2010 Craftsman YT3000 42 inch 22 hp Kohler Model 28934 Review

This review covers the YT 3000 with a single cylinder Kohler motor, 42 inch, and foot control hydro with cruise control.  If you want a larger deck or plan to install a snow thrower look at the other models.

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Specs:

Read My Review Below These Specs:

Brand: Craftsman
Series: YT 3000
Model: 28934
Ca Model: none
Engine HP: 22
Engine Brand: Kohler

Cylinders: One

Transmission: Hydrostatic
Transmission Control: Foot Control with cruise
Mower Width: 42 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:

This is the same tractor as the 28922 with a Kohler motor instead of a Briggs. This model features the new Craftsman style step through operator’s platform, pressurized lube engine with oil filter, and a 42 inch deck designed around the 46 inch Model 28924 Consumer Reports 2010 Best Buy.

The 28934 has the foot control hydro.  If you are new to mowers this is the new mower for you. (it drives more like your car) The foot control is easy to use and has a cruise control so you can set the mowing speed and then take your foot off the control.  If you are replacing your old Craftsman that had fender controls you should look at the 28922 fender control.

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 Sears offers, this is the mower in the Craftsman lineup that will do the job 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 personally like the Kohler motor.  As a commercial mowing contractor I have owned many Kohlers and they are just good, dependable engines.  Change the oil and filter every 50 hours and they will last longer than the mower itself.

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.   The Kohler has plenty of torque to handle the task, but you will wish you had bought a larger engine for snow throwing.

Final Thoughts:

Consumer Reports gave the 2010 46 inch model 28924 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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  1. Paul, more of a curiosity than a critical question, but my new (used) rider is a YTS3000 instead of just a YT3000. It has the Kohler engine. Any idea what the S is for?

    • @mmg, Is your’s painted Mauve? Craftsman and others use different, random letters all the time. For example, there are at least 8 different tractors with the PTY 9000 signing on the hood. Some were even made by different manufactures.

      It could be a special edition showing the Kohler as a special edition. Ot it just could be to tell the 2009 from the 2010 models on the sales floor.

      I only go by the model number under the seat because the same hood labeling has been used on and off for the last 20 years. That is the only number that you can use to get the specific parts for your mower.

  2. Paul, I need to replace the blades on my 289344. The parts manual has part number 424752 listed, but also lists 422719 as “premium.” They also list a Hi-LIFT blade, part 138971 as well. Oddly, the premium one is listed as costing less on the Sears parts site than the standard with the HI-LIFT being the most. Any thought? I use the bagger on the mower, if that matters. Thanks.

    • @Alan, I am giving you links to sears.com for 3 different blades. Buying through sears.com you can pick them up at your local store and save the shipping costs from buying them from searspartsdirect. The first blade is the best throwing blade and works well with a bagger. (you need 2)

      Premium blades are painted red and are supposed to last long than the black blades.

      Just click on the picture and it takes you to sears.com

      Craftsman 42

      The second blade is called a Gator blade. It throws well and also chews up the grass and leaves. You can get more in your bagger.

      Craftsman 42

      This last one is the one you don’t want. It is designed for normal mowing and does not throw well. I don’t suggest you use this one for bagging.

      Craftsman 42

    • Does the 138971 blade apply when you’re looking for the best mulching blade(s)? Also, I don’t see a mulching “kit” listed, which typically contains the new blades AND a deck discharge plug. Is there a mulching plug needed or recommended for my model? I just bought a used YTS3000, model 917289342 and am looking to make it mulching. Thank you, Mark Cincinnati, Ohio

  3. I had a sear 289344 mower for about two years, I mow about two times a week. I have started noticing a rattle down under my seat on the mower deck, when I press on the brake or lock the brake it goes away. I probably have a bad idler but which one? Also I would like to jumper my seat switch It has 4 wires two black and one gray and a green (groud). Which wires should I jumper. Thanks for your help and enjoy your post.

    • @ Dave, If you press on the brake and the noise goes away I suggest looking at the disk brake to see if it is really worn. The brake is part of the drive for the transaxle so there is only one idler. It’s up in the frame. Follow the belt from the motor to the top of the trans and you will find the idler there. Wiggle it, if it rocks up and down the bearing is bad.

      I will not discuss how to jumper out the seat switch. I have too many close calls using unsafe mowers and will not show anyone how to make one unsafe.

      • Thanks I will check that out. I did look into the noise a little closer after I made the above post and the noise is coming from the area near the top belt. I will check this out tomorrow, thanks again. I wished you would help me on the other item but I understand.

        • @Dave, The top belt is the transmission belt. The rattling can come from the idler pulley, any of the linkages or the transmission fan.

  4. Ok, it’s take too long and I’m just going to suck it up and sheepishly ask this question. I have a 28934 (which I bought last year and a fantastic machine, far superior to the Deere LT I had before it). My question is where the heck is the spark plug? Is there some cover to remove to get at it or something? Thanks.

    • @Alan, I am going to send you to Kohler and there are two videos you can watch.

      http://www.kohler.com/video/get.do?top=5&mid=187&vidid=86628463001&tri=86377704001

      Watch the replacing the plug video and the seasonal maintenance video.

      If you need more help, just ask.

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  6. Paul,

    Thanks for the recommendation on Yds 3000 28934 mower. I have usede it several times and have not had a problem with it. It cuts the grass and handles my slopes well. The hydrostatic does not slip at all. One queston I went to change my oil today and did not have very much drain out the guys at Sears said it was ready to go and I did not have to add any oil. Does the type of oil used make a difference in the amount used 10w 30 or sae 30? Have other people reportd a small amount of oil drained on the first oil change. Also the replacement oil filter replacement part is #52 050 02-S. Do you know what the S stands for, the guys at Sears did not know. I want to make sure I get the right oil filter. They couldn't find it in their computer system either.

    • @ Kurt, I don't know what the s stands for but it is part of the Kohler parts numbering system.

      You want the LONG (large) Kohler filter. Online it's Sears parts # 07124606000 and is a direct replacement for the 52 050 02-S. It gives you the best filtering for your engine.

      By the way direct from Kohler:

      Kohler sells three different sizes of oil filters: (1) Small 2.25" (28
      050 01-S) (2) Medium 2.75" (12 050 01-S) and (3) Large 3.5" (52 050
      02-S). The only difference between these three oil filters is the
      length, and thus the filtering capability. The smaller filters are made
      for applications where there is not adequate clearance for the larger
      filters. Using the largest filter that will fit not only improves
      filtering, but adds to the oil capacity of the engine, a good thing.

      No there is no difference in the amount of oil. It should be between the marks on the dipstick.

      Please use a heavy duty oil, Kohler, Craftsman, or a truck oil. Car oils are typically not designed to handle the higher temperatures found in air cooled engines.

  7. I'm trying to find the mulch plug for this mower..I see you refer to 198383 as the correct plug but when I contacted sears parts, they say that for this mower, they only sell the whole mulch kit and not the individual plug. Any assurance this part 198383 is correct for my mower. My Model on the fender is listed as 917.289344. Shipping is almost as much as this part and hate to get the wrong one.

    Thanks.

    • @Mike R,

      Sorry, you are going to the wrong “Sears.” Sears.com and the stores do not carry just the plug.

      Over in the right hand column of this page do two things. First in the banner for searspartsdirect there is a promo code. Write that down. Then click on the banner. In the parts box that comes up type 198383 there. You will taken to a page where you can order the plug and have it sent to your home. Be sure to use the promo code you wrote down to get 10% off your order.

      • Sadly, it was the searspartsdirect.com chat rep who told me that part number wouldn't work. Only option was the full mulch kit. I've been disappointed in their customer service since I got this mower..from honoring a valid rebate, to misplacing ordered parts to be picked up..etc. Thanks for YOUR help though!

        • @Mike R,

          I run into problems on many sites (not just Sears) when I try to talk to a person. Most of these sites are totally automated and the person you are talking to may be thousands of miles away from the item you are ordering. I find that email and patience to wait for the answer works better most of the time.

          Curious, I can go to the site, enter the part number and click and order. I made it all the way to the payment screen and then I stopped. I am assuming you can finish the order from that point.

          Why did you call searspartsdirect? Try to order it again, but don't use the phone, use the internet site and you can get the part.

          • I did order the part online on the site.

            I had chatted with the rep using the online chat at searspartsdirect.com, before I came on here and asked you about the part number. I never called them.

            • @Mike R,

              Thanks, I know Sears reads these threads and I'll bet positive changes will be made. Searspartsdirect has come a long, long way in the last year and comments like this will help them get better.

  8. I purchased a Sears 28934 and somehow managed to misplace the gas cap. The part number listed in the manual is 430220 which the Sears site says this about:

    “We’re sorry. This part is no longer available. No alternate or substitute part has been recommended by the manufacturer.”

    Any thoughts?

    • @ Alan,

      Use this part number 425162. It listed as "Cap.fuel.2.2 " Be sure to click the banner for searspartsdirect in the right hand column of this page AND write down that promo code in the banner. Use it to get 10% off your order.

  9. Paul, I am looking to buy this mower and have a couple questions. You mention non-ground engaging equipment; would this mower work with the plug aerator sold at Sears? And secondly, does this mower have an hour meter or fuel gauge?

    Thanks,
    Matt

    • @Matt, Yes, all of the YT 3000 and YT 4000 series mowers will pull an aerator, thatching rake, and up to 300 lbs in a yard cart. They are not designed to pull disks, harrows and moldboard plows. I would not pull the DR Power Grader. In my opinion it’s too heavy for a Yard /Tractor.

      The YT 3000’s do not have an hour meter or fuel gauge. The YT 4000’s have an hour meter and a sight gauge below the seat for fuel.

      There is a knockout for an hour meter on the YT 3000. A few of my customers have bought one from SearPartsDirect and installed it themselves. It is Part # 917289900. It is $39.36 plus shipping. (It plugs right in to the wiring harness) Click on the SearsPartsDirect Banner on the right of your screen and type in the part number. Be sure to write down the discount code and use it to get 10% off you parts order.

  10. Paul,

    I have a question about the Home Repair Protection Agreement. I understand how service works if you have it (call the 800 number, somebody comes out, parts are ordered, they come back to put them in, etc). How does it work if you don’t have that agreement? The same way except you pay? I’m not sure about whether to get it and am just trying to understand what it gets me. On a side note, I would hope that I wouldn’t need any expensive service on a tractor less than 3 years old, but that’s a different story I guess.

    • @ Alan,

      Yes, they come to your house to do the service. There is a trip charge ($100 in my area) and labor. ($79 per hour in my area) A simple repair like a broken blade engagement lever can easily add up to more than the RPA (repair protection agreement) A transmission is 600, an engine 1500. It also covers normal wear and tear like belts.

      The manufactures warranty covers defective parts but it is unclear what labor, if any is covered for the first two years. Sears service also wants a deposit before they come out if you don't have the RPA.

      While they are out on a repair, the will also service the mower if you ask. There is a 10% discount at that time for the normal service.

      I look at it like an insurance policy more than a repair plan.