Craftsman 625 Series Briggs & Stratton 21” multi-cut
I have always been impressed with the quality of the Sears Craftsman line of products until one incident recently. About two years ago I bought a Craftsman 625 Series Briggs & Stratton 21” multi-cut lawn mower and have been disappointed.
As always, Briggs & Stratton engines are great. As claimed by them, it easily starts on the first pull every time, provided you give the carburetor three priming pumps as recommended. The engine runs strong and quickly tackles my lawn if I use it only as a side discharge mower and not a rear bagger. Unfortunately this is not always practical for me.
With the rear bagger installed, the mower quickly clogs well before the bag is full. This in turn causes the mower to stall out endlessly. To compensate for this I am always stopping to clear the bag opening. This easily doubles the time I have to spend mowing thus adding needless time to task.
Another issue with the mower is the weak and flimsy wheels. They always appear to be loose even though they are not. If they receive any kind of a side load they appear as if they are going to break off. To be fair though, this has not happen yet after two summers of use and they don’t seem any worse than the day it came out of the box.
I will not be going out to buy a new mower anytime soon as this one does get the job done. I would thou, highly recommend investing in a higher end model of the Craftsman line. On a scale of 1 to 5 this mower gets a 3 in my book.