Model #917273471 CRAFTSMAN Lawn, Tractor

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How much and what kind of oil do I use in the transaxle? 917273471 Craftsman Lawn mower

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This transaxle uses 80W90 sear oil. We recommend filling the transaxle about half to 2/3 full. I personally recommend Lucus hub oil. It is 80W90 and has sealing capabilities if the seals start to leak. It should be roughly 16 fluid ounces.

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Jeff Wallace Sr -
Sears Technician
August 06, 2015
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917273471 craftsman lawn tractor transaxle problem Craftsman Lawn mower

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Natasha12 -
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May 13, 2014
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Lawn Mower attachment Cart 917273471 Craftsman Lawn mower

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I was able to verify that 24149 would work for the tractor, but I wasn't able to find cart 25355 to verify. Essentially, for a lawn tractor attachment, as long as it doesn't require a sleeve hitch connection, you will be fine to use it. 

In regards to the towing capacity, it's more or less a grey area and isn't really published by the manufacturer. Garden tractors will have a heavier duty chassis and transmission, so they are more versatile with towing capacity and attachments. 
Here is what the manufacturer states on towing capacity:

If there The manufacturer has this to say on the subject:
 
This is a more complicated issue than it might appear, because "towing capacity" is more of a sales specification than a technical specification.
 
If you picture yourself pushing a wheelbarrow full of dirt, weighing about 300 pounds, you would say that your "pushing capacity" was at least 300 lbs, but I doubt you would be able to push 300 pounds if it were on a flat sled with no wheels on rough ground. That is a simple analogy explaining why we don't use towing capacity as a technical specification.
 
Everyone likes to relate axle torque to draw bar force, but draw bar force cannot so easily be related to "towing capacity" due to all the variables involved. There is also a difference between a maximum axle torque (or draw bar force) short duration spike compared with what can be sustained over a long distance such as in towing.
 
On most surfaces, unless you significantly weight down the tractor, you will produce tire slippage before you reach the transmission's ability to create maximum axle torque.
 
CAUTION: 

You should also be conscious and cautious of the vehicles "braking ability" whenever using it for towing. Most of these tractors have a single disc brake designed to stop the weight of the tractor on slight grades. When you are towing downhill your braking distance will significantly increase.
 
As a general rule of thumb, using a single-axle wheeled trailer and using a properly maintained and adjusted tractor, you should be able to pull approximately _half the weight of the tractor _ fairly safely and with control over level ground and over slopes less than 5 degrees.
 
NOTE: Our lawn tractors weigh approximately 450 lbs. (*tow max. = 225 lbs.) 

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Jeff Wallace Sr -
Sears Technician
April 29, 2014

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