Craftsman 917.388272 Owner`s manual

Owner's Manual
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6.0 HORSEPOWER
21" REAR DISCHARGE
ROTARY LAWN MOWER
Model No.
917.388272
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Safety
Assembly
Operation
Maintenance
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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: www.sears.com/craftsman
Warranty ...............................................
Safety Rules .........................................
Assembly
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Operation ..............................................
Maintenance
Schedule ........................
Maintenance
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LIMITED
TWO YEAR WARRANTY
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Product Specifications
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Service and Adjustments ......................
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Storage .................................................
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Troubleshooting
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Repair Parts ..........................................
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Parts Ordering ...................... Back Cover
ON CRAFTSMAN
POWER
MOWER
For two years from date of purchase, when this Craftsman Lawn Mower is maintained,
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 workmanship.
If this Craftsman Lawn Mower is used for commercial
or rental purposes, this warranty
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 which
vary from state to state.
SEARS, ROEBUCKAND
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
that
are not recommended
by the manufacturer. Use of such attachments
may be
hazardous.
• The blade turns when the engine is
running.
PREPARATION:
• Always thoroughly
check the area to be
mowed and clear it of all stones, sticks,
wires, bones, and other foreign objects.
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 mower
when barefoot or wearing open
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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.
• 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
• 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.
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.
A, Look for this symbol to point out
important safety precautions. It means
CAUTIONt!t
BECOMEALERT!!!
YOUR
SAFETY IS INVOLVED.
_I_CAUTION:
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.
_,WARNING:
The engine exhaust from
this product contains chemicals known to
the State of California to cause cancer,
birth defects, or other reproductive harm.
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These accessories were available when this lawn mower was produced. They are not
shipped with your mower. They are also available at most Sears retail outlets and service
centers. Most Sears stores can also order repair parts for you, when you provide the model
number of your lawn mower. Some of these accessories may not apply to your lawn mower.
LAWN
MOWER
PERFORMANCE
t:
CLIPPING DEFLECTOR
FOR REAR DISCHARGE LAWN MOWERS
MULCHER
GRASS CATCHERS
FOR
REAR DISCHARGE
LAWNMOWERS
/
KITS
STABILIZER
GRASS CATCHERS
FOR
SIDE DISCHARGE
LAWN MOWERS
GAS CANS
LAWN MOWER
MAINTENANCE
MUFFLERS
BELTS
AIR FILTERS
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
engine.
Your new lawn mower has been assembled at the factory with the exception of
those parts left unaseembled 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., necessan/to complete the assembly have been
placed in the parts bag.
SPARK PLUGS
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.
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HOW TO SET UP YOUR LAWN
MOWER
Operator
presence
control bar
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.
handle
Lift up
Mowing
position
Lower
handle
TO INSTALL
ATACHMENTS
Your lawn mower was shipped ready to be
used as a mulcher. To convert to begging,
see "To convert mower_ in the OPERATION
section of this manual.
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KNOW YOUR LAWN MOWER
READ THIS OWNER'S MANUALAND SAFETY RULES BEFORE OPERATING YOUR LAWN
MOWER. Compare the illustrations with your lawn mower to familiarize yourself with the
location of various controls and adjustments, Save this manual for future reference.
These symbols may appear on your lawn mower or in literature supplied with the
product. Learn end understand their meaning.
CAUTION
ENGINE
OR WARINtNG
ON
ENGINE
OFF
FAST
SLOW
CHOKE
FUEL
OIL
DANGER, KEEP HANDS
AND FEET AWAY
presence control
bar
Starte
zone control cable
Handle
Grass
filler cap
with dipstick
Lawn mower housing
iMPORTANT:
This lawn mower is shipped
WITHOUT OIL OR GASOLINE in the
Wheel adjuster
engine.
(on each wheel)
MEETS CPSC SAFETY REQUIREMENTS
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
Pdmer - pumps additional fuel from the
carburetor to the cylinder for use when
starling a cold engine.
Starter Handle - used for stading the engine.
held down to the handle to stad the engine.
Release to stop the engine.
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The operation of any lawn mower
can result in foreign objects thrown
into the eyes, which can result in
severe eye damage. Always wear safe_
glasses or eye shields while operating your
lawn mower or performing any adjustments
or repairs. We recommend a wide vision
safety mask over spectacles or standard
safety glasses.
HOW TO USE YOUR LAWNMOWER
TO CONVERT MOWER
Your lawn mower was sh_pped ready to be
used as a muicher. To convert to bagging :
REAR BAGGING
• Lift rear door of the lawn mower and place
the grass catcher frame hooks onto the
door pivot pins.
• To convert to mulching operation, remove
grass catcher and dose rear door.
ENGINE SPEED CONTROL
The engine speed was set at the factory for
optimumperformance.Speedis notadjustable.
ENGINE ZONE CONTROL
_CAUTION:
Federal regulations require
an engine control to be installed on this
lawn mower in order to minimize the risk
of blade contact injury.
circumstances attempt
function of the operator
turns when the engine
Do not under any
to defeat the
control. The blade
is running.
Pivot pins
TO EMPTY GRASS CATCHER
• Your lawn mower is equipped with an
operator presence control bar which
requires the operator to be positioned
behind the lawn mower handle to start and
• Lift up on grass catcher using the frame
handle.
• Remove grass catcher with clippings
from under lawn mower handle.
operate the lawn mower.
TO ADJUST CuI"rlNG HEIGHT
• Raise wheels for low cut and lower wheels
• Empty clippings from bag using both
frame handle and bag handle.
NOTE: Do not drag the bag when
emptying; it will cause unnecessary wear.
for high cut.
• Adjust cutting height to suit your requirements. Medium position is best for most
lawns.
• 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.
Plate Tab
Lower Wheels for High Cut
handle
Lever
Raise Wheels for Low Cut
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Grass
cachet
frame
handle
BEFORE STARTING ENGINE
OIL
Your lawn mower
is shipped without oil in the
engine.
• Be sure mower is level and area around oil
fill is clean.
• Remove engine oil cap and fillto the full
line on the dipstk_k.
NOTE: Allow oil to settle down into
engine for accurate dipstick reading.
• Engine holds 20 ozs. of oil. For type 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
needed. Fill to full line on dipstick.
• To read proper level, tighten engine oil cap
each time.
• 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.
ADD GASOLINE
TO START ENGINE
• To start a cold engine, push primer five (5)
times before trying to start. Use a firm push.
This step is not usually necessary when
starting an engine which has already run
for a few minutes.
• Hold operator presence control bar down
to the handle and pull starter handle
quickly. Do not allow starter rope to snap
back.
• To stop engine, release operator presence
control bar.
NOTE: In cooler weather it may be
necessary to repeat priming steps. In
warmer weather over priming may cause
flooding and engine will not start, if you do
flood engine, wait a few minutes before
attempting to start and do not repeat
priming steps.
Gasoline filler
cap
Engine oil
cap
• Fill fuel tank. Use fresh, clean, regular
unleaded gasoline w;_ 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.
_WARNING:
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. To avoid engine
problems, the fuel system should be
emptied before storage of 30 days or
longer. Drain the gas tank, start the
engine and let it run until the fuel lines
and carburetor are empty. Use fresh fuel
next season. See Storage Instructions for
additional information.
Never use engine
or carburetor cleaner products in the fuel
tank or permanent damage may occur.
ACAUTION:
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.
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MOWINGTIPS
MULCHING
MOWING TIPS
• Under certain conditions, such as very
tall grass, it may be necessary to raise
the height of cut to reduce pushing
effort and to keep from overloading the
engine and leaving clumps of grass
clippings. It may also be necessary to
reduce ground speed and/or run the
lawn mower over the area a second
time.
• 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.
• When using a rear discharge lawn
mower in moist, heavy grass, clumps of
cut grass may not enter the grass
catcher. Reduce ground speed
(pushing speed) and/or run the lawn
mower over the area a second time.
• If a trail of clippings is left on the right
side of a rear discharge mower, mow in
a clockwise direction with a small
IMPORTANT:
For best performance, keep
mower housing free of built-up grass and
trash. Clean UNDERSIDE
OF MOWER
HOUSING after each use. Sea "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
biodegrade 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 is wet. Wet
grass tends to form dumps and interferes
with the mulching action. The best time to
mow your lawn is the early aftemoon. At
this time the grass has d_ed and the newly
cut area will not be exposed to the direct
sun.
• For best results, adjust the lawn mower
cutting hdKjht 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,
mow slowly and ralss the rear of the lawn
mower one wheal adjuster setting higher
than the fronL
ovedap to collect the clippings on the
next pass.
• 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.
• Cedain types of grsss and grsss conditions
may require that an area be mulched a
second tkne to completdy hide the
clippings. When doing a second cut, mow
across or perpendicular to the first cut path.
• Change your cutting pattern frorn week to
week. Mow north to south one week then
change to east to west the next week. This
will help prevent matting and graining of
the lawn.
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MA,.TE.ANCESC.EDULE
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SERVICE DATES
Check for Loose Fasteners
Clean/Inspect Grass Catcher
M
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W
Clean Under
Lawn Mower
Clean
Drive Cover
drive belt/pulleys
W JCheck
IPower-propelk_d
Mowsm)
r (Power-Propelled Mowers)
a
Check/Sharpen/Replace
.j
Blade
3
Lubrication Chart
Clean Ba_eP//Recharge
IElectric Start Mowers I
E
Check Engine Oil Level
N C_nge
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Engine 011
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Clean Air Filter
ll/2
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Inspect Muffler
Clean or Replace Spark Plug
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Replace Air Filler Paper Cartridge
I/2
1 - Change more offe_lwhen operating under a heavy load or in high ambient temperatui'es.
2 - Service more often when opsrsting in dirty or dustyconditions,
3 * Replace blades more oftenwhen mowingin sandy soil
4 - 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.
Some adjustments will need to be made
periodical),/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 year, _place 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 unit well lubricated (See "LUBRICATION
CHART").
CHART
) Wheel
adjusters
Brake spring
bracket
(_ Rear
door
hinge
®
@
Engine oil
) 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.
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PRODUCT
SPECIFICATIONS
SERIAL NUMBER
DATE OF PURCHASE
,ASOLINE
CAPACITY/TYPE:
1.5 QUARTS
UNLEADED
_ILTYPE (API-SF/SG/SH):
REGULAR
SAE 30 (ABOVE 32°F)
SAE 5W-30 (BELOW 32°F)
OIL CAPACITY:
20 OZS.
SPARK PLUG(GAP:
.030")
VALVE CLEARANCE:
CHAMPION
RJ19LM
INTAKE:
EXHAUST:
SOLID STATE IGNITION
AIR GAP:
.0125 IN.
BLADE
35-40 FT. LBS.
BOLT TORQUE:
OR J19LM
.004 - .008
.004 - .008
The model and serial numbem will be found on a decal attached to the rear of the
lawn mower housing.Record
provided above.
both serial number and date of purchase in space
LAWNMOWER
TO REPLACE BLADE
Always observe safety rules when performing
any rmdntenance.
• 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
TIRES
• Keep tiresfree of gasoSne,oil,or insect
controlchemicalswhichcan harm rubber.
• Avoid stumps,stones,deep ruts,sharp
objectsand other hazards that may cause
tire damage.
BLADE CARE
For best results, mower blade must be
kept sharp.
Replace bent or damaged
blades.
TO REMOVE
BLADE
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.
• Disconnect spark plug wire from spark
plug and place wire where it cannot
come in contact with spark plug.
•Tum
lawn mower on its side. Make
IMPORTANT:
treated.
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 kay inside hub of blade adapter.
The key must be in good condition to work
properly.
Replace
adapter if damaged.
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Blade bolt is grade 8 heat
TO SHARPEN BLADE
NOTE: 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
keyway
Blade
NOTE: Although mult'_--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
Bolt
Lockwasher
Crank
Hardened
Blade shaft
washer
Trailing adapter
GRASS CATCHER
edge
• The grass catcher may be hosed 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
LUBRICATION
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
temperature.
SAE VISCOSITY GRADES
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.
• Replace engine oil cap.
• Reconnect spark plug wire to spark
plug.
Container
AIR FILTER
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 CHANGE
AIR FILTER
• Remove the air filter cover by turning
counterclockwise to the stop and pull
away from collar.
• Remove filter from inside of cover.
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• 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
CLEANING
aligning the tab with the slot.
• Push in on cover and turn clockwise to
housing after each use.
IMPORTANT:
For best performance, keep
mower housing free of built--up grass
and trash. Clean underside of mower
tighten.
Collar
Clip
Turn
to
remove
"urn 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.
_kCAUTION:
Before performing any
service or adjustments:
• Release control bar and 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 MOWER
TO ADJUST
cu'n'ING
See "TO ADJUST
HEIGHT
CUTTING
HEIGHT"
in
the Operation section of this manual.
REAR DEFLECTOR
AI_CAUTION:
Disconnect spark plug wire
from spark plug and place wire where it
cannot come in contact with the spark
plug.
• Turn lawn mower on its side. Make sure
air filter and carburetor are up. Clean
the underside of your lawn mower by
scraping to remove build--up of grass
and trash.
• Clean engine often to keep trash from
accumulating. A clogged engine runs
hotter and shortens engine life.
• Keep finished surfaces and wheels free
of all gasoline, oil, etc.
• We DO NOT recommend using a
garden hose to clean lawn mower
unless the electrical system, muffler, air
filter and carburetor are covered to
keep water out. Water in engine can
result in shortened engine life.
• 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 lower
handle,
• Squeeze lower handle in and position
holes onto mounting pins on handle
bracket.
• Reassemble upper handle and all parts
removed from lower handle.
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.
Rotate
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TO ASSEMBLE
GRASS
CATCHER
ENGINE
• Put grass catcher frame into grass bag
with rigid part of bag on the bottom.
Make sure the frame handle is outside
of the bag top.
• Slip vinyl bindings over frame.
NOTE: If vinyl bindings are too stiff, hold
them in warm water for a few minutes. If
CARBURETOR
Your carburetor has a non-adjustabie 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. Overspeeding 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
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 prepped open.
Catcher
frame
handle
Frame
Opening
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.
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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
Operator Presence
Control Bar
When lawn mower is to be stored for a period
of time, dean it thoroughly, remove all dirt,
grease, leaves, etc. Store in a clean, dry area.
• Clean entire lawn mower (See "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
parts for damage, breakage and wear.
Replace if necessary.
• Touch up all rusted or chipped paint
surfaces; sand ligh_ before painting.
Fold Forward
For Storage
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 clears the handle bracket,
then move handle forward.
• Loosen upper handle mounting bolts
enough to allow upper handle to be
folded back.
IMPORTANT:
When folding the handle
for storage or transportationg, be sure to
told 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.
Lower handle
Squeeze to
Handle
fo_
bracket
Upper
Handle
Fold
Backward
Mowing
Position
Lower
Handle
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.
Hairpin cotter
15
ENGINE OIL
Drain oil (with engine warm) and replace
with clean engine oil. (See "ENGINE" in
the Maintenance section of this manual).
CYLINDER
• Remove spark plug.
• 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.
_,CAUTION:
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.
TROUBLESHOOTING
PROBLEM
Does not start
CHART
CAUSE
CORRECTION
1. Dirty air filter.
2. Out of fuel.
3. Stale fuel.
1. Clean/replace
air filter.
2. Fill fuel tank.
3. Drain tank and refill with
fresh clean fuel.
.
Drain fuel tank and
carburetor and refill tank
4. Water in fuel.
.
6.
7.
8,
9.
Loss of power
with fresh gasoline.
Spark plug wire is
5. Connect wire to plug.
disconnected.
Bad spark plug.
6. Replace spark plug.
Loose blade or broken blade 7. Tighten blade bolt or
adapter.
replace blade adapter.
Control bar in released
8. Depress control bar to
handle.
position.
Control bar defective.
9. Replace control bar.
1. Rear of lawn mower housing
or cutting blade dragging
in hea W grass.
2. Cutting too much grass.
3. Dirty air filter.
4. Buildup of grass, leaves,
and trash under mower.
5. Too much oil in engine.
6. Walking speed too fast,
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1. Set to =Higher Cut"
position.
2. Set to =Higher Cut"
position.
3. Clean/replace air filter.
4. Clean underside of mower
housing.
5. Check oil level.
6. Cut at slower walking
speed.
TROUBLESHOOTING
PROBLEM
Poor cut- uneven
Excessive
vibration
CHART
CAUSE
CORRECTION
1. Worn, bent or loose blade.
2. Wheel heights uneven.
1. Replace blade. Tighten
blade bolt.
!2. Set all wheels at same
3. Buildup of grass, leaves
and trash under mower.
3. height
Clean underside of
mower housing.
!1. Worn, bent or loose blade.
12. Bent engine crankshaft.
Starter
to pull
rope hard
1. Replace blade. Tighten
blade bolt.
2. Contact an authorized
service center.
1. Engine flywheel brake is on 1. Depress control bar to
when control bar is released.
upper handle before
2. Bent engine crankshaft.
pulling starter rope.
2. Contact an authorized
service center.
3. Blade adapter broken.
4. Blade dragging in grass.
3. Replace blade adapter.
4. Move lawn mower to cut
grass or to hard surface
to start engine
Grass catcher
not filling (if so
equipped)
1. Cutting height too low.
2. Lilt on blade worn off.
3. Catcher not venting air.
1. Raise cutting height.
2. Replace blade.
3. Clean grass catcher.
Hard to push
1. Grass is too high or wheel
height is too low.
2. Rear of lawn mower
housing or blade dragging
in grass.
3. Grass catcher too full.
4. Handle height position not
right for you.
1. Raise cutting height.
2. Raise rear of lawn mower
housing one (1) setting
higher.
3. Empty grass catcher.
4. Adjust handle height to
suit.
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CRAFTSMAN
ROTARY LAWN MOWER -- MODEL NO. 917.388272
7
68
\
4O
67
57
37
2O
33
3O
37
36
-53
CRAFTSMAN
KEY
NO.
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
11
12
13
14
15
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
29
30
32
PART
NO.
86902
169709X479
169708X479
132001
63601
131959
66426
156577
750097
850733X004
136376
51793
165946X479
17600406
167132X004
167133X004
165858
168360X(X)4
166875
751153
166111X479
166112X479
851856
160835X007
19112222
169421X004
ROTARY
DESCRIPTION
ControIBar
Upper Handle
Lower Handle
Rope Guide
Locknut 1/4-20
Handle Bolt
WireTie
Engine Zone Control Cable
Hex Washer Head Screw #10-24 x 1/2
Up-Stop Bracket
Handle Knob
Hairpin Cotter
Support Bracket
Screw
Axle Arm Assembly - LF
Axle Arm Assembly- RF
Rear Skirt
Selector Spring Front
Rear Door Assembly Kit(Incl. Springs)
Locknut 5/16-18
Handle Bracket Assembly (Left)
Handle BracketAssembly (Right)
Screw 1/4-20 x 3/8
Wheel AdjustingBracket - Front
Spacer
Selector Spring Rear
LAWN MOWER -- MODEL NO. 917.388272
KEY
NO,
33
34
36
37
39
4O
41
42
43
44
45
46
48
52
53
54
55
56
57
67
68
70
---
PART
NO.
DESCRIPTION
87877
SelectorKnob
165762)(004 Axle Arm Assembly - LR
160828
Shoulder Bolt5/16-18
151157
WheelAssembly
83923
Flanged Locknut
774OO
Hubcap
88652
HingeScrew
165766
Spring(LH)
165767
Spring(RH)
165912
Door BOlt
15O406
Hex Head Thread Rolling Screw 3/8-16 x 1
85463
Danger Decal
165761X004 Axle Arm Assembly - RR
166872
Housing Assembly (Incl. Ref. #17, 18 & 46)
851084
Hex Head Screw 3/8-24 x 1-3/8 Grd. 8
85O263
Helical Lock'washer
851074
HardanedWasher
165833
21" Blade
851514
Blade Adapter
166113
Grass Bag
165755
Catcher Frame
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161058
Warning Decal(Not Shown)
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Owner's Manual
CRAFTSMAN
4-CYCLE
ENGINE
MODEL NUMBER 143.996004
Q-370K
298
4oo
135
130
120
416
182___
I
119
_13
20
.
186
46
36
CRAFTSMAN
KEY PART
NO. NO.
1
2
6
7
12
12A
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
42
43
45
40006
40007
20381
36777
46
48
50
52
69
70
32610A
27241
36778
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
119
120
125
37047
36787
36825
37288
126
130
135
150
151
151A
37289
602tA
35395
31672
31673
40017
4-CYCLE
ENGINE
DESCRIPTION
Cylinder (Incl. 2,20 & 150)
Dowel Pin
Breather Element
Breather Ass'y. (Incl. 6 & 12A)
Breather Tube
Breather Cover & Tube
(Incl. 12R)
Breather Tube Elbow
Washer
Governor Rod (Incl. 14)
Governor Lever
Governor Lever Clamp
Screw, Torx T-15,
8-32 x 19164"
Extension Spring
Oil Seal
Crankshaft
Piston, Pin & Ring Set (Std.)
Piston, Pin & Ring Set (.010"
OS)
Piston & Pin Ass'y. (St(].)
_ncl. 43)
iston & Pin Ass'y. (.010" OS)
_ncl.43)
ing Set (Std.)
Ring Set (.010" OS)
Piston Pin Retaining Ring
Connecting Rod Ass'y. (Incl.
46)
Connecting Rod Bolt
Valve Lifter
Camshaft (MCR)
Oil Pump Ass'y.
Mounting Flange Gasket
Mounting Flange (Incl. 72 thru
83,306)
Oil Drain Plug (Incl. 73)
Drain Plug Gasket
Oil Seal
Governor Shaft
Washer
Governor Gear Ass'y. (Incl. 81)
Governor Spool
Screw, 1/4-20 x 1-1/4"
Flywheel Key
Flywheel
Belleville Washer
MODEL NUMBER 143.996004
KEY
NO.
PART
NO.
169
172
174
178
182
184
36783
36784
30200
29752
6201
26756
185
186
189
191
195
207
216
223
224
238
239
241
245
250
260
261
262
275
277
285
287
290
292
298
300
301
305
306
307
309
310
313
325
370A
370C
370K
380
390
400
36785
32653
650839
36559A
610973
34336
33086
650451
36786
650932
34338
35797
35066
35065
36980
30200
650831
36790A
650988
35000A
650926
29774
26460
28763
36916
36246
35647
36996
35499
650562
35648
34080
37152
36261
37199
36695
640174
590737
36792B
416
36085
417
900
900
650821
-- ----
Flywheel Nut
Solid State Ignition
Spark Plug Cover
Screw, Torx T-15,
10-24 x 15/16"
Ground Wire
Cylinder Head Gaske
Cylinder Head
Exhaust Valve (Std.)
(Incl. 151)
Intake Valve (Std.) (Incl. 151)
Screw, 5/16-18 x 1-112"
Resistor Spark Plug (RJ19LM)
Valve Spring
Valve Spring Cap
Intake Valve Seal
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
Govemor Link
Screw, 1/4-20 x 3/8"
S.E. Brake Bracket (Incl. 195)
Terminal
Throttle Link
R.P.M. Adjusting Lever
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
Lubrication Decal
Primer Decal
Starter Decal
Carburetor (Incl. 184)
Rewind Starter
Gasket Set
slnCl. Items Marked *)
park Arrestor Kit (Incl.
417)(Optional)
Screw, 10-32 x 1/2" (Optional)
Replacement Engine NONE
Replacement S/B 750796A,
order from 71-999
RPM High 2900 to 3200
NOTE:
590694
This engine could have been built with
starter.
NOTE:
inches
All component dimensions given in U.S.
1 inch = 25.4 mm
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CRAFTSMAN
4-CYCLE ENGINE
MODEL NUMBER 143.996004
KEY PART
NO. NO.
DESCRIPTION
----640174
1
631615
2
631767
4
631184
5
631183
6
640070
7
650506
16
631807
17
651025
18
630766
20
640018
20A 640053
25
631867
27
631024
28
632019
29
631028
30
631021
31
631022
35
36045A
36
640080
36A 632766
37
632547
40
640175
44
27110A
47
630748
48
631027
48A 631027
60
632760
Carburetor (Incl. 184 of Engine Parts List)
Throttle Shaft & Lever Assembly
Throttle Return Spring
Dust Seal Washer
Dust Seal (Throttler
Throttle Shutter
Shutter Screw
Fuel Fitting
Throttle Crack Screw/Idle Speed Screw
Tension Spring
Idle RestrictorScrew
Idle RestrictorScrew Cap
Float Bowl
Float Shaft
Float
Float Bowl"O" Ring
Inlet Needle, Seat, & Clip (Incl. 31)
Spring Clip
Primer Bulb/Retainer Ring
Main Nozzle Tube
Carburetor Tube
"O" Ring, Main Nozzle Tube
High Speed Bowl Nut
Bowl Nut Washer
Welch Plug, Idle Mixture Well
Welch Plug, AtmosphericVen
Welch Plug
Repair kit (Incl. Items Marked*)
*
*
*
*
*
*
*
*
*
*
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CRAFTSMAN
4-CYCLE
ENGINE
MODEL NUMBER 143.996004
KEY PART
NO. NO.
----590694
1
590599A
2
590600
3
590696
4
590601
5
590697
6
590698
7
590699
8
590700
11
590695
12
59O535
13
590701
DESCRIPTION
Recoi| Starter
Spring Pin (Incl. 4)
Washer
Retainer
Washer
Brake Spring
Starter Dog
Dog Spring
Pulley & Rewind Spring Ass'y.
Starter HousingAss y,(40
degree grommet)
Starter Rope
( 98" X 9/64" dia.)
Starter Handle
B--5
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KEY PART
NO. NO.
----590737
590740
590616
590617
590618A
590687A
39
12
590535
13
14
590701
590760
DESCRtPTION
Rewind Starter
Retainer
Starter Dog
Dog Spring
Pulley & Rewind SpringAss'y
Starter Housing Ass'y
(40 degree grommet)
Starter Rope
(Length 98" x 9/64" dia.)
Starter Handle
Spring Clip
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