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Operation; Maintenance/Storage - Craftsman TINE DETHATCHER 486.24312 Owner's Manual

40" front mount tine dethatcher
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CUSTOMER RESPONSIBILITIES
• Read and follow the maintenance schedule and the maintenance procedures listed in this section.
MAINTENANCE SCHEDULE
Fill in dates as you
complete regular service.
Check for loose fasteners
Lubrication
CHECK FOR LOOSE FASTENERS
Before each use check all nuts and bolts for
tightness. Tighten loose fasteners before using.
LUBRICATION
• Before each use apply a small amount of motor oil
between washer and wheel bearing and between
washer and top of axle bushing. See figure 16.
OIL
FIGURE 16
OPERATING TIPS
De-thatching is recommended for early spring, late fall and
prior to fertilizing. It is not recommended to de-thatch with
every mowing of the lawn. The tine dethatcher can be easily
removed for storage (Maintenance/Storage).
Always start with transmission in first (low) gear and
gradually increase speed as conditions permit.
Do not attempt to use dethatcher in field mowing.
• For best results, use a "criss-cross" pattern on your lawn.
• Vary vehicle speed to determine best speed.
• The front and rear tines should be kept level.
• Stop vehicle and lift dethatcher to transport position
when making sharp turns.
STORAGE
• Always store in a dry area, and coat spring tines with
light oil when not in use.
TO REMOVE DETHATCHER FROM TRACTOR
(Refer to figure 17).
• Lower dethatcher to ground.
• Remove 3/32" (small) hairpin cotter and 3/8" x 3/4"
clevis pin from lift handle. Remove handle from
handle lift bracket.
• Slide lift handle out between lift handle arm and
handle lock bracket.
OPERATION / MAINTENANCE / STORAGE
X
X
OIL
SMALL HAIRPIN COTTER
FIGURE 17
(Refer to figure 18).
• Remove the two outside (large) 1/8" hairpin cotters
from mounting shaft and slide keeper plates off ends
of mounting shaft.
• Lift dethatcher from hitch bracket slots.
• Reassemble hairpin cotters and keeper plates to
mounting shaft for storage.
MOUNTING
SHAFT
HITCH
PLATE
(LARGE) 1/8"
HAIRPIN COTTER
FIGURE 18
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Service Dates
LIFT HANDLE
HANDLE LOCK
BRACKET
LIFT HANDLE
ARM
CLEVIS PIN
LIFT HANDLE
BRACKET
SLOT
KEEPER
PLATE
(LARGE) 1/8"
HAIRPIN
COTTER

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