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Craftsman 536.270211 Owner's Manual

13.5 hp. electric start 30" mower / mulcher 5 speed rear engine rider
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Read And Follow
All Safety Rules
And Instructions
Before Operating
This Equipment.
• Assembly
• Operation
• Customer Responsibilities
° ServiceAnd Adjustment
Sears, Roebuck and Co., Hoffman Estates, IL. 60179 U.S.A.
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  • Page 1 ,,m,.i, owner's manual Model No. 536.270211 £RRFTSMRN 13.5 HP. ELECTRIC START CAUTION: 30" MOWER / MULCHER Read And Follow 5 SPEED All Safety Rules And Instructions REAR ENGINE RIDER Before Operating This Equipment. • Assembly • Operation • Customer Responsibilities °...
  • Page 2: Table Of Contents

  • Page 3: Customer Responsibilities

    Congratulations on your purchase of a Sears Rider it has been NOTE: This unit is equipped with an internal combustion engine and designed, engineered and manufactured to give you the best must not be used on or near any unimproved forest-covered, possible dependability and performance brush-covered or grass-covered land unless the engine's exhaust system is equipped with a spark arrester meeting applicable local...
  • Page 4 OWNER'S INFORMATION SAFETY RULES Safe Operation Practices for Ride-on Mowers WARNING: 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. •., "-eneral oper-'*ion ..
  • Page 5: Responsibility Of The Owner

    OWNER'S INFORMATION Never carry children or any passengers, even with the blades off. They may fall off and be seriously injured or interfere with the safe operation of the machine Never alfow children to operate the machine. Instruct children in the potential dangers of the machine Use extra care when approaching blind comers, shrubs, trees or other objects that may obscure vision.
  • Page 6: Accessories And Attachments

    ACCESSORIES AND ATTACHMENTS ACCESSORIES AND ATTACHMENTS These accessories and attachments were available when the unit was purchased. They are also available at most Sears retail outlets, catalog and service centers Most Sears stores can order these items for you when you provide the mode_ number of your riding mower ENGINE STABILIZER MUFFLER...
  • Page 7: Assembly

    ASSEMBLY Phillips screwdriver PREPARATION Low Tire pressure gauge The unit is completely assembled except for the items shown in Knife Figure 1, These items are in the carton along with a parts bag The parts bag contains the fasteners needed to complete the assembly Socket Set (Optional) of the unit.
  • Page 8: Maintenance Free Battery

    ASSEMBLY Install the battery See "How To Install The Battery* in the MAINTENANCE FREE BA'I-rERY Customer Responsibilities section ..IMPORTANT: Before you attach the battery cables to the battery, check the battery date. The battery date tells if the battery must be charged. HOW TO INSTALL THE BATTERY CABLES Check the battery date on top of the battery (Figure 2)
  • Page 9: How To Assemble The Steering Wheel I

    illll ii,i ASSEMBLY HOW TO ASSEMBLE THE STEERING WHEEL Use the fasteners shown below to instatlthe steering wheel, The fasteners are shown at full size. 15x88 lx102 SteeringWheel Make sure the front wheels point forward Some models have an optional bellows, Slide the bellows Bellows over the steering post.
  • Page 10: How To Install The Seat

    ASSEMBLY HOW TO INSTALL THE SEAT i ,i Use the fasteners shown belowto install the seat. The fasteners are shown at full size: ..Seat Hinge :i{B) '_lx45 :::: i::18x16 Seat Bracket ..2x53 ..15x88 Set the seat bracket on the seat support (Figure 5) Pull the wire harness between the seat hinge and the seat bracket.
  • Page 11: L Ocation Ofcontrols

    OPERATION Clutch Clutch / Brake Pedaf Throttle Control Lever Shift Lever Lift Lever ParkingBrake Switch Lever Ignition ..[111 Figure 7 The operation of any lawn mower can result in foreign objects thrown in the eyes, which can result in severe eye damage.
  • Page 12: How Touse The Attachment Clutch

    OPERATION Move the attachment clutch to the ENGAGE position to ro- HOW TO USE THE THRO'I-rLE CONTROL tate the blade(s), Use the throttle control to increase or decrease the speed of the Move the attachment clutch to the DISENGAGE position to engine stop the blade(s) Before you leave the operator's position,...
  • Page 13: How To Set The Parking Brake :I

    OPERATION HOW TO SET THE PARKING BRAKE Completely push the clutch/brake pedal forward Lift the parking brake lever (Figure !0) Remove yourfoot from the clutch/brake pedal and then release the parking brake lever Make sure the parking brake will hold the unit Parking Brake Lever...
  • Page 14: Howto Operate With The Mowerhousing

    OPERATION HOWTO OPERATE WITH THE MOWERHOUSING Move the shift lever to one of the speed settings WARNING: The deflector is a safety device. Do not re- move the deflector. The deflector forces the dis- NOTE: When you mow in heavy grass or mow with a bagger, put the shift lever in the slowest speed.
  • Page 15: Before Starting The Engine

    OPERATION BEFORE STARTING THE ENGINE CAUTION: A mixture of alcohol (ethanol or methanol) and gasoline (called gasohol), will attract moisture and cause acid CHECK THE OIL deposits during storage. While the unit is in storage, the acids NOTE: The engine was shipped from the factory filled with SAE in the fuel can damage the fuel system.
  • Page 16: How To Change The Mulcher Plate

    OPERATION Lift the mulcher plate away from the mower housing HOW TO CHANGE THE MULCHER PLATE (Figure I3) connect the wire from the spark plug. Make sure the WARNING: To prevent the engine from starting, dis- attachment clutch is in the DISENGAGE position. The mulcher plate lets you mulch the grass for a clean, fine cut.
  • Page 17: Operating Tips

    OPERATION OPERATING TIPS Check the attachment clutch for correct adjustment. For the Before you make an inspection,adjustment (except for the car- blade(s) to disengage correctly, the adjustment must be cor- buretor) or repair, make sure the wire from the spark plug is dis- rect connected.
  • Page 18: Check The Tires

    CUSTOMER RESPONSIBILITIES MAINTENANCE CHART i ii IIII EVERY EVERY FIRST EVERY BEFORE EACH HOURS STORAGE HOURS PROCEDURE HOURS HOURS Blade, Inspect and Sharpen Attachment Clutch, Check Brake, Check Clutch, Check ..Tire.s, Check Battery, Check and Charge Battery, Clean !Lubrication Oil, Check Cooling System, Clean Oil, Change...
  • Page 19: How To Remove And Install The Blade

    CUSTOMER RESPONSIBILITIES INSPECT BLADE Tighten the nut that holds the blade to a torque of 30 foot pounds (41,5 N-m) WARNING= Before you inspect or remove the blade, 10 Install the mower housing See "How To Install The Mower disconnect the wire to the spark plug. If the blade bits Housing".
  • Page 20: How To Adjust The Attachment Clutch

    CUSTOMER RESPONSIBILITIES HOW TO ADJUST THE ATI'ACHMENT CLUTCH AttachmentClutch EngagePostion "x,,.._ WARNING: To prevent an injury, the attachment clutch must operate correctly. Stop the engine. Disconnect the wire from the spark plug Before you adjust the attachment clutch, check and level the mower housing.
  • Page 21: How To Check And Adjust The Drive Brake

    CUSTOMER RESPONSIBILITIES HOW TO CHECK AND ADJUST THE DRIVE BRAKE HOWTO CHECKAND ADJUSTTHE CLUTCH Before you adjust the brake, check the clutch adjustment See If the motion drive belt is loose, the clutch will slip when, (1) going the instructions on "How To Check And Adjust The Clutch" up a hill, (2) pulling a heavy load, or (3) the unit wilt not move forward Make sure the shift lever is in the neutral (N) position.
  • Page 22: How To Remove The Side Panel

    CUSTOMER RESPONSIBILITIES Remove the black cable from the negative (-) terminal HOW TO REMOVE THE SIDE PANEL (Figure 24) To help service the engine or the battery, each side panel can be easily removed. Remove the red cable from the positive (+) terminal. Remove the screws that hold the back of the side panel Remove the battery clamp from the battery.
  • Page 23: Where To Lubricate

    CUSTOMER RESPONSIBILITIES WHERE TO LUBRICATE Lubricate the areas shown with engine oil. Apply grease with a brush to the areas shown. NOTE: Apply grease to the steering gear assembly, CAUTION: If the unit is operated in dry areas that have sand, use a dry graphite spray to lubricate the unit, Do not lubricate the nylon bearings for the front wheels.
  • Page 24: How To Check The Oil I

    CUSTOMER RESPONSIBILITIES ENGINE HOW TO CHANGE THE OIL NOTE: Do not drain the oil from a cold engine. Before you drain the oil, let the engine run for several minutes. Make sure you do HOW TO CHECK THE OIL not get oil on the belts. NOTE: Do not check the level of the oil while the engine runs.
  • Page 25: 11, _ : How To Clean The Air Filters

    CUSTOMER RESPONSIBILITIES HOW TO CLEAN THE AIR FILTERS Some engines have two filters, an outer foam filter around an inner 11. Assemble the air filters with the two nuts paper filter Clean the air filters every 50 hours tf you operate in 12.
  • Page 26 SERVICE AND ADJUSTMENT HOW TO ADJUST THE THROTrLE CONTROL CHOKE For the best engine performance, set the throttle control as follows FAST Move the throttle control to the FAST position (Figure 29). Throttle Control Loosen the clamp screw so that the throttle control cable can move in the cable clamp (Figure 30) Do not remove the cable clamp or disconnect the throttle control cable from the SLOW...
  • Page 27: How To Remove The Mower Housing

    SERVICE AND ADJUSTMENT HOW TO REMOVE THE MOWER HOUSING HOW TO INSTALL THE MOWER HOUSING Move the lift lever to the middle position Completely turn the steering wheelto the right. Push the mower housing under the left side of the unit. Move the attachment clutch to the DISENGAGE position (Figure 31 )
  • Page 28: How To Level The Mower Housing

    SERVICE AND ADJUSTMENT Disconnect one or both adjuster plates from the hangers HOW TO LEVEL THE MOWER HOUSING (Figure 33) The higher number holes in the adjuster plates will raise the If the mower housing is level, the blade wiltcut easier and the lawn will look better.
  • Page 29: How To Replace The Motion Drive Belt

    SERVICE AND ADJUSTMENT HOW TO REPLACE THE MOTION DRIVE BELT Slide the motion drive belt between the belt retainer and idler REMOVAL pulley Make sure the ftat side of the motion drive belt is against Remove the mower housing See the instructions on "How To the idler pulley.
  • Page 30: How To Replace The Mower Drive Belt

    SERVICE AND ADJUSTMENT HOW TO REPLACE THE MOWER DRIVE BELT REMOVAL Pull the belt retainer away from the idler pulley. Put the mower drive belt around the idler pulley Move the lift lever to the lowest position. Make sure the mower drive belt is inside all the belt guides Slide the mower drive belt between the stack pulley and the Also make sure the mower drive belt is not twisted.
  • Page 31: How To Replace The Fuse

    SERVICE AND ADJUSTMENT HOW TO REPLACE THE FUSE If the fuse is blown, the engine will not start The location of the fuse is next to the battery Remove the fuse and replace with a 15 amp 15 amp automotive fuse (Figure 39) AutomoUveFuse Figure39 HOW TO SET THE CUTTING HEIGHT...
  • Page 32: Storage (Over 30 Days)

    SERVICE AND ADJUSTMENT prevent engine problems with the fuel system, empty the fuel STORAGE (over 30 days) system before storage of 30 days or longer. At the end of each year, prepare the unit for storage as follows NOTE: Fuel stabilizer (like STA-BtL) is an acceptable alternative in reducing the formaUon of fuel gum in the fuel tank...
  • Page 33 TROUBLE SHOOTING CHART PROBLEM: A hot engine causes a decrease in power, PROBLEM: The engine will not start. Clean the air screen Follow the steps, =HowTo Start The Engine" in this book Check the oil Electric-Start Models Clean the battery terminals 33ghten the cables Adjust the carburetor Check for a loose wire Tighten the limit switches.
  • Page 34 Operate a walk-behind mower across the face of slopes, never up or down slopes. Operate a riding mower up or down slopes, never 10 DEGREES 15 DEGREES across the face of slopes. On a riding mower to determine if a slope is safe to mow: (1) disengage the blade(s), (2) put the unit in reverse, and (3) try to back straight up the...
  • Page 35: Index

    INDEX Type, 15 Operation Drive Brake Adjustments Attachment Clutch, 11, 12 Adjust, 21 Attachment Clutch, 20 Clutch / Brake Pedal, 11 Clutch, 21 Check, 21 Emergency Start, 15 Drive Brake, 21 Ignition Switch, 11 Mower Housing Lift Lever, 11, 13 Cutting Height, 31 Location Of Controls, 11 Engine...
  • Page 36 MODEL 536.270211 REPAIR PARTS BODY CHASSIS 16 35_ F-99636...
  • Page 37 Locknut,Flange STD541431 Frame 56612E549 Bracket, Seat Pivot 56518E700 Screw 6x74 Cap, Push On 28x23 Locknut STD54t425 15x66 Rod, Seat Hinge 56537Z Engine,Craftsman Support,Seat 56519E700 Model143.981300 Screw 26x249 25x7 Bolt,EngineMount 2x53 Bolt, Carriage STD533107 Cap,Fuel 92317 Panel, Right Side 54764E549 Tank,Fuel...
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  • Page 39 REPAIR PARTS MODEL 536.270211 MOTION DRIVE Description Part No. Mfg. No. Part No. Mfg. No. Description 15x88 STD541431 Unk,Parking Brake 56565Z Locknut, Flange Guide, B elt 93349 Spring, Extension 165x107 Pin,Cotter STD560907 30x50 56610E700 Shifter Assembly Washer STD551031 17x46Z 15x84 STD541437 Locknut, Flange Rod, Clutch...
  • Page 40 MODEL 536.270211 REPAIR PARTS STEERING F-99636...
  • Page 41 REPAIR PARTS MODEL 536.270211 STEERING Part No. Mfg. No. Description 54783 Steering W heel 54789 Bellows, Steering P ost lx102 STD523115 Bolt,Hex 15x88 STD541431 Locknut, Flange 56417C Post,Steering 15x90 STD541531 Nut,Hex 2x64 STD533107 Bolt, C arriage Screw 26x249 56224E700 Plate,LeftSuspension 56023E700 Plate,RightSuspension 1x69...
  • Page 42 REPAIR PARTS MODEL 536.270211 MOWER HOUSING SUSPENSION j¢ " 17 F-99636...
  • Page 43 MODEL 536.270211 REPAIR PARTS MOWER HOUSING SUSPENSION Description Part No. Mfg. No. Locknut, F lange STD541437 15x84 Washer STD551037 17x53 Pin,Cotter STD560907 30x20 Screw 26x249 9x9Z Bolt,Shoulder 21920 Nut,Adjusting Grip, B ladeControl 54786 56031E700 LeverAssembly, Lilt Grip, L iftLever 56161 55928Z Attachment, Clutch Bolt,Hex...
  • Page 44 MODEL 536.270211 REPAIR PARTS MOWER HOUSING F-99636...
  • Page 45 REPAIR PARTS MODEL 536.270211 MOWER HOUSING Description Part No. Part No. Mfg. No. Mfg. No. Description 166x4 Spring,Torsional 37x57 Belt,Mower D rive 28x23 PushOn Cap 91951 Pulley, S plined 21197Z Lockwasher 18x33 56213E701 Locknut, H ex 15x100 Hinge, C huteDeflector Washer 17x91 Z 15x41...
  • Page 47 REPAIR PARTS MODEL 536.270211 ELECTRICAL SYSTEM Pad No. Description Mfg. No. 91031 Switch, Seat Sensor Locknut STD541425 15x66 STD522506 lx38 Bolt, Hex 92196 Battery (Type U1-L5) 24x3 Cable, Battery Ground (Black) 26x249 Screw 24x24 Cable, Positive Battery (Red) 91488 Cap, Ignition Switch 94613 Solenoid 91489...
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  • Page 49 MODEL 536.270211 REPAIR PARTS 5 SPEED TRANSAXLE DANA MODEL: 4450-1 Description Part No. Description Part No. Housing, U pper 3975 Washer, Plain .505 x .942 x .0_0 *3886 1919 Screw, T apping 1 f4-29x .734(14req.) Washer,Plain .505 x .942x .015 *3887 Ball,Detent ( 2 req.) t151...
  • Page 50 MODEL 536.270211 ENGINE 143.981300 REPAIR PARTS 308A F-99636...
  • Page 51 MODEL 536.270211 ENGINE 143.981300 REPAIR PARTS F-99636...
  • Page 52 MODEL 536.270211 ENGINE 143.981300 REPAIR PARTS Key No. Description Part No. Key No. Description Part No. Cylinder (Incl. 2 & 20) 35943A Ground, Terminal 33356 Dowel Pin 27652 Mounting Flange Gasket 35317 Washer 28277 Mounting Flange 35711A (Incl. 72, 75 & 80) Governor Rod 35324 Oil Drain Plug...
  • Page 53 MODEL 536.270211 ENGINE 143.981300 REPAIR PARTS 35959 Lock Nut, 5/16-24 650947 Cylinder Head Cover 650876 Push Rod 35951 Screw, 5/16-18 x 1-1/4" Rocker Arm Cover Gasket 35952 Exhaust Manifold Gasket 35762 Exhaust Manifold 36839 Rocker Arm Housing 35953A 270A Exhaust Port Liner 35829A 16 t...
  • Page 54 MODEL 536.270211 ENGINE 143.981300 REPAIR PARTS Part No. Key No. Description Key No. Description Part No. 640115 Carburetor (IncLIA,184 of Engine Welch Plug, Idle Mixture Well 630748 Parts List) Welch Plug, Atmospheric Vent 631027 632649 Throttle Shaft & Lever Assembly 36288 Bushing 632685...
  • Page 55 ENGINE 143.981300 REPAIR PARTS MODEL 536.270211 ELECTRIC STARTER Description Part No. Electric Starter 36680 Dust Cover 33451 Retainer Ring 33842 Spring Retainer 33430 Anti-drift Spring 33854 Gear 33432 Nut & Retainer 35893 Lock Nut 33450 Drive End Cap Assiy. 35894 Armature 35895 Housing Ass'y...
  • Page 57 NOTES F-99636...
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  • Page 60 CRRFTSMRN SE/A/ S 13.5 HP. ELECTRIC START 30" MOWER / MULCHER owner's 5 SPEED manual REAR ENGINE RIDER The Model Number for the mower is found on a decal attached to the back of the frame The Model Number for the engine is found on the blower housing above the spark plug Always give the Model Number when you call for service or order repair parts for your unit Repair parts can be ordered from any Sears Service Center/Department and...