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

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Model: 29000
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3.4 out of 53.4 out of 53.4 out of 53.4 out of 53.4 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
Craftsman
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


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
Deck Material
12-Gauge
Blades
1 Blade
Deck Positions
5 Positions
Cutting Width
30 Inches
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
Product Length
62 Inches
Product Width
34 Inches
Product Height
26 Inches
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
3.4 out of 53.4 out of 53.4 out of 53.4 out of 53.4 out of 5
Pros
Easy To Use (5)
Exceeded Expectations (4)
Price (3)
Features (2)
I'd Buy It Again (1)
Cons
Unreliable (1)
Durability (1)
Expensive (1)
Inconvenient Oil Drain (1)
Rack And Pinion Is Weak (1)
56% of respondents would recommend this product to a friend
17 Reviews  Sort by 
 
Marvin
Total Helpful Votes
83 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
51 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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515
R Sims
Killeen, TX
Total Helpful Votes
59 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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Gerald P.
Oceanview, DE
Total Helpful Votes
36 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
OCT.
13
2014
1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5
2012 25000 Model
There has been well documented problems with the transmissions of the 29000 and 25000 model. The trans will cease up and wont go anywhere, but they have refused to recall them or stand behind them if you have had the mower for 1 day past the two year warranty. DO SOME RESEARCH BEFORE YOU BUY!!!
Gerald Does Not Recommend This Mower
Jose, the Lawn Mower Expert
Product Expert
Gerald,
Thank you for your review, our Product Expert will be calling you to discuss the issues you are having.
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367
Richard S.
Walterboro, SC
Total Helpful Votes
42 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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4213
Mary A.
Blue Springs, MO
Total Helpful Votes
42 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
JUL.
05
2014
1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5
8 Service Calls And Counting
Do not buy this mower. I have had it approximately 2 years and have had 8 service calls and they still will not replace it. What has become of Sears reliability and standing behind their products?.. If someone has to call this many times doesn't common sense say it should be replaced?...

Terrible product, terrible service and totally shabby Sears.
Mary Does Not Recommend This Mower
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Jason K.
Kokomo, IN
Total Helpful Votes
29 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
OCT.
25
2014
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Good Mower Bad Steering
I have had it for 2 weeks, and the steering snapped. It won't turn right and when you use your foot to push the wheel, it doesn't want to turn back. The deck rattles annoyingly while you mow, I thought it was something loose but never located any loose bolts or objects.

For the price I paid for this I could have gotten the 6" radius tractor, but I didn't want a big heavy tractor. It mows great and will cut the grass very smooth and even. It doesn't have a floating deck so look out for... more
Pros: Easy To Use, Price, Light Weight, Easy To Store
Cons: Low Quality, Rack And Pinion Is Weak
Jason Recommends This Craftsman Mower
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293
Kelly R.
Scripps Ranch, CA
Total Helpful Votes
28 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
MAY.
31
2015
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Craftsman 30" 420 Cc 6 Speed Rider Rear Engine Mover
Owned this mower for less than a year without a single problem. Reviewing the negative comments make me wonder about people and their trouble shooting ability? This is a great inexpensive mower for small yards with minimal inclines and uneven surfaces. Maintenance for many people is putting fuel in it and expect it to work every time. Guess what? It takes a little time and work on everyone's part to keep lawn equipment in proper running order. My best recommendation is read the owners manual... more
Kelly Recommends This Craftsman Mower
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283
Dave
Akron, OH
Total Helpful Votes
21 Helpful Votes
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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211
Ernie
Total Helpful Votes
16 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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161
Scott Z.
Galesburg, IL
Total Helpful Votes
10 Helpful Votes
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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