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Craftsman T130 18.5hp 42in riding lawn mower/tractor - $899

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I am not in the know on mowers, how is this different than the usual small john deeres for a thousand bucks regular price? (I'd see them outside all the time). Thanks in advance.
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Very limited stock. Mostly in Texas
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I am not in the know on mowers, how is this different than the usual small john deeres for a thousand bucks regular price? (I'd see them outside all the time). Thanks in advance.
It's not different. Most of these mowers are manufactured by MTD with different paint jobs.

Outside of deck size and motor configurations, you won't notice the components being any better between models until you get to the yellow and black Craftsman Professional Series line.

Even then, some of the lower end models in that lineup have the same components you see here, just repainted.

It's not necessarily garbage, despite what some of the elitists will tell you, but it's important to know that it's 90% identical across all of these big-box brands as you are trying to price shop.

I bagged a Troybilt Mustang 42" ZTR mower from Lowe's in Sept 2018 for about $700, so they CAN go cheaper, but that was exceptional because they were pushing out Troybilt to make room for Craftsman.

I've been happy with it to this point.
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It's not different. Most of these mowers are manufactured by MTD with different paint jobs.

Outside of deck size and motor configurations, you won't notice the components being any better between models until you get to the yellow and black Craftsman Professional Series line.

Even then, some of the lower end models in that lineup have the same components you see here, just repainted.
Thanks, I hate the smoke and mirrors.
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Thanks, I hate the smoke and mirrors.
No problem. I updated that initial comment. It's not necessarily a bad thing as long as you're aware of how the illusion works.

When they do year-end clearances like this, you can still bag a deal.

The other nice thing behind the MTD branding charade is that you can price-shop replacement parts or accessories knowing that they're all pretty much universal. Just figure out which model lines equate to yours in other brands.
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FWIW and some perspective for people in the market, the TurnTight feature is a worthwhile upgrade, and I wonder if that feature is making its way down toward some of these low end tractors.

https://www.lowes.com/pd/CRAFTSMA...1000706012

This 2019 unit has it at the $1800 price point. I wouldn't be surprised if the successor to the OP's model brings that front end/turning setup to the $1300 MSRP price point.

If you have a lot of landscaping to maneuver around, you might need to think about how much the $300 savings means to you.
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Bought the T210 with the 18.5 Kohler last season for right around $1500. I looked at these, but they have tiny seats and aren't very comfortable. These are all MTD though, like Cub Cadet and Troy Built. Not sure how similarly these mow with the Briggs, but I have to mow at maximum height or it kicks up too much dirt and I get dust clouds.

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I had noticed this deal a while back and thought about it. I think it is a good value if you have around 1 acre or less of property. Even if it dies quickly.. it is like half the cost of a normal decent one.
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I am not buying anything with an engine made by Craftsman thats been made before the bankruptcy. Let's hope everyone that purchased the Craftsman name will put a little effort into it now.

A 2016 two stage snow blower that has to have the carburetor removed every winter and blown out for it to start again. Known issue with this chinese carb. Effected a couple Troy Built models too. Easy fix is starting and running for 5 minutes every 2 months.

A 2015(?) Craftsman self propel EZ walk lawn mower that has to have starter fluid sprayed up it's *** every year to get it to start. Also the EZ walk control cable has an infamous reputation of breaking and Sears kept selling the same weak cable for a couple years. I had it replaced twice while it was under warranty. Easy fix, people are making them with quality steel out of their garage and selling them on eBay for around $20.

And a 2017 Craftsman (made by Poulan Pro) chainsaw that loves to pour out bar oil after the last two uses. Yes, I burp the fill cap after use. Easy fix for me - I got a Husqvarna 460 Rancher. It's a beast. The Craftsman is still sitting in bar oil in it's case in the back of the garage since last spring. I'll get to it some day. Maybe.

I would of probably jumped on this deal.
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It's not different. Most of these mowers are manufactured by MTD with different paint jobs.

Outside of deck size and motor configurations, you won't notice the components being any better between models until you get to the yellow and black Craftsman Professional Series line.

Even then, some of the lower end models in that lineup have the same components you see here, just repainted.

It's not necessarily garbage, despite what some of the elitists will tell you, but it's important to know that it's 90% identical across all of these big-box brands as you are trying to price shop.

I bagged a Troybilt Mustang 42" ZTR mower from Lowe's in Sept 2018 for about $700, so they CAN go cheaper, but that was exceptional because they were pushing out Troybilt to make room for Craftsman.

I've been happy with it to this point.

Hmmm, Troybilt Mustang 42" ZTR mower, I must have missed that post
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Hmmm, Troybilt Mustang 42" ZTR mower, I must have missed that post
https://slickdeals.net/share/iphone_app/t/12024979

It was a pretty slick deal during that TB clear out when Lowe's was making room for Craftsman.

It got even sweeter than this post for me locally and I was able to use a 10% off coupon, but this post got slaughtered for some reason.
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Additional 10% off if you have AMEX offer.
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Can't seem to find it in stock in CA, must not be CARB compliant. Bleh CA.
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I am not buying anything with an engine made by Craftsman thats been made since the bankruptcy.

A 2016 two stage snow blower that has to have the carburetor removed every winter and blown out for it to start again. Known issue with this chinese carb. Effected a couple Troy Built models too. Easy fix is starting and running for 5 minutes every 2 months.

A 2015(?) Craftsman self propel EZ walk lawn mower that has to have starter fluid sprayed up it's *** every year to get it to start. Also the EZ walk control cable has an infamous reputation of breaking and Sears kept selling the same weak cable for a couple years. I had it replaced twice while it was under warranty. Easy fix, people are making them with quality steel out of their garage and selling them on eBay for around $20.

And a 2017 Craftsman (made by Poulan Pro) chainsaw that loves to pour out bar oil after the last two uses. Yes, I burp the fill cap after use. Easy fix for me - I got a Husqvarna 460 Rancher. It's a beast. The Craftsman is still sitting in bar oil in it's case in the back of the garage since last spring. I'll get to it some day. Maybe.

I would of probably jumped on this deal.
Craftsman went to crap well before the bankruptcy
Hand tools went to China, power tools and outdoor equipment getting the brand name slapped on the cheapest junk.
Management decisions in the final years hastened the demise of Sears and destroyed the value of the Craftsman brand.
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