I have 11 hours on my 42" Craftsman Zero Turn. I bought it earlier this summer at the super sales price. This zero turn is made by MTD who also makes the near identical Cub Cadet RZT and Troybilt Mustang. The only difference being the motor, 3 year warranty and the fact that they are more expensive. I think in the residential zero turn market, the Sears Craftsman is the best value by far. Not only is it cheaper than its two siblings, it also a better value than any other residential ztr, and not just because of price. Pretty much any sub $3000 zero turn is going to use the HydroGear 2200 hydrostatic transmission, just like this Sears. So no difference there in quality even though the others cost more. In my opinion, the Sears Briggs and Stratton Platinum engine compares favorably to the Kohler 7000 that is used on a number of competing ztr's. The Briggs will most likely outlast the mower. One other thing that I really like is the long chassis of this Sears ztr. I am tall at 6'4" and this mower has the longest chassis of any other residential ztr. I tried sitting on some other brands and my knees were close to hitting the lap bars, but not with this Sears. I can stretch my legs out comfortably. Though it doesn't have a box frame, I cannot detect any flex or twisting. It is solid as a rock. I didn't like the reverse PTO cutout feature so I disconnected it after my first mowing. I twas easy to do and it works great now. It also has a very good quality of cut. My last 42" rider constantly required adjusting the deck and tires but still did not cut as well as this mower does. Overall, this is a great zero turn, especially for the price. Yes, there are commercial mowers that are better, but they are at least $1-3,000 more and they are overkill for most of us that have an acre or less to mow. I highly recommend the Sears Craftsman 42" zero turn mower.
Gave it one because giving it none is not allowed. Not sure what's going on with the Craftsman line, but they are losing a customer for sure. Purchased this mower on May 24th. Brought it home and did not get a chance to use it the first day. HOWEVER we noticed after we got it home that the sidewall of the rear tire had been plugged. The next day we fueled it up and read the book in order to become familiar with it as this was our first ZTR. Husband takes it out and notices that it does not back up correctly and it makes an awful noise on the left side when the handles are open. I call in service on the 29th, and the appointment is set for June 18th. Repairman just left, THE TRANSMISSION IS BAD. The mower is brand new!!! This was our SECOND bad purchase in the span of about 3 1/2 months. We originally purchased a walk-behind mower. $1600 mower. After the 2nd use it would not start. Took a month for service to come out, they replaced the battery and we used it once and the battery started dragging again. We returned it and upgraded to this and for the transmission to be bad from the outset is not acceptable. Of course service tells you they can get a new transmission in a month, but why would I replace the transmission in a mower that is less than a month old?!? This whole thing has been a huge ordeal: making sure someone was here to meet the repair person plus having to load up the equipment to bring it back...TWICE. We have always been a Craftsman family. Always. But I am finding they no longer represent the quality Craftsman has always been synonymous with. Sears wonders why they are struggling? This is it! Bring back quality please!!!
This is a good mower for flat area cutting. Makes quick work of a tough job. Parts are readily available and the customer service has been very good. this mower is well designed and I would recommend this for anyone looking for an entry level zero turn.
I bought this and it was curving way to the right with both handles pushed all the way forward. As in if I go 75 feet forward I end up 45 feet to the right of my ******. A Sears technician came out and could not get it to go straight. Then they got it to go straight by applying less pressure to one handle while driving it. They said all these mowers work this way and nobody puts both handles all the way forward because it is too fast. Essentially it is not working and the Sears tech was full of it. It is super uncomfortable to drive, because I always need to have one handle some degree less than full power. It also cannot go straight backward so getting it in and out of the tight space in my garage is almost impossible.