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 :-(
The engine runs great, BUT the mower doesn't cut very well. The mower deck is crooked side-to-side and there is no adjustment for it (even though the manual says there is). There is only a front-to-back adjustment. I had to jury rig a brand new mower to get it to cut properly. If it weren't for that, It would be a decent little mower.
We endure fast-growing, thick grass, especially in spring and fall, that clogs and bogs down most mowers. Not this mower, it motors through tall and thick grass without slowing at all. Also, it is very maneuverable, but it does take some getting used too.
I purchased for myself a Craftsman 30” 6-Speed Rear Engine 420cc Riding Mower - Non CA and it makes mowing the lawn much easier, I have had no problems so far, good purchase.
U-Tube Notes MDL 25000 has weak trans, But was corrected in MDL,29000, Would recommend MDL. 29000. Sears is exchanging, for 29000 MDL...
Only 3 complaints:
Won't mow in reverse. (Lots and lots of engaging, disengaging.)
Mower height is TOO low. Have it set on #5, the highest, and its too low for the summer cutting. (Not even 3-1/2 " ) Can't imagine what the other 4 lower settings would be good for.
The seat is designed for a smaller than average male. It fits my 5'-6" wife just fine. ( it does have sufficient leg room though )
I buy my mower got it home went around the yard twice and just cut off and won't start back . So the next day took it back and sale associate check everything out and told me it was kill switch on the bottom he fix the issue and I took my mower back home and it working just perfect.
The engine "misses" on occasion while mowing the lawn. The clutch it very hard to depress to shift into park. The reverse feature about disengaging the blade to back up takes some getting used to.
this works well for our small yard
Very happy with this product. The assembly wasn't done correctly but the 800 number helped me figure out why it didn't start. There is a shut off switch on the discharge chute and it needs to be pressed in by the discharge chute in order for the engine to be turned on. Once I got it running, it performed like a pro and was a great mowing experience. Very happy with this mower after the first run.
The Sears dealer it was delivered to assembled it incorrectly. I had to fix.
Within 6 months the engine was pulsing and no longer running smoothly. It surges up and down in RPM both during idle and during mowing. I procrastinated on taking action and now it's out of warrantee (on it's 2nd summer). Carb cleaner doesn't help. There's no adjustment for mixture, which I'm sure is the problem.
This is not a user friendly mower to operate. My last rear engine riding mower had two controls -- go and stop. This one has about 4 to do the same thing. You really have to think about what you want to do in order for it to function as you want.
The good part -- it mows good and has a small turning radius. Has a hitch point for towing my lawn roller. Plenty of power. Changing to mulch mode is easy.
This product has serious issues. The first one I bought would not start when I got it home. I returned it to Sears. The service department worked for an hour and could not get it to start. I exchanged it for the same model. I used the second mower twice without problems. The engine died during the third use and will not start. I give up on this model, considering giving up on Craftsman. Unless Craftsman fixes the electrical problems with this model, I would not waste my time or money on this mower.
I have had this just this season. Bought it at the friends and family sale in March. I bought the bagging system, and mulch plug, as well as a craftsman poly cart. I'm using this to mow my yard, as well as two other yards for profit. This thing is the best version of these mowers when comparing to the Murray or Troy-Bilt versions. The telescopic handle, and padded full seat make the difference.
I would recommend this mower. I would buy this mower again. I plan to follow the maintenance schedule to the letter and keep this mower for years and years to come.
It really is touchy if you hit the grass shoot it immediately shuts down and you have to reset the button by pulling off the shoot.
Love this mower compared to my old one. Easier mowing around flower beds and trees. Glad I decided to purchase.
This great mower is perfect for us. Cuts well and easy to start and drive. The clutch kickback isn't that bad at all like other people are saying. Breaks great and it can really sharp turns easily. This lil mower is quick in 6th gear and it can go super slow at its lowest gear. Very happy and satisfied.
My legs aren't what they used to be so I looked at several rear engine mowers because they were easier to get on and off. I went with the craftsman because of the bigger engine and 6 speed rear end. Did a good job mowing today on my yard and my sister's yard, both with tall damp grass (rainy season).
When I picked it up at the store they warned me the grass chute had a safety switch on it and it would not run without it in place. The way he talked this was a common problem of people removing them then complaining mower will not start. If something knocks the chute up the engine WILL die
and it will not crank, just loosen the chute and put it back right and you are good to go.
Easy to get on and off.
6 speeds forward and reverse.
Awkward position of key switch, just takes some getting used to.
Awkward position of reverse-neutral-forward lever, see above.
We bought the 30" Craftsman riding mower on sale. Definitely thought it was a good price.The piece of plastic we bought to mulch the clippings was pricey for what it was. We have a small yard with a slope in the back. This mower fits our yard nicely. It handles extremely well. The only difficulty is putting it in reverse and forward. This lever is low center between the legs and hard to get to. But overall, the ride is fun and did not take long at all.
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.
I've had this tractor for 3 weeks and it has had 2 service calls on it since I bought it.