This lawn mower does everything it promises. The 28” deck eats up lawn almost too fast. The 228cc engine is biggest in its class and does not bog down even in tall wet grass. It will go wherever you tell it to and will cut whatever you put in front of it. It takes up 75% less space than a rider plus you get manly satisfaction of actually appearing to push the thing around. I am totally satisfied with this mower in all categories. An unexpected perk is the 2 – 14” blades mulch very well so there is no need to ever bag or side discharge and because you are dealing with smaller blades they don’t suck up every stick and rock in the lawn and turn it into a projectile for your kids to dodge. I can’t wait until next weekend.
Overall, plenty of power but poorly designed. Only option is to use the mypace with no option to manually push or pull. Not able to back the mower up because the black debris flap gets sucked into the blade. The deck is slanted while the associated parts are straight - not sure who thought this was a good idea. The front end has about a foot with no cutting ability which makes it awkward when moving around my yard. I did not like this mower and returned it after one mow.
With the speed and width of this mower, it has really cut down the time required to mow. Starts first pull every time. I think it is very well balanced for its size and overall weight as it doesn't take much turn 180 degrees. No more than a 21" or 22" mower. It has performed well in high and wet grass.
Bought off the store floor assembled, but front wheel fell off first time it was used. NO issue, put it back on with correct torque. Tight inside corners are an issue, but that's what string trimmers are for. I think it does seem to use a lot of gas for its size, yes I know it has a bigger engine. Striper kit is pretty much worthless, but very low on the scale of importance. Overall, I'm very pleased with mower.
I've had a Toro TimeMaster30; had to sell and then this model after getting another lawn. It's cheaper. Not as good. TM30 is a true 30" cut. Some have reported misinformation about the Toro. Yes it's more but it's absolutely better made than any of the three of these MTDs. If you look at TM30 reviews, there are zero complaints about Personal Pace; It's better than all other self propelled systems. No willies. They have the same engine, so the underpower report on TM30 is bogus. Also, TM30 cuts near perfect as a side chuter. Sale price versus sale price puts them $150 apart, which is about right. I got the TM30 for under $850, but to get a new would be $950. Got the Craftsman for $800. Dollar for dollar, they're about equal. Troybilt and CC 600 would be a bad deal. Miss the Toro.
I purchased this mower 3 months ago and have used it for one
month now. It runs very smooth and cuts excellent,. However after one month of use while cutting yard up hill the rear left wheel stopped pulling. It will no longer pull uphill. Have called
Sears for repair Hopefully Sears will do the right thing and repair gears or replace it.
After reading them, it seemed they were rather whiney. Uninformed, so, took a risk based on the other positive reviews (those seem much more accurate now I have it)
Bought the mower, love the mower, expensive but over all good for the money just cut my large yard, 6-8" tall, wet, did a great job. I went over the clumps and missed spots, looked great. I can only assume the next time, grass shorter, drier, should kick a**
HATED the controls...for..like... five minutes, now I dont know how I did without that layout, adjustable handlebar, dig it