and Instructions before
this product,
Call:
operating this equipment.
Sears
about
1-800-659-5917
Craftsman
Help Line
5 am - 5 pm, Mon - Sat
Sears, Roebuck and Coo, Hoffman Estates, IL 60179 U.S.A.
Visit our Craftsman
website:www.sears,comicraftsman
*As rated
by lhe engine manufacturer
Maintenance
Scheduie ........................
t7
Service and Adjustments ...................... 21
Storage ..................................................
26
Troubleshooting
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27
Sears Service .......................... Back Cover
Warranty ..................................................
2
Safety Rules ...........................................
3
Product Specifications
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6
AssemblyPre-Operation
......................... 8
Operation ..............................................
11
Maintenance
.......................................
17
LIMITED
WARRANTY
ON CRAFTSMAN
RIDING
EQUIPMENT
For two (2) years from the date of purchase, if this Craftsman Riding Equipment is maintained, lubricated and tuned up according to the instructions in the owner's manual, Sears
will repair or replace free of charge any parts that are found to be defective in material or
workmanship
according to the guidelines of coverage listed below° Sears will also provide
free labor for these applicable warranted
parts for the two full years, During the first 30
days of purchase, there wilt be no charges to service the product at your home for issues
covered by this warranty. (See exclusions below),
For your convenience,
IN HOME warranty service will still be available after the first 30 days of purchase, but a trip charge will
apply. This charge will be waived if the Craftsman product is dropped off at an authorized
Sears location. For the nearest authorized Sears location, please call 1 _800-4_MY-HOME®_
This warranty applies only while this product is within the United States_
This Warranty
does not cover:
• Expendable items which become
blades, spark plugs, air cleaners,
worn during normal use, including
belts, and oil filters.
• Standard
oil changes,
Maintenance
Servicing,
. Tire replacement
or repair caused
thorns, stumps, or glass.
by punctures
but not limited to
or tune-ups
from outside
objects,
such as nails,
• 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 equipment according to the instructions contained in the owner's manual.
.
Engine (fuel system) cleaning or repairs caused by fuel determined to be contaminated
or oxidized (stale). In general, fueI should be used within 30 days of its purchase date.
• Normal
deterioration
• Riding equipment
LIMITED
and wear of the exterior finishes,
used for commercial
WARRANTY
or product
label replacement_
or rental purposes.
ON BATTERY
For ninety (90) days from date of purchase, if any battery included with this riding equipment proves defective in material or workmanship
and our testing determines the battery
will not hold a charge, Sears will replace the battery at no charge.
During the first 30
days of purchase, there will be no charges to replace the battery at your HOME. After the
first 30 days, for your convenience,
IN-HOME warranty service will still be available but
a trip charge will apply. This charge will be waived if the Craftsman product is dropped
of at an authorized Sears location, For the nearest authorized Sears location, please call
1-800-4-MY-HOME®_
This battery
warranty
applies
only while this product
This warranty gives you specific
vary, from state to state.
Sears,
Roebuck
and
is within the United States,
legal rights, and you may also have other
Co.,Dept.817WA,
Hoffman
2
Estates,
IL 60179
rights, which
_DANGER:
This cutting machine is capable of amputating
hands
throwing
objects,
Failure to observe the following
safety instructions
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 hil! in
neutral, you may lose control of the tractor.
•
_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°
i. GENERAL
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OPERATION
Read, understand, and follow all instructions on the machine and in the manual
before starting.
Do not put hands or feet near rotating
parts or under the machine. Keep clear
of the discharge opening at all times.
Only allow responsible
adults, who are
familiar with the instructions, to operate
the machine.
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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
befo re operating, Stop machine if anyone
enters the area.
Never carp] passengers.
Do not mowin reverse unless absolutely
necessary. Always look down and behind
before and while backing.
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 notoperate machine withoutthe entire
grass catcher, discharge guard, or other
safety devices in place and working.
Slow down before turning.
Never leave a running machine unattended, Always turn off blades, set parking brake, stop engine, and remove keys
before dismounting.
and feet and
could result
Disengage
blades when not mowing.
Shut off engine and wait for all parts to
come to a complete stop before cleaning
the machine, removing the grass catcher,
or unclogging the discharge guard,
Operate machine onlyin 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 extracare when loading or unloading
the machine into a trailer or truck,
Aiways wear eye protection when operating machine,
Data indicates that operators,
age 60
years and above, are involved in a large
percentage of riding mower-related
injuries. These operators should evaluate
their ability to operate the riding mower
safely enough to protect themselves and
others from serious injury,
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.
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 feet 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.
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Do not mow on wet grass. Tires may lose
traction.
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IV, TOWING
Always keep the machine in gear when
going down slopes, Do not shift to neutral
and coast downhill,
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Avoid starting, stopping, or turning on a
sloper Ifthe 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 carewhile
operating machine
with grass catchers or other attacflments;
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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V. SERVICE
SAFE
I!i. CHILDREN
and the mowing activity. Never assume
that children will remain where you last
saw them.
• 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
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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 fuelthe
machine indoors.
•
Neverstorethemachineorfuelcontainer
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 linen
Always place containers on the ground
away from your vehicle when filling,
° Remove gas-powered
equipment from
the truck or trailer and refuel it on the
Tragic accidents can occur if the operator
is not alert to the presence
of children,
Children are often attracted to the machine
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Tow only with a machine that has a hitch
designed for towing. Do not attach towed
equipment except at the hitch point,
Followthemanufacturer'srecommendation forweight limits for towed equipment
and towing on slopes,
Never allow children or others in or on
towed equipment,
On slopes, the weightofthe
towed equipment may cause loss of traction and loss
of control.
Travel slowly and allow extra distance to
stop°
ground, If this is not possible, then refuel
such equipmentwith
a portable container,
rather than from a gasoline dispenser
nozzle.
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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.
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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.
lffuetis spilled on clothing, change clothing immediately,
Never overfilt fuel tank. Replace gas cap
and tighten securely,
GENERALSERVICE
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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,
Nevertamperwithsafetydevices.Check
their proper operation regularly.
Keep machine free of grass, leaves, or
other debris build-upo Clean oil or fuel
spillage and remove any fuel-soaked debris. Allow machine to cool before storing,
If you strike a foreign object, stop and
inspectthe machine. Repair, if necessary,
before restarting.
Never make any adjustments
or repairs
with the engine running,
Check grass catcher components and the
discharge guard frequently and replace
with manufacturer's
recommended parts,
when necessary.
Mower blades are sharp.Wrapthe
blade
or wear gloves, and use extra caution
when servicing them,
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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.
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Check brake operation frequently, Adjust
and service as required,
Maintain or replace safety and instruction
labels, as necessary_
Be sure the area is clear of bystanders
before operating_ Stop machine if anyone
enters the area.
Never carry passengers,
Do not mow in reverse unless absolutely
necessary, Always look down and behind
before and while backing.
Never carry 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.
Avoid starting, stopping, or turning on a
slope. If thetires 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,
PRODUCT
SPECIFICATIONS
Gasoline Capacity
and "S/pe:
1.25 Unleaded
Regular
Oil Type
API-SG-SL):
SAE 30 (above 32°F)
SAE 5W-30(below 32°F
Oil Capacity:
W/Filter:
W/O Filter:
Spark
Champion RCI2YC
(Gap: ,030")
Forward:
1st
1.1
2nd
1,4
3rd
2.2
4th
3,4
5th
4,3
6th
5,5
Reverse:
1,7
Plug:
Ground
(MPH):
Speed
Charging
Battery:
Blade
System:
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 your
nearest authorized
service center/department. We have competent, well-trained representativesand
the proper tools to service
or repair this tractor_
Please read and retain this manual. The
56 oz.
48 oz,
instructions
will enable you to assemble
and maintain your tractor properly, Always
observe the "SAFETY RULES",
CUSTOMER
• Read and observe the safety rules.
• Follow a regular schedule in maintaining, caring for and using your tractor.
• Follow the instructions under "Customer
3 Amps Battery
5 Amps Headlights
AmpiHr:
Mino CCA:
Case Size:
RESPONSIBILITIES
Responsibilities"
and "Storage"
of this owner's manual_
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230
UIR
sections
_1_ WARNING: This tractor is equipped with
an internal combustion engine and should not
be used on or near any unimproved forestcovered, brush-covered
or' grass-covered
land unless the engine's exhaust system is
equipped with a spark arrester meeting applicable local or state laws (if any)_ If a spark
arrestor is used, it should be maintained
in
Bolt Torque: 45-55 Ft, Lbso
effective working order by the operator°
A spark arrester for the muffler is available
through your nearest authorized
service
center/department
(See REPAIR PARTS
manual),
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Steering
/
Wheel
\
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f
\
t
Steering
Wheel Insert
(1) Large Flat Washer
(1) 5116 Lock Washer
(t) Hex Bolt
5/t 6-18 x 4
<,,_
1,
,4
1-..+_-,- 1
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Steering Wheel
Adapter
Eli
I
I
i
Steering
Extension
Shaft
I
I Steering
J
Boot
Seat
@
_(1)
(1) Washer
Knob
(i) Seat
(1) Oil Drain Tube
For Future Use
Slope
Keys
(2) Keys
Sheet
Your new tractor has been
unassembled
for shipping
all parts and hardware you
necessary to insure proper
TOOLS
REQUIRED
A socket wrench
easier,
Standard
are listed belowr
(I) 314" wrench
(1) t/2" wrench
(1) Tire pressure
assembled at the factory with the exception of those parts left
purposes, To ensure safe and proper operation of your tractor
assemble must be tightened securely. Use the correct tools as
tightness.
FOR
INSTALL
ASSEMBLY
set will make
wrench sizes
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, 5/I6 lock
washer, 5/16 hex bolt and tighten
securely.
7, Snap steering wheel insert into center
of steering wheel.
8. Remove protective materials from tractor hood and grill,
(1) Pliers
(1) Utility knife
gauge
UNPACK
TRACTOR
FROM
CARTON
1. Remove all accessible
loose parts and
parts boxes from carton.
2. Cut along dashed lines on all four panels
of carton. Remove end panels and lay
side panels flat.
3o Check for any additional loose parts or
cartons and remove.
LARGE FLAT
WASHER
BEFORE REMOVING TRACTOR
FROM SKID
ATTACH STEERING WHEEL
ASSEMBLE
BOOT
!.
2.
EXTENSION
SHAFT
WHEEL
3.
assembly
you need
When right or left hand is mentioned
in
this manual, it means when you are in the
operating position (seated behind the steering wheel),
TO REMOVE
CARTON
STEERING
WHEEL
AND
Slide extension shaft onto lower steering shaft.
Place tabs of steering boot over tab
slots in dash and push down to secure.
STEERING
SHAFT
IMPORTANT:
Check for and remove any
staples in skid that may puncture tires where
tractor is to roll off skid,
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INSTALL
SEAT
CHECK
Adjust seat before tightening
adjustment
knob.
I. Remove adjustment knob and flatwasher
securing seat to cardboard packing and
set aside for assembly of seat to tracton
2. Pivot seat upward and remove from the
cardboard packing, Remove the cardboard packing and discard.
3, Place seat on seat pan so head of shoulder bolt is positioned over large slotted
hole in pan_
4,, Push down on seat to engage shoulder
bolt in slot and pull seat towards rear of
tractor,
5. Pivotseatand
panforward and assemble
adjustment knob and flat washer Iooselyr
Do not tighten,
6, Lower seat into operating position and
sit in seat,
7, Slide seat until a comfortable
position is
reached which allows you to press cl utch/
brake pedal all the way down,
8, Get off seat without moving its adjusted
position,
9, Raise seat and tighten adjustment knob
securely,
/
BATTERY
1. Lift seat pan to raised position.
NOTE: If this battery is put into service after
month and year indicated
on label (label
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).
Label
Seat pan I
Terminal
NOTE: You may now roll your tractor off
the skid, Follow the appropriate instruction
below 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
Seat
people and objects,
Seat Pan-_
TO ROLL TRACTOR OFF SKID
Operation
section
for location
function
of controls)
Shoulder
Bolt
I,
2_
3.
4.
5,
9
(See
and
Press lift lever plunger and raise attachment lift lever to its highest position,
Release parking brake by depressing
clutch/brake
pedal,
Placegearshiftleverin
neutral(N) position,
Roll tractor forward off skid,
Remove banding holding the deflector
shield up against tractor.
CHECK
TIRE
v/CHECKLIST
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
Before you operate and enjoy 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 completedo
•/'No remaining loose parts in carton,
v/Battery
is properly
prepared
and
charged.
v/Seat is adjusted comfortably and
tightened securely.
v/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)_
,i/Check
mower and drive belts, Be sure
LEVELNESS
For best cutting results, mower housing
should be properly leveled, See "TO LEVEL
MOWER
HOUSING"
in the Service and
Adjustments
section of this manual.
CHECK
OF ALL
FOR PROPER
BELTS
POSITION
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
they are routed properly around pulleys
and inside all belt keepers.
v/Check
wiring
See that all connections
are still secure and wires are properly
clamped,
While learning how to use your tractor, pay
extra attention to the following
important
items:
v/Engine
oil is at proper level,.
v/Fuel tank is filled with fresh, clean, regular
unleaded gasoline.
,/Become
familiar with all controls - their
After' you learn how to operate your tractor,
check to see that the brake is operating
properly.
See 'q'O CHECK BRAKE" in the
Service and Adjustments
section of this
manual.
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).
'I 0
These symbols may appear on your tractor
Learn and understand their meaning.
or in literature
supplied
with the product,
N
REVERSE
HIGH
NEUTRAL
I)
REVERSE
OPERATION
SYSTEM(ROS)
ENGINE ON
@
LIGHTS ON
CHOKE
FUEL
SLOW
FAST
IGNITION SWITCH
Q
ENGINE OFF
LOW
(@) =@
ENGINE START
,,
BATTERY
PARKING BRAKE
,
REVERSE
FORWARD
MOWER HEIGHT
I£'tOWER LIFT
®,G O
CRUISE CONTROL
CLUTCHtBRAKE
PEDAL
@@@@@
ATTACHMENT
CLUTCH DISENGAGED
ATTACHMENT
CLUTCH ENGAGED
DANGER, KEEP HANDS
AND FEET AWAY
KEEP AREA CLEAR
SLOPE HAZARDS
(SEE SAFETY RULES SECTION)
A
DANGER indicates a hazard which, irnot avoided,
will result in death or serious injury.
WARNING indicates a hazard which, if not avoided,
could result in death or serious injury.
FREE WHEEL
CAUTION indicates a hazard which, if not avoided,
might result in minor or moderate injury,
{Automt_ttc Models only)
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
andtor properly damage_
._I_(IBiJtb
HOT SURFACES indicates a hazard which,
if not avoided, could result in death, serious
and/or property damage.
FIRE indicates a hazard which, if not avoided,
could result in death, serious injury and/or
property damage.
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injury
KNOW
YOUR
TRACTOR
READ THIS OWNER'S
YOUR TRACTOR
MANUAL
AND SAFETY
RULES
BEFORE
OPERATING
Compare the illustrations with your tractor to familiarize yourself with the locations
various controls and adjustments,
Save this manual for future reference.
of
"ON" Position
Attachment
Clutch Lever
Throttle/Choke
Control
, ., _.x_:_
Light Switch
" ,
ignition Switch
._'.:.:: ,".,
Lift Lever
Plunger
Attachment
Lift Lever
//__e
ght
olI
Clutch/Brake
Pedal
A2justment
@
Parking Brake Lever
Gearshift Lever
Our tractors
conform
American
to the applicable safety standards
National Standards Institute.
ATTACHMENT
CLUTCH LEVER - Used to
engage the mower blades, or other attachments mounted to your tractor.
ATTACHMENT
LIFT LEVER - Used to raise,
lower, and adjust the mower deck or other
attachments
mounted to your tractor.
CLUTCH/BRAKE
PEDAL - Used for declutching and braking the tractor and staring
the engine,
GEARSHIFT
LEVER - Selects the speed
and direction of tractor,
IGNITION SWITCH - Used for starting and
stopping the engine.
of the
LIFT LEVER PLUNGER - Used to release
attachment
lift lever when changing
its
position.
LIGHT SWITCH - Turns the headlights on
and off.
PARKING BRAKE LEVER - Locks clutch/
brake pedal into the brake position,
THROTTLE/CHOKE
CONTROLUsed for
starting and controlling engine speed.
REVERSE
OPERATION
SYSTEM
(ROS)
"ON"
POSITION
- Allows
operation
of
mower deck or other powered attachment
while in reverse.
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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 a wide vision safety mask over spectacles or
standard safety glasses,
HOW
TO
USE YOUR
TO SET PARKING
BRAKE
Your tractor is equipped
presence sensing switch.
running, any attempt bythe
the seat without first setting
will shut off the engine_
1. Depress clutch!brake
down and hold.
2.
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,
TRACTOR
with an operator
When engine is
operator to leave
the parking b rake
_CAUTION:
pedal all the way
Pull parking brake lever up and release
pressure from clutch/brake pedal, Pedal
should remain in brake position,
Make
sure parking brake wilt hold tractorsecure,
Throttle/
Choke
'Bra_
Position
TO USE THROTTLE
"_i 'v__'_ei/
t '__/Parking
ct_d"
Bra_;ePetdal
Position
TO MOVE FORWARD
"_'_ Ignition Key
BLADES
Position
Brake
cl_egshift
Lever
CONTROL
AND BACKWARD
of your transaxle,
-
TO ADJUST
" To stop mower blades, move attachment
clutch lever to disengaged position.
GROUND
com-
before leaving
The direction and speed of movement
is
controlled by the gearshift
lever.
1_ Start tractor with clutch/brake
pedal
depressed and gearshift lever in neutral
(N) position,
2, Move gearshift leverto desired position.
3, Slowly release clutch/brake pedal to start
movement,
IMPORTANT:
Bring tractor to a complete
stop before shifting
or changing
gears.
Failure to do so will shorten the useful life
STOPPING
MOWER
stop tractor
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,
Attachment Clutch Lever
"EngagHd". Po&lLon
ooo, "\.o, -_..L._;?"
Always
pletely, as described above,
the operator's position.
MOWER
CUTTING
HEIGHT
The position of the attachment
lift lever
determines the cutting height,
• Grasp lift lever.
• Press plunger with thumb and move lever
to desired position.
The cutting height range is approximately
1-1/2 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 cutto approximate ly 2-1/2 inches du ring the cool season
and to over 3 inches during hot months.
For healthier and better looking lawns,
mow often and after moderate growth,
• For best cutting performance,
grass over
6 inches in height should be mowed twice,
Make the first cut relatively high; the second to desired height.
DRIVE-
• To stop ground drive, depress clutch/brake
pedal all the way down.
• Move gearshift
lever to neutral (N) position.
ENGINE
• Move throttle control between half and full
speed (fast) position.
NOTE:
Failure to move throttle control
between
half and full speed (fast) position, before stopping, may cause engine to
"backfire".
• "R_rnignition keyto"STOP"
position and remove key. Always remove key when leaving tractor to prevent unauthorized
use.
• 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,
t3
TO OPERATEMOWER
Your tractor is equippedwith an operator
presence sensing switch. Any attempt
by the operatorto leavethe seat with the
engine runningand the attachmentclutch
engagedwill shut off the engine°Youmust
remainfully and centrallypositionedin the
seatto preventthe enginefromhesitatingor
cutting off when operatingyour equipment
on rough,rollingterrainor hills.
1, Selectdesiredheightof cut.
2. Startmowerbladesby engagingattachmentclutchcontrol.
TO STOPMOWERBLADESdisengage 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.
ent Lift
Lever High Position
Attachment
Clutch Level
"En
Position
OPERATING
IN REVERSE
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 the ignition key is
placed in the ROS "ON" position_
41_IbWARNING:
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
SYSTEM 1.
Depress clutch!brake
down and hold.
2. With engine running,
counterclockwise
to
tion,
3o Look down and behind
pedal all the way
turn ignition key
ROS "ON" posibefore and while
backing up,
Move gearshiftleverto
reverse (R) position and slowly release clutch/brake pedal
to start movement.
5. When use ofthe ROS is no longer needed,
turn the ignition key clockwise to engine
"ON" position.
"r_sHn!
Position
4,
Shield
ROS "ON" Position
TO OPERATE
OPERATION
ON HILLS
_WARN1NG:
Do not drive up or down
hills with slopes greater than 15 ° and do not
drive across any slope, Use the slope guide
at the back of this manual_
• Choose theslowest speed before starting
up or down hills,
• Avoid stopping
or changing
speed on
hills.
• If stopping is absolutely necessary, push
clutch/brake pedal quicklyto brake position
and engage parking brake_
• Move gearshift lever to 1st gear. Be sure
you have allowed room for tractor to roll
slightly as you restart movement.
• To restart movement, slowly release parking brake and clutch/brake
pedal°
• Make all turns slowly.
Engine "ON" Position
ENormal Operating)
TO TRANSPORT
. Raise attachment lift to highest position
with attachment lift control,
• When pushing or towing your tractor, be
sure gearshift lever is in neutral (N) position.
. Do not push or tow tractor at more than
five (5) MPH.
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_).
!4
TOWlNGCARTS
&OTH ERATTACHMENTS
TO START
ENGINE
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.
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.
1o Sit on seat in operating position, depress
clutch/brake
pedal and set parking
brake.
BEFORE
2,
CHECK
STARTING
ENGINE
Place gear shift lever in neutral (N) position.
3. Move attachment clutch to disengaged
position.
4. Move throttle control to choke position,
NOTE: Before starting, read the warm and
cold starting procedures below.
5. 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,
"THE ENGINE
OIL LEVEL
The engine in yourtractor
has been shipped,
from the factory, already filled with summer
weight oil.
1. Checkengineoilwithtractoronlevelground.
2. Remove oil fill cap/dipstick
and wipe
clean, reinsertthe dipstick and screw cap
tight, wait for afew seconds, remove and
read oil level. If necessary, add oil until
"FULE' 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,
ADD
•
WARM WEATHER STARTING
(50 ° F and
above)
6, 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_
GASOLINE
Fill 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 wilt
increase carbon and lead oxide deposits
and reduce valve life). Do not mix oil with
gasoline. Purchase fuel in quantities that
can be used within 30 days to assure fuel
freshness.
COLD WEATHER
STARTING ( 50 ° F and
below)
6, When engine starts, ieavethrottle
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 positio n, Engi ne
warm-up may take from several seconds
to several minutes (the colder the temperature, the longer the warm-up),
• The attachments
can also be used during
the engine warm-up period,
NOTE:
If at a high altitude (above 3000
feet) or in cold temperatures
(below 32 F)
the carburetor fuel mixture may need to be
adjusted for best engine performance
(see
"TO ADJUST CARBURETOR"
in the Service
_IbCAUTION:
Wipe off any 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
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. Usefresh
fuel next season. See Storage Instructions
for additional information.
Never use engine
or carburetor cleaner products in the fueltank
or permanent damage may occur.
and Adjustments
15
section
of this manual).
MOWING
TIPS
" 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 sothatclippings
are dischargedonto
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, startbyturning
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 "
00272
• 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 weL 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,
16
MAINTENANCE
SCHEDULE
T
a
Check
Brake
Check
Tire Pressure
BEFORE
EAC,
USE
EVERY
8
HOURS
EVERY
25
HOURS
EVERY
50
HOURS
EVERY
EVERY
_0O
HOURS
'BEFORE
SEASON
STORAGE
Opera,ion
Check Operatc, r P_esentte & ROS System!
_'
A Check for Loose Fasteners .......
C ChecktReplace
T
Lubrication
Mower
Blades
_
Chart
v'
_"
0 Check Battery Level
R Clean
Battery
j
and Terminals
Check Transaxte Cooling
Check
Mower
Check
V-Belts
Levelness
v'
,.Check
Ea,g!ne
O!!_z_!
V"
e/
Chan_ge Eng!ne at! (W!Ih oiltilter) I
Chan_e
Engine O il !w!th0u! °i! IiI!et)
I
E Clean Air Filter
G Clean
Air Screen
v"
Inspect Muf[ler/Spark Arrester
N
Replace
E Clean
OIl FHter (If equipped)
Engine
Coating
Fins
Rap!aceSpa_ P!Ug
Re£tace Air Filler Paper Cadfidge
Replace
1 -Change
tn high
2 - Se_ice
mare otlen when operating
ambienl
temperatures.
more
GENERAL
v"
Fuel Filter
allen
when
operating
under
a l_eavy
load
In dirty
a_ dusty
conditions
3 - Replar:e btades mete allen when mowing in sandy soii
4 - ['Jet requited if equipped with maintenance4ree
baltery
or
LUBRICATION
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.
(_pindle
("_pindle
,::::::=:::::::./ _
"JZerk
/
'-_'%'
.
f&7 Cront theel
('2")Cront theel ,-. /
"-"Bearing
,_ .........
-i k.._JBearing Zerk
Zerk
__
ngine
I
,,
• At least once a year you should replace
the spark plug, clean or replace air filter,
and check blades and belts for wear. A
-t
L
'
_
j
I
f-_Gearshift
.... ' ; k._.tPivots
1. SAE 30 or 10w30 Motor Oil
2. General Purpose Grease
3 Refer to 0aintenance "E 1GI 1E" Section
new spark plug and clean air filter assure
proper air-rue! mixture and help your engine run better and last Ionger_
EACH
-"m
Ze,k
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,
BEFORE
CHART
USE
IMPORTANT:
Do not oil or grease the pivot
points which have special nylon bearings.
Viscous lubricants will attract dust and dirt
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_
that wilt shorten the life of the self-lubricating
bearings° If you feel they must be lubricated,
use only a dry, powdered graphite type lubricant sparingly.
17
TRACTOR
Alwaysobservesafetyruleswhenperforming
any maintenance.
BRAKE OPERATION
If tractor requiresmorethan five (5) feetto
stop at highestspeed in highestgear on a
level,dry concreteor paved surface,then
brakemustbe checkedand adjusted.(See
"TO ADJUST BRAKE"in the Service and
Adjustmentssectionof this manual).
TIRES
• Maintainproper air pressurein all tires
(Seesidesof tire for properPSI).
• Keeptires free of gasoline,oil, or insect
controlchemicalswhichcanharmrubber°
• Avoid stumps,stones, deep ruts, sharp
objectsandotherhazardsthatmaycause
tire damage°
NOTE: To seal tire puncturesand prevent
flat tires dueto slowleaks,tire sealantmay
be purchasedfrom your local parts dealer.
Tire sealant also preventstire dry rot and
corrosion,
OPERATORPRESENCESYSTEM AND
REVERSEOPERATIONSYSTEM(ROS)
Be sure operator presence and reverse
operationsystemsareworking properly°If
yourtractordoesnotfunctionas described,
repairthe problemimmediately.
• The engine should not start unless the
brake pedal is fully depressed,and the
attachmentclutchcontrolis in the disengaged position.
CHECK OPERATOR PRESENCE
SYSTEM
• Whenthe engineis running,any attempt
by the operatorto leave the seat without
first settingthe parkingbrakeshouldshut
offthe engine.
. When the engine is runningandthe attachmentclutchis engaged,any attempt
by the operatorto leavethe seat should
shut offthe engine°
• Theattachmentclutchshouldneveroperate unlessthe operator'is in the seat,
CHECK REVERSE OPERATION (ROS)
SYSTEM
• Whentheengineisrunningwiththeignition
switchinthe engine"ON"positionandthe
attachmentclutchisengaged,anyattempt
by the operator'to go into reverseshould
shut off the engine.
18
ROS "ON" Position
Engine "ON" Position
(Normal Operating)
° When the engine is running with the ignition
switch in the ROS "ON" position and the
attachment clutch is engaged, any attempt
bythe operator to shift into reverse should
NOT shut off the engine°
BLADE CARE
For best results mower blades must be kept
harp. Replace 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 mowerto 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 "THIS
SIDE UP" facing deck and mandrel
assembly_
IMPORTANT: To ensure proper assembly,
center hole in blade must align with star
on mandrel assembly.
4. Install and tighten blade bolt securely
(45-55 Fto Lbs. torque),
Mandrel
Assembly
Star
IMPORTANT:
treated.
Center Hole
.._
Special
blade bolt is heat
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 t 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.
TO CLEAN
BATTERY
Check the crankcase oil level before starting
the engine and after each eight (8) hours of
operation.
Tighten oil fill cap/dipstick
securely each time you check the oil level
TO CHANGE ENGINE OIL
Determine
temperature
range
before oil change.
All oil must
service classification
SG-SL
i
I
t,
AND TERMINALS
Corrosion and dirt on the battery and terminals can cause the battery to "leak" power.
1. Disconnect
BLACK battery cable first
then RED
batter/ cable and remove
battery from tractor.
2, Rinse the batten/with
plain water and
dry,
3. Clean terminals and battery cable ends
with wire brush until bright.
4. Coat terminals with grease or petroleum
jelly.
5. Reinstall
battery
(See "REPLACING
BATTERY"
in the SERVICE AND ADJUSTMENTS
section
TRANSAXLE
COOLING
2_
Remove oil fill capldipstick
Be careful
not to allow dirt to enter the engine when
changing oil,
Remove yellow cap from end of drain
valve and install the drain tube onto the
fitting.
Oil arain Salve
Closed and
Locked
Yellow
Cap
3.
4.
5.
C heck',,/-belts for dete rio ration and wear after
100 hours of operation and replace if necessary. The belts are not adjustable. Replace
belts if they begin to slip from wean
6.
ENGINE
7.
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
Be sure tractor is on level surface°
Oil will drain more freely when warm.
Catch oil in a suitable container.
G_ADES
8.
Unlock drain valve by pushing inward
slightly and turning counterclockwise,
To open, pull out on the drain valve.
After oi! has drained completely, close and
lock the drain valve by pushing inward
and turning clockwise until the pin is in
the locked position as shown,
Remove the drain tube and replace the
cap onto the end of the drain valve,
Refill engine with oil through oil fill dipstick
tube. Pour slowly. Do not overfill, For
approximate
capacity see "PRODUCT
S PECIF1CATIO NS" section ofthis manual,
Use gauge on oil fill cap/dipstick
for
checking level.
For accurate reading,
tighten dipstick cap securely onto the
tube before removing dipstick, Keep oil
at "FULE' line on dipstick, Tighten cap
onto the tube securely when finished.
ENGINE
TEMPEI'!_ATUf'_E
RANGE
ANTICIPA'_EO
arain
Tube
of this manual),
Keep transaxle free from build_up of dirt and
chaff which can restrict cooling,
_EFORE
t_EXT
O|L CHANGE
NOTE: Although multi-viscosity
oils (5W30,
10W30 etc.) improve starting in cold weather,
the oils witl result in increased oi! consumption
when used above 32°F. Check your engine
oil level more frequently to avoid possible
engine damage from running low on oil,
Change the oil after every 50 hours of operation or at least once a year if the tractor is
not used for 50 hours in one year.
'19
expected
meet API
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,
IN-LINE
FUEL FILTER
CLEANING
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. Immediatelywipe
up anyspilled gasoline.
• Clean engine, battery, seat, finish, etc. of
all foreign matter.
, Keep finished surfaces and wheels free
of all gasoline, oil, etco
, 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.
MUFFLER
I Filter
AIR
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,
FILTER
Your engine will not run properly using a dirty
air filter, Replace pre-cleaner after every 25
hours of operation or every season. Service
paper cartridge every 100 hours of operation
or every season, whichever occurs first.
Service air cleaner more often under dusty
conditions,
1, Pull up on airfiftercoverhandle
and rotate
towards engine.
2, Remove cover.
3. Carefully remove air filter cartridge and
pre-cleaner from base,
4. Clean base carefully to prevent debris
from falling into carburetor,
NOTE: tf very dirty or damaged,
replace
cartridge.
5o Place new pre-cleaner
and cartridge
firmly in base,
6o Align tabs on cover with slots in blower
housing and replace cover.
7. Hook handle on cover and push down
on handle to close.
CLEAN
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
area shown to prevent overheating
and
engine damage.
Air Screen
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.
Cartridge
Pre-
Slots
AIR SCREEN
20
Clean out chaff and debris
SERVICE
ADJUSTMENTS:
ARNING: ORTO
AVOID SERIOUS
_
INJURY, BEFORE
PERFORMING
ANY
I. Depress clutch!brake
pedal fully and set parking brake.
2. Place gearshift lever in neutral (N) 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
TO INSTALL
MOWER
will be easier
to remove
I,
from the
right side of tractor.
I. Place
attachment
clutch
in "DISENGAGED"
position,
2, Move attachment
lift lever forward to
lower' mower to its lowest position.
3. Roll belt off engine pul]ey,
4_ Remove small retainer spring, and remove clutch spring off pulley bolt.
5. Remove large retainerspring,
slide collar
offend push housing guide out of bracket.
6_ Disconnect anti-sway bar from chassis
bracket by removing retainer spring.
7. Disconnect suspension
arms from rear
deck brackets
by removing
retainer
springs,
8. Disconnect front links from deck by removing retainer springs.
9. Raise lift lever to raise suspension arms.
Slide mower out from under tractor,
IMPORTANT: If an attachment other than the
mower deck is to be mounted on the tractor,
remove the front links and hook the clutch
spring Into square hole in frame.
MOWER
2.
Raise attachment lift lever to its highest
position,
Slide mower under tractor' with deflector
3.
4,
shield to right side of tractor.
Lower lift lever to its lowest position.
Connect front links to mower deck and
5,
secure with retainer springs.
Connect suspension
arms to rear deck
brackets
and secure
with retainer
springs.
Connect anti-sway barto chassis bracket
and secure with retainer spring.
7, Push clutch cable housing guide into
bracket, slide collar onto guide and secure
with large retainer spring,
8, Place flat washer and clutch spring on
idler pulley bolt and secure with small
retainer spring.
9. Install belt onto engine pulley,
6.
Small Retainer Spring
Clutch Spring
Washer....-4"_;;I .- ""
Small Retainer Spring
Square Hole
gine Pulley
Clutch Spring
Front Link
Retainers
Anti-Sway
Retainer Springs
'Both Sides)
Housing
Gui
Deflector Shield
Bracket
Large Retainer Spring
2t
TO LEVEL [V]OWER HOUSING
When distance "D" is 1t8" to 112" lower
at front than rear, tighten nut "F" against
trunnion on both front links,
Adjust the mower while tractor is parked on
level groundordriveway.
Makesuretires
are
properly inflated (See side of tire for proper
PSI).
If tires are over or underinflated,
you
wilt not properly adjust your mower,
SIDE-TO-SIDE
ADJUSTMENT
• Raise mower to its highest position.
• At the midpoint of both sides of mower,
measure
height from bottom edge of
mower to ground,
Distance '_' on both
sides of mower should be tile same or
within 1/4" of each other,
• if adjustment
is necessary, make adjustment on one side of mower only.
• To raise one side of mower, tighten lift link
adjustment
nut on that side,
• To lower one side of mower, loosen tift link
adjustment
nut on that side.
NOTE:
Each fullturn of adjustment nutwill
change mower height about 1/8".
• Recheck measurements
after adjusting,
Bottom edge
of mower to f--_
ground..
__
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Ai
_J
Recheck side-to-side
_\
Ground Line_'__
_
j" _ _",_Mandrel
D...............................
Both Front Links Should be E,qual in Length
Nut "F"-.__,L
Bottom edge
_-"-_ of mower to
_'_l,1
adjustment.
_-'-'_
Nut "E"
Trunnlon_
1ground
iA
_\
Suspension
Lift
Link
___
/
Adjustment Nut-...._ -.L"-.._
Arm
TO REPLACE
BELT
MOWER
BLADE
DRIVE
The mower blade drive belt may be replaced
without tools, Park the tractor on level surface.
FRONT-TO-,BACK
ADJUSTMENT
IMPORTANT:
Deck must be level side-to
side. Ifthe following front-to-back adjustment
is necessary, be sure to adjust both front links
equally so mower will stay level side-to-side.
To obtain the best cutting results, the mower
housing should be adjusted so thatthe front is
approximately
I/8" to 1/2" lower than the rear
when the mower is in its highest position.
Check adjustment
on right side of tractor,
Measure distance "D" directly in front and
behind the mandrel at bottom edge of mower
housing as shown.
• Beforemakinganynecessaryadjustments,
checkthat both front links are equal in length,
• If links are not equal in length, adjust one
link to same length as other link_
• To lower front of mower loosen nut "E" on
parking
brake,
BELT REMOVAL1.
Remove mowerfrom tractor (See"TO REMOVE MOWER"in this section of manual),
2. Work belt off both mandrel pulleys and
idler pulleys,
3. Pull belt 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
Pulle'
Idler Pulleys
both front links an equal number of turns.
• When distance "D" is 1/8" to 1/2" lower
at front than rear, tighten nuts "F" against
trunnion on both front links.
• To raise front of mower, loosen nut"F"from
trunnion on both front links, Tighten nut
"E" on both front links an equal number
of turns. The two front links must remain
equal in length.
Engage
Mandrel
Pulley
22
TO REPLACE
MOTION
DRIVE
BELT
TO CHECK
Park the tractor on level surface.
Engage
parking brake,, For assistance,
there is a
belt installation guide decal on bottom side
of left footrest.
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:
i. Park tractor on a level, dry concrete or
paved surface,
depress
clutch/brake
pedal all the way down and engage
parking braker
2. Place gear shift lever in neutral position,
The rear wheels must lock and skid when
BEET 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 and
clutching idler.
3. Remove
belt downward
from around
4,
5,
you try to manually push the tractor forward,
If the rear wheels rotate, then the brake
needs to be serviced, Contact a Sears or
engine pulley,
Pull belt slack toward rear of tractor,
Remove belt upwards from transaxle
pulley by deflecting belt keepers,
Remove belt from center span keeper
and pull belt away from tractor.
BELT INSTALLATION
other qualified service center,
TRANSAXLE
GEAR SHIFT LEVER
TRAL ADJUSTMENT
NEU-
The transaxle should be in neutral when the
gear shift lever is in neutral (N) (lock gate)
position, The adjustment
is preset at the
factory; however, if adjustment
is needed,
proceed as follows:
1, Make sure transa_xle is in neutral (N)o
NOTE: When the tractor rear wheels move
freely, the transaxle is in neutral,
2,. Loosen adjustment
bolt in front of the
right rear wheel.
3. Position the gearshift lever in the neutral
(N) position,
4. Tighten adjustment bolt securely,
NOTE: If additional clearance is needed to
-
1, Carefully work new belt down between
transaxle belt keepers and onto the input
pulley.
2, Slide belt into the center span keeper,,
34 Pull belt toward front of tractor and roll
around the top groove of engine pulley.
Install belt through stationary idler and
clutching idler,
5,, Make sure belt is in all pulley grooves
and inside all belt guides and keepers.
6. Install mower (See "TO INSTALL MOWER" in this section of manual).
4,
get to adjustment
bolt, move mower deck
height to the lowest position.
Neutral Lock Gate
Engine
Clutching
BRAKE
Center
)an
Keeper
Gearshift!._">.-._Lever_
Stationary Idler
_'_,
Transaxle
Pulle
'i_z_-,,.,
TO ADJUST
MENT
STEERING
_
t
Adjustment Bolt
WHEEL
ALIGN-
If steering wheel crossbars are not horizontal
(left to right) when wheels are positioned
straight forward,
remove
steering
wheel
and reassemble with crossbars horizontal.
Tighten
securely.
FRONT WHEEL TOE-IN/CAMBER
The front wheel toe-in and camber
are not
adjustable on your tractor° If damage has
occurred to affect the front wheel toe-in or
camber, contact a Sears or other qualified
service center,
23
TO REMOVEWHEEL
TO START
TERY
FOR REPAIRS
I_ Block up axle securely_
24 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.
5o Replace axle cover,
NOTE: To seal tire punctures and prevent
flat tires due to stow leaks, purchase and
use tire sealant from Sears. Tire sealant
also prevents tire dry rot and corrosion.
WITH A WEAK
BAT-
_IbWARNING:
Lead-acid batteries geneF
ate explosive gases,
Keep sparks, flame
and smoking materials away from batteries,
Always wear eye protection when around
batteries_
If your batter,/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 ! 2voltsystem.The
othervehicle mustalso
be a 1 2 volt system. Do not use your tractor
battery to start other vehicles.
TO ATTACH JUMPER CABLES l r Connect one end ofthe RED cable to the
POSITIVE (+) terminal of each battery(A*
B), taking care notto 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
Washers
Retaining
Ring
Axle
Cover
cable (D) to good chassis ground,
from fuel tank and battery,
I
Square
ENGINE
Key
(Rear Wheel Only)
TO REMOVE
ORDER -
CABLES,
away
REVERSE
1. BLACK cable first from chassis and
then from the fully charged battery,
2_ RED cable last from both batteries°
Weak or Dead
Battery
24
Fully Charged
Battery
REPLACING
BATTERY
TO REPLACE
FUSE
_WARNING:
Do not short battery termF
nats 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
Replace with 20 amp automotive-type
plugin fuse, The fuse holder is located behind
the dash,
prevent sparking from accidental
grounding.
1, Lift seat pan to raised position,
2, Disconnect
BLACK batten/ cable first
then RED battery cable and carefully
remove battery from tractor,
3. Install new batterywith terminals in same
position as old battery,
4. First connect RED battery cable to positive (+) terminal with hex bolt and keps
nut as shown, Tighten securely_ Slide
terminal cover over terminal
5. Connect
BLACK grounding
cable to
negative (-) terminal with remaining hex
bolt and keps nut, Tighten securely,
2_ Unsnap headlight wire connector,
3. Stand in front of tractor, Grasp hood at
sides, tilt toward engine and lift off of
tractor,
TO REMOVE HOOD
SEMBLY
1, Raise hood.
AND GRILL
AS-
4_ When replacing hood, be sure to reconnect the headlight wire connector,
/
€
,\
\
,,
,
\
Hood
\
!
' ,,
/X
_//-,_
•
Headlight Wire
Connector
/
Seat
Label
ENGINE
Terminal
Keps
TO ADJUST
CABLE
Hex
Bolt
(Red)
Cable
THROTTLE
CONTROL
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
Negative (Black)
Cable
The choke control has been preset at the
factory and adjustment should not be necessaryo If adjustment is necessary, see engine
manual,
TO ADJUST CARBURETOR
'TO REPLACE
HEADLIGHT
BULB
1, Raise hood.
2, Pull bulb holder out of the hole in the
backside of the grill.
3, Replace bulb in holder and push bulb
holder securely back into the hole in the
backside of the grill,
4, Close hood.
INTERLOCKS
AND RELAYS
Yourcarburetor has been preset at the factory
and adjustment
should not be necessary,
However, minor adjustment may be required
to compensate for differences
in fuel, tem_
perature, altitude or load. If the engine does
need adjustment, see engine manual,
Loose or damaged wiring may cause your
tractor to run poorly, stop running, or prevent
it from starting,
• Check wiring, See electrical wiring diagram in the Repair Parts section°
25
ENGINE
Immediately prepare your tractor for storage
at the end of the season or if the tractor will
FUEL SYSTEM
not be used for 30 days or more.
_IbWARNING:
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.
iI_4PORTANT:
It is important to prevent
gum deposits from forming in essential fuel
system parts such as carburetor, fuel hose,
ortank 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
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°
I. Clean entire tractor (See "CLEANING"
in the Maintenance
section
of this
manual).
Inspect and replace belts, if necessary
(See belt replacement instructions in the
Service and Adiustments
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,
2,
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),
BATTERY
• Fully charge the battery for storage.
• After a period of time in storage, battery
may require recharging.
• To help preventcorrosion
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
OTHER
Maintenance
section of this manual),
• After cleaning, leave cables disconnected
and place cables wherethey 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.
• Do not store gasoline
another.
from one season to
. Replaceyourgasolinecanifyourcanstarts
to rust. Rust and/or dirt in your gasoline
will cause problems°
• If possible, store your tractor indoors and
cover itto 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°
26
TROUBLESHOOTING
See appropriate
CHART:
section
PROBLEM
Will not start
Will not start
Hard to start
Engine will not
turn over
Engine clicks but
will not start
in manual
unless directed
to Sears service
center
CORRECTION
CAUSE
1
Fil! fuel tank,
2
See "TO START ENGINE" in
Operation section
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
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
Carburetor
9
See "To Adjust Carburetor" in
Service and Adjustments section
10
Engine valves out of adjustment°
10
Contact a Sears or other qualified
service center.
1
Dirty air filter,
1
Clean/replace
2
Bad spark plug,
2
Replace spark plug,
3
Weak or dead battery.
3
Recharge
4
Dirty fuel filter.
4
Replace fuel filter,
5
Stale or dirty fuel.
5
Empty fuel tank and refill tank with
fresh, clean gasoline
6
Loose or damaged wiring,
6
Check all wiring,
7
Carburetor
7
See "To Adjust Carburetor" in
Service and Adjustments section
8
Engine valves out of adjustment.
8
Contact a Sears or ether qualified
service center,
1
Clutchtbrake
1
Depress clutch!brake
2
Attachment
2
Disengage attachment
3
WeaL{ 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) r
9
Contact a Sears or other qualified
service center
t
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
1
Out of fuel
2
Engine not "CHOKED"
3
proPerlY
out of adjustment,
out of adjustment
pedal not depressed.
clutch is engaged,
27
air filter
air filter
or replace battery.,
pedal.
clutch.
solenoid or starter,
TROUBLESHOOTING
CHART:
See appropriate
section in manual
PROBLEM
directed
CAUSE
Loss of power
Loss of power
Excessive
unless
vibration
to Sears
service
center
CORRECTION
1
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
5
Low oil level/dirty oil,
5
Check oil levellchange
6
Faulty spark plug,
6
Clean and 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 filte_
10
Spark plug wire loose,
10
Connect and tighten spark plug
wire.
11
Dirty engine air screen/fins,
'11 Clean engine air screen/fins.
12
Dirty/clogged
12
Cleanlreplace
13
Loose or damaged wiring,
13
Check ali wiring
14
Carburetor out of adjustment.
14
See "To Adjust Carburetor" in
Service and Adjustments section,
15
Engine valves out of adjustmenL
15
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
muffler,
air filter
oil
muffler-
qualified service center.
3
Engine continues to t
run when operator
leaves seat with
attachment
clutch
engaged
Poor cut - uneven
cutting
Loose/damaged
part(s),
Faulty operator-safety
control system,
presence
3
Tighten loose part(s),
Replace damaged parts.
1
Check wiring, switches and
connections, If not corrected,
contact a Sears or other
1
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.
28
TROUBLESHOOTING
CHART:
See appropriate
section
in manual
PROBLEM
unless
directed
CAUSE
to Sears
service
center
CORRECTION
1
Remove obstruction.
2
Replace mower drive belt
Frozen idler plllley,
3
Replace idler pulley.
4
Frozen blade lnandre!
4
Contact a Sears or other
qualified service center
1
Engine speed too slow,
1
Place throttle control in "FAST"
position.
2
Travel speed t)o fast,
2
Shift to slower speed.
3
Wet grass,
0
Allow grass to dry before mowing
4
Mower deck n)t level.
4
Level mower deck.
5
Low/uneven tit e air pressure,
5
Check tires for proper PSI,
6
Worn, bent or oose blade.
6
Replace/sharpen
blade bolt,
7
Buildup of gra_is, leaves and
trash under m_wer,
7
Clean underside of mower
housing,
8
Mower drive b _lt worn,
8
Replace mower drive belt,
9
Blades improp_=rly installed.
9
Reinstall blades sharp edge down
10
Improper bladl:s used.
110 Replace with blades listed in
this manual.
11
Clogged mow_ _rdeck vent holes
from buildup o :grass, leaves, ard
trash around n landrels
1t
1
Light switch is "OFF".
1 Turn
2
Bulb(s) or lami _(s) burned out,
2
Replace bulb(s) or lamp(s)
3
Faulty light sw tch,
3
Checklreplace
4
Loose or damz_ged wiring
4
Check wiring and connections,
5
Blown fuse,
5
Replace fuse
t
Bad battery cefl(s)
1
Replace battery.
2
Poor cable cot nections
2
Check/clean
3
Faulty regulate r [if so equipped)
3
Replace regulator.
4
Faulty alternat,)r
4
Replace afternalor,
Engine "backfires"
when turning
engine "OFF"
1
Engine throttl.= control not s.=l 1 Move throttle control between
between half _Lndfull speed (fa.,t)
: half and full speed (fast) position
position befor z stopping engine,
before stopping engine,
Engine dies when
tractor is shifted
into reverse
1
Reverse oper2tion system (ROS)
is not "ON" wh le mower or other
attachment is _:ngaged,
Mower blades will
not rotate
Poor grass
discharge
Headlight(s)
not
working
(if so equipped)
Battery
charge
will not
1
Obstruction
in clutch mechanisr[ i.
2
Worn/damage:l
3
mower drive belt
29
1
blade Tighten
Clean around mandrels to
open vent holes,
light switch"ON".
light switch
all connections
Turn ignition key to ROS "ON"
position. See Operation section.
30
SUGGESTED
GUIDE
FOR SIGHTING
SLOPES
FOR SAFE OPERATION
ONLY RIDE UP AND DOWN HILL,
NOT ACROSS HILL
co
/
15 DEGREES
ii
_=_
MAX.
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
whenup and
WARNING:
To avoid
serious
injury, extreme
operate caution
your tractor
changing direction on slopes.
!. 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.
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