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Owner's Manual JCRIIFTSMI N Â° J GRASS CATCHER 42 " Mower Model No . 917.249791 CAUTION : â¢ Safety Read and follow all Safety â¢ Assembly Rules and Instructions â¢ Operation before operating this â¢ Customer Responsibilities equipment . â¢ Repair Parts Sears , Roebuck and Co . , Hoffman Estates , II 60179 U . S . A . Visit our Craftsman website : www . sears . com / craftsman
SAFETY RULES & 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 in the manual â¢ 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 Clear the area of objectssuch as rocks , toys , wire , etc . , which of a cliff or ditch , or if an edge caves in . could be picked up an _ dthrown . . bYthe blade . â¢ Do not mow on wet grass . Reduced traction could cause Be sureih'e - area is clear of other people before mowing . Stop sliding . machine . if . anyone enters the . area . â¢ Donottrytostabilizethemachinebyputtingyourfootonthe Never carry passengers . . . . . . . ground . Do n _ mo _ ; Jn _ rev'erse - unlessabsolutely necessary . Always â¢ DO not use grass catcher on steep slopes . look down and _ _ befdre and while backing . Be aware of the mower discharge direction and do not pointe IlL CHILDREN it at anyone : _ Do not _ operate the - mower without either th Tragic accidents can occur if the operator is not alert to nthee entire grass catcher or the guard . i n place , presence of children . Children are often attracted to the machi Slow down before tu - rning : . . . . and the mowing activity . Neverassume that children will remain Never leave a running machine unattended . Always turn off where you last saw them . blades , set parking brake , stop engine , and remove keys â¢ Keep children out of the mowing area and under the watchful before dismounting . care of another responsible adult . Turn off blades when not mowing . Be alert and turn machine off if children enter the area . Stop engine before removing grass catcher or unclogging Before and when backing , look behind and down for small chute . children . Mow only in daylight or good artificial light . â¢ Never carry children . They may fall oft and be seriously Do not operate the machine while under the influence of injured or interfere with safe machine operation . alcohol or drugs . â¢ Never allow children to operate the machine . Watch for traffic when operating near or crossing roadways . â¢ Use extra care when approaching blind comers , shrubs , Use extra care when loading or unloading the machine into trees , or other objects that may obscure vision . a trailer or truck . Data indicates that operators , age 60 years and above , are IV . SERVICE involved in a large percentage of riding mower - related Use extra care in handling gasoline and other fuels . They injuries . These operators should evaluate their ability tos are flammable and vapors are explosive . operate the ridingmower safely enough to protect themselve Use only an approved container . and others from serious injury . Never remove gas cap or add fuel with the engine Keep machine free of grass , leaves or other debris build - upot which can touch hot exhaust / engine parts and bum . Do n running . Allow engine to cool before refueling . Do not smoke . allow the mower deck to plow leaves or other debris which can cause build - up to occur . Clean any oil or fuel spillage Never refuel the machine indoors . before operating or storing the machine . Allow machine to Never store the machine or fuel container inside where cool before storage . there is an open flame , such as a water heater . Never run a machine inside a closed area . II . SLOPE OPERATION Keep nuts and bolts , especially blade attachment bolts , tight Slopes are a major factor related to loss - of - control and tipover and keep equipment in good condition . accidents , which can result in severe injury or death . All slopes Never tamper with safety devices . Check their proper require extra caution . Ifyou cannot back up the slope or ifyou feel operation regularly . uneasy on it , do not mow it . Keep machine free of grass , leaves , orother debits build - up . DO : Clean oil or fuel spillage . Allow machine to cool before storing . Mow up and down slopes , not across . Stop and inspect the equipment if you strike an object . Remove obstacles such as rocks , tree limbs , etc . Repair , if necessary , before restarting . Watch for holes , ruts , or bumps . Uneven terrain could Never make adjustments or repairs with the engine running . overturn the machine . Tall grass can hide obstacles . Grass catcher components are subject to wear , damage , Use slow speed . Choose a low gear so that you willnot have and deterioration , which could expose moving parts orallownd to stop or shift while on the slope . objects to be thrown . Frequently check components a Follow the manufacturer's recommendations for wheel replace with manufacturer's recommended parts , when weights or counterweights to improve stability . necessary . Use extra care with grass catchers or other attachments . Mower blades are sharp and can cut . Wrap the blade ( s ) or These can change the stability of the machine . wear gloves , and use extra caution when servicing them . Keep all movement on the slopes slowand gradual Do not Check brake operation frequently . Adjust and service as make sudden changes in speed or direction . required . Avoid starting or stopping on a slope . If tires lose traction , disengage the blades and proceed slowly straight down the slope . 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 symbolto point out impor - tant safety precautions . It means CAU - Never carry passengers or children even with the blades off . TION ! It BECOME ALERTI ! ! YOUR SAFETY IS INVOLVED . Do not mow inreverse unless absolutely necessary . Always look down and behind before and while backing . Never carry children . They may fall off and be seriously CAUTION : Do not coast down a hill in injured or interfere with safe machine operation . neutral , you may lose control of the Keep children out of the mowing area and under the tractor . watchful care of another responsible adult . Be alert and rum 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 Â° Max ) , not across . that ara recommended by and comply with specifications of the manufactu - Remove obstacles such as rocks , tree limbs , etc . rer of your tractor . Use common Watch for holes , ruts , or bumps . Uneven terrain could & sensewhen towing . Operate onlyat overturn the machine . Tall grass can hide obstacles . the lowest possible speed when on a Use slow speed . Choose a low gear so that you willnot 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 . transporting , adjusting or making repairs , always disconnect sperk plugot wire and place wire where it cann contact spark plug . CONGRATULATIONS onyour purchase of a new 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 authorized service center / department . They have competent , well trained technicians and the proper tools to service or repair this unit . Please read and retain this manual . The instructionswill enable you to assemble and maintain your Grass Catcher properly . Always observe the " SAFETY RULES " . SAFETY RULES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 - 3 STORAGE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 ASSEMBLY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 - 8 WARRANTY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 OPERATION . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 REPAIR PARTS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 - 13 CUSTOMER RESPONSIBILITIES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
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 familiadze 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 . UNPACKING INSTRUCTIONS TOOLS REQUIRED FOR ASSEMBLY â¢ Remove all parts and packing materials from carton . ( 1 ) 9 / 16 " Wrench â¢ Check carton contents against list . Besureallpartsare there . CARTON CONTENTS : ( 2 ) ContainerTops ( 1 ) Support Assembly ( 2 ) Container Bottoms ( 1 ) Cover Assembly ( 1 ) Upper Chute ( 4 ) Shoulder Bolts ( 4 ) Shoulder Bolts 5 / 16 - 18 Self Tapping ( 1 ) Lower Chute PARTS IDENTIFICATION COVER UPPER CHUTE FULL INDICATOR LATCH GRASS CATCHER CONTAINERS LOWER CHUTE ATTACHING LOWER CHUTE STRAPS 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 . CAUTION : BEFORE ASSEMBLING GRASS CATCHER TO TRACTOR : Place gearshift / motion control lever in neutral ( N ) position . Place attachment clutch in " DISENGAGED " position . i epress clutch / brake pedal fully and set parking brake . Turn ignition key " OFF " and remove key . A Make sure the blade and all moving parts have completely stopped . â¢ Disconnect spark plug wire from spark plug and placewire whereit cannot come in contact with plug .
BAGGER SUPPORT ASSEMBLY MOUNTING COVER ASSEMBLY TO ( See Figs . 1A & 1B ) SUPPORT ASSEMBLY ( See Fig . 2 ) NOTE : If your tractor already has four ( 4 ) shoulder bolts NOTE : For ease of assembly , you may wish to obtain the installed on the rear drawbar , simply hang the support assistance of another person for mounting cover assembly assembly on the bolts . Discard the four ( 4 ) shoulder bolts to tractor . supplied and go on to Step 2 instructions . 1 . Position cover assembly on ground behind tractor as SHOULDER shown . BOLTS 2 . Liftand rotate cover to align cover bracket withsupport assembly . 3 . Slide cover assembly down ontothe support assembly . COVER ASSEMBLY FIG . 1A If your tractor does nothave four ( 4 ) shoulder bolts installed on the drawbar , follow the instructionsbelow . 1 . Using the four formed holes inthe drawbar , installthe four shoulder bolts as shown and tighten securely . 2 . Hang the support assembly on the bolts . SUPPORT ASSEMBLY SUPPORT LF ASSEMBLY _ l _ TAPPING SHOULDER BOLTS FIG . 1B TO REMOVE THE SUPPORT ASSEMBLY ( See Fig . lC ) 1 . Pulloutward onthe stop bracket enough to allow support assembly to be lifted up and away from drawbar . PULL OUT ON STOP BRACKET TO REMOVE SUPPORT ASSEMBLY FIG . 2 FIG . lC 5
CONTAINER ASSEMBLY ( See Fig . 3 ) CONTAINER MOUNTING ( See Fig . 4 ) No hardware required No hardware required 1 . Place bottom half inside of top half , as shown . 1 . Install one container to left side first with warning to outside of unit . Install other container to rightside . 2 . Place one footinsidebottom halfand lifttophalf to meet bottom half . NOTE : Rightcontainer should always overlap leftcontainer at center support . 3 . Press halves tightly together while liftingtop to lock into place as shown . 2 . Close cover and lock latch handle over center support tube . IMPORTANT : BEFORE LOCKING THE TABS , HOOKED EDGES ON BOTH HALVES MUST OVERLAP TO FORM SEAL AS SHOWN IN INSET . 4 . Repeat for second container . COVER LATCH - - HANDLE CONTAINER CONTAINER HALF WARNING CONTAINER TOP HALF CONTAINER CONTAINER BOTTOM HANDLE HALF SUPPORT TUBE PRESS TOGETHER TO FORM SEAL WHILE LIFTING TOP HALF CONTAINER WARNING LOCKING TAB FIG . 4 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 . 3 6
LOWER REAR EDGE OPTIONAL BETWEEN GAUGE WHEEL LOWER CHUTE ( See Fig . 5 ) No hardware required BRACKET TAB AND GAUGE _ WHEEL MOWER HOUSING 1 . Lower mower deck to its lowest cutting position . AND BRACKET 2 . With your right hand , raise and hold deflector shield in uprightposition . 3 . With your left hand , hold lower chute as shown and AUGN CHUTE'B " position lower rear edge of chute between gauge wheel WITH MOWER " B " bracket tab and mower housing . Align " B " on Iowerchute extended edge with " B " on mower housing . 4 . With your righthand , push firmly onthe Iowerchute until the extended edge slides underthe deflector shield and along side the hinge bracket as shown . NOTE : Do notallow frontedge of lower chute to go insidethe mower deckopening . 5 . With chute inproper position , holdthe chute securely , soes itdoes notmove , while hookingthe rearand frontlatch to the mower deck . NOTE : While hookingthe latches , the deflector shield may try to push the chute away from the mower deck opening . It is important to holdthe chute in position while hooking the latches to the mower deck . â¢ If your tractor is equipped with gauge wheels on theto deck , then itwill be necessary to hookthe rear latchin the hole in the R . H . gauge wheel bracket . CAUTION : Do not remove discharge PUSH IN guard from mower . Raise and hold guard when attaching lower chute and allow it to rest on chute while in operation . DEFLECTOR SHIELD HINGE BRACKET EXTENDED EDGE " B " Must be under deflector shield and along side the hinge bracket FIG . 5 DEFLECTOR SHIELD \ Â© Â© REAR GAUGE WHEEL BRACKET FRONT LATCH WITHREAR GAUGEWHEELS WITHOUT REAR LATCH REAR LATCH GAUGE WHEELS 7
LEVEL MOWER DECK UPPER CHUTE ( See Figs . 6A & 6B ) No hardware required No hardware required 1 . Lower mower deck to its lowest cutting position , 2 . Assemble upperchute by insertingcurved end into hole Be sure deck is properly leveled for best mower perfor - in back of cover . mance . See your tractors owner's manual for instructions . NOTE : Handle carefully so as not to damage full bag indicator . 3 . Push in and tum upper chute until it is inline with lower chute . 4 . Align the bosses on Iowerchute withalignment slots on upper chute and slide together . 5 . Secure with rubber latch by hooking hole in latch over latch pin . FULL BAG HANDLE COVER UPPER CHUTE LOWER FIG . 6A ALIGNMENT SLOT LATCH PIN RUBBER LATCH BOSSES FIG . 6B 8
TIPS FOR IMPROVED BAGGING OPERATION : Avoid cuttingwet grass orinthe morningwhile the dewse is still heavy . Grass clippings collected under the 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 you rgrass catcher on a lawn where grass â¢ Your bagger isequipped witha 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 , indicatingthat the bags are full orthe periods of time . The amount collected and the total time of chutes have become clogged . operation may be greater than you will experience with NOTE " To help prevent clogging of chutes , check / empty regular use of your grass catcher . containers when movement of the indicator beginsto slow down . â¢ Always run throttle at full speed when bagging . â¢ Care shouldbe taken notto damage the full bag indicator â¢ Select a gear low enough to give good mower cutting and that the wheel spins freely at the beginning of each performance , good quality cut and good baggingperfor - USe . mance . If the grass catcher fails to pick up cut grass or leaves , NOTE : It may be necessary to ovedap width of cut to suit it is an indication that clogging has occurred in the your conditions . system or that the grass catcher containers are full . Usuallythisis indicated bythe stoppedmovement of the â¢ Ifgrass is extremely tall , it should be mowed twice . The full bagger indicator . first time relatively high , the second time to desired height . a . Disengage blades , shift into neutral , engage the â¢ Use left hand side of mower for tdmming . parking brake and stopthe engine . - Raise seat . Unlatch and raise cover . â¢ Plastic trash bags can be inserted inside grass catcher containers for ease of debds disposal . To remove the - Slide out containers and dispose of clippings . plastic trash bags when full : - Replace containers , close cover , and latch . a . Disengage blades , shift into neutral , engage the b . Unlatch chutes and check for clogging . parking brake and stop the engine . b . Raise seat . Unlatch and raise cover . - Remove all debris in chutes . c . Removeonecontainer at atime bygrasping contai - - Reassemble and latch chutes ner handles and pulling toward the rear , off of the c . Checkto insurefull bagger indicatorhas not become tube rails . clogged . d . With the container restingon the ground , close and - The air passage hole must be clear of debds . secure the top of the plastic lawn bag . Gently insert a small twig or wire into passage - e . Tip the container on its side and slide the filled bag way to clear . from the container . f . Install a new plastic lawn bag withthe edges of the bag draped over upper lip of the Container . CAUTION g . Repeat for other containers . h . Reinstall containers making sure right container â¢ Do not operate mower with grass catcher overlaps left container at center supports . partially installed . j . Close cover and secure latches over center support â¢ Disengage blades and stop engine before tubes . leaving tractor seat to empty containers , 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 .
STORAGE GENERAL RECOMMENDATIONS When grasscatcher is to be storedfor a period of time , cleana Always observe safety rules when performing any mainte - it thoroughly , remove all dirt , grass , leaves , etc . Store in nance . 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 A BLADE CARE use and before storing . Failure to do so may result in spontaneous combustion For best results mower blades must be kept sharp . Replace which could develop into a fire . bent or damaged blades . â¢ See BLADE CARE instructions in your tractor owner's manual . CAUTION : BEFORE PERFORMING ANY MAINTENANCE , SERVICE OR ADJUST - A 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 plugwire ( s ) from spark plug ( s ) and place wire where it cannot come in contact with plug . CAUTION : Grass catcher componentsnd are subject to wear , damage a A deterioration , which could expose moving parts or allow objects to be thrown . Frequently check components and replace with manufacturer's recommended parts , when necessary . 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 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 : 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 inthe owner's manual . â¢ 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 rightswhich vary from state to state . SEARS , ROEBUCK AND CO . , D / 817 WA , HOFFMAN ESTATES , ILLINOIS . 60179 10
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GRASS CATCHER - - MODEL NUMBER 917.249791 KEY PART KEY PART NO . NO . DESCRIPTION NO . NO . DESCRIPTION 2 69180 Nut , Crownlock # 10 - 24 24 180923 Support Assembly 3 127533 25 73800400 Locknut Screen , Cover 4 161312 26 4939M Spring , Retainer CoverAsm . ( Incl . 3,38,39 ) 5 126840 27 72140405 Bolt Chute , Upper 6 18021008 Screw , Special # 10 - 14 x 1 / 2 28 179745 Bracket , Stop 7 130933 29 170165 ShoulderBolt Full Bagger Indicator 8 87175 Screw , # 10 - 24 x 1 - 1 / 8 31 174083 Plug , Tubing End 9 19061216 Washer 3 / 16 x 3 / 4 x 16 Ca . 32 179746 Bagger , Frame 10 7206J 33 128600 Pin , Hinge Spacer , Split 11 60867 Nut , Acorn # 10 - 24 34 127534 Gasket , Cover 12 10071000 Washer , lock 35 129584 Container , Top 13 109808X 26 129586 Container , Bottom Latch , Chute 14 2029J 38 130895 Latch Handle , Cover Nut , Weld 15 130760 Latch , Hook 39 155042X431 Strip , Reinforcement 16 130759 - - 183233 Owner's Manual Rubber , Latch 18 162803 Chute , Lower 20 71161010 Screw # 10 - 24 x 5 / 8 21 132796 Spring , Cover L . H . ( black ) 22 133235 Spacer , Cover 23 132983 Spring , Cover R . H . ( gray )
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