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Craftsman (33") 12.5HP Professional Wide Cut Self-Propelled Lawn Mower

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Model: 88998
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4.3 out of 54.3 out of 54.3 out of 54.3 out of 54.3 out of 5
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Grade
Commercial Lawn Mowers
Style
Wide Area Walk Lawn Mowers
Surface Area
Medium Home
Medium
Terrain
Flat Terrain
Flat
Width
33

Cutting Inches
Engine
Briggs & Stratton® Powerbuilt™ OHV Engine
Cranks out a potent 12.5 HP; starts easily with the turn of a key
Dependable starting performance, durability and long life
Improved breather system uses less oil & reduces emissions

33 Inch Heavy Duty Steel Deck
Twin mulching blades cut more grass, faster
High-performance side discharge and finer mulching

4 Speed Rear-Wheel Self-Propelled Drive Plus Reverse
Consistent traction on hilly terrain & thick grass
11 inch rear wheels get the grip you need on any surface

Front Caster Wheels
Improve maneuverability & allow zero-turn radius

EZ Deck Wash System
Connect a garden hose for easy cleaning of blades & under deck
Prevents grass buildup for better cutting performance

Professional Features
Single lever height adjustment to match lawn conditions
Front headlight increases visibility in poor lighting conditions
Built-in hour meter for easy maintenance intervals
2-gallon gas tank reduces the need to stop and refill


Engine
Engine Brand
Briggs & Stratton
Starting System
12-Volt Key Start
Engine Cycle
4-Cycle
HP
12.5 HP
CC
344 CCs
Fuel Tank Size
2 Gallons
Engine Cylinders
1 Cylinder
Deck
Cutting Options
2-in-1 (Side-Discharge/Mulch)
Deck Material
Steel
Blades
2 Blades
Deck Positions
8 Positions
Cutting Height
1.25-3.5 Inches
Drive
Speeds
4 Speeds
Drive Wheels
Rear Wheels
Drive System
Self-Propelled
Accessories
Rear Bagger
No
Engine Guard
No
Hour Meter
Included
Arm Rests
No
Front Bumper
No
Trailer Hitch
No
Mulcher Kit
Included
Headlights
Included
Wheels
Front Tire Size
8 Inch
Rear Tire Size
11 Inch
Tire Type
Pneumatic Wheels
Overview
Weight
323 Pounds
Consumer Warranty
2 Years
Commercial Warranty
1 Year
UPC
043033550005
Model
88998
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Overall Rating
Features
5/5
Quality
4/5
Performance
5/5
Value
4/5
Overall
4.3 out of 54.3 out of 54.3 out of 54.3 out of 54.3 out of 5
Pros
Durable (2)
High Quality (1)
I'd Buy It Again (1)
Easy To Use (1)
Reliable (1)
Cons
Breaks (1)
Expensive (1)
Durability (1)
Unreliable (1)
I Cant Find These Mowers... (1)
67% of respondents would recommend this product to a friend
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Frank C.
Cincinnati, OH
Total Reviews
2 Reviews
Total Helpful Votes
65 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
JUN.
06
2014
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
You Can Get Same Mower: Cub Cadet Cc 760 Or Troy-bilt Wc33
This Craftsman was built by MTD. Though no longer sold, it was based on two mowers: the Cub Cadet CC 760 and the Troy-Bilt WC33.

You can STILL BUY BOTH those mowers. I purchased the Cub Cadet version last year, and IT HAS BEEN GREAT:

- Beautiful finish cut quality
- Ample power, cuts through ANYTHING
- Very well constructed machine
- Reliable, starts first time
- Jet wash system, if used regularly, will retard rust, extend mower life.

Now approaching a full season of use, I highly... more
Pros: Durable, Price, Fast, Reliable
Frank Recommends This Craftsman Mower
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Paul T.
New Bedford, MA
Total Reviews
2 Reviews
Total Helpful Votes
12 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
MAY.
05
2014
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Great Machine
I can't find these kind of machines I worked with these kind for years. There flexible, fits just about anywhere, and does a great job.
Pros: Durable, Easy To Use, High Quality, I'd Buy It Again
Cons: I Cant Find These Mowers Any More
Paul Recommends This Craftsman Mower
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Gerard L.
Westfield, MA
REVIEWED
AUG.
05
2014
3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5
Loved It For Two Years!
I purchased this mower several years ago. It has power to cut through anything. But then things started breaking. First a cable, then a handle, etc. etc. While the replacement parts are easily available they are not cheap. Finally the frame bracket that holds the motor to the transmission cracked. Not worth the cost to fix. No wonder these are no longer sold. Well I now know never to but another Craftsman mower!
Cons: Unreliable, Durability, Expensive, Breaks
Gerard Does Not Recommend This Mower
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