2014 Craftsman Tractors First Picts!

Here are the first pictures of the new 2014 Craftsman Tractors! 

I’ll go into detail on the improvements in the next few weeks.

What do you think?

Do You like the new look?

Check them out here: 2014 Craftsman Tractors

Engine ratings have changed for 2014. Go Here to read about the changes: Revised 2014 Tractor Engine Horsepower Rating Standards

Craftsman  Craftsman 54” Complete Start (917)

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Craftsman  19HP 46” Auto Transmission Lawn Tractor (247)

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Craftsman 48″ Turn Tight 22 HP V-Twin Fast Tractor (917)

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Jason
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Just wanted to give an update on my G7400 I purchased back in February, this has been an awesome garden tractor for me but it was a bit of a rough start. The first mower I got would not disengage the deck blades so I could not use it until sears home service performed warranty work to repair it. After 3 weeks and the tech rescheduling on me twice, he showed up and said he didn’t have the part to fix it. He told me he would order the part and reschedule another appointment to fix it. I expressed my… Read more »
ED
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como,tn.
so which deck kit did you order and was it a perfect fit, or did you have to alter it?

John begovich
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Paul, I have the craftsman 54 inch pro series garden tractor 7400. Based on your information and advice, I purchased one and am delighted with it except for one issue… When I mow my newly planted annual rye grass, about 1/2 acre, I set the deck to the highest setting (12). Every few feet the mower chokes, spits out clumps of freshly mulched grass. The clumps are so finely chopped the consistency is tantamount to mashed potatoes. Occasionally , the grass will choke the blades to the point of almost stalling engine. It just doesn’t seem to eject the grass… Read more »
Robert
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Gorilla Blade that looks like turned up fingers on the back side, curled over.

Tim
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Recently purchased 24HP Zero Turn Mower with 54″ deck. It came with the new Complete Start Ignition system. Anyone had any trouble with system accepting code for starting? It wont accept new code when I change it, therefore wont start. On top of that it will be three weeks before service technician can come to check it out. Any suggestions? Tim in Cullman, Al.

Tom
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Hi Paul! Back in March, for a very brief period of time, the Craftsman Pro series tractors were in fact advertised on Sears.com. To the best of my recollection, they were only available through through Sears for a couple of weeks before being removed from the site (for reasons you’ve already stated). Well, it was within that short period of time that I ordered (from Sears) the the 54″ 26hp Kohler (986450), along with the 5-year warranty. You had made it clear in your postings that folks would have to purchase new blades directly from a Hometown store (or outlet),… Read more »
ben
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Hello Paul, I am looking at buying the craftsman pro 54″. I wanted to know if their is a reseason why they are on sale at sears outlet store and not the main sears wed site. Are they about to be replaced?

John
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Well, Sears came to look at my 20403, which had not been used. I could not lift the deck without the lever popping out and the deck dropping. Long story short, the frame is bent and now I have to bring it back and put another one together. Pain in the butt.

John
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Boston, MA. Paul, I purchased the Craftsman 20403. It appears to be quite a machine but I find it much louder than my past Craftsman. I will just have to wear ear muffs, not a problem. The only issue I ran into so far is that when I have the mower deck raised all the way up (#12?) the lever pops out of location due to the heavy weight. This happens even with the mover not running. Has this been an issue in the past? I have someone coming out to look at it next week.

datagenwls
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Hi Paul, Between you and Consumer Reports, I made my decision. I use to have a lawn crew do my yard. They were well, ok but like the old saying, can’t anybody do it better than you. So I decided to start this year in doing it myself. The Craftsman Pro Series GT 54″ 26hp Hydrostatic Kohler Elite Garden Tractor is the best way to go to ease the shock of doing it yourself. I went with the 54-inch 26hp model and believe me, it is a smooth ride. I am glad I waited for this model. I have a… Read more »
Michael
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I have been trying to find a user manual (pdf) for the Craftsman Pro Series 7400 (917.98645) but had no luck. Can anyone help, please? I live outside the US and I am looking into purchasing one of these brought from the States. I have not had a chance to look at it up close yet. Which existing model is it based on. Does anyone know who manufactured it for Craftsman? (e.g. some models were MTD). Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Jerry Jones
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Purchased a 7400 Elite Series (26HP) Lawn Tractor. Now they say its discontinued. Why ?

sean
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i just order the t3200 hope it will be the best tractor i could buy i was giving comeplet thought to a john deer d140 with same deck size this claims to be better thought i give it a shot hope it will be good

Nick B
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Awesome! Thanks… BTW your review is the reason I ended up purchasing this model. Stepped up from a 2009 model Craftsman YTS3000.

Nick B
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I just bought a craftaman g5500 20403 and I love this machine! Best rider I have ever used. Only issue which really isn’t a big deal but the engine will only run for 5 minutes when you get off the unit then automatically shut down. Is there any way to disable that?

Derek Karpinski
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I went to the Sears Hometown store and ordered the 98465 and bagger. The nice man there told me that he heard the pro series would only be available in Hometown stores and then being online was a trial run. Don’t know how much truth there is to that, but they’re still available.

Bob Felt
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Biloxi Ms. hi Paul one question about the craftsman Pro Series garden tractor. The red version of his tractor series states it has heavy hauling capability but every thing I look at including the new site at craftsman( which just appeared tonight) states the pro series is only light hauling capable even though they appear to have the same trans and wheel size. Please tell this is a mistake. I have one arriving on Tues. Thanks Bob Felt.

Derek Karpinski
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What happened to the pro series garden tractors? I was just about to pull the trigger after weeks of research, and I can’t find anything about them? Oddly enough sears just had a press release about how great they are on Friday. What gives?

Mike
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Paul, I live in Santa Barbara, California and based on your reviews I’m close to purchasing the 2014 G5500 but since they clearly distinguish between the CA model and the non-CA model I wanted to know if the CA model I have to buy is effectively identical (Is it the same transmission, etc?). What is the difference?
Thanks!

Noah
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How do you feel about the Craftsman 3200, Husqvarna YTH24K48, John Deer D140… Basically in the $2k range.

I’m specifically worried about longevity of engine and transmission, and I’m unsure how to find out the specs on the transmission…

Thanks for your tips!

Jason
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I do realize the complete start is a feature it does not have which is something I took into account when I purchased it. I do like the idea of leaving the key in a certain position to mow in reverse rather than push a button every time I back up. The flyer I have for it says it has a 3 year defects, 5 year frame and lifetime axle warranty. I am looking forward to your review of the G7400.

Jason
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Paul, I have been doing much research in the past couple weeks on which garden tractor to buy and I decided on the new G5500 (20403). When I went in to buy it today because my local sears was having a 10 percent off sale, the salesman asked why I was not interested in the pro G7400? I told him it was out of my price range, he said it was on sale for the same price as the G5500 and it comes with reinforced deck, 26 hp kohler elite 7000, longer warranty, quick change blades and had the same… Read more »
John
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Paul, I have been trying very hard to obtain information on the 2014 models so I can make a Craftsman purchase. I called Sears (twice) and they have no idea what a model # 20403 is.
They informed me that the site says “New for 2014” and it lists a model # 28861X.
Can you explain?

John
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Boston MA–I am confused from what I have read in your posts. I read the specs on the 2014 54″ tractors and they all say “hydrostataic” transmissions. I thought that they went to a new maintenance free “cvt?” Can you explain before I make my purchase?

nostawydoc
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@Paul I am seriously considering Model 20403. We have 2 acres of grass, half is nice smooth terrain, half is uneven almost field like terrain. We have a couple of small hills with not much incline, but they will still need to be mowed. We will be burning firewood the upcoming Winter. We’ve considered the possibility of maybe having a garden one day not sure if I would buy a tiller attachment or just get a standalone tiller. We live in the mountains but it doesn’t snow often. Would you recommend this mower for us? Or would you recommend something… Read more »
nostawydoc
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Do you know what Model 20403 (28861X) transmission will be included in this one? Is it the K66? Thanks, I’ve really enjoyed reading your site.

Steve
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Paul I am looking to purchase a craftsman ZTL 8000 floor model for $1700 what do you think?

Doug
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Paul, Thanks for the response. The model # under the seat and all documents I have show 917-203910. I guess the YT4000 is now called T3200. I also saw a model # T2400 in the store. I beleive it was the replacement for the YT3000 I returned. Some things I have noticed about the T3200 model I have compared to the YT3000 I returned. The rear tires are several inches wider (like my old LT1000 are), the steering wheel seems thicker and padded all the way around. I have not yet started it, so the big test will come this… Read more »
Doug
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Has the YT4000 been renamed T3200 for 2014? (stock #917-20391). I bought a 21HP single cyl, 46in YT3000 in December on clearance, I was excited to be replacing my 15+ year old LT1000 until the new mower arrived. It was so loud and vibrated so much I knew it was going back the minute I started it. To make a long story short, the sears salesman told me new mowers were coming but all twin cylinder models would have foot control and only single cylinder models would have fender control speed (I really wanted the fender control). Because my 30… Read more »
WEs
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Paul, Another question on the new craftsman Garden Tractor model. I know this year there will be two garden tractors….the 54in and 48in. Looking that the specs it seems that they are identical except for the mowing deck. My question is, do you know why their maximum speeds are different. Just wondering if that is a typo of if the 48in. is actually slower. If it is slower, do you know why? Just curious of why their might be a speed difference if they do have the same engine and trans. I am still deliberating on whether I should have… Read more »
Tom
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I’m in the process of replacing my 14-year-old Craftsman GT (22hp Kohler) that still works but is on its last legs. I’ve decided that for my 2.5 acres of (somewhat hilly) lawn, I’d upgrade to a 54″ deck. I’m interested in the new 20403 (28861X) B&S 24hp GT (and it’s within my budget). However, I have two concerns. The first is the overall width of the unit (with deck). If I’m reading the specs correctly, they claim the overall width is 52.5″, which I’m assuming must be excluding the deck, whereas the cutting width is greater than that. Unfortunately, I’ve… Read more »
Wes
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Paul, So, Sears has given me the option of sending out a technician to fix the crooked wheels on my brand new GT6000 (28861) or replacing it with the brand new 2014 model (28861X). Not sure if you have received any more information on the new model but I was looking for some advice. I did a lot of research prior to buying the GT6000 28861 but I have seen a lot of reviews regarding steering issues and I was wondering if you new if the new 2014 models in the 28861X may have fixed those component problems. Also, my… Read more »
Chris
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@Paul – the new look is great. Looking to replace a 2007 Cub LT1042 who’s crappy Kohler engine starting smoking heavily last season.

Chris
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Will the yt4000 (42″) see the same restyling as the 48″?

Wes
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Paul, Thanks for the advice. Do you know of any major differences between the GT6000 and its new replacement that you mentioned (the 24HP 54″ complete start garden tractor). That would probably be the one I would go with to replace the GT6000. Other than the engines I don’t see any major difference in the specs. Do you know of any major performance differences in the engine types or the mowers themselves? Thanks a lot!

Wes
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Paul, any new info on the 2014 YT4500 (model 28861X)? I am looking to have my GT6000 replaced and was looking at the YT4500. It so new I haven’t seen any reviews on it. Any suggestions or advice would be appreciated. Thanks.

Craig
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Paul, thanks for all the information on the Craftsman mowers! After researching and watching prices for about a year, this fall I tried to time the fall discounts in order to buy the 2013 46″ 24hp Turn Tight Hydrostatic Yard Tractor model #28857 at its lowest price. Sadly, I missed my chance and Sears discontinued all the tractors in the St. Louis area. It appears that there are only three new options showing on Sears website for 2014, which is kind of limited in my opinion. I think the Craftsman 48″ Turn Tight 22 HP V-Twin Fast tractor shown is… Read more »
Andrew
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Are there any manufacturer changes?

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