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.
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.
Can't get used to the plastic construction. Harder to maneuver than my previous electric mower. Safety start button makes it hard to manage cord and start at same time. Height adjustment easy to use. Dust blocker collection bag doesn't block dust and is somewhat awkward to attach. Cuts thick dry grass fine but not sure it would be powerful enough for thick wet grass.
Seems kind of cheaply made. The handles are uncomfortable no matter how you have them set and you have to really squeeze them to keep it running.
Looks good! Works well! Highest recommendation!
It works well, at a fair price, it seems to be durable.