Craftsman C459.60410 Operator's Manual

7 speed, shift-on-the-go 42" deck
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Operator's Manual
7 Speed, Shift-on-the-Go
42" Deck
Model No.
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.
Before using this equipment,
read this manual and follow
all safety rules and operating
Sears Canada Inc., 290 Yonge Street, Toronto, On M5B 2C3
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  • Page 1 ® LAWN TRACTOR 7 Speed, Shift-on-the-Go 42” Deck Model No. C459.60410 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,...
  • Page 2: Table Of Contents

    TABLE OF CONTENTS Safety Instructions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-8 Repair Protection Agreement .
  • Page 3: Safety Instructions

    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 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.
  • Page 5 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.
  • Page 6 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.
  • Page 7 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 9: Assembly

    ASSEMBLY IMPORTANT: Your tractor is shipped with motor oil in the engine. Shipping Brace Removal However, you MUST check the oil level before operating. Refer to the WARNING Service & Maintenance section for instructions on checking the oil Make sure the riding mower’s engine is off, remove the ignition key, level.
  • Page 10 ASSEMBLY Place the steering wheel cap over the center of the steering Align the seat over the seat pivot bracket as shown in Figure 4 wheel and push downward until it “clicks” into place. and fit the seat onto the pivot bracket inserting the two tabs on the seat bottom into the slots on the pivot bracket.
  • Page 11: Operation

    NOTE: Any reference in this manual to the RIGHT or LEFT side of the tractor is observed from operator’s seat position facing forward towards the front of tractor. Meets ANSI Safety Standards Craftsman Tractors conform to the safety standard of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI).
  • Page 12 OPERATION SPEED CONTROL LEVER WARNING The speed control lever, located on the left side of the Never leave a running machine unattended. Always disengage PTO tractor’s dash console, allows you to regulate the ground (Blade Engage Lever), move shift lever into neutral position, set park- speed of the lawn tractor.
  • Page 13 OPERATION Gas and Oil Fill-up IMPORTANT: Your tractor is shipped with motor oil in the engine. However, you MUST check the oil level before operating. Be careful not to overfill. For instructions on how to check the engine oil, refer to Checking The Engine Oil in the Service and Maintenance section of this manual.
  • Page 14 OPERATION SETTING THE CUTTING HEIGHT • The engine will automatically shut off if the PTO (Blade Engage) lever is moved into the engaged (ON) position with the shift lever Select the height position of the cutting deck by placing the deck in Reverse.
  • Page 15 OPERATION STOPPING THE ENGINE Place the shift lever in neutral, Engage the parking brake, WARNING Shut engine off and remove the key. Doing so will minimize the If you strike a foreign object, stop the engine, disconnect the spark possibility of having your lawn ‘‘browned’’ by hot exhaust from plug wire(s) and ground against the engine.
  • Page 16 OPERATION MULCHING HEADLIGHTS A mulch kit is available as an attachment. Mulching is a process of • The lamps are ON whenever the tractor’s engine is running. recirculating grass clippings repeatedly beneath the cutting deck. • The lamps turn OFF when the ignition key is moved to the STOP The ultra-fine clippings are then forced back into the lawn where position.
  • Page 17: Service And Maintenance

    SERVICE AND MAINTENANCE MAINTENANCE SCHEDULE 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 a complete stop.
  • Page 18 SERVICE AND MAINTENANCE ENGINE MAINTENANCE Changing Engine Oil and Filter WARNING Checking the Engine Oil Use a 4-stroke, or an equivalent high detergent, premium quality If the engine has been recently run, the engine, muffler and sur- motor oil certified to meet or exceed U.S. automobile manufacturer’s rounding metal surfaces will be hot and can cause burns to the skin.
  • Page 19 SERVICE AND MAINTENANCE • If fuel spills, wait until it evaporates before starting engine. • Before replacing the fuel filter, drain the fuel tank. Otherwise, fuel can leak out and cause a fire or explosion. To Drain the fuel: Locate the fuel filter, which is routed on the left side of the engine between the fuel tank and the carburetor, and may be attached to the engine with a tie strap.
  • Page 20 SERVICE AND MAINTENANCE Air Filter Remove the foam pre-filter from around the paper air filter. See Figure 15. Replace paper element when dirty or damaged. Clean Paper filters cannot be cleaned and should be replaced every 100 foam element or replace when damaged. operating hours;...
  • Page 21 SERVICE AND MAINTENANCE Air Filter Electrode Cover Plastic Feature 0.024-0.031 in. Figure 19 Check that the spark plug washer is in good condition and thread Shroud the spark plug in by hand to prevent cross-threading. After the spark plug is seated, tighten with a spark plug wrench to Plastic Rib compress the washer.
  • Page 22 SERVICE AND MAINTENANCE LUBRICATION IMPORTANT: The use of a pressure washer to clean your tractor is NOT recommended. It may cause damage to electrical components, WARNING spindles, pulleys, bearings or the engine. Before lubricating, repairing, or inspecting, always disengage PTO ADJUSTMENTS (Blade Engage Lever), move shift lever into neutral position, set WARNING...
  • Page 23 SERVICE AND MAINTENANCE Side to Side Parking Brake Adjustment If the cutting deck appears to be mowing unevenly, a side to side WARNING adjustment can be performed. Adjust if necessary as follows: Never attempt to adjust the brakes while the engine is running. Always With the tractor parked on a firm, level surface, place the deck lift disengage PTO (blade engage) lever, move shift lever into neutral lever in the second from the top notch (second highest position)
  • Page 24 SERVICE AND MAINTENANCE Looking at the cutting deck from the left side of the tractor, PTO Cable remove the bow-tie cotter pin securing the deck lift rod to the deck. Slide the deck lift rod from the mounting weldment on the deck as seen in Figure 23.
  • Page 25 SERVICE AND MAINTENANCE Connect the other end of the negative cable to the engine block of To remove the blades, proceed as follows. the tractor, away from the battery. Attach to an unpainted part to Remove the deck from beneath the tractor, (refer to Cutting Deck assure a good connection.
  • Page 26 SERVICE AND MAINTENANCE be dangerous by not disengaging completely. For a proper working WARNING machine, use identical equipment belts as listed in the parts pages of A poorly balanced blade will cause excessive vibration, may cause this Operator’s Manual. damage to the tractor and/or result in personal injury. To change or replace the deck belt on your tractor, proceed as follows: Remove the deck as instructed earlier in this section.
  • Page 27 SERVICE AND MAINTENANCE PARKING BRAKE ADJUSTMENT WARNING Never attempt to adjust the brakes while the engine is running. Always disengage PTO (Blade Engage Lever), move shift lever into neutral position, stop engine and remove key to prevent unintended starting. If the tractor does not come to a complete stop when the clutch-brake pedal is completely depressed, or if the tractor’s rear wheels can roll with the parking brake applied, the brake is in need of adjustment.
  • Page 28: Off-Season Storage

    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...
  • Page 29: 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 30: Warranty Statement

    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 are excluded.
  • Page 31: Repair Protection Agreement

    REPAIR PROTECTION AGREEMENT Congratulations on making a smart purchase. Your new Craftsman® Once you purchase the Agreement, a simple phone call is all that it product is designed and manufactured for years of dependable opera- takes for you to schedule service. You can call anytime day or night, or tion.
  • Page 32 FEDERAL and/or CALIFORNIA EMISSION CONTROL WARRANTY STATEMENT YOUR WARRANTY RIGHTS AND OBLIGATIONS MTD Consumer Group Inc, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and for those products certified for sale in the state of California, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) are pleased to explain the emission control system (ECS) warranty on your 2013- 2014 small off-road spark-ignited engine and equipment (outdoor equipment).
  • Page 33 Add-on or modified parts that are not exempted by the Air Resources Board may not be used. The use of any non-exempted add-on or modified parts by the ultimate purchaser will be grounds for disallowing a warranty claim. MTD Consumer Group Inc will not be liable to warrant failures of warranted parts caused by the use of a non-exempted add-on or modified part.
  • Page 34 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...