Please note – The lawn mower I’m reviewing was purchased by myself and this review is in no way connected with Sears, Craftsman or any representing PR agency.
Spring came quite early this year and of course that meant cutting the grass a lot sooner than we had planned. Unfortunately, our lawn mower just wasn’t quite ready. The poor thing was on its last leg, coughing and joking with every run through the yard and the wait time on a Spring tune-up was 2 – 4 weeks. In 2-4 weeks we would have been walking through a jungle. So that’s when I decided maybe it was just time to retire the old guy and get a shiny new lawn mower.
After browsing online reviews and a walk-through of Lowe’s, Menard’s and finally Sears, we found what we thought was the perfect lawn mower. Except … when we got home and started putting it together we found that one of the holes wasn’t drilled properly and had to take it back to Sears for a replacement. As luck would have it, we bought the last one in stock. Figures.
We finally decided to buy the slightly upgraded model from the one that was out of stock and came home with the Sears Craftsman 22” Rear Drive Self-Propelled Electric Start EZ Lawn Mower.
This bad boy of lawn mowers is packed with features like:
- 22 in. high-performance deck — Provides excellent bagging, mulching or discharging
- 725 Briggs & Stratton Platinum Series 190cc* engine with Push Button Start Technology
- EZ Bagging Access — Bagger door stays open for easy bag removal
- Dual trigger rear drive — Variable speed propelled drive system; Let the mower do the work and not you
- Single point height adjuster — Simply raise and lower the mower deck with one hand
- 12 in. high wheel — for added maneuverability
- Dustblocker Grass Bag — Specialized construction helps keep dirt away from user
EZ Walk Feature
Electric EZ Push Button Start
Armed with a battery pack that must charge for 24 hours before each use, long gone are the days of pulling the string over and over again until the lawn mower finally roars to life. Should you forget to charge the battery there is a pull cord that usually starts on the first pull and is relatively easy. Is this a feature I could live without? Sure. But I like it, a lot.
Dust Blocker Empty Bag
One thing I hate about mowing the lawn is all the grass clippings left all over the place. This particular model includes the option of a side discharge or the Dust Blocker bagging system that holds up to 2.3 cu. ft. of grass clippings. The red handle makes it very easy to remove the bag and dump the clippings and snaps back into place in one swift motion.
Additionally, I was really excited to see the bag comes with a clear plastic peek-a-boo window, as I call it. While it’s designed to let you see how full the bag is, I have to say it’s rather useless. Dust and stray clippings end up blocking your view into the bag so you really can’t see how full it is at all. That left me feeling pretty disappointed.
12 Inch High Rear Wheels
Until buying this lawn mower, I never really understood why some models came with 4 wheels of equal size while others came with taller rear wheels. I now see that the higher rear wheels makes it a lot easier to maneuver and turn the lawn mower as needed. It’s not necessarily a must-have feature, but I can appreciate it.
What is a must-have feature (for me) is the single point height adjuster. Labeled 1 through 8, this single lever adjusts the height of the blade for all 4 wheels. This essentially means neither myself or my husband will ever forget to adjust the wheels individually and end up with a funky cut yard. It has happened on several occasions in the past. The lever has an easy grip handle that locks into place between the number settings and as I mentioned, moves all 4 wheels for you at once.
Need a quick clean-up? There’s a valve on the lawn mower where you can connect your hose to rinse out the body easily.
Overall, I would say this is the best $430 I’ve ever spent on a lawn mower. It includes features that makes it easy for me to mow the lawn and gives my husband the feel of real power cutting through the grass with the Briggs & Stratton 190cc engine. So the next time you walk into Sears looking for a lawn mower and feel overwhelmed by all the choices, you can count on the Sears Craftsman 22” Rear Drive Self-Propelled Electric Start EZ Lawn Mower (Model# 37093) to be a safe bet.