Craftsman 917.387402 Lawn Mower User Manual

Owner's Manual
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6.0 HORSEPOWER
22" REAR DISCHARGE
ROTARY LAWN MOWER
Model No.
917.387402
• Safety
• Assembly
• Operation
• _ Maintenance
• EspaSol
• Repair Parts
CAUTION:
Read and follow all
Safety Rules and Instructions
before operating this equipment
Seam,
Roebuck
and Co., Hoffman
Estates,
IL 60179
Warranty
Safety Rules
Assembly
Operation
Maintenance Schedule
Maintenance
LIMITED
TWO YEAR WARRANTY
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Product Specifications
Service and Adjustments
Storage
Troubleshooting
Repair Parts
Parts Ordering
ON CRAFTSMAN
POWER
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Back Cover
MOWER
For two years from date of purchase, when this Craftsman Lawn Mower is maintained,
lubdcated, 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 p_'oduct 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 controls to minimize the risk of injury.
Your unit is equipped with such controls.
Do not attempt to defeat the function of the
operator presence controls under any
circumstances.
• 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.
TRAINING:
• Read this operator's manual carefully.
Become familiar with the controls and
• The blade tums when the engine is
running.
know how to operate your mower
properly. Learn how to quickly stop
mower.
• Do not allow children to use y(_ur mower.
Never allow adults to use mower without
PREPARATION:
• Always thoroughly check the area to be
mowed and clear it of all stones, sticks,
wires, bones, and other foreign objects.
These objects will be thrown by the blade
and can cause severe injury.
• Always wear safety glasses or eye
shields when starting and while using
proper instructions.
• Keep the area of operation clear of all
persons, especially small children and
pets.
• Use mower only as the manufacturer
intended and as described in this manual.
your mower.
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• Dress properly. Do not operate mower
when barefoot or wearing open sandals.
Wear only solid shoes with good traction
when mowing.
• Check fuel tank before starting engine.
Do not fill gas tank indoors, when the
engine is running or when the engine is
hot. Allow the engine to cool for several
minutes before filling the gas tank. Clean
off any spilled gasoline before starting the
engine.
• Always make wheel height adjustments
before starting your mower. Never
attempt to do this while the engine is
running.
• Mow only in daylight or good artificial
light.
• 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 intervalsfor proper tightnessto
be sure mower is in safe working
condition.
• Keep all safety devices in place and
working.
• To reduce tire hazard, keep the engine
free of grass, leaves or excessive grease
and oil.
• Check grass catcher oftenfor deterioration and wear and replace wom bags.
Use only replacement bags that are
recommended by and comply with
specificationsof 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 buildingwhere fumes may reach
an open flame or an ignitionsource such
as a hot water heater, space heater,
clothes dryer, etc.
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 you
ACAUTION:
Always disconnect spark
plug wire and place wire where it cannot
contact spark plug in order to prevent
accidental starting when setting up,
transporting, adjusting or making repairs.
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.
AWARNING:
The engine exhaust from
this product contains chemicals known to
the State of Ca!ifornia to cause cancer,
birth defects, or other reproductive harm.
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These accessories were available when this
order repair parts for you, when you provide
the model number of your lawn mower.
Some of these accessories may not apply
to your lawn mower.
lawn mower was produced. They are also
available at most Sears retail outlets and
service centers. Most Sears stores can also
LAWN MOWER PERFORMANCE
CUF.OOEFL,C,O.
FOR REAR DISCHARGE
LAWN MOWERS
MULCHER KITS
REAR DISCHARGE
GRASS
CATCHERS
LAWN FOR
MOWERS
_
t-r
SIDE DISCHARGE
GRASS
CATCHERS
LAWN FOR
MOWERS
_
STABILIZER
_
GAS CANS
LAWN
MOWER
MAINTENANCE
MUFFLERS
BELTS
AIR FILTERS
BLADES
BLADE ADAPTERS
Read these instructions and this manual in
LAWN MOWER
WHEELS
ENGINE OIL
handle and padding holding operator
presence control bar to upper handle.
• Roll lawn mower out of carton and check
carton thoroughly for additional loose
parts.
its entirety before you attempt to assemble
or operate your new lawn mower. Your new
lawn mower has been assembled at the
factory with the exception of those parts left
unassembied for shipping purposes. All
parts such as nuts, washers, bolts, etc.,
necessary to complete the assembly have
been placed in the parts bag. 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.
TO REMOVE
CARTON
SPARK PLUGS
HOW TO SET UP YOUR LAWN
MOWER
TO UNFOLD
HANDLE
IMPORTANT:
Unfold handles 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
handles 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 Adjustment
section of this manual.
FROM
• Remove loose parts included with
mower.
• Cut down two end comers of carton
and lay end panel down flat.
• Remove all packing materials except
padding between upper and lower
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TO INSTALL ATTACHMENTS
Operator presence
Upper handle
Lift up
Lower
handle
Mowing
position
Your lawn mower was shipped ready to be
used as a mulcher. To convert to bagging or
discharging:
• Open rear door and remove mulcher
plug. Store mulcher plug in a safe place.
• You can now install catcher or optional
clipping deflector.
• To return to mulching operation, install
mulcher plug into discharge opening of
mower.
Mulcher plug
4,CAUTION:
Do not run your lawn mower
without mulcher plug in place or approved
clipping deflector or grass catcher in place.
Never attempt to operate the lawn mower
with the rear door removed or propped
open.
KNOW YOUR
LAWN
READ THIS OWNER'S
MOWER
MANUALAND
SAFETY RULES BEFORE OPERATING YOUR LAWN
MOWER. Compare the illustrations with your lawn mower to familiarize yourself with the location
of various controls and adjustments. Save this manual for future reference.
These symbols
may appear on your lawn mower or in literature
product. Learn and understand their meaning.
CAUTION
OR WARNING
ENGINE
ON
ENGINE
OFF
FAST
SLOW
CHOKE
FUEL
OIL
supplied
with the
DANGER, KEEP HANDS
ANG FEET AWAY
e control bar
Starter handle
Grass catcher_
Engine oil cap
with dipstick
Air filter
Mulcher plug
Gasoline filler ca I
Lawn mower housing
Wheel adjuster
(on each wheel)
MEETS CPSC SAFETY REQUIREMENTS
Sears rotanj walk-behind power lawn mowers conform to the safety standards of the American
National Standards Institute and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. The blade
tums when the enffine is runnir_.
OperatorPresence Control Bar- must be
held down to the handle to start the engine.
Release to stop the engine.
Primer- pumps additional fuel from the
carburetor to the cylinder for use when starting
a cold engine.
Starter Handle - used for starting the engine.
Mulcher Plug - located at the discharge
opening must he removed when converting to
bagging or discharging operation.
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Theoperation
ofanylawn
mower 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 lawn mower or performing any adjustments or repairs. We recommend a wide
vision safety mask over spectacles or standard
safety glasses.
HOW TO USE YOUR
LAWN
MOWER
ENGINE SPEED CONTROL
The engine speed was set at the factory
for optimum performance. Speed is not
adjustable.
ENGINE ZONE CONTROL
ACAUTION:
Federal regulations require
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.
Lower Wheels for High Cut
Raise Wheels for Low Cut
TO ATTACH GRASS CATCHER
• Close the flip lid. Rip lid must be dosed
while operating lawn mower.
• I_iftthe rear door on the mower housing and
place the grass catcher frame onto the
formed tabs on the rear door hinge bracket.
• The grass catcher is secured to the lawn
mower housing when the rear door is
lowered onto the grass catcher frame.
ACAUTION:
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.
• Your lawn mower is equipped with an
operator presence control bar which
requires the operator to be positioned
behind the lawn mower handle to start and
operate the lawn mower.
TO ADJUST CUTTING HEIGHT
• Raise wheels for low cut and lower wheels
Hinge
bracket
Grass catcher
Formed
tabs
for high cut.
• Adjust cutting height to suit your requirements. Medium position is best for most
lawns.
TO EMPTYGRASSCATCHER
• To change cutting height, squeeze adjuster
lever toward wheel. Move wheel up or down
to suit your requirements. Be sure all wheels
are in the same se_ng.
• To remove grass catcher, release operator
presence control bar to stop engine.
• Lift up rear door and remove the grass
catcher by the handle.
NOTE: Adjuster is properly positioned when
plate tab inserts into hole in lever. Also, 9position adjusters (if so equipped) allow lever
to be positioned between the plate tabs.
NOTE:
Do not drag the bag when emptying;
it will caus_
rwear.
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BEFORESTARTINGENGINE
OIL
TO START ENGINE
Your lawn mower is shipped without oil in the
engine.
• Be sure mower is level and area around oil
fill is clean.
• To start a cold engine, push pnmer three (3)
times before trying to start. Use a firm push.
This step is not usually necessary when
starting an engine which has already run for
a few minutes.
• Remove engine oil cap and fill to the full line
on the dipstick.
• Use 20 ozs. of oil. For type and grade of oil
to use, see "ENGINE" in Maintenance
section of this manual.
• Hold operator presence control bar down to
the handle and pull starter handle quickly.
Do not allow starter rope to snap back.
• To stop engine,release operator presence
control bar.
• Pour oil slowty. Do not over fill.
• Check oil level before each use. Add oil if
NOTE: In cooler weather it may be necessary to repeat priming steps. In warmer
weather over priming may cause flooding and
engine will not stad. If you do flood engine,
wait a few minutes before attempting to start
and do not repeat priming steps.
MOWING TIPS
needed. Fill to full line on dipstick.
• To read proper level, tighten engine oil cap
each time.
• Reinstall engine oil cap and tighten.
• Change the oil after every 25 hours of
operation or each season. You may need
to change the oil more often under dusty,
dirty conditions.
GAS
Under cedain conditions, such as very
tail grass, it may be necessary to raise
the height of cut to reduce pushing effort
and to keep from ovedoading the engine
and leaving clumps of grass clippings. It
may also be necessary to reduce
ground speed and/or run the lawn
mower over the area a second time.
• Fill fuel tank. Use fresh, clean, regular
unleaded gasoline with a minimum of 87
octane. Do not mix oil with gasoline.
Purchase fuel in quantities that can be used
within 30 days to assure fuel freshness.
For extremely heavy cutting, reduce the
width of cut by overlapping previously
cut path and mow slowly.
• For better grass bagging and most
cutting conditions, the engine speed
should be set in the fast position.
° When using a rear discharge lawn
mower in moist, heavy grass, clumps of
cut grass may not enter the grass
catcher. Reduce ground speed (pushing speed) and/or run the lawn mower
over the area a second time.
WARNING:
Experience indicates that
alcohol blended fuels (called gesohol or using
ethanol or methanol) can attract moisture
which leads to separation and formation of
acids during storage. Acidtc 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 fuel tank, start the engine
and let it run until fuel lines and carburetor are
empty. Use fresh fuel next season. See
Storage Instructions for additional information.
"' Never usff_engine or carburetor cleaner
products in fuel tank or permanent damage
may occur.
• If a trail of clippings is left on the right
side of a rear discharge mower, mow in
a clockwise direction with a small
overlap to collect the clippings on the
next pass.
Pores in cloth grass catchers can
become filled with dirt and dust with use
Engine oil
cap
and catchers will collect less grass. To
prevent this, regularly hose catcher off
with water and let dry before using.
Keep top of engine around starter clear
and clean of grass clippings and chaff.
This will help engine air flow and extend
engine life.
Gasoline
filler cap
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MULCHINGMOWINGTIPS
IMPORTANT:Forbestperformance,
keep
mowerhousingfreeofbuilt-upgrassandtrash.
Clean UNDERSIDE
OF MOWER HOUSING
after each use. See "Cleaning" in
MAINTENANCE
section of this manual.
• The special mulching blade will recut the
grass clippings many times and reduce
them in size so that as they fall onto the
lawn they will disperse into the grass and
not be noticed. Also, the mulched grass will
biodegrade quickly to provide nutrients for
the lawn. Always mulch with your highest
engine (blade) speed as this will provide the
best recutting action of the blades.
• Avoid cutting your lawn when it is wet. Wet
grass tends to form clumps and interferes
with the mulching act=on.The best time to
mow your lawn is the early afternoon. At this
time the grass has dried and the newly cut
area will not be exposed to the direct sun.
• For best results, adjust the lawn mower
cutting height so that the lawn mower cuts
off only the top one-third of the grass blades.
If the lawn is overgrown it wig be necessary
to raise the height of cut to reduce pushing
effort and to keep from overloading the
engine and leaving dumps of mulched
grass. For extremely heavy mulching,
reduce your width of cut, mew slowly and
raise the rear of the lawn mower one wheel
adjuster setting higher than the front.
• Certain types of grass and grass conditions
may require that an area be mulched a
second time to completely hide the
clippings. When doing a second cut, mow
across or perpendicular to the first cut path.
• Change your cutting pattern from week to
week. Mow north to south one week then
change to east to west the next week. This
will help prevent matting and graining of the
lawn.
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LUBRICATION
GENERAL RECOMMENDATIONS
CHART
(_) Wheel
The warranty on this lawn mower does not
cover items that have been subjected to
operator abuse or negligence.To receive full
value from the warrant_ operator must maintain
mower as instructed in this manual.
Some adjustments will need to be made
period_,ally to properly maintain your unit.
All adjustments in the Service and
Adjustments section of this manual should be
checked at least once each season.
Engine oil
• Onceayear, replace the spark pfug, replace
air filter element and check blade for wear. A
®
new spad_ plug and clean/new air filter
element assures proper air-fuel mixture and
helps your engin3 run better and last longer.
• Follow themaintenance
schedule in this
manual.
BEFORE EACH USE
Handle bracket
mounting pin
(_) Rear
door
hinge
• Check engine oil level.
• Check for loose fasteners.
LUBRICATION
(_)
SPRAY LUBRICANT
(_)
SAE30 MOTOROIL. REFERTO
ENGINE- MAINTENANCE SECTION.
IMPORTANT:
Do not og or grease plastic
wheel bearings. Viscous lubricants will attract
dust and dirtthat will shorten the life of the self
Keep unit well lubricated (See "LUBRICARON
CHART").
lubricating bearings. If you feel they must be
lubricated, use only a dry, powdered graphite
typefubrP- nt
spanng .
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PRODUCT SPECIFICATIONS
MODEL
NUMBER
;ERIAL
NUMBER
917.387402
DATE OF PURCHASE
HORSEPOWER:
6.0
DISPLACEMENT."
11.5 CU. IN.
GASOLINE
1.6 QUARTS
CAPACITY/TYPE:
UNLEADED
OILTYPE
(API-SF/SG/SH):
SAE 30 (ABOVE
SAE 5W-30
OIL CAPACITY:
SPARK
PLUG(GAP:
REGULAR
32°F)
(BELOW
32°F)
RJ19LM
OR J19LM
20 OZS.
.030")
CHAMPION
VALVE CLEARANCE:
INTAKE:
.004"
- .008"
EXHAUST:
.004"
- .008"
SOLID STATE IGNITION
AIR GAP:
.0125 IN.
BLADE
35-40 FT. LBS.
BOLT TORQUE:
• The model and serial numbers
lawn mower housing.Record
provided above.
will be found on a decal attached
both serial number
LAWN MOWER
Always observe safety rules when performing
any maintenance.
TIRES
• Keep tires free of gasoline, oil, or insect
control chemicals which can harm rubber.
• Avo'_l stumps, stones, deep ruts, sharp
objects and other hazards that may cause
tire damage.
BLADE CARE
For best results, mower blade must be
kept sharp. Replace bent or damaged
blades.
TO REMOVE
BLADE
• Disconnect spark plug wire from spark
plug and place wire where it cannot
come in contact with spark plug.
• Turn lawn mower on its side. Make sure
air filter and carburetor are up.
• Use a wood block between blade and
mower housing to prevent blade from
turning when removing blade bolt.
• Protect your hands with gloves and/or
wrap blade with heavy cloth.
• Remove blade bolt by turning counterclockwise.
to the rear of the
and date of purchase
in space
• 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 propedy. Replace
adapter if damaged.
TO REPLACE
BLADE
• Position the blade adapter on the
engine crankshaft. Be sure key in
adapter and crankshaft keyway are
aligned.
• Position blade on the blade adapter
aligning the two (2) holes in the blade
with the raised lugs on the adapter.
• Be sure the trailing edge of blade
(opposite sharp edge) is up toward the
engine.
• Install the blade bolt with the lock
washer and hardened washer into
blade adapter and crankshaft.
• Use block of wood between blade and
lawn mower housing and tighten the
blade bolt, turning clockwise.
• The recommended
tightening torque is
11 35-40 ft. Ibs.
IMPORTANT:
treated.
Blade bolt is grade 8 heat
TO SHARPEN
BLADE
NOTE: We do not recommend sharpening
blade - but if you do, be sure the blade is
balanced.
Care should be taken to keep the blade
balanced.
An unbalanced blade will cause
eventual damage to lawn mower or
engine.
• The blade can be sharpened with a file
or on a grinding wheel. Do not attempt
to sharpen while on the mower.
• To check blade balance, drive a nail into
a beam or wall. Leave about one inch of
the straight nail exposed.
Place center
hole of blade over the head of the nail.
If blade is balanced, it should remain in
a horizontal position. If either end of the
blade moves downward, sharpen the
heavy end until the blade is balanced.
Blade
Crank shaft
adapter
NOTE:
Although multi--viscosity oils
(5W30, 10W30 etc.) improve starting in
cold weather, these multi--viscosity
oils
will result in increased oil consumption
when used above 32°F. Check your
engine oil level more frequently to avoid
possible engine damage from running low
on oil.
Change the oil after every 25 hours of
operation or at least once a year if the
lawn mower is not used for 25 hours in
one year.
Check the crankcase oil level before
starting the engine and after each five (5)
hours of continuous use. Tighten oil plug
securely each time you check the oil level.
TO CHANGE ENGINE OIL
NOTE: Before tipping lawn mower to drain
oil, drain fuel tank by running engine until
fuel tank is empty.
• Disconnect spark plug wire from spark
plug and place wire where it cannot
come in contact with spark plug.
• Remove engine oil cap; lay aside on a
clean surface.
• Tip lawn mower on its side as shown
and drain oil into a suitable container.
Rock lawn mower back and forth to
Bolt
Crank
Lockwasher Hardened
Blade shaft
washer
Trailing adapter
GRASS
CATCHER
edge
• The grass catcher may be hosed with
water, but must be dry when used.
• Check your grass catcher often for damage
or deterioration. Through normal use it will
wear. If catcher needs replacing, replace
only _vith a manufacturer approved
replacement catcher. Giye the lawn mower
model number when ordering.
ENGINE
LUBRICATION
Use only high quality detergent oil rated
with API service classification SF, SH or
SG. Select the oil's SAE viscosity grade
according to your expected operating
temperature.
SA_ VISCOSITY GRADES
TEMPERATURE
RANGE ANTK_PATEO BEFORE NE_T OIL CHANGE
remove any oil trapped inside of engine.
• Wipe off any spilled oil on lawn mower
and on side of engine.
• Fill engine with oil. Fill only to the "FULL"
line on the dipstick. DO NOT OVER
FILL.
• Replace engine oil cap.
• Reconnect spark plug wire to spark
plug.
Container
AIR FILTER
Your engine will not run properly and may
be damaged by using a dirty air filter.
Replace the air filter every year, more
often if you mow in very dusty, dirty
conditions.
TO CLEAN AIR FILTER
• Loosen screw and tilt cover to remove.
• Carefully remove cartddge.
• Clean by gently tapping on a flat
surface. If very dirty, replace cartridge.
ACAUTION:
Petroleum solvents, such as
kerosene, are not to be used to clean
cartridge. They may cause detedoration of
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the cartridge. Donot oilcartridge. Do
use pressurized
cartridge.
not
air to clean or dry
CLEANING
IMPORTANT:
For best performance, keep
mower housing free of built--up grass and
trash. Clean underside of mower housing
after each use.
• Install cartridge, then replace cover
making sure the tabs are aligned with
the slots in the back plate. Fasten
screw securely.
Back
•,CAUTION:
Disconnect spark plug wire
from spark plug and place wire where it
cannot come in contact with the spark
plug.
Slots
• Clean the underside of your lawn mower
Lip
by scraping to remove build-up of grass
and trash.
Cover
• Clean engine often to keep trash from
tabs
accumulating.
A clogged engine runs
hotter and shortens engine life.
• Keep finished surfaces and wheels free
Cartridge
Cover
of all gasoline, oil,etc.
MUFFLER
• We do not recommend using a garden
hose to clean lawn mower unless the
Inspect and replace corroded muffler as it
electrical system, muffler, air filter and
could create a fire hazard and/or damage.
carburetor are covered to keep water
SPARK
PLUG
out. Water in engine can result in
Change your spark plug each year to
shortened engine life.
make your engine start easier and run
better. Set spark plug gap at .030 inch.
A, CAUTION:
Before performing any
service or adjustments:
• Release control bar and stop engine.
• Make sure the blade and all moving
parts have completely stopped.
• Disconnect spark plug wire fromspark
plug and place where it cannot come in
contact with plug.
LAWN MOWER
TO ADJUST
CUTrlNG
See "TO ADJUST
HEIGHT
CUTTING
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
Your lawn mower handle can be raised or
lowered for your mowing comfort. Four
(4) positions are available: high, medium
high, medium low and low. Handles are
shipped mounted in the medium low
position.
• To change from medium low to medium
high position, the upper and lower
handle sections will have to be turned
over.
• Remove the cable clips.
• Remove the controls and operator
presence control bar from the upper
handle.
• Remove the starter rope guide from the
upper handle.
• Remove hairpin cotters.
• Disconnect the lower handle from the
handle brackets.
•Tum
the handle over and reassemble
the hairpin cotters that have been
removed.
• Reassemble the starter rope guide.
• Reassemble the controls and the
operator presence control bar to the
upper handle.
A, CAUTION:
The operator presence
control bar must pivot freely to permit
blade brake engagement when control bar
is released. Do not over tighten the
fasteners holding the controls to the upper
handle.
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• To change from medium low to high
position only the upper handle section
will have to be tumed over.
• To change from medium low to low
position, only the lower handle section
will have to be turned over.
Shipping Position
Sewn hem
tubular frame
Medium High
Flip lid
Lower frame
be fully
(Frame_ must
Lower Handle
Squeeze to
remove
Handle
Bracket
Mounting
pin
Hairpin Clip
TO ASSEMBLE
Tubular frame
Iowe_
ENGINE
GRASS
CATCHER
• Insert leg of tubular frame through front
opening of grass catcher and thread
frame into sewn hem of bag.
NOTE: Keep bag hem gathered on the
straight leg of the tubular frame.
• When frame comes out the other end of
sewn hem, immediately work the end of
frame down inside the bag as shown in
inset.
• Slide sewn hem evenly around the
tubulaJ_fmme until both ends of frame
are exposed out of the front opening.
• Assemble lower frame to tubular frame
as shown. Be sure handle is outside of
bag and frames are fully seated as
shown in inset.
• Slip vinyl bindings over frame.
NOTE: If vinyl bindings are too-stiff, hold
them in warm water for a few minutes.
If
CARBURETOR
Your carburetor has a non-adjustable fixed
main jet for mixture control. If your engine
does not operate properly due to suspected carburetor problems, take your
lawn mower to an authorized service
center for repair or adjustment.
IMPORTANT:
Never tamper with the
engine governor, which is factory set for
the proper engine speed. Overspeeding
the engine above the factory high speed
scan be dangerous. If you think the
engine-governed high speed needs
adjusting, contact your nearest authorized
service center, which has proper equipment and experience to make any
necessary adjustments.
ENGINE SPEED
Your engine speed has been factory set.
Do not attempt to increase engine speed
or it may result in personal injury. If you
believe that the engine is running too fast
or too slow, take your lawn mower to an
authorized service center for repair and
bag gets wet, let it dry before using.
• Close the flip lid. Flip lid must be closed
while operating lawn mower.
=,CAUTION:
Do not run your lawn mower
adjustment.
without clipping deflector or approved
grass catcher in place. Never attempt to
operate the lawn mower with the rear door
removed or propped open.
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Immediately prepare your lawn mower for
storage at the end of the season or ifthe unit
will not be used for 30 days or more
ENGINE
FUELSYSTEM
IMPORTANT:
LAWN MOWER
When lawn mower is to be stored for a period
of time, clean it thoroughly, remove all dirt,
grease, leaves, etc. Store in a clean, dry area.
• Clean entire lawn mower (See "CLEANING"
in the Maintenance section of this manual).
• Lubricate as shown in the Maintenance
section of this manual.
• Be sure that all nuts, bolts, screws, and pins
are securely fastened. Inspect moving
pads for damage, breakage and wear.
Replace if necessary.
• Touch up all rusted or chipped paint
surfaces; sand lightly before painting.
HANDLE
You can fold your lawn mower handle for
storage.
• Squeeze the bottom ends of the lower
handle toward each other until the lower
handle clears the handle bracket, then
move handle forward.
• Loosen upper handle mounting bolts
enough to allow upper handle to be folded
back.
IMPORTANT:
When folding the handle for
storage or 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
Handle
Squeeze to fold
It is important to prevent gum
deposits from forming in essential fuel system
pads 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
aitemative in minimizing the fon nation 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 stabiF=zerto
reach the carburetor. Do not drain the gas
tank and carburetor if using fuel stabilizer.
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.
Hairpin
Cotter
OTHER
Operator Presence
Control Bar
------..
• Do not store gasoline from one season to
another.
Upper Handle _
• 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 did.
_,_Fold
Backward
Mowing Position
Fold Forward
For Storage
Lower Handle
15
• 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 rest.
IMPORTANT:
Never cover mower while
engine and exhaust areas are stillwarm.
A, CAUTION: Never store the lawn mower
with gasoline in the tank inside a building
where fumes may reach an open flame or
spark. Allow the engine to cool before storing
in any enclosure.
TROUBLESHOOTING
CHART
PROBLEM
CAUSE
CORRECTION
Does not start
• Dirty air filter.
• Out of fuel.
• Clean/replace
• Fill fuel tank.
• Stale fuel.
• Drain tank and refill with
fresh clean fuel.
• Water in fuel.
• Drain fuel tank and
carburetor and refill tank
air fiiter.
with fresh gasoline.
• Connect wire to plug.
• Spark plug wire is
disconnected.
• Bad spark plug.
• Loose blade or broken blade
• Replace spark plug.
• 13ghten blade bolt or
adapter.
• Control bar in released
replace blade adapter.
• Depress control bar to
handle.
poeltion,
• Control bar defective.
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• Replace control bar.
TROUBLESHOOTING
PROBLEM
Loss of power
CHART
CAUSE
CORRECTION
• Rear of lawn mower housing
or cutting blade dragging
in heavy grass.
• Set to "Higher Cut"
position.
• Cutting too much grass.
• Set to "Higher Cut"
• Dirtyairfilter.
,o Buildupof grass,leaves,
and trash undermower.
• Too much oilin engine.
• Walkingspeed too fast.
• Clean/replace air filter.
• Clean underside of mower
position.
Poorcut-uneven
•Wom,
bent or loose blade.
• Wheel heights uneven.
• Buildup of grass, leaves
and trash under mower.
Excessive
vibration
Starter rope hard
to pull
•Wom,
bent or loose blade.
• Cut at slower walking
speed.
• Replace blade. Tighten
blade bolt.
• Set all wheels at same
height
• Clean underside of
mower housing.
• Replace blade. Tighten
blade belt.
• Bent engine crankshaft.
• Contact an authorized
service center.
• Engine flywheelbrake is on
when controlbar is released.
• Depress controlbar to
upper handle before
pulling starterrope.
• Contactan authorized
servicecenter.
• Replaceblade adapter.
• Move lawn mowertocut
grass orto hard surface
to start engine.
• Bent engine crankshaft.
• Blade adapter broken.
• Blade dragging in grass.
Grass catcher
housing.
• Check oil level.
not filling (if so
equipped)
• Cutting height toolow.
• Lifton bladeworn off.
• Catcher notventingair.
• Raise cutting height.
• Replace blade.
• Clean grass catcher.
Hard to push
• Grass is too high or wheel
• Raise cutting height.
height is too low.
• Rear of lawn mower
• Raise rear of lawn mower
housing or blade dragging
in grass.
• Grass catcher too full.
housing one (1) setting
higher.
• Empty grass catcher.
• Handle height position not
right for you.
• Adjust handle height to
suit.
17
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CRAFTSMAN
1
ROTARY LAWN MOWER - - MODEL NO. 917.387402
2
41
42
35
43
57
GO
4_
25
4O
31
• 35
32
42
27
38
CRAFTSMAN
KEY
NO,
O1
1
2
3
4
5
7
8
9
10
11
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30
31
32
33
34
PART
NO.
86902
165451X479
150425
132001
157081X479
131959
66426
51793
136376
162778
750097
86899X004
63601
57143
151023
156374X479
150050
54583
140661X479
88652
700365X479
133190X479
140540
61651
161814X479
161812X479
750913X004
150078
700325X007
146630
128415
ROTARY LAWN MOWER - - MODEL NO. 917.387402
DESCRIPTION
Control Bar
Upper Handle
MulchorPlug
Rope Guide
Lower Handle
Handle Bolt
WiraTie
HalqoinCotter
Handle Knob
EngineZone ControlCable
Hex Washer Head Screw 10-24 x 1/2
Up-StopBracket
Nut
Wave Washer
Rear DoorAssemblyKit
Back Plate
Self Tapping Screw 10-24 x 5/8
Hex Head TappingScrew 1/4-20x 1/2
Rear Baffle
Hinge Screw 1/4-20 x 1-1/4
Side Baffle
DischargeBaffle
Rear Deflector
SpringWasher
Handle BracketAssembly(Lair)
Handle BracketAssembly(Right)
Axle An'nAssembly
Screw5/16-18 x 3/4
Wheal Adjus_g Bracket
spacer
Pop Rivet
KEY
NO.
PART
NO.
35
36
37
38
39
40
41
42
43
44
45
46
47
48
50
51
52
53
54
55
56
57
58
87877
700331X004
145935X004
62335
142748
151162
151161
83923
77400
161942
150406
85463
751592
88348
165548
851084
850263
851074
157101
851514
144748
166070
......
59
60
---
144747
7476(3612
161058
167595
DESCRIPTION
SelectorKnob
SelectorSpring
AxleArm Assembly
BellevilleWasher
ShoulderBolt
Wheal andTire Assembly
Wheel
Hsx Range Loolmut
Hubcap
LawnMowerHousing(Incl. Kay #18, 22, 24, 46, 50)
Hex Head Thread RollingScrew3/8-16 x 1
DangerDecal
Lnoknut3/8-16
FlatWasher 3/8
Front Baffle
Hex Head MachineScrew 3/8-24 x 1-3/8 (Grd.8)
HelicalLock'washer3/8
Washer
Blade
BladeAdapter
Tube Frame
GrassBag
Engine- (Sea Breakdown)
Briggs& Stratlon12H802.2675-E1
Throat Frame
Hex Bolt3/8-16 x 3/4
Warning Decal (NotShown)
Owners Manual (EngllsWSpanish)
Availableaccessoriesnotincludedwithlawnmower:.
71 33303
Clipping Deflector
71 33623
Gas Can (2.5 gal.)
71 33500
Fuel Stabilizer
7133000
SAE 30W Oil(20 oz.)
71 33417
DustShield
71 33316
Mower Cover
BRIGGS
& STRATTON
MODEL NUMBER 12H802-2675-E1
6O6
_971A
_i_ 1
967
621
922S
_163
1L_
1 13,
%
124
(_634
130
110_
7
36
BRIGGS
& STRATTON
MODEL NUMBER 12H802-2675-E1
46q
15
33
616
4_
_20
22
572
307
s4
625
51
9/
383
306
307
10
REQUIRES SPECIAL TOOLS
TO INSTALL. SEE REPAIR
INSTRUCTION MANUAL
37
BRIGGS
& STRATI'ON
MODEL NUMBER 12H802-2675-E1
842 _
_)
670A
_
358 GASKET SET
3
524_
i
104
634
977 CARBURETOR
110
134
617
GASKET
127
617
SET
634
121 CARBURETOR
KIT
1095 VALVE OVERHAUL
GASKET SET
670A
202
38
BRIGGS
& STRATTON
MODEL NUMBER 12H802-2675-E1
304
_332
455
I
[
461
1036 LABEL KIT - EMISSION I
39
BRIGGS
& STRA'FTON
KEY
NO.
PART
NO.
1
2
3
4
5
7
8
9
9A
10
11
12
13
15
16
20
22
493260
399269
299819
493279
214368
272916
495786
272481
272238
94650
231933
272198
94547
94720
498565
94388
399781
94220
94612
23
24
25
492177
222698
499429
26
499430
499431
499432
499425
27
28
499426
499427
499428
263190
499423
29
32
33
34
35
40
45
46
47
61
499424
94699
262651
262652
262224
93312
262204
498275
493737
272199
MODEL NUMBER 12H802-2675-E1
DESCRIPTION
Cylinder Assembly
Bushing,Cylinder
* Seal, Oil
Sump, Engine
Head, Cylieder
.... 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
Timing Gear Key
* Seal, Oil
Screw, Hex Head
Screw, Hex Head
(Used in Hole Nearest
Breather)
Flywheel
Key, Rywheel
PistonAssembly,
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, PistonPin
Pin, Piston, Standard
Size
Rod, Connecting
Screw, Connecting Red
Valve, Exhaust
Valve, Intake
Spdng, Valve
Retainer, Valve Spring
Tappet, Valve
Gear, Cam
Slinger, Oil
* Gasket, Intake Elbow
KEY
NO.
PART
NO.
54
55
56
58
94526
4974420
498144
280399
60
65
81
95
104
110
281434
94696
223664
94098
231371
---
117
121
124
494870
498260
94525
125
127
498170
---
130
131
133
134
224908
493267
398187
398188
137
-- -
163
187
188
188A
202
209
272653
492790
398540
94644
262579
263044
DESCRIPTION
Screw, Hex Head
Housing, Rewind Starter
Pulley, Rewind Starter
Rope, Rewind Starter
(Cut To 88-5/8")
Gdp, Starter Rope
Screw, Phillips
Lock, Muffler Screw
Screw, Round Head
** Pin, Float Hinge
"'* Gasket, Sealing (Sold in
Kit Only)
Jet, Main
Carburetor Kit
Screw, Carburetor
Mounting
Carburetor
** Plug, Welch (Sold in Kit
Only)
Valve, Throttle
Shaft, Throttle
Float, Carburetor
Valve, Inlet (includes
Seat)
*** Gasket, Bowl (Sold in Kit
Only)
• Gasket, Air Cleaner
Hose, Fuel
Screw, Hex Head
Screw, Hex Head
Link, Governor
Spring, Governor
Included in Gasket Set (497316)
**
.••
....
Includedin Carburetor Kit (498260)
Included in beth Carburetor Kit (498260),
and CarburetorGasket Set (498261)
Included in both Gasket Set (497316),
and Valve overhaulGasket Set (498528).
NOTE: All component dimensionsgiven in U.S. inches
1 inch = 25.4 mm
4O
BRIGGS
& STRATTON
KEY
NO.
PART
NO.
227
230
258
284
300
304
305
306
307
332
333
334
337
356
358
363
383
387
455
456
459
461
515
523
524
525
529
562
572
592
601
606
608
492349
67072
94512
94511
497838
493293
94744
224324
94515
94877
802574
94731
802592
497833
497316
19069
89838
496115
225121
281503
281505
94943
263073
495264
280393
495265
281299
94852
224328
231082
93053
224815
497680
Includes:
613
615
616
617
620
621
625
834
94231
94474
263175
270344
499135
396847
497465
---
635
670
670A
66538
280512
493823
MODEL NUMBER 12H802-2675-E1
DESCRIPTION
Lever, Governor
Washer, Thrust
Screw, Hex Head
Screw, Hex Head
Muffler, Exhaust
Housing, Blower
Screw, Serns
Shield, Cylinder
Screw, Hex Head
Nut, Flywheel
Armature, Magneto
Screw, Seres
Plug, Spark
Wire, Ground
Gasket Set
Puller, Flywheel
Wrench, Spark Plug
Pdrner, Carburetor
Cup, Starter
Retainer, Starter
Pawl, Rachet
Screw, Shoulder
Spring, Retainer
Cap, Oil Filler
* Seal, Filler Tube
Tube, Oil Fill
Grommet
Bolt, Governor Lever
Baffle, Cylinder
Nut, Hex
Clamp, Hose
Strap, Bracket
Starter, Rewind
94904 Screw, Hex
94908 Nut, Hex
Screw, Hex Head
Fastener
Crank, Governor
*** Seal, Intake Elbow
Bracket, Carburetor
Switch, Stop
Tube, Fuel Intake
*** Washer, Shaft (Sold in
Kit Only)
Elbow, Spark Plug
Spacer, Fuel Tank
* Spacer, Bracket
KEY
NO.
741
842
843
847
851
869
870
871
922
923
930
957
966
967
968
969
971
971A
972
975
977
1036
1095
2500
PART
NO.
262598
280966
272616
495263
493880
213512
213513
262001
63709
262640
493442
497233
397974
496116
491588
281340
94872
94873
94749
495224
493640
498261
499341
498258
12J802-2915
498826
RPM Settings:
DESCRIPTION
Gear, Timing
* Seal, O-Ring
Sleeve, Lever
Tube Assembly, Oil
Terminal, Ignition Cable
Seat, Intake Valve
Seat, Exhaust Valve
Guide, Exhaust Valve
Guide, Intake Valve
Spring, Brake
Brake Assembly
Guard, Finger
Cap, Fuel Tank
Base, Air Cleaner
Filter, Air
Cover, Air Cleaner
Screw, Hex Head
Screw, Hex Head
Screw, Hex Head
Tank, Fuel
Bowl, Roat
Gasket Set, Carburetor
Label Kit, Emission
Gasket Set, Valve
Overhaul
Replacement Engine
Replacement Shortblock
Low: 1900-2100; High:
3000-3200
Includedin Gasket Set (497316)
**
Included in Carburetor Kit (498260)
*'*
Included in both Carburetor Kit (498260),
and Carburetor Gasket Set (498261)
....
Included in both Gasket Set (497316),
and Valve overhaul Gasket Set (498528).
NOTE: All component dimenaions given in U.S. inches
1 inch = 25.4 mm
41
42
43
For the repair or replacement parts you need
delivered directly to your home
Call 7 am - 7 pm, 7 days a week
1-800-366-PART
(1-800-366-7278)
Para ordenar piezas con entrega
domicilio - 1-800-659-7084
a
For in-house major brand repair service
Call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
1-800-4-REPAIR
(1-800-473-7274)
Para pedir servicio de reparaci6n
domicilio - 1-800-676-5811
a
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
mmmmmm
mmmmmm
For information on purchasing a Sears
Maintenance Agreement or to inquire
about an existing Agreement
Call 9 am - 5 pm, Monday-Saturday
1-800-827-6655
When requesting service or ordering
parts, always provide the following
information:
• Product Type • Model Number
SEARS
° Part Number
• Part Description
Amenca's Repair
167595
11.04.98
VB
SpecialtSt5
Printed in U.S.A.