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Craftsman 30" 420cc 6-Speed Shift-on-the-Go Rear Engine Riding Mower

Item# 07129000000P | Model# 29000 | Added on January 16, 2013 | Seller:
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*On December 16th 2016 this models Craftsman® Smart Lawn™ technology app will be available420cc 30" 6-Speed Rider Mower Makes Lawns Beautiful Easily and Quickly
A beautiful lawn requires a lot of work, but this Craftsman 420cc 30" 6-speed rider mower takes a lot of that work onto its own 14-gauge welded steel frame. Cut your lawn at speeds reaching up to five miles per hour, and have the ability to change speeds effortlessly with the equipped Shift On the Go manual transmission. Enjoy a tight 18-inch turning radius on Turf Saver tires that are built to be gentle on your grass. Add a bagger or mulch plug (sold separately) to keep clippings for your compost pile or have them ready for recycling with no additional effort.
Five different cutting heights ensure that you get exactly the look you want from the 420cc 30" 6-speed rider mower. Its compact size makes it ideal for smaller yards or tight spaces, while the ease of handling makes outdoor work short and simple. Carry up to 1.3 gallons of gasoline at any time, and check your levels with a glance through the sight glass.

  • An 18 in. turning radius on the Craftsman 6-speed small yard rider provides maneuverability and stability
  • Engine features full pressure lubrication and spin-on oil filter to promote longer life
  • Manageable 30 in. wide, single blade cutting deck offers great cutting performance along with the ability to fit
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By AkronDave
January 22nd, 2016
Great Mower For Average Lots

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.

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By Jimco
March 22nd, 2013
Not Good

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 :-(

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30" riding mower, bagger, 12cu ft trailer.


This mower and bagger are perfect for a bigger-than-normal city lot. A bigger tractor would have been overkill for my lot. Great turn radius, quiet motor. The bagger hugs and is streamlined with the mower so it does not protrude from the side, allowing it to fit thru side gates nicely! The bagger came in a box 55"L x 24"W x 14"H. Sets up in about 1.5 hours. The mower has enough power to push the grass thru the chute, no problem. Nice, uniform grass cut! I do see the oil change plug a previous writer mentioned so, I will buy a small extension tube for $4 and install that the next time I change the oil.
I have the 12cu. ft. trailer also. The trailer came in a box 4'L x 20"W x 14"H. Sets up in about 2 hours.
Love this mower!

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steering problem


I purchased a 9 month old unit that is like new. the only problem so far is the free play in the steering wheel. has anyone else noticed this problem? I am curious how to fix this problem. there seems to be a little play in each of the 3 connections in the steering system.-adjustable steering wheel, bolt in middle of steering column, lower tie-rod linkage. When you add all three of these together, it becomes quite noticeable.

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March 12th

Not a very good mower


I have owned this mower for about 2 weeks. I cranked it this morning and let it run for a little while. After turning the key off the mower had a whining sound which sounded like the starter. The only way to get it to stop was to disconnect the battery. Now I can touch the battery cables to the posts and it turns over with the key off. I called sears and they said the would repair or replace but I had to go thru my local store where I purchased the mower. I told them that I wanted a replacement since I've only had the mower 2 weeks. We'll see if they stand behind their product.

February 26th via
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Wonderful for smaller to medium sized yards


I had a medium size yard that took about 90 minutes to mow with a push mower. SInce I'm not getting any younger I decided on a small riding mower. This one worked wonderfully.

January 25th via
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Oil Change is a nightmare!


Mower works fine. Changing engine oil is a nightmare. Whoever designed the plastic tube to drain the engine oil should be fired. The oil drain plug is on the side of the engine, instead of underneath. This causes hot oil to go everywhere when the plug is removed. Oil changing system is terrible. I got hot oil all over me and my driveway. I would not recommend this engine configuration unless an upgrade is made to make oil removal safe.

December 6th, 2016 via
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Nice Riding Mower


Just replaced an old Sears riding mower that I've been using for many years. I hope this model lasts as long. I've only used it a few times but it seems good.

December 1st, 2016 via
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November 12th, 2016
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