Ok, so this tractor has worked and performed as I thought. After reading all the reviews, I decided on buying this unit which seemed to fit my needs. I wanted a high powered unit, knowing I will be adding a large driveway to my home, and wanted to add the snow blower attachment. BEWARE, Sears info is contradictory in every way! I called for assistance and was provided with different answers with every call. No one has the correct info... So here it is; - Bagger #24080 (19a30018OEM) 3 bin bagger, it's ok but tends to fill only 2 bags. - Snow thrower #24837 + #11904(bracket kit) throws snow a mile! No one in Sears knew about the bracket kit, I happened to find it during my search. For the remaining accessories, I would contact MTD Tractors, as they are the manufacturer of this tractor. Also, search for a "attachment fit-up" chart. It does list part numbers for other accessories, but also indicates that certain parts are not available, but actually are. Double check all your part numbers, as I was provided numbers that didn't fit. I will be buying wheel weights and chains to be used with the snow blower, but guess what.... The numbers listed don't appear to be correct... In review, I can't fault the operator answering the phone, they're providing info listed on a chart they're reading, too bad the charts are contradictory. Shop the prices at different stores... These accessories are sold in many stores.. Sears needs to re-vamp the parts house!
Transaxle/Hydrostatic drive leaking after first 20 hours. I paid for the care package, otherwise I'd be up you know what creek. 1st review was kicked which had a higher rating, stating helpful information on equipment attachments that were wrong on fit chart for fellow customers. Just avoid this product. Folks in the store were great, too bad about the product.
Got this in the off-season so just beginning to test it out. Only have a half acre of flat yard to mow, so this is overkill, but I couldn't pass up the price when I purchased it.
Definitely has plenty of power for my small yard but I grew up on an old farm with plenty to mow and this blows that away. Should be good for at least a 2 to 4 acres lot with modest grades. Build seems very solid, but that's what we pay for with the "pro" series.
Cut is superb with no burning. LOVE the tight turn radius for mowing up close to the few trees I have. Helps to reduce some of the weed whacking. The mow in reverse is also very handy.
Only problem I have had so far is the hour meter will not go on and the Smart Lawn feature also doesn't work. I removed the housing to get to both to make sure they were fully plugged in (they were) and still not working and the local Sears is gone, so may have to take it to my local mower guy to take a look at it.
All-in-all, I am happy aside from the meter and Smart Lawn feature. I get that resolved and I'll be very happy and upgrade to 5 stars.
The two welds holding the brackets on the rear of my mower deck have completely failed and they have been ripped right of the deck. I would not have expected this from a 5 year old tractor. I wonder if I can get some assistance from Sears to fix or replace.
Ordered this online back in early August with assistance from a Sears rep through chat. Tried to order a 3 bin bagger, but despite a rep picking one that was supposed to be compatible, shipping didn't send it. They said it was not compatible. After 3 calls to customer support, I still have no compatible bagger. They tried to send another model but it was backordered until January of 2019. After calling again, the rep said the first model was in fact, the right one. They shipped it out and it doesn't fit. Called the number in the bagger manual. They said they would send out a kit to adapt it. Got that today. It was just a duplicate part that already came with the bagger and doesn't fit. Really frustrating dealing with Sears on this issue. Wish I bought something else from a local vendor, even if it meant spending more $.