2014 Craftsman 42 inch T1000 Model 20370 Riding Mower Review – Is this mower for you?

Do Not Buy This Lawn Tractor Until You Have Read This Review!

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

The 2014 Craftsman T1000 Model 20370 replaces the 2013 Craftsman Model 28882 and improves it with a great new look.

Think of this lawn tractor as the 2WD Ford Ranger of mowers. The Ford Ranger was a great pickup for many people. The Ranger didn’t haul a lot.  It had small tires. It rode rougher than the F-150. The Ranger was the cheapest Ford truck you could buy. It got the job done but not as fast or as comfortable as the larger trucks.

203703 The 2014 Craftsman T1000 Model 20370 is the same idea for lawn tractors. It’s not for everyone but it is a great, inexpensive riding mower. For many of you it will get the job done for many years. It’s the least expensive Craftsman Lawn Tractor you can buy. The tires do not have as much traction and it rides rougher than it’s better siblings. It will pull a small (8-10 cu. ft.) lawn cart and you can mount the 24019 2 bin bagger, but that’s about it. This lawn tractor compares very well to your old Ranch King, Yard King or Yard Machines but cuts better and has a better engine than you old mower.  With an 18 inch turning radius and a low back seat it is not designed to mow acres at a time, but it will still mow your 1/2 to 1 acre lawn well with the deep 42 inch deck.

Craftsman 10 Cu Ft Poly Dump Cart 13 in. 4.00-6 ribbed tires
Craftsman 42 46 In. Cut 2-Bin Bagger

Every other Craftsman lawn tractor has more features and is easier to use.

Is this mower for you?

Note: This Craftsman has the same turning radius, the same overhead valve, full-pressure lube, oil filter style engine, and the same size deck as the D100 John Deere for $500 less! The D100 has only a 5 speed trans.

  • If you don’t want to spend a lot of money.
  • If you want the cool new Craftsman look.
  • If you don’t have a lot of small landscaping features and trees to mow around.
  • If you just want to mow your lawn and maybe use a bagger to collect the clippings.
  • If you only need a manual transmission (The 7 speed Shift-On-The-Go will handle all types of terrain and is just about bullet-proof)
  • If you want a better engine than the other $1000 lawn tractors offer
  • 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
  • It is priced at $999.99 which is $100 less than the Yard Machines 13A2775S000 Riding Mower and up to $500 less than the comparable Cub Cadet, John Deere, Troy-Bilt, Ariens or Husqvarna

20370 This is the best and most dependable $1000 Lawn Tractor on the market!

Complete Product Description: Craftsman 420cc 42 Step Through Frame Lawn Tractor Non CA 15″ x 6″

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 California Model: Craftsman 420cc 42 Step Through Frame 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.

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

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47 Comments on "2014 Craftsman 42 inch T1000 Model 20370 Riding Mower Review – Is this mower for you?"

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I have a craftsman t1000 bought brand new in 2016, have used maybe 10 times since bought. Changed oil and regular maintaince, mowing the yard when it seemed to kinda bog down speed back up, assumed just thick grass but then it died and will not start back up, turns over fine like it should start just doesn’t seem to catch and start. checked everything read online, and nothing seems to be wrong so don’t know why it isn’t starting. Any ideas

George Huff

why won’t the tractor go in reverse with the pto engaged . it just shuts off the engine


Does this mower have the capability to add anti scalp deck wheels?


We have only had this mower for 1 1/2 mowing seasons. Had Sears out here 6 times working on this mower. Now they say the engine is dead. They say change plug, oil, fuel filter and it may or may not start again. This is the worse mower we’ve had from sears. Last time they changed the starter and it only mowed 1/2 acre and did the same thing again. It tries to turn over, just won’t. Is there any last resort things we can try to get this mower going?

John H
Hi Paul. I have a question about a 2014 29000 model tractor, it has the same engine as the 20370. Friend of mine says she accidentally ran over something and put a hole in the “oil pan”, but I find that hard to fathom. There is a steel plate below the engine on the frame and then the engine sits on top of it. The “oil pan” on that craftsman 420cc engine is actually the lower portion of the motor housing, or the “sump”. Do you think she might have just bumped something hard enough to damage the seal and… Read more »

Yes sir Paul, I have a rubber hose on my grease gun,but the rim is so small that the coupler will not go on the zerk straight. The zerk seems to be made onto the plastic bushing and cannot be removed.


Paul, I have the t1000 and can’t get a grease coupler onto the front rim. Is there a special tool for this?
I have come to the conclusion that the grease fitting installed is a faulty design. Since it is straight and not angled so that it would be easier to grease.


How do you change the oil on the T1000? I can’t find a drain plug.

Tim I.

I would like to use an attachment to level my back yard. I have the 2014 t1000 mower. Do you think something like the “””Briny-Hardy Box Scraper __ 38in. Working Width, Model# BS-38BH””” would operate behind this machine?

David Bauschman

I have a T100 2014 model and a LT1500 2013 model. Going to keep one which one should i keep. Both are new. Got one from sears as a warranty item they could not fix my old mower and the 1500 i bought in the midst of them deciding to give me a new one. I think the 1500 mows backwards but i could be wrong. Its model 247.288820 and ca emissions as i look through the manual on the

Based on your website and review, I am considering the T1000 for my first rider mower. I have Bermuda grass on just 1/2 acre and other than the minor dips for drainage away from our home foundation my lot is generally level. I looked to see if this model mows in reverse. I think I vaguely saw that the new model does that but the older ones do not. I will use the mower JUST for mowing and will get a bagger attachment for clippings and vacuuming up autumn leaves. I’ve also looked at the other basic riding mowers: Ariens,… Read more »
Dennis Brantley

Do you have any data on the T1000 20372? 42″ with CVT. Red, not gray.

Carl S

Thanks for the reply, Paul. Even the sign displayed with the T1000 at the store clearly says that it has “Shift on the Go” and goes on to specifically say, “No need to stop or clutch to change speeds”.


I’ve had a craftsman riding mower for at least ten years and am finally to the point of purchasing a new one. Are the blades easy to replace on this model?

Carl S
Paul, I recently purchased a T1000 for my one-acre lawn, based in part on your review. Thanks for your effort! I’ve run into a couple of issues and I wonder if you can help. First, the Shift-On-The-Go transmission isn’t really. I understand the design, and that’s one of the reasons I bought the T1000. My last tractor was a hydro and I didn’t like it. But with the T1000, you have to depress the pedal (just a tiny bit) to shift and that’s turning out to be a pain. I’m assuming there’s a mechanical interruptor of some kind. Do you… Read more »

Hello Paul,
Thanks for the review! Based on your review and the Sears price I recently purchased the Craftsman T1000. It is a great little tractor for my 3/4 acre lot. I have noticed a few areas where scalping has occurred. Can you provide a remedy to prevent scalping? I am considering upgrading to the T2000; will an upgrade to this unit provide better results and limit the scalping?

Thank you,


Alexandria, VA


I’m looking to purchase a riding mower for my husband. We’re probably going to buy from Sears, so I’m interested in Craftsman. We have 2.5 acres of property; some is hilly. There’s not a ton of landscaping, but we would like the option to mulch. Is this the right tractor for us? Thanks – Morgan – Castaic, CA


It looks like the 2013 version was able to put a craftsman snow plow, but this one says you cannot. Is this fact true? If the bumper did not change from last to this year why wouldn’t I be able to add the snow blade sears sells (24441). Thanks for your help in advance!


Who makes the T1000 model 20370? On the sears site there are two non CA grey tractors. One is the LT1500 and this one. Paul, who makes them and whats the difference between them? Recommend one? Thanks

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