I bought this mower before the mowing season started, I did my comparisions with other brands and this was the one I bought. Still very happy even now that the mowing season is over. Here is a couple of things I really liked, The power, the electric start is very nice option, deck cleaning port plus its easy to change the height when needed.
I bought this mower 3/18/12. It has electric start and a pull rope but no primer bulb to prime it with fuel. The first couple of times I used the mower it performed fine, but if you let it sit for any period of time you will never get it to start. I've replaced the spark plug numerous times, had the carburetor cleaned, the carburetor replaced, and once again - it won't start. When I attempted to get the mower repaired under warranty I was told it was a fuel related problem and therefore wasn't covered. I use the fuel recommended by Craftsman and I always make sure to add stabilizer to the fuel. With no primer bulb it's just impossible to keep fuel flowing through the system and get the mower to start. I use the same fuel in my old Craftsman mower that has a primer bulb and pull start and it always starts on the 1st or 2nd pull. This mower is just a piece of junk. Unless you are a small engine mechanic and know how to clean/replace carburetors stay away from this mower. I looked on Consumer Reports and I'm pretty sure my next mower will be a Honda. They score nearly 20 points higher than Craftsman.
Overheats and won't start after shutting down to empty catcher bag. Takes up to 30 minutes to cool down enough to re-start it. Ready to throw this garbage into a recycling load and buy a Non-Sears lawn mower. Shouldn't take 6 hours to mow a small yard. What, No recall for this possible fire hazard? Only got 1 star because there isn't an option for 0 stars.
I've never had an electric start mower. So far I'm impressed. As long as you keep it charged it starts great. Very sturdy platform
This lawn mower starts and stops when it wants to. Have had problems with it from day 1! Have taken back to get it repaired several times in a short time span and nothing they do makes any difference