Poulan Pro PR625Y22SHP
Value & Solid performance for the Burbs
For a home with a medium yard and weekly usage (6 mo per year), this was a great value. I bought it 6 years ago and have only had to replace the blade, spark plug, oil, pull cord, and throttle cable. Very easy to work on.
April 11, 2014
Bought this mower 5years ago. Most mowers have not lasted more than one season. After the tune up this spring it starts first pull every time. Makes a good cut. Plenty of power.
January 8, 2013
Good mower, could be great
Purchased May 2009
First, a little about how I use and maintain my mower. I mow 1/2 acre every week with the mulch cover down. I do not use the side discharge attachment. I change the oil, spark plug and air filter at the start of every season. I tap the dirt out of the air filter before every use. The last tank of gas of the season has Sta-Bil in it. I wash the mower after every use, including under the deck. I consider this regular maintenance.
Pros: The motor starts every time. It cuts grass very well. I have never replaced the drive belt. No bagger. Very simple which is a good thing.
Cons: The front wheels (unlike the back) do not have bearings. Instead there is a steel sleeve cast into the plastic of the wheel. With regular washing (maintenance) this sleeve will rust and seize to the axle shaft. When this happens and you pull the go lever, the seized sleeves will spin out of the plastic wheels. The front wheels will then wear rapidly, start to lean and eventually fall off (literally, this is what happened to me). $63 plus shipping. Now I remove the front wheels every couple months and grease them with molybdenum grease. The deck has a sharp shoulder where the soft metal handle mounts that sets the height and angle of the handle. The sharp shoulder will gouge the handle with use, cutting into, and eventually breaking the handle at the mount. I made two brackets out of steel to stop this. $29 for a new lower handle, some scrap metal and an hour of my time. This year I have noticed that the deck tilts to one side when I push the handle down to turn. Broken deck in my near future? Guess I'll have to get out the welder. But seriously, a broken deck is a broken back, eventually I'll have to start shopping.
This machine is, in classic corporate fashion, marketed to lower and middle class niches with a relatively small yard. It is definitely designed with a terminal expected lifespan, so you will not get to (or want to) keep it forever.
It is not a H0nda, Husqv4rna, or Tor0. If you don't buy it at your local power equipment store, it could literally be two months before they can get parts and service, especially warranty. That old bitter tasting adage rings true: You get what you pay for.
But this mower is relatively cheap, so that goes both ways.
October 1, 2012
Can't get parts
Bought this mower in October 2011. Used 5-6 times when front right wheel fell off. Took mower to warranty repair shop 3 weeks ago and he can't get the part to fix the problem.
April 17, 2012