Cut 2 acres quickly. Can cut in reverse which is very helpful. Also, I can get off and clear pathway while engine continues to run. No speed gears, you just press the gas pedel. Let off the gas pedal and it stops on a dime.
The front steering parts are not designed for the Turn Tight function. The 24 HP motor when turning tight is so power it pushes the motor straight ahead so your turned front wheels drag straight more than turning. I have had this mower for one year and have replaced the front wheel bearings three times and now I am having to replace the tire rim , all bearings and steering arms. I would totally not recommend this tractor and would recommend for this money buying a competent competitive model. Sears customer service is a joke and their Richmond VA Parts Center Staff is terrible. I promise this will be my last Craftsman Item I ever buy. DONT BUY THIS or any other Craftsman mower. PS They are made by there competitors.
I bought a used Craftsman riding mower from my neighbor about 2 years ago. The engine was in good condition. A few months ago it developed a blown head gasket on cylinder one. I took both heads off and discovered that all this time it was running on one cylinder. After an in depth investigation, I found that the exhaust valve guides had come out most of the way and stopped the valves from punching down. Both push rods on cylinder two had come out. One was still in the head area. The other inside the crank case. I tried to locate new guides but to no avail. Ended up having to put the old ones back in and Loctite them. Reassembled the engine and after the engine was running like never before. Good and strong. It was gorgeous. Next day I plowed through foot tall grass and the motor didn't even know it. After a few hours of hard running, I removed the valve covers and the guides were coming back out. I ended up buying new heads.
My family has used B&S engines for decades and always got at least 10 years out of one. The new heads will be sufficient to a permanent repair of this motor. Even with one cylinder running for years and a blown head gasket, it managed to cut our pasture. Despite its flaws, I'm giving it a 4 of 5 stars. More towards 4.5 stars. I'm willing to bet when I get the heads on it will last for another several years or more easily in this climate and grass conditions. Keep it Briggs folks. Keep it maintained and it will keep you happy!
Purchase process went fine, after that delivery was a bit of a problem. Were going to deliver it two days later and then called and wanted to know if I wanted it assembled. If I wanted a puzzle, I would have ordered one. Then it was three days later before they could deliver it.
Fired up first time used. I ran it hard in rough uneven terrain with high dead grass until I ran out of gas....about 4 hours. It performed without a hitch. The steering worked extremely well. Did not have any of the issues one other person had with jamming on tight turns. I am very happy with this tractor/mower so far. I added the sun shade and that was a good thing as it was over 100 deg that day.
I bought my Craftsman *CA Only* 54" 24 HP V-Twin Briggs & Stratton Garden Tractor Fast Hydrostatic w/ TurnTight in February of 2015. I am posting this on 3/1.2017. I have use craftsman product my whole life (tools , rider mowers, push mowers, air compressor, saws table saws, ect. you name it). never had any problems. I had my last craftsman rider mower for about almost twenty years w/o any issues before I considered buying a new more powerful model. That's 20 years of a great product! When I brought home my new mower it I had problems from the start. The turn tight steering is a **** poor design. When I turn right, the right wheel slams to a 90 degrees turn and stops me dead in my tracks jolting my back. the left wheel is usually just pass a 1 o clock positioned turn when this happens. The same thing happens when I turn left. My wheels have fallen off, had to replace the tires twice the first year, the whole front end has been replaced including the new tie rods they had a recall on. I almost went off a and rolled down a hill the last time my tire came off. and yes they were coming off both sides. We finally fixed that (so far). now every time I go in reverse the tires are turning in and are pigeon toed, When I go forward they like to point out. I have had the repair guy come out numerous times to fix it and within 30 minutes when he leaves it starts to happen again. Then I have to call for another repair and wait for another 2 weeks to see him again. When will this stop. Please don't waste your hard earned money on this tractor. it is a never ending nightmare. I am not looking forward for my 5 year warranty to end. What then? Will l have to buy new tires, rims, bearings,tie rods every year at my own expense? By the way, my old craftsman tractor after 20 years still had the original tires. On a positive note, the engine is strong and runs great.
Great tractor. However the bagger is incompatible with it.