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(s) and all moving parts have stopped. Disconnect the spark
plug wire and ground against the engine to prevent unintended
Periodically check to make sure the blades come to complete
stop within approximately (5) five seconds after operating the
blade disengagement control. If the blades do not stop within the
this time frame, your machine should be serviced professionally
by a Sears or other qualified service dealer .
Check brake operation frequently as it is subjected to wear during
normal operation. Adjust and service as required.
Check the blade(s) and engine mounting bolts at frequent
intervals for proper tightness. Also, visually inspect blade(s)
for damage (e.g., excessive wear, bent, cracked). Replace the
blade(s) with the original equipment manufacturer's (O.E.M.)
blade(s) only, listed in this manual. Use of parts which do not
meet the original equipment specifications may lead to improper
performance and compromise safety!
Mower blades are sharp. 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 the safety interlock system or other safety
devices. Check their proper operation regularly.
After striking a foreign object, stop the engine, disconnect the
spark plug wire(s) and ground against the engine. Thoroughly
inspect the machine for any damage. Repair the damage before
starting and operating.
Never attempt to make adjustments or repairs to the machine
while the engine is running.
Grass catcher components and the discharge cover 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 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.
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.
This machine is equipped with an internal combustion engine and
should not be used on or near any unimproved forest-covered,
brushcovered or grass-covered land unless the engine's exhaust
system is equipped with a spark arrestor meeting applicable local or
state laws (if any).
If a spark arrestor is used, it should be maintained in effective working
order by the operator. In the State of California the above is required
by law (Section 4442 of the California Public Resources Code). Other
states may have similar laws. Federal laws apply on federal lands.
A spark arrestor for the muffler is available through your nearest Sears
Parts and Repair Service Center.
Do not change the engine governor settings or over-speed the
engine. The governor controls the maximum safe operating speed
of the engine.
Maintain or replace safety and instruction labels, as necessary.
Observe proper disposal laws and regulations for gas, oil, etc. to
protect the environment.
According to the Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC)
and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), this product
has an Average Useful Life of seven (7) years, or 270 hours
of operation. At the end of the Average Useful Life, buy a new
machine or have the machine 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.