CAUTION: Read and follow all Safety Rules and Instructions before operating this equipment. Sears, Roebuck and Co., Hoffman Estates, II 60179 U.S.A Visit our Craftsman website:www.sears.com/craffsman engine which operates built engines. Before you start the this Owner's Manual.
Maintenance 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.
IMPORTANT: This cutting machine is capable of amputating throwing objects. Failure to observe the following safety instructions could result in serious injury or death. Look for this symbol to point out important safety precautions. It means CAUTION!!! BECOMEALERT!H SAFETY IS INVOLVED. CAUTION: In order to prevent accidental...
• Mow up and down slopes, not across. • Remove obstacles such as rocks, tree limbs, etc. • Watch for holes, ruts, or bumps. 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.
• 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.
Your new tractor has been assembled left unassembled for shipping purposes. To ensure safe and proper operation of your tractor all parts and hardware you assemble correct tools as necessary to insure proper tightness. you begin. TOOLS REQUIRED FOR ASSEMBLY A socket wrench set will make assembly easier.
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. Pivot seat upward and remove from the cardboard packing, Remove the cardboard packing and discard.
INSTALL MULCHER PLATE (If previously removed) 1. Raise and hold deflector shield in upright position. 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.
These symbols may appear on your tractor or in literature supplied with the product. Learn and understand their meaning. BATTERY CAUTION OR REVERSE FORWARD FAST SLOW WARNING ENGINE ON ENGINE OFF OIL PRESSURE LIGHTS ON OVER TEMP LIGHT FUEL CHOKE MOWER HEIGHT PARKING BRAKE UNLOCKED...
KNOW YOUR TRACTOR READ THIS OWNER'S MANUAL YOUR TRACTOR Compare the illustrations with your tractor to familiarize various controls and adjustments. Attachment Clutch Lever Ammeter Throttle/Choke Control Clutch]Brake Pedal Freewheel Control Our tractors conform to the safety standards of the American National Standards Institute.
eyes, which can result in severe eye damage. glasses or eye shields while operating your tractor or performing any adjustments or repairs. he operation of any tractor can wide vision safety mask worn over spectacles. HOW TO USE YOUR TRACTOR TO SET PARKING BRAKE Your tractor is equipped with an operator...
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.
TOWINGCARTSAND OTHERATTACH- MENTS Towonlythe attachments that recommended by and comply with specifications of the manufacturer tractor. Use common sense when towing. Too heavy of a load, while on a slope, is dangerous. Tires can lose traction ground and cause you to lose control your tractor.
AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION WARMUP Beforedrivingthe unit in cold weather, the transmissionshould be warmed up follows: 1. Be sure the tractor is on level ground. 2. Place the motion control lever in neutral. Release the parking brake and let the clutch/brake slowly return to operating position.
MOWING TIPS • Mower should be properly leveled for best mowing performance. See "TO LEVEL MOWER HOUSING" 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.
TRACTOR Always observe safety rules when performing any maintenance. BRAKE OPERATION If tractor requires more than six (6) feet stopping distance at high speed in highest gear, then brake must be ad- justed. (See "TO ADJUST BRAKE" in the Service and Adjustments section manual).
• Keep battery bolts tight. * Keep small vent holes open. • Recharge at 6-10 amperes for 1 hour. NOTE: The originalequipment 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.
8. Use gaugeon oil fill cap/dipstick for checking level. Insert dipstick into the tube and rest the oil fill cap on the tube. Do not thread the cap onto the tube when taking reading. Keep oil at "FULU' line on dipstick. Tighten cap onto the tube securely when finished.
CLEAN AIR INTAKE/COOLING To insure proper cooling, make sure the grass screen, cooling fins, and other external 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 cooling shrouds.
WARNING: TO AVOID SERIOUS SERVICE OR ADJUSTMENTS: 1. Depress clutch/brake 2. Place motion control lever in neutral (N) position. 3, Place attachment clutch in "DISENGAGED" 4. Turn ignition key "OFF" and remove key. 5. Make sure the blades and all moving parts have completely stopped. 6.
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 underinflated, you will not propedy adjust your mower.
Mandrel Idler ianq Pulley TO ADJUST BRAKE Your tractor is equipped with an adjustable brake system which is mounted of the transaxle. If tractor requires more than six (6) feet stopping distance at high speed gear on a level dry concrete or paved surface, then brake must be adjusted.
TRANSAXLE MOTION CONTROL LEVER NEUTRAL ADJUSTMENT The motion control lever has been preset at the factory and adjustment should not be necessary. 1. Loosen adjustment bolt in front of the right rear wheel, and lightly tighten. 2. Start engine and move motion control lever until tractor does not move forward or backward.
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. RED cable last from both batteries. Weak or Dead Fully Charged Battery...
ENGINE Maintenance, repair, or replacement of the emission control devices and systems, which are being done at the customers expense, may be performed by any non-road engine repair establishment or individual. Warranty repairs must be performed by an authorized engine manufacturer's sen/ice outlet. TO ADJUST THRO'n'LE CONTROL...
Immediately prepare your tractor storage at the end of the season or if the tractor will not be used for 30 days or more. CAUTION: Never store the tractor with gasoline in the tank inside a building where fumes may reach an open flame or spark.
TROUBLESHOOTING CHART: See appropriate section in manual unless directed to Sears service center CAUSE PROBLEM 1. Out of fuel. Will not start Engine not "CHOKED" properly. Engine flooded. Bad spark Dirty air filter. Dirty fuel filter. 7, Water in fuel. Loose or damaged Carburetor out of adjustment.
TROUBLESHOOTING CHART: See appropriate section in manual unless directed to Sears service CAUSE PROBLEM Loss of power Build-up and trash under mower. (continued) Dirty air filter. Low oil level/dirty 6. Faulty spark plug. 7. Dirty fuel filter. 8. Stale or dirty fuel. 9.
TROUBLESHOOTING CHART: See appropriate section In manual unless directed to Sears service center PROBLEM CAUSE Mowerbladeswill 2. Worn/damaged mower not rotate (con't) drive belt. 3. Frozen idler pulley. 4. Frozen blade mandrel. Poor grass 1. Engine speed too slow. discharge 2.
TRACTOR -- MODEL NUMBER 917,2720601 SCHEMATIC I;,ED BATTERY FUSE AMMETER w.mE IGNITION SWITCH YOUR TRACTOR IS EQUIPPED WITH A SPECIAL ALTERNATOR SYSTEM. THE UGHTS ARE NOT CONNECTED TO THE BATI'ERY, BUT HAVE THEIR OWN ELECTRICAL SOURCE. BECAUSE OF THIS, THE BRIGHTNESS OF THE LIGHTS WILL CHANGE WITH ENGINE SPEED.
TRACTOR CHASSIS AND ENCLOSURES NOTE: All component dimensions given in U.S. inches -- MODEL NUMBER 917.2720601 PART DESCRIPTION 174619 ChassisStamping 176554 Drawbar 17060612 Screw 3/8-16 x 3/4 155272 BumperHood/Dash 168337X013 Dash STD533710 Bolt, Carriage 3/8-16xl 174996 Panel, Dash, L.H. 172105X010 Panel, Dash, R.H.
SUGGESTED GUIDE FOR SIGHTING down the face of slopes, never across the face. Do not mow WARNING: To avoid serious Injury, operate your tractor up and slopes greater than 15 degrees. Make turns gradually to prevent tipping or loss of control. Exercise extreme ceutlon when changing direction on slopes.
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