I bought the green electric machine for 1/2 the price and it was a huge mistake. I constantly had to stop and unclug it in the mulch setting, had a much more narrow cutting path, and got caught up on taller, denser grass patches. Paying double for the Craftsman (with Sears 3 year warranty) gave me a machine that I estimate was three or four times better (if that makes any sense) than the green machine. Yes, it still gets caught up in thick and tall grass patches but it is easily remedied when you give the machine a few seconds to start up again before hitting the thick patch again. I only had to stop machine once, twice at most, a session over my yard. I am happy to deal with the hassle of the cord and cleaning it out (unplug first as safety is paramount) once instead of dealing with gasoline (will New Jersey be getting a higher gas tax?), oil, oil changes, cold starts, gas smell permeating throughout the storage unit, etc. The biggest issue was holding down the handle to keep the blades engaged. Another reviewer commented about the strength needed to hold it down and she was not exaggerating. I consider myself a strong guy and pretty handsome to boot, but holding that mechanism down is strenuous after going at it for awhile. I recommend playing with the handle until you find the sweet spot where it is as bearable as you can get it (but it's never comfortable). Another hot tip is throwing the extension cord over your shoulder so you dealing with it less. I am a repeat buyer as my last one conked out after about nine years. It was cheaper and smaller but my yard was smaller. I am hoping for at least 7 years on this one and I will say it would have been well worth it.
I used this for the mowing season of 2015; went to start it up for this year and 20 minutes later, it became a doorstop. As the minutes passed on the first mow, the blade turned slower and slower, which is not good for cutting grass. Luckily, I bought the protection plan and received a full refund.
I bought a higher list price Worx mower first. List price was higher so I thought it had to be better. Even though I usually bought Craftsman and I I had no experience with Worx. I had see it around for a while. Biggest mistake I could have made. The Worx burned out during the first day I used it. I called the Worx 800 number hoping to get some help. Another mistake. They said take it back to KMart. They will give you a refund. I did just that and bought a similar craftsman mower. Both are corded electric. The craftsman is great. Use it every week. Cuts great, no problems. This list price just tells you how much they want you to think it sells for. Worx puts a high list price so they can give you a big discount. Marketing trick that I fell for.
I am happy with my purchase. I also would like for you to know this is the second time I am asked to fill this survey. If I was not happy you would hear from me. Thank you
My first electric mower, but I've had electric chainsaws & trimmers for years and like those. I'd never buy a battery powered one! The cord is somewhat of a hassle, but expected. After a while you work out the best way to step over it when making turns. Needing a long extension cord reduces power somewhat but not a problem....I had 235feet of extension for the farthest point of my lawn. It's a little heavy to push. The plastic wheels don't roll as well as my old gas push mower, and obviously can't compare with a gas self-propelled. My hands get tired of holding the buttons to keep it running since they take some effort, but since there is one on each hand I was able to alternate holding the left, then the right, then the left again, and so on. I wouldn't recommend it for someone with some arthritis. Overall the switch from gas to electric is fine, I don't love it but I don't hate it either. I bought the extended warranty.....everything on it is plastic.
The Craftsman 39942 12.5 Amp 19" Corded Electric Mower is a great lawn mower for this price range. It can mow our large yard easily. I would buy it again.
I finally gave up the dream of having any lawn crew keep their scheduled commitment and provide even a decent job on my yard. At $50 a pop for someone to scalp the yard and mow over my shrubs (when they did show), I decided to invest early this year and purchase a mower and weedwacker and do the work myself.
I was loathe to go the route of needing gas cans, gas, oils, air filters, etc. So I looked at cordless mowers first. Even those had additional chargers, batteries and pre-planning to make sure batteries are charged and most only last about 30 to 45 minutes on a charge. I wanted freedom from all of that, so I decided to try the electric mower even though I was concerned about the ability of an electric mower to do the job.
I rolled the dice and bought this Craftsman electric, as well as a Craftsman electric weedwacker and a 100-foot power cord ($300 total). Today was my first go with the new tools. Both were incredibly simple to assemble. My grass was overgrown from another lawn crew no show, but I went to work. The electric tools worked like a dream, even though I had concerns given my past use and affinity for Toro, Honda and Echo gas-powered commercial class lawn gear.
Sure, the power and heft of these Craftsman items aren't on par with those commercial workhorses costing several hundred dollars more per item, but for mowing the font and back yards of a standard sized residential lot every couple of weeks, these Craftsman tools did the job.
So, fingers crossed that the Craftsman gear holds up. If I get through this year alone I'll save nearly $600 on lawn maintenance and get a bit of exercise myself. Both the lawn and my body will be better off — not to mention my wallet and decreased irritation from listening to no-show excuses.
In the end, these are Craftsman and I expect Sears will stand behind the products even if there are any issues.