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njgaslight
Dec 9 , 2012
So far, very nice machine
I replaced my 17 year old 16HP-Hydro trans tractor with this 21HP- Hydro trans model during Thanksgiving Friday sales. It was delivered fully assembled on Monday and pushed directly into my garage. I double checked the oil, tire pressures, filled the tank with fuel and started it on the first turn of the key. Then I purged the trans per the manual instructions and cut the front lawn after running the engine with no load for a few minutes. For the price it was the best deal in a mower with hydro drive and a 42" deck which is what I wanted. It's made by Huskurvana and has a Huslurvana emission label under the seat. Very easy to operate and it seems pretty well built with an engine made in the states so my guess is it will be fine for my needs. Since the few weeks I've had it,I see no flaws and have no gripes I can say about it. Time will tell, but I'd buy the exact same machine if I had to do it again.
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Riverside456
May 28 , 2013
After 3 years of use...
This tractor would have gotten a 5 star rating from me after year one, but I've had multiple issues since, slipping drive belt (nearly every time I get the tractor out) and most recently, the frame cracked and broke off where the rear axle connects, along with the rear drive assembly. Buyer beware, a purchase like this should stand the test of time without causing these kinds of headaches. My options now are wait 2 weeks for Sears to charge me $100 for a technician to see if it's covered under warranty, or fix it myself. Really disappointing considering Craftsman's whole ad campaign are that it's tractors stand up and exceed the quality of competing brands.
 

perezcrp01

Helotes, TX

Apr 7 , 2014
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Won't Start 2 Years Old

New battery, just clicks, ordered solenoid and starter. Used 5 times.


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k8

International Falls, MN

Mar 27 , 2014
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Craftsman 42 In. 21Hp Briggs & Stratton Hydrostatic Turn Tight Yard Tractor

I spent a year evaluating this Yard Tractor for my husband and it is sensational and worth the price of a great machine. The diehard battery continues to perform with excellence and definitely through research of the Briggs and Stratton machine you can not ask for something better. The hydrostatic turning will provide a tight turn radius and definitely gives the driver great access to yard diversion. Great deal and excellent yard tractor.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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Hongnyny

Poughkeepsie, NY

Mar 6 , 2014
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Tractor

Good tractor, I have big lawn 5 aces it did the job well no problems, also i used it for winter attach the snow blade work beautiful.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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djas714

Lititz, PA

Jan 23 , 2014
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Disappointed

Cons: Lacks power for small inclines. One would think with 21 hp it would have more power but my old 13 hp Bolens had more. Blade belt keeps falling off. Cuts too low except on highest setting. Pros: wash-out port, mows in reverse.


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Jan 20 , 2014
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Happy to Mow

Love the hydrostatic transmission

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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rnmcy

Spring, TX

Dec 1 , 2013
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Yard Tractor

First riding tractor - third Crafstman riding mower product. This is my first with tight turn(3rd 42 inch).Really handles well and the bagger from my retired mower fits, eliminating having to buy another bagger. Maneuvers extremely well and cuts close to trees, fences, etc. Really appreciate the deck upgrade( the attached washer for under the deck to help prevent rusting. Great ride and mower....Grandkids love taking a non mowing ride.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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luv2rallye

Saint Paul, MN

Nov 29 , 2013
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Solution for cutting too low

The problem is the right rear deck suspension arm "Link Asm Lift Fixed" (key #101 in repair manual) is fixed length and so the deck can only adjust for tilt but not increase the height. If you replace it with another "Link Lift Susp Mower Rear" (key #91 [part no. 197984] which is already on the left rear) you can then adjust rear deck height as well as still adjust tilt. Even the repair manual states "key 91 may be substituted for key 101". At the highest setting my brand new tractor deck height was 3" (from the floor) in the rear but I now have it up to 4" with this substitute part (and front went from 3" to 3 1/2"). This is what all the other major lawn tractor brands have (I measured 4 of them). [For some reason the compareable Arien tractor (which is also made by Husqvarna with the identical deck) has part 91 on both sides.] So order part no. 197984 to replace the right rear one so it's the same as the left rear one. Many web sites have this part (not just Sears).

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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P-A-S

Plainville, MA

Nov 28 , 2013
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Can't Beat Craftsman

I bought this tractor to replace a 13-year old Craftsman tractor (Transaxle pulley snapped from transaxle). Too bad, because the Kohler Pro engine was running fine. Anyway, I elected to replace rather than repair due to age and bought this model. The end of season sale made the deal too good to pass up. I've used it a couple of times mainly to pick up leaves (bought 3 bin bagger as well). Seat is comfortable, performance is excellent, and although it's early I have not had any of the problems experienced by other reviewers. I'm looking forward to the Spring to test it further, but based upon recent use I think I'm really going to like this mower. Delivery was quick and smooth. No problems.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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BruMar001

Magnolia, OH

Nov 28 , 2013
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Lawn tractor, 21 HP tight turn.

I ordered this tractor preassembled and set up for immediate use. I advise you do the same unless you have some time on your hands and like to tinker. Everything was set up and ready to go upon delivery. I did have to set the height on the roller wheels, and had to level the mower deck slightly, but both are easy tasks. The setup tech did a good job, all bolts were tight, oil level correct, and everything was greased. After filling with gas(has a huge gas tank) began first mowing of grass and fall leaves. Did a great job, the 21 HP motor is low RPM's but it never faded or stalled in heavy areas. The cut is beautiful, and the turn radius is awesome! The reverse mowing feature came in handy too. have used four times since purchase and I am very happy with tractor. Last use was a cold start, and though it started right up, I had some difficulty with smoothing out the idle.Strange choke set up goes from choke to high RPM's, but it did not stall. just sputtered for a minute until idle smoothed out. Overall though I am happy with this purchase.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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jprbos

Lakeville, MA

Nov 12 , 2013
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Just Okay

Runs fine and turning is nice but, the deck is too low. I always cut on highrst setting at it is much to low. Told it cannot be adjusted


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2112

Mount Morris, PA

Nov 9 , 2013
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Craftsman 42 in. Briggs & Stratton Hydrostatic Turn Tight Lawn Mower

I reciently bought a Craftsman 42 in. hydrostatic turn tight riding mower. Even though it is late in the mowing season where I live, I have used it a few times. Although, backing-up with this machine, is a little slow, it is not a problem in my yard. It has cut the mowing time in half for me. There are several obstickles in my yard to mow around. With the 6 inch radius turning, this cuts down on trimming with a push mower. My lawn looks better then it ever has, it is evenly cut and the clippings are not wind-rowed throughout the yard. With this mower, mowing the lawn is a relaxing enjoyment. For the money this machine is well worth the money. I would have no problem to recommed it to everyone. perhaps, if I had used it all summer, I could have giveni it an excellent rating.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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Nov 8 , 2013
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2009 cm 20hp bs hydro problems

Purchased in Apr 2009. Had a mulching kit installed. First time used cut a 42" trench in my yard. Blades were installed upside down. Had hard time cranking since purchased. To get it to run gas cap has to be real loose. We bounce and slide in seat. On a slope get off and push up slope. Problem is the rear wills spend. Stearing column stays loose. Gas tank filler is almost under top of mower. Need a long spout on gas can to fill. Now engin is locked up. Waiting on an appoitment in 16 days. Also rod that connects deck to front of tractor snapped in half for no reason. This tractor is mainly used by my wife to cut 1/4 acre of lawn. Great mower when running properly.


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Spartyon

Alexandria, VA

Nov 6 , 2013
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Great lawn tractor

I've owned this tractor for over three years and I can't say enough good things about it. Lots of power, cuts the yard well, runs great. It gets the job done. Thanks Craftsman.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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nawsum526

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Tecumseh, MI

Oct 26 , 2013
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Had a great summer with this mower!

We have about an acre, with some quick, small elevation changes and a lot of trees, and we have had a great summer with this mower! Transitioning to fall, the bagging attachment has been a lifesaver with the trees, and while sometimes the turning radius isn't quite suited for the tight corners I needed, for the price I paid, I couldn't get much better!

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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wrdeleon

Burnet, TX

Oct 23 , 2013
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Great mower

easy start, comfortable seat, tight turn, very easy to operate. My salesperson was very knowledgeable about the product.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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Oct 13 , 2013
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Excellent Lawn Tractor

Started with first turn of the key right off the delivery truck. I ordered a mulch kit assuming it would come with cutting blades. It came with the mulching blades installed but didn't mention it on the Sears website or in the specifications. That kind of information would be helpful. Sales clerk said it would be delivered, set up, and configured per my request. He also stated the delivery person would review the how to use the basic features and controls. Not true. It was drop shipped and I had to read much of the manual before I could even move it. I didn't know how to disengage the hydrostatic transmission so that I could free wheel it. That being said, it appears to operate as advertised. I love the tight turning radius and hydrostatic transmission. No need to increase the engine RPM to increase mowing speed. If you do not know how a hydrostatic transmission works . . . It is helpful to search the web for an explanation and recommendations that are not included in the operating manual.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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Oct 11 , 2013
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Mower review

Does a nice job quickly. Even mulching.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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Frisco, TX

Oct 5 , 2013
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same good quality - nice looking cut

My 15 year old same exact model finally had transmission failure and decided to try new mower. Tried Husqvarna and wound up returning it to *****. Kept stalling. This mower cost less runs better and has a better looking grass cut and didn't stall once. Looks like the choke is missing but it is now integrated into the throttle lever? The blades engage is no longer a button but is now a big red lever has to be turned counterclockwise. Gas tank is under the hood instead of under the seat and the battery was moved from under the hood to under the seat (swapped places with the gas tank apparently). Otherwise this will feel right at home. New feature to go in reverse you need to not just move the shift gear back but also need to switch the key to in between drive and stop to let it know you really meant to go backward - this can cause a stall if you don't do the steps. Guess it is safer that way. Looking forward to enjoying this for many years - got the extended warranty but doubt I will need it.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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Austin1960

Perrysburg, OH

Oct 5 , 2013
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Great ... so far

I got mine to replace a very well used lt1000. I am amazed how the extra tight turn is taking so much time off mowing. I was taking my over 2 hours and with this tractor, I am getting done in close to 90 minutes due to being able to make a fast turn and not do all those 3 points turns I used to do. I really like the hand actuated automatic transmission. I have used a friend's tractor with foot controls and very much prefer the hand controls. The seat is very comfortable but I have found the seat switch to be very sensitive. So far I am very please but after only 3 mows, I am only willing to rate it 4 stars. I hope it stands the test of time!

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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jsk1086

Highland Mills, NY

Sep 29 , 2013
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Great tractor

Purchased about one month ago I love to cut my grass now. Tractor does a great job. Very easy to operate.Just ordered a hard bagger to help me clean up the leaves this fall.Can't say enough about the tractor plenty of power steers great .

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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Sep 28 , 2013
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Get as long a warranty as you can...You will need it!

This mower was the worst investment I have ever made. The previous Craftsman riding mower I had lasted 27 years. Finally parts were getting scarce so I decided to buy a new one. I have had this mower for three years and I had three service calls the first year. The last one involved them working on my carburetor. They fixed the problem but I just discovered that when they put the carburetor back on the engine they forgot to hookup the crankcase breather tube to the carburetor so I have been mowing for two months with the carburetor sucking dirty air directly into it. It started to smoke and use lots of oil. It is out of warranty so I took off the cover to see what might be the problem and found the tube unplugged. Now I have to tear the engine down and see how much damage has occurred inside. Sears is not what it use to be, in product or service.


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greg649

Nevada, MO

Sep 28 , 2013
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Lawn Tractor

This lawn tractor is great real fast easy to drive mows really fast starts up every time with no problems. can use my previous grass catcher bolted up and fits, last Crafstmen Lawn Tractor lasted me 12 years with no problems till it broke a valve so decide get a new one instead of repairing it, this one has bigger engine with 21 Hp, last one was only 17 Hp and was getting tired, love the features this one has like oil filter on engine, hose connection to clean mower deck underside of grass and Hydrostatic trans and tight turning all of these my previous mower didn't have. Real happy with this mower.


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montana98

Green Bay, WI

Sep 27 , 2013
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tractor

doesnt have that much power to get up a ditch or slight incline.it doesnt turn that tight of a corner or your tires get stuck in one position


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swyoung2006

Whitinsville, MA

Sep 22 , 2013
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Great running tractor

Very easy to use and runs great!

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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dutch2156

Mc Alpin, FL

Sep 20 , 2013
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dead battery when you delivered it

dead battery when they delvered it the head light button was left on we called and they said that the end of october is when theyu could come out so just get a ho shot for the battey i have a 5 year policy and this is what i get for my money


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