My 19 HP, 46" cut Craftsman tractor has been a godsend. I recently relocated to Florida and brought with me a small walk behind mower. This mower made the job of cutting my Florida grass a huge task. My Craftsman tractor has cut the job down to a quarter of what it once was. If you need a tractor for your lawn, this is one that will work well for you!
This steaming pile arrived at my house on approx 3/25/16 cut the grass once, and it wouldn't start after that, would not mow in reverse, which was a big deal breaker for me, called Sears, which was also a task in itself, and trying to get anyone to help me was also a task, it turned out the switch was defective, I fixed the switch, and got a new one, I forgot, battery was also dead after one cut, then looked into a bagger, did some research on it,and read reviews, which was not a lot of help, and went to the store, talked to the salesman, showed him what I wanted, and showed him my tractor, and he ordered the wrong one, picked it up from sears got home, and could not do anything with it, because as I stated wrong one, purchased the correct one, and don't know why I would've thought it would be different, but it also is a big steaming pile, it can only hols 2 bags, and only 1 bag fills up, biggest engeneering flaw EVER !!!!!!! There are just to many flaws on this thing, tractor and bagger to go into... So people do yourself a favor, and to save headaches, which you will have many if you deal with sears period, and DO NOT PURCHASE either one of these products, they are both very SUBSTANDARD and without alot of thought going into them.
it is wide, so the cut will not be even when there is slope. the deck belt broke on the 4th year of use, which is shorter than I thought. this is my first rider not sure if other riders last longer
This mower runs and mows, but the quality of it is nothing near to what mowers a few years ago had. For example, the seat on this mower is very cheaply made and the adjustment fell apart. Now it slides forward and back on it's own.
Had I know MTD made these things I would have never bought it. Finding a service or repair manual just to perform simple upkeep like greasing the spindles, or anything (says take to dealer lol) is impossible. FYI deck belt= MTD 954-04219 and blades = MTD 942-04290. Spent an hour calling 1-888-331-4569, and got the wrong deck drive belt part # :( garbage, I wish...............