Who Makes Craftsman Lawn Tractors and Riding Mowers for 2013?
Updated: Feb 1, 2013
by: Paul Sikkema
We all know Sears and Craftsman have always had their products made for them. This article will go through the current Riding Mower, Tractor and Zero-Turn Manufactures of the 2013 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. 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 29000 is made by MTD.
Who Makes Sears Craftsman Lawn Tractors?
Craftsman LT series: MTD, there are four Lawn Tractors for 2013
Who Makes Sears Craftsman Yard Tractors?
Craftsman YT 3000, YT 4000, YT 4500 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 GT 6000 with Turn Tight: Husqvarna
Who Makes Sears Craftsman Zero-Turns?
2013 Craftsman: MTD (2011 and before were made by Briggs & Stratton)
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? Series was discontinued in 2012.
Craftsman Professional: 2011 Models with 247. prefix MTD, 2010 and older Models with 917 prefix Husqvarana