Craftsman YT 3000 46 inch 21 hp Riding Lawn Tractor Model 28852 Review

Introducing the Craftsman YT 3000 46 inch 21 hp Yard Tractor Model 28852 with Turn Tight Technology. This new tractor let’s you spend a lot less time trimming your yard. Get done faster without the problems of a zero-turn mower. This easy-to-use riding mower is great for your suburban lawn.

It’s Not The Best Lawn Tractor….It’s The Best Lawn Tractor For You!

My Rating of this Craftsman Riding Lawn Mower:

Craftsman Model 28852 with Turn Tight!

My Value/Cost Rating: Yard Tractor,  Mows Lawn Well, Mulches, Gets Through Fairly Tight Spaces Well.  Great for 1/2 to 2  Acre Lawns, Light Hauling, Light Snow Removal. Accepts Light Attachments & Bagger.

Type: Yard Tractor.
Engine Type:Better. Full Pressure Lube.
Transmission Type: Hydrostatic.
Speed Control: Fender Infinite
Accepts Medium Duty Attachments:

Don’t Forget Your Trailer, Dethatcher, Aerator, Broadcast Spreader.

What I Like!

Half of you who buy a Craftsman tractor this year will buy a YT 3000 or YT 4000.  The leading consumer magazine and I have rated these mowers as a “Best Buy” and with the new Turn Tight Technology I feel they are the “best mower for about $1500.”   This is the best Craftsman for value, cut, durability and overall satisfaction for your typical suburban yard.  Basically the YT 3000 and YT 4000 series are available with 42 or 46 inch decks, single cylinder or twin cylinder motors, manual or hydrostatic transmissions, and fender or foot control speed controls. Please read my reviews of all the YT models so you can find the best mower for you.  Over the last 2 years I have mowed with both the 42 and 46  inch decks and they cut as well or better than any other mid-sized deck.  With correct blades for your lawn the fully vented decks have good lift for poor lawns and get rid of the grass evenly and quickly for well kept lawns.  With premium mulching blades and a mulch cover they mulch well.  With hi-lift blades both decks bag very well.

Watch the New Turn Tight Technology In Action!


Craftsman YT 3000 46 inch 21 hp Riding Lawn Tractor Model 28852

My Review:

Priced at about $400 less than the highly comparable D120 John Deere and $300 less than the LTX 1042 Cub Cadet, this Craftsman is one of the best values on the market today.  This model features the new Craftsman Turn Tight Technology,  step through operator’s platform, oil pump lube engine with oil filter, and a 46 inch deck that has been rated a Consumer Reports Best Buy. (2009 Model 28724)

The 28852 has the fender control hydrostatic transmission.  This transmission is easy to use and will perform well for mowing and medium duty yard tasks.  If you are replacing your old Craftsman that had fender controls this is the 2011 mower for you.  If you are new to mowers you may want to look at the YT 4000 series which feature foot controls. (it drives more like your car)

If you want a mower that will mow 1/2 to 2 acres well, handle a snow blade, and all the non-ground engaging attachments this is a great choice for you.  This tractor is heavy enough to handle moderately hilly and rough lawns.  There are other mowers in the Craftsman lineup that will mow faster, or pull more, but this is a great all around mowing machine.  This lawn tractor is one riding mower that will work well for your suburban lawn.

I like the mid-size YT 3000 series.  I think they represent a good value and a machine that if taken care of properly will last you a long time. If I didn’t have 34 inch gates to go through on my own yard I would seriously consider this model for myself.

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


The YT 3000 is heavy enough, but I recommend going to a twin cylinder motor (YT 4000)  if you want to attach a  snow thrower.   You will wish you had bought a larger engine for snow throwing.

Final Thoughts:

I personally feel the new Turn Tight Technology this yard tractor changes the game for just about all residential yard owners.  For most of you this will mow as quickly as a residential zero-turn.  It is easier to drive, is easier on your lawn and less expensive than the comparable zero-turn models.  There is no “learning curve” like there is with a zero-turn. It will handle slopes that the residential zero-turns won’t.  And………it will pull stuff!

There are very few negatives with this mower as long as you understand that it is a good quality mid-sized mower designed to mow lawns well.  Take care of it (do the normal maintenance all lawn mowers need) and it will last you a long time.  I like this lawn mower for what it is designed for.  With the Turn Tight Technology and at around $1499 on sale it is a great value.

Product Description From Sears

Cutting the yard has never been this easy. Powered by a Briggs & Stratton® 21 hp Platinum engine and Craftsman’s Turn Tight ™ technology, this yard tractor lets you cut more closely around landscape obstacles and maneuver more easily with the best in class turning radius at 8″. Craftsman alone brings you this tightest turning yard tractor in the market. Save time with the speed, versatility and efficiency this tractor will bring you. With four, durable gauge wheels and a large, 46″ cutting deck, this yard tractor mows more area in less time, leaving your yard looking its best.

  • Exclusive Craftsman Turn Tight™ technology delivers an 8 in. turning radius
  • Exclusive 21 hp Briggs & Stratton® Platinum engine with full pressure lube
  • 46″ Precision cut mowing system
  • 4 adjustable gauge wheels
  • Premium hydrostatic automatic transmission
  • Fender shift for added convenience
  • Spring loaded deck lift system
  • Handy cup holder
  • Wider step thru area
  • Automotive type slide seat system
  • Weight: 515 lbs
  • Color: Red/Black
  • Fully assembled
  • 2-year full, 5-year frame and lifetime front axle warranty
  • Not available for sale in California

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