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.
Bought this about two years ago. Paid a lot for it. Went to use it this spring for the first time and it wouldn't drive. Runs OK but won't drive. Called for service and they couldn't come for two weeks. Arrived and told me the transaxle was shot and they would have to order to the tune of $819.00. Called them back and told them to get it and replace it. Was told that they couldn't return for three weeks. Grass is getting extremely high. Three weeks passed, guy shows up without part. This is BS. This mower is a Husqevarna? On their website their warranty is 3 yrs. Sears warranty is two years for same exact mower. I guess this shows why Sears is about to go under. They lost me for a customer after fifty years.
While appearing nice at the surface, this is way too much tractor for the frame and steering system. The tight-turn feature is way too fragile for this size tractor. I've had mine for 4 years and have had to replace tie rods twice, wheel bushings 5 times, steering bushings twice, and the drag link one time. The latest problem that I have is a cracked frame, right before the transaxle. Even though the frame is still under warranty, Sears will not do anything more than provide me with a new frame and charge me for the labor to install ($261), even though the warranty in my manual clearly states that they will provide a FREE repair to a failed frame. Due to their refusal to stand by their product, I will never purchase another item from Sears again, which is a shame.
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!
Nice and quiet. Compact. Easy to use. I teach deaf kids, so I'm always aware of noise and encourage ear protection. This one is quiet. If they can make that a stow away, it'd be perfect. Price was good.
I liked the fact that I could easily change gears. Starting was easy. It was comfortable - I liked the backrest.