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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
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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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56 found this review helpful
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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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.

24 days ago 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 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 via
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Very Nice...

September 30th 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 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 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 via mobile
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Great Mower


It's a wonderful mower and a great purchase , easy to handle and it drives great.

August 29th via
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My Review


I have had nothing but trouble since my purchase of this mower in 2012. My mower will not continue to run more than app. 20 minutes at a time. The carburetor was replaced August of 13. It then worked fine for about 8 months' but now the mower is doing the same as it did before. Each time I've called for service (on the service maintenance plan) it is nearly always a 2 week waiting period and have also had to reschedule twice making a bigger delay.

August 28th via
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Rear mower


Good mower for small yard, 1/2 acre, not for thick grass.had for 2 weeks and no issues thus far.

August 19th via
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riding lawn mower


Never received a operation manual. I totally enjoy the mower. It is a pleasure to use and the operation is excellent

August 15th via
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new mower a big help


Having developed some health problems, I could no longer walk behind my self-propelled walk-behind mower. This was an ideal solution, since it is small enough for a small yard, but workable for someone who is physically limited.

August 12th via
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R1000 - Rear Engine Riding Mower


I must say, this little riding mower is a great! little runner. I have used it twice already and it's taken me roughly 35 minutes to cut my backyard. When using my EZ-walk lawnmower, it would take me almost an 1 1/2 hours.

August 11th via
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August 11th via | The reviewer indicated they are affiliated with this product
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Great little riding mower. Does the job and than some.


August 8th via
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Love this mower!


Love this mower! I even mowed my neighbor's yard the day I got my mower.

August 6th via
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Not what I needed


This mower did perform well but it was too small and lighweight for my property. I ended up returning it for a larger model which I love. The return process was easy and quick.

July 31st via
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great lawnmower


I just purchased this riding mower. After cutting the lawn twice....I can see that I will be very pleased with it. The turning radius is very sharp and it cuts very nice. The size of the mower is perfect for a small yard such as mine but yet can still be good for larger yards as well. It is very easy to handle for a person who doesn't have much strength. It has a water hose connection that allows cleaning the cutting table which is easy to connect. I would prefer if the gear change leaver was on the side like my old mower, but I know it's just a matter of getting used to it. I would recommend this mower for anyone considering what you get for the price.

July 31st via
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Does what it is supposed to do


Quick starting and easy to control. The steering is almost too easy, so you have to pay attention. With the mulching plug it does a nice job, It doesn't chop too fine, but it does scatter the clippings in a way that you won't create those little piles. The clutch is very tight, so it will jump no matter how slowly you release it. It was easy to disable the reverse switch that will kill the engine if you try to backup with the blade engaged. Check u-tube for a nice review on the mower and to see how to unplug that switch. I am impressed with this mower, and I hope it holds up well. I bought the 3-year warranty, and I am not happy about that, but you need it with this mower. Still, the price was right, and so far it does a good job.

July 29th via
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craftsman mower


Nice mower that cuts grass nice. id dont care for having to disengage the blade when using reverse

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Carolyn Gannon
How do I order bagger for Model 29000
by Carolyn Gannon 
May 5th, 2013
Sears Houma
The item number is 71-24069, it can be ordered onl;ine or at any Sears store.
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May 5th, 2013
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