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Snapper 2812524BVE (28") 12.5HP Hi-Vac Rear Engine Riding Mower

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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
28

Cutting Inches
Engine
Briggs and Stratton Engine
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Briggs & Stratton 12.5HP/344cc Intek OHV Engine
Overhead valve design (OHV) with electric start
Sealed Battery Included-No Acid Required
Runs cooler and cleaner delivering more power

Disc Drive Transmission
Sealed differential and 5-speed on-the-go shifting
Provides easy forward/reverse drives

28-Inch, 3-In-1 Mower Deck
Side discharge, mulch or bag your grass clippings
14-gauge stamped steel
Easy to use 5-position height of cut adjustment

Snapper HI-VAC Deck Design
Patented, roll-lip deck for unmatched performance
Literally sweeps your lawn clean of clippings

Solid Steel Frame
Pivots and adjusts to lawn contours for a smooth cut every time

Quick Response Steering
Tight 28-inch turning radius for easy maneuvering

Stand On End Capability
Makes storage and cleaning quick and convenient


Model
  Model Number:7800785
 ManufacturerSnapper
 Made in USAYes
Engine
 Engine BrandBriggs & Stratton Intek
 Starting System12-Volt Key Start w/ Recoil
 Battery IncludedIncluded
 HP/CC12.5 HP/344 cc
 Fuel Tank Size1.75 Gallons
 Cycles4-Cycle
 Cylinders1 Cylinder
 Oil FilterNo
 Consumer Warranty2 Years
 Commercial Warranty1 Year
Drive
 SystemDisc-O-Matic
 Speeds5 Speeds
 Drive WheelsRear Wheels
 Maximum Speed4.6 Mph
 Maximum Reverse Speed1.9 Mph
Wheels
 Front AxleStamped Steel
 Front Tire Size11 x 4
 Rear Tire Size16 x 6.5
 Tire TypePneumatic Wheels
Deck
 Cutting Options3-in-1 (Side-Discharge/Bag/Mulch)
 Material14-Gauge
 ConstructionStamped
 Blades1 Blade
 Positions5 Positions
 Cutting Height1.5-4.0 Inches
 Deck Lift SystemManual Hand Operated
 Deck DriveBelt
Accessories
 Seat TypeMid Back
 Rear BaggerSold Separately
 Mulcher KitSold Separately
 HeadlightsNo
 Hour MeterNo
 Arm RestsNo
 Engine GuardNo
 Front BumperNo
 Trailer HitchIncluded
Overview
 Weight315 Lbs. (142.88 kilograms)
 Dimensions64.0L x 32.0W x 39.0H
(162.56 x 81.28 x 99.06 cm)
 Consumer Warranty2 Years
 Commercial Warranty90 Days

  8 Questions
Q: I notice you say the battery is shipped dry. Where do I purchase the battery acid?
by Ron from Florida on March 14, 2012

A: Ron

You can purchase battery acid at any local home improvement or hardware store.
by Jose, Product Expert

Q: I need to get to a dock area via a steep incline (no mowing required) maybe 30 degrees. Will this mower handle it.
by Vincent Greenan from Virginia on August 03, 2011

A: Vincent - I assume you are asking if this mower will ride up and down a 30 degree incline to get from one area being mowed to another area that needs mowing. To be honest, trying to run this mower up a 30 degree incline will probably not work for you. The recommended maximum incline for a Snapper rear engine riding mower is 18 degree of incline. At 30 degrees, I'm not even sure this will make it up the incline at all. I can't recommend this mower for the application you are describing.
by Jose, Product Expert

Q: Todd,
Do these mowers arrive ready to mow or do they need to be preped first, Like adding oil.
Bob

by Bob from Florida on June 24, 2011

A: Bob - all of the Snapper rear engine riding mowers require a bit of assembly when they are delivered. You will need to put on the seat, steering column, and front axle . You will need to adjust the seat and the steering wheel to the proper comfort positions, as well. All fluids (including the oil) are pre-filled in this mower. All you need to add is the gas.
by Jose, Product Expert

Q: Todd,
I really like this mower but I have an extremely small 2 car garage. I have heard about the 'stand on end' feature and was wondering if it is ok to store this mower in that position all year. If not how much of a foot print does this mower need for storage ?

by Keith from Kentucky on June 05, 2011

A: Keith - yes, these Snapper rear engine riding mowers can be stored on the rear
bumper for extended periods when not in use. Complete instructions on how to do this are found on page 20 of the owner's manual, but in a nutshell, this is the proper procedure to follow to insure the rear engine rider will operate properly when taken out of storage:
1. Thoroughly clean the mower by removing all grass clippings and debris.
2. Perform maintenance and lubrication as required.
3. Drain the fuel from the fuel tank.
4. Start the engine and allow it to run until the engine runs out of fuel. This allows the carburetor and fuel system to remain clean during storage.
5. Remove the battery.
6. Close the vent on the fuel filler cap.
7. Carefully stand the mower on its rear bumper in the desired location for storage.

If you were intending to do this during mowing season, that you won't be able to do unless you want to refill all of the fluids every time you use the mower. The Snapper rear engine riders have a footprint of approx. 64" to 69" long x 32" to 38" wide depending in which model you are ordering.
by Jose, Product Expert

Q: I have a 36" gate to the rear yard. Will this mower fit through the gate?
by Jennifer from Pennsylvania on May 23, 2011

A: Jennifer - this mower will fit easily through a 36" gate - provided you don't have a bagger attached to it. At it's widest point, this mower is about 30 inches wide with no bagger attached. With the bagger attached, the back end of the mower is about 36" wide, so it would be a really tight squeeze to fit through your gate, if it fit through at all.
by Jose, Product Expert

Q: I've just started looking into a riding mower. I have a 1/2 acre yard with Zoysia grass. The yard is about 80% flat with the rest hilly and above a 10 deg grade. I am currently using a self propelled 21" walk behind mower. I bag the grass. It takes about 3 hours to mow. Although I currently bag the grass, I am open to mulching. I would like to have something with a bag attachment to pick up the leaves in the fall. The main goal is to drastically decrease the amount of time I have to spend on the yard. I realize that I will still have to use the walk behind mower for the steep areas of the yard.

What would you recommend?

I have been looking at the Snapper Rear Engine mowers.

Thanks for your help.

by John Grater from Missouri on May 23, 2011

A: John - I think the Snapper rear engines riders would be an excellent choice based on the mowing situation you have described. Less than an acre; most of it relatively flat. Any of the Snapper models would be a great choice. I couldn't agree more. Snapper Riding Mowers A lawn tractor or a zero turn would be overkill for a lawn that is less than an acre. A rear engine rider is perfect for this situation.

And the 5 bushel bagger for the Snapper rear engine riders is probably 2.5 to 3 times larger than the bagger on your walk behind mower, so fewer stops to empty out your grass clippings, which will save time as well.

If you are spending 3 hours to mow now, my guess is you will cut that time at least in half if you upgrade to a rear engine riding mower.
by Jose, Product Expert

Q: How does the 28" 12.5hp perform on hilly terrain?
by Jay Bettiker from New York on May 23, 2011

A: Thanks for your inquiry. This mower will handle smaller hills. I do not recommend this mower for larger hills. It may have difficulty navagating them.
by Jose, Product Expert

Q: Can the Snapper 28in 12.5HP or 11.5HP mow in reverse?
by Anthony from Alabama on May 16, 2011

A: Anthony - all of the rear engine riding mowers that we carry, regardless of the brand, have what is known as a "Reverse Lockout Mechanism." This is a safety feature which prevents the mower from being shifted into reverse with the blade running. To shift into reverse you must first stop the blade by releasing the blade pedals and then shift to reverse.
by Jose, Product Expert

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Rosaire V.
No. Tonawanda,N.Y., NY
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 8/18/11
REVIEWED
JUL.
08
2014
4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5
Snapper History
There's no doubt quality is off the best. Due to my small yard I would like a zero turn.
Rosaire Recommends This Snapper Mower
Jose, the Lawn Mower Expert
Product Expert
Rosaire,
Feel free to give us a call and we can discuss further if you have any questions about your current mower or if you have questions about a zero turn.
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Jim
Linden, MI
REVIEWED
SEP.
13
2012
2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5
Jim
We bought our current rider based on previous experiences, our 25+ year old Forrest Gump rider still cuts and vacums great. We replaced the engine a few years back, but the rest of the machine is still going strong. I was looking for the same machine when we purchased our new "Gump", no deal. Although our new machine cuts decent and runs well, plenty of power, it definitely is not of the same quality. Thinner, cheaper materials and a second rate engine conspire to create a less than... more
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Anthony
Sturbridge, MA
Total Reviews
3 Reviews
REVIEWED
OCT.
09
2012
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Best Mower I Ever Had
I decided to shop around for a new riding mower but I didn't want the "tractor type". I found the Snapper Rear Engine 28" High Vac on line at Mowers Direct.

The best decision I made was to buy this mower and from Mowers Direct. It was delivered on a truck just a few days after I ordered it, and it came in perfect condition. The driver was very friendly and even helped us get it off the truck.

I assembled a few parts on the mower, added gas and some oil and it started up... more
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James
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 8/4/12
Total Reviews
2 Reviews
REVIEWED
AUG.
23
2012
2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5
Disappointed
Just got my 28" snapper rear engine and I am pretty disappointed in it. I bought it to replace an older snapper and the new one isn't as good a quality as my older one. First off the bushing for the top of the steering column was missing and I had to order one online which delayed me over a week. No warranty papers came with the documentation. The engine doesn't run as smooth and it is slower when in the top gear, battery lockdown makes it harder to remove the battery if you want to store... more
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Jim G.
Sachse, TX
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 9/6/12
REVIEWED
SEP.
27
2012
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Great!!!!!!!!!!!
Does a great job mowing. You can't beat the quality of a Snapper.
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Joyce H. G.
Hawkins, TX
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 8/1/12
REVIEWED
AUG.
24
2012
4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5
Todd Resolves Problem
We recently purchased a Snapper 2812524BVE (28") 12.5HP Hi-Vac Rear Engine Riding Mower which was delivered exactly as promised. The mower, however, would not operate in any gear after 15 minutes of use.

Although the Mowers Direct person we spoke to initially was almost no help, Todd later resolved our issue with one phone call. The factory defect has since been repaired and the mower works perfectly.

We very much appreciate Todd's quick response to our problem and his attention to... more
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Vicki
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 10/21/12
REVIEWED
DEC.
23
2012
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Love It!
I received my new Snapper in excellent condition. I was impressed how it was packed very well and delivered.
It is just perfect for my yard. It goes thru my gate from the front yard to the back yard with no problems.
It is comfortable when riding it while cutting the grass. It fits perfectly in my little storage barn.
It was a little hard getting it ready to use but my boyfriend helped me.
It would have taken me 3 days to figure it out but only took about 3 hours with my... more
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Bryant
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 10/11/12
REVIEWED
NOV.
22
2012
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Satisfied
Since I bought the mower so late in the season I have used it only twice. But even at that I am really satisfied with it's performance.

The mulching blade was somewhat of a problem to attach. There were no clear directions on how to remove the blade that came with it and how to get the mulching blade into the undercarriage.

Through trial and error and lots of purple language I finally was successful. It will be next Spring before I really put the mower to good use.
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Tom
Salem, UT
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 10/9/12
REVIEWED
OCT.
31
2012
4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5
Good On A Larger Lot
The tractor was as advertised. I have only used it twice but it preforms very well.

It does not have a good turning radius which makes it hard to use in a small yard, but I knew that going in- which is why I gave it a 4 star rating.

It should be good on a larger lot.
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Pete
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 8/4/12
REVIEWED
AUG.
27
2012
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
After 22 Years
My Snapper finally died after 22 years of cutting my acre yard. Yes, they look funny, they're not green or gray like my neighbor's, but I will tell you that from Day One my Snapper has out-performed, out-sucked, and out-lasted all of the other mowers in the neighborhood.

As others would be unclogging their baggers my Snapper would be sucking up every piece of grass, leaves, monkey balls and whatever else might be in its way. We nicknamed it the VacuSuck.

So I get home from a week off... more
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Jim
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 7/25/12
Total Reviews
2 Reviews
REVIEWED
AUG.
15
2012
4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5
Snapper Rear Bagger
I like the mower, but it seems like they could do some modifications to the steering sector. Too wide of turning radius makes it difficult manuevering on a smaller yard. I also feel like I'm too far over the sector and the ride seems really bumpy.

I also found that it does scalp around trees, so I ordered the wheel kit for the deck. I hope this remedies the problem.
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Doug
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 6/10/12
REVIEWED
AUG.
14
2012
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Snapper Rear Engine Rider,12.5hp,28 Inch Cut
I got this mower for my Dad who still loves to cut the grass at 75 years young!

He loves the mower, says it has plenty of power to cut the 3 acres of grass around the house with ease. It is easy to maneuver around flower beds and trees. The electric start is great, not having to pull-start, but I found that really easy also if the battery may be low on charge.

We have owned Snapper riding mowers before and have had great service out of the several mowers we have owned over the past 30... more
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Roland W.
Bonaire, GA
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 7/11/12
REVIEWED
AUG.
02
2012
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Snapper 7800785
This mower was packed well. It came in a crate and was wrapped in plastic. Manuals are easy to read. Assembly is fairly straight forward and took a few hours. The checklist after assembly and prior to start-up was very helpful.

My last Snapper lasted 18 years. This one has many safety features that will take a little getting used to. However, once you familiarize yourself with the controls it is easy to operate.

Ordering through Mowers Direct.com was very simple. The lady I talked... more
Jose, the Lawn Mower Expert
Product Expert
Roland,
We're sorry your delivery time was uncertain. The delivery companies will give you their best estimate, but a lot of the timing depends on what happens with the other orders on the truck that need to be off-loaded before yours can be delivered.

Thank you for understanding!
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Norman P.
Leads, AL
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 5/9/12
REVIEWED
JUL.
31
2012
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Tough Little Riding Mower!
Pleased with everything. Was I supposed to get the drink bottle attachment?? Very good and fast service from Mowers Direct. This Snapper 28" cut riding mower is tough. This was my first riding mower so let's just say, I accidentally abused it, a little, maybe more. I tried shaving the rocks, gravel. I 'hooked' the front tire into the fence (trying to get used to that turn radius) several times but, thank goodness, didn't bend the tire rim (like I said tuff stuff). I will be ordering... more
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Wayne G.
Santa Cruz, NM
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 5/23/12
REVIEWED
JUL.
25
2012
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
My Snapper Mows The Lawn And Won't Break
My first snapper was a 33" rear engine, I mowed a rocky, hilly 3 acres for 17 years with it. Only when my son left it out in the snow for 2 years did the motor die. My new 28" rear engine has the same rugged quality that my other one had. It should last longer.
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Judy R.
Minonk, IL
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 5/5/12
REVIEWED
JUL.
22
2012
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Me And My Snapper
I purchased my Snapper last April and have only used it twice because of the drought conditions here in the midwest. I love this mower however it takes a little getting used to. The blade engagement is a little tricky but with a little more practice I'll get used to it.

The mower itself rides a little rough and I think thats because my yard is on the unlevel side and needs to be rolled. The suspension on this rider is a lot different than a tractor type mower and that causes the... more
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John D.
Freehold, NJ
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 6/23/12
REVIEWED
JUL.
15
2012
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Good Choice
The whole experience was pleasant. Searching for a mower was easy...and I found exactly what i wanted. The price was attractive, cheaper than I could get locally, or elsewhere on the internet.

Delivery was prompt, courteous, the mower was in perfect shape. Assembly was relatively straightforward..

The mower runs perfectly and works as I had hoped it would.

Thanks
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Lisa
Rockford, IL
REVIEWED
JUN.
05
2012
2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5
Not Easy For A Woman To Use.
It seems like a nice mower, rides smooth and cuts even so I'll give it a plus mark for that, But it's not really designed with a woman in mind. I just mowed for the first time with my new mower and wanted to cry by the time I was done because I was so sore. The levers are hard to engage for someone with short arms. The blade lever is located on the floor between the legs. So I have to practically be a contortionist and wrap my arm around the side and under my leg to reach this lever then... more
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Raymond S.
Saint Joseph, MI
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 5/24/12
REVIEWED
MAY.
31
2012
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
The Best Mower & Service.
This is the 2nd Snapper that I have had in 20 years. The first was a 25" smaller and My wife loved it. Now she is getting used to the 28". The bagger is the same, and a snap to put together. The new mower was ordered on the 24 of May and delivered on the 29. The delivery was smooth with the tailgate service and the driver from R&L carriers was very helpful in the unload. He also had a skid lift and he moved it right into the garage.

It took about 3 hrs to get everything... more
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David
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 5/20/12
REVIEWED
MAY.
27
2012
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Very Good Product
Received my mower today via a freight hauler. Mower was removed from the semi by the driver and placed in my garage.
Although the mower was packed inside a wooden crate, removal of the crate was fairly easy. When buying any product that has to be shipped in, you must realize that there will be some items that need to be assembled by you.

The few assembly items were easy to install and I had the mower up and cutting grass within a very reasonable amount of time. There are a couple of... more
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David
Lyman, UT
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 4/29/12
REVIEWED
MAY.
20
2012
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Nice Little Mower
The mower has performed as good or better than I expected. I got the larger bag kit with two bags. It has lots of room for grass but is a bit wide. I would probably go with the narrower bag kit as to get in tighter spots. It has a lot of air flow to the bags with the grass and never has plugged up, even in wet grass. Installation went well with all parts and nothing damaged. I customized a couple things so it mows in reverse. So far so good. Maybe 5 hour on the mower so far.
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Ivan
Eden Valleyt, MN
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 4/20/12
REVIEWED
MAY.
11
2012
4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5
Great Mower Except?
Starts easy, cuts good, I really like the mower. A few things to get used to, are the blade start and blade clutch. These may be safety features if your mowing a school yard with children present, but a retired person has to struggle to get that damn blade in gear and put the blade clutch down at the same time. It would be easy if I were shorter, but for a tall person to have to reach down to grab the blade start lever and put it in gear is a chore. Also the anti reverse is a pain also. ... more
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Moses B.
Suffolk, VA
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 3/27/12
REVIEWED
APR.
17
2012
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
The Right Mower For My Yard.
I decided to move up to a riding mower for my small yard. The snapper fit the package. I can move around the yard where large mower can not go. Thanks for making a machine that is great with the right price tag.
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Bruce
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 3/24/12
REVIEWED
APR.
15
2012
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Happy With Mowers Direct
The mower arrived intact, on time and was fairly easy to put together. The mower started and ran as expected with no problems and I hope will give many years of service.
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David S.
Loveland, OH
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 2/27/12
REVIEWED
APR.
12
2012
2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5
28'' Rear Engine Snapper Riding Mower
After receiving it off the truck, it was in the crate box with plastic cover and I break down the crate, took the plastic cover off of it. I had to install the seat, steering wheel, and other few things was easy to install. There was some warning decals missing on it.
I had checked the engine oil and it was a quart low so I had to buy a quart of oil. I had ordered a mulching kit which was $100.00 and I installed the blade and the side discharge cover. The cover didn't fit right, there was 3... more
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Budd C.
Fortville, IN
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 3/19/12
REVIEWED
APR.
10
2012
1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5
Don't Buy It Without Trying It First -very Poor Design
I made my decision to buy based on Snapper's reputation and through Mower Direct based on the ease of their site. Those were mistakes on both counts. The order process was fine and the product was received on time - although in a crate and on a pallet. So plan on two hours work just to get it to assembly stage. The Instruction Manual is almost useless, as Snapper makes changes without updating the manual, leaving you guessing about parts and assembly steps.

By far, the WORST feature of... more
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Ron
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 3/14/12
REVIEWED
APR.
10
2012
3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5
Snapper Rider 12.5hp
Pro's: Easy to operate. It does a good job of cutting grass. Overall a very good mower.

Con's: The mower was delivered in a wood crate. It was difficult to separate the mower from the crate. The hole in the steering shaft where the steering wheel attaches was too small for the roll pin. Also, the two mounting screws for the gas tank were missing. Had to add about a pint of oil to bring up to full mark. No drain valve for the oil to drain instead a plug was installed. That is real... more
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Sheila B.
Merkel, TX
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 2/21/12
REVIEWED
MAR.
14
2012
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
My New Snapper Rider And Bagger
I love my 28" cut, 12.5 hp Snapper rider. It is just the right size for my yard. I like the single bagger, but it is so big, it gets pretty heavy and is hard to dump in barrels without a lot falling on the ground. I would rather have had the double bagger except the cost is so much more. Also I did not realize that there would be so much to assemble on the rider itself. It took quite awhile to assemble and the 6 page instructions were not very clear.

I am still very pleased with... more
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Dan
Poolesville, MD
REVIEWED
NOV.
18
2011
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
First, Best, And Probably Last, Rider
I say my last one because I don't think they build 'em like this anymore. Mine lasted 18 years. Yes. 18. Two of my neighbors went thru three other brands in that time. The rear end finally gave out and was going to be too much to fix. Now I hire some one to cut the grass.

I had this fine mower serviced every other year, zero problems. Had to replace the belt a couple times, but that's to be expected. Easy and straight forward operation. Even cuts in reverse. Stand on end feature is better... more
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Anthony
Somewhere, AL
REVIEWED
OCT.
16
2011
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Just Like Dad's!
Although my yard is small, my back can no longer endure the strain of pushing a lawnmower. I opted for the Snapper rear engine rider because of familiarity and proven reliability. My dad purchased one when I was about 8 years old. He's had his snapper RER for over 20 years. We cut multiple yards a week throughout the year and the snapper was our primary rider. It cut every yard, regardless of size and grass height. Dad had the grass collection system and today, I have the mulch kit on... more
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Chris B.
Bryson City, NC
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 8/6/11
REVIEWED
AUG.
29
2011
4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5
Starts Right Up
I love the mower...easy to assemble but was disappointed with lift gate service, I still had to have someone available to help get it off truck. With that said the mower performs well here in the mountains and cranked on first start-up with no problems. I did not receive the water bottle holder so I mounted one from an old bike to it using mounting hardware supplied.
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Audrey W.
Vero Beach, FL
REVIEWED
AUG.
25
2011
1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5
Very, Very Bad
Hard to start, will start one time and not the next, runs good when it will start. It is hard to reach starter and choke. Would not wish it on my worst enemy.
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R. Lea
Bartlesville, OK
REVIEWED
JUL.
08
2011
4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5
As Expected
Mower arrived quickly. Your delivery service is without equal. Assembly was reasonably quick. Instruction booklet not very well thought out. Snapper should work on that. Mower works just as expected. Its old tech compared to zero turn mowers but seems very sturdy. Previous experiences with Snapper products has been good expect this to provide years of service. Yard is not large, turning radius is not sharp, but haven't experienced any difficulties. Mower goes through all my gates. For... more
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Paul Mott
Lawrenceville, NJ
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 5/16/11
REVIEWED
JUL.
07
2011
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Success Story
I like it. It takes a few runs to get a feel for it, and some experimentation to find the best patterns to use in cutting the lawn. I wonder if you have recommendations - circles, figure eights, etc. Also, I am used to mulching, so I have to deal with some clippings after I have finished cutting. But is is just the right size for me and my lawn. It starts immediately, and is easy to drive and steer. Satisfied customer.
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Mary
Fort Worth, TX
REVIEWED
JUN.
22
2011
1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5
I Hate It!!!
Very hard to reach the lever that starts the blades! Way to many things to mess with to get it to cut. I hate it.
Feels cheap, would never buy another Snapper product again.
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Robert
Hubert, NC
REVIEWED
JUN.
05
2011
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
My Mower
The mower arrived sooner than expected, delivered to home. My son is a small engine mechanic and works on these all the time. Assembly was easy for him. Only problem was the missing steering bushing. He purchased and had it running by the weekend. I have used it and love it. The purpose of getting the rear engine was to accommodate by prosthetic right leg. Its easy to swing the leg and get on.
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Virgil
Clinton, MO
REVIEWED
MAY.
30
2011
1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5
Can Not Return (now Backyard Mower)
I used the mower once and wanted to return it. I could not return the mower. The mower is very hard to turn, it is jerky. The mower kind of tears the grass, put on a new mulching kit ($90 plus) it still tears the grass. Just bought it in May 2011, it has now become my "backyard mower", no one can see the backyard. Worst buy I ever made.
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Richard
Westfield, IN
REVIEWED
MAY.
10
2011
3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5
Rlc.ez
Yesterday was my third cut with the Snapper 2812524BVE I now wish I hadn't purchased it. Not that it's not a good mower it is not good with my landscape. I now must still spend good time with my walk-behind mower or lots of weed whacker time. Now looking at making 34 inch radius mulch beds and removing a ten foot lawn behind my back yard fence, that is not easy to mow and stay on my property with the Snapper.

Speeds are good and using the NINJA mulch blade does a real good job of cutting... more
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Richard
St Robert, MO
REVIEWED
APR.
30
2011
4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5
Putting In Reverse
Having a hard time putting mower into reverse. Have to jam it in. Doesn't seem right
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Marvin
Glenside, PA
REVIEWED
APR.
15
2011
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Snapper Rider Mower 12.5 Hp
Received my rider crated like Fort Knox in perfect condition! Put the mower together, got the battery fluid in and charged, put in the key and it started right off. Mowed with it today for the first time and it worked like a charm. I couldn't ask for it to be any better, saves me so much time and doesn't drain me of my strength.
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Frank
Pt Charlotte, FL
REVIEWED
APR.
12
2011
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Loving New Snapper
The price was great, delivery was great, support was great, and the mower is even better, thanks!
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James
Liberty, TX
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 8/4/12
Total Reviews
2 Reviews
REVIEWED
AUG.
26
2012
4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5
28" Snapper Rear Engine Rider
I bought this to replace the same model, an old one that is 15 years old, so I tend to compare the two.

The new mower works great but to stand the unit on end to service it you need to remove the battery and the gas tank. This is much harder to do on the new mower, as the bracket bolts that holds the gas tank are under the seat, so have to remove the seat to get to them.

The same is true of the battery- the old mower had a larger battery that did not require a hold-down but with the... more
Jose, the Lawn Mower Expert
Product Expert
James,
You might like to take a look at the Mower lifts that are available now- they make maintenance easier and safer!

Just type 'Lifts' in the white Search box at the right top corner of our website, or click on Accessories and then click on Maintenance to see them.
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