Model #917374354 CRAFTSMAN Walk Behind Lawnmower, Gas

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Q:

I have a craftsman walkbehind mower #917.374354. & I want to know why I'm getting grass left after cutting it. It wont suck it all up, it leaves it behind.

A:

There may be an easy solution to the problem you have with the Craftsman lawn mower. I hope the link I am providing below with be of some help. An expert will respond with additional information within 24-48 hours.

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Anna T -
June 18, 2012
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Hello Gamal,

I would like to assist you with your lawnmower and I'm sorry that you are having problems with it. Most times with this type of mower I find that the issue that you are describing is caused by a few different things. I would ensure that the deck is free of excessive debris and clean it out after each use. It there is a lot of debris in the deck, grass clippings will gather in those areas and then fall down instead of being sucked out. Ensure that the amount of grass being cut is not too much. Two inches of length is the maximum amount that should be cut from your lawn at a time. If too much at a time is attempted, this will clog the mower and / or cause bagging issues. Cutting speed can also affect cut quality. Too fast of a speed will not allow the mower enough time to process the grass clippings.

Ensure your blade is sharp. A dull blade will not cut efficiently and can cause a lot of cutting and bagging difficulties. You may also want to try a different type of blade for different conditions, such as bagging or mulching. Your mower came with this blade originally. You may want to try this type of blade instead.

Please let me know if you would like any further assistance.

Jerry C

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Jerry C -
Sears Technician
June 20, 2012
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I would like to try a different blade, but the links in the above answer are no longer valid. Can someone suggest an alternative to the original blade 421825? I find that the original blade does not mulch as well as I would like .

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Thomas -
April 16, 2015
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I would like to try a different blade, but the links in the above answer are no longer valid. Can someone suggest an alternative to the original blade 421825? I find that the original blade does not mulch as well as I would like .

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Thomas -
April 16, 2015
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Sears Craftsman Lawn Tractor won't start

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Many things can cause a tractor engine to not start. While you are waiting on an expert to answer your question, I was searching in the Manage My Life website and found some great links. I have attached the links below. Hope this helps!

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Dezeray S -
May 07, 2011
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Found the fuse. Quite honestly it looks good, but I will replace it anyway. Am I correct in assuming that I should also test the selonoid by touching a screwdriver to the two terminals?

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mike -
May 07, 2011
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I do not suspect the fuse as being the problem since you have the "depress clutch" light showing. If the fuse were blown there would be no lights or anything.

I suspect the clutch/brake safety switch as being the problem. If you're holding down the clutch/brake and the "depress clutch" light comes on when you try to start that means that the switch being triggered is not registering with the safety circuit.

If you lift the hood and look down under the dash area on the left side of the tractor you should see the clutch safety switch. Make sure that switch is plugged in securely and that the button is being pushed when you press the clutch. If those 2 things look good, I recommend you replace the switch as it has most likely failed. The part number for the switch is 109553X and it can be ordered HERE .

To answer the question about the fuse (because it's good to know), it is up under the dash area and will be in a black holder. Again, the fuse is not going to be part of the current problem though.

Thank you for using Manage My Life!

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XX Wade_ -
Sears Technician
May 09, 2011
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HI Wade, First let me say Thank you for all your help and advice. It is much appreciated. I went ahead and replaced the fuse and you are correct, it is not the problem. However, something weird has changed since replacing the fuse. The "depress clutch" light is now operating correctly. Can't explain why, just stating the facts. So it looks like the clutch safety switch is probably ok. I tested the solenoid by touching a screwdriver to both posts. The engine turns over. So, am I correct in guessing that I most likely have a defective solenoid?

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mike -
May 09, 2011
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Not necessarily. When you jump the solenoid you are also jumping the entire start safety circuit. All jumping the solenoid proves is that the starter and battery are okay. Basically, the line with the fuse supplies power to the ignition switch. When you turn the key to start power leaves the ignition switch and goes to the PTO switch. If the switch is off, power will pass through it and then go to the clutch/brake switch. If the brake pedal is pushed down (and the switch is working correctly) power will pass through it and then go to the solenoid. The power will activate the solenoid and cause the starter to start as the solenoid is just a type of switch. The easiest way to determine where we need to go from here is to determine if we have power on the "trigger" wire on the solenoid. If you look on the solenoid you will see the 2 big cables that take power from the battery and the other to the starter. Then you should see a small white wire and a small black wire. Do know that because your tractor is older there may only be the white wire. You need to check that white wire for power. Turn the PTO off, hold the clutch/brake down, then turn the key to start. while you hold the key it the "start" position check for power on the white wire. If there is power there, the solenoid is bad. If there is not power there, something else is wrong and it can only be a few things. Those being the ignition switch, the PTO switch, or the brake/clutch switch. It's worth mentioning that it could be something wrong with the wires between all those things, but it's unlikely. Something to try is unplug the ignition switch and make sure none of the terminals are corroded or loose as that can cause this situation to occur. Let me know what you find and we will proceed as necessary.

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XX Wade_ -
Sears Technician
May 09, 2011
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Before I proceed let me ask you this... my son was driving the mower when it stopped working. He did say that the brake (when you push in the clutch pedal) did not seem to be working right before it died. Would this be a symptom of a bad brake/clutch switch? It seems to me that this would be quite a dangerous situation to be in, that is the switch goes bad and the brakes fail.

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mike -
May 09, 2011
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It could be. I would check the switch. If you have a mutli-meter set it to read continuity and check across the contacts on the switch. The switch does not do anything as far as the actual braking is concerned though. All the switch does is tell the ignition circuit if you have the pedal depressed or not. If the brakes are not working, that would be a complete separate issue. What happens when you press the brake pedal is that mechanical brakes on the transmission are applied AND the drive belt tension is removed. So if the brakes were to not work, the tractor should still stop driving but it wouldn't necessarily immediately stop. So when you brake, you are clutching and braking at the same time, if everything is working as it should be. but if your son noticed something funny, there could be that came loose or a stick or something got in the path of the brake pedal. that could have come into contact with the switch and caused a problem.

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XX Wade_ -
Sears Technician
May 09, 2011
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It could also be the fact that my son is covering up (and blaming the mower) for the fact that he hit the side of the house while it was dark out. He has a habit of not being 100% truthful. He claims he hit the brake and it didn't stop. At least I now know this is probably not the case. He also says he tried to restart the mower, it turned over slowly a few times, then it just quit altogether. I'll follow your suggestions and let you know the results. Now I just need someone to fix the herniated disc in my back. Wish that were as simple as fixing the mower. Talk to later Wade.

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mike -
May 09, 2011
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Good luck with your back, I feel your pain. That's why I now sit in an office instead of turning wrenches. Keep me updated when you can on the mower. I'm sure we can get it back going, just a matter of narrowing down what went wrong and getting that back in line.

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XX Wade_ -
Sears Technician
May 09, 2011
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my rider doesnt pull me up hills like it used to..i changed the belt but it didnt help. what esle could it be

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Kerry -
May 11, 2011
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