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Craftsman C459-36203 Operator's Manual page 5

21” lawn mower
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Extinguish all cigarettes, cigars, pipes and other sources
of ignition.
Never fuel machine indoors because flammable vapors will
accumulate in the area.
Never remove gas cap or add fuel while engine is hot or running.
Allow engine to cool at least two minutes before refueling.
Never over-fill fuel tank. To allow for expansion of the fuel, do not
fill above the bottom of the fuel tank neck.
Replace gasoline cap and tighten securely.
If gasoline is spilled, wipe it off the engine and equipment. Move
machine to another area. Wait 5 minutes before starting engine.
Never store the machine or fuel container near an open flame,
spark or pilot light as on a water heater, space heater, furnace,
clothes dryer or other gas appliances.
To reduce fire hazard, keep machine free of grass, leaves, or
other debris build-up. Clean up oil or fuel spillage and remove any
fuel-soaked debris.
Allow machine to cool at least 5 minutes before storing.
General Service:
Never run an engine indoors or in a poorly ventilated area. Engine
exhaust contains carbon monoxide, an odorless and deadly gas.
Before cleaning, repairing, or inspecting, make certain the
blade and all moving parts have stopped. Disconnect the spark
plug wire and ground against the engine to prevent unintended
Check the blade and engine mounting bolts at frequent intervals
for proper tightness. Also, visually inspect blade for damage (e.g.,
bent, cracked, worn). Replace blade with the original equipment
manufacture's (O.E.M.) blade only, listed in the Parts pages of this
manual. Use of parts which do not meet the original equipment
specifications may lead to improper performance and compro-
mise safety!
Mower blades are sharp and can cut. Wrap the blade or wear
gloves, and use extra caution when servicing them.
Keep all nuts, bolts, and screws tight to be sure the equipment is
in safe working condition.
Never tamper with safety devices. Check their proper operation
After striking a foreign object, stop the engine, disconnect the
spark plug wire and ground against the engine. Thoroughly
inspect the mower for any damage. Repair the damage before
starting and operating the mower.
Never attempt to make a wheel or cutting height adjustment while
the engine is running.
Grass catcher components, discharge cover, and trail shield are
subject to wear and damage which could expose moving parts or
allow objects to be thrown. For safety protection, frequently check
components and replace immediately with original equipment
manufacturer's (O.E.M.) parts only, listed in the Parts pages
of this manual. Use of parts which do not meet the original
equipment specifications may lead to improper performance and
compromise safety!
DO nOt mODify enGine
To avoid serious injury or death, do not modify engine in any way.
Tampering with the governor setting can lead to a runaway engine and
cause it to operate at unsafe speeds. Never tamper with factory setting
of engine governor. Doing so will void the product warranty.
nOtiCe reGarDinG emissiOns
Engines which are certified to comply with California and federal
EPA emission regulations for SORE (Small Off Road Equipment) are
certified to operate on regular unleaded gasoline, and may include
the following emission control systems: Engine Modification (EM) and
Three Way Catalyst (TWC) if so equipped.
spark arrestOr
This machine is equipped with an internal combustion engine and
should not be used on or near any unimproved forest-covered,
brush-covered or grass-covered land unless the engine's exhaust
system is equipped with a spark arrester meeting applicable local or
state laws (if any).
If a spark arrester is used, it should be maintained in effective working
order by the operator.
A spark arrester for the muffler is available through your nearest
engine authorized service dealer.
Do not change the engine's governor setting or over-speed the
engine. The governor controls the maximum safe operating speed
of the engine.
Check fuel line, tank, cap, and fittings frequently for cracks or
leaks. Replace if necessary.
Do not crank engine with spark plug removed.
Maintain or replace safety and instruction labels, as necessary.
Observe proper disposal laws and regulations. Improper disposal
of fluids and materials can harm the environment.
According to the Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC)
and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), this product
has an
of seven (7) years, or 140 hours of
Average Useful Life
operation. At the end of the
Average Useful Life
inspected annually by a Sears or other qualified service dealer
to ensure that all mechanical and safety systems are working
properly and not worn excessively. Failure to do so can result in
accidents, injuries or death.
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