I have purchased a few Yardworks products over the past three or four years. They are:
1- 10 1/2 HP, 30" snow thrower, $1200.00.
2- 17 1/2 HP, 42" deck Lawn Tractor, $1600.00
3- 12volt Rechargeable lawn trimmer, $120.00
Tractor: The lawn tractor runs reasonably well, however the blades are cheaply made, and require replacement the first time you "hit the dirt". I went over a little hill, and scraped the newer top soil "leveler" I had spread a week previous. $80.00 for new blades, plus the inconvenience of finding a suitable lifting process to get the tractor off the ground far enough that I could reach underneath to change the blades. The mulching action of the blades is INFERIOR. I need to re-cut the entire lawn a second time every time. Subsequently, I will buy John Deer, OR Cub Cadet next time, which will be soon if I can sell mine to someone who just wishes to cut ditch grass, or the like.
A week after buying the snow thrower, the cold, while throwing out my driveway, froze the PLASTIC gear placement retainers, and they have broken off completely! ON A SNOW THROWER, NO LESS!! Three of six forward speeds are inaccessable. YARDWORKS, AND CANADIAD TIRE, refused to fix under warranty. I repaired by drilling, and then gluing screws into each location, and it works ok. STILL, SHOULD THIS BE, WHEN ONE SPENDS OVER $1000.00 ON A PRODUCT THAT BRAGS A FOUR YEAR WARRANTY??!!
The trimmer, on a full charge give you about 2 minutes of trimming time, then DEAD BATTERRY!! THEY GIVE YOU TWO WHEN YOU BUY SO YOU GET FOUR MINUTES TOTAL...sorry folks but it takes me, and I'm pretty quick at it, at least forty five minutes to do my substantially large trimming area... I' done with them, and CANADIAN TIRE!! I bought a Craftsman three weeks later...could'nt take the frustration of it all.