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Owner's Manual iCRnFTSMnN ° I 46 " Mower GRASS CATCHER Model No . 917.249660 CAUTION : • Safety Read and follow all Safety • Assembly Rules and Instructions be - • Operation fore operating this equip - • Customer Responsibilities ment . • Repair Parts Sears , Roebuck and Co . , Hoffman Estates , IL 60179 Visit our Craftsman website : www . sears . com / craftsman
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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 . • 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 . • 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 • 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 . • 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 • Watch for holes , ruts , or bumps . Uneven terrain could storing . overturn the machine . Tafl grass can hide obstacles . • Stop and inspect theequipment if youstrike anobject . Repair , • 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 , • 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 . • Check brake operation frequently . Adjust and service as required . 2
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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 ° 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
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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 : • 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 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
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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 . © 12 ) LockWasher 5 / 16 ( 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 5
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GROUP " C " I SUPPORT TUBE TO t [ 111111111LIIL [ [ ! LIIIIIIIILLI [ IIIlIIIII [ I ! IIIIILIIIIlIIIIIILIIIIIIIL ! IIIIMIIIII [ COVER © 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 © 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
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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 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 . • . ( 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 : • 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 . • 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 . 7
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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 ° 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 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 . • Discard remaining hardware in hardware GROUP UAU " DRAWBAR WITHOUT UPPER CORNER RIBS - SUPPORTTUBE STYLE " B " ( See Fig . 1C ) • Assemble the mounting bracket , lanced tabs towards REINFORCEMENT bottom , using the four smaller inside holes on the PLATE drawbar . • Install the four hex bolts and Iocknuts as shown and FLAT tighten securely . WASHERS • 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 • 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 _ • Using the four formed holes in the drawbar , install the four self tapping shoulder bolts as shown and tighten WING securely . NUTS • Hang the mounting bracket , lanced tabs towards bottom , on the bolts . • 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 . • 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 ) 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 • Work seal into opening so cover sits between flanges tractor . of 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 in support post and insert bracket support pin . Secure with retainer spring . • Unlatch and open cover . • 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 . • 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
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CONTAINER MOUNTING ( See Fig . 6 ) CONTAINER ASSEMBLY ( See Fig . 5 ) No hardware required • 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 . • 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
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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 as shown . LOCK WASHER • Tighten hardware securely . • Raise and hold deflector shield in upright position . • 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 . • Hook front latch into tab hole on front of mower deck . • 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
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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 in back of cover . latch to lower chute , as shown . • 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 • Be sure deck is properly leveled for best mower performance . See your tractors owner's manual for instructions . 12
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TIPS FOR IMPROVED BAGGING • 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 . • 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 . • Always run throttle at full speed when bagging . Care should be taken not to damage the parts and that • 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 • 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 . • 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 . • Use left hand side of mower for trimming . • 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 . • Do not operate mower with grass catcher partially installed . h . Reinstall containers making sure right container overlaps left container at center supports . • 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 . • Close cover before starting . • Disengage mower when crossing driveways 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 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 . • 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 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
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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 " - - . _ , \ • • I , I ' I l . . . . . . . . . . l . _ , . _ - T - _ _ _ I / I 16
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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 . • 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 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
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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
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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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0156620 Owner's manual
0104419X Bag, 3.0 mil. 30 gallon trash (not included wit...
107206J Spacer
1160867 Nut, acorn #10-24
12STD551110 Washer, lock
13109808X Hood latch
142029J Nut weld .327/.304 no. 10-24
15160793 Latch, hook
16160793 Rubber, latch
18145578 Chute, lower
2STD541410 Nut, crownlock #10-24
2071081010 Screw, #10-24 x 5/8
21132796 Spring
22140809 Spacer
23132983 Spring
24180925X479 Post, support
25STD541431 Locknut 5/16 x 18
26STD624008 Spring, retainer
27STD523107 Bolt, hex 5/16-18 x 3/4
28130889 Bracket
2917490508 Screw
3127533 Screen
30131137 Pin
31174083 Plug, tubing end
32134639X479 Bagger, frame
33192786 Pin hinge
34127534 Gasket
35129585 Container, top
36129586 Container
37134637 Seal, cover
38130895 Latch
39155857X479 Strip, reinforcement
4139851 Cover
4071141008 Screw
41156006 Bagger, support tube
42145186X479 Reinforcement plate
4319112410 Washer
44STD551131 Washer, lock
45128638 Wing nut
4674760536 Hex bolt
5126840 Chute, upper
618021008 Screw
7130933 Indicator, bagger full
887175 Screw
919061216 Washer