This is a great mower. I first got it home and had to learn how to drive it. But its just like a car the gas pedal on one side and the brake pedal on the other.Whoa How easy is that! Lower the deck and started mowing. It cuts lever. The only thing was the steering wheel came off. Had to stop get tools out and put back on. All is good.
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.
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...............
Love this mower!