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Owner's Manual
IC.nFTSMnN,I
LAWN TRACTOR
25.0 HP, 42" Mower
Electric Start
6 Speed Transaxle
Model No.
917.273450
This product has a low emission engine which operates
IIL__II differently from previously budt engines. Before you start the
engine, read and understand this Owner's Manual.
IMPORTANT:
Read and follow all Safety
Rules and Instructions before
operating this equipment.
For answers to your questions
about this product, Call:
1-800-659-5917
Sears Craftsman Help Line
5am - 5 pm, Mon- Sat
Sears, Roebuck and Co., Hoffman Estates, IL 60179 U.S.A.
Visit our Craftsman website:www.sears.com/craftsman
Warranty ................................................. 2 Maintenance ......................................... 17
Safety Rules ........................................... 3 Service and Adjustments ...................... 21
Product Specifications ............................ 6 Storage ................................................. 27
Assembly/P re-Operation ........................ 8 Troubleshooting .................................... 28
Operation .............................................. 11 Repair Parts .......................................... 32
Maintenance Schedule ......................... 17 Sears Service ......................... Back Cover
LIMITED WARRANTY ON CRAFTSMAN RIDING EQUIPMENT
For two (2) years from the date of purchase, if this Craftsman Riding Equipment is
maintained, lubricated and tuned up according to the instructions in the owner's manual,
Sears will repair or replace free of charge any parts that are found to be defective in
material or workmanship according to the guidelines of coverage listed below. Sears will
also provide free labor for these applicable warranted parts for the two full years. During
the first 30 days of purchase, there will be no charges to service the product at your
home for issues covered by this warranty. (See exclusions below). For your conve-
nience, IN HOME warranty service will still be available after the first 30 days of pur-
chase, but a trip charge will apply. This charge will be waived if the Craftsman product is
dropped off at an authorized Sears location. For the nearest authorized Sears location,
please call 1-800-4-MY-HOME®. This warranty applies only while this product is within
the United States.
This Warranty does not cover:
Expendable items which become worn during normal use, including but not limited to
blades, spark plugs, air cleaners, belts, and oil filters.
Standard Maintenance Servicing, oil changes, or tune-ups
Tire replacement or repair caused by punctures from outside objects, such as nails,
thorns, stumps, or glass.
Repairs necessary because of operator abuse, including but not limited to, damage
caused by towing objects beyond the capability of the riding equipment, impacting
objects that bend the frame or crankshaft, or over-speeding the engine.
Repairs necessary because of operator negligence, including but not limited to, elec-
trical and mechanical damage caused by improper storage, failure to use the proper
grade and amount of engine oil, failure to keep the deck clear of flammable debris,
or failure to maintain the equipment according to the instructions contained in the
owner's manual.
Engine (fuel system) cleaning or repairs caused by fuel determined to be contami-
nated or oxidized (stale). In general, fuel should be used within 30 days of its pur-
chase date.
Normal deterioration and wear of the exterior finishes, or product label replacement.
Riding equipment used for commercial or rental purposes.
LIMITED WARRANTY ON BATTERY
For ninety (90) days from date of purchase, if any battery included with this riding equip-
ment proves defective in material or workmanship and our testing determines the battery
will not hold a charge, Sears will replace the battery at no charge. During the first 30
days of purchase, there will be no charges to replace the battery at your HOME. After
the first 30 days, for your convenience, IN-HOME warranty service will still be avail-
able but a trip charge will apply. This charge will be waived if the Craftsman product is
dropped off at an authorized Sears location. For the nearest authorized Sears location,
please call 1-800-4-MY-HOME®.
This battery warranty applies only while this product is within the United States.
This warranty gives you specific legal rights, and you may also have other rights, which
vary, from state to state.
Sears, Roebuck and Co.,Dept.817WA, Hoffman Estates, IL 60179
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IMPORTANT: This cutting machine is capable of amputating hands and feet and throw-
ing objects. Failure to observe the following safety instructions could result in serious
injury or death.
_WARNING: In order to prevent ac-
cidental starting when setting up, trans-
porting, adjusting or making repairs,
always disconnect spark plug wire and
place wire where it cannot contact spark
plug.
_,WARNING: Do not coast down a hill
in neutral, you may lose control of the
tractor.
_WARNING: Tow only the attachments
that are recommended by and comply
with specifications of the manufacturer of
your tractor. Use common sense when
towing. Operate only at the lowest pos-
sible speed when on a slope. Too heavy
of a load, while on a slope, is dangerous.
Tires can lose traction with the ground
and cause you to lose control of your
tractor.
_WARNING: Engine exhaust, some
of its constituents, and certain vehicle
components contain or emit chemicals
known to the State of California to cause
cancer and birth defects or other repro-
ductive harm.
_WARNING: Battery posts, terminals
and related accessories contain lead and
lead compounds, chemicals known to the
State of California to cause cancer and
birth defects or other reproductive harm.
Wash hands after handling.
I. GENERAL OPERATION
Read, understand, and follow all instruc-
tions in the manual and on the machine
before starting.
Only allow responsible adults, who are
familiar with the instructions, to operate
the machine.
Clear the area of objects such as rocks,
toys, wire, etc., which could be picked
up and thrown by the blade.
Be sure the area is clear of other people
before mowing. Stop machine if anyone
enters the area.
Never carry passengers.
Do not mow in reverse unless abso-
lutely necessary. Always look down and
behind before and while backing.
Be aware of the mower discharge direc-
tion and do not point it at anyone. Do
not operate the mower without either
the entire grass catcher or the guard in
place.
Slow down before turning.
Never leave a running machine unat-
tended. Always turn off blades, set
parking brake, stop engine, and remove
keys before dismounting.
Turn off blades when not mowing.
Stop engine before removing grass
catcher or unclogging chute.
Mow only in daylight or good artificial
light.
Do not operate the machine while under
the influence of alcohol or drugs.
Watch for traffic when operating near or
crossing roadways.
Use extra care when loading or un-
loading the machine into a trailer or
truck.
Data indicates that operators, age 60
years and above, are involved in a large
percentage of riding mower-related in-
juries. These operators should evaluate
their ability to operate the riding mower
safely enough to protect themselves and
others from serious injury.
Keep machine free of grass, leaves or
other debris build-up which can touch
hot exhaust /engine parts and burn. Do
not allow the mower deck to plow leaves
or other debris which can cause build-
up to occur. Clean any oil or fuel
spillage before operating or storing the
machine. Allow machine to cool before
storage.
II. SLOPE OPERATION
Slopes are a major factor related to loss-
of-control and tipover accidents, which can
result in severe injury or death. All slopes
require extra caution. If you cannot back
up the slope or if you feel uneasy on it, do
not mow it.
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DO:
Mow up and down slopes, not across.
Remove obstacles such as rocks, tree
limbs, etc.
Watch for holes, ruts, or bumps. Un-
even terrain could overturn the machine.
Tall grass can hide obstacles.
Use slow speed. Choose a low gear
so that you will not have to stop or shift
while on the slope.
Follow the manufacturer's recommend-
ations for wheel weights or counter-
weights to improve stability.
Use extra care with grass catchers or
other attachments. These can change
the stability of the machine.
Keep all movement on the slopes slow
and gradual Do not make sudden
changes in speed or direction.
Avoid starting or stopping on a slope. If
tires lose traction, disengage the blades
and proceed slowly straight down the
slope.
DO NOT:
Do not turn on slopes unless neces-
sary, and then, turn slowly and gradually
downhill, if possible.
Do not mow near drop-offs, ditches,
or embankments. The mower could
suddenly turn over if a wheel is over
the edge of a cliff or ditch, or if an edge
caves in.
Do not mow on wet grass. Reduced
traction could cause sliding.
Do not try to stabilize the machine by
putting your foot on the ground.
Do not use grass catcher on steep
slopes.
III. CHILDREN
Tragic accidents can occur if the operator
is not alert to the presence of children.
Children are often attracted to the ma-
chine and the mowing activity. Neveras-
sume that children will remain where you
last saw them.
Keep children out of the mowing area
and under the watchful care of another
responsible adult.
Be alert and turn machine off if children
enter the area.
Before and when backing, look behind
and down for small children.
Never carry children. They may fall off
and be seriously injured or interfere with
safe machine operation.
Never allow children to operate the
machine.
Use extra care when approaching blind
corners, shrubs, trees, or other objects
that may obscure vision.
IV. SERVICE
Use extra care in handling gasoline and
other fuels. They are flammable and
vapors are explosive.
- Use only an approved container.
- Never remove gas cap or add fuel
with the engine running. Allow
engine to cool before refueling. Do
not smoke.
- Never refuel the machine indoors.
- Never store the machine or fuel con-
tainer inside where there is an
open flame, such as a water heater.
Never run a machine inside a closed
area.
Keep nuts and bolts, especially blade
attachment bolts, tight and keep equip-
ment in good condition.
Never tamper with safety devices.
Check their proper operation regularly.
Keep machine free of grass, leaves, or
other debris build-up. Clean oil or fuel
spillage. Allow machine to cool before
storing.
Stop and inspect the equipment if you
strike an object. Repair, if necessary,
before restarting.
Never make adjustments or repairs with
the engine running.
Grass catcher components are subject
to wear, damage, and deterioration,
which could expose moving parts or
allow objects to be thrown. Frequently
check components and replace with
manufacturer's recommended parts,
when necessary.
Mower blades are sharp and can cut.
Wrap the blade(s) or wear gloves, and
use extra caution when servicing them.
Check brake operation frequently. Ad-
just and service as required.
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Be sure the area is clear of other people
before mowing. Stop machine if anyone
enters the area.
Never carry passengers or children
even with the blades off.
Do not mow in reverse unless abso-
lutely necessary. Always look down and
behind before and while backing.
Never carry children. They may fall off
and be seriously injured or interfere with
safe machine operation.
Keep children out of the mowing area
and under the watchful care of another
responsible adult.
Be alert and turn machine off if children
enter the area.
Before and when backing, look behind
and down for small children.
Mow up and down slopes (15 ° Max), not
across.
Remove obstacles such as rocks, tree
limbs, etc.
Watch for holes, ruts, or bumps. Uneven
terrain could overturn the machine. Tall
grass can hide obstacles.
Use slow speed. Choose a low gear
so that you will not have to stop or shift
while on the slope.
Avoid starting or stopping on a slope. If
tires lose traction, disengage the blades
and proceed slowly straight down the
slope.
If machine stops while going uphill,
disengage blades, shift into reverse and
back down slowly.
Be not turn on slopes unless necessary,
and then, turn slowly and gradually
downhill, if possible.
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PRODUCT SPECIFICATIONS
3asolineCapacity 4.0 Unleaded Regular
and Type:
iOil Type
API-SF-SJ):
Dil Capacity:
SAE 30 (above 32°F)
SAE 5W-30 (below 32°F
W/Filter 4.0 Pints
W/O Filter 3.75 Pints
Spark Plug:
',Gap: .040")
3round Speed
',MPH):
Champion QC 12YC
Forward: 1st 1.2
2nd 1.5
3rd 2.4
4th 3.5
5th 4.8
6th 5.3
Reverse: 1.5
Fire Pressure: Front: 14 PSI
Rear: 10 PSI
3harging System: 16 Amps @ 3600 RPM
3attery: Amp/Hr: 35
Min. CCA: 280
Case Size: U1R
3lade Bolt Torque: 27-35 Ft. Lbs.
CONGRATULATIONS on your purchase
of a new tractor. It has been designed,
engineered and manufactured to give
you the best possible dependability and
performance.
Should you experience any problem you
cannot easily remedy, please contact a
Sears or other qualified service center.
We have competent, well-trained techni-
cians and the proper tools to service or
repair this tractor.
Please read and retain this manual. The
instructions will enable you to assemble
and maintain your tractor properly. Always
observe the "SAFETY RULES".
CUSTOMER RESPONSIBILITIES
Read and observe the safety rules.
Follow a regular schedule in main-
taining, caring for and using your tractor.
Follow the instructions under "Mainte-
nance" and "Storage" sections of this
_,NAwner's manual.
RNING: This tractor is equipped
with an internal combustion engine and
should not be used on or near any unim-
proved forest-covered, brush-covered or
grass-covered land unless the engine's
exhaust system is equipped with a spark
arrester meeting applicable local or state
laws (if any). If a spark arrester is used, it
should be maintained in effective working
order by the operator.
In the state of California the above is re-
quired by law (Section 4442 of the Califor-
nia Public Resources Code). Other states
may have similar laws. Federal laws apply
on federal lands. A spark arrester for the
muffler is available through your nearest
Sears service center (See REPAIR PARTS
section of this manual).
REPAIR PROTECTION
AGREEMENTS
Congratulations on making a smart pur-
chase. Your new Craftsman® product is
designed and manufactured for years of
dependable operation. But like all prod-
ucts, it may require repair from time to
time. That's when having a Repair Protec-
tion Agreement can save you money and
aggravation.
Purchase a Repair Protection Agreement
now and protect yourself from unexpected
hassle and expense.
Here's what's included in the Agreement:
Expert service by our 12,000 profe-
sional repair specialists.
• Unlimited service and no charge for
parts and labor on all covered repairs.
Product replacement if your covered
product can't be fixed.
Discount of 10% from regular price of
service and service-related parts not
covered by the agreement; also, 10%
off regular price of preventive mainte-
nance check.
Fast help by phone- phone support
from a Sears technician on products
requiring in-home repair, plus conve-
nient repair scheduling.
Once you purchase the Agreement, a
simple phone call is all that it takes for you
to schedule service. You can call anytime
day or night, or schedule a service ap-
pointment online.
Sears has over 12,000 professional repair
specialists, who have access to over 4.5
million quality parts and accessories.
That's the kind of professionalism you can
count on to help prolong the life of your
new purchase for years to come. Purchase
your Repair Protection Agreement today!
Some limitations and exclusions apply.
For prices and additional information
call 1-800-827-6655.
SEARS INSTALLATION SERVICE
For Sears professional installation of home
appliances, garage door openers, water
heaters, and other major home items, in
the U.S.A. call 1-800-4-MY-HOME®
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Steering
Wheel Insert
(1) Hex Bolt 1/4-28 x 1-1/4
Steering
Wheel
Adapter
Steering Wheel
(1) Locknut
1/2-20
_ 1) Locknut
1/4-28
Steering
Extension
Shah
(1) Large Flat Washer
Boot
r- Guage Wheels
-@
| (4)
| Adjusting
Bar (4) Wheels
!4Olevis Pins ]_ (4) Retainer Springs
(double loop)
@ (4) Washers
(4) Locknut 3/8-16 3/8 x 3/4 x 14
Ga.
(4) Shoulder Bolt
Seat
@
(1) Washer
17/32 x 1-3/16 x 12 Gauge
(1) Knob
For Future Use
Keys
Slope Sheet Video Cassette
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Your new tractor has been assembled at the factory with the exception of those parts left
unassembled for shipping purposes. To ensure safe and proper operation of your tractor
all parts and hardware you assemble must be tightened securely. Use the correct tools
as necessary to insure proper tightness. Review the video cassette before you begin.
TOOLS REQUIRED FOR
ASSEMBLY
A socket wrench set will make assembly
easier. Standard wrench sizes you need
are listed below.
(1) 3/4"wrench (1) Pliers
(2) 7/16" wrench (1) Utility knife
(1) Tire pressure gauge
When right or left hand is mentioned in
this manual, it means when you are in
the operating position (seated behind the
steering wheel).
TO REMOVE TRACTOR FROM
CARTON
UNPACK CARTON
1. Remove all accessible loose parts and
parts boxes from carton.
2. Cut along dotted lines on all four pan-
els of carton. Remove end panels and
lay side panels flat.
3. Check for any additional loose parts or
cartons and remove.
BEFORE REMOVING TRACTOR
FROM SKID
ATTACH STEERING WHEEL
ASSEMBLE EXTENSION SHAFT AND
BOOT
1. Slide extension shaft onto lower
steering shaft. Align mounting holes
in extension and lower shafts and
install 1/4 hex bolt and Iocknut. Tighten
securely.
IMPORTANT: Tighten bolt and nut se-
curely to 10-12 ft. Ibs torque.
2. Place tabs of steering boot over tab
slots in dash and push down to secure.
INSTALL STEERING WHEEL
3. Position front wheels of the tractor so
they are pointing straight forward.
4. Remove steering wheel adapter from
steering wheel and slide adapter onto
steering shaft extension.
5. Position steering wheel so cross bars
are horizontal (left to right) and slide
inside boot and onto adapter.
6. Assemble large flat washer, 1/2 hex
nut and tighten securely.
D _lnsert
_1/2 Hex Nut
CD-------- Large F at
Washer
Steering
Wheel
1/4 Locknut
_ teering
Boot
Tabs
Extension
J Shaft
_-"---1/4 Hex Bolt
Lower _j_-_ _ _,
Steering_ _ _ ____,____",,,,_
Shaft , "- - _ Tab
...-. _ _, Slots
7. Snap steering wheel insert into center
of steering wheel.
8. Remove protective materials from trac-
tor hood and grill.
IMPORTANT: Check for and remove any
staples in skid that may puncture tires
where tractor is to roll off skid.
HOW TO SET UP YOUR TRACTOR
CHECK BATTERY
1. Lift hood to raised position.
NOTE: If this battery is put into service
after month and year indicated on label
(label located between terminals) charge
battery for minimum of one hour at 6-10
amps. (See "BATTERY" in Maintenance
section of this manual for charging instruc-
tions).
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INSTALL SEAT
Adjust seat before tightening adjustment
knob.
1. Remove adjustment knob and flat
washer securing seat to cardboard
packing and set aside for assembly of
seat to tractor.
2. Pivot seat upward and remove from
the cardboard packing. Remove the
cardboard packing and discard.
3. Place seat on seat pan so head of
shoulder bolts are positioned over the
large slotted holes in pan.
4. Push down on seat to engage shoulder
bolts in slots and pull seat towards rear
of tractor.
5. Pivot seat and pan forward and as-
semble adjustment knob and flat
washer loosely. Do not tighten.
6. Lower seat into operating position and
sit in seat.
7. Slide seat until a comfortable position
is reached which allows you to press
clutch/brake pedal all the way down.
8. Get off seat without moving its ad-
justed position.
9. Raise seat and tighten adjustment
knob securely.
Seat
Seat Pan
Shoulder
Bolts
Flat Washer
Adjustment Knob
NOTE: You may now roll or drive your
tractor off the skid. Follow the appropriate
instruction below to remove the tractor
from the skid.
TO ROLL TRACTOR OFF SKID (See
Operation section for location and
function of controls)
1. Press lift lever plunger and raise
attachment lift lever to its highest po-
sition.
2. Release parking brake by depressing
clutch/brake pedal.
3. Place gearshift lever in neutral (N)
position.
4. Roll tractor forward off skid.
5. Remove banding holding deflector
shield up against tractor.
TO DRIVE TRACTOR OFF SKID (See
Operation section for location and
function of controls)
_WARNING: Before starting, read, un-
derstand and follow all instructions in the
Operation section of this manual. Be sure
tractor is in a well-ventilated area. Be sure
the area in front of tractor is clear of other
people and objects.
1. Be sure all the above assembly steps
have been completed.
2. Check engine oil level and fill fuel tank
with gasoline.
3. Sit on seat in operating position,
depress clutch/brake pedal and set the
parking brake.
4. Place gear shift lever in neutral (N)
position.
5. Press lift lever plunger and raise
attachment lift lever to its highest posi-
tion.
6. Start the engine. After engine has
started, move throttle control to idle
position.
7. Depress clutch/brake pedal into full
"BRAKE" position and hold. Move
gearshift lever to 1st gear.
8. Slowly release clutch/brake pedal and
slowly drive tractor off skid.
9. Apply brake to stop tractor, set park-
ing brake and place gearshift lever in
neutral position.
10.Turn ignition key to "STOP" position.
Continue with the instructions that follow.
ASSEMBLE GAUGE WHEELS TO
MOWER DECK
The gauge wheels are designed to keep
the mower deck in proper position when
operating mower. Be sure they are prop-
erly adjusted to ensure optimum mower
performance.
1. Slide gauge wheel bar down into
bracket channel, Be sure that gauge
wheel bar aligning holes are on top.
Assemble gauge wheels as shown
using shoulder bolts, 3/8 washers and
3/8-16 center Iocknuts and tighten
securely.
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2. Adjust gauge wheels before operat-
ing mower. See "TO ADJUST GAUGE
WHEELS" in the Operation section of
this manual.
Retainer
INSTALL MULCHER PLATE
(If previously removed)
1. Raise and hold deflector shield in
upright position.
2. Place front of mulcher plate over front
of mower deck opening and slide into
place, as shown.
3. Hook front latch into hole on front of
mower deck.
4. Hook rear latch into hole on back of
mower deck.
Deflector
Shield Mulcher
Plate
Latch
Hooks
_CAUTION: Do not remove deflector
shield from mower.
TO CONVERTTO BAGGING OR
DISCHARGING
Simply remove mulcher plate and store in
a safe place.Your mower is now ready for
discharging or installation of optional grass
catcher accessory.
NOTE: It is not necessary to change
blades. The mulcher blades are designed
for discharging and bagging also.
CHECKTIRE PRESSURE
The tires on your tractor were overin-
flated at the factory for shipping purposes.
Correct tire pressure is important for best
cutting performance.
Reduce tire pressure to PSI shown in
"PRODUCT SPECIFICATIONS" section
of this manual.
CHECK DECK LEVELNESS
For best cutting results, mower hous-
ing should be properly leveled. See "TO
LEVEL MOWER HOUSING" in the Service
and Adjustments section of this manual.
CHECK FOR PROPER POSITION
OF ALL BELTS
See the figures that are shown for replac-
ing motion and mower blade drive belts
in the Service and Adjustments section
of this manual. Verify that the belts are
routed correctly.
CHECK BRAKE SYSTEM
After you learn how to operate your trac-
tor, check to see that the brake is properly
adjusted. See "TO ADJUST BRAKE" in
the Service and Adjustments section of
this manual.
,[ CHECKL IS T
Before you operate and enjoy your new
tractor, we wish to assure that you receive
the best performance and satisfaction
from this Quality Product.
Please review the following checklist:
,/All assembly instructions have been
completed.
,/No remaining loose parts in carton.
,/Battery is properly prepared and
charged. (Minimum 1 hour at 6 amps).
,/Seat is adjusted comfortably and tight-
ened securely.
,/All tires are properly inflated. (For ship-
ping purposes, the tires were overin-
flated at the factory).
,/Be sure mower deck is properly leveled
side-to-side/front-to-rear for best cutting
results. (Tires must be properly inflated
for leveling).
,/Check mower and drive belts. Be sure
they are routed properly around pulleys
and inside all belt keepers.
,/Check wiring. See that all connections
are still secure and wires are properly
clamped.
While learning how to use your tractor, pay
extra attention to the following important
items:
,/Engine oil is at proper level.
,/Fuel tank is filled with fresh, clean, regu-
lar unleaded gasoline.
,/Become familiar with all controls - their
location and function. Operate them
before you start the engine.
,/Be sure brake system is in safe oper-
ating condition.
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Thesesymbols mayappearon yourtractor or in literaturesuppliedwith the product.
Learnand understandtheir meaning.
R N H LI\1
REVERSE NEUTRAL NIGH LOW CHOKE FAST SLOW IGNITION
ENGINE OFF LIGHTS ON ENGINE ON ENGINE START PARKING DRAKE PARKING BRAKE PARKING DRAKE
LOCKED UNLOCKED
OVER TEMP FUEL OIL PRESSURE BATTERY REVERSE FORWARD
LIGHT
ATTACHMENT ATTACHMENT
CLUTCH ENGAGED CLUTCH DISENGAGED
FREE WHEEL
(Automatic Models only)
MOWER HEIGHT MOWER LIFT
DANGER, KEEP HANDS
AND FEET AWAY
@@@@@
KEEP AREA CLEAR SLOPE HAZARDS
(SEE SAFETY RULES SECTION)
A
Failure to follow instructions
could result in serious injury or
death. The safety alert symbol
is used to identify safety inform-
ation about hazards which can
result in death, serious injury
and/or property damage.
A
A
A
DANGER indicates a hazard which, if not avoided,
will result in death or serious injury.
WARNING indicates a hazard which, if not avoided,
could result in death or serious injury.
CAUTION indicates a hazard which, if not avoided,
might result in minor or moderate injury.
CAUTION when used without the alert symbol,
indicates a situation that could result in damage
to the tractor and/or engine.
HOT SURFACES indicates a hazard which,
-"=_" if not avoided, could result in death, serious injury
and/or property damage.
FIRE indicates a hazard which, if not avoided,
could result in death, serious injury and/or
property damage.
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KNOW YOUR TRACTOR
READ THIS OWNER'S MANUAL AND SAFETY RULES BEFORE OPERATING YOUR
TRACTOR
Compare the illustrations with your tractor to familiarize yourself with the locations of
various controls and adjustments. Save this manual for future reference.
Ammeter
Choke Control
Throttle Control
Attachment Ignition Switch Light Switch
Position
Clutch Lever --. I
"2"- Lever
Plunger
Attachment
Lift Lever
Clutch/Brake
Pedal
o
Height
Adjustment
Lever
Brake Lever
Gearshift Lever
Our tractors conform to the safety standards of the
American National Standards Institute.
AMMETER - Indicates charging (+) or
discharging (-) of battery.
ATTACHMENT CLUTCH LEVER - Used
to engage the mower blades, or other at-
tachments mounted to your tractor.
ATTACHMENT LIFT LEVER -Used to
raise, lower, and adjust the mower deck or
other attachments mounted to your tractor.
CLUTCH/BRAKE PEDAL - Used for
declutching and braking the tractor and
starting the engine.
GEARSHIFT LEVER - Selects the speed
and direction of tractor.
IGNITION SWITCH - Used for starting and
stopping the engine.
LIFT LEVER PLUNGER - Used to release
attachment lift lever when changing its
position.
LIGHT SWITCH POSITION -Turns the
headlights on and off.
PARKING BRAKE LEVER -Locks clutch/
brake pedal into the brake position.
THROTTLE CONTROL -Used for start-
ing and controlling engine speed.
CHOKE CONTROL - Used when starting a cold
engine.
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The operation of any tractor can result in foreign objects thrown into
the eyes, which can result in severe eye damage. Always wear safety
glasses or eye shields while operating your tractor or performing any
adjustments or repairs. We recommend a wide vision safety mask over
spectacles or standard safety glasses.
HOW TO USE YOU R TRACTOR
TO SET PARKING BRAKE
Your tractor is equipped with an operator
presence sensing switch. When engine
is running, any attempt by the operator
to leave the seat without first setting the
parking brake will shut off the engine.
1. Depress clutch/brake pedal all the way
down and hold.
2. Pull parking brake lever up and release
pressure from clutch/brake pedal.
Pedal should remain in brake position.
Make sure parking brake will hold trac-
tor secure.
Attachment Clutch Lever
Position
Choke _ inition Key
,"Disengaged"
Thn Position
Clutch/
Brake
"Engaged"
Position
Broke
Gearshift
"Disengaged" "Brake" Lever
Position Position
STOPPING
MOWER BLADES -
To stop mower blades, move attachment
clutch lever to "DISENGAGED" position.
GROUND DRIVE -
To stop ground drive, depress clutch/
brake pedal all the way down.
Move gearshift lever to neutral (N)
position.
ENGINE -
Move throttle control to slow position.
NOTE: Failure to move throttle control
to slow position and allowing engine to
idle before stopping may cause engine to
"backfire".
Turn ignition key to "STOP" position and
remove key. Always remove key when
leaving tractor to prevent unauthorized
use.
Never use choke to stop engine.
IMPORTANT: Leaving the ignition switch
in any position other than "STOP" will
cause the battery to discharge and go
dead.
NOTE: Under certain conditions when
tractor is standing idle with the engine
running, hot engine exhaust gases may
cause "browning" of grass. To eliminate
this possibility, always stop engine when
stopping tractor on grass areas.
,_CAUTION: Always stop tractor com-
pletely, as described above, before leaving
the operator's position.
TO USETHROTTLE CONTROL
Always operate engine at full throttle.
Operating engine at less than full
throttle reduces the battery charging
rate.
Full throttle offers the best bagging and
mower performance.
TO USE CHOKE CONTROL
Use choke control whenever you are start-
ing a cold engine. Do not use to start a
warm engine.
To engage choke control, pull knob out.
Slowly push knob in to disengage.
TO MOVE FORWARD AND BACKWARD
The direction and speed of movement is
controlled by the gearshift lever.
1. Start tractor with clutch/brake pedal
depressed and gearshift lever in neutral
(N) position.
2. Move gearshift lever to desired po-
sition.
3. Slowly release clutch/brake pedal to
start movement.
IMPORTANT: Bring tractor to a complete
stop before shifting or changing gears.
Failure to do so will shorten the useful life
of your transaxle.
TO ADJUST MOWER CUTTING HEIGHT
The position of the attachment lift lever
determines the cutting height.
Grasp lift lever.
Press plunger with thumb and move
lever to desired position.
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The cutting height range is approxi-
mately 1-1/2 to 4". The heights are mea-
sured from the ground to the blade tip with
the engine not running. These heights
are approximate and may vary depending
upon soil conditions, height of grass and
types of grass being mowed.
The average lawn should be cut to ap-
proximately 2-1/2 inches during the cool
season and to over 3 inches during hot
months. For healthier and better looking
lawns, mow often and after moderate
growth.
For best cutting performance, grass over
6 inches in height should be mowed
twice. Make the first cut relatively high;
the second to desired height.
TO ADJUST GAUGE WHEELS
Gauge wheels are properly adjusted
when they are slightly off the ground when
mower is at the desired cutting height in
operating position. Gauge wheels then
keep the deck in proper position to help
prevent scalping in most terrain conditions.
NOTE: Be sure tractor is on a flat level
surface.
1. Lower mower and adjust mower to de-
sired cutting height(See "TO ADJUST
MOWER CUTTING HEIGHT' in this
section of manual).
2. Remove retainer spring and clevis pin
which secure each gauge wheel bar.
3. Lower gauge wheels to ground. Raise
gauge wheels slightly to align holes
in bracket and gauge wheel bar and
insert clevis pin. Gauge wheels should
be slightly off the ground.
4. Replace retainer spring into clevis pin.
5. Be sure all gauge wheels are in the
same setting.
IMPORTANT: Be sure to readjust gauge
wheels if you change the cutting height
of the mower deck.
Retainer
Clevis Pin
TO OPERATE MOWER
Your tractor is equipped with an operator
presence sensing switch. Any attempt
by the operator to leave the seat with the
engine running and the attachment clutch
engaged will shut off the engine.You must
remain fully and centrally positioned in the
seat to prevent the engine from hesitating
or cutting off when operating your equip-
ment on rough, rolling terrain or hills.
1. Select desired height of cut.
2. Start mower blades by engaging at-
tachment clutch control.
TO STOP MOWER BLADES -
disengage attachment clutch control.
JHLCAUTION: Do not operate the mower
without either the entire grass catcher,
on mowers so equipped, or the deflector
shield in place.
Clutch Lever
Position
"Disengaged"
Position
Shield
TO OPERATE ON HILLS
_WARNING: De not drive up or down
hills with slopes greater than 15 ° and do
not drive across any slope. Use the slope
guide at the back of this manual.
Choose the slowest speed before start-
ing up or down hills.
Avoid stopping or changing speed on
hills.
If slowing is necessary, move throttle
control lever to slower position.
If stopping is absolutely necessary, push
clutch/brake pedal quickly to brake posi-
tion and engage parking brake.
Move gearshift lever to 1st gear. Be
sure you have allowed room for tractor
to roll slightly as you restart movement.
To restart movement, slowly release
parking brake and clutch/brake pedal.
Make all turns slowly.
TO TRANSPORT
Raise attachment lift to highest position
with attachment lift control.
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When pushing or towing your tractor,
be sure gearshift lever is in neutral (N)
position.
Do not push or tow tractor at more than
five (5) MPH.
NOTE: To protect hood from damage
when transporting your tractor on a truck
or a trailer, be sure hood is closed and
secured to tractor. Use an appropriate
means of tying hood to tractor (rope, cord,
etc.).
TOWING CARTS AND OTHER ATTACH-
MENTS
Tow only the attachments that are recom-
mended by and comply with specifications
of the manufacturer of your tractor. Use
common sense when towing. Too heavy
of a load, while on a slope, is dangerous.
Tires can lose traction with the ground and
cause you to lose control of your tractor.
BEFORE STARTING THE ENGINE
CHECK ENGINE OIL LEVEL
The engine in your tractor has been
shipped, from the factory, already filled
with summer weight oil.
1. Check engine oil with tractor on level
ground.
2. Remove oil fill cap/dipstick and wipe
clean, reinsert the dipstick and screw
cap tight, wait for a few seconds, re-
move and read oil level. If necessary,
add oil until "FULl" mark on dipstick is
reached. Do not overfill.
For cold weather operation you should
change oil for easier starting (See the
oil viscosity chart in the Maintenance
section of this manual).
To change engine oil, see the Mainte-
nance section in this manual.
ADD GASOLINE
Fill fuel tank to bottom of filler neck. Do
not overfill. Use fresh, clean, regular
unleaded gasoline with a minimum of
87 octane. (Use of leaded gasoline will
increase carbon and lead oxide deposits
and reduce valve life). Do not mix oil
with gasoline. Purchase fuel in quan-
tities that can be used within 30 days to
assure fuel freshness.
_CAUTION: Wipe off any spilled oil or
fuel. Do not store, spill or use gasoline
near an open flame.
IMPORTANT: When operating in temper-
atures below32°F(0°C), use fresh, clean
winter grade gasoline to help insure good
cold weather starting.
CAUTION: Alcohol blended fuels (called
gasohol or using ethanol or methanol) can
attract moisture which leads to separa-
tion 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 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.
TO START ENGINE
When starting the engine for the first time
or if the engine has run out of fuel, it will
take extra cranking time to move fuel from
the tank to the engine.
1. Sit on seat in operating position,
depress clutch/brake pedal and set
parking brake.
2. Place gear shift lever in neutral (N)
position.
3. Move attachment clutch to disengaged
position.
4. Move throttle control to fast position
5. Pull choke control out for a cold engine
start attempt. For a warm engine start
attempt the choke control may not be
needed.
NOTE: Before starting, read the warm and
cold starting procedures below.
6. Insert key into ignition and turn key
clockwise to start position and release
key as soon as engine starts. Do
not run starter continuously for more
than fifteen seconds per minute. If the
engine does not start after several
attempts, push choke control in, wait
a few minutes and try again. If engine
still does not start, pull the choke con-
trol out and retry.
WARM WEATHER STARTING (50 ° F and
above)
7. When engine starts, slowly push choke
control in until the engine begins to
run smoothly. If the engine starts to
run roughly, pull the choke control out
slightly for a few seconds and then
continue to push the control in slowly.
The attachments and ground drive can
now be used. If the engine does not
accept the load, restart the engine and
allow it to warm up for one minute using
the choke as described above.
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COLD WEATHER STARTING (50 ° F and
below)
7. When engine starts, slowly push choke
control in until the engine begins to run
smoothly. Continue to push the choke
control in small steps allowing the en-
gine to accept small changes in speed
and load, until the choke control is fully
in. If the engine starts to run roughly,
pull the choke control out slightly for a
few seconds and then continue to push
the control in slowly. This may require
an engine warm-up period from several
seconds to several minutes, depending
on the temperature.
The attachments can be used during
the engine warm-up period and may
require the choke control be pulled out
slightly.
NOTE: If at a high altitude (above 3000
feet) or in cold temperatures (below 32 F)
the carburetor fuel mixture may need to
be adjusted for best engine performance
(see "TO ADJUST CARBURETOR" in the
Service and Adjustments section of this
manual).
MOWING TIPS
Mower should be properly leveled for
best mowing performance. See "TO
LEVEL MOWER HOUSING" in the
Service and Adjustments section of this
manual.
The left hand side of mower should be
used for trimming.
Drive so that clippings are discharged
onto the area that has already been
cut. Have the cut area to the right of
the tractor. This will result in a more
even distribution of clippings and more
uniform cutting.
When mowing large areas, start by
turning to the right so that clippings will
discharge away from shrubs, fences,
driveways, etc. After one or two rounds,
mow in the opposite direction making
left hand turns until finished.
If grass is extremely tall, it should be
mowed twice to reduce load and pos-
sible fire hazard from dried clippings.
Make first cut relatively high; the second
to the desired height.
Do not mow grass when it is wet.
Wet grass will plug mower and leave
undesirable clumps. Allow grass to dry
before mowing.
Always operate engine at full throttle
when mowing to assure better mowing
performance and proper discharge of
material. Regulate ground speed by
selecting a low enough gear to give the
mower cutting performance as well as
the quality of cut desired.
When operating attachments, select a
ground speed that will suit the terrain
and give best performance of the at-
tachment being used.
MULCHING MOWING TIPS
IMPORTANT: For best performance, keep
mower housing free of built-up grass and
trash. Clean after each use.
The special mulching blade will recut
the grass clippings many times and
reduce them in size so that as they fall
onto the lawn they will disperse into
the grass and not be noticed. Also, the
mulched grass will biodegrade quickly
to provide nutrients for the lawn. Always
mulch with your highest engine (blade)
speed as this will provide the best recut-
ting action of the blades.
Avoid cutting your lawn when it is wet.
Wet grass tends to form clumps and
interferes with the mulching action. The
best time to mow your lawn is the early
afternoon. At this time the grass has
dried, the newly cut area will not be
exposed to direct sunlight.
For best results, adjust the mower
cutting height so that the mower cuts
off only the top one-third of the grass
blades. For extremely heavy grass, re-
duce your width of cut on each pass and
mow slowly.
MAX 1/3
Certain types of grass and grass
conditions may require that an area be
mulched a second time to completely
hide the clippings. When doing a sec-
ond cut, mow across (perpendicular) to
the first cut 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 will help prevent matting and
graining of the lawn.
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PILL'NOATES
AS YOU COMPLETE
Check Brake Operation _ _#,
Check Tire Pressure
Check Operator Presence and
T Interlock Systems V e
RCheck for Loose Fasteners V#Ves
J_ Sharpen/Replace Mower Blades i3
T Lubrication Chart
0Check Battery Level
RClean Battery and Terminals V#
Check Transaxle Cooling
Check V-Belts V e
Check Engine Oil Level V#
Change Engine Oil (with oil filter) _1,2 V_
v,
EChange Engine Oil (without oil filter) _1,2
U Clean Air Filter
GClean Air Screen
N_ Inspect MuffledSpark Attester I_
EReplace Oil Filter (If equipped) _,.
C_ean Engine Cooling Fins
Replace Spark Plug _
Replace Air Filter Paper Cartridge V#2
Fuel FilterReplace
t - Change mere often wben operating under a heavy load or 3 - Replace blades mere often when mewing in sandy soil.
in high ambient temperatures. 4 - Not required if equipped with maintenance-free battery.
2 - Service more often when operating in dirty or dusty conditions. 5 - Tighten front axle pivot bolt to 35 ft.dbs, maximum.
DO not overtigbten.
GENERAL RECOMMENDATIONS
The warranty on this tractor does not LUBRICATION CHART
cover items that have been subjected to @ @ Spindle
operator abuse or negligence. To receive Zerk _, Zerk
full value from the warranty, operator
must maintain tractor as instructed in this
manual. @FrontWheel
Some adjustments will need to be made Bearing
periodically to properly maintain your Zerk
tractor.
At least once a season, check to see if
you should make any of the adjustments ®En
described in the Service and Adjustments ,, ,
section of this manual. I
At least once a year you should replace , ,-,
the spark plug, clean or replace air filter, '.... ,
and check blades and belts for wear.
A new spark plug and clean air filter
assure proper air-fuel mixture and help
your engine run better and last longer.
BEFORE EACH USE
1. Check engine oil level.
2. Check brake operation.
3. Check tire pressure.
4. Check operator presence and
interlock systems for proper operation.
5. Check for loose fasteners.
IMPORTANT: Do not oil or grease the
pivot points which have special nylon
bearings. Viscous lubricants will attract
dust and dirt that will shorten the life of the
self-lubricating bearings. If you feel they
must be lubricated, use only a dry, pow-
dered graphite type lubricant sparingly.
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q @Front Wheel
Bearing Zerk
_SAE 30 or 10w30 MOTOR OIL
@GENERAL PURPOSE GREASE
®REFER TO Maintenance "ENGINE"
SECTION
TRACTOR
Always observe safety rules when per-
forming any maintenance.
BRAKE OPERATION
If tractor requires more than six (6) feet
stopping distance at high speed in highest
gear, then brake must be adjusted. (See
"TO ADJUST BRAKE" in the Service and
Adjustments section of this manual).
TIRES
Maintain proper air pressure in all tires
(See "PRODUCT SPECIFICATIONS"
section of this manual).
Keep tires free of gasoline, oil, or insect
control chemicals which can harm rub-
ber.
Avoid stumps, stones, deep ruts, sharp
objects and other hazards that may
cause tire damage.
NOTE: To seal tire punctures and prevent
flat tires due to slow leaks, tire sealant
may be purchased from your local parts
dealer. Tire sealant also prevents tire dry
rot and corrosion.
OPERATOR PRESENCE SYSTEM
Be sure operator presence and interlock
systems are working properly. If your trac-
tor does not function as described, repair
the problem immediately.
The engine should not start unless the
clutch/brake pedal is fully depressed
and attachement clutch control is in the
disengaged position.
When the engine is running, any at-
tempt by the operator to leave the seat
without first setting the parking brake
should shut off the engine.
When the engine is running and the
attachment clutch is engaged, any at-
tempt by the operator to leave the seat
should shut off the engine.
The attachment clutch should never op-
erate unless the operator is in the seat.
BLADE CARE
For best results mower blades must be
kept sharp. Replace bent or damaged
blades.
BLADE REMOVAL
1. Raise mower to highest position to al-
low access to blades.
2. Remove blade bolt, lock washer and
flat washer securing blade.
3. Install new or resharpened blade
with trailing edge up towards deck as
shown.
IMPORTANT: To ensure proper assembly,
center hole in blade must align with star
on mandrel assembly.
4. Reassemble blade bolt, lock washer
and flat washer in exact order as
shown.
5. Tighten blade bolt securely (27-35 Ft.
Lbs. torque).
IMPORTANT: Blade bolt is heat treated.
If bolt needs replacing, replace only with
approve bolt shown in the Repair Parts.
Mandrel As,_embly
Trailing _. BI_,4^
Edge Up f _'_'i _ Center_ r_-,_'_
L_ Hctle _ _,_
Flat Washer _._.'_.J _
Lock er 'Star
G_-Blade Bolt
TO SHARPEN BLADE
NOTE: We do not recommend sharp-
ening blade - but if you do, be sure the
blade is balanced.
Care should be taken to keep the blade
balanced. An unbalanced blade will cause
excessive vibration and eventual damage
to mower and engine.
The blade can be sharpened with a file
or on a grinding wheel. Do not attempt
to sharpen while on the mower.
To check blade balance, you will need a
5/8" diameter steel bolt, pin, or a cone
balancer. (When using a cone balancer,
follow the instructions supplied with
balancer.)
NOTE: Do not use a nail for balancing
blade. The lobes of the center hole may
appear to be centered, but are not.
Slide blade on to an unthreaded portion
of the steel bolt or pin and hold the
bolt or pin parallel with the ground. If
blade is balanced, it should remain in a
horizontal position. If either end of the
blade moves downward, sharpen the
heavy end until the blade is balanced.
5/8" Bolt or..
Pin
Center Hole
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BATTERY
Your tractor has a battery charging system
which is sufficient for normal use. How-
ever, periodic charging of the battery with
an automotive charger will extend its life.
Keep battery and terminals clean.
Keep battery bolts tight.
Keep small vent holes open.
Recharge at 6-10 amperes for 1 hour.
NOTE: The original equipment battery on
your tractor is maintenance free. Do not
attempt to open or remove caps or covers.
Adding or checking level of electrolyte is
not necessary.
TO CLEAN BATTERY AND TERMINALS
Corrosion and dirt on the battery and
terminals can cause the battery to "leak"
power.
1. Remove terminal guard.
2. Disconnect BLACK battery cable first
then RED battery cable and remove
battery from tractor.
3. Rinse the battery with plain water and
dry.
4. Clean terminals and battery cable ends
with wire brush until bright.
5. Coat terminals with grease or petro-
leum jelly.
6. Reinstall battery (See "REPLACING
BATTERY" in the SERVICE AND AD-
JUSTMENTS section of this manual).
TRANSAXLE COOLING
Keep transaxle free from build-up of dirt
and chaff which can restrict cooling.
V-BELTS
Check V-belts for deterioration and wear
after 100 hours of operation and replace
if necessary. The belts are not adjustable.
Replace belts if they begin to slip from wear.
ENGINE
LUBRICATION
Only use high quality detergent oil rated
with API service classification SF-SJ.
Select the oil's SAE viscosity grade
according to your expected operating
temperature.
SAE VESCOSITY GRADES
F_20 0 3O 32 4O IO0
, , , , , , , ,
C-30 =20 -10 0 10 2O 3O 40
TEMPERATURE RANGE ANTiCiPATED BEFORE NEXT OIL CHANGE
NOTE: Although multi-viscosity oils
(5W30, 10W30 etc.) improve starting in
cold weather, they will result in increased
oil consumption when used above 32°F.
Check your engine oil level more frequent-
ly to avoid possible engine damage from
running low on oil.
Change the oil after every 50 hours of op-
eration or at least once a year if the tractor
is not used for 50 hours in one year.
Check the crankcase oil level before start-
ing the engine and after each eight (8)
hours of operation. Tighten oil fill cap/
dipstick securely each time you check the
oil level.
TO CHANGE ENGINE OIL
Determine temperature range expected
before oil change. All oil must meet API
service classification SF-SJ.
Be sure tractor is on level surface.
Oil will drain more freely when warm.
Catch oil in a suitable container.
1. Remove oil fill cap/dipstick. Be careful
not to allow dirt to enter the engine
when changing oil.
2. Remove yellow cap from end of drain
valve and install the drain tube onto the
fitting.
Oil Drain Valve
Closed
and
Locked
Position
Yellow Cap
Drain Tube
3. Unlock drain valve by pushing inward
slightly and turning counterclockwise.
4. To open, pull out on the drain valve.
5. After oil has drained completely, close
and lock the drain valve by pushing
inward and turning clockwise until the
pin is in the locked position as shown.
6. Remove the drain tube and replace the
cap onto the end of the drain valve.
7. Refill engine with oil through oil fill dip-
stick tube. Pour slowly. Do not overfill.
For approximate capacity see "PROD-
UCT SPECIFICATIONS" section of this
manual.
8. Use gauge on oil fill cap/dipstick for
checking level. For accurate reading,
tighten dipstick cap securely onto the
tube before removing dipstick. Keep oil
at "FULl.:' line on dipstick. Tighten cap
onto the tube securely when finished.
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AIR FILTER
Your engine will not run properly using a
dirty air filter. Clean the foam pre-cleaner
after every 25 hours of operation or every
season. Service paper cartridge every
100 hours of operation or every season,
whichever occurs first.
Service air cleaner more often under
dusty conditions.
1. Remove knobs and cover.
TO SERVICE PRE-CLEANER
2. Wash it in liquid detergent and water.
3. Squeeze it dry in a clean cloth.
4. Saturate it in engine oil. Wrap it in
clean, absorbent cloth and squeeze to
remove excess oil.
NOTE: If very dirty or damaged, replace
pre-cleaner.
TO SERVICE CARTRIDGE
1. Clean cartridge by tapping gently on
flat surface. If very dirty or damaged,
replace cartridge.
2. Reinstall precleaner cartridge, cover
and secure with knobs.
IMPORTANT: Petroleum solvents, such
as kerosene, are not to be used to clean
the cartridge. They may cause deterio-
ration of the cartridge. Do not oil car-
tridge. Do not use pressurized air to clean
or dry cartridge.
J "_- f" Cartridge
Cover t_
Foam __
Pre-Cleaner " _--,-__'_-
NOTE: Operating the engine with a
blocked grass screen, dirty or plugged
cooling fins, and/or cooling shrouds
removed will cause engine damage due to
overheating.
ENGINE OIL FILTER
Replace the engine oil filter every season
or every other oil change if the tractor is
used more than 100 hours in one year.
MUFFLER
Inspect and replace corroded muffler and
spark arrester (if equipped) as it could cre-
ate a fire hazard and/or damage.
SPARK PLUG(S)
Replace spark plug(s) at the beginning
of each mowing season or after every
f 00 hours of operation, whichever occurs
first. Spark plug type and gap setting are
shown in "PRODUCT SPECIFICATIONS"
section of this manual.
IN-LINE FUEL FILTER
The fuel filter should be replaced once
each season. If fuel filter becomes
clogged, obstructing fuel flow to carbu-
retor, replacement is required.
1. With engine cool, remove filter and
plug fuel line sections.
2. Place new fuel filter in position in fuel
line with arrow pointing towards carbu-
retor.
3. Be sure there are no fuel line leaks and
clamps are properly positioned.
4. Immediately wipe up any spilled gaso-
line.
CLEAN AIR SCREEN
Air screen must be kept free of dirt and
chaff to prevent engine damage from
overheating. Clean with a wire brush or
compressed air to remove dirt and stub-
born dried gum fibers.
CLEAN AIR INTAKE/COOLING AREAS
To insure proper cooling, make sure the
grass screen, cooling fins, and other exter-
nal surfaces of the engine are kept clean
at all times.
Every 100 hours of operation (more often
under extremely dusty, dirty conditions),
remove the blower housing and other cool-
ing shrouds. Clean the cooling fins and
external surfaces as necessary. Make sure
CLEANING
Clean engine, battery, seat, finish, etc.
of all foreign matter.
Keep finished surfaces and wheels free
of all gasoline, oil, etc.
Protect painted surfaces with auto-
motive type wax.
We do not recommend using a garden
hose or pressure washer to clean your
tractor unless the engine and transmis-
sion are covered to keep water out. Water
in engine or transmission will shorten the
useful life of your tractor. Use compressed
air or a leaf blower to remove grass,
leaves and trash from tractor and mower.
the cooling shrouds are reinstalled. 20
_WARNING: TO AVOID SERIOUS BEFORE PERFORMING ANY SER-
INJURY,
VICE OR ADJUSTMENTS:
1. Depress clutch/brake pedal fully and set parking brake.
2. Place gearshift lever in neutral (N) position.
3. Place attachment clutch in "DISENGAGED" position.
4. Turn ignition key to "STOP" and remove key.
5. Make sure the blades and all moving parts have completely stopped.
6. Disconnect spark plug wire from spark plug and place wire where it cannot
come in contact with plug.
TRACTOR
TO REMOVE MOWER
Mower will be easier to remove from the
right side of tractor.
1. Place attachment clutch in "DISEN-
GAGED" position.
2. Move attachment lift lever forward to
lower mower to its lowest position.
3. Roll belt off engine pulley.
4. Remove small retainer spring, and
remove clutch spring off pulley bolt.
5. Remove large retainer spring, slide
collar off and push housing guide out
of bracket.
6. Disconnect anti-sway bar from chassis
bracket by removing retainer spring.
7. Disconnect suspension arms from rear
deck brackets by removing retainer
springs.
8. Disconnect front links from deck by
removing retainer springs.
9. Raise lift lever to raise suspension
arms. Slide mower out from under trac-
tot.
Small Retainer
Clutch Spring --
Small Retainer
Clutch Spring _
Spring _ _-
Retainer
Spring
IMPORTANT: If an attachment other than
the mower deck is to be mounted on the
tractor, remove the front links and hook
the clutch spring Into square hole in frame.
TO INSTALL MOWER
1. Raise attachment lift lever to its highest
position.
2. Slide mower under tractor with deflec-
tor shield to right side of tractor.
3. Lower lift lever to its lowest position.
4. Connect front links to mower deck and
secure with retainer springs.
5. Connect suspension arms to rear
deck brackets and secure with retainer
springs.
6. Connect anti-sway bar to chassis
bracket and secure with retainer spring.
7. Push clutch cable housing guide into
bracket, slide collar onto guide and
secure with large retainer spring.
8. Place flat washer and clutch spring on
idler pulley bolt and secure with small
retainer spring.
9. Install belt onto engine pulley.
Flat Washer
_.'_;_ _-_ Square Hole
Engine
Pulley
Anti-Sway
Bar
Collar
Housir
Guide \
Large Retainer
Spring Bracket
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Retainer Springs
(Both Sides)
\
Deflector
/Shield
TO LEVEL MOWER HOUSING
Adjust the mower while tractor is parked
on level ground or driveway. Make sure
tires are properly inflated (See "PROD-
UCT SPECIFICATIONS" section of this
manual). If tires are over or underin-
flated, you will not properly adjust your
mower.
SIDE-TO-SIDE ADJUSTMENT
Raise mower to its highest position.
At the midpoint of both sides of mower,
measure height from bottom edge of
mower to ground. Distance "A" on both
sides of mower should be the same or
within 1/4" of each other.
If adjustment is necessary, make adjust-
ment on one side of mower only.
To raise one side of mower, tighten lift
link adjustment nut on that side.
To lower one side of mower, loosen lift
link adjustment nut on that side.
NOTE: Each full turn of adjustment nut
will change mower height about 1/8".
Recheck measurements after adjusting.
Bottom edge Bottom edge of
mower to ground
of mower to r_-_
ground x___/i
A_U-_JGround Line _7-J_A
nArm
LAid_uLi,trekent Nut_
FRONT-TO-BACK ADJUSTMENT
IMPORTANT: Deck must be level side-to
side. If the following front-to-back adjust-
ment is necessary, be sure to adjust both
front links equally so mower will stay level
side-to-side.
To obtain the best cutting results, the
mower housing should be adjusted so
that the front is approximately 1/8" to 1/2"
lower than the rear when the mower is in
its highest position.
Check adjustment on right side of tractor.
Measure distance "D" directly in front and
behind the mandrel at bottom edge of
mower housing as shown.
Before making any necessary adjust-
ments, check that both front links are
equal in length.
If links are not equal in length, adjust
one link to same length as other link.
To lower front of mower loosen nut "E"
on both front links an equal number of
turns.
When distance "D" is 1/8" to 1/2"
lower at front than rear, tighten nuts "F"
against trunnion on both front links.
To raise front of mower, loosen nut "F"
from trunnion on both front links. Tighten
nut "E" on both front links an equal num-
ber of turns. The two front links must
remain equal in length.
When distance "D" is 1/8" to 1/2" lower
at front than rear, tighten nut "F" against
trunnion on both front links.
Recheck side-to-side adjustment.
Both Front Links Should be Equal in Length
NL _t"E"
mru
Front Links
TO REPLACE MOWER BLADE DRIVE
BELT
The mower blade drive belt may be re-
placed without tools. Park the tractor on
level surface. Engage parking brake.
BELT REMOVAL -
1. Remove mower from tractor (See "TO
REMOVE MOWER" in this section of
manual).
2. Work belt off both mandrel pulleys and
idler pulleys.
3. Pull belt away from mower.
BELT INSTALLATION -
1. Work belt around both mandrel pulleys
and idler pulleys
2. Make sure belt is in all pulley grooves
and inside all belt guides.
3. Install mower (See "To Install Mower" in
this section of this manual).
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With parking brake "Engaged"
Mandrel _
Nut
Arm
Pulley
TO CHECK AND ADJUST BRAKE
Your tractor is equipped with an adjustable
brake system which is mounted on the
right side of the transaxle.
If tractor requires more than five (5) feet to
stop at highest speed in highest gear on a
level, dry concrete or paved surface, then
brake must be checked and adjusted.
TO CHECK BRAKE
1. Park tractor on a level, dry concrete or
paved surface, depress clutch/brake
pedal all the way down and engage
parking brake.
2. Place gear shift lever in neutral (N)
position.
The rear wheels must lock and skid when
you try to manually push the tractor for-
ward. If the rear wheels rotate, the brake
needs to be adjusted or the pads need to
be replaced.
TO ADJUST BRAKE
1. Depress clutch/brake pedal all the way
down and engage parking brake.
2. Measure distance between brake oper-
ating arm and nut "A" on brake rod.
3. If distance is other than 1-1/2", loosen
jam nut and turn nut "A" until distance
becomes 1-1/2". Retighten jam nut
against nut "A".
4. Road test tractor for proper stopping
distance as stated above. Readjust
if necessary. If stopping distance is
still greater than five (5) feet in highest
gear, further maintenance is neces-
sary. Replace brake pads or contact a
Sears or other qualified service center.
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TO REPLACE MOTION DRIVE BELT
Park the tractor on level surface. Engage
parking brake. For assistance, there is a
belt installation guide decal on bottom side
of left footrest.
BELT REMOVAL -
1. Remove mower (See "TO REMOVE
MOWER" in this section of manual).
NOTE: Observe entire motion drive belt
and position of all belt guides and keepers.
2. Remove belt from stationary idler and
clutching idler.
3. Remove belt downward from around
engine pulley.
4. Pull belt slack toward rear of tractor.
Remove belt upwards from transaxle
pulley by deflecting belt keepers.
5. Remove belt from center span keeper
and pull belt away from tractor.
BELT INSTALLATION -
1. Carefully work new belt down between
transaxle belt keepers and onto the
input pulley.
2. Slide belt into the center span keeper.
3. Pull belt toward front of tractor and roll
around the top groove of engine pulley.
4. Install belt through stationary idler and
clutching idler.
5. Make sure belt is in all pulley grooves
and inside all belt guides and keepers.
6. Install mower (See "TO INSTALL
MOWER" in this section of manual).
Engine Pulley--
Clutching Idle r-----.._
Stationary Idler-
Center Span
Keeper
Transaxle
Pulley _
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TRANSAXLE GEAR SHIFT LEVER NEU-
TRAL ADJUSTMENT
The transaxle should be in neutral when
the gear shift lever is in neutral (N) (lock
gate) position. The adjustment is preset
at the factory; however, if adjustment is
needed, proceed as follows:
1. Make sure transaxle is in neutral (N).
NOTE: When the tractor rear wheels move
freely, the transaxle is in neutral.
2. Loosen adjustment bolt in front of the
right rear wheel.
3. Position the gear shift lever in the neu-
tral (N) position.
4. Tighten adjustment bolt securely.
NOTE: If additional clearance is needed
to get to adjustment bolt, move mower
deck height to the lowest position.
Gearshift Lever Neutral Lock Gate
Adjustment Bolt
TO ADJUST STEERING WHEEL ALIGN-
MENT
If steering wheel crossbars are not
horizontal (left to right) when wheels are
positioned straight forward, remove steer-
ing wheel and reassemble with crossbars
horizontal. Tighten securely.
FRONT WHEEL TOE-IN/CAMBER
The front wheel toe-in and camber are not
adjustable on your tractor. If damage has
occurred to affect the front wheel toe-in or
camber, contact a Sears or other qualified
service center.
TO REMOVE WHEEL FOR REPAIRS
1. Block up axle securely.
2. Remove axle cover, retaining ring and
washers to allow wheel removal (rear
wheels have a square key - Do not
lose).
3. Repair tire and reassemble.
NOTE: On rear wheels only: align
grooves in rear wheel hub and axle. Insert
square key.
4. Replace washers and snap retaining
ring securely in axle groove.
5. Replace axle cover.
NOTE: To seal tire punctures and prevent
flat tires due to slow leaks, purchase and
use tire sealant from Sears. Tire sealant
also prevents tire dry rot and corrosion. 24
Washers
Retaining
Rin
Axle
Cover
I
Square Key
(Rear Wheel Only)
TO START ENGINE WITH AWEAK BAT-
TERY
_WARNING: Lead-acid batteries gen-
erate explosive gases. Keep sparks, flame
and smoking materials away from bat-
teries. Always wear eye protection when
around batteries.
If your battery is too weak to start the
engine, it should be recharged. (See "BAT-
TERY" in the MAINTENANCE section of
this manual).
If "jumper cables" are used for emergency
starting, follow this procedure:
IMPORTANT: Your tractor is equipped
with a 12 volt system. The other vehicle
must also be a 12 volt system. Do not use
your tractor battery to start other vehicles.
TO ATTACH JUMPER CABLES -
1. Connect one end of the RED cable
to the POSITIVE (+) terminal of each
battery(A-B), taking care not to short
against tractor chassis.
2. Connect one end of the BLACK cable
to the NEGATIVE (-) terminal (C) of
fully charged battery.
3. Connect the other end of the BLACK
cable (D) to good chassis ground,
away from fuel tank and battery.
TO REMOVE CABLES, REVERSE
ORDER -
1. BLACK cable first from chassis and
then from the fully charged battery.
2. RED cable last from both batteries.
Weak or Dead Fully Charged
Battery Battery
REPLACING BATTERY
A(_WARNING: Do not short battery
terminals by allowing a wrench or any
other object to contact both terminals at
the same time. Before connecting battery,
remove metal bracelets, wristwatch bands,
rings, etc.
Positive terminal must be connected
first to prevent sparking from accidental
grounding.
1. Lift hood to raised position.
2. Remove terminal guard.
3. Disconnect BLACK battery cable
then RED battery cable and carefully
remove battery from tractor.
4. Install new battery with terminals in
same position as old battery.
5. Reinstall terminal guard.
6. First connect RED battery cable to
positive (+) battery terminal with hex
bolt and keps nut as shown. Tighten
securely.
7. Connect BLACK grounding cable to
negative (-) battery terminal with re-
maining hex bolt and keps nut. Tighten
securely
8. Close terminal access doors.
9. Close hood. Hex Bolt
Keps Nut
TO REMOVE HOOD AND GRILL AS-
SEMBLY
1. Raise hood.
2. Unsnap headlight wire connector.
3. Stand in front of tractor. Grasp hood at
sides, tilt toward engine and lift off of
tractor.
4. When replacing hood, be sure to re-
connect the headlight wire connector.
Hood
Terminal
Access ,_,_'/-_ ,,'
Door '
Positive
Terminal
Guard
Cable
,Negative
(Black)
Cable
TO REPLACE HEADLIGHT BULB
1. Raise hood.
2. Pull bulb holder out of the hole in the
backside of the grill.
3. Replace bulb in holder and push bulb
holder securely back into the hole in
the backside of the grill.
4. Close hood.
INTERLOCKS AND RELAYS
Loose or damaged wiring may cause
your tractor to run poorly, stop running, or
prevent it from starting.
Check wiring. See electrical wiring
diagram in the Repair Parts section.
TO REPLACE FUSE
Replace with 20 amp automotive-type
plug-in fuse. The fuse holder is located
behind the dash. 25
ENGINE
Maintenance, repair, or replacement of
the emission control devices and systems,
which are being done at the customers ex-
pense, may be performed by any non-road
engine repair establishment or individual.
Warranty repairs must be performed by an
authorized engine manufacturer's service
outlet.
TO ADJUSTTHROTTLE CONTROL
CABLE
The throttle control has been preset at the
factory and adjustment should not be nec-
essary. Check adjustment as described
below before loosening cable. If adjust-
ment is necessary, proceed as follows:
1. With engine not running, move throttle
control lever to fast position.
2. Check that swivel is against stop. If it is
not, loosen cable clamp screw and pull
cable back until swivel is against stop.
Tighten cable clamp screw securely.
TO ADJUST CHOKE CONTROL
The choke control has been preset at the
factory and adjustment should not be nec-
essary. Check adjustment as described
below before loosening cable. If adjust-
ment is necessary, proceed as follows:
1. With engine not running, move choke
control (located on dash panel) to full
choke position.
2. Loosen knob and remove cover as-
sembly from air cleaner.
3. Choke should be closed. If it is not,
loosen casing clamp screw and move
choke cable until choke is completely
closed. Tighten casing clamp screw
securely.
4. Replace air cleaner cover assembly
and tighten knob.
TO ADJUST CARBURETOR
Your carburetor is not adjustable. If your
engine does not operate properly due to
suspected carburetor problems, take your
tractor to an authorized service center for
repair and/or adjustment.
High speed stop is factory adjusted. Do
not adjust - damage may result.
IMPORTANT: Never tamper with the
engine governor, which is factory set
for proper engine speed. Overspeed-
ing the engine above the factory high
speed setting can be dangerous. If you
think the engine-governed high speed
needs adjusting, contact a Sears or other
qualified service center,, which has proper
equipment and experience to make any
necessary adjustments.
Swivel Clamp
Screw
Clamp Screw
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Immediately prepare your tractor for stor-
age at the end of the season or if the trac-
tor will not be used for 30 days or more.
_WARNING: Never store the tractor
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.
TRACTOR
Remove mower from tractor for winter
storage. When mower is to be stored for a
period of time, clean it thoroughly, remove
all dirt, grease, leaves, etc. Store in a
clean, dry area.
1. Clean entire tractor (See "CLEANING"
in the Maintenance section of this
manual).
2. Inspect and replace belts, if necessary
(See belt replacement instructions in
the Service and Adjustments section of
this manual).
3. Lubricate as shown in the Maintenance
section of this manual.
4. Be sure that all nuts, bolts and screws
are securely fastened. Inspect moving
parts for damage, breakage and wear.
Replace if necessary.
5. Touch up all rusted or chipped paint
surfaces; sand lightly before painting.
BATTERY
Fully charge the battery for storage.
After a period of time in storage, battery
may require recharging.
To help prevent corrosion and power
leakage during long periods of storage,
battery cables should be disconnected
and battery cleaned thoroughly (see "TO
CLEAN BATTERY AND TERMINALS" in
the Maintenance section of this manual).
After cleaning, leave cables discon-
nected and place cables where they
cannot come in contact with battery
terminals.
If battery is removed from tractor for
storage, do not store battery directly on
concrete or damp surfaces.
ENGINE
FUEL SYSTEM
IMPORTANT: It is important to prevent
gum deposits from forming in essential
fuel system parts such as carburetor, fuel
hose, or tank during storage. Also, 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 dam-
age the fuel system of an engine while in
storage.
Empty the fuel tank by starting the en-
gine and letting it run until the fuel lines
and carburetor are empty.
Never use engine or carburetor cleaner
products in the fuel tank or permanent
damage may occur.
Use fresh fuel next season.
NOTE: Fuel stabilizer is an acceptable
alternative in minimizing the formation of
fuel gum deposits during storage. Add
stabilizer to gasoline in fuel tank or stor-
age container. Always follow the mix ratio
found on stabilizer container. Run engine
at least 10 minutes after adding stabilizer
to allow the stabilizer to reach the car-
buretor. Do not empty the gas tank and
carburetor if using fuel stabilizer.
ENGINE OIL
Drain oil (with engine warm) and replace
with clean engine oil. (See "ENGINE" in
the Maintenance section of this manual).
CYLINDER(S)
1. Remove spark plug(s).
2. Pour one ounce of oil through spark
plug hole(s) into cylinder(s).
3. Turn ignition key to start position for a
few seconds to distribute oil.
4. Replace with new spark plug(s).
OTHER
Do not store gasoline from one season
to another.
Replace your gasoline can if your can
starts to rust. Rust and/or dirt in your
gasoline will cause problems.
If possible, store your tractor indoors
and cover it to give protection from dust
and dirt.
Cover your tractor with a suitable pro-
tective cover that does not retain mois-
ture. Do not use plastic. Plastic cannot
breathe which allows condensation to
form and will cause your tractor to rust.
IMPORTANT: Never cover tractor while
engine and exhaust areas are still warm.
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TROUBLESHOOTING CHART:
See appropriate section in manual unless directed to Sears service center
PROBLEM
iWill not start
Hard to start
Engine will not
turn over
iEngine clicks but
iwill not start
CAUSE CORRECTION
1. Out of fuel.
2. Engine not "CHOKED"
properly.
3. Engine flooded.
4. Bad spark plug.
5. Dirty air filter.
6. Dirty fuel filter.
7 Water in fuel.
8. Loose or damaged wiring.
9. Carburetor out of adjustment.
10. Engine valves out of
adjustment.
1. Dirty air filter.
2. Bad spark plug.
3. Weak or dead battery.
4. Dirty fuel filter.
5. Stale or dirty fuel.
6. Loose or damaged wiring.
7. Carburetor out of adjustment.
8. Engine valves out of
adjustment.
1. Clutch/brake pedal not
depressed.
2. Attachment clutch is engaged.
3. Weak or dead battery.
4. Blown fuse.
5. Corroded battery terminals.
6. Loose or damaged wiring.
7. Faulty ignition switch.
8. Faulty solenoid or starter.
9. Faulty operator presence
switch(es).
1. Weak or dead battery.
2. Corroded battery terminals.
3. Loose or damaged wiring.
4. Faulty solenoid or starter.
1. Fill fuel tank.
2. See "TO START ENGINE"
in Operation section.
3. Wait several minutes
before attempting to start.
4. Replace spark plug.
5. Clean/replace air filter.
6. Replace fuel filter.
7. Empty fuel tank and carbure-
tor, refill tank with fresh gas-
oline and replace fuel filter.
8. Check all wiring.
9. See "To Adjust Carburetor"
in Service and Adjustments
section.
10. Contact a Sears or other
qualified service center.
1. Clean/replace air filter.
2. Replace spark plug.
3. Recharge or replace battery.
4. Replace fuel filter.
5. Empty fuel tank and refill tank
with fresh, clean gasoline.
6. Check all wiring.
7. See "To Adjust Carburetor"
in Service and Adjustments
section.
8. Contact a Sears or other
qualified service center.
1. Depress clutch/brake pedal.
2. Disengage attachment clutch.
3. Recharge or replace battery.
4. Replace fuse.
5. Clean battery terminals.
6. Check all wiring.
7. Check/replace ignition switch.
8. Check/replace solenoid or
starter.
9. Contact a Sears or other
qualified service center.
1. Recharge or replace battery.
2. Clean battery terminals.
3. Check all wiring.
4. Check/replace solenoid or
starter.
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TROUBLESHOOTING CHART:
See appropriate section in manual unless directed to Sears service center
CAUSE
1. Cutting too much grass/too 1.
fast.
2. Throttle in "CHOKE" position. 2.
3. Build-up of grass, leaves 3.
and trash under mower.
4. Dirty air filter. 4.
5. Low oil level/dirty oil. 5.
6. Faulty spark plug. 6.
7. Dirty fuel filter. 7.
8. Stale or dirty fuel. 8.
9. Water in fuel. 9.
10. Spark plug wire loose.
11. Dirty engine air screen/fins.
12. Dirty/clogged muffler.
13. Loose or damaged wiring.
14. Carburetor out of adjustment.
PROBLEM
Loss of power
CORRECTION
Raise cutting height/reduce
speed.
Adjust throttle control.
Clean underside of mower
housing.
Clean/replace air filter.
Check oil level/change oil.
Clean and regap or change
spark plug.
Replace fuel filter.
Empty fuel tank and refill tank
with fresh, clean gasoline.
Empty fuel tank and carbure-
tor, refill tank with fresh gas-
oline and replace fuel filter.
10. Connect and tighten spark
plug wire.
11.Clean engine air screen/fins.
12. Clean/replace muffler.
13.Check all wiring.
14. See "To Adjust Carburetor"
Excessive
vibration
Engine continues
to run when
operator leaves
seat with attach-
ment clutch
engaged
Poor cut -uneven
15. Engine valves out of
adjustment.
1. Worn, bent or loose blade.
2. Bent blade mandrel.
3. Loose/damaged part(s).
1. Faulty operator-safety
presence control system.
2.
3.
4.
5.
Worn, bent or loose blade.
Mower deck not level.
Buildup of grass, leaves,
and trash under mower.
Bent blade mandrel.
Clogged mower deck vent
holes from buildup of grass,
leaves, and trash around
mandrels.
in Service and Adjustments
section.
15. Contact a Sears or other
qualified service center.
1. Replace blade.
Tighten blade bolt.
2. Contact a Sears or other
qualified service center.
3. Tighten loose part(s).
Replace damaged parts.
Check wiring, switches and
connections. If not corrected
contact Sears or other
qualified service center.
1. Replace blade. Tighten
blade bolt.
2. Level mower deck.
3. Clean underside of mower
housing.
4. Contact a Sears or other
qualified service center.
5. Clean around mandrels to
open vent holes.
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TROUBLESHOOTING CHART:
See appropriate section in manual unless directed to Sears service center
PROBLEM
Mower blades will
not rotate
Poor grass
discharge
Headlight(s) not
working
(if so equipped)
Battery will not
charge
Engine "backfires"
when turning
engine "OFF"
CAUSE
1. Obstruction in clutch
mechanism.
2. Worn/damaged mower drive
belt.
3. Frozen idler pulley.
4. Frozen blade mandrel•
1. Engine speed too slow.
2. Travel speed too fast.
3. Wet grass•
4. Mower deck not level.
5. Low/uneven tire air pressure.
6. Worn, bent or loose blade•
7. Buildup of grass, leaves and
trash under mower.
8. Mower drive belt worn.
9. Blades improperly installed.
10. Improper blades used.
11 Clogged mower deck vent
holes from buildup of grass,
leaves, and trash around
mandrels•
1. Switch is "OFF".
2. Bulb(s) or lamp(s) burned out.
3. Faulty light switch•
4. Loose or damaged wiring.
5. Blown fuse.
1. Bad battery cell(s).
2. Poor cable connections•
3. Faulty regulator
(if so equipped).
4. Faulty alternator•
Engine throttle control not
set at "SLOW" position for
30 seconds before stopping
engine•
CORRECTION
1. Remove obstruction•
2. Replace mower drive belt.
3. Replace idler pulley•
4. Contact a Sears or other
qualified service center.
1. Place throttle control in
"FAST" position.
2. Shift to slower speed.
3. Allow grass to dry before
mowing•
4. Level mower deck.
5. Check tires for proper air
pressure.
6. Replace/sharpen blade•
Tighten blade bolt.
7. Clean underside of mower
housing.
8. Replace mower drive belt.
9. Reinstall blades sharp edge
down.
10. Replace with blades listed
in this manual.
11 •Clean around mandrels to
open vent holes•
1. Turn switch "ON".
2. Replace bulb(s) or lamp(s).
3. Check/replace light switch•
4. Check wiring and connections.
5. Replace fuse.
1. Replace battery•
2. Check/clean all connections•
3. Replace regulator•
4. Replace alternator.
Move throttle control to
"SLOW" position and allow
to idle for 30 seconds before
stopping engine.
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TRACTOR - - MODEL NUMBER 917.273450
SCHEMATIC
.I-
BATTERY
IGNITION
SWITCH
CLUTCH /BRAKJE
(PEDAL UP)
RED
STARTER
SOLENOID
WHETE
SEAT SWITCH
(NOT OCCUPIED)
WHITE I I i _ 1
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I _ i F
I © _BLACK II BLACK
GROUNDING
aLACK (CLUTCH OFF) ] CONNECTOR
BLACK •
D
|
A
(OPTIONAL) _ __ SPARK
BLACK IGNITION _ PLUG
UNIT _ GAP
J (2 PLUGS ON
TWIN CYL ENGINES)
CHARGENG SYSTEM OUTPUT 28 VOLTS AC @ 3600 RPM
]
FUEL I
LINE I
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J1_ AMPDC@9600RPM _ (REGULATOR DISCONNECTED
FUEL SHUT-OFF _ _A L_ EL_NLAJT_O_R_j
SOLENOID REGULATOR I I
(IF SO EQUIPPED)
NON-REMOVABLE
CONNECTIONS HEADLIGHTS
BROWN
|
D
D
D
IGNITION SWITCH
POSITION CIRCUIT "MAKE"
OFF M+G+A1 NONE
RUN/LIGHT B+A1 A2+L
RUN B+A1 NONE
START 3 + S + A1 NONE
REMOVABLE
CONNECTIONS
WIRING INSULATED CLIPS
NOTE: IF WIRING INSULATED CLIPS WERE REMOVED FOR
SERVICING OF UNIT, THEY SHOULD BE REPLACED TO
PROPERLY SECURE YOUR WIRING.
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TRACTOR - - MODEL NUMBER 917.273450
ELECTRICAL
KEY PART
NO. NO. DESCRIPTION
1 144927 Battery 12 VOLT 35 AMP
2 74760412 Bolt Hex Hd 1/4-20unc x 3/4
8 7603J Case Battery
10 145211 Bolt, Btr Front 1/4-20 x 7-1/2
11 150109 Holddown Battery Front Mount
12 145769 Nut, Push Nylon Battery Front 1/4
16 176138 Switch, Interlock Pushqn
21 183759 Harness Light Socket (W/4152j)
22 4152J Bulb Light #1156
24 4799J Cable Battery
25 146148 Cable Battery
26 175158 Fuse
27 73510400 Nut Keps Hex 1/4-20 Unc
28 145491 Cable Ground
29 121305X Switch Seat
30 175566 Switch Ign
33 140403 Key Molded Craftsman
40 179720 Harness Ign
41 71110408 Bolt BIk. Fin Hex 1/4-20Uncx1/2
42 131563 Cover Terminal
43 178861 Solenoid
45 122822X Ammeter Rectangular 15 Amp
52 141940 Protection Wire Loop
55 17490508 Screw Thdrol 5/16-18 x 1/2
NOTE: All component dimensions given in U. S.
inches 1inch = 25.4 mm
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CHASSIS AND ENCLOSURES
259
260
273
217 39
31
58 166
208
206 _3
74
208
20 23
219
208
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CHASSIS AND ENCLOSURES
KEY PART
NO, NO, DESCRIPTION
1 174619 Chassis Assembly
2176554 Drawbar
3 17060612 Screw 3/8-16 x 3/4
5 155272 Bumper Hood/Dash
9 168337X013 Dash
10 STD533710 Bolt, Carriage 3/8-16 x 1
11 174996 Panel, Dash, LH.
13 172105X010 Panel, Dash, R.H.
14 17490608 ScrewThdrol 3/8-16 x 1/2
17 184272X615 Hood Assembly
18 184921 Bumper Hood
20 180679 Plate Mtg Battery Fuel Tank
23 124028X Bushing, Snap, Nylon, Fuel Line
26 STD541437 Locknut, Hex, with Insert 3/8-16 Unc
28 184259 Grille/Lens Asm
30 179131 X615 Fend/Ftrest
31 139976 Bracket, Fender Support
37 17490508 ScrewThdrol 5/16-18 x 1/2
38 175710 Pivot Bracket Assembly
39 174714 Bracket Pivot
58 187145 Air Duct B&S
60 STD533707 Bolt Rdhd Sqnk 3/8-16 UNC x 3/4
64 154798 Dash Lower STLT
74 STD541437 Nut Crownlock 3/8-16 UNC
90 124346X Nut Self-Thd Wsh-Hd 1/4
114 158112 Keeper Belt Rear Lh Stl
115 17060620 Screw 3/8-16 x 1-1/4
142 175702 Plate Reinforcement STLT
143 154966 Bracket Swaybar Chassis
144 175582 Bracket Pnt Footrest STLT
145 156524 Rod Pivot Chassis/Hood
159 179950X428 Cupholder
166 171875 Screw Hwhd Hi-Lo #13-16 x 3/4
206 170165 Bolt Shoulder 5/16-18TT
207 17670508 ScrewThdrol 5/16-18 x 1/2
208 17670608 ScrewThdrol 3/8-16 x 1/2
209 17000612 Screw Hex Wsh Thdr 3/8-16 x 3/4
211 145212 Nut Hexflange Lock
217 179132X428 Console FueIWindow
219 17000512 Screw 5/16-18 x 3/4
258 184264X599 Lens Laser RH
259 184263X599 Lens Laser LH
260 184262X428 Cover Lens Laser
263 184265 Bezel Grille LH
264 184266 Bezel Grille RH
272 185923X428 Vent Hood Laser I11RH
273 185922X428 Vent Hood Laser I11LH
274 184260X428 Insert Grille LH
275 184261X428 Insert Grille RH
- - 5479J Plug BTN .359 Dia.
NOTE: All component dimensions given in U. S.
inches 1inch = 25.4 mm
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GROUND DRIVE
57
t62
168
5 156 166 38_
t8 39_
35
2t2
70 116
25
_. 151
51
37
34
53
26 27
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GROUND DRIVE
KEY PART KEY PART
NO. NO. DESCRIPTION NO. NO, DESCRIPTION
1 Transaxle (See Breakdown) 64 71170764
Peerless 206-545C 65 STD551143
2146682 Spring, Return, Brake 66 154778
3 123666X Pulley, Transaxle 70 134683
4 12000028 Ring, Retainer 74 137057
5 121520X Strap, Torque 75 121749X
6 17060512 Screw 5/16-18 x 3/4 76 STD581075
8 165866 Red Shifter Fender STLT 77 123583X
10 STD561210 Pin, Cotter 78 121748X
11 105701X Washer, Shift Plate 79 STD580025
13 74550412 Bolt 1/4-28 UNF W/Patch Gr. 8 80 145090
14 10040400 Washer Lock Hvy Helical 81 165592
16 73800500 Nut Lock Hx W/Ins 5/16-18 82 165711
18 STD523710 Bolt Fin Hex 3/8-16UNC x 1 Gr 5 83 19171216
19 STD541437 Nut 84 166231
21 106933X Knob 85 150360
22 130804 Rod, Brake 89 158391X428
24 STD541237 Nut 90 124346X
25 106888X Spring, Brake Rod 96 STD624003
26 STD551037 Washer 112 19091210
27 STD561210 Pin 113 127285X
28 175765 Red, Parking Brake 116 72140608
29 71673 Cap, Parking Brake 120 73900600
30 169592 Bracket, Transaxle 145 74490540
32 STD523107 Bolt 150 175456
34 175578 Shaft Assembly, Foot Pedal 151 19133210
35 120183X Bearing, Nylon 156 166002
36 STD551062 Washer 158 165589
37 STD571810 Roll Pin 159 183900
38 179114 Pulley, Composite, Flat 161 72140406
39 74760648 Bolt, Fin Hex 3/8-16 x 3 162 73680400
41 175556 Keeper, Belt, Idler 163 74780416
47 127783 Pulley, Idler, V-Groove, Plastic 164 19091010
48 154407 Bellcrank Clutch Grnd Dry Stl 165 165623
49 123205X Retainer, Belt 166 166880
50 72110612 Bolt Cart. Sh. 3/8-16 x 1-1/2 Gr. 5 168 165492
51 STD541437 Nut Crown Lock 3/8-16 UNC 169 165580
52 STD541431 Nut Crown Lock 5/16-18 UNC 170 178394
53 105710X Link, Clutch 197 169613
55 105709X Spring, Clutch Return 198 169593
56 17060620 Screw 3/8-16 x 1-1/4 202 72110614
57 130801 V-Belt, Ground Drive 212 145212
59 169691 Keeper, Belt, Center Span
61 17120614 Screw 3/8-16 x .875
62 8883R Cover, Pedal
63 175410 Pulley, Engine
Bolt, Hex 7/16-20 x 4 Grade 5
Washer
Keeper, Belt, Engine, Fool-Proof
Guide, Mower Drive Belt, R.H.
Spacer, Axle
Washer 25/32 x 1-1/4 x 16 Ga.
E-Ring
Key, Square 2.0 x .1845/.1865
Washer 25/32 x 1-5/8 x 16 Ga
Key Woodruff
Arm, Shift
Shaft Asm Cross Tapered 650 20
Spring, Torsion
Washer 17/32 x 3/4 x 16 Ga.
Link Transaxle
Nut, Nylock
Console, Shift, STLT
Nut, Self-Thding, Wsh Hd 1/4
Retainer Spring 1"
Washer 9/32 x 3/4 x 10 Ga.
Strap Torque 90 Degrees
Bolt Rdhd Sqneck 3/8-16 x 1
Nut Lock Fig. 3/8-16
Bolt, Hex Flghd 5/16-18 Gr. 5
Spacer Retainer
Washer 13/32 x 2 x 10 Ga.
Washer Srrted 5/161D x 1.125
Bracket Shift Mount
Hub Shift
Bolt Rdhd Sqnk 1/4-20 x 3/4 Gr.5
Nut Crownlock 1/4-20 Uric
Bolt Hex Fin 1/4-20Unc x 1 Gr 5
Washer 5/8 x .281 x 10 Ga
Bracket Pivot Lever
Screw 5/16-18 x 5/8
Bolt Shoulder 5/16-18 x .561
Plate Fastening Lt
Keeper Belt Transaxle Gear
Nyliner Snap-In
Washer Nyliner
Bolt Carr. SH 3/8-16 x 1-3/4 Gr. 5
Nut Hex Fig. Lock
NOTE: All component dimensions given in U. S.
inches 1 inch = 25.4 mm
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STEERING
r--_--._ 42
\88
i
15
_7
_5 29
46
3
4O
10
65
34
35
68 67 67
43
6
8
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STEERING
KEY PART
NO. NO. DESCRIPTION
1 159944X428 Steering Wheel
2 184706 Axle Assembly
3 169840 Spindle Assembly, L.H.
4 169839 Spindle Assembly, R.H.
5 6266H Bearing, Race, Thrust, Hardened
6 121748X Washer 25/32 x 1-5/8 x 16 Ga.
8 12000029 Ring, Klip
10 175121 Draglink
11 STD551137 Washer, Lock
12 73940800 Nut Hex Jam Toplock 1/2-20 Unf
13 136518 Spacer, Bearing, Axle
15 145212 Nut, Hexflange Lock
17 180641 Shaft Assembly, Steering
29 17060612 Screw 3/8-16 x 3/4
32 171888 Rod, Tie
33 19111216 Washer11/32 x 3/4 x16 Ga.
34 10040500 Washer Lock 5/16
35 73540500 Crownlock Nut 5/16-24 Unf
36 155099 Bushing, Steering
37 152927 Screw
38 159946X428 Insert, Steering Wheel
39 19182411 Washer 9/16 ID x 1-1/20D 11 Ga.
40 STD541537 Gripco Nut
41 159945 Adaptor, Steering Wheel
42 145054X428 Boot, Steering Shaft
43 121749X Washer 25/32x1-1/4x16Ga.
44 180640 Extension Shaft Steering
46 184946X505 Cap, Spindle
51 73540400 Nut Crewnlock 1/4-28
54 71130420 Bolt Hex 1/4-28 Unf x 1-1/4 Gr. 8
65 160367 Spacer Brace Axle
67 72140618 Bolt RDHD SQNK 3/8-16 x 2-1/4
68 169827 Axle, Brace
71 175146 Steering Asm
82 169835 Bracket Susp Chassis Front
87 173966 Washer Flat .781 x 1-1/2 x .14
88 175118 Bolt shoulder 7/16-20
91 175553 Clip Steering
NOTE: All component dimensions given in U. S.
inches 1 inch = 25.4 mm
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ENGINE
102
14
38
32
d
31
I
13
29
OPTIONAL EQUIPMENT
Spark Arrester
I
engine-bs intek-twin 42
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ENGINE
KEY PART
NO. NO.
1 170546
2 17720408
3
4 149723
5 159955
6 160589
8 171877
10 162797
13 165391
14 148456
16 STD551237
17 17060624
23 169837
25 145996
26 73920600
29 137180
31 179022
32 179124X428
33 123487X
37 8543R
38 181654
45 17000612
72 183906
81 73510400
DESCRIPTION
Control, Throt Paddle
Screw, Hex Thd Cut 1/4-20 x 1/2
Engine, B&S, (See Breakdown) No. 446777-0165-E1
Muffler Exhaust
Exhaust Asm. Left
Exhaust Asm. Right
Bolt 5/16-18unc x 3/4 W/Sems
Heat Shield Lt
Gasket, Muffler
Tube Drain Oil Easy
Washer Lock Ext Tooth 3/8
Screw 3/8-16 x 1-1/2
Shield, Brn/Dbr Guard
Control Choke
Nut Keps 3/8-24 Unf
Arrestor, Spark
Tank, Fuel
Cap Fuel Guage
Clamp, Hose
Line, Fuel
Plug, Oil Drain Easy
Screw Hex Wsh3/8-16 x 3/4
Screw Socket Head 5/16-18 x 1
Nut Keps Hex 1/4-20 Starter Nut
NOTE: All component dimensions given in U. S.
inches 1inch = 25.4 mm
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SEAT ASSEMBLY
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12
11
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22
21
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KEY PART
NO. NO.
1 180597
2 180166
3 71110616
4 19131610
5 1450O6
6 STD541437
7 124181X
8 17000616
9 19131614
10 180186
11 166369
12 121246X
DESCRIPTION
Seat
Bracket, Pivot, Seat
Bolt
Washer 13/32 x 1 x 10 Ga.
Clip, Push-In Hinged
Nut
Spring, Seat
Screw 3/8-16 x 1-1/2
Washer 13/32 x 1 x 14 Ga.
Pan, Seat
Knob Seat
Bracket, Switch Mounting
KEY PART
NO. NO. DESCRIPTION
13 121248X Bushing, Snap
14 72050412 Bolt, Carriage 1/4-20 x 1-1/2
15 134300 Spacer, Split .28 x.88
16 121250X Spring
17 123976X Locknut, Flange 1/4 Grade 5
21 171852 Bolt, Shoulder 5/16-18 UNC
22 STD541431 Nut
24 19171912 Washer17/32 x1-3/16 x12 Ga.
NOTE: All component dimensions given in U.S.
inches 1 inch = 25.4 mm
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DECALS
7
5
713
KEY PART
NO. NO.
1 156439
2 181572
3 186366
5 186367
6 133644
7 182136
8 186448
9 186572
10 164065
11 156368
13 146046
KEY PART
DESCRIPTION NO. NO.
Decal, Fender Danger Sears 15 160396
Decal, Engine 19 138047
Decal, Hood, R.H./LH. 20 172331
Decal, Hood Side Panel 21 179128
Decal, Maintenance 22 149516
Decal, Lower Dash - - 138311
Decal, Rplcmnt -- 165800X428
Decal, Fender, Craftsman White - - 165799X428
Decal, Strng Whl Domed - - 186319
Decal, Fender STLT Oper Inst E/S - - 186320
Decal, V-Belt Dr Sch Tractor
DESCRIPTION
Decal, Mower Drive Schematic
Decal, Battery Diehard Sears
Decal, Deck Sears
Decal, Deck
Decal, Battery
Decal, Lift Handle
Pad Footrest LH STLT
Pad Footrest RH STLT
Owner's Manual, English
Owner's Manual, Spanish
WHEELS AND TIRES
74,10
11
KEY PART
NO. NO.
1 59192
2 65139
3 177750
4 59904
5
6
7
106732X624
278H
9040H
8 106108X624
9 177751
10 7152J
11 104757X428
-- 144334
DESCRIPTION
Valve Cap, Tire
Stem, Valve
Tire, Front
Tube, Front Tire
(Net Provided, Service Item Only)
Rim, Front
Fitting, Grease (Front Wheel Only)
Bearing, Flange (Front Wheel
Only)
Rim, Rear
Tire, Rear
Tube, Rear Tire
(Net Provided, Service Item Only)
Cap, Axle
Sealant, Tire 10 oz.
NOTE: All component dimensions given in U. S.
inches 1 inch = 25.4 mm
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LIFT ASSEMBLY
38
40
13
11__ 6
12
19
13
5
13
1
3
65
15
20
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LIFT ASSEMBLY
KEY PART
NO, NO.
1 159460
2159471
3 105767X
4 12000002
5 19211621
6 120183X
7 125631X
8 122365X
11 139865
12 139866
13 4939M
15 173288
16 73350800
17 175689
18 73800800
19 139868
20 163552
31 169865
32 73540600
36 155097
37 123935X
38 17060516
40 19112410
41 155098
DESCRIPTION
Wire Asm Inner/Sprg W/plunger LT
Shaft Asm Lift RH w/Inf
Pin Groove 1 500 Zinc
E Ring #5133-62
Washer 21/32 X 1 X 21 Ga
Bearing Nylon BIk 629 ld
Grip Handle
Button Plunger Yellow
Link Lift LH Fixed Length
Link Lift RH Fixed Length
Retainer Spring
Link Front
Nut Jam Hex 1/2-13 Uric
Trunnion BIk Zinc
Nut Lock w/Wsh 1/2-13 Uric
Arm Suspension Rear
Retainer Spring
Bearing Pvt Lift
Nut Crownlock 3/8 - 24
Pointer Height Indicator
Plug Hole BIk 1.485/1.515 Dia.
ScrewThdrol 5/16-18x 1
Washer 11/32 x 1-1/2 10 Ga.
Indicator Height STLT
NOTE: All component dimensions given in U. S.
inches 1inch = 25.4 mm
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MOWER DECK
185
56
0
_'t45
/184
148
142
_06/_ _02 t03 105
_134
116
28
29 _27
42 D man-t-path sUt 4.
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MOWERDECK
KEY PART KEY PART
NO. NO. DESCRIPTION NO. NO,
1 182032 Mower Deck Assembly, 42" 56 165723
2STD533107 Bolt 59 141043
3 138017 Bracket Assembly, Sway Bar, 68 144959
Front 92 STD541437
4 165460 Bracket Sway Bar 38/42" Deck 101 136420
5 STD624008 Retainer Spring 102 71081010
6 178024 Bar Sway Deck 103 19061216
8 850857 Bolt, Hex 3/8-24 x 1.25 Gr. 8 104 STD551110
9 STD551137 Washer, Lock 105 160793
10 140296 Washer, Hardened 106 2029J
(The following blades are availa- 113 17060512
ble) 116 184219
11 134149 Blade, 42" Mulching Std 117 174873
(For mulching mowers only) 118 73930600
-- 139775 Blade, 42" Mulching Premium 119 STD551037
(For better wear when mulching 129 19131312
- - 138971 Blade, 42" Hi-Lift 130 STD523710
(For bagging or discharging) 131 STD533710
13 137645 Shaft Assembly, Mandrel, Vented 134 156941
14 128774 Housing, Mandrel, Vented 135 159765
15 110485X Bearing, Ball, Mandrel 136 155986
16 174493 Stripper, Mower Deck 138 159763
18 72140505 Bolt, Carriage 5/16-18x 5/8 139 159767
19 132827 Bolt, Shoulder 140 159768
20 159770 Baffle, Vortex 142 165890
21 STD541431 Nut Crownlock 5/16-18 UNC 143 157109
23 177563 Bracket, Deflector 144 158634
24 105304X Cap, Sleeve 145 165888
25 123713X Spring, Torsion, Deflector 146 171977
26 110452X Nut, Push 147 131335
27 130968X428 Shield, Deflector 148 169022
28 19111016 Washer 11/32x5/8x16Ga. 149 165898
29 131491 Rod, Hinge 150 19091216
30 173984 Screw Thdrol Washer Head 152 169676
31 129963 Washer, Spacer 159 STD533717
32 153535 Pulley, Mandrel 184 19131410
33 178342 Nut, Toplock, Flanged 185 188234
34 STD533717 Bolt - - 130794
36 131494 Pulley, Idler, Flat
37 STD551037 Washer 13/32 x 13/16 x 16 Ga.
40 STD541437 Nut Crownlock 3/8-16 UNC
44 140088 Guard, Mandrel, LH. - - 186917
45 STD624003 Retainer
46 137729 Screw, Thd. Roll 1/4-20 x 5/8
48 133944 Washer, Hardened
52 139888 Bolt, Shoulder 5/16-18 UNC
53 184907 Arm Assembly, Pad, Brake
54 178515 Washer, Hardened
55 155046 Arm, Idler
DESCRIPTION
Spacer, Retainer
Guard, TUV Idler
V-Belt
Nut
Mulcher Cover
Screw Pan HD Phillip 10-24 x 5/8
Washer #10
Washer, Lock
Latch Assembly, Bagger
Nut, Weld
Screw 5/16-18 x 3/4
Bolt, Shoulder
Wheel, Gauge
Nut, Centerlock 3/8-16
Washer 3/8 x 7/8 x 14 Ga.
Washer 13/32 x 13/16 x 12 Ga.
Bolt, Fin Hex 3/8-16 unc x 1 Gr. 5
Bolt, Rdhd Sqnk 3/8-16UNC x 1
Pin Head Rivet
Bracket Asm. WhL Ga. Rear LH
Bar Adjusting Gauge Wheel
Bracket Asm. WhL Ga. Rear RH
Bracket Asm. WhL Ga. Front RH
Bracket Asm. WhL Ga. Front LH
Arm Spring Brake Mower
Bracket Arm Idler 42"
Keeper Belt 42" Clutch Cable
Pulley Idler Flat
Bolt Carriage Idler
Spring Extension
Spring Return Idler
Retainer Spring Yellow Zinc
Washer 9/32 x 3/4 x 16 Ga.
Cable Clutch 42 In
Bolt Rdhd Sqn 3/8-16Unc x 1-3/4
Washer 13/32 x 7/8 x 10 Ga.
Head Assembly, Clutch
Mandrel Assembly (Includes
Housing, Shaf and Shaft
Hardware Only-Pulley not
included)
Replacement Mower, Complete
(Std. Deck-Order separately
mulcher cover and gauge wheel
components key nos. 101 - 106
and 5, 134, 136, 116 - 119).
NOTE: All component dimensions given in U. S.
inches 1 inch = 25.4 mm
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PEERLESS TRANSAXLE--MODEL NUMBER 206-545C
35A
8
157
47 _,,,,31A
15
18
4
/
34
79
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PEERLESS TRANSAXLE--MODEL NUMBER 206-545C
KEY PART KEY PART
NO. NO. DESCRIPTION NO. NO, DESCRIPTION
1 772147 Transaxle Cover 39 786026 Dowel Pin
2780086A Needle Bearing 5/8" 40 792076A Flat Washer .312 ID x .059W
3 770128 Transaxle Case 41A 790079 Brake Lever
4 776395 Countershaft 42 792073A Screw 1/4 - 20 x 1-1/4"
5 776409 Output Shaft 42A 792085A Screw 1/4 - 20 x 2 1/4"
6 778364 Spur Gear (38 teeth) 43 792075 Locknut 5 /16 - 24
6A 778369 Spur Gear (15 teeth) 44 790025 Brake Pad Holder
7 778330 Spur Gear (11 teeth) 45 786066 Spacer .2625 x 1.0
8 792180 Shift Key 46 786086 Brake Lever Bracket
8A 792047 Woodruff Key #9 47 774690 Axle (11-15 /16" Long)
9 784352 Shift Cellar 48 774691 Axle (16 - 1 /2" long)
10 784378 Shift Rod & Fork 49 778356 Spur Gear (29 teeth)
11 778334 Bevel Gear (30 teeth) 50 778338 Spur Gear (27 teeth)
12 778309 Input Bevel Pinion (13 teeth) 51 778354 Spur Gear (23 teeth)
13 778368 Bevel Gear (13 teeth) 52 778352 Spur Gear (19 teeth)
(Include. 14) 53 778350 Spur Gear (16 teeth)
14 778368 Bevel Pinion (13 teeth) 54 778346 Spur Gear (15 teeth)
(Include. 13) 56 778355 Spur Gear (11 teeth)
15 778370 Ring Gear (43 teeth) 57 778337 Spur Gear (13 teeth)
17 786188 Drive Pin 58 778353 Spur Gear (17 teeth)
18 786102 Spacer 1.130 X .695 59 778351 Spur Gear (21 teeth)
20 792077A Ball 5/16" dia 60 778349 Spur Gear (24 teeth)
21 792078 Set Screw 3/8 - 16 x 3/8" 61 778345 Spur Gear (25 teeth)
22 792079 Spring .310 OD x .625 L 65 780189 Flat Washer .563 ID x .062W
25 792073A Screw 1/4 - 20 x 1-1/4" 66 776422 Input Shaft
25A 792177 Screw 1/4-20 x 1-3/8" 67 776396 Shifter & Brake Shaft
26 792125 Retaining Ring (pkg of 2) 69 792170 Retaining Ring
27 792035 Retaining Ring 70 786187 Spacer .890
28 788040 Retaining Ring 71 788069 Square Cut Ring
29 780072 Thrust Washer .627 ID x .031W 71B 788092 "O" Ring
29A 780160 Thrust Washer .762 tD x .031W 76 780090 Flat Washer 1.128 ID x .058W
29B 780051 Thrust Washer .762 ID x .031W 77 788078A Inverted Retaining Ring
29C 780199 Anti-Rotation Washer .632 79 792144 Spring .430 OD x .5000 L
30 780108 Cup Washer 1.127 ID x .032W 82 778333 Bevel & Spur Gear (30 & 13
31 780001 Flat Washer .750 ID x .056W teeth)
(Use As Needed) 83 778338 Spur Gear (27 teeth)
31A 780195 Flat Washer .750 ID x .062W 85 792154 Oil Fill Plug
32 788083 Oil Seal 5/8" 87 788089A Oil Seal 9 /16"
34 780194 Bushing .563 150 788093A Liquid Gasket RTV Silicone
35 780193 Flanged Bushing 5 /8" ID 157 788088A Oil Seal 3/4"
35A 780197 Flanged Bushing .751 180 730229A Gear Oil 80W90
36 790075 Brake Disk 900 794712 Replacement MST
37 790007 Brake Pad Plate 206-545C Transaxle
38 799021 Brake Pad (pkg of 2) NOTE: All component dimensions given in
U.S. inches 1 inch = 25.4 mm
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BRIGGS & STRATTON ENGINE-MODEL NUMBER 446777, TYPE NUMBER 0165-E1
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447 ;5 _46 _
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1019 LABEL KIT
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1058 OWNER'S MANUAL
1036 EMISSION LABEL
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447
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1095 VALVE GASKETSET
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BRIGGS & STRATTON ENGINE-MODEL NUMBER 446777, TYPE NUMBER 0165-E1
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387 628 _
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121 CARBURETOR OVERHAUL KIT
51 _._^(_^ 276 @
633
987
104 672
105 1123 @
117 _' 1124
137 0
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552 _)
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552A
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977 CARBURETOR GASKET SET
633
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108
633
11o9W
105 [_
975 J 137 _)
1123 _ _
160 _ 1127
117 _ 276 @
118 _
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TRACTOR - - MODEL NUMBER 917.273450
BRIGGS & STRATTON ENGINE-MODEL NUMBER 446777, TYPE NUMBER 0165-E1
74it
363
789A
695
48
78o
358 ENGINE GASKET KIT
20@
163
276 @
868
943 @
1022
524
691
30_J
802
797
697
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TRACTOR - - MODEL NUMBER 917.273450
BRIGGS & STRATTON ENGINE-MODEL NUMBER 446777, TYPE NUMBER 0165-E1
KEY PART KEY PART
NO. NO. DESCRIPTION NO. NO, DESCRIPTION
694001
499585
3 391086
4 690069
5 697580
5A 697581
7 693997
8 499601
9 690937
10 690960
11 690942
12 697227
13 690360
15 690946
16 691046
20 690947
22 694966
23 691053
24 222698
25 697679
25 697680
25 697681
25 697682
26 697683
26 697684
26 697685
26 697686
27 690975
28 690229
29 499583
32 690976
33 697576
34 499597
35 690963
36 690963
40 690964
42 499586
45 690977
46 690978
48 692714
50 695241
51
53 690951
54 695240
73 691055
74 691057
75 691056
89 690283
95 690718
98 499802
104 690984
105 690985
108 690986
o+
Cylinder Assembly 117 690232
Kit-Bushing/Seal (Magneto 118 690989
Side) 121 499811
Seal-Oil (Magneto Side) 125 499804
Sump-Engine 130 690993
Head-Cylinder (Cylinder 1) 131 499805
Head-Cylinder (Cylinder2) 133 499806
Gasket-Cylinder Head 135 499803
Breather Assembly 137 690994
Gasket-Breather 141 499807
Screw (Breather Assembly) 142 499808
Tube-Breather 146 690979
Gasket-Crankcase 150 690995
Screw (Cylinder Head) 160 690996
Plug-Oil Drain 163 691001 •+
Crankshaft 165 693148
Seal-Oil (PTO Side) 187 691050
Screw (Engine Sump)
Flywheel 187A 691049
Key-Flywheel 188 690960
Piston Assembly (Standard) 192 690083
Piston Assembly (.OlO" Over- 209 697674
size) 211 691019
Piston Assembly (.O2O"Over- 212 695238
size) 213 691021
Piston Assembly (.O3O"Over- 216 691022
size) 219 696376
Ring Set-Piston (Standard) 220 690412
Ring Set-Piston (.010" Over- 222 691023
size) 227 691048
Ring Set-Piston (.020" Over- 231 690718
size) 240 695666
Ring Set-Piston (.03O"Over- 250 690957
size) 252 690956
Lock-Piston Pin 265 691024
Pin-Piston 267 695134
Rod-Connecting 276 690997 •{3+
Screw (Connecting Rod) 287 690960
Valve-Exhaust 304 695277
Valve-Intake 305 691005
Spring-Valve (Intake) 309 691262
Spring-Valve (Exhaust) 310 691263
Retainer-Valve 311 497608
Keeper-Valve 332 691059
Tappet-Valve 333 691060
Camshaft 334 691061
Short Block (446777-0027-E2 337 491055
Replacement Engine) 358 694012
Manifold-Intake
690950 {3:[: Gasket-Intake
Stud (Carburetor)
Screw (Intake Manifold)
Screen-Rotating .
Screw (Rotating Screen) {3
Washer (Flywheel)
Plug-Oil 5
Screw (Throttle Valve)
Kit-Idle Speed +
{3 Pin-Float Hinge
{3 Valve-Float Needle
Valve-Choke
{3 Jet-Main (Standard)
Jet-Main (High Altitude)
Kit-Carburetor Overhaul
Carburetor
Valve-Throttle
Kit-Throttle Shaft
Float-Carburetor
Tube-Fuel Transfer
{35 Gasket-Float Bowl
Kit-Choke Shaft
{3 Nozzle-Carburetor
Key-Timing
{35 Gasket-Nozzle
Retainer-Solenoid
Gasket-Air Cleaner
Nut (Ring Gear)
Line-Fuel (Cut to Required
Length)
Line-Fuel (Molded)
Screw (Control Bracket)
Adjuster-Rocker Arm
Spring-Governor
Spring-Governed Idle
Link-Throttle
Bracket-Choke Control
Link-Choke
Gear-Governor
Washer (Governor Lever)
Bracket-Control
Lever-Governor Control
Screw (Choke Valve)
Filter-Fuel
Retainer-Breather
Collector-Oil
Clamp-Casing
Screw (Casing Clamp)
Washer-Sealing
Screw (Dipstick Tube)
Housing-Blower
Screw (Blower Housing)
Motor-Starter
Bolt-Starter Motor
Brush Set
Nut (Flywheel)
Armature-Magneto
Screw (Magneto Armature)
Spark Plug
Set-Engine Gasket
RPM Settings: Low Speed: 1900-2100
High Speed: 3000-3200
Included in Engine Gasket Set, Key.No. 358
Included in Carburetor Overhaul Kit, Key.
No. 121
Included in Carburetor Gasket Set, Key. No.
977
Included in Valve Gasket Set, Key.No. 1095
NOTE: All component dimensions given in U.S.
inches 1inch = 25.4 mm
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BRIGGS & STRATTON ENGINE-MODEL NUMBER 446777, TYPE NUMBER 0165-E1
KEY PART KEY PART
NO. NO. DESCRIPTION NO. NO, DESCRIPTION
363 691062
383 690966
385 690960
387 808656
404 690442
405 690960
418 690999
445 695667
447 691003
447A 690960
467 691008
474 696458
501 691185
505 691029
510 497606
513 692024
523 691036
524 691032
525 691037
526 690960
544
552 690552
552A 690553
562 690311
573 691009
601 691038
615 690317
616 691045
617 691917
628 690960
633 690998
635 66538
654 690958
668 691215
672 690234
691 690657
695 693149
697 690372
703 691010
718 690959
726 499612
729 694123
741 690980
742 690328
750 696999
783 693058
788 691039
789 695050
789A 696576
797 691029
797A 693167
798 690967
801 691283
802 691286
803
Flywheel Puller
Wrench-Spark Plug
Screw (Fuel Pump)
Pump-Fuel
Washer (Governor Crank)
Screw (Back Plate)
Plate-Carburetor
Filter-Air Cleaner Cartridge
Screw (Air Guide Cover)
Screw (Air Guide Cover)
Knob-Air Cleaner
Alternator
Regulator
Nut (Governor Control Lever)
Drive-Starter
Clutch-Drive
Dipstick
Seal-Dipstick Tube
Tube-Dipstick
Screw (Regulator)
Armature-Starter
(Service with 691262 Starter
Motor)
Bushing-Governor Crank
Bushing-Governor Crank
Bolt (Governor Control Lever)
Plate-Back
Clamp-Hose
Retainer-Governor Shaft
Crank-Governor
SeaI-O Ring (Intake Manifold)
Screw (Fuel Pump Bracket)
Seal-Choke/Throttle Shaft
Boot-Sparkplug
Nut (Carburetor)
Spacer
Gasket-Carburetor Plate
Seal-Governor Shaft
Screw (Ring Gear)
Screw (Drive Cap)
Clip
Pin-Locating
Gear-Ring
Clip-Wire
Gear-Timing
Retainer-E Ring
Screw (Oil Pump Cover)
Gear-Pinion
Bracket-Fuel Pump
Harness-Wiring
Harness-Wiring
Nut (Brush Retainer)
Nut (Brush Retainer)
Screw (Rocker Arm)
Cap-Drive
Cap-End
Housing-Starter
(Service with 691262 Starter
Motor)
842 691031 • Seal-Dipstick/Tube
847 499602 Dipstick/Tube Assembly
851 493880 TerminaI-Sparkplug
855 691011 Adapter-Air
865 691012 Cover-Air Guide
865A 691014 Cover-Air Guide
865B 691015 Cover-Air Guide
868 690968 .+ Seal-Valve
914 691127 Screw (Rocker Cover)
918 694000 Hose-Vacuum
929 695239 Screw (Choke Control Bracket)
929A 691003 Screw (Choke Control Bracket)
943 690589 SeaI-O Ring (Oil Pump Cover)
947 499809 Solenoid-Fuel
965 499613 Cover-Oil Pump
967 272638 Filter-Pre Cleaner
968 499788 Cover-Air Cleaner
975 499810 Bowl-Float
977 499812 Gasket Set-Carburetor
987 691000 _:1: Seal-Throttle Shaft
1005 499603 Fan-Flywheel
1013 690954 Nipple-Oil Filter
1017 690770 Screen-Oil Pump
1019 690103 Kit-Label
1022 690971 ,+ Gasket-Rocker Cover
1023 499599 Cover-Rocker (Cylinder 1)
1023A499600 Cover-Rocker (Cylinder 2)
1024 499054 Pump-Oil
1026 690981 Rod-Push (Steel)
1026A690982 Rod-Push (Aluminum)
1027 696854 Filter-Oil
1029 690972 Arm-Rocker
1035 691042 Shaft-Pump
1036 695704 Label-Emission
1051 691265 Ring-Retaining
1058 274794 Owner's Manual
1070 691058 Screw (Flywheel Fan)
1090 691293 Retainer-Brush
1095 694013 Gasket Set-Valve
1100 690973 Pivot-Rocker Arm
1119 691183 Screw (Alternator)
1123 6909870 _L SeaI-O Ring (Solenoid Retainer)
1124 690988Q :[: SeaI-O Ring (Fuel Transfer
Tube) ....
1126 690991 Screw (Fuel TransTer iuDe)
1127 690992 Screw (Float Bowl)
1128 690990 Q Screw (Carburetor Nozzle)
1169 693140 Screw (Carburetor Cover Plate)
RPM Settings: Low Speed: 1900-2100
High Speed: 3000-3200
Included in Engine Gasket Set, Key.No. 358
Included in Carburetor Overhaul Kit, Key.No.
121
:I: Included in Carburetor Gasket Set, Key. No.
977
+ Included in Valve Gasket Set, Key.No. 1095
NOTE: All component dimensions given in U.S.
inches 1inch = 25.4 mm
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SUGGESTED GUIDE FOR SIGHTING SLOPES FOR SAFE OPERATION
O1
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_ARNING: To avoid serious injury, operate your tractor up and
down the face of slopes, never across the face. Do not mow
slopes greater than 15 degrees. Make turns gradually to prevent
tipping or loss of control. Exercise extreme caution when
changing direction on slopes.
1. Fold this page along dotted line indicated above.
2. Hold page before you so that its leR edge is vertically parallel to a tree
trunk or other upright structure.
3. Sight across the fold in the direction of hill slope you want to measure.
4. Compare the angle of the fold with the slope of the hill.
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