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Craftsman 917.25552 Owner's Manual

12.5 hp ic electric start 38" mower deck, 6 speed transaxle lawn tractor
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OWNER'S
MANUAL
MODEL NO.
917.255520
Caution:
Read and follow
all Safety Rules
and Instructions
Before Operating
This Equ=pment
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oAssembly
o Operation
° Maintenance
° Service and Adjustment
° Repair Parts
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  • Page 1 OWNER'S MANUAL MODEL NO. 917.255520 Caution: Read and follow all Safety Rules and Instructions Before Operating This Equ=pment Sears, Roebuck oAssembly o Operation ° Maintenance ° Service and Adjustment ° Repair Parts ,,ll and Co., Chicago, IL 60684 U.S.A. ::::iii,_ ... ®...
  • Page 2 PLUG TO PREVENT ACCIDENTAL STARTING WHEN SETTING-UP, TRANSPORTING, ADJUSTING OR MAKING CAUTION: ALWAYS DISCONNECT SPARK PLUGWtREAND PLACE WIRE WHERE IT CANNOT CONTACTSPARK REPAIRS SAFETY STANDARDS REQUIRE O PERATOR PRESENCE CONTROLS, DO NOT ATTEMPT TO DEFEAT THE FUNCTION TRAINING: • Know the controls and how to stop quickly. Read this owner's manual and instructions furnished with attachment&...
  • Page 3: Customer Responsibilities

    CONGRATULATIONS on your purchase Tractor. It has been designed, engineered factured to give you the best possible dependability performance. Should you experience any problem you cannot easily remedy, please contact your nearest Center!Department. We have competent, technicians and the proper tools to service or repair this unit.
  • Page 4: Table Of Contents

    SAFETY RULES ... PRODUCT SPECIFICATIONS CUSTOMER RESPONSIBILITIES WARRANTY ... TABLE OF CONTENTS ... INDEX ... TRACTOR ACCESSORIES ASSEMBLY NDEX Accessories ... Adjustments: Brake ... 21 Carburetor ... Mower Front-To-Back ... l 9 Side-To-Side ... 18 Throttle Control Cable ... Air FRet, Engine ... 16 Air Screen, Engine ...
  • Page 5 • ill,ll,i ACCESSORIES These accessories and attachments were available when the unit was purchased, catalog and service centers. Most Sears stores can order these items for you when you provide the model number of your tractor. EN GI NE SPARK PLUG MUFFLER AIR FILTER PERFORMANCE...
  • Page 6 u n n n n n i,nll lul, ii ,, CONTENTS OF Parts Bag contents shown n,,, ,,i ,u,,,,,,, (1) Locknut (1) 2-t/4" Dis, Washer (I) Shoulder' Bolt 5/t6q8 (1) Hex Bolt (1) Washer 17/32 x 1-3/16 x 12 Ga, (1) Lockwasher (2) Hex Bolts 1/4-20 x 3/4 (2) Hex Nuts 1/4-20...
  • Page 7: Assembly

    ii iii iii, u., TOOLS REQUIRED FOR ASSEMBLY A socket wrench set will make assembly easier wrench sizes are listed, (1) 5/16" wrench (1) 3/4" wrench Tire pressure gauge (2) 7118" wrenches Screwdriver (1) 1/2" wrench Utility knife (1) 9/16" wrench When right and left hand is mentioned in this manual, it means when you are in the operating position (seated be- hind the steering wheel),...
  • Page 8 HOW TO SET UP YOUR TRACTOR PREPARE BATTERY (See Fig, 2) CAUTION: Wear eye and face shield. Wash hands or clothing accldent ally In contact with battery acid, Do not smoke. Fumes from charged battery acid are explosive. Read the instructions battery vent caps.
  • Page 9 INSTALL BATTERY (See Figs. 4 & 5) CAUTION: Do not short battery termi- nals. Before Installing metal bracelets, wristwatch rings, etco Positive terminal must first to prevent sparking tal grounding, • Lift seat to raised position • Lower battery into fender welt with battery terminals toward front of unit.
  • Page 10 KNOW YOUR TRACTOR READ THIS OWNER'S MANUAL Compare the illustrations with your tractor to familiarize yourself with the locations of various controls and adjustments, this manual for future reference, LIGHTSWITCH_ THROTTL_CHOKE CONTROL CLUTCH/BRAKE PEDAL PARKING BRAKE Sears tractors conform to the safety standards of the American National Standards Institute_ ATTACHMENT CLUTCH LEVER: mower blades, or other attachments...
  • Page 11 your tractor or performing any adjustments mask for over the spectacles Catalog stores HOW TO USE YOUR TRACTOR TO SET PARKING BRAKE (See • Depress clutch/brake pedal into full "BRAKE" position and hold • Place parking brake lever in "ENGAGED' position and release pressurefrom clutch/brake pedal Pedal should remain in "BRAKE"...
  • Page 12: Carburetor

    TO OPERATE MOWER (See Fig. 8) Your' unit is equipped with an operator presence sensing switch. Any attempt by the operator to leave the seat with the engine running and the attachment clutch engaged will shut off the engine, • Select desired height of cut Engagemower by slowly moving attachment...
  • Page 13 =,,,= TO START ENGINE (See Fig. 7) When starting engine for the first time or if engine has run out of fuel, it will take extra cranking time to move fuel from the tank to the engine • Depress the clutch/brake pedal and set the parking brake.
  • Page 14 MAINTENANCE SCHEDULE AS You C OMPLETE REGU_R SERVICE Check Brake Operation Check Tire Pressure ,Check for Loose Fas!e,ners,, Sharpen/Replace Mower Blades Check Battery Level/Recharge Clean Battery and Terminals Check Transmission Cooling Adjust Blade Belt(s) Tension Adjust Motion Drive Belt(s) Tension Check Engine Oil Level Change Engine Oil Clean Air Ffiter...
  • Page 15 TRACTOR Always observe safety rules when performing any mainte- nance TIRES • Maintain proper air pressure in all tires (See "PROD- UCT SPECIFICATIONS" on page 3 of this manual), • Keep tires free of gasoline, oil, or insect control chemi- cals which can harm rubber •...
  • Page 16: Battery Charging

    111 , 11,,1,,1,, , ,, , ,,, BATTERY (See Fig. 12) Your unit has a battery charging system which is sufficient for normal use. However, periodic charging of the battery with an automotive charger will extend it's life. • Acid solution level in each battery cell should be even with bottoms of vent wells.
  • Page 17: Cleaning

    COVER KNOB _ FIG. 14 AIR SCREEN (See Fig. 13) The engine air screen must be kept free of dirt and chaff to prevent engine damage from overheating. wire brush or compressed air to remove dirt and stubborn dried gum fibers. ENGINE COOLING FINS (See Fig.
  • Page 18 I,,L= ERV CE A D ADJUSTMENTS CAUTION: BEFORE PERFORMING ANY SERVICE OR ADJUSTMENTS; Depress clutch/brake • Place gearshift lever in "NEUTRAL" • Place attachment clutch • Turn ignition key "OFF" and remove key. • Make sure the blades and all moving parts have completely •...
  • Page 19 GROUND LINE FIG. 18 SIDE TO SIDE ADJUSTMENT TRUNNION FIG. 19 FRONT-TO=BACK ADJUSTMENT(See To obtain the best cutting results, the mower housing should be adjusted so the rear is approximately 3/4 to 7/8" higher than the front when the mower is in its highest position, Check adjustment on right side of tractor.
  • Page 20 S1ERVUCEAN TO ADJUST MOWER BLADE (See Fig. 22) Your tractor has been manufactured readjust the mower blade drive belt to provide you with longer belt life. With the engine off and the lift lever in the highest po- sition, move clutch lever up slowly until resistance is felt. If distance from bottom of slot in dash to clutch lever is greater than 4-1/2 inches, adjustment Lower the mower deck for easier access.
  • Page 21 $ERVUCE TO ADJUST BRAKE (See Fig. 24) Your unit is equipped with an adjustable which is mounted on the right side of the transaxle if unit requires more than six (6) feet stopping distance at high speed in highest gear, then brake must be adjusted. •...
  • Page 22 SERVICE AN i lll illllUlllllliHlll TO ADJUST STEERING WHEEL If steering wheel crossbars are not horizontal (left to right) when wheels are positioned straight steering wheel and reassemble per instructions Assembly section of this manual FRONT WHEEL TOE-IN/CAMBER The fiont wheel toe-in and camber are not adjustable on your unit, If damage has occured to affect the front wheel toe-in or camber, contact your nearest Sears Service...
  • Page 23 SERVICE AN TO REPLACE FUSE (See Fig. 29) Replace with 30 amp automotive-type fuse holder is located in the engine compartment, directly in front of the dash. FIG, 29 HEADLIGHT BULB TO REPLACE • Raise hood. • Pull bulb holder out of the hole in the backside of the grill.
  • Page 24 ,... ,i,J,J,J,J,,=,l SERVICE AND ADJUSTMENTS ENGINE TO ADJUST THROTTLE CONTROL (See Fig. 32) The throttle control has been preset at the factory and ad- _dustment s hould not be necessary Check adjustment as escribed below before loosening cable necessary, proceed as follows: •...
  • Page 25: Storage

    Immediately prepare yourtractorforstorage at theendof theseason oriftheunit w illnotbeused for30daysormore, CAUTION: Never store the tractor with gasoline in the tank inside where fumes may reach an open flame or spark, Allow the engine to cool before storing In any enclosure, TRACTOR Remove mower from tractor for winter storage.
  • Page 26 TROUBLESHOOTING PROBLEM CAUSE Will not start Out of fuel. Engine not"CHOKED"properly. Engine flooded. Bad sparkplug. Dirty a{r filter. Ditty fuel filter. Water In fuel. & Loose or damagedwldng. Carburetor Engine vaives out of adjustment. Hard to start Dirty a_r _ter Bad sparkplug.
  • Page 27 ii HIIIIIIIIll TROUBLESHOOTING CAUSE PROBLEM Engine contlnuas to run Faulty ope_to_sa_ when operator leaves seat with attachment clutch engaged Poorcut-uneven Worn, bent or loose blade Mower deck nottevel. Build-up of grass, leaves, and trash under mower Bent blade mandrel Mower blades will not Obstruction rotate Mower drive belt out of adjustment,...
  • Page 28 illlll i illlllllll SERVICE NOTES ill i lllllllllllllll,ll i, ii,...
  • Page 29: Schematic

    REPAIR PARTS 12.5 HP 38" RIDING LAWN TRACTOR SCHEMATIC WHITE IGNITION SWITCH CLUTCH/BRAKE YOUR TRACTOR IS EQUIPPED WITH A SPECIAL ALTERNATOR SYSTEM, CONNECTED TO THE BATTERY, BUT HAVE THEIR OWN ELECTRICAL SOURCE° BECAUSE OF THIS, THE BRIGHT- IGNITION SWITCH NESS OF THE LIGHTS WILL CHANGE WITH ENGINE SPEED POSITION CIRCUIT...

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