Craftsman 917.28945 Operator`s manual

Operator's
Manual
CRI FTSMRN°
GAR
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TRACTO
26.0 HR* 54" Mower
Electric Start
6 Speed Transaxle
Model No.
917.28945
This product has a low emission
engine which operates
differently from previously built engines. Before you start the
engine, read and understand this Owner's Manual.
IMPORTANT:
Read and follow all Safety
Rules and Instructions before
operating this equipment.
For answers to your questions
about this product, Call:
1-800-659-5917
Sears Craftsman Help Line
5 am - 5 pm, Mon-
Sat
Gasoline containing up to 10% ethanol (EIO) is acceptable for use in this machine.
The use of any gasoline exceeding 10% ethanol (EIO) will void the product warranty.
SEARS,
ROEBUCKAND
CO., HOFFMAN
ESTATES,
Visit our Craftsman website:www.sears.com/craftsman
441 773
IL 60179
U.S.A.
*As rated by the engine manufacturer
Warranty ..................................................
Safety Rules ............................................
Product Specifications
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Assembly/Pre-Operation
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Operation ...............................................
Maintenance
Schedule ..........................
Maintenance
2
3
6
8
13
20
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20
Service and Adjustments
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25
Storage ..................................................
30
Troubleshooting
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31
Sears Service ..........................
Back Cover
Craftsman Riding Equipment
Warranty:
Lawn Tractors, Garden Tractors, Zero Turn Riders
CRAFTSMAN
TWO YEAR FULL WARRANTY
FOR TWO YEARS from the date of purchase,
if any non-expendable
part of this riding
equipment
fails due to a defect in material or workmanship,
visit www.craftsman.com
or
call 1-800-659-5917
to arrange for free in-home repair.
The frame and front
purchase
if defective
In all cases, if repair
charge with the same
axle will be repaired free of charge
in material or workmanship.
proves impossible,
the
or an equivalent
model.
the date of
of
The battery will be replaced
free of charge for 90 days from the date of purchase
defective
in material or workmanship
(our testing proves that it will not hold a charge).
if
is ever used while
This warranty covers ONLY defects
coverage does NOT include:
•
in material
equipment
from
free
This warranty is void if this product
rented to another person.
riding
for five years
providing
will be replaced
commercial
and workmanship.
services
or if
Warranty
Expendable
items that can wear out from normal use within the warranty
period,
including but not limited to blades, spark plugs, air cleaners,
belts, and oil filters.
Standard maintenance
servicing,
oil changes,
or tune-ups.
Tire replacement
or repair caused by punctures
from outside objects, such as nails,
thorns, stumps, or glass.
Tire or wheel replacement
or repair resulting from normal wear, accident,
or improper
operation or maintenance.
Repairs necessary
because of operator abuse, including but not limited to damage
caused by towing objects beyond the capability
of the riding equipment,
impacting
objects that bend the frame or crankshaft,
or over-speeding
the engine.
Repairs necessary
because of operator negligence,
including but not limited to,
electrical and mechanical
damage caused by improper storage, failure to use the
proper grade and amount of engine oil, failure to keep the deck clear of flammable
debris, or failure to maintain the riding equipment
according
to the instructions
contained
in the operator's
manual.
Engine (fuel system) cleaning or repairs caused by fuel determined
to be
contaminated
or oxidized
(stale). In general, fuel should be used within 30 days of its
purchase
date.
Normal deterioration
and wear of the exterior finishes,
or product label replacement.
This warranty
gives you specific
vary from state to state.
Sears
Brands
Management
legal
rights,
Corporation,
and you may also have
Hoffman
2
Estates,
other
IL 60179
rights
which
_DANGER:
This cutting machine is capable of amputating hands and feet and
throwing objects. Failure to observe the following
safety instructions could result
in serious injury or death.
_I, WARNING: In orderto prevent accidental starting when setting up, transporting,
adjusting or making repairs, always disconnect spark plug wire and place wire where
it cannot contact spark plug.
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_,WARNING:
Do not coast down a hill in
neutral, you may lose control of the tractor.
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_I, WARNING:
Tow only the attachments
that are recommended by and comply with
specifications of the manufacturer of your
tractor. Use common sense when towing.
Operate only at the lowest possible speed
when on a slope. Too heavy of a load, while
on a slope, is dangerous.
Tires can lose
traction with the ground and cause you to
lose control of your tractor.
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_WARNING:
Engine exhaust, some of
its constituents, and certain vehicle components contain or emit chemicals known to the
State of California to cause cancer and birth
defects or other reproductive harm.
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_I, WARNING: Battery posts, terminals and
related accessories contain lead and lead
compounds, chemicals known to the State of
California to cause cancer and birth defects
or other reproductive harm. Wash hands
after handling.
I. GENERAL
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OPERATION
Read, understand, and followall instructions on the machine and in the manual
before starting.
Do not put hands or feet near rotating
parts or under the machine. Keep clear
of the discharge opening at all times.
Only allow responsible adults, who are
familiar with the instructions, to operate
the machine.
Clear the area of objects such as rocks,
toys, wire, etc., which could be picked
up and thrown by the blades.
Be sure the area is clear of bystanders
before operating. Stop machine if anyone
enters the area.
Never carry passengers.
Do not mow in reverse unless absolutely
necessary. Always look down and behind
before and while backing.
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Never direct discharged materialtoward
anyone. Avoid discharging
material
against a wall or obstruction. Material
may ricochet back toward the operator.
Stop the blades when crossing gravel
surfaces.
Do not operate machine without the entire grass catcher, discharge chute, or
other safety devices in place and working.
Slow down before turning.
Never leave a running machine unattended.
Always turn off blades, set
parking brake, stop engine, and remove
keys before dismounting.
Disengage blades when not mowing.
Shut off engine and wait for all parts to
come to a complete stop before cleaning
the machine, removing the grass catcher,
or unclogging the discharge chute.
Operate machine onlyin daylight or good
artificial light.
Do not operate the machine while under
the influence of alcohol or drugs.
Watch for traffic when operating near or
crossing roadways.
Use extra care when loading or unloading
the machine into a trailer or truck.
AIways wear eye protection when operating machine.
Data indicates that operators, age 60
years and above, are involved in a large
percentage of riding mower-related injuries. These operators should evaluate
their ability to operate the riding mower
safely enough to protect themselves and
others from serious injury.
Follow the manufacturer's
recommendation for wheel weights or counterweights.
Keep machine free of grass, leaves or
other debris build-up which can touch hot
exhaust / engine parts and burn. Do not
allow the mower to plow leaves or other
debris which can cause build-up to occur. Clean any oil or fuel spillage before
operating or storing the machine. Allow
machine to cool before storage.
li. SLOPE OPERATION
Slopes are a major factor related to loss of
control and tip-over
accidents,
which can
result in severe injury or death.
Operation
on all slopes requires extra caution.
If you
cannot back up the slope or ifyou feel uneasy
on it, do not mow it.
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Mow up and down slopes, not across.
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Watch for holes, ruts, bumps, rocks, or
other hidden objects.
Uneven terrain
could overturn the machine.
Tall grass
can hide obstacles.
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Choose a low ground speed so that you
will not have to stop or shift while on the
slope.
Do not mow on wet grass. Tires may lose
traction.
Never
chine.
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Use extra care when approaching
blind
corners, shrubs, trees, or other objects
that may block your view of a child.
allow children
to operate
the ma-
Always keep the machine in gear when
going down slopes. Do not shift to neutral
and coast downhill.
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Tow only with a machine that has a hitch
designed for towing. Do not attach towed
equipment
except at the hitch point.
Followthemanufacturer'srecommenda-
Avoid starting, stopping, or turning on a
slope. Ifthetires
Iosetraction,
disengage
the blades and proceed slowly straight
down the slope.
Keep all movement
on the slopes slow
and gradual.
Do not make sudden
changes
in speed or direction,
which
could cause the machine to roll over.
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tion for weight limits for towed equipment
and towing on slopes.
Never allow children or others in or on
Use extra care while operating
machine
with grass catchers or other attachments;
they can affect the stability
of the machine. Do no use on steep slopes.
Do not try to stabilize the machine
by
putting your foot on the ground.
Do not mow near drop-offs,
ditches,
or embankments.
The machine
could
V. SERVICE
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and the mowing
activity.
that children
will remain
saw them.
Travel slowly
stop.
and allow extra distance
to
OF GASOLINE
To avoid personal
injury or property
damage, use extreme care in handling gasoline.
Gasoline
is extremely
flammable
and the
vapors are explosive.
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Extinguish
all cigarettes,
cigars, pipes,
and other sources of ignition.
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Use only approved
gasoline container.
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Never remove gas cap or add fuel with
the engine running. Allow engine to cool
before refueling.
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Never fuel the machine indoors.
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Neverstorethe
machine orfuel container
Never assume
where you last
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Keep children out of the mowing area
and in the watchful care of a responsible
adult other than the operator.
Be alert and turn machine off if a child
enters the area.
Before and while backing, look
and down for small children.
towed equipment.
On slopes, the weight ofthetowed
equipment may cause loss of traction and loss
of control.
SAFE HANDLING
Tragic accidents
can occur if the operator
is not alert to the presence
of children.
Children are often attracted to the machine
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Iii. CHILDREN
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Never
carry
children,
even with the
blades shut off. They may fall off and
be seriously injured or interfere with safe
machine
operation.
Children who have
been given rides in the past may suddenly
appear in the mowing area for another
ride and be run over or backed over by
the machine.
IV. TOWING
suddenly
roll over if a wheel is over the
edge or if the edge caves in.
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behind
where there is an open flame, spark,
pilot light such as on a water heater
other appliances.
Never fill containers
inside a vehicle
on a truck or trailer bed
Always place containers
away from your vehicle
Remove gas-powered
the truck or trailer and
or
or
or
with plastic liner.
on the ground
when filling.
equipment
from
refuel it on the
ground. Ifthis is not possible, then refuel
such equipment with a portable container,
rather than from a gasoline
dispenser
nozzle.
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Keep the nozzle in contact with the rim
of the fuel tank or container
opening at
all times until fueling is complete.
Do not
use a nozzle lock-open
device.
Iffuel is spilled on clothing, change clothing immediately.
Never overfill fueltank.
Replace gas cap
and tighten securely.
GENERAL
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SERVlCE
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Never
operate
machine
in a closed
area.
Keep all nuts and boltstight to be sure the
equipment
is in safe working condition.
Nevertamperwithsafetydevices.
Check
their proper operation
regularly.
Keep machine free of grass, leaves, or
other debris build-up.
Clean oil or fuel
spillage and remove any fueFsoaked
debris. Allow machineto cool before storing.
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If you strike a foreign object, stop and
inspectthe
machine. Repair, if necessary,
before restarting.
Never make any adjustments
or repairs
with the engine running.
Checkgrasscatchercomponentsandthe
discharge
chute frequently
and replace
with manufacturer's
recommended
parts,
when necessary.
Mower blades are sharp. Wrapthe
blade
or wear gloves, and use extra caution
when servicing them.
Check brake operation frequently.
Adjust
and service as required.
Maintain orreplace safetyand
instruction
labels, as necessary.
Be sure the area is clear of bystanders
before operating.
Stop machine if anyone
enters the area.
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Never
Do not mow in reverse unless absolutely
necessary. Always look down and behind
before and while backing.
Never
carry children,
even with the
blades shut off. They may fall off and
be seriously injured or interfere with safe
machine
operation.
Children who have
been given rides in the past may suddenly
appear in the mowing area for another
ride and be run over or backed over by
the machine.
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Before and while backing,
look behind
and down for small children.
•
Mow up and down slopes
across.
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Keep children out of the mowing area
and in the watchful care of a responsible
adult other than the operator.
Be alert and turn machine
off if a child
enters the area.
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Choose a low ground speed so that you
will not have to stop or shift while on the
slope.
Avoid starting, stopping,
or turning on a
slope. Ifthetires Iosetraction,
disengage
the blades and proceed slowly straight
down the slope.
If machine
stops while going
uphill,
disengage
blades, shift into reverse and
back down slowly.
Do not turn on slopes unless necessary,
and then, turn slowly
and gradually
downhill,
if possible.
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carry
passengers.
(15 ° Max), not
PRODUCT
SPECIFICATIONS
Gasoline Capacity
and Type:
4 Gallons
Unleaded
Oil Type
(API-SG-SL):
SAE 10W30(above 32°F)
SAE 5W30(below
32°F
Oil Capacity:
64 oz
Spark
Champion
RC12YC
(Gap: .030")
Plug:
Ground
(MPH):
Speed
Forward:
1st
2nd
3rd
4th
5th
6th
Reverse:
Regular
REPAIR PROTECTION
AGREEMENTS
15 Amps @ 3600 RPM
Battery:
Amp/Hr:
28
Min. CCA: 230
Case size: U1R
Bolt Torque:
45-55
Congratulations
on making
a smart purchase. Your new Craftsman®
product
is
designed
and manufactured
for years of
dependable
operation.
But like all products,
it may require repair from time to time. That's
when having a Repair Protection Agreement
can save you money and aggravation.
Purchase
a Repair Protection
Agreement
now and protect yourself
from unexpected
hassle and expense.
Here's what's included in the Agreement:
• Expert service by our 12,000 professional
repair specialists.
• Unlimited service and no charge for parts
and labor on all covered repairs.
• Product
replacement
if your covered
product can't be fixed.
• Discount of 10% from regular price of service and service-related
parts not covered
by the agreement;
also, 10% off regular
price of preventive
maintenance
check.
• Fast help by phone - phone support from
a Sears representative
on products requiring in-home repair, plus convenient
repair
scheduling.
Once
you purchase
the Agreement,
a
simple phone call is all that it takes for you
to schedule
service.
You can call anytime
day or night, or schedule a service appointment online.
1.0
1.4
2.1
3.1
4.0
5.1
1.6
Charging System:
Blade
In the state of California the above is required
by law (Section 4442 of the California
Public
Resources
Code).
Other states may have
similar laws. Federal laws apply on federal
lands.
A spark arrester for the muffler is
available through your nearest Sears service
center (See REPAIR PARTS manual).
Ft. Lbs.
CONGRATULATIONS
on your purchase of
a new tractor. It has been designed, engineered and manufactured to give you the best
possible dependability and performance.
Should you experience any problem you
cannot easily remedy, please contact a
Sears or other qualified service center. We
have competent, well-trained technicians
and the proper tools to service or repair
this tractor.
Please read and retain this manual. The
instructions will enable you to assemble
and maintain your tractor properly. Always
observe the "SAFETY RULES".
CUSTOMER
RESPONSIBILITIES
Sears has over 12,000 professional
repair
specialists,
who have access
to over 4.5
million quality parts and accessories.
That's
the kind of professionalism
you can count on
to help prolong the life of your new purchase
for years to come. Purchase
your Repair
Protection Agreement
today!
Some limitations
and exclusions
apply.
For prices and additional
information
call
1-800=827=6655.
• Read and observe the safety rules.
• Follow a regular schedule in maintaining,
caring for and using your tractor.
• Follow the instructions
under "Maintenance"
owner's
_,WARNING:
and "Storage"
manual.
This tractor
sections
of this
is equipped
with
an internal combustion
engine and should not
be used on or near any unimproved
forestcovered,
brush-covered
or grass-covered
land unless the engine's exhaust system is
equipped
with a spark arrester meeting applicable local or state laws (if any). If a spark
arrester is used, it should be maintained
in
effective working order by the operator.
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INSTALLATION
SERVICE
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6
Mower
Mower
Front Wheel
(2) Rear
Lift Link
Assemblies
(5)
O.D.1-3/16
Washers
(1) Shoulder Bolt
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©
(i) 1-i/40.D.
Washer
(1) Small
Retainer
Springs
(1) Front
Lift Link
(5) Large
Retainer Springs
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(1) Wheel
Assembly
(1) Oil Drain Tube
if Equipped
Keys
(1) Anti=Sway Bar
(1) 3/40.D.
Washers
(2) Keys
(1) Small Retainer
Springs
7
(1) 3/8-16
Locknut
Slope Sheet
Your new tractor has been assembled at the factory with exception of those parts left
unassembled for shipping purposes. To ensure safe and proper operation of your tractor
all parts and hardware you assemble must be tightened securely. Use the correct tools
as necessary to insure proper tightness.
ADJUST SEAT
1. Sit in seat.
TOOLS REQUIRED
FOR ASSEMBLY
2. Lift up adjustment lever (A) and slide seat
A socket wrench set will make assembly
until a comfortable position is reached
easier. Standard wrench sizes are listed.
which allows you to press clutch/brake
(2) 7/16" wrenches
Utility knife
pedal all the way down.
3. Release lever to lock seat in position.
(1) 1/2" wrench
Tire pressure gauge
(1) 3/4" wrench
Pliers
(1) 3/4" socket w/drive ratchet
(1) 9/16"
wrench
Flashlight
When right or left hand is mentioned in this
manual, itmeanswhen you are inthe operating
position (seated behind the steering wheel).
TO REMOVE
TRACTOR
FROM
CARTON
UNPACK CARTON
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NOTE: You may now roll your tractor offthe
skid. Follow the instructions below to remove
the tractor from the skid.
Ai_ WARNING:
Before starting,
read, understand
and follow all instructions in the
Remove all accessible loose parts and
parts cartons from carton.
Cut along dotted lines on all four panels
of carton. Remove end panels and lay
side panels flat.
Remove mower and packing materials.
Check for any additional loose parts or
cartons and remove.
BEFORE
REMOVING
FROM SKID
TO CHECK BATTERY
Operation
section of this manual.
Be sure
tractor is in a well-ventilated
area. Be sure
the area in front of tractor is clear of other
people
and objects.
TO ROLL TRACTOR OFF SKID
Operation
section for location
function of controls)
1.
TRACTOR
2.
3.
4.
1. Lift hood to raised position.
NOTE: If this battery is put into service after
month and year indicated on label (label is
located between terminals) charge battery
for minimum of one hour at 6-10 amps. (See
"BATTERY" in Maintenance
section of this
manual for charging instructions).
• Forbatteryand batterycableinstallationsee
"REPLACING BATTERY" inthe "Service
and Adjustments" section in this manual.
(See
and
Raise attachment
lift lever to its highest
position.
Release
parking
brake by depressing
clutch/brake
pedal.
Place gearshift lever in neutral position.
Roll tractor forward off skid.
Continue
with the instructions
TO iNSTALL
that follow.
MOWER
1.
SET PARKING
BRAKE
LEVER
AND
LOWER ATTACHMENT
LIFT LEVER
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Depress clutch/brake
down and hold.
pedal
all the way
Pull parking brake lever up and hold,
release pressure from clutch/brake
pedal,
then release parking brake lever. Pedal
should remain in brake position.
Ensure
parking brake will hold tractor secure.
Label
Brake
8
_,CAUTION:
Lift lever is spring loaded.
Have a tight grip on lift lever, lower it slowly
and engage in lowest position.
Lift lever is
located on left side of fender.
3.
TURN STEERING
WHEEL
POSITION
MOWER
LEFT AND
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Turn steering wheel to the left as far as it
will go and position mower on right side of
tractor with deflector shield (Q) to the right.
Front
( ,)
iEngine
2. ASSEMBLE
FRONT GAUGE WHEEL
(W) TO FRONT OF MOWER
"--'J
Back
1il
H.
W,
X,
Y,
Z,
Q. Deflector Shield
4.
SLIDE
MOWER
UNDER
TRACTOR
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Bring belt forward
and check belt for
proper routing in all mower pulley grooves.
NOTE:
Be sure mower
side suspension
arms (A) are pointing forward before sliding
mower under tractor.
Front Mower Bracket
Front Gauge Wheel
Shoulder Bolt
1-1/40.D. Washer
3/8-16 Locknut
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A. Mower Side Suspension Arms
B. Retainer Spring
C. Rear Lift Link(S)
D. Right Side Rear Mower Bracket
E. Front Lift Link Assembly
R Front Suspension Bracket
H, Front Mower Bracket
Slide mower
under tractor
centered
under tractor.
I. Left Side Rear Mower Bracket
K. Belt Tension Rod
L, Locking Bracket
M, Engine Clutch Pulley
Q, Deflector Shield
S, Anti-Sway Bar
W, Front Gauge Wheel
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until
it is
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Pivot the integrated
washer end of antisway bar (S) towards mower deck bracket
on right side of mower. Insert integrated
washer end of bar into hole in rear mower
bracket (D). Move mower as needed to
insert integrated
washer end of bar into
rear mower bracket (D).
Secure
with small washer
and small
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retainer
A. Mower Side Suspension
Q. Deflector Shield
5.
INSTALL ANTI-SWAY
(IF EQUIPPED)
ANTI-SWAY
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Towards
Transaxle
Arms
BAR
(S)
BAR (S)
Integrated Washer End
6.
From right side of mower, first insert
90 ° end of anti-sway
bar (S) into hole in
transaxle
bracket (T), located near left
rear tire in front of transaxle.
Flashlight
Anti-Sway
Bar (S)
as shown.
Towards
Mower Deck
90 ° End
NOTE:
spring
ATTACH
ARMS
SIDE SUSPENSION
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Position front hole in side suspension arm
(A) over pin on outside of tractor chassis
and secure with large washer and large
retainer spring (B).
•
Repeat
may be helpful.
_i
MOWER
(A) TO CHASSIS
on opposite
side of tractor.
Transaxle Bracket (T)
Located Between Rear Tires
j/
s
I
A,
B,
D.
7.
ATTACH
•
Insert rod end of rear lift link (C) into hole
(U) in tractor lift shaft suspension
arm
and pivot link down to mower.
•
Lift rear corner of mower and position slot
in link assembly over pin on rear mower
bracket (D) and secure with large washer
and large retainer spring.
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Repeat
NOTE: Depending on model, bracket (T) may
be different than shown but hole for anti-sway
bar will be in same position/location.
10
Mower Side Suspension Arms
Retainer Spring
Right Side Rear Mower Bracket
REAR
LIFT
on opposite
LINKS
(C)
side of tractor.
9
INSTALL
BELT
PULLEY
ON ENGINE
CLUTCH
(M)
•
Disengage
belt tension
locking bracket (L).
•
Install
belt onto engine
rod
clutch
(K)
from
pulley
(M).
C. Rear Lift Link(s)
D. Right Side Rear Mower Bracket
'U. Hole
8
ATTACH
•
Turn steering wheel
straight forward.
•
From
front
front
Move
•
FRONT
LINK (E)
to position
M,Engine
Clutch Pulley
wheels
IMPORTANT:
Check
in all mower
pulley
mandrel covers.
front of tractor, insert rod end of
link (E) through front hole in tractor
suspension
bracket (F).
to left side of mower and and insert
*
large retainer spring (G) through hole in
front link (E) behind front suspension
bracket (F).
•
Requires
belt tension
(L).
_ICAUTION:
loaded.
slowly.
Insert other end of link (E) into hole in
front mower bracket (H) and secure with
washer and small retainer spring (J).
NOTE:
Engage
bracket
deck lifting.
Front Link
Location,
Belt
rod is spring
Raise attachment
position.
,
If necessary,
adjust
gauge
wheels
before operating mower as shown in the
Operation
section of this manual.
DRIVE
in the "Service
this manual.
11
tension
,
MOWER
Front Lift Link Assembly
Front Suspension Bracket
Large Retainer Spring
Front Mower Bracket
Small Retainer Spring
Engine Clutch Pulley
rod (K) on locking
Have a tight grip on rod and engage
lift
BELT
Follow
procedure
REPLACE
MOWER
E.
R
G,
H,
J.
M,
belt for proper routing
grooves
and under
lever
to
highest
INSTALLATION
described
in "TO
BLADE DRIVE BELT"
and Adjustments"
section
of
CHECK TIRE PRESSURE
IVfCHECKLIST
The tires on your tractor were over-inflated
at the factory for shipping purposes.
Correct
tire pressure
is important
for best cutting
performance.
• Reduce tire pressure to PSI shown on tires.
Before you operate your new tractor, we
wish to assure that you receive the best
performance
and satisfaction
from this
Quality Product.
CHECK DECK LEVELNESS
Please
For best
should be
MOWER"
section of
_f
cutting
results,
mower
housing
properly leveled. See "TO LEVEL
in the Service and Adjustments
this manual.
CHECK FOR PROPER POSITION
ALL BELTS
_f
After you learn how to operate your tractor,
check to see that the brake is operating properly. See "TO CH ECK BRAKE" in the Service
and Adjustments
section
of this manual.
All assembly
completed.
No remaining
instructions
loose
parts
properly
have
been
in carton.
_f
Seat is adjusted
ened securely.
_f
All tires are properly inflated.
(For shipping purposes, the tires were overinflated
at the factory).
_f
Be sure mower deck is properly leveled
side-to-side/front-to-rear
for best cutting
results.
(Tires must be properly inflated
for leveling).
Check mower and drive belts. Be sure
_f
is
checklist:
Battery
charged.
Service and Adjustments
section of this manual. Verify that the belts are routed correctly.
CHECK BRAKE SYSTEM
the following
_f
OF
See the figures that are shown for replacing
motion and mower blade drive belts in the
review
prepared
comfortably
and tight-
they are routed properly around
and inside all belt keepers.
_f
and
pulleys
Check wiring.
See that all connections
are still secure and wires are properly
clamped.
While learning howto use your tractor, pay extra attention to the following important items:
_f
Engine
_f
Fuel tank is filled with fresh, clean, regular
unleaded
gasoline.
Become
familiar with all controls,
their
_f
oil is at proper
level.
location
and function.
Operate
before you start the engine.
Be sure brake system
condition.
them
is in safe operating
Be sure Operator Presence
System and
Reverse
Operation
System
(ROS) are
working properly (See the Operation and
Maintenance
sections in this manual).
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These symbols may appear on your tractor or in literature supplied with the product.
Learn and understand their meaning.
R
N
H
L
REVERSE
NEUTRAL
HIGH
LOW
I\i
CHOKE
FAST
SLOW
IGNITION
ENGINE OFF
REVERSE
OPERATION
SYSTEM (ROS)
ENGINE ON
ENGINE START
PARKING
t
LIGHTS ON
FUEL
BATTERY
REVERSE
FORWARD
BRAKE
MOWER HEIGHT
SWITCH
MOWER
LiFT
®4s _,3o
CRUISE CONTROL
CLUTCH/BRAKE
PEDAL
@@®@@
ATTACHMENT
CLUTCH DISENGAGED
ATTACHMENT
CLUTCH ENGAGED
DANGER, KEEP HANDS
AND FEET AWAY
KEEP AREA
CLEAR
(SEE SAFETY
SLOPE HAZARDS
RULES SECTION)
DANGER indicates a hazard which, if not avoided,
will result in death or serious injury.
WARNING indicates a hazard which, if not avoided,
could result in death or serious injury.
FREE WHEEL
(Automatic
Models
only)
CAUTION indicates a hazard which, if not avoided,
might result in minor or moderate injury.
CAUTION when used without the alert symbol,
indicates a situation that could result in damage
to the tractor and/or engine.
Failure to follow instructions
could result in serious injury or
death. The safety alert symbol
is used to identify safety information about hazards which can
result in death, serious injury
and/or property damage.
HOT SURFACES indicates a hazard which,
if not avoided, could result in death, serious
and/or property damage.
FiRE indicates a hazard which, if not avoided,
could result in death, serious injury and/or
property damage.
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injury
KNOW YOUR TRACTOR
READ THIS
TRACTOR
OWNER'S
MANUAL
AND
SAFETY
RULES
BEFORE
OPERATING
Compare the illustrations with your tractor to familiarize
yourself with the locations
various controls and adjustments.
Save this manual for future reference.
Our tractors
conform
to the applicable
safety standards
dards Institute.
(A) ATTACHMENT
LIFT LEVER - Used to
raise and lower the mower or other attach-
of the American
National
YOUR
of
Stan-
(G) REVERSE
OPERATION
SYSTEM
(ROS) "ON" POSITION
- Allows operation
of mower or other powered attachment
while
in reverse.
ments mounted to your tractor.
(B) CLUTCH/BRAKE
PEDAL
- Used for
declutching
and braking
the tractor
and
starting the engine.
(C) PARKING
BRAKE - Locks clutch/brake
pedal into the brake position.
(D) THROTTLE
CONTROLUsed to control
engine speed.
(E) ATTACHMENT
CLUTCH
SWITCH
Used to engage the mower blades, or other
attachments
mounted to your tractor.
(F) IGNITION
SWITCH
- Used for starting
and stopping the engine.
(H) LIGHT SWITCH
on and off.
- Turns the headlights
(J) GEARSHIFT
LEVER - Selectsthe
and direction of the tractor.
speed
(N) CHOKE CONTROLUsed when starting
a cold engine.
(P) SERVICE
REMINDER
/ HOUR METER
- Indicates when service is required for the
engine and mower.
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The operation
of any tractor can result in foreign objects thrown into the
eyes, which can result in severe eye damage.
Always wear safety glasses
or eye shields while operating
your tractor or performing
any adjustments
or repairs.
We recommend
standard safety glasses or a wide vision safety
mask worn over spectacles.
HOW TO USE YOUR TRACTOR
NOTE: Failuretomovethrottlecontrolbetween
TO SET PARKING BRAKE
half and full speed (fast) position,
before
stopping,
may cause engine to "backfire".
• Turn ignition key (F) to "STOP" position
and remove key. Always remove keywhen
leaving tractorto prevent unauthorized
use.
• Never use choke (N) to stop engine.
IMPORTANT:
Leaving the ignition switch in
any position other than "STOP" will cause
the battery to discharge
and go dead.
NOTE: Under certain conditions when tractor
Your tractor is equipped
with an operator
presence
sensing
switch.
When engine is
running, any attempt by the operator to leave
the seat without first setting the parking brake
will shut off the engine.
1. Depress clutch/brake
pedal (B) all the
way down and hold.
2. Pull parking brake lever (C) up and hold,
release pressure
from brake pedal (B),
then release parking brake lever. Pedal
should remain in brake position.
Make
sure parking brake will hold tractor secure.
is standing idle with the engine running, hot
engine exhaust gases may cause "browning" of grass. To eliminate
this possibility,
always stop engine when stopping
tractor
on grass areas.
CAUTION:
Always
pletely, as described
brake before leaving
TO USE THROTTLE
BLADES
-
• To stop mower blades, move attachment
clutch clutch
lever to "DISENGAGED"
position
(t_l)
CONTROL
(D)
( t'_ ).
Attachment
Clutch Switch
"Engaged"
GROUND
com-
Always operate engine at full speed (fast).
• Operating
engine at less than full speed
(fast) reduces
engine's
operating
efficiency.
• Full speed (fast) offers the best mower
performance.
STOPPING
MOWER
stop tractor
above, and set parking
the operator's position.
TO USE CHOKE CONTROL (N)
Use choke control whenever you are starting
a cold engine. Do not use to start a warm
engine.
• To engage choke control, pull knob out.
Slowly push knob in to disengage.
(l_)Attachment
Clutch Switch
"Disengaged"
DRIVE-
• To stop ground drive, depress clutch/brake
pedal all the way down.
• Move gear shift
lever
(J) to neutral
position.
ENGINE • Move throttle control (D) between half and
full speed (fast) position.
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TO MOVE
FORWARD
AND
The direction
and speed
controlled
by the gearshift
TO ADJUST
BACKWARD
of movement
lever (J).
is
GAUGE WHEELS
Gauge wheels
are properly adjusted when
they are slightly offthe ground when mower
is at the desired cutting height in operating
position. Gauge wheels then keep the deck
in proper position to help prevent scalping
in most terrain conditions.
NOTE: Adjust gauge
a flat level surface.
1.
2.
3.
wheels
with tractor
1. Adjust mower to desired cutting height
(See "TO ADJUST
MOWER
CUTTING
HEIGHT"
in this section of manual).
2. With mower in desired height of cut position, gauge wheels should be assembled
so they are slightly off the ground. Install
gauge wheel in appropriate
hole. Tighten
securely.
3. Repeat for all, installing gauge wheel in
same adjustment
hole.
Start tractor
with clutch/brake
pedal
depressed
and gearshift lever in neutral
position.
Move gearshift lever to desired position.
Slowly release clutch/brake
pedal to start
movement.
IMPORTANT:
Bring tractorto a complete stop
before shifting or changing gears. Failureto do
so will shorten the useful life of your transaxle.
TO ADJUST
MOWER
CUTTING
The position of the attachment
determines
the cutting height.
on
©
HEIGHT
9/16
lift lever (A)
©
3/4
TO OPERATE
MOWER
Your tractor is equipped
with an operator
presence sensing switch. Any attempt by the
operator to leave the seat with the engine
running and the attachment
clutch engaged
will shut off the engine. You must remain
fully and centrally positioned
in the seat to
prevent the engine from hesitating or cutting
off when operating your equipment on rough,
rolling terrain or hills.
1. Select desired height of cut with attachment lift lever.
• Put attachment
lift lever in desired cutting
height slot.
• Slide pointer tab (T) to desired cutting
height as a reminder
for next time you
2.
Start mower blades by engaging
ment clutch control.
TO STOP MOWER
BLADES
mOW.
The cutting height range is approximately
1 to 4". The heights are measured
from the
ground to the blade tip with the engine not
running.
These
heights
are approximate
and may vary depending
upon soil conditions, height of grass and types of grass
being mowed.
• The average
lawn should be cut to approximately
2-1/2" during the cool season and to over 3" during hot months.
For healthier
and better looking
lawns,
mow often and after moderate
growth.
• For best cutting performance,
grass over
6" in height should be mowed twice. Make
the first cut relatively high; the second to
desired height.
Disengage
_,CAUTION:
attachment
clutch
Do not operate
attach-
control.
the mower
without either the entire grass catcher, on
mowers so equipped,
or the deflector shield
(S) in place.
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REVERSE
OPERATION
SYSTEM
TO TRANSPORT
(ROS)
Your tractor
is equipped
with a Reverse
Operation
System
(ROS). Any attempt
by
the operator to travel in the reverse direction
with the attachment
clutch engaged wi[[ shut
off the engine unless ignition key is placed
in the ROS "ON" position.
•
Raise attachment
lift lever to its highest
position.
• When pushing or towing your tractor, be
sure gearshift [ever is in neutral position.
• Do not push or tow tractor at more than
five (5) MPH.
NOTE: To protect hood from damage when
transporting
your tractor on atruck or atrailer,
be sure hood is dosed and secured to tractor.
Ai_WARNING"
Backing
up with the attachment
clutch engaged
while mowing
is
strongly discouraged.
Turning the ROS "ON",
to allow reverse operation
with the attachment clutch engaged,
should only be done
when the operator decides it is necessary to
reposition
the machine with the attachment
engaged.
Do not mow in reverse
unless
absolutely
necessary.
USING THE
SYSTEM
-
REVERSE
Use an appropriate
means
tractor (rope, cord, etc.).
TOWING
MENTS
3.
4.
5.
OPERATION
engine
section
When use ofthe ROS is no longer needed,
turn the ignition key clockwise to engine
"ON" position.
and mower, see the
of this manual.
ATTACH-
Maintenance
NOTE: Service reminder runs when the ignition key is in any position but "STOP". For
acurate reading, be sure key remains in the
"STOP" position when engine is not running.
Engine "ON" Position
(Normal Operating)
BEFORE
CHECK
TO OPERATE
OTHER
SERVICE
REMINDER/HOUR
METER
Service reminder
shows the total number
of hours the engine has run and flashes to
indicate that the engine or mower needs servicing. When service is required, the service
reminder will flash for two hours. To service
With engine
running, turn ignition key
counterclockwise
to ROS "ON" position.
Look down and behind before backing.
Move gear shift leverto reverse position
and slowly release clutch/brake
pedal to
start movement.
ROS "ON" Position
AND
hood to
Tow only the attachments
that are recommended by and comply with specifications
of the manufacturer
of your tractor.
Use
common sense when towing. Too heavy of
a load, while on a slope, is dangerous.
Tires
can lose traction with the ground and cause
you to lose control of your tractor.
Only use ifyou are certain no children or other
bystanders
will enter the mowing area.
1. Depress clutch/brake
pedal all the way
down and hold.
2.
CARTS
of tying
STARTING
THE ENGINE
ENGINE OIL LEVEL
The engine in your tractor has been shipped,
from the factory, already filled with summer
weight oil.
1. Check engine
oil with tractor on level
ground.
2. Unthread and remove oilfill cap/dipstick;
wipe oil off. Reinsert the dipstick into the
tube and rest oil fill cap on the tube. Do
not thread the cap onto the tube. Remove
and read oil level. If necessary,
add oil
until "FULl" mark on dipstick is reached.
Do not overfill.
ON HILLS
AI:_WARNING"
Do not drive up or down hills
with slopes greater than 15 ° and do not drive
across any slope. Use the slope guide at the
back of this manual.
• Choose the slowest speed before starting
up or down hills.
• Avoid stopping orchanging
speed on hills.
• If stopping
is absolutely
necessary,
push
clutch/brake
pedal quicklyto brake position
and engage parking brake.
• Move gearshift [ever to 1st gear. Be sure
you have allowed room for tractor to roll
slightly as you restart movement.
• To restart movement,
slowly release parking brake and clutch/brake
pedal.
• Make all turns slowly.
• For cold weather
operation
you should
change oil for easier starting (See the oil
viscosity chart in the Maintenance
section
of this manual).
• To change engine oil, seethe Maintenance
section in this manual.
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ADD GASOLINE
TO
• Fill fuel tank to bottom
of filler
neck.
Do
not overfill.
Use fresh, clean,
regular
unleaded
gasoline
with a minimum
of
87 octane.
(Use of leaded gasoline will
increase carbon and lead oxide deposits
and reduce valve life). Do not mix oil with
gasoline.
Purchase fuel in quantities that
can be used within 30 days to assure fuel
freshness.
A:;h,
CAUTION:
Wipe offany spilled oil orfuel.
Do not store, spill or use gasoline
near an
open flame.
IMPORTANT:
When
operating
in temperatures below 32°F(0°C),
use fresh, clean
winter grade gasoline to help ensure good
cold weather starting.
CAUTION:
Alcohol blended
fuels (called
gasohol or using ethanol or methanol)
can
attract moisture
which leads to separation
and formation of acids during storage. Acidic
gas can damage the fuel system of an engine
while in storage. To avoid engine problems,
the fuel system should be emptied
before
storage of 30 days or longer. Drain the gas
tank, start the engine and let it run until the
fuel lines and carburetor are empty. Usefresh
fuel next season.
See Storage Instructions
for additional information. Never use engine
or carburetor cleaner products in the fuel tank
or permanent
damage may occur.
RESERVE
FUEL
VALVE
return
ENGINE
push the control in slowly.
• The attachments
and ground drive can
now be used. Ifthe engine does not accept
the load, restart the engine and allow it to
warm up for one minute using the choke
as described
above.
OPERATION
1. Raise seat to access reserve fuel valve.
2. In normal operation,
valve should be set
to primary (as shown in view)
3. If tractor runs out of fuel, rotate valve
handle to reserve.
4. Drive tractor to be refueled.
5. After refueling,
position.
START
When starting the engine for the first time or
if the engine has run out of fuel, it will take
extra cranking
time to move fuel from the
tank to the engine.
1. Sit on seat in operating position, depress
clutch/brake
pedal and set parking brake.
2. Place gear shift lever in neutral position.
3. Move attachment
clutch to disengaged
position.
4. Move throttle control to fast position
5. Pullchoke control outforacold
engine start
attempt. For a warm engine start attempt
the choke control may not be needed.
NOTE: Before starting, read the warm and
cold starting procedures
below.
6. Insert key into ignition and turn key
clockwise
to start position and release
key as soon as engine starts. Do not run
starter continuously
for more than fifteen
seconds per minute. If the engine does
not start after several
attempts,
push
choke control in, wait a few minutes and
try again. If engine still does not start, pull
the choke control out and retry.
WARM WEATHER
STARTING
(50°F/10°C
and above)
7. When engine starts, slowly push choke
control in until the engine begins to run
smoothly.
If the engine
starts to run
roughly, pull the choke control out slightly
for a few seconds and then continue to
COLD WEATHER
STARTING
(50°F/10°C
and below)
7. When engine starts, slowly push choke
control in until the engine begins to run
smoothly.
Continue
to push the choke
control in small steps allowing the engine
to accept small changes
in speed and
load, until the choke control is fully in.
If the engine starts to run roughly, pull
the choke control out slightly for a few
seconds and then continue to push the
control in slowly. This may require an
engine
warm-up
period from several
seconds to several minutes, depending
on the temperature.
• The attachments
can be used during the
engine warm-up
period and may require
the choke control be pulled out slightly.
valve to primary
Reserve
Fuel Valve
Primary
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NOTE: If at a high altitude (above 3000 feet)
or in cold temperatures
(below 32°F/0°C)
the carburetor
fuel mixture may need to be
adjusted for best engine performance.
See
"TOAD JUST CARBURETOR"
in the Service
and Adjustments
MOWING
• Tire
section
of this manual.
TIPS
chains
cannot
be used
when
the
mower housing is attached to tractor.
• Mower should be properly leveled for best
mowing performance.
See "TO LEVEL
MOWER
HOUSING"
in the Service and
Adjustments
section of this manual.
• The left hand side of mower should
be
used for trimming.
• Drive so that clippings
are discharged
onto the area that has already been cut.
Have the cut areatothe
right of the tractor.
This will result in a more even distribution
of clippings
and more uniform cutting.
• When mowing large areas, start byturning
to the right so that clippings will discharge
away from shrubs,
fences,
driveways,
etc. After one or two rounds, mow in the
opposite direction making left hand turns
until finished.
)
,
.)
• If grass is extremely
tall, it should
be
mowed twice to reduce load and possible
fire hazard from dried clippings.
Make
first cut relatively high; the second to the
desired height.
• Do not mow grass when it is wet. Wet
grass will plug mower and leave undesirable clumps.
Allow grass to dry before
mowing.
• Always
operate
engine
at full throttle
when
mowing
to assure
better mowing performance
and proper discharge
of material.
Regulate
ground speed by
selecting a low enough speed to give the
mower cutting performance
as well as the
quality of cut desired.
• When operating
attachments,
select a
ground speed that will suit the terrain and
give best performance
of the attachment
being used.
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MAINTENANCE
SCHEDULE
BEFORE
EACH
USE
EVERY
EVERY
EVERY
EVERY
EVERY
BEFORE
8
HOURS
25
HOURS
50
HOURS
100
HOURS
SEASON
STORAGE
m
Check
Brake
Check
Tire Pressure
T
Check
Operator
A
Check
for Loose
C
ChecWReplace
T
Lubrication
0
Check
Battery
R
Clean
Battery
Clean
Debris
Check
Transaxle
u
Operation
Mower
Check
V-Belts
Check
Engine
Presence
Mower
I[_
_
Blades
_3
_f
Level
_4
and Terminals
Off Steering
_
Plate
_5
Cooling
Levelness
_#'
Oil Level
Engine
if
_'
Oil (with oil filter)
q_'1,2
Oil (without oil filter)
NE Clean
Air Filter
G
Air Screen
Clean
_'
& ROS Systems
Fasteners
Engine
Change
_
Chart
Check
Change
_
_1_1,2
_2
q_'2
Inspect Muffler/Spark
Attester
_S'
a
Replace Oil Filter (If equipped)
_,2
E
Clean Engine Cooling Fins
_
Replace
if
Replace
R_lace
Spark
Plug
Air Filter Paper Cartridge
_2
Fuel Filter
1 - Change
more
often
2 - Service
more
often
when
when
GENERAL
operating
operating
_
under
in dirty
a heavy
or dusty
load
2
or
in high
ambient
temperatures.
conditions.
_
3 - Replace
4 - Not
blades
required
more
if equipped
RECOMMENDATIONS
often
when
with
mowing
maintenance-free
in sandy
soil.
LUBRICATION
The warranty on this tractor does not cover
items that have been subjected
to operator
abuse or negligence.
To receive full value
from the warranty,
operator must maintain
tractor as instructed
in this manual.
@ Spindle -Zerk
@Front Whe(
Bearing zerk
Some adjustments
will need to be made periodically to properly maintain your tractor.
At least once a season,
check to see if
you should make any of the adjustments
described
in the Service and Adjustments
section of this manual.
5 - See
(}leaning
in Maintenance
CHART
--
@ Spindle
Zerk
)Front
Wheel
Bearing zerk
Engine
@ Steering
Sector Gear
Teeth
@ Mandrel
Zerks
(_ Check/
Transaxle
Fluid
• At least once a year you should replace
the spark plug, clean or replace air filter,
and check blades and belts for wear. A
(_SAE 30 or 10w30 Motor Oil
@General Purpose Grease
new spark plug and clean air filter assure
proper air-fuel mixture and help your engine run better and last longer.
BEFORE
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
Section.
battery.
(_Refer
to Maintenance
"ENGINE"
Section
EACH USE
Check engine oil level.
Check brake operation.
Check tire pressure.
Check operator presence
and
ROS systems for proper operation.
Check for loose fasteners.
iMPORTANT: Do not oil or grease the pivot
points which have special nylon 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.
20
TRACTOR
CHECK REVERSE
SYSTEM
Always observe safety rules when performing
any maintenance.
BRAKE OPERATION
,
Maintain
proper air pressure
in all tires
(See PSI on tires).
• Keep tires free of gasoline,
oil, or insect
control
chemicals
which can harm rubber.
BLADE
SYSTEM
BLADE
1.
(ROS)
CHECK
SYSTEM
ROS "ON" Position
to allow
Install newbladewith
stamped"THISSIDE
UP" facing deck and mandrel assembly.
IMPORTANT:
To ensure proper assembly,
center hole in blade must align with star on
mandrel assembly.
4. Install and tighten
blade bolt securely
(45-55 Ft. Lbs. torque).
IMPORTANT:
Special
blade bolt is heat
treated.
Blade
PRESENCE
• When the engine is running,
by the operator to leave the
first setting the parking brake
off the engine.
• When the engine is running
tachment
clutch is engaged,
by the operator to leave the
shut off the engine.
• The attachment
clutch should
ate unless the operator is in
position
3.
position.
OPERATOR
REMOVAL
Raise mower to highest
access to blades.
NOTE: Protect your hands with gloves and/
or wrap blade with heavy cloth.
2. Remove blade bolt by turning counterclockwise.
Be sure operator
presence
and reverse
operation
systems are working properly.
If
your tractor does not function as described,
repair the problem immediately.
• The engine should not start unless the
brake pedal is fully depressed,
and the
attachment
clutch control is in the disengaged
CARE
For best results mower blades must be sharp.
Replace worn, bent or damaged
blades.
& CAUTION:
Use only a replacement
blade approved by the manufacturer
of your
tractor. Using a blade not approved
by the
manufacturer
of your tractor is hazardous,
could damage
your tractor and void your
warranty.
• Avoid stumps,
stones, deep ruts, sharp
objects and other hazards that may cause
tire damage.
NOTE: To seal tire punctures
and prevent
flat tires due to slow leaks, tire sealant may
be purchased
from your local parts dealer.
Tire sealant also prevents
tire dry rot and
corrosion.
OPERATOR
PRESENCE
SYSTEM
AND
OPERATION
(ROS)
• When the engine is running with the ignition
switch in the engine "ON" position and the
attachment
clutch engaged,
any attempt
by the operator to shift into reverse should
shut off the engine.
• When the engine is running with the ignition
switch in the ROS "ON" position and the
attachment
clutch engaged,
any attempt
by the operator to shift into reverse should
NOT shut off the engine.
If tractor requires more than five (5) feet to
stop at highest speed in highest gear on a
level, dry concrete
or paved surface,
then
brake must be serviced.
(See "TO CHECK
BRAKE"
in the Service
and Adjustments
section of this manual).
TIRES
REVERSE
OPERATION
any attempt
seat without
should shut
Blade
(Special)
and the atany attempt
seat should
Assembly
"Star
BATTERY
never operthe seat.
Your tractor has a battery charging system
which is sufficient for normal use. However,
periodic charging of the battery with an automotive
charger will extend its life.
• Keep battery and terminals
clean.
• Keep battery bolts tight.
• Keep small vent holes open.
• Recharge
at 6-10 amperes for 1 hour.
NOTE: The original equipment
battery on
your tractor
is maintenance
free. Do not
attempt to open or remove caps or covers.
Adding
or checking
level of electrolyte
is
not necessary.
Engine "ON" Position
(Normal Operating)
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TO CLEAN BATTERY AND TERMINALS
3.
Corrosion
and dirt on the battery and terminals can cause the battery to "leak" power.
1. Remove terminal guard.
2. Disconnect
BLACK
battery cable first
then RED battery
cable and remove
battery from tractor.
3. Rinsethe battery with plain waterand
dry.
4. Clean terminals
and battery cable ends
with wire brush until bright.
5. Coat terminals with grease or petroleum
jelly.
6. Reinstall
battery
(See "REPLACING
BATTERY"
in the SERVICE
AND ADJUSTMENTS
TRANSAXLE
section
4.
5.
6.
Unlock drain valve by pushing
inward
slightly and turning counterclockwise.
To open, pull out on the drain valve.
After oil has drained completely, close and
lock the drain valve by pushing inward
and turning clockwise
until the pin is in
the locked position as shown.
Remove the drain tube and replace the
cap onto the end of the drain valve.
Oil Drain Valve
Closed
and
Locked
of this manual).
__
COOLING
Keep transaxle free from build-up
chaff which can restrict cooling.
Tube
of dirt and
Yellow Ca
V=BELTS
Check V-belts for deterioration
Drain
and wear after
.
100 hours of operation and replace if necessary. The belts are not adjustable.
Replace
belts if they begin to slip from wear.
ENGINE
LUBRICATION
.
Only use high quality detergent oil rated with
API service classification SG-SL Selectthe
oil's SAE viscosity grade according to your
expected operating temperature.
Refill engine with oil through oil fill dipstick
tube. Pour slowly. Do not overfill.
For
approximate
capacity
see "PRODUCT
SPECI FICATIO NS" section ofthis manual.
Use gauge
on oil fill cap/dipstick
for
checking
level. Insert dipstick
into the
tube and rest the oil fill cap on the tube.
Do not thread the cap onto the tube when
taking reading.
Keep oil at "FULL' line
on dipstick.
Tighten
cap onto the tube
securely when finished.
ENGINE OiL FILTER
SAE VISCOSITY GRADES
Replace the engine oil filter every season or
every other oil change if the tractor is used
more than 100 hours in one year.
F
C
-20
i
-30
0
-2_0
TEMPERATURE
30
i
-10
RANGE
32
40
0
ANTICIPATED
60
1_0
BEFORE
80
i
20
100
i
30
i
40
AIR FILTER
NEXT OIL CHANGE
oil
visc
chart4
Your engine will not run properly
using a
dirty air filter. Service paper cartridge
every
two months or every 25 hours of operation,
whichever
occurs first.
e
Change the oil after every 50 hours of operation or at least once a year if the tractor is
not used for 50 hours in one year.
Check the crankcase
oil level before starting
the engine and after each eight (8) hours of
operation.
TO CHANGE
ENGINE
Service
paper cartridge
more often under
dusty conditions.
Replace the paper cartridge annually, or after
every 100 hours of operation.
OIL
TO SERVICE
Determine
temperature
range
expected
before oil change.
All oil must meet API
service classification
SG-SL.
• Be sure tractor is on level surface.
•
Remove oil fill cap/dipstick.
Be careful
not to allow dirt to enter the engine when
changing
oil.
Remove yellow cap from end of drain
valve and install the drain tube onto the
Replace
a dirty, bent, or damaged
cartridge. Handle new cartridge carefully; do
not use if the rubber seal is damaged.
NOTE:
Do not wash the paper cartridge
or use pressurized
air, as this will damage
the cartridge.
1. Open door (A) on the blower housing to
access the air cleaner element (B).
2. Unhook
the latch (C) and remove the
element.
fitting.
3.
• Oil will drain more freely when warm.
• Catch oil in a suitable container.
1.
2.
CARTRIDGE
22
Gently tap the paper element
dirt.
to dislodge
IN=LINE FUEL FILTER
The fuel filter should be replaced once each
season.
If fuel filter becomes clogged, obstructing fuel flowto carburetor, replacement
is required.
1. With engine cool, remove filter and plug
fuel line sections.
2.
.
Clean all air cleaner components of any
accumulated
dirt or foreign material.
3.
Place new fuel filter in position in fuel line
with arrow pointing towards carburetor.
Be sure there are no fuel line leaks and
4.
clamps are properly positioned.
Immediatelywipe
up any spilled gasoline.
Clamp__'_'_--_
X .. Clamp
Fuel Filter ____j_[_-_
CLEANING
•
5.
6.
Prevent any dirt from entering the throat
of carburetor.
Install cleaned or new element
on the
base and secure with latch.
Close and latch the door.
CLEAN
•
Clean engine, battery, seat, finish, etc.
of all foreign matter.
Clean debris from steering plate.
Debris can restrict clutch/brake
pedal
shaft movement,
causing belt slip and
loss of drive.
A CAUTION: Avoid
movable parts
AIR SCREEN
Air screen must be kept free of dirt and chaff
to prevent engine damage from overheating.
Clean with a wire brush or compressed
air to
remove dirt and stubborn dried gum fibers.
all pinch points and
Clutch/brake
pedal
Clean
top side
CLEAN AIR INTAKE/COOLING
AREAS
To ensure proper cooling, make sure the grass
screen, cooling fins, and other external surfaces ofthe engine are kept clean at all times.
Every 100 hours of operation (more often
under extremely dusty, dirty conditions),
remove the blower housing and other cooling
shrouds. Clean the cooling fins and external
surfaces as necessary. Make sure the cooling
shrouds are reinstalled.
Steering
Steering System, Dash,
Fender and Mower NotuShown
•
NOTE: Operating the engine with a blocked
grass screen, dirty or plugged cooling fins,
and/or cooling shrouds removed will cause
engine damage due to overheating.
•
_
Pinch
CAUTION:
_
Points
Keep finished surfaces
and wheels
free of all gasoline,
oil, etc.
Protect painted surfaces with automotive type wax.
We do not recommend
using a garden hose
or pressure
washer
to clean your tractor
unless the engine
and transmission
are
covered to keep water out. Water in engine
or transmission
will shorten the useful life of
your tractor.
Use compressed
air or a leaf
blower to remove grass, leaves and trash
from tractor and mower.
MUFFLER
Inspect and replace corroded
muffler and
spark arrester (if equipped)
as it could create
a fire hazard and/or damage.
SPARK PLUG(S)
Replace spark plug(s) at the beginning of
each mowing season or after every 100
hours of operation, whichever occurs first.
Spark plug type and gap setting are shown
in "PRODUCT SPECIFICATIONS"
section
of this manual.
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DECK
WASHOUT
PORT
9.
10.
1.
Drive the tractor to a level, clear spot
on your lawn, near enough to a water
spigot for your garden hose to reach.
IMPORTANT:
Make certain
the tractor's
_._,.IHose
Washout Port
IMPORTANT: Tug hose ensuring
tion is secure.
connec-
5.
Turn the water
6.
While sitting in the operator's
position
on the tractor, re-start the engine and
place the throttle lever in the Fast ",_"
position.
on.
IMPORTANT:
Recheck
certain the area is clear.
.
•
Thread the nozzle adapter (packaged
with your tractor's
Operator's
Manual)
onto the end of your garden hose.
Pull back the lock collar of the nozzle
adapter and push the adapter onto the
deck washout port at the left end of the
mower deck. Release the lock collar to
lock the adapter on the nozzle.
Adapter _
Move
the
tractor's
the
area
making
attachment
clutch
control
to the "ENGAGED"
position.
Remain
in the operator's
position
with the cutting deck engaged
until the
deck is cleaned.
.
Move
the
tractor's
attachment
Move the tractor to a dry area, preferably a concrete
or paved area. Place
the attachment
clutch control
in the
_WARNING:
A broken or missing washout
fitting could expose you or others to thrown
objects from contact with the blade.
• Replace broken or missing washout fitting
immediately, prior to using mower again.
is in the "DISENGAGED"
position, set
the parking brake, and stop the engine.
Nozzle
from
"ENGAG ED" position to remove excess
water and to help dry before putting the
tractor away.
discharge chute is directed AWAY from your
house, garage, parked cars, etc. Remove
bagger chute or mulch cover if attached.
2.
Make sure the attachment
clutch control
4.
of the nozzle
adapter to disconnect
the adapter
the nozzle washout port.
Your tractor's
deck
is equipped
with a
washout
port on its surface as part of its
deck wash system. It should be utilized after each use.
3.
Pull back the lock collar
clutch
control
to the "DISENGAGED"
position. Turn the ignition key to the STOP
position to turn the tractor's engine off.
Turn the water off.
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Plug any holes
Iocknuts.
in mower
with
bolts
and
WARNING: TO AVOID SERIOUS
SERVICE OR ADJUSTMENTS:
INJURY, BEFORE
PERFORMING
ANY
1. Depress clutch/brake
pedal fully and set parking brake.
2. Place gearshift lever in neutral position.
3. Place attachment
clutch in "DISENGAGED"
position.
4. Turn ignition key to "STOP" and remove key.
5. Make sure the blades and all moving parts have completely
stopped.
6. Disconnect
spark plug wire from spark plug and place wire where it cannot
come in contact with plug.
TO REMOVE
MOWER
1.
Place
2.
GAGED"
position.
Lower attachment
3.
attachment
,_
clutch
in "DISEN-
8.
rod (K) from lock
CAUTION:
Belt tension
rod is spring
loaded. Have a tight grip on rod and release
slowly.
4.
Remove
mower
belt from electric
6.
7.
mower suspension
arm (A)
sis and rear lift link (C) from
bracket (D) - remove retainer
washers.
Goto otherside ofmowerand
the suspension
From right side of mower, disconnect
anti-sway
bar (S) from right rear mower
bracket (D) - remove retainer spring and
washer and pull mower toward you until
the bar falls from the hole in bracket.
9.
Turn tractor steering wheel to the left as
far as it will go.
10. Slide mower out from under right side of
tractor.
clutch
pulley (M).
Disconnect
front link (E) from mower remove retainer spring and washer.
Go to either side of mower and disconnect
5.
After rear lift links are discon-
nected, the attachment
lift lever will be spring
loaded. Have a tight grip on lift lever when
changing
position of the lever.
lift lever to its lowest
position.
Disengage
belt tension
bracket (L).
CAUTION:
TO INSTALL MOWER
Follow procedure
described
in "INSTALL
MOWER AN D DRIVE BELT" in the Assembly
section of this manual.
from chasrear mower
springs and
disconnect
arm and rear lift link.
\\
25
TO LEVEL
MOWER
4.
Make sure tires are properly inflated to the
PSI shown on tires. Iftires are over or under
inflated, it may affect the appearance
of your
lawn and lead you to think the mower is not
adjusted properly.
VISUAL
SIDE-TO-SIDE
Recheck measurements,
adjustifnecessary until both sides are equal.
FRONT-TO-BACK
ADJUSTMENT
IMPORTANT:
Deck must be level sideto-side.
1.
With all tires properly inflated and if your
lawn appears
unevenly
cut, determine
which side of mower is cutting lower.
NOTE: As desired,
you can raise the low
side of mower or lower the high side.
2. Go to side of mower you wish to adjust.
3. With a 3/4" or adjustable
wrench, turn
lift link adjustment
nut (A) to the left to
lower the mower, or, to the right to raise
the mower.
To obtain the best cutting results, the mower
blades should be adjusted so the front tip is
1/8" to 1/2" lower than the rear tip when the
mower is in its highest position.
_i, CAUTION:
Blades are sharp.
Protect
your hands with gloves and/or wrap blade
with heavy cloth.
• Raise mower to highest position.
• Position any blade so the tip is pointing
straight forward. Measure distance (B) to
the ground at front and rear tip of the blade.
• If front tip of blade is not 1/8" to 1/2" lower
than the rear tip, go to the front of tractor.
• With an 11/16" or adjustable
wrench,
loosen jam nut A several turns to clear
adjustment
nut B.
• With a 3/4" or adjustable
wrench,
turn
front link adjustment
nut (B) clockwise
(Itighten) to raise the front of mower, or,
counterclockwise
(loosen)
to lower the
front mower.
Turn nut left
to lower mower
NOTE: Each full turn of adjustment
nut will
change mower height about 3/16".
4. Test your adjustment
by mowing some
uncut grass and visually
checking
the
appearance.
Readjust, if necessary, until
you are satisfied with the results.
PRECISION
SIDE-TO-SIDE
see steps 2
instructions
5.
ADJUSTMENT
Turn nut rig
to raise mower
If adjustment
is necessary,
and 3 in Visual Adjustment
above.
ADJUSTMENT
1.
With all tires properly inflated, parktractor
on level ground or driveway.
CAUTION:
Blades are sharp.
Protect
your hands with gloves and/or wrap blade
with heavy cloth.
2. Raise mower to its highest position.
3. At both sides of mower, position blade at
side and measure the distance (A) from
bottom edge of blade to the ground. The
distance should be the same on both sides.
Tighten adjust nut
B to raise mower
_fj
J
Loosen adjust
nut B to lower
mower
Loosen jam nut A first
NOTE:
Each full turn of the adjustment
nut
will change mower height about 1/8".
• Recheck measurements,
adjust if necessary until front tip of blade is 1/8" to 1/2"
lower than the rear tip.
• Hold adjustment nut in position with wrench
and tighten jam nut securely against adjustment
nut.
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TO REPLACE
MOWER DRIVE BELT
BELT REMOVAL1.
Remove mower (See "TO REMOVE
MOWER"
in this section of manual).
NOTE:
Observe
entire motion
drive belt
MOWER DRIVE BELT REMOVAL
1.
2.
Park tractor on a level surface. Engage
parking brake.
Lower attachment
lift lever to its lowest
and position of all belt guides and keepers.
2. Disconnect
clutch wire harness (A).
3. Remove anti-rotation
link (B) on right
side of tractor.
position.
3. Disengage
belt tension rod (K) from lock
d_llbracket
(L).
AUTION: Belttension rod is spring loaded. Have afirm grip on rod and release slowly.
4. Remove screws (P) from R.H. and LH.
mandrel covers and remove covers (Q).
5. Remove anydirt orgrass clippings which
may have accumulated
around mandrels
and entire upper deck surface.
6. Remove belt from electric clutch pulley
(M), both mandrel pulleys (R) and all idler
pulleys (S).
4.
5.
6.
7.
8.
BELT INSTALLATION
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
MOWER DRIVE BELT INSTALLATION
7.
8.
1.
Install belt around both mandrel pulleys
(R) and around idler pulleys (S) as shown.
2. Install belt onto electric clutch pulley (M).
IMPORTANT:
Check belt for proper routing
in all mower pulley grooves.
3. Reassemble
R.H. and LH. mandrel cov-
9.
ers (Q). Securely tighten all screws.
Engage belt tension rod (K) on locking
bracket (L).
_, CAUTION:
Belt tension rod is spring loaded. Have atight grip on rod and engage slowly.
5. Raise attachment
lift lever to highest
position.
4.
TO REPLACE
Remove belt from stationary
idler (C)
and clutching
idler (D).
Remove belt from centerspan
idler (E).
Pull belt slack toward rear of tractor.
Remove belt upwards from transaxle
input pulley (F).
Remove belt downward
from engine
pulley and around electric clutch (G).
Slide belt toward rear of tractor, off the
steering plate (H) and remove from tractor.
MOTION DRIVE BELT
Park the tractor on level surface.
Engage
parking brake.
For assistance,
there is a
belt installation
guide decal on bottom side
of left footrest.
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Install
-
new belt from tractor
rear to
front, over the steering plate (H) and
above clutch brake pedal shaft (J).
Pull belt toward front of tractor and roll
belt around electric clutch and onto
engine pulley (G).
Pull belt toward rear of tractor.
Care-
fully work belt down around transaxle
input pulley (F). Be sure belt is inside
the belt keeper.
Install belt on centerspan
idler (E).
Install belt through stationary
idler (C)
and clutching
idler (D).
Reinstall anti-rotation
link (B) on right
side of tractor. Tighten securely.
Reconnect
clutch harness (A).
Make sure belt is in all pulley grooves
and inside all belt guides and keepers.
Install mower (See "TO INSTALL
MOWER"
in this section of manual).
TRANSAXLE GEAR SHIFT LEVER NEU=
TO CHECK
TRAL ADJUSTMENT
If tractor requires more than five (5) feet to
stop at highest speed in highest gear on a
level, dry concrete
or paved surface, then
brake must be serviced.
The transaxle
should
be in neutral
when the
gear shift lever is in neutral (N) (lock gate)
position.
The adjustment
is preset at the
factory;
however, if adjustment
is needed,
proceed as follows:
1. Make sure transaxle
is in neutral (N).
NOTE: When the tractor rear wheels move
You may also check brake by:
1. Parktractoronalevel,dryconcreteorpaved
surface, depress
clutch/brake
pedal all
the waydown
and engage parking brake.
2. Place gear shift lever in neutral position.
The rear wheels must lock and skid when
freely, the transaxle
is in neutral.
2. Loosen adjustment
bolt in front of the
right rear wheel.
3. Position the gear shift lever in the neutral
(N) position.
4. Tighten adjustment
bolt securely.
NOTE:
If additional
clearance
is needed to
get to adjustment
bolt, move
height to the lowest position.
Gearshift
Lever
Adjustment
mower
you try to manually push the tractor forward.
If the rear wheels
rotate, then the brake
needs to be serviced.
Contact
a Sears or
other
FOR REPAIRS
Block up axle securely.
Remove axle cover, retaining
ring and
washers
to allow wheel removal
(rear
wheels have a square key - Do not lose).
3. Repair tire and reassemble.
NOTE: On rear wheels only: align grooves in
rear wheel hub and axle. Insert square key.
4. Replace washers and snap retaining ring
securely in axle groove.
5. Replace axle cover.
NOTE: To seal tire punctures
and prevent
flat tires due to slow leaks, purchase
and
use tire sealant from Sears. Tire sealant also
center.
WITH
A WEAK
BAT=
If your battery is too weak to start the engine, it
should be recharged.
(See "BATTERY"
in the
MAINTENANCE
section of this manual).
If "jumper cables" are used for emergency
starting, follow this procedure:
IMPORTANT:
Your tractor is equipped with
a 12 volt system. The other vehicle must also
be a 12 volt system. Do not use your tractor
battery to start other vehicles.
JUMPER
CABLES
1.
Connect
one endofthe
RED cable to the
2.
POSITIVE (+) terminal of each battery(AB), taking care not to short against tractor
chassis.
Connect
one end of the BLACK cable
3.
to the NEGATIVE
(-) terminal (C) of fully
charged battery.
Connect
the other end of the BLACK
cable (D) to good chassis ground,
from fuel tank and battery.
tire dry rot and corrosion.
TO
REMOVE
ORDER
Washers
Ring\
Cover,
ENGINE
TO ATTACH
Retaining
Axle
service
,_,WARNING:
Lead-acid
batteries generate explosive
gases.
Keep sparks, flame
and smoking materials away from batteries.
Always wear eye protection
when around
batteries.
Bolt
1.
2.
prevents
qualified
TO START
TERY
deck
Lral
Lock Gate
TO REMOVE WHEEL
BRAKE
CABLES,
REVERSE
1.
BLACK
cable first from chassis
2.
from the fully charged battery.
RED cable last from both batteries.
\
Square'@
Key _
(Rear Wheel Only)
Weak or Dead
Battery
28
away
Fully Charged
Battery
and then
REPLACING
BATTERY
_WARNING:
TO REPLACE
1.
2.
Do not short batteryterminals
by allowing a wrench or any other object to
contact
both terminals
at the same time.
Before connecting
battery,
remove
metal
bracelets,
wristwatch
bands,
rings, etc.
Positive termina! must be connected
first to
3.
prevent sparking from accidental grounding.
1. Lift hood to raised position.
2. Disconnect BLACKbatterycable
(A) then
RED battery cable and carefully remove
battery from tractor.
3. Install new battery with terminals in same
position as old battery.
4. First connect RED battery cable (B) to
positive (+) batteryterminal
with hex bolt
and keps nut as shown. Tighten securely.
Slide termina! cover (C) over terminal.
5. Connect BLACKgrounding
cableto negative (-) battery terminal with remaining
hex bolt and keps nut. Tighten securely.
6. Close hood.
4.
HEADLIGHT
Raise hood.
Remove bulb holder
BULB
from the hole in the
backside of the grill.
Replace
bulb in holder and install bulb
holder securely back into the hole in the
backside of the grill.
Close hood.
TO REMOVE
HOOD
& GRILLASSEMBLY
1.
2.
3.
Raise hood.
Unsnap headlight
wire connector.
Stand in front of tractor.
Grasp hood at
sides, tilt toward
engine and lift off of
tractor.
4.
When replacing hood, be sure to reconnect the headlight wire connector.
Hood
Headlight Wire
Connector
Negative
(Black)
Cable
ENGINE
TO ADJUST
CABLE
Positive
(Red)
Cable
FRONT
WHEEL
Your new tractor
and cam-
TO ADJUST
ber is set at the factory and is normal. The
front wheel toe-in and camber are not adjustable. if damage has occurred
to affect the
factory set front wheel toe-in or camber, contact a Sears or other qualified service center.
INTERLOCKS
TO ADJUST
AND RELAYS
CARBURETOR
Your carburetor has been preset at the factory
and adjustment
should not be necessary.
However, minor adjustment
may be required
to compensate
for differences
in fuel, temperature, altitude or load. If the engine does
need adjustment,
see engine manual.
FUSE
Replace with 30 amp automotive-type
in fuse. The fuse holder is located
the dash.
CHOKE CONTROL
The choke control has been preset at the
factory and adjustment
should not be necessary. If adjustment
is necessary,
see engine
manual.
Loose or damaged wiring may cause your
tractor to run poorly, stop running, or prevent
it from starting.
• Check wiring.
TO REPLACE
CONTROL
The throttle
control
has been preset
at
the factory and adjustment
should not be
necessary
Check adjustment
as described
below before loosening cable. If adjustment
is necessary,
see engine manual.
TOE-IN/CAMBER
front wheel toe-in
THROTTLE
plugbehind
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ENGINE
Im mediately prepare you r tractor for storage
at the end of the season or if the tractor will
FUEL SYSTEM
not be used for 30 days or more.
WARNING"
Never store the tractor
IMPORTANT:
It is important
to prevent
gum deposits from forming in essential fuel
system parts such as carburetor, fuel hose,
ortank during storage. Also, alcohol blended
fuels (called gasohol
or using ethanol
or
methanol)
can attract moisture which leads
to separation
and formation
of acids during
storage.
Acidic gas can damage
the fuel
system of an engine while in storage.
• Empty the fuel tank by starting the engine
and letting it run until the fuel lines and
carburetor
are empty.
• Never use engine or carburetor
cleaner
products
in the fuel tank or permanent
damage may occur.
• Use fresh fuel next season.
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.
TRACTOR
Remove
mower
from tractor
for winter
stor-
age. When mower is to be stored for a period
of time, clean it thoroughly,
remove all dirt,
grease, leaves, etc. Store in a clean, dry area.
1. Clean entire tractor (See"CLEANING"
in
the Maintenance
section of this manual).
2. Inspect and replace belts, if necessary
(See belt replacement
instructions
in the
Service and Adjustments
section of this
manual).
3. Lubricate as shown in the Maintenance
section of this manual.
4.
5.
NOTE:
Fuel stabilizer
is an acceptable
a!ternative 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 allowthe stabilizer to
reach the carburetor.
Do not empty the gas
tank and carburetor
if using fuel stabilizer.
ENGINE OIL
Be sure that all nuts, bolts and screws
are securely fastened.
Inspect moving
parts for damage,
breakage
and wear.
Replace if necessary.
Touch up all rusted
or chipped
paint
surfaces;
sand lightly before painting.
BATTERY
Drain oil (with engine warm) and replace
with clean engine oil. (See "ENGINE"
in the
Maintenance
section of this manual).
CYLINDER(S)
• Fully charge the battery for storage.
• After a period of time in storage, battery
may require recharging.
• To help prevent
corrosion
and power
leakage during long periods of storage,
battery cables should be disconnected
and battery cleaned thoroughly
(see "TO
CLEAN BATTERY AND TERMINALS"
in
1.
2.
3.
4.
the Maintenance
section of this manual).
• After cleaning, leave cables disconnected
and place cables where they cannot come
in contact with battery terminals.
• If battery
is removed
from tractor
for
storage,
do not store battery directly on
concrete or damp surfaces.
Remove spark plug(s).
Pour one ounce of oil through spark plug
hole(s) into cylinder(s).
Turn ignition key to "START" position for
a few seconds to distribute
oil,
Replace
with new spark
plug(s).
OTHER
• Do not store gasoline
another.
from one season
to
•
Replace your gasoline can if your can starts
to rust. Rust and/or dirt in your gasoline
will cause problems.
• If possible, store your tractor indoors and
cover it to give protection from dust and dirt.
• Cover your tractor with a suitable protective cover that does not retain moisture.
Do not use plastic. Plastic
which allows condensation
cause your tractor to rust.
IMPORTANT:
Never
cover
engine
30
and exhaust
areas
cannot breathe
to form and will
tractor
while
are still warm.
TROUBLESHOOTING CHART:
See appropriate section in manual unless directed to Sears service center
PROBLEM
Will not start
Hard to start
Engine will not
turn over
CAUSE
CORRECTION
1
Out of fuel.
2
Engine
3
1
Fill fuel tank.
2
See"TO START ENGINE"
Operation section.
Enginefiooded.
3
Wait several minutes before
attempting to start.
4
Bad spark plug.
4
Replace
5
Dirty air filter.
5
Clean/replace
6
Dirty fuel filter.
6
Replace fuel filter.
7
Water in fuel.
7
Empty fuel tank and carburetor,
refill tank with fresh gasoline and
replace fuel filter.
8
Loose or damaged
8
Check
9
Carburetor
9
See "To Adjust Carburetor" in
Service and Adjustments section.
10
Engine valves
10
Contact a Sears or other qualified
service center.
1
Dirty air filter.
1
Clean/replace
2
Bad spark plug.
2
Replace
3
Weak or dead battery.
3
Recharge
4
Dirty fuel filter.
4
Replace fuel filter.
5
Stale or dirty fuel.
5
Empty fuel tank and refill tank witk
fresh, clean gasoline.
6
Loose or damaged wiring.
6
Check
7
Carburetor out of adjustment.
7
See "To Adjust Carburetor" in
Service and Adjustments section.
8
Engine valves
out of adjustment.
8
Contact a Sears or other qualified
service center.
1
Clutch/brake
pedal not depressed.
1
Depress
2
Attachment
2
Disengage
3
Weak or dead battery.
3
Recharge
4
Blown fuse.
4
Replace fuse.
5
Corroded
battery terminals.
5
Clean
battery terminals.
6
Loose or damaged wiring.
6
Check
all wiring.
7
Faulty ignition switch.
7
Check/replace
ignition switch.
8
Faulty solenoid or starter.
8
Check/replace
solenoid
9
Faulty operator presence
switch(es).
9
Contact a Sears or other qualified
service center.
not "CHOKED"
properly.
wiring.
out of adjustment.
out of adjustment.
clutch is engaged.
31
in
spark plug.
air filter.
all wiring.
air filter.
spark plug.
or replace battery.
all wiring.
clutch/brake
pedal.
attachment
clutch.
or replace battery.
or starter.
TROUBLESHOOTING CHART:
See appropriate section in manual unless directed to Sears service center
PROBLEM
CAUSE
Engine clicks but
will not start
Loss of power
Excessive
vibration
CORRECTION
1
Weak or dead battery.
1
Recharge
2
Corroded
2
Clean
battery terminals.
3
Loose or damaged
3
Check
all wiring.
4
Faulty solenoid
4
Check/replace
1
Cutting too much grass/too
1
Raise cutting height/reduce
speed.
2
Throttle
2
Adjust throttle control.
3
Build-up of grass, leaves and
trash under mower.
3
Clean underside
housing.
4
Dirty air filter.
4
Clean/replace
5
Low oil level/dirty
5
Check
oil level/change
6
Faulty spark plug.
6
Clean
plug.
and regap or change spark
7
Dirty fuel filter.
7
Replace fuel filter.
8
Stale or dirty fuel.
8
Empty fuel tank and refill tank with
fresh, clean gasoline.
Water in fuel.
9
Empty fuel tank and carburetor,
refill tank with fresh gasoline and
replace fuel filter.
battery terminals.
wiring.
or starter.
in "CHOKE"
fast.
position.
oil.
solenoid
or starter.
of mower
air filter.
oil.
10
Spark plug wire loose.
10
Connect
wire.
11
Dirty engine air screen/fins.
11
Clean
12
Dirty/clogged
12
Clean/replace
13
Loose or damaged
13
Check
14
Carburetor
14
See "To Adjust Carburetor" in
Service and Adjustments section.
15
Engine valves
15
Contact a Sears or other qualified
service center.
muffler.
wiring.
out of adjustment.
out of adjustment.
1
Worn, bent or loose blade.
1
Replace
2
Bent blade mandrel.
2
Contact
3
Loose/damaged
part(s).
1
Faulty operator-safety
control system.
32
presence
and tighten spark plug
engine air screen/fins.
qualified
Engine continues
to
run when operator
leaves seat with
attachment
clutch
engaged
or replace battery.
muffler.
all wiring.
blade. Tighten
blade bolt.
a Sears or other
service
center.
3
Tighten loose part(s).
Replace damaged parts.
1
Check wiring, switches and
connections.
If not corrected,
contact a Sears or other
TROUBLESHOOTING CHART:
See appropriate section in manual unless directed to Sears service center
PROBLEM
CAUSE
Poor cut = uneven
cutting
Mower blades
not rotate
will
Poor grass
discharge
Headlight(s)
not
working
(if so equipped)
CORRECTION
1
Worn, bent or loose blade.
1
Replace
2
Mower
2
Level mower deck.
3
Buildup of grass, leaves, and
trash under mower.
Clean underside
housing.
4
Bent blade mandrel.
Contact a Sears or other
qualified service center.
5
Clogged mower deck vent from
build-up of grass, leaves, and
trash around mandrels.
Clean around mandrels
open vent holes.
1
Obstruction
2
Worn/damaged
3
Frozen
4
deck not level.
in clutch
mechanism.
blade. Tighten
blade bolt
of mower
to
1
Remove
obstruction.
2
Replace
mower drive belt.
idler pulley.
3
Replace
idler pulley.
Frozen
blade mandrel.
4
Contact a Sears or other
qualified service center.
1
Engine
speed too slow.
1
Place throttle
position.
2
Travel speed too fast.
2
Shift to slower speed.
3
Wet grass.
3
Allow grass to dry before
4
Mower
deck not level.
4
Level mower deck.
5
Low/uneven tire air pressure.
5
Check tires for proper PSI.
6
Worn, bent or loose blade.
6
Replace/sharpen
blade bolt.
7
Buildup of grass, leaves and
trash under mower.
7
Clean underside
housing.
8
Mower
8
Replace
mower drive belt.
9
Blades improperly
9
Reinstall
blades sharp edge down
10
Improper
11
11
Clogged mower deck vent holes
from buildup of grass, leaves, and
trash around mandrels.
Clean around mandrels
open vent holes.
1
Light switch is "OFF".
1
Turn light switch "ON".
2
Bulb(s) or lamp(s)
2
Replace
3
Faulty light switch.
3
Check/replace
4
Loose or damaged
4
Check wiring
5
Blown fuse.
5
Replace fuse.
mower
drive
drive belt worn.
blades
installed.
used.
burned out.
wiring.
33
belt.
10
control in "FAST"
mowing
blade. Tighten
of mower
Replace with blades listed in
this manual.
to
bulb(s) or lamp(s).
light switch.
and connections.
TROUBLESHOOTING CHART:
See appropriate section in manual unless directed to Sears service center
PROBLEM
Battery
charge
CAUSE
will not
1
Bad battery cell(s).
1
Replace
2
Poor cable connections.
2
Check/clean
3
Faulty regulator
3
Replace
4
Faulty alternator.
4
Replace alternator.
Debris on steering plate (if
equipped).
1
See "CLEANING" in the
maintenance section.
Motion drive belt worn, damaged,
or broken.
2
Replace
3
Axle key missing.
3
Install axle key at rear wheel. See
"TO REMOVE WHEEL" in the
Service and Adjustments section.
1
Engine
throttle
control
not sel
between half and full speed (fast)
position before stopping
engine,
1
Move throttlecontrol
between
half and full speed (fast) position
before stopping engine.
1
Reverse operation system (ROS)
is not "ON" while mower or other
attachment is engaged.
1
Turn ignition key to ROS "ON"
position. See Operation section.
Loss of drive
Engine
"backfires"
when turning
engine
"OFF"
Engine
dies
when
tractor is shifted
into reverse
CORRECTION
(if so equipped).
34
battery.
all connections.
regulator.
motion drive belt.
SUGGESTED
GUIDE FOR SIGHTING
SLOPES
FOR SAFE OPERATION
,-.,...
.......
.......
ONLY RIDE UP AND DOWN HILL,
NOT ACROSS HILL
15 DEGREES MAX.
4_
down the face of slopes, never across the face. Do not mow
WARNING: To avoid serious injury, operate your tractor up and
slopes greater than 15 degrees. Make turns gradually to prevent
tipping or loss of control. Exercise extreme caution when
changing direction on slopes.
1. Fold this page along dotted line indicated above.
2. Hold page before you so that its left edge is vertically parallel to a tree
trunk or other upright structure.
3. Sight across the fold in the direction
of hill slope you want to measure.
4. Compare the angle of the fold with the slope of the hill.
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