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Craftsman (30") 420cc 6-Speed Rider Rear Engine Riding Mower

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3.5 out of 53.5 out of 53.5 out of 53.5 out of 53.5 out of 5
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Grade
Entry Level Lawn Mowers
Style
Rear-Engine Riding Lawn Mowers
Surface Area
Medium Home
Medium
Terrain
Flat Terrain
Flat
Width
30

Cutting Inches
Engine
N/A
420cc Craftsman Engine
Robust, heavy-duty design that can handle any yard, anytime
Full pressure lubrication & spin-on oil filter for longer life
1.5 gallon fuel tank lets you mow longer between fill-ups

14 Gauge Welded Steel Frame
Exceptional durability & stability

30" Wide 13-Gauge Steel Deck
Size allows it to fit through small gates & store easily
5 cutting positions from 1.5 to 4 inches to match lawn conditions

6 Speed Shift-On-The-Go Transmission
Saves time- no need to stop, brake or clutch to increase speed
18 inch turning radius for versatile performance on all lawns

Telescoping Steering Column
Customized height adjustment on easy step-through frame

Headlights & Cup Holder
Mow longer with less fatigue

Rugged Front Bumper
Protects the front of the mower

Deck Wash System
Cleans out grass and debris build-up under the deck


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Engine
Engine Brand
Craftsman
Starting System
12-Volt Key Start
Engine Cycle
4-Cycle
CC
420 CCs
Fuel Tank Size
1.3 Gallons
Engine Cylinders
1 Cylinder
Oil Filter
Yes
Deck
Cutting Options
Side-Discharge
Material
12-Gauge
Blades
1 Blade
Deck Positions
5 Positions
Cutting Height
1.5-4 Inches
Deck Lift System
Manual
Engagement
Manual
Drive
Speeds
6 Speeds
Maximum Speed
5 MPH
Maximum Reverse Speed
2.8 MPH
Drive Wheels
Rear Wheels
Transmission Type
Manual
Accessories
Rear Bagger
Sold Separately
Engine Guard
No
Seat Type
Mid Back
Hour Meter
No
Arm Rests
No
Front Bumper
Included
Trailer Hitch
No
Mulcher Kit
Sold Separately
Headlights
No
Wheels
Front Tire Size
13 x 5 Inch
Rear Tire Size
16 x 6.5 Inch
Overview
Weight
335 Pounds
Dimensions
62L x 34W x 26H
Consumer Warranty
2 Years
UPC
043033563227
Model
29000
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Overall Rating
Features
4/5
Quality
3/5
Performance
3/5
Value
3/5
Overall
3.5 out of 53.5 out of 53.5 out of 53.5 out of 53.5 out of 5
Pros
Easy To Use (5)
Exceeded Expectations (4)
Price (3)
Features (2)
Durable (1)
Cons
Low Quality (1)
Rack And Pinion Is Weak (1)
Durability (1)
Unreliable (1)
Expensive (1)
64% of respondents would recommend this product to a friend
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Dave
Akron, OH
Total Helpful Votes
13 Helpful Votes
Most Helpful Positive Review
REVIEWED
JAN.
20
2016
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Battery Removal Was Easy!
I beg to differ with the guy who griped about this mower because he couldn't remove the battery. In fact, I had seen another review of this mower elsewhere that politely suggested that it might not be a good choice for the "mechanically challenged." Nonsense!
--Anyone who can't deal with this machine has no business buying ANY riding mower. Folks-- they all need maintenance and a bit of mechanical knowledge. I'M not a pro mechanic, but I can use basic tools and read. If one... more
Pros: Easy To Use, Exceeded Expectations, Features, Maneuverability
Cons: Inconvenient Oil Drain
Dave Recommends This Craftsman Mower
Jose, the Lawn Mower Expert
Product Expert
Dave,
Thank you for the in-depth review. We appreciate your feedback, and so do other shoppers. Your review will help others in their decisions when shopping for a riding mower. Thanks again, and stay warm out there!
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Carl
Most Helpful Critical Review
REVIEWED
JUL.
21
2016
2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5
Safety Switches Are Not So Well Thought Out
The grass chute has a big area that is open if you remove it, so the engineers put a safety switch on it to keep the mower from starting if not in place. This sounds good - but the way they mounted the switch does not really work.

The switch will disengage when the chute is in place, the mower dies and you have to remove and re attach the chute. Many times per mow. I had recommended on of these to my friend, he had the same problem. He bypassed the switch.

I did not want to do it, and... more
Carl Does Not Recommend This Mower
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Abe S.
Austin, TX
REVIEWED
JUL.
24
2016
4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5
Bypass Switch
Inability to mow in reverse is a real pain. How can I bypass the safety switch on my Craftsman Mower?
Abe Recommends This Craftsman Mower
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Ernie
Total Helpful Votes
10 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
AUG.
05
2015
4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5
Get On It, And Cut The Grass
Not bad of a price. Pay for what you get ....if you want something more expensive! Buy a snapper. I think its great for a 1/2 acre. Great for mowing around plants, little trees. Like for me. I've had no trouble with mine.. the clutch is a little jumpy.

But once it gets going... head set on.. away I go. I enjoy it because there's not a big long hood in front of you. U can c everything in front of u. I have a above ground pool and l like to get as close to it as I can.
Ernie Recommends This Craftsman Mower
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Scott Z.
Galesburg, IL
REVIEWED
APR.
03
2016
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Awesome
the deck spout has a switch that kills the mower if you bump it at all. so I adjusted it a bit and now its fine.

the NO mow in reverse is stupid but easy to fix.

mows good, my lawn is pretty flat though.

overall I love this thing, beats the heck out of pushing a mower.
I think it was over priced, I'd happier $200 less but I guess you pay what they want, if you want it
Pros: Easy To Use, Exceeded Expectations, Features, I'd Buy It Again
Cons: Expensive
Scott Recommends This Craftsman Mower
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Frankie P.
Hopkinsville, KY
REVIEWED
MAR.
19
2016
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Good Little Mower
I bought mine in March 2012 and mow about 1/2 acre of basically flat lawn. Have a lot of plants and trees to go around. It's been great to use with no problems at all. I purchased a 5 year warranty and have never used it. I change the oil and this year I had to install a new battery. (It is a little difficult to r & r the battery) I would, and have recommended this mower to friends. I also use a 22 inch Craftsman lawn mower and a 19.5 volt Craftsman weed eater. All work great.
Frankie Recommends This Craftsman Mower
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Gene B.
Monahans, TX
REVIEWED
MAY.
17
2016
2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5
Lousy Steering
I have a 10,000 square foot yard. I purchased the lawn mower last summer. I have replaced the steering 4 times and it needs it again. Terrible design! Low quality parts. Starts easy and bags pretty well.
Pros: Quiet, Fast
Cons: Unreliable, Durability
Gene Does Not Recommend This Mower
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Marvin
Total Helpful Votes
80 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
MAY.
31
2013
2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5
Mr.
The clutch is a real neck snapper.
The wheels give a really rough ride, on all but the smoothest lawns.
Had to have the repairman start it.
He almost burned out the starter before realizing the carburetor was not adjusted from the factory.
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Frank R.
Collierville, TN
Total Helpful Votes
46 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
NOV.
28
2013
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Mr
I cut over 5 acres with a Craftsman PGT9000 with 54" deck, but around the house, it is way to big to get around my wife's plants. So really I got it for my wife to use around the house and her plants. She has had no problems with it of any kind, and it was used every week since May till last month.

The only thing I dislike about it, is the deck is hung from the frame, and is not free floating, so if the mower it at a angle, the cut will be at a angle. Not really a problem, as around the... more
Pros: Easy To Use, Price, Exceeded Expectations, Reliable
Frank Recommends This Craftsman Mower
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R Sims
Killeen, TX
Total Helpful Votes
56 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
JUN.
27
2013
4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5
Great Mower
The only problem I have is the the catcher. No store carries it in stock. You must order and then wait 10 days to see what you got.
Pros: Durable, Easy To Use, Price, Exceeded Expectations
R Recommends This Craftsman Mower
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Richard S.
Walterboro, SC
Total Helpful Votes
37 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
JUL.
02
2014
2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5
Worst Mower I Ever Had
I purchased this mower as a new model which just came out in 2012. The first year was okay, only I didn't like that you couldn't mow in reverse. You even had to disengage the blades while in neutral to back up, and then restart them when you shift from neutral to whatever gear you choose. At the start of mowing season I needed a new battery. This battery was so jammed in it was unreal. No one at the Sears outlet store knew how to take the battery out. So I called the Sears help line on the web.... more
Richard Does Not Recommend This Mower
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