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Owner's Manual
(RAFTSMRN
6.0 HORSEPOWER
21" MULTI-CUT
ROTARY LAWN MOWER
Model No.
917.388380
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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: www.sears.com/craftsman
Warranty
Safety Rules
Assembly
Operation
Maintenance Schedule
Maintenance .
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Product Specifications
Service and Adjustments
Storage
Troubleshooting
Repair Parts
Parts Ordering
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Back Cover
LIMITED TWO YEAR WARRANTY 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, 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:
• 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:
• 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
• 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
manual.
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sandals. Wear only solid shoos 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.
Look for this symbol to point out important
safety precautions. It means CAUTIONtH
BECOMEALERT!!!
YOUR SAFETY IS
INVOLVED.
p_ugCAUTION: Always disconnect spark
wire and place wire where it cannot
contact spark plug in order to prevent
accidental starting when setting up,
transporting, adjusting or making repairs.
_IsWARNING:
The engine exhaust from
product contains chemicals known to
the State of California to cause cancer,
birth defects, or other reproductive harm.
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These accessorieswere availablewhen this lawn mower was produced. They are not
shipped with your mower. They are alsoavailableat most Sears retailoutletsend service
centers. Most Sears stores can alsoorder repair partsfor you, when you providethe model
number of your lawn mower. Some of these accessoriesmay notapplyto your lawn mower.
LAWN
MOWER
PERFORMANCE
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CLIPPING DEFLECTOR
FOR REAR DISCHARGE LAWN MOWERS
MULCHER
GRASS CATCHERS
FOR
REAR DISCHARGE
LAWN MOWERS
KITS
/
STABILIZER
FOR
SIDE DISCHARGE
GRASS
LAWN CATCHERS
MOWERS
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GAS CANS
LAWN MOWER MAINTENANCE
MUFFLERS
AIR RLTERS
SPARK PLUGS
,F-BELTS
BLADES
BLADE ADAPTERS
WHEELS
ENGINE OIL
TO REMOVE LAWN MOWER FROM
CARTON
Read these instructionsand 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 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.
• Remove loose parts included with
mower.
• Cut down two end corners of carton and
lay end panel down fiat.
• Remove all packing materials except
padding between upper end .lower
handle end 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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Operator presence
control bar
HOW TO SET UP YOUR LAWN
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,
Liftup
Lift up
I position
Lower handle
TO INSTALL A'r'I'ACHMENTS
Your lawn mower was shipped ready to
be used as a mulcher. To convert to
bagging or discharging, see 'q'o convert
mower" in the OPERATION section of this
manual.
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I_IOWYOUR LAWNMOWB:I
READ THIS OWNER'S MANUAl_AND SAFETY RULES BEFORE OPERATING YOUR LAWN
MOWER. Compare the illuslra_ns with your lawn mower to familiarize yourself with the
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of varkx_ conlmle and edit.
Save this manual for future 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
OIL
DANGER, I_EEP HANDS
AND FEET AWAY
control
bar
zone control cable
Handle knob
Grass
Engine oil cap
with dipstick
,Primer
Mulcher door
Lawn mower housing
IMPORTANT: This lawn mower is shipped
WITHOUTOILOR
GASOLINE inthe
adjuster
enQine.
(on each wheel)
MEETS CPSC SAFETY REQUIREMENTS
Sears rotary walk-behind power lawn rnowers conform to the safety standards of the American
National Standards Institute end 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 additionalfuel from the
carburetorto the cylinderfor use when
starlinga cold engine.
Starter Handle - used for startingthe engine.
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REAR BAGGING
Theoperation of any lawn mower
can resultin foreignobjectsthrown
intothe eyes, which can resultin
severe eye damage Always wear safety
glasses or eye shieldswhile operatingyour
lawn mower or performingany adjustments
or repaim We recommenda wide vision
safety mask over spectadas or standard
• Li_trear door of 'd'te lawn mowar and placo
the grass catcher frame hooks onto the
deer pivot pins.
• To convert to mulching or discharging
operalion, remove grass catcher and clos_
rear door
safety
g assas
HOWTO USEYOUR LAWN MOWER
ENGINE SPEED CONTROL
The enginespeed was set at the factory for
optimumperformance Speed is notadjustable
Pivot pins
SIDE DISCHARGING
• Rear door must be dosed.
• Open mulcher doorand installdischarge
deflectorunder guard as shown.
• Mower is now ready for discharging
operation
• To convertto mulchingor bagging
opera,on, discharge detlector must be
removed and mulcherdoor must be
closed
ENGINE ZONE CONTROl_
_CAUTION:
Federal regulations
requtre an engine control to be installed
on this lawn mower in order to minimize
the risk 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 controlbar which
SIMPLE STEPS TO REMEMBER
requires the operator to be positioned
WHEN CONVERTING YOUR L&WN
behind the lawn mower handle to start and
MOWER
operate the lawn mower
FOR MULCHING TO ADJUST CU'I-rlNG HEIGHT
• Raise wheels for low cut and lowerwheels • Rear door dosed
• Mulcher door closed
for high cut.
• Adjustcuttingheightto suit your requireFOR REAR BAGGING ments Medium positionis bestfor most
• Grass catcher installed
lawns.
• Muloher door dosed.
• To change cuttingheight,squeeze adjuster
FOR SIDE DISCHARGING levertoward wheel Move wheel up or
• Rear door dosed.
downto suit your requirements Be sureell
wheels are in the same setting.
• Side discharge deflector installed.
NOTE: Adjuster is properlypositionedwhen
_CAUTION:
Do not run your lawn mower
plate tab insertsinto hole in lever Also, 9positionadjustem (if so equipped) allowlever
out rear door closed or app[oved grass
to be positionedbetween the plate tabs.
catcher in place Never attempt to operate th_
LowerWheelsfor High Cut
lawn mower with the rear door removed or
PlateTab
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
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GAS
Open
Mulcher Door
NOTE: Before filling fuel tank, remove and
discard the debris plug that is inside the tank.
• Fill fuel tank. Use fresh, dean, regular
unleaded gasoline with a minimum of 87
octane. Do not mix oil with gasoline.
Purchase fuel in qusntJtJasthat can be
used within 30 days to assure fuel
freshness.
Discharge.
deflector
_dAR_
Experienceindicatesthat
fuels (calledgasohol or
usingethanol or methanol)can attract
moisturewhich leads to separationand
formstJonof acids duringstorage. Acidicgas
can damage the fuel system of an engine
while in storage. To avoidengine problems,
the fuel system shouldbe emptiedbefore
storage of 30 days or longer. Drainthe fuel
tank, startthe engineand let itrun untilfuel
lines and carburetorare empty. Use fresh fuel
nexi season. See StorageInstructionsfor
additionalinfon_ation. Never use engineor
carburetorcleaner productsin fuel tank or
permanentdamage may occur.
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 dean.
• Remove engine oil cap and fill to the full
line on the dipstick.
NOTE: Allow oil to settle down into
engine for accurate
dipstick
Gasoline filler
reading.
_
cap
_
(Discard
_'._--_-----_l
debris plug "_r-_._T1]'
• 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. Addoilif
Engine oil
cap
TO START ENGINE
needed. Fill to full line on dipstick.
• To read proper level, tighten engine oil cap
each time.
• To starta cold engine,push primerthree
(3) Umesbeforetryingto start.Use afirm
push.This step is not usually necessary
when starlingan engine which has already
runfor a few minutas.
• Hold operator presence controlbar down
to the handleand pull starterhandle
quickly.Do not allowstarterrope to snap
back.
• To stop engine, release operatorpresence
controlbar.
• Reinstall engine oil cap and tighten.
• Change the oil after every 25 hours of
eperation or each season. You may nsed
to change the oil more often under dusty,
dirty conditions.
NOTE: In coolerweather it may be necessary
to repeat primingsteps. In warmer weather
ever primingmay cause floodingand engine
willnotstart, ffyou do flood engine,wait a few
minutesbefore attemptingto start and do not
repeat priming steps.
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MULCHING MOWING TIPS
MOWlNGTIPS
• Under cartein condi_ons,such es very tall
grass, itmay be necessoryto raisethe
height of cut to reduce pushingeffortand to
keep from overloading the engine and
leavingdumps of grassclippings. It may
also be necessaryto reduce groundspeed
and/or runthe lawn mower overthe area a
secondtime.
• Forextremely heavy cutting,reducethe
widthof cut by overlappingpreviouslyGut
pathand mow slowly.
• For bettergrass baggingand most cutting
conditions,the engine speed shouldbe set
in the fast position.
• Pores in clothgrass catcherscan become
filledwith dirtand dust withuse and
catcherswillcollectless grass. To prevent
this, regularlyhose catcheroff withwater
and let dry before using.
• Keep top of enginearound starterclear
and clean of grass clippingsand chaff.
This will help engine air flowand extend
engine life.
IMPORTANT: For best performance,keep
mower housingfree of buiit-upgrass and
trash,Clean UNDERSIDE OF MOWER
HOUSING after each use. See "Cleaning" in
MAINTENANCE eec_Jonof this manual.
• The special mulchingbladewill recut the
grass clippings many times and reduce
them in size so that as they fall ontothe
lawnthey will disperseintothe grass and
not be noticed.Also, the mulchedgrasswil
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 cuttingyour lawn when itis wet. Wet
grass tends to form clumps and interferes
the mulching action. The best time to
mow your lawn is the early afternoon. At
this time the grass has driedand the newly
cut area will notbe exposed to the direct
sun.
• For best results,adjustthe lawn mower
cuttingheightso that the lawn mower cuts
off onlythe top one-thirdof the grass
blades. If the lawn is overgrown itwill be
necessaryto raisethe heightof cutto
reduce pushingeffortand to keep from
overloading the engine and leaving
dumps of mulchedgrass. For extremely
heavy mulching, reduce your widthof cut,
mow slowlyand raise the re_r of the lawn
mower one wheel adjuster setlJnghigher
than thefront.
• Certain typesof grass and grass condi'dons
may requirethat an area be mulcheda
secondtime to comrYetelyhide the
clippings.When doinga second cut, mow
acrossor perpendicular to the firstcut path.
• Change your outting psttem from week to
week. Mow northto south one week then
change to eastto weet the next week. This
will help prevent mattingand grainingof
the lawn.
Max 1/3
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Change Engine Oil
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Clean or Replace Spark Plug
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Replace Air Filter Paper Cartridge
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- Change more often when open,clingunder a heavy load or in higharnbiem temperatures.
- Semite more often when oper_ding_ndirty or dusty cond_o_.
- Replace i0_des more often when mo_ng in sandy s_.
- Charge 48 hoursat end of season.
LUBRICATION
Wheel
3ENERAL RECOMMENDATIONS
Ihe warrantyon this lawnmowerdoes not
_overitems th_ have been subjectadto
)perat_ abuse or negligence.ToreceNefull
raluefromthe _Tanty, operatormust
naintaJnmower as instructedin this manual.
adjustmentswillneed to be made
_-iodically to properlymaintainyour unit.
_11adjustmentsin the Service and
_j_nts
sectionof this manual should be
:hecked at isast once each season.
, Once a year, replace the spark plug,
replaceair filterelement and check blade
for wea'. A new spark plug and dean/new
air filterelement assures properair-fuel
mixtureand helpsyour engine run better
and last longer.
, Follow themaintenanceschedulein this
manual.
=ZEFOREEACH USE
, Check engine oil level.
, Check for loose fasteners.
,.UBRICATION
(eep unit well lubricated (See "LUBRICATION
;HAR'r'3.
_)
Rear
aoor
hinge
CHART
Engine eil
) Handle br,acket
mounting pin
(_) SPRAY LUBRICANT
SAlE30 MOTOR OIL. REFER TO
(_ ENGINE- MAINTENANCE SECTION.
IMPORTANT: Do not oil or grease plastic
whee_ bearings. VL_cous 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
typelubricant
sparingly.
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PRODUCT
MODEL
NUMBER
SERIAL
NUMBER
SPECIFICATIONS
917.388380
DATE OF PURCHASE
HORSEPOWER:
6.0
GASOLINE
1.6 QUARTS
CAPACITY/TYPE:
UNLEADED
OILTYPE
(API-SF/SG/SH):
SAE 30 (ABOVE 32°F)
SAE 5W-30
OIL CAPACITY:
SPARK PLUG(GAP:
REGULAR
(BELOW
32°F)
RJ19LM
OR J19LM
20 OZS.
.030")
CHAMPION
VALVE CLEARANCE:
INTAKE:
.004 - .008
EXHAUST:
.004 - .008
SOLID STATE IGNITION
AIR GAP:
.01251N.
BLADE BOLT TORQUE:
35-40FT.
LBS.
The model and serial numbers will be found on a decal attached to the roar of the
lawn mower housing.Record both serial number and date of purchase in space
provided above.
LAWN MOWER
Always observe safety rules when performing
any maintenance.
"I1RES
• Keep tires free of gasoline, oil, or insect
conttol chemicals which can harm rubber.
• Avoid stumps, stones, deep ruts, sharp
objects and other hazards that may cause
TO REPLACE
tire damage.
BLADE CARE
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
• Use a wood block between
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
For best results, mower blade must be
kept sharp.
Replace bent or damaged
blades.
TO REMOVE
• 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.
are up.
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.
lawn mower housing and tighten the
blade bolt, turning clockwise.
• The recommended tightening torque is
35-40 ft. Ibs.
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IMPORTANT: Blade bolt is grade 8 heat
treated.
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
Blad,
Bolt
Crank
Lockwasher Hardened
Blade shaft
washer
Trailing adapter
edge
GRASS CATCHER
• 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. ff catcher needs replacing, replace
only with a manufacturer approved
replacement catcher. Give the lawn mower
model number when ordering.
ENGINE
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. "13ghtenoil 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
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.
LUBRICATION
AIR FILTER
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
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.
TEMPERATURE
O°
RANGE ANTICIPATED
1'0"
BEFORE
=O"
_10"
NEXT O_LCHANGE
TO CLEAN AIR FILTER
• Loosen screw and tilt cover to remove.
• Carefully remove cartridge.
• Clean by gently tapping on a flat
12 surface. If very dirty, replace cartridge.
CLEANING
_CAUTION:
Petroleum solvents, such
as kerosene, are not to be used to clean
cartridge. They may cause deterioration
of the cartridge.
Do not oil cartridge. Do
not use pressurized air to clean or dry
cartridge.
• Install cartridge, then replace cover
making sure the tabs are aligned with
the slots in the back plate. Fasten
screw securely.
Up
Slots
IMPORTANT:
For best performance, keep
mower housing free of built--up grass
and trash. Clean underside of mower
_sing
after each use,
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
Rack
plato
air filter and carburetor are up. Clean
the underside of your lawn mower by
scraping to remove build--up of grass
and trash.
Cover
tabs
Cover
Cartridge
MUFFLER
Inspect and replace corroded muffler as it
could create afire hazard and/or damage.
• 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
result in shortened engine life.
SPARK PLUG
can
Change your spark plug each year to
make your engine start easier and run
better. Set spark plug gap at .030 inch..
_CAUTION:
Before performing any
service or adjustments:
• Release control bar and stop engine.
• Make sure the blade and al_ 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 CUTTING HEIGHT
See "TO ADJUST cu'n'ING HEIGHT" 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 lower
handle.
• Squeeze lower handle in aod position
holes onto mounting pins on handle
bracket.
• Reassemble
upper handle and all parts
removed from lower handle.
_an
Lower
Rotate
die
13
TOASSEMBLE
GRASS
CATCHER
• 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
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
-_
,_--_7-<,._
ENGINE
CARBURETOR
Your carburetor has a non-adjustable fixed
main jet for mixture contzol, ff your engine
does not operate propedy due to suspected
carburetor problems, take your lawn mower to
an au_odzed service center for repair or
adjustmart
IMPORTANT:
Never tamper with the engine
governor,
wh_hmfactorysetfor proper
engine speed. Overspeeding the engine
above it'le factow high speed sstting 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
makeanynecessaryadjusUnants.
ENGINE SPEED
'i
_s_
Frame
openi
Immediately prepare your lawn mower for
storageat the end of the ssason or ifthe unit
_H not be used for 30 days or more.
LAWNMOWER
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.
• Cleanentirelawnmower(See"CLEANING' in the Mal_
sect_
of this
Your engineSpeedhas been factory set. Do
not attemptto increaseenginespeed or it
may resultin personalinjury. Ifyou believe
that the engine is runningtoo fast or too slow,
take your lawn mowerto an authorized
servicecenterfor 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.
Lower handle
manual).
Handle
bracket
• Lubricate as shown in the Maintenance
ssclton of this manual.
• Be sure that all nuts, bolts, screws, and pins
are securely f=la_.
Inspect moving
parisfor darnage,breakageandwear.
Squeeze to
fold
ifnece= .
• Touch up all rusted or chipped paint
surfaces; sand lighlty before painting,
Hairpin cotter
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.
Operator Presence
Control Bar
Upper
_
_
,_
_
_,;'_
_
Handle -'-----_/.__.,_?
,;;/A
FoOd Forward
;_ _.,,;;_//
I
For Storage _--_=_
'_" _7 *"!_old
_,_.
_-_,_, ,,_
Backward
Mowino
14
_.__
Lower
Handle
Position
ENGINE
FUEL SYSTEM
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.
IMPORTANT: It is important to prevent
_luUmdeposits from forming in essential
el 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.
TROUBLESHOOTING
CHART
PROBLEM
Does not start
m_owCAUTION:Never store the lawn
er 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.
CAUSE
CORRECTION
1.
2.
Dirty air filter.
Out of fuel
1.
2.
Clean!replace
Fill fuel tank.
3.
Stale fuel.
3.
4.
Water in fuel.
4.
Drain tank and refill with
fresh clean fuel.
Drain fuel tank and
carburetor and refill tank
5.
Spark plug wire is
disconnected.
5.
6.
7.
8.
Bad spark plug.
6.
Loose blade or broken blade 7.
adapter.
Control bar in released
8.
9.
position.
Control bar defective.
15
9.
air filter.
with fresh gasoline.
Connect wire to plug.
Replace spark plug.
Tighten blade bolt or
replace blade adapter.
Depress control bar to
handle.
Replace control bar.
TROUBLESHOOTING
PROBLEM
Loea of power
Poor cut - uneven
CHART
CAUSE
CORRECTION
1.
Rear of lawn mower housing 1.
2.
or cutting blade dragging
in heavy grass.
Cutting too much grass.
3.
4.
Dirty air filter.
Buildup of grass, leaves,
and trash under mower.
5.
6.
Too much oil in engine.
Walking speed too fast.
2. Set to "Higher Cut"
position.
3. Clean/replaceair filter.
4. Clean undersideof mower
housing.
5. Check oil level.
5. Cut at slower walking
speed.
1. Worn, bent or loose blade.
2.
Wheel heights uneven.
3.
Buildup of grass,leaves
and trash under mower.
3.
1.
Worn, bent or loose blade.
1.
2.
Bent engine crankshaft.
2.
1.
Engineflywheel brake is on 1.
when controlbar is released.
2.
Bent engine crankshatt.
2.
3.
Blade adapter broken.
4.
Blade dragging in grass.
3.
4.
not filling (if so
1.
2.
Cutting height too low.
I_itton blade wom off.
equipped)
3.
Hard to push
iExcessive
vibration
Starter rope hard
topull
Grass catcher
Set to "Higher Cut"
position.
.
Replace blade. "lighten
blade bolt.
Set all wheels at same
height
Clean underside of
mower housing.
Replace blade. T_jhten
blade belt.
Contact an authorized
service center.
Depress controlbar to
upper handle before
pulling starterrope.
Contact an authorized
servicecanter.
Replace Uade adapter.
Move lawn mower to cut
grass or to hard surface
to startengine.
Catcher not venting air.
1.
2.
3.
Raise cutting height.
Replace blade.
Clean grass catcher.
1.
Grass is too high or wheal
1.
Raise cutting heighL
2.
height is too low.
Rear of lawn mower
2.
3.
housing or blade dragging
in grass.
Grass catcher too full.
Raise rear of lawn mower
housingone (1) setting
higher.
Emptygrasscatcher.
Adjusthandle heightto
suit.
4.
Handle height position not
right for you.
16
3.
4.
CRAFTSMAN ROTARY LAWN MOWER -- MODEL NO. 917.388380
37
-14
14
44
34
43
2s
68
67
21
4O
24
19
d
56
2O
37
39
36
CRAFTSMAN ROTARY LAWN MOWER -- MODEL NO. 917.388380
KEY
NO.
PART
NO.
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
15
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30
31
32
33
869O2
160834X479
160609X479
132001
63601
131959
66426
154132
165754
162778
750097
86899X004
136376
51793
147286
165946X479
17600406
167132X004
167133X004
165858
168360X004
166875
751153
166111X479
166112X479
851856
152124
160835)(007
19112222
165760
169421X004
87877
DESCRIPTION
ControlBar
UpperHandle
LowerHandle
Rope Guide
Locknut 114-20
Handle Bolt
Wire'Re
Hinge Bracket
MulcherDoor
EngineZone ControlCable
Hex Washer Head Screw #10-24 x 1/2
UpStop Brscket
HandleKnob
HairpinCottar
HingeRod
Support Brscket
Screw
Axle Arm Assembly - LF
AxJeArm 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/_
HingeSpdng
Wheel Adjusting Bracket - Front
Spacer
Clip on Discharge Guard
Selector Spring- Rear
Selector Knob
KEY
NO.
PART
NO.
34 165762X004
36 160828
37 151157
39 83923
40 77400
41 88652
42 165766
43 165767
44 165912
45 150406
46 85463
48 165761X004
52 166878
' 53 851084
54 850263
55 851074
56 165833
57 851514
67 166113
68 165755
70 .
---
1.61058
169955
DESCRIPTION
Axle Arm Assembly - LR
Shoulder Bolt5/16-18
WheelAssembly
Flanged Locknut
Hubcap
HingeScrew
Spdng (LH)
Spdng (RH)
Door Bolt
Hex Head Thread Rolling Screw 3/8-16 x 1
Danger Decel
Axle Arm Assembly- RR
Housing Assembly (Incl. Ref. #17, 18 & 46)
He)<Head Screw 3/8-24 x 1-3/8 Grd. 8
HeliuslLockwasher
Hardaned Washer
21" Blade
Blade Adapter
Grass Bag
Catcher Frame
Engine- (See.Breakdown)
Briggs& Stretton 12H802-2675-E1
Warning Decal (Not Shown)
Owner'sManual
Available accessories not includedwith lawn mower:
7133623
Gas Can (2.5 gal.)
7133500
FuelStabilizer
7133000
SAE 30W Oil (20 oz.)
CRAFTSMAN
4-CYCLE
ENGINE
MODEL NUMBER 12HS02.2675-E1
606
%_ 971A
971
843
967
621
922_
_163
-[Z
%
14
M
124
634
130
127
95
7
36
110_
9_
110_
I
CRAFTSMAN
4-CYCLE
ENGINE
MODEL NUMBER
12H802.2675-E1
284
I
572 307
625
91
383
306
307
37
_10
"k REQUIRES SPECIAL TOOLS
TO INSTALL. SEE REPAIR
INSTRUCTION
MANUAL,
CRAFTSMAN
_)
4-CYCLE
ENGINE
670A
_
358 GASKET SET
MODEL NUMBER 12HS02_S75-E1
3
524 O
]
104
634
977 CARBURETOR
110
134
617
127
617
634
GASKET SET
I
121 CARBURETOR
KIT
613
1095 VALVE OVERHAUL
GASKET SET
670A
202
138
CRAFTSMAN
4-CYCLE
ENGINE
MODEL NUMBER 12HS02.2675-E1
930
304
_332
455
461
39
1036 LABEL KIT - EMISSION]
CRAFTSMAN 4-CYCLE ENGINE
NO.
1
2
3
4
5
7
8
9
9A
10
11
12
13
15
16
20
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
32
33
34
35
40
45
46
47
51
54
PART
NO.
493260
399269
29_819
493279
214368
272916
495786
272481
272238
94650
231933
272198
94547
94720
498565
94388
399781
9422O
94612
492177
2221696
499429
49943O
499431
499432
499425
499426
499427
4.99428
263190
499423
499424
94699
262651
262652
262224
93312
2622O4
4.98275
493737
272199
94526
DESCRIPTION
CylinderAssembly
Bushing,Cylinder
* Seal, Oil
Sump, Engine
Head, Cylinder
****Gasket, Cylinder Head
Breather Assembly
'_'**Gasket, Valve Cover
* Gasket, Baffle Plate
Screw, Hex Head
Tube, Breather
* Gasket, Crankcase
Screw, Cylinder Head
Plug, Oil Drain
Crankshaft
TimingGear Key
* Seal, Oil
Screw, Hex Head
Screw, Hex Head
(Used in Hole Nearest Breather)
FI_
Key, Flywheel
Piston Assembly, Standard
Size
Piston Assy. (.010" O.S.)
Piston Assy, (.020" O.S.)
Piston Assy. (.030" O.S.)
Ring Set, Piston, Standard Size
Ring Set (.010" O.S.)
Ring Set (.020" O.S,)
Ring Set (.030" O.S.)
Lock, Piston Pin
Pin, Piston, Standard Size
Rod, Connecting
Screw, Connecting Rod
Valve, Exhaust
Valve, Intake
Spdng, Valve
Retainer, Valve Spring
Tappet, Valve
Gear, Cam
Slinger, Oil
* Gasket, Intake Elbow
Screw, Hex Heed
MODEL NUMBER 12H802.2675-E1
K]EY
NO.
PART
NO.
55
56
58
4974420
498144
280399
60
65
81
95
104
110
281434
94696
223664
94098
231371
---
117
121
124
125
127
130
131
!33
134
137
163
187
188
188A
202
209
*
494870
498260
94525
498170
--224908
493267
398187
398188
--272653
492790
398540
94644
262579
263044
DESCRIPTION
**
***
**
***
*
Housing,Rewind Starter
Pulley, Rewind Starter
Rope, RewindStarter
(OutTo 88-5/8')
Gdp, Starter Rope
Screw, Phillips
Lock, Muffler Screw
Screw, RoundHead
Pin, Floet Hinge
Gasket, Sealing (Sold in Kit
Only)
Jet, Main
Carburetor
Screw, CarburetorMounting
Carburetar
Plug, Welch (Sold in Kit Only)
Valve, Throttle
Shaft, Throttle
Float,Carburetor
Valve, Inlet (Includes Scat)
Gasket, Bowl (Sold in Kit Only)
Gasket, Air Cleaner
Hose, Fuel
Screw, Hex Head
Screw, Hex Head
Link, Governor
Spdng, Governor
Included in Gasket Set (497316)
**
Included in Carburetor _ (498260)
***
Included in beth Carburetor I_t (498260),
and CarburetorGasket Set (498261)
****
Included in both Gasket Set (497316),
and Valve overhaul Gasket Set (498528).
NOTE: All component dimensionsgiven in U.S.
inches 1 inch = 25.4 mm
4O
CRAFTSMAN
KEY
NO.
PART
NO.
227 492349
230 67072
258 94512
284 94511
300 497838
304 493293
305 94744
306 224324
307 94515
332 94877
333 802574
334 94731
337 802592
356 497833
358 497316
363
19069
383 89838
387 496115
455 225121
456 281503
459 261505
461 94943
515 263073
523 495264
524 280393
525 495265
529 281299
562 94852
572 224328
592 231082
601 93053
606 224815
608 497680
Includes:
94904
94908
613 94231
615 94474
616 263175
617 270344
620 499135
621 396847
625 497465
634
- --
4-CYCLE
ENGINE
MODEL NUMBER 12HS02-2675-Et
KEY
NO.
DESCRIPTION
Lever, Governor
Washer, Thrust
Screw, Hex Head
Screw, Hex Head
Muffler, Exhaust
Housing,Blower
Screw, Sems
Shield,Cylinder
Screw, Hex Head
Nut, Flywheel
Armature, Magneto
Screw, Seres
Plug, Spark
Wire, Ground
Gasket Set
Puller,Flywheel
Wrench, Spark Plug
Primer,Carburetor
Cup, Starter
Retainer, Starter
PawI, Rachel
Screw, Shoulder
Spring,Retainer
Cap, Oil Filler
* Seal, Filler Tube
Tube, Oil Fill
Grommet
Bolt, Governor Lever
Baffle, Cylinder
Nut, Hex
Clamp, Hose
Strap, BTacket
Starter, Rewind
PART
NO.
635 66538
670 280512
670A493823
*
741 262598
842 280966
*
843 272616
847 495263
851 493880
869 213512
870 213513
871 262001
63709
9_2 262640
923 493442
930 497233
957 397974
966 496116
967
491588
968 281340
969 94872
971 94873
971A94749
972 495224
975 493640
977 498261
1036 499341
1095 498258 '
250012J802-2915
-- -- 498826
OESCRIPllON
Elbow, Spark Plug
Spacer, Fue|TanrK
Spacer, Bracket
Gear,Timing
Seal,O-Ring
Sleeve, Lever
Tube Assembly, Oil
Terminal, IgnitionCable
Seat, Intake Valve
Seat, Exhaust Valve
Guide, Exhaust Valve
Guide, Intake Valve
Spring, Brake
Blake Assembly
Guard, Finger
Cap, Fuel Tank
Base, Air Cleener
Filtar, Air
Cover, Air Cleaner
Screw, Hex Head
Screw, Hex Head
Screw, Hex Head
Tank, Fual
Bowl,Floet
Gasket Set, Carburetor
Lsbe{ W._t,
Emission
Gasket Set, Valve Overhaul
ReplacementEngine
Replacement Shortblock
RPM Settings:
Low:1900-2100;
High:3000-3200
Screw, Hex
Nut, Hex
Screw, Hex Head
Fastener
Crank, Governor
*** Seal, Intake Elbow
Bracket, Carburetor
Switch, Stop
Tube, Fuel Intake
*** Washer, Shaft (Sold in Kit Only)
*
Inc{uded in Gasket Set (497316)
**
Included in Carburetor Kit (498260)
***
Included in both Carburetor IGt (498260),
and Carburetor Gasket Set (498261)
****
Included in beth Gasket Set (497316),
and Valve overhaul Gasket Set (498528).
NOTE: All component dimensionsgiven in U.S.
inches 1 inch = 25.4 mm
41
42
43
For in-home major brand repair service:
Call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
1-800-4-MY-HOME
s_ (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 - 11 pm CST, 7 days a week
PartsDirect sM
1-800-366-PART
(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
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