Craftsman 22in Rear Bag Front Propelled ( Sears # 07137647000)
I purchased this mower during the Sears lawn and garden sale. I paid a little less than $300 for it. That includes a discount for signing up for a Sears card.
I wasn't going to get a key start model, but I'm glad I did. I don't mind pull-starting a mower, but the key start is a nice luxury. Supposedly one charge of the battery will start the mower over 100 times.
I have used the mower to cut my yard and a friend's yard a bunch of times now, with no problems. Overall, I would say the quality is very good and it operates well. The self-propel speed is variable, which is nice for maneuvering around the house and landscaping.
The large wheels in the back are helpful for mowing in areas where the ground is uneven. This is nice for me since our grass is patchy in some places, and it gets pretty bumpy. They seem a bit flimsy though, like they will break before too long.
The front propel unit makes the front end of the mower pretty heavy. This makes it a little more difficult to lift the front wheels up to turn the mower around after each pass. Since I'm very tall, this tends to put a little more stress on my lower back.
The engine seems to run strong but seems to use more gas than I had expected. It gets bogged down by thicker patches of grass, which is a little disappointing. I would have expected it to be more robust. Maybe it just needs to be broken in.
The bag attachment is a little tricky at first. Once I got used to it though, I liked it. The optional side discharge is a nice feature too. I use it almost all the time.
Overall, I don't regret my purchase, and I'd recommend a craftsman mower to anyone. I've used several, without any problems.
value, large rear wheels, self propelled, key start, 4-cycle engine, bag or side discharge
front-heavy, flimsy wheels, fuel consumption, slows down in thick grass