Spring is in full swing and depending on where you live, you need to make sure your mower is good to go, and if it isn’t, it’s time to consider some new options. Sears has plenty of mowers to choose from this spring and if you are in the market for a riding mower, we have an exceptional one to tell you about today.
Craftsman has built one of the most user-friendly, simple and comfortable riding lawn mowers out there. The Craftsman Pro Series 26 HP V-Twin Kohler Elite 54″ Turn Tight Extreme Riding Mower lives up to its name.
The engine on this device performs well and I did not find any problems during the first few weeks of operation. No only does the mower run well, but it did not falter when encountering some uneven, rolling terrain.
I purposefully grew out my lawn to be of an abnormally long length and I’m happy to report the Craftsman Pro Series 26 HP passed with flying colors. The mower’s blade easily pierced the heavy grass and I did not encounter any issues whatsoever.
Looking back at the beginning, when you have received the lawn mower and have gotten the machine out of the box, there isn’t a whole lot of assembly left to take care of. This is quite a nice luxury to enjoy because some devices require more time and effort before you even get to use them, but not this mower. Sears has done a nice job of making things easy on the customer.
The only things I had to really do was pour gas into the tank. Other mowers require you to pour oil into the machine prior to using, but the Craftsman Pro Series didn’t require that. Another simple thing I had to do was manually screw on the front bumper, but that only took a matter of two or three minutes.
Some of you will have a varying preference of seat adjustments, but the lever on the left side makes adjusting the seat quite easy. Finally, you will need to either work hard to get the hex nuts off of the battery screws or you’ll need to make a trip to your local hardware store to pick up a few. We ended up doing the latter, which was extremely simple and inexpensive to do.
From there, you are basically all set to go in regards to getting the mower ready to operate. It’ll be extremely important for anyone who is using this machine for the first time to become very familiar with the instructions. It’s not difficult to learn how to use the mower, but it’s easy to see how you could do some damage if you aren’t aware of how to use everything correctly.
The basics you will want to know is how to engage the blades so you are cutting the grass and how to disengage them, for when you are no longer mowing and need to move it. Another function you will want to be aware of is the screw at the back of the mower that allows you to effortlessly move the mower without it being turned on.
Finally, the more you use the mower, the more you will become more comfortable with its range and timing of turns. Personally, it only took a few times using the mower to really gain a firm grasp of when turns needed to be made and how the shape of the mower impacts them.
For someone who was operating the mower in some closed quarters that required precise turns, the mower performed magnificently well. When I approached the divider between my garden and lawn, I was able to turn at the last minute and the mower’s response was precise, leaving me with a clean, exact cut that didn’t come into contact with my divider.
Adjusting the level of the blades is extremely easy to do with the lever being located on the right hand side of the mower, next to where you will be sitting. Raising or lowering the blades is a very simple task and doesn’t require much leverage.
Longevity and long-term performance isn’t something I can speak to when you think about how the device will last over a few years. That said, during the first few weeks of using the rider, I have nothing to complain about, especially since maintenance has only consisted of filling up the gas tank when it gets low.
The mower is an exceptional piece of equipment and is absolutely worth picking up if you have the type of lawn that requires a riding mower. This is a high quality, extremely effective machine and will please anyone who is looking to spend a little extra on a powerful mower. This is just one of the exceptional pieces of equipment you can pick up at Sears this spring and summer season.
The Craftsman Pro Series 26 HP V-Twin Kohler Elite 54″ Turn Tight Extreme Riding Mower typically retails at $2899.99, but Sears is currently running a sale where you can save up to $400. Check out their website for more details regarding the riding mower.