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Table Of Contents; Safety Rules - Craftsman 944.360040 Owner's Manual

625 series briggs & stratton engine power-propelled 22 inch multi-cut
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TABLE OF CONTENTS

Safety Rules ......................................... 2-3
Warranty ............................................... 4-5
Assembly/Pre-Operation ......................... 6
Operation............................................ 7-11
Maintenance Schedule .......................... 12

SAFETY RULES

IMPORTANT: This cutting machine is
capable of amputating hands and feet and
throwing objects. Failure to observe the
following safety instructions could result in
serious injury or death.
Look for this symbol to point out im-
por tant safety precautions. It means
CAU TION!!! BECOME ALERT!!!
YOUR SAFE TY IS INVOLVED.
WARNING: In order to prevent ac-
ci den tal starting when setting up, trans-
port ing, ad just ing or making repairs,
always dis con nect spark plug wire and
place wire where it can not come in contact
with plug.
CAUTION: Muffl er and other engine
parts become extremely hot during
operation and remain hot after engine
has stopped. To avoid severe burns on
contact, stay away from these areas.
I. GENERAL OPERATION
• Read, understand, and follow all in struc -
tions on the machine and in the manual(s)
before starting. Be thor ough ly familiar with
the controls and the proper use of the ma-
chine before starting.
• Do not put hands or feet near or under
rotating parts. Keep clear of the dis charge
opening at all times.
• Only allow responsible individuals, who
are familiar with the in struc tions, to oper-
ate the machine.
• Clear the area of objects such as rocks,
toys, wire, bones, sticks, etc., which could
be picked up and thrown by blade.
• Be sure the area is clear of other people
before mowing. Stop ma chine if anyone
enters the area.
• Do not operate the mower when bare foot
or wearing open sandals. Al ways wear
substantial foot wear.
Maintenance ..................................... 12-15
Service and Adjustments.................. 16-17
Storage ............................................. 17-18
Troubleshooting ................................ 18-19
Repair Parts...................................... 20-29
Sears Service ..........................Back Cover
• Do not pull mower backwards unless
absolutely nec es sary. Always look down
and behind before and while moving
backwards.
• Never direct discharged material toward
anyone.
Avoid discharging material
against a wall or obstruction. Material
may richochet back toward the opera-
tor. Stop the blade when crossing gravel
surfaces.
• Do not operate the mower without proper
guards, plates, grass catcher or oth er
safety protective devices in place.
• See manufacturer's instructions for proper
operation and installation of accessories.
Only use accessories approved by the
manufacturer.
• Stop the blade(s) when crossing grav el
drives, walks, or roads.
• Stop the engine (motor) whenever you
leave the equip ment, before clean ing the
mower or unclogging the chute.
• Shut the engine (motor) off and wait until
the blade comes to complete stop before
removing grass catcher.
• Mow only in daylight or good artifi cial
light.
• Do not operate the machine while under
the infl uence of alcohol or drugs.
• Never operate machine in wet grass. Al-
ways be sure of your footing: keep a fi rm
hold on the handle; walk, never run.
• Disengage the self-propelled mech a nism
or drive clutch on mowers so equipped
before starting the engine.
• If the equipment should start to vi brate
abnormally, stop the engine (motor) and
check immediately for the cause. Vibration
is generally a warning of trouble.
• Always wear safety goggles or safe ty
glasses with side shields when op er at ing
mower.
II. SLOPE OPERATION
Slopes are a major factor related to slip & fall
accidents which can result in severe injury.
All slopes require extra caution. If you feel
uneasy on a slope, do not mow it.
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SERVICE NOTES
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