2011-2013 Craftsman YT 4500 54 inch 26 hp Riding Lawn Tractor Model 28008 Review

The 2011 Craftsman YT 4500 54 inch 26 hp Kohler Yard Tractor Model 28008  (and Model 28858 B&S ) 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 Kohler 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 28008 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.
Transmission Type: Hydrostatic.
Speed Control: Pedal Infinite
Accepts Medium Duty Attachments:

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

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 Kohler 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 Kohler Yard Tractor Model 28008

Read More Here:Craftsman 54″ 26hp V-Twin Kohler Turn Tight Hydrostatic Yard Tractor Non CA Up to 2 acres

Buy Here from Sears:Craftsman 54″ 26hp V-Twin Kohler Turn Tight Hydrostatic Yard Tractor Non CA Up to 2 acres

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 in at HomeDepot.com this Craftsman Model 28008 is one of the best values on the market today.  This model features the new Craftsman Turn Tight Technology,  step through operator’s platform, Kohler oil pump lube engine with oil filter, and a 54 inch deck.

The 28008 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

New turn tight technology delivers the tightest turning tractor available with an 8″ radius, great for maneuverability! Powered by a Kohler 26 hp Kohler Courage V-Twin engine, this yard tractor combines convenience and versatility into one mowing package. Featuring a large 54″ cutting deck and four gauge wheels, this yard tractor will cut grass efficiently, giving your lawn the look it deserves.

  • 26 hp Kohler Courage V-Twin Engine with pressure lube
  • 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: 520 lbs
  • Color: Black
  • Fully assembled
  • 2-year full, 5-year frame and front axle warranty
  • Not available for sale in California

Sears Link: Craftsman 54″ 26hp V-Twin Kohler Turn Tight Hydrostatic Yard Tractor Non CA Up to 2 acres

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  3. I recently purchased the Crafstman 11′ YT4500. I declined at purchase to get the 3 or 5 year extended warranty for $509 & $700+ respectively.

    I have never really been a fan of exteneded warranties, however, the sales associate stated and showed that the extended warranty can be fully refunded in two years if requested.

    I have 14 days to still purchase the extended warranty. In your opinion, is it worth it?

    Thank you in advance for your thoughts.

    • @ Rod, The answer is …………. it depends.

      Here is what happens if your mower quits and you have the Protection Plan.

      1. You call 1-800-4MY-HOME.

      2. A trained sevice tech comes out to your house, troubleshoots the problem with your machine and orders all the parts.

      3. When the parts arrive by mail in a few days to your home. the tech comes back out and fixes your machine.

      With this Protection Plan you get expedited service. Meaning, your repair gets put in front of all the other people who don’t have Protection Plans. You don’t get charged for the service call ($99 to $120) and all labor to fix the problem is included. If the service tech can’t get the part or your machine has had more than 4 repairs in a year Sears usually will give you a new machine. There are no hidden or additional costs. Oil, Spark Plugs, Air Filter and blades are not included. Belts, tires and wear and tear is included.

      If YOU break the mower (run a landscape brick or garden hose through it) you get a 25% discount off the parts and repair.

      The protection plan is especially useful if you do not have the time to work on your own equipment, if you don’t know how to work on your own equipment, or you don’t like to work on your equipment.

      Most everything the “guy down the street” would charge you for is covered.

      Here is what happens if your mower quits and you DO NOT have the Protection Plan.

      1. You call your father-in-law or take it to the guy down the street who fixes mowers.

      2. They look at the machine and say “I think I see the problem”

      3. They go to the local parts store and get all upset and mad because the store doesn’t carry parts for a Craftsman mower. They end up driving to your local Sears and ordering a part or two for your machine.

      4. The parts come in six to ten days and if you are lucky they ordered all the needed parts to fix it.

      5. They charge you for the troubleshooting, the running around trying to find parts, the trip to Sears to order the part, the labor to install the parts and charge you for the parts themselves. (usually they will upcharge the cost of the part so they make a little extra money)

      6. One repair usually charges come to much more than the cost of a Protection Plan.

      Ok, You spend the extra upfront on a Home Protection Plan (it seems like a lot of money, but it works out to about $10 a month for th 3 year and $8 a month for the 5 year)

      Would I buy a Sears Protection Plan on a Mower?

      I know how these units operate. I know how to repair them and can take one apart and put it back together with my eyes closed. I know how to get parts and can get the parts just as fast as the service tech.

      But, I have other things to do than work on my mower. I would rather be working on my hobbies or out in the garden or fishing than fixing a mower.

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