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Operator's Manual
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4-Cycle
Electric Start Capable
WEEDWACKER® GAS TRIMMER
Model No. 316.731971
_EU_VA#LE $TA RTR N _E A $ E
CAUTION: Before using this product,
read this manual and follow all its Safety
Rules and Operating instructions.
*SAFETY
*ASSEMBLY
*OPERATION
*MAINTENANCE
.ESPANOL, R 19
Sears Brands Management Corporation, Hoffman Estates, IL 60179 U.S.A.
Visit our website: www.craftsman.com
769-09412 /00 10/13
TABLEOFCONTENTS
Safety............................................... 2
Warranty............................................. 5
KnowYourUnit........................................ 6
Specifications......................................... 6
Assembly............................................. 7
OilandFuel........................................... 9
StartingandStopping.................................. 10
Operation............................................ 12
Maintenance......................................... 13
CleaningandStorage.................................. 16
Troubleshooting....................................... 17
RepairProtectionAgreements........................... 18
ServiceNumbers.............................. BackCover
Allinformation,illustrationsandspecificationsinthismanualarebased
onthelatestproductinformationavailableatthetimeofprinting.We
reservetherighttomakechangesatanytimewithoutnotice.
©SeamBrands,LLC
Thepurposeofsafetysymbolsistoattractyourattentionto
possibledangers.Thesafetysymbols,andtheirexplanations,
deserveyourcarefulattentionandunderstanding.Thesafety
warningsdonotbythemselveseliminateanydanger.The
instructionsorwarningstheygivearenotsubstitutesforproper
accidentpreventionmeasures.
i SYMBOL MEANING
DANGER. Signals an EXTREME hazard.
Failure to obey a safety DANGER signal WILL result in
serious injury or death to yourself or to others.
WAR NING: Signals a SERIOUS hazard.
Failure to obey a safety WARNING signal CAN result in
serious injury to yourself or to others.
.
CAUTION. Signals a MODERATE hazard.
Failure to obey a safety CAUTION signal MAY result in
property damage or injury to yourself or to others.
SPARK ARRESTOR NOTE
NOTE: For users on U.S. Forest Land and in the states of
California, Maine, Oregon and Washington. All U.S. Forest Land
and the state of California (Public Resources Codes 4442 and
4443), Oregon and Washington require, by law that certain internal
combustion engines operated on forest brush and/or grass-covered
areas be equipped with a spark arrestor, maintained in effective
working order, or the engine be constructed, equipped and
maintained for the prevention of fire. Check with your state or local
authorities for regulations pertaining to these requirements. Failure
to follow these requirements could subject you to liability or a fine.
This unit is factory equipped with a spark arrestor, if it requires
replacement, contact a Sears Parts & Repair Service Center to
install the appropriate muffler assembly.
CALiFORNiA PROPOSiTiON 65
WARNING: Engine exhaust, some of its
constituents and certain finished components contain or
emit chemicals known to the State of California to cause
cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm. Wash
hands after handling.
NOTE: Advises you of information or instructions vital to the
operation or maintenance of the equipment. Read the operator's manual and follow all warnings and safety
instructions. Failure to do so can result in serious injury to the
operator and/or bystanders.
iMPORTANT SAFETY iNSTRUCTiONS
READ ALL iNSTRUCTiONS BEFORE OPERATING
m
WAR NING. When using the unit, all safety
rules must be followed. Please read these instructions
before operating the unit in order to ensure the safety of
the operator and any bystanders. Please keep these
instructions for later use.
Read the instructions carefully. Be familiar with the controls and
proper use of the unit.
Do not operate this unit when tired, ill or under the influence of
alcohol, drugs or medication.
Children must not operate the unit. Teens must be accompanied
and guided by an adult.
All guards and safety attachments must be installed properly
before operating the unit.
Inspect the unit before use. Replace damaged parts. Check for
fuel leaks. Make sure all fasteners are in place and secure.
Replace parts that are cracked, chipped, or damaged in any
way. Do not operate the unit with loose or damaged parts.
Only use the trimming line described in the Specifications section
of this manual. Never use metal-reinforced line, wire, chain or
rope. These can break off and become dangerous projectiles.
Do not replace the cutting head with rigid or metal blades. Doing
so could result in serious injury.
Be aware of risk of injury to the head, hands and feet.
Carefully inspect the area before starting the unit. Remove
rocks, broken glass, nails, wire, string and other objects that
may be thrown or become entangled with the unit.
Clear the area of children, bystanders and pets; keep them
outside a 50-foot (15 m) radius, at a minimum. Even then, they are
still at risk from thrown objects. Encourage bystanders to wear
eye protection. If you are approached, stop the unit immediately.
Squeeze the throttle control and check that it returns
automatically to the idle position. Make all adjustments or
repairs before using the unit.
This unit is intended for occasional, household use only.
SAFETY WARNINGS FOR GAS UNITS
WARNI NG: Gasoline is highly flammable and
its vapors can explode if ignited. Take the following
precautions:
Store fuel only in containers specifically designed and approved
for the storage of such materials.
Always stop the engine and allow it to cool before filling the
tank. Never remove the fuel tank cap or add fuel when the
engine is hot. Always loosen the fuel tank cap slowly to relieve
any pressure in the tank before fueling.
Always add fuel in a clean, well-ventilated outdoor area where
there are no sparks or flames. DO NOT smoke.
Never operate the unit without the fuel cap securely in place.
Avoid creating a source of ignition for spilled fuel. Wipe up any
spilled fuel from the unit immediately, before starting the unit.
Move the unit at least 30 ft. (9.1 m) from the fueling source and
site before starting the engine. DO NOT smoke.
Never start or run the unit inside a closed room or building.
Breathing exhaust fumes can kill. Operate this unit only in a well
ventilated outdoor area.
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WHILE OPERATING
Wear safety glasses or goggles that meet current ANSI /ISEA
Z87.1 standards and are marked as such. Wear ear/hearing
protection when operating this unit. Wear a face mask or dust
mask if the operation is dusty.
Wear heavy long pants, boots, gloves and a long sleeve shirt. Do
not wear loose clothing, jewelry, short pants, sandals or go
barefoot. Secure hair above shoulder level.
The cutting head shield must always be in place while operating
the unit. Do not operate the unit without both trimming lines
extended and the proper line installed. Do not extend the
trimming line beyond the length of the shield.
This unit has a clutch. The cutting head remains stationary when
the engine is idling. If it does not, take the unit to a Sears or
other qualified service dealer for an adjustment.
Adjust the handle to provide the best grip, if applicable.
Make sure the attachment is not in contact with anything before
starting the unit.
Use the unit only in daylight or good artificial light.
Avoid accidental starting. Be in the starting position whenever
pulling the starter rope. The operator and unit must be in a stable
position while starting. Refer to Starting and Stopping.
Use the right tool. Only use this tool for its intended purpose.
Always hold the unit with both hands when operating. Keep a
firm grip on both handles or grips.
Do not overreach. Always keep proper footing and balance. Take
extra care when working on stairs, steep slopes or inclines. To
avoid serious injury, do not operate the unit while on a ladder or
a roof.
Keep hands, face, and feet away from all moving parts. Do not
touch or try to stop moving parts.
Do not touch the engine, gear housing or muffler. These parts get
extremely hot from operation, even after the unit is turned off.
Do not operate the unit faster than the speed needed to do the job.
Do not run the unit at high speed when not in use.
Do not force the unit. It will do a better, safer job when used at
the intended rate.
Always stop the unit when operation is delayed or when walking
from one location to another.
If you strike or become entangled with a foreign object, stop the
unit immediately and check for damage. Do not operate the unit
before repairing damage. Do not operate the unit with loose or
damaged parts.
Turn the engine to off and disconnect the spark plug for
maintenance or repair.
Use only original equipment manufacturer (OEM) replacement
parts and accessories for this unit. Use of any other parts or
accessories could lead to serious injury to the user, or damage
to the unit, and void the warranty.
Keep the unit clean. Carefully remove vegetation and other
debris that could block moving parts.
To reduce fire hazard, replace a faulty muffler and spark arrestor.
Keep the engine and muffler free from grass, leaves, excessive
grease or carbon build up.
If the unit starts to vibrate abnormally, stop the unit immediately.
Inspect the unit for the cause of the vibration. Vibration is
generally an indicator of trouble.
OTHERSAFETYWARNINGS
,i, All service, other than the maintenance procedures described in
this manual, should be performed by a Sears or other qualified
service dealer.
Before inspecting, servicing, cleaning, storing, transporting or
replacing any parts on the unit:
1. Stop the unit.
2. Make sure all moving parts have stopped.
3.Allow the unit to cool.
4. Disconnect the spark plug wire.
Secure the unit while transporting.
Never store the unit with fuel in the tank, inside a building where
fumes may reach an open flame (pilot lights, etc.) or sparks
(switches, electrical motors, etc.).
Store the unit in a dry place, secured or at a height to prevent
unauthorized use or damage. Keep the unit out of the reach of
children.
Never douse or squirt the unit with water or any other liquid.
Keep handles dry and clean (free from debris, oil and grease).
Clean the unit after each use. Refer to Cleaning and Storage. Do
not use solvents or strong detergents.
Keep these instructions. Refer to them often and use them to
instruct other users. If you loan this unit to others, also loan
them these instructions.
SAVE THESE INSTRUCTIONS
,, SAFETY & iNTERNATiONAL SYMBOLS ,,
This operator's manual describes safety and international symbols and pictographs that may appear on this product. Read the operator's
manual for complete safety, assembly, operating and maintenance and repair information.
SYMBOL MEANING
',,SAFETY ALERT SYMBOL
Indicates danger, warning or caution. Maybe Used in
i:::lm .conjunct on wth other symbo sorp ctographs
,READ OPERATOR'S MANUAL
[]
WARNING. Readthe0Perator,s
manual(s) and follow all warnings and safety
I instructions, Failure tOdo so can Jesuit in serious
= injury to the operator and/or bystanders.
= o WEAR EYE AND HEARING PROTECTION
t WARNING. Thrownob ectsaod,oud
[_[Jl heaiing loss:
Z8% arleYenPd°rlc_ct,ao_ e_e_ rol eC_it:entwhAeNsol/p_rSEiAg
this unit. Use afull face shield when needed.
UNLEADEDFUEL
Always use dean, fresh unleaded fuel,
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,,,OiL
-L.=7 J Refer t0 Operator S manual for the pr0per type Of oil
4, DONOT USE E85 FUELIN THIS UNIT
WARN IN
c_ontaigni2g ig!iate rnethanndlO:f_ _thhtnw:lrWilnlti_ke!y
SYMBOL MEANING
!'ON/OFF STOP CONTROL
ON /START /RUN
O.PRIMERBULB
_ Push primer bulb, ful y and slowly, 10 times.
121I-,:1I_l
3. o RUN choke position
"-_,,_..,,at ' THROWN OBJECTS AND ROTATING CUTTER CAN
//_---_, CAUSE SEVERE'NJURY
WARNING:•sma objects can be
-_" propelled at high speed, causing injury. Keep away
from the rotating rotor.
A'. KEEP BYSTANDERS AWAY
WARN !N G; Keepa,,bystanders
especially children and pets, at least 50 feet (15 m)
. from the operating area.
,, HOT SURFACE []
WAdRr. yoNu_maN_et b Do dotthuch lht t me_ffer
,, y" e. yg ul e .p g
extremely hot from operation. When turned off they
remain hot for a short time.
, SHARP BLADE •
"_ WhAme_nt sNhi_No_r_vSht_rboladl °n tr _2eor t
a a "d.$ p i "j ry,
touch the line cutting blade.
CRAFTSMANTWO YEAR FULL WARRANTY
FOR TWO YEARS from the date of purchase, this product is warranted against any defects in material or workmanship. A defective product
will receive free repair or replacement if repair is unavailable.
ADDITIONAL LIMITED WARRANTY on TRIMMER SHAFTS
FOR THE THIRD THROUGH TENTH YEAR from the date of purchase, the outer metal housing of the upper and lower trimmer shafts is
warranted against any defects in material or workmanship. With proof of purchase, a new housing will be supplied free of charge. You are
responsible for the labor cost of installation. This additional coverage does not apply to inner trimmer shaft components.
For warranty coverage details to obtain free repair or replacement, visit the web page: www.craftsman.com/warranty
This warranty covers ONLY defects in material and workmanship. Warranty coverage does NOT include:
Expendable items that can wear out from normal use within the warranty period, such as cutting line, spark plugs, or filters.
Product damage resulting from user attempts at product modification or repair or caused by product accessories.
Repairs necessary because of accident or failure to operate or maintain the product according to all supplied instructions.
Preventive maintenance, or repairs necessary due to improper fuel mixture, contaminated or stale fuel.
This warranty is void if this product is ever used while providing commercial services or if rented to another person.
This warranty gives you specific legal rights, and you may also have other rights which vary from state to state.
Sears Brands Management Corporation, Hoffman Estates, IL 60179
To order parts or schedule service for this product, call 1-800-469-4663.
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APPLiCATiONS
Asatrimmer:
• Cuttinggrassandlightweeds.
• Edging
• Decorativetrimmingaroundtrees,fences,etc.
Otheroptionalaccessoriesmaybeusedwiththisunit. Shaft Gri
Spark Plug Starter
Muffler Rope Grip
Primer Bulb
ASSEMBLY TOOLS REQUIRED:
#2 Phillips screwdriver
3/8" Socket Handle \
On/Off Switch
Air Filter
Cover
Fuel Cap
Choke Lever
Shaft Housing
Throttle
Control
Cutting Head
Shield
Coupler
Oil Fill Pluc
Cutting Head
Line Cutting Blade
Engine Type ........................................................................................ Air-Cooled, 4-Cycle
Displacement ....................................................................................... 30 cc (1.83 cu. in.)
Spark Plug Gap .................................................................................... 0.025 in. (0.635 mm)
Spark Plug ......................................................................... Champion® RDZ4H or equivalent plug
Lubrication ................................................................................................ SAE 30 Oil
Crankcase Oil Capacity ................................................................................. 2.03 oz. (60 ml)
Fuel Tank Capacity ...................................................................................... 12 oz. (355 ml)
Approximate Unit Weight (No fuel, with cutting head, cutting head shield and handle) .......................... 13 - 14 Ibs. (5.9 - 6.4 kg)
Trimmer Mechanism ................................................................................. Hassle FreeTM Head
Trimming Line ....................................................................... Hassle Free TM XTRA QUIET Spiral Line
Cutting Path Diameter .................................................................................. 14 in. (35.56 cm)
* All specifications are based on the latest product information available at the time of printing. We reserve the right to make changes at any
time without notice.
iNSTALLiNG THE CUTTING HEAD SHIELD
_ WARNING: To prevent serious personal injury, never ]
operate the unit without the cutting head shield in place.
1. Place the cutting head shield onto the mount bracket. Align the
holes in the cutting head shield with the holes in the mount
bracket. (Fig. 1)
Screw the 2 screws through the mount bracket and into the
cutting head shield until finger tight.
Using a #2 Phillips screwdriver, tighten the screws until the
cutting head shield is firmly in place. Tighten the screws equally.
The gap between the mount bracket and the cutting head shield
should be the same on each side.
2,
3.
Screws (2)
Mount Bracket "hield
Fig. 1
iNSTALLiNG AND ADJUSTING THE HANDLE
Installing the Handle
1. Push the handle down onto the shaft housing (Fig. 2). The bolt
hole in the handle should be to the right.
2. Insert the bolt into the bolt hole and push it through (Fig. 2).
Tighten the bolt with a 3/8" socket, but do not tighten the bolt
completely.
3. While holding the unit in the operating position (Fig. 13), move
the handle to the location that provides the best grip. Place it a
minimum of 6 inches (15.24 cm) from the end of the shaft grip
(Fig. 2).
4. Tighten the bolt with a 3/8" socket until the handle is secure.
Adjusting the Handle
If the handle requires adjustment:
1. Loosen the bolt with a 3/8" socket (Fig. 2).
2. While holding the unit in the operating position (Fig. 13), move
the handle to the location that provides the best grip. Place it a
minimum of 6 inches (15.24 cm) from the end of the shaft grip
(Fig. 2).
3. Tighten the bolt with a 3/8" socket until the handle is secure.
WARNING: Before using any attachment, read and I
understand the manual that came with the attachment. I
Follow all safety information contained within.
WARNING: To avoid serious personal injury and I
damage to the unit, shut the unit off before removing or I
installing an attachment.
OPERATING THE COUPLER
The coupler enables the use of various optional attachments.
Installing the Attachment
1. Remove the hanger cap from the attachment. Keep the hanger
cap for use when storing the attachment. If present, remove the
gray spacer from the coupler.
2. Set the unit on a flat, level surface.
3. Turn the knob counterclockwise to loosen the coupler (Fig. 4).
Handle
Shaft Grip
Minimum 6in. Shaft
(15.24 cm) Housing
Bolt J
Fig. 2
Coupler Attachment
Fig. 3
90 °Hole
(Trimmer Only)
Tighten t
Fig. 4
Loosen
Knob
4. Align the release button with the guide recess (Fig. 5).
5. Push the attachment straight into the coupler (Fig. 3) until the
release button snaps firmly into the primary hole (Fig. 5).
6. Turn the knob clockwise to tighten the coupler (Fig. 4).
NOTE: Do not tighten the nut (Fig. 5).
NOTE: For decorative trimming with a string trimmer attachment,
lock the release button into the 90° hole (Fig. 4).
CAUTION: Before operating the unit, make sure the
release button is fully snapped into the primary hole and the
knob is securely tightened.
CAUTION: Unless specified otherwise, the release
,_ button should be snapped into the primary hole only. Using
the wrong hole could lead to personal injury or damage to
the unit.
Removing the Attachment
1. Set the unit on a flat, level surface.
2. Turn the knob counterclockwise to loosen the coupler (Fig. 4).
3. Press and hold the release button (Fig. 5).
4. Pull the attachment straight out of the coupler (Fig. 3).
Primary Hole Release Button
Nut
Fig. 5
Guide Recess
USING THE RIGHT OIL
Use a high-quality SAE 30 weight oil. DO NOT use dirty oil. Failure
to use clean oil of the correct type can cause premature engine
wear and failure.
ADDING OIL: INITIAL USE
WARNING: OVERFILLING THE CRANKCASE MAY
CAUSE SERIOUS PERSONAL iNJURY. Check the oil level
before each use. The importance of maintaining the proper
oil level cannot be overemphasized. Change the oil
according to the Maintenance Schedule.
Funnel Spout _('_
Fig. 6
NOTE: This unit was shipped without oil in the crankcase. Oil must
be added before starting the unit.
NOTE: This unit comes with a 2.03 fluid oz. (60 ml) bottle of oil.
1. Unscrew the top of the oil bottle. Remove the paper seal.
Reinstall the top of the oil bottle.
2. Remove the cap from the oil bottle. Cut the tip off the funnel
spout (Fig. 6).
3. Set the unit on a fiat, level surface.
4. Unscrew the oil fill plug (Fig. 7).
5. Pour the entire bottle into the oil fill hole (Fig. 7). DO NOT
overfill. Refer to Checking the Off Level
NOTE: Never add oil directly to the fuel tank. This unit has a four-
cycle engine. DO NOT mix oil with gasoline.
6. Wipe up any oil that may have spilled.
7. Reinstall the oil fill plug.
NOTE: Make sure the O-ring is in place on the oil fill plug (Fig. 7).
NOTE: Save the empty oil bottle. Use the bottle to measure the
correct amount of oil during future oil changes.
O-Ring
Fig. 7
USING THE RIGHT FUEL
The use of old fuel is the most common cause of performance
problems. Use only fresh, clean unleaded gasoline.
NOTE: This unit has a four-cycle engine. DO NOT mix oil with gasoline.
Definition of Blended Fuels
Today's fuels are often a blend of gasoline and oxygenates such as
ethanol, methanol or MTBE (ether). Alcohol-blended fuel absorbs
water. As little as 1% water in the fuel can make fuel and oil
separate, forming acids when stored. ALWAYS use fresh fuel (less
than 30 days old).
NOTE: Dispose of old fuel according to federal, state and local
regulations.
Using Blended Fuels
if using a blended fuel:
Always use fresh unleaded gasoline
Use the fuel additive STA-BIL _ or an equivalent
Drain the tank and run the engine dry before storing the unit
I_ _WARNING: DO NOT USE E85 FUEL iN THiS UNIT. |
!
J
it has been proven that fuel containing greater than 10%
ethanol will likely damage this engine and void the warranty.
Using Fuel Additives
Use a fuel additive, such as STA-BIL Fuel Stabilizer or an
equivalent, to inhibit corrosion and minimize gum deposits. Add 0.8
oz. (23 ml) of fuel additive per gallon of fuel, according to the
instructions on the container. NEVER add fuel additives directly to
the unit's fuel tank.
FUELING THE UNiT
I'1
I'1
WARNING: Gasoline is extremely flammable, ignited
vapors may explode. Always stop the engine and allow it
to cool before filling the fuel tank. Do not smoke while
filling the tank. Keep sparks and open flames at a distance
from the area.
WARNING: Remove the fuel cap slowly to avoid injury
from fuel spray. Never operate the unit without the fuel cap
securely in place.
WARNING: Add fuel in a clean, well ventilated outdoor
area. Wipe up any spilled fuel immediately. Avoid creating
a source of ignition for spilled fuel. Do not start the engine
until fuel vapors dissipate.
1. Position the unit with the fuel cap facing up.
2. Remove the fuel cap.
3. Place the fuel container spout into the fill hole on the fuel tank
and fill the tank.
NOTE: Do not overfill the tank.
4. Wipe up any fuel that may have spilled.
5. Reinstall the fuel cap.
6. Move the unit at least 30 ft. (9.1 m) from the fuel container and
the fueling site before starting the engine.
g
I_ I WARNING: Operate this unit only in a well-ventilated
!outdoor area. Carbon monoxide exhaust fumes can be
lethal in a confined area.
[__J ARNING: Avoid accidentally starting the unit. To avoid
serious injury, the operator and the unit must be in a stable J
position when pulling the starter rope (Fig. 11).
STARTING iNSTRUCTiONS
1. Check the oil level. Refer to Checking the Oil Level.
2. Fill the fuel tank. Refer to Fueling the Unit.
NOTE: There is no need to turn the unit on. The On/Off switch is in
the ON (I) position at all times (Fig. 8).
3. Slowly press and release the primer bulb 10 times (Fig. 9).
4. Move the choke lever to Position 1 (Fig. 10).
5. Crouch in the starting position (Fig. 11).
NOTE: SQUEEZE and HOLD the throttle control for ALL further steps.
6. Squeeze the throttle control (Fig. 8) and pull the starter rope with
a controlled and steady motion 5 times (Fig. 11).
NOTE: This unit uses the INCREDI-PULL TM starting system, which
significantly reduces the effort required to start the engine.
7. Continue to squeeze the throttle control. Move the choke lever
to Position 2 (Fig. 10).
8. Continue to squeeze the throttle control. Pull the starter rope with
a controlled and steady motion 3 to 5 times to start the engine.
9. Continue to squeeze the throttle control. Allow the engine to
warm up for 30 to 60 seconds.
10. Continue to squeeze the throttle control. Move the choke lever
to Position 3 (Fig. 10) and continue warming the engine for an
additional 60 seconds. The unit may be used during this time.
iF... the engine does not start, begin the starting procedure with step 3.
iF... the engine fails to start after a few attempts, move the choke
lever to Position 3 and squeeze the throttle control. Pull the
starter rope with a controlled and steady motion 3 to 8 times.
The engine should start. If it does not, repeat this instruction.
IF THE UNiT WAS RUN FOR 10=15 MINUTES AND THE ENGINE
IS HOT... perform steps 3 - 8 to restart the engine. Continue to
squeeze the throttle control. Run the unit for 2-5 minutes, or as
needed. The unit may be used during this time. Then move
the choke lever to Position 3.
If the engine speed fluctuates in Position 3, squeeze and hold
the throttle control, move the choke lever to Position 2, and run
the unit for 2-5 minutes, or as needed. The unit may be used
during this time. Then move the choke lever to Position 3.
Fig. 8
\
Fig. 9
Position 3 Position 2Position 1
Fig. 10
Throttle Control
Primer Bulb
Choke
Lever
STOPPING iNSTRUCTiONS
1. Release the throttle control and allow the engine to idle.
2. Press and hold the On/Off switch in the OFF (O) position until
the engine comes to a complete stop (Fig. 8).
Starter Rope Grip_
Starting
Position
Throttle
Fig. 11
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ThisunitcanbestartedwithanoptionalSpeedStartTM accessory
(items sold separately). Please refer to the Speed Start TM accessory
operator's manual for the proper use of this feature.
Please contact your local Craftsman retailer, call 1-800-469-4663 or
visit www.craftsman.com for more information.
item No. Description
316.85951 .............................. Plugqn Power Start
316.85952 .................................. Power Bit Start
316.85953 ............................. Cordless Power Start
STARTING iNSTRUCTiONS
1. Check the oil level. Refer to Checking the Oil Level.
2. Fill the fuel tank. Refer to Fueling the Unit.
NOTE: There is no need to turn the unit on. The On/Off switch is in
the ON (I) position at all times (Fig. 8).
3. Slowly press and release the primer bulb 10 times (Fig. 9).
4. Move the choke lever to Position 1 (Fig. 10).
5. Crouch in the starting position (Fig. 11).
6. insert the Speed Start TM accessory into the Speed Start TM port
(Fig. 12). Refer to the Operation section of the Speed Start TM
accessory operator's manual.
NOTE: SQUEEZE and HOLD the throttle control for ALL further steps.
7. Squeeze and hold the throttle control (Fig. 8). Run the Speed
Start TM accessory for 2 seconds.
8. Continue to squeeze the throttle control. Move the choke lever
to Position 2 (Fig. 10).
9. Continue to squeeze the throttle control. Run the Speed Start TM
accessory in intervals no longer than 2 seconds each until the
unit starts.
10. Remove the Speed Start TM accessory from the unit.
11. Continue to squeeze the throttle control. Allow the engine to
warm up for 30 to 60 seconds.
12. Continue to squeeze the throttle control. Move the choke lever
to Position 3 (Fig. 10) and continue warming the engine for an
additional 60 seconds. The unit may be used during this time.
iF... the engine does not start, begin the starting procedure with step 3.
iF... the engine fails to start after a few attempts, move the choke
lever to Position 3 and squeeze the throttle control. Run the
Speed Start TM accessory in intervals no longer than 2 seconds
each until the unit starts. The engine should start. If it does not,
repeat this instruction.
IF THE UNiT WAS RUN FOR 10-15 MINUTES AND THE ENGINE
iS HOT... perform steps 3 - 10 to restart the engine. Continue to
squeeze the throttle control. Run the unit for 2-5 minutes, or as
needed. The unit may be used during this time. Then move
the choke lever to Position 3.
If the engine speed fluctuates in Position 3, squeeze and hold
the throttle control, move the choke lever to Position 2, and run
the unit for 2=5 minutes, or as needed. The unit may be used
during this time. Then move the choke lever to Position 3.
Fig. 12
Speed Start TM
Port
STOPPING INSTRUCTIONS
1. Release the throttle control and allow the engine to idle.
2. Press and hold the On/Off switch in the OFF (O) position until
the engine comes to a complete stop (Fig. 8).
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HOLDING THE UNiT
_ WARNING: Always wear eye, hearing, hand, foot and
!
body protection to reduce the risk of injury when operating l
this unit.
Stand in the operating position (Fig. 13). Stand up straight. Do
not bend over.
Keep feet apart and firmly planted.
Hold the shaft grip with the right hand. Keep the right arm
slightly bent.
Hold the handle with the left hand. Keep the left arm straight.
Hold the unit at waist level.
Position the cutting head a few inches above the ground.
Fig. 13
TIPS FOR BEST RESULTS
= To direct clippings away from the operator, tilt the cutting head
slightly down to the right; cut from left to right whenever possible.
Do not trim wet grass or weeds.
NOTE: Some line breakage will occur from:
Entanglement with foreign matter
Normal line fatigue
Attempting to cut thick vegetation
Forcing the line into objects such as walls or fence posts
DECORATIVE TRiMMiNG
When trimming around trees, posts, fences, etc., rotate the whole
unit so that the cutting head is at a 30 ° angle to the ground (Fig. 14).
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Fig. 14
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WARNING: To prevent serious injury, never perform
maintenance or repairs while the unit is running. Always
allow the unit to cool before servicing or repairing the unit.
Disconnect the spark plug wire to prevent the unit from
starting accidentally.
MAINTENANCE SCHEDULE
Perform these required maintenance procedures at the frequency
stated in the table. These procedures should also be a part of any
seasonal tune-up.
NOTE: Some maintenance procedures may require special tools or
skills. If unsure about these procedures, take the unit to a Sears
or other qualified service dealer. Call 1-800-469-4663 for more
information.
NOTE: Maintenance, replacement, or repair of the emission control
devices and system may be performed by a Sears or other qualified
service dealer. Call 1-800-469-4663 for more information.
NOTE: Please read the California/EPA statement that came with the
unit for a complete listing of terms and coverage for the
emissions control devices, such as the spark arrestor, muffler,
carburetor, etc.
FREQUENCY
Every 10 hours
After the first
10 hours and
at 38 hours
MAINTENANCE REQUIRED
Clean and re-oil the air filter. Refer to
Maintaining the Air Filter.
Change the oil. Refer to Changing the Off.
Have the rocker arm clearance checked by
a Sears or other qualified service dealer.
Check the spark plug condition and gap.
Refer to Maintaining the Spark Plug.
Line
Fig. 15
Cutting Head
Holes
REPLACING THE TRIMMING LINE
Only use the trimming line described in the Specifications section.
Other types of trimming line may cause the unit to overheat or fail.
_WARNING: Never use metal-reinforced line, wire, chain or |
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rope. These can break off and become dangerous projectiles. J
NOTE: When using Craftsman® Hassle Free TM XTRA QUIET Spiral
Line, use the line best suited for the job at hand. Medium-sized (red)
line is designed for cutting grass and small weeds. Large-sized
(black) line is designed for cutting larger weeds and light brush.
Installing New Trimming Line
1. Remove the old line from the cutting head.
2. Use a clean cloth to clean the surface of the cutting head.
3. Insert the ends of the line through the large circular holes in the
side of the cutting head (Fig. 15). Push the line through the holes
until both ends protrude from the positioning tunnels (Fig. 16).
4. Pull the ends of the line until the line is tight against the cutting
head. Make sure the ends of the line are of equal length (Fig. 17).
Positioning
Tunnel
Fig. 16
Positioning
Tunnel
Line
Line
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Fig. 17
CHECKING THE OiL LEVEL
WARNING: OVERFiLLiNG THE CRANKCASE MAY
CAUSE SERIOUS PERSONAL iNJURY. Check the oil level
before each use. The importance of maintaining the proper
oil level cannot be overemphasized.
inspecting the Oil Level Window
1. Stop the engine and allow it to cool.
2. Set the unit on a flat, level surface, such as a workbench or
table. The cutting head shield should hang over the edge so that
the engine is level (Fig. 18).
NOTE: Failure to keep the engine level may cause the oil to overfill.
3. Look into the oil level window; use a flashlight if necessary. The
oil level should fill the window approximately halfway (Fig.
19). If the oil level is too low, add oil. Refer to Adding Off.
Adding Oil
1. Clean the area around the oil fill plug (Fig. 19) to prevent debris
from entering the oil fill hole.
2. Unscrew the oil fill plug.
3. Add oil to the oil fill hole until the oil level is approximately
halfway up the oil level window (Fig. 19).
NOTE: DO NOT overfill the crankcase.
4. Wipe up any oil that may have spilled.
5. Reinstall the oil fill plug.
NOTE: Make sure the O-ring is in place on the oil fill plug (Fig. 19).
Fig. 18
Oil Fifl Plu{
Oil Fifl Hole
Maximum
Oil Level
Fig. 19
O=Ring
CHANGING THE OiL
Change the oil while the engine is still warm. The oil will flow freely
and carry away more impurities.
1. Clean the area around the oil fill plug (Fig. 19) to prevent debris
from entering the oil fill hole.
2. Unscrew the oil fill plug.
3. Tip the unit vertically to pour the oil out of the oil fill hole and into
a container (Fig. 20). Allow ample time for complete drainage.
NOTE: Dispose of the old oil according to federal, state and local
regulations.
4. Wipe up any oil that may have spilled.
5. Pour 2.03 fl.oz. (60 ml) of SAE 30 oil into the oil fill hole.
NOTE: DO NOT overfill. Refer to Checking the Oil Level.
NOTE: Use the empty oil bottle saved from the initial use to
measure the correct amount of oil. Fill the oil bottle to the 2.03 fl.
oz (60 ml) fill line indicated on the back of the bottle (Fig. 21).
6. Wipe up any oil that may have spilled.
7. Reinstall the oil fill plug.
NOTE: Make sure the O-ring is in place on the oil fill plug (Fig. 19).
Fig. 20
Fig. 21
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MAiNTAiNiNG THE AiR FILTER
WARNING; To avoid serious personal injury, always stop |
the engine and allow it to cool before cleaning or maintaining J
the unit.
Failure to maintain the air filter can result in poor performance or can
cause permanent damage to the engine. Engine failure due to
improper air filter maintenance is not covered by the product warranty.
Cleaning the Air Filter
1. Unscrew the cover screw completely. Swing the air filter cover to
the right. Remove the air filter cover from the air filter housing
(Fig. 22).
2. Remove the air filter from the air filter housing (Fig. 22).
3. Wash the air filter in detergent and water. Rinse the air filter
thoroughly and allow it to dry.
4. Lightly coat the air filter with clean SAE 30 oil.
5. Squeeze the air filter to spread and remove excess oil.
6. Reinstall the air filter in the air filter housing (Fig. 22).
NOTE: Operating the unit without the air filter and air filter cover will
VOiD the warranty.
7. insert the tab on the air filter cover into the hole on the air filter
housing. Swing the air filter cover to the left. Push the air filter
cover back onto the air filter housing, insert the cover screw into
the air filter cover. Tighten the cover screw to secure the air filter
cover (Fig. 22).
Hole
Air Filter
Air Filter
Fig. 22
Tab
Air Filter
Cover
Cover
Screw
ADJUSTING THE iDLE SPEED
WARNING: The cutting head may spin during idle speed I
adjustments. Wear protective clothing and observe all
safety nstruct ons to prevent ser ous persona njury, j
NOTE: Careless adjustments can seriously damage the unit. A Sears or
other qualified service dealer should make carburetor adjustments.
if, after checking the fuel and cleaning the air filter, the engine still
will not idle, adjust the idle speed screw as follows:
1. Start the engine. Refer to Starting and Stopping.
2. Release the throttle control and let the engine idle.
if the engine stops, use a small Phillips screwdriver to turn the
idle speed screw clockwise, 1/8 of a turn at a time (as needed)
until the engine idles smoothly (Fig. 23).
if the engine idles too quickly, turn the idle speed screw
counterclockwise, 1/8 of a turn at a time (as needed) to reduce
the idle speed (Fig. 23).
NOTE: The cutting head should not spin when the engine idles, if it
does, reduce the idle speed until the cutting head stops moving.
Checking the fuel, cleaning the air filter, and adjusting the idle speed
should solve most engine problems, if not, and any of the following
conditions are true, take the unit to a Sears or other qualified service
dealer:
the engine will not idle
the engine hesitates or stalls on acceleration
there is a loss of engine power
Fig. 23
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MAiNTAiNiNG THE SPARK PLUG
1. Stop the engine and allow it to cool. Grasp the spark plug boot
firmly and pull it from the spark plug.
2. Clean around the spark plug. Remove the spark plug from the
cylinder head with a 5/8-inch socket, turning counterclockwise.
_ WARNING: Do not sand blast, scrape or clean spark plug
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electrodes. Grit in the engine could damage the cylinder. J
3. inspect the spark plug. If the spark plug is cracked, fouled or
dirty, replace it with replacement part #753-05784, a Champion
RDZ4H or an equivalent spark plug.
4. Use a feeler gauge to set the air gap at 0.025 in. (0.635 ram)
(Fig. 24).
5. install the spark plug in the cylinder head. Tighten the spark plug
with a 5/8-inch socket, turning it clockwise until snug.
NOTE: If using a torque wrench, torque to:
110-120 in.,lb. (12.3-13.5 Nora). Do not over tighten.
6. Reattach the spark plug boot.
0.025 in.
(0.635 ram}
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t
Fig. 24
CLEANING
_ WARNING" To avoid serious personal injury, always stop
the engine and allow it to cool before cleaning or maintaining J
the unit.
Use a small brush to clean the outside of the unit. Do not use strong
detergents. Household cleaners that contain aromatic oils such as
pine and lemon, and solvents such as kerosene, can damage plastic.
Wipe off any moisture with a soft cloth.
STORAGE
Never store a fueled unit where fumes may reach an open flame
or spark.
Allow the engine to cool before storing.
Lock up the unit to prevent unauthorized use or damage.
Store the unit in a dry, well-ventilated area.
Store the unit out of the reach of children.
To suspend the attachment from a hook, install the hanger cap
onto the attachment. Make sure the release button is securely
locked into one of the holes on the hanger cap.
Short-term Storage (1-2 weeks)
1. Store the unit in a horizontal position. If this is not possible, store
the unit vertically with the engine at the top.
Long-term Storage
1. Remove the fuel cap, tip the unit and drain the fuel into an
approved container. Reinstall the fuel cap.
2. Start the engine and allow it to run until it stalls. This ensures
that all fuel has been drained from the carburetor.
3. Allow the engine to cool. Remove the spark plug and put 5 drops
of any high quality motor oil into the cylinder. Pull the starter rope
slowly to distribute the oil. Reinstall the spark plug.
4. Thoroughly clean the unit and inspect it for any loose or
damaged parts. Repair or replace damaged parts and tighten
loose screws, nuts or bolts.
Preparing the Unit for Use after Long=term Storage
1. Remove the spark plug and drain all of the oil from the cylinder.
2. Change the oil. Refer to Changing the Off.
NOTE: Do not use fuel that has been stored for more than 30 days.
Dispose of old fuel according to federal, state and local regulations.
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PROBLEM
The primer bulb was not pressed enough
The spark plug is fouled
The fuel is old (over 30 days)
The fuel is old (over 30 days)
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The air filter is dirty
The fuel is old (over 30 days)
The spark plug is fouled
SOLUTION
Press the primer bulb 10 times
Replace the spark plug
Drain the fuel tank and add fresh fuel
Drain the fuel tank and add fresh fuel
Clean or replace the air filter
Drain the fuel tank and add fresh fuel
Replace the spark plug
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