Craftsman lawnmower model number 917.385390
Craftsman lawnmower model number 917.385390 This is a Craftsman Rotary lawn mower with a 4.75 horsepower motor, a 22 inch deck, and a side discharge chute. I use this Sears Craftsman lawnmower to mow my lawn, which is about 0.8 acres but too irregular to use a riding mower. It is a gasoline powered mower with a separate motor oil cap. (That is, it is not a two-stroke engine.)
The mower has a motor that is both power and fuel efficient. I appreciate how much difference there is between the fuel efficiency of different gasoline powered lawnmowers when cutting a lawn this size. This mower uses just half as much gas as my old mower. Because my lawn is irregular I can appreciate the value of having large rear wheels on this model.
It is fairly easy to lift the mower's front wheels off of the ground and maneuver on the back wheels to avoid objects in the yard. The blade is also fairly easy to replace. Changing the motor oil is more troublesome, however.
The oil drain plug is on the bottom of the mower, and quickly becomes rusted in place because it is constantly exposed to wet grass clippings. You can still change the motor oil by removing the oil cap and tipping the mower upside down to let the oil drain out the same way it went in.
However, to do this you must first drain or use all of the gas, or you will have a gas spill. The gas cap does not fit tightly enough to prevent the gas from spilling out, so you must be careful not to overfill the gat tank and not to tip the mower over or you will spill gas. The gas tank is fairly small as well, but since the mower is fuel efficient this is not a problem. The powerful motor has no problem with grass on a well maintained lawn, but this mower was never meant to clear brush. It is a side discharge mower. There is a mulching attachment, which is included, and a bagging attachment, which is sold separately, but both attachments are useless.