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Craftsman 917.388040 Owner's Manual

4.5 horsepower 21" rear discharge rotary lawn mower
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Owner's Manual
IC..FTSM..°I
ROTARY LAWN MOWER
4.5 Horsepower
21" Rear Discharge
Model No.
917.388040
CAUTION:
Read and follow all
Safety Rules and Instructions
before operating this equipment
Sears, Roebuck and Co., Hoffman Estates, IL 60179
U.S.A.
Visit our Craftsman website: www.sears.com/craftsman

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  • Page 1 Owner's Manual IC..FTSM..°I ROTARY LAWN MOWER 4.5 Horsepower 21" Rear Discharge Model No. 917.388040 CAUTION: Read and follow all Safety Rules and Instructions before operating this equipment Sears, Roebuck and Co., Hoffman Estates, IL 60179 U.S.A. Visit our Craftsman website: www.sears.com/craftsman...
  • Page 2 LIMITED TWO YEAR WARRANTY ON CRAFTSMAN POWER MOWER For two (2) years from date of purchase, when this Craftsman Lawn Mower is main- tained, lubricated, and tuned up according to the operating and maintenance instruc- tions in the owner's manual, Sears will repair free of charge any defect in material or workmanship.
  • Page 3 I. GENERAL OPERATION II. SLOPE OPERATION • Read, understand, and follow all Slopes are a major factor related to slip instructions on the machine and in the and fall accidents which can result in manual(s) before starting. Be thoroughly severe injury. All slopes require extra cau- familiar with the controls and the proper tion.
  • Page 4 • Never make adjustments or repairs with • Never attempt to make wheel height the engine (motor) running. Disconnect adjustments while the engine (motor) is the spark plug wire, and keep the wire running. away from the plug to prevent accidental •...
  • Page 5 Read these instructions and this manual in Operator presence control bar its entirety before you attempt to assemble or operate your new lawn mower. IMPORTANT: This lawn mower is shipped WITHOUT OIL OR GASOLINE in the engine. LIFT Your new lawn mower has been as- sembled at the factory with the excep- tion of those parts left unassembled shipping purposes.
  • Page 6 KNOW YOUR LAWN MOWER READ THIS OWNER'S MANUAL AND ALL SAFETY RULES BEFORE OPERATING YOUR LAWN MOWER. Compare the illustrations with your lawn mower to familiarize yourself with the location of various controls and adjustments. Save this manual for future reference. These symbols may appear on your lawn mower or in literature supplied with the product.
  • Page 7 TO CONVERT MOWER The operationof any lawn mowercan resultin foreign Your lawn mower was shipped ready to be objectsthrown into the used as a mulcher. To convert to bagging: eyes, which can result in • Lift rear door of the lawn mower and severeeye damage.Always place the grass catcher frame hooks wear safetyglasses or eyeshields while...
  • Page 8 BEFORE STARTING ENGINE Gasoline ADD OIL filler cap Your lawnmower is shipped without oil in the engine. For type and grade of oil to use, see "ENGINE" in the Maintenance section of this manual. CAUTION: DO NOT overfill engine with oil, or it will smoke on startup.
  • Page 9 MULCHING MOWING TIPS MOWING TIPS IMPORTANT: For best performance, • Under certain conditions, such as very tall grass, it may be necessary to raise keep mower housing free of built-up the height of cut to reduce pushing grass and trash. See "CLEANING" in the effort and to keep from overloading the Maintenance section of this manual.
  • Page 10 Check for Loose Fasteners Ip1' Clean/Inspect Grass Catcher (If Equipped) Clean Lawn Mower Clean Under Drive Cover (Power-Propelled Mowers) _!_ Check dnve beWpulleys (Power-Propelled Mowers) Check/Sharpen/Replace Blade I_/g Lubrication Chart Clean Battery/Recharge (Electric Start Mowers) BE Check Engine Oil Level Change Engine Oil I1/'1,2 Clean Air Filter...
  • Page 11 PRODUCT SPECIFICATIONS Serial Number: Date of Purchase: Gasoline Capacity/Type: 1.5 Quarts (Unleaded Regular) Oil Type (API-SF-SJ): SAE 30 (above 32°F); SAE 5W-30 (below 32°F) Oil Capacity: 20 Ounces Spark Plug (Gap: .030") Champion RJ19LM or J19LM Blade Bolt Torque: 35-40 ft. Ibs. The model and serial numbers will be found on a decal on the rear of the lawn mower housing.
  • Page 12 GRASS CATCHER 6. Wait one minute to allow oil to settle. Insert and tighten dipstick, then re- • The grass catcher may be hosed with move it to check oil level. water, but must be dry when used. 7. Continue adding small amounts of •...
  • Page 13 SPARK PLUG • Clean the underside of your lawn mower by scraping to remove build-up of grass Replace spark plug at the beginning of and trash. each mowing season or after every 100 • Clean engine often to keep trash from hours of operation, whichever occurs accumulating.
  • Page 14 ENGINE suspected carburetor problems, take your lawn mower to a Sears or other qualified ENGINE SPEED service center for repair and/or adjust- Your engine speed has been factory set. ment. Do not attempt to increase engine speed IMPORTANT: Never tamper with the or it may result in personal injury.
  • Page 15 OTHER at least 10 minutes after adding stabilizer to allow the stabilizer to reach the carbure- • Do not store gasoline from one season tor. Do not drain the gas tank and carbure- to another. tor if using fuel stabilizer. •...
  • Page 16 TROUBLESHOOTING - See appropriate section in manual unless directed to a Sears Service Center. PROBLEM CAUSE CORRECTION Loss of power 1. Rear of lawn mower 1. Set to "Higher Cut" housing or cutting blade position. dragging in heavy grass. 2. Cutting too much grass. 2.
  • Page 17 GARANTiA LIMITADA DE DOS AI_IOS PARA LA SEGADORA A MOTOR CRAFTSMAN Por dos (2) ai_os, a partir de la fecha de compra, cuando esta Segadora Craftsman se mantenga, lubrique y aline segSn las instrucciones para la operaci6n y el mantenimiento en el manual del dueSo, Sears repararA gratis todo defecto en el material y la mano de obra.
  • Page 18 I. OPERACION II. OPERACION SOBRE LAS CUESTAS Los accidentes ocurren con mAs frecuencia en • Antes de empezar, debe familiarizarse las cuestas. Estos accidentes ocurren debido a completamente con los controles y el uso correcto de la maquina. Para esto, debe leer resbatadas o cafdas, tas cuales pueden resultar y comprender todas las instrucciones en graves lesiones.
  • Page 19 • Nunca haga funcionar una m&quina dentro • Pare e inspeccione el equipo si le pega a un de un _rea cerrada. objeto. Rep_,relo, si es necesario, antes de hacerlo arrancar. • Nunca haga ajustes o reparaciones mientras el motor est6 en marcha. Desconecte el •...
  • Page 20 Lea estas instrucciones y este manual comple- Barra de control que la presencia del operador tamente antes de tratar de montar u operar su segadora nueva. Mango superior IMPORTANTE: Este cortac_sped viene SIN ACEITE O GASOLINA en el motor. Mango Inferior Su segadora nueva ha side montada en la LEVANTAR f&brica con la excepci6n de aquellas partes que...
  • Page 21 FAMILIARICESE CON SU SEGADORA LEA ESTE MANUAL DEL DUENOY LAS REGLAS DE SEGURIDAD ANTES DE OPARAR SU SEGADORA. Compare las ilustraciones con su segadora para familiarizarse con la ubicaci6n de los diversos controles y ajustes. Guarde este manual para referencia en el futuro. Estos s{mbolos pueden apareser sobre su segadora o en la literatura proporcionada con el producto.
  • Page 22 PARA CONVERTIR LA SEGADORA La operaci6n de cualquier Su segadora fue enviada lista para usarse segadora puede hacer que como acolchadora de capa vegetal. Para con- satten objetos extraSos dentro de vertir la a una operaci6n de ensacado: sus ojos, Io que puede producir •...
  • Page 23 ANTES DE HACER ARRANCAR _ilLPRECAUCI(_N: Los combustibles MOTOR mezctados con alcohol (conocidos como AGREGUE ACEITE gasohol, o el uso de etanol o metanol) pueden Su segadora fue enviada sin aceite en el motor. atraer la humedad, la que conduce a la Para el tipo y el grado del aceite a utilizar, vea separaci6n y formaci6n de &cidos durante el el "MOTOR"...
  • Page 24 CONSEJOS PARA SEGAR CONSEJOS PARA SEGAR Y ACOLCHAR • Bajo ciertas condiciones, tal como c6sped IMPORTANTE: Para obtener el mejor muy alto, puede ser necesario el elevar la rendimiento mantenga la caja de la segadora altura del corte para reducir el esfuerzo sin acumulacion de cesped y basura.
  • Page 25 Revisar sihaysujetadores sueltco Limpiar/inspecoionar el recogedor crisped (siviene equipado) Limpiar lasegadora misi6n (segadoras conpoder propulsor) Limpiar debajo de lacubierta d elatrans- sadas(segadoras conpoder propulsor) Revisar lascorreas y laspoleas impul- Revisar o/afilar/cambiar lacuchilla Tabladelubricaci6n Limpiar l abater[a/recargar (segadoras conarranque e l_ctdco) Revisar e lniveldelaceite Limpiar e lfiltro deaire Cambiar e laceite delmotor...
  • Page 26 ESPECIFICACIONES DEL PRODUCTO Nt_mero de Serie: Fecha de Compra: Capacidad y Tipo de Gasolina: 1.5 Cuartos (Regular sin Plomo) Tipo de Aceite (API-SF-SJ): SAE 30 (Sobre 32°F); SAE 5W-30 (Debajo 32°F) Capacidad de Aceite: 20 Onzas Bujfa (Abertura: .030") Champion RJ19LM o J19LM Torsi6n...
  • Page 27 Permita que el aceite se asiente. Inserte RECOGEDOR DE CESPED y apriete la varilla medidora de aceite, • El recogedor de c_sped puede ser rociado despu6s remuevata para leer el nivel de con el agua de la manguera pero tiene que aceite.
  • Page 28 BUJ|A • Haga descansar la segadora en su lade. Asegt_rese que et filtro de aire y que el carbu- Cambie el bujfa at comienzo de cada tempo- rador queden mirando hacia arriba. Limpie la rada de siega o despu6s de cada 100 horas parte inferior de su segadora rasp&ndola para de operaci6n, Io que suceda primero.
  • Page 29 MOTOR det carburador, Ileve su segadora a contacto con su centre de servicio Sears o con un otro VELOCIDAD DEL MOTOR centro de servicio cualificado para repararla y/o La velocidad del motor ha side ajustada en la f_- ajustarla. brica. No trate de aumentar la velocidad del motor IMPORTANTE: Nunca manipule el regulador pues se pueden producir lesiones personales.
  • Page 30 • Use combustible nuevo la pr6xima temporada. OTROS AVISO: El estabilizador de combustible es una • No guarde la gasolina de una temporada a la alternativa aceptable para reducir a un mfnimo otra. la formaci6n de dep6sitos de goma en et com- •...
  • Page 31 SOLUCION DE PROBLEMAS - Vea la secci6n apropiada en el manual amenos que estd dirigido a un centro de servico Sears. CORRECCI()N PROBLEMA CAUSA Falta de 1. Cuchilla desgastada, doblada 1. Ajuste a la posici6n de fuerza o suelta. "Corte m_s alto? Altura de las ruedas dispareja.
  • Page 32 CRAFTSMAN ROTARY LAWN MOWER - - MODEL NUMBER 917.388040...
  • Page 33 Grass Bag 167133X004 180332 Catcher Frame Axle Arm Assembly - RF 165858 Rear Skirt - - - Engine, Craftsman, Model Number 168360X004 Selector Spring - Front 143.034504 (See Breakdown) 186612 Rear Door Assembly Kit (incl. Springs) 132004 Nut, Hex 73930500...
  • Page 34 CRAFTSMAN 4-CYCLE ENGINE MODEL NUMBER 143.034504 O--379K _" 275A...
  • Page 35 Screw, T-15, #8-32 x 19/64" 35797 Air Cleaner Filter 33578 Extension Spring 35066 32600 Oil Seal B35065 Air Cleaner Cover (Craftsman) 37804 Crankshaft 36980B Blower Housing Screw, #10-24 x 9/16" 40034 Piston, Pin & Ring Set (Standard) 30200 Screw, 1/4-20 x 1/2"...
  • Page 36 CRAFTSMAN 4-CYCLE ENGINE MODEL NUMBER 143.034504 _m37 PART DESCRIPTION 640339 Carburetor (Includes Key Number 184 of Engine Parts List) 631615 Throttle Shaft & Lever Assembly 631767 Throttle Return Spring 631184 Dust Seal Washer 631183 Dust Seal (Throttle) 640070 Throttle Shutter...
  • Page 37 CRAFTSMAN 4-CYCLE ENGINE MODEL NUMBER 143.034504 PART DESCRIPTION 590694 Recoil Starter 590599A Spring Pin (Includes Key Number 4) 590600 Washer 590696 Retainer 590601 Washer 590697 Brake Spring 590698 Starter Dog 590699 Dog Spring 590700 Pulley & Rewind Spring Assembly 590695A...
  • Page 38 SERVICE NOTES...
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