I have a large Craftsman Pro walk-behind mower and a Cub rider (which I really don't use much), I bought this 'small mower' 04/14/2017 to do areas where the big boys don't fit. Overall it is a pretty good mower for the price of ~$360. I have used it several times, seems to work fine on a fairly well-maintained (not overgrown) and not wet lawn.Starts ever time with no problems. Fairly easy to maneuver. Not sure who makes them for Sears (MTD?). Make sure to talk to the salespersons in the store, they can usually get you a few bucks off the best price shown on the floor or on sales flyers. It is like most modern products not quite as robust construction as a before. I guess time will tell if it holds up. Pros and /Cons after about 5 uses : 1. I like Honda motors so I bought this model so Honda motor is a pro. 2. Larger rear wheels is a pro, less tendency to get caught when 'cutting in' close to objects. 3. Bag has a clear viewing window I guess to let you see if it is full, but once dirty it is not of much use, I wonder if the plastic window will fail, just a comment. 4. The way the bag is removed is probably a con, when you lift it up and through the handle to empty it snags on the control cables. 5. Also the left front side of the bag usually spills out on the ground when you remove the bag, definitely a con. (# 4. and 5. seem to be a common design 'flaw' of all the Sears small mowers I looked at). 6. Rear wheel drive is a pro for going up small hills in the yard. 7. Variable speed control is a pro, but you essentially have to manually 'feather' the control to get the speed you want. 8. Seems to 'vacuum' up clippings fairly well with bagger, a pro, have not used it as a mulcher or side discharger. (Comment- side discharge appears to be a pretty flimsy plastic part and seems like it would come off pretty easily in use?)
I bought this 3 years ago and I have had constant problems ever since. The mower stalls after getting warm and won't restart. Every year after the winter I have to take the plug out because I was told these engines seize up in the cold. I have to borrow my neighbor's $99 mower all the time because this mower never likes to run. If the grass gets deep, or damp, forget about bagging it, or even getting through the lawn without it bogging down every pass. If someone wanted to give me this mower for free I would turn it down. Save your money and your sanity.
Replaced a 13 year old Craftssman. Added the oil and filled w/ gas and started up on first pull. One lever height change is great, bag has at least twice the capacity of the old Craftsman mowers. Honda motor was steady throughout, no matter the length of grass. Rear wheel drive will take a little getting used to, and you do need to let off the drive a couple inches before you pull it backwards, but rear drive has much better traction and if you are on a long run, it can really move. Should not have waited as long as I did.
Have a Craftsman (18 months) and Honda HRR216VKA (2 years) for my 2 houses. Same Honda Engine in both mowers. Craftsman drive is great and mower is maneuverable. Honda mulching blades (double) work better and is less likely to stall. Honda drive is horrible! Worst is that wheels resist backwards pull (common problem per the internet). Wish I had bought two Craftsmans. If you only roll straight forwards, my Honda is great otherwise it is a nightmare especially for complex landscaping.
I bought this about a year ago. I was just looking for a rear wheel drive and when I was in the show room I heard a sales person make a rude remark towards me, so I walked off, then came back and got a different sales person and bought this model. and some other stuff, it was a great sale for the lucky sales person. after that I let the rude sales person know he lost out on that sale.!! But this mower is working great, it has great power the adjustments work very easily I only gave it 4 stars because I feel the area were the handle mounts to should be medal vs plastic. The transmission works great for me at the lowest speed (1) sometimes when the grass is thin I kick it up to 3 and hold on and walk fast. But I would tell people to buy this mower...
Excellent lawnmower, love the powerful yet efficient Honda engine and the single point height adjustment. This mower is made by Husqvarna and seems to be well built, mulches very well. I have not tried the bag yet but am looking forward to with the built in viewing window. The dual trigger drive control works well but as another reviewer said you do have to release the lever and let it roll forward a couple inches to disengage the drive so it will roll backwards easier, pretty typical of rear wheel drive mowers. It cuts very even and leaves nice stripes in the yard. I'm very happy with my purchase so far.