2011-2013 Craftsman YT 4500 54 inch 26 hp Riding Lawn Tractor Model 28858 Review

The 2011 Craftsman YT 4500 54 inch 26 hp Briggs Yard Tractor Model 28858 (and 28008 Kohler) with Turn Tight Technology is the best value Lawn Tractor this year. For less that $2000 you get a great cutting 54 inch deck, 26 hp motor and heavy duty lawn tractor transmission.   The new Turn Tight front steering let’s you spend a lot less time trimming your yard.  For most of us this lawn tractor will mow and trim as fast as a residential zero-turn and will still be able to handle ditches and hills.  Get done faster without the problems of a zero-turn mower. This easy-to-use riding mower is great for your 1 to 5 acres lawn. It feature’s a large 26 hp Briggs & Stratton motor!  This is not a Garden Tractor.  It is a nice Yard Tractor with a big deck and engine.
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.  Great for 1 to 5 Acre Lawns, Light Hauling, Light Snow Removal. Accepts Light 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. See Attachments for more info.

What I Like!

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 54 inch deck and 26 hp twin cylinder Briggs & Stratton 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 54 inch deck and it will cut as well or better than any other comparable 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 hi-lift blades both decks bag very well.

Watch the New Turn Tight Technology In Action!


Craftsman YT 4500 54 inch 26 hp Briggs Yard Tractor Model 28858

Read More Here:Craftsman 54″ 26hp V-Twin Kohler Turn Tight Hydrostatic Yard Tractor Non CA

Buy Here from Sears:Craftsman 54″ 26hp V-Twin Kohler Turn Tight Hydrostatic Yard Tractor Non CA

My Review:

Priced at about $900 less than the highly comparable D170 John Deere and $500 less than the Cub Cadet SLTX 1054 and the Ariens 54 this Craftsman Model 28858 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 54 inch deck.

The 28858 has a pedal control hydrostatic transmission with cruise control.  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 to 5 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 large suburban lawn.

I like the mid-size YT 4500 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 had more than 1 acre and didn’t want to use it for gardening I would own one of these myself.

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


The YT 4500 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 that are heavier for areas of the country that get a lot of snow.

This yard tractor has a high capacity deck that has a lot of airflow.  Because of that when you install a mulch plug you will get some “blow by” when mowing dry grass.  What that means is the deck will blow grass out the right front corner of the deck.  You will get dirty mowing your lawn.  If you use it for side discharge though it cuts very well and evenly.

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 mower with a large deck.  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 $1999 on sale it is a great value.

Product Description From Sears

Powered by a Briggs & Stratton® 26 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 massive 54″ cutting deck to mow larger areas with less passes.

  • Exclusive Craftsman Turn Tight™ technology delivers an 8″ turning radius
  • 26″ hp Briggs & Stratton® Platinum V-Twin engine
  • 54″ precision cut deck
  • Spring loaded deck lift system
  • 4 adjustable gauge wheels and nose roller
  • Premium hydrostatic automatic transmission
  • Foot Pedal drive for added convenience
  • Handy cup holder
  • Wider step thru area
  • Automotive type slide seat system
  • Weight: 556 lbs
  • Color: Black
  • Fully assembled
  • 2-year full, 5-year frame and lifetime front axle warranty
  • Not available for sale in California

3 bin Bagger Model: Model 24917 3 bin bagger

Sears Link: Craftsman 54″ 26hp V-Twin Kohler Turn Tight Hydrostatic Yard Tractor Non CA Buy Online – Pick Up At Your Nearest Sears, Buy Online – Have Delivered To Your Home.

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    • Paul May 26, 2016

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