Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores, Inc. Introduces a Powerful New Line of Riding Mowers

Craftsman(R) Pro Series Offers Professional Inspired Features for Residential Use Available Only at Sears Hometown Stores and Sears Hardware Stores

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HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill., March 27, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Just in time for the spring growing season, Sears Hometown Stores and Sears Hardware Stores will offer consumers an innovative new line of riding mowers designed to tackle big lawns and rugged terrain.

Launched this season, the powerful new Craftsman® Pro Series Riding Mowers offers lawn enthusiasts the proprietary features found on most Craftsman brand riding mowers, such as Turn Tight™ technology for increased maneuverability. In addition, the Pro Series adds features such as reinforced decks with electric blade engagement, fast transmissions and top of the line Kohler engines to get the job done quickly and efficiently.

"For the larger yards we see in the areas surrounding our stores, lawn maintenance all season long can be a daunting and exhausting ordeal," said Susan Hilsenbeck, Divisional Vice President of Merchandising for Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores, Inc. "This is especially true with thick grass, brush and uneven terrain. But with the right equipment, lawn maintenance is much more enjoyable. That's exactly why the new Craftsman Pro Series line-up brings pro style features typically reserved for commercial use to homes throughout our markets."

"The Pro Series truly rounds out the full selection of mowers we are able to offer our customers", said David Buckley, Chief Marketing Officer for Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores, Inc. "The addition of the Craftsman Pro Series allows us to address the unique needs of our customers. The Craftsman Pro Series G7400 model number 98645 was just named a Best Buy for the premium tractor category by Consumers Digest. We are pleased to offer this level of quality to our customers at a great value."

All Craftsman Pro tractors come with a 5-year frame warranty and a 3-year over all warranty. Also new to the Craftsman Pro Series line-up is EZ Blade Change technology. According to a recent Craftsman brand survey of riding mower owners, an easy blade change was one of the top attributes considered when shopping for a riding mower. EZ Blade Change™, a new technology, permits blade changes simply and safely, without tools. The full line of new Pro Series products include:

  • Craftsman T7000 Pro Series Riding Mower – Comes equipped with a Kohler 22HP Elite Series twin cylinder engine, Turn Tight™ technology with a 6-in turning radius, EZ Blade Change technology, 42-in. 13 gauge reinforced deck, pedal shift continuous variable transmission (CVT), four gauge wheels and the ability to reach speeds of up to 7.5 mph.
  • Craftsman T7400 Pro Series Riding Mower – Features a Kohler 24HP Elite Series twin cylinder engine, Turn Tight™ technology with a 6-in turning radius, EZ Blade Change technology, 54-in. 11 gauge reinforced deck, pedal shift continuous variable transmission (CVT), four gauge wheels, a nose roller and the ability to reach speeds of up to 7.5 mph.
  • Craftsman G7400 Pro Series Garden Tractor Features a Kohler 26HP Elite Series twin cylinder engine, Turn Tight™ technology with a 6-in turning radius, EZ Blade Change technology, 54-in. 11 gauge stamped reinforced deck, pedal shift hydrostatic automatic transmission, four gauge wheels, a nose roller, high back seat with arm rests and the ability to reach speeds of up to 7.5 mph.
  • Craftsman Z7400 Pro Series Zero-Turn Riding Mower – Comes equipped with a Kohler 26HP Pro Series twin cylinder engine, zero-turn technology, 54-in. 13 gauge reinforced deck, Dual HydroGear ZT3100 transmission, welded chassis, four gauge wheels, a nose roller and the ability to reach speeds of up to 8 mph.

Available only at Sears Hometown Stores and Sears Hardware Stores nationwide, customers can now purchase the new Craftsman Pro Series line-up in advance of the warmer months ahead.

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About Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores, Inc.

Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores, Inc. (Nasdaq:SHOS) is a national retailer primarily focused on selling home appliances, lawn and garden equipment, tools and hardware. As of November 3, 2013, Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores, Inc. and its dealers and franchisees operated 1,239 stores across all 50 states as well as in Puerto Rico and Bermuda. In addition to merchandise, Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores, Inc. provide consumers with access to a full suite of services, including home delivery, installation and extended service contracts.

Operating through two segments—the Sears Hometown and Hardware segment and the Sears Outlet segment—Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores, Inc. and its subsidiaries offer franchise and dealership opportunities focused on selling, as applicable, top brand home appliances, hardware, tools, lawn and garden equipment and outlet merchandise. For more information about Sears Hometown & Outlet Stores, Inc., visit www.shos.com. To learn about the opportunity to own and operate a store format, visit www.ownasearsstore.com.

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