Rated 3.6 out of 5 by 123
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by Verified Reviewer Cannot fairly review this product...
I cannot fairly review a product which I have not been able to use yet.
When it arrived, I noticed one wheel was off kilter. Upon closer inspection (after completely removing the wheel), I noticed a small tab that was torn & bent making level installation of the wheel impossible.
However, in defense of the manufacturer, when I called to report the damage, a replacement part was promptly sent.
If given the opportunity, I will revisit and properly review this product.
August 26, 2014
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Flyfisher disposable mower
The wheel brackets are cheep stampings.....bend real easy.
The rear flap to stop debris from hitting your legs is a joke.
The primer button is up front unprotected...got destroyed under first pine tree.
This thing is 100% made in China...spare parts..forget about it.
China uses old time leaded gas...I'm not sure of long range repercussions of using our gas.
Good stuff: engine does start with one pull and it is powerful
July 25, 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by CotyC Powerful push mower
After struggling and "pushing" thru using an old beat up push mower that would stall or blow white smoke out of the exhaust when pushing into grass with any thickness to it, I decided to purchase a new mower. I chose the 173cc southland because it looked like a great deal of a higher displacement push mower. I was bummed when it arrived at my house and upon removing it from the box, the read left wheel was crooked. I discovered that the plastic wheel itself was cracked and that the axle bracket was bent. I emailed Home Depot and within a day I received an email that they would be sending me a new wheel. Got the new wheel quickly, removed the axle bracket and bent it straight in a bench vise, reinstalled the parts, and completed the very simple "assembly" required. Filled it with the provided oil, and filled the gas tank. I pressed the primer bulb about 5 times and pulled the cord about 8 times and it started up. Now starting is as simple as the recommended pressing of the primer bulb 3 times, and 1 or 2 pulls. Mower cuts very well, and the cut height adjusters are easily used. I would recommend the purchase of this mower due to it's power, the larger rear wheels, and the quality construction. Kudos to Home Depot support for getting the replacement wheel to me quickly.
September 27, 2014
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Jack Inexcusable.
The shipping box appeared to have been used several times, with 3 and possibly 4 very poorly applied layers of tape, the cardboard was torn in several paces and generally appearing to have been shipped several times. I have never received a shipment packaged so poorly and with so many signs of having been reshipped. There were oil stains on the outside where it was obvious that oil had leaked from inside the carton. Inside was worse. There was oil splattered about on the mower and the carton as well as the enclosed packet of accessories and manuals.
After removing and inspecting the mower itself: The mower was missing one factory-installed bolt and nut entirely, and all four wheels were very visibly out of alignment to substantial degree, both toe and camber. One of the wheels was almost completely frozen on its axle.
The engine had apparently been filled with oil by a previous buyer and the crankcase contained only 8 of the presumably 20 ounces that were probably added by a previous buyer. The oil-filler-cap was only partially threaded in, thus explaining the oil released inside the package.
With the use of a 24-inch prybar I was able to bend the wheel-mount brackets back into reasonable alignment on all 4 wheels. I was also able to disassemble and unfreeze the frozen wheel/axle. The "spokes" on the rear wheels are a cheap snap-on plastic actually just covering a plastic wheel.
The engine started easily and ran very smoothly and seemingly powerful through load. After the initial blue-cloud dissipated, it was nice to see that the blade produces a great deal of uplift and does a very nice job of cutting a uniform swath. The updraft is so powerful in fact, that if your lawn is a bit patchy (like mine) you may need to wait until after a light rain in order to avoid producing a dust storm. But if you have a nice thick lawn you would love the cut itself. I did not try the much-plate cover.
I called the Home depot help line and got through immediately, They very efficiently placed the order for the missing carriage bolt and associated nylok nut. Unfortunately, they said it would be shipped in 2 days and delivery would then be 5 to 7 business days.
Everything about this mower, except possibly the engine, is no better than any, and worst than most, of the cheapest of mowers at any big-box discount store. The quality of assembly and delivery are worse than anything I have ever before experienced from a reputable company. Take you chance if you like, but In my case at least, I could not have done worse.
July 27, 2014
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Ric Lawn mower
Arrived broken, it does not mulch. Because of the poor quality of the mower, I am now a Lowes customer. Made in America should not be placed on this one.
October 19, 2015
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Selwyncdog Big engine, bad choice.
This had a 22 inch cut and a big torque heavy engine that I desired but I never got the thing started. It would fire but refused to run. Gas leaked from the carb. I returned to Home Depot and techs in the rental shop tried to start it to no avail. The engine manual indicated controls that were not present on this model. I wanted this mower, big wheels, big cut, big engine, lots of torque. But they had none in the store so I had to exchange it for another model with a 21 inch cut and smaller engine. I an upset that the product was bad, but I am pleased with Home Depot honoring my purchase by giving me a more expensive mower at the same sale price of the first.
October 29, 2014
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Louis be careful & inspect your box
I received the lawn mower 2 weeks ago in a nice no smashed carton box, i assembled it and when i tried to start it the rope and the blade were stuck . So i called them they told me to bring it to a repair services.
They said I'd broke it because it didn't put oil in it, but i told them I've been not able to start it because it were stuck , after a lot of talk with the guy, he finally check the spark and confirm me that it never ran.
Actually, he found out that it were smashed and some kind a piece was stuck in the engine.
I finally got it back (paying 35bucks for puttin oil and being sure its running) 10days after and can now cut my grass.
All of that appart, it works fine
October 22, 2014
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Disappointed Poor quality and poor customer service
It's hard for me to rate this lawn mower as we had to order the primer bulb when we went to start it after the first time. The primer bulb fell apart in my hand. I called Southland's customer service and the guy I spoke to said he would send out the replacement part. A week went by and I called again. He said he would, and then forgot again. When I followed up a third time, he must have done it finally because he sent me a FedEx tracking #. This is unacceptable. I have had the lawn mower for almost a month and haven't been able to even use to. I would not recommend this lawn mower based on this experience alone.
July 16, 2014