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2010 Craftsman YT4000 46 inch 24 hp Model 28928 Review

2010 Craftsman YT4000 46 inch 24 hp Model 28928 Review

Listed on Sears.com as: Craftsman 46″ 24hp Turn Tight Hydrostatic Yard Tractor Non CA Up to 2 acres 2010 Craftsman YT4000 46 inch 24 hp Model 28928 Review

This Model is identical to the 28927 except it has a 46 inch deck.   The leading consumer magazine and I have rated these mowers as a “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.  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.

This review covers the YT 4000 with a twin cylinder, 46 inch deck, and foot control hydro.  If you want a smaller deck or don’t plan to install a snow thrower look at the other models.

Specs:

Read My Review Below These Specs:

Brand: Craftsman
Series: YT 4000
Model: 28928
Ca Model: None
Engine HP: 24
Engine Brand: Briggs & Stratton Platinum

Cylinders: Two

Transmission: Hydrostatic
Transmission Control: Foot 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: Yes, Hour Meter

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 mower is the 2008 Consumer Reports Best Buy.  It is powerful, cuts well and if you have 3/4 to 2 1/2 acres probably the perfect mower.  It is not designed to pull ground engageing equipment, but you can use all of the tow-behind attachments like yards carts, spreaders, seeders, and thatchers.  For 200 dollars more than the Craftsman Model 28922 you get a 24 hp twin cylinder Briggs & Stratton Platinum engine. 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 28928 has the foot control hydro.  If you are replacing your old Craftsman that had fender controls you may want to consider the 28922 instead of this one.  If you are new to mowers this one will be easy to learn and drive. (it drives more like your car)

If you want a mower that will mow 1/2 to 3 acres well, handle a snow thrower, and all the non-ground engaging attachments 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 like the mid-size YT 4000 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.

Cons:

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 (Model 28927) is a better choice.

Final Thoughts:

Consumer Reports gave the 2008 46 inch model a best buy and this is the same deck.   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 $1600 on sale it is a very good value.

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  1. Paul September 20, 2010
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