Who Makes Craftsman Lawn Tractors and Riding Mowers for 2015?
Updated: Jan 21, 2014
by: Paul Sikkema
We all know Sears and Craftsman have had their products made for them since the 70’s. This article will go through the current Riding Mower, Tractor and Zero-Turn Manufactures of the 2015 products Sears sells under the Craftsman Brand.
It’s almost comical how many “expert” answers there are out on the Internet to this question. And to make matter’s worse, I know a few local businesses that will intentionally misguide their potential customers by telling them the wrong information about Craftsman Lawn Tractors and Riding Mowers.
Sears, Craftsman has never had the factories to produce their own equipment. Sears is a retailer and they have always used OEM’s (original equipment manufactures) to make the items they sell. Even when they did own Roper in the 60’s they left the design, production and distribution to Roper. There is always a lot of confusion to who makes what for Craftsman because the manufactures change over time. Companies like Haban go out of business, others get bought out (like Emerson, Snapper, Gravely, Wheel Horse, Lawn Boy, Cub Cadet, Hahn, Roper, Eclipse) Sears even has used different names for the products they sell over the years (Companion, Dunlop, Evolv, Craftsman, Craftsman Professional, Craftsman Premium.) This is muddled even more because the Internet is full of out-dated and wrong information. The information I will show you here is freely available…just go to managemyhome.com, put in the Craftsman model number of the mower (from Sears.com) and the owners manual comes up. On the manual there is a model number. The first three digits is a manufacturer’s code that tells you who made the product.
The products are made by someone else but I want to make it very clear though that Sears has always spec’d their equipment. What this means is that just because the mower is made for them by a particular manufacture, i.e., Briggs, in a specific facility, i.e., Snapper Plant … the equipment is made to Craftsman’s specifications … and the quality that Craftsman dictates is the best possible for that tractor/mower series and price range. (For example, The 30 hp Craftsman Premium tractor looks like a Simplicity Prestige on the outside, but the specs are different than the tractor sold as a Simplicity Prestige. The engine is a larger, premium motor, instead of a residential series. The deck is designed for Craftsman customers, and the price matches Sears volume, not a small dealer’s margins.) Craftsman Labs test every new product extensively to make sure it meets their customer’s quality needs.)
Here is the list: You can go to this article to learn more about these manufactures: Riding Mower Brands
Who Makes Craftsman Riding Mowers?
Craftsman Riding Mowers: The R1000 is made by MTD.
Who Makes Sears Craftsman Lawn Tractors?
Craftsman T1000, T1400, T1600 series: MTD, there are three Lawn Tractors for 2014
Who Makes Sears Craftsman Yard Tractors?
Craftsman T2000 Series, T3000 Series with Turn Tight: Husqvarna (These mowers are still made in the same plant that used to be owned by AYP (Amercian Yard Products) and Electrolux. Husqvarna is now the world’s largest Lawn & Garden Equipment Manufacture)
Who Makes Sears Craftsman Garden Tractors?
Craftsman G5100, G5500 with Turn Tight: Husqvarna
Who Makes Sears Craftsman Zero-Turns?
2015 Craftsman: MTD. There are a few 2014 models left made by Husqvarna
1025 Craftsman Pro: MTD
Who Makes Sears Craftsman Premium Series? Series is discontinued for 2013.
Craftsman Premium (CTX) was made by Briggs & Stratton. There may be a new line announced this spring
Who Makes Sears Craftsman Professional Series?
2014 Pro Series sold at the Hometown Stores is made by Husqvarna. Look under the seat and the model number starts with 917.
2015 Pro Series with Turn-Tight Extreme is made by MTD. This is the tractor that is in the ads and getting all of the great reviews. Model number starts with 247.