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Owner's Manual
42-nnch Universal
Tow Behind
POWER MOWER
Model No. 486.243292
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CAUTION:
Before using this product, read
this manual and follow all
Safety Rules and
Operating
Instructions.
IMPORTANT
- READ
THIS
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PRINTED IN U.S.A.
Hoffman
Estates,
IL 60179
U.S.A.
FORM NO. 48839 (3/03)
TABLE OF CONTENTS
WARRANTY ...............................................................
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SAFETY RULES ....................................................
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CARTON CONTENTS ...............................................
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ASSEMBLY ............................................................
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WIRING DIAGRAM ....................................................
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OPERATION .........................................................
9-13
LIMITED WARRANTY
ON CRAFTSMAN
POWERED
MAINTENANCE .................................................
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SERVICE AND ADJUSTMENT ......................... 16-17
STO RAG E ................................................................
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REPAIR PARTS LISTS ...................................... 20-22
SLOPE GUIDE .........................................................
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PARTS ORDERING/SERVICE
................ Rear Cover
TRACTOR
ATTACHMENTS
For one (1) year from the date of purchase, if this Craftsman 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
found to be defective in material or workmanship. Warranty service is available free of charge by returning
your Craftsman equipment to your nearest Sears Service Center. In-home warranty service is available but
a trip charge will apply. This Warranty applies only while this product is in the United States.
This Warranty does not cover:
• Expendable items which become worn during normal use, such as spark plugs, air cleaners,
filters.
belts, and oil
• Tire replacement or repair caused by punctures from outside objects, such as nails, thorns, stumps, or
glass.
• Repairs necessary because of operator abuse, including but not limited to, damage caused by 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, 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, fuel should be used within 30 days of its purchase date.
• Equipment used for commercial or rental purposes.
LIMITED WARRANTY
ON BATTERY
For ninety (90) days from date of purchase, if any battery included with the 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. Warranty service is available free of charge by returning your Craftsman equipment to
your nearest Sears Service Center. In-home warranty service is available but a trip charge will apply. This
Warranty applies only while this product is in the United States.
TO LOCATE THE NEAREST SEARS SERVICE CENTER
SIMPLY CONTACT SEARS AT 1-800-4-MY-HOME.
This warranty
state.
OR TO SCHEDULE
SERVICE,
gives you specific legal rights, and you may also have other rights, which vary from state to
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SAFETY
RULES
Safe Operation Practices for Tow Behind Mowers
WARNING: 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.
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GENERAL OPERATION
Read, understand and follow all instructions in the
manual and on the machine before starting.
Read this operator's manual carefully. Become
familiar with the controls and know how to operate
your mower properly.
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
blade.
Be sure the area is clear of other people before
mowing. 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 during backing.
Be aware of the mower discharge direction and do
not point it at anyone. Do not operate the mower
without the guard in place.
Slow down before turning.
Never leave a running machine unattended. Always
turn off blades and stop engine.
Turn off blades when not mowing.
Mow only in daylight or good artificial light.
Do not operate the machine while under the
influence of alcohol or drugs.
Watch for traffic when crossing or operating near
roadways.
Use extra care when loading or unloading the
machine into a trailer or truck.
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Do not attempt to operate your tractor or mower
when not in drivers seat.
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Disengage power to mower and stop engine when
transporting or when not in use.
Exercise special care when mowing around fixed
objects in order to prevent the blades from striking
them. Never deliberately run tractor or mower onto
or over any foreign object.
Use mower only as the manufacturer intended and
as described in this manual.
Do not operate mower if it has been dropped or
damaged in any manner. Always have damage
repaired before using your mower.
Always wear safety glasses or eye shields when
starting and while using your mower.
Dress properly. Do not operate mower when
barefoot or wearing open sandals. Wear only solid
shoes with good traction when mowing.
Always make cutting height adjustments before
starting your mower. Never attempt to do this while
the engine is running.
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Keep your eyes and mind on your mower and the
area being cut. Do not let other interests distract
you.
Do not put hands or feet near or under rotating
parts. Keep clear of the discharge opening at all
times.
Before cleaning, inspecting, or repairing your
mower, stop the engine and make absolutely sure
the blade and all moving parts have stopped. Then
disconnect the spark plug wire and keep it away
from the spark plug to prevent accidental starting.
Do not operate your mower if it vibrates
abnormally. Excessive vibration is and indication of
damage; stop the engine, safely check for the
cause of vibration and repair as required.
Never operate your mower without proper guards,
plates or other safety devices in place.
SLOPE OPERATION
Slopes are a major factor related to loss-of-control and
tip-over accidents, which can result in severe injury or
death. All slopes require extra caution. If you feel
uneasy on it, do not mow it.
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Mow up and down slopes, not across.
Remove obstacles such as rocks, tree limbs, etc.
Watch for holes, ruts or bumps. Uneven terrain
could overturn the machine. Tall grass can hide
obstacles.
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Use slow speed. Choose a low gear so that you will
not have to stop or shift while on the slope.
Follow the manufacturer's recommendations for
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wheel weights or counterweights to improve
stability.
Keep all movement on the slopes slow and gradual.
Do not make sudden changes in speed or direction.
Avoid starting or stopping on a slope. If tires lose
traction, disengage the blades and proceed slowly
straight down the slope.
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Do not turn on slopes unless necessary, and then
turn slowly and gradually downhill, if possible.
Do not mow near drop-offs, ditches or
embankments. The mower could suddenly turn
over if a wheel is over the edge of a cliff or ditch, or
if an edge caves in.
Do not mow on wet grass. Reduced traction could
cause sliding.
III. CHILDREN
Look for this symbol to point out
important safety precautions. It
means CAUTION!!! BECOME
ALERT!!! YOUR SAFETY IS
INVOLVED.
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 under
the watchful care of another responsible adult.
Be alert and turn machine off if children enter the
area.
Before and when backing, look behind and down
for small children.
CAUTION: Always disconnect spark
plug wire and place wire where St
cannot contact spark plug in order to
prevent accidental starting when
setting up, transporting, adjusting or
making repairs.
Never carry children. They may fall off and be
seriously injured or interfere with safe machine
operation.
Never allow children to operate the machine.
Use extra care when approaching blind corners,
shrubs, trees or other objects that may obscure
vision.
SERVICE
Use extra care in handling gasoline and other fuels.
They are flammable and vapors are explosive.
• Use only an approved container.
• Never remove gas cap or add fuel with the
engine running.
• Allow engine to cool before refueling. Do not
smoke near or while operating mower.
• Never refuel the machine indoors.
• Never store the machine or fuel container inside
a room where there is an open flame, such as
with a gas water heater.
Never run a machine inside a closed area.
Keep nuts and bolts, especially blade attachment
nuts, tight and keep equipment in good condition.
Never tamper with safety devices. Check their
proper operation regularly.
Keep machine free of grass, leaves or other debris
build-up. Clean oil or fuel spillage. Allow machine to
cool before storing.
Stop and inspect the equipment if you strike an
object. Repair, if necessary, before restarting.
Never make adjustment or repairs with the engine
running.
Mower blades are sharp and can cut. Wrap the
blade(s) or wear gloves, and use extra caution
when servicing them.
Check brake operation frequently. Adjust and
service as required.
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Please read and keep this manual. The instructions will
enable you to assemble and maintain your Power
Mower propedy. Always observe the "Safety Rules."
internal combustion engine and should
WARNING: This unit is equipped with an
not be used on or near any unimproved
forest-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 arrester is used, it
should be maintained in effective working order by
the operator.
In the state of California the above is required by
law (Section 4442 of the California Public Resources
Code). Other states may have similar laws. Federal
laws apply on federal lands. A spark arrester for the
muffler is available through your nearest Sears
Authorized Service Center.
Record sedal number and date of purchase in space
provided below.
MODEL
NUMBER:
486.243292
SERIAL
NUMBER:
DATE OF
PURCHASE:
The model and sedal numbers will be found on a
plate attached to the right side of the Ddve Housing.
PRODUCT
You should record both serial number and date of
of purchase and keep in a safe place for future
reference.
SPECIFICATIONS
HORSEPOWER:
8.0
DISPLACEMENT:
21 CU. IN.
GASOLINE CAPACITY:
GASOLINE TYPE:
1.4 GALLONS
UNLEADED REGULAR
OIL TYPE (API-SF/SG):
S,_E 30 (ABOVE 32°F)
SAE 5W-30 (BELOW 32°F)
OIL CAPACITY:
3.0 PINTS
SPARK PLUG:
(GAP: .030")
CHAMPION
VALVE CLEARANCE:
INTAKE: .003 - .005 IN.
EXHAUST: .005- .007 IN.
BLADE BOLT TORQUE
35-40 FT. LBS.
TIRE PRESSURE
10 PSI
WIDTH OF CUT
42 INCHES
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CONTENTS
OF CARTON
PARTS BAG CONTENTS
PARTS PACKED SEPARATELY IN CRATE
CABLE GUIDE (2)
PARTS BAG
MOWER DECK
OPERATOR
PRESENCE SEAT
3/8 CABLE CLIP (3)
1/2 CABLE CLIP (3)
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(3)
REMOVING
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Remove
Remove
shipping
Remove
UNIT FROM CRATE
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Assemble a 3/8 Flat Washer onto a 3/8-16 x 2-1/2
Hex Bolt.
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Insert Bolt and Washer through slot of Rear
Quadrant and hole in Towbar Tube.
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Secure tightly with 3/8-16 Lock Nut then loosen Nut
1/4 turn to allow tube to pivot freely inside Rear
Quadrant.
NOTE: Towbar Tube must pivot freely inside Rear
Quadrant when latch is pulled from notch.
top boards.
two Bolts from front of crate which hold
anchors.
two Bolts from bottom at rear of crate
which hold shipping anchors.
Remove Hitch Assembly and Parts Bag from crate.
Remove Roller Bolt from Front Roller, Remove
shipping anchors and reinstall Roller Bolt.
Remove Nuts from Height Adjustment Straps and
remove shipping anchors from each side of mower.
Reinstall Nuts to Height Adjustment Straps, then
loosen 1/4 turn to allow straps to pivot freely.
Check all loose parts and bag contents against
Crate Contents and Bag Contents illustration on
page 5. If any part is missing or damaged contact
the store where you purchased the unit.
INSTALL CLUTCH CABLE AND WIRE
HARNESS TO TOWBAR TUBE.
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assemble mower, remove spark plug
CAUTION: Before starting to
wire from plug of mower engine.
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OPERATOR
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ORIENTATION
INSTALL CLUTCH
ASSEMBLY
When right and left are mentioned in this manual, it
means your right and your left when you are seated
behind the wheel in the operating position.
ENGINE
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TO THE HITCH
Remove the 1/4" Lock Nut and 1/4" x 3/4" Bolt from
the Clutch Cable Eyelet.
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Screw one 5/16" Nut off the Clutch Cable Housing
and onto the bare cable wire. Screw the second
5/16" Nut all the way onto the Clutch Cable Housing. Insert the Clutch Cable Eyelet through the
slotted hole in the Cable Anchor on the Hitch
Assembly.
NOTE: The loose 5/16" Nut on the cable wire must be
cocked at an angle to fit through the slotted hole.
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Fasten the Clutch Cable Eyelet to the Clutch Lever,
reusing the 1/4" x 3/4" Hex Bolt and 1/4" Lock Nut.
Tighten the 1/4" Lock Nut securely and then loosen
approximately two turns to allow the cable to pivot
freely on the bolt.
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Screw the loose 5/16" Nut back onto the Clutch
Cable Housing. Use the 5/16" Nuts to adjust the
cable to the proper tension.
OIL
INSTALL TOWBAR
QUADRANT
CABLE
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VERY IMPORTANT:
Engine must be filled with oil before operation. See OIL
& FUEL RECOMMENDATIONS in engine Owner's
Manual for correct filling instructions and oil fill capacity.
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Unwrap the Wire Harness and the Clutch Cable
from around the Engine.
Lay the Clutch Cable along the left side of the
Towbar Tube and lay the Wire Harness along the
right side of the Towbar Tube.
Install three 3/8" Cable Clips on the Clutch Cable
and three 1/2" Cable Clips onto the Wire Harness.
Align all six Cable Clips with the holes in the Towbar
Tube and secure them with three #10 Self-Tapping
Screws.
TUBE TO REAR
Cut and remove the Plastic Tie which holds the Wire
Harness and the Clutch Cable to the Rear
Quadrant. (See Fig. 1)
Remove two 3/8 Bolts, two 3/8 Lock Nuts and one
3/8 Flat Washer from the rear of the Towbar Tube.
Place tube into Rear Quadrant, align holes, insert
3/8-16 x 2-1/2 Hex Bolt through rear hole of tube.
Secure tightly with 3/8-16 Lock Nut then loosen Nut
1/4 turn to allow tube to pivot freely inside Rear
Quadrant.
VERY IMPORTANT
See DRIVE TENSION on page 16 in the SERVICE AND
ADJUSTMENTS Section of this manual for proper
Clutch Cable adjustment.
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ON/OFF
SWITCH
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WIRE
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CABLE EYELET
INSTALL THE WIRE HARNESS
ON/OFF SWITCH
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CLUTCH
AND THE
BLADE
LEVER
1/4 X 3/4
HITCH
ASSEMBLY
SWITCH
MOUNTING
CLUTCH CABLEHOUSING
Slide the Wire Harness under the Cable Anchor of
the Hitch Assembly.
Connect two 1/4 Female Spade Connectors from
the Wire Harness to the prongs of the ON/OFF
Switch.
CABLE
Insert the Seat Switch Plug of the Wire Harness into
the Hitch Assembly, Pulling it up and through the
right top side of the Switch Mounting Bracket.
Remove one Ring Nut from the ON/OFF Switch and
adjust the second Ring Nut 1/4 Inch from the top of
the threads.
ANCHOR"
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RING NUT
NUT 5/16 (2)
CONNECTOR
CABLE
GUIDE
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Insert the ON/OFF Switch up through the Switch
Mounting Bracket and secure it by reinstalling the
Ring Nut.
NOTE: The notch in the threads of the ON/OFF Switch
must face toward the "ON" of the ON/OFF Switch Decal
WIRE
_NUT
HARNE_
FIG. 1
to insure proper ON/OFF control.
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INSTALL OPERATOR
TRACTOR
OPERATOR PRESENCE SEAT
PRESENCE
SEAT TO
CABLE GUIDE
Your Mower is equipped with and Operator Presence
Seat to provide for your safety. The Operator Presence
Seat must be installed on the seat of the tow vehicle
and must be plugged in to the Wire Harness of the
Mower for proper operation of this unit.
NOTE: In order to start the mower en_line you must
have the Operator Presence Seat plugged into the Wire
Harness of the Mower and the Mower Blade Clutch
Lever in the disengaged position. In order to en_laq{tthe
Mower Blades You must be seated on the Tow Vehicle
and on the Operator Presence Seat.
WIRE
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SEAT STRAPS
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FIG. 1A
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Place the Operator Presence Seat on the Tractor
Seat with the Wire toward the bottom and secure
with the seat strap. (See Fig. 1A)
Lift Tractor Seat and install a cable guide in the
middle of the Tractor rear fenders.
Place Operator Presence Seat Wire into Cable
Guide with the connector toward the rear so as to
connect with the Seat Switch Plug of the Wire
Harness.
Lower Tractor Seat
Connect Operator Presence Seat wire to the Seat
Switch Plug of the Wiring Harness.
WIRING DIAGRAM
SAFETy
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KNOW YOUR MOWER
READ THIS OWNER'S
MANUAL AND SAFETY RULES BEFORE OPERATING YOUR MOWER.
Compare the illustrations with your mower to familiarize yourself with the location of various controls and adjustments.
Save the manual for future reference,
THROTTLE
CONTROL
HEIGHT
ADJUSTMENT
STRAP
RECOIL START
HEIGHT
ADJUSTMENT
LIFT LEVER
MOWER BLADE
CLUTCH LEVER
SHUT OFF
CONTROL
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TOW HIT_
OFFSET
ADJUSTMENT
TOW BAR
HEIGHT
ADJUSTMENT
FIG. 2
MOWER BLADE CLUTCH LEVER - Starts and stops
mower blade rotation
THROTTLE CONTROL - Controls engine speed, engine
shut-off
SHUT OFF CONTROL - Used to shut off mower engine
from tractor seat
HEIGHT ADJUSTMENT LIFT LEVER - Raise and lower
mower to different cutting heights
HEIGHT ADJUSTMENT STRAP - Controls cutting
height
TOW BAR HEIGHT ADJUSTMENT - To level mower
front to rear
RECOIL START HANDLE - Used to start engine
TOW HITCH OFFSET ADJUSTMENT - To adjust
mower deck offset from tractor center
CHOKE CONTROL - Opens and closes choke
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The operation of any mower can result in foreign objects being thrown into the eyes,
which can result in severe eye damage. Always wear safety glasses or eye shields
before starting your mower and while mowing. We recommend wide vision safety mask
for over the spectacles or standard safety glasses.
CHILDREN
Tragic
occur iftothe
not the
alert
to the activity.
presence Never
of children.
Childrenaccidents
are often can
attracted
theoperator
machine isand
mowing
assume that children will remain where you last saw them.
HOW TO USE YOUR
ATTACHING
MOWER
STOPPING
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Move blade clutch lever to Off position,
Move engine shut off switch to Off position.
Move engine throttle to Stop position,
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STARTING
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MOWER
TO TRACTOR
Place mower behind tractor and back tractor up to it
for attaching. (See Fig. 3)
Slide tow bar of mower over tractor drawbar so that
the hitch pin holes line up.
Insert hitch pin until it extends through the bottom of
the tow bar,
Insert hair cotter pin through hitch pin,
Move engine shut off switch to On position.
Move engine throttle to Full position.
Move choke to full.
Move blade clutch lever to Off position.
Pull start rope.
Move engine choke to Off position after engine
starts.
HITCH Pff
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Sit on tractor seat.
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Raise blade clutch leverto Engage position.
Operate tractor at medium ground speed.
(3-4 MPH)
Refer to Safety Rules on page 3 and to
the Slope Guide on page 23 regarding
operation of mower on slopes,
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TRACTOR
DRAWBAR
HAIR COTTER PIN
FIG. 3
TRANSPORTING
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Shut off engine.
Place mower deck in the highest position directly
behind tractor.
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Never
operate the mower without discharge
CAUTION:
chute cover in its proper place.
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MOWER
HEIGHT
ADJUSTMENT
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CAUTION:
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Shut off mower engine and remove spark
plug wire from spark plug before making
any adjustments to mower.
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The cutting height range is approximately 1-1/2 to 4-1/2
inches. The heights are measured form 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.
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FRONT
The average lawn should be cut to approximately 2I/2 inches during the cool season and to over 3
inches dudng 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.
CUTTING
HEIGHT
To adjust the mower cutting height remove hair
cotter pin from clevis pin in the height adjustment
strap. (See Fig. 4)
Apply down pressure to height adjustment lift lever.
Remove the clevis pin from the height adjustment
strap.
Move height adjustment strap up or down to align it
with the desired hole in the height adjustment strap.
Reassemble clevis pin to the height adjustment
strap and secure with hair cotter pin.
Make sure that both side height adjustment straps
are adjusted to the same height.
TO BACK RAKE ADJUSTMENT
To obtain the best cutting results, the mower housing
should be adjusted so that the front is approximately
1/4" to 3/4" lower than the rear, To check front to back
adjustment measure from the bottom edge of the deck
to the ground at both front and rear of the deck,
TO ADJUST MOWER FROM FRONT TO BACK
ADJUSTMENTS
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Remove two hair cotter pins from two clevis pins in
the tow bar adjustment. (See Fig. 4)
Remove two clevis pins from tow bar adjustment.
Raise or lower the tow bar to obtain the proper front
to back adjustmenL
Reassemble two clevis pins to tow bar adjustment
and secure with two hair cotter pins.
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CAUTION:
Shut off mower engine and remove spark
plug wire from spark plug before making
any adjustments to mower.
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HEIGHT ADJUSTMENT
STRAP
HAIR COTTER PINS
HEIGHT ADJUSTMENT
LIFT LEVER
HAIR COTTER
TOW
BAR
ADJUSTMENT
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CLEVIS PINS,
PINS
CLEVIS
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CUTTING
HEIGHT
GROUND LEVEL
FIG. 4
11
BLADE
HEIGHTS
CUTTING
1-1/2"
TOW HITCH OFFSET
ADJUSTMENT
CAUTION:
Shut off mower engine and remove spark
plug wire from spark plug before making
any adjustments to mower.
This tow behind mower has been designed to run offset
from the center of the tow vehicle to give additional
cutting width.
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The adjustable tow hitch of this mower can be set in
four positions, straight, Approximately 15" offset,
29" offset and 39" offset to either side, (See Fig. 5)
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When cutting with a tow vehicle already equipped
with a 42", 46", or 50" mower, we recommend using
the 39" offset. When cutting with a tow vehicle
equipped with 36", 38" or40" mower, use the 29"
offset position. When cutting heavier grass or
when conditions warrant, adjust the mower to the
15" offset position.
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If tow vehicle is not equipped with a mid mount
mower the hitch can be adjusted to a straight
position, but we recommend using the offset
position to eliminate grass being crushed down by
the tow vehicle.
TO ADJUST
THE OFFSET
HITCH
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Pull back the pivot latch from the notch of the front
quadrant. Adjust the hitch tube to the desired
offset and release the pivot latch into the notch of
the quadrant. (See Fig. 6)
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Pull back the pivot latch from the notch of the rear
quadrant. Adjust the hitch tube to the
corresponding notch of the front quadrant and
release the pivot latch into the notch.
iMPORTANT: The hitch tube must be assembled to
the same offset notch in both the front and rear
quadrants.
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29" OFFSET
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LATCH
39" OFFSET
39"OFFSET
LATCH
FRONT
QUADRANT
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29" OFFSET
STRAIGH"
39" OFFSET
REAR QUADRANT
FIG. 5
FIG. 6
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BEFORE
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STARTING
ENGINE
MOWING
Fill engine with oil (See engine manual for proper
procedure and requirements)
Add gasoline. Fill fuel tank using fresh clean
unleaded gasoline. (See tractor manual for safe
filling procedure and storage instructions)
CAUTION:
Fill to bottom
CAUTION:
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.
of fuel tank filler neck, Do
not overfill. Wipe off any spilled oil or
fuel. Do not store, spill or use gasoline
near open flame.
TO START
PROCEDURES
CAUTION:
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ENGINE
NEVER
carry children.
may fall with
off
and
be seriously
injured They
or interfere
safe operation.
IMPORTANT: Avoid prolonged mowing of ditches with
slopes greater than 15 degrees. Small engines become
starved for oil at angles greater than 15 degrees and
should only be used for brief periods on such slopes. Be
sure the engine is tilled to the maximum oil level when
mowing on slopes.
CAUTION:
Keep the blade clutch lever in
'Disengaged"
position when starting
engine
•
•
•
Make sure spark plug wire is properly connected.
Place choke control in "CHOKE" position if the
engine is cold. A warm engine may not require
choking to start.
•
Move engine throttle to full position.
= Grasp starter handle with one hand. Pull rope out
slowly until engine reaches start of compression
cycle (rope wilt pull slightly harder at this point)
•
Pull roper with a rapid, continuous, full arm stroke.
•
Keep a firm grip on starter handle and let rope
rewind slowly. Do not let starter handle snap back
against starter.
•
When engine starts move choke to open position.
•
Allow engine to warm up for a few minutes before
engaging blades.
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 performance. (See
Service and Adjustments section of the engine manual,
•
•
•
BREAKING IN YOUR MOWER
Break in your belts, pulleys, and engine before you
actually begin mowing.
,, Start engine, engage blade control to start blades
rotating and allow blades to rotate for approximately
five minutes to break in mower and engine.
•
•
CAUTION:
Check area under and around mower for
any objects that could be thrown from
under mower, Make sure that mower
discharge area is clear_
•
•
13
Mowing should be started with tractor in low gear
and speed increased only as mowing conditions will
safely permit.
Mower will perform at its best when engine throttle is
set for full throttle.
You will obtain better mowing results in grassy areas
if they are mowed when the grass is approximately
4" to 5" maximum height. While your mower wilt cut
grass taller than 5", you will notice a substantial
increase in engine power required and some change
in the finished appearance of the area mowed.
Mowing conditions will vary from place to place,
including the types of grass which are being
mowed, such as fine stalk, coarse stalk, and
dense or sparse grasses. When mowing tall grass
you may find that certain grasses may be pressed
downward under the wheels so that they will not
mow properly. If this condition exists you may have
to mow the area twice, the first mowing with the
mower raised and the second mowing at the
desired height. If it is practical, you will achieve
better results if the second mowing is at right
angle to the previous mowing.
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 mower engine at full throttle when
mowing to assure better mowing performance and
proper discharge of material. Regulate ground
speed by selecting a gear low enough to give the
best cutting performance and quality of cut.
When operating any attachment, select a ground
speed that will suit the terrain and give the best
performance for the attachment being used.
When mowing slopes, always mow them up and
down at slow speed. Never mow across slopes.
Refer to Slope Operation on page 3 and to the
Slope Guide on page 23.
GENERAL
RECOMMENDATIONS
Once a year you should replace the spark plug,
clean or replace air filter, end 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,
The warranty on this Vehicle does not cover items that
have been subjected to operator abuse or negligence. To
receive full value from the warranty, operator must
maintain unit as instructed in this manual.
BEFORE EACH USE
Some adjustments wiU need to be made periodically to
properly maintain your unit.
All adjustments in the Service and Adjustments section of
this manual should be checked at least once each season.
•
Check engine oil level.
Check blade operation
Check for loose fasteners.
•
MAINTENANCE
SCHEDULE
FILL IN DATES
AS YOU COMPLETE
REGULAR SERVICE
SERVICE
DATES
/
..........
Check Engine Oil Level
Change Engine 0il
Inspect Spark Arrester Muffler
Inspect Air Screen
,.,,,
v"
Check and Clean Air Cleaner
v"
Replace Air Cleaner Cartridge
Clean Engine Cylinder Fins
Replace Spark Plug
Lubricate Spindles
1 - Change
€"
more often when operating unaer a heavy load or in high ambient
temperatures.
2 - Service more often when operating in dirty or dusty conditions.
ENGINE
MAINTENANCE
(_
Refer to engine manual when performing
maintenance on engine.
(_
ENGINE
LUBRICATION
Q
REFER TO ENGINE MANUAL
(_)
GENERAL PURPOSE GREASE
IMPORTANT: Do not oil or grease pivot points.
Viscous lubricants will attract dust and dirt that can
cause wear on pivot points, if you feet they must be
lubricated, use only a dry powdered graphite type
lubricant.
WHEEL (_
14
WHEEL
CLEANING
THE MOWER
•
•
[_,
•
•
•
from spark plug before working on underCAUTION:
side
of mower.
Disconnect spark plug wire
When grinding, take care to maintain blade balance.
Check blade for proper balance before reinstalling
to mower.
To check and balance blade use a balancing
machine or, fixture as shown in figure 8. File material off heavier end of blade until it is balanced.
*CENTER
._ONNAIL.
_BENCH,
_REMAIN
Clean the underside of your mower to remove buildup of grass clippings.
Clean any gasoline, oil, or foreign matter from
engine, painted surfaces and wheels.
We do not recommend using a garden hose to
clean mower unless the electrical system, muffler,
air filter and carburetor are covered to keep water
out. Water in engine can result in shortening engine
life.
THE BLADE'S CENTER HOLE
DO NOT LET BLADE TOUCH
ABALANCEDBLADEWILL
LEVEL.
WORKBENCH
THIN
NAIL
FINISHING
LUBRICATED
WITH
DROP
OF OIL
FIG. 8
To assure satisfactory operation, we recommend that
you discard old blades and replace them with new ones
before the start of each mowing season.
BLADECARE
NOTE: Check nuts and blades occasionally to make
sure nuts are tight.
For best results, mower blade must be kept sharp.
The blades can be sharpened with a few strokes of
a file or on a grinding wheel. Do not attempt to
sharpen blades while blades are on mower.
•
CAUTION: Shut off mower engine and
remove spark plug wire from spark plug
before making any adjustments or repairs
to mower.
To remove blade for sharpening, use wooden block
to hold blade while removing the blade mounting
nut. The nuts have right hand threads. (See Fig. 7.)
CAUTION: Do not handle mower blades
with bare hands. Careless or improper
handling may result in serious injury.
'
BLADE
NUT .-.--_
FIG. 7
15
REPAIR PARTS
CHECKING
Your rotary mower has been produced with components
designed for your unit. Although standard V-belts,
bearings, blades pulleys etc. may look like the parts
used on your rotary mower, many are of a different
construction and could in some cases cause the mower
to malfunction.
•
•
•
Remove V-belt cover from right side of unit.
Place Blade Control Lever in the"ENGAGED"
position.
Check tension spring length. It should be 5-3/8" to
5-5/8" over the coils of the Spring Body. See Fig. 9.
ADJUSTING
For continued satisfactory performance, use only repair
parts supplied by the manufacturer. See you Sears
Service Center for replacement parts.
DRIVE TENSION
To Increase
DRIVE TENSION
Drive Spring Tension
Place blade clutch lever in the "DISENGAGED"
BELT
position.
Loosen the inner nut of the clutch cable.
REPLACEMENT
Tighten the outer nut to increase spring tension.
i_
•
NOTE: For every 1/8" adjustment made to the cable
you will get approximately 1/8" movement on the
tension spring.
from
CAUTION:
spark plug
Disconnect
before replacing
spark plug
V-belt.
wire
Move Blade Clutch Lever to the "DISENGAGED"
position,
Remove two belt covers. (See Fig 9)
Loosen three bolts and pivot belt guides away from
pulleys
Move belt brake away from spindle pulleys, and
remove V-belt from around two spindle pulleys.
Remove V-belt from around engine pulley.
Disconnect small spring from idler arm.
Grasp body of large idler spring and pull spdng to
the right side of mower until idler pulley is against
spindle pulley.
Remove V-belt from idler pulley.
Place new V-belt onto idler pulley and release large
spring to allow idler to return to original position.
Reconnect small spring to idler arm.
Assemble V-belt around engine pulley.
Move belt brake away from spindle pulleys then
assemble V-belt onto spindle pulleys.
Place Blade Clutch Lever into =ENGAGED" position.
Reposition three belt guides to original position with
approximately 1/16" clearance from pulleys and
retighten bolts to secure belt guides.
To Decrease Drive Spring Tension
NOTE: Belt Guides should not touch V-belt or pulleys
when unit is in engaged position.
•
Reassemble two belt covers and return Blade Clutch
Lever to =DISENGAGED" position.
16
•
Place blade clutch lever in the "DISENGAGED"
•
position.
Loosen the outer nut of the clutch cable.
•
Tighten the inner nut to decrease spring tension.
INNER NUT
iGHTEN
OUTER NUT
IDLER PULLEY
ENGINE PULLEY
,BOLT
BELT GUIDE
BELT GUIDE
I
t
I
I
BOLT
TENSION
(LARGE)
SPRING
I
I
BRAKE
SPINDLE
FIG. 9
17
5-3/8
TO
5-5/8
Immediately prepare your mower for storage at the end
of the season or if the unit will not be used for 30 days
ENGINE OIL
or more.
Drain oil with engine shut off but still warm, Replace
old oil with new engine oil. (See engine manual)
MOWER
CYLINDER
When the mower is to be stored for a period of time,
clean it thoroughly, remove all dirt, grease, leaves, et&
Store in a clean dry area.
= Clean entire mower (See "CLEANING')
•
Lubricate as shown in the Customer Responsibilities
section of this manual.
•
Be sure that all nuts, bolts, screws, and pins are
securely fastened. Inspect moving parts for
damage, breakage an wear. Replace if necessary,
•
Touch up all rusted or chipped paint surfaces; sand
lightly before painting.
•
•
•
•
OTHER
•
.
CLEANING
•
CAUTION: Disconnect spark plug wire
from spark plug before working on underside of mower.
•
•
•
•
Clean the underside of your mower to remove
build-up of grass and trash.
Keep finished surfaces and wheels free of all
gasoline, oi!, etc.
We do not recommend using a garden hose to
clean mower unless the electrical system, muffler,
air filter, and carburetor are covered to keep water
out. Water in engine can result in shortening engine
life.
•
Do not store gasoline from one season to another.
Replace your gasoline can if your can starts to rust.
Rust and/or dirt in your gasoline will cause
problems.
If possible, store your unit indoors and cover it to
give protection from dust and dirt.
Cover your unit 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 unit to rust.
engine
and exhaust
are still
warm.
Cover
CAUTION:
Never cover
mower
while
may ignite, causing a fire.
CAUTION:
Never store a mower with
fumes
reach
open aflame
or spark.
gasolinemay
in it's
tankaninside
building
where
Allow the engine to cool before storing in
any enclosure.
ENGINE
•
Remove spark plug.
Pour one ounce (29 ml) of oi! through spark plug
hole into cylinder.
Pull starter handle slowly a few times to distribute
oil,
Replace with new spark plug.
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 drain the gas tank and carburetor if
using fuel stabilizer.
18
NOTES
19
42" TOW BEHIND
MOWER
- MODEL
NO. 486.243292
_101
98
104
57
39
35
21
27
,3
8
73
24
2
17
?2
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74
77
67
20
42" TOW
BEHIND
MOWER
- MODEL
Item
No.
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
8.
9.
10.
11.
12.
13.
14.
15.
16.
17.
18.
19.
20.
21.
22.
23.
24.
25.
26.
27.
28.
29.
30.
31.
32.
33.
34.
35.
36.
37.
38.
39.
40.
41
42.
43.
44.
45.
46.
47.
48.
49.
50.
51.
52.
53.
54.
55.
56.
57.
58.
59.
60.
61.
62.
63.
64.
65.
66.
Part No.
HA23834
HA23598
HA23343
43081*
43064*
HA23519
HA23516
HA23246
HA124634"
HA20129
HA23193
HA22981
HA64064
HA22987
HA120389
HA23518
43262*
HA22948
47134
44180
HA23196
HA23258
HA15015
HA6979
41576*
HA23197
43082*
HA17322
HA9411666"
43648*
43013*
HA3293
HA24617
HA23253
HA23262
45040*
736-0722*
712-0121"
HA23513
212702-0114-E1
64675
HA22994
HAl15321"
HA3073
HA17285
HA12315
HA22980
43001*
HA19484
HA23636
HA23644
HA20988
714-0117
45084
HA23262
HA23647
HA23612
HA23597
HA23755
HA12138
HA126145"
HA120898"
43432*
HA12988
44059
HA23645
NO. 486.243292
Qty.
Item
Req.
No.
Part No.
1
1
2
3
8
1
2
2
4
2
67.
68.
69.
70.
71.
72.
73.
74.
75.
76.
HA23526
48840
HA12314
HA22996
HA22997
714-0121
HA23638
47081
HA456151
HA23263
Hitch Tube .................................................
Self Tapping Screw ...................................
Danger Decal ............................................
Left Hand Wheel Mounting Bracket ..........
Right Hand Wheel Mounting Bracket .......
Cotter Pin ..................................................
Clevis Pin ..................................................
Wheel ........................................................
Flat Washer. 13/16" x 1-1/2" x .134". ........
Flat Washer ...............................................
1
8
1
1
1
8
2
2
2
2
Screw, 3/8-16 x 1-1/4 Thread Forming .._ 25
Belt Guide ..................................................
4
77.
78.
HA23229
HA23646
Brake Spring Assembly ..............................
Brake Rod ..................................................
1
1
79.
80.
44101"
HA24441
Hub Cap ....................................................
Height Adjustment Strap ...........................
Cotter Pin, 3/32" x 3/4". ............................
2
2
1
Washer. 1/2" x 1-1/4" x .083". ....................
Clutch Bellcrank .........................................
Nut, 1/2-13 Hex Lock .................................
Brake Release Rod ....................................
Hair Cotter Pin ...........................................
Bolt. 5/16-18 x 2" Hex Head Grade 6 ........
Idler Tension Spring ...................................
Idler Bracket ...............................................
2
1
6
1
5
3
1
1
81.
82.
83.
84.
85.
86.
87.
88.
HA20186
HA23760
HA23761
HA23527
HA16200
43062*
HA19445
43012"
Idler Pulley .................................................
Flat Washer ................................................
Bolt, 3/8-16 x 1-3/4" Hex Head ..................
Interlock Bracket ........................................
Nut, 3/8-16 Hex Lock .................................
Interlock Switch ..........................................
1
8
1
1
4
1
89.
90.
91.
92.
93.
94.
HA23832
HA23586
HAl1947
43088
47707
HA181668"
Strap, Latch ...............................................
Spring. Latch .............................................
Clip - Hose/Cable 1/2". .............................
Clip - Hose/Cable 3/8". .............................
Lever - Clutch ............................................
Washer. 13/32" x 1-3/16" x 3/16". .............
Bolt. 3/8-16 x 1-1/2" Hex Head .................
Spring ........................................................
Bolt, 1/4-20 x 3/4" Hex Head ....................
Wire ...........................................................
2
2
3
3
1
2
1
1
2
1
Screw, #10-16 x 1/2" Self Tapping .............
Bolt. 1/4-20 x 1-1/2" Hex Head ..................
Nut, 1/4-20 Hex Lock .................................
Extension Spring ........................................
Clutch Cable ...............................................
Module Connector ......................................
Module ........................................................
Screw. #10-24 x 1/2" Pan Head ................
Washer, #10 Med. Lock .............................
Nut, #10-24 Hex .........................................
Engine Mounting Plate ...............................
8 HP Engine ...............................................
Spindle Assembly .......................................
Pulley ..........................................................
Set Screw. 5/16-18 x 5/16" Socket Hd ......
6
1
8
1
1
1
1
2
2
2
1
1
2
1
2
95.
96.
97.
98.
99.
100.
101.
102.
103.
104.
105.
NP
HA4143
43601
HA120389
HA23732
HA23733
48837
HA23792
25051
25052
48795
43182
48839
Operator's Presence Seat ........................
Cord Clip ...................................................
Washer. 1/4" Std .......................................
Grip - Handle .............................................
Bolt, 7/16-20 x 1-1/4" Hex Head ...............
Washer, l"x 13/16" Thick .........................
Washer, 1.69" x 1.032" x .06". ..................
Washer. 1/2" x 1-1/4" x .083". ...................
Tank, Gasoline ..........................................
Cap, Gasoline Tank ...................................
Fuel Line ...................................................
1
2
4
2
1
2
1
3
1
1
1
Clamp, Fuel Line .......................................
Cover. Gas Tank .......................................
Bracket, Tank Mounting ............................
Screw, 1/4" x 1-1/4" Self Tapping .............
Bolt, Hex 5/16-18 x 3/4". ...........................
Owner's Manual
2
1
2
4
4
Square Key ................................................
Danger Decal .............................................
Danger Decal .............................................
V-Belt ..........................................................
Bolt. 3/8-16 x 1" Hex Head ........................
Rubber Grommet .......................................
Clevis Pin ...................................................
Towbar Assembly .......................................
Hitch Pin .....................................................
Hair Cotter Pin ...........................................
On/Off Switch .............................................
1
2
2
1
1
1
2
1
1
1
1
Decal - Engine Shut Off .............................
Clutch Lever Decal .....................................
Wire Harness .............................................
Deflector .....................................................
1
1
1
1
Decal - Operation .......................................
Mower Roller ..............................................
Bolt, 1/2-13 x 7" Hex Head .......................
Washer, 9/16" Lock ....................................
Bolt, 3/8-16 x 2-1/2" Hex Head ..................
Deflector Spring .........................................
Sears Logo Decal ......................................
Belt Cover ..................................................
1
1
1
2
4
1
1
2
Description
Mower Deck Pan ........................................
Rod- Deflector Mounting ............................
Pulley ..........................................................
Washer. 3/8" x 7/8" x .08". .........................
Nut - 5/16-18 Hex Lock ..............................
Hitch Assembly ..........................................
Mower Blade ..............................................
Belleviile Washer .......................................
Nut, 9/16-18 Hex ........................................
Flat Washer ................................................
Qty.
Description
*Standard Hardware - Purchased Locally
21
Req.
42" TOW BEHIND
MOWER
- MODEL
NO. 486.243292
12
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Item
No. Part No.
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
8.
9.
10.
HA124634
HA120898
HA23343
HA23243
HA23244
HA23242
HA23245
HA23516
HA23246
HA20129
5
Description
Qty.
Req.
Nut, 9/16-18 ..............................
Washer, 9/16" Lock ..................
Pulley ........................................
Jackshaft ..................................
2
1
1
1
Spacer ......................................
Housing & Bearing Assembly...
Blade Adapter ...........................
Mower Blade .............................
Belleville Washer ......................
Thrust Washer ..........................
1
1
1
1
1
1
22
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CAUTION: DO NOT OPERATE YOUR TRACTOR AND TOW BEHIND
MOWER ON A SLOPE IN EXCESS OF 10 DEGREES. BE SURE OF
YOUR TRACTOR'S TOWING AND BRAKING CAPABILITIES BEFORE
OPERATING ON A SLOPE, AVOID ANY SUDDEN TURNS OR
MANEUVERS WHILE ON A SLOPE.
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