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New Caney, TX
I have 2 acres and it cuts all of it no problem it takes me a little longer with only a 42 in. cut but it fits well in my shed and I've got lots of time and like to mow anyway
This Craftsman 19 hp. 42 in. turn tight hydrostatic riding mower has reduced my mowing time from 1 hr. 15 min. to 25 min. with much less effort. Best features so far is the Hydrostatic drive and the Mow in reverse capability. Did not order front bumper, but will be shortly. Needed to allow close front end contact to buildings, fence, etc. The Turn Tight feature greatly reduces mowing time around trees and other lawn objects. The only negative comment, that I consider minor, is the muffler, or engine is somewhat louder than expected.
This is the first lawn tractor that I've owned and I'm very glad I went with this model. The manual is well-written, although some of the diagrams were a little confusing and I ended up searching for a video online to figure out where some things were that the manual didn't make clear. I have quite a few hills in my yard and it doesn't handle irregular hills all that well. It handles hills if you go straight up or down, but if you are sideways in ANY way, it feels very unstable and I almost fell off a few times. I didn't want to pay for a commercial-grade tractor, so I guess that's the trade-off. So there are areas of my yard where I still need to use a push mower. The power in reverse wasn't as powerful as forward, so I got stuck at the bottom of a hill against a fence and had to manually push it backwards up the hill. The turning radius is fantastic and I was able to circle trees without doubling back at all. My yard is about 3/4 acre with quite a few irregular hills and dips, but it reduced my mow time with a self-propelled push mower from 3+ hours to less than an hour with this tractor! And it was SO FUN to ride! It's also really beautiful and awesome to look at. I peer through my garage window every once in a while just to admire it.
Hubby LOVES the "Turn Tight" -- the advertised 6 inches is fairly accurate. We've only had it for a week but he really likes the way it cuts and especially how it turns. We do hope it lasts longer than our last Craftsman riding mower, which was 7 years, and we treated it gently. With as much as these costs, they shoud run forever. LOL!
This mower is very easy to mow with because of the automatic transmission and tight turning radius. The engine starts quickly and vibration is low. Oil change is quick and easy because of the drain valve on the engine and a hose to direct the used oil into a pan or bottle. I looked at many brands of riding mowers in this price range and the Craftsman T2200 seemed to be my best choice.
I am so glad I spent the extra money and bought this mower. I love all the features, where you can cut going backwards.. it also has a wonderful safety feature that if you get up from the mower while it is running the mower will cut off. you do have to be careful and not lean over because the mower thinks you are getting off of it and it will cut off. The easy cleaning is wonderful.,,, just hook your hose to the special peace they give you and TADA your mower blades are clean... Love my mower.. :).
Mount Pleasant, IA
Two weeks ago, Sears delivered my new T2200 mower to my driveway, set it up, attached the bagger system, and gave me a tour all for $30! Excellent value. As for the mower itself....I have mowed my large residential lot twice. Understand that I'm not mowing down sapplings or bouncing across rocky creek bottoms. I'm mowing grass on a large level lot and, so far, this mower does that very well. The cut is every even. The 19hp engine has plenty of power. The turn tight turning radius is as good as advertised. The hydrostatic transmission works well. Love the mow in reverse option. The bagger system works pretty well. Although it is a little difficult to figure out when it's full. It's very easy to empty and replace the softside bags. I hope to provide an update at the end of the mowing season. That should give me a better perspective on its ong-term reliability. But for now.....I'm impressed and quite satisfied with my purchase.
Mower blew engine 18 days after warranty expired. This same issue happened to my mother-in-laws craftsman 22 hp mower last year. you spend 1200+ on a product and you would think you could get at lleast 10 years out of it. I've done all of the scheduled maintenance and this is what I get for it what a piece of **** = I'm going back to a murray that my last one lasted 20 years!! Nice product Sears!!
My yard is about an acre of lawn to mow, and it is pretty flat. I bought the 2012 version of this tractor and it was a good mower. Then 1 month out of warranty, the hydrostatic trans-axle blew. No forward or reverse movement. Spoke to Sears and the only think they would do was knock 10% off the replacement part and ship it for free. It still cost $350! Very disappointed in the mower. I could understand if this had had a hard life, but it's used twice a month during the growing season (which is short in Vermont), on a flat yard, it is cleaned every time it is used, and it's kept in a garage. I would expect a mower that cost $1,500 to last longer than 2 years. My advice would be to spend a little more on a more robust mower, or ensure you have an extended warranty. You will likely need it!
I took over maintaining my yard last year. I bought another brand that was about $400 less. If I would have known last year how much time and energy this Craftsman would save me, I would have spent the extra money. I am over 60, single woman trying to maintain almost an acre. The tight turn feature is great! I was able to get up close to the areas I usually have to weed eat. This feature has cut out about half of the amount of weed eating I have to do.
Cross Plains, WI
First time ever driving a riding mower, little tricky at first getting to know how to go from drive, to revers, back to drive turning the key as well as moving the handle but getting better at it.
Purchased this tractor as a replacement for my old craftmans (around 15-20 years old), which still runs by the way. It has nice features. I like the throttle for controlling speed on inclines and declines. Only used once so far so hopefully will continue to be good investment.
Contrary to other reviews on this site, this mower easily goes up and down hills. when new, the tires are a little slick, and more so if they are over inflated. there is a seat sensor that cuts the engine if you are not on the seat, but it is sometimes a little touchy if you move on the seat to transfer weight to a slipping wheel. it will mow in reverse if you put the key in the reverse mow position.otherwise it will cut the engine if you put it in reverse with the mower going. yes, the frame will flex under uneven terrain, but it didn't effect the mower at all, and is pretty typical of this class of mowers these days. be careful when you mow close to bushes or trees. A branch could move the speed lever and speed you up or down. I like to rest my hand on it most of the time. it was plenty fast in forward or reverse. easily faster than you could really mow and do a good job. it could easily power up my hilly yard. it never seemed to be straining even with thick, high grass. i did not find it noisy, but i have heard quieter mowers. i really like the turning radius, but the tighter you turn, the slower you need to be going to keep it from under-steering. it seems very well built, and i am happy i bought it.