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.
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.
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.
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.