I purchased this tractor in May 2012 and I now have over 20 hours usage on this tractor. This tractor replaced a 2001 42" Craftsman. First read the instructions and follow the set up procedures to the letter. Do this and you will have an excellent cutting platform. There are some cons to this tractor but they weren't deal breakers for me, IE: 1. Height adjustment is on the left hand side and gets hung up on clothing when exiting the tractor. 2. Reverse pedal should have been larger thus easier to use. 3. Gas gauge window almost impossible to read.
Pro's 24HP engine extremely smooth and powerful, will cut the steepest yards such as mine. 2. Deck is vibration free and excellent cutting ability, hose connecter for cleaning is an added bonus. 3. Turning radius is the tightest in the industry. 4. Transmission is smooth and also vibration free.
Prior to purchasing I read the reviews and almost decided against this tractor but because of my history with Craftsman products I decided to buy and can honestly say I have not regretted it. A lot of the bad reviews could be attributed to the buyer trying to use the product without going through the set up procedure. It's a great tractor for the money.
I purchased the equivalent model several years ago. I know that manufacturers change the mechanics from year to year, but this might be worth thinking about. The machine has been great on our almost 2 acre lot and we have been very happy with it. Last week the drive peddles stopped working properly. Upon inspection I found that there is supposed to be a small spring that sits next to the transaxle, and it was missing. I assumed it would be a simple and inexpensive fix. When I called the parts department they informed me that that part is not available for sale on its own. It comes as part of the transaxle assembly (the entire rear drive system). The cost of the parts alone is $775.... it seems to be a very expensive spring...
Great lawn tractor (we have over 2500 hours on it during the past 3 years with no issues) however the mower deck is literally a hunk of junk. Some of the pulleys are made of plastic!!! Regardless of material we have replaced them all at least once a year. In addition we end up replacing the mandrel housing at least twice a year. It is so bad that we order replacement parts in bulk to have extra parts on hand as delivery takes upward of 2 weeks. Who can not mow for that length of time? Very disappointing as this replaced a 13 yo Craftsman which was just plain worn out (and too small for our new home with a larger area to mow) but rarely had issues.
I got a great deal on this tractor and really love it! There is a trick to start it at first, when the motor is cold, you need to have the brake set and choke it per the directions, however you may also need to pump the gas petal while you are cranking the engine. Once my brother (who also has one) shared that tip with me, there's been no looking back.
I love that the fuel is under the seat and can hold twice as much gas as my old mower. I also like the battery under the hood, instead of under the seat like my old craftsman, so if I need to charge it or jump start it, I can crank the engine with the cables still attached which I couldn't do with my old tractor. I also recommend the bagger or pull cart that goes with this tractor, as they are very good as well.
Excellent Mower. Tight turn feature is outstanding. Easy to Level the deck and to change blades. The large gas tank is a plus. Have used this mower for over 20 hours and do not have a single complaint.
I own 3 craftsman tractors 2 yard 1 garden I bought this 1 nov. 2012 ths junk with the way mower deck is built I will never buy another craftsman
Bought this product because Craftsman has (I thought) always been a brand that stood for quality. I've had this product for FIVE months, and have just scheduled my 3rd repair, 2 of which was for problems related to the mower deck. I would like to think the problems I've experienced are isolated, but could not in good conscience recommend this product. My overall experience with this product and Sears' "snail pace" at repairing it is unsatisfactory to say the least.