after ^ 6 months had starting problems after 1 year wouldnt start at all . had a mclane reel mower that lasted almost 20 yrs never had a problem ! had to rebuild carburator.WARNING !!! YOU MUST DRAIN GAS TANK IF MOWER WILL BE SITTIN OVER A MONTH IT WILL VARNISH THE GAS AND U WILL HAVE PROBLEMS!
I actually have the Platinum 6.75hp rather than the 7. But close enough. It is a Briggs & Stratton. And I bought it to replace my previous craftsman(also a B&S)mower that finally went out(white smoke everywhere) on me after 10 yrs. I mow 3/4 an acre once a week, sometimes from Feb. to Dec. (when I fertilize in the fall it stays green and just keeps going) I do not like this mower as well. I thought the quick start would be nice....but it's a pain. If I mow wet grass higher than my ankles(sometimes in the spring it can't be avoided) It costs me a spark plug. They foul up with carbon real easy, then it won't start. Sometimes you can clean up the plug and finish, but in 2 years I've been through 3. They say to change it every yr. anyway right? Well my last craftsman only went through 3 in 10yrs. It is powerful, smooth & easy start most the time. But this Spring is 3rd season I've owned this mower an it is froze up solid, half way through 3rd use. Can't even turn it.