This mower starts effortlessly. It works well and is a pleasure to use. But before you buy it you should be aware that essentially the same mower, sold under the Troy-Bilt name, is available from ****** for substantially less money. Obviously Troy-Bilt manufactured this for Sears. I wish I had noticed that before buying it.
I got this mower as a gift for my birthday; I thought itwas going to be awesome.... But I have had issues with this mower since day one! When it runs, it work perfectly, that WHEN it runs. It is temperamental, it will start up and run fine then when I stop to empty the grass it doesn't want to start, push button or pull start. I have wasted hours on end trying to get this thing to start consistently. The engine is a B&S made in the USA and you would think it'd be good; but you'd be wrong. Every other of the many B&S engines I have had over the years has never given me a 10th of the trouble this one has since the first day. Maybe next time I buy a mower with a Honda engine, B&S has gone to junk!
Bought this last Oct and had to wait 6 months to use it, and finally got to yesterday. Easy to assemble (not that much to do)... charged the battery overnight and this beast fired up first push (ash it should)! Mowing was a much more pleasant experience as this machine was very easier to handle and mowed thru the heavy spots with ease, and did an excellent job on the rest of the yard. If this machine continues to function as it did today this is one helluva machine!!
Craftsman is always top quality!!
I purchased this lawnmower specifically because it was a bagging lawn mower along with mulching. Unfortunately this lawn mower does everything but bag the grass and leaves. It throws it out the side and throws it up on top of the body, and it throws it in top of the engine. I have had to pay to have the blade changed and drove over 200 miles back and forth to the nearest service center. Changing the blade did not make much of a difference. Do not purchase this lawn mower if you want to bag your clippings - it simply does not work and Sears Craftsman customer service has not been any help even though I was promised they would pay for the repair work - I had to pay $69 for the work. I have called for the past 2 months and spoken to at least 10 different people trying to get resolution. ??
Awesome mower. Push button start is great with optiuon pull in case battery dies.