Bought this to replace my old push mower from craftsman. So far so good.
Bought this in March 2014 to replace my dying 15 year old craftsman mower. Started off great, felt strong. My first self propelled mower and while not amazing, does take a fair amount of effort off of you, which was good enough for me. The bag did allow a bit of dust through it though. My yard is not large and I typically mow twice a month depending on how much rain we get. By early September (so roughly the 10th mow or so), during a typical mow, suddenly a lot of noise is coming from this thing. Made sure I didn't run over anything odd (the grass was a bit deep), checked the oil, and made sure the blade was still attached. All ok, however now the pull start is now jammed and that was it for this machine. Took it back to Sears under manufacturer warranty no problem. A week later I'm told the engine threw a rod due to lack of oil and destroyed the engine. I've gone a full year in the past without checking oil and I've never known a mower to use all of it's oil after 10 uses...besides, once I shut it down the oil level was checked and it was fine. They say user neglect and will not honor the warranty. $273 to repair a $300 mower that from my view will have the same problem in 6 months. I thought Craftsman products were some of the highest quality items you could buy. Sears used to stand behind everything they sold, especially their own brand. They must be in bad financial shape if they are finding ways to not honor warranties on their faulty products. My only rationale is that at least the cost of this mower was the same as if I had paid a service to cut my grass all summer. Don't spend any extra $$ on their extended warranty (I didn't)...they'll just find a way to blame it on you and you will be out of that much more money. This was my last major purchase at Sears, I'll be going to Big Orange or Big Blue.
Saw the reviews before I bought this. It is now 2020 and my Craftsman has been going strong since day one. Requires no more than 99% of the time. May last one was a Craftsman. Wanted to wait over a year to provide my review. Well it has been a few and I'm very happy with my purchase. Would buy Craftsman again in a heart beat.
It will not start. I feel like if it had a primer it actually would start. no prime my ***. i've only used this mower for one season! i wish i would have bought a honda. yea i checked the spark plug, made sure the fuel is fresh, cleaned the air filter, and i've been out there yanking that cord for too long. piece of ****. i put some drops of gas in the intake and it fired up but then shut right off. do not buy this mower.
****edit August 2019****
so i took it to my small engines guy and he cleared the fuel lines and serviced it and got it running. he told me that the ethanol in the gas nowadays is bad for these small engines. unfortunately, where i live, all gas is 10% ethanol so i don't have a choice. he told me i could use a gas treatment like seafoam in the gas and it would correct the ethanol issues. well he was right! i have had a few seasons in a row now without issue. turns out, this is a pretty good mower after all, it just can't deal with the ethanol.
Had a little over the warranty and also have had nothing but problems. Cannot keep it running. Change oil, gas, cleaned filter. It will start to run but then die, you can keep it going a little longer if you tip it backwards but eventually dies altogether. Also used Stable in the gas, nothing works. Believe the carburetor is the issue but not user friendly if it is.
Wow, total powerhouse for a push mower !
While it is self propelled it's still a push mower technically, but wow is it a powerhouse !!! I'd buy this again in a heartbeat and recommend to anyone. It cuts great, you can adjust the cutting height, gathers in the bag, its awesome. I even mow with a toddler in a carrier on my back and it's still a breeze!
Easy enough to push, even being disabled, with this being self-propelled. My husband is a mechanic and he takes exceptionally excellent care of all machinery, cleaning well and maintaining at every use. This machine required new wheels in the first year, and died by the 3rd. Don't expect this to last, although it was good in the short term. We used this in conjunction with a 52" Husqvarna, and used this only for around the parameter of an approximately 1/2 acre lot with a 2500 square foot house in the center, so it was not heavily used, or overused. Disappointed, on social security, can't afford replacing items we expect to last. Probably not American made? Expected more from Craftsman, a name we have relied on for our entire lives.