Love the V-twin motor. Plenty of power and smooth running. Love the tight turn radius. I wish the deck was a heavier gauge steel. Hand operated hydrostatic means one hand on the steering wheel when adjusting speed. Other than that, love it.
when engaging the ground drive ( hydrostatic with fender control stick) the engagement is harsh and abrupt, I tried many times for a smooth engagement but it won't happen, mower lurches forward or backwards. This maybe ok for wide open lawns but I have trees, ultility boxes, A/C unit etc, making it dangerous to mow around
I bought this mower at my local store. I had an old 19 HP single cylinder B&S engine riding mower (manual transmission). The difference between the old mower and this new 20 HP two cylinder engine is NIGHT AND DAY. This mower does not bog down in heavy grass, it is also a bit quieter than my old mower. In addition, the steering is a breeze. I can use one hand to turn it. The Automatic Transmission is also very smooth. This is a dream to run, and has cut my yard time by 20% as compared to my old riding lawn mower. I look forward to many years of use with this mower. My yard is 1 acre, however I used this once to cut three acres (for a friend) that had heavy grass. It had absolutely no problems. I am amazed at how much more torque this engine has versus the single cylinder 19 HP B&S engines.
Nice tractor for the price. A little too loud (they could have quieted it down a bit). Cuts o.k., but the height settings are deceptive. I've got it set at "8" out fo "10" and only actually have about a one inch cut. The hand operated hydrostatic transmission only allows for one hand on the steering wheel which I don't like. I got the awning, bumper, wheel covers, steering wheel ****, and snow blade accessories for it. Still need the wheel weights and chains for the winter.
Got it to mow 4 acres of grass and weeds on rough ground. Got delivered and mowed for 3 hours first day and 5 hours the next day and love the hand fender ground speed control. Glad I didn't get the foot pedal speed control.
Have only used it once, so far so good. It cuts my 2 acre lot pretty well. Hooked up the blue tooth feature and although the app says that I have successfully hooked it up, it doesn't give me any updated information even though I followed all the instructions. The machine also has a tendency to jerk quite harshly when trying to go forward or in reverse but from what I've read on their reviews, that seems " normal". Kudos to Sears on their communications with me regarding the date and time for the delivery of the mower. They did a great job of keeping me posted. Overall I am pleased with this product.
The rider is GREAT! Best rider I've owned, chose it over a John Deere. Has everything I wanted and needed and Craftsman is a name to trust. With any mower keep up the maintenance and it'll last you for years.