10 years. still running
I don' t understand the poor reviews on these mowers. This mower was manufactured 2003 and it still starts first pull every time. Not bad, and very impressed since I'm a Honda man myself. This has changed my thinking on briggs and stratton motors somewhat. But its very simple....maintenance. I read one review on here that you have to tip the mower to drain the oil, not true, if you look under the deck you will find a drain plug. BRIGGS did that so as you DONT have to tip the mower.Tipping the mower simply drains most of the oil and remaining fuel back into the carburator, a whole new set of problems aftee that. Wash the mower after you use it. Keep the under side of the deck clean. Change filters and oil. Keep the suction tube clean. Just keeping it clean goes a long way. Do that and you can get a good 10 years or better outta any mower even the cheap ones. Always cheaper to buy parts than to put your old mowers In the land fill. Cmon, your grand pa did it. So can you. Quit throwin your stuff away and learn to maintain it.
March 2, 2014
Not so great a product
Just bought this late last summer, been used maybe 10 times on a small yard, won't run well. Changed spark plug, new fuel, cleaned air filter and kept it clean. Keeps
dying. On line website very little help in trouble shooting.
June 30, 2013
OK for the price
Bought one of these in 2010. Now, we're tough on mowers -- have a hard, clay-based lawn with tree roots and plenty of uneven turf. So we buy economy mowers knowing that we're going to replace them every few years. This model lasted three years until the pins on the blade adapter shaved off and the shaft from the engine to the blade cracked. It's a basic mower for our one-acre lawn. The one thing I don't like is that there is no oil drain plug in the Briggs & Stratton engine. You have to tip the engine to drain the oil through the fill stem. That's just inconvenient. For the price it's as good as any of the other semi-disposable models out there, and we've been through a few of them.
May 11, 2013
Not sure how fair most of the other reviews are.......
I can't speak to the initial problems reported by other people, as this was left at a house by the previous owner, looking very new. It wouldn't start when I got it and took it to a small engine repair shop. $30 later it ran great & started on the first pull for 2 yrs, sat in storage for a year and ran great/first pull start for two more years. Not sure if this is a B&S or a Poulan con, but I have had issues with the throttle, governor, carburetor this past year and now may have a blown head gasket or piston ring. I can't complain too much, as the mower is now more than 5 years old and I am to blame for part of my troubles.
As far as the non-engine parts of the mower, I like it. The only complaint I have is the handle. It had quite a bit of slack to it and would occasionally slip out when turning the mower. I added $2 worth of washers to take up the slack and have been happy since.
One other con is the mower seems to bog down in tall or thick grass.
For what the mower is priced at it seems to be a good value compared to what other similarly priced mower deliver (usually lower HP or cutting width and small wheels)
April 13, 2013
Break down in only 6 weeks.
This is a piece of junk. I used it a total of 3 times every 2 weeks and it is now broken. I changed the gas, cleaned the carburator, have oil in the tank, checked the plug and still it does not work. By the 3rd time I used it, it started to run slow and misses. Then on the fourth time, it started and then stalled and I still can't get it working. That is $200 wasted and I am not sure I wanted to get it repaired for another $75. I would return the piece of junk if I can but, I can't. I have a Honda that lasted 8 years.
July 12, 2012
Piece of Junk
I bought this lawn mower in Feb 2012. Good price! I should've known the old saying "you get what you paid for".
June 23, 2012
22SH high wheel
A 6 hp engine would increase performance,
Larger diameter rear wheels would improve ease of handling.
June 5, 2012
very easy to use
I bought this motor for myself to use. Hubby doesnt like to push mow, but I do. Easy to pull start for a lady with RA. Glides on the lawn. Highly recommend for anyone special ladies!!!!
May 16, 2012