2014 Craftsman T3400 Model 20393 54 in Yard Tractor Review

Is The 2014 Craftsman T3400 Model 20393 54 in Hydrostatic 22 hp Yard Tractor The Best For You?

Do not buy this yard tractor because it is a great price. The 54 inch yard tractor is not for everyone and if you buy it simply based on price you will not be happy with it. If you have a large, flat area to mow with few rough spots and want an economical mower it is a good choice.  But, and this is a big but, if your lawn is rough, if you have many dips and bumps in your lawn this is not the mower for you. This mower does not have the large rear wheels of a garden tractor and will ride rough and get stuck in depressions and wet spots in your lawn. It is not designed to mow rougher areas like a former corn field and will not mow above 3 1/2 inches. 

In other words if you have a 2-5 acre flat lawn and mow around 2 1/2 to 3 inches it is a good choice, but if your lawn is rough, hilly or has wet spots look for a different mower. 

I can’t stress this enough! This is a great mower at a great price, but it is not for everyone.

The 54 inch Craftsman deck mows well, bags well, but mulches OK. This tractor features the Craftsman 6 inch Turn-Tight steering, 725cc Kohler Elite 22 HP V-Twin engine, a very dependable 7.5 mph automatic transmission and a sleek new look. For the features it offers compared to all the other brands it is the least expensive lawn tractor with a 54 inch deck. In addition the industry leading Craftsman Turn Tight 6 inch turning radius makes it a better choice than a zero-turn for most of us. I’ll explain later on why it is not a good mulcher.

This tractor compares to the Husqvarna YTH24K54 but turns tighter and has the new 7.5 mph Element V automatic transmission. In my opinion it has more features than the competition for the same price.

203933 My Opinion: The Craftsman Yard Tractor are arguably the most popular lawn tractors on the market. The combination of features, price and service make them some of the best values around. For 2014 Craftsman kept all the features that make their tractors some of the best and added a sleek, new look! This sleek new look has fixed the biggest complaint previous owners have had. The new metal hood is designed so it won’t rattle around. It features a new hinge that is stronger and keeps the front from vibrating. There are now cushions at the back of the hood just like you would find on the $6000 tractors. In addition new side panels and air plenum keeps the dirt out the engine compartment and funnels clean air into the engine cooling system. 

2014 Craftsman T3400 Model 20393 54 in 22 hp Yard Tractor

20393 Brand: Craftsman
Manufactured By: Husqvarna
Model/Series: 20393/T3400 Yard Tractor
Item Number:   07120393000 (49 State)
See All Buying Options and Online Only Deals Here: Craftsman 22HP 54 Kohler Powered Turn Tight Yard Tractor Non CA 1 Acre and Above Buy Online 24/7, Pickup At Your Local Sears at your convenience, or have it delivered to your home.
Street Price: $2299.99 Less when purchased Online. Sears wants you to buy online this year. They will have the best deals online this year and your local store is not able to match this price. Of course you can purchase Online 24/7, Then Pickup At Your Local Sears at your convenience, or have it delivered to your home. Check the Special Offers tab on the product page to get the special deals for financing, delivery, price and exclusive discounts.
CA Model: None

This is Craftsman’s Best Quality. The Craftsman T1000 is less quality.  This is a direct replacement (upgrade) to your old green Craftsman Lawn Tractor and most of your attachments will fit. If you liked your old Craftsman, you will love this one!

Craftsman calls this a Yard Tractor. It has more features than a lawn tractor but less pulling power than a garden tractor.

Compare it to: John Deere Riding Lawn Mower. D170 54 in. 25 HP V-Twin Hydrostatic Gas Front-Engine BG20732 at 2799, or the Cub Cadet Riding Lawn Mower. 54 in. 26 HP Kohler V-Twin Hydrostatic Front-Engine LGT1054 at $2599

Quick Summary Review


  • Foot Control Trans with integral cruise
  • Top Speed 7.5 mph!
  • Step-through Platform
  • 6 inch Turn-Tight Steering is the best in the industry.
  • 54 inch deck with spring assisted lift and washout port
  • Disperses clippings evenly in side-discharge mode.
  • Mulches well, leaves fine clippings with little or no clumps.
  • Fills 3 bin bagger to capacity.
  • Easy adjust, comfortable high-back seat.
  • 22 HP Full Pressure Kohler V-Twin Engine
  • Type: Yard Tractor
  • Maximum mowing area per hour (acres): 2.3 acres at 5 MPH
  • Recommended for moderate slopes? Yes, Moderate slopes
  • Excels in mowing around obstacles? Yes
  • Will Mow In Reverse? Yes


See All Buying Options and Online Only Deals Here: Craftsman 22HP 54 Kohler Powered Turn Tight Yard Tractor Non CA 1 Acre and Above Buy Online 24/7, Pickup At Your Local Sears at your convenience, or have it delivered to your home.

Parts – Attachments – Accessories http://todaysmower.com/2014/2014-craftsman-parts-attachments-accessories-yard-tractors-54-inch-deck/Tractors With 54 inch Decks

My Full Review:

You know I have been doing this blog for a while now and I have spent hundreds of hours researching, testing, reading reviews, analyzing and listening to you about residential lawn tractors. I know that most of you want a lawn tractor that will mow, mulch, or bag your yard well and do other yard tasks. You want it to last you a long, long time. This yard tractor gives you the all of those features plus a 6 inch turning radius and a great Kohler engine all for less than $2300!

I know zero-turn mowers are the hot topic today but for most of us residential zero-turns are not the best choice. Yes, zero-turns are more agile than a conventional lawn tractor so you may mow your lawn faster but they don’t work on slopes. They also take time to learn-to-drive. They are designed just to mow so they don’t pull stuff. They are more expensive than a lawn tractor.  The Craftsman Yard Tractor Series with Turn Tight continues to be the best choice if you need high maneuverability and a want to do more than just mow your lawn.

The Craftsman Turn Tight 6 inch turning radius on this yard tractor allows you to quickly get your lawn done without the pitfalls of using a zero-turn mower.  No learning curve to operate it. No divots or scuff marks in your lawn. No worries about mowing the septic mound or slopes. No extra cost for two transmissions. It will pull stuff.  The Craftsman Yard Tractors have the tightest turning radius in the industry and the steering works well. It is the best value riding mower on the market today for most of us. Compared to all the other brands this yard tractor has more of the features you want at a price lower than a conventional lawn tractor from the competition.  It has a better motor than other lawn tractors in this price range, a very dependable automatic transmission, a great cutting deck, and plenty of available attachments. It will handle all of the non-ground engaging attachments Sears, Lowes and The Home Depot sells.

I am not going to TELL you this is the best tractor for you. But if you have gotten this far reading this review it just may be. There are other tractors with larger motors and heavier transmissions. The Craftsman Yard Tractor series continues to be the best value tractor on the market for your average size suburban yard! This is a great lawn tractor with a good cutting deck.  It has five anti-scalp wheels so it will mow your lawn without gouging or scalping the turf.  This tractor is new and it is already getting “best buy” reviews from the review organizations.  Sears has the best service and repair network. They come right to your home if your ever have a problem with your tractor. You never have to bring your tractor anywhere or arrange for a pickup to have it serviced.

This lawn tractor will mow in reverse.

Owner Reviews: Right now there are no reviews on Sears.com because this is a new model for 2014. I’ll watch them and see if there are trends.

Why Is This Craftsman Yard Tractor a good choice for you?

(Disclaimer: All features listed in the remainder of this article are subject to change and my interpretation of the information available on the sears websites.)

They Look Better:

203932 I don’t know about you, but I like the new look. I like the modern hood and smooth fenders. The rounded edges of the control console (dash) make it even more easier to get on and off. And of course the cup holder is essential. That was one of the reasons why I never even considered a Craftsman back in the 80’s and early 90’s. They were UGLY! Today’s hoods have more metal. The front of the old 80’s and 90’s hoods was one big chunk of brittle plastic.  Any bump into a tree or other obstruction and it was time to get out the duct tape, and eventually $140 or more for a new nose piece.  Today’s hood uses more metal, and the plastic appears to be more flexible to withstand more abuse from your teenagers. (Of course there is an optional brush guard if your spouse has a hard time with trees:)

Big Deck:

For most of us it’s all about the deck and how it mows. 

Craftsman – It’s all about the 54 inch Deck

Decks Cut Better:

54 inch dech shown on 20404

54 inch deck shown on 20404

 Mow – Mulch- Bag:  The 54 inch deck on this Craftsman is the largest deck you can get on a lawn tractor. 54 inch decks mow large areas fast but they don’t mow as evenly as a 42 inch deck. You will experience more scalping than with a 42 inch deck. If you have a large lawn and mow at 3 inches or higher though you probably won’t notice this. This deck mows well at 3-5 MPH but don’t expect it to mow as fast as the tractor will go (7.5MPH) and give you the same results.  With this tractor/deck you set the height of cut using a spring assisted lever on the left tractor fender. (FYI: It’s not the deck, it’s the government that decides how fast you can mow. Regulations limit the blade tip speed on residential mowers which also limits how fast you can mow well)

54 inch decks cut well for most of us that need a big deck but they seldom get a “Best Buy” Why? A 54 inch deck is just too wide to move as evenly. This deck cuts well but doesn’t always throw wet grass evenly out the side discharge with mulching blades installed. If you always want an even discharge or want to fill the optional 3 bin bagger always use the high-lift decks. I personally have no problems with a 54 inch deck, but if you are a perfectionist look at a 42 or 46 inch deck.

One little item about mulching with a 54 inch deck. These decks are high-airflow decks. They have vented spindles that pull air into the deck to create a powerful vacuum that lifts the grass and cuts it evenly. The problem though is when you block the discharge with a mulch plug-that air still has to go somewhere.  When you mulch dry leaves or when the lawn is very dry the air still comes out the right front of the deck. If the wind is just right the leaves and grass lifts up into the air and lands all over you. In other words it can be a very dirty deck when you are mulching dry materials.

Better Anti-Scalp: These decks come standard with 5 anti-scalp wheels and a rounded bottom lip.  The anti-scalp system and the spring assist deck lift lets it ride over obstacles easier than the older decks.

Decks are easy to adjust: The deck lift is almost as great of a change as the Turn Tight Steering.  Your old lever was always in the way. It was hard to use.  Getting on and off the tractor my sweatshirt, coat etc. always got caught on that lever sticking up in the wind.  The new fender mounted lever is out-of-the-way and the spring assisted system requires very little effort to use.

Leveling the deck is easy. The 3-point linkage is easy to adjust if the deck gets abused and starts to cut unevenly. Adjustable links levels the deck side to side and one adjustable link levels it front to back . By the way: When you read your manual it will tell you to level the deck but I am finding that most decks are leveled correctly from the factory. I suggest to just go out and mow first. If it is not mowing evenly check the tire pressures and then level the deck.

 There is always a discussion about fabricated/welded decks and stamped decks over on the tractor forums. The reality is welded decks take more abuse, stamped decks cut better.Welded decks will take more abuse if you are the type to go around and bang your mower into trees, buildings, rocks and other obstructions. If you are mowing fields and properties where you never know what type of stumps, metal debris, rocks and other junk you may find a welded deck is the best choice. But, besides the extra cost of fabricating the deck, welded decks need special, expensive baffle kits to mulch well. A tractor with a 42 inch fabricated deck will cost over $600 more than this tractor. Plus welded decks have poorer airflow and require you to buy a separate blower to use a bagger ($500-750 for the blower)

The Craftsman 54 inch deck on the T3400 Series is a stamped deck. This deck is engineered to mow well. These decks have channels and other stiffeners built into the design making these decks lighter than welded decks but still very strong. They can handle a direct frontal hit from a stump when mowing and not bend. The Craftsman decks have better corrosion resistance than the decks of the past. The powder coated finish resists scratches and rust-through so prevalent with decks 20 years ago.

Aluminum Spindles. This deck uses cast aluminum vented spindles with greased bearings.  You should buy a grease gun, grease and lubricated these every 50 hours (once a year). They will last the life of the mower with proper blade maintenance and cleaning.

I have read some reviews where owners complain that they have had to replace the spindles multiple times on their lawn tractor. (Not just this deck, but other brands as well.) Spindles fail for only two reasons, operator abuse and improper maintenance. Lawn tractor decks are designed to mow lawns. They are not designed to mow fields, cut down brush, hit rocks, stumps, concrete, kids toys, water shut-off valves and other debris. If you hit something and you break a spindle be glad it broke. Replacing a $50 spindle is cheap compared to bending the $700 deck housing and having to replace that. You can also break spindles by not balancing your blades when you sharpen them. If one end of the blade is shorter than the other or it is bent out of factory specs the blade will vibrate and eventually wreck the spindle. If you hit something or if you sharpen the blades and the mower has more vibration than it did before, stop and find out what is wrong. If you don’t know how to properly sharpen and balance blades always replace them with new Craftsman blades. (aftermarket blades are not always balanced properly)

One of the key features of this deck is the vented spindles. The top of the spindles has slots that let air into the deck. This creates a powerful vacuum effect that lifts the grass and allows the blades to cut your lawn evenly. The blades are offset just right so there are no uncut strips when you make a turn.

 The Craftsman 54 deck is designed to mulch well with a set of mulching blades and a simple “plug” that snaps into the discharge hole. With the mulch plug installed you can raise the discharge chute out-of-the-way for closer trimming on the right-hand side of the mower. There are two types of mulching blades available. The standard wavy type and premium mulching blades that enhance the mulching for extra thick lawns and leaves. The other review organizations that test lawn tractors all verify that this deck mulches well.

The 3 bin bagger is specifically designed to collect all the clippings and fill completely. It has “soft” sided bags that reduce the dust and debris around your neck and back.

What deck size do I need? Besides how large of a lawn you have to mow consider the gates, doors and strips between your landscape beds.  The 54 deck will NOT fit into a standard size pickup bed. With the discharge chute lifted up the Craftsman 54 inch Precision Cut Deck requires 57 inches of side to side clearance. With the chute down, 61 inches.  (The Craftsman 46 inch Precision Cut Deck requires 47.5 inches of clearance. With the chute down, 54 inches.)

I have hills and use tire chains: Tire chains will fit on a tractor with a 54 inch 3-blade deck installed but will not fit on a tractor with a 46, 2 bladed deck. This includes the Craftsman, Husqvarna, Poulan Pro, John Deere and Ariens tractors. I have not checked the MTD built lawn tractors.

3. Engine:

People who buy this yard tractor want a dependable mower with a dependable motor.

Note: This Kohler Elite motor compares to the Kohler Courage Plus and the new Kohler 7000.  It is better than Briggs & Stratton Gold, Silver, Intek and IC engines found in most lawn tractors.

These Craftsman tractors are assembled at the factory in Orangeburg, S.C. Like all mechanical devices I suggest you take some time and completely go over the machine when new and understand it’s operation. Read the manual completely. After you use your new mower for an hour or so I suggest you look at all the fasteners and check to be sure they are tight. Especially check the bolts that hold the transmission to the frame and the engine-to-frame bolts. Here is an article showing you the most critical bolts to check. 8 Bolts On Your Lawn Tractor You Need To Check Now  I recommend this for all new lawn tractors but I especially recommend it on tractors made by Ariens, Husqvarna, Poulan, Cub Cadet, John Deere and Craftsman. 

AutoMatic Transmission

Simple to use, ideal for most terrain. 

CraftsmanTrans Transmissions Are Better:

Today’s automatic transmission in Craftsman Yard Tractors are ideal for any type of terrain. The transmission in this mower is sized for it and has a proven reputation.

Craftsman is not making a big deal about this new transmission, but I feel it is the best improvement in yard tractor technology. This bulletproof transmission is designed for high performance and low maintenance. The new Element V™ Automatic transmissions are right for yard tractors. The V-Motion™ patented technology that is the heart of this transmission is based on a CVT, Continuously Variable Transmission, system. Unlike traditional gear transmissions, V-Motion™ equipped transmissions are infinitely adjustable to match your acceleration needs. Eliminating the need to stop and shift, you won’t lose any of the momentum that is lost when you shift gears with a manual transmission lawn tractor.

Unlike Hydrostatic Transmissions there are no pumps, motors or hydraulic oil to wear out. The transmission is sealed and never needs maintenance. In fact the only wear point on the trans is the CVT belt and I don’t expect you will ever have to replace that during normal use. If you do the belt is only $45! Go here to read more about the new automatic:  CVT Automatic Transmissions

The pedal on the left side of the tractor is the parking brake.  You do not need to depress that pedal to shift the tractor.   The forward, reverse speed and braking is controlled with the pedal on the right side fender.  To go forward push the pedal forward.  To stop take your foot off the pedal. (The parking brake pedal can also be used to stop the tractor.)  To back the tractor push the small pedal on the right side. Because of the way an automatic transmission operates the braking is internal and part of the operation. When you release the pedal the transmission brakes your travel automatically. You only need to use the left hand pedal to park the mower or to leave it stopped on a hill.

Comfort –

If you are going to mow, you might as well be comfortable.

 Start with the seat: When comparing this lawn tractor to others sit on the seat and ask yourself these questions.

Sit on the seat and envision yourself sitting there for 2 or more hours. Is it comfortable? Does it give you good back and lumbar support? Does it have side supports to help you stay in the seat on slopes and when mowing rough spots? The seat should be easily adjustable if you have more than one person using your lawn tractor. When you sit on the seat, is it level? (Some tractors have heavy springs under the seat for “suspension” and it feels like you are constantly sliding forward.)

The seat on the T3400 sits level, has a nice high back, good lumbar and side supports> It slides back and forth easily. There is plenty of seat adjustment so any operator from 5 ft 1 inch to 6 ft 4 in can easily operate this lawn tractor.

 The Steering Wheel: Is the steering wheel textured so it is easy to grip? Smooth steering wheels cause your hands to sweat in hot weather. When it’s cold out and you are wearing gloves smooth steering wheels are very hard to use. Your hands keep slipping all over the place. The steering wheel on the T3400 is textured so your hands won’t get sweaty and your gloves won’t slide around.

Sloping Hood: Some big box stores are still using hoods from 10 years ago on their 2013 tractors. They are tall and boxy and you have to look around them to see in front of the tractor. I know this is a minor issue but if you are used to a sloping hood and then use one with the old box style you’ll realize how cumbersome the old hoods are when trimming and getting close to objects.

Getting On And Off: Ease of Use: The first thing potential buyers notice when they get on the T3400 is how easy it is to get on and off. Craftsman has designed this mower with a lot of space between the seat and the steering console to make it as easy as possible to get on and off this tractor. The step through design and rounded control console allows you to get on and off the tractor easier than before.  No more banging your knees trying to get on or off the tractor.

Deluxe high-back seat, easy to use operator controls, good field of view.  This Yard Tractor is very comfortable to operate and drive.

Six Inch Turn Tight Steering:

Better Steering Box, Axle and Steering System:

One of the major improvements that I like with the Craftsman Yard Tractors is the steering.  If you own a 90’s green Craftsman LT you probably have at least a 1/2 revolution of play in the steering wheel by now.  Long gone is the old half-moon system with the plastic pinion gear that always wore out.  Today’s Craftsman tractors steer easier and the pinion gears don’t wear out. I have seen Craftsman Turn Tight Yard Tractors with 100’s of hours with no more play in the steering than the day they were purchased.

The steering wheel feels better: The steering wheel is bigger and has a better feel. I see many of the old 1990’s steering wheels cracked and the plastic bracket that’s supports the steering rod on the dash broken.  This doesn’t happen with the new Craftsman Turn Tight Yard Tractors.

Front axles are better: The front axles are now cast iron and have a lifetime warranty. I have yet to see a broken or bent one!

Turn Tight Tighter Steering: The exclusive Turn Tight steering is one of the “wonders” of the YT Series.  With a 6 inch turning radius this tractor is the most maneuverable tractor on the market today.  In most cases you can trim and mow without ever taking your walk-behind mower out of the shed.  I personally feel for most homeowners this is a better solution than a zero-turn. It works on slopes, requires no training to use and even your spouse will like to drive it.

Reliability –

What do I do if it breaks?

This tractor is serviced by Sears.  Sears service techs come to your home to repair your lawn tractor. You never have to take it anywhere.

People who buy this yard tractor know what they are buying and this is just what they want. That is why you will find so many good reviews on Sears.com.  This is a great tractor with a great cutting deck and may just be the best value for you and your suburban lawn.

Reliability – New to 3 yrs: This tractor is serviced by Sears.  There have been no issues with the build quality. One thing to know – Sears takes the tractor out of the shipping crate but they do not “setup” the tractor. (John Deere dealers are the only retailer who does) You have to put gas in it, and run it for the first time. If there is an assembly problem you call 1-800-469-4663 and a service tech comes out to your home and fixes the issue. The store where you picked it up from or the delivery team does not repair the tractor. If you buy another brand make sure you understand the repair policy if you have a problem.  Many of the other brands make you take the mower to an “authorized service center”

Replacement Parts Are Much Easier To Get:

15 years ago to get Craftsman parts you had to go to the Sears Service Center and order them.  Your local repairman wouldn’t touch your Craftsman because he said that he couldn’t get parts.  (He could, he just had to go to the Service center and order the part himself) The Internet is a wonderful thing and today is very easy to get parts. All you need is the model number from under the seat, go to searspartsdirect.com, order the part and within a few days it arrives at your home. You can even use this link: Shop at Sears PartsDirect and get 10% off your purchase with code: 90055 Searspartsdirect has all of the parts diagrams for your mower, making it very easy to get your part. If you are not really mechanically inclined, all you have to do is write down your model number, go to your local Sears and anyone in the Lawn & Garden Department can help you order the part.  Again, it comes right to your home. By the Way: If you lost your tractor manual, get the model number from under the seat, use the link above and you can view or download a copy there for free!

Handling – Traction/Steering:  This tractor has average traction and is similar to all the other lawn tractors from the other retailers. This tractor has better steering than all the other lawn tractors under $4000. I recommend you never use a mower like this on wet or drought-dry slopes.

Better Value:

A Sears Custom with a deck in 1975 cost about $2300.. That’s $9650 today. That’s for 8hp, 3 speed hi/lo, 38″ steel mowing deck. Electric start, head lights and tail light… and that’s it” (source: http://www.measuringworth.com/uscompare/relativevalue.php) You can still buy this 2014 lawn tractor with a larger deck and motor for less than $2000.  That’s a much better deal than your last new car!

See All Buying Options and Online Only Deals Here:  Craftsman 22 HP V-Twin 48″ Turn Tight Fast Tractor – Non CA 1 Acre and Above Buy Online 24/7, Pickup At Your Local Sears at your convenience, or have it delivered to your home.

Specifications, Features, Benefits

The rest of this article is taken from the retailers website. Specs subject to change. (Note: as of Feb 27, there are some mistakes. I have corrected them here)

Product Specifications

Cutting Deck & Blade:
  • Blade Material:
  • Blade Type:
    3 in 1
  • Blade Width (in.):
  • Cutting Deck Material:
  • Cutting Deck Nose Roller:
  • Cutting Deck Style:
    Mulch/Rear Bag/Side Discharge
  • Cutting Height Adjustment Type:
    Spring Assisted
  • Cutting Height Maximum (in.):
  • Cutting Height Minimum (in.):
  • Cutting Positions:
  • Cutting Width (In.):
  • Deckwash System:
  • Number of Cutting Blades:
Controls and Features:
  • Blade Engagement Type:
  • Blade Lift:
  • Speed Control:
    Foot pedal
  • Overall Item Dimensions:
    72.75 x 49.5 x 46
  • Wheelbase (in.):
Product Overview:
  • Commercial/Residential:
  • General Warranty:
    2 Year / 5 Year Frame & Axle
  • Recommended Terrain:
    All Types
  • Recommended Yard Size:
    1 Acre and Above
  • Terrain Type:
  • Terrain Type:
  • Terrain Type:
  • Terrain Type:
  • Terrain Type:
  • Frame Material:
  • Frame Type:
    Stamped steel
  • Front Axle Material:
    Cast iron
Handling & Operating:
  • Cruise Control:
  • Hour Meter:
Drive System:
  • Maximum Forward Speed (mph):
  • Maximum Reverse Speed (mph):
  • Mow in Reverse:
  • Number of Forward Speeds:
  • Number of Reverse Speeds:
  • Turning Radius (in.):
  • Turn Tight:
  • Air Filter Type:
  • Cooling System Type:
    Air Cooled
  • Cylinder Liner:
    Cast iron
  • Electronic Ignition:
  • Engine Brand:
  • Engine Cycles:
  • Engine Series:?
  • Engine Displacement (cc):
  • Horsepower:
  • Number of Cylinders:
  • Oil Filter Type:
    Full pressure
  • Overhead Valve Engine:
Wheels & Tires:
  • Anti-Scalp Gauge Wheels:
  • Front Tire Size:
    15″ X 6″ – 6″
  • Rear Tire Size:
    20″ X 8″ – 8″
Accessory or Attachment:
  • 3 Bin Bagger Part Number:
  • Accepts Bagger:
  • Ground-Engaging Attach.:
  • Hauling Equipment:
    Light Hauling
  • Hauling Equipment:
    Heavy Hauling
  • Mulch Kit Part Number:
  • Snow Blade or Thrower Capable:
    Snow thrower
  • Snow Blade or Thrower Capable:
    Snow blade
Fuel System:
  • Fuel Capacity (gal.):
  • Fuel Gauge Location:
    On Tank
  • Fuel Type:
  • Adjustable Seat:
  • Cup Holder:
  • Headlights:
Gauge Accessory:
  • Gauges:
Convenience Features:
  • Power Steering:
  • CARB Compliant:
    Not Compliant with Cali. Air Resource Board
  • Location:
    All other
  • Arm Rests:
  • Tractor Grade:
    Yard Tractor

This lawn tractor review covers the Model 20393, 22 HP Kohler V-Twin, 54 inch version of the Craftsman Yard Tractor with Turn Tight. There are seven models in the series: (plus 4 CA-only models)

  1. 2014 Craftsman T2000 Model 20380 42 in Gear Drive 19 hp Yard Tractor Review – 540cc Single Briggs Platinum Typical Price $1449.99 Item # 07120380000P  Craftsman 42″ 19HP Tractor 1 Acre and Above
  2. 2014 Craftsman T2200 Model 20381 42 in Hydro 19hp Yard Tractor Review – 540cc Single Briggs Platinum Typical Price $1499.99 Item # 07120381000P  Craftsman 19HP 42 Turn Tight Hydrostatic Yard Tractor Non CA 1 Acre and Above
  3. 2014 Craftsman T2400 Model 20383 46 in Hydrostatic 19 hp Yard Tractor Review – 540cc Single Briggs Platinum Typical Price $1569.99 Item # 07120383000P  Craftsman 46″ 19HP Tractor – Non CA 1 Acre and Above
  4. 2014 Craftsman T2400 Model 28853X 46 in Hydrostatic 19 hp Yard Tractor Review – 540cc Single Kohler Courage Typical Price $1779.99 Item # 07120385000P Craftsman 19HP 46″ KOHLER Turn Tight Hydrostatic Yard Tractor – Non CA 15″ X 6″ – 6″
  5. 2014 Craftsman T3000 Model 20390 42 in  Fast Tractor 22 hp Yard Tractor Review – 724cc V-Twin Briggs Platinum Typical Price $1699.99 Item # 07120390000P  Craftsman 22HP 42 Turn Tight Fast Yard Tractor 49 States 1 Acre and Above
  6. 2014 Craftsman T3200 Model 20391 48 in  Fast Tractor 22 hp Yard Tractor Review – 724cc V-Twin Briggs Platinum Typical Price $1999.99 Item # 07120391000P Craftsman 22 HP V-Twin 48″ Turn Tight Fast Tractor – Non CA 1 Acre and Above
  7. 2014 Craftsman T3400 Model 20393 54 in 22 hp Yard Tractor Review – 725cc V-Twin Kohler Elite Typical Price $2299.99 Item # 07120393000P  Craftsman 22HP 54 Kohler Powered Turn Tight Yard Tractor Non CA 1 Acre and Above

Why a Craftsman Yard Tractor?

  • The Craftsman lawn and yard tractors are one of the most popular lawn tractors ever offered to mow your lawn. Just search “Craftsman Lawn Tractor” and you will find millions of pictures and articles of Craftsman Tractor owners proudly showing off their pride and joy. In fact on Google there are more pictures and articles for Craftsman Lawn tractors than John Deere or Cub Cadet.
  • Most of the tractors bought in the late 90’s are still around and mowing lawns every week. Unlike owners of the other makes, Craftsman owners are not complaining about “they don’t make them like they used to.” From my observation many owners of these old lawn tractors come in to Sears today and buy a new tractor not because their old one is wore out.  They are just tired of it and want something new.
  • The design is stable: Using computer terms this “build” has been around for a few years now. This year they added a great new look, a bulletproof transmission for the V-Twins, and a 48 inch deck is back but otherwise the tractors are using the same proven designs that made this series so popular. The bugs you normally find with a new product are all fixed and there are no known issues with the T3000 series.  The consumer review magazines continue to like the tractor, the cut and the dependability for the price. Craftsman continues to “tweek” the models by adding features like the Turn-Tight steering but in general this is a proven, reliable platform that will offer years of use….. Just like your old green Craftsman. Craftsman owners are still loyal to the brand because they know the new 2014 tractors are actually better than they used to be. Go here to read about all of the improvement Craftsman has made just for you! 12 Reasons Why Craftsman Lawn Tractors Are Better Today,
  • FYI: The new 2014 Craftsman Yard Tractors are still made right here in the U.S.A. in the same factory where your 1990’s Lawn Tractor was made.  The same quality “craftsmanship” you have come to know and trust.

See All Buying Options and Online Only Deals Here: Craftsman 22HP 54 Kohler Powered Turn Tight Yard Tractor Non CA 1 Acre and Above Buy Online 24/7, Pickup At Your Local Sears at your convenience, or have it delivered to your home.

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John Adamski
Hi Paul, I have owned this tractor for a year now and this my review. I also but the Bercco 44″ snow-thrower on for the winter. Overall – I really like this tractor. I use the mulching kit and it cuts very good even over uneven terrain. It also has the power to drive the Bercco 44″ in the winter. I would love this tractor if it worked correctly. Here are my issues: The cruise control is useless. It can only be set in 2 positions. The deck has 10 settings but only the last 4 actually raise the deck.… Read more »

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Hi Paul, I guess I left left your readers hanging. The smoking issue was due to 2 things. A leaky valve cover gasket and that there are no oil drain holes in the heads to get the oil back to the block. So, I found if it sat for several weeks and the lower valve on either head was open, you could oil draining into the cylinder via the valve stem.It is not a huge issue but I wounder why they did not have a why for the oil to drain back. My transmission failed about a month ago.From day… Read more »

I recently bought (for my son) a Sears Craftsman 20401 48″, 24 hp which was marketed
as good-enough for 2.5+ areas land and ‘GE attachments = YES’.

I had thought that this was the right ‘beast’ for us .

However, to my horror, you quoted that the hydrostatic transmission on the 20401 is a ‘weak-point’.

Question: $$$ aside;
Can the 20401 (somehow) be equipped with the same (& better) transmission as the yard tractor 20403?

Hi Paul, I have a 20393 2014 with 33 hours on it. The last 2 times I started it it blew light grey smoke out. The 1st time it took about 2 minutes to clear and today about 4. I never have to use the choke to start it. It starts with the throttle just above idle. This worried me from the start. I think the idle RPMS are to high and possibly the idle speed mixture is to rich. I always let the engine and trany warm up for 60 sec. at just above idle. The exhaust did not… Read more »

Paul, per your review I ended up with this tractor. Or rather I ended up with the second one Sears delivered, the first had either a faulty carb or a faulty engine, either way the tech suggested an exchange. The second, I should mention, has been a total champ; runs and mows great. A bargain due to early season sales!

Curious what your thoughts are on leaf removal. Bagger? I doubt it would work for me with 3.5+ acres mowable without copious trips to empty the bins. Cyclone rake/Agri Fab/DR leaf vac/Brinly? Opinions?

Thanks in advance

Baltimore/Washington DC, MD

John Adamski
David, I know you can not test drive these tractors so you buy on faith. This 22HP Kohler twin has the same exhaust noise profile as my 1998 15HP Kohler single. Maybe a bit quieter. From Thursday to Sunday, all I hear is lawn tractors, mostly John Deer. I have central air and I still hear them. Between the engine and the mower decks, The noise goes right through the house and I have a few acres between homes. Sorry but it is the nature of the beast, I really have no problem with mine but if it bothers you,… Read more »

can anyone comment on the noise of this tractor? I just got mine and it loud, its much louder from my old john deere L110, I would have thought these newer engines would make less noise especially when they publicize it

Hi Paul – Ya, me again. I finished my 3rd cut the other day. Let her cool down then washed out the deck and hosed down the rest. Let it dry and while driving it back to the garage, I lost forward. The pedal forward is limp but I still have reverse. Any ideas? I have seen complaints on Sears of other customers with “breaking the foot drive” on models so equipped. I see there is a part called the gear selector between the pedal assy and the trany control rod. I would think if it failed I would have… Read more »

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John Adamski
Hi Paul, Thanks for info on the fittings and bushings.The weather was nice a few days ago, so I finished my prep work on my tractor, The side panel Xmas buttons where no real problem. They popped the out easily with a screwdriver with no damage and but them back in, I was disappointed with the location of the oil drain valve. It is on the right side right under the ignition coil. I can’t loosen it with my fingers, it is made of plastic and using pliers may damage it after a few changes. A 2 inch extended pipe… Read more »
John Adamski
Thanks Paul, This is why I post my comments, you always have great ans. I have dealt with these X-mas tree clips (fasteners, buttons) in the automotive world. Usually, once removed they are worthless. It then makes sense that they are for shipping only and are not meant to be replaced. I will see how it works once I get them out. You can buy replacements from Sears parts direct. Around $2.50 each. I could not find a store that carried them. Why buy them, if they are only for shipping? No need to ans this one. Jerk (grease) fittings… Read more »
John Adamski
Hi Paul, The tractor arrived yesterday. I was pleasantly surprised that Sears installed the mulching kit and anti-sway bar and other items. Oops, they forgot to repack my oil drain tube. Today, I was going over the tractor and checking bolts, oil,etc. I wanted to take the right cover off to check the oil filter because I noticed some oil on the frame and to measure the oil drain to go buy a piece of tube myself. The operation manual says, to change oil and filter – “remove fastener” than be careful not to break the plastic tabs off. Well,… Read more »
John Adamski
Hi Paul, Again, thanks so much. Your information has been priceless. I did buy the #20393 today and a mulch kit and here is why. I went to Lowes this morning and looked at John Deer and other Huskys. I do think the John Deer is a slightly better built product, but it did have some down falls as well as the Husky options. For me. I can use my current wheel weights and chains on this model and will have to add some weight to the back for snow throwing. I looked at the 20329 but it has larger… Read more »
John Adamski
Hi Paul, I ran those tractor part numbers on the Sears web site and the fit up sheet did not show those numbers. http://download.sears.com/misc/spin_prod_156772101.pdf. It seems to me that Sears wants you to move up to a 23 inch wheel weather you need it or not.The Berco on-line says it will fit but I need the right mounting kit. I will contact Berco today. They are in Canada. So I am still on hold but free delivery ends tomorrow. There is one feature on this tractor that was not addressed. It is the deckwash feature. I think this is a… Read more »
John Adamski
Thanks Paul, Your right, all the stores and even mfg. have errors. I looked at the 2014 attachment guild at the store and the sales kid was insistent that it was the latest and greatest since he just got back from training. However, the snow equipment fit up charts did not have any of the new tractor model numbers on them. That’s why those model numbers you gave me are so important. I have a flat double wide with 4 car turnaround driveway and mostly flat 1 acre yard. I did not need the 54″ deck but wanted the Kohler… Read more »
John Adamski
Paul, Thanks for all of your hard work. I have some ?s. The drive engagement and lift for the deck is stated as Hydraulic, I have only seen reviews on electric or manual. Which one is this? Non of the Sears stores have this on display. My big concern is mounting a 44″ Berco electric lift snow blower on the front. I know about the tire size etc… I have spent several days with Sears and they have no clue. On-line, phone and in store. There attachment fit up charts have not been updated to the new tractor models that… Read more »
Ol'Pal Gary

Very Good review of this tractor, Paul.
Nice Job !!
I have the Husqy 24K48 does it have the new transmission this year ??

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