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Craftsman Professional Lawn Mower 33 Inch Self-Propelled 12.5 HP Non CA
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Craftsman Professional Lawn Mower 33 Inch Self-Propelled 12.5 HP Non CA

Item# 07188998000P | Model# 88998 | Added on June 13, 2012
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$1,349.88
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Professional Power Cuts a Wide Path
Built to make big jobs easier and quicker, this Craftsman Professional wide cut lawn mower turns the toughest yards into short work. Designed to cut a huge 33 inch swath, you’ll get more grass cut in less time and get on to the next job even faster.
With a reliable, Briggs and Stratton® Powerbuilt™ engine that cranks out a potent 15hp and starts easily with the turn of a key, this self propelled lawn mower is ready for any yard. Whether you’re heading up hill or down, you can feel the sturdy drive and control this powerful Craftsman mower delivers. With 16 inch rear wheels, you'll get the grip you need on any surface, while the floating deck gives you the choice of eight cutting heights, ensuring every lawn gets the perfect trim.
Simple to maintain with the built-in Craftsman EZ-Deck Wash System, this mower cleans up easily with the connection of a garden hose. No more scraping at built-up pockets of hardened mulch with a screw driver, a simple step is all it takes to keep this machine running smooth for years.
Equipped with a powerful front headlight, superior traction and high-performance fuel economy, this Craftsman Professional lawn mower has what it takes to give you a better cut, whether in tight corners or wide lawns, in less time and save you money in the process. Park this professional grade mower in your garage and see how choosing a quality product delivers years of service and long-term savings.
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46 found this review helpful
by BrewMoody
March 15th, 2009
33" Wide Area Walk Behind

This is a serious machine. I have 1/2 acre with a pie-shaped lot, so a regular walk behind is too small and a rider is too big and not maneuverable enough to make it around the many obstacles and tight corners. The 33" WAW has plenty of horsepower, a nice cut and is highly maneuverable with it's zero turn radius. I have thick Floratam turf and this mower cut through it at even the highest speed. I mowed the entire lawn in about twenty minutes. The only negative on the mower is that the front caster tires could be a soft inflatable type versus the hard rubber supplied. I had a bit of a problem with delivery in that Sears missed three delivery dates because of supply-chain problems, but they made it up by promising two $50 Sears gift cards. Haven't got them yet, but I am sure they are on the way. Overall a very serious mower.

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by Postpunk
October 10th, 2012
Get the extended warranty, or get something else

Great mower when it works. I have a 1.5 acre lot with a slope on part of it. The mower handles it well but I have had all the same issues as others. Broken cables; dead battery; throwing belts; and now a cracked frame. All within the first two seasons. Sears Service has been good coming out and fixing including a complete rebuild with a new frame the last time but I'm afraid I'm going to be on a first-name basis with them. Obviously, some design issues here and the service guys know it...I think they are getting good at replacing cracked frames on these machines.

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Kamo
RATED

Craftsman walk behind.

This mower is a good mower for medium sized yards. I am trying to sharpen the blades, but you have to take the deck off and the bolts are not lose enough to take off with a ratchet. So we may have to get a impact wrench to get it off, its more of a hassle the what its worth. Over all good mower to start out with and its a GOOD mower!!!

May 30th, 2013 via sears.com
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nsany
RATED

Outstanding for the .5 acre homeowner

I like a tight lawn, and doing it with my previous 21" Husky was a long morning. This mower has been everything I could hope and then some. Mowing time is cut to less than half of what it was. Cut quality is top notch, clean up is a breeze. Pair this with the bagger and your lawn will look amazing in no time.

One gripe -- the design seems to have changed since the docs were printed and the spindles no longer have zerk fittings. Minor quibble, but hey...

Five stars for this mower. It's a beast and I love it.

May 5th, 2013 via sears.com
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JamesDBaker
RATED

solid machine

I like it. It cranks well and has plenty of power. The light is great and allows me to cut in the cool of the evening. i like to tie a rag on the right handle and keep the blade going and switch hands on the steering. it is a great excerciser. good walk and my grass is done. Backed by sears, can"t do any better, get you one you will be happy, great bang for the buck. i am a blue collar wage earner, simple redneck here in central alabama. i am shooting you straight, War Eagle!

April 4th, 2013 via sears.com
4 of 5 found this review helpful.
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JOHN VENTURI
RATED
March 6th, 2013
Eric Hermansen
RATED
February 3rd, 2013
bbutch
RATED

great machine

excellent in every way

January 12th, 2013 via sears.com
1 of 3 found this review helpful.
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RON DARILEK
RATED
December 19th, 2012
TIFFANY FISH
RATED
December 15th, 2012
Louis Blyskal
RATED
November 23rd, 2012
nadine m
RATED
November 22nd, 2012
Postpunk
RATED

Get the extended warranty, or get something else

Great mower when it works. I have a 1.5 acre lot with a slope on part of it. The mower handles it well but I have had all the same issues as others.

Broken cables; dead battery; throwing belts; and now a cracked frame. All within the first two seasons.

Sears Service has been good coming out and fixing including a complete rebuild with a new frame the last time but I'm afraid I'm going to be on a first-name basis with them.

Obviously, some design issues here and the service guys know it...I think they are getting good at replacing cracked frames on these machines.

October 10th, 2012 via sears.com
9 of 9 found this review helpful.
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Saravanan Sekar
RATED
October 5th, 2012
scott d
RATED

rugged, powerful mower

make big jobs easier

October 5th, 2012
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April B
RATED

Quality Product

This is a craftsman quality mower with all the "trimmings". Easy to use and maintain.

October 5th, 2012
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cougfan25
RATED

Should not say "professional"

I would agree with CurbAppeal's review since the same thing happened to my mower. I have an acre lot with some hills and bumps but nothing a mower labeled PROFESSIONAL could not handle. After about 30 hours of use (1 year for me) the drive belt kept popping off. This year there was some grinding noises due to chassis flex and then finally after about 60 hours of use the sheet metal that was holding the rear axle ripped and the axle came off. Do yourself a favor and spend a little more money on a quality machine. I wish I would have.

October 2nd, 2012 via sears.com
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spock8
RATED

Broken cables...lots

<p>I have had this mower for almost 1 1/2 years and no problems except that the drive/ brake cables are junk.  I have replaced each drive and brake cable at least 3 times.  Sears sent a repair tech who shrugged and said they all do it....&quot;bad design&quot;.  Also seems a little shy on power for 12.5 horses.</p>

September 7th, 2012 via sears.com
6 of 6 found this review helpful.
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DrVu
RATED

Great mower once I got one that worked...

<p>I too initially had problems with the belts falling off with in the first 5 minutes of use.  I know a bit about mowers and took a look at it figuring it would be a simple fix.  The belt was impossible to reach on my own and for the price of the mower I should have to be fixing it in the first time I use it so I called for the repairman.  They couldn't come out until 3 days later so I had to wait for them to fix it.  Once the belt was fixed, I came home and started cutting the grass.  This time I made it 10 minutes in then the belt came off once again.  I called them and told them about the problem and they told me they were going to send me another brand new one.  Two days later I received a brand new one and have not had one issue with it at all and I've had it for about 4 months.  Now it fires right up every-time and cuts great with no issues.  Clearly the belt thing is an ongoing problem but I will say they were very friendly and eager to fix the problem.</p>

August 29th, 2012 via sears.com
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Backerdawg41
RATED

Good Mower for the $$$$$$$$$$

<p>I have only put 20 hours on my mower so I can't speak for its durability just yet... That being said, this is an awesome mower.  The 33&quot; cut makes short work of any lawn.  Deck height is quick and easy to change.  It could run a little bit faster but the speed is not that bad.  the handles are easy to operate and it is easy to steer.  It always makes a clean cut.  Just remember... it is a Briggs &amp; Stratton so it's days are numbered vs spending 3 times the money for a comparable mower with a kawisaki or Kholer etc...</p>

August 13th, 2012 via craftsman.com
2 of 3 found this review helpful.
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keowahla
RATED

You'll learn how to fix this if it lasts a year!

<p>The mower deck is junk. The cables are junk. The battery dies every time. I spend as much time fixing the mower, adjusting the blade timing as I do mowing. I have had to replace every belt and 2 cables and blades in 1 year.  It's a great frame but the mower deck is a joke.  They call it professional grade, I cannot imagine any landscaper being happy with this product unless they have alzheimers.</p>

August 10th, 2012 via sears.com
5 of 5 found this review helpful.
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Richie0748
RATED

"The Beast" a well deserved nickname

I purchased this unit a little over 2 months ago, I actually look forward to mowing the lawn. I have had absolutely no issues with it. Defiantly change oil after first 2 hours as manual suggests and the deck wash is OK but I prefer to tip it back and clean it thoroughly. This mower defiantly gets the Tim Taylor 3 grunt award. Love it!

July 23rd, 2012 via sears.com
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