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Craftsman 917.249780 Owner's Manual

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8E/ALR8
OWNER'S
MANUAL
MODEL NO.
917.249780
Caution:
Read
and follow
all Safety Rules
and Instruct,ons
Before Operating
This Equipment
£RAFTSMAN°
38 INCH MOWER
GRASS CATCHER
• Assembly
• Operation
• Customer Responsibilities
• Repair Parts
Sears, Roebuck
and Co., Hoffman Estates,
IL 60169 U.S.A.

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  • Page 1 8E/ALR8 OWNER'S MANUAL MODEL NO. 917.249780 £RAFTSMAN° 38 INCH MOWER Caution: Read and follow GRASS CATCHER all Safety Rules and Instruct,ons Before Operating This Equipment • Assembly • Operation • Customer Responsibilities • Repair Parts Sears, Roebuck and Co., Hoffman Estates, IL 60169 U.S.A.
  • Page 2 SAFETY RULES Safe Operation Practices for Ride-On Mowers IMPORTANT: THIS CU'I-FING MACHINE IS CAPABLE OF AMPUTATING HANDS AND FEETAND THROWING OBJECTS. FAILURE TO OBSERVE THE FOLLOWING SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS COULD RESULT IN SERIOUS INJURY OR DEATH. GENERAL OPERATION I° DO NOT: Read, understand, and follow all instructions in the manual •...
  • Page 3 SAFETY RULES & Safe Operation Practices for Ride-On Mowers & Be sure the area is clear of other people before mowing. Stop machine if anyone enters the area. Look for this symbol to point out important safety precautions. It means CAUTION!!! Never carry passengers or children even with the blades off.
  • Page 4 Know Your Grass Catcher READ THIS OWNER'S MANUAL AND SAFETY RULES BEFORE ASSEMBLING OR OPERATING YOUR GRASS CATCH ER. Compare the illustrations with the carton contents to familiarize yourself with the parts before starting the assembly. Study the operating instructions and safety precautions thoroughly to insure proper functioning of your Grass Catcher and to prevent injury to yourself and others.
  • Page 5 ASSEMBLY BEFORE YOU START TO ASSEMBLE THE GRASS CATCHER Some tracto r models may need minor modifications before you can mount the grass catcher to the tractor. Look carefully at the mower deck on your tractor and compare the deck mandrel to the illustrations below. If your mower deck mandrel looks like STYLE "A", your tractor is ready - proceed with the grass catcher assembly.
  • Page 6 ASSEMBLY If your tractor does not have four (4) shoulder bolts installed on the drawbar, follow the instructions below. MOWER DECK BAFFLE (See Fig. 1) Use Hardware - - GROUP "A" Use Hardware - - GROUP "B" • Raise your tractor mower deck to its highest position. Only OReset of hardware in GROUP "B"...
  • Page 7 ASSEMBLY MOUNTING TO TRACTOR (See Fig. 3) CONTAINER ASSEMBLY (See Fig. 4) Use Hardware - - GROUP "C" No hardware required NOTE: For ease of assembly, you may wish to obtain the • Place bottom half inside of top half, as shown, assistance of another person for mounting assembly to •...
  • Page 8 ASSEMBLY CONTAINER MOUNTING (See Fig. 5) UPPER CHUTE (See Figs. 7A & 7B) No hardware required No hardware required • Install one container to left side first with warning to • Lower mower deck to its lowest cutting position, outside of unit. Install other container to right side. •...
  • Page 9 OPERATION TIPS FOR IMPROVED BAGGING Avoid cutting wet grass or in the morning while the dew is still heavy. Grass clippings collected under these OPERATION: conditions tend to be sticky and adhere to the walls of the flow path causing clogging. Follow the mower operation instructions in your tractor Your bagger is equipped with a full bagger indicator.
  • Page 10 • Grass catcher attachments used for commercial or rental purposes. WARRANTY SERVICE IS AVAILABLE BY RETURNING THE CRAFTSMAN GRASS CATCHER TO THE NEAREST SEARS SERVICE CENTER/DEPARTMENT IN THE UNITED STATES. THIS WARRANTY APPLIES ONLY WHILE THIS PRODUCT IS IN USE IN THE UNITED STATES.
  • Page 11 PREPARATION CAUTION: BEFORE PROCEEDING WITH PREPARATION OFTRACTOR: Depress clutch/brake pedal fully and set parking brake. Place gearshift/motion control lever in neutral (N) position. & Place attachment clutch in "DISENGAGED" position. Turn ignition key "OFF" and remove key, Make sure the blade and all moving parts have completely stopped. Disconnect spark plug wire from spark plug and place wire where it cannot come in contact with plug, NOTE...
  • Page 12 PREPARATION • Place the drawbar in a vice or similar locking device. • Cut out the 4 hole bolt pattern template from the back of DRILL 4 HOLE BOLT PAI"I'ERN (See Figs. 10,11 & 12) this manual. On some model tractors, it may be necessary to drill new •...
  • Page 13 DEFLECTOR TRIM TEMPLATE USE TRIANGLE ABOVE FOR A GUIDE TO TRIMMING YOUR DEFLECTOR SHIELD. CUT OUT SHADED AREA AND PLACE ON INSIDE BOTTOM EDGE OF DEFLECTOR. TRIM DEFLECTOR ALONG DOTTED LINE USING EITHER HEAVY SHEARS OR A HAND SAW. MOWER DECK BAFFLE DRILL...
  • Page 15 USE THIS SLOT TO AID IN POSITIONING TEMPLATE --,. HOLE #1 USE tl/32" DRILL 1 .) CUT OUT TEMPLATE. 2.) ALIGN TOP AND RIGHT EDGE WIRE LOOP HOLE OF TEMPLATE AND DRAWBAR. USE 9/32" DRILL 3.) TAPE IN POSITION. -4 n 4.) MARK AND DRILL HOLE #1 WIRE LOOP HOLE 5.) ASSEMBLE...
  • Page 18 REPAIR PARTS GRASS CATCHER - MODEL NUMBER 917.249780...
  • Page 19 REPAIR PARTS GRASS CATCHER - MODEL NUMBER 917.249780 PART DESCRIPTION PART DESCRIPTION Screw 5/16-18 x 3/4 72110506 126813X Post, Support 6918O Nut, Crownlock #10-24 63! 24 Locknut 5/16 x 18 127533 Screen, Cover 4939M Spring, Retainer 161312 Cover Asm.(Incl. 3,38,39) 74760512 Bolt, Hex 5/16-18 x 3/4 139569...
  • Page 20 £RAFTXMAN ° 8E /A 8 OWNER'S 38 INCH MOWER MANUAL GRASS CATCHER MODEL NO. Each grass catcher has its own model number. 917.249780 The Model Number for your grass catcher will be found on the model plate attached to the inside of the mounting bracket. All parts listed herein may be ordered from any Sears, Roebuck and Co.