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

Item# 07129000000P | Model# 29000 | Added on January 16, 2013 | Seller: Sears.com
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$1,239.99
$999.99
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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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Praise
By AkronDave
January 22nd
Great Mower For Average Lots

This mower is fine for anyone who is a bit "mechanically challenged." I'm not a professional mechanic, although I CAN use a screwdriver & wrench, and I know how to read a manual. The other reviewer tried to be much to kind in saying that. This mower, like any other rider, is only unsuitable for the totally inept who won't pay a service person to maintain it. All mowers require regular maintenance by someone with basic know-how. Anyone who can't deal with this one should just pay a lawn service to cut the grass! This 30" rider built by MTD is a great mower, and is almost the same as several others they build for other brands (Cub Cadet, Snapper, and Troy-Bilt, etc). The Craftsman has a better engine that's more powerful and quieter than the Troy-Bilt, and has the features of the more expensive versions sold with other names. It's a perfect size for any lot under an acre. Darn few people with medium to small size yards need a 42" mower. This one is easy to use and is almost as maneuverable as a pricey zero-turn machine. All things considered, after one season of mowing, it's a really good value for the money. To respond to a few negative reviews I've seen- yes the clutch is a little jumpy, but it's easy to get used to it. Yes, you're supposed to stop the blade to mow in reverse, BUT I found a You-Tube video that showed how to fix that by diconnecting one wire. It only took about 15 seconds. My first oil change was a bit messy, but one trip to the local plumbing dept at the hardware store remedied that problem forever. The shifter for forward & reverse is a bit inconvenient, but designed for your safety and not that bad. My yard is a tad too big for a guy my age to push-mow, but too small to warrant a tractor. This mower is the perfect size for me, and any minor flaws are far outweighed by its advantages.

77 found this review helpful
Criticism
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 :-(

63 found this review helpful
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Ron2414

Simple economical riding mower for smaller and fairly level property

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Has more than ample power
Starts up quickly and easily
Can mow in reverse with a single wire disconnect
Mows very good but be careful of scalping, deck does not float very much.
Front shift is not in the best location but is satisfactory.
The rubber shift handle came off too easily and it should be threaded to the shift arm.
The hose cleaning of the underside of the deck is easy with the special attachment
Be careful with the clutch release. It seem to be very touchy.
With this touchy clutch, be careful when mowing in tight spots where you could run into something as you release the clutch.
It's better to handle tight spots with a trimming mower.
Be careful when turning, you can easily jam the front wheels when you release the clutch.

11 days ago via sears.com
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Laklander

Bad Purchase

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I've had this tractor for 3 weeks and it has had 2 service calls on it since I bought it.

14 days ago via sears.com
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lotsagrass

Great for large yard

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Works well for the 3 lots I have to mow. Had trouble changing the oil because I had to use a ratchet to open and drain oil. Very difficult to work around the parts, have a lot of bruised knucles.

18 days ago via sears.com
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Tacrancher

Good Mower For The Price

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I have mowed 1 acre about 3 times and this mower works well. Can't cut in reverse. Drives good. I like that you can see ahead and below the mower. Sensitive clutch/brake/acceleration pedal. Bags could be a little larger. We will see if it holds up over time. Good mower so far for $1k.

23 days ago via sears.com
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Reagle

Just the right size

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24 days ago via sears.com
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LANDON birdywest
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I want one!

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I assembled one of these awhile back and was not to bad. Also its a great size, im very interested in getting one for myself now! Awesome!

28 days ago | The reviewer indicated they are affiliated with this product
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AkronDave

Great Mower For Average Lots

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This mower is fine for anyone who is a bit "mechanically challenged." I'm not a professional mechanic, although I CAN use a screwdriver & wrench, and I know how to read a manual. The other reviewer tried to be much to kind in saying that. This mower, like any other rider, is only unsuitable for the totally inept who won't pay a service person to maintain it. All mowers require regular maintenance by someone with basic know-how. Anyone who can't deal with this one should just pay a lawn service to cut the grass!

This 30" rider built by MTD is a great mower, and is almost the same as several others they build for other brands (Cub Cadet, Snapper, and Troy-Bilt, etc). The Craftsman has a better engine that's more powerful and quieter than the Troy-Bilt, and has the features of the more expensive versions sold with other names.

It's a perfect size for any lot under an acre. Darn few people with medium to small size yards need a 42" mower. This one is easy to use and is almost as maneuverable as a pricey zero-turn machine. All things considered, after one season of mowing, it's a really good value for the money.

To respond to a few negative reviews I've seen- yes the clutch is a little jumpy, but it's easy to get used to it. Yes, you're supposed to stop the blade to mow in reverse, BUT I found a You-Tube video that showed how to fix that by diconnecting one wire. It only took about 15 seconds.

My first oil change was a bit messy, but one trip to the local plumbing dept at the hardware store remedied that problem forever. The shifter for forward & reverse is a bit inconvenient, but designed for your safety and not that bad.

My yard is a tad too big for a guy my age to push-mow, but too small to warrant a tractor. This mower is the perfect size for me, and any minor flaws are far outweighed by its advantages.

January 22nd via sears.com
77 of 77 found this review helpful.
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Go2Guy-n-FL

Goldilock's choice

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Decided my 56" Craftsman tractor was much more suitable for my son's new property and purchased this 30" "little bear" so I actually could go anywhere with it on my smaller obstacle ridden property. Just brought it home yesterday so I've only used it once so far but works just fine although it's just a little unnerving getting used to its "toy-like" size compared to what I'm used to. The best part however, was that Sears uncrated and assembled it for no extra charge... I had arrived fully prepared to deal with a crated box. I would also like to point out to prospective buyers that this machine comes in various versions from other retailers with a few different brand names but they are not all equal, the major difference being the engine. Sears had the best price for one which has the 420cc OHV which is far superior to smaller less sophisticated versions such as sold by one of the home improvement stores, so do your research. Some of the other versions include a mulching kit but this one does not but I considered that a small price to pay ($30 to $40 depending on where you get it)
I would recommend this item to a friend.

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December 24th, 2015 via sears.com
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Lew123drums

Does a great job on a small yard

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I've had this mower for two seasons in Florida and it has worked extremely well. The shifter design is terrible, but you get used to it. The safety switches are easily disabled (videos are on YouTube) so that the mower will cut in reverse. Disabling the seat cut-off switch was not done. This summer required two cuts a week until late September, so I've put it through a lot of cutting. This was the only mower that would fit through my small gate, so I'm happy it has worked as well as it has. Two years and still running well ...

September 24th, 2015 via sears.com
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johnsnook

so far so good

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It does what it's supposed to do, mow. It does a great job on my lawn, however, it takes a lot of backing up and going forward again to mow my small yard. The safety feature of not working in reverse is a pain, a lot of shifting levers, but I guess that's a good thing for safety. The only reason I got this mower is, I have bad knees and can't walk behind my old self propelled mower. My old mower probably was faster due to the backing up and shifting, but at least I can still cut my own grass, and will save over the long run not having to pay someone. Over all a good buy, if it last several years. The only reason I don't give 5 stars is I don't know the durability yet.

September 17th, 2015 via sears.com
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Angela Nicholas
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August 28th, 2015
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August 11th, 2015
artyboy

Does what it's made to do

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So far, so good with my new neighborhood rider. Only thing negative is you can't mow in reverse but I can fix that.

August 4th, 2015 via mobile
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Meggie1959

Craftsman 420cc 30" Riding mower

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I love this little rider mower. I was forced into buying a riding mower because of arthritis problems. This is easy to handle in my little yard. The only problem is I think there should be a lower gear than 1. It is very fast and kinda hard for an middle aged lady to handle. But it beats the heck out of pushing a mower. Be sure to read the instructions on slopes - VERY IMPORTANT.

July 25th, 2015 via sears.com
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David75

Very Poor Design

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This mower was poorly designed. The gear shift is between your legs which makes it very awkward to operate. When starting and stopping the mower is very herky jerky. Also, only one wheel spins which causes the mower to get stuck sometimes. I would not purchase this mower again. I would not shop at the Corpus Christi, TX Sears again for the poor service I received from the Lawn and Garden manager regarding the purchase of another item.

July 19th, 2015 via sears.com
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gharial

what we needed

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We purchased this tractor mainly because of its size. We have a strange yard with strange terrain. We can't get the Kubota with shredder in some areas, and it was getting to be a lot using the push mower, so this 30" fit what we needed. We can get it around some tight areas pretty well. It does feel unstable on hills, so we use the push mower there. My only gripe: I wish it would mow in reverse.

July 11th, 2015 via sears.com
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ET-Flash

Don't waste your money or time

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We ordered this mower 5 weeks ago, was delivered 1 hour ago, and wouldn't start off the truck. Delivery person called the office and they gave us three options. One, we could keep the mower and in three weeks, they would send a repair person to see what was wrong with it. Second, they would take it back and it would be six weeks before another could be delivered. Third, take the piece of junk back and cancel the order. Now what option would any sane person choose? Even though we live out in the country there is a ***** and a ********** nearby so guess where I'm going this afternoon?

July 10th, 2015 via sears.com
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snowrangler

Horrible purchase!!!

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I have owned this lawnmower for 4 months now and have had the service guy come over twice to fix the same problem. there is a safety switch on the deck that apparently keeps coming loose. I have only gotten it to start without messing with it 3 times. I am calling for a third time for service because I feel I should not have to wrestle with this pile of junk every time I need to mow the lawn. I will never by another craftsman lawnmower!!

July 8th, 2015 via craftsman.com
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dmart413

Sears

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Easy to mow and drive

July 2nd, 2015 via sears.com
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FrustratedToTheMax

Worst purchase of my life

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I own one of these since 2012. It has had major repairs multiple times a year since it was purchased. The transmission went out, then the cutting system stopped working. The rear plastic frame broke and had to be replaced. The battery went dead. The primary steering gear and the component it engages with both stripped so it no longer steered and had to be replaced. The plastic cutting blade guard contacts wouldn't stay in place so the mower wouldn't start. Finally, both front tires slipped off their rims simultaneously and couldn't be re-inflated because the tires are tubeless. So far almost everything on this mower has needed to be repaired or replaced. Save yourself a lot of pain and anguish and don't purchase this mower.

June 22nd, 2015 via sears.com
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