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Any opinions on the Craftsman 26 inch walk behind wide area mower?????

Discussion in 'Homeowner Assistance Forum' started by scarbs, May 5, 2002.

  1. scarbs

    scarbs LawnSite Member
    Messages: 1

    Anyone have an opinion on this mower?? This would be for home use and not commercial. I have a little less than a 1/2 acre that I would like to save some time on..... Currently on sale at Sears for $599. It seems like the only mower with more than a 22 inch cut that I can find at a reasonable price. :dizzy:
  2. Russo

    Russo LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 287

    Craftman is a dirty word to most of the commercial operators on this site, mainly because they don't stand up to commercial use. If you are only using it for your home, and Sears still gaurantees everything for life, it sounds reasonable. At least it sounds low risk.

    Ask if you can take the sucker outside on some grass or demo it at home. I've never used one myself. Hope that helps some.

    Also consider, whatever you purchase, whether or not you can get repairs done on it in your area.
  3. stslawncare

    stslawncare LawnSite Bronze Member
    from DE
    Messages: 1,484

    what other brands make mowers between the 22'' and 36''? what would be the pros and cons to having a mower of this size as a trim mower?
  4. Dave_in_NJ

    Dave_in_NJ LawnSite Member
    Messages: 13

    There was a similar discussion in the commercial lawn care forum about 26-32" mowers. Do a search on "Kees" and you should be able to find it. I know of the following:

    Kees 26"
    Snapper 26"
    Encore 26"
    Billy Goat 24"

    Craftsman 26" (residential)

  5. keifer

    keifer LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 320

    Dont forget stanly 26 at walmart
  6. stslawncare

    stslawncare LawnSite Bronze Member
    from DE
    Messages: 1,484

    are all those commericial units (except the craftsman) how about the pros and cons?
  7. rkbrown

    rkbrown LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 533

    Con: According to the literature, you cannot add a mulching kit to the Snapper 26".

    As far as the Kees, we have a local dealer. The price that this dealer charges for a 32" Kees is comparable to the Exmark dealers price on a 32", so I believe that the Kees may be a bit high priced for what you are getting (I did not inquore about 26").

    I was looking (briefly) at the 26" mowers, given that most subdivisions around here have narrow gates (35.5 "), but have decided that I will probably go with an Exmark 32". I am currently running 21" Snapper commercial.

    Just my .02
  8. Dave_in_NJ

    Dave_in_NJ LawnSite Member
    Messages: 13

    I believe the Kees, Encore and Billy Goat are commercial. I am not sure about the Snapper, but most reviews that I have read were quite negative (especially for the $1000+ price). The Billy Goat seems nice with a B&S Intek Pro (full pressure and spin-on oil filter) and a nice adjustable deck. I do not know the exact price, but believe it is around $1,200.

  9. bw

    bw LawnSite Member
    Messages: 49

    I've got a 26" snapper and bought a mulch kit for it, it was about 50.00, it works great by the way
  10. rkbrown

    rkbrown LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 533

    Thanks for the correction, bw. The literature I have that lists the 26" Snapper says "N/A" under the mulch kit option in the table. It's good to know that a mulck kit for the 26. I have a 21" snapper that mulches great with a gator blade.

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