2016 Craftsman Garden Tractor Line-Up – You will really like Number One!

One of the best ways to dust the snow off this blog is to tell you what’s new for 2016.

Update: I have people ask all the time if Craftsman Garden tractors are heavy enough for hills or should they go with a Husqvarna or Cub Cadet?  Answer: All Craftsman Garden Tractors EXCEPT number 5 on this page are heavy enough. They all (except #5) have ground engaging transmissions.

I always start the year off with what’s new at Craftsman. I’m going to do something new this year and publish four articles. A few opinions – but mainly just the facts as given to me by Craftsman.

2016 Garden Tractors: This Article: Large areas to mow, big tires for rough lawns, 4 of the 5 models will handle all attachments including ground engaging attachments like harrows and pull-behind tillers.

2016 Yard Tractors: Read About them here: Normal size lawns, easy to use, better engines, 5 or 6 inch Turn-Tight Steering. Will handle most attachments except ground-engaging.

2016 Lawn Tractors: Read About them here: Small yards, great value mower. Good engines, standard steering. Will handle bagging and light pull behind attachments.

2016 Craftsman Zero-Turn Mowers: The article will come later: Craftsman now has residential, Craftsman Pro and Steering wheel versions!

Craftsman Garden Tractors

Craftsman is starting the year off right with two revised Garden Tractors and three Pro Series Garden Tractors including one new model with POWER STEERING!

1.NEW! Pro Series Garden Tractor: Craftsman Pro Series 26 HP V-Twin Kohler 54” Garden Tractor with Electric Power Steering

SUGGESTED RETAIL PRICE: $3599 ish
See Actual Sale Price Here. Be sure to check the special offers tab for extra savings! Craftsman Pro Series 26 HP V-Twin Kohler 54” Garden Tractor with Electric Power Steering

20447This new Craftsman Pro Garden Tractor builds on the 2015 Consumer Reports Best Buy Model 20445. This new model has POWER STEERING!  The New Craftsman Pro Series 26 HP* V-Twin Kohler 54” Garden Tractor  features the Craftsman Exclusive, Turn Tight Extreme™ technology that provides the tightest turning radius in the industry on Lawn & Garden Tractors. In addition the new electric power steering allows you to maneuver with ease.  The powerful 26 HP V-twin Kohler 7000 Elite Series engine uses Kohler’s proven  Consistent-Cut™ technology that excels in tall grass, and hilly terrain, giving you the best cut. The Kohler Elite Series engine has a pro-grade oil and fuel filter for longer engine life, and a platinum spark plug for more reliable starting.

The Craftsman Pro Series 54″ Garden Tractor is equipped with a reinforced cutting deck. The deep-domed design gives you the best side discharge, bagging and  mulching performance for a 54 inch deck. The spring-loaded lift system provides twelve easy height adjustments. The heavy-duty deck mounts give you side-to-side stability needed for an even cut and increased belt life. The deck is easy to remove for maintenance.

Note: The power steering unit itself in this tractor has been around for a few years. It’s an expensive, dependable item. If you need/want power steering don’t feel bad about spending the extra money.

Vendor: MTD
Brand: Craftsman Pro Series
Series: G8500
2016 49 State Item number: 20447
2015 49 State Item number: NA
CA Item number 2016: NA
CA Item number 2015: NA

Defects WARRANTY: 2 Years
FRONT AXLE WARRANTY: Lifetime
FRAME WARRANTY: 5 Years

Please see the complete Specifications on sears.com here: Craftsman Pro Series 26 HP V-Twin Kohler 54” Garden Tractor with Electric Power Steering

2. Garden Tractor: Craftsman Pro Series 26 HP V-Twin Kohler Elite 54″ Turn Tight Extreme Garden Tractor

SUGGESTED RETAIL PRICE: $2999 ish
See Actual Sale Price Here. Be sure to check the special offers tab for extra savings! Craftsman Pro Series 26 HP V-Twin Kohler Elite 54″ Turn Tight Extreme Garden Tractor

20445 This Craftsman Pro Series 26 HP* V-Twin Kohler 54” Garden Tractor was chosen as the 2015 Consumer Reports Best Buy!

The New Craftsman Pro Series 26 HP* V-Twin Kohler 54” Garden Tractor  features the Craftsman Exclusive, Turn Tight Extreme™ technology that provides the tightest turning radius in the industry on Lawn & Garden Tractors. The powerful 26 HP V-twin Kohler 7000 Elite Series engine uses Kohler’s proven  Consistent-Cut™ technology that excels in tall grass, and hilly terrain, giving you the best cut. The Kohler Elite Series engine has a pro-grade oil and fuel filter for longer engine life, and a platinum spark plug for more reliable starting.

The Craftsman Pro Series 54″ Garden Tractor is equipped with a reinforced cutting deck. The deep-domed design gives you the best side discharge, bagging and  mulching performance for a 54 inch deck. The spring-loaded lift system provides twelve easy height adjustments. The heavy-duty deck mounts give you side-to-side stability needed for an even cut and increased belt life. The deck is easy to remove for maintenance.

The only difference between this model 20445 and the 20447 is the 20447 has power steering.

Vendor: MTD
Brand: Craftsman Pro Series
Series: G8400
2016 49 State Item number: 20445
2015 49 State Item number: 20445
CA Item number 2016: NA
CA Item number 2015: NA

Defects WARRANTY: 2 Years
FRONT AXLE WARRANTY: Lifetime
FRAME WARRANTY: 5 Years

Please see the complete Specifications on sears.com here: Craftsman Pro Series 26 HP V-Twin Kohler Elite 54″ Turn Tight Extreme Garden Tractor

3. Garden Tractor: Craftsman Pro Series 26 HP V-Twin Kohler Elite 50″ Turn Tight Extreme Garden Tractor

SUGGESTED RETAIL PRICE: $2599 ish
See Actual Sale Price Here. Be sure to check the special offers tab for extra savings! Craftsman Pro Series 26 HP V-Twin Kohler Elite 50″ Turn Tight Extreme Garden Tractor

20443 This Craftsman Pro Series 26 HP* V-Twin Kohler 50” Garden Tractor is the same tractor as the Consumer Reports Best Buy except with a smaller deck. If your lawn is very rough or you can’t fit a 54 inch deck through your obstacles this is a good choice. It features a Craftsman Exclusive, Turn Tight Extreme™ technology that provides the tightest turning radius in the industry on Lawn & Garden Tractors with a 5″ turning radius. The powerful 26 HP V-twin Kohler 7000 Elite Series engine uses Kohler Consistent-Cut™ technology that excels in tall grass, and hilly terrain, giving you the best cut. The Kohler Elite Series engines feature a pro-grade oil and fuel filter for longer engine life, and a platinum spark plug for more reliable starting.

The Craftsman Pro Series 50″ Garden Tractor is equipped with a reinforced cutting system. A deep-domed and curved deck design produces optimal airflow for excellent cutting performance. The spring-loaded lift system provides twelve easy height adjustments. The heavy-duty deck mounts are engineered for stability needed for an even cut and long belt life. A simple deck removal makes maintenance quick and easy.

Vendor: MTD
Brand: Craftsman Pro Series
Series: G8300
2016 49 State Item number: 20443
2015 49 State Item number: 20443
CA Item number 2016: NA
CA Item number 2015: NA

Defects WARRANTY: 2 Years
FRONT AXLE WARRANTY: Lifetime
FRAME WARRANTY: 5 Years

Please see the complete Specifications on sears.com here: Craftsman Pro Series 26 HP V-Twin Kohler Elite 50″ Turn Tight Extreme Garden Tractor

4. Updated Garden Tractor: Craftsman 24 HP 54 in. Turn Tight® FAST Hydrostatic Garden Tractor

SUGGESTED RETAIL PRICE: $2599 ish
See Actual Sale Price Here. Be sure to check the special offers tab for extra savings! Craftsman 24 HP 54 in. Turn Tight® FAST Hydrostatic Garden Tractor

20408

Craftsman 24 HP 54 in. Turn Tight® FAST Hydrostatic Garden Tractor Lets You Get Everything Done.

The Craftsman 54 in. Turn Tight® garden tractor has everything you need to cut your lawn comfortably. You get a deck with a 54 in. cutting path and a chassis with a 6 in. turn radius. This means a faster and more efficient cut. 

Compatibility and the Craftsman 24 HP 54 in. Turn Tight® FAST Hydrostatic Garden Tractor go hand-in-hand.  Attachments that will work with this vehicle include all a bagger, snow plow and snow thrower.  Additional this garden tractor also works with all ground engaging attachments including tillers and aerators. You will be able to use your tractor during every season. The 24 HP motor gives you all the power you need to get over hills. The FAST hydrostatic transmission with top speeds of 7.5 MPL allows you to get any task quickly and easily..

For 2016 Craftsman by consumer request REMOVED the smart ignition switch and replaced with the standard key switch your are used to.

Vendor: Husqvarna Outdoor Products
Brand: Craftsman
Series: G5600
2016 49 State Item number: 20408
2015 49 State Item number: 20403
CA Item number 2016: 20409
CA Item number 2015: 20404

Defects WARRANTY: 2 Years
FRONT AXLE WARRANTY: Lifetime
FRAME WARRANTY: 5 Years

Please see the complete Specifications on sears.com here: Craftsman 24 HP 54 in. Turn Tight® FAST Hydrostatic Garden Tractor

5. Updated (Light) Garden Tractor: Craftsman 48 in. Turn Tight® Hydrostatic Garden Tractor

SUGGESTED RETAIL PRICE: $2399 ish
See Actual Sale Price Here. Be sure to check the special offers tab for extra savings! Craftsman 48 in. Turn Tight® Hydrostatic Garden Tractor

20407

Craftsman states this is a Garden Tractor. In reality it is a full featured lawn tractor. It has a garden tractor frame and large tires but uses a lawn tractor transmission. What that means is it will handle all your chores except using ground engaging equipment. With the 48 inch deck, heavy-duty frame and larger tires it is a great value if you have a rough lawn and like the better ride a garden tractor gives you.

For 2016 Craftsman by consumer request REMOVED the smart ignition switch and replaced with the standard key switch your are used to.

Vendor: Husqvarna Outdoor Products
Brand: Craftsman
Series: G5200
2016 49 State Item number: 20407
2015 49 State Item number: 20401
CA Item number 2016: NA
CA Item number 2015: 20402

Defects WARRANTY: 2 Years
FRONT AXLE WARRANTY: Lifetime
FRAME WARRANTY: 5 Years

Please see the complete Specifications on sears.com here: Craftsman 48 in. Turn Tight® Hydrostatic Garden Tractor

 

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