I searched and researched relentlessly on every type of review site before purchasing this tractor. I had settled on another Craftsman tractor based on consumer reports, and then changed my mind after reading reviews of the same tractor right here. I have no negatives to share yet, The tractor mows great. Great power, and the finishing touches, like rolling over the metal edges on the body and frame, standard 4 anti scalp wheels on the mower deck, lifetime warranty on the front axle, and many other notable features show attention to detail. as delivered, all of the fluids were where they belong, the deck was perfectly leveled, and all visible fittings were greased. All of the nuts and bolts that I checked were tight. My yard is just shy of 2 acres, and is a mix of very rough terrain, flats and some very wet areas. I have had no issues with traction, or mowing abilities at all. One of the most important things frequently overlooked is to read your manual before using the tractor. As stated in the manual, all of my tire pressures were way over inflated for shipping and had to be adjusted. I have had ZERO traction issues with this mower, and I know from experience that tire pressures are critical to proper traction. It is possible the few unfavorable comments relating to traction could be tire pressure related. The Kohler engine in my experience with proper maintenance will be bullet proof and outlast the user. I have read mixed reviews of the Tufftorq transmission, but once again with proper maintenance and being used as intended, it is quite heavy duty and will give a very long service life. The only concern I have, and for no other reason than just a physics point of view, is with the tight turn. It is great around trees etc, but I can see if the wheel were turned tight, and somehow got into a hole or along side a fixed object, the forward momentum of the tractor would certainly have enough leverage against the front end to break something. Again, just an observation and my opinion.The tractor, at $2200.00 I think is a great buy for what you get, however, to me it represents a sizable investment just to mow my lawn. I am very confident that this will prove to be a good purchase decision, and will say right up front that all of the other reviews on this site of this tractor greatly influenced my decision to buy. I hope that my two cents will help someone else out as well.
Immediately had problems with mower height adjustment lever pulling out of fender. Also have loud squealing/squeaking in front end. Purchased 5 year warranty, but Sears cannot get anyone to my house for 2 weeks. Spent too much time on phone yesterday trying to get my problem addressed. I never did get it resolved.
Ido not know about this mower! I have owned craftsman mowers for the last 40 years they are the best for the money in the bisness eazyer to maintain .
This is the first rider I've had in over 20 years. It starts easily and runs well. I've cut grass with it two times and it did very well. I did find that it is not easy to turn when going up a hill or across a hill. It came to me with the tires over inflated (front at40 psi and rear at 30 psi). Proper inflation is 10 psi on the rear and 12 psi on the front. I also bought a mulch kit which ended up being easy to install. It requires the mowing deck to be removed and that was surprisingly easy. Only three hitch pins hold it on. So far, I am very pleased with this mower.
I really wanted tight turn because of all the trees on my property. The tight turn works well on flat yard, but I was losing traction when trying to turn tightly up a hill. I've added TerraGrip tire belts. This has GREATLY improved traction on slopes.
Home delivery was a breeze. I went for the free delivery and was able to pick from several available 2 hour windows. For an extra few bucks, you have even more options.
Mower was 100% ready to use upon delivery, except for over-inflated tires. This includes a level deck, battery hooked up, seat attached, etc.
The mower moves surprisingly fast. I used my bonus points to buy the mulching kit, which is much improved design over my older Craftsman. The mulching seems to work great.
I am very satisfied with this purchase, especially after add TerraGrips for better traction. I decided not to get the extended warranty. I hope I don't regret that later.
Was delivered on time and in great shape. Nice tight turn radius. A lot of power and good cut. This is my first riding mower since riding my Dads Craftsman Snap Clone. I love the extra width. The connectivity with smart phone app is cool. And it looks great with the black and gold finish.
The drawbacks I had were a headlight bulb broke in first hour, probably cracked on installation. The left front wheel was toed in too much. I adjusted the steering rod length to get that straight. No big deal. The biggest gripe was really not with the mower but with the bagger. I chose the 9 bushel 3 bag bagger due to our extensive tree coverage and leaf production. When I tried to install the bagger that was titled for 46" mowers, it would not fit this mower. The bagger made for this mower is the 24019. Not that you will find that number anywhere other than on a label on the box after you buy it. Anyway this is an MTD series base. The bagger that fits and so far as I know at this moment, the only bag that fits is Item # 07124019000P Model # 19A30003799. A little smaller than I wanted and I think it would fit the 42" mower well but was hard to bend the pipe back to the catch on the lid with the 46" deck. Still works and no clogs with quite a few leaves and grass clippings cut. It will be tested further this fall.
All in all, I'm happy with the purchase. Had to jump through some hoops with Show Your Way to get my points back from original bagger purchase but they accommodated me and I'm a happy shopper again.