Find a Sears Canada Craftsman Manual
We're always on the hunt for Sears Craftsman tractor manuals and Illustrated Parts Lists (IPLs) or parts breakdowns for lawn mowers or lawn and equipment. Sears Canada models (starting with 944) and made by AYP/Husqvarna/Poulan are always a challenge and don't easily cross into Sears USA models (starting with 917) and made by Roper/ Electrolux Home Products.
If you're looking for Sears USA Craftsman models that start with 917, stop reading and go to the Searspartsdirect.com website.
If you're looking for Sears Canada Craftsman models that start with 944, keep going!
Call Sears Canada
If you call Sears Canada for a parts lookup (1-855-649-5967) they will help you, but will not send you a copy of your manual or IPL.
- Sears Tip #1 - Have your model and serial number handy.
Unfortunately, you often get a 'Sears Parts Expert' who knows little about the actual parts on a mower and it can be a challenge to direct them to the specific part you require. I recently was given a part number of a tire spindle instead of the deck spindle assembly I requested after 10 minutes of trying to explain I needed mower deck parts (sigh). Luckily as soon as she gave me the part number I keyed it into Google and checked the image and could immediately see it was the wrong part.
- Sears Tip #2- Ask for the part number then do a general Google search to make sure it's the part you need or the complete part (the word 'assembly' seems to be an issue for Sears).
But if you don't have a half hour (at least) to spend on the phone with Sears Canada, I've listed some of my favorite resources for finding Sears Craftsman manuals, IPLs and parts breakdowns.
Save or Sell Your Manual
Your Sears Canada Craftsman Mower manual is a valuable commodity. Lots of people sell their manuals on E-Bay and similar sites. So I suggest you:
- Keep your manual; and
- Share it (preferably for free!)
- Sell it and make some money
If you really want to be altruistic and have the time, save your manual or parts breakdown to a forum dedicated to Craftsman Lawn and Garden Equipment or send it to me and I'll get it loaded to the MyTractorForum Craftsman forum for you - firstname.lastname@example.org
Want to make money? These things do sell on E-Bay and I have to admit when all else fails, I've bought a few myself. A paid site that has some Canadian Craftsman IPLs is http://www.manualslib.com, but keep reading - you may be one of the lucky Canadian Craftsman owners with a free manual online.
Do You Need a Schematic?
Commonly used parts like blades and belts usually have a number stamped on them. You might need to do a little cleaning, but if you can find the number on the part, you might not need a parts diagram. If you can even find part of a number on a belt or blade, I can usually figure out the rest. Email email@example.com for a parts lookup. But remember, I'm not Sears and I have no secret stash of Sears manuals. Here are my best resources for Sears Canada manuals and parts breakdowns.
Resources for Sears Canada Craftsman Manuals and Parts Breakdowns
If your manual is long gone and you don't want to spend 1/2 your day on the phone with Sears Canada, check out my favorite resources in my next blog post