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Craftsman 917.272440 Owner's Manual

20.0 hp electric start 42" mower automatic lawn tractor
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Owner's Manual
20.0 HP
Model No.
• Safety
• Assembly
• Operation
• Maintenance
• Repair Parts
Read and follow all Safety
Rules and Instructions before
operating this equipment,
For answers to your questions
about this product, Call:
Sears Craftsman Help Line
5 am - 5 pm, Mon- Sat
Sears, Roebuck and Co., Hoffman Estates, II 60179
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  • Page 1 Call: Read and follow all Safety 1-800-659-5917 Rules and Instructions before operating this equipment, Sears Craftsman Help Line 5 am - 5 pm, Mon- Sat Sears, Roebuck and Co., Hoffman Estates, II 60179 Visit our Craftsman
  • Page 2 Parts Ordering ..... Back Cover LIMITED TWO YEAR WARRANTY ON CRAFTSMAN RIDING EQUIPMENT PARTS For two (2) years from the date of purchase, if this Craftsman Riding Equipment is maintained, lubricated and tuned up according to the instructions in the owner's manual, Sears will repair or replace, free of charge, any parts found to be defective in material or workmanship.
  • Page 3 IMPORTANT: 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. I. GENERAL OPERATION I1. SLOPE OPERATION • Read, understand, and follow all Slopes are a major factor related to loss-of- instructionsin the manual and on the control and tipover accidents, which can...
  • Page 4 III. CHILDREN • Never run a machine inside a closed Tragic accidents can occur if the operator area. is not alert to the presence of children. • Keep nuts and bolts, especially blade Children are often attracted to the attachment bolts, tight and keep machine and the mowing activity.
  • Page 5 • Use slow speed. Choose a low gear so _k CAUTION: Tow only the attachments that you will not have to stop or shift that are recommended by and comply while on the slope. with specificationsof the manufacturer of • Avoid starting or stopping on a slope. If your tractor.
  • Page 6: Specifications

    REPAIR AGREEMENT PRODUCT SPECIFICATIONS A Repair Agreement is available on this GASOLINE 1.25 GALLONS product. Contact your nearest Sears CAPACITY UNLEADED store for details. ANDTYPE: REGULAR CUSTOMER RESPONSIBILITIES OILTYPE SAE 30 • Read and observe the safety rules. API-SF-SJ): (ABOVE 32°F) •...
  • Page 7 Steering Wheel Steering © Extension Wheel Adapter Shaft Steering .._-.j teering Sleeve 1) Locknut 5/16-18 (t) Hex Bolt Steering 3/8-16 x 1 Wheel Insert © washer (1) Lock (1) Hex Bolt 5/16-18 x 1-1/4 ',1)Large Flat Washer (1) Washer 17/32 x 1-3/16 x 12 Gauge (1) Knob For Future Use...
  • Page 8 Your new tractor has been assembled at the factory with exception of those parts left unassembled for shipping purposes. To ensure safe and proper operation of your tractor all parts and hardware you assemble must be tightened securely. Use the correct tools as necessary to insure proper tightness.
  • Page 9 INSTALL SEAT TO ROLLTRACTOR OFF SKID (See Adjust seat before tightening adjustment Operation section for location and knob. function of controls) 1. Remove adjustment knob and fiat 1. Press lift lever plunger and raise washer securing seat to cardboard attachment lift lever to its highest packing and set aside for assembly of position.
  • Page 10 CHECKTIRE PRESSURE TO CONVERT TO BAGGING OR The tires onyour t ractor ware overinflated DISCHARGING atthe factory f orshipping purposes. Simply remove mulcher plate and store in Correct tirepressure isimportant for best a safe place. Your mower is now ready for cutting performance.
  • Page 11 These s ymbols may appear on your tractor or in literature supplied with the product. Learn and understand their meaning. BAI-rE CAUTION REVERSE FORWARD FAST SLOW WARNING (, I ENGINE ON ENGINE OFF OIL PRESSURE LIGHTS ON OVER TEMP LIGHT i'.,i,@ 0 0 FUEL CHOKE...
  • Page 12 KNOWYOURTRACTOR READ THIS OWNER'S MANUAL AND SAFETY RULES BEFORE OPERATING YOUR TRACTOR Compare the illustrationswith your tractor to familiarize yourself with the locations of various controls and adjustments. Save this manual for future reference. Light Switch Attachment Ignition Clutch Lever Switch Ammeter .-".
  • Page 13 The operation of any tractor can result in foreign objects thrown into the eyes, which can result in severe eye damage. Always wear safety glasses or eye shields while operating your tractor or performing any adjustments or repairs. We recommend a wide vision safety mask over spectacles or standard safety glasses.
  • Page 14 The cutting height range is approxi- 1. Select desired height of cut. mately 1-1/2 to 4". The heights are 2. Start mower blades by engaging measured from the ground to the blade attachment clutch control. TO STOP MOWER BLADES - tip with the engine not running.
  • Page 15 2. Pull freewheel control out and down ADD GASOLINE into the slot and release so it is held in • Fill fuel tank. Use fresh, clean, regular the disengaged position. unleaded gasoline with a minimum of • Do not push or tow tractor at more than 87 octane, (Use of leaded gasoline two (2) MPH.
  • Page 16 7. Insert key into ignition and turn key NOTE: If at a high altitude (above 3000 clockwise to "START' position and feet) or in cold temperatures (below 32 F) release key as soon as engine starts. the carburetor fuel mixture may need to Do not run starter continuously for be adjusted for best engine performance.
  • Page 17 8. Slowly move motion control lever forward, after the tractor moves approximately five (5) feet, slowly move motion control lever to reverse position. After the tractor moves approximately five (5) feet return the motion control lever to the neutral (N) position.
  • Page 18 1.0,ar,_,_,meolte_w_enop_at_gur,_erahew_or_h_,mb_et_rnpe_tur_. ffequ_ust_esystem. 6. Net req_d _ e_J_ped w_h _,tk_te_snce-k_ bat_. 2. Set_ol i_nl ollen when o_maUng iq dlt'/or _b/con_tons 3. _ eq_ w_h _ n_, mang_ o4 ew_ 50 hou_ . T_g_n ko_t axle p._ot b_t t_ 35 R.4bl. max_ur_ 4.
  • Page 19 IMPORTANT: To ensure proper assembly, TRACTOR center hole in blade must align with star Always observe safety rules when on mandrel assembly. performing any maintenance. 4. Reassemble hex bolt, lock washer BRAKE OPERATION and fiat washer in exact order as If tractor requires more than six (6) feet shown.
  • Page 20: Battery Charging & Cleaning

    TRANSAXLE PUMP FLUID BATTERY The transaxle was sealed at the factory Yourtractor has a battery charging system which is sufficientfor normal use. How- and fluid maintenance is not required for the life of the transaxle. Should the ever, periodic charging of the battery with an automotive charger will extend its life.
  • Page 21 TO SERVICE PRE-CLEANER 7. Refill engine with oil through oil fill dipsticktube. Pour slowly. Do not 2. Wash it in liquid detergent and water. overfill. For approximate capacity see 3. Squeeze it dry in a clean cloth. "PRODUCT SPECIFICATIONS" 4. Saturate it in engine oil. Wrap it in section of this manual.
  • Page 22 IN-LINE FUEL FILTER CLEANING The fuel filter should be replaced once • Clean engine, battery, seat, finish, etc. each season. If fuel filter becomes of all foreign matter. clogged, obstructing fuel flow to carbure- • Keep finished surfaces and wheels free tor, replacement is required.
  • Page 23: Remove/Install Mower

    CAUTION: BEFORE PERFORMING ANY SERVICE OR ADJUSTMENTS: 1, Depress clutch/brake pedal fully and set parking brake, 2, Place motion control lever in neutral (N) position. 3, Place attachment clutch in "DISENGAGED" position. 4. Turn ignition key "OFF" and remove key. 5, Make sure the blades and all moving parts have completely stopped.
  • Page 24 TO LEVEL MOWER HOUSING • If links are not equal in length, adjust one link to same length as other link. Adjust the mower while tractor is parked • To lower front of mower loosen nut "E" on level ground or driveway. Make sure on both front links an equal number of tires are properly inflated (See "PROD- turns.
  • Page 25: Adjust Brake

    TO REPLACE MOTION DRIVE BELT Mandrel Park the tractor on level surface. Engage parking brake. For assistance, there is a belt installationguide decal on bottom side of left footrest. 1. Remove mower (See =TO REMOVE MOWER" in this section of this manual.) 2.
  • Page 26 1. Loosen theadjustment NOTE: To seal tire punctures and prevent bolt. flat tires due to slow leaks, tire sealant 2. Movethe motion control lever 1/4 to 1/2 inch in the direction it is trying to may he purchased from your local parts dealer.
  • Page 27 -peeve" rL.H. Panel_/ Positive (Red) Cable (Black) Cable Bolt TO REPLACE HEADLIGHT BULB 1. Raise hood. 2. Pull bulb holder out of the hole in the backside of the grill. 3. Replace bulb in holder and push bulb REPLACING BATTERY holder securely back into the hole in the backside of the grill.
  • Page 28 ENGINE TO ADJUST CARBURETOR Yourcarburetor is not adjustable. If your Maintenance, repair, or replacement of engine does not operate propedy due to the emission control devices and systems, which are being done at the customers suspected carburetor problems, take your tractor to an authorized service center for expense, may be performed by any non- road engine repair establishment or...
  • Page 29 Also, experiance indicates that alcohol Immediately prepare your tractor for blended fuels (called gasohol or using storage at the end of the season or if the ethanol or methanol) can attract moisture tractor will not be used for 30 days or more.
  • Page 30 'ROUBLESHOOTING CHART PROBLEM CAUSE CORRECTION Will not start 1. Out of fuel 1. Fill fuel tank. Engine not "CHOKED" 2. See "TO START ENGINE" properly, in Operation section. Engine flooded. 3. Wait several minutes before attempting to start. Bad spark plug. 4.
  • Page 31 TROUBLESHOOTING CHART CAUSE CORRECTION _ROBLEM 3. Clean underside of mower 3. Build-up of grass, leaves .oss of power and trash under mower. housing. continued) 4. Clean/replace air filter. 4. Dirty air filter. 5. Check oil level/change oil. 5. Low oil level/dirty oil. 6.
  • Page 32 TROUBLESHOOTING CHART PROBLEM [CAUSE I CORRECTION Poor grass 1. Engine_speed too slow. Place throttle control in discharge "FAST" position. 2. Travel speed too fast. Shift to slower speed. ,_Lowgrass to dry before I 3. Wet grass• mowing. Level mower deck. 14.
  • Page 33 TRACTOR - - MODEL NUMBER 917.272440 _'CHEMATIC...
  • Page 34 TRACTOR - - MODEL NUMBER 917.272440 ELECTRICAL...
  • Page 35 TRACTOR- - MODEL NUMBER 917.272440 LECTRICAL PART DESCRIPTION 163465 Battery 12 Vott 28 Amp 74760412 Bolt, Hex Head 1/4-20 unc x 3/4 156417 Case, BattenJ Mech Hinge 153664 Switch, _nter_ock N Opn_N Opn 175688 Harness, Light Socket (Include$ 4152J) 4152J Bulb, Light 4799J Cabte, 8artery, 6 Gau9 e, Red, 11"...
  • Page 37 TRACTOR - - MODEL NUMBER 917.272440 :HASSLE AND ENCLOSURES KEY PART NO. NO. DESCRIPTION 174619 Chassis Stamping 176554 Drawbar 17060612 Screw 3/8-16 x 3/4 155272 Bumper Hood/Dash 168337)(013 Dash STD533710 Bolt, Carriage 3/8-16x 155927 Panel, Dash, L.H. 172107X010 Panel, Dash, R.H. 17490608 Screw Thdrol 3/8-16 x 1/2 174330)(612...
  • Page 38 TRACTOR - - MODEL NUMBER 917.272440 GROUND DRIVE...
  • Page 39 TRACTOR - - MODEL NUMBER 917.272440 GROUND DRIVE <EY PART PART "_0. DESCRIPTION DESCRIPTION ..Transaxle (See Breakdown) 154778 Keeper Belt Engine Hydro Hydro Gr 314-0510 134683 Keeper Belt Engine 165866 Rod Shift Fender Adjust 169183 Strap Torque Lh Hydro S'1D561210 Pin Cotter 1/6 x 1 CAD 169182...
  • Page 41 TRACTOR - - MODEL NUMBER 917.272440 STEERINGASSEMBLY PART DESCRIPTION 159944X428 Steedng Wheel 154427 Axle Assembly STM P Dropped STL 169840 Spindle Assembly, L.H. 169839 Spindle Assembly, R.H. 62661"1 Bearing, Race, Thrust, Hardened 121748X Washer 25/32 x 1_5/8 x 16 Gauge 19272016 Washer 27132 x 1-1/4 x 16 Gauge 12000029...
  • Page 42 TRACTOR- - MODEL NUMBER 917.272440 ENGINE OPTIONAL EQUIPMENT Spark Arrester...
  • Page 43 TRACTOR - - MODEL NUMBER 917.272440 ENGINE PART DESCRIPTION 170546 Control, Throttle 17720410 Screw, Hex Head, Thread Cutting I/4-20 x 5/8 ..Engine, (See Breakdown) B&S Model No. 407777-0121 -E5 149723 Muffler 160589 Exhaust Tube Rh 159955 Exhaust Tube Lh 171877 Bolt 5/16-18 x 3/4 162797...
  • Page 44 SEATASSEMBLYTRACTOR - - MODEL NUMBER 917.272440 PAR'I" K'=Y PART DESCRIPTION DESCRIPTION 140123 Beat 121248X Bushing, Snap 140551 Bracket, Pivot, Seat 71110616 72055412 Bolt, Carriage 1/4-20 x 1-1/2 134300 Spacer, Split .28 x .88 19131610 Washer 13/32 x 1 x 19 Gauge 121250X Spring 145006...
  • Page 45 TRACTOR - - MODEL NUMBER 917.272440 DECALS PART PART DESCRIPTION DESCRIPTION 156811 Decal, Oper, Instr. 177284 Decal, Lower Dash 165407 Decal, HP Engine 160396 Decal, V-Belt Schematic 177356 Decal, Hood, R.H. 138047 Decal Battery Diehard 177357 Decal, Hood, LH. 149516 Decal, Battery DngdPsn Eng 174322 Oeca_Hood Replacement...
  • Page 46 TRACTOR - - MODEL NUMBER 917.272440 LIFT ASSEMBLY // I...
  • Page 47 TRACTOR - - MODEL NUMBER 917.272440 LIFTASSEMBLY KEY PART DESCRIPTION 159460 Lift Lever Inner Wire Assembly 159471 Shaft Assembly, Lift 105767X Pin, Groove 120(_O02 E_ing 19211621 Washer 21/32 x 1 x 21 Gauge 120183X Bearing,Nylon 125631X Grip.Handle, Fluted 122365X Button, Plunger, Red 139865 Link, Lift, LH.
  • Page 48: Mower Deck Parts List

    TRACTOR- - MODEL NUMBER 9t7.272440 MOWERDECK 116 113 111 114 1t8_ 131 i __,_192...
  • Page 49 TRACTOR - - MODEL NUMBER 917.272440 MOWERDECK PART PART DESCRIPTION DESCRIPTION Knob Custom Oval 165892 Mower Deck Assembly, 42" 149846 V-Bett S'rD533107 Bolt 144959 Nut Lock Hex w/Ins. 3/8-16 138017 Bracket Assembly,Sway Bar, 7380(To00 Mulcher Cover Front 136420 Screw Pan Hd Phillips 10-24 x 5/8 165460 Bracket Sway Bar 38/42"...
  • Page 50 TRACTOR - - MODEL NUMBER 917.272440 HYDROGEAR TRANSAXLE - - MODEL NUMBER 314-0510...
  • Page 51 TRACTOR - - MODEL NUMBER 917.272440 HYDROGEAR TRANSAXLE - - MODEL NUMBER 314-0510 PART PART DESCRIPTION DESCRIPTION 170351 Main Housiog, Assembly 170408 Rotor, Brake 170352 Side Housing, Assembly 142883 Brake Puck 170353 Center Section, Assembly 142882 Puck Plata 170354 Swashplate, Trunion Machioed 142887 Brake Actuedng Pin 169898...
  • Page 52 TRACTOR- - MODEL NUMBER 917.272440 BRIGGS AND STRATTON ENGINE-MODEL NUMBER 407777,TYPE NUMBER 0121-E5 029_ 10 y11_ 267J 188 _:_ 222 _ REQUIRESSPECIAL TOOLS TO INSTALL SEE REPAIR INSTRUCTIONMANUAL 267 8 27_-_ 32_1 1 1010 LABEL KIT 163_ 287_ ! I./_ 447A 1017 _ 220 _...
  • Page 53 TRACTOR - - MODEL NUMBER 917.272440 BRIGGS ANDSTRAI-rON ENGINE-MODEL N UMBER 407777,TYPE NUMBER 0121 -E5 1022 1029 1029 1023 1022 31_1022_1 337_ 209% 11023AJ_1 914_ 1022 [_SfiZ i- REQUIRES SPECIALTOOLS 085" _788_ 1i42 1169 F_--117, 100_;_ I 1-131S 13095 I SIA__I 692 _ 51AO!,_ r13_-]-_...
  • Page 54 TRACTOR - - MODEL NUMBER 917.272440 BRIGGS ANDSTRATrON ENGINE-MODEL N UMBER407777,TYPE N UMBER 0121-E5 l_,oJ , 03s1_ t051 _ 717 _...
  • Page 55 TRACTOR-- MODEL NUMBER 917.272440 BRIGGS AND STRAI-I'ON ENGINE-MODEL NUMBER 407777,TYPE NUMBER 0121-E5 PART PART DESCRIPTION DESCRIPTION 690231 Cylinder Assembly 499811 Carburetor Overhaul Kit 499585 Bushing-Cylinder 690952 Spacer-Carburetor 391086 • Seal-Oil 499804 Carburetor 690069 Sum -Engine 690993 Valve-Throttle 499587 Hea_- 499805 Shaft Kit Cylinder No.
  • Page 56 TRACTOR - - MODEL NUMBER 917.272440 BRIGGS AND STRA'I-rON ENGINE-MODEL NUMBER 407777,TYPE NUMBER 0121-E5 KEY PART PART DESCRIPTION DESCRIPTION 690966 Wrench-Spark Plug 691011 Adapter-Air 690960 Screw(Fuel Pump) 691012 Cover-Air Guide 808656 Pump-Fuel 865A 691014 Cover-Air Guide 690442 Washer (Governor Crank) 865B 691015 Cover-Air Guide...
  • Page 59 SUGGESTED GUIDE FOR SIGHTING SLOPES FOR SAFE OPERATION ONLY RIDE UP AND DOWN HILL, NOT ACROSS HILL Operate your Tractor up and down the face of slopes (not greater than 15°), never across the face. Make turns gradu- ally to prevent tipping or loss of control. Exercise extreme caution when changing direction on slopes.
  • Page 60 For repair of major brand appliances in your own home.,, no matter who made it, no matter who sold it! 1-800-4-MY-HOME SMA,y,me. d ay orni_,t (1-800-469-4663) To bring in products such as vacuums, lawn equipment and electronics for repair, call for the location of your nearest Sears Parts &...