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#1 4tom OFFLINE  

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Posted July 29, 2015 - 06:37 AM

It's a green 21 hp briggs&stratton craftsman tractor with 12 gauge 42" cutting deck. Partial model number looks like it ends with: 547
What can I look for to try to id it ?

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Posted July 29, 2015 - 06:40 AM

This may be very difficult as Sears will change model numbers every time they change bolt size.
First step would be to take a pic of the critter and upload it.
Click the "More Reply Options" button down and to the right and you should be able to upload pics there.
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Posted July 29, 2015 - 08:19 AM

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Posted July 29, 2015 - 08:38 AM

Welcome to GTT. Good Luck, Rick



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Posted July 29, 2015 - 09:34 AM

Welcome aboard , always good to have another Jerseyan at GTTalk where you from ?

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Posted July 29, 2015 - 03:36 PM

Look for any labels, If you find one, and it's un readable, get up real close with a magnifying glass in good light. Study it from all angles to see if you can see the imprint of the numbers.

 

Craftsman equipment labeling has a bad habit of fading out after a few years.



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Posted August 01, 2015 - 02:10 PM

I'm in Brick.

Found sticker says engine conforms with 2000-2001 California emissions 

Rear tires have slow leak, presume tube would cure that maybe with sealant inside tube. Sound about right ?

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Posted August 01, 2015 - 06:21 PM

Are you trying to ID it for parts or ?
Slow leak, yeah... Tubes will work.
I actually have had good luck with a half cup of antifreeze in the tire and drive it around for a while. Seems to work as well as slime for some reason.

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Posted August 02, 2015 - 05:29 PM

Yes, I am trying to identify it for when I need parts. Sooner or later everything breaks, usually not at a convenient time. Searsfolks won't let me order even a mulching kit without the model number. After a number of calls I found a rep who placed the order. Real PITA to do even that.

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Posted August 06, 2015 - 09:50 PM

I used the Sears fit-up guide (see attached) to search for tractors with model numbers ending in 547. There was only one 917.25547 but it is a 14 hp engine. From your picture I tried 347 and found 917.273470 which looks more like your tractor but has a 20 hp. I then tried 847 and found 917.25847 but that has a 15.5 hp B&S.

Perhaps you can try other combinations.

 

Good luck,

 

JiminRI

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Posted August 10, 2015 - 08:27 PM

I think I have narrowed it down to a 2000 or 2001 model. Is there a list of available models, or online catalog I can access to try and identity what I have ?

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Posted February 01, 2016 - 01:09 AM

Added a plow from sears. Based on description of spindles in the instructions, it is a 917 prefix model.

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Posted December 22, 2016 - 11:12 AM

Found a site that states serial number starts with a date code: month day year 2 digits each. If true mine decodes to September 9 1997. Engine still decodes as November 2000. Can anyone confirm serial numer starts with day of manufacture?

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Posted December 22, 2016 - 11:36 AM

Wow! This could be a hard one to figure out, as I see you still haven't! I have no idea what Sears does with model/serial #'s nowadays. How wide does it cut? 



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Posted December 22, 2016 - 12:43 PM

The first 3 digits of the Sears number is the source code. That tells who built the tractor. The first digits of the Briggs engine code is the manufacture date for the engine.






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