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Where to Find the Model and Serial Number on a Sears Craftsman Riding Mower or Tractor

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Are you having some trouble finding the model and spec numbers on your Craftsman rider or tractor? We’re here to help you. Here are a couple of common locations that you can find this information.

Please note: At this time, we cannot offer Craftsman parts lookup, however, we do have original OEM Sears Craftsman parts for machines made by AYP (American Yard Products).

Engine parts: We can provide OEM and aftermarket parts for Briggs and Stratton, Kohler, Kawasaki, Tecumseh and other engine manufacturers on Craftsman riding lawn mowers and tractors. For more information, please visit our small engine parts page.

Finding the Model and Serial Numbers on a Craftsman Rider

Pictured above is a pretty typical Craftsman rider with a Briggs Stratton engine. The model and serial numbers are located on a sticker right under the seat. The model number usually begins in “917.”

Locating the Briggs Stratton Model, Type and Code on a Craftsman Rider

You’re going to have to lift the hood to find the Briggs model, type and code on this one. It’s typically located right on the top of the engine. That was easy! Record the model, type, and code information and head over to our free Briggs Stratton parts lookup.

Locating the Model and Serial numbers for a Craftsman Gold Edition Tractor with a Briggs Stratton Engine

On this particular Craftsman Gold Edition tractor, the model and serial numbers are located on the underside of the seat. Again, this will normally begin with “917.”

Where to find the Briggs Stratton Model, Type and Code on a Craftsman Gold Edition

This particular Gold Edition has a 20HP Briggs Stratton engine. The engine model, type and code numbers can be found on the front of the valve cover.

Locating the Kohler Model and Spec Numbers on a Craftsman LTX1000

This is a Craftsman LTX1000 with a Kohler Engine. After you lift the hood, you’ll see a sticker on the right side of the engine with the spec and serial numbers on it. Once you’ve located the model and spec numbers off of the engine, you can find your Kohler parts on our website.

Locating the Briggs Stratton Model, Type and Code on a Craftsman Tractor

On this Craftsman, the Briggs model, type and code numbers are engraved on a plate near the engine and under the hood. While standing on the left side of the tractor and lifting the hood, the model, type and code numbers should be right down there to greet you.

Finding the Briggs Stratton Model, Type and Code on a Newer Craftsman Riding Tractor

This is a newer Craftsman riding tractor with a newer Briggs Stratton Engine. The Briggs model, type and code numbers should be located on the valve cover on the front of the engine.

You’ll need the model and spec numbers to look up Tecumseh. Use our Tecumseh parts lookup for those. What about the Briggs? Don’t worry! With your model, type, and code numbers, you can also check out our Briggs Stratton parts lookup! Hope this helps!

Are you having some trouble finding the model and spec numbers on your Craftsman rider or tractor? We’re here to help you. Here are a couple of common locations that you can find this information.

Please note: At this time, we cannot offer Craftsman parts lookup, however, we do have original OEM Sears Craftsman parts for machines made by AYP (American Yard Products).

Engine parts: We can provide OEM and aftermarket parts for Briggs and Stratton, Kohler, Kawasaki, Tecumseh and other engine manufacturers on Craftsman riding lawn mowers and tractors. For more information, please visit our small engine parts page.

Finding the Model and Serial Numbers on a Craftsman Rider

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Craftsman rider model and serial number locationPictured above is a pretty typical Craftsman rider with a Briggs Stratton engine. The model and serial numbers are located on a sticker right under the seat. The model number usually begins in “917.”

Locating the Briggs Stratton Model, Type and Code on a Craftsman Rider

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Briggs Stratton Engine model, type and code location on a Craftsman riderYou’re going to have to lift the hood to find the Briggs model, type and code on this one. It’s typically located right on the top of the engine. That was easy! Record the model, type, and code information and head over to our free Briggs Stratton parts lookup.

Locating the Model and Serial numbers for a Craftsman Gold Edition Tractor with a Briggs Stratton Engine

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Craftsman Gold Edition Tractor model and serial locationOn this particular Craftsman Gold Edition tractor, the model and serial numbers are located on the underside of the seat. Again, this will normally begin with “917.”

Where to find the Briggs Stratton Model, Type and Code on a Craftsman Gold Edition

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Briggs Stratton Engine Model, Type and Code Number Location on a Craftsman Gold Edition TractorThis particular Gold Edition has a 20HP Briggs Stratton engine. The engine model, type and code numbers can be found on the front of the valve cover.

Locating the Kohler Model and Spec Numbers on a Craftsman LTX1000

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Kohler Engine Spec amd Serial Number Location on a Craftsman LTX1000This is a Craftsman LTX1000 with a Kohler Engine. After you lift the hood, you’ll see a sticker on the right side of the engine with the spec and serial numbers on it. Once you’ve located the model and spec numbers off of the engine, you can find your Kohler parts on our website.

Locating the Briggs Stratton Model, Type and Code on a Craftsman Tractor

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Briggs Stratton Model, Type and Code Location on a Craftsman TractorOn this Craftsman, the Briggs model, type and code numbers are engraved on a plate near the engine and under the hood. While standing on the left side of the tractor and lifting the hood, the model, type and code numbers should be right down there to greet you.

Finding the Briggs Stratton Model, Type and Code on a Newer Craftsman Riding Tractor

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Briggs Stratton Model, Type and Code Location on a Craftsman TractorThis is a newer Craftsman riding tractor with a newer Briggs Stratton Engine. The Briggs model, type and code numbers should be located on the valve cover on the front of the engine.

You’ll need the model and spec numbers to look up Tecumseh. Use our Tecumseh parts lookup for those. What about the Briggs? Don’t worry! With your model, type, and code numbers, you can also check out our Briggs Stratton parts lookup! Hope this helps!

Craftsman, Troy-Bilt Riding Lawn Mowers Recalled Due to Crash Hazard

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Craftsman Troy-Bilt Lawn Mower Recall Overview:

MTD Products Inc. has recalled Craftsman 30” Mini and Troy-Bilt TB30 riding lawn mowers that can pose a low-speed crash hazard after failing to brake.

The recalled Craftsman and Troy-Bilt riding lawn mowers can fail to come to a complete stop when the clutch/brake pedal is fully depressed and continue to move at about one mile per hour. No associated injuries or incidents have been reported as of the Apr. 14 recall.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission recall number is 22-119.

Recall Affects 6,200 Craftsman, Troy-Bilt Riding Lawn Mowers

The recall affects about 6,200 lawn mowers sold by The Home Depot, Lowe’s and hardware stores nationwide from July 2021 through January 2022 for about 1,600.

The recalled lawn mowers are red and black with “Troy-Bilt” or “Craftsman” printed on the front column. Recalled mowers are not marked with a green X.

The mowers were manufactured from July 20, 2021, to Dec. 17, 2022, and have serial numbers 1G20MB20001 through 1L17MB20228. The first letter in the serial number represents the month of manufacturing from A as January through L as December. The date of manufacture is represented as the third and fourth characters of the product’s serial number.

The product’s manufacture month and year can be found on the model plate label under the heading “DOM” (date of manufacture). The date of manufacture, the serial number and the following model or SKU numbers can be found on the model plate label on the bottom of the seat pan.

  • 13B726JD023
  • 13AC26JD023
  • 13AC26JD066
  • SKU: 1004822873
  • SKU: 1006771776

Consumers Should Stop Using Recalled Craftsman, Troy-Bilt Riding Mowers

Consumers with a recalled lawn mower should stop using the product and contact Craftsman or Troy-Bilt. Company representatives will direct consumers to a local repair shop to replace the mower’s drive belt at no cost to the consumer. If necessary, pickup and delivery can also be arranged at no cost to the consumer.

Craftsman can be reached toll-free at 866-864-2949 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET on Saturdays or online at https://www.craftsman.com/support/safety-recalls/cmxgram1130035.

Troy-Bilt can be contacted toll-free at 888-848-6038 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays or online at https://www.troybilt.com/en_US/recall-mini-riding-mower-2022.html.

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How to Fix CRAFTSMAN Riding Lawn Mower Problems

CRAFTSMAN-riding gasoline-powered lawnmowers are fantastic for cutting larger expanses of grass, such as those found in golf courses or parks. Being able to drive the mower is much more fun and requires far less physical exertion than pushing a mower up and down in the blazing sun.

CRAFTSMAN Riding Lawn Mowers offer many advantages but do occasionally develop problems:

Engine won’t start

Blades won’t engage

Runs for a bit, then dies

Won’t cut lawn evenly

Won’t drive forward

Doesn’t steer correctly

Exhaust billows smoke

And more …

Engine Won’t Start

We all know the disappointment when you’re all “dressed up” and ready to tackle the first lawn-cutting exercise of the season, only to find that your trusty CRAFTSMAN riding mower won’t start.

The CRAFTSMAN riding mower is, of course, fitted with a gas engine which means several problems could be causing the engine not to start. The below covers the common reasons why the engine doesn’t start.

Solution 1: Drain and Replace Old Gas

Check that the gas tank contains fuel, especially if the mower has been standing for an extended period. Gasoline degrades over time and evaporates.

Old gas should be drained from the system and replaced with new to eliminate this problem.

Solution 2: Replace the Fuel Filter

Following the gas line from the gas fuel tank to the carburetor will lead you to the fuel filter. The filter may be dirty, restricting or preventing fuel from reaching the carburetor so the mower won’t start.

If the fuel filter is visibly dirty inside, replace the fuel filter to ensure the gasoline can pass through the filter.

Solution 3: Ensure All Safety Cutoff Switches Are Engaged

CRAFTSMAN riding mowers have two safety switches that ensure the mover won’t start accidentally. One switch is under the driver’s seat, and the foot brake controls the other.

Their design is such that the driver must be seated on the seat, and the brake must be depressed to disengage the safety switches for the mower to start. Standing next to the mower while trying to start the engine will not work.

Solution 4:Charge the Battery

All CRAFTSMAN riding mowers have a battery located under the driver’s seat to turn and start the engine. When turning the ignition key and the engine turns very slowly but won’t start, the battery is most likely discharged.

Turning on the ignition and hearing a clicking sound without the engine turning is a sure sign that the battery is drained and needs to be charged.

In both scenarios, the battery requires charging, or if the problem persists, the battery may need replacement.

Solution 5: Clean or Replace the Solenoid

The carburetor fuel solenoid is attached to the base of the carburetor. The carburetor controls the fuel and air mixture required for the engine to run. The solenoid is an electrically operated fuel supply and shut-off valve. When the valve doesn’t work, it prevents fuel from entering the carburetor.

Diagnosing if the solenoid is faulty is quickly done by getting an ear down close to the solenoid. A click sound will be heard when the key is turned on and off as the solenoid retracts and releases. If no sound is heard, the solenoid is likely faulty and requires replacement, or the mower won’t work.

The solenoid will need to be removed by unscrewing it with a spanner of the right size and cleaned or replaced if the cleaning doesn’t work.

Solution 6: Replace the Filter

The air filter is next to the carburetor and filters the air fed into the carb. When the air filter is filthy, it may get clogged up by dust particles. The clogged-up filter will prevent air from reaching the carburetor and the engine from starting.

The solution is to replace the filter with a new one.

Solution 7: Replace the Spark Plug

The spark plug performs the critical task of igniting the fuel in the cylinder head while the engine is running. The spark plug is constantly exposed to burning gas and oil residue; therefore, the spark plug can quickly become dirty.

Removing the spark plug is a simple exercise using a spark plug spanner. A dirty spark plug can be cleaned using a wire brush but will eventually need to be replaced. Instead, replace the spark plug to be sure it’s working well.

Blades Won’t Engage

Your CRAFTSMAN riding mower is running, you’ve reached the area that needs mowing, but now the blades won’t engage. What could be wrong?

We’ve found five possible causes for the blades not engaging with CRAFTSMAN riding mowers. These problems may differ depending on if your mower has a manual lever clutch or an electronic PTO clutch.

Solution 1: Replace the Electric PTO Clutch

Faulty PTO clutch. When power is supplied to the clutch, the clutch engages and turns the mower’s blades via the drive belt. When the PTO clutch doesn’t engage, the internal mechanism has failed.

The PTO clutch is not a repairable part as it’s a sealed unit, so it needs to be replaced.

Solution 2: Remove and Test Take-off Switch

The second reason the blades won’t engage on the electrically operated unit is a faulty power take-off switch. This switch is located on the dashboard of the mower and is usually yellow. Pulling the switch engages the blades, while pressing the switch disengages the blades.

Removing the switch and testing it for continuity using a multi-meter is the best to determine if the switch won’t work. If faulty, the switch would need to be replaced as you can’t repair it.

Solution 3: Replace Drive Belt

Before we deal with the manual clutch mowers, one common item between the electric clutch and manual version mowers is the drive belt.

The drive belt is located underneath the mower and connects the crankshaft to the mower blades via the clutch assembly.

The drive belt is a high-quality V belt, similar to those used in model car engines. When this belt becomes excessively worn or is damaged or cut, it can no longer drive the mower’s blades, which won’t work.

The drive belt must be replaced when damaged or worn out.

Solution 4: Replace Lever Mechanism Unit

CRAFTSMAN riding mowers fitted with a manual clutch can suffer the following failures over time that prevent the mower’s blades from engaging.

The clutch engages and disengages the blades on the manually operated version. The clutch is operated by pulling down a lever on the right of the dashboard. A cable connects the lever mechanism to the clutch located under the mower.

The lever mechanism in the dashboard can fail over time, making it impossible to retract the cable connected to the clutch.

A failed lever mechanism will require the replacement of the unit.

Solution 5: Replace Broken Clutch Cable

Broken manual clutch cable or spring: The cable, as mentioned earlier, connects the lever mechanism, and the clutch, along with its tensioner spring, is wearing parts, so it can fail with excessive use and eventually won’t work.

A broken or severely worn clutch cable and its accompanying tensioner spring must be replaced should they fail.

Runs for a Bit, Then Dies, Won’t Work

The CRAFTSMAN riding mower is reliable and generally doesn’t cause problems. Occasionally, you may find that your mower starts up and then dies. When you crank it, it starts, only to turn off again.

Solution

Briggs and Stratton’s engines used in CRAFTSMAN mowers are four-stroke engines, so they use unmixed fuel (no two-stroke oil required). They generally run very clean and shouldn’t develop any carburetor blockages.

Fuel starvation is the most likely cause of the engine starting and then stopping shortly after.

Assuming the fuel tank is sufficiently filled and contains fresh fuel. The motor dies because the fuel entering the carburetor flows in slower than the outflow of fuel into the engine; effectively, the carburetor runs dry, which causes the problem.

The cause is a blocked fuel line or clogged fuel filter. 10% Ethanol fuel is tough on rubber fuel hose and causes the fuel line to degrade internally. This degradation blocks or severely reduces fuel flow from the tank to the engine.

Replacing the fuel line and filter will restore the fuel flow to the motor and prevent the engine from turning off when you least need the problem.

Won’t Cut Lawn Evenly

Cutting a large section of lawn only to realize that you’ve cut a series of steps into the lawn’s surface can be disappointing. How does this happen?

Solution

An uneven cut results from the mower deck (cutting blades) not being set to the correct height, or your mower may have a deflated tire causing the problem.

A mower-cutting deck rides on a series of linkages. They allow the deck to be adjusted up and down to adjust the cutting depth.

An underinflated or flat tire can play havoc with the angle of the cutting blades. If the blades are not level with the ground and cut deeper on one side of the mower, it will result in an uneven cut. So make sure all the tires are inflated to the correct pressure.

Cutting deck adjustment is made through two adjustment bolts. One adjusts the height seen from the left and right of the deck, and the other changes the front and rear deck height. It’s quick and easy! We’ve attached the below YouTube video, which details how the adjustments are performed.

Won’t Drive Forward

Like so many other mechanical devices, excessive use of a CRAFTSMAN riding mower will eventually take its toll. Occasionally something may go wrong, preventing it from driving. The gear lever is one of the items on a mower that sees a lot of use as it’s constantly shifted between drive, neutral, and reverse.

Solution

The linkage joining the gear selection lever and the actual gearbox may go out of alignment or get clogged up with dirt, preventing the gear levers from traveling the entire distance to engage or disengage a gear. Of course, the gearbox could be faulty, but this is unlikely as they’re robustly built.

Following the gear level selector down below the right fender of the mower will reveal the linkages that would need adjustment when gear selection becomes difficult.

Given that the linkages vary from model to model, it may be necessary to enlist a professional. Alternatively, some trial-and-error adjustments may do the trick.

A build-up of dirt inside the linkages is a real problem. The underside of the mower is exposed to a lot of dust generated by the spinning blades.

Carefully removing the various parts of the gear selection linkage will reveal dirt that prevents the levers from shifting their entire length of travel, preventing the shifter from working. Removing the dirt will enable the gears to be selected and allow the mover to drive.

Doesn’t Steer Correctly

The CRAFTSMAN riding mower follows a traditional tractor design, having two driving wheels at the rear and two front wheels that provide steering by turning left and right. The driver operates a steering wheel precisely like you would when steering a vehicle.

Over time the steering mechanism of the CRAFTSMAN riding mower is prone to developing a problem with turning to the left but normally turns to the right. Fortunately, this is a pretty simple fix.

Solution

The CRAFTSMAN steering mechanism is pretty basic, consisting of a steering column housing a gear that connects to a gear plate. The gear plate connects the left and right front wheels via a metal rod or linkage. The gear plate rotates as you turn the steering, changing the wheels’ direction.

The steering column’s base gear plate is slotted to limit the wheel’s rotation to either side. Over time the slot located in the gear plate becomes clogged with dirt which is compressed into a solid mass inside the slot or cut out, causing left turns not to work.

The dirt build-up inside the slot limits the gear plate’s movement, limiting the wheels’ ability to turn. The plate design seems to create the problem when turning left only.

The gear plate needs to be removed to get the wheel turning again, which is more straightforward than it may sound. The dirt and grime build-up must be removed from the slot in the gear plate, and the area housing the plate must be cleaned. Once the dirt is removed, the steering mechanism will function.

Exhaust Billows Smoke

Even a great engine such as the ones used in the CRAFTSMAN riding mowers can develop a problem where white smoke starts billowing from the mower’s exhaust. The problem can become so bad that the engine won’t work.

Solution

Worn piston rings can cause the mower’s engine to billow smoke, but this tends to happen slowly over time. If a perfectly good running engine suddenly starts billowing smoke, the cause is likely a blown head gasket.

The head gasket seals the space between the cylinder head, which houses the valves, and the part of the engine housing the piston. When smoke starts billowing from the exhaust, it’s a sign that oil and even water are entering the combustion chamber, where the oil ignites and starts smoking.

Replacing the cylinder head is a task best left to a mechanic as additional damage, such as a cracked head, may have developed and would require identification and repair.

Vibrates a Lot When Mowing

Vibrations are common amongst riding mowers as they bump and grind their way. Excessive or new vibration is not good, meaning something has a problem.

Numerous problems can cause vibrations, but the most common is a blade or blades that have become unbalanced or, in older machines, a mandrel that’s gone faulty. The mandrel contains a shaft supported by bearings. The mandrel houses the blade on one end and a pulley around which the drive belt runs.

Numerous problems can cause vibrations, but the most common is a blade or blades that have become unbalanced or, in older machines, a mandrel that’s gone faulty. The mandrel contains a shaft supported by bearings. The mandrel houses the blade on one end and a pulley around which the drive belt runs.

Solution 1: Replace Worn or Damaged Blade

CRAFTSMAN blades are made of high-quality hardened steel, which lasts a long time. Blades take the brunt of the force when cutting grass; although one tries to avoid it, they strike a rock occasionally. The impact can bend or even break a blade piece, which can cause vibration.

The solution is to replace the damaged blade with a new blade. A replacement will stop the blade from vibrating.

Solution 2: Replace Worn or Damaged Mandrel

A worn or damaged mandrel can cause the mower to vibrate. Although mandrels are a sturdy kit, they can eventually wear and fail, causing vibrations.

The mandrel needs to be replaced to fix this vibration, per the YouTube video below.

How to start a craftsman riding lawnmower, step by step

Craftsman lawnmowers are one of the better riding mowers brands out there. They come in different sizes and with various features, but simplicity in design and ease of operating is what they all have in common. They are made to be sturdy and able to face tough terrains. When it comes to cutting power and performance, they are one of the best. Every lawn owner would love to own one of these. In this blog post, we will guide you about the different features of a Craftsman riding lawnmower and how to use them to start operating the lawnmower

How to start a craftsman riding lawnmower, step by step

  • Step 1: Prepare the Craftsman Lawnmower
  • Step 2: Check the battery
  • Step 3: Check the oil and gas
  • Step 4: Disengage the PTO, enable the choke and start the mower
  • Step 5: How to use the craftsman lawnmower in reverse with blades engaged

Before starting your craftsman mower, you have to check some essential components first. These include the acid level in the batter, oil level, and gas. Accustom yourself to the various controls you need to start using your mower. The following steps will describe the method of using every lever and knob.

Starting a craftsman riding lawnmower is quite simple. However, if you are less experienced, it might not seem very easy. There is a specific order of using the controls and levers, and you may get confused with them. We will explain the general method that is common to all Craftsman riding lawnmowers.

While there are some differences between different models, almost all of them have the same basic procedure. I will also answer some of the common questions.

  • 1 How to properly start and use a Craftsman riding Lawnmower:
  • 1.1 Step 1: Prepare the Craftsman Riding Lawnmower
  • 1.2 Step 2: Check the Craftsman Riding lawnmower Battery
  • 1.3 Step 3: Check the oil and gas level
  • 1.4 Step 4: Disengage the PTO, enable the choke and start the mower
  • 1.5 Step 5: Use the Craftsman riding lawnmower in reverse with blades engaged
  • 3.1 1. Why is my Craftsman lawn mower not starting?
  • 3.2 2. Where is the choke on a craftsman riding lawnmower?
  • 3.3 3. Is there a choke on a Craftsman riding lawnmower?
  • 3.4 4. How do you use a choke on a Craftsman riding lawn mower?
  • 3.5 3. Where is the choke on a Craftsman LT 2000 riding mower?
  • 3.6 3. Where is the choke on a Craftsman DLT 3000 riding mower?
  • 3.7 3. How long should a Craftsman riding lawnmower last?

How to properly start and use a Craftsman riding Lawnmower:

If you are not an experienced Craftsman riding lawnmower user, read the user guide that comes with the mower as the first step. A Craftsman riding mower comes with a very detailed guide that introduces every part by explaining its function. For further guidance, we will look into the starting procedure in more detail:

Step 1: Prepare the Craftsman Riding Lawnmower

To begin, your Craftsman Riding lawnmower should be parked on a smooth and level surface. Make sure that the plane is clear light so that you can better check each part. Also, keep the area free of any dirt and obstacles that can harm the blades.

Enable the lawnmower’s parking brakes so that it does not start rolling when you turn on the power. You can enable them by using the pedal on your riding lawnmower’s left side as you sit on the mower’s seat. Press gently on the pedal down to apply the brakes.

Step 2: Check the Craftsman Riding lawnmower Battery

To ensure a quick and easy start, your Craftsman riding mower should have a good working battery. The battery is located beneath the seat in most models. You can use a battery tester or a multimeter to check that the battery’s condition is ok.

If you have not used the mower recently, it is a good idea to charge it first. Batteries that are not used for some time get discharged. This is more common in places with a colder climate. If you are storing the lawnmower for an extended time, it is a good idea to remove them. You can also use a trickle charger with a maintainer mode to keep it in good shape.

In case the battery needs a charge, you can use a variety of methods. If you have a modern charger, you can directly connect it to the battery without removing it. There is no need to disconnect the power cables.

If you use an older charger or terminals from another battery, it is better to disconnect the battery’s terminals. Also, make sure that you form no contact between the two terminals. It will short the battery, destroy its cells, and the battery may even die.

Step 3: Check the oil and gas level

Next, you have to check the level of fluids in your Craftsman riding lawnmower. First, check your engine’s oil level using the dipstick. Check it each time before you plan to start mowing. If there is not enough oil in the engine, it can harm it. You should also inspect the oil quality once in a while to know when it requires changing.

If you notice that the color has gotten relatively dark, it is an indication of replacement. Fill the gas tank before starting the engine. If you store your mower for an extended time (more than a month), use some fuel stabilizer, such as STA-BIL. It will enhance the durability and the life of your gas over extended periods. Bad gasoline will cause issues like rough running, lesser power, and jerking issues.

Step 4: Disengage the PTO, enable the choke and start the mower

Now we can start the engine. Pull the Craftsman mower’s PTO lever (power takeoff). This lever lies beneath the mower’s steering wheel on a side. It is a simple lever that extrudes out from the control panel responsible for transmitting power to the blades.

Push it away from the steering wheel to disengage the mower blades. Then, turn the throttle lever into the choke position, i.e., activation of the choke. It is the topmost level on the meter. The choke lever lies on the left of the steering wheel. Turning it on will increase the fuel supply to provide a rich mixture to the engine. Now you can start your mower with ease by turning the ignition key clockwise.

After starting the riding Craftsman mower, pull the throttle lever towards the rabbit position. This is the medium level that normalizes the fuel flow. It makes the mixture somewhat lean to normalize the fuel flow. When you are abode the seat, you will find the drive lever on your right side. Push it all the way forward to drive forward.

Pull it back to the rear to drive in reverse. It normally lies in a neutral position. The mower’s speed changes with the drive lever’s position with the fastest speed at the front extreme. In most Craftsman riding lawnmowers, there is no drive pedal. They are driven by this drive lever only.

On your left side, you will find another lever. This is the mower height adjustment lever. It usually has up to 5 positions. Push it in the front-most position to move the cutting deck to its lowest position.

Step 5: Use the Craftsman riding lawnmower in reverse with blades engaged

To drive your mower in reverse mode and cut at the same time, you have to set the mower’s ignition key in reverse mode. First, come to a complete stop and disengage the blades by pulling the PTO back. Release the brake pedal.

Then, turn the key and move the PTO/blade lever to the on position to engage the blades. Turn the drive lever to its back position to start reversing your mower. Always check that there is no obstacle behind the mower as you reverse. Turn by using the steering wheel.

Additional concerns:

For the better performance of your lawnmower, you must follow some precautionary measures as listed below:

  • Spark plugs: Checking the spark plugs should be a part of your maintenance routine. If your mower takes time to start or you notice missing issues, spark plugs are likely the culprits. If they are dirty, clean them. If they look bad, replace them.
  • Air filter: Check the air filter before every mowing. Clean it if it is dirty by using some air pressure or a pump. It would help if you changed them at least once a year or at the start of each mowing season. Keep cleaning them, in any case.

Frequently asked questions:

Why is my Craftsman lawn mower not starting?

The most common cause of a Craftsman mower not starting is bad fuel. If it has not been used for some time, the carburetor’s bowl is likely to be filled with old or bad fuel. The crude gas can then clog the carburetor’s lines and core.

If the carburetor is clogged, you will have to clean it. You can use a carb cleaner like WD-40. This cleaner also helps prevent rust make maintain it over extended periods. Other common causes include defective spark plugs and issues with the ignition coil.

Where is the choke on a craftsman riding lawnmower?

The choke lever is typically positioned below the steering wheel on its left side. It is a lever that moves up and down to set the air-fuel mixture. Depending on the extent to which the lever is turned, the choke makes the fuel mixture lean or rich. The top position is for the rich mixture, while the medium position is for a lean mixture. Generally, the mower is started on a rich fuel mixture.

The choke itself is near the opening of the carburetor that gets the air from the air filter. It is a moving plate, that restricts the airflow to the carburetor when the choke lever is activated.

Is there a choke on a Craftsman riding lawnmower?

Generally, a gas Craftsman lawnmower has a choke. It is used to start the engine when it is cold. In that case, the airflow going to the carburetor is restricted.

How do you use a choke on a Craftsman riding lawn mower?

When you want to start a riding lawnmower when the engine is cold it can have more difficulty starting. In that case, you set the throttle into the choke position. This setting is generally between the fast and slow throttle position, or above the fast position. Some Craftsman mowers have a separate lever for it.

Then you can start the lawnmower. When the engine is running fine, and it has heated up a little bit, you can set the throttle to the desired throttle setting.

Where is the choke on a Craftsman LT 2000 riding mower?

The choke on a Craftsman LT 2000 is located on the left side of the engine. To operate it, you need to reach under the machine and pull up on the lever. Keep in mind that this choke will vary depending on the model of your Craftsman LT 2000. Some models may have a single lever, while others may have two levers.

Where is the choke on a Craftsman DLT 3000 riding mower?

The choke on a Craftsman LT 300 riding mower is connected to the throttle lever. When you pull it above the fast position, it will activate the choke. The choke itself is located near the opening where air from the air filter will enter the carburetor. A plate will limit the airflow when the choke is activated.

How long should a Craftsman riding lawnmower last?

Craftsman lawnmowers are one of the most fuel-efficient and comfortable riding mowers. They are built for medium to large-sized yards. They have a shelf-life of 15-20 years. A more common rating is the number of hours. These mowers are expected to last about 1000-1200 hours, given that they are properly taken care of.

Final remarks:

For maintaining bigger lawns, riding lawn mowers are quite helpful. Among them, the Craftsman brand of riding lawnmowers is seen as one of the best. They are fuel-efficient and have a powerful blading system. They offer a fully automatic drive mechanism and are quite comfortable to use for prolonged hours. Many lawn keepers prefer them over other brands. This blog post explains all the essential controls, levers, and functions that one has to know when using the Craftsman lawnmower. We hope that this post will help your mowing experience.

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