Owner's Manual [RRFTSMRN" 6.25 HORSEPOWER 21" MULTI-CUT ROTARY LAWN MOWER Model No. 917.388350 • Safety • • Assembly Operation Maintenance • • Espa_ol Repair Parts • CAUTION: Read and follow all Safety Rules and Instructions before operating this equipment Sears, Roebuck and Co., Hoffman Estates, IL 60179 Visit our Craftsman website: _.'_vw.sears.com/craftsman Warranty ............................................... Safety Rules ............... _......................... Assembly .............. :.....: ......................... Operation ....... '....................................... Maintenance Schedule ........................ Maintenance .._...................................... LIMITED TWO YEAR WARRANTY 2 2 4 6 10 10 Product Specifications .......................... 1 Service and Adjustments., .......... :........ 1. Storage ................................................. 1 Troubleshooting ................................... 1 Repair Parts .......................................... 3 Parts Ordering ............. _........ Back Cove ON CRAFTSMAN POWER MOWER For two years from date of purchase, when this Craftsman Lawn Mower is maintainec lubricated, and tuned up according to the operating and maintenance instructions in the owner's manual, Sears will repair free of charge any defect in material or workma ship. If this Craftsman Lawn Mower is used for commercial or rental purposes, this warrant_ applies for only 90 days from the date of purchase. This Warranty does not cover_ • Expendable items which become worn during normal use, such as rotary mower blades, blade adapters, belts, air cleaners and spark plug. • Repairs necessary because of operator abuse or negligence, including bent crankshafts and the failure to maintain the equipment according to the instructions contained in the owner's manual. Warranty service is available by returning the Craftsman power mower to the nearest Sears Service Center/Department in the United States. This warranty applies only while this product is in use in the United States. This Warranty gives you specific legal rights, and you may also have other rights whi( vary from state to state, SEARS, ROEBUCK AND CO., D/817 WA, HOFFMAN ESTATES, ILLINOIS 60179 Safety standards require operator presence control to minimize the risk of injury. Your unit is equipped with cuch controls, do not attempt to defeat the function of the operator presence controls under any circumstances. TRAINING: • Read this operator's manual carefully. Become familiar with the controls and know how to operate your mower properly. Learn how to quickly stop mower. • Do not allow children to use your mower. Never allow adults to use mower without proper instructions. • Keep the area of operation clear of all persons, especially small children and pets. • 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. • Do not use accessory attachments tha, are not recommended by the manufac. turer. Use of such attachments may b_ hazardous. • The blade turns when the engine is running. PREPARATION: • Always thoroughly check the area to b mowed and clear it of all stones, sticks wires, bones, and other foreign object,' These objects will be thrown by the blade and can cause severe injury. • Always wear safety glasses or eye shields when starting and while using your mower. Dress properly. Do not operate mowe when barefoot or wearing open 2 sandals. Wear only solid shoes with good traction when mowing. • Check fuel tank before starting engine. Do not fill gas tank indoors, when the engine is running or when the engine is hot. Allow the engine to cool for several minutes before filling the gas tank. Clean off any spilled gasoline before starting the engine. • Always make wheel height adjustments before starting your mower. Never attempt to do this while the engine is running. • Mow only in daylight or good artificial light. OPERATION: • Keep your eyes and mind on your mower and the area being cut. Do not let other interests distract you. • Do not mow wet or slippery grass. Never run while operating your mower. Always be sure of your footing - keep a firm hold on the handles and walk. • Do not put hands or feet near or under rotating parts. Keep clear of the discharge opening at all times. • Always stop the engine whenever you leave or are not using your mower, or before crossing driveways, walks, roads, and any gravel-covered areas. • Never direct discharge of material toward bystanders nor allow anyone near the mower while you are operating it. • 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 continue to run your mower if you hit a foreign object. Follow the procedure outlined above, then repair any damage before restarting and operating your mower. • Do not change the governor settings or overspeed the engine. Engine damage or personal injury may result. • Do not operate your mower if it vibrates abnormally. Excessive vibration is an indication of damage; stop the engine, safely check for the cause of vibration and repair as required. • Do not run the engine indoors. Exhaust fumes are dangerous. • Never cut grass by pulling the mower towards you. Mow across the face of slopes, never up and down or you might lose your footing. Do not mow excessively steep slopes. Use caution when operating the mower on uneven terrain or when changing directions maintain good footing. • Never operate your mower without proper guards, plates, grass catcher or other safety devices in place. MAINTENANCE AND STORAGE: • Check the blade and the engine mounting bolts often to be sure they are tightened properly. • Check all bolts, nuts and screws at frequent intervals for proper tightness to be sure mower is in safe working condition. • Keep all safety devices in place and working. • To reduce fire hazard, keep the engine free of grass, leaves or excessive grease and oil. • Check grass catcher often for deterioration and wear and replace worn bags. Use only replacement bags that are recommended by and comply with specifications of the manufacturer of your mower. • Always keep a sharp blade on your mower. • Allow engine to cool before storing in any enclosure. • Never store mower with fuel in the tank inside a building where fumes may reach an open flame or an ignition source such as a hot water heater, space heater, clothes dryer, etc. ALook for this symbol to point out important safety precautions. It means CAUTIONt!! BECOMEALERT!!! YOUR SAFETY IS INVOLVED. ACAUTION: Always disconnect spark plug wire and place wire where it cannot contact spark plug in order to prevent accidental starting when setting up, transporting, adjusting or making repairs. AWARNING: The engine exhaust from this product contains chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer, birth defects, or other reproductive harm. 3 These accessorieswere available when thislawn mowerwas produced. They are not shipped with your mower, They are also availableat most Sears retailoutletsand service centers. Most Sears storescan alsoorder repair partsfor you,when you providethe model numberof your lawn mower. Some of these accessoriesmay notapplyto your lawn mower. LAWN MOWER PERFORMANCE CLIPPING DEFLECTOR FOR REAR DISCHARGE LAWN MOWERS MULCHER GRASS CATCHERS FOR REAR DISCHARGE LAWNMOWERS KITS / STABILIZER FOR ! SIDE DISCHARGE GRASS LAWN CATCHERS MOWERS GAS CANS LAWN MOWER MAINTENANCE MUFFLERS AIR FILTERS SPARK PLUGS £ BELTS BLADES BLADE ADAPTERS Read these instructions and this manual in its entirety before you attempt to assemble or operate your new lawn mower. IMPORTANT: This lawn mower is shipped WITHOUT OIL OR GASOLINE in the WHEELS ENGINE OIL TO REMOVE LAWN MOWER FROM CARTON • Remove loose parts included with mower. • Cut down two end comers of carton and lay end panel down flat. • Remove all packing materials except padding between upper and lower handle and padding holding operator presence control bar to upper handle, • Roll lawn mower out of carton and check carton thoroughly for additional loose parts. engine. Your new lawn mower has been assembled at the factory with the exception of those parts left unassembled for shipping purposes. To ensure safe and proper operation of your lawn mower, all parts and hardware you assemble, must be tightened securely. Use the correct tools as necessary to ensure proper tightness. All parts such as nuts, washers, bolts, etc., necessary to complete the assembly have been placed in the parts bag. 4 HOW TO SET UP YOUR LAWN MOWER TO UNFOLD HANDLE IMPORTANT: Unfold handle carefully so as not to pinch or damage control cables. • Raise handles until lower handle section locks into place in mowing position. • Remove protective padding, raise upper handle section into place on lower handle and tighten both handle knobs. • Remove handle padding holding operator presence control bar to upper handle. • Your lawn mower handle can be adjusted for your mowing comfort. Refer to "Adjust Handle" in the Service and Adjustments section of this manual. Operator presenc_ controlbar Upper handle Liftup Lower handle Mowing position TO INSTALL ATTACHMENTS Your lawn mower was shipped ready to be used as a mulcher. To convert to bagging or discharging, see =To convert mower" in the OPERATION section of this manual. 5 K]_IOWYOUR LAWN MOWER READTHIS OWNER'S MANUAL AND SAFETY RULES BEFORE OPERATING YOUR LAWN MOWER. Compare the iflustrations with your lawn mower to familiarizeyourselfwiththe locationof variouscontrolsand adjustments. Save this manualforfuture reference. These symbols may appear on your lawn mower or in literature supplied with the product. Learn and understand their meaning, CAUTION OR WARNING ENGINE ON ENGINE OFF FAST SLOW CHOKE FUEL OLL DANGER, KEEP HANDS AND FEET AWAY Operator presence control bar G rass filler cap Engine with dipstick Mulcher door Lawn mower housing IMPORTANT: This lawn mower is shipped WITHOUT OIL OR GASOLINE in the Wheel adjuster engine. MEETS CPSC SAFETY REQUIREMENTS (on each wheel) Sears rotary walk-behind power lawn mowers conform to the safety standards of the American National Standards Institute and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. The blade turns when the engine is running. Operator Presence Control Bar- must be held down to the handle to start the engine. Release to stop the engine. Primer - pumps add_ional fuel from the carburetor to the cytinder for use when starting a cold engine. Starter Handle - used for starting the engine. 6 The operationof any lawn mower can resultin foreign objectsthrown ntothe eyes, whichcan resultin severe eye damage. Alwayswear safety glasses or eye shieldswhile operatingyour lawn mower or performing any adjustments or repairs. We recommenda wide vision safety mask overspectaclesor standard safety glasses. HOW TO USE YOUR LAWN MOWER REAR BAGGING • Liftrear doorof the lawn mower and place the grass catcherframe hooksonto the doorpivot pins. • To convert to mulchingor discharging operation,remove grass catcher and close rear door. ENGINE SPEED CONTROL The engine speed was set at the factory for optimum performance. Speed is not adjustable. Pivot pins SIDE DISCHARGING ENGINE ZONE CONTROL • Rear door must be closed. ACAUTION: Federal regulations require an engine control to be installed on this lawn mower in order to minimize the risk • Open mulcher door and install discbarge deflector under guard as shown. • Mower is now ready for discharging operation. • To convert to mulching or bagging operation, discharge deflector must be removed and mulcher door must be closed. of blade contact injury. Do not under any circumstances attempt to defeat the function of the operator control. The blade turns when the engine is running. • Your lawn mower is equipped with an operator presence control bar which requires the operator to be pesitioned behind the lawn mower handle to start and SIMPLE STEPS TO REMEMBER WHEN CONVERTING YOUR LAWN MOWER operate the lawn mower. TO ADJUST CU'I'rlNG HEIGHT • Raise wheels for low cut and lower wheels FOR MULCHING - • Rear door closed. • Mulcher door dosed. for high cut. • Adjust cutting height to suit your requirements. Medium position is best for most lawns. FOR REAR BAGGING • Grass catcher installed. • Mulcher door closed. • To change cutting height, squeeze adjuster lever toward wheel. Move wheel up or down to suit your requirements. Be sure all wheels are in the same setting. NOTE: Adjuster is properly positioned when plate tab inserts into hole in lever. Also, 9-position adjusters (if so equipped) allow lever to be positioned between the plate tabs. Lower Wheels for High Cut FOR SIDE DISCHARGING - • Rear door closed. • Side discharge deflector installed. ACAUTION: Do not run your lawn mower without rear door closed or approved grass catcher in place. Never attempt to operate the lawn mower with the rear door removed or propped open. Lever Raise Wheels for Low Cut TO CONVERT MOWER Your lawn mower was shipped ready to be used as a mulcher. To convert to bagging or discharging: Mulcher door 7 Open Mulcher Door Discharge deflector problems, the fuel system should be emptied before storage of 30 days or longer. Drain the fuel tank, start the engine and let it run until fuel lines and carburetor are empty. Use fresh fuel next season. See Storage Instructions for additional information. Never use engine or carburetor cleaner products in fuel tank or permanent damage may occur. _CAUTION: Fill to bottom of gas tank filler neck. Do not overfill. Wipe off any spilled oil or fuel. Do not store, spill or use gasoline near an open flame. Engine oil cap cap BEFORE STARTING ENGINE OIL Your lawn mower is shipped without oil in the engine. • Be sure mower is level and area around oil flu is clean. • Remove engine oil cap and fill to the full line on the dipstick. NOTE: Allow oil to settle down into engine for accurate dipstick reading, • Engine holds 20 ozs. of oil. Fortype and grade of oil to use, see =ENGINE" in Maintenance section of this manual. • Pour oil slowly. Do not over fill. • Check oil level before each use. Add oil if TO START ENGINE • To start a cold engine, push pnmer three (3) times before t_ng to start. Use a firm push. This step is not usually necessary when starting an engine which has alreedy run for a few minutes. • Hold operator presence control bar down to the handle and pull starter handle quickly. Do net allow starter rope to snap back. • To stop engine, release operator presence control bar. needed. Fdlto full line on dipstick. • To read proper level, tighten engine oil cap each tin_. NOTE: In cooler weather it may be necessary to repeat pdming steps. In warmer weather ove_' priming may cause flooding and engine will not start. If you do flood engine, wait a few minutes before attempting tostart and do not repeat priming steps. • Reinstall engine oil cap and tighten. • Change the oil after every 25 hours of operation or each season. You may need to change the oil more often under dusty, dirty conditions. ADDGASOUNE • Fill fuel tank. Use fresh, clean, regular unleaded gasoline with a minimum of 87 octane. Do not mix oil with gasoline. Purchase fuel in quantities that can be used within 30 days to assure fuel freshness. AWARNING: Experience indicates that alcohol blended fuels (called gasohoi 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 8 MOWINGTIPS MULCHING • Under certain conditions, such as very tall grass, it may be necessery to raise the height of cut to reduce pushing effort and to keep from overloading the engine and leaving dumps of grass clippings. It may also be necessary to reduce ground speed and/or run the lawn mower over the area a second time. IMPORTANT: For best performance, keep mower housing free of built-up grass and trash. Clean UNDERSIDE OF MOWER MOWING'rIPS HOUSING after each use. See "Cleaning" in MAINTENANCE section of this manual. • The special mulching blade will recut the grass clippings many times and reduce them in size so that as they fall onto the lawn they will disperse into the grass and not be noticed. Also, the mulched grass will biedegrade quickly to provide nutrients for the lawn. Always mulch with your highest engine (blade) speed as this will provide the best reoutting action of the blades. • Avoid cutting your lawn when it iswet. Wet grass tends to form clumps and interferes with the mulching action. The best time to mow your lawn _the early aftemoon. At this time the grass has dried and the newly cut area will not be exposed to the direct • For extremely heavy cutting, reduce the width of cut by overlapping previously cut path and mow slowly. • For better grass bagging and most cutting conditions, the engine speed should be set in the fast position. • Pores in cloth grass catchers can become filled with dirt and dust with use and catchers will collect less grass. To prevent this, regularly hose catcher off with water and let dry before using. • Keep top of engine around starter clear and clean of grass clippings and chaff. This will help engine air flow and extend engine life. sun. • For best results, adjust the lawn mower cutting height so that the lawn mower cuts • off only the top one-third of the grass blades, if the lawn is overgrown it will be necessary to raise the height of cut to reduce pushing effort and to keep from overloading the engine and leaving clumps of mulched grass. For extremely heavy mulching, reduce your width of cut, mowslowlyandraisetherear of thelawn mower one wheel adjuster setting higher than the front. • Cert,_n types of grass and _ conditions may require that an area be mulched a second time to comple_ hide the ctippings. Whendeinga secondcut,mow acroas or perpendta.dar to the flint cut path. • Change your cutting pattem from weak to weak. Mow north to south one week then change to east to wast the next weak. This will help prevent matting and graining of the lawn. 9 MAINTENANCE SCHEDULE FILL IN DATES AS YOU COMPLETE REGULAR SERVICE Check for Loose Fasteners SERVICE DATES _ I_ Clean/InspectGrassCatcher a Clean Lawn Mower _jO (Power-Propelled CleanUnder DriveMowers) Cover _* (Power-Propelled Mowers) E Check/Sharpen/Replace Blade Check ddvs belt/pulleys Lubrication Chart Clean Battery/Recharge IElectdc Start Mowers) I/ If°4 E N Check Engine Oil Level Change Engine Oil 1_1.2 G Clean Air Filter Ik/ = Inspect Muffler Clean or Replace Spark Plug i_1 l N E Replece AirFilter PeparCadddge I 234- lit2 Change mo_eoften when operating under a ha_,'y lead or in high ambient temperatures, Service more often '/then operating in dirty or dusty conditk)ns. Replace blades more often when mowingin sandy SOU. Charge 48 hoursat end of season, GENERAL RECOMMENDATIONS LUBRICATION The warranty on this lawn mower does not cover items that have been subjected to operator abuse or negligence. To receive full value from the warranty, operator must maintain mower as instructed in this manual. CHART Wheel adjusters Some adjustments will 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. • Once a yesr, replace the spark plug, replace air filter element and check blade for wear. A new spark plug and clean/new air filter element assures proper air-fuel mixture and helps your engine run better and last longer. • Follow the maintenance schedule in this manual. BEFORE EACH USE • Check engine oil level. • Check for loose fasteners. LUBRICATION Keep unitwelllubricated (See "LUBRICATION CHART"). Brake spdng ine oil Rear door hinge !_ t_ ' Handle bracket mounting pin SPRAY LUBRICANT SAE 30 MOTOR OIL. REFER TO ENGINE MAINTENANCE SECTION. IMPORTANT: Do not oil or grease plastic wheel bearings. Viscous lubricants will attract dust and dirt that will shorten the life of the self lubricating bearings. If you feel they must be lubricated, use only a dry, powdered graphite type lubricant sparingly. 10 PRODUCT MODEL SPECIFICATIONS NUMBER 917.388350 SERIAL NUMBER DATE OF PURCHASE GASOLINE OILTYPE CAPACITY/TYPE: i .5 QUARTS UNLEADED (API-SF/SG/SH): REGULAR SAE 30 (ABOVE 32°F) SAE 5W-30 (BELOW 32°F) )IL CAPACITY: 20 OZS. SPARK PLUG(GAP: .030") CHAMPION VALVE CLEARANCE: RJ19LM INTAKE: EXHAUST: SOLID STATE IGNITION AIR GAP: .0125 IN. BLADE BOLT TORQUE: 35-40 FT. LBS. • The model and serial numbers will be found lawn mower housing.Record provided above. on a decal attached to the rear of the both serial number and date of purchase in space LAWN MOWER Always observesafety rules when performing any maintenance. TIRES • Keep tiresfree of gasoline,oil,or insect controlchemicalswhichcan harm rubber. • Avoidstumps,stones,deep ruts,sharp objectsand otherhazards that may cause tire damage. BLADE CARE For best results, mower blade must be kept sharp. Replace bent or damaged blades. TO REMOVE OR J19LM .004 - .008 .004 - .008 BLADE • Disconnect spark plug wire from spark plug and place wire where it cannot come in contact with spark plug. • Turn lawn mower on its side. Make sure air filter and carburetor are up. • Use a wood block between blade and mower housing to prevent blade from turning when removing blade bolt. • Protect your hands with gloves and/or wrap blade with heavy cloth. • Remove blade bolt by turning counterclockwise. • Remove blade and attaching hardware (bolt, lock washer and hardened washer). NOTE: Remove the blade adapter and check the key inside hub of blade adapter. The key must be in good condition to work properly. Replace adapter if damaged. TO REPLACE BLADE • Position the blade adapter on the engine crankshaft. Be sure key in adapter and crankshaft keyway are aligned. • Position blade on the blade adapter aligning the two (2) holes in the blade with the raised lugs on the adapter. • Be sure the trailing edge of blade (opposite sharp edge) is up toward the engine. • Install the blade bolt with the lock washer and hardened washer into blade adapter and crankshaft. • Use block of wood between blade and lawn mower housing and tighten the blade bolt, turning clockwise. • The recommended tightening torque is 35-40 ft. Ibs. IMPORTANT: Blade bolt is grade 8 heat treated. 11 TO SHARPEN NOTE: BLADE We do not recommend sharpening blade - but if you do, be sure the blade is balanced. Care should be taken to keep the blade balanced. An unbalanced blade will cause eventual damage to lawn mower or engine. • The blade can be sharpened with a file or on a grinding wheel. Do not attempt to sharpen while on the mower. • To check blade balance, drive a nail into a beam or wall. Leave about one inch of the straight nail exposed. Place center hole of blade over the head of the nail. If blade is balanced, it should remain in a horizontal position. If either end of the blade moves downward, sharpen the heavy end until the blade is balanced. Crank shaft Blad_ keyway Blade NOTE: Although multi--viscosity oils (5W30, 10W30 etc.) improve starting in cold weather, these multi---viscosity oils will result in increased oil 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 25 hours of operation or at least once a year if the lawn mower is not used for 25 hours in one year. Check the crankcase oil level before starting the engine and after each five (5) hours of continuous use. Tighten oil plug securely each time you check the oil level. TO CHANGE ENGINE OIL NOTE: Before tipping lawn mower to drain oil, drain fuel tank by running engine until fuel tank is empty. • Disconnect spark plug wire from spark plug and place wire where it cannot come in contact with spark plug. • Remove engine oil cap; lay aside on a clean surface. • Tip lawn mower on its side and drain oil into a suitable container. Rock lawn Bo_ Lockwasher Hardened washer GRASS Crank Blade shaft Trailing adapter edge CATCHER • The grass catcher may be ho_3d with water, but must be dry when used. • Check your grass catcher often for damage or deterioration. Through normal use it will wear. If catcher needs replacing, replace only with a manufacturer approved replacement catcher. Give the lawn mower model number when ordering. ENGINE Use only high quality detergent oil rated with API service classification SF, SH or SG. Select the oil's SAE viscosity grade according to your expected operating SAE VISCOSITY -20* • Replace engine oil cap. • Reconnect spark plug wire to spark plug. Container AIR FILTER LUBRICATION *C -30" .20* TEMPERATURE mower back and forth to remove any oil trapped inside of engine. • Wipe off any spilled oil on lawn mower and on side of engine. • Fill engine with oil. Fill only to the "FULL" line on the dipstick. DO NOT OVER FILL. GRADES o" -10" 0. RANGE ANTICIPATEC 10* 20* " 30* BEFORE NEXT OIL CHANGE Your engine will not run properly and may be damaged by using a dirty air filter. Replace the air filter every year, more often if you mow in very dusty, dirty conditions. Do not wash air filter. TO CHANGEAIR FILTER • Remove the air filter cover by turning counterclockwise to the stop and pull away from collar. ° Remove filter from inside of cover. 12 CLEANING • Clean the inside of the cover and the collar to remove any dirt accumulation. • Insert new filter into cover. • Put air filter cover and filter into collar IMPORTANT: For best performance, kee mower housing free of built---up grass and trash. Clean underside of mower aligning the tab with the slot. • Push in on cover and turn clockwise to tighten. Collar Ctip Turn to re.move Slot Air filter clockwise Air filter cover to tighten MUFFLER Inspect and replace corroded muffler as it could create afire hazard and/or damage. SPARK PLUG Change your spark plug each year to make your engine start easier and run better. Set spark plug gap at .030 inch. MOWER TO ADJUST CUTTING See "TO ADJUST HEIGHT CUTTING HEIGHT" • Clean engine often to keep trash from accumulating. A clogged engine runs hotter and shortens engine life. • Keep finished surfaces and wheels fr_ of all gasoline, oil, etc. • We DO NOT recommend using a garden hose to clean lawn mower unless the electrical system, muffler, ai filter and carburetor are covered to keep water out. Water in engine can result in shortened engine life. _CAUTION: Before performing any service or adjustments: • Release control barand stop engine. • Make sure the blade and all moving parts have completely stopped. • Disconnect spark plug wire from spark plug and place where it cannot come in contact with plug. LAWN housing after each use. _I, CAUTION: Disconnect spark plug win from spark plug and place wire where it cannot come in contact with the spark plug. • Turn lawn mower on its side. Make su= air filter and carburetor are up. Clean the underside of your lawn mower by scraping to remove build--up of grass and trash. in the Operation section of this manual. REAR DEFLECTOR The rear deflector, attached between the rear wheels of your lawn mower, is provided to minimize the possibility that objects will be thrown out the rear of the lawn mower into the operator's mowing position. If the rear deflector becomes damaged, it should be replaced. TO ADJUST HANDLE The handle can be mounted in a high or low position. The mounting holes in the bottom of lower handle are off center for raising or lowering the handle. • Remove upper handle and all parts attached to lower handle. • Remove hairpin cotters from lower handle bracket mounting pin. • Squeeze lower handle in to remove it from mounting pins. • Turn lower handle over to raise or low handle. • Squeeze lower handle in and positior holes onto mounting pins on handle bracket. • Reassemble upper handle and all par removed from lower handle. Lower Rotate 13 v ._;_andle-- TO ASSEMBLE GRASSCATCHER • Putgrasscatcherframe into grass bag with rigid part of bag on the bottom. Makesure the frame handleis outside of the bagtop. • Slip vinyl bindings over frame. NOTE: If vinyl bindings are too stiff, hold them in warm water for a few minutes. If bag gets wet, let it dry before using. _,CAUTION: Do not run your lawn mower without clipping deflector or approved grass catcher in place. Never attempt to operate the lawn mower with the rear door removed or propped open. catcher frame handle Frame opening Immediately prepare your lawn mower for storage at the end of the season or if the unit will not be used for 30 days or more. LAWN MOWER When lawn 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. • Clean entire lawn mower (Sea "CLEANING" in the Maintenance section of this manual). • Lubricate as shown in the Maintenance section of this manual. • Be sure that all nuts, bolts, screws, and pins are securely fastened. Inspect moving _arts for damage, breakage and wear. place if necessary. • Touch up all rusted or chipped paint surfaces; sand lightly before painting. HANDLE ENGINE CARBURETOR Your carburetor has a non-adjustable fixed main jet for mixture control. If your engine does not operate properly due to suspected carburetor problems, take your lawn mower to an authorized service center for repair or adjustment. IMPORTANT: Never tamper with the engine governor, which is factory set for proper engine speed. Overepeeding the engine above the factory high speed setting can be dangerous, if you think the engine-governed high speed needs adjusting, contact your nearest authorized service center, which has proper equipment and experience to make any necessary adjustments. ENGINE SPEED Your engine speed has been factory set. Do not attempt to increase engine speed or it may result in personal injury. If you believe that the engine is running too fast or too slow, take your lawn mower to an authorized service center for repair and adjustment. IMPORTANT: When folding the handle for storage or transportation, be sure to fold the handle as shown or you may damage the control cables. • When setting up your handle from the storage position, the lower handle will automatically lock into the mowing position. Operator Presence Control Bar _ Upper _'/_ Handle ----'-_ Fold Forward _ ---_.'..:.:: For Storage __ Mowing Position Lower Handle You can fold your lawn mower handle for storage. • Squeeze the bottom ends of the lower handle toward each other until the lower handle dears the handle bracket, then move handle forward. handle Handle bracket • Loosen upper handle mounting bolts enough to allow upper handle to be folded back. Squeeze to fold 14 ENGINE OIL ENGINE FUEL SYSTEM IMPORTANT: It is important to prevent gum deposits from forming in essential fuel system parts such as carburetor, fuel filter, fuel hose, or tank during storage. Also, experience indicates that 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. • Drain the fuel tank. • Start the engine and let 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 drain the gas tank and carburetor if using fuel stabilizer. Drain oil (with engine warm! and replace with clean engine oil. (See ENGINE' in the Maintenance section of this manual). CYLINDER • Remove spark plug. o Pour one ounce (29 ml) of oil through spark plug hole into cylinder. • Pull starter handle slowly a few times to distribute oil. • Replace with new spark plug. OTHER • Do not store gasoline from one season to another. • Replace your gasoline can if your can starts to rust. Rust and/or dirt in your gasoline will cause problems. • If possible, store your 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. IMPORTANT: Never cover mower while engine and exhaust areas are still warm. ACAUTION: Never store the lawn mower 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. TROUBLESHOOTINGCHART PROBLEM CAUSE Does not start CORRECTION 1. 2. 3. Dirty air filter. Out of fuel. Stale fuel. 1. 2. 3. 4. Water in fuel. 4. 5. Spark plug wire is disconnected. 5. with fresh gasoline. Connect wire to plug. 6. 7. Bad spark plug. 6. Loose blade or broken blade 7. Replace spark plug. Tighten blade bolt or 8. adapter. Control bar in released 8. 9. position. Control bar defective. replace blade adapter. Depress control bar to handle. 9. Replace control bar. 15 Clean/replace air filter. Fill fuel tank. Drain tank and refill with fresh clean fuel. Drain fuel tank and carburetor and refill tank TROUBLESHOOTINGCHART PROBLEM CAUSE Loss of power 1. 2. Poor cut- uneven Excessive vibration CORRECTION Rear of lawn mower housin( 1. or cutting blade dragging in heavy grass. Cutting too much grass. 2. Set to "Higher Cut" position. 3. 4. Dirty air filter. Buildup of grass, leaves, and trash under mower. 3. 4. Set to "Higher Cut" position. Clean/replace air filter. Clean underside of mower 5. 6. Too much oil in engine. Walking speed too fast. 5. housing. Check oil level. 6. Cut at slower walking speed. 1. Worn, bent or loose blade. 1. 2. Wheel heights 2. 3. Buildup of grass; leaves end trash under mower. 3. Replace blade. "13ghten blade belt. Set allwheels at same height Clean underside of mower housing. 1. Worn, bent or loose blade. 1. 2. Bent engine crankshaft. 2. uneven. Replace blade. "lighten blade holt. Contact an authorized service center. Starter rope hard to pull Grass catcher not filling (if so equipped) Hard to push 1. Engine flywheel brake is on when control bar is released. 2. Bent engine crankshaft. 3. 4. Blade adapter broken. Blade dragging in grass. 1. 2. Cutting height too low. Lift on blade wom off. 3. Catcher not venting air. 1. 2. Grass is too high or wheal height is too low. Rear of lawn mower 3. housing or blade dragging in grass. Grass catcher too full. 4. Handle height position not right for you. 16 1. Depress controlbar to upper handle before pullingstarterrope. 2. Contact an authorized serVicecenter. 3. ' 4. Replace blade adapter. Move lawn mowerto cut grass orto herd surface to start engine 1. Raise cutting height. 2. 3. Replace blade. Clean grass catcher. 1. Raise cutting height. 2. Raise rear of lawn mower 3. 4. housing one (1) setting higher. Emptygrasscatcher. Adjusthandleheightto suit. 33 CRAFTSMAN ROTARY LAWN MOWER-- MODEL NO. 917.388350 37 34 44 68 21 67 19 27 37 20 37 4_ CRAFTSMAN ROTARY LAWN MOWER-KEY NO. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 2O 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 PART NO. 869O2 169709)(479 169708X479 132001 636O1 131959 66426 154132 165754 156577 750097 850733X004 136376 51793 147286 165946X479 17600406 167132X004 167133X004 165858 168360X004 166875 751153 166111X479 166112)(479 851856 152124 160835X007 19112222 DESCRIPTION Control Bar Upper Handle LowerHandle Rope Guide Locknut 1/4-20 Handle Bolt Wire Tie Hinge Bracket MuicherDoor Engine Zone ControlCable Hex Washer Head Screw #10-24 x 1/2 Up-Stop Bracket HandleKnob HairpinCotter Hinge Rod Support Bracket Screw Axle Arm Assembly - LF Axle Arm Assembly - RF Rear Skirt Selector Spdng - Front Rear Door Assembly Kit (Incl. Springs) Locknut 5/16-18 Handle Bracket Assembly (Left) Handle Bracket Assembly (Right) Screw 1/4-20 x 3/8 HingeSpdng Wheel AdjustingBracket - Front Spacer KEY NO. 31 32 33 34 36 37 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 48 52 53 54 55 56 57 67 68 70 --- PART NO. 165760 169421X004 87877 165762X004 160828 151157 83923 77400 88652 165766 165767 165912 150406 85463 165761X004 166878 851084 850263 851074 165833 851514 166113 165755 ...... 161058 171177 MODEL NO. 917.388350 DESCRIPTION Clip on DischargeGuard Selector Spdng - Rear Selector Knob Axle Arm Assembly- LR ShoulderBolt 5/16-18 Wheel Assembly Flanged Locknut Hubcap HingeScrew Spdng(LH) Spdng(RH) Door Bolt Hex Head Thread Rolling Screw 3/8-16 x 1 DangerDecal Axle Arm Assembly- RR Housing Assembly (Incl. Ref. #17, 18 & 46) Hex Head Screw 3/8-24 x 1-3/8 Grd. 8 HelicalLockwasher HardenedWasher 21" Blade Blade Adapter Grass Bag Catcher Frame Engine- (See Breakdown) Craftsman 143.006200 Warning Decal (Not Shown) Owner's Manual Available accessories not included with lawn mower: 7133623 Gas Can (2.5 gal.) 7133500 Fuel Stabilizer 7133000 SAE 30W Oil (20 oz.) CRAFTSMAN 4-CYCLE ENGINE MODEL NUMBER 143.006200 298 370C "" 4OO 135 130 101 120 119 125 _310 36 CRAFTSMAN KEY NO, 1 2 6 7 12 12A PART NO. 37266 26727 33734 36557 36775 36558 12B 14 15 16 17 18 36694 28277 30589 34839A 31335 651018 19 20 30 40 36281 32600 36776 40004 40005 41 36070 36071 42 40006 43 45 40007 20381 36777 46 48 50 52 69 70 32610A 27241 37460 29914 35261 34311E 72 73 75 80 81 82 83 86 89 90 92 93 100 101 103 30572 28833 27897 30574A 30590A 30591 30588A 650488 611004 611112 650815 650816 34443B 610118 651007 110 37047 119 120 125 36787 36825 37288 126 130 135 150 151 151A 37289 6021A 35395 31672 31673 40017 4-CYCLE ENGINE MODEL NUMBER 143.006200 KEY NO. DESCRIPTION Cylinder (Incl. 2,20 & 150) Dowel Pin Breather Element Breather Ass'y. (Incl. 6 & 12A) Breather Tube Breather Cover & Tube (Incl. 12B) Breather Tube Elbow Washer Governor Rod (incl. 14) Governor Lever Governor Lever Clamp Screw, Torx T-15, 8-32 x 19/64" Extension Spring Oil Seal Crankshaft Piston, Pin & Ring Set (Std.) Piston, Pin & Ring Set (.010" OS) Piston & Pin Ass'y. (Std.) (Incl. 43) Piston & Pin Ass'y.(.010" OS)(incl, 43) Ring Set (Std.) Ring Set (.010" OS) Piston Pin Retaining Ring Connecting Rod Ass'y. (Incl. 46) Connecting Rod Bolt Valve Lifter Camshaft (MCR) Oil PumpAss'y. Mounting Flange Gasket Mounting Flange (Incl. 72 thru 83,306) Oil Drain Plug (Incl. 73) Drain Plug Gasket Oil Seat Governor Shaft Washer Governor GearAss'y. (Incl. 81) Governor Spool Screw, 1/4-20 x 1-1/4" Flywheel Key Flywheel Belleville Washer Flywheel Nut Solid State Ignition Spark Plug Cover Screw, Torx T-15, 10-24 x 15/16" Ground Wire Cylinder Head Gasket Cylinder Head Exhaust Valve (Std,) (Incl. 151) Intake Valve (Std.) (Incl. 151) Screw, 5/16-18 x 1-1/2" Resistor Spark Plug (RJ19LM) Valve Spring Valve Spring Cap Intake Valve Seal PART NO. 169 172 36783 36784 174 178 182 184 30200 29752 6201 26756 185 186 189 191 195 207 216 223 224 238 239 241 36785 32653 650839 36559A 610973 34336 33086 650451 36786 650932 34338 35797 245 250 260 261 35066 35065 36980 30200 262 275 277 285 287 290 650831 36790A 650988 35000A 650926 29774 292 298 26460 28763 300 301 305 36916 36246 35647 306 307 309 310 313 325 355 370A 370C 370K 36996 35499 650562 35648 34080 37152 590701 36261 37318 36695 370R 371 380 390 400 37317 37269 640262 590737 36792B 416 36085 417 900 650821 900 NOTE: 590694 NOTE: inches 37 DESCRIPTION Valve Cover Gasket Valve Cover Screw, 10-24 x 9/16" Nut & Lock Washer, 1/4-28 Screw, 1/4-28 x 7/8" Carburetor To Intake Pipe Gasket Intake Pipe Governor Link Screw, 1/4-20 x 3/8" S.E. Brake Bracket (Incl. 195) Terminal Throttle Link R.P.M. AdjustingLever Screw, 1/4-20 x 1" Intake Pipe Gasket Screw, 10-32 x 49/64" Air Cleaner Gasket Air Cleaner Collar Air Cleaner Filter Air Cleaner Cover Blower Housing Screw, 10-24 x 9/16' Screw, 1/4-20 x 1/2" Muffler Screw, 1/4-20 x 2-5/16" Starter Cup Screw, 8-32 x 21/64" Fuel Line Fuel Line Clamp Screw, 10-32 x 35/64" Fuel Tank (Incl. 292 & 301) Fuel Cap Oil Fill Tube "O"-Ring "O"-Ring Screw, 10-32 x 1/2" Dipstick Spacer Spring Clip Starter Handle (Black) Identification Decal Primer Decal (3 X) Starter Decal Warning Decal 6.5 H.P. Craftsman Decal Carburetor (Incl. 184) Rewind Starter Gasket Set _ncl. Items Marked *) park Arrestor Kit (Incl. 417)(Optional) Screw, 10-32 x 1/2" (Optional) Replacement Engine NONE Replacement S/B 750860, order from 71-999 RPM High 2900 to 3200 This engine could have been built with starter). All componentdimensionsgiven in U.S, 1 inch = 25.4 mm 38 39 For in-home major brand repair service: Call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week 1-800-4-MY-Home sM(1-800-469-4663) Para pedir servicio de reparaci6n a domicilio 1-800-676-5811 In Canada for all your service and parts needs call Au Canada pour tout le service ou les pi_ces 1-800-665-4455 For the repair or replacement parts you need: Call 6 am-llpm CST, 7 days a week PartsDirect 1-800-366-PART sM (1-800-366-7278) Para ordenar piezas con entrega a domicilio 1-800-659-7084 For the location of a Sears Parts and Repair Center in your area: Call 24 Hours a day, 7 days a week 1-800-488-1222 For information on purchasing a Sears Maintenance Agreement or to inquire about an existing Agreement: Call 9 am-5 pro, Monday - Saturday 1-800-827-6655 SEARS 171177 11.19.99 VB Printed in U.S.A.