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Operator's

Manual

CRRFf$14RH°

LAW

TRACTO

20.0 HP,*42" Mower

Electric

Start

Automatic

Transmission

Model

No.

917.28910

 

EspaSol,

p.

34

 

03131

 

This

product

has a low emission

engine

which

operates

differently from previously

built

engines.

Before

you

start

the

engine, read and understand this Owner's

Manual.

 

IMPORTANT:

Read and follow

Rules

operating

all Safety

and

Instructions before

this

equipment.

For answers to your questions about this product, Call:

1-800-659-5917

Sears Craftsman Help Line

5

am

- 5

pm,

Mon-

Sat

SEARS,

ROEBUCKAND

CO.,

HOFFMAN

ESTATES,

Visit

our Craftsman

website:www.sears.com/craftsman

IL 60179

*As

rated

U.S.A.

by the

engine

manufacturer

Warranty

 

2

Maintenance

 

18

Safety

Rules

3

Service

and

Adjustments

 

22

Product

Specifications

 

6

Storage

28

Assembly/Pre-Operation

8

Troubleshooting

 

29

Operation

11

Sears Service

 

Back Cover

Maintenance

Schedule

18

CRAFTSMAN FULL WARRANTY

 

TWO YEARS ON RiDiNG EQUIPMENT

 

When operated and maintained

according

to all supplied

instructions,

if this

riding

equipment

fails due to a defect in material or workmanship

within

two

years

from

the

date

or purchase,

call

1-800-4-MY-HOME®

to

arrange

for

free

repair.

Also,

when

operated

and

maintained

according

to

all supplied

instructions,

Warranty

will

also

cover

defects

in material

and

workmanship

of the

Frame

and

Front

Axle

for five

years

from

the

date

of purchase

 

This

pay for:

warranty

• Expendable

covers

items

ONLY defects

in material

that

become

worn

during

and

normal

workmanship.

use,

including

Sears will NOT

but

not

limited

to

blades,

spark

plugs,

air cleaners,

belts,

and

oil filters.

• Standard

maintenance

servicing,

oil changes,

or tune-ups.

• Tire replacement

or

repair

caused

by

punctures

from

outside

objects,

such

as

nails,

 

thorns,

stumps,

or glass.

 

• Tire or wheel replacement operation or maintenance.

or repair

resulting

from

normal

wear,

accident,

or improper

• Repairs

necessary

because

of

operator

abuse,

including

but

not

limited

to

damage

 

caused

by

towing

objects

beyond

the

capability

of

the

riding

equipment,

impacting

objects

that

bend

the

frame

or crankshaft,

or over-speeding

the

engine.

Repairs necessary because of operator negligence,

including

but not limited

to, electrical

 

and

mechanical

damage

caused

by improper

storage,

failure

to

use

the

proper

grade

and

amount

of engine

oil, failure

to keep

the

deck

clear

of flammable

debris,

or failure

to

maintain

the

riding

equipment

according

to the

instructions

contained

in the

operator's

manual.

 

Engine

(fuel system)

cleaning

or repairs

caused

byfuel

determined

 

to be contaminated

or

oxidized

(stale).

In general,

fuel

should

be used

within

30

days

of its purchase

date.

Normal

deterioration

and

wear

of the

exterior

finishes,

or product

label

replacement.

 

All

riding

equipment

and

battery

warranty

coverage

is void

if this

product

is ever

used

for

commercial

or rental

purposes.

 

This

warranty

applies

only

while

this

product

is within

the

United

States.

 

This warranty

gives

you

specific

legal

rights,

and

you

may

also

have

other

rights

which

vary

from

state

to

state.

Sears,

Roebuck

and

Co.,

Hoffman

Estates,

IL 60179

 

2

,_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.

_,WARNING: In order to prevent acciden- tal starting when setting up, transporting, adjusting or making repairs, always discon-

• Never direct discharged materialtoward anyone. Avoid discharging material against a wall or obstruction. Material

nect spark plug wire and place wire where

may

ricochet

back toward

the

operator.

it cannot contact spark plug.

Stop

the

blades

when

crossing

gravel

_,WARNING:

Do not coast

neutral,

you may lose control

down

a hill

in

of the tractor.

_,WARNING:

that are recommended

Tow only the attachments

by and comply

with

specifications

of the

manufacturer

of your

tractor.

Use

common

sense

when

towing.

Operate only at the lowest possible speed

Too heavy of a load, while

on a slope,

when

on a slope.

is dangerous.

Tires

can

lose

traction

with the

ground

and

cause

you to

lose control

of your tractor.

 

_,WARNING:

Engine

exhaust,

some

of

its constituents, and certain vehicle compo- nents contain or emit chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer and birth

defects or other reproductive harm.

_,WARNING:

Battery

posts, terminals

and

related

accessories

contain

lead and

lead

compounds, chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer and birth defects

or other

after

reproductive

harm.

Wash

hands

handling.

I. GENERAL

OPERATION

• Read, understand, tions on the machine

and follow all instruc- and in the manual

before

starting.

Do

not put

hands

or feet

near

rotating

parts

or under

the machine.

Keep clear

of the discharge opening at all times.

• Only allow responsible adults, who are

familiar

the machine.

with the instructions, to operate

• Clear the area of objects such as rocks, toys, wire, etc., which could be picked up and thrown by the blades.

• Be sure the area

before operating. Stop machine ifanyone enters the area.

• Never carry passengers.

• Do not mow in reverse unless absolutely

look down and behind backing.

is clear

of bystanders

necessary.

before

Always

and while

3

surfaces.

• Do not operate machine without the en-

tire

grass

catcher,

discharge

chute,

or

other safety devices in place and working.

Slow down

before

turning.

leave

Never

a running

machine

unat-

tended.

Always

turn

off

blades,

set

parking brake, stop engine, and remove

keys before

dismounting.

• Disengage blades when not mowing. Shut off engine and wait for all parts to come to a complete stop before cleaning

the machine,

removing the grass catcher,

or unclogging

the discharge

chute.

• Operate machine only in daylight or good

artificial light.

• Do not operate

the machine

while

under

the influence of alcohol or drugs.

• Watch for traffic when operating near or

crossing roadways.

• Use extra care when loading or unloading

the machine

into a trailer or truck.

• AIways wear eye protection when operat- ing machine.

• Data indicates that operators, age 60 years and above, are involved in a large

percentage of riding mower-related inju-

ries. These operators

their

ability to operate

should

evaluate

the

riding

mower

safely enough to protect themselves and

others

from serious

injury.

• the

Follow

manufacturer's

recommen-

dation for wheel weights

or

counter-

weights.

• Keep machine free of grass, leaves or other debris build-up which can touch hot

exhaust / engine parts and burn. Do not allow the mower to plow leaves or other debris which can cause build-up to oc-

cur. Clean any oil or fuel spillage

before

operating

or storing

the machine.

Allow

machine

to cool before

storage.

li. SLOPE

OPERATION

 

Slopes

are

a major

factor

related

to loss

of

control

and

tip-over

accidents,

which

can

result

in severe

injury

or death.

Operation

on all slopes

requires

extra

caution.

If you

cannot

back

up the slope

or if you feel

uneasy

on

it,

do

not

mow

it.

• up and

Mow

down

slopes,

not

across.

• for

Watch

holes,

ruts,

bumps,

rocks,

or

other

hidden

objects.

Uneven

terrain

could overturn

the

machine.

Tall

grass

can

hide

obstacles.

Choose

a

low

ground

speed

so that

you

will

not

have

to stop

or shift

while

on the

 

slope.

Do not mow traction.

on wet grass.

Tires

may

lose

Always

keep

the

machine

in gear

when

going

down

slopes.

Do not shift

to neutral

and

coast

downhill.

• starting,

Avoid

stopping,

or turning

on

a

slope. Ifthetires Iosetraction,

the blades and proceed slowly straight down the slope.

disengage

• Keep

all

movement

on

the

slopes

slow

 

and

gradual.

Do

not

make

sudden

changes

in

speed

or

direction,

which

could

cause

the

machine

to

roll

over.

Use

extra

care

while

operating

machine

 

with grass

catchers

or other

attachments;

they

can

affect

the

stability

of

the

ma-

chine.

Do

no use

on steep

slopes.

Do

not

try

to

stabilize

the

machine

by

putting

your

foot

on the

ground.

 

Do

not

mow

near

drop-offs,

 

ditches,

or

embankments.

The

machine

could

 

suddenly

roll

over

if a wheel

is over

the

edge

or

if the

edge

caves

in.

Iii. CHILDREN

 

Tragic

accidents

can

occur

if the

operator

is

not

alert

to

the

presence

of

children.

Children

are

often

attracted

to the

machine

and

the

mowing

activity.

Never

assume

that

children

will

remain

where

you

last

saw

them.

 

Keep

children

 

out

of

the

mowing

 

area

and in the watchful

care

of a responsible

adult

other

than

the

operator.

 

Be

alert

and

turn

machine

off

if

a

child

enters

the

area.

 

Before

and

while

backing,

look

behind

and

down

for

small

children.

• Never

the

They

be seriously

machine operation. Children who have

been given rides in the past may suddenly appear in the mowing area for another

injured or interfere with safe

blades

off and

carry

shut

children,

off.

even

may

with

fall

ride and

be run over or backed

over by

the machine.

 

• allow children

Never

to operate

the ma-

chine.

• Use extra care when

approaching

blind

corners,

shrubs,

trees,

or other

objects

that

may block your view of a child.

IV. TOWING

Tow only

with

a machine

that

has

a hitch

designed

for towing.

Do not attach

towed

equipment

except

at the

hitch

point.

• Followthemanufacturer'srecommenda-

tion

for weight

limits

for towed

equipment

and

towing

on

slopes.

Never

towed

allow

equipment.

children

or others

• On slopes, theweight ofthetowed

ment

of control.

may

cause

loss of traction

in

or

on

equip-

and

loss

• Travel

stop.

slowly

V. SERVICE

and

allow

extra

distance

to

SAFE

HANDLING

OF

GASOLINE

To

avoid

personal

injury

or

property

dam-

age,

use

extreme

care

in handling

gasoline.

Gasoline

is extremely

flammable

and

the

vapors

are

explosive.

• Extinguish

all

cigarettes,

cigars,

pipes,

and

other

sources

of ignition.

• Use

only

approved

gasoline

container.

Never

remove

gas

the

engine

running.

cap

Allow

or add

engine

fuel

with

to cool

before

Never

Neverstorethe

refueling.

fuel

the

machine

machine

indoors.

orfuel

container

where

there

is

an

open

flame,

spark,

or

pilot

light

such

as

on

a water

heater

or

other

appliances.

 

Never

• fill

containers

inside

a vehicle

or

on a truck

or trailer

bed with

plastic

liner.

Always

place

containers

on the

ground

away

from

your

vehicle

when

filling.

• Remove

gas-powered

equipment

 

from

the

truck

or

trailer

and

refuel

it

on

the

ground. If this is not possible,

then

refuel

such equipment with a portable container,

rather

than

from

a gasoline

dispenser

nozzle.

4

• Keep

the

nozzle

in contact

with

the

rim

• If you

strike

a foreign

object,

stop

and

of the

fuel

tank

or container

opening

at

inspectthe

machine.

Repair,

if necessary,

all times

until

fueling

is complete.

Do not

before

restarting.

use

a nozzle

lock-open

device.

• Never

make

any

adjustments

or repairs

• Iffuel

is spilled

on clothing,

change

cloth-

with

the

engine

running.

ing immediately.

Never

overfill

fuel

tank.

and

tighten

securely.

GENERALSERVlCE

Replace

gas

cap

• Checkgrasscatchercomponentsandthe

discharge chute frequently and replace with manufacturer's recommended parts, when necessary.

 

• Mower blades

are sharp.

Wrap

the blade

Never

• operate

machine

in

a

closed

or wear gloves,

and

use

extra

caution

area.

when servicing them.

 

• all nuts

Keep

and bolts tight to be surethe

• Check

brake operation

frequently.

Adjust

equipment

is

in safe

working

condition.

and service as required.

• Nevertamperwithsafetydevices.Check

• Maintain orreplacesafetyand instruction

their

proper

operation

regularly.

labels, as necessary.

• Keep

machine

free

of

grass,

leaves,

or

• Be sure

the

area

is clear

of

bystanders

other

debris

build-up.

Clean

oil

or fuel

before operating. Stop machine if anyone

spillage

and remove

any fuel-soaked

de-

enters

the

area.

bris. Allow

machine

to cool before

storing.

Never

• passengers.

carry

 

• Do not

mow

in reverse

unless

absolutely

Before

• while

and

backing,

look

behind

necessary.

Always

look down

and

behind

before

and

while

backing.

 

• Never

carry

children,

even

with

the

blades

shut

off.

They

may

fall

off

and

be seriously

injured

or interfere

with

safe

machine

operation.

Children

who

have

been

given

rides

in the past may suddenly

appear

in the

mowing

area

for

another

ride

and

be

run

over

or backed

over

by

the

machine.

Keep

children

out

and in the watchful

adult

other

than

the

of

care

the

mowing

area

of a responsible

operator.

• and

Be alert

turn

machine

off

if

a child

enters

the

area.

 

and

down

for

small

children.

• up and

Mow

down

slopes

(15 ° Max),

not

across.

Choose

• a low

ground

speed

so that

you

will

not

have

to stop

or shift

while

on the

slope.

• Avoid

starting,

stopping,

or turning

on

a

slope. Ifthetires Iosetraction, disengage

the

blades

and

proceed

slowly

straight

down

the

slope.

• If

machine

stops

while

going

uphill,

disengage

blades,

shift

into

reverse

and

back

down

slowly.

 

• Do not turn

on slopes

unless

necessary,

and then,

turn

slowly

and

gradually

downhill, if possible.

5

PRODUCT

SPECIFICATIONS

Gasoline

and

Type:

Capacity

1.50

Unleaded

Gallons

Regular

Oil Type

SAE 30 (above

32°F)

API-SG-SL):

SAE 5W30

(below

32°F '

Oil

Capacity:

W/Filter:

56 oz.

W/O

Filter:

48 oz.

Spark

Plug:

Champion

RC12YC

REPAIR

PROTECTION

AGREEMENTS

Congratulations on making a smart purchase.

Your

and

operation.

repair from time to time. That's

a Repair Protection Agreement can save you money and aggravation.

new

Craftsman®

for

product

years

is designed

manufactured

of dependable

it may

when

require

having

But like all products,

 

(Gap:

.030")

 

Purchase

a Repair

Protection

Agreement

   

now

and

protect

yourself

from unexpected

Ground

Speed

Forward:

0-

5.2

hassle

and

expense.

 

Reverse:

0-

2.9

Charging

System:

3 Amps

Battery

 

Here's

what's

included

in the

Agreement:

 

5 Amps

Headlights

Expert

service

byour

12,000

profesional

Battery:

Amp/Hr:

28

repair

specialists.

Min.

CCA:

230

Unlimited service and no charge for parts

Case

size:

U1R

 

and labor on all covered repairs.

Blade

Bolt

Torque:

45-55

Ft.

Lbs.

Product replacement

if

your

covered

CONGRATULATIONS

on your

purchase

of

a new

tractor.

It

has

been

designed,

engineered

and

manufactured

to

give

you

performance.

Should you experience any problem you cannot easily remedy, please contact a Sears or other qualified service center. We have competent, well-trained representatives and the proper tools to service or repair this tractor. Please read and retain this manual. The instructions will enable you to assemble

and

the

best

possible

dependability

and maintain

observe

your tractor

properly.

the "SAFETY

RULES".

Always

CUSTOMER

• Read

and

RESPONSIBILITIES

observe

the

safety

rules.

• Follow

a regular

schedule

in maintaining,

 

caring

for

and

using

your

tractor.

Follow

the

instructions

under

"Mainte-

nance"

and

"Storage"

 

sections

of

this

owner's

manual.

 

_,WARNING:

This tractor

is equipped

with

an

internal

combustion

engine

and

should

not

be

used

on

or

near

any

unimproved

forest-covered,

brush-covered

or

grass-

product

Discount

can't

of

be fixed.

10%

from

regular

price

of

service

and

service-related

parts

not

covered

bythe

agreement;

also,

10% off

regular

price

of preventive

maintenance

check.

Fast

help

by

phone

-

phone

support

from

a Sears

representative

on products

requiring

in-home

repair,

plus convenient

repair

scheduling.

 

Once

you

purchase

the Agreement,

a simple

phone

call

is

all

that

it

takes

for

you

to

schedule

service.

You

can

call

anytime

day

or night,

or schedule

a service

appointment

online.

Sears

has

over

12,000

professional

repair

specialists,

who

have

access

to

over

4.5

million

quality

parts

and

accessories.

That's

the kind

of professionalism

you

can count

on

to help

prolong

the

life of your

new

purchase

your

Repair

for

years

to

come.

Purchase

Protection

Agreement

today!

Some

limitations

and

exclusions

apply.

For

prices

and

additional

information

call

1-800=827=6655.

covered

land

unless

the

engine's

exhaust

SEARS

INSTALLATION

SERVICE

system

is

equipped

with

a spark

arrester

meeting

applicable

local

or

state

laws

(if

For Sears professional

installation

of home

any).

If

a spark

arrester

is used,

it should

appliances,

garage

door

openers,

water

be maintained

in effective

working

order

by

heaters,

and other

major

home

items,

in the

the

operator.

 

U.S.A.

call

1-800=4-MY=HOME®

In the

state

of Californiathe

above

is required

by law (Section

4442

of the

California

Public

Resources

Code).

Other

states

may

have

similar

laws.

Federal

laws

apply

on federal

 

lands.

A

spark

arrester

for

the

muffler

is

available

through

your

nearest

Sears

service

center

(See

REPAIR

PARTS

manual).

6

Steering

Wheel

i t_

 

Steering

 

(1) Large

Wheel

Insert

Steering

Flat

Washer

 

Wheel

 

/,

,

.'

,,

",

(1) Hex

Bolt

 

,5 _

_

g-

i

J

 

l

|

m

\

",.

 

/

,.'

 

Steering

 

_

 

Steering

Wheel

"'J""

Extension

Adapter

 

Steering

Boot

Shaft

Seat

(1) Washer

(1) Lock

Washer

(1) Seat

(1) Bolt

Slope

Sheet

1111 ,1,Oi,Orain be

For Future

Use

Key(s)

7

Your new tractor has been assembled at the factory with exception of those parts left unassembledfor shipping purposes. To ensure safe and proper operationof your tractor all parts and hardware you assemble must be tightened securely. Use the correct tools

as

necessaryto ensure proper tightness.

TOOLS

REQUIRED

FOR

ASSEMBLY

A

socket

wrench

set will

make

assembly

easier.

Standard

wrench

sizes

are listed.

(1) 5/16"

wrench

Utility

knife

(2) 7/16"

wrenches

Tire pressure

gauge

(2)

1/2"

wrenches

Pliers

(1) 9/16"

wrench

When

right or left hand is mentioned

in this

manual, itmeans when you are in the operating

wheel).

(seated behind the steering

position

TO

CARTON

REMOVE

TRACTOR

FROM

UNPACK

CARTON

 

* Remove all accessible

loose

parts

and

parts cartons from carton.

 

* Cut

along

dotted

lines

on

all

four

pan-

els

of carton.

Remove

end

panels

and

lay side

panels

flat.

* Check

for

any

additional

loose

parts

or

cartons

and

remove.

 

ATTACH

STEERING

WHEEL

ASSEMBLE

EXTENSION

SHAFT

AND

BOOT

 

1.

Slide

extension

shaft

onto

lower

steering

shaft.

2.

Place

tabs

of steering

boot

over

tab slots

in dash

and

push

down

to

secure.

INSTALL

STEERING

WHEEL

3. Position

front

wheels

of

the

tractor

so

 

they

are

pointing

straight

forward.

4.

Remove

steering

wheel

adapter

from

steering

wheel

and

slide

adapter

onto

steering

shaft

extension.

 

5.

Position

steering

wheel

so cross

bars

are

horizontal

(left

to

right)

and

slide

inside

boot

and

onto

adapter.

6.

Assemble

large

flat washer,

lock washer,

hex

bolt

and

tighten

securely.

 

Snap

7. steering

wheel

insert

into

center

of

steering wheel.

8. Remove protective

hood

and

grill.

materials

from

tractor

BEFORE

FROM

REMOVING

SKID

TRACTOR

IMPORTANT:

Check

for

and

remove

any

staples

in skid that

may

puncture

tires

where

tractor

is

to

roll

off skid.

 

TO

CHECK

BATTERY

1.

Lift seat

to raised

position.

 

NOTE:

If this

battery

is put

into

service

after

month

and

year

indicated

on

label

(label

is

located

between

terminals)

charge

battery

for

minimum

of one

hour

at 6-10

amps.

(See

"BATTERY"

in Maintenance

section

of this

manual

for

charging

instructions).

*

For batteryand

battery

cable

installation

see

"REPLACING

BATTERY"

in

the

"Service

and

Adjustments"

section

in

this

manual.

 

Label

 

.-.

l-Insert

 
 

,

I-

 

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,',1

 

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Bolt I, (?--_-:--.,_ ,|

 

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/

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/_

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/

 

_

_

,_\

_

,

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Steering

 

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%_///_

Wheel

 
 

.-

,

/

Steering

 

Boot

 

*

/

Tab

Adapter

Extension

Shaft

Lower Steering

Shaft

8

Tab

Slot

INSTALL

SEAT

 

1. Remove

bolt

and

flat

washer

securing

seat

to cardboard

packing

and

set aside

for assembly

of seat

to tractor.

Remove

the

cardboard

 

packing

and

discard.

 

2. Connect

switch

to

seat.

3. Place

seat

on

seat

pan

so

all three

(3)

bottom

pads

are

positioned

over

large

slotted

holes

in pan.

 

J

Seat

/

switch

/