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Craftsman 420cc 30” 6-Speed Rear Engine Riding Mower – Non CA
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Craftsman 420cc 30” 6-Speed Rear Engine Riding Mower – Non CA

Item# 07129000000P | Model# 29000 | Added on January 16, 2013 | Seller:
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420cc 30" 6-Speed Rider Mower Makes Lawns Beautiful Easily and Quickly
A beautiful lawn requires a lot of work, but this Craftsman 420cc 30" 6-speed rider mower takes a lot of that work onto its own 14-gauge welded steel frame. Cut your lawn at speeds reaching up to five miles per hour, and have the ability to change speeds effortlessly with the equipped Shift On the Go manual transmission. Enjoy a tight 18-inch turning radius on Turf Saver tires that are built to be gentle on your grass. Add a bagger or mulch plug (sold separately) to keep clippings for your compost pile or have them ready for recycling with no additional effort.
Five different cutting heights ensure that you get exactly the look you want from the 420cc 30" 6-speed rider mower. Its compact size makes it ideal for smaller yards or tight spaces, while the ease of handling makes outdoor work short and simple. Carry up to 1.3 gallons of gasoline at any time, and check your levels with a glance through the sight glass.

  • An 18 in. turning radius on the Craftsman 6-speed small yard rider provides maneuverability and stability
  • Engine features full pressure lubrication and spin-on oil filter to promote longer life
  • Manageable 30 in. wide, single blade cutting deck offers great cutting performance along with the ability to fit through smaller spaces like gates and store more easily
  • Turf Saver Tires help prevent skidding do your grass isn’t damaged while turning
  • A deck wash system cleans
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by BobfromtheBeach
March 29th, 2013
Great Product

This mower is not good for a "Mechanically Mentally Challenged" people. Most people who buy it and don't like it are most likely attempting to have it do more that its design limits. Answer: buy a bigger mower. But for a half acre or less its great. The only thing I didn't like about it was the "pain in the backside" reverse engine cutoff switch. This cuts the engine if you put it in reverse with the blade engaged. But a simple examine of the F/N/R shift rod showed me how it worked and an easy non-evasive solution to this problem - a piece of 3/8 in. plastic tubing three inches long placed over the shift rod to insulate it from touching the engine cutoff contact solved this problem. Once I engineered this, I then bought the mower. The transmission and clutch is a bit touchy until the mower gets broken-in a bit. But after a half of a season it runs very smooth. The mulcher (extra purchase) feature is great too.

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by Jimco
March 22nd, 2013
Not Good

Does a good job cutting, but the motor was cutting out. Service man came out, ordered a carburetor. Hasn't installed yet, but it ran good enough so I was using it, something happened and now can't even get the motor to turn over. Taking it back to Sears, if they will give me a new one I will try it, but if not want my money back :-(

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Outstanding buy


I really couldn't be happier with this mower. Bought it last spring and used one year so far. starts right up, every time, and just works. And works. I have a half-acre yard, thats mostly flat, with some tricky rockbeds to mow around. This thing does the job very well, and is fun to run.

I always look forward to hopping on the thing and getting out in the yard. As others have written, it's a little jerky, when it first takes off, and I'm hoping that wears-in over time. Another minor shortcoming is that the mower deck is affixed to the machine, and doesn't ride over the terrain. So scalping is possible, going over bumps, and when turning corners at higher speeds, you can get an uneven cut. The answer to that, is to slow down a bit.

With 6 speeds, I find that if I can either take my time with it, and enjoy the zen, or if I want to get it done quickly...I just grab a higher gear. The thing also has plenty of power to haul the operator (I weigh 220) and drag yard implements around. Dethatcher, lawn sweeper, etc. Really a fun little machine to operate.

The bagger-size is not a problem, either. For my half-acre, I need to stop 4 or 5 times to empty it. Pretty short pit stops.

13 days ago via
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Works OK


I bought this mower last year. Didn't have any real issues. It does occasionally smoke a lot however. Before using it this season, I decided to change the Oil and Filter for the first time. I would just like to say what a gigantically stupid design. They supply you with piece of plastic which is supposed to go under the oil drain hole, to funnel the used oil to a container. First problem is that the 50 cent piece of plastic is too short to funnel the oil past the lawn mower. Second problem is that most of the oil just goes under behind the piece of plastic.

Most of the used oil ended up on various other parts of the lawnmower.

Another concern is that I noticed quit a bit of metal shavings in the oil. I'm not sure if this needs to be a concern since I'm not a mechanic.

I would like to same most of the bad review that this is receiving is because of the oil change procedure. I would otherwise give it 3 or 4 starts.

15 days ago via
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Great Mower


We bought this mower for our 3 1/2 lots. It is a great mower for the price. It has an excellent turning radius. It can get close to places our push mower couldn't. It has a great cut. We like the idea that we can also add a bagger or a sprayer to it with no problems either. Starts right away. It's not very big but it can definitely handle the job. Would highly recommend this mower to anyone who wants a mower bigger then a push one but not the huge mowers. We are very satisfied with our choice and our purchase!!

26 days ago via
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Fun to ride, plenty of power, great for tight spots.


This mower has plenty of power in a rather small package. Perfect for less than an acre, with a 30 inch cut, it would be too small for an acre or more. Good turning radius mean I don't have to waste time and gas.

29 days ago via
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riding mower


so far this is a fantastic buy!

29 days ago via
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Not a great mower


Does a lot of spitting and sputtering. It cuts ok if you overlap 50% each pass which only gives you a 15" cut. Seems like the engine runs at really slow RPM. That's probably why it doesn't cut so good. You can unplug a wire to disconnect the reverse cutoff of the blade to make it a lot easier to use. Youtube has some videos that show how to do it. I regret buying it. I should have got a real mower instead.

March 24th via
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Good for Smaller Lawns


March 16th via
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I love mine


This is a really nice mower, that cuts well and runs good. I'm staring my third season in my relatively small yard. So far no problems- just a couple of things that bug me. Firstly, I searched around and finally had to buy a new oil filter for it last Spring which cost about $20 or more, and I thought that outrageous. The filters are small then and a collapsing type of car filter wrench does not want to go small enough. I'm going to try to get it on again this spring by wrapping some old bicycle inner tube around it and see if I can get a grip. The sensors are a pain in the keester, the "reverse shut down sensor" while the blade is engaged IS annoying- I've lived with it two seasons now, disengaging the blade before backing up but may now try to rewire an override around it. Same for the deck sensor- It's twice gotten jarred out of place, which shuts off the whole ignition. That took a trip to the owners manual the first time before I figured out what had happened, the second time this year had me guessing again, but from now on, that'll be the first thing I check. The battery's still cranking and the motor does great. I'm sure glad I have this in the heat of Florida summers!

January 26th via
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Diane Adams

Good for the price. Great for a smaller yard. Not an over kill.


Good mower, small enough for a woman to use and not feel over whelmed, nice cut, ease of use. Fits threw the gate with the shoot OFF,
Cons, shifter between your legs is a little clumsy, does not mow in reverse (simple fix by unplugging the safety cut off switch) , the deck doesn't 'float' so if you have a small hill, it will scalp the grass. mulch plug is extra $36 when most mowers of this style include the mulch plug. FYI, if you bump the shoot with a curb or sprinkler head, and the mower shuts off and wont restart, take off the shoot and reinstall, there is a safety switch where the shoot connects. DO NOT operate without the shoot or mulch plug inplace as the blade is exposed and could cause serious injury. That and the shifter placement needs to be redesigned.

November 25th, 2014
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New Owner, More than Pleased.


I am more than pleased with performance and ease of handling. Ideal riding mower for our lot which is just about an acre. Great value and reasonable price.

November 21st, 2014 via
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Poorly Engineered


Maintenance on this mower is a nightmare. The battery is crammed
under the cowling making it almost impossible to maintain or remove.
Changing oil and filter results in flood of oil all over the frame even if one
uses the included flimsy oil drain shunt. This mower is engineered so that the average owner is forced to take the mower to sears for typical maintenance. It doesn't do well on uneven or rough yards and tends to scalp the grass on outside of turns.

November 17th, 2014 via
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Fits my needs. I did some shopping around and Sears had the best price for the type of riding lawn mower that I needed. It's a Craftsman so I know that I'll have no trouble with it.

November 4th, 2014 via
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Great Mower


I purchased the 247.25000 2-1/2 years ago. Had the mower deck adjusted a couple of times while in warranty and since that time it has mowed perfectly. This summer I probably will need a new battery and new spark plug. It has gone this long with no adjustments or anything till I am noticing it is slow to start. It turns over pretty quick which is surprising after 2-1/2 yrs so apparently battery is still ok, however sounds like no fire. So I will replace the spark plug come summer and also the battery if needed. The only bad thing about this mower is you need to take the seat off and the red top guard over the engine to get to the battery. That is really bad. I am used to either pulling up the front to get to battery or raising the seat ONLY. This mower, you almost have to take it apart to replace spark plug and battery. Seems to me that Craftsman could have done a better job in placing the battery where you could get to it without taking the entire mower apart. I still haven't found where the spark plug is. Hope it is not under the mower! So now will have to call repairman just to replace battery and spark plug where normally I would just buy a new battery and spark plug and pop it in and go. If I get another mower, will make sure the battery and spark plug are in a position you can get to without taking the whole thing apart. Other than that, a great mower.

November 4th, 2014 via
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Nice Mower with Some Reservations


Attractive and functional mower. There are, however, some issues. I purchased a tow behind cart from Sears at the same time. The hitch plate that comes with the mower can not possibly work with this cart or any other hitch as the hitch pen hole is drilled too close to the body of the mower. On a call, Sears seems unaware of this and has no fix. Customers should not have to make a hitch plate as I did. This has got to be an old problem that should have long since been corrected.

Mower is very mechanical in operation ... gear shift, raising and lowering the blade, shifting the blade from stop to moving, shifting gears, locking gears, breaking. All of these mechanical operations are very difficult to move and takes a lot of force, which may be on no concern to some and of more concern to others.

Mower starts well and runs very well. A low speeds steering wheel can turn wheels too far left or right which stalls forward movement .... needs stop on steering to prevent this.

Far to many safety cut-off switches. Should one go bad, and one will, it would be difficult to find and correct the problem, mower would just no run (one on seat, one for reverse with blade engaged, one for mulcher, blade chute, others I'm sure.

The cut-off for reverse when the blade is engaged is particularly annoying while reducing the usefulness of the mover as a few feet of reverse mowing is essential at times. This can be overridden by removing the yellow wires from the connection.

October 29th, 2014 via
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Satisfied owner


Bought this to replace an older, larger Craftsman riding tractor that had two blades, 42 inch cut. Decided I wanted a smaller single blade that would give a more uniform cut. This little rider meets that requirement. I have 1/4 acre lot tat is relatively flat and it does a great job. The only thing I didn't like was having to stop the blade when going in reverse. This was annoying and required to much shifting of things. Took another reviewers advice and put a piece of 3/8 plastic tubing over the lower part of the forward reverse shift rod to prevent engine shutoff when going into reverse with blade engaged. Also liked the fact that Sears had a twelve month same as cash deal when using my Sears credit card.

October 8th, 2014 via
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OK for a rear engine rider


Not the best quality, but I guess it's ok for the price. Shifter lever was too short, so I replaced it with a longer handle. Didn't like the mower not being able to mow in reverse but found a simple fix on youtube. Just disconnect one wire. The mulching quality is real good, but blade suction doesn't lift the grass to cut where the tires run over it, so mowing quality isn't very good,

September 30th, 2014 via
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Very Nice...

September 30th, 2014 via
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shifting into everse


It appears that it is necessary to disengage the blade before shifting into reverse. If you don't the engine stalls. It doesn't seem that that should be necessry. Otherwise it operates very well.

September 30th, 2014 via
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Great mower for smaller yards


Our new home sits on a 1/2 acre so I needed a riding lawn mower. Our gate openings were larger than average but not big enough for a standard mower with bagger attachment so I opted for the 30" Craftsman... and I'm glad I did. It's the perfect size for my yard. I've been using it for the last 3 months and it's worked great. The rear bagger looks small but I can get quite a bit of grass it it before having to dump it. The 6 speeds are great and it's a breeze to use. I'm very happy with it.

September 24th, 2014 via
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My own mower


The mower is great. I had purchased one second hand about 7 years ago and that one was perfect for my size yard. I had moved so I sold the mower to my tenant. Now I am back living in my house and I purchased the exact same mower as I had before. I think it is a great mower, very reliable and the perfect size for my yard. I love it. It does a great job and with the rear engine, I am able to cut close on fence lines and around trees. I am a female and I think it is perfect for a female.

September 5th, 2014 via mobile
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