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CRAFTSMAN 917.28803 Operator's Manual

Lawn tractor 17.5 hp,*42" mower electric start 6 speed transaxle.
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Operator's Manual
17.5 HP,*42" Mower
Electric Start
6 Speed Transaxle
Model No.
• Espafiol,
p. 33
This product has a low emission
which operates
from previously
built engines.
Before you start the
engine, read and understand
this Owner's
Read and follow all Safety
Rules and Instructions before
operating this equipment.
For answers to your questions
this product, Call:
Sears Craftsman
Help Line
5 am - 5 pm, Mort - Sat
Sears, Roebuck
and Co., Hoffman
Estates, IL 60179 U.S.A.
Visit our Craftsman
*As rated by the engine manufacturer

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    Call: 1-800-659-5917 Rules and Instructions before Sears Craftsman Help Line operating this equipment. 5 am - 5 pm, Mort - Sat Sears, Roebuck and Co., Hoffman Estates, IL 60179 U.S.A. Visit our Craftsman *As rated by the engine manufacturer...

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    Assembly/Pre-Operation ......Troubleshooting ........Sears Service ......Back Cover Operation ..........Maintenance Schedule ......CRAFTSMAN LIMITED WARRANTY TWO YEARS ON TRACTOR When operated and maintained according to all supplied instructions, if this tractor fails due to a defect in material...

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    DANGER: This cutting machine is capable of amputating hands and feet and throwing objects. Failure to observe the following safety instructions could result in serious injury or death. • Do not mow in reverse unless absolutely _,WARNING: In order to prevent accidental necessary.

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    II. SLOPE OPERATION • Before and while backing, look behind and down for small children. Slopes are a major factor related to loss of • Never carry children, even with the blades control and tip-over accidents, which shutoff. They may fall offand beseriously result in severe...

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    • Keep machine free of grass, leaves, • Remove gas-powered equipment from the other debris build-up. Clean oil or fuel spill- truck or trailer and refuel it on the ground. age and remove any fuel-soaked debris. If this is not possible, then refuel such...

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    .030") AGREEMENTS Ground Speed Forward: Congratulations on making a smart purchase. (MPH): Your new Craftsman® product is designed and manufactured for years of dependable operation. But like all products, it may require repair from time to time. That's when having a Repair Protection Agreement can save you money and aggravation.

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    Steering Wheel Steering (1) Large Flat Washer Wheel Insert (1) 5/16 Look Washer (1) Hex Bolt 5/16-18 x 4 Steering Steering Wheel Extension Adapter Shaft Seat (1) Washer _@(1) Knob (1) Seat (1) Oil Drain Tube For Future Use Slope Sheet Keys (2) Keys...

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    Your newtractor has been assembled at the factory with the exception of those parts left unassembledfor shipping purposes.To ensure safe and proper operation of your tractor all parts and hardwareyou assemble must be tightened securely.Usethe correct tools as necessary to insure proper tightness. TOOLS REQUIRED FOR ASSEMBLY...

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    NOTE: You may now roll your tractor Lower seat into operating position sit in seat. the skid. Follow the appropriate instruction below to remove the tractor from the skid. Slide seat until a comfortable position is reached which allows to press WARNING: Before starting, read, un-...

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    CHECKTIREPRESSURE _CHECKLIST The tires on your tractor were overinflated at Before you operate and enjoy your new the factory for shipping purposes. Correct tractor, we wish to assure that you receive tire pressure is important for best cutting the best performance and satisfaction from performance.

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    These symbols may appear on your tractor or in literature supplied with the product. Learn and understandtheir meaning. REVERSE NEUTRAL HIGH CHOKE FAST SLOW IGNITION SWITCH I,m.I MOWER LIFT ENGINE OFF REVERSE ENGINE ON ENGINE START PARKING DRAKE MOWER HEIGHT OPERATION SYSTEM (ROS) CLUTCH/BRAKE...

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    KNOW YOUR TRACTOR READ THIS OWNER'S MANUAL AND SAFETY RULES BEFORE OPERATING YOUR TRACTOR Compare the illustrations with your tractor to familiarize yourself with the locations of various controls and adjustments. Save this manual for future reference. Attachment Ignition Switch Clutch Lever Throttle/Choke Control...

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    The operation of any tractor can result in foreign objectsthrown into the eyes, which can result in severe eye damage. Always wear safety glasses or eye shields while operatingyour tractor or performingany adjustments or repairs. We recommenda wide vision safety mask over spectacles or standard safety glasses.

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    USING THE REVERSE OPERATION • The average lawn should be cut to ap- SYSTEM- proximately 2-1/2 inches during the cool season and to over 3 inches during Depress clutch/brake pedal all the way months. For healthier and better looking down and hold.

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    TOWING CARTS AND OTHER ATTACH- CAUTION: Alcohol blended fuels (called MENTS gasohol or using ethanol or methanol) attract moisture which leads to separation Tow only the attachments that are recom- and formation of acids during storage. Acidic mended by and comply with specifications gas can damage the fuel system of an engine...

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    COLD WEATHER STARTING ( 50 ° F and below) When engine starts, leave throttle control in choke position until engine warms and begins to run roughly. Once rough running begins, immediately move throttle control to the fast position. Engine warm-up may take from several seconds to several...

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    MAINTENANCE BEFORE EVERY EVERY EVERY EVERY EVERY BEFORE SCHEDULE EACH SEASON STORAGE HOURS HOURS HOURS HOURS Check Brake Operation T Check Tire Pressure CheckOperatorPresence & ROSSystem= Check for Loose Fasteners C Check/Replace Mower Blades 0 Check Battery Level Lubrication Chart Clean Battery and Terminals Check Transaxle Cooling Check Mower Levelness...

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    ROS "ON" Position Engine "ON" Position TRACTOR (Normal Operating) Always observe safety ruleswhen performing any maintenance. BRAKE OPERATION If tractor requires more than five (5) feet to stop at highest speed in highest gear on a level, dry concrete or paved surface, then brake...

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    BATTERY Check the crankcase oil level before starting the engine and after each eight (8) hours of Your tractor has a battery charging system which is sufficient for normal use. However, operation. Tighten oil fill cap/dipstick periodic charging of the battery with an au- curely each...

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    IN-LINE FUEL FILTER CLEANING The fuel filter should be replaced once each Clean engine, battery, seat, finish, etc. of season. If fuel filter becomes clogged, all foreign matter. structing fuel flowto carburetor, replacement Keep finished surfaces and wheels free is required. of all gasoline, oil, etc.

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    & WARNING: TO AVOID SERIOUS INJURY, BEFORE PERFORMING SERVICE OR ADJUSTMENTS: 1. Depress clutch/brake pedal fully and set parking brake. 2. Place gearshift lever in neutral (N) position. 3. Place attachment clutch in "DISENGAGED" position. 4. Turn ignition key to "STOP" and remove key. 5.

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    • To raise front of mower, loosen nut"F" from LEVEL MOWER HOUSING trunnion on both front links. Tighten Adjust the mower while tractor is parked "E" on both front links an equal number level ground or driveway. Make sure tires are of turns.

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    TO REPLACE MOWER BLADE DRIVE TO REPLACE MOTION DRIVE BELT BELT Park the tractor on level surface. Engage The mower blade drive belt may be replaced parking brake. For assistance, there is a without tools. Park the tractor on level sur- belt installation guide decal on bottom...

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    TRANSAXLE GEAR SHIFT LEVER NEU- TO REMOVE WHEEL FOR REPAIRS TRAL ADJUSTMENT 1. Block up axle securely. The transaxle should be in neutral when the 2. Remove axle cover, retaining ring and washers to allow wheel removal (rear gear shift lever is in neutral (N) (lock gate) wheels have a square key - Do not...

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    TO REMOVE CABLES, REVERSE Replace bulb in holder push bulb ORDER- holder securely back into the hole in the backside of the grill. BLACK cable first from chassis Close hood. then from the fully charged battery. INTERLOCKS RELAYS RED cable last from both batteries.

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    FINAL SETTING Check that holes '_' in governor control lever hole in governor plate line- Start engine and allow to warm for five If holes '_' are not aligned, loosen minutes. Make final adjustments with clamp screw and move throttle cable until engine running...

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    Immediatelyprepareyourtractorforstorage ENGINE at the end of the season or if the tractor will FUEL SYSTEM not be used for 30 days or more. IMPORTANT: It is important prevent _WARNING: Never store the tractor with gum deposits from forming in essential fuel gasoline in the tank inside a building where system...

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    TROUBLESHOOTING CHART: See appropriate section in manual unless directed to Sears service center PROBLEM CAUSE CORRECTION Will not start out of fuel. Fill fuel tank. Engine net "CHOKED" properly. See "TO START ENGINE" in Operation section. Engine flooded. Wait several minutes before attempting to start.

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    TROUBLESHOOTING CHART: See appropriate section in manual unless directed to Sears service center PROBLEM CAUSE CORRECTION Weak or dead battery. Recharge or replace battery. Engine clicks but will not start Corroded battery terminals. Clean battery terminals. Loose or damaged wiring. Check attwiring.

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    TROUBLESHOOTING CHART: See appropriate section in manual unless directed to Sears service center CAUSE PROBLEM CORRECTION Poorcut-uneven Replace blade. Tighten blade bolt Worn, bent or loose blade. cutting Level mower deck. Mower deck not level. Clean underside of mower Buildup of grass, leaves, and trash under mower.

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    TROUBLESHOOTING CHART: See appropriate section in manual unless directed to Sears service center PROBLEM CAUSE CORRECTION Engine "backfires" Engine throttle control not se Move throttlecontrol between when turning between hatf and futt speed (fast' hatf and full speed (fast) position engine "OFF"...

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    SUGGESTED GUIDE FOR SIGHTING SLOPES FOR SAFE OPERATION 1. Fold this page along dotted line indicated above. 2. Hold page before you so that its left edge is vertically parallel to a tree trunk or other upright structure, 3. Sight across the fold in the direction of hill slope you want to measure.

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    Contratapa Mantenimiento ..........GARANTiA MMITADA DE CRAFTSMAN DOS AI_IOS PARA TRACTORES Si opera y mantiene este tractor seg0n todas las instrucciones provistas, y este deja de funcionar debido a defectos del material o de la mano de obra dentro de los dos aSos posteriores a la fecha de compra, comuniquese al 1-800-4-MY-HOME(Rh para obtener una reparaci6n sin cargo.

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    PELIGRO: Esta Maquina cortadora es capaz de amputar las manosy los pies y de lanzar objetos, si no se observan las instrucciones de seguridad siguientes se pueden producir lesiones graves o la muerte. No hacer funcionar la m&quina sin el captador _ADVERTENCIA: Siempre desconecte...

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    • Escoger una velocidad de marcha baja de Nunca permitir que ni_os u otras personas mode que no sea necesario pararse o cambiar estRn dentro del equipo per remolcar. estando en una pendiente. En pendientes, el peso del equipo remolcado •...

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    • Las cuchillas del cortac6sped son afiladas. • Mantener lamb, quina libre de hierba, hojas Envolver la cuchilla, ponerse guantes y poner u otros residuos acumulados. Limpiar las la maxima atenci6n cuando se hacen opera- salpicaduras de aceite o carburante y quitar clones en elias.

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    R EPARAClON Velocidad de Marcha Hacia Adelante: Congratulaciones por su buena compra. Recarrido(MPH): Su nuevo producto Craftsman® est& dise_iado 2 red y fabricado para funcionar de modo fiable por 3 rd muchos aSos. Pero como todos los productos, 4 th...

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    Volante de direcci6n Inserto (1) Arandela volante direcci6n (1) Arandela (1) Perno hexagonal seguridad 5/1 6 5/16-18 x 4 Eje de Extenci6n _esorio Adaptador transci6n de la direcci6n Asiento (1) Arandela de calibre (1) Asiento Hoja de pendiente Llaves (2) Llaves...

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    Su tractor nuevo ha sido montado en la f&brica con la excepci6n de aquellas partes que no se han montado por razones de envio. Para asegurarse que su tractor funcione en forma adecuada y segura todas las partes y los articulos de ferreteria que se monten tienen que ser apretados en forma segura. Use las herramientas correctas, seg6n sea necesario,...

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    Deslice el asiento hasta que Ilegue a una AVI80: Ahora puede rodar su tractor fuera de posici6n c6moda, que le permita presionar la corredera. Siga las siguientes instrucciones el pedal del embrague/freno completamente para remover el tractor de la corredera. hasta abajo.

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    REVISION DE LA PRESION DE LAS V" LISTA DE REVISION LLANTAS ANTES DE OPERAR Y DE DISFRUTAR DE SU Las Ilantas en su tractor fueron infladas de- TRACTOR NUEVO, LE DESEAMOS QUE RE- masiado en la f&brica por razones de envio. La CIBA EL MEJOR RENDIMIENTO Y LA MAYOR presi6n de las Ilantas correctas es importante...

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    Estos simbolos pueden aparecer sobre su tractor o en la literatura proporcionada con el producto. Aprenda y comprenda sus significados. I'.,I MARCHAATR/_S NEUTRO ALTO BAJO R,&PIDO LENTO ESTRANGU- LACION (®) MOTOR MOTOR MOTOR FRENO DE ALTURADE LA LEVANTAMIENTO APAGADO SISTEMA ENCENDIDO EN MARCHA ESTACIONAMIENTO SEGADORA...

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    FAMILIARICESE CON SU TRACTOR LEA ESTE MANUAL DEL DUEI_IO Y LAS REGLAS DE SEGURIDAD ANTES DE OPERAR SU TRACTOR Compare las ilustraciones con su tractor para familiarizarse con las ubicaciones de los diversos controles y ajustes, Guarde este manual para referencia en el futuro, Palanca del embrague ROS "ON"...

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    La operaci6n de cualquier tractor puede hacer que salten objetos extra_ios dentro de sus ojos, Io que puede producir dahos graves en 6stos. Siempre use anteojos de seguridad o protecciones para los ojos mientras opere su tractor o cuando haga ajustes o reparaciones. Recomendamos el uso de la m&scara de segu- ridad de visi6n amplia, para use sobre los espejuelos o anteojos de seguridad...

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    USAR EL SlSTEMA DE FUNCIONAMIENTO • El c6sped promedio debe cortarse aproximada- ATR,_,S - mente a 2-1/2 pulgadas durante la temporada fria y sobre 3 pulgadas durante los meses Presionar el pedal embrague/freno hasta el calurosos. Para obtener un c_sped m&s salu- fondo y mantenerlo apretado.

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    PRECAUClON: Combustibles mezclados con REMOLQUE DE CARRETILLAS O OTROS ACCESORIOS alcohol (conocidos como gasohol, o el uso de etanol o metanol) pueden atraer la humedad, Remolque solamente los accesorios reco- la que conduce a la separaci6n y formaci6n mendados y especificados por el fabricante del tractor.

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    ARRANQUE CON TIEMPO FR[O (50 ° Y MENOS) AI hacer arrancar el motor, mantenga el ..control de la aceleraci6n a la posici6n de estrangulaci6n hasta que el motor se caliente y empieze funcionar mal. Una vez que empieze a funcionar mal, mueva inme- diatamente el control de la aceleraci6n a la ¢...

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    PROGRAMA ANTES CADA CADA CADA CADA CADA ALMACENAMIE_r_o MANTEN'M'ENTO CADA use TEMPORADA HORAS HORAS HORAS HORAS Revisar la operaok_r, delf ..Revisar la presidn de las [lantas Verifiez la commande de presence dLop_rateur et le sistema d ROS A Revi_, _ih_y s_j_t_ ..Ito_ V"...

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    • Cuando el motor est& en marcha con el TRACTOR interruptor de Ilave del sistema de funcio- Siempre observe las reglas de seguridad ando d6 mantenimiento. namiento atras (ROS) en la posici6n "ON" y el embrague del accesorio conectado, cual- OPERACl0N DEL FRENO quier tentativa del operador de viajar marcha...

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    AVISO: No use un elavo para balancear la cuchilla. Los 16bulos del agujero central pueden aparecer como centrados, pero no Io est&n. • Deslice la cuchilla en una parte no roscada del perno de acere e clavija y sujete el perno o la clavija paralelo al suelo.

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    LIMPIEZA DE LA REJILLA DE AIRE Use un medidor en la tapa/varilla indicadora La rejilla de aire debe mantenerse sin mugre del nivel para relleno del aceite para revisar el nivel. Mantenga el aceite en la linea de y paja para evitar el da_io al motor debido al Ileno (FULL) en la varilla indicadora sobrecalentamiento.

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    DVERTENCIA:PARA EVITAR LESIONES SERIAS, ANTES DE DAR CUALQUIER SERVICIO O DE HACER AJUSTES: Presione el pedal del embrague/freno completamente y aplique el freno de estacionamiento. 2• Ponga la palanca de cambios en la posici6n de neutro (N)• 3• Ponga el embrague del accesorio en la posici6n desenganchado (DISENGAGED)•...

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    PARA NIVELAR LA CAJA DE LA SEGA- • Si los varillajes no tienen la misma Iongitud, DORA ajuste un varillaje a la misma Iongitud que el otro. Ajuste la segadora mientras que el tractor est6 estacionado en terreno nivelado o en la entrada •...

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    PARA CAMBIAR LA CORREA DE IMPULSION Pruebe el tractor en el camino para verificar si DE LA CUCHILLA SEGADORA existe la distancia de parada adecuada, seg0n se ha establecido anteriormente. Vuelva a La correa de impulsi6n de la cuchilla segadora ajustada si es necesario.

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    PARA HACER ARRANCAR EL MOTOR CON Conecte el cable de conexi6n a tierra NEGRO UNA BATERfA BAJA al terminal negativo (-) con el perno hexagonal y la tuerca que queden. Aprietelos en forma _ADVERTENCIA: Las baterias de &cido-plo- segura. mo generan gases explosivos.

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    MOTOR AJUSTE PRELIMINAR- El mantenimiento, la reparaci6n, o elreemplazo El conjunto del filtro de aire tiene que mon- decualquier d ispositivos o sistemas delcontrol tarse en el carburador cuando se hagan los dela emisi6n, l oscuales seanhechos al costo ajustes en 6ste. delcliente,pueden set realizados pot cualquier AsegQrese que el cable de control de la individuo o establecimiento de reparaci6n d e...

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    Inmediatamente prepare su tractor para el etanol o metanol) pueden atraer humedad, Io que conduce a la separaci6n y a la formaci6n almacenamiento al final de la temporada o si el de acudos durante elalmacenamiento. tractor no se va a usar por 30 dias o mb,s. gasolina acidica puede da_iar el sistema de _ADVERTENClA: Nunca almacene el trac-...

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    IDENTIFICACION DE PROBLEMAS: Vea la seccion apropiada en et manual a menos que este dirigido a un centro de servicio Sears. PROBLEMA CAUSA CORRECCION No arranea 1. Sin combustible. 1. Uene el estanque de combustible, 2. Motor sin la 2, Vea "PARA ARRANCAR MOTOR"...

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    IDENTIFICACION DE PROBLEMAS: Yea la seccion apropiada en el manual a menos que est_ dirigido a un centro de servicio Sears. CAUSA CORRECCION PROBLEMA Perdida de fuerza 3. Acumulaci6n de cesped, hojas y 3. Limpie la parte inferior de la caja (continuado) basura debajo de la segadora•...

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    IDENTIFICACION DE PROBLEMAS: Yea la seccion apropiada en el manual a menos que est_ dirigido a un centro de servicio Sears. CAUSA CORRECCION PROBLEMA Las cuchillas 1, Obstrucci6n en el mecanismo 1. Remueva la obstrucci6n. segadoras no rotan del embrague. _>.

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    GUIA SUGERIDA PARA MEDIR LAS PENDIENTES CON LA VISTA PARA UNA OPERACION SEGURA SOLAMENTE ANDE CUESTA ARRIBA O CUESTA ABAJO Y NO ATRAVIESE EL CERRO 15 GRADOS MAX. ADVERTENCIA: Para evitar dahos graves, haga funcionar su tractor arriba y abajo de las pendientes, nunca transversalmente con respecto alas pendientes.

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