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.
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 :-(
Just replaced an old Sears riding mower that I've been using for many years. I hope this model lasts as long. I've only used it a few times but it seems good.
This is a great small lawn tractor. A few features are annoying, namely disengaging the blade for reverse and the safety buttons on seat and ejection guard. Its powerful enough to mow a mid size lawn quickly (mine is 2/3 acre) and is a simple build.
This little mower has plenty of power and operates with an ease. My wife uses it for the main part of the yard while I do the trimming with the self propelled mower and trimmer. The 420 CC which is around 13 HP gives the lawn a nice look with the 30 inch single blade. We have cut our mowing time in half. We live in town and never wanted one before but now working as a team it makes it more enjoyable.
I have read the reviews on this mower. I purchased it online, had it delivered to the local Sears store. I could have waited for them to put it together for me but due to time constraints I picked it up still in the crate. It took me about an hour to unload from the bed of my truck and put the few pieces together, would have been quicker but my tools were scattered. Once put together checked the oil level added gas and it started right up. My yard hadn't been mowed in over a month and most of the grass was 12" or higher, weeds were taking over. I mowed it with no problems at all and I used the mulching guard in place, no bog downs or anything. I've seen reviews complaining about the gear shift being between the legs but I don't see the problem. One thing I would like is to mow in reverse.
Nice small riding tractor that takes care of small or medium lawns!
I found this mower to be very easy to operate. The size is perfect for my yard and easily fits through the gate so that I am able to mow the front and back yard. I bought this mower because I broke my leg and could not use my push mower. I would recommend it to any one who has a hard time using a push mower and has a small to medium lawn.
Failed 10 minutes after starting to mow. No information in the Owner's Manual that came with the mower. 5 days later service tech resets the discharge chute to properly depress the kill switch, which entirely kills the engine and starter. Killing the blade would make a lot more sense if there is no discharge protection in place. Tried again after 2 days of rain. It allowed the kill switch to engage after operating 20 minutes. Gave up after adjusting chute 5 more times. Bumps in the yard and slight deflections to the chute caused by shrubbery released the kill switch. Sears needs to redesign the kill switch to:
Only kill the blade, allowing the mower to be driven.
Be securely depressed when the plastic discharge chute is in place.
Eliminate the 1/4" gap between the chute and mower deck that allows grass to build up and press the chute away from the kill switch.
Disclose in the Owner's Manual that ships with the mower the presence of the kill switch as a potential problem preventing the operation of the mower.
If Sears were to implement the suggested changes, I might get to operate the mower enough to find out if there are any other problems.
Otherwise, I was pleased with the quietness, maneuverability, cut and overall operation of the mower in my first hour of use.