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Operator’s Manual

4-Cycle

CULTIVATOR / EDGER

Model No. 316.292711

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CAUTION: Before using this product, read this manual and follow all safety rules and operating instructions.

SAFETY

ASSEMBLY

OPERATION

MAINTENANCE

PARTS LIST

ESPAÑOL, p. E1

Sears, Roebuck and Co., Hoffman Estates, IL 60179, U.S.A.

Visit our website: www.sears.com/craftsman

P/N 769-04006

(06/08)

INTRODUCTION

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Warranty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Service Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Rules for Safe Operation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Know Your Unit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 Assembly Instructions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7 Oil and Fuel Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8 Starting/Stopping Instructions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10

Operating Instructions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11

Maintenance and Repair Instructions . . . . . . . . . . .12

Cleaning and Storage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .18

Troubleshooting Chart . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .19

Specifications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .20

Parts List . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . E23–E25

Repair Protection Agreement . . . . Inside Back Cover

Service Numbers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Back Cover

WARRANTY

CRAFTSMAN FULL WARRANTY

If this Craftsman® product fails due to a defect in material or workmanship within two years from the date of purchase, return it to any Sears store, Parts and Repair Service Center, or other Craftsman outlet in the United States for free repair (or replacement if repair proves impossible).

This warranty applies for only 90 days if this product is ever used for commercial or rental purposes.

This warranty covers ONLY defects in materal and workmanship. Sears will NOT pay for:

Expendable items that can wear out from normal use within the warranty period, such as cutting line, filters or spark plugs.

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 gives you specific legal rights, and you may also have other rights which vary from state to state. Sears, Roebuck and Co., Hoffman Estates, IL 60179

Repair Protection Agreements

Congratulations on making a smart purchase. Your new Craftsman® product is designed and manufactured for years of dependable operation. But like all products, it may require repair from time to time. That’s when having a Repair Protection Agreement can save you money and aggravation.

Here’s what the Repair Protection Agreement* includes:

Expert service by our 10,000 professional repair specialists

Unlimited service and no charge for parts and labor on all covered repairs

Product replacement up to $1500 if your covered product can’t be fixed

Discount of 10% from regular price of service and related installed parts not covered by the agreement; also, 10% off regular price of preventive maintenance check

Fast help by phone – we call it Rapid Resolution – phone support from a Sears representative. Think of us as a “talking owner’s manual.”

Once you purchase the Repair Protection Agreement, a simple phone call is all that it takes for you to schedule service. You can call anytime day or night, or schedule a service appointment online.

The Repair Protection Agreement is a risk-freepurchase. If you cancel for any reason during the product warranty period, we will provide a full refund. Or, a prorated refund any time after the product warranty period expires. Purchase your Repair Protection Agreement today!

Some limitations and exclusions apply. For prices and additional information in the U.S.A. call 1-800-827-6655.*Coverage in Canada varies on some items. For full details call Sears Canada at1-800-361-6665.

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. or Canada call 1-800-4-MY-HOME®.

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RULES FOR SAFE OPERATION

The purpose of safety symbols is to attract your attention to possible dangers. The safety symbols, and their explanations, deserve your careful attention and understanding. The safety warnings do not by themselves eliminate any danger. The instructions or warnings they give are not substitutes for proper accident prevention measures.

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, ask your LOCAL SERVICE DEALER to install the accessory part#753-04036Muffler Assembly.

CALIFORNIA PROPOSITION 65 WARNING

WARNING

THE ENGINE EXHAUST FROM THIS PRODUCT CONTAINS CHEMICALS KNOWN TO THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA TO CAUSE CANCER, BIRTH DEFECTS OR OTHER REPRODUCTIVE HARM.

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.

FOR QUESTIONS, CALL

1–800–659–5917

SYMBOL MEANING

DANGER: Failure to obey a safety warning will

result in serious injury to yourself or to others. Always follow the safety precautions to reduce the risk of fire, electric shock and personal injury.

WARNING: Failure to obey a safety warning can

result in injury to yourself and others. Always follow the safety precautions to reduce the risk of fire, electric shock and personal injury.

CAUTION: Failure to obey a safety warning may

result in property damage or personal injury to yourself or to others. Always follow the safety precautions to reduce the risk of fire, electric shock and personal injury.

SAFETY ALERT: Indicatesdanger, warning or caution. Attention is required in order to avoid serious personal injury. May be used in conjunction with other symbols or pictographs.

NOTE: Advises you of information or instructions vital to the operation or maintenance of the equipment.

• IMPORTANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS •

READ ALL INSTRUCTIONS BEFORE OPERATING

WARNING: When using the unit, you must follow the

safety rules. 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 and teens under the age of 15 must not use the unit, except for teens 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.

Carefully inspect the area before starting the unit. Remove all debris and hard or sharp objects such as glass, wire, etc.

Be aware of the risk of injury to the head, hands and feet.

Clear the area of children, bystanders, and pets. At a minimum, keep all children, bystanders, and pets outside a 50 feet (15 m) radius; there still may be a risk to bystanders from thrown objects. Bystanders should be encouraged to wear eye protection. If you are approached, stop the unit immediately.

Squeeze the throttle control and check that it returns auto-maticallyto the idle position. Make all adjustments or repairs before using unit.

SAFETY WARNINGS FOR GAS UNITS

WARNING: Gasoline is highlyflammable, 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.

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RULES FOR SAFE OPERATION

Avoid creating a source of ignition for spilled fuel. Do not start the engine until fuel vapors dissipate.

Always stop the engine and allow it to cool before filling the fuel tank. Never remove the cap of the fuel tank, or add fuel, when the engine is hot. Never operate the unit without the fuel cap securely in place. Loosen the fuel tank cap slowly to relieve any pressure in the tank.

Add fuel in a clean, well-ventilatedoutdoor area where there are no sparks or flames. Slowly remove the fuel cap only after stopping engine. Do not smoke while fueling or mixing fuel. Wipe up any spilled fuel from the unit immediately. Always wipe unit dry before using.

Move the unit at least 30 feet (9.1 m) from the fueling source and site before starting the engine. Do not smoke or allow sparks and open flames near the area while adding fuel or operating the unit.

WHILE OPERATING

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.

Wear safety glasses or goggles that meet ANSI Z87.1–1989standards and are marked as such. Wear ear/hearing protection when operating this unit. Wear a face or dust mask if the operation is dusty.

Wear heavy, long pants, boots, gloves and a longsleeved shirt. Do not wear loose clothing, jewelry, short pants, sandals or go barefoot. Secure hair above shoulder level.

This unit has a clutch. The tines remain stationary when the engine is idling. If they do not, have the unit adjusted by an authorized service technician.

Be sure the tines are 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. See

Starting/Stopping Instructions.

Use the right tool. Only use this tool for the purpose intended.

Use extreme caution when reversing or pulling the unit towards you.

Do not overreach. Always keep proper footing and balance. Take extra care when working on steep slopes or inclines.

Always hold the unit with both hands when operating. Keep a firm grip on the grips.

Keep hands, face, and feet at a distance from all moving parts. Do not touch or try to stop the tines when they are rotating.

Do not touch the engine or muffler. These parts get extremely hot from operation, even after the unit is turned off.

Do not operate the engine faster than the speed needed to cultivate. Do not run the engine at high speed when you are not cultivating.

Always stop the engine when cultivating is delayed or when walking from one cultivating location to another.

If you strike or become entangled with a foreign object, stop the engine immediately and check for damage. Do not operate before repairing damage. Do not operate the unit with loose or damaged parts.

Stop the unit, switch the engine to off, and disconnect the spark plug for maintenance or repair.

Use only original equipment manufacturer replacement parts and accessories for this unit. These are available from your authorized service dealer. Use of any unauthorized parts or accessories could lead to serious injury to the user, or damage to the unit, and void your warranty.

Keep unit clean of vegetation and other materials. They may become lodged between the tines and guard.

To reduce fire hazard, replace faulty muffler and spark arrestor, keep the engine and muffler free from grass, leaves, excessive grease or carbon build up.

AFTER USE

Clean tines with a household cleaner to remove any gum buildup. Oil the tines with machine oil to prevent rust.

OTHER SAFETY WARNINGS

Never store a fueled unit inside a building where fumes may reach an open flame or spark.

Allow the engine to cool before storing or transporting. Be sure to secure the unit while transporting.

Store the unit in a dry area, locked up or up high to prevent unauthorized use or damage, out of the reach of children.

Never douse or squirt the unit with water or any other liquid. Keep handles dry, clean and free from debris. Clean after each use, see Cleaning and Storage instructions.

Keep these instructions. Refer to them often and use them to instruct other users. If you loan someone this unit, also loan them these instructions.

SAVE THESE INSTRUCTIONS

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RULES FOR SAFE OPERATION

SAFETY AND 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. May be used in conjunction with other symbols or pictographs.

WARNING - READ OPERATOR'S MANUAL

Read the Operator’s Manual(s) and follow all warnings and safety instructions. Failure to do so can result in serious injury to the operator and/or bystanders.

WEAR EYE AND HEARING PROTECTION

WARNING: Thrown

objects and loud noise can cause severe eye injury and hearing loss. Wear eye protection meeting ANSI Z87.1-1989standards and ear protection when operating this unit. Use a full face shield when needed.

• KEEP BYSTANDERS AWAY

WARNING: Keep all

bystanders, especially children and pets, at least 50 feet (15 m.) from the operating area.

• UNLEADED FUEL

Always use clean, fresh unleaded fuel.

• OIL

Refer to operator's manual for the proper type of oil.

SYMBOL MEANING

• THROWN OBJECTS AND ROTATING CUTTER CAN CAUSE SEVERE INJURY

WARNING: Do not

operate without the proper guards in place. Keep away from the rotating tines.

ON/OFF STOP CONTROL

ON / START / RUN

ON/OFF STOP CONTROL

OFF or STOP

• CHOKE CONTROL

1

 

2

 

3

1

• FULL choke position.

 

 

 

 

 

 

2

• PARTIAL choke position.

 

 

 

 

 

 

3

• RUN position.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

• HOT SURFACE WARNING

Do not touch a hot muffler or cylinder. You may get burned. These parts get extremely hot from operation. When turned off they remain hot for a short time.

• GARDEN CULTIVATORS – ROTATING TINES CAN CAUSE SEVERE INJURY

WARNING: Stop the

engine and allow the tines to stop before installing or removing tines, or before cleaning or performing any maintenance. Keep hands and feet away from rotating tines.

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KNOW YOUR UNIT

Applications

Cultivating sod and light to medium soil

Cultivating in garden areas, around trees, etc.

Edging

STOP/OFF (O)

Throttle

Control

Primer Bulb

START/ON (I)

Handlebar

Knob

Handlebar

Muffler

Starter Rope Grip

Front Handle

Tine Guard

Choke

 

Control

Wheel Support

Bracket

Cultivator

Tines

Edger

Edger

Blade

Wheel

 

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ASSEMBLY INSTRUCTIONS

NOTE: Before setting up your cultivator / edger, disconnect the spark plug wire from the spark plug.

POSITIONING THE HANDLEBARS

1.Loosen the two knobs on the inside of the handlebars (Fig. 1).

2.With the unit upright, swing the handlebars up into the operating position (Fig. 2).

NOTE: Take care not to pinch the throttle cable or switch wires when positioning the handlebar.

3. Tighten the knobs to secure the handlebars in place.

NOTE: Do notover-tightenthe knobs.

4. Reconnect the spark plug wire to the spark plug.

Handlebars

Bolt

Handlebar

Knob

Washer

Hole

 

 

Fig. 1

Fig. 2

ADJUSTING TINE DEPTH

To adjust the wheel support bracket proceed as follows:

1.Stop engine and disconnect spark plug to avoid accidental starting.

2.Remove cotter pin from the clevis pin and slide clevis pin out of tailpiece bracket (Fig. 3).

3.Slide the wheel support bracket up or down in the tailpiece, aligning the holes to the desire height.

4.Place the clevis pin through the hole and secure with cotter pin.

Clevis Pin

Cotter Pin

Wheel

Support

Bracket

Tailpiece Bracket

Fig. 3

ATTACHING THE EDGER WHEEL AND BLADE

To convert the cultivator to an edger proceed as follows:

1.Push the On/Off switch to Off (O) position to stop engine and tines and disconnect spark plug to avoid accidental starting.

NOTE: It may be necessary to lay the cultivator / edger back in a horizontal position on a flat level surface with the upper handle touching the ground.

2.Remove the click pin from each end of the tine shaft and slide the tines off the shaft.

3.Slide the edger wheel, with the hub facing inward, onto the right side of the tine shaft and secure with the click pin in the inside hole (Fig. 4).

4.Slide the edger blade with the hub facing out onto the left side of tine shaft and secure with the click pin in the inside hole (Fig. 4).

5.The edger guide line indicates where cutting will occur. Guide the unit along a flowerbed, sidewalk, or driveway so the edger guide line is above the desired line of cut.

Edger Guide

Line

Hub

Edger Wheel

Click Pin

Tine Shaft

Edger Blade

Fig. 4

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OIL AND FUEL INFORMATION

CAUTION: OVERFILLING OIL CRANKCASE MAY

CAUSE PRODUCT DAMAGE. Check and maintain the proper oil level in the crank case; it is important and cannot be overemphasized. Check the oil before each use and change it as needed. See Changing the Oil.

RECOMMENDED OIL TYPE

Using the proper type and weight of oil in the crankcase is extremely important. Check the oil before each use and change

the oil regularly. Using incorrect or dirty oil can cause premature engine wear and failure.

Use a high-qualitySAE 30 weight oil of API (American Petroleum Institute) service class SF, SG, SH.

ADDING OIL TO CRANKCASE: INITIAL USE

NOTE: This unit is shipped without oil in the crankcase. In order to avoid damage to the unit, put oil in the crankcase before attempting to start unit.

Your unit is supplied with one 3.04 fluid oz. (90 ml.) bottle of SAE 30 SF, SG, SH oil (Fig. 5).

NOTE: Save the bottle to measure the correct amount for future oil changes. SeeChanging the Oil.

NOTE: Your new4-Cyclecultivator is shipped for operation in conditions above 40°F (4°C). For cold weather operation, where temperatures fall below 40°F (4°C), use ahigh-qualitySAE 10W30 weight oil of API (American Petroleum Institute) service class SF, SG, SH.

1.Unscrew the oil bottle top and remove the paper seal covering the opening. Replace the top and cut the tip off the funnel spout (Fig. 5).

2.Place the unit on a flat level surface with the cultivator in a horizontal position (Fig. 6).

3.Remove the oil plug / dipstick from the crankcase (Fig. 7).

4.Pour the entire bottle of oil into the oil fill hole (Fig. 8).

NOTE: Never add oil to the fuel or fuel tank.

5.Wipe up any oil that may have spilled and reinstall the oil fill plug / dipstick.

The importance of checking and maintaining the proper oil level in the crankcase cannot be overemphasized. Check oil before each use and change as specified in the Maintenance Schedule.

Funnel Spout

Fig. 5

Oil Fill

Plug/Dipstick

Fig. 6

O-Ring

Oil Fill Plug/Dipstick

Oil Fill Hole

Fig. 7

Oil Fill

Fig. 8

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OIL AND FUEL INFORMATION

RECOMMENDED FUEL TYPE

Old fuel is the primary reason for improper unit performance. Be sure to use fresh, clean, unleaded gasoline.

NOTE: This is a four cycle engine. In order to avoid damage to the unit,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-blendedfuel absorbs water. As little as 1% water in the fuel can make fuel form acids when stored. When usingalcohol-blendedfuel, use fresh fuel that is less than 60 days old.

Using Blended Fuels

If you choose to use a blended fuel, or if its use is unavoidable, follow recommended precautions:

Always use fresh unleaded gasoline

Use a fuel stabilizer or an equivalent

Drain tank and run the engine dry before storing unit

Using Fuel Additives

The use of fuel additives will inhibit corrosion and minimize the formation of gum deposits. Using a fuel additive can keep fuel from forming harmful deposits in the carburetor for up to six (6) months. Add 0.8 oz.

(23 ml.) of fuel additive per gallon of fuel to an approved gas container according to the instructions on the container. NEVER add fuel additives directly to the unit's gas tank.

FUELING THE UNIT

NOTE: Fill or add fuel to the tank only when the cultivator is in a horizontal position (Fig. 9).

1.Remove fuel cap. Remove the tag from the fuel tank neck.

2.Place spout of gas container into the fill hole on the fuel tank and fill tank.

NOTE: Do not overfill tank.

3.Wipe up any gasoline that may have spilled.

4.Reinstall the fuel cap.

5.Move the unit at least 30 ft. (9.1 m) from the fueling source and site before starting the engine.

NOTE: Dispose of the old gasoline in accordance to Federal, State and Local regulations.

Fuel Cap

Fig. 9

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 fuel capslowly 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 spilt fuel. Do not start the engine until fuel vapors dissipate.

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STARTING/STOPPING INSTRUCTIONS

WARNING: Operate this unit onlyin a wellventilated

outdoor area. Carbon monoxide exhaust fumes can be lethal in a confined area.

WARNING: Avoid accidental starting. Make sure

you are in the starting position when pulling the starter rope (Fig. 12). To avoid serious injury, the operator and unit must be in a stable position while starting.

STARTING INSTRUCTIONS

1.Check the oil level in the crankcase. Refer to

Checking the Oil Level.

2.Fill the fuel tank with fresh, clean unleaded gasoline. Refer to Fueling the Unit.

3.Put the On/Off Stop Control in the ON [I] position (Fig. 10).

4.Place the choke lever in Position 1 (Fig. 11).

5.Fully press and release the primer bulb 10 times, slowly. Some amount of fuel should be visible in the primer bulb and fuel lines (Fig. 11). If you can’t see fuel in the bulb, press and release the bulb as many times as it takes before you can see fuel in it.

6.Hold the throttle and handlebar with one hand and grab the starter rope with your other hand. Use your foot to hold down the cultivator (Fig. 12).

NOTE: Tilt the unit back slightly to bring the tines off the ground when starting.

7.While squeezing the throttle control, pull the starter rope with a smooth and steady pull. Repeat this 5 times.

NOTE: The unit uses theIncredi-Pull™ starting system , which significantly reduces the effort required to start the engine. You must pull the starter rope out far enough to hear the engine attempt to start. There is no need to pull the ropebriskly--there is no harsh resistance when pulling. Be aware that this starting method is vastly different from (and much easier than) what you may be used to.

8.Move the choke lever to Position 2.

9.While squeezing the throttle control, pull the starter rope in the same manner as explained in Step 7. Pull 1 to 3 times to start the engine.

10.Keep the throttle squeezed and allow the engine to warm up for 15 to 30 seconds.

11.Place the choke lever in Position 3. Release the throttle control to the idle position and begin operation.

IF... The engine does not start, repeat Steps 4 - 11.

IF... The engine fails to start after a few attempts, place the choke lever in Position3 and squeeze the throttle control. Pull the starter rope 3 to 8 times. The engine should start. If not, continue pulling starter rope until the engine starts.

IF WARM... If the engine is already warm, make sure the On/Off Stop control is in the ON position and start the unit with the choke lever in Position2. After the unit starts, move the choke lever to Position3.

ON (I)

OFF (O)

Throttle

Control

Fig. 10

Choke Lever

Position 3

Position 2

Position 1

Primer Bulb

Fig. 11

Cultivator

Equipped With

Incredi-Pull

Starting

Fig. 12

STOPPING INSTRUCTIONS

1.Release your hand from the throttle control. Allow the engine to cool down by idling.

2.Put the On/Off Stop Control in the OFF (O) position.

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