Comes mostly assembled out of the box, just unfold, extend the handles and tighten a few zip ties( I added a few). Add the provided oil and gas her up. Yes it's a she "Mowtilda". You do have to put the bag/grass catcher together... any four year old can do it. Started on the second pull with new gas. The ergonomic dual trigger drive system is smooth and is nice when you try to inch up to something that you don't want to replant before your wife comes out to check on your work! Didn't do a lot of mowing but what little I did, I liked. I will update after a few more cuts. I hope this helps, I did look at quite a few craftsman and some other top brands and seems like there are a few dumb gimmicks out there so I just went for the power and I am very pleased. One more thing, the handles are the best they have that 45 degree bend which makes it very comfortable and it just feels more quality then the others I played around with in the Three "Big" stores.
Always been a Craftsman mower owner. Current 12 year old push mower still runs without issue... just thought it was time for a little assistance with my large yard, so wanted a front wheel drive model. Was originally super impressed with this mower. Have had it for 2.5 weeks, and due to all the rain here in Texas lately, Iv'e used it already about 4 times. Cuts right through damp grass without any issues. Starts on first or 2nd pull every time. Haven't used the bag yet, so not sure how well it fills up. Now for the bad part: Was using it yesterday, 5th time, and all of a sudden saw smoke coming off the muffler, then smelled burnt oil. Stopped immediately, and could see oil on side of housing unit (muffler side). Something cracked and is leaking oil. About to find out how good customer service/return policy is. Very disappointed in the Craftsman quality of this mower... Not what it used to be.
I purchased this a year ago. I found the mower to be the most powerful mower I have owned but right away the was a grinding noise It would stop if I pushed forward on the handel. what a pain after several weeks of this noise that could be heard 50 feet away. I found if I disconnected the pull cord from the handle the noise stopped. the next problem was the blade it would loosen up at least once every mowing. Now a year later the engine is smoking so bad it fills my yard with blue smoke
Purchased in October 2017. Starting using in April. It is June and it died and no longer starts
Purchased this mower at the late Fall 2017 price. Today I took the 10 minutes and put it together. READ THE BOOK. This is not a $200 mower. The handles must be extended BEFORE starting. Started on the first pull. Went to the front yard that for the first cut of 2018. Grass was 12 to 14 inches tall. The "speed" control handles are fantastic. The mulching blade works perfectly. Even at the highest setting ! Once or twice I let the blade catch up. You can feel/hear it working. This 190cc Briggs never stopped. This is my 4th or 5th Craftsman. They all been great mowers. Gave them all to family over the years. I'm keeping this one ! I'm 65 and this is very well balanced to help get around the yard, lifting the front at times is very easy. I'm as picky as anybody... I even wax my mowers twice a year. This is a great mower. Don't get fooled my the feedbacks in here. Running over rocks or abusing mowers is not under warranty. These are mowers not tractors. I do recommend this mower !
I think the "Pro" part of this mower is how loud it is. Mulching works, but not at higher settings. It really does not bag well, especially leaves - I think due to the high CC's. Most grass and leaves are thrown right out the front. For some reason there is a loud squeal when the mower runs. Once it is pull-started I pull the rope out about 6 inches and wrap it around the handle. That seems to work. It does works well in high and damp grass, other than that I would not recommend this mower.