I have 5 hours on this mower and so far it runs great. The Turn Tight feature works very well and is probably as close as you will get to a Zero Turn without purchasing a Zero Turn. With a coupon from Sears I ended up getting the 54" for the price of the 46" so I added the 3 bin bagger and it works excellent also. This mower will also cut in reverse which was an option I definitely wanted. For the price of this mower you can get an entry level Residential Zero Turn or this Heavy Duty Riding Mower so for me it was a no brainer to go with this mower. For the reviewer who said to go out and purchase a "Real Green Mower" I see that about 40,000 of them have been or are currently being recalled so I will stick with a "Real Black Mower myself".
The tractor runs okay. After 2 years a pulley broke. The service guy did not have the part and it took over 10 days to get the new pulley!!! Then, a second part was not ordered and took another 3 days! Service is awful!!!!!!! Just be prepared if it breaks down... and it will!!!!!!
craftsman, what can I say. I got eleven years out of my previous craftsman garden tractor. it still ran great, I just gave it away because I wanted a new one. super tight turning radius. head lights on all the time drives me nuts. its a mower not a car...
I bought this new in 2015 so now on its third summer and just reaching 50 hours. I used the big snow blower attachment on the front for 2 Maine winters. Only had to put chains on the back tires for grip but a bucket of rocks on the back end did help. It never gave me any trouble until recently. I brought it down to Virginia this summer and mowed with it in the evening. The humidity hits the grass real fast when the sun goes down. I unfortunately found out that wet Virginia crab grass and dull blades don't mix. Even though the temps were dropping, the engine overheated and stalled. Refused to turn over until the next day. Lesson learned; keep the blades sharp and keep the deck clean. All in all I'm very happy with the purchase. Thing's a beast and would mow my 2.25 acres in Maine no problem. It'll throw snow and make your neighbors jealous of your clean driveway. Never once gave me any problem until I started to neglect the deck. I keep the lights unhooked unless I'm mowing or plowing at night. This keeps them less likely to get burnt out by moisture. Steering rack does squeak a little. Smooth ride over less than perfect fields. I'm here looking to buy the bagger because this Virginia soil has too much clay to decompose clippings. I tried using a plow on the front to push loam around but that was a waste of time without a locking differential. Only downside I can say is that attaching things to the front is not straightforward. I find myself making holes myself because this is clearly a limited production frame design and no R&D was put into attachment kits. Oh, the mulch kit works perfect! Don't know why people complain, the pieces work awesome. It's a 26 HP fan so of course it'll kick up the dust!
Good tractor, strong engine, good steering.
I do not understand why designing a closeout panel/plug for the mulch kit is such a problem. This is the second more expensive Sears Craftsman Tractor I have bought and they both have had problems with using the mulch kit, both are REAL BAD with the closeout panel. The last tractor, the GT6000, the whole cutting deck just had a lot of problems, on this tractor the closeout panel is already torn off the tractor.
I bought this mower 7 days ago. Mowed my 2.5 acres once. Parked inside for the week and went back out for the second time. Within 5 minutes the Mower deck stopped, I looked under and there it was the big shinny gold spring hanging there in two pieces. Mower has lots of power and cut good once. Just clearly should have taken the advise from other reviewers and steered away from Craftsman.