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Craftsman 536.88123 Instructions Manual

12.5 horsepower 33 inch dual stage 120v. electric start snow thrower.
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12.5 Horsepower
33 Inch Dual Stage
120V. Electric Start
Read and follow all Safety
Rules and Operating
before first use
of this product.
SEARS, ROEBUCK AND CO., Hoffman Estates, IL 60179 U.S.A.


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    12.5 Horsepower 33 Inch Dual Stage 120V. Electric Start SNOW THROWER MODEL NO. 536.881230 Caution: Read and follow all Safety Rules and Operating Instructions before first use of this product. SEARS, ROEBUCK AND CO., Hoffman Estates, IL 60179 U.S.A. F-O01059J 07/23/99...

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    TWO-YEAR WARRANTY For two years from the date of purchase, when this Craftsman Snow Thrower is main- tained, lubricated, and tuned up according to the operating and maintenance instruc- tions in the owner's manual, Craftsman will repair, free of charge, any defect in mate-...

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    PREPARATION Thoroughly inspect the area where the snow thrower is to be used and remove all doormats, sleds, boards, wires and other foreign objects. Disengage all clutches before starting the engine (motor). Do not operate the snow thrower without wearing adequate winter outer garments.

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    17. Disengage power to the auger/impeller when snow thrower is transportedor not in use. 18. Use only attachments and accessories approved by the manufacturer snow thrower (such as tire chains, electric start kits, etc). 19. Never operate the snow thrower without good visibility or light.

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    Parts packed separately in carton (not shown full size) 2 - Ignition Keys (Attached to engine in plastic bag) CAUTION: Always wear safety glasses or eye shields while assembling snow thrower, TOOLS REQUIRED FOR ASSEMBLY 1 - Knife to cut carton and plastic ties 2 - 1/2 inch wrenches (or adjustable wrenches) 9/16 inch wrenches (or adjustable...

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    HOW TO SET UP YOUR SNOW THROWER NOTE: Place fuel stabilizer In a safe place untll needed for storage. • Remove top pallet from carton. • Cut and discard the plastic ties securing the chute rod to the upper pallet and place aside.

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    • Place yoke end of crank rod around uni- versal joint, lining up openings. Insert clevis pin through assembly and secure with cotter pin. Spread ends of cotter pin to lock in place. See figure below. • Tighten nut on eye bolt, keeping eye in line with the rod while tightening the inside securely.

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    Position shifter lever assembly as shown in figure below. ,€ Control Panel • Reinstall bolt, spring, washer and Iocknut. See last figure on page 7, • Tighten Iocknut until 1/8 to 3/16 inch of the bolt threads protrude past the Iocknut •...

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    We recommend standard safety glasses or a wide vision safety mask for over your glasses, available at Craftsman Retail Stores or Service Centers. Save this manual for future Fuel Fast...

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    Auger Drive Lever - Starts and stops the auger and impeller (snow gathering and throwing). Traction Drive Lever - Propels the snow thrower forward and in reverse. Speed Select Lever - Selects the speed of snow thrower (6 speeds forward and 2 speeds reverse).

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    • Engage t he traction drive lever as shown in next figure, left hand. As the snow thrower starts to move, maintain a firm hold on the handles, and guide the snow thrower along the cteadng path. Do not attempt to push the snow thrower. •...

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    FILL GAS NOTICE: ENGINES WHICH ARE CERTI- FIED TO COMPLY WITH CALIFORNIA AND US EPA EMISSION REGULATIONS FOR ULGE ENGINES: Are certified to oper- ate on regular unleadedgasoline. the following emisssion control system(s): EM, TWC (if so equipped). Include any user adjustable features - therefore no other adustments are needed.

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    • Connect the power cord to the switch box on the engine. • Plug the other end of the power cord into a three-hole, grounded 120 volt A.C. receptacle. • Push the primer button while covedng the vent hole as follows: (Remove finger from primer button between primes).

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    FROZEN RECOIL STARTER If the starter is frozen and will not turn engine: • Pull as much rope out of the starter as possible. • Release the starter handle and let it snap back against the starter. If the starter still fails to turn engine, repeat the two previous steps until the starter en- gages.

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    CUSTOMER RESPONSIBILITIES SERVICE RECORDS Fill in dates Mter first2 fou complete _lour_ Use regular service Tighten All Screws & Nuts i Lubncate Pivot Points Lubricate Auger Shaft {See Shear Bolt Replacement Lubncate Disc Drive Plate Zerk Check Spark Plug Check Engine Oil Level Change Engine Oil Check Fuel...

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    SNOW THROWER AFTER FIRST • Check for any loose or damaged parts after each use. • Tighten any loose fasteners, • Check and maintain the auger. AFTER EACH • Remove all snow and slush off the snow thrower to prevent freezing of auger or controls.

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    LUBRICATION • Hex Shaft and Gears - Hex shaft and gears require no lubrication. All bearings and bushings are lifetime lubricated and require no maintenance. NOTE: Any greasing or oiling of the above components can cause contamination of the friction wheel. If the disc drive plate or friction wheel comes in contact with grease or oil, damage to the friction wheel will re- sult.

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    CAUTION: Always disconnect the spark plug wire and tie back away from the plug before making any adjustments or repairs. TO ADJUST SKID HEIGHT This snow thrower is equipped with two height adjustment skids, located on the out- side of the auger housing (see figure be- low).

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    The drive belts on this snow thrower are of special construction and should be replaced with original equipment belts available from your nearest Craftsman Store or Service Center. You will need the assistance of a second person while replacing the belts.

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    • Remove top two bolts that secure auger housing to motor mount frame. Loosen bottom two botts, Auger housing and motor mount frame will s eparate, hinged by bottom two bolts. • Remove old bell from auger drive pulley. • Install the original equipment replacement belt in reverse order of removal.

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    " --.exS.e. 3" If adjustment is necessary: • Remove washer and cotter pin connect- ing trunnion nut to speed rod (see figure below). • Twist trunnion nut up or down on shift rod to obtain the correct friction wheel posi- tion.

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    TO ADJUST CARBURETOR If you think your carburetor needs adjusting, see your nearest Authorized Craftsman Service Center. Engine performance should not be affected at altitudes up to 7,000 feet. For operation at higher eleva- tions, contact your nearest Craftsman Ser- vice Center.

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    NOTE: A yearly checkup or tune-up by a Craftsman Service Center is a good way to insure that your snow thrower will provide maximum performance for the next season.

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    Stop engine immediately and disconnect spark plug wire. Tighten atl bolts and make all necessary repairs, if vibration continues, have the unit ser- viced by a Craftsman service repairman Adjust auger drive belt: Replace if damaged Adjust traction drive cable...

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