good engine-good work
Purchased this mower today (08-03-13). This was a reconditioned mower selling for much less than original purchase price. I purchased it at Sears and it came with a 2 year warranty. Well I'm glad it has the warranty because after the first ten minutes of use the blade stopped turning. I wish I would of read all the bad reviews about the blade clutch. Sears needs to take care of this and they are giving Honda a bad name. Hopefully Honda gets on their tail about this.
First let me say I have never had issues with Sears or Craftsman products until now. I purchased this in April and it has a hard time climbing a 40 degree slope with 1/2 full bag. I learned to deal with that issue because it was on sale and I thought I was still coming out ahead. So I used it for 3 months to the day about 9 times to mow a normal suburban lawn front and back. The self propelled cable broke under the deck. Contacted the store and was told they have to send it out for repair at a 3 week turn around. Asked if they had a cable for it and was told no. Asked for a replacement to use or a trade for one that works since it is only 3 months old and was told Sears does not do that. Did some research myself and found this defective part is a common problem with this mower. Wish I would have done more research. My suggestion is to not buy this mower unless you have a backup or don't mind paying a company to mow while Sears fixes the defective part.
Mulching is bad, leaving clumps of grass. The old inserts for mulching worked much better. Even though it has the bigger back wheels it's difficult in higher thicker grass. Self-propel is very tight and not powerful through thicker grass and hills. I'm glad they still make one model wear you can leave the motor running when the blade is not engaged.
First time when I try to start it feels like it was my wrong decision to buy but after reading the manual it is so easy to operate on should consider to buy this excellent lawn mover
This mower was a replacement for a 7 year old Craftsmen with Honda 160 power. The 190 engine and new features make this the perfect mower for us. Runs good, starts on the 1st pull and it is easy to operate. We are very happy with our purchase.
Went with my dad to pick up his mower he ordered and found this one and fell in love as it had everything I had wanted in a mower. Got it home put the oil and gas in it and it fired right up and I was very impressed at how quiet it ran. Started the blades after letting engine run like manual states and soon as I got in the grass the blades stopped and wouldnt restart. After reading reviews on here I decided to just return it rather than exchange it. Was very depressing becasue this mower sounded great, started so easy, and all of its features were ruined because of one issue. Needs to be recalled!
I purchased this item in part because of the Honda engine. I set the mower up, made one pass across the yard and the blade stopped working. I checked the cable that engages/disengages the blade and was still unable to get it going so I took it back to the store and brought the floor model home. This time it lasted for about three passes across the lawn before the blade stopped moving. Back to the store we went; the sales associate Googled the model number and the entire first page of results was the exact complaint that I had. I purchased a different model and have had no issues.
very happy so far