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Owner's Manual
ICRRFTSMRN°I
20.0 HP
ELECTRIC START
48" MOWER
AUTOMATIC
LAWN TRACTOR
Model No.
917.272240
• Safety
• Assembly
• Operation
• Maintenance
• Repair Parts
CAUTION:
Read and follow all
Safety Rules and Instructions
before operating this equip-
ment.
For answers to your questions
about this product, Call:
1-800-659-5917
Sears Craftsman Help Line
5 am - 5 pro, Mon- Sat
Sears, Roebuck and Co., Hoffman Estates, IL 60179
Visit our Craftsman website: www.sears.condcraftsman

Summary of Contents

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    Read and follow all Safety Rules and Instructions before operating this equip- ment. Sears, Roebuck and Co., Hoffman Estates, IL 60179 Visit our Craftsman website: www.sears.condcraftsman For answers to your questions about this product, Call: 1-800-659-5917 Sears Craftsman Help Line...

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    Maintenance Schedule ... 18 LIMITED TWo YEAR WARRANTY ON CRAFTSMAN RIDING EQUIPMENT PARTS 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 found to be defective in material or workmanship.

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    IMPORTANT: This cutting m achine iscapable ofamputating throwing objects, Failure to observe the following safety instructions could result in serious injury or death. I. GENERAL OPERATION • Read, understand, and follow all instructionsin the manual and on the machine before starting. •...

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    III.CHILDREN Tragic accidents canoccur iftheoperator isnot a lert t othepresence ofchildren. Children areoften attracted tothe reachine and the mowing activity. Never assume that children will remain where you last saw there. • Keep children out of the mowing area and under the watchful care of another responsible adult.

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    • Use slow speed. Choose a low gear s o that y ou will n othave t ostop orshift while onthe slope. • Avoid starting orstopping ona slope. If tires lose traction, disengage the blades andproceed slowly s traight down t heslope. •...

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    PRODUCT SPECIFICATIONS 3ASOLINE 3.5 GALLONS CAPACITY UNLEADED _,NDTYPE: REGULAR 31LTYPE SAE 10W30 (ABOVE 32°F) SAE 5W-30 API-SF-SJ): (BELOW 32°F) 91L CAPACITY: W/FILTER: 4.5 PINTS W/OFILTER:4.0 PINTS SPARK PLUG: CHAMPION RC12YC 3AP: .030") GROUND SPEED FORWARD: 0-5.5 [MPH): REVERSE: 0-2.4 rlRE PRESSURE: FRONT: 14 PSI REAR: 10 PSI CHARGING...

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    Steering Wheel Steenng Wheel Insert Steering Sleeve Seat (1) Washer 17/32 x 1-3/16 x 12 Gauge _B) _(1) (5) Retainer Spdngs Mower (2) Retainer Springs (single loop) (4) Adjusting Bar Gauge Wheels _--_ (4) Retainer Springs LJ Y (doub,e,oop) _,. _/(4) Wheels 14) Washers _%J_ 3/5 x 3/4 x 14 Ga_""...

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    Your new tractor has been assembled atthe factory withexception ofthose p arts 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.

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    4. Push down on seat to engage shoulder belt in slot and pull seat towards rear of tractor. 5. Pivot seat end pan forward and assemble adjustment knob and fiat washer loosely. Do not tighten. 6. Lower seat into operating position and sit in seat.

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    TOA'rrACH NOSE ROLLER 1. Position brackets, 17/32 x 7/8 x 16 gauge w ashers, andnose roller between deck mounting brackets as shown. Be sure to position brackets on correct side, as shown. 2. Install hex bolts and lock nuts as shown.

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    CHECKTIRE PRESSURE The tires on your tractor were ovednflated 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 housing should be propedy leveled.

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    These symbols may appear on your tractor or in literature supplied with the product, Learn and understand their meaning. BATTERY CAUTION REVERSE WARNING ENGINE ENGINE OIL PRESSURE FUEL CHOKE MOWER HEIGHT _r_RN ATTACHMENT REVERSE NEUTRAL CLUTCH ENGAGED e_(_ ATTACHMENT KEEP AREA CLEAR IGNITION CLUTCH DISENGAGED...

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    KNOWYOURTRACTOR READ THIS OWNER'S MANUAL AND SAFETY RULES B EFORE OPERATING YOUR TRACTOR Compare theillustrations withyour t ractor tofamiliarize various controls and adjustments. Save thismanual forfuture r eference. Ignition Ammeter Brak Chok Freewheel Our tractors conform to the safety standards of the American National Standards Institute.

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    The operation ofanytractor canresult in eyes, which can result in severe eye damage. Always wear safety glasses or eye shields while operating your tractor or performing any ad ustments or repairs. We recommend a w de v s on safety mask over spectacles, or standard safety glasses.

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    The cutting height range i s approxi- mately 1-1/2 t o 4".The heights are measured 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 andtypes of grass being mowed. The average lawn should be cut to approximately 2-1/2 inches during the cool season and to over 3 inches...

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    TOWING CARTS A ND OTHER ATTACH- MENTS Tow only the attachments thatare recommended byend comply w ith specifications ofthemanufacturer ofyour tractor. Use common sense w hen t owing. Toe heavy o fa loud, w hile ona slope, is dangerous. Tires canlose traction with the ground e nd cause y outolose control ofyour t ractor.

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    AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION WARM U P Before d riving t heunit i ncold weather thetransm ssion should b ewarmed upas follows: 1. Be sure the tractor is on level ground. 2. Release the parking brake and let the brake slowly retum to operating position.

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    MAINTENANCE SCHEDULE CheckBrakeOpefat_oe 11# # CheckTire P_essure Check Operator PreSence and Intedock SYStems Check lot Lol_e Fasteners Sharpen/Replace Mowe_ Btades Lul_ication Chad Check Battery Level Clean 8at t ee/and TelTninals Check Transaxle COOling Adjust Blade Belt(s) Tension Adjust Mot_n Drive Belt(s) Tension Check Engine Oil Level I_ / Change Engine O_...

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    TRACTOR Always observe safety r ules when performing anymaintenance. BRAKE O PERATION Iftractor 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 of this manual).

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    • 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.

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    Oil Drain Valve Closed Locked Position Drain Tube 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 stubbem dded gum fibers. CLEAN AIR INTAKE/COOLING AREAS To insure proper cooling, make sure the grass screen, coolingfins, and other...

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    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 automo- tive type wax. ,_CAUTION: BEFORE PERFORMING ANY SERVICE OR ADJUSTMENTS: 1.

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    TO LEVEL MOWER HOUSING Adjust themower while tractor isparked onlevel ground o rdriveway. Make sure tires areproperly inflated ( See =PROD- UCT SPECIFICATIONS" section of this manual). If tires are over or under'inflated,you will not propedy adjust your mower. SIDE-TO-SIDE ADJUSTMENT •...

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    5. Remove anydirtorgrass c lippings which may have accumulated around mandrels and entire upper d eck surface. 6. Disconnect R.H. s uspension arm fi'om rear d eck bracket byremoving retainer spdng. 7. Carefully roll b elt o ver t hetopof R.H.

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    4. Road t est t ractor forproper stopping distance asstated a bove. R eadjust if necessary. Ifstopping distance isstill greater than six(6)feet i nhighest gear, f urther maintenance isneces- sary.Contact your n earest autho- rized service center/department. With Parking Brake "Engaged" Do Not b h this nut.

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    TO START ENGINE WITH A WEAK BATTERY _CAUTION: Lead-acid batteries generate explosive gases. Keep sparks, flame and smoking matedals away from batteries. Always wear eye protection when around battedes. If your battery is too weak to start the engine, it should be recharged. (See "BATTERY"...

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    _e_g H°°d 'oWl'e ENGINE Maintenance, repair, or replacement of the emission control devices and sys- tems, which are being done at the customers expense, may be performed by any non-road engine repair establish- ment or individual. Warranty repairs must be performed by an authorized engine manufacturer's service outlet.

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    With engine off turn idle fuel adjusting needle in (clockwise) closing it finger tight and then turn out (counterclock- wise) 1 tum. FINAL SETTING - 1. Start engine and allow to warm for five minutes. Make final adjustments with engine running and shift/motion control lever in neutral (N) position.

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    Immediately prepare your t ractor storage at the end of the season or if the tractor will not be used for 30 days or more. • I, C AUTION: Never store the trectorwith gasoline in the tank inside a building where fumes may reach an open flame or spark.

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    TROUBLESHOO_NGCHART PROBLEM CAUSE Will not start 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.

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    TROUBLESHOOTING CHART CAUSE PROBLEM Loss of power 3. Build-up of grass, leaves and trash under mower. continued) 4. Dirty air filter, 5. Low oil level/dirty oil. 6. Faulty spark plug. 7. Dirtyfuel filter. 8. Stale or dirtyfuel. 9. Water in fuel, 10.Spark plug wire loose.

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    TROUBLESHOOTING CHART PROBLEM CAUSE Poorg_ss 1. Engine speed too slow, discha_e 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, leavesand trash under mower, 8, Mower drive belt worn.

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    TRACTOR-- MODEL NUMBER 917.272240 SCHEMATIC FUSE AMMETER (OP_ON_L) CLUTO-I I BRAKE (PEDAL UP) SEATSWITCH (i_T OCCUP=EO) FUEL SHUT-OFF SOLENOID (IF SO EQUIPPED) IGNITION SWITCH REMOVABLE CONNECTIONS WIRING INSULATED NOTE: IF WIRING SERVICING OF UNIT, THEY SHOULD PROPERLY SECURE YOUR WIRING STARTER OPERATOR PRESENCE SPARK...

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    TRACTOR - - MODEL NUMBER 917.272240 ELECTRICAL...

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    TRACTOR-- MODEL NUMBER 917.272240 ELECTRICAL PART 163465 74760412 7603J 145211 150109 145769 153664 175449 886GR 146148 175158 73510400 145491 160784 175442 175447 178451 71110408 131563 175141 175548 175549 178461 17490568 175448 109748X 169639 176717 176730 176733 176732 NOTE: All component dimensions given in U.S. inches 1 inch = 25.4 mm DESCRIPTION Battery...

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    TRACTOR- - MODEL N UMBER 917.272240 CHASSIS AND ENCLOSURES...

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    TRACTOR - - MODEL NUMBER 9t7.272240 CHASSIS AND ENCLOSURES PART 174619 176554 17060612 172542)(418 STD533710 174996 175256)(010 17490608 172540)(615 126938X 156437 124028X 19131312 STD541437 174948)(418 t74944X4t8 175692X615 139976 1749(}508 175710 172549X999 Lens Lh 172544X999 Lens Rh 174993 110436X STD533707 174997 ST0541437 175702 154966...

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    TRACTOR- - MODEL NUM BER 917.272240 GROUND DRIVE...

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    TRACTOR - - MODEL NUMBER 917.272240 GROUND DRIVE PART DESCRIPTION Transaxle (See Breakdown) Hydro gear Model 323-0510 174367 Clutch Elec 74490544 BoltHexFIghd5116-18Gr, 73800500 Nut Lock Hex W/Ins. 5/16-18 Unc 126197X Washer 1-1/20D x 15/32 ID x .250 73800690 NutLockHexWhNsh 318-16Unc 173937 Batt Hex 7/16-20 x 4 x Gr, 5-1.5 175036X505 KnobCutaomCorrirolCruise...

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    TRACTOR- - MODEL NUMBER 917.272240 STEERING ASSEMBLY...

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    TRACTOR-- MODEL NUMBER 917.272240 STEERINGASSEMBLY PART 175139X418 172393 169840 169839 6266H 121748X 12000029 175121 STD551137 73940800 136518 145212 177883 17060612 1701_ 19111216 STD551131 73540500 155105 152927 175140X418 STD541537 159945 174530X41B 121749X 121232)( 160367 72140618 169827 175146 19182411 169835 173966 175118 175553 NOTE: AJIcomponent dimensions given in U.S.

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    TRACTOR - - MODEL NUMBER 917.272240 ENGINE OPTIONAL EQUIPMENT Spark Arrester...

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    TRACTOR - - MODEL NUMBER 917.272240 ENGINE PART 175439 149723 146699 146700 171877 146629 24-041-02 148456 11050600 17490624 169837 175441 73920600 137180 157103 161696 123487X 106082X 8543R 148315 109227X 17(X)0612 73510400 M73030800 164863 10010500 NOTE: All component dimensions given in U.S. inches 1 inch = 25.4 mm DESCRIPTION Control, Throttle...

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    TRACTOR - - MODEL NUMBER 917.272240 SEAT ASSEMBLY PART DESCRIPTION 175134 Seat 140551 Bracket, Pivot, Seat 71110616 Bolt 19131610 Washer 13/32 x lx 10 Gauge 145006 Clip, Push-in Hinged STD541437 124181X Spring, Seat 17000616 Screw 318-16 x 1-1/2 19131614 Washer 13/32 x 1 x 14 Gauge 174894 Pan, Seat...

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    TRACTOR- - MODEL NUMBER 917.272240 DECALS PART DESCRIPTION 177888 Decal, Hood/Seat 174969 Reflector LH. 177909 Decal, Hood, R.H. 177910 Decal, Hood, LH. 177917 Decal, Engine HP LH 133644 Decal, Customer Maintenance 177967 Decal, Lower Dash 177916 Decal, Engine HP RH 156439 Decal, Fender Danger 146046...

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    TRACTOR - - MODEL NUMBER 917.272240 LIFTASSEMBLY...

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    TRACTOR-- MODEL NUMBER 917.272240 LIFTASSEMBLY PART 176263 159476 138284 12000002 19211621 120183X 175830 175370 175371 4939M 175562 73350800 175689 73800800 163552 176205 175994 155097 123935X 17066516 19112410 155098 145212 19171416 175378 175802 175560 NOTE: All component dimensions given in U.S. inches 1 inch = 25.4 mm DESCRIPTION PlungerAssembly...

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    TRACTOR- - MODEL NUMBER 917.272240 MOWERDECK...

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    TRACTOR - - MODEL NUMBER 917.272240 MOWERDECK PART DESCRIPTION 174348 DeckWeldment Mower 48 138017 Bracket Asm., Sway Bar 4939M Retainer Spdng 130832 Arm, Suspension, Rear (Sway Bar) 174365 Bo6 7116 Asm. Blade 173920 Blade 174360 Shelf Mandrel Asm. Greaseable 174358 Housing Mandrel 116485X Beadng, Ball Mandrel...

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    _129 x.19 6-Selllant (Join! d' etlnchefle) 57-20W50 OU - 7SJ OZ (OZ de 78J20 d' Huile) 127 - Seal and O_mg Kit (Phoquo 0 So.he Jeu) ,.< ,,;o r- m 0,,,_ "4...

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    TRACTOR-- MODEL NUMBER 917.272240 HYDROGEARTRANSAXLE - - MODEL NUMBER 323-0510 PART DESCRIPTION 170351 Main Housiug, Assembly 170352 Side Housing, Assembly 170353 Center Section, Assembly 170354 Swashplate,Trunion Machined 150896 Block * Assembly 170399 Sealant 10,50z 170356 Hex Flange Screw 1/4-20 X 1.25 170357 Stud, 5/16-24 Hex Double End 170358...

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    TRACTOR -- MODEL N UMBER 9 17.272240 KOHLER ENGINE-MODEL NUMBER CV20 T YPE NUMBER 65570 CYLINDER HEAD, VALVE BREATHER _--13 t-ft I7- I--_ 22 -- o--21 14 _& 25 _...

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    TRACTOR - - MODEL NUMBER 917.272240 KOHLER ENGINE-MODELNUMBER CV2OTYPE NUMBER65570 H EADNALVE/BREATHER KEY PART NO. NO. DESCRIPTION 24-033-03-S Kit, breather cover w/gasket (includes 2,3) 24-041-23-S Gasket, breather 24-096-59-S Cover, breather M-645020 Screw, hex. flange M6xl.Ox20 X-75-23-S Plug, allen hd. 1/8" 25-351-gl-S Lifter, valve 24-755-66-S...

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    TRACTOR-- MODEL N UM BER 917.272240 KOHLER ENGINE-MODEL NUMBER CV20 T YPE NUMBER 65570 IGNITtONIELECTRICAL BLOWER HOUSING AND BAFFLES I AIR INTAKE J 14 j O---S _fll...

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    TRACTOR- - MODEL NUMBER 917.272240 KOHLER ENGINE-MODELNUMBER CV20TYPE NUMBER65570 IGNITIONICHARGING PART DESCRIPTION 54-755-15-S Kit, grass screen (Includes 2-4,and 24 113 18) M-403925-S Screw, hex. cap M4x0 7x26 X-25-92-S Washer, plain 5/16" (4) 24-112-04-S Spacer, grass screen (4) 25-086-47-S Bolt, shoulder M6 XI.0 S(4) 24-157-03-S 12-086-14-S...

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    TRACTOR-- MODEL NUMBER 917.272240 KOHLER ENGINE-MODELNUMBER CV20TYPE NUMBER65570 ENGINE CONTROLS STARTING SYSTEM I 01L PAN / LUBRICATION ills Q--2...

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    TRACTOR- - MODEL NUMBER 917.272240 KOHLER ENGINE-MODELNUMBER CV20TYPE NUMBER65570 STARTING SYSTEM KEY PART NO, NO. DESCRIPTION M-83go70-S Screw, hex. flange MSx1.25X70 24-096-05-S Cover, pinion M-839080-S Screw, hex. flange MSx1.25XS0 12-468-01-S Washer, plain 11132" (3) 25-098-07-S Starter, (Includes 6-11) 12-221-01-S Kit, brush 12-227-13-S 12-211-01-S Bolt, thru (2)

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    TRACTOR - - MODEL NUMBER 917.272240 KOHLER ENGINE-MODELNUMBER CV20TYPE NUMBER65570 EXHAUSTJ CRANKSHAFT J 2--_ FUEL SYSTEM...

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    TRACTOR-- MODEL N UMBER 9 17.272240 KOHLER ENGINE-MODEL NUMBER CV20 T YPE NUMBER 65570 CRANKSHAFT PART DESCRIPTION 24-014-42-S Crankshaft (Includes 2) 52-139-69-S Plug, cup EXHAUST PART DESCRIPTION 24-041-02-S Gasket, exhaust (2) 25-072-04-S Stud, M8x1.25x33 NOT ILLUSTRATED 24-522-62 Short Block 24-782-65 MInIblock 24-755-63-S Gasket Set...

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    SUGGESTED GUIDE FOR SIGHTING SIGHTING _.CUT"I GUIDE greater than 15°), never across the face. Make turns gradu- ally to prevent tipping or loss of control. Exercise extrame erate your Tractor up and down the face of slopes (not SLOPES FOR SAFE OPERATION ONLY RIDE UP AND DOWN HILL, NOT ACROSS HILL...

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