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Owner's Manual ( RRFTSMRN ° 6.0 HORSEPOWER 21 " MULTI - CUT ROTARY LAWN MOWER Model No . 917.388382 • Safety • Assembly • Operation • Maintenance • Espa _ ol • Repair Parts CAUTION : Read and follow all Safety Rules and Instructions before operating this equipment Sears , Roebuck and Co . , Hoffman Estates , IL 60179 Visitour Craftsman website : www . sears . com / craffsman
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Warranty 2 Product Specifications 11 Safety Rules 2 Service and Adjustments 13 Assembly 4 Storage 14 Operation + 6 Troubleshooting 15 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 commercial 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 / Department in the United States . This warranty applies only while this product is in use in the United States . This Warranty gives you specific legal rights , and you may also have other 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 tums when the engine is running . know how to operate your mower PREPARATION : propedy . Learn 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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• Never cut grass by pulling the mower sandals . Wear only solid shoes with towards you . Mow across the face of good traction when mowing . • Check fuel tank before starting engine . slopes , never up and down or you might lose your footing . Do not mow Do not fill gas tank indoors , when the excessively steep slopes . Use caution engine is running or when the engine is when operating the mower on uneven hot . Allow the engine to cool for several terrain or when changing directions - minutes before filling the gas tank . maintain good footing . Clean off any spilled gasoline before • Never operate your mower without starting the engine . proper guards , plates , grass catcher or • Always make wheel height adjustments other safety devices in place . before starting your mower . Never 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 . • Keep all safety devices in place and • Do not mow wet or slippery grass . working . Never run while operating your mower . • To reduce fire hazard , keep the engine Always be sure of your footing - keep a firm hold on the handles and walk . free of grass , leaves or excessive grease and oil . • Do not put hands or feet near or under rotating pads . Keep clear of the • Check grass catcher often for deteriora - tion and wear and replace worn bags . discharge opening at all times . • Always stop the engine whenever you Use only replacement bags that are leave or are not using your mower , or recommended by and comply with specifications of the manufacturer of before crossing driveways , walks , roads , and any gravel - covered areas . your mower . • Never direct discharge of material • Always keep a sharp blade on your mower . toward bystanders nor allow anyone near the mower while you are operating • Allow engine to cool before storing in it . any enclosure . • Never store mower with fuel in the tank • Before cleaning , inspecting , or repair - inside a building where fumes may ing your mower , stop the engine and reach an open flame or an ignition make absolutely sure the blade and all source such as a hot water heater , moving parts have stopped . Then space heater , clothes dryer , etc . disconnect the spark plug wire and 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 CAUTION ! ! ! BECOMEALERTT ! ! 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 AWARNING : 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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" rheseasceesodes were availablewhen thislawn mowerwas produced . They are not shipped with your mower . They arealsoavailableat mostSears retailoutletsandservice centers . MostSears storescan alsoorderrepairpartsforyou , when youprovidethemodel numberof yourlawnmower . Some of these accessoriesmay notapplyto yourlawn mower . LAWN MOWER PERFORMANCE _ , £ _ _ _ . , 0 = ' o . " . I 2 - CLIPPING DEFLECTOR FOR REAR DISCHARGE LAWN MOWERS MULCHER KITS STABILIZER GRASS CATCHERS FOR FOR REAR DISCHARGE I GSRIDAESSDICSACTHCAHREGRES LAWN MOWERS LAWN MOWERS GAS CANS LAWN MOWER MAINTENANCE MUFFLERS AIR FILTERS SPARK PLUGS BLADES BLADE ADAPTERS WHEELS ENGINE OIL BELTS Read these instructions and this manual in TO REMOVE LAWN MOWER FROM its entirety before you attempt to assemble CARTON or operate your new lawn mower . • Remove loose pads included with IMPORTANT : This lawn mower is shipped mower . WITHOUT OIL OR GASOLINE in the • Cut down two 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 pads 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 pads 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 proper tightness . All parts such as nuts , washers , bolts , etc . , neces - sary to complete the assembly have been placed in the pads bag . 4
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HOW TO SET UP YOUR LAWN Operatorpresence MOWER control bar TO UNFOLD HANDLE Upper handle IMPORTANT : Unfold handle carefully so as not to pinch or damage control cables . • Raise handles until lower handle Lift up section locks into place in mowing position . • Remove protective padding , raise upper handle section into place on lower handle and tighten both handle knobs . Mowing position • Remove handle padding holding operator presence control bar to upper Lower handle handle . • Your lawn mower handle can be TO INSTALL A'I - rACHMENTS adjusted for your mowing comfort . Refer Your lawn mower was shipped ready to to " Adjust Handle " in the Service and be used as a mulcher . To convert to Adjustments section of this manual . bagging or discharging , see ' q'o convert mower " in the OPERATION section of this manual . 5
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KNOWYOUR LAWN MOWER READ THIS OWNER'S MANUALAND SAFETY RULES BEFORE OPERATING YOUR LAWN MOWER . Compare the illustrationswith your lawn mower to familiarize yourselfwith the location of various controls and adjustments . Save this manual for future reference . These symbols may appear on your lawn mower or in literature supplied with the product . Learn and understand their meanlng . CAUTION ENGINE ENGINE FAST SLOW CHOKE FUEL OIL DANGER , KEEP HANDS OR WARNING ON OFF AND FEET AWAY Operator presence control bar Engine zone control cable Handle knob Engine oil cap Grass catcher with dipstick Mulcher door Lawn mower housing IMPORTANT : This lawn mower is shipped WITHOUT OIL OR GASOLINE in the Jster en _ line . ( on each wheel ) MEETS CPSC SAFETY REQUIREMENTS Sears rotary walk - behind power lawn mowers conform to the safety standards of the American National Standards Institute and the U . S . Consumer Product Safety Commission . The blade turns when the engine is running . Operator Presence Control Bar - must be Pdmer - pumps additionalfuel from the held down to the handle to start the engine . carburetor to the cylinder for use when Release to stop the engine . starling a cold engine . Starter Handle - used for startingthe engine . 6
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REAR BAGGING can result in foreign objects thrown • Lift rear door of the lawn mower and place The operation of any lawn mower into the eyes , which can result in the grass catcher frame hooks onto the severe eye damage . Always wear safety doorpivotpins . glasses or eye shields while operating your • To convert to mulching or discharging lawn mower or performing any adjustments operation , remove grass catcher and close rear door . or repairs . We recommend a wide vision safety mask over spectacles or standard safety glasses . HOWTO USEYOUR LAWN MOWER ENGINE SPEED CONTROL The engine speed was set at the factory for optimum performance . Speed is not adjust - Pivot pins able . SIDE DISCHARGING ENGINE ZONE CONTROL • Rear door must be dosed . _ I = CAUTION : Federal regulations require • Open mulcher door and install discharge an engine control to be installed on this deflector under guard as shown , lawn mower in order to minimize the risk • Mower is now ready for discharging of blade contact injury . Do not under any operation . cimumstances attempt to defeat the • To convert to mulching or bagging function of the operator control . The blade operation , discharge deflector must be tums when the engine is running . removed and mulcher door must be • 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 CUTTING HEIGHT FOR MULCHING - = Raise wheels for low cut and lower wheels • Rear door closed . for high cut . • Mulcher door closed . • Adjust cutting height to suityour require - ments . Medium positionis best for most FOR REAR BAGGING - lawns . • Grass catcher installed . , To change cutting height , squeeze adjuster • Mulcher door closed . lever toward wheel . Move wheel up or FOR SIDE DISCHARGING - down to suit your requirements . Be sure all • Rear door dosed . wheels are in the same setting . • Side discharge deflector installed . NOTE : Adjuster is properly positioned when plate tab inserts into hole in lever . Also , 9 - ACAUTION : Do not run your lawn mower position adjusters ( if so equipped ) allow lever without rear door closed or approved grass to be positioned between the plate tabs . catcher in place . Never attempt to operate the lawn mower with the rear door removed or Lower Wheels for High Cut prepped open . Raise Wheels for Low Cut TO CONVERT MOWER Mulcher door Yourlawnmowerwas shipped readyto be usedas a mulcher . To convert to baggingor discharging : 7
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ADD GASOUNE Open Mulcher Door NOTE : Beforefillingfuel tank , removeand discardthe debrisplugthat is insidethe tank . • Fill fuel tank . Use fresh , clean , regular unleaded gasoline with a minimum of 87 octane . Do not mix oil with gasoline . Purchase fuel in quantitiesthat can be used within 30 days to assure fuel Discharger freshness . deflecto AWARNING : Experience indicates that alcohol blended fuels ( called gasohol 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 storage of 30 days or BEFORE STARTING ENGINE longer . Drain the fuel tank , start the OIL engine and let it run until fuel lines and Your lawn mower is shipped without oil in the carburetor are empty . Use fresh fuel next engine . season . See Storage Instructions for • Be sure mower is level and area around oil additional information . Never use engine fillis dean . or carburetor cleaner products in fuel tank • Remove engine oil cap and fillto the full or permanent damage may occur . line on the dipstick . _ ] LCAUTION : Fill to bottom of gas tank NOTE : Allow oil to settle down into filler neck . Do not overfill . Wipe off any engine for accurate dipstick reading . spilled oil or fuel . Do not store , spill or use • Engine holds 20 ozs . of oil . For type and gasoline near an open flame . grade of oilto use , see " ENGINE ' in Gasoline filler _ Engine oil Maintenance section of this manual . cap _ cap • Pour oilslowly . Do not over till . • Check oil level before each use . Add oil if ( Discard _ I _ ' _ . _ X _ ' j _ l debris plug _ . . ' _ ' T " _ , _ needed . Fill to full line on dipstick . • To read proper level , tighten engine oil cap Inside ) " _ . _ each time . • Reinstall engine oil cap and tighten . TO START ENGINE • Change the oil after every 25 hours of operation or each season . You may need • To start a cold engine , push primer three to change the ell more often under dusty , ( 3 ) times before t _ ing to start . Use a firm dirty cond'fdons . push . This step is not usually necessary when startingan engine which has already run for a few minutes . • 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 primingsteps . In wanner weather over priming may cause flooding and engine will not start . If you do flood engine , wait a few minutes before attempting to start and do not repeapt mingsteps . 8
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MULCHING MOWING TIPS MOWINGTIPS • Under certain conditions , such as very tall IMPORTANT : For best performance , keep grass , it may be necessary to raise the mower housing free of built - up grass and trash . Clean UNDERSIDE OF MOWER height of cut to reduce push ; _ geffort and to keep from overloading the engine end HOUSING after each use . See " Cleaning " in leaving clumps of grass clippings . It may MAINTENANCE section of this manual . also be necessary to reduce ground speed • The special mulching blade will recut the end / or run the lawn mower over the area a grass clippings many times and reduce second time . them in size so that as they fall onto the • FoPextremely heavy cutting , reduce the lawn they will disperse into the grass and width of cut by overlapping previously cut not be noticed . Also , the mulched grass will path and mow slowly . biodegrade quickly to provide nutrientsfor • For better grass bagging and most cutting the lawn . Always mulch with your highest conditions , the engine speed should be set engine ( blade ) speed as this will provide inthe fast position . the best recuttingaction of the blades . • Pores in cloth grass catchers can become • Avoid cutting your lawn when it is wet . Wet tiltedwith dirt and dust with use and grass tends to form clumps and interferes catchers will collect less grass . To prevent with the mulching action . The best time to this , regularly hose catcher off with water mow your lawn is the early afternoon . At end let dry before using . this time the grass has dried and the newly • Keep top of engine around starter clear cut area will not be exposed to the direct and clean of grass clippings and chaff . sun . This will help engine air flow and extend • For best results , adjust the lawn mower engine life . cutting height so that the lawn mower cuts off only the top one - third of the grass blades . If the lawn is overgrown it will be necessary to raise the height of cut to reduce pushing effort end to keep from overloading the engine and leaving clumps of mulched grass . For extremely heavy mulching , reduce your width of cut , mow slowly and raise the rear of the lawn mower one wheel adjuster setting higher than the front . • Certaintypesofgrassand grassconditione may require that an area be mulched a second time to completely hide the clippingsW . hendoinga secondcut , mow across or perpendicular to the firstcut path . • Change your cutting pattern from week to week . Mow north to south one week then change to east to west the next week . This wilt help prevent matting and graining of the lawn . 9
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MAINTENANCE SCHEDULE FILL IN DATES AS YOU COMPLETE 3EFIVICE DATES REGULAR SERVICE Check for Loose Fastenem Clean / Ins _ Grass Catcher I Clean Lawn Mower 1 Clean Under Drive Cover power - e _ Mowe , _ ) V ' Check ddve belt / pulleys ( Power - Propelled Mowers ) I / ' CheckiSha qJen / ReplaceBlade V _ a L ® _ = UoCnha . I / I / Clean Battery / Recharge IElectdc Start MowersI V ' I / 4 Check Engine Oil Level ! v ' Change Engine Oil I II _ l . l Clean Air Filter ll / it aInspectMufflerce Clean or Repl Spark Rug Replace Air FittorPaper Cartridge lilifit 1 - Change more ofte _ when operatklg under a heavy load or in high ambient temperatures . 2 - Sentlce more often when operaing in dirty or dusty conditions . 3 - Repkv : e bldes mo _ e oiten when mow _ in q . md ¥ soQ . 4 - Charge 48 houm al end of m , LUBRICATION CHART GENERAL RECOMMENDATIONS Wheel The warranty on this lawn mower does not adjusters cover items that have been subjected to operator abuse or negligence . To receive lull value from the wanan _ , operator must maintain mower as instructed in this manual . Some adjustments will need to be made periodicallyto properly maintain your unit . All I _ : liusln ' _ s in ll'e Service and Adjustments section of this manual should be / ' checked at leest orlce each season . / • Once a year , replace the spark plug , replace air filterelement and check blade for we _ . A new spark plug and clean / new air filterelement assures proper air - fuel ( _ FI . Engine oil ear mixture and helps your engine run better oDor I Handle bracket andlastk jer . hinge mounting pin • Follow the maintenance schedule in this ( _ SPRAY LUBRICANT manual . SAE 30 MOTOR OIL . REFER CTOTION . BEFORE EACH USE ( _ ENGINE - MAINTENANCE SE • Check engine oil level . • Check for loose fasteners . LUBRICATION IMPORTANT : Do not oilor grease plastic wheel bearings . Viscous lubricantswill attract Keep unit well lubricated ( See " LUBRICATION dust and dirtthat willshorten the life of the self CHART " ) . lubricatingbearings . If you feel they must be lubricated , use only a dry , powdered graphite typelubricanspt adng / . 10
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PRODUCT SPECIFICATIONS MODEL NUMBER 917.388382 SERIALNUMBER DATE OF PURCHASE GASOLINE CAPACITY / TYPE : 1.6 QUARTS UNLEADED REGULAR OlLTYPE ( 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 J19LM 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 roar of the lawn mower housing . Record both serial number and date of purchase in space provided above . LAWN MOWER NOTE : Remove the blade adapter and check the key inside hub of blade adapter . Always observe safety rules when performing The key must be in good condition to work any maintenance . properly . Replace adapter if damaged . TIRES TO REPLACE BLADE • Keep tires free of gasoline , oil , or insect control chemicals which can harm rubber . • Position the blade adapter on the engine crankshaft . Be sure key in • Avoid stumps , stones , deep ruts , sharp objects and other hazards that may cause adapter and crankshaft keyway are aligned . tire damage . • Position blade on the blade adapter BLADE CARE aligning the two ( 2 ) holes in the blade For best results , mower blade must be with the raised lugs on the adapter . kept sharp . Replace bent or damaged • Be sure the trailing edge of blade blades . ( opposite sharp edge ) is up toward the TO REMOVE BLADE engine . • Install the blade bolt with the lock • Disconnect spark plug wire from spark washer and hardened washer into plug and place wire where it cannot blade adapter and crankshaft . come in contact with spark plug . • Use block of wood between blade and • Tum lawn mower on its side . Make lawn mower housing and tighten the sure air filter and carburetor are up . blade bolt , turning clockwise . • Use a wood block between blade and • The recommended tightening torque is mower housing to prevent blade from 35 - 40 ft . Ibs . turning when removing blade bolt . IMPORTANT : Blade bolt is grade 8 heat • Protect your hands with gloves and / or treated . wrap blade with heavy cloth . • Remove blade bolt by turning counter - clockwise . • Remove blade and attaching hardware ( bolt , lock washer and hardened washer ) . 11
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TO SHARPEN BLADE NOTE : Although multi - - viscosity oils ( 5W30 , 10W30 etc . ) improve starting in NOTE : We do not recommend sharpen - cold weather , these muiti - - vlacosity oils ing 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 balanced . An unbalanced blade will engine oil level more frequently to avoid 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 the or on a grinding wheel . Do not attempt lawn mower is not used for 25 hours 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 hours of continuous use . Tighten oil plug center hole of blade over the head of securely each time you check the oil level . 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 . • Disconnect spark plug wire from spark Crank shaft plug and place wire where it cannot keyway 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 . • Wipe off any spilled oil on lawn mower Bolt Crank and on side of engine . Lockwasher Hardened Blade shaft • Fill engine with oil . Fill only to the washer Trailing adapter = FULL " line on the dipstick . DO NOT edge OVER FILL . GRASSCATCHER • Replace engine oil cap . • Reconnect spark plug wire to spark * The grass catcher may be hosed with plug . water , but must be dry when used . * Check your grass catcher often for damage or deterioration . Through normal use it will wear . If catcher needs replacing , replace only with a manufacturer approved replacement catcher . Give the lawn mower model number when ordering . ENGINE AIR FILTER LUBRICATION Use only high quality detergent oil rated Your engine will not run propedy and may with API service classification SF , SH or be damaged by using a dirty air filter . SG . Select the oil's SAE viscosity grade Replace the air filter every year , more often if you mow in very dusty , dirty according to your expected operating tem conditions . Do not wash air filter . TO CLEAN AIR FILTER • Loosen screw and tilt cover to remove . • Carefully remove cartridge . • Clean by gently tapping on a flat surface . If very dirty , replace cartridge . 12
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ACAUTION : Petroleum solvents , such as CLEANING kerosene , are not to be used to clean IMPORTANT : For best performance , keep cartridge . They may cause deterioration mower housing free of built - - up grass of the cartridge . Do not oil cartridge . Do and trash . Clean underside of mower not use pressurized air to clean or dry housing after each use . cartridge . _ CAUTION : Disconnect spark plug wire • Install cartridge , then replace cover from spark plug and place wire where it making sure the tabs are aligned with cannot come in contact with the spark the slots in the back plate . Fasten plug . screw securely . • Turn lawn mower on its side . Make sure Back air filter and carburetor are up . Clean Lip Slots plate the underside of your lawn mower by scraping to remove build - - up of grass and trash . • Clean engine often to keep trash from accumulating . A clogged engine runs Cover tabs hotter and shortens engine life . • Keep finished surfaces and wheels free ' Cover of all gasoline , oil , etc . • We DO NOT recommend using a Cartridge garden hose to clean lawn mower MUFFLER unless the electrical system , muffler , air filter and carburetor are covered to Inspect and replace corroded muffler as it could create afire hazard and / or damage . keep water out . Water in engine can result in shortened engine life . SPARK PLUG Change your spark plug each year to make your engine start easier and run better . Set spark plug gap at . 030 inch . _ I _ CAUTION : Before performing any bottom of lower handle are off center for service or adjustments : raising or lowering the handle . • Release control bar and stop engine . • Remove upper handle and all parts • Make sure the blade and all moving attached to lower handle . parts have completely stopped . • Remove hairpin cotters from lower • Disconnect spark plug wire from spark handle bracket mounting pin . plug and place where it cannot come in • Squeeze lower handle in to remove it contact with plug . from mounting pins . • Turn lower handle over to raise or lower LAWN MOWER handle . TO ADJUST CUTTING HEIGHT • Squeeze lower handle in and position See " TO ADJUST CUTTING HEIGHT " in holes onto mounting pins on handle the Operation section of this manual . bracket . REAR DEFLECTOR • Reassemble upper handle and all parts The rear deflector , attached between the removed from lower handle . rear wheels of your lawn mower , is provided to minimize the possibility that Lower objects will be thrown out the rear of the lawn mower into the operator's mowing _ " _ " 4 handle . position . If the rear deflector becomes damaged , it should be replaced . TO ADJUST HANDLE The handle can be mounted in a high or low position . The mounting holes in the . orate \ 13
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ENGINE TOASSEMBLE GRASS CATCHER CARBURETOR • Put grass catcher frame into grass bag Your carburetor has a non - adjustable fixed with dgid part of bag on the bottom . Make sure the frame handle is outside main jet for mixture control . If your engine does not operate properly due to suspected of the bag top . carburetor problems , take your lawn mower to • Slip vinyl bindings over frame . an authorized service canter for repair or NOTE : If vinyl bindings are too stiff , hold them in warm water for a few minutes . If adjustment . IMPORTANT : Never tamper with the engine _ g gets wet , let it dry before using . governor , which is factory set for proper CAUTION : Do not run your lawn engine speed . Overspeeding the engine mower without clipping deflector or above the factory high speed setting can be approved grass catcher in place . Never dangerous , if you think the engine - govemed attempt to operate the lawn mower with high speed needs adjusting , contact your the rear door removed or prepped open . nearest authorized service canter , which has proper equipment and experience to make Catchel " _ - _ _ - _ / _ = : : : . . _ . , frame any necessary adjustments . handle _ ENGINE SPEED Your engine speed has been factory set . Do not attempt to increase engine speed or it may result in personal injury . If you believe _ ' _ rame that the engine is runningtoo fast or too slow , take your lawn mower to an authorized opening service canter for repair and adjustmerrL IMPORTANT : When folding the handle Immed = at _ yprepareyourlawn mowerfor storageatthe and of theseasonor ifthe unit for storage or transportation , be sure to willnotbe usedfor30 days or more . fold the handle as shown or you may LAWNMOWER damage the control cables . When lawn mower is to be stored for a period • When setting up your handle from the of time , clean it thoroughly , remove all did , storage position , the lower handle will grease , leaves , etc . Store in a clean , dry area . automatically lock into the mowing • Clean entire lawn mower ( See " CLEAN - position . ING " in the Maintenance section of this Lower handle Handle manual ) . bracket • Lubricate as shown in the Maintenance section of this manual . • Be sure that all nuts , belts , screws , and pins are securely fastened . Ir _ 0ect moving Squeeze to parts for damage , breakage and wear . fold Replaceit necessary . • Touch up all rusted or chipped paint Hairpin cotter surfaces ; sand lightly before painting . HANDLE Control Bar You can fold your lawn mower handle for storage . Upperdle Han • Squeeze the bottom ends of the lower handle toward each other until the Fold Forward lower handle clears the handle bracket , For Storage then move handle forward . Fold • Loosen upper handle mounting bolts Backward enough to allow upper handle to be folded back . Mowing Position 14 Lower Handle
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ENGINE ENGINEOIL FUEL SYSTEM Drain oil ( with engine warm ) and replace with clean engine oil . ( See " ENGINE ' , n IMPORTANT : It is important to prevent the Maintenance section of this manual ) . _ luUmdeposits from forming in essential CYLINDER el system parts such as carburetor , fuel filter , fuel hose , or tank during storage . Remove spark plug . Pour one ounce ( 29 ml ) of oil through Also , experience indicates that alcohol spark plug hole into cylinder . blended fuels ( called gasohol or using • Pull starter handle slowly a few times to ethanol or methanol ) can attract moisture distribute oil . which leads to separation and formation • Replace with new spark plug . of acids during storage . Acidic gas can OTHER damage the fuel system of an engine • Do not store gasoline from one season while in storage . to another . • Drain the fuel tank . • Replace your _ lasoline can if your can • Start the engine and let it run until the starts to rust . Rust and / or dirt in your fuel lines and carburetor are empty . gasoline will cause problems . • Never use engine or carburetor cleaner • If possible , store your unit indoors and products in the fuel tank or permanent cover it to give protection from dust and damage may occur . dirt . • Use fresh fuel next season . • Cover your unit with a suitable protec - NOTE : Fuel stabilizer is an acceptable tive cover that does not retain moisture . alternative in minimizing the formation of Do not use plastic . Plastic cannot fuel gum deposits during storage . Add breathe which allows condensation to stabilizer to gasoline in fuel tank or form and will cause your unit to rust . storage container . Always follow the mix IMPORTANT : Never cover mower while ratio found on stabilizer container . Run engine and exhaust areas are still warm . engine at least 10 minutes after addingch stabilizer to allow the stabilizer to rea ACAUTION : Never store the lawn mower the carburetor . Do not drain the gas tank with gasoline in the tank inside a building and carburetor if using fuel stabilizer . 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 . Dirty air filter . Clean / replace air filter . 2 . Out of fuel . , RII fuel tank . 3 . Stale fuel . 3 . Drain tank and refillwith fresh clean fuel . 4 . Water in fuel . . Drain fuel tank and carburetor and refilltank with fresh gasoline . 5 . Spark plug wire is 5 . Connect wire to plug . disconnected . 6 . Bad spark plug . 6 . Replace spark plug . 7 . Loose blade or broken blade 7 . " l ' _ jhtenblade bolt or adapter . replace blade adapter . 8 . Control bar in released 8 . Depress control bar to handle . po6ition . 9 . Control bar defective . 9 . Replace control bar . 15
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TROUBLESHOOTING CHART PROBLEM CAUSE CORRECTION Loss of power 1 . Rear of lawn mower housing 1 . Set to = HigherCut " or cutting bladedragging position . in heavy grass . 2 , Cuffing too much grass . 2 . Set to " Higher Cut " position . 3 . Dirty air filter . 3 . Clean / replace air filter . 4 . Clean underside of mower 4 . Buildup of grass , leaves , and trash under mower . housing . 5 . Check oil level . 5 . Too much oil in engine . 6 . Walking speed too fast . 6 . Cut at slower walking speed . Poor cut - uneven 1 . Worn , bent or loose blade . 1 . Replace blade . " lighten blade belt . 2 . Set all wheels at same 2 . Wheel heights uneven . height 3 . Clean underside of 3 . Buildup of grass , leaves and bash under mower . mower housing . Excessive 1 . Wom , bent or loose blade . 1 . Replace blade . " lighten vlbraUon blade belt . 2 . Contact an authorized 2 . Bent engine crankshaft . service center . Starter rope hard 1 . Engine flywheel brake is on 1 . Depress controlbar to when control bar is released . topuu upper handle before pullingstarter 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 Gmss catcher 1 . Cutting height too low . 1 . Raise cutting height . 2 . Lift on blade worn off . not rang ( ' € so 2 . Re _ blade . 3 . Catcher not venting air . 3 . Clean grass catcher . eq pped ) 1 . Grass is too high or wheel 1 . Raise cutting height Herdtopush height is too low . 2 . Rear of lawn mower 2 . Raise rear of lawn mower housing or blade dragging housing one ( 1 ) setting in grass . higher . 3 . Grass catcher too full . 3 . Empty grass catcher . 4 . Adjusht andlebrightto 4 . Handle he ' _ ht pos ' _ on not suit . rightforyou . 16
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CRAFTSMAN ROTARY LAWN MOWER - - MODEL NO . 917.388382 37 14 34 44 4O 68 67 37
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CRAFTSMAN ROTARY LAWN MOWER - - MODEL NO . 917.388382 KEY PART KEY PART NO . NO . DESCRIPTION NO . NO . DESCRIPTION ControlBar 1 86902 34 165762X004 Axle Arm Assembly - LR 36 160828 Shoulder Bolt 5 / 16 - 18 2 169709X479 UpperHandlee 169708X479 LowerHandl 3 37 151157 Wheel Assembly 4 132001 RopeGuide 39 83923 Flanged Locknut 5 636O1 Locknut1 / 4 - 20 40 77400 Hubcap 6 131959 HandleBolt 41 88652 Hinge Screw 7 66426 WireTie 42 165766 Spdng ( LH ) 9 154132 HingeBracket 43 165767 Spdng ( RH ) 10 165754 MulcherDoor 44 165912 Door Bolt 11 162778 EngineZoneControlCable 45 150406 Hex Head Thread Rolling Screw 3 / 8 - 16 x 1 12 750097 Hex WasherHead Screw # 10 - 24 x 112 46 85463 Danger Decal 13 86899X004 Up - StopBracket 48 165761X004 Axle Arm Assembly - RR 14 136376 HandleKnob 52 166878 Housing Assembly ( Incl . Ref . # 17 , 18 & 46 ) 53 851G84 Hex Head Screw 3 / 8 - 24 x 1 - 3 / 8 Grd . 8 15 51793 HairpinCotter 16 147286 54 850263 Helical Lockwasher HingeRod 17 165946X479 55 851074 Hardened Washer SupportBracket Screw 56 16,5833 21 " Blade 18 17600406 167132X004 19 57 851514 Blade Adapter AxleArmAssembly - LF 20 167133X004 AxleArmAssembly - RF 67 166113 Grass BagFrame Rear Skirt 68 165755 Catcher 21 165858 22 168360X004 SelectorSpring - Front 70 . . . . . . Engine - ( See Breakdown ) 23 166875 Rear DoorAssemblyKit ( Incl . Springs ) Briggs & Stratton 12H802 - 2675 - B1 Locknut5 / 16 - 18 24 751153 - - 161058 Warning Decal ( Not Shown ) 25 166111 X479 - - 171204 Owner'sManual HandleBracketAssembly ( Left ) 26 166112X479 HandleBracketAssembly ( Right ) 27 851856 Screw 1 / 4 - 20 x 3 / 8 Availableaccessoriesnotincludedwithlawnmower : 28 152124 HingeSpring 29 160835X007 WheelAdjustingBracket - Front 7133623 Gas Can ( 2.5 gal . ) 3O 19112222 Spacer 7133500 FuelStabilizer 31 165760 7133000 SAE 30W Oil ( 20 oz , ) Clipon DischargeGuard 32 169421X004 SelectorSpring - Rear 33 87877 SelectorKnob
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CRAFTSMAN 4 - CYCLE ENGINE MODEL NUMBER 12H802 - 2675 - B1 968 6O6 _ 971A 971 843 967 529 621 2 _ 58 _ 163 % 124 _ 634 30 36
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CRAFTSMAN 4 - CYCLE ENGINE MODEL NUMBER 12H802 - 2675 - B1 46 i47 33 22 ( _ _ 572 307 625 91 383 306 " k REQUIRES SPECIAL TOOLS TO INSTALL . SEE . REPAIR INSTRUCTION MANUAL 37
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CRAFTSMAN 4 - CYCLE ENGINE MODEL NUMBER 12H802 - 2675 - B1 9A 9 842 _ _ ) 670A 524 104 110 127 134 634 617 617 634 ° 977 CARBURETOR GASKET SET F121 CARBURETOR KIT _ 88A I 1095 VALVE OVERHAUL GASKET SET 670A 38
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CRAFTSMAN 4 - CYCLE ENGINE MODEL NUMBER 12HS02 - 2675 - B1 334 356 304 _ 332 455 i 11019 LABEL KIT - EMISSION ] 3t )
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CRAFTSMAN 4 - CYCLE ENGINE MODEL NUMBER 12H802 - 267S - B1 KEY PART KEY PART NO . NO . DESCRIPTION NO . NO . DESCRIPTION 1 493260 CylinderAssemblyr 47 493737 Slinger , Oil 2 399269 Bushing , Cylinde 51 272199 Gasket , Intake Elbow 3 299819 Seal , Oil 54 94526 Screw , Hex Head 4 493279 Sump , Engine 55 4974420 Housing , Rewind Starter 5 214368 Head , CylinderderHead 56 498144 Pulley , Rewind Starter 7 272916 . . . . Gasket , Cylin 58 280399 Rope , Rewind Starter 8 495786 BreatherAssemblyver ( Cut To 88 - 5 / 8 " ) 9 272481 . . . . Gasket , Valve Co 60 281434 Gdp , Starter Rope 9A 272238 Gasket , Baffle Plate 65 94696 Screw , Phillips 10 94650 Screw , Hex Head 81 223664 Lock , Muffler Screw 11 231933 Tube , Breather 95 94098 Screw , Round Head 12 272198 Gasket , Crankcase 104 231371 * * Pin , Float Hinge 13 94547 Screw , CylinderHead 110 - - - * * * Gasket , Sealing 15 94720 Plug , Oil Drain ( Sold in Kit Only ) 16 498565 Crankshaft 117 494870 Jet , Main 94388 TimingGear Key 121 498260 Carburator Kit 20 399781 Seal , Oil 124 94525 Screw , Carburetor 22 94220 Screw , Hex Head Mountingtor 94612 Screw , Hex Head 125 498170 Carbure ( Used inHole Nearest 127 - - - * * Plug , Welch Breather ) ( Sold in Kit Or _ ly ) 23 492177 Flywheel 130 224908 Valve , Throttle 24 222698 Key , Flywheel 131 493267 Shaft , Throttle 25 499429 PistonAssembly , 133 398187 Float , Carburator StandardSize 134 398188 Valve , Inlet 499430 Piston Assy . ( . 010 " O . S . ) ( Includes Seat ) 499431 Piston Assy . ( . 020 " O . S . ) 137 - - - * * * Gasket , Bowl 499432 Piston Assy . ( . 030 " O . S . ) ( Sold in Kit Only ) 26 499425 Ring Set , Piston , 163 272653 Gasket , Air Cleaner StandardSize 187 492790 Hose , Fuel 499426 RingSet ( . 010 ' O . S . ) 188 398540 Screw , HexHead 499427 RingSet ( . 020 ' O . S . ) 188A 94644 Screw , Hex Head 499428 RingSat ( . 030 = O . S . ) 202 262579 Link , Govemor 27 263190 Lock , Piston Pin 209 263044 Spdng , Governor 28 499423 Pin , Piston , Standard Size Includedin GasketSet ( 497316 ) 29 499424 Rod , Connecting * t 32 94699 Screw , ConnectingRod IncludedinCarburetorKit ( 498260 ) 33 262651 Valve , Exhaust t _ , t 34 262652 Valve , Intake Includedinboth CarburetorKit ( 498260 ) , 35 262224 Spdng , Valve and CarburetorGasket Set ( 498261 ) 40 93312 Retainer , Valve Spdng 45 262204 Tappet , Valve Includedinboth GasketSat ( 497316 ) , 46 498275 Gear , Cam and Valve overhaulGasketSet ( 498528 ) . NOTE : All component dimensions given in U . S . inches 1 inch = 25,4 mm 4O
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CRAFTSMAN 4 - CYCLE ENGINE MODEL NUMBER 12HSO2 - 2675 - B1 KEY PART KEY PART NO , NO . DESCRIPTION NO . NO . DESCRIPTION 227 492349 Lever , Governor 635 66538 Elbow , Spark Plug 230 67072 Washer , Thrust 670 280512 Spacer , Fuel Tank 258 94512 Screw , Hex Head 670A 493823 " Spacer , Bracket 284 94511 Screw , Hex Head 741 262598 Gear , Timing 300 497838 Muffler , Exhaust 842 280966 Seal , O - Ring 304 493293 Housing , Blower 843 272616 Sleeve , Lever 305 94744 Screw , Sems 847 495263 Tube Assembly , Oil 306 224324 Shield , Cylinder 851 493880 Terminal , Ignition Cable 307 94515 Screw , Hex Head 869 213512 Seat , Intake Valve 332 94877 Nut , Flywheel 870 213513 Seat , Exhaust Valve 333 802574 Armature , Magneto 871 262001 Guide , Exhaust Valve 334 94731 Screw , Sems 63709 Guide , Intake Valve 337 802592 Plug , Spark 922 262640 Spring , Brake 356 497833 Wire , Ground 923 493442 Brake Assembly 358 497316 Gasket Set 930 497233 Guard , Finger 363 19069 Puller , Flywheel 957 397974 Cap , FuelTank 383 69838 Wrench , Spark Plug 966 496116 Base , Air Cleaner 387 496115 Palmer , Carburetor 967 491588 Filter , Air 455 225121 Cup , Starter 968 281340 Cover , Air Cleaner 456 281503 Retainer , Starter 969 94872 Screw , Hex Head 459 281505 Pawi , Rac : het 971 94873 Screw , Hex Head 461 94943 Screw , Shoulder 971A 94749 Screw , Hex Head 515 263073 Spring , Retainer 972 495224 Tank , Fuel 523 495264 Cap , Oil Filler 975 493640 Bowl , Float 524 280393 Seal , Filler Tube 977 498261 Gasket Set , Carburetor 525 495265 Tube , Oil Fill 1019 494256 Label Kit , Emission 529 281299 Grommet 1095 498258 Gasket Set , Valve 562 94852 Bolt , Governor Lever Overhaul 572 224328 Baffle , Cylinder 2500 12J802 - 2915 Replacement Engine 592 231082 Nut , Hex - - 498826 Replacement Shortblock 601 93053 Clamp , Hose 606 224815 Strap , Bracket Low : 1900 - 2100 ; RPM Settings : 608 497680 Starter , Rewind High : 3000 - 3200 Includes : 94904 Screw , Hex 94908 Nut , Hax Included inGasket Set ( 497316 ) 613 94231 Screw , Hex Head tt 615 94474 Fastener Included in CaYouretorKit ( 498260 ) 616 263175 Crank , bGovernorow 617 270344 * * * Seal , Intake El IncludedIn bothCarburetorKit ( 498260 ) , 620 499135 Bracket , Carburetor andCarburetorGasketSet ( 498261 ) 621 396847 Switch , Stop 625 497465 Tube , Fuel Intake Includedin both Gasket Set ( 497316 ) , 634 - - - * * * Washer , Shaft and Valve overhaulGasket Set ( 498528 ) . ( Sold inKitOnly ) NOTE : All component dimensions given inches 1 inch = 25.4 mm in U . S . 41
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For in - home major brand repair service : Call 24 hours a day , 7 days a week 1 - 800 - 4 - MY - HOME s " ( 1 - 800 - 469 - 4663 ) Para pedir servicio de reparaci6n a domicilio 1 - 800 - 676 - 5811 In Canada for all your service and parts needs call Au Canada pour tout le service ou les pi _ ces 1 - 800 - 665 - 4455 For the repair or replacement parts you need : Call 6 am - 11 pm CST , 7 days a week PartsDirect s " 1 - 800 - 366 - PART ( 1 - 800 - 366 - 7278 ) Para ordenar piezas con entrega a domicilio 1 - 800 - 659 - 7084 For the location of a Sears Parts and Repair Center in your area : Call 24 hours a day , 7 days a week 1 - 800 - 488 - 1222 For information on purchasing a Sears Maintenance Agreement or to inquire about an existing Agreement : Call 9 am - 5 pm , Monday - Saturday 1 - 800 - 827 - 6655 171204 10.19.99 VB Printedin U . S . A .
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