2011 Craftsman YT 4000 42 inch 24 hp Riding Lawn Tractor Model 28856 Review

Introducing the 2011 Craftsman YT 4000 42 inch 24 hp Yard  Tractor Model 28856 with Turn Tight Technology. This new 42 in tractor let’s you spend a lot less time trimming your yard.  Get done faster without the problems of a zero-turn mower. This easy-to-use riding mower is great for your suburban lawn. It feature’s the great 24 hp Briggs & Stratton Platinum motor!

It’s Not The Best Lawn Tractor….It’s The Best Lawn Tractor For You!

My Rating of this Craftsman Riding Lawn Mower:

Craftsman Model 28856 with Turn Tight!

My Value/Cost Rating: Yard Tractor,  Mows Lawn Well, Mulches, Gets Through Fairly Tight Spaces Well.  Great for 1/2 to 2  Acre Lawns, Light Hauling, Light Snow Removal. Accepts All non-ground engaging Attachments & Bagger.

Type: Yard Tractor.
Engine Type: Better. Full Pressure Lube.
Transmission Type: Hydrostatic.
Speed Control: Pedal Infinite
Accepts Medium Duty Attachments:

Don’t Forget Your Trailer, Dethatcher, Aerator, Broadcast Spreader.

What I Like!

Half of you who buy a Craftsman tractor this year will buy a YT 3000 or YT 4000.  The leading consumer magazine and I have rated these mowers as a “Best Buy” and with the new Turn Tight Technology I feel they are the “best mower for about $1500.”   This is the best Craftsman for value, cut, durability and overall satisfaction for your typical suburban yard and snow removal for your driveway.  This Yard Tractor specifically has a 42 inch deck and 24 hp twin cylinder Briggs & Stratton Platinum engine. Please read my reviews of all the YT models so you can find the best yard tractor for you.  Over the last 2 years I have mowed with this 42 inch deck and it will cut as well or better than any other mid-sized deck from all the other brands.  You will not be disappointed with the cut.  With correct blades for your lawn the fully vented deck has good lift for poor lawns and gets 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.

Watch the New Turn Tight Technology In Action!


Craftsman YT 4000 42 inch 24 hp Yard  Tractor Model 28856

Read More Here and Buy Here from Sears:Craftsman 42″ 24hp Turn Tight Hydrostatic Yard Tractor Non CA Up to 2 acres

My Review:

Priced at about $900 less than the highly comparable 48 inch D 160 John Deere and $200 less than the 22 hp LTX1046 Cub Cadet, this Craftsman is one of the best values on the market today.  This model features the new Craftsman Turn Tight Technology,  step through operator’s platform, Briggs & Stratton oil pump lube engine with oil filter, and a 42 inch deck that has been rated a Consumer Reports Best Buy. (2009 Model 28724)

The 28856 has a pedal control hydrostatic transmission.  This transmission is easy to use and will perform well for mowing and medium duty yard tasks.  (it drives more like your car)

If you want a mower that will mow 1/2 to 2 acres well, handle a snow thrower, and all the non-ground engaging attachments this is a great choice for you.  This tractor is heavy enough to handle moderately 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.  This lawn tractor is one riding mower that will work well for your suburban lawn.

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. If I didn’t have 34 inch gates to go through on my own yard I would seriously consider this model for myself.

This yard tractor is capable of using all the non-ground engaging attachments Sears offers including a snow blade.


With the new Turn Tight front axle the front wheel track is about 2 inches wider than the deck.  I don’t have problem with this, but if you do buy the Model 28857 with the 46 inch deck.  Both decks are great  mowing decks.

The YT 4000 is heavy enough for a snow plow and snow thrower (with rear weights and chains).  Craftsman does make 4 other models that have larger tires and 6 other models that are heavier for areas of the country that get a lot of snow.

Final Thoughts:

I personally feel the new Turn Tight Technology this yard tractor changes the game for just about all residential yard owners.  For most of you this will mow as quickly as a residential zero-turn.  It is easier to drive, is easier on your lawn and less expensive than the comparable zero-turn models.  There is no “learning curve” like there is with a zero-turn. It will handle slopes that the residential zero-turns won’t.  And………it will pull stuff!

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.  Take care of it (do the normal maintenance all lawn mowers need) and it will last you a long time.  I like this lawn mower for what it is designed for.  With the Turn Tight Technology and at around $1699 on sale it is a great value.

Product Description From Sears

Powered by a Briggs & Stratton® 24 hp Platinum V-Twin engine and coupled Craftsman’s exclusive Turn Tight™ technology this mower gets the job done in less time. Turn Tight™ technology gives you the tightest turning radius of any yard tractor available in the market at 8″ for best in class maneuverability. A tighter turning radius lets you cut more closely around landscapes obstacles and prevents you from the need to repeatedly reposition your tractor. This yard tractor features a premium hydrostatic transmission and 42″ cutting deck to mow larger areas. With adjustable gauge wheels and more air flow for better cutting and bagging, this yard tractor is an easy solution for dependable mowing.

  • Exclusive Craftsman Turn Tight™ technology delivers an 8 in. turning radius.
  • Exclusive 24 hp Briggs & Stratton® Platinum V-Twin engine with full pressure lube
  • Exclusive 42″ precision cut mowing system
  • Premium hydrostatic automatic transmission
  • 4 adjustable gauge wheels
  • Foot pedal drive for added convenience
  • Spring loaded deck lift system
  • Handy cup holder
  • Wider step thru area
  • Automotive type slide seat system
  • Weight: 518 lbs
  • Color: Red/Black
  • Fully assembled
  • 2-year full, 5-year frame and lifetime front axle warranty
  • Not available for sale in California

Craftsman 42″ 24hp Turn Tight Hydrostatic Yard Tractor Non CA Up to 2 acres Buy Online – Pick Up At Your Nearest Sears, Buy Online – Have Delivered To Your Home.

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56 Comments on "2011 Craftsman YT 4000 42 inch 24 hp Riding Lawn Tractor Model 28856 Review"

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John Niessen
Paul I have a 2011 YT-4000 (28857). This morning before church, without starting it and waking up the neighborhood, I pulled the mower out of the shed so my neighbor could borrow it. Unfortunately, I noticed a lot of resistance and realized that I had NOT pulled the transmission un-engage lever out completely – it was only about half-way – I pulled the ever out completely and then pushed it back in again to re-engage and left it in the driveway for him. This afternoon when he came over, neither of us could get the transmission to re-engage. The Engine… Read more »

Ok my YT4000 has a deck issue. The left side adjusters up and down properly but the right doesn’t move much at all. If I put the height all the way up on 6 the right side is touching the ground. I’m not sure as I can’t see the mechanism if anything is broken. Any thoughts or ideas would be appreciated.

Hi Bought last fall at YT4000. This spring, while mowing I hit a lump of dirt (ant hill). The housing that holds the blade broke. So we ordered parts, and replace the housing, and bought a new blade at the same time What happened today, was we were mowing and then when we turned it off, we heard a loud rattling sound. The blade came loose and to make matters worse the housing which had a star shape on it that the blade fit onto, was worn down. So we`re off to order a new one – this one was… Read more »

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Colin Adams

Hi, today while mowing my lawn with my YT 4000 I hit a pipe sticking out of the ground and I started hearing a loud clanking noise. I then disengaged the blades and it stopped and when I re-engaged them it started the noise again. Do you think this is a blade problem and should just replace them or do you think there is a bigger problem? Thanks in advance

I have the YT 4000 tractor I bought it last July, and have had nothing but problems. When they delivered it, it wouldn’t engage into drive after the tech came out apparently the drive belt was hanging loose. Now for the second time in 3 days I am having a tech out cause it won’t start they replaced the battery last time and 3 days later still it gets no juice, One would think for the price you pay for these tractors they should make it through a full year before having issues. I will say when it does run… Read more »

I have a new YT 4000 42 in riding mower. When I engage the blades to mow, nothing happens. I found the cable with a spring and “L” shape bracket hanging lose under the mower. This should be connected someplace. I viewed the instruction manual, but get nowhere. Could you give a clear picture as to where I should connect the L bracket and the spring so when I engage the blades they will actuall engage and mow the lawn?


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Robert Sopko

Thanks for the thorough review. I purchased the 28856 today before I read your review. You helped confirm my thought since I was considering John Deere and Snapper.

Paul, I’ve been a Craftsman owner for 35 years… Just bought a YT3000 at a Sears store at the mall, brought it home and it began to smoke, bang and smelled like it was burning after engaging the mowing deck. I returned it to the store and received a replacement (Same model) same thing happened. Have you heard of this problem.. I returned this one as well and now have ordered the YT4000 – it will be delivered next week? Hoping that this does not happen with the YT4000. Also, have a few hills, any problem climbing with the YT4000… Read more »

Wtih regard to previous question–I’m asking because my storage shed has about 9′ depth but only about 53″ to get thru the doors.

Also, not sure I understand your answer to Aerin–how can a 54′ width with chute down fit thru a 46″ gate without damaging one or the other?



Paul, I always use a bagger. Do you know what the dimensions of the YT4000 are with bagger and chute?


What is the overall width of the 42″ deck YT 3000 and YT 4000. I can’t find it listed anywhere and need to know if it will fit through the gates I have. Thanks.


Just lost my mower due to a burnedout transmission. Which mower (Deere D10 or Sears YT3000) has a better transmission and which is most reliable? Do both cut very even?

Paul – great review. I’m considering a yt400 (28856) 42 inch / 24 hp for my 3/4 acre, and hoping you can answer a few questions: 1) What types of blades come with the standard side discharge (no mulch kit)? I’ve read about “high lift” blades…are these standard? I have really nice grass and want a good precise cut, but don’t want to spend extra money if the standard blades do a good job. 2) I’ve heard some stories about shoddy assembly by the delivery guys…any suggestions on what I should check upon delivery (deck level, etc.)? 3) I like… Read more »

Thanks Paul – one other question…will my bagger attachment from my old LT1000 fit on the 28856?

Mark Kaye


Could you please help with the pricing of the 3 and 5 year In Home Protection Agreement for the Craftsman 28866 Lawn Tractor?

On your post I see figures of $370 and $580; yet when I ask in a Sears regular retail store, or in the local Sears outlet they tell me the 3 year plan costs $459, and the 5 year $719. That’s quite a difference! Can you point me to a site or a phone number where I can buy the plans for $370 or $580?



Mark Kaye
Paul– Thanks for the continuing stream of comments and information re the Craftsman 28856 / 28866 Lawn Tractors, including your response to “Jerry’s” purchase of a slightly used machine at a Sears outlet. I visited the local Sears Outlet today myself, and found a similar machine, at a similar discount — which I decided to buy. One question I have though is about the belt driving the mower blades. They had about a dozen different machines on display — 4000 series, 5000 series, etc., and no two the same! What I noticed was that this belt was fairly tight on… Read more »

paul I am really torn between the yt 4000 and the John deree d130 any thoughts


I just purchased the YT 4000 28856 for 1200.00 at a sears outlet, it had 4 hours on it and in excellent condition. Do you think the service repair aggrement is woth purchasing? Thanks for all your insight.

Mark Kaye
Paul– Thanks very much for pulling this all together. The Craftsman 28856 looks right for my bumpy 1 1/2 acres — which is presently covered by 2 foot high weeds! I’d been considering a smaller machine, such as the Husqvarna YTH21K46, but your comments about the virtues of a 2 cylinder engine, and this (the Craftsman 28856) mower’s performance makes me think that I’d do well to spend the extra $300. However I’m in California, where it looks like the 28856 Craftsman mower is sold with the emissions control engine as a model 28866. Is that correct? To your knowledge,… Read more »

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i want to upgrade to a bigger rider. i have an 8hp lawn boy 30 in. cut and about 3/4 acre with a lot of obstacles, uneven ground ,roots and flower beds and some small slopes. also want ed to consider snow removal whether plow or thrower. i this the mower or is another one better. want to spend no more than 2k, i’m also not so handy so it needs to sturdy

Guido Borgnini

In your review of the Craftsman YT 4000 42 inch Model 28856 (under Cons) you mention the front wheel tracking is about 2″ wider than the deck . Is this only when the mower is turning in a tight circle ? I suspect this is not an issue if mowing in a straight line along a curb – please confirm. I just discovered this sight & your reviews are excellent.


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