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Off-season Storage - Craftsman 247.397600 Operator's Manual

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Preparing The Engine
For engines stored over 30 days:
To prevent gum from forming in fuel system or on carburetor parts, run
engine until it stops from lack of fuel or add a gasoline additive to the gas
in the tank. If you use a gas additive, run the engine for several minutes to
circulate the additive through the carburetor.
An oil change is not required but if you desire to change the oil then change
while the engine is warm.
Clean engine of surface debris.


Never store lawn mower with fuel in tank indoors or in poorly ventilated
areas where fuel fumes may reach an open flame, spark, or pilot light as on
a furnace, water heater, clothes dryer, or gas appliance.
Preparing The Lawn Mower
Clean and lubricate mower thoroughly as described in the lubrication
Do not use a pressure washer or garden hose to clean your unit.
Coat mower's cutting blade with chassis grease to prevent rusting.
When handling the cutting blade, protect your hands with a pair of heavy
gloves or use a heavy rag to hold the blade.
Refer to Preparing the Engine for correct engine storage instructions.
Store mower in a dry, clean area. Do not store next to corrosive materials,
such as fertilizer.
When storing any type of power equipment in a poorly ventilated or metal storage
shed, care should be taken to rust-proof the equipment. Using a light oil or silicone,
coat the equipment, especially cables and all moving parts of your lawn mower
before storage.
The battery must be stored with a full charge. Extended storage of a
discharged battery will reduce life and capacity of the battery. For optimal
battery life, charge the battery once per month while in storage.
Remove electric start push key and keep in a safe place out of the reach of



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