2010 Craftsman YT3000 46 inch 21 hp Model 28924 Review Updated

This review covers the YT 3000 with a single cylinder, 46 inch deck, and fender control hydro.  If you want a smaller deck or plan to install a snow thrower look at the other models.

I have rated this model (28924) as the “best mower for about $1500”  and the leading consumer magazine* AGAIN agrees for 2010.  This is the best Craftsman for value, cut, durability and overall satisfaction.

This tractor is part of the YT Series.  It is Craftsman’s most popular line.  Basically the YT 3000 and YT 4000 series tractors are available in eight different configurations.  They come with 42 or 46 inch decks, single or twin cylinder motors, manual or hydro transmissions, and fender or foot control speed controls. Please read my reviews of all the YT models so you can find the best mower for you.  Over the last year I have mowed with both the 42 and 46 inch decks and they cut as well or better than any other mid-sized deck.  The fully vented decks have good lift for poor lawns and get rid of the grass evenly and quickly for well kept lawns.  With premium mulching blades and a mulch cover they mulch well.  With hi-lift blades both decks bag very well.

Specs:

Read My Review Below These Specs:

Brand: Craftsman
Series: YT 3000
Model: 28924
Ca Model: 28914
Engine HP: 21
Engine Brand: Briggs & Stratton Platinum

Cylinders: One

Transmission: Hydrostatic
Transmission Control: Fender Controls
Mower Width: 46 inch
Blades: 2
Cutting Positions:  6
Gauge Wheels: 4
Washout port: Included
Blade Engagement: Manual
Turning Radius: 16 inches
Front Axle: Cast Iron – Grease-able
Rear Tires:  18 x 9.5
Seat: High-back
Slide Seat Adjust:  Easy Adjust Lever
Service Minder: None

Warranty: 2 year manufacture defects, 5 year frame and axle.  Optional 3 year Protection Plan that includes labor, trip charges and wear and tear.  (See Sears.com for details)

My Review:

For 100 dollars more than the Craftsman Model 28905 LT 2000 Lawn Tractor you can move up to the mid-sized YT 3000 yard tractor series. This model features the new Craftsman style step through operator’s platform, pressurized lube engine with oil filter, and a 46 inch deck.  This is the same deck as Model 28724 Consumer Reports 2008 Best Buy.

The 28924 has the fender control hydro.  If you are replacing your old Craftsman that had fender controls this is the new mower for you.  If you are new to mowers you should look at the 28934 foot control. (it drives more like your car)

If you want a mower that will mow 1/2 to 2 acres well, handle a snow blade, and all the non-ground engaging attachments this mower will do the job well for you.  This tractor is heavy enough to handle hilly and rough lawns.  There are other mowers in the Craftsman lineup that will mow faster, or pull more but this is a great all around mowing machine.

I like the mid-size YT 3000 series.  I think they represent a good value and a machine that if taken care of properly will last you a long time.

These yard tractors are capable of pulling all the non-ground engaging attachments Sears offers including a snow blade.

Cons:

The YT 3000 is heavy enough, but I recommend going to a twin cylinder motor (YT 4000)  if you want to attach a  snow thrower.   You will wish you had bought a larger engine for snow throwing.

The 46 inch deck has a much larger grass deflector than the 42 inch deck.  If you have tight areas you may decide the 42 inch is a better choice.

Final Thoughts:

Consumer Reports* gave the 2008 46 inch model a best buy.  Again this year the 2010 version of this tractor gets their “best buy” award.  I agree.   There are very few negatives with this mower as long as you understand that it is a good quality mid-sized mower designed to mow lawns well.  I like this lawn mower for what it is designed for.  At around $1400 on sale it is a very good value.

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12 Comments on "2010 Craftsman YT3000 46 inch 21 hp Model 28924 Review Updated"

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gobluetwo
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Paul, thanks for the tip about looking under the seat. Turned out it was something so simple which I may not have noticed as soon otherwise. Once I got the battery and box out, I saw that the belt had just slipped off the pulley under the fan. Once I got that slipped back on, it ran again like a charm. Very thankful it was that easy!

gobluetwo
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Hi Paul, Not sure if you’re still checking these older posts, but I have a 2010 YT3000 28924 and recently (late last week), the transmission went out. Caveat is that I’m somewhat handy, but not familiar with the mechanics of the mower. Symptom is basically that the mower runs, normally and I can engage the blades, but nothing happens when I put it into forward/reverse gears. I’ve removed the deck and taken a look at the motion drive belt. It feels loose, but doesn’t appear damaged upon first look. I haven’t tried removing the belt yet (although those instructions are… Read more »
Allan
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Hey Paul,

I know nothing about mowers and have about two acres to mow. Which one of these would you suggest? thank you

http://louisville.craigslist.org/grd/2447625449.html

http://louisville.craigslist.org/grd/2453392611.html

http://louisville.craigslist.org/grd/2450130277.html

Danielle
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Paul, I just purchased the Craftsman 28924 and Craftsman snow blade, wheel weights, and tire chains. Do I have to remove the deck (already factory installed) in order to use the snow blade? I believe that I should. What’s your expert opinion? Thank you!

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Paul, is there any advantage to opting for the Kohler engine in the 28934 model over the Briggs engine in the 28924? Thanks for the reviews BTW, your info is invaluable.

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