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Garden Tractors Discussion Forum

Sears Custom 600 parts questions.

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09-03-2004 16:33:56

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I have a Sears Custom 600 that I am restoring. I bought it from a friend at work in the mid 80"s for 100.00 and it ran well except for minor problems. Since then I"ve moved a number of times and there wasn"t the need for this size tractor so I stored it (always indoors) and it looks pretty good for it"s age. I like the heavy construction of the unit compared with the thin sheet metal things that they seem to sell these days. I have 3 manuals that I can copy & share with others if needed (for the postage). They are; Op.Instructions / parts list for Model # 917.9951 & 9950 Electric & Recoil Starter
36" Rotary Mower Attachment # 917.62606
Owners Man. Craftsman Engine # 143.546082 (What"s the techumseh model #?) I"m attaching a link to pictures of the tractor for those interested ...

I have a couple of questions about parts, any help or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

1. The stator part of the magneto has some damage and the coil plastic is scuffed. (I think the clip must have disengaged while it was running.) I think it will still run but would like to replace it while I"ve got it apart. Sears has this part (magneto assy. or stator) as no longer available. Is there a substitute or does anyone know where I can get one? A picture of the damage can be found at the link below.

2. The starter generator always worked but the ammeter never showed a charge and the battery would die. Can it be repaired? Not sure of the voltage regulator.

3. I"ve had to replace the head gasket twice (back when it was used regularly). Is there a common cause for this? (Note: the former owner installed a bracket between a head bolt and the air cleaner for support.

4. Where is the best place to look for accessories for this unit? I would like to eventually have at least the most common ones you could get:
Cat. #9959 Bundle#626x14 Three point hitch
Cat. #9960 Bundle#626x6 Pair of Rear Wheel Weights
Cat. #9921 Bundle # 626x11 Dual Wheel Spacers
Tires Rear p/n 3992H # 600x12 Extra tire set (or spares) No longer avail. from Sears
Tubes R p/n 1296H1 # 600x12 Extra tubes
Rims R p/n 1297H1 Rims for dual rear wheels

I understand there were accessories such as a plow, snow blower, aerator etc. Where these specific to this model or are they generic for most garden tractors?

For all those that contribute & share such useful information on this site... Thank you!

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Doug Newman

02-02-2006 08:31:14

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 Re: Sears Custom 600 parts questions. in reply to Manders, 09-03-2004 16:33:56  
I need a copy of some manuals for a Sears Custom 6. I need a part number for the belt and some info on how the idler pully is set up. I need to unmuck up a previous jury rig. Any help would be appreciated, Thanks, Doug

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Kent of SW MO

09-05-2004 16:07:07

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 Re: Sears Custom 600 parts questions. in reply to Manders, 09-03-2004 16:33:56  
I checked this week at a local Tecumseh dealer on the coil you need. It is still available. $25.25


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Kent of SW MO

09-06-2004 07:37:29

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 Re: Sears Custom 600 parts questions. in reply to Kent of SW MO, 09-05-2004 16:07:07  
The coil part number is 30560A.

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09-04-2004 19:50:35

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 Re: Sears Custom 600 parts questions. in reply to Manders, 09-03-2004 16:33:56  
Current rear tire size designation is 22X7.50-12. I believe they can still be bought new in some brands; perhaps Carlisle(?)

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Adam Paul

09-03-2004 21:30:58

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 Re: Sears Custom 600 parts questions. in reply to Manders, 09-03-2004 16:33:56  
Mowr gave some great advice. The three point hitch can be found easy on EBay. I know you might not want to hear that, but thatís where you get one... they go for about 125 bucks. As far as implements, it was pretty universal.
You must be very careful with the cast aluminum mower deck and regular aluminum gear boxes for the deck blades.
I've got two of them. A Custom 600 and a Custom 6. I've looked at a lot of them too... With the exception of yours, I've never seen one with an ammeter...
As far as tires, my first thought is try Miller Tire. They're on the web.
One last thing. Are you located in GA??? If so, drop me a line!

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09-03-2004 19:12:11

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 Re: Sears Custom 600 parts questions. in reply to Manders, 09-03-2004 16:33:56  
I have had several of these in past years and admire the same features you do.

1. The Tecumseh dealer should have the changeover list (Sears to Tecumseh) to get you the right parts for the engine AND the peerless transaxle. Also the Peerless gearboxes, shaft and couplers on the mower deck. The Tecumseh model no. for the engine is H60 but you'll also need the type no.

2. Your local automotive electric service centers should be able to test and repair your starter/generator and voltage regulator.

3. The head may be warped by heat or by over- torquing. You may be able to true it by using a 'surface plate' and emery cloth. A thick piece of smooth glass might be used as a substitute for a 'surface plate'. A real irritant to me is that people are sometimes too lazy to take things off or, once they do, too lazy to put them back on. On most of the Customs, the pulley belt guards on the tractor and the mower are missing or at least bent way out of whack rather than taking them off and putting them back on. A critical example is the bracket that connects from the upper rear of the engine to the tractor frame under the gas tank. Yes, it's a little work to mount it properly but without it, the engine and tractor vibrate so badly that the ears end up breaking off the carburetor (and the driver, ha!). (Probably the reason for the bracket added to the air cleaner). With that upper engine bracket mounted properly, the tractor is surprisingly smooth. Email me if you have any problems.

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