Last year I bought a new but cheap mower. Took forever to put together, parts broke, bla bla. This year it wouldn't start. Bought this. Arrived in 1 day. Surprised that setup took all of 10 minutes. Had to check instructions 3 times to reassure myself. After putting in oil and gas....now this is the awesome part....it started on the very first freaking pull. WOW. FWD took a bit of getting used to. Lawn was done in half the time and I wasn't heaving like Homer Simpson. Very happy with the results. And this from a guy who hates yard work.
Mower worked well for one season. Stored over winter and the PLASTIC carburetor gummed up the jets and it will not start. 2 year warranty is useless (and extremely difficult to nail down a place to take it to) as they state it is a fuel problem. Ethanol gas kills the cheap plastic carb. even when using less than 10% ethanol. I will never buy another mower that has a plastic carburetor and recommend that you avoid them, as well. This engine is designed to fail. VERY disappointed in Briggs & Stratton.
Bought mower and was not told it was floor model, paid full price and came with no manual or any thing except a pouch of oil.. very unsatisfied. Thinking of returning it and buying elsewhere.
Does it start on the second pull? H3ll yes! Unbelievable power and performance.
Has always had starting problems. No one offered me any way to replace it when under warranty. Hasn't worked 85% of the time I have tried to use it. Craftsman used to stand behind their products!