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.
18 minutes into mowing, mower wouldn’t move. Blades still turn, just won’t move.. All belts checked, plus all additional troubleshooting completed via Sears over the phone. Would take 3 weeks for a replacement, returned for refund. Good luck to the person who will eventually buy this at a discount.
We bought this mower and received it April 2.It cuts well,turns well.But,it doesn’t crank sometimes on the first try,or second,or third.A few days ago, my husband was mowing and got off the mower for a minute.Went to crank it again and it’s not cranking,sounds like no power is getting to it.We’ve only had it four months,this is unacceptable.As much as this mower cost,I wouldn’t have expected this to happen in such a short time- frame.
easy to use .cuts yard work in half.
Mower has done an excellent job so far (3 cuts). It effectively distributes grass via the side discharge and makes a nice even cut. Engine is plenty strong and easily handles my hilly yard without bogging down. Turning circle is excellent but takes a bit to get used to so you don’t tear up your turf. Definitely recommend.
NEW mower with 18 hrs will NOT start Called June 12th Could not get repaired until Jult 25th