Removal of the drive belt.
- Remove the drive cover and belt stop.
- Remove the belt from the transmission pulley.
- Install the lawnmower on its side so that the air filter and carburetor are pointing upwards.
- Remove the knife and knife adapter.
- Pull the belt off the engine pulley.
Replacement of the drive belt.
- Install the new belt on the engine pulley inside the protrusions holding the belt.
- Pass the other end of the drive belt through the hole in the deck.
- Reinstall the adapter and knife.
- Return the mower to a horizontal position.
- Install the new belt on the transmission pulley.
- Reinstall the belt stop and drive cover
Always use the belt recommended by the manufacturer. This will ensure correct installation of the belt and its durability.
The handle can be installed in any of three convenient positions.
To adjust the handle:
- Unscrew and remove the bolt on one side of the bottom grip.
- While holding the handle assembly, remove the retainer and the bolt / with the square headrest / from the other side; Align the hole in the handle with the selected hole in the bracket and install the bolt and retainer and tighten.
- Align the back of the handle with the same hole and fix with a bolt and retainer.
The engine speed was set at the factory. To avoid injury, do not attempt to adjust the speed yourself. If you believe that the engine is running at high or low speeds, contact the Craftsman service center.
The carburetor is not adjustable. If you suspect that the engine is malfunctioning due to irregularities in the carburetor, contact a Craftsman service center.
Never try to change the engine settings, which were made at the factory and ensure the average speed of its work. Exceeding the set engine speed is dangerous. If you consider it necessary to adjust the engine speed, contact the Craftsman Equipment Service Center, whose specialists have the appropriate tools and experience in conducting such work.
Upon completion of the use of the lawnmower at the end of the season, and also if you are not going to use it for 30 days or more, the following measures should be taken.
Before storing the lawn mower, thoroughly clean it, remove all dirt, grease, leaves, etc. Keep the lawn mower in a dry and clean room.
- Clean the lawn mower completely (see chapter Cleaning section Service of this manual).
- Lubricate it by following the instructions given in section. Service.
- Ensure that all nuts, bolts, screws and studs are tight and tight. Visually inspect the rotating parts for damage, breakage and wear. Replace parts if required.
- Paint over worn and corroded surfaces, pre-cleaning them with sandpaper.
Before storing the lawnmower, you can fold the handle.
- Unscrew the two thumbscrews on the side surface of the upper handle and pull the upper part of the handle down to match with the lower part of the handle.
- Remove the bolts and wing handles of the lower part of the handle from 2 sides and turn the assembled handles forward so that they would lie on the mower deck.
- Install the bolts and thumb handles in the hole in the bottom of the handle or bracket of the deck for safety.
When installing the handle from the storage position, the lower part of the handle requires manual fixation in the working position.
When folding the handle for storage or transportation, make sure that it is folded as shown in the figure. Otherwise, the control cables may be damaged.
It is essential to prevent the formation of tarry deposits in such parts of the fuel system as a carburetor, fuel filter, fuel hose and gas tank during storage of the mower. Also, alcohol-containing fuels (called gasohol or using ethanol or methanol) during storage can attract moisture, which leads to oxidation. Gas can damage the engine’s fuel system during storage.
- Empty the fuel tank by starting the engine and letting it run until the fuel line and carburetor are empty.
- Never add engine and carburetor cleaner to the gas tank to avoid severe damage.
- In the new season, use fresh fuel.
Fuel stabilizer is an acceptable alternative for reducing gum sediment deposits during storage. Add stabilizer to the gasoline in the fuel tank or the gas canister. Follow the mixing instructions on the container with the stabilizer. Start the engine for at least 10 minutes after adding a stabilizer. Do not empty the gas tank and carburetor if using a fuel stabilizer.
Drain the used oil (on a warm engine) and pour in fresh engine oil, following the instructions given in the chapter Engine Maintenance section of this manual.
- Disconnect the spark plug wire. Remove the spark plug.
- Pour 29 ml of oil into the spark plug hole on the cylinder.
- Slowly pull the starter handle several times to distribute the oil.
- Install a new spark plug.
- Do not store gasoline for several seasons.
- Change the gasoline if it is damaged or there is a residue, which can cause problems.
- If possible, store the mower indoors, pre-covering it to protect it from dirt and dust.
- Cover the lawn mower with appropriate non-moisture-absorbing material. Do not use polyethylene, as it interferes with air exchange and leads to condensation of moisture, as a result of which the metal begins to rust.
- Never cover the mower if the engine and muffler are still hot.
- Never store a lawnmower with fuel in a gas tank inside a room where gasoline vapours may reach an open flame or spark. Allow the engine to cool down completely before storing the lawn mower for storage in an enclosed area.