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jms2014
Mar 28 , 2014
Great little mower!
Everything you would expect in a quality Craftsman. Very smooth operation, turning radius is excellent, keeps cutting even in tall grass, and comfortable stable ride.
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Drewsipher
Apr 19 , 2014
Ehhh! Blah.
The mower is a little slow especially in reverse. Uneven terrain causes the deck to torque which leaves mower stripes. Turning around trees is nice but if the ground around the tree is not level... the machine tends to push in a strait line. Quite a bit louder than other mowers on the market. Single cylinder engine causes a lot of vibration. Good on gas use. Can't say this is worth the money. I'd look into other brands.
 

bfasold

Lebanon, PA

Aug 27 , 2014
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nice mower

I've only use the mower one time so far, but it seems very good. I like the automatic speed control which lets you increase or decrease speed while you are mowing. The turning radius is also nice. The only bad thing is that I'm only 5ft tall, so if I lean forward on the seat, it will shut off.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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Aug 22 , 2014
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good mower

I have really enjoyed using the 42" Turn Tight Hydrostatic riding mower. The blades that came with the mower could not cut tall bahajia grass very well, even at a crawl. I purchased a set of bagging blades that do much better than the mulching blades.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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Aug 21 , 2014
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Great for medium size yards when you have tress and bushes to deal with.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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Aug 19 , 2014
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CRAFTSMAN 42'' LAWN TRACTOR

I PURCHASED A 19HP TURN TIGHT HYDROSTATIC TRACTOR. I AM VERY HAPPY WITH IT SO FAR. THE DECK WASH I HAVE FOUND IS NICE ,BUT YOU NEED TO DO IT EVERY TIME YOU MOW TO KEEP YOUR DECK CLEAN. I HAD A SEARS LT1000 42'' CUT FOR 10 YEARS. GOT VERY GOOD SERVICE OUT OF IT. STILL RUNS GREAT. JUST WANTED TO UP GRADE.SO FAR THE ONLY THING A HAVE FOUND IS THE REVERSE IS NOT AS STRONG AS I WOULD LIKE. YOU HAVE TO UP THE RPMS TO GET IT TO BACK UO ON A GRADE. OTHER THAN THAT IT IS A SUPER MOWER

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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KenD_53

Livermore Falls, ME

Aug 19 , 2014
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Hmm Fit and finish problems

I don't know if I'll be keeping this riding lawn mower cause I still can return in 30 days. Here are my reasons why I am indecisive on this rider: The fit and finish on this rider is terrible. The key switch is a little too loose, there is a golf ball size dent in the hood, and some other body part don't line up right. I don't like the transmission and somebody else notice it picks up speed going downhill, well they aren't kidding it does pick up speed on a slight grade downhill. The mowing deck was not set up right at all and I had to spend two hours leveling and setting the anti scalp wheels. I expected better from Sears on this lawn mower with setup. I should add I had to adjust all the tire pressures as well and I checked all the nuts and fasteners I could see and reach. The frame flexes a little too much for my liking on rough or uneven ground and I believe this will be an issue later on. Possible frame cracks and failure? The deck wash system is awful, it leaks from the connection and doesn't clean the deck well at all. I will try to mow another lawn with the mower and see how the transmission performs on a 15% slope and then I will decide on whether it's a keeper or a return. Something tells me it's going back though and because of this feeling I can not recommend this to a friend.


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shane22

Merlin, OR

Aug 18 , 2014
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i had it for a week

i could not wait to mow with it and i love have not had any proplems with it

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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Aug 18 , 2014
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Very Disappointed

I bought this mower last Fall for my 2.5 acre lawn. At first it ran fine but I've had nothing but trouble since. First, it suddenly died on me and would not turn over. I couldn't see anything wrong (not a mechanic) so we called customer service. TWO WEEKS LATER the tech came out and replaced a 30 amp fuse behind in the right rear wheel well. A fuse? Why couldn't they tell me that over the phone? That same fuse has gone at THREE TIMES since. Then, the drive belt came off within a couple months of purchase. They want you to spend $500 for an extended warranty (just 1/3 of the cost of the whole machine), but I didn't realize I'd be having so many problems so soon. Now the warranty is out. When it runs, it is a good mower. But I've been pushing it around the yard too much to ever recommend it. Very disappointed in Craftsman; may not buy another one ever again.


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sweetnsour2723

Fouke, AR

Aug 15 , 2014
via mobile
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Craftsman lawn tractor

Very easy to operate, love the turn tight feature, and I live the hydrostatic driving, only wish this model would have had the 48" cut instead of the 42", and the exhaust could use tone a little quitter, other than that it's a great lawn tractor.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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Aug 14 , 2014
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Craftsman riding lawnmower

Lawnmower received good review from Consumer Reports. So far, we are very pleased with its performance. Salesman was knowledgeable about the mower and very helpful. Delivery was right on time. Very pleased overall.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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Aug 14 , 2014
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Yea buddy

Awesome machine. Got a great deal and it runs smooth and does anything i need it too.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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J.Burgess

Lithonia, GA

Aug 13 , 2014
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Great Lawn tractor

Just got my 42 inch 19 hp turn tight tractor, tractor is great does not vibrate much it's a tractor (not a car)so it will a little ,turn tight is good 2 bagger great ,also ordered the bumper I'm ready for the grass and the fall leaves.mowed 1/2 acre front yard done in 15 min. so don't buy in to the bad reviews you have 30 days to return but I'm keeping mine.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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Happyyardguy

Toledo, OH

Aug 11 , 2014
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Satisfied

The mower is great!! Cuts evenly and does the job

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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Papes

Bloomfield Hills, MI

Aug 6 , 2014
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I have a love hate relationship with my Craftsmen tractor

I wanted to wait a little while before righting my review on my New Craftsmen. And as I stated above I have already developed a love hate relationship with it. Allow me to start with the Good part first. I lave a large corner lot with steep hills tons of tight turns and open space. With a Mini forest surrounded by lawn circled in in stone on one side of my house. A steep rise in my front yard (Delivery people hate me) My back and other side yard have many obstructions as well from trees to my garden and pumpkin patch that is taking over yard and garden to structures. I have found the hydro static transmission to be a GODs send! I can easily control my speed up and down with light taps on my shiftier add in the tight turning and all I can say is I barely do any weed whacking anymore when before I would spend more time weed whacking then actually mowing with my old tractor. Frankly this tractor and I work so well like hand in glove it's it's caused my hate part of this relationship. I have nearly an archer of land and before maintaining my lawn would take half a days labor now I'm done mowing in 15 minutes :( and weed whack even less, not even a hour is spend tending to my lawn!!!!! Each time I have completely mowing I'm left wanting more!!! today I nearly considered crossing the road and mowing my neighbors who always lets his lawn get too long before mowing and if not for fear of what lay within his high grass that would ruin my blades I relented. Yes I love my tractor so much so I hate it because I don't get to use it enough! I'm being sincere here. I should add my only disappointment in this order was that it took so long to gt delivery of the tractor in fact 4 days after buying my tractor which was in stock I purchased a new Kenmore Gas Range (which so far I give 5 Stars too ) and the range was delivered in 3 days and the tractor still didn't arrive until the next week. I spend a lot of time in the decision making of this tractor I read all the reviews good bad or indifferent as with anything with so many moving parts things can go wrong specially if the product is not properly used and maintained not that manufactures and assemblers do not make mistakes they do and generally those will shine through very quickly so you are covered just follow your user manuals instruction and you will be fine. I highly recommend this product I found it to far exceed my expectation and if I had known it would have freed up so much of my personal time before hand I would not have delayed my purchase as I had.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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Aug 6 , 2014
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Great lawnmower, turns really well. the lawnmower has great speed control,

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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Freihautcr

Terre Haute, IN

Aug 5 , 2014
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Excellent

This mower has been great since I purchased it about 2 months ago. I love how sharp the turns are and it cuts extremely well even when the grass is damp. I have been very happy with this purchase and would highly recommend it to others looking for a mower at this price point.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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pygar77

Odessa, MO

Aug 4 , 2014
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Vibrates, leaky engine, underpowered

First let me say my 9 year old craftsman 18 hp intek mower has more power. This one vibrates a lot! Called for repair and they changed wobbly pullies and ballanced blades that only had 3 mowings on them. (out of ballance) Better but still shaky compared to old LT2000. Noticed oil leak from main engine seal only 6 mowings now. (1 acre yard) They changed the seal by just pulling out rubber/plastic ring from around shaft and tapping in new one. Mind boggleing ignorant design. No plate to hold it in place or press it in or anything. Nothing to keep it fallling out. The only reason I purchased it was the hydrostatic drive that you don't have to use your "feet" to run. I need that foot to hold back limbs etc when I drive past bushes..


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Aug 4 , 2014
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Great Mower

Turns on a dime, simple to drive, I like the option to mow in reverse because of the lay out of our property. I love EVERYTHING about this mower!!!!

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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turkeyblues

New Castle, PA

Aug 1 , 2014
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this lawnmower has some defect in it. I was scared to mow with it. It's bad

it would not hold you back going down a grade and would pick up speed


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mitchda

Crestview, FL

Jul 31 , 2014
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Transmission issues within first month of ownership

Started having transmission problems 1st month (3rd use). Takes 3 -5 minutes before transmission will engage. First appointment Sears had for maintenance was six weeks away...


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JBellamy

Prosperity, SC

Jul 31 , 2014
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fantastic machine

This mower is just the thing I needed to keep my front lawn and back yard neat and clean. The best part is the 6-inch turn radius. With such a tight turn capability, I am able to get into the corners of the fenced areas with ease. This limits the amount of trimming I have to do later to finish up the grooming. The 19 horsepower engine is an asset when I need the extra power to haul my dump cart full of dirt or rocks when I am creating a new vegetable or flower garden.


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ScottAB

Iron Mountain, MI

Jul 30 , 2014
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Very good price and product.

Very nice lawn mower for the money. Have used it a few times. So easy to steer. Got a very good deal from my local Sears store. Also got free delivery. Will buy from them again. Have had good luck with Craftman mowers and with this Sears Store in the past. Very happy with this Lawn Mower.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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TNTMOM414

Ardmore, AL

Jul 30 , 2014
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New lawn mower

Great mower.Just wish it had auto transmission. Great cut very good turn.


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critty827

New Bedford, MA

Jul 30 , 2014
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Decent purchase

I would recommend this tractor, its an easy ride and an automatic whereas my last one was a standard. I had my last craftsman tractor for 20 years so with any luck, this one will be as good. I recommend this tractor to you.

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Jul 29 , 2014
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Very Satisfied So Far

I upgraded from a 15-year old Craftsman/Kohler riding mower and am quite pleased with this new machine. I?m enjoying the tight turning radius ? definitely recommend buying the Sears mowers that include this feature. I don?t notice that it?s too loud (every tractor requires ear protection), nor does the frame seem to flex on rough ground. The hydrostatic transmission is a great improvement over the old manual transmission. My yard is fairly uneven, so I set the mower height medium high (setting #4), and have no complaints about how evenly it cuts. I have not noticed vibration in the mower deck. Nor have I experienced the indicator plates coming loose as one reviewer mentioned. The only warning is not to leave the key in the ignition in the vertical (reverse option) position when you're done mowing. That apparently drains the battery. Otherwise, the mower?s fine after a month?s use. Will it last 15 years? Hope it at least goes beyond the warranty, or I?ll be back with another less-positive review!

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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JEM2

Okemos, MI

Jul 28 , 2014
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Sears does it again

Delivered on time, with minimal set up, except for the deck height adjustment which took 2 tools to do, it started immediately. It's a little loud at full throttle but doesn't need to be full for my 2 acres. Love the tight turn. Everything worked so now only time will tell if it's reliable as my 24 year old JD (except for the transmission).

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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