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Owner's Manual


625 Series Briggs & Power-Propelled 22" Multi-Cut


Stratton Engine

Model No.



Read and follow all Safety Rules and Instructions before operating this equipment

Sears. Roebuck and Co. Hoffman Estates.

Visit our Craftsman website: IL 601 79 U.S.A.


Safety Rules Product Specifications

Assembly / Pre-Operation


7-11 Maintenance Schedule


12-15 Service and Adjustments

15-16 Storage .

16-17 Troubleshooting

17-18 Repair Parts 36-43 Sears Service ..

Back Cover


If this Craftsman Lawn Mower fails due to manufacturer defects in material or workmanship within two years from the date of purchase. return it to any Sears store.

Parts & Repair Center or other Craftsman outlet for free repair (or replacement if repair proves impossible).

This warranty applies for only 90 days from the date of purchase if this Lawn Mower is ever used for commercial or rental purposes.

This warranty does not cover:

Expendable items that become worn during normal use. such as rotary mower blades. blade adapters. belts. air cleaners and spark plug.

Repairs necessary because of operator abuse or negligence. including bent crackshafts and the failure to assemble. operate or maintain this Lawn Mower according to all supplied product instructions.

This warranty applies only while this product is used in the United States.

This warranty gives you specific legal rights. and you may also have other rights which vary from state to state.

IMPORTANT: This cutting machine is capable of amputating hands and feet and throw ing objects.

Failure to observe the following safety instructions could result in serious injury or death.

ALook for this symbol to point out impor tant safety precautions.

It means CAUTION!!!



WARNING: In order to prevent ac cidental starting when setting up. trans porting. adjusting or making repairs. always disconnect spark plug wire and place wire where it cannot come in contact with plug.

_. ARNING: Engine exhaust. some of its constituents. and certain vehicle components 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 accessones contain lead and lead compounds. chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm. Wash hands after handling.

CAUTION Muffler and other engine parts become extremely hot during operation and remain hot after engine has stopped.

To avoid severe burns on contact. stay away from these areas.

I. GENERAL OPERATION Read. understand. and follow all instructions on the machine and in the manual(s) before starting.

Be thoroughly familiar with the controls and the proper use of the machine before starting. Do not put hands or feet near or under rotating parts. Keep clear of the dis charge opening at all times.

• Only allow responsible individuals. who are familiar with the instructions. to oper ate the machine.

• Clear the area of objects such as rocks. toys. wire. bones. sticks. etc. which could be picked up and thrown by blade. Be sure the area is clear of other people before mowing.

Stop machine if anyone enters the area. Do not operate the mower when bare foot or wearing open sandals.

Always wear substantial foot wear. Do not pull mower backwards unless absolutely necessary.

Always look down and behind before and while moving backwards. Never direct discharged material toward anyone.

Avoid discharging material against a wall or obstruction.

Material may richochet back toward the opera tor.

Stop the blade when crossing gravel surfaces. Do not operate the mower without proper guards. plates. grass catcher or other safety protective devices in place.

• See manufacturer's instructions for proper operation and installation of accessories.

Only use accessories ap proved by the manufacturer.

• Stop the blade(s) when crossing gravel drives. walks. or roads.

• Stop the engine (motor) whenever you leave the equipment. before cleaning the mower or unclogging the chute.

• Shut the engine (motor) off and wait until the blade comes to complete stop before removing grass catcher. Mow only in daylight or good artificial light. Do not operate the machine while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Never operate machine in wet grass.

Always be sure of your footing: keep a firm hold on the handle; walk. never run. Disengage the self-propelled mech anism or drive clutch on mowers so equipped before starting the engine. If the equipment should start to vibrate abnormally. stop the engine (motor) and check immediately for the cause. Vibra tion is generally WARNING of trouble.

Always wear safety goggles or safety glasses with side shields when operating mower.


Slopes are a major factor related to slip & fall accidents which can result in severe in jury. All slopes require extra caution.

If you feel uneasy on a slope. do not mow it.


Mow across the face of slopes: never up and down.

Exercise extreme caution when changing direction on slopes. Remove obstacles such as rocks. tree limbs. etc. Watch for holes. ruts. or bumps.

Tall grass can hide obstacles.


Do not trim near drop-offs. ditches or embankments.

The operator could lose footing or balance. Do not trim excessively steep slopes. Do not mow on wet grass.

Reduced foot ing could cause slipping.


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 trimming area and under the watchful care of another responsible adult. Be alert and turn machine off if children enter the area. Before and while walking backwards. look behind and down for small children. Never allow children to operate the ma chine. Use extra care when approaching blind corners. shrubs. trees. or other objects that may obscure vision.


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 an approved container. Never remove gas cap or add fuel with the engine running.

Allow engine to cool before refueling. Never refuel the machine indoors. Never store the machine or fuel contain er where there is an open flame. spark or pilot light such as a water heater or on other appliances.

Never fill containers inside a vehicle. on a truck or trailer bed with a plastic liner.

Always place containers on the ground away from your vehicle before 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. Keep the nozzle in contact with the rim of the fuel tank or container opening at all times until fueling is complete.

Do not use a nozzle lock-open device. If fuel is spilled on clothing. change clothing immediately. Never overfill fuel tank.

Replace gas cap and tighten securely.

V. GENERAL SERVICE Never run a machine inside a closed area.

Never make adjustments or repairs with the engine (motor) running.

Disconnect the spark plug wire. and keep the wire away from the plug to prevent accidental starting.

• Keep nuts and bolts. especially blade attachment bolts. tight and keep equip ment in good condition. Never tamper with safety devices.

Check their proper operation regularly.

• Keep machine free of grass. leaves. or other debris build-up.

Clean oil or fuel spillage.

Allow machine to cool before storing. Stop and inspect the equipment if you strike an object.

Repair. if necessary. before restarting. Never attempt to make wheel height adjustments while the engine is running. Grass catcher components are subject to wear. damage. and deterioration. which could expose moving parts or allow objects to be thrown.

Frequently check components and replace with manufacturer's recommended parts. when necessary. Mower blades are sharp and can cut.

Wrap the blade(s) or wear gloves. and use extra caution when servicing them. Do not change the engine governor set ting or overspeed the engine. Maintain or replace safety and instruc tion labels. as necessary.

&WARNING: This lawn mower is equipped with an internal combustion engine and should not be used on or near any unimproved forest-covered. brush-covered or grass-covered land unless the engine's exhaust system is equipped with a spark arrester meeting applicable local or state laws (if any).

If a spark arrester is used. it should be maintained in effective working order by the operator.

In the state of California the 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 Parts & Repair Center (See the REPAIR PARTS section of this manual).

Serial Number:

Date of Purchase:

Gasoline Capacity / Type: 1.6 Quarts (Unleaded Regular)

Oil Type (API SG-SL): 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.

Record both serial number and date of purchase in space provided above.

Repair Protection Agreements

Congratulations on making a smart pur chase. Your new Craftsman® product is designed and manufactured for years of dependable operation.

But like all prod ucts. it may require repair from time to time. That's when having a Repair Protec tion Agreement can save you money and aggravation.

Purchase a Repair Protection Agreement now and protect yourself from unexpected hassle and expense.

Here's what's included in the Agreement: Expert service by our 12. 00 profe sional repair specialists. Unlimited service and no charge for parts and labor on all covered repairs. Product replacement if your covered product can't be fixed. Discount of 10% from regular price of service and service-related parts not covered by the agreement; also. 10% off regular price of preventive mainte nance check.

Fast help by phone phone sup port from a Sears representative on products requiring in-home repair. plus convenient repair scheduling.

Once you purchase the Agreement. simple phone call is all that it takes for you to schedule service.

You can call anytime day or night. or schedule a service ap pointment online.

Sears has over 12. 00 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 for years to come.

Purchase your Repair Protection Agreement today!

Some limitations and exclusions apply.

For prices and additional information call 1-800-827-6655.

Sears Installation Service

For Sears professional installation of home appliances. garage door openers. water heaters. and other major home items. in the U.S.A. call 1-800-4-MY=HOME®.

These accessories were available when this lawn mower was produced.

They are not shipped with your mower.

They are also available at most Sears retail outlets and service centers.

Some of these accessories may not apply to your lawn mower.

















Read these instructions and this manual in 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.

Your new lawn mower has been assembled at the factory with the exception of those parts left unassembled for shipping purposes.

To ensure safe and proper operation of your lawn mower. all parts and hardware you assemble must be tightened securely.

Use the correct tools as necessary to ensure proper tightness.

All parts such as nuts. washers. bolts. etc.. necessary to complete the assembly have been placed in the parts bag.


Remove loose parts included with mower.

Cut down two end corners of carton and lay end panel down flat.

Remove all packing materials except padding between upper and lower handle and padding holding operator presence control bar to upper handle.

Roll lawn mower out of carton and check carton thoroughly for additional loose parts.



Put grass catcher frame into grass bag with rigid part of bag on the bottom.

Make sure the frame handle is outside of the bag top.

Slip vinyl bindings over frame.

NOTE: If vinyl bindings are too stiff. hold them in warm water for a few minutes. if bag gets wet. let it dry before using.


IMPORTANT: Unfold handle carefully so as not to pinch or damage control cables.

Raise handles until lower handle sec tion locks into place in mowing position.

Remove protective padding. raise up per handle section into place on lower >-'_'. . handle and tighten both handle knobs. d-__'/

Remove handle padding holding operator presence control bar to upper handle.

Your lawn mower handle can be adjusted Vinyl bindings for your mowing comfort.

Refer to "AD JUST HANDLE" in the Service and Adjust ments section of this manual.



Operator presence control bar

Frame handle

Frame opening


Your lawn mower was shipped ready to be used as a mulcher.

To convert mower to bagging or discharging. see "TO CON VERT MOWER" in the Operation section of this manual.

LIFT UP Upper handle

Handle knob

Lower handle


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.

Learn and understand their meaning.



Drive control bar Operator presence control bar

Handle knob

Starter handle

Engine oil cap with dipstick


Grass catcher

Gasoline filler cap

Air filter

Mulcher door



)ark plug

Drive cover

Wheel adjuster (on each wheel)

IMPORTANT: This lawn mower is shipped WITHOUT OIL OR GASOLINE in the engine.

MEETS CPSC SAFETY REQUIREMENTS Sears rotary walk-behind power lawn mowers conform to the safety standards of the American National Standards Institute and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Com mission.

The blade turns when the engine is running.

Operator presence control bar must be held down to the handle to start the engine.

Release to stop the engine.

Primer pumps additional fuel from the carburetor to the cylinder for use when starting a cold engine.

Starter handle used for starting engine.

Mulcher door allows conversion to discharging or bagging operation.

Drive control bar - used to engage power-propelled forward motion of mower.

The operation of any SAFETY GLASSES lawn mower can result in foreign objects thrown into the eyes. which can result in severe eye dam age.Always wear safety glasses or eye shieldswhile operating your lawn mower or performingany adjustmentsor repairs.

We recommenda standardsafety glasses or wide vision safety maskworn over spectacles.



The engine speed was set at the factory for optimum performance.

Speed is not adjustable.


CAUTION: Federal regulations require an engine control to be installed on this lawn mower in order to minimize the risk of blade contact injury. Do not under any circumstances attempt to defeat the function of the operator control.

The blade turns when the engine is running.

• Your lawn mower is equipped with an operator presence control bar which requires the operator to be positioned behind the lawn mower handle to start and operate the lawn mower.

TO OPERATE DRIVE SYSTEM To start forward motion. lift drive con trol bar up to handle. To stop forward motion. release drive control bar.

IMPORTANT: Always keep drive control fully engaged against handle when in use.

Operator presence control bar



TO ADJUST CUTTING HEIGHT Raise wheels for low cut and lower wheels for high cut. adjust cutting height to suit your requirements.

Medium position is best for most lawns. To change cutting height. squeeze ad juster lever toward wheel.

Move wheel up or down to suit your requirements.

Be sure all wheels are in the same setting.

NOTE: Adjuster is properly positioned when plate tab inserts into hole in lever.

Also. 9-position adjusters (if so equipped) allow lever to be positioned between the plate tabs.




Your lawn mower was shipped ready to be used as a mulcher.

To convert to bagging or discharging:


• Open rear door and remove mulcher plug.

Store mulcher plug in a safe place.

• You can now install the grass catcher or optional clipping deflector.

• To convert to mulching or discharging operation. install mulcher plug into rear discharge opening of mower.

Mulcher plug

Discharge deflector


Mulcher plug must be installed into rear discharge opening of mower.

• Open mulcher door and install dis charge deflector under door as shown. Mower is now ready for discharging operation.

• To convert to mulching or bagging operation. discharge deflector must be removed and mulcher door closed.



Rear mulcher plug installed.

Mulcher door closed.


Rear mulcher plug removed.

Grass catcher installed.

Mulcher door closed.


Rear mulcher plug installed.

Discharge deflector installed.

CAUTION Do not run your lawn mower without mulcher plug or approved grass catcher in place.

Never attempt to operate the lawn mower with the rear door removed or propped open.

Open mulcher door


Lift up on grass catcher using the frame handle.

Remove grass catcher with clippings from under lawn mower handle.

Empty clippings from bag.

NOTE: Do not drag the bag when empty ing; it will cause unnecessary wear.

Grass catcher frame handle



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 heavily from the muffler on startup.

Be sure lawnmower is level.

Remove oil dipstick from oil fill spout.

You receive a container of oil with the unit.

Slowly pour the entire container down the oil fill spout into the engine.

NOTE: Initial oil fill requires only 18 oz. due to residual oil in engine from the manufacturers 100% quality testing.

When changing oil you may need 20 oz.

Insert and tighten dipstick.


• Check oil level before each use.

Add oil if needed.

Fill to full line on dipstick.

• Change the oil after every 25 hours of operation or each season.

You may need to change the oil more often under dusty. dirty conditions.

See "TO CHANGE ENGINE OIL" in the Mainte nance section of this manual.

Engine oil cap

Gasoline filler cap


ADD GASOLINE Fill fuel tank to bottom of tank filler neck.

Do not overfill.

Use fresh. clean. regular unleaded gasoline with a minimum of 87 octane.

Do not mix oil with gasoline.

Purchase fuel in quantities that can be used within 30 days to assure fuel fresh Bess. CAUTION: Wipe off any spilled oil or fuel.

Do not store. spill or use gasoline near an open flame. CAUTION: Alcohol blended fuels (called gasohol or using ethanol or metha nol) can attract moisture which leads to separation and formation of acids during storage.

Acidic gas can damage the fuel system of an engine while in storage.

To avoid engine problems. the fuel system should be emptied before storage of 30 days or longer.

Empty the gas tank. start the engine and let it run until the fuel lines and carburetor are empty.

Use fresh fuel next season.

See Storage Instructions for additional information.

Never use engine or carburetor cleaner products in the fuel tank or permanent damage may occur.


• To stop engine. release operator pres ence control bar.


NOTE: Due to protective coatings on the engine. a small amount of smoke may be present during the initial use of the product and should be considered normal.

To start a cold engine. push primer three (3) times before trying to start.

Use a firm push. This step is not usually necessary when starting an engine which has already run for a few minutes.

Hold operator presence control bar down to the handle and pull starter handle quickly.

Do not allow starter rope to snap back.

NOTE: In cooler weather it may be necessary to repeat priming steps.

In warmer weather over priming may cause flooding and engine will not start. If you do flood engine. wait a few minutes before attempting to start and do not repeat priming steps.

MOWING TIPS CAUTION: Do not use de-thatcher blade attachments on your mower. Such attachments are hazardous. will damage your mower and could void your warranty. Under certain conditions. such as very tall grass. it may be necessary to raise the height of cut to reduce pushing effort and to keep from overloading the engine and leaving clumps of grass clip pings.

It may also be necessary to re duce ground speed and/or run the lawn mower over the area a second time. For extremely heavy cutting. reduce the width of cut by overlapping previously cut path and mow slowly. For better grass bagging and most cut ting conditions. the engine speed should be set in the FAST position. Pores in cloth grass catchers can be come filled with dirt and dust with use and catchers will collect less grass. To prevent this. regularly hose catcher off with water and let dry before using. Keep top of engine around starter clear and clean of grass clippings and chaff.

This will help engine air flow and extend engine life.


IMPORTANT: For best performance. keep mower housing free of built-up grass and trash. See "CLEANING" in the Maintenance section of this manual.

The special mulching blade will recut the grass clippings many times and reduce them in size so that as they fall onto the lawn they will disperse into the grass and not be noticed.

Also. the mulched grass will biodegrade quickly to provide nutrients for the lawn.

Always mulch with your highest engine (blade) speed as this will provide the best recut ting action of the blades. Avoid cutting your lawn when it is wet.

Wet grass tends to form clumps and interferes with the mulching action.

The best time to mow your lawn is the early afternoon.

At this time the grass has dried. yet the newly cut area will not be exposed to direct sunlight. For best results. adjust the lawn mower cutting height so that the lawn mower cuts off only the top one-third of the grass blades.

If the lawn is overgrown it will be necessary to raise the height of cut to reduce pushing effort and to keep from overloading the engine and leaving clumps of mulched grass.

For extremely heavy grass. reduce your width of cut by overlapping previously cut path and mow slowly.

MAX 1/3

Certain types of grass and grass conditions may require that an area be mulched a second time to completely hide the clippings.

When doing a sec ond cut. mow across (perpendicular) to the first cut path. Change your cutting pattern from week to week.

Mow north to south one week then change to east to west the next week.

This will help prevent matting and graining of the lawn.


Check for Loose Fasteners

Clean / Inspect Grass Catcher * Check Tires

Check Drive Wheels Clean Lawn Mower .

Clean under Drive Cover ***

Check Drive Belt / Pulleys ***

Check / Sharpen / Replace Blade Lubrication Clean and Recharge Battery **

Check Engine Oil level I Change Engine Oil Clean Air Filter

Inspect Muffler

Replace Spark Plug Replace Air Filter Paper Cartridge Empty fuel system or add Stabilizer


+ (if so equipped)

+* Electric-Start mowers

Power-Propelled mowers

+*** Use a scraper to clean under deck

1 - Change more often if operating under a heavy load or in high outdoor temperatures.

2 - Service more often if operating in dirty or dusty conditions.

3 - Replace blades more often when mowing in sandy soil.

4 - Charge 48 hours at end of season.

5 - And after each 5 hours of use.


The warranty on this lawn mower does not cover items that have been subjected to operator abuse or negligence.

To receive full value from the warranty. operator must maintain unit as instructed in this manual.

Some adjustments will need to be made periodically to properly maintain your unit.

At least once a season. check to see if you should make any of the adjustments described in the Service and Adjustments section of this manual.

• At least once a year. replace the spark plug. clean or replace air filter element and check blade for wear.

A new spark plug and clean/new air filter element assure proper air-fuel mixture and help your engine run better and last longer. Follow the maintenance schedule in this manual.


• Check engine oil level.

• Check for loose fasteners.


Keep unit well lubricated (See "LUBRICATION CHART").


(Wheel adjuster(on each wheel)

(_ Engine oil


Rear door hinge

Handle bracket mounting pins

Spray lubricant See "ENGINE" in Maintenance section.

IMPORTANT: Do not oil or grease plastic wheel bearings.

Viscous lubricants will attract dust and dirt that will shorten the life of the self-lubricating bearings.

If you feel they must be lubricated. use only a dry. powdered

2graphite type lubricant sparingly.

LAWN MOWER Always observe safety rules when per forming any maintenance.

TIRES Keep tires free of gasoline. oil. or insect control chemicals which can harm rubber.

• Avoid stumps. stones. deep ruts. sharp objects and other hazards that may cause tire damage.

DRIVE WHEELS Check front drive wheels each time before you mow to be sure they move freely.

The wheels not turning freely means trash. grass cuttings. etc. are inthe drive wheel area and must be cleaned to free drive wheels.

If necessary to clean the drive wheels. be sure to clean both front wheels.

Remove hubcaps.

Iocknuts & washers.

Remove wheels from wheel adjusters.

Remove any trash or grass cuttings from inside the dust cover. pinion and/ or drive wheel gear teeth.

Put wheels back in place.

NOTE: If after cleaning. the drive wheels do not turn freely. contact a Sears or other qualified service center.


For best results. blade must be kept sharp. eplace a bent or damaged blade.

CAUTION: Use only a replacement blade approved by the manufacturer of you r mower.

Using a blade not approved by the manu facturer of your mower is hazardous. could damage your mower and void your warranty.


Disconnect spark plug wire from spark plug and place wire where it cannot come in contact with plug.

Turn lawn mower on its side. Make sure air filter and carburetor are up.

Use a wood block between blade and mower housing to prevent blade from turning when removing blade bolt.

NOTE: Protect your hands with gloves and/or wrap blade with heavy cloth.

Remove blade bolt by turning counter clockwise.

Remove blade & attaching hardware (bolt. lock washer & hardened washer).


Position blade on the blade adapter aligning the two (2) holes in the blade with the raised lugs on the adapter.

Be sure the trailing edge of blade (oppo site sharp edge) is up toward the engine.

Install the blade bolt with the lock washer and hardened washer into blade adapter and crankshaft.

Use block of wood between blade and lawn mower housing and tighten the blade bolt. turning clockwise.

Recommended tightening torque: 35-40 ft. Ibs.

IMPORTANT: Blade bolt is heat treated.

If bolt needs replacing. replace only with approved bolt shown in the Repair Parts section of this manual.

Blade adapter Key Crankshaft





NOTE: We do not recommend sharpening the blade - but if you do. be sure the blade is balanced.

Care should be taken to keep the blade balanced. An unbalanced blade will cause eventual damage to mower or engine. The blade can be sharpened with a file or on a grinding wheel.

Do not attempt to sharpen while on the mower. To check blade balance. drive a nail into a beam or wall. Leave about one inch of the straight nail exposed.

Place center hole of blade over the head of the nail.

If blade is balanced. it should remain in a horizontal position.

If either end of the blade moves downward. sharpen the heavy end until the blade is balanced.


The grass catcher may be hosed with water. but must be dry when used.

Check your grass catcher often for dam age or deterioration.

Through normal use it will wear.

If catcher needs replac ing. replace only with approved replace ment catcher shown in the Repair Parts section of this manual.

Give the lawn mower model number when ordering.


To keep your drive system working properly. the gear case and area around the drive should be kept clean and free of trash build-up.

Clean under the drive cover twice a season.

The gear case is filled with lubricant to the proper level at the factory.

The only time the lubricant needs attention is if service has been performed on the gear case.

If lubricant is required. use only Texaco Starplex Premium 1 Grease.

Part No.


Do not substitute.

ENGINE LUBRICATION Useonly highqualitydetergentoil ratedwith APIserviceclassificationSG-SL. Selectthe oil's SAE viscosity grade according to your expected operating temperature.



NOTE: Although multi-viscosity oils (5W30. W30 etc.) improve starting in cold weather. these multi-viscosity oils will result in increased oil consumption when used above 32°F.

Check your engine oil level more frequently to avoid possible engine damage from running low on oil.

Change the oil after every 25 hours of op eration orat least once a year if the mower is not used for 25 hours in one year.

Check the crankcase oil level before starting the engine and after each five (5) hours of continuous use. Tighten oil plug securely each time you check the oil level.


NOTE: Before tipping lawn mower to drain oil. empty fuel tank by running engine until fuel tank is empty.

Disconnect spark plug wire from spark plug and place wire where it cannot come in contact with plug.

Remove engine oil cap; lay aside on a clean surface.

Tip lawn mower on its side as shown and drain oil into a suitable container.

Rock lawn mower back and forth to re move any oil trapped inside of engine.

Wipe off any spilled oil from lawn mower or side of engine.

Slowly pour oil down the oil fill spout. stopping every few ounces to check the oil level with the dipstick.

Stop adding oil when you reach the FULL mark on the dipstick.

Wait a minute to allow oil to settle.

Continue adding small amounts of oil. rechecking the dipstick until oil level settles at FULL.

DO NOT overfill. or

Your engine will not run properly and may be damaged by using a dirty air filter. Replace the air filter cartridge every 100 hours of operation or every season. whichever occurs first.

Service air cleaner more often under dusty conditions.


Loosen screw and tilt cover to remove.

Carefully remove cartridge.

Clean by gently tapping on a flat sur face. If very dirty. replace cartridge. &CAUTION: Petroleum solvents. such as kerosene. are not to be used to clean cartridge.

They may cause deterioration of the cartridge.

Do not oil cartridge.

Do not use pressurized air to clean or dry cartridge.

Install cartridge. then replace cover making sure the tabs are aligned with the slots in the back plate. Fasten screw securely.

Back plate



Inspect and replace corroded muffler as it could create a fire hazard and/or damage.


Replace spark plug at the beginning of each mowing season or after every hours of operation. whichever occurs first.

Spark plug type and gap setting are shown in the "PRODUCT SPECiFiC ATiONS" section of this manual.


IMPORTANT: For best performance. keep mower housing free of built-grass and trash. Clean the underside of your mower after each use.

CAUTION: Disconnect spark plug wire from spark plug and place wire where it cannot come in contact with plug.

• Clean the underside of your lawn mower by scraping to remove build-up of grass and trash.

• Clean engine often to keep trash from accumulating.

A clogged engine runs hotter and shortens engine life. Keep finished surfaces and wheels free of all gasoline. oil. etc.

We do not recommend using a garden hose to clean lawn mower unless the electrical system. muffler. air filter and carburetor are covered to keep water out.

Water in engine can result in short ened engine life.

CLEAN UNDER DRIVE COVER Clean under drive cover at least twice a sea son.

Scrape underside of cover with putty knife or similar tool to remove any build-up of trash or grass on underside of drive cover.

WARNING" To avoid serious injury. before performing any service and adjustments:

Release control bar and stop engine.

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.


TO ADJUST CUTTING HEIGHT See "TO ADJUST CUTTING HEIGHT" in the Operation section of this manual.


The rear deflector. attached between the rear wheels of your mower. is provided to minimize the possibility that objects will be thrown out of the rear of the mower into the operator mowing position.

If the deflector becomes damaged. it should be replaced.


Remove drive cover.

Remove belt from gearcase pulley by pushing down on arm and rolling belt off pulley.

Turn lawn mower on its side with air filter and carburetor down.

Remove blade. engine pulley and debris shield.

Remove engine pulley and belt from debris shield.


Drive cover Pulley

Engine pulley

Drive belt

Belt retainer

Debris shield


Place new drive belt in engine pulley and belt retainer of debris shield.

Route the other end of the new drive belt through hole in housing.

Reinstall debris shield.

Reinstall blade.

Return mower to upright position.

Push down on arm. install new belt on gearcase pulley.

Release arm slowly.

NOTE: Always use factory approved belt to assure proper fit and long life.

Reinstall drive cover.


The handle can be mounted in a high or low position.

The mounting holes in the bottom of lower handle are off center for raising or lowering the handle.

Remove upper handle and wire tie(s) securing cable(s) to lower handle.

Remove hairpin cotters from lower handle bracket mounting pin.

Squeeze lower handle in to remove it from mounting pins.

Turn lower handle over to raise or lower handle.

Squeeze lower handle in and position holes onto mounting pins on handle bracket.

Reassemble upper handle and all parts removed from lower handle.

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ENGINE SPEED Your engine speed has been factory set.

Do not attempt to increase engine speed or it may result in personal injury.

If you believe that engine is running too fast or too slow. take your mower to a Sears or other qualified service center for repair and adjustment.

CARBURETOR Your carburetor is not adjustable.

If your engine does not operate properly due to sus pected carburetor problems. take your lawn mower to a Sears or other qualified service center for repair and/or adjustment.

IMPORTANT: Never tamper with the engine governor. which is factory set for proper engine speed.

Overspeeding the engine above the factory high speed setting can be dangerous.

If you think the engine-governed high speed needs adjusting. contact a Sears or other qualified service center. which has proper equipment and experience to make any necessary adjustments.

Immediately prepare your lawn mower for storage at the end of the season or if the unit will not be used for 30 days or more.

LAWN MOWER When lawn mower is to be stored for a period of time. clean it thoroughly. remove all dirt. grease. leaves. etc.

Store in a clean. dry area.

Clean entire lawn mower (See "CLEANING" in the Maintenance sec tion of this manual).

Lubricate as shown in the Maintenance section of this manual.

Be sure that all nuts. bolts. screws. and pins are securely fastened.

Inspect moving parts for damage. breakage and wear.

Replace if necessary.

Touch up all rusted or chipped paint surfaces; sand lightly before painting.


You can fold your mower handle for storage.

Squeeze the bottom ends of the lower handle toward each other until the lower handle clears the handle bracket. then move handle forward.

Loosen upper handle mounting bolts enough to allow upper handle to be folded back.

IMPORTANT: When folding the handle for storage or transportation. be sure to fold the handle as shown or you may damage the control cables.

When setting up your handle from the storage position. the lower handle will automatically lock into mowing position.



Lower handle _-_-"




Upper handle

Handle knob

Lower handle


IMPORTANT: It is important to prevent gum deposits from forming in essential fuel system parts such as carburetor. fuel filter. fuel hose. or tank during storage.

Alcohol blended fuels (called gasohol or using ethanol or methanol) can attract moisture which leads to separation and formation of acids during storage.

Acidic gas can damage the fuel system of an engine while in storage. Empty the fuel tank by starting the en gine and letting it run until the fuel lines and carburetor are empty. Never use engine or carburetor cleaner products in the fuel tank or permanent damage may occur. Use fresh fuel next season.

NOTE: Fuel stabilizer is an acceptable al ternative in minimizing the formation of fuel gum deposits during storage.

Add stabilizer to gasoline in fuel tank or storage container.

Always follow the mix ratio found on stabilizer container.

Run engine at least 10 minutes after adding stabilizer to allowthe stabilizer to reach the carburetor.

Do not empty the gas tank and carburetor if using fuel stabilizer.


Drain oil (with engine warm) and replace with clean engine oil. (See "ENGINE" in the Maintenance section of this manual).


Remove spark plug.

Pour one ounce (29 ml) of oil through spark plug hole into cylinder.

Pull starter handle slowly a few times to distribute oil.

Replace with new spark plug.


Do not store gasoline from one season to another. Replace your gasoline can if your can starts to rust.

Rust and/or dirt in your gasoline will cause problems. If possible. store your unit indoors and cover it to protect it from dust and dirt.

• Cover your unit with a suitable protec tive cover that does not retain moisture.

Do not use plastic.

Plastic cannot breathe. which allows condensation to form and will cause your unit to rust.

IMPORTANT: Never cover mower while engine and exhaust areas are still warm. &CAUTION: Never store the lawn mower

TROUBLESHOOTING See appropriate section in manual unless directed to a Sears Parts & Repair Center.


Dirty air filter.

Out of fuel.

Stale fuel.

Does not start

Water in fuel.

Spark plug wire is disconnected.

Bad spark plug.

Loose blade or broken blade adapter.

Control bar in released position.

Control bar defective.

10. Fuel valve lever (if so equipped) in OFF position.

11. Weak battery (if equipped).

12. Disconnected battery connector (if equipped).

Clean/replace air filter.

Fill fuel tank.

Empty fuel tank and refill tank with fresh. clean gasoline.

Empty fuel tank and refill tank with fresh. clean gasoline.

Connect wire to plug.

Replace spark plug.

Tighten blade bolt or replace blade adapter.

Depress control bar to handle.

Replace control bar.

10. Turn fuel valve lever to the ON position.

11. Charge battery.

12. Connect battery to engine.

TROUBLESHOOTING =See appropriate section in manual unless directed to a Sears Parts & Repair Center.


Loss of power

Poor cut uneven

Excessive vibration

Starter rope hard to pull

Grass catcher

Hard to push

Loss of drive or slowing of drive speed

Rear of mower housing or blade dragging in grass.

Cutting too much grass.

Dirty air filter.

Buildup of grass. leaves. and trash under mower.

Too much oil in engine.

Walking speed too fast.

Worn. bent or loose blade.

Wheel heights uneven.

Buildup of grass. leaves and trash under mower.

Worn. bent or loose blade.

Bent engine crankshaft.

Engine flywheel brake is on when control bar is released.

Bent engine crankshaft.

Blade adapter broken.

Blade dragging in grass.

Cutting height too low.

Lift on blade worn off.

Catcher not venting air.

Grass is too high or wheel height is too low.

Rear of mower housing or blade dragging in grass.

Grass catcher too full.

Handle height position not right for you.

Belt wear.

Belt off of pulley.

Drive cable worn or broken. "Loose" drive control system.


Raise cutting height.

Raise cutting height.

Clean/replace air filter.

Clean underside of mower housing.

Check oil level.

Cut at slower walking speed.

Replace blade. Tighten blade bolt.

Set all wheels at same height.

Clean underside of mower housing.

Replace blade. Tighten blade bolt.

Contact a Sears or other qualified service center.

Depress control bar to upper handle before pulling the starter rope.

Contact a Sears or other qualified service center.

Replace blade adapter.

Move lawn mower to cut grass or to hard surface.

Raise cutting height.

Replace blade.

Clean grass catcher.

Raise cutting height.

Raise rear of mower housing one (1) setting higher.

Empty grass catcher.

Adjust handle height to suit.

Check/replace drive belt.

Check/reinstall drive belt.

Replace drive cable.

Adjust drive control.


- MODEL NUMBER 917.376651


X479 183567 X004 166649 66426 X428 750634 X428 X428 128415 150050


X479 X479 X479 X479 132004 194788 189008 405421 405423 409148 184193 X427 142748 401630


Upper Handle X004 Engine Zone Control Cable 701037 Bracket.

Upstop X004 Mulcher Plug X428 Wire Tie 401629 Handle Knob X005 Screw 175735 Control Bar 150078

Rear Door Assembly Pop Rivet X428 Screw. Self-Tapping X479 #10-24 x 5/8 X479

Screw. Hex Hex Head. 150406 Sems 1/4-20 x 1/2 Back Plate 193000 Side Baffle 73800400

Discharge Baffle 410284 Rear Baffle

Keps Locknut 1/4-20 175650 Rope Guide 189179 Rear Skirt 141114


Rear Door. LH 851074 Spring.

Rear Door. RH 850263 Nut. Hex. Flanged 851084 Bolt. Rear Door Wheel & Tire Assembly.

Rear 170031 Bolt. Shoulder 3/8-16 x 1 Washer.


Cylindrical 404763


Axle Arm Assembly Selector Knob

Selector Spring 73930600 Mulcher Door 88652

Spacer 51793 Wheel Adjusting Bracket.

RH X479 Hinge Bracket Assembly 191574 Screw. Sems. Thread Cutting X004 5/16-18 x 3/4

Discharge Deflector 405843 Handle Bracket Assembly.

LH 192325 Handle Bracket Assembly.

RH Screw.

Hex Head. Threaded.

Rolled 3/8-16 x 1-1/8


Torsion Nut. Hex. Nylock X005 Kit. Mower Housing (Includes 197991 Key Numbers 14. 15 and 51)

404764 Rod. Hinge

412693 Blade Adapter / Pulley Blade. 22" Washer.

Hardened Washer.

Helical Screw.


Hex Head

71 33623 3/8-24 x 1-3/8 Grade 8

Kit. Front Baffle

71 33500 (Includes Key Number

71 33000 Danger Decal



Screw. Serrated.

Type TT 1/4-20 Nut. Hex 3/8-16 Hinge Screw 1/4-20 x 1-1/4 Hairpin Cotter Lower Handle Handle Bolt

Mounting Bracket.

Debris Shield Screw. Debris Shield

Engine. Briggs & Stratton.

Model Number T02-0824-EA

(See Breakdown) Wheel Adjusting Bracket.

LH Clip. Cable Warning Decal (not shown) Owner's Manual

(English / Spanish)

Available accessories not included with mower:

Gas Can

(2.5 Gallon Container) Fuel Stabilizer SAE 30W Oil

(20 Ounce Bottle)

NOTE: All component dimensions given in U.S. inches.

1 inch = 25.4 mm. iMPORTANT: Use only Original Equipment Manufacturer (O.E.M.) replacement parts.

Failure to do so could be hazardous. damage your lawn mower and void your warranty.


- MODEL NUMBER 917.376651





194653 Drive Control Assembly (Includes Cable) 86012 Driveshaft Cover 191039 Bearing.

Wheel Adjuster 401805 Frame.

Grassbag 175262 Pan Head Tapping Screw #10-24 x 2-3/4 183497

+ Case. Lower 146527 V-Belt 183498

+ Case. Upper 150495 Retainer.

Spring 183499 Gear. 27 Teeth X428 Bar. Drive Control 183500 Lever. Clutch 409148 Locknut.

Hex 183501 Spring.

Return X427 Wheel & Tire Assembly.

Front 183502 Shaft. Input 12000058 E-Ring 183503 Dog. Movable 403849 Pinion 183504 Dog. Fixed 189403 Dust Cover 183505 Wire. Formed 191017 Pawl. Drive 183506 Bearing.

Ball 67725 Washer.

Flat 183507 Fork. Shift 701037 Selector Knob 183508 Seal. Output Shaft X428 Drive Cover 183509 Washer

408802 Kit. Wheel Adjuster.

LH 183510 Seal. Case (Includes Knob and Bearing) 183511 Bushing 199206 Gear Case Assembly.

Complete 196613 Shaft. Output 73800400 Locknut 1/4-20 183513 Screw

137090 Spring 183514 Seal. Input Shaft 408803 Kit. Wheel Adjuster.

RH 199852 Pulley. Drive (Includes Knob and Bearing) 199419 Pin. Retainer Grassbag Assembly 401198

+ Use Dow Coming #709 to reseal Gear Case Halves.

NOTE: All component dimensions given in U.S. inches.

1 inch = 25.4 mm.

MPORTANT: Use only Original Equipment Manufacturer (O.E.M.) replacement parts.

Failure to do so could be hazardous. damage your lawn mower and void your warranty.


Engine Power Rating information

The gross power rating for individual gas engine models is labeled in accordance with SAE (Society of Automo-tive Engineers) code Jl1940 (Small Engine Power & Torque Rating Procedure). and rat ing performance has been obtained and corrected in accordance with SAE J1995 (Revision 2002-5).

Actual gross engine power will be lower and is affected by. among other things. ambient operating conditions and engine-to-engine variability.

Given both the wide array of products on which engines are placed and the variety of environmental issues applicable to op-erating the equipment. the gas engine will not develop the rated gross power when used in a given piece of power equipment (actual "on-site" or net horsepower).

This difference is due to a variety of factors including. but not limited to. accessories (air cleaner. exhaust. charging. cooling. carburetor. fuel pump. etc.). application limita tions. ambient operating conditions (temperature. humidity. altitude). and engine-to-engine variability.

Due to manufactur-ing and capacity limitations.

Briggs & Stratton may substitute an engine of higher rated power for this Series engine.





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Cylinder Assembly Kit-Bushing/Seal

• Seal-Oil (Magneto Side) Sump-Engine Head-Cylinder

• Gasket-Cylinder Head Breather Assembly Gasket-Breather

Screw (Breather Assembly) Tube-Breather

• Gasket-Crankcase

Screw (Cylinder Head) Plug-Oil Drain Crankshaft

• Seal-Oil (PTO Side) Screw (Engine Sump) Flywheel Key-Flywheel Piston Assembly (Standard) Ring Set-Piston (Standard) Lock-Piston Pin Pin-Piston

Rod-Connecting Screw (Connecting Rod) Screw (Connecting Rod) Valve-Exhaust Valve-intake

Spring-Valve (Intake) Spring-Valve (Exhaust) Guard-Flywheel

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693981 691753

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Slinger-Governor/Oil Tappet-Valve Camshaft Short Block Manifold-intake Gasket-intake

Screw (Intake Manifold) Housing-Rewind Starter Rope-Starter (Cut to Length) Grip-Starter Rope Screw (Rewind Starter) Screw (Flywheel Guard) Lock-Muffler Screw

Screw (Throttle Valve) Shaft-Throttle

Pin-Float Hinge Jet-Main (Standard) Jet-Main (High Altitude) Kit-Carburetor Overhaul Carburetor

Plug-Welch Valve-Throttle Float-Carburetor Valve-Needle/Seat Gasket-Float Bowl Bracket-Air Cleaner Primer Gasket-Air Cleaner

Line-Fuel (Cut to Length) Screw (Control Bracket)





690940 Screw (Fuel Tank) 691829 Link-Mechanical Governor

699056 Spring-Governor 791128 Bracket-Control 690783 Control Lever-Governor

271716 Q:_ Sealing Washer 690940 Screw (Dipstick Tube) 692038 Muffler

695892 Housing-Blower 691108 Screw (Blower Housing) 690450 Shield-Cylinder 690345 Screw (Cylinder Shield) 690662 Nut (Flywheel) 802574 Armature-Magneto 691061 Screw (Armature Magneto) 802592s Plug-Spark 692390 Wire-Stop 497316 Engine Gasket Set 19069 Flywheel Puller 692524 Screw (Carburetor) 89838s Wrench-Spark Plug 690272 Washer (Governor Crank) 690670 Screw (Air Cleaner Cover) 692523 Screw (Air Cleaner Base) 491588s Filter-Air Cleaner Cartridge 791960 Cup-Flywheel 692299 Plate-Pawl Friction 281505s PawI-Ratchet

691251 Nut (Gov. Control Lever) 499621 Dipstick 692296

• Seal-Dipstick Tube 495265 Tube-Dipstick 691923 Grommet

691119 Bolt (Gov. Control Lever) 698589 Screw (Control Cover) 697734 Cover-Breather Passage 691879

• Gasket-Breather Passage 690800 Nut (Rewind Starter) 691696 Screw (Pawl Friction Plate) 95162 Clamp-Hose 790703 Cover-Control 497680 Starter-Rewind

691340 Screw (Muffler) 690340 Retainer-Governor Shaft 698801 Crank-Governor

270344s. : O Ring (Intake Manifold) 692310 Switch-Stop 691321 Q:_ Seal-Throttle Shaft 66538s Boot-Spark Plug 493823

• Spacer (Includes 692294 Spacer-Fuel Tank

690345 691855 690959 790345 691648 691031 692047 493880s

697338 691155 690380 262001 63709 790701 692135 695891 699985 792040 692298 690700

691669 699374 493640 496115 498261 1036

1058 MS3260 1059 692311 1210 498144 1211 498144

Screw (Breather Cover) Spring-Friction Pin-Locating Gear-Timing Screw (Brake) SeaI-O Ring (Dipstick Tube) Assembly- Dipstick/Tube Terminal-Spark Plug Seal-Valve

Seat-Valve (Intake) Seat-Valve (Exhaust) Bushing-Guide (Exhaust) Bushing-Guide (Intake) Cover-Blower Housing Spring-Brake Brake

Cap-Fuel Tank Base-Air Cleaner Primer Cover-Air Cleaner Screw

(Blower Housing Cover) Screw (Air Cleaner Bracket) Tank-Fuel Bowl-Float Primer-Carburetor Set-Carburetor Gasket

Label-Emissions (Available from an Authorized Briggs & Stratton Service Dealer) Operator's Manual Kit-Screw/Washer

Pulley/Spring Assy. (Pulley) Pulley/Spring Assy. (Spring) 1329 126T02-0025

1330 270962

Replacement Engine (Replacement engine listed is not available in the state

398067 Spark Arrester (available accessory)

Included in Engine Gasket Set. Key No. 358

Included in Carb. Overhaul Kit. Key No. 121

Included in Carb. Gasket Set. Key No. 977

NOTE: All component dimensions given in U.S. inches.

1 inch = 25.4 mm

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