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Posted December 22, 2016 - 01:08 PM

It came with a 42 inch deck. I added a snow plow. I believe the model number prefix to be 917 based on instructions for installing the plow. If the serial does start with the date my motor is not original. I am having a little trouble with the front axle. Called sears repair center the person I spoke to said without a model number I'm screwed if I need parts.

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Posted December 22, 2016 - 01:52 PM

I confirmed engine is November 2000 with briggs & Stratton. Cutting deck is 42" but may or may not be original. If date format of serial number is accurate it reads September 97. I don't obsess over it, but occasionally try a little research. May need to repair front axle soon. Trying to confirm the date format of the serial number. Kind of suspect somebody before me may have frankensteined it from a stack of donors.
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Posted December 22, 2016 - 01:56 PM

One thing about Sears. If you can find a model # close to your tractor, then the parts will fit. I found a manual I want you to look through to see if it's close to your tractor.

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Posted December 22, 2016 - 02:04 PM

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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That is correct, 2 digits each, month/day/year. --/--/--


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Posted December 22, 2016 - 02:05 PM

That is correct, 2 digits each, month/day/year. --/--/--

Didn't know that!


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Posted December 22, 2016 - 02:29 PM

Slowly making progress. Now it's time to start Christmas shopping.

Thanks for the help

Have a very merry Christmas

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Posted December 22, 2016 - 04:31 PM

Didn't know that!

 

I just recently learned this also when I picked up a  this craftsman. First 6 numbers in serial #. 06-04-97

 

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Posted December 22, 2016 - 05:16 PM

i cant remember when the Julian dating style changed.
at some point it was that way, but at some point previous it was day of the year, then year.
ie 12592 was the 125th day of 92.

i may not have all the facts straight, gotta look them up again. it was some derivation of that tho
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Posted December 22, 2016 - 08:24 PM

From ehow.com:

How to Determine the Age of a Craftsman Riding Mower

By Jason Alexander - eHow Contributor

http://www.ehow.com/...ding-mower.html

Craftsman lawn mowers use a serial number formula that reveals your mower's manufacture date. By locating the serial number tag on your machine, you can easily determine your mower's age. If you have the owner's manual for your mower, you can also check the date printed on the inside of the manual. This date should be one year after the mower's manufacture date. However, your serial number provides the exact date your mower came off the manufacturing line.

  • Locate the identification decal on your lawn mower. Craftsman mowers have stickers with a serial number and date printed on them. This tag is usually located in a protected area on, beneath or near the seat of the riding mower.
  • Write down the first six numbers of the mower's serial number. The first two numbers are the mower's month of manufacture. The second two numbers indicate the day of manufacture and the third two will signify the year of manufacture.
  • Use the Craftsman serial number formula to determine your mower's specific age. For example, if the first six numbers of your model's serial number are 031398, your mower was manufactured on March 13, 1998.

From another thread here:

Sears Date Codes  - apparently applies to older tractors only.

http://gardentractor...ars-date-codes/

JULIAN DATE SYSTEM
#917.254810     917 = source.     254810 = model
serial number 0521B01538
052 represents the day of year
1 last digit of year
B plant code
1538 number of unit made

 

From yesterdays tractors:

B&S engine serial number decode

http://www.yesterday...ardent&th=93626

If a Briggs engine, check the CODE number on the engine. The first two numbers are the YEAR the engine was built. The next two are the MONTH. You can come close with, if you have them, these numbers.


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Posted December 22, 2016 - 08:58 PM

I just recently learned this also when I picked up a this craftsman. First 6 numbers in serial #. 06-04-97

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Interesting
My sheet metal is different, your wheels look to have lug nuts while mine have a single nut onto the axle.
I am guessing I have a lt1000 or 2000, but I don't have much to base that guess on.

Thanks for sharing!

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Posted December 22, 2016 - 09:15 PM

Interesting
My sheet metal is different, your wheels look to have lug nuts while mine have a single nut onto the axle.
I am guessing I have a lt1000 or 2000, but I don't have much to base that guess on.

Thanks for sharing!

I just posted my tractor for serial # date code reference.



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Posted December 22, 2016 - 09:36 PM

From ehow.com:
How to Determine the Age of a Craftsman Riding Mower
By Jason Alexander - eHow Contributor
http://www.ehow.com/...ding-mower.html
Craftsman lawn mowers use a serial number formula that reveals your mower's manufacture date. By locating the serial number tag on your machine, you can easily determine your mower's age. If you have the owner's manual for your mower, you can also check the date printed on the inside of the manual. This date should be one year after the mower's manufacture date. However, your serial number provides the exact date your mower came off the manufacturing line.

  • Locate the identification decal on your lawn mower. Craftsman mowers have stickers with a serial number and date printed on them. This tag is usually located in a protected area on, beneath or near the seat of the riding mower.
  • Write down the first six numbers of the mower's serial number. The first two numbers are the mower's month of manufacture. The second two numbers indicate the day of manufacture and the third two will signify the year of manufacture.
  • Use the Craftsman serial number formula to determine your mower's specific age. For example, if the first six numbers of your model's serial number are 031398, your mower was manufactured on March 13, 1998.
From another thread here:
Sears Date Codes  - apparently applies to older tractors only.
http://gardentractor...ars-date-codes/
JULIAN DATE SYSTEM
#917.254810     917 = source.     254810 = model
serial number 0521B01538
052 represents the day of year
1 last digit of year
B plant code
1538 number of unit made

 
From yesterdays tractors:
B&S engine serial number decode
http://www.yesterday...ardent&th=93626
If a Briggs engine, check the CODE number on the engine. The first two numbers are the YEAR the engine was built. The next two are the MONTH. You can come close with, if you have them, these numbers.

That sounds right.
Thanks for finding it

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Posted December 23, 2016 - 06:10 AM

I'm going to add that info to my thread so folks can find it easier.



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Posted December 23, 2016 - 12:53 PM

My serial number date code is followed by letter D. Does anyone know other plants than above? Just curious.

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