Owner's Manual [RRFTXMI:IN" 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 2 2 4 6 10 10 Product Specifications Service and Adjustments Storage Troubleshooting Repair Parts Parts Ordering ON CRAFTSMAN POWER 11 13 15 16 34 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. 2 • 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. 3 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 4 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. 6 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. 7 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 8 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. 9 You /,-,?._-j Checkfor Loose Fasteners I lip4 Cleardlnspect (If Equipped) Grass Catcher lJ' Ii/ ! ll/ !/ M CleanLawnMower IPower-PropelledMowem) wO Ctean Under Ddve Cover Check drive belt/pulleys E !/* (Power-Propelled Mowers) I1_ ChaddSh_n/Replace LubrtcaUon Chart _3 t/ ll/ 1_4 Blade Clean Bsttary/Recharge IElectdc Start Mowers_ E Check En_lineOil Level N Chan_e Engine Oil G clean Air Filter I N _' I_i_ I_ 2 Inspect Muffler Clean or Replace Spark Plug 1/ E Replace AirFiltarPaperCartridge 1 - Change more often when operating _ 1_2 • heavy load or k_high ambient temperature=. 2 - Service more o;lml when opera41ng In dir ty or dusty condltio_.$. 3 - Replace blad_ more often whan mow_ In sandy soil 4 - Charge/,43 houm at elld ol I. 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 . 10 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 12 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. 13 • 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. 14 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. 16 • 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 33 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.