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Owner's Manual iCRnFTSMnN Â° I 46 " Mower GRASS CATCHER Model No . 917.249660 CAUTION : â¢ Safety Read and follow all Safety â¢ Assembly Rules and Instructions be - â¢ Operation fore operating this equip - â¢ Customer Responsibilities ment . â¢ Repair Parts Sears , Roebuck and Co . , Hoffman Estates , IL 60179 Visit our Craftsman website : www . sears . com / craftsman
SAFETY RULES 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 fellow all instructions inthe manual Do not turn on slopes unless necessary , and then , turn slowly and on the machine before starting . 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 unless absolutely necessary . Always look down and behind before and while backing . II1 . CHILDREN Be aware of the mower discharge direction and do not point itat anyone . Do not operate the mower without either the Tragic accidents can occur if the operator is not alert to the pres - entire grass catcher or the guard in place . ence of children . Children are often attracted to the machine and the mowing activity . Neverassume that children will remain Slow down before turning . where you last saw them . Never leave a running machine unattended . Always turn Keep children out of the mowing area and under the watchful off blades , set parking brake , stop engine , and remove keys care of another responsible adult . before dismounting . Be alert and turn machine off if children enter the area . Turn off blades when not mowing . â¢ Before and when backing , leek behind and down for small Stop engine before removing grass 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 . Use extra care when approaching blind corners , shrubs , Watch for traffic when operating near or crossing trees , or other objects that may obscure vision . roadways . â¢ Use extra care when loading or unloading the machine into IV , SERVICE a trailer or truck . Use extra care in handling gasoline and other fuels . They Data indicates that operators , age 60 years and above , are flammable and vapors are explosive . are involved in a large percentage of riding mower - related injuries . These operators should evaluate their ability to Use only an approved container . operatethe dding mower safely enoughto protectthemselves Never remove gas cap or add fuel with the engine running . and others from serious injury . Allow engine to cool before refueling . Do not smoke . Never refuel the machine indoors . II . SLOPE OPERATION Never store the machine or fuel container inside where Slopes are a major factor related to loss - of - control and tipever there is an open flame , such as a water heater . accidents , which can result in severe injury or death . All slopes â¢ Never run a machine inside a closed area . require extra caution . If you cannot back up the slope or if you feel uneasy on it , do not mow it . â¢ Keep nuts and bolts , especially blade attachment bolts , tight and keep equipment in good condition . DO : Never tamper with safety devices . Checktheir proper operation regularly . Mow up and down slopes , not across . Keep machine free of grass , leaves , or other debris build - Remove obstacles such as rocks , tree limbs , etc . up . Clean oil or fuel spillage . Allow machine to cool before â¢ Watch for holes , ruts , or bumps . Uneven terrain could storing . overturn the machine . Tafl grass can hide obstacles . â¢ Stop and inspect theequipment if youstrike anobject . Repair , â¢ Use slow speed . Choose a low gear so that you will not if necessary , before restarting . have to stop or shift while on the slope . Never make adjustments or repairs with the engine Follow the manufacturer's recommendations for wheel running . weights or countenNeights to improve stability . Grass catcher components are subject to wear , damage , Use extra care with grass catchers or other attachments . and deterioration , which could expose moving parts or These can change the stability of the machine . allow objects to be thrown . Frequently check components Keep all movement on the slopes slowand gradual . Do not and replace with manufacturer's recommended parts , when make sudden changes in speed or direction . necessary . Avoid starting or stopping on a slope . If tires lose traction , â¢ Mower blades are sharp and can cut . Wrap the blade ( s ) or disengage the blades and proceed slowly straightdown the wear gloves , and use extra caution when servicing them . slope . â¢ Check brake operation frequently . Adjust and service as required . 2
SAFETY RULES Safe Operation Practices for Ride - On Mowers & 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 Never carry passengers or children even with the blades important safety precautions . It meansR off . CAUTIONI ! ! BECOMEALERT ! H YOU 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 Keep children out ofthe mowing area and under the watchful in neutral , you may lose control of care of another responsible adult . the tractor . I 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 attach ments Mow up and down slopes ( 15 Â° Max ) , not across . that are recommended by and Remove obstacles such as recks , tree limbs , etc . comply with specifications of the manufacturer of your tractor . Watch for holes , ruts , orbumps . Uneventerraincould overfurn & Use common sense when towing . the machine . Tall grass can hide obstacles . Operate only at the lowest possible Use slow speed . Choose a low gear so that you will not speed when on a slope . Too heavy have to stop or shift while on the slope . of a load , while on a slope , is Avoid starting or stopping on a slope . If tires lose traction , dangerous . Tires can lose traction disengage the blades andpreeeed slowly straight down the with the ground and cause you to slope . lose control of your tractor . If machine stops while going uphill , disengage blades , shift into reverse and back down slowly . Do not turn on slopes unless necessary , and then , turn slowly and gradually downhill , if possible . CAUTION : In order to prevent accidental starting when settingng up , transporting , adjusting or maki & repairs , always disconnect spark plug wire and place wire where it cannot contact spark plug . 3
CONGRATULATIOoNnSyour purchase of a Sears Craftsman Grass Catcher . It has been designed , engineered and manufactured to give you the best possible dependability and performance . Should you experience any problems you cannot easily remedy , please contact your nearest Sears Service Center / Department . We have competent , well trained technicians 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 prop - erly . Always observe the " SAFETY RULES " . LIMITED ONE YEAR WARRANTY ON CRAFTSMAN GRASS CATCHER For one year from the date of purchase , when this grass catcher attachment is maintained according to the oper - ating 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 : â¢ Expendable items which become worn during normal use , such as bags or mower blades . â¢ 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 parts and repair center 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 . , D / 817 WA , Hoffman Estates , IL . 60179 SAFETY RULES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 - 3 CUSTOMER RESPONSIBILITIES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 WARRANTY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 STORAGE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 BAG OF PARTS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 - 6 PREPARATION . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 - 17 ASSEMBLY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 - 12 REPAIR PARTS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 - 19 OPERATION . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 PARTS ORDERING / SERVICE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . SACK PAGE 4
KNOWYOUR GRASS CATCHER READTHIS OWNER'S MANUAL AND SAFETY RULES BEFORE ASSEMBLING OR OPERATINGYOUR GRASS CATCHER . Compare the illustrations with the carton contents to familiarize yourself with the parts before starting the assembly . Studyto the operating instructions and safety precautions thoroughly to insure proper functioning of your Grass Catcher and 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 materials from carton . ( 2 ) Container Tops ( 1 ) Mounting Bracket Foldflaps to insideofcarton andturncarton upsidedown ( 2 ) Container Bottoms ( 1 ) Cover Assembly on floor of work area . To protect grass catcher coverd ( 1 ) Upper Chute ( 1 ) Cover Seal duringassembly placecoverupsidedownonoverturne carton . ( 1 ) Lower Chute ( 1 ) Bag of Parts Check carton contents against list . Be sure all parts ( 1 ) Support Post ( 1 ) Owner's Manual are there . NOTE : For ease of assembly , aside of your work area , lay out all hardware in the following groups . Each step of the as - sembly instructions will identify the group needed for that step . ASSEMBLY HARDWARE SHOWN ACTUAL SIZE LOCATION m _ IIIIINNIIIIIIIIIH GROUP " A " _ - - _ _ _ REAR ( 4 ) Bolt 5 / 16 - 18 x 3 / 4 ( 4 ) Locknut 5 / 16 - 18 ( 4 ) Shoulder Bolt 5116 - 1 MOUNTING BRACKET AND SUPPORT TUBE TO DRAW BAR ( 2 ) Wing Nut ( 1 ) Support Plate NOT SHOWN FULL SIZE . Â© 12 ) LockWasher 5 / 16 ( 2 ) Washer 11 / 32 x 1 - 1 / 2 x 10 Ga . GROUP " B " I SUPPORT POST TO Â© COVER ASSEMBLY ( 3 ) Carriage Bolt 5 / 16 - 18 x 3 / 4 ( 3 ) Locknut 5 / 16 - 18 5
GROUP " C " I SUPPORT TUBE TO t [ 111111111LIIL [ [ ! LIIIIIIIILLI [ IIIlIIIII [ I ! IIIIILIIIIlIIIIIILIIIIIIIL ! IIIIMIIIII [ COVER Â© r ASSEMBLY ( 1 ) Bolt 5 / 16 - 18 x 2 - 1 / 4 ( 2 ) Locknut 5116 - 18 ( _ - Bolt 5 / 16 - 18 x 3 / 4 GROUP " D " I ( 1 ) Bracket Support Pin SUPPORT I Â© POST TO MOUNTING . . , . , . , = / / BRACKET , , ! i i Sprlng _ I iI [ ( 4 ) Tubing End Caps GROUP " E " J LOWER CHUTE _ ( 2 ) Latch Hook Assembly ASSEMBLY TO MOWER DECK ( 2 ) Nut , Weld # 10 ( 2 ) Screw # 10 x 5 / 8 ( 2 ) Washer , Lock # 10 ( 2 ) Washer 3 / 16 x 3 / 4 x 16 Ga . GROUP " F " I CHUTE LATCH ASSEMBLY to UPPER ( 1 ) Spacer , Split # 10 CHUTE ( 2 ) Washer 3 / 16 x 3 / 4 x 16 Ga . ( 1 ) Nut , Acorn # 10 GROUP " G ' 1 ( 1 ) Rubber _ _ j CHUTE LATCH ASSEMBLY to LOWER CHUTE ( 1 ) Screw # 10 x 518 ( 1 ) Washer , Lock # 10 ( 1 ) Washer 3 / 16 x 3 / 4 x 16 Ga . ( 1 ) Nut , Weld # 10 6
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 TRACTOR DRAWBAR STYLE " B " STYLE " A " " , o _ J TRACTOR DRAWBAR PARTS IDENTIFICATION UPPER CHUTE COVER FULL BAGGER GRASS CATCHER CONTAINERS NOTE : When right hand ( R . H . ) and left hand ( L . H . ) are mentioned in this manual , it means when you are seated on the tractor _ in the operator's position . â¢ . ( 1 ) 3 / 8 " Wrench ( 1 ) _ rive Ratchet THESE ARE THE TOOLS YOU WILL NEED'TO AS - ( 1 ) 1 / 2 " Wrench ( 1 ) 3 " or longer Extension SEMBLE YOUR GRASS CATCHER : ( 2 ) 9 / 16 " Wrenches ( 1 ) Short Handle ( 1 ) 1 / 2 " Socket Phillips Screwdriver CAUTION : BEFORE ASSEMBLING GRASS CATCHERTOTRACTOR : â¢ Depress clutch / brake pedal fully and set parking brake . Place attachment clutch in " DISENGAGED " position . i Place gearshift / motion control lever in " NEUTRAL " position . & Turn ignition key " OFF " and remove key . â¢ Make sure the blade and all moving parts have completely stopped . â¢ Disconnect spark plug wire from spark plug and place wire where it cannot come in contact with plug . 7
REAR MOUNTING BRACKET and SUPPORT TUBE SUPPORTTUBE ( See Figs . 1 A , 1 B & 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 pare your drawbar with the illustrations of " BEFORE YOU WASHERS STARTTO ASSEMBLE THE GRASS CATCH ER " and follow instructions given . LOCK UPPER WASHERS CORNER DRAWBAR WITH UPPER CORNER RIBS Â° 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 ) . â¢ Assemble the support tube to drawbar as shown . From backside of drawbar place reinforcement plate so thatr . SELFTAPPING weld screws go through holes in left side of drawba LANCEDTABS SHOULDER Place support tube over weld screws and assemble TOWARD BOTTOM BOLTS flat washer , Iockwasher , and wing nut as shown Do FIG . 1B not tighten at this time . â¢ Discard remaining hardware in hardware GROUP UAU " DRAWBAR WITHOUT UPPER CORNER RIBS - SUPPORTTUBE STYLE " B " ( See Fig . 1C ) â¢ Assemble the mounting bracket , lanced tabs towards REINFORCEMENT bottom , using the four smaller inside holes on the PLATE drawbar . â¢ Install the four hex bolts and Iocknuts as shown and FLAT tighten securely . WASHERS â¢ Assemblethesupporttubetodrawbarasshown . From backside of drawbar place reinforcement plate so that LOCK UPPER CORNER weld screws go through holes in left side of drawbar . WASHERS _ RIBS Place support tube over weld screws and assemble flat washer , Iockwasher , and wing nut as shown Do WING not tighten at this time . NUTS â¢ Discard remaining shoulder bolts in hardware GROUP nan , SHOULDER SUPPORTTUBE BOLTS LANCED TABS REINFORCEMENT TOWARD BOTTOM PLATE FIG . 1A HEX FLAT WASHERS BOLTS If your tractor does not have four ( 4 ) shoulder bolts in - stalled on the drawbar , follow the instructions below ( See LOCK Fig . 1B ) . WASHERS _ â¢ Using the four formed holes in the drawbar , install the four self tapping shoulder bolts as shown and tighten WING securely . NUTS â¢ Hang the mounting bracket , lanced tabs towards bottom , on the bolts . â¢ Assemble the support tube to drawbar as shown . From / / backside of drawbar place reinforcement plate so rthat . weld screws go through holes in left side of drawba TOWARD BOTTOM LOCKNUTS Place support tube over weld screws and assemble FIG . 1C flat washer , Iockwasher , and wing nut as shown Do not tighten at this time . â¢ Discard remaining hex bolts and Iocknuts in hardware GROUP " A " . 8
COVER SEAL ( See Fig . 2 ) MOUNTING TO TRACTOR ( See Fig . 4 ) No hardware required Use Hardware - - GROUP " C & D " 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 â¢ Work seal into opening so cover sits between flanges tractor . of seal . Raise seat on tractor to allow assembly to be mounted . â¢ With cover closed , lift assembly and place support post inside mounting bracket . Allow assembly to rest on lanced tabs of mounting bracket . â¢ Line up holes in mounting bracket with holes in support post and insert bracket support pin . Secure with retainer spring . â¢ Unlatch and open cover . â¢ Secure cover assembly to support tube using short hex ALIGNMENT bolt , long hex bolt , and Iocknuts as shown . Tighten all MARKS hardware securely . NOTE : Hardware securing support tube to drawbar must be tightened at this time . â¢ Install the four ( 4 ) tubing end caps onto container support . Tap each end cap onto container support tubes to seat securely . COVERASSEMBLY COVER SEAL SHORT / LOCKNUTS FIG . 2 LONG HEXBOLT / HEXBOLT " " ' - ' ' " - . / BRACKET - SUPPORTPIN SUPPORT POST ( See Fig . 3 ) , " SPRING Use Hardware - - GROUP " B " CAUTION : Container support is springle loaded and locked to the cover . Hand cover assembly carefully so as not to & unlatch the cover from the container 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 SUPPORTTUBE SUPPORT POST SUPPORT POST LOCKNUTS MOUNTING BRACKET LANCED TABS FIG . 3 FIG . 4 9
CONTAINER MOUNTING ( See Fig . 6 ) CONTAINER ASSEMBLY ( See Fig . 5 ) No hardware required â¢ Install one container to left side first with warning to 1 . Place bottom half inside of top half , as shown . outside of unit . Install another container center position 2 . Place one foot inside bottom half and lift top half to and one in right position . meet bottom half . NOTE : Right container should always overlap left container 3 . Press halves tightly together while lifting top to lock at center supports . into place as shown . â¢ Close cover and lock latch handles over center support IMPORTANT : BEFORELOCKING THETABS , HOOKEDEDGES tubes . ON BOTHHALVESMUSTOVERLAPTOFORMSEALASSHOWN IN INSET . 4 . Repeat for other containers . COVER LATCH HANDLES CONTAINER BOTTOM HALF CONTAINER WARNING CENTER CONTAINER SUPPORT . TOP HALF TUBES PRESS TOGETHER TO FORM SEALG CONTAINER CONTAINER WHILE UFTIN HANDLE TOP HALF TOP HALF WARNING FIG . 6 CONTAINER BOTTOM HALF LOCKING TAB FIG . 5 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 . 10
LOWER CHUTE ( See Figs . 7A & 7B ) Use Hardware - - GROUP " E " â¢ Press weld nut into rubber latch and install two latch hook assemblies to lower chute using screw , washer , and lock washer as shown . LOCK WASHER â¢ Tighten hardware securely . â¢ Raise and hold deflector shield in upright position . â¢ Place rear of chute over rear of mower deck opening . Push chute down and forward to guide extended edge of chute between discharge guard and mower deck . â¢ Hook front latch into tab hole on front of mower deck . â¢ Hook rear latch into flange hole on back of mower WAS _ deck . NUT WELD guard from mower . Raise and hold guard FIG . 7A when attaching lower chute and allow it I _ b CAUTION : Do not remove discharge I to rest on chute while in operation . DEFLECTOR SHIELD \ FRONT LATCH REAR LATCH FIG . 7B 11
CHUTE LATCH ASSEMBLY UPPER CHUTE ( See Fig . 9A & 9B ) ( See Fig . 8 ) No hardware required Use Hardware - - GROUP " F & G " â¢ Assemble latch pin to upper chute , as shown . â¢ Lower mower deck to its lowest cutting position . Press weld nut into rubber latch and assemble rubber â¢ Assemble upper chute by inserting curved end into hole in back of cover . latch to lower chute , as shown . â¢ Tighten all hardware securely . NOTE : Handle carefully so as not to damage full bagger indicator . WASHERS Push in and turn upper chute until it is in line with lower SCREW 3 / 16 x 3 / 4 x 16 Ga . chute . # 10 x 1 - 1 / 8 " Align the bosses on lower chute with alignment slots SPUT on upper chute and slide together . \ SPACER Secure with rubber latch by hooking hole in latch over latch pin . UPPER CHUTE ACORN NUT FULL BAGGER UPPER INDICATOR HANDLE CHUTE \ SCREW COVER # 10x _ 8 " RUBBER LATCH LOWER CHUTE \ WELD NUT LOWER CHUTE WASHER 3 / 16x 3 / 4x16Ga . LOCKWASHER FIG . 8 FIG . 9A ALIGNMENT SLOT LATCH PIN RUBBER LATCH BOSSES FIG . 9B 0 LEVEL MOWER DECK No hardware required â¢ Be sure deck is properly leveled for best mower performance . See your tractors owner's manual for instructions . 12
TIPS FOR IMPROVED BAGGING â¢ Avoid cutting wet grass or inthe morning while the dewse is still heavy . Grass clippings collected under the OPERATION : conditions tend to be sticky and adhere to the walls of Follow the mower operation instructions in your tractor the flow path causing clogging . owner's manual . â¢ Your bagger is equipped with a full bagger indicator . When operating your grass catcher on a lawn where grass Movement of the wheel increases as the bags fill . The and leaf bagging equipment has not been used , you are wheel will be spinning fastest just before the bags fille completely . When the wheel stops , it indicates that th picking up thatch and debris that has accumulated for mlonge periods of time . The amount collected and the total ti bags are full and the chutes have become clogged . of operation may be greater than you will experience with NOTE : To help prevent clogging of chutes , check / empty regular use of your grass catcher . bags when the wheel is spinning fast . Experience will teach you the best time to empty the bags . â¢ Always run throttle at full speed when bagging . Care should be taken not to damage the parts and that â¢ Select a gear low enough to give good mower cutting the wheel spins freely at the beginning of each use . performance , good quality cut and good bagging â¢ If the grass catcher fails to pick up cut grass or leaves , performance . it is an indication that clogging has occurred in the NOTE : It may be necessary to overlap width of cut to suit system or that the grass catcher containers are full . your conditions . Usually this is indicated by the stopped movement of the full bagger indicator . â¢ If grass is extremely tall , it should be mowed twice . The first time relatively high , the second time to desired a . Disengage blades , shift into neutral , engage the height . parking brake and stop the engine . - Raise seat . Unlatch and raise cover . â¢ Use left hand side of mower for trimming . â¢ Plastic trash bags can be inserted insidegrass catcher - Slide out containers and dispose of clippings . containers for ease of debris disposal . To remove the - Replace containers , close cover , and latch . plastic trash bags when full : b . Unlatch chutes and check for clogging . a . Disengage blades , shift into neutral , engage the - Remove all debris in chutes . parking brake and stop the engine . b . Raise seat . Unlatch and raise cover . - Reassemble and latch chutes c . Remove one container at a time by grasping c . Check to insure full bagger indicator has not become container handles and pulling toward the rear , off clogged . of the tube rails . - The air passage hole must be clear of debris . d . With the container resting on the ground , close Gently insert a small twig or wire into passageway and secure the top of the plastic lawn bag . to clear . e . Tip the container on itsside and slidethe filled bag from the container . f . Install a new plastic lawn bag withthe edges of the CAUTION bag draped over upper lip of the container . g . Repeat for other containers . â¢ Do not operate mower with grass catcher partially installed . h . Reinstall containers making sure right container overlaps left container at center supports . â¢ Disengage blades and stop engine before j . Close cover and secure latches over center support leaving tractor seat to empty containers , tubes . unclogging chutes , etc . â¢ Close cover before starting . â¢ Disengage mower when crossing driveways or gravel surfaces and other areas where thrown objects could be a hazard . â¢ Do not attempt to vacuum up cans or other potentially hazardous projectiles . 13
STORAGE GENERAL RECOMMENDATIONS When grass catcher is to be stored for a period of time , Always observe safety rules when performing any main - clean itthoroughly , remove all dirt , grass , leaves , etc . Store tenance . in a clean , dry place . â¢ Before each use check for loose fasteners . â¢ 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 A may result in spontaneous combustio For best results mower blades must be kept sharp . Replace which could develop into a fire . bent or damaged blades . See BLADE CARE instructions inyour 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 " NEUTRAL " position . Place clutch control in " DISENGAGED " position . 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 wire where it cannot come in 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
i I i I II II Ii II I I Ii I I I , I I DRILLTWO I 7 / 16 " HOLES r I ' f i ! 1 ) CUT OUT TEMPLATE . iI 2 ) ALIGN BO'FrOM AND LEFT EDGE OF TEMPLATE AND DRAWBAR . iI II 3 ) TAPE IN POSITION . II | 1 4 ) MARK AND DRILL 7 / 16 " HOLES I ' NOTE : DRILL SMALLER PILOT HOLES II II PRIOR TO DRILLING 7 / 16 " HOLES I , 5 ) PROCEED WITH STEP 1 OF ASSEMBLY INSTRUCTIONS I I I _ % 4 " - - . _ , \ â¢ â¢ I , I ' I l . . . . . . . . . . l . _ , . _ - T - _ _ _ I / I 16
CAUTION : BEFORE PROCEEDING WITH PREPARATION OFTRACTOR : Place gearshift / motion control lever in " NEUTRAL " position . Depress clutch / brake pedal fully and set parking brake . & Place attachment clutch in " DISENGAGED " position . â¢ Turn ignition key " OFF " and remove key . â¢ Make sure the blade and all moving parts have completely stopped . â¢ 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 MODEL TRACTOR CONFORMS TO THIS SECTION PROCEED TO ASSEMBLY . To Prepare your Grass Catcher you may need : ( 1 ) Drill Motor ( 1 ) 7 / 16 " Drill Bit DRILL SUPPORTTUBE 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 drilling7 / 16 " holes , it may be necessary to drill smaller pilot holes at the locations indicated . 17
REPAIR PARTS GRASS CATCHER - - MODEL NUMBER 917.249660 6 7 8 9 \ \ 10 2O 12 9 13 37 14 18 15 16 16 25 35 22 31 31 47 31 30 26 36
REPAIR PARTS GRASS CATCHER - - MODEL NUMBER 917.249660 KEY PART KEY PART DESCRIPTION DESCRIPTION NO . NO . NO , NO . Nut , Crownlock # 10 - 24 28 170053 Bracket , Mounting 2 69180 Shoulder Bolt , Self Tapping Screen , Cover 29 170165 3 127533 Pin , Support Post 4 139851 Cover Assembly ( Includes 3 , 37 , 38 , 39 ) 30 131137 Plug , Tubing End 5 126840 Chute , Upper 31 174083 6 18021008 Screw , Special # 10 - 14xl / 2 32 134639 Bagger , Frame Pin , Hinge 7 130933 Full Bagger Indicator 33 128600 Gasket , Cover 8 87175 Screw , # 10 - 24 x 1 - 1 / 8 34 127534 Washer 3 / 16x3 / 4x16 Ga . 35 183286 Container , Top 9 19061216 Container , Bottom 10 7206J Spacer , Split 36 129586 Seal , Cover 11 STD541810 " Nut , Acorn # 10 - 24 37 134637 Latch Handle , Cover 12 STD551110 , Washer , lock # 10 38 130895 Strip , Reinforcement 13 109808X i Latch , Chute 39 186601 Screw # 10 - 24 x 1 / 2 14 2029J _ Nut , Weld 40 71141008 Bagger , Support Tube 15 130760 Latch , Hook 41 156006 Reinforcement Plate 16 130759 Rubber , Latch 42 145186 Washer 11 / 32 x 1 - 1 / 2 x 10 Ga . 18 145578 Chute , Lower 43 19112410 Screw # 10 - 24 x 5 / 8 Truss Head 44 10040500 Washer , Lock 20 71161010 Wing , Nut 21 132796 Spring , Cover L . H . ( black ) 45 128638 Bolt , Hex 5 / 16 - 18 x 2 - 1 / 4 22 140809 Spacer , Cover 46 74760536 Carriage Bolt 5 / 16 - 18 x 3 / 4 23 132983 Spring , Cover R . H . ( gray ) 47 STD533107 Owner's Manual 24 126813X Post , Support - - 156620 Locknut 5 / 16 - 18 25 STD541431 26 4939M Spring , Retainer 27 STD523107 Bolt , Hex 5 / 16 - 18 x 3 / 4
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