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Most Helpful Reviews
The Briggs & Stratton Platinum engine starts easily and has plenty of power. The rear wheel drive is great for climbing up hills and the large rear wheels keep the mower from getting bogged down in small ruts. The handle design is much better than my last mower (also a Craftsman). After a while, the joint between the two handle sections on my old mower wore out and I had to reinforce it with metal hose clamps. But to be fair, I have been using that old Craftsman mower for the last 20 years. So, I cannot really complain. It still usually starts with one pull. I'm only replacing it because after all this time, the steel deck is rusting through. I am expecting great things from this mower. We'll see.
This mower was as advertised. It was easy to set up and make ready to use. An easy pull on the starter cord and it cranked immediately. I used it to mulch leaves and it did an excellent job. I am sure that when the grass begins to grow again it will also cut the grass as well. I also like the easy height adjustment and the fact the rear wheels are larger than the front wheels, which makes for an easier pushing motion.
This is one of the best mowers Sears makes. Powerful engine that cuts through any height of grass. It's easy to start and the drive system works great. I would highly recommend this product.
The rear bagger is easily removed to empty leaves and grass clippings. The engine is very powerful. The Rear Wheel Drive Self-Propelled Drive system is a feature that is sure to save mowing effort, particularly on those very hot days. The engine starts first time every time, and it has really strong power to get through tough jobs for mowing. The large rear wheels enable the operator to maneuver the machine well for trimming around obstacles, and it is even a beauty for the eye to behold. It could use some padding for gripping the handle for more comfort in handling, but overall it is a very sturdy well made walk behind lawn mower that I expect to give me many years of service.
I purchased the mower on black friday online but all sold out at reduce sale price. So, I when to store and located the floor model and purchased the mower for hundreds less than full price. Also, the sale staff were great. As for the mower it was already fully assembled and just had to screw in to handle bolts. Got it home and gas it up and the mower started on first pull. Don't understand the problems with the people adding the one rating because I cut my grass the next day and everything worked great with no problems. The mower has more power than the front wheel drive I purchased from Sear about 8 years ago and I hope the people with the one rating have someone assemble the mower before using because everyone don't understand the assemble process. Plus the instructions help with any issues with lowering the handle and how to position the screws.
The reviewer indicated they received a sample of this product.
I have owned many lawnmowers and only had to do general "maintenance". This mower broke in the first season. The drive broke first. Early the next season the mower would not start. Took to independent engine mechanic and could not fix. After purchasing a warranty from Sears they replaced the short block. Brought it home and the same thing happened. Poor design - do not buy, very frustrating mower.
New Brighton, PA
We have over 1/2 acre of land and we have a few slops but mostly level and it does an outstanding in mulching the lawn. Even my wife like using it. We purchased directly at the local Sear store and the salesperson was outstanding and very knowledgeable about this product. We purchased it when it was on sale and we received Sears points for the purchase. It replaced a name brand mower that we purchased from the big box store just a two years ago because the store would not stand behind the warranty. Very quit running and hopefully it will last several years.
So powerful, much better than the front wheel drive! Easy to use the grass catcher. We had a Craftsman Front wheel drive before, and this one has it beat hands down! So powerful, if you have a lever all the way down, you would be running behind it! No kidding! Best mower ever!!!
Jefferson City, MO
I had a Sears more before, only problem it was a front wheel drive. I have sloped side yards and had to help push it up hill. This rear wheel drive model is wonderful! Pulls me up the hill! Starts on the first pull.
Mc Lean, VA
First rope won't pull out even if depressing the blade control. After a couple of wiggles, finally got the rope out. It started with the first pull, but the grass catcher did not fill up. The drive control worked. But I had to run to keep up. I didn't get to adjust it yet, after only 5 minutes of use, the mower stopped. Now the blade is stuck. I am returning it tomorrow.
plenty power great for large areas, not the handiest in tight quarters. It does not turn easily. I was spoiled by my last mower which had swivel wheels on front. Starts at once, moves smoothly, fairly quiet. chose the speed you need and adjusts down to a slow pace.;
Great Falls, VA
After extensive research, I settled on this mower. I've had it several months now. I have no issues with this mower except it blows a little smoke sometimes when it's started. I'll probably take it in and have them look at it at the end of the season. It has plenty of power. The bagger works well. You can regulate the drive speed by how hard you pull on the lever. It starts 1st pull. I did add a gas line shut off valve and run it dry each time since we only have gas with ethanol in this area.
I do a lot of research before the purchase of any motorized piece of equipment and I'm glad I chose this mower. This is VERY easy to assemble. If you can't figure out the minimal assembly required on this machine, you shouldn't be mowing your own lawn! One note: be sure to check all fasters before using the mower. I did find a couple bolts that were slightly loose under the deck from shipping. This mower has great power - pushes the mower like a freight train from the rear wheels! I read some reviews about how the mower hesitates, then takes off like a rabbit. HELLO-read the manual! Any self-propelled mower may need a slight drive control adjustment upon purchase. It is often more pronounced in a rear-wheel drive application such as this. Mine did experience some symptoms of this, but it was CLEARLY covered in the manual. It is a VERY simple **** adjustment, located directly on the drive control lever on the handle. A quick 15 second adjustment engaged the drive control smoothly and without hesitation. I can control speed easily after the adjustment. Again, if you can't figure this out you shouldn't be mowing your own lawn! I will agree with some of the reviewers on needing a larger/longer hand to grab the drive control lever. The mentioned adjustment relieves some of this, but I quickly got used to the longer reach and I don't have particularly large hands. I was a little concerned about going "backwards" from a 22" deck to this 21" deck. I couldn't find ANY 22" rear-drive mowers from ANY manufacturer that didn't have a wider rear tire stance than the front wheel stance, or didn't use the "personal pace" drive control system - not a fan of either of these designs. I'm glad I "settled" for this 21" mower. It cuts like a 22" and cuts/bags so effectively and efficiently I didn't have to empty the bag any more times than my previous Craftsman 22" mower which had a larger bag! And man, does this cut beatifully with the factory blade! I am OCD on my 1/3 acre lawn and this mower cuts more beautifully than mowers I've used that cost a couple hundred dollars more - no joke. They really do mean "precision cut" system! And, like past Craftsman/other mowers I have used with the reliable Briggs & Stratton engine, this starts on the first pull every time and has plenty of power. Just be sure to use NON-ETHANOL in all small-engines - you will eliminate any fuel related problems! Although a little hesitant to give this "little" 21" mower a try, I am VERY happy I did. And I am very happy to be back to a rear-wheel drive mower now that I have more intricate landscaping to work around. It is much easier to control and meneuver that a front-wheel drive application in a difficult landscape, and the traction and power at the rear wheels is SOOO much better. This is an extremely great value on this mower: between sales and add-on special offers I paid $300 for this mower, which was well over $400 orginally. DO NOT hesitate to give this mower a try!
Saint Charles, MO
This powerful Briggs & Stratton engined mower started on the first pull, and made short work of the steepest backyard imaginable. The large rear wheels bite like a monster into the turf, increasing the speed to the finish. New design interior of the grass catching bag packs more clippings before needing to empty, and has a metal handle that makes handling the full bag easier. The new design turns into a mulcher by simply removing the bag, no extra piece to stick into the shoot like the old style. My Craftsmen tools have all been dependable; but this (the fifth I've owned) Sears lawn mower is the greatest!
Derby Line, VT
Ready to go in 15 mins. Started first pull right out of the box. A great mower that's priced reasonably. It works as advertised. Makes short work out of steep inclines and banks. I love it.
Purchased this mower and have used it 4 times and all seems to operate as stated. Large rear wheels make hills and uneven grounds very easy to mow. Briggs & Stratton 7.25 engine has all the power you need and the single point height adjustment is great. You will be pleased with your purchase.
Cedar Rapids, IA
I bought this mower to replace a 10 year old Craftsman that has been a great mower. I am a 60+ year old female who mows my yard and with the help of the manual and online help I changed the oil, spark plug, blade, drive cable and belt. The B&S engine started first time every time. But the self-propell went out again so I decided to replace it with this mower. I loved the idea of the one lever wheel adjustment. So if you are still with me and interested, here are my observations: 1. Hometown Sears guy brought the mower to my house and put it together. Great service. Mower starts right up. He leaves and I can't start the mower. Keep trying. Finally starts. Mow the back and move to the front and it won't start again. Call the Sears guy and he comes and it starts right up. He thinks I am a fruit cake. But I still go buy a new spark plug just in case. Mower has ran pretty well for six weeks until today. I mow for a little while and then stop for a few minutes and mower won't start. I change the spark plug. Mower started long enough for me to finish yard but seriously this is a brand new mower. Mower may have been used for a total of 8 hrs up to this point but I doubt it. 2. I am old school and like to bag my grass. This was doing a flat out terrible job. Just trust me on this and remember that I know what I am talking about here. So I do reseach and figure out that I need a high lift blade because mower comes with mulching blade. I called parts direct and gave rep the model number and he sends me out a new blade. And guess what, it doesn't fit. This mower has some kind of "H" fitting. So I call Parts Direct back and they give me a number for MTD who makes this mower. Come to find out there is only one blade that fits. And it came with the mower. Forget the high lift thing. I thought about changing the blade adapter but not emotionally stable enough for that right now. 3. The manual that comes with this machine is useless. My old machine had a pretty darn good manual that helped me change the belt and the drive cable (which wasn't necessarily easy but I got it done). And now for the real kicker, in the manual for this mower it says that the belt should be changed by a service technician. How ridiculous is that! There are absolutely no diagrams on how to do this in the manual. I would take this mower back for that reason alone if it wasn't past the 30 days. I was prepared to take it back but decided to order different blade. Took about 10 days to get it here and a few more before I got around to putting it on to find out it didn't fit. There went my window for returning it.
this mower would not start on the first pull the second time i used it. the self-propel is controlled by a so-called 'safety-feature'. to engage the self-propel, you must release your grip on the mower - keeping only one hand firmly gripping the mower - use your fingertips to pull back on the lever controlling the self-propel. gripping harder causes the self-propel speed to increase. the problem arises in that the only way to use the self-propel AND have both hands firmly gripping the mower, the self-propel is at full speed - at which point I have to RUN behind the mower. The most comfortable speed for me is with the self-propel barely engaged, which means my hand is stretched to the max & I'm using only my fingertips on the self-propel lever and my thumb is left to compensate for the entire hand that should be holding the mower. My hand and shoulder are so sore for using this more for only the second time.
LOVE THE POWERED REAR WHEELS OVER FRONT WHEEL DRIVE. That's where one of the flaws comes in: The speed is hard to control as it comes on almost full speed right away with only 1/4 to 1/2 inch pull. At 3/4 inch pull, she's going full speed ahead! Kinda hard for me to keep up with it. But, I intend to take the cover off and see if I can adjust the mechanics of that. Second flaw is the grass side shoot. If you even just wing a bush, fence or whatever on the shoot side, it falls off way too easy. I almost ran over the thing one time. Got to have a more secure way of attaching that thing. Love the 4 wheel height adjustment and it cuts nice and smooth with good power. Also love the quick start with no pushing the primer bubble anymore.