Bought this to replace my old push mower from craftsman. So far so good.
I bought this Craftsman 190cc front drive mower from Sears in October 2012 to replace a crummy B&S engined Troy-Bilt. I used it twice before I put it away for the season. In the spring of 2013 I used it maybe 7 or 8 times and then it refused to start in June. We took it to our local Sears were they shipped it off and and it returned with an adjusted carburetor covered by warranty. It ran fine the rest of the mowing season. This year after mowing twice with it, it again refused to start. Sears shipped it off (this is about a two week cycle of shipping it and receiving it each time) and it came back with a new carburetor. I took it home, filled it with gas and started it up. After a minute, it died and gas began to pour from the air filter housing. I took it off and it was coming from the butterfly valve of the carburetor. We called our Sears and they very graciously came out to our house in the country to pick it up so we wouldn't have to transport it in our car. This time it was a three week wait to get it back, as they didn't have enough room on the truck to ship it to the mechanics. I finally got the call that the fuel line was replaced under warranty and that they replaced our blade. That has NOTHING to do with leaking gas! I refused to pay for that. The tech also had to "clean the carburetor" which was brand new. What?? When our Sears employees (again, very helpfully dropping it off at our house) dropped it off I took it in our garage and filled it up with gas to mow. Before I even got the gas cap screwed on, gas began to stream out of the air filter housing again. Ridiculous. I called the Sears customer service line this morning and they told me we'd have to take it in for repairs for the FOURTH TIME IN A YEAR to have it reviewed for possible replacement. Why do we have to bring this piece of junk in so many times before they'll even think of replacing it? I'm sorry, but I can't go 2 months without having a mower. I'm afraid I might have to go to Lowes to pick up a Honda or Husqvarna so I can actually mow my yard this summer. You've really let me down, Sears.
Well designed, powerful, efficient, and easy to use, right out of the box. All it was missing was fuel and I would (and did) get a foam pre-filter for the air filter. I've had this mower for two+ years, and it has performed well beyond it's design. I have to cut heavy brush, and this mower, tipped up, plows right through. Glad I got the big wheels. It was really easy to set up, and it always starts easily, even after storage. A big bonus I was not expecting is a flush out fitting for a garden hose to flush debris when you are done so the mower is always put away clean. Parts are easy to get wherever you are (I am in a rural area)
For the price it has good cutting power. The self-propelling motor is a bit lacking on power and the guards to the inside of the front (drive) wheels warp, allowing cuttings into the mechanism. The entry to the bag clogs easily.
Bought two of these for myself and in-laws. Used for 2 summers so far, starts without any issues. Had 0 problems with this mower.
Got one on 3/12/2013 started using it in 7 / 2013 by 2014 gas was leaking from the gas cap, the front drive started not to work and wouldn't release haft the time buy 6 / 2015 I shut it off to empty the grass bag, I pulled it back into the yard an seen oil on the ground, picked it up and put it on a wood crate to see under it and there was oil running out of the crankshaft, never did finish the mowing, the oil came out just as fast as you put it in. so now I got a nice mower with a junk engine...This is the 3rd sears mower I have had, and none of them lasted more then 2 years
Heaven forbid you have to stop mowing to dump the bag, move to the front yard, or stop to hear what your kid is yelling at you. Once you stop you have to wait 20 minutes for it to start up again. I've had this mower for a year and it does this every time. It is so annoying!!
Mowed my grass 2 times. Mower Never Started Again. Took new Craftsman to Sears Service center for warranty carb and filter replacement. Mower has never started again.
Wasted $300.00. Junk.
Purchased a used Yard Machine mower.
Starts one pull every time.
I don't care why this new mower won't start. I'm done caring.
I purchased this mower in May of 2013. I realize it's probably no long sold at Sears, but if it is - avoid it like the plague.
In the last two years, I have used it maybe two dozen times, possibly less.From the initial purchase, it has been problematic to the point now where it will not even start at all, despite repeated efforts at troubleshooting.
B&S and Sears should be ashamed at selling such an outright terrible product. Perhaps this review will save someone else the frustration of dealing with this $300 piece of junk.