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Old 08-16-2009, 04:55 PM
 
Location: Haynesville, La.-Pangburn, Ar.
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I'm kinda surprised about the good reviews for Craftsman. I've never owned one but have heard bad things about them. The local lawn mower repairman told me that if it weren't for Craftsman, his business would be real slow.
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Old 08-16-2009, 05:50 PM
 
Location: Lafayette, Louisiana
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I'm surprised as well. Isn't the engine on Craftsman mowers a Briggs and Stratton? My push mower is a Craftsman and it's got a B&S engine.
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Old 08-16-2009, 11:19 PM
 
Location: Louisiana
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LSU Tiger. TOO FUNNY.
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Old 08-17-2009, 04:34 AM
 
Location: Texas
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I'm surprised as well. Isn't the engine on Craftsman mowers a Briggs and Stratton? My push mower is a Craftsman and it's got a B&S engine.

Yes, it's a B&S and I've had no trouble with the engine at all. I HAVE, however, had to replace some of the parts upon which the mowing deck hangs. Since there are hang points which are nothing more than metal pins through sheet metal holes without the benefit of a grommett, the pins will eventually wear out and snap off.

Other than that, and the damage I've done to it by running over stumps and hanging the deck level handle on a powerline guy wire (in 5th gear, that'll throw you off the seat! ), it's been pretty dependable.

In fairness, though, I had another Craftsman years ago which was a continual and constant headache, mostly because of electrical issues and because Sears decided to change all the parts numbers after a couple of years.
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Old 08-20-2009, 08:02 AM
 
Location: Louisiana
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I'm surprised as well. Isn't the engine on Craftsman mowers a Briggs and Stratton? My push mower is a Craftsman and it's got a B&S engine.
Briggs & Stratton USED to make great little engines for all sorts of equipment, but please note that for the past few years these engines have turned out to be very unreliable. Why? Just do a little checking, and you'll find that these are now being MADE IN CHINA.

Snapper makes a great riding mower, but so do Toro, Ariens, John Deere and Troybilt. A buyer's task is to determine which brand provides the needed features and benefits at the lowest cost.
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Old 08-20-2009, 08:04 AM
 
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A couple goats?
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Old 08-20-2009, 08:08 AM
 
Location: Louisiana
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a couple goats?
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