Craftsman ZTS 7500 Operators Manual

Craftsman ZTS 7500 Operators Manual

Craftsman ZTS 7500 Table of Content

Warranty Statement 2
Safety Rules & Information 3
Identification Numbers 8
Optional Accessories 8
Literature Package Contents 8
Pre-Operation 9
Operation 10
Maintenance 17
Service & Adjustments 26
Storage 30
Specifications 30
Troubleshooting 31
Spanish Operator's Manual 33
Repair Parts PTS-1
Hardware & Torque Specifications PTS-39
Repair Protection Agreement Inside Back Cover
Service Numbers Back Cover


For two (2) years from the date of purchase, if this Craftsman riding equipment is maintained, lubricated and tuned up according to the instructions in the owner's manual, Sears will repair or replace free of charge any parts that are found to be defective in material or workmanship according to the guidelines of coverage listed below. Sears will also provide free labor for these applicable warrantied parts for the two full years. During the first 30 days of purchase, there will be no charges to service the product at your home for issues covered by this warranty. (See exclusions below). For your convenience, IN HOME warranty service will still be available after the first 30 days of purchase, but a trip charge will apply. This charge will be waived if the Craftsman product is dropped off at an authorized Sears location. For the nearest authorized Sears location, please call 1-800-MY-HOME. This warranty applies only while this product is within the United States.


  • Expendable items which become worn during normal use, including but not limited to blades, spark plugs, air cleaners, belts, and oil filters.
  • Standard maintenance servicing, oil changes, or tune-ups.
  • Tire replacement or repair caused by punctures from outside objects, such as nails, thorns, stumps, or glass.
  • Repairs necessary because of operator abuse, including but not limited to, damage caused by towing objects beyond the capability of the riding equipment, impacting objects that bend the frame or crankshaft, or over-speeding the engine.
  • Repairs necessary because of operator negligence, including but not limited to, electrical and mechanical damage caused by improper storage, failure to use the proper grade and amount of engine oil, failure to keep the deck clear of flammable debris, or failure to maintain the equipment according to the instructions contained in the owner's manual.
  • Engine (fuel system) cleaning or repairs caused by fuel determined to be contaminated or oxidized (stale). In general, fuel should be used within 30 days of its purchase date.
  • Normal deterioration and wear of the exterior of the exterior finishes, or product label replacement.
  • Riding equipment used for commercial or rental purposes.


For ninety (90) days from date of purchase, if any battery included with this riding equipment proves defective in material or workmanship and our testing determines the battery will not hold a charge, Sears will replace the battery at no charge. During the first 30 days of purchase, there will be no charges to replace the battery at your HOME. After first 30 days, for your convenience, IN-HOME warranty service will still be available but a trip charge will apply. This charge will be waived if the Craftsman product is dropped off at an authorized Sears location. FOR THE NEAREST AUTHORIZED LOCATION, PLEASE CALL 1-800-4-MY-HOME. This battery warranty applies only while this product is within the United States.

This warranty gives you specific legal rights, and you may also have other rights which vary from state to state.


  1. Read, understand, and follow all instructions in the manual and on the unit before starting.
  2. Do not put hands or feet near rotating parts or under the machine. Keep clear of the discharge opening at all times.
  3. Only allow responsible adults, who are familiar with the instructions, to operate the unit (local regulations can restrict operator age).
  4. Clear the area of objects such as rocks, toys, wire, etc., which could be picked up and thrown by the blade(s).
  5. Be sure the area is clear of other people before mowing. Stop the unit if anyone enters the area.
  6. Never carry passengers.
  7. Do not mow in reverse unless absolutely necessary. Always look down and behind before and while travelling in reverse.
  8. Never direct discharge material toward anyone. Avoid discharging material against a wall or obstruction. Material may ricochet back toward the operator. Stop the blade(s) when crossing gravel surfaces.
  9. Do not operate the machine without the entire grass catcher, discharge guard (deflector), or other safety devices in place and operational.
  10. Slow down before turning.
  11. Never leave a running unit unattended. Always disengage the blades (PTO), set parking brake, stop engine, and remove keys before dismounting.
  12. Disengage blades (PTO) when not mowing. Shut off engine and wait for all parts to come to a complete stop before cleaning the machine, removing the grass catcher, or unclogging the discharge guard.
  13. Operate the machine only in daylight or good artificial light.
  14. Do not operate the unit while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
  15. Watch for traffic when operating near or crossing roadways.
  16. Use extra care when loading or unloading the unit into a trailer or truck.
  17. Always wear eye protection when operating this unit.
  18. Data indicates that operators, age 60 years and above, are involved in a large percentage of power equipment-related injuries. These operators should evaluate their ability to operate the equipment safely enough to protect themselves and others from injury.
  19. Follow the manufacturer's recommendations for wheel weights or counterweights.
  20. Keep in mind the operator is responsible for accidents occurring to other people or property.
  21. All drivers should seek and obtain professional and practical instruction.
  22. Always wear substantial footwear and trousers. Never operate when barefoot or wearing sandals.
  23. Before using, always visually check that the blades and blade hardware are present, intact, and secure. Replace worn or damagedparts.
  24. Disengage attachments before: refueling, removing an attachment, making adjustments (unless the adjustment can be made from the operator's position).
  25. When the machine is parked, stored, or left unattended, lower the cutting means unless a positive mechanical lock is used.
  26. Before leaving the operator's position for any reason, engage the parking brake (if equipped), disengage the blades (PTO), stop the engine, and remove the key.
  27. To reduce fire hazard, keep the unit free of grass, leaves, & excess oil. Do not stop or park over dry leaves, grass, or combustible materials.
  28. It is a violation of California Public Resource Code Section 4442 to use or operate the engine on or near any forest-covered, brush-covered, or grass-covered land unless the exhaust system is equipped with a spark arrester meeting any applicable local or state laws. Other states or federal areas may have similar laws.
  29. OSHA regulations may require the use of hearing protection when exposed to sound levels greater than 85 dBA for an 8 hour time period.


  1. When transporting the unit on an open trailer, make sure it is facing forward, in the direction of travel. If the unit is facing backwards, wind lift could damage the unit.
  2. Always observe safe refueling and fuel handling practices when refueling the unit after transportation or storage.
  3. Never store the unit (with fuel) in an enclosed poorly ventilated structure. Fuel vapors can travel to an ignition source (such as a furnace, water heater, etc.) and cause an explosion. Fuel vapor is also toxic to humans and animals.
  4. Never store the unit or fuel container inside where there is an open flame or pilot light, such as in a water heater. Allow unit to cool before storing. 


Slopes are a major factor related to loss-of-control and tipover accidents, which can result in severe injury or death. Operation on all slopes requires extra caution. If you cannot back up the slope or if you feel uneasy on it, do not operate on it. Control of a walk-behind or ride-on machine sliding on a slope will not be regained by the application of the brake. The main reasons for loss of control are: insufficient tire grip on the ground, speed too fast, inadequate braking, the type of machine is unsuitable for its task, lack of awareness of the ground conditions, incorrect hitching and load distribution.

  1. Mow up and down the face of slopes, not across.
  2. Watch for holes, ruts, or bumps. Uneven terrain could overturn the unit. Tall grass can hide obstacles.
  3. Choose a slow speed so that you will not have to stop or change speeds while on the slope.
  4. Do not mow on wet grass. Tires may loose traction.
  5. Avoid starting, stopping, or turning on a slope. If tires lose traction (i.e. machtne stops forward motion on a slope), disengage the blade(s) (PTO) and drive slow off the slope.
  6. Keep all movement on slopes slow andgradual. Do not make sudden changes in speed or direction, which could cause the machine to rollover.
  7. Use extra care while operating machines with grass catchers or other attachments; they can affect the stability of the unit. Do not use on steeps slopes.
  8. Do not try to stabilize the machine by putting your foot on the ground (ride-on units).
  9. Do not mow near drop-offs, ditches, or embankments. The mower could suddenly turn over if a wheel is over the edge of a cliff or ditch, or if an edge caves in.
  10. Do not use grass catchers on steep slopes.
  11. Do not mow slopes ifyou cannot back up them.
  12. See your authorized dealer/retailer for recommendations of wheel weights or counterweights to improve stabtlity.
  13. Remove obstacles such as rocks, tree limbs, etc.
  14. Use slow speed. Tires may lose traction on slopes even through the brakes are functioning properly.
  15. Do not turn on slopes unless necessary, and then, turn slowly and gradually uphill, if posstble. Never mow down slopes. 

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