Scotts S1642 Lawn Tractor

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Scotts Lawn Tractor

Oct 1, 2007
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Rated a Very Helpful Review

Pros:Cuts lawn nice and neat.

Cons:Safety features can drive you crazy, especially if you don't weigh over 115 pounds.

The Bottom Line: A great performing riding lawn mower but the safety features can be trying on your patience. In the end, the safety features are a good idea.


This is a nice lawn mower. It mows with a decent width (42"), at a decent speed and doesn't cut off in thicker/taller grass (Kohler 16 HP engine), and the cuttings can be left without raking or bagging. We have three quarters of an acre and it keeps our lawn looking beautiful.
The numerous safety features, however, can really take some time and frustration to learn. Some like pushing a button to go in reverse, are pretty obvious. Others, like pushing a metal rod in the back all the way in is easy to forget about (you have to pull out the metal rod in order to push the mower out of the garage, etc.) and you have to get back off of the mower to push it in. It also won't start if the blades are engaged (and the picture by the engage lever makes no sense so you have to think about it for a second as to which way engages the blades). If you weigh less than 115 pounds, you will really be frustrated. It will only start if you are sitting a certain way and getting every ounce of your weight on the seat. And if you are light, it will either backfire or cut off if you loose full contact with the seat (i.e.-reposition yourself or go over a bump). So, I wouldn't recommend this mower if you are a petite person. I had constant issues with this lawn mower until I had a baby and gained 15 pounds, now it starts (as long as none of the above safety features are activated) and stays on like a gem (I now weigh 130#). The only other bad thing besides the safety features is that the seat has a tendency to slide back and forth while you mow which can be annoying.
Overall, this is a nice lawn mower. I suppose the safety features are actually a good thing, especially if you have kids. Yet, the safety features are so good that sometimes you won't be able to turn it on. But, with time you will get better at going down a mental list of which ones are activated or not and it will keep your mind sharp. Ha!


Recommend this product? Yes


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