Owner`s manual | Craftsman 917.38741 Lawn Mower User Manual

Owner's Manual
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SIDE DISCHARGE
ROTARY LAWN MOWER
Model No.
917.387410
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Safety
Assembly
Operation
Maintenance
EspaSol
Repair Parts
CAUTION:
Read and follow all
Safety Rules and Instructions
before operatingthis equipment
Sears, Roebuck and Co., Hoffman Estates, IL 60179
Visit our Craftsman
website: www.sears.com/craffsman
Warranty ...............................................
Safety Rules .........................................
Assembly ..............................................
Operation ..............................................
Maintenance
Schedule ........................
Maintenance .........................................
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Product Specifications .......................... 11
Service and Adjustments ...................... 14
Storage .................................................
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Troubleshooting
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Repair Parts ..........................................
36
Parts Ordering ...................... Back Cover
LIMITED TWO YEAR WARRANTY ON CRAFTSMAN POWER MOWER
For two years from date of purchase, when this Craftsman Lawn Mower is maintained,
lubricated, and tuned up according to the operating and maintenance instructions in
the owner's manual, Sears will repair free of charge any defect in material or workmanship.
If this Craftsman Lawn Mower is used for commercial or rental purposes, this warranty
applies for only 90 days from the date of purchase.
This Warranty does not cover:
• Expendable items which become worn during normal use, such as rotary mower
blades, blade adapters, belts, air cleaners and spark plug.
• Repairs necessary because of operator abuse or negligence, including bent
crankshafts and the failure to maintain the equipment according to the instructions
contained in the owner's manual.
Warranty service is available by returning the Craftsman power mower to the nearest
Sears Service Center/Department
in the United States. This warranty applies only
while this product is in use in the United States.
This Warranty gives you specific legal rights, and you may also have other rights which
vary from state to state.
SEARS, ROEBUCKAND
CO., D/817 WA, HOFFMAN ESTATES, ILLINOIS 60179
IMPORTANT:
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.
• Do not operate the mower when
I.GENERAL OPERATION
barefoot or wearing open sandals.
• Read, understand, and follow all
Always wear substantial foot wear.
instructions on the machine and in the
• Do not pull mower backwards unless
manual(s) before starting. Be thorabsolutely necessary. Always look
oughly familiar with the controls and the
down and behind before and while
proper use of the machine before
moving backwards.
starting.
• Do not operate the mower with proper
• Do not put hands or feet near or under
guards, plates, grass catcher or other
rotating parts. Keep clear of the
safety protective devices in place.
discharge opening at all times.
• See manufacturer's
instructions for
• Only allow responsible individuals, who
proper
operation
and
installation of
are familiar with the instructions, to
accessories. Only use accessories
operate the machine.
approved by the manufacturer.
• Clear the area of objects such as rocks,
• Stop the blade(s) when crossing gravel
toys, wire, bones, sticks, etc., which
drives, walks, or roads.
could be picked up and thrown by the
•
Stop the engine (motor) whenever you
blade.
leave the equipment, before cleaning
• Be sure the area is clear of other
the mower or unclogging the chute.
people before mowing. Stop machine if
• Shut the engine (motor) off and wait
until the blade comes to complete stop
before removing grass catcher.
• Mow only in daylight or good artificial
light.
• Do not operate the machine while
under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
• Never operate machine in wet grass.
Always be sure of your footing: keep a
firm hold on the handle and walk; never
run.
• Disengage the self-propelled
mechanism or drive clutch on mowers so
equipped before starting the engine
(motor).
• If the equipment should start to vibrate
abnormally, stop the engine (motor)
and check immediately for the cause.
Vibration is generally a warning of
trouble.
• Always wear safety goggles or safety
glasses with side shields when operating mower.
• Be alert and turn machine off if children
enter the area.
• Before and while walking backwards,
look behind and down for small
children.
• Never allow children to operate the
machine.
• Use extra care when approaching blind
corners, shrubs, trees, or other objects
that may obscure vision.
IV. SERVICES
II. SLOPE OPERATION
Slopes are a major factor related to slip
and fall accidents which can result in
severe injury. All slopes require extra
caution. If you feel uneasy on a slope, do
not mow it.
DO:
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• Mow across the face of slopes: never
up and down. Exercise extreme caution
when changing direction on slopes.
• Remove obstacles such as rocks, tree
limbs, etc.
• Watch for holes, ruts, or bumps. Tall
grass can hide obstacles.
DO NOT:
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• Do not trim near drop-offs, ditches or
embankments.
The operator could lose
footing or balance.
• Do not trim excessively steep slopes.
• Do not mow on wet grass. Reduced
footing could cause slipping.
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III. CHILDREN
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Tragic accidents can occur if the operator
is not alert to the presence of children.
Children are often attracted to the
machine and the mowing activity. Never
assume that children will remain where
you last saw them.
• Keep children out of the trimming area
and under the watchful care of another
responsible adult.
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Q
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Use extra care in handling gasoline
and other fuels. They are flammable
and vapors are explosive.
-Use only an approved container.
- Never remove gas cap or add fuel
with the engine running. Allow engine
to cool before refueling. Do not
smoke.
-Never refuel the machine indoors.
- Never store the machine or fuel
container inside where there is an
open flame, such as a water heater.
Never run a machine inside a closed
area.
Never make adjustments or repairs with
the engine (motor) running. Disconnect
the spark plug wire, and keep the wire
away from the plug to prevent accidental starting.
Keep nuts and bolts, especially blade
attachement bolts, tight and keep
equipment in good condition.
Never tamper with safety devices.
Check their proper operation regularly.
Keep machine free of grass, leaves, or
other debris build-up. Clean oil or fuel
spillage. Allow machine to cool before
storing.
Stop and inspect the equipment if you
strike an object. Repair, if necessary,
before restarting.
Never attempt to make wheel height
adjustments while the engine (motor) is
running.
Grass catcher components are subject
to wear, damage, and deterioration,
which could expose moving parts or
allow objects to be thrown. Frequently
check components and replace with
manufacturer's
recommended
parts,
when necessary.
Mower blades are sharp and can cut.
Wrap the blade(s) or wear gloves, and
use extra caution when servicing them.
Do not change the engine governor
setting or overspeed the engine.
_Look for this symbol to point out
important safety precautions. It means
CAUTION!!! BECOMEALERT!!! YOUR
SAFETY IS INVOLVED.
A CAUTION: Always disconnect spark
plug wire and place wire where it cannot
contact spark plug in order to prevent
accidental starting when setting up,
transporting, adjusting or making repairs.
AWARNING: 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.
AWARNING: Battery posts, terminals anc
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.
These accessories were available when this lawn mower was produced. They are not
shipped with your mower. They are also available at most Sears retail outlets and service
centers. Most Sears stores can also order repair parts for you, when you provide the model
number of your lawn mower. Some of these accessories may not apply to your lawn mower.
LAWN MOWER PERFORMANCE
CLIPPING DEFLECTOR
FOR REAR DISCHARGE LAWN MOWERS
GRASS CATCHERS
FOR
REAR DISCHARGE
LAWNMOWERS
MULCHER KITS
_/!
GRASS CATCHERS
FOR
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LAWN MOWERS
SIDE DISCHARGE
STABILIZER
GAS CANS
LAWN MOWER MAINTENANCE
MUFFLERS
BELTS
AIR FILTERS
BLADES
BLADE ADAPTERS
Read these instructions and this manual in
its entirety before you attempt to assemble
or operate your new lawn mower.
IMPORTANT: This lawn mower is shipped
WITHOUT OIL OR GASOLINE in the
engine.
Your new lawn mower has been assembled at the factory with the exception of
those parts left unassembled for shipping
purposes. To ensure safe and proper
operation of your lawn mower, all parts and
hardware you assemble must be tightened
SPARK
WHEELS
PLUGS
ENGINE
OIL
securely. Use the correct tools as necessary to ensure proper tightness. All parts
such as nuts, washers, bolts, etc., necessary to complete the assembly have been
placed in the parts bag.
TO REMOVE LAWN MOWER FROM
CARTON
• Remove loose parts included with
mower.
• Cut down two end corners of carton
and lay end panel down flat.
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• Remove all packing materials except
padding between upper and lower
handle and padding holding operator
presence control bar to upper handle.
• Roll lawn mower out of carton and
check carton thoroughly for additional
loose parts.
• 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.
HOW TO SET UP YOUR LAWN
MOWER
TO UNFOLD
Operator
bar
HANDLE
IMPORTANT:
Unfold handle carefully so
•as not to pinch or damage control cables.
• Raise handles until lower handle
section locks into place in mowing
position.
• Remove protective padding, raise
upper handle section into place on
lower handle and tighten both handle
knobs.
presence control
Upper handle
Lift up
Mowing
position
Lower
handle
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KNOWYOUR LAWN MOWER
READ THIS OWNER'S MANUALAND SAFETY RULES BEFORE OPERATING YOUR LAWN
MOWER. Compare the illustrations with your lawn mower to familiarize yourself with the
location of various controls and adjustments. Save this manual for future reference.
These symbols
may appear on your lawn mower or in literature supplied with the
product. Learn and understand their meaning.
CAUTION
OR WARNING
ENGINE
ON
ENGINE
OFF
FAST
SLOW
CHOKE
FUEL
OIL
DANGER, KEEP HANDS
AND FEET AWAY
Engine zone control cable
presence
control bar
Starter handle_
Gasoline filler cap
Engine oil plug
Pnmer
using
Wheel adjuster
(on each wheel)
IMPORTANT: This lawn mower is
shipped WITHOUT OIL OR GASOLINE
in the engine.
MEETS CPSC SAFETY REQUIREMENTS
Sears rotary walk-behind power lawn mowers conform to the safety standards of the
American National Standards Institute and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commis
sion. The blade turns when the engine is running.
Operator presence control bar - must be
held down to the handle to start the engine.
Release to stop the engine.
Primer - pumps additional fuel from the
carburetor to the cylinder for use when
starting a cold engine.
Starter handle - used for startingthe engine.
The operation of any lawn mower
can result in foreign objects thrown
intothe 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.
HOWTO USEYOUR LAWN MOWER
ENGINE SPEED CONTROL
TO CONVERT
MOWER
Your mower is shipped ready to be used
as a mulcher. To convert to bagging or
discharging:
• Lift discharge guard and remove
mulcher plate.
• Mower can now be used for side
discharging or optional grass catcher
can be attached.
• To return to mulching operation, simply
reinstall mulcher plate as shown.
_,CAUTION"
Do not run your lawn
mower without discharge guard,
approved grass catcher or mulcher plate
in place.
Discharge guard
The engine speed was set at the factory
for optimum performance.
Speed is not
adjustable.
ENGINE ZONE CONTROL
A, CAUTION.
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.
• 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 CU'B'ING HEIGHT
Mu[cher plate
• Raise wheels for low cut and lower wheels
for high cut.
* Adjust cutting height to suit your requirements. Medium position is best for most
lawns.
• To change cutting height, squeeze adjuster
lever toward wheel. Move wheel up or
down to suit your requirements. Be sure all
wheels are in the same setting.
NOTE: Adjuster is properly positioned
when plate tab inserts into hole in lever.
Also, 9-position adjusters (if so equipped)
allow lever to be positioned between the
plate tabs.
Lower wheels for
high cut
TO DISCHARGING
BEFORE STARTING ENGINE
OIL
Your lawn mower is shipped without oil in
the engine.
• Be sure mower is level and area
around oil fill is clean.
• Remove engine oil plug and fill to the
top of slot in filler hole.
NOTE: Allow oil to settle down into
engine for accurate reading.
• Engine holds 20 ozs. of oil. For type
and grade of oil to use, see "ENGINE"
in maintenance section of this manual.
• Pour oil slowly. Do not over fill.
• Check oil level before each use. Add
oil if needed.
• Reinstall engine oil plug 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.
Plate tab
Lever
Raise wheels for low
cut
NOTE: Your lawn mower has been
shipped ready for mulching operation. To
convert to discharging operation, you
must install the discharge deflector
attachment included with your mower.
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ADD GASOUNE
TO START ENGINE
• 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.
AWARNING:
Experience indicates that
alcohol blended fuels (called gasohol or
using ethanol or methanol) can attract
moisture which leads to separation and
formation of acids during storage. Acidic
gas can damage the fuel system of an
engine while in storage. To avoid engine
problems, the fuel system should be
emptied before storage of 30 days or
longer. Drain the 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 use engine
or carburetor cleaner products in fuel tank
or permanent damage may occur.
ACAUTION:
Fill to bottom of gas tank
filler neck. Do not overfill. Wipe off any
spilled oil or fuel. Do not store, spill or use
gasoline near an open flame.
NOTE:
engine,
present
product
normal.
Due to protective coatings on the
a small amount of smoke may be
during the initial use of the
and should be considered
• To start a cold engine, push primer
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.
• Hold operator presence control bar
down to the handle and pull starter
handle quickly. Do not allow starter
rope to snap back.
• To stop engine, release operator
presence control bar.
NOTE: In cooler weather it may be
necessary to repeat priming steps. In
warmer weather over priming may cause
flooding and engine will not start. If you
do flood engine, wait a few minutes
before attempting to start and do not
repeat priming steps.
Engine oil
plug
8
Gasoline filler
cap
MOWING TIPS
MULCHING MOWING TIPS
• Under certain conditions, such as very
tall grass, it may be necessary to raise
the height of cut to reduce pushing
effort and to keep from overloading the
engine and leaving clumps of grass
clippings. It may also be necessary to
reduce ground speed and/or run the
lawn mower over the area a second
time.
• For extremely heavy cutting, reduce the
width of cut by overlapping previously
cut path and mow slowly.
• For better grass bagging and most
cutting conditions, the engine speed
should be set in the fast position.
• For side discharge lawn mowers,
cutting in a counter-clockwise
direction,
starting at the outside of the area to be
cut, spreads grass clippings more
evenly and puts less load on the
engine. To keep clippings off of
walkways, flower beds, etc., make the
first cuts in a clockwise direction.
• Pores in cloth grass catchers can
become filled with dirt and dust with
use and catchers will collect less grass.
To prevent this, regularly hose catcher
off with water and let dry before using.
• Keep top of engine around starter clear
and clean of grass clippings and chaff.
This will help engine air flow and
extend engine life.
IMPORTANT: For best performance, keep
mower housing free of built-up grass and
trash. See "Cleaning" in MAINTENANCE
section of this manual.
• The special mulching blade will recur 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 action. The best time to
mow your lawn is the early aftemoon. 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 will be
necessary to raise the height of cut to
reduce pushing effort and to keep from
overloading the engine and leaving
clumps of mulched grass. For extremely
heavy mulching, reduce your width of cut
by overlapping previously cut path and
mow slowly.
• 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 pattem 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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MAINTENANCE
SCHEDULE
FILL IN DATES
AS YOU COMPLETE
REGULAR SERVICE
Check for Loose Fasteners
SERVICE DATES
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- Change more oSen when operating under a heavy load or in high ambient temperatures.
- Service more often when operating in dirty or dusty conditions,
- Replace blades more often when mowing in sandy soil.
- Charge 48 hours at end of season.
LUBRICATION
GENERALRECOMMENDA_ONS
The warranty on this lawn mower does not
cover items that hove been subjected to
operator abuse or negligence. To receive full
value from the warranty, operator must
maintain mower as instructed in this manual.
Some adjustments will need to be made
periodically to properly maintain your unit.
All adjustments in the Service and Adjustments section of this manual should be
checked at least once each season.
• Once a year, replace the spark plug, clean
or replace air filter element and check
blade for wear. A new spark plug and
clean/new air filter element assures proper
air-fuel mixture and helps your engine run
better and last longer.
• Follow the maintenance schedule in this
manual.
BEFORE EACH USE
• Check engine oil level.
• Check for loose fasteners.
LUBRICATION
Keep unit well lubricated (See "LUBRICATION
CHART").
CHART
(_)Wheel adjuster
oil
(_)Brake
spring
bracket
_Handle
bracket
mounting pin
(_Spray lubricante
(_Refer to MAINTINANCE "ENGINE"
SECTION.
IMPORTANT: Do not oil or grease plastic
wheel bearings. Viscous lubricants will attract
dust and dirtthat will shorten the life of the
self lubricatingbearings. If you feel they must
be lubricated, use only a dry, powdered
graphite type lubricant sparingly.
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PRODUCT
SPECIFICATIONS
SERIAL NUMBER
DATE OF PURCHASE
GASOLINE
OILTYPE
CAPACITY/TYPE:
(API-SF/SG/SH):
OIL CAPACITY:
SPARK PLUG(GAP:
VALVECLEARANCE:
.030")
1.25 QUARTS
UNLEADED REGULAR
SAE 30 (ABOVE 32°F)
SAE 5W-30 (BELOW 32°F)
20 OZS.
CHAMPION
RJ19LM
INTAKE:
EXHAUST:
SOLID STATE IGNITION
AIR GAP:
.0125 IN.
BLADE BOLTTORQUE:
35-40 FT. LBS.
OR J 19LM
.004 - .008
.004 - .008
The model and serial numbers will be found on a decal attached to the rear of the
lawn mower housing.Record
both serial number and date of purchase in space
provided above.
LAWN MOWER
Always observe safety rules when performing
any maintenance.
TIRES
• Keep tires free of gasoline, oil, or insect
control chemicals which can harm rubber.
• Avoid 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.
• Remove blade and attaching hardware
(bolt, lock washer and hardened
washer).
NOTE: Remove the blade adapter and
check the key inside hub of blade
adapter. The key must be in good
condition to work properly. Replace
adapter if damaged.
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
35-40 ft. Ibs.
IMPORTANT:
Blade bolt is grade 8 heat
treated.
TO SHARPEN BLADE
NOTE: We do not recommend
sharpening blade - but if you do, be sure
the blade is balanced.
Care should be taken to keep the blade
balanced. An unbalanced blade will
cause eventual damage to lawn mower or
engine.
• The blade can be sharpened with a file
or on a grinding wheel. Do not attempt
to sharpen while on the mower.
• To check blade balance, drive a nail
into a beam or wall. Leave about one
inch of the straight nail exposed.
Place
center hole of blade over the head of
the nail. If blade is balanced, it should
remain in a horizontal position. If either
end of the blade moves downward,
sharpen the heavy end until the blade
is balanced.
Blade
Crankshaft
Key.
keyway
Lockwasher
Blade _
Crank
Blade
bolt
Hardened
washer
GRASS
Trailing
edge
Blade 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 orat 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
• Disconnect spark plug wire from spark
plug and place wire where it cannot
come in contact with spark plug.
• Be sure lawn mower is on level
surface.
• Oil will drain more freely when warm.
• Catch oil in a suitable container.
• Remove bottom oil drain plug.
• After oil has drained completely,
replace oil drain plug and tighten
securely.
• Refill engine with oil. Pour slowly. Do
not over fill.
• Fill to top of slot inside of filler hole.
• Reconnect spark plug wire to spark
plug.
CATCHER
(If purchased as an accessory)
• The grass catcher may be hosed with
water, but must be dry when used.
• Check your grass catcher often for
damage or deterioration. Through
normal use it will wear. If catcher
needs replacing, replace only with a
manufacturer approved replacement
catcher. Give the lawn mower model
number when ordering.
ENGINE
LUBRICATION
Drain plug
Use only high quality detergent oil rated with
API service classificationSF, SG or SH. Select
the oil's SAE viscosity grade according to your
expected operating temperature.
SAE VISCOSITY
-20'
30"
32'
GRADES
4O"
TE MpE_I:_ATURERANGE ANTICIPATED BEFORE NEXT OIL CHANGE
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AIR FILTER
MUFFLER
Your engine will not run properly and may
be damaged by using a dirty air filter.
Replace the air filter every year, more
often if you mow in very dusty, dirty
conditions.
Do not wash air filter.
Inspect and replace corroded muffler as it
could create a fire hazard and/or damage.
SPARK PLUG
Change your spark plug each year to make
your engine start easier and run better. Set
spark plug gap at .030 inch.
CLEANING
TO CHANGE AIR FILTER
• Remove the air filter by turning counterclockwise to the stop and pull away
from collar.
• Remove filter from inside of cover.
• Clean the inside of the cover and the
collar to remove any dirt accumulation.
• Insert new filter into cover.
• Put air filter cover and filter into collar
aligning the tab with the slot.
• Push in on cover and turn clockwise to
tighten.
Clip
IMPORTANT: For best performance, kiip
mower housing free of built-grass and trash.
Clean the underside of your mower after
each use.
ACAUTION:
Disconnect spark plug wire
from spark plug and place wire where it
cannot come in contact with the spark
plug.
• Clean the underside of your lawn mower
by scraping to remove build-up of grass
and trash.
• Clean engine often to keep trash from
accumulating. A clogged engine runs
hotter and shortens engine life.
• Keep finished surfaces and wheels free of
all gasoline, oil,etc.
• We do not recommend using a garden
hose to clean lawn mower unless the
electrical system, muffler, air filter and
carburetor are covered to keep water out.
Water in engine can result in shortened
engine life.
Turn
counterclockwise
to
Slot
Air filter
Tab
Air filter" cover
Tu rn
clockwise
to tighten
4r'}
CAUTION:
Before performing any
service and adjustments:
• Release control bar and stop engine.
• Make sure the blade and all moving
parts have completely stopped.
• Disconnect spark plug wire from spark
plug and place where it cannot come in
contact with plug.
LAWN MOWER
TO ADJUST CUTTING HEIGHT
See "TO ADJUST CUTTING HEIGHT" in
the Operation section of this manual.
DISCHARGE
GUARD
The discharge guard, attached to the
discharge opening of your lawn mower, is
provided to prevent the possibility of
injury resulting from objects being thrown
out of the discharge opening into the
operator mowing position. If the discharge
guard becomes damaged, it should be
replaced.
REAR DEFLECTOR
The rear deflector, attached between the
rear wheels of your mower, is provided to
minimize the possibility that objects will
be thrown out of the rear of the mower
into the operator mowing position. If the
deflector becomes damaged, it should be
replaced.
TO ADJUST HANDLE
The handle can be mounted in a high or
low position. The mounting holes in the
bottom of lower handle are off center for
raising or lowering the handle.
• Remove upper handle and all parts
attached to lower handle.
• Remove hairpin cotters from lower
handle bracket mounting pin.
• Squeeze lower handle in to remove it
from mounting pins.
• Turn lower handle over to raise or
lower handle.
• Squeeze lower handle in and position
holes onto mounting pins on handle
bracket.
• Reassemble
upper handle and all
parts removed from lower handle.
Mowing
position
_--_
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I r_^l nn_itinn
Mowing _-_,
position [._/
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nn_itic,
n
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:-_
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ENGINE
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 engine is running too fast or
too slow, take your mower to an authorized service center for repair and
adjustment.
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 and/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.
Immediatelyprepareyour lawn mowerfor
storageatthe endof the seasonor if the unit
will notbe usedfor30 daysor more.
Operator presence control bar
Upper handle
LAWN MOWER
When lawn mower is to be stored for a peded
of time, clean it thoroughly,remove all dirt,
grease, leaves, etc. Store in a clean, dry
-
Fold forward for-_/_-,,
storage
&
_i':_"
• 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, belts, screws, and
pins are securely fastened. Inspect
moving parts for damage, breakage and
wear. Replace if necessary.
• Touch up all rusted or chipped paint
surfaces; sand lightlybefore painting.
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area.
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_
Fold
2"
backward
position
Lower handle
ENGINE
FUEL SYSTEM
IMPORTANT: It is important to prevent gum
deposits from forming in essential fuel system
parts such as carburetor, fuel filter, fuel hose,
or tank during storage. Also, experience
indicates that alcohol blended fuels (called
gasohol or using ethanol or methanol) can
attract moisture which leads to separation
and formation of acids during storage. Acidic
gas can damage the fuel system of an
engine while in storage.
• Drain the fuel tank.
• Start the engine and let it run until the fuel
lines and carburetor are empty.
• Never use engine or carburetor cleaner
products in the fuel tank or permanent
damage may occur.
• Use fresh fuel next season.
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.
NOTE: Fuel stabilizer is an acceptable
alternative in minimizing the formation of fuel
gum deposits during storage. Add stabilizer
to gasoline in fuel tank or storage container.
Always follow the mix ratio found on stabilizer
container. Run engine at least 10 minutes
after adding stabilizer to allow the stabilizer to
reach the carburetor. Do not drain the gas
tank and carburetor if using fuel stabilizer.
ENGINEOIL
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.
Lower handle
Squeeze
fold
////
to
Mounting
pin
Hairpin
cotter
15
OTHER
• Do not store gasoline from one season to
another.
• Replace your gasoline can if your can
starts to rust. Rust and/or dirt in your
gasoline will cause problems.
• If possible, store your unit indoors and
cover it to give protection from dust and dirt.
• Cover your unit with a suitable protective
cover that does not retain moisture. Do not
use plastic. Plastic cannot breathe which
allows condensation to form and will cause
your unit to rust.
TROUBLESHOOTING
CHART
PROBLEM
CAUSE
Does not start
Clean/replace air filter.
Fill fuel tank.
Drain tank and refill with
fresh clean fuel.
Drain fuel tank and
carburetor and refill tank
3.
Stale fuel.
4.
Water in fuel.
4.
5.
Spark plug wire is
disconnected.
5.
6.
7.
Bad spark plug.
6.
Loose blade or broken blade 7.
adapter.
Control bar in released
8.
position.
Control bar defective.
9.
Replace spark plug.
Tighten blade bolt or
replace blade adapter.
Depress control bar to
handle.
Rear of lawn mower housing 1.
or cutting blade dragging
in heavy grass.
Cutting too much grass.
2.
Set to "Higher Cur'
position.
1.
2.
3.
4.
uneven
Jl.
2.
3.
Dirty air filter.
Out of fuel.
9.
Poor cut-
CORRECTION
1.
2.
8.
Loss of power
IMPORTANT:
Never cover mower while
engine and exhaust areas are still warm.
_kCAUTION:
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.
Dirty air filter.
Buildup of grass, leaves,
and trash under mower.
3.
4.
5.
6.
Too much oil in engine.
Walldng speed too fast.
5.
6.
1.
Wom, bent or loose blade.
1.
2.
Wheel heights uneven.
2.
3.
Buildup of grass, leaves
and trash under mower.
3.
16
with fresh gasoline.
Connect wire to plug.
Replace control bar.
Set to "Higher Cut"
position.
Clean/replace air filter.
Clean underside of mower
housing.
Check oil level.
Cut at slower walking
speed.
Replace blade. "13ghten
blade bolt.
Set all wheels at same
height
Clean underside of
mower housing.
TROUBLESHOOTING
PROBLEM
Excessive
vibration
Starter rope hard
to pull
CHART
CAUSE
CORRECTION
1.
Wom, bent or loose blade.
1.
2.
Bent engine crankshaft,
2.
Engine flywheel brake is on
when control bar is released.
1.
Bent engine crankshaft.
2.
Blade adapter broken.
Blade dragging in grass.
3.
4.
°
.
3.
4.
Replace blade. Tighten
blade bolt.
Contact an authorized
service center.
Depress control bar to
upper handle before
pulling starter rope.
Contact an authorized
service center.
Replace blade adapter.
Move lawn mower to cut
grass or to hard surface
Grass catcher
not filling (if so
equipped)
Hard to push
1.
2.
Cutting height too low.
Lift on blade wom off.
3.
Catcher not venting air.
1.
2.
Grass is too high or wheel
height is too low.
Rear of lawn mower
3.
housing or blade dragging
in grass•
Grass catcher too full•
4•
Handle height position not
right for you.
"17
1.
2.
3.
Raise cutting height.
Replace blade.
Clean grass catcher.
11. Raise cutting height.
2.
.
4•
Raise rear of lawn mower
housing one (1) setting
higher.
Empty grass catcher.
Adjust handle height to
suit.
SERVICE NOTES
35
ROTARY LAWN MOWER - MODEL NO. 917.387410
\
20
52-
\
56
4
8
24
17
10
23
2O
14
\
25
17
24
1
23
2O
31
28
23
22
25
28
23
ROTARY LAWN MOWER - MODEL NO. 917.387410
KEY
NO.
PART
NO
1
2
3
4
5
6
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
17
18
20
21
22
23
24
25
25
27
28
29
30
31
32
86902
165452X479
850733X004
750097
STD541425
168552
66426
63601
136376
140543
701313
87584X004
176e45X479
1_479
750085X007
146630
87877
700331X004
145_5X004
62335
142748
146248
83923
53998
77400
85O999
171116
701706X479
751592
DESCRIP'nON
ControlBar
UpperHandle
Up-Stop Bracket
Hex Wsh, Head Screw #10-24 x 1/2
Locknct 1/4-20
EngineZone ControlCable
WiraTie
NylonLocknut
HandleKnob
RearSIdrt
EngineSpacer
Stdrt Bracket
Handle BracketAssembly (Right)
Handle Bracket Assembly (Left)
Wheel Adjusting Bracket
Spacer
Selector Knob
Selector Spdng
A de
ArmAssemUy
BellevilleWasher
Shoulder Bolt
Wheal and Tire Assembly
Hex Flange Locknut 3/8-16
FlatWeaher
Hubcap
Hex Heed Self-tapping Screw 3_-16 x 1-1/8
Lawn Mower Housing Kit (Inc. Ref. #31,43)
Front Baffle
Locknut 3/8-16
KEY
NO.
PART
NO
35
36
37
38
39
40
41
42
43
44
46
47
48
49
50
51
52
56
851084
850263
851074
145106
850977
149741
88272X479
88271X479
85463
51793
147286
87589
87593
750149
157081X479
131959
153638
......
57
58
--.-
751772X479
128415
87576)(479
171105
161058
DESCRIPTION
Hex Head Machine Screw 3/8-24 x 1-3/8 (Gr. 8)
Helical Lockwasher 3/8
HardenedWasher
20" MuLchingBlade
Blade Adapter
Self Tapping Screw 5/16-18 x 3/4
Handle Support Bracket (Right)
Handle Support Bracket (Left)
Danger Decal
HairpinCotter
HingeRod
TorsionSpnng
Housing Bracket Assembly
Discharge Guard
Lower Handle
Handle Bolt
RopeGuide
Engine - (Sea Breakdown) Craftsman
Model No. 143.004002
Mulcher Plate
Pop Rivet
Rear Baffle (Not Shown)
Owner's Manual (English/Spanish)
Warning Decal (Not Shown)
Available accessodea not includedwith lawn mower.
71 33072
71 33623
71 33500
71333OO
71 33723
7"1 33316
GrassCatcher
Gas Can (2.5gal)
FuelStabilizer
SAE 30W Oil (20 oz,)
HighWheelKit
MowerCover
CRAFTSMAN
4-CYCLE
ENGINE
MODEL NO. 143.004002
_--370K
• 355
/
287
370R
370C
4O0
110_
135
103,_._
130
7
126
101
120
119
46
182
18.'5
"_
?
178
38
311
CRAFTSMAN
KEY
NO.
PART
NO.
1
37280
2
26727
6
33734
7
36557
12
36775
12A 36558
12B
14
15
16
17
18
36694
28277
30589
34839A
31335
651018
19
20
30
40
36281
32600
36793
35544A
35545A
35546
41
35541
35542
35543
42
43
45
35547A
35548A
35549
20381
36777
46
48
50
52
69
70
32610A
27241
37032
29914
35261
32612C
72
75
80
81
82
83
86
89
90
92
93
100
101
103
36083
27897
30574A
30590A
30591
30588A
650488
611004
611112
650815
650816
34443B
610118
651007
110
119
120
125
37047
37028
36825
37288
126
130
135
150
151
37289
6021A
35395
31672
31673
4-CYCLE
ENGINE
MODEL NO. 143.004002
KEY
NO.
DESCRIPTION
Cylinder (Incl. 2,20 & 150)
Dowel Pin
Breather Element
Breather Ass'y. (Incl. 6 & 12A)
Breather Tube
Breather Cover & Tube
(Incl. 12B)
Breather Tube Elbow
Washer
Governor Rod (Incl. 14)
Governor Lever
Governor Lever Clamp
Screw, Torx T-15,
8-32 x 19/64"
Extension Spring
Oil Seal
Crankshaft
Piston, Pin & Ring Set (Std.)
Piston, Pin & Ring Set
(.010" OS)
Piston, Pin & Ring Set
(.020" OS)
Piston & Pin Ass'y.
(Std.) (Incl. 43)
Piston & Pin
Ass'y.(.010"OS)(Incl. 43)
Piston & Pin Ass'y.(.020"
OS)(Incl. 43)
Ring Set (Std.)
Ring Set (.010" OS)
Ring Set (.020 OS)
Piston Pin Retaining Ring
Connecting Rod Ass'y.
(Incl. 46)
Connecting Rod Bolt
Valve Lifter
Camshaft (NCR)
Oil Pump Ass'y.
Mounting Flange Gasket
Mounting Flange
(Incl. 72 thru 83)
Oil Drain Plug
Oil Seal
Governor Shaft
Washer
Governor GearAss'y. (Incl. 81)
Governor Spool
Screw, 1/4-20 x 1-1/4"
Flywheel Key
Flywheel
Belleville Wt_sher
Flywheel Nut
Solid State Ignition
Spark Plug Cover
Screw, Torx T-15,
10-24 x 15/16"
Ground Wire
Cylinder Head Gasket
Cylinder Head
Exhaust Valve (Std.)
(Incl. 151)
Intake Valve (Std.) (IncL 151)
Screw, 5/16-18 x 1-1/2"
Resistor Spark Plug (RJ19LM)
Valve Spring
Valve Spring Cap
39
PART
NO.
151A
169
172
174
178
182
184
40017
36783
36784
30200
29752
6201
26756
185
186
189
191
195
207
216
223
224
238
239
241
245
250
260
261
262
275
277
285
287
290
292
300
301
311
313
355
370A
36785
32653
650839
36559A
610973
34336
33086
650451
36786
650932
34338
35797
35066
35065
36834
30200
650831
36790A
650988
35000A
650926
34357
26460
35586
36246
27625
34080
590701
36261
370C37318
370K 36695
370R 37317
380 640262
390 590737
400 37029A
416
36085
417
900
650821
-- --
900
----
DESCRIPTION
Intake Valve Seal
Valve Cover Gasket
Valve Cover
Screw, 10-24 x 9/16"
Nut & Lock Washer, 1/4-28
Screw, 1/4-28 x 7/8"
Carburetor To Intake Pipe
Gasket
Intake Pipe
Governor Link
Screw, 1/4-20 x 3/8"
S.E. Brake Bracket (lnct, t95)
Terminal
Throttle Link
R.P.M. Adjusting Lever
Screw, 1/4-20 x 1"
Intake Pipe Gasket
Screw, 10-32 x 49/64"
Air Cleaner Gasket
Air Cleaner Collar
Air Cleaner Filter
Air Cleaner Cover
Blower Housing
Screw, 10-24 x 9/16"
Screw, 1/4-20 x 1/2"
Muffler
Screw, 1/4-20 x 2-5/16"
Starter Cup
Screw, 8-32 x 21/64"
Fuel Line
Fuel Line Clamp
Fuel Tank (Incl. 292 & 301)
Fuel Cap
Oil Fill Plug
Spacer
Starter Handle
Lubrication Decal
(Replaces 64-831)
Primer Decal (3 X)
Starter Decal
Hot Surface Decal
Carburetor (Incl. 184)
Rewind Starter
Gasket Set
(Incl. Items Marked *)
Spark Arrestor Kit (Incl.
417)(Optional)
Screw, 10-32 x 1/2" (Optional)
Replacement Engine 750830,
(Not
Availabe in California), order from71-999
Replacement Short Block
750829A,
order from 71-999
RPM High 2900 to 3200
NOTE: This engine could have been built with
590694 starter).
NOTE: All component dimensions given in U.S.
inches 1 inch = 25.4 mm
CRAFTSMAN
4-CYCLE
ENGINE
KEY
NO.
MODEL NO. 143.004002
PART
NO.
----640262
1
631615
2
631767
4
631184
5
631183
6
640070
7
650506
16
631807
17
651025
18
630766
20
640018
20A 640200
25
631867
27
631024
28
632019
29
631028
30
831021
31
631022
35
640259
36
640080
36A 632766
37
632547
40
840175
44
27110A
47
630748
48
631027
60
632760B
DESCRIPTION
*
*
*
*
*
*
*
*
*
*
Carburetor (Incl. 184 of Engine Parts List)
Throttle Shaft & Lever Assembly
Throttle Return Spdng
Dust Seal Washer
Dust Seal (Throttle)
Throttle Shutter
Shutter Screw
Fuel Fitting
Throttle Crack Screw/Idle Speed Screw
Tension Spring
Idle Restrictor Screw
Idle Restdctor Scrwe Cap (Black)
Float Bowl
Float Shaft
Float
Float Bowl "O" Ring
Inlet Needle, Seat, & Clip (Incl. 31)
Spring Clip
Primer Bulb/Retainer Ring
Main Nozzle Tube
Carburetor Tube
"O" Ring, Main Nozzle Tube
High Speed Bowl Nut
Bowl Nut Washer
Welch Plug, Idle Mixture Well
Welch Plug, Atmospheric Vent
Repair kit (Incl. Items Marked *)
4O
CRAFTSMAN
4-CYCLE
ENGINE
MODEL
KEY
NO.
PART
NO.
----590a694
1
590599A
2
590600
3
590696
590601
4
5
590697
6
590698
7
590699
8
590700
11
590695
12
590535
13
590701
NO. 143.004002
DESCRIPTION
Recoil Starter
Spring Pin (Incl. 4)
Washer
Retainer
Washer
Brake Spring
Starter Dog
Dog Spring
Pulley & Rewind Spring Ass'y.
Starter Housing Ass'y. (40
degree grommet)
Starter Rope ( 98" X 9/64"
dia.)
Starter Handle
B--5
KEY
NO.
8
PART
NO.
----590737
3
590740
590616
6
7
590617
8
590618A
11
590687A
41
12
590535
13
14
590701
590760
DESCRIPTION
Rewind Starter
Retainer
Starter Dog
Dog Spring
Pulley & Rewind Spring Ass'y
Starter Housing Ass'y (40
degree grommet)
Starter Rope (Length 98" x 9/
64" dia.)
Starter Handle
Spring Clip
42
43
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