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® HP ° ELECTRIC START 10 MOWER / MULCHE 30 " 5 CAUTION : ENGU E IDER REAR Read And Follow All Safety Rules And Instructions Before o Assembly Operating This • Operation Equipment . • Customer Responsibilities = Maintenance • Service and Adjustment = Repair Parts F - 92533 11 - 22 - 91 Sears , Roebuck and Co , , Chicago , tL . 60684 U , SA , PrintedinUSA
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SAFETY RULES Safe Operation Practices for Riding Vehicles As Recommended by American National Standards Institute 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 to the operator or bystanders ° GENERAL OPERATION : 1 Read , understand and follow all instructions in the Instruction Book . on the machine tbe engine and with any attachments before starting 2 Only allow responsible adults familiar with the instructions to operate the machine 3 Clear the area of objects such as rocks , toys , wire , etc which could be picked up and thrown by the blade 4 Be sure the area is clear of other people before mowing Stop the machine if anyone enters the area 5 Never carry passengers . 6 Disengage power to the mower or any attachments before backing up Do not mow in reverse unless absolutely necessary Always look down and behind before and while backing 7 Be aware of the direction the mower discharges Do not point discharge from the mower at anyone or at places where people may be Do not operate the mower without either the entire grass bagger or the mower guard in place 8 Slow down before turning 9 Never leave a machine unattended with the engine running Always disengage the blade ( s ) , set the parking brake , stop the engine and remove the key before dismounting , 10 Disengage power to attachment ( s ) when transporting or not in use Disengage the blade ( s ) when not mowing 1 1 Stop the engine before removing the grass bagger or unclogging the chute 1 2 . Mow only in daylight or good artificial light 1 3 Do not operate the machine whl ] e under the influence of alcohol or drugs or when very tired 14 Watch for traffic when operating near or crossing roadways 1 6 Use extra caution when loading or unloading the machine when using a trailer or truck for transporting 1 6 Disengage all attachment clutches and shift into Neutral before attempting to start the engine 1 7 Always wear safety glasses or an eye shield when you operate the unit to protect your eyes from foreign objects that can be thrown from the unit Always wear eye protection when you make an adjustment or repair to the machine 18 Use care when pulling loads or using heavy equipment a Use only approved drawbar hitch points b Limit loads to those you can safely control c Do not turn sharply , Use care when backing d Use counterweights or wheel weights when suggested in the Instruction Book SLOPE OPERATION : Slopes and rough terrain are major factors related to loss of control and tip over accidents which ca n result in seve re injury or death , ALL slopes require extra caution If you cannot back up the slope or if you feel uneasy on the slope , do not mow it . See the " Slope Guide " in the back of this book to check for safe operation . DO 1 Mow up and down slopes not across , 2 Remove obstacles such as rocks , limbs , etc 3 Watch for holes , ruts or bumps . Uneven terrain could overturn the machine Tall grass can hide obstacles . 4 Use slow speed Choose a low enough gear so that you will not have to stop or shift while on the slope 5 Follow the manufacturers recommendations for wheel weights or counterweights to improve stability 6 Use extra care with grass baggers or other attachments , they can change the stability of the machine 7 Keep all movement on the slopes slow and gradual . Do not make sudden changes in speed or direction 8 Avoid starting or stopping on a slope if tires lose traction , disengage the blades and proceed slowty straight down the slope DO NOT 1 Do riot turn on slopes unless absolutely necessary , then only turn slowly and gradually downhill , if possible 2 Do not mow near drop - offs , ditches or embankments A wheel over the edge or an edge caving in could cause a sudden overturn and an injury or death , 3 Do not mow on wet grass Reduced traction could cause sliding 4 . Do not try to stabilize the machine by putting your foot on the ground 5 Do not use a grass bagger or other rear mounted accessories on steep slopes ( greater than 10 ° ) F - 92533 2
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SAFETY RULES - continued CHILDREN : Tragic accidents can occur if the operator is not alert to the presence of chiJdren _ Children are often attracted to the machine and the mowing activity NEVER assume that children will remain where you last sew them 1 Keep children out of the mowing area and in the watchful care of an adub other than the operator 2 Be alert and turn the engine off if children enter the area 3 Before and when backing , took behind and down for small children 4 Never carry children or any passengers _ They may faIt off and be seriously injured or interfere with the safe operation of the macMne 5 Never allow children to operate the machine instruct children in the dangers of the machine 6 Use extra care when approaching bl _ nd corners , shrubs , trees or other objects that may obscure vision SERVICE : 1 Use extra care when handllng gasollne and other fuels Fuels are flammable and the vapors are explosive a Use only an approved container b Never remove the gas cap or add fuei with the engine running Allow the engine to cool for several minutes before refueling Do not smoke c Never refuel the machine indoors d Never store the machine with fuel in the tank or fuel container inside where there is an open flame , such as a water heater 2 Never start or run the engine inside a closed area 3 Keep a [ f nuts and bo { ts , especially the blade attachment nuts tight Frequently check the blade ( s } for wear or damage such as cracks and nicks A blade that is bent or damaged must be immediately replaced with an original equipment blade from an authorized service dealer For safety , replace the blade every two years Keep the equipment _ n good condition 4 Never tamper with the safety devices Check their proper operation regularly 5 To reduce fire hazards keep the machine free of grass , leaves or other debris build - up Clean up oil or fue _ sp _ llage Allow the machine to cool before storing Stop and inspect the equipment if you strike an object Repair , if necessary , before re - starting Never make adjustments or repairs with the engine running The carburetor can be adiusted with the engine running Do not change the engine governor settings or overspeed the engine B Grass bagger components are subject to wear . damage and deterioration , which could expose moving parts or allow objects to be thrown For storage , always make sure the grass bag is empty Frequently check components and replace with manufacturers recommended parts when necessary 9 Mower blade ( s ) are sharp and can cut Wrap the blade ( a ) or wear gloves and use extra caution when servicing them or the blade housing area ! 0 Check the brake operation frequently Adjust and service as required 1 1 Wait for all movement to stop before servicing any part of the unit precautions This symbol indicates : " Attention ! A Look for this symbol to indicate important safety Become Alert ! Your Safety Is At Risk . " F _ 92533 3
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Congratulations on your purchase of a Sears Rider It has been PRODUCT SPECIFICATIONS designed , engineered and manufactured to give you the best Craftsman Engine 10 HR possible dependability and performance Charging System 3 amperes at 3600 rpm If you experience any problems you cannot easily remedy , please Fuel TankSIze 3 quarts see your nearest Sears Service Department We have competent , Type of Fuel Unleaded Regular wet ! trained technicians and the proper tools to service or repair this Oil Capacity 32 ounces unit Oil Type Above 32 degrees SAE 30 or 10W30 Please read and retain this manual The instructions will enable you Below 32 degrees SAE 5W30 to assemble and maintain your unit properly Always observe the Spark Plug ( Gap & 030 " ) Champion J - 8C12 " Safety Rules " Sears 71 - 333 STD361458 CUSTOMER RESPONSIBILITIES Tire Air Pressure Front 24 psi Rear 14 psi e Carefully read and follow the rules for safe operation Inspect All Gear Transaxle Five forward speeds and one reverse the unit Ground Speed Range Forward 0 - 43 mph • Follow all the assembly instructions Carefully adjust the unit Reverse 0 - 2 1 mph e Know how to operate all standard and aceessary equipment on Tilt Seat The seat tilts forward for easy access to the battery the unit Make sure the operator can correctly operate the unit Side Panels Easily removed for access to the engine Mower Housing The full - floating suspension and single blade e Operate the unit only with guards , shields and other safety give an even cut A removable mulcher plate that lets you mulch the items in place and working correctly grass and leaves The lift lever has eight positions from 1 - 1 / 2 to 4 e Complete all maintenance on the unit Service the unit only with inches authorized or approved replacement parts Blade Nut Torque 30 foot - pounds ( ft - lbs ) e See the Customer Responsibility / Maintenance Chart RIDING LAWN MOWER NOTE : This unit is equipped with an inter nalcombustion engine and must not be used on or near any unimproved forest - covered , Record in the space below the serial number and the date brush - covered orgrass - covered land unless the engine's exhaust of purchase of this unit system is equippedwith a spark attester meeting applicable local or state laws ( if any ) tf a spark attester is used , it must be maintained The model number and serial number are found under the in effective working order by the operator seat on a decal attached to the seat support In the State of California , the above is required by law ( Section 4442 Model Number : 502,255020 of the California Public Resources Code ) Other states may have simiiar laws Federal laws apply on federal lands . See an Authorized Service Center for a spark attester for the muffler Serial Number : MAINTENANCE AGREEMENT Date of Purchase : A Sears Maintenance Agreement is available on this unit See the Keep these numbers for future reference . nearest Sears Store for information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . i . . ¸ . . i . i / . : : . : . . . : : L . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . _ . . : . : . : . : _ _ L _ iM : : I ¸ T E : D : TW IO _ : _ : _ Y _ : _ AR [ _ : a _ R ¸ AN : _ ¸ _ [ ¸ : _ i : i ¸ _ _ : _ _ : : ILE : : : i : : ¸ : : ¸ : _ _ _ _ ¸ i : : _ i _ _ ; _ _ _ : : _ : : : : _ _ : _ , _ : ; : + _ : ; : : _ _ : _ : : i _ : _ : _ : _ ON ELECTRIC START RIDING EQUIPMENT H For two 2 years from the date , of purchase , if this riding equipment is manta ned , ubricated and tuned up acco d g I Il to the instructions in the owners manual Sears will repair or rep ace free of charge , any parts oundto be de ec ve I : : in materia , or workmanship ft This warranty does not cover : I _ I1 I e Expendable items which becorne worn during normal use , such as blades spark plugs , air cleaners and belts I : I e Tire replacement or repair caused by punctures from outside objects , such as nails , thorns , stumps or glass I I e Repairs necessary because of operator abuse , negligence improper storage or accident or the failure o ma a n | I the equipment according to the instructions contained in the owner's manual I I e Riding equipment used for commercial or rental purposes I . I LIMITED 90 DAY WARRANTY ON BATTERY [ iI II For 90 days from the date of purchase , if any battery included with this riding equipment proves defect ve ma eral I I1 or workmanship and our testing determines the battery will not hold a charge , Sears will replace the battery at no I charge II WARRANTY SERVICE ISAVAILABLE BY RETURNING THE RIDING EQUIPMENT TO THE NEAREST SEARS | I SERVICE CENTER / DEPARTMENT IN THE UNITED STATES . ILI I t This warranty gives you specific legal rights , and you may also have other rights which may vary from state to state Ii t . , Sears , Roebuck and Co . Di731CR - W , Sears Tower , Chicago , Illinois 60684 _ / i : . . . jll F _ 92533 4
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TABLE OF CONTENTS MAINTENANCE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 - 24 SAFETY RULES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 - 3 CUSTOMER RESPONSIBILITIES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 SERVICE AND ADJUSTMENT . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 - 29 PRODUCT SPECIFICATIONS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 STORAGE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 TROUBLE SHOOTING CHART . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31 WARRANTY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 REPAIR PARTS , MOWER . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 . . 2 - 43 TABLE OF CONTENTS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 REPAIR PARTS , TRANSAXLE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44 - 45 INDEX . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 REPAIR PARTS , ENGINE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46 - 49 RIDER ATTACHMENTS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 ELECTRICAL SCHEMATIC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50 ASSEMBLY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 - 11 OPERATION . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 - 17 PARTS ORDERING / SERVICE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Back Page INDEX A Parking Brake . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 , 13 Starting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Shift Lever . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 13 Stopping . . . . . . . 13 Adjustments : Start Engine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Storage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 glade Engagement Control . . . . . . 20 Throttle Control . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 25 Stop The Unit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 grake . Drive . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 Carburetor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 Trouble Shooting Chart . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31 P Mower Housing . Level . . . . . . . . . 28 F Throttle Control Cable . . . . . . . . . . . 25 Parking Brake . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 13 Filter . Air . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 Air Screen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 Parts Bag Riding Mower . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Fuel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Assembly . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 - 11 R Attachments . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Fuel System Storage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 Fuse . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29.31 42 Replace Motion Drive Belt . . . . . . . . . . . 27 B Replace Mower Drive Belt . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 L Bagging Tips . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 s Lift Lever . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Batter / : Lubdca tion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Safety Rules . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 - 3 Charge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Seat , Install . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Clean and Check . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 M Service and Adjustment . . . . . . 25 - 29 Emergency Start . . . . . . . 29 Maintenance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 - 24 Batter / Emergency Start . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 install . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Mower Drive Belt . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 Air Filter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 Storage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 Carburetor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 Air Screen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 Belt : Batter / . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 Height 0fCut . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 Motion Drive . Replace . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 Blade . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Level Mower Housing . . . . . . . . 28 Mower Drive , Adjust . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Motion Drive Belt . . . . . . . . . . 27 Mower Drive , Replace . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 Blade Engagement Control . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Brake . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 Mower Housing , Install . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 Routing Check . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Clutch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 Mower Housing Remove . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 Blade , Remove and install . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Sharpen . Blade . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Engine Oil . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 glade , Sharpen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Shift Lever . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 13 Lubrication . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ! 8 glade Engagement Control : Side Panel Remove . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 Muffler , Check . . . . . . . . . . . 24 Adjust . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Spark Arrestor . . . . . . . . . . . 4 24 Slope Guide . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51 Operation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Spark Plug . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 Spark Plug . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 Brake , Check and Adjust Drive 21 Tires . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 Specifications Product . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Brake Check and Adjust Transaxle 21 Transaxfe Brake . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 Speed Control Chart . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Brake Pedal Operation . . . . . . . . . . 12 Maintenance Schedule . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Start Engine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 C Steering Wheel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Mower Housing : Clean . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 Stop , Riding Mower . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Carburetor Adjust . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 Level . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 Storage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 Charge Batter / . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Remove and install . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 Charge Mower Housing To Mulcher . . . . . . . . 17 T Clutch / Brake Pedal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Mowing and Bagging Tips . . . . . . . . . . 16 Throttle Control . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Controls . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 O Throttle Control Cable . Adjust . . . . . . . . 25 Cutting Height . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 , 29 Tire Pressure . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 Oil : E Check . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 Trouble Shooting Chart . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31 Transaxle Brake . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 Electrical Schematic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50 Change . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 Transport . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Engine : Operating Tips . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Carburetor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 Operation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 - 17 w Lift Lever . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Oil . Change . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 Oil Level Check . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 Mower Housing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ! 4 Warranty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Mulcher . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Wheel , Align Front . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 Oil . Type . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 Wiring Schematic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50 Operation Speed Chart . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Operate On Hills . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 F - 92533 5
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ACCESSORIES AND ATTACHMENTS These accessories arrd attachments were available when the unit was purchased . They are also available at most Sears retail outlets , catalog arrd service centers . Most Sears stores can order these items for you when you provide the model number of your riding mower ENGINE MAINTENANCE SPARK PLUG MUFFLER AIR FILTER GAS CAN ENGINE OIL STABILIZER BLADES BELTS PERFORMANCE Sears offers a wide variety of attachments that fit your riding mower Many of these are listed below with brief explanations of flow they can help you This list was current at the time of publication ; however , it may change in future years - more attachments may be added , changes may be mode in these attachments , or some may no longer be available or fit your model Contact your nearest Sears store for the accessories and attachments that are available for your unit . Most of these attachments do not require additional hitches or corrversion kits ( those that do are indicated ) and are designed for easy attaching and detaching GRASS BAGGER lets you collect grass clippings and leaves far a AERATOR promotes deep root growth for a healthy lawn . Tapered healthier , nearer looking lawn . Two Grass containers hold 33 - gallon 2 _ 5 - inch steel spikes mounted on 10 - inch diameter disc puncture disposable plastic bags and offers 7 bushel capacity holes in soil at close intervals to let moisture soak in Steel weight tray for increased penetration . LAWN SWEEPERS let you collect grass clippings and leaves CARTS make hauling easy Variety of sizes available MULCH RAKE / DETHATCHER loosens soil and flips thatch and matted leaves to lawn surface for easy pickup . Twenty spring tine ROLLER for smoother lawn surface . 36 - inch wide , 18 - inch teeth Useful to prepare bare areas for seeding Available for rear diameter water - tight drum holds up to 390 - tbs of weight Rounded mounting only . edges prevent harmtoturf Adjustable scrape r automatically cleans drum SPRAYERS use 12 - volt DC electric motor that connects to the tractor battery or other 12 - volt source Includes booms for SPREADER / SEEDERS make seeding , fertilizing and weed killing automatic spraying when pulling , and hand held wand for spot easy . Bioadcast spreaders are also useful for granular deicers and sand spraying Wand has adjustable spray pattern For applying herbicides , insecticides , fungicides and liquid fertilizers CORING AERATOR takes small plugs out of soil to allow moisture and nutrients to reach grass roots 36 - inch swath 24 hardened MULCHER CONVERSION KIT turns your ridel into a mulching mower 2 5 - inch steel coring tips 150 - 1b weight tray NOTE : Do not use pull - behind attachments on slopes that are greater than lO - degrees _ F - 92533 6
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ASSEMBLY TOOLS YOU NEED TO ASSEMBLE THE UNIT PREPARATION 1 Adjustable wrench 5 Phillips screwdriver Before being put in the carton , the u nit was carefully inspected The 2 Open end wrench 1 / 2 " - 9 / 16 " 6 Low Tire pressure gauge carton was made to protect the unit dudng shipment 3 Open end wrench 7 / 1 6 " - 1 / 2 " 7 Knife The unit ! s completely assembled except for the items shown on 4 Blade type screwdriver 8 Socket Set ( OpdonaI ) this page These items are in the carton with a parts bag which contains the fasteners to assemble the unit Find and remove these items HOW TO REMOVE FROM THE CARTON 8artery SteedngWh _ To remove the unit from the carton , follow the instructions below 1 Open the top of the ca _ on 2 Remove the wood frame at the top of the carton 3 Remove the boxes labeled ( A ) and ( B ) from the carton Remove the seat and containers from the carton NOTE : the seat and containers are each covered with a protective sleeve 4 The items shown at the right are in a small unmarked box Remove and check each item Remove the small box 5 Cut each corner of the carton from the top to the bottom with a knife NOTE : See the Operation section for the location of the controls . 6 Move the shift lever to the NEUTRAL position 7 Move the lift lever to the HiGH position CAUTION : Check the bottom of the carton for staples Remove any staples that are in the path of the tires 8 From the back of the unit , carefully pull the unit backwards off the wood frame PARTS BAG - contents for Riding Mower The fasteners and loose parts are shown below , The fasteners are shown full size with the quantities in brackets ( ) , : ' i ? i ' ! ? i ? ! ? i ? i ? ! ' i'i ? i ' _ ? ; " . . . . . . . . . . i . i . . . . . . . . . i . ( 2 ) Lockwasher ( 1 ) Cover , Battery Cable For Seat For Positive Terminal I , D , 5 / 16 " , iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii ! i ! i 54148 18x16 5 / 16 " - 18 15x66 15x88 12 ) Hex Bolt ( 2 ) Hex Bolt ( 1 ) Clamp For Battery Terminals ( 3 ) Carriage Bolt For Seat For Battery Drain 1 / 4 " - 20 x 5 / 8 " For Seat Bracket 5 / 16 " - 18 x 5 / 8 " 91565 lx38 5 / 16 " - 1 B x 3 / 4 " 1x45 2x53 _ ap For Battery Drain ! f . r % % Not'lhow _ full Not Ihown full = izo ( 1 ) Clamp , Battery ( 4 ) Hub Cap 56205Z For Wheels ( 2 ) Ignition Key 7 F - 92533 91275
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ASS EM B LY HOW TO PREPARE AND Remove and discard CHARGE THE BATTERY NOTE : Before you install the battery , add the battery acid ( Electrolyte ) and charge the battery Battery acid will damage paint and parts , WARNING : Read the instructions included with the battery acid container . Protect your ahandst and eyes from the battery acid . Use clothing th will protect you . 1 If the vent caps are not installed on the battery remove the vent caps from the plastic bag Read the instructions included with the vent caps Your unit will have one or the other types of batteries as shown 2 If metal tape covers the vents , remove the metal tape from D - 4701 - 1 the vents Discard the metal tape 3 Pour battery acid into each battery cell until the battery acid touches the bottom of the vent as shown Do not add the CUT AWAY VIEW battery acid above the bottom of the vent tf you add too Cap much battery acid the excessive battery acid wilt flow from W W the battery when you charge the battery 4 Wait 20 to 30 minutes before you put the vent caps on the Vent Well battery White you wait for the battery , you can continue with _ ' _ Liquid the assembly of the unit j Level 5 The level of the battery acid can drop below the vent described in step 3 Add more battery acid until tile correct battery acid level is reached Install the vent caps Wash the top of the battery with water to remove any battery acid 6 D _ sca { d the battery acld container and any battery acid that was not used as follows Fill the container half full with water _ " ' , % DANGER Add baking soda and mix together using a p _ ece of wood BATTERY ACID WILL Add more baking soda until the solution does not foam CAUSE SEVERE BURNS % / Discard the solution and wash the container with water Destroy the container Contains sulphudc acid Do not tot the battery acid come in contact with Ihe skin [ he eyes or the WARNING : When you charge the battery , do not clothing smoke Keep the battery away from any sparks . To prevent accidents neutralize the battery acid that was not used To The fumes from the battery acid can cause an neutralize fill the container half fu ! l with water Add baking soda and explosion . mix using a piece of wood undt the solution does not foam Discard the solution and wash the container with water Destroy the container 7 Use a 1 2 volt battery charger to charge the battery Charge at ANTIDOTE : a rate of 6 amperes for 1 hour 8 After the battery is charged check the level of the battery External - Wash the area with waler then wash with a solution of water and sodium bicarbonate acid If the levet of the battery acid falls add water Do not Internal - Drink large amounts of water , milk , ot milk of magnesia add battery acid to a charged battery or the result can be Drink water mixed with the whites of eggs Call e Doctor immediately an expiosion Eyes - Flush with water for 15 mlnutes and then get immediate 9 The engine has a 3 amperes charging system . If you frequently medical help start the engine or frequently use the headlight ( if equipped ) , POISlON the battery will not stay fully charged For longer life of the - KEEP AWAY FROM CHILDREN - battery charge the battery every three months O - 5213 F - g2533 8
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, , , u i ASSEMBLY HOW TO ASSEMBLE THE STEERING WHEEL Use the fasteners shown below to install the steering wheel The fasteners are shown at full slze Steeling Wheel © A A B 1x102 Bottom B Top Beaows 15x88 View View 1 Make sure the front wheels point forward Slide the bellows over the steering post Make sure the collar of the bellows is D 5699 on top Push on the top of the bellows 2 Attach the steering wheel to the steering post with the fas - teners as shown Tighten the fasteners CHECK THE BELTS HOW TO ATTACH THE HUB CAPS Check the routing of the belts Make sure the belts are not twisted Make sure the belts are inside all the belt guides Push each hub cap onto the center hub of each wheel Make sure i r , i , , 111 the washer holds the hub cap in place Motion Drive Belt Guide Belt Guide Mower Drive Belt Guide Belt Transaxle Pul { ey Pulley Belt Guide " / CHECK THE TIRES 0 - 4825 Check the alr pressure in the tires Tires with too much air pressure will cause the unit to ride rough Also , the wrong air pressure will keep the mower houslng from cutting level The correct air pressure ( PSI ) for each Rear Wheel is 14 PSI ( 10 kg / cm2 ) and for CHECK THE DRIVE BRAKE each Front Wheel the air pressure is 24 PSI ( 16 kg / cm2 ) Models that have seml - pneumet _ c front wheels will not have a PSI The drive brake can be easily checked as follows Set the parking brake Move the shift lever to the neutral ( N ) posltlon _ Push the unit If the rear wheels rotate , adjust the drive brake See " How To Check And Adjust The Ddve Brake " F _ 92533 9
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ASSEMBLY HOW TO INSTALL THE BAI - rERY Use the fasteners shown below to install the battery , The fasteners are shown full size A 91565 B Battery Tray Drain Tube Drain Tube Clamp A Q C 15x66 D lx38 1 Check the level of the acid If the acid has fallen below the correct level , add water to the correct level 2 Attach the drain tube to the bottom of the battery tray Fasten the drain tube with clamp ( A ) as shown Push the drain tube through the hole in the frame as shown Pull the drain tube along the frame to the rear of the unit . Make sure the drain tube is above the clutch idler spring Fasten the drain tube to the side of the frame with tie strap ( S ) as shown 3 Set the battery in the battery tray Make sure the battery terminals are towards the center of the frame The correct position of the battery terminals are shown in the illustration O Tie Strap Make sure there are not any wires under the battery tray or i the battery 4 Fasten the battery with the battery clamp as shown , Make sure there are net any wires between the battery and the C battery clamp . BLACK 5 Slide the cover for the positive ( + ) terminal onto the red battery cable as shown WARNING : To prevent sparks , fasten the red cable to the positive ( + ) terminal before you Covet connect the black cable to the negative ( - } terminal . 6 Fasten the red battery cable to the positive ( + ) terminal with the nut and bolt as shown 7 Slide the cover over the positive ( + ) terminal 8 Fasten the black battery cable to the negative ( - ) terminal with the nut and bolt as shown 9 To prevent corToslon , apply grease to the battery terminals 0 - 4627.3 F - 92533 1 0
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ASSEMBLY HOW TO INSTALL THE SEAT Seat D Use the fasteners shown below to instalt the seat The fasteners are shown at full size Seal Bfackel ( A ) ( B ) lx45 18xlB ( C } BoIlom ( D ) Top C 2x53 View tSx88 V _ ew 1 With the seat hinge towards the front of the unit . align the Seat holes in the seat bracket with the holes in the seat support Pull the wire harness between the seat hinge and the seat bracket as shown Fasten the seat bracket to the seat support with the fasteners as shown Do not tighten the fasteners Wire From Seat 2 Carefully remove the protective sleeve and the plastic bag Switch Sensor from around the seat Do not damage the wire under the seat Align the holes in the seat hinge to the holes in the seat Fasten the seat to the seat hinge with the fasteners as Seat Bracket shown 3 Check the operating posltlon of the seat If the seat needs to be adjusted slide the seat forward or backward along the adjusting holes as shown To keep the seat bracket straight . first tighten the rear nut and then tighten the two front nuts Sea _ 4 Connect the wire from the seat switch sensor to the wire harness Make sure the tab part of the connector from the Holes seat switch sensor locks into the latch of the wire harness / / connector D # BO : unit , connect the wire from the seat switch WARNING : For correct and safe operation of the sensor to the wire harness SPECIAL MULCHER FEATURE The mower housing has a special cover that lets you mulch the lawn for a clean , fine cut To operate the mower housing as a standard discharge unit or if used with a grass bagger the mu ! eher CHECK THE LEVEL OF cotter must be removed THE MOWER HOUSING IMPORTANT : There are several different types of grass The lever of cut was set at the factory After the unit is fully assemble . Because of the different textures of grass , some grass is completely read the Operation Section mere difficult to cut . , If you remove the mulcher cover and Make sure the level of cut is set at the height you llke for your lawn the performance of the mower discharge or grass bagger Check the operation of the mower housing Mow a short distance accessory is not acceptable you need to replace the mulcher and look at the area that was cut If the mower housing does not cut blade with a standard blade A standard blade , part number level , see the instructfons on " How To Level The Mower Housing " 56212 , is available from your nearest Sears Service Department F - 92533 1 1
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OPERATION KNOW THE PRODUCT Before you operate the unit , read this instruction book If you understand the unit and how the unit operates you will get the best performance When you read this instruction book compare the illustrations to the unit Learn the location of the controls To help prevent an accident followthe operating instructions and the safety rules Keep this instruction book for future reference C ] ulch , Bfake Peda _ Throttle Control Lever Blade Engag Igrlilion SwiIch ParMng Brake Lever MEETS CPSC SAFETY REQUIREMENTS Sears Mowers conform to the safety standards of the American National Standards Institute and the US Consumer Product Safety Commission BLADE ENGAGEMENT CONTROL LEVER : Use the control SHIFT LEVER : Use the shift lever to change the speed of the unit lever to start and stop the rotation of the blade THROTTLE CONTROL LEVER : Use the throttle control to CLUTCH / BRAKE PEDAL : The pedal has two functions The first function is a clutch The second function is a brake increase or decrease the speed of the engine IGNITION SWITCH : Use the ignition switch to start and stop the engine LIFT LEVER : Use the Hft lever to change the height of cut PARKING BRAKE LEVER : Use the parking brake lever to engage the brake when you leave the unit F - 92533 12
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OPERATION The operation of any lawn mower can result in foreign objects thrown in the eyes , which can result in severe eye damage Always wear safety glasses or eye shields before starting your lawn J Shift Gate mower and while mowing We recommend the Wide Vision Safety Mask for over the spectacles or standard safety glasses , available at Sears J Retail or Catalog Stores HOW TO USE THE MOWER HOW TO SET THE PARKING BRAKE 1 Completely push the clutch / brake pedal forward 2 Lift the parking brake lever 3 Remove your foot from the clutch / brake pedal and then release the parking brake lever Make sure the parking brake will hold the unit i Z _ To release the parking brake , completely push the clutch / brake pedal forward The parking brake will automatically release WARNING : Before you leave the operator's position Set the parking brake Move the blade position , move the shift lever to the neutral ( N ) engagement control to the DISENGAGE posffion , - 2 Stop the engine and remove the ignition key m HOW TO STOP THE UNIT Tab 1 Push the pedal completely forward to stop the unit Keep THROTTLE your foot on the pedal 2 Move the blade engagement control to the DISENGAGE position 3 Move the shift lever to the NEUTRAL position 4 Set the parking brake 5 Move the throttie control to the SLOW position 6 To stop the engine turn the ignition key to the OFF position Remove the key HOW TO USE THE SHIFT LEVER CAUTION : Before you move the shift lever , completely push the clutch / brake pedal forward to stop the unit If the unit is not stopped , the transaxle can be damaged 1 Completely push the clutch , brake pedal forward to stop the unit Keep your foot on the pedal 2 Move the throttle control lever to the SLOW position FAST 3 To move the shift lever to NEUTRAL from a forward gear . pull the shift lever back and then to the left until the lever goes past the tab 4 To move the shift lever to a forward gear from NEUTRAL pull the lever to theleh Then push the lever forward 5 Slowly release the clutch , brake pedal Do not keep your foot on the pedal 6 Move the throttle comrol ; o the FAST position 7 To move the shift lever to REVERSE stop the unit Move the shift lever to the NEUTRAL position First move the shift lever to the right until the shift lever stop clears the shift gate . and then move back to REVERSE NOTE : Belt noise can occur when the clutch is engaged . This noise is normal and does not affect the operation of the unit F - 92533 I3
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OPERATION HOW TO OPERATE WITH HOW TO USE THE THROTTLE CONTROL THE MOWER HOUSING Use the throttle control to increase or decrease the speed of the engine WARNING : " [ ' he deflector is a safety device Do 1 To start a cold engine move the lever to the START or not remove the deflector , The deflector forces CHOKE position the discharged material toward the ground 2 The FAST position is marked with a detent For normal Always keep the deflector in the down position operations and when using a grass bagger move the lever to If the deflector is damaged + replace it with a the FAST position For maximum charging of the battery and factory replacement part also for a cooler running engine , operate the engine in the FAST position 1 Start the engine 3 For transport and to tow pull behind attachments move the 2 Move the lift lever to a height of cut position in high or thick throttle control to the needed speed grass cut the grass in the high position first and then lower 4 The engine governor is set at the factory for maximum the mower housing to a lower position performance Do not adjust the governor to increase the 3 Move the throttle control to the SLOW position speed of the engine 4 Move the blade engagement control to the ENGAGE position 5 Push the clutch / brake pedal completely forward HOW TO CHANGE THE CUTTING HEIGHT 6 Move the shift lever to one of the speed settings NOTE : When you mow in heavy grass or mow with a To change the curing height , raise or lower the lift lever The bagger , put the shift lever in the slowest speed cutting height can be set from 1 V2 to 4 inches When you ride on a 7 Slowly release the clutch / brake pedal sidewalk or a road . move the lift lever to the HI position and move 8 Move the throttle control to the FAST position If you need to the btade engagement control to the DISENGAGE position go faster or slower stop the unit and move the shiftiever to another speed setting HOW TO USE 9 Make sure the level of cut set at the factory is still correct After you mowa short distance Iookat the area that was cut THE BLADE ENGAGEMENT CONTROL If the mower housing does not cut level see the instructions on " How To Level The Mower Housing " in the maintenance See the location of the blade engagement contro _ Jn the illustration section Use the biade engagement control to start and stop the rotation of the blade 1 Before you start the engine make sure the control leve + is in WARNING : Forbettercontroloftheunit , always select a safe speed the DISENGAGE position 2 Move the centre { lever to the ENGAGE position to rotate the blade HOW TO OPERATE THE UNIT ON HILLS Note : If the engine stops when you engage the blade ( s ) + the seat switch is not activated Make sure you sit in the WARNING : Do not ride up or down slopes that middle of the seat Also . make sure the wire is connected are too steep to back straight up Never ride the to the seat switch unit across a slope See the " Slope Guide " in the 3 Move the centre { lever to the DISENGAGE position to stop back of this book for information on how to the rotary btade Before you leave the operators position check slopes make sure the blade has stopped rotating 4 Before you ride the unit on a sidewalk or a road move the 1 Before you ride up or down a hill move the shift lever to the control lever to the DISENGAGE position slowest speed 2 Do not stop or change speed settings on a hill If you must stop quickly push the clutch / brake pedal forward and set the awayfromtheblade + deflectoropening and the parking blake WARNING : Always keep your hands and feet mower housing when the engine runs 3 To start again make sure the shift { ever is the slowest speed Move the throttle control to the SLOW position S { ow + y release the pedal HOW TO TRANSPORT THE UNIT 4 If you mast stopor start on a hilI always have enough space for the unit to roll when you release the brake and engage To transport the unit . follow the steps below the clutch 1 Move the btade engagement contro _ to the DISENGAGE 5 Be very careful when you change directions on a hill When position onastopeorina turn onahill move the throttle control to the 2 Raise the lift lever to the HI position SLOW position to help prevent an accident 3 Move the thrortle centre + to a position between SLOW and FAST 4 To go faster move the shift lever to a faster speed F _ 92533 1 4
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OPERATION BEFORE STARTING THE ENGINE HOW TO START THE ENGINE WARNING : The electrical system has an CHECK OIL - Add as needed operator presence system that includes a sensor switch mounted in the seat These components NOTE : Do not check the level of the oil while the engine tell the electrical system if the operator is sitting runs on the seat For your protection , always make sure this system operates correctly This system 1 Make sure the unit is tevel will stop the engine when the operator leaves 2 Clean the area around the dipstick Remove the dipstick the seat if the blade engagement control is Wipe the oil from the dipstick engaged 3 Insert the dipstick into the oil fill tube Turn the dipstick clockwise untiI it is tight Remove the dipstick Check the oil level on the NOTE : The engine will not start unless you depress the dipstick The oll level must reach the FULL mark on the clutch / brake pedal , move the shift lever to the NEUTRAL dipstick position , and move the blade engagement control to the 4 If necessary , add oil until the oil reaches the FULL mark on DISENGAGED position the dipstick The quantity of oiI needed from ADD to FULL is shown on the dipstick Do not add too much oil I Sit in the middle of the seat Completely pusl _ the clutch / brake pedal forward Keep your foot on the pedal ADD GASOLINE 2 Move the shift lever to the NEUTRAL ( N ) position 3 Move the blade engagement control to the DISENGAGE Fill the fuel tank with regular unleaded gasoline Make sure the position gasoline is fresh and clean Leaded gasoline will _ ncrease deposits 4 Move the throttle control to the CHOKE position and shorten the life of the valves Do not use premium unIeaded 5 Turn the ignition key to the START position Release the key gasoline when the engine starts NOTE : If the engine does not start after four or five tries . CAUTION : A mixture of alcohol ( ethanol or methanol ) and move the throttle control to the FAST position Again try gasoline ( called gasohol ) _ will attract moisture and cause acid to start the engine If the engine will not start , see the deposits during storage While the unit is in storage , the acids TROUBLE SHOOTING CHART in the fuel can damage the fuel system 6 After the engine starts move the throttle control from To prevent engine problems with the fuel system , empty the CHOKE to a needed speed fuel system before storage of 30 days or longer Drain the fuel 7 Before you begin . work , let a cold engine run for several tank , Start the engine Let the engine run until the fuel lines and minutes To start a hot engine move the throttle control toa the carburetor are empty , After storage , make sure you use position between FAST and SLOW , flesh fuel , See the storage instructions for additional information Never use engine cleaner or carburetor cleaner in the fuel tank or permanent damage can occur , WARNING : Always use a safety gasoline container , Do not smoke when adding gasoline to the fuel tank , Do not add gasoline when you are inside an enclosure Before you add gasoline , stop the engine and let the engine cool for several minutes CARBURETOR The factory settings for the carburetor are for most conditions If the engine is operated under the following conditions you can adjust the carburetor mixture See " How To Adjust The Carburetor " in the maintenance section 1 The engine has a loss of power or does not run smooth 2 A change from summer to winter operation 3 A40 ° change in the operation temperature The carburetor was adjusted at 80 ° at the factory 4 The engine is operated above 4 000 feet F - 92533 1 5
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OPERATION HOW TO OPERATE THE UNIT 7 Discharge the cut grass onto the mowed area The result is a more even discharge of cut grass AS A MULCHER 8 When you mow large areas , start by turning to the right so that the cut grass will discharge away from shrubs , fences , A Mutcher cuts the grass fine so that the grass can be easily driveways , etc After one or tame rounds , mow in the opposite recycled Because the nutrients are returned to the soil , the lawn direction making left turns until finished will need less fertilizer ' . To correctly muJch the lawn , follow the tips below a Operate the engine of the Riding Mower at the FULL throttle setting a The grass must be dry If the grass is wet , it will be difficult to cut and cause clumps of grass o The grass must not be too high Set the mower housing height of cut so that only the top third of the grass is cut . If the grass is too high . set the height of the mower housing to the maximum height Then , lower the height of cut for the second mowing - . . . . During the mowing season when the grass grows quick _ y , . . i , ' J you need to mow more than once a week Keep a sharp edge on the blade _ A blade that is not sharp will cause the ends of the grass to become brown Clean the underside of the mower housing Grass and other 9 If the grass is very high , cut two times to decrease the load on debris can keep the mower from working correctly the engine First cut with the mower housing in the HIGH position and then lower the mower housing for the second cut . If the quality of cut is marginal , try the following : I0 For better engine performance and an even discharge of the cut grass , always operate the engine with the throttle in o Set the height of cut at a higher cutting height FAST position Cut the grass more frequently 11 When you use a bagger , operate the engine with the throttle Operate the mower at a slower ground speed and at the in FAST position and the shift lever in first or second gear . FAST throttle control position 12 For better cutting performance and a quality cut , mow with Overlap the path of cut instead of using the full width of the the shift lever in one of the slower speed gears mower housing 13 After each use , clean the bottom and top of the mower housing Mow across the marginal areas a second time for better performance Also . a clean mower housing will Keep the blade sharpened See " How To Sharpen The Blade ' t help prevent a fire in the maintenance section of the Owner's Manual for the IMPORTANT : There are several different types of grass . Riding Mower Because of the different textures of grass , some grass is a For a lawn to took better , check the cutting level of the more difficult to cut . If you remove the mulcher plate and mower housing See " How To Level The Mower Housing " in the maintenance section of the Owner's Manual for the the performance of the mower discharge or grass bagger accessory is not acceptable you need to replace the mulcher Riding Mower blade with a standard blade . A standard blade , part number 5621 2 , is available from your nearest Sears Service MOWING AND BAGGING TIPS Department _ I For a lawn to look better , check the cutting level of the mower housing See " How To Level The Mower Housing " in the maintenance section 2 For the mower housing to cut level , make sure the tires have the correct amount of sir pressure { PSI ) 3 Ever , / time you use the unit , check the blade If the blade is bent or damaged , immediately replace the blade AIso _ make sure the nut for the blade is tight 4 Keep the blade ( s ) sharpened Worn blades will cause the ends of the grass to turn brown 5 Do not cut or bag grass that is wet Wet grass will not discharge correctly . Let the grass dry before cutting 6 Use the teft side of the mower housing to trim near an object F - 92533 1 6
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OPERATION HOW TO CONVERT THE MOWER HOUSING The mower housing has a speclat plate that lets you mulch the lawn for a clean , fine cut The mulcher plate must be removed to convert the mower housing to freely discharge or bag the cut grass How to remove the mulcher plate , WARNING : Disconnect the wire to the spark ptug to prevent the engine from starting by accident . Make sure the blade engagement control lever is in the DISENGAGE position , 1 Remove the two wlng nots and carriage bolts as shown 2 Slide the mulcher plate to the front and lift the plate away D _ 4S33 Mulcher Cover from the mower housing 3 Fasten the carriage bolts and wing nuts to the plate for future use IMPORTANT : There are several different types of grass . Discharge Chute Because of the different textures of grass , some grass is more difficult to out . If you remove the muloher plate and the performance of the mower discharge or grass bagger accessory is not acceptable you need to replace the mulcher blade with a standard blade . A standard blade , part number 56212 , is available from your nearest Sears Service Department ° How to assemble the mulcher plate + Tabs \ WARNING : Disconnect the wire to the spark Side Tab plug to prevent the engine from starting by \ accident , Make sure the blade engagement control lever is in the DISENGAGE position 1 Remove the wing nuts and carriage bolts from the mulcher Carriage Bolts plate 2 Lift the discharge chute Slide the mulcher plate under the discharge chute from the front to the rear Make sure the two tabs on the plate are to the front of the nuts for the chute bracket Also , make sure the side tab flts inside the discharge opening , Push the plate to the rear so that the two tabs lock around the nuts as shown 3 + Fasten the mulcher plate with two carriage bolts and wing nuts as shown PUSH 0 * 4832 F + 92533 1 7
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CUSTOMER RESPONS BIUTIES MAUNTENANCE CHART MAINTENANCE CHART FIRST EVERY EVERY EVERY EACH 2 25 5O 100 BEFORE STORAGE PROCEDURE USE HOURS HOURS HOURS HOURS STORAGE DATES X Blade , Inspect & Sharpen X Blade Engagement Control , Check Brake , Check X R X Clutch , Check I X X Tires , Check R X X Batter / , Check & Charge X X Ba _ er T , Clean x x Lubrication x Oi ! , Check x Air Screen , Check X X x x Oil , Change G Air Filter , Clean X X I Muff ! er , Check X x x Spark P ! ug , Check x Spark Plug , RepIace MOWER GENERAL RECOMMENDATIONS 1 It is the owners responsibility to correctly maintain this product which extends the life of the product and to maintain warranty coverage 2 Once a year you must check the spark plug , drive brake , ubrJc . . . . he unit , and clean the air filter , _ rkC , , e - _ . . . . . h . . e f _ , _ ne , = _ , * _ = _ nd = make sure the'r _ re = tight . . . . . . 4 _ n , en _ nc _ SecJon , o ke _ p your unit _ n good operating condition adjustment { except carburetor ) , or repair , WARNING : Before you make an inspection , disconnect the wife from the spark plug WHERE TO LUBRICATE Lubricate the areas shown with engine oil _ ' _ ' w # ; - Apply grease with a brush to the areas shown O - € 804 NOTE : If the unit is operated in dry areas that have sand . use a dry graphite spray to lubricate the unit , CAUTION : Do not lubricate the nylon bearings for the front wheels Oil or grease will damage the bearings O _ - 367 _ F - 92533 1 8
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MAINTENANCE iNSPECT BLADE WARN ! NG : Before you inspect or remove the . . . . . . d _ sc _ nn _ , t . . . . _ . _ , o . . . . _ . . , plug the b ! adeh . . . . nobj _ ct , stop the engine Che & k the un . t for damage The blade has sharp edges When you ho ! d the blade , use g ! oL , es or cloth , t t _ r _ , 4e material to protect _ o , , . h . n _ l , TO , - , , eer , , h . . . . . . e . . . . . _ , _ , , d , n _ . . . . . . . b . . . . . . . d . . . . g _ e . . . . . . . . _ . , c . . . . . . e , _ nd more safe to operate Frequently check check the - . , . , _ ' h _ H " _ , blade Keep the nut tight If , h _ hlode hits _ n object . _ , o _ , , he engine . . . . . nnec , J . . . . . . _ + _ , o , he spark B ! _ de Adapter _ ' " _ " h ' _ See if the bLd _ _ be , , t o , d _ m _ d _ h _ c . , h . . . . . . . . . _ , , _ r for damage Before you operate . h . , _ ; . _ 1 _ , 4 _ , 4 _ B ! _ de or . g , . _ , e , _ , J , _ . . . ent _ . Jt See the authonzed service dealer in your area Ever / three years he , , _ _ . . h _ ; _ . _ _ , ; _ = . _ inspect the blade or replace the o ! d blade ; vith an origins ! equipment part HOW TO REMOVE AND INSTALL THE BLADE ! RetooLs the mower housing See the instructions on " How To Remove The Mower Housing " 2 Use a piece of wood to keep the blade from rotating 3 Remove the nut that ho ! ds the Made 4 Check the blade and the blade adapter according to the instructions for " inspect B ! ade " Replace a badly , . * zorn or damaged blade with an origins ! equipment blade See an authorized service dealer in your area 5 Cleanthetopandbottomofthemowerhous _ ng RemoveaN the grass and debris B Mount the blade and blade adapter on the mandre ! as shown 7 Mount the blade so that the hi - ! ift edges ere up as shown ! f the blade is upside down the blade wi ! ! not cut correctly and can cause an accident B Fasten the blade with the odgina ! washers and nut Make sure the outside rim of the Be ! ! evN ! e washer is against the D _ 66 ] blade as shown 9 Tighten the nut that holds the blade to a torque of 30 foot pounds ( 41 . SN - m ) ! 0 Install the mower housing See " How To Install The Mower Housing " the blade A loose nut or blade can cause an WARNING : Always keep the nut tlght that holds accident HOW TO SHARPEN THE BLADE is not correctly balanced or if the blade is damaged , A blade that is damaged with dcrackse WARNING : Vibration can be caused if the bla c _ _ . - . br _ _ k an _ _ c _ _ , . . . _ _ e _ _ n accident Keep a sharp edge on the blade A blade that is not sharp wi ! ! cause the tips of the grass to become brown D - 3509 - 1 1 Sharpen the blade two times s year or e _ : erl 25 hours 2 Remove the blade according to the Mstructions in " How To Remove And Install The Blade " 3 Clean the blade with a brush , soap and water Check the blade Look for cracks , nicks , or other damage Replace s badly worn or damaged Made with an original equipment blade See an authorized service dealer in your area Screwdriver 4 Sharpen the blade with a file Make sure you keep the original bevel angle . 5 Make sure the blade is balanced Use a screwdriver and hold the blade parallel to the ground as shown A blade that is balanced will stay para ! lel to the ground If the blade is not balanced , the heaw end wi ! t rotate toward the ground Sha _ en the heavy end until the blade is balanced 6 A new blade will cut better than a badly worn blade Ever / Blade is balanced when three years , have an authori = ed seP41ce person inspect the parallel to the ground blade or replace the old blade with an original equipment blade 7 Assemble the blade according to the instructions " How To Ground Remove And Install The Blade " F - 92533 19
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MAINTENANCE HOW TO CHECK AND ADJUST THE BLADE ENGAGEMENT CONTROL engagement control must operate correctly WARNING : To prevent an injury , the blade 1 Stop the engine Disconnect the wire from the spark plug . 2 Before you adjust the blade engagement control lever check and tevet the mower housing See " How To Level The Mower Housing " 3 Set the height of the mower housing in the lowest position 4 Move the blade engagement control to the DISENGAGE position 5 Check the blade engagement control lever Before the blade engagement control engages there must be 1 / 8 " to 3 / 8 " ( 3ram to 9ram ) of free movement Blade Engagemenl Control Lever 6 If an adjustment is needed disconnect the clevis from the pivot rod and bracket assembl'r Turn the clevis clockwise to decrease the free movement of the blade engagement control Turn the clevis counterclockwise to increase the Position free movement 7 Connect the clevis to the pivot rod and bracket assembly . Move the blade engagement control to the DISENGAGE D - 4658 I position Check the free movement of the blade engagement control o \ 8 Check the operation of the blade brake Rotate the pulley Pad Against Pulley with your hand Make sure that the blade brake pad presses With Blade Control tightly against the pulley in DISENGAGE Brake Pad 9 Move the blade engagement control to the ENGAGE position position Check the blade brake pad tf the blade brake pad is " Away From rPulleyol r _ With Blade Cont excessively worn or damaged replace the blade brake pad assembly Correct replacement paris and assistance are I | In ENGAGE position available from an authorized service center , ' 1 i1 . 10 Connect the wire to the spark plug Mow for a short distance } p , and again check the operation of the blade engagement control I 1 1 When you move the blade engagement control to the I J DISENGAGE position all movement will stop within five L . I seconds if the adjustment is correct If all movement does J not stop again adjust the blade engagement control I beginning with the first step If you need assistance take the I unit to an authorized service center , I 12 If you replace the mower drive belt adjust the blade e , 5298 engaqement control lever 2G F _ 92533
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MAINTENANCE / ( To increase the operation of the Adjustable Nutn Washer _ . _ brake , tur counterclockwise ) Brake Rod Cotter Pin 1 / 2 " to 5 / 8 / ( 13ram to 16turn ) Clearance Pedal Lever / " \ / Washer Cotter Pin Ctutch Rod HOW TO CHECK AND ADJUST THE DRIVE HOW TO CHECK AND ADJUST THE CLUTCH BRAKE If the unit will not move when the clutch is engaged or if the belt slips t Before you adjust the broke , check the clutch adjustment See when going uphill or when pulling a load , the motion drive belt is the instructions on " How To Check And Adjust The Clutch " loose Check the clearance between the rear of the pedal lever and the back of the hole as shown If there is more or less than the 2 Make sure the shift lever is in the NEUTRAL ( N ) position clearance shown in the illustration , adjust the pedal as follows : 3 Disconnect the adjustable nut from the brake arm as shown 4 Carefully push the brake arm forward and hold in position 1 Disconnect the adjustable nut from the idler bracket as shown 5 With the brake arm forward , rotate the adjustable nut 2 Turn the adjustable nut clock , vise to increase the length of the clutch rod There must be 1 / 2 - to - 5i8 - inch clearance at the counterclockwise on the brake rod until the adjustable nut is in line with hoIe in the brake arm back of the clutchJbrake pedal as shown This adjustment will increase the clearance at the pedal NOTE : If the adjustable nut will not line up with the hole in 3 Assemble the adjustable nut to the idler bracket Check the the brake arm , go to step 6 . If the adiustable nut does line clearance at the pedal up with the hole in the broke arm , go to step 12 4 After making an adjustment to the pedal , check the brake rod 6 Pull the brake arm to the rear of the unit as described in the instructions , " How To CheckAnd Adjust The 7 The brake adjustment of the transaxle is located on the Drive Brake " underside of the transaxle on the left side Use one wrench to hold the adjuster rod while you loosen the hex nut approximately 2 turns with another wrench 8 Turn the adjuster rod clockwise 1 / 2 - turn Try to push the unit If the unit roils , continue this step until you feel resistance from the brake when you push the unit 9 Turn the adjuster rod counterclockwise one turn Then , holdthe adjuster rod with one wrench while you tighten the hex nut with another wrench 10 Carefully push the brake arm forward and hold in position 11 With the brake arm forward , rotate the adjustable nut clockwise on the brake rod until the adjustable nut is in line with the hole in the brake arm Adjuster _ 12 Connect the adjustable nut to the brake arm with the washer Rod ( Turn Clockwise ) and cotter pin . 13 Apply the parking brake Try to push the unit If the rear wheels do not turn , the brake is correctly adjusted Release the parking brake Push the unit to see if the wheels will freely roll VIEW FROM UNDERSIDE take the unit to an Authorized Service Center . , _ WARNING : If you cannot correctly adjust the drive brake , D - , 4802 F - 92533 21
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MAINTENANCE HOW TO REMOVE THE SIDE PANEL To help service and clean the engine or the battery the rear s _ de panels can be easity removed 1 Remove the large screws that hold the front of the side panel 2 Slide the side panel back approximately one inch Remove the side panet BATTERY To charge or clean the battery remove the battery from the unit as follows WARNING : To prevent sparks , disconnect the black battery cable from the negative ( - - ) terminal before you disconnect the red cable WARNING : The battery contains sulphuric acid which is harmful to the skin , eyes and clothing . If the acid gets on your body or clothing , wash with water immediately BLACK 1 Remove the black cable from the negative ( + ) terminal / 2 Remove the red cable from the positive ( + ) terminal 3 Remove the battery clamp from the battery 4 Remove the battery from the unit HOW TO CHECK AND CHARGE THE BATTERY WARNING : When you charge the battery , do not smoke , Keep the battery away from any sparks + The fumes from the battery acid can cause an explosion . 1 The battery witl be damaged if the battery acld is not kept at the correct level Check the level of the battery acid The battery acid must touch the bottom of the vent If the battery acid has fallen below the correct level add water to the correct level Do not add battery acid to a charged battery or Bar _ ery Clarn _ the result can be an explosion 2 The engine has a 3 amperes charging system If you frequently e + 4627 - 3 start the engine or frequently use the headlight , the battery wilt not stay fully charged For longer llfe of the battery CUT AWAY VIEW charge the battery every three months 3 Before you charge the battery , remove the battery 4 Use a 12 volt battery charger to charge the battery Charge at a rate of 3 amperes for 2 to 3 hours After the battery is charged check the level of the battery acid ] f the level of the battery acid falls add water Do not add battery acid to a charged battery or the result can be an explosion 5 Install the battery See " How To Install The Battery " in the assembly section HOW TO CLEAN THE BATTERY Remove the battery from the unit Wash the battery with a sotution of one gallon of water and CHECK THE TIRES four tabtespoons of baking soda ( sodium bicarbonate ) Make sure the solution does not get _ nto the battery cells Check the air pressure in the tires Tires with too much air pressure 3 Clean the terminals and the ends of the cables with a will cause the unit to ride rough Also , the wrong air pressure will wire brush keep the mower housing from cutting level The correct air 4 Install the battery See " How To Install The Battery " in the pressure ( PSI ) for each Rear Wheel is 14 PSI ( 10 kg / cm2 ) and fol assembly section each Front Wheet the air pressure is 24 PSI ( 16 kg / cm2 ) Models 5 To prevent corrosion apply grease to the battery terminals that have semi - pneumatic front wheels will not have a PSI 22 F - 92533
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MAINTENANCE ENGINE Air Street : HOW TO CHECK THE OIL Dipstick NOTE : Do not check the level of the oil while the engine runs , 1 Make sure the unit is level 2 Clean the area around the dipstick Remove the dipstick Wipe the oil from the dipstick 3 Insert the dipstick into the ell fill tube Turn the dipstick c ! ock - wise until it is tight Remove the dipstick Check the oil level on the dipstick The oi ! level must teach the FULL mark on the dipstick 4 If necessary add oil until the oil reaches the FULL mark on the dipstick The quantity of oil needed from ADD to FULL is shown on the dipstick Do not add too much ell HOW TO CHANGE THE OIL NOTE : Do not drain the oil fromacoidengine Before you drain the oil , let the engine run for several minutes Makesureyoudo Clean grass and debris not get oil on the belts from bottom edge of shroud Oil Drain Cap 1 Remove the oil drain cap Drain the oil completely from the engine Install and tighten the oil drain cap 2 UseaSD SEorSFdetergentgradeoii Detergent oil helps to clean the engine Nothing must be added to theoil HOW TO CLEAN 3 Before you change the oil use the temperature chart below THE ENGINE COOLING SYSTEM to select tile viscosity grade of the oil to use The engine on this unit is air cooled The air that cools the Temperature range before the next oil change Oil must be a engine enters through the air screen on top of the engine SD . SE or SF grade oil Required SAE viscosity grades 1 Remove any grass dirt or debris from the air screen with a cloth or brush 2 Inspect the edge of the engine shroud for grass or debris - 1 I I Remove any grass or debris visible at the bottom edge of the 15 ! 3o engine shroud jj3 3i II11 - - - 20 ° 0 _ 32 ° 40 = 60 ° 80 ° 100 ° C _ 4682,1 CAUTION : To protect the starting system , use SAE 5W30 oil when the temperature is lees than 32 ° F 4 Clean the area around the dipstick Remove the dipstick Slowly pour approximately 32 ounces ( 0 9 liters ) of oil into the oil extension tube 5 Insert the dipstick into the oil extension tube Turn the dipstick in a clockwise direction until it is tight Remove the dipstick Check the ell level on the dipstick The oil tevet must reach the FULL mark on the dipstick F - 92533 23
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MAINTENANCE HOW TO CLEAN THE AIR FILTERS @ " _ ' - " - ' - " _ Wingnut Some engines have two filters , an outer foaro filter around an inner Cover paper filter Clean the air filters every 50 hours If you operate in dirty conditions service more often NOTE : Never run the engine with the air filters removed The air filters will help protect the engine against wear For the correct replacement filter , see the parts list for the engine . 1 Remove the two wingnuts from the cover 2 Remove the cover from the air cleaner 3 Remove the two nuts from the filters 4 Remove the filters Foam Fih 5 Clean the inside of the base and the cover with a cloth 6 Remove the foam filter ( if equipped ) . from the paper filter 7 If equipped wash the foam filter in a detergent and water solution To remove the water solution tightly roll the foam filter in a dry cloth Remove the foam filter from the cloth Completely dry the foam filter CAUTION : Do not wash the filters in gasoline or other solvents that will burn D : ; _ 8 8 Evenly applySAE 30Woil to the dry foam filter 9 To clean the paper filter tightly tap the paper filter againsta hard flat surface 10 If the paper filter is very dirty replace the filter 11 Assemble the air filters with the two nuts 12 install the cover Fasten the cover with the twowingnuts HOW TO CHECK THE MUFFLER Check the muffler every 50 hours Make sure the muffler is correctly mounted and is not loose If the muffler is wotn or burnt replace with a new muffler Aworn muffler isa fire hazard and also can damage the engine If you mount s spark arrestor to the muffler , also check the spark arrestor when you check the muffler If the spark arrestor is worn or damaged replace it with a new spark arrestor See your nearest authorized service dealer for ' a spark arrestor HOW TO CHECK THE SPARK PLUG \ 1 Check the gap of the spark plug with a feeler gauge The correct gap is 0 030 " 2 For easy starting and good performance replace the spark / ! plug every two years / Check an d Se [ Spar k Plug'G _ ap \ ) - 429S F - 92533 24
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SERVnCE AND ADJUSTMENT HOW TO ADJUST THE CARBURETOR The factory settings for the carburetor are for most conditions if the engine is operated under the following conditions you can adjust the carburetor mixture I Tbe engine has a loss of power or does not run smooth 2 A change from summer to winter operation 3 A40 ° change in the operation temperature The carburetor was adjusted at 80 ° at the factory 4 The engine is operated above 4 000 feet If an adjustment is needed , follow the steps below Idle Mixture Screw 1 Remove the side panet See " How To Remove Tl _ e Side Panels " 2 With your hand turn the idle mixture screw in a clockwise direction until you feel some resistance Turn the main jet screw in a clockwise direction until you feel some resistance Jet Screw CAUTION : Do not over tighten the idle mixture screw or the main jet screw The carburetor will be damaged 3 Turn the idle mixture screw counterclockwise 1 _ 1 / 4 turns Turn the main jet screw counterclockwise 1 - 5 / 8 turns 1 I Slowly turn the main jet screw in a counterclockwise direc _ 4 Start the engine Run the engine for several minutes tion until the engine runs rough ( rich mixture ) Note the 5 Move the throttle control to SLOW position 6 Turn the idle mixture screw clockwise until the engine begins position of the slot in the main jet screw to loose speed Note the position of the slot in the idle mix - 12 Set the main jet screw between the two posbions in steps 10 and 11 ture screw 7 Slowly turn the idle mixture screw counterclockwise until 13 To check the adjustment operate the engine If the engine stops when the blade ( s ) are engaged , the carburetor mixture the engine runs rough Note the position of the slot in the idle mixture screw is set too lean Turn the main jet screw counterclockwise 1 16 turn - 8 Set the idle mixture screw between the two positions in steps 6 and 7 14 If the engine runs rough when the blade ( s ) are engaged the 9 Move the throttle control to FAST position carburetor mixture is set too rich Turn the main jet screw 10 clockwise 1 / 16 turn Turn the main jet screw in a clockwise direction until the 15 Again check the engine by engaging and disengaging the engine begins to loose speed ( lean mixture ) Note the blade ( s ) If necessary repeat steps 13 or 14 position of the slot in the main jet screw HOW TO ADJUST THE THROTTLE CONTROL For the best engine pedormance set the throttle centre ! as follows s ! o : on Le . ed 1 Move the throttle control to the FAST position I 3 Loosen the c ! amp screw so that the cable for the thrott } e control can move in the cebIe clamp Oo not remove the cable clamp from the centre ! bracket or disconnect the cable " _ Thrott ! e Con : tel Cable from the engine control lever 3 Move the engine control tever until the slot in the is a ! igned Cab ! e C ! amp ( lines up ) with the hole in the control bracket as shown 4 Tighten the clamp screw Move the throttle control to the SLOW position and then back to the FAST position Check Clamp Screw the alignment of the control lever See step 3 \ Control Bracket 5 The thrott ! e control is now set at the correct speed When the throttle control is at the FAST position , the engine speed is 3400 + ! 00 RPM When the throttle control is in the SLOW position , the engine speed is 2 ! 50 ± ! 00 RPM IMPORTANT : Do not change the engine governor If the engine governor needs an adjustment , go to the nearest Sears Service Center . They have the equipment and experience to make the adjustment F - 92533 25
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r SERVICE AND ADJUSTMENT HOW TO REMOVE THE MOWER HOUSING 2 1 Move _ he lift lever to the MIDDLE position Slide the mower drive belt belween the stack pulley and the 2 Move the blade engagement control lever [ o the beltguide PuIthemowerdrivebellaroundthestackpulley DISENGAGE position Make surethe " V side of the mower drive belt is against the 3 Disconnect the blade drive link from the pivol rod and stack pulley Make sure the drive belt is not twisted bracket assembly See illustration C below 3 AItach the mower housing to the front suspension bracket 4 Remove [ he hair pins thai hold time hangers Io the adius [ er with the long pin Fasten with the washer and hair pin See illustration " D " below plates See illustrabons A'and'B below 5 Move [ he mower housing to the left until the right side 4 Attach the rear hangers [ othe adiuster plates Fasten with the hair pins See illustrations " A " and " B " below hanger sepa [ ates from the adjuster plate Then move [ he 5 Connect the blade drive link to the pivot rod and bracket mower housing to the right ungt the left side hanger separates from the adjuster plate assembly Fasten with a clevis pin and a hair pin See illustration 6 Remove the long pin from the front suspension bracket See C below illustration ' D " below 6 Move the blade engagement control lever to the ENGAGE 7 Remove the mower drive belt from the s [ ack pulley Slide the posibon Make sure the mower drive belt is inside all the mower drive belt beIween _ he stack pulley and the belt be _ t guides guide 7 Check the operation of the blade engagement control lever 8 Comple : e [ y Iurn the steering wheel to the bghi Pull the See the instructions on How To Adiust The Blade Engagement Conlrol Lever mower housing away from the left side of the unit 8 Make sure the mower housing islevel See _ he ; nstructions HOW TO INSTALL THE MOWER HOUSING How To Level The Morner Housing in the maintenance 1 Completely turn the steering wheel Io [ he right Push [ he sectEon of this book mower housing under time left side of the unit lade Enqagemen [ Con rol Long Pm \ Blade Drive Link 2 = iS = : F - 92533 26
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SERVICE AND ADJUSTMENT HOW TO REPLACE THE MOWER DRIVE BELT 1 Move the lift lever into the low cut position 2 Slide the mower drive belt between the stack pulley and the belt guide Remove the mower drive belt from the stack pulley 3 Pull the belt guide away from theidler pulley Remove the belt from the idler pulley 4 While you push the belt guides away from the mandrel pulley , remove the mower drive belt from the pulley 5 Install the new mower drive belt NOTE : Replace the mower drive belt with a factory replacement belt 6 Make sure the " V " side of the mower drive belt is against the mandrel pulley Also make sure the mower drive belt is not twisted 7 Pull the belt guide away from the idler pulle / Put the mower drive belt around the idler pulley Make sure the " V " side of the mower drive belt is against the pulley Also make sure the mower drive belt is not twisted 8 Make sure the mower drive belt is inside all the belt guides WARNING : If the mower drive belt is outside of a belt guide when the blade engagement control can continue to rotate and damage the mower lever is in the DISENGAGE position , the kbladee drive belt . Before you operate the mower , ma sure the mower drive belt is inside all the belt guides , tdter 9 Before you mow . check the blade engagement control lever Pylley See the instructions on " How To Adjust The Blade Engage - ment Control Lever " ' V " side HOW TO REPLACE of Belt THE MOTION DRIVE BELT D - 5279 1 Remove the mower housing See the instructions on " How To Remove The Mower Housing " 2 Engage the parking brake Idler Pulley Stack Pulle 3 Disconnect the adiustebte nut from the brake rod at the brake arm Push the brake rod to the side of the unit 4 Try to push each belt guide away from the drlve putley so that the motion drive belt can be pulled over the top of the drive pulley If the bett guides do not provide enough clearance use one wrench to hold the head of the belt guide on top of the frame while you use another wrench to loosen the nut under the frame for each belt guide 5 Remove the motion drive belt from the idler pulley Puff the drive belt toward the front of the unit 6 Loosen the bett gulde at the stack pu ! ley Remove the motion drive belt from the top pulley of the stack pulley Slide the belt between the stack pulley and the belt guide Remove the belt from the lower pulley NOTE : Inspect the idler pulley , stack pulley and the drive idler spring for damage Replace if necessary 7 Install the new motion drive belt on the top pulley of the stack Drive Putle D ' 4367 ~ _ pulley NOTE : Replace the motion drive belt with a factory 1 Make sure the motion drive belt is inside the belt guides and replacement belt , the guide arm of the idler pulley Tighten the belt guide for the 8 Make sure the " V " side of the motlon drive belt is against the stack pu ! ley stack pulley 12 Before you use the unit , check the adjustment of the clutch 9 Put the motion drive belt around the idler pulley Make sure See " How To Check And Adiust The Clutch " the'V " side of the belt faces away from the idler pulley Also 13 Assemble the adjustable nut to the brake rod at the brake make sure the belt is not twisted arm Make sure the brake is correctly adjusted See the 10 While you push the two belt guides away from the drive instructions on " How TO Check And Adjust The Drive Brake " pulley install the motion drive bett on the drive pulley 14 Install the mower housing See the instructions on " How To F - 92533 27 Install The Mower Housing "
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SERVICE AND ADJUSTMENT HOW TO LEVEL THE MOWER HOUSING if the mower housing is level , the mower will cut easier and the iawn will look better 1 Make sure the unit is on a hard level surface 2 Check [ he air pressure in the tires If the air pressure is incorrect tile mower housing will not cut level Make sure the rear tires are inflated to ! 4 psi ( lO kg / cm2 ) and the front tires are inflated to 24 psi ( 16 kg / crn2 ) 3 Move the lever for the blade engagement control to the ENGAGE position Move the lever for the height of cut to the middle position 4 There are two adjustment procedures below that will level the blade housing WARNING : Before you make an inspection , adjustment , ot repair to the unit , disconnect the wire to the spark plug Remove the spark plug D wire to prevent the engine from starting by accident THE SIDE TO SIDE ADJUSTMENT / Measure From The Bottom Of Thc Mower Housing Use a ruler and measure the distance from the level surface to the J bottom of the mower housing Measure from the locations indicated by the small round dimples { or X marks ) at points C and O f In correct adjustment the mower housing at points C and D must be within ! / 4 " ( 6 mm ) of the same height If the difference in the t y measurement is more than 1 / 4 " ( 6 ram } adjust as follows LevelSurface 1 Disconnect one or both of the hangers from the adjuster plates 2 The higher numbers on the side of the adjuster plates will raise the height of the mower housing The lower numbers will lower the mower housing 3 Connect the hangers into the hole of the adjuster pIates that will level the mower housing Fasten the hangers to the adjuster ptates with the hair pins 4 Check the measurements at each side of the mower housing See the above instructions THE FRONT TO BACK ADJUSTMENT Use a ruler and measure the distance from the IeveI surface to the bottom of the mower houslng Measure from the locations indicated by the small round dimples ( or X marks ) at points A and B Suspension Rod In correct adjustment , the front of the mower housing at point A will be 1 / 8 " to 3 / 8 " ( 3ram to 9 mm ) lower than the back of the mower housing at point B Adjust as follows 1 Loosen the jam nut from the suspension rod Turn the Iocknut clockwise to raise the front of the mower housing Turn the locknut counterclockwise to lower the front of the mower housing 2 Check the front and rear measurements for the correct adjustment Tighten the jam nut as shown 3 Connect the wire to the spark pIug Jam Nut F - 92533 28
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SERVICE AND ADJUSTMENT HOW TO SET THE HEIGHT OF CUT The height of cut is sat at the factory from 1 ' / _ to 4inches To lower or raise the height of cut make an adjustment to the lifter rod Hair Pin as follows 1 Move the lift lever to the LOW cut position 2 Disconnect the lifter rod from the lifter arm 3 Turn the lifter rod clockwise to lower or counterclockwise to raise the height of cut 4 Attach the lifter rod to the lifter arm 5 Move the lift lever to the HIGH position Make sure the pulleys or belt do not touch the bottom of the frame HOW TO START WITH A WEAK BATTERY Ifthebatteryistooweaktostarttheengine thebatteryneedstobe charged If " Jumper Cables " are used to start the engine in an emergency folfowthe procedure below NOTE : The unit is equipped with a 12 volt negative to ground system Also , the other vehicle must have a 12 volt negative to ground system WARNING : Do not smoke The fumes from the battery acid can cause an explosion Keep the battery away from any flames or sparks To prevent sparks , fasten the red jumper cable to the positive ( + ) terminal before connecting the black jumper cable 1 Put a wet cloth over the vent caps of each battery 2 Connect each end of the RED'Jumper Cable " to the positive ( + ) terminais of each battery Make sure you do not touch the chassis with the cables 3 Connect one end of the BLACK " , Jumper Cable " to the negative ( - - ) terminal of the charged battery 4 Connect the other end of the BLACK " Jumper Cable " to the engine block 5 Start the engine that has the weak battery last Allow the engine to run 6 To disconnect the " Jumper Cables " reverse the above steps HOW TO REPLACE THE FUSE HOW TO CLEAN THE MOWER HOUSING If the fuse is blown the enginewitlnot start Thelocationofthe fuse is next to the battery Remove the fuse and replace with a ing , stop the engine and disconnect the wire to 15 amp Automotive fuse _ WARNING : Before you clean the mower hous - the spark plug Grass and other debris on top of the mower housing can keep the belt from working correctly Clean the mower housing as follows FRONT WHEEL ALIGNMENT 1 Move the lever for the blade engagement control to the ENGAGE position The alignment of the front wheels cannot be adjusted If the 2 Clean the top of the mower housing steering is damaged and the alignment has changed see your 3 Move the lever for the blade engagement control to the nearest Sears Service Center DISENGAGE position 4 Again clean the top of the mower housing 5 After you cut the grass , clean the bottom of the mower housing 29 F - 92533
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STORAGE ( Over 30 Days ) At the end of each year , prepare the unit for storage as foilo ' , , _ s MOWER CLEAN THE UNIT t Clean the mower housing See " How To Clean The Mower Housing " LUBRICATE THE UNIT See the " Lubrication " instructions in this book ENGINE 1 Clean the dirt and grass from the engine 2 Change the oil See theinstrucdons " How To Change The Oi ! " 3 Check , , he air screen See the instructions " How To Clean The Air Screen " 4 Check the spark p ! ug See " How To Check The Spark Plug " THEFUELSYSTEM building or near a fire Do not smoke or the WfumAResNINGfro : m tDheo nfuoet l dcraanin cathuese gaasnolineexplosiinosnide a CAUTION : During storage , it is important to prevent deposits from occurlng in fuel system parts like the carburetor , fue ! filter , fuel hose and the fuel tank Alcohol gasoline mixtures { called gasehol or using ethanol or methanol } attract moisture causing acid deposits during storage . While the unit is in storage , the acids in the fuel can damage the fuel system To prevent engine problems with the fuel system , empty the fuel system before storage of 30 days or longer ! Start the engine 2 Run the engine until the fue ! tank and the carburetor are out Jel Screw offue ! and the engine stops Do not leave fuel in the fueltank or the carburetor The rue ! can damage the function of the e - 4815 fuel system 3 After storage , make sure yco use fresh fuel BA ] _ ERY ! Remove the ba _ e _ y 2 Clean the better ' / termina ! s of any deposits See " How To Clean The BatteH " 3 CompIetety charge the ba , rten / See the instructions , " How To Check And Chalge The Batter / " 4 Store the baker ' / in a cool dr4 place NOTE : After a long period of time in storage , the battery must be charged . 30 F - 92533
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TROUBLE SHOOTING CHART ( Recoii - Sta _ And Electric Models ) PROBLEM : The engine will not start PROBLEM : A hot engine causes a decrease in power 1 Ctean the air screen 1 Follow the steps How To Start The Engine in this book 2 Check the oil 2 Clean the battery terminals Tighten the cables 3 Check for a loose wire Tighten the limit switches ( See the 3 Adjust the carburetor wiring diagram ) 4 Replace the fuel filter 4 Drain the fuel tank Clean the fuel Iine Replace the fue ! filter PROBLEM : Excessive vibration 1 Replace the blade 5 Remove the spark plug ( s ) Move the throttle to the SLOW 2 Check for loose engine bolts position Turn the ignition key to the ON position Try to start 3 Check the air pressure in the tires the engine several times Install the spark plug 6 Replace the spark plug 4 Adjust the carburetor 7 Adjust the carburetor 5 Check for a damaged beIt or damaged pulley Replace the damaged parts PROBLEM : The engine will not turn over 1 FoIlow the steps How To Start The Engine in this book PROBLEM : The grass does not discharge correctly 2 Check the level of the acid in the battery If needed , add 1 Stop the engine Clean the mower housing water Charge the battery 2 Raise the height of cut 3 Replace the fuse 3 Replace or sharpen the blade ( s ) 4 Check the wiring harness for damage or a loose connection 4 Move the shift lever to a slower speed 5 Move the throtde control to the FAST position Repair the damaged wire 5 Electric - Start Models : replace the solenoid 6 Replace the spring for the blade idler Recoil - Start Models : replace the module PROBLEM : The mower housing does not cut level PROBLEM : The engine is difficult to start 1 Check the air pressure in the tires 1 Adjust the carburetor 2 Adjust the level of the mower housing 2 Replace the spark plug 3 Check the front axle If the front axle doesnol freely pivot loosen the two axte bolts 3 Replace the fuel filter PROBLEM : The mower blades will not rotate PROBLEM : The engine does not run smooth or has a loss of 1 Check the mower drive belt Make sure the belt is power 1 Check the oil installed correctly 2 Clean the air filter 2 Replace the mower drive belt 3 Clean the air screen PROBLEM : The unit will not move when the ciutch is 4 Replace the spark plug 5 The engine is working to hard Use a lower gear engaged 6 Adjust the carburetor 1 Adjust the clutch 7 Replace the fuel filter 2 Replace the motion drive belt 3 Check the motion drive be _ t Make sure the belt is PROBLEM : The engine does not run smooth at fast speed installed correctly 1 Replace the spark plug 2 Adjust the throttte control PROBLEM : The unit moves slower or stops when the clutch 3 Clean the air filter is engaged 4 Replace the fuel filter 1 Replace the motion drive belt 2 Adiust the dutch PROBLEM : The engine stops when the blades are engaged PROBLEM : When the clutch / brake pedal is released , belt noise can be heard 1 To activate the seat sensor always sit in the middle of the seat 1 Temporary belt noise does not change the operation of the 2 Check the wiring harness for damage or a loose connection unit If belt noise is continuous check the routing of the belt Repair the damaged wire Make sure the belt is inside all belt guides 2 If the noise is continuous adjust the clutch PROBLEM : On slopes , the engine stops 1 Mow up and down slopes Never mow across a slope PROBLEM : The rear wheels spin over uneven terraln 2 To activate the seat sensor always sit in the middle of 1 Check the front axle tf the front axle does not freely pivot the seat loosen the two axle bolts PROBLEM : The engine will not idle 1 Replace the spark plug 2 Clean the air filter 3 Adjust the carburetor 4 Adjust the throttle control 5 Drain the fuel tank Clean the fuel line Replace the fuel filter F - g2533 3 1
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® 10 HPo ELECTRIC START 30 " MOWER / MULCHER 5 SPEED REAR ENGINE The Model Number for the mower is found under the seat on a decal attached to the seat support . The Model Number for the engine is found on the blowel housing above the spark plug Always give the Model Number when you call for service or order repair Medea No , parts for your ' unit 502.255020 Repair parts can be ordered from any Sears Service Center / Departments and most Sears Stores , . WHEN ORDERING REPAIR PARTS , ALWAYS HAVE THEFOLLOWING iNFORMATiON AS SHOWN IN THIS LIST o PRODUCT - REAR ENGINE RIDER D MODEL NUMBER - 502 255020 " ENGINE MODEL NO _ - 14 & 426072 e PART NUMBER o PART DESCRIPTION How to Order Repair Parts Your Seat's merchandise has added value when you consider Sears has service units nationwide staffed with Sears trained technicians , Seats technicians have the necessary parts , tools , and equipment to meet the Sears pledge , " We Service What We Sell " , , ui , L F - 92533 11 - 22 - 91 Sears , Roebuck and Co . , Chicago , IL , 60684 U . S . A . Printed in US . &
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