Pros: A lot of tractor for the money! Price vs. performance, unmatched!
Ok, I've heard all the arguments about why brands like John Deere, Cub Cadet, Simplicity, Wheel Horse, Toro, Snapper, etc. are all supposed to be better. In a league by themselves, so to speak.
Well guess what? I paid about 1/2 the price of any of those brands and I can't find a bit of difference performance-wise between them and my Sears garden tractor.
My neighbor and I both bought new tractors last year to mow our 1-acre lots. He bought a comparable John Deere (as close as you can get) to my Sears GT (model 27296). He has needed to have his tractor serviced no less than 3 times since July'00. Only 1 of the services was covered under his warranty!
By the way, we both care for and store our tractors about the same way, so that's not an issue.
My tractor has only needed it's regular maintenance servicing..oil change, air filter change, etc....Not one thing has gone wrong with this baby! (And if it does, it's covered by a 2-year bumper-to-bumper warranty from Sears and they come and pick it up at my house!)
My neighbor is still happy with his John Deere...probably a male macho ego thing...but I gotta tell ya', I'm laughing all the way to the bank with the cost savings of my tractor.