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® OWNER'S MANUAL MODEL NUMBER 917.377332 o Assembly o Operation o Customer Responsibilities o Service o Adjustments Repair Parts Caution : Read and Follow all Safety Rulesns and Instructio Before Operating This Equipment ! 61309 06 ° 30 ° 97 VBL Printed in U , S _ A . "
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SAFETY RULES Mowers _ hb Safe Oper _ tioh - P _ . a - ctices _ for - W _ ll ( , Beh ind IMPORTANT : THIS CUTTING MACHINE IS CAPABLE OFAMPUTATING HANDS AND FEET AND THROWING OBJECTS . FAILURE TO OBSERVE THE FOLLOWING SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS COULD RESULT IN SERIOUS INJURY OR DEATH . SAFETY STANDARDS REQUIRE OPERATOR PRESENCE CONTROLS TO MINIMIZE THE RISK OF INJURY . YOUR UNIT IS EQUIPPED WITH SUCH CONTROLS . DO NOT ATTEMPT TO DEFEAT THE FUNCTION OF THE OPERATOR PRESENCE CONTROLS UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES ° TRAINING : o Read thisoperator's manual carefully ° Becomefamiliar with • Do not continue to run your mower if you hit a foreign object . Follow the procedure outlined above , then repair any dam - the controlsand know howto operateyour mowerproperly . age before restarting and operating you mowen Learnhow to quicklystopmower . • Do not change the governor settings or overspeed the , , Donotallowchildrento use your mower _ Neverallowadults engine , Engine damage or personal injury may result . to use mowerwithoutproperinstructions . _ • Do not operate your mower if it vibrates abnormally _ Exces - • Keep the area of operationclear of all persons , especially sive vibration is an indication of damage ; stop the engine , small childrenand pets . safely check for the cause of vibration and repair as required _ ° Use mower only as the manufacturer intendedand as de - • Do not run the engine indoors . Exhaust fumes are danger - scribed in thismanual ous . . = Do not operate mower if it has been dropped or damaged in = Never cut grass by pulling the mower towards you . " Mow any manner _ Always have damage repaired before using across the face of slopes , never up and down or you might your mower . . lose your footing Do not mow excessively steep slopes . Use caution when operating the mower on uneven terrain or when ° Do not use accessory attachments that are not recommended changing directions - maintain good footing by the manufacturer . Use of such attachments may be hazardous _ • Never operate your mower without proper guards , plates , grass catcher or other safety devices in place . . * The blade turns when the engine is running . MAINTENANCE AND STORAGE : PREPARATION : ° Check the blade and the engine mounting bolts often to be • Always thoroughly check the area to be mowed and clear it of sure they are tightened properly . all stones , sticks , wires , bones , and other foreign objects . These objects will be thrown by the blade and can cause • Check all bolts , nuts and screws at frequent intervals for severe injury . proper tightness to be sure mower is in safe working condi - tion . • Always wear safety glasses or eye shields when starting and while using your mower . • Keep all safety devices in place and working _ ° Dress properly . Do not operate mower when barefoot or • To reduce fire hazard , keep the engine free of grass , leaves wearing open sandals _ Wear only solid shoes with good or excessive grease and oil traction when mowing . . • Check grass catcher often for deterioration and wear and • Check fuel tank before starting engine . Do not fill gas tank replace worn bags ° Use only replacement bags that are indoors , when the engine is running or when the engine is hot . recommended by and comply with specifications of the Allow the engine to cool for several minutes before filling the manufacturer of your mower . gas tank . Clean off any spilled gasoline before starting the • Always keep a sharp blade on your mower . engine . . ° Allow engine to cool before storing in any enclosure . • Always make wheel height adjustments before starting your mower , Never attempt to do this while the engine is running ° Never store mower with fuel in the tank inside a building where fumes may reach an open flame or an ignition source ° Mow only in daylight or good artificial tighL such as a hot water heater , space heater , clothes dryer , etc ° OPERATION : . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . I I Illll I ! II _ l'll ' " ll'l _ : : I / • Keep your eyesand mind onyour mower and the area being portant safety precautions , it means cut . Do not let otherinterestsdistract you . CAUTIONf ! ! BECOMEALERT ! ! ! mYOUR - Look for this symbol to point out i I SAFETY IS INVOLVED . = Donotmow wetorslipperygrass _ lNeverrunwhileoperatingd your mower . Alwaysbe sureofyourfooting - keepa firmho on the handlesand walk , . . . . : / i . . . . . . . ° Do not put hands orfeet near or underrotatingparts _ Keep plug wire and place wire where it can - clear of the dischargeopeningat alltimes . not contact spark plug in order to pre - • Alwaysstopthe enginewheneveryou leave orare notusingd vent accidental starting when setting your mower , orbeforecrossingdriveways , walks , roads , an I _ CAUTION : Always disconnect spark up , transporting , adjusting or making any gravel - covered areas . repairs , . . . . . . . . . . . . . ° Never direct dischargeof materialtoward bystandersnor allow anyonenear the mowerwhileyouare operatingit , A WARNING A • Beforecleaning , inspectingo , rrepairingyour mower , stoptheng engineand make absolutelysure the blade and all movi The engine exhaust from this product con - partshavestopped ° Then disconnectthesparkplugwireand tains cl _ emicals known to the State of Califor - keep it away from the spark plug to prevent accidental starting , nia to cause cancer , birth defects , or other reproductive harm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . iill 2
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PRODUCT SPECIFaCATtONS CONGRATULATIONS on your purchase of a Sears Lawn Mower _ It has been designed , engineered and manufac - HORSEPOWER : 6.25 tured to give you the best possible dependability and DISPLACEMENT : 1256 CU . I11 . performance . Shoufd you experience any problem you cannot easily GASOLINE CAPACITY 1.5 QUARTS remedy , please contact your nearest Sears Authorized AND TYPE : UNLEADED REGULAR ONLY Service Center / Department . . We have competent , well - OIL TYPE ( API - SF / SG / SH ) : SAE 30 ( ABOVE 32 ° F ) trained technicians and the proper tools to service or repair SAE 5W - 30 ( BELOW 32 ° F ) this lawn mower , Please read and retain this manual . The instructions will OIL CAPACITY : 20 OZS enable you to assemble and maintain your lawn mower SPARK PLUG : CHAMPION RJtgLM properly . Always observe the " SAFETY RULES " . ( GAP : 030 " ) MODEL VALVE CLEARANCE : INTAKE : . 004 " - 008 " " NUMBER 917.377332 EXHAUST : 004 " - 008 SERIAL SOLID STATE IGNITION AIR GAP : . 0t25 1N NUMBER BLADE BOLT TORQUE : 35 - 40 FT LBS . DATE OF PURCHASE THE MODELAND SERIAL NUMBERS WILL BE FOUND ON A DECAL ATTACHED TO THE REAR OF THE LAWN MOWER HOUSING . YOU SHOULD RECORD BOTH SERIAL NUMBER AND DATE OF PURCHASE AND KEEP iN A SAFE PLACE FOR FUTURE REFERENCE . MAINTENANCE AGREEMENT A Sears Maintenance Agreement is available on this product . Contact your nearest Sears store for details . CUSTOMER RESPONSIBIUT ES • Read and observe the safety rules , • Follow a regular schedule in maintaining , caring for and using your lawn mower . • Follow the instructions under " Customer Responsibilities " and " Storage " sections of this owner's manual . , LiMiTED TWO YEAR WARRANTY ON CRAFTSMAN POWER MOWER For two years from date of purchase , when this Craftsman Lawn Mower is maintained , lubricated , and tuned up according to the operating and maintenance instructions in the owner's manual , Sears will repair free of charge any defect in material or workmanship . If this Craftsman Lawn Mower is used for commercial or rental purposes , this warranty applies for only 90 days from the date of purchase . This Warranty does not cover : o Expendable items which become worn during normal use , such as rotary mower blades , blade adapters , belts , air cleaners and spark plug . - Repairs necessary because of operator abuse or negligence , including bent crankshafts and the failure to maintain the equipment according to the instructions contained in the owner's manual _ WARRANTY SERVICE 1SAVAILABLE BY RETURNING THE CRAFTSMAN POWER MOWER TO THE NEAREST SEARS SERVICE CENTER / DEPARTMENT IN THE UNITED STATES . THIS WARRANTY APPLIES ONLY WHILE THIS PRODUCT IS IN USE IN THE UNITED STATE & 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 / 731CR - W SEARS TOWER , CHICAGO , IL 60684 3
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CUSTOMER RESPONSIBILITIES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 PRO ; , , CT SPECIFICATIONS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 SERVICE AND ADJUSTMENTS . " _ , o _ " _ , o . . . . . . . . _ o _ . . . . . . . . . 16 CUS . . , VIERRESPONSIBILITIES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3,12 - 15 STORAGE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 WAI ' : , , NTY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 REPAIR PARTS - LAWN MOWER . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 " o23 ASS ' . BLY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 REPAIR PARTS - ENGINE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 _ 26 OPE : . TION . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 TROUBLESHOOTING . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 PARTS ORDERING / SERVICE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 iN ; 2X • A E Operation : Jnts : Drive Control . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . I . 0 . . . . . . Adju _ Engine : ( Air Filter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ! . . . 5 , uretor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Engine Control . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Grass Catcher . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 i Control . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 . 6 Oil Change . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Mower . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Oil Level . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 . . 5 . . _ eSpeed . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 . . 7 . Operator Presence Control Bar9 Oil Type . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 ' le Height . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . I . 7 . . . _ tof Cut . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 . . Starting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1.0 R Stopping . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 . . 0 Air F Storage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Repair Parts : _ cement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 . . 5 Engine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 - 26 _ ce . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 F Lawn Mower . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . I . 9 . - 23 Ass : , ly . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 . . Fuel : Responsibilities , Custorne [ . . . . . 3,12 - 15 Capacity . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 B Storage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 S Blade : Type . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 . . 0 . Safety Rules . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 . . . Sh rpening . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1.3 ReiJlacement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Service and Adjustments . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 H Carburetor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Handle Adjustment : C Drive Belt . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Assembly . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Contro ! s : Drive Control . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Cutting Height . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Drive Control . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 . . . . . . Engine Speed . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 . . 7 . . Handle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 . 7 Engine Zone Control . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 . . . L En , ] ine Speed Control . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 . Spark Plug . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 . 5 Lubrication : Operator Presence Control Bar 8 Specifications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 . . Engine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Customer Responsioilities . . . . . . 3,12 - 15 Lawn Mower . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Speed ControL : Air Filter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 . . 5 . . . Engine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 . . 7 . . . Blade Care ! Replacement . . . . . . 13 Starting the Engine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Drive Wheels . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 M Stopping the Engine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Engine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . t . . 5 Maintenance Agreement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Lubrication . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . t 5 Storage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 . . 8 Maintenance Schedule . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Spark Plug . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Mowing Tips . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 T Cutting Levels . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Trouble Shooting Chart . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 O Oil : W Engine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Warranty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Storage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 4
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LAW MOWER ACCESSO IES These accessories were available when this lawn mower was produced , , They are also available at most Sears retail outlets and service centers . . Most Sears stores can also order repair parts for you , when you provide the model number of your lawn mower . Some of these accessories may not apply to your lawn mower . LAWN MOWER PERFORMANCE _ J CLIPPING DEFLECTOR MULCHER KITS STABILIZER FOR REAR DISCHARGE LAWN MOWERS GRASS CATCHERS GRASS CATCHERS S FOR FOR i REAR DISCHARGE SIDE DISCHARGE / LAWN MOWERS LAWN MOWERS GAS CANS LAWN MOWER MAINTENANCE AIR FILTERS SPARK PLUGS MUFFLERS , i , i ii Jill , iL ill , ii , , , i ll , i ii , , i ll , , _ l : l o BLADE ADAPTERS WHEELS ENGINE OIL BELTS BLADES 5
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ASSEMBLY Read these instructions and this manua ! in its entirety OPERATORPRESENCE before you attempt to assemble or operate your new lawn CONTROLBAR mower . Your new lawn mower has been assembled at the UPPER HANDLE factory with the exception of those parts left unassembled LIFT UP for shipping purposes _ To ensure safe and proper opera - tion of your lawn mower , all parts and hardware you assemble must be tightened securely . Use the correct tools as necessary to ensure proper tightness . All parts such as nuts , washers , bolts , etc . , necessary to complete the assembly have been placed in the parts bag . TO REMOVE LAWN MOWER FROM MOWING POSITION CARTON • Remove loose parts included with mower _ LOWER HANDLE o Cut down two end corner's of carton and lay end panel down flat . FIG . 1A ° Remove all packing materials except padding be - , 3 - POSI _ ON tween upper and lower handle and padding holding HANDLE operator presence control bar to upper handle . ADJUSTMENT • Roll lawn mower out of carton and check carton BRACKET thoroughly for additional loose parts . J HANDLE HOW TO SET UP YOUR LAWN PIN MOWER TO UNFOLD HANDLE ( See Figs . 1A & 1B ) IIMPORTANT : UNFOLD HANDLE CAREFULLY SO AS NOT TO PINCH OR DAMAGE CONTROL CABLES ° Raise lower handle section to operating position and squeeze the bottom ends of lower handle towards each other until the pin in handle can be inserted into FIG . 1B one of the three height adjustment holes . o Remove protective padding , raise upper ' handle sec - tion to operating position and tighten handle knobs securely . , Remove any packing material from around control bar . . , Your handles may be adjusted for your ' mowing com - fort , Refer to Service and Adjustments section of this manual . NOTE : For shipping purposes , the rear ' wheels on your lawn mower are not adjusted to the same position as the front wheels . Before operating mower adjust all wheels to the same cutting height position . MULCHER PLUG ' TO INSTALL ATTACHMENTS ( See Fig . 2 ) FIG . 2 Your lawn mower was shipped ready to be used as a mutcher . To convert to bagging or discharging : ii i , , , , ll , i , , , , , , , , , 111 , 1 ' Ill . . . . . . . . . . . . . ° Open rear door and remove mulcher plug . Store CAUTION : Do not run your lawn mower mulcher plug in a safe place _ without mulcher plug in place or ap - proved clipping deflector or grass • You can now install catcher or optional clipping deflec - catcher in place . Never attempt to op - toro erate the lawn mower with the rear door • To return to mulching operation , install mulcher plug removed or propped open . into discharge opening of mower . 6
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ASSEMBLY TO ASSEMBLE AND ATTACH GRASS _ OWER CATCHER ( See Figs . 3A thru 4 ) FRAME • Insert leg of tubular frame through front opening of grass catcher and thread frame into sewn hem of bag rues must ullyseated } I NOTE : Keep bag hem gathered on the straight leg of the _ - 1t _ tubular frame , . When frame comes out the other end of sewn hem , immediately work the end of frame down inside the bag as shown in inset . TUBULAR • Slide sewn hem evenly around the tubular frame until FRAME / / both ends of frame are exposed out of the front open - ing , , o Assemble lower frame to tubular frame as shown , , Be FIG . 3B sure handle is outside of bag and frames are fully seated as shown in inset , LOWER FRAME HANDLE " Slip vinyl bindings over frame , NOTE : If vinyl bindings are too stiff , hold them in warm \ water for a few minutes , If bag gets wet , let itdry before using • Close the flip lid , , Flip lid must be closed while operating lawn mower . - Lift the rear door on the mower housing and place the grass catcher frame onto the formed tabs on the rear door hinge bracket , , • The grass catcher is secured to the lawn mower housing when the rear door is lowered onto the grass catcher frame , . FIG , 3C DOOR without clipping deflector or approved grass catcher in place . Never attemptar CAUTION : Do not run your lawn mower to operate the lawn mower with the re BRACKET GRASS door removed or propped open . CATCHER FRAME / TUBULAR FRAME SEWN \ \ HEM FORMED TABS FIG . 4 FLIP LID SEWN HEM FIG , 3A 7
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OPERATION KNOW YOUR LAWN MOWER READ TH1S OWNER'S MANUAL AND SAFETY RULES BEFORE OPERATING YOUR LAWN MOWER . Compare the illustrations with your lawn mower to familiarize yourself with the tocation of various controls and adjustments _ Save this manual { or future reference , These symbols may appear ' on your lawn mower or in literature supplied with the product . Learn and understand their meaning . g CAUTION ENGINE ENGINE FAST SLOW CHOKE FUEL OIL DANGER , KEEP HANDS OR WARNING ON OFF AND FEET AWAY OPERATOR PRESENCE CONTROL BAR DRIVE CONTROL BAR DRIVE SPEED CONTROL LEVER STARTER HANDLE " HANDLE KNOB GRASS BAG GASOLINE FILLER CAP ENGINE SPEED CONTROL LEVER MULCHER PLUG ENGINE OIL CAP WITH DIPSTICK WHEEL ADJUSTER HOUSING FIGo 6 ( ON EACH WHEEL ) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . , Hl , , i , : i , / , , J , MEETS CPSC SAFETY REQUIREMENTS Sears rotary walk - behind power lawn mowers conform to the safety standards of the American National Standards institute and the US Consumer Product Safety Commission ° The blade turns when the engine is running . OPERATOR PRESENCE CONTROL BAR - must be held PRIMER - pumps additional fuel from the carburetor to the cylinder for use when starting a cold engine . down to the handle to start the engine , Release to stop the engine _ STARTER HANDLE - used for starting the engine . ENGINE SPEED CONTROL LEVER - located on the side DRIVE CONTROL BAR - used to engage power - propelled of the engine which allows you to select either high or low forward motion of lawn mower . engine speed . MULCHER PLUG - located at the rear discharge opening , DRIVE SPEED CONTROL LEVER - used to select the must be removed when converting to bagging operation drive speed of your lawn mower . . 8
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OPERATmON The operation of any lawn mower can result in foreign objects thrown into the eyes , which can result in severe eye damage . Always wear safety glasses or eye shields while operating your lawn mower or performing any adjustments or repairs . We recommend a wide vision safety mask over tile spectacles or standard safety glasses . HOW TO USE YOUR LAWN MOWER ENGINE SPEED CONTROL LEVER ENGINE SPEED ( See Fig . 7 ) The engine speed is controlled by a iever located on the side of the engine High position is for starting engine , normal cutting and better grass bagging . Low position is for light cutting , trimming and fuel economy ° ENGINE ZONE CONTROL CAUT'ION : Federal regulations require ' PRIMER lawn mower in order to minimize the an engine control to be installed on this FIG . 7 risk of blade contact injury . Do not under any circumstances attempt to defeat the function of the operator con - trol . The blade turns when the engine is running . Your lawn mower is equipped with an operator pres - ence control bar which requires the operator to be positioned behind the lawn mower handle to start and operate the lawn mower . TO CONVERT MOWER Your lawn mower was shipped ready to be used as a mutcher . To convert to rear bagging or side discharging , see " TO CONVERT MOWER " in Assembly section of this manual . FIG . 8 CAUTION : BEFORE ATTEMPTING TO LOWER WHEELS FOR HIGH CUT CONVERT LAWN MOWER : o Release control bar to stop engine , ° Make sure the blade and all moving parts have completely stopped _ ER TO EMPTY GRASS CATCHER ( See Fig . 8 ) - To remove grass catcher , release operator presence RAISE WHEELS control bar to stop engine . FOR LOW CUT , Lift up rear door and remove the grass catcher by the handle . . FIG . 9 , Do not drag the bag when emptying ; it will cause unnecessary wear . . TO ADJUST CUTTING HEIGHT ( See Fig . 9 ) • Raise wheels for low cut and lower wheels for high cut . . ° Wheels are set in low cut for shipping _ Adjust cuttingis height to suit your requirements . . Medium position best for most lawns . • To change cutting height , squeeze adjuster lever to - ward wheel . Move wheel up or down to suit your requirements . Be sure all wheel _ ; are in the same setting . . NOTE : Adjuster is properly positioned when plate tab inserts into hole in lever Also , 9 - position adjusters ( if so equipped ) allow lever to be positioned between the plate tabs . 9
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OPERATmON GR I ) UND DRIVE THREE SPEEDS ( Seu Fig ; 10 ) Your lawn mower ' provides three ( 3 ) speeds to let you seleut the speed that suits you best . ° ' Speed 1 is for slow , heavy / thick grass cutting or : rimming ° . Speed 2 is for normal grass cutting or trimming , DRIVE SPEED CONTROL LEVER . • Speed 3 is for light cutting and for ground transporL TO OPERATE DRIVE SYSTEM ( See Figs . 10 & 11 ) ° Select ground speed by moving speed control lever to desired position . • To start forward motion , lift drive control bar up to handte _ FIG , 10 • To stop forward motion , release drive control bar , OPERATOR PRESENCE IMFORTANT : ALWAYS KEEP DRIVE CONTROL BAR , , \ CONTROL BAR FU . , , LY ENGAGED AGAINST HANDLE WHEN IN USE DRIVE BEFORE STARTING ENGINE CONTROL OIL ( See Fig . 12 ) Your lawn mower is shipped without oil in the engine . , * Be sure mower is level and area around oit fill is clean ] [ _ ENGAGE DRIVE CONTROL DRIVE CONTROL DISENGAGED = Remove engine oil cap w / dipstick and fill to the full line on the dipstick , FIG . 11 , Use 20 ozs . of oil . Fortypeand grade of oilto use , see " ENGINE " in Customer ' Responsibilities section of this ENGINE OIL CAP GASOLINE manual . W / DIPSTICK FILLER CAP , Pour oil slowly . Do not over fill . Check oil level before each use . Add oil if needed . Fill to fulf line on dipstick . , To read proper level , tighten engine oil cap each time . o Reinstall engine oil cap and tighten , , Change the oil after every 25 hours of operation or each season . You may need to change the oil more often under dusty , dirty conditions . GAS ( See Fig . 12 ) ° Fill fuel tank , Use fresh , clean , regular unleaded FIG . 12 gasoline with a minimum of 87 octane . Do not mix oil with gasoline . Purchase fuel in quantities that can be used within 30 days to assure fuel freshness . . WARNING : Experience indicates that alcohol blended fuels ( called gasohot or using ethanol or methanol ) can attract moisture which leads to separation and formation of acids during storage . , Acidic gas can damage the fuel system of an engine while in storage . To avoid engine problems , the fuel system should be emptied before stor - age of 30 days or longer ' , . Drain the fuel tank , start the engine and let it run until fuel lines and carburetor are empty . Use fresh fuel next season . See Storage Instruc - tions ior additional information . Never use engine or carburetor cleaner products in fuel tank or permanent damac _ e may occur . 10
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OPERATION TO START ENGINE = To start a cold engine , push primer five ( 5 ) times before trying to start . Use a firm push ° This step is not usually MAX . 1 / 3 necessary when starting an engine which has already run for a few minutes . • Move engine speed control lever to high position . . . . . _ iil o Hold operator presence control bar down to the handle and pull starter handle quickly , Do not allow starter rope to snap back ° To stop engine , release operator presence control bar NOTE : In cooler weather it may be necessary to repeat priming steps . . In warmer weather over priming may cause flooding and engine wilt not start . Ifyou do flood engine wait FIG . 13 a few minutes before attempting to start and do not repeat priming steps . MULCHING MOWING TXPS IMPORTANT : FOR BEST PERFORMANCE , KEEP MOWING TIPS MOWER HOUSING FREE OF BUILT - UP GRASS AND TRASHr SEE " CLEANING " IN CUSTOMER = Under certain conditions , such as very tall grass , it may RESPONSIBILITIES SECTION OF THIS MANUAL be necessary to raise the height of cut to reduce pushing effort and to keep from overloading the engine The special mulching blade will recut the grass clip - and leaving clumps of grass clippings . . pings many times and reduce them in size so that as they fall onto the lawn they will disperse into the grass • For extremely heavy cutting , reduce the width of cut ) and raise the rear of the lawn mower housing one ( I and not be noticed . . Also , time mulched grass wilt biodegrade quickly to provide nutrients for the fawn . wheel adjuster setting higher than the front for better Always mulch with your highest engine ( blade ) speed discharge of grass . as this wilt provide the best recutting action of the • For better grass bagging and most cutting conditions , blades , the engine speed should be set in the high position = Avoid cutting your lawn when it is wet , . Wet grass tends • When using a rear discharge lawn mower in moist , to form clumps and interferes with the mulching action , heavy grass , clumps of cut grass may not enter the The best time to mow your lawn is the early afternoon , grass catcher . . Reduce ground speed ( pushing speed ) At this time the grass has dried and the newly cut area and / or run the lawn mower over the area a second time . will not be exposed to the direct sun . . ° If atrail of grass clippings is left on the right side of a rear • For best results , adjust the lawn mower cutting height discharge lawn mower , mow in a clockwise direction so that the lawn mower cuts off only the top one - third with a small overlap to collect the clippings on the next of the grass blades ( See Fig . 13 ) . If the lawn is pass . overgrown it will be necessary to raise the height of cut • Pc res in cloth grass catchers can become filled with dirt to reduce pushing effort and to keep from overloading and dust with use and catchers will collect less grass . the engine and leaving clumps of mulched grass . For To prevent this , regularly hose catcher off with water extremely heavy mulching , reduce your width of cut , and let dry before using . mow slowly and raise the rear of the lawn mower one wheel adjuster setting higher than the front . • Keep top of engine around starter clear and clean of grass clippings and chaff . This will help engine air flow ° Certain types of grass and grass conditions may re - and extend engine fife . quire that an area be mulched a second time to com - pletely hide the clippings . When doing a second cut , mow across or perpendicular to the first cut path . . • Change your cutting pattern from week to week . Mow north to south one wee k then change to east to west the next week , This will help prevent matting and graining of the lawn . I 1
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CUS OME RESPO MES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . : u , H : , l . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . MAINTENANCE SCHEDULE F _ o _ - ; _ " _ _ " _ ' _ ' 1 " _ o " 1 ' ' FILLINDATES , _ A _ ' _ . . . _ 4 " . k _ 49 . _ , £ , _ £ _ ' _ " AsYouCOMPL E @ @ REGULARSERVICE _ SERVICE DATES : - ' = [ - Ct : ; e & for L . oose # : aSieners - - _ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 / , . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Clean / InspectGrassCatcher J v ' ( If Equi , pped ) v ' _ ' . . . . . . . . . M Cl , ea , nLawnMower v " ( Power - Propelled Mowers ) O Clean Under Drive Cover Checkdrive beitipuileY ' . s . . . . . . . . . . . . . RE ( Power - PropelledMowers ) C'i _ e " cWSharpen ! ReptaBcleade LubricationChart J v ' EClean Battery / Recharge ( ElectricStartMowers ) " E JCheckEngineoil Levet N j Change Engine Oil G CleanAir Filter ! I _ nspectMuifier NIc : ! , # , _ Rne " polarceSparkPlug . . . . , , _ , E IReplaceAir FilterPaperCartridge _ / 2 ! - Change more oflen when operating under a heavy toad or in high ambient femperatures 2 - Service more citeR when operating in dirty or dusty conditions 3 , , Replace btades more oiler when mowing in sandy soil 4 - Charge 48 hours a _ end of season GENERAL RECOMMENDATIONS LUBRICATION CHART The warranty on this lawn mower does not cover items that WHEEL ADJUSTERS have been subjected to operator abuse or negligence To receive full value from the warranty , operator must maintain mower as instructea in this manual Some adjustments will need to be made periodically to properly maintain your unit . All adjustments in the Service and Adjustments section of / / this manual should be checked at least once each season _ • Once a year , replace the spark plug , replace air filter element and check blade for wear . A new spark plug and clean / new air filter element assures prope rair - fuel \ ( _ BRAKE mixture and helps your engine run better and last SPRING BRACKET longer : ENGINE OIL • Follow the maintenance schedule in this manual . BEFORE EACH USE REAR ° Check engine oil level . DRIVE PINIONS DOOR ° Check for loose fasteners . . HINGE DRIVE PINS LUBRICATION Keep unit well lubricated ( See " LUBRICATION CHART " ) . ( _ SPRAY LUBRICANT ( _ ) REFER TO CUSTOMER RESPONSIBILITIES " ENGINE " SECTION _ IMPORTANT : DO NOTOILOR GREASE PLASTIC WHEEL BEARINGS . VISCOUS LUBRICANTS WILL ATTRACTOF DUST AND DIRT THAT WILL SHORTEN THE LIFE THE SELF - LUBRICATING BEARINGS , IF YOU FEEL THEY MUST BE LUBRICATED , USE ONLY A DRY , POWERED GRAPHITE TYPE LUBRICANT SPARINGLY . 12
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CUSTO ER RESPONSU L T ES LAWN MOWER BLADE . CRANK - Always observe safety rules when performing any mainte - nance . TIRES KEY _ / \ } • Keep tires free of gasoline , oil , or insect control chemi - cats which can harm rubber . • Avoid stumps , stones , deep ruts , sharp objects and other hazards that may cause tire damager B tl BLADE CARE For best results , mower blade must be kept sharp . Replace bent or damaged blades , . TO REMOVE BLADE ( See Fig . . 14 ) ° Disconnect spark plug wire from spark plug and place wire where it cannot come in contact with spark plug . . J . . . . . . . . . . . TRAILING \ LOCK WASHER EDGE BLADE ADAPTER • Turn lawn mower on its side . . Make sure air filter and carburetor are up . FIG . 14 • Use a wood block between blade and mower housing to prevent blade from turning when removing blade bolt , TO SHARPEN BLADE , Protect your hands with gloves and / or wrap blade with Care should be taken to keep the blade balanced . An heavy cloth . . unbalanced blade will cause eventual damage to lawn ° Remove blade bolt by turning counter - clockwise . Use mower or engine , a 9 / 16 " box or open - end wrench . o The blade can be sharpened with a file or on a grinding o Remove blade and attaching hardware ( bolt , lock wheel . . Do not attempt to sharpen while on the mower ° washer and hardened washer ) , . o To check blade balance , drive a nail into a beam or wall . NOTE : Remove the blade adapter and check the key Leave about one inch of the straight nail exposed . inside hub of blade adapter , The key must be in good Place center hole of blade over the head of the nail , if condition to work properly . Replace adapter if damaged , blade is balanced , it should remain in a horizontal TO REPLACE BLADE ( See Fig . 14 ) position , If either end of the'blade moves downward , sharpen the heavy end until the blade is balanced o Position the blade adapter on the engine crankshafL Be sure key in adapter and crankshaft keyway are aligned , GRASS CATCHER . Position blade on the blade adapter aligning the two ( 2 ) holes in the blade with the raised lugs on the adapter . The grass catcher may be hosed with water , but must be dry when used . • Be sure the trailing edge of blade ( opposite sharp edge ) is up toward the engine . Check your grass catcher often for damage or deterio - ° Install the blade bolt with the lock washer and hardened ration . . Through normal use it will wear . If catcher washer into blade adapter and crankshaft . . needs replacing , replace only with a manufacturer approved replacement catcher Give the lawn mower • Use block of wood between blade and lawn mower model number when ordering . housing and tighten the blade bolt , turning clockwise , . ° The recommended tightening torque is 35 - 40 fL lbs . IMPORTANT : BLADE BOLT IS GRADE 8 HEATTREATED NOTE : We do not recommend sharpening blade - but if you do , be sure the blade is balanced . . 13
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CUSTOME RESPONSl UL T ES ENGINE LUBRICATION Use only high quality detergent oil rated with API service classification SF , SG or SH Select the oil's SAE viscosity grade according to your expected operating temperature SAE VISCOSITY GRADES ! i I _ F - 20 ° 0 ° 30 _ 32 ° 40 _ 60 _ 80 _ 100 _ ° o . 3 ' o _ , 2oo ' . _ ; o o _ . . . . 2o . _ ' 3o . , . . . . _ o TEMPERATURE RANGE ANTICIPATED BEFORE NEXT OIL CHANGE CONTAINER FIG . 16 NOTE : Although multi - viscosity oils ( 5W30 , 10W30 etc . ) improve starting in cold weather , these multi - viscosity oils will result in increased oil consumption when used above 32 ° F . Check your engine oil level more frequently to avoid possible engine damage from running low on oil . Change the oil after every 25 hours of operation or each season . You may need to change the oil more often under TURN COUNTER dusty , dirty conditions _ CLOCKWISE COL _ _ " _ SLOT Check the crankcase oil level before starting the engine TO REMOVE and after each five ( 5 ) hours of continuous use , Tighten oil plug securely each time you check the oil level , , TURN CLOCK - AIR FILTER WISE TO TO CHANGE ENGINE OIL ( See Fig . 16 ) TIGHTEN / NOTE : Before tipping lawn mower to drain oi ! , drain fuel AIR FILTER COVER tank by running engine until fuel tank is empty . FIGo 17 • Disconnect spark plug wire from spark plug and place wire where it cannot come in contact with spark plug . MUFFLER • Remove engine oil cap ; lay aside on a clean surface , Inspect and replace corroded muffler as it could create a • Tip lawn mower on its side as shown and drain oil tintoh fire hazard and / or damage , a suitable container . , Rock lawn mower back and for SPARK PLUG to remove any oil trapped inside of engine . , Change your spark plug each year to make your engine • Wipe off any spilled oi ! on fawn mower and on side of start easier and run betten Set spark plug gap at . 030 inch , engine ° • Fill engine with oil . Fill only to the " FULL " line on the CLEANING dipstick . DO NOT OVER FILL , IMPORTANT : FOR BEST PERFORMANCE , KEEP ° Replace engine oil cap . HOUSING FREE OF BUILT - UP GRASS AND TRASH . CLEAN THE UNDERSIDE OF YOUR MOWER AFTER ° Reconnect spark plug wire to spark plug . , EACH USE . AIR FILTER Your engine wilt not run properly and may be damaged by from spark plug and place wire where it using a dirty air filter . CAUTION : Disconnect spark ptug wire cannot come in contact with the spark Replace the air filter every year , more often if you mow in plug . very dusty , dirty conditions , Do not wash air filter . o Turn lawn mower on its side . Make sure air filter and TO CHANGE AIR FILTER ( See Fig 17 ) carburetor are up . Clean the underside of your lawn o Remove the air filter by turning counterclockwise to mower by scraping to remove build - up of grass and the stop and pull away from collar trash , . ° Remove filter from inside of cover . Clean engine often to keep trash from accumulating , A ° Clean the inside of the cover and the collar to remove clogged engine runs hotter and shortens engine life . any dirt accumulation o Keep finished surfaces and wheels free of all gasoline , ° Insert new filter into cover . oil , etc . ° Put air filter cover and filter into collar aligning the tab ° We DO NOT recommend using a garden hose to clean with the slot , lawn mower unless the electrical system , muffler , air filter and carburetor are covered to keep water out . Push in on cover and turn clockwise to tighten . , Water in engine can result in shortened engine tife _ 15
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$ ERVNCE A ADJUSTMENTS : . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . , . . . . . cAuT , o " Bi EFOPREERFdRM , . GA . sEORRV - icAEDJU . STS . ; . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . _ Release control bar and stop engine . _ = Make sure the blade and all moving parts have completely stopped . • Disconnect spark plug wire from spark plug and place where it cannot come in contact with plug . . . . . . . . . . . . . , . , . . . . . . . , , , , , , , , , , , . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . : : : : . . . . . . . . . . . TO REMOVE / REPLACE DRIVE BELT ( See Figs . 18 - 19 ) TO REMOVE BELT : • Place mower on side with carburetor up , = Rotate rear wheel to access rear skirt screw _ ° Remove rear skirt , o Use spring pulIer to remove spring from backpfate . . o Use long screwd river ' to remove belt from transmission pulley groove , = Pull belt from engine pulley side and maneuver over UNHOOK SPRING blade , TO INSTALL BELT : • Maneuver belt around blade onto crankshaft . FIG , 19 = Push belt into plastic baffle and onto engine pulley , TO ADJUST DRIVE CONTROL CABLE ° Use screwdriver to thread belt between cab ! es and ( See Fig . 20 ) transmission _ The drive control cable is self - adjusting , adjustment is not ° Use fingers to push belt into pulley groove , required , However , drive control cable self - adjustment feature must be reset if : ° Use spring puller to install belt tension spring ° Instal ! rear skirt , • Drive cable has been disconnected from the unit in any manner . ° Return rear wheel to proper cutting position _ ° Drive control has been removed from handle , . Proceed as follows to reset drive control cable self - adjust - ment feature : • Ensure that reassembly of ddve control cable is com - plete , o Pull lock tab clown and hold _ = Rotate drive cor _ troi bar to handle engaging drive control then release lock tab ° Allow drive control bar to return to the disengaged position , ° Drive control cable self - adjustment feature is now reset . REMOVE REAR SKIR'f FIG . 18 LOCKTAB DRIVE CONTROL FIG , 20 16
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SERVICE AND AIC ) JUSTMENTS ENGINE REAR DEFLECTOR CARBURETOR The rear deflector , attached between the rear wheels of your lawn mower , is provided to minimize the possibility Your carburetor has a non - adjustable fixed main jet for that objects will be thrown out of the rear of the lawn mower mixture control , If your engine does not operate properly into the operator's mowing position . If the rear deflector due to suspected carburetor problems , take your tawn becomes damaged , it should be replaced . mower to an authorized service center for repair and / or adjustment , TO ADJUST HANDLE ( See Fig . 21 ) ENGINE SPEED The handle on your lawn mower has three ( 3 ) height Your engine speed has been factory set , Do not attempt to positions - adjust to height that suits you . increase engine speed or it may result in personal injury . If • Squeeze the bottom ends of lower handle towards you believe that your engine is running too fast ortoo slow , each other until the pin in handle can be inserted into take your lawn mower to an authorized service center for one of the three height adjustment holes , . repair and / or adjustment . , PIN MEDo LOW HANDLE ADJUSTMENT BRACKET FIG . 21 17
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STORAGE ENGINE Immediately prepare your lawn mower ' for storage at theys end of the season or if the unit will not be used for 30 da FUEL SYSTEM or more _ IMPORTANT : IT IS IMPORTANT TO PREVENT GUM DEPOSITS FROM FORMING IN ESSENTIAL FUEL SYSTEM PARTS SUCH AS CARBURETOR , FUEL FILTER , LAWN MOWER FUEL HOSE , OR TANK DURING STORAGE , ALSO , EXPERIENCE INDICATES THAT ALCOHOL BLENDED When lawn mower is to be stored for a period of time , clean FUELS ( CALLED GASOHOL OR USING ETHANOL DORS it thoroughly , remove al ! dirt , grease , leaves , etc _ Store in METHANOL ) CAN ATTRACT MOISTURE WHICH LEA a clean , dry are & TO SEPARATION AND FORMATION OF ACIDS DURINGEL . Clean entire lawn mower ( See " CLEANING " in the STORAGE . ACIDIC GAS CAN DAMAGE THE FU SYSTEM OF AN ENGINE WHILE IN STORAGE . Customer Responsibilities section of this manual ) . . • Lubricate as shown in the Customer Responsibilities ° Drain the fuel tank section of this manual . o Start the engine and let it run until the fuel lines and . Be sure that afl nuts , bolts , screws , and pins are carburetor are ernpty . securely fastened . Inspect moving parts for damage , ° Never use engine or carburetor cteaner products in the breakage and wear . Replace if necessary _ fuel tank or permanent damage may occur ' , o Touch up all rusted or cMpped paint surfaces ; sand lightly before painting . ° Use fresh fuel next season . HANDLE ( See Fig . 22 & 23 ) NOTE : Fuel stabilizer is an acceptable alternative in • You can fold your ' lawn mower handle for storage . minimizing the formation of fuel gum deposits during stor - ° Loosen the two ( 2 ) handle knobs on sides of the upper age . , Add stabilizer to gasoline in fuel tank or storage handle and allow handle to fold down to the rear . container . . Always follow the mix ratio found on stabilizer • Squeeze the bottom ends of lower handle toward each container - . Run engine at least 10 minutes after addingDo other until pins in handle clear the brackets and pivot stabilizer to allow the stabilizer to reach the carburetor . entire handle assembly forward and allow it to rest on not drain the gas tank and carburetor if using fuel stabilizer . mower . ENGINE OIL ° When setting up your handle from the storage position , the lower - handle wilt require manually locking into the Drain oil ( with engine warm ) and replace with clean engine oil . ( See " ENGINE " in the Customer - Responsibilities mowing position . section of this manuaf ) _ IMPORTANT : WHEN FOLDING THE HANDLE FORLDHE STORAGE OR TRANSPORTATION , BE SURE TO FOT CYLINDER THE HANDLE AS SHOWN OR YOU MAY DAMAGE CONTROL CABLES . , Remove spark plug . , • Pour one ounce ( 29 ml ) of oil through spark plug hole OPERATOR PRESENCE into cylinder . CONTROLBAR • Pull starter handle slowly a few times to distribute oil . . UPPER HANDLE • Replace with new spark ptug _ FOLD FORWARD FORSTORAGE OTHER ° Do not store gasoline from one season to another . BACKWARD ° Replace your gasoline can if your can starts to rust . Rust and / or dirt in your gasoline wilt cause problems . . MOWING POSITION ° If possible , store your unit indoors and cover it to give protection from dust and dirt . LOWER HANDLE ° Cover your unit with a suitable protective cover nthatcd does not retain moisture . Do not use plastic . Plasti FIGo 22 cannot breathe which allows condensation to form a will cause your ' unit to rust , HIGH IMPORTANT : NEVER COVER MOWER WHILE ENGINE HANDLE PIN AND EXHAUST AREAS ARE STILL WARM LOW J CAUTION : Never store the lawn mower 3 . POSITION HANDLE ADJUSTMENT ing where fumes may reach an open BRACKET with gasoline in the tank inside a build - flame or spark . Allow the engine to cool before storing in any enclosure . ( FIG . 23 18
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REPAIR PARTS ROTARY LAWN MOWER MODEL NUMBER 917.377332 GEAR CASE ASSEMBLY 150330 57 " - 52 50 61 59 IGREASEt 53 43 42 41 52 44 \ ' _ 35 45 \ 17 33 48 4 . 3 29 12 30 40 . 14 34 15 27 , . , , 37 39 25 13 26 38 6 23 KEY PART KEY PART NOo NO . DESCRIPTION NOo NO . DESCRIPTION 1 148145 Case , Lower 33 148111 Washer , Thrust 1 / 2 2 ! 48123 Plate , Detent 34 148106 Bushing , Transmission 1 / 2 3 31481185 Support , Fork , Shift 35 148107 Seal 1 / 2 1481 4 Bail , Detent 36 148096 Washer , Retainer 5 148122 Spring , Detent 37 148104 Bushing , Transmission 6 148132 Support , Fork , Clutch 38 148107 Seal 1 / 2 7 148093 Key , Woodruff 39 148116 Fork , Shift 8 148114 Axle , Shaft 40 148124 Fork , Clutch 9 148095 Ring , 12.7 4 ! 148069 Bushing 148109 10 Spring , Return 42 148065 Shaft , Reduction 11 148102 Cone , Cave 43 148066 Gear , Bevel 35 Teeth t2 148112 Washer , Thrust 44 148080 Gear , Spur t9 Teeth 13 148108 Bearing , Thrust , Needle 45 148072 Gear , Spur 16 Tooth 14 148112 Washer , Thrust 46 154845 Gear , Spur ! 2 Tooth 148095 15 Ring , 12 . . 7 47 148067 Washer 148096 16 Washer , Retainer 48 148069 Bushing Cone 17 148103 49 148141 Bearing , Ball 6000U 18 148101 Collar , Shift 50 148 ' 139 Washer , ' 10 Washer 19 148o97 51 148140 Bearing , Ball 6200 20 ! 48083 Gear , 33 Teeth 52 148137 Shaft , input 21 148097 Washer 53 148146 Screw , Self - Tapping 22 148075 Gear , 36 Teeth 54 148144 Case , Upper 23 148097 Washer 55 - - - Grease 24 154844 Gear , 40 Teeth 56 148142 Sealant 25 t48097 Washer 57 148147 Screw , Self - Tapping , Case 26 148113 Ring 28 58 148117 Arm , Shift 27 148119 Spring , Shift 59 148127 Support , Upper , Clutch 28 148121 Key , Shift 60 148138 Key , Woodruff 29 148098 Support , tKey 61 148133 Pin , Snap 14 30 148115 Collar , Shif 31 148111 Washer , Thrust 1 / 2 NOTE : Air component dimensions given in US , . inches 32 148110 Bearing , Thrust , Needle 1 inch = 25,4 mm 19
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CRAFTSMAN 4 = CYCLE ENGINE MODENLUMBE1R43 . 976260 KEY PART KEY PART NO _ NO . DESCRIPTION NO . NO _ DESCRIPTION185 36544 Intake Pipe I 36478A Cylinder ( Incl . 2,7,20 & 125 ) 186 34337 Governor Link 2 26727 Dowel Pin 189 650839 Screw , t / 4 - 20 x 3 / 8 " 6 33734 Breather Element 191 36559 S , , E , Brake Bracket ( Inclo 195 ) 7 36557 Breather Ass'y _ ( lncf . 6 & 12A ) I95 610973 Terminaf 12A 36558 Breather ' Cover & Tube ( tncl . 12B ) 200 35727 Control Bracket ( lnct . 202 thru 205 ) t2B 34695 Breather Tube Elbow 202 36482 Compression Spring I4 28277 Washer 203 31342 Compression Spring " 15 30589 Governor Rod ( incl . 14 ) 204 650549 Screw , 5 - 40 x 7 / 16 I6 32651 Governor Lever 205 650777 Screw , 6 _ 32 x 21 / 32 " 17 31335 Governor Lever Clamp 207 34.336 Throttle Link t8 651018 Screw , Torx T - 15 , 8 - 32 x 19 / 64 " 209 30200 Screw , 10 - 24 x 9 / I 6 " 19 36281 Extension Spring 215 35511 Control Knob 20 32600 Oil Seal 223 650451 Screw , 1 / 4 - 20 x 1 " 30 35801 Crankshaft 224 34690A * intake Pipe Gasket / 40 36073 Piston , Pin & Ring Set ( Std . ) 238 650932 Screw , t0 - 32 x 49 64 " 40 36074 Piston , Pin & Ring Set ( . 010 " OS ) 239 34338 * Air Cleaner Gasket 40 36075 Piston , Pin & Ring Set ( . 020 " OS ) 241 369t9 Air Cleaner Collar 41 36O70 Piston & Pin Ass'y . ( Std ) ( lncl . 43 ) 245 36905 Air Cleaner Filter 41 36O71 Piston & Pin Ass'y . 250 36920 Air Cleaner Cover ( . 010 " OS ) ( Incl 43 ) 260 36915 Btower Housing 41 36O72 Piston & Pin Ass'y . 261 30200 Screw , 10 - 24 x 9 / 16 " ( . 020 " OS ) ( tncL 43 ) 262 650831 Screw , 1 / 4 - 20 x 1 / 2 " 42 36076 Ring Set ( Std . ) 263A 36921 Starter Grill 42 36077 Ring Set ( . 010 " OS ) 275 36473 Muffler ( Incl . 277 ) 42 36078 Ring Set ( 020 " OS ) 277 650988 Screw , 1 / 4 - 20 x 2 - 5 / 16 " 43 20381 Piston Pin Retaining Ring 285 35000A Starter Cup 45 32875A Connecting Rod Ass'y . ( Incl . 46 ) 287 650926 Screw , 8 - 32 x 21 / 64 " 46 32610A Connecting Rod Bolt 290 29774 Fuel Line 48 2724192 Valve Lifter 292 26460 Fuel Line Clamp 50 359 Camshaft ( MCR ) 298 28763 Screw , 10 - 32 x 35 / 64 " 52 29914 Oil Pump Ass'y , 300 36916 Fuel Tank ( lncl . 292 & 301 ) 69 35261 * Mounting Flange Gasket Fuet CapTube Mounting Flange ( lncl . 72 thru 83 ) 301 362467 70 36995 305 3564 Oil Fill 72 30572 Oil Drain Plug ( incl . 73 ) 306 36996 * " O " - Ring 73 28833 Drain Plug Gasket 307 35499 " O " - , Ring 75 27897 Oil Seal 309 650562 Screw t0 - 32 x 112 " 80 30574A Governor Shaft 310 35648 Dipstick 81 30590A Washer 313 34080 Spacer 82 30591 Governor Gear Ass'y . ( lncL 81 ) 347 651038 Screw , 10 - 32 x 51 / 64 " 83 30588A Governor Spool 370A 36261 Lubrication Decal 86 650488 Screw , 1 / 4 - 20 x 1 - 1 / 4 " 370B 35167 Control Decal 89 611004 Flywheel Key 370C 36861 Primer Decal 90 611112 Flywheel 380 632747 Carburetor ( lncl , 184 ) 92 650815 Bellevilfe Washer 390 590702 Rewind Starter 93 650816 Flywheel Nut 400 36481 Gasket Set 100 34443A Solid State Ignition ( lncl items Marked * ) 101 610118 Spark Plug Cover Spark Arrestor Kit Screw , Torx T - 15 , 10 - 24 x t5 / 16 " 416 36085 103 651007 ( Incl _ 416 ) ( Optional ) t10 34961 Ground Wire 417 650760 Screw , 8 _ 32 x 3 / 8 " ( Optional ) t19 36477 * Cylinder Head Gasket 900 Replacement Engine 750784A , I20 36476 Cylinder Head order from 7t - 999 125 36471 Exhaust Valve ( Std . ) ( incl . 151 ) 900 Replacement S / B 750670A , Exhaust Valve 125 36472 order from 71 - 999 ( t132 " OS ) ( IncL 151 ) RPM High 2900 to 32000 126 293 ! 4B intake Valve ( Std . ) ( Incl . 151 ) RPM Low 2450 to 275 i26 29315C Intake Valve ( 1132 " OS ) ( lnclo 151 ) 130 602IA Screw , 5 / 16 - 18 x 1 - 112 " ( NOTE : This engine could have been built with 590739 135 35395 Resistor Spark Plug ( RJ19LM ) starter . Refer to the design of the rope pulley strength 150 35991 Valve Spring ribs for part identification . Individual starter parts do not I51 31673 Valve Spring Capsket interchange . ) 169 27234A * Valve Cover Ga ! 72 32755 Valve Cover NOTE : All component dimensions given in U , S . inches 174 30200 Screw , t0 - 24 x 9 / t6 " I inch = 25.4 mm 178 29752 Nut & Lock Washer , 1 / 4 - 28 182 6201 Screw , 1 / 4 - 28 x 718 " 184 26756 * Carburetor To Intake Pipe Gasket 25
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CRAFTSMAN 4 = CYCLE ENGINE MODEL NUMBE1R43 . 976260 KEY PART DESCRIPTION NO . NO . 632747 Carburetor ( Incl , 184 of Engine Parts List ) , - _ y _ . - _ " " 1 63161567 Throttle Shaft & Lever Assembly 2 6317 Throttle Return Spring Dust Seal Washer Dust Seal ( Throttle ) , _ . _ 4 63118434 " 65 6633121580 Throttle Shutter Shutter Screw = , " 16 06318076 _ . _ 7 6505 Fuel Fittingwl Float Bo 27 631024 Float Shaft . _ 28 6320197 Float J _ ! _ 25 63186 = _ 29 631028 Float Bowl " 0 " Ring Inlet Needle , Seat , & Clip ( Incl , 31 ) 31 6310221 Spring Clip . _ , 30 631025 35 3604 Primer Bulb / Retainer Ring Main Nozzle Tube 37 632547 " 0 " Ring , Main Nozzle Tube = . _ 4306 6633227733560 High Speed Bowl Nut 44 2711 Bowl Nut Washer ' Welch Plug , Atmospheric Vent " _ 48 631O27 KEY PART NO . NO . DESCRIPTION 590702 Recoil Starter 1 590599A Spring Pin ( Incl . 4 ) 2 590600 Washer 3 590696 Retainer 4 590601 Washer 5 590697 Brake Spring 6 590698 Starter Dog 7 590699 Dog Spring 8 590700 Pulley & Rewind Spring Ass'y , 11 590703 Starter Housing Ass'yo ( 40 degree grommet ) 12 590535 Starter Rope ( 98 " X 9 / 64 " dta . ) 13 590701 Starter ' Handte , lll , lulln , u _ . . 1 . . . . . . . . . . . KEY PART NO . NO . DESCRIPTION 590739 Rewind Starter 3 590740 Retainer 6 590616 Starter Dog 7 590617 Dog Spring 8 590618A Pulley & Rewind Spring Ass'y 11 590638 Starter Housing Ass'y ( 40 degree grommet ) 12 590535 Starter Rope ( Length 98 " x 9 / 64 " dia , ) 13 590701 Starter Handle 14 590741 Locking Tab NOTE : All component dimensions given in U , S . inches 1 inch = 25.4 mm 26
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TROU LESHOOTUNG POINTS PROBLEM CAUSE CORRECTION Does not start 1 Dirty air filter 1 Clean ! replace air filter 2 Flit fuel tank 2 Out of fuet 3 Stale fuel 3 . Drain tank and refill with fresh clean fuel 4 Waterin fuel 4 Drain fuel lank and carburetor and refill tank with fresh gasoline 5 Connect wire to plug 5 Spark plug wire is disconnected 6 Bad spark plug 6 Repface spark plug 7 , Loose blade or broken blade adapter 7 Tighten blade bolt or replace blade adapter 8 Depress control bar to handle 8 Control bar in released position 9 , Control bar defective 9 Replace control bar . . . . . = . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Loss of power 1 Rear of lawn mower housing / blade dragging 1 Set in " Higher Cut " position in heavy grass 2 2 , Cutting too much grass Set in " Higher Cut " position 3 3 Dirty airffiter Clean / replace air filter 4 . 4 Buildup of grass , leaves and trash under mower Clean underside of mower housing 5 Check oil level 5 Too much oil in engine 6 . Cut at slower walking speed 6 Walkfng speed too fast . . . . . i . , , / 1 / / i , H , i . . . . 1 Poor cut - uneven 1 , Worn , bent or loose biade , Repiace blade Tighten blade bolt 2 Set engine speed control in fast position 2 . Low engine speed 3 3 Buildup of grass , leaves , and trash under mower Clean underside of mower housing _ = . _ . . . u _ u . ul . . , i . / . ulll . i Excessive vibration 1 Worn , bent or loose blade 1 Replace blade Tighten blade bolt 2 Contact an authorized service centerfdeparlment 2 Bent engine crankshaft 1 Depress control bar to upper handle before Starter rope hard to pull 1 Engine flywheel brake is on when control bar is released pulling starter rope 2 Contact an authorized service center / department 2 Bent engine crankshaft 3 Replace blade adapter 3 Blade adapter broken 4 . Blade dragging in grass 4 Move lawn mower to cut grass or to hard surface to start engine t . Cutting height too tow 1 Raise cutting height , Grass catcher not filling 2 , Lift on blade worn off ( If so equipped ) 2 Replace btade 3 Clean grass catcher 3 Catcher not venting air , 4 . Set engine speed control in fast position 4 Low engine speed . . . . . i : , ill , , i , . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Raise cutting height Hard to push t Grass is too high or wheel height is too few 2 Rear of lawn mower housing / blade dragging 2 Raise rear of tawn mower housing one ( 1 ) in grass setting higher 3 Grass catcher too fu _ i 3 Empty grass catcher 4 Adjust handle height to suit 4 Handle height position not right foryou Loss of drive t Check and adjust drive control 1 Drive not fuIly engaged 2 Belt wear 2 Check / replace drive bett 3 , Check / reinstall drive belt 3 Belt off of pulley 4 Belt tension spring off 4 Repiace belt tension spring 5 Drive cable worn or broken 5 Replace drive cable 27
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® OWNER'S 6.25 HORSEPOWER 22 " POWER PROPELLED MANUAL ROTARY LAWN MOWER Each lawn mower has its own model number . Each en - MODEL NO . gine has its own model number 917.377332 The model number for your lawn mower will be found on a decal attached to the rear of the lawn mower housing . The model number for ' your engine will be found on the blower housing of the engine . Att parts listed herein may be ordered from any Sears , Roebuck and Co . Service Center / Department and most Retail Stores . IF YOU NEED REPAIR SERVICE WHEN ORDERING REPAIR PARTS , ALWAYS GIVE THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION : OR PARTS : , , PRODUCT - LAWN MOWER FOR REPAIR SERVICE , CALL : o MODEL NUMBER - 917.377332 THIS TOLL FREE NUMBER • ENGINE - CRAFTSMAN - MODEL NO . . . 143.976260 1 - 800 - 4 - REPAIR ° PART NUMBER ( 1 - 800 - 473 - 7247 ) • PART DESCRIPTION FOR REPLACEMENT PARTS INFORMATION AND Your Sears merchandise has added value when you ORDERING , CALL RTHIS : consider Sears has service units nationwide staffed with TOLL FREE NUMBE Sears trained technicians _ _ professional technicians 1 - 800 - FON - PART specifically trained to insure that we meet our pledge to ( 1 - 800 - 366 - 7278 ) you , we service what we sell . 28
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033623 Gas can (2.5 gal.)
033500 Fuel stabilizer
033303 Chute deflector
033300 Sae 30w oil (20 oz.)
0161309 Owner's manual (english/spanish)
033417 Dust shield
033316 Mower cover
1154480X479 Upper handle
11128415 Blind rivet
12STD512505 Hex tapping screw 1/4-20 x 1/2
1354583 Screw
14152411X479 Back plate
15145594X479 Baffle
16145066X479 Baffle
17149027 Truss head screw 1/4-20 x 1/2
2153285 Control cable
20140540 Rear skirt
21150099 Mulch plug
2285543 Pulley, engiine
2387677 High - pro key
24150182 Hub cap
2683923 Locknut
27150339 Wheel
28142748 Bolt
2962335 Washer
3145073 Grommet, cable
30145937X004 Arm
31701037 Knob, selector, spring
32850862X004 Spring
34146630 Height spacer
35146234 Bracket
36146233 Bracket
37150078 Thread cutting screw with sems 5/16-18 x 3/4
39152430X479 Assembly han bracket
4150050 Hxtap screw
40152428X479 Handle bracket assembly (right)
41150406 Screw, hex head, threaded, rolled 3/8-16 x 1 - 1/8
4448412 Kit housing
46851514 Blade adapter
47141443 Blade 22"
48851074 Washer
49850263 Lockwasher
5151517 Cable clip
50851084 Screw
51700869X479 Front baffle
5285463 Decal - danger
55751592 Locknut 3/8-16
5688652 Hinge screw
5751793 Hairpin
58151723X479 Lower handle
59131959 Handle bolt
687692 Knob
61103672X Rope guide
64N/P Engine craftsman 143.976260
65150502 Quick adjust handle bolt
6673990500 Nut, hex, with lockwasher insert 5/16-18 unc
763601 Locknut 1/4-20
72145062 Baffle
7317411312 Screw
8145071 Control bar, engine
9151023 Rear Rear door assembly kit
033623 Gas can (2.5 gal.)
033500 Fuel stabilizer
033303 Chute deflector
033300 Sae 30w oil (20 oz.)
0161309 Owner's manual (english/spanish)
033417 Dust shield
033316 Mower cover
1157977 Drive control
1088446 Nylon bushing
11150342 Wheel and tire assembly
1212000058 External e-ring
13850017 Pinion, l.h.
1488080 Cover, duct wheel
15145354 Pin
1667725 Washer
17851980 Drive pin
18701037 Knob, selector, spring
19145641 Bail
20751152 Hex locknut
25850733X004 Up - stop bracket
27750097 Hex washer head self-tapping screw #10-24 x 1/2
28145096X004 Bracket
3M73031000 Nut
31145842X004 Lever
32150326 Driver pulley
3548417 Wheel adjuster assembly (left)
36150330 Gear case assembly
38STD541425 Hex locknut 1/4-20
4144929 Screw 1/4-20
40144902 Spring, belt tension
4148416 Wheel adjustment assembly (right)
5150327 V-belt
52144748 Frame
53144747 Frame
54154870 Grassbag assembly
57850016 Pinion, r.h.
6146315 Screw
7145212 Hex nut
8150181 Hubcap
957079 Washer