12.5 hp ic electric start 38" mower deck, 6 speed transaxle lawn tractor (31 pages)
Summary of Contents for Craftsman C459-60116
Operator’s Manual LAWN TRACTOR 26 HP, 46” Tractor Model No. C459-60116 This product has a low emission engine which operates differently from previously built engines. Before you start the engine, read and understand this Operator’s Manual. CAUTION Before using this equipment,...
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.
SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS SlOpe OperATION • Slow down before turning. Operate the machine smoothly. Avoid erratic operation and excessive speed. Slopes are a major factor related to loss of control and tip-over • Disengage blade(s), set parking brake, stop engine and wait until accidents which can result in severe injury or death.
SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS CHIlDreN SerVICe Tragic accidents can occur if the operator is not alert to the presence Safe Handling of Gasoline of children. Children are often attracted to the machine and the mowing To avoid personal injury or property damage use extreme care in activity.
SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS General Service • Do not change the engine governor settings or over-speed the engine. The governor controls the maximum safe operating speed • Never run an engine indoors or in a poorly ventilated area. Engine of the engine. exhaust contains carbon monoxide, an odorless, and deadly gas.
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—...
ASSEMBLY TrACTOr SeT-Up Shipping Brace removal WArNINg Moving The Tractor Manually Your tractor’s transmission is equipped with a hydrostatic relief valve Make sure the lawn tractor’s engine is off, set the parking brake and for occasions when it is necessary to move the tractor manually. Open- remove the ignition key before removing the shipping brace.
ASSEMBLY CONNeCTINg THe BATTerY CABleS Setting the Deck gauge Wheels Move the tractor on a firm and level surface, preferably pavement, and WArNINg proceed as follows: Battery posts, terminals, and related accessories contain lead and Select the height position of the cutting deck by placing the deck lead compounds, chemicals known to the State of California to cause lift lever in the normally desired mowing height setting (any of the cancer and reproductive harm.
ASSEMBLY Adjusting the Seat gas and Oil To adjust the position of the seat, pull up and hold the seat adjustment The fuel tank is located under the hood. Remove the fuel cap by lever. Slide the seat forward or rearward to the desired position; then turning it counterclockwise.
KNOW YOUR MOWER Systems Indicator Monitor Ignition Switch Fuel Tank Cap Module Throttle/Choke Control PTO (Blade Engage) Knob Fuel Level Indicator Drive Pedal Brake Pedal Parking Brake/ Reverse Pedal Cruise Control Lever Deck Lift Lever Seat Adjustment Lever Cup Holder Figure 6 BrAke peDAl Lawn Tractor controls and features are illustrated in Figure 6 and...
KNOW YOUR MOWER IgNITION SWITCH MODUle SYSTeMS INDICATOr MONITOr/HOUr MeTer lCD To start the engine, insert the key into the ignition switch and turn clockwise When the ignition key is to the position. Release the START rotated out of the STOP key into the NORMAL MOWING MODE position but not into the START...
KNOW YOUR MOWER fUel leVel INDICATOr The Fuel Level Indicator is located on the left side of the tractor’s dash and indicates the amount of fuel in the gas tank. pTO/BlADe eNgAge kNOB Activating the PTO engages power to the cutting deck or other (separately available) attachments.
OPERATION SAfeTY INTerlOCk SWITCHeS STOppINg THe eNgINe This tractor is equipped with a safety interlock system for the protection WArNINg of the operator. If the interlock system should ever malfunction, do not If you strike a foreign object, stop the engine and disconnect the operate the tractor.
OPERATION reVerSe CAUTION MODe DrIVINg ON SlOpeS The REVERSE CAUTION MODE position of the key switch module Refer to the SLOPE GUIDE on page 8 to help determine slopes where allows the tractor to be operated in reverse with the blades (PTO) you may operate the tractor safely.
OPERATION Cruise Control Pull the PTO/Blade Engage knob back into the engaged (ON) position. See Figure 9. WArNINg NOTE: Always operate the tractor with the Throttle/Choke control lever Never engage the cruise control lever while traveling in reverse. in the FAST (rabbit) position for the most efficient use of the cutting deck or other (separately available) attachments.
SERVICE AND MAINTENANCE WArNINg Before performing any type of maintenance/service, disengage all Follow the maintenance schedule given below. This chart describes controls and stop the engine. Wait until all moving parts have come to service guidelines only. Use the Service Log column to keep track of completed maintenance tasks.
SERVICE AND MAINTENANCE CUTTINg DeCk reMOVAl NOTE: If there is too much tension on the belt for it to be easily removed from the electric PTO clutch, carefully insert a 3⁄8” drive Place the PTO/Blade Engage knob in the disengaged (OFF) ratchet wrench (set to ) into the square hole found in the deck loosen...
SERVICE AND MAINTENANCE CHANgINg THe DeCk BelT Repeat the above steps on the tractor’s right side. Move the deck lift lever into the top notch to raise the deck lift WArNINg arms up and out of the way. The V-belts found on your tractor are specially designed to engage Remove the cotter pin from the end of the stabilizer rod and slide and disengage safely.
SERVICE AND MAINTENANCE CUTTINg BlADeS To place the new belt, begin by routing the belt around the two outer spindle pulleys as shown in Figure 15. WArNINg Shut the engine off and remove ignition key before removing the cutting blade(s) for sharpening or replacement. Protect your hands by using heavy gloves when grasping the blade.
SERVICE AND MAINTENANCE jump Starting To properly sharpen the cutting blades, remove equal amounts of metal from both ends of the blades along the cutting edges, WArNINg parallel to the trailing edge, at a 25°- 30° angle. Always grind each cutting blade edge equally to maintain proper blade balance.
SERVICE AND MAINTENANCE fUSe Although multi-viscosity oils (5W20, 10W30, etc.) improve starting in cold weather, they will result in increased oil consumption when WArNINg used above 32°F. Check your engine oil level more frequently to avoid Before servicing, repairing, or inspecting, always disengage PTO possible engine damage from running low on oil.
SERVICE AND MAINTENANCE Changing the engine Oil Remove the air filter cover. To remove the air filter, lift the end of the filter. See Figure 21. WArNINg If the engine has been recently run, the engine, muffler and sur- rounding metal surfaces will be hot and can cause burns to the skin. Exercise caution to avoid burns.
SERVICE AND MAINTENANCE fuel filter Muffler WArNINg WArNINg Gasoline and its vapors are extremely flammable and explosive. Fire Temperature of muffler and nearby engine areas may exceed 150˚ F or explosion can cause severe burns or death. (65˚C). Avoid contact with these areas. •...
SERVICE AND MAINTENANCE CleANINg THe TrACTOr Turn the water off and detach the hose coupler from the water port on your deck’s surface. Any fuel or oil spilled on the machine should be wiped off promptly. Do After cleaning your deck, return to the operator’s position and engage NOT allow debris to accumulate around the cooling fins of the engine, the PTO.
SERVICE AND MAINTENANCE ADjUSTMeNTS Determine the approximate distance necessary for proper adjustment and proceed, if necessary. WArNINg the front of the deck, tighten (thread inward) the lock nut raise Shut the engine off, remove the ignition key and engage the parking against the front hanger bracket.
SERVICE AND MAINTENANCE Steering Adjustment Loosen, but do NOT remove, the hex bolt on the left deck hanger bracket. See Figure 27. If the tractor turns tighter in one direction than the other, or if the ball joints are being replaced due to damage or wear, the steering drag links may need to be adjusted.
OFF-SEASON STORAGE WArNINg Never store lawn tractor 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 DrAININg THe fUel Locate the fuel filter, which is located on the left side of the...
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.
PARTS LIST Steering and Axle — Model No. C459-60116...
PARTS LIST Steering and Axle — Model No. C459-60116 Ref. Ref. Part No. Description Part No. Description 710-04095 Hex Head Screw, 3/8-16:1.00 638-04022-0637 RH Axle Assembly 710-0514 Hex Head Screw, 3/8-16:1.00 638-04028-0637 LH Axle Assembly 710-0643 Hex Head Screw, 5/16-18:1.00 710-0395 Hex Head Screw, 5/16-18:2.25...
PARTS LIST Hood and Dash — Model No. C459-60116...
PARTS LIST Hood and Dash — Model No. C459-60116 Ref. Ref. Part No. Description Part No. Description 631-04353A Dash Lever 931-07457 Grill 710-04484 Taptite Screw, Lock Washer, 5/16-18:.750 731-07458 RH Lens 710-0599 Taptite Screw, Lock Washer, 1/4-20:0.500 731-07459 LH Lens 710-0895 Hi-Lo Screw, Lock Washer, 1/4-15:0.750...
PARTS LIST Seat and Fender — Model No. C459-60116...
PARTS LIST Seat and Fender — Model No. C459-60116 Ref. Ref. Part No. Description Part No. Description 683-04223-0637 Lift Shaft Assembly 732-04563 Compression Spring, .68 X 1.065 X .055 712-04063 Flangelock Nut, 5/16-18 938-0296 Shoulder Screw, .437 X .268:5/16-18 712-04065...
PARTS LIST Drive and Rear Wheels — Model No. C459-60116...
PARTS LIST Drive and Rear Wheels — Model No. C459-60116 Ref. Ref. Part No. Description Part No. Description 918-0319 Hydro Transmission 954-04207 V-Belt, 4L X 78.9 POLY 710-0176 Hex Head Screw, 5/16-18:2.75 756-04224 Flat Idler Pulley, 2.75 OD 710-0227 Screw, Indented Washer, #8-18:0.500 756-04308 Input Pulley, 4.13 DIA...
PARTS LIST Engine Accessories — Model No. C459-60116...
PARTS LIST Engine Accessories — Model No. C459-60116 Ref. Part No. Description 683-04549-0637 Mulffler Shield Assembly 710-0227 Screw, Indented Washer, #8-18:0.500 710-04683 Taptite Screw, Indented Washer, 3/8-16:1.000 710-0599 Taptite Screw, Indented Washer, 1/4-20:0.500 710-1314A Socket Head Screw, 5/16-18:.750 712-0271 Sems Nut, 1/4-20...
PARTS LIST PTO and Battery — Model No. C459-60116...
PARTS LIST PTO and Battery — Model No. C459-60116 Ref. Part No. Description 683-04469B-0691 Frame 710-04484 Taptite Screw, Indented Washer, 5/16-18:.750 710-0653 Taptite Screw, Indented Washer, 1/4-20:0.375 710-3005 Hex Head Screw, 3/8-16:1.25 712-04065 Flangelock Nut, 3/8-16 738-04058 Shoulder Spacer, .38 X 1.0 X .70...
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