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Craftsman C459-36203 Operator's Manual

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Operator's Manual
21" LAWN MOWER
Model Nos.
C459-36203
CAUTION: Before using this
product, read this manual
and follow all safety rules
and operating instructions.
Sears Canada Inc., 290 Yonge Street, Toronto, On M5B 2C3
®
Visit our web: sears.ca
• SAFETY
• ASSEMBLY
• OPERATION
• MAINTENANCE
• PARTS LIST
769-07842A
1/30/13

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  • Page 1 Operator’s Manual ® 21” LAWN MOWER Model Nos. C459-36203 • SAFETY • ASSEMBLY • OPERATION • MAINTENANCE • PARTS LIST CAUTION: Before using this product, read this manual and follow all safety rules and operating instructions. Sears Canada Inc., 290 Yonge Street, Toronto, On M5B 2C3 769-07842A Visit our web: sears.ca...
  • Page 2: Table Of Contents

    TABLE OF CONTENTS Safe Operation Practices ..... 4 Troubleshooting ......20 Safety Symbols .
  • Page 3 SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS WarninG DanGer This machine was built to be operated according to the safe opera- This symbol points out important safety instructions which, if not tion practices in this manual. As with any type of power equipment, followed, could endanger the personal safety and/or property of carelessness or error on the part of the operator can result in serious yourself and others.
  • Page 4 SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS • The blade control handle is a safety device. Never attempt to bypass its operation. Doing so makes the safety device inopera- • Mow across the face of slopes; never up and down. Exercise tive and may result in personal injury through contact with the extreme caution when changing direction on slopes.
  • Page 5 SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS • Extinguish all cigarettes, cigars, pipes and other sources • Do not change the engine’s governor setting or over-speed the of ignition. engine. The governor controls the maximum safe operating speed of the engine. • Never fuel machine indoors because flammable vapors will accumulate in the area.
  • Page 6: Safety Symbols

    SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS safety symbOls This page depicts and describes safety symbols that may appear on this product. Read, understand, and follow all instructions on the machine before attempting to assemble and operate. Symbol Description READ THE OPERATOR’S MANUAL(S) Read, understand, and follow all instructions in the manual(s) before attempting to assemble and operate DANGER —...
  • Page 7 SLOPE GUIDE...
  • Page 8: Assembly

    ASSEMBLY IMPORTANT: This unit is shipped without gasoline or oil in the engine. Be certain to service engine with gasoline and oil as instructed in the Operation section of this manual before operating your machine. NOTE: Reference to right, left, rear and front of the lawn mower is in relation to the operating position.
  • Page 9 ASSEMBLY Grass Catcher Follow steps below to assemble the grass catcher (if needed). Make certain bag is turned right side out before assembling (warning label will be on the outside). Place bag over frame so that its black plastic side is at the bottom.
  • Page 10 ASSEMBLY Side Discharge Chute Move lever to desired position for a change in cutting height. See Figure 10. Your mower may be shipped as a mulcher. To convert to side NOTE: For mowers with low wheels, the height adjustment levers discharge, make sure grass catcher is off of the unit and rear move in the opposite direction to adjust;...
  • Page 11: Operation

    OPERATION Blade Control Recoil Starter Oil Fill Grass Catcher Deck Wash Cutting Height Cutting Height Adjustment Adjustment Lever Lever Side Discharge Cover Spark Plug Gas Cap Mulch Cover Figure 12 BLADE CONTROL DECK WASH (if equipped) The blade control is attached to the upper handle of the mower. Your mower’s deck is equipped with a water port on its surface as part Depress and squeeze it against the upper handle to operate the unit.
  • Page 12 OPERATION Gas anD Oil fill-Up IMPORTANT: This unit is shipped without gasoline or oil in the engine. Be certain to service engine with gasoline and oil as instructed in this section before operating your machine. (one 18 ounce bottle shipped with unit) First Time Use Remove oil fill dipstick (G).
  • Page 13 OPERATION startinG enGine 1. Standing behind the unit, depress the blade control handle and hold it against the upper handle as shown in Figure 14. 2. Grasp the starter handle as shown and pull slowly until resistance is felt, then pull rapidly to start engine and avoid kickback. Return it slowly to the rope guide.
  • Page 14: Maintenance

    SERVICE AND MAINTENANCE maintenanCe sCHeDUle WarninG Follow the maintenance schedule given below. This chart describes service guidelines only. Use the Service Log column to keep track of Before performing any type of maintenance/service, disengage all completed maintenance tasks. To locate the nearest Sears Service controls and stop the engine.
  • Page 15 SERVICE AND MAINTENANCE WARNING Always stop engine, disconnect spark plug wire, and ground against engine before performing any type of maintenance on your machine. Electrode GENERAL RECOMMENDATIONS • Always observe safety rules when performing any maintenance. • The warranty on this lawn mower does not cover items that have been subjected to operator abuse or negligence.
  • Page 16 SERVICE AND MAINTENANCE Check engine Oil Check oil level before each operation. Be sure oil level is maintained. Check the oil with the engine stopped and level. Remove the oil fill dipstick and wipe it clean. Insert and tighten dipstick. Remove it to check the oil level. If the oil level is near or below the lower limit mark on the dipstick, Oil Fill/ Dipstick remove the oil filler cap/dipstick, and fill with the recommended oil...
  • Page 17 SERVICE AND MAINTENANCE DeCk WasH Your mower’s deck is equipped with a water port on its surface as part of its deck wash system. Use the deck wash to rinse grass clippings from the deck’s underside and prevent the buildup of corrosive chemicals. Complete the following steps AFTER EACH MOWING: Push the mower to a level, clear spot on your lawn, near enough for your garden hose to reach.
  • Page 18: Off-Season Storage

    OFF-SEASON STORAGE WarninG 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 enGine preparinG tHe laWn mOWer For engines stored over 30 days:...
  • Page 19: Troubleshooting

    TROUBLESHOOTING WARNING Before performing any type of maintenance/service, disengage all controls and stop the engine. Wait until all moving parts have come to a complete stop. Disconnect spark plug wire and ground it against the engine to prevent unintended starting. Always wear safety glasses during operation or while performing any adjustments or repairs.
  • Page 20 PARTS LIST...
  • Page 21 21” Mulching Blade 710-1044 Hex Bolt 3/8-24 x 1.5” Lg. (Gr 8) 736-0524B Blade Bell Support 748-04096 Blade Adapter 764-04082A Grasscatcher Bag Craftsman 747-05450 Catcher Frame 946-04661A Control Cable 37.58 “ Lg. 712-04222 Sq. Nut 1/4-20 787-01818A-0637 Height Adj. Plate 631-04389A Rear Baffle (Incl.
  • Page 22: Parts List (Mower)

    PARTS LIST Craftsman Engine Model No. 128M02-0962-F1 Craftsman Mower Model No. C459.36203 48 SHORT BLOCK 1329 REPLACEMENT ENGINE 1330 REPAIR MANUAL 1058 OPERATOR’S MANUAL MSC000603- -1 128M02- -0962- -F1 02/13/2013...
  • Page 23 PARTS LIST Craftsman Engine Model No. 128M02-0962-F1 Craftsman Mower Model No. C459.36203 633A 1059 1388 1386 1387 MSC000603- -2 128M02- -0962- -F1 02/13/2013...
  • Page 24: Parts List (Engine)

    PARTS LIST Craftsman Engine Model No. 128M02-0962-F1 Craftsman Mower Model No. C459.36203 1036 EMISSIONS LABEL 1211 1210 305A MSC000603- -3 128M02- -0962- -F1 02/13/2013...
  • Page 25 PARTS LIST Craftsman Engine Model No. 128M02-0962-F1 Craftsman Mower Model No. C459.36203 121 CARBURETOR OVERHAUL KIT 633A 358 ENGINE GASKET SET 1095 VALVE GASKET SET...
  • Page 26 PARTS LIST Craftsman Engine Model No. 128M02-0962-F1 Craftsman Mower Model No. C459.36203 Ref. Ref. Part No. Description Part No. Description 799984 Short Block (Not available at this printing) 590401 Cylinder Assembly 796703 Manifold-Intake 299819s Seal-Oil (Magneto Side) 796704 Gasket-Intake 493279...
  • Page 27 PARTS LIST Craftsman Engine Model No. 128M02-0962-F1 Craftsman Mower Model No. C459.36203 Ref. Ref. Part No. Description Part No. Description 790836 Shield-Cylinder 690345 Screw (Breather Passage Cover) 690345 Screw (Cylinder Shield) 691855 Spring-Friction 690662 Nut (Flywheel) 690959 Pin-Locating 590454 Armature-Magneto...
  • Page 28 WARRANTY STATEMENT General: Craftsman products are warranted to be free from defects in materials or workmanship for a specific time period as set-out below (the “Warranty Period”). Warranties extend to the original purchaser of a Craftsman product only. Purchases made through an online auction or through any website other than www.sears.ca are excluded.
  • Page 29 02488 Trademarks of Sears Brands Management Corp. used under license by Sears Canada Marque déposée / Marque de commerce de Sears Brands Management Corp. utilisée en vertu d’une licence de Sears Canada...