2014 Craftsman 46 inch T1600 Model 20374 Lawn Tractor Review – Is this mower for you?

It’s Not What’s Best, It What’s Best For You! Higher Price does not always mean a better mower for you.

This mower drives just like your car! The 2014 Craftsman 46 inch T1600 Model 20373 replaces the Craftsman 21 hp LT 2000 Model 28885  and improves it with mow in reverse feature and a great new look.

20374 I did not rate the 2013 Model 28885 last year because it did not mow in reverse. Even though some review organizations gave it a best buy, I felt there were better lawn tractors for just a few hundred dollars more. It wasn’t that the lawn tractor had issues, in fact it mows well, it just didn’t have all the basic features that most owners wanted. My opinion has changed for 2014.

There are Craftsman lawn tractors that will mow faster and haul more but if you just have 1/2 to 1.5 acre yard and don’t need to pull loads if dirt or plow snow this is a great value tractor. With the new mow-in-reverse and great new looks I predict this will be a best seller for Sears.

This lawn tractor compares very well to your old green Craftsman, Yard King or Cub Cadet but cuts better and has a better engine than your old mower.  With an 18 inch turning radius and a mid back seat it is not designed to mow acres at a time, but it will still mow and mulch your lawn well with the deep 46 inch deck.

For 2014 Craftsman is using the revised SAE J1940 engine horsepower rating standard. This engine is exactly the same as last years 21 hp but the HP is now rated at 19 hp. 

Summary: I gave this mower a low rating for the last two years only because it did not mow in reverse. With the addition of mow-in-reverse safety feature this year it will become one of Craftsman’s best sellers.

Is this mower for you?

  • It will mow about 1.2 acres an hour
  • Terrain: As listed by the Manufacture : Flat, Some Slopes, Hilly. I don’t recommend this tractor for slopes or pulling heavy loads. The automatic transmission works best for flat and gently sloping lawns.
  • Better seat than the T1000
  • Turning Radius similar to the John Deere, Troy-Bilt, Ariens or Husqvarna. If you don’t have a lot of small landscaping features and trees to mow around the 18 inch turning radius is fine.
  • It has the same quality engine as the John Deere, Troy-Bilt, Ariens or Husqvarna
  • It is easy to shift, operates like an automatic in a car. Just put it in F or R and press the right foot pedal. To stop just lift your foot. A parking brake is on the left.
  • It is priced at $1299. It is a great deal.
  • If you want the cool new Craftsman look here is a great mower for the price.
  • If you just want to mow your lawn, use a bagger to collect the clippings, and pull a small yard cart this mower will work well for you.
  • If you want a better engine than the one in your old green Craftsman but don’t mow steep slopes or ditches. Upgrade to a mower with the Platinum engine if you mow steeper slopes.
  • If you want someone to come to your house to maintain and repair your mower (Sears Repair Service)
  • Standard 2 year warranty on the tractor, a 5 year warranty on the frame and 10 year warranty on the axle. Optional 3 or 5 year at home Protection Plan

203742 Recommended Attachments:

Craftsman 10 Cu Ft Poly Dump Cart 13 in. 4.00-6 ribbed tires
Craftsman 42 46 In. Cut 2-Bin Bagger
MTD Genuine Factory Parts 46″ Mulch Kit for LT//NX9 Platform
There is an available snow blade, but I don’t recommend it with the automatic transmission.

The Craftsman Yard Tractors have more features and are easier to use. (I’ll add links later)

Complete Product Description:Craftsman 19HP 46 Auto Transmission Lawn Tractor non CA 15″ x 6″

See All Buying Options: Craftsman 19HP 46 Auto Transmission Lawn Tractor non CA 15″ x 6″

Special Offers: Directly under the Product Description there will be a “Special Offer” tab. Click there to see Special Financing, Delivery and % off deals.

See All Pickup and Delivery Options: Pick up at store, delivered to your home.Craftsman 19HP 46 Auto Transmission Lawn Tractor non CA 15″ x 6″

See All Financing Options: Credit, Special Financing, Shop Your Way Rewards Points, Craftsman Club Craftsman 19HP 46 Auto Transmission Lawn Tractor non CA 15″ x 6″

 California Model: Craftsman 19HP 46 Auto Transmission Lawn Tractor CA Only 15″ x 6″

2014 Craftsman Lawn, Yard and Garden Tractors. You Asked, They Listened!  If you want a new tractor this year it is going to be tough to compete with Craftsman this year. They have taken the best of their line, made the little tweaks that a few of you found irritating and added a sleek new look. They did all of that while keeping the price the same. I have a feeling they said, “Let’s make these the best tractors and zero-turns we can, for the best possible price. Who knows, just maybe, that guy or gal who just bought one will tell all his friends.”

You will have a hard time not buying a Craftsman this year.


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Hey Paul, I have an opportunity to get this discontinued model (new not refurbished) for $950 from Sears. Is this a decent deal. My yard is less than an acre and has minimum slope.


My hill in my back yard has a 15% grade at max so how well do you think this will perform.

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