I bought this on sale last Fall to replace a 12 year old version of this mower that was showing it's age (rust holes and knocking engine). After using it for a month now, I am quite happy with this unit. [[[PROS]]] [*] This machine is noticeably more quiet than the old one (probably due to the piston slap on the old engine). [*] Drive speed is 50% faster than my old unit. I like to mow at a fast pace, so this is very nice for me. So far, the high drive speed has not bogged down the engine, but I mow every weekend to prevent excessive grass height. [*] Very easy for me to start. I put STABIL in the gas after testing it out last Fall. In the Spring, it started up in 4 pulls with this older gas. Now starts in one pull. MAKE SURE you put STABIL in your gas can! Stale gas is the leading cause of mower failures BY FAR. It's very easy to add to your gas can when filling it up at the gas station. [[[CONS:]]] [*] Having an upper bail (engine control) and lower bail (drive control) on the handle make my hands sore after 30 minutes. The small bars start to really dig in. The new model has a flat plastic cover over the top bail, which I might try to replicate on mine. My old lawnmower had a single bail (engine control) and a locking hand lever (drive control), which did not bother me much. [*] Deck steel thickness (gauge) is a little thinner than the old model. The deck does not flex much (steel is probably a better grade), but I wonder how long until rust eats through it. My old machine had rust holes in the deck, but it's first 10 years were likely harsh from the previous owners. [*] Drive gear box appears to be all plastic. This might not be a problem, but I wonder how robust this will be. The drive wheels on my old AND new mower have plastic gears, and they will fail if you bump the mower head-on into walls/fences/trees while in drive too often. When navigating around tricky spots, let go of the drive bail and push it manually. This tip should make your self propel system last for years.
I haven't had this mower 1yr. and already had to take it back to have it repaired 3times, new spark plug new carb. oil changed and it still won't run, it starts then dies out, I have to borrow my sisters mower to finish my lawn
This lawn mower has been awful! I have returned it to Sears ever tear for service from the first summer I used it. In the three previous summers it's been in the shop 4 times. This is the 4 th summer I have used it and it's not running again.
just use for 2 summers. engine couldn't be started anymore. sent to Sears for repair. After it got fixed, I only use 4 times since this spring. The engine can't be started again. ##DON"T BUY ##
I bought a mower and it shut off by itself while I was cutting the grass. I tried everything to see whats wrong bout couldnt find anything. I opened the engine and came to know that engine is the problem. Its made by Briggs & Stratton. Crafftsman is the company that uses Brigss and Straton engine and make the mower. Craftsman dont make the engine. Mower is fine, its the engine that has poor quality of make and thus stops working after few uses.
Best for the money that I could find. However, NO ONE has used this for 10 years without replacing the front wheels which contain the plastic gear drive, After one year of use and I had low drive power. Took the front wheels off to find most of the plastic gear teeth (which drives the mower) completely worn off. The biggest surprise was when the parts department told me that this part of the gear drive is considered an "expendable" part which is NOT covered under the warranty. It is a quite dishonest "over site" for the warranty to state that the blade, belts and spark plugs are not covered (as expendable), but neglect to mention that the plastic gears are also considered "expendable" parts which are not covered as well ....!
I've owned my mower for about three years and its been a disappointment and frustration. If you use the side chute it instantly clogs with grass (I have too much lawn to keep changing the rear bag). The front wheel drive system is a poor and ill conceived design - it has a metal gear that drives the wheels via their plastic toothed gears on the inside of the wheels. The plastic teeth get chewed up up faster than a steak in a dog pound. I've had to deal with spark plug replacements too, etc. My prior Craftsmen mowers were decent, but this is a model is a big flop for me.
After owning a different Craftsman mower for more than 10 years that required only normal maintenance, I decided to purchase what I thought would be an upgrade from the older model.
This mower worked for one season, then failed--despite it receiving proper care during the off-season.
I checked the air filter (like new), and changed an oil fouled plug (after one season of use), but the mower would not start.
Although there are plenty of positive reviews, there are too many well documented negative reviews to be able recommend this product.
I've had this mower for exactly one year. It replaced a similar Craftsman front wheel drive mower that I had for 14 years. This mower cannot compare to the old one. It starts ok but the engine is much less powerful and continually chokes to get through my lawn. I cut my grass every 4 or 5 days so there is no excuse for this type of performance. I am thinking about getting rid of it.
This mower runs great when it is operational. I have owned this mower for half of a mowing season and have kept up with all of the routine maintenance. It has been serviced twice because it loses power. I have to borrow another mower to finish the job. I do not recommend buying this mower.
Had this mower for almost 2 years and I cant even begin to tell you how many times that it has gone in for repair! It recently just got out of repair again and this last time we decided to take it to a shop other than Sears. All the times that weve taken it to Sears, it has never been a good experience, there were even times that we had to go there and just pick up our mower because it still wasnt finished after months of sitting in the shop. The bag doesnt fit well and from day one, we havent been able to get a new one without paying for it! We have had nothing but problems with this mower!
Consistent Craftsman mower user. This self propelled mower is very powerful and moves fast. No priming required to start. No oil change required. Craftsman mowers are engineered exceptionally well and user friendly compared to some other mowers I have tried.
I bought this less than a year ago. I've used it approx 10 times. Every time I used it, it was harder and harder to start. Today it wouldn't start. Returned it to Sears to have it looked at and hopefully repaired under warranty... They don't cover spark plugs and a few other things... Really, you can't warranty a spark plug for a year? What a joke. I hope it's not that because I pulled it and cleaned it and still no luck.
You've been warned... Complete junk... You'll spend more of your time trying to start it and dealing with waranty issues.
Plus the grass catcher is a joke. You get lots of blow by and it won't completely empty unless you scoop it out!
My last craftsman lawn mower lasted 17 years, never had to repair it and always started.
This one is only 8 months old. Sears.... Stop selling ****!!! Get back to quality!!
Run we'll always start great
This lawn mower performs very well. I have own many lawnmowers over 20 years this is the best performance. Nice strong Motor cuts tall grass.
I haven't had much of a chance to use this lawnmower yet. It was very easy to prepare for first use. Just had to put the bolts on the lower handle and tighten them and swing the upper handle up and tighten it. Added the oil that was included and put some gas in. Started on first pull. Very easy to start. Mowed some grass (weeds) on the side of my garage. Very easy with the self-propelled. Did a very good job on the grass that I didn't think was that tall until I started mowing it. Good thing I got a new mower or it wouldn't have gotten mowed! This is a great mower in my opinion. I will enjoy using it this summer. Will be much faster than my old 20" mower.
This is a great lawn mower. It was the first lawn mower I ever purchased. It was a great value for the price and is very easy to use. I would recommend this lawn mower to anyone looking to buy one.
Easy to remove bagger.
For the price you pay for it, you can't expect more. Works ok.
Has got starting problems sometimes. I would not buy a front propelled one again.