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Craftsman 127.28875 Operator's Manual

Zero turn riding mower 26hp b&s engine / side discharge / 52-inch wide
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Operator's Manual
Zero Turn Riding Mower
26HP B&S Engine / Side Discharge / 52-inch Wide
Model 127.28875
· Español, p. 37
CAUTION: Before using this product,
read the manual and follow all its Safety
Rules and Operating Instructions
Sears, Roebuck and Co., Hoffman Estates, IL 60179 U.S.A
Visit the Craftsman website:
MAN 4163202
Rev. A 11-2007
For answers to your questions
about this product call:
Sears Craftsman Help Line
5am - 5pm, Mon - Sat



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  • Page 1 CAUTION: Before using this product, read the manual and follow all its Safety Rules and Operating Instructions Sears, Roebuck and Co., Hoffman Estates, IL 60179 U.S.A Visit the Craftsman website: MAN 4163202 Rev. A 11-2007 For answers to your questions...
  • Page 2 CALIFORNIA Proposition 65 Warning Diesel engine exhaust and some of its constituents are known to the State of California to cause cancer, birth defects and other reproductive harm. Californie Proposition 65 Avertissement Les échappements des moteurs diesel et certains de leurs composés sont reconnus par l’Etat de Californie pour être cancérigènes, provoquer des défauts congénitaux et d’autres dangers en matière de reproduction.
  • Page 3: Table Of Contents

    For your convenience, in-home warranty service will still be available after the first 30 days of purchase, but a trip charge will apply. This charge will be waived if you transport the tractor to an authorized Craftsman drop- off location. For the nearest authorized location, call 1-800-MY-HOME®.
  • Page 4: Safety

    Craftsman Professional Engineering Department. Any Craftsman Professional product that is altered, modified or changed in any manner not specifically authorized after original manufacture–including the addition of “aftermarket” accessories or component parts not specifically approved by Craftsman Profesional–will result in the Craftsman Professional...
  • Page 5 PREPARING FOR SAFE OPERATION Operator preparation and training Read the Operation & Safety Manual If an operator or mechanic cannot read English, it is the owner's responsibility to explain this material to them. If any portion of this material is unclear, contact your factory representative for clarification.
  • Page 6 SAFETY Machine preparation Check operator presence interlock system and brake operation. Adjust or repair any problems before using. Do not tamper with or defeat safety devices. Keep guards, shields and interlock safety devices in place and in proper working condition. They are for your protection.
  • Page 7 Starting Start only according to instructions in this manual or on the machine. Before attempting to start the engine, make sure: - the parking brake is on; - the PTO is disengaged; - the traction drive is in NEUTRAL. When starting the engine, make sure hands and feet are clear of the blades.
  • Page 8 SAFETY MANEUVERING SAFELY In general Slow down before turning. Do not mow in reverse unless absolutely necessary. Always look behind and down for small children and pets before and during backing. Be aware when approaching blind corners, shrubs, trees, tall grass or other objects that may obscure vision.
  • Page 9 MAINTENANCE SAFETY In general Maintain machine according to manufacturer's schedule and instructions for maximum safety and best mowing results. Park machine on level ground. Never allow untrained personnel to service ma- chine. Adjust or repair only after the engine has been stopped and the blades have quit rotating.
  • Page 10: Safety

    SAFETY BATTERY Battery acid is caustic and fumes are explosive and can cause serious injury or death. To reduce the risk of personal injury when working near a bat- tery: When working with battery acid, use protective equipment such as, but not limited to, goggles, face shield, rubber gloves and apron.
  • Page 11: Labels

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  • Page 16: Controls

    CONTROLS KEYSWITCH (K) - The keyswitch has three positions: OFF, RUN, and START. Insert the key and turn it clockwise to move the switch from OFF to RUN. Turn it further to START and hold to engage the starter. Release the key and the switch will return to RUN from START.
  • Page 17 CONTROLS FUEL SELECTOR VALVE (U) The fuel tank selector valve is located behind the seat. The fuel tank selector valve has three positions: Off: The tank selector is off when the lever points down. The selector should be off whenever the machine is transported or stands unused for any length of time.
  • Page 18 CONTROLS Lift and traction levers (operator's right side) LIFT LEVER (F) - Used to raise the cutterdeck to maximum height for transport, curb climbing or blade changing. To return to preset height of cut, lower lift lever until it contacts height of cut pin A. TRACTION LEVERS (L) - Each of the two traction levers controls the drive wheel located on...
  • Page 19: Controls

    CONTROLS PARKING BRAKE (R) - Pull the parking brake lever up and back to put the parking brake ON. Push it forward and down to put the parking brake OFF. The parking brake must be ON to start the engine. It must also be ON to keep the engine running if the operator leaves the seat.
  • Page 20: Pre-Operation Check List

    PRE-OPERATION CHECK LIST PRE-OPERATION CHECK LIST (OPERATOR’S RESPONSIBILITY) ___ Review and follow all safety rules and safety decal instructions. ___ Check that all safety decals are installed and in good condition. Replace if damaged. ___ Check to make sure all shields and guards are properly installed and in good condition.
  • Page 21: Operation

    FUELING - Fill fuel tank with good quality, clean, unleaded regular gasoline. Do not use hi-test fuel. - Use a funnel to avoid spilling. WARNING TO CHECK OR ADD FUEL: – Do it outdoors – Do not smoke – Stop engine; allow to cool –...
  • Page 22 OPERATION OPERATING NOTES - Practice at slow engine and travel speeds with the PTO off until fully familiar with the controls. - For normal cutting the throttle should be set at the full open position. By using the traction levers to speed up or slow down the machine during use, maximum control and cutting efficiency can be maintained.
  • Page 23: Operation

    CUTTING 1. Place the discharge chute in the down position or correctly fit a grass collector or mulcher plate. Sit in the seat. Start the engine. 4. Turn the blades on by pulling up on the PTO switch. Do not start the blades at full throttle. Instead, use the slowest throttle setting that will al- low the engine to pick up the blade load to reduce the wear on the belts and electric clutch.
  • Page 24: Maintenance Chart

    MAINTENANCE CHART Maintenance is an ongoing job. These intervals are maximum times between MAINTENANCE OPERATION FIRST 5 HOURS Consult the engine manual for additional information and instructions Check/Top Up Oil Level Check For Leaks Clean Air Intake Screen Clean Air Cleaner Precleaner Clean Air Cleaner Element...
  • Page 25: Maintenance Record

    Repair Protection Agreements Congratulations on making a smart purchase. Your new Craftsman® Professional product is designed and manufactured for years of dependable operation. But like all products, it may require repair from time to time. That's when having a Repair Protection Agreement can save you money and aggravation.
  • Page 26: Maintenance

    MAINTENANCE CHECK DAILY Operator Presence Interlock System - Start Operation For the engine to crank, the parking brake must be on, the PTO (blades) off and traction levers in the neutral lock position. Sit in the seat and check, one by one, if the engine will crank with the parking brake off, the blades on, and either traction lever out of neutral lock.
  • Page 27 MAINTENANCE LUBRICATION Every 50 hours of operation, lubricate the following points (1-3) with grease: 1. Deck lift lever (1 point) 2. Deck lift pivots (4 points) 3. Pull arms (2 points located at the front of the cutterdeck) 4. Caster wheel pivots (2 points) (Lubricate every 500 hours or once a year) NOTE ON BLADE SPINDLES - The blade spindles on these machines use a superior sealed bearing that does not require relubrication.
  • Page 28 MAINTENANCE ENGINE OIL Perform engine maintenance with the engine off, spark plug wires disconnected and PTO disengaged. AFTER FIRST FIVE (5) HOURS While the engine is warm: 1. Remove drain cap at location D and drain the crankcase. Dispose of used oil in accordance with local requirements.
  • Page 29: Fuel Filter

    FUEL FILTER An in-line fuel filter is located in the fuel supply line. Inspect at every oil change to make sure it is clean and unobstructed. Replace if dirty. DUAL ELEMENT AIR CLEANER Engines equipped with dual element air cleaners have a paper air cleaner element with an oiled, foam precleaner element on the dirty side of the paper element.
  • Page 30 MAINTENANCE ENGINE COOLING Continued operation with a clogged cooling system will cause severe overheating and can result in en- gine damage. Daily: Clean air intake screen V. Every 100 hours: Clean cooling fins beneath blower housing H with reference to information in the engine manufacturer's manual.
  • Page 31 Sears recommends returning the machine to your authorized Sears Craftsman Professional for service or repair. Perform transaxle maintenance with the engine off, spark plug wires disconnected and PTO disengaged.
  • Page 32: Maintenance

    Replace blades when the lift portion has worn thin. Maintain cut angle at 30 Do not overheat blades when sharpening. Always use Craftsman Professeional blades. Use of another manufacturer’s blades may be dangerous. BLADE BALANCE Blade balance must be maintained at 5/8 oz-in (19.4 g-cm) or less.
  • Page 33: Adjustments

    DECK LEVELING 1. Park the machine on a smooth, level surface. Raise the deck to the transport position. 2. Lower the deck onto a set of equal height blocks under the rear corners of the deck. Place an- other set of blocks under the front of the deck so that the deck top is pitched forward 1/8".
  • Page 34 ADJUSTMENTS PARKING BRAKE NOTE: There are 2 brakes, 1 on each transaxle. The parking brake should keep the machine from moving. To check the parking brake, park the ma- chine on a level surface, open the bypass valves and set the parking brake to ON. Attempt to move the machine forward and backward by pushing it.
  • Page 35 HYDROSTATIC TRANSAXLE ADJUST- MENTS A turnbuckle style hydrostat neutral adjustment is provided. Neutral: 1. Support the machine with the rear wheels off the ground. Use jackstands or equivalent sup- port. Do not rely only on mechanical or hydraulic jacks. 2. Move the traction levers out into the neutral lock position and raise the seat.
  • Page 36: Belt Replacement

    BELT REPLACEMENT NOTE: Always use Craftsman Professional replacement belts, not general purpose belts. Craftsman Professional belts are specially designed for use on this mower and will nor- mally last longer. CUTTERDECK BELT 1. Remove floorplate. 2. Set the cutterdeck in a middle height-of-cut posi- tion.
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