i bougt this from my hometown store in alma,mi.did a lot of research,before buying,i put 70 hrs on it in 2 seasons,got it in march 2014,this one has the hydro gear aluminum transaxle,not plastic.19 hp briggs has plenty of power,starts good ,runs great,i use seafoam in the gas during winter,i start it every week during winter,i live in mid michigan,went out there when it was zero,just turned key ,fired right up,i do not plow snow with it only mow my rogh 2 acre country lawn ,it cuts great ,i hit mole hills with it,and it takes a beating,its built by the people who make orange ones ,huskqvarna for sears,its a good no frills tractor,blades and belts and filters ,etc.can be found everywhere online or at sears,or farm stores,it has a little vibration at slow rpms,its a single cylinder they all do that,but much improved from my old cubs and case,and w. horse,from the 70,s.they would really vibrate,just like my old 292 yamaha single cyl/ would,so pay more and get a twin,no vibes with them,at running rpms full throttle it is smooth,there designed to run full speed.i read reviews about people saying they shake,run them wide open and they wont.turn tight is excellant,almost like a zero turn,it used to take me 2.5 hrs with my old garden tractors from the 70,s,now i can do it in 1 hour.i also have a gc2400 for all my h.d. needs,t2400 just for mowing,the gc2400 is 3 cly. diesel 18hp.t2400 19hp, single cyl.hhmm.i got a good online price match at my local store great people.very happy with it,no problems at all.easy maintence.sealed bearings on the deck,just grease your wheels and spindles and axle ,use genuine briggs oil and filters,thise thing will easily go 20 yrs or more.thank you sears.
Bought this style mower a few years ago, 1st month a weld broke on the deck bracket, warranty sent me a new deck UPS, service was great! then since warranty ran out, the muffler cracked, bearing hub on deck cracked, blade engagement arm and cable broke, one front tire is wearing funny, the transaxle lever / shaft fell out of the frame, the plastic around the blade height lever fell off. I live in northern Wisconsin and mow about 4 months out of the year, not a very well designed mower, engineers designed it with a cell phone holder! Really?? should put more thought in the basic working parts before cosmetics. Then to top it off our local Sears closed. now I have to travel 35 miles one way to nearest Sears. (not Happy)
I have had the fan/pulley kit replaced 3 times within 11 months. This product is poorly constructed and the replacement parts kits don't fix the problem. VERY DISSAPOINTED
The tractor was delivered with missing seat HDWR, I was told that I would receive the hdwr in the mail, that was 3 weeks ago and I am still waiting.
I bought it at a good price, $1,430 with tax. I had a hard time getting help though while in Sears but I finally found a guy and I made the purchase. It was loaded into my truck in no time but on the trip home I began thinking that they did not hand me the owner's manual or keys. I thought maybe under the seat or hood but none when I returned home. Apparently it isn't unusual. I returned to Sears and after quite a bit of searching they found one that worked along with the manuals. I returned home and it ran great for the first cut. It is not the same controls as my older Deere but I will get used to it. So far so good.
I purchased this mower as a replacement, glad I did. I weigh a little over 300 lbs and it will fly with me on it..fast cut time and wide deck make cutting a few acres easy.Highly recommended.