Review By : Jim on Aug 10 2007 12:00AM
Price Paid : $400.00
Years of Use : Test Drive
Implements : N/A
Purchased From : Lowes
Strengths Swivel caster wheels makes cutting around things easier, but that is the only good thing about this mower. Seemed to cut okay until it fell apart after two years of use. Parts are easy to find because this mower breaks so much.
Weaknesses Bagger is hard to remove, empty, and reinstall, self propelled drive system is weak, plastic parts are of poor quality (i.e. the screws going into the plastic parts easily strip out and plastic nuts come loose and fall off). The Kawasaki engine is of poor quality. On mine the end of the crank shaft broke off where the blade attached to the crank WITHOUT hitting anything. On visual inspection pin holes were found in the crank casting (insufficient casting = weak). I was going to repair the mower but it costs more for a new crank + bearing and gaskets than it is worth. Anyone need a mower for parts???
Overall Don't even consider buying this mower. Lowes is now selling, what appears to be, this exact same mower under the John Deere name with a different engine (8/07). Don't waste your money on that piece of junk either. Go to Walmart and buy a cheap chinese mower instead, so when it breaks you won't feel so bad that you only spent a $150 instead of $400 when you throw it away.
Parts : 9 Performance : 5
Ease of Use : 4 Financing :
Reliability : 1 Overall : 1