Before starting your Craftsman 6.75 horsepower lawn mower, prepare the machine for use. Make sure the blade is sharp. Check the oil level and add oil if necessary. Fill the fuel tank with gasoline. Take care not to overfill. Attach the grass catcher or mulching plug, and set the desired cutting height. Clear the area you intend to mow of any rocks, limbs, toys or other dangerous debris. Do not operate your mower without first putting on shoes.
Starting the Mower
Move the mower to a level area, preferably on the lawn you intend to mow. Tell other people to stand clear, and prevent pets from coming within close range.
If attempting to start a cold machine, look at the front of the engine and determine whether your mower is equipped with a fuel primer button. The button is made of a rubber-like material, and should be about one inch in diameter. It may be located next to a sticker labeled "Push To Prime." Push it in with your finger and release. Repeat this twice more.
Walk to the rear of the mower and stand behind the handle. Locate the operator presence control bar attached to the top of the handle. Grasp the bar with your left hand and pull down until it touches the handle bar. Grasp the control bar and handle bar at the same time.
Reach down with your right hand and locate the starter cord handle at the top of the engine. While holding the control bar down with your left hand, grasp the starter cord handle with your right hand. Quickly pull the starter cord toward your body and listen for the engine to start up. Repeat this step two to three times if the engine does not start immediately.