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The Snapper 2812523bve (28") 12.5hp hi-vac rear engine riding mower has been discontinued and is not available for purchase at this time.


Snapper 2812523BVE (28") 12.5HP Hi-Vac Rear Engine Riding Mower

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Entry Level Lawn Mowers
Rear-Engine Riding Lawn Mowers
Surface Area
Medium Home
Flat Terrain

Cutting Inches
Briggs and Stratton Engine

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Briggs & Stratton 12.5HP/344cc Intek OHV Engine
Overhead valve design (OHV) with electric start
Sealed Battery Included-No Acid Required

Disc Drive Transmission
Sealed differential and 5-speed on-the-go shifting
Eliminates complicated clutches
Provides easy forward/reverse drives

28-Inch, 3-In-1 Mower Deck
Side discharge, mulch or bag your grass clippings
14-gauge stamped steel
Easy to use 5-position height of cut adjustment

Snapper HI-VAC Deck Design
Patented, roll-lip deck for unmatched performance
Literally sweeps your lawn clean of clippings

Solid Steel Frame
Pivots and adjusts to lawn contours for a smooth cut every time

Quick Response Steering
Tight 28-inch turning radius for easy maneuvering

Stand On End Capability
Makes storage and cleaning quick and convenient

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  Model Number:7800649
 Made in USAYes
 Engine BrandBriggs & Stratton Intek
 Starting System12-Volt Key Start w/ Recoil
 Battery IncludedIncluded
 HP/CC12.5 HP/344 cc
 Fuel Tank Size1.75 Gallons
 Cylinders1 Cylinder
 Oil FilterNo
 Consumer Warranty2 Years
 Commercial Warranty1 Year
 Speeds5 Speeds
 Drive WheelsRear Wheels
 Maximum Speed4.6 Mph
 Maximum Reverse Speed1.9 Mph
 Front AxleStamped Steel
 Front Tire Size11 x 4
 Rear Tire Size16 x 6.5
 Tire TypePneumatic Wheels
 Cutting Options3-in-1 (Side-Discharge/Bag/Mulch)
 Blades1 Blade
 Positions5 Positions
 Cutting Height1.5-4.0 Inches
 Deck Lift SystemManual Hand Operated
 Deck DriveBelt
 Seat TypeMid Back
 Rear BaggerSold Separately
 Mulcher KitSold Separately
 Hour MeterNo
 Arm RestsNo
 Weight315 Lbs. (142.88 kilograms)
 Dimensions64.0L x 32.0W x 39.0H
(162.56 x 81.28 x 99.06 cm)
 Consumer Warranty2 Years
 Commercial Warranty90 Days
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  5 Questions
Q: Todd,
Do these mowers arrive ready to mow or do they need to be preped first, Like adding oil.

by Bob from Florida on June 24, 2011

A: Bob - all of the Snapper rear engine riding mowers require a bit of assembly when they are delivered. You will need to put on the seat, steering column, and front axle . You will need to adjust the seat and the steering wheel to the proper comfort positions, as well. All fluids (including the oil) are pre-filled in this mower. All you need to add is the gas.
by Jose, Product Expert

Q: Do I need the mulching kit with this Snapper 28" mower, or will just purchasing the mulching blade be sufficient? thanks, Don
by Don from Nebraska on April 25, 2011

A: You would need a mulching kit for this model. The blade will not suffice alone.


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by Jose, Product Expert

Q: Todd,

I wanted to add the mulching kit to this mower. Would you guys install it. Do these mowers need any initial break in servicing


by Anjelo from New York on March 16, 2011

A: Thanks for your inquiry. We cannot install the mulch kit because the mower is boxed and ready to ship. This is something you would be required to install upon receipt. They need no initial break in servicing.
by Jose, Product Expert

Q: Hello Todd, my dog nibbled on the rear wiring, trying to figure out how to rewire the lose wires. where can I find an illustration and/or info to get my lawnmower going again, thanks.
by Carlos J Ramos from Texas on March 15, 2011

A: Thanks for your inquiry. This would be a question for Snapper tech support. You can reach them at 800-935-2967 or you could visit a local Snapper repair center.
by Jose, Product Expert

Q: Hi Todd, I'm thinking of buying a Snapper 2812523BVE $1499.99. I get a $75.00 mail in rebate on this model's price right? How involved is the set up? How long is the warranty? 3 Years? Can I finace a portion of it?
by Michael David from Virginia on March 13, 2011

A: Thanks for your inquiry. You are correct, this model is elgible for the $75.00 mail in rebate. The only set up involved is putting on the steering wheel and seat. The warranty is 2 years and financing is available on our site through Bill Me Later.
by Jose, Product Expert

Snapper 7800649 Reviews & Ratings
Overall Rating
3.3 out of 53.3 out of 53.3 out of 53.3 out of 53.3 out of 5
High Quality (1)
Reliable (1)
Durable (1)
Ninja Blade Cuts Uneven (1)
Steering Front Wheels Ne... (1)
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Ronald S.
Foxboro, MA
4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5
From Old Snapper To A New Model.....
Mowers Direct is a good company to do business with. No issues there. Now my story:

I replaced a terrific, but really old and worn out, 25" Snapper sit down, rear engine mower with the new Snapper Model #: 7800649. I also purchased the Snapper Ninja kit to mulch the grass back onto the lawn. I sharpen the blade to a razor edge. Height settings on the cutter adjustment are from a very low 1 to a high of 5. I cut at a #4 setting. For some reason I cannot figure out, using the Ninja blade,... more
Pros: Durable, Reliable, High Quality
Cons: Steering Front Wheels Near Obstacles Can Be Dangerous, Ninja Blade Cuts Uneven
Ronald Does Not Recommend This Mower
Ronald's Experience With Power Equipment Direct
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Foxboro, MA
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Reading the manuals, minor parts for the the Snapper are easy "for a handyman" to put together, IE, front steering linkage, gas tank, seat, install mulching blade package (extra purchase), fill grease fittings, installing the tiny gel type battery "after charging it", check and add oil (I had too), and filling the gas tank. It's running great and cuts the lawn beautifully. I must say the delivery service was very courteous, and helpful. The people at Mowers Direct are very... more
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Bennington, NE
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Snapper Riding Mower
The mower arrived and as I began to assemble it I realized I was missing the bag of parts. There was a box with the seat, gas tank and water bottle but no other parts. I called Snapper and they were anything less than helpful.

They originally tried to say it wasn't their fault and asked if I had called Mowers Direct. I said that the mower is crated and sent direct and that Snapper should be responsible for ensuring all the necessary parts are in the box crate.

Finally they said... more
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Loganville, GA
2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5
Grinding Noise And Vibration In Transmission
I bought a snapper rear engine riding mower. 28 inch hi-vac electric start. This mower has grinding noise and vibration in transmission. I carried back to dealer and they kept it a week and said nothing was wrong with it. I tried another snapper dealer and he said the later models have this problem account of cheap material being used. I had a 1979 model snapper rear engine 28 inch electric start that I sold after buying this new one. I never had any trouble with it. I wish I had my old... more
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