What's this? Based mostly on cutting performance, handling, and ease of use. The displayed score is out of a total of 100 points.
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Summary:This 46-inch Snapper lawn tractor comes with a 2-cylinder Briggs & Stratton engine, an automatic drive system, and electric PTO. It includes a more comfortable high-back seat and a washout port.
The Snapper SPX 2246 is part of the lawn mower & tractor
test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, lawn tractor
models like the SPX 2246 are rated on multiple criteria, such as those listed below.
A combination of evenness, which is how close the tractor or rider came to even, carpet-like mowing, and how evenly clippings were dispersed from the side-discharge chute.
Reflects a combination of evenness, which is how close the tractor or rider came to even, carpet-like mowing, and how completely the mower distributed its clippings over the lawn's surface.
Denotes a combination of evenness, which is how close the tractor or rider came to even, carpet-like mowing, and a measurement of the effective capacity of the grass bag, determined when the bag was full or when the chute clogged and stopped collecting clippings.
About This Brand
Briggs & Stratton, one of the top engine makers, has moved into marketing mowers, tractors, and zero-turn riders by acquiring Snapper and Simplicity and introducing mowers and tractors under the Briggs & Stratton name. Although new to the market, the Briggs & Stratton lines appear to be aimed at the value segment at retail. Snapper and Simplicity are dealer brands and are premium-priced compared to products found in most home centers and Sears.
Deck size (in.) The manufacturer's claimed cutting width, or swath, in inches. Rear-engine riding mowers are about 30 inches, and lawn tractors are about 38 to 48 inches or more. Mowers with larger decks take up more storage space, but cut proportionally faster and therefore reduce cutting time.
Deck size (in.)
Engine power (hp) The manufacturer's claimed horsepower for the engine. All other factors being equal, an engine with more power will be able to handle tougher jobs (such as tall grass) without bogging down.
I purchased my Snapper SPX 46 at the end of the season last fall. This is the first season of use and it has been to the shop three times. Once for a bad starter and twice for the belts. The company finally put on the belt kit and that has worked for two and one half cuts. The belt is still on but now the engine races and the mower feels like there is carb problem. Tomorrow when I haul it to the shop will be four trips and the mower is less than a year old. I wrote a letter to Snapper asking for a refund because they sold a defective product. That got me a belt kit to correct the design flaw. This is the worst mower on the market with the name snapper. It is nothing but a piece of junk. I will probably end up taking the dealer to small claims court to get a refund. I have a three year warranty but I don't think I should have to take it to the shop every month. Duh
How long have you owned it:
By The UnSnapper
from Biscoe, NC
Don't buy the SPX Snapper
Comfortable to operate
Fast On Level Ground
Not Easy To Work On
Requires Constant Repairs
Too Many Safety Switches
I purchased this mower not because of all the safety feature, which are quite cumbersome, but because it seemed to be a reliable and well-sized mower. However, I've owned the mower for less than a year and already it has been back to shop three times and I can see that more returns are coming. The unit is way over-engineered. It seems that once I solve one problem, (ex. deck belt) then an electrical problem occurs on one of the many electronic cutoffs. How I smell the drive belt everytime I make a tight turn with the zero radius. Hence, that feature is either creating a problem or part of the problem and will result in another broken belt soon. I have the mower on my trailer ready to go back to dealer now because the seat switch isn't working properly - or at least that is where I have traced the problem down to. I also have to change the air filter after almost every mowing since the dynamics of the mower push debris up in front of the mower. Not only does the air intack suck the debris, but you need goggles and a mask to mow if the grass is dry. The deck now also is uneven leaving huge miscuts in the yard. When I looked up the solution in the manual it indicates to take it iin for service. That means that right in the middle of the summer when I need it most for large yard, Ill have to transport the mower to my local dealer, wait at least a nother week or two to get the mower back (after another dealer repair cost), then return to a very heavy and tall yard and expect I'll have another problem, such as a nother deck belt breaking (that too is a common problem) and spend much of my summer taking the mower back and forth to the dealer. To make it every worse, the local dealer always has a backlog of work, long lines because of how he runs his business, and long delays just to get help. I paid a lot for this mower, but can see that this was a very bad purchase. Do NOT buy a SNAPPER until they re-engineer their mowers.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
from Low Gap, NC
(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
I would buy this machine again
Easy to Push & Steer
Economical On Fuel Use
Very Durable Blade Wear
Rough Terrain And Slopes
I mow at least 3 acres overall, usually about a third each mowing day.<br />My acreage is not smooth, and the variable speed allows for cautionary slowing when necessary.<br />I like the short turn radius as I have several trees, posts, etc.<br />It crawls up a steep slope with ease.<br />The dealer who sold me this machine is wonderful and provides excellant service.