This mower is fine for anyone who is a bit "mechanically challenged." I'm not a professional mechanic, although I CAN use a screwdriver & wrench, and I know how to read a manual. The other reviewer tried to be much to kind in saying that. This mower, like any other rider, is only unsuitable for the totally inept who won't pay a service person to maintain it. All mowers require regular maintenance by someone with basic know-how. Anyone who can't deal with this one should just pay a lawn service to cut the grass! This 30" rider built by MTD is a great mower, and is almost the same as several others they build for other brands (Cub Cadet, Snapper, and Troy-Bilt, etc). The Craftsman has a better engine that's more powerful and quieter than the Troy-Bilt, and has the features of the more expensive versions sold with other names. It's a perfect size for any lot under an acre. Darn few people with medium to small size yards need a 42" mower. This one is easy to use and is almost as maneuverable as a pricey zero-turn machine. All things considered, after one season of mowing, it's a really good value for the money. To respond to a few negative reviews I've seen- yes the clutch is a little jumpy, but it's easy to get used to it. Yes, you're supposed to stop the blade to mow in reverse, BUT I found a You-Tube video that showed how to fix that by diconnecting one wire. It only took about 15 seconds. My first oil change was a bit messy, but one trip to the local plumbing dept at the hardware store remedied that problem forever. The shifter for forward & reverse is a bit inconvenient, but designed for your safety and not that bad. My yard is a tad too big for a guy my age to push-mow, but too small to warrant a tractor. This mower is the perfect size for me, and any minor flaws are far outweighed by its advantages.
Does a good job cutting, but the motor was cutting out. Service man came out, ordered a carburetor. Hasn't installed yet, but it ran good enough so I was using it, something happened and now can't even get the motor to turn over. Taking it back to Sears, if they will give me a new one I will try it, but if not want my money back :-(
This mower works just as expected. Good performance. But the store that ended up delivering it was the worst I have experienced. They seem to have broken the motor, delivered no owners manual and only 1 key. The seat is I stalled incorrectly. I will not be using the Winfield, ks store again.
Haven't gotten it yet so can't give it a great review, ordered, told delayed with no reason, then never updated until I called to check, then they canceled order to get it delivered to my home rather than pick up , told them pick up at store rather than pay 70 bucks for shipping, awaiting refund of shipping costs chat person said would happen. That's it waiting for call of delivery tomorrow.
Horrible service at the danbury ct store
First riding mower.
Perfect for my size lot
It is perfect for a semi flat yard. Makes our chore so much easier and enjoyable.
We can cut our lawn in half the time!
Always wanted a power wheels growing up.. Now I got one that mows my yard.. Even at 56 mph it cuts my thick St. Augustine Grass like a BOSS! Super thrilled.. Don't have any complaints about the starting or braking.. or stiff pedal.. Others who do.. need more squats or lunges i guess
Even though my yard is small, at my age and in the Texas heat walking behind a mower is no loner an option. This mower is small and easy to operate, and I can mow both the front and back yard in about 30 minutes. I compared this one to another make I saw at another store and theirs looked frail, whereas this one looks like a man's mower, sturdy and rugged.
Mower is just OK. Not super sturdy, and the front wheels are often difficult to turn, particularly when on uneven ground or when you hit even a small hole.
Additionally, the mower was not shipped on time, and I had already made arrangements to have a trailer ready to pick it up.
Then, I didn't feel it was assembled correctly.