Comparing the New 2014 Craftsman Zero-Turns to the Old 2013 Models

Here is a list of the new 2014 Craftsman Zero Turns and how they compare to the 2013 models.

This is a summary article. I will write individual reviews in the next few weeks. If you have any questions feel free to ask them in the comments.

By the way: Sears has not raised the prices on the 2014 models even though there are improvements and new features on all the models! You will find the best deals this year online. Order your new mower using the links, pick it up at your local Sears or have it delivered to your  home. (For a limited time Sears.com is offering free delivery! offer ends 2/1/14)

One More Note: These mowers may not be available in the northern states until mid Feb but are available for pre-order. Pre-order now to get the free delivery!

20417 New: Craftsman 26 HP Zero Turn Riding Mower with 54-in deck
New Model: Z7400 Craftsman Pro
New Model Number: 20417
New Color: Black
New Manufacture: HOP
See All Buying Options Here: Craftsman Professional 54″ 26 hp Pro Z7400 Series Zero-Turn Yard Tractor Non CA 13 x 6.5 x 5

Replaces: Craftsman did not have a high end model last year. In years past they did have a few heavy-duty models but they were always priced higher than you wanted to spend.
Summary: I am very excited about this new model. It’s priced right and is a true high-end residential (Prosumer) zero-turn with heavy-duty transmissions, heavy-duty frame and a Kohler Pro motor! I’m already very familiar with this zero-turn and I have recommended it to many small landscapers. Note: It will only be available to purchase online but it will be delivered to your local store for free. It will also qualify for free delivery to your home if that promotion is going on.
Old Manufactures: MTD & Schiller Grounds Care

20415New: Craftsman 24 HP Zero Turn Riding Mower with 54-in deck
New Model: Z6600
New Model Number: 20415
New Color: Red
New Manufacture: MTD
See All Buying Options Here: Craftsman 54 24hp V-Twin Kohler Zero Turn Riding Mower – Non CA 13x5x6 Ribbed Casters

Replaces: Replaces 25061 CRAFTSMAN, CM 24 HP
Summary: This is one of the tougher residential zero-turns on the market. Features I like are the steel pulley covers on the deck. You can stand on them! I like the automatic parking brake. Open the handles to get off and the parking brake automatically sets. This zero-turn uses a tub chassis. The tub chassis is stiff so it will handle slopes better. 8 cutting heights.
See All Buying Options Here: Craftsman 54 24hp V-Twin Kohler Zero Turn Riding Mower – Non CA 13x5x6 Ribbed Casters

204145 New: Craftsman 24 HP Zero Turn Riding Mower with 54-in deck HOP
New Model: Z6700
New Model Number: 20414
New Color: Red
New Manufacture: HOP
See All Buying Options Here: Craftsman 54″ 24 HP Complete Start Zero-Turn Tractor Non CA 11 x 4

Replaces: This Craftsman is completely new!
Summary: There are two zero-turns that have been very popular for quite some time. Originally developed as the Dixon SpeedZTR and the Husqvarna RZ5424, these two ZTRs are so popular because they can actually turn inside their own dimensions, are very rugged for the price and have excellent traction even though they are lightweight. They have been the standard residential zero turn everyone else has sought after for quite some time. This new Craftsman is directly based on these two ZTRs and includes all the features that made them such a great mower.

20413New: Craftsman 22 HP Zero Turn Riding Mower with 46-in deck
New Model: Z6200
New Model Number: 20413
New Color: Red
New Manufacture: HOP
See All Buying Options Here: Craftsman NEW 46″ 22 HP Series Zero-Turn Tractor Non CA 11 x 4

Replaces: This Craftsman is completely new!
Summary: If I were to buy a ZTR for my 1 acre yard this year this is the one I would pick.  Using this ZTR compared to a standard lawn tractor I can cut my mowing time from over 2 hours (including trimming) to about 45 minutes. This 46 inch mower is one of the most rugged residential zero-turns. With a top speed of 6.5 miles per hour you can easily mow 2 acres or so of relatively flat terrain.

20412New: Craftsman 22 HP Zero Turn Riding Mower with 42-in deck
New Model: Z6000   MTD
New Model Number: 20411
New Color: Red
New Manufacture: MTD
See All Buying Options Here: Craftsman 42″ 22hp V-Twin Briggs and Stratton Zero Turn Mower – Non CA 11x4x5 Ribbed Casters
CA Model: 20369 Craftsman 42″ 22hp V-Twin Briggs and Stratton Zero Turn Mower – CA Only 11x4x5 Ribbed Casters

Replaces: Replaces 25001 CRAFTSMAN ,CM 42 RZT
Summary: 
This mower replaces the award winning 42 inch model 25001. The only change is the new solid front axle. This new suspension will allow this small zero-turn to handle slopes better than the oscillating front axle of the previous model. (I still don’t recommend 42 inch zero-turns for any type of slope) If you have a 1 acre lawn this mower will get your lawn done in about half the time it takes you to mow with a lawn tractor.

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