2010 Craftsman YT4000 42 inch 24 hp Model 28925 Review
Half of you who buy a Craftsman tractor this year will buy a YT 3000 or YT 4000 series tractor. The leading consumer magazine and I have rated these mowers as a “2009 Best Buy” and I will again this year rate them as the “best mower for about $1500.” This is the best Craftsman for value, cut, durability and overall satisfaction. Basically the YT 4000 series is available with 42 or 46 inch decks, twin cylinder motors, manual or hydro transmissions, and fender or foot control speed controls. (The YT 3000 has single cylinder motors) 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.
This review covers the YT 4000 with a twin cylinder Briggs & Stratton engine, 42 inch deck, and manual 6 speed transmission. If you want a larger look at the other models.
Read My Review Below These Specs:
Series: YT 4000
Ca Model: none
Engine HP: 24
Engine Brand: Briggs & Stratton Platinum
Transmission: Six speed manual
Transmission Control: Fender Controls
Mower Width: 42 inch
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
Slide Seat Adjust: Easy Adjust Lever
Service Minder: Yes. Hourmeter
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)
I’m not sure why, but I have heard no complaints about the clutch on the 28925 like I have with the 28921. The clutch mechanism is the same for both machines. This machine, the 28925 will work well for you for both mowing lawn and moving snow.
Be aware that this is a manual transmission tractor. With a little practice it is easy to use and anyone can run it just as easily as a fender controlled hydro. You don’t need to learn shift patterns or clutching. Just press your foot all the way down on the clutch/brake, put the transmission in the gear number you want and gently release the clutch. If you have the lever in 1 or 2 it will jerk a little and start moving. If you put it in 5 or 6 though you may pop the front wheels off the ground until you get used to driving the machine.
I like the cut of the 42 inch deck. The vented deck lifts even the poorest grass well and cuts evenly. The 4 anti-scalp wheels on the deck keep it from digging into your lawn on the rough spots. (the anti-scalp wheels don’t touch the ground normally) During normal mowing the deck gets rid of the grass quickly and spreads the clippings evenly. With the optional premium mulch blades and mulch cover this deck mulches well. With the high lift blades it fills the optional bagger well.
The 24 horse twin cylinder Briggs & Stratton Platinum Motor has more power than you will ever need for mowing and will work very well with an attached snow thrower. The motor has an oil pump and oil filter and will gives you many years of service. Just change the oil/oil filter every 50 hours, clean the air filter once a month and change it every year and replace the spark plugs and fuel filter every two years and the motor will last a long time.
These yard tractors are capable of pulling all the non-ground engaging attachments Sears offers including a snow blade.
Consumer Reports gave the 2008 46 inch model a best buy and Sears has designed this deck to mow as well. 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 $1500 on sale it is a very good value.
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