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Owner's Manual CRAFT . TMANI ° 42 " Mower GRASS CATCHER Model No . 917.249650 CAUTION : • Safety Read and follow all Safety • Assembly Rules and Instructions • Operation before operating this • Customer Responsibilities equipment . • Repair Parts Sears , Roebuck and Co . , Hoffman Estates , II 60179 Visit our Craftsman website : www . sears . com / craftsman
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SAFETY RULES A A Safe Operation Practices for Ride - On Mowers IMPORTANT : THIS CUTTING MACHINE IS CAPABLE OF AMPUTATING HANDS AND FEET AND THROWING OBJECTS . FAILURE TO OBSERVE THE FOLLOWING SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS COULD RESULT IN SERIOUS INJURY OR DEATH . I , GENERAL OPERATION DO NOT : • Read , understand , and follow all instructions inthe manual Do not turn on slopes unless necessary , and then , turn and on the machine before starting . slowly and gradually downhill , if possible . Only allow responsible adults , who are familiar with the Do not mow near drop - offs , ditches , or embankments . The instructions , to operate the machine . mower could suddenly turn over if a wheel is over the edge of a cliff or ditch , or if an edge caves in . Clear the area of objects such as rocks , toys , wire , etc . , which could be picked up and thrown by the blade . Do not mow on wet grass . Reduced traction could cause sliding . Be sure the area is clear of other people before mowing . Stop machine if anyone enters the area . Do not try to stabilize the machine by putting your foot on the ground . Never carry passengers . Do not use grass catcher on steep slopes . Do not mow in reverse gl _ es absolutely necessary . Always look down and behlh - d before _ nd while backing . II1 . CHILDREN Be aware of the mqwer dis _ arge direction and do not point it at anyone , DO not operate _ tbe _ mower without either the Tragic accidents can occur if the operator is not alert to the entire grass catchel : . or _ guard i . nplace . presence of children . Children are often attracted to the machine and the mowing activity . Neverassume that children will remain Slow . down b _ ore turning . • where you last saw them . Never leavej _ fflh " = ng mach D ! _ . unettended . Al _ vaysturn Keep children out of the mowing area and under the watchful offblades , set parkingbreke ' , stop engine , and remove keys care of another responsible adult . before dismountin _ . . . . . _ Be alert and turn machine off if children enter the area . Turn off b _ ladwehsen . _ o _ ' mowing : _ . , , . _ . . • Before and when backing , look behind and down for small • Stop engine before removing _ f _ ss catcher or unclogging children . chute . Never carry children . They may fall off and be seriously Mow only in daylight or good artificial light . injured or interfere with safe machine operation . Do not operate the machine while under the influence of • Never allow children to operate the machine . alcohol or drugs . • Watchfortrafficwhenoperatingnearorcrossingroadways . Use extra care when approaching blind corners , shrubs , trees , or other objects that may obscure vision . Use extra care when loading or unloading the machine into a trailer or truck . IV . SERVICE Data indicates that operators , age 60 years and above , are Use extra care in handling gasoline and other fuels . They involved in a large percentage of riding mower - related are flammable and vapors are explosive . injuries . These operators should evaluate their ability to operate the riding mower safely enough to protect Use only an approved container . themselves and others from serious injury . Never remove gas cap or add fuel with the engine running . Allow engine to cool before refueling . Do not II . SLOPE OPERATION smoke . Slopes are a major factor related to loss - of - control and tipover Never refuel the machine indoors . accidents , which can result in severe injury or death . Al ! slopes Never store the machine or fuel container inside where require extra caution . If you cannot back up the slope or if you there is an open flame , such as a water heater . feet uneasy on it , do not mow it . Never run a machine inside a closed area . DO : Keep nuts and bolts , especially blade attachment bolts , tight and keep equipment in good condition . Mow up and down slopes , not across . Never tamper with safety devices . Check their proper Remove obstacles such as rocks , tree limbs , etc . operation regularly . Watch for holes , ruts , or bumps . Uneven terrain could Keep machine free of grass , leaves , or other debris build - up . overturn the machine . Tall grass can hide obstacles . Clean oil or fuel spillage . Allow machine to cool before • Use slowspeed . Choose a low gear so that you willnot have storing . to stop or shift while on the slope . Stop and inspect the equipment if you strike an object . Follow the manufacturer's recommendations for wheel Repair , if necessary , before restarting . weights or counterweights to improve stability . Never make adjustments or repairs with the engine running . Use extra care with grass catchers or other attachments . Grass catcher components are subject to wear , damage , These can change the stability of the machine . and detedoration , which could expose moving parts or allow Keep all movement on the slopes slowand gradual . Do not objects to be thrown . Frequently check components and make sudden changes in speed or direction . replace with manufacturer's recommended parts , when necessary . Avoid starting or stopping on a slope . If tires lose traction , disengage the blades and proceed slowly straight down Mower blades are sharp and can cut . Wrap the blade ( s ) or the slope . wear gloves , and use extra caution when servicing them . Check brake operation frequently . Adjust and service as required . 2
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SAFETY RULES A Safe Operation Practices for Ride - On Mowers A Be sure the area is clear of other people before mowing . Stop machine if anyone enters the area . Look for this symbol to point out impor - Never carry passengers or children even with the blades oft . tant safety precautions . It means CAU - TION ! ! t BECOME ALERT ! ! ! YOUR Do not mow in reverse unless absolutely necessary . Always SAFETY IS INVOLVED . look down and behind before and while backing . Never carry children . They may fall off and be seriously injured or interfere with safe machine operation . CAUTION : Do not coast down a hill in Keep children out of the mowing area and under the neutral , you may lose control of the watchful care of another responsible adult . A tractor . Be alert and turn machine off if children enter the area . Before and when backing , look behind and down for small children . CAUTION : Tow only the attachments Mow up and down slopes ( 15 ° Max ) , not across . that are recommended by and comply A Remove obstacles such as rocks , tree limbs , etc . with specifications of the manufactu - rer of your tractor . Use common Watch for holes , ruts , or bumps . Uneven terrain could overturn the machine . Tall grass can hide obstacles . sense when towing . Operate onlyat the lowest possible speed when on a Use slow speed . Choose a low gear so that you will not have slope . Too heavy of a load , while on to stop or shift while on the slope . a slope , is dangerous . Tires can lose Avoid starting or stopping on a slope . If tires lose traction , traction with the ground and cause disengage the blades and proceed slowly straight down you to lose control of your tractor . the slope . If machine stops while going uphill , disengage blades , shift into reverse and back down slowly . CAUTION : In order to prevent Do not turn on slopes unless necessary , and then , turn accidental starting when setting up , slowly and gradually downhill , if possible . A transporting , adjusting or making repairs , always disconnect spark plug wire and place wire where it cannot contact spark plug .
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CONGRATULATIONS on your purchase of a Sears Crafts - CUSTOMER RESPONSIBILITIES man Grass Catcher . It has been designed , engineered and • Read and observe the safety rules . manufactured to give you the best possible dependability • Follow a regular schedule in maintaining , caring forand and performance . using your Grass Catcher . Should you experience any problems you cannot easily • Follow the instructions under " Customer remedy , please contact your nearest Sears Service Center / Responsibilities " and " Storage " sections of this Owner's Department . We have competent , well trained technicians Manual . and the proper tools to service or repair this unit . Please read and retain this manual . The instructions will enable you to assemble and maintain your Grass Catcher properly . Always observe the " SAFETY RULES " . SERIAL NUMBER DATE OF PURCHASE THE MODEL AND SERIAL NUMBERS WILL BE FOUND ON THE MODEL PLATE ATTACHED TO THE INSIDE OF THE MOUNTING BRACKET . YOU SHOULD RECORD BOTH SERIAL NUMBER AND DATE OF PURCHASE AND KEEP IN A SAFE PLACE FOR FUTURE REFERENCE . NOTE : To make debrisdisposal easier 30 gallon plastic trash bags may be inserted in plastic grass containers . To order , see repair parts section of this manual . LIMITED ONE YEAR WARRANTY ON CRAFTSMAN GRASS CATCHER For one yearfrom the date of purchase , when thisgrass catcher attachment is maintained according to the operating and maintenance instructions in the owner's manual , Sears will repair free of charge any defect in material or workmanship . This warranty does not cover : • Expendable items which become worn during normal use , such as bags or mower blades . • Repairs necessary because of operator abuse or negligence , including the failure to maintain the equipment according to instructions contained in the owner's manual . • Grass catcher attachments used for commercial or rental purposes . WARRANTY SERVICE IS AVAILABLE BY RETURNING THE CRAFTSMAN GRASS CATCHER TO THE NEAREST SEARS SERVICE CENTER / DEPARTMENT IN THE UNITED STATES . THIS WARRANTY APPLIES ONLY WHILE THIS PRODUCT IS IN USE IN THE UNITED STATES . This warranty gives you specific legal rights , and you may also have other rights which vary from state to state . Sears , Roebuck and Co . , Dept . 817 WA , Hoffman Estates , Illinois . 60179 SAFETY RULES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 . . 3 CUSTOMER RESPONSIBILITIES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 WARRANTY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 STORAGE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 BAGOFPARTS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 - 6 PREPARATION . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 - 17 REPAIR PARTS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 - 19 ASSEMBLY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . _ 12 PARTS ORDERING / SERVICE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . BACK PAGE OPERATION . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 4
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KNOW YOUR GRASS CATCHER READ THIS OWNER'S MANUAL AND SAFETY RULES BEFORE ASSEMBLING OR OPERATING YOUR GRASS CATCH ER . Compare the illustrations with the carton contents to familiarize yourself with the parts before starting the assembly . Study the operating instructions and safety precautions thoroughly to insure proper functioning of your Grass Catcher and to prevent injury to yourself and others . Save this manual for future reference . The operation of any tractor can result in foreign objects thrown into the eyes , which can result in severe eye damage . Always wear safety glasses or eye shields before starting your tractor and while mowing . We recommend a wide vision safety mask for over the spectacles or standard safety glasses . CARTON CONTENTS : UNPACKING INSTRUCTIONS • Remove all parts and packing materiats from carton . ( 2 ) ContainerTops ( 1 ) Mounting Bracket • Fold flaps to inside of carton and turn carton upsidedown ( 2 ) Container Bottoms ( 1 ) Cover Assembly on floor of work area . To protect grass catcher cover ( 1 ) Upper Chute ( 1 ) Cover Seal during assembly place cover upsidedown on overturned carton . ( 1 ) Lower Chute ( 1 ) Bag of Parts ( 1 ) Owner's Manual ( 1 ) Support Post • Check carton contents against list . Be sureall parts are there . NOTE : Foreaseofassembly , asideofyourworkarea , layoutal { hardwareinthetoltowinggroups . Eachstepoftheassemb _ y instructions will identify the group needed for that step . ASSEMBLY HARDWARE SHOWN ACTUAL SIZE LOCATION © REAR ( 4 ) Locknut 5 / 16 - 18 ( 4 ) Shoulder Bolt 5 / 16 - 18 SelfTepping _ ( 4 ) Bolt 5 / 16 - 18 x 3 / 4 MOUNTING BRACKET AND SUPPORT TUBE TO DRAW BAR ( 2 ) Wing Nut © ( 1 ) Support Plate NOT SHOWN FULL SIZE © ( 2 ) LockWasher 5116 ( 2 ) Washer 11 / 32 x 1 - 1 / 2 x 10 Ga . GROUP " B " I SUPPORT POST TO © COVER ASSEMBLY ( 3 ) Carriage Bolt 5 / 16 - 18 x 3 / 4 ( 3 ) Locknut 5 / 16 - 18
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GROUP " C " I SUPPORT OOTUBEVERBLY T ! llllllllllllllllLItllllllllllllll ! lllllllllllllll [ llllllllllll ACSSEM © LJ U ( 1 ) Bolt 5 / 16 - 18 x 3 / 4 ( 1 ) Bolt 5 / 16 - 18 x 2 - 1 / 4 ( 2 ) Locknut 5 / 16 - 18 GROUP " D " I ( 1 ) Bracket Support Pin SUPPORT POST TOUNTINGT MOBRACKE ( 1 ) Retainer Spring ( 4 ) Tubing End Caps GROUP " E " I ( 2 ) Latch Hook Assembly LOWER CHUTEBLY ASSEMOOWERK T M DEC ( 2 ) Screw # 10 x 5 / 8 ( 2 ) Washer , Lock # 10 12 ) Washer 3 / 16 x 3 / 4 x16 Ga . ( 2 ) Nut , Weld # 10 GROUP " F " ] CHUTE LATCHMBLY ASSEto © UPPERTE ( 1 ) Screw # 10 x 1 - 118 ( 1 ) Spacer , Split # 10 CHU ( 2 ) Washer 3 / 16 x 3 / 4 x 16 Ga . ( 1 ) Nut , Acorn # 10 GROUP " G " 1 ( 1 ) Rubber Latch CHUTE < 2D LATCH ASSEMBLY TOtoWERE L CHU © ( 1 ) Screw # 10 x 518 ( 1 ) Washer , Lock # 10 ( 1 ) Washer 3 / 16 x 3 / 4 x 16 Ga . ( 1 ) Nut , Weld # 10
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BEFORE YOU START TO ASSEMBLE THE GRASS CATCHER Some tractor models may need minor modifications before you can mount the grass catcher to the tractor . Look carefully at the drawbar on your tractor and compare to the illustrations below . If your drawbar looks like STYLE " A " ( has the upper corner ribs ) , your tractor is ready - proceed with the grass catcher assembly . If your drawbar looks like STYLE " B " ( does not have the upper corner ribs ) , go to the PREPARATION section in this manual . UPPER CORNER RIBS TRACTORDRAWBAR TRACTORDRAWBAR STYLE " A " STYLE " B " PARTS IDENTIFICATION UPPER CHUTE COVER FULL BAGGER OR LATCH GRASS CATCHER CONTAINERS NOTE : When right hand ( R . H . ) and left hand ( L . H . ) are mentioned inthis manual , it means when you are seated on the tractor , in the operator's position . ( 1 ) 3 / 8 " Wrench ( 1 ) Drive Ratchet THESE ARE THE TOOLS YOU WILL NEED TO ( 1 ) 1 / 2 " Wrench ( 1 ) 3 " or longer Extension ASSEMBLE YOUR GRASS CATCHER : ( 2 ) 9 / 16 " Wrenches ( 1 ) Short Handle ( 1 ) 1 / 2 " Socket Phillips Screwdriver CAUTION : BEFORE ASSEMBLING GRASS CATCHER TO TRACTOR : Place gearshift / motion control lever in " NEUTRAL " position . i Depress clutch / brake pedal fully and set parking brake . Place attachment clutch in " DISENGAGED " position . • Turn ignition key " OFF " and remove key . • Make sure the blade and all moving paris have completely stopped . • Disconnect spark plug wire from spark plug and place wire where it cannot come in contact with plug .
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REAR MOUNTING BRACKET and SUPPORT TUBE SUPPORT TUBE ( See Figs . 1A , 1B & 1C ) REINFORCEMENT PLATE Use Hardware - - GROUP " A " Before continuing with assembly , you must first determine which type of drawbar your tractor is equipped with . Com - FLAT WASHERS pare your drawbar with the illustrations of " BEFORE YOUnd START TO ASSEMBLE THE GRASS CATCHER " a LOCK UPPER follow instructions given . WASHERS CORNER DRAWBAR WITH UPPER CORNER RIBS - STYLE " A " RIBS NOTE : If your tractor already has four ( 4 ) shoulder bolts installed on the rear drawbar , simply hang the mounting NUTS bracket , lanced tabs towards bottom , on the bolts ( See Fig . 1A ) . • Assemble the support tube to drawbar as shown . From backside of drawbar place reinforcement plate so that SELF TAPPING weld screws go through holes in left side of drawbar . LANCED SHOULDER Place support tube overweld screws and assembIe flat TOWARD BOTTOM BOLTS washer , Iockwasher , and wing nut as shown Do not FIG . 1B tighten at this time . • Discard remaining hardware in hardware GROUP " A " . DRAWBAR WITHOUT UPPER CORNER RIBS - SUPPORT TUBE STYLE " B " ( See Fig . 1C ) • Assemble the mounting bracket , lanced tabs towards REINFORCEMENT PLATE bottom , using the four smaller inside holes on the drawbar . • Install the four hex bolts and Iocknuts as shown and FLAT tighten securely . WASHERS • Assemble the support tube to drawbar as shown . From LOCK UPPER backside of drawbar place reinforcement plate so that CORNER weld screws go through holes in left side of drawbar . RIBS Place support tube over weld screws and assemble flat washer , Iockwasher , and wing nut as shown Do not WING tighten at this time . NUTS Discard remaining shoulder bolts in hardware GROUP SHOULDER SUPPORT TUBE BOLTS LANCED TABS REINFORCEMENT TOWARD BOTTOM PLATE FIG . 1A HEX FLAT WASHERS If your tractor does not have four ( 4 ) shoulder bolts installed . _ BOLTS on the drawbar , follow the instructions below ( See Fig . 1B ) . LOCK • Using the four formed holes in the drawbar , install the WASHERS _ four self tapping shoulder bolts as shown and tighten securely . WING • Hang the mounting bracket , lanced tabs towards bottom , NUTS on the bolts . • Assemblethesupporttubetodrawbarasshown . From backside of drawbar place reinforcement plate so that weld screws go through holes in left side of drawbar . LANCED TABS TOWARD BOTTOM Place support tube over weld screws and assemble flat LOCKNUTS washer , Iockwasher , and wing nut as shown Do not tighten at this time . FIG . 1C • Discard remaining hex bolts and Iocknuts in hardware GROUP " A " . 8
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COVER SEAL ( See Fig . 2 ) MOUNTING TO TRACTOR ( See Fig . 4 ) Use Hardware - - GROUP " C & D " No hardware required • Align mark on seal with mark at cover opening . NOTE : For ease of assembly , you may wish to obtain the assistance of another person for mounting assembly to Work seal intoopening so cover sits between flanges of tractor . seal . • Raise seat on tractor to allow assembly to be mounted . • With cover closed , lift assembly and place support post inside mounting bracket . Allow assembly to rest on lanced tabs of mounting bracket . Line up holes in mounting bracket with holes insupport post and insert bracket support pin . Secu re with retainer spring . Unlatch and open cover . • Secure cover assembly to support tube using short hex bolt , long hex bolt , and Iocknuts as shown . Tighten all ALIGNMENT hardware securely . MARKS NOTE : Hardware securing support tube to drawbar must be tightened at this time . • Install the four ( 4 ) tubing end caps onto container support . Tap each end cap onto container support tubes to seat securely . COVER ASSEMBLY COVER SEAL SHORT _ LOCKNUTS LONG HEX BOLT / FIG . 2 HEX BOLT - - ' - ' _ - . BRACKET / . . SUPPORT PIN , " SPRING SUPPORT POST ( See Fig . 3 ) Use Hardware - - GROUP " B " CAUTION : Container support is spring loaded and locked to the cover . Handle & cover assembly carefully so as not tor unlatch the cover from the containe support . END CAP • Rotate cover assembly onto its side as shown . • Assemble support post to container support with the three ( 3 ) carriage bolts and Iocknuts . Tighten securely . CARRIAGE BOLTS SHORT HEX BOLT LONG HEX BOLT SUPPORT TUBE SUPPORT POST SUPPORT POST _ LOCKNUTS MOUNTING BRACKET LANCED TABS FIG . 3 FIG . 4 9
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CONTAINER MOUNTING ( See Fig . 6 ) No hardware required CONTAINER ASSEMBLY ( See Fig . 5 ) No hardware required • Place bottom half inside of top half , as shown . Install one container to left side first with warning ton outside of unit , Install another container center positio • Place one foot inside bottom half and lift top haltto meet and one in right position . bottom half , NOTE : Right container should always overlap left container • Press halves tightly together whi ! e lifting top to lock into at center supports . place as shown . IMPORTANT : BEFORE LOCKING THE TABS , HOOKED Close cover and lock latch handles over center support EDGES ON BOTH HALVES MUST OVERLAP TO FORM tubes . SEAL AS SHOWN IN INSET . Repeat for other containers . COVER LATCH HANDLES CONTAINER BOTTOM HALF CONTAINER WARNING CENTER INTAINER TUBES TOP CONTAINER BOTTOM HALF PRESS TOGETHER CONTAINER CONTAINER ' TO FORM SEAL HANDLE WARNING WHtLE _ FTING TOP HALF TAB FIG . 6 ASSEMBLY CHECK : Squeeze sides of lower half of con - tainer and check that there is no gap between upper and lower halves . If a gap appears , unlock tabs to separate container halves and repeat instructions above . FIG . 5 10
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LOWER CHUTE ( See Figs . 7A & 7B ) Use Hardware - - GROUP " E " • Press weld nut into rubber latch and install two latch hook assemblies to lower chute using screw , washer , and lock washer nut as shown . • Tightenhardwaresecurely . Raise and hold deflector shield in upright position . • Position lower chute over mower deck opening , be sure WASHER the chute tab ( extended edge ) is positioned under the deflector shield and along side the hinge bracket as shown . NOTE : If necessary , push firmly on the chute to ensure proper position of the chute tab . • With chute in proper position , hold the chute securely , so O _ WELD NUT it does not move , while hooking the rear and front latches to the mower deck . NOTE : While hooking the latches , the deflector shield may Fig . 7A try to push the chute away from the mower deck opening . It is important to hold the chute in position while hooking the latches to the mower deck . • Ifyour tractor is equipped with gage wheels on the deck , then it will be necessary to hook the rear latch into the hole in the R . H . gage wheel bracket . I CAUTION : Do not remove discharge guard from mower . Raise and hold guard when attaching lower chute and allow it I to rest on chute while in operation . DEFLECTOR SHIELD HINGE BRACKET CHUTE TAB ( Extended edge ) Must be under deflector shield and along side the hinge bracket DEFLECTOR SHIELD \ © © R , H . GAGE WHEEL BRACKET WITHGEWHEELS GA REAR LATCH WITHOUT REAR LATCH GAGEWHEELS FIG . 7B 11
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CHUTE LATCH ASSEMBLY UPPER CHUTE ( See Fig . 9A & 9B ) ( See Fig . 8 ) No hardware required Use Hardware - - GROUP " F & G " • Assemble latch pin to upper chute , as shown . • Lower mower deck to its lowest cutting position . • Press weld nut into rubber latch and assemble rubber • Assemble upper chute by inserting curved end into hole latch to lower chute , as shown . in back of cover . • Tighten all hardware securely . NOTE : Handle carefully so as not to damage full bagger indicator . WASHERS SCREW Push in and turn upper chute until it is in line with lower _ 16x _ 4x16 Ga . chute . # 10 x 1 - 1 / 8 " Align the bosses on lower chute with alignment slots on ) / / / _ SPLIT upper chute and slide together . Secure with rubber latch by hooking hole in latch over latch pin . SPACER FULL BAGGER / _ ACORN NUT UPPER INDICATOR HANDLE CHUTE COVER 010 x 5 / 8 " _ , , , , , RUBBER LOWER CHUTE _ _ N ATCH W , LD LOWER CHUTE WASHER / NUT 3 / 16 x 3 / 4 x 16 Ga . LOCK WASHER FIG . 8 FIG . 9A ALIGNMENT SLOT LATCH PIN BOSSE _ R FIG . 9B 0 LEVEL MOWER DECK No hardware required • Be sure deck is properly leveled for best mower perfor - mance . See your tractors owner's manual for instruc - tions . 12
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TIPS FOR IMPROVED BAGGING OPERATION : Avoid cutting wet grass or in the morning while the dew is still heavy . Grass clippings collected under these Follow the mower operation instructions in your tractor conditions tend to be sticky and adhere to the walls of owner's manual . the flow path causing clogging . When operating your grass catcher on a lawn where grass Your bagger is equipped with a full bagger indicator . As and leaf bagging equipment has not been used , you are the bags become full , movement of the wheel will slow picking up thatch and debris that has accumulated for long down and / or stop , indicating that the bags are full or the periods of time . The amount collected and the total time of chutes have become clogged . Care should be taken not operation may be greater than you will experience with to damage the parts and that the wheel spin s freely at the regular use of your grass catcher . beginning of each use . If the grass catcher fails to pick up cut grass or leaves , Always run throttle at full speed when bagging . it is an indication that clogging has occurred in the system or that the grass catcher containers are full . Select a gear low enough to give good mower cutting Usuallythis is indicated bythe stopped movement of the performance , good q uality cut and good bagging perfor - mance . full bagger indicator . a . Disengage blades , shift into neutral , engage the NOTE : It may be necessary to overlap width of cut to suit parking brake and stop the engine . your conditions . - Raise seat . Unlatch and raise cover . • Ifgrass is extremely tall , itshould be mowed twice . Thed first time relatively high , the second time to desire - Slide out containers and dispose of clippings . height . - Replace containers , close cover , and latch . Use left hand side of mower for trimming . b . Unlatch chutes and check for clogging . Plastic trash bags can be inserted inside grass catchere - Remove all debris in chutes . containers for ease of debris disposal . To remove th plastic trash bags when full : - Reassemble and latch chutes a . Raise seat . Unlatch and raise cover . c . Checkto insure full bagger indicator has not become b . Remove one container at a time by grasping contai - clogged . ner handles and pulling toward the rear , off of the - The air passage hole must be clear of debris . tube rails . Gently insert a small twig or wire into passage - c . With the container resting on the ground , close and way to clear . secure the top of the plastic lawn bag . d . Tip the container on its side and slide the filled bag from the container . CAUTION e . Install a new plastic lawn bag with the edges of the bag draped over upper lip of the Container ( for • Do not operate mower with grass catcher replacement bags refer to REPLACEMENT partially installed . PARTS ) . • Disengage blades and stop engine befores , f . Repeat for other containers . leaving tractor seat to empty container g . Reinstall containers making sure right container unclogging chutes , etc . overlaps left container at center supports . • Close cover before starting . h . Close cover and secure latches over center support • Disengage mower when crossing driveways tubes . or gravel surfaces and other areas where thrown objects could be a hazard . • Do not attempt to vacuum up cans or other potentially hazardous projectiles . 13
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STORAGE GENERAL RECOMMENDATIONS When grass catcher is to be stored for a period oftime , clean Always observe safety rules when performing any mainte - nance . itthoroughly , remove all dirt , grass , leaves , etc . Store in a clean , dry place . • Before each use check for loose fasteners . • Clean unit thoroughly after each use . CAUTION : Do not leave grass in bagger containers . Empty containers after each BLADE CARE & use and before storing . Failure to do son For best results mower blades must be kept sharp . Replace may result in spontaneous combustio bent or damaged blades . which could develop into a fire . • See BLADE CARE instructions in your tractor owner's manual . TO REMOVE GRASS CATCHER CAUTION : BEFORE PERFORMING ANY Reverse appropriate steps in ASSEMBLY section of this MAINTENANCE , SERVICE / OR ADJUST - & manual . MENTS : Depress clutch brake pedal fully and set parking brake . Place gearshift / motion control lever in " NEU - TRAL " position . Place clutch control in " DISENGAGED " po - sition . Turn ignition key to " OFF " position . Make sure blades and all moving parts have completely stopped . Disconnect spark plug wire ( s ) from spark plug ( s ) and place w , re where it can not come , n contact with plug . CAUTION : Grass catcher components are subject to wear , damage and deterioration , which could expose moving parts or allow objects to be thrown . Frequently check components and replace with manufacturer's recommended parts , when necessary . 14
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CAUTION : BEFORE PROCEEDING WITH PREPARATION OFTRACTOR : • Depress clutch / brake pedal fully and set parking brake . • Place gearshift / motion control lever in " NEUTRAL " position . • Place attachment clutch in " DISENGAGED " position . • Turn ignition key " OFF " and remove key . • Make sure the blade and all moving parts have completely stopped . • Disconnect spark plug wire from spark plug and place wire where it cannot come in contact with plug . NOTE ON SOME MODEL TRACTORS , MINOR MODIFICATIONS MAY BE NECESSARY TO MOUNT YOUR NEW GRASS CATCHER . NOT ALL MODEL TRACTORS WILL NEED THE FOLLOWING MODIFICATIONS . CHECK EACH STEP CAREFULLY TO DETERMINE IF MODIFICATION IS REQUIRED . ONCE YOUR MODELTRACTOR CONFORMS TO THIS SECTION PROCEED TO ASSEMBLY . To Prepare your Grass Catcher you may need : ( 1 ) Drill Motor ( 1 ) 7 / 16 " Drill Bit DRILL SUPPORT TUBE MOUNTING HOLES IN DRAWBAR ( See Template at Left ) On some model tractors , two 7 / 16 " holes must be drilled in left side of the drawbar for mounting the support tube , NOTE : To ease in drilling 7 / 16 " holes , it may be necessary to drill smaller pilot holes at the locations indicated , 17
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REPAIR PARTS GRASS CATCHER - - MODEL NUMBER 917.249650 _ 5 7 8 9 \ 10 \ 2O 12 9 13 37 14 15 16 _ o 16 25 35 22 31 31 47 31 36
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REPAIR PARTS GRASS CATCHER - - MODEL NUMBER 917.249650 KEY PART KEY PART NO . NO . DESCRIPTION NO . NO . DESCRIPTION 2 69180 Nut , Crownlock # 10 - 24 28 170053 Bracket , Mounting 3 127533 Screen , Cover 29 170165 Shoulder Bolt 4 139906 Cover 30 131137 Pin , Support Post 5 126840 Chute , Upper 31 174083 Plug , Tubing End 6 18021008 Screw , Special # 10 - 14xl / 2 32 134639 Bagger , Frame 7 130933 Full Bagger Indicator 33 128600 Pin , Hinge 8 87175 Screw , # 10 - 24 x 1 - 1 / 8 34 127534 Gasket , Cover 9 19061216 Washer 3 / 16x3 / 4x16 Ca . 35 129585 Container , Top 10 7206J Spacer , Split 36 129586 Container , Bottom 11 STD541810 Nut , Acorn # 10 - 24 37 134637 Seal , Cover 12 STD551110 Washer , lock # 10 38 130895 Latch Handle , Cover 13 109808X Latch , Chute 39 155857X500 Strip , Reinforcement 14 2029J Nut , Weld 40 71141008 Screw # 10 - 24 x 1 / 2 15 130760 Latch , Hook 41 156006 Bagger , Support Tube Rubber , Latch 42 145186 Reinforcement Plate 16 130759 18 162803 Chute , Lower 43 19112410 Washer 11 / 32 x 1 - 1 / 2 x 10 Ca . 20 71161010 Screw # 10 - 24 x 5 / 8 Truss Head 44 10040500 Washer , Lock 21 132796 Spring , Cover L . H . ( black ) 45 128638 Wing , Nut 22 140809 Spacer , Cover 46 74760536 Bolt , Hex 5 / 16 - 18 x 2 - 1 / 4 23 132983 Spring , Cover R . H . ( gray ) 47 STD533107 Carriage bolt 5 / 16 - 18 x 3 / 4 24 126813X Post , Support - - 104419X Bag , 3.0 mil . 30 Gallon Locknut 5 / 16 x 18 25 STD541431 Trash ( net included with bagger ) Owner's Manual 26 4939M Spring , Retainer - - 156623 27 STD523107 Bolt , Hex 5 / 16 - 18 x 3 / 4
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