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    Owner's Manual [ RRFTSMRN 6.25 HORSEPOWER 21 " MULTI - CUT ROTARY LAWN MOWER Model No . 917.388360 • Safety • - Assembly • Operation • Maintenance • Eepafiol • Repair Parts CAUTION : Read and follow all Safety Rules and Instructions before operating this equipment Sears , Roebuck and Co . , Hoffman Estates , IL 60179 Visit our Craftsman website : www . sears . com / craftsman
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    Warranty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Product Specifications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Safety Rules . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Service and Adjustments . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Assembly . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Storage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Operation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ; . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Troubleshooting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Maintenance Schedule . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Repair Parts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34 Maintenance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Parts Ordering . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Back Cover 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 workman - ship . If this Craftsman Lawn Mower is used for commereial or rental purposes , this warranty applies for only 90 days from the date of purchase . This Warranty does not cover : • 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 is available by returning the Craftsman power mower to the nearest Sears Service Center / Depadment 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 , ROEBUCKAND CO . , D / 817 WA , HOFFMAN ESTATES , ILLINOIS 60179 Safety standards require operator • Do not operate mower if it has been presence control to minimize the risk of dropped or damaged in any manner . injury . Your unit is equipped with cuch Always have damage repaired before controls , do not attempt to defeat the using your mower . function of the operator presence controls • Do not use accessory attachments that under any circumstances . are not recommended by the manufac - TRAINING ; turer . Use of such attachments may be hazardous . • Read this operator's manual carefully . Become familiar with the controls and • The blade turns when the engine is running . know how to operate your mower PREPARATION " properly . Leam how to quickly stop mower . • Always thoroughly check the area to be • Do not allow children to use your mowed and clear it of all stones , sticks , mower . Never allow adults to use wires , bones , and other foreign objects . mower without proper instructions , These objects will be thrown by the • Keep the area of operation clear of all blade and can cause severe injury . persons , especially small children and • Always wear safety glasses or eye pets . shields when starting and while using • Use mower only as the manufacturer your mower . intended and as described in this • Dress properly . Do not operate mower manual . when barefoot or wearing open 2
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    sandals . Wear only solid shoes with • Never cut grass by pulling the mower good traction when mowing . towards you . Mow across the face of • Check fuel tank before starling engine . slopes , never up and down or you Do not fill gas tank indoors , when the might lose your footing . Do not mow engine is running or when the engine is excessively steep slopes . Use caution hot . Allow the engine to cool for several when operating the mower on uneven minutes before filling the gas tank . terrain or when changing directions - Clean off any spilled gasoline before maintain good footing . starting the engine . • Never operate your mower without * Always make wheel height adjustments proper guards , plates , grass catcher or before starting your mower . Never other safety devices in place . MAINTENANCE AND STORAGE : attempt to do this while the engine is running . • Check the blade and the engine • Mow only in daylight or good artificial mounting bolts often to be sure they are light . tightened properly . OPERATION : • Check all bolts , nuts and screws at • Keep your eyes and mind on your frequent intervals for proper tightness to mower and the area being cut . Do not be sure mower is in safe working • condition . let other interests distract you . • Do not mow wet or slippery grass . • Keep all safety devices in place and working . Never run while operating your mower . Always be sure of your footing - keep a • To reduce fire hazard , keep the engine firm hold on the handles and walk . free of grass , leaves or excessive • Do not put hands or feet near or under grease and oil . rotating parts . Keep clear of the • Check grass catcher often for deteriora - discharge opening at all times . tion and wear and replace worn bags . Use only replacement bags that are • Always stop the engine whenever you leave or are not using your mower , or recommended by and comply with before crossing driveways , walks , specifications of the manufacturer of reads , and any gravel - covered areas . your mower . • Always keep a sharp blade on your • Never direct discharge of material mower . toward bystanders nor allow anyone • Allow engine to cool before storing in near the mower while you are operating it . any enclosure . • Never store mower with fuel in the tank • Before cleaning , inspecting , or repair - ing your mower , stop the engine and inside a building where fumes may make absolutely sure the blade end all reach an open flame or an ignition source such as a hot water heater , moving parts have stopped . Then disconnect the spark plug wire and space heater , clothes dryer , etc . keep it away from the spark plug to ALook for this symbol to point out prevent accidental starting . important safety precautions . It means • Do not continue to run your mower if CAUTIONII ! BECOMEALERTf ! ! YOUR you hit a foreign object . Follow the SAFETY IS INVOLVED . procedure outlined above , then repair ACAUTION : Always disconnect spark any damage before restarting and plug wire and place wire where it cannot operating your mower . contact spark plug in order to prevent • Do not change the governor settings or accidental starting when setting up , overspeed the engine . Engine damage transporting , adjusting or making repairs . or personal injury may result . • Do not operate your mower if it vibrates _ I , WARNING : The engine exhaust from abnormally . Excessive vibration is an this product contains chemicals known to indication of damage ; stop the engine , the State of California to cause cancer , safely check for the cause of vibration birth defects , or other reproductive harm . and repair as required . • Do not run the engine indoors . Exhaust fumes are dangerous . 3
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    These accessorieswere availablewhen thislawn mower was produced . They are not shipped with your mower . They are also availableat mostSears retailoutletsand service centers . Most Sears storescan alsoorder repairpartsfor you , when youprovidethe model numberof your lawnmower . Some of these accessoriesmay not applyto yourlawn mower . LAWN MOWER PERFORMANCE CLIPPING DEFLECTOR FOR REAR DISCHARGE LAWN MOWERS MULCHER KITS GRASS CATCHERS GRASS CATCHERS FOR FOR REAR DISCHARGE SIDE DISCHARGE LAWN MOWERS LAWN MOWERS GAS CANS LAWN MOWER MAINTENANCE MUFFLERS AIR FILTERS SPARK PLUGS BELTS BLADES BLADE ADAPTERS WHEELS ENGINE OIL Read these instructionsand this manual in TO REMOVE LAWN MOWER FROM its entirety before you attempt to assemble CARTON or operate your new lawn mower . • Remove loose parts included with IMPORTANT : This lawn mower is shipped mower . WITHOUT OIL OR GASOLINE in the • Cut downtwo end comers of carton and engine . lay end panel down flat . Your new lawn mower has been as - • Remove all packing materials except sembled at the factory with the exception of padding between upper and lower those parts left unassembled for shipping handle and padding holding operator purposes . To ensure safe and proper presence control bar to upper handle . operation of your lawn mower , all parts and • Roll lawn mower out of carton ; and check hardware you assemble must be tightened carton thoroughly for additional loose securely . Use the correct tools as neces - parts . sary to ensure propertightness . All parts such as nuts , washers , bolts , etc . , neces - sary to complete the assembly have been placed in the parts bag . 4
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    HOWTO SET UPYOUR LAWN Operator MOWER presence Controlbar TO UNFOLD HANDLE IMPORTANT : Unfold handle carefully so handle as not to pinch or damage control cables . Liftup • Raise lower handle section to operating position and squeeze the bottom ends Mowing of lower handle towards each other posi _ on Lower until the pin in handle can be inserted handle into one of the throe height adjustment holes . • Remove protective padding , raise Handle upper handle section into place on pin lower handle and tighten both handle adjustment knobs . / bracket • Remove any packing material from around control bar . • Your handles may be adjusted for your mowing comfort . Refer to Service and Adjustments section of this manual . TO INSTALL ATTACHMENTS Your lawn mower was shipped ready to be used as a mulcher . To convert to bagging or discharging , see = To converthi , moweP in the OPERATION section of t , manual . 5
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    KNOW YOUR LAWN MOWER READ THIS OWNER'S MANUALAND SAFETY RULES BEFORE OPERATING YOUR LAWN MOWER . Compare the illustrationswith yourlawn mower to familiarizeyourselfwiththe iocation of variousconb'oleand adiustmants . Save thismanualforfuture reference . These symbols may appear on your lawn mower or in literature supplied with the product . Learn and understand their meaning . CAUTION ENGINE ENGINE FAST SLOW CHOKE FUEL OIL DANGER , KEEP HANDS OR WARNING ON OFF AND FEET AWAY presence control bar control cable Handle Primer with dipstick Mulcher door Lawn mower housing IMPORTANT : This lawn mower is shipped WITHOUT OIL OR GASOLINE in the Wheel adjuster en _ line . ( on each wheel ) MEETS CPSC SAFETY REQUIREMENTS Sears rotary walk - behind power lawn mowers conform to the safety standards of the National Standards Institute and the U . S . Consumer Product Safety Commission . The blade turns when _ engine is running . Operator Presence Control Bar - must be Pflmer - pumps additional fuel from the held down to the handleto startthe engine . carburetor to the cylinder for use when Release to stop the engine . staring a cold engine . Starter Handle - used for starting the engine , 6
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    REAR BAGGING The opem . . U . oorfl any lawn mower can resulttnforeign objectsthrown • Liftreardoorofthelawnmower and plao intotheeyes , whichcan resultin the grass catcher frame hooks onto the asvere eye damage . Always wear safety dooprivlotns . glassesor eye shieldswhile operatingyour • To convert to mushing or discharging lawn mower or performingany adjustments ' operation , remove grass catcher and or repairs . We recommenda wide vision rear door . s _ ety mask over spectaclesor standmd safetyglasses . HOW TO USE YOUR LAWN MOWER ENGINE SPEED CONTROL The engine speedwas set at the factoryfor optimumperformance . Speed is not adjust - Pivotpins able . SIDE DISCHARGING ENGINE ZONE CONTROL • Rear door must be closed . • , CAUTION : Federal regulations require • Open mulcher door and installdischarge an engine control to be installed on this deflectorunder guardas shown . lawn mower in order to minimize the dsk • Mower is now ready for discharging of blade contact injury . Do not under any operation . circumstances attempt to defeat the • To convert to mulchingor bagging function of the operator control , The blade operation , dischargedeflectormustbe turns when the engine is running . removedand mulcherdoormustbe • Your lawn mower is equipped with an closed , operator presence control bar which requires the operator to be positioned SIMPLE STEPS TO REMEMBER behind the lawn mower handle to start and WHEN CONVERTING YOUR LAWN operate the lawn mower . MOWER TO ADJUST cu'rlrlNG HEIGHT FOR MULCHING - • Raise wheels for low cut and lower wheels • Rear door cloesd . for high cut • Mulcher door closed . • Adjust cutting height to suit your require - mentsoMedium position is best for most FOR REAR BAGGING - lawns . • Grass catcher installed . • To change cutting height , squeeze adjuster • Muicher door dosed . lever toward wheel . Move wheel up or FOR SIDE DISCHARGING - down to suit your requirements . Be sure all • Rear door closed . wheels are in the same setting . NOTE : Adjuster is properly positioned • Side discharge deflector installed . when plate tab inserts into hole in lever . Also , 9 - position adjusters ( if so equipped ) ACAUTION : Do not run your lawn mow ( allow lever to be positioned between the without rear door closed or approved plate tabs . grass catcher in place . Never attempt to operate the lawn mower with the rear Plate Tab Lower Wheels for High Cut door removed or propped open . Lever Raise Wheels for Low Cut TO CONVERT MOWER Yourlawn mower was shippedreadyto be door used as a mulcher . To convertto baggingor discharging : 7
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    _ WARNING : Expedence indicates that Open alcohol blended fuels ( called gasohol or Mulcher Door 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 storage of 30 days or Discharge deflector longer . Drain the gas tank , start the engine and let it run until the fuel lines and carburetor are empty . Use fresh fuel next season . See Storage Instructions for additional information . Never use engine or carburetor cleaner products in the fuel tank or permanent damage may occur . _ I _ CAUTION : Fill to bottom of gas tank filler neck , Do not overfill , Wipe off any BEFORE STARTING ENGINE spilled oil or fuel . Do not store , spill or use gasoline near an open flame . OIL TO START ENGINE Yourlawn mower is shippedwithoutoilin the • To start a cold engine , push primer three engine . • Be sure mower is leveland area aroundoil ( 3 ) times before trying to start . Use a firm fillis clean . push . This step is not usually necessary when starting an engine which has already • Remove engine oil cap and fillto the full run for a few minutes . lineon the dipstick . NOTE : Allow oil to settle down into • Hold operator presence control bar down to the handle and pull stader handle engine for accurate dipstick reading . quictdy . Do not allow starter rope to snap • Engine holds 20 ozs . of oil . Fortype and beck . grade of oilto use , see = ENGINE " inal . • To stop engine , release operator presence Maintenance sectionof this manu control bar . • Pouroilslowly . Do not over fill NOTE : In cooler weather it may be • Check oil level before each use . Addoilif necessary to repeat pdming steps . In needed . Fillto fulllineon dipstick , warmer weather over priming may cause • To read properlevel , tighteneng'vneoilcap flooding and engine will not start . If you do each time . flood engine , wait a few minutes before • Reinstall engine oilcap and tighten . attempting to start aiid do not repeat • Change the oil afterevery 25 hours of priming steps , Gasoline filler operationor each season . You may need cap to changethe oil more often underdusty , Engine oil dirtyconcrdions . cap ADD GASOMNE • Fillfuel tank . Use fresh , clean , regular unleadedgasolinewith a minimumof 87 octane . Do not mix oilwithgesoi'me . Purchasefuel in quantitiesthatcan be used within30 daysto assurefuel freshness . 8
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    MOWINGTIPS MULCHING MOWING TIPS IMPORTANT : For best performance , ke _ • Undercertainconditions , such as very taU grass , it may be necessaryto raisethe mower housing free of built - up grass ant trash . Clean UNDERSIDE OF MOWER heightof cutto reducepushingeffortand to HOUSING after each use . See " Cleanin . € keep from overloadingthe engine end in MAINTENANCE section of this manu _ leavingdumps of grassdippings . It may also be necessaryto reducegroundspeed • The specialmulching blade will recutthe and / or runthe lawn mower overthe area a grassclippingsmany times and reduce second time . themin size sot _ % _ _ ts theyfall ontothe • For extremelyheavy cutting , reducethe lawn they will d _ sperseintothe grassand widthof cut by overlappingpreviouslycut not be noticed . Also , the mulchedgrassw pethandmowstowly . biodegrade quicklyto providenutrientsto1 • Forbetter grassbaggingand mostcutting the lawn . Always mulchwith yourhighest conditions , the engine speed shouldbe set engine ( blade ) speed as this will provide inthefastposition . the best recuttingac'donofthe blades . • Poresin doth grasscatcherscan become • Avoidcuttingyour lawn when it iswet . We filladwithdirtand dustwithuse and grasstendsto form dumps and interferes catchers will collectless grass . To prevent withthe mulching action . The besttime to this , regularlyhose catcher offwithwater mow yourlawn is the early afternoon . At and letdry before using . this time the grass has driedand the newl • Keep top of engine aroundstarterclear cut area will not be exposedto the direct and claan of grass clippingsand chaff . SUn . This willhelp engine air flowand extend • For best results , adjust the lawn mower engine life . cuttingheightso that the lawn mowercuts offonlythe top one - thirdof the grass blades . If the lawn is overgrownitwillbe necessaryto raisethe heightof cutto reducepushingeffortand to keep from overloadingthe engine and leaving dumps of mulchedgrass . Forextremely heavy mulching , reduceyourwidth of cut , mow slowlyand raise the rear of the lawn mower c _ e wheel adjustersettinghigher tban the front . • Certaintypes of grassand grasscorditior _ may requirethat an area be mulcheda s : ond to _ . Whendeinga _ xmd out , mow acrossor peq _ x _ rDculatro the firstout path • Changeyour cutSngpattemfrom week to + week . MOw northto southene week than changeto east to weet the next week . This willhelp preventmaffingand grainingof the lawn . 1 / 3 9
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    MNA , , E , ANCESCHEOULE AS YOU COMPLETE / _ _ - _ ' _ . O _ _ _ . . . . . Check for Loose Fastenem _ Clean / inspect Grass Catcher ( ffEquipped ) _ _ a Clean Lawn eMowerCover Clean UnderDriv Check ddve belt _ w0ulleysem _ IPower - PropenedMo ) ( Power . Propelled Mowers ) V ' R Check / Sharpen / Replace Blade I _ s Lubrication Chart I _ C ; ean Battery / RecharQe IElectdc Start Mowers _ I / 1 _ 4 E CheckEnQine Oil Level I _ ' Change Engine Oil I / 1.2 Inspect Muffler Clean Air Filter _ = N Clean or ReplaceSparkPlug ReplaceAir RlterPaperCadddge IS ' = 1 ÷ Change mornoftml when operasng under a heavy load or inhigh artY _ enttemperatdres , 2 - Service more oftenwhen opemffng Indkty or _ conditions . 3 ° Replace bladu rnoreoften when mowing Insamly = ol 4 . Charge 48 hoursal end of season . GENERAL RECOMMENDATIONS LUBRICATION CHART Wheel The warranty on this lawn mower does not adjusters cover items that have been subjected to operator abuse or negligence . To receive full value from the w _ , operator must maintain mower as instructed in this manual . Some adjustments will need to be made periodically to properly maintain your unit . AU intheSew eand Adjt _ Vnentssectionofthismanual , shouldbe checked at least once each season . 3rake spdng • Once a year , replace the spark plug , bracket replace air filter element and check blade for wea ' . A new spark plug and clean / new air filter element assures proper air - fuel ( _ Rear mixture and helps your engine run better door Handle bracket aed nger . hinge mountingpin • Follow the maintenance schedule in this manual . ( _ ) SPRAY LUBRICANT BEFORE EACH USE ( _ ) SAE 30 MOTOR OIL REFER TO ENGINE - MAINTENANCE SECTION . • Check engine oil level • Check for loose faateners . LUBRICATION IMPORTANT : Do not oil or grease plastic wheel bearings . Viscous lubricants will Keep unit well lubricated ( See ' LUBRICATION attract dust and dirt that will shorten the CHART " ) . life of the self lubricating bearings . If you feel they must be lubricated , use only a dry , powdered graphite type lubricant sparingly . 10
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    PRODUCT SPECIFICATIONS MODEL NUMBER 917.388360 SERIAL NUMBER DATE OF PURCHASE GASOLINE CAPACITY / TYPE : 1 _ 5 QUARTS UNLEADED REGULAR I , OILTYPE ( API - SF / SG / SH ) : SAE 30 ( ABOVE 32 ° F ) SAE 5W - 30 ( BELOW 32 ° F ) OIL CAPACITY : 20 OZS . SPARK PLUG ( GAP : . 030 " ) CHAMPION RJ19LM OR Jt 9LM VALVE CLEARANCE : INTAKE : . 004 - . 008 EXHAUST : . 004 - . 008 SOLID STATE IGNITION AIR GAP : . 0125 IN . BLADE BOLT TORQUE : 35 - 40 FT . LBS . The model and serial numbers will be found on a decal attached to the rear of the lawn mower housing . Record both serial number and date of purchase in space provided above . TO REPLACE BLADE LAWNMOWER Always observe safety rules when performing • Position the blade adapter on the engine crankshaft . Be sure key in any maintenance . adapter and crankshaft keyway are TIRES aligned . • Keep tires free of gasoline , oil , or insectber . • Position blade on the blade adapter controlchemicalswhk _ hcan harm rub aligning the two ( 2 ) holes in the blade • Avoidstumps , stones , deep ruts , sharp with the raised lugs on the adapter . objectsandother hazardsthat may cause • Be sure the trailing edge of blade tire damage . ( opposite sharp edge ) is up toward the BLADE CARE engine . • Install the blade bolt with the lock For best results , mower blade must be washer and hardened washer into kept sharp . Replace bent or damaged blades , blade adapter and crankshaft . • Use block of wood between blade and TO REMOVE BLADE lawn mower housing and tighten the • Disconnect spark plug wire from spark blade bolt , turning clockwise . plug and place wire where it cannot o The recommended tightening torque is come in contact with spark plug . 35 - 40 ft . Ibs . • Turn lawn mower on its side . Make IMPORTANT : Blade bolt is grade 8 heat sure air filter and carburetor are up . treated . • Use a wood block between blade and mower housing to prevent blade from turning when removing blade bolt . • Protect your hands with gloves and / or wrap blade with heavy cloth , • Remove blade bolt by tuming counter - clockwise . • Remove blade and attaching hardware ( bolt , lock washer and hardened washer ) . NOTE : Remove the blade adapter and check the key inside hub of blade adapter . The key must be in good condition to work properly . Replace adapter if damaged . 11
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    TO SHARPEN BLADE NOTE : Although multi - - viscosity oils NOTE : We do not recommend ( 5W30 , 10W30 etc . ) improve starting in cold weather , these multi - - viscosity oils sharpening blade - but if you do , be sure the blade is balanced . will result in increased oil consumption when used above 32 ° F . Check your Care should be taken to keep the blade engine oil level more frequently to avoid balanced . An unbalanced blade will possible engine damage from running cause eventual damage to lawn mower or low on oil . engine . Change the oil after every 25 hours of • The blade can be sharpened with a file operation or at least once a year if sthe or on a grinding wheel . Do not attempt lawn mower is not used for 25 hour in to sharpen while on the mower . • To check blade balance , drive a nail one year . Check the crankcase oil level before into a beam or wall . Leave about one starting the engine and after each five ( 5 ) inch of the straight nail exposed . Place center hole of blade over the head of hours of continuous use . Tighten oil plug securely each time you check the oil revel the nail . If blade is balanced , it should remain in a horizontal position . If either TO CHANGE ENGINE OIL end of the blade moves downward , NOTE : Before tipping lawn mower to sharpen the heavy end until the blade drain oil , drain fuel tank by running is balanced . engine until fuel tank is empty . Crank shaft • Disconnect spark plug wire from spark keyway plug and place wire where it cannot Blade come in contact with spark plug . • Remove engine oil cap ; lay aside on a clean surface . • Tip lawn mower on its side and drain oil into a suitable container . Rock lawn mower back and forth to remove any oil trapped inside of engine . Bolt crank • Wipe off any spilled oil on lawn mower Lockwashar Hardened Blade shaft and on side of engine . washer Trailing adapter • Fill engine with oil _ Fill only to the edge " FULL " line on the dipstick . DO NOT GRASS CATCHER OVER FILL . • The grass _ may be heaed with • Replace engine oil cap . water , but mustbe dry when used . • Reconnect spark plug wire to spark • Check yourgrasscatcher often for damage plug . or deteriorationT . hrough normal use it will wear . If catcher needs replacing , replace only with a manufacturerapproved replacementcatcher . Give the lawn mower Container model numberwhen ordering . ENGINE LUBRICATION AIR FILTER Use only high quality detergent oil rated Your engine willnot run properly and may with API service classification SF , SH or be damaged by using a dirty air filter . SG . Select the oil'sSAE viscosity grade Replace the air filter every year , more according to your expected operating often if you mow in very dusty , dirty temperature . conditions . Do not wash air filter . SAE VISCOSITY GRADES TO CHANGE AIR FILTER • Remove the air filter cover by tuming counterclockwise to the stop and pull away from collar . " 30 ' - 2O " - 10 " O ' 10 " 20 " 30 " • Remove filter from inside of cover . TEMPERATURE RANGE ANTICIPATED BEFORE NEXT OIL CHANGE 12
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    CLEANING • Clean the inside of the cover and the collar to remove any dirt accumulation . IMPORTANT : For best performance , ke _ • Insert new filter into cover . mower housing free of built - - up grass • Put air filter cover and filter into collar and trash . Clean underside of mower aligning the tab with the slot . housing after each use . • Push in on cover and turn clockwise to _ CAUTION : Disconnect spark plug wit tighten . from spark plug and place wire where it cannot come in contact with the spark Collar Clip Tum plug . counter - - • Turn lawn mower on its side . Make sL to air filter and carburetor are up . Clean remove the underside of your lawn mower by scraping to remove build - - up of grass clockwise and trash . Air filter cover to tighten • Clean engine often to keep trash from accumulating . A clogged engine runs MUFFLER hotter and shortens engine life . Inspect and replace corroded muffler as it • Keep finished surfaces and wheels fr _ could create afire hazard and / or damage , of all gasoline , oil , etc . SPARK PLUG • We DO NOT recommend using a garden hose to clean lawn mower Change your spark plug each year to unless the electrical system , muffler , 8 make your engine start easier and run filter and carburetor arecovered to better . Set spark plug gap at . 030 inch . keep water out . Water in engine can result in shortened engine life . TO ADJUST HANDLE ACAUTION : Before performing any service or adjustmentsL The handle on your lawn mower has • Release control bar and stop engine . three ( 3 ) height positions - adjust to heig • Make sure the blade and all moving that suits you , parts have completely stopped . • Squeeze the bottom ends of lower • Disconnect spark plug wire from spark handle towards each other until the pir in handle can be inserted into one of plug and place where it cannot come in contact with plug . the three height adjustment holes . LAWN MOWER TO ADJUST cu'rrlNG HEIGHT See " TO ADJUST CUTTING HEIGHT " in Handle pin the Operation section of this manual . REAR DEFLECTOR Low The rear defi _ or , attached between the rear wheels of your lawn mower , is 3 - posttiol provided to minimize the possibility that adjustrnel objects will be thrown out the rear of the bracket lawn mower into the operator's mowing position . If the rear deflector becomes damaged , it should be replaced . 13
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    TO ASSEMBLE GRASS CATCHER ENGINE CARBURETOR • Put grass catcher frame into grass bag with dgid part of bag on the bottom . Yourcarburetorhas a non - adjustsblefixed Make sure the frame handle is outside main jetfor mixturecontrol . Ifyourengine of the bag top . does not operate properlydue to suspected • Slip vinyl bindings over frame . carburetorproblems , take yourlawn mowerto NOTE : If vinyl bindings are too stiff , hold an authorizedservicecenterfor repairor them in warm water for a few minutes . If adjustment . bag gets wet , let it dry before using . IMPORTANT : Never tamper with the ACAUTION : Do not run your lawn mower engine governor , which is factory set for without clipping deflector or approved proper engine speed . Overspeeding the grass catcher in place . Never attempt to engine above the factory high speed operate the lawn mower with the rear setting can be dangerous , if you think the door removed or propped open . engine - governed high speed needs adjusting , contact your nearest authorized service center , which has proper Catcher . - - _ equipment and experience to make any necessary adjustments . handle _ _ / ' _ \ _ . / k \ \ ENGINE SPEED Yourenginespeed has been factoryset Do not attemptto increaseenginespeedor it may resultinpersonal injury . If youbelieve that the engineis running too fast or too slow , take your lawn mowerto an authonzed service center for repairand adjustment . opening 14
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    Immediately prepareyourlawn mower ( or Operator Presence storageat the end of the season or ifthe unit willnot be used for 30 daysor more . dUpperle LAWN MOWER • Han When lawn mower isto be storedfora period Fold Forward ' - ' _ of time , clean it thoroughly , removeall dirt , grease , leaves , etc . Store ina clean , dryarea . Control Bar • Clean entire lawn mower ( See " CLEAN - ING " inthe Maintenancesectionof this Mowing manual ) . Position • Lubricateas shownin the Maintenance sectionof thismanual . Lower • Be surethat all nuts , belts , screws , and pins Handle are securelyfastened . Inspect moving ENGINE partsfor damage , breakage and wear . Replace if necessary . FUEL SYSTEM • Touch up all rustedor chippedpaint IMPORTANT : tt is important to prevent surfaces ; sand lightlybefore painting . gum deposits from forming in essential HANDLE fuel system parts such as carburetor , fue ! • You can fold your lawn mower handle filter , fuel hose , or tank during storage . for storage . Also , experience indicates that alcohol • Loosen the two ( 2 ) handle knobs on blended fuels ( called gasohol or using sides of the upper handle and allow ethanol or methanol ) can attract moistur _ handle to fold down to the rear . which leads to separation and formation • Squeeze the bottom ends of lower of acids during storage . Acidic gas can handle toward each other until pins in damage the fuel system of an engine handle clear the brackets and pivot while in storage . entire handle assembly forward and • Drain the fuel tank . allow it to rest on mower . • Start the engine and let it run until the • When setting up your handle from the fuel lines and carburetor are empty . storage position , the lower handle will • Never use engine or carburetor cleane require manually locking into the products in the fuel tank or permanent mowing position . damage may occur . • Use fresh fuel next season . IMPORTANT : When folding the handle for storage or transportation , be sure to fold NOTE : Fuel stabilizer is an acceptable the handle as shown or you may damage alternative in minimizing the formation of the control cables . fuel gum deposits during storage . Add stabilizer to gasoline in fuel tank or storage container . Always follow the mix ratio found on stabilizer container . Run pin engine at least 10 minutes after adding / 3 - position stabilizer to allow the stabilizer to reach Handle the carburetor . Do not drain the gas tank adjustment and carburetor if using fuel stabilizer . bracket 15
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    ENGINEOIL OTHER Drain oil ( with engine warm ) and replace • Do not store gasoline from one season with clean engine oil . ( See " ENGINE ' in to another . the Maintenance section of this manual ) . • Replace your gasoline can if your can CYLINDER starts to rust . Rust and / or dirt in your • Remove spark plug . gasoline will cause problems . • Pour one ounce ( 29 ml ) of oil through • If possible , store your unit indoors and spark plug hole into cylinder . cover it to give protection from dust and • Pull starter handle slowly a few times to dirt . distribute oil . • Cover your unit with a suitable protec - • Replace with new spark plug . tive cover that does not retain moisture . Do not use plastic . Plastic cannot breathe which allows condensation to form and will cause your unit to rust . IMPORTANT : Never cover mower while engine and exhaust areas are still warm . _ I _ CAUTION : Never store the lawn mower with gasoline in the tank inside a building where fumes may reach an open flame or spark . Allow the engine to cool before storing in any enclosure . TROUBLESHOOTING CHART PROBLEM CAUSE CORRECTION Does not start 1 . Dirtyair filter . 1 . Clean / replace air filter . 2 . Out offuel . 2 . Fillfuel tank . 3 , Stale fuel . 3 . Drain tank and refillwith fresh clean fuel . 4 . Water infuel . 4 . Drain fuel tank and carburetor and refilltank withesh gas . 5 . Spark plugwire is 5 . Connect wire to plug . disconnected . 6 . Bad spark plug . 6 . Replace sparkplug . 7 . Loose blade or brokenblade 7 . Tightenblade boitor adapter . replaceblade adapter . 8 . Controlbar in released 8 . Depresscontrolbar to handle . pceltJm . 9 . Controlbar defective . 9 . Replace controlbar . Loss of power 1 . Rear of lawn mower housing 1 . Set to = Higher Cut " or cuttingblade dragging position . in heavy grass . 2 . Cuttingtoo muchgrass . 2 . Setto = Higher Cut " position . 3 . Dirtyair filter . 3 . Clean / replaceair filter . 4 . Clean undersideof mower 4 . Buildupof grass , leaves , and trash undermower . housing . 5 . Check oil level . 5 . Too much oilin engine . 6 . Walking speed too fast . 8 . Cut at slowerwalking speed . 16
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    TROUBLESHOOTING CHART PROBLEM CAUSE CORRECTION Poor cut - uneven 1 . Worn , bent or loose blade . 1 . Replace blade . Tighten blade bolt . 2 . Set all wheeis at same 2 . Wheel heights uneven . height 3 . Clean underside of 3 . Buildupof grass , leaves and trash undermower . mower hou _ ng . Excessive 1 . Worn , bent or loose blade . 1 . Replace blade . TKjhten blade bolt . vibration 2 . Contact an authorized 2 . Bent engine crankshaft . service center . Starter rope hard 1 . Engine flywheel brake is on 1 . Depress contro ! bar to when control bar is released to pull upper handle before pulling starter rope . 2 . Contact an authorized 2 . Bent engine cranksh _ t . service center . 3 . Blade adapter broken . 3 , Replace blade adapter . 4 . Move lawn mower to cut 4 . Blade dragging in grass . grass or to hard surface to start engine Grass catcher 1 . Cutting height too low . 1 . Raise cutting height . 2 . Lift on blade wom off . 2 . Replace blade . not filling ( if so 3 . Catcher not venting _ r . 3 . Clean grass catcher . equipped ) Hard to push 1 . " Grass is too high or wheel I . Raise cutting height . h _ ight is too low . • I 2 . Rear of lawn mower . Raise rear of lawn mower housing or blade dragging housingone ( 1 ) setting in grass . higher . 3 . Grass _ r too full . 3 . Emptygrasscatcher . 4 . Handlet _ ght pes _ onnot 4 . Adjusthendle heightto suit . rightforyou . 17
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    CRAFTSMAN ROTARY LAWN MOWER - - MODEL NO . 917.388360 49 34 4O 87 3O \ 4 _ I I
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    CRAFTSMAN ROTARY LAWN MOWER - - MODEL NO . 917.388360 KEY PART KEY PART NO . NO . DESCRIPTION NO . NO . DESCRIPTION 1 131696 ControlBar 34 167130X004 Axle Arm Assembly - LR 2 166860X479 Locknut5 / 16 - 18 UpperHandla 35 21667858 3 161105X479 LowerHandle 36 1608 ShoulderBolt 5 / 16 - 18 4 132001 RopaGuido 37 151162 Wheel Assembly Locknut 1 / 4 - 20 38 164362 Shoulder Boit 5 636O1 6 131959 Handle Bolt 39 83923 Flanged Locknut 7 66426 WlreTie 40 77400 Hubcap 8 74780512 Hex Bolt 5 / 16 - 18 x 3 / 4 41 88652 HingeScrew 9 154132 Hinge Bracket 42 61657667 Spdng ( LH ) 10 165754 MulcherDoor 43 1657 Spring ( RH ) 11 156577 Door Bolt Engine ZoneControlCable 44 01659126 12 750097 Hex Washer Head Screw # 10 - 24 x 1 / 2 45 1504 Hex Head Thread RollingScrew 3 / 8 - 16 x 1 13 850733X004 Up - Stop Bracket 46 85463 DangerDecal 14 HandleKnob 47 63124 Nut 136376 15 51793 HairpinCotter 48 167131X004 Axle Ann Assembly - RR 16 147286 Whee _ HingeRod 49 151161 17 165946X479 WaveWasher Support Bracket 50 9571430500 18 17600406 Screw 51 739 Nut 19 167132X004 Axle Arm Assembly . LF 52 166878 Housing Assembly ( Incl . Ref . # 17 , 18 & 46 ) 2O 167133X004 Hex Head Screw 3 / 8 - 24 x 1 - 3 / 8 Grd . 8 Axle ArmAssembly - RF 53 68510643 21 165858 Roar Skirl 54 8502 Helical Lockwasher 22 168360X004 HardenedWasher Selsctor Spring 56 851074 23 166875 21 " Blade Rear Door AssemblyKit ( Incl . Spdngs ) 56 11658334 24 751153 Locknut5 / 16 - 18 57 8515 Blade Adapter 25 166236X479 Handle Brecket Assembly ( Left ) 58 161551 AdjustmentBolt 26 166243x479 Handle BracketAssembly ( Right ) 67 166113 Grass BagFrame 27 851856 Screw 1 / 4 - 20 x 3 / 8 68 165755 Catcher 28 152124 HingeSpdng 70 . . . . . . Engine - ( See Breakdown ) 29 160835X007 Craftsman 143.006200 Wheel AdjustingBracket - Front 19112222 30 Spacer - - 161058 Waming Decal ( NotShown ) Owner'sManual 31 165760 Clipon Discharge Guard - - 171200 33 87877 Selector Kncb
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    CRAFTSMAN 4 - CYCLE ENGINE MODEL NUMBER 143.006200 _ - - 370K 4OO 130 1 ( ' 7 1897 126 120 119 313 416 125 46 185 178 238 25O 36
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    CRAFTSMAN 4 - CYCLE ENGINE MODEL NUMBER 143.006200 KEY PART KEY PART NO . NO . DESCRIPTION NO . NO . DESCRIPTION 1 37266 Cylinder ( Incl . 2,20 & 150 ) 169 36783 * Valve Cover Gasket 2 26727 Dowel Pin 172 36784 Valve Cover 6 33734 Breather Element 174 30200 Screw , 10 - 24 x 9 / 16 " 7 36557 Breather Ass'y . ( Incl . 6 & 12A ) 178 29752 Nut & Lock Washer , 1 / 4 - 28 12 36775 Breather Tube 182 6201 Screw , 1 / 4 - 28 x 7 / 8 " 12A 36558 Breather Cover & Tube 0nd . 184 26756 Carburetor To Intake Pipe 12B ) Gasket 12B 36694 Breather Tube Elbow 185 36785 Intake Pipe 14 28277 Washer 186 32653 Governor Link 15 30589 Governor Rod ( Incl . 14 ) 189 650839 Screw , 1 / 4 - 20 x 3 / 8 " 16 34839A Governor Lever 191 36559A S . E . Brake Bracket ( Incl . 195 ) 17 31335 Governor Lever Clamp 195 610973 Termthal 18 651018 Screw , Torx T - 15 , 8 - 32x 19 / 207 34336 Throttle Link 64 " 216 33086 R . P . M . AdjustingLever 19 36281 Extension Spring 223 650451 Screw , 1 / 4 - 20 x 1 " 20 32600 Oil Seal 224 36786 Intake Pipe Gasket164 " 30 36776 Crankshaft 238 650932 Screw , 10 - 32 x 49 40 40004 Piston , Pin & Ring Set ( Std . ) 239 34338 Air Cleaner Gasket 40005 Piston , Pin & Ring Set ( . 010 ' 241 35797 Air C _ eanerCollar OS ) 245 35066 Air Cleaner Filter 41 36070 Piston & Pin Ass'y . ( Std . ) ( Incl . 250 35065 Air Cleaner Cover 43 ) Blower Housingx 36071 Piston & Pin Ass'y . ( . 0t0 " 280 36980 261 30200 Screw , 10 - 24 9 / 16 " " OS ) ( Incl . 43 ) Screw , 1 / 4 - 20 x 1 / 2 42 40006 Ring Set ( Std . ) 282 650831 275 36790A Muffler 40007 Ring Set ( . 010 " OS ) 277 650988 Screw , 1 / 4 - 20 x 2 - 5 / 16 " 43 20381 Piston Pin Retaining Ring 285 35000A Starter Cup32 45 36777 Connecting Rod Ass'y . ( Incl . 287 650926 Screw , 8 - x 21 / 64 " 46 ) 290 29774 Fual Line 46 32610A Connecting Rod Bolt 292 26460 Fuel Line Clampx 48 27241 Valve Lifter 298 28763 Screw , 10 - 32 35 / 64 " & 50 37460 Camshaft ( MCR ) 300 36916 Fuel Tank ( Incl . 292 301 ) 52 29914 Oil Pump Ass'y . 301 36246 Fuel Cap 69 35261 * Mounting Flange Gasket 305 35647 Oil FillTube 70 34311E Mounting Flange ( Incl . 72 thru 306 36996 uO ' - Ringng 83,306 ) . 307 35499 = O " - Ri 72 30572 Oil Drain Plug ( Incl . 73 ) 309 650562 Screw , 10 - 32 x 1 / 2 ' 73 28833 Drain Plug Gasket 310 35648 gDipstickr 75 27897 Oil Seal 313 34080 nSpace 80 30574A Governor Shaft 325 37152 Spd Clip 81 305g0A Washer 355 590701 Starter Handle ( Black ) 82 30591 Governor GearAss'y . ( Incl . 81 ) 370A 36261 IdentificationDecal 83 30568A Governor Spool 370C 37318 Primer Decal ( 3 X ) 86 650488 Screw , 1 / 4 - 20 x 1 - 1 / 4 " 370K 36695 Starter Decal 89 611004 Flywheel Key 370R 37317 Warning Decal 90 611112 Flywheel 371 37269 6.5 H . P . Craftsman Decal 92 650815 Belleville Washer 380 640262 Carburetor ( Incl . 184 ) 93 650816 Flywheel Nut 390 590737 Rewind Starter 100 34443B Solid State Ignition 400 36792B Gasket Set ( Incl . Items 101 610118 SparkPlug Cover Marked * ) 103 651007 Screw , TorxT - 15 , 10o24X15 / 416 36085 Spark ArrestorKit ( Incl . 16 " 417 ) ( Optional ) 110 37047 Ground Wire 417 650821 Screw , 10 - 32 x 1 / 2 " ( Optional ) 119 36787 Cylinder Head Gasket 900 Replacement Engine NONE , 120 36825 Cylinder Head 900 Replacement S / B 750860 125 37288 Exhaust Valve ( Std . ) ( Incl . order tram 71 - 999 151 ) RPM High 2900 to 3200 126 37289 Intake Valve ( Std . ) ( Incl . 151 ) 130 6021A Screw , 5 / 16 - 18 x 1 - 1 / 2 " NOTE : This engine could have been builtwith 135 35395 Resistor Spark Plug ( RJ19LM ) 590694 starter ) . 150 31672 Valve Spdng NOTE : All componentdimensionsgiven in U . S . 151 31673 Valve Spring Capal inches 151A 40017 Intake Valve Se 1 inch = 25.4 mm 37
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    CRAFTSMAN 4 - CYCLE ENGINE MODEL NUMBER 143.0062 _ III KEY PART NO . NO , DESCRIPTION 640262 Carburetor ( Incl . 184 of Engine Parts List ) 1 631615 Throttle Shaft & Lever Assembly 2 631767 Throttle Return Spdng 631184 * Dust Seal Washer 4 5 631183 * Dust Seal ( Throttle ) 6 640070 Throttle Shutter 7 650506 * ShutterScrew 16 631807 Fuel Fitting 17 651025 Throttle Crack Screw / Idle Speed Screw 18 630766 Tension Springr 2O 640018 Idle Restricto Screw 2OA 640200 Idte Restrictor Scrwe Cap ( Bracts ) 25 631867 FloatBow1 27 631024 * Float Shaft 632019 Roat 28 29 631028 * FloatBowl " O " Ring 3O 631021 * tn _ etNeedle , Seat , & C _ p ( Incl . 31 ) 31 631022 SpringCllp 35 640259 PdmerBulb / RetainerRing 36 640080 Main Nozzle Tube 632766 CarburetorTube 36A 37 632547 * = ( 3 " Ring , Maln Nozzle Tube 4O 640175 High Speed BowlNut 44 27110A • Bowl NutWasher 47 630748 * Welch Plug , Idle Mixture Well 48 631027 * Welch Plug , dAtmosphericVent 6O 6327608 Repak kit ( tnc _ R . erns Marke * ) 36
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    CRAFTSMAN 4 - CYCLE ENGINE MODEL NUMBER 143.006200 PART KEY NO . NO . DESCRIPTION Recoil Starter 590694 1 590599A Spdng Pin ( Incl . 4 ) 2 59O6OO Washer 3 59O696 Retainer 4 59 ( To01 Washer 5 59O697 BrakeSpdng 6 590698 Starter Dog 7 59O699 DogSpdng 8 590700 Pulley & Rewind SpnngAss'y . 11 590695 Starter Housing Ass'y . ( 40 degree grommet ) 12 590535 Starter Rope ( 98 * X 9 / 64 " dia . ) 13 590701 StaRer Handle _ - 5 O _ 2 _ - - lJl KEY PART NO . DESCRIPTION NO . mm 59O737 Rewind Starter 590740 Retainer 3 590616 6 Starter Dog 7 590617 DogSpdng 590618A 8 Pulley & Rewind SpdngAss'y 590687A 11 Starter Housing Ass'y 12 ( 40degree grommet ) 12 59O535 StarterRope ( Length 98 " x 9 / 64 ' dia . ) Starter Handte 13 590701 14 59O760 SpringClip II tl1 - 7 39
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