Lawn Mower Guide Tip #1 – Beware of Craftsman
Here’s a good lawn mower guide tip when buying new. Once in your life, you will end up taking care of a lawn, and that means you will be owning a lawn mower. These little 2 stroke machines are genius inventions, but lately, they are built with cheaper alloys, plugs and plastic. This means they break down faster if you don’t buy the right one or take care of your cheaper built one. This article will reflect buying the right lawn mower. If you are a homeowner, you really should pay attention to this article.
We used to buy Craftsman lawnmowers from Sears. 20 years ago, this meant that a lawnmower would run for at least 10 years if you changed the plugs and oil regularly. The investment was a good one because a $400 lawnmower would pay for itself quickly. Now, when you buy a Craftsman, you would be lucky if the lawnmower lasted 2 years. Especially with a commercial company such as ourselves whom mow hundreds of lawns weekly running through dirt, sand and rocks at times.
Why is this? How come you cannot buy quality anymore? Well, there are a number of things, but we recently noticed how Craftsman does not respond to accusations about their tools being made in China and Mexico on the cheap. It is no secret that the quality of life reflects the quality of products where they are manufactured (not assembled) and we can only assume that Craftsman lost its edge by outsourcing. With that being said, we can safely recommend that you do not buy a Craftsman lawn mower unless it’s 20 years old.
Honestly, we are just as disappointment as you are reading this article. We LOVED our Craftsman! We used to seriously trash the 2 strokes because they never broke down. When we started our business almost 30 years ago, we didn’t understand accounting and had to rely on our equipment to last. Now, things are way different. We have to manually inspect our equipment daily to make sure they last at least 3 – 5 years and worth the investment. Gone are the days of set it and forget it.