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.
I bought this mower to replace a 24 year old MTD Yard Machine. All of these mowers are made by MTD. First, the mower's tires were way over inflated. 35psi in the back and 42 psi in the front. The deck needed to be adjusted properly and the deck wheels located in their proper holes. Mower mows fantastic, looks great. I am not impressed at how the mower deck is attached in front, very cheap L-shaped bent rod and a cheap **** joint. Great features; lifelong spindle replacement as well as front axles. I maintain my equipment and will use this mower until it is mechanically exhausted. I have 121 hours on the mower so far, so it gets used.
I unloaded it from the trailer, poured in some fuel, checked the oil and went and tackled about an acre of 6 week old grass- about as tall as the mower in most places. It went right through it fine. Hopefully it will always work this well. As others have said the app will not connect to the bluetooth. I can see the bluetooth broadcasting but the app does not connect. I had to get off while mowing and it struggled to start. I'm hoping it is just a weak battery from the storage. It's on charge now, so time will tell.
Best riding mower I have ever owned. Rides smoother, cuts better, faster reducing mowing time and is 3 times more fuel efficient than old Craftsman with same HP B. & S.
First opinion, very impressed with the tractor, it arrived needed oil then was up and running in no time. Purred like a kitten and cut through 3 weeks worth of grass with no problem. Turn radius is great and the "Pro" improvements seem worthwhile. Can fill gas w/o lifting hood. I thought that the App would be a nice feature but it doesn't work at all (can't even get it setup despite trying 2 different devices. A credit should be issued for the non-functioning app. The bagger accessory is flimsy and clogs. Haven't tried mulching yet
This lawn tractor is the best lawn mower I have ever owned. It has a lot of power and a good turn radius. This lawn tractor is a great buy and I am very satisfied. The service was great and the person that helped me was very nice and did not pressure me into buying the lawn tractor. They put it together in the store and I went the next day to pick it up.