Craftsman Professional PYT 9000 28 HP 54 Inch Yard Tractor Model 28973 Review

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Craftsman Professional PTY9000 28 hp 54 inch Lawn Tractor

Craftsman Professional PTY9000 28 hp 54 inch Lawn Tractor

Craftsman Professional PYT 9000 28 HP 54 Inch Yard Tractor Model 28973 Review

Sears item# 07128973000 Mfr. model# 28973

The new Sears garden tractor for 2009, the PYT 9000 model 28973 comes with the Briggs & Stratton 28 hp ELS V twin engine. It features a heavy duty 54 inch precision cut deck, Electric clutch, deluxe analog gauges, and tricked out front bumper.

The 54 inch deck is a made of thicker steel than the decks on the red and gray Craftsman mowers. The deck is vented on the top to allow more air into the deck allowing the airflow of the cutting blades to stand the grass up better.

If you want a decent yard tractor mower that will mow 2 to 5 acres or more well and can handle a snow thrower this is one of the best mowers in the Craftsman lineup.


Premium hydrostatic/ automatic transmission with foot control

28 hp Briggs & Stratton ELS (Extended Life Series) V-Twin Engine

Heavy duty 54″ precision cut deck with 4 adj. gauge wheels.  Front nose roller. Spring loaded deck lift system. Washout port on deck.

Electric clutch for ease of engaging the blades

Cast iron front axle., Bumper included, Deluxe gauges

High-back seat with automotive style adjustable seat system

2 year full warranty (manufacture defects only), 5 year frame/front axle, optional 3 yr Protection Agreement (covers all of the lawn tractor including wear and tear, labor, and attachments bought with the mower)


Compare the 28973  with the 28990 red yard tractor.  The 28973 has a larger motor and heavier deck.  This tractor is better than the Monster mower Sears Craftsman had two years ago and fills the niche for a high horsepower large deck yard tractor. I think the PYT9000 28973 represents a good value and a machine that if taken care of properly will last you a long time.

As you know I like Kohler engines, but Briggs & Stratton has really produced a great motor in the 28 hp Extended Life Series. The Briggs engineers I know are proud of this motor and feel it is the best motor Briggs has ever produced and maybe the best motor for lawn tractors in production today. The ELS motor features advanced debris management, anti-vibration system, chrome plated exhaust valve, Dura-Bore Cast Iron Sleeve (cylinder liner), full pressure lubrication with spin-on oil filter, heavy-duty upper bearing, and automotive style oil fill tube and dipstick.

This yard tractor is capable of handling all the non-ground engaging attachments Sears offers including a snow blade and snow thrower.


Do not confuse the PYT 9000 with a commercial mower. While this mower is built better than the normal consumer mower it does not have the features or the life expectancy of a true commercial machine. (No one makes a commercial “lawn tractor”) Commercial mowers have 7 gauge, 5 inch deep decks and 1/4 inch thick box tube frames. Commercial mowers cost thousands more than consumer models. (A typical 50 inch commercial mower costs 7 to 10 thousand dollars )

There are very few negatives with this mower as long as you understand that it is a good quality mid-sized riding lawn mower designed to mow lawns well. It is heavier built than a normal consumer mower. I like this lawn mower for what it is designed for. It is capable of pulling a wide range of attachments.

Craftsman Professional PYT 9000 28 HP 54 Inch Yard Tractor Model 28973 Review

Sears item# 07128970000 Mfr. model# 28973 

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