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Craftsman 917.276640 Operator's Manual Page 5

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Remove
gas-powered
equipment
from
Check
their proper
operation
regularly.
the truck or trailer
and refuel
it on the
Keep machine
free of grass,
leaves,
or
ground.
If this is not possible,
then
other debris
build-up.
Clean oil or fuel
refuel
such equipment
with a portable
spillage
and remove
any fuel-soaked
container,dispenser
nozzle.rather
than from a gasoline
storing.debris
Allow
machine
to cool before
Keep the nozzle
in contact
with the rim
If you strike a foreign
object,
stop and
of the fuel tank or container
opening
at
inspect
the machine.
Repair,
if neces-
all times
until fueling
is complete.
Do
sary, before
restarting.
not use a nozzle
lock-open
device.
Never make any adjustments
or repairs
If fuel is spilled
on clothing,
change
with the engine
running.
clothing
immediately.
Check
grass catcher
components
and
Never overfill fuel tank. Replace
gas
the discharge
guard frequently
and
cap and tighten
securely,
replace
with manufacturer's
recom-
GENERAL
SERVICE
mended
parts, when
necessary.
Mower blades
are sharp.
Wrap the
Never operate
machine
in a closed
blade or wear gloves,
and use extra
area.
caution
when servicing
them.
Keep all nuts and bolts tight to be sure
Check
brake operation
frequently.
Ad-
the equipment
is in safe working
condi-
just and service
as required.
tion.
Maintain
or replace
safety
and instruc-
Never tamper
with safety devices,
tion labels,
as necessary.
Be sure the area is clear
of bystand-
ers before
operating.
Stop machine
if
anyone
enters the area.
Never carry
passengers.
Do not mow in reverse
unless abso-
lutely necessary.
Always
look down
and behind
before and while backing.
Never carry children,
even with the
blades
shut off. They may fall off and
be seriously
injured
or interfere
with
safe machine
operation.
Children
who
have been given
rides in the past may
suddenly
appear
in the mowing
area
for another
ride and be run over or
backed
over by the machine.
Keep children
out of the mowing
area
and in the watchful
care of a respon-
sible adult other than the operator.
Be alert and turn machine
off if a child
enters the area.
Before
and while backing,
look behind
and down for small children.
Mow up and down
slopes
(15 ° Max),
not across.
Choose
a low ground
speed
so that
you will not have to stop or shift while
on the slope.
Avoid starting,
stopping,
or turning
on
a slope.
If the tires lose traction,
dis-
engage
the blades
and proceed
slowly
straight
down the slope.
If machine
stops while going
uphill,
disengage
blades,
shift into reverse
and back down slowly.
Do not turn on slopes
unless
neces-
sary, and then, turn slowly
and gradu-
ally downhill,
if possible.
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