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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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Not what I expected!


I ordered this riding mower after reading the reviews, when it was delivered the delivery people told my wife all I needed to do was put gas in it. First mowing it cut very uneven, they said to call within 72 hours if there was a problem. Called told them it was not cutting well and the deck needed leveled, after getting the run around on the phone, finally said they would send their delivery people back. I was told by delivery they would tell their manager and he would call me on Monday and they would bring me a new mower. This made no sense to me, the new mower, the phone call did which I never got. Gave them a couple of days to call me, a call that never came. Finally called back said would send someone, soonest they could come would be 12 days away.
Now the good part, I got the deck pretty well level myself, so on my third use of the mower it stopped about halfway through my yard and would not start again. Called service to inform them I had another problem with the mower now and its very inconvenient that it is not working and could they come sooner. Nope, still have to wait. That is where I am right now, waiting for them to come fix this "lemon"

11 days ago via
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I like

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Very happy


Hooked the battery up and off we went. No problems as yet. Runs very smooth, cuts very well, and is very fast. Seat is comfortable and I'm 6' 220#. Very good turn radius and it's in tight spots. Very easy to move around in garage and small enough to still get our 2 cars in garage. Changing the oil doesn't look easy but we'll face that challenge. What took me 2-1/2 hrs with a self propelled took me 50 min. Couldn't be happier so far, but time will tell.

13 days ago via mobile
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30in craftman mower


I Give This Mower -5 Out Of 100

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This is the first rider we've ever owned. We have a typical suburban half acre lot with a fenced back yard. We bought this mower becasue the tractors were a bit large for our needs.It arrived from Sears right on time. It was assembled except the battery was disconnected for storage and shipping. We connected the battery and and filled it with gas and took it for its test run. Its great.Love it. It cuts nicely, and its easy to use.We dont have a perfect yard, its bumpy and sloped .We also have a power line area behind our house that fronts a small forrest, that we keep mowed in the summer becasue we walk the dog out there. My son who is 6 '3 and 280 lbs told me its more than powerful and roomy enough for him to easily use.A very nice mower especially for the money

26 days ago via
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Purchased last fall - Awesome


Purchased this last fall (2014) Super great for our 1/2 acre yard, fits easily thru out gates, did however disengage the safety so it could mow in reverse, simple wire to unplug as per the you-tube video. As a female, I preferred the smaller compact size without a bulky motor in-front and yet manly enough for my husband to use. 1-The only con's are that the mulch plug did not come with it. Had to buy it separately for $40 on the Sears website. 2-The forward/neutral/reverse lever is between your legs (poor placement) and 3- the cutting deck doesn't have wheels to avoid scalping your lawn if its not level or flat.

I would strongly advise that you DO use fuel stabilizer & ethanol additive if you want to avoid starting issues, straight gas has alcohol and will dry out the internal rubber components, and sitting untreated gas will gunk up the carburetor. SO if you don't want to be replacing or rebuilding the carburetor, use the ethanol additive & stabilizer! We did/do and after sitting all winter, it started right up last week with NO problems.

Over all, this is a great mower, and would buy this again. If taken care of, this will last a good long time. Very happy in PA

27 days ago via
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Craftsman 29000 RER Review


I've owned this mower for almost a year (Purchased April of 2014). I purchased it on sale for $900. For the money, I can't say a bad word about this mower. Yes, you have to disconnect a wire under the seat to mow in reverse. An easy task that takes all but 2 minutes to do. Find the DYI on YouTube. The steering is not as tight as I would like, but for $900 it's more than enough for a weekend rider. Yes, the first oil change will be a messy affair. I recommend you buy the $13 part from the parts store to make the 2nd oil change a snap. It's basically a new oil plug that you can connect a plastic tube to it so that the oil can be changed with a little turn of a lever. The oil plug/gadget thingy works on all the craftsman mowers. It's a great product. Finally, I purchased the bagging unit and am very happy. The mower vacuums up the leaves just fine, but can plug up if you are mowing up wet leaves and the actual bags get filled up. So, just notice when the leaves are not getting sucked up to keep it from happening. The size of the bagging unit is perfect. The size of the actual bags make dumping them into a plastic bag a snap. I live in Dallas and have a ton of leaves from a HUGE red oak tree and this year's fall leaf clean-up was a total breeze. Even my wife commented on how much fun it was to drive the mower and dump the bags. Lastly, I purchased the broadcast spreader and core aerator at a Sears Hardware store. They marked them WAY down right before winter. I love them both. Just a month ago, the mower aerated my front and back yard and pulled it with little effort. All in all, with a OHV pressure lubricated engine I can't complain. I did my first oil change at 5 hours as is recommend and the little mower is running great. I used the Auto Zone synthetic oil and it's as clean as can be after 3 months of use. I also looked at the Snapper 110 RER, but for $600 more I couldn't justify the cost. Also, the bagging unit for the Snapper is $500 plus. Ouch. I normally buy all my tools at a commercial lawn care supply house. Crockett Lawn and Garden in Dallas, Texas. The employee at the store told me to buy the craftsman over the Snapper for the fact that the Craftsman can be fixed by just about anyone. The additional cost of the mower and add on attachments for the Snapper was not worth the additional cost.

April 20th via
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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.

April 15th 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.

April 13th 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!!

April 2nd 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.

March 30th via
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riding mower


so far this is a fantastic buy!

March 30th 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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