Rated 3.2 out of 5 by 25
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Dave For the price it is okay
I have had this mower for 2 years. I think it is a good value as compared with a commerical mower; howev,er the parts break frequently. I would not recommend unless you can replace parts yourself; this mower will cost you a fortune if you have to keep taking it to a mower repair shop. I have a sloped lot and it did not do well on the hills due to belt slipping; however, I shortened the engagement spring and it does great now. Also, I have to keep the rear plate off as grass gets into this area and causes the belts to come off. Again, as long as you are a handy person, I think the mower will meet your needs. If you are not handy, don't buy it.
December 24, 2011
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Brewerswillwinworldseries It is what I expected
The walk-behind makes short work of large sections of the lawn. It doesn't do as well on angled or hilly sections and if you cut too fast on bumpy sections it cuts unevenly. I still cut the ditch with a 21" walk-behind. Other reviews mentioned the 1-3/4" lowest cutting height, which is OK but when making the last cut for the year I'd like to cut shorter. Overall it is what I expected. It shortens the overall cutting time, but it didn't completely replace my smaller walk-behind.
September 6, 2011
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by moveon Very poorly engineered product
I have one of these for three years now. Fairly good as a mower but nothing but trouble as a mechanical device! Control cables keep breaking - replaced four so far. Front caster wheel and strut fell off and went under the mower, destroying a blade and spindle. Bolt holding the main PTO sheave set to the spindle has sheared off inside the spindle - twice. Can't tip it to work on it because oil from the crankcase enters the cylinder. Drive belts wear and expand quickly and have to be changed too often. Now there has been some failure in the transmission which has caused the transmission shaft to extend and engage the pawl for the emergency brake - so the mower can't be moved. Looks like a few hundred dollars in repair even if I do it myself. If you buy one make sure you have a complete set of shop tools for it.
June 10, 2012
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by Twillie Works, but
I have used this mower two seasons now. It will cut heavy grass but not in less than two passes. Any moisture will cause it to plug instantly. If you are over 5'7" your back will ache from bending over to reach the handles-not adjustable and your hands will ache from holding down the safety levers. You will spend considerable time fixing it. The drive system is too complicated and barely adjustable. The best thing about this unit is I didn't spend $3500 for it.
July 24, 2012
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by RGS1 Mower cuts good when its not in the shop
I have had this mover for 3 years and have: Repaired the drive train twice, replaced the axel once and now its is back in the shop waiting for a spindle assembley (on back order).
I am not able to do the work myself so I have to take it to the shop. I don't think that they have it figured out yet- I wish they did as when it works it is what I really wanted.
August 1, 2013
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by Bigjay Not as good as I had hoped
I had high hopes when I bought this mower, but after using it close to 2 years I have mixed emotions on its value.First off I consider myself a pretty physically fit person but I do find this mower hard to manage on some areas of my property.It had to be brought to the shop 5 different times, for blade not engaging or drive train issues(just about had to push it up inclines). Unfortunately I'm not mechanically inclined and have become quite friendly with my dealer. What made it more frustrating, was the 2 week downtime waiting to get it fixed since, I had to totally rely on the dealer to pick it up and drop it off. On a bright note all this work was done under warranty and I hope the last time I had it in to be fixed will be the last time. I love the fact it is built in the USA and it is very sturdy. Maybe I just got a lemon but I would have a hard time recommending anybody to buy this mower.
September 11, 2012
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Lem25 I love this beast!
I have read several complaints about the need for both hands to be on the controls for operation and can only say it would be very unwise to operate this machine with only one hand given its power and weight. I have really enjoyed how much more quickly I can mow my yard (about 13,000sq/ft of lawn). Starts easy, mows well, simple controls. I use headphones while using to dampen the noise. Love it.
September 6, 2011
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Rene Powerful but you need muscles
The motor on this thing is a beast. The greenest, thickest grass doesn't slow it down. But it can be a bear to manuever. I would receommend it for large, relatively flat lawns without too many obstacles or grade unless you have a smaller push mower for the twisties. Also, I have had to tinker with the cable that engages the forward gear as it builds slack and you lose power and then you better be He-Man.
September 13, 2011