Craftsman 247.38824 Owner's Manual

19” mulching/rear discharge push lawn mower.
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Owner's Manual
19" Mulching/Rear Discharge
Model No.
CAUTION: Before using this product,
read this manual and follow all Safety
Rules and Operating Instructions.
Sears, Roebuck & Co., Hoffman Estates, IL 60179, U.S.A.
Printed in U.S.A.


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    Owner’s Manual 19” Mulching/Rear Discharge PUSH LAWN MOWER Model No. 247.388240 CAUTION: Before using this product, read this manual and follow all Safety Rules and Operating Instructions. Sears, Roebuck & Co., Hoffman Estates, IL 60179, U.S.A. Printed in U.S.A. 770-10185A...

  • Page 2: Table Of Contents

    Two-Year Warranty on Craftsman Lawn Mower For two years from the date of purchase, when this Craftsman lawn mower is maintained, lubricated, and tuned up according to the instructions in the owner’s manual, Sears will repair, free of charge, any defects in material or workmanship.

  • Page 3: Safe Operation Practices

    When you see this symbol—heed its warning. Your lawn mower was built to be operated according to the rules for safe operation in this manual. As with any type of power equipment, carelessness or error on the part of the operator DANGER: can result in serious injury.

  • Page 4: Slope Gauge

    wall or obstruction first look down and behind, and then follow these steps: a. Step back from the mower to fully extend your arms. b. Be sure you are well balanced with sure footing. c. Pull the mower back slowly, no more than half way toward you.

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    Never tamper with safety devices. Check their proper operation regularly. Following are representations of the safety labels on your lawn mower. Maintain safety while operating the mower. Please have the part number ready when re-ordering safety labels. SAVE THESE INSTRUCTIONS FOR FUTURE REFERENCE.

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  • Page 7: Assembly

    Pair of Pliers b. Funnel Disconnecting Spark Plug • Before setting up your lawn mower, disconnect the spark plug wire from the spark plug, and ground it against the engine. See Figure 1. • Attach rubber boot to a bolt on the engine to ground as shown below.

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    Attaching Starter Rope The rope guide is already attached to the right side of the upper handle of your mower. See Figure 5. • With the spark plug wire disconnected and grounded, hold the blade control handle against the upper handle, and pull starter rope out of the engine. •...

  • Page 9: Operation

    Release blade control handle to stop engine and blade. Meets CPSC Blade Safety Standards Craftsman Walk-Behind Lawn Mowers conform to the safety standards of the American National Standards Institute and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. OPERATION...

  • Page 10: Stopping Engine, Starting Engine

    F. Check the oil Attach spark plug wire WARNING: Be sure no one other than the operator is standing near the lawn mower while starting or operating. WARNING: Never run engine indoors or in enclosed, poorly ventilated areas. Engine exhaust contains carbon monoxide, an odorless and deadly gas.

  • Page 11: Height Adjustment

    Pull rope with a rapid, continuous, full arm stroke. Keeping a firm grip on the recoil starter, let the rope return to the starter slowly. Using Your Lawn Mower Your mower is designed to operate as a mulching or a side discharge unit.

  • Page 12: Maintenance

    Always observe safety rules when performing any maintenance. • The warranty on this lawn mower does not cover items that have been subjected to operator abuse or negligence. To receive full value from the warranty, operator must maintain the lawn mower as instructed in this manual.

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    Engine Oil • Only use high quality detergent oil rated with API service classification SF, SG or SH. Select the oil’s viscosity grade according to your expected operating temperature. Refer to page 10 of this manual for viscosity chart. • Stop engine and wait several minutes before checking oil level.

  • Page 14: Blade Care

    Blade Care Periodically inspect the blade adapter for cracks, especially if you strike a foreign object. Replace when necessary. WARNING: When inspecting the cutting blade, protect hands by using heavy gloves or a rag to grasp the cutting blade. • Disconnect spark plug wire from spark plug.

  • Page 15: Engine Adjustments

    • If the engine on your mower does not operate properly due to suspected carburetor problems, take your lawn mower to your nearest SEARS service center. • Engine performance may be affected in altitudes above 4000 feet. To improve engine performance, install a high altitude adjustment kit, available at the SEARS service center.

  • Page 16: Adjusting Cutting Height, Adjusting Handle Height

    • If you believe the engine is running too fast or too slow, take your lawn mower to the nearest SEARS service center. Adjusting Handle Height Your mower is shipped with the handle in the higher height position.

  • Page 17: Storage

    Prepare your lawn mower for storage at the end of the season or if the unit will not be used for 30 days or more. Store the mower in a clean, dry area. Mower • Clean underside of the mower following instructions in the Maintenance section of this manual.

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    Oil cylinder bore After you have drained the fuel tank, protect the inside of the engine as follows: • Remove spark plug, pour approximately one ounce (30 ml) of engine oil into spark plug hole, and crank slowly to distribute oil. WARNING: Avoid spray from spark plug hole when cranking the engine slowly.

  • Page 19: Trouble-shooting

    4. Drain fuel tank. Refill with fresh fuel. 5. Clean air cleaner. Refer to Maintenance section of this manual. 1. Fill crankcase with proper oil. 2. Clean lawn mower engine. 1. Adjust gap to .030 inches. 1. Reset gap to .030 inches or replace spark plug.

  • Page 20: Parts List


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    SEARS CRAFTSMAN 4.0 H.P. LAWN MOWER MODEL 247.388240 Part No. Description 747-0824 Blade Control Handle 749-0538D- Upper Handle 0637 749-0928- Lower Handle 0637 710-1270 Oval C-Sunk Scr. 1/4-20 x 1.3” 712-0324 Hex Lock Nut 1/4-20 746-0883 Cable Housing 710-1205 Eye Bolt: Rope Guide...

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    CRAFTSMAN ENGINE NO. 143.994002 FOR CRAFTSMAN 4.0 H.P. LAWN MOWER MODEL 247.388240 Key No. Part No. Description 37280 Cylinder (Incl. 2,20 & 150) 26727 Dowel Pin 33734 Breather Element 36557 Breather Ass'y. (Incl. 6 & 12A) 36775 Breather Tube 36558 Breather Cover &...

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    CRAFTSMAN ENGINE NO. 143.994002 FOR CRAFTSMAN 4.05 H.P. LAWN MOWER MODEL 247.388240 Carburetor No. 640173 Part No. Description 631615 Throttle Shaft & Lever Assembly 631767 Throttle Return Spring 631184 Dust Seal Washer (Throttle) 631183 Dust Seal (Throttle) 631616 Throttle Shutter...

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    CRAFTSMAN ENGINE NO. 143.994002 FOR CRAFTSMAN 4.0 H.P. LAWN MOWER MODEL 247.388240 Recoil Starter 590694 Recoil Starter 590737 Key No. Part No. 590694 590599A 590600 590696 590601 590697 590698 590699 590700 590695 590535 590701 Key No. Part No. 590737 590740...

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  • Ric Rachal Feb 14, 2015 09:07:
    Very valuable informatio​n that I will put to good use in solving my problem with hard starting. Thank you.,
  • Ric Rachal Feb 14, 2015 09:15:
    Thanks for the info - will check the cable that controls the running and stopping of mower