Craftsman 917.249980 Owner's Manual page 3

Grass catcher 38" mower
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SAFETY
RULES
Safe Operation
Practices
for Ride=On Mowers
IV. TOWING
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Tow only with a machine that has a hitch designed for towing.
Do not attach towed equipment except at the hitch point.
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Follow the manufacturer's
recommendation
for weight limits
for towed equipment and towing on slopes.
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Never allow children or others in or on towed equipment.
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On slopes, the weight of the towed equipment may cause
loss of traction and loss of control.
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Travel slowly and allow extra distance to stop.
V. SERVICE
SAFE
HANDLING
OF GASOLINE
To avoid personal injury or property damage, use extreme care
in handling gasoline. Gasoline is extremely flammable and the
vapors are explosive.
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Extinguish all cigarettes, cigars, pipes, and other sources of
ignition.
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Use only approved gasoline container.
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Never remove gas cap or add fuel with the engine running.
Allow engine to cool before refueling.
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Never fuel the machine indoors.
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Never store the machine or fuel container where there is an
open flame, spark, or pilot light such as on a water heater
or other appliances.
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Never fill containers inside a vehicle or on a truck or trailer
bed with plastic liner. Always place containers on the ground
away from your vehicle when filling.
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Remove gas-powered
equipment
from the truck or trailer
and refuel it on the ground. If this is not possible, then refuel
such equipment with a portable container, rather than from
a gasoline dispenser nozzle.
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Keep the nozzle in contact with the rim of the fuel tank or
container opening at all times until fueling is complete. Do
not use a nozzle lock-open device.
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If fuel is spilled on clothing, change clothing immediately.
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Never overfill fuel tank. Replace gas cap and tighten se-
curely.
GENERAL
SERVICE
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Never operate machine in a closed are.
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Keep all nuts and bolts tight to be sure the equipment is in
safe working condition.
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Never tamper with safety devices. Check their proper opera-
tion regularly.
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Keep machine free of grass, leaves, or other debris build-up.
Clean oil or fuel spillage and remove any fuel-soaked debris.
Allow machine to cool before storing.
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If you strike a foreign object, stop and inspect the machine.
Repair, if necessary, before restarting.
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Never make any adjustments or repairs with the engine run-
ning.
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Check grass catcher components
and the discharge guard
frequently and replace with manufacturer's
recommended
parts, when necessary.
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Mower blades are sharp. Wrap the blade or wear gloves,
and use extra caution when servicing them.
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Check brake operation frequently.
Adjust and service as
required.
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Maintain or replace safety and instruction labels, as neces-
sary.
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Be sure the area is clear of bystanders before operat-
ing. Stop machine if anyone enters the area.
Never carry passengers.
Do not mow in reverse unless absolutely necessary.
Always look down and behind before and while back-
ing.
Nevercarrychildren,
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 thewatchful
care of a responsible 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.
Be alert and turn machine off if a child enters the
area.
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, disengage 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 necessary, and then, turn
slowly and gradually downhill, if possible.
CONGRATULATIONS
on your purchase of a new Grass Catcher. It has been designed, engineered and manufactured to
give you the best possible dependability and performance.
Should you experience any problems you cannot easily remedy, please contact your nearest authorized service center/
department. They have competent, well trained technicians and the proper tools to service or repair this unit.
Please read and retain this manual. The instructions will enable you to assemble and maintain your Grass Catcher properly.
Always observe the "SAFETY RULES".
SAFETY RULES .........................................................
2-3
CUSTOMER RESPONSIBILiTiES
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9
BAG OF PARTS .............................................................
4
STORAGE ......................................................................
9
ASSEMBLY .................................................................
5-7
WARRANTY ...................................................................
9
OPERATION ..................................................................
8
3
REPAIR PARTS .......................................................
10=11

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