Overall Satisfaction The Craftsman GT garden tractor lawnmower is quite similar to the Craftsman 54 Inch 26 hp Lawn Tractor as they both have the same sized mower deck and same power output from their engines. However there is a fair few differences among them. The deck houses 3 mower blades that work more efficiently than one single blade working alone. In total there are 7 different cutting heights that each vary by 0. The highest is 4 inches above the ground while the lowest is just 1. The deck is made from 11 gauge steel which will resist deforming or breaking from most knocks and bangs.
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Save this manual for future reference. Always wear safety glasses or eye shields while operating your tractor or performing any adjustments or repairs. We recommend standard safety glasses or a wide vision safety mask worn over spectacles.
When engine is running, any attempt by the operator to leave the seat without rst setting the parking brake will shut off the engine. Depress brake pedal all the way down and hold. Pull parking brake lever up and release pressure from brake pedal. Pedal should remain in brake position. Make sure parking brake will hold tractor secure.
NOTE: Under certain conditions when tractor is standing idle with the engine running, hot engine exhaust gases may cause browning of grass. To eliminate this possibility, always stop engine when stopping tractor on grass areas. Operating engine at less than full throttle reduces the battery charging rate. Full throttle offers the best mower performance. Do not use to start a warm engine. To engage choke control, pull knob out. Slowly push knob in to disengage.
Doing so may result in misadjustment to the drive control system. The direction and speed of movement is controlled by the motion control lever. Start tractor with motion control lever in neutral N position.
Release parking brake. Slowly move motion control lever to desired position. NOTE: Failure to move throttle control between half and full speed fast position, before stopping, may cause engine to backre. Turn ignition key to STOP position and remove key.
Always remove key when leaving tractor to prevent unauthorized use. Turn knob counterclockwise to lower cutting height. The heights are measured from the ground to the blade tip with the engine not running. These heights are approximate and may vary depending upon soil conditions, height of grass and types of grass being mowed. For healthier and better looking lawns, mow often and after moderate growth. For best cutting performance, grass over 6 inches in height should be mowed twice. Make the rst cut relatively high; the second to desired height.
Gauge wheels then keep the deck in proper position to help prevent scalping in most terrain conditions. NOTE: Be sure tractor is on a at level surface. Lower mower and adjust mower to desired cutting height. Remove retainer spring and clevis pin which secure each gauge wheel bar. Lower gauge wheels to ground. Raise gauge wheels slightly to align holes in bracket and gauge wheel bar and insert clevis pin.
Gauge wheels should be slightly off the ground. Replace retainer spring into clevis pin. Be sure all gauge wheels are in the same setting. Any attempt by the operator to leave the seat with the engine running and the attachment clutch engaged will shut off the engine. Select desired height of cut. Lower mower with attachment lift control. Start mower blades by engaging attachment clutch control. Use the slope guide provided at the back of this manual. Choose the slowest speed before starting up or down hills.
If stopping is absolutely necessary, push brake pedal quickly to brake position and engage parking brake. To restart movement, slowly release parking brake and brake pedal. Slowly move motion control lever to slowest setting. Make all turns slowly.
Freewheel control is located at the rear drawbar of tractor. Raise attachment lift to highest position with attachment lift control.
Pull freewheel control out and into the slot and release so it is held in the disengaged position. Do not push or tow tractor at more than two 2 MPH. To re-engage transmission, reverse above procedure. Check engine oil with tractor on level ground. Reinsert the dipstick into the tube and rest oil ll cap on the tube. Do not thread the cap onto the tube. Remove and read oil level. If necessary, add oil until FULL mark on dipstick is reached.
Do not overll. For cold weather operation you should change oil for easier starting See the oil viscosity chart in the Maintenance section of this manual. To change engine oil, see the Maintenance section in this manual. Use fresh, clean, regular unleaded gasoline with a minimum of 87 octane.
Use of leaded gasoline will increase carbon and lead oxide deposits and reduce valve life. Do not mix oil with gasoline. Purchase fuel in quantities that can be used within 30 days to assure fuel freshness. Do not store, spill or use gasoline near an open ame.
CAUTION: 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. To avoid engine problems, the fuel system should be emptied before storage of 30 days or longer.
Drain 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. Transmission Disengaged NOTE: To protect hood from damage when transporting your tractor on a truck or a trailer, be sure hood is closed and secured to tractor.
Use an appropriate means of tying hood to tractor rope, cord, etc. Use common sense when towing. Too heavy of a load, while on a slope, is dangerous. Tires can lose traction with the ground and cause you to lose control of your tractor. Be sure freewheel control is in the transmission engaged position. Sit on seat in operating position, depress brake pedal and set parking brake. Move attachment clutch to disengaged position.
Move throttle control to fast position 5. Pull choke control out for a cold engine start attempt. For a warm engine start attempt the choke control may not be needed.
NOTE: Before starting, read the warm and cold starting procedures below. Insert key into ignition and turn key clockwise to start position and release key as soon as engine starts. Do not run starter continuously for more than fteen seconds per minute. If the engine does not start after several attempts, push choke control in, wait a few minutes and try again.
If engine still does not start, pull the choke control out and retry. When engine starts, slowly push choke control in until the engine begins to run smoothly. If the engine starts to run roughly, pull the choke control out slightly for a few seconds and then continue to push the control in slowly.
The attachments and ground drive can now be used. If the engine does not accept the load, restart the engine and allow it to warm up for one minute using the choke as described above. Continue to push the choke control in small steps allowing the engine to accept small changes in speed and load, until the choke control is fully in. This may require an engine warm-up period from several seconds to several minutes, depending on the temperature. NOTE: In extreme cold conditions, if engine will not start you may need to disengage the motion drive belt as follows: 1.
Be sure parking brake is engaged. Remove retainer spring from the drive belt tension handle to relieve belt tension. Start engine and allow it to warm up for three 3 minutes.
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