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Tips For Improved Bagging Operation - Craftsman GRASS CATCHER 917.24898 Owner's Manual

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TIPS FOR iMPROVED
BAGGING
OPERATION:
Follow the mower operation instructions in your tractor
owner's manual.
When operating your grass catcher on a lawn where grass
and leaf bagging equipment has not been used, you are
picking up thatch and debris that has accumulated for long
periods of time. The amount collected and the total time
of operation may be greater than you will experience with
regular use of your grass catcher.
Always run throttle at full speed when bagging.
Select a gear low enough to give good mower cutting
performance,
good quality cut and good bagging
performance.
NOTE: It may be necessary to overlap width of cut to suit
your conditions.
If grass is extremely tall, it should be mowed twice. The
first time relatively high, the second time to desired
height.
Use left hand side of mower for trimming.
Plastic trash bags can be inserted inside grass catcher
containers for ease of debris disposal. To remove the
plastic trash bags when full:
a. Disengage blades, shift into neutral, engage the
parking brake and stop the engine.
b. Raise seat. Unlatch and raise cover.
c. Remove one container
at a time by grasping
container handles and pulling toward the rear, off
of the tube rails.
d. With the container resting on the ground, close
and secure the top of the plastic lawn bag.
e. Tip the container on its side and slide the filled bag
from the container.
f.
install a new plastic lawn bag with the edges of the
bag draped over upper lip of the container.
g. Repeat for other containers.
h. Reinstall containers making sure right container
overlaps left container at center supports.
j.
Close cover and secure latches over center support
tubes.
Avoid cutting wet grass or in the morning while the dew
is still heavy. Grass clippings collected under these
conditions tend to be sticky and adhere to the walls of
the flow path causing clogging.
Your bagger is equipped with a full bagger indicator.
Movement of the wheel increases as the bags fill. The
wheel will be spinning fastest just before the bags fill
completely. When the wheel stops, it indicates that the
bags are full and the chutes have become clogged.
NOTE: To help prevent clogging of chutes, check/empty
bags when the wheel is spinning fast. Experience will teach
you the best time to empty the bags.
Care should be taken not to damage the parts and that
the wheel spins freely at the beginning of each use.
If the grass catcher fails to pick up cut grass or leaves,
it is an indication that clogging has occurred in the
system or that the grass catcher containers are full.
Usually this is indicated by the stopped movement of
the full bagger indicator.
a. Disengage blades, shift into neutral, engage the
parking brake and stop the engine.
- Raise seat. Unlatch and raise cover.
b,
- Slide out containers and dispose of clippings.
- Replace containers, close cover, and latch.
Unlatch chutes and check for clogging.
- Remove all debris in chutes.
- Reassemble and latch chutes
c. Checktoinsurefull
baggerindicatorhasnotbecome
clogged.
- The air passage hole must be clear of debris.
Gently insert a small twig or wire into passageway
to clear.
CAUTION
= Do not operate
mower
with grass catcher
partially installed.
= Disengage
blades
and stop engine
before
leaving
tractor
seat to empty
containers,
unclogging
chutes, etc.
• Close cover before starting.
• Disengage
mower when crossing
driveways
or gravel
surfaces
and other areas where
thrown objects could be a hazard.
= Do not attempt to vacuum
up cans or other
potentially hazardous
projectiles.
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